I Love Our Beautiful Friendship

Stampin’ UP! makes creating cards and other amazing projects so incredibly easy by providing card stock, designer series paper, embossing folders, stamps, ink, dies and embellishments! Not only do we have coordination at its finest, but we have the highest quality product on the market. In today’s FREE tutorial you will find our script embossing folder along with a script imprinted sheet from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper and it just ties this cards together quite nicely…don’t you think?

To download this weeks FREE tutorial, click here >>> I Love our beautiful friendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products Used:

Beautiful Friendship – I Love Our Beautiful Friendship
• Stamp Sets – Beautiful Friendship (149252), Seaside Notions (149278)
• Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Rococo Rose (150882), Merry Merlo (146979), Crumb Cake (120953)
• Designer Series Paper: Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (149500)
• Ink: Merry Merlo (147112),
• Big Shot: Scripty 3D embossing folder (149634), Stitched Nested Labels Dies (149638)
• Punches: Detailed Trio Punch (146320)
• Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon (141487), Woven Threads Sequin Assortment (149498)
• Adhesives – Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Another Wonderful Year – Thank You!

Have you all seen all the gorgeousness that is the Tropical Oasis designer series paper? OMG, I have so many ideas romping around my brain to make so many different projects!! Here’s just one example >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download this weeks FREE tutorial >>> Another Wonderful Year – Thank You

Products Used:

Another Wonderful Year – Thank You
• Stamp Sets – Another Wonderful Year (146695), Butterfly Gala (148580)
• Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Pool Party (),
• Designer Series Paper: Tropical Oasis Designer Paper (151252)
• Ink: Pool Party (147107), Daffodil Delight (147094)
• Big Shot: Stitched Shape Dies (145372),
• Punches: Butterfly Duet (148523)
• Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels (144219),
• Adhesives – Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Timeless Tulips – Happy Easter

Oh how I love the spring time and the spring colors we have that allows us to create amazingly beautiful projects to share with our family and friends. I sure hope you find this weeks tutorial inspirational enough to want to create it at home!

Products used:

• Stamp Sets – Timeless Tulips (151534),
• Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Pear Pizzas (131201),
• Designer Series Paper:
• Ink: Pear Pizzazz (147104), Petal Pink (147108)
• Big Shot: Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies (148551),
• Punches: Story Label (150076)
• Embellishments: Metallic Edge Ribbon (Petal Pink) (151194),
• Adhesives – Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

To download this weeks FREE tutorial, click here >>> Timeless Tulips – Happy Easter

 

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Words Cannot Express the Deep Sorrow

I don’t know about you, but I hate having the need for a card like this! It means that someone has lost someone they love and that is so heartbreakingly sad! I never know what to say but I do know that I can make beautiful cards to give and use our sentiments to say “hopefully” the right thing at a time when the recipient needs it.

The stamp set for the sentiment used is from Here’s a Card stamp set. The Lily Impressions designer series paper is a FREE product from the 2020 SaleABration flyer and Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards is used to create this beautiful card!

To download the FREE tutorial, click here >>> Words Cannot Express the Deep Sorrow

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May Your Birthday Be Memorable #TimelessTropical

Stampin’ UP! Timeless Tropical has beautiful imagery but the sentiments deserve some love amongst many other of our designer series papers and card projects! In today’s tutorial, we combine a number of punches and dies to create a beautiful scalloped edge card. You  can download the FREE tutorial HERE >>> May Your Birthday Be Memorable

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Happy Internal Friends Day!!

Hey There!

I received a calendar from my promotional items vendor in mid-December and on it has fun and zany special days on EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and I just think that is so fun!! So, I thought I might find time to incorporate cards into these themes and share them with you here on the blog and on YouTube! If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel, you can CLICK HERE to get there! In honor of #InternationalFriendsDay, there’s a tutorial for 2 different cards using #Stampin’UP! products that you can easily replicate and send to a special friend!

I did not do a video tutorial for the #TimelessTropical project you see here but added the photo to the video for added inspiration. So, here is the Timeless Tropical – Our Friendship is Timeless tutorial so that you can create it in your own craft space! I hope you’ll come back here often for more fun and inspirational tutorials!

Timeless Tropical Stamp Set by Stampin’ UP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Timeless Tropical – Our Friendship is Timeless <<< click for the PDF Tutorial!

Thank you so much for visiting today! If you have any questions or need any of the supplies to make this project or those in the video, you can >>>shop here<<< or click on the links in the PDF.

Until next time, have an amazing day!!

Crafty hugs,

Meem’s (aka Brenda)

 

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A quick an easy Valentine’s Day Card

Hi Stampers!

Here’s a quick an easy Valentine’s Day card using the Heartfelt bundle in the 2020 mini catalog, which you can download by clicking on the CATALOGS tab above. By adding the Heart Doilies or Faceted Gems, you reach the magic number to receive a FREE item from the 2020 Sale-A-Bration flier, so be sure to check it all out.

 

 

 

 

Heartfelt – Love You Lots <<< click to download the FREE tutorial!

Check out the calendar page for upcoming classes, would love to have you!

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10 Tax Advantages to Being a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator

10 Tax Advantages to Being a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator.

Written by: Brenda LaBattaglia

Note: I am not a tax professional, I offer this as informational only. Because the tax laws could change each year, please consult your tax professional for expert opinion.

A tax question came up in a Facebook group I belong to for Stampin’ UP! Demonstrators and while I am not a tax expert, I wanted to share a few advantages to having a home-based business such as being a Stampin’ UP! Independent Demonstrator.

The Advantage – Deductions

Deductions reduce your income thus your tax payment obligation. Therefore, take advantage of the business deductions provided you in the tax law:

  1. Office Space. If you have a designated area or room that you conduct your business, you can deduct this area as a business deduction. The deduction isn’t limited to a full room. Your home office can be part of a room. Measure your work area and divide by the square footage of your home. That percentage is the fraction of your home-related business expenses — rent, mortgage, insurance, electricity, etc., that you can claim as the deduction.
  2. Office Supplies. Keep your receipts for everything you purchase to use in your business. Pens, markers, paper, staplers, etc., can be deducted as a business expense.
  3. Business Supplies. This category includes supplies such as a die cutting machine, paper cutter, stamping blocks, and other non-consumable supplies needed for conducting classes, workshops etc.
  4. Office furniture and equipment. Cabinets, desk, chair, or other furniture and equipment needed to build out your craft business space can be included in the deductions.
  5. Software and Electronics. This category of office expenses includes software, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other smaller electronics. These items can be deducted as a business expense.
  6. Mileage. As Stampin’ UP! Demonstrators, we host workshops and other card making events in our community and we therefore can deduct the mileage driven for those events. The key is to keep a log of those miles to take advantage of this deduction.
  7. Telephone. You can deduct the cost of the business calls you make for business from home. Regular fees and charges on your phone line don’t count toward your deduction. But if you have a second line installed and use it only for business, all these charges are deductible. IF you only have a cell phone and therefore use it in your business, then you can claim calls as a tax deduction. For example, if 30 percent of your time on the phone is spent on business, you could deduct 30 percent of your phone bill.
  8. Travel Expenses. Stampin’ UP! Hosts several events each year for demonstrators and the travel expenses associated with attending these events can be a deduction. So, things like hotel, flights, and rental cars can be deducted as a business expense.
  9. Marketing and Business Development. In order to grow your Stampin’ UP! Business, you might do some advertising, participate in craft shows or conventions and even give gifts to customers. The costs associated with these activities can be deducted.
  10. Professional Services. If you hire consultants or professional’s such as a tax professional or lawyer, the fees associated with these activities can be deducted as a business expense.

As mentioned, the tax laws change regularly but while not the only reason to become a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator (you can find a list of reasons here), being able to reduce your tax obligation each year is quite enticing, wouldn’t you agree?

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Time Saving Tip – Cutting Up Card Stock

Hi everyone!

I am popping in here today to give you a time saving tip! We are all so stinking busy with all sorts of things but if you’re anything like me, crafting keeps the sane in my wackadoodle world! So, I try to find ways to make my crafting super easy! One of those ways is to cut up my card stock in to some common sizes that I know that I will use. For example – I rarely use Whisper White and Very Vanilla as card bases. I mostly use these two colors for inside the card and as a layers on the front of cards. SOOO, I pre-cut entire packs of both colors to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and 5″ x 3 3/4″ to have at the ready when I create cards for classes and special occasions.

 

Do you have any time saving tips? I’d love to hear them…please share in the comments section!

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