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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

September Card Kit

Well, I'm ready to kick of my new series of Monthly Card Kits with a new and improved format! Now the card kits will feature an optional product as well as stamp set that you can purchase at catalog price--that means no shipping/no tax will be added to the price (a savings of 17%!). This will allow more flexibility in card kit designs since the amount of product that comes in "bulk" is limited.

In addition, each card kit will now feature two card designs. You will receive supplies to make 6 of each design for a total of 12 cards. You will also receive 2 additional full color samples of "alternative" cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit as well as complete step by step directions for all four cards. All of this for only $15! I will happily ship card kits to you for an additional $3.

This month's kit features the new Eastern Blooms stamp set found on page 91 of the new Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog for $21.95. The featured product is a package of Clear Buttons found on page for $4.95.

So what do you get?

* All the consumable supplies needed to make 12 cards, plus envelopes. The cardstock is cut to size for you.

* Detailed, step by step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 card designs.

Orders and payment for the Card kits must be received by September 15. If you wish to include any add-on products, payment is due at this time, also.

Add-on Products*:
· Pacific Point Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
· Kiwi Kiss Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
· Baja Breeze Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
· Pumpkin Pie Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
· Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Marker ($3.25)
· Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker ($3.25)

Other Optional Purchases*:
· 1" Circle Punch ($10.95)
· ¾" Circle Punch ($10.95)
· Stampin' Dimensionals ($3.95)
· 2-Way Glue Pen ($3.50)

*Regular tax and shipping will be added to these items.

Baby Shower Gift

I wanted to share a picture of one of the gifts I made for my brother's girlfriend's shower. Isn't it adorable? This is a paint can decorated with Stampin' Up's fantastic Designer Papers and ribbons. I just love the mini scrapbook with room to jot down little happenings each month for the first year. The idea of the book is to also add a picture on the other side. Inside I put the mini scrapbook, some receiving blankets, and mini bottles of shampoo, baby wash,etc. Of course as an Aunt-to-Be, I had to buy some other fun stuff, too!

This project uses the Nursery Necessities stamp set. It is a really great set for making cards as well as scrapbook pages.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

August Project Challenge Entry

Here are Chris's entries for the August Project Challenge. So far, she is the only one to participate, again! I know more of you are reading my blog by the number of hits I get on my counter, so let's see more of you try the projects. The project is super easy and very quick. All you have to do is email me a picture of your finished project and you'll be entered into the raffle for a set of cards.

If you still want to make the project, you will find it here. Have fun!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Join the Family!

If you have ever thought of becoming a demonstrator like me, now is the time! Stampin' Up is offering a new $99 mini starter kit with 3 options: Stamp focused, Scrapbook focused, or Home Decor focused. These mini kits offer a smaller selection of materials while providing all of the business supplies you will need to get started. You also have a fourth option--the regular kit for $199. If you choose the regular kit, you can also choose any stamp set from the catalog!

Here is what is in each kit:

Stamp-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
109515 Fun & Fast Notes stamp set $30.95
105548 Bold Brights card stock assortment (8-1/2" x 11") $7.95
101179 Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
100730 Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $7.50

Scrapbook-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
111570 Contempo Alphabet stamp set $40.95
113059 Simply Scrappin' Petal Party $19.95
105212 Pixie Pink Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25

Home Décor-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
111656 Inspired by Nature stamp set $23.95
114088 Décor Elements Chocolate Classic Ff $3.95
114126 Décor Elements Medium Chocolate Long Stem Silhouettes $17.95
114285 Décor Elements Applicator $1.95
111835 Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25

$199 Regular Starter kit--the best value of all.
  • Fun & Fast Notes stamp set
  • Eastern Bloom stamp set
  • Fundamental Phrases stamp set
  • Big Bold Birthday stamp set
  • Fast Flowers wheel
  • 6 Stampin' pads (Classic)
  • 2 pkg. assorted cardstock
  • 1 pkg. Whisper White cardstock
  • Stampin' Scrub
  • Stampin' Mist
  • SNAIL adhesive
  • Standard Stampin' Around Handle
  • Stampin' Around Ink Cartridge
  • Blender Pens
  • Versamark Pad
  • Craft & Rubber Scissors

*Each kit also includes the same business supplies that are found in the standard Starter Kit--a $65 value (the Home Décor-Focused Starter Kit also includes 25 Décor Elements brochures). All four options contain the exact same business supplies (valued at over $65), which includes:
  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Starter Kit Sample Sheet (project ideas)
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • To My Hostess envelopes (10)
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Hostess Booklets (20)
  • Hostess Benefits Form (10)
  • Customer Order Forms (50)
  • Holiday Mini Catalogs, if kit is ordered after 9/1 (8)

While all items in the Starter Kits are recommended, a new demonstrator may substitute a like item of equal or lesser value (business supplies cannot be substituted).

Contact me with any questions! You can also view my FAQ sheet by clicking here.

Click here to watch a short video about being a demonstrator. If you decide that you want to join the family, you can sign up right on my website. My "recruiter authorization password" is SUDEMO.

Friday, August 8, 2008

August Project Challenge

envelope card

You have until August 30 to submit your entry for this month's Project Challenge. This is an envelope card that can be used to hold gift cards, money, candy, and more. This project uses ALL NEW materials. The colors used are from the new In Color Line--Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss. I love the new Bella Rose Designer Paper. The stamp is from a beautiful new set called Dreams du Jour.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 4 1/4 x 10 3/4 sheet of cardstock

  • 4 x 4 and 1 3/4 x 4 pieces of coordinating Designer Paper

  • Coordinating cardstock for image and matting--my measurements are:
    Whisper White: 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
    Riding Hood Red 2 x 2
    Kiwi Kiss 2 1/4 x 2 1/4

  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • 2 standard envelopes 3 5/8 x 6 1/2"--not the kind SU sells.
  1. Be sure to have all of your paper cut to the sizes mentioned above. Take the 4 1/4 x 10 3/4 sheet of cardstock and score it along the long edge at 4 1/4 and 8 3/4.

  2. Adhere your Designer Paper to the appropriate places on your cardstock. Stamp your image and adhere it to the mats.

  3. Attach 2 Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of your matted images at the bottom. This piece is what we use to hold the card closed.

  4. envelope card

  5. Peel off the backings of the Stampin' Dimensionals and adhere it to the folded "card" being sure to overlap the flap of the card.

  6. Seal both envelopes and cut them at 4".

  7. Run a line of adhesive on the back of your envelope (from the open top to the bottom)and attach it to the back of the other envelope. Now, I used the envelopes I had on hand, but if I would choose, I would buy the cheap envelopes that are all white--not with the security lining, so that they would look nicer.

  8. Run adhesive around one side of the envelope pair and attach it to the center of your cardstock as shown. Make sure the open end of the envelope is at the top.

  9. Run adhesive on the other envelope and fold over the cardstock to attach it. Now, when you open your card it opens slightly to show 2 pockets. Fill the pockets with gift cards, money,notes, candy--whatever you think of!

  10. Tuck the top flap behind the stamped image mat and you're finished! These cards will fit in the A2 envelopes that we normally use for cards.

Now, get busy! Remember to email me your finished project using any supplies you have on hand. I will randomly pick a winner to receive a stack of 5 cards with envelopes.

Carrie's Craft Garage Sale - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
I am having my Craft Garage Sale the weekend of August 22nd. I have over 100 sets that need new homes, as well as non SU stuff like an Acu-Cut, Quickutz handle and Dies, Creative Memories punches, etc. Don't miss out on some fantastic deals! I have advertised this sale in a few newspapers, so come early for the best selection! Please remember this is a CASH ONLY sale. Prices are as listed, no negotiations.

*note that there is no longer a Sunday time slot
I have a baby shower to go to that day!

Friday: 9:00 - 3:00 Saturday: 9:00 - 3:00

But, I am having a "Customer Only" time slot on Thursday the 21st from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Feel free to bring some friends.

This might also be a good time for you to pick up a new catalog. Price is $5 but you will receive a coupon for $5 off your first order of $25 or more (before shipping and tax). I have a limited number available, so please let me know if you want to reserve one.

August Stamp-a-Stack

These are the cards we're making for my August Stamp-a-Stack.
Make 10 cards (2 of 5 designs). Envelopes are included. Bring your own adhesive or pre-order one for only $7. Refills are only $5. Use a new stamp set, the new scallop border punch, and the new In Colors. Of course, as usual, you are able to pick from a variety of greetings for most of the cards.

Date: Wednesday, August 27
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: $17, Clubbers $15
RSVP: August 21

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Catalogs are here!

My new catalogs finally arrived today! You are going to LOVE them. I have a limited number available right now. You can purchase an Idea Book & Catalog for only $5. With the purchase of the catalog, you will receive a $5 coupon good towards your next purchase of $25 or more (valid for 3 months after purchase). Let me know if you would like to get one!

Monday, August 4, 2008

August Club and Scrap Class

This is the layout we'll be making at my August Club and Scrap Class. The set we're using (Elementary Essentials) is retiring and will no longer be available after August 10, so let me know if you want to order it!

My new club begins Monday, August 11. The Scrap Class is Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00. Please let me know by Saturday, August 8 if you plan on attending. The cost is $12 or free with a $30 purchase that night.

Retired Sets for Sale!

I have updated my list of fantastic retired sets that need a good home! Prices listed do not include shipping to you. You are welcome to pick them up at your convenience and save on shippping!

Cash or Checks only, please! I have priced these sets at a pretty significant savings to you, especially when you consider that shipping and tax will not be added to the price.

I will be having a Stamp Set/Crafts Garage Sale in the next couple of weeks. I'm hoping to have it the weekend of the 15th. You, my customers, will be invited to a preview night on the Thursday before the "garage" sale starts. I will post details once they are finalized. Of course, I have already given you the list of sets that I'm selling, so you are welcome to purchase them before my sale. Additional items will be at the Sale.

Condition Code:
M = mounted
UM = unmounted
PUM = partially unmounted

Saturday, August 2, 2008

August Newsletter

Hello Ladies! I am postponing my August newsletter until August 15, so that I can include all new information from the Stampin' Up! Convention going on right now and new catalog stuff. Here's what's coming up:

1. Sizzix Big Shot--information posted below
2. There are quite a few stamps that are diecut in the new catalog--they have a special sign to show that they are diecut.
3. Online Ordering from my website coming soon
4. New Catalog---contact me to reserve one for you. Cost is $5, or free with a purchase of $25 or more. Clubbers get one free. Also, hostesses receive a free catalog!
5. August Stamp-a-Stack and Scrap-a-Stack
6. Decor Elements Phase 2--additional product line with more colors, plus Holiday images

Friday, August 1, 2008

Stampin' Up! Introduces the Big Shot

Oh, I am so excited about this! Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Sizzix to bring the Big Shot die cutting system to you with exclusive dies that coordinate with SU's stamp sets. How cool is that?! The great thing about the Big Shot is that it can handle dies from just about any other die cutting maching---QuicKutz, Cuttlebug, etc. Click here to download the brochure. You can start ordering from the brochure on September 2!

Cut through the following 50 materials using steel rule dies and your Big Shot machine. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials.
  • Brass (.055)
  • Light weight steel
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Aircraft plywood (1/64")
  • Basswood (1/16")
  • Balsa (3/32")
  • Paperwood
  • Mat board (adhesive or none)
  • Chipboard
  • Fabric
  • Silicone
  • Foam with chipboard (.1)
  • Corrugated pad
  • Adhesive-backed cork
  • Fine sandpaper (.00)
  • Strene
  • Extra thick template plastic
  • Template plastic
  • Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Sheet foam
  • Friendly (jewelry) plastic
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Ruffleboard
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Quilt batting
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
  • Heat n' shrink plastic
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
  • Pop-up sponge
  • Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
  • 3-D illusionary plastic
  • Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
  • Suede paper
  • Funky fur
  • Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
  • Shaggy plush felt
  • Canvas
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Shelf lining
  • Placement
  • Embossing rubber
  • Thin leather
  • Gasket material