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Sunday, March 29, 2009

April Beginners Stamp Camp


Hello everyone!

I have been so exhausted after the move at the hospital last week. I'm sure it will take me three weeks to re-coup. It seems it always does when I over do it. I knew that I was taxing myself when I was working, but, as you know when you have a job, you sometimes just have to do it! Most of you know that I have Lupus and when I don't take care of myself, I pay for it dearly. And guess what? That's exactly what happened. But, as I rest and try to do what I'm supposed to do, I've been working on projects for Stamp Camp. I'm excited that I can share a few things with you through the blog!

I love my Stampin' Up business! I love being my own boss and the flexibility that I can "work" at my own pace. If you call it work, that is? Actually, for me it is so much fun! I love meeting new people and sharing what I love! Stamping and scrapping is something that anyone can do, but, sometimes they just need a bit of encouragement and all of a sudden...they're as excited about it as I am.

I also love to teach. I do it all the time at the hospital, but, it is so much more fun with workshops and stamp camps! I love to see the "light turn on" in someone's eyes when they have finally figured out the project. At each event I see the growth of all of our stampers and that is so rewarding to me.

April's stamp camps will be a bit different as I told you in the last blog. We are splitting the advance stampers from the beginner stampers. By the way, I'm not categorizing you, so you'll have to make a determination which camp is a better fit for you. On Tuesday, April 14th, the advanced stampers will meet to do their projects, and on Wednesday, April 15th, the beginner stampers will get together. Some of the projects will be the same and some will be different. But, they'll all be AWESOME!

Some of the stampers have requested to do some "male" cards. Above is a sneak peak of one of them. Doing "male" cards is fun! I kept asking my husband, Randy: "Do you think this is ok for a man?" He's been very helpful because I'm a lace and flower kind of girl and I tend to do a lot of that type of designing and it just doesn't fit for the guys.

Anyway, I hope you're as excited about April's stamp camps as I am. I hope to see you at my house. Don't worry, I'll send reminder notes to you!

Gloria

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Update on Stamp Camps!


Hello my friends,

After last stamp camp, many of you felt that I should re-organize the camp with Advanced Stampers and Beginner Stampers in mind. So, that's what I have done. When you go to my Web Site: www.stampingcharacter.stampinup.net you'll see that the camps have been re-named to indicate the change. Please note that the projects will be geared on Tuesday Stamp Camps to "Advanced" stampers and Wednesday Stamp Camps will be geared to "Beginner" stampers. As time goes on, I know that my "beginner stampers" will become "advanced stampers", too! When that happens, I'll just add another beginner camp and I'll have two advanced camps! I can't wait for that to happen!

Ok, now for the project that I want to share with you this week. Above, you'll see a beautiful, but simple card.

Supplies:
Pacific Point Cardstock (8 1/2 x 11 cut in half)
Garden Green cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Tangerine Tango Classic Ink
Tangerine Tango 5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon (13-14 inches)
Pick A Petal and Pocket Silouettes Stamp Sets
Stampin' Up! Anywhere Glue Stick
1) Cut Pacific Point in half vertically to make a 4 1/4 x 11 inch piece of cardstock, fold in half to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.
2) Cut Garden Green cardstock to 3 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches.
3) Cut Whisper White cardstock to 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches.
4) Stamp open circle from Pick A Petal stamp set with Tangerine Tango classic ink in lower right corner of Whisper White. Stamp dot within the circle. Stamp petals around the dot.
5) Stamp "Thanks so much" from Pocket Silhouettes stamp set in upper left corner. (I used a "thank you" stamp, but I can't remember which stamp set!)
6) Assemble card by gluing the white onto the green, then the green onto the blue. Make sure when you glue the motif to the blue that you glue it closer to the top of the card.
7) Tie Tangerine Tango grosgrain ribbon around the bottom of the card. Make knot and trim ends.
8) Voila--you have a cute simple card! Enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring Scrap Attack!


I heard my first robin the other day, then I glanced up in our red maple tree, and there she was! It always brings me great joy to see the spring birds return to our area. I love to sit in my craft room and watch the birds outside of my window as I create. When I get stuck for ideas, I watch the birds and all of a sudden I come up with a solution for the problem. Today was no exception. I'm working on a project for a scrapping workshop that one of my customers wanted to have. I am so excited about this workshop! Not only do I get to scrap, but, I get to show everyone how to use my new BIG SHOT! If you haven't noticed, Stampin' Up! has incorporated it into their line of supplies, and I'm thrilled because it gives me some added flexibility when I'm scrapping or cardmaking. Anyway, my scrapping problem was, how can I fit 4 pictures on one 12 x 12 page? I wanted to use four of my own pictures, so, I thought this would be a great time to create something for the scrap attack and the workshop. I also wanted to use my BIG SHOT and I wanted to do a SPRING page. I think I got it worked out and boy did I have fun with my new dye cutter. I can't wait to show it to you, in fact, I'm going to have everyone use it at the workshop and scrap attack. I can't wait to see you and I know that you're going to have as much fun as I did!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's A Rainy Day

It's a rainy day, it's a rainy day! It's wet outside and I can't go out and play...oh it's a rainy day. But I'm free to be inside and play! What a day to pull out your paper, stamps and ink...yeah! I love days like this. It's cozy and I love to watch the birds outside of my window. I can't wait until my flowers start to pop. The wonderful thing about rainy days is the coziness and wonderful anticipation of all things Spring! So, in honor of all things Spring, I'll be posting some new projects for you to do. I can't wait to get started, so, in the mean time...

Inspire. Create. Share.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Stampers Block!



Yesterday I was trying to make my prototypes for the upcoming Women's Ministry event, and I wasted more paper trying to come up with some new ideas! Whew! Sometimes I get "stampers block" and just don't know what to do. I'm sure that happens to a lot of stampers and that's why blogging is so inspiring.

Anyway, I wanted to post the cards that we will be doing at the Women's Ministry event on March 15th. It will be a lot of fun and we'll be making cards to send to the "shut ins" and those that complete the cards at the event will be able to send a card to someone who needs some cheering up. I love teaching others to stamp! I can't wait for this event. I hope a lot of women from the church participate. I tried to make the cards simple for beginning stampers, so, I hope this works out.