Opportunity of a Lifetime

demo-cardThe economy is a huge issue of concern right now and that is why I’m so grateful for Stampin’ Up!  At leadership conference the president of Stampin’ Up! Dale Filmore spoke about this very issues.  My up-line Amy Johnson sent out a wonderful summary of what he said and I wanted to share it with you.

While the current international economic climate is presenting challenges to most of us, recent research indicates  that it may also be providing opportunities for those of us in the craft industry.

During last week’s annual leadership conference, Dale mentioned a
New York Times’ article titled, “For Craft Sales,  the Recession Is a
Help.” The article reports that “craft stores, from giant chains . . . tosmall scrapbook supply  shops, are reporting that sales are higher compared with the last holiday season, and online marketplaces for handmade goods . . . are seeing a boom in listings and transactions.”

The article also notes that last year, 42 million households gave handmade gifts, according to the Craft & Hobby Association. This year, the group estimates that number will increase greatly.

In addition, a Columbus Dispatch article reports that consumers are reclaiming a simpler life, with more people  opting to do their own home improvement and decoration projects as well as investing in more stay-at-home projects  and entertainment.

Click here to read the full article

I really loved what they said and I completely agree with them.  Although times are tough I think we still feel the need to send a card for birthdays, weddings, babies and everything else.  We still need gifts for all those special occasions.  Birthdays and Holidays are not just going to go away because times are hard.  Instead we look for other ways to fill those needs.  I am happy that I can provide a way for my customers to make their own and save money.  We also have the added value of creating something with our hands and from our hearts.

If you have ever considered starting your own business.  This is the perfect time and the perfect company.  For anyone how enjoys crafting, creating and sharing with others Stampin’ Up! can help you.  There new motto: inspire.create.share. I think says it all.  I’d love to talk to you more about this great opportunity just contact me at andersoncandice@hotmail.com.  You can also watch a great video on my Stampin’ Up! site.  Click here to see it.  If you are ready to get started you can sign up right away just click on the link and use my first name for the pass word.

starter-kitStampin’ Up! has made it even easier to join right now.  During Sale-A-Brations they are offering 15% off the starter kit.  As a bonus for signing up during sale-a-brations you will also receive your choice of any stamp set for FREE ($47.95 or less).  That’s $335.00 worth of product for only $169.00

And to make the deal even sweeter I will give also give you a FREE stamp set of your choice ($47.95 or less.)  Be one of the first 3 to join my group and you will also receive a FREE package of designer series paper.  If you want to know why you should join my group click here for 5 great reasons.  Contact me today to learn more about this fabulous opportunity andersoncandice@hotmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

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Stampin’ Sunday 2-1-09

Last weekend we had a fun day of Stamping at Janice’s down-line meeting.  Here are the rest of the fun projects that we got to make.

This is a fun pillow box.  I know you can’t see it but we used the new textured plates on it and it looks really cool.  The flower is the new Simple Flower embosslit die .  I love that it embosses it and cuts it out with just one quick turn through the big shot.   We used a half pearl from the pretties kit for the center.  The tag is made by stamping in VersaMark pad and embossing with white embossing powder.  I love that we got to use the new organza ribbon.  I think it is so pretty.

life-pillowboxWe used:
#114512 Textured Plates $11.95
#114514 Simple Flower Embosslit Die $11.95
#113466 Pillow Box Die $19.95
#107590 Designer Label Punch $15.95
#109132 White Emboss Powder $4.75
#114319 Whisper White Organza Ribbon $5.95
#109114 Pretties Kit $29.95
#102283 VersaMark Pad $7.50
#113618 A Beautiful Thing $20.95

Colors- Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip,  So Saffron

I love this card.  We used the baby wipe and re-inkers technique for the flowers in the background.  If you’d like to learn how to do this technique contact me to schedule a workshop and I can show it to you and your guests andersoncandice@hotmail.com.  The center is one of the fun new flower designer brads.

note-of-thanksWe used:
#113469 Scallop Circle #2 Die $19.95
#112583 Flower Designer Brads $6.95
#111364 So Saffron 7/8″ Poly-Twill Ribbon $8.95
#113417 Petal Pizzazz $32.95
#111700 Thank You Kindly $13.95

Colors- So Saffron, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss

rasberry-tart-box-cardsThe other project we made was the box I showed on Thrifty Thursday.  Click here to see it.


good-friend-cardsSince most of the girls didn’t get to go to leadership they also got the chance to make that fun project.  Click here to see it.


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Swapping Saturday 1-31-09

This was a 6×6 page swap that I did for convention last year.  I really loved how it turned out.  I think the same basic layout could be used on a 12 x 12 page.  I will have to give it a try.  The Flower in the corner is just the large flower cut out and then folded back and under.  I saw it somewhere and thought it looked really cool.

wonderful-friendsI used:
114954 Doodle This $33.95
115114 Wonderful Favorites $40.95
115096 Ticker Tape Alphabet $42.95
109067 Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon $6.95
104336 Sliver Brad $6.95
Colors- Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette

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Freewheeling Friday 1-30-09

I love to make gifts when ever I have a chance.  I also love to make the package for them.  I usually keep the supplies on hand so I can make one really fast.  I’ve used them a lot for Weddings, Showers and Baby Gifts. 

gift-boxThis is a sample of the box I made to put the gift in.  I love the wheels because it is so fast to decorate the box and they look really cute.  I used.  109688 Whimsy Jumbo Wheel $8.50 for this box.  Then I just used a piece of paper from the Simply Scrapin’ Kit that I created the gift with.  You could use any Simply Scrapin’ Kit or DSP.  The one pictured here is an old one that is retired now.

The box is so easy to make.  Just decide on your size and depth then score the sides to fit.  Cut in on the score on just one side all the way around then fold and attach with mini glue dots or sticky strip.  I always make the top box 1/16 bigger so they slide together nicely.  Then the box is just finished with a belly band that slides off  to open the gift.

family-ssk-boardThis is the gift that I made to put in the box.  It is using the same Simply Scrapin’  Kit.  I’ve just cut it to fit on one of our on board book basics Large#110713 $7.95 for 4.  I love this gift because it is so easy to create and you can change it for about any occasion.  The picture part is sized perfectly for a 4×6 photo.  Then you just put it on a plate rack holder and it’s a darling picture frame with lots of character.

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Important Posts

I thought it would be nice to have a list of important posts right at the top so you you can find them when you need them quickly.  Click on any of the links below to go directly to that post

nf-grand-prizeHostess Drawing
There are still a few dates available.  Contact me today. 


retired-stamps-for-saleRetired Stamp Sets for Sale
Updated 2-1-09
Pictures Added 2-1-09 


sale-a-bration-frontsu2009ssc-smallSale-A-Bration Brochure & Free Catalog
Starts today 2-1-09
Make sure you have your chance to get all these great products for free.


demo-cardStampin’ Up! Opportunity
If you are looking for something fun to do and earn money to be sure to check out the great deals for joining my team, going on through sale-a-bration.