Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sickness Update and a Funny Stampin' Up! Video

Here's a scene that I woke up to this morning:

It's the "nest" in my room where sick children sometimes sleep.  Dide went through a lot of tissues last night.

I am very grateful to Lynn, my friend and downline, for bringing my family dinner last night.  Also, one of my very best customers, Kim, brought us some chicken soup today.  Even though I still don't feel normal, I think I'm over the worst of it.

Here's a funny video from Stampin' Up!  If you subscribe to my blog via email, you'll have to go directly to my blog to view it.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One of My Leadership Swaps

Here's the card I designed for the Leadership Shoebox Swap hosted by Sherrie Robinson.  It was an incredible amount of fun! Can't wait to participate in another swap at Convention!!!

I think I've got the flu - sore throat, headache, fever, body aches and the chills - so I have to reschedule tonight and tomorrow's stamp club meetings and tomorrow night's downline meeting.  I'll be in touch directly with those members affected by my sudden illness.  It's no fun for Stampin' Mom of Four to be ill!!!

Stamps: Blooming with Kindness, Papillon Potpourri, Lovely Little Labels
Paper: Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Oval punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, 1/16" circle punch, Vintage Trinkets, Summer Starfruit Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 18, 2013

More Single Stamps!

Wow!  I've had so much to share the last few days from Leadership!  One group of items that really caught my attention was the new single stamps.  According to Stampin' Up! there was a great response last fall to their experiment with single stamps, so much so that they released ten more never-before-seen images available through March 31, 2013.  Take a peek:

I don't know why, but I LOVE the sunglasses!  Which one is your favorite?  Let me know what you think.

Another thing that caught my attention during Leadership was the class How to Get to Managers' Reception Next Year with Brian Pilling.  Although I hold the title Manager, I attended this event with my downline Lynn to hear the latest information and to get excited for next year's Leadership conference.  I hope that Lynn can attend with me!

Just a few more sleeps and we'll be in Sale-a-Bration mode!!!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

25th Anniversary "Best of" Stamp Sets

As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will be released - one set per month - during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Best of Birthdays stamp set is available now (item 132929) clear mount only.
All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, starting in February Stampin' Up! is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

Here's another tidbit from Leadership 2013: I attended the class called Successful Strategies to Empower Your Downline with Holly Linford and Lynsay Mahon.  Their presentation centered around climbing a mountain; you have to take smaller steps to get to the next base camp until you finally reach the summit.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some more info from Leadership : )

Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Introducing My Paper Pumpkin!

Your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (Stampin' Up! has color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.  Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

Please remember to select me (Susan Carlson) as your demonstrator when you join My Paper Pumpkin.

On another note, I'm trying to decompress and absorb all that I learned at the Leadership Convention.  One class that I attended was called Creating a Blueprint for Success presented by Brandi Barnard and Megan Daves. This class focused on how to have a profitable and successful business through the use of a business plan.  Off to plan some more. But first, I have to cook dinner for the kids -- we've having our first Taco Tuesday -- planned my my own Dide Carlson : )

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Highlights of Leadership 2013 Convention: Part 1 - Meet New People Find New Faces

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One of the new products that caught my attention at the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference was the new "man" kit called Dude, You're Welcome.  It's a kit made for the man in your life who needs to stamp some quick and easy cards, and still feel like a man.  Available for purchase on January 14th...THAT'S TOMORROW!!!

Here's a video to see the Dude, You're Welcome stamp kit in action:  (If you're reading this message via email, click on the title to go directly to my blog.)

One of the classes that I attended at the Stampin' Up! Leadership 2013 conference was called Meet New People Find New Faces hosted by Shannon West. She presented 10 proven ways to generate leads, build my customer base, and increase profitability.  I think this class will come in handy while searching for some dudes to purchase this new kit.

Happy Stamping!

RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour - Hearts a Flutter

Welcome to the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour.  This month our talented group will be sharing projects created with the Hearts a Flutter stamp set.

Here is my first card:

Here is my second one:

I used the Rock and Roll technique to ink one of the pennant stamps. I also used the new Soda Pop Tops and the Itty Bitties stamp set.
And here is my last sample:

Here is how I created one of the heart shapes using a different stamp shape:

I used this technique for the first and third cards.
The Hearts a Flutter stamp set is available in wood mount (129249) or clear mount (129252).
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Petite Pairs, Itty Bitties, That's the Ticket, Bloomin' Marvelous (You can earn this Sale-a-Bration stamp set with a $50 purchase between January 22-March 22nd)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper
Ink: Real Red, Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron
Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Postage punch, Corner Rounder punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Needlepoint Border embossing folder, Soda Pop Tops, 3/8" Lucky Limeade, Ruffled Ribbon, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Bitty Buttons, Linen Thread

I hope you enjoyed these creations.  Click the image below to go to Deb Currier's blog,  
Artfelt Impressions:

 Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 4, 2013

For You With Love

From January 3 through January 21, Stampin’ Up!’s got two super special valentine offers sure to set your heart aflutter!

1. Get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE—a $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN value—when you buy the brand-new My Little Valentine Stamp Set! This four-piece stamp set, created exclusively for this promotion, contains the perfect sentiments to express your feelings for your children, spouse, girlfriends, or mail carrier!
My Little Valentine Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Item Description Price
132242 My Little Valentine (English; clear-mount) $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
132245 Enamorados (Spanish; clear-mount) $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
132248 Mon petit amour (French; clear-mount) $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN

2. Purchase the Valentine Treat Bundle—complete with the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp and the cutest little treat bags ideal for all of your precious valentines. Even better, the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart stamp coordinates perfectly with our Full Heart Punch for fast and easy creating.*

Valentine Treat Bundle

Bundle Item Description Retail Value Special Bundle Price
132771 Valentine Treat Bundle Includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount) and 1" x 8" cellophane bags $7.45 US/$9.20 CAN $5.95 US/ $7.25 CAN
*Full Heart Punch not included in bundle

Both of these offers—and the exclusive stamps—are only available through January 21, so contact me today. Or shop now in my Online Store.

Happy Stamping!

Spring Mini Catalog is Ready!!!

Good Morning, all!  The Stampin' Up! Spring Mini catalog sales period has started.  Please contact me if you're interested in receiving one.  Better yet, contact me/visit my web site to make some really great purchases.

Below is a photo of the Artisan Embellishments Kit.  It contains really cute ribbon and lace, several different buttons, paper doilies, and more! This kit only is priced under $10, so it's a great deal.  I'm currently designing a class centered around this kit.  Stay tuned for details and dates of the class!

Both of my girls want one of these kits! 

Happy Stamping!