I know that when people think of Throw Back Thursday they usually post about things they have made in the past. However, this creation is one that I made today. All items are Stampin’ Up! but only two things are current and even one of those is on it’s way out.
Today I was creating for my other job where I have been organizing a trip for 32 people to Germany and Austria as part of one of the factories celebrating their Customer Days. We are sending out plane tickets, itineraries and the official invitation to each couple in the group. I visited Mrs. B’s, our local chocolatier, to get a delectable milk chocolate treat to include in the package but couldn’t resist having a little fun with them first.
On April 7th demonstrators met in London Ontario, and at the same time as demonstrators in many other locations around the world. We now have in our hot little hands the 2018-19 annual catalogue with all the beautiful new products for you to discover. Now unfortunately unless you are also a demonstrator you will have to wait until May before you can share in my excitement over all the new goodies. Want in on the fun? Ask me how.
OnStage is full of fun and frivolity, friendship and sharing. We will get to use new stamp sets, learn how to help our business, and swap cards to gather new ideas from other talented demos.
These cards are the ones I will be swapping with my SU family and I have made about 20 extra to swap with other demonstrators.
Both projects use the Stamparatus, Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp positioning tool. It is extremely versatile with options not available with other positioners. Actually nothing short of AWESOME in my opinion and totally worth the wait!
To create my own DSP with the Bubble over set, I used the moving hinge capability of the Stamparatus, stamping one side of each card first, then marking the middle point of the bottle so I knew where to replace the card for stamping down the other side. Sounds confusing but was super easy other than constantly cleaning the stamps! Also, I used the light Pool Party Blends to tint the ribbon to match!
I made the leather apron by soaking Soft Suede in Stampin’ Mist and crumpling it up a few times. After carefully opening the paper back up it was left to dry overnight. Running through the Big Shot to cut also flattened out the paper and you end up with a soft leathery feel. Then I used the Stamparatus to stamp the saying on the apron and also to position the Happy Birthday! Coloured the rhinestones with a black Sharpie for a more masculine look.
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OnStage is tons of fun and you get to meet lots of new people. Chances are though that you will sit with a small (or large) group of people who are in your immediate SU family. I have created this quick and easy table gift for my family at the table.
To go with the coffee theme I have filled these boxes with coffee and iced tea candies to give us a little extra energy on an exciting day. Unfortunately the Kraft boxes are discontinued but the 2×2 clear boxes we have in store would be an excellent alternative.
The Coffee Cafe set with its coordinating dies and Designer Series Paper (DSP) make for a fun little treat. Be sure to get your hands on these before they are gone. Already have the stamps set? Consider an extra pack of paper because even if the Coffee Cafe set is carried over to the new catalogue, DSP rarely goes forward to the new year.
Our day starts early today. We will be in the welcome line by 7:00am! OnStage gets underway by 8:30 and will be a full day of presentations, business lessons, make and takes and the new catalogue in my hands. Anyone who is a demonstrator can attend OnStage. Joining is easy and a pretty good deal! Have a look at the Join Now tab in my online store or ask me for more information.
We love our tables to look nice for holiday meals, and Easter is no exception. This year my March card class attendees made one of these fun little baskets. I have created more for the family able to join us for our Easter dinner.
The little basket is quickly put together with our Envelop Punch Board for which there are several Youtube videos available (Stampelbunt is the one I used). A 6×6 piece of paper and the first measurements for punching and scoring on the board are 1-1/2 inches and 3-7/8 inches. The video is in German but if you are interested you can follow visually and use these measurements for a fun result.
I love how our Decorative Ribbon Border Punch looks like a lovely spring lawn. Mine is still the yucky yellow of winter, but I’m sure it will be improving soon 🙂
I did use several different stamp sets to achieve this little spring scene and our Ready Shreddie helps to accent your favourite treats. This little favour would be easy to recreate in your own craft room, just it time for the dinner table 🙂
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In the not too distant past, Stampin’ Up! used to call their annual catalogue the Idea Book & Catalogue. This is because the book not only shows us the stamping images, but also has many, many wonderful pictures full of fabulous ideas of how to use them! These images can make a big difference in our decisions about whether or not we like and purchase a set.
I love the Bird Banter set and the sentiments are lots of fun. I especially like “Toucan Sam” not that I was ever allowed to eat Fruit Loops 😉
Often I will go back to the catalogue to remind me of the reasons I fell in love with a set. This card is a product of that search. It’s not exact because, of course, I made it my own.
I used a Sale-A-Bration item, Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes for the sky behind my birds and changed to a red balloon. I dyed the silver Bakers Twine black with a couple drops of Archival Black re-inker and rubbing alcohol. This is an easy way to change the colours of many of our white or vanilla ribbon embellishments. The bricks have been lightly sponged to bring up the contrast of their edges.
We all have stamp sets and accessories that we purchased and haven’t used. I strongly recommend a trip through the catalogue for the ideas that are right there in front of your nose. Get those sets off the shelf and create!
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Sometimes life gets in the way of the things we would rather be doing. This holds true for sharing with you as it’s been simply forever since I posted! It doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy in the craft room, but that my creativity has been mostly crisis management. #makeacardsendacard.
When it came time to have my monthly card class, I was again experiencing one of those weeks. That’s when a friend and sideline (Heather Owens) came to the rescue. As we sat talking at a friends house the night before class she generously offered up a recent creation of hers for a CASE for my class. What a lifesaver! As with most situations, I didn’t have everything she used so with a little adaptation, I came up with this.
I love the de-bossed look of the Petal Burst folder and when you sponge Daffodil Delight ink over the ridges the pattern really pops! Our new Blends alcohol based markers are the dream to colour with and make colouring larger areas a breeze!
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My most recent card class was a long time coming it seems. From the annual catalogue, the This Little Piggy set was a hit right away! My daughter loves pigs and I was worried that I wouldn’t get the set in time for her June birthday. Then they gave it to the whole room at OnStage! Whoot! These piggies are just so happy 🙂
The class was product based so all cards were made featuring this fun stamp set. I had so many ideas and there were also plenty of samples on the net! Here is what my class participants made:
This last card has the flying pig on a magnet. I must confess that this is a direct CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from Intatwyne Designs in the UK. She does a wonderful YouTube video clearly showing how to make the pig fly all over the front of the card! I love that Stampin’ cohorts are so open and friendly with sharing their ideas. What fun!!
I still have the story of the three little pigs whirling around in my head and will create something soon but there was clearly no way it was going to fit into class time! Of course I’ll share again when the idea creeps out of my head and into reality!
Like what you see? Consider signing up for an upcoming card class and create your very own cards to give to the ones you love!
Hope you are enjoying our wonderful September weather. It sure makes it hard to be in my basement craft room!
Have a great day!
Can you believe that July is almost over! There are a number of you that have taken advantage of the July deals and I hope you are happy with your purchases, when you receive them!
I wanted to remind you of the last few days of the deals below. I will be placing an order bright and early Friday morning. If you would like me to order anything for you please let me know by Thursday night.
I will be traveling to Ireland and Newfoundland on business from July 28th to August 6th so placing the order on Friday will be perfect for delivery upon my return, and a great opportunity for you to jump in on some extra savings…
Remember if you spend $60 before tax and shipping you will receive a coupon code for $6 savings in August.
That’s 10% you can use for more stamping goodies!
And don’t forget you only have until July 31st to take advantage of these extra July goodies.
Join Stampin’ Up! now and choose $165 worth of product for only $135 plus taxes and also get these $94 worth of flyer goodies. Plus, by joining in July you will have the opportunity to order some of the new product from the Holiday Catalogue during the month of August!
If you have any questions or if I can help you with anything at all, please let me know!
In my garden the daisies are blooming. I prefer to leave them outside so I was inspired to join the daisy bouquet blitz that is taking over the SU world! I picked up the vase in a recent trip to New Brunswick. It’s a beach rock that has been drilled out to be a vase. Yes… I paid money for a beach rock, but the fellow selling them was very nice and I have no way of hollowing out my own beach rocks, so there you go!
But while I quickly put this bunch together (it ONLY took 2 hours) I was thinking about how to add a little life to the bunch. I didn’t want to use our very pretty faceted gems because I want to save those for cards and also I didn’t want quite that much bling. My mind went back to Champagne Shimmer Mist Paint. Remember that? We would add a little to a spritzer with rubbing alcohol for a lovely shimmer. Then I wandered to another conversation of how we could get much more use of an almost empty Wink of Stella pen by adding alcohol. SNAP!!! I opened my Wink of Stella and dripped some into a spritzer with alcohol and I am in love again 🙂
The Daisy Bundle has inspired so many different projects. I hope you enjoy this little tip!
Inking of you,
As this is posted I will be attending OnStage Local in Toronto. These Stampin’ Up! events are one of the fun benefits of being a demonstrator. A couple times during the year we have the opportunity to gather with other local demonstrators to learn about new product and to connect with others that we might only communicate with through social media. It is truly a fun packed day!
Part of the fun is creating swap cards to trade with other demos! You can see so much talent and fun new ideas to incorporate into your craft room!
My swap was inspired by two different cards. One I saw in a facebook group where Jane Allmark had used the reverse image to put two Beautiful You dancing girls side by side. The second was a spinner card I received from Dale Hampshire at the Calgary SU office congratulating me on 5 years as a demonstrator (whoo hoo, where has the time gone?). Suddenly I needed to make those girls really dance!
For those of you not familiar with a spinner card, there will be a videoposted on my facebook page. Here is the instructions for this card 2017-04 Beautiful You – Spinner Card . By winding this lady 4-5 times counterclockwise and then closing the card without letting her go, the recipient will be treated to a nice surprise when they open the card!
I hope you enjoy!