Wild about Markers

August 25, 2007 at 9:23 am | Posted in Accessories- Markers, Events, Projects, Stamp Set- In the Spotlight, Stamp Set- Wild About You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | 1 Comment

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my brand new Many Marvelous Markers set!

You know, a marker is one of the most inexpensive items in the catalog (you can buy one for just $3.25), but they really are one of the most versatile!  I’m holding a class to teach you 20 different ways to use the Stampin’ Write Markers.  You really need to come!  🙂

Class Info:
Saturday, September 8th at 2pm
My house- 4931 Concord Rd
(only $10 for current stamp club members)
RSVP & Prepay by Saturday Sept 1st

Contact me to sign up!

In my class, you will see all 20 techniques demonstrated, receive instructions for all techniques, and will make 3 cards (using 7 of the techniques).

Here are a couple of projects I made tonight featuring the markers.  They really do look much better in person.  The colors just don’t look right (the lighting wasn’t very good for the picture).  Of course, I’ll be showing them in the class. (and lots more, too! but you’ll have to come to see them…)


State Fair Awards Ceremony

August 21, 2007 at 11:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last Thursday, I went to the awards ceremony for the Califonia State Fair Creative Arts.

Visit this post to see my winning cards and scrapbook pages.


It was nice to see all the other exhibits.  And it was so nice to have family there to celebrate with me!

For those visiting the fair, the Creative Arts exhibits are in Building 8 (ground level) in the Expo Center.   The cards are all together in a display case, but the scrapbook pages are scattered throughout the building.  My first one is to the left of the first display that you see when you walk into the building.  My other page is in the back of the building, under a display of a model of a carnival building at the fair.

Thank you! Thank you!

August 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Techniques | Leave a comment

While I was at convention, of course I had to leave my sweet family.  My husband, Tom, could only get three of the five days I would be gone off work.  We thought we had someone to watch the kids on the other days, but due to some scheduling conflicts, that fell through.  So, the week before I left, I had to find someone else to take care of my kids for two days.  A couple of friends from church that we do a Play Group with once a week volunteered.  I am so grateful that I didn’t have to worry about my kids while I was gone!  They had a great time playing with dad and their friends that week.  Tom said the kids didn’t miss me at all.  lol. 

To show my appreciation to my friends, Hannah & Erica, I made them gifts when I got home:

notepad set

notepad set 2

This is the blue set.  It includes a decorated notepad with matching pen and huge symphony bar (yum!).  The other gift set looked exactly the same, except everything that is blue in this picture was pink.  I know, these papers are retired.  So if you  fall in love with them, I can’t sell them to you.  😦   But the stamp set that these papers were designed for, Looks Like Spring, is still current.  I love this one!  The matching Spring Flower Bouquet Punch is also still available.  I also used the Distressing Tool in the Cutter Kit, Versamark, and Clear Embossing Powder.

Two Great Specials from Stampin’ Up!

August 13, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Posted in Specials, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

One of my customers 😉 has already ordered the Punch Box with the 30 FREE Love Notes.  She told me that since she returned to working full time, she hasn’t had as much time to stamp.  So she’s going to keep her Punch Box with the coordinating Love Notes at her desk to make cards during her breaks.  Great idea!



To become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, all you need to do is order the Starter Kit.  It is really that easy.  And the starter kit is a great deal. Normally, for $199 you receive a value of $355!
From now through the end of September, you get an entire color family of Classic Ink Pads FREE in addition to the Starter Kit!  That increases the value $57.95- to a total value of $412.95!!

For anyone who may be interested (or even slightly entertaining the idea) in becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, just give me a call or shoot me an email!  I will be happy to answer any questions you have.  I can also mail you a brochure with details about being a demontrator.  I love it and I’m sure you would, too!

*Those are Stampin’ Up! employees in the photographs. (I recognize them from events I’ve been to.)  I bet they had a fun time at that photo shoot! 

Day 4

August 11, 2007 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Events, New Products, Projects, Stampin' Up! | 2 Comments

Did I mention what a party Convention is?  

When they open the doors, everyone rushes in.  (At least the front of the line does, I don’t see what the back is doing. lol)  We make a mad dash to get good seats.  There is upbeat music, and Stampin’ Up! employees are inside cheering.  Then when you’ve gotten your seat, lots of people swap or dance.  Here I am dancing with some other demonstrators before the last General Session started:

At every convention, Stampin’ Up! does a spoof on a popular game show.  (Last year I was a contestant on Stamps or No Stamps.)  This year:


Stampin’ Up! officials helped the “class” of demonstrators, randomly chosen, win a Stampin’ Up! shopping spree (although it was the class that did the “helping”- boy, did they need it!).  That morning, 12 demonstrators each won at least $200 in SU! merchandise.

Then Michael Smith (Sr. VP Major Initiatives) gave us some good fatherly advice.  He said the average American watches 4.5 hrs of TV every day.  He said that the average parent spends 17 minutes of face to face conversation with their child each day.  What if those numbers were switche?  He told us to turn off the TV.  I love watching TV, but I will try to spend more time one on one with my kids.  He also cautioned us to not be judgemental and that fear can be parylizing.

Other highlights from the last morning:





In a class that afternoon, I saw some presentations by fellow demonstrators.

Scott Strehlow (a 6’7″ stamper) showed some awesome projects using Spectrum pads.  I haven’t used mine in a while and it really made me want to pull them out!



Karen Duke showed an old favorite of mine using reinkers: the Polished Stone technique. 


Michelle Fischer did a demo that we started calling “Back to the Box”.  She started with a simple white box and showed lots of different ways to dress it up.   I’m thinking about having a class based on her ideas.


That evening was Awards Night.  My friend, Ann Clemmer was recognized for being one of the top 100 demonstrators (she’s #68!). 


Then, entertainment!


I am so looking forward to Convention 2008!

Day 3

August 9, 2007 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Batty for You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor, Techniques | 3 Comments

My favorite part of the next day’s General Session was Shelli Gardner’s segment on home decor.  She always decorates a buffet table at her home for the holidays and she shared with us how she does it.

I love the idea so much that I’m going to recreate her Halloween decor for my own home.  And, I’m going to teach any of you who are interested to make your own decorations at a class on Sept 27th.  More about that here:  https://getinked.wordpress.com/events/  I’ll also do a separate post about that later.  Those on my email list received an invitation in my August newsletter.  (If you’d like to be on my email list, contact me with your info.)


Shelli used the Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper with the Batty for You stamp set.  Don’t you think its cute?

I also love her Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter decorations.


Jodi Gloeckner is so cute!  This dress is actually made of paper!  She is a manager of the concept art department (they’re the ones that make all the great projects in the catalog).


Amy Swartz (VP marketing & sales) announced that Stampin’ Up! will be the sponsor of World Card Making Day Saturday Oct 6th.  Mark your calendars for that evening.  I haven’t decided what to do yet.  Here’s a few ideas:  Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack, Open Stamping Night (I supply a few stamp sets and some ink pads, you bring your projects and any consumable supplies to work with), “fun folds” card class/camp, my husband suggests a “make your man a card” event LOL, he’s great.  What do you think?

Jaron Winder is always good for neat projects, then he sang for us a song from the Jekyll & Hyde musical.  He says his big dream is to sing on broadway.


My favorite thing I learned from classes that afternoon was all the ways you can use our Stampin’ Write Markers!  Carrie Cudney went through 20 different techniques and I am so impressed!  I am having a class on Sat Sept 8 to share these ideas with you.  Click here for more info.


Day 2

August 8, 2007 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Accessories- Pretties, Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | 4 Comments

Back to the Convention report… 

Day 2 started early for me.  I like to wait in line well before the doors open for the morning General Session.  This is what the line looked like in front of me when I got there 40 minutes before the doors opened:

10 minutes before the doors opened, the line behind me looked like this:

general session line- behind

General Sessions are always amazing!

dream big logo

Shelli, Stampin’ Up!s co-founder & CEO, (love her!) spoke to us first about dreams and dreaming big.  She shared with us a neat quote, “A ship is always safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

Then Brent Steele, VP of Creative Services, (in his Stampin’ Up! bling) showed us some great ways to use paper.  Convention is the one place you are guaranteed to see guys stamp.  And they are so good!


Paula Hogan, director of product development, did some super cute things with our punches! I LOVE the cupcake picks!


Jill Kocherhans (training director) stamped in velvet & diamonds.   She taught us how to use our punches together with so many of our stamp sets to make amazing, easy projects.


When I was leaving the General Session, I met Thurl Bailey.  He is a former NBA star and is a terrific business man.  He has (or had?) a singing career after leaving the NBA (he sang for us all at a previous convention).  Anyway, he is now a part of a group of businessmen (& women) who advise Stampin’ Up! on business decisions.  He is a very nice man- and very tall!  The photo is blurry, sorry.


After lunch, I had classes.  At the first one, Linda Hansen (training event facilitator), gave us some tips on how to run our workshops.  She did some funny skits to show what not to do.  I’ve seen Linda present at each of my conventions and she is my favorite!


One of my other classes was about color.  Shannon West taught a few different watercoloring techniques, and also how to add color to the flowers in the “Pretties” kit!  You can use ink from the lid of an ink pad, or pastels.  It is SO easy to do!

 After the official convention classes were over, I went to the SplitCoast Stampers dinner and swap.  Dinner was great, and I got some really good swaps!  I even won some new District Ribbon Originals for a doorprize!

Now, who wants to go to Convention??  And there’s still two more days.  🙂


August 1, 2007 at 10:41 am | Posted in Events, Stampin' Up! | 3 Comments

Silly post name, I know.  But that is how I feel right now!  I’m at the Stampin’ Up! convention, and there is no better place to be!

This post will be really short because I have about 45 minutes to post, eat my lunch and run back to the convention center for my next class.  Maybe I’ll eat lunch in class…  🙂

 Denver is nice.  I get to see a bit of downtown.  I wish I could see those pretty mountains you see in photographs. 

Here’s a picture of an impressive cathedral that I can see each time I walk back to the hotel.  Its really neat in person.

Here’s the Denver Convention Center with the big blue bear looking into the windows.   Check out how big he is next to those cars!


 I got inside and quickly received my convention bag with all the goodies- including free stamp sets!  (In the photo, there are only two sets, but I actually received three.  I can’t find my Fun & Fast Notes set at the moment.  Also not in the picture is the Accents & Elements tin that I got.)

sorry its fuzzy:



We had a huge Pajama Stamp-a-rama the evening of check-in day where we stamped a bunch of cute projects using our new stamp sets and lots of new accessories!


After I get back home, I’ll scan the separate items and give you the supply list.

Now, I’m back off to the party!  (I mean my class, but at convention, its pretty much the same thing!)  🙂

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