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January NC Demos Blog – A Perfect Pair

Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop!  This is a GREAT start to the New Year because we have brand NEW bloggers this month!!  Woo Hoo!! I’m so glad to see new people joining our hop, it’s just so much fun and a great way to share.  You may have just come from Frances Wagner’s Blog and I know she had a great project!

Our theme for this month is “A Perfect Pair”.  We were to create something using items from both the current Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.  I know that everyone gets so excited when we unveil a new Annual Catalog, but a few months after that we come out with the Holiday Catalog.  And then a few months later there’s a new Occasions Catalog. I think we tend to forget our great Annual catalog when all the new goodies come out.  So, this is a great way to make sure we aren’t forgetting it!

My project wasn’t supposed to be displayed until this blog posted, BUT I recently attended our NC Demonstrator Quarterly event and at the last minute, I decided to submit my card in one of the contests that are always held during these events.  And to my honor and surprise, my card was in a 3-way tie for first place!  The category was Simple Stamping (what we used to call Easy to Demonstrate).  I was so glad I decided to submit it!

                                                                                                                                                                    The idea for this card had been bouncing around in my head for a few days.  I love the new Geared Up Garage bundle, but I wanted to see if I could venture outside the masculine mindset.

I immediately thought PINK and from there the rest of the card fell into place.  I colored the car image using Lt. Flirty Flamingo blends and cut it out using one of the car dies. Then I went right to our Fabulous Flamingo set in the Annual Catalog because I remembered that there was a sentiment that said: “tickled pink for you”…PERFECT!

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of Powder Pink cardstock and punched it using the Tailored Tag Punch, which is also in the Annual catalog.


Using another scrap of paper, this time Smokey Slate, I punched another tag.  I cut that in half horizontally and then mounted each piece so that it framed the top and bottom of the Tickled Pink tag

Next, I used the “oil splatter” stamp with Smokey Slate ink.  Then to add a little texture to the Whisper White mat I used the Subtles Dynamic Embossing folder, lightly spritzing the cardstock with water before running it through the Big Shot.  This softens the fibers in the paper which allows it to show much more dimension from the folder.  Just be careful not to saturate the card, just a light mist will do the trick.  The pink car was adhered with Tombow directlyto the Whisper White embossed piece.  I cut a small piece of Striped Metallic ribbon and placed it behind the tag and then attached it to the card with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed my out of the box idea for this masculine set.  And that you won’t forget our amazing Annual catalog while you are playing with your new purchases from the Occasions catalog.  There are so many opportunities to find A Perfect Pair! And just a quick reminder, no matter which catalog you purchase from, you will earn free Sale-a-Bration items for every $50 increment!  This promotion ends on March 31st., so make sure you are making the most of it!  It’s a great time to shop, host and JOIN Stampin’ UP!  I’d love to have you on my team.I hope you will continue hopping with us and visit our next talented demonstrator and first time NC Demo Blog hopper, Jackie Claes.  And I equally excited to share that Jackie is part of my team, Stamping Companions.  I so happy that she has decided to join us this month!

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Sale-a-Bration – What’s it all about?

We have just started a very exciting time of year at Stampin’ UP!  If you are new to SU!, you may not be familiar so I’d like to explain why it’s so special.  And if you have been around for a while, it never hurts to refresh your memory! During Sale-a-Bration, there are 3 ways that you can benefit from the promotion.  The first is that you can earn FREE merchandise, just for placing your normal orders.  For every $50 or $100 order (total before shipping & tax) you get to select something free from the SAB catalog!  Many of the items are created to coordinate with items in our new Occasions Catalog, so you’ll want to have both the SAB brochure  AND the Occasions catalog handy when placing orders.  And if you prefer to have real copies in your hand versus the online versions, please let me know and I’ll get them to you!  You can shop on my website here.

The 2nd special deal during this promotion is that you can earn ADDITIONAL HOST BENEFITS when your order reaches $250.  And you DON’T actually have to host a workshop!  This is a great time to stock up on stamping supplies for yourself, or combine your order with a friend (or friends!) and earn $25 MORE in stamping rewards! 
And the 3rd, and probably my favorite benefit is the added bonus you can receive if you decide to join SU! during SAB.  The normal kit price is $99, which would allow you to choose $125 in product for your kit.  BUT, during SAB, you will receive an additional $50 in product!!  Yes, that’s right, you would choose $175 worth of merchandise for just $99!  (Host sets and SAB items are excluded from the kit merchandise selection). 

And as if that wasn’t enough of a deal, SU! has sweetened the pot by giving you ANOTHER option for joining.  For just $129, you will STILL get $175 in product, but in ADDITION, you will receive this amazing Craft Tote to carry all of your goodies!  The tote is valued at $50, so you are saving $20!  This tote is one of the best I’ve ever seen SU! offer, and I’ve been a demonstrator for over 20 years.  It holds so much, it can even hold our Stampin’ Trimmer, something none of my other totes will do.  Here are a few pics, but they honestly don’t do it justice.

And here’s a quick video to show you all the features and benefits.  And just a reminder, the ONLY way to get this Craft Tote is to join SU! during Sale-a-Bration.  It is exclusively for new recruits!   Oh, and I almost forgot, you also get FREE shipping on your kit!

So, what are the benefits of joining Stampin’ UP!, aside from the 2 great kit options being offered right now?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  Here they are:

  • You get to create your own kit!  Choose ANY Stampin’ Up! products (including bundles) to fill your kit.  (Host sets and Sale-A-Bration gifts are excluded.)
  • 20 to 25% discount on future purchases!  Purchase the starter kit in January and receive a 20% discount (up to 25%) on additional demonstrator purchases thru a minimum of July 31, 2019.  This timeframe allows you to enjoy your discount on the new annual catalog pre-order, which happens in May (the catalog launches in June!)
  • Perfect timing!  You will have the same amount of time (through July 31, 2019) to reach your first $300 sales minimum and renew for the Stampin’ Up! July – September quarter.  Each quarter requirement is $300 in sales after that, and you are given one month’s grace period should you not reach that requirement by the end of the quarter.
  • Enjoy demonstrator discounts and benefits while you are active with no risk and no penalty to drop.
  • As a demonstrator, you get exclusive views of new product and catalogs!   View new catalogs and pre-order products a month (or more) before their release (and at a discount)! 
  • A perfect fit!  This offer is for those who are just looking for a hobby, or if you want to work it as a business.  YOU make the choice.
  • It’s just FUN!!!  There are no obligations to host workshops or parties, sell products to anyone else or personally purchase anything once you’ve purchased the kit!  If you decide that it’s just not for you, that’s fine.  Again, THERE IS NO OBLIGATION! 

But if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to keep on gaining all the benefits that come with being a demonstrator.  I have a great team of demonstrators and we LOVE welcoming new members!  You can become a member of my team by clicking here and filling out all the info.  And if you have ANY questions, just reach out to me, I’m more than happy to answer or walk you through the process.

So, that’s all the info about Sale-a-Bration! WOW!!  As I said, it’s an exciting time.   Just remember, SAB ends on 3/31, so don’t delay in taking advantage of all SAB has to offer laugh
Happy Stamping!