26 January 2010


Sale-a-bration happens but once a year and it is when Stampin' Up! release 4 unique stamp sets, that won't be sold again, that can be earned for FREE! Sale-a-bration has already started and lasts until 31 March 2010.

There are 3 easy ways to earn FREE stamps:

1. Spend $120 on any Stampin' Up! product out of either the summer mini catalogue or the Idea Book and Catalogue and you will get to choose 1 FREE sale-a-bration stamp set! Of course if you spend $240 you get to choose 2 FREE stamp sets. There are no limits on free stamp sets.

2. Host a workshop of at least $700 and earn 1 FREE sale-a-bration stamp set. On top of getting the free stamp sets you will also receive a level 2 hostess set + $70 to go shopping with in either the summer mini catalogue or the Idea Book and Catalogue. What a deal!

3. Sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during the sale-a-bration time frame and you get to choose a free stamp set from the Idea Book and Catalogue (valued up to $93.95)

It is that simple to get a FREE stamp set!

Click here to see the brochure.

25 January 2010

Haitian Disaster Relief Effort

Help make a difference in the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January. From now until 28 February, 2010, Stampin' Up!® will set aside $2 from the sale of every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and donate it to the 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.

08 January 2010

The Mayonnaise Jar

I'm not big on forwarding emails, but every now & then, one comes along that's extra special.

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar & 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class & had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large & empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table & poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost & only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house & car. The sand is everything else - The small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time & energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.'

'So...Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house & fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first --The things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand & inquired what the coffee represented... The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

'Please share this with other "Golf Balls". I just did......

04 January 2010

Waterfall Album

My 93 year old Nana came to stay for Christmas and I thought I'd show you what I made for her. It is one of Delys Cram's Waterfall Albums. I filled it with favourite photos of my grandparents, many with me & my children in them. Needless to say, Nana was quite overcome with emotion when I gave it to her!
Stamps: Priceless
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Stampin' Write Journaler (Black), Rhinestone Brads, Hodgepodge Hardware (Large Brad), Round Tab Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretties Kit, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch