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Handwriting Helps the Brain Function


Handwriting Helps the Brain Function.

Mail a card including a hand-written message today and everyday!



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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Don’t Miss This Exciting Offer!!

Promotion Details: The Big Shot is a big deal! And during October, get a FREE Big Shot (or up to $100 in free Stampin’ Up! products) when you purchase the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and become a member of  the Classy Cut-ups Team!   It’s the perfect opportunity for a hobby stamper who loves our products to get the Stampin’ Up! discounts and benefits AND there’s NO obligation to purchase or sell anything further.

Here’s how it works:

•Purchase the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit during the promotion period and receive a Sizzix Big Shot Machine or $100 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice from any of our current catalogs. Value to $440 and FREE SHIPPING!
•Standard Starter Kit Contents cost $175.
•My Digital Studio Starter Kit Contents cost $175.
•Order your choice of starter kit online and get your Free Big Shot (or $100 in FREE product) by clicking HERE and then clicking on the Join The Fun tab. It’s that easy!
•Once you order your kit online, you will be given access to the Promotional Product Bonus order type on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator web page (referred to as “OEX”) approximately one hour after you order the kit. You will also be provided a link to OEX for this redemption via e-mail. In this order type, you will either enter the item number for the Big Shot (item 113439) or the item numbers for up to $100 in Stampin’ Up! products. Products can be chosen from any current catalog and shipping is free!
•Be sure that your free total comes as close as possible to $100 without going over since the Promotional Product Bonus order type will not allow items beyond $100 to be added to the order.
•You will have until November 30, 2011, to redeem your product bonus.

Starter Kit Information

•Promotion applies to the purchase of the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kit. You may add the Stampin’ Memories, Definitely Decorative, or My Digital Studio Software Add-On for the regular add-on price.
•As a part of my Classy Cut-ups Team and the Stampin’ Up! family, you can take advantage of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator privileges and discounts.
•the Starter Kit is only available to new members and not to current demonstrators.

Frequently Asked Questions About becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:

Q: Are there minimum sales requirements?
A: The sales minimum is only $300 in merchandise per quarter. That is less than an average Stampin’ Up! workshop! Also, sales may be submitted in any increment,  you will still get your discount and commission.

Q:  If I only want to do this as a hobby, and get 20% off merchandise, do I still have to do parties? 
A: Absolutely NOT! Stampin’ Up! supports the hobby demonstrator just as well as the career demonstrator. You can put in your own order or collect orders from family and friends to equal the $300 minimum for the quarter.

Q: Can I be my own hostess?
A: Yes, you can be your own hostess anytime you want!!!  You can invite your family and friends into your own home and have a workshop. You would be the hostess, receiving the hostess benefits, and you would also be the demonstrator receiving your instant income and commission!

Q: How much does it cost to get started as a demonstrator? 
A: The standard starter kit is only $175 plus tax (with FREE shipping!) and is a $340 value! This includes everything you need to get your business up and running, including stamp sets and ink pads and paper hand selected by you.  The kit also includes catalogs, order forms, training information and more!  Starter kit contents change from time to time.

Q:  Will I be penalized if I quit or is there a certain time frame I have to be a demonstrator? 
A: If you decide to stop, you can do so at anytime you choose, keep everything that came in your kit to enjoy for yourself….. no penalties, no fees.

Q: Are there incentives that can be earned as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator?
A: Stampin’ Up! offers so many benefits and incentives to demonstrators. Here are a few:
*In your first 3-6 months you have the opportunity to earn up to 9 free stamp sets from the current catalog through the Stampin’ Start Program.
*30% Instant Income on your first order within 45 days of signing up.
*Special ‘demonstrator only’ incentives include additionally discounted promotions, free stamp promotions, pre-buy new catalog merchandise, bulk buying and more!
*Earn free incentive trips to exotic places.  Destinations have been to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and Panama! Next year is Figi!
*Great Rewards—You earn points for your sales, and can use them to choose prizes like product and gift cards! First prize level only requires $1000 in sales per quarter!

Q: Do people really make money at this?
A: Yes! There are many demonstrators who make $1000, $5000 or even $15,000+ a month! There are even cash awards given out during the year for personal performance achievements and at convention too!

Q: How much support can I expect?
A: You can expect to receive full training from me, including business tips, ideas, stamping techniques, and ongoing support through our upline sources. There are monthly group meetings and training sessions.  We also meet bi-monthly to share ideas, swap cards, and just enjoy each other’s company.  Although you’re not required to attend these events, I highly recommend them!

Q: Where will I get my ideas for my workshops? 
A: Stampin’ Up! has many resources for demonstrators. You will receive an Idea Book & Catalogs every year, as well as mini catalog publications, access to a demonstrator web site with a workshop planning wizard, samples gallery, project templates and patterns to use, a monthly Stampin’ Success Magazine,  online audio and video training and more!  It is OK to copy your projects from these sources and use them at your workshops… in fact, it’s encouraged!

Q: Are there any Stampin’ Up! events that I can attend as a new demonstrator?
A: Yes, almost all of them!!! Every year Stampin’ Up! has a 4-day convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There are also regional seminars throughout the country.

Q: Do you really love what you do?
A: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE what I do and I know you will, too!  I love Stampin’ Up! because of all the friendships I’ve made and because I love teaching, sharing, and meeting new people.  I also love the company because of their commitment to their demonstrators and an outstanding product.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at (727) 698-7509.  This great opportunity on lasts a couple more weeks, so click on my “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” Button and then click on Join the Fun before it’s too late!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Terry

The Cab Ride


My sister-in-law just shared this touching story with me and I just
had to share it here. I hope you all are just as moved as I was when
I read it.

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few
minutes I walked to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’,
answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being
dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened and a small woman in her 90’s
stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat
with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if
no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with
sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or
utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled
with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase
to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we
walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her..
‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to
be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she
gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t
have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor
says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off
the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the
building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had
lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a
furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had
gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building
or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,
‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low
building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that
passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been
expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the
door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said.

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto
me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she
said. ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light..
Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly
lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What
if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient
to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had
honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more
important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what
others may consider a small one.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry



You can get yourself a FREE Big Shot OR $100 of FREE Stampin’ Up! Products by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator during October!!

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to do what you love, while getting a 20% discount on your favorite products, now is the perfect time! During October, you’ll get a FREE Big Shot OR $100.00 in free products of your choice when you join the Stampin’ Up! family as a demonstrator. In addition to the new-demonstrator Starter Kit — a steal at just $175 — contains over $345 worth of stamp sets, card stock, ink, accessories, and business supplies – everything you need to start your new business.

For more information or to join my Classy Cut-ups Group of wonderful ladies click here and then go to “Join the Fun” on the menu bar.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Another “I Don’t Like this Paper” Card


Here is another card I made using designer paper that I didn’t like. The original paper had very pale pink and white flowers and I thought it looked too blah. So, I took my Rose Red marker and colored them. After that, the paper was just what I wanted! It matched the rosette I wanted to use and was a lot brighter.

When buying packages or pads of designer paper, there’s usually 1 or 2 pieces in them that you don’t really like. Don’t get rid of them…alter them to you liking!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

Vacation Pictures


Here are a few more pictures taken in Maine. We went spent 3 days in Eastport, which is the eastern-most city in the United States. At this time every year, the mackeral are running and my son and some friends go up there to fish for a few days. It is a very quaint New England town (population of 1000) and I loved it there. I did a lot of shopping, but not too much fishing. The fishing was so weird! You have a fishing pole with 4 hooks on the line; you cast your line out; you let it sink for about 20 seconds; then you jerk your pole back as you slowly real your line in; when you get it in, you have from 1 to 4 fish on your line! There’s no challenge to it at all! I’m used to fishing where you cast your line out and wait until you feel a little nibble before reeling it in. Some times you catch the fish and sometimes you don’t. So after catching over 16 fish in less than 30 minutes, I quit. It was just too darn easy!







Birds, Birds, and More Birds!


In case you all haven’t noticed, I love the little bird from the Bird Builder Punch (117191) and use it quite a bit. And since I love it so much, I’m going to offer it to you for 10% off until the end of September!! Just email me at:, or call me at
(727)698-7509 to let me know you want it. It will be sent directly to your home address.
I also used the Elements of Style Stamp Set. The flowers were stamped in Rose Red Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and I stamped the bird in Pacific Point Ink. The Pacific Point piece of card stock and a larger piece of Whisper White were dry embossed with the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder. I used the “X is for EXTRA…That’s how special you are” stamp from the new Occasions Alphabet (This set is so cool…There is a sentiment for every letter of the alphabet!!) and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. I backed it with Pacific Point, added rhinestones, and adhered it and the bird to the card front with Dimensionals. Then I added a bow made with Rose Red Seam Binding and wha-lah, my card is finished!
Oh heck, I like this card so much, too…I guess I’ll also offer the Elements of Style Stamp Set (wood – #118611, or clear – #120045), the Occasions Alphabet (wood – #117090, or clear – #123598), and the Decorative Label Punch (120907)for 10% off, as well!
(See more cards using the Bird Builder Punch on here by scrolling down and looking at older posts.)

Time for Your Birthday!


I was so disappointed when the Sense of Time Stamp Set retired this year. You can use it for so many things. This time I used it for a birthday card.
Speaking of birthdays and my real reason for posting this card…Sign up for my newsletter in the left-hand column here, (or if you’re already signed up), email me your name and birthdate (,  and you will receive a birthday present from me! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry