Monday, December 2, 2013

Stampin' Up! Cyber Monday Specials + Final Day of Holiday Sale


Time is running out to snag a bargain on a huge selection of Stampin' Up! products. (Today is the last day of the sale!)

That's the bad news.

BUT ...  The good news is ...

Stampin' Up! is adding a Cyber Monday special - for 24 hours only - with 30% off
these select items:




 Description
 Retail Price
 Sale Price
 Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (item 132172)
 $26.95
 $18.87
 Expressions Thinlits Dies (item 132171)
 $24.95
 $17.47
 Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent (item 132159)
 $14.95
 $10.47
 Snowflake Season Simply Sent  (item 132176)
 $14.95
 $10.47
 Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item 129324)
$4.95
$3.47
 Extra-Large Gift Box (item 132147)
 $3.95
$2.77

What you need to know:

Save 20-50% on Holiday Sale items through Monday
Save 30% on Cyber Monday 24-Hour Sale
Exclusive bundles created just for this sale (be sure to use the bundle item numbers when ordering)
Purchase Holiday Sale items + additional products on the same order
No minimum purchase required
Holiday Sale orders must be placed by 11:50 PM (Mountain Time) today to receive discount pricing

Remember - you can mix and match during the sale. That means Holiday Sale + Clearance Rack + Bundles + Weekly Specials = Fantastic Savings on Stampin' Up! products.

Ready to shop? Take me to the Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale now.

Happy Holiday Savings!








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Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry Ornament Kit


Are you ready to deck the halls?

Add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit from Stampin' Up!



The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including

  • 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
  • Printed cardstock - die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
  • Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40)



The snowflakes make stunning ornaments for your tree (naturally!), but you can also use them to top presents, embellish cards, or create a wintery garland.  How you use them is up to you!




Festive Flurry Ornament Kit (Item 135813) $14.95
(While supplies last)


Watch the video below for instructions on making these ornaments. So easy!



Tip: Use a Silicone Mat like the one in the video to protect your work surface and make assembly a breeze. Once the hot glue dries, you can just lift your project off the mat - no sticking!







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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale + One-Day-Only Doorbusters

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale | Save 20-50% on Select Products

The annual Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale is here! (Yay!!)

Who wants to wait around for Black Friday? (Hint: not me.)

Now through December 2, save up to 50% on a variety of Stampin' Up! products including stamp sets, cardstock, dies, framelits, punches, and embellishments plus oodles of bundles created exclusively for this Holiday Sale.

View the entire Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale HERE.

Remember - you can mix and match to your hearts content during the sale. That means Holiday Sale + Clearance Rack + Bundles + Weekly Specials = Fantastic Savings on Stampin' Up! products.

Did someone say doorbusters?

Today Only - Save 30% on these popular products:

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale Nov. 20 Doorbusters

(Item 126689) Stampin' Trimmer  $29.95  $20.97
(Item 125586) Simply Scored Diagonal Plate $11.95  $8.37
(Item 131264) Many Marvelous Markers  $109.95  $76.97


Holiday Sale Highlights:
  • Doorbusters on Wednesday only (Nov. 20). Order must be placed by 11:50 PM (Mountain)
  • Save up to 50% during the 12 days of the Holiday Sale (Nov. 20 - Dec. 2, 2013)
  • Exclusive bundles created just for this sale (be sure to use the bundle item numbers when ordering)
  • Purchase Holiday Sale items + additional products from current catalogs on the same order
  • No minimum purchase required
  • Sale prices are valid on all order types (not just online orders)

I know. It's almost too good to be true.

Hurry and get your favorites before they change their mind. Just kidding - Stampin' Up! is just as excited as we are to start this awesome sale. They love to make papercrafters happy. (Boy, am I happy!)

Happy holiday shopping & saving!







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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day + Free Download

Stampin' Up! Digital Scrapbooking Days Nov. 1-8, 2013

Today is officially Digital Scrapbooking Day, but Stampin' Up! started a week long party yesterday with the first of eight daily deals on digital scrapbooking kits. I hope you didn't miss out, but if you did - fear not! Not only do we have a daily deal today, we all get a free download. Yippee!!

By the way - did you know that you don't have to have My Digital Studio to use Stampin' Up! digital downloads? Nope. If you already have a program you use, simply follow these steps after making your purchase in the online store:

  • On the order confirmation screen, choose the digital download option.
  • On the download screen, for each download you purchase (including free downloads), you'll first need to choose your operating system (Mac or Windows).
  • Next, choose "For My Digital Studio" OR "For Other Applications".
  • Follow the instructions on the screen.



FREE STAMP BRUSH SET - TODAY ONLY:

Stampin' Up! Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set

Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set
Item #135717



TODAY ONLY - DAILY DEAL (50% OFF!):

Stampin' Up! Hello There Kit - Digital Download

Hello There Digital Kit - Digital Download
Item #133374        
Price: $9.95   $4.98 

This digital kit is cute, fun, and versatile. I'm so EXCITED this is one of the daily deals!
(I already downloaded both kits today.)

Go. Get yours now. The clock is ticking.







p.s. Speaking of clocks ... tic toc, tic toc. Don't forget to reset your clocks tonight as Daylight Savings Time ends.

p.p.s. You could win more digital downloads by creating a project using one or both of today's digital downloads. Visit the MDS Blog for details. Good luck!


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Huge Digital Party + Sale on Holiday Downloads

Digital Sale - 30% off holiday downloads and printing

Get 30% off select holiday downloads and print products until November 30!

  • Downloads include select holiday cards, kits, photobooks, tags, and framables. 
  • Print products include photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, and individual pages. 

Click here to see the holiday downloads on sale.


NOVEMBER 1-8, 2013

Join the digital party at MyDigitalStudio.net in honor of Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Digital Scrapbooking Day Celebration + Sale + Free Download

The official Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, November 2. But one day just isn't enough, so we're celebrating for eight!

Check out the line-up of events:

1. Guest bloggers: A talented group of demonstrators, customers, and designers from around the industry will share project inspiration on the blog.
 
2. FREE download: Be sure to check in on Saturday, November 2 to get your freebie.

3. Videos: We'll share some more ideas with training videos to help you get started.
 
4. Daily deals: Every day, we'll feature a new download for 50% off!
     
DEAL #1 - Today's Deal

Amped Up Ampersands Kit - Digital Download
Item # 134844   Price: $9.95  $4.98   (See the full kit contents here.)



5. Challenges: Use the daily deal download to create a project for your chance to win free downloads. (Upload your samples to the gallery with the matching tag to enter.)

Start shopping and creating now!








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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Struggling


I've been struggling.

Maybe you've noticed that I have been MIA for a few weeks now.  It's because I've been struggling.

Struggling with the hand I've been dealt recently. Struggling with what to say about it here on this blog. Struggling to find enough desire TO blog. This entire month has just been one big struggle after another. And instead of celebrating the end of a crappy month, I’m filled with trepidation for the one that lies ahead.

(Disclaimer: It’s a long story and it isn't about glitter and pretty paper. The decision to ultimately tell my story here was a difficult one. If you choose to stop reading now, I'll understand. I get it. If you continue on, however, thank you for taking the time and for sticking with me while I get it all out.)

Earlier this month, I mentioned surgery on my head. Let’s start there, shall we? After a little “scabby area” on my scalp turned out to be skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma), I was scheduled for surgery to remove it on September 30. Going in, we were expecting a two-hour procedure to remove a quarter-sized spot. When the surgeon emerged from the operating room FOUR hours later, he explained to my husband that the cancer was the size of a pancake, but he was able to remove all of it and with some tricky maneuvering and hundreds of stitches, was able to piece me back together.

I was sent home that same day to begin my recovery - in a fog, totally nauseous, head completely bandaged, with pain meds clutched in my fist. Fun times. While the first 48 hours truly sucked, each passing day became a bit more bearable. The constant pain has given way to occasional, quickly passing stabs of pain and an odd sensation of a tight/pulling/stretched-to-the-max feeling across the left side of my head.

If my story stopped there, I would be pretty happy. In fact, I’d be ecstatic.

But my story does not stop there.

Leading up to the surgery, I went about the business of getting some routine check-ups crossed off my list. You know the drill – those routine “girl” appointments we do (or are supposed to do) every year. ONE of them hadn't turned out to be as “routine” as usual. ONE of them had started to raise some flags and require a follow-up. Or three.

Bright and early, the very day after my head surgery, I received a call confirming one of my worst fears: breast cancer.

Thud.

I can’t tell you how hard it is to say those words. To admit this thing is real and not just a drug-induced dream nightmare.

And isn't it ironic that the news came on October 1st, kicking off breast cancer awareness month. The month long barrage campaign has been a constant reminder during the few moments I could shut it out of my brain.

In the following weeks, instead of resting and healing, my days have been filled with new doctors, more tests, poking, prodding, and yet another surgery – this time a bi-lateral lumpectomy. What started out as [finding] one tumor, turned into two tumors (one on each side), and most recently we learned a lymph node tested positive, meaning it had already started to spread.

As it stands now, the anticipated treatment plan (which wasn't that drastic) is up in the air. Things that were off the table are now back on the table. Our premature relief has been replaced with complete uncertainty while we await the results of a very specialized test that will guide our decisions about a course of action.

Meanwhile, I’m still recovering from the trauma my body endured over an 18-day time span. My body isn't as young as it used to be and it’s letting me know big time. Ouch.

Oh, and one more thing. We will be moving (again) in late December. Planning and preparing for a move across the state while all this is going on? CRAZY. That pretty much sums up how I feel about the subject. But, we don't really have a choice, so it is what it is.

Thank goodness for incredibly supportive, generous, and helpful friends (and an awesome husband holding my hand every step of the way). We will get through all of this. Somehow.

Going Forward
I've managed a few stamping/crafting sessions and hope to get some projects posted soon. Between doctor visits, treatments, and packing up an entire house, I just don’t know how often I’ll be posting over the next several months. That really bugs me, but I know there will be limitations and something has to give. I honestly don’t know if anyone has even noticed my absence or not, so maybe it’s no big deal anyway.

Hello? Anyone out there??  (tap. tap. this thing on?)

What I won’t be doing is turning this blog into a “cancer blog”. With no offense meant to those who choose to write about their experience in-depth on a regular basis, that isn’t me. It was hard enough to get up the nerve to write this one post. If asked, I will provide updates occasionally; otherwise, I’ll keep it devoted to my beloved papercrafting and post if and when I can.

If you are still reading (omg!), thank you for allowing me to address the elephant in the room and move on. The long silence here has felt like a big cloud hanging overhead that I needed to clear up. There are enough clouds already without adding one more.







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Thank You Thursday Deal (Last One!)

Stampin' Up! Chevron Ribbon Sale

All month long, Stampin' Up! has offered a special Thank You Thursday Deal to celebrate a special blog milestone and today is the last Thank You Thursday. They are wrapping up the month with a bow - a Chevron bow! hee hee!!

Today only, save 25% on these favorite Chevron Ribbon colors:
Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and Smoky Slate.

Need something fun to go along with that ribbon?

Check out the current weekly deals:

Stampin' Up! Sizzix dies and craft tools on sale!


Shop now for the weekly deals and remember to add your favorite colors of discounted Chevron ribbon.

Happy savings!








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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stampin' Up! Birthday Party + 25 Stamp Sets on Sale Now

Save 25% now on these 25 stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

It's birthday time! Stampin' Up! is celebrating their 25th birthday by bringing the gifts to us. Through October 28, save 25% on 25 stamp sets. The sale includes both the wood mount and clear mount options, and many sets are also available in Spanish and/or French.


Considering my birthday is in a few days, I happen to like this gift a lot!

Save even more when you take advantage of the Thank You Thursday Deal (good today only). This week's deals feature framelit dies and embossing folders for the Big Shot: Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Envelope Liners Framelits, Window Frames Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Alphabet Press Embossing Folder, and Honeycomb Embossing Folder - all at 25% off. (Seeing a pattern here? Love those 25% savings!)

Enjoy the savings and happy stamping!







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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Witches' Brew Halloween


Fright night is getting closer and I've been working on a few Halloween projects. Luckily for me, the Paper Players have a Halloween theme for their challenge this time and I found a great simple sketch to work with at Unscripted Sketches.

I love the Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper, so I really wanted to play it up. You'll notice there is hardly any stamping on this card; I let the spooky patterned paper do all the hard work. Ha!


I wanted to give the circle a little more definition from the background paper, so I lightly edged it using a 2-Way Glue Pen and then sprinkled on orange glitter. I think it does the job and adds just the right amount of sparkle.

I was dying to flag the ends of the patterned paper, but forced myself to leave them square just this once!


Love Patterned Paper?
Snag a deal (today only) on select Designer Series Paper packs in the online store. It's the Stampin' Up! Thankful Thursday Deal of the Day. Woot!



Choose from Etcetera, I Am Me, Soho Subway, and This That Epic Day Designer Series Papers. Each collection contains 12 sheets of double-sided 12x12 paper (2 each of 6 double-sided designs).

Regular Price: $10.95 Today Only: $8.21

While you're there don't forget the new weekly deals. Save 25% on cool papercrafting tools or 50% on a fabulous digital kit.








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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (W-128748, C-127802)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117), Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper (132185)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Circles Collection Framelits Dies (130911), 2-Way Glue Pen (100425)
Accessories: Black/Orange Stampin' Glitter (132206), Basics Glimmer Brads (121003)


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Online Store Weekly Deals!


Starting today, you'll find a fun surprise in the Stampin' Up! Online Store - Weekly Deals! 

The weekly deals will change every Tuesday and feature current Stampin' Up! products at discounted prices. 

The weekly deals will be offered while supplies last and the discount will appear in your shopping bag when you check out.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for new weekly deals. 

While you're there, don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack. There are deep discounts on retired Stampin' Up! products in the Clearance Rack, and the selection is changing frequently. Get these great products at terrific prices before they disappear. (Popular items tend to disappear in hours - not days!)

Wanna know what the weekly deals are today?




Start shopping now on the Weekly Deals Page then hit the Clearance Rack before you check out!

Happy savings!








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Look What's New in Digital From Stampin' Up!


Wow! Lots of new digital products from Stampin' Up! to catch up on this week!

1. Shaped postcards. You can now get your 5 x 7 postcards printed in two new fun styles - scallop and artisan. Obviously, these are perfect for weddings, birth announcements, invitations, and the holidays. You'll think of more uses, I'm sure.


Access these new shapes in My Digital Studio (be sure you have the latest update). Learn how to create shaped postcards here.

2. Our new (free!) app, My Library for My Digital Studio. It's a great way to easily organize downloads in your collection and keep track of your faves. This new app is currently available for iPad and is coming soon for iPhone and Android devices.




3. Planning a freaky Halloween Party? Check out these spooky new downloads:


The Fright Night Ensemble includes all you need for a spooky party: treat wrappers, treat toppers, food labels, invitations, décor, a banner, candle wrapper, and more. This kit includes a huge SVG stamp brush set to create your own designs in addition to the designer templates. (The pre-designed templates are incredible - go look now!)  Also coordinates with the Clear Oval Accents Bigz Die.



Or throw an unforgettably gruesome party with the Zombie Party Printables containing templates for invitations, a banner, food picks, décor, bottle wraps, and more.

If you're looking for even more spooky inspiration, check out these Halloween favorites.


4. In addition to Halloween, there are four more new downloads this week:





5. Even more new downloads you might have missed (released last week):




Still don't have My Digital Studio? It's the perfect time to hop on the MDS bandwagon. Get the MDS software here for just $19.95 or take a test drive with the free 30-day trial. Either way, you'll have plenty of time to do some digital creating for the holidays, try out our print services (only available through MDS), and see what all the fuss is about.









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