August 23, 2008

This is the reason...

So I should be getting swaps ready for Joy, Jeanne, and Dana, but here's my excuse: the cat won't let me! Dewey was nice and cozy this morning right on top of my work area!

August 21, 2008

New catalog class projects

My inspiration for this class were the three stamp sets we received in our bags at Convention. I am trying to be mindful about using what I already have, and I thought the perfect way to do so was to focus on those three sets. The class was two cards, one bag, and one 12x12 layout for $12.

I found this tutorial explaining how to make this cute bag. It's so easy!
Stamp set: Eastern Blooms
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, WW
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, Scallop circle, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon

I used three techniques on the above card: rock and roll on the cut-out flower, faux silk for the background and I dyed white grosgrain ribbon using the Not Quite Navy ink pad. Ms. Mary Polcin showed us how to do that at Convention!

For some reason, I had such a hard time coming up with a card using this set!
Stamp set: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, WW
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Versamark
Accessories: Heat & stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Pink grosgrain ribbon, Scallop edge punch

I pretty much CASED the layout that was on the board at Convention. These are colors I probably wouldn't have combined on my own, but I just love how it looks!
Stamp set: Inspired by Nature, Big Deal alphabet
Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Black gingham ribbon, white embossing powder

August 16, 2008

CD cover

I had taken a bunch of pictures at Convention of the boards, friends, and a group meeting we had, so I decided to make some copies and send them to the girls. They keep with Convention's theme of Celebrate '08 and turned out cute, don't ya think?

August 11, 2008

It's Here!

The Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog is here! I know you've been anxiously awaiting this moment almost as much as I've been, right? To view, click on the image of the catalog in the sidebar OR if you are just dying for your own hard copy, contact me right away. They are $9.95, which includes a $5 coupon towards your next purchase of $35 or more.

August 9, 2008

Tonic Sol Fa's Stampin' Song!

Thank you, Jeanne, for reminding me about posting this song! You guys are going to LOVE this! We had the BEST entertainment at Convention, including these guys - Tonic Sol Fa, an a cappella group. They use their voices to sound like instruments.

Their performance was truly amazing and if you ever get the chance to see them, I would recommend it. I highly doubt they would sing THIS SONG outside of a Stampin' Up!(R) Convention, so get ready to laugh!

August 8, 2008

Wedding Card

I must admit that I am quite pleased with how this wedding card for Jay's cousin turned out. Sometimes I even surprise myself...LOL!!

Stamp set: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Versamark, Pink Passion,
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Vellum
Accessories: Ice rhinestone brads, black embossing powder

August 6, 2008

More MINI starter kits available!

WOW! Look at this upcoming great offer from Stampin' Up! (R)! If you ever thought about signing up to be a part of my team, I'd do it NOW! You can't go wrong with these deals! Check them out and let me know which kit works for YOU!

PROMOTION: August 11 - October 11

To view this larger, please CLICK HERE to read more!

There are three $99 Starter Kits to choose from. If you already have a good supply of stamps, you might consider our Scrapbooking or Home D├ęcor focused Starter Kits.

Ready for this, BIG SHOT?

Oh my goodness! One of the most exciting announcements at Convention (and there were LOTS) was the partnership with Sizzlix, a die cut company. 6,000 demonstrators went absolutely crazy! I would love to show you the promotional video, but I don't know how to that quite yet! At least view THIS BROCHURE for this awesome new product!

August 4, 2008

I'm back from Convention and couldn't be MORE excited!

HELLO, everyone! I had the most AWESOME time at my very FIRST Stampin' Up! Convention. We were truly spoiled by this company...and I love it! The theme: Celebrate '08 and we really did!

HIGHLIGTS for ME at this year's Convention:
~ Learning SO much from my fellow demonstrators
~ Hanging out with the girls!
~ Seeing the first $1 million in sales demonstrator, Mary Polcin
~ The entertainment was a blast! The Stampin' Up! band, TonicSolFa on awards night had me laughing so hard. Hey, I wonder if Steve (Tami White's hubby) recovered from the jokes!
~ Receiving an extra FREE stamp set from UPS! Thanks, Brown Sugar! OH, Convention Barbie was GREAT. I'd love to have one of those.
~ Realizing that I am with the best company EVER!

Today, I am showing you some of the "fun" photos and in a few days I'll upload some great ideas for YOU to duplicate.

Let me describe the photos below:

1 - That's ME outside the Salt Palace Convention Center
2 - Behind me you can see all the display boards in the Gathering Place. SO many great ideas...
3 - Me and my peeps outside SU!'s Riverton Campus. From left to right - Jeanne, Amy, Joy & Dana
4 - Inside the Riverton building, this is where your order gets started. All by the barcode on the side of the box! That box makes it way around the building and as it passes an item from that order, a light goes on alerting a worker to add that item. Cool, huh?
5 - I met Shelli Gardner, Co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! She is amazing (and terribly nice).
6 - Look at those YUMMY cupcakes that were in the middle of our lunch tables on Day #1. Not only did we receive a TON of food in our lunch box, but there were extras everyday. We had cupcakes, popcorn & taffy, and ice cream. Yes, I enjoyed all of it! LOL!
7 - This is our make-and-take supplies.
8 - The table of folders with all our make-and-take stuff!
9 - Here I am on the stage where many presenters and demonstrators inspired me to better my business!