Stampin Up! Weekly Deals!

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Yes! You read that right!  The Stampin Up! Weekly Deals are going away! The last Weekly Deal offering is April 5-18.  Booo-hooo!  I agree!  However there is some good news.  They are supposed to offer a new program called “Special Offers” that will be less frequent, but have better discounts and products.  So, we wait and see.  However this week there are some nice deals being offered.  I’m getting the Confetti Hearts Punch Boarder (#137415) and some of the Glassine Paper (#138348)!  I need to make some treat bags for teacher appreciation week!

What are YOU getting?  All the deals are listed below!

Here are the Stampin Up! Weekly Deals!


My Journey with Stampin Up! Project Life

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Recently I became a Stampin Up! Demonstrator.  I wanted to do it as a hobby and get the discount, but it’s become a business – which is great!  However, it seems to have opened up a new world of scrapbooking! I feel like I’ve been locked in a dark closet and missed some evolutionary process!  I’ve been scrapbooking on a semi-regular basis for over 10 years.  Mostly purchasing from Close to My Heart or Stampin Up!  But the door has opened and I’m seeing something new!

It all started with the Stampin Up! Project Life Kits.  I wasn’t really interested in PL.  I’m a traditionalist – said with nose fully in the air ;-).  My partner Jenn was all excited to do PL so we ordered some of the kits.  The first ones we purchased were Memories in the Making and Every Day Adventure.  I started looking at the kits and thought they were cute, but could not imagine how I was going to put a layout together in all these little pockets.  I was thinking that I would use the cards as part of a traditional layout. I brought some pictures over and sat down with Jenn and whipped out a 2 page layout.  A two page layout – using all those little pockets and these cards!  I loved it!

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My first Project Life 2 page layout!

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This is the 8 X 12 size pocket.

It’s been just a few weeks since starting.  I joined a couple of  FB Groups, one called Project Life Junkies and one called Scrap Gals Community, both have introduced me to such different thinking!

I’m seeing the changes in products and perspective.  I started hearing about all these other products.  Project life “core kits”, “mini kits”, “accessory kits” and “overlay kits”.  I saw Simple Stories being used as a pocket scrapbooking brand.  Apparently it always was, but I didn’t get it!  I used it for traditional pages!  I’ve always just documented pictures of my kids that I liked, their special events like birthdays, first days of school, and friends.  Now our daily planners are little scrapbooks!  We are PLing by moths and weeks!   It’s become a physical FaceBook!  It’s a different perspective for me, and you know what….I love it!  I’ve now started my first weekly Project Life album for 2016!

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Project Life

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Week 1!

It’s funny, when I first started it was with my friend April.  At the time the style was to cut embellishments and inspiration from anything including cereal boxes, cards, and magazines.  Stickers were all the rage!  But as we all know scrapbooking is organic – it grows and changes for all of us.  When I started out my idea was to fit as many pictures on a page as possible. So I printed my pictures 2×3 and put as many on a page as I could fit!IMG_8175 Then as I discovered scrapbooking magazines like Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbook and Cards Today, all of which included sketches with 4×6 photos, my world changed again!  A new style started to emerge!  I was in love with clean lines and minimal embellishments.   Then began the emphasis on journaling.  Honestly, I have never liked to journal. It’s intimidating to me and I’ve always struggled with it. Mostly because every example I saw in these magazines was computer generated lettering, with the perfect sentiment that was witty.  It was more than just telling the story or capturing the memory – it was, on its own, an embellishment.  I couldn’t do it, there was too much pressure.  So I gave up journaling as part of my page design and started journaling on the backs of my pages in my own messy handwriting. With pocket scrapbooking the expectation is that you record the memory, in your own messy handwriting on a pre-designed journaling card.  It’s taken all the pressure off and it fits my style better!  I can add my pictures, the pre-designed cards that match, tell my story in MY handwriting!

So have I done away with traditional scrapbooking?  No!  I’m looking at all the ways I can add my traditional pages to my PL album!  There are 3 hole 12×12 sleeves that are going to look great in my album!

That’s my story.  What about you?  Tell me in the comments, where did  you start and what has been the most significant change to your scrapbooking?

Your BFF – Lisa


Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set

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BFF Stampers is filling orders for a few people that needed some sentiment cards for the “flu season”.  We used the diagonal score board to make the lined background which adds another dimension to a somewhat simple card.  We are very fond of the softness the Rose Red color adds. The “Thoughts and Prayers” stamp set is a very versatile set.  Not only does it have Thinking of You and Praying for You but also Sharing in your Sorrow sympathy sentiment. You can find all the elements you need for this card listed below.  Happy Stamping!!  Lisa & Jenn
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Mojo Monday 430 – Have a Cuppa

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Back again to showcase another wonderful new stamp set from the Occasions Catalog today.  I have to admit that when I saw this set, it was definitely not one I thought I would like at all because I am not a tea person…I’m a coffee person.  But the more I worked with this set, the more I loved it!  There are actually a lot of tea drinkers in my circle of people that I could give cards too.  I wouldn’t be making cards for myself anyway!  I’m so selfish like that…lol.

So I used this set to make my Mojo Monday card yesterday.

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Anyway, here it is, A Nice Cuppa stamp set and the coordinating products.

Here’s a couple more fun samples:
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I hope you have as much fun as I’ve been having with them!

Best,
BFF’s
Jenn and Lisa

 

 


Occasions Catalog 2016 and SALE-A-BRATION!!

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We are so excited to let you know that the 2016 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs are now live! There are so many awesome new products to choose from.

Over the next few days I’ll post some items from the catalog that we consider “must-haves”! The catalog is filled with all different occasions like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and tons of flowers!

We are having a product demo on Wednesday from 1p.m. – 3p.m. at Lisa’s. She is also hosting another Product Demo on Friday from 6p.m. – 11p.m. You can bring projects you are working on and have fun! There will be a free make and take to try out some of the new product at both events.

Here is the first item with a couple samples from the Occasions Catalog. I will post some Sale-A-Bration also.

What I like most about buying this as a bundle is that not only do you get the stamp set and framelits, but the coordinating designer series paper as well! This set is so versatile! You can use it for just about any occasion.

I’ll show you more in a few days!

BFF’s,
Jenn and Lisa



MojoMonday Challenge! I did mine! Let’s see yours!

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Today is MojoMonday!  So let’s see what you can do with todays card sketch challenge! Here is a link to their sight with todays sketch!

Here is my finished product using some of the NEW “Going Places” Stampin Up! Products coming available January 5, 2016 in the Occasions Catalog.

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Bow Obsession!

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Obsession: n. the domination of ones thoughts or feelings by a persistant idea, IMAGE, or desire.  Bow: n.  said image.

It’s true!  I have become obsessed with the Stampin Up! Bow Builder Punch!  I can’t use it enough!  I’ve used it with glitter paper, DSP and solids that are embossed!  I’ve been playing around with Christmas cards and Birthday cards all day today.  These are just two of my little sneak peeks – and they are rough drafts done in a rush before I had to pick the boys up from school.

Jenn and I are getting ready to run our first BFF Stamping Booth selling our handmade cards at the Barnett Elementary School Holidays on December 11.  If you want to see the finished product and maybe even purchase a box of Christmas cards or Greeting cards come on over and see us!

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If you want to purchase the Bow Builder Punch and have a little fun yourself, here is a supply list that will give you all the items you need to make a really cool Christmas Card!  Share your Bow pictures…cause I can’t get enough bows!!