April 26, 2008

Crazy for Carousel Notes!

Is it completely pathetic that I am giddy with excitement over this last project????? I have the most amazing 'upline' Kari Metzger, anyway... she is always going on and on about the amazing work done by a Stampin' Up demo down in the states by the name of Jan Tink. Well, this wonderful woman created an amazing idea using the Carousel Notes from the Occasions Mini catalogue. Kari, had the patience to sit down and figure out the whole project and to put on a class for all the rest of us teaching us how to make it. This was my final project! I have since completed a second one but don't have the 5/8 grosgrain needed to complete the handle. I promise to post pictures of my second as soon as the ribbon arrives. I went with a Mother's Day theme on the one I did with Kari, but it could be used for any occasion from the arrival of a new baby to a birthday! It's like a mini scrapbook with locations for pictures and journalling. If you look closely you'll see that there are three Carousel Notes in this purse, one acting as the flap of the purse and two are pull out photo and journalling mounts. It also uses two of the chocolate chip envelopes.

Okay...what do you think? If there's a few of you out there interested I am totally willing to do a class and teach you:) (Not quite sure who that is more fun for as it is an excuse for me to make yet another)

April 20, 2008

Trying to Make Up for the Weather

In an attempt to make up for how this crazy weather has been making me feel, I decided to case a card done by Michelle Redman. I really love the whole monochromatic thing! Although "Blooming with Love" has a Mother's Day theme to it, it could be used for virtually anything feminine; come to think of it the wheelbarrow in the set would let you get pretty masculine too! This card combined the pinks from the Rich Regals colour group as well as the Soft Subtles. It was my first time using my Photo Corner punch too! (Love it!)

April 15, 2008

SWAP MEET- May 24th 12:30-4pm

This is an event you don't want to miss! I am taking part in "Swap Meet", put on by my upline, at the Trout Lake Community Center on May 24th from 12:30pm- 4pm. Now here's the concept behind it...

If you want to participate in the sale:

  • go through your scrapbooking/ cardmaking supplies, and pick out anything that is in good condition, that you no longer want

  • it has to be in good condition and it has to be paper-craft related.

  • bring these items to me in a box with your name on it (before the second week of May if you'd like to take part)

  • I will price these items to sell on your behalf

  • everyone who hopes to sell contributes $10 to the rental fee for the hall. If you sell $75 of your stuff', you will receive $5 of your rental fee back. If you sell $150, your fee will be waived

If you just want to come for the great deals this event is for you too!

  • There will be everything from NEW STAMPSETS, Cricut cartridges, Cuttlebug folders and dies, Sizzix machines and dies, to embellishments, idea books, and other crafting tools.. you name it!

  • EVERYONE is invited to come for the bargains!

  • There will be make n' takes and refreshments

  • Bring your friends with you- there will be make n' takes for them, samples to look at, events that are coming up - you don't want to miss it!

Here's the Exciting Part!

  • WHATEVER you sell, will get you 100% of the sale price of that item in BRAND NEW SU! Stuff! ANYTHING from any current catalog.

  • if you prefer cash, you can do that too - you get 80% back in cash, if you choose that option.

  • You must place your 'reward order' or receive your cash by June 21st

  • Start putting post it notes in that catalogue now!

April 10, 2008

Extra, Extra Hostess Promotion

Stampin' Up! hostesses get extra hostess awards March 18-April 30, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits!
From March 18 to April 30, Stampin' Up! hostesses can earn an EXTRA $35 to use toward Stampin' Up! products of their choice when they host a workshop totaling $450* or more!
This extra benefit is included along with the standard hostess benefits you receive when you host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include:
A free Spring-Summer 2008 Collection catalogue worth $12.95.
Free stamp sets only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 19-26 of the Spring-Summer catalogue).
Free Stampin' Up! products of your choice.

*Workshop total(before tax and shipping)

April 08, 2008

Bugging Out

One of my little guys is in PreSchool this year, and it seems that the barage of birthday parties has started. I couldn't help but to buy the Bugs and Kisses stamp set. When you 've got little boys, these types of cards come in handy. I couldn't resist the matching envelope. I know that it's difficult to see, I'm working on the photography, but I used the colour spritzer again on this one! (don't groan) It'a actually on the white portion of the card before I stamped the bugs. It definitely finished the card. I've been having a blast putting eyelets on things lately too! I came across the Crop-o-dile Big Bite II on the internet and decided that I had to have it. Considering I used to use a setter, hammer, and every ounce of strength I had to put in an eyelet, I wasn't a big fan. Although I can no longer release my aggression on a card, this thing is making my life a happy place.

Free Shipping!

As I am just trying to get myself up and running as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I would like to offer anyone who places an order with me in the month of April free shipping! Try clicking on my link to Stampin' Up and browsing the catalogue for anything that interests you. Feel free to email me your questions as I must admit I have had the opportunity to play with the majority of it!

April 07, 2008

The Stark White that got Spritzed!

I cased these tri-fold cards off of Splitcoast Stampers as well, but made some minor adjustments. Unfortunately the woman who created them only uses a web name onthe site so I can't truly give her credit, but she is obviously very talented:) I've really taken to the SU background stamps. Here I used the Canvas, Polka Dots, and Weathered. If you look at the rectangular flap on the cards you can see the "spritz".

When in Doubt...Spritz!

I was looking through my SU catalogue in bed the other night when I came across the Colour Spritzer. The concept sounded great but what I often find is that I buy things that look great but are near impossible to use. Anyway... this is not one of them! It was everything that I was looking for and more. Now, I will admit that I bought the SU Stampin Write Markers in all four colour families, but I also have all my old ones at home. The Spritzer allows you to add a spray mist in any marker colour imaginable. It was the finish to some cards that had too much stark white on them. It also came in handy when I started to work on my son's birthday invites. I used them with Ahoy Matey stamp set to create a sand effect as well as to give the water a little punch.

Organizational Freak?????

Being a full time teacher and mommy to two boys under the age of four definitely makes me plan in advance. At least that is the excuse I'm using for having to get this stamp set now versus waiting for May! This is a card that I cased straight from the Spring/ Summer 2008 Catalogue! I absolutely loved this set, Blooming with Love! This was a first go at a Mother's Day card and an opportunity to mess around with the Aqua Blender Pens which were the first SU item that got me into this addiction! I made some minor adjustments and used brads instead of ribbon as my students get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from punching holes!

A Little Nerve Racking!

I must admit that the idea of posting up cards that I've done is a little intimidating. One of the most important things I've learned in the past month is that in order to use my SU materials I don't have to be a creative genius. It is totally acceptable to "case" others' work. I was sent to the Splitcoast Stampers website by my AMAZING upline Kari Metzger. Unfortuntely this was one of my first times on the site, and I forgot to write down the creator of these cards. (won't happen again:) Here are two others that I tried . I've already done the one on the right with my students and they turned out AMAZING! (so simple and yet so beautiful!). I used the Watercolour Vine Stampin Around Wheel for the green card as I wanted to try out a roller with my class! I have since bought the Baroque Borders wheel as I found it a beautiful way to finish off when I rolled the outside of the envelope to match the card.

Where Do I Begin?

Where does one start a blog????? First of all I guess that I should explain why I'm writing this blog. Okay, where to start... I have recently become a Stampin' Up ADDICT and decided to have a little fun with it! (it turned out to be A LOT of fun). I am a mommy of two amazing little boys, a full time Grade Seven Teacher, and wife of the most amazing man in the world. In my free time (teehee), I live to hide out in my scrapbooking room and "play". I started scrapbooking four years ago after my first son was born. It rapidly became an obsession.

Two months ago I was invited to a Stampin 'Up party, and it was all up hill from there! Within a month of the party, I signed up as a demonstrator. I was so impressed with what I saw, and there was so much that I wanted that it just made sense. One of my first sets that I decided to buy was the Baroque Motifs set from the Spring/ Summer 2008 catalogue! The possibilities have been endless! I have been working on a few simple cards on my own and then my Grade Sevens have been casing them as art activities! This one will be our Thursday art period!