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!
Always enjoy making the three projects for Scrap A Stack club each month. Maybe it's the larger canvas, or the opportunity for more embellishments--but it's almost more fun than making cards. This month I focused on retiring colors like the Blush Blossom mats on this Rose Red page, accented with DSP from the Thoroughly Modern line and lots of flowers from my new favorite die cut, Blossom Party.
The retiring colors for this spread were Dusty Durango, one of the In Colors that will be leaving us beginning June 1st, and Ballet Blue. Had a lot of fun with this page--some made boy bears, some made girls.
If you'd like to join this club on a short term basis, we could squeeze in one or two more for the summer months. Shoot me an email and I'll get with you when I get back from the cruise!
I tried to convince Daniel that "dolphin trainer" is not an imaginary person from a book, but he was so determined that that was what he wanted to be for a special book day at school, that I let him. So we got out an old Stampin' Up name badge holder and a whistle and whipped up a little nametag for him. He put his stuffed dolphins in the Star Wars Dagobah frog aquarium he got for Christmas (the tadpoles still haven't come). Cute as a bug! Someone somewhere wrote about an imaginary dolphin trainer in a book once, right?!!?
Well, it's that time! I have known about and been anticipating this trip for eleven months now and it is finally here. I still can't believe it! My mom flies in today and then it will seem more real. I have a to-do list as long as my arm, but the first thing on it was to check in here and let you all know I will have plenty of inspiration for you while I'm gone.
For today, here's some more fun things from the Workshop of A Lifetime.
Karen left a box of chocolates at the front desk of the hotel to be given to me when we checked in. Wasn't that sweet? Shelli told me she had done the same at the bed and breakfast they stayed at. Karen is so thoughtful! I don't know how she managed to find time to make those little extra touches, but she did! LOVE the flower. And no, I don't know how she did it. Karen, when you read this, take a minute and leave a comment, because I am sure I am not the only one who wants to know!
I'd never been to Karen's house, but she told me her kitchen had dark green countertops. Now, greens are hard to match, but I went out on a limb and made Handsome Hunter and Certainly Celery nametags and paper goods. When they were all finished, they were fairly boring--so I added little embossed butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, in Pumpkin Pie. One of the things that got bumped when I added the regionals presentation to my April was the strings of butterflies I had planned to make to decorate, and a matching welcome banner. Oh well--can't do it all--and there was precious little time to set up anyway.
And then because I can't leave well enough alone--
I embossed the paper plates with the Statement of the Heart, stamped the paper cups to coordinate (with a butterfly attached with a mini glue dot, which kept people's hands away from the stamping so it didn't bleed onto their fingers) and made favors with the Bitty Box & Envelope die on the Big Shot. Yep, it's a true addiction. I can't help myself. I stamp EVERYTHING!!! : )
I tell ya, I sure have gotten my money's worth out of that Bitty Box die--I have literally die cut hundreds of those so far for showers, church banquets, anniversary receptions, etc. it's just mesmerizing to be able to cut out precisely as many as you need, in exactly the right color, and know that if you screw one up, you can make another. After years of cheap, pre-cut, limited color choice favor boxes and hundreds of tired tulle circles--it's like heaven to this decorator!
Ok--off to set up a bunch of posts for you to enjoy while I'm gone. I am going to be on a true vacation--totally unplugged--for the first time in forever. I know you'll all be dying for cruise news, but you will just have to wait! I'm going to enjoy every second of this vacation. And then I'll throw you all an enormous, free, fantastic Island Adventure party on Saturday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. See you there!
If you didn't know Shelli Gardner has a blog, you're in for a treat. Start here with this post about Karen's Workshop of a Lifetime, and then enjoy browsing and reading about the other WOAL's and various projects and events that Shelli is working on. The cards they made at Karen's show are also pictured.
Above is the scrapbook page/framed art piece we worked on at the meeting. A lot of people had never noticed this Big Shot die before--it's called Blossom Party and it is an SU exclusive. I just love it! I've made all kinds of barrettes, pins and magnets with it already. We also texturized the So Saffron piece with the Finial Press folder.
The page has the Statement of Heart embossed in silver on Old Olive cardstock. The Statement of the Heart reads, "To love what we do, and share what we love; to inspire others to creativity and worthwhile accomplishments; In this, we make a difference."
Thanks to our fearless photog Ginger, we all have a beautiful individual portrait of ourselves with Shelli to go on the Pumpkin Pie mat. (And yes, ladies, they're coming, I promise. Ginger took over 700 photos so it's been a lot of work to edit, organize and transfer them all. A card would be very appropriate!)
Today's my last stampin' event before the cruise. I'm excited for Big Shot club tonight, but it will feel good to have a break, too. I have a lot to do before my momma flies in on Thursday--mostly shovelling out my little pack rat's pink-and-white stamped bedroom so Gramma can sleep in there. Wonder who she got that "messy gene" from??
Stampin' Up's official charity (although they generously donate to all kinds of causes) is the Ronald McDonald House. Every year they have a specific stamp set and a percentage of the sale goes towards RMDH. This year, the set is called Very Thankful and it's my favorite of all the RMDH ones I have seen.
So at our Workshop of a Lifetime team meeting, we held a limited supplies challenge to make cards for Karen's local RMDH. Stampers had to make a regular-sized card using only the materials on a certain table--no fair running to swipe a punch or ink pad from another Make N Take! They also had to use one of everything on the table. It was quite a challenge--but the best part was that Shelli got to pick her two favorites, and they got to keep the stamp sets!
But the really exciting part was, unbeknownst to me, Karen's family has a soft spot in their hearts for the RMDH because of some past health issues for one of their girls. So it was just perfect that we chose to do this activity at the meeting. Plus, it was so much fun, I think we'll make it a regular fixture. If you are a demo in my area, you're very welcome to attend my monthly meetings. Email me for details, and pretty soon YOU might be winning a limited supplies challenge yourself!
Shameless name-dropping here... me with Pam Morgan after regionals. I pretended I was Pam when I got up there so I wouldn't be nervous. I really admire Pam's conversational style of presenting. I was privileged to be in on an impromptu discussion with Pam and a couple of demos after regionals and got to watch her listening... it was fascinating. She listens as actively as she speaks.
Me with the ever-adorable Carrie Cudney.... just loved her outfit and the too precious orange flats she had on. As always, her projects rocked! If I ever slow down for a minute, I can't wait to try mixing the new Shimmer Paints into reinkers. WOW...
Me with the lovely and sweet Shannon West, and Donna Griffith, who is fast becoming one of my favorite new presenters...we were like a color palette of all my favorite colors that day! I've gushed before about Shannon so I won't do it again. She's gonna think I'm some sort of stampin' stalker...
And, me with Shelli Gardner at the Workshop of a Lifetime last week. I had her sign some of my So Shelli Signature Line stamp set cases with a Sharpie. I will never part with them! many thanks to Ginger for bringing her professional equipment along so we could all have nice portraits with "Mrs. Stamp," as my goofy husband calls her.
A gal could get used to all this rubbing shoulders with famous people!
Couple more photos from the 10-10-10 event here... this Old Olive, So Saffron, Kraft and Close to Cocoa card on the right was inspired by the one on the left, which I received from Shannon West after presenting at the Milwaukee regional conference last weekend. I would have CASE'd it exactly except that I wanted to work in the new Square Lattice texture folder as a sneak peek from the upcoming Summer Mini. But thanks to Shannon for a great color combo and another way to use a favorite set, Pocket Silhouettes.
I love Basic Gray with just about anything, so this Elements of Style card (also a sneak preview of a set in the Summer Mini catalog) makes me happy. When I first saw it, I thought it was a little strange to have such different styles all mixed in one stamp set, but now I love layering the different flourishes and floral sprays to get different looks.
The Close as a Memory and Fresh Cut card on the left is made with Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Blush Blossom--a great combo--but all three colors are retiring, so if you are like me and can't envision a world without Mellow Moss, you'll want to stock up! The "old" color families are guaranteed to be available through the end of May, but come June 1st, it's first come, first serve. DON'T WAIT!!!
Especially check out which of your school colors you will need for scrapbooking in the future are retiring this next month. Lots of you are stocking up on Brilliant Blue--otherwise known in my area as Gosling Blue, Michigan Blue, and Maranatha Blue! And don't forget to pick up an ink refill at the same time, so your pad will stay good for years and years down the road.
I had a lot of fun designing the projects for my spring 10-10-10 event around the retiring colors (haven't heard about the Color Renovation? Click here). This Eiffel Tower card, made with the Chic Boutique set, looks awesome in Sage Shadow and Handsome Hunter, one of my favorite combos. It maybe took a wee bit longer than ten minutes to make this one, but I couldn't resist!
Love the unusual stacked layout on this one. It's hard to see, but Shimmer Spray made it even prettier. I love this combo of Pale Plum with Rich Razzleberry. RR is staying, but PP is going--so I will have to find a new combo to get my lavender fix in. Lots of good memories with this stamp set--For All You Do--it was the free one we got in Hawaii on the incentive trip last year. Wonder what this year's set will look like??!! One week to find out!
Now this one was more like a true ten minute card. One of my goals was also to have a last hurrah with the fun items out of the Occasions Mini catalog, and everyone really liked the glittery Sending Love designer paper, once I quit hoarding it and starting actually using it.
There were ten designs total, of course, but these were my favorites. The set I used on this card, Fifth Avenue Floral, is on sale through the end of April. Just click on the Two-Step into Spring icon on the right hand bar of my blog for more details. Four springy floral stamp sets are on sale, and there's a chance to get a sneak preview set, Awash with Flowers, totally free this month! Check it out!
Here's all the demonstrators (and potential demonstrators!) that attended Karen Cooper's Workshop of a Lifetime team meeting. Shelli is next to Karen (holding the banner) and her daughter Sara is second from the left. That's me in the Wild Wasabi green slacks on the right, next to our fearless photographer, Ginger! It was Ginger's idea to use the big homemade play ground equipment and fort for the photo.
I'm so glad this photo turned out ok. The wind was blowing somethin' fierce that day! The gals had to hold the banner with both hands. So if our hair looks a trifle wonky in the next few posts, that's why.
This is Karen's youngest. Isn't she precious? We so enjoyed meeting the girls. Karen and Gary have nine lovely daughters. I really liked getting to meet most of them (some were working when we were there) and also meet some of their special pets--including two enormous Mastiffs--never seen a dog like that in my whole life!
Many. many thanks to Karen's family for their gracious welcome as a whole herd of crazy stampin' ladies descended on their farm and turned everything upside-down for two days!
Karen even had her Decor Elements chalkboard decorated for the event!
Here's a little punch art sweetie to tide you over while we're waiting for the photos from the Workshop of a Lifetime.
We had a fantastic time from start to finish. We road-tripped from all over the place on Wednesday, met up at the hotel, and stamped late into the night. Helen Meissner brought this card for us to make. She said the idea was not original with her but I didn't catch who it was inspired by. Super cute!
More to come from the WOAL event ASAP! Now it's back to work prepping for my 10-10-10 event tomorrow, and my clubs next week... lots to do before the cruise!
WHOO HOO!!!! I can't wait. One week and three days left to wait until we get on that plane and then board the Adventure of the Seas, bound for the sunny southern Caribbean!! Seems like I've been looking forward to it FOREVER, and it's finally almost here. WOW... still can't believe all this is happening to me. Little stay at home mom from small town Wisconsin--wait, make that world traveling business woman!
Stampin' Up sends the travel documents in style, in a travel wallet/passport holder thingy that will coordinate with the bag we'll be getting (can't wait to see that. I know it's crazy but I LOVE the bags and I'm absolutely bananas over any shade of turquoise, so I squealed with delight over this package!) See the Tropical Oasis pattern inside the wallet? That's from the new DSP in the upcoming Summer Mini Catalog. SOOO cool...
OK! enough gushing over that. I'm leaving for the Workshop of a Lifetime down in Indiana today and I have a ridiculously long list of things I'm going to attempt to do in the next four hours. Wish me luck, and stay tuned for multiple posts of all the cool things I'm going to be blessed to be able to see and do the next two days.