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July 2010

A Good Friend & Flower Power Party!

As an added treat for me, my good friend, Meg Wheeler, also earned Founder's Circle, so this year I will have a buddy to hang with at Founder's! My first year I didn't hardly know anyone, and last year was Meg's first year and was on her own too! But this year we are excited to get to hang out together! (sorry for the shaky photo, seriously, it was the best one of the bunch!) At Awards Night the next night, Meg was honored as the #15 Demonstrator of the Year and was appointed to the 2010-2011 Advisory Board! I was already proud to be her friend, but even prouder now! Go Meg!

Founders with meg

On the evening of Check-in Day, Stampin' Up! put on a "Flower Power Party" for everyone! We were told to dress up if we wanted, and WOW, did some gals really deck out!

Here's the group I went with: Flower power party
l to r: Linda (my wonderful downline!), me, Cathy, Michelle, Cynthia, Nicole, Meg, and Loree! Meg had provided the cool tie-dyed shirts for her downline(she hadn't changed into hers' yet), and included me, even though I'm not part of her downline!

Flower power
Think maybe I got into it just a little? When my kids saw this picture, one of them said, "oh, mom, you look so silly when you try to do attitude!" Oh well . . . !

The party included new catalog product demonstrations. Here's a couple:



Birthday bash


Birthday bash 3


Birthday bash 4


Birthday bash 5


Birthday bash 6


Birthday bash suite 2


This is just the tip of the iceberg, so keep checking back!

Have a STAMPINGROX! day!

The Most Pitiful Smile I've Ever Smiled!

Founder's 2010


Isn't this one of the most pitiful smiles you have ever seen? Yes, it really IS a smile, a smile of shock & joy, a smile of a dream-come-true! I just returned from the 2010 Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was honored to receive the news that I had achieved the Founder's Circle trip! I earned this trip in 2008, but didn't earn it last year, so I thought it was just a fluke I earned it once, never dreaming I would earn it again. Imagine my complete shock & joy when during awards-booth check in on the first day of convention I was presented with this gorgeous Founder's Circle bag! Founder's Circle is awarded to the top 100 Demonstrators of the Year for the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! year (which ended on June 30th), along with the U.S. & Canadian Rising Stars. A total of 130 Stampin' Up! demonstrators will be traveling to St. George, Utah in September for three days of rest, relaxation, and stamping fun! I still have to pinch myself to believe it! I have to say THANK YOU to you, my loyal and wonderful stamping friends, without you this would never, ever be possible!

Lots to do to get ready for Founder's Circle: swaps to prepare as there is a fun "Sock Hop Swap & Share" one evening, packing for relaxing, shopping, and visiting the Stampin' Up! Stamp Manufacturing Plant in Kanab, Utah! This trip is all-expenses-paid by Stampin' Up! (except for the shopping! lol!) and I can hardly wait for September 15th!

I arrived home late Sunday evening, and spent most of yesterday unpacking and sorting my swaps and Memento Mall purchases. (Keep an eye out for an adorable new grocery shopper bag I will be gifting to future hostesses!)

But it is also back-to-business with workshops this week and my "Christmas In July" Stamp-a-Stack this weekend! Here are three of the projects we will be making at this event:

"Perfect Punches":

Perfect Punches


"Contempo Christmas":

Contempo Christmas


"Holiday Hoopla":

   Holiday Hoopla


This event will be held at my home in Bonnie, Illinois. We will be making 10 cards, two each of 5 different designs with envelopes for the $20 fee or the class is free with a $50 order. Classes are set for Friday, July 30th, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 31st, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Class size is limited to 8 per session, so let me know ASAP if you can come! A phone call or email will be fine!

Gotta run and cut some paper!



Been a SU! Demo in the Past? Wish you could join again? Here's your chance!

I joined Stampin' Up!  over 7 1/2 years ago because I wanted to earn money to help pay for my stampin' supplies, as well as have a way to get out and socialize with creative women. Gradually, I realized this was something I could make money at, . . .then I earned my first cruise,  . . . then I began to dream of doing SU! full time. . . within 5 1/2 years that dream became a reality and here I am, a full-time SU! demonstrator. I've earned 7 Incentive trips to exotic places like Panama, Bermuda, Hawaii, and the Mexican Riviera. I love what I do and love sharing it with everyone who is interested!

If you have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator before you know what I'm talking about. We each have different seasons in our lives, and perhaps for some reason you had to let your SU! demonstratorship go by the wayside, but there's always been a little part of you that wished you could have it back. You have a bunch of stampin' stuff in your craft room and don't "need" all the items in the Standard Starter Kit. Well, during the month of July only, you can re-join Stampin' Up! for only $35!!!

If you don't have a demonstrator or have been in my "yes ma'am!" stampers group before, here's the deal:

Special Rejoin Starter Kit Offer

Dates: July 1-31, 2010

During the month of July, any former Stampin' Up! demonstrator* can rejoin Stampin' Up! for only $35! To inform them of this special offer, demonstrators who have left over the past three years will receive either an e-mail or a postcard inviting them to take advantage of this special offer. The e-mails and postcards will be sent during the first week of July.

To rejoin Stampin' Up!, former demonstrators only need to purchase the Rejoin Starter Kit and sign and complete a new Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreement.

The Rejoin Starter Kit Contains:

  • 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • 2010 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • Guest invitation postcards (100)
  • Customer order forms (50)
  • 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative catalog (1)
  • Celebrando Creatividad (1)
  • Two months free Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) subscription

Former demonstrators will already have the stamping supplies they need, so, in order to keep the price so low, the Rejoin Starter Kit contains the bare essentials to help them get their businesses back up and running.

Details to Remember:

  • This offer is available to all former demonstrators*, however Stampin' Up! will only contact dropped demonstrators from the last three years.
  • This kit does not include any Stampin' Up! products.
  • Rejoin Starter Kit payment must be made by the new recruit, and not the upline.
  • Former demonstrators may add either or both of the optional add-ons to their starter kit. (See starter kit form for add-on contents.)
  • There is no Online IDA option for this kit. Rejoin Starter Kit order forms must be submitted by mail.
  • Rejoin Starter Kit order and Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreements must be received by Stampin' Up! by July 31, 2010.

*Only demonstrators who resigned on or before March 31, 2010, are eligible for this offer.

Please Note: This date does not apply to any demonstrator who dropped as a part of our quarterly drop process. Any demonstrator who has dropped as a result of not meeting the quarterly minimum is eligible for this offer.

If you have a demonstrator that you already have a relationship with, PLEASE sign up with them! I would never want to interfere with an existing stamping relationship.

But if you don't currently have a demo or we've stamped together before, then contact me soon! The paperwork for this promotion has to be received by snail mail at Stampin' Up! by July 31st, so time is short!

ALSO, if you have never been a demonstrator before, there's a new Starter Kit available with updated products and price! Here's the details:

What do I need to become a demonstrator?

Our Starter Kits, created exclusively for new demonstrators, contain Stampin' Up! essentials you'll need to get started in your new business. You can choose between the standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Starter Kit. Both Starter Kits are customizable allowing you to choose products that you want to run your business your way.

The standard Starter Kit includes

  • Five complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge  
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools

The Digital+ Starter Kit includes

  • My Digital Studio software suite
  • Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Brights Designer buttons
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools

Choose the Starter Kit that best matches your stamping and paper-crafting interests, and get over $310 of Stampin' Up!'s high-quality products for just $175.

Contact me to have your questions answered today!

Until tomorrow, have a GREAT STAMPINROX! DAY!


A New Scallop Square Purse and a "man bandaid"!

Do I have you intrigued by this title? Hope so!

We finished another purse, and this one's for me, although if you want one like it, just contact me for ordering and pricing, as this one is worth more with the bamboo handles (but it's gorgeous!)

Bamboo handles

I DO have a problem though. A very BIG problem. Every purse we make, I want one!  . . . sigh . . . It's tough when every purse is just so beautiful and I love all the fabrics . . .

Enough about that! This is our latest fabric creation, and seriously, if you would like one similar or have a color combo in mind, you can have a purse this size  custom-made and shipped to you in about two weeks! We have a few purses listed on Etsy:

but I have LOTS more that have yet to be listed on display at my home, so just let me know if you are interested in purchasing a purse or would like to learn how to make one. I have two more purse-making classes coming up this year, Saturday August 7th and Saturday October 2nd.

Now on to the "man bandaid" story. Yesterday morning my husband came to me with a teeny-tiny bandaid in his hand and asked me if I had any "man-sized bandaids". Well, we rummaged around in the bathroom cupboard and really couldn't find much at all. (our youngest kids are now 17 & 20, so the boo-boo stage has been over for quite awhile!) I finally found a box of "sparkle bandaids" I keep on hand for when the grandkids are visiting and this is what we ended up with on Mark's finger:

Marks man bandaid

He said,"At least it doesn't have ponies on it." lol!

See you again on Monday. Have a great July 4th weekend and as always, have a GREAT STAMPIN'ROX! Day!


The New Catalog Starts TODAY & Open House is TONIGHT!!!!

Boy I'm super-excited this morning, still so much to do for my New Catalog Open House tonight! If you live in Southern Illinois, don't have a demonstrator but would like to have a new catalog, just contact me today for directions to my house. You can come see & take home a new catalog, stamp a couple of M&T's, browse my samples, and enjoy an Ice Cream Buffet! If you make an order of $50 or more OR book a stampin' party in the next few months, your name will go in a drawing for one of two $25 Stampin' Gift Certificates (you do not have to stay the whole time to win, I will mail out the certificates) I will also have my inventory of Scallop Square purses on display, and any $50 order will get you $5 off the purchase of a purse!

Thought I would show you one of the FREE projects we will be making tonight!

Espresso Marina Mist


Isn't it fabulous? I think it's a pretty cool card. I showed it to my daughter, Alisa, last night and she said, "Isn't it amazing how your stamping has changed over the years? How did you even have a business when you started?" I think she is referring to two things:

1. Stampin' Up! has the most amazing stamps, and continuously tries to keep on trend and ahead of the "stamping curve" by providing us with fun creative stamps and accessories so we can create works of art like this in minutes.

2. My stamping skills have improved. (makes me wonder, how bad was I? lol!)

I have to admit, I've gotten better at stamping over the years, which is just the natural result of practice, practice, practice. It's practice that I happen to LOVE, so that makes all that  practice a win-win for me!)

Anyway, this card we will be making, which looks rather complicated, uses no fancy techniques, nor has a level of difficulty beyond the easy level. We will be using the gorgeous new set, Artistic Etchings, along with new colors Early Espresso and Marina Mist. We will be using the Cutter Kit to do a little distressing, a Stampin' Sponge to do ALOT of sponging, the Scallop Trim Border punch (it's back in the catalog after being available during Sale-a-bration!), brand-spankin'-new Designer Paper "Newsprint", and a little Log Cabin Smooch Spritz! It was a fun card to create, and I think you will love making it!

Here's the inside of the card. I chose an encouragement sentiment, but I always have several other verse sets available so you can customize your card to fit the occasion and loved one you are planning to give it to!

Espresso marina mist inside


While I''m at it, here's the other Make & Take, only this one you will have your choice of THREE different color combos:

Baja Breeze (a returning In-Color) with Very Vanilla using the new Level 1 Hostess Set, "Because I Care"! You are going to need to have a party soon to get this set! We will also be using the Big Shot (of course!) with a brand-new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, "Vintage Wallpaper"!

Baja breeze because i care


Cherry Cobbler (a new Core Color) with Very Vanilla:

Cherry cobbler because i care


Or Pink Pirouette (another returning In-Color) with Very Vanilla:

Pink pirouette because i care


Well, I've gotta run, lots still to do to get my house ready for tonight! (Come on, you people know how it is, it takes having a party to make you clean up beyond your usual comfort level of clean!)

See ya tomorrow, (or tonight from 5-8 if you come see me!) so for now, have  a GREAT STAMPINROX! day!