Monday, January 31, 2011

Sale a Bration is Here!

I'm so excited! It's my favorite time of the year, Sale A Bration! This promotion runs from January 25, 2011 to March 31, 2011. It's after Christmas and it's still snowing. I'm already tired of the cold and snow. Stampin' Up! knows just how to get my mood elevated. They bring out a mini catalog with these special stamps and embellishments. This year they even have an awesome add-on for the My Digital Studio. Mine is on the way and then I'll really get to have some fun.

Sale a Bration is wonderful because I get all my supplies and get a free something to add on to my order. You get to choose 1 free product for every $50 you spend. I often spend $40-$60 at a time just getting my usual supplies. So adding a free item to that is really awesome! You can also choose 1 item for every $300 of workshop sales you have.


Join my team during Sale A Bration and get 15% off the cost of the starter kit! You can choose the standard kit of stamps or the kit including the My Digital Studio program. If you purchased all the items in the kit on your own, it would be over $310! The cost of the kit during Sale A Bration is just $148.75 (normally $175). Plus joining during Sale a Bration gets you an extra $50 value bonus pack. Just select "Join My Team" (link on the left)and you'll be on my website. Then you can get started. I will be happy to answer any questions you have. The password is: love stampin Whether you just want the discount or you want to share the products with others, this is the best time to join. Join early and help your own customers earn free merchandise and Sale a Bration products too! Remember you can be a member of my team wherever you live. I'm just an email or a phone call away. You're in business for yourself but not by yourself.


This year's selection includes:

  1. So Happy for you
    This is a 10 stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount. I chose wood for mine because there are 5 little images and small skinny sentiments. The images are: star, heart, flower, shamrock, and butterfly. The star and the butterfly also have trail lines. The sentiments are: so happy for you, birthday wishes, good luck, thanks and thinking of you. What a great set to add to your collection. You can get it in your choice of English, Spanish or French. Pick one or get them all.

  2. Punch Bunch
    This is a set of 5 stamps. Also available in wood or clear mount. I got mine in clear because the images are larger and will stay on the blocks nicely. This whole set matches perfectly with one of our punches. There's an owl, a Happy Birthday scalloped square, a scallop circle with flowers, a Welcome Baby tag, and a True Friend circle. The punches that match are: Two-Step Owl, Scallop square, 1 3/4 inch scallop circle Large Tag, and the 1 inch circle. Punches can be found on pages 200-203 of the 2010-2011 Idea book and Catalog or on my website under Shop Now and tools. I've been having fun with this set and my daughter is making her Valentines' cards for her class with the owl. Punches are an awesome way to show off a stamp, pop it up, and cut it out without all that work. Just punch and go. Punch Bunch is also available in all 3 languages.

  3. Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack
    In this pack you get 9 sheets of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper(DSP)in the Ice Cream Parlor collection. The colors in this pack are bright and vibrant. Just the thing to make you forget that it's still winter outside. The 5 colors are: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Old Olive and Pacific Point. You get 3 sheets each of 3 designs. They are double sided so you always have coordinating paper for your pages and projects. You also get 2 12 x 12 sheets of adhesive die-cuts to match. These are the greatest thing. I really love them because the adhesive is both temporary and permanent. Unlike any other scrap book sticker I've used, you can put these down and if you oops and it goes down crooked, in the wrong place, or you look down in 5 minutes and decide that you really didn't like that element in your project you can pick it up. You have 12 hours to move it. Normally you're just stuck with a sticker where it lands. You have to figure out a way to use it there or cover it up with something else. While that is a great way to change up your project you may not want to do it right then.

  4. Ribbon & Button Pack
    This pack contains the perfect elements to add some fun to your projects. The colors are vibrant and coordinate well with the paper and quick accents pack. You get 1 spool of 1/4 inch white grosgrain printed with repeating flowers pattern. The colors used here are: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pacific Point. The spool will last quite a while as it has approx 15 yards. The buttons are flower shaped and come in 3 colors. Since you can buy Old Olive buttons already, these come in the other 3 colors. You get 48 flower buttons. 16 each of the 3 colors. Even if you were to get a real deal on these at a store you would probably pay $10-$12 for this collection and here it is, free with the stuff you were buying anyway.

  5. Digital Content CD
    I mentioned this briefly earlier. You get a whole CD full of all of the images, colors, ribbon, buttons, paper, and even the Decor Element from the whole Sale A Bration catalog all in one place. Mine is on the way. All at my fingertips and on my computer. I can't wait. I will be making lots of things to share.

  6. Sweet Summer
    This set has 9 images including a straight stem and leaves, curly stem and accents, flowers, a bird, a bee and a butterfly. I expect to see lots of birthday, thank you and thinking of you cards made with this set. It's also wonderful for scrapping your garden. romantic, and spring and summer pages. The small line images are perfect for those of you who like to color. You can use Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, colored pencils, Water Color Wonder crayons, or any of the other options we have available. Feel free to embellish your projects with the buttons, ribbon and/or paper from the other kits.

  7. Chalkboard Decor Elements- Notes
    This is awesome. I'm so glad that Stampin' Up! is offering so many options for Sale A Bration this year. This is the first year that they have also offered a Decor Element piece as well as stamps and paper. This is a 8 x 16 inch panel. It says "notes" on the top and has a curlyque line under that. You can put this on a wall, a door, a locker, etc. I plan to put mine on a board so I can hang it where I want and move it around as needed. You write on it with chalk and, just like a chalkboard, you can wipe it off and start over.

  8. Bliss
    This 5 piece stamp set is both modern and vintage. It has a butterfly that looks cut from a book because there's text on it, a flower, a bird, the word Bliss in fancy lettering, and a vintage accent piece. It's a great way to add great accents to any project. Simple yet elegant.

    If none of those options excite you, you can still choose among stamps in the catalog. In the back of the Sale A Bration catalog is a selection of stamps valued at $14.95 or less. Just make sure to use the item number in the SAB book and not the one in the regular catalog. They are different.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cards for Heroes- Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out to help me with the cards for our troops. The turnout was a little lower than I had expected but we got a lot of work done over the course of several days. I was able to sit and work closer with people than when we're in a larger group and I learned a few things about what you like about Stampin' Up! or me as a demo. I've decided to take what you've told me while we worked and make each of you something special in the next couple of weeks. I will post them here so that everyone can see. In the meantime, here are some pics of the table as we worked. I'm sure our heroes will enjoy using these cards as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More and more cards

Well only 2 more days left in my Cards for Soldiers event. I've had a few people come and help put the cards together. I did a count last night and we have over 300 cards going out. All of the card fronts I got in swaps have been converted to full cards, most of the full cards that were made over the years and never sent out have been revamped. I just need to make sure that I have enough envelopes to match up with the cards. Friday and Saturday this week will be the last 2 days we're working on them. Friday and early Saturday the plan is to make sure that we have enough Birthday, Valentines, St Pat's, Mother's Day, etc. cards to go in each box.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More Valentines for Everyone and Soldiers too.

Isn't this card cute? A pair of love birds. Only they're owls. These owls are punched from the owl punch and stamped with the Sale A Bration Punch Bunch set. Whenever you purchase $50 or more, you get a selection of your choice free from the Sale A Bration mini catalog. Sale A Bration doesn't start until January 25th. I will be posting other card ideas from the sets until then. This owl card will be sent out for our soldiers. You can make one when you come out to help.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blog Update

I changed my blog to give it a fresh look. I've added several new elements and I plan to keep up with it. This will be much easier since I am moving to being a Full Time Stampin' Up! rep. So keep watching for new things to come in the next few months. I've added a button to get the Mojo Monday sketch. This is a new sketch once a week on a Monday, of course. It's nice to be able to rely on someone else's ideas once in a while. That way we all get to play. I've also added a place to sign up to follow my blog. Sign up and you'll know when I update. Leave a comment on this post when you've signed up. I will enter everyone into a drawing for this week's blog candy. I will post the picture of that tomorrow. Can't give it all away in the same day.

Holiday Mini Carryover

Lots of products from the holiday mini are still available. Check out the links to the left to look at what you can still get.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Filled with Love Bonus- Cards for Soldiers

Whenever you donate $2 or more to the Cards for Soldiers Event you get to make a card. This card is the first one I will be offering. You can make it at one of the dates to get everything ready. The first date is tomorrow, Sunday the 9th. We'll meet at 2 and stay until 5. The first date is to separate the cards from the card fronts, get them separated into already made, needs help, needs a lot of help, and scrap and add to another card.

This card features the Filled With Love stamp set. It is still on special until January 24th. With the special, you get the stamp set, an exclusive pack of 12 x 12 paper that coordinates wonderfully and a pack of bitty buttons.

Wood Mount Set $32.90

Clear Mount Set $26.90

Paper Only $9.95

View the paper from the link on the left.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cards for Soldiers

Starting this Sunday afternoon, we'll have get-togethers to transform my excess materials into cards for our troops. I have nearly 4 boxes of cards. These include card fronts and cards that were made with retired stamps. Bring your scissors, adhesives, cutters and ideas to my house Sunday at 2 pm. Our first project will be to divide and conquer. Well divide at least. The cards need to be separated into types and what needs to be done to them. For example: All full cards and all fronts. Then from the full cards the current and looks good and the outdated and needs a new look. Then we can separate into birthdays, thank yous, etc.

I'll brew a pitcher of tea and have a small snack. Feel free to bring a snack to share as well.