Thursday, December 31, 2009

Valentine Card Class on January 23rd

I'm excited to announce a wonderful new class I designed over my Christmas break. This is your opportunity to create 30 adorable Valentine note cards (with envelopes) for your child (or yourself) to distribute on Valentine's Day. The class fee will be $25 - that's less that $1 per handmade card! Please RSVP no later than January 12th to allow time for ordering and cutting supplies before class on January 23rd at 10:00.

Friday, December 25, 2009

December Club Project

I meant to post this three weeks ago, but life got so busy finishing up at school for the holidays then trying to finish everything that had to be done at home before Christmas that I forgot. A gentle email reminder from one of my club members this morning prompted this post. This was one of the club projects from this month.
We used the Big Shot for almost every element in the project - the Scallop Square Die, Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder (only available through Jan 4th), Serif Essentials Alphabet, and of course the Big Shot. We also used Christmas Punch (a hostess set) and Boho Blossoms Punch which coordinate perfectly.
We always do two projects or cards at club - no cost for the projects - just the $25 order committment. If you are interested in joining one of my clubs, please contact me for more information.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Decor Element Shirts

I made my nephew and niece each a shirt using decor elements and bleach water. They looked so cute when they modeled them for me - we do gifts at my Mom's on Chrismtas Eve. I hope you enjoy them.
By the way - this amazing ideas and instructions were posted on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website a few weeks ago. This amazing resource is just one of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Contact me if you are interested in hearing more of the benefits.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Snow Day Project

I had been collecting fabric and waiting for time to try this adorable purse project I saw on Angie Juda's blog. Well, with two snow days this week, I finally found the time.

I made the three purses below on Thursday to give to the girls my husband works with.

I decided to make a simple set of coordinating cards to go with each purse when I got the call for a second snow day on Friday. Each card set uses whisper white cardstock, designer series paper (some retired, but it coordinated), grosgrain ribbon, and brand new clear mount stamps from the Occasions Mini and the Sale-a-Bration catalogs - these will be available to customers starting January 5th.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Girls Night Out

Add a touch of elegance to any occasion with this gorgeous set of black and white cards created using the Bride & Groom Specialty Paper & Stampin’ Up!’s Pretties Kit. In this class you’ll create 8 cards in all – four black cards & four white cards – as well as a unique box to hold them.

Please mark your calendar for Friday, January 1st at 6:00 - the last Friday in December is Christmas so I had to move it to New Year's Day.

The $20 class fee includes all precut supplies for eight beautiful cards with envelopes and box along with a light dinner. To keep class cost low, I am not including the stamp set in the class cost this month. If you'd like to order the featured stamp set Together Forever at 20% off, tell me when you register. Please register by 12/26 to allow fime for cutting materials.

Please bring your own adhesive and scissors.

Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Days of Holidays

Dates: December 11-22, 2009

Things to Remember:
- Orders may be placed online, by phone, by email, or in person.
- The sale begins Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).
- Items must be ordered by December 15, 2009, in order to arrive in time for Christmas.
- Discounts range between 15-25 percent.
- There are no quantity limits.
- There are no qualifiers to receive the discount.
- For online orders, discounts will be reflected in the "regular price"; "catalog price" will show the non-discounted price.

Product Offering:
Flower Burst Embosslits die $11.95 now $8.96
Cherry Blossom Embosslits die $11.95 now $8.96
Thanks Embosslits die $11.95 now $8.96
Sweetest Stem Embosslits die $11.95 now $8.96
Hi Embosslits die $11.95 now $8.96
Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits die $74.95 now $59.96
Build a Flower #2 Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die $19.95 now $16.96
Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlits 4-Pack die $21.95 now $18.66
Hearts Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die $19.95 now $16.96
Tulipe Bigz die $21.95 now $16.46
Two Tags Bigz die $21.95 now $18.66
Fringed Flower Bigz die $19.95 now $15.96
Decorative Accents Bigz die $19.95 now $15.96
Flower Bigz Clear die $19.95 now $15.96
5-Point 3D Star Bigz die $19.95 now $16.96
Circle 3D Ornament Bigz die $19.95 now $16.96
Flower Layers w/Leaf Bigz die $19.95 now $16.96
Bird w/Leaves and Flower Bigz die $19.95 now $16.96
Perfect Setting Bigz XL die $42.95 now $32.21
Pennant Bigz XL die $39.95 now $29.96
Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die $39.95 now $31.96
Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die $39.95 now $29.96
Pop-Up 3D Ball Bigz XL die $39.95 now $29.96
Matchbox Bigz XL die $42.95 now $36.51
Flower Layers Originals die $15.95 now $13.56
Kraft Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $10.36
Dark Gray Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $10.36
Chocolate Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $10.36
White Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $10.36
So Saffron Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Rose Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Taken With Teal Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Pretty In Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Bashful Blue Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Real Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Old Olive Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Black Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Night of Navy Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Certainly Celery Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Tempting Turquoise Décor Elements Sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Clear Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Pumpkin Pie Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Pixie Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Sahara Sand Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Gable Green Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Basic Gray Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $12.95 now $9.71
Chalkboard Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2) $14.95 $11.21

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stampin' Up! Clear Mount Stamps!!

I'm ecstatic! Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin′ Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option. The customer sales period begins Jan. 5.

Our new clear-mount stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount stamps.

Clear-Mount Features

  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.
As many of you know, I've switched all of my stamps to this type of mount over the past few years to save space. I'm so excited to see that I won't have to go through the extra steps anymore. Better yet, I'll be able to save 20-30% on each stamp set I purchase this way!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Beginning January 5th! New heart-shaped Sweet Treat Cups!

Just in time for Valentine's Day projects, Stampin' Up's new Heart Treat Cups coordinate perfectly with the Sweetheart stamp set in the new Occasions Mini Catalog, and the Full Heart punch. Time to book your Valentine's-themed workshop!

I'm so pleased that those of you who have already fallen in love with the Sweet Treat Cups now have another option--and hope that those of you who haven't tried these easy and amazingly cute little add-ons will give them a try!

Important Information

  • Heart Treat Cups (#120435) and the coordinating Sweetheart stamp set (#120415) will be available for purchase starting on January 5, 2010.
  • Limited time offer--only while supplies last, so don't wait!
  • The coordinating Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes (#116802) are recommended if you want to mail these special projects, as the cups stick up quite aways off the card.
  • The Full Heart punch makes the exact sized hole you need for these cups if you want to use them as shown above--item #113693.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I'm Certified!!!

I'm happy to announce that I am now My Digital Studio certified.
I've completed all the Stampin' Up! requirements, taken all the quizzes...and passed! This is a very easy digital scrapbooking program. I've never worked with one before and I MDS!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Exciting New Digital Downloads

Stampin' Up! just keeps coming up with more wonderful products to make our papercrafting easier. The newest products are the great new digital downloads for November that are designed to make designing your Christmas projects easier. Please click on the "Order Online" sidebar button to purchase these downloads.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm Back!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I made it through parent-teacher conferences (meeting with 50 sets of parents in three days takes a lot out of you) and rested up over the weekend. I also started our Christmas cards (I hope to finish them this week and add family photos after they are taken on Sunday).

Our card uses Bride Specialty Paper (smudged with Soft Suede & Old Olive Classic Inks and Sponge Daubers), Dasher, and Christmas Greetings. I roughly designed the card and then completed the inside greeting using My Digital Studio. Rich actually likes this year's Christmas card because "it isn't so girly".

I was able to look at the new Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration Mini this weekend. Although I can't share yet, let me tell you they are both VERY exciting. One of the best parts of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is being able to view and purchase new products before they are available to the public. If you've ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, this is the time. We have a special starter kit that includes My Digital Sudio, stamps, cardstock, embellishments, business supplies, and more. Click on the My Digital Studio Starter Kit button near the bottom the sidebar for more information on this amazing opportunity.

You don't want to miss your opportunity to earn extra FREE stuff by hosting your own workshop or class. Please contact me to book your date for January, February, or March to take advantage of the extra Sale-A-Bration hostess benefits.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Holiday Extravaganza - Nov 1 - Jan 4

Make Stampin’ Up! your one-stop shop for all your holiday gift-giving needs.

With our Gift-Giving Guide you can quickly and easily find gifts for kids, teens, neighbors, and more!

Plus, get a FREE Décor Elements (up to a $16.95 value) when you spend $50 on products in the guide. There is NO LIMIT to the number of Decor Elements you can earn for FREE during this promotion. For every $50 you order from the list, you will get to choose one FREE!!!

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Decor Elements, just let me know.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Deals of the Week

The last Deals of the Week have been announced! They are the adorable Pirate and Princess party kits shown on pages 74-75 and 174-175! Until October 31st, you can get these kits—no limits—for just $9.99 instead of $15.95 each. These are an awesome option to throw together a great party in a snap!

And they’re not just for kids and birthdays—think bridal showers or baby showers, girl’s night out, guy’s game night, or even a fun theme for your next home party group meeting.

Oh, and what about a “birthday in a box” for your favorite college student away from home?

Each kit includes a clever craft for eight, party favors, cupcake toppers, banners, invitations and envelopes. The only thing you need is adhesive—everything else including ribbon for the banners, elastic cord for the pirate eye patches, even toothpicks, comes included in the kit!

Imagine a fabulous party with no hassle—just pure enjoyment. Call me today and order a couple of kits to have on hand or to give as gifts. I’m stocking up!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Another Simply Scrappin' Card Class

My friend Susan asked me to design a card class using half of the Happy B-day Simply Scrappin' Kit. I spent the evening playing and these are the designs I came up with. I will be offering this class some time in December or January - 20 cards for just $20!!! More information coming soon.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

November Girls Night Out - Serene Snowflakes

Don’t have enough Designer Paper? No Problem.

This class will solve that for you. These six cards are all created using a One Sheet Wonder technique. Stamp these beautiful snowflake images as your Designer Paper, add the co-ordinating matchbook and you have an amazing gift set!

Class fee includes Serene Snowflakes stamp set, precut supplies for 6 beautiful cards along with coordinating matchbook container, and a light dinner for just $27!!! You just have to bring your scissors and adhesive.
The class will be held on Friday, December 4th (the last Friday in November is Black Friday - the shopping day after Thanksgiving). Please RSVP by November 15th to allow time to order and prepare supplies.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Christmas Jingle 24 Card Class

We will be making these 24 beautiful Christmas cards on Saturday, November 14th at 10:00. The fee is only $24 - that's only $1 per card!!! If you would like to attend, you must RSVP by 11/5/09. Please RSVP by email - or phone - 269-686-2349.

Better yet, choose your own date to make these cards in your own home with your friends by hosting a card making party . You can also take advantage of the great hostess promotions for October and November when you host your party. Call me to find a date that works for you!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Deals of the Week! - Hot Hardware!!!

Check out the great Deals of the Week!!!

Basic Jumbo grommets - regular $6.95, now only $4.49
Mini Library clips - regular $12.95, now only $8.99
Circle Designer brads - regular $5.95, now only $3.99
1/2" Library clips - regular $6.95, now only $3.99

Order now - offer only through October 26, 9:50 AM (MT)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Digital Downloads Available Now

Just in time for Halloween projects...

Stampin' Up! just released NEW Digital Downloads to add to your My Digital Studio Program!! Here are the downloads available today!

Click Order Online on the right to purchase these great new downloads.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stampin' Up! Deals of the Week

3 Big Shot Dies that are ON SALE THIS WEEK!

The second deals of the week are from October 12, 10 AM (MT) through October 19, 9:50 AM (MT).

Flower Burst Embosslits die - regular price $11.95 - now only $5.99
Perfect Setting Bigz XL die - regular price $42.95 - now only $25.99
Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die - regular price $39.95 - now only $25.49

Friday, October 9, 2009

Halloween Class

Please mark your calendar for Monday, October 19th at 5:30 to make three cards and two treat items for $10. Please RSVP by Friday, October 16th to allow time to prepare supplies.

Pre-order when you RSVP to take advantage of a 10% discount on the featured stamp set - Twick or Tweet and featured accessory - Cast-A-Spell DSP.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Christmas Gift Class '09

I started packing supplies last night for my annual Christmas Gift Class last night. We will be creating these 6 amazing gift items for only $20. The class is Saturday, October 10th @ 10:00 at the United Methodist Church in Allegan. There are only 3 spaces left. If you would like to attend, please contact me ASAP to see if there are still spaces!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Stampin' Up!'s Deals of the Week Are Back!!!

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—save up to 50%!

Check out Week One's fabulous Stampin' Up! punch deals through October 12 (9:50 AM) below:
Trio Flower punch $10.99
5-Petal Flower punch $10.99
My Way punch $11.99

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Digital Studio Available Thursday

The buzz is out and it’s HOT! Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio software is the hottest release on the block, and it’s not even available for customer purchase until Thursday (Oct1)! My Digital Studio is an easy-to-use, software-based design studio featuring thousands of Stampin’ Up!’s award-winning images, colors, and accessories.

Regular price $79.95. Only $74.95* (plus ship and tax), *special pricing only if pre-ordered by Wed, Sept 30!

Pre-order your copy from me, and get it first! No lines, no waiting! Pre-orders will be processed right away Oct 1.


Email me at: or call 269-686-2349 today to pre-order your copy at this special price.

Friday, September 25, 2009

October Girls Night Out

Get in the holiday spirit with this festive matchbox and co-ordinating card set featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Tree Trimmings stamp set & Merry Moments Designer Paper.

This Girls Night Out will be on October 30th at 6:00 and will include all of the precut supplies, the Tree Trimminsg stamp set, and a light dinner for $20. Please register by October 15th to allow time for ordering and preparing supplies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Preparing for Christmas Gift Class on 10/10 @ 10:00

Because these decorative tiles had to go in the oven for 10 minutes each and cool completely before adding stencil paste which had to dry for at least two hours, I did the first two steps in these beautiful projects.

I will explain the embossing process and then demonstrate the stencil paste process at the class. The ladies will then complete the decorative touches for a beautiful and inexpensive Christmas gift. I can't wait until they see the finished project!!!

We will be making this decorative tile along with five other projects for the class fee of $20. This class is limited to the first 22 participants who register. Please contact me if you would like to attend.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

My Digital Studio - Releases Oct. 1st!!!

Watch this video below, you'll be amazed at what you can do with this software!

Have you heard about Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio?

Q: What is My Digital Studio?

A: My Digital Studio is new software from Stampin' Up! that allows both demonstrators and customers to digitally create a variety of products including (but not limited to) photo albums, cards, calendars, individual scrapbook pages, and multimedia projects that use exclusive Stampin' Up! art, accessories, and colors.

When printed with Stampin' Up!'s professional print services, your projects can be combined with traditional Stampin' Up! products to create unique, multidimensional "hybrid" projects.

Read more FAQ'S

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Holiday Mini Catalog

If you have not received one yet--you can click on the picture to the right to download it and view on your computer. There are so many NEW and EXCITING things.....the BEST THING is the new "MY DIGITAL STUDIO" software!!! I have not been so excited about something new in a long, long time....but hold on--you can't order yet--just demonstrators can order during September.

Beginning October 1st, everyone can order. And....hostesses with a $400 workshop in October and November can purchase My Digital Studio for half price!!! Call me now to book your workshop so you can get in on this amazing offer!!!

I ordered mine yesterday and will have it next week. Once I have it--you will be hearing a lot about it from me!!!! I also plan on offering some training sessions and "help days" for those of you interested in learning how to use the new digital software.

The BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP products are absolutely adorable. I've been working with the coordinating stamps and dies to create great birthday gifts for each of my students. Watch for samples coming soon!

Another new product line is Simply Adorned Charms to make jewelry with. These are not available quite yet, so you will just have to wait to see them in person! These will make beautiful Christmas gifts for those special people on your list!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Falling Leaves & Bright Blessings Wheel

Look at this beautiful card I found on the Stampin' Up! website using the same stamp set you can get for 20% off with your Monthly Card Kit purchase in September. I will look for more samples to show how versatile this stamp set is.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

September Girls Night Out

The soft, elegant colors of the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper paired with simple, striking card designs and a unique card purse will make this a project you’ll want to turn to over and over again! The $32 class fee includes the For All You Do stamp set, precut supplies, and a light dinner. Please RSVP by September 15th.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I am doing a broadcast call tomorrow to remind all of my customers about my upcoming events. Augusts Girls Night Out is one of those events. I'm posting this photo at the top of my blog so it's easy to find.

I know I haven't posted much since returning from Convention. With my husband away on a bear hunt in Canada, I've taken advantage of the free time to work on organizing my craft room, setting up my classroom (the beginning of the school year is coming up so quick), and preparing for upcoming events. I will try to post more great swaps from Convention and upcoming event projects in the next few days.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Join Stampin' Up! for only $85 in August!

What a super low-cost way to add income to your houshold for:
* paying a bill
* purchasing Christmas gifts
* saving for a vacation
What would you do with an extra $100 or more per month?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Last Day of Convention

My swap post today is a very simple, yet elegant wedding card. I love the use of designer paper to create this amazing look.

This is my friend Missy's Gladheart Stampers group. It was very fun having lunch with this group of demonstrators.

Here is what Missy called her group of adopted Gladhearts. I was proud to be included.

We enjoyed manicotti at Olive Garden for dinner. It was absolutely delicious! What a nice relaxed last dinner.

Another Great Day at Convention

Here we are with just a little of our loot from Momento Mall - our new Rich Razzleberry shirts and our exclusive Suzie Stamper Build-a-Bears wearing Stampin' Up! aprons and holding stamps that only come with the bear. We also picked up many other items, but thought it might be dangerous to post a pile of the loot (we don't want husbands to see how much we bought).

Isn't this just the cutest card. I love Trendy Trees anyway, but what a great layout. This is one of the swaps I received yesterday. I can't wait to share the rest of the awesome swaps I've received when I get home.
Shelli Gardner (the co-founder of the company) demonstrated many gift ideas on stage yesterday. I most enjoyed the Simply Adorned Charm part of her presentation. She showed the 1" x 1 1/2" charm insert she designed and then sent the Prize Patrol out to give the lucky winners a handstamped and signed insert, charm, and ribbon to hang it on. None of our group won, but it was amazing to see.

This is a shot of the amazing entertainment at Awards Night. Tonic Solfa has the most amazing sound without using any instruments and a variety of song styles. We enjoyed the music so much that Missy, Kirsten, and I got up and danced. We were even pulled into a conga line by Sterling Gardner.

Dinner last night was fantastic. We at at P. F. Changs. We each ordered an appetizer and an entree then shared. It was wonderful tasting all of the delicious foods - chicken lettuce wraps, crispy green beans, spicy green beans, honey chicken, beef with broccili, and pepper steak - yum, yum, yum!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

First Day of Presentations

I've been taking photos of adorable swaps and wanted to post a couple for you to enjoy. This is the cutest idea. I think I will make some of these to put in the lodge at the campgrounds we stay at with my contact information. Maybe I could gain some traveling customers.
Here's another cute card that may were well with my campgrounds. Unfortunately, the talented lady who did this didn't have any left for me to bring home.
Here is a picture of me with the mascot from Build-a-Bear Workshop. At first I wasn't too excited about this partnership (I have an almost 21 year old son), but after seeing the presentation in general session yesterday I can't wait to order.
They demonstrated this adorable project on stage yesterday. It is a little decorated bag (they used canvas, but I'll use paper because of cost) with a ring of stamped images and a box of crayons. I thought this would be the best birthday gift for each of my students. I will stock up on crayons now while they are cheap. You can be sure I will stamp my business information on the back of the coloring image ring and the bottom of the bag so I may gain some new customers.
Now for the gratutitous food photo. We loved Jason's Deli so much that we went back. Sandy and I had the salad bar and this is what I came back with. It was absolutely delicious and I almost finished the whole thing with my french onion soup.
As promised - photos of our amazing room. This is the sitting area (the couch is a hide-a-bed so we each have our own bed).
Here is the sleeping area. There is also a kitchenette. It has been the best room!!!