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Join During Sale-a-bration?

Have you thought about joining the Stampin' Up! family during Sale-a-bration and taking advantage of that awesome Starter Kit deal?

Don't know where to start with choosing products?

I'm made a list of my favourite suggestions for someone just starting out who doesn't have many stamping tools yet. You select $235 worth of products, for which you only pay $169.00. Then as you're putting your starter kit order in, you will be prompted to enter two free stamp sets as well.

Here's my list - hope you find it helpful!

 

Starter Kit Suggestions

1.Stampin' Trimmer
129722s I've had a lot of trimmers in my life, and in the $50 range, this is the best one ever!
2.Brights Classic Stampin' Pads
131182s You'll want a good range of colours to start with, and this pack contains the perfect red and green for Christmas cards, along with plenty of brights for birthday and other occasion cards.
3.Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
131527s 20 prescored cards and envelopes to get you going.
4.Stampin' Scrub
126200s You'll want to keep those new stamps in tip top shape.
5.Stampin' Mist
102394s Condition the rubber as well as cleaning.
6.Banner Triple Punch
138292s Make all sorts of banners to layer on your cards.

Once you have selected no more than $235.00 worth of tools and accessories, then add on two awesome stamp sets like the ones below.

7.Better Together Wood-Mount Stamp Set

141733s This is such a versatile stamp set - so many different occasions.
8.Flourishing Phrases Wood-Mount Stamp Set
141531s Beautiful greetings, delightful font, so many occasions, versatile flourish image

 

If you've made your list and are ready to place your order, there is a "Join Stampin' Up! button right at the top of this blog, or you can click here.


International Women's Day

I didn't mindfully plan any activities for International Women's Day today, but when I was getting breakfast and feeding the cat this morning, it occurred to me that I have planned one of the very best activities for such a day.

This morning I had some lovely ladies come over for a stamping class. Three of the ladies have never stamped with me before, so we did the classic "What is Stampin' Up?, how do you use the three different types of stamps? What other way can you ink up and use the stamps and the brush markers?, and then when we had nailed the basic techniques we learned how the Triple Time Stamping Technique works and each made a card.

It was such a lovely way to pass a couple of hours.

You might remember the Triple Time Stamping card I posted here at the start of February (click here to see it).

The ladies made very similar today, but I chose a different stamp set to try.

In The Meadow Triple Time Stamping (1)

I've used a couple of the stamps from In The Meadow Stamp Set and added a light touch of colour with the Stampin' Up! Water Colour pencils and a blender pen.

In The Meadow 2

The background layers are Cajun Craze - one of my favourite warm Stampin' Up! colours. Who was it who told me recently they didn't like that colour and never used it?? Gasp!!

Often with Triple Time Stamping, you'll find the card filled with images, but I really love how striking this one is with all the white space. You know that thought - when less is more?

The wonderful thing about today's class is it was completely tailored to the needs of the ladies. One of the ladies asked me about the technique, I was asked about different stamp sets to use for the technique, I was asked if I had a class planned where she could learn it. And on top of that she asked me about the different brands of ink pads because the ones she had were not giving her the result she expected.

I didn't have a class booked in my calendar to suit her request exactly, but I explained to her that if she could bring along 3-4 friends, we could go over all the basics of the SU! stamps and ink and then we could work on that technique and make a finished card. And she was even welcome to bring along her favourite butterfly stamp to see how that worked with the technique.

That's what I love about my SU! business - instead of just telling her how to make the card, I can invite her and her friends into my beautiful classroom, sit with them, answer their questions, show them some great tips for getting the most out of their stamps and ink and inspire them with a great project that they will be able to recreate in their own colours with their own stamps at home. It's a wonderful thing to be able to support someone's crafting in that way.

If you've never stamped, or if you've bought stamps and then been disappointed because "they don't love you",  then I warmly invite you along to one of my We Create Wednesday morning classes, or if that time slot doesn't work for you, please talk to me about booking in a class for you and your friends at a time that works for you.  I have a beautiful light-filled, airy classroom and if your guests end up ordering Stampin' Up! products totalling $250.0o or more, there will be free gifts for you for introducing them to me.

 Check my events calendar here for scheduled times, or comment below and I'll contact you to talk about booking your own tailored class, just for you and your best papercrafting buddies.