Jul 18, 2010

Things don't always turn out the way you intend...

I was trying to prepare for my stamp club yesterday and I decided to try using a sketch from the Mojo Monday blog (a great place to start when you are feeling stumped, by the way).
So this sketch inspired me and I decided to create a card using it. Now I have a rectangular scallop die for my Big Shot and thought I would use that for the focal point of my card.
Well, when I pulled it out, I realized it was too big. So, I thought, "well I have a scallop circle die that I could use instead."

Guess what? When I pulled it out and tried that one, it was too big as well. I had originally planned to use Basic Black, Baja Breeze and the new Cherry Cobbler (a color combo I got from new Stampin' Up color coach).
So I had planned to use the medallion image in the new Artistic Etchings stamp set as a background stamp. So this is where I started....

So I cut out a scallop circle using my Big Shot because I thought the round shape would work well with the Medallion stamp image.

When I got the scallop die-cut next to the card, it was too big and I decided to switch gears. I pulled out my new newsprint Designer Series paper. I decided I wanted a vintage feel for the card, but now the Baja Breeze color wasn't giving me the right feel so I pulled the Baja out and decided to use just the Newsprint, black and Cherry Cobbler.
After fiddling for a little while, I came up with this:

But it wasn't working for me. There was too much open space on the top note die in the background and those two eyes were bugging me behind the Eiffel Tower image. I pulled out my Big Shot again and embossed the top note die, added some "hardware" and a sentiment.
This is the final card:

So... a rather crazy, round-about way to come up with a final version, but I think I like how it came out.
Having said that, though, it's not going to make the cut for club. So now I need to go back to work and come up with another design that WILL work for my stamp club...
Here I go again..... Happy Sunday!

Jul 17, 2010

Seriously... am I a scrapbooker or not?

So I'm supposed to be a scrapbooker, right? Then why is it that I ALWAYS forget to take photos of my Stampin' Up events!?

Last weekend (I know, I'm a little late) I held my first ever Hostess Appreciation event. I had 14 people attend and I think (hope) everyone had a good time.

We had two make-n-takes, lots and lots of yummy food, well-loved retired goodies for sale, games and lots of prizes and free goodies.

Overall, I think it was successful and I look forward to hosting another one next summer. If you want to ensure you are on the invite-only guest list next year, be sure to host a workshop sometime between now and June 30 of next year.

This year I was a little more open with who was invited because my customer base is still rather small. However, I've already got plans in the works to grow my business (hopefully double) by next year -- so I may have to limited it strictly to hostesses -- so be sure to book a date soon to ensure you get invited.

So would you like to see some of the projects and goodies we had? Well, I didn't take a photo of the free goody item that each hostess/VIP got. It was a craft keeper (a 12 X 12 pocket folder to hold paper and keep it from bending) with a new product sampler including designer series paper from two different new patterns plus matching cardstock. I also included matching ribbon, some new designer buttons and an antique brad.

All guests also got a free hand-stamped "sweet treat" filled with M & Ms:

I used the new exclusive Level 2 hostess set called Apple Blossoms. I really like this set. I think it has a lot of versatility. In fact, I used it for the card make-n-take as well:

Very simple, but I like it. The last make-n-take was actually using our 5 X 5 on board journals and a design I copied out of my demonstrator magazine ( I just fell in love with it and thought my customers would, too):

The journal uses a new Level 1 Hostess set called Punch Potpourri. It has four stamps that all coordinate with one of Stampin' Up's fabulous newly designed punches.

I know I've been rather MIA in recent weeks. I'm still having some difficulty getting into a routine with the new job. I've been going to bed early thinking, "Oh, I'll just get up early and get some stamping and updates done." But then when the sun comes up in the morning I just roll over and go back to sleep until the last possible minute!

Hopefully, transitioning my body clock from "night owl" to "early bird" will be successful in the coming weeks... although I'm not really all that confident in that. I'm thinking I may just need to get by on less sleep!

Hope you are enjoying this fabulous summer weekend... thanks for stopping by!
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