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Merry Christmas!

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 

Luke 2: 10-14


Did you hear my scream? Guess what I received in today's mail? Go ahead - GUESS!!!
You will just never guess...

For those you involved with SU!, you know Leadership 2011 sold out. The day that I could register also happened to be the same day that we were closing on our "old" house. So, since I couldn't be two places at once (where is Hermoine's Time Turner, when I need it?), and since selling the old house  was a little bit more important (just slightly - smile) than registering for Leadership...  well, by the time Demonstrator Support got to me while I was on hold on the telephone, they had already sold out. :(  BUT the house closing went off without a hitch, so I guess in the big scheme of things...
ANYWAY, I have been searching and listing everywhere I knew to list - that I was seeking a Leadership ticket. Mindy (sideline) and Terri (upline) were already going. We were all going to room together, my first Leadership, and I wasn't going... snif…

Merry Christmas!!!

Crafters -
As many of you know, I have been working (it seems like FOREVER) on that Sizzix Scallop Square Tote of mine. What I haven't told you is... that I have been making one for each Dame in my downline (we are called Dawn's Dames).
Thanks to the combined efforts of Jen (who showed the tote originally), Mindy (for opening her home in MAY! to have a day of making these) and to my wonderful downline and friend, Geneva, for the personalized sewing lessons. THEY ARE ALL DONE!!!! Because my downline is all over the city (and now country), I've been able to get these to them one at a time. So, only about half have been delivered. My newest downline (who is also my mom!) will receive hers after Christmas when we visit. 
For now, I'm only going to show you the totes that have been delivered. Please know that these were started BEFORE Stampin'Up! started selling fabric. All fabrics are Debbie Mumm. All of the bags have the brown coffee swirls pattern in the bag and on the …
It has started to snow again! YEAH!!! It was raining earlier (boo!).
and this is what it looked like 10 minutes later...

I can't WAIT to see what it looks like later. The boy keeps singing "walking in a Winter Wonderland..." and has asked to go outside and make snow angels today. Think I may have to do that in a bit... hmmmm

Now, if I can just get my homework done, this is PERFECT weather to craft!

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas-y weather...  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Stampin'Up! Filled With Love Promotion

Stampin'Up! has announced a special from December 17th through January 24th!
Valentine's Day is the second biggest holiday for sending cards, and during the Filled with Love promotion, you can get an exclusive package of Designer Series Paper - perfect for creating cards. You will receive a FREE package of Bitty Buttons (a $4.95 value) when you purchase an exclusive Filled with Love Bundle. Details are on my Demonstrator Website. Go to for more information!
This special will end BEFORE Sale-a-Bration, so place your order from December 17th to January 24th!

Happy December 1st!!!!

I woke this morning and took the dog outside. It has started to snow here. Not very much but it is nice to see...  LOVE having four full seasons.
Happy December 1st! Enjoy this wonderful month! And please remember to keep the focus where it belongs. I know I stress (just a little bit - smile), but I'm going to try to remember what this month is all about.
I have this song running through my head... "Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful... (skip the next line)... Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."

Happy December 1st!!!! (and enjoy the pretty snow).

Specials, Specials, and More Specials!

Crafters -

Stampin'Up! is offering two specials.

1) Online Spectacular
Beginning tomorrow (November 22nd), this is a one-week sale with discounts up to 50% off. They are offering this sale during the week of Thanksgiving when most people are too busy to hold workshops and many are doing their holiday shopping. They are telling us that this promotion is best suited to online orders, so make sure you go to my SU! website ( and click "Shop Now" in the upper right hand corner. You will also be able to take advantage of the Clearance Rack when placing your online orders too (the Clearance items are while supplies last only). FYI - they have let us know My Digital Studio (MDS) will be 50% off, some Designer Fabrics will be 50% off, AND there will be FREE shipping on onlineorders of $150 or more. If you place an online order of $150, you also receive those great hostess benefits!


2) Simply Amazing Recruiting Special
If you have …

The Craft Room... :)

As many of you know, we moved a couple of months ago. With the move, selling the old house (we sold it two days ago!!!!), the MBA classes, carpal tunnel surgery, and life in general, almost all of my stamping supplies were still in boxes...
Thanks to my fabulous husband and wonderful child, we had taken a trip to Ikea a couple of weeks ago. I wanted one of those 5x5 size Expedit bookcases. We brought it home and we (finally) put it together Friday evening. :)  I was hoping that I could fit two of them side-by-side into my craft room. Well, my craft room is literally 1.75" too small! Of course. So, again, my fabulous husband said - well, instead of the 5x5 size, why not get four of those 1x5 sizes? (What a nice guy, huh?)
Because my minivan is still in the shop (recall and parts are not available until MARCH now!), I have this little tiny rental car, I had to borrow HIS car. We had to fold down seats, lean back the passenger front seat and remove all passenger head…

Simply Amazing Recruiting Promotion!

What a FABULOUS Opportunity!
November 15 through November 30, 2010 New recruits can purchase the Standard Starter Kit OR the Digital+ Starter Kit for only $87.50. That is 50% off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies! (Think about it - My Digital Studio ALONE is $80! plus stamp sets, plus stamp pads, plus markers, plus buttons, plus a BOX of catalogs, mini catalogs, order forms - You are making out like a BANDIT!)  :)
If you are interested, AFTER NOVEMBER 15TH, go to my demo website:
* Start Your Own Business (right side, near the top of the page)
* Start Your Own Business (right side, near the top of the page)
* Join Now (left side of the page in the middle)
* Read and acknowledge (if you agree)
* Check "I agree" and then type in "DAMES" (the word D-A-M-E-S, all in capital letters)
* Click "continue" and then you add in your information
Once you sign up, you are now part …

Craft Bazaar - Saturday, November 6th

Crafters -

I will be at the Cypress Christian School Annual Craft Bazaar tomorrow (Saturday, November 6th). I am located in the West Auditorium and will be there from 9a until 3p. I'll have various cards and crafts, catalogs, and retired stamp sets/ribbons/papers available.

Cypress Wesleyan Church is located at 377 Alton Darby Creek Road, Galloway, Ohio 43119.

Hope to see you there!

(Additionally, the Grove City United Methodist Church Scrapbook Ministry is having their annual craft sale tomorrow. Please feel free to visit their table while at the church for the Turkey Dinner. GCUMC is located at 2710 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123 - all proceeds go to the ministry.)

Leadership - Here I Come (I hope!)

Crafters -
Stampin'Up! Leadership is January 13th and 14th. You have to be a Supervisor or above to attend. Thanks to my fabulous downline, Dawn's Dames (Nina, Stephanie, Pam, Tina, Geneva, Jeannette, Sandie, Beth, and Janet), I qualify to attend Leadership. You not only have to have a downline, but you have to have the sales too!
One of the airlines is having a wonderful sale and I was able to get the airfare at a VERY reasonable rate. Now, I just have to wait until November to register for Leadership (provided it doesn't sell out to the Managers and above first).  :)
According to my friend Mindy, Leadership is extremely business-based. I will learn so much during those two days. I'm really looking forward to it. With the move, the MBA classes, everything that goes on in life, I haven't been able to craft these past few months. I'm really looking forward to getting back to my stamping - I have missed it - and the friends I get to stamp with...

Sale-a-Bration 2011 Dates!!!

Crafters -
Again, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth - I promise! BUT we have been having internet issues too...  :(
However, I got onto the Stampin'Up! website just a few minutes ago - they have announced the dates for the 2011 Sale-a-Bration. It will run January 25th through March 31st, 2011. Don't forget - that is also a FAN-TAB-U-LOUS time to sign up and become a demo too! (If you aren't one already, of course!).

I'm still here...

Crafters -
I haven't fallen off the face of the earth (yet), I promise!
We have moved most of our stuff but there are still so many boxes. I will be MIA for a bit longer...
My crafting room still has everything except stamp pads in boxes - I think I'm going through withdrawal from stamping!

Hoping to be up and running sometime in October...


Crafters -
As many of you are aware, we will be moving soon. Boxes have been packed but there is still so many more boxes to pack and other things to do. Thank GOD for family and friends! :)
I will be updating this VERY sporadically through the next month. Please feel free to check back, but know that I may be missing for a few days.
If you would like to place an order, you can either call or email me. OR you can visit my Demo Website at and place your order directly from the site.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding...

Where Does the Time Go?

Can you believe it is almost time for school to begin? I cannot!!!
AND it is almost time for the Extra Hostess Benefits to end too - don't forget to book your workshop and earn those extra freebies before it is too late. Those extra benefits end on August 31st.
It is also a GREAT time to sign up as a demonstrator. On your first order you will save the extra 10% (as long as your first order is placed within a certain time frame - 45 days from when you sign up!) AND you can get those extra hostess benefits on your first order too!
What a GREAT deal, I am telling you.
Book your workshop or sign up as a demonstrator now - before it is too late...

Extra Hostess Benefits

Crafters -

Many of you know, I just returned from Convention. I had a FABULOUS time and learned so many different things as you can see from my previous posts this week.  :)

Stampin'Up! is offering a special beginning TODAY (July 27th) through August 31st (ALL orders have to be sent into SU! by August 31st...). Here it is - let me know when YOU want to book YOUR workshop!

Extra, Extra Hostess Promotion
Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010
Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!
Things to Remember
Online orders do not qualify. Orders must be $350 or more to qualify.Hostesses may use their additional $25 in hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise. Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $700 workshop does not receive $50 in additional dollars. All orders over $350 always receive $25 in additional free hoste…

Convention - FINAL DAY!!!

Well, we are officially home, still catching up on sleep (smile).
Here are some pictures from the final day (which was yesterday, but with flying home, I am just now posting these): As luck would have it, guess who we sat behind on Saturday? For those of you who do NOT recognize this lovely lady, this would be Sherrill Graff. Sherrill is the moderator of an online group I belong to. She is one of the nicest people I've "met" (we only had emailed previously). She does a lot with Ronald McDonald House Charities in her area. She is also the one that reserves the block of hotel rooms for this same group. She was gracious enough to pose for a picture with me - Thanks Sherrill!

What a cute mom-and-daughter picture huh? I really liked how it was framed within the heart stamp prop behind them. Sara (the daughter, on the right) sat down first and in fun family fashion, Shelli (the mom, on the left) sat down on her lap! And then Shelli demonstrated, on Sara's lap! They eventually…

Convention - Day 3

WHEW! We were able to get about SIX WHOLE HOURS OF SLEEP last night! We woke at 5am and I was on the shuttle at 6:30-ish. You see, today was the Recruit Crew Breakfast with Shelli and staff members of Stampin'Up! I was able to attend this today because my friend Jeannette signed up to be a demonstrator during my Recruit Crew Training. Thanks again Jeannette!

Shelli Gardner (CEO and Co-founder) at the Recruit Crew Breakfast with 290-ish of our closest friends  :)
This is Jill. Doesn't she have the prettiest smile? She is one of the wonderful presenters that have shared their wisdom with us. Oh, and she sings beautifully too (keep reading for more on that!)

She and Bonnie (below) did a tag team presentation yesterday and they also sang the song "Sisters." Anyone else remember that song? These two did it WAY BETTER than the original two ladies, complete with feathers!  :)  Thanks to my wonderful husband and his new camera, I was even able to record it. We have been humming…

Convention Day 2

WOW!!! It is only 10:48pm MT, but my body is still on EST (12:48am!). AND I get to have breakfast with Shelli in the morning (that would be Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin'Up!). She has invited all of the Recruit Crew (the first Recruit Crew) to a breakfast in the morning. Looking forward to it.

AND you will NEVER guess who I actually met today! Patty Bennett, as in Patty Bennett! AND she actually posed for a picture with me! She probably thinks I'm some kind of stalker the way I was hovering waiting to get my picture taken with her, but I don't care. She is just FABULOUS! I have cased her work and linked to her blog before. Feel free to go there to her site. Again, she is just FABULOUS - and just as nice in person as she is on her blog.

Drum roll please.... there is a WONDERFUL Stampin'Up! promotion beginning July 27th through August 31st. Book your workshop now! For workshops that total $350 during those dates, the hostess will recei…

Convention Goodies

Crafters -

WOW! Stephanie, Geneva, and I are all here and in our hotel room. Here are some of the goodies we received today:

The orange bag is the bag we received for Convention with our new stamp sets. The brown bag with the is one of those reusable bags. AND I purchased the laptop bag. It also has a matching tote (thanks to Stephanie for letting me borrow hers for this picture).

We all purchased the new aprons, and there is a new single stamp that says the same thing. The blue thing is the new punch template. ONLY available to demonstrators.

AND, for the Recruit Crew only members, I received a neat lanyard. ONLY available to Recruit Crew members! So you see, I really am special...  :)

UPDATE - Well the pictures are not uploading here in the hotel. I'll try again in the morning. Although it is only 9:02pm MT, my body is still at 11:02 pm EST...

NEWEST UPDATE - YEAH! The pictures loaded...

Convention Here We Come!!!!

Yup, it is 11:30pm and I am still packing for tomorrow. There's a shock!
Stephanie, Geneva, and I leave at o-dark-thirty to head to Salt Lake City for Convention 2010! This year's theme is "Share What You Love" - can't wait to see all the goodies we will get to make this year.
And we are NOT renting a vehicle this year to see the Riverton campus (where they have all those wonderful supplies that are delivered to us...). See this post from August 5th, 2009 - last year's Convention, if you'd like a good laugh! Geneva is on the left in both pictures. We were stylin' in our ride, I can tell you that...
I will be updating my blog nightly. I know we will be hitting Memento Mall once we arrive, so I hope to post some of the pictures of those goodies too!
Remember to subscribe if you wish to receive the updates automatically.

July Dames Meeting

Check out these FABULOUS cards we made at the July Dames meeting this past Saturday.
LOTS of talent in the Dames Group, huh?

Another New Demonstrator!

Crafters -
A former demonstrator, who was also in one of my Hostess Clubs, has joined Dawn's Dames! Please join me in welcoming my friend Janet to the SU! family. Currently, SU! is offering a special for former demonstrators. Basically, it is for the business supplies only, including a box of catalogs! That alone is worth the $35 cost!
This Rejoin special is only available July 1 through 31. AND it cannot be done online. There is a special signup form that has to be mailed in. Don't wait until the last minute on this one.
Stampin'Up! is contacting demonstrators who have left over the past three years, however ALL former demonstrators are welcome to sign up. NOTE: Only demonstrators who resigned on or before March 31, 2010, are eligible for this offer. AND that date does not apply to any demonstrator who dropped as a part of the quarterly drop process. Any demonstrator who has dropped as a result of not meeting the quarterly minimum is eligible for this offer.
Contact me if you…

Make a Card!

Crafters -
Don't forget - tomorrow (Wednesday, July 7th) - you are invited to my home to make a card with a new stamp set. I'll have retired items available for sale as well.
See the post dated June 27th for additional details - hope to see you then!

Dames Handbook

I have officially completed the Dames Handbook. This was one of the Challenges that I needed to complete for Module 8 of Stampin'Up!'s Recruit Crew Training Program.

I have emailed it to all of the current, active Dames. If you would like to join our group, let me know - I can send the information to you too!

There are a couple of blank lines, some "fill-in-the-blanks" if you will. Dames will want to complete those blanks so we can discuss them.

I've listed actual "business" hours so we can talk one-on-one, along with a few other items. One of the responsibilities will be for each Dame to review the handbook and ask any questions after reviewing it.

Hope each of my downline finds this handbook useful!

Another New Demonstrator!

Crafters -
Please join me in welcoming my friend Sandie to Dawn's Dames!
She has been playing with stamping and scrapbooking and all kinds of papercrafts for years! She actually used to belong to one of my Hostess Clubs.
I'm so glad she joined and I look forward to her meeting the rest of the Dames!
Welcome aboard Sandie!

New Catalog Special

Crafters -
The new catalogs have arrived. Contact me to get yours now.
ALSO, come to my home on Wednesday, July 7th, from 6p-7p. You can look at the new catalog and even make a card!
I will have my newly retired items available for sale.
AND I offer the following July 7th, one-day only, NEW CATALOG SPECIALS: Place a $50 customer order that night and you can purchase a catalog for $5 (basically half price).For each NEW $24.95 (or more) stamp set that you purchase, you can chose one of my available retired stamp sets of equal or lesser ORIGINAL value. (this means if you order a $28.95 stamp set, you can chose one of my retired stamp sets that originally cost $28.95 or less - basically, you are looking at a "Twofer"!). The original price value will be listed on the retired stamp sets - THESE ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. When you purchase a NEW stamp set, you will get to choose one available retired stamp set.And yes, you can use this one-day Special to purchase your Just Believe Sta…

Card Classes

Crafters -
Christmas in July is scheduled for July 17th and the Just Believe Class is schedule for August 7th. Click on the "Classes" tab at the top for more information.
Classes will NOT be offered with less than three (3) paid participants.
Reserve your spot TODAY!

Garage Sale - Take 2

Well, we got rid of a LOT of stuff this past Saturday at the Garage Sale. Two ladies even came - they were told about my garage sale while at another garage sale! Crafters, unite!   :)

Anyway, because we still have a few larger items left (furniture stuff), my wonderful husband has agreed to another garage sale THIS Saturday, June 26th. SO, I'm going to go through my stuff in my craft room again. I will DEFINITELY be selling LOTS more. Garage doors will open at 8am.

Please feel free to share this information with others. Hope to see you on Saturday.

New Demo has signed up!

Crafters -
Right now, Stampin'Up! is offering this fabulous promotion. You can become a demonstrator for $99. For more information on the $99 Starter Kit Promotion, go to my SU! website at: The Starter Kit Promotion is about half way down the page (password is DAMES to signup). Remember, you can be your best customer! (smile)  You do not have to have workshops, but you DO get to attend my quarterly downline meetings. Check out the information on the DAMES page, listed above.
And, because she is taking advantage of this great offer, the newest member of Dawn's Dames is Beth. She formerly was a demo under my sideline, Jen. That darned Jen is the one that showed me how to make those purses - you know the one - I've been posting a couple of the pictures here. I just LOVE those purses! Thanks Jen!
So, that brings the Dames to EIGHT now - Nina, Stephanie, Pam, Tina, Geneva, Angie, Jeannette, and now Beth. NINE if you includ…

Card Classes updated

Crafters -
I have just updated the Classes page. The August class will be a little different. I know we are all being good stewards of our monies. With that in mind, when I purchase a stamp set (unless it is something with computers that I just KNOW I will use all the time), I look at the stamp set to determine if I can make five (yes, 5) cards or designs with it. If I cannot, I do not purchase it. Believe me, I have "several" stamp sets that either I have NEVER used or only saw ink one time. That is not a wise use of my funds.
So, with that in mind, there is a new stamp set coming out called "Just Believe" - for those of you with your catalogs, it is on page 109 of the new catty (if you haven't reserved yours yet, let me know so I can preorder one for you). Anyway, the first time I went through the catalog, I just loved that set and knew I was going to purchase it. Well, fast forward to last week. Stampin'Up! announced that the Just Believe Stamp Set was one…

Thank You Stampin'Up!

Well Crafters... I received a shipping notice from Stampin'Up! (SU!)    :)
As you know, my name was drawn to choose a free stamp set from SU! for completing one of the modules with their Training Program - the Recruit Crew.
I chose the Varsity Alphabet Stamp set (item #113684, cost of $43.95) and it has shipped! I have been admiring this stamp set for a while now, but something else always seemed to be needed more...  BUT thanks to SU!, it is coming my way!!!!
I have all kinds of ideas to use this stamp set. I see Christmas cards, Birthday cards, Thinking of You cards - all in scarlet and gray.
Cannot wait to use this set. I'll post the pictures here once I begin...
Thank you Stampin'Up!

Flowers made from Punches!

My upline, Terri, had a meeting last night for her direct downline (that would be me!).
We used several of the new colors that will be in the new catalog and we used punches and Sizzix dies, along with our Big Shot. All of these are made with cardstock! The picture just doesn't do them justice...

These can be used on cards, pencils, bamboo sticks to make a bouquet. The ideas are endless. That being said - probably want to hand-deliver these cards or use padded envelopes. I wouldn't send them through regular mail in a regular card envelope.

Scallop Square Purse - yet another one...

Crafters -
I just LOVE making these, but they are a bit of work - especially if you don't sew! :)
Thanks again to the talents of my friend Geneva, this purse now has a pocket. Once she explained it to me (yet again...), I was able to do one. Not near as nice and finished as hers is, but I'm learning. I really like this fabric and cannot wait until I get this purse done! I'm hoping it will be done in plenty of time for Convention, but we'll see.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out - THANKS GENEVA!

I WON!!!!!

AAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In case you didn't hear my scream from my house....

I just got home at 2:55pm. It is the last day of school and I always go out to lunch with my son on his last day of school since they release them early.

STAMPIN'UP! left a message for me on our home voicemail. GUESS WHAT?!?!?!?!  I WON!!!!!! What did I win? Well...

As many of you know, I'm in the middle of this Recruit Crew Training Program. I have DILIGENTLY completed each module and for each module, they draw some names (I want to say 20, but I'm too excited to go and look to confirm it!). They publish the names when they draw them - AND I WON!!!!!!! My name will be listed with the winners!

The Recruit Crew is a bit of work - I won't lie there! It has forced me to actually do some things with my business that I normally wouldn't do. AND it has stretched me WAY outside of my comfort level. BUT it has been SO worth it! I am a lot more comfortable with the recruiting aspect. As…

Last Chance List, new catty, and a Recruiting Special too!

Crafters -
The Last Chance List is here! For ease, just go to my demo website: Click on "Promotions" and then you can choose which Last Chance List you are seeking.
I have my new catty already, thanks to my friend Jeannette for signing up in March!  I met with my downline on Saturday and I think the five that were there will tell you - the new catty is FABULOUS! I met with some others today - they liked it too! :)
AND there is a $99 Mini Starter Kit available, from June 1 through June 30 ONLY! If you wish to sign up, go to my demo website and click on "Start Your Own Business" (on the right side), then on the left side about halfway down is a button that says "Join  Now" - click it! Read and acknowledge the Online Independent Demonstrator Agreement, click "I agree" and enter the password. FYI - the password is "DAMES" and you can begin! My next downline meeting is Saturday, July 17th. You do need to already be…

Scallop Square Purse, New Catty, Downline, and Friends!

Crafters -

Well... what do you think? I will tell you the picture just doesn't do it justice. And guess what is inside of that UPS (R) envelope? None other than the NEW Stampin'Up! (SU!) catalog which will be effective July 1st.

How did I get the catalog so early, you may ask? Well... let me tell you.  :)  See, I'm a Senior Supervisor with SU! And SU! offered this wonderful training program to Supervisors and Senior Supervisors. It's called the Recruit Crew. I have learned so much these past few weeks.
What this all means is that I have this FABULOUS downline. I had six in my downline and their names are (and I'm listing them in the order they signed up) Nina, Stephanie, Pam, Tina, Geneva, and Angie. And part of Recruit Crew is to sign up a new recruit during a certain time period - well, my friend Jeannette just happened to join our group during this particular time period!
So now, I have seven wonderful people that I get to stamp with quarterly, go to Regionals wit…

Opportunity Night - TOMORROW!!!

Crafters -
Tomorrow evening is my Opportunity Night. Several of you have emailed me advising that you had misread the invitation. Because you are not able to sign up as a Demonstrator right now, you replied that you didn't feel right attending and taking a spot.
PLEASE ATTEND ANYWAY!!!!  Yes, this is an Opportunity for you to signup as a Demonstrator, BUT it is also an Opportunity for you to make a card - and receive a FREE individual incentive stamp for attending - who doesn't love FREE?!
I just love the card I made for this Opportunity Night and I think you will too. We are playing with a few products and you will have such fun!
The Opportunity Night is from 6pm until 7p at my home.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Opportunity Night! - DATE CHANGE!!!!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator?

As many of you know, I am in the middle of a training program with Stampin'Up! One of my challenges for this 2-week period is to have an Opportunity Night to share with potential recruits (future demonstrators).

Now, before you say no, you don't have to sell to anyone - matter of fact - you could be your own best customer! If you are going to pay someone, why not yourself?

The instant income (your cost savings) is 20%. As a demonstrator, I am able to attend Convention in Salt Lake City (this year will be my THIRD year attending!), Regionals (I was even a helper in Virginia Beach in 2008!), get a first glimpse at the new goodies, AND for the past few years, SU! even allows us to preorder a Hostess set or two so we can have plenty of samples to show when the new Idea Book & Catalog arrive! How cool is that?! Especially since I never have the "big" workshops to earn them...

If you think you might possi…

Stampin'Up! May Promotion!

Stampin'Up! is offering a GREAT promotion for the month of May - and one of the sets is a new set that WE will be using at my card mini-workshop TODAY! Here's the flyer (click to enlarge the flyer) and don't forget, you can always go to my SU! website for shopping too!

Summer Mini Catalog MINI-Workshop

Alrighty Crafters!

Who is in the mood to make a card using a NEW stamp set from the NEW Summer Mini Catalog that is effective on May 1st? You? GREAT!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 1st, from 3:30pm-4:30pm. You are invited to my home for a Summer Mini Catalog MINI-Workshop and you will be able to make that card! Please RSVP by Thursday, April 29th, so that I will have the supplies available for you to complete the card.

I am in the middle of a training program with Stampin' Up! and one of the Challenges is to have a workshop the first half of May. I think this fits the bill! :)

OH, and as an added bonus, if you place a $35 or more merchandise order ON MAY 1ST ONLY - I'll even pay your 10% shipping charge (shipping and handling charge will be deducted from your total total). AND you will be placed in a drawing for a FREE Level 1 Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper III!

If you are unable to attend but still want to place an order - OUTSTANDING! Contact me on or before May 1st a…

My Rag Quilt Purse!

Check this out! I haven't sewn for quite some time. I'm guessing my sewing machine is about 25 years old if that gives you any idea of exactly how much I DO sew. :)

BUT, "everyone" seems to be making these Rag Quilt Purses using the Big Shot and the Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die. So... my wonderful sideline Jen demonstrated the Rag Quilt Bag/Purse to us at the April upline meeting. And my equally wonderful sideline Mindy, along with Jen, are going to show us how to make these purses in May. They provided us with a list of items to bring to the class. Alas I didn't have the Scallop Square die. However, my equally wonderful downline Geneva did and she was kind enough to allow me to use hers. Guess what I just ordered today...

Please don't look too closely for flaws, there are several. But it wasn't hard, and it wasn't really all that time consuming. The handle still needs to be placed on the bag, but for now, I have a sample to show. Let me know if YOU w…

Cards at April Dames meeting - WOW!

WOW! Here are the cards that were made yesterday at the quarterly Dames meeting. All I can say is just WOW!

Remember - You can doubleclick on the picture and it will enlarge. I've tried to post some of the details below each card.

Elements of Style - Dawn Stock
This card is a VERY close duplicate of the one Shelli Gardner (yes, Co-founder and CEO of Stampin'Up!) did at Leadership in January.
Stamp Set: Elements of Style (NEW Summer Mini)
Papers: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Kraft (soon to be called Crumb Cake), and Naturals White
Inks: Soft Suede, River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, and Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Blender Pens, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, Cutter Kit (for distressing the papers), and Frost White Shimmer Paint.
We used the Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol and sprayed the entire card, with an extra spray on the butterfly.
This card is just BEAUTIFUL - you should s…