This is the message you heard from the beginning. Love One Another. 1 John 3:11

Monday, February 29, 2016

Thanks to those who came and played Bingo with me last week....If you would like to join us on Thursday evening, 730pm for about 20 minutes. I share something that I have been working on this week. Each person picks 5 numbers (when I post I am ready for numbers) between 1-75. At 740pm, I start calling numbers, and the first person to get all of their numbers called, posts the word Bingo under the last number called. That person wins the prize. No obligation to do anything but message me your address (if I don't already have it) Not many people playing so your chances of winning are good. You must be a friend of mine, not this page, so if you are not friends with me, leave a comment and I will Friend Request you, when you accept, I can add you to the group. Last night only 2 people playing, so the winner got her choice and the other person got the other item.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stampin' Up! New Sale a bration items start today!

Today starts the new items that you can earn FREE with a $50 order.  Here they are:

These new offerings replace Sky is the Limit and Hello Stamp sets and Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.   I can't wait to get all 3 of these items.   What is your Favorite Sale a bration (SAB) item this year?? 
Leave a comment telling me your favorite SAB item to win some FREE Stampin' Up! Goodies from Me.

Here are the Weekly Deals this week...starting today.   I used the Envelope Punch Board so much last week making the little Valentine treats to hand out.   It's not just for envelopes!  I will share a cute gift item made with it next week...

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To place an order for any of these items or any items, you can do it EASY...Go to my website and click on the SHOP NOW tab and shop away.....Don't forget, if you order is $50, you earn a FREE SAB item.   The Hostess Code for February is 7XR646QD, use the Hostess Code for a chance for some FREE Stampin' Up! items.   Everyone who orders, no matter how little or how much, gets their name put in for the drawing.  If your order is over $150, please do not use the Hostess Code, as you will receive Hostess Rewards for your order, as well as 3 SAB items.

Sale a bration is also the best time to join Stampin' Up!  Freebies all around.... Stampin' Up! gives you extra Stampin' Up! goodies.   Instead of getting $125 in Stampin' Up! merchandise (your choice),you get $155 in merchandise (all at your choice)  for the price of the Starter kit -  $99.   There is no obligation for anything else, just enjoy the discount...that's is what I signed up for, almost 12 years ago.   There is so much more to earn when being a demonstrator, at your own speed!!!  Want to learn more?   Contact me today.

Don't forget to leave a comment below on your favorite SAB item.   I will pick a winner this Friday, February 19th.


Carol Valentine

Monday, February 15, 2016

Grateful Bunch by Stampin' Up!

When I first saw this set in the Occasions Catalog, I loved it, but then thought.    Do I really need another flower set?????    Anyone think the same thing?    Well, I started seeing some cards made with the set and coordinating punch on Pinterest and various Facebook groups that I am on and knew that I HAD to have it.

Like a lot of stamps I purchase, when they arrive, I ooh and aah over them and sit them aside and keep saving  samples I see made with them to my computer, but don't seem to get around to actually using the stamp set.   One of my goals is to USE what I BUY!    And one of the ways I am achieving that goal is to go to my downloads on my computer and bring up a few samples that I have saved and get the stamp set out and start to create, either copying completely or changing it a bit.   Then on Facebook, I created a group for a game, a bingo of sorts and I give the winner some of the cards I created.   The group is a closed group, but all you have to do is let me know either here in a comment or email me and we have to be friends of Facebook, then I can add you to the group.   It takes place every Thursday and starting this week it will be at 730p EST.   I will post that you can add your numbers and that is when all who are playing, enter their 5 numbers from 1 -75 in a comment under that post.  At 740pm, I will start calling numbers in a separate post and the numbers will appear in the comments below that first number.   When all 5 of your numbers have been called, you enter the word bingo under the last number and I stop the game.   Check the numbers and announce the winner.   The winner receives the prize that night.   Usually 2 new cards made with either a new stamp set or bundle from the latest catalog, or maybe a set or tool that I have in my possession that has been sitting unused....

Here is the prize from last week.  I used the Grateful Bunch and almost copied exactly one I had saved on my computer.   The other card uses the new Sunburst Die that I thought I didn't need!!!!! Then I started seeing projects and I have made a few cards with it already.

Let me know if you want to join in on the Facebook Bingo, so I can add you.  

I will be holding a Spring/Easter Stamp class here in Florida, in Rockledge....
Date:   March 10, 11am.   Making 3 projects.   Cost is $10 or FREE with a $20 order the day of the class.
Wear Green (my favorite color) since we will be close to St Patty's Day and receive a prize from Me.
Deadline to RSVP is March 7th.   Contact me to RSVP for this class.

Dates to remember:
Feb 15th - Last day to get some of the Sale a bration items.   A few new ones will start on Feb 16th
Contact me to place an order or go to my website, choose Shop Now and shop and order at least $50 before shipping and tax and receive one of the Sale a bration items free.   Please use Hostess Code at the end of ordering 7XR646QD.   
Feb 20th - I will be at Cornerstone Flea & Farmers Market 901 Talplin St, SE Palm Bay, just off Emerson Rd South of Waco Rd.   I will have a table filled with Retired Stamp sets, punches, Big Shot items, Cards for sale for $2 each.  Time is from 8a - 1pm. 

March 31st - Last Day to order from Sale a bration catalog.   Last day to get extra Hostess $ for a qualifying party.   Last Day to get extra goodies in your Kit for the same $99.   Contact me to find out more.

For those of you who would like to get together and stamp or scrapbook?  Me too!   I wish I had the space to have a group over to craft, but I just don't have the space.    Maybe you do, or know somewhere we could meet, let me know.   It's always fun to craft with others.   

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bloomin' Love so many ways!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting some great women who get together and craft.    I planned a couple of cards and they each made one.   We used the Bloomin' Love stamp set and framelits, and they all turned out so different, it was great to see these ladies getting creative.   I wish I would have taken some photos, but one gal posted her finished creation.   Instead of a card, she made it into a refrigerator magnet.    Love it!

Here is the card I planned for them to make.

Here are a few more using the Bloomin' Love stamp set and framelit bundle.

Here is one we made at the Stampin' Up! Onstage Event that I attended in Baltimore back in November.    

Here is one more,, from my Sweetheart Class I held yesterday.

And here's a little treat I made, handed out about 25 of these to various people over the last week.   So easy, took Sam's - from   I made some in December using Andes candies which fit perfect.   This time I wanted to use chocolate candy hearts.....and that template was too big that I had to glue the candy down.   SO, I are an adult and you should be able to figure this out.   I sat down and wasted a few small pieces of DSP and it worked!!!   SO SO Easy with the envelope punch board and only a 3x3 piece of DSP!!!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone

Sending Lots of Love

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Carol's Wacky Wednesday Paper crafting Tiips

What to do with extra punched out, die cut shapes leftover from projects????

 Here's the first. When making a project and you need to punch out a image or shape... Have scraps of DSP or cardstock left over?? Go ahead and punch or die cut those shapes and store in a container . Then when you need a shape, image, you can quickly grab one and finish your project. Here is how I store mine, some old stamp cases hold bigger shapes, the heart framelits, larger butterflies. The small cases with compartments, I picked up at a yard sale for a quarter each!  I used an empty button container for the hearts I punched out for an upcoming class.

Do have some tips for storing punched out shapes? Share them here...either in a comment below or contact me, I would love other ideas too.