Saturday, April 23, 2016

Autism Awareness and Memory Keeping Blog Hop with a Baby Album Video


Hello, and welcome to our Autism Matters Memory Keeping Blog Hop. We are all excited to be sharing with you a Memory Keeping Project today to raise awareness for Autism.

As I am writing this I hear the sound of "the brakes" being put on in my head.  

Why, you may wonder?  


My family and extended family both live with adults who are "on the spectrum" and every day is a new adventure. The fact is, that everyone, no matter what challenges any of us face in life, we want to be accepted.
For individuals and/or families who do not live with autism, it's more about knowing what it's all about so we can accept all God's children the way we are. Maybe we can all be a little better because we are aware that a screaming child in a supermarket may not be a result of whatever "the issue" appears to be or label the situation in our heads.
So today, I have decided to share something written by my friend Colleen Ellis, to potentially give some insight for someone who doesn't have experience with autism.

Colleen Writes:
"Autism Awareness: I have been asked again if we do anything to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. If we participate with other families like us. I remember a time when Noah was about 5, in the grocery cart, squeezing a loaf of bread as hard as he could, so I could not get it out of his hands to give to the cashier. He raged, tears burned my eyes, and the cashier smiled kindly. At the end of the order she asked me if I wanted to donate a dollar to Autism Awareness! Ha! I remember smiling weakly and saying no thank you. In my head thinking, no not one more thing am I giving to autism today. It took my bread, it took my son’s peace, it took my composure in the grocery store, no not one more thing. No thank you. 
I know this month is both helpful and hopeful to some people, and that is great for them. But to me it feels like "meh." Our family is really quite aware about autism. Yet, I can’t quite put my finger on why this month makes me feel squirmy. I am acutely aware how far we have come as a family, and a culture, but I am also aware of how far we still need to go, as a family and as a culture. Maybe that is why it seems (maybe?) too festive, too happy, too fake to me to “celebrate” awareness. Now that my son is a new adult, I feel like we are staring at the abyss of unknown much like we were that day when he was 15 months old in the neurologist office where we first heard the words “on the spectrum.” 
Only the difference now is we are aware, so very aware. We will take on this challenge like all of the others, with determination, grit, grace, and perseverance. But now I am also weary. I feel like someone who has been doing this a long time. I feel like the old lady in a rocking chair on a porch, with a piece of wheat grass in my mouth who could “tell you a thing or two” with my long, crooked, old lady finger pointed at you. Yet I know I am only just beginning again, and that makes me so weary. 
Our life, the life of our whole family has been shaped by autism. There is only one of us who has autism, but we all live with it. We have laughed more, cried harder, and appreciated every milestone so much more because of autism. As our other little birds get ready to leave the nest, one by one, their older brother is left at home, to wonder “what about me?” As parents we also wonder, there is no clear path after he reaches 21, we are reminded we have always made our own path, this will be no different.
At one time that “Welcome to Holland” story kept me going in the early days when I needed to read about the positives of a raising a child with autism. There weren’t many resources, and many were bleak. Now there is so much information right at my fingertips. So many things to do, try, blame, it is almost “over awareness”. It certainly can be overwhelming. So much information to weed through, trying to find best practices instead of expensive snake oil. 
In our daily life it is less about a cure, than it is about building a life. Do I pray, hope and wish for a cure, treatment, or a finding that makes coping with autism better? For sure, I do! But I really can’t worry about that, because we are so busy finding our path and building his life, it seems like an entirely different problem. Maybe that is why I don’t feel like awareness month has anything to do with us. Yet it makes me feel guilty, like I am not doing my part on the “autism team” to spread awareness.
We talk openly every day about our struggles, gripes, funny things that happen because of autism, and successes/failures in living with autism. Living out in the open, and answering questions of people who ask, and being honest. This is how we cope with autism in our lives. Every day is autism awareness day in our family. Maybe this is why I feel uncomfortable about this month, lighting it up blue, or wearing a puzzle piece around my neck. I love someone with autism, but I don’t love autism. I have to share our life with autism, but I don’t want to give it one more thing. Not the space on my neck, not the light on my porch, not a whole month of walks, or celebrations. April is mine and autism you can't have it. No thank you. "


The Northeast Arc is our local support center for Autism.  They do wonderful things to support people who live with autism every day!  

If you would like to donate to them, you may click here and donate direct through their site!  


For the creative part of my post, I decided to share with you an idea that you can use, and reuse!

Over the past year, I've shown this album at classes and retreats and a whole bunch of people have been excited to copy these albums as gifts!  Every single baby is a gift so I wanted to share this little gift-able album that is SO easy to recreate!  Here are the supplies that I used:

Supplies:
139655 Kraft Color 6x8" album
- 135297 Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (3 Packs)
- 135297 Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (1 Pack comes with two pockets)
- one sheet of coordinating card stock to make the mattes for the front cover.
- and either the boy (138457) or girl (138504) project life card collections.  


Here is a short video to help you see how to put your album together.


Here are the other talented artists on our hop today.


Autism Blog Hop Line Up

  1. Janet Wakeland
  2. Katina Martinez
  3. Kylie Bertucci
  4. Wendy Cranford
  5. Candy Rattray
  6. Selene Kempton  Thats me!
  7. Patty Chanail
  8. Michelle Irinyl

Thank you for joining us for this Autism Matters Memory Keeping Blog Hop. Please Hop to my friend Patty Chanail's blog to check out our next project.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Stampin Up Rose Wonder, Rose Garden and Timeless Elegance April Stamp Class, in person or get the kit

I am in LOVE with this month's designs for the April monthly card class.  Get your packets, pre embossed, pre cut, bows tied, so all you have to do is stamp and assemble!

Just Click on the links below to get more information or register!

Register Now!
Three Ways to get this class:

In person: at 9 AM or 6:30 PM, Thursday April 7th

Get the Kit to Go: Same price $15 or waived with a minimum order.  Just place your qualifying online order on my website, and use host code  SJPSXXAN.

I'll mail you the packets and email directions the following week (by April 14).  Please note** Do Not Choose - No Contact - when you place your order.  So I can see where to ship your packets!  :) I cannot see who is ordering when your online account is set up with no contact.

Online Directions Only:  Receive the printable PDF directions, and video directions by April 14th for all the cards with complete supply and shopping lists for only $10 ~
If you want the pre-cut, embossed, packets to go, it's only $5 more (no brainer!)  **US shipping only on that please.

Note. digital file will also be sent by the 14th also.  These are my in-class directions sheets and contain full measurements and step by step directions. The photos have not been watermarked and the sheets do not have my name on them, so they are demonstrator friendly to reuse them for a class. 

Demonstrators: you may offer the sheets for free with any $50 order.

Complete supply list and shopping list will be part of the directions.

Recommended supplies to assemble these projects as shown with the packets:

Stamps: 
 140697 Rose Wonder Stamp Set


**This set is available as a bundle to save 15%, but you do not need the framlelits to assemble the to go card kit.  If you would prefer the bundle, the item number is
140804 Rose Wonder Stamp Set and Rose Garden Framelit Dies

Ink:
109196
 Black Tuxedo, Momento Ink Pad

Tools:
103579
 Paper Snips
141897 Wink of Stella

Recomended adhesives to have on hand:
129026 Fast Fuse, 103683 Glue Dots, 104430 Dimensionals, 110755 Tombo Liquid Glue



For To Go packet customers all cardstock will be prepunched, precut, scored to make assembly as simple as possible.  I will also pre-tie any bows to make it easy to assemble.  Thank you so much!  
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Last Few Days of Sale-A-Bration

Good Morning!

It's the last few days of Sale-A-Bration, I want to point out a special you might have missed.  You can get a three month paid subscription for Paper Pumpkin, and still receive a free SAB item, while it's on sale!

Paper pumpkin has gotten SO cute!  If you haven't seen it in a while, here is the video showing this month's kit!





What could possibly make Sale-A-Bration even better? Getting Paper Pumpkin involved of course! It just might be the easiest way for you to earn FREE* Sale-A-Bration items.  

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55 
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $215.40
Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save $24 a year with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin' Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  
This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT). 

If you:

  • Are overwhelmed with all the choices in the catalog, this the easiest way to earn a Sale-A-Bration item is with a 3-month prepaid subscription. 
  • Want to earn just one more Sale-A-Bration item, your dollar will stretch three more months with a prepaid subscription purchase. 
  • Already subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you can purchase a subscription as a gift for your  friend, spouse, child, or parent so you have a crafting buddy every month. 
  • Have never tried Paper Pumpkin, then now is the perfect time-you can get a discount, grab a free Sale-A-Bration item, and get three months of paper crafting bliss!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Featured Designer Regina Maginnis, End of Sale A Bration, Reminder to stock up on 2014-2016 In colors while you can still get them.

Good Morning Friends,

Can you believe there's only 3 weeks left to Sale A Bration? I just want to remind you that if you own any of the 2014-2016 In Color Ink Pads, that you'll want to get your re - inkers, along with any other products you need from that suite before they are gone forever.  

Historically, the in-colors will be sold out on April 1st when they announce the retirement list. 

Here are some projects from my super talented downline Regina Maginnis.  They feature both sets of current in-colors as well as the Flowering Fields Stamp Set.  

The outgoing in colors are:

Be sure to stock up on the colors you need before they are gone forever.  

Gina is one of my super talented team members and she shared these at last month's meeting!  You can the flowering Fields Stamp Set with any $50 order.  



Here is a complete list so you can check out what you might need.  In addition, remember to hit the clearance rack for coordinating accessories that are not on my list.  







Happy Shopping!


Love,
Selene Kempton


Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
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Monday, February 29, 2016

March Card Class, Featuring Circle of Spring & Honeycomb Happiness, In Person and To Go




Easter is so early this year! It really is time to start making spring cards and I have designed a super fun class to share with you for this month.

I will show you some watercolor techniques for the chick, tips and tricks for handling bakers twine and more!   
For this class ~ I cut all the cardstock, do all the embossing and bow tying and you just need to stamp and assemble!
Pricing is the SAME for in person or to-go.  Make these 4 gorgeous cards for only $15. Class fee is waived with a qualifying order. 
Three Options!

In person: at 9 AM or 6:30 PM, Thursday March 3rd
To Go: Same price $15 or waived with a qualifying order.  Just place your qualifying online order on my website, and use host code  R9XY9JT6.
I'll mail you the packets and email directions the following week (by March 10).  Please note** Do Not Choose - No Contact - when you place your order.  So I can see where to ship your packets!  :) I cannot see who is ordering when your online account is set up with no contact.

Online:
  Receive the printable PDF directions, and video directions by March 10th for all the cards with complete supply and shopping lists for only $10 ~
If you want the pre-cut, embossed, packets to go, it's only $5 more (no brainer!)  **US shipping only on that please.
Note. digital file will also be sent by the 10th also.  These are my in-class directions sheets and contain full measurments and step by step directions. The photos have not been watermarked and the sheets do not have my name on them, so they are demonstrator friendly to reuse them for a class. 
Demonstrators: you may offer the sheets for free with any $50 order.
Complete supply list and shopping list will be part of the directions.
Recommended supplies to assemble these projects as shown with the packets:
Stamps: 
138964 Circle Of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set
141291 Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set (available FREE with any $50 order) 
Ink Pads: 
140932 Archival Basic Gray Ink Pad (used for watercolor)
138323
Watercolor Wonder Ink Pad
131173 Crushed Curry Ink Pad
131180 Pear Pizazz Ink Pad
133645 Mossy Meadow Ink Pad

126978 Soft Suede Ink Pad
Tools:
103954 Aquapainters
103579 Paper Snips 

141897 Wink of Stella
Recomended adhesives to have on hand:129026 Fast Fuse, 103683 Glue Dots, 104430 Dimensionals, 110755 Tombo Liquid Glue
For To Go packet customers all cardstock will be prepunched, precut, scored to make assembly as simple as possible.  I will also pre-tie any bows to make it easy to assemble.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why Wait?

Do you love to craft and find that you are spending a lot on your Stampin' Up habit?  

Hi Everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I want to share something important with you.  My friend's sister sent me another generous order this month and I reached out to her because there is absolutely no reason that she shouldn't have her own discount.

First, the kit is $99 plus tax, NO SHIPPING (she lives in New Hampshire, so there's no tax there either)  You pick out $155 in merchandise  ~ Your choice whatever you want.

So that's like getting $56 free plus saving shipping is about another $15 for $155.  So you get All of that for $99!

Then, every single order you place you get 20% off (to start),  and that's it.

There's no penalty to drop.  If you reach $300 in sales by the end of the first full Stampin' Up quarter, you renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter.  If you don't reach $300 in sales or purchases, you can "drop" with no penalty.

So ~ the next time you are placing a good sized order,  Please think about it.  I am here, and super grateful for your orders.  However, if you're spending a good amount and you are not a demonstrator, there's no reason you shouldn't have your discount!

Below is the reason I have chosen this path for the past 10 years (and my passion for crafting of course).  They are kind of cool, aren't they?  I'm home when my girl gets home from school and needs help with homework and coordinate dance schedules and so on.  My little craft habit turned into a way to pay for her tuition and crazy dance costumes.

Why Wait?

Click here to get your awesome deal. (it's the giant pink button, half way down the page)  Please email me with any questions at all.  This is my full time job and I'm here to help my team.

Still not sure?   Click above to read more about becoming a Stamper With HeART.

Love,
Selene


New Class Times added this week.

A few people asked me if i could add a 9:30 Friday morning time slot for the class this month, so i'm doing just that!  
When you click through to register, you will see the added time slot!  I hope you can make it to stamp class this week!

I have been making Valentine's like crazy this past month, and I wanted to take a break to focus on Spring.  

These sweet cards are great for any occasion and they are all so beautiful!   

I cut all the cardstock, do all the embossing and bow tying and you just need to stamp and assemble!

Pricing is the SAME for in person or to-go.  Make these 4 gorgeous cards for only $15. Class fee is waived with a qualifying order. 

Three Options! 

In person: at 9 AM or 6:30 PM, Thursday February 4th

To Go: Same price $15 or waived with a minimum order. Just place your qualifying online order on my website, and use host code  NTEEFZS7.

I'll mail you the packets and email directions next week (by Feb 12).  Please note** Do Not Choose - No Contact - when you place your order.  So I can see where to ship your packets!  :) I cannot see who is ordering when your online account is set up with no contact.

Online:  Receive the printable PDF directions, and video directions by Feb 12 th for all the cards with complete supply and shopping lists for only $10 ~

If you want the pre-cut, embossed, packets to go, it's only $5 more (no brainer!)  

**US shipping only on that please.

Note. digital file will also be sent by the 12th also.  These are my in-class directions sheets and contain full measurements and step by step directions. 


The photos have not been watermarked and the sheets do not have my name on them, so they are demonstrator friendly to reuse them for a class.  Demonstrators: you may offer the sheets for free with any $50 order.

Complete supply list and shopping list will be part of the directions.

Recommended supplies to assemble these projects as shown with the packets:

Stamps: 
140736 Apple of My Eye

Ink Pads: Hello Honey, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler

Recomended adhesives to have on hand:
129026 Fast Fuse, 103683 Glue Dots, 104430 Dimensionals, 110755 Tombo Liquid Glue

For To Go packet customers all cardstock will be prepunched, precut, scored to make assembly as simple as possible.  I will also pre-tie any bows to make it easy to assemble.
Register Now!
Thank you so much!