My "Stamping With Karen" monthly newsletter will be coming out this week for February. Lots of news from Stampin' Up! Leadership to share with you, Valentine ideas, stamping tips, and more! Be sure you are on my mailing list to receive it! Just sign up in the Mailing List Sign Up Box in the upper left.
I wish you could smell my Mouthwatering cherry-scented popsicle card! I stamped this card with the popsicle in the Mouthwatering stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog (page 34) and used the new Cherry Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder #127035. I have a banana popsicle (although I hate bananas!) colored with the Daffodil Delight marker, a chocolate popsicle (would that be a fudgesicle?) colored with the Chocolate Chip marker, and a cherry popsicle colored with the Cherry Cobbler marker.
The cherry popsicle was also stamped separately on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then colored in over the Cherry Cobbler marker ink with the Versamarker. After applying the Versamark ink this way you can then emboss. I then cut it out and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The Cherry Embossing Powder is clear and has a very yummy cherry scent! You can also purchase it in Vanilla and Melon scents. Be sure to put your favorite scent (or all three!) on your next order! And of course you also need the Stampin' Up! Heat Tool #100005!
The greeting I chose from another new set in the Occasions Mini…Sweet Cake. Be sure to check out the adorable Product Suite of coordinating products "Sweet Shop" starting on page 32 You'll love it all!
You can order online anytime at my Stampin' Up! Online Store HERE.
I made this card with the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die #125596, in the Occasions Mini Catalog, as I was trying to decide on what to make for the Stampin' Up! Leadership swap card. This was one of those cards that I absolutely loved for it's simplicity after I made it! The new Fashionable Hearts Embosslit Die made it easy to have a whole assortment of little hearts to create with. The little die cuts and embosses five hearts at one time so if you run the die through your Big Shot with a different color of card stock each time, you will have a multi-colored assortment!
The large center heart is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335 and punched with the Full Heart Punch #119883. Adhering a little bow of the new Pool Party Baker's Twine #125574 is also a simple little touch.
You could make this card for a valentine or any occasion!
This Valentine card is made with the new stamp set Take It to Heart in the Occasions Mini Catalog and is the swap card I made for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference last week in San Antonio. The color is a bit off but it is Whisper White and Real Red card stock. Just some stamping and some punching with the Large Lace Ribbon Border Punch #122362 and a little blink with a small rhinestone jewel.
If you need this stamp set or any other stamping supplies to make your valentines, please click HERE to go to my Online Store or contact me with your order and I'll place it for you.
Remember, if you purchase $50 or more, you get to choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog! If you have an order of $150 or more, please contact me so I can place it for you and get the free workshop tote.
Last summer Stampin' Up! Convention attendees were encouraged to enter a contest to have their stamping space made over by Shelli Gardner! The lucky winner was Tamzin Cochrane in Austin, TX! Here is a speeded up video Stampin' Up! showed at Leadership last week of the process! Amazingly, the Gardner family came and did the work themselves! Wouldn't we all love to have them show up at our door?! Maybe you will see some ideas you can use!
It's supposed to be a dark and stormy day here in Houston, thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches are already out, but I think these bright and happy swap cards that I got at Leadership last week using Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and the beautiful Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper really can lift your spirits! With a $50 order of Stampin' Up! products, you could choose any of these stamp sets or paper….or other Sale-A-Bration items!
This is a swap card from Karen Hambright. I LOVE this Everyday Enchantment Paper in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.
This is a swap card from Charlene Monroe using the Fresh Vintage stamp set, some of the Everyday Enchantment Paper, and a cute little bow from ribbon in the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack. You've GOT to get that assortment with the adorable brads!
Here's another pretty swap card using the Fresh Vintage stamp set but she used markers to color on the stamp. She was also busy with the Big Shot and the new Labels Framelits Dies #125598 as well as the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder. This card was made by Jackie Walker.
This swap card was made by Sheila van Uitert and is stamped with the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set and then embossed with the Big Shot and the Lattice Embossing Folder. This gives it such an interesting texture!
This card uses two Sale-a-Bration stamp sets…..Sprinkled Expressions and the very cute Outlined Occasions stamp set. This swap card was given to me by Anne Matasei.
If you're ready to shop and choose your free Sale-A-Bration products, just go to my Online Store HERE and place your order….be sure to order your Sale-A-Bration items at the end! If you prefer, email me with your order and I'll take care of it.
Today is the first day of Stampin' Up!'s 2012 Sale-A-Bration, a special annual promotion that just gets better every year!
Customers: Spend $50 on Stampin' Up! products and then choose any one product in the new Sale-A-Bration brochure. Choose from stamp sets, accessories, Designer Fabric, My Digital Studio content, and more! Spend $100 and choose two free items….and so on! No limit!
Hostesses: Host a workshop of $150 or more and receive a cute shopping tote bag!
Host a workshop of $400 or more and receive a FREE Hostess bundle!
Oh my! It's hard to come back down to earth after a Stampin' Up! event, especially one like Stampin' Up! Leadership 2012! The withdrawal was eased a little bit yesterday when my new Stampin' Success, the magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators, was in the pile of mail!
I've been looking through my photos and decided to start with one of my favorite displays. These were in the room where we did Make & Takes the first night. We used the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit #125410, in the Occasions Mini Catalog, which is a cute set of double-sided, printed, die-cut flowers on textured paper PLUS an assortment of pink rhinestones to add some bling! You have to put it on your next order!
All images copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
This one is a little blurry, but I loved the braided fabric for a flower stem!
The Stampin' Up! San Antonio Regional was great fun…and perhaps the highest attended Regional ever, Shelli said, with 1400 attendees! It was well worth our while because of the creative stamping ideas and the inspiring and entertaining presentations. I took so many photos I filled up my memory cards on my camera! It was a nice next-step to come down from the high of Leadership…..even though Leadership was over, we weren't really done with Stampin' Up! and all the fun yet!
Here is the Stampin' Up! Spring Regional schedule that they announced:
- February 11 in Phoenix, Arizona
- February 25 in Columbus, Ohio
- March 10 in Milwaukee
If you live near any of these areas, I strongly encourage you to sign up to attend a Regional when registration opens. It usually opens to demonstrators first and then if space permits, guests are allowed to be registered by a demonstrator.
Any Stampin' Up! event is guaranteed to be a good one!
Stampin' Up! Leadership has ended and I really don't even know what to say or where to begin. I think if all companies could be like Stampin' Up!, the world would be a better place!
We all got so many gifts and prizes (I even won a prize for the first time!!) and several promotions and things coming up to help us all grow and develop our businesses. The socializing and fellowship with other demonstrators in classes, while standing in line, swapping, or while eating lunch is priceless.
The Stampin' Up! employees giving their presentations….oh my gosh, what can I say???!!! Not only was there a fisherman/painter but we had salsa dancing on stage not to mention a gigantic Harley (at least I guess that's what it was!) riding on and off stage. The creativity and personality they all show is amazing….everything is so clever and entertaining. The theme was "My Way" so each presenter did it "their way".
A gift from Shelli at Make & Takes
Another gift and candy inside homemade by a Stampin' Up! employee!
Next event….Stampin' Up! Regional!
Not sure I can explain this yet without looking back at all my photos and notes, but one part of an afternoon stamping demonstration at Stampin' Up! Leadership showed us how to use our stamping tools in baking/cake decorating – type projects! It was so creative! Here she is using her Aquapainter on stamped fondant or something to color in. Somehow in there, vodka was involved!! Talk about a WOW project!
Here are some more photos. I can't figure out how to get all my photos onto my laptop yet, just this afternoon group appears right now.
Did you know you could use an empty brad container as a cookie cutter??!
I arrived in San Antonio yesterday, met my downline and picked up our cute bags! She got a special button for being her first time and if all 10 people with the same color button meet up, they will get a free product ! We’ll see how that works in a few minutes. After dinner we did our make & takes. At least I got a card done for the Ronald McDonald House, but after awhile I had to quit and go look at the displays! As usual, such cute projects on display! I took lots of photos! Time to head over for the first day!
Image copyright Stampin' Up! 2012
If I can just get packed and get myself out of here, I'll be heading west on I-10 to San Antonio for several jam-packed, fun-filled days with Stampin' Up at the 2012 Leadership Conference and also a Regional on Saturday! Who could ask for more fun than that?!
I'll pick up my bag and stamp sets when I arrive and then I do my Make & Takes this evening! Make & Takes are actual stamping projects that everyone does. Doing Make & Takes in a crowd is not my strong point for some reason….I get totally flustered and can't think, can't read the directions, act like I've never stamped before….but I've heard other demos say the same thing so I guess I'm not alone! I think they are doing them differently this time so we'll see if it works any better for me! LOL!
You should think about signing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so you can partake of these wonderful Stampin' Up! events! Read about it on my website HERE. If you have questions, just leave a comment or email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com.
It's Tuesday, so here are the new Stampin' Up! digital downloads for My Digital Studio! Isn't it great that Stampin' Up! keeps adding new downloads so we can't possibly get bored with the program?! Not that you could anyway because the original software or download comes with so much. But new is always fun! Remember to read the description of the contents of each item down in the pricing list….sometimes you just get the paper, sometimes the stamps…and sometimes an assortment of things!
I LOVE that they included the new Sweet Shop Kit which you have probably seen already in the Occasions Mini Catalog. And the Wedding Words Stamp Brush Set will be perfect for all those June weddings (and others!) coming up for cards or scrapbook pages or photo albums or…..!
Just click on the image above to go to the larger pdf file….and even then, to view it better, click on your zoom tool to get it a little larger. Or just go to my Online Store and click on the left for Digital Designing and then Newest Downloads and you'll be able to pick what date you want to view…or click HERE.
To learn more about My Digital Studio, click HERE. Or contact me with any questions!