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Goodbye 2011! Hello 2012!

At last month's Technique Tuesday class, I taught my stampers how to modify the glimmer paper by dyeing it!  By using the Wisteria Wonder refill, we changed the hue of the background and made this very sparkly card:

 

Greeting Card Kids-Dyed Glimmer Paper Z Fold

 

 Greeting Card Kids-Dyed Glimmer Paper Z Fold

This is a Z Fold Format – and the Top Note Die (an SU exclusive) is perfect to use for this!  My customers really liked the different color scheme for this vintage-feel card using Greeting Card Kids.

I have truly neglected uploading my projects on my blog this holiday season.  My new year's resolution is to share more and hopefully inspire my readers with my creativity.

There have been some great moments this year, but to tell the truth, I'll be happy to say goodbye to 2011!   I am looking forward to a fresh new start in 2012.  May joy come often and unexpectedly to you this year!

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Happy Anniversary!

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This card uses Greeting Card Kids and features heat embossing and the shaving cream technique (an all-time favorite technique of my customers).  I love those new glitter brads!  This is a simple design, but I didn't want to hide too much of the shaving cream technique.

Today I am celebrating my official ten-year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I still remember how it all happened:

I went to my first local stamping convention with my husband’s Aunt Marilyn, her daughter Betsy, and daughter-in-law Lori (all so much more crafty than me). Towards the end of the afternoon, Lori and I were already making plans for next year. During the next few weeks, at the urging of my sisters and some of my dearest friends, I decided to look into becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. When I finally made my decision, I called Lori and was stunned to find out she had just signed up herself. We truly hooted and howled! She had been talking of her recruiter and the first meeting she went to that week. My recruiter was a friend from my book club, and I attended her next meeting. While talking to my friend at the first meeting, in walks Lori. We both did not know we had the same recruiter. It truly was a sight to see – I am laughing so hard I am crying, and Lori just has this look of disbelief on her face. 
 
Thanks goes out to Aunt Marilyn, Betsy, and Lori for being part of that fateful day.  Also, thanks to Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, my upline, who provided inspiration and business basics during my first few years as a demonstrator.
 
Who else do I need to thank?  Well, I am not watching a clock tick down or a production assistant pushing me off the stage like an awards show, so here is a list of people/groups I am grateful for:
 
  • Marnie Komp – my dear friend from grade school who hosted the first Stampin' Up! workshop I ever attended as a guest
  • St. Mary's School – where I volunteered to showcase my business at a Fish Fry vendor event a day after I received my starter kit
  • Lori Olson, Nancy Brundidge, Marlene Machovec, Anne Hanek, and Lisa Mosier – my sideline group who were and are supportive and generous with business ideas and creative inspiration and who were fabulous convention buddies (W-O-W)
  • Jody Stack – a friend from my sister's quilting group who hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop as a demonstrator
  • Johanna Zuehls – my first recruit
  • Sara Bintzler, Jennifer Cassellius, Mari Leninger, and Nancy Windorff – my current downline who inspire me with their creativity
  • SUDSOL Group – my favorite demonstrator business online group where I go to get any business question answered
  • Michelle Laycock and Amy Celona – my computer gurus who keep my blog website beautiful and up to date
  • Pat Huntoon – a technique junkie who teaches and shares new techniques to stamping enthusiasts all over the world
  • Ellen Kemper – this punch art queen's creativity never ceases to amaze me
  • Stampin' Up! Staff
    • Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-Founder and CEO) – She is one of those people who walks into a room and lightens and brightens it!  She is not only the head of Stampin' Up!, she is the heart of Stampin' Up!
    • Demonstrator Training – They provide wonderful new business ideas, new training methods, and new business resources
    • Demonstrator Support – Whenever I have to call in with a problem or concern, they happily assist me and fix any issue
    • Stampin' Up! Design Team – Your gorgeous stamp designs keep my customers coming back every year
    • Stampin' Up! Manufacturing and Shipping Employees – I STILL squeal with delight when my packages arrive
  • My UPS Man – Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have mad crushes on our UPS delivery men (they bring us presents filled with things we love)
  • My Mom – She is my biggest cheerleader and has made many desserts to feed my customers over the years
  • MY CUSTOMERS – I love, love, love my customers!!!!  They not only come to my events, make purchases, host workshops, and bring new customers to me, they inspire me to create new projects and try new techniques.  They also laugh at my lame jokes and don't even complain when I make mistakes.  Thank you for your support!

Finally, I am eternally grateful to my family as I celebrate this anniversary.  I started as a demonstrator when my three young boys were very young.  Now, they assist in cleaning the house prior to events, critique my projects, cut out project materials, and resist the urge to eat the food I make for my events (well, at least they try).  Thank you to David, Steven, Mike, and Joe for all of your love and support as I follow my passion as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love you with all of my heart.

To each and every one of you who have touched my life as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, thank you so very much. 

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2010 August Card Kit

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To welcome the kids back to school, I wanted to showcase this brand-new stamp set – GREETING CARD KIDS.  This set is also known as Campbell Soup Kids to my customers!!!!  All images copyright Stampin' Up! –

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This adorable stamp set is in the main 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Catalog on page 36.  You have both the wood-mount option at $20.95 or the clear-mount option at $15.95.

I've also used the Tart and Tangy stamp set on the Real Red piece (stamped in VersaMark).   Isn't this card perfect to make for the first day of school?  Better yet, why not make a packet of them for your child's teacher!  What a great way to earn some brownie points! 

I created several different versions of the card to show the versatility of this card design. 

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These cards use the same 2010 August Card Kit items, but just rearranged differently and using other stamp sets!  This card format is so versatile, and the colors used are perfect for holiday cards and even masculine cards!  I know my customers always need new ideas for masculine cards!    

I posted my August Card Kit page – you can find all the details on ordering this kit by clicking on the Card Kits tab and picking the August Card Kit.  Orders for the August Card Kit need to be in by August 20th.

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