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Stampin’ Up!
With Sandy McManus

Wow! Was that the shortest summer in Minnesota ever. Or at least it felt like it. Maybe it was all the rains in June. Anyway, we got to the State Fair this year on a perfect summer day. Always a fun day. And we moved my son to college in Winona, where his sister attends. Guess it’s all in the family. Go Warrior pride! 

NEWS

The Holiday (Fall/Winter) catalog went live September 5, 2018! If you have purchased from me in the last year (ish) you received a hard copy of the catalog. If you would like a copy of the catalog or know someone that would, email me today

And with a new catalog means an upcoming Extravaganza showcasing the fantastic products in the catalog. See below for more information and more event information.

Stampin’ Up!s 30thanniversary celebration is happening all year. Their big huge fun celebration is happening in November in Orlando. There is still time to join my teamand attend the big celebration. 

If you have been on the fence about making the decision to join the company I have been part of for 13thyears, just do it! It’s $99 plus local tax and you get $125 worth of products and all the business things you need to get going. Stay with us a while and change your life (it certainly changed mine), or try it for a few months and see if you like it. 

I am really really close to reaching my next level. If I do by September 30th, I get to attend a special party on November 7that Convention. And I have a special gift for you for joining. Consider it today. I love what I do and love sharing what I love. Every day. 

EVENTS

I have my recurring monthly Stamp-A-Stack of 6 cards (2 each 3 cards). Payment due by the 15thof the month to participate. Make them in person or make at home. Learn more!

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Annual local Stampin’ Up! Convention put on by local leaders. Open to my downline only. Registration is now closed. Plan for September 2019. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10-1 pm
New catalog means a product extravaganza with live demonstrations, hundreds of samples, a card contest, prizes and so much more. No registration needed, but give me a heads up so I know to look for you.

Sandy's Sandbox
October 9, 2018, 1-4 pm Minnetonka
December 4, 2018, 1-4 pm Minnetonka
Come explore Stampin' Up! products. Test out ink colors, Big Shot and dies and embossing folders and punches. Anything that does not consume product.
*Event is FREE. You must provide your own paper and adhesive and any other consumables. 
*Feel free to bring food and beverage. There is a microwave and Keurig onsite. Friends welcome.
*Friends welcome.

November 7-10, 2018
Open to demonstrators. Registration closes soon so you will need to join soon if you would like to attend with me. I will be gone for an extended time around the time of the event. 

It's the holidays! To show my appreciation, I am inviting you to my Holiday Customer Appreciation Event. 

*Event is FREE. 
*Registration is helpful (want to make sure I have enough projects for you). 
*There will be several projects for you to choose from. You will chose 2. 
*Refreshments provided. 
 
Two sessions: 
>Friday, November 30, 2018, 6-9 pm
>Saturday, December 1, 2018, 11-2 pm

Event is open to customers and downline. Bring friends. Make a day or evening of it.

Online Classes
Class packets you order online and make at home. In the works. Not sure when it will be live. Really soon. Check your email for updates. 

Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 CST
Visit Facebook to view. Mark it on your calendar! 

SPECIALS

Don’t forget to use your August Bonus Days coupons in September. In August for every $50 in merch spent you got a emailed coupon for $5 to use in September. I need to use mine too!

·  Promotion period: September 1–30
·  Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
·  In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $250 USD/$300 CAD (before shipping and handling).
·  One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many qualifying orders can be placed in September.
·  Demonstrator, Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify. 
·  Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
·  Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.
 I think that’s a wrap fellow crafting goddesses!
Be sure to tune in to Facebook Live: Let’s Make Something on Mondays and Wednesdays, or watch it after. I show products, techniques and great crafting ideas. 
Keep Being Creative, Sandy

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August 2018

Hello my crafty friends!

August Hostess Code: DHQ44NTC

State Fair is just around the corner, which means, a new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! will soon be available! It goes Live September 5th. If you have purchased from me in the last year your catalog is in the mail or arrived today (I have heard from a few of you already). If you would like a catalog and do not receive one, email me. I would love to supply you with one. It is a fantastic catalog.

I do have a lot of news to share.

Welcome Missy to my Stampin’ Up! Team. She loved the free set of ink pad promotion in July (you got 10 free ink pads when you joined). And Welcome back to my Stampin’ Up! Team Jeny. She also loved getting 10 fresh new ink pads in her starter kit! Thank you ladies. I am excited to have you on board. 

My upline (three levels up) Terri Gaines, reached $1,000,000 in sales with Stampin’ Up! today. I am so happy for her I cried. That is a lot of paper and ink over 22 some years. 

And my upline Denise promoted in July to Silver Elite and her upline promoted to Gold. It was a good month. 

Interested in joining in the fun? Start here!

In July I sent out a mini card kit to a select few of you, 25 to be exact, featuring the Rooted in Nature product suite from the Annual Catalog. I wanted to see what you would do with the kit and I wanted to share products from one of my favorite new kits. I challenged you to share what you made. I have heard from quite a few of you. I am hoping to hear from more and then I will get them posted. As they say about snowflakes, no two are alike!

Next Monday we move my son to college. By the end of the week we will be empty nesters. I am not entirely sure how I feel about this. I try not to think about it. There hasn’t been a lot of time to think about it anyway with getting him ready for the move, and other happenings around home and business. 

Using the hostess code: 

When you place an order onlinetoward the end of purchasing there will be a blank for the Hostess Code. If you use the hostess code, you may receive a surprise from me! August - DHQ44NTC

Monthly mailable Stamp-A-Stack 

$15 for 6 cards and envelopes, $7 for shipping and handling. August cards are 2 birthday, 2 sympathy, 2 more birthday. Payment of cash or check for $22 due to Sandy McManus, PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345. I am extending the deadline this month, normally it is the 15thof the month. I am extending it to the 22ndfor payment received, and packets will be mailed around the 24th. I dropped the ball on sending out reminders, that is why I am extending the deadline. 

In your packet you will receive instructions and supplies and envelopes for all 6 cards. Items come pre-stamped and cut and any Big Shot work is done for you by me. You just need to assemble per the instructions or however you desire. Easy Peasy cards. And we all need easy.  Learn moreabout the monthly Stamp A Stack of cards. 

More Classes that I Offer

If you did not know it, I do Facebook Live videoson Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 pm Central time. I have changed the name to better reflect what my Live streams are about – Live at 5! Let’s Make Something. Sometimes I just make a mess. Sometimes I make a difference. Some times I show you tips and techniques. Last week I showed my unboxing of my Holiday catalog pre-order. You can go back and watch the videos anytime. I am s l o w l y getting them up on YouTube and my website. My personal life will be a lot calmer after college move in day. Or so I want to believe…

Holiday Catalog Product Extravaganza

Mark your calendar. We have another Extravaganza coming up in September. You, my friends, are invited. And only you! I do not invite the general public. This is something we put on for our customers, friends, and downline 3 times a year. If you have been to this event, you know how amazing it is. And I believe each one gets better and better. I will be demonstrating all things Halloween with my downline Jeny. I am staying home from Family Day at college because I believe in this event that much. I wish my out of state friends could attend! Invitation coming soon.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10-1 pm 

Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!s monthly “in a box” craft kit mailed right to your door. We have been told a sneak peek at September’s kit is something spooky. The kit is $19.95 plus local tax. No shipping or any other hidden fees. That is it. Sign up by September 10thto make sure you get your spooky box. You can opt out any time and opt back in. I frequently stop and start my own subscription based on my own needs and time commitments. 

Each kit comes with all that you need to complete that kit. You just need scissors, and sometimes a little adhesive. Your first kit comes with a clear block. Each kit comes with an ink spot (1” square ink pad that can be re-inked!), a clear photopolymer stamp set, paper supplies and embellishments to make cards, or home décor, or gift packaging and more. Sign up today!

We do offer savings on 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions that save you on your kit each month. Makes a great gift and is a fantastic way to start building your ink pads and stamp sets. See Pinterest for many, many alternatives to each months kit. 

Fall Schedule

I will be adding more items to my fall class lineup in September. I will notify you when that schedule is up and running. 

Live at 5! Let’s Make Something
Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 Central
Monthly Stamp-A-Stack
Payment Due August 22, 2018 by mail
6 cards and envelopes, 2 each 3 designs. 

Empty Nest Syndrome
August 23, 2018
Stay tuned for how I feel about all these changes!

State Fair
Minnesota State Fair Starts – I need my Fudge Puppy and Wild Rice Burger
August 23, 2018

Stampaversary
August 26, 2018
Celebrating 13 wonderful years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Holiday Catalog Product Extravaganza
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10-1 pm
Invitation coming soon

Paper Pumpkin
Sign up by September 10th(or 10thof any month) to receive that months kit.

OnStage 30thAnniversary
November 7-10, 2018
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando FL
Still time to sign up to be a demonstrator and join me in Orlando!


Thank you for being you and for being a part of this great journey over the last 13 years! ~Sandy


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Greetings my fellow Crafters:


Stampin’ Up’ News from Needs A Ribbon
March 2018
Sandy McManus

News
Specials
Events
Other

NEWS

While I have been in contact with you via several emails of late, I realized I have not sent a full blown newsletter in some while. Not sure how or where that time went, but I am sorry.

And now here we are in the spring, or fake calendar spring only in Minnesota. Our weather sure does love to tease us.

Right after Christmas, my husband’s family had a crisis and he was out of town for three weeks caring for his parents. Everyone is well now but it did make for a crazy and stressful holiday season.

Then after he came home I got super sick with influenza and bronchitis. I was down for six full weeks, or a good chunk of the year up until now. Not cool at all. I am completely recovered now. If any of you watch my Facebook lives, you saw how rough it was for me to talk for a while. I am sure my husband and family appreciated the silence, except for my chronic cough.

In all of this, I do have some news to share, my husband has kidney disease, one called FSGS, and a few weeks ago he got listed on the National Transplant List. His kidney function is dropping at an alarming rate, 1% a month. We have reached a point of if he can find a live donor soon, he will be golden, and live a long and happy life. Next best option is receiving a deceased donor, and that averages a five year wait and is just sad too. At this rate he may end up on dialysis. We just do not know when that may be. With luck he can slow his disease and stave off dialysis. There is no crystal ball. The need nationally for kidneys far exceeds the availability. If you are interested in learning about Live donation, visit here. The good news is with a healthy lifestyle and food choices he has managed 13/14 years with the disease before he got to this point. The national average is around 5 years. I pray every day that things work out and we find a Live donor or his disease slows down. Either would be acceptable!

On to brighter news.

Congrats to my January What A Girl Wants door prize winners! You all should have received them in the mail by now.

Thank you to all who have attended recent events! I appreciate your business and support. This includes What a Girl Wants, our well attended Diva stamp meeting, the Osseo Craft Garage Sale, my Sandbox event and more!

SPECIALS

Sale-A-Brate for another 10 days! Until March 31st! Sale-A-Bration is when you purchase at least $50 in merchandise before shipping, handling and tax, you get to choose an item out of that Sale-A-Bration Brochure, for FREE! This year we have level 1 items, for every $50 in merchandise, no limits, and level 2 items, for $100. The more you spend the more you earn and can mix and match items. A few items will be available in our Annual Catalog come June 1st, but now is the chance to get them for FREE! Reminder that once you purchase $150 order or more, you can be the host of your own little party of one! Hostess earn even more at parties of over $250. I myself have taken advantage of that often this winter.


Join my team before March 31st and get two any value (up to $101) stamp sets included in your kit! I think it is safe to say the five ladies that were able to come to our Diva Day in March see why I have been a demonstrator consistently for almost 13 years! I love my Divas. We are more than teammates, we are genuine friends who support one another inside and outside our business. These ladies are the real deal. And expand that to include our Inking of You group! I am only 5 levels from the top of SU!, which is rare. Even more rare is finding that these ladies have been consistently involved since the day the day they joined. It is really rare to find that consistency in any business, especially with a DM Direct Market company.

So, you want to get a discount on products and not build a business? Not a problem with Stampin’ Up! Most of us Demonstrators are in it for the discount.

Can’t stick around forever, or even a year? Drop and come back! We are open to that, no penalty. But I hate to seem team members go...

I love what I do, for so many reasons. I don’t push the recruiting message often, but I recommend you try it. You don’t like it, you can drop anytime.


Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit shipping right to your door, much like Bark Box, or BirchBox, FabFitFun or many of the hundreds of subscription boxes that exist. Ours is the best crafting one around. In each month you will get a project, with everything you need besides a little adhesive and scissors. You will also get a unique stamp set. An ink spot, which is a mini ink pad. Did you know you can buy our ink bottles separately and keep reinking those little spots indefinitely? They are super portable too. We promise not to repeat a color more than once a year. You get to be part of the cool crowd that loves escaping to their kit once a month. Occasionally we throw in a freebie. And the cool kids can often get to order refills for their kits!

Be one of the cool kids today and join! From now until May you get your first two months at 50% off. Use this code when you check out. SAVEFIFTYO418 I don’t get my kits every month. I opt out of that kit before they are processed for mailing. Yes, you can do that. You will get a reminder email, just remember to go in and opt out that month. You can permanently suspend too. It is easy to log back in and start up any time.

Kits are a great way to inspire creativity. You never have to put the kit together the way the instructions say. There is a fantastic place on Pinterest for Paper Pumpkin ideas. I know some people that get two kits, one to put together by instructions, one to make alternate projects for it.

A prepaid subscription is a great gift to yourself or someone who loves to craft. A month is $20, a prepaid 3 month subscription is normally $59, 6 month is $114, 12 months is $215. Think about that, 12 months for $215, that’s 12 stamp sets, 12 ink spot/ink pads and 12 project kits. That just cannot be purchased for that price any other way!

No, we do not do previews or teasers for that months kit. You get the big surprise when your box comes in the mail. I love surprises, don’t you?


EVENTS
Sandy’s Sandbox
Come Play in my Sandbox 
Try * Create * Visit
Second Tuesday Monthly 1-4 pm, see full schedule below.
Event is FREE and open to EVERYONE.
I think we can all agree we often do not set aside the time we want to create and play with our craft supplies.
I am offering you a chance to set aside some time, monthly, at my house. You can bring your own stuff, or try out my stamps, inks and Big Shot items. Or you can bring your own projects to work on. I will be working on my own projects during this time. 
You will have to provide your own consumables like paper, adhesive and accessories. I will have items available for purchase. Please RSVP to needsaribbon@gmail.com 2 days prior.
There is a Keurig available. I will not be providing snacks. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverage. 
•    THURSDAY January 18, 20181-4pm (exception) Occasions and Sale-A-Bration
•    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1-4 pm Occasions and Sale-A-Bration
•    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1-4 pm Occasions and Sale-A-Bration
Try this for 6 months and see how we all like it.
Flyer available for you to print and save on my website.


Play Bingo Stampin’ Up! Style
I am hosting my first Bingo night! 

My House in Minnetonka

It is $25 for 6 rounds and make and takes because it wouldn’t be a stamping event without make and takes!!! Additional boards for final round can be purchased for $5 each. $5 coupon if you place an order that night. Need at least 10 players to make event happen. Prizes every round! 

Register by April 11th. 

I have to have at least 10 players to hold Bingo Night! Interested in Bingo and have a group of friends (at least 10), I can bring Bingo to you!


Card Buffet Class
Make 12 cards, 2 each of 6 styles, class fee listed below

It will be like a Stamp-A-Stack of cards but you get more choice in which cards you make. Cards will be simple and quick to stamp and assemble.

How this event will work: I will have boxes for each card, around 10 card styles. In each box will be packets with the supplies for each card, you will make two of that card. You will take that box to your spot and work on those cards. When you are done you will bring that box back and choose another box to work on. You can choose up to 6 boxes. In other words, if you want to make 4 of a particular card, you will only get 5 boxes then. Card boxes are first come first serve. I will make sure that there is supplies for everyone to make 2 of each card in a box. Whatever cards are left at the end of the event will be offered as extra at the next event. So if you didn’t get to make it this time, and there are packets leftover, you can make it next time if you attend. And I will continue the previous buffet cards until they are depleted. This first buffet I will make sure to include seasonal cards for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, and Wedding.

If you sign up for this class, I do expect that is a commitment to attend the class. I am not asking for pre-payment due to having the option to place an order and receive the class for FREE. I am kindly asking that if you commit to come that you do so. Payment for the class will be due at the end, pending amount and if order is placed.

My downline may attend class for $12, a dollar a card. It is a perk of being in my downline! You will be expected to bring your own adhesive and provide your own envelopes.

I am trying something new to save you some money, I will have 4 pricing structures – just cards, cards and envelopes, cards and glue, cards envelopes and adhesive (glue, no tape).

Class Fee Structure:
Basic: 2 cards, no envelopes or adhesive, 2 each of 6 styles of cards                       
$25 or FREE with a $50 order* that night
Basic Plus: 12 cards and envelopes, 2 each of 6 styles of cards and coordinating envelopes
            $27.50 or FREE with a $55 order *that night
Sticky: 12 cards, 2 each of 6 styles of cards, and adhesive (Green Tombo Glue)
            $30 or FREE with a $60 order* that night
Enchilada: 12 cards and envelopes, 2 each of 6 styles of cards, adhesive, and envelopes (name as in the Whole Enchilada)
            $32.50 or FREE with a $65 order* that night

*order is for merchandise total before shipping, handling and tax. If you forget adhesive, you can purchase that night for $5 from me. Please try to remember, I only offer glue, I know some of you prefer tape runners or other types of adhesives.

Registration will be due by April 22nd for any of the dates! Please let me know by email or text or online registration which fee structure and section you desire.

Dates

If you are unable to attend any of these sessions but would like to participate, ask me about holding your own card buffet at a location of your choosing with your friends!

New Product Extravaganza by Inking of You Group
Grace Fellowship Church
8601 101st Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN

Many of you have attended this fabulous event before! You know you do not want to miss it. Our new annual catalog will have just started. We will have over a dozen live demonstrations, hundreds of samples, specials, prizes and more. Save the date on your calendar today!

Event is FREE and no registration is required. Feel free to let me know if you are attending. I will likely be at the card kit station, per usual.


OTHER

I am all over Social Media! See below for links.

Video Broadcasts
Reminder to follow me on Facebook! I have my own business page and do Facebook Live videos 2-3 times a week around 5:00 pm, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. I show tips, make cards, show created items and more. I have been cleaning up boxes of cards and found some “oldie but goodie” techniques to share with you. Be sure to listen for my cat who often sings “the song of my people” during my broadcast.

I eventually get these videos processed and uploaded to my YouTube channel and posted on my website. I got behind this winter when I was so sick. Life happens.

Pinterest
I have an extensive Pinterest board for each new Stampin’ Up! catalog that is released. Check it out here, Pinterest.

Instagram
I post projects, my cats and other stuff frequently. Follow here, Instagram.

Tip:
Reminder to store your double tipped markers on their side, regular markers, alcohol based markers and so on.

Reminder we have stamps in 3 ways. We have traditional red rubber mounted on wood. We have red rubber with cling on one side to place on clear acrylic blocks. We have completely clear photopolymer stamps you mount on clear blocks.

A great tip if you do not want to buy all our markers by color family or by the entire pack, we do sell in our Annual Catalog and our mini catalogs, two pack markers usually in seasonal colors. Example here. $7.00 for a two pack of colors.

Speaking of coloring, we have so many ways to color – inks, ink refill bottles, aqua painter brushes, watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Blends alcohol based markers, regular markers, blender pens can be used with many of the items listed, color spritzers and more. Many ways to color your world!

My Address:
Note: If you need to mail me items, please use this address:

Sandy McManus
PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345

You may want to note these addresses and my other contact information in your address book. I do not post my direct address on my online class calendar for obvious reasons.

Now is the time for you and your friends to make sure you are on my email list. I will be able to snail mail our annual catalog soon. Anyone that has placed an order in the last year will automatically get one free from me. I will have a small no fuss catalog pick up event. And there is always the Extravaganza too.

I appreciate you and everything you are! I hope I have inspired you to start thinking about joining my team, or placing an order and getting FREE goodies before they are gone.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. ~Sandy

612-280-5590
www.needsaribbon.com The source for everything Stampin’ Up’ and me!!!


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I am home and recuperating from surgery. Surgery itself went well, and I am on the mend. Movement and therapy-wise, I have a long road ahead. The road will be more challenging than normal total knee replacement patients and revision patients due to the nature of what all has happened. I look forward to the challenge and getting my full mobility back.

The surgeon confirmed that my previous joint was indeed quite loose and sliding around in the joint. Fortunately, there does not seem to be irreversible damage from that. I should be able to get better range of motion, and quite frankly, already am about to pre-surgical range of motion. It’s sad and expected at the same time. This has been a royal mess. I must reprioritize my fall schedule, which bums me out. I hope you understand. Bottom line, I got this, and am working to be a better and more whole Sandy.

Today is the first day you can order from the Holiday 2017 Catalog. If you would like a catalog, please email me and let me know. Happy to pop one in the mail.  Shop Now

I am pushing my customer appreciation even out until the Winter months during Sale-A-Bration. I will notify you when I add on events. I am taking schedule planning day by day for the most part. I am still in the post-surgical groggy stages of recovery.

You are invited to the Holiday 2017 Catalog Open House on Saturday, September 16, 10-1 pm. NOTE: We are at a different location this time! Grace Fellowship Church, 8601 101st Avenue, Champlin, MN 55445 Link for registration. Facebook Page for Event

Dozen live demonstrations! Prizes! Specials! Samples (bring your camera!) and More!

Evite coming to your mailbox soon. Mark the date!

Sunday September 17, 2017, 1-4 pm. Creative Connections! This is open only to current demonstrators under me. It is an event put on by top level local demonstrators for demonstrators.

Winter 2018 Customer Appreciation Event

Other events will be added on as able.

In the meantime, be sure you follow my blog to stay on top of up to the minute news. I am also on Pinterest and Instagram and more.

Thank you for being my loyal customer. It is hard to believe I have been a demonstrator 12 years as of last week!


Keep being your creative best, Sandy



Needs A Ribbon with Sandy McManus
Stampin’ Up! News
July/August 2017

Hello my creative friends!

Reminder that Bonus Days with Stampin’ Up! end tonight. Bonus Days earns you coupons to use in August (tomorrow). For every $50 you spend you earn a $5 coupon to use in August. No limit. Coupons are emailed to you so be sure to save those emails!

And anyone who joins my team in July (today!) will earn an exclusive gift worth $52.00 US!

Details
·  This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
·  All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
·  Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
·  Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Essentials Gift Pack
ITEM NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
118485
D Block (X2)
130148
Grid Paper
103579
Paper Snips
104332
SNAIL Adhesive
102300
Bone Folder
144804

You must join by tonight, July 31, 2017 11:59 MT that’s 12:59 am August 1st in Minnesota time. Only $99 plus local tax.


Let me get you up to speed on what has been going with me personally. If you follow my blog you probably are up to speed. Type in knee in the search field it will bring you to all my posts. And I hope to have the “subscribe to” fixed on my blog in the next week. Technical issues.

I am scheduled for knee revision surgery on August 21st. Revision meaning they are replacing just part of the whole knee joint, in this case, just the tibial implant. This may or may not fix my problem. All diagnostics indicate that the glue (bone cement) has come loose there and the piece has been just sliding around. The bottom line, there are no more diagnostics that can be done no more specialists to rule out stuff, if I want to fix it I need to see this surgery through and pray (please pray for me) that this fixes the pain and the problem. I am not expected to be in the hospital more than 1-2 nights.

Because of this this situation and the fact that since mid-June I have been house bound, and nearly bed bound due to mobility (knee does not work well at all) and pain, I am postponing, not cancelling!!!, all my upcoming events. It is with a heavy heart that I do. I have so much fun things planned for my 12th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. They will keep. If the surgery is a success, expect to start seeing a lot more events from me. I hope to start holding regular events in my studio. It is such a nice space now!

I will send out my new event calendar when I have one. I am hesitant to put anything on the calendar because I am not sure on the length of my recovery.

The new Holiday catalog comes out September 1st. I can get a peek of it. Wowza! I need to recover very fast! Be sure to let me know if you want a catalog, either catalog, mailed to you. Either I or my husband (during recovery) can pop one in the mail to you. I believe this is the best holiday catalog Stampin’ Up! has released yet. So join today and you can get a peek of it, and pre-order products, tomorrow!

Bonus Days and Christmas in July end tonight * Surgery in three weeks * New catalog September 1st * New Events calendar Soon.

Thank you for your loyal business. Hopefully this is the last time I need to post-pone events due to medical. I look forward to seeing you at events this fall.

Keep being creative, Sandy

Be sure to LIKE my Facebook business page, follow me on Instagram, or Twitter @NeedsARibbon, or my website.



Needs A Ribbon News from Stampin’ Up!
Sandy McManus Independent Demonstrator

Hello gorgeous summer! Summer time for our family means lots of fun family time. I know a lot of you have family cabins you visit on weekends and travel time to see family and friends and new places. With that in mind, my class schedule will be light for a while. I am still looking for enough interest in a Christmas in July class to schedule and plan it. I have heard from just a few of you. Email me if this is of interest to you. Most likely week is the week of July 17th, with an alternate of July 10th. When you message me, please indicate weeks most likely to work with your schedule.

Thank you for coming to the Catalog Open House last week. I hope you enjoyed seeing first hand some of the new products. We still have the New Product Extravaganza on June 24th. You should have received a separate email with details.

The catalog is one of the best I have seen from Stampin’ Up! Maybe my favorite of all time?! Everyone is loving the new In Colors and is finding their favorites. Is yours Lemon Lime Twist? How about Tranquil Tide? Maybe Berry Burst is more your flavor. Fresh Fig has a nice twist on purple. Feeling soft and fuzzy? Try a little Powder Pink.

And we have so many new delicious product suites – who has not fallen in love with Eastern Palace suite yet on page 18? Are you a coffee lover or know a coffee or tea fan? Turn to page 30 of the catalog to look at the Coffee Break suite. The Birthday Memories suite has something special, the coordinating framelits cut out the stamp set and select images from the designer papers! It starts on page 68. The Foil Frenzy suite contains gorgeous foil papers and a great Happy Birthday framelits and some other goodies. Page 76 on is where you find that suite.

How can you pass on the Delightful Daisy Suite. The stamp set and daisy punch are delicious and the paper is a must purchase. Find them starting page 126. The Naturally Eclectic Suite is probably my favorite color palette. I love peacock type colors, and mixed with a little Berry Burst and Night of Navy? Bam! And the die that cuts out the diamond pattern? Add that to your wish list right now. Page 132 is where it all starts.

The Color Theory Suite is all over Pinterest and beyond. It starts on page 146. Are you feeling rustic and loving farmhouse décor? Head to page 158 and take a look at the Wood Textures product suite. There is a framelit that cuts out a wood crate. And speaking of wood, we have a double-sided 6x6 stack of wood designer paper. I might be halfway through my first stack already!

Your colors and embellishments and Big Shot items start on page 184. Find the list of stamps in the catalog, along with their item numbers and price on page 224.

That wraps up my catalog summary. I cannot send a PDF of the catalog with this email, it does not allow for attachments. If you would like a physical catalog or PDF, please let me know.

SAVE THE DATE: And I have not held a customer appreciation event in quite a few years. I will be hosting one on August 25 and August 26, two sessions to choose from. Event will be free and I want to spoil you! Lots of fun stuff I have planned for this event. Click on which date you would like to register for. Special evite will be coming next month.


June 1             Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog 2017-18 begins
June 24           New Product Extravaganza at the Lodge & Stage 81
July 9              Diva Day (for demonstrators or potential demonstrators only)
July 17            Week of or July 10th week of, Christmas in July Card Class plus extra
August 13      Diva Day (for demonstrators or potential demonstrators only)
August 25      Customer Appreciation Event in Minnetonka
August 26      Customer Appreciation Event in Minnetonka
September 1  Holiday Catalog Starts
Fall schedule coming soon
Call to schedule your personal stamp party today.

If you are looking to craft on a budget and space saver? Try a Paper Pumpkin Kit. It comes monthly right to your door with everything you need but scissors and a little adhesive. The kits range from cards, candy boxes, home décor and more. And it is on special right now for 3 months for $55. Read more.

Right now if you place a single order of over $350 or a party order in merchandise totaling at least $350 you receive an extra $35 in shopping dollars.

Quick link to start shopping the catalog now.

I have a large Pinterest board of new catalog projects. View now.

If you are a big social media user, I have a Facebook business page, and an Instagram Account also.

Thank you from of my inked up heart. I appreciate you! Looking forward to seeing you at some upcoming events this summer. Let me know about Christmas in July!


Keep being creative, Sandys

Needs A Ribbon News with Stampin’ Up! end of March 2017
Sandy McManus
612-280-5590

I believe Spring is finally here to stay! I am counting on it!

Sale-A-Bration is ending in two days, March 31st! Last chance to get FREE items for every $50 spent. These items will never be seen again. Hey, Chick stamp set, Tasty Trucks stamp set and more, gone! Join my team and get even more items for FREE. I am always sad when Sale-A-Bration season ends. It’s been a fun season and a lot of fun activities.

April 10th the retiring list of supplies and stamp sets will be available. Many items are “while supplies last”. If you love Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon and Cucumber Crush, best stock up on paper, ink pads and re-inkers and any ribbons and accessories now. These items are always the first to go out of stock.

April 22nd, All day craft and crop time at my house in Minnetonka.

April 30th Diva Day at my House. If you are considering joining my team, come for the afternoon and see why I love this group and love attending Diva Day.

May 2, 6, 9, Stamp A Stack of 15 Cards, $35. Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Graduation, Wedding, Birthdays Babies and more! Many, many greeting options will be available for the cards 3 each of 5 styles. Register by April 30th. I am offering this as a mail-order class for those that cannot make any of those dates. An additional $5 for postage and my stamping time.

Please check out my online calendar for a full listing of events.

I have about 25 YouTube how to videos posted now, maybe more. They are also available directly on my website And I have started a Friday series called Tool Box on my website. You can catch up on my Tool Box series by going to the website, click on Offerings, click on Tool Box. Each month I will go in depth on certain products. February was Photopolymer Stamps, March was Adhesives (a good refresher even for me!), April starts Ink. Be sure to check it out. As I said, as I am doing research I am finding it is a good refresher for even me.


Thank you for being my customer, many of you for a decade or more. I really do love my job! Take care, and enjoy the warmer weather if you are a Minnesotan! ~Sandy

Needs A Ribbon News 
March 2017

Hello Stampers and Scrappers:

I hope this seesaw weather has you longing for Spring! It has been quite a crazy ride here in Minnesota this Winter. And for those outstate, be glad that you do live, outstate!

I am revising my mid-March schedule a bit, my right knee, Hank, has been acting up and I am not going to be able to hold those in person classes. It affects the Stamp-A-Stack of 20 simple cards classes. Instead I am offering it as a do at home kit for you.

Here are (or were) the class details: Stamp A Stack of Cards 5x4 $35: 5 each of 4 simple cards, and envelopes $35 ($1.75 per card!) or FREE with a $50 order placed during class.

Here is the new offering: $40 for 20 simple cards and envelopes, includes mailing the kit to you (that’s why the slight increase). You will need adhesive and scissors to complete your kit at home. Instructions included and all pieces will be stamped and punched appropriately. I will mail out a picture of the kit in the next few days. Or Place a $50 order and get the kit FREE. Orders must be placed between March 9 – March 20, 2017. Any merchandise orders or kits only ordered in that time will be mailed a by March 23rd to allow processing time. That is a great value folks! To order the kit only, email me today, checks may be mailed to Sandy McManus, PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345.

Be sure to visit my online calendar for more events!

I am hosting an all day craft and crop on April 22nd. Event runs from 10-10p. You can come late or leave early, your choice. Event is FREE (this first time) No stairs to haul in your items, come straight in from the garage!

I will have my Big Shot and dies available for your use.
Come work on scrapbooking, cards, knit, sew, read, it is your time to get away from home and work on what makes you feel good.

I will have crock pot soup available and a few snacks. Feel free to bring your own munchies and snacks. Microwave, refrigerator and Keurig available in the space.

Please register and let me know by April 19th if you are planning on attending. 

Stampin’ Up! released 3 more FREE sale-a-bration items. It is while supplies last! We are now out of the card tins, but there are still many great items to choose from, including the new glimmer paper stack and more! Get those orders in today if you want to get a specific Sale-A-Bration item.

Join my team from now until March 31st! 
Email me if you want more details, or just join now

I want to make sure you have a chance to take advantage of this Sale-A-Bration special of joining my team for $99 (plus tax only) and choose $125 in merchandise plus 2 FREE any value (go for the expensive ones) stamp sets. This special ends March 31st. I think they said that puts the value of the kit at $179 (do not quote me on that) when you add on those 2 sets, plus all the business starter items included. It’s a fantastic amount of savings!!! 

If you have been on the fence about joining for a while, and I know some of you have been, this is the time to do it. No need to make it a permanent commitment, though I would love it if all my team members stuck around forever! 

What are you going to do? Think about it longer and miss out on this great deal, or as Nike says "just do it!"

·  The generous demonstrator discount (20-25 percent).
·  Flexibility in setting your own hours and working from home.
·  Support from creative resources like a quarterly magazine, a demonstrator website filled with training, Stampin' Connection, and Demonstrator Business Web Services.
·  Beautiful, exclusive artwork and high-quality products for you and your customers.
·  A low-cost, high-value Starter Kit.
·  Opportunities to see and purchase new Stampin' Up! products first.
·  The Quick Start program, where you can earn FREE products. 
·  Stampin' Up! events, where you stamp, learn, and have a blast with your fellow Stampin' Up! lovers!
·  A worldwide stamping family!

I have been actively posting projects daily. Be sure to LIKE my Facebook Page and Subscribe to my website to stay on top of some great creative ideas.


Thank you for your continued business! I appreciate each one of you! Gracias, Sandy M
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Needs A Ribbon News
Sandy McManus, Stampin’ Up!
February 1, 2017

We are about one month in on the Sale-A-Bration celebration. Remember, for every $50 you spend you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Hosts earn more. Joining now? Get 2 extra (any value) stamp sets in your kit. Remember you get to choose your $125 value kit for $99 (plus tax only). This is the BEST deal if you are going to order at least $99 anyway, why not get more stuff?!

Thank you to everyone, and there were several of you, who stopped by my booth at What A Girl Wants on January 24th! It was so nice to see you. I hope you enjoyed my sweet and cute make & take helper – my husband. Eternally grateful for his help at the event.

And thanks to the gals that came to the Product Extravaganza last Saturday the 28th. Congrats to Christine F who took the leap and joined my team!!! I know she is anxiously waiting for her starter kit to arrive! I do not have the date for the next Extravaganza, but it will be June or July. I will let you know.

I am not going to post the list here but I have added classes for mid - February and March. There is a short stack and stamp a stack of cards coming. Downline can sign up too, always! See my schedule And I am so close to being able to host classes and meeting in my studio. I could now, but I just want it a little more “perfect”. As in paint the final studio wall!

I have been upgrading my website to make it easier to navigate and deliver more worthy content. You can check it out here. If there is something you would like to see there, please let me know by emailing me. I am always looking for ways to improve things.

I have also been adding how to videos for card making and general paper crafting to my YouTube Channel
Which is called Needs A Ribbon. I want to inspire you to keep creating and share with you how to make it easier. For instance, check out my shaker box card tutorial on there. Super easy and quick to make!

Teaser: 3 New Sale-A-Bration items will be added February 21st. And they are nummy! As soon as I can share with you what they are I will. Hint: one of them sparkles!!!

Be sure and sign up for some upcoming classes, and check out my updated website and YouTube channel.


Keep being creative, Sandy
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January 2017

Hello Crafty Crew:

Welcome back from the holidays! We were delighted to have our daughter home from college for a month! We enjoyed our family time and did what we could as a family. My son has mono so he was not able to participate in everything. And I went on a baking spree like I haven’t since 2002. And even then, it was not as many types or cookies in total. I passed the 1100 mark. And I still have 2 types to make. I got a professional cookie press for Christmas that I am itching to use! Many have asked if I am donating them to public safety agencies. No, this year I am not. We are freezing them. If I do this in future years I will consider that option. This was just a challenge I set forth for myself, for some crazy reason!

Tomorrow, January 4th, starts new catalog with Stampin’ Up! – the Occasions 2017 catalog and the Sale-A-Bration event starts! To refresh you on what Sale-A-Bration event is – I say SAB for short, for SAB, you earn a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog when you purchase $50 in merchandise, no limit. Items range from packs of designer paper, to stamps, ribbon, card tins, card kits and so on. If you hostess during SAB period, which ends March 31st, you earn even more as a hostess. IF your party sales reach at least $250 you get an extra $25 to spend on merchandise! And if you make the leap and join us during that time, the kit is $99 plus tax only and you get the normal choose any products up to $125 in value, the business items you need, and a bonus of any 2 FREE stamp sets (ANY, not including bundles) which gets you an additional up to $104 in value, depending on which sets you choose!

To view my schedule, click http://www.needsaribbon.com and scroll down on the right side of the page and click on the calendar icon.

Selection of upcoming events:

January 4, I <3 o:p="" stamping="">
January 24, What a Girl Wants
January 28, Inking of You Product Extravaganza
February 1, Downline Meeting with my team

Want to place an online order and do not know how or where to do so? Click here https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx

I have been making videos and have them available on Youtube. Here is a link, https://www.youtube.com/user/NeedsARibbon to my channel. I will be adding more in the upcoming weeks. I am considering doing classes via Youtube too. I would mail you a project kit (cut paper and such) and you can put it together along with the video. If this is something you find of interest, please let me know, it will encourage me to move forward with this project. On that note if there are any other videos you would like to see, as in product specific, I am happy to hear your ideas.

Be sure to follow my Facebook page FB/SandyMcManusStamps
Instagram @NeedsARibbon
Youtube listed above.
I have boards for each new catalog on Pinterest at Sandy McManus or Needs A Ribbon.
As always you can contact me below at my email or phone, text a-okay.  

Remember new catalogs start! Didn’t get yours in the mail? Shoot me an email with the subject line – Catalog Needed. In the meantime you can download the .PDF file http://www.stampinup.com/home/en-US/catalogs here.

Keep being creative, Sandy




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