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Thursday, October 25, 2012


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 is a GREAT day to be a Stampin' Up! Customer!!!!!

On Monday - almost every stamp set in both of the current catalogs (regular and holiday!)  is 15% off. For 24 hours ONLY, you can order as many stamps from the catalogs as you want - that is,  all stamps in the current catalogs (background stamp, personalized name stamps, cookie press stamps and the new SINGLE STAMPS - flyer coming soon!)  *EXCEPT* for: Hostess sets, Bundled stamp sets or Digital Stamp Brush Sets (only these three types are not on sale!).

There is NO MINIMUM order and NO LIMIT to the number you may order!

The only limit is - All orders must be placed online ON MONDAY or with me by MONDAY October 29 - orders sent to me must be paid for at that time - those may be sent and paid for beginning, oh, NOW! Online orders must be placed through my website (linked below) on Monday to get the 15% discount!

Would you like free goodies on top of this? Call your friends and neighbors and invite them to order with you - collect $150 in orders (retail value) and get that turned in by Monday with payment - not only will you get that lovely 15% off but you will get free hostess goodies as well! Email me if any questions!

Let the fun begin!

*Ü* Nanc ><>

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ah, Saturday, Saturday.....

I love Saturdays - especially after school has begun... the ONE day a week I don't have to get up to an alarm clock blinking my lights, buzzing obnoxiously while shaking my bed at 1 second intervals (in time with the obnoxious buzzing and light blinking)... {Note - I am hearing impaired, remember - and if not for that specially adapted alarm, this girl would NOT be waking up in the morning until I got good and ready!}

Let's see - on my agenda today - cousins coming out to the country so Jenn and Kari's girls can play some (and one boy, too, but baby Eli is a bit to young to hang with the girls just yet)... then they are taking Mamaw (my mom, who lives with us) to lunch. After that I hope to finish a project involving an oil drip pan and vinyl along with a few magnets, and make a changing table pad for one of our classrooms at school - and at some point make Katie's birthday card (my baby will be 25 on Monday - she was just a baby yesterday, I'll swear!) and wrap her presents. I don't think she reads my blog, but just in case - not telling!

What do you have planned?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back to “Spool” Sale

While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin' Up! is going back to 'spool'! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!

Choose from the following ribbons:


Item                           Description                                            Retail Value

126848         Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon      $ 8.95

126847        Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon       $ 8.95

126844        Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon     $ 8.95

126845       Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon  $ 8.95

126846       Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon  $ 8.95

So.... you can spend $40 and get one spool free.... spend $80 and get two...

or - delight yourself (and me;) and order $200 worth of retail merchandise and get all five FREE in addition to the wonderful hostess benefits you get for $200 in orders, that is, an extra $30 to spend on hostess items, new items from the Holiday Catalog, or anything in the big catalog!

So... spend $200 and get 8.95 times 5, carry the two.... um... just a second - [grabbing my calculator...]$44.75 plus 30 - I can do that in my head ;) - $74.75 extra in merchandise with your $200 order!

Call or email me now to take advantage of this awesome Back to Spool sale!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hello :) Today is August 1 (ok, really, it is now the 2nd because I just looked at the clock and saw that it's almost 1:00!!!!

I have some news for you, and I'm so excited about ALL THREE things!!!!

1. The new MINI CATALOG is here, and oh, boy - it is NOT mini!!!!!!

There are SO many cool things I hardly know where to start - but here goes - FRAMELITS - framelits matching MANY stamp sets, OH MY!!!!! A HUGE variety of stamps - and did I say there are framelits to match a whole bunch of stuff? Let's see - BUNDLES - save money by bundling! There is a list of the bundles, but boy, I am going to be one bundling maniac!!!!!
Just check it out if you don't have a print copy - and if you need one of those, let me know :)

Get 31% off 31 digital content options and most of Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio print products for all 31 days in August! Feed your My Digital Studio addiction. Not into it yet? With digital goods on sale and a new software that you can try for FREE with the 30-day trial, August is the time to see what it's all about!

What's on sale?
ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.
AND Some of our best digital content.  30 downloads and 1 content disc. Yup, that equals 31. 

ALSO - MDS2 and MDS2+ are here! Download from my link below - if you have MDS and have been buying downloads along the way, you probably want the MDS 2 (without the plus). If you are thinking "downloads? WHAT downloads????" then MDS2+ will include tons of great downloads to play with in MDS 2 - LOTS of new features to play with! (MDS 2 cannot be ordered with the hostess club order - it must be ordered through my webstore). 

Click to SHOP ONLINE (or go to my SU website:> SHOP NOW)
  • Treat yourself by signing up with me as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! For just $99, choose up to $125 worth of brand-new products from the annual or holiday catalogs, for your completely customizable Starter Kit! Do it in AUGUST and you will get a FREE Howl-o-ween project kit valued up to $60! (and if you don't 'do' Halloween, you can use the painter's tray for a LOT of other projects - - - PRINTABLES for it in the new MDS2, I am told (I don't have mine yet - it's been a busy day!)
The Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray includes everything you see below*:

 *Project kit does not include ink

In addition to that (as if it wasn't enough :) - when you join SU as a demonstrator on my team, you get instant access to:
Sneak peeks of new products - and the chance to preorder them
Access to a stamping community of over 30,000 creative members (online)
Stampin' Success magazine - great ideas and samples every month!!
Opportunity to grow your business at your own rate while making commission of 20% on all orders, including your own (except specific business-type supplies.... if you buy a stamp set out of the catalog, you get 20% off) PLUS the chance to earn Great Rewards points AND Volume Rebates!

Go HERE to learn more about how, or email me! I'd love for you to join my team!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

(NOT SO) Final Blog Hop of the VC-Rocks 2012 Season

Our final blog hop this year is upon us! But wait! There's MORE - we have another in August, lol - whew! I thought this was the last one but our Maven of Blog-hopping, Loni (last stop on the hop) just let me know that we have another one in August, so watch for that next month!!!!!!Stampin’ Up! Convention is ON and that marks the approach of our final fun and festivities! August will be here before we know it!

You probably arrived here from:

Creative Designs by Jackie ~
This blog hop is about Non-Card items. When I signed up, I was thinking, “Nanc, what ARE you thinking??? What do you do that isn’t a card?!!?” Well, I must have thought it (or would that be thunk it ;) aloud, because I was informed that I made lots of non-card things (albeit, not all Stampin’ Up! type things)...

Here is one of those things, from the annals of Nanc!
Click on the pictures for a bigger look ;)

Fern pot for mother's day
Now this was done several years ago – it was a Mother’s Day gift for my mom (wonder what happened to that when we moved her out here with us?). I purchased the pot at a local store, and stamped it using a SU flower stamp and acrylic paint. After it dried completely, I sealed the stamped part with a spray sealer – easy-peasy.

A similar craft would be the tiles I have made a kajillion or two of.


These are a few of my favorite. Even though “Long-stemmed” is long retired. I loved these so much that after giving away or selling that set, I bought myself a new set of it off some online auction purchasing site so I could make some more of them! These were stamped with Stazon inks (the only one we now sell is the Jet Black and the White, but we previously had colors, and I still have them, use them and have added to them Smile).

Addendum: I've been asked my process, and since these are still gorgeous after NINE years of use, as I made them my first year as a demo, here it is!
1. Wipe tile dust off with clean shop towel (or any kind of towel you have hanging around).
2. Stamp your stamp choices on a 4x4 square to get your layout in mind, then, using Stazon Jet Black ink, stamp your tiles with your design. (Note - the Christmas trees above were stamped in a Stazon green - forest, I believe, and the leaf/square were stamped in Olive Stazon and an medium brown).
3. Color your designs. Mine are colored using an old, gnarly set of blender pens (that are no longer good for ANYTHING else!). I squish the clear cover in the Stazon pads or the lids in Brilliance ink pads to get a little puddle of ink in the lid/cover. Then I pick up the ink with the blender pen (they are each marked by color - red, orange, yellow/white, blue, green, purple) and sparingly add color where I want it.
4. Stamp your sentiment - I always do this last for some reason, but you can do it sooner if you like. It is your tile, and I am NOT the Stampin police ;).
5. THEN, I bake them in a 350* oven for 30 minutes, and place in a child free zone to cool when done.
6. When completely cool, I mask the non-stamped areas and lightly spray my stamping with a Matte Sealer from that craft store that closes on Sunday (which I love - both the goods and the ethics they have!).
7. Finish it off by adhering a 4x4 ish (mine are about 3 3/4 or so square) piece of cork on the bottom. That same store has them pre-cut or you can buy a roll of cork (more cost effective) and cut them with your tabletop cutter  (no lie!).
8. When selling in craft fairs I stack four together and tie with rough twine and use the tag punch to cut out the price and tie in with the twine. I cross the twine on the bottom and tie a knot in it on the top so folks can pick it up by that knot.
If that isn't clearer than mud, you know where to find me - comment or email me your question :)
(The only set of tiles I've ever done this way that faded were given to the mother of a stamper after she made them in class, and the mother left them out on the patio in high summer, high in the mountains of Colorado... mine have been kept in sunny places with no discernible fading, but just be warned. If you keep them outside, cover them or turn them over, or the ink may bleach out :).


A more contemporary product that I am so glad I made for a friend was this envelope album. It took very little time to make – in fact, it took longer to get her wedding pictures than it did to make and embellish this with a Simply Scrappin’ kit.
This is viewed from over the top, lol – so it’s kind of upside down…. but you get the gist of it! This is a really fun project! (The instructions are way too lengthy to put here, so if you want them, request it, and that will be a follow-up blog post :).

My very most favorite non-card thing to make, though, is….

can you guess….?

If you know me, you know that my favorite thing to craft is…


Like this:
Scrapbook page June class 2012

and this:
popsicle layout

and sketches like this one, which is perfect for (dare I say it) the First Day of school!:

First day owl in freehand tree

Sorry for saying the “s” word… you know…. (escuela). Anyway, the tree was handcut by me and stamped with the woodgrain stamp. Of course, now I would emboss it with the new woodgrain folder that we are getting on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog...just sayin'

For more great non-card projects, please head on over to:

And for the complete list, just in case you started somewhere other than the beginning (a very good place to start):
StartVC Rocks (Michelle McCarthy)
1   Technostamper
2   The Love of Stamping
3   June's Creations
4   Stamp With Jane
5   Krafting with Karen
6   Pedstamper's Stamping Tree House
7   Life with a Wiener Dog
8   My Little Patch of Dirt
9   Something To Scrap About
10  Elizabeth's Stamp Room
11   Artful Imagination
12   Stamper Shirley
13   Brenda's Stamping Corner
14   Creative Designs by Jackie
>>>>>YOU ARE HERE: 15  Scrapbook Kits and more
>>>>>>>NEXT STOP: 
17   Loni's Life

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed my non-card trip down memory lane!

Friday, June 15, 2012

VC~ROCKS! Blog Hop #2, 2012…

Welcome to the second installment of the 2012 VC~Rocks blog hopping!
This weekend I have some cards for your viewing pleasure that were recently made with my stampers. These cards were cased or inspired by other stampers unless otherwise noted. If I know where I saw it, I share… otherwise, I have to beg forgiveness because I have no idea exactly where I saw these ideas on the web. (If you do, please share :).
First up:
This “Thank you” or “Congratulations” card was so easy to make! I used two different Sizzix (by SU) embossing folders: Elegant Lines (119277) and Square Lattice (119976) to emboss the Not Quite Navy Square and the Very Vanilla strip that is under the Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon. I stamped the “Home is wherever I’m with you” (Forever with You stamp set – 126727 Clear) design (hidden by the For You piece ) and hand cut it out. The designer paper is from the COMFORT CAFÉ (126898) and is cut at 5.25X4. The card base is a piece of 8.5x5.5 Midnight Muse, one of the brand new In-Colors! Midnight Muse and Not Quite Navy  (aka NQN) coordinate *well* together!!! The Very Vanilla piece is @ 1.5x4, the NQN square is @ 2.75x2.75. Also on the card front are another stamped piece, using the Midnight Muse new-style ink pad (as was the Home is stamp). We then cut it out by placing the Apothecary Accents Framelit (127003) on top of the stamped cardstock (cutting side down) on a piece of magnet sheet to hold it in place, and ran it through my Big Shot. Very easy to place that correctly doing it that way. The final piece here is a brad from the Antique Brads (117273).
CUTTING TIP – Cut the straight lines at the corners first – from outside into the joint where the curve starts. Then, turning the cardstock into the scissors, cut the curve from point to point. Take it from this former school Art teacher, turn the cardstock or paper into your scissors to cut… don’t move the scissors around the paper – you’ll just cut better and more easily!
My second card is an older one that I just love Smile
I used Crumb Cake cardstock, Not Quite Navy cardstock  punched with the scallop edge punch, and retired brown stripe wide grosgrain (loved that stuff!). We made this card sometime back, but I think I never shared it!
We also used the Four Frames (123442 Clear) stamp set and Soft Suede ink (I stamped and then punched with the Decorative Label – 120907 – punch). If you look closely you can see that the pearl appears to be colored – I used my NQN marker and colored the pearl (page 175 in the new catalog), and allowed it to dry a bit. Then I used a tissue to buff it a bit, but it still retains the NQN essence stain on it – love the look!. Finally, I also used retired DSP (but it wasn’t retired when I used it, honest!). I used Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to raise up the label piece.
My final card is one based on a sketch I’ve seen several times, using colors that caught my attention when I saw a similar card online – I changed it very slightly.
This card was made at my May “So long, farewell” meeting…. I’m so sad to see these go – again with the wide striped grosgrain (sniffle) which in this case I cut in half lengthwise and allowed to fray a bit. Then – oh this is SO simple – I stamped the spiral from Trendy Trees (retired) in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight, punched them with my 1 1/4 square punch and placed them on a strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Mounted all of it on Daffodil Delight cardstock cut 4.25x11 and called it macaroni… er DONE!
(The cards are photographed on a flower arranging frog – my elder daughter, Kari, found this one in an antique shop and bought it for me – isn’t it cool??!?!?!)

Thanks for stopping by and looking! Come back soon!

Next stop: InkedX2

24   Ok, it must be pirates conspiring with the monkeys since this post is missing
25    And this one too
Cheekies Inkpad (This blogger was ill.  While I'd like to blame it on the monkeys and pirates, I think it must have been the punch from the laundry room)

Mark your calendars for our summertime hops
   June 16-17 for any size card projects. 
    July 21-22 Hostess Gifts and  Non-card projects 
    August 18-19 Punch Art, Big Shot,  and Simply Scored projects

Friday, May 18, 2012

VCRocks–First blog hop of the season! Have a heart!!!

Welcome to our first blog hop this year!


Here is my offering for this hop:

Just like one can’t eat ONE of a certain brand of potato chip, I can’t share only one scrapbook page with a heart in it!

First – this is Emma, born 1-3-2011 – my second granddaughter… and Em being held by her mom, me, my husband, and my other daughter…


Here is Emma again – back in the fall of 2011 – I did this page and the one of Em’s older sister Ava (my 1st grand) below back in February using the Heart Framelits (love those things!). The sentiment was printed from MDS in Soft Suede to match the background….

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And here, we have Ava – and my messy desk because, honestly – this is how I roll – I’m a messy crafter and proud of it, lol!

To continue on in this blog hop, hop on to stop 20 Scrappin' For Sanity …. and in case you missed anyone, or run into a broken link, here is the whole list for this hop! Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving a comment!

00 VCRocks Home

01 Mimi To Jett        

02 Creative Designs by Jackie  

03 Brenda's Stamping Corner    

04 Must love stampin   

05 Krafting With Karen 

06 Thoughts of a Grasshopper   

07 The Love of Stamping  

08 My Little Patch of Dirt     

09 Robin's Craft Room  

10 Artful Imagination  



11 Stampin at Dawn     

12 Technostamper       

13 Stamping with Janice  

14 Love 2 Stamp        

15 Life with a Wiener Dog      

16 Elizabeth's Stamp Room      

17 Stampin Ldyglfr62   

18 Stamp With Jane     

19 Scrapbooking Kits and More  

20 Scrappin' For Sanity  



21 Something To Scrap About     

22 inkedx2             

23 ChaosInHeels        

24 A Touch of SOL      

25 InkingTheNightAway  

26 My Stamp Vault      

27 Sew Much Fun with Cindy     

28 All Hands and Heart 

29 Loni's Life          

Monday, April 23, 2012

That's right - no matter how big or small, pick any one of 31's purses when you first spend $31!

The new Summer Catalog comes out in May - I have advance copies if you want a sneak peek.... but in the meantime, there are some things that won't be in the new catalog.... so if you absolutely have to have it - ORDER NOW!

Hugs - and thanks for looking!!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Going, going.... GONE!

Stampin' Up! has revamped the catalog schedule meaning that the retiring stamp list is now available. Please check out the list - you may email me to place an order or go HERE to place an order!

Get them while they last because some of these items will be gone before you know it!

Go HERE to see the list and HERE to place an order!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


FREE - one of my favorite words!!!! But for 30 days, you can try Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio Software for free!!!!!!!!

My Digital Studio is an intuitive digital design software featuring Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive artwork. Be your own digital designer and create an array of photobooks, cards,calendars, slideshows, and more—which you can then print using Stampin’ Up!’s print services, or save to DVD, e-mail, or upload to the Internet.

Just CLICK HERE, then click on the MDS EXPRESS icon on the right and download your free trial today!

Here is what you get:
  • Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
  • Exclusive artwork.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional downloads
  • Access to our professional print services.
Once your trial period expires, simply contact me at to purchase the digital or disc version of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio.

Stampin' Up! regularly adds new downloads for MDS. You can sign up for reminders when they do. Buying those is like buying stamp sets - buy one, buy two or buy them all - - - it's totally up to you, and the prices are great! Plus, I am My Digital Studio certified, so I can help you with your questions and direct you to some great resources!

Want to know what is in My Digital Studio Express? Click HERE.

Want to be able to sell Stampin' Up! goodies like MDS with an experienced upline? Email me to sign up, or simply go here to find out more and sign up. New demonstrators joining during Sale-a-bration have the chance to get FREE designer paper or MDS downloads EVERY MONTH for the rest of the year. Just ask me how!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A word for the New Year...

Did you miss me? I hope so!!! I missed you - last year got so crazy in the second half, with lots of hospital visits by our youngest... hopefully we are now on the right track with her to stay in good health for her final semester of undergraduate college studies (before she heads for law school).

One of the blogs I read faithfully is called "The Generous Wife"... I have linked to this, because today's post really hit a spot with me.

In her post today, on January 3 (my grandbaby Emma's first birthday, by the way), she mentions a project for choosing One Word instead of a resolution (or a bunch of them) that you won't keep anyway.

As part of accountability... I wanted to share my one word with you, friends, because it is important.....

my one word is....


Yeah.... beauty. I don't mean well made-up, fancily dressed slenderly elegant ladies... I mean ReAL beauty - the kind that God instilled in us when He created us in His image.

I prayed after I read her post this morning that God would lead me to THE word.... and He faithfully did so! I was feeling a bit down this morning for a couple of reasons, and I got in my car with my favorite radio station turned UP ( - you can listen on the web - noncommercial Contemporary Christian music - check it out!!!) and the first song that came on was "Beautiful" by Mercy Me.

Written with their daughters in mind, and how the world tries to push surface, artificial standards of beauty on us, this song has a deeper message - God sees such beauty in me (and you!) that He sent His Son to die for me (and you!). We have a fight with our spouse or a friend, we get criticized at work or school, and we feel like it's all over, but God says, "You are beautiful".

I want to see that kind of beauty in others. I want to proactively look for it, even in those who drive me the craziest.

Beauty - that's my word for the year (and hopefully thereafter) and that's my prayer.

How about you? Got a word for this year that you want to make your own instead of the usual "eat right, get more sleep, exercise more" futility?

Let me know YOUR word.... and in the meantime, don't forget - you are beautiful!



Days will come when you don't have the strength,
When all you hear is "you're not worth anything"
Wondering if you ever could be loved,
And if they truly saw your heart, they'd see too much

You're beautiful, You're beautiful,
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful,
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His,
You're beautiful

I'm praying that you have the heart to fight,
'Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you've held inside so long,
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You're beautiful,You're beautiful,
You are made for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful,You're beautiful,
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His,
You're beautiful

Before you ever took a breath, long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed, there was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above, you're the one He madly loves
Enough to die

You're beautiful, You're beautiful
In His eyes
You're beautiful
You were meant for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful
You are treasured you are sacred you are His
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You were meant for so much more than all of this
You're beautiful, You're beautiful
You are treasured you are sacred you are His.