Last Day to Order from Spring Catalog

Ending of Spring Occasions Catalog

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It is May 31st. The day has arrived to order your Spring craft supplies before the chance is up.  Make sure you head over to my website and order them now before you forget.  The items in the Spring Mini Catalog that are not carrying over to the Annual Catalog will be gone for good.  If you aren’t sure whether the item your heart desires is staying or going, shoot me an email and I will let you know.

You can place your order 2 ways:

Shop Here Online

or Email me here: aprilwaltrip@gmail.com

The offer to Join for only $5o is still going on. Don’t forget to check out the post on Joining for $50 here.

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Dates: May 28 – June 30, 2014

Happy Crafting!!

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Another Stampin’ Up! Treat

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First things first- Go check the Clearance Rack here.  A ton of the soon to be retired products have been added at 25-50% off and they are going quickly.  Get them now while they last, and at a discount.  What are you waiting for- go get them- then come back and read the rest of this post! :)

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Moving onward, here is another example of yesterday’s 12″x12″ DSP paper bag tutorial.  If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, check out the simple tutorial.  All you will need is your favorite Designer Series Paper, your paper trimmer, paper snips and Sticky Strip.  It is a truly simple bag to make in only minutes and you can embellish it however you please.

Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • High Tide Designer Series Paper* Available until June 1, 2014
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Gold Sequin Trim
  • Tea Party Stamp Set
  • Pool Party ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Stampin’ Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Snips
  • Sticky Strip

Tea Party stamp set?  Why yes, I used the Tea Party Stamp set’s “Thank You” tag for this manly bag.  You are probably like me in that you are always looking for a manly stamp set, or an idea of how to incorporate masculine elements into your cards or projects.  Well look no further, the lovely Tea Party stamp set works perfect for this thank you treat bag.

In this case, I used the extra DSP cut from the top panels and flipped to the other side and adhered over the front panel. I didn’t want to fuss with hole punching so I closed it up with a mini clothespin.  How ’bout that Gold Sequin trim, it doesn’t look girly here- it looks like gold rope on a ship.  Then I topped it all off with the Thank you tag.  Wouldn’t it make a perfect thank you party favor for your little guy?!

 

 

Cute 12×12 Treat Bag

Adorable 12″ x 12″ Birthday Treat Bag Tutorial

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Birthday Basic DSP
  • Basic Gray card stock
  • Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Trim
  • Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Ribbon
  • Stampin Trimmer
  • 1/8″ Hole Punch
  • Sticky Strip

As I was perusing Pinterest this morning, I ran across the cutest bag tutorial from Pootles Papercrafts, another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  I am trying to use up my enormous stash of designer series paper and this is the perfect way to do it.  In addition,  the DSP is retiring on the first of June and you don’t want to miss out.

Let me tell you a little secret. Tomorrow there is going to be a HUGE CLEARANCE BLOWOUT.  And everything is going to sell out.  At like 12:00AM. So, with that said, order TODAY or at midnight tonight, because when items hit the clearance rack, they rarely last more than a few hours!

I am going to refer you to the video because it makes putting it together easier for you and will make more sense. However, I have listed the measurements and directions below so that you can look back for reference and go along with the video.

Here is the link to the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUK4pUULkas

Directions:

Use DSP Paper that measures 12×12″

Score at 2 1/4, 5 3/4, 8, 11 1/2″.

Score on the opposite side at 2 1/4 and  9 1/4″.

Cut all bottom slits (smaller scored side).  Cut out the smallest sliver. For the top, which is the larger of the scored panels, cut off all but the second panel from the right, including the sliver (So that makes it the first LARGE panel on the right hand side- leave that one in tact).

Happy Crafting!

 

Weekly Deals

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Weekly Deals 5-20-14

This weeks deals are for the ribbon lover.  I lover ribbon, and the ribbon chosen is perfect to stock up on, especially at this great rate!

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New Digital Downloads

These digital downloads are all about coloring in the lines.  The line drawings can be printed and colored in with Blender pens or the NEW Stampin’ Blendabilities.  You will love having this digital addition.

Baby Tees (item 138006)

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Giggle Greetings (item 138005)

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Wetlands (item 138003)

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Happy Crafting!

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Budget Buster: Free Monthly Expense Tracker

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As well as crafting, I enjoy making spreadsheets and printables.  I like going over my budget (probably in too much detail, too often). Actually, I am a little neurotic about it. So, here’s the good news: I made a printable budget sheet to share with you.

Here is a preview of what it looks like. (Don’t right click and save this one because it isn’t the full version).

Check out the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper across the top.  You can use My Digital Studio to add color to any project. I love the scallop design.

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What is it:

It is a basic household expense tracker that will help you ensure your recurring monthly obligations are paid on time for the entire year.  It lists the name of the expense, the amount, and the due date.  In addition, the initial of each month of the year is listed in a column at the top.

How to use it:

To get the most out of this printable, put it in a binder, at the very front.  Start by listing each monthly expense, adding ones that are specific to your needs and skipping ones that don’t apply to you.  Each month when you balance your account, or when you are mailing out checks (or paying online) check off that month.  List things that are on automatic debit and the date they debit just to remind yourself to 1) make sure they actually came out of your account, 2) make sure you have enough money for them to clear 3) remind yourself to use the service if you are paying for it (gym membership, subscription, etc.) or cancel it if you aren’t getting use out of it.

How to get it:

Alright, for the fun part I have create a few options for you:

#1 Monthly Expenses (with generic bill listing): Monthly Bills

#2 Monthly Expenses- Blank (you’ll have to write everything in): Monthly Bills_Blank

#3 Monthly Expenses Word Doc* (type in your own expenses): Monthly Bills_Blank

*If you do not have the same fonts installed your document may look different.

Just click the links to open and download the PDF files.  Enjoy them, pin them, share them with a friend, but don’t forget to use them!

Happy crafting & budgeting!

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Endless Birthday Wishes- A New Stamp Set

If you loved the Endless Wished wintery photopolymer stamp set, then you will love this set.  It is the same mix of sentiments you can combine and cute curly writing.  You will love to pair the words to create the perfect birthday card.  It comes in the awesome, perfectly clear photopolymer which is easy to stamp with.  As always, it’s only $13.95 and has 27 stamps.  That’s a ton!

Here are some samples that Stampin’ Up! has come up with.  Aren’t they adorable. endless-birthday-wishes_crbphotopolymer_ebw_6 endless-birthday-wishes_crbphotopolymer_ebw_12 endlesssamples

Here is an up close look at the individual pieces.  I am just in love. They are so sweet. endlessbdaywishes

And, here’s what it will look like when you receive it (in between two acetate sheets).

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Endless Birthday Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Happy Stamping!!

Sweet Strawberry Basket Tutorial

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I was crafting this week trying to use up my Designer Series Paper that is on the retirement list (almost all of it) and lightbulb went off.  Baskets, boxes and buckets. They can hold supplies on my desk and they are an adorable way to use up all of the paper crowding my stamping space.

I decided to combine my favorite I Am Me designer series paper and my love for strawberries.  Can you believe that my garden is
already producing fresh, ripe, bright red berries?!?  I can’t help but eat them straight off the vine while I am out checking on the rest of the plants. So, here is born the Designer Series Paper Sweet Strawberry Basket which is currently on my desk holding personalized name stamp!

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I have created a 7 page color step by step photo tutorial in a PDF, for your personal use for purchase below.  Please do not may copies or distribute it as it took a significant amount of time to take all of the step by step photos, compile, and format the tutorial.

Sweet Strawberry Basket Tutorial PDF

Download NOW  $1.00 USD

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This basket can easily be modified to a 3″ x 2.5″ basket.

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New Catalog Excitement

By now you have seen some of what the New Catalog has to offer.  Soon you will have your very own copy in your hands.  You will pour through the pages, use post it’s to mark what you love and search Pinterest for ideas to inspire you.

Although the new catalog brings excitement, I am even happier that some of my favorites made the cut.

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Beach Baby scrapbook page

Today’s post is a quick and easy page.  I wanted to document our first trip to the beach with Silas.

This was an easy way to make it happen.  I used Pool Party 12×12 background card stock and added High Tide Designer Series Paper.  Each photo was matted on Whisper White card stock and the two left photos are “framed” with Crumb Cake card stock that was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  It makes a beautiful woodgrain frame.

The Beach Baby title is cut with my Silhouette E-cutter (which will play a large part in the NEW Annual Catalog). It is mounted on a cute camera shaped – made with the Envelope Punch Board!

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Happy Crafting!

 

 

Stampin’ Up! Retiring List!

Retiring Products, Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone!

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The 2014 Stampin’ Up! Retiring Stamp and Product list is here.

Dates: April 21-June 4, 2014 (all items available while supplies last)

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We’re saying goodbye to hundreds of retiring products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog. Now’s a great chance to get your favorite  retiring products before they’re gone for good! ALL products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your orders in early!

Also, make sure to take advantage of FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING from April 21-25.

Retiring Lists

  • Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)
  • Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

I will be posting updated lists every week, so that you will know which items have sold out and as a reminder to get them before they are gone.  This year all STAMPS will be first come, first served as well.

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