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Under My Umbrella

Hello Stampers!  I hope this finds you well.  I know we are all going a little stir crazy but I hope you are finding time to craft and send cards to friends and family.  I know heading down to my workshop and creating cards is so relaxing and helps me forget about my worries for a little bit.  I miss all my stamping friends and can’t wait until we can be together again to have some fun.  In the meantime, to keep you crafting, I have created a “To Go” class that you can order and complete from the comfort of your own home.  The class features the new Under my Umbrella Bundle and I think you will love it as much as I do.  Check out the details below.

Order your Under my Umbrella To-Go Class.  Class includes half package of Designer Series Paper, bolt of ribbon,  package of rhinestone gems, and a package of Stampin Dimensionals PLUS all card stock and envelopes needed to complete 8 beautiful cards along with a compete step by step tutorial. Only $33 includes shipping. Add on the Under My Umbrella Bundle (stamp set and matching punch) for an additional $30.50 . RSVP and pay by April 15th.   Class Kits will be mailed by April 26th.  Click on the link below to complete the Google Form to order your TO-GO CLASS today.

https://forms.gle/jJ3QpRdx7gu3L6jK7

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LIVE! On You Tube

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some tutorials for my You Tube channel – Crafty Klock – but just never seemed to find the time (and OK I was scared to death to try it!). Well it’s amazing what a little “Stay at Home” time can do. I finally took the plunge and did my first tutorial. I’m not going to lie – it’s rough but it’s a start. My goal – for now – is to try to do two a month. Hopefully as time goes on I will smooth out the rough edges and get better at it. Take a look at my first tutorial and leave a comment (be kind I’m learning). Happy Stampin!

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Something Old/Something New

This old saying isn’t just for weddings.  I love it when I can take my “old” craft supplies and pair them with something new!  I absolutely love Stampin’ Up’s Tropical Chic stamp set – it’s just a fun, happy design and who couldn’t use a little fun and happy right now?  I also like Stampin’ Up’s new Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) and so I decided to pair my “old” stamp set with the “new” DSP.  I also love making fancy fold cards that look difficult but are secretly very easy (SHHHH!  Don’t tell anyone).  This fun double gatefold card is sure to impress your family and friends. See directions and supply list below.  Let me know if you make this card and how it turned out!  Happy Stampin!

PS – You can order all the supplies needed to make this fun card and lots more by clicking HERE to reach my online store.

Double Gatefold card

Supplies:

Tropical Chic stamp set and matching dies

Tropical Oasis DSP

Grapefruit Grove Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock

Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin Pad

Pretty Label Punch

Simply Scored

Snail Adhesive

Glue Dots

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mint Macaron 1/8” sheer linen ribbon

Paper Snips

Measurements:

Card base  – Grapefruit Grove cardstock cut to 5 ½ x 8 ½ and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 1/8  

1st Layer – 2 pieces Mint Macaron cardstock cut to 4 x 2 ½

2nd Layer – 2 pieces Tropical Oasis DSP cut to 3 ¾ x 2 ¼

Scrap of Whisper White cardstock for sentiment

Scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock for leaf

12 inches of ribbon

Optional – 4 x 5 ¼ piece of Whisper White cardstock for inside of card

Instructions:

1:  Fold cardbase along score lines; use paper bone to crease

2:  Adhere DSP to 4 x 2 ½ card stock; repeat for 2nd strip

3:  Attach one strip to upper left of card base; Attach one strip to bottom right of card base

4:  Stamp sentiment in Grapefruit Grove on scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punch using Pretty Label punch.  Optional:  roll edge of punched label on ink pad to add a touch of color.  Adhere to upper left of card front with Stampin dimenstionals

5:  Tie ribbon in a bow and attach over top of label with glue dot

6:  Stamp leaf in Mint Macaron on scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock.  Use matching die to cut out or fussy cut with paper snips.  Adhere to bottom right of card front with Stampin dimensionals

7:  Optional – adhere a 4 x 5 ¼ piece of Whisper White card stock to inside of card.  Stamp along left edge with one of the background stamps from the Tropical Chic stamp set

Double Gatefold card

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Why join?

Hello Friends – it’s been a while since I have posted but I wanted to take this opportunity to explain a bit more about purchasing the Starter Kit and signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

  • Do you get a feeling of dread when the option to purchase the starter kit is offered to you?
  • Do you avoid making eye contact when joining Stampin’ Up! is mentioned? 
  • Are thinking “Ugh – I don’t want to listen to this now!”

Well I get it! I was the same way until I took the time to really understand what it is all about.

Purchasing the starter kit is about getting the best deal out there with absolutely no further obligations.  Yes you read that correctly – purchase of the starter kit does not come with any strings attached!

So why purchase it?  At the bare minimum, it is $125 in product for $99 (plus tax), a 20% discount over catalog prices, with a continuing 20% discount through your first full quarter.  So, if you plan to purchase at least $75 or more in product or want all the freebies that come with the starter kit during Sale-a-Bration, it is so worth it.

After the initial purchase of the starter kit, you have a few options:

  1. Enjoy the products you purchased at a discount and call it good
  2. Use your ongoing 20% discount through the end of June – no strings
  3. Stay on as a hobby demonstrator. These demonstrators (which I was for a long time) purchase their products using their discounts, maybe hold a class once in a while to assist with meeting their quarterly minimum of $300 or maybe have a friend or family member who orders from them so they can craft together 
  4. Earn extra money by creating your very own small business.  This is great for stay-at-home moms, retirees, or anyone who is looking for a little something income

Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has a lot of great benefits – trips, meetings, creative ideas just to name a few!  One of my personal favorites is making new friends and teaching them the joys of creating.  If you want to learn more, drop me an email at craftyklock@gmail.com.  I just want to share this incredible opportunity with you and answer any questions you have.  I promise it will be pressure free and worth your time.  Happy Stampin!

Look at all you can get during Sale-A-Bration for just $99 plus tax

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This is it!

Oh my goodness – I am so excited! The weekend for On the Craft Train 2 is finally here! I have been preparing for this show for months and now I’m ready (almost) to go. With over 100 vendors it’s sure to be a lot of fun. I hope you can stop by this weekend and visit my booth.

The fun begins on Saturday at 9 am until 4 pm and repeats on Sunday. See you at the Martinsburg Roundhouse, 100 East Liberty St, Martinsburg, WV. If you tell me you saw my blog post I will give you a free card!

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In Memory

Today is a day that will live on in my memory for the rest of my life.  18 years ago we as a country experienced the horrific events of 9/11.  We must always remember those who perished that day and do our best to honor their memory.

So in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11 today I challenge you to engage in an act of kindness.  Purchase a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you; hold open the door for someone; smile and wish someone a good morning.  Just be nice to everyone you meet today.

I think that is the best way we can honor the memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11.

KINDNESS MATTERS – pass it on.

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Love at first site

Way back in August, I had the opportunity to pre-order lots of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog (one of the perks of being a demonstrator). One of the items that caught my eye was the Tiny Keepsakes Bundle. I thought this would be a quick and easy way to make treats for co-workers, family, friends, teachers, coaches (get the idea?) so I placed my order for one. As soon as it arrived I knew I made the right choice! From the first time I used the die to make a treat box I was in LOVE with this set.

Item #152390 – $48.50 included 7 cling stamps and 10 dies

I just couldn’t stop playing with this set! It’s so, so easy to use and you don’t even need to stamp! One 6″x6″ of Designer Series Paper is really all you need or you can use cardstock and dress it up! Add ribbon or twine with a small tag and you have an adorable little gift. The box is the perfect size for chocolate – Hershey’s Kisses, Lindor Truffles, or Ferrero Rocher are excellent choices. You can order your bundle today from my website. Check all the different ones I made.