Thursday, June 19, 2014

Skype Stamping

You all know what Skype is right?  And stamping?  Well, tonight I combined the two!  I really miss stamping with my stamping friends in Texas since I moved to Arizona in May.

So, we set the date, tested Skype on my hostesses computer that she hooked up to her TV and I shipped the supplies!

Would you like the Free Instructions for the projects?
Join my Stampin' News here.  You will receive the project via email.

These are the projects we made together.  Them in Texas.  Me in Arizona!  I can't tell you how it made my day!  I really miss them and the best part about Skype stamping was me watching them laugh, stamp and enjoying themselves!  

If you have ever moved long distance you know how hard it is!  This is a first for me in about 40 years and I have tried to keep my chin up but bottom line is I miss everyone!  

I have always known that stamping can do many things.  Teach people they are creative.  
  • Give them a way to connect with fellow stampers
  • make new friends.  
  • Enjoy hand crafting gifts.  
But I guess I never realized how it can help lonely demonstrators!  
I have always been blessed by stamping with people in person.  But now that I have moved I am thrilled I figured out a way to stamp with them over the Internet!

Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Love a Bargain?

Love saving money on my crafting supplies, don't you?
Enjoy this week's Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

Rubber Hugs!
Sharon Armstrong

Its a Magical Paper Escape Every Month

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy! 

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
Q: When Will I Be Billed?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin ships. You will get an e-mail notifying you that your card has been charged.
Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive.)
Q: Is my subscription on auto renew?
A: Yes, your subscription is on auto renew. However, you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Simply log on to your account and click "manage my account" on or before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month or cancel completely.
Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin for a specific month?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.

Q: What is a prepaid subscription?
A: Prepaid subscriptions provide an opportunity to purchase several months of Paper Pumpkin all at once. These orders can be placed on an online order. Or you can contact me and I will assist you! Plus you will qualify for hostess benefits.

Q: How many prepaid months can I purchase at once?
A: You can select a subscription for one, three, six, or 12 months.You would purchase these thru my website at

Q: Is there a discount for ordering a higher number of months at once?
A: Yes, there is a savings. When you order a six-month subscription, you save $1 per month, and when you order a 12-month subscription, you save $2 per month.

Q: Can I order more than one prepaid subscription at once?
A: Each Paper Pumpkin account can only use one redemption code at a time. For example, if someone buys two six-month prepaid subscriptions, they'll enter the first code and then, after six months, enter the second code.

Q: How are prepaid subscriptions redeemed?
A: When the order is paid for and closed, you will receive an e-mail with a redemption code and instructions on how to redeem. The e-mail will guide you to where you will enter their code. The system will recognize the number of months they've paid for. 

For a more detailed FAQ, --click here.

Any help I can give you please contact me at

Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Education on Photopolymer Stamps

Stampin' Up! searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
These were taken from the Stampin' Up! blog and created
by Dave B.

What a great set for boys!  Dave B. did a fabulous job!
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.

They are clearly a great choice.
And let's not forget our hero women aka girls!
Dave B. made this card too!

To see all of our Photopolymer sets
visit my store 

Yummy treats created by Dave B.

Sharon Armstrong
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since 1997

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Stampin Up Catalog Launched Today

For all of you crafters out there, Stampin' Up! launched their New 2014-2015 Catalog TODAY!

You can view it online HERE

Also, IF you have ever wondered about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator they are offering a special until the end of June!
Choose anything you want up to $55 and only pay $50 plus tax!  FREE SHIPPING!

Your first order after you join you get 30% off of!  After that you get 20% off all orders.
Most demonstrators enjoy these discounts whether they do any classes or not!

Tombstone Arizona re-enactment of shootout at OK Coral

I recently relocated from Texas to Sierra Vista, Arizona and have been very consumed with packing/unpacking!  And trying to learn about my new surroundings.
We have visited Tombstone and Bisbee

I can't wait to finish my craft room 
so that I can play with NEW GOODIES!

Stampin' Up! has the highest quality products on the market!

I love their card kits!  It is what has inspired me to offer my own kits!

I am off to unpack.
I hope to be sharing some stamping with you very soon!
Sharon Armstrong

Thursday, May 22, 2014

June Online Card Class

I offer this as a 6 month club but you are welcome to sign up for any months one 
at a time if you love the cards we are making that month!
This is a six month club that you will enjoy receiving:
  1. Pre-cut, Pre-emobossed, ready to stamp and assember Six (6) Cards each month
  2. TWO Hostess sets or one any price Stamp Set from current catalog. Plus New Catalog
  3. PDF of cards with written instructions
  4. YouTube video showing you how to create the cards PLUS extra goodies for being in my club. Check out my SPECIAL for Joining!  (see below)

You will be notified each month of the Stamp set needed to complete the cards that I have designed.  You can choose to simply place an order for that amount if you already own the set or have something similar.
You will also be told what stamp pad colors I am using.
In the past I have given discounts to help you purchase the inks/adhesives that you may need.  Each month is a surprise on discount or special offer!
I started my online club in January and it runs for six months(til June)  next club starts July 1 and runs thru December.  You will be instructed what you will need to order using a Hostess Code each month.  Your order will be due by the 10th of the month.  Your packets should arrive via Priority mail by the 25th of each month.
Since I moved to Arizona...What's next--I have already had several people ask about June and beyond.  I spent lot's of time going over and over the catalog making a plan, so thought I would let you in on a little bit about "what's next."
In June, we will be using the new set called BRAVO on page 133 of the new catalog.  I am sure you are thinking--it's JUST words.  I know, I know....but I love using just colors, embellishments and papers and I LOVE THE SIZE OF THESE WORDS......and I think they are great words that you will all want!  If you don't really care for the words, I know you have several other greeting sets and you can just substitute something instead! 

AND HERE IS THE BEST PART...........GET READY..........  
As I continue to build an online presence with my move I need your help.
And for that help I will reward you! 
Returning members, sign up for July - December OR If you are NEW to the club and join us in June AND committ to the next club by June 1st, I will give you FOR FREE, the NEW IN-COLOR CARDSTOCK & PAD KIT--all 5 new stampin' pads and 20 sheets of cardstock!!!  
That's a $35 value (with tax & shipping!)   You will receive your FREE gift in June with your card kit order!  Also--the cards in June will use these new colors--and they will be yours--for FREE!***note: if you don't commit to the 6 months you will not receive these, thanks for understanding. with this round--there will also be other "freebies" and benefits to belonging the club--but you will have to stay tuned for those details!
What type of cards can you expect?  These were May cardsCLICK HERE for a pdf file with pictures of them.
SNEAK PEAK HINT.....for those of you coming back next round.......I think my absolute favorite new set is on page 156--FLOWER PATCH with matching framelits.  I am thinking of using it for 2 months (July & August.)  The first month you'd get the set and framelits.  Then, in Aug we would add the HARDWOOD BACKGROUND STAMP (pg 175) and FABULOUS FOUR (pg 13) and make 6 more cards using Flower Patch.  Would love to hear what you think about this.....especially using a feature set for 2 months.

As always, if you have ANY questions, suggestions, or comments.....I love to get them!!!!   
Sharon Armstrong

Saturday, May 3, 2014

So much going on

have been packing, painting and cleaning in preparation for my move to Arizona!  I am done with that and am now headed to The Carribean!  How nice this worked out!  Thanks to all if my customers and elbow grease on my part I will be sailing on the Allure of the Seas with Stampin' Up! For 7 days!!!

They next you hear from me will be after I get settled in Arizona!!!

Sharon Armstrong

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello Lovely Online Stamp Class in May

My Online Stamp Class is in full swing!
I would love to have you join me!

WOO HOO--it's May and that means the new catalog is being released.
Get excited for June......that is when the new catalog starts and we will be using a brand new set for our club!!!!  I can't wait! 

Please place your order, on-line at:

You need to enter this code: XDNZJMEB
When ordering, it will ask if you have a "Hostess Code," that is where you enter it. It is on the checkout page on the bottom left hand side of the screen.

Order must be placed by midnight, MAY 10th   

HELLO LOVELY (pg 22 Annual Catalog)
  • (Wood):  130240, $32.95 
  • (Clear):  130243, $24.95  
NOTE:  if you'd rather purchase other products, your subtotal must be at least $24.95 this month.     

This month I have used several punches on the cards.  These are all pretty "standard punches" that I think most of you have.  If you don't, you could actually "cut out" this images with a scissors.  If you don't have the punches, and would like to add them to your order here is a list of all the punches used this month:
  • 1/2 Square
  • Postage Stamp (this one will be pre-punched for you)
  • Decorative Label
  • 1" Circle
  • Extra Large Oval
This month we are also focusing on the 2013-2015 In-Colors.  Again, I know that most of you have these colors already, but if you don't, you have a couple of options.  You could use other colors you have that match/coordinate or, if you like them, this is the month to get them!  If you have not purchased any of these pads yet, and want them, the best deal is the Cardstock & Pad kit that includes the 5 colors and 20 sheets of cardstock for $29.95 (and then a $8.99 rebate)  The colors are:
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Baked Brown Sugar
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Crisp Cantaloupe  
All pre-cut cardstock to make 6 different cards
All Pre-embossed using Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders
A PDF of instructions
A YouTube Video for each card

Envelope liners are not included in the kit, however I wanted to show you how cute it looks!  If you don't have the Envelope Liner Framelits--add to your wish list!  I line every envelope I send out.  I think it truly completes the look! 
Here's the cards for this month:


  You asked for got it.....
As a class member, you can purchase additional kits
for just $10 (not bad for 6 cards & envelopes!)

To Order, you will paypal the $10 to me using

use as the address to make payment to!

As always, if you have ANY questions, suggestions, or comments.....I love to get them!!!!
  Make sure to place your order by May 10th AND DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE HOSTESS CODE.

PS...I will be cruising on Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip from May 4 - May 11th.
I will answer your questions when I return!
Rubber Hugs
Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Are you more visual like me?

I love to SEE what's retired instead of reading a list!  And now you can see the pictures too!
On my website there is a lot of pictures of what is retiring!

Sharon Armstrong Stampin' Up! Website

And this week only you get FREE Shipping!
Sharon Armstrong

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bonus next week!

So the retired list comes out Monday April 21. LOOK AT THE BONUS from Stampin' Up!

How sweet is that of them?
Visit my website on Monday!
Sharon Armstrong