About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I'm a stay at home mom to 6 year old Taylor and 2 1/2 year old Jaiden and I've been married to Bill for 7 1/2 years. Like most people we lead a very active life!

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


Stampin' Up!® News  

The online version of the 2005-2006 Catalogue is now AVAILABLE. Click on the Online Catalogue picture.

Stampin' Up! in Quebec
Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians.

Stampin' Up! Downunder
Stampin' Up! expands to Australia with their very own catalogue and distribution centre.


Specials and Promotions  

RMHC Charities Stamp Set
Spring Mini Catalogue
National Scrapbooking Month Retired List





Inspiration Sheets  
These valuable sheets are full of ideas, colour palettes and instruction. They are only available to demonstrators and come out every quarter (4 times a year). If you would like to know how you can get a complete set and receive future inspiration sheets than please contact me NOW.

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  

I've decided not to mail out the mini catalogues thru Stampin' Up! at this time. If you are interested in receiving the Spring Mini which is in effect from March 1 - May 31, 2006 than please send me a quick email and I will mail one out to you or check out the online version. The consensus is this is the best mini in a long time!

Refresh and Renew - May 2006. Click here for wonderful project ideas.

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What's New?

Stampin' Up!'s retired list is out. For those of you who are not familiar with this: Stampin' Up! releases a retired stamp set list of all the stamp sets that will be retiring from the 2005-2006 Idea Book and Catalogue meaning if there is something that you have been wanting you better get it before June 30, 2006 as you will never see it again.

I have 30 stamp sets that are retiring this year (the most since I've become a demo)...none of them that I'll miss to much...so maybe someone out there may be interested in what I can't demo with anymore...I would love to find a new, loving home for them. If you are interested in my stamp and price list please email me.

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Featured Product

Floral Background Stamp

I have absolutely fell in love with this background stamp, (Page 176 of the 2005-2006 Idea Book and Catalogue) it's not my style but after seeing so many cool things done with it I had to have it! Thanks to Debbie Pearce for it (a gift for promoting to Consultant). If you are interested in seeing some samples done with this background stamp send me an email. Item #104769 $24.95 CAD

Marker & Watercolor Crayon Club Participants WANTED!

Stampin' Up! Markers - have you been thinking about the Stampin' Up! markers but you just didn't want to put all that money out all at once. I'm looking for groups of 4 participants in each club. Each member will spend a certain amount of money each month and each month they will receive a colour group of markers, at the end of 4 months everyone in the club will have all 48 markers and a horizontal storage case that keeps both tips inked evenly. Email me for details if you are interested in signing up.

Watercolor Wonder Crayons - same ideas as the markers. The Watercolor Wonder Crayons debuted this year and they have proven to be very popular in the 3 months that they have been around. Again, I need 4 particiants in each club and each month you will receive a colour group, at the end of 4 months everyone in the club will have all the watercolor crayons and a beautiful storage tin. Email me for details if you are interested in signing up.

By signing up to be in either of these clubs or both you are able to get some great product that's been on your wish list for some time at a more manageable price.

New Looks with Punches (from Scrapbooker's Paradise)

Have you noticed how versatile punches are? When you punch a shape, you leave behind a paper opening (a “negative”) that’s the same size. The negative, often considered a throwaway, can be quite cool. Can it be used in a clever way? Sure! Here are some fun ways to use both the positive and negative punched shapes.

NEGATIVES

Whether you stack or layer negative punches—or use them for illustration—they can provide distinctive looks. Here’s how to achieve the desired effects.

Stacked Negatives. With depth being all the rage, it’s easy to create it with a few layers of cardstock and a punch :

1. Choose two or three colors of cardstock. You can also use patterned paper, but it’s not as thick and will take more layers to create the depth.

2. Punch the shape multiple times in each color, leaving space around each punch. Discard the punch-out (the actual punched shape).

3. Randomly tear a square around the punched-out shape. Repeat this with all the colors.

4. Stack the randomly torn squares on top of each other, lining up the punched-out shape. Adhere them together.

5. Your frame should now be deep enough to surround a thick or thin object, such as a button, charm or beads.

Layered Negatives. Use different sizes of the same shape to create a frame. Punch several sizes of the same punch shape and save the negative part. Punch one small different shape, such as a leaf.

Lay the first small frame shape over the leaf. Take the next largest frame shape and lay that on top of the smaller one. Continue until all the shapes are used up, always going from smallest to largest.

Variation: Use a negative shape to frame a positive shape.

POSITIVES

Now that you’ve got new ideas for negative punches, here are four fresh looks—mixed shapes, torn frame, outlined frame and fold and stitch—to try with positive punches.

Mixed Shapes. You don’t have to do anything difficult or fancy to give a punched shape strong impact on your page. Simply take any shape, back it with a geometric shape, and you automatically give it more flair.

Outlined Frame. Negatives or positives? It’s hard to tell which was used on the frame when I simply added black punches on top of squares (so they’d look like they’d been intricately cut out) and placed them around the photograph.

When duplicating this look, be sure the punch touches the outside of the square so the black area all looks connected. Try to choose relevant punches to complement your photograph.

Torn Frames. For the rustic look take star punches and rip out the middle. To create this look, snip in the center of each star with microtip scissors. Cut off a bit of the paper, then fold back the edges. Decorate the star punches with metallic rub-ons if desired, then place them on pop dots for added dimension.

Fold and Stitch. This is an easy one! Using a large or jumbo-sized punch, punch out several shapes in different colors. Fold each shape in half and line it up along the border. Poke two holes along the fold in the middle. Using a needle threaded with fiber or floss, stitch the shapes to the background. To keep the shapes from flattening, place pop dots under each side.

OTHER IDEAS

Now that you're "rolling with the punches," try these ideas as well:
Decorate photo corners with punches.
Create custom backgrounds. Try using tone-on-tone colors for a subtle look.
Put together a punch packet
Place punches in a shaker box. Remember all those hand-held punches you haven't emptied for a while? Open them up and you'll have instant punch confetti!
Use the negatives as temporary templates and fill the inside portion with beads, glitter or other media. You can throw them away when you're finished!
Create embossed texture. Adhere positive or negative punches to your paper, then ink and heat-emboss them.
Make a fake charm. Punch it from metallic paper or color it with metallic pens, then hang it with a jump ring.
See how much fun positive and negative punches can be? Use them to spice up your layouts!

Stampin' Up! It's all about creativity.

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Email Me!

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

www.michellescrapbooking.com

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