About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I am a Stay at Home Mom to Taylor 7 years old and Jaiden 3 1/2 years old. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 3 years now. My husband Bill and I have been married for almost 9 years. Like most people we lead a very busy life!

Stampin' Up! is a wonderful company to be a part of. Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts is a hobby that I have become very passionate about. Each morning when I sit at my computer and visit my favorite websites and blogs I can't help but become very excited and passionate about what people are creating all over the World, it's a great way to start my day.

Stampin' Up!® News  

Click here for the online version of the 2007-2008 Fall / Winter Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Quebec
Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians. Click here for online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Downunder
Stampin' Up! expands to Australia with their very own catalogue and distribution centre.

Stampin' Up! in New Zealand
Click here to see their online catalogue.

Stamper's Groups


What a great way to build up your Stampin' Up! collection, learn new techniques and visit with friends. Gather a group of friends and family together and contact me for more details.

Stamp Camps
If you can't make it to my Stamp A Stacks. Than call or email me to arrange for ME to bring a Stamp-A-Stack to your house on a day that works best for you and your friends.

Catalogue Workshops

If you cannot find time to host a workshop than do a Catalogue workshop, gather orders from friends and family and submit the order to me to see if you qualify for hostess benefits. Contact me for more details.

Custom Made Cards

Need cards? I can design any type of card to your specifics: Wedding, Birthday, Thank You, Sympathy, Holidays, All Occasion. Contact me for more details.

Gift Certificates  

Are you looking for a great gift for your spouse, friend or family member? Give them a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate, contact me for details.

Start a Home Based Business  
If you have ever thought of owning your own business at a reasonable start up cost and you love Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts than Stampin' Up! is for you. Contact me for information. I would love to get a demo package out to you!

Our New Arrival - July 2007  

Click here for wonderful project ideas.

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What's New?

The new 2007-2008 Idea Book and Catalogue is out! Contact me for your copy today!

I still have some retired stamp sets for sale. I am offering them at 50% off the original price plus shipping if required. Please email me for more details.

Card Making and Scrapbooking Classes (Adults & Kids)

I will be teaching these classes in Auburn Bay in the SE in the month of July, please contact me for more details or click here.

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Featured Accessory

Pretties Kit (Page 188 of the Idea Book & Catalogue)

Use this versatile kit to embellish all of your works of heart! Create custom hat pins and add elegance to any project. Use Stampin' Pastels, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, or Classic Ink or Classic Reinkers to dye the flowers to coordinate with our exclusive colors. Item #109114 $40.95 each CAD.

Featured Stamp Set

Priceless (Page 117 of the Idea Book & Catalogue)

This stamp set has so much potential, I love the flourishes. Item#109260 $35.95 CAD.

Featured Wheel

So Swirly - Standard Wheel (Page 117 of the Idea Book and Catalogue)

A matching wheel for the Priceless Stamp Set, great for scrapbook pages, cards and gift wrap. #109683 $11.50 CAD.

Matte vs. Glossy

by Ramona Greenspan

I love glitz, glamour and all things that shine! Not only does that mean my scrapbook embellishments tend to be shiny and sparkly, it also applies to the finish of my photos. Personally, I love the shine of glossy photos. I like the way the photos sparkle and stand out on my scrapbook pages. However, not everyone shares my point of view. As much as I love the glossy finish, there are just as many loyal matte-finish fans. Each style has its own benefits and disadvantages, and only you can decide which is best for you and your photographs.

If you are unsure whether you would prefer matte- or glossy-finish prints, here are some pros and cons for each to help you decide:



Photos will have a shiny finish.
Colors are vibrant.
Images are crisp and sharp (assuming the original photo was in focus).
Glossy finish does not produce a textured look when scanned and converted to digital


They are highly susceptible to fingerprints and smudges.
To remove fingerprints and smudges, you need to use a photo cloth and/or a liquid solution. Rubbing a photo, no matter how soft the cloth is, can produce scratches.
Glossy photos produce a glare, making them difficult to see from certain angles.



Fingerprints and smudges are not as visible.
Since most professional prints are printed on matte-finish paper, photos printed on matte paper can have a more professional look. This is especially true with black and white photographs.
Glare is significantly reduced with matte-finish prints.


The texture of matte finish can make a photo look grainy.
Colors are usually less vibrant on a matte finish.
The texture of a matte-finish print may produce a pattern or visible texture when the photo is scanned or converted to digital.
When you have photos developed, keep in mind the way in which you will be using them. You might prefer to choose the finish based on the type of photo it is or how you'll be using it. Glossy finish is a good choice when printing everyday snapshots or photos with rich vibrant colors. Matte finish is a good alternative when printing black and white photos, photos that will be handled regularly, or photos that will be framed and hung on the wall.

While I am willing to put up with having to remove fingerprints and smudges in order to have bright vibrant colors on my glossy photos, you may not be. You may prefer the softer, easier-to-maintain look of the matte-finish prints. Knowing the pros and cons of each can help you decide which will work best for you.

Dormant List

The Dormant List contains stamp sets that, while they have not been retired, will not be listed in the Fall/Winter Collection 2007. These sets are available for purchase from July 1, 2007 through January 1, 2008 and may or may not be listed again in future catalogues.
Item #
Set Name
Catalogue Page #
Bodacious Bouquet
Images de mon pays
Never Ending Joy
Summer by the Sea
Word by Word
Acorns wheel
Bloomin' wheel
Bodacious jumbo wheel
Bouquet jumbo wheel
Butterflies & Blossoms wheel
Leaf Prints wheel
True Heart wheel
Wings & Things wheel




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Email Me!

Michelle Nadraszky
Stampin' Up!® Senior Consultant
(403) 229-1724


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