Monday, December 11, 2017

Wow! Free shipping for the second day this year!!!

I am so excited to announce that Stampin' Up has so very generously given us not ONE, but TWO free shipping days this year. You have to understand, this NEVER happens. In this day of high shipping costs, it is one thing I hear about most often even though Stampin Up is so great about getting their stuff out to us in a timely manner and packaged up so well. Who doesn't want FREE SHIPPING??

Well, today's your day. Just grab that wish list (we all have one!) and start at the top. I like to concentrate on heavier stuff as well like paper! Remember, our End Of Year sale is also going on so it is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of both and get some retiring product and maybe some paper you've had your eye on for awhile. Your Christmas list is also hanging around somewhere and there are fantastic card kits available or even a Paper Pumpkin subscription (just one month at $20 or up to a whole year!) that would make an awesome gift for friends or family.


 My shopping page is a great place to see all the newest stuff and also the retiring and end of year clearance as well. Just copy and paste this link into your browser www.thefancystamper.stampinup.net or CLICK HERE to go there 24/7. If you order anything from my page please don't forget the current host code which is AKVGHSG3 so you can get some free goodies in your thank you packet from ME.

Remember, our new Occasions catalog is going live on January 3 and if you haven't yet received your new catalog from me please comment below to receive one. If you've ordered from me in the last 6 months to a year I'll automatically send you new catalogs but if its been awhile since your last order, you need to request one. Don't miss out!!



 The photos are selections of what you can be enjoying from our end of year sale as well. Head on over to my secure shopping page to see everything and get shopping today!!

Have a great Monday!
hugs,
Debbie


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December to Remember!!

This December is chock-full of major perks offered by Stampin' UP! We have a new catalog approaching on January 4, 2018 along with our yearly SAB (Sale-A-Bration) celebration. This is a fantastic time to be a customer or a new demonstrator.

New demonstrators who JOIN MY TEAM this month have the option of getting ALL their goodies (or just part of them) out of the new Occasions catalog. Not only that but you can get a head start on the new items available from our SAB brochure. As a new demonstrator you will earn a 20% commission to start, and it only goes up from there. If you would rather take your commission as a discount, that is fine. That means every time you order supplies you get a huge discount!! The best part is you are using the best products out there, the finest card stock, best stamps, cutest embellishments. Click here to join my team NOW!!

That is Stampin' Up!

If you would like more information on how to join my team, just call or text me and I'll make sure I answer all your questions and we can sign you up over the phone if you like. (951) 973-3270 just be sure to leave a call back number if I don't answer because I may be driving but I will definitely return your call or text!!  My team is VERY important to me and I spend lots of time and energy making sure they are well-informed and get the training they desire to reach the level in Stampin' Up they want to reach!

Here are some cute Christmas cards you can check out. I have videos on my YouTube site that you can follow along and make adorable projects yourself!! Or you can sign up for one of my online classes where I send you ALL the supplies you need to make some gorgeous projects in the comfort of your own home and whenever you have time!
 These are the adorable little stockings that were made from the November Paper Pumpkin kit. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you will receive a complete project in the mail each month along with simple instructions and will be able to re-create a beautiful project by yourself! There is even a simple YouTube video to go along with it. For $20 per month (includes shipping!) that is a deal!  Order on my shopping page. Just click on Paper Pumpkin!
 Some pretty little gift tags using our new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. With these blendable markers you can add lowlights, highlights, and shading like a pro! Use this type of tag for any sort of gift or gussy it up for a Christmas tag. There's so much you can do with the markers and this special stamp set, "Climbing Orchids." Buy the "Climbing Orchids" bundle and save an extra 10%.
Last but certainly not least, this is a "sneak peek" at a brand new set coming down the line. From our yet to be released Occasions catalog, this is "Fruit Basket" stamp set and the "Tutti Frutti" designer paper pack. Not only that but there are gorgeous new sequins available with this catalog that are self-adhering!! Talk about a game-changer! Here is just one suggestion of a project you could make with this new suite that will be available starting January 4. Remember, if you choose to join my team and become a demonstrator NOW you can get these great items early as part of your starter kit!!

Click on my Shopping Page to get more information and to see all of our "End of Year" sale items. You can also reserve your extra special new stamping tool, the Stamparatus! This is a new innovative tool that will allow you to place stamps perfectly the first time on your card stock without any mistakes. Stampin' Up is taking reservations so we can have a seamless ordering of this item which will be ready for shipment in March. Your credit card will be used to hold your reservation and will not be charged till the item ships! To reserve your Stamparatus simply go to my shopping page and click on "Reserve NOW" to enter your information. If you do not already have a customer account with me, no worries, you can do it then!!

That's a lot of information for now. I will go back to making little Christmas treats for my granddaughters' first grade class!! Have a wonderful Wednesday and I hope to hear from you all soon!!
hugs,
Deb

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just got home from OnStage!!

Wow, what a week in Salt Lake City!!!  I've been to ONE OnStage local before (last April) but that was nothing like this week. The OnStage "live" version is such an amped up version of OnStage it is crazy.

2300 Stampin' Up demonstrators from all over the US, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Australia, and the South Pacific (as well as France and the Netherlands) were all there. You've NEVER seen this kind of stamping party before!!

We kicked off our crazy week with a "Stampin' Spectacular" that was held by our up line Robyn Cardon in Salt Lake City. She had spent almost a year planning this special event for our team and it was just lovely. She rented a venue and basically threw us a 'mini OnStage' type event. Her event started at noon on Wednesday though I got there early having the responsibility of setting up one of our display boards with new product ideas!That was a LOT of fun.

She even served us dinner, it was a great day and we got tons of free prizes and raffle goodies along with several make and takes. Tons of fun visiting with all the other team members as well as new friends from other teams!

Then, the main even started on Thursday morning. It was pretty overwhelming with all the people there at Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. Such a huge venue and so many people, just amazing and crazy. Then all the excitement of the opening ceremonies and seeing Sara Douglas and her mom Shelli in person. They are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Stampin' Up (it started originally in Shelli's living room!) and we are having great things happening all year culminating in our HUGE celebration in Orlando at our OnStage Live in November.

Now THAT's gonna be a party!!

But before that we have another " local event' in April, and the closest one to us is in Vegas so that's probably where we will go.

Drove home a day early (Saturday) and spent most of Sunday just recuperating. Today was a day of laundry and clean up so that Rich can get ready to head back to work. Vacation just about over for him. First the NYC trip, then Halloween, then this convention. We've done a lot and now it's time to buckle back down and get busy with stuff we've been letting go for a bit.

So glad to be home and get back into our regular routines. Will have pictures and other details ready for you soon; lots of super great surprises coming up that I can't wait to share but must wait for now!!

Yay!

Deb
xoxo

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