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Would You Believe? ……. Vintage Stampin’ Up!

May 1, 2017

Would you believe that my daughter saved this gaudy but very lovingly made card from circa 1998?  There was a time, long long ago, when I wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator but I was a collector of rubber stamps.  I had been attending Rubberama Expos for several years and was absolutely smitten by heat embossing.  In probably March of 1996 I attended a Stampin’ Up! workshop across the street from our home in San Jose CA.  I signed up in April ’96.  I soon purchased the Nice & Easy Notes stamp set as well as   the Everyday Expressions stamp set which first appeared in the 1998-99 catalog on this card.

Check out the card!

Believe graduation cardOh my!  Could I have used any more gold?  Or embossing powder?  Or fancy scissors?

I have to show you the catalog pages where these items originally appeared because the catalog style and stamp set styles have changed so much since 1996.

Everyday Expressions

Everyday Expressions – Believe image

 

I used Fancy Shears: Jumbo Antique Elegance for trimming every edge on the card it seems.  I used mulberry paper.  I used lots of Gold Embossing Powder because that was my stamping addiction!   And do you remember Rocket Red card stock?  That’s the card base.  I remember the clamor when it was replaced with Real Red.  What an upgrade!

Fancy Shears

Fancy Shears

Mulberry Paper

Thai Gold Mulberry Paper

 

Stampin' Emboss Powder

Stampin’ Emboss Gold Glory Powder

 

Bold Brights 1998-99

Bold Brights 1998-99

 

Believe insideMy daughter was “most impressed” with the gold embossed handwriting!

Nice & Easy Notes

Nice & Easy Notes, p. 140, 1998-1999 SU! Catalog

And how’d I do that lovely gold embossed hand writing?

Click through to see how far we've come in this vintage BELIEVE card

Emboss Dual Pen – Clear for writing

 

The back of the card…horror of all horrors…has no date whatsoever to pinpoint the event.  But it definitely has gold embossing powder!  We think the card was honoring her Master’s Degree graduation in 1998!

Andrea's card back - no date or signature

Andrea’s card back – no date or signature.  But is had gold embossing!

It’s really hard to believe that I really made such a special, commemorative card that was so very gaudy!    It’s definitely my hand writing so believe me, I did.

By the way, my non-gaudy monthly newsletter comes out tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific time) so if you’d like to see it in your inbox sign up for my mailing list beforehand!  It only goes to members of my mailing list.

Believe.

 

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0 In 3-D Projects/ Miscellaneous

Ghirardelli Chocolate was Perfected in Hornitos California

April 29, 2017

Have you ever placed a Ghirardelli chocolate in one of your stamping creations?

2" x 2" x 2" clear tiny treat box (141699)

I received this little ‘energy box’ from my upline Debra Godfrey in San Diego at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local event in early April.  Yum yum.

 

Do you have any idea where these wonderful chocolates were perfected?  Well, read on my friends…..

In March we had house guests from Paris, France.  They made their plans to visit in December.  After five years of drought, Northern California finally had an unusually wet winter, first with snow and then with several weeks of heavy continuous rain.  That rain caused long dry springs to revitalize and start to flow.  One particular spring, along the 2-lane road (Hwy 120) to Yosemite National Park from the north, caused the earth under the roadway to just slide away.  65 feet deep of sliding away.  This was in February and the road was closed.  (It’ll be re-opening Monday, May 1st.)

Now our home is 39 ‘crow miles’ from Yosemite and usually a little over two hours away by car.  The damage done by the spring caused the route most convenient from our area to Yosemite to be closed for an undetermined length of time.   And that left the route getting there to be at least a 3-1/2 hour drive.  I asked around, found a PG&E (gas/electric company) official and asked him what the most efficient route would be to get to Yosemite now that (highway) 120 was closed.

The answer:  via Hornitos.  I had never even heard of Hornitos but I was familiar with a few of the other little towns he mentioned so through Hornitos became our chosen 3-1/2 hour route.  Hornitos makes my little tiny town of Mi Wuk Village look like a metropolis!  Population of Hornitos: 73.  I decided today to check out any information about the are because only a few have ever heard of it.

The Hornitas post office opened in 1856, and changed its name to Hornitos in 1877.  The name, meaning “little ovens” in Spanish, was derived from the community’s old Mexican tombstones that were built in the shape of little square bake ovens.  It was was founded by Mexicans who were run out of neighboring town of Quartzburg for the “crime” of being Mexicans. (Hmm….sad that this sort of thing is still going on.)  In its heyday Hornitos was a wide-open camp whose streets were lined with fandango halls, bars, and gambling dens.  Today Hornitos lives on as one of the best preserved ghost towns in the Mother Lode with the ruins of the old Wells Fargo office, the stone Masonic Hall, the jailhouse and the store where the firm of D. Ghirardelli got its start in the 1850s.  Hornitos is registered as California Historical Landmark #333

Below is the interesting fact you’ve been waiting for:

Domingo Ghirardelli’s general store, between 1856 and 1859 is where he perfected his chocolate recipes.  The remains of the store can still be seen in the town.

Remains of D. Ghirardelli store in ghost town of Hornitos CA

Domingo Ghirardelli, chocolatier

DomenicoDomingoGhirardelli, Sr. (February 21, 1817 – January 17, 1894) was the founder of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in San Francisco, California.  He was born in Rapallo, Italy and his occupation was as a chocolatier.  Imagine that.

After living for short times in Uruguay and Lima, Peru, in 1849 he moved to California on the recommendation of his former neighbor, James Lick, who had brought 600 pounds of chocolate from Peru with him to San Francisco in 1848.  Caught up in the California Gold Rush, Ghirardelli spent a few months in the gold fields near Sonora and Jamestown, before deciding to become a merchant in Hornitos, California.  Those towns, Sonora and Jamestown, are 15 miles from me, about 3,000 feet lower in elevation.

In 1852, he moved to San Francisco and established the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company at what would come to be known as Ghirardelli Square on Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Gift shop wall at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco CA

You can go broke in here! Great gifts for tourists to take home for sure.

And now you know the history of the Ghirardelli chocolates that you might slip into a handmade card or holder–or that you might receive in a little hand stamped gift.

 

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0 In Deals & Discounts/ Designer Series Papers/ Stampin' Up! Events

Eastern Palace Suite Coming Soon

April 28, 2017

When I first saw the Eastern Palace Suite of Products I had quite mixed feelings including “whew, quite bright”, “hmmm a little busy for me”, “ahhhmmm, is this really going to be popular?”  And then the other day when I picked up my mail I saw this really fun top in one (J. Jill) of the many catalogs that arrive in my PO box every week.  I don’t usually open them but this time I just flipped through.  And look at this—Eastern Palace is written all over it!

Eastern Palace look-alike top

This suite of products will be available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog which goes ‘live’ on June 1st.  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-purchase it in April.  As a customer who’s in the know, you’ll be able to purchase it May 1-31, ahead of the release of the full new annual catalog.

Here’s a quick look at the options that will be available to you.

First, the Eastern Palace Suite starter bundle:

Eastern Palane Starter Bundle 147196

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle 147196 — including three new In Colors

Eastern Palace Suite Early Release bundle

 

And if you want to really go for the whole enchilada, aka suite, there is the Eastern Palace Suite Premier Bundle:

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle 147207

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle 147207 — thinlits* and tassels* and new Very Vanilla thick card stock*, Oh My! (*only available in this bundle–they can be purchased ‘ala carte’ on June 1st)

 

Eastern Palace Suite Premier Bundle

 

The cute little T-Shirt tags that I made for my April Card Buffet attendees were made using a piece of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Eastern DSP Tee Shirt

There are two 2017-2019 In Colors shown: Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. The blue is Dapper Denim, a 2016-2018 In Color.  Do you see anything else new?

 

As soon as I’m back home (yes I’m away again) I’m going to put together a quick tutorial video of the many amazing patterns you can create with the amazing Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.   You’ll be able to purchase these items via my online store here or just send me an email, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com and I’ll be glad to order it for you.  Be sure to put May 1st on your calendar and be ahead of the game with either the Starter or Premier Eastern Palace Bundle.

 

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April Card Buffet was So Much Fun!

April 27, 2017

My April Card Buffet was so much fun Tuesday with 7 people attending, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.  Normally there are two Buffet sessions, one at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m.  For April, one of the gals had a commitment at noon making the normal morning session sort of impossible.  So she asked if she could come at 8:30 a.m.  Why not!  I’m there.  I’m up and at it by 7:00, all of the card stock was cut and ready to go, along with each basket totally ready for participants.  So she arrived promptly at 8:15!

You can view the assortment of April’s Card Buffet selections by clicking on the green box, above right or right here.  I have two PDFs available with complete supply and cutting instructions plus pre-cut cardstock if you’re interested.  They can both be found by clicking that card buffet link and scrolling down below the eight card samples.  What I’m sharing today are some of the variations the gals created.

First off though, I made some little gifts for this month’s stampers for easy identification of their personal precut card stock cello bag:

Custom Tee Bundle (144724): T-shirt Builder Framelits Dies and Custom Tee stamp set.*

(*I just check and WOW, each of the items above are on sale as retiring products.  You’ll save more purchasing them individually rather that at the 10% saving of a bundle.)

 

These morning gals are the “S, R, E and K” of the tags:  Sue, Rose, Elizabeth and Karen.

 

I love it when stampers are comfortable enough to step out on their own and modify a basic card that’s in the group of Buffet cards.

Original card:

Definitely Dahlia Thank You Card, Blythe's April Card Buffet

Definitely Dahlia, 138746-wood mount, 139911-clear mount

And a few variations with the simple addition of a few 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes.

The card above is before being added to the card front layer.  I love the addition of the hearts on either side of the greeting.

Definitely Dahlia, available in wood (138746) or clear mount (139911)

The card above is before being added to the card front layer.  I love the addition of the hearts on either side of the greeting.

Definitely Dahlia thank you card

Definitely Dahlia background stamp, 138746 (wood) OR 139911 (clear mount)

On this card I like the way Sue inserted the greeting on the right side of the card with the addition of the squiggles on either side.

Definitely Dahlia Background Stamp thank you cards

Definitely Dahlia Background Stamp 138746-wood mount OR 139911 clear mount

Obviously, these cards have the addition of three enamel shapes elements.

As I said earlier, it tickles me when class attendees are comfortable enough to stray away from the original layout and ‘do their own thing’.

If you’re interested in seeing the rest of April’s Card Buffet, be sure to click on the large-ish green rectangular box above right–you can’t miss it.

 

 

 

 

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0 In 2017 Occasions Catalog/ Big Shot/ Cards/ Designer Series Papers

Quick and Easy Springtime Card Using Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies

April 19, 2017

I took 18 quick and easy springtime swap cards to Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event in San Diego on April 8th using the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies and the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.

When I make what seems like a ‘simple’ card really it’s a ‘clean and simple’ card.  But usually my ‘simple’ has a few pesky steps.

The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper will be retiring at the end of May so I wanted to use it and show others another way to use it.  I like it in smaller strips like the layer on this card.

I also think the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies are  so versatile as well as being a WOW.

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Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies

 

Timeless Tags thinlit die

The only thing that you can’t really see when it comes to putting this card together is what I did on the solid oval die cut tag before adding the butterfly cut out layer.  I used a Sponge Dauber and Pear Pizzazz ink to “smear” ink in a curve under the spot the butterflies lay over.   Don’t aim for smooth coverage.  I.e., let the coverage be light and dark.  I’m sorry I missed (like forgot) taking a photo of that step!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card.  If you’d like to order any products to make your own version, please go to my online Stampin’ Up! store here.  The Timeless Tags stamp set is so versatile and the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper just exudes springtime (available while supplies last now that the retiring list has been announced) .

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0 In Tips/ Tools

Paper Snips, This Week’s Tuesday’s Tool

April 18, 2017

Do you own a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s  Paper Snips.  They’re super for fine cutting — aka ‘fussy’ cutting.  The thin blades are precision ground, cut all the way to the end of the tips and are sharp!  Be careful.  Trust me.   They’re great for cutting ribbon in addition to fussy cutting.

Paper Snips 103579, $10

The focus of today’s post is simple:  the proper way to place the protective cap on the Paper Snips.

I would say that 100% of the time, after a class, the cap is replaced on the Snips that were used.  And 95% of the time the cap is put on ‘upsidedown’.

 

Comparing sizes of hinges on Paper Snips

Paper Snips, match hole to LARGE rivet

Contrary to the urge to place the hole in the cover over the smaller rivet, it really goes over the larger rivet.  Actually, when you look at the cover when placed over the smaller rivet, it doesn’t fit properly.  Flip it over and it fits like a glove.

I used my paper snips to do all the fussy cutting on the various animals here.  The ‘tunnel’ card, near the bottom of the post has a bunch of animals that have been cut out from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper using my Paper Snips.  They did a great job didn’t they?  (The fox carrying the banner was stamped and water colored.)

And that’s the end of today’s lesson on how to properly replace the protective cap on your Paper Snips.  If you don’t own your own Paper Snips, you can click on any of the photos or the words Paper Snips to be taken directly to my online Stampin’ Up! store where you can purchase your very own pair.  Be sure to use April’s Host code (U2ERKHQS) to receive a ‘host code users’ exclusive tutorial’ at the end of the month.

 

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0 In 3-D Projects/ All Occasion/ Big Shot/ Designer Series Papers/ Gifts/ Punches/ Stamp Sets

Sneak Peak Birthday Delivery Card #3 Featuring Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

April 15, 2017

I really loved the challenge of creating cards for Display Boards at Stampin’ Up!’s San Diego OnStage on April 8th.  Here’s another of my Birthday Delivery stamp set projects.  Today I’m focusing on the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  Remember, these sneak peak items won’t be available until June 1, 2017.

There is an adorable little girl in the stamp set who’s standing with her back facing us.  There’s also a lovely bouquet of flowers just waiting to be colored, fussy cut, and placed in her waiting hands.  I decided to create a gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Lots of Labels Framelits and a Lace Doily.

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

 

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag close up detail

 

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag using Gift Bag Punch Board

Birthday Delivery little girl gift bag using Gift Bag Punch Board

 

Next I wanted to honor my new friend, Judy, whom I met at OnStage Phoenix in November and make a lovely cello bag that would hold some chocolates.  She gifted me with a similar one in Phoenix.  I used another Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pattern plus a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag.  There’s also a little accent fringe created using the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Chocolate nugget cello gift bag

Chocolate nugget cello gift bag

Close up of closing flap

Don’y forget that little scalloped fringe below the Hip Hip Hooray! banner above?  It’s the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  Fun!

Remember, these products are sneak peaks from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2018 Annual Catalog so they won’t be available until June 1st.  But come June 1st be sure to check out the Birthday Delivery products.

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0 In Catalogs/ Miscellaneous/ Stampin' Up! Events

Quick Link to the 2016-2017 Retiring List

April 14, 2017

Need a quick link to the 2016-2017  Retiring List of Stampin’ Up! products?  Just click here.  The various lists, retiring stamps, retiring bundles and everything else are updated throughout the day, each day so this link is your access to the latest information.

TIP:  Just because a bundle is retiring does not mean that the component stamp set and framelits/thinlits/punches are retiring.  It’s only the bundle configuration.  Yes, I panicked when I saw that some of my favorite bundles were retiring.  Deep breath……..the stamp sets and coordinating framelits/thinlits/punchesand will still be available.  Whew.

Stampy, the retired rubber stamp

Stampy says:  be sure to check out the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List frequently though because some of your favorite ribbons and other accessories may be gone soon.  They’re available while supplies last.

If you don’t see ‘it’ as a photo within the grouping you’re checking out that’s because supply has already been exhausted.  Another thing to remember:  stamp sets will continue to be made until around May 22nd.  After that they’ll be available while supplies last.

Click here for your quick link to the 2016-2016 Retiring List of Stampin Up! product.

 

 

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2 In Birthday/ Cards/ Catalogs/ Celebrations/ Stamp Sets/ Stampin' Up! Events

My Display Board Stamping for April’s San Diego OnStage event: Birthday Delivery Bundle

April 14, 2017

I got a jump start with Stampin’ Up!’s new Birthday Delivery stamp set and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper in April.  It was with great excitement that I accepted the invitation to be a display board stamper for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage San Diego mini convention on April 8th.

Blythe's Display Boards

Yes that’s Lemon Lime Twist classic ink you see swiped into my hair. It’s one of the new 2017-2019 In Colors.

 

 

Birthday Delivery, 143660, available June 1, 2017

Birthday Delivery Stamp Set, 143660, available June 1, 2017

 

Birthday Memories DSP, 144118, Available June 1, 2017

Birthday Memories DSP, 144118, Available June 1, 2017

 

When I accepted the challenge — and it was a challenge — I had no idea what I would be creating with.  My assignment turned out to be the Birthday Delivery stamp set and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  No framelits so fussy-cutting with my Paper Snips was going to be the plan of the day.

It’s always a challenge when you have nothing to c.a.s.e. from, no samples to check out for inspiration.  It’s actually empowering once you get going!  I relied on various card layouts for my cards and it worked out nicely.

Here are a few of my cards showcasing the Birthday Delivery stamp set and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear was my first card

Birthday Delights (143660): Happy Bear was my first card

 

I selected the card front color, Pacific Point,  from the bear’s overalls and from the list on the back of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper pack (144118), available June 1, 2017.

Before running the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder through the Big Shot with Crumb Cake classic ink, I smeared bits of it on the side where the ‘mortar’ pokes out the back, i.e. the brick wall is flat.

 

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear inside

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear tunnel card, inside

 

Again, all creatures are fussy cut with the my Paper Snips and attached with small bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Before running the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder through the Big Shot with Crumb Cake classic ink, I smeared bits of it on the side where the ‘mortar’ pokes out, oozing out from the front of the bricks.

Give me a week or so and I’ll create a link to the steps in creating the card.  It’s much easier than it might look.

Here’s another card I made using the Birthday Delivery stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

Marching Birthday Fox

Marching Birthday Fox

 

You might have seen this style of card on my blog before, the one with the line drawn with a marker around the outside edges of the card front and main image.  It’s so simple and dramatic and, trust me, you’ll be seeing it again!

I used Shimmery White cardstock (much better than Whisper White for water coloring) and stamped the image and greeting using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (waterproof for water coloring).  Then I used my Aqua Painter to color the fox and his separately stamped flag banner.  Do you remember how to do that?  I squeeze the closed top and bottom lids of a stamp pad towards each other, getting a puddle of ink in the lid.  Then I swipe my Aqua Painter in the lid loading the tip with ink and coloring the image.  Adjust the color intensity by swiping the tip on your grid paper so the color isn’t too intense.   The banner greeting, It’s Your Big Day, was stamped using Soft Suede Classic Ink.  The card front uses Soft Suede cardstock

Finally I drew, free hand so it didn’t have to be perfectly straight, a line around the perimeter of the card front layer, adding little dots here and there, randomly, breaking the line when it approached the greeting, the fox’s tail and foot and the end of the waving banner.  I used the Basic Black Marker.

I’ll be sharing a few more sneak peaks of Birthday Delivery projects in the coming days.  It was a fun set to play with for sure!  You’ll be able to get yours on or after June 1, 2017.

 

 

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Easter

Another Swirly Scribbles Easter Bunny Card

April 13, 2017

My downline, Karen, shared another Swirly Scribbles Easter Bunny card with me last night.  Totally different yet totally the same.

Swirly Scribbles White bunny card

This time Karen used all white (except for the bow and ears) cardstock.  And she changed up the background Textured Embossing Folder to the Lovely Lace folder.  This embossing folder is retiring on May 31st — or when supplies run out — so if you’re interested in it I’d suggest ordering it sooner rather than later.  When supplies are gone, it’s gone.

Bunny Supplies Used:

Big Shot

$110.00

You might call this card ‘Bunny in a Snow Storm’.  I love that this card shows how simply one can create a beautiful handmade greeting card with just a few supplies, many of which you might already have on hand.  It’s pretty much cardstock, a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, an embossing folder and a packet of thinlits.  The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits are just so versatile!

Check out these creative posts from past months:  Swirly Scribbles stained glass window, feminine birthday card, Birdy in Swirls cards, Swirly Scribbles Thank You card, and finally, the Swirly Bird Bundle suggestion.  I’ve used the Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits over and over and over.  Try them, you’ll like them.  Get the bundle and save 10% before May 31st when it retires.  🙂  Clicking on the photo links above will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! store to get your Swirly Scribbles products!

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Easter/ Stamp Sets

Swirly Bird Easter Bunny Card

April 12, 2017

I received this oh-so-cute Easter Bunny card today made with the Swirly Bird stamp set.  And this oh-so-versatile stamp set and its coordinating thinlits, Swirly Scribbles, will remain in next year’s Annual Catalog.  Woohoo!

Swirly Bird Easter Bunny

My downline Karen sent this card to me.  Snail mail.  It is just so darned cute and, believe me, although I make cards all the time, getting one in your own mail box never gets old!  Thank you Karen.

Cardstocks used:

 

Accessories:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

I’m thinking the ears came from the Flower Fair Framelits but they could also have come from either the Blossom Builder or Fox Builder Punch.  But wait…….I’ll bet they’re from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits!  So many choices.

Ooops, I almost left out the Stitched Shaped Framelits dies.  They are just plain awesome and, although they ARE AVAILABLE now, they aren’t in any current catalog.  But….they will be in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  That’s another woohoo.

As always, any item that you can view in red ( << no, not this one because it’s not a real link) or see the photo for, will take you directly to my online Stampin’ Up! store — just in case you’d like to purchase any of the products Karen used in this oh-so-cute Swirly Bird Easter card.

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0 In Catalogs/ Stampin' Up! Events

“Creativity Your Way” is Coming Soon

April 11, 2017

What is Creativity Your Way you ask?  It’s the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that demonstrators who attending an OnStage event got their hands on this past weekend.  It’s full of new stamp set and accessories and creative ideas.  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world attended either the three-day OnStage Live convention in Amsterdam or a one day OnStage Local mini-convention somewhere in the U.S., Canada, or the South Pacific (Australia or New Zealand).

Whichever venue one attended as a demonstrator, it-was-fun!  Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, popped in via very well timed videos, from her home in Utah.  Then her daughter Sara Douglass, current CEO, came into our convention hall ‘live video streaming’ from Amsterdam sharing bits of creativity throughout her chat with us.  We got the sense of actually being there.

Swapping with old friends:

Sudsol online friends swapping

Swapping with fellow Sudsol online friends: Me, Teri, Jo, Char, Jan, Janet and Laurie.

 

Meeting new friends:

New friend from Nevada

Barbara Vogt’s friend introduced herself to me and now, of course, I can’t remember her first name!  Barb???  Help!  Regardless of her name, she’s a “pistol”!

 

Seeing new stampin’ ideas:

New stamp set, Crafting Forever

New stamp set, Crafting Forever

 

Having your photo taken:

Thanks for the frame Stampin’ Up!

 

Winning a Prize Patrol (i.e. winning a free stamp set from the new catalog):

Winning the first Prize Patrol of the day — but I can’t show you the stamp set until the new catalog is released.  Did you catch the creativity taking place in my hair?  I used one of the new In-Color ink pads, Lemon Lime Twist, to dab here and there.

 

And of course, sharing my creativity with the cards and 3-D items I made for a display board using two new stamp sets, You’ve Got Style which features two vintage type female characters and four great word stamps, and Birthday Delivery which features a fox, a dog, a little girl, a pastry chef, and some birthday elements plus some fun Designer Series Paper called Birthday Memories. There are also some framelits in the bundle.  I’ll be posting my creativity during the next few weeks.

Blythe Klipple's display board, San Diego OnStage

Blythe Klipple and her display board, San Diego OnStage

 

I’m so glad I went, as always, although it was a quick trip.  I came home with quite a few new business tips and lots of creative tips which I look forward to sharing as “Creativity Your Way” and our way in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

 

 

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