Thursday, August 28, 2008

8/28 Victorian Note of Thanks

Some of my friends tease me about all the stamp sets that I have. I honestly don't know how many I have, but it's a lot. I "collect" them. Once in a great while I'll sell an old set . . . but most times I just unmount them and keep them.

Does anyone recognize the old set I used on this card? It's from a stamp set that debuted way back in 1999 called Victorian Frame. I think it is so much fun to mix old and new and if you strolled through my house you would see exactly that in every single room of my home. So, why should my cards be any different?? lol!

How was I inspired? By Kristina Warner, of course!! I missed a color challenge a week or so ago and I saw so many inspiring samples using Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White and a spritz of color that I had to play, too!

On the right is a picture of the inspiration piece. You can go directly to Kristina's blog HERE to read all about the challenge. For my little spritz of color, I picked Kiwi Kiss - my favorite "In" color.

Supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Victorian Frame, Elegant Notes, Thank You Kindly Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Glossy White Ink: Basic Black Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot Bigz XL Pennant Die, 2 1/2" Marvy Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals

post signature

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

8/27 Some very pretty RAK cards!

I met Hillary and Anasuya at convention and this week I received some beautiful cards from my new friends. Hillary and I sat at the same table during the SCS dinner and swap night. Anasuya and I were sitting together in the general assembly when the Big Shot announcement was made. (What a great way to bond!) Anyway, both of these wonderful stampers used the new Inspired by Nature stamp set that we got FREE at convention to make their cards. I just LOVE them and I will put them on display in my workshop area for a long time to come!! Thanks, ladies!!

post signature

8/27 KW Color Challenge

Today I played with Kristina Warner's Color Challenge. You can read the entire post about it HERE. The colors she picked for this week are Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. Just yesterday I made a card that used Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. All I needed to do was put a little "more is more" into it! Here's the card I made yesterday:

You'll notice it's very quick to make, kind of subdued like a garden just before it rains. What will pink do to it?? I decided to find out!

Ahhhh - BRING ON THE SUNSHINE!! That's what the pink did for my card!!

I love the way the pink just put the pop into this card. It's fun to
do a more is more kind of card as I've never done that before. On the right I have a close up picture of the brads I used to add a little bling.

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Pretty Amazing, Sanded, A Little Birthday Cheer
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Enchante Designer Paper (retired)
Ink: Ink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Basic Black
Accessories: Rhinestone Brads in Fire and Ice, Aqua Painter, Bo Ho Blossoms Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Chocolate Chip Poly Twill (retired), Pop Up Glue Dots

post signature

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

8/26 My FIRST Business Associate!!

I am sooooo excited to introduce to you my very first Business Associate in Stampin'Up!! I've been a consultant for just over a year and it's been a SU dream of mine to have a team of ladies who enjoy stamping to share just as I do. Katherine Narog stepped into my dream at my Open House last week in the most surprising way!! I heard the door bell ring and when I went to greet my guest, who do I see but Katherine, ringing a noisemaker, floating a balloon and carrying a bouquet of flowers. She said, "Hi and congratulations, Kay! You have your first recruit!!!" Isn't that just the most fun story? I was tickled pink to say the least and thrilled beyond words. Thank YOU, Katherine, for making my day such a happy one and for making a memory I'll never forget!! I look forward to stamping and sharing a bright future in SU with you!

It seems most appropriate to share my CELEBRATE banner with you!! As I've mentioned in my blog before, Shelli Gardner, cofounder and CEO of SU has a blog called So Shelli, and the first challenge Shelli issued was for us to create something to "Celebrate '08" - the theme of our convention this year. Well, my Big Shot got a workout with the banner I created! It also added some festivity to my Open House. Below is a closeup of my Celebrate Banner.

I was inspired by one of my favorite new stamp sets in the brand new F/W 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. The Ronald McDonald House set called Say It with Scallops (it's pictured on the inside back cover for your reference) has a stamp that says "Congrats" andthe letters are layered up in a square design. I just love that look. So, I tried to do something similar with the word Celebrate on my banner. I had a Sizzix Alphabet that I've been using for years called San Serif so that is what I used to create the letters and numbers that I used here for the word Celebrate '08. The words Love, Joy, Peace and Cheer come from the die-cut that SU sells called Join in the Cheer. I alternated the small and large banners and put scallop die-cut circles on the points. I'm just crazy about the lacy six-petal flower that is on the Baskets & Blooms die-cut. So much fun - I just get a little thrill every time I make one!!

Supplies I used for the Celebrate Banner:

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Basic Black Accessories: Big Shot Machine with the following - Bigz XL Pennant, Bigz XL Baskets & Blooms, Decorative Strip Join In the Cheer, die-cut alphabet called San Serif

post signature

Monday, August 18, 2008

8/18 Big Shot Baskets!

Look at these super cute Big Shot Baskets!! What a great way to use up some discontinued but still very cute designer paper! (Enchante DP on these particular baskets - the ribbon is Kraft Taffeta.) I made up six of these to give out as door prizes at my upcoming Open House. AND, anyone can make up their own door prize if they so desire!! (I hardly ever win a door prize so I think the option of making your own door prize is a GREAT idea!!) I do two FREE Make 'n Takes and then customers have the option of creating their own door prize for a dollar and making a Charity Card to take home for a dollar.

You might be asking yourself . . . what is a Charity card?? Well, let me post a picture of one we will be making at my Open House! Here it is -

A charity card is an optional activity at many of my events. If a customer has the time, they are welcome to make a charity card which I will then donate to my church for the Be Frienders group to use. If they want to, they are then welcome to make a second one for a $1 to take home. Charity cards give me the opportunity to use up discontinued papers and inks. Of course, my customers often have these items and love having the idea to take home. This card showcases a new catalog set called Say It with Scallops. It is a stamp set that makes a different because for every set that is purchased, SU donates $2 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Did you know that SU has donated nearly $700,000 to RMHC to date?? I think that is so awesome. My donations aren't quite as impressive, but they are getting there. To date, we have donated 104 cards to the Be Frienders group and 163 pounds of food to our local food shelf. I always do a Food Shelf drive at every Open House event and at some of my other events through out the year. When a customer brings a donation for the food shelf, they get to select a hand made card from my stash as a thank you for bringing a donation.

Here are the supplies I used for this card:

Stamps: Say It with Scallops Paper: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Apple Cider DP Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi Accessories: Very Vanilla Taffeta, Scallop Square Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch

post signature

Sunday, August 17, 2008

8/17 A Featured Stamper Card!

Today, I finally had a little time to play. The last couple of days, I've been getting ready for my SU Open House, creating future stamp camp projects, planning my World Card Making Day celebration, working out my club details and many other stamping related things. Is that work? Hmmm, maybe not!! lol!! But, it's playing with stuff I'm not quite ready to share, yet!
I decided it was time to do something different. I hopped on over to SCS to see who the Featured Stamper was. Lo & behold, who do I see?? Jessica Rone aka Knightrone. Jessie is my friend through Great Swaps Girls blog that you can check out HERE. Jessie is a most talented stamper and has a great gallery that you can see HERE. I found many cards that I wanted to case in her gallery, but I finally picked THIS CARD .
I noticed that Jessie used a textured layer on her card and I was anxious to try out my Big Shot using a Cuttlebug folder. Worked like a DREAM!! I am so impressed with how STURDY the Big Shot is! My layers were: Tab 1 of the multi purpose platform, cutting pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, cutting pad. Crank it through - easy peasy!! Do you still do the "awww" at the end? I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing paper go in plain and coming out WOW!! It's just such a high! lol!
I decided to use With Gratitude because it was "in season." I've been seeing the tiniest hints of fall here in MN. I took my Aqua Painter and just ran it over the leaves to bleed out the color just a bit. And, notice the satin ribbon?? It's sooooo luscious!! I had to put it on my very first new catty order.
Here are the supplies that I used:
Stamps: With Gratitude
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue (Which looks much softer IRL. Not sure why it's so BRIGHT on my computer!! Yikes!)
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Textile Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

post signature

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

8/12 Something I learned at Convention

I learned some neat things at convention and one of them will really help me in demonstrating scrapbooking how tos at my workshops. I've always hesitated a bit with scrapbooking because I knew that some of the people at my workshops were there for the cards . . . but then there are always a few who want to walk down the scrapbooking path. Well, now I know!! At convention, I learned that you can do both and use pretty much the same supplies for each. The 6x6 page above uses the same colors and pretty much the same basic design as the 6x3 card below. So, the people that want to make the page . . . can! But, the people who want to focus just on cards . . . can! I love it. I cut all the same supplies . . . provide the same colors and inks for both and the customer chooses!!
Here is the coordinating card that uses the same supplies at the 6x6 scrapbook page. Isn't it lovely? All it needs is a long envelope and it's ready to be sent out. But, today is my wedding anniversary so I am going to give this one to my dear, sweet hubby.

Supplies used on the 6x6 scrapbook page and the coordinating card:

Stamps: Always
Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, Naturals White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta, Dimensionals, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Punch

The next thing I learned at convention was how to take that very same 6x6" layout and turn it into an 8.5 x 11" scrapbook page just by adding another photo and maybe a journaling box. So, that is what I did here. The only alphabet set that I own that is current is the defining alphabet so it was just a bit tedious to tape off the smaller letter everytime I inked up, but I like the end result. The supplies I added to create this page: Defining Alphabet, Designer Button

Then, (oh the thrill!), I took the 8.5x11" page and now I can show how it can be turned into a 12x12" page!! Super fun!! And, I feel like I got something accomplished today!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Have a great day!

post signature

Monday, August 11, 2008

8/11 A Sock Monkey RAK!!

Look at what I got in my mailbox!! A fabulous sock monkey card!! Thank you so much, Debra! Debra has been my online RAK friend for several years now and I get so much delight from the cards she makes. She is very precise . . . and I just LOVE that!! And, you have to hear this story -

I knew she was going to be at Convention, she knew I was going to be at Convention. But, we both had never been before and it's just a little over whelming!! So, just hanging with the people I knew seemed a little challenging let alone trying to meet up with people I only knew from SCS.

But, luck was on our side. As many of you know, I'm kind of a coffee freak and even though my beloved Caribou was no where to be found in SLC, they did have a Starbucks just across the street. So I hopped on over and while I was standing there waiting for my drink to come up, I just happened to be looking around at some of the ladies standing near me. I noticed a tall, slim gal with kind eyes and when I looked at her name tag, I about FELL OVER!! It was dear Debra Tack!! We had a delightful ten minutes talking a mile a minute and then off we went our separate ways. But, how fun was that!! So, as soon as we got home, we sent each other our special sock monkey cards - reserved for the best of friends!!

post signature

Thursday, August 7, 2008

8/7 Eastern Blooms and an AMAZING special!!

A quick simple card using a couple of new stamp sets. The flower is from one of my FREE sets that I received at convention called Eastern Blooms. The words are from a new stamp set that demonstrators could order early called Heard from the Heart. The Sanded Background is new to me and I love it. It puts just the perfect amount of color onto a background piece.
I wondered what would replace the Prints Designer Series paper as I've loved them well these past 12 months. When I got my catalog at convention, it was one of the first places I flipped to and I let out a big sigh of relief. They were still there!! A few new colors . . . like Chocolate Chip and every single one of the In Colors, some new designs, and a new name. They are now called Patterns Designer Series paper.
Supplies I used for this card:
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Sanded, Heard from the Heart
Paper: Confetti White, Pacific Blue, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery Designer Prints
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals
The $99 Steal of a Deal!!
I could hardly believe my own eyes when I went to the demonstrator website and saw that for two solid months Stampin' Up is offering a $99 starter kit!! It can be customized three different ways . . . for the stamper, the scrapbooker or the home decorator. Business supplies are included in all three starter options. It's just an AMAZING deal!! Read all about it HERE! You can submit everything online. You will need my password . . . just e-mail me for that at and you are on your way to an exciting, fun and rewarding adventure as a SU demonstrator!

post signature

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

8/6 Living with a Passion for New Stamps!

It's a beauty, isn't it??? This set is called Inspired by Nature and it was one of my FREE SETS that I received at convention. I just couldn't wait to get it inky . . . but with so much going on, I've only been able to stamp once since convention. But, the result was well worth those minutes of stolen time!!

I started out by following a challenge posted at the Great Swaps Girls Blog that you can read about HERE. We were to use at least three embellishments and I believe I used four on this card. They all blend together so well that I had to count twice to make sure I was figuring it out right. I used black eyelets, which will soon be discontinued from the SU catalog. I used ribbon (of course!), a heart shaped paper clip, and for the sparkling touch Chunky Essentials in Black.

Whoops, it's off to dance again . . . for the third time today!!

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Really Rust, Basic Black, Confetti Cream
Ink: Really Rust stamped off once, StazOn Black
Accessories: Black Eyelets, Black Grosgrain, Key Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Heart Clip, Chunky Essentials Glitter in Black, Two-Way Glue Pen

post signature

Monday, August 4, 2008

8/4 Convention Highlights!!

My head is still spinning from the fantastic days I spent at Stampin' Up's Celebrate '08 Convention in Salt Lake City. I was so excited I couldn't even sleep the night before, at least not very much. I hadn't been on a plane in forever and I kept thinking of things I should maybe pack. I wondered if I shouldn't just get up and make some more swaps! I kept "resting" but my mind was NOT!! Finally, off to the airport we went and before I knew it, we were in Salt Lake City. A shuttle bus dropped a big group of us off at the convention center and off we went to get our special SU convention bag containing our THREE FREE STAMP SETS and the fantabulous NEW CATALOG inside!! We immediately sat down at a nearby table and started paging through it, ooohhhing and aaahhhing at every turn of the page. Finally, I decided to catch a cab and go to my hotel. But, as I cross the hallway . . . WHO do I run into??? None other than Kristina Werner!!! I gave a shout and she was so gracious to give me a hug and pose with me for a picture all the while I gushed how excited I was to meet her!! You can see her blog HERE. Kristina does these awesome color challenges that I started participating in about a month ago and they are soooo much fun. I just LOVE a challenge!!

That night was the SCS Dinner and Swap at the Red Lion Hotel. I was super excited about this swap because I heard it was one of the best . . . I was not disappointed. But, even better than the cards was meeting long time SCS friends in person. And, who do I get to sit right next to?? None other than Chat Wszelaki aka Nitestamper on SCS. I have many of Chat's cards marked in my favorites folder. She is a FABULOUS stamper and you definitely want to make sure that you check out her great blog HERE called Me, My Stamps and I. Our table was rockin' with talkin' and laughter the whole night. We even got a group shot. Unfortunately, I don't know everyones' names, but I'll remember the faces and the fun times that we had.

The next day we started out the day with an awesome general session. We were introduced to Phase II Rub Ons. I was lucky enough to WIN the Season of Thanks Rub On that SU pictured on stage as part of a fall shadow box.

The home decor line is quite fabulous. I really
liked learning that Rub Ons in LOTS of different colors will be coming our way. I learned that rub ons don't have to go on just a wall. I saw displays where they were used on canisters to suitcases to kitchen appliances to tables and chairs. You name it . . . if it has a smooth surface, it's good for a rub on!! I also learned that you can rub them right on top of each other! How neat is that??? I love this picture to the right because it shows them layered over each other. Wouldn't this look great in a teenager's bedroom? I'm thinking my oldest daughter, Karel, is about due for a new look.

Above is a picture of me with my room mates. My upline, Shanna McLaughlin, is in the middle and her very good friend and stamping buddy on the far right is Sheryl Rafferty. We had such a lovely time. Shanna said she loved watching convention through my first-timer eyes!

There were so many big announcements at
convention that I can't begin to relate all of them here. But, one that the whole world seems to be buzzing about is that Stampin'Up teamed up with Sizzix to offer demonstrators and customers yet another way to get creative!! The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine!!! You should have heard the crowd go wild!! Even I was whooping a bit! (Being a conservative Minnesotan, it takes quite an announcement to get me to whoop! lol!) In addition to being able to cut just about every die on the market, SU will be launching a line of dies exclusive to SU and you just know it is going to coordinate beautifully with our stamp sets and rub ons. We are going to make the whole world such a cute place to be!!

Above you can see a cute party pennant made with die cuts and look at that lacy panel!! That is made with the sizzix snowflake die . . . many, many snowflake dies all stuck together with mini glue dots! Here it is a curtain . . . but I'm imagining it as a background on a 12x12 scrapbooking page. Ohhh - la - laa!! Won't that be so much fun!!

Below are some more examples of projects made with die cuts. I am just LOVIN' this!! What a fun and easy way to add some sweet charm to the holidays!

Look at me!! I'm in the idea room at Stampin'Up headquarters! Big poofy chairs, comfy couches, loads of craft stuff and the views are spectacular. I could brainstorm in a place like this!! Too much fun! While I was in the Riverton facility learning about how they make our stamps, ship them out and support our demonstrators . . . I ran into another SCS friend of mine. Becky Carafa!! Here is a picture of us.

Becky has a fabulous blog HERE, called The Lakeshore Stamper. Her style is Clean and Simple . . . something I am still working on!! She is also our main go to gal for the Great Swaps Girls Blog that you can check out HERE. Some people just have a knack for doing it all and making it look easy. That would be Becky for you!! What a joy to meet her.

I didn't get any up close and personal pictures of Shelli Gardner, our calm and fearless leader, Cofounder and CEO of Stampin'Up. But, I did get this cute one of Shelli on stage!! I love her vintage/cottage style and her sincere, sweet and super fun personality. Shelli is starting a blog!! I am so excited about this. You can find it HERE. At the end of convention, closing ceremonies was to give each and every demonstrator in attendance another FREE stamp set!! The fun truly never stopped!! Thank you Shelli and Stampin'Up!!

And, in closing . . . another picture of Shanna, Sheryl and me. The last day. Happy. Excited. Bursting with ideas. Full of plans. But most of all - grateful. Have a wonderful day, stampers, and thanks for stopping by!

post signature