Hello and a happy Monday to you! Welcome to Challenge #192 with the Paper Craft Crew.  We look forward to seeing your creations this week and every week. We love to see your beautiful work! I have so much information to share with you today, so grab a cuppa, sit back, read, relax and enjoy!

All links with Stampin' Up! in them will take you directly to my Stampin' Up! online website where you can shop 24.7 from the convenience of your home. From that link, there's a tremendous amount of information of current specials, deep discounts and how to join my Creative Stampers Team!

Instead of doing the sketch challenge for you today, I have made a video of an oldie, but goodie technique of stamp kissing! There are so many stamp sets that Stampin' Up! has for you to do this technique the "old fashioned" way and even more stamp sets to where the work is already done for you, all of which I have demonstrated to you in the video below. All of our products coordinate so beautifully together that allow you to make wonderful handmade projects for everybody.

Our sketch is, as usual, great this week, and I just might have to make another card and upload it for you. Every week, Pam comes up with the best challenges and I've always loved being on this design team since its inception when Pam took over. We have some of the best Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators on our design team and I love working with all of them, just as you love their weekly inspiration.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch

Card Sketch #192

 

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 192

 

Just a few things to think about as you play along with us this week:

  • Before playing along, please make certain you CLICK HERE to review our Challenge Rules!
  • When posting to your blog or other social media, please use keyword and/or hashtag PCCCS192.
  • The Paper Craft Crew Design Team has come up with some fun card samples using this week's card sketch.  You may click any of the photos to see a larger image, and you may also click the name under the photo to go to the designer's blog for more information on their creation.
  • POSTING END TIME:  If you'd like to be chosen as a Top Pick, please be sure to link your project by Day, Month Year at 11:55 PM EST
  • If you are unable to use minimal Stampin' Up! products, that's okay, we would still love to see you participate and share your art with us and our other participants!

Additional Details important to the Paper Craft Crew:

SOCIAL NETWORKING and UPDATES:  Look for the Paper Craft Crew on Facebook!  Right now, we have 773 followers. Once that number hits 1000 followers, Your name will be tossed into a hat and YOU can be the winner of $100 of Stampin' Up! products! How great is that! You can like us by clicking HERE!  You can also find the Paper Craft Crew on Pinterest.   Don't forget to sign up for email updates if you haven't done so!  We encourage you to share the Paper Craft Crew along with your card creation via email, on FacebookPinterest, Twitter or any other social venue.

DESIGNER OPPORTUNITY:  Participation "adds up" and with regular participation we may invite you to become a future guest designer or even a member of our team!  How cool is that? We have a wonderful design team!  Also, the more participation by our readers increases the exposure for everyone from participants to the Design Team to Stampin' Up! To be eligible as a guest designer, we like to see regular participation in 5 out of 8 consecutive sketches AND be able to create a card using 100% Stampin' Up! products. 

BLOG CANDY:  The Paper Craft Crew periodically offers BLOG CANDY!  You will never know when the Blog Candy will show up.  We have to keep you on your toes and coming back for more!  NOTE: Shipping of blog candy within the United States is free! For my international winners, a $25 gift certificate is now available for you.

 So, what are you going to create this week? We are so excited to see your beautiful work!

STAMPIN' UP! NEWS JUST FOR YOU!

As you all know. our 2016 Spring Occasions Catalog will be expiring on May 31, 2016. Now for the fun news, many of the Returning Products are being carried over to the brand new 2016-2017 Idea Book & Catalog that will be available to you to order on June 1, 2016! The new Retiring Product List has already been published for you to view, clear out your craft studio and make wise decisions as what you would like to keep and purchase! You're going to LOVE this catalog. It's one of the best yet! The new catalog is right on-trend and sets new trends. Would you like a free new catalog? Just place a qualifying order of $150 with me during the month of May 2016. Not only will you receive Hostess Benefits, but a new catalog will be in your package too! If you would like a new catalog or the current Spring 2016 Occasions Catalog, please email me.

Our new In Colors are so cool and really fill in some color gaps that were badly needed. The only colors that are retiring are the 2014-2016 In Colors. Our regular color lineup will remain the same. 

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR!

With the wonderful new catalog being released to the public on June 1, 2016, This is a very exciting time for Stampin' Up! customers. But, did you know that I can pre-order my new products from the new catalog on May 3, tomorrow (yay!) at a 20% discount, earn hostess rewards and 50% off products of my choosing? It's great having these awesome new products in my craft studio an entire month in advance. Even better, with your very first demonstrator order, you receive 30% off! What better way is there to get your business going or become a hobby demonstrator?! I welcome and love my hobby demonstrators. If you want to make a business out of crafting, I have been a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator for almost a decade, know how to run a team and provide you with the tools and inspiration that you need to succeed and meet or even excel your personal goals! I would love to have you on board! My team name is The Creative Stampers and we have our own private Facebook Group, I send you every possible resource that I can, personally keep in touch with you and am always available. I have a video resource library available to you, on-the-go classes, workshops, Make N' Takes and so much more!

Myself and Stampin' Up!  are extremely supportive of our Independent Demonstrators. Stampin' Success is a quarterly magazine for demonstrators only that is loaded with independent demonstrator's stories, tips on how to have a great workshop, Make N' Takes for an open house or class, business building, promoting specials, communicating with your downline, networking, and so much more. There is also an online demonstrator-only forum of The Stampin' Connection where you can help each other out and bounce ideas off of each other. It's a family and so is my Creative Stampers Team. We have the coolest get-togethers where you can meet your online friends – the list of resources goes on and is extremely valuable.

If you are interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator, joining the family is so easy! Your starter kit is only $99 and you will receive over $150 in products, enough for your very first workshop or class, along with business materials and you can completely customize the products that you want in your starter kit! How cool is that?! I would love to have you join my Creative Stampers Team!

For $12.95 a month, you can have your own Stampin' Up! website that is automatically updated for you with new specials, a calendar for your customers of your events, a personal blog, your online store that is available 24/7 for orders, and so much more. You can even choose the free design of your website. And, absolutely everything is tax-deductible too! I use my website for mainly online orders and for my customers to browse around and this blog as my main avenue for communication with my team and followers.

You can get started today! Would you like to place your first order tomorrow for the awesome new products in the June 1 catalog that is now available to see as a PDF on the demonstrator website as a brand new Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with a world of brand new possibilities that will open up to you. That's exciting news!

Are you ready for the Mid-Week Inspiration video and card? It's all ready below for you. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We really appreciate you and your participation and support weekly at the Paper Craft Crew. God bless and until next time, have a great week!

 

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Stampin’ Up! News + Great Bible Studies & Music

by Cindy B Designs on April 28, 2016

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Hello there and a very happy Thursday to you! The weather is warming up and I really think summer has arrived! 

On that note, June 1, 2016 also means a brand new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog for you! I've seen the catalog and it's awesome. I wasn't expecting the products on board that are on-trend and as usual, will set new trends. There's more Framelits, beautiful updated accessories, such as enamel dots, the new In Colors are so cool in that they really fill in some gaps in our current color lineup. I will be posting more information on that later as I am able to, but I promise that you will not be disappointed with anything! There are a lot of returning favorites as well from current Spring 2016 Occasions Catalog

Today I would like to share with you the retiring products list. If there's something that you really like, especially the accessories and embellishments, now is the time to pick them up. There is a slight increase in price for the 8-1/2 x 11 regular card stock, so I strongly suggest you stock up now. Our core colors are still the name, but the 2014-2016 In Colors are retiring. 

I'm one of those that if I really like something, I will hang onto it no matter what, especially stamp set bundles with the coordinating Framelits, most of which are returning from this year's Idea Book & Catalog, as well as the Spring catalog mentioned above. As a courtesy to you, I will be putting together a new Product Share package of retiring and current consumable products this weekend that you can purchase at a discount. I will have all designer series paper, embellishments, ribbon and more! I have some Sale-A-Bration stamp sets too. Be sure to stop back by Sunday night/Monday morning to see my new Product Shares. I still have some 2015 Holiday Catalog Product Shares left and with current and returning products. Be sure to check that out. I'll probably do a video to walk you through my Product Shares. I currently have one up on my Product Shares Page.

I am awful about sending out newsletters and I'm really striving to improve in that area considering the 4-digit subscriber list that I have. Please accept my apologies. 

If you would like to be sent a new catalog or the current Spring Occasions (products available until May 31, unless returning), shoot me off an email or place an order in May and receive a free catalog from me with a qualifying order of $150 or more. Considering the deep discounts on thousands of products right now, it won't be hard to fill up your cart. My favorite Botanical Gardens stamp set and Framelits are returning (hint, hint) and I'm very happy about that. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today and God bless.

CindySignature

 

 

 

1st John. I haven't been in that book for years. We were in it at church last night and I had notes in there from 2008. I've had my Bible for 25 years and I've always written down the date of the sermon and what church I was at. It's very enlightening to look back at notes that are 8 years old to see where my spiritual walk was and what I had learned from a previous sermon and then look at it again from a fresh perspective and I get something completely new from my pastor's teaching. My current church uses the New King James version, but I've always been a King James gal. In my personal online Bible study with Beth Moore, you can watch her weekly videos at Lifeway for $4.99 and do you a Bible lesson daily, but she uses the NIV. With that, I do have the NIV Bible because I feel that I get more out of her teachings using the same Bible that she does. I remember when living in Kentucky, I had the opportunity to go to Memphis TN, which was only 4 hours away, to see her and she was amazing. She's a tiny little woman, but boy can she pack a punch. We just started a new Women's Bible Study at church on Tuesday night at 7-8:30 pm and I love it so far. We are using Experiencing God. It's not the super intense study that takes you a year to get through, but more of a condensed version that is the 10-week course. On the side, I'm doing Beth Moore's Breaking Free.  

It would be really great to see my son at church on Sunday at 11 am so that he can get back to his Biblical roots and stay in Chico this summer where he belongs. There's a real need in the media ministry, which is right up his alley, and it would be a great way for him to serve the Lord. He's old enough to be a camp counselor now and there's a wonderful young men's ministry. Not only that, he's an awesome bass player and the worship team could always use his expertise. I'd love to see him take that gift and use it to the glory of God. All of my kids really need to go back to their church roots and not just play church making an appearance when their heart really isn't into it. You can always tell by the fruits. Being smart, successful and having money is not fruit. It's the condition of your heart that shows your fruit and how you treat others. They are all carrying around some serious baggage bondage and I'd love to see them break free from that. They're adults now and this is their decision, but since I raised them in the church and God's Word never returns void, Proverbs 22:6, I'm praying and believing in that scripture. It's all I can do. You try and you try and you try and it's never good enough. I finally got to the point where I realized that this is too big for me, it was tanking me out emotionally in an awful way, I wasn't designed to haul it around in the first place and then I finally dumped it at the foot of the cross and I'm okay. I'm content and feel like a million pounds has been lifted off of my shoulders and the heavy heart feeling is gone.

So, y'all have a very blessed day and it's time for me to start my day since I'm a few hours behind. I will have some Stampin' Up! kit projects to show you that I'm working on and this fabulous Mixed Media suitcase that I'm working on too. 

I would also like to thank everybody for the Get Well cards from the double ear infection, sinus infection and then double pneumonia. I honestly prayed for death. I had not felt that bad since kidney failure and I'd say about 2 days ago I just started to feel a bit human again. After I got out of the hospital (I can't wait to see that bill!), I had an additional 2 courses of antibiotics that was just blech and dropped 10 pounds that I need to gain back per doctor's orders, but doubt that I will. My appetite just is not there anymore. My church brought over small meals for me and a lot of my sisters in Christ stopped by to visit. I just left the front door open since I spent so much time sleeping this off. Everybody helped with Bella too. She was a bit confused and naughty since she got a hold of my beloved Bible and chewed her way through most of Genesis and part of John. I'm pretty devastated. The lady at the local Christian bookstore in the mall found a few places for me to send my Bible out to be repaired and the pages put back together. I refuse to give up that Bible and for being 25 years old that has my life in it outside of my journals and it's still in good condition. I've taken really good care of it over the years. I did splurge yesterday on a big print Bible to read in bed. I'm just at that age where it's easier on my eyes.

If you like some good Christian music, check out Jordan Feliz, The River. The first song, you're going to think why you got the CD. After that, it's great! I downloaded it from iTunes so that I can play it inside with my iHome. The CD is for the car. It doesn't get old.

I also plan on filling back up my Etsy Boutique too (click on the graphic below) with stamping products and some cards. I have bills to pay. Hopefully I will get that done this weekend as well, but the Product Shares come first since I have to prep those and make the video, that I'm still really horrible at.

Again, thank you so much for everything and I'll see you soon.

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Retro Cats Card, Clean & Simple Tuesday

April 26, 2016

Hello there! For today's clean and simple card I made this really funky retro cat card. The image and sentiment are from Gina K Designs Made With Love Stamp TV Kit stamped onto GKD White Pure Luxury Layering Weight card stock with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink using my MISTI so I could really darken […]

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Paper Craft Crew Mid-Week Inspiration #190 Featuring For the New Two + Video + Ken Oliver Stick It + Vellum Paper

April 19, 2016

Hello there! Well, that was one long title, wasn't it? I hope your weekend is going great so far. Today's Mid-Week Inspiration focuses on Ken Oliver's Stick It Paper. This stuff is amazing. I will love it forever. You will love it forever. You must have this. Must. I have never, ever found any type of adhesive […]

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Backyard Inspiration + Altenew April Inspiration Challenge

April 12, 2016

Hello there everybody! Today's clean and simple card was inspired by my beautiful and vibrant yellow rose bush in my backyard and it also works perfectly for the Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. I chose the vibrant yellow colors and florals you see in the inspiration picture. I thought that this would make a great clean and […]

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Prehistoric Fun, MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 275, MFTWSC275

April 10, 2016

Hello there everybody! I'm not afraid to make mushy cards anymore! It's been 4 years since I was into that (insert bad word) I used to believe in, and I still don't believe in it, but I'm not going to let the fear get to me in that I can't be like everybody else and make […]

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