Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to earn your Starter Kit for free!

Have you pondered from time to time what it would be like to do what I do?  To have a “job” where you actually have fun?  Is money the only thing holding you back? Well, yeah, you might say, it's not the "only" thing--but it's a big thing for me! 

For a lot of us, even the low Starter Kit price of $99 bucks and free shipping is hard to spare right now. If we could spread it out a bit, it might happen, but not all at once! If that's the case, I have a little math for you to try today. 

Math?!!... I know, I know!! But this is easy math. FUN math--and yes there is such a thing!
Come with me! Right this way, please:
  1. $100 is the Instant Income from just one $500 workshop.
  2. Say you were to host a party together with me, and it hit $500.
  3. We sign up you up and you put the Starter Kit on your credit card.
  4. You are instantly a brand new Stampin' Up Demonstrator.
  5. We enter the orders from your party under your name.
  6. You pay off the Starter Kit on your credit card with the $100 you just earned.
I know---beyond awesome! But wait--there's more!
  1. You get to pick out $156.50 worth of product in the Starter Kit for just $99 plus tax (no shipping).
  2. You're still the hostess for that party even though you're now the demonstrator, too--so pick out your hostess freebies and your incredible Sale A Bration rewards.
  3. Your quarterly minimum of $300 is met so you'll be active all the way through June 2013.
  4. You get all the perks of preordering, demo-only forums and galleries, magazine and more.
  5. You are halfway to promoting to Senior Associate already.
  6. You will be earning a Volume Rebate for selling more than $400 for the month, an additional 5% of your total sales that is direct deposited into your checking account the following month.
  7. You have me as your totally awesome upline and mentor. 
 But wait, you say--how come I get the sales if YOU did the party? 

The answer is simple--you're going to do the work!
Before the show, you and I will meet and decide on the Make N Takes and prep three super cute projects your friends will love. I'll spot you the cardstock and supplies as my welcome gift to you. We'll brainstorm on the best ways to get the maximum number of guests there so your party is likely to hit that magic $500.
At the show, you'll help me set up (I'll let you decide if you want to wear one of my black Stampin' Up aprons) and you'll walk everyone through the cards with my help (if you even need it!). I'll handle the catalog tour and telling them about the specials and you can observe.
After the show, I'll total the orders while you serve the snacks and chat with your friends. If any of them are interested in helping you out by hosting a party themselves, we'll put them on your calendar. You can pay me back for any catalogs or hostess packet materials out of your own kit when it comes. 

Sound like something that really ought to be tried? It is.
You have nothing to lose.
After all, if your party doesn't hit $500:
  1. You can just be the hostess like you normally would, and earn hostess goodies and Sale A Bration rewards as usual.
  2. We still had a super fun night stamping with your girlfriends.
  3. I'm not out anything that I wouldn't normally be out from any party. 
  4. You could still sign up as a demo and just pay whatever portion of the Starter Kit isn't covered, or ask your family to consider that your birthday or anniversary gift.
  5. We don't have to tell anyone we are trying to get your Starter Kit for free unless you want to.
When it is all typed out like this, it almost takes my breath away, how incredibly wonderful this opportunity is, especially right now with Sale A Bration making the Starter kit an even better deal than it has EVER been. I hope you do give me a call. 

Because this could be the day you did something amazing. 

And it cost you nothing but a little dreaming. 

Do you dare?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three Exciting New Events Coming Your Way

My three new events are listed below. Please sign up as soon as possible, so I can rent a room if necessary. I will post pictures of samples later this week.


Poppin’ Up  Posies!

Sneak Peek

Have you looked at the Pop-Up Posies kit in the spring catalog?  The samples are all cute little tags, but we will think outside the box with our creations!  Join the fun and spend the day making 6 projects!  You will make 3 cards and 3 non card items!

You will receive your own Pop-Up Posies Kit and one sheet of dimensional, plus all supplies to complete the projects.  You will love them!

Lunch will also be provided! 

I will hold a raffle for current Stampin’ Up! Merchandise that day!  You can purchase your raffle tickets for: 1-$2, 3-$5, 7-$10, or 20-$20. 

This will be a very fun day and I hope you will join us!
Date: Saturday, March 9th
Time: 10:00 – 2:00(2:30)
Cost: $36
Place:  To be determined

This is VERY IMPORTANT.  You MUST sign up by March 2nd.  From the class description you see that I am ordering the kits, plus additional supplies AND lunch.  I can not take last minute requests.  SO please contact me as soon as you know you can come and then make out your check and put it in the mail: 
Linda Barnes, 5825 Lyons Rd, Garland, TX  75043

The "Best Of" Event

I am so excited about this event!!!  You don’t want to miss this one!  I will be featuring the Best OF Stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! has been releasing each month.  At this event we will work with the January set Best of Birthdays, the February set, Best of Love and the March set which hasn’t been released yet.  You will make 10 cards, 3 from each set and one bonus card! 

But here is the other exciting part!!  I have been talking to local businesses and I will be promoting them at my “Best of” event in exchange for them donating door prizes from their business!!  Ladies, you are in for some wonderful treats and prizes!  You will all get a ticket for attending and I will give tickets for other things, like placing an order, buying a kit, booking your own event, etc.    Depending on how many door prizes are donated and how many will be attending this event, we may have a lot of door prizes to give away!  I am having so much fun putting this event together and I know you are going to have a wonderful time!

AND if you bring a NEW friend to this event, you and your guest will get to make a Special VIP project!  Your friend must be someone NEW to me.

So come join us for a relaxing, fun afternoon and Wear Green!

Date: March 17th, Sunday
Time:  2:00-5:00
Cost: $20
Place:  To be determined ( depends on the size of the group)     
RSVP no later than March 9th BUT the sooner the better.  I must know so I can rent a room if need be.

Embossing Class

Don’t you just love the look of heat embossed cards?  All those pretty shiny colors? Has it been awhile since you have pulled out your Heat Tool and embossing powders?  Well, you need to come to this class!  We will make some beautiful cards and learn some new techniques!

Date:  Thursday, March 28th
Time:  7:00 – 9:30
Cost: $15
Place: my house
Please RSVP by March 22nd

Feeling Sentimental

Here is a card I made the other day.  It was demoed on Stage at Regional.  I added a little brown spatter to it with the Color Spritzer Tool and an Early Espresso Marker.

I love this stamp set, Feeling Sentimental,  from the Sale-a-bration brochure!  I used Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Card Stock  and Pool Party Core'dinations Card Stock.  I ran the Early Espresso card front through the BIg Shot using the Argyle Embossing Folder.

Stamp Shoppe

The “Stamp Shoppe" – Next Dates: March15th & 16th
WHO is the Stamp Shoppe for? – Truly Anyone! Whether you're an experienced stamper or have never stamped in your life, the Stamp Shoppe is for you! On Friday night the Stamp Shoppe is reserved as a "Girls Night Out" for the 18 and over crowd – enjoy a child free night with your friends! On Saturday mornings you're still most welcome to come alone or with friends, but we will also allow mature kids 10 and over to come with their mother/grandmother/aunt/adult stamper as an opportunity to encourage families being creative together. (Child must pay full class fee also.)
WHAT is the Stamp Shoppe? A chance for you to relax, unwind, enjoy fellowship with other Stampers, take in a "Product Demo of the Month!" and STAMP at YOUR leisure as you float from station to station at YOUR speed/pace!
However, we want to respect the hours that we have reserved at this facility and you must be out by 9:30 on Friday and Noon on Saturday. No exceptions.
Additionally, Stamp Shoppe guests get to view a display of all upcoming events in person before anyone else! They even get a gift for signing up for the next session while they're there!
WHEN is Stamp Shoppe? The Stamp Shoppe is open the third Friday and Saturday of every month – so you can put it on your calendar well in advance! The Stamp Shoppe is open from 5:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday Evenings and from 9 am – Noon on Saturday Mornings. The hours are OPEN HOURS so you can come and go at your leisure! But please allow yourself enough time.
March 15th: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
March 16th: 9 am – Noon
April 19th: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
April 20th: 9 am – Noon
May17th: 5:30 – 9:30 pm
May 18th: 9 am - Noon
WHERE is Stamp Shoppe? We will be meeting at the Christian Care Center that is conveniently located directly off I-30 and Northwest Highway, 948 Wiggins PKWY, Mesquite, TX, 75150.
HOW MUCH is Stamp Shoppe? That's the BEST part!
  • The Card Shoppe is just $15 for all 6 cards or FREE with a $25 Order placed during Shoppe Hours!
  • The Scrapbook Shoppe is just $20 for all 3, 12"x12" Scrapbook Pages or FREE with a $30 Order placed during Shoppe Hours!

Want to come to both Shoppes? You can do any combination of the two prices. Pay $35 and come to BOTH. Place a $55 order and come to both for FREE. Place a $25 order and come to Card Shoppe for FREE and Scrapbook Shoppe for $20…. However YOU want to work it… 
The Shoppe is a la Carte to serve YOU and YOUR individuals needs and wants!
Please bring to Card Shoppe: Stampin' Up! Brand SNAIL Adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals – all other supplies are provided! SNAIL Adhesive is $6.95, refills $4.50 and Stampin' Dimensionals $3.95 (plus tax and shipping). Both adhesives have a high quantity to them and will last you for several Shoppes!  I will have these for sale at Stamp Shoppe, if you forget yours or run out! You will also want to bring scissors.

WANT MORE FREE cards at the Stamp Shoppe? You've got it! Bring a friend who has never stamped with me before and you'll get to make an entire EXTRA set of cards for FREE! That means that you'll get to make TWELVE cards total – 2 of each design – 1 to keep as a sample and 1 to send! If you're only registered for Scrapbook Shoppe and bring a friend then you'll get to make a set of cards for FREE in addition to your scrapbook pages. (This offer valid if you and your guest are paying full price and is not valid with any coupons or other pricing specials).
DO I NEED TO PRE-PAY? No! But I DO need to know that you're committed to coming and if you're bringing a friend by 9:00 am on the Wednesday before Stamp Shoppe in order to prepare an accurate number of cut materials. Simply call or e-mail me to reserve your spot at the table!
March 15th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm OPEN Hours
March 16th from 9 am – Noon OPEN Hours
Christian Care Center
948 Wiggins PKWY, Mesquite, TX 75150
(I-30 and Northwest Hwy)
Please reserve your spot by 9:00 am - March 13th!
Linda Barnes
Stampin'  Up! Demonstrator

972-226-7618 / 214-384-0414
e-mail - 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Just Beautiful!

I love to share more than just my paper crafting.  When I capture something beautiful on my camera, I will share it with you,  because these are things we shouldn't miss and are worth sharing!  I noticed as I glanced out the window yesterday evening, the color seemed different .  I walked outside and the sky was so pretty.  The sun was already down, but had left the the painted clouds.  I have seen much more gorgeous sunsets, but the sky last night just struck me as soft and beautiful.

 Once the color had faded away in the west, I looked to the east and there was the moon.  I thought this was really pretty also!

Oh, Hello!

I thought you might enjoy a few cards from the Oh, Hello Stamp Set,  It is in the Spring Catalog and is sold alone or as a bundle with the Oval Framelits.  My post yesterday featured this set on the 3 x 3 note cards.  Just love it!

Swap from Cheri Kroncke

Swap from Susan Schulgen

Friday, February 22, 2013

Box with Note Cards

This is the project I demoed on Stage Saturday at the Dallas Regional.  I got he idea from France Martin.  I copied her box and her note cards to use as a display for my Sale-a-bration Kickoff event.  When I was asked to be a presenter at Regional, I decided to show this project, but I came up with my own note cards, because I wanted to put this together as a bundle, so you could get the Simply Sent Card Kit FREE!

 I decided to use our Tea for Two DSP, The Oh Hello Stamp set and the Oval Framelits for these little note cards.  I used So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso Markers and a little Crochet Trim.  Notice that I covered the flaps of my envelopes with coordinating DSP.  I made the six card below to put in this cute little box.

So this is what you would order to get the Happy Hello card kit FREE. The Bundle includes the stamp set AND the Framelits.  You would just need some Whisper White card stock cut 3 x 6 to make your note cards and some markers or ink pads to stamp with and you could make this project!  These little note cards are perfect to tuck into a gift bag or  a lunch box.  Place one in a book someone is reading with a special note to them or leave one on a coworkers desk to let them know you are thinking of them.  The whole set would make a perfect little gift.

This is the Happy Hello Card Kit

It is designed to make these cards

Or you can add card stock or other embellishments or greetings!  Make them your own or make them simple as they were intended!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Umbre Dyed Ribbon

You have all seen the new color fad...Umbre right?  Colors that blend together from dark to light.  Did you know you can dye our natural Cotton Ribbon?  You can also stamp on it!  The Natural 7/8" ribbon was introduced in our Holiday Catalog, but is still available in the Spring Catalog.  This is so much fun!  I learned this at the Dallas Regional this past week end.  So here is how you do it.....
Start with the length of Cotton Ribbon you need for your project, 3 Markers in different shades, and an Aqua Painter

Color one side of ribbon with the lightest color

Color the center with the next lightest color

Then color the other edge with the darker of the three

Now take your Aqua Painter and blend the colors together.  You will need to get it pretty wet and just blend until you like the way it looks

Now flip it over and wet the back side so the color bleeds through

You can let it air dry or use your Heat Tool.  The Heat tool works great and because the ribbon is cotton it won't melt or get wavy on you.

In this picture I am doing a long length of ribbon in shades of pink.  Because it was much longer than the piece above, I actually sprayed a little water on it and then blended with the Aqua Painter.

I stamped one of our cute little Kraft gift boxes with Versa Mark using the Secret Garden Stamp set

The tag was made using the 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch and the Secret Garden Stamp set and Framelits.  There is a Dahlia attached to the center of the cut out flower.  The Sentiment is from the stamp set Sassy Salutations.

Isn't this a nice little gift box to give someone?
So what do you think about the umbre ribbon?  Pretty cute Huh?  And it is so easy!  You can create any color combination you want with our awesome markers!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Wanderings

As I sit in my little office space upstairs working on my business, I stop to gaze out the windows.  I love the view from this room.  I can see the garden and chicken house in the back and the open area with the big oak tree out front.  Today it is cold and rainy, but every few minutes the sun tries to peak out and the water droplets on the bare tree limbs sparkle like jewels. I can hear the birds singing and it is so peaceful.  I wish I could wrap up in a blanket, sit by the window and read a book today....but I have to go in to work later, so I will have only a short while left to enjoy this moment.  We all need to stop and enjoy peace and tranquility when it is given to us.  Sit and be still and see the beauty before our eyes.  Ten minutes out of our day to stop and marvel at our surroundings, really listen and just breathe it all in can do wonders for the soul.

I even spotted a daffodil from my window.

Suprise from my friend Julie!

I have to tell you this short little story first....While at Leadership in Orlando, our little group went to a Vera Bradley outlet store.  My Up-line Rolanda LOVES Vera Bradley.  I am not so crazy about it.  So I was just wandering around.  Then she shows me this purse and suggests that I should get it to carry while on our trip to Figi/New Zealand...small, over the shoulder bag.  I decided yes that would be good, found one in my favorite color combination, red and black.  Then she shows me these cute passport holders.  Well, I REALLY wanted one to match my bag, but they didn't have any in this color. So I didn't get my passport holder. (The bag is pretty cute, huh?)

The purse and cosmetic bag I bought.
So fast forward to last Friday night....We were holding our Stamp Shoppe at The Christian Care Center.  I forgot a couple of things and Julie my downline and good friend ran back to get them for me.  Later that night when I got home and went out to my stamp room, look what I found!  These were wrapped in a clear bag with a pretty red ribbon.  My Passport cover to match my purse AND matching flip flops!  I was so excited and surprised!  She left them when she had came by earlier that evening.  She is so thoughtful and sweet!!  I have the most terrific girls on my Ladybug Stamper Team!!

Passport holder, flip flops and sweet card from Julie