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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stamp Club

So today was stamp club and it was very fun, as usual. I love seeing everyone and catching up with them. Here are some of the projects that we made today:

Sorry the pictures are not very good, my camera and I are not getting along well lately. Anyhow, the first one is a quick and easy card using Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss and Whisper White card stock. It also uses Lovely as a Tree and Many Merry Messages. We stamped in Artichoke ink and then added the white using white craft ink and an Aqua Painter.

The next one is stamped with the Autumn Splendor stamp set (new favorite) and shimmer paint mixed with a reinker. We then embossed it with clear embossing powder. We used soft suede and dusty durango card stock.

If you are interested in one of the stamp clubs, here are the details:
We meet on the second Thursday of the month at either 9:30 am OR 6:30 pm. Each month we make three projects, including a new technique. Each person puts in a $20 order each month and then we all take turns getting the hostess benefits. We meet for 6 - 8 months (depending on the number of participants). It is a very fun time and I have openings in both groups. Please contact me at or 810-694-5409 for more details.

Hope you all have a great evening!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

So Many Specials!!!

We have some awesome new things going on right now! First of all, the "Deals of the Week" special is back. Stampin' Up takes a few selected items and discounts them for all of us. Click HERE to see this weeks deals. They are also offering a new thing called "Clearance Rack". This is where you can purchase discontinued items at a discount. How awesome!

Next great promotion.....My Digital Studio Starter Kit! This great kit includes:
- My Digital Studio software
- Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
- Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
- Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
- Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pads
- Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
- Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
- Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
- Button Latte Designer buttons
- Stampin' Dimensionals
- Mini Glue Dots
- SNAIL Adhesive
- Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

Almost all items can be substituted! This is a fabulous kit!!! You will want this.

Lastly, I wanted to through a card in here for you all to see. This uses the Wandering Words stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. It was a swap I took a picture of at my Founder's Circle retreat. Unfortunately it was not one that I received so I do not know who to give credit to.

Have a fabulous day!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cool Halloween Cards

Good Morning All! I just wanted to show you a few really cool Halloween cards from my trip. This one is by Jane Wike. This uses the Pumpkin Patch stamp set out of the Holiday mini catalog. I love the look with the Scallop Square sizzix die.

The next one is by Tami White. She used the bleaching technique for the background and the body of the spider is a half back pearl (from the Pretties Kit) embossed with black embossing powder. Isn't this cool!!!

I will post more Halloween cards later.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Technique Tuesday

Tuesday, October 13th is my next technique class. We will be making Eight Terrific Techniques and putting them into a great little book with samples and directions for each technique. Need to put a little spunk into your stamping? Come and join me for the Techniques class. You will not believe how awesome your samples will be. This class will include $25 worth of product for you to take home and use in your stamping. The class cost is $32. Please make sure to RSVP and prepay by October 5th. The class is at my home from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Get more information here.

Class Options

Other Upcoming Classes:
20 Cards for $25 - Monday, September 28th 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
This is the most economical thing you will do all month! Come and make 20 cards for only $25! We will be making all occasion cards. The class includes a 10 yd roll of whisper white taffeta ribbon, card stock, embellishments and envelopes to complete your cards. Please bring your own scissors and adhesive. RSVP by September 27th.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Amazing Trip!!

I'm not even sure how to begin to describe my amazing trip to Utah this past week. Stampin' Up really knows how to treat their demonstrators! This is me at the factory in Kanab. I got to watch them make the stamps we stamp with!

Seriously....I definitely gained five pounds. How can you not with all this candy.

As many times as I've talked to Shelli, I have never gotten my picture taken with her. So this was really fun. She is truly a wonderful and amazing woman.

So on our last amazing night in St. George they put up all of these boards for us showing the stamp sets from our upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog! As if this weren't exciting enough....we got to pick any one we wanted to take home!!!! I was in shock because this is super top secret. Of course, I am sworn to secrecy, but that is half of the fun. Oh, I am going to work hard to make the next Founder's Circle trip!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Getaway Weekend

Well, Ian's hockey tournament finally came to an end yesterday afternoon in Melvindale (yeah, I didn't know where that was until yesterday either). I am so excited to say that they won EVERY GAME and of course the finals in their category. Ian was grinning from ear to ear. That's him in the yellow goalie pads in front. What a great ending to a very tiring weekend.

Speaking of weekend, my upline Ronda and I are having our 4th Getaway Weekend coming up this November. We are so excited about it and cannot wait to getaway with you all. The pictures are of one of my optional classes that is offered at the weekend. We will be making four gift bags and this adorable magnetic board.

Here are the details for the weekend:

Stamp & Scrap Getaway Weekend

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Come and enjoy some special time just for you. Whether you come for the weekend, the night or just during the day, you will absolutely love what we have planned for you!

Great reasons to stamp and scrap with us:
• 6 feet of table space
• Demonstrations of new and upcoming products
• Goody bag filled with $60 in product!
• Little gifts made especially for you throughout the weekend
• Optional classes
• 100’s of samples to copy
• Four make-n-takes
• Fun atmosphere with tons of games and prizes to keep you motivated
• Great snacks and meals
• Punch station, tons of stamp sets, sizzix station, ink station, all of the tools and accessories, and more!
• Raffles and Silent auction
• Coffee and tea service

Bonus: Bring a first time friend and you will receive a $20 gift certificate to be used at the weekend!!!

November 6th – 8th
Quality Inn University
3121 E. Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48912

For more information or pricing contact Melissa Roberts at

Friday, September 11, 2009

Whirlwind Week!

So, I was doing so good with my posts last week....and then school started. I thought this would free me up a little, but goodness have I been crazy busy this week!! Amelia also started ballet class on Wednesday and Luc starts hockey tomorrow. Not to mention that Ian, has a hockey tournament this weekend. I guess this is why I am a Stampin' Up demonstrator instead of a 9 to 5er.

The first picture is from my last card class. It uses the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder for the Big Shot. It also uses Almost Amethyst and Basic Gray card stock. I used the white gel pen on the center of the flowers.

The next card was from my Christmas Card club last month. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month. I still have a few openings in the evening session and lots of openings for the 1:00 session if you are interested.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mosquito Drama

Good Morning Ladies!

I wanted to share a few cards I've made recently. The first one is from the new "Beary Best Friends" stamp set. I also used the Pawsitively Prints designer series paper. I love this product line, and as I've mentioned before, my kids love it too.

The other card was copied from a swap I received at convention. The card base is pumpkin pie and then the flower is also die cut, using the flower Daisies #2 die, with pumpkin pie card stock. The ribbon is Rose Red double stitched grosgrain and the center of the flower is a white 5/8' jumbo brad. The sentiment uses the Thank You Kindly stamp set with Rose Red ink.

I hope you enjoy it. We are off again today trying to avoid the gorgeous outside. My kids are so bitten up by the mosquitoes that I have been trying to do indoor activities. I probably won't be able to stand it again today and will just load them up with bug spray and send them out. Hopefully they won't think Luc has chicken pox on his first day of school :)

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Last Night's Open House

Here are the cards that we made at the Holiday Mini Catalog open house last night. I think my kids had more fun than anyone else making the Build-a-bear cards. I'm so excited about the new mini catalog. There are some really awesome new products and product lines in the catalog. And we just found out that My Digital Studio (our new digital scrapbooking software) will be available on October 1st! I was a little skeptical about digital scrapbooking myself, but I am in love with this software after seeing it at convention. There is so much that you can do with it.

Only a few more days left until the kids start school (well, Luc at least). I am looking forward to seeing my big boy go to kindergarten. I still can't believe he is going to be at school all day. This will be a HUGE change in our lives. He is also starting hockey on the 12th and Amelia is starting dance on the 9th. Add this to my older son, Ian's travel hockey schedule and I think I am going to be a zombie this year. Like we weren't busy enough already!! Wish me luck!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Holiday Mini Catalog is Here!!

Are you ready for some fabulously fun new holiday products? Well, here they are! From now until January 4, 2009!

You'll find Sweet Treat Cups, Halloween Stamps and Ideas, Seasonal Autumn and Winter Products, New Ornament Punch, tons of Big Shot Dies and more!

PLUS: There are two new hostess stamp sets that you make choose from (along with the main catalog.) A level one & a level two.

In addition, Stampin' Up! is launching several new product lines in the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog:

1. Simply Adorned Charms and Chains: Currently not available to order. Coming Soon! Watch for further announcements

2. Build-A-Bear Workshop: Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Build-A-Bear Workshop to you an exciting and exclusive collections of stamps, designer series paper and Sizzix dies!

3. My Digital Studio: Use Stampin' Up! exclusive images in this innovative and easy-to-use software studio to make cards, photo albums, scrapbooks, calendars, etc. Available starting October 1st.

Download: 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog
Download: 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog Stampin' Supplies

If you have not received your holiday mini catalog yet, don't worry. They should be in the mail in the next few days. Sorry for the delay.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Founder's Circle

This year I was invited on Stampin' Up's Founder's Circle trip. This is an awesome trip and a great honor. I will get to spend time with all of the top demonstrators in the company....which means I will be getting some great ideas to share with you!!

Anyhow, we have to make 120 swap cards if we want to participate in the swap (which I do, of course). Here is the card that I made. The technique is called the Magic Snowflake technique. For this technique you simply emboss a snowflake (I used "Serene Snowflakes" from the holiday mini) with white embossing powder on glossy card stock. Then, you dab a cotton ball in rubbing alchohol and add two drops of reinker from two different colors. I used Night of Navy and Brocade Blue. Then you dab the cotton ball all over the glossy card stock. You then take your heat tool and run it over the glossy again. This makes the snowflake reappear. It is so cool and no two cards are alike. I hope you enjoy this sample!


Don't Miss It!

Today is the last day to RSVP for the following:

Holiday Mini Catalog Open House
Wednesday, Sep 2nd
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Be one of the first to get a sneak peek at the new stamp sets and accessories from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This new mini catalog is really awesome and you will even get to make three free make-n-takes. Come out for a FREE night of fun. I will have a raffle and there will be a ton of samples for you to see. There will even be some specials for anyone who places an order. Make sure to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept 1st.
Nature's Silhouette Wow ClassWednesday, Sep 9th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
We will be making four incredible cards using the Nature's Silhouette stamp set. You will absolutely love the cards we will make with this class. And you will learn some incredible new techniques when making these cards. Please RSVP by September 1st to receive your stamp set the night of the class or by September 8th to get your stamp set later. Make sure to bring scissors and adhesive. The cost for the class is $29 and includes the Nature's Silhouette stamp set, card stock, envelopes and all embellishments needed to make the projects.
Sweet Centers Class
Wednesday, Sep 9th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Come and make three awesome cards and one other project using our all new Sweet Centers stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog (pg 6). These are cards you will absolutely love to hand out, and the best part is that you will have the stamp set to make them again!!
RSVP by September 1st in order to get your stamp set on the night of the class or by September 8th to receive your stamps after the class. The cost is $37 and includes the Sweet Centers stamp set and all card stock, envelopes, sweet treat cups and embellishments needed to complete your project.

Monday, August 31, 2009

School Days

Here are my scrapbook pages for this month. They use the new "Write Stuff" specialty paper. I am going to put pictures in them after my little boy goes off to kindergarten next week. I cannot believe that he is already going to school!!! It makes me kind of sad and I am sure that Amelia will be lonely since her big brother will be gone all day long.

Hope you enjoy the pages!

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Stamps and Colors

Here is a picture of one of the cute new stamp sets in the catalog. This card uses the Animal Stories stamp set along with the new Bermuda Bay Paper.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today is the Day!

The new catalog arrives today! I cannot wait for all of you to see it. It's amazing. You can come by and grab a copy for $5 or I would be happy to send one out to you. OR you can come to my Catalog Release Party and garage sale on Monday, July 20th to get one for FREE.

Here are the details:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Highlights of the event:
- You will be one of the FIRST to see the new idea book & catalog and you will receive a free copy for attending.
- There will be two special make-n-takes using stamp sets and papers from the new catalog.
- There will be an awesome raffle
- Great snacks and drinks, not my typical brownies.
- BEST OF ALL: you will get the first opportunity to get my retired stamp sets. I will be selling all of my retired stamp sets at face value and whatever amount you spend on retired sets you will get FREE out of the new catalog! This means if you buy a retired set for $12.95, you can get a new set valued at 12.95 for free. This is the best deal you’ll ever get on our high quality stamps & accessories.
- The opportunity to earn goodies from me when you spend $50 or more!
Please RSVP by Saturday, July 18th
Bring adhesive and scissors

Bring a first time friend and you will get a new In Color ink pad for FREE!!!!

Deal of the Week!

Stampin' Up! has announced they will have a different 'Deal of the Week' each week during July. That's 5 special offers we can choose from. Be sure to check my Stampin' Up! website here each Monday in July after 10 am to see what the Deal of the Week is.

The first 'Deal of the Week' is the Scallop Edge punch.
I bet many of you already have this awesome punch, but if you don't this is the time to get it for sure.
It's only $10.99 from July 1st - July 5th.

I will be placing an order on Sunday night so let me know if you'd like to take advantage of this deal!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Upcoming Classes

Eight Terrific Techniques - Tuesday, June 2nd from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Need to put a little spunk into your stamping? Come and join me for the Techniques class. We will be learning eight different techniques that will add so much to your stamping and scrapbooking. You will not believe how awesome your samples will be. This class will include $25 worth of product for you to take home and use in your stamping. The class cost is $32. RSVP and pay by May 31st. Please bring scissors and adhesive.

Scrapbook in a Day - Thursday, June 4th 10 am - 2 pm OR 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Make an entire 12 X 12 scrapbook in a DAY. Your fee will include the scrapbook starter kit (description below) which is: Any stamp set of your choice (up to 43.95), the Tailor Made OR Petal Party Simply Scrappin’ Kit, a package of 12 X 12 Earth Elements textured card stock, and any craft pad of your choice! This is a 96.03 value! and the class is ONLY 75.00!!!!! There are many, many more benefits to this deal, so make sure to contact me if you are interested. You will cherish this scrapbook for years!! Cost: $75 for the kit OR $35 for just the scrapbook pages. RSVP and pay by May 28th. Please bring scissors and adhesive.
Starter Kit Special
In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for only $75 with our limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit. The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains the following:
Item Code Description Retail Value
113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95
113059 Simply Scrappin' Petal Party $19.95
108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12" x 12") $11.95
105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad $7.50
*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $43.95 value.
Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. This Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stamper's Showcase

Good Morning! I have been a blogging slacker this week. I guess I was a little busier than I expected. Anyhow, I found this great card on stamper's showcase this morning. One of the great things about being a demonstrator is that you get fresh card samples every single day on the demonstrator website!!

On Your Birthday Stamp Set
Card Stock Kiwi Kiss 8 1/2 X 11
Card Stock Whisper White 8 1/2X11
Classic Stampin Pad Kiwi Kiss
Designer Buttons Button Bouquet
Pretties Kit
Glue Dots Mini

If you want new samples like this every day then take advantage of that great $75 starter kit.

You can even substitute the stamp set for a different one (up to a $43.95 value), the assorted card stock is any color family of your choice, any color craft ink pad, and any simply scrappin' kit!!! And if you pick the Petal Party or Tailor Made Simply scrappin' kit, you can make a free scrapbook with me using the supplies in your kit. I will have the whole scrapbook designed and all of the supplies pre-cut and ready to go. You will just bring your simply scrappin' kit and your assorted card stock and before you know you will have completed an entire 12 x 12 scrapbook! Call or e-mail me ( for more information on this great deal!

Starter Kit Questions and Answers!
When I decided to become a Stampin’Up demonstrator, I was just FULL of questions. Maybe you are, too. Here are some of the questions I asked as I considered my options:

Q: What are the benefits if I join Stampin’Up?
A: The benefits are many and vary from one demonstrator to the next. Some of the tangible benefits include:

* You can join Stampin'Up in May and get the $75 scrapbook based starter kit or get the regular starter kit! Check out the contents on page 14 of your Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. Of course, Stampin’Up allows you to select many substitutions in order to meet your stamping needs.

* You’ll get 30% off your first order of $150 or more placed within 45 days of signing up

* You'll get 20% off all future orders of Stampin’Up products. You can earn additional income (called a Volume Rebate) when your monthly sales are $300 or more. Your 20 % income (called instant income) combined with your volume rebate can reach up to 40% of your personal sales!

* You have the opportunity to pre-order select new and exciting SU products and accessories at least a month in advance of your customers! And often we get an even further discount on these items.

* Stampin’Up! Sends out a monthly magazine to all of its demonstrators called Stampin’Success. You will also have access to thousands of samples and ideas on the Stampin’Up! Demonstrator website. You will never have to worry about trying to come up with something all by yourself. Stampin’Up! makes it very easy for demonstrators who don’t have time to focus on originality!

* New friends and fun times attending Stampin’Up events like convention, regionals, and downline demonstrator meetings at my home quarterly. I can’t imagine my life without the friends I have made since becoming a demonstrator. That is truly a gift that I treasure dearly.

Q: Do I have to hold workshops?
A: There is no obligation to hold workshops or to even sell Stampin’Up! just because you’ve purchased a Starter Kit. It’s yours to enjoy any way you wish. Many demonstrators in Stampin’Up are hobbyists and enjoy selling to a few friends and getting their own products at cost.

Q: Are there “minimums?”
A: If you decide you want to remain an active demonstrator, a minimum of $300 in retail products sales per quarter is required. (Only $240 our cost!)

In addition to those questions, I considered the different types of demonstrators and tried to decide where I might fit in. Maybe you will see yourself in one of these scenarios!

I Just Want the Kit: This is a great option for new stampers who want lots of stamping supplies at a fabulous discount. You don’t have to feel guilty if you never do another thing with it – you know a bargain when you see one!!

Discount Purchaser: This is for the person who likes to get all of their supplies at cost. They may occasionally sell to interested friends and family.

Hobbyists: This person loves to share what she knows about stamping with others, but doesn’t necessarily go out of her way to do it. As long as she can fit Stampin’Up! into her life conveniently, she might work a lot some months and little or not at all other months.

Career Demonstrator: These are demonstrators who view Stampin’Up! as a viable business opportunity with long-term career potential. She works her business consistently, pursues management opportunities and strives to move up the career ladder.

Stampin’Up! has a lot of different options available to you as a demonstrator. Do you want more information? You can contact me by e-mail. Or, if you have been thinking about this for awhile and you are ready to get started now you can visit my website at, click "Join now" and use my recruiter password which is flower.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Occasions Mini Catalog Product Split

With the awesome new products in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I am going to offer an Occasions mini catalog product split for $15.

It will consist of the following products:
- Baja breeze corduroy buttons, 2 each of the 3 sizes for a total of 6 buttons
- Basic gray corduroy buttons, 2 each of the 3 sizes for a total of 6 buttons
- Walk in the Park Designer series paper, 6x6 of each Paper for a total of 12 6x6 sheets
- 3 yards of the 5/8" satin white ribbon
- Basic small grommets, 3 each of the 4 colors for a total of 12 grommets
- Basic Jumbo grommets, 1 each of the 4 colors for a total of 4 grommets
Shipping to your front door
Product will be ordered on May 27th. I will put it in the mail to ship to you on June 4th. Click the paypal button above to join.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Loved by Luc

Here is Luc with my wonderful Mother's Day picture he made. On the petals of the flower he told the teacher different things about Mom. Things like "My Mom is 15 years old" and "My Mom is 15 feet tall". How could you not love this!

The other pictures are my scrapbook pages for this month's scrapbook club. If you are interested in joining please let me know because I have some openings. We will be meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Okay, I don't know anyone who is moving right now. If I did though, they would be getting this card. I love this Neighborhood wheel.

Have a fabulous day and a wonderful and relaxing Mother's Day!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hellooooooo Baby!

A surprising number of my friends are having babies. I am so excited to be around all those snuggly little bundles. So in honor of this, I had to buy this great new stamp set, Cute & Cuddly. I absolutely love the adorable teddy bear in this set and the words, "I'm kind of a big deal". So cute! Anyhow, here is my first card using the set.

Card stock: certainly celery, very vanilla, chocolate chip and watercolor paper
Ink: basic brown, close to cocoa
Markers: chocolate chip, certainly celery
Accessories: Aqua painter, wide chocolate grosgrain, scallop square punch, corner rounder punch and Walk in the Park designer series paper.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scrapbook in a Day

That's right, you CAN make a scrapbook in a day. In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, I will be having a scrapbook in a Day class. In this class you will make a complete scrapbook to take home and drop pictures into. I promise you that this is a great investment of both your time and money. You will cherish this scrapbook for years!! Make this a great Mother’s Day present for yourself – your memories in a wonderful album. The class includes a 12 x 12 ring bound album (or choose a post bound for an extra $3), either the "Tailor Made", "Rock-a-Bye Girl or Boy", "Petal Party" or the “Hoppy Memories” simply scrappin’ kit, and all of the extra card stock, page protectors and embellishments needed to complete a 22 page album. Cost: $69. RSVP and pay by May 12th. Please bring scissors and adhesive.

Simply Scrappin' Kit Choice

Card Class / Scrapbook Class

Here is a sneak peek of two of the cards we will be making at the card class next week. We will make eight all occasion cards (4 designs, 2 of each) with envelopes. In honor of Father’s day, we will be making all masculine cards this month. Cost: $12 or a $20 order. RSVP by Tuesday, May 12th. On the same night I also offer a two page scrapbook layout, just come and copy! Cost for pages: $10 or a $20 order. RSVP by Tuesday, May 12th. Please bring scissors and adhesive. Bring a first time friend and get a free adhesive refill or pkg of single color card stock!!

I am adding a Graduation card as a bonus to this card night!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Paper Promotion

Promotion Details

The Scrapbooking Promotion has two exciting parts:

Buy three packs of Designer Series paper (including our Specialty Designer Series paper) or 12" x 12" textured card stock, and get one FREE!
Buy a sneak peek stamp set from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog--Jumble Alphabet (set of 52; double-mounted)--at a 20 percent discount.

Item # Description Regular Price Sale Price
115199 Jumble Alphabet stamp set $43.95 $35.16

Things to Remember

All Designer Series paper, Specialty Designer Series papers, and 12" x 12" textured card stock are eligible for this promotion.
You can mix and match your paper choices.
You may choose a free pack of Designer Series paper or 12" x 12" textured card stock for every three packs you buy.