Monday, September 12, 2011

Ground Zero Museum picture

I got this from the Thrifty Decor Chick's blog where she has several pictures from the Ground Zero Museum in NYC. This piece touched my heart the most.

Wow, they're all heart angels. Beautiful.

Friday, September 9, 2011

I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

(NOTE: This was a post I meant to publish in February 2011. Somehow, I forgot about it so the information about the Sale-A-Bration event is out-of-date and has ended. Sorry folks.)

I've come full circle. I first started using rubber "art" stamps in 1995. It gave me a way to express my creativity without knowing how to paint or draw. I progressed from being a stamping neophyte to becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. When Stampin' Up! added scrapbooking products, I resisted the urge to go in that direction. I was enjoying stamping by itself. However, my customers were asking about scrapbooking. I reluctantly started teaching scrapbooking techniques. After a while, I enjoyed preserving my photo memories so much I decided to focus on scrapbooking by becoming a Creative Memories Consultant. After a few years of scrapbooking with Creative Memories, other companies started offering more products and variety. I wanted to expand my creative potential and use the explosion of products coming on the market. I turned to Memory Works and became a representative. I immersed my self in scrapbooking, hosted crops, attended crops, and met many wonderful women along the way.

After a time, personal issues took center stage and my business was put on hold. I stopped hosting crops. I slowed down attending crops. Life was getting a little too crazy.

Fast forward a couple of years, I returned to rubber stamping as a creative and theraputic outlet. Stamping is easy, quick, and produces beautiful results with a minimum of deliberation needed. I started attending Stampin' Up! club meetings held by Monica Reynolds. She approached me a couple of times about becoming a demonstrator again. She knew that I was once one back when the company celebrated its 10th anniversary. Months passed and I sat on the fence, not really interested in becoming a demonstrator. After Monica returned from a Leadership conference held by the company, she shared an amazing opportunity that was being offered. I could sign up as a demonstrator risk free. WELL, if you put it that way......

Yes! I am now a Stampin' Up Demonstrator once again after a 15-year hiatus. Now, I need to kick off my "new" business by introducing our once-a-year Sale-A-Bration event. It's a great time to order Stampin' Up! products and get free products as well. For every $50 you order (pre-tax and pre-shipping & handling), you can receive free stamp sets, paper, or other products from a special selection.

August's Stamp Club Projects

I taught three projects during my August stamp club meeting. The first one was inspired by a project done by Lorri Heiling.

I gave these, containing a gift card to Starbucks, to the camp counselors as a thank you for watching my little bit and all of the other little bits over the summer. Being the obsessive person that I am, I looked up the Starbucks logo to try to imitate it on my card.  Wouldn't these make great way to present a gift card to teachers, co-workers, or other service providers in your life? Here are the ingredients to make this card:

Whisper White card stock #100730
Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Garden Green card stock #102584
Early Expresso card stock #119686 (inside to represent the coffee/tea)
Scallop Circle 1 3/4" punch #119854
Decorative Label punch #120907
Large Oval punch #119855
Round Tab punch #119864
Crimper #101618
Faith in Nature stamp set #122492
SNAIL Adhesive #104332
Glue Dots #103683
Early Expresso Classic Stampin' Pad #119670

If you want add the lips to the top of the cup, like Lorri did, you'll also need:

S.W.A.K. stamp #120861

If you'd like to order any of these items, please go here.

The next project was this baby card.
I tried to make it unisex except I didn't have the right color ribbon. Even so, I think it worked out okay. Here's what you'll need to make this card:

Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Whisper White card stock #100730
2011 - 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack #122384 (I used the Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder colors from the pack)
Scallop Edge Border punch #119882
Corner punch #119871
Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976
Two Tags Bigz Die #115954
Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon #11925
2011 - 2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers #119801
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker #119677
Easy Events stamp set #123225
SNAIL Adhesive #104332
Glue Dots #103683
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad #100908

If you'd like to order any of these items, please go here.

Finally, we made a page out of this mini book:

Each person got to choose one of the inner pages (with the travel log and calendar) to make a single tag to use on a scrapbook page or other project of her own. To make this book you'll need:

Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Whisper White card stock #100730

2011 - 2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack #122384
Basic Black card stock #121045
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad #100908
2011 - 2013 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (Pool Party #122938, Calypso Coral #122939, Lucky Limeade #122935, Wisteria Wonder #122936, Island Indigo #122937)
2011 - 2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers set #119801
Corner punch #119871
Scallop Oval punch #119856
Heart to Heart punch #119881
Modern Label punch #119849
3/4" Circle punch #119873
1/2" Circle punch #119869
Whisper White Satin ribbon #114616
Notes & Details stamp set #122060 or From the Kitchen of stamp set #114964 (For the lines on the first page, I used a retired SU stamp. These sets are alternatives that you can use instead.)
Travel Log stamp set (retired and I hoping Stampin' Up! will offer an alternative soon)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Sizzix Tag, Super Traditional die (retired, or other tag shape)
SNAIL Adhesive #104332
Stampin' Dimensionals #104430

If you'd like to order any of these items, please go here.

If you're in the Washington, DC metro area and would like to attend one of my classes, please contact me. My next class will be on September 25 at 3:00 p.m. I would love to have you join us!