What Would Connie Do?

What Would Connie Do?  Ask your questions at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com The questions are pouring in!  I love it!  It’s been a lot of fun to read your questions and do a little searching for answers for you.

Paula emailed me and asked, “Why do my stamped images look nothing like yours do on your videos?  Mine are blotchy and yours always seem perfect!”

Dear Paula,

I get asked this question A LOT.  In order to answer this, I am going to tell you a story.  Grab your blanket and snuggle in… it’s STORY TIME!  Story Time at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Once Upon a Time…a Long Long Time Ago….When I first started stamping with Stampin’ Up I thought all cardstock was the same.  I mean, c’mon, cardstock is cardstock, right?  I was making a lot of cards so I thought I would save money by buying my white cardstock in bulk at the office supply store.  Every time I stamped an image, it was blotchy or the ink was “bleeding” into the fibers of the paper.  The color of the ink was just “blah” and flat.  I hated the cards I was making.  
Comparing Stampin' Up cardstock to office supply cardstock.  www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I asked my demonstrator (this was before I joined the Stampin’ Up family) what I was doing wrong.  “Was my ink bad?  Was the stamp defective?  WHAT?”  I took my supplies over to her house and showed her my horrible results and when she pulled out the Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock and stamped, I was blown away.  Just look at the difference!
Comparing Stampin' Up cardstock to office supply cardstock.  www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin’ Up Whisper White cardstock is specially designed for stamping.  It has a super smooth finish on it that accepts the ink beautifully without seeping through, bleeding into fibers, or blotching into ink blobs.  
Comparing Stampin' Up cardstock to office supply cardstock.  www.SimplySimpleStamping.com From that day on, I have never purchased cardstock besides Stampin’ Up’s cardstock ever again.  THE END.

Isn’t your artwork worth it?  Of course it is!

Anne asked me, “How do you decide what stamps to buy?  I’m on a tight budget and I don’t want to buy something I won’t use.”

Dear Anne,

This is a great question!  I remember buying a stamp set several years ago that I just LOVED.  There were only a couple of stamps in the set that I just “had to have” but I bought it anyway.  As much as I tried to use that stamp set, everything I made with it was horrible.  I just didn’t like it!  I had “Stamp Set Buyers Remorse”.  I would recommend before buying a stamp set that you check out www.images.google.com.  Search the name of the stamp set you’re interested in and follow the search with stampin up.  (i.e. wondrous wreath stampin up).  You will find LOTS of samples using the stamp set.  If you see lots of ideas that you LIKE than it’s a good buy and you can see lots of inspiration.  If you see lots of ideas but you’re not crazy about them, this might not be the stamp set for you.  Make sense?  

Another suggestion when you’re on a tight budget is to focus on stamp sets that have a lot of variety to them.  Something like Embellished Events!

Embellished Events - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com #131984 wood mount   #126497 clear mount

Owning a stamp set like this, you have a stamp to fit any occasion AND a sentiment as well!  

I don’t want any of you to have “Stamp Set Buyers Remorse”.  Just take a few minutes to research which stamp sets you buy before you click order.

Well, guys, that’s all for today!  I hope that you’ll join me tomorrow for a new video in the NOW or WOW series.  It’s a perfect card for fall and I think you’ll like how easy this card is.  See you tomorrow!

Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday – Mingle All the Way (2 for 1) Card

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Video - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Hello everyone!  I am so excited to share today’s Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday video freebie!  
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Mingle All the Way (2 for 1) Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Today I want to share with you a Christmas Card that is a 2 for 1 card. Everyone can use more than one Christmas card, right? And everyone wants to save money on their Christmas cards, right? So today’s card will feature (4) products that are on sale this week (Oct. 28 – Nov.3, 2014)
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Mingle All the Way (2 for 1) Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Mingle All the Way (2 for 1) Card - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Now, don’t feel you need to use every product I used on today’s card.  I really wanted to stretch myself and try to use as many of our sale items on my project today.  It was really fun to do!  Well, let me share today’s video…

If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Here are some details in case you missed them:
  • (2) Whisper White cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • (2) Whisper White cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Scrap Whisper White cardstock
  • (2) Silver Foil cardstock – 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • (1) Trim the Tree Paper Stack – cut to 5 1/2″, then cut to 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (you’ll have 3 pieces)

Here are the products that I used. Use what you have, ORDER what you need! 

Remember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the October Hostess 
Code you’ll receive the SIX Exclusive videos and tutorials that Josee and I have created for October.  Time is running out to get this month’s tutorials!  Friday, October 31st is the final day!
In the USA? Order HERE  from CONNIE and use the October Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD (USA)

In CANADA? Order HERE 
from JOSEE and use the October Hostess Code XG2GMZCT (CAN)

How to use the hostess code:

a. Enter your items into cart
b. At Check out – Look under “Special Offers” (bottom left)
c. Enter your HOSTESS CODE in box and hit “APPLY”

NOTE:  If your order is over $150, do not use the code so that you can claim 
the Stampin’ Rewards on your order!  FREE STUFF is awesome!

Hope you guys have the most wonderful Wednesday! See ya right back here tomorrow!


2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – KISS it and Make it Better

Good morning my friends!  I am so excited to be back to my blog and back to stamping!  I had a wonderful time hanging out with my friends from Idaho last week.  Stay-cations are fabulous, aren’t they?  Brenda and I had a great time just visiting, catching up on life, drinking WAY too much coffee (which is what we do best) and eating out.  lol  The eating out is our favorite part.  We have some restaurants that are our “must haves” when Mark & Brenda come to visit.  We also tried some new places.  Waffle Champion.  Need I say more?  WAFFLE is in the name!  Oh my gosh, 3 words – FAB U LOUS!  It was SO good!

Christina was home from college for Fall Break so we hung out with her for a few days.  That was fun!  I think our favorite night was when Christina and Ginny performed all their favorite show tunes for us, complete with choreography.  Tears of laugher….that’s I can say.  It was a hoot!

But like all vacations they must come to an end.  Boo.  The good part about vacation ending is I can get back into my stamp room and back to creating!  Today is Tuesday so I am excited to share a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip with you!2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I love tips that help me take a stamp and change the way it looks.  It’s like you’re getting more stamps for your money.  Today’s tip you will learn the art of KISSING… with stamps anyway.

After today’s video you are going to look at your solid stamps in a while new way!

If you’re unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

I always recommend that you try this on scrap paper first to get the look you’re going for.  Have fun with it!  Change up the colors, change up the stamps, and watch your creativity soar to new heights!

In my video today, I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set but look in your current stamp stash.  What do you already have that the KISSING technique will work on?  You just might be surprised!  Now, I do have to say that Gorgeous Grunge is really a fabulous stamp set that I use quite a bit and I highly recommend but my point is you don’t need to BUY a specific stamp set for this technique.  Hmmm, look at those dots and lines in the Perfect Pennants stamp set?  Try it with your background stamps too!


Thanks for checking out my 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – KISS it and Make it Better!  I hope that you learned something new and will give this a try!  It sure is fun!

Be sure to join me right back here tomorrow for Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild!  And check out this week’s WEEKLY DEALS!



WEEKLY DEALS – OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Be sure to use Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD to receive the (6) exclusive October Videos & Tutorials!

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Regals Designer Buttons Item # 130029
Regular Price: $7.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.96
 




Large Scallop Edgelits Die Item # 127019
Regular Price: $7.95
SALE PRICE: $5.96
 



Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch Item # 119275
Regular Price: $15.95 
SALE PRICE: $11.96 
 




Blue Ribbon Wood Stamp Set Item # 131964
Regular Price: $28.95 
SALE PRICE: $21.71 
 




Word Bubbles Framelits Die Item # 132968
Regular Price: $24.95 
SALE PRICE: $18.71 
 




1/16″ Circle Handheld Punch Item # 134363
Regular Price: $8.95 
SALE PRICE: $6.71 
 




Autumn Traditions Kit – Digital Download Item # 127600
Regular Price: $9.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.97 

 

What Would Connie Do?

What Would Connie Do?  Ask your questions at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Good morning my friends!  Hope you’re all having a great week!  I am enjoying a little stay-cation with my best friends from Idaho.  We’re just hanging out, drinking WAY too much coffee, and staying up WAY too late.  Isn’t it the best to stay up late with your best friend?  It’s like a week-long slumber party without the pranks.

I’m hoping that we can spend some time stamping today and I will share pictures tomorrow but TODAY I want to answer some of your questions.  :)

Jody asked, “Where can I find your paper cutting guides?  I’ve spent 2 hours trying to find that cutting guide!”

Dear Jody,

I’m so sorry you spent so long looking for it but I hope you found more inspiration while you were searching.  

If you’re ever looking for a particular project on my blog, just go to the left hand side bar.  There is a picture of a woman thinking (the same picture above actually) and it says, “Hmm…where can I find that project?  Search for it here”.  There is a search box.  Just type in the name of the project you’re looking for and click enter/return.  Boom!  Project found!

Since you mentioned the Ultimate Paper Cutting Guide, I thought I would post the info about it again.  It was a VERY popular post.  The Paper Cutting Guide is really helpful tool that shows you how to get the most out of a piece of cardstock.  Just click the file below and print out the version you need!  They all look identical so look for the paper size in the upper left corner.


Download the 8 1/2″ x 11″ ULTIMATE PAPER CUTTING GUIDE
Download the 12″ x 12″ ULTIMATE PAPER CUTTING GUIDE
Download the UK ULTIMATE PAPER CUTTING GUIDE
Download the 
Australia ULTIMATE PAPER CUTTING GUIDE

And here is a video for you, in case you missed it.  It will explain how to use the guide.


Cyndy emailed me and asked, What are some of your best organization tips for Stampin’ Up supplies (tools, dies, stamps, ink, paper, etc).”

Dear Cyndy,

Organization is a struggle for every crafter…. including me.  Everyone has their own way of doing things and I thought I would share pictures.  It’s much easier to show you than try to put into words what I do.

My punch storage is one of my favorites.  I love having my punches mounted on the wall so I can see everything.  It helps remind me of punches I haven’t used in a while too.  The bars are from Ikea.  Bygel Bars and they are only $2.99 each so this solution didn’t cost a fortune to do.

My stamp storage is a wall unit that also came from Ikea but basically it’s just a DVD storage cabinet that can sit on the floor or mount to the wall.  Mine is the Besta storage.  It’s actually 2 of them and they are only $50 each.  One would have been enough but I didn’t want it to look too crowded so I bought 2 of them.
Connie Stewart's Punch Storage - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com   Connie Stewart's stamp storage - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Paper storage is always a struggle but I found my favorite solution was hanging files and Ziplock bags.  I keep my full packs of cardstock in the file folders and right in front is a Ziplock bag with the matching scraps.  I go to my scrap bag before I cut into a new piece of cardstock.  I do keep extra packages of cardstock on hand and although you might need this much, I do love the storage I have for it.  Magazine holders are GREAT for storing cardstock!  These magazine holders fit so neatly under my cabinet.  Again, Ikea to the rescue.  Kassett Magazine Files – 2 for $4.99!  Great deal!
Connie Stewart's paper storage - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Connie Stewart's paper storage - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Well, I hope you guys found today’s info helpful!  I’m off to have breakfast and MORE coffee with my friends.  Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!  See ya tomorrow!


NEW PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET NOW AVAILABLE!  
JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS!

Gentle Peace photopolymer stamp set - order yours at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
GENTLE PEACE – 139523 – $15.95

Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild Wednesday – Hot Diggity Dog

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Video - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Woof Woof!!  It’s Josee!  I’m so glad you are here today!  I’ve got the cutest card to share today! :)  The Hot Diggity Dog stamp set can be so much fun to play with! With the “mix and match” heads and bodies, and greetings too, you can really use this stamp set for so many occasions and really change the look each time. So stinkin’ cute!
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Diggity Dog - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com This dog makes me laugh with his oversized head :) I had to make this card with him doing rollovers! Good dog! :) Just FUR you!
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Diggity Dog - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Let’s get going with the video….


If you are unable to see the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

Here is a list of the supplies I used. Use what you have and ORDER what you need!

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild September Sneek Peak - Get your SIX exclusive videos FREE with any $20 or more order at www.SimplySimpleStamping.comRemember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the October Hostess 
Code you’ll receive the SIX Exclusive videos and tutorials that Josee and I have created for October.   They are OVER THE TOP fabulous projects so be sure to order and use that hostess code!

In the USA? Order HERE  from CONNIE and use the October Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD (USA)

In CANADA? Order HERE 
from JOSEE and use the October Hostess Code XG2GMZCT (CAN)

How to use the hostess code:

a. Enter your items into cart
b. At Check out – Look under “Special Offers” (bottom left)
c. Enter your HOSTESS CODE in box and hit apply
NOTE:  If your order is over $150, do not use the code so that you can claim the Stampin’ Rewards on your order!  FREE STUFF is awesome!

Hope you guys have the most wonderful Wednesday! 

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – What to do with Leftover Ribbon?

2-Minute Tuesday Tips by Connie Stewart - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com If you’ve followed my videos, you know that I hate to waste anything – cardstock, ribbon, etc.  Today I am going to share a great way to use those “ribbon ends” that you cut off and make them into sweet little bows for your cards and small boxes.


If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online

It’s just that simple!  I hope that you will look at your scraps in a whole new light.

To see all our FABULOUS ribbon, check out page 206-207 of our 2014-15 Annual Catalog.  ORDER ANYTIME!  Use Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD on your $20 order to receive the Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild videos & tutorials for October.  :)

And hey, check it out!  Look what’s on sale this week…RIBBON!

WEEKLY DEALS – OCTOBER 21 – 27, 2014

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Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set Item # 133453
Regular Price: $13.95 
SALE PRICE: $10.46




Jumbo Sticky Rounds Item # 127852
Regular Price: $4.95 
SALE PRICE: $3.71




Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133738
Regular Price: $7.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.96




Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133727
Regular Price: $8.95 
SALE PRICE: $6.71




Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 131210
Regular Price: $6.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.21




Calypso Coral 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130018
Regular Price: $8.95 
SALE PRICE: $6.71




Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 133860
Regular Price: $21.95 
SALE PRICE: $16.46




Spook Central Designer Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 127589
Regular Price: $12.95 
SALE PRICE: $7.77

Thanks for tuning into my 2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video!  I hope to see you all back here tomorrow for Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild!

Stamping and Sugar…. they just go great together!

Salted Caramel Peanuts with M&M's - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Have I got a great project for you today! If you hate to be in the kitchen but love to give treats during the holiday, you will love today’s simple idea – Salted Caramel Peanuts with M&M’s. Is your mouth salivating now?  Mine is and it’s 7:00am.  I’ve been DREAMING about this stuff all night!

My recipe? 1 lb. Salted Caramel Peanuts and a 12 oz. bag M&M’s. Does it get any easier? Wahoo! Love it!  
Salted Caramel Peanuts with M&M's - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Salted Caramel Peanuts with M&M's - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
What makes this yummy snack so great is the fabulous packaging.  Any GOOD treat DESERVES to be in pretty packaging.  I wanted to create a QUICK packaging idea for my salted caramel peanuts.  Best part?  You don’t have to have tons of product to do it.  Here’s today’s video!
If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE to view it online.

What do you think?  I hope that you will try stamping on cello bags this holiday season.  It sure makes the bag look pretty!  Use what you have, order what you need!  Just click the picture below!  Use the October Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD with your $20 order to get (6) exclusive videos & tutorials!  

Reminder…. today is the last day for this week’s WEEKLY DEALS!
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Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die Item # 133726
Regular Price: $24.95 
SALE PRICE: $18.71




Truly Grateful Wood Stamp Set Item # 131730
Regular Price: $27.95 
SALE PRICE: $20.96 




Mustache Framelits Die Item # 133741
Regular Price: $7.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.96 




Darling Doily Thinlits Die Item # 133736
Regular Price: $24.95 
SALE PRICE: $18.71 




Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133740
Regular Price: $7.95 
SALE PRICE: $5.96 




Decorative Window Gift Box Item # 132146
Regular Price: $4.95 
SALE PRICE: $3.71




Floral Frames Framelits Die Item # 127012
Regular Price: $26.95 
SALE PRICE: $20.21 




Spooky Treats Designer Template – Digital Download Item # 127588
Regular Price: $12.95 
SALE PRICE: $7.77 

Hope that your Monday is a pleasant one!  Be sure to join me tomorrow for a 2- MINUTE TUESDAY TIP video!  See ya right back here tomorrow!

Soooo many things to create with Floral Frames (on sale through Monday)

Floral Frames on sale through Oct. 20, 2014!  Order yours at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Do you have the Floral Frames Framelits yet?  Talk about a VERSATILE set of Framelits!  I thought I would share with you some of my projects from the past that I created using these fabulous Framelits!

These are actually FLASH CARDS for all seasons created with the Floral Framelits and the Daydream Medallion stamp set.  Some of the sentiment stamps used on these cards are retired but I know you guys  have something fabulous you can replace them with.
Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Sweet Moments - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Sweet Moments - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Thank You - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Thank You - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
 Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Thanksgiving - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com  Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Thanksgiving - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Christmas - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Christmas - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
 Flash Cards - Daydream Medallion Halloween - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comFlash Cards - Daydream Medallion Halloween - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Here is the video on how to create these simple FLASH CARDS…

Next, I want to show you some great treat holders created with these framelits.  These Framelits aren’t just for cards!
 Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.com Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.com
Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.com Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.com
Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.comHere’s my video on how to create this sweet treat holder!

This visual might help.  :)
Flash Cards 2.0 - Treat Holders www.simplysimplestamping.comAs I said, some of the stamps I used in the videos are no longer available but now is the time to let your creativity soar!  Look and see what you have and get creative!  

So, if you don’t already have the Floral Frames, now is the time to get them!  I love a good sale and this sale is good through Monday, October 20, 2014.  I don’t want you to miss it!

Remember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the October Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD you’ll receive the 6 Exclusive videos and tutorials that Josee and I have created for October.   They are OVER THE TOP fabulous projects so be sure to order and use that hostess code!

To order, just click the picture below!  It will take you directly to my Online Store!

Well guys, the weekend is finally here.  I am SO excited for this weekend I can hardly stand it!  My daughter is coming home from college for Fall Break AND my best friend is traveling here from Idaho on Sunday.  Does life get any better than that?  I am just squirming in my chair thinking about it!  Wahoo!  I hope that you all have some wonderful weekend plans as well.  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.  I have a video waiting for you and it’s “yummy”…. that’s all I’m saying’.  You want to come back on Monday!!

What Would Connie Do?

What Would Connie Do?  Ask your questions at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com I get asked a lot of questions and so it seemed only fitting to start a new series – “What Would Connie Do?”   I thought I might take some time to answer your questions here because you might be wondering the same thing OR you’ll learn a different way of doing things OR you’ll get affirmation that you’re doing it right.  Not to say I know how to do everything right.  I try, but…. well, you know what I’m trying to say.  I’m going to give it my best shot.  So… with that being said, let’s get started with our first question…

Sharon wrote me and asked…
 “I love everything that I have seen you make and I’m in a slump.  Going to a 12 hrs Breast Cancer crop on 11/1 and I have nothing planned out, was hoping to make some Christmas cards.  What do you suggest stamp wise, paper, etc.?”

Dear Sharon,
Stampin’ Up offers SO many different style of artwork to suggest which ones you should buy would be really difficult.  There are stamp sets in our catalog I just don’t like (yes, it’s true).  There are others that I LOVE and it could be a stamp set that you don’t particularly like.  It’s all good!  We all have different tastes and that’s why Stampin’ Up offers so many different types.  

So, to answer your question  which stamp sets you should get… Do you have our Holiday catalog?  I would browse through it and see what catches your eye.  Always keep in mind that just about any stamp set can be used on any layout so if you have a layout in mind (Flash Card maybe?) then go for it!  

Paper…. well, you can never go wrong with our assorted cardstock packages.  You get 20 sheets, 2 of each color, for only $6.95.  Each package will make 40 card bases so that’s pretty good!  A package of Whisper White and Very Vanilla are STAPLES and are a must have for any stamper.

Speaking of paper and card bases, Natasha emailed me and asked,
“Hi Connie, Got a question about the Flash Cards. Do you make the bases as you need them or do you make 8 each of every color?”

Dear Natasha,
Personally, I would make 2 of each color and of each size.  You will need 2 sheets of each color (again, going back to the previous question) our assorted cardstock packages are perfect for this.

  • Score 1 sheet of cardstock at 4 1/4″ and cut in half at 5 1/2″
  • Score 1 sheet of cardstock at 5 1/2″ and cut in half at 4 1/4″


You can keep these in a plastic shoe box or those photo boxes.  You’ll always be ready when you need a card!

One of my most commonly asked questions…
“Where do you go for inspiration or are you just naturally creative?”

I get asked this question a lot!  First of all, let me say, I am SO not naturally creative.  Just ask my Mom.  I flunked Sandbox in Kindergarden because my idea of sand art was a hill of wet sand.  I have pictures to prove it.  But I digress…Where do I go for inspiration?  

Well, my favorite place for inspiration is PINTEREST.  What a great place to find inspiration!  Start an account (it’s free) and start a “Board” and call it “Stampin’ Up Inspiration” or “Stampin’ Up Cards” or “Connie’s Flash Card Ideas” (shameless plug).  Now, do a quick search for Stampin’ Up.  You’ll start to see the names of people who have posted Stampin’ Up ideas.  When you see someone that has the same style as you, “FOLLOW” them.  There is a button to do this.  I would recommend you only follow the boards you want vs. following everything.  Then, every time you log into Pinterest, their ideas will show up. Be sure to follow me!  Just search “Connie Stewart – Simply Simple Stamping” and you should find me.  On the website you can add a PIN IT button to your bookmarks.  Just click it whenever you see something you like.

My other favorite place to go for ideas using a specific stamp set is images.google.com.  LOVE this site!  Let’s say you just bought the Festival of Trees bundle (and a bunch of you have).  Type “festival of trees stampin’ up” so that you are sure to get projects using the stamp set and not other things.  BOOM!  There ya go!  Lots of ideas.

When you see those cool ideas, click on the picture and PIN IT to your Pinterest board.  Now you have all your great ideas in one place!

Well, I hope that you found today’s Q & A helpful!  I would love to answer your questions.  Just email me at connie.stewart@cox.net and put “What Would Connie Do” in the subject line.  I will do my best to answer your questions here.

I am going to try to post tomorrow BUT I have a VERY busy few days ahead of me.  Ginny is out of school for Fall Break today and tomorrow.  Christina is out of college for Fall Break Monday and Tuesday PLUS my best friend in the entire world, Brenda, is coming to visit all next week.  I have been busy cooking, cleaning (okay, not really but I will be cleaning later), and catching up on laundry.  I am really looking forward to spending some time with her chatting, drinking WAY too much coffee and of course, stamping together. She’s the mastermind who got me starting in all this madness!  God bless her!

So, with all that going on, I am going to go fold that laundry that beeped an hour ago.  I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday!  See ya soon!

STAMPIN’ GALS GONE WILD WEDNESDAY – Wondrous Wreath Gift Box

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday Video - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Hey all you crazy Stampin’ Gals (and guys too!)  I am so excited to share a fun Fall project with you.  I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods BUT Fall has arrived.  I turned on my heat for the first time today.  It was so cozy and warm!

Today’s project is a perfect addition to my Fall decor.  This box is so festive and yet so easy to make.  
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Wondrous Wreath Gift Box - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Wondrous Wreath Gift Box - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Wednesday - Wondrous Wreath Gift Box - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
I just love the color combination – Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, and Rich Razzleberry.  The Decorative Window Boxes make this project go together SUPER quick because the window and center circle is already cut and ready to go.  Oh, and those FABULOUS boxes are actually ON SALE this week, through October 20, 2014!  Wahoo!  Gotta love that part!

Well, let’s get going with our video for today…

If you are unable to view the video, CLICK HERE, to view it online.

Here are my measurements for my project:
  • Rich Razzleberry – cut (2) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Hello Honey – cut (1) 4″ x 4″
  • Whisper White – cut (1) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Hello Honey Stitched Ribbon – 28″
Want to order any of the supplies I used on my Wondrous Wreath Gift Box?  Use what you have or ORDER what you need!  Just click on the picture!
Stampin' Gals Gone Wild - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comRemember, if you place an order of $20 or more and use the October Hostess Code you’ll receive the 6 Exclusive videos and tutorials thatJosee and I have created for October.   They are OVER THE TOP fabulous projects so be sure to order and use that hostess code!

In the USA? Order HERE from CONNIE and use the October Hostess Code 6TYW6TMD (USA)

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How to use the hostess code:

a. Enter your items into cart
b. At Check out – Look under “Special Offers” (bottom left)

c. Enter your HOSTESS CODE in box and hit apply

NOTE:  If your order is over $150, do not use the code so that you can claim the Stampin’ Rewards on your order!  FREE STUFF is awesome!

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Thanks for stopping by today for STAMPIN’ GALS GONE WILD WEDNESDAY!  Hope your Wednesday is amazing!