Just Buzzin' By....

Hello stampers!
My card today is one that I made to display at my friend Ruby's first open house next weekend. She is showcasing one of her favorite sets: Just Buzzin' By. It is new to our catalog and a favorite of many. I used So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum as my color combo. I decided to make these little Beeple (bees + people = beeple) purple just to change it up a bit. They are all buzzin' around the honey pot which was stamped and cut out of the polka dot print from "Tea Party" DSP. The reverse side of the polka dot print is the floral print tht I used on the background. I used a top note cut from the Big Shot as my focal point. I added a piece of our new white organza ribbon and topped everything off with dazzling diamonds glitter, of course.
By the way, Tia and I found this adorable beehive cake at Save Mart. It has honey dripping down the side and has bees sprinkled all over it. It matches the stamp set perfectly so we ordered it for Ruby's open house. I will snap a pic next weekend to share. It is so stinkin' cute!
Gotta go finish my gift exchange project for my stampin' buddy, Linda, in South Carolina. I will share what she sent me in my next post.


A simple card

Here is another card made with "Trendy Trees". I decided to use leftover cardstock that was pre-cut for a class that I recently held. I used the wide oval punch to make the window at the bottom. Color combo is: Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and the tree trunk, words and ribbon are Basic Gray. Please excuse the blurr pic, old camera again. The striped piece is from "Tea Party" DSP. I stamped the background with the swirly tree top from this stamp set. Simple yet cute.


How about a little cheep talk?

I just love the new stamp set "Cheep Talk". It is perfect for spring and even has matching chipboard to boot! For this card I paired it with the striped pattern from the "Tea Party" Designer Series Paper. I added one of our new assorted color flower brads and some mellow moss taffeta ribbon. This is my fave ribbon because it is super easy to work with. The color combo for this project is Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss, So Saffron and Whisper White. I also used the eyelet border punch to add a little lacy detail. Sorry the pic is a bit blurry, the battery for my new camera was dead and I was to impatient to wait for the charge, so I used my old camera. I swear, it is always something with that camera. Hope you like the card, more to share tomorrow! P.S. ~ I still haven't found the rest of my stamp camp projects, but as soon as I do I will share.


Cards to share!

Hi stampers! Hope your Monday was good, mine was. I was pleasantly surprised to find 6 people take me up on my "follower" offer. 6 of my readers added themselves to the group of 4 blog followers that already had so now I have 10! Yeah! Thanks, girls! I will get your cards in the mail soon! You might receive on of the cards featured today. Let me know if you like them and I will send one to you.

So this color combo is my new fave: Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip. I love the way that Kiwi Kiss just bursts from this layout. I used my new fave DSP, Raspberry Tart and this beautiful new stamp set called "Simple Friendship". The butterfly is what attracted me. I love the script inside of it. It is probably hard for your to see, as I cover it in Dazzling Diamonds, but the cursive writing the the butterfly reads: loyal, caring, kind, true, compassionate, honest, sincer,patient and sweet. That is a lot of words on that cute little butterfly but they are there~ I used the small solid flower from the set to stamp the edges of the butterfly piece and the center of the True Friend oval. You also might notice the Eyelet Border punch as well. Nifty little item, this thing is. I just sold quite a few at stamp camp and last weekend's workshop.

The second card features the Top Note Die and Beautiful Butterflies Dies, both of which are exclusive to Stampin' Up! I love the butterfly die, it is my favorite so far. I love how you can layer them for a 3D effect. I ran my card base, the Rose Red piece, thru my Big Shot, usng the damask looking texturz plate and then I stamped my background on choc chip using the swirl and flowers from the same stamp set as the first card. I added a little Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, which really pops and a designer lable holder and brads from our Stylized Silver Hardware Kit. I love this 2nd card so much I am going to make a wall hanging using the same design. I made these cards yesterday as part of a display for my downline Ruby's open house in a few weeks.

Oh, by the way blog readers, if you are a customer of mine or even someone that I haven't even met yet, but are in my area, you can still book a workshop for March to take advantage of Sale-a-bration. I was the hostess at our stamp club meeting and my workshop totaled $510.00 which gave me 3 free Sale-a-bration stamp sets (one for hostessing a workshop of $300.00 or more and 2 for ordering $100.00 in product) IN ADDITION to my Level 1 and Level 3 hostess sets and my $60.00 hostess shopping spree. So now is a great time to earn extra stamps and accessories and who doesn't want to do that? Just contact me to book your date! You can even have it at my house, so no prep work for you!


Do you read my blog?

Of course you do, you are reading it right now! Just a small favor to ask: if you check my blog regularly can you please become a "follower" by clicking on the "Follow this blog" link to the right. Each person that adds themselves as a follower this week and pops up on my "Follower" list will receive a hand stamped card in the mail, made with all new Stampin' Up! products. I am just curious as to who loyally reads my blog and want to give them a thanks! The 4 followers that I already have (thanks, ladies) will also receive a hand stamped card in the mail. I will privately email each follower to get your mailing address so I can send you your card. Thanks so much!

Hello Stampers!

I am back after a short hiatus due to my non-stamping life. I spent all of last Sunday cleaning out my craft room and I am still not done. One thing that I did do in the process of cleaning was misplace the projects that were made at stamp camp. I had not taken any pics of the actual cards yet and I must have organized really well because now I cannot find them. What I did find, however, is that I do not have enough space in my room to hold all of my stuff, so I have more work to do before it becomes user friendly. When I locate and photograph the stamp camp projects I will post them for you to see.
That said, I did take some pics today of the projects that I had for my stamp club girls yesterday. The top card features "Cheep Talk", a brand new, stinkin' cute set from the Spring catty and "Good Morning Sunshine", which is the coordinating Designer Series Paper. This card is a total CASE from one of my stampin' idols, Dawn Easton. She is one of the blogs that I follow, so If you want to check her out, just click on the link on the right side of the screen.
The next card features "Parisian Breeze" textured DSP and I love it! This DSP is awesome. It is very thick, like premium cardstock and is double sided AND textured. This is a variation on a card that I saw at Bev's and made at Kim's. It originally had one layer of of scalloped DSP, but to add a little more brown, I punched another layer with our cool new Eyelet Scallop Edge Punch. Bev and Kim both made their cards with the new Sizzix Mover and Shaker Die for Big Shot, but I don't have that one yet, so I improvised with my curly label punch. The Sizzix die is awesome because it cuts and scores the entire card and the die for the curly label window is magnetic and can be moved around for placement wherever you want. This card is what we call "stupid simple". It is so simple that it is stupid. This card took, like 3 minutes to make, so it would make a great swap card or an invitation card, just change the sentiment.

The final card that I am sharing with you today was inspired by this card:
http://kweenbee.typepad.com/kweenbee/2009/01/my-favorite.html made by
Kris at Kween Bee Creations, another one of my fave blogs.
I changed the colors, ran my background piece thru the Big Shot using one of the SU Texturz Plates and added some taffeta ribbon, new colored flower brad, and one our single stamps, "Happy Birthday to You" and topped it all off with Dazzlin' Diamonds, of course. This card is super easy and got rave reviews. In fact all of the cards that the girls made were quick and easy. I think we had one of the shortest stamp club meetings ever! Well, that is it for now. I have more to share this week, I made a ton of cards today to display at the open house of my best friend and brand new downline, Ruby. I was a card makin' fool today and I even did 5 loads of laundry while I stamped.
I have lots to do to help Ruby prep for her open house, but I am so excited for her! You would think this was my own open house the way we have been brainstorming and taking notes. I don't think we have talked this much since we worked together. One more of my selfish reasons to get her to be a demo, more BFF time!


2 great movies

Went to the movies yesterday with my BFF Ruby and saw "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "He's just not that into you". Both were really good. "Shopaholic" was cute and funny and totally unrealistic but a good escape movie. "HJNTIY" was more realistic and I gotta say, Jennifer Aniston was great in this movie. Everytime I see her in an emotional scene, I wonder if she is using her own personal heartbreak to get those emotions. The movie was very good and portrayed all aspects of relationships: singles looking for partners, dating couples, long term couples and married couples. Made me appreciate my man even more!

Scenes from Stamp Camp

So here are some displays from stamp camp. These displays are from various demonstrators and are projects that were made by the demo, or a swap received by the demo. We like to scatter these displays around stamp camp room so our campers can take photos for ideas. This is a favorite of our campers. They love to take pics of the displays.
The display below is from a swap that is done at Bev's quarterly Imprints meeting. This is a meeting of all levels of her downline and we get to make projects, share ideas, chat, eat a wonderful dessert (loved that Chocolate Banana Cream Pie) and swap cards. So our theme this time was Sale-a-bration so we each made a swap using the SAB stamp sets, ribbon or paper.
Tomorrow I will share the winning card from the swap at Bev's. It was adorable!


Some display boards from stamp camp..

So blogger finally let me upload some pics tonight. I have had a few blog readers and fellow demonstrators ask how we set up our stamp camp projects, so I hope this post answers those questions.
These pics are of a couple of project display boards from stamp camp. All of the campers receive a bag with packets inside that are designated for each project by a letter. The letter is found at the top of the display board that each demo has at their table. The board features the project that the campers will be making at that table as well as samples of Designer Series Paper or other stamps from the set that is being used. Some boards also feature other cards made with the same supplies, so our campers can see how many ways they can use what they buy.
The pic on top is of Kim's board and she featured the "Love You Much" Bundle. So her card is at the top right hand corner of the board and samples of the paper and other projects are along the bottom. We also ad supply lists to our boards so our campers can see what it took to make that project.
The pic below is my card "You crack me Up" featuring the "A Good Egg" stamp set. The blue egg on the front of the card opens and closes and that really "wowed" the campers. I featured the SAB DS paper so our campers could get an up close look at it. Sometimes it is hard to see what the DSP looks like in the catty or brochure, so this way they can get a better glance.
In a later post I will have close ups of all of the projects that were featured so you can get a better look at them.


No pics tonight!

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I found myself some BLOG LOVE today!!!!!

So today I log onto Splitcoaststampers and go to the SU! demo only side and find this great post from other demos about their fave blogs. So I check it out because I love stamping blogs and I figure I will find a few more to stalk (I mean look at....). Anywhoo, lo and behold, this lovely girl from the Bay Area, KellyNicole, listed me as one of her favorite blogs! I was so excited to see that and so grateful. So she had a link to her blog and I took a peak and it is very cool! She has stamping stuff, photography stuff and baking stuff. So if you want to check Kelly out here is the link: http://www.thesunsethouse.com/about/. Let me know what you think and even better, let her know if you like it. Leave her and comment and tell her I sent ya! I have more stamp camp pics to share with you tomorrow...


More glances of stamp camp....

More adorable door prizes! The milk cartons below had chocolate and ribbon inside!

This was our Ronald McDonald House creation station. We asked our campers if they could bring a card from home to donate or if they could stamp one at camp. I am happy to say that we received 40 card donations. I am so proud of our stampers. I will share a special one with you tomorrow, one that brought tears to my eyes .

How do you like this cute popcorn jar? Kim decorated this jar with our Decor Elements. How cute is that? Just the thing that I love about Stampin' Up! products. They can always be used in more than one fashion! Check out the little snack buffet that we laid out for our stampers!
See those lemon bars? OMG, they are soooooo delicious. Kim made those and they are heaven!

And this was our grand prize! The winner, I believe her name is Tammy, gets a $60.00 SU! shopping spree out of the new catty! How great is that? When you register for camp by the deadline you receive a ticket, when you refer a friend you receive 2 tickets. You also receive a ticket for every $10.00 that you spend over your $10.00 coupon and if you sign up to be a demo that day you also receive 10 additional tickets!

More camp pics tomorrow!


Stamp Camp Door Prizes!

So yesterday was our Sale-a-bration stamp camp and it was a huge success! I took tons of pictures this time so you can get a glimps of what stamp camp is all about. Our stamp camps are really big and we have usually have 9 or 10 participating demos for a total of 10 projects. We had a huge turnout this time around as we had a lot of first time campers, and they all said that they would be back.

The picture above is what was waiting for our stamp campers when they arrived to camp yesterday. I found these super cute pencils at Office Max and knew that they would be perfect for our pencil topper favors. Each demo designed their own topper and then our lovely greeters presented one to each camper upon arrival. 2 of our greeters were first time stamp camp demos, Niki and Lorraine and they did an excellent job! I am sure they were as just nervous as I was for my first stamp camp, but you could not tell. They did an excellent job and their projects and display boards were top of the line. I will share pics in a later post. Great job girls!

Well, here is a little somethin', somethin! We had a lot of that at Stamp Camp yesterday. Here are the many door prizes that we made and handed out to our campers yesterday. I think all of our demos did a super job with their door prizes, but I have to give an honerable mention to Patty, who made the prize below. She put her own personal touch on a project that was featured in the monthly SU! magines, "Stampin' Succes". These necklaces made with Stylized Vanilla Hardware and Crystal Effects were simply beautiful! 9 lucky winners got to take these little pieces of heaven home. Patty says that they are very simple to make, but they look like a million bucks.

The little packets of card candy below were my contribution to the door prize drawing. You are probably thinking: "Why is there a Pumpkin Pie colored tag on there, it doesn't match?" Well, the tags on each group of door prized correspond with the ones randomly distributed to our campers. Each demo is assigned a color for camp and Pumpkin Pie was mine. I suppose I could have made prizes using that color, but I felt springy, so I used soft subles instead. My little packages were filled with assorted card candy made with new stamps and big shot dies. I put in a few top notes, butterflies, a little this and that. I made 3 dimensional flowers using the scallop and 1" circle punches. I also added ribbon and some Hodgepodge Hardware. The recipients seemed really pleased with them, which made me happy.

Door prizes all lined up, ready to give to their winners!

More stamp camp pics tomorrow. I now have to deliver orders, make some cards for a swap I am in and place my stamp camp orders. A stampers work is never done (but always fun!). Enjoy your Sunday!


A moment of gratitide.

If you have followed my blog then you know that I occasionally write about my stamping experiences as a demonstrator. I can quite honestly say that becoming a demonstrator has been one of the best choices that I have made in my life, after getting married and having kids, of course! My creativity has blossomed, my self-confidence has grown and I have learned so much....but nothing compares to the people that I have met. I owe so much to my friend Karen C. for introducing me to Stampin' Up and to stamp club. She had become a hobby demo so she could enjoy SU products at a discount and she was kind enough to share her discount with me. She then convinced me to join the stamp club in which she belonged and to sign up as a demo so that I could get my own discount Once I attended club, I was hooked! Her friend (and our demonstrator) Kim created the most beautiful projects for us and just gave us such a good time that I knew I would never want to leave that group. An added bonus was the group of wonderful ladies that met once a month to learn something new and wonderful from Kim. I did not ever intend for this "hobby" of mine to become a business, but thanks to my wonderful group of friends and mentoring from my new friend, Kim, my little hobby soon took off. My friends saw all of the beautiful projects that I was making at Kim's and asked if I would start my own stamp club so they could learn as well. I did and 3 years later I have my own club with 9 members plus a half dozen of regular customers. And now, I have something that I have been striving for, the next step in my little business, I have signed up a new demo, which means that I too now have the beginning of my own little team. But this is not just any recruit, no, this is my best friend, Ruby. This means more to me than I can express. This means that I can share with her all fo the joy, knowledge, and friendships that I have made as a demonstrator. I am part of such a wonderful team of demonstrators and now my friend can share that with me. She has met some of these people at stamp camp and classes but she will now get to experience everything that I have told her about. This is not just a hobby, or a business, this is much greater than that. I know this sounds sappy but the steps that I have taken with my hobby and now business have really enriched my life and nothing makes me happier than sharing that with one of my closest friends. I am thankful to my friend Karen C. for giving me the first step on this path and I am especially thankful for my friend (and upline) Kim, who has nurtured me and helped me succeed in my venture and also to Beverlee and Karen F. who are always there with praise and positivity and are so good to us girls that make up their "downline". I am also very fortunate to have met so many awesome women that started out as customers but have ended up as my friends. We share not just our love of stamping, but our everyday lives as well. The people that I have met is what is most important to me...but the stamping is a close second! :) Enjoy your weekend!

My very talented friend....

So this Saturday is Stamp Camp and in addition to all of the wonderful projects, door prizes and fun stuff that is scheduled, we are setting up a mini stamping station so that our guests can stamp a card for the local Ronald McDonald house. We will then collect all of the cards and donate them to the organization. We also contacted our guests and told them that it would be even better if they made a card at home and brought it in to put in the donation basket, that way they would not have to feel rushed. Well, my stamping buddy, Tia, went home last night and made this gorgeous card to donate to our cause. She used our new Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and then watercolored the images with ink and her Aquapainter. She used the spritzing tool to add a little background and then finished it off with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. This picture does not do the card justice. It was laying on my desk at work today and everyone that walked by fell in love with this card. If you are at Stamp Camp this weekend, ask me to show you the card. It is simply stunning. Well done, Tia!


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