Looking forward to spring.

I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of rain lately. It is something we’ve needed for quite some time. My garden is looking good 🙂

Sale-A-Bration will be officially over March 31, 2019. If you haven’t jumped into purchasing Stampin’ Up!® merchandise or subscribing to Paper Pumpkin … then why are you here?

I don’t mean to sound rude … but it is a valid question.

Yes, I haven’t been adding to this website much lately due to lack of interest. I’ve been thinking long and hard about Stampin’ Up!®, their catalogs and campaigns … They’re always offering new products. We seem to be looking for something new and exciting to make cards for friends and family … but is it worth it?

How committed are you to papercrafting?

If it is merely something you do once in a while, then a subscription to Paper Pumpkin may be the way to go.

Thexe kits give you everything you need to complete a papercrafting project along with instructions. You may be to have a pair of scissors and some adhesive, but everything is cut and ready to go!

If you are a hobbiest, then buying some Stampin’ Up!® merchandise from me may be right for you.

It is worthwhile to explore their quality merchandise.

Many hobbiest decide to join Stampin’ Up! as an Independent Demonstrator to receive a 20% discount on their future purchases. This is truly a wonderful opportunity!

It’s not my purpose to recruit you … but it is a worthwhile opportunity you may want to consider.

As I asked earlier … how committed are you to papercrafting?

I’ve been asking myself that same question.

When I first joined, I really did enjoy myself and the team … but … there is an expression that one rotten apple spoils the barrel …

At one time I thought it an exaggeration … but it is true and can apply to so very many other things — including a team …

At this time I don’t have my own team, but I do belong to a team … and that is where the rub comes in … There is one member who is so full of herself — she does have an attitude that she knows everything … she makes fun of others all to build herself up.

I’ve been thinking of quitting, waiting a year and joining another team … yes, this rotten apple is that bad!

Yet, I do like my team leader and all of the other members of the team. But that one rotten apple is spoiling it for me …

I’ve tried ignoring her and even being positive with her … but there is definitely some conflict going on that has to be within her and not with me … 

I’m the first one to admit I may be at fault … and I’ve wondered why she “gets under my skin” … perhaps it’s a personality clash and there is nothing I can do about it …

She does take the fun out of papercrafting for me and sharing my various projects on our team facebook page.

Maybe this is something I seriously need to figure out and not allow it to ruin my websites and papercrafting.

It doesn’t benefit me to allow one rotten apple to spoil everything for me.

His Grace Easter Card.

Perhaps a religious Easter Card isn’t your thing … This is all good. You can use another stamp set.

The reason I’m sharing this video tutorial to the right is because of Shelly’s use of the Stamparatus. This stamping platform is outstanding and a papercrafting tool that will make stamping so much easier and enjoyable.

I do love my Stamparatus and I’ve purchased more plates so I can use various stamps for my projects when I plan to make several cards for family and friends.

Once I get my card designed, I use the apparatus to make sure I’m stamping in the right position — and my stamp is straight … The Stamparatus is the best purchase I’ve made along with my Big Shot and the Stampin’ Trimmer.

Shelly’s Clean and Simple Easter Card Video Tutorial

Here’s a handy shopping list:

I just wanted to touch base on the basics — the tools … You decide about the cardstock and designer series paper and embellishments you may want to add.

It’s easy to shop online in my store — your order is safe and secure. It will be filled by Stampin’ Up! and sent directly to you via UPS ground to your door.

We are going to encounter rotten apples along the way, however, you’ll find more good ones than bad.

We can’t change them, but we can work through things so one rotten apple doesn’t spoil how we feel about papercrafts and the excellent quality products Stampin’ Up! has to offer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon