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Back From Thailand!

Thank You!  I have returned from my AMAZING trip to Thailand thanks to all of you and to Stampin’ Up!.  It was definitely a trip of a lifetime.  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures.  They are in no particular order but they’ll give you of feel for all of the things we experienced.  z2OntJ122-dMqsfGGVzlR4axN7snKhao-LFABLvdbbwpX92IBEnjoy!

This first picture is of the tour group we were with the first couple of days we were in Thailand.  We all got to know each other pretty well and we hung out with most of them the rest of time we were in Thailand.   Meeting them all was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

_COx7WqhXKeNIIIa5TWibwy14oZoMn9HAXkHq9Rfmn8pX92IB 5ppChJvwZbb8YfJpZ5z5oduDVeflGVJPLEEpU3MJemUpX92IB fz_hVeR0mje7x9kZMSucoZXsC6bvQpPv_rpuVI70L0cpX92IB -imZ0lyH6pzE97Iswcuz3g4n2EoggaPBxEm2t5FS97opX92IBThe resort we stayed at for most of the trip faced west.  We only experienced a sunset on the first evening.  The rest of time we were too busy hanging out with our new friends!  🙂



This was from our first day in the mountains near Chiang Mai.





The resort was absolutely gorgeous! If you didn’t have a view of the beach you had view of the beautiful lagoon.



One of the many temples we toured.  This one was a newer one up in the Chiang Mai area called Wat Rong Khun.




We spent a couple of days touring beaches and different places on the water.  These rocky little islands were everywhere.  It was amazing.

I have to thank you all again for helping me earn this trip.  I am truly grateful to all of you.  Hugs to all!  Thanks!


Coming Soon….Christmas in July

Stamp Camp0617Saturday was our Sassy Stampers and Friends Summer Stamp Camp and it was a success!  You can’t go wrong when all the comments you get are “I love coming to Stamp Camp!” and “I love all of the projects!”.  It makes all the hard work worth while.

I love these gals!  They are a fun bunch to work with.  Four of them are on my team and four of them make up the “Friends” part of Sassy Stampers and Friends.  I am so blessed to have met and to know these wonderful women.  I wouldn’t have know any of them if it wasn’t for Stampin’ Up!.

Guess what?  Stampin’ Up! has a FABULOUS promotion starting in July that you will want to take advantage of…Christmas in July!  If you have ever considered signing up as a demonstrator, whether to earn some extra money for your family (or yourself!) or even just for the discount on the amazing Stampin’ Up! products, this promotion is for YOU!

Oh, my gosh!  This deal is amazing!

When you sign up to be a demonstrator the cost is $99.  For that $99 you usually get to choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  During the month of July, not only do you get to choose your $125 in products, you will also receive a FREE “Essentials Pack” AND a FREE stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog called Carols of Christmas.  Oh, my!  So much free stuff!  The Essentials Pack contains 2- Clear “D” Blocks, a package of Grid Paper, a pair of Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive and a Bone Folder,  WOW!  That’s over $72 of additional FREE stuff!

Seriously!  July is the perfect time to become a demonstrator and join my team of Sassy Stampers and friends.  Want to give it a try?  Just go to my website and sign up on July 1st.  This promotion runs for the entire month of July.

Let’s get “SASSY”!  Join my team in July! (Who doesn’t want a discount on Stampin’ Up!’s amazing products?!)  For more information on what being a demonstrator entails contact me today!  I love you to get “Sassy” with us!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I’m Going to Thailand!

Incentive.1It’s getting closer a more real.  My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  Woo Hoo!  I’ve been stressing about what to pack but yesterday I received our little travel wallet from Stampin’ Up! and it was so much fun!

Did you notice the fun ribbon it’s wrapped with?  That’s the Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the new catalog.  It also comes in Berry Burst (my new favorite color!), Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  I can’t wait to use some of this ribbon on my projects!

Incentive.2Here’s the wallet opened up.  In the plastic part at the top is a pin that says “My first incentive trip”.  Yes.  I’m a rookie.

I think my favorite part of the whole wallet are the luggage tags!  They are absolutely adorable!  Colorful little elephants.  I can’t wait to use them on my luggage!

We leave in 3 weeks, on the 4th of Incentive.3July, YIKES!  It’s coming up fast.  Things are coming together but I still have to figure out what to bring and pack!

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful customers and downline who helped make this trip a reality for me!  You’re the best!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

Saturday Night Surprise!

18950962_10155411819753966_8851981549501365494_nWoo Hoo!  Look what showed up on my door step at 7 pm last night!  I didn’t even know UPS delivered on Saturday!  My lucky day!   Can I get another Woo Hoo?!!!

I wasn’t expecting this until Monday and UPS doesn’t usually arrive in my neighborhood until late afternoon so I am really excited!

18814150_10155411819793966_1236468896289940847_nCan you see some fun goodies in the box?  Look at all those rolls of ribbon!  I can’t wait to check them all out.  I told you that the ribbons were always the first things that I order from a new catalog!

I’m sure you noticed the stamp set in the middle of the box.  That’s the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It’s the very first stamp set out of the new catalog that I absolutely had to have!

Once I dig into the box I’m going to have a hard time deciding what to do first.  You’re wondering why I haven’t dug into yet…..I figured I’d save it for after church today when I have the whole day ahead of me.  I didn’t want to stay up all night last night playing….a girl needs her beauty rest (especially at my age!).

Have you placed your order from the new catalog yet?  You might want to so you can get your special UPS surprise!  Thanks UPS for delivering on Saturday evening! 🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Did You Miss Me?

Did you miss me?  I sure hope so!  It was time to head up to the family cabin in Canada, just north of International Falls, MN and get it ready for summer.  We got a lot of work done the week we were there but it sure is good to be home.  We made the drive in 2 days each way and that was more than enough for me!  I did get a little crafting done in the car which I will be sharing with you soon.

island1The weather was cool, windy and cloudy most of the time.  We did have one gorgeous day and I was able to get out and take a few pictures.

This first picture was taken in the morning.  The lake was perfectly still which is rare as it’s a very big lake (Rainy Lake).  I loved the way the trees were reflected in the water.

The second picture was taken a sunset.  I was in the cabin and just happened to look out and see that the sun was going down and thought I’d try to see if I could get a picture.  I grabbed my phone and ran out just hoping to get a good island2picture.  I was pleasantly surprised!  Even when I took the picture I didn’t think it would really turn out but then I looked on my phone.  I caught it perfectly!

I know you all are itching to see more samples from the new catalog.  Tomorrow is the BIG day!  You’ll be able to check out the catalog online if you don’t have a hard copy.  Be sure to email me at if you’d like your own copy.  You’re going to LOVE it!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Busy Times

It’s been a busy time in the Russell household.  Graduation, out of town company, Mother’s Day, getting ready to leave town….yikes!  It’s all good though!

kgrad0517My parents came into town last Wednesday for my youngest son’s college graduation and were here through Saturday.  My oldest son and his wife flew into town on Thursday night and are actually here for over a week.  Graduation was really nice.  I took a lot of pictures of the ceremony but of course the pictures of him actually receiving his diploma didn’t turn out…..which is why they have the professional photographers on hand, right?    This picture is of my son Kyle and his best buddy Arik.  They both got their teaching degrees from Metropolitan State University in Denver.  Kyle is the tall one in the back.

mothersday0517Mother’s Day was especially nice as both of my boys were home.  My oldest son Jared and his wife Margot live in California so this is the first time in a number of years that they’ve been around on Mother’s Day.  We all went and saw the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.  So much fun!

Now I need to think about packing for our trip.  My husband, son Kyle and I are heading up to the north woods of Canada to open the family cabin with my husbands parents.  Luckily I won’t have to worry about dressing up or even having coordinating outfits since there won’t be anyone around to see me!  Ha!  I do need to make sure I have the essentials though as there isn’t a Target store anywhere near!

I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

The Eastern Palace Bundle is HERE!!!!

The Eastern Palace Bundles are available for you TODAY!  Yes!  Get a sneak peek of a whole suite that will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Ooooo… also will get a sneak peek at 3 of the new 2017-2018 In-Colors!  They’re included in both bundles!

EasternPalaceStarterBundleThe Starter Bundle is perfect for the beginner stamper.  It comes with:

*Eastern Beauty Stamp Set
*Eastern Palace Specialty Designer  Series Paper
*Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
*Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (new! and FREE!)

The Starter Bundle is the perfect way to get a taste of the Eastern Palace Suite.  The Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers are so fun!  They will add a whole new dimension to your cards.  They’re nice and sturdy.

EasternPalacePremierBundleAre you an avid stamper?  Then the Premier Bundle is for you!  Along with all of the items included you the Starter Bundle (except for the Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes) you will also receive:

*Mini Tassels Assortment
*Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
*Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
*Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!)The Very Vanilla envelopes and cardstock are FREE gifts for you!

Be sure to follow my Eastern Beauty Pinterest board where I’ll post all sorts of samples using these fabulous products!  Then hop on over to my store and purchase your bundle TODAY!  These bundles with the free gifts are on only available until May 31st so don’t miss out!  When the new catalog comes out you won’t get the free gifts.

Speaking of FREE gifts…when you order one of these bundles from me I will email you detailed instructions for 3 different cards that you will be able to make with the bundle you purchase!  Be sure to include your contact information when ordering from my store.

The more you see of the Eastern Palace Suite the more you’re going to LOVE it!  Get those new products ordered today and have fun!


Retiring Products!

demo_header_retiringproducts_naHello!  Sorry I’ve been away but it’s hard to post when you’re traveling and I can’t seem to get ahead of the game and schedule them before hand.  Oh, well….

I had a nice trip to MN.  Hanging out in downtown Minneapolis with my stamping peeps was great and I also got to visit with family.

If you’re not aware, the 2017 Retiring List is out.  I get kind of sad when the retiring list comes out because there’s always a chance that some of my favorite items will be on it!  You can check out a pdf of the list here or you can view the retiring products in my online store here.  However you view them just be sure to order the items you want soon.  Stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 22nd but everything else is only available while supplies last.

Be sure to get your favorite retiring items while you can!  Don’t miss out!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Stock Up During Sale-a-bration!

SW_AvantGarden_PotW_Mar2817I know you absolutely LOVE the Sale-a-bration items this year!  🙂

The Avant Garden stamp set and the Hey, Chick! stamp set are my favorites.  You don’t want to miss on getting your favorites!  Sale-a-bration ends on Friday, March 31st so there are just a few more days for you to get your favorites!

I know….you’re thinking you don’t really need to purchase a new stamp set or some new framelits at this time.  BUT!… may want to take this opportunity to stock up on adhesives, cardstock, envelopes or embellishments.  Yep.  Get those things you need and earn a FREE Sale-a-bration set to boot!

Stampin’ Up! posted the above photo in our weekly newsletter today.  All of these cards were made using the Avant Garden Sale-a-bration stamp set.  Aren’t they great?  They CASEd (copy and share everything) all three cards from Pinterest.  My favorite is the palm tree card.  I’m definitely going to whip up a few of those sometime

So, don’t miss out on your favorite Sale-a-bration items!  Stock up on those stamping essentials and earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  But do it before March 31st!  You can shop here right now!

New Sale-a-bration Items!

SAB7.1Sale-a-bration 2017 is quickly coming to a close and there are already 2 Sale-a-bration items sold out.  The Card Tin and the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Pack are gone.  Don’t fret though!  Stampin’ Up! has added more items to Sale-a-bration for you to choose from and I think you’re going to like them.

These 7 new items are current Occasion or Annual Catalog items!  Woo Hoo!  Get them for FREE while you can!  Check out what these fun and exciting items are.  The first item and the last two can be found in the Annual Catalog while the rest are from the Occasions Catalog.

If you’re looking for another excuse to shop I’m hosting a Mystery Hostess Workshop from now through 8 pm on  March 29th.  Place your order of $50 or more in my online store using Hostess Code ZMNBEWPP on the checkout page and you may be chosen as the Mystery Hostess to receive all of the hostess benefits for the workshop!




Still Winter?

purple flower.0317Seriously….I’m pretty sure it’s technically still winter here in Colorado but you’d never know it by the weather.  We have been having high temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s and there are low 80’s on the horizon!  Sheesh!

I’m not really complaining because who doesn’t like those temperatures…..but in March?  yellow flower.0317We’re suppose to be getting walloped with snow during March but we’ve hardly had any moisture at all.  It’s going to make for a long summer!

These poor little flowers from my front yard haven’t quite realized that it’s still the first part of March and that they really shouldn’t show their pretty little selves until April!

Since there’s nothing I can do about the weather or the fact that my flowers are blooming a tad early I guess I’ll just sit back, enjoy the warm temperatures and relax.

I hope you have a lovely, relaxing day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

SASsy Stampers & Friends

20170225_090541 (2)This is part of my SASsy Stampers and Friends group.  This picture was taken at our recent Stamp Camp which was held at the end of February.  We are all wearing our Mardi Gras crowns and beads since it was held just before Mardi Gras.  You can’t say that we don’t have fun!  🙂

You may be wondering why I’ve capitalized only the first three letters of SASsy?  That’s because those letters stand for Seriously Addicted to Stamping or as we say amongst ourselves:  Smart Ass Stampers.  Since I am very sassy and the others can be too we usually just go by Sassy Stampers & Friends.

Only four of the gals are actual members of team.  The other four constitute the “friends” part of the title.  These are gals who don’t have uplines at all or have uplines who aren’t very active.

We do get along well and have a lot of fun together.  I try to get the gang together a number of times during the year for a quick meeting and some stamping.  A number of us like to travel to Stampin’ Up! events too.  Janet, Jan and I are heading to Minneapolis next month and we’re probably heading to Salt Lake City in November to kick off Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Anniversary?  Would you like to join us in November?  (The April event is already full).  We’d love to bring you along and share in the fun.

Do you love Stampin’ Up! products?  Would you love to be able to purchase them at a 20% discount?  You should think about becoming a member of my team of Sassy Stampers!  Now is the perfect time to become a demonstrator!  When you purchase your starter kit for only $99 you not only get to choose $125 of merchandise for the $99 but during Sale-a-bration (ends March 31st) you can also choose ANY 2 additional stamp set for FREE!!!

The new Annual Catalog is coming out June 1st but as a demonstrator you would be able to check it out at the beginning of May.  You’d be one of the first people to see all of the new and exciting products coming!

I really love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and I would love to have you become one too!  Please contact me with any questions you may have on being a demonstrator or on how to sign up.  Become SASSY!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

New Sale-a-bration Items!

untitled3Stampin’ Up! has released 3 new Sale-a-bration items and I know you’re going to LOVE them!

Check them all out here!

You’ll find a GORGEOUS 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack featuring Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron.  This is definitely my favorite item.  You’ll also find two fun stamp set.

I haven’t had a chance to play with these new items yet but I’ve seen some fun samples!

These new Sale-a-bration items and the Sale-a-bration items released in January are all only available until March 31st so get those orders put together.  🙂

You can choose any Sale-a-bration item for FREE when you place a $50 order.  Place a $100 order, choose 2 SAB items!  Woo Hoo!  I’m placing an order this morning so I can some of these new items.  How about you?  Shop now!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils

141709Have you tried Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils?  You should!  They’re fun and easy to work with and THEY’RE ON BACKORDER already!  Oh, no!

Stampin’ Up! isn’t sure when they’ll be back in stock so you will be unable to order this fabulous product after Thursday 1/26.  If you want to make sure that you will get this product when they are back in stock place your order before Thursday.  Once they are back in stock I’m sure they’ll go quickly.

You can order your Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils here!  Order them today!

Now you’re wondering WHY you should order them and HOW to use them.  Back on January 2nd I posted a Stampin’ Up! video on the Watercolor Pencils and how to use them.  Here it is again.  If you think you’d like to give them a try be sure to place your order before Thursday so that you can get them when they are back in stock.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

They’re Here!

The 2017 Occasions Catalog and the 2017 Sale-a-bration Brochure are here!  Woo Hoo!  New products!  I LOVE new products!  Have you checked them out?  Click on the link to the right and see what they’re all about!

If you’re on top of things and were trying to place an order this morning you may have had a small problem.  ALL of Stampin’ Up!’s systems were down.  Computer, phones, you name it.  The only way they could let us demonstrators know about it was through social media.  Yikes!

All is well now though so go ahead a place those orders!

hey-chick-1216As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite Sale-a-bration item is the Hey, Chick stamp set.  It’s TSC!  Too Stinkin’ Cute!  You can find it on page 17 of the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  This is a card I’ve previously posted and I can assure you that there will be more!

If you’ve already had a peek at the brochure have you picked out your favorite item?  I’d love to hear what your favorite its.  Leave a comment!

nailed-it-catalogOne of my favorite new items in the Occasions Catalog is the Nailed It stamp set and the COORDINATING Build It Framelits.  There are never enough products perfect the males in our lives.  Stay tuned for an adorable gift card holder that I made for Christmas with these products.

Do you have a favorite item in the Occasions Catalog?  Or maybe a favorite product suite?  Let me know!

The important questions is “Have you started your wish lists yet?”.  If not, get started!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Time is Running Out





Well, it’s the last day of 2016.  Are you sad to see it go or are you more than ready for the New Year?  I know that some people are more than ready for the new year.  They’ve had enough of 2016 and all it entailed.

Overall 2016 was pretty good to me.  I did lose a close friend to cancer but my family and I are all healthy and doing well.  I still love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and all it entails.  Best of all, I earned Stampin’ Up!’s Incentive Trip to Phuket Thailand next summer.  Woo Hoo!  Of course I couldn’t have done that without all of you so THANK YOU!


I’m hoping 2017 will be another good year both for my family and friends and for my business as well as for all of you.

Time may be running out for 2016 but there’s still a few more days to take advantage of Stampin’ Up’s Year-end Closeout deals.  There’s also only a few days left of the Holiday Catalog.  Look for the fabulous new Occasions Catalog on January 4th.

Have a great day!  Celebrate the end of 2016 safely and I’ll see you in the new year!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Happy Holidays!

christmas2016I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Our Christmas was good.  Too much food, more than enough gifts and great fellowship with family and friends!  This is a goofy picture of my boys and I.  The second picture is my baby kitty Tasha by the tree.  She really enjoyed her little catnip toys.  🙂

Did Santa bring you everything on your list?  It was a practical gift year for me.  Lots of things for the kitchen that needed replacing.  🙂

Now it’s time to start thinking about cleaning up from Christmas and packing for our trip to the MN Homeland to see family.

I should probably also start thinking about getting ready for the new Occasions Catalog christmas2016-1and SALE-A-BRATION!!  Woo Hoo!  I really wish I could have carved out more time to play with some of the new products from the publications.  Oh, well.  I’ll just have to do it when I return from the frigid Homeland.  Lucky for us it doesn’t look like the temperatures will be too low while we’re in town.

Are you ready for the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration?  Have you started making those wish lists?  You better get those lists made!  It all begins next week!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!




lefse1 lefse2What a fun day yesterday!  I learned how to make lefse!  For those of you who are not Scandinavian lefse is like a potato tortilla.  You spread butter on it and roll it up to eat.  Yum!  You can also sprinkle cinnamon sugar on it.

I’m pretty sure that I don’t have a drop of Scandinavian blood in me but growing up in Minnesota with all of those Scandinavian Lutherans I got to eat it and I love it!

Last year my friend Sallie brought me a few pieces after she made it with some gals from our church and this year she invited me to join her!  I was so excited!

Sallie is the fourth person from the left with the light colored hair.  She takes good care of me.  This morning she brought me a tin of Christmas cookies knowing that I haven’t begun my holiday baking yet!  Hey!  I have almost a week, right?!  🙂

Have a yummy day!  Take care and Happy Stamping (and holiday baking!)!

Year-End Closeout Sale!



Who doesn’t love a sale?  Especially at this time of year!  Hop on over to my online store and check out all of the fabulous deals!  You’re not going to want to miss it!

There are items from the Holiday Catalog that are retiring as well as items from the Annual Catalog that they have high-inventory on…and old items on clearance!  There is a TON of stuff on sale!  Don’t miss out!  SHOP NOW!

Here are the details of the sale:

*  the sale runs from December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017

*  some items (clearance rack items) are only available while supplies last

*  high-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3rd.  They will still be available after that but at their regular price.

*  retiring stamp sets (from the Holiday Catalog) are only guaranteed available through December 21st.

*  retiring accessories are only available while supplies last.

Contact me if you’d like an actual list of the items retiring from the Holiday Catalog.  You do not have to place orders online you may contact me with your order.

Do you want some extra incentive to check out this Closeout Sale?  I am offering double Customer Appreciation Points during December!  What are Customer Appreciation Points?  I keep track of the dollar amounts of all of your purchases.  For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (it doesn’t have to all be at one time) you receive 1 Customer Appreciation Point.  When you’ve accumulated 10 points you can choose a FREE catalog item of $30 or less.  So during the month of December, you will receive 2 points for every $50 you spend!  Happy Shopping!

Be sure to contact me with any questions you may have!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Black Friday

It’s Black Friday.  Are you shopping?  I refuse to set foot out of my house on Black Friday.  Shopping with gazillions of people just doesn’t sound like fun to me.  Of course I have no idea what to get anyone for Christmas yet so there’s no reason to go shopping.

onlineex_shareable-2_nov2116_naNow, online shopping is a whole different story.  I can sit at my computer in my comfy clothes and shop away all day!  Speaking of….have you taken advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza?  There are some really sweet deals that you won’t want to miss!  The sale only goes through Monday so don’t miss out!

stitched-from-the-heartDon’t forget about Stitched From the Heart promotion going on too!  Stampin’ Up! has about 9 fabulous stamp sets on sale that coordinate perfectly with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Now…you need to know that the framelits themselves were so popular that Stampin’ Up! ran out of them.  You can’t currently purchase the framelits but there are still a few days left to purchase the stamp sets that are on sale.

Get shopping!  Have a relaxing day and don’t miss out on these fabulous promotions!  Take care and Happy Stamping!