Early Bird Camp-in-Oga!

You may be tempted to tell me that the Early Bird is probably just having to eat frozen worms and huddled in its nest cuz it’s so stinkin’ cold this spring…poor little birdies…but regardless..this isn’t about cold birds…it’s about Early Bird PRICING for stamp camp.  It ends today!  Get ON IT!  cuz you know you want to hang out with all the cool kids!  Camp, it’s the best crafty thing in town!  Seriously..we got cute cards..we got raffles, doorprizes, rolling demos and demos rolling on the floor and did I mention Rubber Rummage…tables of it!

You can register HERE!

Take Three- Free Card Class

So it’s back to normal!  It was so nice to see all you that stopped by the booth this past weekend at the Scrapbook Expo.  It was crazy fun!  This was the first year that I was able to get my act together in time to submit workshops for the expo and I taught a collage class on Friday and an acetate class on Saturday.  We did two fun folds in the acetate class, a window card and a gap card using acetate.  While I was a complete rookie at Expo classes, I think we managed to pull off a couple of nice stamping/crafting opportunities for our attendees.  Now to start figuring out a few things for next year already.

So now that expo is a wrap and we can return to regularly programing, I’ve got to shift focus to the yard, the house and my “normal” classes.  Normal of course is a relative word around here.  Normal crazy, normal chaos…normal is such a “subjective” word.  Now, I usually have a Take Three Class on first Thursday and Friday of the month and with the expo that thru that entire plan down the drain.  Between Memorial Day weekend and the fact that I’m on a 2nd shift schedule at the hospital it’s making my month a little bit of an issue….so…I’ve got ONLY one day for the Take Three Free Card Class this month.  It’s going to be Friday, May 10th from 9:30am-7pm.  Of course, nothing is perfect and as such, Adria is graduating with her Masters on that Friday so I’m heading out around noon but I’ve got “class sitters” lined up for the rest of the day.  🙂   Now don’t forget, the Take Three Free Class is open to any stamper that brings a $25 order with them on the day of the class.  It’s scads of fun and like I said, we usually do Thursday and Friday.  Now here’s the really fun part.  I have a Rewards Club that goes along with this.  For my special customers that join the “Rewards Club”, we commit to attending the Take Three class for 8 months and in the course of the 8 months, each member places a minimum of a $20 order and we rotate the Hostess Benefits among the Rewards Club Members.  I have quite a few extra perks for my Club Members and the good news is that we are starting a new round of clubs this month!  How about it?  Want to get in with the In-Crowd?  Its a barrel of fun!

Here’s one of the cards that we will be stamping that day.

It’s using the Everything Is Rosy Bundle.  Purchase this medley of products from me by May 11th

(it’s while supplies last – so don’t wait!) and you will be invited to either an in person class or a virtual video tutorial along with a pdf with directions and supplies to make 4 cards using the Everything Is Rosy kit.  This suite of products is amazing.  I was extremely impressed with the items in person.  It’s swoon worthy!

Use Hostess Code NUABCTBK when ordering online for  the May Drawing

In-Color Club

It’s been a crazy week here in the studio as we are prepping for my Scrapbook Expo booth.  I mentioned on my Facebook Live last week that I will be selling these adorable little adhesive kits in the booth and demonstrating various projects and products both in the booth and during my classes.  They are going to be soooo stinkin’ cute.  So one of my besties stopped in this morning to try to lure me away from my work to go to an estate sale…I know, I was shocked!  So devious…but I prevailed..and put her to work…hahaha…She spent the morning coloring tags for those cute little adhesive totes.  And they ARE stinkin’ cute.  Moral of the story…if you are stopping by with the intent to tempt me to throw the to-do list out the window…this is NOT the week to do it.  Furthermore, you WILL be put to work…it will be fun work, but still work.  But look, she’s still smiling.

 

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the expo as well.  I’ve put together an In-Color club.  It’s sooooo cool.  Here are the details..

2019-2021 In-Color Club

Do you want all of the new In Colors? CHECK THIS OUT!  I’ve created an In-Color Club.   This program will get you all the NEW In-Color Products over the next five months so it is a little easier on your pocketbook (it’s called that b-word …..“budget”)  Each month, you will receive a variety of products for one of the five new In Colors and a different color will be featured every month.  Using the stamp set you receive in the first month, you will stamp 3 cards every month using the featured color.

June: Pretty Peacock

  • Pretty Peacock Ink Pad
  • Pretty Peacock Refill
  • In-Color Asst Cardstock (20 sheets)
  • Vibrant Vases Stamp Set
  • In-Color Markers
  • Cardstock packet for 3 cards – 3 designs,

July: Terracotta Tile

  • Terra Cotta Tile Ink Pad
  • Terra Cotta Tile Refill
  • Terra Cotta Tile Blends
  • Vase Builder Punch
  • Cardstock packet for 3 cards – 3 designs

Aug: Purple Posy

  • Purple Posy Ink Pad
  • Purple Posy Refill
  • Purple Posy Blends
  • In-Color Gingham DSP
  • In-Color Asst Cardstock (20 sheets)
  • Cardstock packet for 3 cards – 3 designs

Sept: Seaside Spray

  • Seaside Spray Pad
  • Seaside Spray Refill
  • Seaside Spray Blends
  • Woven Threads DSP
  • In-Color Faceted Dots
  • Woven Threads Sequins
  • Cardstock packet for 3 cards – 3 designs

Oct:  Rococo Rose

  • Rococo Rose Ink Pad
  • Rococo Rose Refill
  • Rococo Rose Blends
  • In-Color ½” Scallop Ribbon 10 yds (2yds/color)
  • Cardstock packet for 3 cards – 3 designs

Cost: $40 plus $7 priority shipping

5 Months – June-Oct 2019

-If you are local to Waukesha and wish to pick up your product from the studio, I will include a $5.00 Gift credit, in your bag.   -if you currently own the Vase Builder Punch or Vibrant Vases stamp set, we can easily substitute product

How do you sign up? Email me to register!stampwithsarah@wi.rr.com  (I’m going to attempt to add something to the calendar but this will have to do for now.)  Register and the first installment will be processed on June 1st.  we can keep a credit card on file or I will send a Paypal invoice on the 1st of each month.  Supplies will be shipped directly to you from Stampin’ Up!  *Cardstock packets will be mailed by the 15th via USPS.  PDF & video link will be emailed.

Sarah Schueler – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

www.stinkincutecards.com  – 262-894-7893

Split Pea and Ham Recipe

Yes, I know that this is a stamping blog BUT…as much as I wish it otherwise, I cannot stamp all day, everyday.  Occasionally I need to make a meal and clean the house.  Last week, our freezer was only halfway working.  The bottom was freezing but the top where all the ice cream is kept, wasn’t.  I’m pretty sure you can imagine what my day was filled with.  So, I had a few things that needed to be used up and one of them were the “smoked pork hocks”.  Now, when we bought the pig from a farmer friend and it was at the butcher, the butchers called and asked if I wanted the hocks too.   While I’m no spring chicken, I’m not from the “let’s all whip up some smoked pork hocks” era either….but being a frugal, waste-not, want-not kind of gal, I said, “sure, throw them in”.  They’ve been sitting all wrapped up in the freezer with a fair shot at getting freezer burned as I had absolutely no idea what to do with them.  I’m calling it Sarendipity that the freezer puked out and I needed to jump online and find a recipe to use those thawed out pork hocks..

Of course, I’m pretty sure you aren’t the “my favorite meal is pork hocks” kind of person either BUT this recipe will work fabulously with a ham bone and guess what a vast majority of you will be eating on Sunday noon…yup, an Easter Ham!  Me?  I’m working but I’m going to try and sweet talk Rob into cooking.  🙂  So don’t throw out that ham bone…make this split pea soup.  It was AMAZING and super easy.  I made a double batch and I think I’ve only got about 2 bowls left.  It was THAT good…and did I mention it was pretty easy?  I found this recipe over at https://stripedspatula.com/split-pea-soup-with-ham/ Follow her on pinterest for a bunch of other very tasty sounding recipes and if the rest are as tasty as the split pea soup, I’m a fan!

 

Lovely As A Tree

This is a pretty exciting time of year as for us demonstrators and customers, it’s the New Catalog time of year.  Several of my downline and I just returned from Minneapolis where we attended our 2019 Onstage.   It’s a good thing I’m a better stamper than a photgrapher!  Oh brother…

At this event, not only do we get to have fun with friends,  we get to pick up our “new” catalog, earn prizes and see some of the new product in action.  I am thrilled with the new In-Colors and much of the new product in this upcoming catalog.  There’s something for every style of stamper and level of ability.  It’s amazeballs…. Next Onstage is Nov 2019.  Join my team of stampers so that YOU can have as much fun as we do!

Of course, “in with the new”, also means, “out with the old” and so some of our favorites have to leave…and yes, the rumors are true. This is the year, our longest running stamp set, Lovely As A Tree is retiring.  It’s been in the catalog since 2001.  I’m fairly certain 99% of my customers own this set.  Mine has been well loved and well used.  It’s THE only set still on my shelf that is in the old clam-style plastic case.  Crazy!   and I’m pretty sure that I purchased it the year it came out.  🙂  It’s almost as old as some of my children. Here’s a card that we did YEARS ago using a technique called the dryer sheet technique.  Basically you spray adhesive on the cardstock after it’s been stamped, lay a used dryer sheet on it and then sprinkle it with dazzling diamonds.  I remember my customers doing this in the living room of our old house (we’ve been here in this one for 13 yrs) and the memory is burned into my mind because it made a little bit of a MESS!  🙂  But it’s a cool Technique!

After The retiring list will be posting today at 1pm MT and it’s while supplies last for all accessories and papers.  SO if there’s something on your list you JUST have to have, I would urge you to order ASAP!  I’ve got customers that are still kicking themselves over missing the Tool Set diecuts from LAST year.  Seriously!

Use Hostess Code REDJNN6U when ordering online

to be register for a drawing for April’s Stamp Set.

By the Bay Sale-a-bration Option

Glancing quickly (ok, quickly is somewhat subjective) at Facebook today, it seems like a majority of my friends and family are by some sort of Bay…in a warm and exotic climate, of course.  Spring Break is a little dull when you aren’t the one on break and the closest to a Bay, I’m getting this week, is when we drive past BAYVIEW on our way to IKEA today…Hopefully.

I’ve been promising Ella that we would shop for a new desk if she would get her room picked up.  So far we are in Day 6 and the chances of “clean badge” are sitting at about 50:50.  I will NOT purchase that desk to have it sit around waiting for someone to get off her little tushy to clean.  And let it be known, the New Desk/IKEA ship will be sailing out of the bay today as it’s the last day I can make that trek down.  I’ve got to start cutting cardstock for class on Friday and Saturday so I’m rounding up all forms of electronic distractions as to make my IKEA trip a little more probable because I love IKEA.  It’s so pretty and organized….everything I desire in life and currently am not achieving.  One might wonder if the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree….but let it be known, as well, that MY desk that my dear friend Tracy organized a couple of weeks ago…it’s been tidy for exactly 13 days.  You should be so proud of me!  I had the corner shelves on the list for spring break too but the odds of that are about 50:50 too.  What’s next on YOUR list to Marie Kondo?

This is my sweet little card that we stamped this week in class.  I’ve used the By The Bay stamp set.  It’s a set that is FREE with a qualifying $50 order here during Sale-a-bration but remember, SAB ends on March 31st.  It’s such a sweet set….

by the Bay

Product List

One of the tips that I did with this card was to take an empty Wink of Stella brush.   (DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!  They make great Aqua Painters!) and filled it with water and added 8 drops of Balmy Blue re-inker.  This gave me a paintbrush to watercolor the background sky and sea.  I think I’ll demonstrate this on Friday’s Facebook Live.  Join me at 1pm for Friday’s Facebook Live….I have class at my usual time so I need to switch it up a tad!

Make sure that you head over to my new improved calendar to check out April’s class options as well.  I’m so excited to have had a facelift for my website here and LOVE what Kelly has done!