Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Sad Announcement


Hi Stampers and Friends - 

My heart is breaking as I type this post and there is no easy way to announce this but I have had to make the tough decision to temporarily close our store.

We had to leave town unexpectedly August 17th for a family emergency with my Father-In-Law who ended up passing away on Sept 2nd. We will be laying him to rest this coming Saturday, September 20th. 

While we were gone I fell very far behind in shipping orders and in emails. I did not think it was right to take on any more orders until I could get the orders that we have outstanding shipped or refunds issued so I decided to temporarily shut down the store until I can catch up with things. 

I am hoping to have the majority of orders shipped or refunds issued by September 30th. If something changes with that date I will post it on our store's front page.

Emails will take me significantly longer to get through at last glance I had close to 2300 emails to sort through. I will be focusing on orders shipping and refunds issued first before emails.

After I get caught up with shipping, I plan on taking some time to spend with family as this has been a very emotional and stressful time for us.

Before I re-open the store, I will be ensuring that we have better resources in place to handle situations like these better in the future. I will also be restructuring the store and our product line offerings so that when we do re-open we will come back better than ever :)

During the time our store is temporarily closed, you will still be able to browse our products and pages on the store website, you will just not be able to make any purchases. Once I have a better time frame on when we will re-open, I will post it on the store's front page.

While our store is temporarily closed, I will also be discontinuing this challenge blog as well as the store inspiration blog. Once I get caught up with things and the store re-opens, we will consider re-starting the blogs at that time. 

I know with the last few challenge winners, I still need to get your prizes to you and I will do so as quick as I possibly can. I have not forgot about you and I am sorry that it is taking so long for me to get to these emails and get you your prize codes. 

Speaking of challenge winners we need to pick who was our winner from our Glitter & Sparkle Challenge; 

Here are your random numbers:
40
Timestamp: 2014-09-16 07:44:35 UTC

Lucky Entry 40:  - Congratulations to Marieke... Please grab your Winner's Badge Button over on the right hand side for your blog and send an email so I can send you your $20.00 gift voucher code.
Email: Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by September 22nd to claim your prize.

You have also won a gift voucher for Aurora Wings as well!  Once I get your email I will give you instructions on how to redeem that prize as well!

Here is Marieke's gorgeous project:


I appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and patience with us during this time and over the last about 7 months. Our family has been hit hard with a lot of personal tragedies since March and it has been a very rough spell for us. 

I know the blogs continued to run pretty smoothly during these times and that was solely the work of our Design Team Coordinator, Holly. Words will never be enough to say how grateful I am to have had her on our team for the last few years and for all the hard work she put in. She has been nothing short of a God Send because she has had to shoulder a lot more responsibility than she signed up for especially lately with very short or no notice at all due to the circumstances we were going through.

I do want to also sincerely apologize to our Design Team ladies and to all of our players for the short notice on the temporary shut down of the store and blogs. I was really hoping I would be able to get caught up with everything before now and still manage to keep everything going, but I just was not able to with how much we had to be gone from home. 

I can't tell you how honored I feel to have had the privilege of having each one of our Design Team ladies on our team, many of whom have been with us since close to the store opening! These ladies are so talented and I am in awe of their stunning projects each and every week. I can't thank them enough for all the inspiration they have provided week after week. I am hoping when I get caught up and things and things settle down for us and we re-open, that I may have the opportunity to create with them again in the future. 

Because this shut down was on such short notice our Design Team Ladies did have projects ready for our challenge we had scheduled this week. I would still love to share these stunning creations with you and I hope that you will visit their blogs and share some love with them. 

Here is what the Design Team Ladies created for you this week...




Items used:
Cheeky Lessons - The Greeting Farm
Paper and Glue - Echo Park
Black Tuxedo - Memento Ink
Polka Dot Greetings - My Favorite Things
Faded Jeans - Tim Holtz Distress Ink



                                                                      Lydia Evans

Items Used:
Paper Smooches From My He(art)


Thank you again for all the thoughts, prayers, love, patience you have shown and for playing along with us each and every week with us! I know the Design Team ladies and I have all really enjoyed seeing everyone's take on our challenge themes! I hope when things settle down and I get caught up and the store re-opened, we can get this challenge blog up and running again soon!

Big Hugs!
Laura

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Challenge #120 - Glitter or Sparkle


Hi Stampers! Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenges!

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the prayers and thoughts for our family over the last few weeks. We had to leave town unexpectedly August 17th due to my Father-In-Law becoming unresponsive and being taken to the hospital. We were given the news that his cancer had spread so severely that he did not have long. We stayed with him and spent what time we could. We are thankful that he had a few good days filled with laughs and the sharing of memories. He passed away peacefully September 2nd being surrounded by family and friends. His services will be later this month so we are working hard to get caught up with shipping, emails, and if you are waiting on any prizes - I will be getting to those as quick as I can as well since getting back home. Thank you so much for all your patience while we go through this difficult time. Thank you also to my amazing Design Team Coordinator Holly and each of the Design Team Ladies who kept the challenges going in my absence! I couldn't do it without you guys! Big Hugs - Laura

We had a lot of super cute projects in our challenge last week! Thank you to everyone who played we really love to visit your blogs and see your projects up close! The winner of our challenge will receive a gift voucher to shop in our store - Loves Rubberstamps!

This week's winner according to random.org is

Random Integer Generator


Here are your random numbers:
65
Timestamp: 2014-09-09 06:10:07 UTC

Lucky entry #65 -  Congratulations to Tammy A.... Please grab your Winner's Badge Button over on the right hand side for your blog and send an email so I can send you your $10.00 gift voucher code.            
Email: Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by September 15th to claim your prize.


You have also won the The Cutting Cafe & East Wind prizes as well! Once I get your email I will give you instructions on how to redeem those prizes too:)

Here is Tammy A's Adorable Project:


This week's challenge is Holly's Choice:

Glitter or Sparkle

How to play:
Just upload a creation that follows this week's challenge to your online blog or gallery. Then leave a link to your project in the linky widget at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the tag or keyword LRSBC120. Our challenge is open to everyone, you can use any stamps and products that you would like, and you can enter as many times as you want.

Deadline:
The linky entry widget will close at 9PM CST on Monday, September 15th so all entries need to be in before then.

Prize Information:
One lucky participant will be chosen using a random number generator will be able to proudly display our Winner's Badge on their blog!

We will have two different possibilities for a gift voucher prize from Loves Rubberstamps for the winner as well.

$10.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we do not carry in our store

$20.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we DO carry in our store

If you want to see what companies we carry visit our store Loves Rubberstamps

We have a very special GUEST SPONSOR this week who is also providing an amazing prize to our winner!




Design Team Favorite Picks:
The Design Team members will also each choose their favorite card from this challenge and the winner's will be able to proudly display a special blog badge on their blog. The Design Team favorite's from Challenge 120 - will be announced before the posting of Challenge 122 ** These Winners will receive a $5.00 gift voucher for use on an order $25.00 or more ** 

** Be sure to Play Along in our - Weekly Blog Candy Giveaway! Just hop along with our Design Team in a Mini Blog Hop for the chance to win the hidden prize! Start the hop here on our Sensational Sunday Inspirations post **

WINNER OF THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED WITH THE NEW CHALLENGE ON SEPTEMBER 16th

Here is what the Design Team came up with for your inspiration...


Indah Permatasari
Items Used:



Items Used:
Image - Aurora Wings


Blankina
Items Used;
Paper Indian Summer Marianne Design PK 9076
dies CR 1272 ( leaves ) , LR 0317 ( crown ) ,CR 1281 ( alphabet ) Marianne Design ( coming soon )
sequins, tule, ribbon, button, strass, paper flowers , glitterfoam

                               
                     Dangina                 
  ENABLERS LIST
                      Small Typo Bulbs Junkyard Findings Prima Marketing


PaperDaisies
Items Used:


Shanna Shands

Design Team Favorites - #118 - Two or More Patterned Papers


Hi Stampers!

It is time to announce the Design Team Favorite Picks for week #118 - Using Two or More Patterned Papers! We want to say a huge thank you to all who played along!! We had a LOT of adorable projects!! Here are the ones that really stood out to our team...

Dangina & Blankina Chose:




Dangina Said: She made the most incredible tag! Love the shabby chic vibe and the fabulous design! You totally and completely rocked this Prima Doll!

Blankina Said:  This tag has it all, pretty dp, romantic style,flowers, butterflies.. love the way she has decorated this Prima Doll tag. 


Blankina Also Chose:



Blankina Said: This paper choice, the image so well coloured, the lay out, just perfect!Love this male card.

Nikki Chose:




Nikki Said:  Love card. Great layout, papers and colours with gorgeous images.

Joni Chose:



Joni Said:  Love the colorful VW bus, adorable card.

Shanna & Nina Chose:



Shanna Said:  this is amazing. I love the whole thing.

Nina Said: Such a stunning creation. Every time I look at it, I see something different. Great detailing.

Holly Chose:



Holly Said: What an adorable scene and fabulous design.  I love how she used her pattern paper in her design.

Marcy Chose:



 Marcy Said: This card is so adorable and creative! Love cute image and her pretty design.

All of the design Team picks above your names will be entered into our drawing for the end of the year $100 gift voucher! Remember, you get one entry per choice, so if two members picked your card, you will earn 2 entries. Also....Please grab your Design Team Favorite Picks Badge on the right hand side of the page for your blogs....AND as a BONUS...... if you send me your email address... I will send you a coupon code for $5.00 off an order of $25.00 or more from the Loves Rubberstamps store!

Send an email to .... lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com

Thank you everyone who played and all the hard work you put into your projects! We really love seeing them and visiting your blogs!

Laura & The Loves Rubberstamps Design Team!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Challenge #119 - Anything Goes!




Hi Stampers! Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenges!

We had a lot of super cute projects in our challenge last week! Thank you to everyone who played we really love to visit your blogs and see your projects up close! The winner of our challenge will receive a gift voucher to shop in our store -Loves Rubberstamps!

This week's winner according to random.org is

Random Integer Generator:


Here are your random numbers:
3
Timestamp: 2014-09-02 16:35:16 UTC



Lucky entry 3. Crafty Kiwi Mama:  - Congratulations to Crafty Kiwi Mama.... Please grab your Winner's Badge Button over on the right hand side for your blog and send an email so I can send you your $10.00 gift voucher code.
Email: Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by September 8th to claim your prize.
You have also won Bugaboo Stamps - Choice of some Free Digi Stamps prizes as well! Once I get your email I will give you instructions on how to redeem those prizes too:)

Here is Crafty Kiwi Mama's  Stunning Project:

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This Weeks Challenge is Anything Goes!!! 

How to play:
Just upload a creation that follows this week's challenge to your online blog or gallery. Then leave a link to your project in the linky widget at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the tag or keyword LRSBC117 Our challenge is open to everyone, you can use any stamps and products that you would like, and you can enter as many times as you want.
Deadline:
The linky entry widget will close at 9PM CST on Monday, September 8th so all entries need to be in before then.

Prize Information:
One lucky participant will be chosen using a random number generator will be able to proudly display ourWinner's Badge on their blog!

We will have two different possibilities for a gift voucher prize from Loves Rubberstamps for the winner as well.
$10.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we do not carry in our store
$20.00 - If the stamp used is from a company that we DO carry in our store
If you want to see what companies we carry visit our store Loves Rubberstamps.


We have two very special GUEST SPONSORs this week who is also providing an amazing prizes to our winner!

The Cutting Cafe

The East Wind

Design Team Favorite Picks:

The Design Team members will also each choose their favorite card from this challenge and the winner's will be able to proudly display a special blog badge on their blog. The Design Team favorite's from Challenge 119 - will be announced before the posting of Challenge 121 ** These Winners will receive a $5.00 gift voucher for use on an order $25.00 or more **


** Be sure to Play Along in our - Weekly Blog Candy Giveaway! Just hop along with our Design Team in a Mini Blog Hop for the chance to win the hidden prize! Start the hop here on our Sensational Sunday Inspirations post**
WINNER OF THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED WITH THE NEW CHALLENGE ON September 8th!
Here is what the Design Team came up with for your inspiration...

Dangina
Items used:

Now It's Your Turn.....



Design Team Favorites #117 Wings


Hi Stampers!

It is time to announce the Design Team Favorite Picks for week #117 - Wings.  We want to say a huge thank you to all who played along!! We had a LOT of adorable projects!! Here are the ones that really stood out to our team...

Nina and Blankina Chose: 

Nina Said:  I love how she has showcased this cute image. Beautifully coloured. It looks great decoupaged.  I especially like the dotting technique she has used for the background.

Blankina Said: Such a sweet dragon image and amazing colouring and lay out!
This card just caught my eye!

Lydia Chose: 

Lydia Said:  Love the colours, the clever card shape and her colouring is stunning.

Shanna Chose: 

Shanna Said:  I love the watercolor look and the embossing she did. Such a fun and simple card!

Nikki Chose: 

Nikki Said:  Beautiful card. Gorgeous image, lovely papers and embellishments. Gorgeous!!

Dangina Chose: 
OWL

Dangina Said:  such a fabulous image and coloring. The sentiment was just as awesome as the image!

Joni Chose: 

 

Joni Said:  Love all the details on this fabulous card! 

Holly Chose: 

Holly Said:  I love these happy flying bee's and the colors and designs.  So cute. 

All of the design Team picks above your names will be entered into our drawing for the end of the year $100 gift voucher! Remember, you get one entry per choice, so if two members picked your card, you will earn 2 entries. Also....Please grab your Design Team Favorite Picks Badge on the right hand side of the page for your blogs....AND as a BONUS...... if you send me your email address... I will send you a coupon code for $5.00 off an order of $25.00 or more from the Loves Rubberstamps store!

Send an email to .... lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com

Thank you everyone who played and all the hard work you put into your projects! We really love seeing them and visiting your blogs!

Laura & The Loves Rubberstamps Design Team

Please Note:  Laura and her husband, Tim, are spending their last moments with Tim's father, we appreciate your continued support and patience.  Laura will be answering emails and sending more orders as soon as she is able.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them and their family.