Stamp Space Makeover – Stampin’ Up! Style

I would personally LOVE a makeover of my stamping space (really, who wouldn't?!)  Well, at our annual convention last year, this demonstrator won a stamping space makeover!  (I _wish_ I had this space!) They shared this video at Leadership Conference (I know, are you sick of hearing about Leadership yet?! LOL). Take a look at the video below and see what Shelli and her family created. 

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Simply Scored Card

Sympathy-swap-cardI created this card using Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scored tool. You may recall my Christmas card where I used scored lines for a design element. When I revisited the concept for this card, I realized that having the scored lines so the bump was on the good side made them more visible. So here's the result.  The leaf image is from the Days of Gratitude set  the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny wishes. Always Artichoke, River Rock and Kraft cardstocks were used for this card. Can't wait til March 1st when the Diagonal Simply Scored Plate that fits on my Simply Scored tool is released! (Demos get to preorder in February – woohoo!)

 If you are interested in learning more about demonstrator events and being a demonstrator, please attend my no cost Information Evening! Next one is being held Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm. RSVP for directions. If you can't make it that evening, please get in touch with me anyway – we can chat on the phone or make other arrangements. I'd love for you to consider becoming part of my demonstrator group!


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Free My Digital Studio Trial – February 1st!

Tag-001As of February 1st, Stampin' Up! is offering a free 30 day trial of the My Digital Studio Express software! This is a great software program for digital crafting. I love working digitally – for one thing, scrapbooking is much less messy….and let's face it, most of my photos are digital and tend to live on my computer, where noone gets to see them (except me). It's a great way to create a number of cards as well – in the past, I've done my Christmas cards digitally and was able to include a number of photos from the year as a visual collage of my family's year. I'm planning on making a few books up in the near future as well. At left is a tag sample I made quickly using the Springtime DSP, scallop square punch and basic pearls.

If you're interested in trying out this software, please consider joining me at my FREE MDS101 class! The first one will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm here at my place in Burlington. RSVP required. Please bring your laptop if you have one – I will walk you through the download of the software plus the basics of My Digital Studio. You'll leave that evening with your copy of the software plus information to get you started! If you don't have a laptop, you are still welcome to attend and look over my shoulder while we work. I will also be posting an online class in the near future for those of you not close to the Burlington, Ontario area.  In the meantime if you want to watch a quick video – check out my video tutorials page. The first video is one that I made using a free template that Stampin' Up! offered for Digital Scrapbooking Day!

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Lifelong Learning, Stampin’ Up! Style

They say that one of the best ways to keep sharp is to keep learning new things.  At Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference, there were lots of choices in classes to attend to hear about different topics to help demonstrators in their businesses. (Don't worry, there's also a crafty sample at end of this blog post!)

One class I attended was "Why Women Buy" presented by Carrie Cudney who highlighted habits and trends amongst female purchasers vs. male purchasers. A slide she used to show some differences cracked me up: Women_67afcf_42910


The theory is that the female is looking for "the" perfect pair of pants, while often men will settle for "a" pair of pants; the female is often also shopping for other things and other people at the same time, therefore needs to look around at more stores!

Now, for those of you who have attended workshops or classes with me previously, there's no need to fear that I'll become a hard sell, marketing machine now – I'll just be working harder to help you find "the" solution for your crafting needs (vs. "a" solution!!).

I also attended a class on "Coaching For Performance" by Natalie White and Jim Pitt, which concentrated on how to help others come up with goals and plans to meet them. I do try to do this with demonstrators who are signed up with me, but this was a more organized/formal way of approaching it. I will also be doing this for myself to help me focus on my goals and the plans to reach those goals!

"Retaining and Engaging Your Downline" by Donna Griffith and Patsy Waggoner (a US Stampin' Up! demonstrator) provided some practical tips to keep my team of demonstrators active and acknowledged, so that they can continue to reap the benefits of having a source of income plus a creative outlet.  I plan on using some of these ideas at my upcoming demonstrator meetings and throughout the year!


Of course, we also receive lots of crafty inspiration and ideas too! Here's more samples using the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit (guess what was on my order that just went in for Sale-a-Bration?! LOL).  I love the framed artwork – so simple but so effective and perfect for any time of year – not just Valentine's Day.

My next card class is on Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm here in Burlington and the theme is "Love"-ly cards. We'll be doing a card suitable for Valentine's Day, but all four cards will be designed to be given to someone you care about at any time of year!  Cost is $20 and includes all supplies including adhesive and envelopes. Please contact me to register. Space is limited.

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Extreme Makeover at Stampin’ Up! Leadership!

Sometimes it's just a question of being in the right place at the right time…Through another demonstrator, we met a woman who was helping organize the Helping a Hero gala in conjunction with the taping of the final episode of Extreme Makeover – Home Edition.  She needed crowd fillers, and we were more than happy to help her out!
 Below – Ty Pennington and Meredith Iler (the organizer extraordinaire)


The evening was to raise funds for the organization plus celebrate the building of a home for a local wounded war veteran.  All the designers were there, Lee Greenwood was there to sing as were the Four Tenors (originally the Ten Tenors from Australia). 


Paige and some of the Tenors (above)

Demo friends and Tenors (below)


Kim, Lydia, Mel, Sue, me, Liz, Dana with a few Aussie guys thrown in for good measure ;) 

This was one of those neat life experiences!




Oh – and just in case you forgot this was a paper crafting blog….here's another cute sample shared by Stampin' Up! at Leadership – this one uses the Fashionable Hearts embosslit die for the Big Shot plus the Labels Collection Framelit die in the background.


 See, don't you wish you were a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so you could attend Leadership?!  Oh wait, you CAN be!! Contact me for more information!

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