Friday, December 3, 2010

Monogram Cards & 1 Christmas Card

In early November, I hosted a swap on Stampin' Addicts and I got roughly sample cards back.  All the cards were absolutely beautimous!  Here are some of the samples.  The creators names are below each card.

Created by Ellen Pruett (me!)

Created by Shelley Zarinling

Adrriana Benitz (escape2stamp)

Ellen Pruett (Me!)  -- Actually this card wasn't in the swap.  I thought I'd just throw it in because I like it!  This is the card that I will be giving to Gracie's kindergarten teacher.

 Kim Bolzenthol (s1itcher46)

Renee Hunzie

Stephanie McKinnon

I'll try to post some more cards as I get time.  Like I said, there were about monogram cards in all.  I hope all these ladies don't mind me posting their creations on my blog.  I think they are way too beautiful to be stuck in a drawer somewhere.  Don't you think they did a great job??

So, looking at my blog, you'd think I have really done any Christmas cards!  I actually have and I really need to be posting those too.  Life is just so crazy busy lately!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Only 2 More Days!!!

I'm excited for several reasons.  Here's why:

1)  Today is November 28.  That means next week I'll total my sales for the month of November and give 20% to St. Jude Children's Research.  The donation will go for shares of leukemia treatments.  So far, I can donate 2 shares.  I love to be able to donate at least 1 more share but that means I need a big order by the end of November.  So...if you find it in your heart to get yourself some early Christmas goodies and give a small give to St. Jude, just order online.  There's an order online button on the right side of this page!!

2)  I sat down today and made both of my little girls a Christmas skirt.  The thing is, I really haven't really sewn in several years.  Tonight I bought 2 white long sleeve shirts and I'm going to either put their names on the shirts or just their initials.  I'm going to use the Big Shot and the large alpha dies.  If I wasn't so tired, I'd go ahead and do it right now.  Seriously though, it's 11:16 pm!!

3)  During this quarter or the last 3 months, I recruited 4  new downline!  Wahoo!!!  It's seriously not to late for you to become one of my downline as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  The kits are 50% off until November 30!  It's $310 worth of Stampin' Up! products and the kit normally sales for $175.  So... for $87 you get a lot of really cool goodies!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ABCs of the Perfect Handmade Holiday

ABCs of the Perfect Handmade Holiday
From October 19-December 16, get 20 percent off holiday bundles containing gorgeous Stampin’ Up! products perfect for creating amazing cards, beautiful packaging, and cherished gifts.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yes, it's true...50% off on Stampin' Up! starter kits

Yes!!!!!   Yes!!!! It's all true.  Stampin' Up! starter kits are now 1/2 off which means you can get the starter kit for $87.50.  However, this deal is only good now thru November 30, 2010.   My demo friend Lyssa gave me permission to copy the numbers and share the details from her blog.  This deal is truly amazing!  If you've ever thought about becoming a demo, now is the time!!

Here’s what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Standard Kit and the value of each:
1. Any $33.95 or lower Stamp Set
2. Any $28.95 or lower Stamp Set
3. Any $18.95 or lower Stamp Set
4. Any $9.95 or lower Stamp Set

Before we go on, note that the $87.50 kit cost has already paid for the 4 sets above valued at $91.80. That means EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE!!!!!!

5. $19.95 Brights Patterns Designer Series paper stack (OR color of your choice) FREE
6. $16.95 Stampin’ Scrub® FREE
7. $8.95 Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE
8. $8.95 VersaMark® pad (OR ink pad at the same or lower price) FREE
9. $8.50 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice) FREE
10. $7.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE
11. $6.95 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE
12. $6.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price) FREE
13. $6.95 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price) FREE
14. $6.50 Fast Flowers Stampin’ Around® wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice) FREE
15. $5.95 Stampin’ Around Self Inking Handle (standard) FREE
16. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
17. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
18. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
19. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
20. $5.25 Uninked Cartridge (standard) FREE
21. $4.50 Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE
22. $3.95 Stampin’ Dimensionals® FREE
23. $3.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
24. $3.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
25. $3.32 Blender pen (single) FREE
26. $2.95 Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (OR color of your choice) FREE
27. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE
28. $1.17 Stamping sponge (single) FREE
29. Catalogs ($29.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

And were you thinking about getting My Digital Studio, maybe for Christmas?   Or maybe you were thinking of customizing your own Christmas portraits and sending them in the mail??  Here’s what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Digital + Kit and the value of each:

1. $79.95 My Digital Studio™ software* (see description of this product below)
2. $8.50 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)

Before we go on, note that the $87.50 kit cost has paid for the My Digital Studio software & card stock above. That means EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE!!!!!!

3. Any $26.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
4. Any $18.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
5. Any $7.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
6. $16.95 Stampin’ Scrub® FREE
7. $8.95 Brights Designer buttons FREE
8. $7.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE
9. $6.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price) FREE
10. $6.95 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE
11. $6.95 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price FREE
12. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
13. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
14. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
15. $5.95 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
16. $4.95 Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE
17. $4.95 Glue Dots® FREE
18. $4.50 Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE
19. $3.95 Stampin’ Dimensionals® FREE
20. $3.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
21. $3.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
22. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE
23. Catalogs ($29.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

Okay so have I totally got your attention now??  Call me today and don't wait another second.  Call me at 423-785-6331 and I'll help you with all the details.  It's that easy.  Low, low quarterly minimums.  Of course you make the decision whether or not you want to be a serious business demo or a serious hobby demo.  Let's say you don't want to stick with being a questions asked and no committment.
Seen enough?  Or, if you're already convinced, just go to and click on Join Now. My authorization password is chipper.   So take 20 minutes and get yourself some really sweet goodies for only $87.50.   I promise you won't regret it.  In fact, if you decide not to stick with the demonstratorship, I'll buy your business forms for $10.  I'm that sure you'll love it!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For the entire month of November, I will be donating 20% of my Stampin’ Up! sales to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   I am designating the donation to go for shares of leukemia treatments or research.  Each share is $75.  I would like to provide at least 4 leukemia treatments for 4 children during the month of December.  It’s such a small Christmas gift but it could be a life-saving gift.  Click here to find out more quick facts about St. Jude.

So while you’re shopping on my website or booking a workshop with me, here’s something to think about. 

1)  20% of my Stampin’ Up! sales for the entire month of November will go to St. Jude shares of leukemia treatments.  You’re giving the gift of life by helping that child fight for his or her life.
2)   It’s easy to give, just book a workshop with me.    
3)  If you do not want to book a workshop, simply place an order on my Stampin’ Up! website.  Click here.
4)  If you would like to donate straight to St. Jude, click here.
5)  I will post a deposited check or printed proof from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on blog at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Challenge + Blog Candy

Okay, after reading the title of this blog post, be honest.  You saw the words "My Challenge", but what you really thought about was.....

In order to win that blog candy, you must do the following: 
1)  Send me a picture of a card or scrapbook page you made using any combination of fall colors.
2)  All card stock, embellishements, etc. must be Stampin' Up! products.  Retired items are fine. 
3)  I will accept the first 3 cards or scrapbook pages. 

What will the blog candy be?  I promise it will be something worthy of your efforts!!! 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Digital Studio Design Contest

Date: October 1-November 15, 2010

Stampin' Up!  invites YOU to participate in our first ever digital design contest using My Digital Studio and Stampin' Up!'s digital downloads! The My Digital Studio Design contest was created to recognize the amazing digital design skills of our talented, creative demonstrators and customers! The contest is open to all demonstrators and customers who have access to My Digital Studio in the US and Canada; five demonstrators and five customers will be selected to win.

The above information was copied and pasted from the Stampin' Up! website.  For more information on this contest, please visit

Monday, September 27, 2010

So much to tell you!

This past Saturday, I attended Crop for a Cure.  The organizer of the event truly had her act together.  I kind've felt bad that I didn't help her more so I promised next year, I would help out a little more.  In all honestly, I just didn't realize the effort she put forth to making this event such a huge success. was a huge success.  Not only did so many ladies have fun at this event, but I had a blast!!!  I was able to meet so many sweet and creative women.  Instantly, I found new friends.  The door prizes were nothing but top notch!!  The food was wonderful!  The atmosphere was a happy atmosphere.  The best thing about the whole event was that it raise $3,000 for cancer research!!  Can you say WOW???

There were approximately 59 ladies in attendance.  Can you imagin all the creativity going on?  Just let me tell you, it was a blast!  Every brand, every kind of embellishments, card stock, adhesive, stamps, you name it, it was there.  The best of everything in my mind......hmmm.....STAMPIN' UP! of course!!

So, with all that said above, let's move on to my little creations.  Yes, I've been busy with my family and work.  Sometimes I wonder how I fit everything in.  I guess it's a good thing I'm a night owl because that's when I get ready for clubs.  Guess you could say I'm a night owl several nights out of the week and then I just crash.

Lately, I've been working on a combination of Christmas and fall.  Can't really decide which season I like the best.  Love, love the colors of fall, the crispness of the leaves, the reflection of the trees on the lake, the chili suppers, all the feativals and craft shows.  Christmas, I just love the true meaning of Christmas and all the parties!

The above card was a last minute swap card I created for a swap.  It was one of those hurry up and create something so nobody will miss a card in their swap kind of thing.  Yes, I was an angel!!!

What did I use?
Stamp Set - Word Play
Jumbo Wheel -  Jolly Jingles (from the Holiday mini catalog)
Card Stock -  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and Crumb Cake
Ink -   Real Red Classic Stamp Pad and Real Red Jumbo Cartridge
Embellishments - Antique Brads and Red Gingham Ribbon

The two pictures above are obvious the same card.  I just zoomed in a little so that you could see my newest craze....sewing!!!  My mother would be so proud of me for using her sewing machine.  There was something wrong with the machine and it would stitch anything and kept breaking needles.  Took the sewing machine to Rome, Georgia and had it fixed.  Love, love, love that sewing machine.  It's metal and not plastic, it's been used and not on a shelf.  So many memories of my mom sitting in front of that machine!

I think I really impressed my friend Kim (from Stampin' Addicts) with my sewing ability!!!  Wahoo!!!!  I love to impress any of the sisters from SA because they are oh so talented and well....I try!  I really do try!!  If you haven't visited Stampin' Addicts, please do so!!

This same card looks totally different from the first one that I posted on this thread.  It's the same stamp set, just a little different.  Isn't it neat that with Stampin' Up! you can use the same colors the same stamp set and come up with something totally different?  And, that my friend, is why I'm truly in-love with Stampin' Up!

What did I use?
Jumbo Wheel -  Jolly Jingles (from the Holiday mini catalog)
Card Stock -  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink -   Real Red Jumbo Cartridge
Embellishments - Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and sewing machine with dark brown thread

And here I go sewing again...

What did I use?
Stamp Set - Friends Never Fade
Card Stock -  Baja Breeze (and let me tell you I love it!), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Greenhouse Gala
Ink -   Baha Breeze,
Embellishments - Early Expresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, my sewing machine with dark brown thread!!!

What did I use?
Stamp Set - Vintage Vogue
Card Stock -  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Whisper White
Ink -   Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy
Embellishments - Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons and corner punch

What did I use?
Stamp Set - Full of Life
Card Stock -   Old Olive, Greenhouse Gala, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Ink -   Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments - Scallop Edge Punch and Diminsionals

Well, I do have way more Christmas cards, but of course, my battery is dead on my camera!  So I'll try to post these pictures fairly soon!  I would love for you to leave your thoughts on any of the above cards!  Some of them are very, very simple cards and very easy to re-create.  Hopefully, later this evening, I can work on some scrapbook pages and take pictures....We'll much to do!!! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Moved from WordPress back to a little catching up

Normally, I don't have an issue importing from WordPress to Blogger.  However, today, I was at my wits end.  So why am I moving back to blogger?  Well, I've asked Michelle Laylock to re-vamp my pityful blog and to do that, I had to go back to Blogger.  It's good thing because I've been wanting to come back to blogger, it's just a hassle!!  WordPress was great and I liked it, but they have a rule about not being able to advertise for sale or something like that.  Anyway, worried that WordPress would delete my blog, I headed back over here.  Plus.....Michelle...oh Michelle Laylock is going to re-vamp my blog sometime in January.  Yes, January.  She has an extensive waiting list.  I wished I had gotten on her waiting list a while back but she didn't accept WordPress customers. I am!!!!  I'm anxiously awaiting my new and improved blog!!

So what do you think about this tote???  Is it not beautimous?  Only new Stampin’ Up! recruits can get this gorgeous tote!!!   So jealous!!!!  So how do you get this tote?  Read on.
By signing up as a demonstrator, you can get this tote free with your demonstrator kit now thru October 18.  I can tell you first hand, signing as a demonstrator ranks way up there in my life!!  It has given me the ability to meet new friends, be creative and earn extra income all at the same time.  I love it!!!  If you would like to meet for coffee or lunch to hear more about what Stampin’ Up! can do for you, just give me a call at 423-785-6331 or email me at  I would love to help you earn a family trip to Disney World or an cruise to Alaska!!!!


     Now you’re probably thinking, what in the world does BINGO have to do with stamping or scrapbooking.  Well, hang on because here’s my explanation.
     I am going to be getting rid of most all of my retired products.  Now some of these retired stamp sets have been used very lovingly  In fact, they have ink stains on them.  Some of the ribbon aren’t full spools.  Some of the brads or eyelets are full packages.  There may be sheets of scrapbook (DSP) or almost full packages.
I’ll lay these items on a table.  For 1 hour, we’ll play BINGO.  When you…

  • yell out BINGO! you’ll get to walk up to the table and pick anything from that table to take home with you.

  • when you bring a friend that I haven’t met, you’ll be able to walk up to that table, pick out your free item and take it home

  • when you purchase over $50 of Stampin’ Up! goodies (the same night as BINGO), you’ll get to pick out something on the table.  Plus you’ll get 10% off your order.

  • If you book a workshop, you’ll get to pick out 2 items off the table and receive 10% off your next order

  • If you sign as a demonstrator, you’ll get to pick out 3 items off the table and get to go to convention with me!!!  Yay!!!

  •      We’ll play as many BINGO games with that 1 hour time frame as possible.  So when, where, and what are the other facts?  Here ya’ go!
    Cost:  $5 – this is to cover the cost of the pizza and drinks.  We’ll eat before the BINGO game starts at 6:45.  You may eat and drink during the BINGO game, but the game starts at 6:45!!
    When:  Thursday, September 9
    Time:  Be there at 6:30 to fill your plate with pizza, get a drink and find a seat.  The BINGO game starts promptly at 6:45 and will end promptly at 7:45.
    Where:  My house
    How many games will we play?  As many as we can fit into 1 hour.  After all, it is a school night and we all need our rest.
    This should be tons of fun!  So come on.  You’ll need to let me know if you’re coming just so I can be sure to have enough pizza and BINGO cards!!!

    A couple of questions…

    Hey ladies,
    Please take a second and participate in the poll(s) below.  I would much appreciative!!

    A possible $70 in hostess benefits?!? I ____ interested in hosting a workshop before August 31!


    For those of you that didn't attend the August Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, would you be interested in attending a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack in October?

    So, how did the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack go?

    The Christmas Stamp-A-Stack was great! The best thing about it was I got to meet 2 new ladies. Their names are Leisa and Kelly. Both are very nice girls. I hope you get a chance to meet them.
    There were 5 ladies that attended and we made 150 Christmas cards in about 4 hours. Not bad huh?? What’s the second best thing? Everyone that attended now has her Christmas cards made. Yay!!!! It’s August and our cards are made. What an accomplishment!!
    Check out the pictures below.
    If you’re interested in attending one of my events, just shoot me an email at  I’ll send you a schedule so that you can see what the next event will be!

    Saturday, August 7, 2010

    Christmas Stamp-A-Stack *** 8/14/2010

    Hey Ladies, I thought I would just take a few minutes and post my Christmas cards for the Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) on Saturday morning, August 14.  This event starts at 10 am and will be over at 1 pm.  The cost is cheap!!!  You may do 15 cards for $15.  You may do 30 cards for $27.  You'll notice that these cards are very simple.  I made the cards simple so that they would be quick and easily duplicated.  If you've been stamping for a while now, you may also notice that I used several older stamp sets.  These are sets that are my personal favorites.

    There are 2 different sets of cards that you may choose from.  For simplicity sake, I'm calling them Set 1 and Set 2.  In each set, there are 3 different designs and you'll make 5 each of each 3 designs.  You'll end up with 15 cards.  Make sense?  When you sign up for this event, you'll need to tell me 3 things:

    1)  Which set you would like to make.
    2)  Do you want to make 15 or 30 cards.
    3)  Do you want envelopes?  If so, please add $4 to each set of 15 cards.  The envelopes will be a either vanilla or white to match the card.

    So, what do the cards look like?

    Set Number 1



    Set Number 2

    Okay, it's time to give me a call or email me (  Come on now, let's have some fun!!!

    Who is attending?  So far, we have:
    Mary Jo
    Kelly F.

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Scrapbook Club & Beach

    Below is the last scrapbooks that our club made back in July.  I love the colors on these 2 pages and adore the DSP!  The ladies in this club titled their pages "Lazy Day's", "Sunny Day's", but the older I get, everything is "Hazy Day's!"

    This next card is just one that our stamp club did.  I'm planning on doing this on a scrapbook page in our new scrapbook club.  I may even ask the ladies from our last club if they would like to come over and do this on the side.  Not part of the club, just something a little extra.  I think it would be pretty cool!

    This card just makes me want to pack my bags and head for the beach.  I love this card!  It's actually a super fast card to make and is great for swaps!

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    And....the winner of the BIG SHOT is...

    And...the winner of the BIG SHOT is..... (drumroll)



    For those of you that didn't know, I had my Stampin' Up! open house this past weekend.  It was a huge success.  We had 6 projects and lots of attendees.  The food was awesome!  Fox and Hen Cafe/Deli did an fabulous job.  For every purchase of SU products over $45, the customer got a chance to win the big shot.  Yay Toni!!  Oh, and several others won door prizes as well!  All in all, it was a great evening.

    I really want to say thanks to all my customers for the success and to Fox and Hen Cafe/Deli!  Thanks!!!!

    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Open House Details...

    If you are on my mailing list, you should have received an invitation to my open house. I hope you'll be able to come because the food should be wonderful. Oh...and the projects, they should be fantastic! Here's the invitation to those of you that didn't receive one by mail.

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Save the date...

    Hey Ladies,

    Please remember to save the date for my open house.  It's scheduled for July 31, 2010.  It'll start at 4:15 pm and close at 8:00 pm.  It'll be at the Fox & Hen Cafe/Deli.  Please remember to write this down on your calendar because it's going to be fun!!!

    • I promise that there will be several give-a-ways and a chance to win the BIG SHOT!!

    • I promise the food will be delish because it's being catered by Fox & Hen Cafe-Deli. better come early cause it will go fast!

    • I promise to use all new stamp sets from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

    • There will be instructions posted for each of the projects. 

    If you need any information, please shoot me an email!

    More details to follow.

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    More Scrapbook Pages

    Some of these scrapbook pages were done in club and some were done just for fun.  Oh, what am I say?  All of them were fun!!!   Sorry for some of the blurry pictures.   Now there's one that I'm re-posting because I just simply adore it.  It's actually the very first one. 

    Scrapbook Pages

    If you're thinking about joining my scrapbook club but you would like to see some of the pages we have done in the past, here you go. You can probably find some of these pages in the archives, but I'll save you the problem of searching. Keep checking back because tonight I plan to add more recent pages.   Please know that these are older pages.  Here you go..............