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Good morning!
Tuesday already – how time flies when you’re having fun!  I have to say, the news and changes are coming thick and fast from Stampin’ Up! this year – I can hardly keep up but it’s all so exciting!  I know I promised an MDS creation and I won’t disappoint, but I have to share this offer with you first!

Now I know I’ve probably said it before (and next year I’ll say it again) but traditionally, Sale-A-Bration has been the best time to host a party or join my team as a new Demonstrator.  Just when I think I have it sussed, Stampin’ Up! goes and changes the game on me, but in a good way!  For a limited time there are now two fabulous ways to earn $75 in FREE products of your choice!

Option 1: Host a Party!
From now until May 30th (NOT the last day of the month of May, but the 30th!), when you host a party with me and reach $500 or more in orders, you will earn an extra $75 in free product as your Hostess Benefits!  A $500 party already earns $70 in hostess benefits so that makes a whopping $145 in FREE stuff just for hosting a $500 party.  Wow!  If you get to $700 in product, you’ll earn $185 in free product and be able to purchase one item at half price (fancy a 50% off Big Shot?!).  That’s amazing!  If you’re interested in having a fun stamping party, do get in contact with me because I have some dates available in May still.  We can even have the party at my house if you’d like!
But wait! Some of you tell me you don’t have time or the space to host a real live party, and that’s perfectly OK!  You can do a virtual party – get a few friends together, let me know, and I’ll raise a Hostess code for you so you can each put your orders through my online store to make a party order.  They’ll add up together to earn the extra hostess benefits when you hit $500 in product or more.  Share the freebies, or scoop the lot yourself if you’ve seen this first and you coordinate the virtual party with your friends!  Of of course you could have all the fun and just party by yourself…You can order the paid version of My Digital Studio and a bunch of digital downloads so it doesn’t look like to your family that you just spent the entire monthly grocery budget on stamping stuff (wink!).  Click HERE to go to my online store if you just want to shop your way to $75 in freebies!

Option 2: Join my Team!
The second way to earn $75 in FREE stuff is to join my fabulous team of Demonstrators from all over NZ.  When you join between now and May 30th you’ll pay just $189 for your starter kit full of $360 worth of product entirely of your choice!  Normally the starter kit gives you $285 in product for $189, which is still a great deal, but this is even better!  And as a new Demonstrator you have the chance to earn lots of free products and of course purchase your own supplies at a nice discount over the retail price. I wish that they’d had this deal when I joined, 6 years ago!  Seriously, if you love Stampin’ Up! products I’d encourage you to think about this offer.  You’ll have lots of helpful support and inspiration when you join my team, I have been enjoying spending time with my new team members recently to help them get started and I would love to do that for you too!  Joining Stampin’ Up! has been one of the best decisions I ever made and has enriched my life like you wouldn’t believe!

If you’re interested in either offer, just email me for more info or to get started (click here) and we’ll get things organised for you.

Now to the promised My Digital Studio project!  Well, actually it’s a hybrid.  Recently I took part in a “masculine” themed swap with other Demonstrators from my wider team.  I’m not sure how “masculine” my swaps are because my 8 year old daughter didn’t think they were particularly “Man-ish”, despite my use of the Parker’s Patterns DSP which screams masculine to me!  But I have to say, these have been pretty well received by the team and by the two groups of fabulous ladies I’ve taught this project to in the last couple of weeks!

The box is made using the Petite Pocket die and adding some extra score lines and cuts.  I won’t go into how it’s made here, as it’s all over the net (if you google “Stampin’ Up! Petite Pocket Box” I’m sure you’ll find it).  I understand it was originally demonstrated by one of my favourite Stampin’ Up! staff presenters, Bonnie Thurber, at a regional training event in the USA.

The key thing with my version of the box is the super cute embellishments I used to decorate them.  I’ve had lots of people ask me what stamp set I used to stamp out the images and the truth is, they aren’t stamped at all.  They’re “embellishment” files from the Storybook Digital disk that I manipulated using MDS to add a drop shadow and size them to fit inside my 1″ circle punch so that I could layer them up on a 1 1/4″ scallop circle and add them to my box.  The owl was a clear favourite, I know because now I only have a couple of those images left and there were more of those than any other one!

Here’s a pic of them with my “images sheet” which I had so far just punched out 10 of, to make the boxes in the picture.  I made a lot more than just these!  And my students in the past couple of weeks had fun deciding on their favourite one to use for their own box in my class.  I managed to fit 60 of these cuties onto one A4 sheet of Very Vanilla.  I do have a great laser printer which is why they look so good.

Supplies (you can order these for yourself now on my online store!):
Stamps: Happy You (Hostess stamp from the Annual Catalogue, for “thank you” tag)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler or Early Espresso
Designer Series paper: Parker’s Patterns
Marker: Early Espresso
Punches: 1″ circle, 1 1/4″ scallop circle, Jewellery tag, 1/16″ handheld punch
Other: My Digital Studio, Storybook digital content DVD, Petite Pocket die, Simply Scored tool, Early Espresso Baker’s twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh I nearly forgot – in the US these were designed to hold the Hershey Nugget chocolates that they have there.  We don’t have those in NZ – but I discovered these cute little boxes are the perfect size for our Cadbury Dairy Milk treat bars that come in a pack of 15.  You can fit two of them in one little box!  Maybe that’s why this little project has been so popular…

If you’d like to learn how to make your own one of these boxes, complete with chocolate, let me know – we could even have this as the make & take project when you host your party between now and May 30th!

Have a fabulously chocolately day!