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!

 


Color Your Season - Part 6

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Squeaking in with my 6th sample of the Color Your Season bundle - available for only a few more hours today!

For this card, I chose a monochromatic theme featuring Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. And of course, it features the Blended Seasons bundle (double-volume stamp set + coordinating dies) that has been available this month of August only. While I've used several elements from the bundle, I think the stars of the layout are the 2 stitched-edged dies used as layers in the center area. Don't you just love how these dies cut stitched details on both the inside and outside of the shape? Given that there are 3 sizes of these shapes in the bundle, it's just about worth adding this die set to your collection JUST because of its versatility!

Ok, here are some of the significant details of how this came together:

The base layer is simply a typical folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock. The next layer up (Pool Party) features some texture created with the leaf die (from the die set) and the embossing mats. And then all that is splattered with Bermuda Bay ink from an aqua painter. Finally, I added some Bermuda Bay to the edges, using direct-to-paper.

Next up, a few die-cut leaves (Pool Party cardstock + Silver Foil paper), followed by a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock die-cut with one of the stitched shapes in the bundle.

The top layer (whisper white) is smaller size of the same stitched shape, stamped with a 3rd-generation application of Bermuda Bay ink with the falling leaves stamp from the stamp set - and then carefully blended out with a blender pen. Then over top of that, I stamped the "Thank You" sentiment (also from that same stamp set) with the aid of the Stamparatus so that I could stamp it several times for enhanced color depth. 

The bow is from a piece of retired Bermuda Bay ribbon I still have lying around.

If you haven't YET grabbed your "Color Your Season" bundle (and/or the Watercolor Pencils that are included in this special limited-edition offer), there are still a few hours this month left to do so! AND you could easily qualify for a $5 coupon to redeem towards your order NEXT month! Don't kick yourself for missing out on this fabulous, versatile bundle! Get yours here.

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

 


Color Your Season - Part 5


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Only 3 days left for availability of this exclusive, limited-edition stamp set, dies and watercolor pencils collection, and I've still got 2 samples to show. Yikes! I've had the samples ready for a long time, but have been particularly tied up with personal life stuff this past couple of weeks. But I'd better get on the ball to meet my goal of showing 6 cards while these products are still available, huh?

This one features 2 of the 3 dies that have those lovely stitching marks around not only the inner edge of the die (as shown in this example), but they're also on the negative part of the die (so they'd show up along the edge of a window or frame, for instance). Honestly, I think these particular 3 dies are SO versatile and beautiful they're worth the price of the entire die set!

For these flowers, I pulled out my Stampin' Blends and had some fun. Now, I'm admittedly not the most skilled "stampin' blender" around (lots of practice still needed here), but I do enjoy using them. And I particularly love how easily and quickly you can apply color with them. You'll also notice I did a bit of "cut and paste" with the flowers, too. Meaning, I stamped, colored and then "fussy" cut and rearranged flowers and leaves to my liking. I like how splitting the 3 flowers into 2 groupings provides a nice balance to this layout.

To add a touch of additional visual interest I added some splatter to the background of the card base using an aquapainter dipped in ink. (But if you have a really keen eye you'll notice a wayward spatter just above the words. Oops! Apparently, I didn't have those extra pieces set quite far enough away from the splatter action, lol!)

If you don't have this amazing set of stamps, dies and/or watercolor pencils yet, you'll have to hurry, but there are still 2-1/2 days left to grab yours! Jump on over to my online store to check 'em out, and choose 1, 2 or all 3 elements!

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

 


Color Your Season - Part 4

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I'm back with my next installment of this 6-part "Color Your Season" series.... this time with a fresh Fall theme! (As implied by the title of this limited-edition bundle, "Color Your Season", this set of stamps & dies will earn its keep in your collection year-round, due to its seasonal versatility.)

This card features all 3 elements of this August's offering:

  • "Blended Seasons" 2-volume stamp set (also available bundled with its coordinating dies for 10% discount)
  • "Stitched Seasons" framelits dies (also available bundled with its coordinating stamp set for 10% discount)
  • Brand-new assortment of watercolor pencils "Assortment 2" (adds 10 fresh colors to our current Assortment 1).

Each of these products features exclusive availability during August 2018, although we're told the watercolor pencils may show up in a future catalog. Oh, and fair warning that all 3 of these products are on a "while supplies last" status, too!

If you've followed me for very long you probably already know that watercoloring with Stampin' Up!® inks is one of my very favorite techniques. I find it both fun and relaxing. Watercoloring an image entirely with ink is fairly quick, but watercoloring over hand-colored images such as these take me a little longer, so I don't tend to make very many (if any) duplicates with this technique.

GET THE LOOK

How this card came together:

  • I stamped the leaves in Stazon ink (Jet Black) onto watercolor paper and then colored in with watercolor pencils from both Assortments 1 and 2.
  • Blended the leaf colors with an Aqua Painter.
  • Aqua Painter & Pool Party ink provided the background wash. (Squeeze pad to transfer ink to the lid to watercolor with.)
  • Using the Stamparatus for perfect alignment, I stamped the sentiment multiple times in Rich Razzleberry ink. (Such repeated stamping provides a deeper, smoother image on the textured watercolor paper.)
  • Once the watercolored layer was complete, I layered it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then onto the card base of Pool Party cardstock.
  • The bow consists of 2 layers of Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Top layer is simply die cut the traditional way using the bow die in the "Stitched Seasons" set. That upper layer appears as the outline texture in the close-up below. The bottom layer of the bow was created using the Embossing Mats with the same die to create a textured image, and then I carefully cut out that layer by hand. Ultimately, I adhered the top layer to the lower one to get the finished element.
  • Finally, 3 adhesive-backed sequins were added for visual interest and more texture. (Note that I usually add embellishments such as these in a general triangle shape.)
  • Oh, and the envelope liner? It's actually just Rich Razzleberry cardstock because I don't yet have the new Designer Series Paper available in the newly-configured color families. And the shape is cut out with the envelope liner dies that retired a few years back. (No, I'm NOT letting go of mine, so don't even ask, lol!)

20180817_164722-detailKeep an eye out for the final 2 cards I'll feature in this series, and if you haven't already snagged your own "Color Your Season" stamps, dies and watercolor pencils, I still recommend doing it sooner rather than later, since supplies are limited. See them in detail and catch 'em here!

  GET THE PRODUCTS

 

 

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place with me in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

Color Your Season - Part 3

Half-way there in my personal challenge to share 6 samples featuring elements of the "Color Your Season" offering this month. Given that the stamp set and dies will ONLY be available during August 2018, and ONLY while supplies last, I think it's fair to call 'em "collectibles", don't you?

Here's a reminder of the 3 products included in this offer (a limited-edition 2-volume stamp set, limited-edition coordinating die set, and 2nd volume of watercolor pencils to enhance Volume 1 that you may already have). You can check 'em all out in more detail here - and here..... but if you're charmed by this versatile, year-round set, remember it goes to those who act the quickest because availability is limited, and when the stamps and dies are gone, they're gone!

Color Your Season August Special (1)

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I had a ton of fun working on this one, and I think my favorite part was actually picking out the colors I would use. The initial images were stamped lightly with Sahara Sand onto watercolor paper, and then I watercolored over them with an Aqua Painter (and ink from the following ink pads). I'd debated whether or not to stamp off some of the Sahara Sand before stamping the image because I initially had in mind to go with the "no line watercolor" look, but ultimately decided against that. And I'm real happy I did. Artists will often sketch out their image in pencil before watercoloring it, and I think the light hand with the Sahara Sand ink worked find to approximate that look!

Here are the colors of ink I ended up using on this project:

 

BTW, I am absolutely IN. LOVE.WITH the new color "Granny Apple Green"! It's so fresh and clean, and seems to go with just about anything and everything I consider pairing it with! If you don't already have that one in your updated color collection, I highly recommend getting it asap.

Ok, so the easy part of this project was getting the image stamped and colored onto one of the only two remaining scraps of watercolor paper I found in my drawer. But THEN the challenge was to figure out where to go from there to end up with a completed card? My initial idea was to die-cut it with one of the 3 frame dies included in the bundle. But alas, the smallest one was too small, and the other two were too large. (Have you heard the story about this girl in the forest who entered the home of three bears while they were away?....)

Anyway, after staring at my dies options for a while, I was inspired to run a series of swirls down the left-hand side. Btw, TWO such swirls are included in the coordinating die set; I sure love when Stampin' Up! does that for us to make things easier/quicker thru the Big Shot! And once those were glued on, I daubered (um, is that really a verb?) more Daffodil Delight ink over them to pump up the visual depth even more.

The scallops die on the right-hand side is actually from another die set I had handy: Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Its large, chunky attitude seemed to set off the finer detail pieces nicely. 

Now, if you're not yet convinced you need this set of stamps and dies in your collection, you can wait for me to get the next 3 samples written up and posted, or you can go claim your own bundle while it's still available! 

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
 
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!
 

Color your Season - Part 2

My challenge (to myself) continues, as I attempt to create and post 6 card samples made with the "Color your Season" limited-edition products available only during this month of August, and only while supplies last.  (Which, I suppose, defines them as "collectible", right?) ;-)

 

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Sample #2 is another layout option from my July class. It's stamped with Stazon Jet Black, then colored in with Watercolor Pencils (a mixture of the original set of pencils shown in the Annual Catalog + the additional set available this month), plus Blender Pens. And then fussy-cut.

BTW, I posted some fussy-cutting success tips in our "Paper Dreaming with Lynda" Facebook group this morning. If you're a member, or qualify to be a member, of that FB group (current customer or team member, regular class attendee, or long-time close stampin' friend), be sure to check over there for those tips!

And keep your eyes peeled for Sample #3!

Bonus Days Reminder


Blended Seasons - Limited Time Availability

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Don't you just love stamp sets with seasonal longevity? And what if such a set also had a matching die set that included a beautiful, unique element that Stampin' Up! has never offered before? And what if you could add 10 new, fresh colors to your watercolor pencils collection? 

Well, that's exactly what August's special limited-edition offer includes!

Introducing the "Color Your Season" collection...... available only during August 2018, and only while supplies last!

 

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 There are 3 elements to this offering (an exclusive 2-volume stamp set, an exclusive die set, and a set of watercolor pencils in 10 fresh colors). You may choose to get 1, 2 or all 3. The best way to see everything that you can get, and all the details you'll need, is by downloading this 2-page flyer.

Now, you won't want to wait very long to order these because the stamps and dies will only be available during this month of August, and ONLY while supplies last! (And if you've been around Stampin' Up! for very long you KNOW what those 3 little words "while supplies last" can mean, don't you?!?)

While the watercolor pencils make a lovely addition to your 12 stamps and 10 dies, they will eventually appear in a future catalog and you can get them at that time if you MUST wait. (But why not get them now, while you can take advantage of August "Bonus Days", and use them with these stamps and others you may already own?!?)

Oh! And might you be wondering if you can get a discount if you order BOTH the stamps and the dies as a bundle? But, of course you can!  :-)

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In the meantime, I'll leave you with my very first Christmas card of 2018......  one of the cards from my July card class. It features a couple of each of the 3 products from this collection: stamps, dies, and watercolor pencils.  And did you notice that all 3 of the frame dies have stitching on both inner and outer edges?!? Be still my heart! Even if you used only just *those* frame dies, you'd still get lots and lots of use out of them when combined with other dies and stamps you may already own!

Remember that the earlier in the month you grab your "Color Your Season" products, the more likely you'll be to GET them before they're sold out. Be careful to not wait too long and risk disappointment.

  "BONUS DAYS" reminder!

With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

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.

Bonus Days are Back!


Bonus Days Aug 2018
Stampin' Up!'s popular "Bonus Days" promotion will run again from August through September this year, and here's the scoop:

For every $50 product order you place with me during August, you'll receive a $5 coupon (emailed directly to you from Stampin' Up!) to apply towards your September order. To qualify, each $50 in product must be placed on the same order (that is, it's not cumulative and therefore cannot be spread out over multiple smaller orders such as $25 + $15 + $10). But each $50 segment placed on a single order WILL qualify for a coupon. So a $100 product order qualifies for two $5 coupons, and a $150 product order qualifies for 3 coupons, etc. (And of course don't forget that an order of $150 also qualifies for Stampin' Rewards of at least $15 in free product!)

So place your order here, and then be on the lookout for your coupon(s) to arrive in your email shortly after you place your qualifying order. You might have to search around a bit for it, because it might deliver into your promotions box, or sp*m or some other folder/box, depending on your email server and how your settings are configured. But this email will contain a unique code, so be sure to save it in a safe place to use when you place your order NEXT month!