Apr 21 2015

Almost Time for Goodbyes!

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April 21-June 2, 2015 (or while supplies last)

April Hostess Code:  7J6PRFCM  

 

Here it is!  The time has come for us to say goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  But before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites with discounts up to 50 percent off retail. Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last, so now’s a great time to get your favorites before they’re gone!
**Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until May 26 (not accessories – accessories are only while supplies last). 

 

Very Cool FactThe official SU retiring list will be updated daily.  This means that the list will be updated daily to reflect items that have sold out and are no longer available for purchase. 

 

Take a look!  Have you been interested in digital scrapbook pages, personalized digital home decor, and of course, digital card making?  Check it out!  Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive ‘My Digital Studio‘ software and products are included in the retirement savings at 30 percent reduction! 

 
 
**Please use this Hostess Code on your April orders:  7J6PRFCM
I have a special card for everyone who adds this code to their orders during April!

 

And so, stampy-scrappy friends, the sale has begun.  As always, please contact me with any questions.  It’s my true pleasure to assist you!
 

 

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Jan 22 2015

My Fishy Valentine!

I have a heart-shaped ‘fishbowl’ to share with you today!

I couldn’t keep this idea on hold any longer.   Does that ever happen to you?  After several days of ignoring the fishbowl thought, it finally had to get expressed in paper & inks … and window sheets.

To create the heart “frame”, I laid 2 heart dies on Calypso Coral cardstock and rolled all through the Big Shot.  Then the colored image and window sheet were each cut separately, using the larger heart die from the ‘frame’.  Dry adhesives work best with Window Sheets, and in this case I recommend Snail or Fast Fuse.  Just be careful not to place the adhesive within the area that is visible from the front view.

 Little Rhinestone Jewels were colored with one of  the Bermuda Bay Blendabilities before using them as sparsely placed bubbles.  The fishies were colored with a variety of Blendabilities for colorful fun.  And that cute paper that seems to be “splashy”?   It’s from the charming Birthday Bash 12″x12″ collection found in the Occasions catalog.  Perfect colors to cheer up this gray Winter weather!

 

Remember!  During Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration, each $50 in product earns a free item of your choice! There’s no limit on the free goodies, so it’s a perfect time to finish your color collection in inks or cardstocks or to add on always-fun new stamps.  Please let me know how I can be of help to you as your demonstrator.  I’m always just an email away!

Inky {{{hugs}}},

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Products I used:
STAMPS: Hey, Valentine (Occasions 2015)
INKS: Bermuda Bay, Memento Tuxedo Black

PAPERS: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White; dsp = Birthday Bash (137783 – Occasions)
ACCESSORIES: Hearts Collection Framelits (125599), Blendabilities, Window Sheets, Rhinestone Jewels
SAB items: Best Year Ever Ribbon #138974 (from Sale-A-Brations brochure)
BLENDABILITIES: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz

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Jan 07 2015

Sale-A-Bration Is Here!

With so many ways to participate in Sale-A-Bration 

and get FREE products, you can’t miss out!

Earn a FREE! Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend

between January 6, 2015 and March 31, 2015!

Yes!  My personal Customer Rewards program still applies in addition

to the exclusive Sale-A-Bration goodies!

I’m delighted to assist you in any way that I can.  Please contact me via

the “Contact Me” button below my photo in the left column of this blog at any time.

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Jan 04 2015

You Made My Day!

Today is the day set aside as a special “Thank You for a Great Year!” event for my customers here in the studio!  2014 was a terrific year, and I’m definitely looking forward to sharing & stamping with all of you during 2015!  I’m so fortunate to have a “job” that I love, and it happens to include finding new ‘friends I hadn’t met yet’ all along the way.  You’ve helped me to stretch as a business woman during 2014, and my goal is now set to reach a new promotion that I have only admired-from-afar previously.  So ….

Thank you big bunches, m’friends!!!

In a perfect world, all of you would be here today to collect your “Thank You” {{{{hugggsss}}}} in person.  T’would be sweet indeed. However, you’re welcome to join us during the new year … my class calendar is always available via my official SU website calendar.   If you don’t see just what you need, you are very welcome to suggest or ask!

Guests were invited to bring and share their favorite paper crafted creations today, whether or not they made them as a result of a class here. What was I thinking without having a camera at hand?? ***How do you spell … FLUB?!***

Just one stamping project for today, with a totally appropriate sentiment.

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Sale-A-Bration begins in a mere TWO more days (Tuesday!) … and this fun sentiment will be found in the “Best Day Ever” stamp set. You can’t “buy” this set, but you can receive 1 new item for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50 spent on any Stampin’ Up! order!  The ‘Best Day Ever’ stamp set is one of the free choices.

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See that darling little bow? It is oh-so-easy to make with the awesome new Bow Builder Punch from the new Occasions Catalog!

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This bow example is a mere 2 1/4″ long, and is created with the cool new ‘Birthday Bash‘ 12″x12″ designer series paper, also found in the Occasions catty, available on Tuesday, January 6.

Even though the stamp says, “You made my day” … you’ve all actually “made my year” … and I thank you bunches!

I have some new things coming up during 2015.  You’re certainly invited to join in!  Happy New Year, everyone!

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 NOTE SU Logo Shirts for Sale!     Demonstrators, if you’re looking for SU demo shirts, I have a couple for sale on my For Sale page!  Just click the For Sale! button in the topmost bar of the blog.   😉

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Dec 19 2014

Year-End Clearance & a Special as Well!

From Millan.Net  Bev’s Paper Pumpkin Special!

Throughout the rest of December, 2014, I’m offering an exclusive-from-me special for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!
  • Subscribe for 3 months to Paper Pumpkin – You’ll receive your choice of either a free Multipurpose Liquid Glue or a free Snail Adhesive, shipped directly from me to you!
  • Subscribe for 6 months to Paper Pumpkin – You’ll receive a free Multipurpose Liquid Glue AND a free Snail Adhesive, shipped directly from me to you!
  • How?  Just go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click one of these three links:
  • . “Join Here” (middle of the page)
    . “Join” (top right of the screen)
    . “Subscribe” (top middle of the screen)
  • In the “Quantity” field, enter 1 (or more) and click “Continue.”
  • Enter your general information and click “Continue.”
  • Enter your payment information and click “Continue.”
  • Select me, Beverly Gerard, as your demonstrator.   (Thank you, bunches!!)
  • I appreciate your business, and will happily answer any questions you might have.

From Millan.Net   *Year-End Clearance!
Oh my goodness!  The new Year-End Clearance Sale is in progress online!  A few hot items have already sold out, and it all disappears on  January 5, 2015.  Check it out here while the goodies are still available!

In the meantime, wrap’em up, set’em out (or stash’em good), and savor the Christmas blessings!
Inky (((huggss))),

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Dec 08 2014

Ombre Scallops!

I love this ride … my personal rubber stamping & paper crafting ride!  Just sayin’ … …

Indeed, my stamping journey has blessed me in many unexpected ways.  Right up at the top of that list are the friendships that I have as a result of my love for this hobby-turned-business.  My dear friend, Lydia Fiedler, nominated me to participate in this Creative Blog Hop, which features Stampin’ Up! projects by an ongoing list of SU demos & friends.  Big squishy thanks & {{{hugggsss}}} to you, Lydia!
 

I’m taking a tiny break from seasonal creations, but I wanted to feature something using one of my favorite new SU products, and share it in some of my favorite colors!  While I truly adore many of the current colors, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, and the bold & sassy Bermuda Bay come together to create a beautiful ombre palette and they play   together nicely for a variety of styles.
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The Striped Scallop Thinlit ‘had me’ at first look in the 2014-2015 catalog.  And just in case you think it looks difficult or tricky?  Just use it to make a matching cut from the Transfer Adhesive Sheets …  a terrific method for adhering intricate items!  I used the die to cut once from each of the three colors, then used pieces from each to inlay the rows of graduated color with a dot of Liquid Multipurpose Glue behind each little piece.
Have you tried the awesome Magnetic Platform in your Big Shot when die cutting?  My friends, “this” is the time to use and to love that fabulous tool!  Oh How Easy it is to use these dies when the magnetic platform is holding everything in perfect place while you run them through the Big Shot!!
My tag is simply cut from the Circles Collection Framelit dies, and it’s all topped off with a simple tied bow of Seam Binding ribbon.  The sweet sentiment from the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set was stamped with Bermuda Bay ink.
Ohhhh boy …. Now I’m to answer four questions.  Wish me luck on this part!   😉
  1. What are you working on?  My paper crafting has slowed recently … and I’m tickled to say that I have officially finished my Christmas shopping!  I know.  What’s the big deal?  Lots of peeps have finished!  Well … this is an absolute FIRST for this girl to be done before closing out the first full week of December.  Did I manage the same before having children?  Possibly, but I doubt it.   So, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
  2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre?   Hmmmmmm …  Perhaps each of us has a slightly different perception of our own work as compared to how others view it.  Overall, I see myself as a ‘variable’ in the stylistic world of stamping.  I have creations in my repertoire that are multi-layered to the max, but not today.  I have previously been such a fan of coloring that I was bored with items without line art.  I’d love to become easily fluid in clean & simple styling … but I’ll continue to work on it.  So, I add a couple of layers and often resort to what might be termed ‘traditional’.  That’s possibly my comfort zone, but I’m also a creature of exploration at times, and I just never know when I’ll break out and dabble in a new-to-me technique.  When the mood strikes … give it a try!
  3.  Why do you create what you do?   Why??  Because since being introduced to stamping several years ago by my then college student daughter, I’ve discovered my favorite type of creativity.  It’s that simple.  Stamping, creating with paper, inks, & embellishments brings a joy to me that is very satisfying.  I’ve sampled many crafting methods over my entire life.  I even have one of my first loomed-loops pot holders.  Perhaps carefully sun-baked mud pies were my beginning, but they didn’t “keep” very well.    And I’m pretty sure I was a Master of Mud Pies.    Papers, inks, and stamps make me smile … inside and out.
  4. How does your creativity process work?    I’m influenced by so many things!  Nature, color, adjoining designs, pinterest!, fabrics, the countless stamped projects I’ve seen and loved over the years … These are all a part of my process.  I usually go to my stampin’ table with an idea of what I want to create … but I may or may not have the design set firmly in mind.  Perhaps I need to ponder colors.  I often start with a stamp set … but as I play with color ideas or design elements, so many things can change as I bring new inks or papers or embellishments to the table.  Alas, I’m often an “explosion” stamper, in that I gather & bring so many items to my stampin’ zone that the table looks positively crowded or packed with a plethora of creative supplies by the time I’m actually ready to photograph the finished project.  …sigh…  Oh how I hope I’m not alone in this!   LOL

Now for the fun part!  I get to share my nominations for the next two Creative Blog Hop players for ‘next’ Monday, December 15!

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Hallie G.!   Have you ever watched someone’s work online and then had the delightful opportunity to meet that creative soul in person?  Well, Hallie Gainer has inspired me for a nice long time.  I was lucky enough to be on the same Creative Crew at SCS with her too.  But for a long time, I didn’t even realize that she lives in Texas.  Yep!  She’s a fellow Texas gal with a smile as big & bright as her delightful personality.  And when I heard a voice calling, “Bev!”, in the line at Starbucks during Convention last July, I couldn’t believe it was her … right there and in person!  Yeeeehaaaaaaaw!!  You’re going to love Hallie’s ways with SU’s paper, stamps, + inks just as much as I do.

smithr66 !   I’m still waiting and hoping … I can be very patient, so I’m not worried.  Next week you will clearly see why I’m so inspired by Nancy Smith‘s creative talents!  Need an inspirational nudge on a slow mojo day?  I have no doubt that you, too, will soon be a following fan of hers.  So ‘why’ am I still waiting?  Well, surely there will be a time when I find myself meeting Ms. Nancy in person … even though that hasn’t happened just yet.  And yes, the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew galleries are blessed with Nancy’s challenge creations.  I know you’ll be tickled to see how she becomes an inspiration for you as she has for me!

Thanks a bunch for having visited here today!  It’s a pleasure to share with y’all!
Inky (((hugs))),

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