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My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I'm a stay at home mom of 4 1/2 year old Taylor and 16 month old Jaiden and wife to Bill. My life is constantly in high gear!

I attended my first SU workshop about 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  
February 1 - February 26, 2005 is Sell-A-Bration. Contact me for more information on this exciting promotion.

Specials and Promotions  

RMHC Charities Stamp Set
Winter Mini Catalogue

Relief from A to Z  
Stampin' Up! donated $250,000 US to Save the Children. Next, Stampin' Up! developed the Relief from A to Z fundraiser. For each Alphabet Stamp Set sold from January 1 to February 28, 2005, Stampin' Up! will donate an additional $7.50 CAN / $5.00 US to Save the Children for tsunami relief.

Effective immediately anyone that books a workshop with me will still be entitled to a FREE 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.

Here's one more reason to use Stampin' Up! Products. Stampin' Up! has been recognized as a winner in Creating Keepsakes' annual Readers' Choice Awards! They won in three categories: Idea Books (for our 2004-2005 Idea Book & Catalog ), Rubber Stamps, and Stamping Inks. In addition, Stampin' Up! was nominated in more than 25 other categories. These awards are determined by CK readers, who vote on products nominated in each category.

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What's New?

Brrr...it is mighty cold here in Cowtown...snow is blowing rather fiercely! Christmas and New Year's was celebrated with the whole family...now I'm looking forward to a very successful 2005! SAB is in high gear and I can't wait to hear from you all to book your workshops so that you can all have a chance to earn FREE STAMPS! (what could be better)!

Featured Accessories

Stampin' Around Wheel Guide

Wheel perfect background papers, borders, or mitered corners without worrying about crooked lines or overlapping images with this handy tool. Rubber feet keep the guide from moving or slipping. The guide is collapsible and can be configured for your project needs. Fits both standard and jumbo wheels.

#104834 in the Winter Mini Catalogue (only available December 1 - February 28)

Featured Stamp Set

In Full Bloom

Creating multicolored art is quick and easy with this Two-Step Stampin' set - it's just two steps to colorful, vibrant images! First, stamp the base image with a light color. Then use a darker color to stamp the corresponding detail image.

This time saving technique adds color to your images without requiring markers, pencils, or chalks.

Aqua Painters are really fun to use with this stamp set. This stamp set is a must have! Definately one of my favorites.

Set of 9 stamps. Price $35.95 CAD, Item #103829 Pg 133

Tips and Techniques

Let's have a "wheely" good time!!! By Colleen Kidder (Part 1 of 2)

Wheel Tips:
Rolling on the Sides of Gift Bags:

Fold the gift bag outward. Look at the sides and see how they go in.just refold so they point outward. You will end up with a tiny triangle at the bottom that you will not be able to wheel. Either leave it plain or stamp something that coordinates with the wheel or even a part of a saying or a greeting in that spot. Or create a triangle shape stamp out of left over "rubber clippings" and then just stamp some coordinating color in that area.

"Wheelie" Creative Ideas - Tips to getting started:
For those just beginning to use the wheels you will need to get a feel for the wheel. With most of the wheels I like to roll corner to corner starting with the upper left hand side and pull towards myself. Everyone has to develop what "feels best" for them.

Idea File:
One of my all time favorite things to do with wheels is make stationary:

1. Cut regular copy/printer paper in half.

2. Then place a standard size envelope 3-5/8 X 6-1/2 directly in the center of this paper (longer side to longer side and shorter to shorter but leaving about a 1 inch border all the way around). Use a small piece of tape rolled over on itself to adhere the envelope to the paper so it will stay in place.

3. Then cut a sticky note to about 1-1/2 X 3 inches and place this on the envelope where you would write the address for the recipient of a letter. This will leave a white spot after you use the wheels and make it easier for the post office to read.

4. Next just choose a wheel you'd like to use. I like to use two together in an alternating pattern. Then you just roll your wheels across the paper/envelope stack you created.

5. Remove the sticky note and the envelope and you have a very pretty bordered page on which to write a nice letter to a distant family member or even to your child's teacher.

NOTE: I like to do many of these at one time and gather 10 sets (paper & envelope) together with a piece of matching organdy ribbon. Tie a bow around the center of them and place them in a cello bag. You can create a matching topper but it looks just as pretty to fold over the cello bag top and simply seal with mono adhesive.

These make great graduation gifts, birthday presents, Mother's day presents, hostess thank you's, etc.

Another idea is to use them to create background "printed" paper:
Use something like the snowflake done in white on brocade blue paper.simply beautiful. You could use the hugs and kisses wheel with pink passion ink and roll on positively pink paper for a nice background or for something more striking use the white ink on the real red paper.

You can roll them as an "edge" on the bottom of a card or even on the side depending on the design of the wheel. The butterfly is pretty this way with clear embossing ink and then do the popping pastels method to add color.

* Note Part 2 of "Let's have a Wheely Good Time" will follow in my next newsletter.


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