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Sales Tax Holiday

The state of Virginia is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $20 per item from August 2-4. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin’ Up!® during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes.  Make sure to contact your customers to let them know of this limited-time benefit!

The following items are tax-exempt during the Virginia sales tax holiday: 
  • 2-Way Glue Pen (item 100425) $4.50
  • Snail Adhesive (item 104332) $6.95
  • Snail Adhesive Refill (item 104331) $4.50
  • Sticky Strip (item 104294) $6.95
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) $3.95
  • Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) $4.95
  • Paper Snips (item 103579) $9.95
  • Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (item 105021) $3.95
  • Blender Pens (item 102845) $9.95
  • Stampin’ Write Markers (various item numbers) $3.50
  • Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (item 110755) $3.95
  • Anywhere Glue Sticks (item 104045) $3.95
  • 2012-2014 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 126856) $14.95
  • 2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131260) $14.95

Tape It Stamp Set and Washi Tape Tutorial

The Tape It stamp set and Washi Tape are a great combination. Join me for my WISHY WASHI & CLAY CLASS on Saturday, August 10, at 2 PM in the Cat/Art Studio.  Class fee is $25 and includes 1/2 package of Gingham Garden designer series paper and washi tape.  REGISTER BY AUGUST 4!

Shannon West from Stampin' Up! is here to show you how to create a quick and easy card using the Tape It stamp set to get that Washi Tape look.



If you would like to purchase the Tape It stamp set, visit my online store today.

Gift Bow Bigz L Die

If you have received your 'Guide to Holiday happiness' catalog from Stampin' Up!, check out the new Big Shot die on page 37.  It makes bows in two sizes and will be great for birthdays, baby gifts and the upcoming holidays.  Here are some samples from the demonstrations at convention ~

Gift Bow 1

Gift Bow 3

Boards at convention

Stampin' Up! does display boards at every meeting/get-together/convention and I thought maybe you would like to see a few from my recent trip to Salt Lake City ~

Boards ~ This & That
This & That products, page 155
Boards ~ Color coordination
4 Color Collections, page 140

Boards accessories
Accessories start on page 158

Boards ~ undefined

This & That journal

This & That cover
My This & That journal from Stampin' Up!'s convention in Salt Lake City.  My friend, Phyllis, made the tag for me (and for my team members ~ thanks PJ!) so I used it on the cover ~ it is much to pretty to put in a folder somewhere.  She also did the sparkly 25 for Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary!  All the pictures are taken w the little camera that I showed you yesterday ~ perfect for a fast trip journal (or for a gift ~ love it!).  You can find the journal, and accessories, on page 155 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog ~ give me a call if you have questions ~ 757-641-9354.

This & That presenter
Presenter page w sample ~ gorgeous!

This & That adv bd friends
Advisory Board friends at breakfast on Saturday.

This & That dinner 2

This & That dinner
Dinner at our fav Italian restaurant ~ Valter's Osteria


This & That southern stars
My team members ~ Southern Stars ~ Monica and Billi
This & That dl pictures ~ Dawn
Southern Stars Dawn, Jac-ee and Kathy!


My new camera........

Hi!  Sorry for posting so late in the day today but Marianna had a fabulous 'butterfly' party this morning (we made 3 butterfly cards)  and it has been a busy day!  Marianna invited friends that I had not met before ~ it was so nice to meet Katie, Cindy and Diane and to see Beth, Paula and Jenny again!  Marinanna earned over a $100 in hostess benefits and was able to choose 3 half price items ~ yea, Marianna!

I wanted to tell you a little bit about the camera that I took to convention last week ~ I had so many people ask that I thought I would share with everyone!  It is a 'poloroid' and that is the secret of how I finished my journal so quickly when I got back home!


I bought the camera through Amazon.  It is a Fujifilm Instax MINI 25 Instant Film Camera and was $82.11.  I also bought 10 packages of film.  Amazon had different 'film bundles' so you can easily choose the amount of film you would like to buy.  Everything about the camera is easy to use ~ easy to load, easy to snap fun pictures and immediate gratification ~ pop those pictures in your This & That Journal immediately.  I'll show you some pictures from my journal tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by ~ let me know if you get a little camera like mine ~ you'll love it!

Simply Pressed Clay and Molds Video

One of the newest products in the catalog is our Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons and Blossoms Clay Molds.

I was not so sure about using them until I got them.  It really is easy and fun to work with and I will be including this new product in my upcoming class, Wishy Washy!  The class is on Saturday, August 10, at 2 PM and we will be using the clay and washy tape (more information on that product tomorrow!).  Bonnie (you will love her) from Stampin' Up! is here to show us some tips and tricks to using the clay, including adding color!

If you would like to purchase the Simply Pressed Clay, visit my online store today.



Introduced at convention......

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you would like a stamped image of?  Well now YOU can!

Stampin' Up! has announced a new Undefined stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.  When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!

Want to know exactly how to carve a stamp? Watch the video tutorial.

Home again.....

Convention lots of demos!
Have you ever seen so many demonstrators in one place?  This is the convention center in Salt Lake City w people going from general session to lunch (I went the opposite direction!).  There were approximately 6,000 demonstrators having a great time.....

Convention ~ Melissa
celebrating their accomplishments......

Convention Shelli and familyand, congratulating Shelli and her family on 25 years of the ups and downs that have made STAMPIN' UP! a successful company!

Founder's Circle 2013
Front row, bright blue ~ do you believe it????

Convention was crazy and loads of fun and I am honored to be among the top 100 demonstrators who will be part of Founder's Circle this year!!  I want to thank my friends, my team members (Southern Stars), all my Stampin' Up! customers, my family (and the cats) for all of the support that allowed me to be part of this fabulous group of demonstrators!  THANK YOU!

Making Tents: Stampin' Up! Video

Summer camping, marshmallow roasts, boat trips, bugs and tents!  If you noticed the Tents on page 50 of the current Stampin' Up! catalog but wondered how to make them, I have some great news!!

Below is a video from Donna at Stampin' Up! to show you how to create those great little tents.   Enjoy!


If you would like to purchase any of the supplies to create those tents, visit my online store here.