Stamps sing to me, Paper whispers my name. Welcome to all who craft--I hope you're glad you came!
Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and life-long craftin' addict!
There is the CUTEST jumbo Stampin' Around wheel to go with the Love & Laughter stamp set in the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog--did you see it? It's called Wedding Words, and it's super versatile. You can even ink individual phrases with a marker and stamp them separately, if you don't want to use the the whole roller. You'd be set for years to come, with a phrase for every season of love.
At only $8.50 each, jumbo wheels are an excellent choice for those occasions when you don't really need a lot of cards and don't want to invest in a whole stamp set. Definitely peek at the Baby Tees wheel--that one is TOO darling! You can see all the wheels, including our new Builder Wheels, on pages 235-6 of the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog.
Here's the inside of the above card, which is Blushing Bride (how appropriate!) and Basic Black, with Very Vanilla and a wee heart of Silver Glimmer Paper. We'll be making this at the 10-10-10 event tomorrow--and yes, I'm aware that this one is definitely going to take them longer than ten minutes to make! I may need to do a couple of the steps in advance. You guys are so spoiled.
Do you make the insides of your cards pretty, too? I'm enjoying the new Edgelits and coordinating Adorning Accents embossing folders for the Big Shot, on both the outside and inside of cards!
Wish we could have a cuppa together today, beloved ones! ! I just got off the phone with my mom and I miss her so much! She lives waaayyy too far away from me--over 1100 miles away. All ya'll with your momma nearby or even in the same town, you BE THANKFUL for that! I'm really jealous of all my mother-daughter and three generations stampers that come to my events. But, I know we are both where God has placed us, and at least in this modern world we have wonderful forms of communication that weren't possible even a short while ago. AND, I'm looking forward to a whole week with my mom and kids at Disney World--in just over a month!
Well, anyway, this Tea Shoppe card was created for the 10-10-10 event I'm holding this Saturday. It's all filled up, but you can email me if you want to be on the waiting list and if I get any cancellations, I'll call you right away. I mentioned I have a Designer Series Papers theme going on for the projects, and this card uses one of the most beautiful packs of them all, Beau Chateau. It is SOOOO gorgeous. I love the color combo of Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette with Very Vanilla.
After the 10-10-10, this card is headed to my beloved Gma--my grandma--in honor of the many tea parties we have held and attended together! She always got out the good cups. It made me feel special and grown up. The atmosphere was unhurried, full of reminices of my people and places I came from, and if I close my eyes I can still remember the breeze blowing through the sheer curtains in the dining room, the feel of the afternoon sun strong on my back. The cool, fragile china that warmed to the tea and then cooled it enough to sip. The funny tea cozy that went over the "Desert Rose" tea pot. The moist Depression-era "poorman's" bars with their plump raisins, and the thin-sliced, dry "seedy" cake that went so well with the Calli tea.
"She always got out the good cups." May it be said of me. May it be said, that I took moments out of my life to sit with friends. To pass the baton of memory down the road to the generation following. To take extra care that things looked pretty, that friends felt special, that an afternoon lazed by now and again. That I sent the cards I made. May that be said of me.
I accidentally came up with a cool thing while I was designing this easy Easter card to start things off at my friend Laurie's workshop earlier this month. Love it when an accident turns into something neat! I had planned to sponge the entire Whsiper White Organza ribbon for this card with my Elegant Eggplant ink to match the card base.
I started sponging it, but I didn't know how much ribbon to cut off the spool and therefore how far to keep sponging. So I wrapped it around my card and was in the process of mentally adding a couple more inches for the knot, when I realized that if I left it the way it was currently sponged, the knot would be two different colors.
Sure enough, after I cut it and tied the ribbon around my card, I had a two-tone ribbon and knot, and an easy and simple new way to embellish my card!
The possibilities for this are pretty cool--you can combine yellow AND green, pink AND blue, black AND white--you name it! Just sponge only half the ribbon you need to wrap around your project. I especially love the Whisper White Organza ribbon for this, because it has a gorgeous sheen to it, which still shows through any color you sponge on it. So it's like having shiny sparkly ribbon in ANY color! Sweetness!
Click here to see a quick photo tutorial on how to dye organza easily with a marker, and how to make it into curly ribbon, too! And then head to www.lyssa.stampinup.net to shop all our fantastic ribbon and embellishment choices. It's the last week of Sale A Bration 2012, too--make it count!
I've been in bed all day with a sick headache, so no stamping for me today--boo hoo! Too much partying over Spring Break, maybe? But luckily for you, I had some pictures of something impossibly cute I worked on last week that I can show you for your weekend inspiration. This is an easel card made with the Hearts Collection Framelits for the Big Shot. Ain't it something? Love my Framelits!
I've made lots of rectangular and square easel cards in my time, but this is the first heart-shaped one I've attempted, and it sure is cute. And now, with the new Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored, I can make an envelope to exactly fit it, too. Here's a side view so you can see the mechanism behind the easel.
While I had everything out to make the cute 1-inch square quilt part, I made up some quick "you rock" cards to send to members of my group who have accomplished something cool this last month. I love my Song of My Heart Demonstrators team ladies! I feel privileged to be the one to mentor them on their Stampin' Up journey. These cards will fit in our long open-end envelopes (and yes, they're mailable).
AHHH! I love it. While I was typing that last part, I got a Facebook notification from a team member who signed up her very first recruit today. Loving what we do and sharing what we love! I can't wait to meet the newest demonstrator in our group. Headache? What headache!?!
Be sure to let me know if you'd like an info packet on being a demonstrator, what all comes in the Starter Kit, and all the perks that you'd get if you signed up by the 31st. Don't wait, if you've been thinking about it--the big sale ends soon!
It's our Spring Break, as I mentioned before, and we went on a little getaway as a family for a very much-needed break. Mike had to bring online work along, but we still managed to have a lot of fun at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. I had not been back to the Dells for any length of time since I was about Natalie's age, so it was fun for me to see it all again. When we were tucking her in on Wednesday night, my little munchkin said it was 'the most fun day of her whole life.'
We went on the Ducks (amphibious trucks originally used in WWII and re-purposed for Dells sightseeing by a clever entrepreneur) right away when we got there--smart move, because it ended up getting rainy later during our visit. But it's just unusually gorgeous weather right now--between 60-80 degrees in March--whoo hoo for short sleeves, capris, sandals and shorts! It was really strange and fun driving through the forest on a road and then just going right down into the river or Lake Delton and boating across.
We saw quite a bit of Wisconsin wildlife along with the scenery, and some fun rock formations like this one. It's called Piano Rock because of the darker colored chunk that fell off the main projecting portion and resembles a grand piano on its end, with ornately carved legs.
Later that day, Mike had the opportunity to be photographed with the rare North American Sprawled Moose. We declined to be pictured with the more common North American Spreadeagled Buffalo but missed our chance to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot with the North American Reclining Sasquatch.
Yes, the Dells is mostly known now not for the gorgeous scenery, unfortunately--but for the waterparks and kitschy tourist traps. We went to the Great Wolf Lodge waterpark four times total, and Daniel and Mike went on every waterslide there. I was so proud of my fearless boy! We ate at and enjoyed Moosejaw Brewing Company and Buffalo Phil's (a model train delivers your food and drinks!) and also visited the outlet mall and Disney Store and the downtown Goody Goody Gumdrops candy store. Before we left today, we had to hit Paul Bunyan's Cook Shack, one place which was pretty much just like I remembered from all that time ago.
It was so nice to be there early in the season so there were no crowds, no waiting in line, and off-season rates, too. Our only casualties were a skinned knee (Mike in the wave pool), a bumped noggin (Dan in the Mineshaft) and two very chafed underarms (Natalie in her floaty vest). Not too bad for a family for whom coordination is not a strong suit : )
Ahh.... loving this combo! Something about the bright summery red and the crisp coolness of the aqua just go together so perfectly. Combined with the bold graphics in the Mixed Bunch stamp set, the sweeping arc of the Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossing folder, and the delicious little 50's flower pattern from the Domestic Goddess Designer Series Papers, this 'update on a retro theme' card would be a pretty big day-brightener if it arrived in your mailbox!
Now... if I'd only stamped the sentiment straight : ) Oh well--my friends know me--and maybe it's reassuring that even a Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year and a seven-year veteran still stamps crooked now and again? If you've ever wanted to send someone a card but felt intimidated, wondering if they'd judge your work--don't let that stop you! If they are anything like me, they'll be so pleased and surprised to get anything besides bills in the mail, and so touched that you took the time to write (by hand!!) a greeting inside, they'll treasure your little piece of creativity forever.
Make it a goal this weekend to send out a card--just one! I know many of you stamp and never send--I'm guilty of that sometimes, too. But think of how good YOU feel when you get something pretty in the mail--and pay it forward this weekend.
I'm excited at the way my spring 10-10-10 event for March 31st is shaping up, and I'm loving the focus on Designer Series Papers! I think I have finally gotten over my tendency to hoard them, and I can actually bring myself to cut into the sheets. Designer Series Papers help me break out of my color rut and try combos I never would have dreamed up on my own.
It also helps that I got the papers for the cards in this post for FREE! I love Sale A Bration! And the Everyday Enchantment papers are SOOOO gorgeous and so versatile. Plus, there's those yummy brads and organdy skinny ribbon to coordinate--be sure you take a look at pages 6-7 of the Sale A Bration rewards brochure before the big sale ends on the 31st!
We'll be making this simple, colorful card at the 10-10-10 event, and I'll bring the entire Fabulous Phrases set along so that you can choose words to form your own custom greeting. There's still time left to RSVP--email me and if I can make it happen I will squeeze you in!
Here's another card that uses the same papers and color schemes. This one was for Calendar Club this week. Between the 11 of us, we sure gave that Beautiful Wings embosslit a run for it's money!
The inside on this one is fun, too! There were different sayings people could use from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. I have a feeling that one may retire here in May, so make sure you take a gander at the set and the coordinating punch, as once it hits the retirement list, it will sell out pronto.
Stay tuned for more posts I have set up to share with you while I'm enjoying the gorgeous weather of our Spring Break with my family! I will have to post some pictures of my giant babies. You won't believe how they have shot up recently. I was surprised their swimsuits were still decent! We'll have to get them new ones before we head out on the Stampin' Up Disney World incentive trip in April. Whoo hoo!
I tend to keep my handmade sympathy cards simple. I figure it is not the time to WOW someone with my expertise, but to keep the focus on the message I want to make sure they receive--I am genuinely sorry they are hurting.
I like the subdued color scheme of this one, although it started out monochromatic. I added the Bravo Burgundy to the card after doing the self-watercoloring technique on the stamped flowers, because the ink separated out to a pinkish brown. Turned out to be an improvement over the browns I had originally envisioned. I also really liked the way the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the Big Shot added some texture, especially when sponged with Sahara Sand ink to coordinate with the card base.
Here's another version with a different sentiment and Chantilly lace trim instead of the Very Vanilla velvet ribbon. I just ADORE how the Loving Thoughts stamp set goes so well with the Apothecary Art stamp set and coordinating Labels Collection Framelits. When you have the two, you have endless combinations of frames and sentiments to suit just about any occasion that might arise. And of course, since it's Sale A Bration time, getting the two together will earn you a free reward choice from the SAB brochure! Dig out your mini catalog and take a peek--the mini catalog goes through the end of April, but Sale A Bration has just over ONE WEEK LEFT!
I've been in hog heaven this weekend just designing away for my upcoming 10-10-10 event (4 spots left--details here). I did five in one sitting--I love it when things just work together! My theme for this event is Delightful Designer Papers, and each of the ten cards features some of Stampin' Up's awesome patterned papers.
This birthday hat card showcases the 2011-13 In Color DSP Stack, combined with the ka-pow of Poppy Parade.The sentiment is from the free Sale A Bration stamp set Outlined Occasions.
Hope you can join us at the Spring 2012 10-10-10 on Saturday, March 31st--the fnal day of Sale A Bration 2012! RSVP now.
I realize it's been a bit since I posted anything of MINE on here! Yes, I have been stamping. I have just been incredibly busy with Sale A Bration! Actually, in kind of a wierd paradox, the more events I do, the less variety of things I stamp, because I will often use a project for more than one event, if I know there is not going to be any overlap of attendees.
But yes, I have made some cute things I want to share with you, and this will be the perfect week to play catch up, because it is Spring Break for us. I have to fight for computer time with my husband and kids home! And we're taking off on a little much-needed family getaway in a while here, so I will schedule some fun posts for you to enjoy while I'm "off" work.
We made this card with the Create A Card Club down in Fort Atkinson, because those ladies wanted a refresher course in the "baby wipe as ink pad" technique. We used the Mixed Bunch stamp set and matching Blossom punch, with Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, and So Saffron ink refills. We ALSO made this card at my friend Kathy's workshop, because she wanted to learn about the new Edgelits and coordinating Adorning Accents embossing folders for the Big Shot.
Everyone at both events loved working with the gorgeous pleated satin ribbon and the great sentiments in the Love & Laughter set (2012 Occasions Mini Catalog, page 29). Pear Pizazz and Peach Parfait are both retiring in May--make sure you stock up on these two lovely 10-12 In Colors before they are gone for good!
It was my great delight to travel with a large group of uplines, downlines, sidelines, and other assorted demonstrator friends to the 2012 Milwaukee Regional Conference last Saturday. Many thanks to Ginger "Snaps" Photography for the wonderful, memory-filled photos I'm sharing with you this week!
This photo is of most of my actual team members who were able to attend; some had already left by the time we rounded up the rest for the picture. Left to right: Carol G, Keri R, Allana B, Danielle L, Cristy B, Christine B, Carrie D and Lyssa Z!
Gonna brag on one of my girls here for a minute! As I mentioned, one of my team members was also selected to present at the regional conference in Milwaukee last week. Cristy Butzen did a fantastic job! You would not have known she was nervous--she aced it like a pro! Wish I'd gotten to hear it, but I was busy with my own My Digital Studio presentation. She's going to do it for us at the April demonstrator meeting, though!
Cristy had an idea to take a Framelits card to a whole 'nother level, with multiple moving parts, and it was AMAZING. She had about 11 very different samples, each one cooler than the next! The technique is a little time-consuming, so it will not be a Make N Take at a workshop, but we'll be making one of Cristy's cards at my "Try It Tuesday" class on the 27th--so RSVP today to learn this awesome trick!
I made her a card when we got back (nothing like this one!!). Inside, I wrote--"now everyone else knows what I have known all along--you are amazing." I can't wait to see where Cristy's enthusiasm and clever ideas take her next! I just love being a mentor and passing along my hard-won tips and tricks. I am my girls' (and guy!) biggest cheerleader, whether they're just getting up the courage to hold their first open house, or they are walking across the stage at our national convention.
If you're thinking of becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator and Song of My Heart team member, now is really the time. There's a special for Sale A Bration, so you don't have to pay full price for the kit--plus you get over $100 worth of product over the next nine months of 2012. We're talking over $450 worth in the Starter Kit, totally customizable, for just $125 plus tax.
You'd be silly not to think about it! Don't be silly : )
Click here to view what comes in the Standard Starter Kit--$125 until March 31st, 2012
I was asked to do a St. Patrick's Day scrapbook spread for Scrap A Stack class tonight, and I was super fun to pull out all my variously-sized heart punches and start putting together shamrocks.The pot of "gold" is the Top Note shape for the Big Shot, cut in Basic Black cardstock and just folded, with Brushed Silver cardstock circles punched within larger circles for the handles. The "gold" coins are Daffodil Delight cardstock 3/4 inch circles, sprayed liberally with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.
TIP: It's a good idea to do your smaller holiday (Valentine's, St. Pat's, even Easter) pages in ADVANCE of the actual day, so you remember to take pictures of your little cuties enjoying the season. Show the pages to your kids (if they are older) and ask them to help you remember to grab your camera.
Scrap A Stack class has no monthly commitment, so you can sign up to attend at any time, beginning with the April 26th meeting. The class is FREE with a $25 minimum order.
Ahhh!! I love it! The display board I take to my events is all full of gorgeous new samples, thanks to the Milwaukee regional conference last weekend. I am so impressed with the talented Stampin' Up demonstrators and their wonderful willingness to share.
I was super excited to see the Afternoon Tea II digital kit pop up yesterday in the week's fresh downloads for My Digital Studio. Did you know there are new downloads to look at and purchase from Stampin' Up almost every single week of the year?
Think of how fast your scrapbook would pull together using an all-inclusive kit like this! I can't wait--I think I am going to use this kit for an 8x8 album of the four Milwaukee regional conferences that I have been to. I just ordered my South Caribbean incentive cruise album yesterday. I am nearing the end of the Alaska cruise one and about halfway done with the last national convention one. I am going to have a whole shelf of these nifty little albums, each one a Stampin' Up different trip or convention.
I LOVED that Afternoon Tea product suite when it was in a mini catalog a couple of years ago, and even after the Live Your Dream stamp set retired, it was one of the very few I kept for personal use (those of you who've seen how tiny my stamp room is, know I don't keep just anything after I can no longer sell it). I love the Henry David Thoreau quote--"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined." That's what I hope I encourage my team members--and all of you--to do!
But that was just ONE of the fantastic downloads released yesterday! Click here to view the others and to browse the Digital Designing section of my shopping website. and don't forget, if you've been wondering what My Digital Studio is like, there is a free 30-day trial of the My Digital Studio Express that you can download and have a peek. You can even purchase downloads, create stuff and have it printed during the 30-day trial--AND it all counts towards Sale A Bration rewards, too. WOW!
Love the bright colors on these pretty swap cards I got at the 2012 Milwaukee Regional Seminar. I was definitely not the only one enamored of the new Mixed Bunch set and matching Blossom Punch! And below is a bunch of girly ones, for those of you who love flowers, lace, and pretty dresses.
One of the best parts of any stampin' Up event is swapping ideas with other demonstrators. I got some really good inspiration from the swaps at the 2012 Milwaukee regional seminar. I bet you will, too!
I had a couple of thank you cards and gifts to hand-deliver to special people at the regional seminar last Saturday, among them this rainbow-colored heart punches one I made for Shannon West. She is both amazing and awesome as well as immensely talented, so this stamp was perfect!
Isn't the rainbow adorable? This was a super fun card to make. I am getting tons of good out of my Small Heart punch lately! Click here to see one of my favorites with it. Pink Inspiration
I also made this little Hug card for my downline Cristy, to give to her some encouragement before her demonstration that morning. Unfortunately, it never made it off my desk and into my regionals bags. I will have to give it to her later. It's ok--she knows I'm a total flake. I am forever handing people sealed envelopes and explaining that apparently I wrote them a card sometime in the past and I can't remember why or when, but it has their name on it, so here it is.
Wondering where these stamps are in the catalog? They are from a hostess-exclusive stamp set called Perfect Words (page 12 of the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog). I got them because they say exactly the things my team members deserve to hear right now--they ARE fantastic and they DO inspire me. They totally ROCK my world!
You can only get this stamp set by hosting a party, though, and time is running out for this catalog year. Email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your party!