Monday, November 1, 2010

Awesome Blog for Busy Cooks

I have discovered this wonderful blog called 5 Dinners 1 Hour. Here is the link if you would like to check it out.

Michelle, the owner and creator, posts recipes and such on the blog. In addition, you can order a 3 month subscription to her menu plans. I always have the dinner time ho-hums, and when everyone comes home and wants to know what's for dinner, I usually have a shrug, and "I don't know" look to accompany it. Now, with the help of the menu plan, I have a plan in advance. It provides a shopping list, assembly directions, cooking directions, etc with it. The idea is to make EVERYTHING up in advance, store in refrigerator, freezer, and Zip-Loc bags. On the day of the meal, pull the baggie out, put in a dish, pop it in the oven, and Voila! Dinner is ready. I've found that I need to alter some of the meats for my 12 y.o. picky eater (because, "aww know I don't like sauce on my food"), but easy enough to do, I keep his out of the sauce, and put the rest in. Unfortunately for me, I discovered the site, after already doing some grocery shopping, so I'm slowly but surely trying to get rid of my other food items, to make room for the new plan.

The school lunch planning, has also been a terrific time saver on busy school mornings. I make all my lunch sandwiches in advance, complete with baggy, and pop it in a plastic shoe box in the refrigerator. I also ration out the fruit into baggies and chips/snacks as well. What a time saver on busy mornings. Just grab your lunch sack, and place 1 from each shoebox in the bag. Quick and Easy Peasy!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Goodbye Stampin' Up!

It's taken me quite awhile to get to the place where I currently am in regard to my SU business. Business...ha! If 1 can call it that. Some, I suppose, really can call it a business, but to me it has ALWAYS been a hobby. A very expensive hobby. At first, I was doing workshops on a regular basis, and even classes in my basement on a monthly basis. A very dear friend of mine has continued to support me over the last 8 years of my 10 year jaunt with the company, and I am thankful for her. She and I have been the only ones supporting it though for about a year now. I've made many good friends over the last 10 years with other demonstrators. Many from the US and a couple from Canada. It is with great sadness though, that I've decided to give it up. I haven't had the stamping mojo in quite some time. I continue to purchase stamps and supplies, yet I haven't used them. Nothing says, I have to quit having classes. I can still do that, AND I can still learn new techniques. The only difference now is that I won't have a discount when I purchase my supplies. Maybe now, with no quarterly minimum hanging over my head, I can get back to stamping...just for the fun of it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stampin' Up!'s New Catalog

The 2010-11 Stampin' Up! New Catalog is here!!! New stamps, new colors, new product designs and so much more. Click on 1 of the links at the right to check out all the latest. Call me or email me with your order.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Current Stampin' Up! Specials

Sale-A-Bration 2010

Promotion Dates: January 5-March 31, 2010

Promotion Details
Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate!

Customers: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 purchase (before tax and shipping).

Hostesses: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $300 in workshop sales*, in addition to our regular hostess benefits.

*Note: This benefit only available on qualifying customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders. Online orders do not qualify.

Recruits: Choose any retail stamp set (valued up to $47.95) from the current catalogs when signing up during the promotion. Plus, get 15 percent off your Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+)!

Starter Kit Regular Price Sale-A-Bration Price (15% off)
Standard Starter Kit $199 $169
Digital+ Starter Kit $185 $157

The Stampin' Memories Add-On can be added to these kits, but will not be discounted.
  • All Sale-A-Bration products (except the Scallop Trim Border punch) are exclusive to this promotion and will never be offered again. The Scallop Trim Border punch will be available for sale in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog, but now is your chance to get it free!

Haitian Disaster Relief

On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, leaving in its wake devastation so overwhelming that the Haitian people and their leaders can only look for help from the outside to cope.

From now until February 28, 2010, $2 from every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you sell will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

Product Name Item # Price
I {Heart} Hearts – clear-mount (block D recommended) 118571 $18.95
I {Heart} Hearts – wood-mount 117010 $26.95


Build-A-Bear Workshop Coupon Special Offer

Dates: January 5-April 30, 2010

Promotion Details:
For every $20 spent on products from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Collection, receive a coupon (item 121105) for $5 off a $25 purchase at any Build-A-Bear Workshop store.

Things to Remember:

  • Receive one coupon for every $20 spent.
  • Eligible qualifying items are listed in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog (pages 38-40).
  • Coupon will automatically be added to the order once the qualifying purchase has been met and will ship with customers' order.
  • Coupon is printed in English only.
  • Coupon has no cash value.
  • Coupon includes
    • $5 off a $25 purchase (expires December 31, 2010).
    • Free 1,000 Bear Bills web code.
  • Unique codes for This is an award-winning Build-A-Bear Workshop virtual world where kids can go online and create a virtual character and play. In addition, when kids buy a bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop, they also get a virtual bear to play with on the site.

Coupon Restrictions:

  • Not valid on prior purchases, a Build-A-Party celebration, Bear Buck$ cards, in Build-A-Bear Workshop within Rainforest Café or in Build-A-Dino within T-REX Café. Not valid with any other offer.
  • Photocopied coupons are not valid.
  • Valid in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada only.
  • Limit one coupon per person, per visit.
  • Void where prohibited or restricted.
  • Where required, cash value is 1/100 of 1 cent.
  • Not valid at or


Country Living Cards à la Carte Stationery Kit

Customer Order Dates: January 5-April 30, 2010, or while supplies last

Promotion Details:

Stampin' Up! has partnered with Country Living magazine to bring you the Cards à la Carte stationery kit.

This exclusive kit (item 119113) includes the following products:

  • Dinner Party stamp set (set of 3)
  • Ballet Blue Classic Stampin' Spot
  • Preprinted stationery (24 sheets: 4 each of 6 designs)


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clear Mount Stamps Now Available

New Clear-Mount Rubber Stamps by Stampin' Up!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.

Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features

  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

Item Description Price

Block A (1-3/16" x 1-1/4")


Block B (1-5/8" x 1-15/16")


Block C (2" x 2-1/4")


Block D (2-7/8" x 2-11/16")


Block E (3-7/16" x 4-7/16")


Block F (4-7/8" x 6")


Block G (3/4" x 2-1/2")


Block H (1-5/8" x 4-7/16")


Block I (2-1/4" x 5-7/8")


Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)


Click here to view the Clear-Mount blocks in the Occasions Mini.