FINAL DAY = TODAY Friday, Nov. 11 – How does a FREE $99 Big Shot OR $100 in Stampin’ Up! product OF YOUR CHOICE sound? NEVER BEFORE SEEN



I'm gonna keep this reallllllyyy simple. This is a NO RISK opportunity.

If you were planning on ordering a total of $175 in product over the course of, let's say, the next 6-12 months then it's well worth your while to just buy a kit.

Stampin' Up! must be out of its mind {in a good way!} but I'm glad that they are because they are doing something never before seen in my 9+ years as a demonstrator – they are adding a FREE Big Shot ($99 value) OR $100 in the product of your choice to both the Standard and the Digital Starter Kits which are already super customizable!

The kit is worth $345 but now it's worth $445 but is only $175 + tax (ships FREE). Do the math – super WOW!!!!

What are you required to do? Only one thing. Submit orders totaling $300 every quarter BUT the quarter you sign up in is waived soooo if you sign up this month, you do not have your first deadline until March 30! If you think you & your friends can submit a total of $300 in orders between now and March 30, why not?

And rather than 20% off your order, a new demonstrator gets a special 30% off her first $150+ order placed within 45 days. If you chose $300 in product and used that 30% off, you'd be paying about $210 AND you get all the hostess benefits for FREE on a $300 order and you're done through March 30 with the next deadline June 30. Yup, that's right… you not only pay less than $300 but you get free stuff too! I hesitate to use the term "no brainer" as that might come off rude but it's one of those head-scratchers when I wonder why more customers don't do it. It's a deal very much in your favor.

If you don't want to submit $300 in orders between now and March 30 then that's fine! You still keep the kit and you drop out a long time from now – May 1. Doesn't May seem like a long, long time from now to just try it with NO RISK?

This is one of those things that has no surprises or hidden agendas. It's a better deal for you than it is for me BUT why should I be having all the fun? You can too and it may be via a wish list of things you'd be buying anyway….

I'm here for questions.

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At a gathering last week, demonstrator Aimee Wayment brought this simple yet so stinkin' cute Halloween card. It took me just minutes to make it though my fat fingers had a devil of a time taking adhesive off the silver dots on the pennants. Thanks, Aimee & Trini, for peeling them for me! I can be so lame and I'm so lucky to have such nice demonstrator friends! {list of products used below photo}


  • Owl from hostess set Warmest of Wishes from the Holiday mini pg. 5 (122670 wood or 122672 clear). Owl stamped in Concord Crush then orange colored in with marker.
  • Web background is our Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder pg. 218 of Idea Book & Catalog (#120889 $7.95)
  • Pennant is a punch – Petite Pennants Builder pg. 213 of IB&C (#122361 $16.95)
  • B – O – O letters from Silver Glimmer Paper from Holiday mini pg. 41 (#124005 $4.95)
  • Letters die cut from our Serif Essentials Alphabet pg. 223 IB&C (#113464, $149.95 & the perfect item to choose for 50% off with a $400+ order)




12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas – Week 2 Top Note cards



This week I've designed two cards with the focus on our Big Shot Top Note die and our Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (or DSP) and coordinating products and colors.

A carryover tip from last week: When I choose a Designer Series Paper to work with, I go directly to the product description in our catalogs for a precise list of the exclusive Stampin' Up! colors used. In this instance, Candy Cane Christmas DSP includes Garden Green, Real Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze. There's a prize in every DSP description – just like a box of Cracker Jack!

And, remember, you don't have to be creative to create…

Top Note cards

The Top Note die is 6" x 5 1/2" so use that measurement to cut the following:


  • one piece of Crumb Cake card stock (or any scrap you have);
  • one thicker, quasi-chipboard piece (a piece of the backing of our Designer Series Paper package or the back of a legal pad, for instance). Shown in left of photo below.
  • 3 DSP pieces – one that will remain intact and two that will be cut into strips so these two should be coordinating

Baja Breeze card:

  • Cover chipboard with Anywhere Glue Stick then cover with the single piece of 6" x 5 ½" DSP. Smooth with bone folder. Let dry.
  • Stamp card base (standard 5 ½" x 4 ¼" card) with Sanded in Baja Breeze ink.
  • Run DSP covered chipboard thru Big Shot using Top Note die. (see top of 4th photo below)
  • Tie white ribbon around Top Note and align bow to left.
  • Stamp "Merry Christmas" in Baja Breeze on white card stock. Punch with Decorative Label punch then sponge edges with Baja Breeze.
  • Run 2 ½" x about 6" piece of white card stock thru Big Shot using Northern Frost die positioning card stock over your favorite 3 snowflakes.
  • Using a Paper-Piercing tool, poke holes through center of each of the 3 snowflakes and insert rhinestone brads.
  • Affix Top Note piece to card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Adhere greeting over ribbon and 3 snowflakes onto Top Note with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Button card

  • Take both coordinating Designer Series Paper pieces (6" x 5 ½") and cut into random sized strips.
  • Cover Crumb Cake card stock with Anywhere Glue Stick then cover with alternating & coordinating strips of DSP. Create your own striped patchwork. Smooth then let dry. {note: you will have enough strips to do make two if you so choose – for this tutorial I am only using one Top Note piece}.
  • Card base is standard 5 ½" x 4 ¼" white card stock.
  • Run DSP covered card stock thru Big Shot using Top Note die.
  • Run 4 7/8" x 3 ¾" Blushing Bride card stock through Big Shot using polka dot embossing template. Adhere to white card stock.
  • Tie Linen Thread into each of 3 Blushing Bride buttons. Trim ends.
  • Stamp "Merry Christmas" with Real Red ink onto white card stock, punch with Word Window punch then adhere to red card stock and punch using Modern Label punch.
  • Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere 3 buttons to center of Top Note piece.
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere greeting to Top Note.
  • Adhere Top Note piece to Blushing Bride with SNAIL adhesive.


Products used on Baja Breeze card:


  • *Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, # 120809, $11.95
  • Baja Breeze card stock, #111352, $6.95
  • Whisper White card stock, #100730, $8.50
  • Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad, #111833, $5.95
  • *Northern Frost Decorative Strip die, #120901, $21.95
  • All Holiday stamp set, #114916, $34.95
  • Sanded stamp set, #109294, $17.95
  • *Decorative Label Extra-Large Punch, #120907, $16.95
  • 5/8" Organza Ribbon Whisper White, #114319, $5.95
  • Rhinestone Brads, Circle Ice, #109111, $10.95
  • Stamping Sponges, #101610, $3.50
  • Paper-Piercing Tool, #116631, $3.50


Products used on Button card:


  • *Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, # 120809, $11.95
  • Blushing Bride card stock, #119796, $6.95
  • Whisper White card stock, #100730, $8.50
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, #103133, $5.95
  • Top Note Bigz Die, #113463, $21.95
  • Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, #117335, $7.95
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, #115370, $36.95
  • Word Window Large Punch, #119857, $15.95
  • Modern Label Extra-Large Punch, #119849, $16.95
  • *Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons, #121718, $8.95
  • Linen Thread, #104199, $4.50


Adhesives used on either card:

  • SNAIL Adhesive, #104332, $6.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals, #104430, $3.95
  • Anywhere Glue Stick, #104045, $3.95


* = Product found in the current Holiday Mini Catalog. Available now through January 3.

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