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September 2010

Just a quick post before I run out the door!

I'm just going to post real quick this morning before my youngest daughter & I run down to Paducah to Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby to pick up a few things we need for the Scallop Square Holiday Purse Class this weekend! Friday night and Saturday morning are filled, but there's still space left in the 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. classes, so contact me today to reserve your seat! We have 4 sewing machines so can have 4 pursemakers per class!

I know you are dying to see something stamped, so here's a few pics of some fabric projects I took while at Founder's! These quilt squares' appliques were all made using the Big Shot & dies:

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010  Using ovals and leaves.

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010  using scallop circles & squares

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010 using circles and the Tasteful Trim Die

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010 Using Scallop Circles and the Candy Cane Designer buttons!

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010 Using Pennant Die, Ovals, Tasteful Trim & Candy Cane Buttons!

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©Stampin'Up!™1999-2010 Using Pennant, Star, & Tasteful Trim

Well, that's all for today! I must fly, as Paducah is about an hour drive away! There's no where less than an hour away from me that has fabric, and I'm way too addicted right now !

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Why I didn't blog yesterday & 2 workshop samples!

Well, I didn't get back to blog yesterday because of two reasons, the first being it was my oldest daughter's birthday so I decided to spend some time with her. She is busy with her family (three kids) and her photography business (Jessica Hollis Photography, see the link to her blog on my right sidebar!) and we never get to spend enough time together. We talk on the phone almost everyday, but it's better, of course, to be together, so we met in the morning and checked out a few antique stores we have been wanting to go to, had lunch at a fun place we love, then made the inevitable trip to Wal-mart! I was glad for a chance to spend time with her and thankful that my "job" as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator allows me to take off time like this when I want!

The second reason I didn't blog is because I had a workshop last night with Tiffany! Tiffany is a scrapbooker but new to stamping. She had made a couple of stamping purchases from me in the last couple of months, but decided she needed a workshop so she could learn how to use her stuff (she had not been to an actual workshop demonstration)! She wanted to make something for a Halloween treat and something Christmas, so here are samples of our projects! The first one is a Halloween treat bag (we DID have chocolate to go in it, of course!) made with the Mini Lunch Sacks #121031 from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Everyone at the workshop was excited (and relieved) to find out that these sacks come already scalloped, so they didn't have to worry about doing it with scissors or a punch! The scallops on these bags DO match the Scallop Edge Border #119882 we have in the catalog, so you could add extra scallops with coordinating cardstock if you wanted! We also used the very popular Clear-mount stamp set, Wicked Cool #120600, along with Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Paper #117400, 1/2" Raven Lace Trim #120988, the Bitty Bat Punch #119279, Black Flourish Designer Jewels #120987, and Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon #109027! We ruffled the 10" of lace trim to the bottom of the flocked Designer Paper by attaching a piece of Sticky Strip #104294, then gathering and sticking the lace to the Sticky Strip. (TIP: Don't put the bottom of your Designer Paper too close to the "bend" in the Mini Lunch Sack or the ruffled lace will loosen over time) We also used the 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Large #119863, the 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large #119855, and the Scallop Oval Extra-Large #119856 for the "have a WICKED halloween" greeting.



Our second project was an oldie-but-goodie I've been making for years, an envelope giftcardholder! Very easy and practical, this little cutie is made a Crumb Cake Medium envelope #107297. We used Cherry Cobbler#119685, Marina Mist #119682, Soft Suede #115318, and Confetti Cream #102835  8 1/2 x 11" cardstocks, along with Soft Suede #115657 & Marina Mist #119668 Classic ink!

DID YOU KNOW? You can purchase a whole color family of cardstocks, such as the Neutrals Collection #119707 shown on page 169 of the Idea Book & Catalog, for just $6.95? You will receive 20 sheets, two each of all 10 Neutrals colors to sample and try before buying a package of your favorite color!

We used the Clear Mount stamp set,  Jolly Old Saint Nick #121321 from the Holiday MIni Catalog.

Other supplies used:

2 3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large #118874

Ornament Extra Large punch #119847

Modern Label Extra-Large punch #119849

3/8" Twill Tape #119970

Basic Pearls Jewels #119247

Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker #120967

Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker#119679

White Gel Pen #105021

Stampin' Sponge ##101610

Stampin' Dimensionals #104430

SNAIL Adhesive #104332



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It was a small, intimate workshop last night, but lots of fun and lots of learning time. When you decide to have your own workshop, or to order any of these supplies, just contact me at:

That's all for today! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Founder's Circle Day 3 and more EAT CHOCOLATE!

After showing you a sneak peek at samples made with the 2011 Occasions mini stamp set,
"Eat Chocolate", last Friday, I thought you might want to see a few more examples. Remember, you only have until Sunday, October 3rd to take advantage of this special offer Stampin' Up! is adding to the Starter Kit Special and you will receive this set in addition to the Greenhouse Gala Tote when you purchase your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Business Starter Kit through my Stampin' Up! website:

(my recruiter password is: yesmam!)

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Day 3 started out with a Regional just for Founder's Circle attendees. The stamp set we received to do our M&T's was "Day of Gratitude", and here are some of the samples on display!

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The Regional included lots of fun stamping time and a jam-packed morning of inspiration and workshop WOW's! After the Regional it was back to our hotel for a yummy pasta buffet! About the time we were wondering what was for dessert, out came the waitresses with these for each of us! FC day 3 11

Hot fudge brownie Sundae! Wow! Stampin' Up! really knows how to treat a girl right!

The rest of the afternoon we spent shopping, so I won't bore you with that, but here's a few more of my favorite samples from the morning's display boards:

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I will be back tomorrow with pics from the Swap & Share night!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! Day!

Founder's Circle Day 2 and How to Get a FREE Stamp Set!

Founder's Circle Day 2! This is the day they bussed everyone to the Stampin' Up! Stamp Manufacturing Plant in Kanab, Utah, Shelli's hometown! It takes awhile to get there, so we played Bingo on the bus to pass the time and to win prizes (which were Stampin' Up! accessories such as buttons, brads, ribbon, etc!) It's always fun to get free stampin' stuff!

This was the sign that greeted us when we arrived at the plant! A bunch of the employees were outside to welcome us! We high-fived with them as we went in!

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The Plant really doesn't look like a "PLANT", does it? But amazingly, ALL the stamps sold by Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the personalized stamps, for the entire world, which includes Australia, Canada, and Europe, are made here! The staff here is amazing, and the atmosphere is one of comraderie and cooperation, just like everywhere you go with Stampin' Up!

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We aren't allowed to take any pictures on the plant floor, and I'd been there before two years ago, but I could tell they had streamlined things and have room for growth!

There is an apartment upstairs for the Corporate Team to stay in when they come to Kanab, which is decorated in true "Shelli Style"!

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While browsing the displays in the main lobby area, I was so excited to find the Choo-Choo Overall card one of my downline, Jan McGowen, had given to Shelli at convention 2009! I just had to take a picture of it for her! I have already emailed her a copy! What an honor for Jan!

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©Stampin'Up!™ 1999-2010

Before we left the plant it was time for pictures with the Stampin' Up! sign! Here I am with my good friend, Meg! A little attitude never hurts to put a big smile on a face, doesn't it?

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After we toured the plant it was time for a yummy lunch at the  Park in Kanab that Stampin' Up! helped build! In true Stampin' Up! style, they had our lunches ready for us in these adorable purse/lunchbags! Dessert included Creme' Brulee, which one of the waiters blowtorched for us! yum!

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The park includes a play area which has as it's play surface, what else could it be, but ground up stamp rubber! Easy & springy on bare feet, and not too bad to lay down in either!

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Of course, you know those parents just HAVE to be warned to leave the rubber alone! ha!

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I had the honor to photograph the new Advisory Board members on the slide! Just imagine the chaos of trying to take this picture 7 times with 7 different cameras while the children kept piling up behind them! It was so much fun! I hope everyone else's pics turned out at least as good as this one! The Advisory board is from bottom up: Karen Duke, Georgia Guigere, Sharon Armstrong, Janet Wakeland, Jodi Reinert, and Meg Wheeler! (there are two Advisory members missing from this pic)

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Before I go today I just wanted to show you some samples from a Brand-New 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog stamp set that you & I can get for FREE  in addition to the Greenhouse  Garden Tote when YOU sign up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator with me as your upline! You can't get this stamp set from just any demonstrator, you can only get it when you sign up with one of the Founder's Circle Regional Attendees! This set is called, appropriately, "EAT CHOCOLATE!" and is just so adorable I can't wait to get my hands on it, can you?

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©Stampin' Up!™1999-2010

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Check out the third icon down on the left side of this blog "Tote-ally a Great Time to Join SU!" for the information and picture of the roomy Craft Tote you will also receive when you sign up as a demo and select the items for your customizable Starter Kit!

That's it for today, I won't be back again until Monday as I am doing a booth at a Women's Prayer Retreat this weekend.

Until next week, have a Stampinrox! day!


Founder's Circle! The BEST treat ever! Day One!

Founder's Circle 2010! What a fabulous experience! I am SO grateful to all my loyal stampers and downline who helped me get there! Thank you, a  thousand times THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Since I now have caught up on my laundry (though not my house, just imagine one husband and two (almost) grown sons on their own most of a week!) Thought I would start showing you  a bit of what I experienced last week!

To start off, here's our first glimpse of the hotel where all the Founder's Circle achiever's were to stay. Stampin' Up! took over the ENTIRE hotel and each of us (all approximately 135 of the top U.S. & Canadian Demos) had our OWN ROOM ALL TO OURSELVES! (And yes, I DID jump on the bed! shhh, don't tell!!!! )

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This was the first greeting they had for us when our bus came to a stop. My flight came into Las Vegas, then they bussed us two hours through gorgeous desert & canyon country to St. George, Utah! On the left is Kellie Sue, one of the tirelessly devoted Stampin' Up! employees who helped wait on us hand and foot all week!

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The whole hotel was decorated just for us!

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The cool record plaque on MY DOOR! (they had a 50's theme this year!)

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We immediately went back downstairs to the hospitality room where they had hand-made chocolates and candy-covered apples ready for us, as well as a welcoming get-to-know-you game they had divided us into teams for. Here's my team, we were "The Baubles"!

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We are front row l to r: Kari Metzger, Janet Wakeland, Connie Lacroix, and Ruth Bingle.

Back row l to r: Connie Heisey, April Roycroft, me, and Vicki Edwards.

Our Welcome Dinner table (for The Baubles): (so sorry this picture was left out of the original post!)

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The Entree:

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The first "Pillow Gift" (I can't show you the contents because this box contained a brand-new stamp set AND punch from the ;2011 Occasions Mini Catalog!) BUT  I will show you some samples made with this set & punch in a couple of days!

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Now of course, I know you really want to see something stamped, so here's a cute little gift-cardholder made by my good friend, Meg Wheeler! If you attend one of my workshops or classes in the next couple of months you may just get to make one of these!

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©Stampin' Up!™1999-2010

That's all for today, but I hope to be back tomorrow with Day 2 of Founder's Circle!


QUICK NOTE: If you live in the Southern Illinois area, here's a little bit about an upcoming class:

Saturday, October 2nd, Scallop Square Holiday Purse Class!

Location: My home, Bonnie, IL

Three Class session times: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.

Class fee: $35 includes pre-cut fabric kit ready to crank through the Big Shot and instructions! You should have time to complete your purse by the end of the class!

Each session is limited to 4 people. I have 4 sewing machines and a limited amount of space, so a total of 4 per session is all I can take at this time.

If you are interested in a Friday night session, just let me know and I will offer a Friday, Oct. 1st, 6 p.m. class as well!

Please RSVP for this class no later than Wednesday, September 29th!