Inquiring minds want to know…

Where do you get your ideas for your cards? This is a question that I get quite often.

One of the greatest ways to get ideas is by attending our monthly team meeting. This is where demos bring ideas to share by demonstrating a certain technique,

Cindy Demo Bubbles Cindy Demo Bubbles 2 Cindy Demo Bubbles 3

…our up-line creates make ‘n takes for us to create at our meetings, and

Happy 29th Birthday     Happy 29th Birthday 2

Just Married           Just Married 2

demos bring various cards and projects that they have been working on since the last meeting.

Card Sample Card Sample 2

A great way for customers to learn new techniques and create beautiful cards is by attending a card buffet. My next card buffet will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I would LOVE to have you attend.

Stampin’ Up! manages a blog that demos and customers can follow to learn different techniques as well. Stampin’ Up! also utilizes YouTube to bring creativity to life.

When doing dishes one night, the realization hit that if I could blow bubbles and have it make a cool design on a platter that I had hand-painted, I could do the same with paper.

Platter

Simply combine bubble-blowing solution with Stampin’ Up! ink, take a straw and gently blow bubbles onto your paper. Let the bubbles pop gradually to create your design. Allow the paper to completely dry before stamping. Here are cards that were created utilizing this bubble-blowing technique.

Cindy Demo Bubbles 4      Cindy Demo Bubbles 5Get Well

As a team, we get together for an annual Christmas party. We have exchanged gift tags, gift card holders and thank you notes in the past as our swap. Also, if you wish to participate in a gift exchange, the rule that you must follow is the item must utilize Stampin’ Up! products. Below you will see a gift card holder and a number of gifts that were exchanged at such an event. It is always wonderful to see the awesome creativity exhibited.

Gift Card Holder     Gift Card Holder 2 Christmas Party Papercrafts

Lastly, a great resource for getting ideas is to search on Pinterest. The search feature is great and really easy to use. All you need to do is type in the name of a particular Stampin’ Up! stamp set and you are inundated with dozens of ideas for cards and projects to make. You can also search for ideas of some of your favorite things, such as Stampin’ Up! Hello Kitty. Pinterest will give you great ideas for these items as well.

If interested in learning techniques and creating six cards for $15, please come to my card buffet. Leave a note in the comments section below if you wish to attend so I can send you my address and have enough products ready for the event.

Graduation Invitation Challenge — Timber!

Have you ever wanted a custom-made invitation without having to do a ton of work? Something that is very personal to you? Many Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (demos for short) are called upon to create cards for their customer’s major life events. Included in these creations might be special birthdays, baby showers, weddings (YouTube How To by Akiko Hyodo) and retirements.

At my recent card buffet, my friend Mary and her daughter Deb challenged me to come up with some ideas for a graduation invitation utilizing the Stampin’ Up! Wood You Be Mine? stamp set.

This set features a lumberjack which just happens to be the mascot for Wausau East High School, where Deb’s son will be graduating from in a few months. The school colors are red and black and are featured in these cards as well.

Here are four ideas that were developed.

Card Number One

Square with circle 2

This card uses a black card base with a woodgrain stamped in white followed by a splash of red with the final layer of the lumberjack stamped on winter white. The winter white was cut out utilizing the Starburst Framelits Die to add the illusion that the lumberjack is on a saw blade.

Card Number Two

Square Lumberjack 2This card utilizes a black card base that was embossed with the Woodgrain Texture Impressions Embossing Folder topped with the rectangular red and white card stock.

Inside Circle

The embossed woodgrain can be seen better in the image above. The slice of wood is featured on the inside of each card to carry the Wood You Be Mine? theme throughout the cards.

Saw Blade

Wouldn’t it be fun to stamp the saw blade onto the envelopes?

Card Number Three

Congrats Too

This card again features a black card base with the white woodgrain stamped on top of it. This is followed up with a red saw blade, the lumberjack along with the sentiment “congrats” added to the card.

Card Number Four

Lumberjack with 2 circles 2

The last card features the embossed card base followed by the red saw blade layer with the lumberjack perched on top.

Which do you like best? Vote for your favorite by adding a comment at the bottom. I will share the results in a future blog.

Save the date for my next card buffet to be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Let me know if you are coming so I have enough supplies on hand. Add a note in the comment section letting me know of your interest.