Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Here we are on the last day of the year 2007. I am sad yet excited... time goes by so quickly and every year seems to go even faster. As I reflect on the past year, I have to think of all my friends both on the internet and those I know in person. You are all special to me.
Now as I look into the immediate future, I am thankful for all of you and looking forward to another (even though I know it will fly by once again) exciting year.
The first week of January, even though it is still holidays, will bring the current stampers groups together. January 2, the new Stampin' Up! catalog will also come into effect. We all have been anxiously awaiting the news of lower prices due to the Canadian $ parity. We have been rewarded for our patience!

The new catalog has lower prices. Yippeee! BUT WAIT!!! Stampin' Up! has lowered them even more due to the fact that when the catalog was produced, it was based on what the $ was valued at then. We have just received the news that the new prices will be reduced by another 7%. Are you getting excited now? yes, me too!!! you can view the new prices here.

Ok... heare is a sample I created with the new set "Embrace Life"... It is simple... but I like it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone reading this is having a festive holiday season filled with warmth, friends & family, and lots of love.
We have been celebrating since Sundayafternoon, and I am more than a little relieved to say that as of tomorrow, life will return to the normal routine...at least until New Years ;) Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas & all that it brings...but after all that, I'm ready for a little bit of dull and quiet oh yeah...and work...
Ok, the new Spring 2008 Catalog has arrived...call me to get your copy... But that's isn't even the real reason for this post ... Stampin' Up! made an amazing announcement earlier this week and for obvious reasons (see above) I haven't been able to share the news until now:
THIS JUST IN: Due to the strong Canadian Dollar, Stampin' Up! has announced a price reduction! You will notice in the new catalogue that prices are already lower, but after another study, Stampin' Up! has decided to reduce them a further 7%, effective January 2nd, 2008!
Catalogues were printed before this decision could be finalized, so price lists will be made available with each catalogue for easy customer reference. New prices will be listed in the on-line catalogue (which will be available for viewing on Wednesday, January 2nd - just go to the link on my website on Wednesday to see it first-hand!)
This price change will be in effect for the duration of the Spring & Summer Catalog, which runs from January 2nd until June 30th, 2008.
This is also good news for Workshop Hostesses - the Hostess Benefits Chart will also be revised on January 2nd, which means that the minimum sales amount required to receive hostess bennies will be LOWERED from $225 to $200!!
And if you ever thought of purchasing the Demonstrator Starter Kit (either just for yourself, or to launch your own home business), then January is THE time to do it: on January 2nd the starter kit price will be reduced from $275 to $260, PLUS Stampin' Up! is offering an additional 10% off the kit price to new demonstrators in Canada through a promotional code offered in the Winter 07/08 issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine (just check the magazine's back cover to find the promo code...)

That is about all my exciting news for this posting...Enjoy the snow...and holidays...

Friday, December 21, 2007

New Stamper's Club

Need to “Schedule” Some Time to Stamp?
Hey, we’re ALL busy women, so why is it that the things we enjoy the most always seem to get left out of our busy schedules?
It’s important to make time for YOU in between everything you do for your job & your family.
Why not schedule one night a month for a fun night out with the girls to learn new Stampin' projects & techniques? Oh, did I mention you can save a bundle, too?
It’s Easy to Do:
Join my Stampers’ Club!!
This group will meet monthly at my place (attendance is optional, of course) where you will get to make FREE projects that night. If your schedule won't allow you to make it to the classes, it's still worth joining the Club for all the other benefits you'll receive … without having to clean house or invite guests to host a workshop!
Your monthly order commitment is only $37.50 of product per month for a 6 month period.
Club members receive the new ““Spring-Summer Collection 2008” Idea Book & Catalogue on their first night. That's a FREE Idea Book - a savings of $13 just for joining!
Each club member receives free Hostess benefits for one of her 6 months. Basic hostess benefits include a Level 1 Hostess set and at least $20 in free catalogue merchandise of your choice. During the month you are the designated “Hostess”, you may choose to collect and submit additional orders from friends and family to boost your sales total and thus increase your hostess benefits. That means more fun and more FREE products for you.
ADDITIONAL CLUB BENEFITS: Club members also receive a discount on many of my other classes throughout the year. Bulk purchase opportunities will also be offered exclusively to Club members from time to time.
GUEST POLICY: You are more than welcome to bring a guest along with you to our stamping nights, however I ask that you RSVP their spot beforehand so that I can have enough materials prepared. There is NO charge for a first-time guest! Repeat attendance is $5.00 with no order OR FREE if they place a $25+ order that evening . Bring a friend to try it out!
HOSTESS GUESTS: The Hostess can bring any number of guests during her hostess month. If you have 3 or more friends who want to attend, I suggest we arrange a private workshop during your hostess month, to maximize their fun. This is a GREAT way to increase your FREE merchandise amount, and I can customize your workshop to your requests. Just let me know if you want to reserve an additional workshop date during your club month!

All orders will ship to my Place for proper sorting and distribution. You can either pick up your order when it arrives or you can choose to pick it up at the following month’s meeting night.
Minimum purchase price does not include shipping or tax. Outside Vernon- additional shipping charges may apply.
Should a member desire to withdraw from the club before the 6 month cycle is over, they are responsible for finding a replacement for their spot.


HAVE QUESTIONS? READY TO JOIN? Call me at 545-1072

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Class Preparations

Every year I am asked to do a "Christmas Craft" with the ESL students at our local college. Usually there are around 20 students but this year there is 40! Wow... a little nervous about this but it should work out.

My plan is to have them create a "votive holder" and a Christmas card that they can either give to their host family or take/send home to their own families. Usually they want to keep it themselves though as they are very excited to have created something so cool with their own hands. This post shows this years votive holder which features the Hostess Set: Perfect Presentation. The cardstock is Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. Enjoy!

Selling Cards

Last week I made my first attempt at in a "fair" style environment. It was a flop as far as selling my wares, but I did manage to make a few new friends and many have signed up for my newsletters. This is a good thing, it shows interest in what I am doing and gives me the will to continue.
This posting includes one of the cards I had available for sale. I totally CASED the idea from another demo, especially the colours and use of the "Perfect Presentation" Hostess stamp set... however, I was never able to determine how her fold was done from a photo and she must not have received my request for more information so I just did my own thing...

I finally received my "5 year" pin from Stampin' Up!, only about 8 months after the fact... but hey, they remembered. It is a cute pin, and I will wear it on my Stampin' Up! apron with all my other pins :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Retired Accessories

Oh my goodness... there is a long list. Watch out!!!!

(ITEMS IN BOLD ARE OUT OF STOCK ALREADY!!)
Accessories

Item #* *Product Description*
109198 Accents & Elements Borders & Blossoms
109199 Accents & Elements Little Reminders 2
109197 Accents & Elements Tagged
100700 Album Leather Post Black 8-1/2x11
105385 Album Linen Post Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11
104520 Album Linen Post Natural 8-1/2x11
104517 Album Linen Post Navy 8-1/2x11
105382 Album Linen Post Real Red 8-1/2x11
105392 Album Linen Ring Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11
104510 Album Linen Ring Natural 8-1/2x11
104513 Album Linen Ring Navy 8-1/2x11
105388 Album Linen Ring Real Red 8-1/2x11
105067 Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment I
105068 Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment II
108798 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Confetti White
107246 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Kraft
105747 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large
105748 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large Divided
105744 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Small
105749 Boxes Stamp & Supply Jumbo
105734 Boxes Stamp & Supply Large
105746 Boxes Stamp & Supply Medium
105745 Boxes Stamp & Supply Small
101052 Brayer Attachment Foam
107293 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Very Vanilla Medium
109149 Designer Series Paper Brocade Background
109161 Designer Series Paper Cerise
109162 Designer Series Paper Charbon
109155 Designer Series Paper Creepy Crawley
109152 Designer Series Paper Darling Doodles
109150 Designer Series Paper Dashing
108503 Designer Series Paper Petals & Paisleys
109156 Designer Series Paper Linen Prints
109147 Designer Series Paper Notations No. 2
109148 Designer Series Paper Outlaw
109158 Designer Series Paper Uptown
109157 Designer Series Paper Wintergreen
107285 Envelopes Open End Very Vanilla Large
107284 Envelopes Open End Whisper White Large
107296 Envelopes Shimmery White Medium
107287 Envelopes Square Vellum Large
107310 Envelopes Square Very Vanilla Mini
107294 Envelopes Vellum Medium
107290 Envelopes Very Vanilla Large
107291 Envelopes Whisper White Large
101016 Eyelet Tool Kit
105317 Eyelets Bold Brights II
105379 Eyelets Silver
105315 Eyelets Soft Subtles II
107282 Fancy Fibers Bella
107283 Fancy Fibers Elizabeth
103352 Stampin' Glitter Romantic Red
103349 Stampin' Glitter Silver Shine
106650 Greeting Glue
102620 Liquid Glue
103145 Page Protectors Post 8-1/2x11

104523 Page Protectors Ring 8-1/2x11
103598 Paper Vellum 12x12
105543 Pastel Refills Bold Brights
105544 Pastel Refills Earth Elements
105547 Pastel Refills Neutrals
105545 Pastel Refills Rich Regals
105546 Pastel Refills Soft Subtles
105962 Perfect Layers Tool
104184 Post Extenders
106522 Punch Spring Bouquet Flower
109722 Simply Scrappin' Creative License Hostess Level 1
109611 Simply Scrappin' Happy Me Hostess Level 3
109596 Simply Scrappin' Out & About
109626 Simply Scrappin' Primary Colors
109649 Simply Scrappin' Round Up
109635 Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden
109663 Simply Scrappin' Winter Bright
107415 Simply Sent Friendship Shapes
109230 Simply Sent Happy Day
105580 Spectrum Pad Blue Frost
101492 Spectrum Pad Celebration
105579 Spectrum Pad Cotton Candy
101336 Spectrum Pad Pumpkin Patch
100000 Spectrum Pad Un-inked
103953 Stamp-a-ma-jig Imaging Sheets Refill
104432 Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Clear Embossing
101460 Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Whisper White
102391 Stampin' Around Ink Refill Clear Embossing
103017 Stampin' Around Ink Refill Whisper White
103151 Stampin' Emboss Powder Hologram Highlights
105677 Stampin' Kids Pad Bear Brown
105676 Stampin' Kids Pad Beetle Black
105675 Stampin' Kids Pad Boxcar Blue
105674 Stampin' Kids Pad Gumball Green
105673 Stampin' Kids Pad Poppin' Purple
105672 Stampin' Kids Pad Princess Pink

105671 Stampin' Kids Pad Robin Red
105670 Stampin' Kids Pad Yahoo Yellow

103174 Stampin' Pastel Applicators
100852 Stampin' Pastel Erasers

100081 Stampin' Write Marker Going Gray
100945 StazOn Ink Refill Timber Brown
103088 StazOn Pad Timber Brown
107235 Tag Sheets Bold Brights
107239 Tag Sheets Confetti White & Kraft
107236 Tag Sheets Earth Elements
107240 Tag Sheets Kraft
107237 Tag Sheets Rich Regals
107238 Tag Sheets Soft Subtles
100894 Watercolor Brush Flat
101551 Watercolor Brush Medium
101331 Watercolor Brush Small
105395 Wire Works Metallic
105652 Wrapping Paper Whisper White


Stampin' Around wheels

* marked as Jumbo
100360 Acorns
109812 All about Birthdays*
109690 All about Christmas*
109812 All about Gratitude*
109676 Autumn Dots
104070 Bloomin'
107466 Bodacious*
105750 Bouquet*
107481 Butterflies & Blossoms
104065 Fishy
100267 Happy Jacks
107563 Ho Ho Ho
104312 Hot to Dot
104279 Leaf Prints
106062 Leaves Awash*
107479 Rough around the Edges*
101927 Snowman Fun
107465 Speckled*
105521 Spooky Skyline*
108979 Spotted*
107480 True Hearts
105033 Wings & Things

Another Big On Christmas Sample.


I really love this set! Does it show? hahaha I hope you are enjoying these too. This is another of the cards we made with the class that included the Big on Christmas Set...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Big on Christmas


Here is another from our previous class, it is difficult to see but the Purely Pomegranite and Wild Wasabi are from the "In Colors" from the current catalog. Just a note, the current In colors will be staying until the July Catalog. Is anyone excited for the new catalog in January? I have mixed feelings, I find there are items in the current catalog that I would like yet, but still there will be so many cool new items in the new catalog.


The preview mini is in my possesion so you would like a sneak peek you can look here or to see it for real, just drop by...We are not able to order from it yet, it is just a taste of what is to come!


It is also a great time to have a peek at the Stampin' Up! website as the main page has a new look. There are some cute ideas for decorations and several samples to look at as well. I find it very refreshing and hope that our new and improved personal websites will be up and running soon too!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Big On Christmas Samples

The last class I did, we used the Big On Christmas Stamp set. Here are a couple of the samples that the class made. Everyone enjoyed the class and I think that these are the favourites. Hopefully they will also inspire you.

Thank you to my Downline Lori for help with the designs for the class. It is great to get together and share ideas. Be watching for our upcoming swap using the new stamp sets and paper that will be featured in the new catalog. You can view the preview Here.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Retired List is Here!

Stamp Sets: December 1, 2007 through January 1, 2008Wheels & Accessories: December 10 until supplies run out

Our first semiannual retired stamp set list is here just in time for the holidays! Purchase your favorite retiring sets as a gift to yourself or someone else on your list today before they're gone forever.

Retiring Stamps Details

  • The retired list includes stamp sets that will retire as of January 1, 2008.
  • There is no limit to the number of retired stamps you can purchase.

Retiring Wheels and Accessories Details

  • retiring wheels and accessories list is available online beginning December 10. You can order items from this list through January 1, 2008 or until supplies run out.

Dormant List Details:

  • The dormant list posts December 1, 2007 and includes stamp sets from the Fall-Winter Collection 2007 that are not included in the upcoming Spring-Summer Collection 2008. These sets can be found online and are considered current Stampin' Up! product.

Items from the Holiday Mini will not appear on the dormant list, but they are not retired.
Stamp sets and wheels from mini catalogs will not be included on the dormant list.

Five Fantastic Gifts Under $35


Just in time for holiday gift giving, we're featuring five of our favourite crafting essentials. These items make ideal gifts, and best of all, they're perfectly priced for this season of giving!



  • Paper Cutter, $34.95 Whether you have a passion for scrapbooking, card making, or paper crafts in general, this portable and lightweight cutter is a must. It cuts paper up to 12" wide and has easy-to-read grid lines. Use item number 104152 to order this.

  • Big Flowers, $31.95 With eight fun images, this stamp set is great for year-round card making and scrapbooking. It also coordinates perfectly with our Circle punches and Little Flowers stamp set. This is item number 109405 when ordering.

  • Home Again Simply Scrappin', $27.95 Simply Scrappin' kits make scrapbooking and card making easy and fast. Kits include Designer Series paper, coordinating card stock and self-adhesive die cuts, ensuring your project will coordinate perfectly while saving you time. Order this using item number 109597.

  • Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Set, $28.95 Alphabet sets are a core product when scrapbooking and card making. This set includes both alphabets and numbers! Give me item number 109429 to order this set.

  • Earth Elements Classic Stampin' Spots, $30.95 These 1" square ink pads are an affordable way to sample all the colours in a colour family! Use item number 105551 to order these ink pads.

Be sure to visit our online catalogue to see more great gifts!
Contact me today, to purchase these holiday gift essentials.