Saturday, February 23, 2008

Milwaukee Regionals 3x3 Swap

Hello fellow stampers! I'm hosting a 3x3 swap at the Milwaukee Regionals... YUP, I'm GOING!!!! But, if you can't go, just make sure I get the swaps by April 5, 20008, and I'll swap for you.

The details:
1. Full 3x3 cards (no envelopes)
2. Use current Stampin' Up! stamps only (no mini catalog please)
3. Make 9+1 -- the +1 will go to a women's shelter my mom's stamp group sends cards. You won't get one of your own back.
4. You can sign up for as many spots in as many groups as you'd like, but please make a different card for each spot.
5. More groups will be added if needed. -- there are 2 groups full and 2 groups open at this time.
6. If you're attending and plan to swap 3x3's "on the floor", please make these different (AKA special ).

Send me an email at WannaStamp@ gmail.com if you want to join the swap.
Happy Stampin'!

March Promotions Galore!

Stampin' Up! is going ALL out with the March promotions....
You already know about Sale-A-Bration that's going on now, but in case you don't... For every $50 in product you purchase, you get one FREE set of stamps OR a set of rub-ons. The rub-ons are the ones I used in the Girl Scouts book below... SUPER CUTE, and they come in FOUR colors! You can check out all the fun details HERE on the Stampin' Up! website. But HURRY - it ends March 17!!!!
Along with Sale-A-Bration is an awesome recruiting promotion... join my team until March 17, and get 20% off the starter kit price AND a FREE stamp set of your choice from the Spring/Summer 2008 Collection OR the NEW Occasions mini catalog! For the whole story, check THIS out.
But wait - that's not all!!!!!!! Beginning March 1, you can purchase pre-cut Wild Wasabi textured card stock that make some VERY cut projects... check them out HERE. The pack includes 16 sheets of 4-1/2" x 11-1/2" Wild Wasabi textured card stock that has been scored at 1-1/8" and 5-5/8".
Above I mentioned the NEW Occasions mini catalog... oh yes, that's right, the sales period for that begins on March 1. And holy cow is this one CUTE!!!! You've seen some of the samples that I've made with just ONE set from this super-cute catalog (two post below). HERE is the rest... warning: it's AWESOME! If you order from this mini catalog from me, I will send you one of my Star 3x3 cards seen two posts below as my added thank you.
Hold on - there's one more!!!!!! Beginning March 18, workshops over $350 in sales get an EXTRA $25 in hostess $$ to spend on ANYTHING the hostess wants. You'll want to get on my calendar quickly, because I am getting quite booked with wedding planning and all the not-so-fun stuff... PLEASE book a workshop with me, so I have an excuse to NOT deal with the wedding planning!!! So, to sweeten the deal... if you book a class or workshop with me until April 30, I will give the hostess 2 Classic Stampin' Pads of her choice for $350 in sales and an additional ink pad for every $75 after that!!!!
Ok, I've gotta get coffee after all of this!!!! Happy shopping!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Girl Scouts Scrapbook

So here's what I've been working on...




The event is tomorrow night, so I'd better get back to prepping... Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Occasions Mini Catalog Preview

Yesterday I took a break from making the Save the Date cards for my wedding to play with NEW STAMPS! I participate in a swap with fellow demonstrators for each of Stampin' Up!'s mini catalogs. Here is what they are getting... (Teresa, Nyla, Heather, Tanya - don't look!!!) The new Occasions mini items are in pink.

Before I get to the cards... DORIS, WHERE ARE YOU??????????

This one was inspired by creativekat's Be Yourself card. The center of the flowers are pop dots smashed in the NEW chunky glitter.
Stamp Sets: In the Stars, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Ruby Red, VersaMark
Paper: Cameo Coral, River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Ginger Blossom DSP
Accessories: Chunky Sprinkles Glitter (Crystal Iris, Light Pink), Pop Dots
Punch: 5-Petal Flower

Stamp Set: In the Stars
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Bayou Blue Textured, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Ribbon Slide, Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, Groovy Guava Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder, Pop Dots
Punch: Large Star

Stamp Set: In the Stars
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss DSP
Accessories: Chunky Sprinkles Glitter (Celery), Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Wild Wasabi Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Sticky Strip (to hold chunky glitter)
Punches: Large Star, 1 1/4" Circle, Crop-A-Dile

Here is another version of the Coaster Book that will be my door prize for an upcoming event where I will be making 5x5 scrapbooks with a local Girl Scouts troop. The girls are 13-14 years old, so this should be fun!
Stamp Set: In the Stars
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Berry Bliss DSP
Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge Ribbon Slide, Chunky Sprinkles Glitter (Crystal Iris, Light Pink), Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Zig Painty Pen (colored the star silver), Sticky Strip (to hold chunky glitter), Regal Rose Stampin' Write marker, Crystal Effects
Punch: Large Star

Here's a close up of the colored ribbon slide... I ran the Regal Rose Stampin' Write marker inside the slide, then filled it with Crystal Effects.



Well, I've gotta get back to the Save the Dates...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!!! Is it really Wednesday night already?!?!?! Where did Saturday go, and did I get cheated out of Sunday??? In any event...
The random number generator picked Doris for my blog candy! She said:
Blogger Doris said...

One of my favorite winter stories is from university. I lived in a suburb and there was a train track that wasn't used anymore. I remember walking down the track, just experiencing nature and looking at all the trees and bushes covered. And it was all so brilliantly white and pretty.

Doris, email me at WannaStamp@gmail.com with your address and which Soft Subtles colors you want. Thanks everyone for playing!!! There will be more candy in the future...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Lia Sophia Party - You're INVITED!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm hosting a virtual Lia Sophia party. Since the weather can't make up its mind whether it wants to be 50 or -50, I'm NOT planning anything that requires people to move at night. This being said, if you'd like to be a part of my show, you can order online. Lia Sophia has a HUGE deal this month, too... buy 2 items @ regular price, and get 2 item @ 1/2 off. For every item after that you purchase at full price, you can take another at 1/2 price. Wicked, huh??!! In any event, here is how you order on my show...
- Go to http://www.liasophia.com/sites/heididemarco
- Click on "Our Jewelry"
- Click on one of the catalogs (the Spring/Summer one is AWESOME!!!)
- Under "Select A Different Catalog" is a star with "How to Purchase"... click on this star.
- It will bring up a screen that says - have you been invited to a recent party. Put my name in there - Michelle Skillicorn (make sure you spell it correctly, or you get something REALLY odd!), then click "go"
- This will bring you back to the catalog and you can then begin selecting items.

It currently says my show closes on February 11th, but that's a type - it's actually February 24th, so LOTS of time to go shopping!

I *believe* you can have this order shipped directly to you. I'm not sure if they ship outside the US (*sorry*). Those of you in Canada that want to order and cannot, let me know, and I'm *certain* we can work something out.

In any event... HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

All Snowed In Blog Candy

The weather this winter has been CRAZY!!!!!!!!! I went to work today, in a winter snow warning. Boy was that STUPID! Here is what the national weather service is saying about my house:

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CST THIS EVENING...

SNOW...MOSTLY LIGHT...WILL CONTINUE FALLING ACROSS NORTHEAST ILLINOIS THROUGH 8:00 PM. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END ALTOGETHER ACROSS THE CHICAGO AREA AND NORTHWEST INDIANA BY 9:00 PM CST.

AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE BETWEEN 6 PM AND 9 PM THIS EVENING.

EVEN THOUGH THE SNOW FROM THIS STORM IS WINDING DOWN...NORTH WINDS GUSTING IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE...THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR NORTHEAST ILLINOIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 10 PM CST.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW... SLEET... AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Yeah, and I was driving in it WITH a flat tire! Yup... didn't even know it. The snow plows can't keep up... one of the roads home was a "best guess"... I was like - I *think* the road is here. Luckily, there weren't ditches on that road, or else I'm *sure* I would have ended up in one. But I made it home. We'll see if the snow stops and the plows can get caught up tonight. If not, I'm SO not trying that again!

In honor of the Christmas-like weather AND my 10,000+ hits (didn't even know!), we will have a blog candy!!!!!!!!! For candy, I have an On Board Art Journal (NIP), 2 Soft Subtles Classic Stampin' Pads (NIP your choice), and some extra goodies... I've been cleaning, so there's a TON of goodies for the box, to include some alterable items. So what do you need to do??? Tell me your favorite/best snow or winter story (no, I won't hold it against you if you don't have snow... I haven't had any for a while, either). I will draw a name at random on Sunday at 6PM (CST).

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Stampahowlics Swaps

As promised, here are the swaps I did for the Stampahowlics gathering yesterday. I had a few left over, so I will be taking them with me to Regionals in Milwaukee in April.

Stamp Set: Artfully Asian
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Basic Black
Paper: Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Basic Black, Ginger Blossom DSP
Accessories: Basic Black Grosgrain, Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Stamp Sets: All in the Family, Sweet Thing, It's Beautiful Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Sage Shadow/Close to Cocoa, Jet Black StazOn
Paper: Certainly Celery/Pretty in Pink/Bashful Blue/Almost Amethyst, Sage Shadow/Almost Amethyst, Confetti White, Whisper White, So Saffron
Punches: Large Star, 1 1/4" Circle

Stamp Sets: A Beautiful Thing, Circle of Friendship
Ink: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Designer Label, 1 1/4" Circle, 1" Circle
This card was inspired be onejumpinjax's CARD.

Stamp Sets: Time Well Spent Hostess Set, Fundamental Phrases, Sprinkles, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Rose Red Prints DSP
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, Regal Rose Stampin' Write Marker, Zig Painty Pen (flower center), Rose Pink Cosmo Fine Glitter + 2-way Glue Pen (see notes on previous post with this combo!)
Punches: Spiral, Round Tab, Ticket Corner

It's Sale-A-Bration!!


Guess what?! It's Sale-A-Bration!!!!!!!!!!!! For those of you who are not familiar, that means FREE STAMPS (and rub-ons this time too!) for EVERY $50 in product. It's for a limited time only, though... only until March 17... click here for all the details and HERE for the mini catalog. This year, there is a HUGE recruiting BONUS... If you sign up to be a demonstrator from now until March 17, you will get any stamp set (up to $47.95) in the catalog for FREE. But that's not all... you also get your kit with over $350 in product for just $159. If you want to sign up, you can go to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Business Website to sign up online. This is a HUGE deal!!!

Yesterday, I went to the Stampahowlics' gathering and had a BLAST! I made 70 swap cards, so stay tuned for what I made and what I got in return... I will try to photograph all of those this week and get them posted this weekend. HERE is the link to the samples we made there... we got to use the new bead duo, the new chunky glitter, and the Sale-A-Bration sets. Can't get enough of the Sale-A-Bration sets?? Check out THIS GALLERY for more samples made with these super cute sets!

For one of my swap cards, I used the new Fine Cosmo Glitter, so here are a few tips that I have to share when using this... First off, this glitter has a TON of static, so my tips are to counter-act that and keep your stampin' space a little less sparkley...
1. Put your glitter in an empty stampin' store box (what the stamps come in)... I used the large size (what the background stamps come in), so it is big enough to put an entire card front inside the box. CUT THE LID OFF THE BOX!!! Glenda Travelstead showed this tip at Convention this year; she was also selected to the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board this year (HUGE honor!). She was at the meeting yesterday, and if you don't know her, she is HILARIOUS!!! Anyway, back to tips...
2. Use the Tombo Mono Multi, Sticky Strip, the NEW Sticky Cut Letters, or Crystal Effects only. The 2-way glue pen is not strong enough to keep it in place.
3. To get rid of the little pieces of glitter that are hanging on to your project, put the project inside a gallon-sized plastic bag. Then, take the Color Spritzer Tool (with no marker attached) and blow air onto the project to get rid of those unwanted pieces.

I'm going to try to photograph my swap cards during half time and get them posted... I promised those I swapped with my recipe... Until then...

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