Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My December Wallpaper

I wish I could show you my cool projects I made using My Digital Studio, but they are Christmas presents, so... I'll have to wait until December 26th.  :)  This is actually the first time I have sent something to be printed by Stampin' Up! and mailed to me.  It was so easy and cool!  I can't believe I haven't done this before!!  I can't wait to see how they turned out!

Here is just a little something I whipped up using MDS2 and the Christmas Jingle kit.  I always make a quick calendar of the month for my computer desktop.

Have a great week!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

New Paper Trimmer & Family Fun

In case you haven't heard, IT'S HERE!!   Check out the video below to view all the cool bonus features on Stampin' Up!'s new Paper Trimmer. To order your very own for only $29.95, click on the 'shop now' button on the right and type in the item number 126889.  I actually have one in my hands!  I haven't had a chance to play with it much, since I'm still studying for my PRAXIS test that I will be taking December 18th...  I'm hoping to take a little crafting break this weekend to work on some digital calendars and some Christmas cards.  I promise to post anything that I create!!!  I can't wait to try this out!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  We headed to Boise and enjoyed a fabulous weekend with the family!  Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving at my Mom and Dad's house,  our annual Festival of Trees trip and our Family Crafting Day aka Girls Day.  I was sad because everyone was making these cute cards, tags and ornaments while I was studying... Next year!!!  Plus, I can't wait to receive some of their projects on Christmas.  :) 

Me and my dad, Mike
My sister Stacy, son Dylan, cousin Shawna, neice Callie, me and my daughter Kaity

Verbarendse Family Photo
Kaity, my husband Bryan, his mom Kathy, Dylan, his dad Mike and me

This is the cutest picture of Dylan with his little cousin, Callie. 

Festival of Trees in Boise
Dylan, me, my mom Cris, Callie, my sister's mother-in-law Sylva, Kaity and Kathy

Festival of Trees in Boise - I love all the inspiration!!
Kaity, me and Dylan

Kaity, me and Callie coloring a picture together while waiting to see Santa.

Festival of Trees in Boise
Callie, Stacy, Santa, me, Kaity and Dylan

Family Crafting Day!!
Stacy, Aunt Bonnie, Grandma Barbara, Mom and Sylva

Grandma Barbara had a lot of fun making her cards today. 
Thanks again, Mom, for creating the fabulous card kits for her!!

My mom, Cris, made the cutest tags!! 
Some were really big, so we were joking about the size of the presents she must be giving us.  :) 

I had to include a picture of me on Family Crafting Day...
I really wish I would have crafted instead of studied, but I'm sure I'll be thankful Dec. 18th.

We had to include the rest of the girls during our fun Girls Day.
Shawna, Stacy, Callie and Kaity
My cousin, Shawna was so excited to be included this year! 
She played Angry Birds on her mom's ipad and napped. 
I'm kind of jealous! 
 I hope everyone had a fantabulous Thanksgiving and I wish you a very merry December!  Don't forget to check my website for specials, promotions and ideas to help inspire you during this holiday time.  If you need to have anything shipped directly to your home, click on the 'shop now' button on the right and shop away!  :)  Don't forget to check out the digital downloads and the Clearance section.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Special Holiday Bundles

Around the holidays, people are always looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and friends. At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution. Simply add a treat or gift and assemble.
Because holiday packaging bundles don't require any stamping, cutting, or creating, they give you the perfect reason to reach out to everyone who's giving gifts this holiday season-even if they are NOT papercrafters.
Available November 29-January 2.
Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)
Petite Treats Bundle
Item 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)
Go to my website to purchase these bundles and anything else you need/want for this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Get the new MDS2+ for 50% Off Now Until November 28th!

Created by Lindsey Hortin, Stampin’ Up! Communication Specialist

Don’t miss out! From November 19 to 28, you can download the MDS 2 Upgrade, MDS 2, or MDS 2+ for 50% OFF! Learn more here.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Online Extravaganza!!! Monday Doorbusters, too!

Dates: November 19-28, 2012

The Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year!  During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!

In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters! Woot!

Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor's Bag

Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
118941Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)
120279Clear Block Storage Caddy
109127Stack & Store Caddy

You can visit the Online Store to see all discounted products or view this PDF.

The Fine Print
  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent--awesome!
  • Discounted products are available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion. Sale on!
  • For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won't get the discount--bummer.
  • You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs on the same order.
How exciting!!!  Don't forget to order the Texture Boutique and/or the Talking Tags while you are shopping!  ;)  Have fun looking!!  Click on my 'shop now' button on the right to place your orders!  OR you can send me an email.  

ALSO... you will qualify for hostess benefits AND get an invitation to my Hostess Only Night next year, when your order totals $150 or more!  (not including tax and shipping)

Happy Thanksgiving week!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Introducing the Talking Tag

How to send a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from talkingtag.mobi, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure your ready!).
You get 10 tags for just $7.95 (item 129723)

I can't wait to try these!  I love the ideas that Brandi suggested for using them on various items around the house to record memories.

Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Exciting Limited Time offer from Stampin' Up! and Sizzix

Check out the video above to learn more about the Texture Boutique embossing kit.  There are a limited number available, so click on my 'shop now' button to place your order!  You have two options:

Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
Happy Shopping!  Now I have to go back to studying!  ;) 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Earn a FREE set of Stampin' Up! Ink Pads in the Color Family you Choose!!

Wow!  I thought October had a great special, but check out November's promotion!
Here are the details: 
Dates: November 1 - December 16, 2012

Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads-they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals-a $49.95 value! Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits-INK-redible!
  • Customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online orders from my Online Store qualify for this promotion.
    • While in the past, online orders have not counted toward hostess promotions, we're excited to unveil a trial program that will allow your online customers to take advantage of our current hostess promotion with a qualifying order.
    • Customers will be prompted to select their qualifying ink collection with a $450 order. They will be required to use one of the following item numbers in order to select their free ink collection.
      • 132652 Brights Classic Stampin' Pads
      • 132653 Subtles Classic Stampin' Pads
      • 132654 Regals Classic Stampin' Pads
    • Note: This only applies to orders placed through an Online Store.
  • To get free ink, the order total must be at least $450 before tax and shipping.
  • This special offer isn't incremental. That means if you place a $900 order, we'll be excited for sure-but you won't get two free ink collections. But really, isn't one free collection of ink incentive enough?
  • Hostesses can still use their additional hostess dollars to get free products from the current annual and seasonal catalogs.  ($65 worth of your choice of items and one item at 50% off!)
  • You can get two free ink collections when you participate in both of our INK-redible promotions

  • New demonstrators who join the Stampin' Up! family during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads-they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals! It's INK-redible!
    • Even with this great offer on the table, new demonstrators who join Stampin' Up! during the promotion period are still eligible for other programs available to new recruits, like the Extra 10% Instant Income offer on their first order, and Stampin' Start. Awesome!
    • Phone: Friday, December 14, 2012; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX: Sunday, December 16, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT)
    PLUS, don't forget the My Digital Studio special going on from now until November 6th!
    What do you get when you combine Digital Scrapbooking Day and My Digital Studio? A week of FREE downloads and 50 percent off ALL digital kits!
    What: Three FREE downloads. 50% off ALL digital kits. Mega blogging on MyDigitalStudio.net all week!
    When: October 29-November 5, 2012.
    Why: To get the word out about My Digital Studio's awesome design program, content, and print products!
    Get Your FREE Downloads: (132557 Enjoy Everything Kit , 132562 A Split Second Designer Template Pages and 132558 Days in December Kit)
  • My customers can get their free downloads from my online store
  • Have fun shopping!  While you are checking out all the fun stuff in my online store, don't forget to check out the all new paper trimmer that is available now!  Contact me to host a party in Utah (and maybe in the Boise area, if I can work it in.).   I do fun Bunco events, too!  Just ask...

    Have a great fall week!

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    More Halloween Pictures

    I hope everyone enjoyed this fun holiday today!  My husband helped the kids carve their pumpkins yesterday and I helped out with Dylan's class party today.  I think it was a hit!  Phew!  Here are some great pictures of us celebrating Halloween. 
    Dylan and his Transformers pumpkin that Dad helped carve.

    Kaity's Grim Creeper pumpkin that she carved all by herself.

    Our ghostly zombie!

    I'm so scared of our zombie!!

    All that muslin was for these posable mummies that the kids created at their Halloween Party today.  I got the idea from Pinterest, but tweaked it a little by using two pipe cleaners instead of wire.

    Dylan holding his two zombies that he made.  He made one yesterday, so I could make sure it wouldn't take too long for the rest of his class to make! 

    Sebastian's not sure what to think of Zombie Dylan...

    Sebastian's still checking him out...
    Happy Halloween again and don't forget to order your Christmas Bundle!  See my post below for more info!!  Today is the last day!

    Happy Halloween and Last Day to get the FREE Christmas Gift w/Bundle Purchase

    First off, today is the last day to take advantage of the FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Check out my website to place your order!  Hope I don't forget to order mine tonight!

    I hope everyone is having a fantabulous Halloween!  I'm in charge of my son's 5th grade Halloween Party this year, so I'm just about ready to head to his school.  I've been busy all morning shredding all this muslin!  Any guesses as to why?
    What is all this for?  Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts and come back later today with the answer!
    Well, if you follow me on Pinterest, you may have an idea... that's my only hint.  :)

    I didn't forget the Halloween goodies for my other two kids, so I'll post pics of them later, too.

    Happy Halloween!!

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Sell-a-Stamp Spooktacular & Digital Scrapbooking Day (Week!)

    What a fun day!  Check out the awesomes specials going on!!
    For one day only, you will get 15 percent off almost every stamp Stampin' Up! sells! The goal is to sell more stamps in a single day than ever before!

    Here are the details:
    • On today:  Monday, October 29th starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
    This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
      • Background stamps
      • Personalized name stamps
      • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
      • Cookie press stamps
      • Single-image stamps
    This DOES NOT include
      • Hostess sets
      • Bundled stamp sets
      • Digital stamp brush sets
  • There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
  • Any order type qualifies for this promotion-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.
  • Stamp prices in the Online Store will be changed for October 29 only to reflect the 15 percent discount.

    Are you excited? Me too! This is a first for Stampin' Up!

    Today is also the first day for the Digital Scrapbooking Day specials.  Go to my website and check out the FREE downloads!

    Don't forget to make sure that my name is listed at the top as your demonstrator:  Tammi Verbarendse

    Have fun shopping! 

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    Kylie's Spooky Halloween Care Package

    I really haven't forgotten about my blog!  We went to Palm Springs last week to attend my husband's Aunt Lynn's wedding.  It was warm and beautiful!!  Plus, I am studying to take a PRAXIS exam in December.  I am so sad that I didn't plan an October Kit of the Month, because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!  On a fun note, I did finish my daughter's care package and gave it to her while we were in Palm Springs.  Here are some pictures of some of the fun items inside.  Since I didn't create a kit, just send me a note if you would like directions for any of the projects.  :)  I'll post pictures of the close ups on Tuesday, plus the final packaging. 
    The start of Kylie's college Halloween Spooky care package.  (She has two roommates, so I added three of some projects.  I would hate for them to feel left out.  I even included a little Halloween toy for her sweet puppy, Henry.)

    Spooky Pencil Toppers
    Tricky Treats stamp set, Polka Dots Parade DSP, Pumpkin Pie cardstock and marker, Basic Gray ink pad, Whisper White cardstock, Curly Label punch, 1" x 8" cello bags

    Wizard Treat
    Toxic Treats stamp set, First Edition DSP, Very Vanilla cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Basic Gray ink pad and cardstock, sponge, Basic Gray/Basic Black 1/2" Striped Satin ribbon, Antique Brads, Labels Collection Framelits Die

    Witchy Tissues
    Googly Ghouls Clear Mount Bundle (Googly Ghouls Stamp Set, Labels & Googly Eyes), Basic Black marker and 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Pumpkin Pie cardstock and marker, Lucky Limeade marker

    Halloween Tricks and Treats Package
    Googly Ghouls Clear Mount Bundle (Googly Ghouls stamp set, label, googly eyes and bag), Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black marker

    Halloween Owl Treats
    Top Note die, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack (circle and heart), 1" x 8" cello bags
    Don't forget to check back on Monday, October 29th for a fun Stampin' Up! promotion and challenge!  Almost every stamp set, including the new single stamps, will be 15% off on this day only! They are trying to set a record of selling the most stamps in one day. You can place your order by clicking on the "Shop Now" button on the right.  Here are the details:

  • Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
  • This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
      • Background stamps
      • Personalized name stamps
      • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
      • Cookie press stamps
      • Single-image stamps, including the newly released single stamps!
    This DOES NOT include
      • Hostess sets
      • Bundled stamp sets
      • Digital stamp brush sets

    ALSO, this is the beginning of the Digital Scrapbooking promotion, so don't forget to get your free downloads! 

    Have a great weekend!!

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Spooky Bouquet

    Have you ever come up with a fabulous idea in your head (or tried something cool from Pinterest) and it just doesn't come out like you imagined?  This happens to me all the time!  I didn't let it stop me from creating a fun outdoor Halloween display.  I decided it was Halloween, so if it fell apart it would just add to the decor.  ;) 
    Creepy Bouquet created by Tammi Verbarendse

    The vase is actually a tin container that I broke the handles off of... I really wish I had sticky strip, but I used Tombow Liquid Glue instead.  Works pretty well, but very sticky through the sheer ribbon I used to cover up the tin container.  Like my spooky spiders? 

    One single black rose.
    Enjoy your week and I'll be posting more Halloween craft items later this week.  I've been working on a care package for my daughter who is at Arizona State University.  I couldn't just send her plain items!  I had to make some of them fun!


    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Puzzle Time

    For those of you who have been to my house in the last few months, you have probably seen my huge 1000 piece puzzle I've been working on.  I had these grand plans of hanging it on my wall once I completed this beautiful picture... well.  I almost gave up, but I got an OTT lite for my birthday and brought it next to the puzzle table, so I could see the pieces better and I FINISHED IT!!!  You may not be as excited as I am, but this is a huge accomplishment!  Now I will cover it with puzzle glue and find a frame so I can actually hang it on the wall above my puzzle table.  Here's a picture of my finished masterpiece.

    I've been playing around with some fun Halloween items, so I'll post some pictures this week.  Still trying to decide about my October Kit of the Month... I'm not sure I can include Halloween themed items, due to the time constraint, so... I'll let you know later this week what I decide.  Maybe I'll come up with two mini kits...

    Happy Sunday!!

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Single Stamps and Christmas in October Special

    So many flyers with fun updates on buying single stamps and a great early Christmas special.  Now I just hope I can piece them together so you can read them.  :) 

    First off, Stampin' Up! is trying something new.  You can now buy certain individual sayings from three different stamp sets.  These are only available in clear, so you will need to have one of the clear blocks to use them.  Here are the ones that are available through this trial offer:

    Stampin' Up! also has a great Christmas in October special.  I can't wait to order this bundle, so I can earn the free paper piercing set. 

    To get a better view of the available bundles, I have added more pictures below with a link on how to order them through my website
    132261 Christmas Gift Pack Clear - $38.90
    132260 Christmas Gift Pack Wood - $47.90
    132263 Christmas Gift Pack Clear (w/Bundle - Ornament Framelits) - $55.90
    132262 Christmas Gift Pack Wood (w/Bundle - Ornament Framelits) - $62.90
    Make sure that it lists me, Tammi Verbarendse as your demonstrator when you place your order.  :) 

    Happy October!!