Monday, October 31, 2011

Free Big Shot Offer Extended! Happy Halloween!

Today was scheduled to be the last day for the FREE Big Shot but it has been extended until Nov 11!  There is still time if you want to sign up to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and get a Big Shot die cut machine or $100 free merchandise.  You can go to my website and sign up online quickly and easily with a Credit or Debit card.  I'd love to have you on my team so hurry!  Let me know if you have any questions.  I love being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I think you will too.

It is finally Halloween!  I love Fall colors so I enjoy the fun of decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I have a few projects from various swaps and a Halloween card I made a while ago but haven't posted to share today to wish you a happy Halloween.  First, the card I CASE'd from somewhere:
Please excuse the poor editing of the pictures.  I got Windows 8 on my computer while I was gone and I haven't figured out the new photo program very well.  It takes 3 times as long to edit each picture so I've GOT to find a better way!  I just love technology . .  .

Here are a couple of fun Halloween treats I got as swaps from the Stampin' Up Regional meeting I went to Saturday in Louisville.  The little bag with the EEK! stamp from the It's A Wrap Holidays set was from MaryJo Marshal of Ohio.  There wasn't a name on the back of the pleated flower skinny bag treat, I think there once was but it got lost with all the goodies I had in my big bag of swaps.  It is so cool and I really love the witch hat made from an oval and pennant punch. 

This 3-D card is one I got at the Birmingham Regional I think.  It is from Kelley Bialoskurski.  She used the House of Haunts stamp set and the Spider Web embossing folder and lots of Dazzling Diamonds to make it extra fun.

This is a great little treat bag that folds into a purse-like folder.  It looks purple here due to my lack of ability with the new photo program but it is really black.  It is stamped with the Wicked Cool stamp set.

Ah, the right colors here!  There is a mini paper bag inside that holds a fun size candy bar.  Somehow I'm thinking that is the wrong name for those little candy bars. I reckon I'd call them the skimpy size and the great big ones would be fun size!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

louisville Regional

Hi, have you missed me?  It was such a busy week I didn't  get much time online.  I had a fun Halloween Tricks and Treats class Tuesday and didn't take any pictures to post.  I reckon I should do that before the Spooky day.

Right now I can't do that because I'm in Louisville for a regional Stampin' Up meeting.  I made 64 swaps so I am having fun with all the new ideas I got.  We are on our lunch break so I thought I would try putting the technology in my pocket to the test to see if I can post from it.  So far so good. I can't figure out how to post a picture though so check back later tonight and I'll edit the post to add a picture of some of the swaps. 

I'm having a great day, I hope you are too! 
This is my swap card.  It uses the Well Worn DSP and the Posy Punch and Four Frames stamp sets.  I stamped the Four Frames onto Sahara Sand and punched them out with the Decorative Label punch.  I also punched out a Basic Grey background for each.  No need to use the punches whole, I cut them in half to cosnserve paper.  If I was only doing a few I would have inked the edges of the card and DSP but since I was making 64 I decided to skip that step.  I had another version that had a piece of the DSP that had some red in it so I used Riding Hood red for the places I used Basic Grey on this one. 

This one is probably  my favorite swap over all.  It is a beautiful vintage card and she did take the time to ink the Top Note and the sentiment.  It was shared by Fram Sebad and features the Artistic Ectchings, Netting, Established Elegance and Perfect Wrods stamp sets.  The DSP is from the Neutral collection and she used a length of the Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon, Basic Pearls and the flower from the Itty Bitty punch.  It all comes together to make a georgous card!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Treats Class

Oh my!  It has been a whole weeks since I posted!  I knew it had been a busy week but didn't realize I had let the whole week get by without posting.  Seriously, do you think time is going by much more quickly than it used to???
I wanted to post about my Halloween Treats that will be next Tuesday morning.  I can do it again Wednesday night if anyone is interested in a night class.

Here are the details:
In this fun class you will make 5 or 6 Halloween treats that will be a great presentation for your friends and family! We will make some “skinny bag and test tube treats, nugget wrapped treats and some fun treat bags just in time for the spooky day!

Oct 25, 10 AM

Here is a picture of some of the projects.  There are a couple of others I haven't quite finished yet.  You can choose which ones you want to make.
Email me to sign up, I'd love to have you come for the class! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Regional Projects - plus - Strength and Hope Campaign

Here is the notice we got today about the effectiveness of the Strength and Hope Campaign.  If you have forgotten about it, it is what they called the efforts to raise money for the Brest Cancer Research Foundation by the sale of the Strength and Hope stamp set that was in the Summer Mini Catalog. 


You Did It! Results of the Strength & Hope Campaign

October 13, 2011
The Strength & Hope Campaign, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), came to an end on August 31. We thank you and your customers for your amazing support of this global philanthropic campaign. Each of you did your part to make a difference, and by doing so, we raised nearly $60,000, which will go toward helping BCRF "achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime" (BCRF Mission Statement).
Again, thank you for living Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart and doing your part to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
I love that Stampin' Up is always looking for ways to help people out.  They also have the cute set called Turtle & Co. on page 16 of the big catalog with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald house.
Here are 2 of the projects we made at the half-day regional in Birmingham, Alabama last weekend. It was a wonderful day for me.  Even getting up early to make the trip was nice since the morning was beautiful.   

I love the stamp set we used for these projects.  It will be in the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog so you have to wait until January to order it.  I still haven't ordered everything I want from the Holiday Mini catalog though so I can wait.  I love how we always decorate the envelopes at Stampin' Up events.  I always forget this detail and I really like how you can get a preview of the love and attention that went into the card before you open it.

Since the conference was only 3 hours long we only actually made these 2 projects.  There were also several demonstrators who showed us fun ideas, one was my good friend Mary Robinson who is in the same team I'm in.  She did a great job and I know she was nervous but you couldn't tell by watching her.  I need to find the time to try the technique she did as well as the other ones that were demonstrated.  Everyone in attendance also received a card keeper box to decorate, an art journal and kit that they challenged us to create in, along with a sheet of prompts to keep us going and give ideas for the pages.  We also got an extra mini scrapbook project plus to make at home.  Maybe I'll get time to make that today. 

If you have never been to Alabama you might not know that they have huge fields of cotton.  We saw quite a few along the freeway so I took a couple of pictures with my phone.  You can tell by how blue the sky was that it was a beautiful day. It's not a great picture since it is the phone, through a window, going about 75 MPH but you get the idea of how white the fields are.  Cotton is an interesting crop - I reckon I'm glad I don't have to pick all this cotton though!.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Classes

I have several classes planned for October.  Contact me at if you want to sign up for one (or more) of the classes!

Christmas Card Class   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Central)
Come on over and make Cards for you Christmas card list. In this class we will create 6 cards, 2 of each of 3 designs. Kits will be cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble! Class cost is $15.
Saturday, October 15, 2PM

Big Shot Techniques club/class
10:00 AM - 12:00 noon or 6:30-8:30
Learn techniques for using a die-cut machine while creating 3 projects per class, at least 2 3-D projects along with a card or scrapbook element. This will be a series of 3 classes over 3 months. Each class will be $15 or free if you join the Big Shot Club. For the club it will be like putting the Big Shot on layaway; you will pay $33 a month and at the end of the 3 months you will get a Big Shot Die-cut machine! If you join my Stampin' Up team and become a demonstrator you can take the classes for free.

The first class will be October 18 at 10AM or 6:30 PM. Email me to reserve a spot in the time that fits your schedule best!

Halloween Treats Class  October 25, 10AM In this fun class you will make several Halloween treats that will be a great presentation for your friends and family! We will make some “skinny bag and test tube treats, nugget wrapped treats and some fun treat bags just in time for the spooky day!
$15 without candy, $18 with candy included.

Stamp Club    Oct 20 ~ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Join the club and get the class free OR pay $15 for just the class. For the stamp club we will make either a 12X12 scrapbook layout or 6 cards, 2 each of 3 designs. Club members get the benefit of the class free with their $25 purchase and they get to receive hostess benefits once or twice a year. Join the fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wow! Birmingham Regional

Today was a fabulous day!  The sun was shining, the air clear and the temperatures nearly perfect as we drove past cotton and soybean fields.  What a great day to travel to Birmingham, Alabama for a half-day Regional Stampin' Up meeting!  It was fun to visit with Jamie and Monica on the trip down there and back and the projects, swaps and demonstrations were amazing!  I learned a few new tricks that will magacially appear on my blog over the next couple of weeks too.  For tonight, since I'm so tired after that long trip, I'll just post one of my favorite swaps. 
This beautiful card was shared by Linda Harris.  I love the fall colors and the Faux embossed leather thechnique.  I'll be trying it soon and share with you how to get this wonderful look.  It has a lot of texture that you really can't see in a photo. 

It was a wonderful day but I reckon I better head on to bed, it's nearly midnight!  Check back soon because I have lots of great swaps and fun techniques I need to try soon. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Another Reason I LOVE Stampin' Up!!!!

What a special!  I love, love , love Stampin' Up! 
Stampin' Up! has really come out with an incredible special this month.  If you decide to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and buy the demo starter kit, you can receive a BIG SHOT or $100 in merchandise of your choice....FREE!!!! 

If you are interested in a fabulous deal, this is for you!
If you are interested in purchasing product at a discount, this is for you!
If you are interested in earning some extra income, this is for you!
If you love to create and visit with other creative friends, this is for you!

You can even sign up online at my website, and better yet, there is no shipping on the starter kit! Regardless, you should check out the details!   That is $445 worth of Stampin' Up supplies, tools, stamps, ink, cardstock - everything you need to create great projects for $175.  That is a HUGE savings of $270!!!  This is an unbelievable offer!

If you're interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, follow these easy steps:
  1. Click on the Join Now image on my website to join Stampin' Up!
  2. Read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement.
  3. Purchase your Starter Kit-there are two great options!
    • The $175 Standard Starter Kit contains over $345 worth of stamping and business supplies!
    • The $175 Digital + Starter Kit contains over $320 worth of stamping and business supplies, including the all-new My Digital Studio software.
Once you've completed the above steps, Stampin' Up! will send you a password so you can log in to the Demonstrator Web Site where you'll find an abundance of tips, ideas, and training to help you. Approximately one hour after you complete your online IDA, you’ll also receive an email that will explain how to order your FREE Big Shot or up to $100 in Stampin’ Up! products—tax and shipping are free!
Click here for information on the starter kit! (Note, you can customize the starter kit to the stamps, inks, and paper YOU long as your choices are the same dollar value or less!)

Click here for information on the fabulous special!

I'll be doing a series of Big Shot technique classes and if you join my team now using the link above, you can take these classes free too!  That adds another $45 to the incredible value you will get when you join my team this month.  The class will be Oct 18 at 6:30PM or Oct 20 at 10AM. 

This class will have several options,
1) free when you join my team,
2) $15 for each of the 3 classes if you want to just take the class or
3) join the Big Shot Club and get the classes free when you purchase a Big Shot from me.  You can purchase it outright or pay $33 a month for the 3-month series and get your Big Shot at the end of the 3 months, just before Christmas!  Email me at to let me know which option you would like.

Here are a couple of samples of things you will be making in the class, 3 projects per class as well as tips and techniques for using your die cut machine.

I reckon that is as good as it gets!  LMK if you have any questions or have trouble signing up, I know you want to!