Sunday, December 12, 2010

Very Hectic Months

Good morning fellow bloggers...From October 1st through today, my husband has been in and out of the hospital. His longest stay was 19 days and this time he has been in there one week. He is in ill health and hopefully, the doctors can help him so he can come home, but he needs to get his strength up before that can happen.
I am still doing workshops, card classes and hostess of the month. This and making two trips to the hospital daily and working a full time 8 hour a day job outside of the home. How am I doing it. Only by the grace of my Lord and Saviour can I even survive one day.

My intention when I started blogging was to keep up with it on a daily basis, but this has gotten a little hard for me, so I post whenever I possibly can and when I think of it. I have a workshop this afternoon, a card class this coming Tuesday evening, another workshop this coming Friday evening and my hostess of the month group this next Saturday. Thankfully, I do have my cardstock all cut for my card class and today's workshop. I still need to work on my hostess of the month cards. As far as my workshop on Friday, I will use the same layouts as for today's workshop.
Here is one of the cards for my card class Tuesday evening. I borrowed this idea from my upline. She has terrific ideas and if I didn't have her to go to or the SU demonstrator website, I would be at a loss for coming up with ideas.

This is using up the Deck the Halls designer paper out of the Holiday
Mini Catalog. I stamped the medallion from the Day of Gratitude set twice using versamark on the Cherry Cobbler card stock. I then
used clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. I cut out one of
the medallions and used the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch on the other and layered them using the Filigree Brad in the center. I also used
the Always Artichoke seam binding for this card.
Well, folks, until next time, here is wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

Sandy Hill, Senior Supervisor
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Good morning from the cold and snowy Northwest. We have had snow falling for the last three days. We have well over a foot and it kind of makes it tough for driving when the streets and alleys aren't plowed. I am so fortunate, because my step son lives with us and he takes care of all the walks and alley so all of the neighbors and myself can get out of our garages.

Have any of you worked on getting recruits with this new promotion? I sent out an email to every one of my customers and I have had five or six who are interested, but two who have actually signed up. I have two more who said they would sign up on Monday. That just makes me so happy. My very first downline is trying to build her business and she still has $1,500 to go before she makes Supervisor. Once she does that, then I can move up to Manager. I urge all of you to talk to your customers about signing up. They can't get a better deal than this. I told all of my customers, they had nothing to lose. They could sign up, be a hobby demonstrator, or turn it into a business, or do absolutely nothing with it. No matter what, they were getting over $300 worth of product for $87.50. So far the two I have do want to do something with their business. What better way to earn extra money than to have recruits who are selling as well.

Have a terrific day, no matter what the weather is.


Sandy Hill

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How long has it been

Oh my goodness. I haven't posted in so long. Life just got in the way. I have three card classes a month now, one hostess of the month group that is growing, am signing up three new demonstrators and the icing on this cake is my husband has been in the hospital for the last 19 days. He just got out this morning. I have been going to visit him twice a day for the last 19 days, going to work full time and putting together cards for my card classes. Oh yeah, I did a Christmas card stamp camp that went over so well, the ladies want me to put one together in the spring.

I would love to post some photos of the Christmas card stamp camp cards my ladies made, but need to take pictures first. Maybe in my next post, I can do that.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate that. I hope all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for.


Sandy Hill, Senior Supervisor
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

It has been so long since I have posted. I don't know where the time went. I have two card classses a month that I prepare for. I also had three workshops in August and out of those, I got a group of ladies to sign up for a Hostess of the Month group. So now I have two Hostess of the month groups in October.

Then my upline has a booth at the fair exclusively, and she allowed her downline some blocks of time to come in and show their cards and offer classes etc. I spent two different blocks of time at the fair and wound up with 29 prospects and two of them are interested in becoming demonstrators. Does that make me happy???? Absolutely thrilling. I have had to add one more card class to my already existing classes. Oh yeah, I forgot to say, I work full time. Now I think I know where the time is going. But I am so excited to offer another class and hostess of the month group.

Here are some of the cards for my card classes. The ladies get to make six cards, get six envelopes and have pizza all for $20.00. So if any of you are in the Spokane, WA area and would like an evening of fun, please contact me through my Stampin Up website, or my email or this blog. I would love to have you come join me.

I am so lame when it comes to loading pictures on my blog. Here are three
cards we will be doing at my next card class. Hope you enjoy. I am having a problem moving my halloween picture up next to my other cards. Oh well, enough for now. Have a terrific week and I hope this finds all of you healthy and happy!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where has time gone?

Gosh, it was just Christmas and now somehow it is September. It has been a couple of weeks since I posted. I have been super busy. I had two card classes, one hostess of the month group and four workshops in a row. Actually, workshop number two was my downlines and I went along to help her out. But the first, third and fourth were all mine. I didn't do bad, considering these were my very first workshops I have ever had in the sixteen months I have been a demo. Out of my workshops, I had one woman who has friends and they all want to join a hostess of the month group. I have a dilema though. My hostess of the month group meets on the third Saturday of every month. Well, the new ladies want to meet on the third Saturday of every month as well. The problem...I have eight ladies in my first group and there would be seven in my second group. I have a place that I can hold the HOM with all 15 ladies, but I would have to break it into two groups. This really isn't a whole lot different than my card classes. I always have 15 to 18 show up at my card classes. The only difference, they don't purchase anything. They just come to make the cards. With the HOM there would be a committed dollar amount each month from both groups. What are your suggestions regarding this?

I am also going to have a Christmas card stamp camp in November. This way everyone can get their Christmas cards out of the way hopefully early enough.

Well friends and fellow bloggers, I am very tired after all these workshops, so I am going to call it quits for tonight and head for bed. I hope this finds all of you well.


Sandy Hill

Friday, August 20, 2010

Time for Hostess of the Month

Where the heck does time go? It seems like I just did hostess of the month and here it is the middle of August and time for my group to meet again. Last month I think I was more prepared than I am right now. My ladies make four cards, but this month I am going to have them make color charts. I printed out the charts from the Stampin Up Demonstrator website, cut all the pieces of card stock, packed up the ink pads and markers and now I am ready to go. Actually, I have two cards they will all make along with the color charts. I thought these charts would be nice for anyone who loves color and this will help them decide if they even like the new colors that have been added this year.

One of the cards they are going to make is using the Simply Sent Kit. Wow, I made one of the cards and that was so easy. That actually will make a good demo card at a workshop, especially for those intimidated by stamping. I love the little pink flowers. They just dress up the card and give it a touch of elegance.

Well fellow stampers, I need to come up with another idea for one more card. I have an idea, but when I put it to the cardstock, it just didn't look right. So back to the drawing board. Until next time, happy stamping and stay well and healthy.


Sandy Hill

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What a beautiful day

Good morning friends and fellow stampers. I hope your day is as beautiful as mine. Do any of you ever have so much to do that your mind just goes in circles? Well, mine is like that daily. I have in my mind what I am going to stamp or try and create, then I will go to someone blog and see something there that I absolutely have to make, so that is in my mind, then I go to another blog and oh boy, there is something totally different, but just as nice and now I have to try that also. Well, that happens to me all the time. Today, though I was looking through the Stampin Connection cards (all samples) and I came across a card I really liked for a Christmas card. Well, I have to tell you, the poster put her blog address on and I immediately went to it. She is doing a Christmas card class with a homemade box to put them in. For the tutorial, it was like $5.00 so I am thinking, I want to do this. Yep I bought her tutorial and I just finished making the box and one of the cards. Friends and stampers, if you haven't already, you need to go to Angela McKay's blog: I guarantee you, you won't be disappointed. So I am attaching a picture of the box I made and one of my cards. I hope you enjoy. And Angela, if you see this post, thank you for the inspiration. I love it.

I hope this finds all of you healthy and well.


Sandy Hill

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Casing I Will Go

I am still trying to get the hang of this blogging thing. I wish I was talented enough to blog on a daily basis, but then I don't really have time. I work full time outside the home and really can't work on my blog at the office. Also, anyone who really knows me, knows I don't have any talent whatsoever. I am a stalker, caser whatever you want to call me. I do try to change up my cards a little so they aren't identical to the original poster, but it was never my idea. I have a card class coming up in three days and I have five cards designed and everything cut and ready to go. But I still have a sixth card I need to work on. Thank goodness there are so many wonderful, talented ladies and men out there who are great designers. Without you, I would be up a creek.

For the past couple of days I have been working on a couple of cards for next months class. But I think I will only post one of the cards that we will be doing at my card class this week. And next month you can see my halloween cards that we will be making. This card I would like to give Sharri Coates the credit. I kept this simple, but added the new Chantilly crochet trim on top of the Early Espresso 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you will be blessed beyond measure and I hope this finds you all healthy and safe.



Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's Been a Week and I am Still Tired

It has been a week since I got home from convention and I am still tired. I cannot believe just how wiped out I am, BUT, I wouldn't trade convention for anything. There was so much to learn and do and I am already planning on going next year.

My son from Eugene, Oregon came over this weekend, so I didn't get a lot done. I haven't seen him since he got home from Iraq, so it was very nice to just visit with him. And, it was so cool, because he wanted to see my craft room and how I made cards etc. Maybe I can recruit him, what do you think?

I am posting a couple more pictures from convention. These are my friends Sue and Jennifer from Texas. It was so great getting to see them and visit for a little bit.

I have a card class coming up in one week and I haven't even started to prepare for it and I have 15 coming to my first class and 13 to my second class. Guess I should get started pretty quick before I find myself up a creek.
Well, fellow crafters and bloggers, I hope this finds you all well and healthy. Have a terrific week. And hopefully I will get the hang of this blogging stuff.
Sandy Hill, Senior Supervisor
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Monday, July 26, 2010

Convention Over - Bittersweet

I am back from convention. What a fun time it was. Since I am very new at blogging, this is my first time at putting pictures in. Somehow my pictures are showing up ahead of my post. The picture on the left was Saturday morning (July 24th) and my upline Tammi (on the left) and myself are standing in line at the UPS office to ship some of our stuff home. The picture on the right is again, Tammi, myself and my downline Debbie on the right as soon as convention ended. But just before it ended Shelley made a few announcements that there are going to be changes that are still in the works and her finale was this package of Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, the new Silver Glass Glitter, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin pad and the Level 2 stamp set out of the new Holiday Mini called Peaceful Season. What a way to end convention.

I hope all of you who couldn't go this year will try to go next year. There is so much to take in (that's what camera's are for I think) and so much to learn. The presenters were all fantastic, the guest speaker was WOW!!. I really don't know what more I can say about her.

My brain is still overloaded with all kinds of great information so I am having a hard hard time right now just thinking of what to put down. I still need to finish unpacking, go to my stamp room and try to get a little organized and work on cards for my card classes in August.
If any of you would like to attend, the dates are August 10th and August 17th. You can email me at to reserve your spot.

I hope this finds you all well and in good health.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Convention Bound

Well, today is finally here and my upline, downline, two sidelines and myself will be heading out to convention. I am really pumped up about going. I have, over this past year started my SU business and it is going pretty well, but I have never had a workshop. That's pretty much what it is all about. I hope to get plenty of tips on having workshops and how to make the most of them.

I am adding pictures of my swap cards, and a 6 x 6 recipe card for a swap that I am in. I am very excited about all the swaps. This just gives me all the more reason to want to hold workshops.

I hope this finds all of you well and healthy.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm Back

The last two weeks have been really crazy. I haven't been able to post. I injured my back on or about July 2. On July 4th, I was in excruciating pain and after about fifteen hours, had my husband call 911. I was taken to the hospital and put on pain meds and muscle relaxers. After lots of meds, and x-rays, I was released to go home five hours later. This is not a good time for anything like this to happen. I am going to convention even if I have to be carried on the plane. I am feeling much better, and taking it easy so I make sure I don't miss convention.

I would love to show you a couple of my general card swaps, but unfortunately, I am not the brightest star in the sky and don't know how to upload them here to my blog. When I get that figured out, then I will have plenty of pictures to show.

I hope this finds all of you in good health. Have a terrific weekend, and if you are going to convention, maybe somehow we will run into each other.



Sunday, June 27, 2010

What a weekend

I have been very busy getting ready for my "Retired Stampin Up Stamp Set" yard sale. Myself and two other demonstrators set everything up in my yard for a one day sale. I didn't realize how many stamp sets and card stock one person can accumulate. WOW!! We did quite well, but still had a lot left over. My upline has been with SU for ten years and the other demonstrator for five years. I have been a demo for one year, so my retired product wasn't nearly as much, but I still had a very successful day. I meant to take pictures to post here, but totally forgot.

I will be taking the rest of my retired stamp sets to my card classes in July. I am offering any of the participants that if they purchase $100 out of the new catalog, they will get a new catalog and one of my retired sets free.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog. One of these days, I will actually post some of my cards.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I will have the new catalogs in my hand on Monday the 28th. My customers are just as excited as I am about getting them. I can't believe that July 1 is just around the corner. Then in three weeks CONVENTION WOO HOO!!! Is anyone else as excited about convention as I am? Well, I will leave that for another post. Thanks for visiting.

Am I ready for this

Well, after seeing a post on Stampin Connection by Chanda, I thought I would put my two cents in about not knowing the first thing about a blog. And I still don't know the first thing about blogging. I definitely go to a lot of blogs for inspiration, but am not sure how this will work out for me. I guess once I figure out how to add photos and what gadgets are and all this stuff that is foreign to me, then maybe I will have some sort of blog. Thanks for stopping by and if you can give me any insight on how to keep this going, I would appreciate it.