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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Creative Inking Blog Hop…

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Hello Stamping Friends!

Welcome to the first Creative Inking Blog Hop endeavor featuring 13 talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. We are excited to share our stamping and papercrafting ideas featuring the amazing products by Stampin’ Up!  A blog hop is a chance to go visit some other blogs that you may not have visited before. It is an excellent opportunity to see a lot of different styles of crafting. I have been following these other 12 demonstrators for several months and they do great work, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy our new monthly Blog Hop!

You should have just arrived here from Colleen Vassos and her blog.  I have never met the other 12 talented demonstrators, but our common denominator is the uber amazing and talented Patsy Waggoner! (I did get to meet her at Convention last year)!  She is a Stampin’ Up! Rock Star who helps create, support and update blogs for other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Here is her contact info: www.blogsbypatsy.com (in case you need some blogging help). I joined her Facebook group and I learn so much about blogging  just from being a member of that private group. Anyway, another demonstrator suggested we try a blog hop, and since it was one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I signed up right away. We’ve been planning this since just after Christmas. We have a theme for each month, and we’ll be linking up with these cute blog hop graphics made by Amber Swift. So be sure to mark your calendar- we will go live at 12:01 am Central Time on the 20th of each month. (Which is 1:01 am Eastern Time).

Without further ado, here is my post for today. The topic is: Color the World with Blendabilties  isn’t this an awesome theme? I’m ready for more bright colors (and so tired of the snow here in Upstate NY)!

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I came up with two slightly different cards to share with you today. They both use the new stamp set Indescribable Gift from our 2015 Occasions (“Spring”) mini catalog. This stamp set has three sentiments for Easter card making, but I decided to use just the flowers for this blendabilities post. I wanted to do this card in two color options, thinking this looked like a sprig of cherry blossoms, what do you think?

 

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First up is the card colored in Pink Pirouette blendabilities (aka “blendies” for short). In the catalog, there is a photo of this technique- using the soft sky blendies to outline the floral design, it gives it a little pop of color, don’t you think? I love the new Hello You thinlit dies, I just needed to trim off a small piece at the end of the letter “s” so it would fit in an envelope.

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Here is a close up so you can see how I layered the light and medium blendies for each of the three colors used on the floral image: Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake. Only the lightest soft sky was used for the outline.

 

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Next up is the same floral image, this time colored with Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Crumb Cake. I omitted the soft sky outline on this one, as I thought this was “just enough”- what do you think?

 

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I like to start with the lightest color in the set of blendabilities and then apply medium, and sometimes I go back with the darkest color- but I didn’t use that on this card.

*There is still time to “earn” some free items during Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-a-bration- a customer rewards event that only comes around once a year. This year Stampin’ Up! has added our original 12 Blendabilities colors to the mini catalog of free choices- you get 1 free item with every $50 products purchased. There are awesome stamp sets, designer series paper, Project Life cards (I blogged about those the other day see this post if you want to take a peek at those awesome SAB items). Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-a-bration, and if you’d like to try to earn some of these awesome products for free!

 

Well, that’s all I have for you today, I would love to hear from you, I read and reply to every comment. Do you love our new Blendabilities as much as I do?? Here’s an important reminder/tip for all of you who have purchased them (or earned some free from SAB)… remember to store them flat, and double (or triple check) that the cap is applied tightly, you should hear a click… if the cap is not put on tightly and completely, these markers will dry out. I’ve had more than one of these dry up after a stamp camp or class, so I’m now being extra vigilant after others use them. Also, have a scrap paper under the image you are coloring, they do bleed through. Also, you will definitely want to use our Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (not Stazon) so that the ink doesn’t bleed. Hope those tips help!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, click the “next button” below and you will hop on over to the amazing Phyllis Shepherd’s blog.

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If you want to go back to Colleen’s blog, you can click the graphic “or this way to the prior blog”.

 

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Here are the supplies I used for the cards:

 

 

Have a terrific day, thanks again for stopping by my blog! Happy Friday!

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Do I have a New Blendabilities Deal for YOU!

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Hi there stamping friends!

Did I confuse you in my blog post yesterday when I mentioned the Blendabilities Deal? I realized after I posted that blog that I had written my deal idea down in my handy dandy notebook, but I hadn’t told you about it yet! Ooops, sorry about that! I keep a little notebook and jot down ideas all the time- but this time I forgot to put the idea into action.

So here goes:

Option A:  With the roll-out of the new 2015 Occasions Catalog you surely noticed the 4 gorgeous new Blendabilities colors by now, right? Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi (page 32 of the Occasions Catalog) are $11.95 for a three pack assortment of light, medium and dark (dual tip alcohol markers made for blending and shading. Use with memento ink pad (Annual Catalog page 212). If you have already been a part of my past Blendabilities Deals, then this offer is for you! Order all 4 new colors and One Baker’s Twine (your choice of color)- this will add up to $50.75 earning you 1 free Sale-a-bration choice. My deal to you is FREE SHIPPING, so your total would be $55 (this amount includes tax). *do not use a hostess code for this offer, as I will not be able to issue you a shipping refund. I am taking the shipping charges out of my “instant income” on this order. 

 

Option B:  Missed the Blendabilities deal that I offered last summer? Well no worries, here is a deal for YOU!  The “I WANT IT ALL BUNDLE”- 12 Original Color families, plus the new 4 Occasions catalog color families (that’s all 16 of our color families), plus the 6 pack of Skin Tone Colors, Plus the Memento Ink Pad + refill, and Color Lifter Pen… this order would total $230 (before shipping/tax). Now pick out $20 of additional product (any stamps, paper, punches, dies,) until you reach $250 and guess what? Now you earn 5 Free Sale-a-bration items, AND get $65 in FREE HOSTESS REWARDS and my special deal for you is and Free Clear Storage Container (shoebox size) AND FREE SHIPPING (that means you save $25!!!) I will need to calculate your tax for you- so once you have your order figured out, contact me and I will tell you the total. *do not use a hostess code for this offer, as I will not be able to issue you a shipping refund. I am taking the shipping charges out of my “instant income” on this order.

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Option C:  Perfect for those of you who already have some Blendabilities and/or the Memento Ink pad/refill…. This is a Buy 5 Get 1 Free Deal- This offer is good for the 3 pack color families that are $11.95 each. You would owe just $70 for this option, which is actually a $15 savings if you had purchased 6 packages of Blendabilities.  Oh, and guess what- YES you get to pick out 1 free Sale-a-bration item!!!    (note-do not use a hostess code for this offer, also- free shipping is not eligible on this offer, and it may not be combined with any other offer from me as I am using my discount to give you the free pack of Blendabilities).

 

 

 

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Blendabilities Order Form:

 

Name: ___________________________ phone: ____________________

 

Address: _________________________ email: _____________________

 

Yes, I would like to participate in Lynn Streifert’s Blendabilities Bundle Deal!

____option A: $55 (four new Occasions colors) + what color baker’s twine do you want?

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select 1 sale-a-bration item:

or

 

____ option B: $250 +shipping +tax (*contact me to finalize this amount)

 

All the blendabilities and select $20 in product: _____________________

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Now select 5 Sale-a-bration items:

 

And pick out $65 in free products/hostess rewards:

 

 

or
____ option C: $70   (buy 5 get 1 free) Select your 5 blendabilities you purchase:

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select your free blendabilities set ($11.95) _________________________

select 1 Sale-a-bration item:

 

____ Enclosed is a check made out to Lynn Streifert

____ Please use my credit card on file.

___ Please charge my credit card: Visa Mastercard Discover  *(note I can also accept American Express with my Square reader).

 

Card number: _____________________________ expiration: _____________

Signature for one time purchase: ________________________________________
Print off the order form, fill out and return to me at:
Lynn Streifert
18 Edmel Road
Glenville, NY 12302

Let me know if you have any questions, thanks!

 

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Tonight!

Spoiler alert- here are the two cards we will be making tonight at my third in the series “Last Monday”… this is a Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack which I started in August. Every month we make 10 cards, five each of two designs. I try to balance the difficulty level with the number of people here, making decisions about which stamps and products to use takes some juggling because I have a philosophy about not repeating cards (I try to avoid it as much as possible, unless there is a request to repeat, which does happen from time to time). Anyway, I have not used my new Wondrous Wreath stamp set for any Christmas cards yet, hard to believe I had only made one fall card with them. I found an adorable inspiration card on Pinterest by Tina R. and I modified her design a little bit to work for this class, what do you think?

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And here are the supplies I used to  make this card:

 

 

The second card for tonight was also inspired by Pinterest, this one was an awesome winter night interpretation using my favorite new set “Holiday Home”, the original card design was by Dolly W.  What do you think of this card?

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This was a cinch to make with our  new blendabilities. I love the warm glow of light pouring through the windows, don’t you?

 

Here are the supplies I used for this card (plus the big shot and magnetic platform again):

 

Well, I hope my stamping friends are ready for some sponging, cutting and night of fun paper crafting! I picked up some cookies and will be looking forward to some more Christmas creativity!

Maybe you’d like to make these cards? I’d be happy to plan a gathering with you and your friends, maybe a Stamp and Sip or Girls Night Out? Let me know, I have a few dates available within the next month and would be happy to help you earn free Stampin’ Up! products.
Hope you all have a very Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog today. Would love to hear from YOU- which card do you like better today?? thanks!!
Lynn

It’s a Cherry Cobbler Christmas

Hi Friends! I hope you had a super great weekend! I know I sure did!

I wanted to share with you the two cards my stamping friends are going to make tonight at my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class of the season! I didn’t intend to do both cards using Cherry Cobbler blendabilities, but I somehow either loaned, or lost, my circle framelits, so I had to come up with another card quick. (if you borrowed them please let me know as I am losing my mind over it!) thanks.

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The cardinal card was a “CASE” (Copy And Share Everything) from another talented demonstrator named Pam (I goggled her and found her facebook page called Pam’s Paper Playhouse). I made some slight changes to use the products I had available for the class. Both cards feature our new blendabilities (alcohol markers) and boy, do they just make all the difference in the world! The Joyful Christmas poinsetta stamp set will retire for good on Wednesday August 27th, sniff, sniff … so I had to use it one more time.

 

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Here are the supplies I used to make the cardinal card:

 

 

 

I did make a “mask” using a post-it note of the cardinal, so when I sponged the Lost Lagoon ink all over the whisper white paper, I didn’t want it on the bird.  It was really fun to make this card, I hope my friends like it too. Thanks to Pam for creating such a great masterpiece!

 

Next up is my favorite stamp set from the 2013 Holiday Catalog, and it has been on the “Carry Over List” and will retire on Wednesday August 27th. Here’s the list if you want to see what else is going away (there is a super nice Hanukkah stamp set in there!)    Carry-Over Holiday List

 

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Here are the supplies I used for this card:

 

 

 

My Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack is the last Monday of the month from now to Thanksgiving. It is 10 cards per night, for $20 and as you can see there are two designs, stampers will make 5 of each one. I have room in the September, October and November class, so if you’d like to sign up- contact me for registration information. RSVP and payment is required at least 5 days before the event.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and if you need to purchase any of these, or any other items, please remember to use the August Hostess Code if you do online shopping with me: YA7CNZND
(this will save you on shipping costs and it will come directly to you!)
Have a great day!
Lynn

Blendabilities Class!

Hi There! I wanted to share with you the three cards I came up with to showcase the Blendabilities Bundle that I offered last month. Six wonderful women took me up on my offer and they will be joining me this week for a FREE coloring class, and they will get to make these three cards!

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I was very happy to see Vivid Vases carry-over from our spring catalog, it is a great stamp to start learning to color using blendabilities. The vases just lend themselves to needing “blending”…

 

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This card was inspired by another demonstrator, Jan Tink, I just loved her color combinations and use of the camera paper. I changed my card up a tad bit.

 

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I think Blended Bloom is one of the nicest single stamps we’ve ever offered, it is so versatile and perfect for practicing with Blendabilities! the shading and color combinations are endless!!

 

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In case you want to try to make these cards yourself, here are the ingredients for these three cards:

 

I am happy to repeat this FREE class for anyone who orders 6 sets of Blendabilities (or any combo $75 or more order including your own blendabilities) from me. I believe in teaching you how to use these wonderful alcohol markers and really want you to be confident using them. There are some great tips and tricks I’ve learned and I’m happy to pass them on to you- there is a learning curve with these new markers, but don’t be afraid, I’m here to help!
Thanks for stopping by to visit me today, I really appreciate all of you so much and hope to stamp with you sometime soon! Would you please leave me a comment and let me know which of these three cards you like the most? Or leave me a comment about Blendabilities- or a question- I’m so happy to get your comments (and it helps my blog stay in the search engine universe when people are “liking” or “commenting” on my posts).

If you need any of these items, just click the picture and it will take you right to my online store, so you can shop at your leisure!
Hostess code for August is: YA7CNZND in my online store at: http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net

*note if your order is over $150.oo- then don’t use the hostess code- as you will be eligible for $25 free hostess shopping dollars good on your order!

And don’t forget that if you purchase the Big Shot this month, you get to pick out a FREE Bundle!! (Choice of four)- let me know if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by my blog today! I really treasure your comments, so I hope to hear from you today! Thanks!!!

Lynn

 

~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 www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: 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!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

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Have a wonderful day!

More Blendabilities! Coloring Fun!

Yippee!! It’s August, so you know what that means?? The remaining 6 colors in our new Blendabilities Line-up are NOW Available for order!

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Night of Navy (Item 131001 – $11.95 )
Wisteria Wonder (Item 131002 – $11.95 )
Calypso Coral (Item 130996 – $11.95 )
Melon Mambo (Item 130994 – $11.95 )
Crumb Cake (Item 131004 – $11.95 )
Smokey Slate (Item 131005 – $11.95 )

If you were to order these six new colors individually, you would pay $71.70 (with tax/shipping/handling the total would be $85.18) well I’m on a mission to earn my first Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip (hello- the Mediterranean Cruise to France-Italy-Spain in 2016)- well I am going to try all kinds of specials to help me increase my monthly sales…. Let’s start with this- you will get a free coloring class and free shipping! That’s right- order any 6 Blendabilities and Get FREE SHIPPING from me, Lynn Streifert, ONLY. (If you haven’t purchased any of these great new alcohol markers, then you can get in on the action too! Just pick 6 Blendabilities Color Families, and you also will want to add the required Memento black ink and a color lifter tool too.

How can you order and get the deal? Contact me directly (I can accept cash, check or credit cards). If you have an order, did you SEE the Clearance Rack?? but aren’t ready to try the Blendies yet, then just use my August Hostess Code: YA7CNZND in my online store at: http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net

 

 

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My customers who ordered my Blendabilities Bundle Deal last month are coming over to their free coloring class this week! If you’d like to get in on the free class for Wednesday August 6th, then just contact me to order your 6 sets of Blendabilities. Also, I will be scheduling this reward again, so please let me know if you are interested but can’t attend this week and you want to get your hands on these great new coloring tools!!

 

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I would LOVE to welcome you to my team! Contact me if you are interested!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope I can color with you soon!

Lynn

~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 www.mypaperpumpkin.com Please be sure to type my name in the sign up page (as your demonstrator)

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: 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!

Our motto is: inspire*create*share

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