2 years!!

I just realized something!!  I have tomorrow listed (on my calendar) as my “stampaversary.”  You know, my 2-year-anniversary since becoming a Stampin’ Up demo! :)

BUT …

It’s not tomorrow, it’s TODAY!!  Silly, silly Laura.

I ‘technically’ signed up on a Sunday night.  I’m 96% sure. :)   So while my records show tomorrow as my 1st day, it was actually October 26th.  Awww!

It’s crazy to think that it’s only been 2 years.  I feel like I have been a part of the SU family for so much longer.  I’m sure this is mostly because of my hubby’s employment there for a couple years before I signed up.  Stampin’ Up has been a part of my life for longer than just my 2 years as a demo! :) I love this company.

In these 2 years, I have learned some things. I’m still learning on all levels, but I’ve made progress in so many ways.

  • Confidence.  Wow, this is so huge.  I can feel a change in myself with my comfort levels with people.  There is something about teaching people about what you love that builds confidence in yourself.
  • Craftiness. :)   Ha!  I know, you’d think I would be crafty before becoming a demo?  Not at all!  I still don’t think I really am, but I am learning to come up with a few of my own ideas!  hee hee.  Thank goodness this is a sharing community (and Stampin’ Up feeds us enough project ideas to last a lifetime) or I would be sunk.
  • Goal-Setting.  Of course this is something that I have done previously in my life :) , but I love exploring it at new levels.  It stretches me, and Stampin’ Up rewards awesomely for meeting goals.
  • Balance!  Oh boy, this one surprised me.  When I signed up, my baby was 2 months old and I had a 2 1/2-year-old!  I was at that point of really wanting something  for me, while still being mommy to my sweet babies.  I had no idea how helpful this would really be.  It’s funny — while yes I am busier (obviously) with my own business, it balances me.  Having “me time” refreshes me, and I can be a better mama to these babies while enjoying teaching and doing something worthwhile.  I’m a much more well-rounded person.
  • Loving what I do!  The more I create with friends, teach strangers a new technique, or even help my daughter make little preschool Valentines :) , I realize more and more that I love this.  The products, the company and what they stand for, the smiles and rambunctious laughter, the new friends, the extra money, the fun events, my cute team girls, all of it.  I love what I do!

My Digital Studio update + better prices!

If you have our digital software, My Digital Studio, a new update is now available.  It’s free, which is always lovely :) , and includes some fun new cards n’ stuff.  Yay!  Read this note from Stampin’ Up!

The My Digital Studio version 1.0.5 update is now available. With this latest update, you will receive functionality upgrades as well as access to seven new professional print output products–including a trifold card, a journal, a 5.5″ x 6.5″ calendar with easel, and four postcards.

It is important that you have the most recent version of the My Digital Studio software prior to installing the Professional Print Product Update.

Updating your software:

  • If you have installed the initial update (version 1.0.1), simply click “Help” and select “Check for Updates” in the My Digital Studio software. The update will be performed automatically.
  • If you have not completed the initial update, download the My Digital Studio update for a PC (version 1.0.1), or download the My Digital Studio update for a Mac (version 1.0.1). Then, complete the steps listed above to get the most recent update.
  • Please note: once you download and install the update, your My Digital Studio software will display as My Digital Studio “1.0.5.665″ in the About My Digital Studio screen under the Help menu.

Along with these great additional project options, nearly all of our current professional print products have been permanently reduced approximately 15-60 percent–just in time for all your holiday printing needs! Can I hear a yippee on this one? :)

Click here to see all of the the updated pricing.

Love it. Thank you Stampin’ Up! :)

If you don’t have My Digital Studio and you’d like to learn more, click here to see a video of ideas, and click here for more product details.

And, of course, click here to shop 24/7.  Click “shop now” in the top corner.

Bye!

Laura :)

Handmade Holiday!

Mmmm, I love a good promotion. :)   These are so fun.  I’m all for a discount and a good deal! (Redundant?  Maybe. :) )

Beginning TODAY and through December 16th you can buy some of my favorite holiday goodies at a 20%  bundled discount!

Click the flyer below to print a PDF.

Are you a visual person?  Ya, me too. :)   Take a peek below to see (and print if you wish) which stamps, gifts, and accessories are bundled.

If you’d like to print the PDF of my “visual,” click here. I made this pretty quickly using My Digital Studio.  I love a pre-set layout to make life easier. :)

Head over to my store to see more.  Click here and then “shop now” in the top corner.

Happy shopping!  Let me know what amazing things you make with these products!

Laura :)

**NOTE – the special item #s that you see on the flyer are the #s that you need to use to order these bundles at the 20% discount.

mama’s helper

My oldest is 4 1/2, and we have this little routine.  When a UPS box of Stampin’ Up goodies comes to my house (yay!), we wait until the 2 year old is sleeping and then open the box together.  She loves to sort out the goodies and hand them to me to put in individual bags.

A couple days ago she drew this picture for me.

Those are scissors in my hand :) , and a UPS box between us (on a table?).

I love it. :)

I’m just glad she didn’t draw the UPS man in the picture … that might seem strange. :)

K bye!

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This is the card that never ends … (Oct card club)

Oh man, that has to be my most annoying post title yet.  My apologies. :)

But oh-so-appropriate, since this is, after all, a never-ending card!

Have you seen these?  Ever made one?  So simple, yet so impressive to those that you show it to!  I saw this card in person and wanted to figure it out, and luckily the cute Dawn just so happens to have a tutorial video on her blog.  Yay!  Click here to watch the video on her blog.  (Thanks Dawn!)

*a note here — I need to really learn to use this camera, but in the meantime, don’t look too closely :) *

This is the card front.  The beginning, if you will.

The 2nd page.  (I’ll show in a sec how I got there.)

The 3rd page.

And, the 4th page.

Ready to see that in action?  Sort of?  :)

At the front page, you can see how the sides open like window shutters.

Both sides fold back, and you have page 2.

Those 2 white square fold back (over top and bottom), and it opens to page 3.

Like so. :)

Then that center part opens, like again opening a window, and you have page 4.

Following me at all? :)

And there you go!  And if you fold back the flaps of page 4?

Yup, back to the front.

It will make more sense after you watch Dawn’s video. :)

We made this in my card club this month.  We made this so that it could be used as either a fancy card, or a cute little brag book to put Halloween photos on the pages.

We used the Wicked Cool, Aviary, and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets and the Wicked Fun designer paper. Let me know if you have questions about anything else we used! :)

G’night,

Laura

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p.s. Don’t forget about the opportunity to get this awesome tote for FREE! Hurry, only a few days left!

Click here to find out how! :)

li’l monkey

I needed a quick baby shower card for a friend a couple weeks ago.  I wanted a little something to match the gift (cute jammies), and saw a very similar card somewhere that had stuck in my mind.  I have no idea where I originally saw it … so if it was from you, please let me know so I can give credit! :)

For the blue circle, I just punched a circle from scrap paper (I believe I used the 1 3/8″ circle punch?) and used the scrap as my stencil.  I dabbed a sponge on the bashful blue ink pad and dabbed it on my paper.  (Well, a 1/4 of a sponge … I think most of us cut them in 1/4ths.) Easy peasy.

I used the Cheep Talk stamp set for the cute branch, and colored it with 2 of our markers – old olive & chocolate chip. (This is the technique where you color right on the rubber with the marker, then stamp.)

The cute monkey is from Fox & Friends.  I am pretty sure I stamped him in early espresso, a richer brown than the chocolate chip.

The “hello baby” sentiment is from a favorite go-to set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I rounded the bottom corners with the corner rounder punch, and added a little bashful blue taffeta ribbon. (the bashful blue is discontinued in the taffeta, but check out the other colors here.)

I love the simple cute cards. :) I especially love the cute little babies that the cards go to.

Tootles,

Laura

p.s. Don’t forget about the opportunity to get this awesome tote for FREE! Hurry, only a few days left!

Click here to find out how! :)

Holiday digital downloads

Lovin’ some new digital downloads – holiday style!! :)

Nite Owl kit, $7.95

Autumn Spice kit $9.95

Brad add-ons $0.95

Candy Cane Lane kit, $3.95

Celebrations kit $9.95

Deck the Halls kit $3.95

Enjoy!

Laura :)

Cutie cute build-a-bear shirts!

This was SO FUN!!  Okay, so I took a few of these

and pulled out my lovely Big Shot machine

and some of my favorite cute Build-a-Bear dies.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up now sells a huge roll (72″!) of fabric adhesive?? I know!!

So I ironed the adhesive on some felt scraps, ran it through my Big Shot, and ironed the cut-out pieces to the shirts.  And lookie!

Have I mentioned that I love this machine?!? :)   This was NOT a difficult project!  My oldest thought that helping mom make these was the greatest thing EVER.  She was so excited to wear it to preschool today!

(Your eyes aren’t playing tricks — one bear has black clothes, one has gray.)

Do you think they feel like hot stuff with their new shirts? :)

I made a pumpkin shirt for my oldest also, just to play around.  (Not a great photo, sorry.:) )

I will SO be playing with these little shirts more! :)   There is amazing versatility in these Big Shot dies, and the money I put into the investment paid for itself long ago.  Fun fun.

Tootles,

Laura :)

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Clearance Rack BLITZ!!

This has to be quick, but I had to hurry and let you know about this CLEARANCE RACK blitz going on!

As you know, the Clearance Rack has been operational for over a year now, and demonstrators and customers alike are finding it a great place to discover discontinued Stampin’ Up! merchandise for fantastic prices. Now, from October 5-18th, we’re adding over two hundred more discontinued items–some at up to 80% off–to help us make room in the Distribution Center for new products!

Things to know about the Clearance Rack Blitz:

  • Orders for Clearance Rack items must be placed through my Online Store (click “shop now”)
  • Qualifying orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards!!  Combine an order with some friends, and earn FREE stuff!
  • While the Blitz lasts from October 5-18, some items, depending on availability, may be made available in the Clearance Rack in the future.
  • All discontinued items are available only while supplies last.
  • All sales of discontinued items are final.

There are some things on there that you won’t want to miss — and they will be gone quick!  Watercolor crayons, metal tins, corduroy buttons, rub-ons, and tons more … I’ve already done my shopping! :)

Click here and click “shop now” to enter my store.

Come see all the new items in the Clearance Rack!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Pass this e-mail on to your family and friends so they can shop too.

Happy shopping!!

Laura :)

Halloween countdown chain

My 4-year-old and I made a Halloween countdown chain last year for her bedroom, so you know we had to do it again this year!  Nothing like starting on day #1 of the month, huh?  It’s a looonng chain. :)

She is a pro with my Big Shot machine.  It only made sense to make a cute chain with my new tasteful trim die!

I saw a cute chain (for Christmas, I think) at Convention using the largest ric rac on this die.  Very cute.  I showed the idea to my girl, but ultimately it’s her project :) , and she chose to use 2 of the smaller zigzag/wiggles instead.

Think she’s excited? :)

This die is awesome. Check out the versatility in some of these samples from Stampin’ Up!

Cute gift wrapping!  See the white piece around the red package?  Done with this die. (Love those buttons!)

Or this card?  Made with that same die and  fabric.

Yup, fabric.  Remember, we sell it now? :) I love how the fabric is used right on the card.

Or even a little accent on any card or project is super cute and easy with this die.

You have to look close here. :)   See the purple (rich razzleberry) piece on bottom of the hat?  This is the same part of the die that we used on our Halloween chain.

I’m going to have fun with this die! :)   For now?  We’ll be making countdown chains.  Hee hee!

Ta ta,
Laura :)

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Click here to find out how! :)