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A Moment To Introduce Myself

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Hello, my name is Lori McBride and recently I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. To tell you a little bit about myself, I’ve been a paper crafter for nearly 15 years and was a Stampin’ Up! Customer for nearly 5 years. I became a Demonstrator in August as a hobbyist but am interested in growing and turning my hobby into a business. I’m happily married to my husband, Rusty, for 13 years and we have three grown children. We have four fur babies. Two dogs and two cats and they are my Craft Companions. Pickle (dog – age 13 years), Tuna (cat – age 4 years), Bitty (cat – age 1 year) and our newest addition, Willa (dog – age 10 months). My degree was in dental but (as life often does) has thrown a few curve balls and so my current occupation (aside from Stampin’ Up Demonstrator) is a Farmhand working on a local farm that does field trips for children throughout the year and sells a variety of pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees. I volunteer quite a bit of time with my son’s Autism group amongst many other causes that are dear and true to my heart.

I hope that you will enjoy all of the projects that I plan on sharing with you, that they’ll inspire you and to help you grow as a crafter! Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

Tribute to the Troops 2

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride and our monthly Team Stamp It Blog Hop. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX. This month the theme for our Hop is Christmas In July!!

Today’s card has a great amount of meaning aside from it’s simplicity as this is set 2 that will be going out to service men and women away from their family and friends this holiday season. This is my 10th year participating in Tribute to the Troops and it’s been a great honor and true privilege.

Aside from it’s very simple appearance, there are actually 4 Stamp Sets used to create this project and it’s a beautiful combination of both brand new products from the July-December Mini Catalog as well as a couple carryover favorites.

*Instructions*

The Cardbase is our standard A2 Cardbase measuring 4 1/4″x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″ I cut a 2″ piece of the Peaceful Prints DSP and adhered it to the front of the card using Stampin’ Seal adhesive and stamped the snowflake images in Momento Black Ink using the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment in Real Red Classic Ink using the Holly Jolly Wishes Stamp Set.

The inside card base is a bit more complex with using the “with gratitude” and “from our family” sentiments from the Heartfelt Wishes Stamp Set in both Momento Black and Real Red Inks. I also added a partial stamp of the Christmas tree image from the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set in Evening Evergreen Ink. The inside Cardbase is our standard 4″ x 5 1/4″ in Basic White Cardstock.

Each card does have a handwritten message from me thanking each and every service member for their dedication to our country with thoughts of a safe return home in the new year.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope that you’ll continue to “hop” along with all of the other very talented ladies on our team and will join me again soon for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

1.Linda Cullen – Crafty Stampin’
2.Sarah Schatilo – SassyPaperCrafts
3.Dawn Seelhoff – Dawn’s INKlings
4.Christina Miller – Christina’s Creative Corner
5.Kim Quade – Kim Plays with Paper
6.Cindi Clark – Crafty Clark
7.Pam Nichols – Just Dreamin’ Stamps
8.Luly Gonzalez – Painted Ladies Journal
9.Gigi Melone – Gigi Stamps
10.Shannon Lorenz-Hatch – Stamping with Shannon Hatch
11.JaNette Howard – Let’s Get Inky
12.Lori McBride Cards and Creations
13.Tina Wardell~Tina’s Crafty Ink Spot

Don’t forget to leave a comment using #stampitcontest for your chance to win:

At this time, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the winner of last month’s Blog Hop:

Congratulations JoAnn!!!

*Supply List*

Holy Jolly Wishes Stamp Set

Delivering Cheer Stamp Set

Heartfelt Wishes Stamp Set

Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set

Peaceful Prints DSP (Sale-a-bration Item #156628)

Layering Circles Dies

Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon

*Cardstock*

Real Red

Basic White

*INK*

Real Red Classic Ink Pad

Evening Evergreen Classic Ink Pad

Momento Black

*ADHESIVES*

Stampin’ Seal Adhesive

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Back To School – Tax Free Weekend Information

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua, Texas.

Today, I’d like to share with you the information that’s been passed down to us directly from Stampin’ Up! regarding the 2021 Tax Free Weekends.

Eleven states will be offering a sales tax holiday for school supplies during the months of July or August. Products that are eligible according to the statute include “items normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes.” To see the names of participating states, products exempted from tax, and sales tax holiday dates, click here.

Please note that you must place your order with Stampin’ Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free (which is midnight on the first day to midnight on the last day of the tax holiday). Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday; the state statute may not apply to county, city, and special jurisdiction taxes.

If you have customers who live in states who benefit from the sales tax holiday (yay!), be sure to give them a call and let them know.

Note: Georgia, Louisiana, and Wisconsin have suspended the sales tax holiday for this year.

If your state is one of the very lucky states that will be having their tax free weekend mid and end of July, please consider shopping for James Schoolhouse (our Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award Winner) and sending in just a few extra supplies to get those foster kids ready to go back to school! Together, we can Make A Difference!

Thank you so much for joining me. I hope that you’ll join me soon again for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

Craft For A Cause

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Today, I’d like to share with you a card that fully has a purpose!!! It’s my special design for the Heart of Stampin’ Up Award – Make A Difference project for James Schoolhouse’s Back To School Bash.

Today’s project features a little bit of both up and coming product in combination with a touch of some retired product as well. I just couldn’t resist sending kids back to school without an apple and what a great way to turn something old into something new. If you still have this in your craft stash – break it back out and play along! If you do not own this I am terribly sorry that you missed it but maybe you can find it second hand online for a reasonable price or create a similar project using our many wonderful products for example instead of an apple maybe using our Sweet Strawberry Punch.

*Supply List*

Garden Birdhouses Stamp Set

Textures & Frames Stamp Set (upcoming Sale-a-bration item)

Best Year Stamp Set (inside sentiment)

Harvest Hellos Bundle (Retired)

Silver Glitter Paper (Retired)

Black Matte Dots

*Cardstock*

Granny Apple Green

Real Red

Cinnamon Cider

Basic White

*Ink*

Momento Black

Poppy Parade

Pumpkin Pie

Granny Apple Green

Pool Party

*Adhesives*

Mini Glue Dots

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Other Helpful Tools*

Clear Acrylic Block D

Stamp Shammy

Take Your Pick Tool

This is their 7th year to help Foster kids get ready to go back to school. For those who know me well know that I absolutely love children!! These are children who are without doubt going to need as much love, care and support to make it through the school year.

For those who missed Sara’s video yesterday, I’ve attached a link in this Blog so that you can hear for yourselves the the movement of faith for these kids through crafting.

For those who would like to make cards to participate please send to:

JAMES STOREHOUSE
3543 Old Conejo Road #105
Newbury Park, CA 91320
USA

If you would like to purchase a backpack to James Storehouse please visit:

If you would like to purchase school supplies to donate to James Schoolhouse please visit:

There are lots of great ways to contribute to this amazing project and I hope that you will join us in making a huge difference for these kids.

What I’m doing: Aside from making cards, I’ve already made a $150.00 donation directly to James Schoolhouse and next week will be ordering school supplies from the Amazon Wishlist. I’m also pledging 50% of my personal earnings to James Schoolhouse between now and August 7th. My goal is $600.00 for the $600.00 children that James Schoolhouse.

http://www.LoriMcBride.stampinup.net

Thank you so much for joining me tonight. I hope that you’ll contribute to this great cause in multiple ways and truly make a lasting difference for these great kids! See you again soon for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

UPDATE: Etched In Nature Stamp Set

Good evening and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Tonight I’d like to provide an update directly from Stampin’ Up! regarding quality issues with the Etched In Nature Stamp Set found on page 101 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

Stampin Up made this announcement today.

After final review, it has been decided that because the Etched in Nature Stamp Set (item 155463) performs below expectation, it will not be reactivated. Although this stamp set will remain printed on page 101 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog, it will not be available to order during the catalog period. We’re sad to see this one go, but it’s important that our products perform to expectation. Thank you for your patience as we’ve completed our review.

As terribly disappointing and saddening as this to receive this type of news, I would like to thank the Stampin’ Up! team who worked to try to resolve these quality issues and for their decision to permanently suspend the Etched In Nature Stamp Set. I’m thankful to be with a company who’ll stand behind only putting out the BEST quality products on the market.

Thank you so much for joining me tonight. I hope you’ll join me again soon for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!!

Tribute to the Troops

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Before I share my project with you today there’s a very important announcement that I need to make.

It’s with heavy heart that I announce that Scrapbooking for Less has permanently suspended their operation for Cards for the Troops effective this year. The organization made their announcement last month as their family struggles through some sort of difficulty.

That was hard news to receive as Cards for the Troops has become my tradition for the last ten years. At this time, I’d like to thank Scrapbooking for Less for their years of dedication to Cards for the Troops and offer them our thoughts and prayers for whatever it is that they’re going through and send them well wishes for a blessed future.

As sad as the news was to receive, there was NO way I was going to give up this tradition that means so much to so many. It was a scramble but I did find another organization with many of the same guidelines as Cards for the Troops had.

In honor of this great tradition, from this day forward, regardless of which organization I design and create them for, they will from this day forward will be referred to as “Tribute to the Troops” instead.

I’m proud to present my specially designed and created for the 2021 Tribute to the Troops project featuring the NEW *Knit Together Bundle and Delivering Cheer Stamp Set* from the July-December Mini Catalog.

Today’s project was totally inspired by a Christmas sweater that my youngest son had when he was about two years old. When I saw the Knit Together Bundle it brought back so many memories!!

*Supply List*

Knit Together Bundle

Delivering Cheer Stamp Set

*Ink*

Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad

Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad

*Cardstock*

Evening Evergreen

Very Vanilla

Cherry Cobbler

Basic White

Crumb Cake

Early Espresso

*Adhesives*

Adhesive Sheets

Stampin’ Seal

Stampin’ Dimensionals

*Tools*

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

Stamparatus

Paper Trimmer

Take Your Pick Tool

If you would like to participate in this incredible event, please visit the following link for rules and deadlines.

https://www.usasoa.org/christmas-cards-for-our-deployed-troops?fbclid=IwAR30XLbx5B3wRc0k-kwDZuqCW_-0wNDUCN0FLr0nPW7aqSrSDNDr7uoXBa4

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope that you’ll join me again soon for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

For all of your Stampin’ needs visit my online store at:

http://www.LoriMcBride.stampinup.net

Make A Difference 2021

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua, Texas. Today I’d like to share with you information regarding our Annual Make A Difference project.

HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

As part of Jamie Albanese’s Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award project, we’re supporting the annual Back to School Bash for James Storehouse—an amazing organization located in California, USA that provides resources to children in foster care and those aging-out of foster care. 

Stampin’ Up! will donate backpacks and school supplies and we invite demonstrators to join the fun! There are two ways to support Jamie’s project for James Storehouse. First, you can check out the Amazon Wishlists to donate backpacks or school supplies for foster children of all ages. The backpack wishlist can be found here and the wishlist for school supplies can be found here. Or second, you can send cards to add inside the filled backpacks. Please include a short, encouraging note and sign with your first name only. Send finished cards to: 

JAMES STOREHOUSE
3543 Old Conejo Road #105
Newbury Park, CA 91320
USA

The deadline for donation purchases and cards is 30 July 2021. To learn more, you can watch Sara’s Facebook Live on 13 July at 2:00 PM (MT), where she will be talking about the project with Jamie Albanese and the Executive Director of James Storehouse, Stacy DeWitt. The video will also be available on the Stampin’ Up! YouTube channel after the broadcast.

This is a super important one and I hope that everyone will join in efforts to either donate supplies or making cards or both to give these kids a great start to their new school year!!

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope that you’ll join me again for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!

SU Color Challenge

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Today I’d like to share with you my card created for our monthly #SUColorChallenge. Our Color Combination for July is:

Today’s Color Challenge project features the brand new *Textures & Frames Stamp Set* from the upcoming Sale-a-bration Catalog and the the brand new *In Your Words Stamp Set* which is not only an up and coming Sale-a-bration item but is also the *Host Stamp Set* for the upcoming Sale-a-bration Promotion.

As many already know any sort of Stamp Set that has textures in particular are my kind of Stamp Sets. I absolutely love stamping my own backgrounds to create simple and quick cards with an element of elegance to them as well.

The sentiments from the In Your Words Stamp Set just cracked me up. There’s also a super cute “Happy Birthday” sentiment that’s stamped on the inside of the card.

*Supply List*

Textures & Frames Stamp Set

In Your Words Stamp Set

Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder

Tasteful Labels Dies

*Cardstock*

Basic Gray

Misty Moonlight

Basic White

*Ink*

Garden Green

Basic Gray

Misty Moonlight

Cajun Craze

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my take on this month’s challenge and will join me in creating with these colors this month.

Thank you so much for joining me. Until next time – Happy Stampin’ Everyone!!

August “Hope Box” Paper Pumpkin Kit

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Today I’d like to share with you the details of the August 2021 “Hope Box” Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The “Hope Box” contains enough supplies for 9 cards with coordinating envelopes and is designed to be repurposed to fill the box with small items that will bring you or someone else hope during difficult moments.

The “Hope Box” was designed by Shelli Gardner – Founder of Stampin’ Up and mother to our current CEO Sara Douglass.

Although we have no preview of what the projects will look like this month, we do know that the coordinating colors for the “Hope Box” Kit are:

Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Pool Party and Poppy Parade.

The subscription period for the August “Hope Box” Kit begins today and ends August 10th.

Reserve your Kit today by clicking the link below.

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2220757

July-December Mini Catalog and Pre-earn Sale-a-bration Period

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX.

Today I’d like to share with you information regarding the July-December Mini Catalog and the second Sale-a-bration Pre-earn Period.

One of the many perks of becoming a Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator is getting a *FREE* January-June Mini Catalog and having early access to it. Our preorder period begins today and will end August 2nd.

On August 2nd, the *NEW* January-June Mini Catalog will be available to both Demonstrators and Customers alike.

I’m really looking forward to being able to share with you all of the incredible goodies inside this Catalog.

In addition to early access to the July-December Mini Catalog we as Demonstrators also get to “pre-earn” from Stampin’ Up’s 2nd Sale-a-bration Catalog.

For those who aren’t familiar with Sale-a-bration, during this incredible time with just a $50.00 purchase you can earn one of the incredible items from the Sale-a-bration Catalog. There are NO LIMITS as to how many you can earn!!

During the Sale-a-bration Period you can become a Demonstrator and not only receive $125.00 worth of product for $99.00 of your choice with *FREE SHIPPING* but also select an additional Bundle of your choice for *FREE*!!!

Also when you join, you will enjoy a 20% discount on all future orders as a Demonstrator including on sales and clearance items.

Example: The Designer Series Paper Sale is happening now. As a Customer it’s 15% savings. As a Demonstrator it’s a 35-40% discount as there’s an opportunity to advance your discount to 25%!!!

To join our incredible Stampin’ Up family and start pre-earning and saving today visit my online store and click “Join” at:

http://www.LoriMcBride.stampinup.net

I must add that Starter Kit items CAN be from the July-December Mini Catalog and that there’s NO OBLIGATION to conduct being a Demonstrator as a business!! Our Stampin’ Up family has hundreds of Demonstrators who are just enjoying their discount!!

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope that you’ll join me again soon for another edition. Until next time – Happy Stampin Everyone!!

June 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator from Joshua,TX. I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Today I’d like to share with you my Alternate card Ideas using the June 2021 Expressions In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit and the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack. The Ephemera Pack can be found on page 97 of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

I apologize for the delay in posting the Alternates as my craft room is going through major renovations. If you missed my video tutorial on these cards click on the social icons at the bottom of this Blog and it will bring you directly to my Facebook Page.

As a reminder, there are just five days left to subscribe to the July 2021 “Adventure Begins” Kit. I look forward to sharing more Alternates with everyone using this Kit.

Reserve your Kit today by clicking on the link below:

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2220757

Stampin’ Up also has their phenomenal Designer Series Paper Sale happening now through August 2nd. This is a huge opportunity to stock up on all of your favorites. Grab yours today by visiting my online store at:

http://www.LoriMcBride.stampinup.net

I will also be hosting 2 events on Facebook during the month of July. The first event is my Annual Tribute to the Troops event scheduled for July 10th using brand *NEW* products from the upcoming July-December Mini Catalog. I have set the event for 10:00 AM Central Time.

The second event I have scheduled for July 17th is my Annual Christmas In July event again featuring brand new product and again scheduled at 10:00 AM.

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you’ll join me again not only for another edition but also for these two phenomenal, exciting, fun and festive events online. Until next time – Happy Stampin Everyone!!