Weekly Deals, Catalog Request and a Puppy Video

Weekly Deals
May 19 – 25, 2015

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Puppy News

While I was in Hawaii, enjoying Stampin’ Up!’s Grand Vacation, the puppies were visiting a fellow Boxer friend.  Of course, when all 9 dogs were reunited late Monday evening,  there were lots of play bows and tail wags.  I snapped this cute picture of Uncle Brody with Bunny Kadenza on the left and Kia KiKi on the right.  Brody absolutely adores the babies, and is so gentle with them.  Little Lexi, on the other hand, prefers a more rough and tumble form of play which keeps the bold and confident boys coming back for more.

Brody with Kia and BunnyOf course, there is plenty of time to play with each other, as you will see in this video.  Mira and Kash refuse to take a nap.

Now it is catch-up time, as I did not take my laptop with me to Hawaii.  But I am excited to get back into the groove.  As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…

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In This Together for The Paper Players

IMG_2205It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week the “Queen of Clean”, Jaydee, is hosting a Clean and Simple Challenge for us:  Create a Clean and Simple “Girly” Thanks.  I inked up Stampin’ Up!’s In This Together stamp set for the first time, and was thrilled with my clean and simple results.  It’s so different from what I usually create.  I hope you enjoy it!

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This card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • New In Colors!  The image from In This Together was watercolored using Blender Pens and new 2015 – 2017 In ColorsMint Macaron was used for the raincoat, while Tip Top Taupe was used for the boots. Watermelon Wonder was used for the dress and top.  The mini-skirt is Delightful Dijon. I am already in love wtih these four colors.  Cucumber Crush was just a tad too bright for today’s card, but I can’t wait to try it out, too.

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  • New lace ribbon!  It was love at first sight when I saw the new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim.  It makes gorgeous double ribbons as you can see.  This one is in Mint Macaron.

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  • Feeling sentimental!  In order to come up with “Thanks, my friend”, I simply used two stamp sets: And Many More and Another Thank You.  How easy is that!

IMG_2201-006I had a blast creating this card.  I think the lace ribbon added the perfect “girly” touch to a girly image!  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?  Your comments are important, and I do read each and every one. And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…Aloha!

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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“Sneak Peek” Friendly Wishes for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_2195It’s time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week we are featuring a trio of bright and cheery colors.  I thought they would be perfect to pair with the sneak peek set, Friendly Wishes,  from Stampin’ Up!’s  2015 – 2016 Annual Catalog. I hope you enjoy this fun card! PPA251The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ long.

  • Markers!  Stampin’ Write Markers were used to color this delightful image from the new Friendly Wishes set. Daffodil Delight was used to highlight the flourishes, while Tempting Turquoise was selected to fill in the word “Friend” and Melon Mambo the heart.

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  • Ribbons!  Island Indigo cotton ribbon served as a substitute for Tempting Turquoise, and was used to tie a bow around the heart clip from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips Collection.  A snippet of Melon Mambo ribbon was added for a splash of color!

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  • Bling! Rhinestones were used to add a touch of bling.  They worked perfectly on the arrow, which was created with the What’s Up? punch.  Although I purchased this punch early on, I stuck it in a drawer, and never used it.  Sadly it is on the Retiring List…but I will continue to use it.  The arrow is a perfect way to draw attention to a word or phrase, especially when accented with rhinestones.

IMG_2195-002I hope you liked today’s card and the sneak peek of this new stamp set.  Won’t you let me know what you think in today’s comment?  I am excited about the new catalog for sure.  However, I have to make sure I don’t do what I did with the What’s Up? punch.  I totally forgot I had it.  Yikes! As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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“Sneak Peek” Sprinkles of Life for The Paper Players

IMG_2184It’s Sunday and time to play at The Paper Players!  This week, the lovely LeAnne is hosting a color challenge: Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand, Pistachio Pudding.  I thought this would be a great time to play with one of the “sneak peek” sets I pre-ordered from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2015 – 2016 Annual Catalog.  This adorable set is entitled Sprinkles of Life.  It is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for this year.  For every one of these sets it sells, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the RMHC.  Today’s card also affords us a sneak peek at another set, You’ve Got This, as well as new paper and embellishments.  Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

  • New stamp sets! Sprinkles of Life is adorable! Not only can you create a cupcake with sprinkles on top…you can create a tree, an ice cream cone, and a basket of flowers or leaves with the 22 images included in this set.  And how about the Sahara Sand background? It was created using a stamp from the sneak peek set, You’ve Got This.  I can see myself using this background often!

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  • New paper!  Stampin’ Up! updated the Background Designer Series Paper Stacks.  The new featured patterns include diagonal stripes, script, a bubbly-looking design, as well as these neat polka dots (seen here in Sahara Sand).

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  • New embellishment!  Although it is the new color Tip Top Taupe and not Sahara Sand,  I couldn’t help but feature one of the new 2015 – 2017 In Color Blossom Accents on today’s card. I think it coordinates well with Sahara Sand, don’t you?  And how about that little snippet of  Watermelon Wonder, another new In Color? I LOVE it!

IMG_2184-002Because I will be winging my way to Hawaii to enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip I earned last year,  I won’t get to play with my new “Sneak Peeks” until I return.  However, my Pals Paper Arts card on Thursday features another “sneak peek” stamp set, and next Sunday’s The Paper Players card will have some of the new lace ribbon on it.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this new stamp set. Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one!  Of course, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only and email away.  Until next time…Aloha!

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Tuesday’s Weekly Deals, Specials, and Puppy Pictures

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May 5 – 11, 2015

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It’s time to join!  I just placed my preorder for the new Annual Catalog…and you can, too, by joining Stampin’ Up! today.  For $99 plus tax, you can fill your Starter Kit with $125 of Sneak Peek products…and it ships for FREE!  Once you join, receive a one-time 30% off discount on a product order of $150 or more, if  placed within 45 days…just in time for the new catalog release!

Here is the important part…consider this a TEST DRIVE.  If you reach $300 in purchases and/or sales during a quarter, you’ll renew.
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It’s one of the major events of the Stampin’ Up! year!  Stampin’ Up! is retiring selected stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog to make room for new and exciting products.  You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices of up to 50 percent off retail, while supplies last.  Now is the perfect time to get those last few stamp sets you really, really want, as well as stock up on select ribbons, inks, and paper.

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.  Stampin’ Up! is  also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30% off retail. This is always an exciting time! Although I may be sad to see some of my favorites leave…I LOVE the discounts!

flowers in potIf you do not currently have a relationship with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any Stampin’ Up! product!

Note to my current customers:  If you placed an order with me between July 2014 and now, you will be receiving a FREE Annual Catalog.  Some of these will be mailed directly from Stampin’ Up!, while some will be mailed out by me.  If you have any questions, please contact me!

Puppy Pictures

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From L to R:  Kash, Chunkers, Jack

The Girlz May 1. 2015The Girls at Four Weeks
From L to R: Kia, Bunny, Mira

Until next time…

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The Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Basics Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. The result is you see the versatility of the set and the amazing things you can create with it. This week we are featuring Butterfly Basics. I am Stop #13 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #12: the talented Shana Gaff.  Her work always blows me away.   Enjoy today’s hop!

IMG_2174-001Butterfly Basics is one of my go-to sets from the Occasions Catalog.  I have used it to create several cards, but most of them have been designed using light, springy colors.  To show the versatility of this set,  I decided to create something using darker colors,  suitable for fall.  I actually CASED one of my previous cards, which you will see at the end of today’s post for comparison purposes.

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ when folded.

  • Watercoloring! The flowers were stamped with VersaMark onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and then heat embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder.   Next, they were colored using Aqua Painters and Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze inks.  After fussy cutting, the edges were lightly distressed with Early Espresso ink, using a Sponge Dauber.

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  • Random stamping! The background was created by randomly stamping a Sahara Sand cardstock panel using the images available from the set.  The stamps were inked with Early Espresso and stamped off once before stamping onto the panel.

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  • Pearls and lace! A Sahara Sand Lace bow adds texture, while a few Pearls adorn the butterflies for bit of bling.

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As I stated earlier,  I have used this stamp set several times over the past few months.  Here are three cards from the archives:

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IMG_1438And here is the side-by-side comparison of today’s card, with the one created with Wisteria Wonder.

PicMonkey CollageI think the darker colors work with this set, too. What about you? Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me, and I do ready each and every one.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #1 Lisa Young  Her work never ceases to amaze me. And if you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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Moon Lake for The Paper Players

IMG_2166It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the amazing Sandy has a fun Theme Challenge for us: Transportation!  I suppose a rowboat can be considered transportation, right? I needed a masculine retirement card that evoked feelings of relaxation and lazy days.  I thought this image filled the bill. Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″.

  • Watercolor! The boat image from Moon Lake was watercolored using Aqua Painters and inks. Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede were used for the tree, Sahara Sand for the foreground, Smoky Slate for the boat, and Soft Sky for the water.   The image was stamped a second time, and only the tree and boat were colored.   Stampin’ Write Markers were used to add accents.  The images were then snipped out with Paper Snips  and added to the original by popping them up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  • Selective inking! The sentiment, from Really Good Greetings, was inked using Early Espresso and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write MarkersTip: Remember to “huff” to moisten the ink before stamping!  Although Really Good Greetings is on the Retiring List, it is one set which I will be keeping.  I just LOVE this sentiment!

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  • Banner!  To add interest to the scored panel on the left, banners were cut from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  The “V” ends were created with the Hexagon Punch.  Of course, it never hurts to add a few Pearls…even on a masculine card.

IMG_2166-004 I hope you enjoyed today’s card. The husband of a dear friend will be retiring in few months, and I think this card will be quite appropriate, since he plans on catching up on some fishing!  Because I want him to live the retirement life he imagines after retiring, I think this sentiment will work.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.

I leave you today with a picture of little Kia.  She was supposed to watch the Kentucky Derby today…but she tuckered out during the post parade.

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The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Stippled Blossom Beauties…and a Puppy Picture

From the Archives

Stippled Blossoms is one of my retiring “go-to” sets.  (Click Here to see the updated Retiring List.)  If this set is not in your arsenal already, here are 12 reasons it should be!

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Last Day for Butterfly Framelits Discount

There is still time to take advantage of two special offers, which end today,  April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles–already discounted 15 percent–and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Become a Demonstrator Today!

Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are getting their peek at the NEW 2015 – 2016 Catalog TODAY! And starting Tuesday, we will be pre-ordering products from this catalog.  Here’s the GREAT news! YOU can add pre-order items to your Starter Kit. You will receive $125 of product for just $99…and it ships for FREE! As always, there’s no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further, no requirement to host workshops or parties and no penalty to drop!  It’s like taking a test drive! Join now…and if you reach $300 in purchases and/or sales during a quarter, you’ll renew your perks and benefits! Want to see what all the new catalog buzz is? Click HERE to join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator today today!

Puppy Picture of the Day

Today’s Puppy Picture features Jumpin’ Jack Flash.  No light-weight, Jack weighed in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. at 25 days of age.   In his spare time, Jack loves to eat, play, and sleep!

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As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time…

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Tuesday’s Weekly Deals and Specials…and a Puppy Picture

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April 28 – May 4, 2015

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From the Archives

In the upcoming days, I will be featuring cards made with sets on the Retired List.  Enjoy these cards made with Apothecary Art, featuring the Labels Collection Thinlits (also on the Retired List at 50% off).

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If you do not currently have a relationship with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any Stampin’ Up! product!

Note to my current customers:  If you placed an order with me between July 2014 and now, you will be receiving a FREE Annual Catalog.  Some of these will be mailed directly from Stampin’ Up!, while some will be mailed out by me.  If you have any questions, please contact me!

Little Mira Update

Many of you have asked about our Mira, our Miracle Baby.  She is now 4 lbs. 6.3 oz.  Although she is the smallest of the babies, she is catching up, and is within the weight range for a healthy Boxer baby girl.  She holds her own at the dairy bar for sure!

Mira and Muffy Until next time…

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Choose Happiness for The Paper Players

IMG_2034It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week we have a sketch challenge for you.  I felt the oval was perfect for showcasing flowers, so I selected the Choose Happiness stamp set, and created a little collage.  I hope you like what I created for you!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Collage! An embossed oval makes the perfect backdrop for paper-snipped leaves, flowers, and a bird.  Pearls…and a star from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips collection…are the perfect accents.

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  • Banners!  A mix of colors and patterns were used to create the banners.  Chocolate Chip looks yummy with Lost Lagoon, especially against the So Saffron background.

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  • Sentiment!  “When I need a friend, you’re there” is such a heartfelt sentiment, and perfect for the recipient of this card. I simply used the Hexagon Punch to make the “V” at each end, and added a little Crumb Cake ink to the edges to make it stand out against the scored background.

IMG_2034-004Of course, what would a post be without a puppy picture! In this one, little Jack looks like he is saying, “Hey! We’re trying to sleep here!”  I will confess, I do spend a lot time in the whelping box with the kids.  They are starting to play, and have sharp little teeth…and the cutest little growls.  Today they will be getting their first taste of puppy gruel.  How quickly they are growing up.  Little Chunkers weighs over 5 pounds at 3 weeks of age.

Puppy with CaptionChoose Happiness is one of my favorite sets.  I love using it for collages.  I know I got a little carried away with all of the different patterns and textures, but I think it works.  How about you…do you have a “rule” about mixing colors, patterns, and textures? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one! And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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