Happy Veterans' Day!

Thank you to all the veterans out there!  I am especially proud of my husband who served in the army for 29 years, for my brother Eddie who served in the army for 3 years, and for my Dad who was a WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient.  

Starter Kit Deal!

Have you ever considered getting a Starter kit but just couldn't justify spending $99 for it?  Well, Stampin' Up! is having a sale on the kit!  From now until the end of November you can purchase a Starter Kit for just $75!  You still get to choose $125 in products and it still comes with FREE Shipping!

Don't want to be a "demonstrator"?  You can still get the kit with no further obligation.  But you can be your own best customer by saving at least 20% on all future purchases!  Who doesn't like to save on quality craft supplies????  Stampin' Up! has wonderful supplies and it all color coordinates!

Get your starter kit here

I would love to have you on my Ink Spot Inkers team!  Whether you want to just be a happy shopper or want to start a business, you are welcome in the Stampin' Up! family!

Just a reminder:

You have until the 10th to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to get the cute packaging kit!

 

OnStage@Home

One of the benefits of getting the Starter Kit and joining Stampin' Up! is going to events.  Due to Covid our events right now are all virtual but we're hoping for in-person events next year!  

Our OnStage@Home event is coming up later this month and we will get to see the new mini catalog that starts in January.  At this event we'll also see stamping demonstrations of new products and we'll even have a stamp along with them featuring a new stamp set/dies bundle.  FUN!  We'll also have some training recorded that we can revisit until the end of the year.  It's always a fun time full of stamping and recognition.

On the first evening Stampin' Up! will recognize leaders and achievers in loads of categories.  Normally we get ribbons to go on our id cards at the in-person events but since we won't be together that way, they sent us digital badges.  I certainly didn't perform as I have in the past due to all my health issues but I did get 2 badges for team building and for sales.  There are 3 levels and mine were all level 1 but at least I got recognized.  My upline Jessica Taylor is always one of the top demonstrators in the country and the world and I enjoy seeing her get her rewards.

  

Thank you to all of you who helped me achieve these by purchasing starter kits, remaining as demonstrators and making regular purchases.  I couldn't do this without YOU!!

Eden's Garden

Stampin' Up! has released a new suite called Eden's Garden

The stamp set and dies (bundled) will be in the new upcoming Jan-June mini catalog.  BUT the gorgeous paper and matching gems will notThose are available only until January 3 or while supplies last.

Here is the paper.  It's hard to see but the front side of the papers are filled with gold foil accents.

Although this suite is geared towards spring, this paper will make beautiful Christmas cards too!  The colors in the paper are Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent and Gold Foil on a Basic White background.  Here is a pdf of the suite

Here are the stamps and dies for this bundle (stamps are distINKive)

And here is a card I made using this suite (I did not have the gems at the time so they are not on this card).  You can see the sheen of the gold foil in this photo.

Here are the instructions for this card:

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets Eden’s Garden (157823)
  • Card Stock – Evening Evergreen (155574); Soft Succulent (155776); Gold Foil (132622); Basic White (159276)
  • Stamp Pads – Evening Evergreen (155576)
  • Misc. – Ever Eden (DSP) (159996); Eden Dies (157831); Stitched Rectangles(151820); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements:  

  • Evening Evergreen: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”     scrap for die banner
  • Basic White:  Scrap for sentiment
  • Gold Foil:  5 ¼” x ½”,  scrap large enough for die cut
  • Soft Succulent: scrap large enough for die cut
  • DSP:  3 5/8” x 5 ¼”

Instructions:

  • Score and fold the Evening Evergreen card base at 5 ½” x 4 ¼”
  • Die cut the Evening Evergreen leaf rectangle.  Die cut the Basic White piece using the stitched rectangles (find the one that the leaf die cut fits over)
  • Stamp the sentiment on the Basic White rectangle in Evening Evergreen.
  • Using small bits of liquid glue, glue the leaf die cut to the sentiment rectangle
  • Die cut the banner in gold foil and Soft Succulent.
  • Because the banners are shorter than the rectangle sentiment piece, cut both in half.  Layer the soft succulent die cut over the gold foil one and attach behind the rectangle piece with the ends peeking out.  Attach using the glue dots (or liquid glue)
  • Layer the long gold foil piece behind the DSP and attach to the card base.
  • Using dimensionals, attach the sentiment piece to the card front.

Since the card base is so dark, I would add a piece of Basic White cardstock to the inside so it is easy to stamp or write on.  You can simply add a piece that is 5 ¼” x 4” or die cut a piece to fit inside.

Coming on the 4th is a sale on the Starter Kit!  

 

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My health

Most of you may be aware of my health issues but thought I would update you.

In September of 2019 I fell at Sam's and crushed my right shoulder.  I had surgery and my arm was immobilized for 6 weeks.  6 months of physical therapy followed.  I still was unable to raise my arm above my shoulder, which meant my husband had to help me dress and blow dry my hair.  What a bummer!  So I went back to my doctor and he decided on a shoulder replacement (which still required 6 weeks immobilization and PT for 5 months).

The week before my surgery I went in for my annual mammogram and they found a tumor.  An ultrasound followed by a biospy showed cancer.  Triple Negative breast cancer which is very aggressive as it is not hormone related and doesn't respond to the "normal" breast cancer treatment.  I decided to go ahead with my shoulder surgery because I didn't know if I would need a mastectomy or not and I knew I would need my shoulder if I did.  I also requested genetic testing and found out I had Lynch Syndrome (causes all sorts of cancers).

So I had my shoulder replacement surgery.  Then I had a lumpectomy.  I had 4 chemotherapy treatments, ending in late March.  That was followed by 21 radiation treatments.  During all of these treatments I had my yearly full-body check at the dermatologist and they found a squamous cell carcinoma on my let.  So in the middle of radiation, I had to have surgery on my leg to remove that cancer and it took a skin graft to cover it.  I then had to keep my leg elevated above my head for 3 weeks.  Fun times in a wheelchair for my radiation treatments!

BUT that is all over for now! I recently had CT scans of my chest, abdomen and pelvis and they were ALL CLEAR!

I have a mammogram coming up soon and that will be it for 6 months!  I have had so many doctor's appointments and my life has revolved around those!  I will be so happy to get back to appointments only every 6 months!

Thanks if you read through all this!  I know it was a lot.  During all this time, I really had very little time to craft or make cards.  I appreciate all of you who supported me during all this time with your purchases and your cards you mailed to me!

November Paper Pumpkin Kit

The November Paper Pumpkin kit is all about Packaging for gifts for the holidays (although you can certainly use the cut outs on card fronts)!

ABOUT THE KIT

Name Gifts Galore

Details

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create nine treat packages—three each of three designs—and nine food-safe bags. 
  • This all-inclusive kit includes printed die cuts, die-cut boxes, cellophane treat bags, adhesive, and more!
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Coordinating colors: Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Make sure you subscribe by the 10 of November to get this kit!

October Paper Pumpkin Kit

Subscribe by October 10 to get the October Paper Pumpkin kit which is all about Christmas/holiday cards!

This kit coordinates with the Peaceful Place suite found on page 36 in the July-December mini catalog.

NEW Kit Available Today!

Stampin' Up! has a collection of kits that you can use to make quick and easy cards/projects.  Some don't feature stamping but you can add your own sentiments.  You can follow the directions exactly or make the cards your own by making alternatives using your own products.  Shop at http://bit.ly/shopSUkits

Today they have released a new kit just for Christmas called the Whimsy Christmas card kit.(#158166)  Here are the completed cards below:

 

DETAILS


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—4 each of 2 designs.
  • Includes printed card bases, printed die cuts, adhesive, embellishments, gold foil die cuts, gold twine, and coordinating envelopes with gold foil accents. 
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Evening Evergreen, Gray Granite, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, Real Red, So Saffron, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede

Here is what the stamp set looks like:

You can click on any of the links below for those kits pictured (the new kit is not linked yet but is item # 158166)

 

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