Thursday, July 29, 2010

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...


Schedule your next workshop by August 31, 2010 and earn an additional $35 in FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise when you hold a workshop totaling $450 or more! AND you still earn exclusive hostess only stamp sets and free product! What a great deal!

For example if your workshop totalled $450 you will receive:
- A free Level 1 or Level 2 stamp set of your choice. To see these great hostess only stamp sets see pages 9 to 16 of the new catalog or CLICK HERE to view the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue online. Or there are hostess sets avaliable in the Summer Mini Catalogue as well.
- Receive $80 in FREE Stampin' Up! product ($45 + $35)
- You invite friends and family to either your home or mine! I will gladly hold the workshop in my home for you!
- Personalized product demonstration and time for all stamping guests to create their own project with supplied materials.

Need more information about being a hostess? Head over here to read all about it!

~Amanda
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Stampin' Story!

I first heard about Stampin' Up! from my good friend, Andrea while my husband and I were living in Manitoba. Us girls would scrapbook while our men went hunting and fishing. I was not instantly hooked, to tell you the truth I was a bit put off to add stamping to my scrapbook pages. Over time though I was able to experiment with Andrea's supplies. Now I have a hard time picking my absolute favourites from the current catalogues! In the summer of 2007 we decided it was time to find a local demonstrator to do a workshop for us. It was great! As a stay-at-home wife without a vehicle and living at least 30 minutes from the nearest city becoming a demonstrator would cover a lot of our needs. So I joined in September 2007. Being a demonstrator has created the chance to make money while meeting new friends and sharing my love of crafts!

When my husband lost his job we moved back to Kingston, Ontario to be closer to our families. It certainly was a challenge and heartache to move back but I was able to bring my Stampin' Up! business with me! This job is very flexible, so while I have been busy volunteering in a local Brownie Girl Guide Unit and working a full time job at my family's business I am still able to work as little or as much on growing my Stampin' Up! business. Right now I am working on building and sharing Stampin' Up! with others so that I can quit my full time job and work from home again!

I love these photos I took around the farm in 2005 with the Prairie landscape and big fluffy clouds! My heart aches to go back! Thanks for taking the time to read My Story.

Supplies
Stamps: Circle Circus
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Old Olive textured 12x12, Basic Grey, Retired Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon 1/4" and 5/8", Old Olive brads, sticky strip, clips assortment, retired Designer Button, glue dot, stampin' dimensionals

~Amanda
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

White washed background


I've been inspired lately to create some wedding cards. Especially since my friend is getting married in only 7 weeks! The card above was my first creation. The stamped image is from my seldom used Fun and Fast Notes stamp set. Did you notice the Daffodil Delight 1-1/4" grosgrain ribbon? I folded it in half on both cards.



This next card is basically the same, except after embossing with the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, I brayered Whisper White craft ink onto one side of the Night of Navy card stock. What a cool technique! I saw it somewhere online, thanks to whomever you are! So cool!

Which one do you like better? I gave my friend the second card for her Bridal Shower today that I co-hosted (I'm her maid of honour).

Supplies
Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes
Ink: Whisper White craft ink, Black Stazon
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories: Daffodil Delight 1-1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Regals Designer button, glue dots, sticky strip, stampin' dimensional, various stampin' write markers, brayer, Big Shot and Vintage Wallpaper Impression folder

~Amanda
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hummingbird

Using Cherry Cobbler ink with the big floral image from the stamp set Elements of Style creates a vintage background for Mr. Hummingbird. The design reminds me of old platters and place settings. Both Mr. Hummingbird and the vintage background are popped on stampin' dimensionals to create depth.

Supplies
Stamps: Elements of Style
Ink: Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler, River Rock
Paper: Basic Grey, Whisper White, River Rock
Accessories: Basic Grey 5/8" satin ribbon, large oval punch, sticky strip, stampin' dimensionals, Big Shot and Top Note bigz die

~Amanda
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

This card says summer to me!


This card was one of the make 'n takes during the New Catalogue release workshop. If you missed the workshop and would like to host your own or have me run one at my home please drop me a line!

The Greenhouse Gala designer series paper is very striking with it's bold images and bright colours. I really wanted the paper to shine on the card, so instead of covering the designer paper up completely, I layered a piece of Crumb Cake that was cut with the Big Shot and Lattice bigz die.

The flower image was coloured in with stampin' write markers, there is even a little bit of Real Red mixed in with the Pumpkin Pie on the petals. Finish the card with a hint of red and voila, complete!

Supplies
Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala Designer series paper
Accessories: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizazz stampin' write markers, Real Red brad, stampin' dimensionals, wide oval punch,word window punch, Big Shot, Two Tags bigz die, Lattice bigz die

~Amanda
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Friends in Saffron

What a difference the Vintage Wallpaper textured impressions folders has on the base of this card! Originally I had stamped on the card base with So Saffron ink with another image from Just Believe (I just flipped the card over so the back of this card has the stamped images on it! he he) but the stamped image was not dramatic enough! So it was sandwiched through the Big Shot and voila!

The purple image with flowers was trial and error as well. First I tried Perfect Plum, but that purple was not dark enough for the card and it also had two So Saffron brads in the centres of the flowers. Then it was stamped in Concord Crush without brads, it still did not look right. Lastly I coloured the stamp with Stampin' Write markers to get the best look.

Supplies
Stamps: Just Believe
Ink: Soft Suede, Concord Crush
Paper: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Concord Crush, Old Olive and So Saffron stampin' write markers, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, sticky strip, 5/16" Very Vanilla Jumbo brads, mat pack, piercing tool, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper textured impressions folder, Top Note Die

~Amanda
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Just Believe!

This new stamp set arrived at work on Friday! Just in time for me to whip up this card for today's workshop! I came up with the colour combo while sorting through retired ribbon. Usually I would not put Tempting Turquoise together with Old Olive and Early Espresso, but it jumped right out at me! The card layout is based on a card I made last July: Thinking of Chocolate.

Supplies
Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Early Espresso markers, Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, stampin' dimensionals, sticky strip

~Amanda
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Baja Breeze!

Designer series paper can make a card very easy to create and it is double sided! You could also use a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Friends Never Fade stamp set to create a faux designer paper of you own in whatever colours you choose.

Baja Breeze, a previous In Colour from 2007, is one of my ultimate favourite colours. What is your favourite colour in the new collections?

Supplies
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz, Greenhouse Gala designer series paper
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Baja Breeze ribbon (retired), designer buttons, glue dots, stampin' dimensionals, wide oval punch, scallop board punch, sticky strip

~Amanda
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Faux Tin Ceiling Technique!

Came across a very cool technique on the weekend over on Splitcoaststampers. This card is for the WICKED challenge for Demonstrators. I haven't participated in this challenge before, and I have 2 other parts for this months challenge to try too! Guess you can say I've been lurking for long enough, time to break out of my comfort zone and do some challenges!

To create the tin roof ceiling technique I started with Sahara Sand paper and heat embossed silver powder all over it and then punched out the circles. Then theses circles were run through the Big Shot with the new Vintage Wallpaper Impression folder then heated each circle with the heat tool to get the silver embossing nice and shiny!

I hope to see you on Sunday to celebrate the release of Stampin' Up!'s new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue! Are you in the Kingston, Ontario area and wish to attend? Please contact me by email to reserve your spot.

Supplies
Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8" satin ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, Silver embossing powder, glue dot, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Impression folder, Top Note Die

~Amanda
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Thursday, July 01, 2010

2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue starts today!


Today is finally here! Ever since I received my own paper copy of the new Idea Book and Catalogue I've been counting down the days until it goes live! I even have my first order all ready to go!

Do you want to get a digital copy of the catalogue? Click here

~Amanda
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