Nov 25 2014

How to Upcycle Chipboard for Deco Art Frames

Choose Happiness: Upcycled Art Decor Frame Project with chipboard and the Choose Happiness stamp set - project video tutorial shared by LovenStamps

 

On the first project I shared with the  Choose Happiness (134198) stamp set, I mentioned that I love sets where the pieces come together to make something beautiful.  The words, background images, focal images – everything just complements each other!  So I couldn’t resist making a square collage project as the 4th Stamps in the Mail Club project for November.

And yes, I still have a couple of kits left. So if you’re loving this series of projects as much as I loved creating them, be sure to visit my Stamps in the Mail Club page and fill out the web form to request your kit!

In the Video Tutorial I’ll share some tips and tricks for assembling the art squares (they’re each 1-1/2″ on the project).  Be sure to also check my Blendabilities 103 video from last week on coloring the flower from Choose Happiness.  Those Blendabilities Markers are just fabulous!

Can’t see the video correctly?  No problem, click here to view it directly on YouTube.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there!

Need the recap on the upcycled art frame?  Here you go!

Upcycled Art: Make Your Own Freestanding Picture Frames

 

Upcycled Art Frame Craft: Video Tutorial on making your own picture frames from recycled materials, from LovenStamps

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Nov 24 2014

Top 12 Reasons To Shop Today (I just couldn’t limit myself to 10!)

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Today’s the day the excitement starts… So let me count down my top 12 picks for today’s shopping.  Yes, I know that it’s usually a “Top 10″ list, but who wants to miss out on the amazing deals? Sure, I could probably do 24 items…or 30… or 50… but I guess that would be just silly ;)

Click the images or links below to go directly to that item in my online store.  If you have any issues with your shopping cart, feel free to email or phone me – I’m happy to help!

KEEP IN MIND:

  • Orders of $150 or more receive Stampin’ Rewards of $25 and up!
  • If you have trouble with the online store, drop me an email or just call – I can help!
  • Orders should arrive within 10 days
  • Shipping is $6.95 minimum or 10%

Meg’s Top 12 Stampin’ Up! Bargains:

If you haven’t seen the Gift Box Punch Board in action, then here’s a super video from Stampin’ Up! that you can check out (click here to view on YouTube if it doesn’t show in your blog feed).

And here are some screen shots of EVERYTHING – to help you get started on other items that might be on your Wish Lists!! Just click the images to go directly to that shopping page in my online store.

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Nov 21 2014

Online Extravaganza – Stampin’ Deals from Nov 24 – Dec 2

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EEK!!  Okay, seriously, I’m amazed at the sales that we’ll be able to get on fabulous Stampin’ Up! products between Nov 24 and Dec 2!

I don’t want you to miss out, so here’s the scoop on what you’ll need to know for MONDAY:

  • Extravaganza begins on Monday, November 24 and continues through Tuesday, December 2 with up to 50% off on a variety of special products
  • 1-Day Only Doorbuster Set #1 will be available on Monday, Nov 24 – special prices on select bundles
  • ANOTHER 1-Day Only Doorbuster Set #2 will be available only on Monday, Dec 1 – NEW selected bundles (including a Blendabilities Bundle!!)
  • All the sale items can be browsed and ordered through my online store
  • SPOILER ALERT! Want to see the list now?  Download the PDF for the Extravaganza

So get your Stampin’ Shopping List ready!

I know I have mine figured out so I can place orders for the Extravaganza items as well as the 2 days of Doorbusters!

And don’t forget about the OTHER special available next week:

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Don’t forget about the other special available from November 24 to December 2 – this is a GREAT time to join my LovenStampfuls Demonstrator Team and get 25% off your Starter Kit PLUS a 5% bonus on all your sales/orders during December!

The Demonstrator Starter Kit will be only $75 (instead of $99) and you’ll pick out $125 in whatever Stampin’ Up! product you’d like – AND your starter kit ships FREE!

And since you asked (yes, I know you asked), the answer is YES, you can take advantage of BOTH sets of specials!  So for the best savings:

  • Sign up on November 24 as a LovenStampfuls Demonstrator (click here to join my team)…
  • You can even INCLUDE the Extravaganza Sale items IN your Starter Kit…
  • THEN shop for anything else you’d like with your Demonstrator discount…
  • AND the Extravaganza sale price…
  • AND your 5% December Bonus!

And that’s not to mention all the great perks and benefits available to Demonstrators!

I’d love to have you join my Stampin’ Up! family – there are demonstrators on my team from Hawaii to Alaska to the East Coast and scattered everywhere in between.  We’d love to welcome you, too!

So mark your calendar for Monday, November 24 – and if you have questions between now and then, just drop me a note!

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Nov 19 2014

Blendabilities Markers 103: Flowers and Highlighted Embossing

Blendabilities Markers Tutorial: How to color and highlight embossing folders, video tutorial from LovenStamps

Have you been looking at the Blendabilities Markers in the Stampin’ Up! catalog and wondering what to do with them?

The good news is that I have 2 ways for you to try them out on this project from my November Stamps in the Mail Club.  Not only will I teach you how to color the gorgeous flower from the Choose Happiness stamp set (134198), but I’ll also show you how to use your Blendabilities to emphasize the dry embossing on your backgrounds, like with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder (127821).

I know!  You probably didn’t realize that your Blendabilities could be so useful for something other than just coloring!

Here’s the Video Tutorial where I teach you the “how to” with tips and tricks for both coloring and embossing highlighting.  Yes, I know it’s a bit longer than my usual videos, but I think you’ll find it worth watching.  Grab your coffee (or your Blendabilities) and kick your feet back for some stamping tutorial time.

Can’t see the video correctly?  No problem, click here to view it directly on YouTube.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there!

Pretty nifty, right?  Can’t wait to get started with your coloring?

Here’s a quick visual tip for my coloring steps.  I like to go from light to dark with my Blendabilities Markers.

Blendabilities Markers Tutorial: My favorite way to color is from light to dark.  Visit LovenStamps for the video.

Want to make the project the way I showed it on the video tutorial?  Guess what?  You can!  All you need to do is sign up for my November Stamps in the Mail Club and you’ll get all 4 projects from this month, including the stamps and Blendabilities Markers.  If you don’t already have the Memento Ink Pad, you can add it to your Stamps in the Mail Club kit at a discount.  Get the details and sign up on my page here.

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Nov 18 2014

Blendabilities Markers 102: Coloring Leaves

Choose Happiness: Learn to use Blendabilities Markers, Stamps in the Mail Club at LovenStamps

I’m in love with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers (130995), which is a good thing because I’m going to give you some tricks and tips for using them on this striking project using the Choose Happiness stamp set (134198) from my November Stamps in the Mail Club.

On the Video Tutorial I’ll share some tips & tricks for making the most of your Blendabilities Markers (whether Cherry Cobbler or any of the 12 colors available now).

Can’t see the video correctly?  No problem, click here to view it directly on YouTube.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there!

If you’d like to give Stamps in the Mail Club a try you can visit my Stamps in the Mail Club page and click the big “click to sign up” button.  You’ll fill out a web form and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice, or you can choose to pay by credit card directly or by check.

The projects for November are some of my favorites – the monochromatic effect is so striking!  You can see them here as I share them on my blog.

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Nov 17 2014

Seasonally Scattered: Christmas Card #419

Seasonally Scattered: Christmas Card Design Idea by LovenStamps

I was nominated by my friend Lynsay Mahon to participate in the Creative Blog Hop – thanks Lynsay! For the Hop, I get to share any project I want, so I’m going to pop in a Christmas Card idea from one of my Stamp A Stack classes this fall.

I love the Seasonally Scattered stamp set (135023) – actually, any stamp set for the holidays that includes a little bit of flexibility (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s) makes me happy.

Actually, I recently used it for a set of anniversary cards we made for Card Ministry at my church.

Seasonally Scattered: anniversary card idea by LovenStamps

See the banner in the middle?  I love using this stamp set with a layered look.  Just stamp the background in one color, then stamp on a strip of Whisper White card stock and trim to layer over the first image.  Bonus?  You don’t have to worry much about getting your stamping straight on either layer – just adjust when you add the banner!

Okay, back to the Blog Hop – as part of the Hop I get to answer 4 questions about my style as a crafter:

1. What are you working on?

I am working on projects for my Stamps in the Mail Club – I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with four different ideas for a single stamp set and a limited set of supplies. There’s something so relaxing about not having to get up and search out other tools – just using the same supplies in a different way to create something new.

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I try to keep things simple. If I look at a project and think, wow – that looks complicated, then it’s like a challenge. Is there an easier way to make that? Can I explain it simply? One of my favs is this video tutorial for the Pop-Up Box Card. I love seeing the comments from viewers about how they found a suggestion helpful or how they used the design for their own projects.

Pop-Up Box Card Made Easy: Video Tutorial by LovenStamps

3. Why do you create what you do?

Hand made = from the heart, and I love helping people learn how to create fun things, be it a card, gift or memory page. A hand stamped card is like a hug in an envelope, don’t you think? I like to think that we’re making a little difference in the world one card at a time.

4. How does your creative process work?

  1. I pick out a supply or two – maybe a stamp set or a punch.
  2. Then I get an idea for the colors I’d like to include.
  3. Next I pull the concept for a layout together in my head, or skim for inspiration from samples in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.
  4. Finally the finished project develops on my work table. Sometimes I fuss with it or add one more thing, but usually it’s done.

And to add to the Creative Blog Hop fun, I get to nominate two more bloggers. Their Creative Blog Hop posts will be posted next Monday on November 24, so be sure to check in with them then for their posts and nominations.

Mary Ellen Stites – Mary Ellen has a great eye for design and color. I always love what she creates, whether it’s an amazing looking dessert or a stamping project. We have been friends for years and she’s one of stampers on my LovenStampfuls team who inspires me.

Laura Borchert – If there is a demonstrator on our LovenStampfuls team who personifies excitement, it’s Laura! I’ve known Laura since she was a college student and I still remember her enthusiasm at the first stampin up party she attended, and it hasn’t dimmed in the years since.

Okay – back to work on more fun ideas.  This week I have three Video Tutorials to share for my November Stamps in the Mail Club, so if you’re not already subscribed to my blog, be sure to get signed up (here’s the link) and you’ll receive email updates of my posts.

Looking for supplies?  Here’s what I used for the Christmas Card at the top:

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Nov 13 2014

Blendabilities Markers 101: Tips & Tricks

Choose Happiness: Stamps in the Mail Club for November 2014, get your kit at LovenStamps

Do you love stamp sets that have a variety of coordinating pieces?  I love it when the perfect variety of stamps come together to make a gorgeous project.  It’s like the planets are all in alignment and the angels are singing.  Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get what I mean.  Choose Happiness (134198) is one of those stamp sets.

Really, it’s right there in the name of the stamp set.  What do you choose?  I choose happiness!  For stamps.  And if you want, you can make this exact project with me – just follow along on the Video Tutorial.  You can even order a kit to make the card, since it’s part of my November Stamps in the Mail Club.

Oh, and to make the Video Tutorial even more helpful, I’m including some lessons on using your Blendabilities Markers.  For this Stamps in the Mail Club card I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers (130995), and yes, they’re included in the November Stamps in the Mail Club, too.

Can’t see the video correctly?  No problem, click here to view it directly on YouTube.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re there!

Like the idea of having a stamping kit pre-created for you?  I can help you with that!  Be sure to visit my Stamps in the Mail Club page and click the big “click to sign up” button.  You’ll fill out a web form and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice, or you can choose to pay by credit card directly or by check.

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Nov 11 2014

Meg’s Holiday Helper: 12 Ideas for Making it Merry

Get your FREE Holiday Helper Tutorial from LovenStamps - 12 projects for making it merry this seasonDo you ever feel like the holidays creep up on you, and then all of the sudden you wish you’d made some fun and creative craft projects to share with friends and family? Good news!!  This year I’m here to help you! And it’s FREE!

With my LovenStamps Holiday Helper, you’ll be getting inspiration direct to your email inbox every  few days. Each Holiday Helper email includes a pdf tutorial that you can download and keep on your computer or choose to print at home – whatever your crafting style, you’ll have these ideas at your fingertips.

All projects use fabulous Stampin’ Up! products that can be ordered from my online store, 24-7.  So if you’re feeling inspired at 2 am, you’ll be happy to know that you can get your supplies ordered right that minute!

Just click there to fill out the contact form (you’ll know you’re set when you’re directed back to my website).

Pssst…. If you’re already receiving my customer newsletters by email, then you’re already signed up to get my Holiday Helper emails.  In fact, you should have the first 2 already in your email inbox!  If you’re having trouble, just let me know.

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Nov 08 2014

A Treat Idea Your Neighbors Will Love

Holiday Home Christmas Tag with Blendabilities Markers and the Curvy Keepsakes Box Die - sample by LovenStamps

It’s getting to be treat time!  Can you picture the look on your neighbor’s face when you present them with this fun little treat for Christmas?  The Holiday Home stamp set and the coordinating Homemade Holidays Framelits Dies for the Big Shot are available together as a bundle (137631) at 15% off.

Have you had the chance to use the new Blendabilities Markers yet?  The colors are ultra-saturated and gorgeous.  They come in 12 color sets right now, and you’ll want to be sure to use the Memento Ink Pad (132708) to stamp your images for best effects.  Plus I can teach you how to use these fabulous new markers – you’ll want to get signed up for my November Stamps in the Mail Club kit!

Confetti Stars Punch: Perfect for Christmas gift tags, idea from LovenStamps

And did you notice the Confetti Stars Punch (135861) that I used on the tag background?  The negative space effect is perfect when you have something like a tag that stands out on a project.

You probably also noticed the sweet decorations on the house image.  The little wreath and string of lights are just 2 of the many many many (did I say many?) little home decor images that are included with the Holiday Home stamp set.  Here’s a sweet project from Halloween that I shared on my Instagram feed (follow me on Instagram!).  It features the little ghost.  Plus there are about 12 other little decorations in the stamp set (and no, I’m not exaggerating!).

Holiday Home and the Homemade Holiday Framelits for Halloween (with Blendabilities Markers), project by LovenStamps

Want to learn more about the Blendabilities Markers and how to use them?  Good news!  You have perfect timing!  My Stamps in the Mail Club kit for November includes 4 projects that will teach you how to use the Blendabilities in a variety of ways – because you want to be sure to make the most of your tools!

Stamps in the Mail Club with Meg - only at LovenStamps.com featuring the Choose Happiness stamp set from Stampin' Up!

If you’d like to try out Stamps in the Mail Club, click on over for the details and get signed up online with the big “click here to sign up” button!

In the meantime, here are the supplies for today’s Holiday Home treat project:

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Oct 30 2014

Happy Halloween: Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie

 Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie Recipe - from LovenStamps

Mmmm. Tis the season for pumpkin pies! But if you’re dairy free and egg free, not to mention gluten-free, there’s not a lot in a pumpkin pie that works for you.

What does work? Coffee. Coconut milk. Pumpkin. Why not put them all together?

And who knew? I was quite sure that when I did a Google search for a recipe, I would find nothing. But turns out I’m not the only person to have this craving. I bet it’s all about this time of year.

I decided to make up my own recipe anyway though. And honestly, I was so sure it would be great, that I started writing this blog post before I even ran my blender! Safe bet that the smoothie was good though, otherwise this post would’ve been scrapped and you never would be reading it ;)

Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (I like refrigerated kind in a carton – like Silk)
  • 7 cubes of frozen pumpkin purée – about 1 cup (how to roast a pumpkin)
  • 1 cups chilled coffee (decaf for me at night!)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Throw it all in your high-powered blender, press the smoothie button and voila! Pumpkin pie latte smoothie!  For the record, you can probably use a regular blender for this smoothie, since the pumpkin cubes don’t freeze super-hard and are much easier to blend than ice cubes.

Haven’t roasted a pumpkin in awhile?  Or ever?  I like the simple steps over at Elana’s Pantry.  I like to make up my pumpkin to have on hand, so after I roast mine, I scoop the cooked pumpkin into ice cube trays and freeze them for easy use later.

You can purchase pumpkin pie spice premixed, but I like to make up my own.  It’s so simple and I can play with the ratios.  At this time of year, I go through it pretty quickly, too.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix:

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Be sure to let me know if you try the smoothie!

And Happy Halloween to you!!

Paper Pumpkin Kit from September - Happy Halloween treats and a card idea - LovenStamps

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