Last Call .. Going .. Going .. Buy 3 Get 1 Free

You know the old saying ... all good things come to an end!    
Just a quick reminder that the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale is ending while you put those Trick-or-Treaters to bed on Halloween night!   

Check your stash against the list of qualifying designer papers below to be sure you get your favorites:


 Click here to shop now!
Thanks so much, y'all!
Inky (((hugggsss))),

Courage in Orange & a Helping of Hope

Courage:   Even though it defines many, today I'm using it to define those who battle cancer.  This particular card has been created to send to my sister-in-law, who is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous kidney.  

Thankfully, I spotted the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week, with the just-right sketch!

I'm almost sitting on my hands over such a vast amount of white space!  I adore it in a million ways on "other peoples' works" ... but a glance over my typical creations is all it takes to see that I must have been born as a 'winter' stamper, i.e. needing a lot of layers.  

  The fun part of this was making my own background papers with Distress Oxide ink for the cut circle, then again to emboss the detailed ribbon image. Although I'll hope to be able to color in the detail on this stamp in the coming months, it's impossible for me right now.   So, I was compelled to go for the shiny, fine-tuned texture of embossing.

Hope:  Now for that 'Helping of Hope' that I mentioned in the title. Over the past 2 years, my vision has declined steadily, to the point where I stopped driving 1 year ago.  While I still 'want' to stamp and to create, my efforts in 2017 have literally brought tears of frustration.  Studio classes became impossible, both in preparation and in design creations.  My sidekick is a huge magnifying glass on my stamping table, and another at my side all other times.  If only those trying tears could cure these eyes!     

Request for Tomorrow:  The sun will come out, tomorrow!  Yeah ... my current 'ear worm' ... you're welcome!      I would love your prayers for successful procedures tomorrow!  Two of my three vision issues will be treated in surgery tomorrow morning (Tues.) in one eye.  With good results, eye #2 will receive the same bypass shunt and cataract removal + lens replacement in the coming weeks.  The third issue, severe dry eye, will continue to be aggressively treated non-surgically.  Oh how I would love to discover being able to drive farther than a mile, to sweep the floor and actually SEE what is there, stamping, reading without holding a great big magnifying glass, creating, playing, seeing the TV again, and yada yada yada.    

...  Yes, please!    Thank you so for your prayers!

Inky (((hugs))),
~  Bev

Buy 3 Get 1 Free, 15% Off and World Card Making Day!

Hello stampy friends!  It's a joy and a privilege to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I invite you to email me any time with your stampy questions, and to to shop with me at your leisure

It's hard to believe that Fall 2017 has begun.  That means it's   already time to celebrate World Card Making Day!  Enjoy  getting 15% off the following Stampin' Up! Note Cards & Envelopes and stamp sets as part of our WCMD celebration!

131527 (Whisper White)/ 144236 (Very Vanilla)Note Cards & Envelopes N/A
143931 (W)/ 143934 (C)Just Add Text Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper
143669Daisy Delight Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
143660Birthday Delivery Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
143650 (W)/ 143655 (C)Merry Mistletoe Be Merry Designer Series Paper
143840 (W)/ 143843 (C)Pieces & Patterns Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper
143677Coffee CafĂ© Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
143937 (W)/ 143940 (C)Oh So Eclectic Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
143799 (W)/ 143802 (C)Lots Of Love Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper
143846 (W)/ 143849 (C)Graceful Garden Petal Garden Designer Series Paper
143726Colorful Seasons Color Theory Designer Series Paper
143925 (W)/143928 (C)Wood Words Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
144807Brightly Lit Christmas Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper

and finally .... 

Oct. 1 - 31

Please click here to see the complete list of Designer Series Papers included in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion!

Enjoy these special offers and create something you love!  

Inky (((hugs))),

One of the Best! a.k.a. Falling on My Sword

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is 'live' and available for ordering! 

As you might expect, it's brimming with new stamp sets, accessories, papers ... and inspiration ideas for Fall and the upcoming Christmas season.

But is that all we can do with those new treasures?   
Absolutely not!   For example ...

While this is not a seasonal creation, the thinlits (dies) and papers are new products from the Holiday Catalog:  Trim Your Stocking thinlits and the Merry Little Christmas designer papers!  

We all have those fabby people in our lives whom we personally deem as 'one of the best'.  Best friend, best baker, best giggle-maker, best hugger, best *insert your term*, etc.    By masking off one word (And), I was able to turn this sentiment into one that's just right for the front of my card.   I wanted a non-holiday sentiment, so this is from the Lovely Friends stamp set from the annual catalog.

In a perfect world, I would have had this blogged earlier for the Stampin' Up! Anything but the Holidays blog hop .... but ... I had a giant flub-Oooops week (no .. not just one 'day') and totally messed up.  Please forgive me.    This is my sword, and I'm falling on it.   Be sure to click this link to be immersed in lots more non-holiday inspiration!

Inky hugggsss,

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Did You Hear That? Pumpkin Sale = 50% Off!

   Even though we're still in the heat of Summer, there's a cool new sale on pumpkins ... Paper Pumpkin!   

   One of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin is that it contains everything needed to create the cards or other projects inside ... except paper snips and Snail (dry runner) adhesive.   This sweet box of craftiness includes an exclusive stamp set, dimensional adhesives and/or glue dots if needed, and all embellishments required.  You just open and create ... or better yet, open with a crafty friend and create a fun time together!   Here's a video look at July's Paper Pumpkin kit:

   This one was really a lot of fun. 

   Here's how to order Paper Pumpkin:
  • Visit http://paper 
  • Please use my name, Bev Gerard, as your demonstrator.
  • Use this code for your 50% savings:   HALFOFF0917
  • That's all there is to it!
    You will receive an email letting you know when Paper Pumpkin has been shipped each month, so you can be on the lookout for easy, creative fun a few days later.  

   September 10 is the last day to take advantage of this promotion.   

   Inky (((hugs)))!

Something Wonderful ... and Watery!

What should one do while awaiting their upcoming box from UPS?  Stamp when possible, of course! 
And how about tossing on a bit of water ... mixed with inks?

Inspiration comes in many forms, whether we are looking for it or not.  This was entirely inspired by my friend Lydia's recent Dare to Get Dirty challenge ... Let it Run!  While I don't revel in mixed media to the same degree, I immediately began mess-making, splattering, making watery colors with ink refills (reinkers), some with pigment powders, and generally turning my studio sink area into a color explosion zone, worthy of a waterproof apron.  Note:  Not having such a waterproof protective option resulted in careless abandon while playing!  

A mix of deep blues + greens created the richly colored inking on white C/S for this dragonfly created with Detailed Dragonfly thinlits.  A layer of Vellum C/S and Wink of Stella seemed to give life to this winged wonder!  I couldn't resist a brief play in my flowerbed for natural lighting.   *rolls eyes at self*

These hottest days of Summer in Texas seem to be the time when dragonflies visit my little spot on the planet the most.  They seemed a bit scary to my young self, but now I stand still and watch in fascination when rare sightings happen near me.  Wow moments!

Yesterday I enjoyed a delightful day of stamping with some of my Stampin' Stars team.  It fills my heart to be in a room with joyous paper crafters who adore this craft!  Hope you experience some joy in stamping/crafting this week as well!  Please feel welcome to contact me with any stampy questions or needs at any time.

Early Release for Christmas!

What a sweet treat I've come to share with you today!

Starting today, this exclusive stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog is available for your orders!   Normally, only Stampin' Up! demonstrators get to order before a catalog goes live .. but this time, you get to join in the fun with a head start on your Christmas creations!  Take a look to see it in action ... ...

Save 10% when purchasing the bundle that includes both the Carols of Christmas stamp set along with its coordinating thinlits dies, or order separately ... your choice as always!  Got a crafty friend to share/split the deal with?  Click here for Carols of Christmas!

No matter where you are in the USA .. I'm right here and happy to help answer questions, help with stampy decisions, or arrange for classes, orders, etc.  Contact me any time.  It's my joy to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Inky (((huggss))),

Christmas in July Ends Today! Get Your Coupons!

Hello, Stampy Friends!   

Just a quick reminder that today (Monday, July 31) is the last day of our Christmas in July and the very last day to earn $5 coupons for every $50 in merchandise purchases thru the Bonus Days promotion.  
(I know ... July flew by like a meteor!)

I'm tossing in a Flash*Last Day promotion of my own to those who decide the Starter Kit described below is the best deal for them!  I'm personally adding in a free stamp set from the 2017 Annual Catalog to those who purchase a starter kit today ... all ready to package, address, + mail out to new Stampin' Stars!  And ... we have a team gathering coming up in August for all to stamp + swap together.  Stampin' Stars can swap with us from wherever they are .. so come play along!

Inky (((hugs))),

Oooooh! Boxed Creativity!

Have you experienced the fun of a box of creativity arriving at your doorstep?  

Peek inside July's Paper Pumpkin kit ... ...

the Pumpkin Scoop ... ...
  • Every kit comes with an exclusive stamp set to use over and over!
  • We also send at least one Classic Stampin’ Spot with every kit. The colors don’t repeat in a 12-month period, so it’s easy to build a collection of colorful ink.
  • Every new subscriber receives a clear block (size D) with their first kit to help them get started and to use throughout their subscription. 
  • It’s flexible! You can suspend (for a month) or cancel at anytime.  {I love this!}
  • Since all the prep work is done, the projects take a shorter time to complete, making it the perfect on-the-go craft. Headed out of town? Grab a kit to create during some downtime. It’s all contained in one little box, so it’s easy to take anywhere!
  • Every month, we share a video to quickly demonstrate how to assemble each kit.
  • You can create the project as we intended, or if you’re feeling the urge to get a little creative, head on over to our Pinterest page. We link to our subscribers’ brilliant projects every month.
  • *Every subscriber has exclusive access to our selection of past kits. So, when a kit runs out, you can buy more—either as a full kit or a refill (without stamp set and ink). 

Click here to get your own Paper Pumpkin!

Thank you big bunches to my subscribers!  Happy stampin', my friends!

Inky (((hugggsss))),

Treat Yourself!

Click here to shop!

Scoop:  There's no limit to the number of coupons you can earn throughout this Bonus Days promotion!  Likewise, there's no limit to the number of orders you can make in July to earn a few more coupons!  So even if you open up a happy mail box and discover that you simply forgot a certain something ... all orders of $50+ will earn these spendable gifts for August!
Example:  Last week I ordered stamps for myself/classes, and some gifts for my team members.  This is good!  But then I discovered that I forgot to order a couple of other items needed for an upcoming gathering.  Bummer.       Aha! No limits!  This means I was able to submit another order to include those forgotten goodies ... and since the total was a tiny bit over $50, another coupon came along with the order!  Happy gram!

As always, please contact me with any questions!  I'm back from totally unplugged time away in the Ozarks (Wow!), and recovering quite nicely from some dental ouchy biggies, so am back online, on text, phone, etc.   Yay! = Happy to help you in any way that I can.

Thanks for blessing me with your Stampin' Up! business!

Inky ((((hugggsss)))),

Christmas In July!

During July, 2017, there's an especially sweet deal 
with our Christmas in July Bonus Days!

     The Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to  purchase a starter kit.  For $99, you choose $125 in stamps + accessories ..... and ..... there's so much more!

First, you'll receive the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the upcoming holiday catalog for FREE ($20 value)! 

Additionally.... your starter kit will include will receive 
a FREE Essentials Gift Pack which includes:
  • Paper Snips 
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Grid Paper
  • two D Blocks
  •  and a Bone Folder. 
  • That’s an added value of $52!

Everyone who purchases a starter kit from me has exclusive Bev-Bonus opportunities to receive free items on a regular basis, plus exclusive live video chats, training, sharing, gatherings and more. 

There is no obligation to sell or demo at any time.  
Your decisions ... your style ... for as long as you wish.

When?  Any time is a very smart time to start taking advantage of your own SU discount ... but July offers a lot of extra Christmas in July delights for the savvy shopper!  


You're invited to check out more information right here!   Or, I welcome your email (just click the colored text) at any time! 

Inky (((hugs))),

Flying Pigs & Fluffy Clouds!

Confession:  I can hardly contain my delight over the This Little Piggy stamp set!   Yes ...  the same set featured in my previous blog post.  Blame it on the piggy.  I think she comes with a little 'happy magic' tucked in ... never to be seen ... just a bit of unexpected but welcome joy...  joie de vivre!

Now she could just as easily be for a birthday or a happy announcement, but I couldn't resist making up a couple with the fabulous sentiments paired on the front and inside!

Just for good measure, I switched the orientation of my first card as well.  When you're having fun ...  (or while it's raining) ... keep on having fun!

So you might be thinking, "Uhhhhmmm, embossing paste?"  Let me show you how easy it is ... 

All products used are all shared below.  If I can be of help, please shout out any time.  Thanks bunches, everyone!

Inky (((hugs)))!

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