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Monday, May 25, 2015

It's been a bit quiet here...

but there has been a good reason for it. I have been out of the Country. I've been in England to be precise. It's been a great trip. Two years ago, my friend Michelle (aka DoodlebirdDesigns) came to visit me. This month I went to visit her! What an adventure!

I was lucky enough to attend the UK Regional event in Telford, UK.  There were 5 of us in the group (the 6th one was a special gift)  And we made roomie gifts.  This was mine.  For some reason, these English people like Hershey Chocolate LOL  so inside their decorated case, was 6 Hershey nuggets, a butterfly note pad (because they are the Butterfly Belles), a mini gel pen and the special gift- a personalized photopolymer stamp with their blog address on it.  They loved them!



 The servers at lunch were really awesome, and when they found out I came all the way from the USA and have never been to the UK before, they let me try a bit of everything for lunch.  This was amazing!  The funniest part was the fact that I don't like nor do I eat cabbage... well when I found out I was eating this "lettuce" looking stuff on my plate-and that it was cabbage, you could have knocked me over with a spoon! I liked it!  there were a few times this trip I've had cabbage-and liked it!]]




                This was the man that helped make it possible for me to attend!  Chris Demo support in Europe.  It was so awesome to be a part of this event.

He was also known as Chris the Catalog that day...and I'm gonna make him International :)









The event was an all day event.  Of course there was PRIZE PATROL!!!  The first one was an everyone wins!  we all won a Stampin' Up! Calculator  That was really cool.


when we registered and checked in, we had to pick a number.  I picked #115.  There were only 3 Prize Patrols.  And Michelle and I won this one (as well as a few other girls I knew).  A new stamp set from the to be released 2015-2016 catalog!  WOO HOO!!!!!!  It included the stamp set AND a pack of the vellum treat bags.  I was a happy demonstrator!

 

There was lots of business talk, and some comedy.  But this was cool because this picture shows the UK demos who were asked to be on the Design Team for the event.  My friend Michelle was one of them!  So were a few other girls I knew (but just met that day)  the displays were lovely. 


 thanks for stopping by.  This trip has been utterly amazing!  I am looking forward to the new catalog and sharing some new ideas and products 

Happy stampin :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015-2016 SNEAK PEEK...

I'm really excited for the upcoming Stampin' Up! Catalog! I just received my hard copy today...and it's hard not to drool all over it! lol One of the things I love about being a demonstrator is the sneak peek I get at the release of new catalogs (annual, spring and holiday) I get to order items ahead of time, and play with them. Today I'm showing you some of the items I got...and most of it was FREE!
I am looking forward to my Catalog kick off in June! stay tuned for projects featuring NEW items.... happy stampin' If you want to earn FREE items, let me know.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

wedding bells...

Tis the season for weddings... A co-worker asked me if I could make a Tiffany inspired engagement card for her sister that just got engaged this past weekend. So this is what I worked on tonight...

After working on the diamond, which I wanted to be the stand out part of the card, I assembled all the pieces.

I'm pleased how it turned out, I hope my co-worker is too...


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wedding favours

Today was just another day...so I started to work on some orders I needed to work on.   I was asked to make wedding invites and favours, and I started on the favours today.

I cut, scored and prepped 22 of them.  One was made as my sample to show the bride to be- and she loved them.  They will hold a Yankee votive in the scent of her choice.

I saw a video by Pootles, and incorporated the wedding colours.

here is the inside.  The candle will be held in place with the punched out area.
and here it is all boxed up.  I think it looks rather elegant.  And I think her guests will enjoy these at their place settings.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

There's a first time for everything they say....

And this would be one of them....My friend Sue nominated me to take part in this Creative blog hop, and this was a first for me.  I have no problem blogging (most times) lol.  I don't blog daily -and I'd like to, but life just gets in the way.  But I try to post as often as I can....

This weekend (like most) I get to skype-craft with my friend Michelle in the UK.  As long as the connection is good, we're good to go.  We have a lot of fun skype-crafting.  We share ideas, work on projects together-and what's cool is even if we're working on the same thing, we can still come up with something slightly (or not so slightly) different. lol  Either way, it's a lot of fun!

So, Saturday I was working on my team swaps for our team meeting on Sunday.  I had to revamp things because unfortunately, Stampin Up had to discontinue the blendabilities.  I really liked them, but I understand their decision.  So I went "old school" and back to my water colouring with my aqua painter.  I do enjoy water colouring.

This was my original swap card.  It makes me think of the saying..."When life gives you lemons..."  I suppose I could have re-stamped them and just water coloured them then... but I decided I wanted to use another stamp set from the Spring Catalog.  By the way....this one here, is still available as a FREE item until March 31st. 


Here is the card I did for the swaps instead:
I find water colouring relaxes me.  I used the colour combo: Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana.   I think the colours give a nice Spring feel, which after this winter and snow, I'm ready for some warmer weather!




• What are you working on now? 

    I have a few things I've got going.  I am going to England in May, and I'll be attending the Telford Regional there, so I have swaps, roomie gifts, and a shoebox swap to put together.  I am really excited about attending, and I'll be with some great girls as well!





• How does your work differ from others in your genre?


   I don't think my work is different from anyone else.  I get a lot of ideas from pinterest.  And I love that CASEing is greatly used by fellow demonstrators.  It's nice to share ideas.


• Why do you create what you do? 
  
     Whatever I create, will depend on my mood.  I work hard during the week, and my weekends are my break/escape from reality if you will.  I need that down time to recharge so I can go back to work on Monday and go with the flow.   


How does your creativity work?   

         I see something I like.  I have found that I now look at items when I go shopping for colour combos.  It's funny how I can look at something and see it with a Stampin Up! palette in mind.   If I get stumped for an idea, I'll look at a stamp set I want to work with, and hit pinterest with it.   

I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into my world, and thank you for stopping by. I would like to nominate a good friend Helen  to continue this hop.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 5

Sorry for the delay in posting this.  I've had laryngitis for the last 2 weeks, and it's kind of kicking my butt.  I have still made my cards each night, but I just haven't blogged about them.

So here we are for Day 5

I used a set called Cheerful Critters.  These guys are too stinking cute.  There are a few sayings that can be stamped inside their "signs".  I also used the Birthday Bash DSP.  simple but fun.


Thanks for stopping by

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 4- Sheltering Tree

Today is Day 4 in the 30 day art challenge.  Today was a rough one and it made me really appreciate a friend I can totally count on.  So I made this card for them. 

I used a set from the Spring Catalog- it's called Sheltering Tree.  It's a photopolymer stamp set, and it is a lovely set to use.  There are lots of other elements but I kept it simple. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping :)