Holiday Market Place and Expo

I’ve been wanting to share some pictures of last Saturday’s local Holiday Marketplace and Expo.  It was awesome and so much fun!  I met so many wonderful people.  Gals that were excited to have found me…some of which live only a mile from me.  This is a really busy time of year but I’m so excited that I get to call each and everyone of them to thank them for stopping by.

Plus I want to thank all my current local customers and downline that stopped by to support me.  You are all awesome and I love you!  And most of all thank you to Chris Price my assistant.  She spent hours helping to prepare, set up the displays and handled all the selling so I could concentrate on talking to everyone.  I know…you are all thinking…that’s what I do best!

I thought I would share these pics today because I was so happy that others had shared when I was looking for ideas.  So wether you are another demo or someone who loves to craft and wants to sell I hope you may find some of this helpful.  I have one piece of advice…start early!  I plan to do that next year.

I wish I had taken more close up pics.  It just got really busy…quick!  The cards on the right were in boxes with the holiday cards separate from the rest.  Even though they sold quite well next year I would like to have a real card carrousel.

The little tree was decorated with the lighted snowmen and decorated candy canes.  At the last minute I decided to do the coaster post it notes and they sold really well.  There were lots of candy treats but my favorite was the candy coal with the naughty marked on the naughty or nice tag. Close ups below.

I made tooth fairy holders with our empty embossing powder containers and they sold well.  I had the cutest little boy purchase one in hopes that he would be soon losing a tooth.  I was so glad I did a couple in navy.

With what seemed like a limited space I couldn’t set up My Digital Studio (MDS) Samples so I set up my laptop with a MDS slide show.  It worked out well and I had lots of questions about the program.

I decided to bring some kits including the Everyday Occasions Card Kit, Stamp a Tag Kit, and Paper Pumpkin.  I actually had several people order kits.  I needed to provide a door prize for the show and decided on the Holly Jolly Frameable.  Plus I had some others on display.  And of course there was a make and take.  Just a simple little tag using the cute stamp that says “Absolutely No, none, zero, zilch Peeking from the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set

Both these gift cards and the Santa ones sold really well!

Love the Real Red Goodie Gear.  I did some of the HO HO HO stamping in read and Bermuda Bay on others.  I liked the Bermuda Bay the best.

Love the candy coal with the Naughty and Nice Tag.  Brings back fond memories of putting coal at the bottom of my boy’s Christmas stockings. 🙂

Purses filled with chocolate treats sold well.  Made from retired paper.

 I have a little booth at the Backyard Market in Ball Ground to sell my cards and such.  I took the left overs there in hopes of selling the rest!  Here you can see the wine tags a bit closer.

Sorry you can’t see the tags on the doggie treats.  I used a small heart and circles to make paw prints on the tags.  Had very few of those left.  On the right…M&Ms in cello bags with tags made from a retired stamp set.

My whole purpose for attending this event was to say…you can do this to.  And YOU can.  Each and every one of you, even if you never stamped before,  can make beautiful handmade cards, scrapbook pages and adorable treat holders  If you are local come stamp with me.  If you are long distant after the holidays I will be offering an online club, card classes and more.  So come back and visit!

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And don’t forget the Holiday Sale going on right now!
Plus I have a little random giveaway!  Purchase for yourself or for the crafters in your life at a great discount – 20% t0 40% off.

Have a great day!
Diane

Private Card Class Christmas Card

Quick, simple, and ready for Christmas!   Who wouldn’t love to receive this handmade Christmas card in the mail this year?

  • Washi tape is perfect for quick but cute cards.  It’s so easy to use.  You don’t even need a pair of scissors, just place it across your card and tear it off the roll.
  • The Tags for You Bundle is another way to cut down on time to make your Christmas Cards.  Stamp and punch with the coordinating Label Bracket Punch…what could be easier?   And best of all you save 15% when you buy the bundle.  I love how Stampin’ Up! is now bundling products. You can view all available bundle HERE.
  • For some added texture the Whisper White Card Stock is embossed with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  And all these products can be found in the Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog.  Check it out for lots of holiday ideas.

I also would like to share some pics of a private card class where we made this and three other projects.  Ten sweet ladies, many of them stamping for the first time!  I love sharing what I do and would love to have a party or private class with you and your friends.  I’m in the Jasper Georgia area but don’t mind traveling to events.  Now that I live in the North Georgia mountains local has a whole different meaning. 🙂

Wine, Chocolate, and Stamping!

And the food our hostess Cindee prepared was to die for!  Wish I had thought to take a picture because it was both gorgeous and delicious.

Thank you Cindee!

Experienced stampers helping new stampers…exciting to watch.

Chris stamping with some of the newbies.  When I found out there were going to be ten ladies most of them new to stamping I called Chris and asked her to P-L-E-A-S-E come and help me.  So glad she said yes!

Stamps:  Tags 4 You (Clear 131823, Wood 131820)  Can be purchased at a 15% discount as a bundle with the coordinating Label Bracket Punch (Clear 133294, Wood 133293)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler ( 126966)
Paper:  Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702)
Tools:  Label Bracket Punch (132153) or purchase as part of above bundle, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (132174), Big Shot (113439)
Accessories: Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155), Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (123125), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

Stampin’ Up! Parties Are Sooooo Much Fun!

Stampin’ Up! parties are always a lot of fun but it seemed like Sunday’s party goers where having so much fun that no one wanted to leave.  There was lots of chatting and laughter but it looks like I only caught the serious at work moments.  🙂

This is Jill, my hostess and her friend Debbie.  Jill opened her home to her friends and I for an afternoon of fun and earned hostess rewards (free products of her choice) all at the same time. Both Stampin’ Up! and I love our hostesses!

Looks like more serious work on the other side of the table with Monica and Linda. 🙂

At Jill’s request we made a Birthday set.  A card and treat holder to match.  The card uses the Stripes Embossing Folder and three of my favorite punches…the Decorative Label and the two sizes of butterflies.

The treat holder is quick and easy.  It’s a 2 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Island Indigo card stock that is scored at 3 3/4″ and 4 3/4″.  You can make 3 of them with one piece of card stock.  I decided to close the top with a piece of ribbon…and yes…it’s another FREEBIE  in the Sale-a-bration catalog with a $50 order as is the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.

This treat holder fits a fun size snack.  My favorite…M&Ms

Now let me share that at the workshop when I was demonstrating the card I accidentally put the adhesive on the wrong side of the Designer Series Paper.  As I told them…not to worry just a slightly different look.

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  • They’re age tested and won’t yellow or cloud up over time.

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This first set is an alphabet set with extras!  57 images for $13.95

Check out these cute samples  created by Lisa – Stampin’ Up! Catalog Designer Manger.

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Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog Swaps

One of the things stampers love to do is swap projects.  We swap hundreds of cards at convention but also love to swap in small groups.  Today I would like to share some of the swaps from my team meeting earlier this month.  The theme of the swap was of course the Spring Catalog.

Gigi’s card uses the Hearts of Flutter Stamp Set and Framelits Bundle.  A large heart was cut from the card base forming a window.  I love the gray and red color combo and the paper pierced details.

 

This cute little flower is made with the 1  1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch and the stem  is from the flower in the Oh, Hello Stamp Set.  If you try to duplicate this card Leishman says she placed a solid white circle behind the middle of the doily because without it she thought it looked too transparent.  The Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder makes the perfect background.

 

Aren’t you crazy about the Secret Garden Stamp Set and Framelits Dies Bundle?  Here the flowers are embossed.  This can be done in one of two ways – Stamp with VersaMark and use White Embossing Powder or…Stamp with Whisper White Craft Ink and emboss with clear embossing power.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Print Poetry Paper Stack and it’s only $6.95.  And the fun Vine Street Embossing Folder is Free when you place a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.  Plus you get Stamp and Embellish Reward Points.

Yes, I wish I had posted this project before Valentine’s Day.  🙁  But when you take a second look wouldn’t it make a cute favor for a little girl’s birthday party?  It uses both a banner and heart from the Hearts a Flutter Bundle.  I like the way it’s designed as a slider…when you pull up on the ribbon out comes the box of candy.  Nikki says she did this card in a class several weeks ago and I’m sure the ladies loved it.

I’ve decided to reorganize my stamp room…what a mess!  I started Sunday by having my son move several of the Ikea Cabinets to different spots.  He did it with a smile even though I’m sure he was thinking I’d gone bonkers. After I fed him dinner and thanked him a bunch I went upstairs and pulled everything out of every cabinet and started from scratch!  So that’s why I haven’t posted all week.  I am just about finished so with any luck the stamp room will be ready to stamp in by Saturday.  Yeah!!!!

Hugs,

Diane

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Oh…Hello!

Honeycomb embossed greeting card

Say a little Hello to family and friends to brighten up their day.  I just love the Summer Starfruit color against the grey honeycomb embossed background…how about you?  Well this is one of the two make and takes we did at my Sale-a-bration Open House on Sunday.  I worked long and hard to prepare and I am hoping that everyone had as much fun as I did.

What I can’t believe is during all the excitement I completely forgot to bring down my camera and hand it to someone to take pictures.  These are a few I took after the fact.

 My thank you for stopping by gift was a cute covered post it note holder.

I had lots of fun making this sale-a-bration banner using the sale-a-bration free Designer Series Paper

Close up of the banner – I actually have never made a banner before and was surprised how quickly it came together.

Book a party and choose a pillow box from the “book to look” bowl.  You could win a free stamp set!

The second make and take was a simple but lovely Valentine’s card I cased by Catherine Pooler.

These next pics were taken by one of my downline with her iPhone.

Time spent visiting (Susan and I)

Kim and Sherry

Kathryn Anne did a great job on her make and takes and wants to stamp again real soon.

 My downline Gigi and her precious granddaughter – I say…start them stampin’ early!

Mary Ann and Mo stamping for the very first time.

I don’t consider myself a wiz in the kitchen.  I’d rather be in my stamp room. 🙂 But I received many requests for two of the items I served and promised I would post them.  The first is a recipe from food.com that was in my recipes to try file.  It was yummy but I’m so glad calories don’t count at a Stampin’ Up! event! 🙂

Cheesy Salsa Dip  (Recipe #43111)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa (whatever heat you prefer)  I used medium but the next time I make it I may kick it up a bit.

Directions:
1.  In a microwave safe bowl, combine all ingredients.
2.  Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every minute until smooth and heated through.
3.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Now how easy is that!!

Stop back tomorrow and I’ll share the Spinach Dip recipe I served and the door prize winners!

Have a great day!

Diane