Helping Me Grow and Jackie News

IMG_3158-001It’s Thursday…and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts.  This week the talented and lovely Ginger Toivonen has designed a sketch for us which is just as sweet as she! I thought it was a perfect opportunity to show off the Helping Me Grow stamp set, which just so happens to be one of my favorite new sets.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x  4-1/4″ when folded.

Blender Pens and ink were used to faux watercolor the flowers from this set.  I always like to “shadow” the images with Soft Sky ink for a special look.  Clear Wink of Stella adds a beautiful, subtle sparkle, which is noticeable in person, while a few Rhinestones are the perfect accents.

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Clusters of Rhinestones make an eye-catching center for any flower.  Once again, I gave the flowers a little wink!

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What better way to show off a sentiment than to frame it?  The word FRIEND was stamped, highlighted with Clear Wink of Stella, and then punched out with the Large Oval PunchStampin’ Dimensionals were used to “pop” it atop the label die, which was cut out using the Rose Garden Thinlits.

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I can’t wait to send this card off.  It would work for so many occasions, but I am thinking this one will be used as a “thank you”!

A Special Ad for a Special Boy

In two weeks time, Jackie will be strutting his stuff at the American Boxer Club’s National Show in Indianapolis, IN.  Of course, I will be there to cheer him on during the day, and snuggle with him at night.  I thought you would like to see a sneak peek of his ad, which will be included in the Boxer Daily magazine.

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Win or lose,  we will love him just the same.  It’s hard to believe he will be 13 months old!

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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Stampin’ Up! Retiring Lists for 2016

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STAMPIN’ UP’S RETIRING LIST HAS BEEN RELEASED

SALE BEGINS NOW!

NOW IS THE TIME TO PURCHASE RETIRING PRODUCTS BEFORE THEY ARE GONE! SAVINGS OF UP TO 50% are available on some of your favorite items.  Retiring Stamps will continue to be produced through May 22, but the other retiring products are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  Please…order today to avoid disappointment.  Just CLICK on the buttons below to see ALL of the retiring products IN MY ONLINE STORE or CLICK HERE to see the list and print it out.

Retiring Stamps

Everything ElseThese lists are updated daily to show the availability of all retiring products.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time…


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Sparkle and Shine for Pals Paper Arts

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It’s Thursday and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts!  This week’s fun sketch is courtesy of Susan Itell.  When I first saw this sketch, I felt it was a super one for emphasizing a sentiment.  So out came the Sparkle & Shine stamp set.  Of course, how could I not add some sparkle and shine to today’s card! I hope you enjoy this clean and simple “sparkler”!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ high when folded.

This card is definitely all about the sparkle.  From Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

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to Rhinestones

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to a single Iced Rhinestone embellishment…

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this card couldn’t be any easier!  The Basic Black and Whisper White color scheme is classy and sophisticated. I used the Diagonal Plate and Simply Scored tool to emboss diamonds on the the black strip.  The intersections served as a guide for placement of the rhinestones, while adding textural interest on this clean card.  Although it does not show up clearly in the pictures, Clear Wink of Stella adds a subtle sheen to the rays extending from the “diamond”.

I can’t wait to make a few more of these to have on hand.  I feel they can be used for a variety of occasions.  I will be sending this one out as a “thank you” card, but I could see it used for friendship and birthday cards, too.

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only email away.  Until next time…
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Price: $110.00

The Final Weekly Deals

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As you have heard, STAMPIN’ UP! announced they will be ending Weekly Deals after Monday, April 18.  But don’t despair.  They will be focusing on bigger sales with more products offered every few months. Look at the upside:

  •   More choices
  •   More items discounted
  •   More to order

So let’s celebrate the final Weekly Deals! These discounts will expire on Monday, April 18th.

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 Retired Sets for Sale

I still have a nice selection of retired stamp sets, as well as punches, dies and miscellaneous items for sale.  I have added pictures for most of the sets, and prices have been reduced on many items, too.  Check out the updated list here:

Retired Stampin’ Up Items for Sale

The list is updated as items are sold. Please send an email ([email protected] OR [email protected]) if you are interested in making a purchase. In your email, include the name of the items you are wanting to purchase and your zip code so I can calculate postage for you.  All items will be sold on a first come, first served basis. I can only mail to US addresses. I will accept both checks and PayPal, but please allow time for personal checks to clear.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! “Go To Gal”! I’ll be back Thursday with a clean and simple Pals Paper Arts card.  Until next time…
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Botanical Builder for Pals Paper Arts

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It’s Thursday and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts! The talented Dawn Tidd is this week’s featured designer.  Don’t you love her sketch?  I felt it was crying out for me to use Stampin’ Up!’s Botanical Builder framelits.  These have to be my favorite product from the Occasions Catalog!

PPA-294-Mar31Since I was out of wedding/anniversary cards, I decided to create one to have on hand.  Because of the silver foil and rhinestones, it was difficult to capture the beauty of this card in a photograph.  But I am such a fan of white-on-white cards with metallic accents, I just had to use them.  Enjoy!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/4″ square when folded.

Soft and subtle!  I used a Blender Pen with Blushing Bride and Soft Sky inks to add just a hint of color to the petals of these blossoms. The dots were applied using the 01 Width Project Life Journaling Pen.

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Rhinestones grace the centers of the flowers and the stem of the leafy frond. I absolutely LOVE the flowers and leaves created with the Botanical Builder Framelits.

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A double Whisper White Satin bow adds elegance.  Glue Dots adhere it to a Silver Foil circle, which had been scored using a Simply Scored with Diagonal Plate.

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The result is elegance from any angle!

IMG_3137And if you prefer a traditional 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card, the result is equally as pretty!

IMG_3122I hope you enjoyed today’s card, and that you will join the Sketch Team in our challenge today.  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…
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Weekly Deals and Specials

Be still my heart!  The Weekly Deals are here, and it isn’t rocket science when it comes to what I will be ordering!  Yes…PEARLS!!!  Remember, the time to stock up is when the price is right! The question for me is how many packages to order!

Weekly Deals
March 22 – March 28, 2016

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It’s a big month for Paper Pumpkin! This month marks the third birthday.  To celebrate, the April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a bonus stamp set called All about Everything!  Be sure to subscribe by April 10 to get in on the fun!  If you are on the fence about subscribing, here is something to make your decision to take the plunge a little easier:  the 3-Month Prepaid Subscription is on sale!  Order a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55  and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

If you want to maximize your Sale-A-Bration items, why not take it to the next level with a 12-Month Prepaid Subscription.  You save $24 a year, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  The 12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) is $215.40.

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I still have a nice selection of retired stamp sets, as well as punches, dies and miscellaneous items for sale.  Check out the updated list here:

Retired Stampin’ Up Items for Sale

The list is updated as items are sold. Please send an email ([email protected] OR [email protected]) if you are interested in making a purchase. In your email, include the name of the items you are wanting to purchase and your zip code so I can calculate postage for you.  All items will be sold on a first come, first served basis. I can only mail to US addresses. I will accept both checks and PayPal, but please allow time for personal checks to clear unless you have ordered from me before.

2014 – 2016 In Colors

Speaking of retired items, the 2014 – 2016 In Colors will be retiring soon.  Although we can never predict which ones will return in a color revamp, why take the chance of missing out on your favorite card stock, ink refills, and more! Stock up NOW!

Blackberry Bliss

Hello Honey

Lost Lagoon

Mossy Meadow

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Join the Fun

Have you ordered the Ultimate Bundle yet? During SALE-A-BRATION (Jan. 5 – March 31), you will receive up to $155 worth of your choice of products with the $99 Starter Kit. That’s up to $56 FREE! You can maximize your savings even more when you select from our 15% off bundles and weekly deals. But wait…there’s more!

  • The kit ships for FREE, a savings of 10%.
  • Earn a minimum 20% off discount.
  • Participate in preorders.
  • AND it’s risk free! There is no penalty to drop. No pressure to sell or hold parties. If you sell or purchase $300 of product during each quarter, your demonstrator perks renew.

SO…if you are thinking about placing an order…consider purchasing the Ultimate Bundle…the Starter Kit…and maximize your value! READ MORE and SHARE in the FUN!

M’mm M’mm Good…Jackie the Boxer

“M’mm M’mm good” seems to be what Jackie the Boxer is saying after stealing a quick kiss from Amy the Handler! Wish Jackie luck as we head out to a show this weekend…

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As always, I would love to be your “Go-To Stampin’ Up! Gal”! Do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! products, the cards I create, or the techniques I use.  I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Botanical Builder for Pals Paper Arts

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It’s Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts!  This week the Sketch Team’s Beth Beard has a beautiful sketch to inspire us.

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I am in love with the layers in this sketch, especially the circles.  And you know me, when I see a circle like this I feel compelled to use flowers.  I really love the Botanical Builder Framelits. They impart so much depth and dimension.  So I paired them up with one of the gorgeous floral papers found in the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper collection, and Pool Party Polka Dots from the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper collection.  A quintet of spring colors guided my inspiration:

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

Pool Party and Blush Blossom flowers, paired with Rhinestones, make a beautiful focal point.  They were popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered to the side of the circle.  Pear Pizzazz fronds were easily attached using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The Botanical Builder Framelits, which were used to create the flowers and fronds, are one of my favorite collections from the Occasion Catalog.

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Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper add even more sparkle!  I used Tear and Tape Adhesive to attach two pieces of ribbon, each one cut at a slant, to the glimmer paper.

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Although I could have used a variety of sentiments on this card, I opted to use “I’m here for you…” from the Sale-A-Bration set, Pedal Pushers.  I wanted to send a card to Jackie the Boxer’s friend, Amy,  who was in an accident on her way to a dog show last week.  I am hoping the flowers and sparkle cheer her up as she faces stressful days ahead.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  It was made with love for someone who could a bit of sparkle in her life right now. 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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Price: $110.00

Jack the Boxer’s Photo Shoot

 

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Jack the Boxer celebrated his 11 month birthday in style with every dog’s dream…a photo shoot.  Well, maybe Jackie would have preferred treats, but with the American Boxer Club National Show less than two months away, we needed to get an ad developed for the Boxer Ring/Boxer Daily magazine and online site.  So Jackie was a good sport about it, and settled for treats later.  The talented April Knuth, of Watertown, Wisconsin captured his personality.

You might remember that April took pictures of Muffy and Lexi in the fall of 2014.  I wasn’t present this time around, but Amy the Handler did an excellent job helping Jackie look his best.  Don’t they make a striking pair?

Jack Knuth editedIn total, there were probably 10 different poses.  I selected the head study for his ad for the Boxer Ring magazine.  It was a tough decision.  Of course, there were lots of pictures where things just weren’t quite right….like the tail down, ears cocked back, looking up at birds or planes….who knows what was catching his attention.  Photographing a puppy is a tough job for all involved.  As April edits pictures, I will have more to share with you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this peek at these two. This Mini-Muffin is not so mini any more!

These pictures were taken last Monday.  On Friday evening, Amy was involved in an accident on the way to a dog show.  She was battered and bruised, but her friend’s daughter, Skyler, suffered severe facial lacerations and underwent plastic surgery that night.  Skyler will be facing multiple surgeries in the future.  One of the show dogs was severely injured, but miraculously survived.  She was rushed to the nearest emergency vet’s clinic, suffering from a collapsed lung, liver lacerations, and an abdominal bleed.  Another puppy was traumatized by the crash.  Everyone else in the vehicle (Scott, her friend; Scott’s son; and Amy’s son) were battered and bruised.  Jack’s sire, who is currently the #9 Boxer in the nation, escaped with no injuries.  What a blessing that all are still with us!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my Pals Paper Arts Design Team card.  We have a fabulous sketch for you! Until next time…
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Weekly Deals and Specials

It’s time for the Weekly Deals! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to Tuesdays just to see what type of Weekly Deals Stampin’ Up! has up its sleeve!

Weekly Deals
March 15 – 21, 2016

My recommendation…stock up on Gold Foil Sheets! I know I always use a touch of Gold Foil on my holiday cards!

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It’s a big month for Paper Pumpkin! This month marks the third birthday.  Plus,  Stampin’ Up!  just shipped their ONE MILLIONTH kit! To celebrate, the April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a bonus stamp set called All about Everything!  Stampin’ Up! is keeping the art a surprise, but you know it is bound to be awesome!  Be sure to subscribe by April 10 to get in on the fun!  If you are on the fence about subscribing, here is something to make your decision to take the plunge a little easier:  the 3-Month Prepaid Subscription is on sale!  Order a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55  and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

If you want to maximize your Sale-A-Bration items, why not take it to the next level with a 12-Month Prepaid Subscription.  You save $24 a year, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  The 12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) is $215.40.
Lots of Stuff words in illustrated 3d letters surrounded by piles and stacks of cardboard boxes in a disorganized mess

I still have over 100 retired stamp sets, as well as punches, dies and miscellaneous items for sale.  Check out the updated list here:

Retired Stampin’ Up Items for Sale

The list is updated as items are sold. Please send an email ([email protected] OR [email protected]) if you are interested in making a purchase. In your email, include the name of the items you are wanting to purchase and your zip code so I can calculate postage for you.

All items will be sold on a first come, first served basis, as determined by the date and time of your email. I can only mail to US addresses. I will accept both checks and PayPal, but please allow time for personal checks to clear unless you have ordered from me before.  Remember, postal rates have increased and some items, like dies, are heavy. However, I will try to find the least expensive method of mailing for you.

Are You Throwing Money Away?

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That’s exactly what you could be doing if you are not taking advantage of what we are calling the Ultimate Bundle! During SALE-A-BRATION (Jan. 5 – March 31), you will receive up to $155 worth of your choice of products with the $99 Starter Kit. That’s up to $56 FREE! You can maximize your savings even more when you select from our 15% off bundles and weekly deals. But wait…there’s more!

  • The kit ships for FREE, a savings of 10%.
  • Earn a minimum 20% off discount.
  • Participate in preorders.
  • AND it’s risk free! There is no penalty to drop. No pressure to sell or hold parties. If you sell or purchase $300 of product during each quarter, your demonstrator perks renew.

SO…if you are thinking about placing a $75 order or more…consider purchasing the Ultimate Bundle…the Starter Kit…and maximize your value! READ MORE and SHARE in the FUN!

Join me tomorrow as I share pictures from Jack the Boxer’s photo shoot with the talented April Knuth! And of course on Thursday, I’ll be back with my Pals Paper Arts Design Team card! Until next time…
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Honeycomb Happiness for Pals Paper Arts

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It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts!  This week the talented Patti MacLeith has a sketch for us.  I LOVE Patti’s sense of style, and this sketch is a reflection of it. Isn’t it fabulous!!!

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I just adore this yummy Ice Cream Cone pattern from the Birthday Bouquet collection.  Pairing it with the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set resulted in an adorable card for which I have a plan. This card will travel with me to the dog show at Purina Farms this weekend,  and will be randomly handed out to someone whom I spy doing something nice.  I can’t wait to see the look on someone’s face when I give them this card!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ high.

Who cannot help but smile when they see these adorable Honeycomb Embellishments!  It’s like being in Honeycomb Heaven!  And although you can’t tell from the photograph, the Crumb Cake sugar cones were given a little sparkle courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella.

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Although my first instinct was to reach for Whisper White card stock on which to stamp the sentiment, I opted for Blushing Bride instead.  I am one who usually stamps sentiments on white or vanilla, but this time I felt Blushing Bride added a softness and sweetness, especially when paired with Blushing Bride Satin Ribbon from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.   And isn’t the paper clip with Rose Red bow cute? I thought it was a great little “pop” of color.

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Of course, every card needs a “bit-o-bling”.  These sequins are also from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.  It is a wonderful little collection of embellies to have on hand.

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Although this card is on the feminine side, I will  not hesitate to hand it to a deserving guy.  If he passes it on to a woman in his life, maybe – just maybe – it will bring a smile to her face, too!

Jackie and I are off to the Greater St. Louis Boxer Club Specialty Show and the Belle City Kennel Club Winter Classic shows in Gray Summit, MO.  This is such a beautiful show site.  Although we will be working hard on Friday, with two shows in one day, I am sure we will still have time to relax and take in our surroundings.

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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