Monday, October 13, 2008

Calendar Class (home and away)

Isn't this a cute Calendar? I loved the kit and now that I've put it together like this, I LOVE IT!! Jason even thinks it is cute. Scary huh? Barbara Mullikin was kind enough to sell me her design and I tweaked it a little. (Very little!! You know me.) I put this together in an hour including Brenden's "help" and taking pictures. Come learn how to make your own on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 for just $15. Can't make it, no problem. Everyone gets electronic instructions and I can mail your kit to you for just $5. If you can come pick it up, you save the shipping fee. I must have orders for this by October 21st so that I can get the supplies in time. No adhesive is needed. Below are pictures of the inside and an open page where you will find room for important date and notes.

Hope to see you there!!

Karen :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Country Living Magazine

Want FREE Stampin' Up! stuff? Subscribe to Country Living Magazine and the package to the left. Coming November 1st, you will be able to purchase a Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit designed exclusively for Country Living Magazine. The December 2008 issue will have an eight-page spread on how you can use the kit. You will want both the kit and inspiration as to how to use it. I will be having a class on December 8th to assemble the kit. Cost will be $59.48 (the cost of the kit). Click here to subscribe to Country Living Magazine now for only $12...

Talk to you soon!!!!!

Karen :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fall Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stacks

Who: you

When: Monday, August 18th 6:30pm or Saturday, 23rd at 9am

Monday, September 15th at 6:30pm or Saturday, 20th at 9am

Monday, October 13th at 6:30pm or Saturday, 11th at 9am

Monday, November 17th at 6:30pm or Saturday, 22nd at 9am

Where: Mondays at my house and Saturdays at Baker Street

Why: Many of us want to make our own Christmas Cards each year but few of us do, right? Why? Because we wait until the last minute and then realize there is too little time to complete the task. So we settle for something generic that you can purchase at the store. Don't let it happen this year. Sign up for my Fall Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stacks and spread the task over several months. Your family and friends will be amazed at your creativity and resourcefulness when they open a beautifully made, heartfelt greeting from you.

How: We will make 20 cards each month, 10 each of two different designs. All the pieces will be pre-cut for you, ready for you to assemble with your own adhesive. If you participate in all 4 months, you will have a total of 80 beautifully made and embellished Christmas Cards, ready to mail out by the first of December! WOW! The cost is $25 per month -- only $20 per month if you place a minimum $25 order (product total) at the class session. What's more, if you sign up and participate in all 4 months (the 80 card plan), you will receive ABSOLUTELY FREE, 80 of Stampin' Ups! high quality Whisper White envelopes -- that's a $15 value! Envelopes will be received at the final session in November.

Now what: RSVP and pre-pay to reserve your spot and ensure I have enough supplies for everyone. RSVP in August by the 13th, September by the 5th, October by the 1st, and November by the 6th. Let's get stamping!!!

What if:
I want to make the cards but I can't make it on those dates. For $5 I will pre-stamp the pieces for you to assemble. If you are unable to pick up your package, I will ship it to you for an additional $5.

Karen Thompson


Friday, February 1, 2008

Wanna join my team and save some money?

There are so many reasons that you may want to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. You'll need to decide which one is right for you. As with me, your reason may also change over time. If you've ever thought about it, now is the time. Not only will you get your kit at 20% off (just $159) you also can pick any extra set you want in the catalog up to $47.95.
Reasons to join the Stampin' Up! team...

1. I just want stamps!! You get at least a 20% discount on everything you order.

2. I want to make some money!! Get from 20-40% instant income from all sales plus from 3-6% on your team sales.

3. I want inspiration!! Get access to the Stampin' Up! website full of ideas to copy and give you inspiration. You will also get a monthly magazine with tons of business ideas and techniques to try.

4. I want fun!! You will have many opportunities to attend Stampin' Up! events through out the year including convention in July. The value of friendships you meet in your hostess and customers is priceless plus the camaraderie of other demonstrators in the area and online.

Here is what you get in your kit...

- 5 Rubber Stamps (Heartfelt Thanks, Greetings Galore, Loads of Love, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, and Much Appreciated, OR 5 sets ofyour choice at the same or lower price)
- 1 Stampin’ Around® Wheel (Watercolor Joy OR wheel of your choice)
- 1 Stampin’ Around Self-Inking Handle (standard size)
- 1 Ink Cartridge (Pixie Pink OR color of your choice)
- 1 Stampin’ Pastels® (51 colors, 6 applicators, 1 eraser)
- 2 pkgs. Assorted Color Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11", Bold Brights OR color family of your choice)
- 1 Whisper White Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11" Whisper White OR Neutrals)
- 1 pkg. Blender Pens (contains three pens)
- 1 pkg. SNAIL Adhesive
- 1 paid Craft & Rubber Scissors
- 1 Stampin’ Scrub® (two-sided scrub)
- 1 Stampin’ Mist® (2oz bottle)
- 1 VersaMark Pad®
- 6 Classic Stampin’ Pads®(Basic Black, Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, Pixie Pink, and Brilliant Blue, OR 6 colors of your choice)

- 1 Linen Post Album w/ Page Protectors (6" x 6" Linen Post Brag Book Natural OR 6" x 6" brag
book of your choice, $19.95 or less)
- 1 Assorted Color Card Stock (12" x 12" Bold Brights OR color family of your choice)
- 1 Alphabet Stamp Set (Best Friends Upper OR alphabet set of your choice, $27.95 or less)
- 1 Simply Scrappin’® (Confetti OR Simply Scrappin’ kit of your choice)
- 1 Craft Stampin’ Pad® (Whisper White OR Craft Stampin’ Pad of your choice)
- 1 Stampin’ Write® Journaler (Basic Black OR Stampin’ Write journaler of your choice)
*Stampin’ Memories Add-On must be ordered in conjunction with the starter kit.

If you want to learn more or are ready to join my team, email me at

Happy Stamping!! Karen :)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Stamps in the Mail" Club

Join a stamping club and never leave your house!

Courtesy of Karen Thompson

Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator

Ever wish you could come to every class and event offered but don’t really have the time? Like to stamp and do several projects but just don’t have the time to create them? Wish you could just sit down and stamp? Now you can with “Stamps in the Mail.” This is a 3 month club where not only will you build your stamp and accessory collection, you will have everything pre-cut and ready to go (with detailed instructions and color samples). By the end of 3 months, your collection will grow and more importantly you’ll know how to use everything. Who could ask for anything more?

This round we will be focusing our class on the stamp set “True Friend” seen below.

Images shown at reduced size

©Stampin’ Up!

The first month you will get this stamp set (which by the way is die-cut for you so you don’t even have cut it out, just assemble) along with 2 markers (ruby red and chocolate chip) and 1 stamp pad (river rock). These will arrive to you directly from Stampin’ Up! via UPS. Directly from me you will get a packet containing pre-cut cardstock, ribbon, and hardware (whatever is needed to complete that month’s projects) with detailed instructions to complete each project. The next two months you will get accessories to build upon the first month with a new packet to create new projects. You pay $45 plus $5 shipping (if not local) for this class on the go.

The first order will be placed on February 15th. On the 1st of each following month, I will email you the supplies included in the next shipment. With each class, you have the opportunity to add to your order; all you pay is the difference. Since February and March are during SALE-A-BRATION, you might want to add enough to get yourself a FREE stamp set (or rub-on). For February this is $15.30 more plus s/h and tax. When you sign up for the class, I will reserve your spot with a credit card. When you receive the supplies for the next month on the 1st, you have several options. You may…

- Do nothing. Your order will be placed as is on the 15th and your credit card will be billed $45 plus $5 shipping if applicable (you can always pick up your packet from me if you are local).

- Substitute any items. If you already have something on the list, you may pick something else of equal or lesser value and your credit card will be billed $45 plus $5 shipping as long as you tell me before the 15th.

- Add to your order. You can add what ever you fancy. All you have to do is pay the difference. If you order is $150 or more you will also receive the hostess benefits. You can always get some friends together and put in a group order. Just be sure to tell me before the 15th.

Call or email me with your credit card number. You can be anywhere in the United States to play along.

*Be one of the first 5 people to enroll and get an extra project the first month!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

You NEED to get the new catalog!!!

Ok. As if the new catalog isn't cool enough, here is another incentive.

Get the new catalog and also get these fun things. The first is a coupon book where you can get FREE stuff every month of the catalog. And to get you started with what you want (ok, need), you'll also get a fun wish list that can also be used for a bookmark in your new book. Remember, for now, you'll get a $10 gift certificate good on your first purchase of $50 or more in addition to the two items above (when you purchase the catalog for $10). With Sale-a-bration starting next month, you have an added incentive to use your gift certificate!! (Who doesn't love FREE stamps?)

Call or email me for your personal copy. Don't want to pay for it, don't!! Host a free workshop and get it for free plus the two items pictured above.*

Karen :)

*Coupon book and wish list might have different colors.

So it's been a little while...

but I'm back. I've actually been stamping a lot but not posting too much. I usually get so frustrated on this thing so if anyone has any hints as to how to make this easier, PLEASE help. I love sharing what's new that I'm doing, I'm just no good at the technical part. Ok, back to stamping. As most of you know, Brenden loves stamping with me. Here are some pictures of him playing...

The card he is working on is for his babysitter and her mother and friend. He picked out the sets and colors himself. The card below is a card he made for his friends birthday. The robot is a set from an old catalog.

Last night, he requested that I make a card just for him. Since Valentine's day is coming up and I've been looking for something to do, this is what I made for him.

It is totally CASED from Christa Larsen (scs name: cardcrazychrista). I love the idea of using the frog from Unfroggetable for Valentine's day. He's so fun. In fact, we will actually be using him for a project at my stamp camp this Saturday.

You still have time to register for this class. It's only $20 for 3 projects and one card. If you can't make it but would like the pieces, you can also register. Add $5 if you need me to mail it to you. Want all the projects completed for you, add $5 more and I'll send you the completed projects. As a reminder, we'll be making a "Rules of Chocolate" dvd tin, a candy pouch, a decorated fruit cup, and a Valentine's day card (this one I'm still working on). Come play with me Saturday night from 5-9!!

Karen :)

P.S. Check out my Stampin' Up! website to see a picture of the dvd tin and check out my calender to learn more!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Why I love our markers...

Here is yet another reason why I love our markers. While working on my many cards, the red marker decided it didn't want to work anymore. It had run out of ink. Luckily I had a real red refill and that is all I needed. Here is my first tutorial as to how to refill our markers.

Here are the supplies you will need.

* your marker :)
* matching color of refill (I love the fact that you can purchase refills for our markers and ink pads. You'll never need to buy another one, but a refill.)
* tweezers
* paper towel to protect your surface

Start with the brush side of the marker.

Use your tweezers to remove the brush part of the marker.

Add your refill a drop at a time. You'll begin to see the color inside your marker as it fills up. If you're like me, you'll know when you have too much. It's ok. Just know that when you put the tip back in, it will spill over and leak out. Be ready for clean up so you don't stain your surface.

Replace the cap and wipe up an excess.

Stand the marker on its end with the writing side on the bottom. This will ensure that the ink gets distributed to both sides of the marker. I let it sit overnight but I'm sure you can use to again before that. Once you are done, but sure to always store your markers on their side so that the ink doesn't sit at one end or the other. That's all there is to it. Thank you to Brenden for helping me out and taking the pictures. He did a great job.

Happy Stamping!!

Karen :)

I've been busy!!!

Today is the monthly appreciation lunch at Brenden's school. This month the kindergarten parents were in charge of providing the food. I thought it would be fun to do a little more. I got it in my mind that I wanted to make thank you cards for all of them. There are about 60 teachers and staff in the whole school but they normally plan for 70. I misread and thought they planned for 80, so I made 80 thank you cards over the last week. I normally make pretty basic cards, but for some reason I decided to step up some of them. I don't know what I was thinking. I had 6 days to make all of these cards. Here are all the cards I made.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Great news on credit cards...

There is a formal Stampin' Up! seminar going on right now for our leaders. It was just announced that SU will be allowing demonstrators to take credit cards later this year with them picking up the cost. This is a huge win for all of us. No more asking for a check or cash when you use your debit card. I am sooo excited. Of course, it's only January so it probably won't happen until November with my luck. Oh well. The catalog dates have also changed to August 11th and mid-January. Big win also. Thanks and happy stamping!!!

Karen :)

I finally stamped

I finally pulled myself away from my computer and made myself stamp today. I wanted to use the holiday bundle that was on sale for valentines. I used whoopsie daisy over at splitcoaststampers as my inspiration. I changed the theme and stamp set but used her overall design. I don't have any valentines type candy yet so I stole from our holiday stash. I get my order today for my Valentine's Stamp Camp which means I will have my sample for the Rules of Chocolate later this weekend. The man in the brown truck doesn't stop by my house until after 7pm so I won't get a chance to work on it today. Happy stamping everyone!!

Karen :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

January Special

Stampin' Up! has a great Valentine's Day special. They have bundled some great items together to get you going on your Valentine's day projects. Check out my website to see all the details of this special. When you purchase a stamp set with a spool of real red ribbon and cellophane bags, you get a spool of rose red ribbon FREE. Here are some samples of what can be done with this group...Ok, I'm off to do some stamping. Have a great afternoon.

Karen :)

A new website

Hi friends. Stampin' Up! has updated our personal websites. I've spend some time personalizing it to me and adding lots of events also. One of my favorite features is the newsletter feature. Even if you are already on my mailing list, please go to my new site and click on "Request my newsletter" on the top right. This will add you to my mailing list for newsletters and I will be sure to send it to you monthly. Now that I'm finished playing with my computer, I'm going to do some stamping. Be sure to check back to see what I've been up to...

Karen :)

Calender of Events

Valentine's Stamp Camp-January 19th 12-4pm

At this stamp camp we will focus on Valentine's Day gifts. We will be making a Rules of Chocolate DVD tin and a covered fruit cup. There will also be other surprises and specials. Cost is $20. Please pre-register and pay before January 15th so that I may order and prepare.

Technique Class-January 26th 12-2pm

Welcome to my monthly technique class. Each month we will focus on two different techniques. This month will be faux stitching and marbles. The class fee is $10. $5 will be refunded with a $35 order the day of the class (before s/h and tax). See my creative projects page for an example of the finished project. The first time you come, you will be given a cover sheet to your technique book. At each class we will make a sample sheet and a matching full card. Come join the fun!! RSVP and prepay for this class by January 21st. Class is limited to 7 people so RSVP early.

Valentine's Stamp Camp-February 2nd 5-9pm

At this stamp camp we will focus on Valentine's Day gifts. We will be making a Rules of Chocolate DVD tin and a covered fruit cup. There will also be other surprises and specials. Cost is $20. Please pre-register and pay before January 29th so that I may order and prepare. This is a duplicate of my January 19th class.

Technique Class-February 23rd 12-2pm

Welcome to my monthly technique class. Each month we will focus on two different techniques. This month will be crayon resist and kissing. The class fee is $10. $5 will be refunded with a $35 order the day of the class (before s/h and tax). See my creative projects page for an example of the finished project. The first time you come, you will be given a cover sheet to your technique book. At each class we will make a sample sheet and a matching full card. Come join the fun!! RSVP and prepay for this class by February 19th. Class is limited to 7 people so RSVP early.

Dates to Remember-March 8th 12-4pm

This class is part of my new years resolution. I have a goal of sending more cards for birthdays and anniversaries. To do that, I've created a book with all my important dates and an address book attached. I don't know about you, but I can never find my address book when I need it. I wanted something that would hold my cards ready to send with stamps, envelopes and the addresses all in one place. This class is a work in progress and more info will come. Save the date. You will not want to miss this one!

Technique Class-March 29th 12-2-pm

Welcome to my monthly technique class. Each month we will focus on two different techniques. This month will be shattered glass and shaving cream. The class fee is $10. $5 will be refunded with a $35 order the day of the class (before s/h and tax). See my creative projects page for an example of the finished project. The first time you come, you will be given a cover sheet to your technique book. At each class we will make a sample sheet and a matching full card. Come join the fun!! RSVP and prepay for this class by March 25th. Class is limited to 7 people so RSVP early.

**No refunds will be issued but you will receive all the materials needed and instruction to complete the projects yourself or contact me to schedule a private class.**

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I'm Back...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I spent the holidays in Nebraska and even though I brought my computer along, I still didn't have access to the internet so I'm sorry to be so quiet. I have lots of share and will have projects up soon. First off is the new catalog.
Isn't it just beautiful. I love the colors. You have absolutely got to get a copy in your hot little hands as fast as you can. You can get yours absolutely FREE by hosting a workshop. January is a great month to have a workshop. When your workshop reaches $350, you get to pick any new stamp set featured in the preview brochure for free in addition to all the other benefits. Email me and I'll let you know which sets are in the brochure. If you want a catalog but now is not the time to have a workshop, you can purchase a catalog for $10. This includes any shipping plus you get a coupon book which will get you something FREE every month of the catalog with a purchase plus a $10 discount on your first $50 order (before s/h & tax). (How's that for a run on sentence!) Ok, I'm getting too tired for anything else tonight. I'll share more tomorrow.

Karen :)