Thursday, September 30, 2010

UDI Inspiration Challenge #115

I could not wait to design around this week's UDI inspiration challenge, the gumball machine.  This week I took this very literally.  I heat embossed the bottom and top of the gumball machine and cut them out.  I used Pacific Point, Old Olive, Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  Be sure to check out what the other talented UDI team members came up with this week.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun With Fabric

I love the fabric that is offered in the Holiday Mini Catalog!  I don't sew so I was so excited with the outcome of this bag.  I can do straight(ish) lines so I measured this bag to fit a card set in for a gift.  Then it can be reused to package other gifts so the gift keeps on giving.  I used the flower folds die and ironed it on.  No sewing involved in that part.  I used a button from our brights container and the linen thread to attach it and tie it on the inside.  I finished it off with some Pretty in Pink satin ribbon.   It was very easy and I love how it turned out.  I have also done some with our other fabric choices and teh antique brads.  I will share those another day.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top Secret

Okay, at Founder's Circle we got an awesome cupcake stamp set with a cupcake punch!  You are all going to want it.  Right now I can show you samples but I can't show the actual product (TOP SECRET).  Be on the lookout for it in the Occasions mini catalog coming up.  Can I just say WOW!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

My Updated Stamping Space: It's finally clean!

I have looked a lot of places for ways to organize my stamp space, my Creative Escape.  I am very happy with my space  right now and I wanted to share what I have done because I know pictures of other's spaces has helped me.  I hope these pictures give you some inspiration.

My main stamping station!  I found the counter top and cabinets at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in our town.  I got them for a song.  Notice the gutter above the peg board.  I use it to hold some Stampin' Success magazines, notepads and my catalogs for easy access as I am stamping.  It was originally for ribbon but it was too high.

Punch, pad, accessory and clear block storage.

Ribbon storage and my cutting station.

Before you ask, my dad made me these 12x12 paper storage towers for my birthday last year!  I LOVE them.  It is so nice to have a dad that is so handy.  Now I just need to get them full.  I know, I know that is a hard problem to have.

My stamp and 8 1/2" x11" card stock shelf.
I use my label maker and put the name of the stamp set on the side of the box so it is easier to find.  I sit my stamps upright and store them with like size boxes.

I got the die storage from another company before Stampin' Up! came out with their storage boxes.

I have put labels on each die with the measurements that are needed to cut out the image.  Saves a lot of time not having to measure each time.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Paisley Prints

I recently had a Paisley Prints class and this was one card we made.  This card is so simple.  Fold a card the "regular" way and then fold the cover back in half.  It makes for a very easy but different card.  I punched out the heart and used a dimensional to pop it up.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a tissue box? : Inspiration Challenge #114

Okay, go with me on this week's UDI inspiration challenge.  I have had my ugly box of tissues on my stamp desk forever and finally decided to do something about it. I saw this inspiration challenge picture and thought boxes, as in cereal boxes.  Well, that ugly tissue box was looking really good to me all of the sudden.  I took my Greenhouse Gala DSP and went to work.  I added a bow and a button and called it done.  There is no bottom on the box so all I have to do is lift it off and put it on the next box.  Now my tissues will be pretty.  I love it when an inspiration challenge will do that.  Be sure to check out what the other UDI team members came up with this week.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Founder's Circle: The Final Event

This is one of my new friends Connie.  She and I really connected this past week.  We are waiting to get on the bus to our surprise final event.

You thought we were going bowling right?  Well, we did.  WII bowling!  I did not do so hot! 

After our afternoon I came back to my room to "frosting".

Look at the beautiful sweater that was in the box!  I can't wait for the weather to get cooler so I can wear it all the time.  The logo is even made of rubber.

In the evening I headed with a large group to an outdoor amphitheater called Tuachan.  We saw the musical Crazy for You.  It was very good!

All my "stuff" before I packed it all up.

Founder's was a fantastic trip and they spoiled us rotten.  It was hard to come home and not find a gift on my pillow when I went to bed.  I met so many new friends and really got to understand what Stampin' Up! is really made of.  They care so much about the demonstrator and that is because we have Shelli, our wonderful CEO.  How many CEO's would join their workers in pajamas and play WII bowling?  I love this company and would love to have you join my team to see it for yourself.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Founder's Circle Day 3: The entire day

We had our own half day regional and had a great time.  I am sitting at the table with Kim, Meg, Missy, Karen and Holle.  

After a wonderful lunch at the hotel, 10 of us got picked up and headed off to Yankee Doodle Canyon to repel and hike!  We were nervous but it was so exciting.  We repelled 6 times and one of those times was 120 feet down.  What a rush!  I would do it all over again.  Quite the bonding experience.

We got back a little late for the Sock Hop Swap and Share but look at the beautiful notebooks we received.  The pen is engraved with Founder's Circle 2010 on it.  This is a picture with Jill.

For the swap with 135 demos, we lined the halls.  As you can see we were all in our pjs.  What you can't see is that the line went down the hall and around the corner.  We were the only ones in the hotel.  Stampin' Up! used the entire Marriott.  We could walk around in pajamas all day if we wanted to.

Look what was on my bed when the swap was over!  Hmm.  I wonder what the final event may be.  You will have to check back to see.  You may be surprised!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Founder's Circle day 2: Kanab continues

After our wonderful and heartfelt tour of the manufacturing plant, we went to the park that Stampin' Up! built, had lunch and took lots of pictures.
This is the bus full on the way to the park.

Getting our cool insulated bags with our lunch in it and a wonderful chocolate dessert (3 choices and I had to have the chocolate one!)

This is Shelly.  I met her when I sat by her at awards night at convention.  We have had a lot of fun getting to know each other on this trip.

Me and the famous Stampin' Up! rubber as the mulch at this playground.  There were tons of kids playing and it was so fun to watch them.  We headed back to St. George to relax and have dinner on our own.  

Look what we got on our pillow tonight!

Look what was in it!!  A simply adorned charm and chain.  We found out later that Shelli and her girls made all of these.  This has been such a trip of spoiling.  I heard that before but until you experience it you really have no idea.  This trip is truly about us, they keep telling us that, and they make it very special.

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