New Demonstrator Special

October 18, 2006 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Demonstrator Special


To make it easier to read, click the picture to make it larger.

Basically, it says that you can get the Demonstrator Starter Kit for only $169 through November 30th.  That is $30 off.  The Starter Kit is a great deal anytime, really.  It includes $355 worth of merchandise and supplies.  And, you choose which stamp sets and colors you want in your kit!  Call me for more info.


Autumn Elegance

October 17, 2006 at 9:28 am | Posted in Projects, Stamp Sets | Comments Off on Autumn Elegance


The Autumn Elegance stamp kit is featured in the November issue of Country Living magazine.  The magazine includes a multi-page article including beautiful photos of samples made with this kit. 

The kit includes the Autumn Elegance stamp set of 7 and all the materials needed to create 8 of the invitations shown in the picture above.  One of the best things is the stamp set is die cut!  That means no trimming before mounting!  Just pop the images out of the rubber and get going!  This is especially nice if you are giving this kit as a gift to a new stamper.  The kit is a Limited Edition (it will not be available again after Nov 30).

Here are the contents of the kit:

Catalog Item # Item Kit Count
  Die-cut Country Blessing Stamp Set  1
 107089* Always Artichoke card stock (12″ x 12″)  6 sheets
 100946* More Mustard card stock (8-1/2″ X 11″)  2 sheets
 101849* Naturals Ivory card stock (8-1/2# x 11#)  2 sheets
 107302* Medium Naturals Ivory envelopes (10)  1
 105552* Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Spot  1
 105551* Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Spot  1
 105551* More Mustard Classic Stampin’ Spot  1
 105551* Ruby Red Classic Stampin’ Spot  1
 105374* Chocolate grosgrain ribbon (8″)  1 pkg.
 100982* Natural hemp twine (6″)  1 pkg.
 103683* Mini Glue Dots (84 Dots)  1 pkg.
 105531* Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware oval ring fastener & brads  1 pkg.
 101331* Small watercolor brush  1
 104181* 12″ x 12″Craft Keeper    1
 105747* Extra Large Stamp & Supply Box, (5-3/16″ x 7-15/16″ x 1-1/8″)  1
  Autumn Elegance Stampin’ Kit instruction sheet  1 sheet
  Country Living Subscription Card  1 card

Kit Item #108101                             Price:  $49.95

*Some items are not available in individual quantities. Item numbers reflect quantities available in the Idea Book & Catalog, not the kit quantities. 

The kit includes an instruction sheet for the invitations.  Stampin’ Up! has also provided step-by-step instructions for 7 other projects you can make with the kit.  Click here.


**Teaser**  Look for more die cut kits in the Winter Mini Catalog, available December 1st.

My First Altered Clipboard

October 12, 2006 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Projects, Technique- Altered Clipboard, Techniques | Comments Off on My First Altered Clipboard


I’ve seen some great clipboards on splitcoast and for a long time I’ve wanted to make my own.  Yesterday, I finally did it.  (Yes, Tom, that is why the dishes didn’t get done yesterday.)

I bought a normal, boring clipboard from an office store.  Then I measured it and planned my layout.  I figured out the sizes for my papers (all from the new Recollections Designer Papers– love them!!) and cut them out.  Then, I covered the clipboard with a thin layer of Mod Podge and carefully placed the papers.  After it dried, I trimmed the papers closer to fit and sanded all around the edges.  Next, I stamped the initials on the front and the words on the back.  I did about 3 coats of Clear Acrylic Sealer on both sides.  Last, I added the matching ribbons on top.


For a really good tutorial with photos for each step, check out Beate’s instructions.  She did her’s a little different than mine, but its good info.

Esther is already asking for her own.  She wants a small one, though.  And only one letter, she said, of course an “E”.

My sister, Debi, had a great idea to try the clear clipboards.  You would want to use Stampin’ Up!’s double sided paper (we have a lot of good ones to choose from).  Anyway, that way, you wouldn’t have to trim your papers to fit around the clip on the front.  And it would still be decorated on both sides (or look like it anyway).   When I get around to trying it, I’ll let you know how it goes.

My BIGGEST Secret!!!

October 4, 2006 at 8:43 am | Posted in Web-Savvy Tips | Comments Off on My BIGGEST Secret!!!

I’ve been debating on sharing something amazing with all of you for a while now.  I just can’t hold it in any longer.  The secret is  Seriously, this is big!  You won’t believe how much time you will spend on this site if you click on that link.

This site is filled with thousands of samples, organized by stamp set name.  No doubt, you will find several cards that look very familiar- either you’ve seen something that looks just like it, or something that looks as though it may have been inspired from that sample.  That’s because I use this site regularly to prepare for workshops and to create personal cards.  Just about everytime I said, “I CASED (that’s Copy And Steal Everything, for those of you not familiar with the phrase) this project from a demonstrator website”, it was from this one site.  Well, either this one or the actual Stampin’ Up! demonstrator site.

Now, I want to explain why I didn’t share this fabulous little secret earlier.  1) The demonstrator who told me about it said she did not share the site with her customers. (Sorry, Ann, don’t hate me for leaking!)  She told me she didn’t because 2) the forum section can get a little ugly.  There are some negative people who argue with each other and there are others who give confusing and sometimes even flat-out-wrong information about specials, products and policies.  I must stress, that I have found more people on the board who are positive, informative, and very sweet and generous, but I do sometimes get tired of those others.  Anyway, I don’t ever visit that section of the site.  There is an actual Demonstror Only forum that I do visit frequently to share business ideas with the hundreds of demonstrators who share on that forum. (That’s where I found the online color coach.) 3) For a long time, I believed that only demonstrators could access this site.  When I joined, I had to prove to them that I was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Only later did I realize that it was just to let me access the demonstrator forums.

I’m sharing this with you now because 1) I’ve felt awful recently keeping this from you, 2) I want you to use your rubber! Visit the galleries for the sets you currently own that are going unused. CASE! You’ll get lots of ideas to get you going.

Now go on ladies, and eat your hearts out!  (Let me know if you have any questions or have problems accessing the site.)

Online Color Coach

October 3, 2006 at 10:31 am | Posted in Web-Savvy Tips | Comments Off on Online Color Coach

Check out this computerized color coach:  I’m sure I’ll still use my trusty tangible cardstock one more (because I usually grab it for a combo when I’m already sitting at my stamp table), but this one is fun to play with.  You can choose up to four colors and see if they all fit together in a color combo that this demonstrator has found worked for her.

Blog at
Entries and comments feeds.