Sale-a-Bration (SAB) - Perk #1 - Customers get FREE product!

 

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Can you name all 3 (4, actually) ways that a papercrafter can benefit from the perks of Stampin' Up!®'s annual Sale-a-Bration (SAB) season?

If you've been around the Stampin' Up! community for very long, I'll bet you can name at least ONE of the perks. But be sure to follow this week's series of 3 posts, so you don't accidentally miss out on the *other* 2 (3, actually) available perks, too!

Let's begin by reviewing a bit of SAB history (that is, as far as my memory recalls...), and then we'll touch on what (I think) is probably the most well-known feature of Sale-a-Bration. 

I wish I could tell you exactly when this fun tradition began in Stampin' Up!, but I don't exactly know. What I DO know is that "Sell-a-Bration" was already going on back 23 years ago (in January of 1996), when I first became acquainted with the company. But although it was an exciting time of year way back then, the format wasn't even close to the generous SAB season we are familiar with nowadays. The way I remember it as a brand-new customer, is (I think) we could choose a stamp from a unique collection (note: a small, single wood-mount stamp) - for a dollar. I remember being really excited about getting that additional bonus with my order, and I chose a teddy bear. (I even got to take that stamp home with me that night!) And I know I've come across that stamp from time to time throughout the years, so it MIGHT still be in my collection of stamps that are deeply buried in storage somewhere.

Through the years, the name "Sell"-a-Bration morphed into "Sale"-a-Bration, and the perks evolved, too. In general, they've become more generous over time (especially compared to that year when you could buy a small stamp for only $1!), but it's always been the biggest season of the Stampin' Up! year, and a whole lotta fun!

SALE-A-BRATION PERK #1:

So for *my* stampin' peeps over the years, certainly the most popular attraction has been getting their choice of free product (usually) created for, and available exclusively during, that season.  For a long, long time now, there has been the opportunity to choose one such special item with each $50 product order placed. And for the past few years, there have also been some bigger choices included, too - for product orders reaching $100 or more. (Examples this year include the "Tea Time Framelits Dies", which coordinate with the gorgeous stamp set "Tea Together", shown on page 49 of the Occasions Catalog. And don't overlook the Distinktive stamp set called "Lasting Lily", if you've had some experience with the line of Distinktive stamps. Btw, in case you might be admiring the "Tea Time Framelits Dies", but also have other  SAB freebie items on your wishlist, we've been notified that that set of dies will carry over beyond the Sale-a-Bration season - but of course it'll have a price tag attached to it once it does, lol.)

Anyway, certainly my stampin' friends have found Sale-a-Bration to be a great time to make some of their major investments in tools or pricer products, OR to replenish basic supplies that may have been starting to run a little thin during the past year.

But here's yet another tip you'll want to take into consideration when planning your Sale-a-Bration order(s):

Sale-a-Bration items are available on a "while supplies last" basis. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard me preach this before, haven't you?) But it's true, and in recent years, the deeper we get into the SAB season (which ends on March 31, btw), the smaller the inventory of choices has become. So I doubt that the full inventory of choices will be available to those who wait until later in the season to submit orders. So my advice will always be to place your orders early in the season, especially until you've earned all your most favorite freebie choices. 

Whew! But all that said, did you also notice this statement that appears on the inside cover of the Sale-a-Bration brochure? "Watch for another set of exclusive FREE items coming February 15!"

So take another look through your Annual and Occasions catalogs, along with the SAB brochure, and see what's fresh and new that you'd love to work with this Spring!


January 2019 wallpaper/calendar is ready to download

2019 - 1 - January - tinified
 
Can you believe I've been creating these monthly desktop wallpaper/calendars for nearly 2-1/2 years now?!? As we enter another year I found it a little stunning today to realize just how many of these I've done!
 
This is my 3rd January image, but I've found that every year January's has always seemed difficult for me. Christmas, with all its warm and embracing colors, is now behind us, and while the days are just beginning to get a little longer, the sky is too often dark and brooding. It's very cold, and there is still a long, long ways until spring flowers make an appearance. Nevertheless, I always like to think that things ARE moving in that direction, and my heart urges me to acknowledge that. 
 
So this month I have chosen an image that recognizes it's still definitely "cold season", but the stream is active, rather than frozen solid. And the sun shining through the trees offers a glimpse and hope of brighter days to come. All of which makes me smile. 
 
I do have to share one note regarding the URL for the Occasions Catalog, however. Please note that the URL for the Occasions Catalog (PDF) listed on the image will not actually be active until sometime on January 3rd, because that's when the 2019 Occasions Catalog actually goes live. So while you're free to download and install the image now, please don't try to use that URL until (sometime on) the 3rd. ("Sometime" depends on when I get around to updating it, lol.)
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar, and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

December 2018 Wallpaper/Calendar is ready to download!

 
2018 - 12 - December  - tinified
 
Yep! It's really here. December. And personally, I'm feeling pretty excited! Truth is, if you've been following me for a while you'll probably understand why it's been four years since I've had space in my life to participate in the festivities of the season. But although I'm still approaching this year's decorating season with a generous buffer of caution, I am at least thinking about putting up a tree this year, and even stringing some outside lights! It's been a long time since I've been able to even *contemplate* that kind of stuff, but I admit to feeling a bit hopeful that this - Just. Might. Be. The Year!
 
Oh! And would you be surprised to learn that the colors in this month's image are the colors I decorate with? I adore my fantasy sugarplum theme - on a white tree. Pure happiness! :-)

My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

Black Friday (and beyond) Bonus Bags

So what's better than an Online Extravaganza that offers a chance to get almost any item from the 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalog at a 10% discount?

Well, how does an extra Black Friday (and beyond) Bonus Bag on top of that sound? Here's how that's gonna work:

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See these envelopes? I actually have 10 of 'em. And they're each packed with various types of retired products. Stamp sets, cardstock, DSP, embossing folders, accessories, some left-over sample cards, etc.  That kind of stuff. But you don't know *which* envelope has *what* in it. And you *won't* know, until YOURS arrives in your mailbox!

How do you GET one of these envelopes, you might wonder? Well, during Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza (Friday, Nov. 23 - Tues. Nov. 28), you'll be able to choose one of these envelopes for each $50 in product you order (through me, of course). This offer will continue throughout the Online Extravaganza dates until all 10 envelopes have been chosen, OR until Online Extravaganza ends, whichever occurs first.  Envelopes will be chosen in a first-come, first-served manner. Meaning that as qualifying $50+ orders come in, I will email you and ask you which numbered envelope(s) you'd like. The sooner you get back to me with the answer, the more likely you are to get the envelope(s) you requested. 

If all goes ok with my schedule, I expect to get the first round of these into the mail on Monday, with the final batch probably going out next Thursday. 

I'm super-excited to do this, and I hope you'll be just as excited to see what's in your "Black Friday (and beyond) Bonus Bag", too! 

But wait! Just in case you're wondering why they're called "Bonus Bags" when they're clearly NOT bags, but rather envelopes? Well, initially I wanted to actually offer literal "grab bags", and I thought "Black Friday (and beyond) Bonus Bags" would roll right off the tongue. But then I realized that the cost and hassle of packing and mailing ten 3D "bags" like that would be ridiculous. And basically prohibitive. So the "bags" are now envelopes. Or the envelopes are pretending to be bags.

DON"T MISS THESE TIPS!

Tips to maximize Online Extravaganza

And while I'm on the subject of Online Extravaganza again, have you seen the 3 tips I've published on my Facebook page recently to help you maximize this upcoming Online Extravaganza? Here are the 3 tips I've shared there:

  1. Save on the minimum s/h fee by combining your order with 1 or more local friends. Instead of each of you paying the full minimum (potentially 3 times over the course of the sale days), you can split that minimum fee among 2 or more people by submitting one order.
  2. Plan what you will order WHEN. Use the 3 date-specific categories found here (https://bit.ly/2zm8Vo5) to plan which dates you'll order WHAT.
  3. Will you (plus any local friend(s) that you might be combining orders with) be ordering a total of $150 or more of product during Online Extravaganza days? If so (or even if you THINK you might), ask me for your own custom Host Code BEFORE you place your very first order. Then, each time you submit an order during the first 4 days of the Extravaganza you'll just input that custom Host Code before you check out, and the ordering system will automatically connect the product amounts of all your orders together.  (COOL, huh?!?) Then when you're ready to submit your order for items from the 3rd category (Nov. 27-28), contact me directly and let *me* submit that final order for you, bringing your total product to at least $150, AND getting you Stampin' Rewards (aka free product) of at least $15 on TOP of it all! Lookie there! "Host" credit without even "hosting" anything!

But remember to get your $50 (or $100, or $150, whatever) orders in early during the Online Extravaganza - because not only are quantities of discounted items limited, but I've also ONLY got 10 surprise Bonus Bags (er, "envelopes") to send out! 

Now let the fun begin! Stock up on some of the basics and other items on your wish list + save 10% + grab a "grab bag disguised as an envelope"! 


Snowflake Showcase

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Do you love snowflakes at Christmastime as much as I do?

Sweet, sparkling snowflakes evoke the nostalgia of a "white Christmas" - even when the reality of snow manages to complicate certain elements and transportation logistics of our modern-day lives. (Like even GETTING to Grandma's house in time for Christmas dinner, for instance. And especially if there might be mountains involved between oneself and one's destination.) Nevertheless, we love the concept of the silent and pristine white blanket all around... and the beautiful patterns snowflakes make, whether individually or en masse. 

So, if you're a snowflake lover like I am, I'll bet you'll be thrilled with what Stampin' Up! has created for us this month!

"Snowflake Showcase" is an exclusive set of 5 products designed to appeal specifically to those of us who count ourselves among snowflake-admirers. These 5 items will be available for the month of November only - and only while supplies last. No, they're not in any catalog, but will be available through the online store as long as inventories hold out. (Or until November 30th, whichever occurs first.)

This gorgeous collection consists of 2 stamp sets, a set of dies, and a couple of accessory items. No bundled pricing this time around... which means that you can pick and choose your favorites - as long as they're still available. And if one item runs out, there won't be concerns about having to 86 an entire bundle just because that item might have been part of it.

For those of you young-uns who might be reading this, waaaayyyy back when I used to wait tables in a restaurant, the term "86" meant to delete a menu item because we'd run out of it. It wasn't uncommon on a busy dinner shift to hear a cook holler out from the kitchen, "86 the bakers!" Which meant we servers were not to take any more orders for baked potatoes because we'd just run out of them.

Now, according to Google, that term isn't used much anymore these days - not even in restaurants. Frankly, I don't know if that's true or not (kinda makes me wonder what they holler out *nowadays* when they run out of baked potatoes, lol), but I've continued to use the term, and I've heard it used a number of times outside of restaurant-speak over the years, as well.

(This piece of restaurant nostalgia brought to you by Denny's, cir. early 1970's.)

Ok, so back to the Snowflake Showcase...

Here are the 5 fun products that are part of this exclusive opportunity. Note that the die set includes shapes that coordinate with each of the stamp sets, and that amazing set of dies includes 20 of 'em!

And hang onto your stocking caps, 'cuz you won't want to miss the white velveteen sheets, either!

 

Now, I've got something else in store for you, too! About mid-November, I'll be sending out a special email to everyone who has purchased even one item from this collection (through me, of course), and this email will be filled with Snowflake Showcase project ideas - including the step-by-step tutorials for each one of 'em! 

So THERE is a very good idea for ordering your Snowflake Showcase products early in the month. But here's another...

Remember I said that they'd only be available "while supplies last"? Well, we already know these are going to be popular! Which means the odds of one or more of the items running out of supply is likely. So the earlier in the month you order yours, the greater the likelihood you'll get your hands on the items your heart is set on. (AND the longer you'll have to use your new goodies this winter season, too!)

So in case you haven't noticed, I don't recommend waiting very long to get your favorites from the Snowflake Showcase.  In fact, you can do it right now at store.YourPaperDreams.com!

And then keep an eye out for your special email filled with project ideas - arriving around the middle of November!


November's Desktop Wallpaper/Calendar is ready to download

2018 - 11 - November - tinified
Well, it's certainly looking like fall-heading-towards-winter here in North Idaho. Day after day of low cloud cover, fairly regular periods of rain, and very cool temperatures. The sun seems to have headed off on an extended vacation, and last week I finally broke down and turned on my heat. Knowing that in just a few more days sunset will be inching closer and closer to the middle of the afternoon, I find myself hungering right now for light and warmth.  
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

October's desktop wallpaper & calendar is ready to download

2018 - 10 - October - tinified
Well, it's official. The weather is becoming chillier, and just yesterday the thought of turning on the heat crossed my mind for the first time in many months. (I quickly beat that idea back, though; I'm just not quite ready to there THERE yet, lol!) But a couple trees across the street from where I sit at my desk have adorned themselves in lovely examples of Cherry Cobbler and Fresh Fig, and soon my favorite tree over there will be ablaze in Crushed Curry. I do enjoy watching those trees transform themselves throughout each season.
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper, easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

September wallpaper/calendar is ready to download - for real this time!

2018 - 9 - September - tinified
 
Yay! It's officially official! The Holiday Catalog is now available for ordering from, and along with that, now I can publish the entire September wallpaper image! Thanks for your patience while we awaited the magic date. If you're a regular customer of mine you should already have your copy of the brand-new Holiday Catalog, but if you don't have one, you can catch the PDF here.... and if you don't have another demonstrator you already work with, then please ask me for your personal copy soon!
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.

September wallpaper/calendar is ready to download

Well, it's "sort of" ready, that is. 2018 - 9 - September - tinified

You see, I'm not allowed to publish the URL of the Holiday Catalog before it goes live on Wednesday, so I can't actually complete and publish the complete version of the September desktop wallpaper/calendar yet. So I've created a sneak peek for you to install now (so you'll at least have the calendar part), and then on the 5th, come back here and grab the completed file. (desktopcalendar.YourPaperDreams.com)

At that time I'll rip off the disguise and unveil the completed image. Fair 'enuff?

Click HERE to download your FREE background & calendar.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.
 
See you back here in just a few more days!

 


August Wallpaper/Calendar is ready to download

2018 - 8 - August - tinified
As I'm preparing this month's calendar, the thermometer on my balcony is reporting 100-degrees, and a dry, smokey wind is blowing in from the southwest. At 14% humidity, these refreshing beverages look like just the thing to soothe a scratchy throat.
 
My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture to brighten your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet reference to websites you may want to know about and visit.  And it's even FREE to download and install, so please don't hesitate to share this page with your friends and family.
 
 
You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!
  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top of this post!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as" > "Set as Background"..... then right-click again and select "Set as" > "Set as Lock screen". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)
And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:
 
Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (a common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. (1920 x 1080 pixels.) If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.