Wow – get a FREE Big Shot or up to $100 in FREE products!!

You can choose the FREE Big Shot, or up to $100 in free product – over an above your starter kit! It’s the perfect opportunity for a hobby stamper who loves our products,  to test drive Stampin’ Up! products and benefits, through March 31, 2012.  There’s NO obligation to purchase or sell anything further.

Click the link below to join my team! As a bonus for joining my team in October, you can choose another $25 in free products (this is my personal special, not a Stampin’ Up! special).  Call or email me to discuss this exciting opportunity!


New Product Alert…and a new Stampin’ Up! Special…

A new month brings two new promotions!

First of all, check out this adorable cookie press!

I have seen the cookies made with this in person (demonstrators have the opportunity to pre-order new items – another perk of being a demonstrator!). They are large, and gorgeous!

The other exciting special features our Simply Sent kits. If you are not familiar with these kits, you should  be! Great for the beginning stamper, or crafter on-the-go! Each kit comes with everything you need to create 8 gorgeous cards. They are pre-cut, pre-punched – all you do is stamp a sentiment and assemble! Could not be more simple! This month, buy two kits – get a coordinating 2-stamp set FREE (a $9-10 value!)


Call me – or order online today! This is a great deal!

Hello, Wisteria Wonder!

LOVE this new In-Color! I paired it with Concord Crush to create this tone-on-tone Hello card.

This card uses the new set “My Friend”, stamped in Concord Crush. The flowers were stamped on the Wisteria Wonder base and the gorgeous “Hello” sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla. It was further embellished with stick-on Basic Pearls (love these!). This was layered onto Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush. The simple butterfly was punched with our Butterfly Punch. The edges were pierced and the middle was dressed with more pearls.

My trick for sticking on the butterfly and giving it a 3-d effect? I cut a dimensional in half and place it near the “body” of the butterfly.

Then, I gently curve the wings around my finger slightly, giving the butterfly some lift. I then stick it on the card. The dimensional assures it is raised, but also secure! I don’t want my butterfly “flying” off the card! 🙂

Don’t forget – this month, you can join Stampin’ Up! for only $99! Follow the link on the right to join my team today! As a bonus, you will receive $20 in catalog credit from me as a thank you for joining!! This offer is only valid until 7/31, so don’t delay.



Stamps: My Friend
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink: Concord Crush
Punches: Butterfly, Corner Rounder
Accessories: Basic Jewels stick-on pearls, dimensionals
Technique: Paper piercing

New 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog – and a special promotion!

Dates: July 1-31, 2011

Promotion Details: A limited-time $99 Starter Kit ($180 Value!) is the perfect choice for the hobby stamper and lover of Stampin’ Up! products.

Bonus SAVINGS! Enjoy the new Stampin’ Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog using a one-time 30% Off Start Up Discount on your first order of $150 or more (must be placed within the first 45 days of becoming a demonstrator).
As a demonstrator, you will receive 20% off future Stampin’ Up! orders!
Receive Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Discounts and Benefits through Dec. 31, 2011 with NO obligation to to purchase anything further or hold a workshop.

PLUS Get a Christmas Keepsake project kit FREE–a $40 value! This exclusive kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box to hold your most treasured Christmas memories. It will be available with your first demonstrator order in August and must be redeemed by Sept. 30.

As an added bonus – you will receive $20 in catalog credit from ME as a thank you for joining! I will even pay the shipping!! This is only valid until 7/31/2011 – so don’t wait….

Click the button below to join the fun!

Haven’t seen the new catalog yet? Click the gorgeous cover below to go to the online version!


A Tale of Two Big Shots (a little long)…

Love, love, love my Big Shot! I demonstrate it any time I can and I find my customers love it, too. This was  the case last night when I had a rather large Stamp Camp (mostly with new stampers). We made two projects using the Big Shot (see below for one of them). Needless today, after taking all the orders (including one for a Big Shot, of course) and gabbing with the hostess (we work together), it was really late by the time I left! So, her husband helped me out to the truck (I normally drive hubby’s Chevy Silverado 2500 extended cab).  I had my hands full and her husband had my wheeled case and a huge bag. So, I set my bag down and set the Big Shot on the edge of the truck bed. He got me loaded up and away I went! Why am I telling you all this? Well, this morning, I discovered that I never took the Big Shot off the back of the truck! As you can guess, it didn’t fall into the bed…it was GONE!

So, bright and early (as soon as the sun was up), I called her and left a message, asking if she could check her street to see if it rolled off. She called me back about 45 minutes later, saying her husband went driving around and could not find it. Now mind you, they live about 30 minutes from me. I was SICK! I was putting away all my Bigz dies, the Sizzlets, the cutting platforms…and just so sad!  I just couldn’t let it rest – I thought I’d drive back that way and see if maybe it was in the ditch of the exit ramp, where I get on the highway in their town…just because if I didn’t do so, I would never forgive myself for not trying. As I drove, I kept looking along the median of the highway (it’s all two lanes each way, with a grass center). I almost braked for lots of tire fragments, a shirt that someone lost, and a bag of trash. When I was about 12 miles outside the town I was heading to, I was telling myself how nuts I was. Not too long after that – what did I see across the median?? YES!!!!! My Big Shot! There was no mistaking that grey handle sticking out from the faded grass! Of course, the next exit was about 2 miles away! I couldn’t drive fast enough.

Now mind you, this is a two-lane (each way) highway, with a 70 MPH speed limit and very little shoulder. The next thought that occurred to me was how was I going to pull over to the left side of the road and walk through that grassy slope to get my machine? I just decided to be brave! I was driving about 50 in the left lane, looking out for it (I’m sure the other drivers just loved me at this point! lol) I spotted it! I hit the brakes (making sure no one was right behind me, of course) and pulled as far off the road as I could and turned on the flashers. I got a few looks as I walked the 25 feet or so, retrieved my machine and went back  to the truck. The thing looked unscratched! Now, when I flipped it over, that was where I saw the damage. The little feet were gone/smashed. A couple of the plastic pieces were out of whack. However, those snapped together perfectly (well, except the couple of missing chunks!) The best news? It works perfectly!! I’m so excited!!!

Even better? Now when customers ask me how durable it is – I have quite the tale to tell! Not everyone can say their Big Shot survived flying off the back of a truck at 70 MPH! 😉


The top (virtually unscratched!)

big_shot_after The bottom (not pretty – there’s even still grass under there…lol) :big_shot_after2

Here is one of the projects we made last night:


This uses the Top Note die with Pretty in Pink, stamped in Basic Grey with a stamp from the Sale-a-Bration set “Yummy”.  I used the slot punch for the hole up top. It was decorated with some Rose Red grosgrain. The bags are our 3×5 cello bags (great little size!)

Isn’t the candy corn cute? I’ve used the “PayDay candy bar” recipe (half candy corn/half peanuts) at my fall workshops before. So imagine my delight in finding Valentine’s candy corn! The gals went nuts for this project – and it was so easy for them. The one that bought the Big Shot is using this same design to make favors for her sister’s wedding shower (except she’s filling hers with custom M&M’s in her sister’s colors – white, black, and teal and using our new single stamp Forever (item 114494 for $5.95), stamped in Taken by Teal on Whisper White, with black grosgrain. I think they’ll be sharp!!

I’m about ready for a nap…getting home so late, getting up so early, and going through the emotional Big Shot rollercoaster has me wiped out!



Time to Sale-a-Brate!

sabYeah! It’s Sale-A-Bration time!! For those not familiar with this annual event, you are in for a treat! For a limited time for every $50 you spend (before tax/shipping), you can earn a special, exclusive Sale-A-Bration item – there are stamp sets, a ribbon bundle, and even Designer Series Paper to choose from. It’s one item for *every* $50! Plus, you can earn hostess credit. For example, place an order for $150 – you will get 3 FREE Sale-a-Bration items, PLUS a Hostess Level 1 set, PLUS $15 free merchandise from the catalog. If that’s not enough – for every online order placed this month, you will also receive a FREE 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog (a $10 value). If you’ve been waiting to place your order from the new catalog – NOW is the time!! As an added bonus, my Club members will also receive double punches for orders of $150 or more! That means you can earn your free bonus merchandise from me even faster! Click the order button to the left to place your order today!

Interested in joining Stampin’ Up! ? Another exciting offer during Sale-A-Bration is that new recruits receive 15% off their Starter Kit AND a free stamp set! That’s amazing! If you do not have a demonstrator and are interested in signing up, email me at and I will send you the link and passcode to sign up online. My new team members also receive a one-time $20 credit from me, to help fill in anything that the Starter Kit doesn’t provide…maybe extra card stock, ribbon, dimensionals, or a fancy edge punch!

Didn’t I tell you this was exciting??!!



Love You Challenge…

I decided in order to find some inspiration, I would participate in this weeks Sketch Challenge over at SCS. This week’s sketch is this:


I really wanted to use stamps from the NEW 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog, so I decided to use Love You Much (part of the bundle that is on special this month only).  So, this is what I came up with:


This one uses Pretty In Pink, paper from the current Level 1 Hostess Patterns Pack (though any paper from Candy Lane or the red/pink paper from Bella Rose would work equally well), stamps from the new set Love You Much, and punched out hearts from the Heart to Heart punch (also part of the Love You Much bundle!) The heart for the “flower” is mounted on dimensionals. The little lovebirds’  heart is attached with a mini-glue dot (regular readers know how big a fan I am of these!) I mounted the panels on Chocolate Chip card stock, as well as using the Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the outlines. A blender pen was used to color the images. The lovebirds got a little Pretty In Pink sponging around them. Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon gives this a sweet finish.

TIP: When punching out shapes using the punches, turn the punch upside down so you can see where the paper is going. With the punch upside down, place the side you want to show FACE DOWN as well (so you can see the “other” side in the punch). This will help prevent getting white edges on your punched image. Unlike our CS, the DSP is not dyed all the way through – so if you punch with your preferred side facing you, you may see tearing and white edges (which are not cute!) Try this with some scrap DSP to see what I mean!


Card Stock: Pretty In Pink, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Hostess Level 1 Patterns Pack (2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink, Kiwi Kiss
Stamps: Love You Much (available NOW as part of Love You Much bundle – see sidebar)
Accessories: blender pen, dimensionals, Heart to Heart punch (available NOW as part of Love You Much bundle – see sidebar)