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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Product Highlights: Day Five


January 22nd to March 22nd, 2013
Wow we're already at Day Five of our product tour in the Sale-A-Bration flyer and I have two more exciting products to share with you!

  Petite Curly Label Punch and Pretty Petites Stamp Set - a match made in heaven:



Petite Curly Label Punch:


I can't resist buying punches and this uber cute "Petite" Curly Label Punch is no exception.  Images are 3/4 by 3/4, just the perfect size for those small areas you want to put a sentiment in.  And, the truly great thing about this punch is that it's going to be around after SAB.  Yeah!!!

Another great thing about the Petite Curly Label Punch is that it coordinates with another great stamp set called Ciao Baby in the Spring Mini Catalogue see page 16.  
Item Order # 129405 can be your FREE Choice from the SAB catalogue with a $60 purchase (before shipping and tax).  


Pretty Petites Stamp Set  
Just look at these yummy little sentiment stamps!  Wow I love them!  You get eight with this promotion which gives you a lot to work with.  They come in wood or clear mount and are available in English, French and Spanish.  So cute.  Note:  The clear block (c) that is seen in this picture has to be ordered separately.  It can be found on page 7 of the annual catalogue.

Item # 129639 (wm) or #129642(cm).  This beautiful stamp set can be your FREE choice with a $60 purchase before shipping and taxes.  Or, if you want to get both the Petite Curly Label and Pretty Petites set you need to spend $120.00.


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LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack
CLICK HERE



Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Product Highlights: Day Four

January 22nd to March 22nd, 2013 
It's Day Four of my Sale-A-Bration tour.  Hope you're still hanging in with me and learning a lot more about Stampin' Ups! fabulous Sale-A-Bration flyer and freebies!  The next two items on my tour are:

Sweetness.... More Free Choices


Did you know there are 6 additional products from the annual catalogue that are FREE choices during the SAB celebrations?  That's right, when you spend $60.00 before taxes and shipping you can include any one of these as your Free Choice. Just make sure that when you order any of these items that you use the Item # in the SAB Flyer not the Item # from the Idea Book and Catalogue.  Here's a little run down on the item numbers and description of these six items:

1.  Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set.  Item #132194(w) or #132195 (cm).  This six-stamp set can be cut out in an instant with the matching Bitty Banners Framelits on page 191 of the Idea Book & Catalogue (IB&C).  This set is also available in French and Spanish.  



2.  Getting Started Cardstock Pack Item #132199:  
Stampin' Up! has handpicked a variety of colors from all their collections, creating an assortment of cardstock that's just right for building your color collections. I would highly recommend this package for new paper crafters.  The Getting Started Collection includes one color from each basic hue, plus a few basic neutrals. Here's what you get with this package:

  •  8-1/2" x 11 smooth card stock
  • 24 sheets: 2 each of 12 colors
  • Colors include Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Whisper White
3. Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons Item #132201:  These vintage, glass-like accents are reminiscent of vintage door pulls.     They're so beautiful, once you've used them you'll want more.  Here's what you get with this package: 
    • 24 buttons - 8 each of 3 designs
    • 3/8"; 1/2"; 13/16" (pg 196 IB&C) 
4.  Quint-Essential Flower Stamp Item # 132202(w).  If you like versatile stamps, you'll love the Quint-Essential Flower! This dainty and decorative stamp which only comes in wood mount includes:
  • Multiple floral images--perfect for card and scrapbook page embellishments
  • Use with the 1/2", 3/4", and 1" Circle Punches and the 1-3/4" and 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punches for perfect coordination.
5.  The Simply Scored Diagonal Plate  Item # 132203 is perfect for quickly creating handcrafted envelopes, boxes, and more--including your own unique score designs!
  • 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" plate sits on top of the Simply Scored base (pg 181 IB&C)
  • Held securely in place by rubber pads on the back of the plate
  • Has etched grooves every 1/8"
  • Can score any size card stock up to 12" x 12"
  • Includes instructions for creating common envelope sizes


6.  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack Item #132204. If you love paper piercing then this fun pack is for you. With these pierced accents you can use designs or customize your patterns with the grid.  In this package you get:
  • 3 unique templates; ea. 6" x 6" (pg 181 IB&C)
  • These templates coordinates with punches, Edgelits, and Framelits (pg 191 IB&C)
  • Use with Stampin’ Pierce Mat and Paper-Piercing Tool (pg 181 IB&C)

2.  Vintage Verses Stamp Set:

You get four fabulous sentiment stamps with this set in either wood(wm) or clear mount (cm) and they're available in English, French and or Spanish. 

Unfortunately the Clear Mount blocks shown in the above picture are not included with this set.  You can find them on page 7 of the IB&C though. 


LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack
Click here to go to my On-line catalogue

Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens

Sale-A-Bration Product Highlights: Day Three

January 22nd to March 22nd,, 2013
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FEELING SENTIMENTAL STAMP SET


Are you looking for a stamp set that's going to wow both your male and female friends and family?  Do you like vintage?  If you said yes to one or both of these questions then the Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set is for you.  This simply awesome 4 piece stamp set comes in English, French and Spanish and either in wood block or clear mount style.  

Two cards from the Stampin' Up Pinterest site featuring stamped images from the Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set.
Order Item #129627(w) or 129630(cm)

HAPPY HELLO SIMPLY SENT CARD KIT:


i can't say enough about this Happy Hello Simply Sent card kit.  It is truly beautiful.  If you've never had a simply sent kit this will be the one for you.  Simply Sent Kits are the quickest way to make a coordinated beautiful card without having to cut and stamp.  Here's what you get when you order this kit:
  • 8 printed, die-cut cards.  4 of these cards have the "hello" greeting pre-printed on them and 4 are blank,
  • 8 printed custom die-cut envelopes (daffodil delight pattern is printed on the beautifully cut flaps),
  • 24 Daffodil delight card stock sticker flowers you can layer up,
  • 8 Basic Gray card sticker strips 
  • 8 pieces of Basic Gray 18" pre-cut strips of Baker's Twine, exclusive to this kit, and
  • 8 adhesive backed rhinestones.
TIP: To make these cards extra special cut a 5 1/4" x 4"  piece of coordinating card stock (choose from Whisper White, Basic Gray, Daffodil Yellow, Baja Breeze) and mount this to the back of the card shell.  This will give a totally different look to your card.  

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LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack 
Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sale-a-bration Product Highlights: Day Two

January 22nd to March 22nd 2013

Welcome back to "Day Two" of my tour through the Sale-a-Bration Flyer.  I hope you found yesterday's post helpful and are returning for more information on the featured products. 

Vine Street Embossing Folder


I absolutely love to use texture on my cards and scrapbook pages and one of the quickest and most fun ways to make an impression is by embossing with one of Stampin' Ups! fabulous Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  This Vine Street Embossing Folder and a single sheet of card stock run through a  Big Shot Machine will make a beautiful background design.  This 4 1/2 x 6 3/8 folder has a wonderful leaf pattern on it that coordinates well with the Madison Avenue Stamp set and the Sycamore Street DSP. 

Order # 130492.  This product is FREE with a $60 purchase, not including shipping and handling.

Bloomin Marvellous Stamp Set




Butterflies, Flowers and Hummingbirds,the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set is simply a great all occasion set.  Don't let the picture fool you, all images are shown either as a real stamp or as a stamped image. 

This set comes with eight wood or clear mount stamps in your choice of English, French or Spanish.  This would make a great gift for a beginner stamper.  

Order Item #:  129651(w) or 129654 for clear mount.  This item can be yours for FREE with a $60 order (before shipping and tax).


LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT, TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack

Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Product Highlights Day One



January 22nd to March 22nd 2013 -
Stampin' Ups! Biggest Sale Event of the Year
If you're like me, sometimes it's hard to look at a bunch of images on a flyer page or in a store and actually see something you want.  I'm easily overwhelmed by too much stuff, and I'm not very good at reading diagrams or flow charts.  When I study them they become a blur of colour and images, and I can't focus on individual items.

Okay, so maybe that's being dyslexic or maybe it's just mass confusion on my part, but I know I need to see things as individual pieces before I can make up my mind to buy or use something. 

When I received my Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Flyer this month I was immediately confused and a bit panicky.  There was just too much going on for me.  I became overwhelmed, and put it away to look at it later.  When I took it out again I felt the same way, but because I didn't want to miss anything, I spent some more time with it.  For Pete's sake I'm a demo and should have "got it", right?  

In defense of Stampin' Up they're bringing out a fresh new approach with this sale flyer. Everything they are offering in this SAB flyer is off the wall gorgeous but the flyer layout just doesn't work for me. I know a number of you have expressed the same feeling, so it wasn't just me and I don't want you to miss out on opportunities to get amazing FREE stuff. 

So this week I'm attempting to simplify things for you and me.  Notice I said attempting!  How am I going to do that?  Well, quite simply I am going to walk you through the product portion of the flyer showing you all the individual products and bundles in their own individual little glory. 

I've already outlined the three ways you can earn these free products in this post, so if you don't remember go back and check it out.  I'll do a different post each day this week, covering the 19 FREE products you can choose from when you spend $60 or more. Hope you'll come back every day.  Okay are you ready?

Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper:



Did you notice that this beautiful banner at the top of the page is actually the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (DSP)?  I didn't at first, I just thought it was a design element.  On closer examination this DSP is gorgeous. Remember it will only be offered in this SAB promotion, so don't miss your opportunity to get some.  
  • Each package comes with 12 sheets of  12 x 12 double-sided designer paper -- that's two each of 6 double-sided designs.  
  • This DSP is Acid and Lignin free so it's good for card making and scrap booking.
  • The Sycamore Street DSP is easy to coordinate.  Just look at how many of Stampin' Ups! beautiful card stocks, buttons, inks and ribbons will go with it:
    • Island Indigo
    • Pool Party
    • Rich Razzleberry,
    • Sahara Sand
    • Summer Starfruit
    • Tangerine Tango
    • Whisper White
  • Order Item #127540 it's FREE when you place a $60.00 order (before S&H and tax).
Madison Avenue Stamp Set: 
This versatile Two-step stamp set has 5 beautiful images and comes in either wood mount or clear mount style.  The images coordinate with the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.  

Order Item # 129657(w) or 129660(cm) it's FREE when you place a $60.00 order (before S&H and tax).

Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack:
Who doesn't love buttons and matching ribbon? When you choose this item as your free product you'll get:
  • 3 spools of ribbon (1) Island Indigo, (1) Pool Party and (1) Tangerine Tango.  All hot colours!
  • Each 1/4" satiny feeling spool of ribbon is approx. 5 yards in length
  • You also get 36 buttons:  12 each in the 3 above colours.  The buttons are approximately 5/8" wide and have a cute pattern around their rim.
Order Item # 130812 it's FREE when you place a $60.00 order (before S&H and tax).

Sycamore Street All Bundled Up:

If you want all 3 of these products for FREE, you can earn them as a bundle when you host a party with a minimum of $525 in sales before tax and shipping.  That seems like a lot but it's not hard to do! Ask me how.  


Well I hope this series of posts will help you to make your selections a little easier.  Until tomorrow happy stamping! 

LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack
Click Here to Go to the On-Line Store

Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens

Monday, January 21, 2013

Count Down to Sale-A-Bration 2013

Click Here for Link to SAB Catalogue

In less than 12 hours Stampin' Ups! biggest sale event of the year begins.  Are you ready to earn free products and have fun? 

Sale-a-bration runs from January 22nd until March 22nd, 2013.  Have fun, host a party and get free stuff, place your own order or join up as a demo during this time period.  

Thank You Cards for Friends

As I've mentioned before I have limited Stampin' Up! supplies in my little home away from home. So when I got around to making a batch of "Thank You" cards post-Christmas, I had to make do with what was on hand.  What a challenge!

I miss all my Stampin' Up! supplies and tools so much, but it also gives me a bit of a reality check.  I have to remember that you do not need it all and your creativity is only as limited as you choose it to be.  There are always choices. 

So with that in mind, I decided to make small gift cards with matching envelopes and liners for my friends and family who were so kind through the Christmas season.  

Getting Started:
I checked out my stash and began by choosing designer paper and then trying to match it to card stock, ink and ribbon I had.  This approach worked well.  I had a non-SU patterned paper that blended well with some Close to Cocoa (retired),  Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla card stocks. And, as luck would have it, some matching inks and a few yards of Always Artichoke seam binding.  Okay that was all I needed to get started.  Yeah!!!

Here are the six cards and matching envelopes I made.  I was also able to squeeze in a small box for a birthday present.  More on that later and a different post.  


I didn't have a sketch to work with.   I just wanted something simple that would be quick to make and easily mailed.  I decided to make the cards in the following measurements:

  • Card base in Close to Cocoa measures 4 1/2 x 4" with a side fold.
  • Always Artichoke layer was 4 1/4 by 3 3/4"
  • DSP layer was 4 by 3 1/2"
This layout worked well with the leaf patterns on the designer paper and allowed lots of room for the ribbon and sentiment.  Each card has a slightly different look, but if they were given as a set would look really nice. 


Don't you just love this sentiment?  This tiny set called Itty Bitty Banners (126257 cm/126255 w) is on page 134 of the Idea Book and Catalogue (IB&C).   I took advantage of Stampin' Ups! one day 15% off sale back in October and  bought it and it's served me well ever since.  There are 6 perfect sentiments in this set and it has the advantage of having a matching framelit die set called "BittyBanners" on pg. 191 of the IB&C.  The "Thank You" sentiment worked perfectly on my card.  It was stamped in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla card stock and then mounted with dimensionals.
Itty Bitty Banners Item # 126257 (cm) $14.95 or wm 126255 $19.95 

page 134 IB&C. 


Bitty Banners Framelits - 3 dies, largest  2 1/4" x 1/2".  Coordinates with Itty Bitty Stamp Set, and Blue Ribbon Stamp set on page 33 IB&C.
Item # 129267 $18.95.


I made the matching envelopes with my old Score Pal. Let me tell you I really needed my Simply Scored tool with all the accurate measurements, and the Simply Scored plate that makes envelope making so easy.  


I always stamp the back of my cards with a Stampin' Up! Trademark stamp and usually  my personalized name stamp.  Since I didn't have the latter, I added my  signature Palm Tree stamp.  


LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack

 Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oh Whale...... Baby Shower Card

In this post I'd like to share the second card we made on Tuesday night at Cera's workshop.  

Now, while I absolutely loved the Hearts a Flutter Valentine's Day card that I posted yesterday, I fell head over heels in love with this baby shower card. 

Cheryl LeFore's card design was awesome as always, and her directions were so easy to follow.  

So cute!   I had a smile on my face the whole time I was making this card.  

Ingredients:
Stamp Sets:  Oh Whale (129132) and Rain or Shine (126777)
Card Stock:   Baha Breeze, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Whisper White
Ink:              Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Baha Breeze, Old Olive
Big Shot:       Cloudy Days Embossing Folder (127022)
Accessories:  Dimensionals, Lucky Limeade Butcher's Cord, Paper Piercing tool

Oh Whale Item #12932 Clear Mount  $20.95 or Wood Mount #12929 $27.95, page 29 of the Spring Catalogue.
Begin this card by stamping the "whale image" in Basic Gray on a 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock. Make a mask by stamping the whale image on a Post-it-note and then cut out this image and adhere it over the original stamped whale. 

Tip:  Make sure when you stamp the image that some of the removable adhesive from the Post-it-note is on the mask so it will stay in place.

Next, ink up the "wave stamp image" with Baja Breeze and stamp right over top of the mask creating waves all around the whale.  Make an additional wave on a scrap of Whisper White and then cut out the image. Cut thin strips of dimensionals 
and place along the back of the wave before adhering  just beneath the whale to provide some dimension. 

Tip:  Don't throw away that mask.  When you're finished just keep it in your plastic container with your stamp set and it will be there when you need it the next time. 

To complete the scene, an umbrella from the Rain or Shine stamp set was stamped in Daffodil Delight and the handle was stamped in Early Espresso beneath it.  Next time I'll use my Stamp-a-ma-jig so I get the alignment a little better. 

The little star was stamped in Old Olive and fussy cut with my paper snips. Two holes were punched into it with a paper piercing tool and the the tiniest bow you've ever seen was tied with Lucky Limeade Butcher cord.  OMG was that hard to do!

The star was adhered to the umbrella with a dimensional. The final touch was to add 3 little spots of rain with the "rain drop" stamp from the Oh Whale set.  The finished Whisper White piece was adhered to a piece of Old Olive card stock that measured 3 3/8" x 3 5/8", and then this piece was glued to the card base.  
The three little clouds in the top section of the card base were cut from a piece of Whisper White card stock that was embossed with the Cloudy Days Embossing Folder.  

Prior to embossing the card stock, a brayer was used to add Baja Breeze ink to the embossing folder.  Once the card stock and embossing folder were run through the Big Shot the ink transferred and outlined the clouds. I chose the grouping of clouds I wanted and fussy cut three of them out.  Two of the images were glued right to the card base and the third was added on top of one of the others with dimensionals.  Baby Shower was then stamped in Basic Gray ink beneath the clouds to finish off the card front.  
       
Rain or Shine 10 piece stamp set Item # 126777 page 30


There are a number of ways to finish the inside of the card, but I chose to stamp the umbrella and rain images in the top right corner of the 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I couldn't resist adding the sentiment "Whalecome" in Basic Gray ink.  
This was a fun and easy card design to make, and I know it will be received with oohs and ahs at a Baby Shower.  This same card could be used to create invitations simply by adding invitation information to the inside instead of the "Whalecome" greeting.  


LINKS TO OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONS
YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT:
  1. Fancy Friends Kit 
  2. Valentines Day Promotions
  3. Talking Tags
  4. Stampin Trimmer
  5. Clearance Rack
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Happy Stamping.  Please leave a comment if you liked this post and found it helpful!

Penny Tokens