Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Food! Friends! Family! Fun! Fat tummies!


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Tomorrow is the big day! 

Today your house is spotless and the kitchen is buzzing with activities of food prep, family prep and more. My house is messy and dirty, as we are far from settled into this house yet. Every day we make progress. Whether it be a new shelf hung, a closet cleaned out or a box unpacked, we are working on it every single day. There is still so much of my parents stuff here, to be sorted, packed or donated. We are all getting burned out of this process and anxious to start the remodel process, but the house is not ready for that yet. 

Thanksgiving will be here whether we are ready or not. The Old Country Buffet Turkey dinner is looking like it will be the reality. The tradition will continue as traditions do. 

This card says sweet thanks. Thanks for a lot of things, including my readers. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is 2 Days Away

With two days to go I hope you have your turkey purchased and thawed. Then again who am I to talk. I have cooked a whole turkey exactly three disastrous times. There will not be a fourth, trust me, my family says "thank you" for that. I am a really good cook but for some darn reason whole turkeys elude me. We have turkey rolls about once a month. At this point in my life I am pretty darn sure it is a mental block. Maybe I need my chi adjusted. (smile) Not likely.

In spite of my turkey mess, we all have much to be thankful for this year. For my family, we are in a new (okay, really old but new to them) home. My mom is no longer in pain and suffering. Both kids are loving school (how many parents can say that!) I am enjoying Stampin' Up! more than ever. And my husband just hit 20 years with the same company. 

I challenge you to be thankful for five things this week. Five things is a pretty full plate folks. 

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Extravaganza Sale this Week


Many Big Shot dies and much more goodies. Shop now. 

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Thanksgiving Countdown

Thanksgiving is days away. What are your  holiday plans and what traditions do you have?

My kids are voting for Old Country Buffet for dinner as that is a tradition my parents started when the kids were very little. It was easier for everyone involved. I really do not want to go as I do not eat most of that food except for the soup and salad. We do need a tradition, whether it be an old one or a new one.

We are in a new house and all our local family that we have spent holidays with in the past are now deceased. I think it's time to start a new tradition of some type. The kids say nope. Must stay as is. We have always been a crazy Black Friday early shopper. I am not even interested in that this year. So far no one has listed any gift ideas that make it essential to go out in the cold in the middle of the night and fight the crowds. I do hear "but it's tradition mom".  

So, this old fart is ready for some fresh ideas, I see that the kids want to carry on the crazy traditions. This is the only way to do Thanksgiving weekend that they have ever known. Kids traditions is likely to be how this all falls out in a few days.  

What tradition can your family not live without for Thanksgiving? 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 2015 Stampin' Up! News

Needs A Ribbon November 2015

Ø  Hello
Ø  Specials
Ø  Events
Ø  Holidays
Ø  Club Flyer

It has taken me a little longer to get out this newsletter because, as you can see, my calendar is filling up with many fun events. Remember if you do not see an event on here but are interested, please bring it to my attention. I love hearing your class ideas. And soon I will be able to have classes from the convenience of my home. Kind of a little (a whole lot!!!!) excited about that. I have been taking my classes on the road for since 2008/2009, which I do love doing, and coming to people’s homes to create together, but there is something about the convenience of being in your own space. I know you all know what I mean.


Weekly Deals
Don’t forget that Stampin’ Up! has weekly deals posted Tuesdays. Always while supplies last. You can see how many items are left from the order screen.

Paper Pumpkin
Paper Pumpkin is your crafting solution. $19.95 (plus tax). Everything you need to escape and create right in a pretty blood orange box delivered to your door monthly. Order multiple months and save more. Use hostess rewards for an even better deal. Pinterest has lots of alternate uses for each kit. Ask me how.


I have a special Sale-A-Bration club for January – March. $50 per person with 3 people per club. Each take a turn being a silent hostess. Details at the end of the newsletter.

Any time you have a group that agrees to purchase a minimum of $150 in merchandise total a month, you can form your own club and take turns being silent hostess. 10 people at $15 per month? 6 people at $25 per month? 5 people at $30 per month? You get the picture.


Events Summary:
November 20, Customer Appreciation
November 21, Stop and Shop Event
December 4, Hello Life Kit home décor
December 9, Product Playground (demonstrators only)
December 11, 3P night, Paper Pumpkin and Pizza Mystery Night
December 19, Stop and Shop Event
Holiday Card Studio – at your request
Holiday Stamp-A-Stack of cards – at your request

Customer Appreciation Night (open house)
Friday, November 20, 5-9 Elegance Room on 109th in Blaine
Relax, enjoy a glass of wine & appetizers, & do your Christmas Shopping. This is a chance for me to spoil you a little. Raffle Drawings. I will have large mystery gift bags for my customers that attend. Cards for sale. Feel free to bring a friend or two. Please RSVP so I know how many gifts to bring.

Stop and Shop Event, Saturday, November 21st, 10-4 BeBops Elegance Rm
Yes, I am back the next morning for another event.  This event does have a Facebook event page by the same name. 35 plus vendors and crafters all in one place. Drink and food specials will be available!

Holiday Card Studio
View holiday card samples. Get professional help designing your holiday card. Order supplies from me and I will cut card stock for you and deliver with your order and give you instructions. No Big Shot work though.  Expect to receive order by November 20th, cut and prepped. Sign up by November 9th. Open house but I will spend 1:1 time for 15 minutes with each guest.

Class is open to all, including team members. Bring a friend and get to make a VIP project. Team: bring a friend who places an order with you that day and make the VIP project.
·      If you would still like to come to this event, please let me know. I will accommodate your schedule.
You will need to know how many cards you need at the time of order.

Holiday Stamp-A-Stack of cards – I am unable to have on at my house this year or at Caribou. If you would like to host this event, I am happy to plan the event.

Product Playground. December 9, 1-3 Caribou Coffee Riverdale. If you are in my downline it is a chance to come play with preorder products from the Occasions catalog that comes out in January. Want to see and play with new products before they are available to the public? Join my team today!

Hello Life Project KitFriday, December 4, 6-9 Minnetonka. $30 Page 131 in the Annual Catalog. This is a great gift for any occasion. Perfect for that hard to gift person for Christmas. Sign up is 2 weeks ahead of time, by November 20 so I can preorder the kits. Prepayment Is required. Open to customers and team members. Bring a friend and get to do the VIP project.

3P Night – Paper Pumpkin and Pizza mystery night. Friday, December 11, 6-9 pm $25 includes a kit and pizza. You will get a mystery Paper Pumpkin kit. We will all have different kits. And you will not know which one until you open it. We will have other special fun. Open to customers and team members. Bring a friend and get to do the VIP project! Sign up for this fun night by December 9!

Stop and Shop Event, Saturday, December 19th, 10-4, BeBops Elegance Rm
This event does have a Facebook event page by the same name. 35 plus vendors and crafters all in one place. Drink and food specials will be available!


I am available to assist you with your holiday projects. Holidays seem to bring out the handmade in people. Call or email any time. Happy to assist you.

Many items from the Holiday mini catalog are retiring. The list is available at my website. I am completely crushed that the Woodlands embossing folder is retiring. But that usually means that have even cooler products just around the corner. Get your items while they are still available. List was posted on November 16th. Supply levels should be posted. Act fast!!!

I do hope you are able to attend the appreciation event this Friday by BeBops in Blaine.

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Clubs that Sale-A-Brate!!!

·       Receive the current catalog & the NEW 2015-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog FREE!
  • Each month you will rotate who is the ‘Hostess’. Receive hostess benefits for your month.  Hostess benefits will be for the minimum $150 party (unless you collect other orders/payment to increase your benefits). In the month that you are the Hostess, you may increase my party total by gathering outside orders or by hosting a stamp party for friends at your home in addition to our club event.
  • You can do the club by yourself (me, myself and I).
  • Each $50 product order gets a Sale-A-Bration item FREE.
  • (Optional) Tech Class once during the 3 month period. I will bring the supplies and instruct you on 3 new techniques.

Sale-A-Bration 2016 Club Agreement

I,                                                                , agree to be a member in the Sale-A-Bration Club organized Sandy McManus, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

·   I agree to purchase each month, for 3 months, a $ 50 minimum order of merchandise from any current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  (Amount before shipping and handling.)
Initials: ________
·   I understand that I must submit an order and payment on or before the club order due date of 20th each month, including the month that I am the hostess.  If I fail to place the order by the deadline, I understand that card stock products will be ordered in my behalf to fulfill my minimum club requirement and I will be billed for this merchandise.
    Initials: ________
·   In the month that I am the Hostess, I will receive all of the Hostess Benefits, based on the total orders received that month.  I may increase my party total by gathering outside orders or *by hosting a party in my home my Hostess month. 
    Initials: ________

Preferred hostess month    January     February     March

Pair me with __________________ & ________________ club members

By signing this agreement, I understand the club rules and obligation of stamp club and will do my best to RSVP the week of club. If I am unable to attend, I will have my order turned in before the night of club.

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Credit Card Number:  _______   _______   _______   _______     Expires on  ______ /_______

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PO Box 1769 Minnetonka MN 55345

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Diva Blog Hop - November Give Thanks

You have arrived from Sue

In this month of thankfulness in a season in which there is a lot for which all of us are grateful, the Divas are giving thanks during our blog hop. 

STAMPS: Thankful Forest Friends 139720 w 139723 c, Vintage Leaves 138802
INKS: StayzOn Black, Delightful Dijon 138327
PAPERS: Whisper White 100730, Basic Black 121045, Delightful Dijon 138338
ACCESSORIES: Black Spider Webs 139622, Scallop Tag Topper Punch 133324, Hello Honey Twill Ribbon 138417, Lace Ribbon Venetian 134581, 2 1/2" Circle Punch 120906, Lucky Stars TIEF 135817, Leaflets Framelits 138283,104430 Dimensionals

Halloween may be weeks over but I am still finding uses for those Spiderweb Doiles. Chopped up and hiding part of it gives the card texture and maybe a vintage or gothic look without being too seasonal. I might miss them when this catalog ends. 

This card went together very quickly. My continual challenge to myself right now is to use up spare parts from other projects and make something new out of it. The leaves were from a previous Diva swap. The card base was actually from a failed card. I tossed the top layer. Even the tag was from a previous project. 

To understand, I have always started from scratch in the past. Every project. This is an artistic stretch for me to use what's in front of me. Call it a take on a limited supply challenge. It's just being creative with what's already in front of you. Kind of like making things from a kit. 

From another demonstrator, additional ways to use the doilies. 

Thank you for hopping by thus November. 

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Gift Tag for the Holidays

Yes. It is the season of giving (and maybe receiving). Which means we like to enhance our gifts with pretty bows and tags and bags and wrap. It elevates the gift, especially if the packaging is handmade. 

This tag is the VIP project from my Card Studio event. At the Card Studio for Christmas I had over 40 card samples to help plan your Christmas card. As part of the class you get one on one time with a professional. And the perk for ordering your supplies from me is I will cut your card bases and basic pieces for free and deliver with your order within two weeks of order. No Big Shot work or punching. 

At the event of you brought a friend you were able to do an extra project. This tag is the VIP project. 

STAMPS: Festival of Trees 135059
INKS: Crumb Cake 126975,  Cherry Cobbler 126966
PAPERS: White thick cardstock 140272, Merry Moments DSP 138450
ACCESSORIES: Crumb Cake 3/8" stitched ribbon 138428, Cherry Cobbler thick bakers twine 138414, Tree punch 135859, Tree builder punch 138295, Scallop Tag Topper punch 133324, 1" circle punch 119868, glue dots 103683

I like the thick cardstock for this project because tags get bounced and banged a lot. 

In planning all this made me realize Black Friday is in two weeks. It also made me realize we only buy gifts for the four of us now because the family is smaller and the dynamics have changed. It made me think that maybe we need to look at doing something for the community. 

How whom do you exchange Christmas gifts with and why?

Thank you for stopping by today. don't forget you can order these supplies and other fantastic products from Stampin' Up!. Just click on the shop now button on my blog. 

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Thankful

This season of friends and family there are many reasons to feel grateful and send a Thank You or Thinking of You card. 

As part of my continued "using the scraps in front of me" I whipped up this card in mere moments last night. 

Everything except the striped newsprint paper is from a previous swap. Even that was a scrap I cut down. My challenge continues to empty the bin I now keep in my studio right in front of me. I add scraps and I use them. I wish I had done this years ago. I used to stick them back into my paper sorter. My office was arranged differently. Now I peak first in there to see what I can make. It's getting empty but I know that won't last. 

Let's look at the supplies, which are all listed on previous blog posts. 

STAMPS: Watercolor Thank You 135377, Vintage Leaves 138802
INKS: Delightful Dijon 138327, StayzOn Black 101406
PAPERS: Gold Glimmer 133719, Very Vanilla 101650, Delightful Dijon 138338, Typeset Specialty DSP 133704
ACESSORIES: Leaflets Framelits 138283, Woodland TIEF 139673, 2.5" circle punch 120906, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine 132975, Dinemsionals 104430

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Happy stamping, Sandy

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