Business · Posts · SAB 2012

A note from my heart

With a renewed energy and spirit, I am so excited to be writing this post.  For the first time in five years, I have a plan, a goal, and oh my goodness is it within reach!  Six years have passed since I joined the Stampin’ Up! family to purchase the product, for myself as a hobby demonstrator at a discount (who does not love a discount?) never thinking of making a career.

Over the last six months, I have begun to set a plan in motion – sharing what I love to do.  My plan is really more a mission; a mission to share what I love, by creating handmade gifts from the heart to be shared by others.  I have already begun this first step by holding monthly stamping clubs where we come together and create at least three projects.   If you have not joined us before, you really are missing out!  We laugh, share, eat, create and laugh some more. has also been created as a place for me to share ideas, tips, tricks, and other news or information.  Inky Fingers Stamping team meetings have been planned and will be a place for us to meet share business tips, learn a new techniques to share with our customers and friends, to laugh, share, create and laugh some more.  These gatherings will be open to anyone on my Inky Fingers Stamping team whether you are a hobby demonstrator or if you are wanting build a solid business.

In order to see my mission succeed, your assistance is needed.  Although, I have the total support of my family – I cannot do this without you.  YOU are the crucial piece of my plan needed to succeed.  I specially choose the month of February to publicly launch and share my plan of success due to the fantastic opportunities Stampin’ Up! has extended over the next 60  days.

In order to reach my goal, I am asking you to take a look at your calendar for the month of February and see if you have a date we can get together with a few of your friends to laugh, share, and create.  As a bonus to you and your friends, for every $50 purchases (before tax and S/H) you will be able to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Brations catalog.   As a hostess (or a single ordered) at $150 you can earn hostess benefits of additional FREE product, the CUTEST dang shopping bag and a special gift from me.

I have also implemented an Inky Fingers Stamping reward program.  After earning ten tokens, you will receive a FREE stamp set of ANY value as a way for me to say thank you for your continued support.  Earning reward tokens is easy; earn one token for every $50.  To say thank you for helping me to a solid start to success, I will give you TWO tokens for any order you place between January 29th and February 15th.

As my friend, I appreciate the continued support you have given to me over the years and the support you will continue to give me.  It is because of you, I am able to take this next step and know I will be successful in my path.

Happy Creating!

2012 Occasions · Posts · Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks: New Paper Doily Sizzlits Die

Tips and Tricks for the New Paper Doily Sizzlits Die

With the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die (item 125592) you can now create the intricate designs you’ve grown to love with our Sizzlits Dies, in a new, larger size. Some of you have asked questions about the die and we’re here to help answer those questions.

A few tips and tricks:

  • Because of variations in materials, you will most likely need to use a shim (such as piece of card stock) when you send it through the Big Shot.
  • The detailed intricacy comes with a little added work. The negative pieces will not come out automatically when you cut the die.
    • It may take a little time to remove all the cut pieces from the die-cut paper. Remove the pieces by poking or punching them out. Carefully, push the pieces through the cut design and remove them from the back. Make sure you work from the front side of the doily (the side that was face-down when it was cut) and push the pieces through; if you try to pull them out from the front or if you push them through from the back side, the doily might tear. To make it easier, gently roll the die-cut paper to pop out some of the larger pieces.
    • Push the pieces out using the Paper-Piercing Tool or the small end of the Simply Scored Stylus.
    • The front side will look completely cut through, however, the back side may not. This is normal with this die, and if you follow the directions of removing the small pieces you will find that the die has cut through the paper.
  • Because of the intricate design of this die, small pieces might stick in the foam on the actual die. Clear all small pieces from the die before using it again. This will ensure you get a clean cut every time. Remove the remaining pieces by using your Paper-Piercing Tool, being careful not to tear the foam on the die.

Here is a great training video provided by Stampin’ Up!


Posts · SAB 2012

It’s FINALLY here! Time to SALE-A-BRATE!


As a customer, with every $50 purchase, you can choose StampinUp! products for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. This brochure includes exclusive items that are available ONLY during Sale-A-Bration as well as some handpicked items from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. There is no limit to the number of Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn.

Now is the time to get out your wish list and start reaping the rewards!


As a hostess, when your workshop sales reach $150, you will automatically receive a free reusable shopping tote that sports a design from the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper. And when your sales reach $400, you will also receive a free bundle of Sale-A-Bration products that includes the Fresh Vintage stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Enchantment paper and accessories. All of this is in addition to the fantastic Hostess Rewards from the Idea Book & Catalog!

Click the catalog picture above to view the 2012 SAB catalog

As a new demonstrator, when you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration, you can start your own stamping business for only $125! It includes the standard Starter Kit and all of the perks and benefits that come with being a demonstrator… When you join, you’ll get additional benefits for the rest of the year because each month, you will get to choose either a free pack of Designer Series Paper or a free digital download!

There’s no better time than during Sale-A-Bration to be a Stampin’ Up! customer, hostess, or new demonstrator!!!!

Contact me today to place your order,(or order online)  book your Sale-A-Bration workshop to earn FREE HOSTESS ITEMS AND SALE A BRATION ITEMS, or to find out more about becoming a demonstrator and starting your own stamping business.

Posts · SAB 2012

Only 48 hours to go!

Sale-a-bration has come a little later this year. For all Stampin’ Up! addicts (like me!) out there we all know how special this time of year is as it means FREEBIE time!
It all starts this Tuesday, January 24th but will last a little longer until Saturday, March 31st.
For those that are new to Sale-a-bration and wondering what the heck it’s all about you’re in for a surprise. During this period EVERYONE placing an order of $50 will receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item. It’s NOT just for Hostesses, although they will be rewarded grandly for hosting a workshop, this is for ALL CUSTOMERS whether you’re placing an order at a workshop or as an individual. Plus it’s for every $50 spent so if you have a wishlist as long as your arm, have a birthday or simply feel like treating yourself and you spend $100 you get 2 items absolutely FREE! If you prefer to pace yourself why not spend $50 in each of the 3 months and everytime you can choose a Sale-a-bration item.
There are 4 stamp sets and a beautiful set of Designer Papers to choose from which are totally EXCLUSIVE to Sale-a-bration.You can’t buy them you can only earn them with a $50 order. When the offer is over you won’t see them again so if you fall in love (like I have with the papers and one particular matching set ‘Fresh Vintage’) then starting making that wishlist.
NEED FREE COPIES OF THE OCCASIONS MINI AND SALE-A-BRATION CATALOGS and don’t have a relationship with another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Please email me  your name and U.S. address.  I’ll get them off to you right away.
2012 Occasions · Posts

Happy Birthday Sweet Shop

I’m sorry for the delay in posting updates over the last week or so.  I spent the 14th – 16th in Olympia lobbying our Legislature for education on behalf of the Public School Employees of Washington.  We worked hard over the three day period – braving the worst snow we have seen in years.  The snow continued through the week.  We were lucky to only lose power on and off for the last week.  We have many friends who have been without power for a week.

I have to tell you, I love the entire Sweet Shop product suite.  It is just so YUMMY!  The papers, the stamps, the decor elements, the stickers, the brads.  Do I really need to say more?  I created this card with inspiration from our Occasions Mini for our January Inky Fingers Stamp Camp.  What I love most about this card is how well it can be used for an adult or child.  It’s just a simple, quick, and fun card to share.


  • Pool Party card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper was cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Whisper White is cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″

NEED FREE COPIES OF THE OCCASIONS MINI AND SALE-A-BRATION CATALOGS and don’t have a relationship with another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Please email me  your name and U.S. address.  I’ll send them to you as soon as they are available for distribution.

Stamp Set:  Sweet Cake (W125490, C125492)
Paper:  Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (125408), Pool Party, Red Glitter Paper
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), bitty punch circle, bitty punch heart, Vanilla Scented Stampin’ Embossing Powder (125590)

Personal · Posts

Sharing the WORD

Have you have sat in church or heard a song that really touched your spirit?  Sunday, we sang the song “Mighty to Save”.  My God is mighty to save.  Of all the lyrics in the song, my God is might to save are the words that sank into my heart.  I’ll be real honest, I’ve walked away from God, and starting to find my way back to his side over the last few months.  I have been ashamed and embarrassed to reach out to my my God and say I’m sorry for turning my back on you and disappointing you until I heard this song.  My God, he wants to save me, regardless of my past mistakes.  What a great Dad he is.  Thanks heavenly father for loving all of me – not just the good parts!

2012 Occasions · Posts

Sneak Peak Stamp Camp – You’re My Type

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I receive a monthly magazine that’s full of creative ideas.  In this month’s issue, I saw the typewriter from the “You’re My Type” stamp set available in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The more I see this set, the more I fall in love with it.  It’s just so dang clever.

“You’re My Type” stamp set offers a bold typewriter stamp that can “roll” vintage or modern.  The sentiments are both charming and versatile for many occasions.  This is my spin on a card I CASED (copied or inspiration) from another demonstrator named Mary.


  • Coverage can be tricky with a large solid stamp like the typewriter.  Use a Blender Pen and ink to touch up any areas where ink doesn’t transfer perfectly.  Layer a bit at a time as you fill in.
  • Each strip of Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper was cut to 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • I used a Circle Scissor Plus and Glass Mat to create the large circles.  Whisper White diameter 3 1/4″.  Riding Hood Red diameter 3 1/2″.
  • Tie things up with Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (CONFESSION – I love baker’s twine).

NEED FREE COPIES OF THE OCCASIONS MINI AND SALE-A-BRATION CATALOGS and don’t have a relationship with another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Please email me  your name and U.S. address.  I’ll send them to you as soon as they are available for distribution.

Stamp Set:  You’re My Type (W125564, C125650)
Paper:  Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (125408), Riding Hood Red (111348), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179)
Accessories:  Circle Scissor Plus (112530), Circle Scissor Plus Cutting Mat (112531), Full Heart Punch (119883), Blender Pen (102845), Island Indigo Baker’s Twine (125575), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


Tool Tips – Punching on Scraps

You can use your scraps and still center your stamped image by simply using a Post-It-Note “handle,” thus enabling you to extend your reach as you punch.  Take scrap of card stock and stamp as desired.

Attach a Post-It-Note to one end of scrap. Feed into punch and center. Punch out image. Voila! You have a perfectly centered and punched image using only a scrap of card stock. Don’t throw away those small card stock pieces! Punch them into shapes of your choice.

2012 Occasions · Posts

Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog Starts Today!

The Stampin’ Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog is love and you can now place your orders!  The on-line version of the catalog along with the Stampin’ Supplies lists are below.

Occasions Mini (Flash Version)
Occasions Mini (PDF)
Stampin’ Supplies
Occasions Mini Spanish set
Product Guide

NEED A CATALOG?  Prefer a print copy of the Occasions Mini or Sale-A-Bration catalogs and don’t have a relationship with another demonstrator?  Email me your name and address (U.S. only) and I’ll send them to you for free and fast!

IF YOU’RE PLACING AN ORDER…be sure to visit the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack before you check out.  It’s a great way to stock up on Stampin’ Up! products (loads of punches) and save up to 80%!

LOVE FREE STAMPS?  Become a Inky Fingers Preferred Customer and reap the rewards.  My frequent shoppers love it!  Learn more about my exclusive Inky Fingers Reward Program.