Saturday, October 6, 2012

You Asked for it, and Stampin' Up! listened....Single Stamps are here....

Now Offering


We're trying out something new! We're excited to offer you and your customers the chance to buy single pieces from these select stamp sets: Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings. The offer will be available now through January 2, 2013.


  • These stamps are available on any order type-customer or online. 
  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers. 
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • This offer is not available in Quebec.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!

Word Play - Single Stamps
Item Number
Block Size
I Do
Wish Big
In My Thoughts
You Mean the World
Worth the Wait
Remember When
Thanks a Million

Perfectly Penned - Single Stamps

Item Number
Block Size
Thank You
Get Well
Celebrate Today
Happy Birthday

Seasonal Sayings - Single Stamps

Item Number
Block Size

Thursday, October 4, 2012

No More Inky Fingers

Sponge Handles

Here is both a money saving and a finger saving tip for you.....

Take your sponges ( item#101610 $4.25 page 179) and cut them into six pieces as shown below:

Then take your tab punch and punch out cardstock in the same color as the ink you are going to dedicate the sponge to ( or simply use white cardstock and write the name on the tab) 
Then you will have a sponge dedicated to each color, that is easy to find.  

This will save you money as you will no longer be throwing out ruined sponges, or have multiple sponges for the same colored inks. And of course, the organization factor is a BIG plus for me....

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Twelve Weeks of Christmas- Week One

I know it is only the first week of October, but believe it or not, there are only 82 days till Christmas!

Yes, girls it is time to start planning, and making your cards and shopping for gifts to beat the rush.

Here is my submission for the first of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

From the outside it looks like a cute snowman card with a belly band.....but on the inside:

It is a gift card holder!

To make:

Crumb Cake cardstock 8.5" x 5.5" scored at 2.5" and5.5"
Using versamark ink and images from Snow Much Fun stamp set decorate the flap with the bird on the snowball, and the front with the tree image.
With Cherry Cobbler Ink and Curly Cute stamp set stamp the greeting
Using the ribbon punch and Cherry Cobbler cardstock punch a strip 5.5" long and attach to inside of front flap
With Cherry Cobbler cardstock 7" x 1" make a belly band. It needs to keep the card closed but still be able to slide off smoothly.
With Very Vanilla stamp the snowman image on the front and color - then punch out with the1.5" circle punch
Withe Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the scalloped circle punch, punch out one and then paper pierce holes in each scallop
Assemble your card!  A glue dot or bit of tap runner will hold your gift card in place.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Embossing Folder Problems

I have been hearing from some of my girls, that they have been having issues with their embossing folders.

I believe it is because no Big Shot is calibrated the same....some are tighter, some are looser.  I have two Big Shots and they are different as day and night. I personally have not ran into issues with tearing or bending, but I know that lots of other people have.

First off,  I ALWAYS recommend that you run the open end of the folder through the Big Shot First- it puts less stress on the fold, and hence less stress on the cardstock.

So, that being said, I have come up with two solutions for you.

I believe that the problems occur mainly with the Whisper White and the Very Vanilla cardstock.  This is due to the fact that these cardstocks are thinner than the rest.

The first solution, I have heard about, but not tried myself, is to lightly spritz your cardstock with water prior to running it through the folder.  The downfall with this one is you have to let it dry a few minutes/

The second solution is to take a piece of vellum and permanently attach it to the inside of the embossing folder that is giving you grief.  I have not tried, but have seen a video from another demonstrator.  This works!

Hope these tips help you out.  Let me know.  And if you have any tips to share, please email them to me so I can pass them on to others!

Monday, October 1, 2012



Shel Anderson- Independent Demonstrator
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·         Q: How long can we take advantage of the MDS 2 Trial?
A: This is an ongoing offer. We want all our demonstrators and customers to be able to try MDS 2.
·         Q: What digital content comes with the MDS 2 Trial?
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·         Q: What's the difference between MDS 2 and MDS 2+?
A: MDS 2 and MDS 2+ both include the exact same design software. MDS 2 is our newly upgraded My Digital Studio software that introduces over 75 new design tools. When you purchase MDS 2, you will receive our full digital design software and some functional content including a few punches, card stock, and photo layouts. MDS 2+ is our MDS 2 software plus over $500 US/$650 CAN of digital content.
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A: Yes.  You need access to the Internet both to place your order (on OEX for demonstrators, or as an online order for customers) and to download the program.
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A: No. When you order the MDS 2 Trial, you will receive the full version of MDS 2. The software will function exactly the same as if you had purchased the software--you can design, purchase downloads, and prints. The software in the MDS 2 Trial, MDS 2, and MDS 2+ is exactly the same. However, there is a difference in the amount of digital content included with each version of the software. The MDS 2 Trial includes almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital downloads you can use during the 30-day trial period. Those downloads are not included with MDS 2, but they are included (along with many more downloads!) with MDS 2+.
·         Q: How do I install the MDS 2 Trial software after I have ordered it?
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Join the Fun!

Come out and join the girls for a bit of fun and socializing!

Card making classes are held on Wednesday, Thursday, and two Saturday classes per month.  

Scrapbooking classes are held on Thursdays.

See the “Classes and Events” tab on my blog, or contact me for more information

Christmas Classes!

Each year, as Christmas approaches, I offer two options for Christmas cards. 

Option 1:  Card classes in September, October, and November where we make ten cards each class.  Attend one class or attend them all.

Option 2:  Saturday Stamp Camp in November, where we make 30 cards and lunch is provided.

Free Crop!

As a special thank you to those who attend any of my monthly card classes or scrapbooking classes, I host a Saturday Free Crop, once a month, from 10 am to 4 pm. 

 You bring all your own supplies and projects to work on while socializing.  No teaching is involved and no supplies or tools are provided- this is simply a fun social day with the girls.

We have a potluck lunch and everyone brings something to contribute.  Tea, coffee and water are available all day.

Workshops are still your best opportunity!

At the heart of Stampin’ Up! is our workshop experience.  If you have ever attended or hosted a workshop, you know it is different from other parties. 
#1 it is FUN!  Being with your family and friends for a night of laughs, muchies and cool ideas is always a good time! 
#2 it is INTERSTING!  There is nothing like seeing new ideas with Stampin’ Up! products.  Cards, Scrapbooking, gifts, home d├ęcor- there is something for EVERYONE! From the moment the ink hits the paper, guests are mesmerized at the simplicity of rubber stamping and the beauty of what they can do. 
#3 it is FREE and free is always good!  Yes you just can’t beat free products!  And you can earn as much as you’d like at your party. 
#4 HANDS ON EXPERIENCE- everyone gets to give it a try and make a beautiful project to take home with them.
#5- it is EASY.  You invite your family and friends, and you provide a few snacks and I do the rest- all workshops are held at my home, using my products and supplies, and afterward the mess is mine to clean up….what could be better than that? 
                                           Let’s plan your workshop today.

October Special Events!

Saturday, October 6th is World Card Making Day!  In celebration you are invited to come over and join me.  We will be making a FREE fall themed card.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.  And of course, lots and lots of samples.  Come join the fun from 11-2.

Saturday, Oct 27 is Learn How to Love Your Big Shot Class.  We will be starting at the beginning with basics for your Big Shot.  Then we will move on to learn fun tips and tricks, and finally I am going to wow you with a couple of things I bet you did not know.  Cost is  flat fee of $20.00 and please bring your Big Shot. 

Retired Items
Clearance Sale!

I have a number of retired stamp sets, both clear mount and wood mount for sale.  These are all 50% off the catalog price.

I have some non Stampin’ Up! items that I am clearing out as well including magazines,  punches etc.

Contact me if you would like to view what I have available.

October Specials! 

1.  Place an order over $75.00 during the month of October, prior to October 25th, and get your name put in a draw for a free Cherry Cobbler ink pad.  Draw will be made Oct 25 at 9 pm during Christmas Card Class.

2.  Place an order over $150.00 and get your choice of a FREE:
·        marker of your choice
·        dazzling details of your choice
·        Adhesive remover
·        Kraft gift boxes
·        Circle treat cups
·        Stampin sponges
·        Stampin spritzer
·        Designer sanding block

*Note that these specials cannot be combined with any other offer. 

Sketch Challenge! 

This Month's Tutorial- Faux Diamonds! 

Supplies Needed:

. Versa Mark ink
. Card Stock
. Stamping sponges
. Irridescent Ice embossing powder
. Heat Tool
. Optional: Powder Pal, Embossing Buddy
1. Begin by applying VersaMark® ink on card stock. We used the direct-to-paper technique for this Happy Birthday card, although you can also use stamping sponges to apply the ink (see Figure 1).


2. Sprinkle Iridescent Ice embossing powder all over the card stock (see Figure 2), shake the excess powder off (see Figure 3), and heat set (see Figure 4). Be careful not to overheat.

3. You're left with a glistening piece of card stock that you can use as background paper or a layer under your focal point. If you're going to adhere anything to card stock accented with this faux-diamond look, you'll need to use a strong adhesive; we suggest Sticky Strip or Glue Dots. This ensures that whatever accent you are using stays in place.

Idea to note: You can use this same faux-diamond technique to add a splash of sparkle to stamped images as well. For our birthday cake, we used the VersaMarker® on specific areas, then sprinkled the iridescent powder on those areas, shook the excess powder off, and heat set. This look dresses up any card, gift, or project.

Upcoming Classes and Events!

 Here is a list of classes and events.  Remember you must contact me to reserve a seat in all of my classes.

Card Making Classes: 

Oct 13 - 2 classes
Oct 17
Oct 18
Nov 14
Nov 15 
Nov 17- 2 classes
Dec 8 – 2 classes
D ec 12
Dec 13

Scrapbooking Classes:

Oct 4
Nov 1
Dec 6

Christmas Card Classes:

Oct 25
Nov 22

Christmas Stamp Camp

Nov 4

Specialty Classes:

Big Shot Oct 27
Mini Album Nov 24

Well girls, that is it for this month.  If anything else comes up, I will let you know!  Have a great month and see you  in class! 

Inky hugs, 


Shel Anderson phone: 204-232-7744 Email: