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!

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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?


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.

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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

I came home with goodies!

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Did I show you all these goodies yet?  This is all the stuff I came home from Convention with.  New stamp sets, there were 12 of them..yup…12…holy schnikes!  And fun make and takes.

I hope you will join me soon to help me stamp with all of these fun, new stamps!

Here is an adorable Christmas card using the new Flower For All Seasons.  It also has a super cute flower pot with a lady bug and sunflowers and another with a cutie little frog on it.  Oh, my!  TOO CUTE!

 I watercolored this one and used Garden Green and the new Riding Hood Red.  How couldya not love that name???

Big Shot is here

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I am positively beat from the weekend!  I had an Open House with my downline on Saturday and Sunday and there were about 150 stampers total in attendance.  It was super fun, but whew!  I'm tired!  Unfortunately, my camera was left at home…but I do have some fun stuff to share!

Friday afternoon, Mr. Brown arrived with this:

The brand new Big Shot die cut machine!  Oh, my!  First I was scared of it.  What in the world do you do with all these things?

I quickly found that it is VERY easy to use and Amy, Janet and I whipped up some great projects with it.

Yes, crafting is messy…a wonderful mess though, don'tchathink?

This is my favorite die.  The Top Note.  This is exclusive to SU and you won't find it anywhere else!

This is the Top Note die cut and folded in half for a topper.  Cute, yup!  I know!  Then I embellished it with some of the flowers from Build a Flower die.

Another card using Build a Flower.  I also used the new colors, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DSP and the Heard from the Heart stamp set.

One last sample using the Birds and Blooms Sizzlet.

What is my favorite thing about the Big Shot?  You can cut through 50 different materials!  Including CHIPBOARD!  Do I hear a woooHOOOO!!!???  So now you can make your own chipboard elements, then die cut the DSP or cardstock the same exact shape, glue it on and it's perfect! 

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WoooHooo Catalogs

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20 cases of catalogs arrived on my front door step!  WooHOOOOO!  Thank you, Mr. Brown!  I really only need about 10 cases right now, but I will be at the Creating Keepsakes Convention next weekend.  If you're in or near Charlotte, come see me!

My favorite things from this new wonderful catalog?  The new ribbons…can't wait to get my hands on those!  the new clips and filigree brads and the Simply Scrappin' kits.  I have liked the ones in the past, but I have to admit I haven't loved them.  I think there are a few here that I could LOVE.

If you're not in one of my clubs or an upcoming hostess, purchase the catalog for $10 and get a $10 coupon for your first order!  E-mail me and I”ll get it right out to you.

Happy Convention

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Happy, happy from Convention!  I have a few ties for what I'm most happy about…

SU will carry the Big Shot Die Cut machine by Sizzex very soon…mine should arrive later this week!

Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO is starting her own blog, www.soshelli.com.  Be sure to check it out and visit her challenge page.  I can't wait to see some of the winning entries.  Customers and Demos can enter!

In the next catalog, ALL stamp sets will be die cut!

I came home with 12 brand new stamp sets.

SU is has a new Spanish Language catalog.

Ok…I'm saving the best news for last…

One of my downline and very close friend, Kim Allen got a Founder's Circle bag and is Demonstrator of the Year #94!   She has worked so hard to build a great business with a loyal customer base and a terrific downline.  This was such excting and amazing news, I could hardly contain myself!  Congrats to her!

For several months leading up to Convention, I begged my husband to join me in Salt Lake City because it was my outgoing Advisory Board year and I wanted him to be there with me.  I was thrilled when we began making plans for him to join me.

Then for my big surprise, I was even more thrilled that he was with me when I was named the #5 Demonstrator for Sr. Associate promotions and the #7 top Demo for Sr. Supervisor promotions in my first level downline.

Then, I was astounded to be named the overall #4 Top Demo of the year.  Wow!  Thanks to my downline, my customers and my family for supporting me and cheering me on as I grow my business and have a blast while doing it!  It wasn't exactly sure where I would place this year and when they named #11 and it wasn't me, I just put my head down on his shoulder and said, “oh, my goodness…I'm in the Top 10”  What a dream come true.

Randall said my hands were so clammy and sweaty and I could feel my heart beating so hard as they called #10, #9, #8 …all the way to #5.  Then next name was mine.  We were both so thrilled!

I teased my husband tonight that Stampin' Up is my rich boyfriend!  I came home with a necklace AND bracelet from Tiffany, a crystal paperweight from Tiffany for my AB year, a dozen roses, a diamond necklace and a gorgeous pink leather purse.  Holy cow am I getting spoiled! 

And it doesn't end there…my boyfriend..uhem!  I mean Stampin' Up is taking me (and Kim!) on an all-expense paid trip to St. George, Utah from Sept. 17 – 22.  I can't wait!

Here I am with Kim right after she called me to tell me she got her bag.  I raced over to the Convention Center to tackle her in my excitement.  What joy!

What a night!

Top 10 Demonstrators for Sr. Assoc. Promotions

Top 10 Demonstrators for Sr. Assoc. Promotions

Excited?  Or just a fruit loop?  I was having fun either way!

Excited? Or just a fruit loop? I was having fun either way!

Home from Convention!

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It was a long, but TERRIFIC 6 days out in Salt Lake City!  I just arrived home a bit ago and wanted to sneak in a post before going to bed.

Stampin' Up has a beautiful new catalog!  Join me this weekend to kick it off at my New Catalog Premier…Saturday in Cary, NC and Sunday in Raleigh, NC.  There will be a few specials, you can pick up your new catalog and make a few projects with new stamp sets and new colors.  I hope you will join me!
If you can't and you would like to reserve your copy of our Award Winning Idea Book and Catalog, e-mail me!

My friend, Cheryl, took this photo of me…guess I was pretty happy about something.  Not sure what, because it was a pretty happy 6 days.  How much fun we had…I'll fill you in on some more later.  Check back with me!

Convention here I come!

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Last week a few gals from my downline came over to work on swap cards.  We had a great time stamping, socializing and dreaming of what SU has in store for us!

Janet, Nerissa, Amy, Christine and Merri.


Marcia, Tracey, Christy, Rhonda and Stephanie

Marcia, Tracey, Christy, Rhonda and Stephanie

Oooh!  Look at those fine swaps!

Oooh! Look at those fine swaps!

Amy's got her's under control!

Amy's got her's under control!

Jessie and I showing off the little nugget purses I was making for teacher gifts.

Jessie and I showing off the little nugget purses I was making for teacher gifts.

Here are the purses.

Here are the purses.


Merri working hard on her WAY adorable swaps!

Merri working hard on her WAY adorable swaps!

We leave first thing in the morning…be sure to check back for Convention updates!

Soft Sky bye-bye

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oooh…how much do I love, love Soft Sky!?  It is a perfect, light gorgeous blue.  And it's retiring. 

I had an order for a Gift Certificate the other day and I made a really cute folder for it.

I basically just cut an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock 1/2″ wider than the GC.  Then scored a few inches in, then scored again the length of the GC plus a 1/2″.  Hope that makes sense.

Then, I cut a piece of Soft Sky Designer Series paper (retiring), mounted it on Blue Bayou cardstock (retiring), set a jumbo eyelet (NOT retiring) and tied Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon (retiring) around it all.

Here is the inside:

If you would like to give one of these as a gift, let me know!  They are available in any denomination.

Happy stamping!

Bud Basics

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Remember I need to give some love to the retiring stamps!?  Well, here's a little love for Bud Basics.  I got this for free a couple years ago on the Stampin' Up cruise…oooh, I love me some free stamps!

This is Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery…don't they make a fabulous color combo?

On the background, I wheeled the Basics Outline in Chocolate Chip.  The thing I love the most about this set and wheel is that you can wheel Basics Outline in black or brown, then use the stamps from the set to stamp the inside of the flower in a fun color!
This set will no longer be available on August 10 and the wheel is available while supplies last.  E-mail me to order!

Retiring Accessories that are SOLD OUT:

  • Brushed Copper CS
  • River Rock and Wild Wasabi ink refills
  • Antique Brass and Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware
  • Double Stitched Ribbon in Blue Bayou, Groovey Guava and Purely Pomegranate
  • Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl
  • Three for You punch box
  • Simply Sent: Simple Delights, Three Thoughts
  • A La Carte Jumbo Wheel

 See the rest of the list here.