It's official!!!!

I am now a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I just got my confirmation today and I've already logged on to the demo side of the site and I'm so excited. I just can't wait to get my starter kit. If it comes before Friday I'll be thrilled since it's my day off. Oh, I can't wait to get started planning an Open House and my first workshop. It kind of stinks that it's the holiday season (and then I'm going to San Diego for a week and a half) since no one has free time. I have to wait until January to get the show on the road. But, if anyone lives in the Dayton, OH area and needs a demo let me know.


I didn't make this one today, but...

I want to post it today. I actually made it yesterday after my shaker card. However, today I'm going to share it with you. This is the first card I made with designer paper. The paper is from Making Memories and the "friend" stamp is from the Stampin' Up! set Noteworthy. I can't think of what set the leaf stamp is from. I also used some raffia around the lower square. I like the way it turned out. Simple, but stunning, I think. I think I might have to get some more designer paper. This was fun.


My post-Thanksgiving post

I survived the holiday and am back home. Somehow I managed to find time to stamp today even though I had 7 loads of laundry and it was so nice out so we had to put our Christmas lights up and all the other unpacking. I decided that even though it's over a month away I would make my mom a birthday card. I knocked out two new techniques in one. I made it a shaker card and did some faux stitching. I ran into two snags, though. My beads were a little fat for the thickness of my mounting tape, so they don't flow very well. They kind of get stuck. I also don't have a template for paper piercing, so it took two attempts to get the piercing sort of straight. All in all I'm happy with it. Oh, and I didn't have any acetate or transparency sheets so I used a piece of clear window from a pizza box. I'm environmentally conscious and cheap ;o) Well, take a look and let me know what you think.


My pre-Thanksgiving post

I ran out of glue dots. I was making good progress on my Christmas cards, but I'm stalled. We're heading out of town for the holiday early tomorrow morning, so they'll just have to wait longer. I guess I'll get to the craft store on Monday. I was hoping that I wouldn't need to buy anything like that until I got my SU! demo started so that I wouldn't have to buy things I couldn't use in workshops, but I'm going to have to give in.

Well, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and let you know that now that my classes are over until January and I've ordered my SU! starter kit I hope to have more stamping to share.


I need help with my Christmas cards

Help! What else does this card need? This is my first attempt at making my own Christmas cards, so I don't want to get too fancy (I'm already piecing the trucks and watercoloring) but I think this needs something more.

Here's the new card. I think it's a winner. Adding the strip didn't add too much time to the card, but I think it adds some interest.

Stampin' Up!

Today's the big day. It's the day I'm ordering my Stampin' Up! starter kit. I'm so excited. I've been looking at it over and over trying to convince myself that I'm ordering the right stamp sets and wondering if I should pic different colors of ink and paper. I've also been making a list of things to order for my first order to make sure I have enough to do my first workshops. Oh, this is exciting, but I'm still pretty nervous about establishing a customer base. I guess I'll never know if I can make it work if I don't try.


My success story

Well, I participated in a craft bazaar last night. It was for my sorority alumni chapter. I took some mosaics, cards, paper purses with matching cards and wrapped nuggets, and the domino ornaments. Everyone loved the ornaments. AND........I have an interested party for booking a workshop. I'm not even ordering my starter kit until Sunday!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!! When I decided to sign up as a Stampin' Up! demo I knew I had one customer, but also knew that she wouldn't be planning a ton of workshops or making huge orders, so I've been nervous about whether or not I'll be able to make this work. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.



Here's a pic of some of the ornaments I made.....I still need to put ribbon on the rest of them. I made 16 total. I hope you like them.


Crafting weekend

Well, my hubby is out of town, so it's just me and the dog. After work yesterday I went by Marco's Paper to get clear envelopes, but they were all out of the A-2 size. So, I got some dominos instead. I had read a tutorial before going to work about altered dominos and thought these would be great for the craft bazaar next week. So as not to leave the dog by himself I brought the stamping supplies I would need upstairs and started working on my dominos. I think they turned out cute and I had so much fun doing them. I really wish I could show how great they turned out, but hubby took the camera with him. I know we have an older digital camera around here somewhere, so I'll have to go hunting to find it. I'll post pics as soon as I can.