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0 In 2017 Occasions Catalog/ Big Shot/ Cards/ Designer Series Papers

Quick and Easy Springtime Card Using Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies

I took 18 quick and easy springtime swap cards to Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event in San Diego on April 8th using the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies and the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.

When I make what seems like a ‘simple’ card really it’s a ‘clean and simple’ card.  But usually my ‘simple’ has a few pesky steps.

The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper will be retiring at the end of May so I wanted to use it and show others another way to use it.  I like it in smaller strips like the layer on this card.

I also think the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies are  so versatile as well as being a WOW.

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Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies

 

Timeless Tags thinlit die

The only thing that you can’t really see when it comes to putting this card together is what I did on the solid oval die cut tag before adding the butterfly cut out layer.  I used a Sponge Dauber and Pear Pizzazz ink to “smear” ink in a curve under the spot the butterflies lay over.   Don’t aim for smooth coverage.  I.e., let the coverage be light and dark.  I’m sorry I missed (like forgot) taking a photo of that step!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card.  If you’d like to order any products to make your own version, please go to my online Stampin’ Up! store here.  The Timeless Tags stamp set is so versatile and the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper just exudes springtime (available while supplies last now that the retiring list has been announced) .

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0 In Tips/ Tools

Paper Snips, This Week’s Tuesday’s Tool

Do you own a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s  Paper Snips.  They’re super for fine cutting — aka ‘fussy’ cutting.  The thin blades are precision ground, cut all the way to the end of the tips and are sharp!  Be careful.  Trust me.   They’re great for cutting ribbon in addition to fussy cutting.

Paper Snips 103579, $10

The focus of today’s post is simple:  the proper way to place the protective cap on the Paper Snips.

I would say that 100% of the time, after a class, the cap is replaced on the Snips that were used.  And 95% of the time the cap is put on ‘upsidedown’.

 

Comparing sizes of hinges on Paper Snips

Paper Snips, match hole to LARGE rivet

Contrary to the urge to place the hole in the cover over the smaller rivet, it really goes over the larger rivet.  Actually, when you look at the cover when placed over the smaller rivet, it doesn’t fit properly.  Flip it over and it fits like a glove.

I used my paper snips to do all the fussy cutting on the various animals here.  The ‘tunnel’ card, near the bottom of the post has a bunch of animals that have been cut out from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper using my Paper Snips.  They did a great job didn’t they?  (The fox carrying the banner was stamped and water colored.)

And that’s the end of today’s lesson on how to properly replace the protective cap on your Paper Snips.  If you don’t own your own Paper Snips, you can click on any of the photos or the words Paper Snips to be taken directly to my online Stampin’ Up! store where you can purchase your very own pair.  Be sure to use April’s Host code (U2ERKHQS) to receive a ‘host code users’ exclusive tutorial’ at the end of the month.

 

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0 In 3-D Projects/ All Occasion/ Big Shot/ Designer Series Papers/ Gifts/ Punches/ Stamp Sets

Sneak Peak Birthday Delivery Card #3 Featuring Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

I really loved the challenge of creating cards for Display Boards at Stampin’ Up!’s San Diego OnStage on April 8th.  Here’s another of my Birthday Delivery stamp set projects.  Today I’m focusing on the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  Remember, these sneak peak items won’t be available until June 1, 2017.

There is an adorable little girl in the stamp set who’s standing with her back facing us.  There’s also a lovely bouquet of flowers just waiting to be colored, fussy cut, and placed in her waiting hands.  I decided to create a gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Lots of Labels Framelits and a Lace Doily.

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

 

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag close up detail

 

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag using Gift Bag Punch Board

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag using Gift Bag Punch Board

 

Next I wanted to honor my new friend, Judy, whom I met at OnStage Phoenix in November and make a lovely cello bag that would hold some chocolates.  She gifted me with a similar one in Phoenix.  I used another Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pattern plus a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag.  There’s also a little accent fringe created using the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Chocolate nugget cello gift bag

Chocolate nugget cello gift bag

Close up of closing flap

Don’y forget that little scalloped fringe below the Hip Hip Hooray! banner above?  It’s the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  Fun!

Remember, these products are sneak peaks from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2018 Annual Catalog so they won’t be available until June 1st.  But come June 1st be sure to check out the Birthday Delivery products.

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0 In Catalogs/ Miscellaneous/ Stampin' Up! Events

Quick Link to the 2016-2017 Retiring List

Need a quick link to the 2016-2017  Retiring List of Stampin’ Up! products?  Just click here.  The various lists, retiring stamps, retiring bundles and everything else are updated throughout the day, each day so this link is your access to the latest information.

TIP:  Just because a bundle is retiring does not mean that the component stamp set and framelits/thinlits/punches are retiring.  It’s only the bundle configuration.  Yes, I panicked when I saw that some of my favorite bundles were retiring.  Deep breath……..the stamp sets and coordinating framelits/thinlits/punchesand will still be available.  Whew.

Stampy, the retired rubber stamp

Stampy says:  be sure to check out the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List frequently though because some of your favorite ribbons and other accessories may be gone soon.  They’re available while supplies last.

If you don’t see ‘it’ as a photo within the grouping you’re checking out that’s because supply has already been exhausted.  Another thing to remember:  stamp sets will continue to be made until around May 22nd.  After that they’ll be available while supplies last.

Click here for your quick link to the 2016-2016 Retiring List of Stampin Up! product.

 

 

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0 In Birthday/ Cards/ Catalogs/ Celebrations/ Stamp Sets/ Stampin' Up! Events

My Display Board Stamping for April’s San Diego OnStage event: Birthday Delivery Bundle

I got a jump start with Stampin’ Up!’s new Birthday Delivery stamp set and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper in April.  It was with great excitement that I accepted the invitation to be a display board stamper for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage San Diego mini convention on April 8th.

Blythe's Display Boards

Yes that’s Lemon Lime Twist classic ink you see swiped into my hair. It’s one of the new 2017-2019 In Colors.

 

 

Birthday Delivery, 143660, available June 1, 2017

Birthday Delivery Stamp Set, 143660, available June 1, 2017

 

Birthday Memories DSP, 144118, Available June 1, 2017

Birthday Memories DSP, 144118, Available June 1, 2017

 

When I accepted the challenge — and it was a challenge — I had no idea what I would be creating with.  My assignment turned out to be the Birthday Delivery stamp set and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  No framelits so fussy-cutting with my Paper Snips was going to be the plan of the day.

It’s always a challenge when you have nothing to c.a.s.e. from, no samples to check out for inspiration.  It’s actually empowering once you get going!  I relied on various card layouts for my cards and it worked out nicely.

Here are a few of my cards showcasing the Birthday Delivery stamp set and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear was my first card

Birthday Delights (143660): Happy Bear was my first card

 

I selected the card front color, Pacific Point,  from the bear’s overalls and from the list on the back of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack (144118), available June 1, 2017.

Before running the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder through the Big Shot with Crumb Cake classic ink, I smeared bits of it on the side where the ‘mortar’ pokes out the back, i.e. the brick wall is flat.

 

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear inside

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear tunnel card, inside

 

Again, all creatures are fussy cut with the my Paper Snips and attached with small bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Before running the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder through the Big Shot with Crumb Cake classic ink, I smeared bits of it on the side where the ‘mortar’ pokes out, oozing out from the front of the bricks.

Give me a week or so and I’ll create a link to the steps in creating the card.  It’s much easier than it might look.

Here’s another card I made using the Birthday Delivery stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

Marching Birthday Fox

Marching Birthday Fox

 

You might have seen this style of card on my blog before, the one with the line drawn with a marker around the outside edges of the card front and main image.  It’s so simple and dramatic and, trust me, you’ll be seeing it again!

I used Shimmery White cardstock (much better than Whisper White for water coloring) and stamped the image and greeting using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (waterproof for water coloring).  Then I used my Aqua Painter to color the fox and his separately stamped flag banner.  Do you remember how to do that?  I squeeze the closed top and bottom lids of a stamp pad towards each other, getting a puddle of ink in the lid.  Then I swipe my Aqua Painter in the lid loading the tip with ink and coloring the image.  Adjust the color intensity by swiping the tip on your grid paper so the color isn’t too intense.   The banner greeting, It’s Your Big Day, was stamped using Soft Suede Classic Ink.  The card front uses Soft Suede cardstock

Finally I drew, free hand so it didn’t have to be perfectly straight, a line around the perimeter of the card front layer, adding little dots here and there, randomly, breaking the line when it approached the greeting, the fox’s tail and foot and the end of the waving banner.  I used the Basic Black Marker.

I’ll be sharing a few more sneak peaks of Birthday Delivery projects in the coming days.  It was a fun set to play with for sure!  You’ll be able to get yours on or after June 1, 2017.

 

 

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Easter

Another Swirly Scribbles Easter Bunny Card

My downline, Karen, shared another Swirly Scribbles Easter Bunny card with me last night.  Totally different yet totally the same.

Swirly Scribbles White bunny card

This time Karen used all white (except for the bow and ears) cardstock.  And she changed up the background Textured Embossing Folder to the Lovely Lace folder.  This embossing folder is retiring on May 31st — or when supplies run out — so if you’re interested in it I’d suggest ordering it sooner rather than later.  When supplies are gone, it’s gone.

Bunny Supplies Used:

Big Shot

$110.00

You might call this card ‘Bunny in a Snow Storm’.  I love that this card shows how simply one can create a beautiful handmade greeting card with just a few supplies, many of which you might already have on hand.  It’s pretty much cardstock, a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, an embossing folder and a packet of thinlits.  The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are just so versatile!

Check out these creative posts from past months:  Swirly Scribbles stained glass window, feminine birthday card, Birdy in Swirls cards, Swirly Scribbles Thank You card, and finally, the Swirly Bird Bundle suggestion.  I’ve used the Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits over and over and over.  Try them, you’ll like them.  Get the bundle and save 10% before May 31st when it retires.  🙂  Clicking on the photo links above will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! store to get your Swirly Scribbles products!

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Easter/ Stamp Sets

Swirly Bird Easter Bunny Card

I received this oh-so-cute Easter Bunny card today made with the Swirly Bird stamp set.  And this oh-so-versatile stamp set and its coordinating thinlits, Swirly Scribbles, will remain in next year’s Annual Catalog.  Woohoo!

Swirly Bird Easter Bunny

My downline Karen sent this card to me.  Snail mail.  It is just so darned cute and, believe me, although I make cards all the time, getting one in your own mail box never gets old!  Thank you Karen.

Cardstocks used:

 

Accessories:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

I’m thinking the ears came from the Flower Fair Framelits but they could also have come from either the Blossom Builder or Fox Builder Punch.  But wait…….I’ll bet they’re from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits!  So many choices.

Ooops, I almost left out the Stitched Shaped Framelits dies.  They are just plain awesome and, although they ARE AVAILABLE now, they aren’t in any current catalog.  But….they will be in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  That’s another woohoo.

As always, any item that you can view in red ( << no, not this one because it’s not a real link) or see the photo for, will take you directly to my online Stampin’ Up! store — just in case you’d like to purchase any of the products Karen used in this oh-so-cute Swirly Bird Easter card.

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0 In Catalogs/ Stampin' Up! Events

“Creativity Your Way” is Coming Soon

What is Creativity Your Way you ask?  It’s the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that demonstrators who attending an OnStage event got their hands on this past weekend.  It’s full of new stamp set and accessories and creative ideas.  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world attended either the three-day OnStage Live convention in Amsterdam or a one day OnStage Local mini-convention somewhere in the U.S., Canada, or the South Pacific (Australia or New Zealand).

Whichever venue one attended as a demonstrator, it-was-fun!  Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, popped in via very well timed videos, from her home in Utah.  Then her daughter Sara Douglass, current CEO, came into our convention hall ‘live video streaming’ from Amsterdam sharing bits of creativity throughout her chat with us.  We got the sense of actually being there.

Swapping with old friends:

Sudsol online friends swapping

Swapping with fellow Sudsol online friends: Me, Teri, Jo, Char, Jan, Janet and Laurie.

 

Meeting new friends:

New friend from Nevada

Barbara Vogt’s friend introduced herself to me and now, of course, I can’t remember her first name!  Barb???  Help!  Regardless of her name, she’s a “pistol”!

 

Seeing new stampin’ ideas:

New stamp set, Crafting Forever

New stamp set, Crafting Forever

 

Having your photo taken:

Thanks for the frame Stampin’ Up!

 

Winning a Prize Patrol (i.e. winning a free stamp set from the new catalog):

Winning the first Prize Patrol of the day — but I can’t show you the stamp set until the new catalog is released.  Did you catch the creativity taking place in my hair?  I used one of the new In-Color ink pads, Lemon Lime Twist, to dab here and there.

 

And of course, sharing my creativity with the cards and 3-D items I made for a display board using two new stamp sets, You’ve Got Style which features two vintage type female characters and four great word stamps, and Birthday Delivery which features a fox, a dog, a little girl, a pastry chef, and some birthday elements plus some fun Designer Series Paper called Birthday Memories. There are also some framelits in the bundle.  I’ll be posting my creativity during the next few weeks.

Blythe Klipple's display board, San Diego OnStage

Blythe Klipple and her display board, San Diego OnStage

 

I’m so glad I went, as always, although it was a quick trip.  I came home with quite a few new business tips and lots of creative tips which I look forward to sharing as “Creativity Your Way” and our way in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

 

 

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0 In 2017 Occasions Catalog/ Deals & Discounts/ Stampin' Up! Events

The Retiring List is Available for the Two Current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs: 2016-2017 Annual and 2017 Occasions

Yes, the retiring list is now available for the two Current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs: the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The retiring list was posted a few hours ago.

2017 Retiring Products list is here

You can find it via the link to the retiring list below:

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2017_NA_RetiredList/Retiring_List_US.pdf.

Why do you care about what’s retiring at the end of May when it’s only April 10th?  Historically, when this list is published, items in shorter supply begin to sell out quickly.  Stampin’ Up! will continue to make stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.

If there is a product you want, Stampin’ Up! recommends buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you’ll risk it being sold out.  Some products are initially offered at a discounted price from the beginning.  Others will be added later, probably based on excess inventory.

If you’d like an Excel version, which would be sortable, of the list, just send me an email and I’ll send one to you. blythe@stampingwithblythe.com

Hint: Have a good look at the retiring list and see if any of the stamp sets of accessories you’ll be wanting are on it.  If they are, place your order soon.

Have fun looking and shopping.  Remember, you can do self-service shopping in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  I’m here to help you if you’d rather email (email above) me or phone me (209-352-1059) with your order.  Don’t let the sun set before you get those items you’ve been eyeing for the last months.

 

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0 In 2017 Occasions Catalog/ Big Shot/ Cards/ Techniques

Paper Piecing Technique Made Easy Using Thinlits Dies

Learn a paper piecing technique made super easy using thinlits dies.  People will wonder how you did it!  Try this piecing technique using the That’s the Tag stamp set and it’s bundle-mate, the Timeless Tags Thinlits dies.  These two items can be purchased as a bundle for a 10% savings.  I had to have this bundle from the 2017 Occasions Catalog but haven’t yet used them prior to this fun card today.  You’re going to be seeing some ideas for a few days using combinations of the stamps and dies, giving you lots of variety.

When I started this card it was my intention was that it would be used for my April Card Buffet but it proved to be a little too time consuming for the Buffet.   Instead I’ll be sending it to a very special friend to remind her that she’s on my mind.

That's the Tag, 142918, $17

 

Although it looks pretty easy, in actuality you have to die cut a flower layer thinlit piece for each color.  Obviously!  I cut out the flower center (Crumb Cake) and the leaves (Pear Pizzazz) in one pass through the Big Shot.  Then another pass was made using Whisper White for the flower petals and a final pass, Soft Sky, for the background areas surrounding the petals.

Another thing I learned:  Carefully (like really carefully) remove each piece from the die as you’re ready to place it in the die cut outline.  I used little tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach the pieces of color into the proper places in the in the daisy die cut piece below.

Background layer and die cut layer for the flower, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, 144725, $25

Background layer and die cut layer for the flower, Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, 144725, $25

 

Color pieced daisy from the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies

Color pieced daisy from the Timeless Tags Thinlits dies

 

It seemed to me that the background layer needed a pop of color in addition to the texture added by using the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  So I used a Sponge Dauber to apply a soft circle of Craft Whisper White ink on each raised image.  It looked a whole lot better with that addition.

 

Learn a paper piecing technique made super easy using thinlits dies. People will wonder how you did it!

That’s the Tag, 142918, $17

 

Now it’s your turn.  Try a paper piecing technique made super easy using this thinlits die.  People will wonder how you did it!

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0 In Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Techniques

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Birthday Cards

Back story:  In 1986 our family hosted Isabelle, a student from Rouen France, for a month during the summer.  We had a fabulous time!  In 1990, after my son graduated from high school, he traveled to Germany with our German ‘son’, another exchange student, who was with us for a full year.  Our daughter went to France on a two-week trip with her high school French class.   We arranged for her to be picked up, in France, by Isabelle, our student from 1986 who was herself now a high school French Literature teacher.

Fast forward:  hubby and I went to pick up our daughter and, as a bonus, we were hosted by the family of Isabelle for dinner in their home, above the post office (he was the town postmaster) in Deauville.

Bottom line: we’ve all corresponded ever since.   Plus we’ve had a few ‘in person visits’.  I always send birthday cards to the parents, who are now retired and living in the Bordeaux area, and anyone else I remember during the year!  This is the card I’m sending to Micheline, grandmom, tomorrow for her April 15th birthday:

Swirly Bird stamp set 141749, photopolymer

I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and the Swirly Bird stamp set.  I love the delicacy of this card.

Product Used Today:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

One of the reasons I chose this card to send to France is the weight–it’s quite light and will not incur extra postage.  And it also reminds me of Micheline.

If you have any questions about making this card, please ask!  It really quite straightforward, but then…..as you saw yesterday, I have been stamping for a long time so you could have valid questions.

I did use one technique called either “stamping off” or “second generation stamping”.  That means to ink up your stamp, stamp it once on scrap or grid paper and then apply the stamp to your card layer.  It will be a lighter tone than full strength ink to paper.  For the center of the flower on the envelope, I inked up the spiral-y image and stamped it directly over the solid color stamped off image.  Quick and easy two tones.

This Swirly Bird Bundle is quite versatile since you’re able to make flowers to bird’s nests as well as sail boats and a few things in between.  Check it out in my stampin’ store here.  Try it, you’ll like it.

 

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0 In Blythe's Stamping Business/ Celebrations

No Foolin’ ! 21 Years and Counting with Stampin’ Up!

No fooling’, I got this lovely ’21 years at Stampin’ Up! smiler’ in my email inbox two days ago:

21 yr anniv with Stampin' Up!Making a difference with Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to believe that I’m now beginning my 22nd year with Stampin’ Up!  Who knew when I attended a ‘stamping workshop’ across the street from my home in San Jose CA that I’d sign up a week later as a demonstrator so I could

  1. get new ideas for the many many stamps I’d accumulated over the previous 5-6 years
  2. find out how to coordinate different Stampin’ Up! stamps that come in logical sets
  3. have coordinating card stock and ink at my fingertips……i.e. same shade of red or black or yellow or green or blue or – or – or for both card stock and my stamped image as well as accessories like ribbons and do-dads
  4. have a great annual catalog chock full of samples and ideas
  5. have a holiday ‘mini’ catalog for autumn and spring seasonal/holiday stamps
  6. have a 3-month annual Sale-a-Bration event where I’d could earn FREE stamps and accessories
  7. attend an annual convention and Leadership conference in various cities throughout the U.S.
  8. meet awesome stampers state and nation wide for many years and then internationally for the last 5 years or so
  9. make my own high quality, creative cards, 3-D items or scrapbook pages (among other things) to send/share with my friends and family
  10. still love Stampin’ Up! as much today as I did when I signed up in April 1996
My roomie, Terry Walker, American living in The Hague

My Brussels OnStage Live roomie, Terry Walker, American living in The Hague

 

Swapping sample cards in Phoenix AZ

Swapping sample cards at OnStage Local in Phoenix AZ, November 2016

 

Who knew!?

Heck, who knew we’d have a thing called the internet when I signed up as a Demonstrator?  Who knew we as demonstrators would be entering our own orders via the internet and those of our customers, rather than calling or faxing them to Stampin’ Up!’s Demo Support group?  Who knew I’d actually be blogging on the internet and sharing my ideas and samples fourteen years later?  Who knew I’d be confidently teaching classes at my local library and in my own Stampin’ Studio?  Who knew we’d have digital cameras to make taking photos and producing videos so easy?  Who knew I’d move from San Jose CA to our ‘cabin’ in Mi Wuk Village CA and be able to take my business with me?

The Library Gang

The Library Gang: Sue, Roberta, Susan, Cindy, Jeanne and Pat – December 2014

 

Who knew?

Who could have known that one day, November 5, 2015, I’d be presenting two new suites of stampin’ products at a Stampin’ Up! event, in front of over 500 attendees?  I think that is the highlight of my Stampin’ Up! career to date.

BK speech, Nov 5, 2016, taking photo of audience

Nov 5, 2016, taking photo of audience at OnStage Local in Phoenix AZ, just before my presentation

 

I’m thankful to have had my husband‘s proud (like cock-a-doodle-doo) support over these 21 years.  I’m thankful to have my daughter Andrea to “inspire” me to 100% purge and renovate my stampin’ studio (my son’s former cabin bedroom over the garage) about a year-and-a-half ago.  I’m also thankful for my daughter-in-law Khrishna who built my current blog as a birthday gift for me two years ago.  She incorporated ‘me’ into the banner and did an awesome job that I can 95% manage on my own.  And I’m so thankful for the stamping friends I’ve made (all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and the South Pacific) and for my customers who have become my friends.  And of course I’m thankful for my down line members, those individuals who signed up under me so they could get their stamping supplies at a discount as well as run their Stampin’ Up! businesses as they chose to: hobby or serious business.  Finally, I love that I’m learning new techniques and skills every day as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

I’m looking forward to the next number of years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, loving what I’m doing, sharing what I love, as I help others enjoy creativity (yes, you CAN do it!) and worthwhile accomplishments…..in this I know I make a difference.

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