An anniversary bonus for you!

Saturday marks my 12th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.  My love for stamping is stronger than ever — I dream about colors, stamps, events, and even the cover of the next new catalog!

Those dreams have been especially frequent — and wild! — the past two weeks as I’ve spent hours at my worktable preparing for my display at OnStage in Minneapolis.  We’re just about ready to head north, and I’m crazy excited about what we’ll hear!  While I’m gone having a good time, I want you to have a good time, too!

From now through Thursday, April 13, earn Bonus Burgin Bucks!  That means that you’ll earn double the usual number — but only for orders placed online HERE using hostess code A6ACVTWU.  Click the Burgin Bucks badge above or HERE to read the details of this rewards program.

In short, for every $50 in product (before S/H and tax) ordered online with me using host code A6ACVTWU, earn TWO Burgin Bucks.   When you’ve earned 10 Burgin Bucks, choose a stamp set of any price (except host-only sets) and I’ll give it to you for FREE!  Some of you are so close to earning a free set of your choice, I fully expect to come home from OnStage to be able to celebrate with … you?

This offer closes midnight Central on Thursday, April 13.  You’ll find the space for the host code (A6ACVTWU) at the bottom left corner of your online shopping bag.

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Spring wreath

It doesn’t seem like my last All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack was two months ago, but it was!  I must do a little housekeeping and post the rest of the cards, including this one:

In January, this wreath seemed unseasonably cheerful!  As it turned out, our winter was mild and now we are ready to turn the corner into full bloom.  If it stops raining, that is.

If I lose Swirly Scribbles, I don’t know how I’ll make these twig wreaths!  (We’ll see the retirement lists in just a few weeks.)  Just as in real life, start with a plain wreath for the base and dress it up for the season or occasion.  I’ll never tire of these little flowers and matching punch.  Of course, I absolutely had to give them a little sparkle!

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Pencils inside the lines

Last week was my last Watercolor Pencils 101 class of the spring.  I’ve had a lot of fun working with this new product, and I hope to see an expanded color palette in the new annual catalog.

On the other hand, one thing we experimented with in class was achieving colors other than what is listed on the pencil.  We created a chart of “pure” colors, but playing around yielded some interesting and exciting results!

For example, the leaves on this card are colored with the Old Olive pencil (the only green pencil), but when blended with Daffodil Delight, the effect was very different.  My card here is a very pastel version of these colors; it was amazing to see how each participant’s project was unique!

I love this variation on spotlighting using this fabulous Sale-A-Bration paper.  Do I need to remind you that we’re in the final days of 2017 Sale-A-Bration?  On Saturday, April 1, it will all be over:  no more incentive to sign up as a demonstrator, no more free items for a qualifying purchase, no more Stampin’ Rewards bonus.  (If you need to refresh your memory about all this, read about 2017 Sale-A-Bration here, although be aware that additional free items have been offered and some are no longer available.)

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Are You a New Demonstrator? Going to become one this week?

What could make being a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator more fun?  How about a special promotion just for you?  We’re calling it Ready. Set. Earn.—and it’s easy to do.  Just meet your first quarterly minimum and you’ll earn a FREE stamp set.

That’s it!  You’ll also receive a link to a video class showing you how to use your new set in a workshop or party—helping you get your next quarter off to a fast start.  So don’t wait!  Keep reading for more details, click the chart above to learn about joining the Heartfelt Inkspiration team, and start planning your event now!

  • This promotion is open to demonstrators who joined from Jan 1–Mar 31, 2017.  Yes, this promo is in addition to the Sale-A-Bration joining bonus of TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit! 
  • Demonstrators qualify for one set during the Apr–June promotion period; they may redeem their set the month after they submit qualifying sales of $300 US or more.
  • Only one set will be rewarded even if sales are greater than $300 US.
  • If a demonstrator joined Stampin’ Up! from Jan 1–Mar 31, 2017 and already submitted qualifying sales of $300 US or more before April, they will receive the Better Together Stamp Set.
  • Stamp sets may not be exchanged.

Wow!  Don’t delay another day!  This promotion expires Friday, March 31, 2017 at midnight Mountain time.

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Spring box

Seeing March stamp-campers with these spring boxes has made me happy!

It helped to view the Stampin’ Up! video on the Window Box Thinlits Dies, but I don’t think the assembly of this box is particularly difficult.  I use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (my preferred adhesive for almost all of my projects), but not so much that it’s oozing out the sides.   (I have seen over the years that words like “tiny” and “dot” don’t mean the same to everyone when referring to glue!)  I like the “slide factor” that allows me to move the paper before it’s permanently adhered — because it really is!

This box would be beautiful with the sides pierced with one of the other Window Box Thinlits, but it wasn’t practical for camp so we used one of the Window Shopping stamps.

The ombré flower is created with the Succulent Framelits Dies.

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TBT: Marbling

When we moved 3½ years ago, the can of cheap shaving cream didn’t go with us.  I think I’ve only created marbled paper once (a darn cute project back in 2005!), so I figured it was safe to dump it.  And then this showed up last week:

What do you say, stampers — are you ready to get messy?

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Sale-A-Bration final days — with something terrific!

Just 10 more days before 2017 Sale-A-Bration is a thing of the past!  We’ve already seen the Card Tin sell out, and just this week the supply of 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack was depleted.

To make us feel better, Stampin’ Up! has added seven products that are available for FREE with your qualifying order of $50.  These are products currently in the Annual Catalog or Occasions Catalog, but if you’re going to use any of these as a Sale-A-Bration freebie, you must use the special item numbers below:

This is perfect for me because I am working on ideas for an upcoming class featuring the Succulent Garden Suite (Occasions Catalog 20-21).

To place an order with me, click here to access my online Stampin’ Up! store!  Thank you!

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Happy birthday, guy!

I try every month at camp to offer a card suitable for a guy.  (In March, I’m all about spring, but I’ll be back on track next month!)  This was my masculine card for February, CASEd from the amazing Kelly Kent:

I’ve been enthusiastic about Designer Series Paper before, but I am wild about the Urban Underground Specialty paper.  Not only are the colors and patterns perfect, the two specialty papers are gorgeously metallic.  Yum.  Lately I’ve used one of the patterns as my background for card photos (as in the one above).  It’s a beautiful chalkboard effect.

I hope you can see a bit inside the card, where we adhered the scraps left after punching the banners.  The graphic Happy Birthday image from Big on Birthdays is perfect for this card.

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Tin of Cards deadline

This is the last day to register for the Tin of Cards class!  Here’s what I’m doing with my tins of completed cards:  two local organizations are asking for raffle items for upcoming fundraising events.  These will be perfect, with 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs) in a darling tin to keep them organized.

At this class, you’ll stamp and assemble your kit using my stamps and inks.  I’ll have your kit waiting for you — all you need to bring with you to my house on March 30 is a smile!

Click here for more information or to register.

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Love this color combo!

I love Blushing Bride with many other Stampin’ Up! colors, but especially with Flirty Flamingo.  We’re using it on this card in camp this month with Avant Garden, the beautiful (and free) Sale-A-Bration set:

To make the layout easier to stamp somewhat symmetrically, we drew a pencil line not quite half-way down across the white panel.  The stamping above the line was repeated below the line after turning the panel 180°; the flowers and leaves are both first- and second-generation stamped.  The gorgeous metallic ribbon is enhanced by tiny dots of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.

I’ll remind you, not for the last time, that Sale-A-Bration products are only available until the end of the month or while supplies last.  I think this set is worth having on your shelf!

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