Monday, March 21, 2011

Getting My Sheep Together

So back to the drawing board. I used to have a camera that "ate" batteries. Now I have a computer that "eats" memory cards. So I took this picture with my phone and emailed myself so I could share it with you.

Last week another demo, Bethany Drew, shared the card she made after seeing the idea on SplitCoastStampers. I took the idea and changed it around a bit and came up with this adorable sheep. It's a 3x3 card for Easter and we will be making these and other cute things at my Easter class on April 15th and 16th. See my Stampin' Up! website for all the info.

These sheep are adorable. I used the scallop circle punch to make the body and the fluff for the top of the head. The face? Look closely. What is it? It's our new favorite player..... the Owl Punch! I ran the wool through the Big Shot with a texture plate to give the wool some dimension and I sponged it with Crumb Cake ink for that slightly dirty look that sheep have. The background paper is Springtime Vintage (# 121782 $9.95 preferred- meaning ordered from me or from my website) from the Occasions Mini. Remember the Occasions Mini ends April 30,2011 so get what you want before it's gone. Last, but not least, the bow is actually one of the small butterflies for the Butterfly Embosslit die for the Big Shot.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! sends donations to support Japan

March 17, 2011
Like all of you, we are deeply saddened by the recent earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami, and our hearts go out to all those who were affected. On behalf of our demonstrators and customers, Stampin' Up! is making a donation to the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund. If you feel so inclined and have the means to do so, we encourage each of you to make a donation to the relief organization of your choice.

While we always strive to make a difference, how we support relief efforts for natural disasters is decided on a case-by-case basis. In countries where Stampin' Up! has a presence, we look to our country managers to determine how we can best support our demonstrators, customers, and the local relief efforts. For example, during the flooding in Queensland, Australia in February, the country manager arranged to donate $2 AUD from the sale of every stamp set with a value of $30 AUD or more to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. After the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country manager felt it was most important to support our demonstrators and customers directly, so we are waiving the registration fee to the Christchurch regional and turning the event into a fun day of crafting for both demonstrators and their guests. The company is also supporting demonstrator fundraising efforts related to the earthquake by donating free products.

In the case of Japan, because we do not operate in that country, we feel the most effective and efficient way to provide immediate support to those affected by this terrible tragedy is to give a monetary donation.

If you'd like to know more about American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund, please visit the American Red Cross web page.