Tuesday, November 16, 2010


As you've heard by now Stampin' Up! is offering the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital+Starter Kit at 50% off! For $87.50. I haven't seen an offer this fabulous at any time during the 5 years I've been a demo.

Just in case you aren't convinced this is the right time, here are the number's:Here's what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Standard Kit and the value of each:
1. Any $33.95 or lower Stamp Set

2. Any $28.95 or lower Stamp Set

3. Any $18.95 or lower Stamp Set

4. Any $9.95 or lower Stamp Set

Before we go on, note that the $87.50 kit cost has already paid for the 4 sets above valued at $91.80. That means EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE!!!!!!

5. $19.95 Brights Patterns Designer Series paper stack (OR color of your choice) FREE

6. $16.95 Stampin' Scrub® FREE

7. $8.95 Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE

8. $8.95 VersaMark® pad (OR ink pad at the same or lower price) FREE

9. $8.50 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice) FREE

10. $7.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE

11. $6.95 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE

12. $6.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price) FREE

13. $6.95 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price) FREE

14. $6.50 Fast Flowers Stampin' Around® wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice) FREE

15. $5.95 Stampin' Around Self Inking Handle (standard) FREE

16. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

17. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

18. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

19. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

20. $5.25 Uninked Cartridge (standard) FREE

21. $4.50 Stampin' Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE

22. $3.95 Stampin' Dimensionals® FREE

23. $3.50 Stampin' Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE

24. $3.50 Stampin' Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE

25. $3.32 Blender pen (single) FREE

26. $2.95 Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (OR color of your choice) FREE

27. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE

28. $1.17 Stamping sponge (single) FREE

29. Catalogs ($29.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

And were you thinking about getting My Digital Studio, maybe for Christmas?

Here's what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Digital + Kit and the value of each:
1. $79.95 My Digital Studio™ software* (see description of this product below)

2. $8.50 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)

Before we go on, note that the $87.50 kit cost has paid for the My Digital Studio software & card stock above. That means EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE!!!!!!
3. Any $26.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE

4. Any $18.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE

5. Any $7.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE

6. $16.95 Stampin' Scrub® FREE

7. $8.95 Brights Designer buttons FREE

8. $7.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE

9. $6.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price) FREE

10. $6.95 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE

11. $6.95 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price FREE

12. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

13. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

14. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

15. $5.95 Classic Stampin' Pad® (color of your choice) FREE

16. $4.95 Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE

17. $4.95 Glue Dots® FREE

18. $4.50 Stampin' Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE

19. $3.95 Stampin' Dimensionals® FREE

20. $3.50 Stampin' Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE

21. $3.50 Stampin' Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE

22. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE

23. Catalogs ($29.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

If you know someone who would love this AMAZING deal, please share this email with them.
Join me today!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Results from Tuesday's Blitz

Taken directly from the SU! demo website:

Book-a-thon Buzz
October 13, 2010
The Workshop Book-a-Thon was a tremendous success! We exceeded our goal of 5,000 bookings with a whopping 5,511. We congratulate and thank every demonstrator who participated, and commend your hard work.

The names of all participants will be featured in a future current update. Participants will also receive the Candy Cane Lane Photo Card Kit and the new Buttons Buttons Set from the Occasions Mini. Stay tuned for details about collecting your award. In that current update, we'll also announce winners of several $100 catalog shopping sprees.

Again, we are thrilled with the results of our first-ever book-a-thon. We look forward to hearing about your upcoming workshops!

So cool! Thanks to everyone who responded to my personal plea. I'm really looking forward to your workshops!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

MEGA Clearance Rack!

Over 200 new items have been added to the Clearance Rack this morning!
Big Shot dies for $7.99.
Spools of ribbon for $2.99
Designer Series Paper packs!
Cardstock. Ink Pads. Brads, eyelets---it's takes almost 20 pages!
Supplies are limited. The best way to make sure you get what you'd like is to shop directly through my website at www.monicagargac.stampinup.net

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Going to the dogs...

Our neighbors totally saved the vacation when they agreed to watch Max for us after the unfortunate cat-astrophe.

Such a cute set and it's so easy to use! Thanks to SU! for offering catalog sets during SAB earlier this year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Accents and Elements Card Class

Accents and Elements Die-cut Card Class
Sept. 14 7pm at Donato's on Norton Rd.
$18, includes envelopes
Bring adhesive

Only 6 spots left. RSVP today.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Crafting Tote to New Recruits

Dates: September 1-October 18, 2010, or while supplies last

New recruits who join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator during the promotion period will receive a FREE craft tote (valued at $39.95) with the purchase of their Starter Kit.

Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Description
100% twill nylon exterior; 100% nylon interior
Dimensions: 15-3/4" x 7-5/8" x 8-7/8"
Includes attachable shoulder strap for easy transport
Center section fits 12" x 12" card stock, Craft Keepers, and Paper Cutter
Outside pockets fit extra-large punches perfectly
Outside flap pockets offer secure spot for accessories
Back zipper pocket holds up to seven Stampin' Pads
Some of the benefits of being a SU! demo:
** The value of the Starter Kit--Valued at over $310, the Starter Kit is a steal at only $175! The kit is customizable to suit your personal crafting style.
20 percent discount on all products.
See and purchase new Stampin' Up! products first.
Access to myriad of project ideas on the Demonstrator Web Site and in the monthly Stampin' Success magazine.
Invitation to Stampin' Up! events, where you can learn from fellow successful demonstrators and Stampin' Up! staff.
Become part of a world-wide stamping family!
An additional 10% off your fist qualifying order if placed within 45 days of joining.
Low minimums each quarter
Opportunities to earn FREE PRODUCT

Season's Greetings Stash Class #1 rescheduled!

Sept. 7 6:30-8:30 at my house.

12 cards/envelopes for $18, prepaid. $60 if you prepay for all 4 classes. $9.00 will be applied to any purchases made the night of class.

Spots are limited to 6 for this class.

Upcoming Season's Greeting Stash Classes are Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Stamp Sauna and a three-week update

Yep, that was the temp in my stamp room this afternoon. I haven't been in my room for more than three weeks (gasp! I know!) and this is what greeted me when I finally got up there earlier.

Where have I been? OMG! August has been crazy around here. After the katalog kick-off party, it was non-stop!

My Father-in-law Ray's 80th birthday party in Pemberville on Sunday, Aug 8.
Drop Reagan off at Kelly's Island for Military Kid's camp on Monday, Aug. 9, drive home.
Wednesday, Aug. 11 Kim and her boy came over for some stamping.
Thursday, packed up for the weekend in Toledo and the week of camping.
Friday, Aug. 13, the kids, Max the dog and I drove to meet Uncle Tony to get life preservers and pick up Reagan at camp. Head to Aunt Kim's for the weekend. Get to Kim's; all is well. Go get ice cream. All is horrible; Max killed one of Kim's cats while we were gone. His welcome mat for staying there during our trip is revoked. I drive home that night with Max; kids stay with Kim. Arrange for dog sitter while on the road.
Saturday, Aug. 14, tidy up the house and finish packing for trip. Coordinate with neighbor girl for Max; head back to Toledo for Mitch's 25th HS reunion. Kim still has the kids. HS reunion is wonderful and we have a great time.
Sunday, Aug. 15, pack up jeep and head north for our camping trip. Camp at a state park around Grayling--it's COLD!
Monday, Aug. 16, we head north and west to Watersmeet, Michigan.
Tuesday, Aug. 17, we canoe into our campsite and remote camp till Saturday. This one sentence doesn't do the trip justice. It was awesome! Mitch wants to move there.
Saturday, Aug. 21, we canoe back, tour a waterfall and start driving home.
We get home late Sunday night and spend Monday Aug. 23 unpacking, doing laundry and putting stuff away.
Monday night, Aug. 23, kids' meet the teacher night at school.
Tuesday, Aug. 24, first day of school for R and B.

Today was the first day I've been able to get to my stamp room. I've been in cleaning mode since I haven't really done anything all summer--I've been too busy playing with the kids!

Getting ready for the Season's Greetings Stash class tomorrow night. Two of the three cards.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cross Creek Block Watch Community Picnic

I'll be hosting a table at the Cross Creek Block Watch picnic tomorrow evening. It's the third year I've had a table and this year, Beth will be coming also. It's always a great family adventure.

Start with about 500 people. Add in free food from Chick-fil-a and goodies from Target.

Hilliard police and fire departments always put on a great demo. Horses running full speed around the park. Police dogs taking a man down. The fire trucks putting the laddrs way up. The kids have a great time running the sirens ALL NIGHT LONG!

Then the raffle ticket guy starts announcing the winners of the raffle drawings.

All in all, it's a great time. I always have such fun talking with everyone who stops by my table. I do try to take a moment and walk around to the other vendors also and chat.

Stop by and chat for a bit.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Katalog Kick-Off and Stamp sale is today!

I'm not sure I'll have enough room for everything! I have enough super cool swaps and sneaky peeks from Convention to fill a table. Then there are the 4 BOXES full of stamps for sale. Can't forget the DSP, accessories, ribbon, class kits...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Random pictures from Convention

Beth had the Prize Patrol winning band! 3 Conventions and no Prize Patrol for me. If you'd like to win something from the Prize Patrol, then come with me! So far those who come with me are VERY LUCKY!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Check in Day

We picked up our bags and stamp sets, hit Memento Mall (where we can buy SU! products not available anywhere else. I forgot to take a picture before I packed up my new craft tote and a few other way cool things!)

The office and distribution center in Riverton is so beautiful. We had a great tour of SLC then headed south to Riverton for a quick tour of the facility.

Then we headed back to SLC for a dinner with the women behind Class in a Flash, a fanastic resource for people who like unique classes and projects.

It was a full day, leading up to a fun night groovin' with the SU! staff at the Groovy Party.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Convention is over and I made it home!

I have a ton of pictures from my 5 days in Salt Lake City. The internet at the hotel wasn't cooperating AT ALL and I was too lazy to go downstairs to post anything.

OMG! I had the Best time at Convention. Awesome classes, demonstrations, meeting new people from around the country and Canada. So many great ideas that I can't wait to share with you.

I'm still recovering from the trip home, and haven't downloaded the last of the pictures from my camera. But let's see what I did get done....

Hmmm, here we go. We had delays getting out of Cincinnati due to some thunderstorms so we were really late getting into SLC. Grabbed some dinner, then crashed. But couldn't sleep on Weds. morning. Woke up early and watched the sun rise over the mountains.

We headed to the Salt Palace (which Beth thought was a palace made out of salt! Ha!Ha!) to pick up our bags and stamp sets.

So much went on, so I'll spread them out a bit!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Last one before I head out for Salt Lake City!

I had about 20 of the embossed ovals in my scrap bin from another project that I can't remember why I did them, but I used these up for some general swaps to have on hand in SLC. I used the color coach for the cards with the Going Gray backgrounds and I had those cardfronts in the scrapb in also. Add some rhinestone brads and 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and it was done. I did a few on Old Olive backgrounds (which I like more, but I'm not keeping the GG ones!)

I've been to the bank, the library and the post office. I am (mostly) packed. Swaps are finished. And my kids and my sister know the plan for the rest of the week. I will NOT be up till the wee hours in my stamp sauna tonight! It's a record!

I have about 35 more swaps in various stages that I'll take along and put together on the plane.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A few more Convention swaps!

Here's another technique swap. This one is brayered background.

I made these fabric flowers using the Blossom Party Die and various fabrics I found in the clearance bin. Bowling Green colors, baby! Can't go wrong.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Getting Ready for Convention!

Everyone gets the same bag. Now, it's cool to see thousands of people carrying the same bag, but sometimes it's hard not to pick up the wrong one. So I made these for my roommate gifts.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2010 Convention technique swaps

I signed up for a few organized swaps during Convention. I like this kind of swap because I know exactly how many swaps to make and that I'll get quality examples back.

I choose Faux Paper lantern, Wax Resist, Embossed Reinker Spread and Brayered Background Sky.

So far I have these finished:
Embossed Reinker Spread

Faux paper lantern

Wax paper resist:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I should have warned you-----

That once school is out, I go into a summer slow-down. Well, a slow-down in certain areas. Posting seems to be an area that has fallen into that tomorrow category. My SU! newsletters are also in that category--but that's another story.

At the beginning of the summer, we didn't have much on the calendar. That has quickly changed! With the kids a bit older, we seem to split our time between the pool, the movies and bowling. I have to say it's a better gig than going to an office everyday!

The last weekend in June we took the kids out to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to visit an old family friend who was retiring with 20 years service. I've been to many Army retirements over the years and Steve's Air Force group totally outdid themselves! It was amazing! Then we spent some time sight-seeing in St. Louis. We toured the Arch and the Anheiser-Busch Brewery before heading home.

Then it was the annual Gargac Backyard Camp-out over the 4th of July weekend. We headed up to Toledo and set up camp on Friday. Our hosts, BIL Matt and SIL Jill, sure know how to hold a party. Over the course of the weekend, 76 people visited and 44 camped out at least one night. It was so much fun! I had my camera, but didn't take a single picture during the weekend, but I took this one of the kids on the way home.

Reagan's birthday was next. She seems to get a week of birthday fun.

Yesterday we went to the Madison County Fair. It's a tradition. The kids and I have been every year--even when Mitch was in Iraq. Again, with the kids a bit older, it was so much fun! They rode every ride they could! Aunt Cici went and was the "adult" when the kids weren't quite tall enough to go on their own.

I'll post my stamping projects that I'm working on for Convention tomorrow.

Friday, June 11, 2010

PMS Night is on!

After a 9-month hiatus from my monthly PMS Night at Donato's on Norton Rd, we are back on for this Sunday! I'm so excited to be doing this again! Come and make this sweet gift bag. All supplies and an instruction sheet provided for $3.00. Patterns of Designer Series Paper will vary. No need to RSVP for PMS Night, unless you are making the bag.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

End of the Year Gifts

Using the fabulous (but retiring) Cottage Wall DSP I made up a set of cards and a little gift bag for the kids' teachers and the bus driver.

The cards used the one sheet wonder philosphy using the Butterfly punch, Beautiful Butterflies BS die and the Circle Fire Rhinestone brads as accents.

I used the template found on Lyssa Zwolanek's blog

Come to PMS Night this Sunday at Donato's on Norton and make one of these sweet bags.

Summer Mini Swaps

Go, Graduate and Elements of Style and the medium jewelry tag punch are featured on this great card by Mel Kulig.
Bouquet Bunch and gorgeous Bermuda Bay cardstock (on sale right now while supplies last) and DSP in Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay were featured on this card by Melanie Wysong.
Favorite Thoughts and Greenhouse Garden are paired with Autumn Traditions DSP (retiring this month) on this sweet card by Sandy Haynes. This is a great example of a card layout that would be easy to mass produce, but be a great card.

The wheel builder Candle Crazy and stamp set Party Hearty were used by Lorene Inouye on this cheerful card. She also showed a great way to use DSP is a economical way yet still showing the great 2-sided versatility. Here she used Island Oasis DSP from the summer mini.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Mini Swaps

A Little Bit of Magic (Toni Turbride) and Tropical Party (Michelle Fischer) are featured in this picture.

Celebrate (retiring this month) Tropical Party(Peggy Lucas); King of the Grill(Sandy Hoefakker) are featured here.
The DSP behind the King of the Grill stamp is the new Travel Journal DSP.
See the new awesome Square Lattice Embossing Folder. Toni also used Bitty Buttons and the Tiny Tag from the mini.

More to come...off to make a wedding card that's later today!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Chance Wheels and cartridges

Stampin' Around Wheels that are being retired:

109689 22 Batty jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50
108017 25 Arachnophobia Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
112479 31 Jolly Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
115621 45 Hearts O' Plenty Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
111252 48 Forever Flowers Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
115121 50 Romance Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
107213 51 Scatter Sunshine jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50
111258 76 Nursery Letters jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50
113119 83 Scary Skulls Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
112476 101 Bella's Border Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
113835 105 Sweet Serenity Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
111201 106 It's Beautiful jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50
111251 109 Perfect Fit Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
109691 120 Little Bits Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
110334 122 Boho Friend Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 6.50
113832 125 Symphony jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50
105957 204 Bold Snowflakes jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 0% $ 8.50

Cartridge Colors and Sizes that are leaving us:

103674 156 Brilliant Blue jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
100871 156 Brilliant Blue Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
102496 156 Chocolate Chip Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
100714 156 Close to Cocoa Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103676 156 Glorious Green jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
102212 156 Glorious Green Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103677 156 Lovely Lilac jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
103672 156 More Mustard jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105203 156 Pixie Pink Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103673 156 Ruby Red jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
103670 156 Old Olive jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105200 156 Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
102996 156 Real Red Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103675 156 Real Red jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
101199 156 Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
105199 157 Always Artichoke Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103662 157 Ballet Blue jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
102305 157 Ballet Blue Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
105206 157 Bashful Blue jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105204 157 Bashful Blue Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
105207 157 Bravo Burgundy jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105197 157 Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
105205 157 Handsome Hunter jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105198 157 Handsome Hunter Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
101812 157 Lavender Lace Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103667 157 Mellow Moss jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
103666 157 Perfect Plum jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
105201 157 So Saffron Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
105194 157 Certainly Celery Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25
103664 157 Night of Navy Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
103668 157 Pretty in Pink jumbo Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 7.50
100562 157 Pretty in Pink Stampin' Around cartridge 0% $ 5.25

Remember, these wheels and cartridges are only available in June while supplies last, and we expect them to sell out within a couple of days if not sooner.
Shop today at

Retiring Sizzix Dies---Get them before they are gone!

114529 196 Birds & Branches Sizzlits Decorative Strip die 0% $ 19.95
113442 196 Daisy Flower Sizzlits die 0% $ 4.95
113454 196 Flowers Sizzlits Decorative Strip die 0% $ 19.95
113455 196 Loopy Flowers Sizzlits Decorative Strip die 0% $ 19.95
113444 196 Sparkle Sizzlits die 0% $ 4.95
113446 197 Build a Flower #2 Sizzlits die set 0% $ 19.95
113447 197 Spring Flowers Sizzlits die set 0% $ 19.95
113457 198 Tulipe Bigz die 0% $ 21.95
113465 199 Bird w/ Leaves and Flower Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
113471 199 Build a Flower Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
114522 199 Decorative Accent #2 Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
113470 199 Flower Layers w/ Leaf Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
114524 199 Fringed Flower Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
113467 199 Petal Card Bigz die 0% $ 19.95
114519 201 Bag w/ Scallops Bigz XL die 0% $ 34.95
116759 201 Pop‐Up 3D Ball Bigz XL die 0% $ 39.95
114527 202 Flower Layers #3 Originals die 0% $ 15.95
113458 202 Flower Layers Originals die 0% $ 15.95

The above Sizzix products are leaving our catalog forever this month! Available only in June while supplies last, make sure you visit my website

Retiring DSP, Ribbon and Accessories are on Sale!

ALL of our current Double-Sided Designer Series Papers, Card Kits and Simply Scrappin' Kits are retiring and will be first come, first served. The prices below are the sale price.

Some of the BEST DSP is on sale!

115671 160 Cottage Wall Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46
115672 160 Merry Moments Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46
115677 161 Cast‐A‐Spell Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46
115678 161 Tall Tales Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46
115675 162 Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46

113992 162 Tea Party Designer Series paper (12" x 12") 25% $ 7.46

Our two birthday kits are 50% off!

116214 174 Princess party kit 50% $ 7.98

116213 175 Pirate party kit 50% $ 7.98

And a selection of the retiring embellishments are also on special:

112571 178 Circle Designer brads 50% $ 2.98
112572 178 Star Designer brads 50% $ 2.98
112581 179 1/2" Library clips 50% $ 3.48
114348 179 Basic Jumbo grommets 50% $ 3.48
114349 179 Basic Small grommets 50% $ 3.48
114345 181 Basic Gray corduroy buttons 50% $ 4.98
114339 181 Chocolate Chip corduroy buttons 50% $ 4.98
116313 181 * Playground Designer buttons 50% $ 3.98
116312 181 * Sherbet Designer buttons 50% $ 3.98
109108 178 Antique Brass Build‐A‐Brad 25% $ 7.46
112583 179 * Flower Assortment Designer brads 25% $ 5.21
114301 180 Sweet Sticky Cuts 25% $ 6.71
114333 181 * Button Latte Designer buttons 25% $ 5.96
114340 181 Kraft corduroy buttons 25% $ 7.46
114342 181 Pumpkin Pie corduroy buttons 25% $ 7.46

114343 181 Summer Sun corduroy buttons 25% $ 7.46

Other notable things that are retiring include the Light Table and all Classy Brass Templates; all rub-ons; all of our buttons including courduroy; and all the Polka Dotted In Color ribbon; If you are interested in the complete 11-page file of everything that is retiring, which includes this year's In Colors, all the colors affected by the Color Renovation, and the Craft ink pads and refills, email me at zwolaneks@att.net and I will email you the most current file. This Accessories List will be updated daily with sold-out items, so again, I urge you not to wait to place your order.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Chance Stamp Set prediction contest ends tomorrow!

Have you emailed me your list of this year's predictions? No, then better get looking through that catalog and email me today! Tomorrow at 5pm is the deadline for this year's contest.

The person with the most correct predictions will receive a coupon for a free Classic Ink pad of their choice--which can be used in July to get one of the new colors being offered!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fiskars Trimmers

But not the Fiskars trimmer that I'd LIKE to be using.

Ever since I noticed this tag the other day, I've been waiting to post this. Too funny.

I've been cleaning up the fenceline on the road side of the yard the past few days. As the temps got higher, I kept asking myself why I didn't do this back in April when it was in the 50s!

But it's mostly finished. The rest can be done with a weed whacker. It looks so much better.

I got Summer Mini swaps back, so that will be coming up.....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More Notecards and Elements of Style

My two oldests' teachers love purple. This was made with them in mind. I sent some homemade pumpkin muffins in to the kids' teachers last week and sent these notecards in with them.

Here's another idea using the spotlighting technique.

Last night's class made these notecards. So fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Notecard Kit Class

Here are 5 sets of notecards made up for end-of-the-year teacher gifts. Super easy and quick.

Colors used are Going Gray and the current In-colors (Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango). All notecards used the stamp set Elements of Style.

The notecards and envelopes are one of the best deals in the catalog: 20 notecards and envelopes for $5.95!

The main stamped image is the size of a trading card 21/2 x 31/2. This means you can get 10 cuts for every sheet.

(template from Mirkwood designs http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/tcdiag.htm)

Such an economical way to thank your teacher's this year.


Here's one card we'll be making at the FOR THE GUYS card class next week. It uses the great Ala Carte stamp from the summer mini. We'll also be using the Ala Carte stamp Motorcycle. FAB for those hard to make guy cards.

Other cards that will also be offered: Adult birthday, Father's Day, boy birthday, baby.

Be sure to reserve your spot by Friday, May 21 so I have enough card kits ready for you.
20 cards, $20.

Monday, May 10, 2010

What exactly is a "Crank and Fill" class?

I got my idea for the "Crank and Fill" class the other day when Beth was over and she let me use her new large flower punch and the Texturz plates #4--both of which I don't own. I proceed to punch out a bunch of flowers in different color cs/dsp and then used the texturz plates to make some embossed cardfronts.
I made up these cards for my MOM Connection leaders

I just "cranked" out a bunch of images/punches/embossed cardfronts to "fill" my box.

Here is my "Crank and Fill" Box


I was in a swap awhile back that did the same thing and I received stamped cardfronts of sets that I don't own, but have been able to make some great cards out of since then. Like this one using "As Close as a Memory":

and this set of 10 cards that came as a one-sheet wonder. I was able to make up these cards in less than an hour because the main image had already been stamped!

So much fun!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Color Renovation!

Stampin' Up! will be releasing 5 new colors AND bringing back 10 In Colors from years past!

As of July, this is what the color palette available from SU! will look like:

What a FABULOUS announcement from Stampin' Up!

You see some long-time favorites and several new fresh, amazing colors that compliment each collection. These color collections will be availabe for everyone on July 1, BUT if you are a demonstrator, you can order these new colors EARLY.

5 New Colors: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso (See chart above)

10 Returning In Colors: Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, River Rock, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi (See Chart above)

As you can tell, there has been some major shifting of colors between families.

These colors are retiring and won't be available after June 30.

WOW! I'm going to miss some of the colors, but I've learned that SU! knows color and I've always trusted that the colors will work well together. SOOOOOOO excited to see the new colors in person!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Check out the Clearance Section on the SU! Website!

Click on Store in the right-hand corner, then click on the Clearance Section.

Amazing deals.

Simply scrapping kits for $8.00. Packs of Designer Series paper for $4.00!

These are retired products, so supplies are limited and when they run out,they are out!

Be sure to choose a demonstrator to receive the best price. These deals can be combined with this month's promotions and an other product available through the catalogs, including Decor Elements. My anniversary special includes Clearance section products,but you will receive your discount through the mail because the website doesn;t recognize personal discounts.

My 5th Anniversary!

April 5 was my official SU! Anniversary. 5 years ago I said I would do this as long as I was having fun. It's more fun now than it was then---cause I have more goodies and friends to play with!

And I'm celebrating!

Place an order anytime during the month of April and receive 5% off.
Place an order anytime during my Anniversary week (April 5-11) and receive 10% off.

Book and host a workshop in April and receive $5.00 additional hostess dollars, plus the hostess gifts that I bring.

Join my team in April and receive your choice of $30.00 towards your first order placed within 45 days OR $30.00 off your Starter Kit (a 15% discount!)

WOW! Where have I been?

Ok, those snow days threw me off and I haven't gotten back into anything yet.

Where have I been?

Making 27 of the Build-a-Bear magnetic dress-up tins and 3 sets of cards.

I've been crafting--just not posting.

The kids are back to school after a wonderful Spring Break, but my To-do list is still really long.

More to come......

Friday, February 19, 2010

A week of snow days!

My kids FINALLY were able to go back to school yesterday after having more than a week off of school.

This has been a crazy few weeks. Two weeks ago (today) the kids were sent home early because the weather was getting nasty. We got between 6-8 inches during that storm. Cleaned up the drive, the kids had skating and life was normal. We woke up to a two-hour delay and Cadence had no school. Monday night the snow began again. No school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday were called off because our county was under a Level 2--which was called off about 5 minutes after school was called on thursday! Friday was a scheduled day off for conferences. Kim and gang made it down from Toledo for the weekend. We had a great time skating and sledding! They headed home Sunday night, just a few hours ahead of another storm! Monday was off for the holiday and more snow fell Monday night--another 6-8 inches! No school Tuesday and Wednesday AGAIN! I'm not sure who was more excited to go back to school--me or the kids!

Yesterday was spent tidying up the house, laundry and some stamping! Finalizing projects for the retreat and March's classes.

Here we go!

Here is the Forget-Me-Not card keeper.

(retired DSP, Bashful Blue stitched ribbon)

This class includes the Forget-me-not keeper, a pack of Designer Series Paper (Cottage Wall, Thoroughtly Modern or Tea Party), ribbon, sticky strip and extras. You have the choice of making your keeper to organize by catagory or by month (calendars included). Just let me know which DSP and which type of keeper you will make.

Magnetic Build a Bears!

10 Card One Sheet Wonder. Each attendee will receive the templates and directions via email so they can create 10 beautiful cards in a flash.
This is an example using the I {heart} hearts set that is featured in the Haitian relief effort.

Each attendee will have the choice of color scheme: Bordering blue, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip or Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose (which are this the color combos for this month). As seen in the examples below.

(Retired DSP and retired Daisy stamp set)

If you are attending the retreat, you will already have completed these classes!