My Husband Lets Me Have All The Scrapbooking and Paper-Crafting Supplies I Can Hide....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Site Updates

Hi There! If you notice that (*GASP*) my page isn't as matchy-matchy as usual, don't fret. I'm just in the middle of a blog update. I'm working on creating my blog background (done) and new banner (in progress) through My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up, so things may be wonky for the next few days while I figure it out. Thanks for your support, and I'll see you when the reno is done!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Stampin' Story....Love What You Do

My Stampin Story starts about as far away from stamping and card making as possible...I was a scrapbooker who hadn't scrapped a page in over 2.5 years and I was obviously quite behind. I hadn't "made a card" since I was a kid for my parents, and I felt so overwhelmed, I didn't know how to get back into it. I knew that I needed a creative outlet, and I knew I needed to take the plunge. A friend of mine invited me to one of her monthly crops, and I decided to jump back in with both feet. At that crop, I was introduced to a handy little machine called a Cricut, and the next eight months or so passed by in an eBay-induced whirlwind. (whoopsie!)
I was a member of the Cricut Messageboards, and was always on the lookout for tips and tricks for my new toy. I kept hearing about Stampin' Up papers and how wonderfully they cut in the Cricut, and wait...there was matching ink, markers and ribbon? Well, that was too much for my little Organizational OCD brain to handle. Sign. Me. Up. Matchy-Matchy = Heaven. :D
I participated in a few online clubs with various demos on the messageboard, and ended up developing a great friendship with one in particular...this demonstrator eventually became my upline when I decided to bit the bullet this past January and sign up during Sale-A-Bration. We live on opposite sides of the country, and have never met in person, but she's become one of my dearest friends, along with my sidelines, who are also spread across the country. I love how a product can bring people across the country together, who never would have met otherwise.
As for being a Demonstrator, I really signed up with the fullest intentions of only being a hobby demo....someone who really is their own best customer and who doesn't focus on Stampin' Up as a business. Oddly though, at the same time I was signing on the dotted line, I started getting emails from friends and aquantances about card techniques and scrapbooking ideas. This was when I realized that I might be able to do something productive with my obsession/hobby. I hosted my first Open House at the end of January to introduce my friends and family to SU, and from that Open House, my monthly Sunday Scrappers technique class was born.
A mere six months later and I'm having a great time teaching classes and introducing new people to the joys of Stampin Up and their fantastic products. I make extra money to help out my famiily and to help fuel my obsession/hobby. ;) I originally purchased Stampin' Up products because of their quality and their customer service. I chose to become a demonstrator because I believe in those products and honestly think they're the best out there. I continue to love what I do as a Demonstrator because of the friendships I've made and because there is something so fulfilling about staring at a blank piece of cardstock and watching it come to life in front of your eyes. There's something even more fulfilling about teaching others how to discover that for themselves.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why I Love Stampin' Up!

I'm taking part in a program through Stampin Up that, for me, is really making me think about why I signed up to be a Demonstrator and why I stay. As I thought about my reasons, I created the design below in My Digital Studio as a visual to help me remember my goals.
So, what is my why? My Why is two-fold. I originally signed up to be a demonstrator to save some money on the products I already loved. (I'll be posting My Story for your enjoyment in the next day or so) I honestly didn't believe I'd ever make any money at it. Now, while I can't give up my "day job" to be a full-time stampin' queen (yet!), I am proud to say that this little savings plan of mine is actually helping around our home. For example, my sales in June enabled me to buy my son his first big-boy bicycle for his birthday. So that's my first be able to help my family (while still supporting this habbit - I mean hobby - of mine.
My second Why is the friendships I have built in my short six months as a Demonstrator. My Upline and Sidelines have become some of my dearest friends, even though we live thousands of miles apart. My customers and club members have become friends, and the ones that were my friends before have become my Stampin' family. I love the time I get to spend with them each month and love getting to share my love of stamping, scrapping and crafting.

These are the reasons I do what I do, and why I love it. Thank you for letting me share with you. I hope you find inspiration everywhere you turn! Now, go get inky!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 25th Stationary Box Class

This month's class is going to be SO MUCH FUN! I found this awesome Stationary Box over at SplitCoastStampers, and I knew I had to try it so I could share it with my customers! This fantastic little box, once complete, includes 4 standard A2 cards/envelopes, 4 3"x3" cards and envelopes, 4 gift tags, and a customized pen!

Here's a photo of the box all closed up and the three items that come with the box. I used the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper and Thoughts and Prayers, Because I Care and Vintage Vogue stamp sets for this project.
Here is the open box. On the part that folds down, there is a small notebook and a little spot for stamps. Love it! I really enjoyed this project, and I'm sure my customers will too!
Have a great day, be inspired, and get inky!!

July 18th Workshop Cards

I'm so excited for my IB&C Catalog Launch Workshop next Sunday! Here are the projects we'll be creating! My workshops are all hands on, meaning that each guest will make each of these three cards. I hope they like them!!
This card you have seen before during my sneak peak countdown. I heard some great comments from my customers about it, so we've added it to the roster for the workshop!
This card pairs the Season of Friendship stamp set with the brand new Brights Designer Buttons! This card was inspired by and combo-cased from two fantastic cards made by fellow Demonstrator Mary Brown. You can see her work at I absolutely LOVE the Sweet Treat Cups and the various stamp sets that go with them. I used the set Sweet Centers here to make this fun little hot air balloon. (Note: This card was made using a retired ribbon, but the cards made in the workshop will be made using current 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain ribbon.) I'll also be teaching my guests how to make their card refillable so it won't get destroyed when trying to get the candy out.

It's going to be a very fun workshop for sure! I hope my guests have as much fun making them as I did!

Have fun, be inspired, and get inky!

Monday, July 5, 2010

NEW Color Renovation Retrofit Kits Now Available!

One of the things I love the most about Stampin' Up is that they are always thinking of how things will affect current die-hard SU lovers when they make changes. In this Color Renovation, they've made Retrofit Kits available for those of us who already have full sets of markers, watercolor crayons, pastels, etc. Click on the photo above to go to the SU PDF of their Retrofit Kit Offerings!

Here's hoping you had a fantastic 4th of July!
Now, go get inky!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

New Punch Style Video!!

The fantastic Stampin' Up punches have updated for 2010!! We've seen the new sleek and streamlined punch design on the new punches available in the Mini catalogs so far this year, but with the launch of then new Idea Book and Catalog, all our favorite punches will be in the new design! This is awesome for anyone who is running out of storage space like I am! :) The great people at the Stampin' Up Home Office have created a video covering some of the highlights of the new punch design. If you click on the photo below, it will take you to the video on the Stampin' Up website!

I absolutely LOVE SU punches, and I'm excited to see what the new punch design allows SU to bring us!! There are brand new punches in the new IB&C, and I'm hoping we'll see some others in the upcoming Mini Catalogs!

Happy Stamping! Now go get inky!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Here! It's Here!

If you haven't already, you can click on the photo of the catalog to the right of this post, and it will take you to the Catalog PDF. You can also click on my Shop SU 24/7 button and that will take you directly to my SU Website, so you can shop til you drop! I love SO MUCH about this catalog, and I simply cannot wait to show you more!!

Have a fantastic day, and enjoy!