Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I actually made a card today but I want to post these 5 swap cards first. The little girl on the embossed card is adorable, isn't she? She is from a stamp set called Greeting Card Kids. There are 4 different images in this set and the kids are all so cute! The card was made by Annie Buchanan, didn't she do a great job with all the embossing, inking and glitter?

Next to that cute card is an adorable tag using the irresistible gingerbread man from the Got Treats stamp set. Linda Cathey made this tag with the Two Tags die and embossed it with the new Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing folder. That's going to be on my next order, along with the Northern Frost die that has lots of snowflakes on it. This die strip has 8 different snowflakes on it, won't it be great for Christmas and Winter crafting and scrap booking?

The cute little snowman card was made by Brenda Rodgers. He is from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set. She stamped him in Night of Navy ink and then sponged ink around the edges of the white card stock. The sentiment is stamped in Whisper White craft ink and punched out using the new Decorative Label punch. I really like that punch, it's a great size for sentiments and smaller images. You will probably be seeing it a lot.

This cute tea cup card was made by Pam Vandever. I looks like a quick and easy card but isn't it beautiful! That sweet little polka-dot tea cup is a single stamp called Tiny Teacup and is only $5.95. The polka-dot embossing folder makes the perfect background for the card.
The last card was made by Mary Robinson using the new Paisley Prints stamp set and Paisley Party wheel. It is a great Fall card but the stamp set includes not only leaves and a pumpkin, it has a Christmas Tree and 2 sizes of hearts. I love when a stamp set is versatile!
Don't forget that today is the last day of the Summer Mini catalog so if there is something you need, time is short. I'm going to be sending in an order tonight because I need some of that Island Oasis paper and the ship stamp!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Owl Punch Card

I got the Owl Punch in a shipment a couple of weeks ago and have been wanting to have time to play with it. I finally got a chance last night and put a couple of the cute guys together. I used the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper and Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard card stock to create my card. Also a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Verses stamp set and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with both of these punches.

I'm going to miss the Island Oasis paper. It is beautiful and fun at the same time. I need to buy a pack before the Summer Mini Catalog ends Tuesday. What do you still want out of the Summer Mini Catalog? You better get it ordered quickly!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Team Meeting swaps

I am always amazed at the talent of Stampin' Up demonstrators when we do swaps. I get some amazing cards and great ideas for classes and workshops. The swaps Tuesday night at the Team Meeting was no different. Look at these great cards!

Our theme for the swaps was the upcoming Holiday Mini catalog so you are getting a great sneak peek at some of the new stamps. The first card on the left is absolutely gorgeous! I love it's simplicity of design that has some wonderful texture to make it a total wow card. The creator didn't put her name on the back though so I don't know who made it. It uses a set called Bells and Boughs stamped on the Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper. Using a base of Cherry Cobbler paper embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder makes this card have a very rich look. Cherry Cobbler is definitely my favorite red ever!

Second is another beautiful card made by J. Jones. She used Real Red for the base and Crumb Cake layered on top of it for a nice neutral touch. Her main image is from a set called Tags Till Christmas, a wonderful set of 9 stamps which all match punches to make creating quick cards a snap. I love being able to just punch the image out and attach it! She also made a nice background paper using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. One of my favorites from the regular catalog.

Third is a card using the Delightful Decorations stamp set was shared by Sue Erickson. The Riding Hood Red background cardstock is embossed with the texture plates and the ornaments are "hung" with a piece of Linen Thread. Another quick and beautiful card.

In the next picture are 3 more great Christmas cards. The first one uses a stamp set from the regular Idea Book and Catalog, one of my favorites, Season of Joy. The artist didn't put her info on the back so I don't know who created this pretty card. What a great color combination Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive make for a Christmas card!

The second card made by Earlene uses the wonderful Cherry Cobbler for a background and the Snow Swirled stamp set for it's main image. A little ink stippled around the main tree image gives this card a nice finish along with some Dazzling Diamonds. Dazzling Diamonds is such a fine, sparkly glitter that it should be an accent on nearly all Christmas cards!

The third card is a beauty from Julie Salva, my upline. The Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler are a great combination for Christmas cards. She also used the new 1/2" Seam Binding to accent her card and the Christmas set we got at Convention, Peaceful Season. This is a free set, you can get it for being a hostess between Sept 1 and Jan 3.

I have some more swap cards to share but I reckon 6 is enough for now. Instead of showing what is coming up in the new mini catalog I should be letting you know that there are only

4 days left to order from the Summer Mini Catalog. I guess that and the fact that leaves are falling off the trees in my yard mean that Summer 2010 is nearly over. I feel the need to go jump in the river one last time!

Do you need anything from the Summer Mini before it's gone? I just realized today that I need the Sentimental Journey stamp set. I'm going on a cruise! The set has a ship in it but I didn't know I would be going on the cruise when the catalog came out so, even though I considered buying the set since I really like it, I hadn't ordered it. Now I HAVE to order it! I also need another pack of the Island Oasis DSP to make my cruise album with. As excited as I am to create this album, I know when I am putting pictures in it the cruise will be over so it will be bittersweet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stampin' Up Team Meeting

I went to a Stampin' Up team meeting in Nashville on Tuesday night and we learned a lot of new techniques and made 6 great projects. We also had a swap and I was very happy with the cards I got.
The first picture shows 3 of the projects we made. All projects were made with stamps and supplies from the new Holiday Mini Catalog that will begin on Sept 1st. First is one of the way cute mini lunch bags, embossed with the new Spider Web embossing folder. Isn't it adorable! These are going to make such great treat bags for lots of different occasions.
Next to the mini lunch bag is a Halloween card using the Wicked Cool stamp set and paper. If you look closely you will see what a nice accent the new Raven Lace Trim is. The other card is a great Fall card using the French Foliage stamp set. It looks like it is made with a pretty Fall leaf patterned paper but the background is stamped card stock. I really like that stamp set. The card also uses the new Extra Large Decorative Label punch.
The second picture shows the Christmas projects we made. There are 2 tags on each side, I'm definitely planning to teach some tag classes the next couple of months. The first tag uses the wonderful Gold Waffle Paper. It is a great touch, gathered above and below the stamped image. I can't wait to find other ways to use this unique paper.
The Christmas card in the middle is made using the Candy Cane Christmas Designer paper. It is hard to tell from the picture but the red stripes are glittery. It is such beautiful paper! Notice the Silver Tinsel Trim on the card too? It is a very unique and beautiful trim. The other tag is made on one of the tags from the Two Tags die. It is stamped with the cute little snowman stamp from the Jolly Old Saint Nick set. One of the stamps in that set reminds me of the Santa head that mom used to hang on the front door every year.
After making all these projects I'm getting excited about all the Halloween and Christmas projects I can make. We had a card making event today to make cards for the soldiers and we made all Christmas cards. I'm going to be thinking it is supposed to be December if I keep working on Christmas projects! I'm pretty excited about the holiday mini catalog. It has so many great stamp sets and many other great products to use to make your holidays more special.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Angie's Workshop

I did a workshop at Angie's home today (Hi Angie!) and it was a lot of fun. There were 7 ladies there and we did 2 projects and visited and ate watermelon, grapes, strawberries and chocolate. Angie is a wonderful hostess and a sweet person. Here are the projects we made:

First, I showed them how to ink up their stamp and then add some texture and dimension to the coloring using a slightly darker marker over the image. Then they embossed their card front with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, like me, they all loved the texture they got when they used the embossing folders. After layering the image on a piece of Old Olive cardstock and tying a piece of ribbon around it we mounted it to the embossed card. This beautiful card was a CASE of a swap I got at convention from Sylvie Drader who is from Ontario Canada.

I showed them a "stepped-up" version of the card that has individual little flowers stamped and cut out and mounted to the large hydrangea with Stampin' Dimensionals as well as a vellum butterfly cut with the Beautiful Wings die and three of the new Basic Pearls for his body. Some of them were happy with their original card but a few of them were willing to go for it and cut out those tiny little flowers!

We also made some bookmarks using the Two Tags die. It was cut from a folded piece of More Mustard cardstock so it would fit over both sides of the page to stay in place more securely. We even put a little magnet at the bottom on the front and back to make extra sure we won't loose our places in our favorite books. I enjoyed seeing the different designs the ladies came up with for their bookmarks. I reckon I should have taken pictures of them all!
Don't forget my Christmas Card class Monday and Tuesday. My first Christmas Card Class of this season will be a special low rate of $10 for 10 cards! Get a start on your Christmas cards early.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Christmas Card Class for August

I have 2 Christmas Card classes next week. I reckon that if we have a class a month between now and Christmas and you make 10 at each class that will be 50 cards you will have ready to send out! How's that for planning ahead??
One class is Monday, Aug 30 at 7PM and the other is Tuesday, Aug 31 at 10AM. We will make 2 each of 5 cards. Here is a picture of the 5 cards we will make.
You will get to try out a lot of techniques and new products in this class. I hope you will be able to make it one of the 2 times! Let me know, wrightplace4@mindspring.com
Also, don't forget the scrapbook layout class this Friday at 2, I think you will enjoy this class.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beautiful card and Incredible wedding card holder

I got this beautiful card yesterday from Tina Taves. I love the Old Olive/Rich Razzleberry color combination. Very pretty. She used the Watercolor Trio stamp set, a set in the Summer Mini Catalog that will only be available until August 31st. If you want something from that catalog, be sure to get with me soon. August (and Summer) will be over so soon!

Also, I want to share an incredible project I saw on Corinne Somerville's Blog today. She made a wedding cake from paper to hold the cards her daughter got at her wedding. It is amazingly beautiful with over 150 paper roses on it! I just thought you would like to see this gorgeous creation.

Well, I reckon the title is nearly as long as the blog post today. Some days are like that. I have grapes waiting for my attention . . .

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sneek Peek!

I should be posting pictures of projects you can make with stamp sets and paper from the current catalog or the Summer Mini Catalog that expires in about 2 1/2 weeks but I've been so excited about the goodies the UPS man has been delivering to my door that I just wanted to share a few of them, a sneak peek! The main Holidays featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day. Beware! My wish list from this mini catalog is about the same length as the one from the big catalog! I love the new papers and stamp sets and there are so many wonderful new embelishments and punches and dies!

First, here is what the Holiday Mini Catalog looks like. Be sure to contact me if you need one. wrightplace4@mindspring.com Did you notice the fabric? Yes, Stampin' Up is featuring fabric in this new catalog! They have 2 sets, the one shown on the front of the mini and the one shown in this first picture of the Christmas goodies I have ordered so far. One thing I have noticed about the fabrics is that they aren't totally Christmas and Christmas only. You can use them for lots of different occasions. I'm not sure what I'm going to make yet, probably a Scalloped Square die cut purse but I will have lots of scraps left over to use on cards and scrapbook pages. I used to use torn strips of fabric on scrapbook pages a lot but haven't done that in several years. Expect to see that look again VERY soon!

Other things to note in the picture of Christmas products, isn't that paper georgous! AND, it matches the fabric! Won't it be fun to have coordinating paper and fabric to do your Christmas projects this year? Did you see the extra-sparkly Glass Glitter? It is going to give amazing sparkle to your projects! They have 2 colors, this one is Champaigne and the other one is Silver.

Did you also notice that the XL Decorative Label Punch can be used to punch out 2 of the labels in the Tags Till Christmas stamp set to the right? I love when there is a punch to make it easier to create great cards and pages. I used this punch for the August layout class too. I'm also loving the XL circle punch - 2 1/2"! I've been wanting a larger circle punch for a long time and this is going to be perfect for so many things.
On to the Halloween picture, again, georgous paper that will be fun to create with. This paper is actually from the big catalog but I wanted to show it with the other Halloween things I have. The "Wicked Fun" paper pack has 2 sheets of flocked paper. If you notice the back of each page has a design that isn't strictly Halloween so you can use your scraps all year for other projects. I noticed that last year with the Halloween paper so I was glad it is the same this year. I really like the chandelier paper on the back of the orange Spooky one.
The Wicked Cool stamp set is also from the regular catalog. There is that fun chandelier again :~) Since it is almost September I will be stamping with this set very soon. The other stamp set is called Paisley Prints, one of the sets we got at the Stampin' Up convention. I like how it has Fall, Christmas and Valentine's Day all together in one set. The wheel is the matching Paisley Party wheel. It will go with all the seasons, just roll it in a different color to match!

One of my favorite things in the Halloween line-up is the Spider Web Embossing Folder. It is going to be fun to create with that. And the black lace is very pretty, delicate but spooky at the same time. It will look great on Halloween projects but will also work for many of your Christmas projects too.
I'm planning to have a Christmas card class every month until Christmas. The one for August will be on the 31st at 10AM or 7PM. We will make 10 cards, 2 each of 5 designs. The class will be $10 or free with a $25 order.
The other classes I have left in August are a scrapbook class next Friday, the 27th at 2PM. A picture of the layout is on my August 13th post. We will be learning to make the beautiful ribbon roses for this layout. Email me to sign up for any of the classes: wrightplace4@mindspring.com I hope I'll see you at a class soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Great Gift and 2 Cards from friends

I wanted to find some time to create something with goodies I got from Stampin' Up yesterday but with so many apples to put up today it just didn't happen. So I remembered there was a great project I got at the Stampin' Up convention that I hadn't shared with you yet.

When people are at the convention they usually make their roommates or the friends going with them a little gift. Well, as much as I had to do the last couple of weeks before I left I didn't get anything made for the ladies going from the Stampin' Sister's team so I bought them one of my favorite books, "The Christmas List" by Richard Paul Evans. I think it is the last book I read cover to cover. It is a wonderful book that really makes you think.

They got me a very much needed large bag I could carry all my swaps and stuff in along with a bag tag, very pretty flower pin and an adorable metal box that had a note pad, matching pen and pad of post-it notes in it as well as a couple of magnets to hold things to the lid of the box. Very cool. I'll have to include a class in my schedule the next couple of months for these. They will make great Christmas presents!
The box uses the Circle Circus stamp set stamped in fun, bright colors. The magnets inside are covered with cardstock that is stamped and covered with Crystal Effects to make them shiny and durable.
Mary and Pam are always more on the ball than I am. OK, pretty much EVERYONE is more on the ball than I am! Anyway, they have both sent me cards since we got home from convention to say thanks for the book and mentioning how much fun we had at convention. Ever the procrastinator, I haven't even started my cards yet . . .
Here are the cards they sent, Mary's used a new stamp that was available in the Memento Mall at convention. I like the way she punched it with the scalloped circle punch and layered it with the red circle. Pam's card is very cool the way she used 3 different embossing folders in 3 different colors. I love the color combination. Thanks girls!

Monday, August 16, 2010


I wanted to post pictures from a class I took called "Color Crazy". It was the night before I left for the Stampin' Up Convention and I just haven't gotten around to posting the pictures of the 20 cards we made in the class. Each picture of 4 cards are all made from the same stamp set. There are lots of styles and techniques on these sets of cards and, although they use the same stamp set, they are definitely each unique.
It is kind of strange how things work out sometimes. I was thinking about posting the cards from the color class and saw Stacy Julian on Scrapbook Memories today and she did a little bit about color. I thought I would post as much as I could get of it today with the pictures fromm the class. Sometimes we get stressed out about colors so I liked what she said:

"I started teaching about color in scrapbooking over 10 years ago. Back then it was all about identifying the colors in your photos and then matching them to cardstocks and stickers. We taught from the color wheel and felt especially smart if we could throw around terms like value, intensity and tertiary. I'm happy to say that today, things are much easier. Our view of color has matured and our approach is much friendlier. It's about recognizing the colors you love and using those colors to bring emotion and meaning to your memories. Are there new rules we need to know? Just this, if you like it, it's going to work."

(still quoting) "I like to find a color combination that I think is pretty like in a piece of fabric. Then I go to my cardstock and find colors that feel the same, they aren't necessiarily the same colors but they bring about the same feeling as that combination. Then I challenge myself to make or create 2 or 3 scrapbook pages using that same combination. And I play with how much of each color I use, or the porportion. A layout can look youthful and cheerful by downplaying the gray and using more yellow and green. For a more sophisticated, urban feel you would want to use more of the gray. You know how they say "Practice makes perfect"? I want to update that for you. It's really "Playing makes perfect. When you can sit down with your photos and play with color that you love and color that feels good, you're going to come away a happier person and scrapbooking is going to make you happier." Stacy Julian

So, don't stress out too much about colors but definitely use a color wheel or go to a site like My Create Ink to help you if you aren't sure.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ribbon Flower

Carrie Cudney demonstrated a beautiful ribbon flower at convention and I finally had time to experiment with making one. I used it on my August layout that I posted yesterday. I started with about 18" of Marina Mist Satin ribbon. I snipped almost to the edge about every 3/4" (you'll notice a lot of about's and almost's in this tutorial. It isn't an exact technique). After you snip the whole length of the ribbon, go back and round the tops. I folded it at each snip so I could round 2 sides at the same time.

Once you have the whole ribbon "scalloped" punch a circle of cardstock (I used the 1 3/8" circle) and cover it with adhesive. The new Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheets are ideal for this step. It is sticky on both sides so you can stick one side of it to the punched circle and the other side you adhere the ribbon to. These adhesive sheets are in the new Holiday Mini Catalog and I haven't ordered any yet so I covered the punched circle with Sticky Strip. It needs to be a very sticky adhesive so Sticky Strip is the best I've found.

Take the end of the ribbon and start adhering it to the edge of the circle. Make a little pleat between each scallop and ease the ribbon around and around. I think I made about 4 rounds before I got to the center of the circle. You want your flower to be very full. Your flower won't look like much right now, don't get discouraged.

Hold the flower with tweezers or wire plyers while you heat it. It will take a few minutes for the petals to start moving and taking shape. You can hold the end of the heat gun quite close. You can keep heating it until you get the look you want for your flower. I've never had one catch fire but please be careful.

After the flower is "melted" to your satisfaction, poke a hole in the center for a brad or add a button with a glue dot. I love these flowers and think they make a great addition to a card or a layout. I hope you find some time to try this beautiful flower technique!

Friday, August 13, 2010

August layout

I didn't really have a specific title in mind for the layout as I was creating it but when I got it finished I thought it looked like a great heritage layout. I used the Because I Care stamp set, I love that hydranga! It made some beautiful background paper as well as a main focus piece.

I also used Marina Mist cardstock. It is such a nice blue, I really like it. I thought it went well with the Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. Another new thing I used was the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. You can see it a little better in the close up at right. You also get a good view of the new Decorative Label punch that will be available starting Sept 1st in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Another great punch to add to your collection!
I also made a ribbon flower below to accent the right hand page. It is easy and only slightly time consuming to make but I think it is worth every second! It is a beautiful flower that we were showed how to make at convention. I've got to run right now but will do a tutorial tomorrow so you can make your own ribbon flowers to accent your pages and cards. Notice the lace behind the flower and around the Chocolate Chip Scalloped Circle photo mat on the full layout? We now have some great lace trim in the catalog, this is called Victoria and is Very Vanilla and 5/8" wide. There will also be black lace and some other fun trims in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Fun stuff!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Refilling markers

Yes, you read the title right, you can refill the Stampin' Up markers! What a great way to save money. As long as you take care of the tips, your Stampin' Up markers can literally last for years.

A friend wanted to get markers in the new colors and said she needed to replace some of her old markers. I told her how she could get the new markers and an insert for her marker case. I love how Stampin' Up took into account that many people had bought their whole case of markers and would like to get just the new colors. They even went so far as to include a label you can slip in to your case to replace the old label. There are 13 markers in the "New Color Kit" for $35.95. That's like getting almost 3 markers free!

On to her second thing, to replace some of her old markers that were going dry. You can use the reinkers for ink pads to refill your markers. It is easy and nearly mess-free. I have heard of 3 different ways to do this. I took pictures of each way so you can decide for yourself which way will be the best for you.

First, you can pull out the brush marker nib (the bigger end) out with some tweezers and drip the ink down into the barrel. Pro - This is quick and easy. Con - the ink might not all get right in the center of the ink holding part of the pen and leak out the other end. Guess how I know.

Second, use a pair of pliers and pull out the whole plastic end of the pen. Take out the ink holding part from the pen and drip ink into each end, replace it into the pen and put the plastic end back on, be sure it snaps all the way back into the pen. Pro - you can be sure all the ink gets into the center of the pen. Con - it can be hard to pull the plastic end out of the pen.

Third, pull the brush marker nib out and soak it into a puddle of ink placed in a small container. Let it soak in plenty of ink for a couple of minutes and put it back into the marker. Pro - quick and easy and you get plenty of ink in the tip. Con - I don't think the ink would last as long this way. You might as well put a few drops into the ink holding middle piece while the nib is soaking.

One last note: Did you know the tips of the reinker bottles come off? You may never need to take it off for any reason but it is important to know this when you are reinking an ink pad. I found out the hard way. I was teaching a class and discovered that the ink pad was too dry to do the technique I was teaching. I decided it was a good time to show how to reink an ink pad. As I was applying the ink I rubbed it too hard on the ink pad and the top popped off and ink went spewing everywhere! Luckily I had my sample in plastic and the ink actually washed out of my blouse, although I had a sweatshirt with me and went and changed into it and rinsed out the ink right away. I don't have to work hard to goof up a class, it just kind of happens!

I hope this helps and you can get out those markers you thought were dried up and refill them and start using them again. If you need reinkers, I can help you out!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy SU Anniversary to me! More Unique Cards

Here are some more unique cards that are great without being terribly hard. First, Angie asked me if aluminum flashing could be used with the Big Shot dies. Obviously, looking at the card on the left, the answer is yes! Not only can you cut it with the dies, you can use it with the embossing folders, isn't that a great look? This convention swap card was made by Sherrie Robinson. Note: Be careful when cutting and preparing the flashing because it is very sharp but once you cut it with the Big Shot, the edges are beveled and not sharp anymore. The flashing isn't very expensive and it sure gives a great look to a project, doesn't it? I will be posting more projects made with aluminum flashing!

Second, on the right is a card made by Theresa Argonza-Gomez. She used the 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle punch to punch flowers from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper and layered and scrunched them as an accent to this card. She ran only the edge of the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock through an embossing folder and used a big diecut and stamped "B" to layer on her card. You could make a special card with the first letter of the receiver's name to let them know you are thinking of them.

A penny for your thoughts? The next card is a fun card with the penny in the Sweet Treat Cup. I hadn't seen the pennies with the different design on the back before I got this swap from Lorraine McEvoy at the Stampin' Up Convention. I like how she used the Stem Sayings stamp set for the stem of the flower and stamped an extra "wish" from the set behind the penny.

Different shapes are always fun for cards and the punch art lamb is perfect for the Scalloped Circle card that Rhonda Wade shared. I love the Pear Pizzaz and Certainly Celery together and the Pretty in Pink hearts are the perfect accent. The lamb is made with the 5 Petal Flower in Basic Black and the 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle punch in Whisper White. What a fun way to tell someone how much you love them!

The last fun card for the day is probably my favorite because it is such a great idea! I'm not sure of the name of the creator (genius that she is) but her email address has Ornetta in it. I'll have to email her to find out what her name is so I can give her proper credit. She used the Awash with Flowers set and turned them upside down to make cute little skirts for the top halves of the All in The Family set. They are so cute I just can't resist smiling when I see them. I know my granddaughters would love a card with these little girls, both of them have Dec birthdays but I don't think I'll wait that long to CASE this card, I reckon a "Thinking of You" card is in order real soon.

Happy Stampin' Up! Anniversary to me!

I have officially been selling Stampin' Up for 4 years! I love creating and sharing and teaching so it is a perfect match for me. The main drawback is I hesitate to ask anyone to buy something, host a workshop or to join my team. Why do I hesitate to ask a friend to host a workshop? You get to have friends over and make cards or scrapbook projects and have a snack and visit. That's all fun, right? Who doesn't like to give homemade gifts and cards?

Also, I need to step it up a notch to get a promotion that is hanging within my grasp so I am going to use my anniversary month to offer you some specials, 4 specials! I know some of my friends who regularly read my blog would love to help me reach that promotion (please????)

Special #1 For every order placed, you will get a 4% discount and a free marker for the first $25 you order. A $50 order gets an 8% discount and a free marker and ink pad.

Special #2 Any hostess who has a workshop in August will get a marker and a pack of Designer Series Paper when her workshop holds. I will show a few techniques and your guests will do a nice make-n-take. You choose the theme and whether we do cards or scrapbook projects.

Special #3 If you book a workshop that is held and completed by Aug 31 Stampin' Up is sponsoring a special of $25 additional hostess benefits so that is $60 free merchandise with a qualifying workshop. In addition to that, I'm giving a stamp set on a qualifying workshop so you will get the hostess set, another free set and $60 in free merchandise (as well as free markers and inkpads with the order you place). The qualifying workshop is a $350 workshop and since the average workshop is $400 that should be easy enough to achieve. Does doubling up on the gifts make booking a workshop more tempting? I hope so!

Special #4 If you decide you would like to join my team and become a Stampin' Up demonstrator too, you will get 2 markers, 2 ink pads some bling and a stamp set, these will be current colors and stamps. The sales and booking incentives listed above are from my stock of discontinued products.
I hope that is tempting enough to get you to email me with the option you want. School has started and it is the perfect time to celebrate with a party or a new job :~)
I'll be posting my August classes in a couple of days. I've been freezing cherries and berries and haven't gotten the projects finished yet! It's good to see the freezer filling up for the winter though.

Friday, August 6, 2010

More Unique Cards, Tax Free Weekend!

Here are 4 more of my swap cards that were very cool. The first one is made with a print on My Digital Studio byDottie Lanclot. She printed off the flowers on photo paper, stamped the sentiment and then embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. Finishing touches were a rhinestone on the sentiment and the Daffodil Delight 1/8" ribbon around the bottom. Very pretty.

Next is a great apron card made by Michelle Deslandes. The insert card says King of the Grill but this fun card could be used for so many other things. Wouldn't it be great to include the receipe that goes with a batch of cookies or loaf of bread that you are giving to someone?

The clear card might be a little hard to see since most of it is clear but it is very pretty. The green card in the middle opens up so you can write a little note on it. I love the scalloped borders at the bottom of the card wrapped in Tempting Turquoise ribbon. Very clever.

Last is a card that has such a clever candle on it I wanted to show the great idea. She used the Modern Label Punch for the candle and the bird wing for the flame. I am always amazed when I see people's ideas for punch art. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have though of these 2 punches for a candle.

Don't forget the tax free weekend! See yesterday's post for the products included.