Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wedding in April

My friend got married in April. It was a wonderful party, well worth the wait. I made the wedding favors. She wanted something "daisy-like" to match her bouquet. It was blue, orange and purple. So I went with the Triple Treat Flower which is only with us until May 31st this year. ( #122909 - $8.95  through : my demo website ) I'm sad to see it go but I'm keeping it in my collection so I'll have it for future days where you come to an open stamp at my house.In any case, the favors were a hit. Everyone loved them, especially the children. My friend's grand-daughter and niece watched me as I set them out on the table.  Lil said, " Hi June. Ooooh, pretty. Flowers! Ohhhhh! Candy!"

At the end of the evening, I think more favors were eaten by 2 little girls than by anyone else. They knew what their favorites were too. They both ate almost all of the Rolos. They left the kisses for everyone else.

Here I go again.......

....trying to keep up with the blogging in my already packed full life. The problem is is that I love to blog. I love sharing what I do with everyone. I want people to see my card, gifts and projects. The past couple of days I finally got to add the photos that I've promised. I put up the pictures of Easter eggs dyed with Stampin' Up! re-inkers. That was a lot of fun. We had 2 1/2 dozen eggs at the end. Best of all? I didn't buy an egg decorating kit. I'm never buying one again. All I have to do is use what I have here for re-inking. Did I mention that I hoard scrap book and stamping supplies? I have spools of unopened, retired ribbon. I have eyelets from years ago. I have large, small, metallics, flowers, ovals, hearts, etc. I still have a roll of silver twine from when we carried silver, gold, and copper. I know some of you out there are trembling. I can feel your eyes looking at my blog and hoping. Hoping that there's a chance for you to get your hands on some of the silver.....wondering how many eyelets, buttons, brads, beads, etc that I'm willing to share. Thinking about my 3 sets of ribbon holders that are full of spools of retired stuff you missed. Wondering how much else I have crammed into my room. Well, you're in luck! Hubby is tired of my crafting overflowing into the rest of our house and he wants it GONE!  So, for you, my few loyal readers who still come and my newer readers who keep hoping they'll find something here; I'm going to offer blog candy like a lot of other blogs out there.

Post a comment, share my blog with others who don't have a lot of time on their hands. Those who would understand that not only can I not post several times a day but that I only post several times a month. Sometimes only twice a month. Yet, a new reader might become a new customer. A new customer might become a new reader. Make comments- let me know something on your wish list that SU has retired. Who knows....I might have some to share. I'll be drawing once we have more than 3 comments per post. Then I'll draw twice a month until I both post more and more comments are made.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Catalog is Coming!

Stampin' Up! has changed the dates of our year to be from June 1st- May 31st. What does this mean? It means the new catalog will be available on June 1st.You can see the new catalog online on June 1st. You can have your catalog in your hot little hands on the 8th.

. I will hold an open house on Friday June 8th to come get your catalog, see the new In Colors- There's a new Christmas Combo ;) , make a card with a new set, sign up for stamp club, win prizes, etc. Can't come? If I don't have your address, mssg it to me and I will ship your book after the open house. Can't wait to share all the new cool things!

If you join the stamp club- either through the mail or at my home, your catalog will be coiled, covered and personalized. Club is a 6 month commitment. I have openings in the current club. We meet once a month at my home for an evening of fun, stamping, and socializing. We learn new techniques and get to make cards, gifts, and scrapbook pages. Each month we rotate the hostess and she/ he will get to choose our projects and/or the technique we will feature. Let me know soon if you would like to join the next session of club. I will get you signed up and get you the info sheet. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Occasions Mini Sets still available

The following sets from the Occasions mini will be carried over to the new catalog starting June 1st. Stampin' Up! has given us an extra bonus as well. You can purchase these sets now so that you can enjoy them while waiting for the new stuff. I know that many of you wait to find out if certain sets will be in the next catalog before buying them. This list contains the English, Spanish and French versions as well. So if the name doesn't look familiar, it's probably one of the other languages. We don't have new stamps yet but very soon.

The following stamp sets are available for purchase. We hope you will enjoy this extra little sneak peak to the annual catalog.
 Stamp Set Name
 Item Number
 Baby Prints    
 Love & Laughter
 Bordering on Romance
 Apothecary Art
 Mixed Bunch
 Tea Shoppe
 Loving Thoughts    
 Salon de thé
 Etiquetas florales
 Art floral

Black and White with a Splash

I just finished a swap. Basically I trade card ideas with other demos. We all get great ideas so we can share them with other demos and our customers. This swap's requirements were to use only back and white or vanilla for cardstock and ink. Then you added a splash of color. The color could only be an embellishment. An embellishment is a little something extra. So a button, brad or ribbon would be one. Also colored embossing powder, baker's twine (one of my new favorite things) and gems. These really bring your cards to life. You don't get these things on a card from the store.

Cards from the store are single layer and don't have much of a pop. They are usable, yes but not something you want to save other than to remember the moment it celebrates or the person that sent it to you. Handmade cards are different. You want to cherish these a little longer. My mother-in-law had several cards displayed on a wall in her bedroom. She loved that I made cards just for her and in the colors she loved. A customer of mine has a photo frame full of her favorite cards from everyone. Not one of those came from a store. They were all handmade by her friends and family and some by me, her demonstrator.

So, back to my swap. I made 2 because I like to get more samples to show off and CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone). Also because I had 2 ideas and wanted to use them both.

Card #1 features the Artistic Etchings set and the Eiffel Tower. I used Tempting Turquoise embossing powder for my splash of color accents. I also used the Tempting Turquoise brads from the Brights brads collection. I'm all out of turquoise brads now. I must replace them. (Brights Brads- item # 119740 $6.95 for preferred  customer cost)