Saturday, July 30, 2011

Last Chance for $99 Special and Keepsake Box!

I FREE stuff, don't you??

Here are the details: Save 30% on your first product order of $150 or more (placed within 45 days), plus earn hostess rewards.

IT'S GOOD TO KNOW:
There's no penalty to drop and you keep the kit and everything you purchased at a discount! You'll enjoy full demonstrator privileges through December 31, 2011. To remain active beyond December 31, 2011, $300 in product sales is required - including your own purchases!.


Starter Kit ships FREE.

JOIN MY TEAM! When you sign up for your starter kit with me, you become a member of my personal downline and a member of the Inking Everything upline. Whether you are a hobby stamper looking for a discount on your favorite supplies or wanting to build a business and share your love of crafting with others, I would love to have you join me! We receive access to the exclusive Stampin' Up! Demo website and message board filled with awesome projects, videos and current Stampin' Up! news, a beautiful magazine in the mail, and access to Becky's Inking Everything private blog & tutorials. 

SIGN UP ONLINE and enjoy instant benefits. Go to
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampingonhat Click on "Join The Fun"


If you are in the Everett, WA area and would like to host a workshop to play with some of the new toys, please contact me at carlablakestamps@gmail.com


I would love to show you and your friends all the exciting things Stampin' Up! has to offer!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

One Last Convention Post

Today I will show you some of the fabulous cards I received in swap for the ones I made. First up, though is a picture of all the goodies I came home with that I received simply by attending Convention and second is my completed Make & Take...
Look at all my loot - You know you want to go with me next year!

The Stampin' Card Keeper included in the Make & Take will be available in the Holiday Mini Catalog. It comes with an easy-to-attach Silver metal label holder and six dividers for easy organization. A pattern for covering the box is also included. We covered our box lid with Timeless Portrait fabric and the dividers with matching designer series paper.

I love the detailed layers of the flower added to the top!

Here is the completed project - Card Keeper, 3 Cards & a Banner

I took almost 80 cards to swap and this is what I brought home.

Carol Steinrecher, MN

Lorri Heiling, AZ

Jane Flannigan, CO

Connie Collins, TN

Patricia Vigneau, NJ

Heidi Nebeker Bullock, UT

Tyla Darley, UT

I also participated in a Swap of 3-D items. The very cool thing about this swap is that I only had to make 1 sample for the coordinator and send a written tutorial to her. On opening day of Convention I traded my one sample for a CD containing 171 Tutorials from participating Demonstrators! Click on the "Tutorials" button at the top of my blog for your own copy of my Tealight Cake Set Tutorial.
Want to get together & craft?

Friday, July 22, 2011

More Convention Highlights

Where to start today? There were so many beautiful displays created mostly of paper & fabric to inspire us as well as row upon row of card displays. So many ideas, so little time...
Fun things to do with our punches

One of the Artisan Award Winners. I just love the detail on the white and blue, daddy kissing baby, frame

More punch ideas

Notice the paper flowers and grass. The butterflies are vinyl Decor Elements

Just a peek at one of the new Christmas Designer Series Paper packs available in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog


Walking into general session on Friday this lovely staff member (YOU Crew - random acts of kindness angel) asked Kathy and I if we already had seats. We thought we were in trouble for trying to get in the front section but she had something better in mind. We were given YOU Crew buttons to wear and she escorted us to reserved seats...
3rd row, center aisle! Best seats EVER!

All the extra surprises added so much to our Convention experience. You can join Stampin' Up! and go with me next year...


Don't forget about this fabulous promotion - just about one week left!


July 1-31


Promotion Details: It's always more fun to stamp with friends! The limited-time $99 Starter Kit is the perfect choice for the lover of Stampin' Up! products.



SAVE!!! Enjoy the new Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog using a one-time 30% Off Start Up Discount on product orders of $150 or more (placed within 45 days of start).


Get 20% off future Stampin' Up! orders, awesome exclusive resources and the opportunity to pre-order new products.

Receive Stampin' Up! discounts and benefits through Dec. 31, 2011 with NO obligation to purchase anything further or hold a workshop.

Just want to do it for the fun? Hobby demonstrator are welcome as are business builder demonstrators. Come join my team today!


There's no penalty to drop. You keep everything. PLUS get a Christmas Keepsake project kit (example below) absolutely FREE--a $40 value! This exclusive kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box to hold your most treasured Christmas memories. It will be available with your first demonstrator order in August and must be redeemed by Sept. 30.



This limited time $99 Starter Kit—valued at $185—comes with the following high-quality products.

• Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
• Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*

• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad

• Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad

• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad

• Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock

• Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*

• Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*

• Note Cards (20)

• Clear-Mount Block C

• Blender Pen (1)

• SNAIL Adhesive®

• Business supplies

*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

All this PLUS a surprise I brought home from Convention for you!
Thinking about it?? I would LOVE to have you join my team!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention Day 1

The official 1st day of convention started on Thursday morning with General Session. We were wowed with fun entertainment, Welcomed by CEO & Co-founder, Shelli Gardner, and inspired by beautiful center stage project ideas.
Look how close VIP seating got me to the stage!
The theme song was introduced
During the afternoon session the Holiday Mini Catalog was unveiled! I can't wait to show you some exciting new products in August! You will want the best score tool available, the new Sizzix Dies and folders, the new punches and coordinating stamps, gorgeous paper, and cookie stamps. Oh, My! There are so many new items!!!
Treat table inside the VIP lounge
A quiet place to rest, call home, and enjoy a glass of cold water or lemonade along with the treat table. I gained access to this oasis by recruiting a team member in April.
Some beautiful samples using the Flirtatious Suite
So cute!
The day also included a couple of business related break-out classes, shopping at Momento Mall,  and an evening celebrating the accomplishments of hundreds of successful demonstrators at the Awards Night and After Party.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WOW! Convention was Awesome!

I have so many photos and ideas to share that I will need to spread them out over the next few days. Makes sense, I think, because it took 4 full days for me to take it all in. My day started with a 6:00 am flight to Salt Lake City.
First stop on Wednesday, after checking into the hotel, was the convention center lobby to pick up my tote bag filled with four stamp sets, a catalog in a binder, program, pen, convention pin & a first year convention pin. Notice the key chain hanging on the zipper? So many nice extras!

Next up was a tour of the Riverton Home Office.
Assembling boxes
The pick line
These look good enough to eat!
So many lovely displays.
VIP's received this goodie bag on the tour. The bookmark is signed by CEO & Co-founder Shelli Gardner and the bag contains caramels and a full spool of Indigo Island Ruffled Ribbon.
As soon as I arrived back at the hotel it was time for the Inking Everything Team Meeting. Becky rented a conference room and spoiled us with yummy appetizers while we exchanged cards & gifts, got to know one another and talked business. There were other lovely ladies in attendance but this is our team picture. L to R - Julie, Becky, Kathy, Me, Kari, Ruthie, Jennifer & Kim. And after all this fun we walked over to the Conference Center for the Convention Kick-Off Party!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Roommate Gifts

It is tradition at Stampin' Up! Conventions to leave "pillow gifts" for your roommate(s). Here is what I have come up with...
Notepads to jot down all the great ideas we see

Tealight Cake just for fun


And who doesn't need a little chocolate?

I have written a tutorial for the Tealight Cake set and will post it on my sidebar as soon as I figure out that blogger feature :) The directions for the chocolate boxes is part of Becky Robert's 12 days of Christmas 2010 tutorial. Having access to her great tutorials is an added bonus of being part of her Inking Everything team - This month you can join me for just $99!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's Party Time!

I had a 6:00 am flight this morning to Salt Lake City and headed straight for my hotel near the Convention Center. Today is arrival day but I have plenty planned. After meeting up with my roommates and going in search of the Stampin' Up! tote bags waiting for us (full of stamps, the Holiday Mini Catalog, and other goodies) I have a 1:00 pm VIP tour of the home office scheduled, followed by an Inking Everything team meeting at our hotel at 3:30 pm and the Convention Kick-off party at 6:00 pm. WOW! Below are the cards I made for our team swap and a small gift for each of the team members and special guests invited to our pre-party party.
Three of the In-Colors for 2011-2012 are Indigo Island, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the Flower Fancy images with Versa Mark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on the Glossy White paper before coloring with the Aqua Painter dipped in re-inker ink. I also got a chance to use the new 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party. Love it!
These are luggage tags I sewed & stamped to help us identify our Stampin' Up! tote bags in a sea of 3,000. First, I printed each initial on printer fabric using the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet in My Digital Studio. Yep, ran the prepared fabric (available at my local fabric store) right through my printer. I then sewed the tags together using the Flirtatious Designer Fabric and stamped them with Delicate Doilies stamps in Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Last of my Swaps

Time is up and I am packing. These are the last two swap cards I have completed. I can't wait to see wait other Demonstrators have created to swap them for. There is a reason that the Idea Book & Catalog is named as it is. It is FULL of great ideas. Both of these cards are my version of samples in the IB&C.

The Sweets for the Sweet stamp set is featured on page 65 with a sample like this one. I used Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Real Red as my main colors. The lollipop has a layer of Crystal Effects to make it really pop and the tiny candies are punched from a page of the Big Top Birthday designer series paper using the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

On page 116 you will find the Flower Fancy stamp set and a sample card very similar to this one. Remember this flower from my post last week of all the watercolored flowers I was preparing? I love this stamp set and you can check back tomorrow to see the finished watercolor card. For this card I used Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler. The small flower is punched using the Boho Blossom punch and a silver brad is placed in the center. The sentiment is from the hostess set Swirls & Curls Verses set available in the Summer Mini Catalog through August 31, 2011.

Friday, July 8, 2011

NEW HOSTESS BENEFITS!

Introducing the new and exciting Stampin' Up! Hostess Benefits program.  Which gives you more options than ever before when you host or place an order for $150 or more.  That includes ONLINE ORDERS too!
It has two features, hostess dollars & 50% off items.
NEW BENEFITS CHART HERE

Hostess Dollars
  • Workshops or online orders that total $150 or more, will earn Hostess Reward Dollars
  • You can apply these Dollars to purchase exclusive hostess products (see pages 10-15 in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog) or other catalog merchandise at full price
  • Stampin' Up! has discounted the price of exclusive hostess products to make your Hostess Dollars go farther
50% Off Item(s)
  • In addition to Hostess Dollars, workshops or online orders that total $400 or more, will have the opportunity to purchase any full-priced catalog item for 50% off! 
  • At $500 or more -  you'll get additional 50% off items!
  • Yes - you can choose anything in the catalog at half price, including stamp sets, accessories, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Color Caddy, Many Marvelous Markers and more (does not include MDS printed items)!
I'm so excited about this new program.  Plus - did you see the new hostess exclusive product selection?  They are all so fabulous, it's hard to decide what to get!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the new Hostess Benefits Program.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Cards to Swap

I have completed 20 of these beauties to swap at Convention next week. I am getting so excited to spend 4 days being inspired by Stampin' Up! staff and other demonstrators!
Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette are my color choices for these cards. I stamped the background with the new Delicate Doilies stamp set, inked the edges of the Fun Flowers cut out with the Big Shot and ran two of the layers through the Big Shot a second time in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, used the Scallop Edge Border punch along the bottom and stamped the sentiment with a stamp from the Thank You Kindly set. This card is finished off with the brand new Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots ribbon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

WOW! Exciting limited time offer:


Dates: July 1-31, 2011

Promotion Details:
 A limited-time $99 Starter Kit ($180 Value--See Kit Contents below!) is the perfect choice for the hobby stamper and lover of Stampin' Up! products.
  • SAVE!!! Enjoy the new Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog using a one-time 30% Off Start Up Discount on product orders of $150 or more (placed within 45 days of start).
  • Get 20% off future Stampin' Up! orders, access to exclusive resources and the opportunity to pre-order new products.
  • Receive Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Discounts and Benefits through Dec. 31, 2011 with NO obligation to to purchase anything further or hold a workshop.
  • When you join with me you also receive an invitation to my upline, Becky's private Inking Everything blog full of ideas and access to her fabulous tutorials
  • There's no penalty to drop.  You keep everything.
  • PLUS Get a Christmas Keepsake project kit (example below) absolutely FREE--a $40 value! This exclusive kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box to hold your most treasured Christmas memories. It will be available with your first demonstrator order in August and must be redeemed by Sept. 30. 
$99 Starter Kit Contents
Contains over $180 in products and business supplies--including new products from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog! You CAN substitute a similar item of equal or lesser value.
Page Item Description
57 123225 Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
69 122740 Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
177 102277 Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
177 105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
177 103133 Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
177 119706 Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
180 101179 Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
182 107311 Whisper White Note Cards (20)
185 124339 Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
195 124142 Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
203 122129 Blender Pen (1)
205 118486 Clear-Mount Block C
206 104332 SNAIL Adhesive
*New to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

Business Supplies
The business supplies in these promotional mini kits will be the same business supplies that are in existing starter kits; no alternative selections can be made for business items.
  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • 2011 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • Stampin' Up! logo vinyl
  • D├ęcor Elements applicator
  • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
  • My Digital Studio Marketing DVD
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Customer Order Forms (50)
Free Christmas Keepsake Project
Of course, the regular Demonstrator Starter Kit and Digital Starter Kit are also available. Contact me to discuss which option would suit you best.