It’s a $1 Million in Sales Kinda Day!


It finally happened!  I reached my $1 million in personal sales milestone this morning, a long way from wanting to join Stampin’ Up! in 2007 to get a free set of ink pads (a starter kit special) and promising my upline, Lisa Pretto, I was going to drop lickety split!

What a journey it has been from exploring “what is a blog?” to learning how to use the internet to find a market that loves simple and pretty cards plus the convenience of learning and being inspired virtually.


THANK YOU!  I have so many to thank . . . my family for their patience and for never complaining about my crazy, long work weeks (thank goodness I love what I do) . . . my amazing, “paper & ink loving” customers for finding me on-line and sticking with me . . . my beautiful Stampin’ Pretty Pals Community who call me their “fearless leader” and inspire and brainstorm with me in so many ways . . . my upline, Lisa Pretto, for having so much faith in me and being such a trusted friend . . . Stampin’ Up! for giving me the freedom to try things differently and answering so many questions from when I was a newbie until now.

$100 SHOPPING SPREE!  I also want to thank Dorothy David for placing an order this morning that put me over $1,000,000.  You have earned a $100 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree thru me!  Congratulations!


THE BIGGEST THANK YOU OF ALL!  There’s no question in my mind that one of the best decisions I made in my Stampin’ Up! business was to hire my niece and dear friend, Kris Kilcoyne, as my administrative assistant.  She has been through all the ups and downs with me and somehow manages to tirelessly sift through the mountains of tasks it takes to keep our top notch customer service flowing, help provide care and rewards for my Pals and keep me on track.  I love you, Kris! This milestone is for you, too!

I love hearing from you!  Please leave me your questions or comments below.

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  1. Congratulations 🎉


  3. Although this is a bit late – I wanted to congratulate you on reaching your goal! What an accomplishment.
    I enjoy your blog and seeing all your wonder stamping studios.

  4. I’m so happy for you Mary! You so deserve it xx

  5. Thanks so much, Leah, and others for all these beautiful words of kindness!

  6. Congratulations Mary….I read your blog often and am so excited for your success. Looking forward to hear about your Stampin up “day”. It is wonderful that you have a niece to depend on. And ladies….keep up the great work.

  7. El, a Stampin' Pretty Pal

    Congratulations, Mary! I have the greatest respect for you and am so happy to see your success. I’m betting that you’ll get $2M even faster!

  8. Michelle Quiinno

    Huge congrats, Mary! I am so happy to be a part of the Pals!! You are amazing and Kris is as well.

  9. Barbara Clouse

    Congrats Mary, what a wonderful achievement! I love all your awesome projects.

  10. Martha Coronado

    Congrats Mary!! Love all of your cards and hope some day I can join you. (I don’t think so) You really inspire me. Thanks.

  11. KUDOS ON YOUR AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT! Love your CAS style A cyber -stalker

  12. Congratulations Mary!

  13. Yay Mary and Chris!!! I’m so happy for you and appreciate all you do for the Pals!!!

  14. Your stamping family is just thrilled for you!!

  15. Hi Mary, Congraduations are in order here!
    Wow, One Million Dollars!!! It couldn’t of happened to a nicer inspirational person as you are!! I about ready to join, but I have been with you, from the start.
    You have worked hard , to get where you are today! And I have learned so much from you!
    Congrat, and THANK YOU, for all your talent, you have shared with us all!!!
    God Bless you , Mary!!!

  16. A BIG CONGRATS to you!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you, You are Special in every way

  17. Congratulations Mary, What an exciting accomplishment. Your blog and the simply card style inspire me every day. Enjoy the special treatment, you’ve worked hard for it!

  18. I’m so happy for you! I really enjoy your style. I look forward to seeing your post each day. Thank you for all that you do for us and teach us! Blessings to you and your family.

  19. Congratulations Mary!! That is awesome!

  20. Mary Jo Price-Williams

    Congratulations Mary!

  21. Cindie McDuffee

    Congratulations on the super achievement, Mary! Your blog and cards inspire so many of us and I am very happy for you! Glad you didn’t quit, LOL!!

  22. Congrats Mary!


  23. I’m reading every comment and am so grateful for your sweetness!

  24. Congratulations Mary! What an amazing achievement and so well deserved! You are an inspiration!

  25. Congratulatons Mary!!! Your blog was one of the first I came across as a newbie to SU.. you are my “go-to” for inspiration literally on a daily basis. Thank you for all you do for all of us. You truely earned this!!

  26. What a huge milestone to have accomplished! How exciting to be one of the few to reach this goal! Congratulations! Big Hugs to you, Mary~

  27. Congratulations, Mary! I have followed you blog from nearly the beginning and have found loads of inspiration from you. Enjoy your next adventure on the way to 2 million! Cheers to you and all your hard work!!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED, we love you lots , we all wouldn’t be here WITHOUT YOU ALL
    FRENCHIE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  29. Florence Pangelinan

    Congratulations! You worked hard and deserve every bit of the pleasures reaching your goal will bring!

  30. Congratulations it is such an achievement enjoy all your rewards and thank you for sharing

  31. Congratulations! This is a major milestone and I’m so happy I found your blog and joined the PALS. You are a wonderful inspiration to me in my cardmaking. Thanks for all you do for us and I’m rooting for you for your second million!

  32. Congrats! I hope I am still around to see the next million! I don’t think I found you to be my demonstrator by accident, I think it was fate. You have always been there when I needed an answer to something,, thank you for that. You deserve this achievement, you put your customers ahead of anything. Thanks for all that you do.

  33. Glenda Lehrmann

    I knew you would meet your goal! Congratulations, Mary! I wish you another $1 million in sales.

  34. Wonderful news. Congratulations, it was a lot of hard work and you did it.. Congrats again.

  35. Wow, congratulations Mary! What an amazing accomplishment. You’ve earned every dollar and then some! You’re an inspiration!

  36. Million Dollar Mary, I can’t even think of the right words for you now except that you so very much deserve this recognition. I have been a blog fan of yours for the past 5 years and one of your Pals for the past 4. You are a tireless creator; from your beautiful cards, to “growing” your Pals (and not just in numbers). Thank you also for your personal support. Congratulations to you and I hope to be around for your next million!

  37. I’ve been following you for a very long time, Mary, and all I can say is: “A million congratulations to you!!” What a journey!

  38. Way to go Mary! I have so enjoyed following your blog these many years. You are quite amazing … Posting EVERY day! You reap what you sow and it is well deserved. Congrats dear one❣??

  39. Congratulations!!! You are truly an inspiration to many people!

  40. Congratulations Mary! Your blog posts are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

  41. Jeneane Webster

    Congratulations! It’s a well-deserved honor, Mary!

  42. Congrats! Enjoy the fruit of your hard labors that put you here. You are such an inspiration to everyone; that hard work, a positive attitude, perseverance, generosity and loving what you do will bring reward. I hope Stampin’ Up! showers you with lots of goodies!

  43. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration – thank you for always sharing.

  44. Congratulations! It couldn’t happen to a nicer person!

  45. Congratulations Mary!! How exciting.

  46. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment for an amazing person! Thank you for sharing what you love!

  47. Congratulations!!!! Mary ? ?. ?

    Stamping Hugs

  48. brent scheffer

    Wow! This is a big deal! Congrats! Let us know when you hit $2M!

  49. Congratulations! Well deserved – you are definitely one of the best.

  50. Way to go…very happy for you !!!

  51. Well done – you must be very happy!

  52. Congrats Mary!!!!

  53. Congrats Mary!! What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks for your daily inspiration!!

  54. No doubt about you obtaining this goal. You are so special to so many people. Can’t wait to see what you choose for your celebration at SU!

  55. Woohoo, Mary! Jumping up and down with excitement for you. You are such an inspiration to so many demos and customers alike…this couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Congratulations!

  56. Woo Hoo Mary! As a StampinUp! Demonstrator on the East coast, (now a direct report to StampinUp) I’ve followed your journey since you were highlighted in the Stampin Success magazine! I love your clean and simple cards and the info you share every day on your blog.
    Congratulations and continued success- Kathy

  57. Wonderful news! You deserve every exciting moment of your celebration!!!

    Kathy Liu

  58. Congrats Mary. We knew you could do it!

  59. Mary (aka Muffin's Mama)

    CONGRATULATIONS, Mary. I aspire to get there some day!

  60. WOW!! CONGRATULATIONS MARY!!! From the moment I placed my first Stampin Up! order with you to the last one so far, a few weeks ago, it’s been a fabulous learning experience for me thanks to you and your awesome blog and advise.
    Sending big hugs ans warm congratulations.

  61. Congratulations, Mary ! I love the work you do. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us ! You really deserve this !!

  62. Congratulations, Mary, on such a big success. May you have many more happy, and successful years. Unfortunately, I live in Canada but follow you because you are so talented and full of inspiration. I have a rep here and am expecting my hefty order this week. Cheers!

  63. Congratulations Mary . . . our amazing “fearless leader”! So blessed to be a part of the Pals, one awesome group! Love the picture of you and Kris! ENJOY your day!

  64. Congrats Mary!

  65. Wahoo Mary! What a Gal! You are the best and deserve every kudo.

  66. AMAZING accomplishment Mary! Congratulations~

  67. Yippee, Skippee, you made it. I never doubted you would. We have never met, just talked on the phone, but you are such an inspiration to so many. You have a beautiful day, down there in Arizona. Love that state. : – ) : – )

  68. Congratulations, Mary! You’re so deserving of this accomplishment!

  69. Awesome, Mary! You did it! So happy for you!

  70. Congrats Mary! What an accomplishment. So happy for you and the reward is wonderful for all that you’ve put forth to make this happen. I’m so glad you are SO good to all who work with you. You are truly a trooper and the BEST! Love ya,

  71. Congratulations Mary! I knew you would make it.

  72. Kathleen Palermo

    Congrats Mary. I enjoy reading your blog everyday. You have so many great ideas. Hope some day to get to Tucson to meet you in person.

  73. Big congratulations!

  74. Congratulations Mary! I also became an SU demo in 2007. Purely a hobbyist, I know how much hard work and dedication it would take to achieve this milestone! Thank you for all of the wonderful cards and tutorials you have shared with us. You surely deserve all that comes your way!!

  75. Cheryl McAskill

    OMG! SQUEAL! YIPPEE!… Happy Dance…Fist pumping! Yay! So Happy for you! Another Happy Dance….and Fist Pump again!!!!! Congratulations Mary! So Happy you achieved this goal! Blessings to you!

  76. Stephanie Jager

    Congratulations! You deserve all the kudos for what you give back to customers as well as “lookers.”

  77. Congratulations Mary! What a great accomplishment!

  78. That is an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to you and all your sidekicks and helpers. We love learning from you.

  79. Way to go, Mary! Keep up the great work.

  80. Congratulations on a great accomplishment! Follow your blog and you are such an inspiration.

  81. Ginger Toivonen

    To quote Jennifer Lopez “I have Goosies!” Well done my friend and such an awesome achievement for an awesome Fearless Leader. So glad that you didn’t drop!!

  82. Congrats, Mary! Love your blog. You do deserve the recognition.

  83. Congrats Mary…you deserve it!!

  84. Awesome job Mary!! Congrats to you and to all those who helped make this possible! You’ve been an inspiration to me and to so many others! Enjoy your accomplishment! 🙂

  85. Congratulations Mary!!

  86. Wow…how exciting! Congrats! Love your blog!

  87. So happy for you!!!

  88. Congratulations, Mary, on this milestone achievement! Love your blog and all of your stamping creations.

  89. Mary, I have seen how tirelessly you work and that you do this with your whole heart. You are truly an inspiration and I am so proud of you!

  90. Congratulations Mary!!! What an exciting day for you! It always feels so good when all your hard work pays off! God Bless!

  91. Congratulations, Mary! Can’t wait to see & hear all about the celebration at the home office!

  92. Congratulations Mary! How fun it will be for you to enjoy all the recognition and perks on accomplishing your goal. Proud to be a Pal.

  93. Congrats Mary!!

  94. You talent, inspiration and hard work have paid off. Sincere congratulations Mary, you and your team deserve to shine in the spotlight. Looking forward to many more months of following you.

  95. Maureen Reardon

    Congratulations, Fearless Leader! So proud of you and your accomplishments and I’m honored to be a team member.

  96. Dear Mary, Congratulations? You are a real Star. You deserve so much happiness. You have reached your goal. I am so proud of you. I am so blessed I found you so many years ago. I am so delighted to be part of your journey. I want to tell Kris congratulations for all of her hard work as well. You both deserve so much happiness. Go for the next million dollars. You can do it., Congratulations my friend, Ellen Hinds

  97. Congratulations, Mary. I am very appreciative of your hard work to bring us beautiful cards every day. I can’t even imagine how much work it takes. Now what is the next milestone…$2 million? I’m so happy for you. Have a Best.Day.Ever!!

  98. Thank you for sharing yourself and your talent, inspiration, and your time with all of us. My life is greatly enriched by the community your efforts and vision created. Congratulations on a well-deserved, hard-worked-for accomplishment/recognition!

  99. Congratulations “Million Dollar Mary” 🙂 I’ve been really inspired by so many of your cards and projects over the years, particularly the ones where you find a design or color combo from a catalog and re-create the effect on a card. Here’s to the next million! 🙂

  100. Congratulations Mary.

  101. I’m so proud of you Mary! You have been a trailblazer in the world of STAMPIN’UP! From your blog to your FB presence to the way you treat your team and customers…. you are a true genius and role model! I feel honored to be a Pal.

  102. Congratulations to you and your sidekick, Kris! This is truly a remarkable accomplishment in such a short time frame and you’ve got plenty of time to give it another shot! Go for it! You are not out of ideas and inspiration, and your peeps love you and your attention to details and the fact that you “know” them. Blessings to you and your bright future!

  103. Congratulations Mary! You are such an inspiration to the rest of us!

  104. Congratulations Mary! What a great accomplishment! And an awesome feeling for you. Hard work and kindness pays off. You truly inspire me. Thank you and Kris for your dedication . So happy to be in your downline. ENJOY your day.

  105. Congratulations, Mary on a well deserved achievement! You certainly have opened up new vistas for me and many others. I admire your always being on top of everything and your tireless devotion to service. God bless!

  106. Kathy (cards_by_kp)

    WOOHOO!! Congratulations, Mary! Love your cards!

  107. Congratulations!!! Thanks for all you’ve done for stamping and us stampers!

  108. Congratulations Mary….yay!!! Glad I got to be a part of getting you that “ONE MILLION IN SALES “!!
    And congrats Dorothy David!! Hugs from Gina in Sunny Cali..?

  109. Exciting, to say the least! So very happy for you, Mary. Enjoy and CELEBRATE! Hugs!

  110. Congratulations Mary! Well Done!!!!!!!

  111. Rosanne Mulhern

    Such a HAPPY day! Your joy is also our joy…your adventure, our adventure. Thanks for taking so many along for this fun ride!

  112. OMGosh Mary!!! I have goosebumps for you!!!! ******** How exciting! I sure enjoy your blog, creativity and expertise. I’ve learned a lot from you and thank you for sharing with all of us! Can’t wait to see what Stampin’ Up has in store for you! Congrats Girl…you deserve it!!!
    Blessings to you and yours!!!

  113. What a wonderful accomplishment Mary – Congrats to you and all your hard work in achieving it.

    Fellow Demo
    New Jersey

  114. Congratulations Mary!
    I visit your blog every day. Love your style of card making.

  115. Congrats!!!!!!! I enjoy your blog.

  116. Ramsey Alexander

    Huge congrats Mary! I had no idea what I was getting into when I started ordering from you! I am having a blast!!!

  117. Congratulations Mary!! So happy for you. Thank you for pushing me to become a demo-demonstrator. The best decision ever!

  118. Such a thrill to read your sweet words! I treasure every one!

  119. Dona Stallworth

    Well done, Mary! Very, very well done!!!
    Dona S. -Austin *

    *…and you still make The Best cards on the Internet!!!!

  120. Warmest congratulations!! “She thought she could, so she DID!!” Thanks for continuing to inspire us and make a community! hugs, Sherry

  121. Enjoy this fabulous day…..and milestone! The pictures make me smile! You rock girl!

  122. Congratulations! Also to Kris. Beautiful photo. You are great at what you do and your cards are in a class by themselves.

  123. Congratulations, Mary! I am so proud of you and so happy for you! You are an inspiration to us all! Big hugs from “A not K”!

  124. CONGRATS!!! Mary. You are very deserving of this honor, and I have learned lots from you these past couple of years of following you since I became a SU Demo. I have been using SU products since 1994 and making my own cards, and so enjoy it.

    Hope you CELEBRATE big and that you get treated royally by Stamp Up for all your long and hard work!!! May the rest of 2016 be a great year for you. Do take care my stamping friend!! Nana Vonne

  125. CONGRATULATIONS, MARY AND KRIS!! What a wonderful goal fufilled! You certainly have earned it with all of your hard work and commitment! Thank you for sharing what you love!

  126. Congratulations! It has been so fun watching your progress. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  127. Congratulations Mary!! You are an inspiration to us all!

  128. Patti Corriere

    A bit CONGRATS! I enjoy visiting your blog each day.

  129. Marti Fahnestock

    Mary, I am so happy for you! What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats! Your blog continues to be an inspiration to me.

  130. Mary Deatherage

    Congrats, Mary – awesome news! You’ve surely earned all the good things coming your way! Enjoy the moment! 🙂 Mary

  131. Cindy Hansberry

    Congratulations, Mary! Lots of hard work that is also a gift to us as you teach techniques and share beautiful inspiration! Celebrating with you!

  132. Kadie in Arizona

    What a FANTASTIC accomplishment Mary. I am truly HONORED to call you my friend. WAY TO GO GIRLFRIEND!!!!!

  133. Congratulations Mary! What an accomplishment!

  134. Congratulations Mary. Hard work pays off.

  135. Gigi Gubernath

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration to so many.

  136. Oh boy….Congrats Mary!!!! Way to go! Your tireless energy and assistance to all of us out here online is just amazing! You deserve all the attention and congratulations today and everyday!! Good luck!!!

  137. Congratulations, Mary! I’m so proud of you and glad I can call you my friend. What an amazing accomplishment!

  138. Wow congrats Mary. So very happy for you, you bring such class and elegance to the stamping world . Can’t wait to see what stampin up has in store for you for your honerary trip to Home Office.

  139. Congrats Mary!! Your a true inspiration to all of us!

  140. Woohoo! Congratulations Mary! I stumbled upon your blog five yrs. ago, joined your team a few months later, and have enjoyed your leadership and generosity ever since. Thank you so much for all you do! Enjoy!

  141. Congratulations to you both for everything you do for us (Pretty Pals).

  142. Congratulations Mary! And Kris! Way to go!

  143. Bruno Bertucci

    You are AWESOME Mary! Congrats to you and Kris!
    A million congratulations flowing your way!!!!

  144. Congratulations what a wonderful find indeed!!! Thanks for answering my emails and for all your support! Here’s to the next million! Enjoy celebrating you have earned it!!!

  145. CONGRATULATIONS to YOU & Kris!! Love the photo!

  146. Congratulations, Mary! An amazing milestone!

  147. Congrats Mary
    You deserve all the rewards for your kind heart, generous spirit and inspiring, selfless blog!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  148. Congratulations! What an awesome achievement! You always have great blog posts and I can’t wait to read them each morning. I also look back on your old posts to get inspiration and card ideas when I’m stuck!!

  149. Congratulations, Mary! Way to go.

  150. Congratulations Mary!! What an amazing accomplishment:0)

  151. Congratulations Mary! You are an inspiration!!!

  152. I love that photo of us! Congrats again … you are amazing!

  153. Congratulations Mary!

  154. Congratulations Mary, awesome news!???

  155. Christina (Bechard) Walker

    Congratulations Mary. Such an inspiration!!

  156. Congrats Mary! I just placed an order hoping I would be the one to take you over your goal. Someone beat me to it!

  157. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was at the convention when you first walked across the stage!

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