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Friday, July 27, 2012

One more Reason to Smile

Hello Stamping Friends,

I know I didn't get back to you this week with my samples from convention. I have been busy with something that I don't want to let out of the bag just yet as a just in case. But trust me it's kind of exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. I'll share more next week as I know more.  With that said, I promise I will begin the parade of convention samples tomorrow. It will last for awhile, I had 24 samples to make afterall. 

So, now onto today's card. This week at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on the great stamp set that you can get for a mere 5 bucks until Tuesday with a $50 order.  The set is called Reason to Smile. And looking at this card, it really does give me a Reason to Smile. It's so cheerful and light, it just makes me happy.

 

This is one of the cards attendees of my Stamp a Stack (last night) made. It's such an easy card to make too. Just stack all three of the white layers together and stamp away.  Don't worry if you get some spots that don't stamp perfectly from one edge of one paper to the edge of the other paper because the celery layer between each white layer with cover that right up.  I love that it has lots of layers but it's really easy to accomplish in a very short amount of time.  I received a card at convention using the great new beach theme set that was done like this and I  couldn't wait to come home and try it. So I figured this set would be perfect for it. I loved the outcome so much I deemed it worthy of a Stamp a Stack option.

Remember this special is only available until Tuesday, July 31 so get your orders in now to get this sweet deal.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see the other creations using the Reason to Smile set.

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: Reason to Smile & Perfectly Penned
Ink: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, & Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White & Certainly Celery
Other: Snail Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow for convention samples.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Post Convention Update

Well I'm back from convention (and now well rested).  I had a fabulous time this week seeing "old" friends from across the US and Canada and making new friends.  I learned some great new ideas and projects that I can't wait to try out for myself and share with all of you.  I won some prizes and got lots of free stamps.  This post is going to be full of pictures from throughout the week. Just a small glimpse into Stampin' Up! convention 2012.


The above video was how we opened the first general session at convention.  It is the theme song for this year's convention and many of the employees at the home office were lip dubbing. 


Shelli on stage during the Open General Session.  I am was the theme for this year's convention. 


This is all the loot we received while at convetion.  Yes, I got 8 new stamp sets, one pkg of Designer Series Paper, make n takes, a fan, a couple of new accessories from the Holiday catalog and the awesome convetion bag. It's the yellow chevron pattern you see.


This was the exclusive Convention set, I am.  If we attended six classes and wrote the secret word we were able to go get this set during lunch on the final day.


This is a peek into momento mall.  Besides being full of great logo merchandise there are even some stamping displays that you never want to miss.


This is a look at the Gathering Place. It's a huge room where there are tons of displays, new product stations to learn the tips and tricks of new products, and lots of tables to sit down and relax.


This is Scott Neilson, the CFO at Stampin' Up!  This was on Awards night where he revealed that our next Manager's reception in Jnauary will be held at the Wizardly World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios in Orlando.  I can't wait.  I went to the Manger's reception there in the hero's section (not sure of the exact name) a few years ago and had a blast.


Another peek at Momento Mall.  This shows 2 of the shirts that were available to purchase as well as 2 of the reusable shopping bags.


Here I am getting ready to walk the stage for my achievement of $20K in sales for this year. Thank you to all of you who continue to support me and my Stampin' Up! business. I truly appreciate it.  I also walked for earning the Hilton Head Incentive trip in September (yes, Don and I get an FREE trip to Hilton Head) and I walked for my career sales of $300K.  None of which would be possible without you, my loyal supporters.


And here is a group shot on Awards night of all my roomies and Shelli.  Yes, we had nine all together. We were in a 3 room suite with a kitchen, so it really wasn't bad at all. We all had our own space and were not overcrowded in anyway.  And to think on Tuesday when I joined them I only knew one of them, but by Sunday when I left I had 7 new demonstrator friends that I can't wait to see again soon.


Two of Stampin' Up!'s training facilitators, Shannon West and Brian Pilliing.  I love Shannon, she is so sweet and always fun to watch on stage while stamping.  I don't know Brian very well but I have always enjoyed his presentations.  Here, Shannon was getting ready to do a stamping presentation on Halloween and Fall projects (no she doens't always dress like this) and Brian was her helper to pass out some treats to the audience (he doesn't normally dress that way either).


Here is Bonnie Thurbur and Holly Linford. Also from the home office.  Bonnie is a sweetheart and very funny.  I met her on my way to Universal Studios for the Manager's Reception several years ago. She and Sheryl Shields (another home office employee) befriended me and insisted I hang out with them for the evening because I was by myself.  I'm so honored to be able to call her a friend.  I look forward to seeing both of them at each SU event.  Holly was doing a presentation on MDS2 (a new program coming out on August 1st) and she asked Bonnie to sing a duet with her prior to her presentation. They did a phenomenal job and Holly rocks with MDS.


Here Shelli and Sara (her daughter) talk with Richtar.  Rich is really our President.  This portion was streamed live for demonstrators all over the world. Richtar announced that our next Grand Vacation was a cruise to the Western Carribean.


Here is Shelli with Jason Dorsey, our guest speaker. He talked about Generation Y and how we (Generation x and Baby Boomer's) can connect with Gen Y.  He was awesome. I think he was by far my most favorite guest speaker of all time.


And lastly, here is Scott Nielson talking with (I don't know who it is really) about our Getaway trip we can earn for next year.  The getaway trip is to San Diego. I can't wait to earn one of the two trips.  Better get back to work. Time will fly by.

Hope you enjoyed your glimpse into what my week was like. Tomorrow I will share some cards that I created for the display boards at convention.  I was honored to be asked to create for the boards.  Being that I did 24 projects, I will be sharing them throughout the week.  Don't want to over stimulate.  : )


Friday, July 20, 2012

Christmas in July

Hello Stamping Friends,

Still at Convention.  Having a fabulous time and have some great ideas and projects to share with all of you but just running out of time each day to update you all right now.  So please be patient and I will share a ton with you once I get home and get settled.

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are continuing our tour through the catalog.  This week's stop is the Seasonal Celebrations (aka holiday) section.  Never too early to start thinking of Christmas cards!  So sit back and enjoy all we have to offer this week.  Get those brain gears spinning and thinking of your own Christmas cards.



I made this card at a couple of workshops last week and everyone loved it. They were asking who was making this one so they didn't duplicate it.  It uses the Rejoicing with You set found on page 21 of the 2012-2013 Catalog.  It is such an easy set to use.  And it looks really great embossed (just my opinion, but I really think it does).  I used crumb cake cardstock for the base (I know it's a tad hard to tell in the photo) and then stamped the En Francais background stamp on a piece of Cherry Cobbler.

The banner piece is from the great new Specialty Designer Series Paper called Natural Composition. The picture here and the catalog don't let you really see how awesome this paper is.  The design on each piece is embossed. So many cook techniques you can accomplish with it.  I promise you will be seeing a lot more of this in the future.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for even more great ideas using the Seasonal Celebrations section of the catalog.

Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Rejoicing with You, En Francais
Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Versamark
Paper: Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Natural Compositon Designer Series Paper
Other: Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Snail Adhesiver & Dimensionals

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Greetings from Convention

Hello stamping friends,

I'm here in Utah for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention. Today was check in day. We got our new bags, shopped at momento mall, stood in line for awards, participated in a great shoebox swap, ate dinner with great friends and just chilled in anticipation for tomorrow's big day.  I hope to share more with you while I'm here but if not I'll have lots to share once I get home.

Today's card is the card I created for the shoebox swap.  Isn't it cute?  It uses the new Ronald McDonald set, Moving Forward.  This will be one of the cards you make at the Moving Forward class in early September (watch for specifics).


I used pool party and island indigo for this card. I love how these two colors look together.  Gotta love the pop of green (lucky limeade) with the frog jumping out of the bike's basket.  It really is an quick card to put together that packs a lot of wow. Don't you think?

Below are a few pictures here at convention. Momento mall offers exclusive Stampin' Up! logo merchandise that you can NOT get anywhere else. And then the gathering place, full of inspiration.  Doesn't it make you want to be a demonstrator so you can come next year?


This photo shows the 2 women's shirts available to purchase as well as two of the 4 different reusable shopping bags available.


This is the huge gathering place with tons of awesome displays to inspire any stamper.


And another picture from momento mall. This is an awesome card tree (or I think it would make a great photo tree for my family room).  There is even creative inspiration all over momento mall.  I love seeing the displays and how you can use Stampin' Up! product in different ways.

Come back soon to see more convention activity.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Savings....Just for you

I running my annual Convention Week Sale as a thank you to you for supporting me throughout the past year. What better time than now for you to order your favorite new items for the 2012-2013 Catalog with a discount for you. Below are all the details for the special. You can email me your order. All orders must be given to me and not put in through my website to be eligible for this sale.


Place your order today, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 through Sunday, July 22, 2012 by emailing it to me (please do not place order onlines because you will not receive the discount, I need to place orders in order for the discount to be applied) and you will receive the following:


10% off an order over $50


15% off an order over $75


20% off an order over $100

Bonus: orders over $150 will receive 20% off, and $25 in Hostess Dollars to spend on exclusive Hostess sets or catalog merchadise or a combination of the two (the new hostess plan is awesome, you can receive up to three hostess exclusive sets at the $150 level). To sweeten the deal even more this order (over $150) will be shipped direct to your door.

This special is offered by only me, Rachel Yurkanin, and is not a Stampin' Up! special or good through any other demonstrator.

This is just a little thank you for supporting me throughout the year. I appreciate it and want to give you a little something if you order this week. If you don't have the catalog in hand, head on over to my website, www.rachelyurkanin.stampinup.net, to view the 2012-2013 Catalog online.

An extra sweet bonus for anyone ordering this weekend, you will receive the brand new 2012-2013 catalog with your order if you don't already have one. If your order is shipping directly to you, I will mail you a catalog too. They are here and waiting for you to browse through the awesomeness.

Book a workshop for August or September. Dates are filling quickly. We can do a Christmas, summer party, girls night fun theme or anything you want. What are you wating for? Tell me which day works best for you and let's get planning. August and September hostesses who book this week will receive an extra surprise from me at their workshop as part of this promotion.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Friday, July 13, 2012

On the Road .....


......to happiness that is.  Today at Sisters in Stamping we are continuing our tour through this years catalog.  Our stop, is the Occasions section of the catalog (page 30 - page 57).  Doesn't matter what Occasion you have happening in your life, there is sure to be a stamp to help youout in this section. Birthday, Graduation, Sympathy, Wedding and then all the other ones that are great for any time. Plus all of the great sets that have a stamp for a variety of Occasions all in one place.

When I saw the catalog, I immediately fell in love with the Road to Happiness set and just couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  This is the first (of many) card that I made with it.  As a family, one of our favorite things to do is to pack up the car and head to the beach for the day. We aren't an amusement park kind of family but we sure LOVE the beach. We are fortunate enough to have one close enough to drive too (a bit over 2 hours) to head out often for day trips. We even stay over night on occasion which is even sweeter. So I needed to make a beach card.  I actually made it for my husband for father's day.  Of course, I needed to take it back to have it as a sample (but I promise I will keep it safe for him, lol).


This card uses four of the new 2013-2014 In Color's.  It's so fun and festive looking. I loved  using markers on the car so I could make it different colors.  I used three different markers to color it in before stamping. Then I stamped the beach supplies stamp in black and colored the items in with Stampin' Write Markers.  I can't wait to make more cards using this set, wedding, birthday, and just because cards. Of course, I'll be sure to share them with you.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more cards using the awesome sets in the Occasions section of the catalog.

Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps
: Road to Happiness
Ink: Summer Starfruit and Basic Black
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, and In Colors 2012-2014 Designer Series Paper stack.
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals), Big Shot, Fancy Fan Impressions Folder, Dimensionals, and Snail Adhesive.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Ribbon Share

Hello Stamping Friends,

Don't you just love what a little piece of ribbon can do to finish off a card, scrapbook page or gift project?  Well, I am here today to offer you the opportunity to join in my annual ribbon share sale.  You get to get a couple yards of each ribbon in every color at a fraction of the cost of buying each ribbon spool by spool on your own. It's a great way to see which ribbons you use the most and then you will want to get the complete spool of those colors for you collection.


2012 - 2013 In Color Ribbons
 $11 for one share 

5 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 10 yards

Gumball Green
Midnight Muse
Primrose Petals
Rasberry Ripple
Summer Starfruit


A Collection of Ribbon that is Great for His & Hers Cards
  $6.00 for one share


4 Ribbons for a total of 9 yards

Linen Thread (3 yards)
3/8" Denim Jean (2 yards)
5/8" Victoria Crochet Trim Lace (1 yard)
Whisper White Organza 5/8" Ribbon (3 yards)


1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
$13 for one share



8 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 16 yards

Pool Party
Baja Breeze
Rose Red
Crumb Cake
Daffodil Delight
Always Artichoke
Cherry Cobbler
Very Vanilla


3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
 $17.00 for one share



10 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 20 yards

Whisper White
Soft Suede
Basic Black
Certainly Celery
Crumb Cake
Not Quite Navy
Perfect Plum
Pink Pirouette
Riding Hood Red
So Saffron


Baker's Twine
$6.00 for one share


8 colors - 5 yards of each color for a total of 40 yards

Lucky Limeade
Calypso Coral
Pool Party
Island Indigo
Wisteria Wonder
Cherry Cobbler
Early Espresso
Whisper White

3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (2011-2013 In Colors)
$12 for one share


5 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 10 yards

Calypso Coral
Island Indigo
Lucky Limeade
Pool Party
Wisteria Wonder


1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
$12 for one share

10 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 20 yards

Basic Gray
Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso
Night of Navy
Pacific Point
Pretty in Pink
Real Red
Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White
Wild Wasabi

1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
$14 for one share


10 colors - 2 yards of each color for a total of 20 yards

Baja Breeze
Basic Black
Daffodil Delight
Early Espresso
Old Olive
Pumpkin Pie
Real Red
Regal Rose
Marina Mist
Very Vanilla

1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
$19.00 for one share

10 colors - 1 yard of each color for a total of 10 yards

Basic Black & Cherry Cobbler

Chocolate Chip & Elegant Eggplant

Marina Mist & Melon Mambo

More Mustard & Old Olive

Pretty in Pink & Tangerine Tango

 
BONUS:  If you join all ribbon shares you will receive 10% off your order in August.

To join one, two, three or all different selections of the ribbon share just email me your interests and I will send you a request for payment through Paypal.  You can also send me a check, pay cash, or give me your credit card number.  I will order the ribbon when one group of ribbon share is full (we need 5 participants to fill one group). The first group will fill quickly so don't hesitate, contact me today. I will continue to offer this share as long as groups are being filled. 

If you have any questions please contact me.

My July and August Class Schedule

**Stampin’ Classes**
by Rachel Yurkanin – Stampin Up! Demonstrator
570-689-5371 Email: dryurkanin@comcast.net
Website: www.rachelyurkanin.stampinup.net

Gather your friends for a night of fun while you earn free stamps and supplies. These would include ideas for cards, invites, favors, decorations, etc. We can customize it for you.


July Hostesses will receive $50 extra credit when the workshop total is $450 (before shipping and tax). I still have some dates open so book your party today.

July 2012 Classes
Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:30 PM
• Make 2 different 6x6 pages and 2 cards of characters/things using Stampin’ Up! Punches. The pages and cards will use the same characters/things.
• This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month.
• Fee for this class will be $10.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages and the cards. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2012

Rubber Sale: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

* If you missed out on the New Catalog Open House, this is your chance to come and see all the retired stamps and accessories that I have for sale. Lots of new things added, too, so even if you can last time you may want to come again and see what's new.
* Get your copy of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog to take home with you
* Purchase retired stamps and accessories at a discount rate
* Plus get to take home some of my samples (lots to choose from)
* There will also be one make n take available for anyone that purchases from the retired tables.

Rubber Sale: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

* If you missed out on the New Catalog Open House, this is your chance to come and see all the retired stamps and accessories that I have for sale. Lots of new things added, too, so even if you can last time you may want to come again and see what's new.
* Get your copy of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog to take home with you
* Purchase retired stamps and accessories at a discount rate
* Plus get to take home some of my samples (lots to choose from)
* There will also be one make n take available for anyone that purchases from the retired tables.

Rubber Sale: Friday, July 13, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

* If you missed out on the New Catalog Open House, this is your chance to come and see all the retired stamps and accessories that I have for sale. Lots of new things added, too, so even if you can last time you may want to come again and see what's new.
* Get your copy of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog to take home with you
* Purchase retired stamps and accessories at a discount rate
* Plus get to take home some of my samples (lots to choose from)
* There will also be one make n take available for anyone that purchases from the retired tables.

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, July 26, 2012 – 6:30 PM

• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design. Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion.
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order
FREE class with a $50 order
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Big Shot Club, Sunday, July 29, 2012 2:00 PM

Do you love the big shot but can’t justify the expense all at once? Well, I have the perfect club for you. Read on for all the details.
• This club will run for 4 months and be $46 a month.
• At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), one textured impressions folder ($7.95), one Bigz L Die ($32.95), one embosslit die ( $11.95), and one sizzlit die ($5.50).
• This is plenty of supplies to have a lot of fun playing with your new big shot at the end of the club.
• Each month we will meet and I will share 3 projects with you (that you will make as well) using the big shot. By the end of the club you will know how to work all the great tools that are available for the Big Shot. We won’t be using just paper either. I will show you several different materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
• If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club for everyone.
• Plus as a club member you will also receive $25 in hostess credit that you can use towards exclusive hostess sets and other catalog merchandise. Isn’t this a sweet deal?
• If you already own the Big Shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month.
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 26, 2012


August 2012 Classes
Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Paper Piercing Class: Saturday, August 4, 2012 2:00 PM

*Make 5 different cards using Stampin’ Up!'s new Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Pierce Mat and Piercing Tool.
• Included in this class will be your very own Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Pierce Mat and Piercing tool found on page 181 of the catalog that you will take home with you after the class.
• Fee for this class will be $25.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the cards. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2012 (Must be firm on this date so I can order your supplies and have them here for you the day of the class)

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 6:30 PM

• Make 2 different 6x6 pages and 2 cards of characters/things using Stampin’ Up! Punches. The pages and cards will use the same characters/things.
• This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month.
• Fee for this class will be $10.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages and the cards. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, August 10, 2012

Big Shot Club, Sunday, August 26, 2012 2:00 PM

Do you love the big shot but can’t justify the expense all at once? Well, I have the perfect club for you. Read on for all the details.
• This club will run for 4 months and be $46 a month.
• At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), one textured impressions folder ($7.95), one Bigz L Die ($32.95), one embosslit die ( $11.95), and one sizzlit die ($5.50).
• This is plenty of supplies to have a lot of fun playing with your new big shot at the end of the club.
• Each month we will meet and I will share 3 projects with you (that you will make as well) using the big shot. By the end of the club you will know how to work all the great tools that are available for the Big Shot. We won’t be using just paper either. I will show you several different materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
• If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club for everyone.
• Plus as a club member you will also receive $25 in hostess credit that you can use towards exclusive hostess sets and other catalog merchandise. Isn’t this a sweet deal?
• If you already own the Big Shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month.
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 6:30 PM

• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design. Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion.
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order
FREE class with a $50 order
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Time to Grow Up

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are continuing our tour through the sections of the catalog.  This week our stop is the Growing Up section. There are so many cute sets from baby to teen.  I decided to go with a little boy card today because I know that is what I am most often asked to make and I always find it a little challenging. Go figure, I have 2 boys myself but I find boy cards challenging. 

I used the cute little set, I Dig You, which is great for little boys that are into the big Tonka type trucks. Oh heck, even for the little girls who like to play with them, too. I know growing up my sister loved to play with her Tonka trucks more than her dolls.


Isn't it a great "Dirt" day card? (Sorry, just couldn't resist the play on words from the set) I used four of the new 2012-2014 In Colors to create this card.  I also decided while making this card that I need to challenge myself to not use the big shot on a project. Gasp, I know!  It's really hard for me to not add some texture to everything I make now. Oh well, who wants plain cardstock when you can have nice textured cardstock? Not me, that's for sure!


I stamped the presents on a separate piece of cardstock and cut them out. They are attached to the top of the dump truck with a dimensional (like I needed to tell you that part). I really like the dimension on them and the fact that they are going "off" the top of the cardstock the truck is stamped on.

Don't forget to head on over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for even more great ideas using the stamps from the Growing Up section of the 2012-2013 catalog.

Stamping Supplies Used:

Stamps: I Dig You
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers (Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse & Gumball Green)
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green and Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Emobossing Folders (Stripes, Chevron, Houndstooth and Argyle), Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back and see what else I have in store for you.