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Sale-A-Bration starts today!

I am so excited that Sale-A-Bration starts today! This is the best promotion of the year from Stampin’ Up!, where you can get a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 that you spend, from now thru March 31!

Click here (or on the SAB icon on the far right) to see the catalog online, or contact me if you would like your own catalog.

And as I said in my post a few days ago, this is a terrific time to host a workshop as there are special goodies for you during SAB! Let me know if you would like to book a fun evening with your friends. You invite everyone over, and I come and put on a fun demonstration and bring a make-and-take project that your friends can do! You’ll earn free SU product as your friends place orders. I saved some dates for you during the SAB period – let me know if you want to book a workshop – because Sale-A-Bration starts today!

My Digital Studio free 30 day trial

I have exciting news about something new coming from Stampin’ Up: a My Digital Studio free 30 day trial!

The company just made the announcement, and we will have more details soon.

And here’s another thought, for those

My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio

who are considering diving into the fun world of digital scrapbooking and stamping.  If you purchase My Digital Studio during the Sale-A-Bration period (starting tomorrow, January 24 thru March 31), you will automatically receive a CD filled with all the Sale-A-Bration items in the catalog!  That includes:

  • 5 stamp brush sets,
  • 12 Designer Papers,
  • 6 ribbons and
  • 5 brads.

Just specify SAB item 127220 when you place your order!

And stay tuned for info about the My Digital Studio free day trial!

Bargain Bin Blitz ends January 5

Don’t forget to thake advantage of the Stampin’ Up! year-end clearance sale before the Bargain Bin Blitz ends January 5!  There are many different items available at very marked down prices – some are as much as 80% off the original price.

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 5

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 5

Items are available until they run out! (which of course makes sense if you think about it).  Some items may still be in the Bargain Bin after the blitz is over, but don’t take a chance.

Check out the values by clicking on the “Shop Now” button on the top right.  This will take you to my online store, where you can open an account with Stampin’ Up!, place an order and have it delivered directly to your door.

What a great way to invest some of your holiday cash gifts – before the Bargain Bin Blitz ends January 5!

Bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!

Get your bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!  It’s the end of the year and a great time to advantage of some fantastic savings!

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 3

Clearance Rack Blitz Dec 15-Jan 5

Dates: December 15, 2011-January 5, 2012

Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail–while supplies last!

  • Online orders qualify for this promotion. Orders can include non-Clearance Rack items, as well.  Or contact me if you need help placing an order!
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards if your total purchase is $150 or more.
  • Following the Clearance Rack Blitz sales period, some blitz items may remain in the clearance rack; others may be removed and reappear at an undesignated time in the future.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last. There are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.
  • Click here to view Clearance Rack Blitz items in my Online Store.
  • Deadlines:
    • Phone: Thursday, January 5, 2012; 8:50 PM (EST)
    • Online Store: Thursday, January 5, 2012; 1:50 PM (EST)

SO… be sure to get your bargains at the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!

NJ Crop Weekend coming up in February!

I am so excited because there is already another NJ Crop Weekend coming up in February!  That’s when I get together with a bunch of creative and interesting people, and we head out to the beautiful Dolce Hotel & Convention Center in Basking Ridge, NJ to work on our favorite paper crafts.  Everyone gets a large, dedicated work space to spread out and do their projects.  Here are some pictures of the latest Fall Crop Weekend!

Crop room at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Crop room at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Folks had lots of room to get their stuff done. Some people do scrapbooking, others make greeting cards… and some make use of the dedicated time, with none of the usual interruptions that we have at home, to do really unique things!  Check out this picture of my friend, Pat and look at the big tote bag she is holding in her lap.

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

My friend Pat at the Fall 2011 NJ Crop Weekend

Do you know all those papers and treasures that the kids bring home from school?  Well, Pat has been saving them in a bunch of bags, boxes & totes.  She brought EVERYTHING to the crop weekend, and happily sat there going through it all.  Some stuff was not very special, or was a duplicate, but she took all the stuff she wanted to save and put it into a Stampin’ Up! album for each of her children.  The pocket style of the album allowed her to tuck the various papers into the top of each page, and the kids can pull them out if they want to see them up close!  In one day, she reduced the stuff in a bunch of those totes into a nice thick album for each kid.  Woo Hoo for organization!

[Hint: do you see the scrapbook pages about San Antonio that are in progress in the foreground?  I’ll share how they came out in an upcoming post!]

Now that you see what the NJ Crop Weekends look like in the crop room, I hope you will consider joining us for the Winter 2012 Crop Weekend on February 24-26, 2012.  Click here for more info, or contact me at!

Treat box at the banquet!

Here is a picture of how we shared the treat box at the banquet!  I made these cute little favor boxes, or treat boxes, using My Digital Studio to print the paper and the Bitty Box die cut on the Big Shot to cut them out.  The top is made from the Sweet Treat Cups with a little silver cake decoration ball inside as a pinball… it rolls around!  See details here.

We put one at each students’ place at the band banquet.  The band members thought they were cute, and enjoyed the candy inside… but I also think that they gave everyone something to play with during the long evening!

Tommy Pinball Wizard box at the banquet

Tommy Pinball Wizard box at the banquet

My Digital Studio holiday hybrid card

Holiday hybrid card

Holiday hybrid card

Presenting a My Digital Studio holiday hybrid card!  If you are still looking to make your holiday cards this year, but are worried that you might be running out of time to get them done, I suggest that you give My Digital Studio a try.   This card was designed with My Digital Studio, the intuitive software from Stampin’ Up! that allows you to do scrapbooking, card-making, flyers and a host of other graphic applications.

I easily designed the card in less than half an hour, and then sent it in to Stampin’ Up! professional printing service.  They came back beautifully printed on both sides, scored in the middle for easy folding and with accompanying envelopes.

While I feel that the drop shadow feature of the software gave the printed card a nice feeling of depth, I wanted to add even more layers.  So, I then took the basic card and added some embellishments to give it a personal touch – I added a piece of Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon , and I tied a couple of Mini Jingle Bells into the ribbon with a piece of Linen Thread.   (I suggest omitting the Jingle Bells if you are mailing the card!).  Lovely!

That brings me to the great advantages of using the professional printing service:

  • Professionally printed cards are guaranteed to print the correct color.  So, they will be color coordinated with all the rest of the Stampin’ Up! product line of papers, inks, and embellishments.  I also could have used Cherry Cobbler ribbon on the card, and it would have matched the Cherry Cobbler red on the front of the card perfectly!
  • The print services are a wonderful time-saver, especially when you are doing large quantities of items such as holiday cards.
  • Having them printed avoids some of the typical problems that we all encounter when printing things at home – such as running out of an ink cartridge in the middle of the project (yes, that just happened to me – but more on that in the next post!).
  • It’s a tremendous convenience to have the cards cut and scored to the proper size – and a bargain when you realize that the envelopes are included, too!

You still have time to get your order in for holiday printing… if you submit it in the next day or so.  So, if you are interested in trying My Digital Studio for your holiday cards, contact me ASAP! 

Now, having said all that, it’s also a great software tool to use for printing your own cards at home.  I can fill you in on how to do that!

You can also click here to see more details about the software, and order it online for immediate download or by DVD!

To learn how to make this card, please sign up for my newsletter mailing list on the right, and I will send you the tutorial with step-by-step directions!  Signing up now will also get you the remaining episodes of my 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter filled with other card, gift making, and gift wrapping ideas and step-by-step directions for making them.

I hope you like My Digital Studio holiday hybrid card!

Online Extravaganza sale for Stampin’ Up! products

The Online Extravaganza sale is here!  During the end of November, Stampin’ Up! is offering a special sale with 20% – 60% off on selected items purchased online or through me, your friendly demonstrator!  The sale goes through the end of November and includes product items as well as digital downloads for My Digital Studio.

There are two special items offered for 20% off until midnight, Monday November 21… in other words, TODAY ONLY! 

Simply Scored
Simply Scored 122334

1) Simply Scored – use the stylus with this clever device to make smooth and straight scoring lines on paper or cardstock… as close as 1/8″ apart.  Special indicators included to mark your spacing.   Think how easy this would make it to fold paper for your holiday cards, or score multiple lines and make a beautiful rosette!  Item 122334 is reg. $29.95, on sale today only at 20% off at $23.96 plus shipping & handling.

Simply Pressed

Simply Pressed 125152

2) Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps – this set of cookie press designs with a smooth wooden handle lets you stamp one of three darling designs on your cookies!  Makes a great gift!  And if you order it today I will send you a cookie recipe on a recipe card that you can save for yourself, or wrap up and include when you give as a gift!  Item 125152 is reg. $16.95, on sale today only at 20% off, at $13.56 plus shipping & handling.

Click here for a list of the sale items.

Click here or below to access my online store.  You can easily create your online store account, or sign in if you already have one!

Online Extravaganza Sale

Click above for Online Extravaganza Sale

Please contact me if you have any questions – I hope you are able to take advantage of the Online Extravaganza Sale!

I’m back! Did you miss me?

Well, the last time I posted was when I was returning from the Stampin’ Up! convention in Utah.  I took a little time with the family, and then got sucked right into marching band stuff with my daughter!  I chaperoned band camp, which occured during Hurricane Irene, leaving us stuck at camp with 89 teenagers and no power for three days.  The kids were terrific, the staff and fellow chaperones were terrific, but boy was I glad to get home and get a shower!

Then upon arrival home I got busy helping to sew flags for the marching band color guard.  The show this year is Tommy, and we made three different flags… all with difficult circles and silver lame fabric.  The eleven flags that I made had nine appliques EACH and took a ton of time to sew.  Truly a labor of love!  Check out the Pinball flags below.

Pinball flags

Here are the eleven Pinball Wizard flags I made!

So, suffice it to say, I have been a bit distracted from scrapbooking and card-making… but gee, I have about two thousand pictures from the trip to Utah, and marching band so far, that are calling to be scrapbooked!  I’ll keep you posted! and share some fun stuff as I go along.

NJ Crop Weekend beckons on August 6-7

Home again!  My flight back from Convention was re-routed to Detroit to refuel – apparently we were full and they could not put enough fuel to fly the plane all the way to New Jersey.  But someone explained it is not necessarily a dig on our weight – it takes more fuel to keep the plane aloft when it is hot, and they were having record temperatures!  So I didn’t get home until 2:20am and I apologize – I didn’t get to post yesterday due to travel!

I had a wonderful time at Convention – can’t wait to share some of the great things I have learned!  The next travel event on the calendar is the NJ Crop Weekend in Basking Ridge, Saturday & Sunday August 6 & 7.  As many people have vacations planned, we still have room at the inn!  Would you like to come and join us?  Click here or check out

The good news is that I will only be driving to Basking Ridge (it’s less than an hour from my house!).  No planes!