Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Stampin' Up! and my cards

Some of you may already know that I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up! which is a direct selling company specializing in rubber stamps, card making, and scrapbooking supplies. I've had a blast over the last few years sharing what I love about Stampin' Up! but it hasn't really been a profitable business for me. Well, my friend Abi and I have been trying to sell the cards we sell and we are off to a slow start so far. We are hoping that the contacts we are making now will be solid and we can slowly build our business.

Well, Stampin' Up! as a company has just added the feature of online ordering! I am so excited about this!!! Now it will be easier for my US customers to make orders from me because they can now visit my business website at http://www.karenspain.stampinup.net/ and click "shop now" and can fill their shopping bags to their hearts delight and pay for it all with their credit card in the comfort of their own home and at their convenience. So if you are looking to start your Christmas projects or make a unique and special card for someone you love, visit my website and I'll love to help you out.

Additionally, from time to time, I will be posting some of the projects that I have been making so let me know what you think. I'll start by posting a few pics now!

This first card is the one I made for Natalie's Birthday. It uses the Dreams du Jour and Family Phrases Stamp Sets; Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pads; Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Very Vanilla 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and Aqua Painters to watercolor the butterfly.

This card uses my favorite product line, Sweet Bella! The stamp sets are Thank You Kindly and Frames with a Flourish; The cardstock is Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White; Bella Rose Designer Series Paper; Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin' Pads; Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I made a set of 10 cards and made a matching gift box.

These are 5x5 art journals that I altered using Simply Scrappin' Kits. The kits are now retired but it is still a good example of how to use our products. I tied ribbon on the spirals and used a bit of designer paper to make a matching pen. I just took the pen apart and wrapped a small scrap of paper around the "ink" part and put it back together. What a cute way to personalize a unique gift for a wedding, baby shower or just for someone that you love. These are some of our 4 1/2" x 9" On Board Clipboards. I just used cardstock and retired designer paper, Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch and 1 3/8" Circle Punch. The stamp set is Baroque Motifs and colors are Basic Gray, Real Red and Very Vanilla. Notice again the matching pens.

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