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Double Down While I’m Out of Town Special!

As many of you know, I am at this moment sitting on the lido deck enjoying Double Down While I'm Out of Town Specialthe views of the Mediterranean. It is especially sweet because I earned this all-expense paid vacation for two from Stampin’ Up! So I have something sweet for you too! You get to Double Down While I’m Out of Town!
 
From now until I return on May 29th any product order of $75 or more placed in my online store will count as TWO orders for my Stamping Smiles Online Ordering Oasis loyalty program! This means that you will able to double down on earning FREE shipping! 
 
Here are some reasons you may want to double down:
  •  As of today all retiring products – even stamp sets – are available ONLY while supplies last!
  • There are about 30 stamp sets that will be available in the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog but will not be offered in a discounted bundle. Click here to see them all. You only have through May 31 to order and save on those bundles!
  • And last, cardstock is going up by $1 a package. It’s a small increase but every little bit you can save now will give you more money for the new catalog.
Important: Internet access will be very limited while I’m on vacation. I even left my laptop home. Can you believe it? When I return on Monday, May 30, I send you an email about your online order placed during my Double Down While I’m Out of Town Special to let you know how close you are to earning FREE shipping and/or refund your shipping if it was earned.
 
Place your $75 or more product order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com by May 29, 2016 to have it count as two orders for the Stamping Smiles Online Ordering Oasis loyalty program!

 

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Earn FREE shipping twice as fast when you Double Down while I’m out of town!

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2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog Paper Share

Some of my customers have asked if I’m doing a paper share for the new catalog. Absolutely! It’s time to reserve your 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog Paper Share!

What my paper share people most love is they get a 6″ x 6″ sheet of every pattern. Often they find the share is so generous they don’t ever need to order a full pack saving them money for other great catalog products on their wish lists!

My 2016-2017 Catalog Paper Share is your best opportunity to have a generous portion of all the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up!  Catalog Designer Series Papers at a fraction of the price!
2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog Paper Share
6″ x 6″ sheet of every pattern!
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper Stack (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper (6 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper Stack (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Moroccan Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • By the Shore Designer Series Paper (12 patterns, 12 sheets!)
  • A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack (24 patterns, 24 sheets!)
  • Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack (24 patterns, 24 sheets!)
  • Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (24 patterns, 24 sheets!)

 

2016-2017 Catalog Paper Share (inc. Priority Mail Shipping): $72.95
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How to order your 2016-2017 Catalog Paper Share:

You will receive an email with a pay link for your 2016-2017 Catalog Paper Share on May 30.

I will be placing the order for the paper share on June 1.
Payments received by May 31 will be prepared and mailed first!
Comment left by Linda from Nevada about a previous Stampin’ Up! Catalog Paper Share:
Just received my 2012 Paper Share from Shelly and have only one thing to say: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-! It’s even better than last year’s offering! LOVE LOVE LOVE how organized everything is. There’s no guesswork and no wondering what the ribbon colors are or what the name of a particular collection of designer paper is. Everything is clearly labeled and wonderfully packaged. THANKS AGAIN, Shelly, for offering another spectacular share!

Hurry! Only a few hours left to save on my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special!

​Thank you for the phone calls, emails and texts to Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special!say you will miss me while away on my seven day Mediterranean cruise to Spain, France and Italy, but that you are also so very excited for me! You are the reason I love my job so much!

 Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special!To show my appreciation I created my Gracias, Merci,Grazie Special. It’s especially perfect If you love my card tutorial videos!  Even though I will be on the other side of the planet, Stamping Playground members will still be getting an original video – always by me, never outsourced – and a Playground Activity. And for new members, the already over 60 videos on the site, all the

Playground Activities to use as inspiration and loads of samples and shares, will keep you busy until I get back.
 
Where paper crafters go to play!

One Playground Friend said,

 
“The ideas you give spark new thought processes. You can go off in directions you never thought of before.”
 
And another wrote,
 
“..loving your informative videos.”
 
You get eight exclusive projects every month for only $9.95/month! Join me and the other Playground Friends and save 50% on up to four months of
membership!
 

Hurry and join now because my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special ends today, Friday, May 20 at 6pm ET!

 

Here are my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special Packages!
 
SpainGracias Package – We are spending the least amount of time in Spain, but I do find that even a short jaunt in the country gives me a real taste of the customs.
The Gracias Package is THREE months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your FIRST month!
3 Month Package
FranceMerci Package – Oh, la, la France, and even though I have been there before, I find that I can always use more time in the country to soak up all their culture.
The Merci Package is six months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your first TWO months!
6 Month Package

ItalyGrazie Package – I have never been Italy and this is the place I am most excited about. Even with the extra time we will spending there I am sure I will not
be able to taste every pasta, see every museum, visit every palazzo and will certainly want to go back.

The Grazie Package is twelve months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your first FOUR months!

12 Month Package
Choose a package, get started and I betcha I will be back before you’ve made it through all the videos and all the activities on the Stamping Playground. Click on Stamping Playground to learn more, but use the buttons in this post to save with my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special.


Please be sure to complete your purchase as soon as possible so you can be sure to get into the Stamping Playground before I leave. This special is valid through May 16th through May 20th at 6:00 pm EST.


The Stamping Playground is where papercrafters go to play! We hope you’ll join us!

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This Age Awareness card tickles your funny bone!

If you’re like me and love to be sassy now and then, Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Stamp Setyou’ll just love the sayings in the Stampin’ Up! Age Awareness Stamp Set. With an attractive card like this, he or she won’t see the punch line coming because this Age Awareness card tickles your funny bone!

 
“You look way better at this age than I though you would.” cracks me up. Other greetings include “Hey, I remembered your birthday” and “Thanks, Facebook.” So true and so funny!
Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Card 
Of course, after having some fun, we do want to wish him or her a happy birthday.
 
Stampin' Up! Age Awareness Card

Here’s the thing, if you want to make some sassy birthday cards, you need to order the Age Awareness Stamp Set right away in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com! Starting May 23, 2016 (which is right around the corner), ALL 2016 Stampin’ Up! retiring products are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

That handsome, Going Places Designer Series Paper is retiring too! As well as, the Neutrals Candy Dots that provided the finishing touch of black accents. The Regals and Subtles Candy Dots are already sold out. Nipping on their heels are the Brights and Neutrals! Place your order now in my online store before you favorites are gone for good (or on eBay for  3-4 times the price)!

Age Awareness Day Card Supplies

Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack

$8.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Lost Lagoon 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$7.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Neutrals Candy Dots

$6.00
Retiring!
Available only while supplies last!

Card Measurements:
 
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Basic Black Cardstock
4″ x 5-1/4″ Lost Lagoon Cardstock
4″ x 2-1/4″ Going Places
Designer Series Paper
4″ x 1/2″ Basic Black Cardstock
4″ x 1/2″ Going Places Designer Series Paper
4″ x 3/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock
4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla Cardstock (inside)

 

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Use the Stampin’ Up! Age Awareness Stamp Set to make cards that will tickle the funny bone!

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Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special!

Did you know that Sunday I boarding a big beautiful boat cruising Stamping-Playground-Thank-Ythe Mediterranean, going to Spain, France and Italy? It’s an all-expense vacation for two I earned from Stampin’ Up! largely due to the support I have received from my amazing customers!

 
Because I am so grateful, I searched for a way to make sure that you can still be inspired and just plain have some stamping fun while I am away.

 

Stamping Playground membership siteAnd it came to me! Why not offer a Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special for everyone to get to spend some time in the Stamping Playground, interacting with other stampers and catching up on over sixty videos that I created exclusively for my Playground Friends? That’s more than 60 videos ready to spur your creativity!

 
In addition to the exclusive videos, there are over 60 exclusive weekly project inspirations; Playground Activities like color combos, product
based, themes and more; and generous friendly feedback on Playground Friend posted projects.
 
Stamping Playground Friends all agree that the Stamping Playground is their go-to spot. And like a real life playground, the more the merrier! You should join us!
 
One Playground Friend said,
 
“The ideas you give spark new thought processes. You can go off in directions you never thought of before.”
 
To have lots to see and do while I’m cruising the Mediterranean, you’ll want to be IN the Stamping Playground before I leave. You know I love to pamper my customers, and while I am sure I will be awed and amazed by everything
I see on my trip, I want YOU to be awed and amazed by all the wonderful stuff that awaits you in the Stamping Playground.
 
You get eight exclusive projects every month for only $9.95/month! Join me and the other Playground Friends by 6:00pm ET Friday, May 20 to save 50% on up to four months of membership!
 
Here are my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special Packages!
SpainGracias Package – We are spending the least amount of time in Spain, but I do find that even a short jaunt in the country gives me a real taste of the customs.
 
The Gracias Package is THREE months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your FIRST month!
 
3 Month Package
 
FranceMerci Package – Oh, la, la  France, and even though I have been there before, I find that I can always use more time in the country to soak up all their culture.
 
The Merci Package is six months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your first TWO months!
 
 6 Month Package

ItalyGrazie Package – I have never been Italy and this is the place I am most excited about. Even with the extra time we will spending there I am sure I will not
be able to taste every pasta, see every museum, visit every palazzo and will certainly want to go back.
 

The Grazie Package is twelve months in the Stamping Playground with 50% off your first FOUR months!

 
 12 Month Package
 
Choose a package, get started and I betcha I will be back before you’ve made it through all the videos and all the activities on the Stamping Playground. Click on Stamping Playground to learn more, but use the buttons in this post to save with my Gracias, Merci, Grazie Special.


Please be sure to complete your purchase as soon as possible so you can be sure to get into the Stamping Playground before I leave. This special is valid through May 16th through May 20th at 6:00 pm EST.


The Stamping Playground is where papercrafters go to play! We hope you’ll join us!

 

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Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted!

You probably know how to watercolor a stamped Learn how to make a stamped image look hand paintedimage. Now learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted!

What we usually do is stamp in a black, waterproof ink and then color with markers, chalk, or watercolor with ink or watercolor pencils with a pretty stamped image outlined in black. Very pretty.

 

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted 
I’m going to show you how to make a stamped image look hand painted by getting rid of the black outline.

You need to start with a light ink. In the picture above, I stamped the Sweetbriar Rose Stamp on Watercolor Paper with Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad inked after first stamping on scrap paper to make the soft color even softer.
 
My first attempt was to do as if I was coloring in a black outlined image by starting with my lightest color and color in all the petals of the rose. What happened was I lost the lines to follow for the detail of the leaves.
 
What you want to do instead is outline the image in your darkest color. I used my Aqua Painter and Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad ink to outline the petals.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

 

Outline only one or two petals at a time or the color will dry and making it more difficult to blend with a lighter color.
 
Next I colored in with Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

Continue adding more ink and blending until you are pleased. Because of the amount of water you will be using, you want to use Watercolor Paper for beautiful blending and so your paper is not warped.

Learn how to make a stamped image look hand painted

Give it a try. It was a lot of fun!
 
The beautiful Sweetbriar Rose Stamp is retiring. So, too, are several other products used to make this Sweetbriar Rose card. All the supplies to make this card are pictured below and available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!
 

Remember, all retiring accessories are available only while supplies last!

Hand painted Sweetbriar Rose Card Supplies

 

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Watcoloring the black stamped image is pretty. Now you also know how to make a stamped image look hand painted.

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I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!

Making you happy makes me happy. “Love Hassle-Free Cards! I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!” is what one of my Hassle-Free Cards subscribers emailed me the other day. It made my heart happy that she is so pleased with my card ideas!

A little over four years ago I created my Hassle-Free Cards subscription service to provide card ideas that are fast, yet still fabulous, for busy stampers that want to make beautiful hand stamped cards that can be made quickly.

If you want to spend hours staring at your computer, you can hunt down card ideas. What is difficult for most of us is looking at a card and trying to figure out the measurements. You end up wasting time AND cardstock – cutting cardstock too big and then too small. Time that should be used to enjoy the craft of cardmaking.

That’s why every Hassle-Free Cards idea includes the measurements! Here is the full statement recently received from my Hassle-Free Cards subscriber:

I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards! It is definitely worth $4.95 a month to have the supply list and measurements for the cards. – Bev E

Card subscription program www.hasslefreecards.comReady to try a subscription to my Hassle-Free Cards and become a happy subscriber too? Click on Hassle-Free Cards to learn more and sign up!

I hope you’ll be so pleased after subscribing to my Hassle-Free Cards that I’ll receive an email from you, too, that reads “I LOVE your Hassle-Free Cards!”

 

 

 

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Use Dots for Days to create a variety of backgrounds!

Polka dots are loved by everyone. Watch to see how to use the large Stampin’ Up! Dots for Days Stamp to create a variety of backgrounds and see one used to make an easy and elegant card with the Stampin’ Up! World of Dreams Stamp Set!

Click to watch my World of Dreams card tutorial video here if the video is not displaying properly on your device.

Stampin' Up! World of Dreams and Dots for DaysBefore cleaning a large background stamp in my Stampin’ Scrub sprayed with Stampin’ Mist, I always stamp off as much as I can on a scrap piece of paper. When I did that, I turned the stamp and that’s when I saw a new pattern emerge.

It was then trying to duplicate it, I discovered the pattern grew larger and larger five more times!

The top pattern is the one I demonstrated in the video. The rest were stamped the same as the first with the Dots for Days Stamp only at different angles.

Dots for Days Varieties I

Isn’t this wild?

Dots for Days Varieties II

All these from the same Dots for Days Stamp!

Dots for Days Varieties II

Both the Dots for Days Stamp and World of Dreams Stamp Set are retiring! Stampin' Up! World of Dreams Stamp SetThat means Stampin’ Up! will quit manufacturing them and they will soon be unavailable to order. Dots for Days Clear Mount Stamp is 25% off and Dots for Days Wood Mount Stamp is 20% off! Place your order now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com before they’re gone for good!

Several of the accessories used on my World of Dreams card are retiring too. ALL retiring accessories are available only while supplies last! All the supplies are pictured below and linked into my online store to make your shopping for these supplies as easy.

World of Dreams Card Supplies – All are available through May 31, 2016 unless supplies run out first!

You are also welcome to call me at 702-513-9997 through May 20 or after May 29 to place your order over the phone.

 

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Isn’t that something? So many different patterns from the single Dots for Days Stamp? Order before it retires and is gone for good!

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My Celebrate Today Card reminds me . . .

. . . of four things I wanted to point out to you Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today Card Idearegarding the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List. Let’s have a look at my Celebrate Today card.

The first is the two different size clouds. The largest are from the Tree Builder Punch and the smaller from the Cupcake Builder Punch. It was exciting when we could so easily make clouds in two different sizes. But, not for long because the Cupcake Builder Punch is now 30% off and available only while supplies last! Also be sure to check out the retiring Cupcake Party Stamp Set that coordinates with the Cupcake Builder Punch. You’ll then have clouds, frosting and cupcakes from one punch.

The Celebrate Today Stamp Set (includes all the stamps used on this handstamped birthday card) is NOT retiring and neither are the Balloon Framelits Dies.  What is retiring is the Celebrate Today Bundle in which you save 15% off both products. The 15% off bundle price of only $36.50 is available only through May 31, 2016!

The last two are the two embellishments that gave my Celebrate Today card the finishing touch. I’m really sorry to see all the 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon retiring. What I like most about it may not sound like a compliment, but I like that it doesn’t have any personality. What I mean by that is that it is neither cutesy or elegant, making it easy to use on almost any type of handmade card. It is also easy to tie into a bow, probably one of the easiest ribbons I’ve used to make bows. The Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon you see on the lower right corner is 30% off and now available only while supplies last!

The other is the Pacific Point button from the Brights Designer Buttons. Many times I used a button when a hand stamped card needs just a little something to dress it up. Having buttons to coordinate with all the other exclusive Stampin’ Up! color products is how they are the perfect, coordinating finishing touch. You guessed it, the Brights Designer Buttons are retiring, too, and now available only while supplies last!

All the retiring products are listed below. You want to place your order as quickly as you can get to my online store www.shopwithshelly.com before they sell out!

If you’d like to see all the cardmaking supplies to make my Celebrate Today card, click here.

Retiring Products – Available through May 31, 2016, unless supplies run out first

Celebrate Today Photopolymer Bundle

$36.50
Price includes $6.50 savings available only through May 31, 2016!

Cupcake Builder Punch

$18.00
Only $12.60 while supplies last!

Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon

$6.00
Only $4.20 while supplies last!


Please place your order for any of the retiring products you want right away. My hope is no one is disappointed from missing out on even one product they wished they had ordered before it sold out.
  

Stamping Smiles,

Order Stampin' Up! stamps and accessories!

 

 

 

Stamping-Playground-Membership-Site www.stampingsmiles.comJoin me on the Stamping Playground! A membership community for stampers who want to have fun while they learn, create and share.

 

Someone pinned my Celebrate Today card the other day. Seeing it reminded me that I wanted to show you the two different size clouds used together and that all stamp set bundles discounted prices are retiring too.

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