Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why I Do What I Do.....

  Why Do I Do What I Do?
 
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Thanks for stopping by today...this time of the year always brings me back to thinking about why do I do what I do....I'm often asked that question....and this is the time of the year I always reflect back onto that question.  Why, you ask....this is the month 18 years ago I decided to take the plunge and join the SU family.....yup.....it's been that long.....
 
I'm nothing different than you...I have a full time job....have a family (well over the years they have gown into beautiful adults.....and even brought me grandchildren)...have a home to take care of (both inside and out)....and all the day to day goings on.....but...18 years ago...I decided....why not? 
 
Why not take a chance....join the SU family and see what happens.....
 
So....never in my wildest dreams would it have amounted to what it is today...now granted, I'm not the top saleswoman in the company, I don't have thousands of stampers in my team....I don't make $1 million dollars a year, but I love it!  It's simply that! 
 
Stampin' Up! has been with me since 1999 and while many things in my life have let me down....this has never!  I've been through many traumatic personal issues in my life, but SU was always there for me.....people pay thousands of dollars for therapy.....I STAMP!
 
This leads me to my recent adventure with SU....I received a call last year from someone wanting to place an order...she had moved to this area from not that far away but was looking for a demonstrator to order....what else...our Whisper White products!  I talked to her for a bit...helped her with what she needed and even got her a catalog package together and sent it out.....I also found out that she was a bit more of a stone's throw away from me!  Well we ended up chatting through Facebook, Messaging and such...but never met this person....until yesterday!
 
Well, I know she won't mind me sharing our little story...now, mind you, I have never met her before but messaged her that I had a special catalog saved for her...and that I would love to drop it off...when life kind of got in the way for a little bit but yesterday we met....
 
Carole is a wonderful woman...someone that invited me into her home and into her life.....We talked like we were friends forever....chatting about our lives, our love of animals (which she has the sweetest furbabies) and very little about stamping......We even discovered we share the same birthday!  OMG.....how amazing this woman is....and after returning home, I knew what I was going to blog about today...not really of stamping....but of my WHY...my WHY I do what I do....This is just a little sampling of my WHY.....
 
What is your WHY...your WHY of not joining this fabulous company and fabulous network of people?  My WHY is now...WHY NOT?
 
So...without making this a novel.....I just wanted to share a little part of my WHY.....and I want to thank each and every one of  you that has impacted my life...
whether you know it or not...YOU HAVE!
 
 
So THANK YOU!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart..and ink pads...thank you for coming into my life and thank you for your friendship...I love you all....and wish you all a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
All my love......Susan, Your Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Coloring Time....upcoming Adult Coloring Class!

Another Wednesday...Another Borderline Buddies
 
 
Let's take a look and see what Leanna has been up to
 
 
I thought I would focus on coloring today....I'm not a huge fan of coloring...but at times, I find it relaxing and rather soothing...how about you?
 
Coloring Tools
 
Let's check out the various ways we can use color in our stamping projects
 
Aqua Painters
Price: $17.00 
No need for a brush and cup--Aqua Painters hold liquid for easy watercoloring. Use with Watercolor Paper and Classic Stampin' Ink.

* 2 painters: 1 medium brush tip, 1 large brush tip
 
Blender Pens
Price: $12.00
Combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. These dual-tipped pens are filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. Use with Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock and Classic Stampin' Ink. The tip cleans off with just a stroke or two on scrap paper, so you don't need a different pen for each color.

* 3 pens
* Flexible tip on each end
* Acid free
* Xylene free
* Nontoxic
 
 
 
Sponge Brayers
Price: $8.00
Use for ink techniques.

* 2 handles and 4 sponges
* Sponges: 1-3/4" (4.4 cm) wide
 
 
Sponge Daubers
Price: $5.00
Daub touches of Classic Stampin’ Ink on stamps or directly on projects. Fit on fingers for great control.

* 5 daubers
 
 
Stampin' Spritzer
Price: $3.00
Make your own color spritzer! Fill this empty bottle with water or rubbing alcohol and any color of Classic Stampin' Ink, then mix and spritz. Great for spritzing large areas.

* 2 bottles
 
 
Stamping Sponges
Price: $3.50
Easy way to apply Classic Stampin' Ink for a colored effect. Can be cut into wedges for even more use.

* 3 sponges
* 2-3/4" (7 cm) diameter
 
 
Watercolor Pencils
Price: $16.00
High-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.

* 13 pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
* Acid free
* Lignin free
 
 
Which is your favorite?  Be sure to leave it below in the comments.
If you wish to experience even more ways to color and give them all a try, I'm going to be holding an upcoming Adult Color Night...where we can color with one, two or all of the above...it's going to be a relaxing evening that you'll not want to miss. Be sure to check my Events Page soon where I'll be updating classes for the next couple of months.....
 
Have  a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Have A Pocket Full of Sunshine!

 
Let The Sunshine....Let The Sunshine In!
 
 
What happens after a horrible weekend of rain and even T-storms? 
The sunshine!  Yes.....the sun returns!....were you wondering what the big ball shining brightly in the sky is?  I sure was....and I am so needing some Vitamin D....free from the sun!
 
 
How About a Pocket Full of Sunshine?
 
 
 
Pocketful of Sunshine Photopolymer Bundle
 
Pocketful Of Sunshine Photopolymer Bundle 145345
Price: $37.75
Make 3D pockets that can hold die cut imagery or real money or gift cards.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Pocketful of Sunshine Photopolymer Stamp Set
This fun and sassy stamp set is sure to dazzle you as it features a pocket which is the perfect size for giftcards, cash, or other treasures. You'll love this as much as the jingle jangle sound of coins in your pockets!
* Quantity: 20 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, d, e

Pocket Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting. Creates a 3D pocket, perfectly sized for money, gift cards, etc.
* 19 dies
* Largest piece: 2-1/2" x 1-3/4" (6.4 x 4.4 cm)
 
How about a few samples....lovin' the shades....
 
 
 
 
Be sure to add this bundle to your shopping list.  This little pocket can be filled with lots of little goodies....and it's always nice to fill it with $$$ too! 
 
 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday...Monday.....

Good Day my Stampin' Friends and Happy Monday!
 
Sending out belated Happy Father's Day wishes to all the dads out there!
 
Yes...I'm a bit late...but heck...better late than never, right?
It was a very busy weekend at my household..I had a ton of outdoor work to get done....you all know..that stuff you keep putting off...like new mulching, trimming, grass cutting....etc.  I have to admit...I'm not a fan at all of doing outside work....but someone's gotta do it!  That pretty much is me!
 
 
We are having some rainy stormy weather here in Northeastern PA....the temps have risen...the humidity is here and thus making it very ripe for these storms...some pretty severe...like the one last evening...wowsie...I saw it was coming....but phew!  I do like the end result!  :-)
 
So...I thought it be appropriate that I share the following with you:
 
Grown with Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set
 
Grown With Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set 144433
Price: $21.00
Playful images combine easily for a pleasant array of agreeable goodness. You'll use them all year long to bring a little brightness to your day.

Our clear-mount stamps
* Are made of the same premium rubber as our wood-mount stamps.
* Have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.
* Are precut so you don't have to trim.
* Are repositionable; temporarily mount them on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for storage.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 6 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): b, d
How cute is this set?  I haven't even recognized it when I was going through the new catalog....does that happen to you?  You look through the catalog tons of times....and then....wow...something you hadn't noticed!  This set is one of them!
 
Here are a few samples using this fun stamp set
 
 
 
There is also a coordinating framelit set to accommodate your stamping using this set...and purchasing the Bundle, saves you 10%!
 
Garden Grown Framelits Dies
 
Garden Grown Framelits Dies 143748
Price: $30.00
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting. Coordinates with the Grown With Love Stamp Set.

* 14 dies
* Largest image: 2-3/8" x 2-1/2" (6 x 6.4 cm)
Have a SUper Stamipn' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Friday, June 16, 2017

Washi Here...Washi There...Washi Everywhere


Happy Friday!
 
 
Today I thought I would focus on Washi Tape....where did this whole Washi thing turn up?
It seems like it was never around (or maybe we just called it clear tape)...and poof...there it is...Seems like Washi Tape is everywhere.....
 
How do you use Washi Tape?
There are many ways to use Washi....it can be used on cards, used in planners, it's great for a temporary hold on things...there are so many uses.....
 
Here's a video I did on Wonderful Washi.....with some really fun ideas to use Washi Tape
 
 
Here's some of the brand new Washi Tape that is in our current catalog:
 
Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
 
Pick A Pattern Washi Tape 144166
Price: $8.00
What’s to love about washi tape? Everything! The designs and colors. The versatility. The simplicity—just tear, tape, and transform. Go basic and use single strips as accents. Or step it up and combine strips to create custom backgrounds, decorations, and more. It’s an effortless way to add color to your projects.

* 5 rolls: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 5/8", 1" widths (3.2mm, 6.4mm, 1 cm, 1.6 cm, 2.5 cm)
* 5 yards (4.6 m) per roll
* Lignin free
* Coordinating colors: Basic Black



 
Here are a few great fresh ideas
 
 
So Go Grab Some Washi and Make It A Washi Day!
 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let's Take a Look - Wood Textures Suite!



Wood Textures Suite
 
 
Wood Textures
 
It's all about the texture....don't you think?
 
This lovely suite is perfect if you love texture and love the look of wood!  I know I do!
 
This suite can be rustic or it can be elegant...it's totally up to you and what look you are going for.
 
This little wood crate is absolutely the cutest!  It's so simple to create....
but you do need to own a Big Shot...
 
If you do not own a Big Shot, you are missing out on so much!  There are so many things you can do with our die cutting machine...and no worries if the power goes out!  It just takes arm power! :)
 
Let's take a closer look, shall we?  Be sure to check out the fun video too!
 
 
Wood Words Clear-Mount Bundle
Wood Words Clear-Mount Bundle 145316
Price: $46.75
The stamp and die in this bundle combine to create darling mini crates that can be used to hold 3" x 3" cards or a host of little goodies. Stamps are designed to stamp over crate slats like an old time wood crate.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Wood Words Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Rely on these stamps for lots of texture and personality, regardless of your project. It's farmhouse chic and a true creator's dream.
* Quantity: 15 rubber stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, e

Wood Crate Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting.
* 6 dies.
* Finished box size: 3-1/4" x 1-5/8" x 1-5/8” (8.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm)
How about this paper?  OMG...it's perfect for all your crafting needs and it's perfect in size at 6x6!
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack 144177
Price: $10.00
Bring the look of the outdoors inside with these natural, rustic patterns. Pick a pack of patterned paper! So many designs, so many colors, so many uses. Fronts and backs are similar grains and colors for ideal use in die cutting.

* The smaller size works beautifully on card fronts
* 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
* 6” x 6”. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
* Acid-free
* Lignin free
And don't forget the ribbons too!
1/4" Copper Trim
1/4" Copper Trim 144179
Price: $6.00
Loose-weave copper trim with zigzag stitching.

* 5 yards (4.6 m)
* 1/4" (6.4mm) wide









 
5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon 141487
Price: $7.00
Ribbon lovers, we’ve got you covered! Ribbon is an easy way to add style to your projects. Tie it, loop it, wrap it, cut it. We have the styles you love in the colors you want.

* Loose-weave burlap
* 5/8" (1.6 cm) wide
* 5 yards (4.6 cm)
* 75% jute, 25% nylon
Head on over to my online store and place your order today...be sure to use the Hostess Code posted on the side of this post too!
 
 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Keep Your Life in Planner Mode

Hello Wednesday and another week of Borderline Buddies!
 
 
Still focusing on some new products in the newly released catalog.
 
Let's see what Leanna has to offer
 
 
 
I was so excited when I opened up this year's new catalog and saw a planner kit....keeping our lives organized these days with so many things to plan and keep on schedule with is so difficult...so this fun well organized planner takes the work out of it...and even makes it fun!
 
Let's take a look at this fun planner.....


Love Today Planner Kit
 
Love Today Planner Kit 144257
Price: $37.00
This planner will help keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet too! This all-inclusive kit with has everything you need to create a customizable yearly planner.

* No dates are printed, so you can start when you want.
* Write, stamp, or draw your own.
* Printed Night of Navy/gold foil binder with gold metal corner accents.
* Binder size: 7-3/4"" x 8-3/4"" (19.7 x 22.2 x
5.1cm).
* Includes Night of Navy 2-ring binder; 12 divider pages; calendar pages; 4 photo protector pages (hold six photos each), 5"" x 7""( 12.7 x 17.8 cm); page lifter, 3"" x 8-1/4"" (7.6 x 21 cm); printed and gold foil accent stickers; sticky notes.
* Refill kit available (sold separately).
* Colors: Gold, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Real Red.
 
 
 
Let's take a closer look at what all you get in the Planner Kit!
 



There is plenty of room to write down your upcoming events and keep track of things you have to do...makes keeping your life organized even easier!






There are even some pocket pages to slip in some of your favorite photos or little keepsakes!


Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Embossing Without Really Embossing!

Phew!  It's HOT in here!
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Yes....we are going through a heat wave here in Northeastern PA...
 
I made the mistake yesterday of deciding I had to clean off my porch.....well, you know what happens, you first start off with the trash and recycle bin to the curb...then I was just going to sweep the porch...then I notice some ants in the front...then, oh my! look at those weeds!  Then maybe I need to get the bucket and clean the porch...Oh look... this porch furniture needs some cleaning....take the cushions off and to the back yard.....hose and clean them....then let's move the porch furniture around....and then back to spraying for the ants.....spraying the weeds with my Roundup....
and it seems to go on and on!
 
Has this happened to you?  Please say it's so...otherwise, I am pretty much nuts?  lol
 
Well by the time I was finished and went indoors....I literally sat down in the air conditioned house and stuck myself to my leather furniture!  lol.....had to cool down before even considering taking a shower.....and well.....then it was time to make something for dinner.
 
So...needless to say...no time for stamping...but I did do some creating last week...and I want to share what I played around with and I have to say....I NEED MORE!
 
Did you know...you can emboss without really embossing? 
I didn't want to heat up anything any more than it was...so I reached for my Embossing Paste and WOW! What fun it was......  Make sure you add these items to your shopping cart....You will love it!
 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan
 
 
Embossing Paste
 
 
 
 
 
Here are a few more items you will want to order with your Embossing Paste
 
Pattern Party Decorative Masks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And...don't forget this.
Palette Knives
Palette Knives 142808
Price: $5.00
Use Palette Knives to apply Embossing Paste. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

* 3 knives: 1 offset trowel, 1 offset
diamond trowel, 1 scotty knife.
Pattern Party Decorative Masks                                                 144103
Price: $6.00
Create textured backgrounds for scrapbook pages, cards, and more.

* Use with Embossing Paste and Palette Knives.
* May add color with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Spritzers, etc.
* 4 masks.
* 6” x 6” (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm).

 
Embossing Paste 141979
Price: $8.00
Texture has been made even easier:

* Mix a few drops of Classic Stampin’ Ink to Embossing Paste
* Apply over decorative masks, let dry
* May use without ink for white texture
* Matte finish. 4 oz

Monday, June 12, 2017

You Move Me

You Move Me......
 
Are your cards looking a little so-so...or drab these days?
Would you like to really create something that is so different than what you have seen before?
Are you looking for a card to really move you?
 
If yes....to any of these questions...well, I have got the card just for you.
 
I have been having fun playing with some new product and when I saw this at a local On Stage Event, I knew my customers would love it as much as I would...so it was a much needed bundle on my first order....and I knew it would be wildly popular.
 
 
However, one down fall, you do need to own our Die Cut Machine, The Big Shot!
I usually just assume that everyone owns the Big Shot....but really, I think if you do not, you are surely missing out on creating some really fun and unique projects!
 
Here is one of them:
 
 
Here's a video which I created this past weekend...showing some fun ways to create with this fun bundle...and you can save 10% by purchasing them together..and I have to say...you do need the bundle in order to create this fun card
 
 
 
 
You Move Me Photopolymer Bundle 145322
Price: $49.50
Ready to make cards like no one has ever seen? This bundle includes that stamp and dies you need to create cards that will really 'move' the recipient. The horizontal slots of the main die piece make the offset stamped images come to life.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

You Move Me Photopolymer Stamp Set
Lined images are hypnotizingly beautiful as they are. Additionally, you can overlay images cut with the Move Me Thinlits Dies for a fluttering effect. Find our YouTube video to see the magic in action.
* Quantity: 23 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d, g

Move Me Thinlits Dies
Create die-cut pieces in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. Thinlits Dies help you create detailed die-cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle. Die creates an interactive card with a stamped image that appears to flutter.
* 12 dies
* Largest image: 2-3/4" x 3-1/16"(7 x 7.8 cm)
 
If you enjoy this type of card and want to try before you buy, I will be posting an upcoming class in which you can...I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did creating it for you!
 
 
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan
 

Friday, June 9, 2017

New Product - One of my Favs....

Who doesn't love new product?
 
 
I always enjoy when the new catalog is released....it's so much fun to see all the new products, including stamps, In Colors, ribbons, accessories, host rewards and so much more.
 
Well, last night I had the chance to play with one of the new products, and I have to say....I need to order more....as I am hooked!
 
 
And my new product showcase, which I love is our new Embossing Paste
 
 
 
OMG..this is so much fun!  It's like a spackle type product....and add such cool dimension to your projects!  I can see so many ways to use this product
 
 
Embossing Paste
 
Embossing Paste 141979
Price: $8.00
Texture has been made even easier:

* Mix a few drops of Classic Stampin’ Ink to Embossing Paste
* Apply over decorative masks, let dry
* May use without ink for white texture
* Matte finish. 4 oz
You'll also want to include these:                                                                                               
                                                                                                   


Palette Knives

Palette Knives 142808
Price: $5.00
Use Palette Knives to apply Embossing Paste. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

* 3 knives: 1 offset trowel, 1 offset diamond trowel, 1 scotty knife.




and...don't forget these as well:


Pattern Party Decorative Masks
 
Pattern Party Decorative Masks 144103
Price: $6.00
Create textured backgrounds for scrapbook pages, cards, and more.

* Use with Embossing Paste and Palette Knives.
* May add color with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Spritzers, etc.
* 4 masks.
* 6” x 6” (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm).
Have a SUper Stampin' Day!
 
Glimmer Hugs!
 
Susan

Why I Do What I Do.....

  Why Do I Do What I Do?     Thanks for stopping by today...this time of the year always brings me back to thinking about why do I ...