Weekly Featured Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty

Welcome!  This is going to be the first installment of my weekly 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]

I Miss You!!

As many of you have noticed I haven’t posted in quite some time.  That is because as much as I would love to work my Stampin’ Up! business full-time, I do have a full time job at a CPA firm.  And as you may know,  in the US from December through April  15th it is tax time! And this year it went an extra 3 days until April 18th.  During this time I am so busy at work that I barely have time to breathe let alone devout as much time as I would like to my stamping business.  And that is OK.

As I keep saying this business can be run any way I want and each year I have to step back for a few months but I know when I return my business is right where I left it.

I still hold classes during tax season and we had a wonderful all day stamp event in January but finding the time for my videos and daily blog posts is an uphill battle.  With my classes and events I do get to see many of you on a regular basis but I miss sharing all my card and project ideas with you on my blog.  But I will be back very soon with videos and project ideas galore!

Oh and I have some very exciting news!!  As many of you know my daughter Sarah helps me so IMG_0993much with my website and videos, plus she is my right hand when it comes to my classes, events and craft shows.  Without her guidance and support I really don’t think I would have a website up and running let alone videos and pictures.  Well she decided to join the Stampin’ Up! family and recently became a demonstrator!  She plans on focusing her business on children and bringing stamping to them. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA and will be going back to school for her Master’s in education as she plans on opening a pre-school centering on education through art.  And she will be joining me this November in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up! OnStage.  So proud to have her join me!!

I do want to share a quick sneak peek at one of the suites that will be available in the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, the Eastern Palace Suite.

Shareable-1_EasternPalace_Apr0417_ENG[1]See those three ink pads peeking out?  Say hello to three of the new In-Colors!! From the top there is Tranquil Tide, a gorgeous blue-green color, Lemon Lime Twist – a fun bright green and Fresh Fig a rich deep berry.   You will also see a new product, Gold Vinyl Stickers that coordinate with the suite beautifully.  I can’t wait to try them out on all types of cards and home decor!  The detailed Designer Series Paper features Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim.  The photopolymer stamp set, Eastern Beauty is bold yet elegant and can be bundled with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Such a fun suite!  I will be having a class on May 6th featuring three projects using this suite.  For more info please see my current class schedules.

During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing the entire suite prior to the catalog release in June.  This is something they have never ever done before!  I am so excited about that, plus there will be several bundles with bonus offerings.  Please make sure you stop back by next week, I will have several samples up and more information on this great offer!

Thank you for visiting! Over the next few weeks I will be posting several project ideas using stamps and accessories from the retired list.  These items are available through May 31st or while supplies last.  For an up to date list please visit my online store.

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!

April 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]

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. 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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Sign welcoming us to the event

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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Supplies used:

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]

Quick n’ Easy Saturday: Floral Phrases Card

It’s Saturday so that means a Quick n’ Easy Card!  Thought I would take a break from Christmas cards, today’s share is an easy monochramatic thank you card in Night of Navy using Floral Phrases, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper and Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape.  Don’t forget about the DSP sale, Floral Boutique is one of the papers on special until October 31, 2016.  See below for more information on the sale!  Enjoy!

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Card Dimensions:

  • Night of Navy cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 3″ x 3 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Floral Boutique DSP – 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Floral Boutique Washi Tape – 6″

Supplies Used:

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!

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. To see the full list of papers 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 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]