Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Stuff Happening Daily.....Christmas is Almost Upon Us!!

December 19th already and WHERE did the time go?

We've been having a blast this holiday season looking at holiday lights, having baking parties, attending get togethers, you know...holiday stuff! Participated in a Secret Sister Santa group that was all sorts of fun and got some really cute goodies to boot!  Nothing like a Secret Sister Santa group to get your creative juices flowing.

So how is it that only six days before Christmas I'm still ordering stuff from Amazon? You guessed it, I got busy with stuff and put too much on my calendar. It happens, we all think we can go to that one party, meet up with those friends, babysit the grandkids one more day/hour/whatever. Then our own stuff doesn't get done. It's called life. Things happen and you move on and do the best with what you have in front of you. Luckily we are all good, just some gifts and no one will notice if those are missing, right??

:D

Because of the new health program we've been on, we haven't done a ton of baking nor did we make any fudge or zucchini bread to give away as gifts this year. Hubby has lost a total of 42 pounds since September 7 of this year, and I've lost a whopping 70 pounds in the same time frame. Needless to say, we are feeling really good about our new healthier lifestyle at this point and don't intend on doing any thing silly to jeopardize it.

I really love how our house decorations came out this year, I'll post a few pictures of them so you guys can see, and also from our cookie decorating day with the grandkids. Lots of fun and so many sugar cookies!

 Kiera, my six year old granddaughter, lost her other top front tooth so now she can sing, "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" and mean it!!
Here she is surveying the cookie creations we collaborated on for the afternoon!
 Ok, so I cheated just a little and bought the pre-made dry dough that you add an egg and some butter to then roll out and cut and bake as normal. Saved me a ton of time and that day, time was at a premium!! I'm glad we did it, no one noticed!
 A batch of cookies going home with the grandkids. Their parents can fight off their own cravings for sugar. I don't want to!
 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.....
And the little lit up Christmas village was decorating the antique sideboard. Such a cute little scene, I think next year I need to buy some fake snow to lay down first. I've seen it done like that and it's so pretty.

Ok, everyone. I have some interesting announcements but ran out of time and room  on this post. I'll post those first thing tomorrow so stay tuned!!!  Until then, enjoy the holidays because they are not here forever!
<3
Merry Christmas!
Deb

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

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The last days of July are upon us!

Who knew that this month would fly by so quickly? I always think of summer as going by so slowly but here it is, July 29 already! In no time at all the kids will be back in school, all semblance of summer vacations will be over, and the Fall season will be imminent!

Who loves Fall as much as I do? The colors, the sentiments, the holidays, the family get togethers? So much going on. Harvest festivals, craft fairs, pumpkin patches!

It must be my favorite time of year. Except for Christmas time, of course!

Last night I was having some trouble with my uploading process for my videos. I have learned all the online tutorials that I can find on iMovie but I'm still missing something. My videos are taking FOR-EVER to upload. Like hours. That can't be right. They aren't that long....well, sure...some are about 24 minutes and granted, that is a long video. But it shouldn't take 2 hours to upload. If you have any insight on this, please let me know...it is driving me crazy! lol

The two videos finally got uploaded properly, and then when I woke up this morning I found out it had been trying to upload one of them twice (which it did) so maybe this time it was extra slow because I had hit the "upload" button too many times and it was doing too many things at once? Not sure...still it is frustrating.

Speaking of internets, we are changing over from Spectrum to FIOS in a couple of weeks. Well, we already switched but couldn't get the FIOS installed till 8-16 due to their busy schedule. I'm hoping by using FIOS our internet speed will be much more constant than it currently is with our Spectrum where we rarely get our ordered speed of 100 mms. According to my computer it is closer to 35-50 mms and it feels bad to pay for a certain speed and get something far inferior most of the time. I found out it is because Spectrum allows neighbors to 'share' the speed factor and it will depend on how much others in my area are using the internet at the time. FIOS said they don't do that, plus they are fiber optic so it should make my speed constant. I sure hope so.

What are you up to today?

I have Kiera here (she called about 7 pm last night and wanted to spend the night!!) so she and I will do some crafty things today when she gets up. Maybe I can make a video with her, she wanted to make a Mermaid card like I did yesterday. She saw my video about Magical Mermaid and now she wants to do it so bad...she is dying to try the sponge technique!

Only six years old and wants to sponge on a background! What a cutie pie.

Ok I will go get my coffee for now, I obviously need it. Be back later with some new pictures of projects for you guys!

Deb
xoxo

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Weekend Flew By!!! How about Yours?

It's amazing how quickly the days fly by when you are keeping super busy, right??

Actually, if I'm being completely honest, the whole month of July has been a blur of activity. Here it is, super late Sunday night (more like Monday early morning!) and I can hardly believe that it is now July 24!! Only one more week left to this month, and if feels like we just had the Fourth of July!

Tomorrow my cute July "leader" swap cards get put in the mail (priority) so that they will arrive by July 31. I know I have plenty of time; priority stuff usually takes only 3 days so I'm good. Take a peek to see what I made:


Since we were doing a "Christmas In July" promo this month, I felt it was appropriate to do a Christmas card for the swap. This is actually the brand new "Carols of Christmas" that will be available to all my customers EARLY!! That's right, Stampin' Up is allowing us to let our customers buy this set starting August 1 when the new Holiday catalog won't even come out till September. That is wonderful news for my VIP customers! I made this one just as a simple Christmas card but I bought the whole bundle that comes with framelets called "Card Front Builder" and it is super versatile and easy to use. I didn't quite have enough time to put something together for the swap using the bundle but the stamp set by itself is super nice so there you go. A little red glimmer paper and some of our new "Be Merry" designer series paper and I think it is pretty cute.

Tomorrow I will have two giveaways, one for my Temecula Talk community page and one for my Fancy Stamper group page. Check in on those pages on Facebook to enter....I am giving away something super cute!

Now I have to say goodnight because it really is awfully late (early?) and I need a little sleep before I start my busy week.

I will post more pictures tomorrow of the things I've been making, till then, sleep well and don't forget to comment below!

Deb
xoxo

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Weekend is Coming!

What will you do with your weekend? Is it your typical two days off work? Or do you have a different type of work schedule. Enquiring minds want to know!

For me, I form my own work schedule now except for when I work, it doesn't feel a bit like work. Anyone who loves creative paper crafting or stamping or making handmade cards knows what I'm talking about. In fact, anyone who ever loved what they do for a living understands all too well.

In a way, this is much better for you health-wise. You put in as many hours as you want. If you get carried away with a project, no one cares. You are doing what you love and all the time you put into it is going to be repaid at some point.

Most other jobs aren't really that way. You have a boss, someone who is meant to watch you and keep you in  line.  Someone who is judging you on performance, attendance, and so many other things that going to work may invoke some type of anxiety. That is the number one complaint among people who have to punch a time card...anxiety. The second complaint is not being paid what they think they are worth.  Crazy, right??

What I love about working for myself and being an independent demonstrator with Stampin' Up is that I work when I want. If I am up late, no worries. I can work. Need to be somewhere else early in the morning or just want to sleep in? Fine. I can make up the hours later. I can work as much or as little as I want and the only thing I'll run in to is less sales or less recruits. I am completely in control of how much time I put in and how much I get out of this business, which is how work should be, in my opinion.

This month, Stampin' Up is offering their Christmas in July special for any new demonstrator signing up. The special promotion ends on July 31 so time is running out. You will get an extra pack of special tools when you sign up on my page to join my team and start selling Stampin' Up. Or you don't have to sell, you can just be a "Hobby Demonstrator" which means you are joining just to earn the discount for your own use. Either way you will get the gift worth $72 plus the $125 worth of current product (you get to choose it!) for one small initial start up fee of $99. Stampin' Up also gives you about $50 worth of business supplies that are so helpful to you when you first start up. Other perks include a free demonstrator website (for three months) and full access to all the video tutorials (Stampin' Up University) that they offer to help new demonstrators get up and running.

As your direct "up line" I will be there by your side to help you get acclimated to selling Stampin' Up. I have tons of helpful videos and print outs I can send you to help you get going in whatever direction you want. I am a "hands on" up line and offer frequent tutorials to my team members along with an exclusive Facebook Team page and a group page for sharing ideas and information. This is a positive place where no bullying is allowed and we all help each other! Our teammates and friends alike love to hang out on the page where frequent giveaways are the norm.

Please let me know if you have questions or would like to join my team. I would be happy to help you get started today!!

Deb
xoxo

Happy Thursday, everyone!!!

Well, I've finally somewhat recovered from my very first craft show in about 30 years and it was fantastic!!
The church people who put on the fair were awesome people and they worked hard to make the event a success. This was only their third year doing it and their attendance was up. They had so much for the community it was amazing that more people didn't show up. First of all, they had TWO separate food vendors offering free food to everyone. Admission was free, and the two food trucks were free. Amazing in itself, then the balloon animal guy was free, the face painter was free, the raffle was free. Snow cones and cotton candy....FREE.

More about this raffle. Free raffles often mean that the stuff you are getting isn't that great; not so in this case. Two of the items were 32" Smart TVs and one was a 55" Smart TV!! Stampin' Up had also sent a basket with $250 worth of current product to be given to ONE recipient. There were gifts from Adventure City (a local water park) and so many other vendors. Jewelry gifts and gift bags from the local Body Shop (a lotion store) were other top prizes. What really surprised me was they had a separate raffle for the kids. Filled with kid-friendly stuff...games, toys, bubbles, tickets to LegoLand and Princess Parties. Simply amazing. All free.

There were about 12 vendors there so they still need to get the word out so next year more will come. The local fire department came and brought their big engine to show the kids and the local CHP officers came out to show their support. There was a jumpy house for the kids and a few other game set ups for them to enjoy.

Everyone who came to our booth bought something except for the people who did not have cash. They all mentioned wanting to buy a lot but only having credit cards...there were enough of them that I went ahead and ordered one of the "Square" point of sale devices for my iPad so next time I will be prepared.

I also got a few really good leads on people who were interested in becoming demonstrators. As you all know, I'm working really hard on earning my Silver Elite promotion and need more recruits. This month is a fantastic month to become a demonstrator simply because besides the regular start up kit (only $99 for $125 worth of product!) Stampin' Up is  giving away FREE $72 worth of an 'essential accessory kit.' Lots of stuff you will need as a new demonstrator anyway but don't have to use up your allotment to get...such a great offer from Stampin' Up!! Plus they will give you for free, the brand new, exclusive stamp set, "Carols of Christmas." I just ordered the Carols of Christmas bundle and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you all.

Now for today I'm off and running. Going to Chelsea's to see her new place in Long Beach and little Kiera spent the night last night. Finishing up the rest of my new recipes "Lemon Sugar Scrub" and labeling all the little mini mason jars. So cute!!! Then finishing up the two swaps I'm part of that need to be at their destination by July 31. Oh and tomorrow is my Auntie's 90'th birthday....busy week!!!

Take care and leave me a comment...I want to know what you guys are up to as well!

Deb
xoxo

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Most Fantastic Deal ALL YEAR LONG!!

Have  you been toying with the idea of joining my Stampin' Up! team but were waiting for a promotion to get the most for your money?

Have you been looking for a way to make some extra income (a little or a lot, depending upon how much time you put into it) but don't want to work 'outside the home?'

Were you wondering if you could buy your top quality, color coordinating, fully guaranteed crafting products at a guaranteed 20% discount (with options/opportunity to increase to up to 34% discount?)

ACT NOW, and join my team of Fancy Stampers in July!!

By joining NOW, not only will you lock in your demonstrator discount of 20% but you get so many other perks that only get better and better. Here are the details:

$99 initial investment by you gets you UP TO $125 in current Stampin' Up product. This product is chosen by YOU and includes anything you want. If you want $125 worth of gold glitter paper, that's what you can order!  So right off the bat you are getting a whopping 25% off your order. In your starter kit, Stampin' Up graciously includes several items you will  need to start up your demonstrator-ship quickly and easily. These items include order forms, hostess large envelopes, new demonstrator folders, post cards for mailing invites out, a stack of current catalogs, a past Paper Pumpkin kit, and a few other paper products related to ordering. Here is a photo of some items YOU might choose for your starter kit!


FOR JULY ONLY Stampin' Up! is including an exclusive accessory gift pack for all new demonstrators. In this gift pack (worth over $70) you will receive a brand new pair of paper snips, snail adhesive, (2) 'D' acrylic blocks, a bone folder, a stack of grid paper, and an exclusive Christmas stamp set called "Carols of Christmas." Here is a photo of the items in that exclusive "essentials" accessory gift pack:


For new demonstrators starting out this is an unbelievable stroke of good luck. Basically, it means you can use your starter kit allotment on stuff you really want instead of stuff you need like paper snips and adhesive and grid paper!! Stampin' Up is always generous but this goes above and beyond their normal generous nature. Seriously, if you were on the fence before, just jump on in and join us for loads of crafting fun! The new Christmas stamp set "Carols of Christmas" is so awesome, here is a card you could easily make with this set:
That is just one of the many examples of projects you could make with this exclusive stamp set that you would get for FREE!

I know I am heading up a relatively small team, but we are all active crafters and we are just like YOU, busy people with family, friends, and lots of commitments so we can be busy. As your up line I promise to help you along the way with whatever you need in terms of creative energy. If you are interested in just hanging on to your discount that is perfect, no one here will EVER push you into selling or buying more product.
Check out this face, would this face lie to you??
NEVER!!! lol. It's just me acting goofy. I do that a lot. But believe me, when I need to be serious I can do it. :)

Which leads me to an important point: May people ask the question, "What do I have to do to remain an active demonstrator?" The minimum selling requirement is $300 per quarter which is 3 calendar months. As a brand new demonstrator the first quarter is waived and they extend it to 6 full months to get your first minimum requirement in. As avid crafters, many of us here have been easily able to satisfy the sales requirements all by ourselves, but you can also do it by having just ONE workshop a month! Friends, family, and co-workers are always interested in what we have to offer in our new catalog. Not to mention the many promotions that come up frequently.

Another thing I offer for my demonstrators is a place to gather online, we have our very own Facebook "Team Fancy Stamper" page open only to members of my team where we talk about upcoming promotions, have video tutorials, and share crafting techniques. I do online classes that as a Fancy Stamper you will have FREE access to at all times and I do very frequent giveaways for my customers and team members alike! If you join my team I can promise you I will be an active and engaging leader and will help you in any way possible to reach whatever potential you are hoping for.

Ready to sign up? Just CLICK HERE and it will take you to my 24/7 Demonstrator page. Along the top tab you will see, "Join The Fun" and if you click that it will take you to the right area. Should you need ANY assistance please call me or text me and I will get back to you asap and walk you through. Even if you just have questions and want to chat, do not hesitate to call me. I may not answer if I'm driving but be sure to leave me a message along with how late I can call you and I promise to call asap!!

On that note, I will go back to my preparation for this Saturday's craft fair!! I'm almost ready...how exciting!

Talk soon,
Deb
xoxo

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Craft Fair Goodies!!

I love crafting anyway and paper crafting seems to be my "go to" crafting adventure. When I discovered all the super cool stuff you can make using Stampin' Up designer series paper and other embellishments from Stampin' Up I was so thrilled. Here are a few things I've been working hard on to get ready for the upcoming show.

 I made these using my cute stamp set "Cookie Cutter Christmas" and some designer paper and washi tape I had. I see that it looks as if I am only making gift tags, not true at all. Just the photos I had handy!!
 Also using Cookie Cutter Christmas, only this time I used the adorable eskimo as the focal point and some very un-conventional Christmas colors including some of our new IN-Colors.
 I've always loved making my own magnets and I thought this would be a great "fish extender" gift for an upcoming Disney cruise we are schedule for (not till September of NEXT year, but still, gotta be prepared, matey!! lol) I used stamps from a retired stamp set "Mr. Funny Bones" for the little Day of the Dead skull and the sentiment is from current stamp set "Glamper Greetings."
 This is another magnet but the ship is cute and from our NEW stamp set "Message in a Bottle" from the brand new catalog. If you haven't placed an order and got any of our brand new stuff, go check it out. There's some really neat new stuff in there!
 This is a mini composition notebook complete with matching mini pen for jotting down notes on the go. I covered the notebook with some retired DSP and added a ribbon to keep it closed. The "Dare to Dream" sentiment is from one of our exclusive Hostess gift stamp sets. You can get it yourself just by having a workshop. Comment below and I'll tell you how you can get the stamp set for FREE!!
More tags, I know. What can I say, I got hooked on tags at some point! These are just everyday tags for any type of gift giving. Using our "Flower Shop" stamp set and the paper punch that goes with it. My VERY first stamp purchase from Stampin' Up, even before I was a demonstrator!!
 This is from our "Seasonal Bells" stamp set, great for Christmas tags and wedding stuff. I just used some unconventional Christmas colors again for diversity. The rhinestone trim was from some extra craft stuff I had here.
 More tags from the Flower Show collection. Great for spring or summer.
Last of the tags (that I'm showing you lol) using the super cute set "Flurry of Wishes" that has it's own paper punch as well. I have another cute design using vellum paper over the top, these that I've shown are actually embossed with white embossing powder for the bottom snowflake but I have others that use plain ink and some with the white ink. So elegant, right??

Ok on that note I need to head out the door. Appointments galore today and there's some driving involved...but I will be back later. Remember, if you want to get that "Dare to Dream" set for free and have your very own workshop let me know. It is easy to do and relatively painless!!! See you all later!

Deb
xoxo