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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Convention Swap Layout Challenge - FREE tutorial for the winner!

I got this swap (above) at convention and it is one of my favorites. I think the layout is so creative and something that I have not seen before so I thought I would do a challenge with this layout!
This swap was made by Latisha Dinkel. Such a good job!

The card below is the one I did using the Just Believe stamp set with the same layout. I love this set!
The neat thing about this card is you just have to put it on a single back (not folded) because you open the card by lifting the top note! This would save a lot of paper for a class!

Add your card links below! I don't do many challenges so don't forget to participate!
The winner to this challenge will get a FREE tutorial of their choice!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Owl Punch Birthday Kids!

I hate when I have a new punch and not enough time to play around with it! I got the new Owl Punch and I have not had time to really play with it. Here is my first go at punch art kids using the own punch. I also used the Occassional Quotes (Hostess) stamp for the sentiment and the Every Little Bit stamp set for the presents and dog. (He is so cute!)

Here is how I made them!

head + hair- 1" circle punch
ears + eyes- middle sized circle on the owl punch
shirt-owl punch vest looking shape and word window for the sleeves
pants- word window for the legs and large oval punch for the bum
shoes- 1/2" circle punch
arms- word window punch

head + hair- 1" circle punch
pigtails- large circle on the owl punch with little bit cut off the bottom
eyes- middle sized circle on the owl punch
shirt + skirt- owl punch with scallop oval to cut off the bottom
neck- wide oval punch
arms- word window punch
shoes- 1/2" circle punch and owl punch heart for the bows with tiny circle in the center
legs- word window punch

balloons- 1" circle punch with a scrap for the tie part
I used markers to shadow and the white gel pen to highlight.

I thought this would make an adorable invitation or thank you card for twins!

Extra, Extra Hostess Promotion - Lots of FREE stuff!

Stampin' Up has a new special out to get more FREE stuff!
For those of you new to my blog, I LOVE FREE!

Dates: July 27-August 31, 2010

Hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!
***Online orders will not qualify for this so you have to contact me and I will put it in for you to get the extra free hostess money!!

If you want to host a party but live far away, get in touch with me, we can do it long distance!
You can also get a group together to place an order and share the free hostess sets and merchandise! (Or you can place an order just for you and keep it all for yourself!) This extra money is in addition to one free level one or two hostess stamp set and $40 in FREE merchandise. That means $65 of FREE stamping products!
It doesn't stop there! Placing an order through me means you will also get a FREE tutorial for every $50 of merchandise!! That would mean SEVEN FREE tutorials in addition to everything else!!!

So this means... If you place a $350 order with me before the end of August you get:
  • A level one or two hostess set of your choice!
  • $65 total of FREE merchandise! ($40 of merchandise plus the extra $25)
  • SEVEN FREE tutorials from my site!
*** Remember you can not put this in yourself online, you need to have me do it to get the extra free money.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Artistic Etchings 3 Card Class

This is my Artistic Etchings Three Card Class!

If you want to have a card class and don't want to come up with cards this is a great way to do it! You can also just use this tutorial to make cards for yourself!
This tutorial uses only 4 colors of paper, one pattern of Designer Series Paper and one stamp set! This is a great class to show people the versatility of just one stamp set to make three completely different cards!

There are THREE ways that you can get this class:

1. You can join my team and get it for FREE!
You can get this Three Card Class tutorial and materials for FREE and others just like it every month by joining my team of Stampin' Up Demonstrators!
CLICK HERE for details!
2. Purchase the Tutorial and the template needed and you will provide the rest!
You will get everything that you need to make this project except the materials. This is for the directions only.

3. Purchase the Tutorial, template and all the materials needed to assemble 1 set of these cards. You will get all of the punched out shapes and accessories plus cut paper to make these cards. You can order multiple sets and host your own card party without doing any work! All you will need to provide is the stamp set and punches! If you don't have this stamp set you can switch it out for any stamps of a similar size.

This class will only be offered this way for a limited time!! The materials are limited so get yours quick!

CLICK HERE for all of the details!

Items used in this project:
Artistic Etching stamp set (120573) $14.95
Card Stock:
Soft Suede Card Stock (115318) $6.95
Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953) $6.95
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock(119685) $6.95
Very Vanilla Card Stock(101650) $8.50
Love Letter Designer Series Paper (117162) $9.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad (115657) $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad (121030) $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad(119669) $5.95
Word window punch (119857) $15.95
Modern Label XL Punch (119849) $16.95
Scallop Oval XL Punch (119856) $16.95
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch (119855) $15.95
Sponges (101610) $3.50
Hobby Blade (102449) $4.50
Big Shot (113439) $99.95
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175) $7.95
2-Way Glue Pen (100425) $3.50
Dimensionals (104430) $3.95
Snail Adhesive (104332) $6.95
Round Tab XL Punch (119864) $16.95
Two-Step Owl XL Punch (118074) $16.95
Metallic Brads (119741) $6.95
5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (117291) $8.95

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Join My Team and get FREE stuff!

Have you ever thought how great it would be to get all of Stampin' Ups' products at a great discount?
How about earning extra money while doing something that you love?

I have a great way you can do both of those things!
You can join my Stampin' Up team and become a Demonstrator!

Joining to be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator is what you want to make of it. This is by far the best job that I have ever had. I truly do look forward to “working” each day. I make my own schedule and work when I want to. If I have time to host workshops and parties I do, if not, I just don’t book any that month. I get to invite all my friends over and have card classes and meets lots of people from my community that I would not otherwise know. I get to stay home and raise my kids while at the same time bringing in some extra income. What could be better then that?!

The more time you want to put into it, the more money you can make. If you don’t want to spend time on it you can just get a great discount and FREE merchandise to support your hobby!
You don’t have to have workshops and parties if you don’t want to. You can just use your discount for you and your friends as well as being your own hostess and getting all the FREE stamps sets and products that go along with that!

Things you get for joining my team:

-A special hand made gift for joining and a gift from me every time you promote to a new level!

-Each month you will be able to take part in a long distance swap by mail. Just mail me your swaps that you made (card fronts only) and I will send you back great swap cards to give you new ideas and inspire you. This is a great way to see stamp sets and materials that you may not have!

-Three Card Class by mail. Each month I will send you a tutorial with the paper and accessories to make three cards that I have designed featuring one stamp set. All you will have to provide to make them is the stamps and ink. If you don’t have the stamps that I used you can easily swap out the images and sentiments to make them your own! It’s like going to a FREE card class in your own home!

-You will also have your choice of one FREE tutorial from my site each month!

Things you get for joining Stampin’ Up from them:

-Product discount. Demonstrators get a 20% discount on all Stampin' Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. Depending on how much you sell (or buy!) each month that discount can go up to 40%!

-Earn FREE stamps within the first six months you’re a demonstrator through the Stampin’ Start program—a program that helps you establish a thriving career.

-You will receive the Stampin’ Success magazine each month full of inspiration and new ideas on ways to use your products. Also a second magazine every quarter with more great samples and company updates.

-The chance to pre-order products and hostess sets before any one else has a chance to see them!

-Keep your personal monthly sales at $300 or more, recruit other demonstrators, and you’ll be eligible to earn commission on your recruits’ sales! (This is called downline overrides.) You’ll earn even higher commission as you achieve higher titles and as your sales increase.

-Earn cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips, and other awards as you achieve success through the awards and recognition program.

Does this all sound too good to be true? Well there is more!
When you buy the starter package you get a huge discount on the stamps and supplies in it!

There are a few ways that you can join to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator...

For past demonstrators:
During the month of July, any former Stampin' Up! demonstrator* can rejoin Stampin' Up! for only $35!
To rejoin Stampin' Up!, former demonstrators only need to purchase the Rejoin Starter Kit and sign and complete a new Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreement!

The Rejoin Starter Kit Contains:
  • 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • 2010 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • Guest invitation postcards (100)
  • Customer order forms (50)
  • 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative catalog (1)
  • Celebrando Creatividad (1)
  • Two months free Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) subscription
For new demonstrators:
You can choose the Starter Kit that best matches your stamping and paper-crafting interests, and get over $330 of Stampin' Up!'s high-quality products for just $175.

The standard Starter Kit includes

  • Four complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools

The Digital + Starter Kit includes

  • My Digital Studio software suite
  • Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Brights Designer buttons
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools

On top of all that the first order you place you will get a minimum 30% discount on everything with the chance to be even higher!
If you are interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity you can log right onto my site
and sign up.
Click on the "Start your own business" tab and then click "Join Now"
My password to join under me is pratt24.

If you have anymore questions don't hesitate to contact me through my blog or email me at
I really hope you decide to join my team!

Faux Postage Stamp - Just Believe

Here is my Just Believe Postage Stamp card! I made a template of the postage images so you can make different ones of any size. I have also written up a FREE tutorial to make this card and to make the paper buttons that I used on the side of the card!

Just Believe Postage Tutorial

CLICK HERE to get the FREE faux postage pdf file!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Convention was Amazing!!!

I am back from my first Stampin' Up Convention and I had the best time ever! I went with my mom, who is also my downline, and we had a blast!

Thank you so much to all of you who came up and talked to me and let me know that you enjoy my blog. I was so flattered that so many of you even take the time to look at it! It was great to meet you all and get your amazing swaps if you found me when I still had some left and a huge thank you to those of you who gave me one anyway when I was out!
One of the first nights we were there I sat next to a woman in a restaurant who came with her entire family to convention. They were all so nice and my mom and I were so impressed. Later in the convention we found out that this was Cara Brandse and she is the #1 Rising Star for Canada! Here is a photo of me and her!

I got to meet Shelli a few times while we were there. The first time was at the Flower Power party the first night... Next year for convention I will know to bring some outfits to wear for the themed parties, everyone was dressed up!

Here is me with Kathy Kuffel from Wisconsin dressed in the inflatable fat lady hippie suit. She of course was only wearing this for the Flower Party. She was great!

The next time I saw Shelli I even had her sign my Mrs. Potato Head swap!

We got to take a tour of the SU factory where they send out all of the stamps. Here is a picture of us with the big rock out front!

My mom and I always seem to do something silly while we are away together so this time we thought we would get our pictures taken with this statue. Luckily no police were around at the time...

Here are just some other random photos from our time there.

If you want to be able to go to a great event like this with us next year, you just have to sign up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator! I will put up some details soon about joining my team! Email me if you have any questions. Who wouldn't love to get a great discount on stamps?!

I will add some great swaps that I got soon too!
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