Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Christmas in July Stamp Camp

Last night I held my annual Christmas in July Stamp Camp which featured retiring stamp sets. My stamp campers made four cards. This one was my personal favorite.

I love the Peaceful Wishes stamp set; however, instead of using the berry stamp, I used the top of a pencil so I had more freedom of placement. I also liked how I used the Hodgepodge Hardware with the ribbon. The bottom phrase is embossed. I will miss the Purely Pomegranate color when it retires in August. This was a 5.25x5.25 card - it was the crowd favorite too!
To get my stampers in the mood, I played Christmas music and made Christmas cookies. My family's favorite cookie - peanut blossoms (peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss) was also a big hit. My husband thinks I make the best ones - they do always turn out perfect!
Thanks to my customers who attended last night!

Monday, July 14, 2008

My New SU Items Just Arrived

I am so excited - I could just burst! The UPS man just rang my bell and delivered my new Stampin' Up! items. As a demo, I could preorder from a selected group of new items (we haven't seen the new catalog yet - this is just a sneak peek)!

Here are the stamp sets I ordered:

This one is called Dreams du Jour

Here is Sock Monkey!

This is Heard from the Heart

This is WOW Flowers

Remember - these are all die cut!!!! Now, all I have to wait for is my husband to seal my blocks!
The new 2008 In Colors (from left to right) - Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Pink Pirouette:

New Designer Series Paper - LOVE IT!!!

New Scallop Punch

New Buttons!

New Simply Sent Kit
Can't wait to show my customers who are coming to my Christmas in July Stamp Camp tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

This morning, there is a lot of information to share. On the demonstrator side of the website, we have a sneak peek of items from the new 2008 Fall/Winter catalog. Here are some exciting tidbits:

#1. ALL BRAND-NEW STAMPS SETS WILL BE DIE CUT!!!!!! Any stamp sets from previous years will NOT be die cut however.
#2. Stampin' Up! will be carrying a long scallop punch
#3. We have different buttons - with a raised flower in the middle! (Unclear if we will have the old-style buttons yet)
#4. We will have a new Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements Accessory package - really cute!
#5. Bella Rose Designer Series Paper - really pretty with Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel colors
#6. The new In Colors are: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango (look for these on my blog as soon as I get my new products in my hands)

Want the scoop on some of the new stamp sets? Since this was a sneak peek, we didn't see very many, but here is a rundown of customer stamp sets:

#1. Heard from the Heart - if you love the script-style stamp set (Wonderful Words), this is a 4-piece set with phrases and the main word is in script.
#2. Wow Flowers - Bold 4-piece set with Thank You (flower is the "o"), Circle with Happy Birthday and Flower, Large Dotted Flower, and small birthday wishes (There is also a Spanish Set for this one too)
#3. SOCK MONKEY - Ok, all you Carol Duvall fans - this is it!!!! REALLY cute 10-piece stamp set with sock monkey, banana, balloon, pennant, cupcake and candle, heart, flower, birthday hat, and the phrases just for you and thanks a bunch!
#4. Dreams du Jour - 4-piece set with the feel of a seed packet - LOVE you in a square with a flower, butterfly, WE GROW GREAT BY DREAMS -Woodrow Wilson with flower and leaves, and the phrase The way to KNOW LIFE is to LOVE many things - Van Gogh

Want the scoop on some of the new HOSTESS stamp sets? We only saw a few of the Level 2 and Level 3 hostess DIE CUT stamp sets...GET OUT YOUR CALENDAR AND MAKE A DATE FOR A WORKSHOP WITH ME - You are going to want these for sure!

Level 2 - Fall Flair - 8-piece set - Flowers and leaves - bold and pretty
Level 2 - Deer Friends - 8-piece set - THIS IS JUST ADORABLE - holiday images with cute sayings in a circle (comes in Spanish too)
Santa Face- from the guy with the red suit
Snowman Face - season's greetings
Present - a little something
Angel Face- little angel
Christmas Tree - o christmas tree
Reindeer Face - deer friend
Baby Jesus and Star - o holy night
Gingerbread Man - sweet treat
Level 2 - Occasions Collection - Set of 14 - sayings with a line of images you can punch out to fit in circle stamp (comes in Spanish too)
HAPPY st. patrick's wedding halloween thanksgiving new year valentine's day birthday christmas to you Easter
Level 2 - Serene Spring - Set of 4 (Comes in Spanish too)
Bunny in Basket with Flower and Bird
Clay Pot with Flowers, Bird, and Butterfly
A friend is what the heart needs all the time. - Henry Van Dyke
A kind word is like a spring day.
Level 3 - Happiness Always (Set of 14) - 2-Step Stamping Style (bold phrases) (comes in Spanish too)
Butterfly (2)
Half-Flower (2)
Leaf (2)
Full Flower (2)
Stem (2)
Stamen (2)
happiness always
Be ALL that you DREAM to be.
Level 3 - Window Dressing - set of 10 (comes in Spanish too)
Large Window
pumpkin grouping
trio of vases with flowers
kitty cat
little girl head and hands (peeking out of window)
group of 2 snowmen
3 Curved phrases (to fit over window) so thankful for you; you make me smile!; very merry christmas
Level 3 - Holiday Happening Bundle
Large Rub-on Sheet with holiday phrases
Set of 4 Seasonal Icons Stamps (snowflake, leaf, heart, flower-bold images)
Holiday Happenings Designer Series Paper - 9 sheets - 3 each of 3 designs)

Watch for more information in the coming weeks!!! If you have been interested in becoming a demonstrator, this may be the year to do so! Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and they are giving demonstrators many reasons to celebrate!!!!