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Celebrating 20 Years of Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

I cannot believe it.  TWENTY YEARS.  My official anniversary day is October 19th, but I’m celebrating all month long.  You’ll catch some fun things here on my blog, some on my Instagram account, but it is best to be on my Stamp With Jane Facebook Page to participate!

I am planning on offering card challenges for my customers, daily card shares, weekly door prizes (including goodies and gift certificates), and order discounts. 

I am truly thankful for my customers – without them, I just wouldn’t be a demonstrator.  So many of them have become more than friends, they are family.  This pandemic has made my in-person events impossible, and I look forward to having them back someday soon.  But in the meantime, I hope to do Technique Tuesdays on Facebook Live and Throwback Thursdays on Facebook Live every week during October.  Please know sometimes technology gets the better of me, but I’ll be trying!

If you’ve been part of my 20-year career – as a friend, a customer, a fellow demonstrator, or a subscriber…thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

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Posted on : Oct 01 2020
Posted under Specials, Stamp Camp Events, Stampin' Up! Events |

My Cary Grant Card

Let me explain.

I have hosted an All About Men Stamp Camp for at least 10 years. At these events, I have usually shared 4 cards for men of different ages. I’d include a baby card or a little boy card, a teenager card, a masculine birthday card, and a valentine. This year, I created a graphic to advertise the stamp camp, and my inspiration was Cary Grant, the most virile, suave man who came to mind. Here is the graphic:

Well, this year, that graphic inspired me to create cards for not men of all YEARS, but men of all TYPES.  So with that inspiration, the cards shared at my event included a punch valentine card for those crafty/tool-type men, a thinking of you card for an outdoorsy man, a birthday card for a beach-loving man, and another birthday card for  the suave/sophisticated man (aka Cary Grant).

Now with that explanation, I suppose you want to see my Cary Grant card.  Here it is:

Simple, elegant, classy – almost like a tuxedo.  Music From the Heart stamp set and the Bee DSP were used on this card.  Who’s ready for a glass of champagne and some music on the hi-fi?

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Easter Bunny Card

At my Spring Cards Stamp Camp, we created an Easter Bunny card using the Layering Ovals Framelits, the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder, and a few other punches (3/4″ for nose, Cookie Cutter Builder for the eyes, and Holly Berry Builder for the bow).  Color combination is Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Stamp set used was Teeny Tiny Wishes for the Easter saying.  Add a gem and the journaling marker for whispers, pop up with dimensionals, and you have my bunny!

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Everybody Do the Twist!

Lemon Lime Twist is the one In Color I am having a little trouble with.  It’s sassy, bold, and wants to stand in the spotlight.  SO NOT ME (well, maybe I am a bit on the sassy side).

Lovely Inside & Out was not on my must-have list, but it was on the preorder list.  Demonstrators tend to get those preorder items no matter what because we know other demonstrators will create beautiful items and we don’t want to miss out.

For Tuesday’s In Color Introduction stamp class, I took both challenges and went to Pinterest to get inspiration.  Pinterest did not fail me thank goodness.  However, like any self-respecting demonstrator, I put my own little twist on the design so I felt it was more “mine”.

Wink of Stella is my new stamping obsession.  When I look at a card these days, I look for a way to use WOS on it somehow.  It just perks up that friend overlay perfectly.

Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst are paired perfectly with the birthday phrase from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in black.

Come on, everybody – let’s do the TWIST!

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New Catalog, New Colors, New ME!

 

Last night I hosted an In Colors Introduction Stamp Class.  Any customer that joined my In Colors Club got admission for FREE; otherwise it was only $5.00 to attend.  In my opinion, our new In Colors can be challenging to work with, but they are a shot in the arm so to speak to breathe life into our color palette.

Here is one of the cards we made last night.

 

 

The Happy Birthday thinlet was EASY PEASY to release which made my customers super happy.  When you have a full class of stampers and need some accessories, this is a great card too because there isn’t one “right” color for the bow addition.  Love the mini circle dimensional on the back of the bows for easy adhering!

Every catalog changeover I reflect on what I want to work on for the year.  I am truly blessed by a wonderful group of stampers who attend my events.  I am EXTREMELY lucky to not want for customers (but I will gladly welcome you if you are interested!).

This year, I need to focus on branding myself and my blog and being CONSISTENT with posting.  I create all the time – I just don’t take the pretty pictures and talk about my creations.  I’ve been blogging for over 13 years – I know how to do it.  Just am juggling too many things and wearing too many hats in my corner of the world.

In this technological age, we want information fast, clean, and easy.  I am seriously considering a redesign of my blog which is scary and exciting at the same time.  I have loved this design and still do, but stampers are drawn to clean or at least not so busy backgrounds.  I may be chomping off too much, but blog overhaul is a goal I have for the summer.  Bear with me as I work through this process.

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100th Technique Tuesday Celebration

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for over 16 years, and I adore my customers. Last night, we celebrated a huge milestone – my 100th Technique Tuesday class. With 100 classes, I taught over 300 techniques – quite a treasure trove of ideas!

We celebrated in many ways – we ate (like every other stamping event). I even had the local bakery put a quick “100” on the cake.

 

Door prizes were abundant at the event.  I did an all-guest door prize giveway.  I also shared a fun quiz for my guests to fill out with ten questions about the history of Technique Tuesday.  It was a four-way tie.  Some of their answers were devilishly funny.  I also did another door prize drawing for the three guests who have attended ALL 100 classes!  Thank you so much to Sandy Becker, Kellie Becker Marquardt, and Sue Hale for sharing my love of stamping and supporting my business.

On to stamping!  One of the cards we created last night was a Matchbook Birthday Card.  Using the Big on Birthdays stamp set and the Party Animal DSP and embellishments in the Occasions catalog plus the balloon punch and Emerald Envy ruched ribbon, we quickly put together this card.  Very fun and easy – thanks to Patty Bennett for the inspiration!

FRONT OF CARD

INSIDE OF CARD

PERFECT CARD FOR A GIFT CARD HOLDER!

Thanks for all of your support in my business!  Here’s to the next 100 classes!

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Totally Trees Step It Up Saturday

I knew I wanted to share this step-it-up set of cards on World Card-Making Day.

The first card was a simple but lovely card created for the Fabulous Fall Stamp Camp.  We used the Totally Trees stamp set and the Rose Wonder stamp set for the phrase.  Also used for this card was the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (sorry, not one on sale), Layering Squares Framelits, and the Ribbon Trio Pack. We did double dip the inking of leaves on this card – start with the lightest color and before stamping lightly restamp into a darker color.

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But even though I liked this card, I knew it was a perfect card to step up.

I added another vertical layer behind the DSP, tied a knot with ribbon, added three copper circles, and embossed both the phrase and the leaves on the tree.  Some very simple changes, but they really make this card pop.

Show me some love and subscribe to my blog.  At the end of October, I will review all new subscribers, and if they have ordered from me, I will put them into a random door prize drawing for a $10 gift certificate.

 

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Technique Tuesday – Washi Tape Peekaboo Window

I am so grateful to celebrate SEVEN YEARS on this blog.  I’ve had www.stampwithjane.com for seven years.  Thank you to all who visit and check out my website whether it be for inspiration, monthly holidays, or gosh forbid, by mistake!

I am going to celebrate this occasion all week.  I am promising you a new card every day.  Read through this whole blog post for a way you can help me celebrate.

Today is Tuesday, usually a stamping night, but I’ve got the night off.  It always feels a little strange when it is 6:30 pm at my house, and the doorbell isn’t ringing on a Tuesday.  Actually, tonight, a stamper did stop by right around that time.  I found that kind of funny.  Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

In July, I taught my stampers the Washi Tape Peekaboo Window technique.  It is actually very simple.  You only need scissors, an assortment of washi tape, stampin’ dimensionals, colored and Whisper White card stock, and stamps/ink.

Here is what we made:

  1. Cut the colored card stock and Whisper White card stock the same width, but the Whisper White can be about a 1/2″ – 1″ shorter in length.
  2. Cut the card stock in an interesting design (but not too intricate), dividing the card stock.
  3. If you plan on stamping, stamp now.
  4. Plan how far apart you want the colored card stock.
  5. Put small pieces of washi tape on the section of white card stock where it will show.
  6. Attach dimensionals on colored card stock and attach to white card stock.
  7. Trim white card stock if necessary.
  8. Layer on a card base.

That’s it.  Really easy and fun – and a great way to use up washi tape.

Ok, now that you’ve read through all of this, I have a little contest to run.  Comment below and I will enter all entries into a drawing for a new Stampin’ Up! accessory!   Drawing will be held on  Sunday, August 14th.  I will contact the winner for their address.

Keep watching my blog this week for more opportunities to WIN!

Thanks for all of your support throughout the years!  You are ALL too kind!

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Wacky Wednesday – Foxy Friends Trash Can Raccoon Party Animal

Hi everyone~

Yeah, best-laid plans for July just didn’t happen.  Sorry about that, but a little bit of life got in the way!

I’m starting out August in true Wacky Wednesday form.  I hosted a Foxy Friends Stamp Camp last night with some very excited stampers.  They have been going bonkers with this stamp set and were primed for a great night of stamping and punching fun.

I oftentimes look at Pinterest to start my planning of stamp camps; sometimes I CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) a project, and sometimes I just use it as a springboard to start my creative juices flowing.

The project I am sharing today is something that came to me late one night, and instead of sleeping, I planned out the pieces and parts of the card.  I just love this one and am happy to share it.  At last night’s event, the card was a horizontal orientation.  One of my customers flipped it, and I actually liked this way better.  Thanks, Linda!

Here it is.  Even a raccoon rummaging through trash is cute with this stamp set!

Foxy Friends Trashy Raccoon

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Wacky Wednesday-Elegant Nugget Holder

Good intentions to post more often, but it just didn’t happen much the last two weeks.  I did get to stamp (yeah!), just couldn’t get projects loaded and shared in a timely fashion.

Today’s Wacky Wednesday post is an elegant nugget holder made at last night’s New Catalog Stamp Camp event.  Although a little on the putzy side, they look gorgeous.

Nearly everything at the stamp camp was from the new catalog, including the new Detailed Floral Thinlets, Jar of Love stamp set, and Dapper Denim card stock and ink.

The instructions are actually quite easy.

  • Card stock base – 8″ x 4-1/8″; Score at 3-1/4″ and 4-3/4″4
  • Fold and burnish score lines before you run through the Big Shot
  • Make sure you use the Precision Base Plate and a layer of wax paper with this thinlet.
  • Use big floral thinlet and the scroll thinlet on each side.
  • Use paper piercer or die brush to pop out any leftover pieces.
  • Create a bow with ribbon.
  • Stamp, punch out, and add tag to box with twine.

I filled the holder with two nuggets, but you could fit three.  I attached mine with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Lovin’ the new Dapper Denim color.  It’s just a tad brighter than Not Quite Navy.

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