Back From Thailand!

Thank You!  I have returned from my AMAZING trip to Thailand thanks to all of you and to Stampin’ Up!.  It was definitely a trip of a lifetime.  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures.  They are in no particular order but they’ll give you of feel for all of the things we experienced.  z2OntJ122-dMqsfGGVzlR4axN7snKhao-LFABLvdbbwpX92IBEnjoy!

This first picture is of the tour group we were with the first couple of days we were in Thailand.  We all got to know each other pretty well and we hung out with most of them the rest of time we were in Thailand.   Meeting them all was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

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This was from our first day in the mountains near Chiang Mai.

 

 

 

 

The resort was absolutely gorgeous! If you didn’t have a view of the beach you had view of the beautiful lagoon.

 

 

One of the many temples we toured.  This one was a newer one up in the Chiang Mai area called Wat Rong Khun.

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We spent a couple of days touring beaches and different places on the water.  These rocky little islands were everywhere.  It was amazing.

I have to thank you all again for helping me earn this trip.  I am truly grateful to all of you.  Hugs to all!  Thanks!

 

24 Hour Paper Pumpkin Sale!

PP_OneDayDeal_Sharable_USOh, my gosh!  You are really going to want to take advantage of this 24 hour deal!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin before 11:59 pm today (6/30) and get the first month of your Paper Pumpkin subscription for ONLY $5!  Woo Hoo!

I love the Paper Pumpkin kits and the last few month’s kit’s have been AMAZING!

It’s so much fun to receive the Paper Pumpkin box in the mail each month and find out what the project is!  These kits are all-inclusive.  Everything you need to make your project is included in the box!  Stamps, inks, papers, and accessories!  You may have to add a little of your own adhesive but that’s it!

Give it a try!  Head on over to the Paper Pumpkin website right now and sign up!  Don’t forget to use the promo code ONEDAY0717.  This special is only for first time subscribers.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Cafe.0617I don’t drink coffee.  I never have and I probably never will but I love Stampin’ Up!’s  new Coffee Café bundle!

“Thanks a Latte”.  How cute is that?

An adorable stamp set. COORDINATING framelits and COORDINGATING Designer Series Paper.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Not only is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper coffee themed but one of the papers has little take-out coffee cups on it and there’s a framelit in the Coffee Cups Framelit set that cuts it out!  Oh, my!  That is COORDINATION at it’s finest!  🙂

Oh, don’t forget the ribbons that match the paper too!  I LOVE COORDINATION!  Check out page 31 in the new Annual Catalog to see all these products that….COORDINATE!  🙂

Don’t you love this color combination?  Soft Sky, Whisper White and Early Espresso?  I usually pair earth tones together but this combination is gorgeous.  I think I’m going to have to start stepping out of my color coordination box and try new combinations.  What about you?  Do you stick with the same old color combinations?  Let’s work on color together….

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Coming Soon….Christmas in July

Stamp Camp0617Saturday was our Sassy Stampers and Friends Summer Stamp Camp and it was a success!  You can’t go wrong when all the comments you get are “I love coming to Stamp Camp!” and “I love all of the projects!”.  It makes all the hard work worth while.

I love these gals!  They are a fun bunch to work with.  Four of them are on my team and four of them make up the “Friends” part of Sassy Stampers and Friends.  I am so blessed to have met and to know these wonderful women.  I wouldn’t have know any of them if it wasn’t for Stampin’ Up!.

Guess what?  Stampin’ Up! has a FABULOUS promotion starting in July that you will want to take advantage of…Christmas in July!  If you have ever considered signing up as a demonstrator, whether to earn some extra money for your family (or yourself!) or even just for the discount on the amazing Stampin’ Up! products, this promotion is for YOU!

Oh, my gosh!  This deal is amazing!

When you sign up to be a demonstrator the cost is $99.  For that $99 you usually get to choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  During the month of July, not only do you get to choose your $125 in products, you will also receive a FREE “Essentials Pack” AND a FREE stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog called Carols of Christmas.  Oh, my!  So much free stuff!  The Essentials Pack contains 2- Clear “D” Blocks, a package of Grid Paper, a pair of Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive and a Bone Folder,  WOW!  That’s over $72 of additional FREE stuff!

Seriously!  July is the perfect time to become a demonstrator and join my team of Sassy Stampers and friends.  Want to give it a try?  Just go to my website and sign up on July 1st.  This promotion runs for the entire month of July.

Let’s get “SASSY”!  Join my team in July! (Who doesn’t want a discount on Stampin’ Up!’s amazing products?!)  For more information on what being a demonstrator entails contact me today!  I love you to get “Sassy” with us!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happiest of Days

Happiest of Days.0617It’s always someone’s birthday, right?  Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday and today it’s my crazy friend Amy’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to all!

The Happiest of Birthday’s stamp set was one of the first stamp sets in the new catalog to catch my eye.  (page 70)  It has a couple of fun images of a cake and gifts but it also has some sweet floral and sentiment images.  I’m going to be using this stamp set for my swaps for Stampin’ Up!’s Thailand Incentive Trip.  I have the card designed and will share it with you soon.  I just need to start working on all the cards for the swap!  I guess I’ll get to that after I’m organized for tomorrow’s classes!

Yes, I’m starting to go a little crazy.  I’m trying to plan classes, make swaps AND get ready for my trip to Thailand!  Yikes!  It’ll all get done though. No worries!  🙂

This is one of the cards we’ll be making at classes tomorrow.  I tell you….you can never have enough birthday cards!  I used the fun cake image that I mentioned above as well as the equally fun Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  You really must check it out.  So many fun patterns and colors!

Don’t you just love the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding?!  It’s so soft and FUN!  The Crinkled Seam Binding also comes in Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach and I have them all!  I told you that the ribbons are the first things I purchase from a new catalog!

This was a fun card to make and pretty easy too.  I hope you like it.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Thinlit

Happy Birthday Thinlits.0517Hello!  Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year!  I should probably have some kind of Summer Solstice card for you today but instead I have another birthday card.

This was the most popular card at my recent Card Buffet Class.  I had about 13 people attend this class and between them they made 33 of these cards.  That’s a lot!

This Happy Birthday Thinlit is quite popular and I’ve seen so many great ideas using it.  One fun idea is to die cut multiple images and then layer them on top of each other.  It’s quite a stunning look.  I just used a single layer on my card.

The die cut image is large enough that you can easily use your Fine-Tip Glue Pen on it or even your Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I chose to use the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the die cut on mine.  These new adhesive sheets work perfectly for die cutting.

I first cut a piece of card stock large enough to fit my Happy Birthday Thinlit.  Then I cut a piece of the adhesive sheet the same size, removed the backing and stuck it to the card stock.  I next ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit, removed the backing from the adhesive sheet and then stuck it to my designer paper.  SO easy!  No fuss.  No mess!  🙂

I’m anxious to get this Thinlit out again and try that layering techinique.  What about you?

Big on Birthdays

Big on Birthdays.0517Happy Monday!  This card is in honor of my sisters who celebrated their birthday on Friday.  (Yes…they’re twins)  I wasn’t able to celebrate with them as they both live in the Minnesota Homeland.  I’m sure I’ll see them some time this summer though.

Here’s a picture of the three of us at my son’s wedding a few years ago.  Sisters.1.1013As you can see, my sisters don’t really look anything alike.  Happy Birthday Lori & Linda!

This gorgeous card was made using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  It’s new to the annual catalog but it made it’s debut in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Simple, yet elegant.  I love the flower spray and it looks perfect when colored with the new In-Colors Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

I did have a little trouble getting the large sentiment to stamp cleanly but then I just used my trusty Basic Black Marker to touch things up.  It worked like a charm!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I’m Going to Thailand!

Incentive.1It’s getting closer a more real.  My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  Woo Hoo!  I’ve been stressing about what to pack but yesterday I received our little travel wallet from Stampin’ Up! and it was so much fun!

Did you notice the fun ribbon it’s wrapped with?  That’s the Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the new catalog.  It also comes in Berry Burst (my new favorite color!), Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  I can’t wait to use some of this ribbon on my projects!

Incentive.2Here’s the wallet opened up.  In the plastic part at the top is a pin that says “My first incentive trip”.  Yes.  I’m a rookie.

I think my favorite part of the whole wallet are the luggage tags!  They are absolutely adorable!  Colorful little elephants.  I can’t wait to use them on my luggage!

We leave in 3 weeks, on the 4th of Incentive.3July, YIKES!  It’s coming up fast.  Things are coming together but I still have to figure out what to bring and pack!

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful customers and downline who helped make this trip a reality for me!  You’re the best!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

You Gotta Love It!

Eastern Medallions.0517I’m going to be honest with you.  The thought of the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist really didn’t do anything for me….at all!  It brought back night mares of the old In-Color Kiwi Kiss….Yuk!

HOWEVER!  You gotta love it!  Lemon Lime Twist is my second favorite In-Color after Berry Burst and right up there in my top 10 current colors.  It’s really fun! It’s the perfect accent color.  Check out this card!  Lemon Lime Twist coordinates perfectly with dark colors like Basic Black.  I love it!

This card just makes me say “Wow!”.  I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the COORDINATING Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  I just die cut the large medallion.  Then I stamped the flower medallion twice, die cut them and made a double flower.  I popped the flower on with a couple of dimensionals, added the gorgeous ribbon and I was done!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Soft Sayings All Inclusive Card Kit

softsayingsNot only is it still Video Week but it’s also Simple Saturday!  What can be more simple than an all-inclusive kit?!  Yes!  The Soft Sayings Kit is all-inclusive and comes with EVERYTHING (except adhesive) that you will need to make the 20 projects!  Even the clear block for the photopolymer stamps!

I brought this kit with me last month on my trip to the cabin.  No…I didn’t attempt to put it together in the car but I did put it together one afternoon in the cabin.  The directions were clear and easy to follow.  If you look at the picture closely you can see that you get to make three different sizes of cards.

The little stamp set that comes with the kit has some great sentiments that fit perfectly on the different card sizes.  There’s also a couple of leaves and flowers.

One of the great things about this kit is that you can purchase a refill!  The refill comes with everything the kit contains except the stamp set, clear block, ink spot and the box.

Check out the video below and see how easy it is to make these cards!  Oh…did I mention what a great gift this would make?!!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: You Move Me Bundle

you move me bundleYou will definitely have to check out todays video!  The You Move Me Bundle is amazing.  I’ve actually never seen anything like it.  The picture to the left here doesn’t do the bundle justice.  Watch the video!

Why do you need to watch the video?  The butterfly actually will look like it’s fluttering it’s wings if you pull the white card stock with the stamped image up out of the pocket.  This is one of those things you have to see to believe.  Check it out!  These products are pretty fun.

If you like versatility in your projects you’ll get it with this bundle.  There are plenty of other images and framelits besides the ones that show motion.  You can see the stamp set and framelits as well as more details about the bundle in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Memories & More

Hello!  Today’s video is going to give you a peek at a whole new line of products for Stampin’ Up!.  You may find them vaguely familiar as it’s Stampin’ Up!’s own pocket scrapbooking line.  The great thing about Memories & More is the “More” part.  This line of products includes the album, pages and pens.  It also includes the different themed card packs with coordinating stickers and overlays.  You’re thinking “how is this different than Project Life? which Stampin’ Up! used to carry.  Well…..let me tell you…..the card packs coordinate perfectly with other Stampin’ Up! products!  Stamp sets, designer paper, colors!  Woo Hoo!  COORDINATION!

Check out the two videos below that will acquaint you with the Memories & More

product line.  I think you’re going to love it!

 

Video Week: Love Today Planner Kit

planner2Oh my!  This planner is beautiful!  I put mine together yesterday and can’t wait to begin to use it!

There are pages, stickers, pockets, photo protector pages and sticky notes.  You will be amazed at how fabulous this planner is!

You have to check out the video below because these photos don’t do it justice!

The month pages don’t have dates on them so you can start using the planner whenever you want.  The months have a planner1month-at-a-glance page as well as weekly pages.

Not only will this planner be great for your own use but it will also make a fabulous gift!  I’m actually contemplating giving them to my sisters for their birthday in a few weeks.

I know you’re going to love it.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Watch the video and see just how fabulous this planner is….did I mention one of the best parts?  You can buy a refill for it!  The refill comes with everything you find in the original planner kit except the 3-ring binder cover.  How great is that?!

You can find out more details about the planner and purchase it in my online store.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Embossing Paste

Welcome to the second installment in Video Week.  Today I want to share with you a product that I had never heard of before I saw the new Annual Catalog:  Embossing Paste.  I know, some of you are asking “have you been living under a rock?”.  I guess this isn’t a new craft product but it’s new to me.

Embossing Paste is pretty cool.  I haven’t actually played with it yet but I’m anxious to give it a try.  It looks like so much fun and it really looks easy to use.  Check out the video below and let me know if this is a product that you might like to try.

You can purchase decorative masks to use with the Embossing Paste but I’m also wondering if you could kind of create your own masks with punches and thinlits.  Hmmm….I’m definitely going to give it a try.  I’ll let you know how things turn out.

Another fun thing you can do with Embossing Paste is actually color it with Stampin’ Up! reinkers.  Did you catch that in the video?  Too fun!

I might have to go grab my Embossing Paste and give it a try!  If you want to purchase your own Embossing Paste you can do it right in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Oh, So Eclectic Bundle

Hello!  I have to admit that I didn’t really get a chance to play with all my new toys yesterday.  I did get them put away but in order to do that there was a lot of cleaning up and organizing to do. Yuck!  I really wanted to play.  It is a good feeling to be organized though.

I’m calling this week Video Week on the blog.  Stampin’ Up! has some great videos out about some of their new products and I want to share them with you.

Oh, So Electic.0517The first video I want to share with you is about the Oh, So Eclectic Bundle.  I used this stamp set on the card I shared a few days ago.  There is so much you can do with this stamp set and COORDINATING framelits.  Here’s a simple card  that I made using just the stamp set and the new Fresh Fig In-Color.

Be sure to check out the samples at the end of the video.  There are some really cute ones that I’m anxious to try.

You can check out more details on this bundle here.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Saturday Night Surprise!

18950962_10155411819753966_8851981549501365494_nWoo Hoo!  Look what showed up on my door step at 7 pm last night!  I didn’t even know UPS delivered on Saturday!  My lucky day!   Can I get another Woo Hoo?!!!

I wasn’t expecting this until Monday and UPS doesn’t usually arrive in my neighborhood until late afternoon so I am really excited!

18814150_10155411819793966_1236468896289940847_nCan you see some fun goodies in the box?  Look at all those rolls of ribbon!  I can’t wait to check them all out.  I told you that the ribbons were always the first things that I order from a new catalog!

I’m sure you noticed the stamp set in the middle of the box.  That’s the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It’s the very first stamp set out of the new catalog that I absolutely had to have!

Once I dig into the box I’m going to have a hard time deciding what to do first.  You’re wondering why I haven’t dug into yet…..I figured I’d save it for after church today when I have the whole day ahead of me.  I didn’t want to stay up all night last night playing….a girl needs her beauty rest (especially at my age!).

Have you placed your order from the new catalog yet?  You might want to so you can get your special UPS surprise!  Thanks UPS for delivering on Saturday evening! 🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Saturday: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Oh, So Electic.0617It’s Simple Saturday!  So….when I started designing this card I intended to go real simple:  single layer….just the card.  However, that’s not what I ended up with.

First of all my images were too small for a full size card and it was just way too plain even when I tried it on a note card.  What to do, what to do….

Add a layer of course!  Well, it was kind of like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”….you know, the kids book…  One layer just wasn’t enough so I needed another layer…and then another one.  Luckily I stopped at four layers.  Ha!

Of course, once I got all of the layers put together I still thought there was too much white space.  Honestly, I thought I was over the fear of white space on a card but apparently not.  I needed something on the lower portion of the card.  I didn’t have many of the new ribbons from the new catalog so I decided to go with the Basic Black Solid Baker’s twine.  I added a small bow with long tails that hung down into the scary white space.  Ta da!  It is finished!  Yep, that was the answer.

Even with water coloring the flower image this was still an easy card.  Easy yet elegant.  I can’t wait to see all of the easy and not so easy cards I’ll be able to design once I have my stash of new products….that will be here MONDAY!  Woo Hoo!

Have you ordered your new products yet?  Have you even checked out the new catalog yet?  Get on it!  The catalog is fantastic!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Delightful Daisy

I’m SO excited!  I place my (HUGE) order from the new catalog yesterday and it should arrive on MONDAY!  That gives me a whole week to play before my New Catalog Premier and Card Buffet!  Woo Hoo!

Daisy Delight.0517Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new bundles with you.  The Delightful Daisy stamp set and the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Once again when I first saw this stamp set I didn’t think I really needed another flower stamp…..I was SO wrong!  I LOVE this daisy stamp…especially since you can get a COORDINATING punch for it!  Woo Hoo!

Now, don’t go and get too excited….the Daisy Punch is already on backorder.  Everyone has loved it as much as I do.  Don’t fret though….you’ll be able to order it again by the end of the month…it’s only a few short weeks away.

The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is GORGEOUS!  Don’t you love the pattern I’ve featured on this card?  So fun!  I also got to use my favorite embossing folder, Petal Burst, on the card.  I love this card!  I’ve used so many favorite products!

Now that I’ve been home for almost a week it’s time to get some serious stamping done.  I’m way behind on sending out cards.  Graduation, thinking of you and even birthdays.  Time to get busy!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!  Don’t forget to check out the new catalog!  You’re going to love it!

Today is the Day!

2017 Annual CatalogYES!  Today is the day we can order from the brand new and amazing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  Woo Hoo!

Set your alarms for 12 noon (MT) and get that order placed!  I can hardly wait!  I’m not going to tell you how large my order is….suffice it to say that I’m ordering all of the new ribbon and all of the new designer series papers.  Yikes!

Why?  The ribbons are always the first things I purchase out of a new catalog.  A lot of times my card designs are determined by the ribbons available.  If I can’t add ribbon I can’t make a card.  Ok…that’s not quite true.  I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been making quite a few cards without ribbon.  I will definitely be going back to my old ways though because the ribbons in this new catalog are GORGEOUS!  I can’t wait to play with them!

Colorful Seasons.0517I know I haven’t posted many cards lately so here’s a quick peek at one of the new stamp sets in the new catalog.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set is fun because it has images for all four seasons.  Best of all it has COORDINATING Thinlits!  🙂

Did you notice the ribbon on the card?  Yep….one of the gorgeous new ones.  It’s the Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.  You’re going to LOVE it!

I designed this card for my Catalog Premier and Card Buffet on June 11th and 12th.  Stop by and pick up a new catalog or sign up for the Card Buffet Class and get your catalog then!

Don’t forget to check out the new catalog and get that order placed!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Did You Miss Me?

Did you miss me?  I sure hope so!  It was time to head up to the family cabin in Canada, just north of International Falls, MN and get it ready for summer.  We got a lot of work done the week we were there but it sure is good to be home.  We made the drive in 2 days each way and that was more than enough for me!  I did get a little crafting done in the car which I will be sharing with you soon.

island1The weather was cool, windy and cloudy most of the time.  We did have one gorgeous day and I was able to get out and take a few pictures.

This first picture was taken in the morning.  The lake was perfectly still which is rare as it’s a very big lake (Rainy Lake).  I loved the way the trees were reflected in the water.

The second picture was taken a sunset.  I was in the cabin and just happened to look out and see that the sun was going down and thought I’d try to see if I could get a picture.  I grabbed my phone and ran out just hoping to get a good island2picture.  I was pleasantly surprised!  Even when I took the picture I didn’t think it would really turn out but then I looked on my phone.  I caught it perfectly!

I know you all are itching to see more samples from the new catalog.  Tomorrow is the BIG day!  You’ll be able to check out the catalog online if you don’t have a hard copy.  Be sure to email me at cindy@stampbystampcreations.com if you’d like your own copy.  You’re going to LOVE it!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!