Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2 Already!

It is officially the FALL season and I'm thrilled!!

Hope you all have been doing great, we are fine here. Just super busy and so much going on. Not only is it Fall, but the grandkids have gone back to school with all the flurry of new activities and we are getting ready for a couple of trips; one in October and one in November. Then of course, the HOLIDAYS!

My husband and I have started a new journey to health so we can get to feeling better and shed some of the pounds (hopefully ALL of the extra ones!) that we've put on over the many years of living too well. We started around 3 weeks ago and we both love this program, its simplicity, and its results (so far!) After day 21 on the program I've lost 35 pounds and he has lost 18!! We are both feeling lots better, lots of energy we didn't have before, and sleeping really well. We know our results are probably not typical but we both have a lot of weight to lose so we are happy to finally have something available that is both working for us and extremely simple!! I even became a health coach just mainly to help out my friends and family who saw our progress and wanted to get some better health as well.

In the crafting arena; I just attended my friend's second all day "stamp camp" on Saturday and it was FANTASTIC!! She is such a great host and it is a wonderful opportunity to hang out, stamp and create all day, and eat her yummy food. I basically ate what I brought for myself but I DID sample her creations and she outdid herself, as usual!! There were a total of five of us there and we had such a great time chatting, sharing stories, bonding, and of course, STAMPING all day. I can't wait for the next stamping event at her house!

Today is one of our "errands" days. We will be driving to Temecula for a couple of hours as I have a hair appointment. We also will be stopping by the feed store for chicken food and shavings for their bedding. Got to get them all comfy with the cooler weather coming.

After that it is back home to do some house re-organizing and figure out what to do with all the clothes that no longer fit us!!

Have a great Monday everyone!! :)

Deb
xoxo

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday!

Had a great (if busy) weekend and somehow those just keep blending together, don't they? It is amazing how much you can get done in a two-day period if you time it just right!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too, and got some well-needed downtime. If you have a regular Monday-Friday type of job, the weekend is something to look forward to just for the R & R. Some of us don't hold with too much of that first R, though!! :)

Since our son is out of town for a few days we took our grandkids for Friday and Saturday to make things a bit easier on our daughter in law (and also to spend that quality time with them of course!!) and we had a great time. We didn't actually go anywhere special, it was just nice spending time alone with them. We took them shopping (they are strange creatures and LOVE to shop!!) so that was a blast, and topped off our  needed shopping items with a mini spree at the .99 store for some Halloween decorations that we allowed them to (mostly) choose so we could decorate the front yard. Then of course since it was the .99 store, they were each allowed to choose an item for themselves, and home we went.

The yard came out great and we still need one or two items to finish it completely but then there will be pictures! I'll remind everyone when I post those pictures who decorated. :)

On the craft front, I've been busy designing new card classes and different card designs for Fall and Winter. Our weather literally changed in a day, and we are now in the cool and chilly Fall weather that I love so much.

On a side note (though it is a huge part of my life these days) my husband and I both started a new health program about 10 days ago and we are both feeling WONDERFUL!! After years of lugging around those extra pounds (I've got way more than he does!) we are already seeing results. I've been so happy with the program that I became a health coach as well so I can help others on their journey to better health; which for some of us begins with losing a few (or more) pounds. I won't talk a lot about it here but just know that at the end of our first 7 days I'd lost 20.5 pounds and hubby lost 13.5 pounds. By eating every 2-3 hours!!! I'll say no more (this is, after all, my crafty blog!) but if you want more info just comment and I'll help you out. Leave me an email or way I can text or PM you on Facebook. PM on Facebook is most successful for me but it is up to you. :)

Let's see some pics of recent creations!  If you check my YouTube site I have tutorials on how to make these cute cards!
 The first one is the one I linked in my YouTube (just above) it is a decidedly "Fall" design card using the new technique I learned called "eclipse" which refers to the letters. Very easy to do (once you know how) and makes for a nice looking card!
 Another super simple but beautiful Fall themed card using "Count My Blessings" stamp set from our new Holiday catalog. Also uses some new designer series paper from the Holiday catalog. If you didn't yet receive your Holiday catalog please let me know and I'll mail one out to you asap!!
Lastly, we have a Christmas themed card made from "Merry Patterns" stamp set. This is actually a FREE stamp set you would receive when you have either a qualifying workshop OR your own individual order. Let me know if you like it and I can tell you how to earn it for free! It is not for sale and is only going to be available for a limited time per Stampin' Up. I love this set and its versatility. I've already made tons of cards from the set and looking forward to making more to show you!

On that note I will begin my Monday. I truly hope you all are doing well and enjoying the beginning of Fall like I am! Will talk to you again real soon!

Hugs!
Deb

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September has been a Blur so far!!!

Hey everyone!! Has September been rushing past for you, too??

So much going on, a lot of you have kids going back to school or if you are college age YOU are going back to school. There have been weather issues it seems in every corner of the globe with tons of hurricanes in the US causing massive destruction, 8.1 earthquakes in Mexico, and other catastrophic news all over the place.

The point is, if you tell me you haven't had a lot of time for crafting, I could believe it! As for me, I've done a bit here and there but I'm in Southern California and outside of a minor heat wave, our weather has been no problem. Sure, we had some power outages during the heat wave due to overuse of the system...but that happens every time it stays over 100 degrees for a time. People will try to keep their homes under 72 degrees and we can't all get there.

Keeping all the families in prayer who are dealing with any of the weather disasters right now; there seem to be so many with Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma (hitting Miami any second but already rammed parts of the caribbean!), and Hurricane Jose coming up the turnpike. I know we have a trip scheduled for mid-October that entails flying across the US so I am wondering if those hurricanes will have an effect on us in our flight pattern as well as my son who is traveling even sooner (next week) to Kentucky.

So far, all is well.

I've been doing some extra creating with some new stamp sets from our Holiday catalog. There are so many new designs to try out and even lots of new embellishments! Its always exciting when we get new stuff but you can't beat something TOTALLY new! Check out this pictures of my recent "Simple & Stunning" class and some upcoming classes:

 This one is my "elegant" version of "Spooky Cat" from our new Holiday catalog. With the simple addition of some bling you have a simple, yet with a touch of glamor card. Couldn't be simpler to make, check out my 5 minute video on my YouTube site or on Facebook under The Fancy Stamper.
 This is what is becoming one of my all time favorites, again from the new Holiday catalog called Painted Harvest. It is one of the two-step watercolor stamp sets and you get the impression of a water color image with none of the work. By stamping it in a lighter color first then using the "detailed" stamp with the darker hue, you automatically get the kind of contrast it takes hours to do by watercoloring! Tons of color variations and lots of ideas go with this set!
Lastly (but again from the Holiday catalog!) is this version of a pumpkin latte card I came up with for one of our team card swaps. I used two stamp sets here to create this card and one of the sets was another "two-step" set that simulates a watercolor look. Quick, easy, and pretty!!

In other news, I recently got another shelf to help myself get more organized with my stamps and supplies. In the past I've tried rolling metal carts with drawers, rolling cards with bins, lazy Susans, etc...but I think I finally have a handle on my organization. For me, if I spend a LOT of time just looking for stamp sets and ink pads that is BAD. I consider that is all time I could be creating and designing and just having fun with my stamps!!!  Here are a few shots of the new system:
This is actually a corner of my dining room which is where I create for NOW while my craft room is under renovation. So when I'm designing/creating, or whatever these little carts come out of the craft room and hang out here where I can easily get to them. I'm taking the photo from the perspective of the dining room table where I film my videos and do my crafting for now. When I clean up, I put the rolling carts away in the craft room but for now the giant organizing shelves that I just got are staying put. It is SO handy!!
This is just an antique sideboard with upper mirror and shelving that we got at an estate shop. I put a few of my tea cups and saucers out along with a few other cute things. That little chalkboard easel was something I got for my craft fairs but it is cute!! At craft fairs I put my "Visa/Mastercard" sign on it!! lol

Ok that's it for now. Have a wonderful Saturday wherever you are and please be safe. Till next time...
Deb
xoxo

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Craft Fair was a Success!!

We are finally recovered from our Craft Fair this past Saturday and boy, was it a ToN of FuN!

This was the Lomita Railroad Museum's 30'th craft fair so they know what they are doing for sure. There were lots of vendors and even more fair customers strolling around checking out all the cool stuff for sale. We were the ONLY handmade card vendor there, I'm happy to report! One other lady was there who made handmade stationary but she carved out blocks from soap and used those to make designs so not anything like what we had to offer.

Biggest sellers for me were the Lemon Sugar Scrub, Friendship Tea, Mini Coffee Cup/Gift card Holders filled with candy, Handmade Goats Milk Soap, and the Handmade cards, of course.

I introduced my new Birthday Club and had a sign up sheet for new people to join up. In my Birthday Club if the customers choose to they can leave me their current mailing address along with the month and day of their birth and I will send them a handmade birthday card within 7 days of their birthday! Snail mail is FUN!!! Who doesn't want to get a card in the mail? The bonus is that they MIGHT even get a certificate for $10-$20 off one of my current online card classes. That is a wonderful deal and I hope some of the lucky recipients take advantage of my offer and snap that up should they receive it.

There was also a spot on the sign up sheet to see if they were interested in joining my team or even holding their own workshop and I got a couple of "yes" boxes checked off!! So that's what I've been doing this week is following up on my leads. The whole reason I go to craft fairs is to meet new people and possibly new customers and team members. The added benefit of making stuff and using Stampin' Up product to wrap it or stamp it is just a pleasant side effect!

The new banner (approved by Stampin' Up) looked GREAT and got a lot of attention and the cheaper banner that just said my name and "Join My Team" got some attention as well. This fair I was far happier with my overall look and set up. Though it started to look a little thin as the day wore on because I was running out of stuff!  Good problems to have, right?

A highlight was the way my whole family came together to help me...except Chelsea who had to work. Aaron and Fion with Kiera and Sawyer were there from the start to help set up and they hung out all day with me talking to people and helping them with their selections. Richard, who was on night shift, STAYED AWAKE to follow me to the fair and set me up, he hung around and just got a short nap during the day at some point in his truck. Talk about a devoted hubby...that is Richard for sure!! I am so lucky to have him.

Here are a few pictures of the set up and the products. Tell me what you think!!











 Well, that is a pretty good sampling of all my wares for that day. As I've said, my biggest happiness and accomplishment came from meeting new people and getting 3 pages of sign ups on my new Birthday Club. I am exciting for these new people to join my Fancy Stamper group and can't wait to get to know them all.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
Deb
xoxo

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Fancy Stamper is Reaching a Milestone!

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Friday!

Yes, we are reaching a milestone. Each Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator I know usually sets up certain goals for themselves such as recruiting goals, sales goals, and so forth. We are like so many other small teams getting started where it can be difficult at times and carving out a loyal following might be tough. Just so you know, all of YOU are so appreciated by me! The fact that you follow us when you have lots of other teams you could be following is very heartwarming to me and makes my quest that much more fun!

For me, I never wanted to grow to a huge team for the sake of growing, well...to a huge team! My focus was  more on forming and developing relationships. Not only with my team, but with my customers. I know that sounds sort of corny, but that's me. Corny as can be! In my personal life and my life as a registered nurse, to me it is all about the personal connection and relationship with others.

In the nursing world, we tend to float in and out of patients' lives. In a busy trauma ICU that is more prevalent than you think. People come in gravely ill and we try our best to make a difference. We succeed way more than we fail and when we succeed, it is brilliant, usually quick, and remarkable. The patients tend to heal quickly and leave our intensive care unit in a very short period of time to continue their healing at lower levels of care throughout the hospital system. In truth, the intensive care unit is for the very sickest of the sick who are on death's door and we do our best to get them moving just as quick as they can safely move. We do this to help the patient heal more quickly and for a practical reason as well: making room for NEW severely injured or ill patients. This is a daily and sometimes hourly dance that goes on all day, every day. When I first became a nurse in the ICU I didn't realize how things moved and flowed within the unit but as I became more experience and began to take on the duties of the charge nurse of the ICU I saw how important our jobs were.

I couldn't do what I do as a nurse if I didn't care about people. Thankfully, this transfers quite nicely to my stamping business as I can easily form the same lasting, quality relationships with my customers and my team members.

So I have a sales milestone coming up and I hope to reach it before September 30. I could never have come this far without YOU, my loyal customer base. You all have been there since I started my crazy, fun journey as a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I hope and pray you will be with me for a long time to come. I realize you have lots of choices and I am so happy you choose to follow my blog, join my Facebook group pages, attend my classes (in person and online) and do all the lovely things you do to support me and my growing team.

Speaking of teams, I never thought I'd be at the helm of such an awesome team of demonstrators as I am today. As a naturally talkative person, it always seemed natural for me to share my love of stamping and how much I've enjoyed working with Stampin' Up products. In a short time others decided to join my team and we have grown to a team of FIVE. This in itself is remarkable to me and I am so thankful for these ladies who have decided to join with me and continue our crafting and creative journey together. I do whatever I can to assist them on their individual quests for their own goals, and I am looking forward to working with them for a long time to come! Thank you, Team Fancy Stampers!!

It is now halfway through the month and I wanted to highlight a couple of AWESOME deals available on our Clearance Rack right this very minute. Many times we forget to look at this rack and that is a mistake!! Who doesn't like to save money?? We are all frugal at heart and let's face it, the more we save, the more we can shop, right?? Stampin' Up is constantly keeping us on our toes by adding stuff to this Clearance Rack when we least expect it and they JUST added a ton of new stuff. Most of it is 60% off or even more. I've highlighted two items that I think are awesome values and I want you to consider a trip to the Clearance Rack!!

Just click here to check out the clearance rack right now. I will post some pictures of my favorites and show you how much you can save. If you like what you see, PLEASE use this host code; VEM37PAV. It will get you an extra goodie in your thank you packet from ME. So don't forget that. You are able to input the host code when you view your shopping bag; at the bottom left of the page you will see a spot to enter it and when you do, my name will pop up. The two items that are superb values (for today) are the Gift Box Punch Board for $12 and the Enamel Embellishments for $3.60. Both of these items are a whopping 60% off their original prices and they are an integral part of your crafting. The Gift Box punch board allows you to create your own boxes for gifts any time with just some card stock. It is also nice for customizing your gift boxes to match your cards and/or envelopes perfectly!

Those photos come directly from my shopping page and you can get there by clicking HERE.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. I am happy and honored to answer your questions and help you in any crafting endeavors you might have. Remember I still have two openings from my Simple & Stunning class on August 21 (Monday) evening from 6 pm till 9 pm if you are interested. Just comment below and I'll get you additional information if you need it.

Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your day!

Deb
xoxo

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday is Upon Us!

And on this super special Sunday I give to you one of the beautiful (yet simple) new designs from our upcoming Holiday catalog!! This is from the set "Painted Autumn" and the stamp set depicts a two-step stamp of sunflowers and leaves, along with a few little extras and that cute little sentiment you see there.
The catalog is available NOW if you'd like one. Simply leave me a comment and your mailing address and I'll be happy to send one right out to you. Or you can email me at fyremaven@aol.com if you'd rather not leave your email here. No worries either way.

Check out my YouTube to see a five minute video on how to make this cute little card as well. I'm trying something new and making my videos a lot shorter these days so that you can watch even more of them! I know everyone is super busy and it helps when the video tutorials are shorter too, every little bit helps.

So what are you guys up to today? I have a promotion going on for the next seven days (ends August 19th) where if you place an order on my shopping page of $40 or more using my host code VEM37PAV I will give you a free gift. Your choice of gold or silver faceted gems OR a spool of gold, silver, or black sequins.

Either of these two gifts will bring tons of bling to your holiday projects and they are really nice to add that little extra something! You can order from the annual catalog for this special as the Holiday catalog cannot be accessed till Sept. 1 and by that time this promotion will be over. To order just CLICK ON THIS LINK and it will bring you to my shopping page that is open 24/7. Don't forget the host code to qualify and you must live in the US to participate in this promotion.

On that note, I wish you all a very happy Sunday and I hope you spend it doing what you love the most!!

See you soon!
Deb
xoxo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Terrific Tuesday!!

Good morning, Everyone!

I hope you are as ready for the day as I am. Sure I am getting a somewhat late start but it doesn't matter, I am STARTING. As long as we all keep moving forward we are doing great, right??

So many new things happening and I've been a bit tied up with them. So far I've launched a new Facebook group page for demonstrators only and made my current group page into a customer and non-demo only page. This is great for so many reasons. As demonstrators we are sometimes privy to many new items and other happenings that we cannot discuss in front of customers until Stampin' Up gives us the "A-OK" sign. Lots of times it is just because they have not yet released something to customers but as demos we are able to access it. The new page will allow us to make new projects and get stuff working well before we need to have it for our customers, that is good for everyone.

Another thing is that as customers they will have different giveaways and other offers that cannot or should not be offered to the demonstrators. First of all, it is usually two different levels of crafters. What one group likes, the other may not find interesting at all. So it is great to have a separation.

Our team is growing...we have just welcomed Lauren Gerace to our Fancy Stamper team and we are so excited to have her! She was a Stampin' Up Demonstrator years ago and then took some time off for college and to launch a career helping children. Now she is working with kids and has taken up being a demonstrator again. Welcome to our team, Lauren!

The next links are for our demonstrators who would like a relaxed place to chat on Facebook, this is our new group called The Fancy Stamper Demonstrator Friends Group. Just click on the link and ask to join. We are a down to earth group of Stampin' Up demonstrators and no matter who's team you are on you are welcome here. It is a great place to hang out, brainstorm ideas for our businesses, and just chat and share projects. All are welcome.

The other Facebook group page is geared specifically towards customers and newer crafters. I usually save that page for beginner tutorials and simple but super cute card designs. This is the page that you will see me posting online class information as well as paper shares and other things you might be interested in. Click here if that sounds like your cup of tea.

Lastly, I am getting SO CLOSE to earning my Silver Promotion and getting closer to earning my incentive trip to Alaska!!! If you would like to help me along my journey by placing an order just go to my shopping page by CLICKING HERE. Any size order will help me out! If you place an order of $40 or more be sure to use my Host Code VEM37PAV to get a special gift in your thank you packet. It is just one of the little things I am happy to do for my wonderful customers!

Of course, if you are ready to JOIN MY TEAM and get a whopping 20% off all of your crafting supplies, just CLICK HERE and go to the tab at the top of the page that says, "Join The Fun." There you will find a link to join my team and become a Fancy Stamper. We would love to have you!!

Here is a quick card we put together on our last Make & Take. What do you think?
This is actually a stamp set from our annual catalog called Birthday Blossoms. By making the background (quite simply) with some watercolor wash technique, the simple white blossoms really stood out. I love this set because it blends perfectly with the paper punch for the flower and allows you to make many at once if you choose. Also, the "celebrate you" sentiment came in the same set. This is awesome when you get the sentiments along with the stamping image. Another thing is that the watercolor technique can be made either very vibrant or much softer depending upon how much color you apply. I've done classes on this technique before but it has been awhile. I think it might be time for another class!

On that note I'll say goodnight. Have a great rest of the day, everyone.

*hugs*
Deb