Helping Each Other Grow With Stampin’ Up!

Helping Me Grow

As I mentioned in my last post, I got together with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the Stampy Wackers and the 24/7 Stampers groups on Saturday to stamp and share ideas using some new products from our just released 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!

This card, made with the Helping Me Grow set, was water colored with Aqua Painters using some of the new 2016-2018 In Colors. Here is the color palette we used (notice that some subtle spotting has been added with a hint of the new Sweet Sugarplum!) Click on any color swatch to see coordinating products in that color:

Aren’t those colors beautiful together?

Speaking of “Helping Me Grow,” one of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the opportunity to be with a group of like-minded friends who help each other grow by encouraging creativity and sharing ideas in a fun and supportive environment.

SU! Girls Have Fun

Back row: Valory, Grace, Denise, Liz, Susan. Front row: Ann, Sharon.

Here are just a few of us Northern California demonstrators who attended the get-together in Vacaville yesterday, and after we made our 16 swap cards we shared business ideas over dinner.

June 2016 Swaps

There are some terrific incentives for signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and during the month of June you can even get two extra stamp sets in your kit for free – (click here if you would like to know more!)

Back to our Helping Me Grow swap card; here are the products we used to make it; click on any picture for more information or to order from the online store:

Have you seen the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog yet? If so, what is your favorite new thing – a stamp set, die cutters, punch or a new color? Let me know in the comments! I will be posting more new product swap cards soon.



Weekly Deals – Sept. 1st through Sept. 7th plus Holiday Catalog!

Yes, it’s Weekly Deals time, but before I get to that, it’s also finally time to order from the Holiday Catalog! All of those cards that I’ve been showing you from my Demonstrator’s swap day were made with new holiday sets and products from there, like this card that my friend Ann made with the Lighthearted Leaves set. I love the masking and sponging technique she used on this; isn’t it creative?

Ann's Swap

Here I am, with Ann in the middle and our other demonstrator friend Jo on the right. You can see all the busy women, stamping their hearts out behind us:


But before I forget, here are the Weekly Deals, on sale from Tuesday, September 1st through Monday, September 7th. Click on any picture for more information or to order!

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SU! Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

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24/7 Stampers Moana, Jo, Valory, Susan and Ann

Yesterday I spent a fun afternoon with my Stampin’ Up! demonstrators’ group where we did a “Shoebox Swap.” We each designed a card, and then put all the materials needed to make that card in a box so everyone at the gathering could make an example of each card to take home. You could be here with us next time if you decide to join our group as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Here are samples of all the cards we made today; can you see my “Spooky” card that I posted last weekend?

Vacaville Card Swap

Here is the first card that I made; I will be posting other swaps in the days to come, so keep watching!

Swap11All of the cards and projects we made used new sets and products from the Holiday catalog that runs from Sept. 1st through Jan. 4th. This card was made with the Howl-o-ween Treat set and the coordinating Boo to You framelits. All of the products used are listed here:

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Celebrating 5 Years With Stampin’ Up!

SU! 5 Years

I got this surprise in the mail yesterday; this month I am celebrating my five-year anniversary as a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! and it’s nice to be remembered and recognized!

Ann, Glad, Val

Ann Clemmer, Gladys Landon and me at a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators’ event in Vacaville, CA.

Actually, this is my second five years with the company, but the fact that I originally started in 1998 and left in 2003 was not due to any dissatisfaction with Stampin’ Up! I loved the company then as I do now, and I was running a very successful business. However, we had a family health crisis that required my complete attention for more than two years so I resigned at that time. When life settled down again, I was happy to rejoin SU! in 2010 and I am looking forward to the next five years and beyond!

Val&Friends24/7 Stampers – Karen Thomas (PA), Valory Degree (CA), Nellyne Heath (TX) and Lyn Biederstedt (ND) at the 25th Anniversary SU! Convention in Salt Lake City.

Sure, Stampin’ Up! is about great rubber stamps and images, ink, card stock and papercrafting tools, but it’s also about relationships. I value the friends I’ve made in my group, the 24/7 Stampers headed by Ann Clemmer, and also the fun women that I stamp with in my Hostess Stamping group as well as at my other stamping events.

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator yourself, talk to me. It’s a decision that I’m glad I made – twice!

The Best Time to Join Stampin’ Up!


With the beginning of the new catalog year, Stampin’ Up! has also announced a valuable incentive for those who sign up as demonstrators by June 30th! The New Demonstrator’s Kit is always a great value – your choice of $125 worth of products for only $99, with free shipping – but this month only, SU! is sweetening the deal by also including two extra stamp sets of your choice from the new catalog – absolutely free! Wow, I wish I could sign up again! Click on the picture of the new catalog on the right-hand sidebar to see what you could pick; if it was me, I would love any two of these new sets for free:

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To sign up, use this link:

Now here’s another perk that just started with the new catalog – if you host a party, you can now use your Hostess Benefits Dollars to apply toward your Starter Kit!

Questions first? Just use this link and then click on the “Contact Me” button at the top of the page, and I will get back to you as soon as possible to answer any questions you have.

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