Oh my goodness, people! I spent yesterday… knowing I should be prepping for my Technique Class (we’re doing the Stained Glass Window technique – one of my favorites!) But instead decided to just focus on cleaning off my desk.
And by cleaning off my desk, it turned into using up my annoyingly large pile of elements from past projects that I ended up deciding were not right for the project at the time but were cute and/or took enough time that I couldn’t bear to throw them out. And that pile kept getting pushed around my desk and added to with each new project. Until today… I had had enough and I decided to use them up. Which turned into a super fun afternoon of crafting! For example, I had 10 stamped & hand cut leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. Plus 8 pieces of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that had been cut just slightly too short on one end for a different project… so I combined them together plus a couple extra elements to get started on my customer thank you cards for December!
Ok, but on to the important stuff… awesome deals!!
All the Things You NEED to Know!
Last chance for the Online Extravaganza – this sale ends TODAY and there are some awesome deals that you don’t want to miss! It all ends though at 11:59pm MST.
My top favorites that are AMAZING Deals not to be missed:
– Magnetic Platform (40% off) – a craft room MUST HAVE! Especially at 40% off!
– Memento Black ink pad (40% off) – my GO-TO for stamping black with Photopolymer stamps
– Fast Fuse adhesive refills (40% off) – for when you need a strong adhesive with the ease of a tape runner
– Sweetheart punch (50% off) – cute & perfect for love/wedding/valentines!
– Mini Treat Bag (40% off) – Even if you aren’t sure about how much you would make the bag, the 10 other dies that come in the set are so versatile for cards and other projects, you can’t go wrong! Check out everything that is on sale & shop using the images at the end of this post!
NEW Last-Day-Exclusives – for the last day of the Online Extravaganza, Stampin’ Up has added 3 new items to the sale! 2 bundles and 1 embossing folder. But these special bundles and prices are only good today and while supplies last.
Woodland Embossing Folder is almost gone – I’m still waiting for official updates from Stampin’ Up but between the heads up shared by Stampin’ Up on Wednesday and the number of orders I’ve seen come through, I’m just waiting for the announcement that the Woodland Embossing Folder is sold out for good. However, as of right now, you can still purchase it in the online store, so make sure you don’t wait to long if you want to snag one! If you are local, I’m putting in a group order tonight and I’d be glad to pick one up for you if I can.
Get on my list today for mailings of the upcoming Occasions (spring) Catalog – If you don’t have another demonstrator that you are currently working with and receiving catalogs from, I’d be happy to put you on my list to receive a free Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalog from me in late December. I need to submit my list for the mailings by tonight and can add you to the list!
– If you have purchased from me in the last 6 months, you don’t have to do a thing! I already have you on the list!
– If you haven’t ordered from me, or it’s been a long while, just shoot me an email at email@example.com with your address and a way to follow up with you in late December to make sure it arrived ok (the post office sometimes seems to lose a few and so I want to make sure you get yours!)
And to finish off, I thought I’d share some ideas and inspiration using some of the items from the Online Extravaganza Sale!
As we are winding down our Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I’m trying to get back to my computer and back in the groove of getting all of these project photos off my camera and up on the blog to share. Because, making projects is fun… sharing them is even MORE fun!
Today, I have a card I put together using the Woodland embossing folder and some simple sponging! We were told the night before Thanksgiving that this embossing folder is close to selling out permanently, so if this was on your wishlist, I wouldn’t wait too long to get it! I’m waiting to see when Stampin’ Up opens tomorrow if we have an update on it, but for now you can still orders yours in the online store.
Tips for making this card:
Keep the colors simple – You know me, I love clean and simple cards. The trick is to pick a couple neutral colors and one to two brighter colors to add the POP of color! In this case, I stuck with Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Gold, and Rich Razzleberry for my pop!
Try sponging your embossing folders – The woodland embossing folder is perfect for this technique! Run your paper through the embossing folder and then when it comes out, use a sponge dauber to lightly rub ink over the raised areas!
Help the word die cuts pop out quick & easy – I waited to share the Precision Plate for the BigShot with folks in my class until I could really see why it made a difference. And using these thin word dies, I DO see a difference! I find the words are much easier to pop out when I use the precision plate, as well as especially when you are using easily dentable paper like the foil papers, you don’t get the “polka dot effect” of the paper pushing up into the holes in the die. So, now I ALWAYS use my precision plate when cutting out thin word dies.
Extend your Metallic Doilies to the perfect size – I have been loving the Metallic Doilies (and love that they are 30% off through tomorrow in the Online Extravaganza sale!) and they often give me the right touch of shine on my card. But sometimes you need them to be just a little bit bigger than they are. So, grab those scissors and snip away! I cut one of the smaller doilies in half and stretched it out so some peeked out above and below my sentiment!
Use the fine tip glue pen for glueing details diecuts a breeze – the thin lines of the words and the metallic doilies can sometimes be a challenge to glue. Thankfully, the Fine Tip glue pen makes it easy to get it all glued without the glue showing!
Here is the trick: Use the glue from the fine tip glue pen sparingly! Don’t draw the lines of the paper with the glue, instead place dots of glue in areas with larger spots of paper and use the tip of the glue pen to spread the glue out along the finer lines! This keeps the glue from smooshing out the sides.
Don’t forget! The online extravaganza ends tomorrow with one more set of 24hr deals!
Just a reminder that the deals end tomorrow of when they sell out! Tomorrow they will be adding 3 sale items:
Project Life Starter Bundle! You get a 12×12 album, This is the Life card kit, This is the Life accessory kit, and page protectors in a bundle for 30% off! Everything you need to get your pictures from your last vacation or just the last year, in an album and off your computer or phone. It makes it easy and cute without too much thinking!
Christmas Tagables Bundle! Get a set of a TON of christmas gift tag stamps plus the Scalloped Tag Topper together in a bundle for 20% off. Just add some of that paper you may or may not have been hoarding at home and you are ready to go!
Tiny Triangles embossing folder. And just to be different, they added an embossing folder for 20% off on Monday only! Add fun geometric designs to your projects.
I’ll be updating my list once I get an update from Stampin’ Up! But you can see all the sale items here:
So, what do you think of the Online Extravaganza this year? Lots of great deals on both fun & flashy items along with what I consider staples for my craft room. So to help you filter through all the fun and cute stuff, I put together my top 5 fun items and top 5 craft room staples for you. I even put together a video so you could hear more about why I put them on my list along with a few samples. I’ll share some of it here, but feel free to check out the video too!
Top 5 Fun Items from the Online Extravaganza
Lovely Amazing You stamp set – this stamp set is so versatile and has some great sentiments. I fell in love with it when I first saw it and have never regretted the purchase!
Mini Treat Bag Thinlit & Accessories – the perfect size for gift card holders, candy/sweets treat bags, or just little love notes. Plus all the accessories make it a great value.
Metal Rimmed Pearls – easy to use and oh so classy!
Map it Out stamp set – great for “we’ve moved”, “I miss you” or just we were here cards and scrapbook pages.
Sweetheart Punch – just a great heart shape and 50% off!
If you are on my newsletter, hopefully you printed out your wishlist and browsed the sneak peek list I sent you because NOW IS THE TIME! No need to brave the crazy parking lots (and let me tell you, I didn’t realize how brave you have to be until attempting Costco on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving yesterday! Eek! That was a mad house!)
If you still need a wishlist, you can print out your own and feel super organized as you are going through all the deals! And figure out what you are getting now and what you are going to email your family and let them know to get for you this week for early Christmas shopping.
There are BONUS sale items in two 24hr sale times
– Bonus time #1: November 23rd (buy 3 get 1 free select designer paper & select punch boards)
– Bonus time #2: November 30th (select product bundles & tiny triangles embossing folder)
Online Extravaganza sale prices are while supplies last… so don’t wait too long
Have a list that is over $100 in product? Consider making your purchase through the Stampin’ Up starter kit! You can not only increase your savings by being able to select $125 in product for only $100, but then you will also be set to join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group, get in on the December spring catalog preorder, get 20% off future purchases,and more! email me for more details.
TODAY ONLY! 24hr Special bonus deals – MONDAY 11/23 ONLY!
There is so much good stuff, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on some of the specials that are only good through today:
I remember when I first saw the Jingle all the Way stamp set and Sleigh Ride edgelits, I wasn’t sure what I thought about them. But after playing with them a bit, I think they can pull together rather stunning cards and projects… don’t you agree?
I wanted to use these dies in a project for my Stamp Club but wanted to do something a little bit different than the normal, 3 strips of paper across the full cardfront with the die cut edges. So I got the idea in my head to go for a snowglobe effect and this card started coming together! Let me share a little about how I made it:
I started by cutting out a circle using theCircle Framelits to use as my background piece on which I would be layering everything else. I also used that same sized circle to cut out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, but when I cut the Crumb Cake cardstock, I also layered the NEXT-SMALLEST circle framelit inside so that I was cutting using 2 framelits at the same time, both nested together when cutting. This gave me the brown frame to go around the outside of my snow scene.
Then it was just cutting the pieces for the different layers. You need:
– a piece of Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper
– 3 strips of Very Vanilla cardstock: 2 with the edge cut using the tree edgelits & 1 with the edge cut using the sleigh edgelit
– 1 strip of Crumb Cake cardstock with the edge cut using the sleigh edgelit.
TIP – Use the Precision Plate when cutting out your sleigh ride edgelits! It makes them come out of the dies so much easier and WITHOUT breakage of skinny pieces of paper!
Trim off the sleigh and horse from the Very Vanilla piece and then start layering your strips onto your Very Vanilla circle you cut out in the beginning. Trim the parts that hang over the edge of the circle and then glue the frame down!
Then I just used my Hardwood background stamp to give a pattern to the circle I cut out from the middle of the Crumb Cake cardstock and cut it in half to place behind my main circle.
If you were at the OnStage event in Vancouver, I had this card up on the almost artisan display board. And you’ll agree it is even prettier and more sparkly in person!
So, don’t forget to get the Sleigh Ride edgelits on your wishlist before they are gone! Or bump it up to the bundle and save with the Jingle All The Way bundle that includes the edgelits and coordinating stamp set!
Get your Wishlists Ready! The BIG Online Extravaganza is Coming!
I just learned the details of the big “Black Friday” sale that Stampin’ Up is holding this year. They will be starting Nov 23rd (Monday) and going through Nov 30th (the following Monday) with One-Day Doorbusters each Monday! Plus lots of awesome items for 20-50% off! I’ll be sending out email with more details and easier ways to look (not on the mailing list? join here!), but you can get a peek now using this SALE LIST:
Get ready for it! The cone of silence has been lifted and I can finally share more about what I saw at OnStage this weekend and all the crazy cute stuff I saw while I was there! I still can’t show you the inside of the catalog for a while, and my first preordered items won’t be getting here until later this week… but I bet there is enough here to at least give you a fun fix for now!
Ok, but before I get to the “Coming Soon” Stuff, I want to quickly mention the new things that are more “Now” and time sensitive in nature. I’m very sensitive that way… hee hee
Holiday Catalog Retiring Product List is Released!
Stampin’ Up announced yesterday the full list of items in the Holiday Catalog that will be discontinued at the end of the catalog period. But the most important part is that they are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! So, don’t wait until January 4th to get your favorites.
You can also check out the list in PDF form … either organized by Catagory or listed by Catalog Page Number
I’ll keep you posted as things sell out, but grab your must haves early so you won’t be disappointed later!
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Ok, back to the sneak peeks!
Like I mentioned before, OnStage is Stampin’ Up’s new event to replace Convention and Leadership. I went into the weekend not really knowing what to expect. They had been fairly hush hush about what exactly would be happening but they promised a great time and the chance to get the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalogs in our hot little hands first! And you KNOW I’m a totally sucker for deals and for sneak peeks! One thing they didn’t change though, was Stampin’ Up’s habit of starting event days EARLY! Like, check in starting at 7:30 and festivities were on by 8:30! And though I had stayed up until almost 1am on my sugar high from going out with my mom, Tanya, and Janet Wakeland to Voodoo Doughnuts…mmm so good…
I was still able to get my butt out of bed (barely) and get over to the event location.
Thankfully, I had a few friends who got there extra early and were able to snag a table for our group. It wasn’t too full… the venue had a lot of space, but it was still 400 crazy stampers eager to find a seat and start seeing what was new and coming soon!
See those tables in the front of that bottom picture? That was ROWS of Big Shot machines! So much amazing stuff we got to try that goes with the Big Shot! If you don’t have one now, make sure to put one on your Christmas list! And then give your family my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure you get it and all the perfect complimentary pieces in time for gift giving.
It was fun to have Greg Pitt be our MC. Though his official title is Director of Distribution Services (getting our goodies from the warehouse to a box to us!) as soon as he started talking I recognized his voice – he is the voice of Stampin’ Up convention! Like the “please welcome to the stage…” guy. So, that was fun and he had a good humor too!
We started out with a video from the OnStage Live event in Brussels where we heard about the company stats and goals for the next year… and then on to the good stuff! Stamping presentations and the Occasions Catalog reveal! Lets just say we were super duper swooper excited to get our catalogs and see the new stuff!
And since that is a terrible picture if you are trying to see the cover of the catalog. Here is an only slightly better picture. Really, I was trying for you, but it was dark out when I realized the first picture was blurry!
Ok, if you don’t want to see anything new that is coming up… look no further! I don’t know who you are… I could not have your restraint But if that is you, come back tomorrow for more fun non-spoiler projects!
So, we started out with video stamping presentations… including one by the Stampin’ Up president Rich Jutkins. Turns out he is funny AND can stamp!
Here is his card using a new hostess set from the Occasions catalog (which starts Jan 5th as an FYI)
Oh, and love how he did this tag
We have some cool new pop-out dies for the inside of your cards:
And just so many great stamp/die or stamp/punch combinations. Seriously people, watch for those bundles because there is lots of great stuff and lots of saving to be doing. Didn’t I tell you earlier I’m a sucker for a deal?
It was such an exciting morning filled with stamping, prize patrols, and sweets… I had one more voodoo doughnut with me for the drive home, but I just couldn’t wait and had to keep the adrenaline and sugar high going! FYI – the Grape Ape donut and new stamps are an excellent combination!
So I know you are here for the sneak peeks, so here are a TON for you!
Isn’t it so cute! That card was a combination of Sale-a-Bration stamp set and cut Honeycomb embellishments in the Occasions catalog. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of my FAVORITE image from the Sale-a-Bration set, a cute chick! It was the very top Sale-a-Bration wishlist item for me!
And speaking of Sale-a-bration, how about another card idea using new papers and dies from the Occasions catalog with a coordination stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog:
Fun fact, the stamp set that coordnates with the flower die above, actually ALSO coordinates with the Designer Paper! Look, you can stamp added details onto you paper! Compare the left and right sheet.
New stamp set with matching punch
New project kits
New sunburst die
Another new die and BLUSHING BRIDE GLIMMER PAPER! Swoon!
More new goodies
Yes! These are stamped images using a 3 step stamping set like the past Lotus Blossom!
Dies you HAVE TO HAVE
And lots more
In the end, everyone won a prize patrol, and I was so happy that Stacey (on the left) won the stamp set she wanted most of all from the catalog! How perfect was that!
I was so grateful to have a number of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers with me to stamp with, debate, discuss, and share the experience. Plus my many new and long time stamping friends from across the region.
Want to see the whole Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Catalog Now?
Unfortunately, I can’t share the catalog for a while now, but all demonstrators as of today are able to view the catalogs online and starting December 3rd we will be able to ORDER from them too as part of a preorder!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun!
Just pick our your favorite wishlist items for a custom Stampin’ Up starter kit and for only $99 you can join the Stampin’ Up demonstrator family and get to pick out $125 in product to be shipped to your house (free shipping on your kit too!). Plus, you’ll get to start preordering the newest stuff on December 3rd and all the while, participate in our awesome Fun n’ Crafty team community through our Facebook group or connecting with us at events or with others in your area. We’d love to welcome you!
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So, Stampin’ Up is trying something new with the Holiday Catalog, and that is giving us a heads up what items will be carrying over (or still available to purchase after the Holiday Catalog is done) and which items will be going away for good as soon as January 5th hits. The big thing to note though by telling us this, is that they are also making these retiring items only available while supplies last. Which means I’m sure some items will sell out. So since I just got this list this morning, I wanted to make sure you had it as well in case there is something you HAVE TO HAVE and you want to make sure to guarantee getting it.
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I have had folks asking for a place to see all of my classes by mail and project tutorials. Well, I finally have them all consolidated into one place. I’ll still be making some changes and improvements to the layout of the page and adding some more descriptions, but they are up and ready for you!
It’s the day I’ve been waiting for, the first of the new style of company event from Stampin’ Up called OnStage! This is the new convention (OnStage Live) coordinated with 1 day regional events in the countries in the company. So OnStage Live was held in Brussels and so, since I wasn’t making that flight, I am attending one of the one day OnStage Local events – this time in Vancouver, WA.
After a crazy drive from Seattle Friday afternoon (seriously people between traffic and CRAZY rains, what I was expecting to be 2 1/2 hrs turned into 4!) we made it into town in time to drop off my travel companions – my mom and my downline Tanya at our hotel and then I headed over to the event center for a leaders dinner and training!
I got to chat with some great ladies and have some yummy food (should have taken a picture of the cheesecake… sooo good!).
We also got a sweet gift and got to pick up our Sneak Peek stamp set a little early.
And while I’d love to share with you the picture of the sneak peek stuff, SU is making us stay mum until Monday night. So I can tell you though, that I’ve already jumped up and down clapping in excitement for at least one thing! And I haven’t even seen the upcoming spring catalog yet! So, I’ll keep you posted after seeing all the goodies today.
Now it is off to join up with my team for a FULL day of fun and prizes! If you want to follow along, feel free to join me over on my Facebook Page – http://facebook.com/nwstamper where I’ll be posting throughout the day.
I stayed up late last night working on my swaps, so I’ll be back soon to blog about mine and other great swaps I get when I’m there. Here we go!
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