About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I am a Stay at Home Mom to a 7 1/2 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 3 1/2 years now. My husband Bill and I have been married for 9 years. Like most people we lead a very busy life!

Stampin' Up! is a wonderful company to be a part of. Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts is a hobby that I have become very passionate about. Each morning when I sit at my computer and visit my favorite websites and blogs I can't help but become very excited and passionate about what people are creating all over the World, it's a great way to start my day and think about the projects I will be creating today!


Stampin' Up!® News  

Click here for the online version of the 2008 Spring/ Summer Catalogue.

Click here for the online version of the 2007 Fall/Winter Catalogue.

Catalogue prices have gone down 7% starting with the 2008 Spring/Summer Catalogue. Click here for a list with the new revised prices.

Stampin' Up! Quebec
Stampin' Up! in Quebec. Click here to view their online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Downunder
Stampin' Up! Australia. Click here to view their online catalogue .

Stampin' Up! New Zealand
Click here to see their online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! United Kingdom
Click here to see their online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! France
Click here to see their online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Germany
Click here to see their online catalogue.

Specials

Sale-A-Bration (previously called Sell-A-Bration) February 1 - March 17, 2008.

Dormant List

Stamper's Groups

 

What a great way to build up your Stampin' Up! collection, learn new techniques and visit with friends. Gather a group of friends and family together and contact me for more details.

Stamp Camps
If you can't make it to my Stamp A Stacks. Than call or email me to arrange for ME to bring a Stamp-A-Stack to your house on a day that works best for you and your friends.

Catalogue Workshops
If you cannot find time to host a workshop than do a Catalogue workshop, gather orders from friends and family and submit the order to me to see if you qualify for hostess benefits. Contact me for more details.

Custom Made Cards
Need cards? I can design any type of card to your specifics: Wedding, Birthday, Thank You, Sympathy, Holidays, All Occasion. Contact me for more details.

Gift Certificates  

Are you looking for a great gift for your spouse, friend or family member? Give them a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate, contact me for details.


Start a Home Based Business  
If you have ever thought of owning your own business at a reasonable start up cost and you love Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts than Stampin' Up! is for you. Contact me for information. I would love to get a demo package out to you!


Sale-A-Brate with Fresh Ideas - February 2008  

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Ideas & Techniques

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What's New?

It's Sale-A-Bration time! (February 1 - March 17th)

There is still time to book a workshop, if you don't want to book a workshop I can take orders via phone or email...contact me NOW!

I still have a few Spring/ Summer Catalogues - it is a beautiful catalogue - if you would like to pick up a copy just send me an email or give me a call! Catalogues are $7 each.

I still have some of the Fall/Winter Catalogues left, I am selling these for $4 each. If you didn't purchase one yet now is the time, for $4 you can't lose, they are so full of ideas and inspiration or purchase both the Spring / Summer Catalogue & the Fall / Winter Catalogue for $10.

Some exciting news Stampin' Up! prices have gone down an additional 7% starting with the Spring/Summer Collection 2008 catalogue, Stampin' Up! did not have time to adjust their prices in the catalogue before printing so look to the left in the Stampin' Up! News column for a link to a revised price list that you can print out this reduced price list also applies to the Occasions Mini which starts March 1st.

Sale-A-Bration News:

Customers: For every $70 purchase you make, you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.

Hostesses: In addition to our regular hostess benefits, hostesses will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set for workshops that reach $400 or more.

New Demonstrators : During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set--a value of up to $60.95--from the Spring-Summer 2008 Collection! Plus, new demonstrator recruits get 20 percent off the Demonstrator Starter Kit--over $400 of Stampin' Up! products and business supplies for only $208!

Stampin' Up! Hostess benefits have been dropped - to qualify for Hostess benefits now you only need $200 not $225.

New product to take note of in the Spring/ Summer 2008 Collection:

*12" x 12" Card Stock Returns in all colors (Page 164 & 165)
* Scallop Notes (Page 167)
*Beautiful new Designer Series Paper (168 - 171)
*Flower Fusion (Felt Flowers) (Page 177)
*New punches (Page 180 - 181)
*Rub-ons (Page 182)
*Sticky Cuts Letters (Page 186)
*New Stampin' Glitter (Page 186)
*Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (Page 186)
*Bead Duo (Page 192)
*Pockets & Pieces (Pge 192)
*Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Page 191)

Resources

Sale-A-Bration Brochure 2008 Stampin' Supplies.

Do you have trouble co-ordinating Stampin' Up! colors? Than click here.

Hybrid Scrapbooking (Scrapbooker's Paradise)
by Maureen Spell

Over the years scrapbookers have utilized the computer to aid their scrapbooking creations. We download fonts, type our journaling, print transparencies, and even create complete digital layouts. Many might think that digital and paper scrapbooking can't mix, but it can! The unique term for this partnership is called hybrid scrapbooking--combining traditional and digital elements on a scrapbooking page. Most likely if you are reading this article, you know a little something about your computer. If you view your computer as a scrapbooking tool, the possibilities are endless. Here are some hybrid ideas that are easy to implement:

1. Use computer brushes to customize photos and paper.

If you know how to download fonts, you can download brushes, and you'll find them equally addicting! A brush is like a digital stamp that you can use on your photos or paper in your photo editing programs. The advantage of using these is that you can control the size, color, position, texture and angle. You can layer brushes to create customized embellishments or sayings.

2. Print out digital paper to use on your pages.

You might be thinking, "But wouldn't printing out digital paper take a lot of ink?" Well, it can depending on how much you print. I like to print smaller pieces of digital patterned paper to complement my layouts. The advantage is that you can print just what you need and reprint if you mess up. You can also change the colors on digital papers in your photo editing software. If you haven't glanced at some digital paper, you will be surprised at the variety that you can get just by a click of the mouse.

3. Print out digital elements and stamps.

Not only are there digital papers available, but also every embellishment you can think of. There are tags, quotes, journaling blocks, hardware, ribbons, frames, stamps, alphabets and more. If you can't find the perfect paper embellishment, you can turn to digital ones. The advantage is that you can customize them to fit your needs exactly.

4. Use digital overlays to customize photos and paper.

A digital overlay is like a traditional transparency. The best part is that with digital, you can control the size and color .There are grunge, shabby chic, quote and pattern overlays that can be printed out on patterned paper and photos.

These are just a few ways that you can use your computer to enhance your scrapbooking layouts and projects. You can create most of your layout digitally, and add a couple real embellishments. You can create the majority of your layout traditionally, just adding a digital touch or two. Don't forget to try printing your digital papers and elements on different mediums. Try printing on glossy paper, textured cardstock, transparencies, vellum, or fabric to get even more stunning effects. The possibilities are endless.

I'm No Pro (Scrapbooker's Paradise)

by Andrea Steed

Let's face it. Scrapbook magazines and web sites are full of layouts featuring fantastic photos with perfect composition, smiling children, and precision sharpness. You'd think that all scrapbookers were professional photographers too. The truth is, while some scrapbookers have the gift of a photographer's eye, the vast majority of us are just regular people who want to capture our lives in pictures as best we can.

It's true that with some practice and a few lessons, anyone can improve their photography, and if that's important to you, then by all means-do it! But I'm here to tell you that you don't have to have perfect photos to scrapbook your memories.

Capture the moments. Forget about getting the perfect picture, and just take a few! Even if they don't turn out, you can't relive the moments of your life, so you'll want to have something to trigger your memories. Even a blurry, dark photograph can bring you back to the moment, clear as day.

Write what you can't see. Let your words paint a picture. Journal about what's missing in the photograph and what was happening at the time. In the quest to create "cute" layouts, many scrapbookers often forget to tell the story of why these photos are important in their lives.

Embrace the digital darkroom. So what if the photo isn't quite right? You can improve it in the digital darkroom with photo editing software. Change the coloring, crop out a distracting background, or apply an artistic effect to tell your story.

Resist comparisons. Yes, we all look to scrapbooking web sites and magazines for ideas and inspiration. But resist the temptation to compare your photos and layouts to those you see elsewhere. Scrapbooking is not a competition-it's a personal story book for you and your family.

While we all may dream of having albums full of professional quality pictures, most of us probably won't, and that's okay. It's all of our imperfections and quirks that make us unique. And ultimately-that's what we're trying to remember, isn't it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stampin' Up! It's all about creativity.

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Michelle Nadraszky
Stampin' Up!® Senior Consultant
(403) 229-1724

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