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February Blog Header

When I saw that FREE Box of Chocolate February Wallpaper Digital Download, well - I couldn't resist! And paired with the 2013 Quotable Calendar Template - it was a match made in Heaven or my version of it with my FAV Close to Cocoa color!

So, how about this for my new blog header for February?

Remember this post from Tuesday? The one with the FREE Digital Download?

Yup! That's the one! Close to Cocoa has been one of my favorite colors for a number of years. I must have had about five packages of retired Close to Cocoa Designer Series Paper (DSP) when Stampin'Up! retired it! Hey - always buy what you like, huh?  :)

I think I'm down to about one package left and it has been retired for a few years now... Am I the only one who buys her favorites and then holds them VERY close - not wanting to part with them because I know I can't get any more of it? Hope Stampin'Up! brings back the Close to Cocoa color in a cool, new DSP!

$1 Digital Content Discs for MDS!

That is just 100 pennies! 4 quarters! 10 dimes! 20 nickels!
Some were originally over $30!
Here they are - get them while you can and while they are still available in the Clearance Rack (read the fine print too - some of them work ONLY on My Digital Studio!).

You can click on the name of each of the content discs and you will go straight to that item on the Clearance Rack. You can then read what content is included on each disc!

Avant-Garde Collection DVD (item 125841) Original Catalog Price of $31.95 Now just $1 ***************************************************

Cheerful Treats Digital Content CD (item 124237) Original Catalog Price of $16.95 Now just $1 ***************************************************
Express Booster Pack DVD (item 124889) Original Catalog Price of $39.95 Now just $1 ***************************************************
His & Hers Collection DVD (item 125842)  Original Catalog Price of $32.95 Now just $1 ***************************************************…

FREE Digital Downloads

You got it! Stampin' Up! added a FREE digital download today! Here's the FREEBIE they are offering:

And I'm sensing a theme here... Remember the January FREE digital download? It is STILL available AND


WAIT until you see Friday's blog posting - I LOVE this new download! Who else is ready for February AND Valentine's Day?

Express Card Class

Crafters -

What a busy day Saturday was! Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or your favorite beverage and enjoy this post - along with some pretty cards!

First, the Flower Fair Simply Scrappin' Kit Card Class was held Saturday morning. We even made a box for the cards so it can sit on a desk or bookcase and it will be SO EASY to just grab a card and go (and looks pretty too)! The next card class - February Card Class - will feature the Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit. I've added details on my Classes page. We will also be making a DIFFERENT box to go with this set! You will need to RSVP by February 9th so I can ensure I have enough supplies ordered!

Then while we were finishing the cards and taking orders, others began arriving for the Express Card Class in the afternoon.

It was so nice to meet some new friends. And it was nice to have old friends stop by too! A good time was had by all! 

During the afternoon, we began with the Oh, Hello stamp set, using the Note Cards and Enve…

Secret Garden

Crafters -

All I can say is "Whew!" Whatever has been going around has been a doozy here!! (So thankful my other job has benefits!)

We plan the Latte Joy Stampers downline meetings for once a quarter (our next meeting is in April - 90 days - and it seems to go so fast!). My card for my shoebox swap tonight was ready to go well in advance - thank goodness too! 

Charlene, Nina, Sandie, and I met this evening for fun and crafting. We did miss Jeannette and Gabby. But family ALWAYS comes first! Hopefully we will catch up with them in April!

I'll be posting the cards we made - but it won't be until later this weekend. In the meantime, here's the card I made for the Shoebox Swap. It uses one of my FAVORITE new stamp sets - Secret Garden AND the Secret Garden Framelits, along with the Perfectly Penned stamp set!

I LOVE the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, and we tied a little bow using the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (**HINT - put just a smidge of the SNAIL to hold th…

Blog Candy Winner!

Remember this post on Saturday? Well, thank you so much to those of you who came to my blog and left a comment between that posting and Monday evening.

I had to wait for the boy to come home from school today so we could pull the name out of the bag, and ...

So thanks so much playing along! This is the first time I've done this and it was a LOT of fun (my helper enjoyed it as well!). I may have to do this again. What do you think?

So Bonnie from Virginia - please email me with your snail mail address and I'll get this out to you!

Hope you enjoy the bag - I had a LOT of fun making it!

Blog Candy!


How about some
Someone told me some information about blogging the other day that I didn't know. And it was a very valuable life lesson too... After receiving that little blogging lesson from that person the other day, I thought.... hmmmm.... maybe I'll try that.

So, how about some

I had posted on the Social Media class posting, asking if there were any techniques that anyone was interested in learning - so that I could add to my video library on YouTube.

Remember the Giftables class I offered in December? (You'll want to scroll to the bottom of the classes link to see the pictures.)

Well, I made a couple extras of the bag! (They made GREAT Christmas gifts!)

If you leave me a comment between now and Monday, January 21st, 2013, I'll place your name into a drawing to receive the rag-bag from this class. (Limited to U.S. addresses only)

I'll post your name on Tuesday, January 22nd. You'll need to send me your snail mail address so I can …

Leadership Class - Blueprint for Success

I hope you have been enjoying these updates today on the various Leadership classes I received last week. This is the final "Breakout" class update.

During Leadership 2013, I was able to take a class called "Creating Your Blueprint for Success" that was offered by Brandi Barnard and Meg Daves. 

During the Creating Your Blueprint for Success class, Brandi Barnard (or maybe it was Meg Daves) mentioned that Stampin'Up! was going to offer a "Cost Calculator" in excel for the demonstrators. It would be available AFTER Leadership 2013. Now I check online almost EVERY DAY (if not multiple times throughout the day!) on the Stampin'Up! website and it was there as of yesterday. Not sure if they posted it before, but I specifically went looking for it yesterday. SU! has made it very easy for those of us (that would be me!) so we can keep an accurate cost analysis on our fees.

Brandi also mentioned that we could "repurpose" our projects and designs. No…

Leadership Class - Meet New People

On Saturday early afternoon of Leadership 2013, I was able to attend the "Meet New People, Find New Faces" class facilitated by Shannon West. You may remember Shannon from my posting about the 2012 Chattanooga Regional. Here's the picture I took that day:

One of the items she shared was to make the projects easily duplicatable. She showed a picture of the Swallowtail butterfly that she did, although I cannot remember the colors used (Steph asked me yesterday!) But here's what she did with hers! (When I next see you, ask me about how Shannon cleans her stamps while stamping! You thought I was bad wiping them on my black slacks during classes - I ain't got nuttin' on the lovely Shannon!)

I had located a pretty, oval frame that was very ornate and thought I'd use it for my "My Why" statement, but I may have to seriously reconsider! My Swallowtail butterfly is due to arrive next week, hmmm....

SO, here is an easily duplicatable project using My Little …

Leadership Class - Social Media

There were a number of classes offered this year for Leadership 2013. I wish I could have taken them all, but unfortunately Hermoine's Time Turner was not available to me.

BUT one of the classes that I WAS able to take was the "Ramping Up Your Social Media Presence" and it was facilitated by Andrea Withers. You may remember Andrea from my posting about Convention 2011 AND the 2012 Chattanooga Regional. Well, she was on stage at this presentation and did a FAN-TAB-ULOUS job! I wasn't able to get her attention until Saturday evening at the Sale-a-Bration Celebration, she was just WAY too busy! Of course, she is one of those rare people who remember names and faces! (It may have something to do with her youth, but I suspect it is actually HER!) When I snuck over and saw her, she gave me the biggest hug. Isn't she just the sweetest person?! This picture was from the Chattanooga Regional.

Well, during the Leadership 2013 class of Ramping Up Your Social Media Presence, I…

Leadership Class - Managers' Reception

WOW! Seriously, you ever get so speechless with something right in front of you that you can say nothing but "WOW!"? 

As many of you know, I was a demonstrator for a number of years. I then took at six-month break (Stampin'Up!'s rules, not mine). Well, because of that time off, I've had to rebuild my business, so I am always looking for tips!

During Leadership 2013, they offered a class the first afternoon/evening BEFORE Leadership 2013 actually started. I signed up for that class RIGHT AWAY! It was called "How to Get to Managers' Reception Next Year" and was facilitated by Brian Pilling. Brian's a bit of a character...

When you next see me, ask me about the Friday Night General Session he participated in called "Stamping Under the Stars." We just refer to it as a Pajama Party. Boys aren't usually allowed at these things... but he was there in his Mickey Mouse t-shirt, suitcase, and he even had his pillow! He did some internet researc…

My Paper Pumpkin

So, have you joined with YOUR monthly subscription yet?

Make sure you check my name (Dawn Stock, Grove City, Ohio) as your demonstrator! Join Now! Want to get together to PUT our cards together? YUP! That's the way to snag the invite so we can really make these cards rock! You'll get to look over my designs AND use my stamps to add to these cards. Of course, they are lovely as they are if you don't have the time one of the months...  :)

It has just been a whirlwind since I came home from Leadership! WHEW!! I placed my supply order for the Card Class next week using the Flower Fair Simply Scrappin' Kit! Wait until you see the fun cards we will make using HALF of a kit! I just LOVE the printed paper and it has ribbon that is EXCLUSIVE to that kit!

And the ABSOLUTE BEST PART IS... Stampin'Up! has such wonderful people working there - my order SHIPPED in less than 24 hours! YUP! I placed my order in the early morning hours and before I could get home from my "regula…

Stampin'Up! Videos!

For your viewing enjoyment!

Celebrating 25 Years of Making a Difference!

The New "Dude, You're Welcome!" Kit - designed for men. Check out the blocks too! VERY manly!
And finally, not a video, but more information about the NEW Paper Pumpkin MONTHLY subscription! What do you think? I think we should get together to really make these cards rock! So if you want to bump it up, let me know! Want to get together with several of YOUR friends? Let me know and YOU can have a PRIVATE Card Class! Once you get to the My Paper Pumpkin site, make sure you click through the right arrows (they are on the right on the "Once upon a time..." portion), so YOU can read the story! LOVELY! 

OOOHHHHH - And, when requested, don't forget to pick me (Dawn Stock, Grove City, Ohio) for your demonstrator! That's the way you'll snag the invite when we bump up the cards!

New Card Kit Subscription - My Paper Pumpkin!

Yes, that is right! During General Session today, the fabulous Bonnie Thurber, who CAN read minds gave us some fabulous news!

Go to and come right back here. WOW HUH????

Doesn't this sound just great? You can choose between either a monthly card kit subscription OR you can try it for one month free. Did I mention that the monthly subscription will include shipping?! I think I see a monthly class for my customers!

And because Stampin'Up! is such a fabulous company - and here is where I can tell you about Bonnie's mind-reading abilities. You see, there weren't any make-and-takes is year. Bonnie said she told the company that we would be alright with NOT doing make-and-takes because Stampin'Up! Is giving all Leadership attendees a FREE 'Hey There Try It Kit' and you can see parts of the kit they gave us here. Now, I do have to be honest here. We received a slightly different kit because the new kits aren't ready until March.

If you are new t…

So Much Fun in Orlando!

But is it HOT! Guess you can tell I don't live in this state, huh? My melting gives me away every time!

Anyway... I saw my friend Gwen yesterday at the meet-and-greet. She is still just as tall, beautiful, and just as nice as she always is. LOVE HER! When I reconnected with her in the room, she had already found two other new friends and we were gabbing and sharing with them.

In my other class later that day with Brian Pilling, I was able to sit with four ladies I just met. And one of them, the talented Kathleen Innes, is my new accountability partner! Can't wait to talk with her monthly to talk about our Stampin'Up! businesses!

Steph arrived safe and sound - isn't it wonderful to share this great company and have nice friends to share it with too?

Ok, we received our "Oh Hello" stamp set and a really pretty silver pen and pin! I took a picture - I'll see if I can get that uploaded and post it here (You have to tilt your head to the side - I'll figure…


Crafters -

I'm in Orlando for the Stampin'Up! Leadership! My friend and former downline member, Stephanie, is due in tomorrow. Even though we are not in the same downline anymore, I'm so thankful that we are and have always been friends first! And did I mention that we are roomies again too?! The only thing, actually a person, missing from this Stampin'Up! event is our friend Geneva. The three of us used to travel and room together at these events.

BUT I have already placed the Good & Plenty box on Steph's pillow - sshhhh! Don't tell her - she'll be surprised when she arrives tomorrow. We always do Good & Plentys at our events! ;)

Hope you are subscribing to my blog postings so you can receive the Leadership postings I make while I'm here. 

I'm also hoping I get to see some of my SU! friends here in Florida too! I already met two new friends at the airport. You see, there is not a bag provided this year. Well, Stampin'Up! told us to bring a …

Valentine Promotions!

Crafters -

UPDATE: I've attached a flyer so you can see these side-by-side AND a cute little set of 3" x 3" cards too! Hope you enjoy them!

So that we can get into the Valentine's Spirit of LOVE - Stampin'Up! is offering TWO special promotions for Valentine's Day. 

The promotions are only good January 3rd through January 21st, 2013. This is BEFORE Sale-a-Bration begins - BUT the GREAT news is that you can order these and get them in plenty of time to make some really cute cards and notes with!

The two specials are:
Valentine Treat Bundle. This bundle, created specifically for this special offer, contains the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (English only) and a package of the 1" x 8" cellophane bags. The bundle item number is 132771 with a retail value of $7.45, but WAIT! Your Special Bundle Price is only $5.95. (FYI - the Full Heart Punch coordinates with the Happy Valentine Single Stamp but the punch is NOT included in the bundle.) You must…

Let it Snow January Wallpaper - FREE Digital Download

Crafters -

Check it out! To start the new year, Stampin'Up! is offering a FREE Digital Download called Let It Snow! How great is that? You can download it, for FREE, from my online store (did I mention that it is FREE?) and you can get there from HERE.

Should I redo my January blog header, hmmmm.....