Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

In this country, today is the day that we honor and remember those who have bravely served in any of our military branches. Some gave all, all gave some. We are so happy for those who returned safely to home soil after their service and we pray for those who did not. Because of ALL of their many sacrifices, we have so many freedoms that some do not seem to appreciate.

But WE appreciate them.

Today I am at my Dad's house in Oceanside helping out. He has had some recent health problems and is not feeling well, though for a man in his early 80's he is remarkably fit. He still drives, lives alone without any assistance, cooks and cleans for himself, and generally keeps really busy. At least four or five times a year he accompanies my brother on one of his many business trips to either Cabo or Mammoth. My dad lives really well for a guy his age. If I can say anything that seems a bit detrimental, I can only mention briefly that he is EXTRA stubborn. But then we all are stubborn when it comes to our health care and I am his strongest supporter regarding him keeping his autonomy and being able to choose his own path in the medical decision process.

What are you guys doing today?  We had our kids and grandkids over last night for a home cooked macaroni and meatball and sausage meal. It was super yummy especially since I've not cooked much in the past few weeks being sick and all. Now I am all the way better and things are GOOD! It makes you appreciate home cooking that much more when you aren't so used to it, right??

On the crafting horizon many things are happening! Very exciting times in the Stampin' Up world. We are about to debut our BRAND new catalog this Thursday, June 1. I've mailed out some to those who asked but if you would like a new catalog free of charge, please just leave me a comment and we will get one out to you asap.

On Wednesday, the Eastern Palace special bundles will end their sales period. You can still purchase all the separate components but you won't get a discount and you won't get any of the free perk products they include in each bundle. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to see the bundles and place your order before Wednesday to take advantage of the lower prices. I will show you some cute cards we made during my live broadcast (and we gave them away too!) that turned out SO cute!
 These first four are the ones we made during the actual live broadcast. I had a drawing to see who would win them out of the people who attended the live broadcast. Natalie won!! Aren't these cute??
 Here are a few more cards I made after my broadcast. I was on a roll!  The last photo is a few more cards shown with the Eastern Beauty stamp set.
On another, related note, I will be closing out my online card class tomorrow night so I can order all the product for it. With my online classes I take orders first before ordering and then put together the packets to send out to you. You will get all the supplies you need including the stamp set, ink pads, card stock (three colors!) embellishments, ribbon, dimensionals, and envelopes. This will allow you to make six gorgeous cards (2 of each design) while you follow along with my exclusive video tutorial. If you are interested and want to be part of this awesome class, you can either leave me a comment here or just pay via PayPal (fyremaven@gmail.com) to be sure you don't miss out. The entire cost is $50 and that includes shipping to your door. Of course you will get to keep the stamp set and the ink pads after the class. On the online classes it usually works out to you paying retail for the stamp set and the ink pads and then you get the rest free from me!! Awesome deal!

Ok, I want everyone to have a peaceful holiday and I will be seeing you all soon!
Deb
xoxo


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday and my Internet is going Nuts!!

Hi Everyone!

We have to have excitement and when it is too calm here the internet gets in on the fun and goes haywire, which is what we have today. According to our provider, it is not their fault. (of course!)  Maybe the sun is too powerful today?

Either way we will work with it!

How has your week been so far? Mine's been typically busy and I've been working hard to get my new postage system and labeler all set up. I am working with an online postage provider and it will really help me out in terms of saving money and time. Both are great things to save!  It even helps on letter postage though I have not yet looked fully into that yet.

June first is rapidly approaching and we are getting all geared up to present our new catalog. This is one of the BEST new catalogs I've ever seen and it is chock-full of beautiful new stamp sets and tons of new ideas for things to create. As a demonstrator, we are allowed to order items (selected) early so that we can begin to design our classes and I have several classes already figured out! I know I've been showing you some of my new designs but I don't want to show you everything. There has to be some surprises later, right? Right!

Some of my customers were asking me about discounts and coupons and other seasonal or other types of cost saving measures that they might take advantage of. These are avid crafters and paper craft lovers so they definitely buy a good amount of supplies. The best advice I can give is what I ALWAYS say: it is best to join my team and become a hobby demonstrator yourself! In this way you will be getting a 20% discount on ALL future purchases and that doesn't even begin to cover all the other perks or the free giveaways on my team and group pages.

It is important to choose the right team to join and while you could choose a huge team that is already firmly established, there are HUGE advantages to joining a smaller, growing team like mine. First, I have more time to devote to my recruits and I'm able to help you through your questions, more of a personal touch. Second, you will get free unlimited access to my team class videos and tutorials! Thirdly, team giveaways are wonderful but imagine how much better your odds are with a team of 5 as opposed to a team of 300+....you automatically increase your odds of winning! My team giveaways and challenges are all free to you, and my team members are very happy to be on the receiving end of these rewards! As a new member of our team you get a great welcome package and I am here to support you in all your endeavors, whether you want to strictly be your own best customer or if you are wanting to make it into a business.

It does not matter where you live as all our communication are online or on the phone. In fact, our team meeting are don't via LIVE Facebook video chats and are tons of fun. The minimum to stay qualified as a demonstrator is only $300 per quarter (three months) and that is only $240 after your discount! Not only that but when you first sign up you have till the end of your second full quarter to meet your first deadline. If you meet it early Stampin' Up will reward you with goodies!! They are awesome about giving perks to their demonstrators!

Please do not hesitate to call me or message me to get more information about joining my team of Fancy Stampers. My cell number is 951-973-3270 and unless I'm driving I'll answer my phone, if I don't answer, just leave me a voicemail message so I can call you back! Texting is usually easier especially if I'm driving, I can verbally ask my phone to read my message to me. :)

If you are ready to join my team just click on THIS LINK which will take you to my shopping page, click the tab at the top that says, "Join The Fun" and it will take you through the sign in. Remember if you join before June 1, you can actually order off the new catalog before anyone else!! What a great perk!!

On that note I will go and make sure I'm not burning dinner!

Take care and I will talk to you soon!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It is Saturday before Mother's Day....what are YOU up to??

I always love to hear what other people are doing for holidays such as Mother's Day, etc, and not just because I might steal their ideas. It just brings me joy to see others having fun on these holiday. Even if (as my daughter tells me) they are "made up" holidays. I don't care, the way I see it, any holiday where family has an excuse to get together is a pretty good holiday. But then again, I'm the type of person who loves Sunday dinner with the family, Family night on a specified week night (yes, even when the kids are older!) and other family-oriented things like Family Vacations, Family Disneyland day, and Family go to the park day.

Growing up in a big family probably helped me feel like things were better with family around. Besides me and my five siblings we had tons of first cousins that we saw ALL the time. I even went to the same schools as several of my cousins so it was always like having a safety net around me, especially since I was the youngest at the time in those schools. If I had any trouble, I would tell a student, "Do you know Sandy? That's my cousin!" and since Sandy was a senior they left me alone. Or maybe it was because Sandy beat people up, I don't know. lol...either way, it was awesome.

I've been fighting off a bad sore throat for a few days and even got put on antibiotics for it. The stabbing pain is receding somewhat but I still feel drained the way you do when they make you take medicine. Still, the ibuprofen is helping the pain and I'm grateful for that.

I know what will take my mind off it, STAMPING!!

I actually did make some cute cards lately. I had finished up my cards for the two swaps I was participating in. There was a general swap due on May 25 and also a "leader" swap. The leader swap is for level Silver and above, and it is due on May 31. That's the one I mailed out today. Not so many in that swap this time, only 17 joined up. Still, I used some of our newest stamp sets to make a really cute card that I'll post here to show you.

June 1 is the big day where everyone will be able to order from our new catalog. Let me tell you, THIS catalog is fantastic. I know you've heard me say that before but the more I look through it, the more stuff I want. I have a wish list a mile long and I'm a demonstrator and got to order early already!!

If you are interested in joining my team of Fancy Stampers, you can get your entire start up kit made up of stuff out of our new catalog!! Yes, now...isn't that nice?? Just let me know and I'll help you do that. In fact, the last two recruits I stayed with on the phone while they signed up so they could get the most for their money. It is only $99 and for that you get up to $125 worth of anything you want out of the current catalog or mix it up and choose some items from our new catalog! Besides that, Stampin' Up gives you a generous amount of business supplies such as new catalogs, order forms, folders, postcards, and other goodies. Lastly, they gift you with a sample of Paper Pumpkin which is our fantastic monthly subscription that so many busy people love! Paper Pumpkin allows even the busiest people to get that 'creative break' they need and just unwind with a box of crafting goodies that comes complete to their door once a month. Paper Pumpkin is just $19.95 per month and that includes shipping! What a great deal, but for the next three months Stampin' Up is promoting Paper Pumpkin and you can get it for 25% off the regular price if you order 3 months subscriptions. Click on this link: Paper Pumpkin and it will take you to my page with the information and you can order!

So here are the cute cards. I am actually going to have two online classes and if you are interested please let me know, I will send you out an invoice if you'd like to join my classes. In the class you will get all the supplies you need to make six cards plus an exclusive video tutorial that will walk you through step by step. You can watch the video as often as you like once you pay for the class so you can even use your own supplies later or change up the colors, etc, if you like. The sky's the limit!!

 I made this card for a challenge on our team page. We have color challenges every week and this week I had the time to whip up a card for it. I used one of our newest stamp sets that will be available to you on June 1, unless you want to join my team, then you can get it NOW!!!
 This is a really pretty set that is also from our new catalog. I pictured it with the decorated envelope I made, it was for a friend and I mailed it off already. Everything shown here (except for a bit of retired DSP) is from our new catalog. The daisy is punched out with one of our brand new paper punches!! So convenient!! Join my team and order the bundle now!!
 This was a super cute bundle that I used to make one of my swap cards. The adirondack chair is too cute and uses the Big Shot to cut it out. I also used the new In Colors from our new catalog, they are so pretty together, don't you think?
Lastly, another swap card but I used different colors from the card above. See how versatile this bundle is?? I think so, too!!

On that note I will close for now. Just wanted to pop in to say Happy Mother's Day (almost!!) Please comment with what you have planned or if you need help getting signed up on my team of Fancy Stampers. We'd love to stamp with you!! <3

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Well, this is awkward!!

Good morning, Everyone!

It is Sunday, and actually the Sunday before Mother's Day; which is next Sunday.

No, I have not been on vacation...instead, I've been EVER so busy getting ready for new classes, designing and creating new cards to share with YOU, and prepping for two  new leader swaps I am taking part in.

Not to mention a super secret surprise I'm planning for my youngest.

Yes, things have been super busy, I'll admit it. But I'm never too busy to poke my head back in here and see how you guys are.

What is new in your world? I love it when I see comments from you and it actually inspires me to write even more. So don't hold back, please share what you are doing and what your plans are as well. I'd LOVE to hear them!

I got a new and very helpful tool all set up for my newsletter. Using a mailing helper "MailChimp" I have actually sent out my first newsletter. These are jam-packed full of useful information for you and also some pretty cute pictures. If you did not receive one and would like to, just leave me your current email address and I would be HAPPY to add you to my mailing list. Remember, you can unsubscribe anytime, that is what I love most about the new mailing system. It allows anyone to easily unsubscribe; this is something I've personally had issues with in the past and I totally appreciate it when the option is not only VISIBLE but easily accomplished!

My class for this month got changed to Monday, May15. Start time is still 6 pm and spots are filling fast so if you are interested, let me know and I'll send you an invoice so you can sign up and pay. Spots are not considered 'taken' until they've been paid for which can easily be done with a few mouse clicks and the help of PayPal! Current prices for my classes are $20 but that is refunded if you place an order with me that evening of $20 or more.

New catalogs have arrived!!  Our new product will be available for you to purchase starting on June 1, so if you would like me to mail you a brand new GORGEOUS catalog please let me know and I'll get it right out to you so you can start making your wish list. Believe me when I say that this catalog is AWESOME!

Thinking about joining my team? For brand new demonstrators, you are allowed to order from our NEW catalog (certain selections) NOW to make up your starter kit! Isn't that fantastic?? For only $99 you can get up to $125 worth of product and Stampin' Up also sends you $50 worth of business supplies and catalogs absolutely free. You will also receive a sample box of Paper Pumpkin so you can see how fantastic it is and help your customers see it as well! Just click here and it will take you to my Stampin' Up personal shopping page. Just click on the words "join the fun" on my page and it will take you to the right spot. If you have any questions or want to chat, text or message me first and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. It really matters whose team you choose to join and my team is small but growing. I have the time and energy to devote to new demonstrators and I love what I do! Whether you want to join as a hobby demonstrator and just enjoy the 20% discount on your personal supplies or want to crank it up a notch and make it into a business venture, I can help you! Let's grow together!! <3

On that note I'm off to plan the free gifts that I will be sharing this Thursday. We are having our very first Opportunity Night this Thursday at 6 pm (pacific time) and would LOVE to see you there! Besides being filled with information on how to become a demonstrator, we will answer questions, play games, and give stuff away!! It is sure to be a lot of fun, so mark your calendar for THiS Thursday May 11 and check us out on The Fancy Stamper's Facebook group page.

Hope to see you then!

Deb
xoxo