Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homework Complete

Today was a very quiet day. I dropped my phone on the driveway and it smashed. So if you were trying to reach me today my phone said I was unavailable. Really, I was just clutzy and in need of a new phone.
I took the "quiet" time to spend some time scrapbooking. The great thing about my job is that I can combine my "to do" list with doing things I love.
I received a special invitation from Stampin' Up! to participate in a program. I was very honoured to be selected and I get to be in the program for 3 months. My homework this past week was to email "My Why" statement.
Yes, they said statement. First of all I couldn't describe why I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in one statement. Secondly, I wanted to scrapbook my participation in this program, beginning with my first assignment.
The tags can all be taken out and this is what they look like.
Some of the tags have words on both sides. I really enjoyed going through the catalogue and finding stamps that help to describe My Why.
I started selling Stampin' Up! for the discount but now I have so many reasons why I do this. My phone is working again! Woohoo!
Products I used:
Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper
Baja Breeze: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/8" taffeta ribbon,
Poppy Parade: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/2" stitched poly ribbon,
Rich Razzleberry: Cardstock, ink, marker, 1/4" grosgain ribbon, brads,
Clear Rhinestone brads, Circle Fire brads, Mini Vintage Tags,
Bigz Scallop Envelope Die, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Timeless Type Jr Alphabet Sizzlet Dies,
Stamp Sets: Broadsheet Alphabet, Perfect Words, Just Believe, Happiness Shared, Notably Ornate, Creative Elements, Floral Fillers, You're a Gem, Petite Pairs, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers, It's a Wrap Holidays.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stamp A Stack

Stamp A Stack is this Saturday, November 26, from 10am - 6pm.
Register today to avoid disappointment. Please allow 3 hours to complete your cards and drop in anytime between 10am and 6pm.

There will be door prizes, demonstrations and loads of fun.

Don't forget there are many specials on right now. Just imagine the Valentine's Day projects you can create with this sweet special.
I {Heart} Hearts Clear-Mount Stamp & I {Love} Love Wheel Bundle
Price $33.45

Hope to see you Saturday at Stamp A Stack.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

It's clean!

Well, it was clean. Honestly, my craft room was clean for all of 2 seconds so I snapped a photo to prove it.
This past weekend was a fantastic Stampin' Up! delight. On Friday night I helped Justine, one of my craftD stampers host her first workshop. Justine and her friends made a Christmas card and a stocking decoration for the tree. Justine had her Christmas tree up and her entire home was warm and welcoming.
On Saturday, Natasha and I had a table at Grace Church for their bazaar.
Lots of people were out shopping and Natasha made one ladies day by wishing her a Merry Christmas. The lady beamed from ear to ear and exclaimed, "You're the first person to say that to me." It really is the little things in life that are so special. It certainly warmed my heart to see her happiness.
On Saturday afternoon we had our very first craftD team swap. 10 of us participated ( a few couldn't make it but sent their cards) and had such a fun afternoon.
From left to right, Margaret, Kareen, Sue, Roberta (holding her card and Darlene's), Natasha. I am taking the photo.
Saturday Night Natasha and I hosted a Stampin' Up! birthday party for Chelsea. Chelsea and her friends made tiles, a Christmas card and candy jars featuring Letters to Santa paper.
Today, I started my day with a phone call from my gorgeous Mom. Most of you probably remember that my Mom is enjoying the sunny weather in Florida for the winter. So my Mom just couldn't resist a little dig about the flurries we all saw this past week. All kidding aside though, my Mom says Hello to all from the sunny south.

In the afternoon Natasha and I hosted a workshop with Sue Federico as our fabulous hostess. Talk about a gorgeous house and incredible craft room. Wow! Sue got us all in a festive mood with all her beautiful Christmas decorations.
Here is a couple of snapshots of her lovely craft room.
Lastly my weekend ended with a lovely festive special dinner at Swiss Chalet with my handsome husband and boys, David and J.J.
The dinner conversation was around what we all might like for Christmas. Somehow we started talking about the house and things we might change. J.J. would like his computer in his bedroom and Irv thinks that I have some scheme, (insert evil laugh) but really I don't.
Tomorrow a special Stampin' Up! Online extravaganza begins so I am setting my alarm to wake up at 2 am to see the specials. Check out the specials!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Messy Creativity

I'm in a bit of a mess this morning.

Natasha and I have been making things for this weekends show in Paris like this little gift tag box.

It's hard to believe the size of mess I can make when creating such little projects. The worst part is that the mess in my head is even bigger. I have all these ideas of things I want to make and I know I can't make them all. And, even if I could make them all, I can't find enough clear table space right now to create anything. Lol. So, here I sit blogging, avoiding the mess and dreaming about all the projects to make.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

End of the Weekend

Another weekend is sadly coming to an end. I was very exciting going into this weekend as I had our monthly team meeting on Friday night and I was participating in a bazaar in Oakwood on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday night's meeting was fantastic. I was delighted with the turnout given that the holiday season has begun. Yes, that's right, I said Holiday season and I am turning up the volume on the Christmas tunes for all to enjoy. I can't wait for all the twinkling lights and decorations.
We started our meeting making these little Santa and Mrs. Claus treats.
Aren't they just the cutest?

I was also excited that we had six ladies celebrating their one year anniversary with Stampin' Up! How cool is that?
Happy Anniversary to Sharon Marskamp, Roberta Moore, Wendy Ashby, Ria Jenkins, Darlene Wayda and Natasha Byrne. Woohoo!!! I know I have enjoyed Stampin' with you over the past year and I look forward to another great year.

We had some great discussions around workshops and hostess benefits and then we ended our meeting by making this matching card and lantern set.

This card and lantern used the curly label punch to create the window and we used silver embossing powder on vellum. I thought it would burn the vellum paper but it's absolutely gorgeous. Stampin' Up! sells two types of vellum. Paper vellum and cardstock vellum. Both emboss beautifully.

And check this out.... the lantern looks good no matter which way it sits.

After such a great meeting on Friday night I was even more excited about the bazaar in Oakland the next morning. Sadly the bazaar was not well attended. Looking at the glass half full, I would have to say that I learned many things from the experience. Advertisement is definately essential and getting the word out to everyone. It is something that I struggle with as it brings into play the "time management" skills again.
One of the great things about being an independent demonstrator is that you get to pick your hours, design classes that you want, cut for the classes at a time that's convenient for you, and choose what method you will use to advertise. Of course one of the "not so" great things is that you only have yourself to do all of these things. So, I can design and create all the fabulous things I want but then I have to make sure I get the word out to everyone. O.K. so now I'm excited and pumped to keep blogging as a way of letting you know what classes are coming. I'm going to keep my calendar updated and try to keep a class flyer printed and ready to hand out.
So here is a picture of this week's card class.
Tuesday at 7pm or Friday at 10am
This first card I received at a swap at convention in July. I don't remember her name but she was so sweet She gave this card (I have made slight modifications) to me to take home to my niece, Karen for helping me thread 140 buttons. Karen was nice enough to loan it back to me so I could share it. It's a pop up card.
This looks so cute when it pops up but of course you really have to see it in person.
The next card was a card I received in a swap from Kelly Acheson. This is a great way to give a gift card. Again, it is much better seen in person but here are the different views of it.

And the last card is just a quick and easy card that I designed.
The cards above all use the "Snow Much Fun" stamp set from Stampin' Up!
You can come to my class and make all 3 of these cards for $6.00
This was a long post today and I thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog. I have probably messed up your "time management" today and that makes me chuckle and I am comforted to know I'm not alone in the boat. lol

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Busy Little Elf

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. My good friend, Christine, gave me the kick in the butt I needed. This will be a quick post but it's better than no post.
Many workshops, classes and events have been going on and I have taken many pictures that I would love to share. This is the one photo I picked for today to share.
Last weekend was the craftD Christmas retreat at Elmhurst and this is a picture of a few of the projects and pillow gifts that our guests made.
We all had a fabulous time and are going to plan another weekend soon.