Friday, November 16, 2012

Online Extravaganza starts Monday, November 19th

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Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza starts Monday, November 19th!  Stampin' Up! is having a huge online sale with 20% - 50% off some of your favorite products, including MDS-2+ for half price!  The sale runs from November 19th through November 28th only.
There's MORE!!!  Special DOORBUSTER DEALS on Monday & Wednesday!!!  This would be the most AMAZING time to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  You could customize your Starter Kit with items that are already marked down and get even more value for your money!!!  (The Starter Kit includes your choice of $125 in products for only $99. PLUS the Ink-redible promotion is still in efffect so you get a complete color family of ink pads, too!)  Whoo-hoo!!!

Here's the full list of all items on sale:  Online Extravaganza Flyer.  You can print it out to make your Wish List.  Then when you are ready to order online you can visit, my DBWS (Demonstrator Business Web Site), to place your order for huge savings.  Don't forget, there are special savings on Monday, November 19th and Wednesday, November 28th only.  All other discounts are available for all ten days!
DOOR BUSTER DEALS:  Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
PageItemDescriptionRetail Price24-Hour
Sale Price
181125586Simply Scored Diagonal Plate$11.95$9.56
186113439Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine$99.95$79.96
186113474Big Shot Doctor's Bag$69.95$55.96

DOOR BUSTER DEALS:  Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
PageItemDescriptionRetail Price24-Hour
Sale Price
7118941Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)$66.95$53.56
7120279Clear Block Storage Caddy$16.95$13.56
175109127Stack & Store Caddy$34.95$27.96
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I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Big Shot.  Now you can get yours for $20 off on Monday, November 19th!  Do you know a young stamper or someone that just wants to do embossing and doesn't need the Big Shot for die cutting?  Then check out the ADORABLY CUTE Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. It would be GREAT for Christmas giving.  

Texture Boutique is AVAILABLE NOW and only while supplies last.  (Although I am hoping that it will be added to the annual catalog!)

The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into embossed, textured works of art. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. 

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657
Includes Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim

The Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art.  
To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special value bundle that saves you $5.90.  Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders.

Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, a Stampin' Up! exclusive.
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, a Stampin' Up! exclusive.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

You won't want to miss this!!!

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  • Discounts up to 50%
  • 24 hour door busters

You should click on, and set up your account NOW so you will be ready to cash in on the great savings!!!!

Stampin' Up! will be releasing more details very soon and I will keep you posted.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Unknown Blessings, Thanksgiving Table Setting

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I love for the dining table to be beautiful, so I think this place setting that is featured on the blog is fabulous!
(Confession:  I don't like to cook unless I'm sure the end result is going to look pretty enough that my guests want to take a picture!  It may not be fit to eat, but you can bet it looks like it should be in a foodie magazine.  My presentation of the turkey would make Martha Stewart jealous!  Ha ha!)  
The designer of this table setting, Sara Brook, from Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio Team, used SU's recently released Thanksgiving themed MDS download, Unknown Blessings Ensemble, which was inspired by the fall season and the growing fashion trend of geometrics.  This download makes it easy to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table.  You can order this download at

Order your download at
Digital Download131311
Price: $17.95
This download was added on 9/25/2012

Download includes:
* 7 1-page décor designer templates: invitation, place cards, pie box, napkin rings, menu cards, framable décor, feathers (8-1/2" x 11") 
* double-sided postcard designer template (9 x 4-1/4")
* 17-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 6 Designer Series Papers
* 8 embellishments
* 1 punch

* Digital-exclusive
* Everything you need to create a fun Thanksgiving atmosphere for the whole family 

Coordinating colors:
Apricot Appeal, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla
I think I'll call my little sister, "Miss Monique", and see if she wants to get together and make some of the cute & easy headbands for her pre-school class at Carbondale New School.  I know the kids would love them!
Hmmm, I'm suddenly craving turkey and pumpkin pie!!!
Peace, Love & Joy,

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Orchard Harvest Scarecrow Gift Bag

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Is this not just the most adorable Scarecrow you've ever seen?!?!?!  
I first saw him on Frenchie's website and I asked for permission to CASE him, which she so kindly gave!  Since then I've seen various versions of him.  Gail Murray used him on her fabulous fall scrapbooking layout and Rae Harper's is really cute, too!   That's where I got the idea for the cute Spice Cake fabric bow.  

I love his "wonky" eyes!  I can't wait until this afternoon to share him with my Stampin' Up! friends at Cheryl Couch's stamp camp.  I wish you could join us, but since you can't  I would be happy to email you the step-by-step instructions!  
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PRODUCTS USED:  Top Note Die & Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper, Spice Cake fabric, Bird Builder Punch, Petite Pennant Punch, Small Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, small brown lunch sack.
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black and Crumb Cake
Crumb Cake & Regal Rose Ink, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Monday, November 5, 2012

Update on Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp Camp

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Last week, I hosted my 2nd Annual "I'm Dreaming of a PINK Christmas" event in honor of my beloved Mother, Louise Mileur, who is celebrating her 20th year as a Breast Cancer Survivor!!!   Unfortunately, she ended up being sick and wasn't able to attend either session.

I shared two of the cards that we made on October 25th, you can view them on the post titled "I'm Dreaming of a PINK Christmas".  (The little snow-woman purse didn't make the final cut after all.)  I wanted to share the other two cards that we made at the Breast Cancer Awareness events.

I think this first project was the most popular at both sessions.  
Images (c) Stampin" Up!
I made a few variations so the project would fit my "PINK Christmas" theme.
Thanks to Dawn Olchefske for letting me CASE her original project shown below.  Dawn has an excellent video that shows you step-by-step how she made the cocoa packet.

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This is Dawn's original creation!  I knew it would be a hit with my Stampin' Up! friends! 

  1. Cut the Early Espresso card stock (CS) 5.5" x 8.5".  Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, score straight down at 4.25", then use the diagonal plate to score at 5.75".  Fold in half.
  2. Adhere a 4.25" x 1" piece of pink Designer Series Paper (DSP) to card front as shown.
  3. I just love adding texture, so we embossed the Early Espresso CS with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder in the Big Shot machine.  Next fold scored flap under.  Use piece of sticky strip to secure bottom edge.
  4. Use Croc-o-dile or other hole-punch to punch two holes along right edge, thread pink grosgrain ribbon (retired) through holes and tie candy cane on.  Aren't these lime green & pink candy canes that I found at Kroger's just perfect?!?!?!
  5. Punch 2.5” circle out of “Be of Good Cheer” DSP and attach to packet front with Stampin’ Dimensionals foam dots.  I have to give my best friend, Jan Oestmann, credit for the great DSP that was used for the circle, her suggestion was a much better choice than what I first tried!
  6. Ink mug stamp from Scentsational Season with Primrose Petals (PP) ink.  Use Aqua Painter or a damp Q-tip to remove Primrose Petals ink from "liquid" part of design.  Use the Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker to color in liquid.  “Huff”  (exhale) on stamp to remoisten ink and stamp on Very Vanilla CS.  Use Chocolate Chip ink to stamp steam on Very Vanilla CS.  Use Holiday Collection Framelits Dies to cut designs out.
  7. Use your paper trimmer or a craft knife to make a small slit through the middle of the liquid in the cup and slide the bottom edge of the steam into the slit, secure with a Stampin' Dimensionals foam dot on the back.
  8. Attach cup & steam with Stampin’ Dimensionals foam dots to the DSP circle.  Adhere rhinestone to center of snowflake on cup.
  9. Attach 3.5” x 0.5” strip of DSP to top edge of 3.5” x 5” Very Vanilla CS.  Stamp sentiment of choice then insert into packet along with the Swiss Miss Cocoa packet.
  10. Stamp coordinating image, we used the Gingerbread Man from Scentsational Season, on Whisper White envelope or emboss envelope. 
  11. Bring Peace, Love & Joy to someone’s heart when they open your beautiful handmade card!!!
Our fourth card was made with the Top Note Die!  Isn't she just too adorable!!!  Everyone loved discovering how easy it is to use Sharpie permanent markers to color our pearls to match any project.

I hope I've inspired you to THINK PINK this Christmas!  And if you didn't call to have your mammogram scheduled in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PLEASE make an appointment as soon as possible.  Early detection saves lives!!!  My Mother is living proof.

Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper

Holiday Collection  Framelits Dies

Scentsational Season


Final Hours for FREE & 50% Off Digital Downloads

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Have you downloaded your FREE digital designs from Stampin' Up! yet?  Why the heck not?????  They are FREE!!!!!  Go to to download them by 11:50 pm (Mountain Time) (12:50 am Central Time)

Although the digital downloads can be used in ANY program, I highly recommend Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio (MDS).  Why don't you get the FREE 30-Day MDS Trial Software when you download your FREE digital designs?  Play around with the program and you will see why I think it's so great!

Tonight is also the deadline to get 50% Off Select Digital Kits!  They also must be ordered by 11:50 pm (MT).

There are many, many great digital kits available at 50% off.  Here are my TOP TEN.

Autumn Spice


Be of Good Cheer

Fifty Nifty

Travel Log

Tickets & Tokens

Red, White & Blue

Mixed Bunch

Nite Owl

Wicked Fun

Hope you take advantage of this great sale and have fun playing with My Digital Studio.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I'll try to help you! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ink-redible FREE Offer!

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Get a FREE collection of ink pads when you 
host a qualifying party or join the Stampin' Up! family.

November  1 - December 16, 2012

Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads. Choose from the Brights, Subtles, or Regals collections, a $49.95 value!  Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits.  INK-redible!

When your party, or personal order, reaches $450 you earn $65 in Hostess Dollars to purchase anything from the Annual or Holiday catalog, including exclusive Hostess Sets!  You also choose one item at 50% off.  Maybe you've been wanting the Big Shot for example, (Retail Value $99.95), or the Many Marvelous Markers, (Retail Value $109.95).  Add in the ink pad collection in your choice of Brights, Regals or Subtles and your TOTAL HOSTESS REWARDS COULD BE $169.93!  Call me to book your party or combine your personal wish list with Christmas gifts for friends and family and call me with your order!!!  If you would like to host your party in my craft room contact me at

  • To get free ink, the order total must be at least $450 before tax and shipping.
  • This special offer isn't incremental. That means if you place a $900 order, I'll be excited for sure, but you won't get two free ink collections. 
  • Deadlines:
  • Phone: Friday, December 14, 2012; 6:50 PM (MT) 
  • OEX: Sunday, December 16, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT)

    November  1 - December 16, 2012
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    New demonstrators who join my Stampin' Up! family during the promotion period will received a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads. Choose from the Brights, Subtles, or Regals collections, a $49.95 value! Plus the free ink is in addition to the starter kit.  INK-redible!
    • Stampin' Up!'s New Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable!  Build your Starter Kit your way!  For just $99 you get:
      • Your choice of up to $125 worth of ANY current Stampin' Up! products!
      • A business supply pack valued at $65!
      • That's a total value of $190 PLUS the FREE ink pads valued at $49.95!
    • You will want to start stamping as soon as you get your New Demonstrator Starter Kit, so we're going to ship your free collection of Classic Stampin' Pads with your Starter Kit!
    • Even with this great offer on the table, new demonstrators who join Stampin' Up! during the promotion period are still eligible for other programs available to new recruits, like the Extra 10% Instant Income offer, and Stampin' Start. Awesome!
    • Deadlines:
      • Phone: Friday, December 14, 2012; 6:50 PM (MT)
      • OEX: Sunday, December 16, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT)
    Brights Collection / $49.95 Value

    Regals Collection / $49.95 Value

    Subtle Collection / $49.95 Value

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012


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    Here's my special Halloween treat for you!!!  Watch the Pirouettes cover "THRILLER"

    Angie's band, The Pirouettes, performed "Thriller" at the Halloween Pops Concert in Shryock Auditorium on Southern Illinois University's campus.  Here's my cute Ladybug:

    The Pirouettes, performed a cover of "Thriller" live on 91.1 FM.
    Here's what Angie had to say on Facebook:

    "Just like Amy Myers thought it was ok to not shower because we were playing on the radio, we thought it'd be ok to not have the words memorized since we were singing on the radio. once again, wrong. 

    BUT nonetheless here's our version of THRILLER! Happy Halloween :)"

    Community Radio for southern Illinois!!

    My daughter, Angie, is the lead vocalist.
    You can hear more of the Pirouettes' original music on YouTube

    Monday, October 29, 2012


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    How I LOVE my Owl Punch!!!  This is such a quick & simple Halloween card!
    Don't you just LOVE the rhinestone stars!

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    Today through November 5th
    4 Ways to SAVE!!!

    Spooktacular Stamp Sale TODAY ONLY
    FREE Digital Downloads through November 5th
    50% Off ALL Digital Kits through November 5th
    Over 60 new items added to the Clearance Rack

    Today, October 29th, is the one-day Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!  For one day only, you will get 15% off almost every stamp we sell! The goal is to sell more stamps in a single day than ever before.  

    You can call me (618-967-9900) or email me ( with your order OR you can order online at and have it shipped directly to you! 

    Here are the details: 
    • Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
    This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
      • Background stamps
      • Personalized name stamps
      • Cookie press stamps
      • Single-image stamps
    This DOES NOT include
      • Hostess sets
      • Bundled stamp sets
      • Digital stamp brush sets

  • There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.

  • What do you get when you combine 

    Digital Scrapbooking Day & My Digital Studio? 

    Who: YOU get fabulous discounts & FREE downloads!!!
    What: Three FREE downloads. 50% off ALL digital kits. Mega blogging on all week!
    When: October 29-November 5, 2012. Online orders only.
    Why: To get the word out about My Digital Studio's awesome design program, content, and print products!
    How: When you download your designs you can choose MDS or other software applications to download images to.  Who not try the FREE MDS2 30-Day Trial.

    Here are the Three FREE Downloads:

    Days In December Kit - Digital Download
    Price$0.00 / #132558

      Download includes:
      * 33-piece SVG stamp brush set*
      * 29 embellishments
      * 1-page designer template (11" x 8-1/2")

      * Digital-exclusive
      * A trendy way to stamp your December dailies or create an advent calendar.

      Coordinating colors:
      Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Whisper White

      * Note: SVG stamps won’t work with the original My Digital Studio software.
      Download includes:
      * 2-page designer template (12" x 12")
      * 12-piece SVG stamp brush set*
      * 2 Designer Series Papers
      * 4 embellishments
      * 3-piece SVG splatters

      * Digital-exclusive
      * A fresh and fun page spread to add to your photobook and capture those unique moments in life.

      Coordinating colors:
      Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand, Whisper White

      * Note: SVG stamps won’t work with the original My Digital Studio software.
      Download includes:
      * 4 piece SVG stamp brush set*
      * 4 Designer Series Papers
      * 4 embellishments

      * Digital-exclusive
      * Feminine paper, stamps, and embellishments to highlight your photobook pages.

      Coordinating colors:
      Apricot Appeal, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Crumb Cake, Kiwi Kiss, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder

      * Note: SVG stamps won’t work with the original My Digital Studio software.

      Digital Scrapbooking Day & My Digital Studio 
      50% off ALL digital kits through November 5th

      Details & Deadlines:
      • 50% off kits.  Online orders only.  
      • Take advantage of the free downloads and 50 percent off kits by these deadlines:
        • OEX/Online orders (kits and free downloads): Ends on Monday, November 5, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT)

      See the list of kits below. You can also view our kits in my online store here
      ItemDesigner KitRetail ValueSale Price
      50% Off
      130861Afternoon Daydream Kit$9.95$4.97
      129928Afternoon Tea II Kit$9.95$4.97
      119839Always Elegant Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      129358Attic Boutique Kit$9.95$4.97
      122175Autumn Spice Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      127600Autumn Traditions Kit$9.95$4.97
      130969Bandstand Kit$7.95$3.97
      130970Be of Good Cheer Kit$7.95$3.97
      123728Celebrations Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      130982Chevron Punch Kit$7.95$3.97
      123956Christmas Cheer Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      120880Christmas Cocoa II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      127362Convention 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
      128876Day in the Life Kit$14.95$7.47
      130059Fifty Nifty Kit$9.95$4.97
      130062File it Fun Kit$7.95$3.97
      131228Friendship Preserves Kit$3.95$1.97
      128875Frosty Days II Kit$9.95$4.97
      129924Get it Done Kit$5.95$2.97
      129870Good Times II Kit$7.95$3.97
      118465Happy Birthday Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
      128872Holiday Harmony Kit$7.95$3.97
      127773Holly Berry Bouquet$9.95$4.97
      118466Hoppy Memories Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
      128999It's all Me Kit$9.95$4.97
      130850Joyful Times Kit$9.95$4.97
      124230Just Add Cake Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
      124446Leadership 2011 Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      124568Leadership 2011 Digital Photo Kit$9.95$4.97
      124443Love Birds Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      131231Lovely Little Labels Kit$7.95$3.97
      129359Mixed Bunch Kit$7.95$3.97
      119978My Sweet Pea Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      132264Neon Notes Kit$9.95$4.97
      129898New Heights Kit$7.95$3.97
      122174Nite Owl Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
      129340Number One Kit$9.95$4.97
      129360On the Go Kit$9.95$4.97
      124463One Great Year Kit$9.95$4.97
      131360Ornament Keepsakes Kit$6.95$3.47
      127599Party Animal Kit$9.95$4.97
      131226Picture This Kit$4.95$2.47
      130851Pinwheels on Parade Kit$7.95$3.97
      126027Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      131227Providences of Provinces Kit$7.95$3.97
      130983Raspberry Splash Kit$7.95$3.97
      118869Recipes By Design Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      127163Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
      130060Season By Season Kit$9.95$4.97
      127587Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit$7.95$3.97
      129605Special Delivery Bright Kit$7.95$3.97
      129606Special Delivery Subtle Kit$7.95$3.97
      127759Spice Cake Kit$5.95$2.97
      130852Spring Break II Kit$9.95$4.97
      129608Spring Fever Kit$7.95$3.97
      130076Summer Happiness Kit$9.95$4.97
      118464Summer Home Digital Kit$14.95$7.47
      129601Summer Smooches Kit$9.95$4.97
      124229Sunset Serenade Digital Kit$5.95$2.97
      129339Sweet Shop Kit$9.95$4.97
      129882Tea Time II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
      132190That's a Wrap Kit$7.95$3.97
      127431Tickets & Tags Kit$9.95$4.97
      125757Tickets & Tokens II Digital Kit$7.95$3.97
      131217Topsy-Turvey Celebration Kit$9.95$4.97
      121071Travel Journal Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      126022Travel Log Kit$9.95$4.97
      129332Twitterpated Kit$9.95$4.97
      129607Walk in the Park Kit$9.95$4.97
      132567Winter Wonders Kit$9.95$4.97
      127609Wicked Fun Kit$9.95$4.97
      131218Wonderfall Kit$7.95$3.97
      120881Write Stuff II Digital Kit$9.95$4.97
      128883You're My Sunshine Kit$7.95$3.97