No-Line Watercoloring Technique for Handmade Cards

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This cardmaking project features a "new-to-me" technique called no-line watercoloring. With this project, instead of water, we will be using a clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

The image you see on this card is from the Dainty Delight Cling Stamp Set [161078] from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.  That gorgeous paper in the background is from the Dainty Flowers 12" X 12"Designer Series Paper [160834] that you can earn free with a $50 purchase from my Stampin' Up! Online Store during our huge Sale-A-Bration promotion which continues through the end of February 2023. This paper has been extremely popular and for good reason. It is absolutely beautiful and can be used to make so many beautiful cards.

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In the video below, you'll see this technique and this easy fun fold plus I will show off this stack of designer papers so you can see just exactly what all the good fuss is about.

This technique gives you that artistic feel. But, it's very simple to achieve by using a light color ink and then applying our classic inks with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. This technique could also be accomplished by using water with our Water Painters and our classic inks. Using the glitter brush gives that little bit of sparkle that makes it extra special.

In the video below, you can see this technique, how easy it is, and also this beautiful collection of designer papers. If you continue watching the video, you'll also see another beautiful card using these designer papers that you can earn for free. Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold in half at 4 1/4 and then fold the card front in half back to the fold.
  • Basic White for the inside of the card is cut at 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Two prints of the designer paper are cut at 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Watercolor paper is cut at 2 x 3 3/8.
  • You will need a piece of Mossy Meadow to back the sentiment and to die-cut the label that is behind the main image.

No-line-watercolor-technique-cardmakingHere are the supplies used for this card-making project.

 

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And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

It's time for you to order your supplies, and try this no-line watercoloring technique on your next handmade card!


Facebook and YouTube LIVE Today with an Easy Watercolor Technique!

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We have some beautiful papers in our Sale-A-Bration brochure and in today's LIVE, we will be using two of those to make our projects.  Don't miss this easy watercolor technique!

You'll want these papers and you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order!

Set a reminder and join us on either Facebook or YouTube...Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT

See you then!


Beautiful Paper to Make Beautiful Handmade Cards

Favored-flowers-sympathy-cardThere's no doubt that beautiful designer paper really adds to the beauty of handmade cards. 

During January and February, Stampin' Up! is offering some gorgeous papers in our annual Sale-A-Bration promotion where you can earn free products with each $50 or $100 purchase.

Today's card project is created with the  Fragrant Flowers stamp set and the Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper is one of the items that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration. Favored-flowers
Click here to download the FREE PDF for this card.

Product List -Purchase the Fragrant Flowers Bundle and the Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set and get the Favored Flowers paper for FREE.

I truly appreciate your support when you shop with me!

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During Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As an added thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Shop and earn this designer paper for FREE and start creating some beautiful handmade cards!


Stampin' Up! Birthday Card with Tips for Backgrounds

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-1Let's start the week off with a birthday card tutorial including some tips for backgrounds. 

This card features the Share a Milkshake Bundle and I've used the "straw" stamp to make a fun background.  It adds a fun touch and ties in the Crumb Cake color from the cone and the ribbon.

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-2The images and dies in this combo of products add just the right touch for birthday celebrations, Valentine cards, or for just because greetings!

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Let's take a look at the video for this card assembly and tips!

 

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-3If you'd love to create a card like this one, you shop directly in my Online Store by clicking the link below.

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Order-buttonI am ever so grateful for shopping with me!  And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now, get those supplies, and get ready to create some sweet projects like this birthday card with the Share A Milkshake Bundle [160396]!


Using Simple Layers to Make Your Handmade Cards Special

Handmade-card-stampin-up-share-a-milkshakeWant to make your handmade cards extra special by adding simple layers?

On this card, created with the Share A Milkshake Bundle (English) [160396], there are several layers simply created with different cuts of card stock and patterned paper. It's the combination of colors, patterns, and textures that add so much interest!

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You can see this card demonstration on the following recording of a LIVE broadcast from this week.  It's a bit comical!  I tried to be so organized and it backfired on me ...just a little.

Here are some of the details and measurements for these layers...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base measures 4 1/4 x 11; scored at 5 1/2.
  • The designer paper covering the front of the card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • The textured card stock layer measures 5 x 3 3/4.
  • The accent piece of designer paper measures  4 7/8 x 2 1/4.
  • The Basic White measures piece  4 1/2 x 2 3/4.

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You can try this layering technique on any card!  Vary the size of your pieces, add texture, combine patterns in like colors of designer paper...the sky is the limit.  Let your imagination spark your creativity!

The Share A Milkshake Bundle (English) [160396] is great for celebrating any occasion!   Did you see this project?

If you'd like to create a card like this one, take a look at the products listed below then click on the links to shop!

I hope you enjoyed the video and had a laugh or two! It's fun for me to create and share project ideas with you and I truly appreciate your support when you shop with me!

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During Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As an added thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now it's your turn!  Gather these supplies and on your next handmade card, add some simple layers to make them extra special!


Facebook and YouTube LIVE Today!

Going Live(2)We have some sweet projects to make including a handmade card with lots of layers and a tiny treat bag featuring the spectacular Share A Milkshake Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog! Get yours here... you will want to create these projects!

Set a reminder and join us on either Facebook or YouTube...Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT

See you then!

 


Easy DIY 2023 Calendar

Share-a-milkshake-calendar-2Today's project is an easy DIY 2023 calendar made with a sweet bundle from the Stampin' Up! Mini catalog, Share A Milkshake Bundle [160396].

It's still January so you can continue to make calendars to share with friends, family, and co-workers. 

Earlier this month, this style of calendar was shared on my mini catalog launch with a different theme and different supplies.  While working with this ice cream-themed stamp set, I thought it would make a sweet calendar to have on my desk.

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Below are the measurements and tips so that you can create some, too!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Choose your stamp set and designer paper first.  This makes it easier to determine your colors for card stock and ink.
  • The base is cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 just like a standard-sized card with a "tent" opening.
  • To support the base, you will need another piece of card stock in the same color cut at 4 1/4 x 4.  On the 4-inch side, score at 1/2, 2, and 3 1/2.
  • Burnish on the score lines to form a "w" shape with the two 1/2 inch scores folded up in a valley fold.  Apply adhesive to these two 1/2-inch panels and glue to the inside of the card base as seen in the first photo on this post.
  • Finish the front as desired. (For the sentiment, I stamped and cut the "life is sweet" from the longer version in the stamp set.)

Comment below with your email if you'd like information on the mini calendars.

January 2023 Canva Templates(8)JOIN US LIVE on THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th!

The Share A Milkshake Bundle is my featured bundle this week and you can see two other cute projects on my LIVE tomorrow on Facebook and YouTube.

Set your reminder to join us at Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT on Thursday, January 19, 2023!

Shop now so you can create the projects that you'll see with this super cute bundle!

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It's a huge support when you shop with me and allows me to be able to continue sharing with you!  And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now, place your order, and get ready to make this easy DIY 2023 calendar for yourself and your loved ones!

 


Stampin' Up! Mardi Gras 2023 Fun Fold Card

2023-Mardi-Gras-fun-fold-card-1It's that time of the year again and so to keep in step with the Mardi Gras season, here's a Stampin' Up! fun fold card made with one of those adorable characters from the Playing in the Rain Bundle.  Be sure to check out both projects from that LIVE.

Although this was shared last week, I wanted to share a how-to video with not as much chatter and with a festive switch of a theme.  When I saw that fox with an umbrella, I knew I had to dress him up for Mardi Gras.

Here's the video then read on for the details...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base for this fun fold card is cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 
  • Score on the long side at 2, 3 1/8, 5 3/8, and 6 1/2.
  • Layers for outside panels are (2) 5 3/8 x 1 7/8, and (2) 5 1/4 x 1 3/4.
  • The inner layers are (2) 5 3/8 x 1 and Basic White 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Decorate the outside as desired.  If using ribbon for a closure, wrap-around card adhering to the top with the main images adhered over top of that.

2023-mardi-gras-fun-fold-card-2Here are the supplies used for this project.  You can click the links to learn more and to shop!

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Here's hoping you've enjoyed learning about this project!  Much time, thought, and love goes into the creation of my cards. 

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Thank you for your support by shopping with me! And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now try this fun fold card on your own and let me know if you try your own version of a Mardi Gras card with Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain!

 


Fun Fold Card and Valentine's Treat Holder with Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain

YouTube Premiere Thumbnail(2)Yesterday's LIVE demonstration on Facebook and YouTube featured a fun fold card and Valentine's Treat Holder with the new Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain.

These whimsical characters from the stamp set and coordinating specialty designer series paper make some adorable projects!  The card shared here earlier this week was another example of super cuteness overload!

Here's the fun fold...

Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain-1You can see that the designer paper was strategically cut to make an outdoor scene with this little turtle in a field of daisies.

Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain-3Here's the open card with space for writing a message. I left it without an inside sentiment until I decide for what occasion the card would be sent. Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain
In this close-up of our friend, Mr. Turtle, notice that the bridge is only adhered on the two sides and in a couple of places along the bottom.

Here are some of the details and dimensions for this card...

Lisa's Inklings for the fun fold:

  • The base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 2, 3 1/8, 5 3/8 and 6 1/2 on the long side.
  • Two pieces of patterned paper for the outside are cut 5 3/8 x 1 7/8.
  • Two pieces of coordinating patterned paper are cut 5 3/8 x 1 for the inside panels.
  • Basic White piece for the inside is cut at 5 1/4 x 2.
  • When adhering the main image to the card front, adhere to only one of the panels (top or bottom).  The other side just overlaps.
  • Burnishing with a Bone Folder on all of the folds is a very important step.

2023-valentine-treat-holder-playing-in-the-rain-1This simple Valentine's treat holder is a larger version of a gift from one of my team members last year.  You begin with a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper and with a few cuts and a few folds, you've got a darling little two-pocket treat holder.

Here are the scoring measurements for this project.  It's best to watch this section of the video to see the assembly.

Lisa's Inklings for the Valentine's treat holder:

  • Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock or paper.  Cut one side to measure 10 inches.
  • Score the 12-inch side and 4 and 8.  Score the 10-inch side at 4, 5, and 6.
  • You will make a diagonal cut on the four corners.

Watch the video below. This Valentine's treat is the first project.

And, here are the stars of the show...

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I hope you have enjoyed these projects!  Much time, thought, and love goes into each design. 

Thank you for your support by shopping with me! And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

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It's time for you to plan your projects with the Playing in the Rain Bundle so start with this fun fold card and Valentine's Treat Holder.

 


Facebook and YouTube LIVE Today!

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These adorable characters are featured this week on Ink and Inspirations and you will see more in our LIVE today!

We will be creating a fun fold card and a treat holder.  You will also get a peek at a few more samples before these appear here on the blog!

Set your reminder to join us LIVE on Facebook or YouTube at 12 pm ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT!


Let's Go Fly A Kite with Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain

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Stampin' Up! Playing In The Rain Bundle (English) [160551] is our featured product this week here on Ink and inspirations.

This stamp set and coordinating dies are from the Rain or Shine Suite Collection in the new mini catalog. The characters in this stamp set and designer paper are adorable! Even better is the ability to cut so many of these images with the dies or with your Paper Snips [103579] to use on your cardmaking or scrapbook projects.

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This card was fun to create and I know our granddaughters will love it!  Do you have any littles in your life that would enjoy a card like this? Or, heck, how about any of your young-at-heart friends?

The card background is taken from one of the designer series paper sheets and the only stamping on this card is the sentiment.

Here are a few details so that you can assemble this card yourself.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Balmy Blue Cardstock [146982] base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at the 4 1/4 mark.
  • The Rain Or Shine Specialty 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [160540] for the background is cut from the middle of the landscape page with the sky and flower field.
  • For the bunny, you can die-cut or fussy-cut with scissors the bunny from designer paper.
  • The cloud is fussy-cut from designer paper.
  • Die cut the kite in Basic White.  I used the same die to cut a piece from the designer paper for the kite itself as well as the bows on the tail.
  • For the twine string on the kite, I stretched some glue dots to make the cross on the kite then used another glue dot for the string to extend from the kite center to the bunny's hand.
  • The sentiment is stamped on a scrap piece of designer paper then fussy cut and applied with Dimensional adhesive. 
  • The bows adhere to the tail with Glue Dots.
  • Note: Dimensionals are used to adhere the cloud, bunny, kite, and sentiment.

Playing-in-the-rain-card-kite-2Here is the listing of supplies used for this card...

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I can't wait to show you more with the Playing In The Rain Bundle [160551]!  Be sure to tune in tomorrow on Facebook or YouTube for a fun crafting time with these cute characters!  Set your reminder for Thursday, January 12- Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT!

In the meantime, gather the supplies needed to create with the adorable Playing In The Rain Bundle [160551], and plan to meet me LIVE tomorrow!


A Great Community of Stampers

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If you’ve been thinking about joining the Stampin' Up! family, the beginning of a New Year is a great time to do it!

Have questions? I'd love to speak with you!

The first step is to send me an email or give me a call at 409-719-2853. 

Sale-A-Bration is an excellent time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decided to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175 of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129!
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175 of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129!
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175 of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99!

 

Call me at 409-719-2853 if you'd like to learn more.  Or, if you are ready to join the Stampin' Up! family, visit here!
We would love to have you as part of our Ink and Inspirations Stars Community!


Last Day for These Cardmaking Kits!

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We don't want you to miss Project Pack #3 featuring three cardmaking kits from our recent mini catalog launch!

 Today is the last day to place your qualifying order!

When you place a minimum order of $50 or more from my Stampin' Up! online store you will not only receive a free Salebration choice with each $50 in product purchase, but I will also send you the class kits (the Project Pack) for this particular class in the mail. You must place that order by the end of the day TODAY, Monday, January 9th!

Here are the details...

This online class for the catalog launch is FREE to watch, but if you would like kits to go, the minimum amount to order is $50 before shipping and tax and the current host code must be added before checking out. Current Host Code is MM4BSSAJ. 

 

Details: 
* Order a Minimum of $50 before shipping and handling to receive three kits as seen in the catalog launch video.  With each order of $50 you will also choose a Sale-A-Bration reward.

Use Host Code MM4BSSAJ 

*** Important:  Please do not use the Host Code if your order before shipping and tax is $150 or more.  

You will still receive the kits AND get Stampin' Rewards for a FREE product of your choosing from Stampin' Up! to add to your order!
* I will email you within 24 hours acknowledging your order.
* Project packs are to ship to you by Friday, January 13th**.    (**You will be notified of any date changes.)

You will need stamps, inks, adhesives, and essential tools to complete these projects!

 

Place your order to get these cardmaking kits today!


2023 Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and Saleabration Launch Class and Project Pack Kits

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Stampin' Up! Saleabration 2023 is underway along with a new Mini Catalog with lots of new products for our spring crafting. This morning on Facebook and YouTube, I held a special catalog launch party where three projects were demonstrated using new products in combination with products from the annual catalog.

Along with this catalog launch class, there is a special offer!

When you play some minimum order of $50 or more from my Stampin' Up! online store. You not only receive a free Salebration choice  with each $50 in product purchase, I will also send you the class kits, the Project Pack, for this particular class in the mail. You must place that order by the end of the day on Monday. January the ninth.

Here are the details...

This online class for the catalog launch is FREE to watch, but if you would like kits to go, the minimum amount to order is $50 before shipping and tax and the current host code must be added before checking out. Current Host Code is MM4BSSAJ. 

RSVP by placing an order starting January 5th through the end of the day on January 9th for the To Go Project Pack kits.You will need stamps, inks, and adhesives to complete the cards.

Details: * Order a Minimum of $50 before shipping and handling to receive three kits as seen in the catalog launch video.  With each order of $50 you will also choose Sale-A-Bration rewards.

Use Host Code MM4BSSAJ 

*** Important:  Please do not use the Host Code if your order before shipping and tax is $150 or more.  You will still receive the kits AND get Stampin' Rewards for FREE product of your choosing from Stampin' Up! to add to your order!* I will email you within 24 hours acknowledging your order.* Project packs are due to ship to you by Friday, January 13th**.    (**You will be notified of any date changes.) 

Here are the three projects with the details:

Country-bouquet-valentine-mini-catty-launchValentine Card...

  • Card base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. You will need a piece that you can emboss with the Hive 3 D Embossing Folder [157955].
  • Basic White is cut 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 for card front and 4 x 5-1/4 for the inside of the card.  You will also need a scrap piece to punch the heart.
  • Petal Pink for embossed and punched heart and a small  1/2" strip for the sentiment.
  • dsp: 4 pieces in different colors cut 1 x 3.

Here are the supplies used for this project:

 

 

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  • Fresh Freesia is cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 and another piece cut at 4 1/4 x 4 and scored at 1/2, 2, and 3 1/2 on the 4" side.  You will need a 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 piece for behind the calendar.
  • Dandy Designs 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [160836]: 4 x 5-1/4. You can earn this huge pack of paper for FREE with a $100 order!
  • Basic White: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 for stamping and fussy cutting.

Here are the supplies used for this project:

 

 

Playing-in-the-rain-launch-card-1Playing in the Rain Card...

Here are the supplies used for this project:

EXTRA from Lisa!  

Each purchase of $100 in product (before shipping and tax) ON A SINGLE ORDER during Sale-A-Bration, will also receive a $10 coupon to use in March 2023 to apply to your order total.  No limit to how many you can earn but only applies to orders of $100 or more on a SINGLE ORDER through the end of February and must be redeemed in March 2023.  (Totals of orders will not be combined to reach $100.)

See the recording of the LIVE video below!

 

Shop the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and take advantage of these extra perks with Saleabration!


It Starts Tomorrow! Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration and the NEW Mini Catalog!

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The new Stampin' Up! January -May Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration begin tomorrow! Join us on Facebook or YouTube for a fun catalog launch class!

This class for January features three designs with new product from the January to May Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure and will be demonstrated in the Catalog Launch LIVE on Facebook/YouTube, Thursday, January 5th, 12 pm ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT.

This online class for the catalog launch is FREE to watch, but if you would like kits to go, the minimum amount to order is $50 before shipping and tax and the current host code must be added before checking out.
Current Host Code is MM4BSSAJ. 

RSVP by placing an order starting January 5th through the end of the day on January 9th for the To Go Project Pack kits.You will need stamps, inks, and adhesives to complete the cards.

Details: * Order a Minimum of $50 before shipping and handling to receive three kits as seen in the catalog launch video.  With each order of $50 you will also choose Sale-A-Bration rewards.

Use Host Code MM4BSSAJ 

*** Important:  Please do not use the Host Code if your order before shipping and tax is $150 or more.  You will still receive the kits AND get Stampin' Rewards for FREE product of your choosing from Stampin' Up! to add to your order!* I will email you within 24 hours acknowledging your order.* Project packs are due to ship to you by Friday January 13th**.    (**You will be notified of any date changes.) 

EXTRA from Lisa!  

Each purchase of $100 in product (before shipping and tax) ON A SINGLE ORDER during Sale-A-Bration, will also receive a $10 coupon to use in March 2023 to apply to your order total.  No limit to how many you can earn but only applies to orders of $100 or more on a SINGLE ORDER through the end of February and must be redeemed in March 2023.  (Totals of orders will not be combined to reach $100.)

See you tomorrow for the new catalog launch and let's kick off Sale-A-Bration with some fun!