Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fresh Cuts

As a Special Promotion, customers can begin ordering a "special sneak peak" stamp set from the Fall Winter catalog entitled Fresh Cuts. As a special bonus, you may also order the 15 Fresh Cut Notes and envelopes for only an additional $5.00 during the promotion. The stamp set is die-cut which is sooooo easy and quick to mount and start using. The note cards have a "laser cut" flower which can be altered in so many ways. The flower I made is taking the white petals off and stamping the background with the main stamp in bayou blue. I stamped the leafy vine stamp from the set on the petals so they weren't so plain looking. I then used the small oval punch to punch 5 ovals to set behind the white petals I had already taken off. Then I punched using the 5 petal flower punch and stamped the small flower in bayou blue from the set on whisper white cardstock and cut it out with my paper snips. I then adhered all the petals onto the card onto the remaining section of the flower left on the notecard and insert an ice rhinestone brad in the center for some bling. As an afterthought, this card would REALLY look pretty using your two way glue pen to color the solid leaves on the main background and covering with dazzling diamonds or maybe even some cosmo glitter. I made some other notecards using different ways to offset the laser cut flower. Check them all out and come up with some of your own ideas. If you would like to earn this stamp set and the 15 notecards & envelopes for FREE, in addition to your regular hostess benefits contact me to hold a $400 workshop at either your home or mine. We will make more of these cute little cards and also some fun projects using the new eScape promotion items with the Circle of Friendship stamp set.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Occasions Mini Catalog & eScape Promotion

I thought if you didn't remember, the Occasions Mini Catalog ordering period has been extended from May 31st to June 30th. You have another whole month to purchase the products shown, and who knows what if any will be in the new catalog in August, so this is your last chance if you really love what you see.
Stampin' Up is offering a special for the month of June that they have titled eScape with Stampin' Up. If you purchase the items they have selected as a bundle they are offering a 25% discount which is only $30.00:
  • Love Notes Assortment
  • Circle of Friendship stamp set
  • Rose Red classic Stampin pad
  • Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Be sure to check out the link for the brochure.
Also, don't forget the Fresh Cuts stamp set and laser cut note cards are available for purchase on June 1st as well. These are NEW ITEMS that will be in the new catalog in August.
Stay tuned later for some new fun ideas and samples.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Club Challenges

The challenges for layouts and colors looked like so much fun that I have started my club members with a challenge each month. I think it's going to take a while for some of them to come around, but for May, here are a couple that were brought. For June, I asked them for a Color Challenge; however after doing that I realized that some of the girls don't have all the colors that I requested be on the card, so I ended up giving each of them a piece of each color cardstock so they would participate. I think I'll stick to layout challenges from now on because it's easier for them to do.
I've been working on trying to work up projects using all cardstock, ribbons, designer paper, etc. that will retire in July. I hate to see a lot of it go but I know the new In-Colors are going to be just as fun!! I'm getting so excited about going to Convention this year because it should be a fantastic experience since it's the company's 20th year anniversary; I know it's going to be EXTRA special. I need to start working on my swaps because after going for the first time last year I was blown away with the number of swaps everyone brings... I "only" had 80. lol It's so much fun to receive the fantastic swaps from everyone and see how creative their cards are.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I think the cards made from the Bloomin' Beautiful Portfolio are so pretty, I decided to make one of the cards for Mothers Day. The only change I made to the original card was to change the words to "Happy Mothers Day". I think they turned out really well, the flower is so soft looking. Don't you absolutely love the "Afternoon Tea" designer series paper? It was colored using Blush Blossom with a blender pen, then highlighted with Groovy Guava. A second flower was cut out and attached with dimensionals, then another section of flower was cut out and added on top with another dimensional. It's such a pretty 3-D effect.
This second card was made for a little boy's birthday. It was a fast and easy fun card to make. i used the Petals wheel across the main cardstock. The bird from "A Little Birdie Told Me" was stamped on Confetti White Cardstock and the hat was stamped on scrap paper and cut out and attached with our new Tombo glue. The circle stamps from "Petals and Paisley" were stamped in Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Soft Sky and punch out with the 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and scallop circle punches. Some circles were attached directly to the card and others up on dimensionals.

I absolutely LOVE the new Carousel Notes from the Ocassions Mini Catalog. I'm sooooo hoping they will be in the new Fall Idea Book & Catalog. I was making a Get Well Card for a friend who just had surgery and liked the card so well, I decided to use it for my next Club night. Since there are three different colors in the set, I needed to come up with a different color combination as well. I have to say I like it just as much as the first one. Why don't you email me which one you like the best.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sneak Peek.....

Stampin' Up! is teasing us again. During the month of June, they are offering one of the new stamp sets from the Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog titled Fresh Cuts. If you purchase this new DIE CUT stamp set during June, you will also receive the coordinating Fresh Cut Notes for only $5.00. IF YOU HOLD A WORKSHOP WITH $400 MERCHANDISE SALES, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE STAMP SET AND THE FRESH CUT NOTES FREE IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER HOSTESS BENEFITS YOU EARN. This is such a cute set, I'm excited to get it myself; which I can as a pre-order. I will be able to play with it before you can order so you will see what fun things we can make with it. Rumor has it that ALL stamp sets in the Fall catalog will be DIE CUT.... We've asked for that for a long time and I know you customers will really enjoy that feature.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Demonstrator

Top 10 reasons why you should become a Stampin'UP Demostrator.
10.Never ever buy regular stamps again.
9. Be your own CEO.
8. Set up a home business
7. Flexible hours
6. Attend conventions and regionals, too.
5. Demonstrator support from SU!.
4. Meet demonstrators who shares your creativity
3. Enjoy great swaps
2. Earn cash $$$$$$$$$$...
1. Do what you love most -STAMP!
If you are like me who loves to stamp, and wants to spend less, #10 was the deciding factor when I joined. Please contact your SU! Demonstrator or you can CONTACT ME if you want more information. I would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Yea!!!!!!!!! I'm soooooo excited. I got up at 5:00 am this morning to sign up for Convention 2008 in Salt Lake City. I wanted to be sure I got signed up and got into the group I wanted. This is Stampin' Up!s 20th year, so this year is going to be extra special. Convention starts July 30 and lasts through Saturday, August 2nd. There's going to be fun make and takes, exciting classes, demonstrations, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE stuff!!!!! This is only my 2nd Convention; but the last one in Denver was beyond what I had ever imagined. I still look back over the pictures and remember all the fun we had. When people say they actually "run" to get a good seat in the general session in the morning; they don't lie. We all try to get up front in line in the morning, when the gates are open, we all dash/run to where we've already agreed and save as many seats for our friends as we can. :) It's amazing what many of the gals have done with this business. It's hard to believe how much some demonstrators sell over a year and what they earn from Stampin' Up as a result; they get "THOUSANDS" of dollars back at Convention. Last year I was lucky enough to participate in "Are You Smarter than a Demonstrator" on stage and as a result received $350.00 in Stampin' Up! products and a free stamp set as well.
There are sooooo many reasons you could benefit and have fun being a demonstrator; and May is an excellent time to join with the discounted kit price of $159.00 (plus a free hodgepodge hardware kit). Our group is great and get together often for events - Technique classes, Mad Hatters day, Stamp Camps; there are over 120 of us that attend regularly. There are fun demonstrations, card swaps, DVDs to remember the events and to have samples of everyones cards and projects and watch the demonstrations again for instructions to make the cute projects. Sign up NOW and you can go to Convention THIS YEAR!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Frequently Asked Questiosn about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Stampin' Up has been posting specials during the last several months to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. The cost of the Starter Kit during these promotions has been $159.00 instead of the normal $199.00 and they are throwing in other incentives like the Hodge Podge kit this time. The "actual" cost of the kit is approximately $350-$400, so you are saving $250.00 in products. There are so many other benefits of being a demonstrator than saving 20% on every order. Please read below about the frequently asked questions and then ask yourself if you can really pass up this special offering...........

Frequently asked questions about becoming a Stampin' Up!
Demonstrator Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the minimum sales requirements?
A: You only have to submit $300 in sales per quarter. That is less than an average Stampin’ Up! workshop! Also, you can submit your sales in any increment you wish and still get your discount and commission.
Q: What if I only want to do this as a hobby. Do I still have to do parties?
A: Absolutely not! Stampin’ Up! supports the hobby demonstrator just as well as the career demonstrator. You can put in your own order or collect orders from family and friends to equal the $300 minimum for the quarter.
Q: Can I be my own hostess?
A: Yes, you can be your own hostess anytime you want!!! You can invite your family and friends into your own home and have a workshop. You would be the hostess, receiving the hostess benefits, and you would also be the demonstrator receiving your instant income and commission!
Q: How much does it cost to get started as a demonstrator?
A: The standard starter kit during May is only $159 plus tax (shipping is free) and is a $400+ value! It includes everything you need to get your business up and running, including stamp sets that you get to choose, ink, paper, catalogs, order forms, training information and more!
Q: What if I decide that I don’t like it once I’ve started? Will I be penalized if I quite or is there a certain time frame I have to be a demonstrator?
A: You can stop anytime you choose. You simply just stop putting in your minimum sales. You keep everything that came in your kit to enjoy for yourself….. But, I guarantee, once you get started you won’t want to stop!
Q: What kind of incentives can I earn as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator?
A: Stampin’ Up! offers so many benefits and incentives to demonstrators. Here are a few:
*In your first 3-6 months you have the opportunity to earn 7 free stamp sets from the current catalog through the Stampin’ Start Program.
*30% Instant Income on your first order within 45 days of signing up.
*Special ‘demonstrator only’ incentives, like additional discount promotions, free stamp promotions, pre-buy opportunities, bulk buying and more!
*Every year you can earn a free incentive trip to exotic places. Destinations have been to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and Panama!
*Great Rewards—You earn points for your sales, and can use them to choose prizes like product and gift cards! First prize level only requires $1000 in sales per quarter!
Q: Do people really make money at this?
A: Yes! There are many demonstrators who make $1000, $5000 or even $15,000+ a month! There are even cash awards given out during the year for personal performance achievements and at convention too!
Q: How much support can I expect from my upline?
A: You can expect to receive full training from me, including business tips, ideas, stamping techniques, and ongoing support through our upline sources. There are bi-monthly group meetings where we all share ideas, swap cards, and just enjoy each other’s company. These events are not required, but I highly recommend them! I will be your biggest cheerleader for whatever goals you want to achieve with Stampin’ Up!
Q: Where will I get my ideas for my workshops?
A: Stampin’ Up! has many resources for demonstrators. Two Idea Book & Catalogs per year, as well as mini collection publications, demonstrator web site with a workshop planning wizard and sample gallery as well as project templates and patterns to use, monthly Stampin’ Success Magazine, quarterly On-Stage Magazine, training videos and more! It is OK to copy your projects from these sources and use them at your workshops… in fact, it’s encouraged! You don't have to think of everything by yourself. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had not borrowed and shared ideas!
Q: Are there any Stampin’ Up! events that I can attend as a new demonstrator?
A: Yes, almost all of them!!! Every year Stampin’ Up! has it’s annual convention. It is in Salt Lake City, Utah the last part of July/first part of August and is 4 days long. This is the best event ever!!! Can you imagine 10,000 crazy stampers getting together to share ideas and stamp? It’s wild and so worth it! There are also regional seminars throughout the country and also local events too!
Q: Do you really love what you do?
A: I absolutely LOVE what I do and I know you will too. I love Stampin’ Up! because of all the friendships I have made. Some of my best friends have been met through Stampin’’ Up! I also love the company because of their commitment to their demonstrators and an outstanding product. It just can’t be beat!
I hope I have answered some of your questions. Thank you for letting me share this Fabulous Business Opportunity with you! Please feel free to contact me!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

May Stampin Up Promotions!!!

What FUN!!!!!! Stampin' Up is offering several specials for the month of May. The first one is "Get On Board with Chipboard" at 25% off after you spend $35.00 on other stampin' up products. After you spend the qualifying $35.00 there is no limit on the amount of discounted chipboard products you can order. A Workshop Hostess can also pick the discounted chipboard as part of the free merchandise offered.
In conjunction with the Chipboard special, if you also order a cutting mat, you will receive a "FREE" hobby blade.
Stampin' Up is AGAIN offering their Demonstrator Kit at the discounted price of $159.00 and along with all the products you receive in the kit at the discounted price, you will also receive your choice of Hodgepodge Hardware in the following colors: Aged Copper, Antique Brass or Pewter. These kits will retire with the current catalog and will no longer be
Even if you are just a Hobby Demonstrator, you will receive over $350.00 of product for $159.00 and save 20% on all your orders as a demonstrator. You don't HAVE to hold workshops to take advantage of these savings.
The REAL fun of being a demonstrator is being able to go to CONVENTION, Regional Seminars, Leadership and the ULTIMATE "Cruise" ALL EXPENSES PAID FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND each year.
Towards the end of May (check back later for date) I will be holding classes using the Itty Bitty book (chipboard) to make an ABC book. These are so cute. Each page has a letter of the alphabet, a picture starting with that letter and a penmanship line for the child to practice the letters with an erasable marker.

This shows the open book with a pictures beginning with the letter of the alphabet displayed.

You can write on each of the pages with an erasable marker and then just wipe it off. This is fun practice for the beginning printers and helps with penmanship. If you are interested in taking this class at the end of the month, please email me and let me know as I will need to order enough supplies for everyone.
I have a very good friend that just had a birthday. For a fun gift, I took a small can with a pop-top lid and removed the lid with a Pampered Chef can opener and decorated it with designer series paper.

Then I used a Die Cut flower and adhered it to the lid and used my two way glue all around the edge and put on Clear Chunky Glitter to give it some "bling". To help hide the Pop-Top, I added some fusion flowers with a Rhinestone Brad and tied on some striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

I filled the can with M&M Peanuts (YUM) then glued the lid back on with Crystal Effects. This is such a GOOD glue. Now the only way she can open the can to reach the candy is to pull the pop-top (or I guess she could also use her pampered chef can opener like I did so she won't ruin the can)