What’s Up in April & May?

Well, a whole lot that’s for sure!  Let me just start off by FREAKING OUT just a bit, for one SALE-A-BRATION is only 5 more days, what?!  Two, I can’t believe 2015 is almost 1/4 of the way over! Three, my HAWAII GRAND VACAY is practically around the corner!! Wait… what, how did all this happen so fast?!  Time is flying, but I have gotten down to work and planned LOTS of awesome events and classes for the next 2 months!

Oh and did I forget to mention that in a matter of a couple weeks we will have a RETIRED PRODUCT LIST from Stampin’ Up!  Which means of course… time for a NEW CATALOG!!!  Before you know it, school won’t only be over but it will be restarting again and that means I will have my first HIGH SCHOOL-ER!!! Ack!  Where’s that little brown bag when you need it?  Ok, one thing at a time…

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Remember that there are 24 items available to select for FREE with any $50+ product order through the end of March.  For every $50 you spend, you can select ONE SAB item.  Remember that the Blendabilities are no longer available but I have included links for you to view everything.

SAB BROCHURE CLICK HERE

SAB MARCH RELEASES CLICK HERE

NEW SAB ADDITIONS CLICK HERE

Get your FAVE SAB items while you can, once this promotion ends- it’s gone, never to return- NOT EVEN ON THE CLEARANCE RACK!  no joke. :-|

I admit that I was more than a little giddy when I glanced at the calendar and noticed how soon my trip to HAWAII is, then I realized how many days I would be gone… which means I have that many fewer days for classes and events in May.  Which means of course that I needed to do something FUN to make you miss me while I am away ;-)

Let’s run through my CREATIVE CALENDAR for the next 2 months.  There is a LOT going on and remember that I have ALL of this updated and events posted on my calendar for you as well.

Sale-A-Bration Celebration Projects featuring negative space using framelits, thinlits and Big Shot

First up we have SALE-A-BRATION CELEBRATION EVENT on April 4th from 2-5 PM – this is going to be an amazing event.  I have adorable projects planned for the attendees to this INVITE ONLY event.  Wondered if you earned a ticket, or who has RSVP’s?  Want to see what AMAZING details I have added about this event?  CLICK HERE TO SEE IT ALL!!

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Then we have our TOTALLY TECHNIQUES CLASS for April, this is going to be an awesome class.  There are 2 dates, April 14th from 11-1 PM and 18th from 2-4 PM.  We are going to be playing with that FANTASTIC SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM that is only available for the next 5 days through Sale-a-bration!!  You can see FULL CLASS DETAILS HERE.

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Then we have the SIMPLE STAMPING CLASS which features Ballon Bash, Love is Kindness, Snuggles & Smooches, and Lovely Amazing You.  These are adorable cards what can be used for any occasion, simply swap out the sentiment.  There are 2 class dates available: April 18th OR 21st from 11-1 both dates.  You can see FULL CLASS DETAILS HERE.

GUESS WHAT? ON 4/21 THE RETIRED LIST IS POSTED!! WHAT MY BLOG FOR THAT!

Congrats Grad Class of 2015

Get ready for those upcoming Graduates with the help of the CONGRATS GRAD GIFT SET CLASS!  Class date is April 25th from 11-1 PM.  In this class we will make this adorable fancy fold card (perfect for cash or gift cards – there’s a hidden secret!) plus this FUN cap box that holds lots of those adorable cap treats!  We will even learn how to make our own tassels!  SO FUN and the timing couldn’t be better.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL CLASS DETAILS.

Dearest Mom Gift Set Class

Of course we can’t forget about Mom!  DEAREST MOM GIFT SET CLASS, on April 25th from 11-1 PM.  I know some of my stampers may not have their Mother’s any longer and they automatically think this class won’t pertain to them but I would question that.  We all know an amazing Mother, it might be our daughter-in-law, it might be our friend, it might be our co-worker… this is a perfect gift for any woman, and if you want to make it less “Mom” themed you simply change the sentiment and it’s really perfect for any woman.  CHECK OUT FULL CLASS DETAILS HERE!

That pretty much covers April… BUT my May events are earlier than usual which means we need to get a jump on them NOW!  Wait till you see what I have planned!!

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First up, I have STAMPERS BINGO!!!  This is going to be a FUN afternoon event.  There will 6 Bingo games and prizes for all the winners PLUS fun make-n-take projects ANNNNNNDDDD- each attendee will get a goodie bag filled with product (valued over $15).  You won’t want to miss this event, SPACE IS LIMITED which means that I am capping the number of attendees.  If you want to attend I would REGISTER TODAY, remember to register your friends if you want to BINGO with them too!  CHECK OUT FULL EVENT DETAILS HEREREGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 22nd!!

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I don’t have samples done just yet, but the only card class that I will have in May will be my SIMPLE STAMPING CLASS on May 9th from 11-1 PM.  They will be adorable, I am sure… I am still deciding on which sets to use, LOL!!  The projects will be posted soon.

Then lastly for May… it’s that time again…

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Adorable projects we made at the 2014 Event!

HSS ANNUAL CATALOG KICKOFF EVENT!! May 23rd from 2-4 PM

Details will be coming soon for this event, but it is a MUST!!  There will be treats and goodies for all and special surprises for my Hostess Club Members, and those who join my Hostess Clubs at the the event.  There of course will be adorable projects to create and yummy food to partake of.  This event is always a ball and this year will be even BETTER.  The theme is MEDITERRANEAN!!!  That’s right, I typically tie the theme to the Grand Vacay I am shooting for and this year it’s the Mediterranean, specifically Spain, France and Italy.  Oh can’t wait, this event will be amazing!!!

Ok, so I know that was a LOT of info to take in… don’t you worry.  I made you a simple printout that has ALL the dates and details listed for you.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the events at a glance.  Pin it to your computer, fridge, car dash board, or forehead… print several and do them all! :-)

I can’t wait to see you in the next few months, I am SO looking forward to these classes and events and I know you will love them to.  These events are all hosted at my home, which means space is limited so register early to secure your spot.  Pass this along to your friends and family, register a friend that’s NEW to HSS and get 1/2 off your next class- BOTH OF YOU!!  it’s my way of saying thank you!  Use these simple share buttons below to pass along the deets on your social media platforms as well, simple, quick, and easy!  See you in class :-)

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I have been busy prepping my projects for an upcoming Hostess Club that meets in McAllen TX.  I visit them (along with my family) every other month and a group of local girls get together to create projects, they are all members of my Hostess Club- which means they get tons of benefits too!  These girls are AVID scrapbookers, and they LOVE Project Life so this month we are creating some customized inserts for their pages.

I left open the spots for the Easter pics they will most likely have, I haven’t taken mine yet- LOL!! It’s not even as if I have printed mine from last year, yeah I am that kind of scrapbooker… lots of layouts, no pics.  One day…

As you can see the fabulous sun is back out here in SoTx, I love it- in fact I did a little sun bathing right after I took this, with SPF 1 million of course.

Hostess Club Easter Layout Cheerful Critters Oval Framelits

I created this cute litte insert using the template we are playing with this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I made it a little less over the top, because I wanted these inserts to accent the pictures not overwhelm or take away from them.  I used the cute little bunny from CHEERFUL CRITTERS set and accented (or better yet, tried to camouflage the fact he has no legs…) the card with some of the white PAINTED BLOOM TWINE.  This stuff is like tying cotton, it’s so soft and super bright white.

Hostess Club Easter Layout Cheerful Critters Oval Framelits

Here is the sketch we are playing with, you should pop over and play along.  You can create anything!!

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I thought massive Easter Eggs would be super fun to accent the page with, just think if these were chocolate… Mmmmmm.  We are using the OVAL FRAMELITS, CUPCAKE PUNCH, and the FRINGE SCISSORS to create this card- Did you know that those fantasic FRINGE SCISSORS are part of the current WEEKLY DEAL?!!  Yes, you should grab them while they are on sale!!

Hostess Club Easter Layout Cheerful Critters Oval Framelits

The best part about these framelits is that you have SO many Egg size options… we make several in all different colors, this way no matter what your models are wearing in the pics you are sure to coordinate with something in this page.

I used the LITTLE LETTER THINLITS to create the title piece, I thought it was cute that the little fat chic was holding up those teetering letters. Let’s just say he’s sitting in a hole??  I used various shades of card stock that I had embossed with some Textured Folders and my Big Shot, adhered them together and BAM- you gots a cute simple Easter Egg!

Hostess Club Easter Layout Cheerful Critters Oval Framelits

I can’t wait to get my kids on camera searching for Eggs, they are much older now and we put $$ in them instead of candy… cause let’s be real, who ends up eating the first 2 bags before the eggs even get stuffed??  No one needs that!

Hostess Club Easter Layout Cheerful Critters Oval Framelits

Not only do my Hostess Club Members get to create adorable projects for FREE…  BUT they also get the HOSTESS REWARDS too!  See each of the girls in the club are assigned a different month to be the “hostess”, and that month they get all the hostess rewards earned by putting they groups orders together.  This way, they get all the rewards of being a Hostess with out having to clean their house, send out invites, pester their friends for RSVPs, kick out their families for 2-3 hours, and then clean their house again….

When you are a HOSTESS CLUB member you simply submit your Hostess Club order of $40 by the 15th of the month, and then one month you reap all the benefits!  Oh and they also get to take advantage of one FREE class to attend or get through the mail on the months they order with their club. Members also have access to an exclusive Facebook Group, where they can get to know each other and get together if they live near each other.  I have many long-distance members who connect with each other through this site.

It’s pretty sweet and you can be a member and live anywhere in the US!  I have members from New York to Hawaii!!  Check out ALL the awesome details for being a Hostess Club Member HERE- I am accepting 3 members to start in May!!  These groups fill up fast so I wouldn’t wait, I know May isn’t just around the corner, but there are only 3 spots and they will go fast.

Before I leave you today I want to be sure you see the WEEKLY DEALS that were just released, these are awesome!  So many things that would be perfect for lots of different projects and SO bright!!  Love them!  CLICK HERE to view them online.

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Creative Teaser For Monday

I have some adorable things to share with you this morning, I have been a busy bee working in my Studio to prepare for my April Creative Class line up.  Today I am sharing a little teaser with you… those that were able to attend my Simple Stamping Class on Sat. got to see these in all their glory… that will be coming.

I shared my TOTALLY TECHNIQUES CLASS teaser with you a few days ago, and I am selfishly admitting that so far this might be my most favorite class this month.  I am just in LOVE with the SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM that you can get exclusively through Sale-A-Bration right now.  We will be using this in class to learn all kinds of fun techniques to color with vellum.

Totally Techniques April Class coloring with vellum

Then we have my SIMPLE STAMPING CLASS where we will be making 4 adorable cards, all featuring a different stamp set… Theses are 4 simple cards perfect for all kinds of occasions and events.  There are some super simple and basic techniques that we will learn with a few of these cards as well, courtesy of the amazing concept artists at Stampin’ Up! who inspired me with their ideas. Thank you!

Simple Stamping Class Snuggles & Smooches, Love is Kindness, Lovely Amazing You, Birthday Bash

Next up, we need to prepare for the upcoming Mother’s Day and Graduations.  I have several stampers who don’t typically celebrate Mother’s Day since their Mom’s are no longer with them here, but I say you most likely know someone (a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a girl friend, etc…) who is an amazing mother, no?  The gift set for my DEAREST MOM CLASS would be perfect for her!

Dearest Mom Gift Set Class Flower Bouquet Die Lovely Amazing You

We are making a fun fancy fold gift card holder card along with an adorable treat box that will hold a TON of those adorable treat flowers.  The perfect way to say Thank You for being such a great mother… to you or someone else. :-)

Dearest Mom Gift Set Class Flower Bouquet Die Lovely Amazing You

Then next up, for all of you who just don’t know what to give your special GRAD… (can you believe it’s time for this already this year, time is flying by WAY TOO FAST!!)  I have a fun class for you- CONGRATS GRAD GIFT SET CLASS!  We will be creating another fun fancy fold card to hold anything from money to gift cards along with some cute treat Grad Caps and a coordinating box to hold them all.  This is a fun, functional and FAB way to give that special GRAD cash without just putting it in the crack of a card… but who doesn’t love cash in their crack??

Congrats Grad Gift Set Class Class of 2015

Congrats Grad Gift Set Class Class of 2015

I am excited to finish up my CREATIVE CLASS CALENDAR for April today, so be on the look out for details and dates today.  Don’t forget that these classes are typically offered with a weekend, and weekday class date AND ALL my classes are available as an ONLINE ONLY and BY MAIL option as well.  So if you can’t make the local class, don’t live nearby or if you are a fellow Demo that already owns the supplies I have an option that will work for you.

CHECK OUT ALL MY ONLINE CLASSES HERE

VIEW MY CREATIVE CLASS CALENDAR HERE for all local & By Mail options.

There are still a few March Classes that are available BY MAIL, get in on them before they go away March 31st

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Let Me Color Your Friday!

I LOVE coloring, of all kinds and techniques and today I want to share a few FUN stamping and coloring techniques, courtesy of Stampin’ Up!  They have prepared a few videos for us to get inspired.  These techniques aren’t new but they SO FUN!  These are some things that we saw and learned at Leadership this year too, enjoy guys-

COLORING WITH BLENDER PENS

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EVER THOUGHT OF BECOMING A STAMPIN’ UP! DEMONSTRATOR?

I had SO much fun and learned so much at Leadership, and if you have ever been thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator even just for the discount (and to support your own addiction hobby) I would LOVE to welcome you in my Family of Demos!  We are a unique and wily group, full of fun and creativity.  We are super supportive of one another and inspire each other to follow our individual goals.  PLUS- if you join by MARCH 31st (before Sale-A-Bration ends) you get even MORE BONUSES!!  So not only will you be able to get $125 worth of products for JUST $99 (FREE SHIPPING!!) but you will also get 2 additional options to include in your starter kit-

*Select a FREE Simply Created Kit or

*Select TWO (2) FREE Sale-A-Bration items

It’s a great time to JOIN THE HSS FAMILY!!  I have many other benefits for my team members as well, you can see them all HERE.  I am always here for their needs – what ever they might be.  I never push my goals onto my fellow Demos, that would drive me bonkers!  I’m not in the business of being bonkers, but I would be honored and thrilled for you to JOIN MY DEMO FAMILY.  Want to chat more about this possibility?  I am here to answer questions anytime, you can EMAIL ME or we can chat by phone 210-376-7639.

I am off to help my son study for a test, YES- at 5:30 AM!!  It’s procrastination station here… :-(

Have a better Friday than he will be having, LOL!!

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Celebrate Sale-A-Bration!!

Can you believe that Sale-A-Bration is almost over?  I hate to admit it but I am getting anxiety… I have loved all the products SO much and to think that they are all going away in just 13 days, makes me sad.  BUT there is something that I can look forward to-

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I have been busy putting together the event over the last several weeks and days and this is going to be FUN!!  I have some awesome games planned, plus an old favorite which means there will be prizes PLUS did you know that when you earn a ticket to this event you also get the option of inviting a guest for just $10!!  That’s right, earn a ticket ad YOU get in for FREE- PLUS bring 1 guest for just $10.  Everyone will get to create some super adorable projects too!!

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We are turning a NEGATIVE into a POSITIVE with the projects for this event.  I thought it would be FUN (and a little funny) to play on that… you’ll see- :-)  We are going to be creating 10 adorable cards, learning how to work with NEGATIVE SPACE.  These are simple but super adorable cards, and would even make a cute set as a gift!

Sale-A-Bration Celebration Projects featuring negative space using framelits, thinlits and Big Shot

In the first group of 5 (shown above) we will be using the following framelits: Hearts, Mustache, Flower Flair, and we are using the following Thinlits: Hello You, Butterflies.  In the group below we are using the Word Bubble framelits and the Little Letters, Hexagon Hive Butterflies and Hello You thinlits.

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I kept things simple with the sentiments and focused on one set, I used A Dozen Thoughts which has plenty of perfect little sentiments for these cards.  These projects are a breeze to put together and attendees will enjoy this SOOO much! Plus think of all the little shapes and pieces you can go home with and create even more from.  Remember that if you have earned your ticket to the event, you will be making these for FREE!!!

Notice something else about these cuties??

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If you guessed that they are all using the soon to be retiring 2013-2015 In-Color DSP Paper Pack, you are right!!  I hate to admit that I have been hoarding this for the last two years, so we are going to make it through it all! LOL!!  I am going to miss these colors and if you haven’t already stocked up on these colors you will want to before they sell out, which I am sure will be shortly…

If you are a STYLE SHEET SUBSCRIBER then you already know this, I sent out a reminder a little while back giving them a heads up as to what is in store for these colors and all products surrounding them.  If you aren’t aware the following colors will retire on May 31st- Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar.  All of the coordinating products for these colors will retire as well, I am wiping away the tears as I write this…  One of my subscribers wrote me asking if these were going to be gone, gone- like forever.  Sadly, once the item sells out the answer is yes.

Now that I have completely depressed all of us, let me share the silver lining with you and why I shared all the sadness- if you stock up on the 2013-2014 IN-COLOR PRODUCT LINE (SEE HERE) NOW- during Sale-A-Bration you will not only have plenty of these items once they are gone, BUT you can still earn FREEBIES from SAB!  See it’s a WIN-win… :-)

My Hostess Club Members took FULL advantage of this option this month with their orders, if anyone else orders like they did these products will disappear in NO time.  Did you know that my Hostess Club Members WIN-WIN-WIN with this purchase?  Yep!  They stocked up on their colors, EARNED FREE SAB GOODIES, PLUS GOT TONS OF FREE HOSTESS REWARDS as part of the club.  If you aren’t familiar with the club let me give you a brief explanation-

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A Hostess Club takes ALL the work out of earning FREE HOSTESS REWARDS!

You submit a $40 min. order every other month for 4 months and YOU get the HOSTESS REWARDS one of those months.  There are added benefits for my HSS Club Members as well, but the FREE HOSTESS REWARDS with no work required is the best part!!  You can see ALL about my Hostess Club Program HERE!  I am accepting 3 NEW MEMBERS for April 1st- Get in before it’s too late, you can live anywhere in the US and be a member- local or long distance!

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Holy FREEBIES, Batman! And a Tease?

Wow, I was so busy yesterday finishing up April’s class samples that I totally missed the newest update from Stampin’ Up!  Needless to say their most recent surprise has me thoroughly IMPRESSED! Yet, another witty sentiment before the crack of dawn, you’re welcome. LOL!

So what all the hub-bub about??  Well, Stampin’ Up! announced that since the Blendabilities line had to be discontinued… lets pause for a moment of silence….

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Stampin’ Up! Added MORE FREEBIES!!  They were concerned that the inventory for the remaining SAB freebies would deplete before the promotion ended.  Can you believe there are just 14 days left?!  Stampin’ Up! decided to offer a TON of other items, NEW offerings for the remaining time of Sale-A-Bration!!  So now, when you submit a $50+ purchase (prior ship/tax) you can select one of ANY of the NEWEST SAB OFFERINGS SHOWN HERE-

More Sale-A-Bration products offered NOW

SO AWESOME, right?!  I LOVE every one of these products, which means I have some ordering to do, LOL!! I need to stock up on supplies anyhow… what better time to do it then when I am earning even more freebies?  but don’t forget about these items that were released on March 1st… these new items are also SAB Freebies, so with your $50+ purchase you can select any item show above, OR one of these below-

Sale-A-Bration March only Exclusive items from Stampin' Up!

Sale-A-Bration March only Exclusive items from Stampin' Up!

Plus in addition to ALL the FREEBIES I have shared so far you still have all the items listed in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, you can check that out HERE!

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Check it out, that’s 24- yes, TWENTY FOUR different products that you can select from to get for FREE!!  Note that all the products offered under Sale-A-Bration (excluding Stamps) are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, meaning that when a products inventory is depleted then it will no longer be available.  So don’t wait- get those MUST-HAVE items today so you can earn your MUST-HAVE FREEBIES NOW!

Now that I have fully informed and updated you I will be able to focus on my other tasks at hand, I wanted to share some class teasers with you today.  I keep waiting for enough sun to come out and the rain to dry up enough for me to snag some decent pics… these will have to do until the sky decide to dry out- Here is a little sneak peek of the April Totally Techniques Class!!

Totally Technique April Class Sheer Perfection Vellum

Be on the lookout for more details on this class – this will be one you won’t want to miss!  I have so many FUN things up my sleeve to share and this class features the SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM (which is only available exclusively through Sale-A-Bration) and I am going to show you how to bring out it’s best in 4 different ways!  More details tomorrow…

I wonder, are there different techniques out there that you are interested in?  I would LOVE to know… have you seen or heard of something that you want to know more about?  I am always in search for FUN things to do with my stamps and supplies, in fact I am always adding more tutorials and techniques to my PINTEREST BOARDS, of course if I had ALL the time in the world I would get to them all… but at least I have them all in one place for when I do have all that time ;-)  If you don’t follow me on PINTEREST - you should!  CLICK HERE to check out ALL the cool things I have gathered… not just stamping, but there is lots of that.

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I’m IMPRESSED With The Newest Weekly Deals!

I love it when I think of witty things at 4:45 AM… LOL! I am thrilled to share the newest WEEKLY DEALS from Stampin’ Up! with you today.  They threw in a bunch of Textured Embossing Folders, awesomeness!  I don’t think I make a single card without using one of these, so they are priceless to me.  In fact this is a great reason for me to stock up on these discounted ones for my classes!  Check out what’s up for grabs this week-

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Get them while you can, at a FAB lower price too! Click the image to view these online.

Some of you may have noticed that there is no Digital (MDS) offering this week?  Well, believe it or not that is going to be discontinued as well.  My Digital Studio (as of May 31st) will no longer be available or sold, having said that (wiping away a tear) I LOVE that tool- so if you are like me and can’t get enough of your MDS I recommend that you visit THIS PAGE in my SU ONLINE STORE and get as many of the downloads as you love- because after May they won’t be available anymore :-(

I am busy putting the finishing touches on the projects we will be creating at the SALE-A-BRATION CELEBRATION EVENT coming up on April 4th!  Are you coming??  There are only a few ways to earn your entry ticket, let me share…

GET YOUR FREE TICKET TODAY- CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW!

If you JOINED A HOSTESS CLUB, RENEWED YOUR HOSTESS CLUB MEMBERSHIP FOR 2015, HOSTED A PRIVATE CLASS, SPENT $150+ between Jan.-March, REFEREED A FRIEND TO JOIN HOSTESS CLUB or JOINED MY HSS DEMO FAMILY between Jan-March – then you will get your e-vite to attend the party!!  There will be prizes, creativity, food and FUN!  It will be a FAB EVENT!  Oh, plus there will be a little surprise that attendees will get a head start on :-)  I will let everyone in on this surprise here on my blog a few days after the event… secrets, secrets… :-)

There is still time to earn your ticket for this event, do any ONE of the above items and you get your exclusive invite!  There are only 15 days left to get your spot!!!

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Before I leave you today I want to remind you that another (hopefully more polished) issue of my monthly STYLE SHEET publication will be going out soon.  I am prepping this info & inspiration packed issue for you too, you will LOVE it, BUT you can only get it if you are a subscriber.  Don’t worry, it’s FREE to subscribe and your info is never shared with anyone!  If you would like to get in on this amazing publication CLICK HERE and become a subscriber today- you will be glad you did!

I am off to finish up the remaining class samples for April, check back this week to see the details for those- these are great!!  Don’t forget that there is still time to get in on the March classes too- if you missed a local date don’t worry, ALL classes are available as ONLINE or BY MAIL options too- but those are for a limited time so HURRY!!

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Natures Perfection & All It’s Coordination!

I am sure you are already aware of the love affair I have with the SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM STACK that’s available right now EXCLUSIVELY for FREE with Sale-A-Bration, BUT have you seen the coordinating stamp set that Stampin’ Up! has for it as well called NATURES PERFECTION?  It’s called Natures Perfection and it’s just that!  So after taking a few days off, to spend a little time with the kiddo’s before Spring Break ended I am ready to get back to stamping.  I have a TON of fun things to share this week but first I want to remind you of this fantastic little set!

Natures Perfection Set from Stampin' Up!

Set exclusively available for FREE with your $50+ order during Sale-A-Bration only!! Hurry it ends 3/31/15!!

Stampin’ Up! shared a few projects created with this FAB set last week, and I just had to share!  These are SOOOOO adorable and would be a great compliment to any (soon to be) huge stack of SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM.

Natures Perfection Floral Box

Using several layers of the flower image from Natures Perfection makes the perfect box topper!

Isn’t that just adorable, or what about this sweet card…

Natures Perfection Floral Card

With just a few images from the set a beautiful card can be created!

I think this is always going to be my FAVE!!  I love the color combo and the brightness of this card!

Natures Perfection Floral Colored Card

Create a custom background with several images from the set, and color them in with markers!

I just love this set and it coordinating parts!  I can’t wait to get my fingers inky this week, I have so much to share so stay tuned!!  A few reminders for you as well… Today is the last day to get your hands on the current WEEKLY DEALS from Stampin’ Up! so be sure to check those out and grab the ones you want, and if you hit that magical $50 mark you get FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies too!  you can check them out HERE!

There are only 16 days left of Sale-A-Bration, can you believe that?!  That’s right, only 16 more days to get rewarded for your product purchases… for every $50+ you spend, (prior ship/tax) you get a SAB freebie to add to your order!  PLUS, if you decide to JOIN MY HSS FAMILY and become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you get to select either 2 SAB items OR 1 FREE Project Kit from the Occasions Catalog!  AWESOME SAUCE!!!  There are goodies to be had everywhere!  If you have questions or want to chat about the opportunity of becoming a Demo – please feel free to contact me anytime.  I am always available.  We can chat via EMAIL, or phone 210-376-7639.  i am here for you.

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Washi Tape Simple Storage Tip!

I have found a new obsession, aside from the one I have with the new SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM… and it’s with my WASHI TAPE!  I can’t get enough of this stuff and it’s so versatile that I have to have it… no matter the color, they are just awesome… but they were creating quite the cluttered pile on my desk… which gives me anxiety.  Then the other day I say a fellow Demo on instagram show how she stores hers and my brain about exploded!

I was searching for one of those cute little tape dispensers that were large enough to house ALL of my rolls, and I have a lot.  Then I started thinking… where would I put that huge dispenser that someone has made??  Then when I saw this idea I knew this was the perfect answer!

Washi Tape Stored on metal binder rings

This was the perfect answer!  Thanks a million Patty Benete for sharing your genius.  She liked to store them according to the groups they are sold in, for instance… all the Stacked With Love tapes went together and so on.  I however see things in color… so I thought it made more sense for me to store them according to their colors.  I can’t even tell you how this makes me feel… it’s almost like I took a Xanax… AAAhhhhhhhhh (no lie, this gives me all kinds of weird comfort.) :-)

Edited 3/15/15- Ooppsss, I messed up on a few of my facts, sorry :-)

So I went to my local office supply store and got me the biggest binder rings I could get, these are 10″ 3″ rings and they hinge open and closed for easy access (there are 10 in a pack).  Then I started thinking… how am I going to “store” them though… I mean I only have SO much surface space, and I hate to show you how packed my china cabinets are with stamps and tools.  If you are like me when it’s out-a-sight… out-a-mind… so then I started thinking, it has to be somewhere I will see it so I will use it.

It came to me…

Washi Tape Stored on metal binder rings

I would hang them from the side of my desk. Pure genius, I have to admit!  I love how they are out of the way but just close enough to grab and put to good use.  I don’t show this but on the other side there are 4 more large rings with tons of tapes, it looks like a candy store! Bwahahahaha!!!

I hung them with my most FAVE tool, 3M command strip hooks.  I hoard those too, in all sizes- cause you never know when you are going to need to hang something…

Washi Tape Stored on metal binder rings

Washi Tape Stored on metal binder rings

I just LOVE how it all turned out and looks… so clean, so organized, yet so colorful and honestly it inspires me too, when I see all that organized color it makes me so happy.  It’s the little things I guess??

Washi Tape Stored on metal binder rings

I hope that you too found this helpful.  Do you have storage issues?  Can’t seem to find the right system that works well for you?  I actually have a ton of videos on how I set up my own stamp studio and storage tips that I used to make it super functional.  You should check out my YOUTUBE channel or CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel so you get notified when I add new videos.  I am always looking for ideas on upcoming videos too, so if you have a question or problem and need some help- let me know.  I would love to create a helpful video for you!

I can’t believe it’s Friday… the last day of Spring Break, it’s amazing to me that the week has flown by this quickly. The kids will be none too happy when they too realize what day it is… it’s been fun though and remember-

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I Can’t Get Enough SHEER PERFECTION!

I am just loving this new Sheer Perfection vellum that is ONLY available right now during Sale-A-Bration!  It’s a product worthy of hoarding, have I told you that yet??  OMG! this stuff is amazeballs!!  I have some update info and a fun video tutorial for you today, so sit back and relax!

Sheer Perfection Shading Technique Clay Press Mold with Crystal Effects Fabulous Four stamp set

First off, I have been asked by many if the Blendabilities markers will be gone forever, and as sad as it makes me to tell you this the answer is yes.  I say that with some hesitation only because I know it’s a product that Stampin’ Up! WANTS to provide to you, which means that they are going to continue to work at finding a way to make that happen.

First you should know that before a product ever makes it into the catalog, especially one like the Blendabilities Markers, Stampin’ Up! tests and researches them for YEARS.  Which means that they put a TON of time, energy, and money into rolling out a new product line- so you know that this decision had to be SO hard for them as a company to make.  Having said that many want to know, what happened to cause all this?

When the manufacture welds the tip into the marker casing, it causes little microscopic holes not typically visible to the naked eye.  Those holes cause the alcohol ink to evaporate at an accelerated rate causing the markers to be dry.  The frequency in this happening and the inferior product they were delivering to their customers was unacceptable for their high standards, thus the decision to discontinue the product.  I know for me personally it hurts, but I am so thankful that SU has those high standards, it makes being a representative for them so much easier.  So now you know the deal, but don’t you worry… they are still back at it trying to find a way to make this product something they can offer to their loyal customers we just have to be patient. :-)

Have you tried the SHEER PERFECTION VELLUM yet??  What are you waiting for…  maybe a personal invite (decorated of course with that FAB Sheer Perfection Vellum?) I’ll get right on that… :-)

Sheer Perfection Vellum Sale-A-Bration exclusive

This paper stack of vellum is amazing beyond words! You HAVE to get yours today, they may be gone before Sale-A-Bration ends!!

I created another quick card using this fantastic paper for a friend of mine who has a knee injury and can’t dance in class with us for almost a month, or more.  SADNESS!  I thought this card would pick her up, and I even offered to dance around her while she sat in a chair in class and just moved her arms… she said she was too young for that yet, LOL!!

Sheer Perfection Shading Technique Clay Press Mold with Crystal Effects Fabulous Four stamp set

I shaded it the same way I did in the first project I shared in THIS POST where I shared how to make those adorable floral embellishments, if you missed that you HAVE to check it out.  You will die when you see how easy it is to color with our Stampin’ Write Markers on this vellum, it makes losing our Blendabilities a little less painful. :-)

I created a video for you to see how simple it is.  If you are viewing this post through your email and can’t see the video, then CLICK HERE to see the video on my blog, or HERE to view it on my Youtube channel.

Don’t forget, I am about to run a little INSTAGRAM contest before the week is done, if you want to see what is up for grabs then you will want to FOLLOW ME on Instagram! Details coming soon, you won’t want to miss out! Tomorrow I have a fun storage tip to share, so check back for sure!!!

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