April 28, 2016

Sneak Peak into What's to Come

Hi there! I hope you're all having a great week and finding opportunities to get inky? Today I want to share with you a few sneak peaks into the up coming catalog going live on June 1st. That's one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator; we get to see and get our hands on product before our customers. And I have to tell you, this catalog is over the top! I mean that for real! Over the top! 
The new In-colors are so pretty and the new stamps and accessories are to die for....yes there are TONS of new dies! Lots of bundles....coordinating stamps and dies/punches and several new embossing folders! There are over 300 new products in this new catalog! I can't wait to put one in your hands! And, if you would like to get your hands on these products early, all you need to do is join my team! Just click on the SU! Opportunity up above and follow the links to join me and as part of your demo kit, you can select product from the new catalog.
Ok, drum roll please............
 
This is a new stamp set with a coordinating new punch! So cool!
 
The pineapple is a new stamp that is so cute and the banner is a new Banner punch! (It's a double punch- 2 different banners!)
 
 
Is this NOT the cutest? This is a stamp/ punch bundle - Fox Builder! I think this is just absolutely adorable and can't wait to get my hands on this one!
 
Here is one of the new alphabet stamp sets Labeler Alphabet. Can you see all the possibilities here? Ok, the last but not least final sneak peak....
 
 
Have you ever seen anything so adorable? OMG! This is a 3-step stamp and the detail is amazing! Just look at these little cuties! They look like your u could just reach out and feel the fuzzies!
Well, that's all for the sneak peaks for now. Stay tuned as you never know when I will let you in my on any more peaks into the catalog. In the meantime, I wish you all a great day and ask that you leave me a comment below and tell me, of the samples you see here today, what is your favorite?
Happy Stamping,
Katrina

April 26, 2016

A Little Timeless Elegance and Hostess Rewards

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Have you had an opportunity to look over that retirement list? If not, don't wait too much longer. Lots of stuff has already begun to sell out. I missed out on stocking up on Crystal Effects. I love that stuff, not only is it a great glue, but it is also great for creating the look of glass and adds dimension and shine to projects. Anyhoo, you can see the retiring products here.  And right now, I have a party open and if we reach $150 in sales, the Hostess Rewards will be up for grabs! I will close the party next week on 5/5/2016 at 4pm. If our grand total before shipping and tax is $150 or greater, I will place everyone that placed an order in for a drawing to receive the hostess rewards and I will contact you to find out what free products you would like to use your hostess rewards for.We are only $50 away from earning those hostess rewards...soooo, there is a pretty good chance someone will get those rewards and it might just as well be you, right? To qualify, just place an order of any amount through my on-line store using the Hostess Code: T9Q4A39S

Anyway, my project today takes a little twist on the basic Black and White card simplicity. Instead of white, how about Very Vanilla? In this card, the DSP I used is from the Timeless Elegance Designer Series paper. Isn't it gorgeous? I just love this paper.
I used the lacy look paper and the stamp set I used is Choose Happiness. Both of these are on the retirement list and I am so sad to see them go. Once again, one of those go to sets that I reach for again and again. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end right?
Well here is the card:
So what are your thoughts? What retiring set are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment below and let me know. And don't forget about the chance to win Hostess Rewards. Just place an order of any amount to qualify using the Hostess Code: T9Q4A39S
In the meantime, Happy Stamping,
Katrina


April 21, 2016

Having some Fun with Retiring Goodies

Hey there! Have you had a chance to take in the retiring product list? If so, have you been able to absorb it all? I know, it’s a lot to take in. It’s also sad to see so many go to favorites leaving, but, let me just say, I have had the opportunity to see the new catalog (one of the MANY benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator) and there are SOOOOOO many new and wonderful things coming! So, my point, don’t be sad. Get what you want now before it’s gone, but rest assured, there will be LOTS of great stamps and embellishments that are so awesome, you won’t even remember the stuff that is missing! I promise you that.
Anyoo, today, I wanted to share a card I made for the sketch challenge taking place over on my Facebook page. I used one of my go to retiring stamp sets and lots of retiring product for this card and I am really pleased with the outcome. So, what do you think? Leave me a comment below and let me know what your thoughts are.


Supplies:
Summer Silhouettes Stamp set
Basic Black Card Base 8.5” x 5.5” scored at 4.25”
Botanical Garden DSP 5.25” x 4”
Basic Black layers 2.5” x 3.75”, 4.25” x 2.25”and 4.5” x 2.5”
Hello Honey 2.25” x 3.5”
Very Vanilla 4” x 2” and 4.25” x 2.25”
Cajun Craze .5” x 2.25”
3 Cajun Craze Candy Dots from the Regals collection
Ink Pads: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Basic Black Archival
Snail Adhesive
To begin, I layered the DSP onto the card base and added the Hello Honey to the Basic Black layer and adhered that to the front of the card. I then stamped the lattice design onto the 4” x 2” Very Vanilla piece using the Cajun Craze ink and adhered that to the Basic Black layer and added that to the card base. I then stamped the foliage stamp using the Mossy Meadow ink twice and added flowers using the Hello Honey and Mint Macaron ink. The sentiment is NOT a Stampin’ Up! Stamp. It actually comes from a Stamps of Life stamp set by Stephanie Barnard and I stamped that using the Basic Black Archival ink and layered that onto the Basic Black layering piece and adhered that panel to the card base and added the small strip of Cajun Craze just to pop on the card. As a final step, I added three candy dots.
If you would like to see the sketch used to inspire this card, please join us on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/snsfromtheheartWe are having lots of fun over there and we would love to have you join us. Whether you choose to join the sketch or not, we would love to have you stop by and say hello, and if you do want to join the challenges, just jump right in. We have a no judgement zone and all of the ladies are extremely encouraging and supportive. We learn from one another and we just have a great time. So come on by and take a look around!
Now, back to the retiring list. As you know, the retiring list of items are “while supplies last”, only stamps will be manufactured until May 23rd. After that date, once they’re gone, they’re gone too. I don’t want you to miss out on anything you really have your heart set on, so I want you to know, these things will sell out quickly, so if you want it, I advise getting it sooner rather than later. In addition, I have set up a hostess code for you to use should you choose to place an order. By using this hostess code, if all combined orders total $150 or more, it will qualify as a “party" and will be eligible for Hostess Benefits. If that is the case, I will put EVERYONE that places an order using that code into a drawing to receive those benefits when I close the party. If you happen to be the winner, I will contact you to select your FREE product. It could be $15 or more in product depending on the final sales. I will close the party out on 5/5/16, so good luck and happy stamping!
Hostess Code: T9Q4A39S

Katrina 

April 19, 2016

The Retiring List Has Posted


Well, it's that time of year again, the retirement list has been released and it's huge! Lots of wonderful items, and much of it marked down up to 50% off! If you have had your eye on anything now is the time to get it because once it's gone, it's gone forever! Yes, as sad as it sounds, it's the way it works. Once an item sells out, it's gone forever (insert sad face) For one, if you love the 2 way glue pen, stock up because that made the list! So did Crystal Effects....I'll be stocking up that's for sure!

All things 2014-2016 In Colors are also going away by May 31st, and those will be the first things to sell out so don't wait on those items if you need to get anything. In colors are always the first things to sell out. I absolutely LOVE Blackberry Bliss and will be stocking up on all thing BB that's for sure. 

Now, I don't want you to be too sad over the retirement of all these great items, because I will tell you, I got a sneak peak of the new catalog coming out and OMG! Can we say UH MAY ZING! I can NOT wait to be able to begin the pre-order and share sneak peaks with you! AWESOME stuff. So awesome, you will forget all about the wonderful stuff going away. And we all know, in order to make room for new and wonderful stuff, we have to let go of some old wonderful stuff. It's all good. 

Well I've gone on long enough, you need to click the link above and see for your self and leave me a comment below and tell me which retiring item you will miss the most?

Happy Stamping,
Katrina

April 14, 2016

Exciting Times


It’s that time of year again. Demonstrators from all over the US and Canada will be converging onto Salt Lake City Utah for Stampin’ Up! On Stage celebration. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend this year. Maybe next time. But with this time of year, and the coming of the new catalog go-live in June, we’re all gearing up for the release of the retirement list that will come out  on Monday (insert sad face) but with that comes the excitement of what new things we will have to look forward to. And that is what I focus my energy on, being positive regarding all the wonderful NEW things that will be available rather than focus on what we will be losing.

But on that note, I do want to remind you that we will, without a doubt, lose the 2014-2016 In Colors and all of the DSP and embellishments containing those colors. And if you are anything like me, you will have to admit that some of these colors are the absolute most gorgeous colors ever developed and I am so sad to see them go away. These are extremely popular colors and if you need or want to stock up before they’re gone, you need to do it now. I can’t tell you how many times I have had costumers and myself included miss the opportunity to replenish a color supply because once something is on the retirement list and it sells out, it’s never to be seen again, EVER. Trust me, I missed out on stocking up on my beloved Pistachio Pudding cardstock last year (insert sad face, a few tears and a banging head) I thought I had time and waited for the retiring list to come out and figured I would put in one last order for all of the few things I wanted at once and it turned out to be a bad idea and I missed out. I am telling you this because I don’t want that to be you.

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=101701&dbwsdemoid=2124811
Another thing going away after Monday is the Weekly Deals program.  Stampin’ Up! has decide to go to a new, less frequent program, “Special Offers”. With this, they will be able to offer greater discounts due to the decrease in frequency of the program and offer more product during the offers. We should be seeing these Special Offers every few months , so, keep your eyes and ears open for when these promotions begin. In the meantime, be sure to check out the final weekly deals for this week. They have some fantastic offerings and this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage.  Just click here or click the photo and it will take you to the weekly deals page of my on line store.
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=100100&dbwsdemoid=2124811
 

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great day and happy stamping,

Katrina

April 12, 2016

Mixing It Up with Sketches and CASEing!


Happy Tuesday! I hope you all are getting in some crafty time? I spent my Sunday in my craft room getting ready for Thursdays class and just playing around. I know I have mentioned before that we have a weekly sketch challenge over on my Facebook page, and I fell in love with a card design that fellow demonstrator Tami White had done, so I CASE’d her card changing up the layout and stamp set. You can see her original card here. And this is what I came up with.

I love these colors together. And I love this sketch.
You should visit my FB page and see all of the wonderful designs the ladies have come up with. So much creativity! It’s amazing! And so much fun! (Anyone is welcome to join us! So feel free)

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you again here soon!

Happy Stampin’

Katrina

April 9, 2016

Getting Birthday Ready for April

Happy Saturday! I'm getting ready to send out my April birthday cards. As you can see, April is a busy birthday month for me as I have lots of family and friends with April birthdays. I think April and December are my biggest months for birtday cards. I will definitely need to replenish may birthday card supply after this that's for sure. Of course I knew this so I did plan my April class themes around birthdays. I mean really, who doesn't need birthday cards? 


So, that's how I'm spending my Saturday. How are you spending yours? What month is your busiest Birthday Month? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Stamping,
Katrina

April 7, 2016

Faux Tearing

Hi there! Tonight, I played with a technique I saw recently on line using the faux tearing technique and this is what I came up with:

Card #1 uses Calypso Coral and Whisper White cardstock along with Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz and So Saffron inks sponged between 2 pieces of torn copy paper masks. The stamped image is from the Into the Meadow stamp set found in the Occassions Spring catalog using the Basic Black Archival ink.
Card #2 uses Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstocks with Crumb Cake ink sponged on using a torn piece of copy paper as a mask and stamping the sentiment and flowers from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. I also stamped and sponged 3 additional flowers and punched them out using the coordinating Pansy Punch and added them to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. I added the Crumb Cake satin stitched ribbon.
So, what do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know what your thoughts are on this technique. Give it a try, pull out some inks, sponges and copy paper and see what you come up with.
Happy Stamping,
Katrina

April 5, 2016

Sad News about Weekly Deals


Yes, sadly, the weekly deals will be leaving us forever come April 18th. So, my advice, don't miss out! I have never seen this many current items on sale as this week! Click here to see these amazing deals!
I'm sure you're wondering where I was Saturday since I missed my post and I'm much later than normal today getting my post up. Well, I spent the weekend Spring cleaning with my husband. He had the last 2 weeks off and for the last several days, he got a dumpster for us to do some serious cleaning out. He went to town in the basement while I went to town in my craft room. I think my craft room lost 100 lbs! But I am so glad I had this opportunity to clean things out and organize my supplies. It's once again my happy place!

I have also been prepping for my class tomorrow evening. We're going to be working on the Shaving Cream technique. So FUN! If you haven't tried this technique, you need to try it out. You get some of the most beautiful marbled backgrounds using this technique and everyone is always different, no two are ever the same.



We're making 3 each of 3 designs for a total of 9 cards each. I'm so excited to show these ladies how to do this fun technique. There's something about getting all inky that just screams fun!

Well be sure to check out this weeks deals and I will check back in Thursday. In the meantime,
Happy Stamping,
Katrina
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