About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I'm a stay at home mom of 5 year old Taylor and 20 month old Jaiden and wife to Bill. My life is constantly in high gear!

I attended my first SU workshop 3 years ago and was just blown away, I immediately was hooked! Never thought I could do anything crafty let alone make a business of it. I became a demo in May 2004 and business has been great!


Stampin' Up!® News  

Retiring in Style. There are 139 stamp sets retiring this year to make room for the new. Remember, after June 30, these sets will never be available again, so don’t wait! Contact me for more information.


Specials and Promotions  

RMHC Charities Stamp Set
National Scrapbooking Month
Spring Mini Catalogue


CEO Shelli Gardner  
Here is a great article on CEO of Stampin' Up! Shelli Gardner published in the Salt Lake City Tribune March 21, 2005.

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!

Newsflash  
Effective immediately anyone that books a workshop with me will still be entitled to a FREE IDA BOOK & CATALOGUE but, you will not receive a catalogue until the day of your workshop OR you can pay the $10 for the catalogue and than once the workshop has been done you will receive your $10 back or use it as a credit towards your Stampin' Up! purchase.

Remember Page - May 2005. Click here for a wonderful project idea.

Free Stamp Draw - Click here and follow the link to the "Enter to win free stamps" draw (** Note this is not available thru me, this is a random drawing thru Stampin' Up!)

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What's New?

The last couple of months have been busy and exciting for me! I would like to take a moment and welcome Jennifer DeCarle to my downline, Welcome Aboard! I'm sure she is going to love all that Stampin' Up! has to offer.

Starting this month, Stampin' Up! is really moving into high gear in anticipation for the release of the new Idea Book and Catalogue. Many other things are also going on to. The Summer Mini will be available to all my customers the end of this month, pre-ordering the NEW 2005-2006 Idea Book and Catalogue for demo's begins which will be available July 1 (earlier this year!), I also get to preorder the new colors that Stampin' Up! has designed so that I can show my customers the new colors, so for me it is really an exciting time of the year and I hope it will be for all of you. Even as a demo I can hardly contain myself for the new catalogue!

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Featured Accessories

Buttons

Use on cards, scrapbook_pages, tags, or any other stamping project. Buttons add dimension and interest to any creation and work wonderfully when used alongside other accents, such as hemp twine, linen thread, Wire Works, or ribbon. Hand-dyed to coordinate with a selection of our 48 colours; available in: Neutrals, Bold Brights, Earth Elements, Rich Regals and Soft Subtles. Approx. 80 square and circle buttons in 2 sizes. Price $9.95 each CAD

Crazy for Colors

Stampin' Up! is delighted to announce wonderful changes to their exclusive color families!

The changes:

Marvelous Magenta, Mauve Mist, and Mint Melody will be retiring.

Pixie Pink will replace Positively Pink.

Handsome Hunter will replace Forest Foliage.

Regal Rose will replace Rose Romance.

Bravo Burgundy will replace Barouqe Burgundy.

Elegant Eggplant will replace Eggplant Envy.

Bashful Blue replaces Bliss Blue.

Ultrasmooth White will be called Whisper White (still will be the same paper just a different name).

Ultrasmooth Vanilla will be called Very Vanilla (still will be the same paper just a different name).

New colors are: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Sahara Sand.

New Color Groups:

BOLD BRIGHTS: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Gable Green, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange, Real Red, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise

RICH REGALS: Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy, Taken with Teal, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Bravo Burgundy, Elegant Eggplant

EARTH ELEMENTS: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy

SOFT SUBTLES: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace

NEUTRALS: Sahara Sand, Basic Brown, Going Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla

You will be able to order the individual colors of discountinued and retiring markers, ink pads, and card stock only while supplies last. So make sure to get your order in early.

Tips and Techniques

30 USES FOR THE 48 STAMPIN' UP!® RE-INKERS (Part 1 of 2)

What else can you do with bottles of re-inkers other than re-ink your stamp pads?

USE REINKERS TO RE-INK - A NOVEL IDEA! (#1-3)

1. Re-ink Your Stamp Pads:
Use the coordinating re-inkers to keep those 48 Stampin' Up!®
colors "alive." (Bet you already guessed this one.)

2. Re-ink Your 48 Colors of SU Markers:
SU does NOT endorse doing this. It is just something that can be done to extend the life of the markers. You do this at the risk of ruining the marker and thereby having to replace it anyway.

2a. Re-ink Marker Method #1: Carefully and gently remove the wide tip of the marker. Fill a small container with the coordinating color of re-inker. Place the brush tip of the marker that you've removed into the container that has the re-inker fluid in. Allow to soak from 10 minutes to 24 hours depending on how dry the tip was. Add several amounts of re-inker to the barrel of the marker. Re-insert the brush tip into the barrel of the marker. Do so gently and carefully.

2b. Re-ink Marker Method #2: Don't remove the tip from the barrel at all! If you put some ink into a clear film canister and let the marker sit in it for a while, the marker will suck up all the ink it needs. Wipe the tip, replace the cap, and allow the marker to rest flat. This will allow the ink to travel to the small tip as well. It's a lot less messy than Method #1!

3. Re-ink Kaleidacolor® Pads:
Use the standard 48 color re-inkers to re-ink your Kaleidacolor® pads. Stampin' Up!® has colors that are pretty close matches for the K-pads. You may slightly alter a few of them but at least this provides you with another option rather than throwing the pad away.

USE RE-INKERS TO DYE SOME CATTY ACCESSORIES (#4-9)

4. Dye Creative Paperclay® :
Mix with Paperclay® to make your own specialty colors. This is great for matching your embellishments to your projects! You can also choose to not fully mix the

re-inker into the Paperclay® and leave it in sort of a swirl pattern. Very nice look for embellishments using the Groovy stamp set!

5. Dye Crystal Effects®:
Besides adding Crystal Effects® straight from the bottle, to give it color add a drop or two of a re-inker. This will give a raised, 3-D effect to your stamp project. Add a bit of dazzling diamond glitter to the mixture and now you have a colored glitter gloss perfect for adding that extra special touch to any card or project.

6. Dye Liquid Applique® :
Squeeze out a bit of white Liquid Applique® and mix with your choice of re-inker. Allow it to air dry for a smooth, shiny look or "puff" it up with a heat gun. It picks up the color of the ink. Now you have 48 colors of Liquid Applique®! Take several colors of your special mixed Liquid Applique® and squirt on card and then brayer (using the acrylic attachment) all over the place. Then heat with the heat tool and stamp various stamps on top using black ink. Looks great with southwestern themes.

7. Dye Mulberry Paper:
Use the re-inkers to change white mulberry into any of the 48 colors Stampin' Up!® carries. Now you will never have to worry that your colors won't "match."

8. Dye Radiant Pearls:
You can change the color of Radiant Pearls to match the SU 48 colors by adding re-inkers to one of the lighter colors of Radiant Pearls. In a palette well or on a plastic surface (such as an old CD), put in one of the neutral or light colors (Oyster Shell or Golden Honey). Add a drop or two of SU re-inker inks and make a color that matches your SU ink or card stock (CS). The ink appears to help speed up the drying process as well.

9. Dye Ribbon:
Use the re-inkers to dye white organdy or grosgrain ribbon any of the 48 colors. Just be sure to have a piece of paper underneath as you add the color on top of it. This is a great way to get coordinating ribbon for your projects.

USE RE-INKERS FOR FUN TECHNIQUES (#10-16)

10. Batik Technique:
Use the re-inkers to create cards that will have the look of this ancient art form. There are two methods to batiking that use re-inkers: one utilizes mulberry paper and the other uses tissue paper.

10a. Batik Technique - Mulberry Method:

Emboss on mulberry paper using solid bold stamp, resist pad, clear embossing powder, and heat tool just until the image is clear. Then crunch the paper into a ball to crack the embossing (this step is optional, depending on the look you'd like for the finished project). Place on one side of newsprint and spritz with water until it's soaked but not drippy. Drop re-inker of one color in several places. Using a brush, dribble more water on in order to spread the color. Clean the brush. Drop another color and repeat with the brush from a clear cup of water. Fold the newsprint over and press and leave for a few seconds. Carefully unfold and transfer to a couple of clean sheets of newsprint in a flip-flop method. Fold this newsprint over, and press about one minute with a medium iron. Carefully begin to lift off the newsprint. It may stick. If so, then put the newsprint down and heat that area until it releases when you lift it up. Card: Cut the base card 5 ½" x 11", fold in half. Cut a 5" square of white CS. Attach batik paper as before. Color edge with inkpad. Place saying on white CS and trim down. Stipple and then color edges with pad. Attach to a piece of the CS left from the base card. Then attach to the front of the card using foam tape. You should have a resist where the embossing is. It will have color cracks running through it like actual batik. The natural fiber lines that are found in mulberry adds to the batik look.

10b. Batik Technique - Tissue Paper Method:

Stamp a pattern using VersaMark® ink and a bold stamp onto tissue paper (white or even light colors of tissue will work well). Sprinkle on clear embossing powder and use the heat tool to emboss. Use the re-inkers and "drop" ink onto the tissue paper. The ink will absorb into the paper where there was no embossing. Be sure to protect the area in which you are doing this. I recommend using a small aluminum cookie sheet as a protector. Try different colors of tissue paper like yellow, light green, or whatever will go with your project.

11. Blender Technique and Watercolor Backgrounds:
Use your blending pens with the re-inker colors of your choice. Use for watercolor effects inside stamped images and on the outside of the outline of the image. For watercolor backgrounds, using a palette add water with an eyedropper (so you have some control) to your ink. Use a small paintbrush to create watercolor wash backgrounds on CS.

12. "Caught in Crystal" Technique:
This is a very clever use of an ordinary household cleaning product: clear acrylic floor finish. Give it a try. Stamp the design of your choice on copier transparency with Black Fabrico® ink. Heat fix. Hold the heat gun about six to eight inches from the transparency - you don't want to melt it! Spray with clear gloss fixative. Heat to dry. Tape transparency, stamped side down onto a sheet of plain white paper. The tape will act as a barrier to keep the inks and floor finish from seeping under the front of the transparency. Pour a puddle of floor finish on the transparency and spread evenly on the back. Add a light sprinkle of glitter. Tear a piece of tissue paper a little larger than your transparency. Crumple, open, and smooth onto the transparency. Add more floor finish because you want the surface wet so the dyes flow easily. Add drops of dye from re-inkers. Blend edges of colors together using a soft paintbrush. Blot with a paper towel. At this step, you control how deep the colors will be. If the tissue tears, don't panic! Tear off a small piece of tissue and patch with more floor finish. Heat to dry. Add another layer of floor finish - this is what will turn the piece crystal clear. Again, heat to dry. Cut out inside of taped area. The finished piece is now ready to be mounted (need the brand of Clear Acrylic Floor Finish?...Probably "Future").

13. Foil Paper/Re-inker Technique:
On the front of a card, emboss an open image without a lot of detail (like balloons, hearts, flowers, jar, cauldron, Star of David, etc). Use Black ColorBox and Crystal Clear Stampin' Emboss® Powder. Stamp the same image onto plain foiled holiday gift-wrap, using a dye-based ink and color in using re-inkers. You can cut out the whole image or parts of it depending on the look you want. Cut on the "inside" line of the image. Glue the foiled piece(s) inside the embossed image on the card.

14. Paintbrush Technique:
Select a paintbrush and palette (you can buy these in a craft or hobby store or make your own from a plastic plate). You will actually paint with the ink from the

re-inkers. No need for a blending pen. This method adds more vibrancy to your finished project, and you will have the ability to apply undertones and highlights right where you want them. It works best to first emboss your image. Embossing gives a nice edge for the ink to blend to. You can also mix the re-inkers and come up with your own designer colors.

15. Paper Casting Technique:
On a table, place a stamp with the image side up. Select up to eight squares of toilet paper (any kind) and stack them. Dampen them with water and lay them over the stamp. Place a hand towel on top and gently press down expelling some of the water from the tap and molding it to the stamp image. Now paint on the color you want using your re-inkers and a paintbrush. Carefully remove all the toilet paper at one time from the stamp and lay aside to dry. The image will appear similar to paper casting! Place in a frame or attach to a card, tag, collage work, etc.

** Part 2 will be in the June 2005 Newsletter

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Michelle Nadraszky
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