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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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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Why I Started Stamping

Why I started stamping!

Back when I was a young girl, my grandmother, Meme, was one of my most favorite people! When my parents moved us to Florida from Massachusetts to Florida in 1972, the only way to stay connected to my grandmother and other family members, was to write letters and send cards. I remember drawing and doodling in my letters too, which I had gotten away from.

 

We don’t send cards and letters any more – not even for Christmas, in fact, when I send cards to my grandchildren, albeit not often enough for my liking, my daughter takes a photo of them with the card and texts that to me as their thank you! While I really do appreciate the thank you, I really want a card or letter back from them. I want to read what’s going on in their life much like I would tell my grandmother and she would tell me. I would get so excited when I received a letter in the mail from her and that is why I stamp! So that I can send beautifully created cards and projects to my family and friends to let them know that I was thinking of them and hope that when they receive it in their mailbox, they’ll be excited and happy! I’ll even love the texts from them to let me know they received it 😊!

 

I may be currently the worlds worse at getting cards and letters in the mail with any regularity, but I am working on it because I want to bring back the actual act of writing cards and letters for those in my circle! It’s my mission for 2020!

 

Want to join me on my quest to bring snail back into popularity? #bringbacksnailmail

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Paper Pumpkin’s first kit of 2020 is all about L-O-V-E.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before the 10th to receive January’s kit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Pumpkin’s first kit of 2020 is all about L-O-V-E.

Whether you want handmade favors for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, or a remarkably romantic wedding, this month’s kit has everything you need to help you celebrate your favorite friendships and love stories. So make it a “LOVE”-ly year with Paper Pumpkin, and start your subscription today!

 

To start your subscription head on over to PaperPumpkin.com

 

There are coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors for the January kit: Crushed Curry, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose

 

Coordinating Product

It’s “BEE”-yond question: You can get more from the I’ll Bee Yours kit when you buy the Heart Punch Pack (item 151292) from the 2020 January–June Mini Catalog. Both punches coordinate with the heart stamp in the kit so you can craft for love-filled occasions now . . . and later! Think: weddings, showers, birthdays, and more! Heart Punch Pack (item 151292), $34.00 usd

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Natures Beauty – Gather Together and Give Thanks

Happy Fall Y’all!

I know, this week I should be sharing a Halloween project but I hope you’ll forgive me for not doing a spooking trick-or-treat card. You see, since my girls are grown and the grands living in other states, I simply haven’t a reason to even think about Halloween. I do however, absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving because, while I always work on being thankful and grateful for everything, everyday, November is the month many more of us are thinking about it. Sooooo, this weeks tutorial features another Thanksgiving project.

Natures Beauty

This weeks tutorial features the Natures Beauty stamp set, which is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. $3 of every sale of this stamp set goes toward mental health organizations. I hope you will help me support mental health by purchasing this set.

Here’s the card:

Stampin' UPs Natures Beauty card

To create this card click here for the free tutorial: Gather Together and Give Thanks – Natures Beauty

 

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I Am Thankful for You – Bird Ballad and Perennial Essence – A Perfect Pair

I Am Thankful for You

This weeks tutorial combines some pretty amazing products. You have to check out the Bird Ballad Laser Cut cards. These ready made cards are beautifully detailed and when you couple them with the Perennial Essence designer series paper, OH MY GOODNESS it’s beauty overload.

Here’s the Perennial Essence DSP

 

 

 

 

Here’s this week’s card:

I Am Thankful for You card using Bird Ballad Laser Cut cards and Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper

You can get the full tutorial to make these cards by clicking here: Bird Ballad I am Thankful for You

I hope you enjoy this weeks tutorial and I appreciate you stopping by to visits. Please be sure to subscribe so that you are notified when we make new posts and receive our newsletters!

Want to make these cards in person? Be sure to register for our classes. Check out the calendar and reserve your spot.

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Stampin’ UP!s Ride With Me Set – Happy Harvest

Alright, who loves to color?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so this weeks tutorial brings you a cute card featuring the Ride With Me stamp set and dies. You’ll create the sky and road by rolling ink onto Whisper White card stock and stamping some grass but the feature of the card is the vintage truck! While the sample features the Mint Macron, what color will your truck be? Oh, I don’t forget the Wink Of Stella to create some shine! Get all the details by clicking here: Happy Harvest – Ride With Me

Stampin’ UP!s Ride With Me stamp set and Truck Ride Dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to visit over the next couple of weeks as we feature several more Thanksgiving themed cards!

Be sure to check the calendar for up coming card classes and RSVP for one soon!

See you next week!

 

 

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Adventure Pocket Card with Stampin’ UP!s See A Silhoutte DSP

This weeks tutorial is a cool take on a greeting card!

This week I wanted to share with you a different way to send greetings. Most greeting cards either fold up or fold left, and we have created some pretty stinkin’ cute cards that way! But, this week, let’s create a pocket card. It’s super easy! The card insert can be a gift card holder too by simply making the card insert 1/2″ longer and folding it at that 1/2″ mark.

Click here to down load the free tutorial: Adventure Pocket Card

Pocket Card using See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper

See a Sihouette Suite by Stampin’ UP!

If you’re looking for a group of crafty ladies to make cards and other fun paper crafts each month, I’d love to have you join our monthly card class. We meet on the third Sunday of each month (unless otherwise noted) at 2:00 pm. Take a look at the calendar and send me an RSVP!

Thank you for visiting with us and we hope to see you back here soon!

Happy crafting!

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The World Needs More of You Scallop Note Card

Hello everyone! This weeks tutorial features the Free As A Bird stamp set along with the Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes and Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. Using ready made note cards like the Scalloped Note Cards makes card making super easy! Look how we were able to take the Calypso Coral and Old Olive note cards and make two different cards using the same sheet from the Bird Ballad designer series paper!

If you would like to make these cards yourself The World Needs More of You – Bird Ballad to download the PDF tutorial.

If you’d like to hang out with a group of ladies who love to craft, join us for our monthly card class!

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Hello stamping friends. This weeks tutorial is using the It Starts With Art bundle in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog! Above is the Follow Your Art designer series paper. I love the bright colors and the artsy imagery! Below is the tutorial to make a fancy fold card where you’ll get to play with the Arts and Crafts dies, the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and the Button Button embossing folder.

It Starts With Art Hello Fancy Fold Card

Click here for the PDF tutorial: Hello

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