Monday, July 10, 2017

Using All My Stamp Sets Series - Badges & Banners

Hi All!  I decided to start a series of blog posts where I use a different Stampin' Up! stamp set with each post!  My goal is to post everyday or close to it.  Many of the cards will be simple and able to be created in 15 minutes or less.  The series starts with the Badges & Banners stamp set.  

Card Details:
  • Card Base - Thick Whisper White 4 1/4" x 11" score at 5 1/2"
  • Emerald Envy ink on Emerald Envy cardstock background lined badge and cutout with Best Badge punch 
  • Emerald Envy ink on Whisper White scrap for sentiment and cutout with Duet Banner punch
  • Snail adhesive to attach background lined badge and Stampin' Dimensionals to pop sentiment

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the 2017-2019 In Colors

Woo Hoo it's the first Wednesday of the month you know what that means RIGHT? ICS Blog hop time! Our theme this month of July is all about the new 2017-2019 in colors!  I also wanted to showcase some of the brand new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog items!  Enjoy the hop and feel free to leave us some love in the form of a comment, we love hearing from you!

I needed some cards to give as a gift of encouragement, so I created a set in all the new in colors.  The card base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored at 4 1/4").  The Fresh Florals DSP (4 x 5 1/4") coordinates with the card base.  I used one of the great sentiments out of the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  It was punched out with the Pretty Label Punch, matted on coordinating cardstock with an oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits (which is in this new annual catalog!).  I thought the 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon was the perfect touch to finish off the cards.

I hope you enjoyed my card!  The next stop in our blog hop is Deb!

Card Supply List from Stampin' Up!:

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Courage
  • Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White (sentiment and inside 4 x 5 1/4")
  • DSP: Fresh Florals (4" x 5 1/4")
  • Inks: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Embellishments: Pretty Label Punch,1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, & Lemon Lime Twist, Stitched Shapes Framelits (2nd biggest oval), Big Shot, Cutting Pads, and Magnetic Platform
  • Adhesives: Snail, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Monday, July 3, 2017

4th of July Free Product Offer & July Bonus Days

There are a couple of great offers in July!

4th of July Offer
To celebrate July 4th I am offering an ordering incentive!  For any $40 (or more) order placed between July 1st-5th you will be able to pick one item from the list below for free.  I will be placing an order on July 5th at 8am or if you want your order shipped directly to you please use the Host Code: 3ZWJYSJD

*This offer is only available through me and your one free item will be available once the July 5th order is shipped to me.*

July Bonus Days
ALSO.....Stampin' Up! is offering Bonus Days in the month of July.  For every $50 (before shipping & taxes) of products you purchase in July you will receive a $5 coupon code that is redeemable in August.  For example - if you place an order before shipping & taxes for $100 you will receive 2 $5 coupons that are redeemable in August.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - One in a Melon

Welcome to our fabulous A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!  Every month I receive a surprise card/project kit from Stampin' Up!, and the June kit is melon/fruit themed. 

I love the kit this month as I am a big fan of vegetables, fruit, gardening, and the farmers market!  This box just screams summer fruit season!!  I created this alternate card & project while I was visiting my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator and friend in Texas.  I am so glad I worked on it early as I am under the weather this week.  I'm a big fan of the note cards in the kit, so that was my inspiration for my card & project.

Details for the card:
  • Note card from kit
  • Yellow banner from kit (intended for kit bag)
  • Banner from kit with sentiment from Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons stamp set in Emerald Envy
  • Circle piece (intended for kit bag) and cut in two 
  • Lemon stamped on circle piece with full strength Crushed Curry for skin/rhind and inside/fruit is stamped in Crushed Curry after stamping off
  • Wink of Stella is used on the lemon to make it shimmer
Details for the tea bag wrapper project:
  • Band is cut from the watermelon bag
  • 1 3"4" circle punch cut out from the note card front
  • Tabs for Everything stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist for the "FOR YOU" and "enjoy" sentiments on the back of the whisper part of the note card
  • Circle Tab Punch for the "enjoy" and 3/4" circle punch for the "FOR YOU"

I hope you enjoyed my card and project.  Thanks for visiting!  Your next hop in the blog is Rachel!
You Are Here ----> Megan Thompson

Monday, June 26, 2017

July Classes

Here's the details on my July classes.  Hope you will join us!

One Sheet Wonder Cards Class

Thursday, July 13th 10am-1pm or 5:30-8:30pm

In this class you will learn how to make 10 cards from one sheet of designer series paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely set.  Cost is $25 and RSVP is due by Monday, July 10th at noon.  This class will probably go longer (2.5-3 hours), so feel free to bring a snack.  Please bring your paper trimmer (no matter the brand) with you to this class.

Just Cards Class – Summer Theme Cards

Thursday, July 27th 10am-Noon or 6-8pm
In this class we will focus on making 3 cards with a summer theme.  Cost is $10 and RSVP is due by Monday, July 24th at noon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Neighbor Advertisting Bags

This is a much, much, much overdue post!  Back in April of this year I created some neighbor advertising bags and delivered on Easter morning.

Here's a photo of everything that was in the bag.  I will also explain each item in more detail and things I would do differently when I do this again.

The bag consisted of.....
  • Bag - I got these from the dollar store.  They were 3 for $1.
  • Treat bag (see detailed photo below) - I used a small clear bag and packed it with an inexpensive seed packet and some Easter candy.  The bag topper was DSP (in this case it was retired) with a label that I stamped.
  • Paper Pumpkin Postcard/Pamphlet - These are supply items available to purchase by demos.  There's also some printouts you could print and include.  Paper Pumpkin is a great item to advertise since it is all inclusive!
  • Introduction, Contact Info, and Schedule Sheet - The top of the sheet was an introduction about who I am and how long we have lived in the neighborhood.  I also wrote a few sentences about my classes and about Stampin' Up! as a company.  I included my contact information - email, blog, and Facebook business page.  The majority of the sheet was my upcoming class schedule.  It included all the details of when, where, what, and how much.
  • Catalog Page (see detailed photo below) - I used some old catalogs and tore out individual pages.  I put a label on it that says "If you like what you see on this page - please contact me for a catalog." 

On Easter morning I went door to door and hung them on a front door knob or left them on their porch.  I ended up passing out about 50, but we have over 300 homes in our neighborhood.  I focused on our immediate neighbors and one other street.  It took a couple hours as I had to be careful to skip the no solicitor sign houses.  Each bag ended up costing  about $1.50.  The biggest expenses are the bag and candy.  I haven't had any neighbor specifically contact me about classes based on this advertising, but I did see a spike in Facebook business page traffic. 

I definitely have some things that I would do different when I do this next time.  I think I might do it again around back to school time and put a couple inexpensive school supplies in the treat bag.  Here's what I would do differently.....
  • Use a different bag!  At 33 cents each the bag was one of the biggest expenses.  There are door knob hanging clear bags that you can find on Amazon.  You could also use the gift bag punch board with some ribbon.
  • Include some sort of class discount coupon to encourage them to come to a class.
  • Don't include chocolate in the treat bags - it melts very easily!
  • Include a Paper Pumpkin completed project - bag, card, etc.
I would love to hear in the comments section how you have reached out to your neighbors!  Happy Stamping!!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrations Card Class (Part 2 of 2)

Today is part 2 of the cards we made at my Celebrations Card class this week.  Enjoy and happy stamping!

Stamp leaves and stems on Whisper White with Emerald Envy.
Stamp flowers on Whisper White with Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst.
Stamp sentiment on Whisper White scrap and inside sentiment on Whisper White cardstock with coordinating color.
Punch out sentiment with Pretty Label Punch.
Use Wink of Stella on Flirty Flamingo flower.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop flower rectangles, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst pieces.
Use Snail to adhere metallic foil doily to Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst pieces.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop sentiment from metallic foil doily.

Beautiful Bouquet  Stamp Set
Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Whisper White Cardstock (3 1/2” x 1 1/4” x 3 for flowers and scrap for sentiments)
Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst Cardstock 3/4” x 5 1/2”)
Metallic Foil Doily
Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Emerald Envy Inks
Pretty Label Punch
Wink of Stella
Snail Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Whisper White Envelope

Inspired by card by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek