Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Totally Awesome Tuesday!

Today has been a good day.

First, the weather is so nice. It's about to get cold and rainy again but for  now it is about 70 degrees and sunny. I know, I can't believe it either!!

Today was the long-awaited phone call from the Stampin' Up! guy Nick. Somehow I got chosen to be part of a "Business Developer Program" and they are going to be "advising" me during the next few months to help me figure out my goals and focus my efforts more efficiently on where I want to go and what I want to accomplish. Sounds complicated, right??  It isn't, Nick was a super nice guy and he basically just introduced me to what we will be shooting for in the next few months. There will be phone call meetings with him every 2 weeks that will last between 30 min and an hour and we will concentrate on different things each call. Towards the end of the call we will figure out what I need to be working on and then I will be held accountable for doing certain things that lead me to my goal over the next two weeks. So that when we next talk I will be expected to discuss what I did to reach my goals or why I didn't do it.

I got a great feeling talking to Nick, he is very engaging and wants to help people succeed so it is all good!

After part of our conversation he made note of the fact that it seemed like I got a lot of joy out of serving others. He was SO right in that assessment. First, in my early career as a vet tech and then after nursing school offering "service" in the form of becoming a registered nurse. While I am still a registered nurse, being off work for the time being leaves me at odds in terms of "serving others." This is a great opportunity for me to be able to pursue what I love and share the vehicle for that which is all these groovy Stampin' Up! products!!

Who doesn't love them? Come on.

Look what came today from UPS:
And I'm busy as a bee turning it into this:
So pretty, right??  And after that - well let's just say that I HOPE I'm done tonight; if not I will finish up tomorrow and then mail them all out priority on Thursday first thing in the morning. I didn't want anyone to get theirs first just to be fair to everyone on the Paper Share. As a special "thank you" from me, I've included some card stock that complements the designer series paper. Each person will get between 7-9 pre folded cards in various colors. Enjoy!! And don't forget I want to see your beautiful creations!

I also recorded a goofy video, maybe I should put it here. Since hardly anyone looks here it is safe, right?? No way am I putting it on my YouTube, random people stop in there all the time!! Ok let me see if I can find it.

While it is uploading (if it ever finished uploading lol) I will just tell you that I hear a weird noise from the chickens during my video and react accordingly. Hahah...shows how weird I am but that's ok. You need to know that about me. What is going on in your part of the universe?? Let me know!! It's not all card-making you know. Ok, most of it IS, but still. We all have lives... :)

Deb
xoxo

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stupendous Saturday!!!

Today is a fantastic day, I got some wonderful news last night regarding my title in Stampin' Up! Well, here, I'll just show you:
I earned my Silver Title! 

This is exciting because I am now eligible for even MORE benefits through Stampin' Up! They already gave me 25% commission on whatever I sold (or 25% off whatever I bought - let's face it, I'm my own customer!!) But now I earn team points, more flex points (used to earn the trip to Alaska!) and more of everything. It really is quite exciting.

You'll have to trust me on this. lol

If you are on the fence about becoming a demonstrator, let me push you over the top!! (Figuratively speaking, of course!)
Let's say you are not planning on having workshops, mailing out catalogs, or moving the business 'to the next level.'

No problem. This is PERFECT for you and I'll tell you why.

First: For only $99 you are going to start out with a bunch of Stampin' Up! stuff OF YOUR CHOICE that is worth up to $125. So that is actually 25% off retail right there. Remember this includes stamp sets, the Big Shot, paper punches, ink pads, paper, adhesives, ANYTHING!

Second: Because we are in the Sale-A-Bration promotion period you will also get an additional (2) stamp sets OF YOUR CHOICE worth up to a total of $104. I know that sounds like a lot but there are several wood-mount stamp sets that are about $52 each so you could do it. In this category my advice to my new recruits is BUY THE MOST EXPENSIVE stamp set that you love.

Third: They give you (when you sign up) $50 worth of Stampin' Up! supplies including all the current catalogs, post cards, order sheets, hostess folders, etc. Free. No cost to you.

Last: When you sign up as  new demonstrator you get a FREE Paper Pumpkin box. This is so you can play with it, put it together, and possibly get excited about it and either order a subscription yourself or encourage your friends and other customers to sign up for it. At $19.95 (shipping included) per  month Paper Pumpkin is a great way to go for busy crafters.

Now all this doesn't really matter especially if you are NOT a crafter. But if you are, wouldn't you rather get a minimum of 20% off each and every order you place and then have the stuff shipped to your door.

Me too.

If you want to join now, just go to MY LINK HERE on my page and then click on "Join The Fun." It will walk you through joining and by joining on my page I will send you are really nice welcome package for joining my team. I am a good resource for information, I hold lots of giveaways for my team members, and I will help you whether you want to stay a hobby demonstrator or go to the next level and make this into a small business.

Please do not hesitate to call or text me if you need help with this, I am more than happy to walk you through it. Call or text me at 951-973-3270.

Don't forget that while we are doing the Sale-A-Bration promotion you will still be eligible for ONE free product out of the Sale-A-Bration brochure with every $50 purchase from Stampin' Up! This goes for customers as well as demonstrators. Either way, you can't go wrong!!

Have a great day everyone!
Deb
xoxoxo

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's time for a PAPER SHARE!!

If you've never done it, a paper share is where you get to try out all sorts of new papers without buying the complete bundle. It is a wonderful way to check out new designer series paper without the high cost of buying several bundles. Usually the paper stacks (when purchased separately) cost between $10 - $22 each. What I do is divide the paper between the people who sign up and that way it decreases EVERYONE'S cost!

What could be better??

Oh yeah, one thing could be better: you also get FREE PAPER!! That's right, I said FREE. Because it is Sale-A-Bration time and we have a free item that happens to be Designer Series paper, I am adding that pattern as well. And because we all need a little BLING in our lives, I have added the Gold Foil card stock and the Diamond Glimmer paper to round out the huge bunch of paper. All in all you are getting over 80 pre-cut 6" x 6" pieces of paper all ready for your card-making or scrap booking adventures.

The cost for all this paper is only $26.00!  Yes, this includes priority shipping to you (US only, please!) At this time there are only four spots left open in the paper share. If we fill those spots quickly I will consider opening another session with the same paper and the same costs. Ideally I would like to close everything by early next week so I can order the paper and get it, cut it, re-package it, and get it out to YOU.

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*Update*  Only One Spot Left as of 06:00 1-27-2017 After it Fills I will see if any more are interested before closing this Paper Share*** 
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I never carry anything here, I take the orders for the paper shares and THEN order the product. I make sure I stay compliant with Stampin' Up! policy on not stocking any product...the only thing I may have more than one of is adhesives or some embellishments.

Here are some pictures so you can see what series I am offering:
 In the photo above, the first two columns (left to right) are the Falling in Love and Succulent Garden. The last column is the FREE paper you will get from Sale-A-Bration catalog called "Carried Away." It is gorgeous!!
 These stacks had more patterns so the first two columns (left to right) are the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP and the Serene Scenery DSP. Look at all the variety!!
Last, but certainly not least, is the bling in the group. The paper on the left is the GOLD foil card stock and the one on the right is the Diamond Glimmer paper. Who doesn't want a little bling in their life?
I will cut all the paper into the 6" x 6" sheets as shown above, label and package them, and get them off in a priority mail envelope to you as soon as possible. If you are interested please mention it in the comments below and be sure to leave me your email address so I can send you a PayPal invoice for payment. Remember, the $26.00 includes priority shipping to you.

On that note, I am off. Dinner to make...etc. I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your Thursday!

Deb
xoxoxo

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday Wonderland!!!

This winter has really decided to strike with a vengeance!  For years the weather people have talked about "El Nino" or whatever they call it, but this year it has delivered in spades.

So how's your Wednesday??

Here, it is quite chilly with overnight temps in the low 40's. I know that sounds warm to some of you but believe me when I tell you that for Southern California it's downright frigid.  The high for today was supposed to be only 55 but it got all the way up to 60....woohoo, bring out the sunscreen lol.

I joke, but it is nice and sunny outside, just freezing.

On to stamping!

Here are some cards I've been playing with lately. It uses a technique called Paper Piecing, and if you remember cutting out paper dolls or their dresses, you got this technique down pat. Here are some samples.




I used the "Beautiful You" stamp set from our Occasions catalog and the paper came from the same catalog. I used "Succulent Garden" DSP (designer series paper) and also some of the FREE ribbon from the SAB (Sale-A-Bration) brochure. The ribbon is awesome, you get two BIG rolls for free, each roll is 7 yards for a total of 14 yards of metallic ribbon. One silver and one gold. This is the gold one. The shape was made using the Stitched Shapes framelits which are back in stock and can be used with your Big Shot machine or any other die-cutting machine.
This card, I used the same stamp set, the same ribbon. The paper is different and came from the DSP stack called "Serene Scenery" and is available in our Annual catalog. The great thing (or one of the great things) I love about our DSP is it is always double sided. You actually get twice the choices when you use the DSP. Always a good choice! The embellishments I used here are the gold sequins. They come on a large roll but I take them off individually for a look like this one here. Many people just cut a length of the sequins and use it that way. You can decide how you want your project to look!!
In this version of my card, I stuck with the same ribbon and again used the Succulent Garden DSP. On the sentiment I thought the white card stock was a little bit bland so I attempted a water color technique with my water color pencils and I was not happy with the result. Had I used the Aqua Pen (filled with water) I would have achieved a much better, more "water-color-like" effect. However, I used the blender pens and did it AFTER stamping the sentiment on. Note to self: never do stuff like this as an after thought!  Lesson learned, I will not repeat. With that aside, it is still a pretty card and won't be wasted! :)
This is one of the classic looks that Stampin' Up! is knowns for. Coordinating DSP, card stock, ink, embellishments. The whole shebang. So in the 2016-2018 In Color paper stack you get five colors and Dapper Denim is one of them. The other four are Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Peekaboo Peach. When you buy the stack you get a huge stack of 40 sheets broken down into 4 each of 2-sided designs in each of the colors I listed above. For instance, the Dapper Denim will have the polka dots on one side and the small writing on the other for one design. Another will have tiny flowers on one side and the other side will have bold stripes, etc. If you buy the DSP stack and coordinate with the card stock that matches along with the ink pad (or marker - or both!) that matches and don't forget the matching embellishments!! When you are done you have a seamless-looking card or project that people know is hand made but also know how much care you took to make it look so finished. Truly a gorgeous look.
I can't leave without sharing at least one of the pictures from our Big Bear trip. This could be a Christmas card, it is so pristine.  Everywhere you looked this is what you saw, I truly have not seen that much snow in Big Bear for like, my whole life! It was fantastic yet a lot of work. I now have a different respect for those of you who live in snowy conditions. My hat's of to you (not today, too cold) but you are very STRONG people for being able to tolerate the conditions as well as stuff like digging yourself out of somewhere (we had to) being prepared in your car for mishaps like getting stuck (didn't happen, thank GOD!) and just learning how to drive safely when those around you are driving like maniacs.

I am getting help from my lovely nephew to fix up my website so hopefully before too long I will be able to have a more functional space. My aim is to have ONE spot where you can see my blog, see projects, see things on sale, see photos, leave comments, see videos, etc. ONE spot. No hassle. Hey, it's my dream. lol
On that note I will say good bye for now. Stay tuned for more gorgeous cards to follow!!

Deb
xoxoxo

Friday, January 20, 2017

It is Fancy Stamper Friday....well that doesn't sound right! lol

Good morning everyone!

Last night was such a late night getting everything prepared for our snow trip we are about to embark on. The final prep for gathering snow stuff plus a bit of 'survival' stuff for the drive up there kept us busy till well after midnight.

So a bit of a late start this morning but we had not planned on beginning our journey till about noon anyway. Check in at our little rental cabin is 3 pm and with any luck (and a few prayers) we should be there by then.

It has poured all night and from all weather reports is snowing like mad up in Big Bear. Part of our gear we were told to bring by the rental agent is a shovel in the car's trunk in case we get stuck anywhere. It is a good idea anyway but we are not used to bringing 'survival' gear with us on mini family vacations!

Truth be told, this is the most snow we've had in at least a decade. The ski and snowboard crowd is so happy about our local mountains. Usually to get good snow they have to travel about 7 hours up to Mammoth mountain where the snow pack is 6-10 feet even on draught years. I think Mammoth has a snow base of 16 feet right now so they are ecstatic! Richard used to ski but has not for a few years. I tried to ski as a 20 years old but found out I made a much better snowball headed down the ski slopes than a skier.

What a sight!

And for my awesome bit of news this morning:

Welcome, Kathy O'Neill to Stampin' Up!!


That's right, Kathy signed up last night and is our newest member of the team!! The overall team is the Pink Stampers but MY TEAM is The Fancy Stamper and we will eventually get team gear just like Pink stampers has. Only ours isn't going to be PINK. Plus the design will be our very own unique design. We are still a ways from that, though and in the meantime are so happy to wear the Pink Stamper gear. It is cute, warm, and they really are the Best. Team. Ever.

Speaking of which we need a team motto, too!! Suggestions are welcome along with suggestions on a team color. You guys know my favorite colors are more along the woodsy color schemes like dark green, golds, etc. Think of autumn in a pretty forrest and there you have it! lol  I always thought of having forrest green hoodies with maybe gold lettering, but maybe the gold lettering is too glitzy. Of course, I love the glitz. :D

All things we can talk about in the future. 

For now, just help me in welcoming Kathy to our team and let's all show her some love!! She lives in Colorado and is a long time crafter.  We are glad you are here, Kathy!!

I will now go finish my packing and get out of town to the gorgeous mountains. I think the wifi is not hooked up at the cabin we rented so I may be out of touch for a few days but will be back Monday. Of course no wifi will not deter me from taking tons of pictures!

But first, here's a cute card!
It is from the FREE Sale-A-Bration item "So Very Much" and it is one of the awesome sets you can get at no cost at all during our promotion of Sale-A-Bration!  This versatile set can be kept sort of rustic the way I did it or you can bling it up nicely. When I return from the snow trip I'll show you several examples...I love sets you can do that with!!

Here is the latest HOST CODE if you need it for any orders while I am gone. This code is good till the end of the month and can ONLY be used on my shopping page.

                                      Y V 4 G 2 V Z J

The reason I space it out is because it gets a little confusing with the Y's and V's and Z's and the 4. At least for me they sort of blur together and it isn't any good unless you enter it correctly lol. So remember that is only for orders of $149 or less. If you have an order of $150 or more do NOT enter it, you will earn your own rewards PLUS getting my thank you packet with a goody. Either way you win!! :D  It is something I am so happy to do for my customers because I truly appreciate each and every order, it does not matter to me how big or small it is, just that you chose ME is what I appreciate when I know you have all sorts of choices. I will do my best to help you in any way possible and am so happy to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!! :D

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday!

Good morning, everyone!

It is a rainy, cold Thursday here and I am very thankful for it. Because in southern California we've been in such a draught situation that the rain is welcome.

Finally put together my Paper Pumpkin video and talk about technical difficulties! (click here) I know my last post was about that and besides being frustrating it takes a lot of time from your day trying to work through the problems. The video finally posted to YouTube but it is different from my usual videos, half is a video and the last half is a slide show since I couldn't convince my iMovie to upload the second part of the demo video. Either way I think you will like it and there is some good information posted there along with the super cute project that you will love from Paper Pumpkin.

Here's a picture of the finished product. They came out so cute and there were 24 in the kit! Enough so that my granddaughter could use them for her Valentine day treat for her class mates. Because her school does not allow edible treats we chose super balls for the boys and bling-y rings for the girls. Matter of fact we also used Island Indigo for the boy's hearts (for the stamping portion of this project) so Kiera could easily figure out which treats when to which kids. She was so involved in helping make these that she even decided to make herself one - for hers she chose the Wisteria Wonder ink pad to stamp her heart. It is so much fun for them to get involved in these little projects and the kids have just as much fun as we do!

This week's giveaway is for the super cute Sale-A-Bration stamp set, "Hey, Chick!" This little set is so versatile and cute, to boot. Just leave a comment here to enter.

Remember, if you order from me to use the host code you see in the picture above. Besides getting my hand made thank you card and a surprise goody from me, you will also get the current catalogs sent out to you if you have not yet received them. If you order these catalogs from the Stampin' Up! website it can cost $10 for all three current catalogs so you are getting a nice little perk if I send them out to you instead!

On that note, I hope you all have a wonderful day doing all the things you love to do. If you are a work, I hope it is a great day and you are able to change someone's life today!!

Deb
xoxo

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Technical Difficulties

Good Morning everyone!

Having technical difficulties this morning, but such is life. I had a sweet video all ready to go last night but somehow my iMovie ate half of it. Now I understand it is NEVER the computer's fault and is most likely 'operator error' but I still feel better blaming the computer. Hopefully I can study some of the tutorials and figure out what happened and fix it. Soon!

In other news, our town is gearing up for a four day storm coming. It sounds silly to get ready for rain, but this is Southern California and we have been in a drought for 10 years so rain is scary to us. Not to mention with all the wildfires we've had the threat of mud slides and flooding is VERY real to many people.

For us, it will impact us this weekend because we are headed to Big Bear (the local mountains) for some snow therapy. We try to rent a cabin once a year and take the family up for some mountain fun and clean mountain air. If we can time it right, we go for the snow just because everyone enjoys it so much. Sure it is fun when you don't have to shovel it daily!!

The cabins we rent are usually large enough for both my adult kids to join us and my son to bring his family so we can all have a fabulous time just sharing the adventure. This year Chelsea has just started her first job as a registered nurse so she and her boyfriend cannot join us. The past few years haven't been good for her either because she's been in nursing school. Well, here's holding out hope for next year!!

We are lucky that Aaron and his family can fit it into their schedules as well. They both work and I know how hard it is to carve out time to spend with family...but I also know how very important it is to do so. Whether I host a Sunday family dinner or invite them to winter or summer 'mini vacations' I will ALWAYS continue to reach out to my kids to keep them close to me and my husband. Family is one of the most important things in life and I hear people complain that they are no longer close to their siblings or their parents but it definitely takes work and effort just like anything. Someone I'm close to mentioned to me that their dad doesn't call them much and they feel neglected because they have seen my elderly dad call me a time or two. I just say, YOU make the call if you feel neglected. In time they will reciprocate. Or maybe they won't, some dads and moms are old-fashioned and feel that respect dictates the kid should come to them. I don't know, but either way is it worth bickering over??  I don't think so, either. Anyway, with my dad, they don't know that I call him way more than he ever calls me (not that I care) and that it doesn't matter because he won't wear his hearing aids and cannot hear me anyway on the phone calls. The phone calls are hilarious because it's like two separate conversations. If you hear it on speaker it goes something like this and probably sounds like a comedy routine:
Dad: "Hey, are you going to Billy's for dinner?"
Me:  "No, Richard has to work. I can come over to your house on Monday, though."
Dad: "Ok, sounds good. You're right, it should be a fun day."
Me: " Dad!! I said, MONDAY."
Dad: "Yes, don't get angry. I know it will be a FUN DAY."
Me. "......nevermind."
And on and on till I have to go. I tried doing Face Time but he doesn't like it. At least he can read lips when he refuses to wear the hearing aid. He also tells people that I get snippy on the phone but he doesn't tell them why.
I am joking about it but really I am thrilled to still have my dad, who at 80 years old, is pretty spry. He lives alone, takes care of himself, drives everywhere - he even drove to Arizona for my masters' graduation ceremony. Pretty amazing, if you ask me.

Anyway, have a great Wednesday. Today the new cable people are coming over and hopefully I'll have faster internet and cheaper cable after today. We shall see.

Till then,
Deb
xoxo

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Terrific Tuesday!

I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far. It is Tuesday and Sale-A-Bration is going strong.

Have you heard of Paper Pumpkin??

It is a fantastic monthly subscription that Stampin' Up! offers and you can choose to just get one month, three, six, or even 12 months. Everything is included for one cost including shipping to you and each kit comes to you complete with everything you need to make a project. Most of the kits are multiples meaning you will be making more than one card, tag, or whatever the project is. One exception last year was a small memory book at the holidays.
The great thing about Paper Pumpkin (besides getting "Happy Mail" once a month!!) is that the kit is complete. You might need paper snips but everything else including adhesive is included. They even have mini ink pads that you can certainly re-use again and again. With your very first kit you will also get a complimentary acrylic stamp pad as the projects all include some form of stamping, of course!!

During Sale-A-Bration there is an added perk for joining Paper Pumpkin. The subscription fee of $55 for three months of Paper Pumpkin automatically qualifies you for a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin, I just got the cute little Paper Pumpkin box for January. I think I will un-box it and make a quick video for you guys so you can see what I'm talking about.

These days when people are getting all sorts of monthly subscriptions of cosmetics, gourmet food, pet supplies/toys, even clothing (and I'm not saying those are bad things!) I think getting something like a crafty box full of joy is also a wonderful thing. It boils down to about $19.95 per month (if you get it one month at a time) and for three months it goes down  a bit for ordering three months.

Check it out, you will love it!! They also make a great gift for someone you know who is crafty but doesn't have a lot of time to put together projects on their own.

Click on this link to see more about Paper Pumpkin and see some of the past projects. If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll answer them!

Don't forget if you place an order on my 24/7 shopping page, please use the NEW Host code so you can get your goody from me in your Thank You packet. The new Host code is YV4G2VZJ.

Ok, on that note I'm off to make a video!!

Have a great night everyone!

Deb
xoxo

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Today is Martin Luther King day, and the local schools are observing the holiday by taking a day off. I get the added pleasure of having my granddaughter spend the day with me so YAY!!

Things are heating up here, well not literally. It is still chilly by California standards and probably will be 60 today as the high. The  news says another storm is coming and will be here by Thursday which is awesome because that means that the local mountains will get another snow storm. We are headed there this Friday, we booked a 3 bedroom cabin for a SNOW WEEKEND!! Kiera is so excited to go to the snow again, after the New York trip she remembers is so well. Now all she wants to do is play in snow!!  Lucky for her, the forecast is for a LOT of snow, in fact we need our chains to get up the hill!

Supposed to be choosing the winner for my last giveaway this morning but a few of my friends were asking if I could extend by a day or so and that's what I'm going to do. I appreciate the people who signed up early and will give you all an extra entry for doing so but I feel bad that some who want to participate haven't yet. I will let you guys know when I choose the winner, in the meantime just keep checking back!

I'm still working on my first class. I was designing the class around Dragonfly Dreams but the problem is cost. I am only going to charge the retail value of the actual items you will be using (plus shipping to you), so in the case of Dragonfly Dreams the stamp set is $21 and there is the ink cost. Because the dragonfly is so detailed, there is more than one color. The class itself would be about $50 but the upside is that you are keeping your stamp set and any ink that comes with it and also during this time you will be getting one FREE item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog! That is a nice bonus, I think! All the paper and embellishments we use in the class is my gift to you. Since as a demonstrator we do not do "cash and carry" I must wait until we close the class and everyone has signed up before placing the order itself. When it arrives to me I will cut and package the paper and send it off to you guys!

If this interests you, please let me know. I cannot do classes for only one or two members....so if interest is not that great right now it is okay with me. I will simply wait till we have more followers and there is a bigger interest. I will keep designing cards and making videos, though! :)

Last few days to take advantage of the current host code it is:

WMNVSNUM

When you go to my shopping page (click this link to go there) after you place your order you will see the summary of your shopping cart and at the lower left hand corner there is a spot to place a host code. Just put in those letters and press enter and it should tell you it was "applied to ..." If you do that when I send your welcome packet I will include a gift! That's all you have to do. Of course, if your order comes to 150 or more you will not use my host code and instead will earn your own Stampin' Up! rewards which amounts to 10% of your order. That is a wonderful perk, isn't it??

Here's the great thing: should you choose to have your OWN workshop, you could earn all the hostess rewards yourself! All you have to do is contact me and I will send you a few catalogs and get you all set up. I can go over what you need to do at that time. It is pretty simple for the hostess and your guests will all be ordering directly from my shopping page using your host code, what could be easier!??

Remember, during the Sale-A-Bration promotion the hostess gets an additional $25 worth of free product (anything you choose) for party sales of $250 or more. This is the PERFECT time to have that catalog or workshop  you were thinking about!!  Valentine's day is just around the corner and there are several NEW and adorable "love themed" stamp sets!

Ok, everyone, have a fantastic Monday and a good rest of the week!

Deb
xoxo

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stampin' Up! Website is Down!!

Good Morning everyone!!

Stampin' Up! site temporarily down:

Sometimes when they do scheduled maintenance, the site stays down a little longer than usual. My guess is with the added volume lately due to Sale-A-Bration, they needed to do a bit more maintenance than usual.

If you are trying to order something from my online store (open 24/7 - usually! lol) please be patient and try again later. You will still use the host code I gave you so that you can get an extra goody in your thank you package from me, just not till you order. I am leaving the host code active an extra day or two due to this glitch which is not our fault! Once again, the host code is:

wmnvsnum

In the online shopping bag page at the bottom left there is a spot for the host code.

Please only use this code if your order is $149 or less. For $150 or more you will earn your own Stampin' Rewards which equals 10% of your order and choose 15.00 worth of free product at the same time you place your order. Those are great rewards, right?? The whole reason I offer the host code is that even if your order is smaller, I feel you should get a special 'something' for your order so I offer it periodically. Just something I do to show how much I truly appreciate all my customers and whatever size order they choose to do. I do paper crafting because I love creating things but I also love people. I wouldn't have been a registered nurse so many years if I didn't like people, right?? Doing Stampin' Up! allows me to blend two things I love together and I am very grateful for that.

In other news, I have decided to do the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set for my very first online class. I realize many of you do not yet have a Big Shot machine so I will include any die cuts that you need for this class only. Only one of the cards (you will make a total of six, two of each design) will use the die cuts so it will be fine. Then later when you get your Big Shot machine you can add the framelits to your collection!

In my next blog post I will be showing you the basics for the class package and can email you the link to sign up. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator we are not allowed to stock up on stamp sets so I do not place the order for the class until everyone is signed up. I will leave the class open for a few days to make sure everyone gets in, then I'll close the class and order supplies. When the supplies get to me I put them together and send them off to you. Basically you will pay the retail cost of the stamp set, any stamp pads, and shipping. I absorb the cost of the paper, envelopes, any embellishments, and prep work. It is a great deal and when you are done you will have SIX gorgeous cards complete with envelopes to use for your family and friends. You also have exclusive access to my class video that will not be available to anyone who did not take this particular class. These designs are exclusive to the class and are not my other designs you've seen already. 

You will need to provide your owns scissors  and adhesive products. These are products you most likely already have in your craft room!

Sound good!?? 

Yeah, I agree!

Have a great Saturday and I will talk to you all soon!

Deb
xoxox




Friday, January 13, 2017

So Technically it is Friday...

Good Morning, Everyone!

It is time for another GIVEAWAY! Just comment on this blog entry and I will enter you for the giveaway. What could be easier??

Technically it IS morning, well, 12:04 am anyway. The truth is, when my hubs is on his night shift rotation I do not sleep well. It isn't that I'm scared or anything, I can't really put my finger on it. Just not sleepy.

Believe me?

Good.

In other news, I am thinking we should have an online class to make a few cards. What do you guys think of that? I was going to do one in person but online is just as good and that means more of you can participate if you want. Since everyone has loved the new stamp sets that have come out are there any in particular you would like to see as a class?

If not, I was going to choose between Beautiful You and Cupcakes and Carousels.

With the online classes I do not show you the cards ahead of time but you can be sure they will be beautiful and you will love them. Any level stamper or crafter will be able to put them together and everything will be included in your class. Let me know what you want to start with and I will set up a cute notice for it along with the color samples of the cards.

I'd forgotten that I bought a set of the Whisper White notecards (they are a bit smaller than our regular cards) and so I was playing with the Send With Love set and made these little cuties:

 I wanted to use the new lace doilies in the Occasions catalog, they are super lacy and delicate and beautiful. I just cut them in half and put the Blushing Bride glimmer paper under them. The ink I used for the intricate heart stamp is Sweet Sugarplum as well as the sentiment "hugs & kisses" which I LOVE since I sign my name like that all the time. Well, I put xoxo. Same thing, really.

This one was a cool stamp set I've been wanting to emboss with for awhile but still haven't. Instead, for this card I made it more on the rustic side by using some of the DSP 'scenery' stack that looks a bit like coarse burlap and just stamped Thank You in archival black. Then I used the In Color 2016-2018 washi tape to add a hint of color. It is still a cute card. You can't go wrong with that set, "So Very Much" is one of the really nice FREE sets you can get from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

On that note I'll be heading off to bed now. I hope you are all safe and well whatever part of the country you are in, I know the weather has been tough lately everywhere. California doesn't know what to do with all the rain we've had and there's more on the way.

Deb
xoxo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rainy Thursday

Hi Everyone!

It is such a rainy day today. Started out raining last night, kept raining, dried up a tad, then it rained more!

I'm not complaining, God knows we need the rain (or more accurately the snow pack in the Sierra's) and from what I hear the snow pack is leveling up nicely. 12-16 feet in Mammoth is what they are saying, so YAY!! Maybe California will be green this year or at least they won't scream when we water our plants.

But I digress!!

Sale-A-Bration is going strong in its second week and I want to make sure that everyone I sent catalogs out to HAS them now. The last I saw from my tracking number the final catalogs were scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow. Now I know the weather is MUCH worse in other parts of the country so if it didn't get there today, I sort of understand. I guess I'm not great at patience... :D

Take a look at this card I made while we wait for your catalogs to get there:

This is a really neat set called, "Beautiful You!" and it is so simple to make. The part that is the woman's dress with the scribbled color is actually a whole other stamp! Couldn't be easier. What I especially love is that while it is fun to make stuff matchy-matchy, you don't have to. I have a TON of other background I could have used, I just felt like doing it this way for this set of cards. I was thinking of having a class at my house featuring this set of cards and if you are interested please let me know. The class will be around 2 hours long and you will go home with at least 6 cards with envelopes.
This card is from another cute set that I'm falling in love with, "Cupcakes and Carousels." It comes with this cute carousel horse plus a beautiful detailed merry-go-round too and some really sweet sentiments. This can be a future class or some form of this card. I want to play with it a little more first.
Gearing up for another giveaway. There's a lot of neat holidays on our horizon, I was thinking of doing something Valentine-related for a giveaway. Let me know your thoughts here on this blog post!

In the meantime, please stay safe and dry where ever you are.
Take care!
Deb
xoxo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!!

For me, this is a way happier day than yesterday. But maybe other people also feel that way about going to the dentist, I'm not sure. For me, I have always had problem teeth so dental visits are never much fun. Now that I'm a bit older I stay fairly close to my dentist (who is excellent, by the way!) so that I can preserve the teeth I still have!

But enough about TEETH!

I finally had some time to make a video or two, and I will link them here in this post so that you can take a look. The first one is a tutorial on a challenge card we made on Sunday. The only thing different about it is that I changed up some of the colors. Please forgive the choppy ending, my phone has decided it has no storage left and until I delete some things (namely photos!) it keeps randomly chopping stuff off. I will work on the the rest of today, I cannot have it doing stuff randomly!!

Here's what the finished card looked like:

As you can see, instead of the Melon Mambo I used Sweet Sugarplum and was still able to use the rest of the stuff from the other card. I am not entirely happy with the video but it is from my phone being upset with me because it's storage is too full and I need to fix it. SOON.

The other video I put up had me going over the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Most of the people I had mailed out catalogs too were so sad because the catalogs weren't there and they wanted to order, so I went over both catalogs on the video so they could at least get an idea of what was in there.

This is the video with the Occasions catalog. And this one is the one with the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Wow, TWO!! lol Check it out.

My husband was listening to me make these videos and he kept laughing at me because I was saying weird stuff; well...not really weird for me I was just being myself but he said it sounded weird in some spots. I didn't change it though because I'd rather be authentic even if I sound slightly weird. :)

One thing you might have noticed is that I have included a HOST CODE for these videos and listed dates. I had a great response with my other host code so I'm doing it again. For those who are not going to order $150 or more (if you order $150 or more Stampin' Up! will give you 10% stamping rewards!) If you put that host code in when you shop on my shopping page I will see it and send you a special goodie in your thank you package. Of course you have to shop on my 24/7 shopping page but the link is HERE and you will see my picture at the upper right corner so you know you are in the right spot! If you don't order on my page I cannot do that special treat giveaway.

Ok, it is time for me to greet the delivery guy at the front door. Stampin' Up! has been sending me boxes this week. All my stuff is getting here all at once!  LOVE it!!

Take care till next time!

Deb
xox0




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Baby Birthdays and Chin Stitches!

Hi Everyone!
It is a bit later than I normally share on this blog but the last couple days were eventful. My grandson Sawyer turned TWO yesterday and we had a spaghettini dinner and cake afterward to celebrate. He had been at Disneyland (despite the rainy weather here) for part of the day and he was happy to have his little celebration.
Today Kiera (my granddaughter) came over mid-morning to do some crafting with me. We played with the "Cool Treats" stamp set and she made such a cute card all by herself. Just a little help from me to fussy cut some of the treats out. She didn't want to bother with the Big Shot. Then we spent some quality time playing with her Shopkins. Kids toys are pretty neat these days.

Bad news was, my grandson had gone with his parents (my son and daughter in law) to visit friends, and while there he tripped near their brick fireplace and landed on his chin, splitting it open. They took him to the local urgent care and he required a couple of stitches to close the gash in his chin and from what I saw (pictures) and heard (from mom and dad) he was unhappy about the whole situation.

Thankfully, by the time they got him some baby Advil and a bottle he was feeling  a lot better:
All's well, that ends well, I guess. Poor kid, though. And yeah, he will likely have a scar there. How many people do you know who don't?? That or that annoying scar over your eyebrow from falling off your bunk bed as a kid.

Ah, youth.

Some other exciting news, my up line demonstrator (direct boss/manager) is holding another "Opportunity Night." These are just informal gatherings - in this case, on Facebook - so that the benefits of joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator can be gone over in better detail. She lets us (her down line) invite people we know who have expressed an interest in joining or at least learning more about it. We had the last one just the other night (Jan.4) and I had three people come to it. Ingrid had already signed up earlier in the day, but my other two hopefuls were just thinking about it which is great. One of them was actually so ill she had to leave the group, we are hoping she comes to the next one which is on Jan.19 so she can have more questions answered or at least be well enough to ask questions if she needs to. The best part was two of my invited guests actually WON some really neat stamp sets. I love that, it is the type of company where we are able to do that periodically. You've seen me have giveaways. Even though they are relatively small, it is a giveaway and it is FUN. Everyone wants to win something, I know I do. Whether it is a stamp set or a package of cute paper, I love getting something in the mail and it makes it even better when it is free or I won it somehow.

It is getting pretty late here and there is a lot to do tomorrow. I'm working on designing a new card for my next video. If you have any particular set you want to see demonstrated, please let me know and I will do my best to get it figured out. That's the fun part!!

Talk soon!
Deb
xoxo

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Team Member!

Help me in welcoming my new direct team member:

INGRID SCOTT!!


As my direct team member this is a big thing in Stampin' Up!  As a hobby demonstrator I would not be so interested in having recruits but as a person trying to grow a business, it is important. Anyone directly recruited by me will be part of my growth as a demonstrator as well, and I will be responsible for helping them on their path whether it is to stay a hobby demonstrator or whether they also want to explore the business side of Stampin' Up!

Right now is a fantastic time to become a demonstrator, whether it is just to get a 20% discount on all your own stuff or becoming a successful business on your own standing. During the Sale-A-Bration months and the promotion connected to it, you can get up to $104 worth of additional stamps when you take advantage of signing up now. For only $99 you can choose your own starter kit worth up to $125. Stampin' Up! also very generously gives you catalogs so you can help distribute them to your own friends, family, and co-workers who may want to order from you. You will also get about $50 worth of wonderful business forms and tools that will help you succeed. They even give you a sample of Paper Pumpkin, which is their monthly craft subscription service. With Paper Pumpkin, they take away all the guess work out of the process and leave you with just the fun. Each month they will deliver a box full of supplies to your door along with easy to understand instructions on what to do. There is even an accompanying video available on YouTube for those of us who are more visually into learning. It is always a surprise and you never know if you will be putting together 8 cards or a project of some type but it is always beautiful and it is always complete. In your first Paper Pumpkin set you even get a complimentary acrylic stamping block!!

The reason Stampin' Up! includes this sample kit in your starter set is because they want you as a demonstrator (whether a hobbyist or not) to be able to easily tell your customers all about Paper Pumpkin. As a demonstrator you can purchase past kits of Paper Pumpkin and other marketing tools are available to you at all time.

I just wanted to pop in to welcome Ingrid and mention the benefits of joining at this time. My grandkids are still here and I should get back to them. But I'll be back and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask!

Deb
xoxox

Sale-A-Bration Continues... More Excitement!!

As Sale-A-Bration continues, I will frequently post photos of cards I am creating based upon the new stamp sets that are being offered for the VERY FIRST time! Here are a few now:
This is a super cute stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams and can also be purchased as a bundle with it's coordinating Thinlits to be used with a Big Shot or other die-cutting machine. The great thing about the bundles offered by Stampin' Up! is that by bundling (or buying the two together) you automatically get 10% off! That is fantastic and the Thinlits work very well with this set. Don't forget, every time you spend $50 during this promotion you will earn ONE FREE item from the special Sale-A-Bration brochure. Here is a sample of what you can earn for free:
Who doesn't love chickens?? I have 13 of my own (shhh, don't tell!) and our family enjoys the fresh eggs they grace us with daily. This stamp set, "Hey, Chick!" can be yours FREE with your order during this promotion. Ask me for more details or if you would like to host your very own Stampin' Up! workshop for your family, friends, and work mates.


I would LOVE to have you join my team of stampers even if you are just an avid paper crafter who likes to make cards for their family and friends. This is a great way to help offset the cost of your supplies and the fact that Stampin' Up! coordinates all their stamp sets with colors that match and compliment each other is fantastic! We've all been at the hobby stores or paper crafting sections and found that perfect paper only to be stymied when we try to find the matching ink and card stock. Here you will NEVER have that problem. Being able to buy everything in one spot is another great perk with Stampin' Up! product. You can easily choose from the comfort of your home and with a few easy clicks your stuff is on it's way to you. Where I live (just outside of Los Angeles) I am extremely blessed in that my orders get here within a couple of days with normal shipping.

For those of you who are looking to do Stampin' Up! as a second business, this is a GREAT opportunity for you as well. Stampin' Up! offers one of the very best compensation plans to its demonstrators that I've ever seen. They have tons of free training videos avaialbe to see 24/7 on their YouTube channel that only you and other demonstrators have access to, and twice a year they hold events - similar to conventions - that go over new products, new techniques, and helpful ways to improve your business. Plus at those events they give out a LOT of free product to the attendees.

Even though I am a fairly new demonstrator myself, with me you will have someone who is willing to offer assistance while you get your feet wet with the business aspects and I am learning as fast as I can to help my new recruits. If I don't know the answer I will work hard to find it for you and together we can grow as a team! Everybody starts somewhere, why not start with me and we can have a great adventure??

This is another quick and easy card I put together as a "Thank You" for some family who I recently visited. Hand made cards do not have to be complicated for people to appreciate them. Sometimes the simplest designs touch someone's heart in a way that a common store-bought card cannot. Try it and see!!

Sale-A-Bration is continuing along and during this time I will still have demonstrations, workshops, and make and take sessions. The next make and take session will be in about 10 days, stay tuned to find out the details!!

I must run to the post office for now, more catalogs going out along with a few goodies for my customers. Please leave me a comment with any questions or feel free to email me or call for more information!

Deb
xoxo

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sale-A-Oration Is Here!!

Sale-A-Bration!

What is it?

Don't worry, it is my first one, too. Sale-A-Bration is a promotion running from Jan.4 through March 31 of this year where you are able to purchase from the new Occasions (spring) catalog and with every $50 in product - whether it is from the Occasions catalog or the Annual Catalog - you are eligible to get a completely FREE item from the special Sale-A-Bration brochure. 

If you are worried that there isn't anything good in there, please do not worry! Here is a card I made from one of the free stamp sets:
The stamp set "Tasty Trucks" can be yours too, and the best part is that it's FREE!! I couldn't believe how versatile this set is. I have a video on my YouTube channel showing a demonstration using this set so you can easily see how cute it is. If you want to check out the new Occasions catalog, here is a link for you to browse:
 Feel free to browse through the catalog online, and if you would like a paper catalog sent to you just comment here and you can get me your contact information. I would be happy to send you out both the Occasions and the Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Check out the link below to see all the wonderful free items you can earn by purchasing other Stampin' Up! products.
Remember that Sale-A-Bration is one of the biggest promotions of the year for Stampin' Up! Ready to order? Just click here and it will take you to my online secure Stampin' Up! store front where you can sign up and order securely 24/7. If you would rather order directly from me, I am happy to take your order over the telephone all you need is a credit card and a list of items that you want and we can take care of it in a quick phone call.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for subscribing to my blog. As a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator your support means a lot to me and I care a lot about helping my customers create the neat items that they can use as gifts and thoughtful cards. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any type of crafting questions and I will do my best to find an answer for you! Until next time, enjoy Sale-A-Bration!

Deb
xoxo


Paper Share Giveaway Winner!

The Winner of the Paper Share Giveaway IS:


Christine Dam <3


Congratulations, Christine, and thanks for playing along with my giveaway while we all waiting patiently for the Stampin' Up! website to come back online. It is so hard when everyone is antsy and wants to order. My recruit was super antsy because she was trying to JOIN. That is really bad...lol.

I think I still have your mailing address so I will send out your paper samples tomorrow.

I really appreciate all your support and everything you have taught me about Stampin' Up!! Hopefully, the paper I send you will be stuff you don't already have and you can use it!

Deb
xoxo

Paper Share Giveaway!!!

But first, this:

"Stampin Up website update from Sara Douglas: The system went down around midnight and they have been working around the clock to get it back up."

What I heard is that they cannot even get into the system themselves at the present time and cannot send out emails to their demonstrators. I got this info from my UP LINE manager and I was extremely grateful to hear what is going on because I know a lot of you are waiting to order or JOIN my team!! So in the meantime, I posted another giveaway on my Facebook page but I will mention it here, too!!

Leave me a comment either here or on the Fancy Stamper Facebook page and I will randomly choose one lucky winner to receive a paper pack sampler. What is that?? It is a collections of Stampin' Up! papers that may be solid and printed from the designer paper series and there will be enough to make several cards or other projects. It is a fun way to get several different papers and see if you like them before committing to buying a whole paper pack! All the pieces will be 6" x 6" and the lucky winner will have the package sent out in tomorrow's post!!

As I get more news I will post either here or on Facebook, likely both just to make sure you are all kept informed!

Have a great day and comment away!
:)
Deb
xoxo 

The Start of Sale-A-Bration!!

Kim Kardashian couldn't do it.

Yes, everyone...it seems as if the unthinkable has happened. The internet is temporarily broken!

At least for Stampin' Up! fans, that is!  But not to worry, Stampin' Up! has got this. They will get the problems sorted out in record time. Because of all the excitement building up to this very special day of Sale-A-Bration, their site was likely overwhelmed and crashed from the sudden onslaught of activity. In past events, I have heard (being fairly new myself I never experienced it personally) that they have the problems sorted out by morning or mid-morning at the latest. The truth is, there is simply no way to accurately predict and prepare for what may happen on opening days like today.

Please do not worry. All the same excitement still applies, we just have to be patient and wait a few more hours. Believe me, I am the worst one here when it comes to waiting for stuff like this. It is like telling a child that they have to wait for Christmas! But we can do it, I'll be right here waiting with you if it makes you feel any better.

In fact, if you like I will simply post another blog post to let you know that they are up and running. It is early here (about 5 am) but I'll be checking every hour or so and when they are up I can post a brief "They are working" blog that if you follow this blog already, you will receive.

I have a brand new recruit (Ingrid) who is just as anxious and anyone. She is so excited to become a new member of our team and start to benefit from all the cool stuff you get when you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

If you are interested, NOW is the time (well, not this instant because the site is down!! lol) to join. As a brand new demonstrator you will reap the benefits of an instant 20% discount plus many more perks to having first access to product and new information directly from Stampin' Up! Whether you start out as a hobby demonstrator or plan to make it into a business to earn an income, Stampin' Up! has something for everyone. Their compensation plan is fairly new and much more attractive than it's ever been before. Please leave me a comment if you are interested in more information on how to become a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I will answer all of your questions!

On that note, I will go for now. But I'll be back and please stay tuned so that you can be informed as to when the website comes back up!

Take care!
Deb
xoxo

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Beginnings!!

This is going to be a fantastic new year for us all, I foresee many awesome things happening!

As you know I am working towards earning my Alaska trip with Stampin' Up! But did you know that YOU can also earn the very same trip that I'm going on?? By joining Stampin' Up! during the Sale-A-Bration promotion period (January 4 - March 31, 2017) you will not only be gearing up to earn this awesome trip but have the opportunity to qualify for even more free stuff!

For all the details just CLICK HERE and it will outline all the wonderful benefits to joining. If you join after Jan.4, you will also be eligible to receive two extra stamp sets worth up to $104! That is crazy...and should be taken advantage of. I mean, they are offering, so it is for you to take! :D

A word about giveaways, I think they are a great way to help encourage interest in the craft of paper art or paper crafting. Plus, it is just plain FUN to give stuff away. As a demonstrator, I get discounts on purchases and also have the opportunity to earn items either at a discount or sometimes even free, so this helps me to help YOU. As often as possible I will have giveaways not only to help encourage you to craft more but just because it is FUN.

Please remember to subscribe or "follow" this blog. There is a handy form that you can just enter your email and you'll be notified when I have a new blog entry. This is helpful if you are trying to stay up to date on any new deals or want to be included in any new giveaways before they are over.

My little cold/virus thing is almost done with me. I think I have beat it into submission. I really hope it isn't fooling me and ready to pounce again. I saw it do that with a few family members. As soon as it is all the way gone and I can speak without coughing I have a couple of cute cards I want to demo for you guys. One is using this super cute little stamp set that I think I'll be offering as a giveaway soon. It's called "Hey, Chick!" and features cute little chickens. I will post some previews late tonight and if you want the catalogs just leave me a comment and let me know, I will be happy to mail some out to you! The "Hey, Chick!" stamp set is one of the ones you can earn for FREE in the new Sale-A-Bration promotion so it is going to be a very popular set.


These are the front covers of the new catalogs and all I can legally show you till tomorrow! But if you would like them mailed out I can totally do that. Just let me know and we'll go from there.

Still working on my website. It is proving to be a little more complicated than the blog. I guess I am not naturally talented in the website design area, but I'm working on it. With any luck it will be a one-stop shop and instead of coming to the blog, you will go to the website and the blog will already be there along with everything else including new videos, photos, giveaways, everything. That is the hope, anyway. Bear with me and thank you in advance for being so patient.

On that note I am going to head out. I have catalogs to mail and goodie boxes to send to the lucky recipients!! Please have a fantastic day, I plan to!

Deb
xoxox




Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Well, everyone...it's official. It is now 2017!

Here's to a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year for us all.

I just announced the winner of the Tasty Truck 2.0 giveaway on my Facebook page, it was Syd from Ohio!! She is naturally lucky (from my recollection) but thankfully I don't have to rely on luck since I use this wonderful free site I found called Random.org. It allows you to do lots of stuff but choosing random winners is one of them that I use.

To everyone who has requested catalogs I will be mailing them out tomorrow. The reason I have not mailed them out sooner is because they were not to be seen till Jan. 4 and you would have already received them and I am trying to be compliant with all the guidelines set by Stampin' Up!

For those of you who have asked, becoming a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! is a wonderful thing and something I highly recommend. I first signed up in October just as a hobby demonstrator; that is what we call it when we are avid paper crafters and are just signing up to get our discount on ALL the product Stampin' Up! offers. I have to admit, the 20% discount was quite a draw to me. As I started to sell (and buy for myself) I noticed there were a lot of other perks I hadn't really thought of.

The incentive trip. Every year Stampin' Up! offers an incentive trip if you earn enough flex points. You get flex points by selling stuff so it is happening incidentally while you are selling your stuff. I love to travel and it is quite a nice thing to me to have somewhere paid for 100% for me and my spouse (or if there is no spouse, your bestie!) The trip I am working towards earning is for an Alaska cruise. They will pay for airfare for me and hubby to the cruise start site, the 9 day cruise in it's entirety, and that is a lot of clams!! We have till October of this year to earn the cruise and it will take place in the first half of 2018 so there is plenty of time to plan. We can totally do this!!

Various perks.  So many times each year, Stampin' Up! offers deals to demonstrators about a month before the general public has access. They do this so that we can see the product ahead of time and create projects with it so that when catalogs drop we have a head start. It is super smart of them and the demonstrators love it. Another perk is close out items. These are up to 60-80% off and that is a deal however you slice it. Everyone loves a deal, right?? They offer compensation to their demonstrators depending on where you are in your ascension but basically it is 20-25% commission (I currently earn 25% based on my promotion!) I have included the link there so if you want to look at the current compensation plan, you can. When people start joining your team your perks go up.

Sale-A-Oration: once a year (ours is about to start on Jan. 4) Stampin' Up! offers this promotion to it's customers and it's demonstrators. The demonstrators have had access starting December 1. Everyone else can have access in only 3 more days....that is Sale-A-Bration. For every $50 spent on Stampin' Up! product, you can get one item absolutely FREE from the special Sale-A-Bration brochure that I'm about to mail out to you. Some people have Christmas money they want to spend, and this could equal LOTS of free items! In addition to that, you will earn Stampin' Up! rewards anyway if you spend more than $150 on your order and that amounts to an extra 10% in free product of YOUR CHOICE. You can't beat that.
Many demonstrators, and I am one of them, will offer you a special goodie even if you don't spend the $150. I allow my customers to use my "host code" and if they do they will get a goodie shipped to them from me. It might be a roll of special ribbon or some other embellishment from Stampin' Up! or maybe some adhesive, whatever it is they will certainly use it!

The other cool thing about Sale-A-Bration is that if you choose this time of year to join and become a demonstrator (whether it is a hobby demonstrator or for business reasons) you will get an additional 2 stamp sets FREE and they can be up to $104 in value. That is amazing! I actually had a friend ready to join and I encouraged her to WAIT till Jan. 4 just so she could take advantage of this offer. For her initial investment of $99 to join Stampin' Up! (for that she gets about $50 worth of business supplies, a free paper pumpkin kit, and up to $125 in Stampin' Up! product of her choice) she will also get the two extra stamp sets worth up to $104.

On that note I will leave you for today, I know I get so excited when I talk about all the incentives Stampin' Up! offers us. It is really cool for them to be so supportive of their demonstrators. I have noticed on their website that they offer so many helpful videos and suggestions, it would be difficult to fail at this if you follow half of what they recommend. Remember I am here for you as well and if you join my team of Fancy Stampers, I will be here for you for support, encouragement, and training!! Ask me anything and I will get the answer for you. If I don't know what the answer is, I will find it. Let's do this TOGETHER in 2017!!!  Call me for more information...or text me in the next day or two, I lost my voice with this virus!! 951-973-3270.