Monday, August 31, 2009

My Digital Studio is officially coming in Oct!

This is such great news that I couldn't wait to share it. Stampin' Up! has just announced that you will be able to order "My Digital Studio", our digital scrapbooking, photo editing and cardmaking software, on OCTOBER 1ST! We have a date! And don't forget, if you have a $400+ workshop in October you can actually purchase "My Digital Studio" for 50% off with our Sweet Hostess rewards program! (The regular retail price is $79.99)
Click here to see the information on My Digital Studio from our Holiday Mini Catalog.

As my access to this software will be here shortly, I am excited to be trained and ready to go with any questions that you will have in regards to this program as well as have samples on hand for you to see. WooooooHoooooo, I am getting goosebumps!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cricket's Swap part 2

I love Swaps! Every one that I have joined has been different and enjoyable. Cricket's swap had a new challenge. We were to use only a new set from our Fabulous 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog. And then we had to make 100 of them! The cards that I received back were stunning and every single one held something different to showcase. I selected several of my favorites and then asked for permission to post.
With our first batch of permissions in and without further adeu:
Showcased Selection Group 1
Every photo is enlargeable so don't forget to click!
Carol Payne created this beautiful Christmas card showcasing our new ornament punch and new Designer Series Paper. How beautiful is this?? Take a minute and enlarge this photo to see her focal point and creative use of punches that she used. Carol also has a blog for you to visit by clicking here.
This lovely card was created by Mary Polcin using our Autumn Days stamp set. This card is a great example of the Inked Texturz Plate Technique. Doesn't this card just get you in the mood for fall and the ever so quickly approaching holidays? She even went the extra mile to create a full card and not just the required card front.
Deb Valder created this elegant card. She also used the texturz plate to create a completely different effect. I love how clean and pretty this card comes across. I thought that is was a perfect example on how something doesn't have to be super busy to be elegant and stunning.

This card so makes me want to get back to the beach. I love the colors that were used here. This is a perfect teen card as well as my teens raved about it. Kelli Needham spent quite a bit of time on this baby. The "Surf's Up" saying was printed out in matching SU colors. (Did you know that you can set your printers to match SU's colors? I just found out.) Kelli has more details on her blog on what she did for this card. Her blog has lots of other little goodies there too. Click to visit " Create with Kelli ".

Holy Moly! I couldn't believe the amout of work that Christie Hagerhjelm put into her card. Between the punches, cutting, ribbon, googlie eyes and embossing...this card was above and beyond. This is one that you just have to enlarge to see all the elements. I can't think of one thing that she didn't incorporate. :) Way to go Christie!! If you would like to see more of Christie's work, visit her at: Doodle Daze

I love our new Specialty paper. Here is a card by Carol Stelzer-Wheaton that brings them together in a clean and classic layout. She used the Together Forever, the new Wedding Sweet and Monogram Sweet. New, new and new! I love it!

Okay, here is another one that stood out! This one was created by Shelly May. This was another one that my girls and I oogled over together. What you need to see (beyond her fabulous color choices) is the turtle's shell. She used SU's Glossy White paper to really create a standout focal point. Shelly's website is here at: Stamp Crazy Girl
This wonderful card has a hidden surprise and I so wish that blogs could have a 4D effect for you to experience it. I pulled this card as one of my favorites because I loved the clean and yet warm effect that this card has. Barb Coblentz really put some thought into this one. Every layer has something from her use of texture and sanding to paper piercing and sponging. When I pulled it out of the protective envelope, I found a wonder Lavender aroma coming with it. Yes! She used our Scallop Envelope die and filled it with some lavender in it. Talk about some relaxing yummy goodness!

This card, created by Tammy Mullins, was one of my first favorites. I love nature sets and her twist on this one just made me smile. Don't you just love happy cards?? So do my stampers as they have pulled and commented on this one alot too.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today and that these cards helped to INSPIRE you to CREATE something special that you can SHARE with someone else.
A huge thank you goes out to the lovely ladies that were showcased here for allowing me to share with others your wonderful talent and to the many other stampers that participated.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Want to join a High Quality Swap???

My friend and fellow demonstrator, Jeanna over at Stamptime Somewhere, runs a fantastic "MISS" Monthly full card swap. This is a great opportunity to expand your samples of cards for sets that you own or to see what other stampers can do with the same set. This swap is also not overwhelming as you make under 10 cards per swap you sign up for. The cards that I have received back have been absolutely fabulous and stunning.

This swap is not limited to demos only! EVERYONE can join in the fun!

Just click here and find out what swaps are open for you to join!! Jeanna has also posted some guidelines to follow, so make sure you take time to read them first.

I hope that you can join in the fun!!

100 card swap with Cricket~ Part 1

I recently joined a 100 card swap and was absolutely delighted with the cards I received upon return. I will hopefully be showing you some of them as soon as I get permission from the creators. Until then, I thought that I would share my card from the swap with you.
This is one of our new sets and one that has given me a bit of creative block when using it. When I find a set like this, I push myself to make 3 things with it that I love. Before I knew it, I was finding more and more uses for this set. This card was the one that was submitted for the swap and I was actually kinda pleased to find out that no one else had used this set. I hope that I was able to provide a card that my fellow demos would be able use as an idea.
Stamp set: Things I Love
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry ribbon, scallop square punch
Big Shot: Top Note Die
p.s. As part of her computer work, Meghan is learning how to take photos and upload. Apparently we will be working on making sure the image is centered first. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August Stamp Camp!!!

Are you ready to rock it out at this month's Stamp Camp?!
Friday August 21, 2009
7:30pm - 11:00pm
(This is an open house style event. Please come anytime during this timeframe.)
Card Swap at 8:30pm
15 full cards (Freestyle-whatever you like. Don't forget to bring a container to swap with)
We will be making a Hello Greeting Card as well a Post It note holder to coordinate with it. We will also be creating a 12x12 scrapbook page and an all occasion card using the resist emboss technique.
The cost for this event is $10
If you are unable to attend this event but would love to get your hands on the projects, you can purchase a kit for $10 unassembled/$15 assembled.
Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
For futher information or for any questions, please contact me:
Barbara Jean Smith
(760) 789-6291

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Unbelievable Offer with an added Freebie!

Want an income no one can take away? Want a discount on your craft supplies? Would you like to start digital scrapbooking.....for Free?

Stampin' Up has an amazing offer to make joining our team easier than ever. Become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with the limited-time $85 Mini Starter Kit. The Mini Starter Kit contains the following products:

For All You Do stamp set $28.95
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Dusty Durango Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $7.50
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $10.95

This is a fabulous way to get started on the new In Colors as well if you do not have them. You will receive a 20% discount with added increases in percentage off with added sales. And as an extra incentive, join my team today (or before Aug. 31st) and be entered to win a brand new "My Digital Studio" software ($80 value). Contact me today for more details!!! You can get that great team feeling with individualized support.

Friday, August 7, 2009

A fun run in with Mom Pat, Shalae and Sarah

It is very surreal to see and meet two of Shelli's daughters and her mom.
They are the neatest ladies. I am guessing that apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Engaging with them and talking about their kiosk booth was refreshingly fun.

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