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Saturday, January 3, 2015


I am so very excited to invite you to the Stampin'Up! Sale-A-Bration Hostess Club!

This memo will outline the policies and guidelines for the club. Please let me know if you have any questions and get ready for some Stampin'Up! Fun!!!!

     Each member has committed to submit a minimum order of $50 in Stampin'Up! Catalog product (excluding shipping and tax) for the months of January, February and March, 2015.

     Each member will receive hostess benefits for the club during one of the months. Each club month I will provide members with a hostess code which you will enter into your club order online. You are always welcome to increase your hostess benefits when it is your turn as hostess by giving out that hostess code to family and friends who are interested in getting their own Stampin'Up! Products. You might also consider holding a Private Class if you are local or a catalog party if you are long distance and apply all those orders to your hostess month. Those benefits add up quickly when you bring others in on the fun!
     With a minimum order outline by your club you are guaranteed at least 10% of the club sales total in Hostess Rewards to use on Stampin'Up! merchandise! Plus additional SAB perks are also awarded, detailed in the SAB catalog.  Percentage increases as sales amount increases.
     Extra Benefits for being in MY Hand Stamped Style Hostess Club--available only through me, each member of one of my hostess clubs get the following benefits in ADDITION to the catalog benefits (for the months they order):
1.     Each club member automatically get a STAMPING class attendance for FREE!
2.     All members receive a discount code for all classes via email.
3.     If not able to attend the FREE class kit can be included in your order when picked
        up and online members or those who can't attend can get a FREE project kit if club         order is submitted on or before the 10th, then shipping is free!    
4.     Local club members get to attend MY EXCLUSIVE Hostess Club Appreciation Event,
        held annually. (Online members will get FUN projects and goodie bags sent to them
5.     Automatically get a stamp on your STAMPERS REWARD card for each club order.
     All orders are due no later than the 15th of the designated club month. Each member can submit their order in person if at class, EMAIL to me, or submit online through my online Stampin'Up! ordering site.
     If I have not received your order by the night of the 15th, don't panic. I will send you ONE reminder email, or give you a call. The club depends on each members sending in her order in a timely fashion. In order for the hostess to receive her benefits, ALL of the orders must be submitted together. Therefore, if I still haven't heard back from you within 48 hours, I will place the "Oops Order".
If interested in joining, please contact me either by email or text message and I will send you a copy of contract. or 865-740-2440

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nana's Stampin' World Birthday Club

Nana's Stampin' World Birthday Club
If you are a current customer of mine, or, if you do not have a Demonstrator and are looking for one, then I invite you to join my
Birthday Club!!!!
All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and e-mail me ( you Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail address and Birthday and I will add you to the Birthday Club List!  Then, on your Birthday month you'll get a hand stamped card from me with a coupon inside for 10% off one item from any current catalog and some added surprises!!!
Birthday orders aren't able to be accepted at Workshops, Club orders (can be applied over the minimum), Kits to Go, Stamp of the Month and can't be combined with any other discount/offering and will need to be redeemed by e-mailing me or calling me with your order!
Stampin Up Butterfly cards, Sooo pretty!

Stamp of the Month Club!

On the 3rd or each month I will announce a different Stampin'Up! Stamp Set for you to choose from either wood or clear (if available) mount. In addition, an optional coordinating product will be available as a bundle offer.

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January 2015 Stamp of the Month

           WORK OF ART

from the 2014 Annual Catalog

 No commitment! No obligations!
    You can join this club any time! You don't need to be local to join! If you don't like the stamp set chosen or already have it, no problem! You can substitute it out for another stamp set of equal value!!!

Be rewarded for consistency and participation!
    Participate in my Stamp of the Month Club 5 times and receive 50% off your 6th Stamp of the Month purchase (stamp only not a bundle)!
         Plus an additional incentive........
  Participate in 3 consecutive Stamp of the Month Club and receive a FREE GIFT from me!!!!

Completed Samples!
    You will receive three completed samples including envelopes for cards or one completed 12 x 12 two-page scrapbook layout (these will vary and be specified each month), using the Stamp of the Month Club set that you purchase.

I'm in! How do I join!
    Easy! If you are interested in joining just email me that you want to participate and I will give you the designated Hostess Code and simply place your order. If you do not have computer access call me at 865-740-2440 and I will place your order and deliver directly to you.

One more incentive!
     Invite a friend that I've never met to participate and once she/he makes a purchase, I'll reward you with some free product!!!!!


This is a great way to build up your supplies gradually. Soon you will have a great collection of Stampin'Up! Products!

  • FREE monthly stamping class featuring the latest and greatest from Stampin'Up!
  • Private instruction and guidance free with all projects
  • Take home wonderful projects to show off to your friends and family
  • Hostess Benefits (aka Free Stuff) on your hostess month or months
  • Relaxing and fun "getaway" with the ladies--meet new friends who share your passion and creativity
  • Free Stampin'Up! Catalogs and Mini Catalogs
  • Get more when you're in the club: Earn "Hot Tickets" to compete for a bonus Stampin'Up! Price on product each month

Join now and receive your first month product purchase at 20% discount!

You will purchase $15 per month in product or pay $15 to attend the stamp club workshop. Stamp Club will run 6 - 12 months and rotate locations. I will have the first Stamp Club meeting and workshop at my house on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:00pm. We will make three projects per month and I will supply the product for the projects. You will need to provide your own adhesive. I will have extra adhesive for beginners that have not worked with scrapbooking or cards. When you hold the club in your home you will also receive hostess benefits from the sales. So if you have 10 people who are members then you will receive the sales which will be at least $150 so you can receive $25 in free merchandise and if any purchases are over $15 then you will earn much more in free merchandise. I will occasionally send out an email letting you know what products we will be using so if you have product you may bring to help out with time. Call me at 865-740-2440 or email me at and let me know if you'd like to join!

The beginning of my club with also be during our Sale-a-bration so you can earn extra product for orders and for being the hostess.

You will be learning tons of techniques and tricks, plus collecting patterns and ideas for great stamping projects. If you ever can't make it to the club workshop, just call in your order to me by the date of our club workshop and I'll even send you the projects we made to work on at home!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WOW! It's only 3 Weeks to Thanksgiving!

It's so hard to believe that we are just around the corner from Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween was just last week and even before Halloween was over the stores were stocking decorations for Christmas and the infamous Christmas catalogs were arriving in the mail. My grandson, Aiden, has gone through the ToysrUs and marked everything in it except for the "girls" stuff. He has a birthday Friday and he'll be 5 and it seems like only yesterday I was holding him right after birth.

Had the greatest Halloween with family and co-workers.

You have a burgler (Kimberly), ZZ Top (Rich), ME, witch (Cathy), and Medea (Josh)!  Don't we look great!!!!  We had so much fun and everyone coming into the Assessor's office got a kick out of us.
Now, it's time to plan our Thanksgiving with family. I love Thanksgiving because I have all my family in one place for lunch and then we proceed to head out to shop for Black Friday. We used to get up at 2am to arrive at our first stop but now with hours changing we eat lunch and then head out before 4pm on Thanksgiving Day! We weather the cold and even sometimes rain but we come home with cars filled and our lists shorter.  We will gather in the living room either right before we eat or right after and take all the sales papers and map out our plan of action. Where we will stop first and where we will end up when it's all over. We usually don't return home until the next afternoon.
I'm also preparing for some Vendor Festivals coming up the next two Saturdays. Getting my cards and gifts ready along with getting my upcoming schedule filled. I'm also going to start some Stamp Clubs before Christmas and hope to carry them through the New Year! I'll be posting on my new upcoming plans. Stay in touch!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 HOLIDAY SUPPLEMENT--Exclusive, Christmas, themed products and projects

The beautiful 2014 Holiday Catalog has been a hit so far, but Stampin'Up! thought that it wasn't possible to have too much of a great thing! So this year they are giving you a little end-of-the-year boost by offering some additional Christmas-themed products in a small, printed publication--the 2014 Supplement!

The 2014 Supplement will go live on October 20, 2014---while supplies last!  New products introduced in the supplement are only available while supplies last.

     Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit is ideal for customers who want a fun Christmas d├ęcor or DIY Project. There are 26 stars in several sizes in the kit, which is too many to make in a single class, but perfect for demonstrating a few project options and coordinating products, including the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set (page 8). If you are planning a class, make sure to schedule early in the season because the products are only available while supplies last!

     The Twelve Days of Christmas is traditionally considered to be the festive Christmas season and depending on where you live-might be commemorated on the twelve days leading up to Christmas, or on the twelve days after. No matter how you and your customers want to use it, the 12 Days of Christmas Stamp Set combined with Project Life cards and pocket pages (page 10) are perfect for making a memory book commemorating the Christmas season. You can also use the set to demonstrate drop-off neighbor gifts for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

     The supplement provides a different kind of Project Life than you may have seen before. Instead of making a scrapbook after Christmas, your customers can use these products to capture the month of December as they live it!  You customers can take pictures each day and use Project Life cards and journaling pens to document it. By the end of the month, they can have a complete book for the month of December.

EXISTING CARDMAKING KITS     (page 11 and back cover)
     You'll notice that the Watercolor Winter Too (holiday catalog) and Everyday Occasions (annual catalog) cardmaking kits are included in the supplement. These kits are included in order to help you showcase additional products that can help meet your customer's card making and gift giving needs at Christmastime.  These products are also strategically placed to provide you an opportunity to bring the holiday and annual catalogues to your attention and showcase all that Stampin'Up! has to offer!