June 27, 2011

A new journey....

I have to start today be telling you that I've LOVED reading all of your ideas about my hints I've been giving you this past week about my big announcement! Well, the wait is over, my friends. I can finally spill the beans...the jillybeans! :)


I am so thrilled to announce that I have teamed up with my local scrapbook store, Mementos, to offer you a tutorial blog (http://www.ilovemementos.blogspot.com/) featuring all of our favorite stamps and related products. Yes, we're talking DAILY tutorials by myself full of techniques and fun ways to use your stamps, markers, gelatos, distress inks, etc. Not only will these items be shown to you on the tutorial blog, but Lisa Joy (Mementos owner) and I are also opening an online store (http://www.ilovemementos.com), making shopping for the products used in each tutorial simple and easy. What makes our online store different than others that are out there? It's in our philosophy:

Our philosophy is to make things easy, educational, inspiring and rewarding as you meet with us everyday. That is why you will see us focus on specific products a little at a time, rather than overwhelming you with a myriad of choices. If you are a beginner crafter, this is the perfect process for you to educate yourself and begin your collection of fabulous products. If you are a seasoned pro, we hope to inspire your creativity with products you may already own so that you see things in a fresh, new and fun way!

Our first product focus is close to my heart--Penny Black and Faber-Castell!! We're calling it MIX and MATCH MANIA and it begins tomorrow!

Mementos LOVES their customers!
From the minute I began shopping at Mementos here in Arizona, I was welcomed by the most loving and kind folks around. It is such a warm community that offers their customers the very best. I am pleased to say that this value remains at the top of the list with our online store. Lisa Joy and I (aka JillyJoy) are proud to offer our valued customers an awesome customer rewards program (read more HERE) and great shipping options (more info HERE). Check out this short video with a few peeks at what is to come:
(watch directly on YouTube by clicking HERE)





Okay, the good news doesn't stop there!!! I am also UBER excited to announce that I will be offering classes by DVD sent right to your home (remember that DVD and shipping box in my hints?)!! You can find all of the information about my DVD classes HERE. And they can be purchased HERE.




If you read my personal post a couple of weeks ago (you can find it HERE), you will know that this is a new journey for me as I have left my "comfort zone" teaching elementary school to follow my dream and improve my health. Without your support and encouragement here on this blog, I don't know that I would be standing where I am today. And I can't thank you enough for your support of this new venture.

Truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.



And please, do not worry, nothing is changing over here on "Inspired by..." Each week I am soooo honored to feature other artists on this blog and that will always remain. :)

Now you know I just can't leave you without a card for today, so here is today's PB&J card:

You can watch a video of the creation of this card from start to finish on the Penny Black Blog HERE or watch directly in HD on YouTube HERE.

Thanks again, my friends, for allowing me to share this passion of mine with you each day!! See you here tomorrow with our next featured artist for the week (she ROCKS!) and I also hope to see you over at http://www.ilovemementos.blogspot.com/ with another video tutorial. Wait, I will have TWO videos for you over on the Mementos blog tomorrow! :)

40 comments :

Tracey said...

So HAPPY and EXCITED for you Jill!!! Sounds like a PEFRECT match for you! I LOVE you blog and I LOVE watching videos, and I LOVE to shop...sounds like a perfect spot for me lol!
GORGEOUS card!! See ya tomorrow!

SannaS said...

AWESOME news!! so exiting!! so many things to look forward to... =)
hugs, SannaS

Dee in N.H. said...

That is awesome news!! Can't wait to check it out!

Dotty Jo said...

How exciting Jill - hope it all goes well! Jo x

rcwidow (Linda) said...

great news Jill! Look forward to all the fun!

Tanya said...

Jill, this is so exciting! Can't wait to check it out! Congrats!

shirley said...

Congrats Jill! Very exciting news.
Will be back tomorrow!

Francine said...

Congrats! Wonderfull news, thank you thank you thank you!

Marion said...

Yay..how very exciting Jill! AND I just love today's flower card! Bold, bright and beautiful!

debbie said...

WOW! How exciting am so looking forward to all the tutorials and the store and just everything!! Your creations are so amazing and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!

Jeanette Marchand said...

Congratulations on the exciting news! I can't wait to watch your tutorials.
Love the new PB&J card! I'm usually stuck for an idea on the insides of cards, so I'll have to try partial stamping inside.

Kathy said...

Praising the Lord with you, Jill, for the new opportunity! God is so awesome to answer the deep the desires of our hearts. Your work glorifies Him, Jill-your creativity is amazing! Congratulations! The dvd class sounds awesome-wish I still lived in AZ. I can't wait to see what the Mementos stamp club is going to offer! Love the rewards program too:) All so exciting!!

Sarah said...

So excited for you, Jill!! Can't wait to see all the fun things you have in store for us! Big congrats!

Lin said...

Wonderful news, Jill! Wishing you all the best in your new endeavor!

Cathy A said...

congratulations Jill, I wish you every luck in your new venture.

scalder said...

Congratulations Jill. Sounds like a new and fun adventure:)

daisydilly (vicki) said...

Wonderful news!!!!Will be going to check things out!! I'm so very happy for you .

Love the card the colrs are so very pretty

Barb said...

This could not have happened to a sweeter, more deserving lady! Big congrats, best of luck and I am sooo looking forward to all the wonderful things you'll be sharing with us! Hugs to you, Jill! :)

Rupa said...

My Goodness, such wonderful news! I am so glad that things are just working out so beautifully for you just as you switched careers! I am so happy and thrilled for you. I look forward to the daily tutorials blog, I have so much to learn from you. All the very best to you! It's amazing to see someone take a bold step and succeed!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Such wonderful news! So thrilled for you! Can't wait for more fun. :)

Maria Fernanda McClure said...

This is FANTASTIC news!!! Good for you (and great for us) :)

I got my first Summer Card Camp lesson today and it's going to be a great program. Thanks so much!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow! This is astounding news Jill. I was right with my guess, but there was so much more added to it! Lol. So happy for you sweetie and so impressed with all that Momentos is offering in their services. They really have taken the headache out of crafting. Thanks so much. Can't wait to get your dvd's and get started with a new teacher. Lol. Hugs

Anette said...

Wow, that sure was some HAPPY news!! Sounds exciting, I'll be following your every move! Hee, lol!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Congratulations Jill. Wishing you all the best and happy successes!

Nancy said...

I am over{joy}ed for you my sweet friend!! And I'm so happy for all of us out here in blogland too. Looks like a huge win-win all-around!
blessings to you on this new adventure, may you find much success and lots of joy in the journey.
hugs!

78thistles said...

So very happy for you Jill! WAY TO GO! All the best in your new endeavors!

justsomestuffimade said...

Woo-hoo! Great news - how exciting to embark on this wonderful adventure ;)
Follow your dreams!! Rx

judkajudi said...

This sounds fantastic! So happy for you, Jill! You have so much to offer! Much success!!

Tona said...

Wow! This really sounds great!!

Anonymous said...

Jill: Really enjoyed the video and love the card! Can't wait to order some new stamping supplies! MOM

Laura said...

Congratulations on your new venture! I just checked out the store and see some yummy things like Distress Stains and Copics -- and reasonable shipping rates. You'll do well with this targeted shop, I think!

Kimberli Sarsfield said...

Jill, I am so excited about your news! I've got the new website bookmarked so I can pop on by daily. It is like a dream come true. There are a few stampers out there who just continually inspire me and blow my mind and you are one of those! Thanks for all you do for us stampers!

Katie said...

I can't wait to watch your videos and see your shop bloom!

Katie

P.S.-I am glad you took the making yourself happy and improving your health route, I am still trying to figure out how to go that route myself. Best of luck! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome news! Your cards are absolutely beautiful....

Diane

Virginia L. said...

Congrats on your all your new stamping venture/adventure, Jill! All the best to you and wish you success AND FUN :)

Karen said...

Congratulations Jill! I wish you much success and I know you will have a great time! This industry is awesome, I have met some of the best people in this industry and I'm sure you will enjoy it even more as your grow. I look forward to seeing your videos and visiting your store!

Shawna said...

Fabulous news Jill! The best of luck to you in your new endeavor..........can't wait to check it all out.

sheila said...

Hip Hip Hooray and Good for YOU Jill! This is a huge step and one that I know that you will make with success! I so often go and buy something after it appears on someone's blog....and often that someone is you so the idea that you are going to provide a direct link is such a great idea! Good luck and have fun on your new journey!

pcm said...

wow! this is bigger than i ever imagined! congrats!

Kelley said...

Congrats on your new direction! I know we will enjoy it. :)