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October 2008

Oct 31 2008 Happy Halloween from Stamper Dog!  Ladies & Gents, if you haven't figured it out by now...this IS my costume!  I only wear this furry get up when Ann gets the camera out.  And yes, we're working on one now that will make you smile BIG TIME!

I promised that I would put up a good card today & I hope you like it!  It's got that funny bear from the Under the Stars set.  Ann only has one or two original thoughts a year and this is one of them.  (Don't tell her I told you, but I come up with most of them.)  Just click on the picture to see the real deal or here to look at the inside in the Under the Stars Gallery.  Ann loves to do Christmas cards with non-Christmas sets.  You stampers are so versatile! 

She used the Stampin' Up! Write Me a Memory Journaling Fonts CD #105813 and the Santa Hat from the Sock Monkey Accessories #111552.  There's more, but then I'd have to ask you for the super secret password.

Today's the last day of the month!  Last day to get 20% off the Birthday sets.  Hope you don't miss out!  The new board we just started is about a quarter full.  You people just love that Big Shot, don't you? 

Have a safe & happy Halloween.  And remember...no chocolate for dogs!  Be sure to review the Halloween tips for dogs in the 2 posts below before you do anything that might embarrass your pooch.

     Chow, Baby!

P.S.  There's a video coming soon.  This picture is a hint.  Alternative ways to make it is going to be featured in the November newsletter so be sure you're on the list!

I just know that *I* didn't eat it!  Not this time!

Oct 30 2008 If you like Jenny's cool Mr. Twigster card here, you're going to love my little bear card that's coming out tomorrow.   Jenny Middle from Roseville, CA is one of our 24/7 Stampers & this was her shoebox swap card.    (You DO know that you can click on the cards here & you'll see a full sized version, right?)

Talk to Ann to find out why this is the best time of year to become a demonstrator.  Believe me.  You'll WANT to be on our team!

Here's the last part of the Halloween tips for your pets courtesy of Bark Busters:

* Check your dogís ID tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your dogís collar-just in case.

* Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about.

* Keep candy away from your dog. Many candies-especially chocolate-are toxic to dogs. The severity of the toxicity depends greatly on factors such as breed, age, size, and how much candy was ingested. Problems may range from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death. If you have any concerns at all, consult with a veterinarian immediately. If you want to keep your dog safe, make certain that sweets, including their wrappers, are kept well away from your dog.

* Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins. Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dogís reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn

* Be prepared. If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times. Do not let your dog approach the door of a house, and stay clear of possible gags or gangs of goblins who will gather at the door. Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively. Neither children nor adults in costumes should approach a dog without the ownerís consent.

* Have fun but think of your dogís safety. Finally, if you want your dog to be included in Halloween festivities, think about his safety much as you would the safety of a small child. Your dog does not understand Halloween, so he needs you to provide the guidance and safety that you always do.

Now - back to stamping!

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 29 2008 Love this card?  It's from Cassie Larson in Amarillo, TX.  Her card got the 2nd most votes for Best Swap.  I think it's grand.  You only get to see the close up of the sparkly heart, but if you click on it, it will take you to the gallery so that you can see the whole card.  You'll want to see it!

Many of you like to see all us cute little puppies in our Halloween costumes.  Let me take a moment to help you AND your beloved 4 legged friend to have a happy and SAFE Halloween.  You may think I'm joking, but Cecil lost his favorite cat on Halloween.  Poor guy.  Only cat he ever liked.  I'm still looking for one I like.

So here are a few tips courtesy of Bark Busters.  I'll have a few more tomorrow:

* Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they canít see our faces.

* Think twice about dressing your dog in a costume. While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many donít.  (I'm a T-Shirt & Coat guy myself.  Keeps me warm in the wet California Winters.)  Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume. If so, fine-heíll most likely enjoy himself and the extra attention it brings. However, if he shows any resistance, donít do it. Dogs feel enough stress around Halloween without also having to endure the discomfort and peculiarity of wearing a strange costume.

* Donít leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running about may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.

* Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 28 2008 Remember last week when Ann stole away to stamp with her 24/7 Stampers?  She had to earn her work furlough release from shampooing the carpet so that she could go stamp with her team.  They had a blast stamping each others cards.  There were even more than in the picture that participated by mail and got all the cool cards!  If you were part of the team, you'd have the 14 cool cards too!

Even has a professional photographer named Abby come & take their picture!  That's Abby & her demonstrator mom Rachael on the left.

Congratulations to Jessica Luther who won the best swap award.  We've added a couple of the other cards into the gallery & will keep adding them throughout the week.

Don't you think you should be part of Ann's team?  They're a fun bunch and are growing every day!  Lotsa good stuff that you won't get anywhere else PLUS my super secret hideaway for things that help 24/7 Stampers everywhere.  Just talk to Ann.  She knows everything I know.  But I DO know that you can find lots of answers here.

Congratulations and a shout out to Karen Johnson, the 24/7 Stampers newest supervisor!

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 27 2008 What a wonderful day that Saturday was!  I don't know why you humans like those itty bitty little cakes, but you do!  All you did on Saturday was celebrate little cakes here & little cakes there. 

Here's a picture of Mary's box she made in the Crazy 4 Cupcakes class on Saturday.  Yep.  That's a little cupcake in the back.  It's VERY VERY chocolate & VERY VERY not for me.  All the stampers (& Cecil) ate the little cake and then all the stampers took a cupcake home for their favorite person (or to devour later).  It was a very cool cupcake event.

Only a few more days to get this cool set for 20% off!

Talking about cool events....we've got one coming up on ELECTION NIGHT!  It's the start of Technique Geeks!  Two techniques & Two projects!  You'll make mini pages with a sample of each technique & a card using the technique.  Hot stuff for youse stampers! 

This will be a fun night for those of you who don't want to talk about the election.  It will be a safe haven for to avoid all the rhetoric.  And you'll learn something new too!  It all starts at 6:30p!  Hope you've voted by then!  You can register here.

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 25 2008 I've been thinking about this love note that I got from Stinker Doodle Bug.  She's a very good typist and wrote it while her mom was away hunting for food with one of those silver carts.  It was a typical Jack Russell love note.  It was all about her and NOTHING about how wonderful *I* am.

Isn't she a looker?  Almost as pretty as me.  I think we'd make a great pair.  She could be the beauty.  I could be the brains.  They sure know how to grow nice pups in Texas.  That's where Zoe's girls are too.

But then.....it could be like one of those online dating services.  I could invite Doodles over only to find she's a Sharpei!  Or maybe a Rottweiler!  Or maybe this was her in her "younger leaner years".  Mmmm.  No "bait & switch"!  No sir-ree!

Gotta run fast to keep up with me!  She's an Agility Champ so she could probably run circles around me!  I do best with straight lines.

I'll be sharing more stampin' stuff soon.  Ann's doing a Cupcake Class today.  My stampers will be here any minute.  Can't wait to hear what they think about our latest installment of the 12 Weeks of Christmas ideas.  If you haven't signed up for the Newsletter, you're really missing out!  Sign up this weekend & we'll even send you the first 4 installments.

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 24 2008 I was going to share this very cool picture of my girlfriend, Stinker Doodle Bug, but she got preempted for something that you stampers would INSIST that I share with you!  (Hope she understands)  It's almost time for you humans to do your turkey sacrifice.  I know that you want your table to be TOP NOTCH.  My favorite stamper (sorry, Ann!), Stampin' Up!ģ CEO & Co-Founder, Shelli Gardner is going to show you how to dress your table three different ways for the holidays. 

Click on the video below to play it.  When you're done, check out the instructions & shopping lists here and then go shopping!  Oh yeah - the commercial that starts it off is very brief.  Please be patient.  You can wait 10 seconds, right?  Just about my time limit for a treat.



      Chow, Baby!
Oct 23 2008 Are you on Ann's newsletter list?  Well, you should be!  Every Thursday she sends out an idea to help you get an early start on Christmas.  Today is the 4th installment of cards.  Next week, we're starting on some gift ideas!  They are so good that she won't let me put them here, but let me just say that if this is a peek at what's going to happen in just 9 short weeks, I'm not sleeping much on Christmas Eve!

Just zip up here on the left & DO IT!

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 22 2008 I am up to my ink dipped tail in pictures to take & films to direct!  Ann just doesn't move fast enough!  I'm going to make her this calendar so that she can prioritize!  You can make one too!  Just click on the picture to see close up.  If you like it, I'll have her send you the kit along with the instructions to make one for yourself.  Order it by mail here.

OR come make it with me & Ann on Saturday November 22nd.  But you've got to get in before it fills up by registering here.  It'll be a blast!  All I have to do is work on that opposing thumb thing & I am ON IT!

      Chow, Baby!

P.S.  Hugs & smooches to Doodles.  I was drooling over your picture recently.  You're almost as cute as me and pretty quick on your feet for a girl!

Oct 20 2008 Today is my namesake's birthday.  He'd be pretty "experienced" if he were around today.  Ann says I act like him all the time.  But I'll bet I'm cuter. 

No stampin' during the daylight today.  I'm supervising Ann as she cleans the carpets from my cushioned chair on the patio.  (that machine is way louder than the vacuum!)  If she does a good enough job, I'll let her go to her team meeting and she can stamp with my girls.  They're having a shoebox swap so she'll have some fun stuff to show tomorrow.

Hey, Ann!  Can you peel me a grape?


      Chow, Baby!
Oct 17 2008

WOW!  Stampin' Up! must really be impressed with me!  Now they're putting videos on Ann's part of my site!  If you want to make this project, just click on the picture & it will take you to the project.

Just when I think that I'm about as impressive as impressive can be, someone goes and pats me on the head & makes my day!

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 15 2008 Last night the SOS (Stamp or Scrap) Night was so much fun that the girls wore me out!  I went to bed early and they gave away the $100 gift certificate without me!  Just click on the picture to get a good laugh at the video.  Ann hardly cut ANYTHING out of it!  She even kept the out takes in!  I'm just going to have to train her better!

And Ann... my house is called CENTRAL BARK!

You can get your name on the next board.  That $100 is not something to sneeze at.  You can use it towards stamps, classes or even to join our team of demonstrators!  One never knows where this little piece of luck will lead!  We're already starting a new one.  Perhaps next time it will be YOU!

See a close up of the winning portion of the board here.  Get your name on the board for every $50 you spend &/OR when you host a home workshop (party).  Contact Ann or shop online today to get a head start!


     Chow, Baby!
Oct 13 2008 Happy Birthday Columbus!  And for everyone else - have you signed up for my newsletter yet?  I'm just about to have Ann publish the 3rd edition of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas.  You won't want to miss finding out how to make another cool Christmas project! 

I put my Director's hat on again & we put out another video tutorial in the wee hours of this morning.  Just click on the picture & it'll take you to the Video Gallery where you can enjoy it and the other 16 video tutorials we've done over the last 6 months.

The girls had such a good time making this on Saturday that I put Ann to work on the film right away.  This video's so new that I haven't even put the pictures in my art gallery yet!  But they will be soon!  Maybe later today if I forgo my nap.

We should have another one in the next day or two as well!  There are only a couple more squares left on the board & I have a feeling that tomorrow night is the lucky night for some stamper out there!  You get your name on the board for every $50 that you spend OR when you host a workshop so don't miss out!


     Chow, Baby!
Oct 12 2008 It was fun to sniff all the stamper toes yesterday.  Ladies came from all over!  Elk Grove, Live Oak & Williams to meet at Central Bark to Jingle All the Way & get some Christmas cards done.  We'll have some of them in the Art Gallery soon, but I need a nap!

Look what I had at the door to greet them!  Well, it wasn't there when they got here, but it was there shortly after they left!  That Big Shot sure can do anything!  Ann found the perfect pumpkin and brought it home for me.  Under my careful supervision, she made the pumpkin face with her Big Shot (named after me) & her Decor Elements roll of vinyl.  The eyes were made with the Stampin' Up! exclusive Pennant die and the mouth was made with the Big Scallop Die. 

Stop by & see it soon!  We keep her in from time to time so that the elements don't kill her off too soon.  This is my very first pumpkin so if you have suggestions on how to keep my pumpkin girl healthy, please share it with me.


     Chow, Baby!
Oct 10 2008 It was a fun night in Sacramento last night!  They did a box with the Scalloped Edge Envelope Big Shot die.  They learned some basic watercoloring with the watercolor paper, the Aqua Painter that's on sale.  But this cool card with the felt ribbon was the biggest hit.  It's easy.  It's fun.  And it uses that cool Alpine Ribbon from the Holiday Mini catalog.

Ann stopped by her demonstrator friend's home to show her what they made.  Karen loved this card even more than the club members did!

So what are YOU waiting for?  If you love stamping and want a backstage pass to all of Ann's stuff, become a demonstrator today!  If you have a lot of cool Stampin' Up! products already, then try the $99 kit that is only available until tomorrow, October 11th.  If you want the best bang for your buck to get started right, choose the standard kit and Stampin' Up! will throw in your choice of any stamp set of your choice in the whole catalog because it's their birthday! 

Be the demonstrator that you'd like to have.  You're only limited by your imagination.  Ann rents a part of my blog for me that she only shares with her team.  It's got lots to help you no matter what your goals are. 

Got questions?  Ask me.  I know everything!  BUT THE DEADLINE IS October 11

     Chow, Baby!
Oct 8 2008 I was outside sleeping in the sun now that the weather has become reasonable.  87 degrees tops today.  I can sleep in that under the covered patio.  (Got in trouble for sleeping in the wrong chair tho....you know which one.  The one WITHOUT the special towel cover) 

Anyway, I was minding my own business only to come in to see that Ann had tried one of those layout inspirations.  Paper was flying everywhere!  And she was supposed to be getting ready for the Taste of Home Cooking Show!  I think she's going to change this one up a bit, but not bad for the first try.  Those reindeer look pretty yummy to me.  Wonder what that red nose tastes like.  Alas, I don't think I'm tall enough to quite make it.

Only 3 days left to join our team and save money!  You can be the big dog and have your own stamping business.  You just never know where it will take you!  You should chat with Ann because the thought of having a new demonstrator on the 24/7 Stampers just chokes me up!  Or get some of your questions answered here.

     Chow, Baby!
Oct 7 2008 Only two more days to get in on the latest Christmas Card Class - Jingle All the Way.  My wonderful stamper friends will be here to make 3 of 4 different designs to help be ready for Christmas early this year.  Envelopes too!  All for $25. 

Isn't that one purdy?

I'm going to try to jump in Ann's trunk to go to the Taste of Home Cooking School at the Fairgrounds tomorrow.  Cecil could use some help in the kitchen.  I think I could learn something there.

Of course, the Health Department may have a different view.


      Chow, Baby!
Oct 6 2008 What a wild weekend!  Only a few spots on the board left now.  I was seeing double as I was reading off the list of all of you who got DOUBLE ENTRIES on the board for your stampin' investments.  I wonder who will win the $100 later on this month.  Ann will have to bring her camera with her everywhere she goes so that she can draw the name of the winner.  It's not too late to get your name on the board.  You can read more about this here.

For this whole week, the cool Simply Sent kits are on sale for 20% off!  Ann did these 3 cards really quick, but you can put them together however you'd like.  It SAYS it makes 9 cards, but you can make even more if you work it right.  Just ask Ann.  She knows all about it!

Hope you can come see her on Wednesday at the Taste of Home Cooking School.  She's not cooking, but she'll have some fun stampin' stuff. 

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 5 2008 Happy DAY AFTER World Card Making Day!  Here's a cool card that Ann & Karen working on the other night.  Karen did 97.4% of it & Ann just kept nodding her head saying "looks good!"  Ann works so hard!  I think they might be doing something like this one at the Jingle All the Way class this Saturday.  Hope you can come.  We had so much fun last time!

Ann spent much of the day talking to my girlfriend's mom.  They're really trying to fix us up.  My little Stinker Doodle Bug caught my eye when she sent me a birthday card.  My, oh my!  Everyone around here has been woman handling my little Doodle's card.  I'd love to meet face to face, but until they move Texas closer to California, we'll just have to correspond by hand stamped cards!

We had so much fun yesterday that now we're multi lingual!  Whenever you want to brush up on your French, German, Russian or Spanish, just look down the left in the links bar.  There's a Babel Fish box that will help you turn the site into the language of your choice.

I looked for a British flag but didn't see one.  That's where Jack Russell's hail from so perhaps we need to add one.  Or at least an Oregon one....that's where I'm born.  (I'm just pulling your leg.  Bet you were thinking that I was practicing for Jay Leno's Jay Walk All-Stars!)

The specials are on until tonight at 10pm Pacific.  Better grab one while you can!

      Chow, Baby!

P.S.  I understand that AOL was having problems yesterday.  If you ever have a challenge with shopping, let Ann help you!  Just drop her a line & she'll be there lickety split.

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 4 2008

Happy World Card Making Day!

  It's time to party!  I even wrote in cursive to celebrate this!  I've been zipping around as if I had a treat tied to my tail to help get ready for this Megalundo Celebration!  It's Stampin' Up!'s 20th anniversary month & we've got specials galore!  FOUR!  One for each of my paws!

Here's our specials & 2 dynamite ones from Stampin' Up!  Guess that's one for our hearts:  one for me & one for Ann.....in that order.

Last Day to get the Early Bird price for Jingle All the Way Class 10/11 @ 1pm
Mary won $100!
So did 5 others!

You can too!

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CraZy 4 Calendars!

Oops!  Special's over, but this is still available here.

October 25th @ 1pm
Crazy 4 Cupcakes
4 different cards w/box

$20 OR
get the Class
AND stamp set

Pick Your Passion

Special's over!

Sorry you missed it!

It's almost time
to give away
another $100
Stampin' Gift Certificate!

WCMDay Special

ALL purchases today
get DOUBLE entries for the
$100  Board!

Includes the
Create-a-Calendar from the Holiday Mini, On Board Book Basics, extra cardstock & Designer Paper and instructions to complete project.
When you get the class & set together, it's like getting the set for MORE than half off!
(no shipping & tax)
It's the small one
#114883 in a 10" x 13" shadowbox frame.

Other sizes available.

See previous drawings

How the board works

or Live Class
on 11/22

20% OFF This Week Only! 20% off in October

Busy?  Simply Sent Card & Element Kits are the way to go!  This Flower Power kit makes at least 9 cards!  This package goes great with the WOW Flowers set.

All Simply Sent Card & Card Element Kits on pages 176-177 of the Big Book Catalog are on sale THIS WEEK ONLY for 20% off in honor of World Card Making Day!  Stock up & save yourself some time to put your feet up!

7 Sets to pick from.

Click the picture above to see pictures
of the sets or the SHOP NOW button
to drool even more


   Chow, Baby!

Oct 2 2008 Have you ordered from the Holiday mini yet?  WOW!  That stuff is nice!  Don't wait!  I can see lots of potential to wrap up some dog biscuits for me this Christmas! 

Here's the first favorite for me.  Bet that bird is mighty tasty too!  Not just for lookin' at!  We're planning a special Big Shot class just for you stamper-ettes that have purchased the Big Shot.  As soon as we set a date, you'll know.  It'll be fun, fun, fun!

It's not too late to sign up for the online newsletter & get 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas every Thursday from now until Christmas.  There will be cards, gift card holders, gifts all with instructions & a shopping list so you can throw me a bone once in awhile.  :-)  Just use the box at the top left of this page.

Off to nap like a good little dog should.  I only have 2 speeds:  lightning fast & ASLEEP!  I just added 4 or 6 cards to the Art Gallery.  Why don't you mosy on over there & check them out?

Got something special planned for you for World Card Making Day this Saturday.  Be sure to check back!

      Chow, Baby!
Oct 1 2008 I don't have to zip my lip anymore!  Ann made me swear to a vow of silence.  We've been sitting on some really cool cards & stuff that I can now share!  I've been assisting Ann with the newsletter and 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas so it'll just have to wait until tomorrow,.....BUT.....here's a sneak peek at what Ann did with her Big Shot & a roll of Decor Elements Vinyl!  Is that cool or what!

Check out the birthday card on the right for the ink to the latest Stampin' Up! special!

Be sure to check out her new classes too!  And get registered early to be sure you get a seat!  The Early Bird special is over on Saturday for the Jingle All the Way class.  What is an Early Bird anyway?  Gotta get one of those things.

Did you get your Holiday mini yet?  Just ask Ann.

      Chow, Baby!
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