PRODUCT SHARE TIME…well, almost!

 

Hello….hello…..HELLO!!!

 

I am trying to get back in the swing of things as I have been a busy Mom….but I can share this with you – THIS MOM’S JOY TANK is FILLED to the TOP!!! Our son James….was married over the weekend down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where my Dad lives!

It was just fabulous and to me…the best part was having the peeps and their loved ones all together in one place!!! Seeing relatives…people that you have not seen in years…and one of the highlights for me, seeing James’ friends from High School and College…growing up to be ADULTS! It was just the best….

The older I get…the more I cherish that special feeling inside knowing that we are all once again – sharing the same roof over our heads! I know one thing I will hear from many is…..we want pictures!!! Ok – I promise that I will share pictures with you but for right now…I need to do some communicating as my IN BOX has a ton of….

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU DOING PRODUCT SHARES?

 

Well…the answer is YES – I am doing them and my intention is to blog about the offering tomorrow. I returned home Monday evening to find a Stampin’ Up! pre-order waiting for me and the thing that you all want to get your paws on….THE CATALOG!!!

We are not able to order everything/anything (just a limited amount) but I think that I have been doing these shares long enough to tell what makes ME happy….so therefore it will make YOU happy as well!

I have to say….my sweet Milo loves product share time as he knows that I will be in my work area and will have me to himself!

 

 

 

 

 

For newbies…..WHAT IS A PRODUCT SHARE?

 

 

Easy-peasy….a Product Share is when I take a group of offerings that are from the NEW Catalog and break them down into smaller quantities so you can…

 

HAVE A TASTE of the NEW KIDS on the BLOCK

without feeling like your Piggy Bank is going to EXPLODE!

 

 

I LOVE doing Product Shares and if I must say so for myself…I think that I do them very well! I am extremely fair with my pricing as remember, I also use to purchase product shares before but to me the biggest internal happy dance I have in offering these to you is….my turn around time is LICKITY SPLIT!!!

Now most you you know I ADORE animals and I think that you will giggle with my analogy of getting a puppy and offering a Stampin’ Up! Product Share…..ready for this one…..

 

I CLEAR THE DECKS!!!

 

Are you thinking to  yourself….WHAT IN THE WORD IS SHE TALKING ABOUT? Well, this is exactly what I do when I have a Product Share offering…I clear the decks so I can but my energy and time into doing the one thing that you all look for and appreciate…and that is…

 

GETTING THE SHARES OUT THE DOOR FAST!

 

I take great pride in turning around my Product Shares within a week of the offering date that the Catalog goes live. We are IN LUCK with this catalog as it goes LIVE on a Tuesday this year (June 4th) and that means….I will be able to order on the 4th and will get the “GOODS” before the weekend so I can turn it right around to YOU!!!!

My motto is…when you get a puppy and/or rescue an animal – you need to CLEAR THE DECKS as they need your front and centered attention and that is exactly what I do with my Product Shares.

 

 

 

Being on the East Coast…I always seem to have to order expedited to get my products in a timely fashion…but again, I GET IT as I too was super excited for HAPPY MAIL of a PRODUCT SHARE to arrive!

I am out the door this morning to be of “moral marital support” to my sweet John as he has an appointment at Hopkins today with a shoulder specialist….do me a favor….for not only his sake…but for mine as well….think about him as I am hoping and praying that the forbidden word of surgery is not going to be heard…

 

 

 

 

The work that we have is endless at our home and I really cannot imagine not having him “intact” as his weed-wacker would miss him! (ha – I am really bad)…seriously – he has been suffering with shoulder issues so I feel fortunate that he is seeing a specialist

That’s it for me….I know – LOTS of READING and if you have hang in there…here is a surprise…..leave me a comment with what you are looking most forward to in a new catalog….if you have ever participated in one of my shares….or heck – just say HI!!!

When I post the exact offerings….I am going to give away a set of the DSP Swatch Books that I make up….here is a picture of what I am talking about (from an OLD catalog) I call these – LIFESAVERS as they take all of the guess work out of pulling out a TON of PAPER seeing what works with a project! They are a LABOR of LOVE to make…but SOOOOO WORTH IT!

 

 

 

 

Fortunately I was able to pre-order (8) of the 11 NEW DSP offerings…and these DSP Swatch Books are the BIGGEST TIME CHALLENGE for me in Product Shares…so please know – that I will have a BUNCH OF THESE ready to go from the 8 that I have and once I get my paws on the rest…they will be made up fast!

Have a GREAT DAY and please feel free to leave a comment….who knows….YOU MIGHT WIN….and if there are a BUNCH of COMMENTS….maybe I will give away more than one!

I have missed you all…but please know – this stamper is beaming with happiness! See you later…alligator!

 

p.s. – YES…I will also be offering the NEW 5 IN COLORS for your SWATCH BOOK RINGS if you have purchased them in the past from me….I need to talk with the printer to get the exact price but please know that YES – they will be available!

 

 

 

 

 

No worries…Easter comes EVERY YEAR!

 

 

Hello and I hope that you had a HIPPITY HOPPITY EASTER!

 

I know this idea is late…

but read on and you can see how I will send you one…

plus a template for the future!

 

I know, I know….Easter is now over and I told you that I had a SUPER CUTE Easter project for you and even though the day is over….guess what – WE WILL HAVE EASTER NEXT YEAR!

Last week was a ZOOMER for us! We celebrated many HAPPY THINGS….the END of TAX SEASON…John’s BIRTHDAY and yep – EASTER! I had all of these pictures ready to share before Easter but that darn TIME THING with having to hen peck my way with the computer….got me!

I LOVE TO CREATE AND SHARE…but that typing up and editing always get to me….but the GREAT NEWS is…Easter will be here again next year and trust me, you want to make these as they are just a crowd please!

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, this one is a keep and I totally encourage you to make up one regardless if you have the sweet Reester Bunny….(they’ll be back as well next year). I made up SOOOOOO many of these gems and each and every person that received them just adored them!

I know that many of you do not care for 3D Projects but I say….pretty please with sugar on top…..give it a try!?!? I think as the saying goes….try it, you might like it! They are addictive to make and I cannot wait to shower you with pictures!

Where did the idea come from….SIMPLE – I cased and tweaked it from the one and only….PAPER PIXIE – Julie DiMatteo. If you are not familiar with Julie’s work…YOU NEED TO as she is not only super talented…but she is truly one of the most special young Mom’s I know. I can remember back when Julie became a SUD and how she was working so hard for table decorations for an event…..she was soooo tired but still had that wonderful smile on her face and that twinkle in her eye…she is just the best!

 

 

 

 

 

The GREAT NEWS is that I will be sharing with you the video that Julie made with the Reester Bunnies….but when I went to make them they were WEE BITTY ONES and I had already purchased these that I am showcasing!

Natural to Julie’s style…she helped me with the measurements to make it work for this guy! I honestly thought to myself….heck – those little ones are not even a full bite….let’s BEEF IT UP….so here you go……Julie’s Video and then after that I have all of the measurements for you to make it the size of mine!

PLEASE DO NOT LET this template sheet intimate you when you watch the video…it is not scary at all – TRUST ME and also I will share with you some tips and tricks that I used to make dozens of these little Bunny Men!

You better grab this Gingham Paper and the Punches….as YEP – they are on the WALK THE PLANK LIST….. (the links are at the end of the post) We do have some gingham coming out in the new catalog….but NOTHING LIKE THIS wonderful collection….this is a KEEPER!

 

 

 

 

 

Now for my tips and measurements for you! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions…they really are super easy to make and the end result is just adorable! I had shown them some of my stampin’ friends…and they liked them – but when they saw them in person – THEY LOVED THEM…..just too darn tootin’ cute!

 

  • Cardstock needed for Box – 7 1/8″ X 8 3/4″

Score on ALL 4 Sides at 1/2″, 1 1/8″. 1 5/8″ and 2 1/4″

On the Short Side (7 1/8″ side) score at 2 3/4″ & 4 3/8″ just to the 2nd scored line and then ROTATE it to the other 7 1/8″ side and do it again! When you watch Julie do it – it will make perfect sense and trust me….once you do a couple – this whole scoring thing is a breeze!

 

  • Cardstock needed for the Belly Band – 7 1/4″ X 4 1/4″

Score at 1 5/8″ & 2 1/4″ and then ROTATE it and do it again!

 

  • The Gingham is 2 1/2″ X 4″ and that will fit right between the score lines – adhere.

 

  • Using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch…Center it and punch out. It is AMAZING as this little guy fits perfectly and there is no guessing where exactly to punch the hole!!! I WAS DOING THE HAPPY DANCE WHEN I FIGURED THIS OUT!

 

  • As you can see in the photos…I took a coordinating cardstock color and popped out a ring to dress up the front a bit and that was super easy as I 1st used the 1 1/4″ Circle punch and then went over top that with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and PRESTO…..it works like a charm and SOOOOO FAST – this is where the punches are so much easier to use than the circle dies/big shot!

 

  • I also used a retired wee little flower to add some bling around the edges and used a white gel pen to make a quick accent. Using a simple glue dot did the trick and I am sure that you have something in  your stash that you could use if you do not have this punch!

 

THAT’S the SCOOP on how I took Julie’s original design of the mini reester bunny and made it to fit this guy! It is just the sweetest and I cannot tell you the rave comments I received from the people I gave them to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see clearly that you can use any color scheme but to me, this gingham is just the sweetest and again….it IS BEING RETIRED so I would snag some! FYI….I ordered more of the Gingham this morning and it says that it is on backorder…..so I KEPT it on my order as I really wanted it….

The best part is…you can keep the container and re-use it next year (that is if you can get it back from the person) but would you like to have one yourself? I cannot give you the Bunny as I bet they are already sold out from Easter Candy Clearance….but I sure would love to send you the sweet 3D project and also a TEMPLATE for you to have.

If you are anything like me…then having a template will help you in the future! I sure hope that you have a notebook and take time to write down ideas that you like to refer back to. We always say – I’LL REMEMBER…and then YEP – we waste a bunch of time surfing around trying to find it!

 

How do you this FREEBIE from ME?

 

Well easy – …shop with me this week….if you shop with me from today thru Friday the 26th and spend $50.00 + I will gladly send you this decorated cutie PLUS the template already scored for you to have on hand for the future!

 

THE CLEARANCE RACK WAS UPDATED TODAY

 

and also you have the enormous amount of retired products that need to find a new home! Below you will see the specific items used for this project for you to check and see if you have…and then if not – I would get them….as they are all basics….and you know how I love my basics!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if your order is $75.00+ with me…I will also send you the incentive for the month which is yep, another BASIC – a roll of Tear N Tape…call me simple but then call me practical! I know the things we all use and need! Please add the hostess code of UCWS9WDP to you order. (you will always fin the hostess code and incentive on my side bar of my blog.

Let’s have a great week and I think that is is super fair to say…..SPRING is here! We have been BLESSED with some amazing weather….so much so – I am hitting the publish button to go outside to have a date with the weeds!

Thanks for popping in and if you have a chance – please leave me a comment….I would love to hear how you liked this little dude!!!! Julie is the BEST….she sure does make me smile!

p.s. – If you are wondering where that sweet sentiment came from…??? It is from a My Favorite Things Stamp but we all know that there are other options that Stampin’ Up! has that would work. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RETIRED LISTS are UP!

 

With this being the 1st night that I have my hubby home from tax season….tomorrow is a new day and hopefully we will have insight!

 

 

Hello and I hope that you all had a great weekend! I did and I planned to have a fun one for you today as on Saturday I shared with you that I would be back with another another cute Easter project!

Not only is it super easy to make…as it uses the basics but that if you are like me….you will be smiling from (EAR to EAR..ha-ha – no pun intended)

There are some staples (aka classics) in making this SUPER CUTE EASTER GOODIE…but I need to share something that is SUPER important to us crafters….and that is the RETIRED LIST!

 

 

 

It has officially gone up just minutes ago and you know what that means…. –  you better get your catalogs out and take a look….I always highlight mine so I can easily SPOT IT…. and I know that it is A LOT to take in but always remember…we go through this each and every year and in the end...ALL IS GOOD!

I did not attend the OnStage Stampin’ Up! event over the weekend so I am just like YOU.…trying to take it all in so this is what we are going to do….I will share the cute project tomorrow with also some Blog Candy!

POP BACK TOMORROW for the cutest Easter post…and I am giving you HEADS UP.…that it does use (3) main products that are on the retired list….

I think one thing we can all agree on is Stampin’ Up! PUNCHES ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!

I did a super quick scan of the punches and wanted to give you a heads up on these…I know that there are many ways that we can cut out circles but a punch is a “reach and grap…press and go speed tool” – a total time saver and these circle punches are retiring.

There is one more circle punch retiring but I did not use that one in tomorrows post…..I say – CLASSIC and BASIC SHAPES like this are MUST HAVES for what we do!

 

 

 

(click image below for ANNUAL CATALOG…I would print it off)

 

 

 

 

(click image below for OCCASIONS CATALOG…I would print it off)

 

 

I am going to be like you and take it in and then I will also share with you once I mark up my Catalog the items that I truly believe would be a great purchase for your stash.

Trust me, I get it as we all have so much but remember….things go flying off the shelves and all I can say is if there is a certain product that you really have been wanting….I would HOP ON IT

I am always super upfront with things that make me roll in making clean and simple cards/projects…and these that I have highlighted below are definite keepers!

UNTIL TOMORROW!!!!

p.s. – It’s VOICE NIGHT and it’s also HAPPY DANCE NIGHT for John as Tax Season will be in the record books!

 

I know that there are times when you print off the PDF that it is just too darn hard to read the small print…so here are some clickable categories that might help!

Remember, all Bundles will retire at the end cycle of a catalog but that does not necessarily mean that there are retiring from the  next catalog – it is just that they will not be at the bundled price

 

 

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Accented Blooms

Animal Outing

Artisan Textures

Barn Door

Beautiful Day

Beautiful You

Bee Thankful

Birthday Backgrounds

Bokeh Dots

Botanical Bliss

Country Road

Crafting Forever

Dandelion Wishes

Dashing Deer

First Frost

Flourishing Phrases

Gallery Grunge

Healing Hugs

Heartland

Hold on to Hope

Itty Bitty Greetings

Kindness & Compassion

Label Me Pretty

Lilypad Lake

Little Elephant

Little Twinkle

Love You to Pieces

Magical Mermaid

Painted Glass

Peaceful Place

Perennial Birthday

Pop of Petals

Rooted in Nature

Sea of Textures

Sorry for Everything

Special Celebrations

Stitched All Around

This Little Piggy

Tropical Chic

Winter Woods

 

 

 

 

CUTENESS ALERT…and EASY!

 

 

 

 

Good Morning and I am sure that you are in the same camp with me….the camp of “People are so darn Creative”…. I am always amazed at the creativity and endless ideas people come up with and this project is no different!

This time….it was Twila’s Davis from Stamp a Little Longer (isn’t that a great blog name) turn and just look at this super sweet project!

Let’s face it…it is a smile maker and you can see that once again…the concept comes together with a great product that we all need to have on hand….Clear Tiny Boxes!

True, you could make up your own boxes but having these on hand truly is a lifesaver when that calendar rolls forward! I always have many little containers on hand…just in case!

The thing I love about them is that they are super sturdy and if you choose to add paper like Twila did….great – if not….the boxes are crystal clear and you can see right thru them!

Enjoy the pictures and then the BEST PART…..a FREE PDF is at the end of the post for you! When you see the step by step how easy it is to create this – you will say, “I could do this” and here is the BEST TIP I can give you…it you have a punch that is remotely around the same size….USE IT – please do not stress if you do not have the exact…use what you have!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go….the SCOOP on this cutie is below! I will be back on Monday as I have EASTER THINGS that I have been working my Bunny Tail off in making and they are SUPER CUTE…..I know that the countdown is on for Easter but these are SUPER easy to mass produce!

They are small little somethings that make a BIG DIFFERENCE to someone….trust me, they are the BEST things in life….the little things!

 

CLICK ON THE BELOW IMAGE

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for a PALS Blog Hop – Family First!!!

 

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First”! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOT-WOOT.….it’s a BLOG HOP day…..(and that is ALWAYS a fun day)…I have a little project for you that I am going to be working on over the next 2 weeks as we have WEDDING BELLS ringing on May 4th! My middle peep, James is getting married! 🙂

 

I just loved the theme around this blog hop as my personal motto is….FAMILY FIRST!!!

 

I am sure that you can guess that I would be “ALL HANDS ON DECK” for an occasion like this! I might tweak this a bit but for now…let’s roll with it as I am just in love with these sweets Kraft Pillow Boxes .

I have a bunch of pictures for you and truly there is nothing hard at all in making these sweet (yet very sturdy) boxes look super special! This is a great time to pull out what ever you have and USE IT UP!!!! You know that I always share….even if something is retired – WHO CARES??? if you like it…that is ALL THAT MATTERS!

I know that many of you are not keen on 3-D projects but please hear me out and hit that button and get a pack or 2 of these – you will be happy that you did so as trust me, they come in handy with minimal effort but the end result is nothing short of FUN and a FEELING OF SPECIAL!

 

 

 

 

 

One thing that you have heard me say over and over…when in doubt – GO FOR A SENTIMENT STAMP…and yep, today is no different! I think that sometimes we do not put the weight into looking at a sentiment stamp as thinking….there are no images….nothing to color….etc.

Stop and look at the sentiments to see if the font speaks to you….look at the themes….and if the green light is on…than I say go for it as this is a prime example of how this gem worked for me!

This stamp set is in the annual catalog, called Better Together and I will say….I have used it a bunch! It has been around for several years but I will say that I have reached for it often as I find the font to be fun and unique…please do not forget about the annual catalog…it has many keepers in it!

 


 

 

 

You also know that I say OVER and OVERit’s all about the basics! Peek below and see the rectangle stitched frames – a true blue classic! A staple like this is a one time investment and one that you will never regret. When you have a classic like this – you can always use it for many projects!

Basic stitched shapes like this are a must have in any shape that you can get your hands onWHY? – Easy = they are a great foundation for a clean and simple card. When we have the right products…we can enjoy the journey of crafting by letting the basics be your foundation and then build around it!

 

 

 

 

 

Hers is another peek of a project that I have been working on! Easter is right around the corner and many of you might remember this sweet single stamp that was retired years ago! This is a perfect example of how I say….KEEP WHAT SPEAKS TO YOU…and this little lamb – he spoke to me years ago and he still does!

I have made over 60 of these and probably will be making more as they come together SUPER QUICK but you can see that they are super fun! I have (3) Reese’s Eggs in it (smaller size) but they are just PERFECT SIZE for a sweet favor.

 

 

 

 

 

Last peek as you have a BUNCH OF HOPPING TO DO!!!! You can clearly see that the sky is the limit with your creativity. These pillow boxes are perfect for treats…perfect for a gift card…just a staple that you need to have for those “just in case times”

I love using glue dots as much as I can when making these as the as a time saver and also a super strong hold! I encourage you to look at all if the little additions you have to use as a spring board to add some clean and simple fru-fru to make your little project pop!

I say have fun…and just look at what you have and go from there! I do hope that we continue to come out with more punches – they are always the fastest option when in a crunch for time and also for mass producing!!! Our punches are so sturdy and truly go thru the test of time….and I am one that tries to never let them leave Randall Lane!

 

 

 

 

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  3. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  6. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  20. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio

 

 

 

 

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