Time for a change – Part 2 – The New Ink Pad Design

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Welcome back!  Today’s post will focus on the new design of the classic ink pads.  Like I said in Part 1, change can be a good thing and I think the ink pad redesign is a wonderful change that will make your stamping much easier. You may wonder why the new design?  The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire and they can only be used certain number of times before it needs to be replaced.  Instead of ordering new molds of the same design, Stampin’ Up! decided to make some improvements that I know you will love!  In addition the ink has been reformulated to reduce bubbles, especially with brand new juicy pads.  This will ensure you get exceptional ink coverage on solid stamps.

Lets do a side by side comparison of the old pad versus the new pad:

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The new pads are a little more square, the outer case measures 3 5/8″ x 4 1/4″, with the ink pad itself measuring 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 1/2″.  The old style is slightly narrower and longer with the outer case measuring 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3/4″ and the pad at 2 3/4″ x 3 5/8″.

There are still grooves along the edge so you can easily grip the pad when inking larger stamps.

Now lets see the new improvements to the design:

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The old style pads have a lip running around the bottom edge.  Making them a little thicker and when stacking they tend to be a bit wobbly.

The new pads are completely flat except for four tiny little “pegs” on the bottom and four little holes on the top of each pad.

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This allows them to “lock” onto one another when stacking.  An added bonus the thinner design saves space!!

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When the pad is open you now can add a sticker to the inside allowing you to see the color at a glance.

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The label on the front has a larger color block with a small icon showing the color collection it belongs to.  While the In Colors on the old pads did show that they were in that collection the core colors did not.  I love this feature, if you are like me I keep my ink pads by collections.  Now at a glance I can make sure they are in the right grouping.

Opening your new pads:

The pads have been designed to open easier.  They also are not as loose as the old pads reducing the chance of the pad coming out of its track.  That being said here are step by step directions and tips on opening your new pads.

Step 1: Grasp the pad in your hand and place your thumb in the little groove. Then simply lift up and open as you would a compact. No more push and slide.  This may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it opening them is super easy!  Tip: The pad will be stiff when you first open it,  but the more you open and close the pad it will loosen and the easier it will be to open.

Step 2: Once open, slide it along the track toward you and lock in place.  Again it will be stiff the first few uses.  This is normal and will loosen the more the pad is used.  The tighter fit is part of the design so the pad portion doesn’t come off the track.  Tip:  To help “grease” the track – try rubbing a birthday candle in the groove.  The wax will act as a lubricant.

Step 3: To close the pad grasp in your hand and place your finger in the channel pull sightly to unlock and then continue pulling until fully extended. Then flip over and snap closed.

Another final note on the ink pads.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer carry Archival Basic Black and Archival Basic Gray.   The Basic Gray will be replaced with a dye based Classic ink and be included the Neutrals Collection.  Note: You cannot use the Archival reinkers on the dye based pad you must use the classic Basic Gray reinker. 

As a substitute for the Archival Basic Black you will now use Jet Black StazOn for stamping on non-porus surfaces and  watercoloring.  When using your Blends you will continue to use your Tuxedo Black Memento pad.  Tip: Remember when choosing your ink pad, you want the ink to be the opposite of the medium you are using.  For watercoloring you want a solvent based pad (StazOn) and when using the alcohol based Blends you want a dye based ink (Memento or Stampin’ Up! Classic ink).

As a special promotion, you can purchase the 2018-2020 In Colors with the new pad design along with three different bundles  ranging in price from $57.00 – $127.50 and all include a free item as part of the promotion. These bundles are a sneak pre-view of the stunning Share What You Love Suite from the new 2018- 2019 Annual catalog and this offer includes an exclusive stamp that will not be available in the catalog.  See the video below for more details.

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The Gotta Have It All Bundle #149526 $127.50  The bundles includes all items pictured plus you will receive a package of Very Vanilla       8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and the Exclusive Statement of the Heart Single stamp for FREE.

SHOP NOW FOR ITEMS FROM THE SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE SUITE 

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As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook! If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.  I welcome your questions on any stamping technique, Stampin’ Up! products or suggestions for future posts.  Please email me anytime!!

Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

 

 

 

It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate!!

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This is my absolute favorite time of the year!  Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and as an avid paper crafter I am always excited when I can get more for my stamping dollar. This year Stampin’ Up! went all out, not only can you choose from some awesome stamp sets, there is ribbon, Designer Series Paper, Kits, Thinlits, and a even a Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder!  And not only can you get a free item for every $50 you spend you can also choose a few offerings at the $100 level.  Such choices…where to start??

First up a new style stamp, photo realistic.  It is patent pending and makes such an impressive statement.

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For this card I used Calypso Coral, Basic Gray and Whisper White.  The little pearls are colored using Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate blends.  Such an easy way to color coordinate all your projects!

How about something fun for a birthday?  Party Pandas is perfect!

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The fun bright colors of Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo make this a card anyone would love!  The Melon Mambo balloon is created using the Balloon Bouquet punch then I added some Basic Black bakers twine for a cute little bow.  To give the balloon some dimension the edges were sponged using Melon Mambo ink then attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For a quick and easy card try using Beautiful Peacock!

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The colors of Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay go beautifully together, very peacock like don’t you think?  This card is done very clean & simple leaving a lot of white space and the set is photopolymer so lining up the peacock is a breeze!

Finally as I mentioned, Stampin’ Up! has added a few items that are available at the $100 level.  One of those is the Celebrate You Thinlits and they coordinate with the Amazing You set available at the $50 level.  If you have an order of $150 or more not only will you earn Stampin’ Rewards but you can get the set and coordinating thinlits for free!

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For this card I used the colors from the stunning Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series paper; Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and accents of Gold Foil.  I cut the “YOU” from Melon Mambo and “amazing” from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The little heart was cut from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies using Calypso Coral.  I decided to pick up the gold accents and embossed “are simply” with gold embossing powder on Powder Pink cardstock.

The BIGGEST sale of the Stampin’ Up! year is almost over.  Did you take advantage and get your FREE stamps and accessories??  If you haven’t there is still time – the sale ends March 31, 2018.

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How do you take advantage of this awesome event??  It’s so easy!

Just click here for all the details!

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As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook! If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

Featured Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty

Welcome!  This is going to be the first installment of my new series that will feature one particular stamp set from any of our current catalogs.   I always find there are sets in the catalog I might not like or I just turned the page not giving them a second glance UNTIL I see what others have done with it, then it becomes a must have.  Or maybe you have a set that hasn’t been loved in a while, all you might need is a little inspiration to make some fabulous works of heart.  I hope you enjoy this series and if you have a particular set you would like me to feature, please send me an email and I will do my best to use it in future posts. Enjoy!

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This week’s set is Eastern Beauty and the entire Eastern Palace Suite.  When I first saw this set I thought to myself it’s OK, just not my cup of tea.  But I knew it was going to be a special for the month of May so I decided to order the bundle.  Once I started playing with it all I can say is WOW!!  This is one versatile set!

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For this card I used the colors Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla.  To create the doily in the middle I used the two of the medallion dies and the largest circle from the Layering Circles framelits.  The fun thing about the Eastern Medallions Thinlets is how all the parts work together,  You can mix and match the rings to make all types of designs.

See how well they fit together!  You can run it through your Big Shot using all three at once, just make sure to use the Precision Plate and roll it through several times to get a nice cut.

I stamped a few accents and the greeting then mounted on a large circle of Fresh Fig. Add a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and you are all set!

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Next up I decided to used the adorable notecards that are available as a FREE gift with the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle.

I again used the medallions but changed up the middle ring and added a third ring to create  delicate cut out on the front of the card.  I placed a piece of Lemon Lime Twist DSP and stamped accents in Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink.  To give it a little bling , a few small pearl accents were added.

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This card is super easy and super quick!  There is no stamping involved, instead it uses the new Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers!  All I did was peel and place on the Tranquil Tide card.  It creates an elegant look with no effort!  So next time you need a card in a hurry reach for these stickers and you can have a card in minutes!

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This card uses all the elements I have shown you so far but adds a cute little gold tassel! The colors used are Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla with accents of gold.

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For this card I used the new Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (available 6/1/17). Colors used are Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla.  The border on either side of the center panel was made with Fresh Fig ink to create the tone on tone look.

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For the final card I decided to stray slightly from the colors in the suite and use Lemon Lime Twist and another new In Color, Berry Burst. To me this card says summer with the bright color combo!

I just love how every card is different yet uses the same stamps and accessories.  The little accent stamps can be used is so many ways, you can sit and play with this set all day long and not run out of ideas!  I am so glad I bought this set, it is sure to be one of my favorites and once you play with it I know it will become one of yours too!

For the month of May you can purchase two different bundles, each with a FREE gift from Stampin’ Up! See below for all the details!

Supplies Used:

Oh My  Stars TIEF Folder, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon, Berry Burst Stampin’ Ink and Cardstock will be available June 1,2017.

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!

~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

May Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Out with the old….in with the new!!

Yes it’s that time of year again!  While we are always sad to see our favorites go, it is the perfect time to complete your wish list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog! And as a bonus many items are on sale at reduced prices!  What could be better!!!

Be sure to check out the entire list as items are selling out quickly and once they are gone they are gone forever!

To see all the items on sale and shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

Eastern Palace Bundle:

During May you will be able to purchase items from the Eastern Palace Suite, a full month before the 2017-2018 Annual catalog goes live!  And as an added bonus these bundles offer free items as a thank you!  This promotion is only available for the bundle pricing, a la carte items will be available when the catalog goes live in June.   This promotion runs May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017

To view the available bundles please [CLICK HERE]

To shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Designer Series paper!

Just enter the Hostess Code FWYFSKEF when you place your order online. This code is good until May 19, 2017.  I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

My Trip to New Jersey for OnStage!

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As many of you know, last weekend I went to Secaucus, New Jersey for the Local OnStage Event with Stampin’ Up!  It was an AMAZING time!  Oh boy where do I start…..

We left on Friday morning for a reception for Leaders on Friday night and the conference on Saturday.  On our way through Paramus, NJ we stopped at IKEA to wander around and look at all the pretty things they have.  They had a few set-ups in their showroom that would make a beautiful organized craft room.  I told my husband we are taking a road trip, I am so going back to get a few of those things!

Bright and early Saturday morning we had our event bag in hand including the first of our free giveaways, a stamp set from the new Occassions catalog, which becomes available on January 4, 2017.

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This is my bag full of all the goodies I received!  Be sure to check back over the next few weeks as I start unveiling new items and showing samples!!

We had a wonderful presentation and welcome from the CEO, Sara Douglass. Then it was time to get our hands on the new catalogs, the 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. Oh boy are you going to love them!!  I know, I know I say that every catalog but these really have some impressive products!  One particular set really caught my eye and I knew that was going to be my favorite one in the whole catalog. It went to the top of my wish list!  Then it was time for Prize Patrol and another giveaway.  And wouldn’t you know it was the set I was in love with!  I sat there like a little kid muttering… “Please call the letter T, please call the letter T”.  We are assigned a letter and if they call it then you are the winner of that particular set.  And what an awesome moment when they called my letter, I was so excited to win my one must have set!  I can’t wait to play with it and show off this gorgeous set, it reminds me of several sets Stampin’ Up! had years ago that were a favorite of mine.

After the initial shock of winning that stamp set I was so happy to be a part of more giveways and prizes to the tune of $163.75 in free sets and accessories!! Yowza!!  Have I mentioned I love being a demonstrator?!?! smiley-face

We spent the day listening to demonstrations using the new sets and accessories so we could bring back tons of ideas to share with YOU!  We also had stamping time with some of the new products, more prizes, more free giveaways, and of course swapping!

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Make & takes using new sets and accessories!

At these events we make card fronts to swap with other demos for ideas.  There are so many talented stampers I am always amazed at how creative people are.  These were my swaps for the event.  I used Baby Bear and products from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Baby Bear is also one of the stamps on sale this month for 25% off.  I just love this set, it is extremely versatile and can be used for almost any occasion! The set contains greetings for baby, love, wedding and thank you, but you can easily add a party hat and make it a cute birthday card!

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The event was so much fun and going to these is just one of the things I love about being a demonstrator!  Sometime I just can’t believe I actually get paid to stamp!

Thank you for visiting! Over the next few weeks I will be giving sneak peeks at some of the stamp sets that will be in the Occassions catalog and for Sale-A-Bration.  If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

November Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets. With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.  Offer valid from November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

To see the full list of stamp sets on sale [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Assorted Ribbon!

Just enter the Hostess Code AS2HBQ3V when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO  NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for  FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send  your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

What is New For November?

I love November!  The air is cool and cozy sweaters are a must!  It is time to bake cookies and pies for the upcoming Holidays.  It is a time to gather together with family and friends to be thankful for everything you have in your life.  And there are so many new exciting things happening this month from Stampin’ Up!

Stitched Shapes Framelits:

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Don’t you love the look of stitched cards but don’t want to drag out the sewing machine or use a paper piercer to acheive that effect?  Well Stampin’ Up! has the answer you were looking for…..Stitched Shapes Framelits!!  They were set to release in the 2017 – 2018 Annual catalog but Stampin’ Up! decided to release them a full seven months ahead of schedule so you can use them on all your Holiday cards!

See below for a brief video on these gorgeous framelits!

Item # 145372 – Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies – Set of 12 dies (includes 4 circles, 4 ovals and 4 squares) $30.00 US

25% off Select Stamp Sets:

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Featuring Merry Mice – just one of the stamp sets on sale in November!

During the month of November the following sets are on sale for 25% off!!  These sets coordinate beautifully with the Stitched Shapes Framelits!  Your Holiday cards will look amazing!!  Even though this sale ends November 30th the Stitched Shapes Framelits will still be available!

For sale prices on selected sets [CLICK HERE]

Customer Appreciation Event:

Mark your calendars for my Annual Customer Appreciation Event!  This is where I celebrate YOU for supporting my business all year long!!  There will be food, door prizes, make & takes and maybe a few surprises thrown in!!  It will be held on Sunday January 1st, 2017 at St. Matthew’s Church in Latham.  How do you get an invite to this awesome event? It’s really easy!

  1. Be one of my hosts with a qualifying workshop of $150 or more.  Workshop must be held between 1/1/16 and 12/31/16
  2. Place a single order of $150 or more between 1/1/16 – 12/31/16
  3. Be a year long Paper Pumpkin subscriber from 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 (must be on auto renewal)
  4. Place several individual orders during 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 that total $225 or more.

If you have met this criteria then expect your invitation in December!  It’s an event you won’t want to miss!!

Thank you for visiting!  If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

November Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets. With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.  Offer valid from November 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

To see the full list of stamp sets on sale [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Assorted Ribbon!

Just enter the Hostess Code AS2HBQ3V when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO  NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for  FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send  your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

October Update

I try not to be all business all the time as my main goal is to share ideas and inspire you in your creativity with stamping.  But as a business I do need to let you know what is going on with specials, incentives, classes, contests etc so you can be well-informed and not miss out on any deals.

I do like to try new things all the time so you never know what I will come up with next. The best thing you can do is to click “Follow Stamp til You Drop” at the top of this blog so you won’t miss out on anything!

Monthly Customer Share Contest:

Every month I request my customers to share cards they have created. This month I only received a few, but they were great!  And the winner of this month’s contest is……(insert drum roll here)……..Mary Ann Thouin!  Mary Ann will receive a roll of Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon to use in her projects.

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Make sure you get your entries in by the 15th of each month to be eligible for the drawing!

[To learn more about this monthly contest CLICK HERE]

October Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the buy three get the fourth FREE DSP sale going on now until October 31, 2016.

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of assorted 6″ x 6″ Designer Series  Paper!

Just enter the October Hostess Code 2QQBH6AH when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO  NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for  FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send  your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

Jo’s Stamper Rewards Club:

Did you know you can earn FREE stamps just by keeping track of your purchases? You can earn $1 in Rewards Dollars for every $25 you spend (before shipping and tax). Once you save up $20 you get to turn it in for a FREE stamp set of your choice valued at $20 or less! Make sure you click on the link below to learn more about the program and start earning your FREE set!!

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CLICK HERE to learn more about Jo’s Rewards Dollars

Hostess Appreciation Event:

Mark your calendars for January 1, 2017!  That is the day I will celebrate you!  As a thank you for supporting my business through out the year I hold an annual Hostess Appreciation Event!  How do you get invited?  There are several ways to qualify.

  1. Be one of my hosts with a qualifying workshop of $150 or more.  Workshop must be held between 1/1/16 and 12/31/16
  2. Place a single order of $150 or more between 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 (before shipping and tax)
  3. Be a year long Paper Pumpkin subscriber from 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 (must be on auto renewal)
  4. Place several individual orders during 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 that total $225 or more.

There will be make & takes, food, prizes and of course a special gift from me!  invitations will go out in December so you have plenty of time to score and invite!

Monthly Stamp Clubs:

There is still a few openings left in my Monthly Stamp Clubs.  For more information about the Club and how to join [CLICK HERE].  This is a great way to build up your stamp collection, meet new people and have a great time each month stamping and learning new things!

If you would like to know all the ways I can help you with your stamping needs just [CLICK HERE] for a full list services I provide for my customers.

Thank you for visiting!  Don’t forget to click “Follow Stamp ’til You Drop” at the top of this post to stay informed of everything I do!   As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!