Stamping with Seniors… simple Stampin’ Up!

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Hi there stamping friends! I hope you had a great weekend!

What do you think of these simple cards? I am doing an event at a local senior citizen residence next weekend, to see if seniors like to stamp! My BFF’s grandmother recently moved in there, and I saw their activities line up and thought, “hum, I bet they’d like Arts-and-Crafts”! So, I’m going to give it a whirl.

I’m planning to bring all kinds of rubber stamps, ink pads and our note cards/envelopes. I’m going to let them each make 2 cards this first time. I’ll find out what they like, and see if they would like to step it up next time… I just need to be careful of the level of fine motor involvment, or be sure to have helpers with me.

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Don’t forget free shipping ends tomorrow night! If you were thinking of getting something (I know you want those dress framelits, right??)- just think you are saving 10% if you order by midnight tomorrow. If you order by 6 pm and use Hostess code Z4AVCU7C in my online store, you will be entered to win a free Spring Array Bundle (punch and clear mount stamp set- a $28 value!) Go to http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net

Well, my dear sweet sister informed me I write too much… so I’m going to try to shorten these blog posts a bit. Let me know if you like reading my (lengthy) posts or not 🙂

Until tomorrow, happy stamping!

~Lynn Streifert

 

April Club Projects (and FREE shipping with Stampin’ Up!)

April Club Projects

April Club Projects

 

Hi there stampers! Have you enjoyed this beautiful Saturday? I know I did! I had my Saturday morning club ladies over for our monthly get together. Above is the photo of the 4 projects I prepared for them: A petite purse filled with hugs and kisses, with a tea time charm; An elegant tea-cup card perfect for an amazing lady (yes- we embossed with the beautiful pool party embossing powder!), and a small box with a see-thru lid and 4 darling note cards (all stamped differently with the new “Best of Flowers” set that launched last month) with mini note envelopes and some tea bags!  A perfect ensemble for that very special lady, or hey, keep it for yourself as an office decoration!

card by Patty

card by Patty

 

Notice anything different about this card? One of my new stamping friends, Patty, stepped her card up a notch with the pearls and rhinestone. It really makes the card pop, doesn’t it?

It just so happened that I had planned these club projects out over a week ago, before I knew about the “Color REfresh” going on. I knew I wanted to have some “WOW” projects for my club members and I thought I would showcase the outgoing “In-colors”…. well imagine my surprise when we ended up having a color change up to the line up, knowing that now is huge and I’m thrilled Stampin’ Up has so graciously let us in on the plans this early! I told my club members to stock up on their favorite inks, reinkers, markers, card stock, etc. on all the out going colors, as there’s no guaruntee that they’ll make it to the clearance rack!

So here is what is GOING away in our current colors (10)  and In-colors (1):

Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, River Rock.

Here’s a look at what our newly configured color families will look like as of May 31, 2013 (when the new catalog goes “LIVE”, a day earlier than we were planning!):

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If any of this makes you want to shop- remember it’s FREE SHIPPING this weekend… that’s a 10% savings right there! Even if you just need 1 package of paper- it’ll ship right to you for free! Go to my online store at http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net  and when you check out on the bottom left enter a hostess code: Z4AVCU7C and place your order by 6 pm Monday 4/8 and be entered to win my contest for a chance to win the Spring Array bundle (7/8″ scallop circle punch and A Round Array stamp set) worth $28. I’ll even ship it to you for free!

thank you for reading my blog. thank you for shopping with me. and most importantly, that you for your time! Remember to “follow” my blog, up at the top left, enter your email address and you will go in my “blog readers” monthly contest, I will be doing “blog candy” give aways once each month for subscribed readers. Stay tuned- the first blog candy drawing will be on April 30th!

Until tomorrow, happy stamping!

~Lynn

FREE SHIPPING on Stampin’ Up Orders 4/6-4/8 only!

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WOW, I have never ever dreamed Stampin’ Up would bring us a 3 Day Shipping free weekend!! The sale starts at 12:01 am (Mountain Time) on April 6, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm (Mountain Time) on April 8th, 2013. Now, on top of the major announcement Stampin’ Up made yesterday about the color “refreshing”, I’ll say this is perfect timing to stock up on all those colors that are leaving us: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard,  River Rock. (did you hear me sniffing?? I’m going to be so sad to say good-bye to Baja Breeze- I use that color year round! ) So… get your ink pads, reinkers, card stock, ribbon, DSP, anything with your favorite colors. Go here to my online store: http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net

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When Stampin’ Up takes something away, they give us something GREAT, and I’m THRILLED about Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, and Island Indigo (all In-Colors returing). Crushed Curry is coming back to (that one doesn’t thrill me as much as the others), and I can’t wait to see the brand new Smoky Slate, a light grey shade. Grey is so “On Trend” right now!

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Look how pretty these new/returing colors look together- the Terrific Trendy Ten… that’s what I’m calling them!

I couldn’t let a day go by without showing you some things I’ve been working on. Tonight I was so blessed to have my dear friend Jamie (and she’s also my first recruit), came over to help me do some preparing for an upcoming event, on Saturday April 20th I’ll be selling some hand-made items. I have decided to use my profits for my ongoing efforts to support the American Cancer Society. As a cancer survivor, it is very important to me to give back to this wonderful organization. They were very helpful to my family and I last year, as I navigated through a very scary time. I did my first fundraiser for them last December and wanted to continue to raise money for them. This is my next attempt. I’ll keep you posted on all my efforts.

Here are some of the 12×12 fabric covered photo/bulletin boards I made tonight, which one is your favorite?

Timeless Portrait fabric, Antique Brads, and black satin ribbon (retired)

Timeless Portrait fabric, Antique Brads, and black satin ribbon (retired)

Timeless Portrait fabric, antique brads, black satin ribbon (retired)

Timeless Portrait fabric, antique brads, black satin ribbon (retired)

Beau Chateau fabric, soft suede ribbon (retired), Antique Brads

Beau Chateau fabric, soft suede ribbon (retired), Antique Brads

Twitterpated fabric, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon (retired), Summer Smooches fabric covered brads (retired)

Twitterpated fabric, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon (retired), Summer Smooches fabric covered brads (retired)

 

Well, I made 7 of these tonight, plus some cards, and Jamie helped me make some cards- but I’d better save something to show you this weekend. {smile}

Don’t forget to check back here in the morning for the hostess code, if you want to be entered to win the free bundle I’m raffling off to online customers.

Until tomorrow, happy stamping!

~Lynn Streifert

Color Refresh, Free Shipping deal… Big Stampin’ Up! Announcements!

Good morning! Look at what posted on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website this morning, I couldn’t wait to share it with you:

DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR? WE DO!
April 4, 2013
Announcing our Color Refresh! We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It’s important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!

Why now? In 2010 we did a big color renovation and shared our plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep our colors on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!

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Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period. We did anticipate increased demand and based our forecasts for these retiring colors on historical sales information from previous color transitions. However, even with the most careful planning, the response to a transition of this nature can surprise everyone- our retiring color products are only available while supplies last so get their favorites and look forward to the exciting colors coming in the 2013-2014 annual catalog.

And also announced today, free shipping is going on April 6-8, 2013, which would be a great time for you to get your favorites before they are gone! (Free shipping is for North America only.)

With that great announcement, it’s time for another Lynnzcrafters contest:
Online orders, from my store: http//:LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net
I will be posting the new hostess code to use from April 6th to April 8th at 6:00 pm (eastern time), not only will you receive FREE SHIPPING on your order, but you will be entered to win a prize from me….
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That’s right, I’m giving away the Round Array clear stamp set and coordinating 7/8″ scallop circle punch! Free! To one lucky winner!

Lastly, here is an announcement from SU yesterday afternoon:

WATERCOLOR PENCILS AND CRAYONS DISCONTINUED
April 3, 2013
Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, we have decided to discontinue these two products.

Watercolor Pencils (item 101879) and Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights Collection (item 119804), which have been on the Backorder Report for about a week, will no longer be available, effective immediately. If your order has not been shipped due to its status in backorder, we will not be able to fill it. We will soon begin processing refunds for these items. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to see the reimbursement in your account.

Now for the good news! We still have the remaining collections of the Watercolor Wonder Crayons available to order. The Subtles (item 119802), Neutrals (item 119805), and Regals (item 119803) Collections are only available while supplies last. Get ’em before they’re gone!

Thank you for reading my blog, for your continued support and loyalty, and for sharing this page with your crafty friends and family!

Have a great day, until tomorrow, happy stamping!!
~Lynn Streifert

*Note I just edited this post as I found out today I cannot set up the hostess code before 12:01 am on April 6th to be eligible for the free shipping. So I will be posting a correct hostess code early April 6th for you weekend shoppers.