A Potluck, an Opossum and Nature’s Beauty



I needed two special thank you cards for some nice volunteers!
We had our annual HOA potluck/town hall meeting yesterday here in our little NC neighborhood.   To get some more participation and members to our meeting, I invited 2 wonderful people from the NC Wildlife Commission to come and give a talk on our local wildlife.  Lisa and Jennifer brought a few ‘guests’ with them.



(photo by Kris Frey)

Hermione the opossum and Ella the white squirrel
(not an albino, but we get white ones around here:)

Hermione was a clear surprise to us all!
So mellow and sweet and SOFT.  I had no idea they were so soft.  They are the unsung heroes in our backyards, eating up 10,000 or more ticks a year to help us with diseases.  It’s also very rare they carry rabies because they body temp is very low and they are very clean.

Nature’s Beauty is a pretty stamp set in the Holiday catalog.
A portion of every sale goes toward mental health organizations in your area.  In the US , donations will be made to NAMI. (You can read more about NAMI on their blog HERE)

As our Stampin’ Up founder ,Shelli Gardener, mentions in her 2019 holiday catalog message, “The holidays can . . . present emotional challenges for some, and simply sharing a handmade card will brighten anyone’s day. However, in those cases where extra help is needed, Stampin’ Up! wants to lend a hand. To this end, we are donating a portion of each sale of the Nature’s Beauty s. “And remember,” as Shelli advises, “nurture your own wellness as you watch for those who may need additional love and support.” Together, we will make a difference.


I started with an Early Espresso card stock base, added a layer of wood grain designer paper and then used watercolor paper to stamp and color the main images.

Go stamp something!

and if you see an opossum, be kind:)

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Coming on November 1st to Customers!
I just received mine and will start creating with it tomorrow. I’ll post 2 projects using it on Stamping School next Sunday, Oct 13.

You can download/view the flyer HERE

and if you’d like to see the Stampin’ Up video from the home office showing all the suite, see below:

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New Deals on the Clearance Rack!

It’s not too early to think about stocking stuffers or maybe a little somethin’ somethin’ for you!   All items are retired favorites on clearance and while supplies last.

Click HERE to go see what is new! 
You can sort by low to high or sort by NEW.

These color doilies were always popular and now a steal at only $1.80!
24 doilies – 6 each of 4 colors: Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive.  Item #146935

40 sheets of 6×6 tone on tone designer paper packs only $4.40!
These are available in all the color groups like Subtles, Regals, Neutrals, Brights and retired In Colors.

 
Tranquil Tide lovers…..here’s a chance to get a little more of this wildly popular (and missed) cardstock!   #144246  24 sheets for only $3.40!    It won’t last long, I’m sure
If you like the coordinating ribbons, there is also Tranquil Tide ruffled ribbon (also available in 4 other colors) for $3.20


I get asked for this retired punch often!  Build cute gingerbread characters (or reindeer)  $10.80    #140396

Stop over at my store HERE to see all the new things added!

 

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NC Apple Festival + Teacher Cards….

Labor Day weekend in the western carolinas is always the Apple Festival!  Downtown turns into an apple wonderland with over 150 vendors and food…oh the apple pies, apple tarts, caramel apples, apple fritters!   We celebrate apples around here
and so I ordered the new Apple punch from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog!

AND it can be a pumpkin, too.  We like versatility.

I had a request from a customer for 35 Back-to-School teacher cards she can do quickly
I grabbed an old circle layout and added some basket weave embossing as the background. (After I made them I thought the brick folder would have been great for school theme, too)

I love the option of pumpkins for fall!

  

Same layout, just swapped out Real Red for Old Oive card.  The basket weave is Crumb Cake and the layer is Early Espresso with the same espresso ink.


I adhered the circles on and then trimmed off the excess.

A few more ideas from the SU home office for the Harvest Hello bundle

Here are the basic supplies I used from my stampin’ Up store.  If you click the photos, it will take you over there

Go Stamp Something!

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Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog begins today!


And we are LIVE with a brand new catalog!
Fall is just beginning to peek out around here in the western NC.
(I hear pumpkin lattes are starting to appear too:)

I hope you all have a hard copy of the catalog and if you don’t, please let me know!
To view PDF online click HERE

Do you want to see the new Holiday suites in action?
Here are a few videos from the home office!

Christmas Countdown Project Kit
You’ve been asking for an Advent kit – here you go!

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Cup of Christmas Stamp Set
Reversible stamps?   Yes!

Tags Tags Tags Bundle
(kinda cool how they hooked the dies together!)

Night Before Christmas Suite



Lots of designer papers from the annual catalog are on sale during September!  Buy 3, get one pack free – that is a value of at least $11.50-$14.00!

The Magnolia Lane has been a huge hit and so has Bird Ballad.  Well also the Come Sail Away nautical paper….it won’t be hard to pick 3 and get one free)
Here is the flyer if you want to print and view with page numbers  – click HERE


These cute fall note cards are still available!
24 blank note cards (3-1/2 x 5) smaller but still mailable, with the 12 envelopes, ready for you to stamp and adorn for fall cards.
While Supplies last only $10   Email me to get a pack!

Round 2 of my Holiday sampler/shares begin today!
If you missed round 1 and want to see what you can get by joining a share, watch my video:

See my original post HERE
about what I’m offering

That’s it for today!
I hope you find some time to stamp today!

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Round One Open for Holiday Catalog Sampler Shares!

Round 1 is now open for my Holiday Catalog Product Shares!

(if you have reserved your spot already, check your email for the link)

Round 1 means I place the order first thing on Sept 4th when the Holiday catalog goes live.  I expedite the order so you get your shares within 2 weeks!

For over 12 years, shares are one of the most fun things I get to do as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I love seeing all the papers and ribbons come to life in person!
(See my video in this post to explain shares)

Here is a video showing all my shares that will be available this year!

(Per SU policy, U.S. Orders only)

To recap my video:

Email me to join my shares  Linda@stampingschool.com

See Pricing below for shares with FREE shipping!
(Demonstrators on my team will get discounted pricing)

Paper Shares 70 Sheets $25

Ribbons Share $18

Accessories Share $20

Halloween Shares $12

ALL bundle includes all of the above  $75 $70 + Free Snowflake Sequins!

DOUBLE shares are available upon request, 6×12 sized when applicable,
are available upon request for the paper shares. $50

We are only a week away from the Holiday catalog going LIVE!  Sept 4th at 3:00 am (MT)!

ORDERING DOWNTIME: Ordering will be unavailable from midnight to 3:00 am (MT) while we transition our systems to the new catalog. Ordering will be restored no later than 3:00 am (MT).

If you have ordered from me in the last year, you are on my list to have a catalog
mailed to you! Hopefully they will arrive by next week. If you are new here and need a catalog, please email me and I’ll pop one in the mail to you!
(demonstrators will get their complimentary copy from SU)

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The Office Card…

Hi all!

This stamp set wasn’t one I initially chose but fell in my lap by accident. I hadn’t planned on getting it but accidentally ordered it and so glad I did!
It’s the perfect set for the office or anyplace someone may work.
It has a welcome, happy birthday, retirement, promotion, goodbye and just a card for someone nice you work with.

I’ve had a busy few weeks and I’m in my mobile office today at the airport.   I wish you could have seen the strange looks while I was trying to take these photos here at the gate:)


I did a video for this fold over on my Stamping School a few weeks ago using the Follow your Art suite from Stampin’ Up.  I got this pretty swap from my team member, Sarah Rigby and it inspired me to make one:


She used the Beautiful Friendship stamp with Highland Heather color scheme.

What I love is all the empty space available for everyone to sign the card!
I chose a red/white and black theme to keep it simple so the signatures can stand out once they all sign it.

I tweaked my measurements a bit so it folded a little bit flatter.  It’s easy to cut and score!
if you are a customer or on my team, be sure to login to view the alternate project video!.

Basic Measurements:  The main card in Real Red is 4-1/4” x 11”, score in landscape position at 2-3/4”and 5-1/2”.  The black layer is 3-3/4” x 10”, score in landscape position at 2-1/2” and 5”.  The 2 pieces offset nicely for a fun fold!  Then you can just cut your white panels to fit the 3 spaces .

Here’s another cute idea using the set from Stampin’ Up home office:



I mentioned it before but in case you missed it, I’ll be offering my Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog shares again this year.  A little bit of everything to create with !   I’m taking reservations now and can start collecting payments on August 28th.   Orders for the holiday catalog begin Sept 4th!
You can read all about what I’m offering for the paper, ribbon
and accessory shares  HERE


Speaking of Holiday catalog, I hear they are beginning to arrive to mailboxes all over the states!  If you have ordered from me in the past year, you should be getting one.  If it does not arrive by August 28th, please email me and I will re-send.
If you are new to me, I’d love to send you one!
Email me at Linda@stampingschool.com


Bonus Days is almost over!  If you have $5 coupons you earned in July, be sure to use those before Aug 31st.

8 MORE DAYS left for the Extra stamps in the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit!
Join as a demonstrator to share stamping or join as a hobby demo discount shopper to enjoy the 20% savings on all your purchases.  Until Aug 31st, choose $155 of any catalog product (yes, even Holiday catalog items!) and pay only $99 plus your state sales tax and FREE shipping on the whole thing!  Crazy good deal to join for the first time or come back after a break.  I’d love to have you on my team!
Join HERE

My plane is ready to board so I’ll say So long for now!
Go Stamp Something!

 

 

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Linda’s Holiday Product Shares

Reservations are now open for my Holiday Catalog Product Shares!
For over 12 years, shares are one of the most fun things I get to do as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I love seeing all the papers and ribbons come to life in person!
(See my video in this post to explain shares)

Payments/invoicing will begin August 28th.
(Per SU policy, demonstrators need to wait til 7 days prior to accept payments)

Here is a video showing all my shares that will be available this year!

To recap my video:

Email me to reserve your spot Linda@stampingschool.com
Include your mailing address and which shares you are reserving.
I’ll send you an invoice on August 28th.

See Pricing below for shares with FREE shipping!
(Demonstrators on my team will get discounted pricing)

Paper Shares 70 Sheets  $25

DOUBLE shares, 6×12 sized when applicable,
are available upon request for the paper shares.  $50

Ribbons Share $18

Accessories Share $20

Halloween Shares $12

ALL bundle $75  $70 + Free Snowflake Sequins!

If you have ordered from me in the last year, you are on my list to have a catalog mailed to you!  Hopefully they will arrive by next week.  If you are new here and need a catalog, please email me and I’ll pop one in the mail to you!
(demonstrators will get their complimentary copy from SU)

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