Sarah Nelson, YOUR Stampin' Up! Demonstrator * 2517 E. Indigo Brush Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85048 * 480-704-9663 *

Friday, August 28, 2009

She's a winner!

Dear Friends,
Congratulations to Deanne Cary, of Ahwatukee, who won the $150 Open House raffle basket. Deanne increased her chances of winning by signing up and paying for classes at Open House, which earned her ten tickets per class.
Have fun, Deanne!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Project of the Week

Dear Friends,

Okay, so I'm not quite to the point of getting a project on every week! I'm completely in awe of some of the SU! demo'rs who put one up nearly every day...

This week's project is a terrific quick Christmas/holiday card. My scanner is pretty old, so you can't completely see one of the coolest parts of it - the window sheet cover of snowflakes. This crystal clear, medium weight plastic window sheet has sparkly white snowflakes printed directly on it. I layered the entire card front with it, held down with silver eyelets - hardly ever use those anymore, but they're sure useful for materials that I can't glue! Enjoy!


5 1/2 by 8 1/2 Night of Navy cardstock, scored down the middle to create the card

2 3/4 by 4 1/2 Whisper White c/s

3 by 4 3/4 Brushed Silver c/s

scraps of Whisper White and Brushed silver

5 1/2 by 4 1/4 Printed Snowflake window sheet (available 9/1 in Holiday Mini catalog)

two Stampin' Dimensionals

four silver eyelets

Night of Navy ink pad

eyelet setter, pad, and 1/8" punch

Modern Label and Word Window punches

Lovely as a Tree and Teeny Weeny Wishes stamp sets

double sided adhesive

two paper clips

Two-Way Glue


1. Stamp trees on Whisper White c/s with Night of Navy ink. Layer onto Brushed Silver c/s. Attach to front of card.

2. Place Snowflake window sheet on front of card and hold in place with paper clips. Punch a hole in each corner (a Sharpie is good for marking position of holes so they're not crooked like mine!) Use silver eyelets to attach window sheet.

3. Stamp saying on scrap Whisper White and punch out with Word Window punch. Punch silver c/s with Modern Label punch. Use Two-Way glue to attach saying to label and attach this with Stampin' Dimensionals.

*An awesome alteration of this card would be to stamp the trees in Whisper White on Night of Navy. Then the snowflakes would REALLY show up and wow everyone! Now I wish I'd done that! If I get a chance, I'll do one tomorrow and show you the variation.

You're done! You could do dozens of these in an afternoon and completely awe your friends and family!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Don't miss out...

...on a fantastic way to become a demonstrator! Until August 31, you can join Stampin' Up!'s wonderful family of talented people for just $85!!! This is a great way to get started, especially if you already have plenty of stamping supplies. You'll receive the new In Colors and a stamp set from the new catalog, plus you'll get exactly what you need to work your business - catalogs, forms, and so on.

Demonstrators get so many benefits, it's hard to list them all! Start with a 20% discount that increases the more you sell. Plus, you get an additional 10% discount on your first order as a demonstrator, making your discount 30% - you can buy all kinds of great supplies with that! You also earn points for ever dollar you sell, and you can spend those points on merchandise to grow your business or build your stamping supplies. Once a month you'll receive a magazine, full of great ideas and business advice, and our website - wow! Don't get me started! Our demonstrator website is bursting with stuff to help you become a powerhouse seller - promotions, ideas, technique videos - you name it, you can probably find it. Every year, Stampin' Up! hosts a cruise to an exotic place and you can earn that cruise

If you've ever thought about becoming a demonstrator, this is the time to do it. You can sign up directly on my website:, use the password stampndreambig. In addition to all of the great stuff you get from Stampin' Up!, you'll receive a package of In Color Stampin' Write markers from me PLUS as part of my downline you get to attend my classes with a 20% discount. Call or email me today to find out more! Jazz up your life - be a demonstrator!

Open House Special

All images copyright Stampin' Up!

Dear Friends,
If you missed all the fun this past weekend, don't worry. For the first time, a limited number of Open House "kits" will be available. For just $15, you get a finished sample of each of the Make n' Take projects (with envelopes), samples of the new In Colors cardstock, the handouts, a Holiday mini-catalog, AND a sample of stamped images that you can cut out and use. I don't have pictures of the new Fancy Favor scalloped bag (a Bigz XL die) that you'll receive, but you can see it on pg. 200 of the catalog. This "kit" can be mailed - first class postage is $2 and Priority is $5. You can add a catalog for just $5 more - I'll let you know what the postage will be when a catalog is added.

The photos above show some of what you'll receive!

First, there's the hit of the day - Real Red cardstock run through the new Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder for the Sizzix (you can use this in any Sizzix machine that is big enough (it's about the size of a regular card).

Next, an assortment of stamped images and greetings from the new catalogs that you can use on your own cards.

Then, the HOT new In colors - a card of each new color.

Ain't they cute? Our new partnership with Build-a-Bear brings us Sizzix dies to make bears and clothes (they even have santa suits and Halloween costumes!) You can choose light or dark bear, dress or pants.

Last, but definitely not least, the four cards and bag that we made.

Don't miss out! I am only making a few of these packets, so don't delay - order today!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Project of the Week

Dear Friends,
Since I was so very busy getting ready for Open House this past weekend, I decided to share this project from Splitcoast Stampers. My dear friend Renee, a wonderful paper artist, brought her version to Open House to show me and I just HAD to learn how to do this! Watch for one of these to show up in a techniques class soon! OR, I might even slip one into a regular class! The picture above shows one done with SU! materials. This link will show you a different one, with step by step pictures and all you need to make a truly amazing card! Have fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Class Preview

Dear Friends,

Here's four cards from the upcoming New Catalog 10/10. Join us Thursday, Aug. 27 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30, Friday, Aug. 28 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30, or Sunday, Aug., 30 from 2:00 - 5:00. The cost is just $17.50, but if you sign up and pay at Open House you'll get 10% off!

Can you tell that I just LOVE the new Rich Razzleberry color? It's that lovely purple on the second two cards. The other In Color choices are every bit as nice.

Remember to look here for your class previews. I love my SU! website, as it's loaded with all kinds of cool stuff - don't forget to check there for specials and promotions, and to look at technique videos. However, it's still hard to upload pix to it (it's probably just me being a techno-idiot!) so this is where you'll find class samples to tempt you!
Hope to see you at Open House - it's going to be so much fun!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Weekly Project 1

Dear Friends,

As promised! I am going to do my very best to give you a weekly project to play with. Hope you'll understand that sometimes medical junk gets in the way, but I'm going to try very hard! Here's the first one - I got this idea from the SU! United Kingdom website. Their catalog is much smaller and somewhat behind ours in terms of current stamp sets, though they do have a few brand new ones. The great thing about it, though, is that the projects are almost all different from any U.S. catalog projects! The website is the customer website, open to anyone, and you just go to "view catalog" to see it. Anyway, this cute gift/card is a snap to make and would be a great gift for office mates, teacher buddies - anyone who could use a cute paper holder.


Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue cardstock and ink pads

large paper clip

Together Forever and Sincere Salutations stamp sets

Stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain

Sticky Strip and Stampin' Dimensionals

scallop punch and 1 3/8" round punch

1. Cut Sage Shadow cardstock to make standard card. Mine has the fold at top, but it can be on the side, too. Cut Chocolate Chip c/s 4 3/4 by 2 1/2 and Whisper White 4 1/2 by 2 1/4. Cut Bashful Blue 1 by 3 1/2 and score at 3 1/8, then turn around and repeat scoring. Another way to look at it is that you are scoring it 3/8 in from each end.
2. Punch two scallop circles from Bashful Blue c/s. Stamp a small piece of Whisper White c/s with flower design with Bashful Blue ink and punch a 1 3/8" circle from it. Attach stamped circle to one scallop. Run a line of Sticky Strip across the center of other scallop circle. Place the clip (useful end down) on the scallop that doesn't have the design on it. Attach four Stampin' Dimensionals around the clip end. Carefully place the stamped scallop over the first one (stamped side up, obviously!) and press to adhere to dimensionals. Set aside.
3. Stamp the flower image over the card in Sage Shadow. Layer the Whisper White piece on the Chocolate Chip piece. Stamp saying on Bashful Blue piece and put adhesive on underside of both scored sections. Fold around layered piece so that the saying is attached close to the bottom as shown in picture.
4. Place layered piece on workspace and lay clip on piece. Cut 11" of ribbon and tie in a knot around entire layered piece above saying. Pull as tight as you can without bending the cardstock, as this is what actually holds the clip on the project. Trim ends of ribbon.
5. Attach layered piece to card with at least two long strips of Sticky Strip. You need this because the assembled piece is heavy and you don't want gravity to pull it off the card!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Home Again

Dear Friends,

We've been home just long enough to feel like we never left! My lovely, big box of brand new Stampin' Up! goodies arrived not long after we did, and I've been neck deep in stamping ever since. I have ANOTHER big box arriving tomorrow, with all of my preview goodies from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog - half again as big as last year and introducing not one, but TWO new product lines! I promise you'll be getting sneak peeks here, and it won't be long before your own copy arrives in the mail!

This fall, LOOK TO THE BLOG for first info about all new SU! things, including my classes and promotions. Also, I'm introducing a weekly project with step by step instructions and pictures when available. My dream is to have a daily project..wouldn't that be great?!

Today, I'm previewing projects from Open House, coming up on Friday, August 14 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Drop in any time, but make sure to leave at least an hour to do your FREE projects - all SEVEN of them! Also, PLEASE r.s.v.p. so I have enough cut paper for everyone. To sweeten the deal, every person who r.s.v.p.'s gets an extra raffle ticket for my $150 raffle basket. I can't wait to see everyone and show off the fantastic new catalog! Hope to see YOU there!