8/10 Stamping to Share August Demo Meeting!

Our August Creative Crafters Stamping to Share Demo Meeting was just a ball! We had Dawn Olchefske as our guest speaker!! That alone was quite exciting . . . but we also had swapping, a fabulous plant stake make and take, lots of recognition, and yummy snacks. Above is a picture of Dawn and myself just after I introduced her. Dawn shared her story about how she started in Stampin' Up! and her journey to this point. It was very inspiring. The tips I took away . . . ALWAYS have a GOAL . . . ALWAYS keep an active calender with a variety of events to fit the needs of your customers . . . and NEVER get away from holding home workshops. Dawn is only eight years a demonstrator, but she has earned six trips, she has been invited to Founder's Circle four times and she is beginning her year long commitment to the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board. She is my mentor and my friend. Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your story and your time with us!

We also shared Convention experiences at our meeting. You really can't put Convention into words. It's fun, it's sharing, it's learning, and it's a chance for us to get to know the SU staff and to make new friends. We had a Garden Party at Convention and Judy Hamen and Mary Smallidge modeled their Garden Hats and classy Gardening Shirts for us. You can see they made quite the pair!!

Terri Hall created a delightful candy bouquet that she presented to Dawn on behalf of our demonstrator group. So much fun!

 Here is a close-up of the Candy Bouquet. Colorful, and delicious! Guaranteed not to wilt, but it may gradually disappear!!

Laura Erickson was in charge of our Make & Take. We made Butterfly Plant Stakes to decorate our potted plants . . . or to put in our outdoor gardens.

Here's a closeup. You can see we used Aluminum Flashing cut with the Big Shot Machine and the Butterfly Die. The larger butterfly was also embossed with the Beyond the Garden Embossing Folder. Glue Dots stick really well to aluminum so we were able to put it together very quickly with no mess at all. A little "bling" and we were done! Beautiful! Thank you, Laura, for all the hard work you put into making this project flow so quickly and smoothly.

We had 22 card swappers. This was the beginning of the swapping line. The card swap is always a meeting highlight! This month's theme was any "new" stamp set and we had a lot to choose from with the recent debut of the 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalog.

Dawn is always up for a swap . . . and we swappers were thrilled to get a card featuring an image from a stamp set we got free at Convention! You'll see more of this stamp set as it will be debuting in the Holiday Mini on September 1.

This is my card . . . I also used a stamp set I got free at Convention. This set is called Easy Events and it makes cards in a snap! I will feature the rest of the swap cards we got at our meeting in tomorrow's post. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Kay's Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps: Easy Events (WM 116958, CM 123225)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730), Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper (122349)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Tasteful Trim Die (120893), Extended Cutting Pads (113478)
Accessories: Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon (124139), Old Olive Marker (100079), Riding Hood Red Marker (120971)
Adhesives: SNAIL (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

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Wendie demo on NM said…
What a great demo mtg. What didn't Laura use for the stake for the butterfly? TFS.
Sarah said…
Kay,you are SO lucky to have Dawn as a friend, mentor and for her to come along to your demo group - what a fabulous meeting that must have been :-)

I really hope I get to see you again one day soon...I look back on our Founders trip with very fond memories...