Monday, July 31, 2017

New, New, New & Christmas in July!

New glasses
New color
New way to use stamps
And time to preorder Carols of Christmas :) 

Today was a good day :) 
My sister is a wonderful hairdresser and did my hair today and I picked up my new glasses :) 

I also got some prescription sunglasses....SOOOO Wonderful!!

Yesterday I went to family Birthday on my Dad's side for 3 of us who have birthdays in July. 
I made these wonderful cookie dough truffles dipped in dark chocolate :) I decided to use the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set to stamp the popsicle sticks to make them more festive.

Stamping doesn't have to be just for cards and scrapbooks :) 

Christmas in July & August :) 

Carols of Christmas is officially available for you to order before the rest of the holiday catalog as of August 1st, 2017!


Take a look at what I designed with this new set :) 


It's just so much fun to use the Embossing Paste with any Holiday set, especially on Christmas trees :) 
Watch here how I did it :)

Make sure you order this set early and get started on your holiday cards :) Why wait until November when you should be able to fully enjoy the holidays with your family. Instead this year, work on things early :) 
Need some incentive???
Well you know that I love specials. So of course I have one for you :) 
Anyone who purchases the 
Carols of Christmas Bundle
will get the Holly Embossing Folder for FREE from me :) Wooohooo!!!
Make sure to watch for my other monthly specials. If you aren't already getting my newsletter make sure you sign up for that so that you know all my specials. :) 

Happy Crafting
~Nicole

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

3D Treat Box

Treat boxes are so much fun. This one actually doesn't take too long. I have included the measurements and the video below to help you put this together :) 





  • Cut a piece 9 1/2" x 4 3/4" out of the cardstock or DSP that you want to be the main box. (above this is the solid pool party cardstock) Score on the short side at 3/8", 2 5/8", 3 3/8". Score on the long side at 2 1/4", 4 1/2", 6 3/4", 9". Cut out the pieces as indicated above. Fold on all other score lines. Adhere together as shown in the video.
  • Cut a piece 6 3/4" x 2 1/4" out of the cardstock or DSP that will be what the box slides in to. (above this is the black floral DSP). Score on the long side at 3/4", 3 1/16", 3 7/8", 6 3/16". Fold on all score lines. Adhere together as shown in video. 





Another Antique store pick up :) 

My husband spied this in the corner window of a wonderful Antique store that we go to. It was just perfect for displaying cards :) 

Don't forget about Christmas in July! In fact...here's another special. 

Order the Christmas in July Carol's of Christmas bundle (stamp set and matching Framelits) and I will send you a coupon for 10% off your entire order for the Holiday catalog that will be available to you on Sept 1(I get my first sneak peek today as a demonstrator). Use hostess code 9AXHTU4D at www.nicern1.stampinup.net

**This special is from me directly, not from Stampin' Up! In order to redeem the 10% in September, you will need to email me your order and I will make the order for you and invoice you on Paypal**

Also...Christmas in July for new demonstrator is only through the end of the month as well. 
Email me with questions at
or join my team
Remember for $99 you get to pick $125 worth of whatever products you want and also get this whole set that includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set

Too many deals to keep track.lol. If you have any questions at all about them please don't hesitate to email me. I'm happy to help. 

Well...I'm off to my day job :) 

Happy Crafting
~Nicole





Monday, July 24, 2017

Day #8 Winner & The Birthday week is complete!

And this 41st Birthday week has been completed!

I have lots of pictures to prove it :) 





I had a wonderful week and I hope you all had a wonderful week as well with my giveaways!
Speaking of Giveaways....the winner of the last day for the box of various adhesives goes to....
Babe! You won!!!!


Now today I will get all of these out in the mail :) Be watching for them if you were one of this weeks winners :) 
Why don't we just recap :)


  • #1 - Tranquil Tulips Stamp Set - Kim
  • #2 - Cupcakes & Carousels/Peekaboo Peach Stamp pad - Elaine
  • #3 - Shooting Star Stamp Set and framelits - Kathy
  • #4 - 2 packs of retired cardstock and 3 new In-color Stampin' Pads - Penny
  • #5 - Lucky Stars embossing folder and Lucky Elephant Stamp Set - Kim
  • #6 - Paper Pumpkin May 2017 Set - Babe
  • #7 - Playful Palette DSP Stack and enamel shapes - Monica
  • #8 - Adhesive Pack - Babe
  • Facebook Stampin' RN VIP Carols of Christmas Bundle - Pat
I really hope that you all had a wonderful time. I sure loved seeing all of the things that you like or do for your birthdays :) Helps me get to know you better :) 

I started this week by possibly needing a root canal and a crown, so not thrilled about that. Alas...it can't all be birthday trips and roses right?!


Well one more thing that is adorable! I did get this super cute item at the Antique store this weekend and my hubby put it up for me :) It holds all of my ribbon (a couple are hidden behind, but they all fit..and I do have them all ;)


Well I better get to sending those freebies out to all the winners, then I have a fun 3-D project to get filmed and posted for you. 

Thank you again for all the birthday wishes and fun comments. You all made this last week extra special :) 

Happy Crafting
~Nicole

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Last Birthday Giveaway! Winner #7 and Prize #8

Wow! What a week I have been having :) Last night rounded out the celebrations with a family BBQ that my sister put on for me. 
Is this cake amazing or what? It was a fresh strawberry filled cake with some amazing white chocolate dipped strawberries on top. It was utterly beautiful. 
We also had steak and chicken skewers, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and pasta salad. It was a job well done. 

My mom, brother and my oldest daughter. 

Do you ever wonder what happens during an evening that you missed so many opportunities for pictures? Here are a couple, but for some reason....pictures were scarce yesterday evening. 

And of course me and Sarabee courtesy of snapchat filters.lol I'm not sure teens know any other way of taking pics.



Now on to the giveaway :) The winner of the Paper Stack and Enamel Shapes is Monica :) Congratulations girl!

And Giveaway#8, the last of the Birthday Giveaways is this awesome box of adhesives. 
There's Snail, Fast Fuse, Fine tip glue, tombow multipurpose, mini glue dots, mini and regular dimensionals, Tear and Tape....something for every situation. :) 


To enter this Giveaway, just comment below with your favorite adhesive to use on cards. 
Mine...well...I do love them all as they each seem to have a specific purpose :) But....my favorite that I use the most often is the fast fuse and a close 2nd are the dimensionals :) 

I hope that your week has been as wonderful as mine :) One more winner will be posted tomorrow. Thank you again for participating. :)

Happy Crafting
~Nicole

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Winner of Day #6 and GIVEAWAY #7!!!!!

This week is just cruising by!!!!!

I'm headed back from the beach today and having a family BBQ with my Mom & family. I can't wait to see them all. :) 

Winner of Day #6 is.....Babe

Giveaway #7 is the Playful Palette DSP Stack and 2016-2018 In color Enamel Shapes



For today's giveaway comment below tell me what your favorite thing to BBQ is :) recently we've been BBQ-ing chicken legs and they have been delicious! Today is burgers and corn on the cob! Yummmm! Corn on the grill....now that is some good stuff! 

Remember the Nicole's July 20-31st Birthday Special is still going:
This is the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More Card Pack. 
Today through July 31st
Use Hostess Code 9AXHTU4D
If you purchase the 
  • You're Priceless Stamp Set Item# 143760
  • Perfect Days Memories & More Item# 144209
  • And have a minimum $50 order
**Your order must include the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More and be at least $50**

You will get for FREE
  • From Stampin' Up! a Bonus Days coupon for $5 off any purchase in August
My Birthday gift to you from ME for FREE
  • Supply Pack to make 10 cards as shown in the pic below including envelopes & dimensionals
  • You also still get all of my July freebies as shown HERE
  • And if you aren't already on my Facebook Stampin' RN VIP page, you can be now :) 

I just can't get over the colors for these cards. Probably my favorite color combo!

Happy Crafting
~Nicole

Friday, July 21, 2017

Winner #5 and Giveaway #6!!!!!!!!

Well I had a wonderful Birthday :) 
Filled with Family, Love & some slots.lol

The winner of the #5 Giveway the Lucky Elephant Stamp Set and Lucky Stars Embossing Folder is Kim!!!! 
 

The Stampin' RN VIP Facebook Page Winner of the Carols of Christmas Bundle is....
Pat!!!!!!


Giveaway #6 is The May Paper Pumpkin Set with the Donuts...such an adorable set. :) To enter, comment below what your favorite donut is :) That's easy for me....Maple Bar!


Don't forget that my Birthday Special is available to you for the rest of the month!


This is the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More Card Pack. 
Today through July 31st
Use Hostess Code 9AXHTU4D
If you purchase the 
  • You're Priceless Stamp Set Item# 143760
  • Perfect Days Memories & More Item# 144209
  • And have a minimum $50 order
**Your order must include the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More and be at least $50**

You will get for FREE
  • From Stampin' Up! a Bonus Days coupon for $5 off any purchase in August
My Birthday gift to you from ME for FREE
  • Supply Pack to make 10 cards as shown in the pic below including envelopes & dimensionals
  • You also still get all of my July freebies as shown HERE
  • And if you aren't already on my Facebook Stampin' RN VIP page, you can be now :) 
Hope that you have a wonderful day as I will. I'm going to be exploring Newport, OR with my guy and then going out to dinner :) 

Happy Crafting to you!
~Nicole





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Birthday To MEEEEEEE!!!! Winner Day #4 and GIVEAWAY #5 and an EXTRA SPECIAL for you.

Happy 41st Birthday To Me!
I'm off work for the next 5 days and definitely ready for some fun :)

Before heading to the beach I will definitely be stopping to get my favorite little cupcake :) 

I am starting out the morning going to a little creperie with my daughters, then it's off to the beach with my guy :) 


BUT....before all of that....I have some Birthday Specials for you :) 
Giveaway #4.....
The Paper and Stampin' Pads
Penny-----You are the Winner!!!!
Congratulations :) 

Giveaway #5 

I'm feeling Lucky on my Birthday so this Giveaway is for the Lucky Elephant Stamp Set and the Lucky Stars embossing folder :) 

Are you Lucky? Tell me the last thing that you won in the comments below to have a chance at winning this fun set. :) 
I am rarely lucky...I mean rarely lucky in winning contests. But the last thing I won did happen to be just this last weekend. I went to a charity Lularoe event and I won the drawing for $50 to spend on clothing! Woohoo to me...very excited!

Remember if you are a member of my Stampin' RN VIP Facebook Page, which means you have purchased at least $50 from me this year, then don't forget to head over to the VIP page for additional giveaway. 
Not a VIP yet, but want to be? Make a purchase from me HERE, today, and I'll get you added and you can enter the additional giveaway!

Now I have another surprise for you!
It's My Birthday and I want to give you all a gift :) 

 This is the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More Card Pack. 
Today through July 31st
Use Hostess Code 9AXHTU4D
If you purchase the 
  • You're Priceless Stamp Set Item# 143760
  • Perfect Days Memories & More Item# 144209
  • And have a minimum $50 order
**Your order must include the You're Priceless Stamp Set and Perfect Days Memories & More and be at least $50**

You will get for FREE
  • From Stampin' Up! a Bonus Days coupon for $5 off any purchase in August
My Birthday gift to you from ME for FREE
  • Supply Pack to make 10 cards as shown in the pic below including envelopes & dimensionals
  • You also still get all of my July freebies as shown HERE
  • And if you aren't already on my Facebook Stampin' RN VIP page, you can be now :) 



 Additional items that you could add to make your order $50 but are not required are....

  • The Pretty Label Punch Item #143715
  • The Banner Triple Punch Item #138292
  • The Starburst Punch Item #143717
I will be using these Stampin' Pads, so you should have these or something very similar.
  • Basic Black Stampin' Pad Item #140931
  • Berry Burst Stampin' Pad Item #144083
  • Soft Sky Stampin' Pad Item #131181



AND....either way whether you purchase or not....you can still watch this video that I made. 


I hope that you have an awesome day! I know that I sure will :) It's my Birthday after all!

Happy Crafting
~Nicole

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tomorrow is my day :) Winner #3 and Giveaway #4

I'm only working a 1/2 day today (which will turn in to much more than that.lol) then off for the next 5 days. I can't wait! Time with my kiddos, my hubby and I head to the beach and then good times with my whole family. I'm very spoiled. I'm learning that more and more. ;)

Well enough about me.....the winner of Giveaway #3 the Shooting Star & framelits is.......
Kathy!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! You are the winner of this awesome set! 
You'll have to show us some cards you make with it with the little spinny things. Email me at nicern1@gmail.com and give me your address for your goodies :) 

And on to Day #4 of Giveaways
This is what I call "Older, Retired & New" Set.lol
It consists of 
  •  Blackberry Bliss In Color cardstock from 2014-2016.
  • 2015-2017 In Color cardstock pack - it has 4 sheets of each (Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, & Tip Top Taupe
  • 3 of the new 2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Pad - Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig
You get the whole bundle :) 
Woohoooo!!!!

Just comment below with your favorite cake or dessert that you have for your birthday. 
Me....Well I have a favorite from long ago and that was a fresh strawberry cake with real whip cream, from a bakery up here...ohhhh it is delicious....but only available in a big sheet cake...so...not always the best idea for me to eat tons of cake.lol. And my close second is a cake from Chucks a specialty market. It is a lemon poppyseed with raspberry...then cream cheese frosting....they make cupcakes, small cakes & big cakes in that one. It is beautiful!


I think I'll have to grab the cupcake size tomorrow as my hubby and I go out of town :) 

On a side note....I just got my July Paper Pumpkin last night when I got home from work. So super cute. Lots of fun cards to make. 

Also remember if you are a Stampin' RN VIP I will also post alternative ideas for your Paper Pumpkin on that page. 
You can become a VIP too....just make a purchase from of at least $50 at My Stampin' Up! Website HERE. Click shop now. Make sure you use the July hostess code to earn additional goodies. 

Well....good luck to everyone!!!

Happy Crafting
~Nicole