Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday!

Just a quick post about my Cyber Monday sale:

All Spellbinders are 40% off!

All open stock 12x12 paper is 85% off. That means most sheets are 15 cents or less!

All Unity stamps are 50%.

All Our Craft Lounge stamps are 50% off.

All flock, including Sparkly Fluff is 50% off.

All FlowerSoft is 50% off.

All Hero Arts stamps are 30% off.

All embossing folders are 30% off.

All Palette full sized ink pads are only $2! (Normally $5.50)

And as always, free US shipping with your $50 order! Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With Gratitude: You! And Black Friday coupon

turkeyToday I am thankful for all of you…my loyal customers…thankful for the friends you refer and thankful that you return time and time again to support me and my store.

Today’s card uses the Lawn Fawn Turkey Day and Paper Smooches Chit Chat. I colored the turkey with Copics and die cut it with my circle Nesties. They’re stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and I just layered a piece of brown faux suede ribbon along the edge. Quick and simple!

2011_antoinette200x280 (I am a vegetarian so I’m not usually of a fan of turkey images for Thanksgiving but this one was so stinking cute that I couldn’t resist it. This Thanksgiving I adopted Antoinette through Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey program.)

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…our Black Friday weekend special.

Don’t forget that the new and improved wishlist is active. You can save items and then send that list to significant others so you get exactly what you want! And, there’s always gift certificates too! See a note about those below.

For Black Friday, (which really valid Wednesday 11/23-Sunday 11/27)

- 25% off EVERYTHING storewide (in stock items only, not valid on gift certificates) using code (min. order $35): black25off

- 10% gift certificate bonus. IHP will add an additional 10% of the value of the gift certificate during this sale. (25% discount does not apply to GCs.)

And, as always, free shipping with your $50 US order or $150 CAN order.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you take some time to remember what you are thankful for this season, and to keep those less fortunate in mind. I know I will be thinking of Katie Renz’ family as they are missing her so much.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Amazing…for Katie


Hello!  Happy Monday! 

Today I wanted to share the last card I sent Katie while she was alive.  Somehow I knew it would be the last and wanted to let her know just how amazing I thought she was and had been through her whole battle and how lucky I was to know her.  And that we would take care of her boys, young and old after she was gone.  I used some Echo Park Country Drive paper, my scallop Edgeabilities, some Zva bling, Paper Smooches Chit Chat and the flower I made from the sheer pull ribbon that I made on this video.  I stamped the greetings in Palette ink.

twinsShe was amazing.  And I still think about her every day.  And I miss her. 

Thankfully her twins had a great birthday weekend.  They were showered with cards and gifts from many generous stampers like you.  So, thank you.  Hunter’s birthday (he’ll be 12) is December 1 so that’s next up for them, after getting through Thanksgiving.

Well…that’s it for today.  I’ll be back on Wednesday to announce our Black Friday sale.  Have a great week!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Renz Twins (Teapot Tuesday)


Hello!  Today’s cards were made for Will and Nate Renz, the soon to be 6 year old twins of Katie, who recently passed.  This will be their first birthday without their mom and I wanted to make it a little special for them.  I am also thrilled that one of the Swimming for Katie participants helped coordinate a Teapot Tuesday challenge for them!  So, these cards are my first TT Challenge!  You can see the gallery for them here.  If you play along please tag your cards MMTPT172.

The boys LOVE cars and trucks (and Legos).  I sent them some remote controlled Cars 2 cars.  Shhh…it’s a surprise! 

For my cards I used the new Paper Smooches set, My Guy, a sentiment from What A Card! and the new Authentique Gathering pad for some quick and simple cards.  Stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  The clouds are popped up with some dimensional dots.  That’s it!

Their birthday is tomorrow so if you’d like to send a card, you can send it to:

PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Thanks for popping in today!  Be sure to check back next week.  I’ll have a Black Friday sale for you.  :)  Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DT Challenge: SRM Calendars

calendar1 Today’s DT Challenge is sponsored by SRM Stickers and we’re highlighting their calendars.  I LOVE these things.  They make such amazing gifts. 

For my project I used some Decor Boardz that I picked up at a scrapbooking show and have been hoarding for about 5 years  I decided it was finally time to alter them! 

So, I mounted my calendar stickers on white cardstock and then used papers from Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens Collection Kit


Before I mounted it I added some scallops using my Scallop Edgeabilities (love those).  Then for some extra touches I added some Zva Flutter pearls and pearl flourishes.

To hold everything together (since it was going on non-paper, I used our very own i {stick} papers redline tape.  Did you know we have our very own redline tape?  60 yards rolls, made  specifically for IHP.  The adhesive system offers a secure bond even at elevated temperatures and was originally made for the mounting of ABS plastic parts in the car industry. It is also used for the mounting of decorative profiles and mouldings in the furniture industry. You can use this particular redline tape (they don't all have this property) was made to endure heat, you can emboss with it. Temperature Resistance: 392° F (short term) and 176° F (long term) How nuts is that? I don't think we're going to be playing with super high heat on our PAPER projects but that just goes to show you how strong and amazing this stuff is. And, at 24 cents a YARD, it can't be beat.

calendar2Then I used Fancy Tags Two and added some Nestabling pearls.  I stamped the year in Memento Black using our exclusive Mint Motif I’ve Got Your Number.  It is popped up using some dimensional dots and isn’t attached to the top so that it didn’t tear if it got jostled, and so it could be folded back for gift packaging.

Lastly I used some Lace Pearl trim to hang it. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the team’s projects:

Thanks for stopping in today!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Five Minute Friday: MSS Peace

I made this quick card to send to Katie’s mom.  I used Market Street Stamps Hippie Chic for the saying, stamped in Palette ink a cut out with Labels One and Labels One Small and then just added a strip of Country Drive paper and some fabric lace tape and gemstones.

ripkatie Katie Renz’ memorial service is Monday.  Her obituary and guest book is here.  The paper crafting community got a nice mention for all of our support of her. 

Thanks for stopping in today.  If you have a moment, please go and leave Kevin and the boys a comment on the obit page.  I know they will appreciate reading through them when they’re not so deeply mourning.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Katie’s Sympathy card


I mailed off a sympathy card to Kevin and the boys today for Katie.  It was hard.  It puts some weird finality on it. 

I made this card using The Petal Press Summer Garden, stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copics and Stickles and then some Glossy Accents on the jar.  I used some Gathering paper and my oval Nesties.  Lastly I added a touch of lace and pearl trim as a finishing touch.

I wanted it to be simple yet classy and beautiful, just like Katie.  The sparkly Stickles remind me of her shining smile.  If you’d like to send a card, here is the mailing information:

The Renz Family
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Have a good day!  Thanks for sharing part of it with me!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Katie – final update

katiewithkevin It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you to let you know that Katie has passed.  Early this morning at 5:10am PST she passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family until the very end.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

The Renz Family
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Also, in case you're interested, the twins, Nate and Will, will be turning 6 on Nov. 19th and Hunter will be 12 on Dec. 1.  It would be wonderful if we could shower them with cards for their special day, just like their mom would do.  Kevin's birthday is November 17.

I am at a loss for any other words other than thanking you from the bottom of my heart.  The donation link is still live on the left side of the blog and items are still available for sale for the family fundraiser if you feel so moved.

All the information is HERE

Thank you for you support of Katie and for keeping her boys and Kevin in your thoughts.

With much sadness,


Friday, November 4, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Carolyn’s card


Happy Friday!!!  Today’s card was a quick card I made for DT member Carolyn for her birthday last week.  I used the new Gathering paper from Authentique to make the 3 panels and then my circle Nesties with some Zva bling and a sentiment from Very Square Sentiments, stamped in Memento ink.  That’s it!  Easy peasy! 

There are some new items in the store so be sure to check out the new section for Paper Smooches and other goodies!

Please don’t forget the Swimming for Katie stamps are still available and the donation link is still live.  Katie was moved into the Hospice House this week and it’s been pretty somber.  You can read about it here.

The twins’ birthday is November 19 (and her hubby Kevin’s is the 17th) so if you’d like to send cards, I know that they would be appreciated.  The boys (Will and Nate) will be 6. 

PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Thank you for continuing to keep Katie and her family and friends in your thoughts.

Have a good weekend.  I know I’m sure looking forward to that extra hour of sleep!