Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tea for Two

A birthday, a bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day ... just a few of the reasons to have a tea party. Yep, that’s right. A tea party. It can be a fun and unique way to host an event or just a get together with family and friends. Another great thing about a tea party? It can be enjoyed by grown-ups and young ones alike.

Stampin’ Up!’s Springtime Vintage collection offers endless inspiration for a tea party theme. The designer fabric, paper, stamp images, and accessories in this collection share a soft, vintage, pastel look and feel. With all of this at your fingertips, you’ll be able to create a fun, relaxed, and beautiful setting for your tea party.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than the pages of your Occasions Mini Catalog. Here are some ideas to get you started:

* Invitations & Place Cards
Pair up the Baby Blossom stamp set (#121927 wood/#122000 clear) with the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (#121782) for beautiful and effortlessly coordinated invitations for your tea party. Coordinate place cards with your invites to complete your table setting.

* Placemats & Napkins
Use the Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric (#121817) to create placemats, napkins, and napkin rings. Accent these with fabric flowers using the Big Shot Die-cutting machine (#113439) and the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (#121812). Make your projects that much easier using the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll (#122194). Add Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons (#122301) to your projects for a finishing touch.

* Favors
Create cute and stylish favors with the turn of a crank using the Petal Cone Bigz L Die (#121810) with the Big Shot Die-cutting machine (#113439). Coordinate your favors in the colors used in the Springtime Vintage collection. Embellish with some seam binding, buttons, or glass glitter and you’re sure to bring a glimmer of fun to take home from the party.

And don’t overlook the possibilities with the Vintage Flower Adornments (#121879) and the ribbon Rosettes flowers (#118774) to round out your accessorizing for the tea party. With all of this inspiration, you are sure to create a fun and memorable party for you and your guests - so much so, that you might even be starting a tradition. Contact me today, and I’ll help you get the party under way.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Glitter Sisters Shoe Box Swap

Last night I held my bi-monthly shoe box swap with a few members of my downline. Here is what we made.

Ginger's Project

Cheryl's Project

Harriet's Project

For my contibution I cased a card that was demonstratred at the Hartford Regional last week. This was my first attempt at making a swing card, what a fun technique.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Celebration Central Stamping Class

How many birthday parties do you or your children attend? Imagine having cards, notes, and tags ready at a moment’s notice. How does that feel? Join me and you’ll be prepared instead of panicked at the last minute!
You’ll score bonus points (and maybe extra cake) when you give these essential sets to your friends so they can be prepared at a moment’s notice, too. The playful colors and whimsical cupcake designs make this a set that will bring joy to the little ones, teens, and the young at heart!

Class Information:
Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: My Stamp Room, East Falmouth
Class Fee: $20

Contact me today to join the celebration! Space is limited!

Stampin' Write Markers-The Must-Have Tool


Q: I've heard that the Stampin' Write Markers are great to have, but I'm not sure what to do with them. Any ideas?

A: Well, you've heard right! The Stampin' Write markers are a great value and hugely versatile. Read on to learn more about the markers, techniques, and more!

What are Stampin' Write Markers?Stampin' Up! Write Markers

These are not your kids' markers! Stampin' Write Markers are high-quality, artist-grade markers that are specially designed to coordinate with the Stampin' Up! exclusive colors.
They should probably come with a warning label, because they are so fun and versatile they can become addictive! For new stampers, Stampin' Write Markers are a great way to get a lot of colors without having to purchase all the ink pads right away. The Stampin' Write Markers are water-based dye ink, acid-free and odorless. Each marker is dual tipped. The .5mm tip is perfect for coloring detailed images and journaling, while the other tip is a flexible brush, great for coloring and a variety of techniques. Colored caps with finger grips make it easy to identify the color you want and to remove the caps.

Stampin' Write Marker Options
Stampin' Write Markers can be purchased individually, as Color Collections, or as a full set. It's nice to have the option to purchase them individually in order to get a favorite color, but you'll save money and have more options by purchasing a Color Collection or the Many Marvelous Marker set. When purchasing Color Collections, there are six options: the New Color Kit (#120948) featuring the 13 new colors introduced in the 2010-2011 Idea Book, the In Color Collection (#119801) featuring the 5 In Colors available in the 2010-2011 Idea Book, the Subtles (#119700), the Regals (#119701), and the Brights (#119702) Collections each with 10 markers, and the Neutrals Collection (#119703) with 8 markers since Whisper White and Very Vanilla are not available as markers. Each of these Collections come in a simple plastic case for storing the markers. The easiest option, and very best value, is the Many Marvelous Markers set (#119806). This set includes the 38 markers from the Subtles, Regals, Brights, and Neutrals Collections in a sturdy plastic case with a handle, and has individual compartments for each marker. The handy case keeps markers stored on their sides and easy to access. Plus, there is room in the case to add two In Color Collection sets, so all of your markers can be stored together for easy organization and access. And when you purchase the Many Marvelous Markers set during Sale-a-Bration, you'll qualify for two Sale-a-Bration rewards, so now is a great time to splurge on these essentials!

Stampin' Write Markers are one of the most versatile products in the catalog. You can use them for journaling on your scrapbook pages, writing in your cards, coloring stamped images, as well as coloring directly onto stamps and then stamping. They are also used for a huge variety of techniques like watercoloring, thumping, Joseph's Coat,
omitting, Color Spritzer, and many, many more! I'm happy to show you any of these techniques at a workshop or a class. If you don't have a lot ink pads, Stampin' Write Markers are an affordable way to get a lot of the ink colors.

Stampin' Up! Write Marker Techniques

Care & Value

You'll love your Stampin' Write Markers so much that you'll want to give them a bit of TLC. For best results, store markers laying on their sides to keep the ink evenly distributed between both tips. While kids can't do much damage to ink pads, you'll want to keep your high-quality markers for your personal use and let the kids stick to markers designed for them. Markers can be re-inked with the coordinating ink refill, so you'll be able to use and enjoy your markers for years to come. If one does get damaged or used on every project because it's your very favorite color, it's great that you have the option to replace an individual marker for a low price and not have to do without or purchase a whole new set!


Stampin' Write Markers are fun and versatile, and they are one of the first things I recommend to new stampers as well as to stampers who like learning stamping techniques. With so many color choices that coordinate with Stampin' Up! products, you'll love what you can create. I bet you're ready to dive into the world of markers, so take advantage of Sale-a-Bration and earn two exclusive stamp sets or other rewards when you purchase the Many Marvelous Markers set during Sale-a-Bration! Contact me to order and for even more ways to use your Stampin' Write Markers.

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