Spruce Up a Gift Bag with a Glitzy Decorative Tag using Amazing Birthday

My head has been down focused on recent stamping events including my Sale-a-Bration Celebration customer appreciation event, getting my April Class-by-Mail out the door, and working on thank you cards and projects for my next few classes (Beautiful Bokeh on Monday 4/27 for you locals, and hopefully the Easy & Elegant Artisan Cards for May’s Class by mail!)   And though it has been crazy, it’s been a lot of fun!  I love getting a chance to make some special goodies to say thank you for everyone who has been supporting me and letting me bring a little creativity into their lives! Smile 

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(some of the lovely ladies at my appreciation event on Monday!)

Oh, and to top it off, my camera stopped working (well, the flash stopped working) so I had to mail it back in to Canon for repairs and just got it back yesterday!  So, today I have a project that I forgot to share from a while back…simple but a great way to spruce up a simple gift bag!

Tips for making this project:

  • Pick up inexpensive plain gift bags from the dollar store or other discount store and use your scraps and stamps to embellish it!
  • Layer punches and dies to add a lot of dimension and WOW in a little space.
  • This tag uses 2 retiring punches/dies – The Artisan Label Punch and the Starburst Framelit
  • Mix in elements out of Glimmer Paper to add easy touches of sparkle and glitz.
  • Use Make the rest of the tag by layering images from the Amazing Birthday stamp set… but the best part is that this could be for anyone at anytime!

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  • Did you know?  The Amazing Birthday stamp set coordinates with the 1-1/4” Circle Punch and the Banner Framelits!

These sort of tags are perfect ways to use up your scraps and add that special handmade touch to your gifts.  Plus they are fun to make… so WIN – WIN!

Like I mentioned, this uses 2 retiring accessories… the items are while supplies last and a lot have sold out already.  So I wouldn’t wait too long to snag your favorites… the stamps will be manufactured through May 26th, but the accessories are while supplies last through June 2nd.

 

The Clearance Rack was updated yesterday too!

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Ok, now I’m off to get thank yous in the mail and take pictures of the projects we made in the last week so I can be back tomorrow to share more fun ideas!  Until then…

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The 2015 Stampin’ Up Retirement List is Here!

The big annual catalog is coming to an end as of June 2nd, which means it is time for Stampin’ Up to release the list of all the stamps and accessories that will be discontinued after this catalog is gone.  Thankfully, we have the list TODAY so you can see what to snag now before it is gone.

Save up to 50% off some items!

NOTE:

  • Everything BUT stamps on the following list are while supplies last
  • I expect the 2013-2015 In Color reinkers and cardstock (especially Coastal Cabana) to sell out very quickly. Reinkers are usually gone in a few hours.
  • Place your order online at http://www.nwstamper.com/shop and use the hostess code PEQH2R3T at check out and receive a gift of 3 finished cards using the Butterfly thinlit as a thank you!
  • If you have over $100 in items, consider joining my group as demonstrator and creating your own starter kit out of items from the retiring list AND get first access at the new catalog with a preorder in May!  Learn more about the start kit here.

2015 retiring list

Use Hostess Code PEQH2R3T at checkout for a gift from me!

>>>  Download the PDF of all the items  <<<

HEADS UP!

I also just read that the Clearance Rack will be updated TOMORROW (4/22) so you can balance the items selling out today with the retirement list with waiting until tomorrow for the new items that get added…I’m so curious to see what gets added!


New Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
Apr 21 – Apr 27

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See the weekly deals online here


Butterfly Framelits Special is still On too!

Whew!  That is a lot of savings and discounts!


And like I mentioned before, don’t forget the awesome deal that is the Starter Kit!

  • Pick $125 in items to get for only $99 – you pick what you want, anything you want!
  • Pay NO SHIPPING on your starter kit
  • Save 20% on all your future purchases from yourself!
  • Save 30% on your first order of $150+ in your first 45 days
  • Be a part of my super fun, Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group
  • See the new Annual Catalog FIRST!  See it May 1st and preorder May 5th as a demonstrator!

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The Butterfly Thinlits are HERE!!

I know a bunch of folks missed out when it was available at the beginning of the year and Stampin’ Up knows how frustrated everyone has been with the dies and the discounted bundle being out of stock for so long due to the dock workers strike that was going on recently, especially if you were hoping to get the bundle and earn Sale-a-Bration benefits with it!  So, because Stampin’ Up is awesome – they are offering a special “thank you for your patience” deal as soon as the dies show up in their warehouse and go on sale.  Check it out:

Check out the special “Thank You for Waiting” Offer from Stampin’ Up!

  1. Get 15% off the Butterfly Thinlits!
    OR
  2. Purchase one of the 15% off Butterfly Basics Bundles
    and pick one of the following
    FREE Sale-a-bration items while supplies last:
    –  Best Year Ever designer paper
    –  Best Year Ever ribbon & button accessory pack
    – Irresistably Yours specialty 12×12 designer paper

Get started right away with my special thank you gift!

If you place your order with me, I will send you a special thank you gift of 3 card samples and ALL the measurements using the Butterfly dies and Butterfly Basics stamp set to give you more ideas you can use right away to start creating with your new goodies.

Shop Online Here
Please use hostess code PEQH2R3T

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Enjoying Spring with Sheltering Tree

Are you in love with Sheltering Tree?  This was the surprise favorite from the Occasions Catalog this year and I love how versatile it is.  So I thought I’d share one of the cards we did for Stamp Club recently:

The stamp set is photopolymer (that completely clear stamps) so it makes it really easy to perfectly layer the stamp images.  And then you can even mix up your colors and designs like some of the ladies did here:

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And I thought I had gotten pictures of some of the other images – like the pink trees for Cherry Blossoms like we have all over up here in Washington.

Tips for making this card:

  • When you stamp your trees, I always start with the trunk, then add your elements.  Use the big dotted stamp to make your base leaves
    – green for spring
    – pink for cherry blossoms
    – yellow/orange for fall
  • Add accent flowers or leave color variations by using the little dots stamp (see below with the red arrow pointing to it)
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    echnically, those little dots are perfectly aligned to be flower heads on top of the little grass stems… but its all about versatility!
  • When stamping your bike, stamp the tires/handlebar image first.  Then grab that little triangle bar stamps for the frame and add those in!  Or as it has been known in class – the kite or the tent!
  • In this card, I loved the Sweet Dreams designer buttons from the Occasions catalog.  Especially the Lost Lagoon one with the stitching!  It went perfect with my paper piercing around the edge of the card.
  • And if you want your paper piercing to be perfect – use the Essentials Piercing pack!  One of the templates gives you perfect rows, so you can line up the edge of your template with the edge of your paper and get perfect spacing everytime.

  • Add a little Hello Honey sponging around the sentiment for a touch of sunlight to your card.

Sweet, Simple, and Done!

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New Ideas for the New Weekly Deals!

When the new weekly deals were released, I had to laugh because so many of the items on sale are ones that I’ve used in classes and stamp club this month!  Check it out:

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See the Weekly Deals in the online store

So for example, this last week at Stamp Club, we used both the Mother’s Love stamp set and the Something Borrowed embellishments:

April Stamp Club projects with Watercolored Mothers Love and Petal Potpourri

And then a couple weeks ago, we were doing an Embossing Folder Fun technique class and we used the Handheld Stapler and Deco Label Framelits (not the ones on the weekly deal this week) but you could do the same technique with the Label Framelits:

Lotus blossom double embossing technique

And of course, there are those fabulous Washi Sheets that I’ve been sharing with you as part of my Card Celebrations! Fun with Washi Sheets class:

And if you were interested in registering for this class by mail, I do have the instructions ready and available NOW and will be starting to mail out kits in the next couple days. 
So you still have time to sign up or purchase the instructions here.

Get Ready for the Butterfly Thinlits!

Just a reminder that hopefully tomorrow the butterfly thinlits will be back in stock!  And see, they go so well with the Something Borrowed Embellishments!

Card by Carol Hickman

I’ll be watching and posting to let you know when, but you can get them first!  So, you can either:

  • Watch for my “The Dies Are Here!” post with links to purchase in the online store – and get my 3 card samples bonus as a thank you for ordering from me!
    OR
  • Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with your information and I’ll place the order for you as soon at they go live & mail your card samples out to you as a thank you!  I will just need your shipping information and either a credit card or paypal email address for an invoice.
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Big News about the Butterfly Thinlits & a Special Offer!

Have you been loving the Butterfly Thinlits?  I LOVE how pretty the delicate shapes are from the dies like on this card I made with the Red Glimmer Paper:

And I will say (even though I totally forgot to get a picture before I gave away all my swaps) that I really enjoy how EASY it is to put together a card with the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Seriously, it looks like an ok stamp set in the catalog, but when you start playing with it, cards start coming together really quickly!  Here is one that I was sent recently (and it got a little crinkled in the mail!

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Card by Susan Timchack

Well, I know a bunch of folks missed out when it was available at the beginning of the year and Stampin’ Up knows how frustrated everyone has been with the dies and the discounted bundle being out of stock for so long due to the dock workers strike that was going on recently, especially if you were hoping to get the bundle and earn Sale-a-Bration benefits with it!  So, because Stampin’ Up is awesome – they are offering a special “thank you for your patience” deal as soon as the dies show up in their warehouse and go on sale.  Check it out:

Buttefly Basics April 2015 promotion

The dies are expected in the warehouse TODAY and should be available for purchase on WEDNESDAY (April 15th)!

Everyone has been eagerly awaiting the return of these dies, so while they should be getting a lot in, I would make sure to order yours early to make sure you don’t have a bit of a wait in line as everyone makes a run on them! Smile 

So, you can either:

  • Watch for my “The Dies Are Here!” post with links to purchase in the online store – and get my 3 card samples bonus as a thank you for ordering from me!
    OR
  • Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with your information and I’ll place the order for you as soon at they go live & mail your card samples out to you as a thank you!  I will just need your shipping information and either a credit card or paypal email address for an invoice.

And if you are still on the fence, here are a couple more ideas for you:

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Card by Carol Hickman

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Card by Jen Pitta

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Card by Naomi Keeling

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Quick and Easy Card for that Special Someone

I was looking for a quick card idea as a bonus card for my Stamp Club recently and after being inspired by the lovely Connie Stewart and her cards using the One Tag Fits All stamp set, I made a few changes to one of her cards and came up with this idea that is perfect for when you are short on time but want the handmade touch for someone:

Tips for making this card:

  • Make a bunch of cards at one time by grabbing a piece of the Designer Series Paper Stacks (the ones that give you 4 monochromatic pages per color in a color family) and cutting 2”x5-1/2” pieces.  Use the scallop edge border punch to round out one side of your strip and adhere to the left side of a Whisper White card base.
  • Use the One Tag Fits All stamp set, and all the sentiments are the same width, so you can make a bunch of different versions since you know they will all fit!

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  • Grab a Stampin’ Write marker (like the Hello Honey marker I used here) and color a few of the images and then scribble over one of the words to highlight it! 
  • Tie a coordinating ribbon – like this Hello Honey quilted ribbon – around the patterned paper and you are done!

See!  Quick, easy, and still cute!

There is still time to register for my Card Celebrations! Fun with Washi Sheets class (and class by mail!)

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up! If you signed up for the instructions only, or for the kit by mail, I’ll be getting the instructions emailed out by Monday and the kits will be going out by Wednesday. 

And if you haven’t signed up yet – you still can!  Register here

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Fun with Washi Sheets–a birthday card and NEW CLASS by MAIL!

I will admit, I saw the washi sheets when they came out in the Occasions Catalog and I didn’t give them too much thought.  Sure, washi was fun, but did I really need sheets of them?  Well, I finally decided to get a pack and start playing and turns out that having bigger pieces of washi is actually a lot of fun and great for all kinds of projects!  In fact, I created my April Class by Mail around Washi Sheets and the Celebrate Today stamp set bundle because I was having such a great time.

See, totally fun, right?  And some of the cards use big pieces of washi sheets for backgrounds, die cuts, or punch outs that you need the bigger sheets to get these looks.  I have all the details of this class by mail below (or join me in person next week on the 15th in either the morning or evening class session).

But first I thought I would share one of the cards from the class that was actually the very first one I created:

You could recreate this card with regular washi tape, but the thing that is cool about the washi sheets is that you get to pick the width of the strips you want.  So, say you loved yellow and wanted a wide yellow strip in addition to the skinnier yellow strip shown above – you can totally do that!

I cut my strips of washi sheets to slightly different widths and then placed them on the background paper.  Then stamped with the coordinating Celebrate Today stamp set for my central sentiment. 

Turned out totally cute!  Don’t you agree?

Want to make this and the 7 other cards?

You can join me in person if you are in the Seattle area

Card Celebrations! Fun with Washi Tape
April 15th – 10am-12n at my house in Bellevue, WA or 7pm-9pm at Panera in Redmond
RSVP here – morningevening  or email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com

Or sign up for my class by mail!  Included in the class kits are:

  • 20 notecards & envelopes (so you have spares as you are working & can come up with your own creations!)
  • a pack of washi tape sheets
  • all extra papers and embellishments precut, including washi sheet pieces
  • all die cut elements cut
  • pdf instructions for all 8 cards
  • Celebrate Today bundle (optional add-on) – SAVE 15% when you order with the class!

Class Kit Option



Have the supplies but just want the instructions?  I’ll be emailing those out starting Monday so get your name on the list today!

Class instructions PDF – $4.95





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