Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Convention Fever!

Yep! I caught it!
Pre-Convention I considered myself a "hobby demonstrator"... not putting too much thought into it. In fact, the ONLY reason I even went to convention was to get away from real life and just enjoy some stamping fun with a few of my fellow Crazy Stamping Ladies (that's the name of our group of Stampin Up Demonstrators) Well, one of the classes was on workshops and sharing what we love. I absolutely LOVE stamping... the whole point of signing up to be a demonstrator was so that I could get my fun stamping product at a discount. I've never had a workshop before but I HAVE done competitions before... especially when there were prizes involved! So at this workshop class, they announced an awesome new hostess promotion AND put forth a little competition. SO I sat for a few minutes browsing through the new catalog but I just couldn't stand it... I love competition! So I started making phone calls and sending text messages to a few of my friends and guess what? They said "YES"! SO it looks like I will have to do a few workshops now. At first I was nervous, but now I'm super excited! The theme for convention this year was "Share What You Love" and at my workshops I plan to do just that!

My hostesses are going to be happy they said yes too! Here's a quick look at this great promotion:

Stampin' Up has just announced another fabulous offer for hostesses between today and August 31st! For every workshop totalling $350.00 or more you will receive an additional $25 in free merchandise!

As an example, if you host a $350.00 workshop, you'll receive:
•A free Level 1 or Level 2 stamp set of your choice. To learn more, see pages 9 - 16 of the new 2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalog.
•Receive $65.00 in FREE Stampin' Up! product ($40.00 + $25.00 EXTRA HOSTESS AWARD)
•If needed, I will even hold the workshop in my home for you! You provide the guests and snacks and you get the hostess benefits.
•Workshop includes a personal demonstration, instruction and materials for fun make and take projects, lots of paper crafting tips and prizes!

Please visit my Stampin Up! website (by clicking on the logo to the right) to learn more about this and many other Stampin Up promotions. And if you'd like to take advantage of the benefits of hosting a workshop too, just let me know. A stamping event is the perfect excuse to get your friends together!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Convention Swaps!

Well, I told you I would figure out what to do with all those little packages I made a few days ago. Here is what I came up with:

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Don't the little packages look GREAT! I didn't get my order of Designer Series Paper quick enough so I had to improvise and make my own. I am very happy with the way this card came out... it looks so cheerful! I was able to make 20 swaps. I am not sure if that will be enough, but since this is my first time to convention I felt that was a good number.

Here is a list of supplies:
(All from Stampin Up! of course!)
Cardstock- Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler
1/8" Taffeta Ribbon- Daffodil Delight
Classic Stampin' Pads- Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Sets- "Playful Pieces" (Level 3 Hostess Set) and "A Word For You"

I'll try to post some pictures and do some blogging while I'm at convention... as long as you try not to be jealous of all the fabulous things I get to see & do!!!

Well, that's it for now... thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Convention Swap Sneak Peak

AS PROMISED..... Here is a little sneak peek at what I'm putting together for my convention swaps. And when I say "little," I mean it literally... take a look at these:

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Aren't they just the cutest "little" gift bags you ever saw! As soon as I got this Hostess Set I knew I wanted to make little gift bags. This level 3 Hostess Set is called "Playful Pieces" and comes with 30 different stamps! I can't wait to play with it some more... my mind is just going crazy with all sorts of ideas for different cards. But all that will have to wait until after convention. Right now I've got to focus on getting my swaps made... convention is ONLY 5 DAYS AWAY!!!

As soon as I've got it all sorted out, I'll post a picture of the completed swap along with a list of materials.... so be sure to check back in the next few days to see what I come up with!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Woo Woo! Convention here I come!

I am SO excited to be going to the SU convention this year! It will be my first time and I can't wait to get away with my some of my stamping gal pals! Heidi came up with the idea that we should do a shoebox swap one of the nights we are there. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I said "that's a great idea!" Especially considering I was leaving for 6 weeks and I couldn't possibly take that many stamping items in my carry on luggage! So I decided to take ONE stamp, 4 markers, 2 stamp pads and some cardstock! And even though this little cupcake stamp is from a retired set I just LOVE it! So here is what I came up with for the swap... I sure hope they like it!

Oops! I just noticed that the cupcake in the upper right corner is a bit funky... oh well, I guess it just adds charm! Besides, nobody ever said handmade items had to be perfect, right?

All Supplies are from Stampin Up!
Cardstock- Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Stamp Pads- Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Markers- Real Red, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Early Espresso
Extras- Retired DSP, dimensionals, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, retired cupcake stamp

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you'll come back tomorrow for a sneak peak of the swaps I'm making for convention!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Daffodil Delight!

I just LOVE this new color from Stampin Up!
It is a nice buttery, cheery yellow.

Here is a very simple quick and easy card I made using the level 2 Hostess set "Fast & Fabulous" I love it because it requires no coloring, cutting or anything fancy. It even creates a watercolor effect without having to watercolor! This card came together so quickly I plan to make several more!

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Stampin Up! Supplies:
Cardstock- Whisper white, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Stamp pads- Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Ribbon- Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta
Stamp Sets: "Fast & Fabulous" (Level 2 Hostess Set), "Because I Care" (Level 1 Hostess Set)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Long Time, No Post!

Boy has it been forever since I posted! Well, I guess that's how it goes sometimes, right?!
So I'm spending some time in Indiana this summer and didn't pack too many stamp items so I decided a trip to the local craft store was just what I needed. I came across this cute little owl stamp (you can never have too many owl stamps!) Besides, it was ONLY $1.00!!! Of course then I would need some googly eyes to go with it... luckily the craft store had those too:) Here is the card I made:

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Stampin Up! Supplies:
Cardstock- Whisper White, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Stamp Pads- Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Markers- Marina Mist, Crumb Cake

Non-SU supplies:
Stamps, Googly eyes

FYI.... I placed an order with Stampin Up! this morning (all new items from the new catalog!!!) and should have it by the end of the week. I hope to have some new cards to show you soon!

Thanks for stopping by!