Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Starts Today for Stampin' Up!

Exciting deals for today, tomorrow, and the entire promotion.

Monday, 11/19 only deals:
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine - $$79.96
Big Shot Doctor's Bag - $55.96
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate - $9.56

Tuesday, 11/20 only deals:
Clear Block Bundle (blocks A-I) - $53.56
Clear Block Storage Caddy - $13.56
Stack & Store Caddy - $27.96

Monday, 11/19-Wednesday, 11.28 deals:
TOO MANY TO LIST - click here to see the flyer

Take a look at the flyer and go to my website to place your order before it's too late!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Family Photos 2012

We had my friend Michelle Evans (Photos by ME) come to my classroom yesterday and take family pictures for our Christmas card photo again this year.  The last few years, we've done outside locations and I wanted something more "studio style" this year.  After hanging the backdrop, we played around with some items from my classroom to get some really amazing photos.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites!!!

playing with fun props from my classroom
Aaron being silly

Most of the photos I'm sharing today are of Rich, Aaron, and me, but Aaron's girlfriend Shelby came with him and Michelle took many amazing shots of the whole group and just the two of them.  I will share them in the coming days.

all of us on our cell phones
Aaron wrapping us in Christmas lights
Rich and Aaron arm wrestling
making a heart with our hands
nice family shot
our names with Scrabble letters (thinking of using this one for the signature in our Christmas card)
another nice family shot
our last name

I asked Michelle to take enough photos for me to make a calendar, and she ended up giving me 65 proofs!!!  I will be able to make a calendar for us and a calendar for Shelby (Aaron's girlfriend) in My Digital Studio 2 using the amazing photos.

By the way, MDS2 will be on sale for half price starting tomorrow with our Online Extravaganza promotion.  More details coming soon!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A great Stampin' Up! Starter Kit deal just got even better!  NOW through Dec. 16, Stampin' Up! is including a FREE color collection of our new Firm Foam Ink Pads with the purchase of the $99 Starter Kit.  You can select either the Brights, Regals or Subtles collection (10 ink pads).  Value $49.95.  The Neutrals collection is not included in this offer. 

Click for a Stampin' Up! Video showcasing the advantages of the Firm Foam Ink Pads.
1.  IT'S A FABULOUS DEAL!  For just $99 (plus tax), you'll receive:
  • Your choice of up to $125 in current Stampin' Up! product (that's up to $26 in FREE product).
  • A FREE Stampin' Up! Firm Foam Ink Pad Collection in your choice of Regals, Brights or Subtles ($49.95 value, 10 ink pads).  
  • The kit and FREE ink pad bonus ship FREE (another 10% savings). 
2.  NO WORRIES:   With the purchase of the kit, you'll be able to enjoy demonstrator discounts and benefits through March 31, 2013 without ANY obligation to purchase anything further, host parties or obtain outside sales.  Perfect timing for the new Spring Catalog (pre-order starts Dec. 1) and Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 22 - Mar. 22).  In the event you have $300 in personal purchases and/or sales from the time you purchase the kit through March 31, 2013, you'll renew your demonstrator benefits for three additional months (thru June 30).  If you don't, there's no penalty to drop!
3.  FEED YOUR ARTISTIC PASSION:   Take advantage of exclusive paper crafting videos and resources and be among the first to see new catalogs and pre-order new products!  Purchase the starter kit through me and you'll become a member of my team, a pressure-free, group of friendly and talented stampers who gather monthly to create beautiful projects and learn more about Stampin' Up!.  Hobby stampers are always welcome in my team!
If you have any questions, please email me ( for a prompt response.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stampin' Up! to the Rescue

I’ve been so busy leading our School Improvement Team over the past few weeks that I didn’t really realize how quickly time was passing.  In fact, I realized just Saturday that Halloween is on Wednesday and I haven’t even picked out my costume, prepared my goodies for my students (or Trick-or-Treaters at home), or done any decorating (at home or at school).

When I left the house at 7:00 Saturday night to go shopping, I thought “No problem, I’ll just pick up a few things and I’ll be ready.”  I quickly found that all of the Halloween stuff was so picked over that I didn’t have much selection – no Halloween pencils, erasers, rings, etc. for goodie bags.  Well, in desperation, I picked up the last pack of candy corn printed cello bags, some water enhancing packets, miniature bottles of water, some mechanical pencils, and a couple of candy treats. 

Fortunately, I had thought ahead enough to order the Ghoulish Googlies Bundle with an extra designer kit from Stampin’ Up! to make the bag tags.  This kit comes with tags, googly eyes, twine to tie bags shut, glassine bags (but not enough for my class so I’ll save them for another project), and the most adorable monster stamp set ever!  I got up Sunday morning, stamped (and enhanced the images with some color and googly eyes) and quickly assembled enough goodie bags for each of my students (and the staff at school – their bags contain salted caramels).  What would I do without Stampin’ Up! and the amazing products we carry?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

15% off stamps starts in a few hours!!!!

October 29th is the one-day Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular

Here are the details:
• Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off

This means all stamps in the current catalogs including 
o Background stamps 
o Personalized name stamps 
o Cookie press stamps 
o Single stamps

It DOES NOT include 
o Hostess sets 
o Bundled stamp sets 
o Digital stamp brush sets
There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
We're having a demonstrator contest, and there are wonderful new top-secret accessories and stamps I can earn for free from the 2013 Spring Catalog. You want your demo to have the latest and greatest to show you, right?
So WE have the contest, but YOU get the deals!! AND the best of both worlds, because I'll be demoing all those lovely new toys for you and your friends on super cute new projects that you'll be able to get lots of good from.
My goal is to sell 40 individual stamps, backgrounds, cookie stamps or stamp sets on Monday.  I think I can do it but I need YOUR HELP! So prepare your wish list and your preferred method of communication.

*EMAIL me your order:
*Call me with your order: 269-720-9225 (cell) or 269-686-2349 (home)
*Order online 24/7 on Oct. 29th: - Click here to go there now.
*Message me on Facebook with your order.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking Promotion

What do you get when you combine Digital Scrapbooking Day and My Digital Studio? A week of A week of FREE downloads and 50 percent off ALL digital kits!

What: Three FREE downloads. 50% off ALL digital kits. Mega blogging on all week!

When: October 29-November 5, 2012.

Why: To get the word out about My Digital Studio's awesome design program, content, and print products!

Get Your FREE Downloads
  • You can get yours from my online store - click the shop now link in the upper right hand corner once you are there!
Get a BONUS FREE Download:If we get 18,000 downloads of FREE items we'll give you another FREE download!

The Sale:

ItemDesigner KitRetail ValueSale Price
50% Off
130861Afternoon Daydream Kit$9.95$4.97
129928Afternoon Tea II Kit$9.95$4.97
119839Always Elegant Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
129358Attic Boutique Kit$9.95$4.97
122175Autumn Spice Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127600Autumn Traditions Kit$9.95$4.97
130969Bandstand Kit$7.95$3.97
130970Be of Good Cheer Kit$7.95$3.97
123728Celebrations Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
130982Chevron Punch Kit$7.95$3.97
123956Christmas Cheer Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
120880Christmas Cocoa II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127362Convention 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
128876Day in the Life Kit$14.95$7.47
130059Fifty Nifty Kit$9.95$4.97
130062File it Fun Kit$7.95$3.97
131228Friendship Preserves Kit$3.95$1.97
128875Frosty Days II Kit$9.95$4.97
129924Get it Done Kit$5.95$2.97
129870Good Times II Kit$7.95$3.97
118465Happy Birthday Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
128872Holiday Harmony Kit$7.95$3.97
127773Holly Berry Bouquet$9.95$4.97
118466Hoppy Memories Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
128999It's all Me Kit$9.95$4.97
130850Joyful Times Kit$9.95$4.97
124230Just Add Cake Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
124446Leadership 2011 Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
124568Leadership 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
124443Love Birds Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
131231Lovely Little Labels Kit$7.95$3.97
129359Mixed Bunch Kit$7.95$3.97
119978My Sweet Pea Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
132264Neon Notes Kit$9.95$4.97
129898New Heights Kit$7.95$3.97
122174Nite Owl Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
129340Number One Kit$9.95$4.97
129360On the Go Kit$9.95$4.97
124463One Great Year Kit$9.95$4.97
131360Ornament Keepsakes Kit$6.95$3.47
127599Party Animal Kit$9.95$4.97
131226Picture This Kit$4.95$2.47
130851Pinwheels on Parade Kit$7.95$3.97
126027Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
131227Providences of Provinces Kit$7.95$3.97
130983Raspberry Splash Kit$7.95$3.97
118869Recipes By Design Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
127163Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
130060Season By Season Kit$9.95$4.97
127587Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit$7.95$3.97
129605Special Delivery Bright Kit$7.95$3.97
129606Special Delivery Subtle Kit$7.95$3.97
127759Spice Cake Kit$5.95$2.97
130852Spring Break II Kit$9.95$4.97
129608Spring Fever Kit$7.95$3.97
130076Summer Happiness Kit$9.95$4.97
118464Summer Home Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
129601Summer Smooches Kit$9.95$4.97
124229Sunset Serenade Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
129339Sweet Shop Kit$9.95$4.97
129882Tea Time II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
132190That's a Wrap Kit$7.95$3.97
127431Tickets & Tags Kit$9.95$4.97
125757Tickets & Tokens II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
131217Topsy-Turvey Celebration Kit$9.95$4.97
121071Travel Journal Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
126022Travel Log Kit$9.95$4.97
129332Twitterpated Kit$9.95$4.97
129607Walk in the Park Kit$9.95$4.97
132567Winter Wonders Kit (released Oct. 30, 2012)$9.95$4.97
127609Wicked Fun Kit$9.95$4.97
131218Wonderfall Kit$7.95$3.97
120881Write Stuff II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
128883You're My Sunshine Kit$7.95$3.97

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sell-A-Stamp Spooktactular Promotion

I am so excited! Stampin' Up! is doing a one-day sale--15% OFF SALE on almost all of our stamps!  Sale is this Monday ONLY.Look through our catalogs and let me know which sets you need for Holiday projects, or any sets that have been on your wish list. Now is the time to order them!  (Hostess sets & "bundles" are not included in 15% off sale)

There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order!!!

Sale runs from 12:00 am (MT) and ends at 11:50 pm (MT) on Monday, October 29th only. 

Either order on-line or email me your order....if emailing it, you must do so by 8:00pm in order for me to get it placed in time for you!

(you can email me your order anytime between now and then and I will wait until Monday to place for it you!)

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, STAMPIN' UP! JUST MADE AVAILABLE MORE "SINGLE STAMPS!"  These are only available until January (test program) and are included in Monday's 15% off sale!!!

Here are the ones available:



Beginning Monday, there will be THREE FREE DOWNLOADS--available to anyone and everyone!!!!  You will have to go to my website to see what they are and to "download" them!  TOTALLY FREE--NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

Along with the FREE downloads, all DIGITAL KITS will be 50% off!

Digital sale goes from October 29 until November 5!
Check my website Monday morning for more details!!!

DON'T HAVE MY DIGITAL STUDIO???  You can even download a FREE 30 day trial for FREE!  Maybe next week is the time to do that, AND get the FREE downloads!!!

I know this has been a ton of information--if you are confused, need more info, or need help figuring anything out--make sure to call or email!!!

I am super excited about everything coming next week!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Merry Moments Christmas Card Class

Sign up now for this incredible class!!!  We will be creating 20 beautiful cards using half of the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit at this fun annual class.  Can you believe you get to make all 20 of these amazing cards for just $25?!?!?

I'm offering this class at two (and maybe more) locations.  Currently, the two dates scheduled are Friday, 11/19/12 at 6:00pm in my home and Sunday, 11/25/12 at 1:00pm in Shannon McVoy's home.  We are asking that you RSVP to 269-686-2349 or no later than Saturday, 11/2/12 to allow time for ordering and preparing supplies.  You will need to bring your own adhesive and scissors to complete the cards.

If the dates above don't work for you, consider booking the class in your home to enjoy with your friends.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Dad's Birthday Card

Rich and I took my dad and stepmom out for dinner this weekend to celebrate Dad's 63rd birthday.  I bought him a dark gray thermal Henley shirt, but wanted the presentation to go with the gift (you may have noticed I try to match the packaging and card with the gifts whenever I can).  I had seen this amazing card on someone's blog - it is a total CASE - and had to make it for him.  I used a white gift back from a dollar store and tied coordinating Stampin' Up! ribbons to the handle.

The card was super easy!!!  I cut the paper strips 1 3/8" x 5 3/8" and attached them to a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" cardstock, then ran it through the Big Shot in an embossing folder.  You could make this card with any cardstock and/or designer paper combination.  I will be sharing this technique with my club and team members soon!

Stamps:  Bring on the Cake
Paper:    Whisper White, Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Neutrals & Regals Designer Paper Stacks
Ink:        Basic Gray
Other:    Big Shot with Cevron Embossing Folder & Apothecary Accents Framelits, Neutrals Buttons, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Merry Christmas from Stampin' Up!

It's only October, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town!

For the month of October when you purchase this:

Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set &
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

OR this

Ornament Keepsakes Bundle & 
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

You will get this Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
for FREE!!!

These items are used to make the popular ornament
on the front of the Holiday Catalog.
You can order directly from my website by clicking the shop now button in the sidebar or by emailing me at or calling me at 269-686-2349.
Get a head start on your Christmas gifts and cards with these items!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Christmas Gift Class Day!!!

I'm so excited this morning - today is my annual Christmas Gift Class at Allegan United Methodist Church at 9:00.  I have 27 people signed up - more than ever before and we will be making 9 projects!  I still have supplies for 3 people if you want to show up - class fee is $20.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Playground for West Ward!!!

I know I've been posting a lot about school lately.  That is because I've been very busy with the beginning of the school year.  Yesterday, I helped pick out playground equipment and colors for the new playground that will be installed at our school.  They are saying the kids should be able to play on it before Thanksgiving- yippee!!!  I will share pictures of the awesome new playground after it is complete.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

National Talk Like A Pirate Day

Today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day so we are spending the day doing all kinds of fun pirate activities in my classroom.  Here is my attempt at cake decorating to celebrate the day - a treasure chest cake.  I will add more gold coins once I get to school (don't want them to slide off the board).  It is going to be a great day in Kindergarten - ahoy matey!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birthday Cards - Same Supplies, Different Stamps

Our newest great nephew has his first birthday party tomorrow.  I found the cutest little outfit for him and had to buy it because I had a stamp set that would make the perfect card to go with it.  Here is the card I designed.
Here is the entire grouping together.  I stamped the card, envelope, and gift bag to coordinate with the gift itself.
Our son also turned 24 today so I needed to make him a masculine birthday card.  The heavy equipment seemed a little juvenile, but I liked the basic design of the card so I pulled out a different stamp set and made a couple of minor changes to make his birthday card.
I hope he likes the card, but I'm afraid the $100 bill inside will be all that he cares about.

Stamps:  I Dig You, Affection Collection, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:    Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink:        Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede
Other:    Big Shot with Cevron Embosing Folder & Tasteful Trim Die, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kids Say The Funniest Things

I took my class to the Allegan County Fair today.  There were three energetic boys in my group who kept me on my toes all morning.

After visiting the "farmer for a day" exhibit (where they got to milk a little wooden cow), one boy leaned over to the other and said "I didn't know that the milk came from the nuts.  Did you know the milk came from the nuts?"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thank You Cards for Businesses

My friend Michelle Evans called me yesterday asking if I could help her design a customer thank you card to put in each of her orders for her new Grace Adele business.  Grace Adele is a new company in the Scentsy family brand that sells purses, jewelry, and other accessories.  She wondered if I had a stamp with purses and I found a long retired set "It's a Girl Thing".  I think it turned out cute for a quick, easy thank you.

Stamps:  It's a Girl Thing (retired)
Paper:    Whisper White, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:        Basic Black, Pacific Point, Markers:  Rich Razzleberry & Pacific Point
Other:    Big Shot with Adorning Accents Edgelits, Basic Rhinestones

If you would like help designing a personalized thank you for your business, please contact me at 269-686-2349.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FREE Ribbon With Every $40 You Order!!!

Promotion Details: For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!
Choose from the following ribbons:
  • Gumball Green 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126848
  • Midnight Muse 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126847
  • Primrose Petals 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844
  • Rasperry Ripple 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126845
  • Summer Starfruit 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon #126846
The Fine Print:
  • Any order type qualifies for this promotion-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.
  • This promotion has no limits-for every $40 you spend, you'll get a free package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Go crazy!
  • Sorry-hostess dollars don't count toward this promotion.
  • Although we're pretty sure we're not going to run out of ribbon, if everyone orders the same color, like Summer Starfruit we run the risk of going on backorder.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at

Monday, September 3, 2012

'Twas The Night Before Kindergarten,

when all through the class not a child was talking, there weren't any there.

 The name tags were laid on the table with care, in hopes that the children soon would be there. 

 The new fish were swimming all happy in their tank, while visions of students danced in Mrs. Rogers' head.

 Mrs. Rogers' desk was sparkling all clean and neat (wonder how long that will last),

and the tables were ready for each child to take their new seat.

I'm sure you can tell from the poem and photos that I am very excited and ready to start school tomorrow.  I hope your children have a wonderful school year (if they are still in school). 

Special Christmas Card Class

Surprise and delight your friends and family with handmade Christmas cards this year.  During this quick, easy 1-2 hour class, you will make 20 adorable cards – each slightly different from the others – while making new friends and discovering a fun, creative outlet. 

Regular price for handmade cards at a class like this is about $2 per card, but through this special offer, you can make 20 cards for $20 – that’s just $1 per handmade card!!!  

Currently, all of these classes will be held in the community room at Cedar Trail Apartments behind the Kmart plaza at Drake and Stadium in Kalamazoo.  If there is enough interest, I would be happy to schedule a date near you at your convenience.

I’m currently offering three sessions –
Thursday, September 20th at 6:30
Monday, September 24th at 6:30
Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30

Paid registration is due by September 7th for the classes listed above.  You will need to email or call 269-720-9225 with which session you would like to attend.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

3D Convention Swaps

 Punch Art Owl York Mint Treat
by Linda Flemming
by Stephanie Agan

Fun Fold Card 
by Gail Emmons

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Still More Convention Swaps

 Carol Petty
 Pam Joel
Sandi Rule