The Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Thailand was amazing. They spoiled us like you wouldn’t believe! Every little thing was taken care of while we were there. On our door was a personalized sign for each of the achievers.
Since we had basically the whole resort it was fun to read the name on each door as you walked around. The resort was absolutely beautiful with the most amazing swimming pool I’ve ever seen. It was really 4 different free form pools connected my a waterway – like a lazy river but there wasn’t really a current. So you could float or walk through the water from one section to another. At one end were the sports stuff including a beach and sand inside the pool. Our room overlooked this end of the pool. Most of the kids seemed to be hanging out at this end. There was a swim up bar, a couple of waterfalls and Jacuzzi areas along the way. Some of the rooms were right on the water and so were some of the restaurants.
It’s taken me a while to catch up to the correct time zone – the first few days I was home it was hard to stay awake during the whole day – I think I’m almost adjusted back to that now. And then my body is hungry at the wrong time of day! I’m still working on that.
I’ll share more little bits about the trip over the next week or two. But I also want to share a stamping projects with you. So I’ll be scattering those in between my Thailand posts. Some days I’ll even have two posts!
Thanks so much for supporting me in my Stampin’ Up! Business which allowed me to earn this amazing trip! There were just over 400 demonstrators world wide that earned the trip. Not everyone went on the trip – just over 300 were in attendance with a spouse, friend, or family member(s) and a few came alone. In total there were over 700 of us at the resort for the week!
Thank you for visiting!
Well I’m really behind on sharing about the Spring 2017 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat. It was a few months ago and I didn’t share about it on my blog then but I’m going to do that now. And be sure to save the date for the Fall retreat – September 29-October 1. I held the retreat at a beautiful cabin in the North Georgia Mountains. I’m actually heading back up there later this month to host a Demonstrator Getaway Weekend. It is so much fun to getaway for the weekend and be creative with friends.
At the Spring Retreat we had Make&Take projects for everyone there. We had a project for Friday night and another one for Saturday.
For Friday night we stuck with a fairly simple project – a card and a little 3-D succulent.
These use products from the Oh So Succulent Suite from the Occasions Catalog. We used the Popcorn Box die and cut it shorter to create the container for the succulent. The card uses 4 x 5-1/4 piece of designer paper that is cut at a diagonal. You can mix and match the patterns from a pack of designer paper. Everyone at the retreat got a piece of all the different patterns in the pack.
On Saturday we had a bigger project and taught 5 different water coloring techniques. We used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies to create a set of 4 cards – each with a different technique and a card holder with a 5th technique.
Everyone also made a 3D project to match the cards using the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Since I prepped everything ahead I did a ton of Big Shot cutting for this one!
Inside the Window Box was a battery operated tea light – the back of the box opens up so you can turn on your light. We strung a wire through so you could hang it from a hook somewhere.
The projects turned out great and everyone enjoyed making them and learning the new techniques. I hope you can join me in the fall.
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One of my favorite items in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is the A Little Wild stamp set. I just love the little elephant and I love that the animals have fronts and backs and the dies cut out both into a little tag. You can use them like that or cut them apart.
And another one of my favorites is the new Embossing Paste. That along with the dies and palette knives make it easy and fun to create interesting textured backgrounds.
For my card I paired them together – I created this for a swap card – so I’ve already made a whole stack of these.
I used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and a small amount of the Embossing Paste. I didn’t want full coverage on my card stock so I just smeared it through the mask where I wanted it. Every card turns out just a little different. The paste dries quickly if you are using a thin layer. I wish you could feel the texture!
The little elephant was stamped on Shimmery White card stock and then I watercolored with Soft Sky ink using my Aquapainter. I also lightly watercolored on the cloud – which is really the Pretty Label punch. I finished the card with some Pool Party Baker’s Twine around the Crumb Cake Layer.
You can get the A Little Wild stamp set as part of a bundle with the Little Loves Framelit Dies. Be sure to look for bundles throughout the catalog – they save you 10%.
Here is a little video from Stampin’ Up! –
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Today (August 31, 2016) is the last official day to order the Thoughtful Branches bundle, stamp set, and dies. Stampin’ Up! just told us they do still have inventory left and will continue to sell it until that runs out – which could be any time – so if you want it get it before its gone.
I think it is a wonderful stamp set with some great words and versatile images. My class this month was a ton of fun. We made a cute box to hold the 4 cards and envelopes that everyone made. I swear I took pictures of the box but can’t find it with the others. So for now I just have the cards to share with you. My plan was to use a variety of the images and dies and show ideas for throughout the year – so I kind of thought of these as various seasons.
This was a quick card using Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive with Whisper White. A little peek of a doily, the new Petal Burst embossing folder and Elegant Eggplant Bakers Twine.
This idea was from another demo Dena Reko with just a minor change. I love how nicely the die lines up with the leaves on the tree. I wasn’t sure at first. But the die is designed so you can see right through it to the image you are cutting out and line it up.
I love to make cards like this that I call “window” cards. I used the new Layering Circles Framelits to cut the window in the two front layers. The trees are stamped on the layer below. And for these I used the thumping technique – its perfect to create a fall look.
I love how this one turned it – it was a favorite at the class and used a really fun technique. It’s called Salt Lifting. And I used that technique over a watercolor wash. This one is done on Watercolor paper and I used Garden Green, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for my colors. Everyone at the class had a lot of fun doing this. Here are a few instructions:
- on a clear block – I used the H block for mine – apply ink to the block using all 3 colors – Garden Green at one end, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party at the other end – over lap a tad.
- have your watercolor paper ready and I used paper towels. Lay your block on a paper towel and the watercolor paper on one too. You need a spritzer filled with water.
- spritz the ink covered block with water (watch for ink splashing off the block too) then quickly flip it over onto your watercolor paper – if your paper is bigger then the block – slide it across to the other side.
- spread salt on your paper – all over or just in spots – let dry – you can speed up the drying with a heat tool if you need to (we did that in class)
- wipe off all the salt and finish the card.
You’ll get different results each time. The ink, the salt, how much water, how much salt, etc. will all give you different results. Have fun playing with that.
This class was a ton of fun! Order today so you don’t miss this bundle!
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Bonus Days are coming to and end on July 31, 2016!
For every $50 in product you order you get a Bonus Days coupon to use on an order in August.
Plus if you live here in Georgia you can also take advantage of the TAX FREE weekend – July 30/31. See below for the list of all the items included in the State Sales Tax Holiday. There is a $20 limit per item
||Snail Adhesive Refill
||Fast Fuse Adhesive
||Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill
||Foam Adhesive Strips
||Mini Glue Dots
||Multipurpose Liquid Glue
||1/16″ Circle Punch
||1/8″ Circle Punch
||Black Project Life Journaling Pens
||2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
||Tear & Tape Adhesive
||Silver Mini Staples
||Fine-Tip Glue Pen
||White Stampin’ Chalk Markers
||Gold Binder Clips
||Bow Paper Clips Embellishments
||2016-2018 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
||Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
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Fun times were had at the first Stamper’s Club Retreat in May. I rented us a cabin in the mountains and we went up for the weekend. We stamped, we laughed, we ate, we played games and we enjoyed our time together. I’m already making plans for another retreat for next year! If you are local to me you may want to join. Our June meeting is on the 3rd/4th. And it’s also the start of the new catalog!! Here is more information:
Would you like FREE stamps and accessories? Would you like to get together for a girls night/morning of stamping fun? Do you need a time out of the house? Would you like to try Stampin’ Up! Products before you buy them? Is your wish list a mile long? Would you like to learn new ideas, tips and tricks to make your projects “WOW”?
You should join my…
Here’s how it works: You sign up to participate in a Stamper’s Club. The club participants get together once a month. Each member joins for a minimum of 10 months. Each participant agrees to spend at least $30 at each of the meetings (plus shipping and tax). Remember, to qualify for Stampin’ Rewards a Stampin’ Up! workshop has to have $150 or more in sales. The larger the group the more rewards the hostess will earn! Club members will take turns acting as the hostess each month. That way every club member receives FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS and EXCLUSIVE “HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS. Hostess months will be assigned randomly.
At each meeting, you will make three or more stamping projects – usually 2 cards and a 3D project. These get-togethers will provide you with new designs, ideas, and patterns for you to take home and try out yourself. All meetings will be held at my home (so no need to clean yours). The schedule is noted on our closed Facebook group – Monika’s Stampers Club. Each month there will be a Friday night and a Saturday morning meeting time to choose from. Keep in mind that it is okay if you cannot attend every club meeting. (you will still receive your project supplies). Simply contact me and place your $30 minimum order before the day of that meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting and do not provide your order by the meeting date, I will place a pre-determined default order on your behalf. As a hostess you may also collect orders from friends and family to increase your sales and the free merchandise you earn or schedule an additional workshop in your home before our meeting. All orders will be delivered to my home and I will post of the Facebook group when the orders arrive.
I will provide a snack and everyone needs to provide their own drink. Each member should bring their own adhesive and scissors (basic tools). In some instances, I may need to collect a small supply fee to cover the cost of additional supplies to make some WOW projects – I will try to let you know that in advance as well. If you have a request for a special project, technique or to learn more about how to use a certain product I will do my best to include that in one of our meetings. Friends who are interested in coming to check things out one month are welcome, however, they will have to book in advance due to space limits. Please contact me at least 1 week in advance with the names of any guests who may be coming. Guests may either place the minimum $30 order or pay a $15 class fee + any additional supply costs that the members have.
So in a nutshell – here’s what you get when you join the Stamper’s Club:
- The Stampin’ Up! Catalog (200+ pages of stamping ideas) and all Seasonal Catalogs and supplements.
- FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS (minimum $25) to spend during your hostess month & your choice of EXCLUSIVE “HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS, based on the total sales of your workshop, the chance to earn ½ price items
- Free Monthly Stamper’s Club class, including hands-on projects each month and a snack
- Build your supplies over time and “try before you buy” at the meeting
- Time off from your busy schedule: Friendships & idea-sharing with other stamper’s in a relaxed environment and lots of fun
- I’ve also added a Weekend Retreat at a cabin in the mountains with surprises for all members – dates, cost and the details will be posted several months in advance.
Contact me if you are interested.