Friday, March 30, 2012

Bit off more than enough!

It's Friday, almost 1:00, and I am working both Saturday and Sunday.  I better get busy in my craft room.  I am posting this to make myself more accountable for my time.  I have a demo swap at the Stampin' Up! demo meeting on Monday evening, and I am still kicking around card ideas.  I came up with a really cool card idea, on my own, for a graduation card.  But, the Summer Smooches promotion starts on Sunday, and I would love to make a card featuring some of the new products I bought.  I think the brain is on overload, because I starting imagining all kinds of cards I could make, then I start blog hopping looking for other ideas.  I don't know why I do that, because sometimes I think it undermines my own creativity.  I guess it is the need for assurance that my own idea is "good enough", or "best". 
I also volunteered to give a demonstration on Monday night at the demo meeting of a new idea or technique.  Right away I came across something that I wanted to do for the demo.  I was supposed to do this at the March meeting, but because of a slight mix up, my demo got pushed back to April.  The idea was for an Easter project, and the fact that the April meeting is less than a week before Easter, I decided to shelf that project until next year.  But, because it was so cute, I made up a couple of these for myself, and last week I took one to my friend, Kay Kalthoff, who is my upline from Stampin' Up!  She thought it was so cute and begged me to do it as my April demo, even if it was close to Easter. 
So, today I have to cut ribbon and paper, and I have to prepare kits for 26 demonstrators to do my project.  I am very tickled to demo this project, but I have to make up several samples, and practice my demonstration.  When I did my first ones, I just kind of freehanded the roses, but now I have to perfect the pattern so that I can explain it and others can do it.   Then, I have to make a card for the demo card swap.  I better get going and get the job done.  I guess the time has come to "get 'er done!" 
Here is my sneak peek at the demo project, in progress. The original idea came from the Sizzix website under the project ideas.  It reminded me of the sugar Easter eggs I used to make years ago.  They were fun to mold the sugar egg, then you carved it out and put a little diorama inside.  You decorated the outside with royal icing flowers.  Lots of work, but impressive.  This one is made with a Styrofoam egg, paper flowers, and ribbon.  And, if you are really ambitious you could carve it out and put something inside, but I skipped that.  LOL!
It is now after 8:00, and I finally got this posted.  I did alot of experimenting today to get a flower I was pleased with.  As I said, the original idea came from the Sizzix website, and used a 3d flower die.  When I looked at it I thought 'that's just a scalloped flower cut spiral with a scallop scissors.  I can do that'.  So, I punched a 2in  scallop circle with my Scallop Circle #2 (113469) die from Stampin' Up!  I cut the blue flower with just a straight spiral inside.  I cut the pink one with a spiral, but I cut a scallop freehand as I did the spiral.  I like the pink one better, but both are just as cute.   (I also did one using a scallop scissors from Fiskars, and that worked well, too.  Because I am doing this for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator's project, I am sticking to their tools.)
I did take a break this afternoon and my husband had just started watching a movie, 2012.  I got interested in the movie, so I went and grabbed the Big Shot, paper and dies, and started cutting out a whole bunch of butterflies, for this project, and the card I am making.  That made for a fun afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I will let you know how the group liked my project.  I think it's cute.

Monday, March 26, 2012

My First Card Buffet

Yesterday my friend, Debby and I hosted our first Card Buffet.  We had such a great time, and we were so glad that some of our friends showed up.
That's me at the end, holding my granddaughter.  Debby is the one holding the camera, so no photo of her ;(

 We had first time stampers, some that have done a little stamping, and some that have quite a bit of experience, and they all enjoyed it.  We had a nice selection of cards to choose from, some easy and some complicated.  Overall I think we came very prepared, but we also found ways we can improve it next time, like have extra paper pieces cut, in case somebody makes a mistake, so they can have a do-over.  Well, we actually had extra pieces, but we had to take them out of another "kit" for another card. 
Debby's granddaughter dropped by to make a couple cards, too.  She just went right to work with her very own design.  I loved it.
Here are some of the great cards they made yesterday.

Kept things pretty simple for the first time, but everyone enjoyed making these cards, and Debby contributed 5 other designs.   Four of the cards were done using stamps from Easy Events, and the paper was from Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper from the SaleABration catalogue. The fifth card is from a hostess only stamp set called Faith in Nature and used paper from Spice Cake DSP from the winter mini catalogue. 
We also displayed some of the new Summer Smooches products that will be available to Stampin' Up! customers in April.  They are items from the new catalogue that will be available in June, 2012, but I just got them last week.  Sooooo, I made some little Petite Purses for each of our ladies to take home yesterday.  I did not have time to get real fancy, but they did turn out cute.
And they all went home with jelly beans in their purse.
thanks for dropping by my blog.  Come again soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Babies and Birthdays on my mind

It has been a busy week, and I have not had much time to blog.  Last week on Thursday,e went to the nursing home to celebrate March's birthdays.  My father-in-law, Lyle, will be 93 on March 30.  He has been living in a care facility since last August, but is still a pretty lively fellow.  In fact, he just got married 5 years ago to Irene.  He had not met our new granddaughter, Olivia, so we were anxious to show her off.  She is 10 weeks old now. 
First priority was finding just the right dress for the birthday party, because every girl needs a special dress for a party.  Well, there just is not alot out there in size 3 months that meets the specs for a party dress.  I finally settled on a summery sundress with a sweater, for the Minnesota weather could be cold in March.  Turns out that it was almost 80 degrees that day, and she became quickly overheated with the sweater on, and I hated to take it off because the dress was over sized and too bare.  Oh, the dilemma of dressing right for a party :)
Lyle and his wife Irene were very happy to meet Olivia, and we had to show her off around the room for everyone gathered for the party.   Here is a couple photos from the event.

This week was spring break for local schools,
so my granddaughter Emily was here with me on Monday.  She did a great job of entertaining her little cousin, singing and reading to her.  But, when baby was finally down for a nap, Emily and I headed for the craft room.  She likes to make things for her other little sister, and one of them, Charlotte will have a birthday in May.  Emily wanted to make a card for her, so I gave her a paper pad with birthday paper and punch outs, and she went to town.  She wanted one of the rosettes that I had been working on, so that was her centerpiece to put on this card. 
I worked on an Easter card myself.  I was thinking of using this card for the card buffet I am hosting this weekend.  Kind of a last minute idea, but I like how it turned out. 
I used a stamp set that I got last year just before Easter, and never got a chance to really use before. The image of the little girl with the loose little curls reminded me so much of my granddaughter, who so often has curls falling around her face.  I loved doing this stamp in that silhouette style.  After stamping I sponged the background with spring colors that matched the papers.  I like the way it came out with kind of a sunrise effect, and think I will do it over in blue and yellow tones so I can make it even more realistic. 
I often host Easter dinner at my house and have an Easter egg hunt for my all my little nieces and nephews.  We really do it just for the photo opportunities for the adults.  I just bought a couple bags of candy this week for the baskets and eggs to be filled, but I have already eaten all the malted milk balls (my favorite, and this is the second time I have bought them, and I never seem to share them).  I decided that I was not going to fill baskets for my grown children this year, for the first time.  I have enough little 
ones to think about. Besides Emily and Olivia, I also have a new grandson, Kol who was born last October.  And, yesterday I was surprised to find out that my son and his wife are expecting a baby in September.  That will be three  new grandkids in 11 months.  How lucky am I?  I have got babies on my mind!!                         With the lovely warm weather we have had this past week, spring is in the air, and Easter on my mind, and I have projects in my craft room to do.  Thanks for checking in to my blog.  Come back soon.                                                          Mary

Friday, March 16, 2012

Best of Milwaukee Regionals

We had a great time in Milwaukee last weekend at the Stampin' Up! Regional Convention.  I just wanted to show you some of the highlights.  First we had a fun shoebox swap on Friday night.  This is the card that I made for the swap.
And the friends I made the road trip with were so much fun.  Great way to get to know some of my fellow demonstrators.  Cindy Standahl, Mary Kiley, Me, Kay Kalthoff, Debby Filiowich
On Saturday at the convention we started the day by hitting crowds and swapping the cards we had made for new ones.  I got some great ideas that I can use for future workshops.  Here is a prototype of the card I made.  Can you believe it, I never took a photo of the final card and I gave them all away!! 
We made a couple of really cute cards in the morning.  Everything was on the table for the make and takes when we arrived.  It was so cool working and laughing together.  What a fun experience and a great way to get to know the other demos sharing your table.

Here are the adorable cards we made.

Okay, I know, the bow got goofy on the kite card.  Stuck it on with a smooshed up glue dot, and it must have twisted and dried after I put it away, and I did not notice it until I posted it now.  This card has a spinner dial with 4 kites stamped, so you can change the colors, and aren't those clouds cute. 
We all agreed that this was a fun card to make, and that now we all felt like we wanted the stamp set, because it was fun to use.  And yet, it had little appeal to us before.  Then a funny thing happened.
So, on Friday we had all received and email from a demonstrator, Joyce Hall, who is an up line to our group of demonstrators.  The "up line" is like I was recruited by Debby, so she is my up line.  Kay recruited Debby, so she is my second up line, and Kay was recruited by someone who would be my third up line, and this lady, Joyce, recruited her, and that makes her my 4th up line, etc.   In her email she said that we should text her at the convention, because she would like to meet all of us, and she would have a gift for us.  So, after lunch, we sent her a text and went over to meet her.  Here is the photo of our group, and the gift she gave us was the Send Me Soaring stamp set!  OMG!!  We were thrilled and floored!!!  How fun was that to get, and we all left very happy. 

And, at the end of the day, we also were fortunate to get our photo taken with Shelli Gardner, the founder of Stampin' Up!  It was such a delight to have her at the convention, uplifting us with her energy for her products, and her company.  It was so much fun to have her teach a class, and tell us her story of leaving her supplies behind, and having her daughter Fed Ex them to her.  Especially funny because the same thing happened on Friday night at our swap when Debby found she forgot the flower stamp for on her swap card, and Kay forgot the ribbon for hers.  I guess it happens to the best of us. 
It is always a little harder to pack it up, and take your crafts on the road, whether it is for a day of scrapbooking with friends, or teaching a workshop.  We all forget something, but we learn to laugh it off and improvise.  But, I am always happy to bring the fun to you, so any time you would like to get a group together to make cards or scrapbook pages, contact me, and I will bring along the projects, all prepared to your liking, and everything you need to do the projects, and we will be certain to have a lot of laughs!! 
Thanks for visiting my blog today, and these are the details on the cards I made to swap.

All products are from Stampin' Up!
Friday night swap card.
 Stamps: Mixed Bunch  (125537 C, 125535 W)
Paper:  Whisper White  (100730)  Not Quite Navy  (101722)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (103008),  Baha Blue (111833)
Tools:  Blossom punch (125603)  Sizzlets die Little Leaves (114511) 
Accessories:  3/8" pleated satin ribbon Baha Breeze (125571)
Saturday swap card
Stamps:   Mixed Bunch (125537 C, 125535 W)
Paper: Whisper White (100730
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder  (122936), Rich Razzelberry  (115658)
Tools: Blossom punch (125603) Sizzlets die Little Leaves (114511)
Accessories:  Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577), Basic pearls  (119247)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Card Buffet Event

Mary and Debby's

Make-a-Card Buffet

                         Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm
                    101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN

Come, and bring a friend, for a card-making buffet. You will be certain to find just what you need to add to your card collection. Join us to create cards from a “menu” of 10 -12 cards. You get to pick what you want to make!! The cost of this class is $2 per card and includes envelopes. You can go back as many times as you'd like for extra helpings! If you bring a friend, you and your friend each get a gift. Please RSVP for this class by March 15. Thank you!!
I know you will love the “menu” choices, and I will work hard to make sure your supplies are perfectly prepared and ready for you to stamp, assemble and send! You do not have to be experienced in stamping, I will be here to instruct you, and guide you through your card making. This gathering is for the purpose of having fun, and making cards. There will be no selling, or pressure to buy, but if you are interested in buying from Stampin' Up!, I can place an order for you. By the way, if you do place a $50 order you can choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue, which ends March 31.

If you are unable to attend this class, but would like to be invited to future classes, please respond to this blog post, and let me know. I am planning some more fun in the next few weeks.  If you know a friend who might be interested in attending, please forward this to her.

Contact Mary Bellis at 651-353-4594
Independent Stampin Up Consultant


The fridge is full

Here is an appetizer, the card I made for our demo swap last week.

I spent last weekend in Milwaukee attending a Stampin' Up! Regional Conference.  And now my refrigerator is full!
I spent the last couple weeks making cards, cards, and more cards.  First I had a card swap at our demo meeting last weekend, and I got some great swaps.
Then we headed off across Wisconsin, a car full of 5 women, with our shoe boxes full of cards.  On Friday night we had a card swap with a group of 16 gals where we each brought our shoebox full of card parts to be assembled.  Each person designed a card for us to make, and we circulated the room from chair to chair making each card, and ending up with a beautiful assortment.  The shoebox swap idea is also the same for a card buffet (which I'll talk more about later). 
Saturday we went to the convention center and gathered with hundreds of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, and their guests for a day of fun and learning.  We all started the day with a box full of cards we made to swap, and circulated the room trading with other gals for the cards that they made.  My friends and I all headed out in a different directions, so that we would all get different cards, which we shared and took photos of on the way home in the car!  It was so exciting to see what others made, from the simplest of cards, to fun 3d projects.  Then we sat down to listen to great demonstrations, making our make-and-take projects, and waiting for great gifts to come our ways.  We spent our free time sauntering around the auditorium looking at the wonderful card displays that Stampin' Up! provided, and all the wonderful cards that people brought to share.  Photos were snapped as we oooed and aahhed over all the wonderful ideas, which we all dream of duplicating.  It was overwhelming and delightful.  We also went home with new stamp sets, journals, embellishments, and new friends. 
We had a long drive home, so we took the time to pass around our card swaps, and snapping photos of cards we liked (until my battery was exhausted). 
So, now that my fridge is stocked with great ideas, I have planned a card buffet, and invited my friends to share the feast.  I have collaborated with my friend, Debby, and we are each making up new containers  filled with cards to be made.  Our friends are invited to come and stamp and assemble the cards of their choosing.  They can make as many cards as they would like, and head back for extra helpings.  We are looking forward to sharing our stockpile of wonderful card and craft ideas.   If things go well, we will restock the buffet again next month, if not, I will freeze the leftovers, and sell them at a craft sale :)
So as I prepare for the buffet this week, I will share some of my recipes with you. 

For my card I used all products from Stampin' Up! 
Stamp set:  Gifts of Christmas    (115372)
Paper:  Very Vanilla  (101650),  Wisteria Wonder  (122922)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder  (122936), Concord Crush   (119785)
Tools: Framelits Dies Labels Collection   (125598), Modern Label punch  (119849)
Accessories:  Basic Pearls  (119247)