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Boxes and Star...

Beau Chateau Box 2

Kraft Gift Box, #124106, 4 for $2.95, page 5 HMC

Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper, #122357, $10.95, page 184

Side Notes, #122379, $5.95 page 190

Christmas Box w button

First Edition Specialty DSP, #121878, $12.95, page 183

Holly Berry Bouquet, #124004, $12.95, page 20 HMC

Glimmer Paper Red/Silver, page 41 HMC

Christmas Box w button 3

Lollie made using Stampin' Up!'s NEW Simply Scored Scoring Tool, #122334, on page 7 in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Want to know the best ways to use this new tool ~ come to class in the CAT/ART STUDIO.  I will be happy to teach you.

Star in the box
 Star in the box!  She is such a cute little cat!

Claire's Cards & Denise's wisdom

Claire's Card 2

Claire came by the other afternoon, Thursday I think (this week has been a little crazy!) and brought two Christmas cards.  So I asked her if I could show you her work ~ her cards are so pretty.  Who's Claire?  She lives in northern Suffolk and is one of my team members.  She has a group of ladies that she stamps with and they made these two cards at their last get together.  Aren't they pretty?  Remember, if you are interested in joining my team (and I would LOVE to have you) you have 48 hours to sign up and receive a BIG SHOT FREE!  Call me if you would like more information ~ 757-587-1548.  The other card will be at the bottom of this post ~ read some more information about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from my friend, Denise ~

How has being a Demonstrator improved my family life and the community?

 Have you ever had a potential recruit tell you they can’t sign up because they don’t have enough time or they don’t want to spend time away from their family to do workshops?  Well, being a Demonstrator doesn’t have to mean either of those!  In fact, being a SU Demo can actually improve your family life, as it has mine.

 I am a busy mom of 3 great kids.  My youngest was only one year old when I first became a Demo, and my husband traveled a lot for work……sound familiar?  I was looking for a way to add to our household income, and maybe even earn an all-expense paid vacation for my husband and I to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Working from home was a perfect fit for me since I could be here for my kids.  I have since built my business around my family and my family’s schedule, mostly by having classes and clubs meeting regularly in my home.

 This home-based business has grown and my family and community are reaping the benefits.  The most obvious benefit is from the extra income I earn.   We have been able to do things that otherwise we could not afford.  And we have been able to give more to our church and charities.  And of course, earning several incentive trips has been priceless!

 Another way my family life has improved is that I am here for my kids when they need me.  Since I work at home, I can arrange my schedule to go on field trips with them, drive them to school, and be here to welcome them home after school.  I love that! Rather than coming home to an empty house, or having them go to an after-school program, they come home to me! 

 My kids are also learning a good work ethic by watching how I run my business.  Occasionally they will help me prepare for a class, so they are also learning how to be good employees.  They know I work hard and am rewarded for that hard work.  There’s a great life lesson in that.

 I believe that my community has benefited from me holding regular clubs and classes.  Many craft stores that used to offer those things have closed, so this gives people a new place to come.  And they meet new people here and build friendships.  I just love that!

Claire's Card 1

Love to cook? Love to stamp?

Recipe Swap Album


A fabulous opportunity to get great new recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day ~ from some great cooks!  Who knew stampers were such good cooks.  This SWAP is fun for everyone and, no matter what your stamping ability, YOU will fit right in ~ no worries!


Sunday afternoon, November 6 (flexible)

1:00 to 5:00 PM


Sunday afternoon, November 20 (you’ll want to be there!)

3:00 PM

  Class fee:  $30 includes your recipe album & 30 page protectors


Leaves of a Tree

Leaves of a Tree 1

Stamps:  Leaves of a Tree, p 43, Holiday Mini Catalog; Hand-Penned Holidays, p 15 HMC

Markers:  Cajun Craze, Garden Green, More Mustard, Early Espresso

Ink:  Early Espresso classic stamp pad

Card stock:  Pumpkin Pie, Glossy White, Spice Cake DSP

Accessories: Regals Buttons, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Snips, Distressing Kit, p 203 IB&C

I had decided not to buy this stamp in the A la Carte section of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog because I assumed that I would have to color each of these leaves separately ~ no way!  Then another demonstrator, Cristena, put her card online and I fell in love!  Thank you Cristena!

To make this fabulous Fall card ~ turn your stamp over and, using your markers, scribble over the entire area of the leaves.  Start with your lightest color first.  When you finish the leaves, color in the trunk and branches with your Early Espresso marker.  You will love the results!

Call me or Email me if you have questions.


And, a few more of my favorite things

Everyday Elegance 3


Make 16 cards ~ 4 designs/4 of each design.

Sunday afternoon, October 30


Sunday afternoon, November 13

2:00 to 4:00 PM

Class fee includes our new Very Vanilla Velvet Stitched Ribbon.

  Class fee:  $25

Early sign up, October 25/November 4, attendees will receive four sample pieces of STITCHED FELT ~ wreath, mittens, holly and snowflake!


Halloween creativity


ELLA and her GRANDMOTHER JANIE have been busy getting ready for Halloween!  They sent me pictures today showing me the creative way to spell HALLOWEEN!



Janie converted all of her wood mounted Stampin' Up! stamp sets to stamps that she could use with Stampin' Up!'s Clear-Mount Blocks (page 205 in the Idea Book & Catalog).  Do you see how creatively she has used her wood blocks in creating with her Granddaughter?  Thanks so much for sharing with me, Janie and Ella!!!

Holiday Products Added to the Clearance Rack!


Have you been to STAMPIN' UP'S CLEARANCE RACK lately?  So many great holiday products have been added at a HUGE discount.  Up to 60% don't want to miss out on some great deals.  Some of the most sought after items are listed there.  Here are just a few you can get your hands on:

STARpunch BATpunch 

Clearance Rack items are first come first serve, so shop today!
Click here to view the Clearance Rack.

Contact me today with any questions.