SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: BOTANICALS FOR YOU STAMP SET AND BOTANICAL GARDENS DESIGNER VELLUM STACK

During Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration event, you earn FREE Sale-A-Bration rewards for every $50 US/$60 CA you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, including the very diverse Botanicals for You Stamp Set and Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack—two of our favorite Sale-A-Bration products!

One of the things that makes these products so cool is that they coordinate perfectly with the Botanical Gardens Suite from the 2016 occasions catalog. Throw all of these products together in a semi-organized way and come out with a set of four fantastic cards, as well as a nifty card holder. Life is good during Sale-A-Bration! Contact me today to learn how you can get your hands on these tropically-themed products.blogheader_justforyou_sabpow_012616

Sale A Bration 2016

It’s my favorite time of year for Stampin’ Up!….Sale A Bration time! I regret that I am delayed in getting this information out to you, as right after the new year began I was faced with unexpected emergency surgery (I am now less on gall bladder) and some unfortunate post-surgical complications and infections which wiped me out for a few weeks. However, God is good and I’m getting back on my feet and I’m ready to jump back in to my favorite thing, paper crafting! And Sale A Bration is the PERFECT time to do that!

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Click here to see the 2016 Sale A Bration Catalog!

What could be better than FREE product?  I’ll be sharing specific product ideas using the sale items, old favorites, as well as items from the NEW Occasions Catalog for 2016

Sale on Paper Pumpkin PLUS a free gift- yes, really!

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A discounted 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription + a FREE #SaleABration item? Sign us up! No, seriously—where do we sign up? (Psst! Start with the link below.)
Get a 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription for just $55 US/$69 CAN and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item? Yes, please! Now is the best time to skip to the fun with us! We’ve discounted the 3-month subscription to make it supereasy (one word) for you to qualify for Sale-A-Bration, the hottest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year!
Take it to the next level and surprise yourself every month for a year! With a 12-month prepaid subscription at the everyday awesome price, you’ll save even more!
Save $24/year (it’s like getting a free month)

Stampin’ Rewards (if you host a party or place your own online order)

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And just like that, you hit the Sale-A-Bration jackpot! Talk to your demonstrator (that would be me, Laura) to place your order, or visit the online store (US/CA). You can call or email me with your order, or chose Laura Dehnert from Lake Mills, WI under the demonstrator directory more info here.

Here’s the deal in black and white:

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $215.40
Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save $24 a year with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items! 

Offer ends at 11:50 PM (MT) and that’s pretty much all the fine print we have for you this time because this deal is just that awesome!

Featured Sale-A-Bration Product: Lotus Blossom Stamp Set

The lovely Lotus Blossom stamp set is just one of the products you can earn free during Sale-A-Bration. This set of 7 photopolymer stamps makes anyone feel like an artist in three quick steps. It creates a beautiful flower that looks painted, but it is amazingly easy. The individual stamps have a tab at the top to help you align them, and the tabs are numbered so you will know which part of the flower to stamp first, second, and third. Try playing around using one ink pad with the stamping off technique, or multiple different ink pads to create many different looks.

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Here’s a photo of the stamp set and a couple of ideas of how to use it:

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www_stampinup_com_us_images_LotusBlossom_pow_demo_Jan142015_pdfRemember, you can earn this Lotus Blossom stamp set or any item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with your $50 purchase (pre-tax & shipping) now through March 31st. Over the next few days and weeks I’ll be sharing more featured products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure with pictures and ideas of how to use them.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, or to place an order.

 

New “Occasions” Catalog!

Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog? (Click the link to the left to see it!)  It has brand new products as well as some returning favorites to help you celebrate the occasions that are coming up in the first few months of the year.  Think Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Easter, Graduation, new baby, wedding, and more.  There’s something for every paper crafting interest from card making to scrapbooking, and for every level from beginner to advanced.

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AND…it’s Sale-A-Bration time! That means that for every $50 you spend (pre-tax and shipping) you get to choose a free item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  There are several different stamp sets, designer series paper, embellishments, even a brand new exclusive Project Life mini card collection! These items are exclusive to Sale-A-Bration and can’t be purchased.  You can also earn more free items by hosting a show, or becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Please contact me today at blackbirdscraps@gmail.com for more information, to schedule your own show (in-person, catalog, or online) or to learn about the benefits of becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Custom Photo Ornaments Made with the Project Life App

I wanted to share an idea for a Christmas ornament I made using the Project Life app using the Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Snapshot edition and my own photograph. (The Project Life app is amazing, is currently only available for IOS but Android is in the works).
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I used an ultrasound photo to create a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament, but you could of course recreate this with ANY photos or theme. I’m planning one for my in-law’s new puppy which I hope to photograph and add to this post. This would work well for weddings, older kids, a new home, vacation pictures…the possibilities are endless.

First, I made a collage in the Project Life app. I wanted 2×2 photos because I thought those would work best with the ornaments I had. The ornaments shown were $1 each, plastic, and purchased at Michael’s, though I’m sure you could find similar ones at a variety of places.

Collage made with 4x6 "K" template in Project Life app

Collage made with 4×6 “K” template in Project Life app

I printed the 4×6 print with six 2×2 photos via Walgreens 1 hour photo, cut them apart, and taped the ultrasound photo and the journal card photo back to back.

I then punched a hole through the photo, and strung twine through it. I tied this to the ornament top after sliding it into the ornament. I added decorative “snow” (also purchased at Michael’s) and some pink and blue sequins.  I think I’m going to try confetti or some scraps of curled ribbon for another ornament. I’m sure some wood veneer elements, buttons, and small and lightweight decorative scrapbook item you might have would be adorable as well. Customize it to your theme, and have fun!

Here’s another one. For this one I used the accordion “crinkle” sold near gift wrap and tissue paper, and made an ornament for my in-laws to celebrate their first year with their new puppy. The back side that says “Riley’s First Christmas” is using the “Just Add Color” Project Life edition, also found in the app.

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This ornament took me about 5 minutes to assemble after all my supplies were gathered in front of me. This was simple enough that kids could help too. I hope you enjoy, Merry Christmas, and happy stampin’ and scrapin’!

Sneak Peek at the Newest Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Collection (and more new Holiday projects)!

One of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the privilege of being able to pre-order new products.  Yup…Demonstrators are usually given the opportunity to purchase new products before they are available for sale to customers.  The 2014 Holiday catalog is full of amazing new products for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s.  One of my favorite products in the catalog is (of course) the newest Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card & accessory pack called “Seasonal Snapshot”.

I’ve been meaning to start my 2013 Project Life family album, so I pulled out our un-scrapped Christmas photos from last year and started playing.  I’m thrilled with this layout.

Project Life Christmas layout using the Seasonal Snapshot collection

Project Life Christmas layout using the Seasonal Snapshot collection

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Using Project Life cards at a Special Event

My youngest son recently turned one year old.  We had a fun party for him…well, I guess you could say party for us. The first birthday party for us was more a great opportunity to gather family and friends to socialize, and of course to celebrate our little guy.

Since he won’t remember the party, I wanted him to have something tangible to commemorate it. I made up a quick sign with instructions in My Digital Studio, put it in a picture frame, and set it out on a table next to blank Project Life cards and some journaling pens.

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Created with My Digital Studio

 

1st Birthday Party, Stampin' Up! style 1)Project Life sign-in cards 2)Celebrate banner customized with zoo babies to fit theme 3)high chair banner made with MDS

1st Birthday Party, Stampin’ Up! style 1)Project Life sign-in cards 2)Celebrate banner customized with zoo babies to fit theme 3)high chair banner made with MDS

Here’s how it looked set up at the party! 1) is the sign I made with MDS shown in detail above, in a blue frame (fun fact…the two blue frames shown in the picture here were originally used to hold table numbers at our wedding. I get sentimental pretty often). And as a side note I wanted to also show you the Celebrate banner (red arrow 2) that I jazzed up to match his zoo babies party theme by adding a sweet giraffe and elephants as accents. There are several blank frames in the kit to allow you to change up this banner and use it over and over for many different occasions. And the third green arrow is pointing to a little banner on Jackson’s high chair that I made with My Digital Studio in about 5 minutes, printed it, cut it out and glued ribbon on. Personalized, professional looking little addition that really added something. But back to the Project Life cards…..

When the party was over, I had a priceless collection of cards to put into his Project Life album. I of course love the things that his family and friends wrote, but I also love that the cards are each written in those special people’s handwriting. Now in one single album, my son will have greetings from his parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandfathers, aunts, cousins, etc. I hope he will treasure this when he is older, and this is an easy way to collect memories from other people’s perspective. With three of my grandparents no longer with us, I treasure the handwriting and messages of family still with us.

 

Birthday wishes written by big sisters, ages 11 & 12. What a keepsake this will be!

Birthday wishes written by big sisters, ages 11 & 12. What a keepsake this will be!

 

Notes from Great-Grandpa & Grandma, in their handwriting.

Notes from Great-Grandpa & Grandma, in their handwriting.

 

These are going into Jackson’s 1st Birthday Album-I’m using the 6×8 Espresso album and it’s the perfect size to hold lots of photos, memories and memorabilia about this very special occasion. I also will put a couple pages about his birthday part at the end of his baby book, and a smaller insert page into the Family 2014 Project Life album that I have set up on a weekly system.

What I hope you take away from this is how versatile and useful the Project Life journaling cards can be! Imagine a set up similar to mine at a bridal shower or baby shower. Have guests write messages or advice to the bride-to-be, mom-to-be, or baby. Take a photo of each guest with the bride or mom to be, and put those photos in a small album along with the cards. That would be an amazing gift!

This idea would work great as a wedding guest book idea too. The new Love Story cards are very romantic and sophisticated yet neutral enough to match any wedding style.

I plan on doing this again next June when my oldest graduates High School! How fun will it be to send her off to college with a book of photos of her and her friends and family, along with personalized messages to her?

I’d love to hear of other “out of the box” kinds of ways you use your Project Life journaling cards. Any tips to share?

Thanks for reading, and happy scrapin’!

 

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Paper Pumpkin-A unique monthly papercraft kit subscription service

Today I want to share with you a little about a unique service that Stampin’ Up! offers. It’s called Paper Pumpkin and it is a monthly subscription service that delivers everything you need to create a paper crafting project (except tape and adhesive). All the pieces are pre-cut, measured and ready to go with instructions included. Each kit takes approximately 30 minutes to create from start to finish. These kits are great for both experienced and new crafters. Projects include things like journals, cards, decor and holiday gifts.

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You will receive 1-2 “stamp spot” ink pads in each kit, and colors will NOT be repeated in a calendar year. What a great way to build your collection of ink colors! And since everything you need for the project is in the box, once you are done with the project you don’t have to worry about storage issues. The stamps that come in the kits are exclusive to Paper Pumpkin and can’t be purchased anywhere else. You will receive a clear block for your stamps when you begin your subscription.

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sample of a previous kit

sample of a previous kit

 

Paper Pumpkin is flexible.Want to give it a try? Just purchase a 1 month pre-paid subscription. Want to take a month off? Just sign in to your account and put your subscription on hold.  Sure this is something you want to do? Purchase a 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription and save money! Paper Pumpkin also makes a fantastic gift. Purchase a 1,3,6, or 12 month prepaid subscription and you’ll receive a code to redeem on the Paper Pumpkin website. Just give this code to the lucky person you are purchasing the gift for, and they can redeem it and have control over their membership should they ever want to put it on hold, change their address, etc. And of course you can simply sign up for a regular subscription, which assures that you’ll receive each kit month after month (but knowing you can place a hold on or cancel your subscription at any time with no penalties).

Examples of various Paper Pumpkin kits. I love the variation and unique feel of each of them.

Examples of various Paper Pumpkin kits. I love the variation and unique feel of each of them.

There’s another bonus just for Paper Pumpkin subscribers- the ability to purchase past full kits as well as refill  kits. A limited selection of past kits are available. Did you get a kit you especially loved and want to make more? Then you can purchase the refill kit and receive all the consumable product – the paper, embellishments, etc but not the stamps or ink (since you already have them!) at a reduced cost.

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(Photos are of previous Paper Pumpkin projects..and most kits, like card kits, include enough materials to make multiple cards)

Part of the fun is wondering…what will this month’s kit be? The kits are all new and improved with larger instruction guides with step by step photographs. Subscribe with a friend and get together monthly when your kits arrive and have a fun evening putting them together. I know a mother/daughter pair who does this via Skype since they live in different states-how fun!

Stampin’ Up! has recently announced an amazing sale for those interested in starting a subscription. How does 50% off your first kit sound? Pretty great! How does 50% off your first TWO kits sound? Well, I hope it sounds exciting because that’s exactly the offer for now through September 10, 2014.

Enter code "HALFOFF2" in the promo code box and choose Laura Dehnert, WI, as your demonstrator. Offer expires 9/10/14.

Enter code “HALFOFF2” in the promo code box and choose Laura Dehnert, WI, as your demonstrator. Offer expires 9/10/14.

Click here to visit my Paper Pumpkin website to sign up for your subscription. Use promo code “HALFOFF2” when checking out.

sneak peek of September Paper Pumpkin kit...check out the blackbird stamp...squeee!

sneak peek of September Paper Pumpkin kit…check out the blackbird stamp…squeee!

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sneak peek of part of the September Paper Pumpkin kit, how stinkin’ cute is this!?

I want to reward my customers who subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, so I’d like to share a few offers I have for you:

1) Purchase a 3 month pre-paid subscription, and receive a free Stampin’ Up! wood mount sized stamp case with a Paper Pumpkin label printed & inserted for you. This nifty little clear case is  perfect for storing your stamps and ink spots that you receive each month, and is just the size of a 2 disc DVD case so you’ll find it easy to store!

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2) Purchase a 6 month pre-paid subscription and receive the case described above AND a free Snail adhesive! (A $6.95 value). Most kits will require you to use some adhesive, and I’d love to set you up with some top quality Stampin’ Up! adhesive, as a thank you gift from me when you commit to a 6 month subscription. Remember, you can put your kits on hold at any time, if for some reason you’d like to spread out those six months you may do so.

3) Purchase a 12 month prepaid subscription and receive both gifts mentioned above, plus a $30 credit to spend on any current Stampin’ Up! product of your choice! This truly is a great deal…by purchasing all 12 months at once, you will save $24 vs. if you do the one month at a time subscription, plus the gifts mentioned above, plus the $30 credit! That’s a $278.09 value for $215.40…saving you $62.69! Not to mention all the amazing projects you will complete over the 12 months, plus a nice collection of stamps and ink spots that you will have collected along the way.

If you choose to subscribe monthly (this is the option I use, so I’m sure to never miss a kit), I will also give you the gifts mentioned above when you reach 3, 6, and 12 months of kits received.

And don’t forget that all of my customers have access to my Paper Pumpkin Pinterest board, where I create and gather inspiring ideas on using your kits and collect them all in one spot for easy reference. The kits are wonderful as is, but with a little creativity and sometimes a few extra supplies,  you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

Ready to start? Email me at blackbirdscraps@gmail.com and tell me if you’d like a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month pre-paid subscription. Or, you can visit the Paper Pumpkin website if you’re ready to start a regular monthly subscription. Make sure to choose me, Laura Dehnert, as your demonstrator to take advantage of the offers mentioned above.

If you have any questions check out the FAQ or contact me and I’d be happy to help you.

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(Bonus items are offered by Laura Dehnert, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and are not sponsored by Stampin’ Up! Offers good only for customers in the United States. Images copyright Stampin’ Up!)

If you don’t think this offer is something you’d be interested in, but you know of a friend who would, please share this with them! Thank you!

Ronald McDonald House Reflections…

It was July 26th, 2013. I had given birth to my fifth child, a beautiful boy named Jackson, the previous day.
He was born at 39 weeks gestation after an uneventful pregnancy, at a whopping 9 lbs, 5oz, and seemed the picture of health.

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So imagine the confusion and dismay when a neonatologist came into our hospital room the day after Jackson was born, where my husband and I were beaming, watching our newborn sleep on my chest, to tell us that our baby boy had to be taken to the NICU immediately.

About four hours old

About four hours old

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