THANK YOU! (and Bingo Registration Form)

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Friends- I am so thankful to each one of you for your support- this was an awesome month for me and my Lynnzcrafters team! We welcomed 6 new ladies altogether and had an excellent month of events.

Today is the LAST day of Sale-a-bration, and Stampin’ Up! released the new weekly deals- surely you “Need” some of these awesome products??!!  I am putting in an order tonight around 7 pm, so contact me if you need anything! Remember- you get a free gift from Stampin’ Up! for each $50 product order- this is the last day for your customer reward!

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Thanks for all the comments about Bingo- we are super excited to be holding this fun afternoon of games and stamping! Yes, children may play as well, cost is $25 person, contact me for a “family discount” if you are registering more than 2 people.

Here’s the flyer:

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Have a great day! thanks for stopping by!

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If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use the Hostess Code: NJ29D4YP

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters”

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263

Sip & Stamp Party, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aks scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

 

 

 

Come to Stampin’ Up! Bingo Event! plus SAB ending Tuesday!

Hi Friends,

How are you? I missed you this week… so many events so little “free” time.

I want to invite you to our next Lynnzcrafters Team Event- Stampin’ Up! Bingo! This will be a fun afternoon of Bingo and Card Making!

When: Saturday April 25th from 3-5:30 pm

Where: Burnt Hills United Methodist Church at 816 Route 50 (Saratoga Road), Burnt Hills

Who: all are welcome

What: $25 per person, includes 3 rounds of Bingo (all prizes will be awesome Stampin’ Up! Products!!) also 2 Make & Take Projects (cards), a Door Prize for each person, snacks and beverages! A fun afternoon for Sure!!

How: Register and prepay by April 15th to me, Lynn Streifert.

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I participated in the Rexford Firehouse Annual Spring Craft/Vendor Fair yesterday, it snowed light flurries all day long…. but it was bright and cheerful inside the firehouse, here’s a look at my booth early in the morning:

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Thank you to all who came out to shop and visit me! I really appreciate your support! I did very well, made some great new contacts, and of course shopped amongst some awesome vendors as well!

There was a young lady at my booth taking lots of pictures with an awesome camera, at first I thought she was a teenager doing something for the firehouse, but after chatting with her, I learned she works for the Daily Gazette and is doing a piece for their weekly online edition for Clifton Park. I’m going to try to find it and see what she posts- if any of you see it, please let me know!

In other news- there are only 3 days of Sale-a-bration left! Did you get all the great exclusive products you wanted?

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Don’t forget our weekly deals- these items are good until midnight Monday 3/30.

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AND- there are new items added to the Clearance Rack- many nice Christmas items from the last Holiday Catalog! These items are “while supplies last”.

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Well that’s it for today, I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! I’m off to get ready for church, my mom and I are excited to attend Palm Sunday service.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blog today! And thank you for all your support!

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If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use the Hostess Code: NJ29D4YP

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page “Lynnzcrafters”

Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263

Sip & Stamp Party, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aks scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!

I have my memory keeping group the second Sunday of each month… To get my pictures into albums. I have room for 4 more people. Let me know if you are interested.

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Cameras.

They’re everywhere. In your phone, on your tablet, you have your point-n-shoot, and maybe even a DSLR. A few might even own a film camera. You can’t escape the selfies, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. People are deluged with photographs. And today, people are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.

The sad part is that few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. To many people, a “picture” is only good for the moment. Moms and Dads want to snap every little movement of that new baby. Grandma wants to see everyone one of those too. When you want to show off the new puppy, you pull out the phone. And in a week, none of them have any real meaning and might even get “deleted” just to make…

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Creative Inkling Blog Hop- Spring Has Sprung!

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Hello Everyone! Happy Spring! Can you believe it is finally here? What a long winter. Here in upstate NY we saw more snow than we’ve seen in decades. It’s still here actually, lots of snowbanks and lawn is still covered, but the end is in sight. I’m thrilled to be back again with our monthly Creative Inking Blog Hop! What fun last month, right? (although I feel bad if anyone rushed to get blendabilities markers- by now I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news that these alcohol markers are now discontinued.  If you have questions about your blendabilities, get in touch with your demonstrator so she can help you if they are defective or unopened.)

Now on to good news, Easter is around the corner and I love making cute Easter cards for my nieces and nephews. In fact, I picked this theme for the swap theme for my monthly downline get together which was this week as well. I love when I can create one card and use it for multiple events.

Here is the finished card- 2 versions actually one with button and one without, which one do you prefer?

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Do you know how I got those fun tie-dye colors?

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Yup, you are right- our reinkers and markers!  Let me tell you I have been having so much fun making colorful Easter eggs with this baby wipe technique. You take a new (wet) baby wipe, fold it up in half, add reinkers to the area you need (estimate your stamp size or mark it off somehow- you want more ink than stamp- you are making your own custom ink pad!) Make sure you pick colors that blend well together because they will bleed.

We used it in club this month too for our cute Easter Basket and treats- here’s a photo of that so you can see another project using baby wipe technique:

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When we made this Easter tag, I only used 4 colors (reinkers): Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, and Tempting Turquoise… but I felt it needed more, so for this Easter card, I added to it:

 

 

 

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Can you tell what the new 5th color is?

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It’s Pistachio Pudding! Don’t you love how it blends with these brights?? Well, I need to remind you that Pistachio Pudding is one of the 2013-15 In Colors, which means it is retiring from the In-Color collection in just a few weeks. If you love them, stock up on your reinkers, paper and embellishments before we run out.

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To make the three chicks on the top row, I stamped the whole stamp in Daffodil Delight ink pad, then used a q-tip to wipe off the flower, bunny ears, and egg… then added color with our markers and be sure to give a “huff” of your breath before you stamp- the moisture will help get good coverage from using the marker as an ink pad. Hope you give this fun technique a try!!

So there are all my swaps for my team get-together. Our Lynnzcrafters team is really growing- we had four new ladies join up this month alone. I feel so blessed with the love and friendships that have been created through stamping! I’ll be forever grateful for that first catalog I discovered in 2004… little did I know that four years later I would be a demo myself. I have no regrets- other than I wish I had signed up earlier! I have met the most talented, generous, supportive people at both Stampin’ Up! and throughout all the groups I’m in. I have wonderful support from my upline and sidelines (like brothers and sisters). I could go on and on, but suffice to say- I think YOU should take advantage of our awesome $99 starter kit deal (pick $125 in products, pick either 1 free kit from Spring Occasions Catalog OR 2 free Saleabration choices), free shipping and all the perks that go along with joining Stampin’ Up! If you want to learn more, leave me a comment- I’d love to have you join my team! We are really growing.

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AND- don’t forget- tomorrow (Saturday March 21st) is our HUGE BOGO SALE- my Lynnzcrafters Team and I are holding this at my church- the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church at 816 Route 50 (Saratoga Road), Burnt Hills NY 12027 from 10 am to 2 pm. BOGO means Buy One Get One Free – you pick out our Retired stamps, punches, dies, paper, tools, inks, etc and you’ll get to pick out the equivalent in new catalog product (just add tax and shipping)- so you’re getting double the crafty goodies!! Hope you can join us!! We also have a free card making station for the first 50 people AND a little goodie bag for the first 40 customers who pay in cash. (We can accept local checks, and credit cards – using my Square Reader- Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express).  *please note this photo is from my sale last year, many items may be sold already. things are in boxes, but I’ll take a new photo when we’re all set up and I’ll post it on Facebook.

Well, thank you for stopping by today, and don’t forget to “hop” along to the next blog- by the talented Phyllis Shepherd

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or go back and take a peek at the blog by Colleen Vassos

 

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Mark your calendar for April 20th, we’ll be back again to show you some awesome Mother’s Day ideas!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me today at Lynnzcrafters- I hope you have a great day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and March Projects

Top O’ the Morning to ya! (can you hear my Irish brogue??)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share some special cards I made over the past 2 weeks:

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A few of these you did see before- as I entered two of them in the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge on 3/9 and I’m happy to say they picked one of my cards as their “Artist’s Pick”- YIPPEE! So excited about that!

I think I’ve shared with you that I don’t repeat cards/projects in my various events. So when I plan my club projects- I usually don’t repeat them, but this weekend I had my OpportuniTEA event and was so tickled pink to have some fun ladies over- and wanted them to make a tea related project and an Easter basket. Here’s what the OpportuniTEA event from Sunday looked like:

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Well all three guests agreed to sign up and as of this moment Sharon has officially joined under Jamie- Congratulations to you both! And now Jamie just earned a promotion to Senior Supervisor (that’s really good Kudos Jamie!). Carol is also going to sign up under Jamie too! Yippee- Jamie’s Gems are growing! And I had great luck with Laurie signing up on Saturday after club- it was a spur of the moment decision that was guided by my friend (and downline Amye) telling her “if you just spend $40 more you can get a lot of free stuff by joining” I love that logic- sometimes it’s the “savings” and “earning free Stampin’ Up! goodies” that clinches it, you know?  And then Brigid also agreed to sign up! Amye has a recruit on the way this week, so this is really a week full of BLESSINGS beyond measure. I feel like the divine hand of God is at play, and this is my third Anniversary since my surgery for endometrial cancer- so I’m feeling extra blessed for sure.

 

Last, but certainly not least- are my March club projects- everyone loved them, and I’m so glad I could bring some Easter joy through stamping to all these special ladies:

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If these projects don’t scream “Spring is coming” I don’t know what does! Which one do you like the best? They were fun to create- I had some inspiration from Pinterest for the little chick. Also was inspired by Aly S. for the “hi” card using the new Saleabration items- I used three of our new March options just on that one card- can you spot them all?

Well, that it’s for now, I have to head in to work early to get the crock pot going- we’re having an Irish lunch today and I can’t wait.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and be safe out there, thanks for visiting my blog! Come back on Friday- I’m in another Blog Hop and you’ll love all the spring and Easter projects and inspiration from the other 12 demonstrators and myself too of course.

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Schenectady: The Lights Shine Again

Wow! What an amazing story and incredible photos! #schenectadydoesntsuck

The Urban Phoenix

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I sat in my comfy Amtrak seat, looking at the Google Map on my phone.  When you visit a place for the first time, you gaze at a map and try to picture what each street will look like.   You see the locations of different restaurants, sights and attractions that line the roads, but you just can’t get a sense of what they are about until your shoes hit the ground.  So I sat there and really tried my hardest to imagine, “what will Schenectady be like?”  The answer later that day would make me smile.

Schenectady was the second stop on my blog tour tour highlighting small Upstate New York Cities.  As you may or may not know, my first blog entry featuring my visit to Utica New York went viral upon posting it in January, topping 60,000 views.  Now it was on to a new city, one I…

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Blendabilities Bye-Bye…

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As a Manager with Stampin’ Up! I received an email yesterday regarding the update about the Blendabilities, it made me really sad. I have loved learning the art of coloring with alcohol markers. This morning I posted on Facebook that I had good news and bad news… (the good news is an awesome new release of a Photopolymer set)  and here is that bad news…

At the end of February, Stampin’ Up! decided to turn off the order numbers for the entire line of markers after numerous quality issues were discovered. From then until now, we waited… hoping for good news. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t what we were all hoping for… Stampin’ Up! has decided that the entire line of Blendabilities Markers is now discontinued. Not all markers are defective. In fact many are not, so the markers you have may be just fine. But the percent of those that were defective was growing, and Stampin’ Up! realizes it’s not in their best interest to offer products that do not meet their high quality standards. And the manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that would also provide us with a viable solution. I am personally very grateful that Stampin’ Up! has such a strong commitment to quality and feel they are doing the right thing. Hopefully they will find a new manufacturer in the “near” future… we can hope right? Thanks friends.

Q & A

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will also be featured in this year’s annual catalog.

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. We ask that you use your best judgment to determine whether your product is in good condition or if you need a refund.

Q: Why did it take so long for Stampin’ Up! to discover this problem?
A: Over the months we’ve noticed quality issues with this product, but they were within normal tolerance. We’ve also received some great feedback and know that many of you have thoroughly enjoyed working with Blendabilities. However, when corrections and complaints became more and more frequent, we increased the sophistication of our quality testing. This led to discoveries that meant we had a serious problem with the product line. Although these are still great markers, our manufacturer is now reporting a 30 to 40 percent fail rate before they are shipped to Stampin’ Up!—which is unacceptable.

Q: If I selected Blendabilities as my Sale-A-Bration item and it is on backorder, do I have to choose another Sale-A-Bration item?
A: Yes. We have fourteen other Sale-A-Bration items from which to choose.

Q: Now that Blendabilities are no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration redemption item, will our remaining Sale-A-Bration items run out more quickly?
A: With Blendabilities no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration option, it is anticipated that the demand on other Sale-A-Bration items will be higher than forecasted. For that reason, all Sale-A-Bration items (with the exception of stamps) will now be “while supplies last.”

Q: What are the positives coming out of this?
A: We’ve learned that alcohol-based markers are very popular with our demonstrators and customers. Knowing that you’ve enjoyed all of the coloring options provided by alcohol-based markers helps us chart a course for finding a reliable product line that will truly meet the needs of our demonstrators and customers.

Q: I purchased and received Blendabilities. They are defective. What do I do?
A: Let your demonstrator know ASAP. The deadline for returns is currently June 15th.

 

The following products will no longer be unavailable:

Item Number  Product Name 
133624 Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Blendabilities
133626 Soft Sky Stampin’ Blendabilities
133625 Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blendabilities
133623 Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blendabilities
131002 Wisteria Wonder Assortment Blendabilities
131005 Smoky Slate Assortment Blendabilities
129370 Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities
131003 Rich Razzleberry Assortment Blendabilities
130997 Pumpkin Pie Assortment Blendabilities
130999 Old Olive Assortment Blendabilities
131001 Night of Navy Assortment Blendabilities
130994 Melon Mambo Assortment Blendabilities
130998 Daffodil Delight Assortment Blendabilities
131004 Crumb Cake Assortment Blendabilities
129369 Color Lifter Blendabilities
130995 Cherry Cobbler Assortment Blendabilities
130996 Calypso Coral Assortment Blendabilities
131000 Coastal Cabana Assortment Blendabilities
139922 Sale-A-Bration Calypso Coral Blendabilities
139923 Sale-A-Bration Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
139924 Sale-A-Bration Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities
139925 Sale-A-Bration Crumb Cake Blendabilities
139926 Sale-A-Bration Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
139927 Sale-A-Bration Melon Mambo Blendabilities
139928 Sale-A-Bration Night of Navy Blendabilities
139929 Sale-A-Bration Old Olive Blendabilities
139930 Sale-A-Bration Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities
139931 Sale-A-Bration Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
139932 Sale-A-Bration Smoky Slate Blendabilities
139934 Sale-A-Bration Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities

 

So it is with much sadness that we say good-bye to Blendabilities… Please contact me asap if you have any issues with yours so I can assist you (if you purchased them from me). You will likely notice that I am going to use mine for my own personal cards, for cards I sell, and for challenges.

 

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Onto some good news- Stampin’ Up! released the newest (and last) monthly Photopolymer stamp set. The reason it is “the last” monthly release, is that it was a trial to see if people liked these stamps. Clearly the numbers do not lie- the top selling six stamps in the new Occasions Catalog are all Photopolymer stamps! I do adore stamping with them, it is so easy to line up and get beautiful stamped images.

So here is our new “Just Kidding” set- how funny are these sentiments? Of course this is going on my next order!

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And here are the new weekly deals- looks like a nice array of spring products to me!

This is the flyer should you want to print it or see it in a bigger format: Flyer_PP_JustKidding_03.10_US

Well, thanks for stopping by tonight. Would love to hear your thoughts about our Blendabilities… just curious if loved them as much as me?

Thanks,

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