Home from Founder’s

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I flew on Sunday from Las Vegas to Buffalo, NY to go to my mom’s to pick up the kids.  Then we had to get up at 3 AM!!! to get our flight.  I thought yesterday was going to be pretty much a waste of a day…but I came home all inspired by the break and being around all those awesome demonstrators!  I worked some yesterday…today is the day I’m having trouble getting in the groove!

I thought I would share a few more photos of the great time I had.

Dinner with demos including my very good friend Anna-Marie Still and her sweet little guy.

Our closing dinner was a surprise.  Stampin’ Up loaded us on buses and drove us away!  We arrived at Snow Canyon for dinner and a movie on the lawn!  This is the place they filmed High School Musical II.  They had chairs set up for us with a blanket that we got to take home with us and lots of goodies!  Pizza, popcorn, candy and soda!

Meg Loven, Aly Shilling and Me with our Chenille Pink Blankies!

Rolled up DSP for a popcorn holder…how clever! 

And notice the banner made out of our Pennant die for the Big Shot!

A final photo of me and my good friend, Kim Allen who is also my downline.  She was the #94 Demonstrator of the Year and I am so proud of her!  She has worked her business so hard and soooo deserved this wonderful trip and honor!  You rock, Kim!

Totally Techniques

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Check out this fun 6×6 Technique page.  It was from a swap this summer at Covention.  We swapped 20 Technique Pages and now have a great reference book to showcase and refer back to.  Awesome!

One day while talking to a few of my new downline, we decided that this would be a great thing to make as a group.  So I am trying out a new event with my downline.  In October, and possibly once each quarter, we will get together and complete 6 Technique Pages.  They can be bound together or put in one of our 6×6 scrapbooks. 

If you would like more information about becoming a demonstrator and joining the SUpreme Stampers group, please contact me!

From St. George, Utah

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Yesterday was another great day here at Founder’s Circle.

The day started out finishing swaps…we made 130 cards to trade with each other!  Holy cow!  I hope you will join me at one of my next events to see all these wonderful Holiday cards!  Shelli even stopped by to visit and work on her own!

Next, I hung out at the pool for a while, then went on a mad shopping spree with a couple of friends.  I will not go into detail here just in case hubby is eavesdropping here!

One thing I will show you is the pjs I found.  I bought a pair for myself, and my downline Kim that also made Founder’s Circle!  Can you just die!  The pjs match the theme and decor so perfectly!

There were yummy snacks and here is my wonderful Canadian friend, Lynsay, helping herself to a Rootbeer float.  How fun!

How gorgeous is THIS!  At the pj party we each received a pen and notepad.  Awesome!

The surprises didn’t stop there.  Upon returing to our rooms, we each found a beautiful PINK leather wallet on our beds.

How many times as an adult do we get this princess treatment and all these wonderful surprises!  I am so thankful for Stampin’ UP, my customers, my downline and my family that supports me.  Ok, I’m getting sappy and sound like I’m accepting an emmy or something..hehe!

Talk about surprises!  I was a bit sick today while we were out visiting the manufacturing facility in Kanab and missed the tour…I was sleeping on the couch at the plant!  Guess it was altitude sickness…anyways, there was just a knock on the door.  It was a little goodie bag with a note saying sorry you’re sick, a sprite and tomato soup from the front desk of the hotel.  Wow!  How cool is THAT!?

Founder’s Circle

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I really was not planning to post while on my trip to St. George, Utah while attending Stampin’ Up’s Founder’s Circle Retreat, but I just got so darned excited I had to share!

SU is super fantastic about surprises and we’ve alreay had several since arriving this afternoon.  What a great way for me to end 3 travel days out of the last 4…we flew home from Disney on Sunday, I flew the kids to Rochester, NY on Tues. then flew to Utah from Buffalo this morning.

But enought of that…on to the surprises!

We were greeted at the door to our rooms with this beauty!  Our names on a beautiful plaque…and guess what!? My name is die cut out of vinyl!  WooHOOOO!  This sure got a squeal out of me.

This is my hotel room…and guess what??!  Giggle***it’s just for me!

The next surprise was in the Gathering Place.  They had these super terrific totally cute candy carts set up!   There is a little tin pail for each of us tied with our new Pink Pirouette ribbon and we can load up on the candy anytime of the day all weekend long!  Yipeeeeee!

Next I found my upline, Karin and my downline, Kim at the Pool.  How cool is that!?  All 3 of us were in the Top 100 Demonstrators of the Year!

STAMPS!!!  We played a little game and each got a new stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Dinner was elegant and wonderful.

Upon returning to the room after dinner, we had these goodie hanging in our bathrooms.  And guess what was inside!!!!!!!???  A new stamp set along with ink pads and a roll of ribbon.  Delish!!!!!!!  This caused me to squeal yet again.

Tomorrow I will hang by the pool, relax and maybe do a little shopping.

Don’t forget if you need stampin’ supplies in a hurry, you can order here under Shop Now.  The first 5 orders over $50 will get a goodie bag from me!

Happy stamping and thank you so much for supporting my business!

Catherine

Online Ordering is here!

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Now you can order from me any time, day or night, through my Demonstrator Business Web Site! Whether you wake up in the middle of the night with the perfect plan for the perfect project, decided to finally buy those great products you saw demonstrated at your last workshop, or just need to make party invitations with no time for a workshop, it’s no problem. You can simply order from me online!

Simply click on the Shop Now button in the top right hand corner and start shoppin’!

SPECIAL!  The first 5 people that use the online ordering and place a $50 order will get a special goodie pack in the mail with a sampler of ribbon, designer series paper and some card samples!

Gift Certificates

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Looking for the perfect gift?  This is easy…purchase a gift certificate for Stampin’ Up product!  It will be all ready for gift giving…and yes, you can forward this link to your husband…Christmas is coming sooner than you think!

Let your friends and family know you’d like a Stampin’ Up Gift Certificate as a gift this Christamas!

(Please note – Gift certificates purchase through me, are only redeemable through me.)

To purchase a Stampin’ Up Gift Certificate, simply contact me with the amount of gift certificate you would like to purchase. I take check, credit card or paypal for payment.   Once your payment is received, the gift certificate and envelope will be mailed to you directly.

Halloween Happenin’s

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The girls and I started making some cutie stuff for Halloween.  I was inspired when I went to Convention and saw these candy cups demonstrated on stage.  I get so many terrific ideas when I attend Stampin’ Up events…the next one is on Nov. 8 in Va. Beach…let me know if you want to join me! Demonstrators along with customers are invited to attend!

This project is quick and fun…and cheap!  The candy cup is made from 2″ of a toilet paper roll, or if you’re like my husband and think that is totally gross, you can use a paper towel roll, LOL!

I cut 2 pieces of our new Ghostly Greetings DSP to a notch over 2″ x 5 1/4.  I ran my SNAIL along the top and bottom, breaking my rule of “a little goes a long way” and used quite a bit…then I just adhered it to the cardboard.  For the inside piece, add some SNAIL, roll it up and stick it inside.

I used my scallop circle punch to punch out a piece of coordinating cardstock to adhere to the bottom.  I ran a tad bit of Crystal Effects around the rim, then stuck it to my scallop circle.  Next punch a hole through a strip of DSP and the cup for the handle.

Viola!  You have a cute candy cup!  And if you make a bunch of them, you have a candy cup tree!

I wrapped a piece of the DSP around the vase, added a ribbon and a coordinating stamp and scallop punch, then the kids filled the vase with Peppermint Patties.

BTW- Just so you don’t think I’m a nut…I was able to figure out how to write a post and schedule it to publish in the future!  So even though we are in Disney World, I am able to post every couple days to share stampin’ stuff with you!

Disney Bound

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Well, we are scheduled to leave for Disney World Friday at 3 pm.  We are keeping a close eye on Hanna right now.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.  We will be heading south as she is heading north.

I was thinking the other day about the fact that if I didn’t have this Stampin’ Up Business, we wouldn’t be able to afford a 9 day vacation with 3 kids in Disney.

Then I thought if I hadn’t found SU, would I have worked another job to make the $ to do some of the things we are able to now…my thought was, NO!  I wouldn’t work so we could go have fun!  That kinda cracked me up..because this is work, but it hardly ever feels like work!

Imagine your husband putting the kids to bed, and a bunch of friends come over for an evening of stamping…AND you get paid for it!  That’s what I do about 5 times each month!  How much fun is that….now, because this is my job, I have to tell you if you think this is intriguing, let me know and we can chat about whether SU would be a fit for you!  You might just get a job you love, too!

On to the stamping…before we head out to the magic place, let me share…

I received this card in the mail a couple months ago and was delighted when I opened it.  It was from the CEO and Co-founder of Stampin’ Up, Shelli Gardner!  It was a thankyou note for serving on the Advisory Board.  It uses some of our Brocade stamp sets, Always Artichoke, So Saffron and half back pearls from the Pretties Kit.  I love it!

Be sure to look for my monthly newsletter with a While I’m Gone Special.  If you do not currently receive my newsletter, feel free to sign up for it right on this site!

It’s beginning to look a bit like…

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fall!  In comes my friend, Kimberly again!  She has inspired me to get playing with some of my Halloween goodies!  My new Ghostly Greetings Designer Series paper just arrived the other day and miraculously I got a moment to play.

This is one of my favorite projects that I have been admiring for almost a year now and have never made myself.  I took York Peppermint Patties, punched out DSP with my scallop punch, stamped my image from Batty for You, punched out with my 1 1/4″ circle punch and glued it all together.

I put it all in a cello bag (yes, sold by SU!), ran my DSP through the Big Shot with our exclusive Top Note die cut (my fav right now), folded it in half, stapled and tied some of the new, wonderful Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain ribbon around it.

One thing I have been doing lately is choosing a pack of DSP, then using that as a springboard to pick my coordinating colors of cardstock, ink, ribbon, brads, etc.  I love how easy SU makes it for us to have fabulous looking projects with little effort and no art degree!  LOL!

Home Decor in the Stamp Room

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I got the Create definition a while back, but wanted to wait until I had my stamp room a bit more in order before putting it up.

It was pretty easy to do, and I coupled it with the Organic Outlines.  I love what it adds to the room!

The Packaging!

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I got a special delivery today…early this morning the doorbell rang and Eva went running to the door.  It was Mr. Brown with something for me!  It was my travel documents from Stampin’ Up for the Founder’s Circle in September!

I squealed with delight when I opened the package.  How pretty is this?

Inside:

We will be flying in to Vegas, then will be transported to St. George, Utah for an all expense paid vay-cay-shon!  WooHOO!

What I am looking forward to most is the time I will spend with some of the Stampin’ Up staff and friends I have made with demonstrators all across the country and Canada over the past few years.    I can’t wait to share the photos with you!

Creating Keepsakes voting

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Time to Vote! 2009 Creating Keepsakes’ Readers’ Choice Award 
 
Stampin’ Up! has a long tradition of being recognized for our fantastic stamping products. And once again we’ve been nominated in several categories for the Creating Keepsakes’ Readers’ Choice awards! Help maintain the tradition by casting your vote for your favorite products online. Voting ends Friday, Sept 15, 2008, so don’t miss your chance. If you haven’t voted already, we encourage you to cast your votes today.

Crank out those Cards!

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It’s time for my first Christmas Card Crank…there will be one each month through Oct. on the 25th.  Registration for Monday’s class closes tomorrow, so head on over to the events page to sign up!  You can even get this class to go.  I will send you all your pieces stamped, you just assemble!

I worked on the cards yesterday and had a bit of trouble getting into the spirit!  Here is a sneak peek.

I had no problem with the Chocolate and Red card using Deer Friends (ahem!  You can get that one for free when you host a workshop for me!  hint, hint…)  I LOVE that card!  Gingerbread Men, gingham ribbon, oh, yeah!

Then, I am just smitten with the ornament in the new Holiday Trinkets stamp set…and I always have to do at least one card in pink.  Love me some pink Christmas cards!

So, I stamped the ornament in craft ink and threw on some Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder and viola!  A sparkly pink ornament.  love, love…it also needed a bow.  So I used last year’s silver cord.  shh!  It’s not available right now..check Oct. 1 in the mini catalog.

Here is the first attempt:

My friend Erika said, “well…I’m not sure what that Rose Red strip is for.”  What’s it for??!!  It’s to look pretty!  Geez, what’s with her?  Then she said, “it needs to be striped”.   All I had was some striped Pretty in Pink and that was just too pink for her.  I just couldn’t win.

So here is attempt #2.

I liked this one a bit better, but didn’t have Erika here to approve.  So here is attempt #3, and guess what!?  The 3rd one’s a charm!  What do you think?  You can’t tell, but the ornament is stamped on the delicious Shimmery White cardstock.

Click on the title of this post, scroll down and leave me a comment.  So far, I think I’m here alone!

Creating Keepsakes & Big Shot

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I was a vendor with a few of my friends this weekend at the Creating Keepsakes Convention and boy, was it a blast!  All kinds of crazy scrapper girls from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and even West Virginia and Georgia!

We decided that we would have a make and take featuring the Watercolor Crayons (I know you’ve been thinking about them!  E-mail me and I’ll place your order for these to die for babies!!) and the Big Shot die cut machine.  The gals colored (with the Always Artichoke, More Mustard and Ruby Red Watercolor Crayons) directly on the stamp  from Inspired by Nature, spritzed it with water, then stamped their image on So Saffron cardstock.  Then we ran it through the Big Shot using the exclusive to Stampin’ Up Top Note die.  I LOVE this one!

Here is the finished scrapbook page featuring the make and take element.

And here is the facing page…now don’t be distracted by the beautiful child!  Check out the artwork!  Awesome, huh!!??   LOL

Check back in the next couple days for the promotion I will be running for you to preorder your very own Big Shot die cut machine with exclusive Stampin’ Up dies!!!

Click here to download the brochure.

One of the things that I love the most about the Big Shot is the impressive list of things it cuts through!  Imagine having an letter…die cut it with chipboard and Designer Series Paper…no tracing, cutting, sanding!  Viola!  It’s done!  Check out this list:

Big Shot Approved Materials

Cut through the following 50 materials using steel rule dies and your Big Shot machine. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials.

  • Brass (.055)
  • Light weight steel
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Aircraft plywood (1/64″)
  • Basswood (1/16″)
  • Balsa (3/32″)
  • Paperwood
  • Mat board (adhesive or none)
  • Chipboard
  • Fabric
  • Silicone
  • Foam with chipboard (.1)
  • Corrugated pad
  • Adhesive-backed cork
  • Fine sandpaper (.00)
  • Strene
  • Extra thick template plastic
  • Template plastic
  • Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Sheet foam
  • Friendly (jewelry) plastic
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Ruffleboard
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Quilt batting
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
  • Heat n’ shrink plastic
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
  • Pop-up sponge
  • Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
  • 3-D illusionary plastic
  • Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
  • Suede paper
  • Funky fur
  • Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
  • Shaggy plush felt
  • Canvas
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Shelf lining
  • Placement
  • Embossing rubber
  • Thin leather
  • Gasket material