Wednesday, August 29, 2012

About Classes

I keep running into people who ask about classes and say that they don't want another hobby. There isn't room in their home for another large project. They don't have the kind of money to invest in a lot of products. Their spouse will be mad if they start a new thing and all sorts of other things. I have to say that if one of those options is your case then classes might be the best fit for you.

 I do ask that my class participants provide a simple class kit. That makes it easier for everyone that attends.The kit should include: paper snips, a bone folder, and some sort of adhesive (I like our Tombow Multipurpose glue, SNAIL, or Anywhere glue sticks for making cards). It saves time when we don't have to share. People will usually share tools and I always have an extra glue stick for first timers and those who forgot or didn't have time to run home first. These things can be stored in a drawer, a box or other small space and don't require a lot of cash. Each of those items are under $10. Some people like to add a couple other things: mini glue dots, dimensionals, and blender pens. All of these are items we use frequently when making cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items. When making 3-D items, I suggest an ultra strong tape like our Sticky Strip to hold things together.

Classes have a wide variety on costs, depending on what it is that we are making. In a Stamp a Stack, we usually make 10 cards for $20. Some people pay a couple bucks extra to me for the envelopes, others also keep a supply of their own on hand. Most of my customers have a box of some sort to store their completed cards in. That way, when you need a card in a hurry, you can grab one and go. No going someplace to look for a $5-$8 card that you may or may not like. When you come make them at a class, then you have the extra added bonus of having a handmade item that looks nice too.

Sometimes I offer a class called a Stamp Camp. At this class, we'll make some different things. We may make a card that matches a gift bag, some things that can be used as gifts, or even things to decorate your home or office space.These run a little higher on cost because I offer a kit or products to make the projects. Leftovers can be taken home so you can make another or something else. Things we have made in the past include cards with a matching box to store them in, gifts for the holidays, and mini scrapbooks.

Another class I offer is a Technique Class. I teach several techniques that can be used to make cards, scrapbooks, or other projects. I will let you know up front what they are and you can choose to do one or all, depending on your time, interest, and finances. Techniques are displayed on a sheet and include the instructions plus your samples so you can duplicate them. Most of the people doing classes have a book that they are keeping the techniques in.

Now that you know more about classes, hopefully I'll see you in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Masculine and Feminine cards from the same stamp set

We were given a challenge to make both a masculine and a feminine card using the same stamp set. I took mine one step further and used the same color scheme to show that making a card for a man or a woman isn't about color. It's just about style. I used the Moving Forward stamp set. It's this year's Ronald McDonald House set. For every purchase of this set, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House charities. It's available in both wood and clear mount. The set has a blimp, a tricycle, a boat, a frog, a bird, flowers and a cute swirly line to show flying birds, hopping frogs or whatever. The main images also feature the sentiments: Happy Birthday, Thinking Of You, and Hello, Dear Friend. You can purchase the set by calling or emailing me directly or shop 24-7 on my Stampin' Up! website. Item number (W-126320/C-126322). The blimp is my masculine card. I added the Naturals buttons on the bottom and embossed the blimp with silver. I sponged the edges with Midnight Musebut roughed it up a bit for a more rugged look. So there's a masculine card that doesn't have a car, boat, beat, deer, or trees on it. Now my feminine card is made with a very similar color scheme. The base of the card is also Daffodil Delight. I sponged with Gumball Green instead and used only the smaller sized stamped images. I used my marker to highlight the sentiment to stamp only it as well. The large scallop edgelit (127019) and the Delicate Designs folders (127023) add to the softness of the card. I used my Gumball Green Marker to give the frogs more movement.
I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I did making them.

 Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Addicted to Framelits

So Stampin' Up! has these items called Framelits. They are little metal frames that you use with your Big Shot. How they work is that you stamp your image on cardstock, then line up the framelit over the top, run it through the Big Shot and it cuts it out perfectly in the shape. It's not hard on the hands like punches can be and the edges are smooth. Sometimes punches get a little dull and leave a rough edge. You can fix that by punching through heavy duty aluminum foil but the framelits are really nice. They also store in a much smaller space. I showed off the altered paper clips I made a few days ago in the blog hop for vc_rocks. The candy cane was cut with the Holiday Framelits. There are a few more shapes in that collection. When you first look at the price of the framelits (around $26.00), it seems too pricey but when you think of each piece as a punch then the cost is much better. After all, punches range from $10.95 - $17.95 each. The Holiday framelits have a: candy cane, tree, mug, gingerbread man, star, and a little steam cloud. They come in their own package but I like to store mine close at hand. So I added magnet tape (from the hardware store) to the inside of my stamp case and stuck my framelits right inside the matching stamp set.

I know it's August but I'm going to the Lansing Regionals in November and Christmas will be here before I know it too. So I've been stamping and cutting candy canes for a project yet to be named. Framelits are so easy to use. Just stamp the image and line up the framelit over the top. Run it through the Big Shot and out it comes, perfect. Even has a tiny frame of cardstock around the stamp. Just as we stampers like it.

My candy canes have also been clear embossed. Aren't they pretty? I just stamped the cane in Real Red first. Then I lined up the stamp and stamped over the top in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. They look almost good enough to eat. I have one more tip for using the framelits. They tend to slide around on the cardstock when you put them through the Big Shot so I line them up on the cardstock and stick it down with the sticky edge of a Post-it note. Holds it securely and yet doesn't leave any sticky residue to deal with later.
The Holiday Framelits are in the Holiday Catalog. You can purchase them from my website or through me by calling or emailing.. The item # to buy them on their own is #127814 and they are $24.95. The matching stamp set is called Scentsational Season and is available in wood mount- #121026 and is $18.95. It's also available in clear mount #121190 and is $14.95. With this catalog, Stampin' Up! is offering bundle prices. So buy the two together and save a bundle(15% off the set). Wood mount bundle is #129945 and is $36.95. Clear mount bundle is #129946 and is $32.95.

My profits in the months of August and September will be going towards my fundraising for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You may also choose to donate directly to me or to my team. My team name is: Always Loved, Never Forgotten and you can look us up If you forget the team name, you can look it up under my name as well. Thanks for your support!

And Thanks for dropping by to see me today!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Treasure hunt

I'm joining the Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt this round. What is that you say? Think blog scavenger hunt. I will list my clue here in a bit. Start with that or wherever you started. Then find 50, yes that's five-oh, clues from now until October 29th then email me at and turn the list of clues in. I'll need the clue and where you found it. So make the list like this: June Reister- and my clue  I'll also need your contact info so I know where to send your prize.

When all is said and done someone will find all the clues, turn them in, get entered for a drawing, get their name drawn and win $150 in Stampin' Up! products! That's a whole workshop in a box. What will you get if you win? I don't know but that is one happy shopping trip.  In addition, those who are emailing me with their clues will be entered into a second drawing for a free roll of the new Satin Stitched ribbon. Choice of color is yours.  Contest ends October 30th. Make sure you get your list in early. Best of luck!

Here's my clue: Paper Snips. I've had lots of scissors over the years and these work the best for cutting into small corners and are perfect for cutting clean edges. I love them so much, I own 6 pairs.


To help you hunt for clues, here's a list of Participating Blogs. I've included a few to start with and will add more as I get them. To see the other blogs in our web ring, check out my tab at the top! 

** Plans to participate but doesn't have a clue yet.

  1. Sherrill Graff
  2. Lori Witt
  3. Deborah Smart
  4. Beverly Farmer
  5. June Reister, it's me so the link sends you back here.
  6. Laurie Reaume
  7. Dawn Johnson
  8. Miriam Permut
  9. Brenda Hugar
  10. Jeannie Bushman
  11. Glenda Witt
  12. Trish Cortez
  13. Penny Hanuszak
  14. Sue Root
  15. Brenda Rigby Riehle
  16. Jane Dexter
  17. Jenn Webber
  18. Julie Fields
  19. Siara Acdal
  20. Nancy Amato
  21. Diana Soling
  22. Kimberly Morris
  23. Tobie Dreiling
  24. Janice Edmonds
  25. Carolyn Garland
  26. Tina Munzke
  27. Joni Metras
  28. Wendy Cranford
  29. Mary Campbell
  30. Virginia Megin Gallagher
  31. Denise Foor
  32. Tanya Bell
  33. Kris Sobolik
  34. Doris Fryman
  35. Kimberly Salmonowicz
  36. Elaine Wright
  37. Raissa Spatola
  38. Cal Bryson
  39. April Vicary
  40. TX Jenny Wren
  41. Anne Marie Hile
  42. Cynthia Millan
  43. Elin Kovash
  44. Katherine Roberts
  45. Leanna Kerr
  46. Kristina Carlson
  47. Jackie L. Watson
  48. Carolyn Bennett 
  49. Jan Mata
  50. Phyllis Strickland
  51. Keri Blake
  52. Heidi Weaver
  53. Emma Lee
  54. Kirsteen Gill

Saturday, August 18, 2012

VC_Rocks Blog Hop- Punches and Big Shot

This is the final blog hop for the summer of VC_Rocks. We're featuring punches, Simply Scored and Big Shot fun.

If you're following the hop you came from Carey Roger's Blog. Didn't you like her card made with the framelit? Too cute!

If you missed the start of the hop, you can get a complete list at the VC_rocks blog

I always loved our punches. I love how it's easy to punch out a stamped image and then center it on a matte. Maybe you want to punch the matte too. Anyway. I own almost all of our current punches and have tons of retired ones as well. I have so many that I keep them in 3 locations. I have some in a shoe holder on the back of my craft room door, some more on a rail on the wall and still others in a desk drawer. Here's some pics of my scattered punch storage. I used to have them all in the shoe holders but I got so many that the holders fell down, the punches flew everywhere and it created a big mess. So don't overload your storage options. I really need to get them all in one place again but I don't think my craft room is big enough and I can't see my hubby letting me take over the rec room for more than an occasional class or stamping session.

So here are some cute paper clips I made with the new Holiday Framelits and our punches:

The framelits are so much fun. Just like punching only I get to use the Big Shot too. They come in alll these amazing shapes and cut out very nice pieces without the rough edges that you sometimes get from punches. Of course, punching through some aluminum foil will help with that too. The other things I used are:

  • 1 3/4 scallop circle punch 119854
  • 2 1/2 inch circle 120906
  • 1 3/8 inch circle 119860

    Finally I've been making Post- It holders again. I love these. They are a great gift for anyone on your list. Throw one in the car, in your purse, the tool box, the tackle box, a suitcase. Perfect to write a quick note and stick anywhere. Great for anyone. Easy to make too. Cut your cardstock to 3 1/2 x 8. Then, using our awesome scoring tool- Simply Scored, score using the long side at 3 1/4, 3 3/4, and 4 1/4. Fold along the 3 3/4 line and cut a tab just to the other score lines. This will pop out and be used to hold the pen. Adhere the inside fold with sticky tape. Attach post-it inside, decorate the outside with stamps and embellies. This image is from the new Wonderful Winterland set in the Holiday Catalog. Isn't it cute? There are a lot of cute images in that set. Have fun!

     Speaking of fun, the next blog in this hop belongs to Brenda Hugar Stop by and see what goodies she has this time. 

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Customer Service

    One of the things I do my best to provide is excellent customer service. Sending a card or note in the mail is one way to showcase my business and provide customer service. I always tell my down line and others that demo for other companies the same thing. The principal of the matter is customer service. If you say you'll do it, then do it. If you say you'll do it and find out that you cannot, then contact the person right away so that they can  find another way to get it done. Apologize and be sincere about it. Ask if there is something else you can help with instead. Communication is one of the key things in customer service.
    • Listen. I mean really listen to what they want
    • If you can't do it, then say so. 
    • Make phone calls regularly
    • Check in after they get their order
    • Make sure they get their order in a timely fashion

    The other thing I remind people of is: If you give so-so customer service, the customer may or may not pass your name along. If you give great customer service, the customer may share your name with a few people. If you give awful customer service, the customer will tell everyone they know and some strangers too. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I like to give out Thank You cards. I give them out to hostesses and customers. Here's a set that I made for someone else to hand out. 

    Stamp Set: Summer Solstice, Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse Accessory: Retired DSP from Beyond the Garden


    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Holiday Catalog

    August 1st! Can you believe it's here already? Well, it is and along with it comes the Stampin' Up! 2012 Holiday Catalog. It's bigger than previous years and also will last longer. It's better for your budget too. You don't have to cram everything you want into 3 months. My customers who purchased $50 or more in the past 3 months should have received one in the mail. I also selected a few random people to send them to. I have some here to hand out as well. If you want one, let me know. I'll post some pictures later today because, I'm sure you know, I've misplaced my camera again.