Birth of a swap card…

I wanted to show you my creative thought process in creating and designing cards for a swap.  What is a swap, you ask?  Well a swap is where a group of people make a specific number of items that follow a set list of requirements and theme.  In my case, I was to make full cards (not card fronts) and my requirement was to make 5+1 by the deadline date and to only use stamp sets from the Occasions mini catalog.  When I had my first preview of the Occasions mini catalog, I had come across one stamp set that I instant fell in love with.  The stamp set is Vivid Vases.  I know, when I saw this stamp set, that I wanted to do the Coloring technique.  I love doing the Coloring technique, and yes I still color in coloring books too!

When working on a swap I don’t always come up with a design as was the case with this swap.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with one.  So what I did was just stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and colored it in with my favorite colors.  After I colored it, I looked at it and then I made notes on the changes I wanted to make to the next card.  Here is the card with the notes:WatermarkDraftVividVases

I then stamped the image again and colored it according to my notes and made a few more changes.  Then I decided on how to pair it with other card stock to make my cards.  I ended up with this final card:

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Stamp set: Vivid Vases, Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Watercolor Designer Paper, Ink: Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Real Red, So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

As you can see, it is different from what I started out with.  Anyone can design cards, all they need is to use their imagination and be open to inspiration!  If you need any of the supplies to make this card, please feel free to contact me at onecreativemom01@gmail.com.

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Sale-A-Bration is here!!!

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It’s here!!  Sale-A-Bration is here!!!

 What is Sale-A-Bration (SAB)?  It’s probably everyone’s most favorite Stampin’ Up! special of the year…certainly mine!  With specials for Customers, Hostesses and new Demonstrators – there’s something fabulous for everyone!

CUSTOMERS:

What do Customers get?  FREE Sale-bration product!

  • Choose ONE free SAB product when you spend $50 (before tax & shipping)
  • Choose TWO free SAB products when you pend $100
  • Choose THREE free SAB products when you spend $150 (AND qualify for the usual hostess rewards of $25)

HOSTESS:

It’s the most popular time of the year to host a party!

What do hostesses get?  $30 more in Stampin’ Up! product with a $300 party…choose product from the current catalogs, including exclusive hostess selections!

  • $150 party = $25 Hostess Dollars
  • $200 party = $30 Hostess Dollars
  • $250 party = $40 Hostess Dollars
  • $300 party = $50 Hostess Dollars plus $30 more during SAB  = $80!

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!

NEW DEMONSTRATORS:

What do New Demonstrators get?  They get $25 more in their starter kit for just $99 during SAB.  Normally you would choose $125 of product for your kit, but during SAB you get to add another $25 for a total of $150 worth of products for just $99!!!

This is a great time to become a new demonstrator!   You get 20% discount on products, plenty of great ideas not only from Stampin’ Up! but from other demonstrators too (ask me how), and you will make great friends in the process!

I would love to have you join my team and I welcome all types of demonstrators, from the hobbyist to those who want their Stampin’ Up! endeavor to be more business focused.  If you feel that Stampin’ Up! is a good choice for you, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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It’s finally here!!! part 1

Well it’s finally here!!!  The post you all have been waiting to read is finally here!  Our new craft studio is finally ready for some crafting magic!

Let’s start with the reminder of what it was before the transformation.

photo4 photo3 photo2When I first moved into our new house, the craft studio was just a storage room for unpacked boxes.  Well after several months of unpacking, we finally were able to empty it.  It took us a few weeks to get it fully painted.  My daughter and I did the painting.  I also went around the room before painting, taking out all of the nails and repairing the holes that were left behind.  It took so long to paint because the walls were made of wood paneling and it really absorbed each layer of paint.  We ended up painting three layers of paint because of this. 

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First we had to clean the walls and repair any holes left from taking nails out of the wall.

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And the painting begins!

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BEFORE

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AFTER: One layer of paint.

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My Roxy wanted to even help! Awwww….she is so darn cute!!

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Please…please…PLEASE! Can I help!!!

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AFTER: Three layers of paint! Nice and solid pink, just the way I wanted it!!

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I don’t want this to be too long of a post, so I am going to end this one here.  Not to worry, the second part will be coming up soon with even more picture!

Thanks for reading this post and if you want to see more pictures or see some of my bloopers, check out my Facebook page and you will get to see special pictures that I won’t post here!

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Changes they are a coming!!

I love this time of the year when the seasons start to change!  Summer is a thing of the past as it gets darker sooner, the air is a bit crisper, and the holidays are just around the corner!  Oh how I love fall!

With the changing of the seasons, Stampin Up! has come out with some new promotions too!  Here are the details!

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We have a promotion for hostesses only!  If hold a workshop, whether at your place, my place or online, and the total sales is $250 (not including shipping and taxes) you will get an extra $25 in hostess dollars!  That’s right ladies, your normal hostess dollars of $40 in increased and with this promotion you will get a total of $65 hostess dollars!!!  Beware!  This promotion only last until October 31, 2013.

Flyer_Join_demo_Oct0113_US(1)This is the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit Special you have been waiting for!!!  Mark Your Calendar!  From Oct. 7th thru Oct. 21st, Stampin’ Up! will be offering a special starter kit for just $25!  What a wonderful way for Stampin’ Up! to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary!

  • The $25 kit includes up to $26.95 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products (value must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95 before tax), a supply of annual and holiday catalogs and it all ships FREE!  Our regular $99 Starter Kit will not be available for purchase during this two-week period.
  • Save!  Receive a 20% discount on every demonstrator order you place.
  • Receive 30% off your first demonstrator order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax).  Must be placed within 45 days of purchasing your kit.
  • Be first to know about new products and pre-orders from new catalogs!
  • It’s up to you!  Purchase the kit just for yourself and/or have fun and share Stampin’ Up! with friends while making a little extra money.
  • PURCHASE YOUR $25 KIT THROUGH ME and you’ll become a member of my team as well as part of Stampin’ Up!  We’re nationwide, friendly, resourceful and fun!  All are welcomed in my group, Hobby and business stampers alike!

NA_25Year_Best_of_Stamps_flyers_best_of_christmas_NAThis year Stampin Up! is celebrating their 25th anniversary.  They are celebrating by offering a special collection of stamps that are Shelli’s favorite over the past 25 years.  Here is the October Edition – Best of Christmas.  You can order this set by clicking here.

As with all of the flyers listed in this post, you can click on each of them to see it a little bit larger.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave it in a comment, or to email me at onecreativemom01@gmail.com.

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Contest Winner???

Hello my crafty friends!  I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Mystery Hostess drawing celebrating the re-launch of my blog.  We do not have a winner.  This is because we needed to accumulate $30 in hostess benefits for the drawing and we didn’t reach that.  No worries though, those who participated will not walk away empty handed.  I will be sending to them via U.S. Mail a little “thank you” for participating and celebrating the re-launch of my blog.

Again, thank you so much!  I am very appreciative of those who not only read my blog, but follow it and also follow my Facebook page.  Thank you so, so very much!!  🙂

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2 Days left for the Mystery Hostess drawing!!!

There are two days left for the Mystery Hostess drawing!  Don’t miss out on possibly winning the Mystery Hostess drawing.  If you are picked you will get all of the hostess benefits without having to do the work of having a workshop in your own home!  Another great benefit is that when you place an order online, it is shipped straight to your home.  Your order does not go to a hostess or to me, but straight to you!  How awesome is that???

Here is how you enter the drawing:

TO ENTER MYSTERY HOSTESS DRAWING:

  • Step 1: Place an order in my Online Store (min $25)
    now thru September 7, 2013
  • Step 2: ENTER HOSTESS CODE:

                 E4PDKMNY

    in the shopping cart at check out

REMINDERS:

  • NOTE: ORDERS OVER $150 – DO NOT ENTER CODE You will automatically get Stampin’ Rewards – $25 Free (and up) with orders over $150
  • Winners will be drawn on July 8th, Via Random.org and announced here on my blog and on One Creative Mom’s Facebook page.
  • Each $25 order placed in my online store using the Hostess Code will be automatically counted in the drawing.
  • For each $30 in hostess benefits accumulated using the Hostess Code listed above, I will draw a winner.
  • There may be multiple winners, making your chances of winning higher!

REMINDER: Orders over $150 should not use the hostess code
This way you can be your own hostess…no need to await the drawing for free stamps. Take advantage of your own freebies with your order.

Stampin’ Up! News and an Update

Hi all my crafty friends!!

I just wanted to let all of my digital crafty friends know of some Stampin’ Up! news.  Every week on Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! releases new digital downloads for their My Digital Studio program.  If your wondering what you can do with My Digital Software, take a look at my header and the “Shop 24/7” and the “Save 20%” buttons.  I created these with My Digital Download.  Stampin’ Up! even offers a 30-day trial if you want to try My Digital Studio before buying it.  To find out more about the software program, click here.  To see what the latest digital downloads are, click here.

I also wanted to give my crafty friends an update on my craft room.  Well today is shopping day.  I go and buy an IKEA Expedit shelving unit, a desk, a craft storage base, and some office/desk accessories.  I put already into the craft room, one of the vintage dresser that belonged to my husband’s step-grandfather.  I love the character that this dresser shows, all of the nicks and scratches.   It really shows the life that my husband’s family has lived.  As soon as I get the items built and put in place, I will be taking more pictures and will post them here.

Have a great day everyone!!!

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