Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Temporarily Closing Due to Family Situation

Hi Stampers - 

I have come to the hard decision to TEMPORARILY shut down our store and our blogs for the time being.
 
As I have posted many times on our store page, our blogs and our facebook page - I am the primary care giver for my Grandma. She is in failing health and has been in and out of the hospital numerous times since Feb. 2nd. She was hospitalized in ICU again early last week and has been hospitalized since. She has expressed that she is getting very tired of fighting this battle with her health. It is a terminal disease and she is getting frustrated of trying really hard to get better and get home, only to find herself extremely sick and back in the hospital a few short weeks later. Our family is facing some very tough decisions coming up as Grandma tries to decide if she wants to come home under hospice care or continue trying to fight her illness. 
 
I have been pretty behind with shipping since this started in February. I just start to get caught up and something happens with Grandma and puts me right back behind. Our customer service during this time has been awful and for that I sincerely apologize. I have come to realize that right now I can not keep trying to keep everything going with Grandma's situation changing day by day. I can't even tell you the last time I have been able to respond to emails. The little time I have been able to be at home and focus on the store, I am focusing purely on shipping orders out. 
 
I do not want to have anymore orders coming in until we can get caught up with the ones that we have already. It is not fair to our customers waiting for orders and it is not fair to our new customers. 
 
I will be working on getting all pending orders shipped or refunds issued as quickly as I can. I know we have pushed the patience button with some of you who have been waiting awhile for your orders and with being so far behind in emails and for that I am extremely sorry. We didn't start this business to provide lousy customer service or to try and take advantage of anyone. So I will be re-opening the store once things settle down for us here and when we are able to provide the customer service that our customers deserve and that we have always strived to provide. 

I am still working on our winner emails and prize codes as well. Any of you still waiting WILL get your prize codes. For the codes for our store they will be issued to be used when the store re-opens, if you haven't got to use your code yet and it will expire during the time our store is temporarily closed - please send me an email and I will bet the expiration changed for you so you can use it when we re-open. 

The winner of last week's challenge is:

Here are your random numbers:
68
Timestamp: 2015-07-14 06:37:04 UTC


You have won the PpinkyDolls prize as well as a $10.00 gift voucher to the Loves Rubberstamps Store! Please send an email to lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by July 20th.

Here is Son Ja's Adorable project - 




Thank you all so much for your continued patience, your prayers, well wishes and thoughts. It means more to us than you know and makes this very difficult time a little easier to get through.

I will post on here as soon as I know a scheduled re-opening date! 
 
Sincerely - 
Laura

Monday, July 13, 2015

Design Team Favorites for Challenge #158 - Celebrate!




Hi Stampers!

It is time to announce the Design Team Favorite Picks for week #158 - Celebrate.    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...

Nick, Wendy, Denice, and Holly Chose:

Nick Said: This Wedding card shines of love! Sweet image, great use of pink ink and a beautiful flower cluster.

Wendy Said:  Maya's stunning wedding card has all the right ingredients. Love the beautiful blooms, that gorgeous image and the pretty frame she created.

Denice Said:  All the right ingredients for a lovely wedding card...great image, gorgeous coloring, and perfectly delicate.

Holly Said: OMGosh the flowers, the polka dots, the fabulous framing and the cutest image, I just love how she put this one together. 

Wendy Also Chose:

Wendy Said:  Natalie's cute robot card is just such a gem. I love this cheerful wee chap and her lovely CAS design. Just the right balance. Gorgeous!


Dangina and Wendy Chose: 
midweek magnolia celebrations

Dangina Said:  such a yummy cuppy cake! Love her beautiful Tilda and Lush bow too!

Wendy Said: Julie's cupcake might be inedible, but it's utterly delish! Love the colours and the clever design. Beautiful. Check out the tutorial on her blog!

Blankina Chose:

Blankina:  love the rainbow effect party card, looks so cool on the dark background, very original!

Shanna Chose: 

Shanna Said:  I love it

Shanna Also Chose: 


Shanna Said:  I love the watercolor splash background and the robot!

Holly Chose:

Holly Said: OMGosh I love this adorable Party Animal!  Fabulous and so Fun!

Holly Also Chose: 

Holly Said: Wow, stunning!  Fabulous coloring, love the colors, the die cuts and the great 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, July 7, 2015

Challenge #159 - ANYTHING GOES



Hi Stampers! Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenges!

I just wanted to give a quick update on here in regards to prize emails. I am still behind so if you have emailed me and are waiting for them - I will be getting through them as quickly as I can. We have had a couple of set-backs here this last week. Last Tuesday my husband was hospitalized overnight with chest pain. They ran a TON of tests and turns out he has a small blockage that they believe will correct itself with meds, diet & exercise. He had a follow up appt. today and they started him on meds so we will have lots of blood pressure monitoring to do! Also my Grandma went back in the hospital today. She is in ICU currently trying to get her ammonia levels down again. She had been doing so well and she has been doing everything she is supposed to, taking meds, exercises. So it is frustrating to have this set back. Hopefully they get her levels down pretty quickly. So I have not had much time to get to my emails this last week. As always I appreciate your patience and I am so sorry that this seems to be a broken record, I am working my hardest to get caught up and try and stay there as best I can! It is really hard with how unpredictable Grandma's health is. Thanks for hanging in there with us!

Thank you to all of you who played along with us last week!  The winner of our challenge will receive a gift voucher to shop in our store - Loves Rubberstamps! Lets see who Mr. Random chose as our winner this week...

This week's winner according to random.org is


Here are your random numbers:
63
Timestamp: 2015-07-07 03:52:43 UTC

Lucky entry #63 - Life With a Wiener Dog by Angela WaltersPlease 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!

You have also won the Scrapper's Delights  prize as well and when I get your email I will tell you how to redeem that as well!

Winners Please Email: Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by July 13th to claim your prize.

Here is Angela Walter's Adorable Project:





This week's 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 LRSBC159 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, July 13th

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 also have a VERY SPECIAL GUEST SPONSOR who is also offering some generous prizes to our lucky winner....





                    PpinkyDolls - FREE DIGI STAMPS OF CHOICE

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 159 - will be announced before the posting of Challenge 161 ** These Winners will receive a $5.00 gift voucher for use on an order $25.00 or more ** 

WINNER OF THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED WITH THE NEW CHALLENGE ON JULY 14th

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


Supplies Used

Blending Cardstock
Vellum
Brads





Nick
Supplies Used


                                                                       PaperDaisies

Rebecca Billard
Supplies Used

Monday, July 6, 2015

Design Team Favorites for Challenge #157 - Use a Die-Cut




Hi Stampers!

It is time to announce the Design Team Favorite Picks for week #156 - Masculine.    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...

Holly Chose:
Holly Said:   these little wedding birdies and the shaker card are so fabulous, I just love this.

Denice Chose:

Denice Said: A beautifully colored image and all the pastel die-cuts have me swooning over the varying layers. A wonderfully designed card!

Nick and Rebecca Chose:


Nick Said:  Such a happy card! Love all the different dies used and great mix of texture, colours and patterns.

Rebecca Said:  This card is so cute! I just love the little hedgehog, and all the wonderful layers and embellishments! Great card!

Blankina, Rebecca and Wendy Chose:

Blankina Said:   Wow what an amazing project, love the use of dies, colours and details, fantastic!

Rebecca Said:  This is such a Gorgeous project! I just love all the little details! Awesome job!

Wendy Said: Oh my, what a gorgeous baby carriage, all with incredibly clever use of dies! Delish Maja Design papers and so beautifully put together. Love, love, LOVE it!


Dangina Chose:

Dangina Said: Such beautiful shine and color. The die cut, Awesome! Loved it!

Jennifer and Pam Chose:


Jennifer Said:  Super sweet card, I love this image and all the stars are just awesome. Perfect for our die cuts challenge!

Pam Said:  I just love this image and the coloring is superb! Great background for Mr. Potter and love the stars too! All coordinates so well! Great job!

Jennifer also  chose:


Jennifer said:  This is GORGEOUS. Absolutely amazing, I love the rich colors and that fun mermaid image!

Marcy Chose:


Marcy Said:   Adorable shaker card! Love her cute image, colors and design!!!

Wendy Chose:
2015-juni-24

Wendy Said:   I love the bold striking design of this card. The fabulous vellum overlay and fun diecut letters. Striking and gorgeous, love it!

Wendy Also Chose:


Wendy Said:   A beautifully put together card with Norma's signature beautiful blooms. So gorgeous with lots of delish and diverse dies. Love it!

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, June 30, 2015

Challenge #158 - Celebrations



Hi Stampers! Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenges!

Thank you to all of you who played along with us last week!  The winner of our challenge will receive a gift voucher to shop in our store - Loves Rubberstamps! Lets see who Mr. Random chose as our winner this week...

This week's winner according to random.org is


Here are your random numbers:
90
Timestamp: 2015-06-30 04:27:59 UTC

Lucky entry #90 - SmilynstefPlease 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!

You have also won the East Wind prize as well and when I get your email I will tell you how to redeem that as well!

Winners Please Email: Lovesrubberstamps@yahoo.com by July 6th to claim your prize.

Here is Smilynstef's Gorgeous Project:




This week's challenge is:

Celebrations 

Think - Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirements, Baptism, New Baby, Showers etc

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 LRSBC158 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, July 6th

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 also have a VERY SPECIAL GUEST SPONSOR who is also offering some generous prizes to our lucky winner....



                    Scrapper's Delights - FREE DIGI STAMPS OF CHOICE

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 158 - will be announced before the posting of Challenge 160 ** These Winners will receive a $5.00 gift voucher for use on an order $25.00 or more ** 

WINNER OF THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED WITH THE NEW CHALLENGE ON JULY 7th

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



Birthday Ian - The Greeting Farm
Hip Hip Hooray - Doodlebug Designs
Peacock Feathers - Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Steel Grey Hybrid Ink - My Favorite Things