Monday, December 28, 2009

Dormant List Stamp sets are retiring

Out of sight, out of mind. That has been the case for the dormant list sets. These are the sets that have been available for purchase, but weren't in the big Idea Book because of space issues.

The sets on the list will not be available after Jan. 4th.

This wonderful card created by Frances Heinle was featured on the SU! demo website Stamper's Showcase. It features two sets that are retiring Jan. 4: Backwoods and Hit the Road.

The dormant sets:
Item Number Stamp Set

113407 Back Woods
114492 Beautiful Baby
114486 Birthday Wish
113200 Branch Out
114496 Celebrations
113732 Central Park
113206 Classic Sketches
113226 Classy & Fabulous
114498 Flowers in Silhouette
113405 Font of You
113216 For the Bride
114494 Forever
109425 Friend by Definition
114488 Fun Flowers
113716 Garden Greetings
114490 Glad Friends
111580 Grand Soiree
113242 Hit the Road
113710 Lexicon of Leaves
113236 Man's Best Friend
114423 Ocean Commotion
113728 Playful Petals
109276 Polka Dot
111544 Putt Putt
113240 Quilt Quips
113754 Really Retro
113403 Sip by Sip
113726 Sweet Stems
113250 That's Funny
113688 Wonderful Watercolors
114028 Para la novia
114032 Acuarelas Maravillosas

I'm offering 15% off any of these sets through Jan. 4. If you order online through my SU! website , I will send you a refund of the difference because the website doesn's recognize my specials.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hostess Appreciation Dinner Invites

Here are the invitations I sent to this year's hostesses for the Appreciation Dinner.

The bleached Upsy Daisy were stamped a while ago and were in my stash of things to use. So I used those up. I tried to design all my invites using scraps from my bins. I was able to make up all the invites using scraps and parts from other card designs to make up all the invites except the card bases. Love that. My scrapbins are still really full. Time to send some punched wishes through SCS Wish List.

Each card was spritzed with the Platinum Shimmer mist (fill a 2oz bottle of 70% alcohol and add a few drops of the Shimmer ink. Shake and spritz. Let dry. Awesome!

Friday was the dinner. It seemed to be Date night for most of my hostesses, but I had a good turn out. Thankfully they were very understanding---I was not feeling very stampy this past week; Mitch was out of town and I still had to cut everything while the ladies were here. They ate too quickly!

I'll post those pictures later.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Heart-shaped Treat Cups!

Heart Treat Cups (#120435) and the coordinating Sweetheart stamp set (#120415) will be available for purchase by demonstrators and customers on January 5, 2010.

While this is not a limited-time offer, we are not certain how long the initial inventory (earmarked for Valentine's Day) will remain in stock. It is possible that the Heart Treat Cups may be backordered for a short time prior to Valentine's Day.

The coordinating Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes (#116802) and the Full Heart punch (#113693) are available for purchase now.

Stampin' Up! is going clear!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber 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.

Our new clear-mount rubber 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 rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp 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.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

november's Customer Appreciation Winners

November's Customer Appreciation winner is Alesa. She will receive the current Level 1 stamp set "Pattern Pines".

Cindy T. is the winner of the bonus November Customer appreciation stamp set. Each person who placed an order this month of more than $50.00 was entered into this special drawing. I'm so thankful to be able to offer this wonderful stamp set. Normally, you would have to host a workshop with sales of $300.00 or more to be able to get this set.
Thanks everyone for a great month!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Plan Your Party NOW for Sale-a-Bration and win $20.00 in Product!

Sale-A-Bration is the promotion during which Stampin' Up! rewards customers with a free specially designed Sale-A-Bration stamp set or other item with each $50 (before tax & shipping) purchase!

Sale-A-Bration (January 5th-March 31st) is the perfect time to host a Stampin’ Up! Party. I’ve seen the fantastic options—You will NOT be disappointed. (Some of you will receive the Spring Mini catalog (44 fun-filled pages) and Sale-A-Bration brochure in the mail, but I will have extras here too-Just let me know.)

Why now? Through Monday, Nov. 23 at 8pm, I am offering EXTRA hostess dollars on the night (or day) of your party to the FIRST FIVE of you to respond to my email, phone call or FB post and select a January or February date and time for a Party! Hostesses 6 and above will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to use at any time for either product or class fees.

The FIRST person to schedule will receive $20 EXTRA hostess dollars from me. The Second person to book will receive $15 in EXTRA hostess dollars, and the THIRD, FORTH AND FIFTH person will receive $10 EXTRA from me in addition to any hostess dollars she would regularly receive from Stampin’ Up! (Benefits from SU! begin at just a $150 total-pre-tax and shipping.)

What could you choose with your winnings? Stamps, Ink, Cardstock (8-1/2 X 11 or 12 X 12), Double-sided Scrapbooking paper or kits, buttons, brads or ribbons, an address stamp, punches, die cuts, scissors and more!

I hope you'll agree that this plan is easy (ABC and 123) and fun! So what do you need to know before you commit to this creativity party? That your guests will have fun and leave with worthwhile cards! Just call me if you have any questions!

A. "A" guest list (I can provide you with a 40 guests in 40 minutes worksheet!)B. "B"uy a snack and drink
C. "C"hoose a day & time and then, my house or yours?

1. One and a half hours
2. Two projects
3. $3.00! Each person pays $3 for materials (free with purchase of $15.00 or more, club members' and their guests are not charged)

Additional benefits of being a SU! hostess of mine:
** You receive the Idea Book and Catalog for free.
** You receive seasonal minis and SAB catalog mailed to you directly.
** You are also invited to my exclusive invitation-only Hostess Appreciation Dinner and Stamping evening in June. (If you host a party before Dec. 11, 2009, then you will be invited to dinner THIS YEAR! This includes catalog shows.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Workshop projects

Here are samples of a few projects that hostesses can choose from during the next few weeks.

The witch's hat box made into a Santa. Again, LOVE the punches.

A gift card holder using a medium envelope cut in half. It has a pocket for the card and a pocket for a little note.

And cards:

More will be posted later this week.

Sts. Simon and Jude craft bazaar is this weekend. Raffle baskets and gifts.

November Customer Appreciation Drawing

In celebration of Stampin' Up! punches and the wonderful touches they add to our projects, I've chosen two different sets that coordinate with several punches.

November's Hostess Appreciation set is the retired Sale-a-Bration set Polka Dot Punches.

But you also have the chance to receive the current Level 2 hostess set Christmas Punch! Each person who places an order of $50.00 or more during November will get their name into a special drawing for this amazing hostess set!
Orders can be made either during a workshop, online, or by contacting me.

Two chances to receive some fantastic sets that coordinate with several punches.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

70 degree days in November in Ohio

70 degrees and mostly sunny in November in Ohio means working outside as much as you can before the nasty wet and cold weather comes back. Mitch has been working late so the kids and I have been cleaning the leaves and flowerbeds. Well, I've cleaned the leaves and flowerbeds; the kids have jumped in the leaf piles.

Since tonight is the first meeting for Punch Club, cleaning the house and working on projects were priority.


Starburst using the Tag and small tag punches. I'll have a tutorial on this later this week.

The issue is choosing the projects to feature. There are so many awesome projects using the punches. Punches are a key tool in my papercrafting toolkit.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October's Customer Appreciation Winner

October's winner of this beautiful Level 2 hostess set (retired) is Shaela H!

October has been a wonderful month all around and I'm feeling very blessed. So I had the random number generator pick another number for a punch template.

Deanna B is the winner of the very handy punch template.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous month!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Witch's Hat Treat Box Tutorial

Here are the directions to make the adorable Witch's Hat treat box. Now be nice--this is my first tutorial! Let me know if you have any questions.

Suppies needed:
bone folder
ruler or straight edge
SU! grid paper
hole punch
Stamps and such to decorate

1. Cut a 4x11" strip CS.
2. Mark each end at the 2" mark.

3. Fold cs in half.
4. Using straight edge, score from fold line to center mark on both ends.

(note: lines were drawn for visual only)

5. Flip over and stamp.
6. Flip over again and fold all score marks using bone folder to get crisp lines. You will see the box shape take form.

7. for Hat brim, cut a 1x7: strip. Stamp as needed.
8. Mark strip 2 inches from each end. Cut from corner to mark on diagonal.

9. attach to create brim. Add strip of DSP to decorate. Punch out "buckle" using the Curly Label punch (pg. 187, $15.95). Cut a small square and attach to buckle.

10. Punch holes at top of box. Thread ribbon through. Fill with treats, gift cards, coupons---the possiblities are endless!

Have fun!
(I originally saw this idea on Tami White's blog a few weeks ago)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just too Funny!

Ok, not anything to do with stamping, but this was too funny. I had watched these two hanging out in the field all morning from my stamp room window (Ok, here's the stamping relation!) They were playing in the field when I went to get Cadence from the bus. I was able to get my camera and get these shots, get her from the bus and show her.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Witch's Hat Treat box

This is one of the projects that we made at Alesa's workshop this past weekend. So easy!

One of the ladies said it would be super cute as a piece of candy corn. Brilliant!

This will be my teacher's gift this year. Cadence has 4 teachers and then the other two and maybe the principal.

I made up 5 boxes for my MOM Connection table mates this morning. This is one of those fabulous projects that can be finished in less than an hour. While the cheesy potatoes were baking, I made up 5 boxes, stuffed them with a small cello of Halloween M&M's, made up 4 more cellos for the Steering team, grabbed some cards to go with them, showered and was out the door in an hour 15 minutes. LOVE IT!

Today's project will be making the cookie cutter tags for the kids' classes and the teacher's boxes.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Frankie and Friends

My hostess this past weekend was interested in some projects using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot.

The Top Note die is one of the most versatile products that SU! offers.

Here are just a small sampling of Frankie and his friends. I cased these from a fellow demo, Gretchen Barron. I have her blog flagged as a favorite.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

October's Customer Appreciation

This beautiful Level 2 Hostess Set (retired) is this month's Customer Appreciation set.

Everyone who places an order, hosts an in-home class/workshop, attends a class, joins a club will get a ticket with their name on it. On the first day of each month, my oldest daughter will choose one name. That person will receive this set as a thank-you for being a customer of mine.

I'm scheduling workshops and card classes through December. Contact me today as dates are limited. Get the date you want today!

Friday, October 23, 2009

One more 10-10-10 card

Imagine these colored and dusted with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Love this set. So easy to use.

More 10-10-10 card examples

Here are two other examples of the cards we made at the 10-10-10 a few weeks ago. The pumpkin was made with 3 wide oval punches in Pumpkin Pie, sponged on the edges. The stem is a free hand piece of Garden Green. The Garden Green swirl is from Baroque Motifs. Used the wonderful Teeny Tiny Wishes punched on the Word Window and layered on the Modern Label. Easy Peasy! You know how much I love my punches!

The other card uses the wonderful Build-a-Bear set, Beary Best Friends, in the Holiday mini (118052, $18.95). I also used the wonderful Circle Scissors Plus to create the circles. Handcut the hat to layer.

My Hostess made ME a gift!

My hostess last month made this holder using her new SU! supplies to dress up the homemade Buckeyes she had made. She adjusted the treat cover from the one that we made at her workshop to cover the longer bags. I was so touched! I love being a SU! demo. Because I'm a demo, I've met another wonderful woman and shared this wonderful hobby. I am blessed.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week #3 Oct. 19-25

Week 3 Deals of the Week

Item Description Special Price

114348 Basic Jumbo grommets $4.49

109857 Mini Library clips $8.99

112571 Circle Designer brads $3.99

112581 1/2" Library clips $3.99

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Be prepared to make all those Holiday cards

Cardstock in colors wanted for cards. Check.

Holiday stamps. Check

Ink pads, Watercolor crayons, Aquapainter. Check

Ribbon. Check

Dimensionals. Check

SNAIL. SNAIL? Not the garden creature that moves slowly; the adhesive roller that makes putting your cards together quickly. Nope.

Be ready for those marathod sessions of card and scrapbook making this season.

2 Options:

1 SNAIL and 5 permanent refills for the price of 5: $30.00

6 refills for the price of 5: $27.00.

This is a limited offer till the end of the month. Cannot be combined with workshop hostess orders.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit is so easy to use! Using 1/2 a kit and a bit of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, I made up 27 cards and 5 tags. In about 1 1/2 hours!

This class will be offered on November 18, either 9:30am or 7pm. RSVP and payment is needed by November 4 to have supplies in time.

You will receive 1/2 Christmas Jingle SS kit, 30 very Vanilla cardbases, 30 VV envelopes and a length of 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, directions and cutting guides for future use.

Bring adhesive. All other supplies included.

This is also offered as a class to go option, if you'd like to make these on your own time. Kit option offered now through Nov. 18.

Deal of the Week OCT 12-18

These Deal of the Week are FABO if you have/want the Big Shot!

Flowerburst Stampin' Up! Embosslit die $5.99

Perfect Setting Stampin' Up! BIGZ XL die $25.99

Three Tier Pop-Up BIGZ XL die $25.49

This deal is only available through Sunday night, either online through my website or email me to save a bit on shipping.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Berry Christmas from Holiday Mini

These two cards were made using the Berry Christmas set I received at the SU! Cincinnati regionals last month. Teeny Tiny Wishes was also used on the tree card---again a favorite!

It's a very easy set to use, creating quick and easy cards.

These are examples of cards that I'll be featuring at upcoming workshops later in October, November and early December.

Just imagine a gold star punched with the small star punch in brushed gold at the top of the tree card.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hostess gifts

Can you tell these adorable folders were once file folders?

Believe it. Take a file folder from SU!, cut and score and add a bit of sticky strip and you have an adorable folder that fits the junior legal pads perfectly!

I added the initial of the ladies that have reserved their spots in the hostess clubs. Crazy coincidence: I only needed to use the "S" and "M" letters from the Lovely Letters set. S and M, Ha! I crack myself up!

There are three spots in the Punch club and 5 in the Scrapbook club.

The punch club will begin in November and the scrapbook club will begin in December. Each club is every other month. For your commitment to either club of a $40.00 minimum order, you will receive a free Idea Book and Catalog and minis, a free class during each club month, at least $15.00 in free merchandise from any current catalog and a Level one stamp set/paper pack.

I'm working on a tutorial making these fabulous folders that will be posted soon.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10-10-10 cards

Here are a few examples of the cards we'll be making this weekend at the 10-10-10 card class at the Westland Area Library. Spots are still available, but registration will close Thursday evening.

Remember, the idea are cards that can be made in 10 minutes or less. Any of these would be great when needing to make a large quantity, like Christmas cards or thank-you cards for birthday gifts.
The card with the sleigh took 7 minutes to make! Emboss the image in black, sponge on Perfect Plum, Brocade Blue, and Night of Navy ink. Border edge the mat layer and that's it! This set is called Wandering Words, set of 3, and is found in the holiday mini.

Punches are always an easy way to make quick cards! Easy use for the ornament punch from the holiday mini, pg. 7. The red/white ornament is DSP from the Holiday mini called Christmas Cocoa (pg. 21) and is flocked! The white feels like soft felt. So tactile!

Here are two more:

Autumn Splendor from the Holiday mini, page 12, has become a favorite. Also uses Lovely Letters alphabet. I really like making cards using the one sheet wonder method.
Thoughts and Prayers is another wonderful set that is great to have on hand for those sympathy cards that we all need, but hate to make.

Some hints about the sets used on the other cards:
Upsy Daisy and chalkboard
The new Build a Bear set and the circle scissor plus
the 5-petal punch
Very Thankful--the Ronald McDonald House set
House of Haunts

I still have room for Saturday.

Think of it this way: You can drive to the store, spend an hour choosing cards for a few events, spending $2.00 a card plus more because you should pick up a few things while you're there.

Come to class, create 10 unique hand-stamped cards that will make the recipient feel even more special because YOU made their card.