The daily grind of to-do lists, work, dinner, kids, bills and more is not going away. Stress, in one form or another, is a fact of life. Although most of us know how detrimental stress is to our health, we do not make the time to relieve it. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress naturally. However, it is not the only way to lower stress levels.
Relieve Stress Naturally
An alternate form of stress relief I enjoy is absorbing myself into a calming hobby. I love knitting, but one creative outlet that has really stood the test of time for me is rubber stamping. Creating cards gives my mind the mental break it desperately needs. Since I immerse myself into this hobby, it allows me to focus on a completely unrelated activity. Normally, whatever stress I did feel prior to making a couple of cards is completely gone by the time I’m finished.
This bright card was created using the retiring items Mixed Bunch Stamp Set (Wood Set), Blossom Punch (sold out), Coastal Cabana Card Stock (sold out), and Strawberry Slush Card Stock and Ink Pad (sold out).
(Items used that are not retiring for Card #1 include Whisper White Card Stock, Daffodil Delight Card Stock, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stripes Embossing Folder (retired), Big Shot, Epoxy Stickers, Decorative Label Punch, VersaMark Pad, White Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Snail Permenant Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.)
If you enjoy rubber stamping to create cards, scrapbooking, or if you would just like to try out a new creative outlet, then you won’t want to miss out on the current year end event. Many of the Stampin’ Up products will go into retirement as of June 1st. Also, the Occasions Catalog will be ending as of that date too!
(Items used that are not retiring for Card #2 include Whisper White Card Stock, Stampin’ Trimmer, Daffodil Delight Ink Pad, Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad, Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad, 1 3/4 Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Scalloped Circle Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch, Elegent Butterfly Punch, Pearl Embellishments, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, VersaMark Pad, Embossing Buddy, Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Medium Whisper White Envelopes, Envelope Liner Framelit, Snail Permenant Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.)
Taking advantage of this Stampin’ Up year end even is super easy. Many popular items are available at a reduced price but are only available “while supplies last”. I have highlighted some of my favorite items on this page, but to see the full list of the retiring items and the Occasions Catalog items on your own. There may be something that pops out at you that I have not mentioned.
(Items used that are not retiring for Card #3 include Whisper White Card Stock, Stampin’ Trimmer, Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad, Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad, Whisper White Twine, Big Shot, Embossing Buddy, Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Snail Permenant Adhesive, Glue Dots, Liquid Multipurpose Glue, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.)
(Items used that are not retiring for Card #4 include Very Vanilla Card Stock, Crumb Cake Card Stock, Early Espresso Card Stock, Early Espresso Ink Pad, Pacific Point Ink Pad, Stampin’ Trimmer, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Pearl Embellishments, Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Snail Permenant Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.)
Questions & Concerns
If you are concerned about not knowing how to use these items once you receive them, don’t let that stop you. I would be more than happy to set up online tutorials for you.
If you do not want to spend so much on individual items, consider joining Stampin’ Up as a demonstrator. When joining, you get to build your own personal kit by picking $125 worth traditional or digital products. Plus, they’ll add in a business supplies pack valued at $65 (to help you get your business up and running). This is a total value worth $190! This is a great way to get the Big Shot and larger ticket items! There is no risk or any pressure. Just a lot of fun stress-free creativity! Join now.
Your third option, but a very awesome option for those who do not feel “crafty” enough is the My Paper Pumpkin Kit. This is a fun paper crafting kit that includes everything you need to create that months project. It arrives at your doorstep in a bright red box, with all your items already pre-cut, pre-scored, and ready to assemble. Plus each kit includes a stamp set and ink that can be used again and again even after you’ve created everything within the kit! The bonus on this option is that by joining anytime between now and June 10th you get to save 50% on your first two months. After that, it goes back to the regular rate of $19.95 + tax each month. Shipping is already included!
The Fine Print:
- For new subscribers only.
- Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
- Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
- You need to visit Join now to join.
- Enter the Promo Code, SAVE50 when you sign up.
- New subscribers must join by Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
Contact me if you have any questions. And thank you for giving Paper Pumpkin a try. Remember, there is no obligation. So if you find you need to cancel, you can do so at any time.
By the way, most of these cards are or will be available in my Etsy Store! I also take special orders.
What is your creative outlet when you are feeling stressed?
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