Newsletter (sent to customers)

Greetings my fellow Crafters:

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!

·  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
D Block (X2)
Grid Paper
Paper Snips
SNAIL Adhesive
Bone Folder

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

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

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

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 and scroll down on the right side of the page and click on the calendar icon.

Selection of upcoming events:

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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

I have been making videos and have them available on Youtube. Here is a link, 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 here.

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

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