Way to Go Day! (And cookie decorating)

Hi friends, how are you doing today? I just had my quarterly rewards day for the top 4 in sales, and I also added promotions to this fun day! (anyone on my team who promotes to a new title will be invited to the next one, and so on). Congrats to Amye, Lisa, Tiffany, Diane and Kathy on all your hard work in your Stampin’ Up! businesses last quarter!!

The girls arrived at noon and we enjoyed a delicious salad bar and macaroni and cheese bar for lunch. Shout out to my brother Scott, the chef, and my sister-in-law Kathy who helped me pull off this fabulous meal! We had lobster, bacon, chicken, broccoli, two extra cheeses, and peppers to mix in the macaroni and cheese!

I like to find unique gifts to give them and for this Way to go day they each got a sparkly pen, bloom planner, and adorable teacup.

Then we went upstairs to the craft room and we had four activities to create, everyone made a custom stamped piece of jewelry, with their perfect word. (Be Open, Laugh, Breathe, Patience and Joey were the words they picked). My word of the year for 2019 is Peace, loved making this fun bracelet.

For the paper crafts (using all new Stampin’ Up! products from the Occasions and Saleabration Catalogs) we made a belly band for a Baker’s box, a hand stamped card, and we decorated around tin that we filled with round teabags. I was going with a tea theme, as you can probably tell, and I showed the girls how to master no line water coloring. This is a technique I am going to cover on my Facebook live event tomorrow at noon Eastern standard time, I hope you will tune in!

The Bakers box is going to come in useful as they needed something to take home their delicious cookies in!

As if that wasn’t fun enough, I had a big surprise for the girls and I hired a professional pastry chef, she is the new chef at Dolce and Biscotti in Clifton Park. (My friend Patty had her at an event in December and when I saw the photos on Facebook, I knew I wanted to do the same). Jennifer Gates is her name and she did a phenomenal job and taught us how to decorate shortbread cookies with royal icing. So much fun, thanks Jennifer!!

Honestly this was so much fun and I can’t believe all the hard work Jennifer put into preparing for us…. she baked all the cookies and made the frosting in advance and taught us the art of cookie decorating. So much fun! ❤️ I had sent Jennifer a link to my blog and Facebook page and she found this cute owl cookie cutter and taught us how to decorate an owl cookie as well as the Valentines themed ones.

Does this sound like fun to you? I would love to welcome you onto my team and I am here to help you grow your business and maybe you will earn one of my quarterly rewards days! I am always here to help.

If you have any questions about any of the Stampin’ Up! pproducts I used, please let me know and I would be happy to share the item numbers or page numbers. I so appreciate you when you order from me, I am really grateful for your loyalty and support!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my blog today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Host Code:   3PQD4PHS

~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website:
http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com

Monthly Bingo nights, Monthly Stamping Clubs, Monthly Team Get-Togethers, and opportunities for Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine! (think of paint and sip, or board and brush, I can offer the same kind of party for you and your friends!) 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!

2019 Occasions Catalog Ribbon and Paper Shares!

Hello Friends! Back by popular request- my amazing Designer Series Paper and Ribbon Shares!! This offer is available to all who live in the USA. 

Lynnzcrafters 2019 Occasions Catalog Shares

Designer Series Paper:  $25 each  you’ll receive 6″ x 6″ shares of every pattern:

  • All My Love Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 2 pieces of each design)
  • Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper (6 patterns, 2 pieces of each design )
  • How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 2 pieces of each design)
  • Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 2 pieces of each design)
  • Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (10 patterns, 2 pieces of each 5 colors)
  • Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 2 pieces of each design )
  • Classic Garage Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 2 pieces of each design)
  • FREE Bonus: Receive Botanical Butterfly (6 patterns, 2 pieces of each design)

Ribbon and Trim: $20 each- Here’s what is included:

  • All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack (2 yards each of 2 colors)
  • Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8″ Variegated Ribbon (2 yards)
  • Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8″ Reversible Ribbon (2 yards)
  • Calypso Coral 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (2 yards)
  • Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon (2 yards)
  • Old Olive Linen Thread (3 yards)
  • Black/Silver 1/4″ Striped Metallic Ribbon (2 yards)
  • FREE Bonus: Receive Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack- (1 yard each of 5 colors).

Purchase both 2019 Paper and Ribbon Shares for $45 and receive a set of the Sweet Pins & Tags (page 15 of Occasions Catalog) for free as my thanks!*

Payment must be received by January 2, 2019 as the order will be submitted on January 3 when the new Occasions Catalog launches. 
Cash, check or PayPal are accepted for payments. (or if you received a gift of a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate with my name on it as a gift this Christmas, that can be used on shares as well).  You may send the payment to me via your PayPal account, please send as Friends and Family to my PayPal account email address is still: LStreifert@nycap.rr.com (I still need to convert that over).

Shares will be available for local delivery around January 18-20, as it takes 10 days shipping from Utah, then we will cut and wrap all these products for you. If you would like to order a share(s) and need it shipped, please add $7.00 for priority shipping. 

As I am still in the process of switching email accounts, please contact me via email to order your share: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com and to let me know how you would like to pay for your share. 

Thank you for your support! I just reordered boxes and baggies, and plan to package these items the same as I did for the Holiday catalog shares.

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Host Code:  ZDM4JRXP
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com
Monthly Bingo nights, Monthly Stamping Clubs, Monthly Team Get-Togethers, and opportunities for Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine! (think of paint and sip, or board and brush, I can offer the same kind of party for you and your friends!) 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!

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Team Lynnzcrafters Christmas Party 🌲

Happy Holidays Everyone!!
I had a lovely Christmas with my family, and a nice long weekend, but back to work yesterday (yes- I do miss the vacation week all my teacher friends get).

I was going through my blog posts and realized I never published a few that I had started before Christmas. Very worthy of sharing with you all, so here is a look at how I celebrated with my amazing Lynnzcrafters Team!

For starters, when people arrive, they can put their “grab bag” (a handmade gift) under the tree- this is the game where “stealing” is encouraged! Everyone brought some yummy appetizers or dessert to share- forgot to take photos of the spread, but it was amazing, as always!

Here are the 11 ladies who participated in the grab bag, and they are holding/wearing the gift they ended the game with… look at all those happy faces! We have papercrafters, knitters, wool-felters, jewelry makers, and painters amongst this group!! Seriously- best gifts EVER!

And here are the 13 who were able to attend the team party, thanks to Kara for showing me how the timer function worked on my phone!!

We also did a tag swap this year, everyone needs tags at Christmas time, right? Here are Kathy and MaryBeth with their tags.

Laurie and Wendy with their tags.

Elizabeth with her tags.

Diane, Kara and Sheila with their tags. And I forgot to take a picture of my tag, I’ll have to see if I can get a photo from someone who received my tag in the swap.

Then we split into 3 groups for my stamping project/Make and Take. It is a 2019 Calendar. I featured a lot of new products in the 2019 Occasions and Saleabration catalogs. (I plan to post a close up of all 12 months in a separate post sometime next week).

I put a box with 4 months at a time on each of the three tables, and rotated them about every 1/2 hour. Ladies helped each other to stamp and die cut their pieces.

We played Christmas music on Pandora, and crafted away. (Boy from this angle you can see how messy my craft room is… I really need to find time to declutter).

And here is a photo of my gift to each person on my team. I do still need to arrange pick up for those who couldn’t attend – (Sharon B. I will mail yours to you!) I’m so thankful to my friend Sariah who helped me order these amazing gifts for my team. I love drinking tea out of my new stainless steel travel mug- it stays warm for hours! I hope you’re enjoying your mugs ladies!

When do you take down your Christmas decorations? I like to keep mine up until Martin Luther King weekend so I can enjoy the white lights, there is something soothing about it, don’t you think?

I would like to thank you all for your continued support, encouragement and understanding this year. I seem to have grand intentions that often fall short of my own expectations (like blogging more often, or classes/projects that will take only a certain amount of time). But, I am learning to brush it off, take a deep breath, and be kind to myself by not dwelling on what went wrong, or what could have been better. In 2019, I am continuing to focus on having monthly stamping events for my team and customers where everyone has fun, helps each other, and enjoys time together. If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to email me at my NEW email account: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code:  ZDM4JRXP
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email:  Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun 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!

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Under the Sea Bingo Night! And double Owl rewards!

Hi Friends!
Wanted to share with you our super fun Bingo night! It’s always such a joy to stamp and play bingo with these ladies. Our theme was “Under the Sea”- inspired by the Sea of Textures stamp set that is in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog and featuring the new Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper- which is a part of our awesome Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale- hurry only 2 more weeks until this deal expires!

These were the four projects last night:

Everyone said they enjoyed this theme and we even had some cute snacks and containers that fit this under the sea theme

We had fish and chips, submarine sandwiches, clam dip, awesome treats thanks ladies! I didn’t get a photo of it all.

Some people are photo shy and don’t want to be my blog but here are the fabulous prizes and winners from last night congratulations everyone! And Lisa won the $50 shopping spree from the extra bingo boards.

As a small thank you while I am away in Alaska on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip, I would like to reward you for continuing to shop with me and supporting my small business. All online orders will receive a beautiful color tutorial emailed to them featuring 10 handmade cards featuring the 2018–19 annual catalog new products. For all orders over $50, you will earn double owl reward points, please use the hostess code in the photo above.

Don’t forget every month I do a comment contest here on my blog, to be entered to win use #Lynnzcrafters in your comment below. I treasure your comments and read everyone.

Thanks so much for reading this today I hope you have a beautiful day!

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: 29QMJWNE 
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun 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!

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Bingo Fun and Give-Away!

Hi everyone, how are you? I was teased last night at my monthly bingo night that I never post the pictures of this fun event. So I wanted to create a post for you to show you the projects that we made, and the prizes that were given away. Stampin’ bingo is a super fun event!

There is a lot of time, preparation, and set up that goes into my monthly bingo event. In order to fit 14 ladies comfortably I put one table in my living room and the rest fit at my dining room table. I sit in the archway between the two rooms as I call out the bingo.

My customers really enjoy this fun night out, and typically fill up the next month’s Bingo as I give them first dibs on the seats for the next month.

Here are the prizes that I purchased with their $20 registration fee that is paid in advance:

There are seven bundles valued between $30 – $40 sometimes one is even a little bit above that. We play six games of bingo and the winner of each round picks one of the prizes. Then the seventh bundle is for the raffle tickets, they earn a raffle ticket for attending, bringing a snack/beverage to share, placing an order with me that night, booking their own party/class, and if there is a bingo tie, the person who did not win the bingo/off as well as anyone who wins another game of bingo then they receive extra raffle tickets. Last night we had three games were there were ties so we had to have a playoff/bingo off. And we also had two duplicate winners. Hope that makes sense.

Here are the make and take projects that we did last night. I was so excited to show them these adorable little copper tea tins in the whole teatime suite.

The three little note cards also included the extra DSP, so everyone got six swatches of this beautiful paper. It may be hard to see but I also use the copper stickers and the colorful paper stickers from the memories and more collection. I also included three organic green tea bags. This is a perfect little gift or inspiration piece for your craft room.

One of the cards I featured was a slight case from one of our make and takes at Onstage. I wanted to feature the stained glass Vellum and the new blends. Unfortunately the new colors are not available yet but I was lucky to get pineapple punch and lovely lipstick Onstage. I took pictures of the ladies’ cards when they were finished, as everyone used different color schemes and there were two different square patterns in the pack … and as you can see no two cards are alike. Great job everyone!

Here are the winners of the six games of bingo. And the last bundle was drawn at the end of the night and this artistic expressions bundle is going out to Susan B. (Nancy said she is going to be in touch with you about getting this to you so you will have your prize.)

I forgot to take pictures of the food table, but once again these ladies did an amazing job of bringing some yummy snacks, a sign up in advance so that we don’t have duplicates. We had a veggie tray, fresh fruit, hummus and pita, cookies, delicious veggie pizza, amazing lemon blueberry cake, nuts, chips and salsa, chips and dip, popcorn, cheese and crackers, beer and wine. It was a smorgasbord.

I am so very thankful that these ladies love my monthly bingo event, thank you so much for your support!

Don’t forget that I am doing a comment contest, for everyone who leave me a comment on one of my blog post this month will be entered in a drawing to win this great little bundle of goodies. The gold ribbon and the metallic doilies are now retired. But the mini notecards are a new size in our catalog that you will enjoy. Just leave me a comment and be sure to include the hashtag #lynnzcrafters

Thank you so much for reading this post today I hope you have a wonderful day!
If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: YNMJUJZU
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun 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!

Stampin Friends Masculine Blog Hop!

Hi there friends! Hope all is well and that you’ve been crafty lately! This month the ladies in the Stampin Friends Blog Hop are happy to bring you Masculine themed projects! This is usually harder for me, as I can hear my brother’s voice in my head “no ribbons, no buttons, no glitter, etc.” According to him, a guy card is “simple” but I always want to take it up a notch (for his birthday last year I did put jute on his card and he was okay with that, phew!)

So let me tell you about this card, it came about because one of my dear customers asked if we could make a card with a curved front. I searched the internet and pinterest, and couldn’t for the life of me remember what that type of card was called. Then it finally came to me, “Bendy Card”, and I found a wonderful video on You Tube by fellow demo Julie Davidson, thanks Julie!! And then I dug in to create my own bendy card using the stamp set Waterfront (yeah it is carrying over to the new catty!!)

Let me first show you the finished card:

Here is a view looking down from the top: (colors used: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Garden Green and Daffodil Delight). Used Wood Grain DSP (yeah that is carrying over also!) and love that Adirondack chair die from Seasonal Layers dies (also carrying over, but will not be bundled with 10% savings after May 31st, if you don’t have this bundle, you must have it!)

Now here are some of the steps I took to create this card:

Start with 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ base card stock in Crumb Cake card stock.

Also take a piece of 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ crumb cake card stock to create the 2 bends. First score short end at 1/2″ then cut at 2″ as shown below (one piece is bigger for back row, and one piece is shorter for front row). My tip- do not stress out about the measurements! You can customize these 2 front panels to hold special images or cut outs, and the two front pieces can be left flat (as Julie showed in her video), but I wanted it to appear like hills and nature.

I hand cut curves on both pieces.

Add our sturdy Tear-and-Tape to the 1/2″ scored ends so they will attach firmly to back of the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ base piece.

Here is the skeleton of the card base with two bendy pieces added:

As you can see, this will fold flat and can be mailed in our medium sized envelopes.

Next up, just hand cut a notch in each of the two front bendy pieces. (I estimated, about 1/4″  or so, just enough to fit inside a slat).

First draw a pencil line where you want the slit to be and then put it in your trimmer to cut. (Test this out before you cut. You want your two front panels to bend appropriately and want the card to stand up by itself).

(So you can see I made a mistake and cut in the wrong spot, but I wasn’t going to start over, and knew I was covering up the front panels with very vanilla card stock anyway- to stamp on). Here you can see that I just held the very vanilla piece up to the panel and hand cut so the curve is an exact match.

And here it is again, voila! Doesn’t this card doesn’t remind you of camping in the Adirondacks? I’m pretty happy with this masculine bendy card, and I hope my club members will enjoy learning how to make this at our June clubs. I’ll be doing some pre-cutting for them and will give them a template to follow along. It should be fun!

I hope to (soon) be making videos, I think I’ll enlist my niece and nephew to help me, all the good videos seem to have someone “behind the scenes”.

Our Stampin Friends Blog Hop always features a card and a 3-D project, so I wanted to use the same stamp set to decorate a gift box tag (thinking ahead to Father’s Day, will give my Dad his gifts in this box, shhh, don’t tell him, okay??) Do you notice the sentiments? Hot off the May 2018 Paper Pumpkin express! I love my new masculine kit! It pairs up perfectly with my waterfront card and gift tag here.

Well, that is it for today from me, I really appreciate your stopping by for a visit, and I treasure each of your comments! Leave a comment below to be entered into my new Comment Contest– each month I will be tallying up all those who leave me a comment on any of my blog posts, and use the hashtag: #lynnzcrafters  (before or after your comment). I will use random number generator to select one winner each month, no purchases necessary just leave me comments on any of my blog posts throughout the month. I will contact the winner for your mailing address.Then I will send you a small package of goodies. Here is a photo of what the contents are for my May goodie bag:

Ready to go see what the other amazing Stampin Friends have created for today?? Me too, just click the next name in this list. Thanks again for reading this post!

 

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Jenny Hall – USA
2. Raquelle Clifton-Batth
3. Sue Vine – Australia
4. Katja Ettig
5. Sandra Mastello – Australia
6. Kirsteen Gill
7. Kathie Rotti
8. Lynn Streifert
9. Maureen Rauchfuss
10. Kim Jolley
11. Steph Jandrow
12. Melissa Thomas


If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: FJSEKKZA
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email:mailto:Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun 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!

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I’ve missed you!

Hi everyone! I have REALLY MISSED you! When I looked back at my last post it was on February first, good grief! I’m sorry I’ve been away for sooooo long!  I have to admit, February was challenging…I ended up getting the flu and had to reschedule many of my monthly stamping clubs due to illness and due to all the snow storms! I also changed jobs last week and wanted to be sure I was fresh and well rested, so I haven’t been staying up late to create projects or do all my normal monthly blog hops. AND, as if all that’s not enough, last week two close family members had surgery! Please keep my sister Sue and sister-in-law Kathy in your prayers. They are home recovering, but it will be a long road to healing.

So, one of the things I had to reschedule was my monthly team get together. We met the other night and I wanted to share with you the awesome swaps from this talented group, as well as my Make-and-Take projects. Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions, I would LOVE to hear from you! I treasure every one of your comments!

Without further ado, here are the wonderful cards, and the name of who created them- aren’t they talented??!! Love these ladies!

Tiffany’s card features the adorable stamp set called “Message in a Bottle”:

Joan’s card features stunning Petal Palette bundle and gorgeous gold foil sheets:

Amye’s card also features the pretty Petal Palette bundle, and she colored with her blends (our alcohol markers):

Kara’s card was made using the manly Truly Tailored bundle and True Gentleman designer series paper:

Kathy’s card was made with the very versatile Hanging Garden stamp set and colored with our blends also:

Laurie’s card features one of our fabulous Sale-a-Bration offerings, Lots of Lavender stamp set and coloring with our awesome blends markers:

Sheila’s card features the adorable Party Panda stamp set and the Bubbles & Fizz designer series paper (both of these items are Sale-a-bration offerings- either one is free with a $50 purchase), love that fussy cutting:

Last but not least, my swap card that I made features our brand new stamp set we launched 2 weeks ago for the last stretch of Sale-a-bration called  Blossoming Basket, which is actually part of a bundle that includes the beautiful Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (together these two items are free with a $100 purchase), I water-colored using our aquapainters and reinkers (I diluted them a little bit), what do you think of the Peek-a-boo Peach and Daffodil Delight color combo?? Makes me long for spring!

This is a cute little gift Kara brought me, she made this amazing box (I think she called it the never-ending-box) the lid does not come off, but you pull it up, and it opens so you can remove what is inside- she put some Hershey’s kisses in there for me, how thoughtful?? It was such a surprise and I just adore this little handmade gift, thanks Kara! (I’m totally intimidated about these kind of projects, but she said it wasn’t “too hard”… maybe I’ll try it sometime).

Well, that’s it for today, I have some other cards and projects I will share with you over the next few days… I’m also going to try to get back to the 4 monthly blog hops that I’m involved in… I miss hopping with those talented people. It’s always so inspiring.

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: 9YP63X2R

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

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

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun 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!

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