Saturday, January 30, 2010

DSP & Embellishment Share

Hello Friends,

With so many new and wonderful things in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I bet your wish lists are pretty long :) 
Here is what you will receive if you join this share:

NEW Satin Ribbon

You will receive three yards of each of the 10 colors for a total of 30 yards of beautiful (5/8") satin ribbon. The cost is $22.00 for local customers ($24.00 with shipping). The colors are Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black and 
Whisper White which is in the Idea Book and Catalog.

NEW Designer Series Papers (DSP)

You will receive 36 6x6 pieces from our three new paper packs. The "Sending Love Specialty" DSP has glitter in the paper- on all the sheets! Cost is $8.00 for local customers ($13.00 with shipping).


Receive 12 Epoxy Brads, 6 Corduroys, 4 Hugs love notes, 4 Kisses love notes, 6 Sweet Pea Stitched Felt Pieces. $12.00 for local customers ($14.50 with shipping).

E-mail me to add your name to the list.  As soon as I have enough people in the share, I will order the product, place it all in cello bags and package it.  You can either pick it up from me or I can mail it to you.
Pass this on to your friends. If three of them join, you will receive your share for free.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I {heart} Hearts

Hello Friends,

As promised here are the final swaps that were shared at our meeting on Monday evening.

This card was created by Cindy Petersen

This card was created by my upline, Sheila van Uitert

I created this card

All these cards focus on the "I {heart} Hearts" stamp set.  Stampin' Up! will donate $2 for every set that is sold up until February 28th.

I will be holding a class in February focusing on this stamp set.  The cost of the class will include the stamp set, and 5 cards.  This will be available as a card kit in the mail for those unable to make the class.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy Birthday dear N-A-T-A-L-I-E

Hello Friends,

I know I said I would post more swaps today, but they will have to wait until tomorrow :)

Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of one of our SAM's and a sweet friend, Natalie.  I LOVE birthdays and I couldn't resist bringing in a cake to help Natalie celebrate.  I did a 'cake in a bag'.  I brought cake, dishes, forks and napkins and we sang a hearty 'Happy Birthday dear N-a-t-a-l-i-e' :)

Natalie and Max. 
I am convinced Natalie could eat this full cake and lose weight!  Me on the other hand, I just have to look at it and put on weight.

The card that is behind the cake was made using the 'Crazy for Cupcakes' set.  A strip of Designer Series Paper, punched with the scalloped edge punch makes for a cute effect. Makes it look like a pastry shop window.
We are lucky to have Natalie work with us......Oh and now her shift has changed, we get to work 2 1/2 hours daily together :)

Wishing you all the very best for future health and happiness, my friend !

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Swaps Part I

Hello Friends,

One of the fabulous things about meeting up with other Demonstrators is 'swapping'.  At every event, you will see Demonstrators swapping their cards.  It is a fabulous way to gain ideas. Each Demonstrator makes a certain amount of cards and they come home with the same amount, only a variety!

Here are the cards we received last night.

We all voted for our favorite card.  We had 3 votes!
This card was voted the #1 swap of the night....and rightly so!  This is an easel card! Way to go Elisabeth :)

Here are the others :)

Vintage Vogue

This is a Sale-A-Bration Set.  Spend $50 and receive this or a choice of 3 more stamp sets, a punch, or a pack of 6x6 paper FREE !


Flowers - Wonderful Mother

Fox and Friends I

Fox and Friends II

Fox and Friends III

This is a cute cute slider fun!

I can't wait to swap next month!
Check back tomorrow for part II of our swaps :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cindy's "ROCKSTARS" and Sheila's STAMP SQUAD Meeting

Hello Friends,

Just got home from a fabulous upline meeting.  Tonight was so awesome as I was able to relax and sit back and enjoy.  Normally at our Team Meetings, I plan them and am relieved when they go so well. We met at "Red Robin".  The Chicken Tortilla soup is amazing - without cheese and sour cream, of course :) We introduced ourselves and shared swaps ( check back tomorrow to see them !) I was asked to talk about 'Stampin' Connection', our new online community for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and the DBWS (Demonstrator Business Web Site).  I am very passionate about both and it is easy to talk about things you love. 

Here are a few pictures taken at the event.  Big Kudos to Cindy Petersen and Sheila van Uitert for a fabulous meeting.

I had just told Cindy I was quitting my job and would no longer be her SAM (Service Account Manager)  Just Kidding :)

Cindy was excited to see her cute treat had chocolates inside :)

Sheila showing us some cute bookmarks one of our friends had made :)
*Fox and Friends Stamp Set*

Cindy inspired Sheila's creation for a WOW at Regionals in Phoenix.  This technique is "Faux Metal"

Paula brought along her swaps from Leadership - Totally Tess.

And LOOK !!! A beautiful quilted purse :)  Of course I had to show everyone mine :)

What a fabulous evening.  If you would like to join us at our next meeting and are interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, call or e-mail for more information.

Check back tomorrow!  I will be posting the wonderful swaps from very talented gals :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Purses and Shoes and Flowers! OH MY !

Happy Monday Friends!

For those of you are a friend of mine on Facebook or in 'real life', you will know my love for shoes and purses.  I had posted on Facebook how I wished I had learned to sew, as the big craze with Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and customers just now is making ANYTHING you can think of with the Big Shot and Dies.  A sewing machine is a plus.

Here are some pictures of what my dear friends have been making:

This cute purse and matching flower was made by a wonderful friend of mine, France Martin of Wyoming. As soon as I saw this on France's blog I just had to tell her how much I loved it.

Here is a close up of the flower.

This purse was made by Lisa Lange from Illinois.  She gave it to Patty Bennett at Leadership. Patty used it for her swaps.  What a great gift !!

Our Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference last year was in Orlando, Florida. A friend couldn't wait to take me into the BRIGHTON store. I had never been in the store before (and only afterwards found out we have one in SLC) and was eager to see what they had to offer. As soon as I walked in, there was a beautiful red leather purse looking right at me: "You know you want me!" It had my name all over it and I kinda gulped when I saw the price tag but I just knew I had to have it. I was told at the Cash Register that every year, I could take it into any Brighton store (this is when I found out we had one here in SLC) and have it cleaned and vacuumed! The purse is beautiful and the material inside the purse is fabulous with lots of organized pockets. This is where I met "Patty". I believe she loves purses as much as me.

Another of my fabulous friends, Christie Daugherty from Texas actually holds classes for her customers to make these kinda things. Here they are making the 'lovely' flowers.

Alas, Maxine Conrad cannot make anything that involves sewing. My Mom actually bought me a sewing machine and I looked at it like it was a Boeing 737!  How on earth could I use that? I didn't even use it. 
This is a little out of my league....but hey I am going to learn.  You bet I am!  I am going to have a purse in every color material with flowers to match. 

(Believe it or not, the only time I have ever been in a fabric store was in Cedar City.  We were having a Stampin' Retreat and Susan Adams, Cindy Petersen, Angi Holt , her friend and I, took a little trip to the fabric store.  Susan was making us a cushion and we had to choose the material.  NOW I felt like a fish out of water. I was like a kid "Are we done yet?" "Can we go now?"......I didn't even know what to do in a store like that :) I saw some beautiful projects!  I just wanted to buy them, not make them.

Anyways here we go!  Here is the purse I bought this weekend.  Did I need it? Absolutely NOT!  Did I want it?  ABSOLUTELY!!! 

Here are the shoes!

Check out the cute flowers
Here they are together!

I displayed it so nicely for my husband....right on the shelf in our family room

I actually took our family picture off the stand, put the purse there and waited for ..............................

My purse cost wayyyyyyyyyyy more than the cute fabric ones.  I WILL make one and post it. I know I will get addicted to them and will have to have one in every color and size and pattern!  Oh how about the shoes to match?

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Utah Divas International - Sketch Challenge

Hello Friends,

I have been so swamped just lately, I have not had the chance to take part in the Utah Divas International sketch challenges.  Each week, I do take a look at the creativity my friends came up with and I am often in awe at the beautiful creations.  Today was no exception.

This was the sketch our team was given for this weeks challenge.

This card was created by Jeannette Siciliani from California.  Jeannette and I became great friends 'online'. We belonged to a group for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  I learned a lot in my 'early days' and Jeannette was my hero.  I looked up to her as the BEST SCRAPBOOKER in the world.  Soon we became great friends.  I roomed with Jeannette and Daisy Sparks, also from California for Convention 2005.  It was an absolute blast.  They have become two of my very special friends.

Jeannette's creation focuses on these beautiful flowers.  Do you realize that the only thing you need to create these flowers, apart from Card Stock of course, is the scallop punch? Punch the scallop out, and with a few twists, you have a flower that you can ink, watercolor or simply use as is.

Here's a closer look at the adorable flowers.

Take a look at what our Sketch Challenge Team came up by clicking here.
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Have a great day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Haitian Disaster Relief

Stampin′ Up! Demonstrators have a long history of making a difference in the lives of others--especially when disaster strikes and the need is greatest. So it was not surprising that so many demonstrators have contacted us in the past week asking what the plan is for helping to provide relief for those who continue to suffer from the effects of the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12.

Here is the plan:

From now until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you buy will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

I {Heart} Hearts – clear-mount (block D recommended) 118571 $18.95

I {Heart} Hearts – wood-mount 117010 $26.95

The beautiful card featured on my blog today was created by an amazing stamper and friend, Tiffany Bauer. 

Praying for the people in Haiti.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Story :)

Hello Friends,

Many people ask me how I got involved with Stampin' Up!  I wanted to share my story with you.  I love to share this.

I was invited to a workshop in 2004. I had never heard of Stampin' Up! and being from England, I vowed when I moved to Utah, I would NEVER do anything crafty such as making my own jam, quilting or scrapbooking, A friend of mine was also invited and we decided to go only to support our mutual friend who was hosting the workshop.

I devised a plan. I asked, more like told my husband Lance, to call my cell phone at exactly 8pm which would give us an emergency excuse to leave the workshop. He did as he was told :) and at exactly 8pm the call came in. The call that would save me :) My friend and I excused ourselves and left. I ordered one stamp set as a courtesy to my friend who was hosting. On the way out, I looked at my friend and said "Do people really waste their money and time on this stuff (Okay I said crap!)

A few months later, I took the stamp set I ordered out of the bag and looked at it and wondered what on earth to do with it. All I saw was a mass of red rubber and wood blocks. I obviously left the workshop before the Demonstrator got to the part about mounting them. At this point I realized if I wanted to use the stamps, I would need some ink and paper. The total for my order was $170 - quite a bit for ink and paper. I then realized for a few more dollars, I could buy the starter kit. I called the Demonstrator from the workshop and told her I wanted to join and strictly for the starter kit. I had no intention of never ever having a workshop or selling.

When the order arrived, it sat in my living room for over a week before I even opened it. Eventually, I did and my friend suggested I hold an Open House. Not really wanting to, I decided to invite friends over to show them all this "stuff:" The event was successful and the rest is history. During the past 6 years, I have recruited a number of wonderful gals who have become great friends. Incidentally, the friend who went to the workshop with me was my very first recruit.

I have earned the incentive trip to Hawaii and the Southern Caribbean. I love Stampin' Up! so much, I decided to go to work at the fabulous facility in Riverton. I am currently a SAM (Service Account Manager) and LOVE being an Employee and a Demonstrator. As Employees, we know we cannot be in the Demonstrator of the Year category. Had I not been an employee, I would have been in the top 100 Demonstrators for 2009. All of this from signing up simply for the starter kit.

If you are interested in becoming a Demonstrator, contact me today for more information. 

Going Green - Contest

Happy Monday Friends!

Most of you know that I am the Manager of a fabulous online group for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  I would love you to join a contest. 

The "Going Green" Contest is being hosted by our one and only Diva Dude, Michael!

The Contest Rules:
Your full card must be monochromatic (nothing but shades and tones of green)
Cardstock, DSP and embellishments included. Please be sure to use only current products.
You may use any sentiment you wish.

These cards will be used for UDI purposes throughout the next year! For those US entries we ask with your submission; you also send a book of postage stamps! (also to be used for UDI purposes)

Your submissions must be postmarked no later than January 31st! Please write "UDI Going Green contest" on the envelope.

Once all the cards have arrived (hopefully, no later than February 6th) the voting polls will open!

That's right, all UDI members will have the opportunity to vote for the card they like the most. Voting will be open for one week! At that time the winner will be announced and the prize mailed!

The winner of the "Going Green" Card Contest will receive a package of Certainly Celery (8 1/2 x 11) cardstock, the Green Bead Duo and a roll of 1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon!
To enter the contest....Please sign up in the Database on the UDI Yahoo Group Site!

All we need is your name for now and update the database when you mail your card!

This contest is open to EVERYONE. If you would like more information on joining our group, please e-mail Max at You do not have to be a member to join this contest but you will need to sign up by e-mailing Kellie at

Please mail cards to:
Michael Paxton
1067 North Oak Drive
Bayfield, CO 81122

Questions: Please e-mail Michael at and write UDI Going Green Contest in the subject line :)

Here is an example of a card Michael made using Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Green Galore and Certainly Celery.

If you would like more information about Utah Divas International, please contact me.
Good Luck :)