What I like about Halloween …

BOO! 😉

I’m going to be honest with you for a second … I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I’m not really into the whole “scare the pants off” of your relatives or friends deal. Sorry!

I do however, enjoy the festive (cute/pretty) decorations and the trick-or-treaters that visit. Some of those costumes are so cute! Wait until tomorrow … I can’t wait to show you what Riley is going to be!

Well, Happy Halloween! I sent this card to my Stampin’ Up! customers.

I used:

I also carved a pumpkin … well, sorta. I think it needs something extra. What do you think? Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section below. Now off to do some trick-or-treating with little man! Happy Halloween ya’ll.

Project Life for baby girl…

Interesting enough, after my post about the baby shower welcoming little Avery … Stampin’ Up! must have been on the same vibe as they have blogged about Project Life. The theme is “baby girl” which is so cute!

Read HERE to see the corporate blog and check out what Project Life has to offer you!

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138504

If you’ve never heard of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! then you are in for a real treat. It’s a way to do “old fashioned” memory keeping without all of the prep work and time … and it still looks like you slaved over it for days. I mean, I love to scrapbook, but sometimes I don’t have the time! This is a great alternative if you still want to obtain that “handmade” look.

Don’t worry, there’s also one for a baby boy, too…

I’ve been working on Riley’s baby book and plan to add more to it as he grows!

The “set” comes with pre-designed cards ready for your photographs!

I love how easy it is to build a page. Stickers, punch-out designs and “slip” it right into the pocket folder.
Easy peasy … Done!

It’s a GIRL !!

Family and friends gathered to welcome the latest bundle of joy to enter into the Hood family … Miss Avery. I can’t wait to become an Auntie! This baby girl is so blessed to have so many who love her already … we showered her mommy on Saturday. In case you were wondering, Avery’s mom and dad are my brother and sister-in-law, Daryl and Alexis. I was able to snap a few photos of the day to share with my crafting friends.

Mary, Alexis (mommy-to-be), Kate, Hannah, Me

Of course, the Hood gals (honorary or not) are super excited to add a little more pink into the family. We clean up nice, but don’t think for a second that this little one won’t be afraid to get a little muddy from time to time. 😉

Alexis and Daryl

My siblings live atop this beautiful mountain and lucky for us, the shower landed on a sunny fall day.

Alexis and Kate

This is Kate, Alexis’ sister. She did a great job planning the event and even threw in a couple crafty touches … I was impressed! 🙂

The baby clothesline decorations were a nice touch!

Kate even made a bath scrub for guests to take home … aren’t they adorable!?

If you know my family well, you will already know who made the cake. Brett’s aunt does a marvelous job! Looking for a cake?
Cakes by Susie in Littlestown, Pa., is my recommendation for sure!

I’m not the only one in the family with a crafty-bone. Check out this afghan Mary crocheted. It’s as soft as it looks and matches the nursery.

Nancy (MeMaw) and Alexis

It’s been a tradition of my mom’s to make a stepping stool for newborns welcomed into our family tree. She painted this all freehand and added a cute pink ruffle!

Well, by the end of the day all of us felt a little like this cutie! 😉

Boo … gobble gobble … fa la la la la la la la laaaaaaa!

Confused? Yeah, that’s pretty easy to do … however, with a Stampin’ Up! kit they give you directions.

Last night at stampin’ club we made the Season to Season Wreath. This wreath is a three-in-one season decoration that showcases Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall and Christmas. So cute!

We had so much fun, I forgot to take photos while everyone was here. Oooops! Oh well, sometimes the fun can be seen by the mess we make …

Anyone a non-waste-aholic like me? I’m going to use these leftovers for some gift packaging later.

The leaves are so delicate, but easy to curl. The designer series paper in Typeset adds just enough detail to create that vintage look! We all took turns using the stamp pads on the pre-cut images for the banner. I even threw in the September Paper Pumpkin stamps for a personal touch (you know, they are for me to keep and use forever and ever).

This wreath is a great addition to my home. I love it!

Like the wreath? Here’s a video that will help put it together. 🙂

Pumpkins in Pink

October is national breast cancer awareness month.

Did you get your pink Paper Pumpkin? Stampin’ Up! donated Paper Pumpkin proceeds to help fight against this disease. Thank you for supporting this cause!

Here’s the Pink Pumpkin and all of the fun supplies that came with the kit!


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Get your pink on!!

Stamp sale, hostess credit and starter kit savings!

Did you hear about the stamp sale going on now? If not check this out … HERE!

Well, have you ever been on the fence about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? Interested? Just a little?? It’s okay, I don’t bite … here’s what I figured out for the most savings.

Sign up this week and you have until April 30th to fulfill the quarterly minimum and save more on stamps with our stamp sale!!

To join my stampin’ team, the starter kit is $99 plus tax. You get a lifeline to all things stamping, inside deals, products and events (trips). But that’s just the cake … here’s what you get to take home.

Stamps added to starter kits are also 15% OFF, so a starter kit’s value for stamp goodies (which you get to choose) is around $150. Ahem, let me break that down for you … get $143.75 of stamps in the starter kit for $99 plus tax and NO shipping fees! That’s MORE than the average savings for the starter kit!

How much does it cost to become a demonstrator?
The only cost associated with becoming a demonstrator is for the Starter Kit. Currently the price of the kit is $99 with free shipping (an additional 10% savings). The starter kit is completely customizable, which means you get to choose any current products up to a total of $125 (this is more during this week due to the sale), which helps you work your business your way and never worry about duplicating supplies you already have just to become a demonstrator. Through the new-demonstrator program called Stampin’ Start, it is even possible to receive a $175 cash bonus at the end of your first 6 months as a demonstrator, which essentially pays you back for your starter kit (and then some)! However, more savings can be made with the stamp deal going on now.

To understand the whole benefits (plus the added bonus above) CLICK HERE. Hey peeps, don’t forget to select me as your demonstrator! Here’s my LINK.

Still on the fence? Really? Okay, so the question I usually get asked is, “What is the quarterly minimum I need for sales?” The answer is $300, but that’s only if you are using Stampin’ Up! as your business. I like to use mine as business, but there was once upon a time when I became a demonstrator because I wanted a craft discount and a tax write off! Yep, me! Anywho … guess what!? If you were to join my team, and then find that you couldn’t get up to that $300 quarterly minimum then Stampin’ Up! doesn’t throw you off the boat just yet. No penalties for having not met the quarterly goal, you would have until April to reach the minimum with no changes in your discount or savings. Huh, doesn’t sound so scary now, does it? Sound a little more like it? Probably does since the average crafter spends more than that in 3 months. Oh and remember, you get access to attend those cool conventions with me and get free stampin’ stuff, too!

What do I get when I sign up?
After you sign up you get to customize your Starter Kit. The starter kit includes your choice of up to $125 (don’t forget to add in the 15% off in stamp savings this week), in Stampin’ Up! products at a discount (around 20% off retail), plus business forms and supplies. In addition, you will receive our monthly Stampin’ Success magazine and have access to the exclusive demonstrator portion of the Stampin’ Up! website, which has all sorts of wonderful tools designed to help you build your business or find inspiration in your hobby/business.

What if I want to stop being a demonstrator?
Simply stop placing orders. If your quarterly minimums aren’t reached (and after a month of being in “pending” status – this is after the 7 month mark … remember still in the boat?), you will lose your demonstrator privileges. No questions asked, nothing to return. You keep all your fabulous stuff, which of course includes your Starter Kit contents!

Oh yes, and you get ME as your coach. I enjoy crafting and love to teach my loved ones about all of the techniques I use to make hand-made cards, scrapbooks and more!

So who wants to take advantage of the stamp sale, earn extra hostess rewards and save money while getting a first-class pass to all things stamping? Don’t wait too long, the stamp sale ends October 23rd.

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=100100

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=100100

It’s Tuesday and that means Weekly Deals, too! Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack on your way out!

15% OFF Stamps !! Aye yie!

This just in … Stampin’ Up! is offering a sale!

Starting October 19, stamps will be discounted 15 percent off retail. This sale will only be around for a few days before it ends on October 23, so don’t miss out! It’s a great time to purchase stamp sets on your wish list, anything in the annual catalog or holiday catalog caught your eye?

If you order online and use the host code: Y2G2RTRU
I will use the Stampin’ Rewards to buy supplies for Cards for a Cause events. If you place an order of $150 or more, you are eligible for the Stampin’ Rewards!

***While bundles aren’t discounted beyond their normal 15 percent discount, you can always get stamps and coordinating tools at a great deal anytime.***

In addition, Stampin’ Up! has a promotion for hosts that have $300 or more in sales. They will get a bonus in Stampin’ Rewards. The bigger the party sales, the bigger the rewards. This bonus is available until November 9. Would you like to host a party? Just reply to this blog and we will set a date and hostess code.

Get ready for the holidays with savings!

Hello stampers!

This week’s deals are few, but still very cute!

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=100100

I also want to remind you that our clearance rack is full of items you can save on, too!

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=100300

The holidays are almost here! Why not get a head start on your gift wrapping and card making? There’s something for everyone in the new holiday catalog. If you don’t have your own craft room, then try one of our handy holiday kits. It comes with all the supplies (and instructions) to make you look super creative!

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=100400

I’ve already started my baking, too! What better way to hand out those cookies and chocolates than in style with our cellophane bags, boxes and ribbon? Yum!

Let’s eat cake and stamp !!

I was in Wisconsin last week and while I was mainly there for some work with cattle (yes, cattle … World Dairy Expo), I was able to visit with a few friends and attend our demonstrator meeting.
My upline Shirley brought a Carl’s cake for my visit. Yum!

 As Halloween is right around the corner, we were focused on creating sweet trick-or-treat favors. Do you like my banner? Shirley shared her spider-web doilies with us!

Muahahahahahahahahahaha …  Death by Chocolate!
These are cute little candy holders shared by Kay.
Yummmmmy!

We had our meeting in the activity room at Lighthouse. Shirley holds a senior living class and they were nice to allow us use of the room.

Shirley was showing off her Halloween shirt, can you read the saying? Kay is also on our team; she makes beautiful cards and has the sweetest personality.

Yummy cake!!

Halloween wasn’t the only season we are prepping for as winter will be here before we know it. Our upline demonstrator brought some supplies for us to create these cute take-out boxes and reindeer cards. I love pom-pom trim so what else would make a cute Rudolph nose, right?
Have you seen these items in the holiday catalog?

Each time we get together for a meeting, we get to do a stamping swap. Here’s what I got to take home:
Design by Kay
Design by Shirley
               Design by Jeanie
               I love the music note paper!
Design by Shirley
Heat embossing on velum. Such a cute trick!
Design by Kay
The silver glimmer paper looks so nice behind the ornament die cut.
So exciting! 😉
Thanks for a fun time gals! For more information about becoming a demonstrator and earning a discount on Stampin’ Up! products while joining in on our fun, contact me!

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Code Pink!

October … most commonly known as breast cancer awareness month is also a time for togetherness as the holiday season begins. For many, this time is shorter than expected, some are going through a tough time with recovery, some are celebrating survival and remission.

October is also a month of pumpkins and fall. Pink goes with fall, right? Well, Stampin’ Up! is donating proceeds of Paper Pumpkin to support breast cancer recovery for the month of October.

Saturday, October 10th is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin in support of breast cancer recovery. Don’t miss out! For current subscribers, money is donated as well. Cool beans!!

To subscribe for your own Paper Pumpkin monthly kit, go to www.paperpumpkin.com and choose me as your demonstrator.