... just a few of the many things I MUST get done!

Monday, December 17, 2007

My next class at I Scrapbook - January 29, 2008

THE DATE FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED - poki needed more healing time on her hand! (The dog won!)

My next class will be on January 29 at I Scrapbook. Icela asked me to do a book with the Zutter Bind-It-All, so I created this address book. The book has five dividers (A-E, F- K, L - O, P - T, U - Z) and 100 total lined index cards - 20 per section. During class we will make the cover, and dividers, then use the Bind-It-All to bind it together. (Lined index card pages will be pre-punched to save us time during class, but poki will show you some techniques she has developed to make the Bind-It-All work well for her!) Finished book cover is 6 x 3 1/2" and has some great sunflower paper from The Paper Lady (poki just loves those FALL COLORS!) Call I Scrapbook to register for this class 254-501-2767.

Our order has arrived!

I was amazed on Friday, when I looked at my account on AngelNet only to discover that our order had shipped on Thursday! It is here! I spent a couple hours tonight getting it all sorted and will start making some deliveries tomorrow. (I cannot promise that they will all be delivered before Christmas, but I will do my best!)
Tuesday deliveries: Pam H. (C Cove), Denise O. (Temple), Shirley F (Temple)
Wednesday delivery: Pat W - late afternoon, after Dr. Appt.
This is all I know so far! Will get back to you soon. poki

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Congratulations to Mystery Hostess winners!

I was amazed to discover that I had 8 Mystery Hostess prizes to give - and 8 eligible winners! Congratulations to Pat W (Level A), Pam H (Level B), Jacque J. (poki's choice), Debby B (half price), Heather A (half price), Beckie H (half price), Cathie H. (half price), Paula Kay (half price). poki even got a half price item (a new embossing gun - LOL

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

TECH SQUAD meets Dec. 12

Hello TECH SQUAD members & friends,

Due to unusually busy schedules for ALL of us, there will be two sessions for TECH SQUAD during December at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12.

Currently on the list are:

1:00 p.m. - Cathie, Paula Kay, Pat W, Karen, Pam
5:30 p.m. - Heather, Becky S., Jacque J, Beckie H

I have 5 Christmas projects planned - I think you will enjoy them. If all goes as planned, there will be technique cards for your file with PHOTOGRAPHS of finished projects!

Bring: 1. paper cutter with cutting and scoring blade. 2. Scissors. 3. glue sticks and your favorite adhesive. All other supplies will be provided!

See you on December 12 - hope your season is the merriest ever!


Monday, November 26, 2007

Delivery Schedule for this week

I have deliveries to make during the week of November 26 - 30:

Nov. 27 (Tues) - Pam H., Dee Dee M (Copperas Cove)

Nov. 28 (Wed) - Pat A (Salado)

Nov. 30 (Fri p.m.) Cathie H. (Killeen), Pat W (Harker Heights)

Beckie H - don't know when we can connect in the evening - I'll call you and we'll discuss it.

Dee S - will call and check when you are up to visitor!

Don't forget ---

During December will be your last chance to order from the Fall supplement. You can see all that images at this link:
Also, you don't want to forget those stamps that are RETIRING as of December 28, 2007. Some of you took your lists with you last month, but I still have a few we can look at when you come to TECH SQUAD. Our next TECH SQUAD meeting is December 12 at 9:00 a.m. , 1:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. The format will be a little different this time, since I wanted to do some simple Christmas projects. You will have cards to put in your file, but the samples won't fit! I hope to get photographs taken to include on the instruction cards for your file! I have a very LONG "TO DO" list!

More December Specials

Vintage Stamp of the Month - available with $30 purchase for only $6.95 (Value $10.95)

More December Specials

December Stamp of the Month - available with $30 purchase for only $1.95 (Value $5.95)

December Specials -

Thanksgiving came so early this year - it just feels like it ought to be December! Thought you might want to see some of the December specials now, so you can plan for you LAST purchases from the Fall & Winter catalogue! We're saying good-bye to our current catalogue, and will start with a NEW catalogue in January. First Special is a Soar With It Collection - Tutti Frutti, retail $19.95 and LIMITED EDITION (only during December 2007) Frutti words retail $15.95 - ($35.90 Value) only $25.95 during December only! poki has the SWIC paper set if you want to see it on Tech Squad day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


poki and Heather A each ordered and received their SURPRISE BOXES! The supplies in the box are amazing! poki's had a DVD from Lucky Squirrel about Shrink plastic - we don't carry it anymore, but poki loves the product; there was even 3 packs of Shrink Plastic in there, along with lots of ribbons, ink pads and embellishments. Well worth the price! And Heather was one lucky girl, her box contained a Karen Foster Clickit! (Retail value $39.99 if you can find one!) poki had been looking for one for Heather, since KF has discontinued them, but had no luck finding one! Heather was pretty excited when poki called her about it. Her box also contained lots of ribbons, ink pads, and embellishments. We both feel LUCKY!

Congratulations to our November Mystery Hostesses!

Our order arrived today! It is sorted and ready to deliver, but with the Thanksgiving holiday this week (and Mike on vacation!) poki will not be heading out to deliver anything until next week. If you are in the neighborhood of Wendaful Scrapbooks on Saturday, November 24, poki will be at the store all day for the Holiday Open House - Make-n-Takes all day! I'll put all the deliveries in my car, and you can pick them up there if you are planning to come to Wenda's Open House! MYSTERY HOSTESSES for November - Heather A - 1/2 price item, credit on next order; Pat A - Level A Partridge, Mary D - 1/2 price item on order shipped direct to her; Pam H - Level B Goodness of God (the trees!); Beckie H - Level A Party Time; Cathie Holt - poki's choice; Pat W - level B Goodness of God. Your Hostess Awards (with the exception of Heather's credit on her next order, have been packed with your delivery!

Order should arrive tomorrow

The order from last week's TECH SQUAD should arrive today or tomorrow - it shipped on Friday (but UPS cannot track it from the number that I have on the packing slip!) That should put me delivering starting Tuesday, November 27. Pat A - your Birthday book journal kit will be delivered at the same time!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Texas Angel Gathering

I just returned from an incredibly busy "business trip" to the Texas Angel Gathering (TAG, for short) in San Antonio this past weekend. The event started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, and it was jam-packed full of incredible projects to see and do! For starters, we picked up the packs for 20 great projects to work on in whatever order we wanted to do them. Stephany H. and her team had everything waiting for us when we arrived. My table mates, Paula Kay B and Lyssa G, were able to complete the projects - poki got sidetracked after 16 of them, as she had a DEMO of the Mini Iron at 4:00 p.m. and wasn't able to get back to work on the 4 remaining projects before we left to head home on Saturday night. But Stephany was kind enough to provide us with a CD of project details, so I know that I can complete those remaining projects. There were demonstrations of the Zutter Binder, Crop-o-dile, Mini Iron (mine), coloring with different mediums including OMS (odorless mineral spirits) with Prismacolor pencils, and a Fantastic Flowers demo that takes silk flowers to a whole new height of fun embellishment! We did a recipe swap (can't wait to show you the beautiful book of recipe art I now have) and a PROP swap (hand made gift) I received a 3-D Christmas tree! If you know poki you know that is right "up my alley" - I love my "fancy folds!" I would post pictures, but don't want to spoil the surprise when I get to share these great ideas with all of you! See you in December for some great fun projects! (TECH SQUAD days are Monday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. only, and Wednesday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - you can RSVP now for your favorite time slot!)

Get Your Wings

Would you like to "be your own boss!" Would you like to have "fun" and reap financial benefits as well? Do you just like to be around others who love paper and crafting with it as much as you do? The Angel Company may be the answer to making all those dreams come true. TAC is an incredible business opportunity which can be tailored to suit your needs - whether you are looking for additional income, flexibility, part-time, or full time work. YOU decide what amount of time you want to devote to YOUR business, and TAC is there to support and cheer you on! Do you have questions? Hopefully, I have answers, or I promise to do my "homework" and find those answers for you as quickly as I can! Please e-mail or call poki with your questions! NOW might be just the RIGHT time to GET YOUR WINGS! (because being an angel is just more fun!)

Monday, November 12, 2007

This is the card which is our finished project for November TECH SQUAD. When I sat down to do the samples for the class, I had no idea which technique would inspire an idea for a card! The stamp set I used is "lusciousleaves" which is on the RETIREMENT LIST (only available until December 28, 2007). The leaves are colored with Chalk Pencils - Warm colors - then blended with Tombow blender (because I couldn't find the Dove blenders at the time - we are using Dove blenders in class!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

And now to RE-CAP all those SPECIALS

November Specials from The Angel Company:
1. Retiring Stamps (152 sets) e-mail poki for a list if you need it before TECH SQUAD.
2. Paper Packs retiring - and on SALE!
3. Oh, my golly - SPECIAL $29.95 Merry Wishes Soar With It Collections (Retail Value $19.95) and Merry Words Limited Edition stamp set (Retail Value $19.95)
4. Stamp of the Month - Button Words $6.95 and Vintage Stamp of the Month - Ginger Joy $4.25. Please remember that these require a $30 minimum purchase (before shipping and tax)
5. SURPRISE box - $50
6. CELEBRATE - double hostess awards again in November!
And the SPECIALS just keep coming!

Congratulations to October Mystery Hostesses

With the "Celebrate" Special that The Angel Company had for October we were able to have SEVEN MYSTERY HOSTESSES at our October TECH SQUAD (the most ever!): Congratulations to Pat A., Karen B., Arlene D., Debra R., Becky S., Pat W. and Julie M. TAC loved the celebration SO much that they have extended their DOUBLE HOSTESS AWARDS promotion through November. With $100 purchase by the group, we will have FIVE Mystery Hostesses (Level A, Level A, Half Price, Half Price, poki's choice) , with a $250 purchase by the group that will be at least two Level B sets, and more half price items! I hope everyone who has attended TECH SQUAD in 2007 will have a chance to be the Mystery Hostess at least once. (Please remember that you must purchase at least $20 in order to be eligible for Mystery Hostess!) Thanks to all of you for your support with my business.


Everyone loves a SURPRISE, especially one that comes in a big BOX at this time of year. TAC wants to surprise you with a BOX of goodies (Retail value over $100) for the Special price of $50. TAC has collected products (non-stamps) from previous/current catalogues which won't be shown again - but are still GREAT products! I missed out on this SURPRISE last year, and was disappointed when I found out about all the great stuff in the box. I won't be disappointed again this year!

Vintage Stamp of the Month

Vintage Stamp of the Month - Ginger Joy - is available with a purchase of $30 (before shipping and tax) at the Special Price of $4.25. This stamp was previously in our catalogue and has retired, but is returning for NOVEMBER 2007 only. Don't miss out on this cutie-patootie!

Stamp of the Month

When you purchase $30 in TAC merchandise (before shipping and tax), Button Words and/or Ginger Joy can be yours for a Special Price . You can see some samples created with Button Words at on the PROMOTIONS - STAMP OF THE MONTH link. These ideas are just a couple clicks away! Button Words is $6.95 (Retail value $10.95) Ginger Joy is $$.25 (Retail value $5.95) Both of these sets will make a great addition to your collection!

Oh, my golly ... it's the season to be jolly

TAC has a Limited Edition Special for November 2007 ONLY - for this Special at $29.95 you will receive Merry Wishes (Value $19.95) - our bright Christmas Soar With It Collection - and a never-before released stamp set called Merry Words. (Value $19.95) Since TAC has advertised it as a LIMITED EDITION that means we can probably only expect this stamp set to be available ONLY during November. The word set is just too "practical" to pass up! At $29,95 that is quite a bargain!

Retiring Stamps

It's amazing - the retirement list has 152 stamp sets on it, out of 352 sets in the Fall & Winter catalogue! TAC must have so many great new sets that they just didn't have room for some great stamp sets like one of my old favorites - the poinsettia T-156 (you can tell by the number that it has been around awhile - we're now in 2700's). If you would like to see the retiring list before TECH SQUAD, e-mail me and I will send you the list!

Paper Pack SALES for November

Since the last time I posted back in October, unfortunately Vintage Holiday has SOLD OUT! Don't forget to consider all the other great values we have for November on Paper packs that are retiring (not returning to our next catalogue in January!)
Bella Flor Regular $19.95 Now $10.00
Kaleidoscope Brites Regular $19.95 Now $10.00
Surf Shoppe Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Simply Spooky Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Vintage Holiday SOLD OUT!
Whimsy Blossoms Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Finger Paints Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Country Cottage Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Metropolis Regular $6.95 Now $3.50
Lap of Luxury Regular $6.95 Now $3.50

Friday, October 26, 2007

Specials for November from The Angel Company

The Angel Company has released a list of stamps that will be retiring as of December 28, 2007 (last day to order from the current catalogue - new catalogue will begin shipping on January 7) I will have a copy of the list for everyone who comes to TECH SQUAD on November 12 or November 14. Please be sure to let me know when you would like to come! Also, there are some paper collections retiring - and they have been discounted! Those collections include: Bella Flor pg 19 $10.00, Kaleidoscipe Brites pg 22 $10, Surf Shoppe pg 31 $3.50, Simply Spooky pg 32 $3.50, Vintage Holiday pg 33 $3.50, Whimsey Blossoms pg 34 $3.50, Finger Paints pg 36 $3.50, Country Cottage pg 36 $3.50, Metropolis pg 36 $3.50, and Lap of Luxury pg 36 $3.50. These great bargains begin on November 1.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Countdown to Christmas Calendar class

CLASS - at Wendaful Scrapbooks, Temple on Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m., Fee is $15. Come make this calendar with suggestions for improving your holiday season, as well as that of your friends and family. Each day is a match book with folder with a suggestion for making the holiday season more cheerful. poki plans to make a PERSONAL scrapbook from these suggestions!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I "allowed" myself ...

When my friend Freddie pointed out this stamp while we were visiting a store in Ft. Worth last July, I knew immediately that I had to have it. I've thought about the quote ever since, but had not used the stamp until I created this background with marbles for my monthly TECH SQUAD meeting last Wednesday! I knew that the marble painted background would be the perfect compliment for this quote. These cards (I have to make a few more!!) will be my submission to the eclectictARTs "I've been published" swap which we do every month. Paula Kay will be submitting them to a publication (don't know which one) for possible publication sometime next year!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Donations for Auction at Killeen Retired Teacher's Association

As many of you know, poki is a retired school teacher from Killeen (my youngest students that I taught my last year at Peebles are now in the 4th grade!) My faculty gave me my first year's membership in Killeen Retired Teacher's Association. That was the year that KRTA starting having an auction in the Fall to raise money for our book fund and scholarship fund. During the previous school year, we gave 3 college scholarships: two went to KISD paraprofessional employees who were continuing their education to become teachers, and the third to a young man in his second year at UT who had first received a scholarship the year before when he graduated from Ellison High School. We also donated about $2,000 worth of books to children in KISD who otherwise might not own a book! I feel like these are both worthy endeavors on the part of our organization, and I try to support them when I can. For 3 previous years, I have requested handmade cards from my friends - and they never let me down. I can tell you, there are many retired teachers in Killeen anxiously awaiting this year's batch of handmade cards from "poki & friends." Last year's cards raised approximately $110 for the fund (not bad since the auction only raised about $700. My friends Paula Kay and Debra have donated everytime I have asked - and I have received donations from them already this year. The auction is on November 12, so I have set a DEADLINE of October 31 for collections. If you would like to donate some handmade cards, any theme, please call poki or e-mail her ( I grouped cards by theme this morning and I already have 25 packets, thanks to Debra, Paula Kay, Heather, Cathie, and one other person whose name escapes me at the moment (she was in my class with Heather at I Scrapbook during August, and we talked about the auction, and she volunteered to donate cards - and left them for me in my class project drawer at I Scrapbook!) I will be making a book donation to the Peebles School library (where I taught) in honor of these good friends who have helped me once again with this project! Thanks to all of you, dear friends one and all!

Our "Mystery Hostesses" in October!

The Angel Company has been very generous with their hostess awards - DOUBLE - during October, and it has allowed me to be very generous with my customers as well! My mystery hostesses for Copperase Cove High School Crop on National Cardmaking Day are: Belinda P, Jody S., Kathy G., Angie B., and Heather A. Heather picked up her order, and got her reward last night. Other orders are scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, October 16 in Copperas Cove. My TECH SQUAD order has been posted to Angelnet (late last night) and I was able to reward 8 shoppers: Becky S., Pat W., Pat A., Karen B., Debra R., Julie Mac, Arlene D., and Heather A. Hopefully, that order will arrive early next week When order arrives I will deliver as quickly as possible. (I have a little more time next week - I overbooked myself this week, and I'm feeling the "crunch" but just a couple more days til NAP DAY on Monday!) Thanks for your business, ladies! Being an angel is just more fun!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A Great "National Card Making" Day in Copperas Cove

I was a vendor at a scrapbooking/cardmaking event at Copperas Cove High School on Saturday, Oct. 6 - had a great time! Met some wonderful new crafters, saw some old friends! (thanks to friends from Cove and Kempner who hosted and invited me - Kathy G, Lynn C, Mary S, Angie B), and won a RAFFLE prize for a item I actually didn't already have - an Ellison TAG-A-LONG! With the great DOUBLED HOSTESS AWARDS during October, I was able to share HOSTESS AWARDS with FIVE of my customers on Saturday! Congratulations to Heather A, Angie B, Jody S., Belinda P, and Kathy G! Your "Mystery Hostess" award will be included when I deliver your order to you - hopefully, no later than October 16 (I'm planning to be in Copperas Cove that day anyway - to meet with my friend Pam H to deliver her last order, and have lunch!) TAC has gotten pretty quick on turn around of orders! And our order has been placed! (Thank goodness for the INTERNET - it makes life interesting, especially when it works! smile!)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

October Vintage Set of the Month

This is the TAC Vintage Set of the Month for October. When you purchase $30 in TAC products during October, miniboldposey can be yours for $2.95 (Retail value $3.95)

October Stamp of the Month!

This is the October Stamp of the Month set - I know that we can all relate to the saying included in this set "Days like this, nothing surprises me!" When you purchase $30 in mechandise from The Angel Company during the month of October, this set can be yours for $5.95 (Retail value $7.95)

A List of all the October Specials from TAC

My manager Paula Kay just sent out her monthly Angel club announcement with a really concise list of all the SPECIALS that TAC has to offer during October. Thought her list might help you understand the PROMOTIONS a little better, so with my thanks to PK, here is her list:

1. Double customer and hostess awards

2. TACBags are back (while supplies last) These are grab bags of miscellaneous stamps for $15.95. Hostess with $250 FUNshop gets one free!

3. Paper Special - Kaleidoscope Brites, Kaleidoscope Boyz, Kaleidoscope Girlz, plus a special word stamp set for $34.95 (pgs 22- 23)

4. October Stamp of the Month $5.95 with $30 purchase - poki will post photo soon!

5. Vintage Stamp set $2.95 with $30 purchase - poki will post photo soon!

6. Half price on 4 Designer collection paper pads - Country Cottage, Finger Paints, Lap of Luxury, Metropolis (pg 36) $3.50 each

7. Fall supplement - stamp sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Check at all these promotions at beginning October 1.

TECH SQUAD - October 10

I can't believe that it is almost time again for TECH SQUAD - what a busy month of September I had! Seems like I spent every day paper crafting! (life IS good!) Our projects for October 10 meeting are called "kissing" techniques - all will concern unusual ways of applying ink to paper! We will again do 5 sample cards, plus one completed project! October is absolutely STUFFED with specials that you will want to take advantage of - see previous posts from today! I hope we can take full advantage of them during the month of October. TECH SQUAD will follow the same schedule as the previous two months with meetings at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Don't forget to RSVP by Monday, October 8, so that I can be prepared for you! (If you think I already know you are coming, e-mail or call me anyway so I don't miss out on prepping for you!) Don't forget to bring your traveling box so we can add more cards to it!

How I spent my Saturday ...

I can't think of a better way to spend a day than paper-crafting with friends. And that is just what I did yesterday with a group of Angel friends at my manager, Paula Kay's house. There were 9 talented Angel demonstrators there, each completing (well almost completing!) 10 wonderful projects that had been planned by each of us for the Fall/Winter holiday season! One of our Angel friends was unable to attend due to illness, but she sent her project along, so we helped her out by completing what needed to be done to our own project so that she could do it at home later! What a day - we talked, we ate, but most of all we were inspired by the talent in each other! Personally, I know I learned lots of new things that I will be implementing in my own projects in the future, so my customers can look forward to that. There will be a display at my next TECH SQUAD meeting on October 10 of all these wonderful projects that we did! (Of course, there are a couple that need some finishing touches!) Can't wait to show you all the great stuff we did!

Another October Special

During the month of October, the angel company has gone CRAZY FOR COLOR with our new special on the Kaleidoscope kit! The kit includes our exclusive paper collections, Kaleidoscope Brites (Value $19.95), Kaleidoscope Girlz (Value $6.95) Kaleidoscope Boyz (Value $6.95) and a new Kaleidoscope words stamp set. TAC values the whole package at $44.00, but it can be yours to work COLOR MAGIC for only $35.95 only during the month of October 2007. If there is a kid in your life, or you're just a "kid at heart" this is a great kit for you! (The papers alone cost $33.85) What a great buy and a cool way to put COLOR in your life!

And the SPECIALS keep coming!

Beginning Sept 24 (I know that was last week) The Angel Company has a SPECIAL price on four of their Designer Collection paper pads. These are 8 x 8 pads, 36 sheets in 6 colors with the same 6 designs in each color. The pads are priced at 50% off their normal low price - they are now $3.50 (which turns out less than $0.10 per sheet). The collections on Special are
V-904 Fingerpaint
V-905 Country Cottage
V-906 Metropolis
V-907 Lap of Luxury
Check them out on page 36 of your catalogue. There is a sample of all 6 designs at the top of the page!

Another October special!

Here's a great bonus to the October "hostess" list - all hostess awards are doubled during the month of October! That means our "mystery hostesses" will receive more prizes! As always, you must make a $20 purchase to be eligible for "mystery hostess" status, but there will be MORE WINNERS! We should have two Level A winners, two Level B winners, and two half price items. (with a $200 combined order - which we usually do easily!) There, of course, will also be a "poki's choice" stamp set! Also, remember, with a $30 purchase you are eligible for a Gift With Purchase Stamp - these will also be doubled during October! All in all, October is a great month to REWARD YOURSELF! Don't forget to RSVP for TECH SQUAD meeting on October 10!

October is almost here!

It is hard to believe that September has passed us by, and we are abouit to embark on October! (tomorrow!) The Angel Company has a great plan for us during October. The FALL SUPPLEMENT has some great new stamp sets for Fall and the holidays. You can see the stamp sets, with some great samples, by visiting the webpage There is a list of links on the left, click on PROMOTIONS and then Fall Supplement, and go see some great new stamps! poki found 3 sets that she immediately put on her October order! And as always, you can click on the samples to see a larger version in another window. The picture I have included is page 14 of the suplement - it's on poki's personal list!
More SPECIALS TO COME - stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Class - Oct 12, 5:30 p.m. Wendaful Scrapbooks in Temple

I know many of you have seen this Fall Banner in progress. I added some beads to the bottom to give it a little "weight" to hold it in place, and it is now ready to be delivered to Wendaful Scrapbooks in Temple where it will be a class project for Friday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. Fee is $12. Call the store 254-899-2767 to sign up for the class! I purposefully left the back side uncovered until class day, so that participants can see what the back side looks like. Paper is decopaged to four square coasters. "F-A-L-L" letters are added to each coaster, along with a beautiful fall colored leaf and daisy! And it's all hung on some beautiful silk knitting ribbon! All that participants will provide for the project is redline tape or very strong adhesive to hold the cardstock back covers in place. Bring your scissors as well in order to "round the corners" of the paper after adhering it to the coaster. I haven't found any corner rounder with the same angle as the coaster, so we have to do it by hand
with scissors and then smooth the corners with emory board. I think it will make a neat home dec product for the Fall season (my favorite time of year - I really like October!)

I've unpacked - more info on CCHS Scrapbooking Event

I finally found the paper about the event at Copperas Cove High School where I will be an Angel Co vendor on Saturday, October 6. Here is everything I know:
When - October 6, 2007
Time - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where - CCHS Cafeteria (brand new this year)
Cost - $20 (includes lunch)
Contact -
Hosts - Project Graduation & DramaDawg Boosters
They have promised - Silent Auction, numerous door prizes, make & takes, art show, and numerous vendors on site. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 24, 2007


I have been invited to be a vendor at a crop at Copperas Cove High School on Saturday, October 6. I have details for the event. If you are interested in getting tickets for the event, e-mail poki ( and I can send you the information about how to register for the event. (I have them - they are just still packed from my Retreat weekend!) The crop benefits Project Graduation for CCHS and the DramaDawgs (booster club)

HOTS Club Retreat was wonderful!

After may years of being totally immersed in the production of retreats for the Heart of Texas Scrapbook Club, it was great to be able to actually feel like a PARTICIPANT at this event! Of course, in my position as Historian, I had to take lots of photos of the event! But, other than photography, and helping Debra with the Art Show on Sunday morning, I was free to actually work on projects! I even took a class - first time ever - from a very talented designer from Austin. Her name is Jennifer Stewart. You may have come across her name in connection with Scrapbook Crossing in Round Rock (or is it Cedar Park?) or Crop, Paper, Scissors in Waco, as I know she teaches in both of those locations! I was pleased with the beautiful FALL photo display board we created, and have asked Mike to be sure we get a complete family portrait under the Chinese Tallow tree in Mom's yard at Thanksgiving time. (It actually should have some fall color - bright red - unless a windy November takes all the leaves away early!)
My digital scrapbooks got 20 or more new pages completed in them! I'm actually on Day 4 of the vacation (out of 14)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Order arrived!

Our order has arrived! With the HOTS Club Retreat weekend starting tomorrow, I won't be making an attempt to deliver until next week. Be looking for me, or at least your products (since I arranged to drop a couple off at your place of work!) I plan to work on my vacation album this weekend - I actually have pages and pictures printed through DAY 3 - in New York!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Order is due today

UPS should be stopping at my house this afternoon! I will do my best to get orders delivered before I got to the Retreat on the weekend. (It isn't out of town, but I will be busy all week). If I don't get your order to you by Friday - or I don't see you at the HOTS Club event, please know that I will attempt to deliver as soon as I wake up on Monday (I'm usually pretty tired coming home after a HOTS Club event!)
Just a little hint - you are really going to like the OCTOBER Mystery Hostess drawing - something SPECIAL will be happening. Can't wait to see you at TECH Club on October 10. poki

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thanks for coming to TECH SQUAD on 9/12/07

We had a very busy - and colorful day! (Both on paper and our hands!)
Our "Mystery Hostess" winners for September are:
Level A - TA2755 F is for Family - goes to Cathie (9:00 a.m. session)
Level B - TB2666 perky penguins - goes to Arlene (5:30 p.m. session)
poki's choice T2301 truly blessed - goes to Jacque (5:30 p.m. session)
1/2 price item - goes to Karen (1:00 p.m. session)
All of my guests who were eligible ($20 purchase) WON a Mystery Hostess prize!!!
Thanks to everyone who participated in TECH SQUAD and made purchases in September! You're all "angels" too!

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Blog

I started another blog - just to post some of my photos. Check it out

Friday, September 7, 2007


If you have been thinking of hosting a FUNshop or a catalogue party, September 2007 is the month to do it! The Angel Company has a special offer exclusive to September - a sneak peak at a set that will be NEW in our next catalogue. If your FUNshop or catalogue order totals $250 (just a few friends can help you do that!) then the "OH, HOW ... set" is yours FREE! Be one of the first to own this great new set from The Angel Company! This free offer is in addition to the regular Hostess Awards that are received at $100 (Level A set, half price item), and $200 levels (Level B set, half price item). September could prove to be the COOLEST month - except in Texas (smile!!!)Please contact poki to discuss a date for hosting your FUNshop or catalogue party! Remember - we must get this done by the END OF SEPTEMBER!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

CLASS - Birthday List Journal

I have my Birthday List Journal class scheduled at Wendaful Scrapbooks in Temple on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. Fee is $15. The journal is made with 12 pockets, each containing a card which pulls out on which you can write reminders for birthdays which you need to acknowledge each month. Journal is bound with Zutter Bind it All, and has two covered chipboard covers, measures approximately 3 1/2 x 7. Call the store if you wish to sign up 254-899-2767.

Friday, August 31, 2007

September Stamp of the Month

Since it is almost September (only a few more minutes) I thought I would show you the September Stamp of the Month. When you purchase $30 in TAC products, you can add this set for $4.25. (a $10.95 value).
Don't forget the "Remember September" sets that are a promotion during September. Mimi and LillyAnna, complete sets (paper, cardstock, ribbon, hardware) plus a limited edition stamp set (3 cute girls in each set)! These stamp sets are ONLY available during September as part of this promotion! (The stamps will cost you only $2.05 above the cost of the Soar With It Collection - Mimi or Lilly Anna) What a great way to add to your own collection of TAC papers & embellishments, and get some special stamps too!

Tech Squad meets on Sept. 12

Just a reminder that I need an RSVP with preferred session by Sept 10, so I know how many kits to prepare for TECH SQUAD on Sept 12. We're planning on an "Adventure with Crayons" - creating backgrounds with regular crayons and watercolor crayons, too! I'm sure that you will enjoy it!

I have the following RSVP on my list -
9:00 Cathie & friend
1:00 Pat W, Debra R., Paula Kay B
5:30 Heather, Mary, Debby B., Arlene, Jacque, Becky

If you are planning to come - please let me know!

A Fantastic week of learning

It's hard to believe it is Friday, and the end of August. Shortly (in about an hour) it will be September! Amazing! I have spent a fantastic week of learning at my computer. While riding to and from San Antonio last week-end, I spent some time reading a Better Homes & Gardens Digital Scrapbooking magazine. When I bought the magazine (probably about the 10th one I own), I hoped that it would actually give me some hands-on things to try - most of the previous purchases were just beautiful samples of what could be done, but no real information about HOW to do it! But this one is different!!!! Most of the information in it applies to PhotoShop in many of it's incarnations (Elements, CS2, etc) but I have found that much of the information transfers to Paint Shop Pro which is the program I use on my desktop computer. (I have PhotoShop Elements on my notebook, but barely know anything about it! - that one is next). I also located some great TUTORIALS on line. If you are interested in learning more about digital scrapbooking, and would like the list of Tutorials, please e-mail poki, and I will be happy to share them with you. I have also been taking advantage of some digital freebies that are out there - it takes a while to download on my dial-up connection, but I have collected some useful background papers, and other embellishments. I haven't made much headway on a completed layout in Paint Shop Pro, but I have used some of the digital elements in a Word document, and actually have 20 pages of the vacation scrapbook done! And tonight I accomplished (with the help of an on-line tutorial) a goal I set for myself yesterday. I wanted to take a scanned image (a leaf punch) and make the background transparent, so I could layer it over a background paper, just like you would the paper version! - but no GLUE necessary! With a couple of do-overs I was able to actually accomplish that goal!!! I am so excited ... just had to share! Next time you see me, ask to see my New England scrapbook! I'm pretty proud of it! (although I am taking issue with something my printer is doing - but I think it's the paper, not the printer!)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Fun trip to San Antonio!

Mike and poki spent the weekend in San Antonio for the annual Dell Employee Appreciation event - at Fiesta Texas! - and although I enjoyed the amusement park, dinner on the RiverWalk TWICE was a much more pleasant experience. I got up early on Friday, and drove Mike to work (we were in Austin by 6:45 a.m. - yes, my alarm clock went off at 4:30 a.m.) I spent the day shopping, and trying to stay cool! (It was a HOT day on Friday) We drove to San Antonio after Mike got off at 3:30 - even with the TRAFFIC JAM in Austin, we were at the hotel by 6:15. Dinner was at Joe's Crab Shack - poki's favorite - followed by a stroll along the river, and back to the hotel. Of course, we had to stop off to talk to the horses who work the carriage ride trade! But it had to be a short night, since the day began at 4:30 a.m. Saturday we were at Fiesta Texas all day, but the weather wasn't too bad - survivable! Saw a couple of new rides - of course we had fun on the water rides, and bumper cars. And Mike even rode the carousel with me! (I rode a GIRAFFE! - I love carousels!) Dinner on Saturday night was at the Republic of Texas, with drinks at The Landing afterwards while we listened to the big band jazz - same band since 1963 (with the exception of a few new members!) We tried to go to the Brackenridge Park Japanese Gardens after breakfast on Sunday, but they were having a face-lift. Oh, well - we made a couple of shopping stops on the way home (one for poki - the Outlet Mall in San Marcos, the other for Mike - Fry's in Austin) and we arrived back home at 3:30 or so! I thought I'd go take a nap then - but instead I went right back to work on my digital scrapbook that I am doing for our New England trip - about 20 pages done (and that's just the FIRST DAY! - but it was BOSTON!!!)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lots of butterflies!

On Tuesday morning after my water aerobics class, I took a drive out to my friends, Pam & Lloyd's house in San Saba County (to make an Angel delivery & visit). I was greeted with about 300 butterflies in their garden - mostly Queens, but this Monarch was magnificent, and the first of many pictures I took in the garden. Pam said her massive flower garden just comes back every year now, no planting necessary, and she didn't even have to water that much this summer because of all the rain! She is being rewarded for all her hard work in the past though!! Pam & I then took a drive down to Fredericksburg for lunch and a trip to a cute new scrapbook store on Main Street, called Journey Lane! (opened last November) Beautifully displayed in lots of antique containers, including a punch bowl and cups for some antique ribbons & laces in the punch bowl, and small embellishments in the punch cups! I was impressed with the space she had (classroom with seating for about 30, I suppose!), and her unique displays!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Christmas Card Club #2 - Oct. 9

I surprised myself this afternoon - I actually made all 3 of my cards for the Christmas Card Club at I Scrapbook in Killeen.
This card will be my second class - scheduled for October 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Class fee is $15 for 10 kits completely prepped and ready to be put together!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Soar With It Collection - Lilly Anna

Here's Lilly Anna!

Soar With It Collection - Mimi

Here's Mimi

"Remember September" promotion from The Angel Company

Great news! The Angel Company has a "Remember September" promotion starting on Sept. 1 (just in time for our next TECH SQUAD Club meeting on Sept. 12 - don't forget to RSVP for the session of your choice!) The promotion highlights two of our new Soar With It Collections: Lilly Anna (pg 14) and Mimi (pg 11). Each promotional package is $24.95 and includes the following products: SWI paper collection ($6.95), matching cardstock ($6.50), ribbon ($4.95), hardware ($4.50) and a LIMITED EDITION stamp set - the Lilly girls and the Mimi girls. When TAC says LIMITED EDITION you can be sure that this is the ONLY TIME that they will offer this set. (Some of you may have seen the "girls" before - they were part of the Seminar Set given to all Angels who registered for our Seminar in June - and one of the Mimi girls is stamped on my pencil box that I had on the table at TECH SQUAD in August! Thanks to Paula Kay!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It's here!

The order we placed last week is here! I have sorted and will begin delivery on Wednesday at tARTs supper (that's a stamping group that I belong to with several of the ladies who came to TECH SQUAD last week!) Cathie and Heather, I will call you before Friday and make your delivery when I am in Killeen on Friday!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Collector's Club

For my regular customers, just wanted you to know that I am keeping a list of the products that you have ordered from me! If you are home, looking at your Angel catalogue, and making your "wish" list - and can't remember if you have purchased something before, just send me an e-mail and I will check your COLLECTOR'S CLUB list. I haven't printed the list since they change each time you make a purchase or win a PRIZE! I will print the list in December and include it with your December delivery, so you will know what you purchased during 2007! My files will be cumulative though (continuing into 2008), and hopefully we can avoid the mistake that so often happens "I already bought that stamp, and I bought it again!" (That is unfortunately how I get some of the poki's choice stamp sets - including the Salsa Flowers set that Freddie won in August!)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Thanks, everyone!

Thanks to all my good friends who attended my very first TECH SQUAD club meeting on Wednesday, August 8. We had a great time with our VersaMark techniques, did 5 technique cards for the file and a card with my favorite butterfly (T1014, flutterby, page 48) Samples on the blog will come later, when I have time to scan them and post them! Thanks to everyone who made purchases and made it possible for the "mystery hostesses" to get 5 prizes! I hope to continue have "mystery hostess" contests each time we meet!

I have been doing some "brainstorming" on ways to use my space more efficiently, and I think I have come up with a way to have more participants in each session! If you are interested in joining one of my sessions on September 12, please RSVP ( We will be having ADVENTURES WITH CRAYONS! Always remember your adhesive to post your samples to your technique directions! In September, a small DRY iron would help with two of the samples (There is a Heidi Swapp version in The Angel catalogue that would work beautifully!) If you can bring one with you, please do! Can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Hostess "Mystery" solved!

The winners of the "mystery hostess prizes" are:

Level A set - Jacque J
Level B set - Cathie H.
1/2 price item - Barbara S.
1/2 price item - Heather A
Salsa Flowers - Freddie H.

Congratulations, ladies! Expect an e-mail from me (especially if I need more money from you!)

Friday, August 3, 2007

August Stamp of the Month

We have this new Stamp of the Month for August - girlyaccessories TAC-2682. It can be yours for $4.25 (Retail value $5.95) with a $30 purchase during August. poki will also be having a "Mystery Hostess" at TECH SQUAD on Wednesday, August 8. If you haven't e-mailed your RSVP yet to come join in the fun, please let poki know you want to come by Monday, August 6 (poki needs time to prepare all of the goodies for our project!) You'll find out about "Mystery Hostess" when you get here! There are openings at all 3 time slots: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. See you then!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Summer Kid's Kamp projects are complete!

I have had a very busy summer working with Kids in Temple. I had eight weeks with kids at Ralph Wilson Girls Club, and six weeks at Wendaful Scrapbooks, both in Temple. I had the last class yesterday! I celebrated today with a NAP and a PIZZA! And now, I must get busy on the next project!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Summer Fun Album in a Tin, Aug 18

I have my "Summer Fun Album in a Tin" scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at Wendaful Scrapbooks in Temple, 2:00 p.m., Cost $15. You can call the store to register for the class 254-899-CROP (2767). The album is a cute little fold out book. I think you will love it and want to make more of them! poki can provide directions to the store ( Please register by Friday, Aug. 17. Thanks!


I added this SQUASH BOOK to my class schedule for August at Wendaful Scrapbooks in Temple. The class is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $12. If you need directions to the store, e-mail poki at ( You may register for the class by calling the store 254-899-CROP (2767). Please register by Friday, Aug. 10

TECH SQUAD - still time to sign up

There is still time to sign up for TECH SQUAD club meeting on Aug 8 at poki's house. We will be doing 5 tech cards all using VersaMark ink. I have participants signed up for all three sessions, but there is still room in each of them. Sign ups right now: 9:00 - 11:30 - one participant , 1:00 - 3:30 - three participants, 5:30 - 8:00 - 6 participants.

Please bring your favorite paper adhesive with you to complete your project. poki will have all of the other required products to do the 5 tech cards, plus a finished card using one of the techniques! See you then!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I've been published!

I arrived home this afternoon to a copy of "JUST CARDS" Summer 2007 with my hatsoff card published (T-2387) It is my first published card - thanks to good friend and Angel manager Paula Kay who is the hostess for our "I've Been Published Swap" in our local stamp club called eclectictARTs. I'm in good company, there are also cards from good friends Paula Kay, Shawn, Margaret, & Debra! We hit the jackpot with our "hat cards!"

Friday, July 20, 2007

July Stamp of the Month

Just a few more days to take advantage of the Stamp of the Month Special - with a $30 purchase from The Angel Company, you can get this stamp set for $6.95 (Value $10.95) It's a cute one to use for those "growing" kids pages and cards.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


My Open House order is here! poki will contact you shortly to set up delivery!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

poki's July Schedule

The following is a list of projects for July -

7/21/07 Day trip to HEIRLOOM Productions convention, Grapevine
7/25/07 CLASS - Kid's Scrapbook Class, Ralph Wilson Girl's Club, Temple
7/26/07 CLASS - Kid's Scrapbook Class, Wendaful Scrapbooks, Temple (LAST SESSION)
8/1/07 - CLASS - Kid's Scrapbook Class, Ralph Wilson Girl's Club, Temple


Thanks to Heather A., who alerted me to error on my TECH SQUAD announcement post - I have now corrected it to read the date of the meeting as Wednesday, Aug 8 (not Aug. 11). Times are still the same! 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. OR 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. There are still spots available in all of the sessions! Hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

"Tech Squad"

I am starting a monthly group at my home to help us all organize a file of techniques with directions posted on them. I am the world's worst for doing something once, thinking "I'll remember that!" and finding I don't "remember that!" when I want to duplicate the technique! Hopefully this group will help me, and you too!

Each time we meet, poki will have prepared 4 or 5 technique cards. We will make samples of those techniques to fit 3 x 5 index card with directions on the back. We will also create a completed project using products from The Angel Company (with one of our techniques!) Purchasing products from The Angel Company is encouraged but not required!

Because of the size of my work space, I am hosting 3 sessions all on the same day! You can choose your session each month, or RSVP for the same time each month! Session times: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Our first session will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Please e-mail poki ( with your RSVP for the session of your choice!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Thanks to all my great friends who are also supportive customers! Our time at the Open House on July 11 was great fun!

I hope everyone enjoyed the time they spent at my house, and enjoyed the chance to play with "springdream" - the Level C hostess set that I had on the table. Mike helped me draw the winning ticket, after the last customer went home - and the winner is PAT A. from Salado! I will be calling you soon to discuss your prize! Stay tuned for more GIVE AWAYS in the future!

I talked about my "Tech Squad" yesterday with almost everyone I think. Details will follow in another post - keep checking back for them. I do know for sure that the first "Tech Squad" party will be on Wednesday, August 8 at poki's house. Stay tuned! More to come!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"Office on the Go"

My "Office on the Go" - a decorated DVD tin with a calendar and notepad inside - is one of the first projects I created after becoming an Angel (#3651) last February! I used one of my favorite paper collections - Rustic Chic - and added a Sizzix dragonfly on it! Kits available at

Butterflies are everywhere!

I am a "butterfly fanatic" - I photograph them everywhere I go! That's my way of "collecting!" (I'll post some of my "collection" later - )
I've been collecting butterfly stamps as well - over the last 4 + years I've collected almost every butterfly that TAC has ever made - I was so pleased that my favorite butterfly set - flutterby (T-1014, $10.95, pg 48 in 2007-08 catalogue) - is still in The Angel Company catalogue! I have used it so many times! And will continue to stamp with this Monarch-style butterfly!


and thus another PROJECT begins!