Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pat on My Back!!

As a demonstrator I am a part of two yahoo groups. One of the groups sends out a monthly newsletter talking about business and what not. It highlights sales and I was included for March sales!!! Here's part of the newsletter where you can see my sales compared to others. I did pretty good! Thank you to all my customers who had workshops and ordered from me. You are greatly appreciated. I'm praying I continue to be as successful in the upcoming months!

Top Sales
Congratulations to everyone for your sales for March!

I want to especially highlight the TOP TWENTY IN SALES for our UdderlyAwesome group! That is quite an accomplishment!

March Sales

Name and Sales
Patty Bennett $4,716.29
J Conrey $4,136.70
Michelle Halleen $3,701.45
Jami Carrera $3,364.25
Cathy Fluellen $3,157.75
Anamarie Palmerin $2,873.75
Lis Ljung $2,837.15
Rebecca Jung $2,639.55
Kari Lommen $2,634.15
Sue Kempter-Miller $2,385.15
Brittny Smith $2,316.35
Andrea Gideon $2,265.05
Sharon Moudry $2,117.30
Bethany Drew $2,036.49
Barbara Jackson $1,983.20
Linda Morris $1,947.60
Gayle Smith $1,851.55
Sheila Penaranda $1,721.30
Wanda Clasen $1,716.50
Arla DeLeon $1,716.47

I am very excited to recognize those of you who have accomplished the work to promote to these titles!

March Promotions
Name and New Title
Tammera Richardson promoted to Senior Supervisor
Cathy Bartlett promoted to Senior Supervisor
Patricia Pobol promoted to Supervisor
Shelley Killgore promoted to Supervisor
Tamra Lewis promoted to Supervisor
Alicia Christian promoted to Supervisor
Heather Shore promoted to Supervisor
Stacy Carter promoted to Supervisor
Kelly Kobel promoted to Supervisor
Debra Barnes promoted to Supervisor
Shannon Hanabass promoted to Supervisor
Lynette Fulton promoted to Supervisor
Brittny Smith promoted to Senior Associate
Arla DeLeon promoted to Senior Associate
Tamura Oberkramer promoted to Senior Associate
Nicole Smith promoted to Senior Associate
Sabrina Dorazi promoted to Senior Associate
Cindy Ramirez promoted to Senior Associate
Tricia Flaig promoted to Senior Associate
Jennifer Brazell promoted to Senior Associate
Jessica McKinney promoted to Senior Associate
Jennifer Gill promoted to Senior Associate
Edna Parrott promoted to Senior Associate
Yolanda Sorenson promoted to Senior Associate
Katharine Homet promoted to Senior Associate
Leslie Wheeler promoted to Senior Associate
Irene Tolentino promoted to Senior Associate
Lynn Schwigen promoted to Senior Associate
All Sales over $1000

Hitting $1000 in one month is a big deal and I congratulate all of you for hitting this goal!

Name and Sales
Patty Bennett $4,716.29
J Conrey $4,136.70
Michelle Halleen $3,701.45
Jami Carrera $3,364.25
Cathy Fluellen $3,157.75
Anamarie Palmerin $2,873.75
Lis Ljung $2,837.15
Rebecca Jung $2,639.55
Kari Lommen $2,634.15
Sue Kempter-Miller $2,385.15
Brittny Smith $2,316.35
Andrea Gideon $2,265.05
Sharon Moudry $2,117.30
Bethany Drew $2,036.49
Barbara Jackson $1,983.20
Linda Morris $1,947.60
Gayle Smith $1,851.55
Sheila Penaranda $1,721.30
Wanda Clasen $1,716.50
Arla DeLeon $1,716.47
Chris Gallacher $1,706.50
Wendy Randall $1,689.05
Maureen Donnan $1,674.25
Susan Hokanson $1,653.60
Linda Jensen $1,641.20
Judy Meli $1,634.70
Glad Baquet $1,633.08
Elyse Foley $1,625.85
Chris McKnight $1,616.00
Evelyn Norris $1,565.30
Tammera Richardson $1,557.50
Shelly Peck $1,546.05
Lori Virgil $1,535.50
Patricia Pobol $1,525.75
Sharon Field $1,525.40
Delfina Andersen $1,524.10
Kathy Pardee $1,514.40
Carolyn Cadet $1,488.00
Anne Heard $1,479.45
Carol Conner $1,470.72
Dawn Naritoku $1,460.40
Reiko Sakata $1,422.35
Nancy Gabbert $1,418.80
Cecile Smith $1,385.55
Martha Ruiz $1,380.05
Jessica Bain $1,378.10
Shelly Whelen $1,353.00
Peggy Campbell $1,335.25
Tomi-Lynn White $1,303.50
Shelley Killgore $1,294.90
Carole Fowler $1,293.49
Monika Davis $1,279.89
Deandrea Hunt $1,263.30
Sharon Torcivia $1,255.20
Michelle Webster $1,251.65
Pearl Robb $1,248.40
Melissa Hackman $1,248.10
Janet Stockmann $1,242.80
Theresa Crull $1,240.05
Kathy Thorn $1,237.50
Chastity Thompson $1,232.55
Janet Higerd $1,229.60
Marcella Lau $1,211.05
Jane Rappleyea $1,206.20
Linda Howard $1,202.15
Cindy Stephens $1,199.20
Lynda K Glassmoyer $1,198.80
Michele M Smith $1,171.70
Cindi Thurmond $1,169.24
Chiaki Haverstick $1,158.55
Julie Collins $1,154.55
Belinda Johnson $1,151.70
Robin Messenheimer $1,148.70
Aimee Gandara $1,142.60
Shirley Griffith $1,141.90
Jennifer Yep $1,127.15
Barbara Thompson $1,124.20
Billie Ryum $1,123.35
Shari Albrecht $1,118.99
Adriana Retzlaff $1,114.60
Mercedes Person $1,087.25
Cynthia Wilkinson $1,083.40
Richard Garay $1,083.10
Janet White $1,066.20
Linda Isherwood $1,064.80
Tiffany Thorpe $1,063.75
Laurie Conners $1,057.30
Debra Forney $1,046.00
Katherine Hill $1,037.65
Charlene Leasor $1,033.15
Donna Matoi $1,030.05
Grace Lee-Navarrete $1,029.75
Antonia Gomez Hernandez $1,025.55
Karen Anderson $1,021.40
Sharon Meyer $1,012.49
Tamra Lewis $1,009.70
Suzan Meaux $1,005.30
Kathleen Hazen $1,003.21

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Only 3 More Days Left

The Occasions Mini Catalog is coming to an end on April 30th. That means you have only today, tomorrow and Friday to order what you want before these items are no longer available. But, the GOOD news is that the following products will continue to be available for purchase after April 30th through June EXCITING is that!?!?! Then on July 1 we will see which of items made it into the new 2010-2011 Catalog and Idea Book! So if you have favorites or something you want before it's too late, stop on by my website and get shopping!!

Carryover Items from Occasions Mini 2010

Item # Description Price
116519 Charming stamp set $19.95
117690 Vintage Vogue WM $23.95
118598 Vintage Vogue CM $17.95
118882 Vague vinatge WM $23.95
119109 Vague vinatge CM $17.95
118091 Tiny Tags WM $22.95
118592 Tiny Tags CM $16.95
117529 DE "IS FOR" BLACK $4.95
117542 DE M IS FOR MONKEY CHOC $4.95
118139 FOLK FLOWERS Stencil* $12.95
117597 PAISLEY PATTERNS Stencil* $14.95
118072 PINKING HEARTS Corner Punch $9.95
118870 SCALLOP TRIM Corner Punch $9.95
117191 LG 2 STEP BIRD Punch $15.95
118073 LG FANCY FLOWER Punch $15.95
117649 PINKING HEARTS Border Punch $15.95
117190 MED JEWELRY TAG Punch $10.95
117193 SMALL HEART Punch $5.95
118138 BEAUTIFUL WINGS Embosslit $11.95
117332 SCALLOPED HEART OF HEARTS Embosslit $11.95
117335 PERFECT POLKA DOTS Folder $7.95
116772 RECIPES BY DESIGN Kit* $24.95
120435 HEART TREAT CUPS $2.95

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Upcoming Workshop

I have been receiving a lot of interested members for my Meetup group. We are going to meet and craft next Friday and Saturday. I offered 2 days since I know people have to work and wanted to give everyone a chance to come. So this week I worked on the 2 cards we are going to make. I have to say that I am VERY happy with the two cards that I created. I can't say that they are my original designs but did tweak them to match what I wanted. My first card I cased from the March Stampin' Success magazine. As a demonstrator, you receive a monthly idea magazine that talks about the business and has some great ideas to demonstrate with. Another great reason to become a demonstrator. You can always join my team where this month you will receive some helpful DVDs to help start you on the right track for your business. Click on the join my team link if you are interested in learning more.

Now onto the cards.

The second card I got the idea from BJ Peters using the Top Note Sizzix Die. She created a flower 3D box, so I used the idea to make it on a card. Again, I am very happy with the way this card turned out.

These two cards have been my favorite that I have created since becoming a demonstrator in February. I am really looking forward to demonstrating these examples at the Meetup because I am very proud of them! I also hoping they inspire some people to place orders (maybe for the Big Shot especially!!) I will update everyone next weekend how both Meetups go!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Meetup Group

Well, I went ahead and started a meetup group. If you have ever heard of it's a great site to find others with the same hobbies and interests as you. I have used this site to find other stay at home moms who like to get out of the house with their children. I have met some great friends from this.

So I decided to make one to promote Stampin' Up and my business. I'm hoping to find a bunch of new friends who love to craft. Maybe, just maybe, they will become life-long customers or even better some recruits. I just started this today so I will update with how many members next week. My first meetup is planned for April 30th. Check back then to see how that went as well.

If you live in the San Diego area and would be interested in attending our meetups, click on the badge and join our group!! We always need more creative minds!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stamping 411 Challenge and Demo Swap

I created this card for two reasons. One is apart of the Stampin 411 Saturday challenge and the other is for a demonstrator meeting swap. If you click on the link, you can see the sketch that I used to make this card. I scored the blue paper using my paper cutter to make the checkered background. I border punched the yellow paper. I used one of the stamps from the Flower for All Seasons set. It's a great set with four different flower pots. I used the earth elements crayons and blender pens to color in most of the stamp. I used the colored pencils and blender pens for the tulips. I stamped happy mother's day with versamark then used my stampin' pastels to add a little color. I am very happy how this card came out. It's inspired me to make a flower pot card for Mother's Day to send to my mom and mother-in-law. Check back this week for pictures of my version of a flower pot card.
My demonstrator meeting is tomorrow night so check back for the cards I get from the swap. There are always great cards from the other demonstrators.
Here are the supplies and directions I used to make this card:
  • Bordering Blue 8 1/2 by 11 paper cut at 5 1/2 then folded at 4 1/4.
  • So Saffron paper cut 4 by 2 1/4 then punched with Eyelet Border Punch.
  • Sage Shadow paper cut 1 3/4 by 2.
  • Flower for All Seasons stamp set stamped onto Whisper White paper cut into 1 1/2 by 1 3/4.
  • Using Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, color flower pot
  • Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon cut 2 3/4 then wrap and glue onto back of So Saffron.
  • Stamp happy mother's day from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set with Versamark then using Stampin' Pastels, rub Sage Shadow over happy mother's day to add color to stamp.
  • Glue So Saffron onto Bordering Blue

Thank you for looking and reading!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Big Shot is the Best!!!

I have been a scrapbooker for the past 3 years. I have used lots of tools to help with this hobby. I find myself using one tool over and over again. That's the Big Shot!!

The best thing is that Stampin' Up! offers the machine and lots of die cuts exclusively for Stampin' Up!

As a scrapbooker, I love to journal the story behind the pictures. I'm always looking for cute ways for journaling blocks. I own the scallop square clear bigz die.

I knew this would be a good one to use for all of my crafting. I thought I could use it for journaling but the page I was working on required more space for me to write. I knew that I wanted to use this so I put my brain to work. I cut out two squares and figured out I can put them together to make a bigger journaling block and still make it look cute. It was the easiest thing for me to do too. The machine does all the work for you! Here's a picture of my creation and journaling block.You can't even tell I put two squares together either. I know that the machine might be a little pricey for you but it truly is a great investment for all types of crafters. You can do sooo many things with the machine so it's worth the price. I particularly love what I have been seeing from other demonstrators with this die cut. If you are a sewer and would love to make your own purse take a look at these. These were created by Lisa Freeman.

The flower featured is another die cut that Stampin' Up! offers. It's called Flower Folds Bigz XL Die. You build the flower after cutting it out. The machine can cut through all different types of material so it's definitely worth buying. I have used lots of different tools for crafting and can truly say that this is my ultimate favorite. It has paid for itself with how much I use it!

If you would like to buy the Big Shot, please go here to purchase it. I would love to show you all the different things you can do with this during a workshop. If you would like me to demonstrate for you, contact me with your information. There are so many possibilities with the Big Shot and that's why I love it!!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stampin' Up! Big Changes

A few days ago, Stampin' Up! informed us demonstrators that they are introducing a color renovation for the new catalog coming out in July! At first I was shocked because I just signed up in February and wasn't expecting such a big change. Then I thought this is the perfect time for them to do this for me since I haven't invested a bunch of money like a lot of the other demonstrators out there. I can now use my rewards from workshops to stock up on colors that I know will be around for awhile. I don't think they are going to be changing the colors like this anytime soon. I am definitely looking forward to these new colors. It is going to make being a customer a lot easier because there aren't as many colors to buy so you can invest in more stamps and accessories. They are also introducing a starter kit of cardstock that will combine colors from all of the collections for beginning stampers. This is something that a lot of my new customers kept asking me for. Stampin' Up! has done the work for us now!!! The other neat thing about this change is that the In Colors are going to be around for 2 years rather than 1. That will make investing in those colors even more realistic to do. I could go on and on about all of the positives to this change but why not see the changes for yourself. Here is the new color collections that Stampin' Up! is introducing.

REMEMBER: this doesn't take affect until July when the new catalog comes out.
So take a look at the colors leaving us.

Make sure you stock up on the colors that you love to use on your projects. As of July these colors will not be produced anymore so you want to make sure you have enough of your favorites so you don't run out in the middle of your projects. Start going through your colors now while there is plenty of time to order so you don't miss your chance to have your favorite colors.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My New Sidebar Buttons

I have added lots of new buttons to the side of my blog. There are links to all of the catalogs, promotions, March projects, and some other things that you need to check out!!! I am very happy with having these to help my customers have an easier way of navigating my blog for things they want. I really want to point out the clear block template button that was designed by LaycockDesigns. Here you can see the size of each of our clear mount blocks that you might need for all of your new clear mount stamp sets you are buying. Aren't the clear mount stamps a great new addition to Stampin' Up?

I will update the projects each month and when new catalogs are released. So check back and use my buttons as much as possible.