Sunday, March 16, 2008

Blog Candy Bribe!!

Doggone it... I messed up. I got my latest cards photographed and edited before I left town, as I was planning on posting a couple of times when I could. But guess what I forgot to do... I didn't upload them here to Blogger. Drat!! They're back at home on my laptop and I have no way of getting to them until I return on Easter Sunday. I am SOOOOOOOO sorry! I just HATE to leave you all hanging for that long without a new post. I considered having the house-sitters e-mail them to me, but that would involve divulging my passwords and I don't want to do that.

Hmmm... what can I do to make it up to you? I know! Besides posting the Easter cards immediately upon my return, I'll also do some blog candy that week. And here's a twist... I'm going to take comments for it NOW, even before I show you what it is! (I don't even know what it will be yet, but I promise to pick out something really good!)

Here's what you need to do: Post a comment with any question you'd like to know about me or my Stampin' Up! business. Be sure to leave your e-mail address unless your name is a hot link - I want to be able to contact you with the answers. I will try to answer all questions, and I will choose a random number on Tuesday, March 25th, as the winner.

So, mark your calendars to come back to visit me the evening of Easter Sunday, which is when I will show you the new cards, and then I'll pick out some fabulous blog candy to send to some lucky recipient!

Well, I guess my goof-up means I am forced to take this week as a vacation. So this is Michele Force, signing off...

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Michele,
So glad your taking the time to enjoy family and fellowship. I enjoy your blog and always look forward to your helpful ideas.
Do you find that offering Stamp-Kits via mail to be a positive approach to helping customers?
selettahenry@cox.net

Jan Scholl said...

What do you think about the stamps possibly being offered as individuals and as sets? this rumor has been going around a while. I often find myself liking one stamp of a 4 stamp set and hate spending for a set unless I know I will use the majority of them in the set.

Stephanie said...

Have fun with your family! You know, we would have forgiven you without the blog candy! :D I am not complaining though. Hehe! Anyway, I do have a question fro you. How do you go about finding customers? I think it would be really hard for me to find someone and I, as sad as it is, have not made very many friends in my new town! Thanks so much!

JenniferL. said...

Do you wish Stampin' Up would go totally to die cut stamps?

Jackie said...

How about 2 questions:

What do you like best about being a demo?

What would you like to see Stampin' Up do differently?

I agree with Jan, I'd like to see them offer the option of buying the stamps individually and for the same reason she mentioned.

jackiestamps4fun said...

Hi Michele! Are you going to convention? I'd love to be able to meet you if you are. Have a wonderful Easter! ~Jackie

sheila said...

You know, we would not have gotten TOO mad at you without the blog candy! But heck, I love blog candy so I'm not complaining a bit. I do have a question for you....I love Stampin Up stamps but I have unmounted most of them due to lack of storage. Do you think they will ever give us a choice to buy unmounted or mounted. It would also lower the price a bit I would think. Here's another question (I guess that would make #2) Do you think sales will be affected or have been affected by the different stamp companies popping up such as Papertrey, MFT, Gina K, Bella's & Hanna's? I still love SU.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michele,
Sounds like a nice long trip.
What is your favorite color combo in Stampin up? I always seem to use the same color family.
:) Tamera
Kaizactan@triad.rr.com

Lisa said...

Have a great time away from the blog. :O)

What's your absolute favorite Stampin' Up! product? One that you can't get anywhere else, and you wouldn't even look!

Brenda said...

Hi Michele,
My question is what is your favorite stamp set current or retired? Enjoy your vacation.
Brenda

Theresa said...

Hi Michelle. What a lovely blog you have. I love your designs.

My question is, do you find blogging to be an effective way of improving your SU business.

Mel said...

Hi Michele!

My questions is don't you wish that the In Colors would stick around longer than a year?

Cathy M said...

Count me in on your sweet mystery candy! I would love to know if SU will ever offer a group of stamps that you could choose which ones you wanted to make up a set? I think that would be pretty cool.
Thanks for a chance and have a great Easter.

Arcticstamper said...

Hi Michele,
Glad you are enjoying your family! I like the way you watercolor your images... what is your technique?

-Darleia

Butterfly said...

Hi Michele
Glad you are having some family time. How did you first become involved with Stampin Up?

Lastel said...

Enjoy your vacation , we will be here when you get back ! What is you favorite SU!color family and which one do you think you use the most ?

Anonymous said...

Michele,
I "stumbled" on to your blog after viewing one of your cards at SCS in January. I'm now signed up for your updates. I love all your cards.
I hadn't been stamping much in the recent year, but after viewing your cards and blog I'm back into it.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Kathleen
kbeich@juno.com

Stampin Cats said...

I can hardly wait tto see what you will come up with. My question: Do you look up and use any of the wizzards or templates that SU gives in any of your creations?

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm..... Well first off - - Have a great time with your family!!! Now for the question.... What type of classes or camps do you offer your customers and do you prefer offering scheduled classes/camps or doing home workshops??

Thanks!!!
Sherri Alspach
sherrialspach@sbcglobal.net

vdoyle8 said...

Enjoy your vacation! I'm new to your blog but admire your work. I've often toyed with the idea of being a demo but.. Can you really make any money? I know I'd love getting the products but need at least a little income.
Ok, there's my blunt question!
Vicki

scfranson said...

I'd love to know how you store all your stamps and embellishments. How do you stay organized?
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Dorothy said...

Hey Michele!
Glad you are spending time wth family. I hope you have a nice Easter. Here's my question: Did you every buy a stamp set thinking you would love it and then get it home and can't make it work for you? That has happened to me a few times. Even Splitcoast samples didn't help. They were usually impulse buys!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Dorothy
dotattwood@netzero.com

Anonymous said...

You deserve a great vacation and take time off!!!! My questions is how do you think up such great ideas? It seems to come so natural to you. I have to have something to look at to give me ideas. I'm not creative at all when it comes to thinking up my own ideas. Have fun!!!
rnixon@suddenlink.net

mochamama said...

Sorry hun I tagged you. see my blog

Char in So Cal said...

Oh! Looks like I am lucky post number 25!!

Not sure what to ask you... hmmmmmm. How about your middle name? What is your middle name? Do people ever call you Chelle or Mish or something like that?

Oh. {Blush} That's TWO questions!! {Wink!}

XOXO your FAB blog!!

Char in So Cal
scrampaddict@cox.net

Laurie said...

Do you find the economy affecting your business? How often do you hold classes/workshops/parties? How many customers attend your events? And how many downline do you have in your area? Is Stampin Up a company where you have to have a considerable downline to make any real money? I would also love to see your answers to the questions others have asked! :) Love your cards -- I stalk your blog regularly!

Amber said...

Hi Michele! I hope you are enjoying your family time. I really enjoy visiting your blog every day. You really do have some cute cards and ideas to share with us! Thanks! My question is, What ribbon are you going to be doing for your next ribbon share? I just got my grosgrain sampler yesterday and love it! And I really like the double stitched In Color ribbon from your previous share. It's a really great way to get some nice ribbon without having to pay a fortune! Also, any ideas as to what the new In Colors will be? I'm trying to get excited about them, because I'll miss the current ones when they're gone.

CAKVD said...

Hello! I have a question about your Stampin Up business: what is the WORST part about it?? I ask this only because I used to be a Mary Kay consultant and I lost a lot of money because we had to have a huge inventory. Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

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Anonymous said...

Hi Michele,
Yay for family vacations! I guess your boys are having their Easter vacation this week. Ours is next week and we too are looking forward to getting away for a few days. Enjoy that special time with our precious family. Speaking of family, I'm sure you keep very busy with 3 boys, so when do you get to stamp? Your cards are all so beautiful!
Michelle
stampinbeachgirl@gmail.com

MaryBeth said...

Hi Michele! Hope the rain stopped so you could continue your family camping trip. Why does SU only offer a few die cut stamp sets? Do you think they will offer all their sets this way?

Sara said...

Have a wonderful time with your family. What do you like most about being a SU! demo? Thanks for the chance to win.
Sara

Carly S said...

Hi Michele,
I would like more info on embossing, and using the heating too. I have seen some beautiful cards made with it, but I'm really unsure how to use it. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. Have a great time camping...we need to be doing that too!

Darlene L said...

I hope you get to enjoy your vacation and the rain goes away. I was wondering as a demo, how do you select which stamp sets you are doing to order?

Have a blessed Easter. Darlene
djstamper2003 at yahoo . com

Regina said...

Hi Michele,
I'm so glad I found your blog over at SCS.
I love the paper from SU. What's your favorite paper?

miagallivan said...

Hi Michele... I enjoy looking at all your beautiful creations, & my question is, how do you find time to do so much stamping? I often find that I waste alot of time just staring at my supplies waiting for inspiration to strike, & then I end up making just one card at a time!

Bluemoon said...

Don't feel guilty at all, I'm sure everyone would want you to relax and just enjoy your holiday weekend away. No worries.

1. Do you think SU will ever bring out clear stamps? I'm loving them for ease of placement more than I ever imagined! Own alot of SU wood stamps lol.

2. Am debating buying in the US through a friend, still so much cheaper even though the dollar has changed alot. Very expensive here.

Thanks, relax and have fun!! ;) Happy Easter. bluemoonbynite at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

i hope i'm not too late to leave a comment! i would like to know if u know what the new in colors will be for this year.
Michelle
ip-m@hotmail.com

Allison said...

Is SU! ever gonna try clear? And when is the retirement date this year anyway? I have to re-order full packs of the In Colors since I will die without some of them!

jayfersgirl said...

I'm wondering if you have any fabulous ideas for a great, original baby announcement -- I've been searching and searching for the perfect stamp and idea, but haven't found one yet:)
~ Cara

Squishy said...

I have two questions, if i may =) firstly can i buy US products from australia if they are things that are not sold here? second question is more general, do you have any tips for someone who is considering joining SU as a demonstrator (particular if they dont know that many stampers and are worried about minimum sales)?

cheers!

Ryemilan said...

Hi Michelle,

I love your blog. Thanks so much for all the inpiration!

I'd like to ask if this competition is open to those outside the US..I'm in Australia.

All the best,
Sam.

mochamama said...

Hi Michele, thanks for posting my picture, it looks so nice on your site, hehehe
I haven't been a Demo for long so I don't know my way around stamps too much. I placed 3 of my Pun Fun stamps on crooked, can I take the stamp back off and reposition it or will my stamp not stick after that?

Natasha said...

My goodness, you seem to travel a lot! Good for you!

My question is:
Do you use products other than Stampin' Up? (I have found some acrylic stamps that I LOVE.) Do you think SU will ever go to the acrylic side?

Patty W said...

I'm just getting in to stamping and finding it a rather expensive hobby to of chose! I'd like to know if SU couldn't , possibly make smaller sets or individual stamps to make it more affordable for some of us.

Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I am a HUGE fan of your site, you inspire me so much and I do not know when you find time to sleep!
Thank you for all of your wonderful art work... keep it coming.

mudmaven said...

I too wish that all the stamps would be die cut. My hands would really be happy! ~chris

Kimmie said...

My question is how do you do it??? You give a lot of inspiration with your blog...have 3 boys...well, 4th if you include the hubby :o) Run a SU business. I can't seem to manage a fulltime job, 1 kid, hubby, household duties and my crafting time

Brenda said...

'Love your blog...great pics of amazing creations!
My question is...do you sell your cards? If so, how do you find a good market, and how do you price them?
Thanks for this chance to win! 'Hope you enjoyed a relaxing holiday!
~Brenda H.

Sonya said...

My question is do you think SU will come out with clear stamps?

Anonymous said...

Hi Michele,
My question is How do you do it all and still have time with your family? You have a great site and wonderful cards!!!! This is my first post ever so I hope I did it right!!!
Sandy
batesville2@yahoo.com