Monday, April 21, 2014

4/21 Stampin' Up! Free Shipping + Tutorial and Retirement Lists are up. All items are while supplies last!

Dear Friends,

Oh my gosh, they are here!!!  The Retirement LAST CHANCE LISTS...
Retirement List Dates: April 21-June 4, 2014 (all items available while supplies last)
Free Shipping Dates: April 21-25, 2014 (all products in my online store)

For the first time EVER BOTH the Retiring Stamp Sets AND the Retiring Accessories lists are "while supplies last". 

Here are the lists:

Go online and shop in my store?
Retiring products, all in one place

Please use hostess code JTYUKRYN for orders less than $150. 

Stampin' Up is saying goodbye to hundreds of retiring products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog.   They should really call this a LAST CHANCE list, because everything has the potential to sell out!     

If you really want to get your goodies before they retire, head on over to my online store and pick up your items as soon as possible.  The reinker for the classic Raspberry Ripple Ink Pad Sold out before the lists even posted this morning!  Crazy!

I'm so grateful to all of you that have chosen me as your Stampin' Up demonstrator, I've decided to make it a little party!   

Submit your order before Friday, and get FREE SHIPPING!

Everyone who submits an order with me this month (min $25) will receive the Gold & Glitz Purse Set Tutorial directions.  Please use hostess code:  JTYUKRYN for orders less than $150.  Orders over $150 qualify for Stampin Rewards!   

Demonstrators Can Preorder Project Life Today!

Attention new potential demonstrators!  Project Life is available to preorder today.  Join my team and
snag your preorder and all your products at a discount!  If you want a discount, a part time job, or a career, there is a place for you on my team with Stampin' Up! 
  • We're the only direct sales company partnering with Becky Higgins so as a demonstrator you've got exclusive dibs on selling Project Life through the direct sales model.
  • Pocket scrapbooking is all the rage! Project Life started this shift in memory keeping and continues to lead the way.
  • Coordination, coordination, coordination. You know we do it best, and our Project Life line is no exception. 
  • Our products center on things that matter most-weddings, babies, kids, and the everyday moments of getting together with your favorite people-all things that need to be remembered.
  • Our card collections come without rounded corners so you can decide if you want to keep them that way (and match the corners of your photos as they come) or use our Project Life Corner Punch to round them out. 
  • Our card collections come packaged in an exclusive storage system that holds all your Project Life supplies on your desk: cards, journaling pens, photos, accessory packs, stamp sets, and more.
Thank you so much for your continued business.  I couldn't continue to share what I love for a living without you and I'm  so grateful.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4/15 Stampin' Up! Announcement! Project Life By Stampin Up!

Okay.. I'm Really Excited!!  Stampin' Up! just announced a partnership with project life!
Here is the announcement direct from Shelli Gardner!

Direct from the SU blog: 

We are so so so excited to let you know we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

 You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.

Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up and you can order the products early too! Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

What an exciting new announcement!

Do you want to be the FIRST to get these new products in your hands?  The demonstrator preorder is on April 21st.  So you can join Stampin' Up, and be the first to get them yourself! 

Q: How do I sign up to become a demonstrator so I can sell Project Life myself and make money doing it?

The demo kit is the best deal in the book!  Get $26 in FREE products!  It's simple!  You pick out $125 in product, and your cost is $99.  There are no additional commitments on your part.  If you choose to stay...
  • How would you like to get 30% off your entire order in the next 45 days, and 20% for every order after?
  • See the catalogs before they come out and have an opportunity to be the first one to pick up your favorite products?
  • Attend a monthly "demo only" meeting where we have card swaps, training, friendship, rewards and stamping?
  • A private facebook group just for our team where you can ask questions and participate in a team environment? (stampers with HeART)
  • Get a discount on all your purchases 20%+, with no pressure ever! 
  • The opportunity for a one on one 30 minute training call with me monthly (your choice)
  • Free convention registration this year for those who sign up
If you like these things, this is what my team is about.  Crafty friends with stamping benefits!  Whether you want to have your own discount, make enough to support your hobby, or build a career, I'm here to help you and to train you to meet YOUR goals.  My passion is all about crafting, but also to help you succeed in a way that's good for you!  There's a spot waiting for you on my team if that's you want!

Okay... so now more from the Becky Higgins Side of the Announcement:

Q: What types of Project Life products will Stampin’ Up! offer?
A: You’ll see Card Collections, Accessory Packs, Albums, Photo Pocket Pages, tools, other accessories, and Stamps, of course!

Q: Are the card designs the same as what we can buy in the stores?
A: Nope! We have worked with Stampin’ Up! to design all new products that are super fun and a perfect match to their existing color lines which will make coordination a breeze. Some of the Photo Pocket Page designs are the same and some are different than what we currently offer.

Q: How do I buy these products?

A: Beginning May 1st, you can purchase products directly through any Stampin' Up Demonstrator. If you don't have a demonstrator, I would LOVE to be your demonstrator, click here to visit my store or click here to pop me an email.

Q: Why order through a demonstrator?

A: Stampin’ Up! has a worldwide demonstrator base who understand their products better than anyone. Many offer in-home workshops, online parties, and local events (depending on the demonstrator and the area). The personal expertise and service make purchasing through a demonstrator a wonderful and unique experience and can also form great friendships!

Q: Are the products packaged the same as existing products (i.e. Core Kits, Mini Kits, etc.)?

A: Most Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products will be sold in Card Collections of 100 cards with 4×6, 4×4, and 3×4 card sizes included. Each card will be printed front + back as all of our current products, but you will not receive duplicates of any cards in the set. Oh – And we’re doing square (not rounded) corners on all of our cards with Stampin’ Up! Yes, there’s an awesome corner rounder punch included in the product line-up if that floats your boat. There will also be Accessory Packs available (sold separately) that will contain a variety of accessories to complement the Card Collection.

Q: When will the products be available?

A: Products will be available for customers to order beginning May 1st (just 15 days from the time of this announcement)! Watch for product images and more information coming soon.

Q: Will the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products be available in digital format?

A: They sure will! Stay tuned for more information on when those will become available.

I'm just over the moon excited! 


Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
Thank you for your orders with me  Shop here anytime!
Monday, April 14, 2014

4/14 Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages & Fresh Prints, Mojo Monday

Good Afternoon Friends!

I am so happy to have the door open with the screen in the storm door today.  73 Degrees in Dracut, MA feels GREAT!  It's very windy... Alexis said she thinks it's the start of a tornado. Thank goodness we haven't seen any.  ;-)

It might sound funny to be making Christmas Cards in April, but today that's exactly what I'm doing!  By request, I've added a Christmas Card Series of classes to the roster.  At this class we will make 12 cards (with envelopes) for $25 monthly for three months starting on April 25th and continuing through May 22nd and finally June 20th.  Come summertime I'll re-evaluate if we all want to keep going, but imagine having 36 cards done for Christmas before July!  :)  Woohoo!  The inspiration for today's design came from the mojo master of sketches Julee.  I just love playing with her fun designs.  What do you think of my card?

I hear over and over from some select stamping friends, that when they come to classes, they NEVER actually give the cards away.  You'll be making 3 of each design, or one to keep and two to mail! 

Here's a quick supply list if you're looking to make your own.

Stamps: More Merry Messages Stamp Set from Stampin Up
Ink: Cherry Cobbler Marker
Paper: Fresh Prints Designer Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Champagne Glimmer Paper.
Accessories: Polka Dot embossing folder, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" scalloped circle punch, paper snips, dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Oh What Fun Indeed!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please make it a great week! 


Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
Thank you for your orders with me  Shop here anytime!
Monday, April 7, 2014

4/7 Stampin' Up! Pomp & Circumstance feat. Retro Fresh Designer Paper, Graduation Card

Good Evening Friends,

Here's a sweet card that I made for my hubby's cousin Sammy, who just graduated from college... So, we got the most beautiful invitation, and I fully intended to attend, and SPACED IT!!!  It was awesome to see the pictures on FB of the party we missed!  Gheesh!!  I'm in direct sales!!  I know that people don't respond/dont show/space out but, I get so mad at myself when I do it, ya know?

So, here's the card for Samantha!  It's so pretty!!  I got the layout from the cool sketch site, Mojo Monday!  Julie is truly a mojo master and I love playing along with her sketches.  So, check it out! 

1.  I started with the retro fresh arrow design, and cut the DSP to 3x4".  I cut layer below that out of baked brown sugar cardstock to 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" and stuck them together with snail adhesive. 

2.  Next I tied a bow from the 7/16" natural trim ribbon. (which happens to be a weekly deal this week and is on sale through tonight, Monday night. 

3.  I punched a 1 3/4" circle of the flip side of the arrows (the tangerine colored circle) then punched another circle to follow the sketch out of a coordinating pattern. 

4.  The pomp and circumstance sentiment is stamped on a 1 1/4", then I cut a banner in the end.  Added the CELEBRATE in tangerine tango, and sponged the whole thing in baked brown sugar.

5.  I stamped the graduation cap on some Coastal Cabana card stock and cut it out with my paper snips.

I attached this to the bottom 3 layers.  The base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and is scored at 4 1/4". Layer 2 is baked brown sugar 5 1/8" x 3 7/8".  The third layer, which was embossed with the chevron embossing folder, and measures 5 x 3 3/4". 

So, I'll have to put a nice little gift inside this one, yes?  What a space cadet!  Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
Thank you for your orders with me  Shop here anytime!
Saturday, April 5, 2014

4/5 Stampin' Up! Embellished Events, Multi-Marker, Birthday Card

Good Morning Friends!

I'm so grateful that the weather is getting a big better.  It's rainy and in the 40's this morning, but it's better than snow!  I love to think about the rain being the thing to make the flowers grow and bring the colors of summer all around us outside!

Well, that was a deep thought!  Enough!  Let's have some fun!  This card is super sweet and fun to make and the elements just make me happy! 

For the focal point.  Notice that it's crooked on my card?  After all that marker work, I didn't want to re-stamp my image on the back, so I went with it, and just applied the cake straight, so that the panel was crooked.  Your eye might not have picked it up at first glance if I didn't point it out, but that's one of the beautiful things about stamping. There are no real mistakes, just embellishment opportunities!  I just love how all the elements of this card came together.  It's so girlie and fun, but soft at the same time!  Woohoo! 
I started with a blushing bride base layer, cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, and scored in half at 4 1/4".  The second layer is smokey slate 5 1/8 x 3 7/8". 

For Layer 3, it's a 1/4" smaller, so 4 7/8 x 3 5/8.  We stamped the celebrate using a raspberry ripple marker, let it dry for a few seconds and then embossed this panel with the fancy fan embossing folder.  It's a really cool concept that you don't have to add another layer for your sentiment when you emboss, you just need to stamp before you emboss! 

Next, I added some of the Birthday Basics designer paper.  This paper is probably going to be one of the things retiring soon. It uses 3 of the in colors that are scheduled to retire in a month or so.  The full retirement list is due out around the 24th of April, but this cute paper with the candles I'm sure is on the list.  :)  If you wait until they announce it, it seems the incolor items disappear within hours!  Make sure you snag yours before the list comes out! 

The designer paper is cut to 3 5/8" x 2, and the smokey slate layer underneath is 3 5/8" x 2 3/8"  it's a little bigger than a  quarter inch to leave room for the Scalloped Edge Border Punch

Moving right along to our focal point. When I ink with markers, I always start with the lightest colors first.  So that I don't add the dark blue, then accidentally run a lighter color through the ink (which picks up the darker color in my light marker)  Making sense?  :)  I started with blushing bride, and added that color to the bottom and the middle where the flowers are, and the one candle in the middle.  Then I grabbed my Summer Starfruit marker and added color to the inside of the flowers, and the flames on the tlp of the candle. Smokey slate was next for the two candles and the top panel of the cake.  Finally, I added the bermuda bay, to the diamond pattern. 

By the time I added all my colors the first color starts to dry on my stamp a bit.  So, I give it a huff ~ like I am cleaning a pair of eye glasses.  This re-moistens the ink and makes a cool lush stamp onto my cardstock, which I remind you, I stamped crooked!  That's why I kept it!  {smiles} I added dimensionals to the layer with the cake, so it wouldn't interfere with the pretty bow i tied on.  I hope this ribbon. 5/8" Crochet Trim doesn't retire.  I seem to use it on EVERYTHING.  I buy 10 rolls, and use it for everything... classes, and club, and next thing you know I'm out and buy 10 more.  I think it's my favorite!

I think that about covers today's inspiration!  I hope you're inspired to have some fun and make a card or a scrapbook page, or a 3D.. The possibilities are endless!  Thanks so much for visiting today!


Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
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Friday, April 4, 2014

4/4 Stampin Up! Birthday, You're my hero, Typset Alphabet Bigz

Good Morning Stampers!

I was so bummed out I had to miss my nephew's third birthday party, which was held last night while I was working. 

I made these cards yesterday to go with the gifts from my hubby and I, and my daughter (who needed her own card).

Can you guess which one she wanted to be from her??  

I was so inspired by the happy birthday tissue paper I picked up at the dollar store. I thought it looked like Stampin' Up! colors.   Whoa, it's a pretty exact match! 

So much fun, and these went together in a snap!  The colors are Real Red, Daffodil, Gumball Green and Pacific Point!  I cut them down to 1 x 3 5/8" and attached them to a piece of cardstock that is 5 1/8" x 3 3/4".  Then I ran them through the big shot with the ever so sweet Alphabet Press Embossing folder.  It took literally two minutes to finish it from there.  I located my Typeset Alphabet dies, and ripped off a piece of real red scrap to cut out the number 3, and matted it with whisper white cardstock.  I love how the ribbon goes through the white on white layers. (it's the little things).  

At 1 1/4" tall, the letters from the Typeset Alphabet can be used easily for both scrapbooking and card making!  So versatile!  After I was done making my blinged out 3 (i just used some self adhesive rhinestones).  Then I decided to make a second card with his favorite, a fire engine!
Happy Birthday John!!  A super blinged out ride for his birthday!  This truck comes complete, with basic black buttons (medium) and rhinestone rims.  (well, maybe those are for me).

The You're My Hero Stamp Set, comes complete with a fire engine, an ambulance and police car!  There's Happy Birthday, You're My Hero, and ( my favorite) Weeooooo-weeeeeooooo.  Yeah buddy, isn't it sweet?

This is a super cute layout that could be recreated for any occasion, just change the paper to a designer paper, or simply change the colors!  The possibilities are endless.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Selene Kempton
Stampin' Up! Creative Coach
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