Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last Day to Order!

The last day to order from the current SU Catalog is TODAY. Let me know if you need anything!

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Sets!

For the stampers who came to the last class, we'll steer clear of Grand Finale samples for a minute and show something new!

The two sets I used on this card will be in the new catalog, which begins on Wednesday. The flower design is from a set called Kind & Caring Thoughts. It is a Level 3 Hostess Set. The circles come from a very popular new set called Circle Circus. I say it is already popular because when I held my downline swap a week ago, nearly everyone signed up to use that particular set. It will be a hot one!

I've used three of the new "In Colors" here. Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede and Dusty Durango. The In Colors all have coordinating markers this year! I used the Soft Suede to color the tips of the flowers, directly on the rubber, before stamping. I also used a new punch, called Modern Label Punch.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Grand Finale, pt 4

This card was one of the more simple ones we made at last week's class. The cupcake comes from the Darling Dots hostess set. The birthday greeting is a single stamp, found on the "Under $10" page at the back of the catalog. Everyone who attended the class received a free catalog if they wanted one, so you can all look it up easily! You can also see it in the online catalog.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grand Finale, pt 3

My Grand Finale class was held on Friday. I ended up with 22 signed up. One forgot (she wasn't a happy camper!), and one couldn't make it, so I had 20 that attended. Things went quite smoothly for such a large group.

This is one of the cards we made. I'm calling it card #3 because I've shown you two previously, here and here. I'll show the other seven in the upcoming days.

I got this card idea from Mary Fish's blog. I loved it the minute I saw it. My favorite part is the vase, which is made from the wide oval punch. The bottom of the vase is just one side of the oval, cut off! Those cute little flowers are made from the Big Shot and the Daisies die cut. We used the Big Shot a lot! I can't praise that tool enough!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

LOVE this!

I wish I was smart enough to put this You Tube video right on my blog, but I'm not. If you haven't seen Jon Schmidt's video of Taylor Swift's Love Story yet, you have to see it. I've been watching it for about a week and I just love it!

P.S. Jon looks like Richard's brother!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

A Fascinating Gadget...

I've owned the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die (for the Big Shot) for months, but haven't opened it. Quite frankly, the thing scared me a little! I knew I wanted to use it for my Grand Finale class so I decided I better start playing with it. FUN! This is my first attempt with it.

Here is the inside. I used the coordinating Cute & Curly stamp set and Punch to go with it.

This is what the die looks like. The purple part is a very strong magnet. You can move it around anywhere and it will stick while you run it through the Big Shot. The instructions say to cut through only one layer on this die, but I did layer the Walk in the Park Designer Paper on the card first and then run it through. It worked fine. Next time, I would put the card face down on the die instead of face up. The stitching around the cut out looks a little nicer on the inside than it does on the outside.

This die will actually cut out your card and score it too. I find the scoring nice, but the cutting kind of annoying. I already had my card cut, and it trimmed it a little more. Not a big deal at all, but I just think it is weird that it does that. If you have the Big Shot, or are thinking of getting it, I would recommend this die. It is a really neat one!

As demonstrators, we were able to pre-order several things that will be available in the new catalog beginning July 1st. One of the items was more shapes for this die. There is a star, heart, a scallop oval and another new type of punch. The name of them is Punch Shapes, so they all coordinate with our current punches. Mine are on their way!

Friday, June 05, 2009

No One Like You

I used one of the Simply Sent Card Kits on this card. I think these kits get overlooked by die-hard stampers. I loved this particular stamp set, called No One Like You, from the minute I saw it though and just got it recently. The kits are made for newer stampers, because they come with everything you need to get started including stamps, ink, paper, envelopes, ribbon, embellishments and adhesive. I used my own paper, etc. for this card rather than what came with the kit, however. I made this card for my monthly church swap group. I really like how it turned out.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Last Chance List Changes

I sent out my June Newsletter to everyone yesterday, and there has been a few changes to the "Last Chance" lists today. Here they are:

The following stamp sets have been removed from the Last Chance stamp list and will be available for purchase from the dormant list during the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog sales period.

114494 Forever
114492 Beautiful Baby
114486 Birthday Wish
114490 Glad Friends
114498 Flowers in Silhouette
114496 Celebrations
114488 Fun Flowers

Also, the following items were added to the Last Chance accessories list and are available for purchase while supplies last.
116209 Note of Thanks
116210 Birthdays Count

Remember that I receive an updated Last Chance Accessories List each day around 6:00 p.m. Let me know if you need a copy. Several items are already sold out!
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We've also been told it may be beneficial to keep In Color products (inks, papers, etc.) on hand after they retire. I know most customers do, but I've always sold mine once they retire. SU has indicated they may come up with some new products in the future that incorporate some of these past colors, so it would be nice to have the coordinating items on hand. Just a heads up for ya!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Another Grand Finale Card

This is the second and probably the last card I'll be showing for my Grand Finale Class. We'll be using the new Circle Scissor Plus (awesome!) on this one.

The class will be held on Friday, June 19 from 7-10 p.m. These cards are a little more ......um......detailed, than what we usually do. I don't want to use the word hard, because none of it is hard at all! They just might take a few more steps than usual. This class is a great deal and I'm sure you'll be glad you came.

On some cards, such as this one, you'll be able to choose your greeting or leave it blank. On the other card I've shown you (see here), there isn't a choice because the greeting matches the rest of the card so well.

The class is getting full, but so far we still only have around two people signed up per card, so that isn't a big deal at all. See complete class details on the right sidebar, and let me know if you have other questions.

Remember: You must sign up and be paid by June 8th in order to be included in the class preparations! Thanks to everyone who has already done so. I look forward to seeing you for my last stamp class as a demonstrator!