Archive for March, 2013


I always get a little sad when Sale-a-Bration is over.  I go into withdrawal from all the great deals.  Luckily, this year Stampin’ Up has wasted no time rolling out a wonderful new deal – 50% off all our beautiful fabrics!  The Fabric Frenzy runs one week – from today through March 31st.   All current fabrics are included:

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Do you need some great ideas for how to use our lovely fabrics?  Here is a fun video Stampin’ Up put out this morning to spark your creativity.

The fabric is available at the sale price in limited quantities only, though, so don’t wait too long!  If a style of fabric reaches the sale quota the discount will be removed.  You can click HERE to shop online.

I know quilters could have a field day with this fabric.  Have you seen the Dresden Die for the Big Shot??

Even for those of us with less talent in the sewing arena, there are plenty of cute no-sew fabric projects.  I personally love using these fabrics to create hair accessories for my kindergarten-age daughter.  We have several fabric-covered headbands as well as hairclips with big flowers I’ve made by cutting fabric with my Fun Flowers die.   Just cut out the flowers, spray with a little starch and scrunch them up to make them fluffy, then when the starch has dried, layer a few together and pierce through the middle.  You can attach the layers together with an Antique Brad and hot glue to a plain metal hair clip.

I also see all these amazing tote bags that people make with the fabrics and it really tempts me to drag out my sewing machine which I am ashamed to say I have not used since I began stamping!   I have seen people use the scalloped square die to cut out a bunch of squares and then piece them together to form a bag, it is adorable with our perfectly coordinating fabrics, and seems quite easy since all the seams are just straight lines.  You can even add ribbon trim because of course we sell ribbon in the coordinating colors.  🙂


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spring is in the air

At this point in the Stampin’  Up year when the holidays are over and we have had the Spring Catalog for a few months, all of us demonstrators start looking forward to the next big thing.  (Yes, I know Sale-a-Bration is still going on, and it is still exciting!)  We demonstrators have already been speculating wildly about the next Annual Catalog (released June 1) and all the new things it might bring us.  Sometimes the Stampin’ Up! home office will give us a little preview in April.  This year they surprised us and released one set from the 2013-2014 catalog in MARCH!  You can buy it right now!  Even better, you can buy it right now as part of a Sale-a-Bration purchase and still earn a free Sale-a-Bration item!   What could be better than new stamps coupled with free stamps??

Here is the info on the new Spring Surprise Bundle, containing the brand-new A Round Array stamp set (and coordinating punch!):

a round array

I already have the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch because I purchased it from the Spring Catalog to go with my Ciao, Baby stamp set, so I am putting just the Round Array stamp set (129090) by itself for $14.95 on my last Sale-a-Bration order this week.   Can’t wait to start playing with it!  I see a lot of gift tags and enclosure cards in my future.

Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration ends on Friday!  After Friday, you can still purchase the Spring Surprise items as a bundle or separately…but you won’t get a free Sale-a-Bration item with $50 purchase!

To place your order online, click here!  Please use hostess code FGWGDSQA when you check out and it will help me get some fun goodies to share.

Happy stamping!


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Here is a fantastic idea for a card I got from my upline Beth.  I did not use a single stamp or die cut on this card, I simply used a pair of good paper snips and cut along the lines on a piece of our 12″x12″ Sycamore Street designer series paper to isolate a bit of that beautiful pattern.  I adhered it to a card base with coordinating colors and a bit of embossing for added interest – just love how it turned out!  You could use this same concept with a number of Stampin’ Up!s designer series papers.

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* indicates Sale-a-Bration item, free with $50 purchase between now and March 22, 2013.

Sale-a-Bration ends March 22nd so don’t forget to place any orders before then to take advantage of the freebies!  All our fun Sale-a-Bration products will be retiring forever at midnight on Friday.  You can shop right from my online store, and please use the hostess code FGWGDSQA.

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Here is another great card using the Patterned Occasions stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Have you gotten your Sale-a-Bration freebies yet?  There are only six days left!  Don’t miss your chance!  Each $50 you spend earns you a free item from the brochure and there are no limits on how many you may get.

The Sycamore Street designer series paper (also a Sale-a-Bration freebie) does most of the work on this card – I just love that beautiful pattern.  Add one strip of Summer Starfruit cardstock, and a Pool Party scalloped circle around the stamped image and you’re done!  The cupcake fits perfectly in the 1 3/4″ circle punch which makes it super easy.

I did use several ink colors on the cupcake image – looks impressive, but it’s really easy.  Just color directly on the rubber stamp with the fat end of your Stampin’ Write markers (I start with the lightest color first and use the darkest colors last).  When you have put color everywhere on the stamp that you want, breathe on the rubber to re-moisten the ink, then stamp the image on your cardstock.

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*Indicates Sale-a-Bration product, available FREE with any $50 purchase through March 22, 2013.

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There are only 10 days left until the end of Sale-a-Bration, the best time of the Stampin’ Up! year!

By now you probably know that you get a free Sale-a-Bration product with each $50 you spend between now and March 22.  But did you know that you can get an even better deal if you plan to spend $99?

If you sign up to become a demonstrator before the end of Sale-a-Bration, you pay just $99 (with free shipping, even!) for your choice of $156.25 worth of Stampin’ Up! product.  The normal deal is $99 for $125 in product, but they’re offering 25% extra during Sale-a-Bration in honor of Stampin’ Up!s 25th anniversary this year.  That’s a great deal, and even better when you consider that after signing up you’ll get 30% off your first order as a demonstrator and 20% or more off all orders after that!


You can be a hobby demonstrator and just enjoy discounts on your own purchases, or you can make a business of it and sell product to others, earning a 20% commission on all your sales.  I have found that just one workshop per month is enough to let me buy a bunch of fun new stamping goodies for myself with my profits, and anything over that is money in the bank.  It’s a good balance for now while I have two small kids at home, as they grow older I hope to invest more time in stamping and grow my earnings.

I have enjoyed getting to know my downline so much over the past year and would love to have you be part of our fun group!  I will always be there to help and answer questions after you get started, too.

I’d be happy to talk with you about any questions you may have about signing up – just send me an email at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com and we can talk about the business and how to choose what to order in your starter kit.  Or if you already know you want to take advantage of this opportunity and can’t wait to get started, you can sign up right online

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After the week I had last week with my daughter’s broken finger and then a bug that she picked up from some doctor’s waiting room which resulted in an ear infection and yet another trip to the doctor…and the pharmacy…and two more days home from school…I was SO ready by Friday night to talk to people who were (a) healthy, (b) adults, and (c) not medical professionals. 🙂

Caren to the rescue! My sweet downline had a stamping workshop at her house Friday night and invited me over. I had a great time making this card that she designed:

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  • Stamp set: Feeling Sentimental (SAB)
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, First Edition DSP
  • Tools and accessories: Big Shot with Ovals Framelits, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponge

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This has been a winter of illness.  It seems like everyone I know has been sick, is sick, or has a sick kid.  We’ve had colds, the flu, stomach bugs, coughs, you name it.  Right now BOTH my parents are sick (and it does not help that they are about to get a foot of snow dumped on them tonight, I am sure the last thing they need to be doing is going outside and shoveling their very long driveway).  My mom sounds particularly bummed about being sick because they were planning on coming to visit us this weekend and they may have to postpone if they are still feeling rotten.  I made a card to send them to cheer them up a little:

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  • Stamp Set:  Oh, Whale! (Spring Catalog)
  • Ink:  Island Indigo
  • Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Clouds embossing folder and Happy Whale Clearlit die, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

I just cannot get enough use out of this little whale set.  I used it a LOT for Valentines (“Whale you be mine?”) so I had put it away for the last couple weeks, but I just couldn’t resist using the “Get Whale Soon” stamp today.  And thoughts of the beach do cheer my mom up when she is sick of wintertime.  Do you like how using the Scallop Edge Border Punch on the white cardstock makes the designer paper underneath look like it has waves on top?  So clever!

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