Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy Adoption Day, Thelma!

Thelma, in case you didn't know, is the inspiration because the scenes here at Sit Stay Stamp.  We adopted her in 2008 right after I returned home from the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Stampin' Up! was celebrating 20 years in 2008, and the convention was amazing!

We'd been talking about getting a dog for years and felt like getting an older dog might be a better choice for our family, so we looked into rescues.  The rescue we went through, Arizona Labradors and Giant Breeds Rescue had a couple of suggestions of dogs for our family.  The first dog they introduced us to was a beautiful lab with glossy black fur.  Truly, she was gorgeous.  And terrified of my two young, rambunctious sons.  The folks at the rescue explained she'd been in a puppy mill and was extremely nervous around people.  As pretty as she was, I realized living at our house would be too crazy for the poor girl.  She needed a quiet, safe space and people who were calm and gentle, not two loud and crazy little boys who had no previous experience with dogs.

The next dog they brought in was a silly yellow lab, who, upon seeing our excited family, prompted peed the largest puddle I've even seen right there in the middle of the floor.   My heart sank, but my husband says that's when he knew she was the girl for us.

Her name was Thelma.  They assumed there had been a 'Louise' at some point in her past, but no one really knew her story.  I immediately wanted to change her name because it seemed too mature for a young dog, but the kids felt it was mean and none of us could agree on anything better.  Thelma it was.

It's crazy to realize that goofy, peeing yellow lab who didn't match her name at all has been such a big part of our family for 10 years now.  My children have grown up with her and she's gone from a wild escape artist to an arthritic-kneed, white faced old girl who spends most of her days snoozing at my feet and whose name finally fits her personality.  She's taught us all so much about patience and gentleness.  She's helped me realize I should take every opportunity I can to get out and take long walks, because someday I might not be able to.  We love her more than we ever thought possible.

To carry on a tradition my family had with our dog while I was growing up, we give Thelma her very own Arby's roast beef sandwich each year on her special day.  (Well, except last year, because that day she took it upon herself to inhale two spicy McChicken sandwiches she discovered left by guys installing tile at our house. They went upstairs to check on the bathrooms and came downstairs to discover their lunches had mysteriously disappeared.)

So here is Thelma enjoying this year's celebratory sandwich:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bonus Days are happening now!

Here’s the deal: For every $50 you spend August 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used September 1–30, 2018. 

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so now’s the perfect time to get items on your wish list!

Some important things to keep in mind:

An email address is required when placing an order; Bonus Day coupon codes can only be delivered via email.

There is no limit to the number of coupon codes that can be earned per order.  

There is no limit to the number of coupon codes that can be redeemed on an order is September.

Coupon codes can be redeemed for any product with the exceptions of Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only, and are transferrable, meaning you can 'gift' them to someone else.  

Shop now at my online store HERE.

Happy Bonus Days!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How to get better stamped images

I was playing with my new Paper Pumpkin kit the other day and noticed how blotchy the Happy Birthday stamped image turned out:

It's still cute, but it's not as nice as it could be.

So how can it be fixed?


An eraser.  It doesn't have to be new or pretty, although if you want to get one exclusively for this purpose, that would be a great idea.

Feeling lazy, I just walked over to my kitchen junk drawer and found an old, sad looking eraser that somehow survived the school year.  Seriously, it's bad:

Then I used the eraser to lightly buff the surface of my stamp.

That's it.  I flipped my circle piece over and re-stamped the image on the back.  Here's the result:

Big improvement, right?

From what I understand, there is often some type of residue on the stamps leftover from the manufacturing process.  You can also try removing this by using some Stampin' Mist and your Stampin' Scrub, or even an old washlcoth.  Whatever you choose, be careful not to rip or stretch out your stamps.

Happy stampin'!

Friday, February 13, 2015

My son's valentines

I'm coming to the end of an era - the last few years I'll have a child passing out valentines at school.  In fact, we've only got one more year to go, and this makes me very, very sad.

This year the valentines were made with a stamp set called Hey, Valentine from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.

They were colored using a blender pen and both stamp pads and re-inkers and stapled to a 4 x 6 inch cello bag filled with Swedish fish. 

The sentiment says "Hey, valentine, glad you're in my school!"  Fish.  School.  Cute, right?

And, by some miracle, these were actually completed in a fairly short amount of time.  Maybe we've actually learned something about mass production in the past few years?

Did you make valentines this year?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Photopolymer set available - Lovely Amazing You

Super cute, right?!  I love the sample projects made from this set that Stampin' Up! shared.

Lovely Amazing You is available starting today.  You can find it HERE in my online store, or contact me today if you need help placing your order.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stamp, Stock and Save!

It's time to stock up on all your Stampin' Up! favorites!  Now through October 6th you can save 15% on select ink pads, cardstock, envelopes, and adhesives, and up to 20% on select stamp sets!

It's a great time to add new colors to your collection, or replace those well loved ink pads.  But you have to hurry, this offer ends October 6th!

You can place an order in my ONLINE STORE, or by contacting me today!