Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Retirement Means Goodbye

Welcome!  It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! retires some stamp sets and other products we say goodbye to  and introduces new goodies for us to go “gaga” over. So this hop will feature each of our favorite sets, tools, papers or inks that will be retiring.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects I wanted to remind you that this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Heidi Weaver’s blog.  Heidi always amazes me with her creations, so I’m always excited to see what she has created.

 

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In the Meadow

I have to say I was surprised to see the In the Meadow set retire.  The mountains in the this set coordinate with so many other sets and the doe and fawn stamp is just so sweet and is perfect as a focal point – which is why I used for this card!

Do you ever have a hard time figuring out what layout to use?  I sure do, so for this card I dug through my stash of cards and came across this layout that I used for a 2016 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  I guess you could say I CASEd my own card! I even used the same Woodland Textured Impressions EF!

From Land to Sea

Another great set is retiring, From Land to Sea.  It’s not one I have used often, but I really do love it.  I think the turtle stamp is my favorite out of the set. but the jelly fish is a close second.

To make the background behind the turtle I used alcohol inks on glossy white card stock that I have had for years (and I mean years)!  I dropped the ink first on foil in an area about the size of the paper and then pressed the paper into the inks.    Once dry I spritzed it with blending solution.  I made sure to use gloves because I always get ink all over my fingers, and alcohol ink stains everything, including fingers!

I’ve been playing with alcohol inks for the last several days, so I will share some other cards with you later.

Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.

Oh no, not Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.  They can’t be retiring!  Two of my favorite go to sets are leaving the Stampin’ Up! line-up. I just can’t believe it.  If you haven’t gotten these sets in your stamping arsenal, you might want to consider getting them before they are gone.

Since it has me crying the blues over these two sets I decided to make a happy card with them.

To make this card I first stamped butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set across a piece of Whisper White paper using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay inks.  I then stamped the greeting from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo in the lower right hand corner.  I then inked the “splat”from Gorgeous Grunge with Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it over the words.  I next stamped the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits.  I cut a Whisper White large circle shape using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and then adhered it to the card, then adhered the cut butterfly.  Last I assembled the layers of the card. Rhinestones were added for some sparkle!

I hope this card perked you up and made you smile!

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.

Your next stop is the fabulous Gail Allen. I wonder what her favorite retiring sets will be.

 

 

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Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments

Life has been crazy busy around here lately.  Last week was spring break so I had a chance to watch a couple of my grand-kids.  They have so much energy, I wish I could tap into some of it!  But, I did wear them out a bit by taking them for a walk (or should I say “scootering” – if that’s a word!) They zoomed ahead of me with their scooters and them came zooming back until they were ready for a break and some water.  Once back in car and on our drive home they re-energized their batteries.  By the time we arrived home they ready for some time on the trampoline…did I say they have so much energy!

Masking Technique Card

Today I am sharing a card I created using the Beautiful You and the Mediterranean Moments stamp sets and the masking technique.   This card took me less than 15 minutes to make and was inspired by my dear friend, Jackie.

 

Supplies

  • Beautiful You stamp set
  • Mediterranean Moments
  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Basic Black card stock – card base
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″ Real Red card stock
  • 5″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White card stock
  • Scrap piece of Real Red and a DSP paper of your choice
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Crumb Cake Marker
  • Blushing Bride Marker
  • Post-it note

To make this card:

  • Stamp the girl with the umbrella from the Beautiful You set on the post it note and cut her out.
  • Stamp the girl with the umbrella from the Beautiful You set on to the Whisper White card stock about an inch from the bottom and centered.
  • Lay the mask over the girl and stamp the largest scene from the Mediterranean Moments set onto the Whisper White card stock while centering it on the paper.
  • Color the girl’s hair with a Crumb Cake marker and her legs and neck with Blushing Bride marker.
  • Stamp the umbrella the girl is holding onto the DSP scrap and cut it out.  Give this some time to dry before cutting it out since it takes a little more time for the ink to absorb into the paper.
  • Stamp the girl onto the Real Red card stock scrap – you don’t need the umbrella on this piece. Then cut out her dress.
  • Adhere the girl’s dress and the umbrella onto the Whisper White card stock.
  • Fold the card base in half and adhere the Real Red and Whisper White layers to it.

I really enjoyed this technique with these sets.  To me this girl should be strolling through the market place, headed to the boutique of her choice to shop! (I do love to shop!)

If you haven’t purchased either of these sets you have until May 31, 2017 before the January/May Occasions Catalog ends.  If you want to purchase them today from me, select the appropriate icon below and it will take you to my online store.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you take time to stamp today!

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Wacky Watercooler March Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Welcome to another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  I’m so glad you could join us.  This month we will be featuring projects from the Sale-a-bration brochure, and, of course the Annual Catalog.  It’s a smaller blog hop, with only five us able to participate, but have no fear, it is a hop to delight your eyes!

I want to remind you, if you are wanting to get more of the fun free Sale-a-bration items (Free after the appropriate purchase – $50 in the USA, before shipping and tax), you have only until March 31st, time is running out!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects I wanted to remind you that this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Marsha Reed’s blog.  I’m always excited to see her projects and I know you will be too!

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First up – Moon Baby Carried Away

I have to be honest with you, I really don’t like most baby stamp sets, but  I fell in love with the Moon Baby stamp set the moment I saw it.  The babies featured in this set are just plain adorable!  And, there is just something about a baby hanging out on a moon dangling a star that says “precious” to me!

 

I used Wink of Stella to make the moon sparkle on this card.

Are you wondering what the Sale-a-bration item is on this card?  Well, it’s the Designer Series Paper, Carried Away.  This particular piece is Night of Navy and white and has clouds, hot air balloons and a mountain scene.  Since I didn’t want the hot air balloons or the mountain scene to show, I cut the piece so the mountain scene was not included.  I then die cut lots of clouds from Whisper White card stock using the cloud dies from the Outdoor Adventure Framelits and layered the clouds so the hot air balloons weren’t visible.  Doesn’t that baby look dreamy?!

Tasty Trucks – Another Fun Sale-a-bration stamp set!

My next card features the Tasty Trucks set.  There have been some fabulous cards made using the Tasty Trucks Sale-a-bration set on Pinterest.  Anything from ice cream beach scenes to an ambulance, even treat boxes designed using the truck stamp. Such a fun, fun set.

 

I paired the Tasty Trucks set with the Always an Adventure stamp set.  I love the dimension the layers add to this card.

Hey Chick

Now for my favorite Sale-a-bration set, Hey Chick! I love, love, love this set!

Easter is around the corner so I decided to make egg holders featuring those sassy chickens.

 

Kathe Johnson shared via You Tube her egg holder design and instructions.  I used her dimensions, with the exception of the hole punch because the chocolate eggs I purchased were larger than Cadbury eggs.  I used a 1 3/8″ hole punch instead, which would even hold plastic eggs.  (You can find Kathe’s video here.)

I hope you have had a chance to get all the Sale-a-bration items you wanted.  If not, you still have until March 31, 2017.

It’s time for you to see what Fiona has for you.  I bet it will be inspiring!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler February “Spring Fever” Blog Hop

The first day of spring is March, 20, 2017, just 32 days away!  I am so ready for spring! Since spring is on it’s way, the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop is all about projects inspired by spring or spring events.  We will be showcasing products from the brand new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure, and, of course the Annual Catalog.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects I wanted to remind you that this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Sheri Lee’s blog.  Didn’t Sheri have some wonderful projects!

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Beautiful You

I have seen some fabulous cards made using the Beautiful You stamp set in the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog.  I have fallen in love with this set. I like it for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is because the main images can “stand on their own”.

For this card I stamped the beautiful dancing girl using Stazon ink on cork then used re-inkers to paint the image.  I added a wash of color to the background.  (A shout out to my friend Jackie for inspiring me to stamp on cork!)

Once again I stamped the dancer on cork, but this time I painted in her dress with white acrylic paint.  The cork really absorbs the color so I had to take my time and go over the area until I was satisfied with the intensity of the color.

Don’t you love the lace at the bottom of this card?  It’s from the Delicate Details Sale-a-bration set.

Jar of Love with a splash of Beautiful You and Timeless Textures

This next card says SPRING all over it to me!  It makes want to skips through fields of flowers under s sunshine filled sky and of course pick flowers!

The ink colors are Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.  The card stock is Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White.

(Card stock measurements: Whisper White 3 3/4″ x 5*, Pink Pirouette 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the Early Espresso card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folded.  Scraps of Whisper White and Early Espresso)

To make this card –

  • I stamped the “large scribble image” from Beautiful You about 1″ down from the top of the 3 3/4″ x 5″ Whisper White card stock panel, then turned the image upside down and stamped it again after re-inking with Pink Pirouette.
  • Next I stamped the hearts from Jar of Love using Melon Mambo ink down the left side of the card leaving room to stamp the small splatter from Timeless Textures between each heart using Crumb Cake ink .
  • Using Old Olive ink I stamped two leaf sprigs on scraps of Whisper White card stock; then I die cut them out using the appropriate die from Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Next I punched out three flowers, one each of Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive using a retired punch (the four petal die from Botanical Builder Framelits would have also worked well.  I was just too lazy to run the paper through the Big Shot!)
  • I stamped the Love You greeting using Melon Mambo ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White paper.  The greeting is from the Crazy about You set.
  • My next step was to die cut the cute little bird from Early Espress card stock using the smallest bird die from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.
  • And finally, I die cut the fabulous heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

Now I was ready to assemble my card.

  • I adhered the heart over the Pink Pirouette stamped images at the top of my card stock.
  • Next I snipped the end of the greeting piece into a banner and slipped one end into the heart center and adhered it.
  • I then laid out the leaf sprigs and the flowers to my liking around the heart and adhered them to the Whisper White panel.  I added small basic rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
  • Next I made a bow from Line Thread and adhered it to the bottom of my bouquet.
  • The little bird was added next.
  • I had some rhinestone hearts I bought at the craft store and added them to finish off my card front.
  • I finally assembled the layers of the card together.

Has this card made you ready for spring yet?

Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics, and Watercolor Wings

Well, if you’re not ready for spring yet hopefully this next card makes you start dreaming of warmer days.

This next card is inspired by a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  I have had this design in my head since Christmas and finally got around to trying this fun fold.

The Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, the Watercolor Wings Bundle, and the Butterfly Basic Bundle are all fabulous bundles, and they all coordinate together to make a fun card.

The flowers were made using dies from the Flourish Thinlits.

I thought it would be much harder than it was to make this card, but the instructions at Splitcoaststampers are easy to follow,  All you have to do is add you favorite images!

I hope you have spring fever and are ready get out your stamps and create!  If you would like to leave a comment, click on the bubble at the top of this post. I’d love to hear from you.

You next stop is with the ever-so-talented Heidi Weaver.  She is going to dazzle and inspire you like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Enjoy!

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Wacky Watercooler Celebrates the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration “Take Two”

Are you ready for round 2 of the mini Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop for January?  Well, ready or not, here it is!

We will once again be sharing with you some of our favorite products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochure.  There are 12 of us participating this time, so you are sure to have plenty of ideas to CASE!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects I wanted to remind you that this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Deborah Smart ’s blog.  She always knocks my socks off!

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Dragonfly Dreams

We live in rural Oregon and have a creek fed pond on our property.  During the summer months we have so many dragonflies around and about.  They are so beautiful.  So I was excited to see the wonderful Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

The In the Meadow stamp set paired perfectly with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle to make this card.

Supplies you will need to CASE this card!

  • Dragonfly Dreams bundle
  • In the Meadow stamp set
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Old Olive card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half for the card base.
  • Early Espresso card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Very Vanilla card stock 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Soft Suede ink
  • Old Olive ink
  • Sponge
  • Your choice of ribbon or lace
  • Rhinestones

How to recreate this card –

  • Die cut out the dragonfly pieces from Old Olive and Early Espresso card stock
  • Using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the flowers 3 times across at about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom on the Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Using the Soft Suede ink, stamp the flowers 2 times beneath the previously stamped flowers, with a third flower stamped even lower and partially off the paper.
  • Using Old Olive ink stamp the splatter beneath the Soft Suede flowers.
  • Sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock with Soft Suede.
  • Adhere your lace or ribbon to the bottom portion of the Very Vanilla piece.  I also tied a piece of Baker’s Twine around the lace to add interest.
  • Glue the detailed dragonfly to the plain dragonfly and adhere to the Very Vanilla card stock as shown.
  • Add the rhinestones.
  • Glue the Early Espresso card stock to the folded Old Olive card stock.  Then glue the Very Vanilla piece to the Early Espresso piece.

For the inside of the card:

  • Stamp the dragonfly in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.
  • Stamp the flowers in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.

Hey, Chick

The Hey, Chick stamp set has got to be one of the cutest chicken sets I’ve seen.  The chickens are so sassy to me – just love them!  And, this stamp set is a Sale-a-bration set so it is free if you spend $50 (USA), before shipping and tax.

When I was coloring these chickens I thought of all the people I know who have been putting fun colors in their hair like purple, blue, red…  So when I colored these gals I decided they needed to have their own  “do” going on!

Don’t you just love these girls!  These particular chickens are Polish Frizzle Bantam White Chickens and the stamp set was designed by Lori Sume.

I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you for this hop.  If you would like to leave a comment, click on the bubble at the top of this post. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by.

It’s time to visit with our next talented blog hop artist, Lisa Kmiec.  I wonder what you will be CASing from her projects.

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Lift Me Up

Hi there.  Last time I posted I had told you we had experienced some snow here.  I was browsing through some of the pictures I recently took and came across this one of our winter wonderland.  The snow makes everything look so clean and fresh, and pretty – but it was cold!

 

Even through it made the world look peaceful, it definitely make traveling up and down our road extremely difficult.  Thankfully it’s all melted!

Today I’m sharing another card that the layout was inspired by the sketch at the Mojo Monday site.

This card features the Lift Me Up set from Stampin’ Up!, and the telescope technique.

 

To create the telescope look I stamped the red hot air balloon on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  After stamping it I used three different sizes of squares from the Layering Squares Farmelits to cut it out in pieces. Then the pieces were popped up with the Foam Adhesive Strips, with the first piece adhered to a piece of Whisper White card stock that had been cut out using the largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Each layer I added an additional strip of Foam Adhesive Strip to increase the depth with the top layer of the balloon having three strips layered together so it was higher than the previous piece.

You can use almost any stamp when using the telescope technique.  I hope you try it soon!

Thanks for stopping by….don’t forget if you spend $50 while Stampin’ Up! is having their Sale-A-Bration you get a free gift!  Check it out today!

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Moon Baby

We’ve been experiencing some very cold weather accompanied by lots of snow here at our home, so I’ve had some time to spend in my craft room.

The new 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochures are full of some wonderful new stamp sets to make some wonderful projects.  It in the Occasions Catalog is the set Moon Baby.   I normally do not like baby stamp sets, I don’t know why, but I don’t!  But Moon Baby stole my heart!

Sharing a shaker card made with the Moon Baby set today with the layout inspired by the design on Mojo Monday’s site.

 

 

Isn’t that just the cutest little baby sleeping on the moon!!!

Here’s a close up of the shaker portion.

I had a stash of star and moon sequins that I’ve had so long I can’t remember where I got them!  They were perfect for this shaker card!

I used the new Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter to create a “Milky Way” effect on the watercolor paper in the background of the shaker card and the stripe down the side.  The stars are colored in with the pencils and then I applied Clear Wink of Stella over the top.  The moon also has Wink of Stella applied over it.  (I wish I could have captured the shine this card has with my camera.)

If you would like to leave a comment, there is a “bubble” at the top of this post.  Just click on it and it will direct you to the comment sections.  Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Celebrates the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration “Take One”

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop of 2017.  We are celebrating the 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochure with two mini hops this month.  For this first hop we will each be sharing with you two projects from new products that we just couldn’t live without!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects I wanted to remind you that this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started. You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.

If you have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Marsha Reed’s blog.  She she always has such fun projects for us to CASE.

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Everyday Hero

Who doesn’t love an everyday hero?  Especially little boys, and of course little girls!  From Spiderman, to Batman, or perhaps to Superman you will find children eagerly hoping to get a toy of their favorite one for their birthday.

I have a grandson who has been into super-heroes since he was a little guy so the Everyday Hero set was one I knew I wanted the minute I saw it in our Celebration Catalog.  I love the buildings, the greetings, the capes, and especially the way I can make my hero male or female depending on how I combine the stamps.

Now I want you to know this is also a perfect set for the adults in your life who are your hero!

This is my first double Z fold card.  It was extremely easy to assemble.

I really spent some time on this card practicing my coloring skills!  But it was a lot of fun to create.

What do you give the little guy that has everything!  A super-hero box of course to hold that tiny gift or money.

This was pretty quick to make.  I just stamped the buildings on Soft Sky card stock along the bottom of each flap and then colored them. I then adhered the box together leaving the back panel loose so it will open and close – that way I can put my gift in!  I stamped the super-hero on Sahara Sand colored card stock and then colored in his hair and suit.  Ta-da it was done!

Well that’s it for this hop.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you would like to leave a comment, click on the bubble at the top of this post. I’d love to hear from you.

You next stop is with the fabulous Penny Hanuszak!  She never fails to amaze me with her wonderful projects.

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Reason for the Season – a Simple Card

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our home was filled with laughter with kids scurrying everywhere!  There were 18 of us this year!  Then, my sister and brother-in-law came to visit us today. Such good memories!  Love my family so.

I have a little time to share with you a clean and simple card.  I used the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies to create this winter scene.

 

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Can you see the clear mica flakes on the tree and a few sprinkled on the ground?

Here’s the details to make this quick card.

  • Start with a Marina Mist card base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • Emboss a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Using the tree from the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies from a 3 1/2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Reason for the Season set using Marina Mist ink in the lower right corner of the tree piece.
  • Tear a piece of scrap paper and sponge the snow drifts on the tree piece using Marine Mist.
  • Add a a very small amount of glue to the areas you want to add mica flakes on the tree piece then sprinkle the flakes over the piece.
  • Adhere the embossed piece to the card base, then add the tree piece to the embossed panel.

Thank you for stopping by.  If you need any of the products I used to create this card, you can simply click the items below and you will be directed to my online store.

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza event that Stampin’ Up! has running through November 28th.  You can save up to 40%!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stampin Up! Online Extravaganza Sale November 21 – 28, 2016

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Stampin’ Up! is starting their Black Friday Online Extravaganza early – November 21-28! THAT’S TODAY!  Who can  resist savings up to 40%?  And there will be two 24-hour sales with new products on the first and last day of this event.

Could you use a little help checking a few things off your gift list without even have to leave the house! Check out the full details on the products being discounted during Online Extravaganza here.  You don’t want to miss out on these great deals.

Some of the items are only on sale today, and some or only while supplies last so check out the sale early!

Also, here is a pdf for you to download.

Don’t delay and miss out on some fabulous prices!