Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Stampin' Up! / Sizzix Big Shot!


While my knee hinders me I have a new tool to play with - my new Big Shot by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! I have never had a dye cutting tool nor Cricut nor any other except the traditional punches. I have tons of those!


Today a mysterious brown truck (UPS) arrived with my new toy. Something I can play with in bed with an ice pack on my knee! Needless to say it was unpacked shortly after delivery and being played with in moments. My daughter has already figured out how to use it and wants to go shopping for Sizzlets or dyes or something (still learning terminology) for a dragon one.
When I get my camera in order (my son set one of ours in the sand and that was the end of that!) I will have to take a picture of some of the items we have been having fun with already.
 
For a short time you can purchase the Sizzix Big Shot for an unbelievable deal of $195.95 (or $259.95 with the Bag. It really does add up to a huge savings purchasing the packaged bundle). It includes the Sizzix Big Shot, Platform and Cutting Pads, 2 Stampin' Up! Exclusive Bigz Dies (Scallop Envelope and Top Note); 1 SU! Exclusive Sizzlets 4 pack (Birds & Blooms); 1 SU! exclusive Decorative Strip (Join the Cheer); Decorative Strip Cutting Pads and Extended Spacer Platform. Of course if you already have a Big Shot, you will want to purchase the exclusive Stampin' Up! dies which coordinate with so many of our wonderful products (stamps, papers, Decorative Elements, and more).
 
The Big Shot will work with cardstock, Designer Series Paper, fabric, chipboard, plastic, leather, and so many more materials. It is compatible with other dies in the market.
 
Yippee to Stampin' Up! for opening up more goodies for us to play with! I am truly excited to offer this item to my customers. It is such an exciting time to be a Demonstrator.
 
Call me today to get your Big Shot!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

My Apologies

I know I have not been posted daily to "The Blog". I am hoping that I get some relief to my knee that has been plaguing me all summer later on this week. I have not been getting around much at all since I returned from Convention. It took all my concentration to hide my pain at Convention. For those who saw me there, I hope you didn't notice any more than just my normal limp/gimp! Who knew that shopping at Target was a dangerous Olympic sport (that is where the injury occurred).

I twisted to the right looking at some hot deal I guess, and my knee went left, and down I went. OR something like that. Thank goodness my daughter was with me to help. I did finish my shopping that night, but on one leg and four wheels (of the cart).

As I said, Target shopping is a very dangerous Olympic sport! Requires years of training and endurance. Apparently I have not trained enough and will need to keep working on the sport until I am the best in my field! {I can just hear my hubbie groaning in the background going - my wallet, my wallet!}

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, August 8, 2008

Update Your Decor


Stamps: None
Inks: Chocolate Chip Reinker
Papers: None - only a preprepped canvas
Accessories: Small Lollipop Flowers in White Decor Elements, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, White Taffeta ribbon, some Bling from the Pretties Kit

Update your decor quickly and easily with the new product line from Stampin' Up! - Decor Elements. Decor Elements are self-adhesive dye-cut vinyl elements. They go on you walls (or windows or car or fabric or ??) fast and easy (and are easy to remove, but why would you want to?).

I participated in a swap (a picture idea exchange) at the Stampin' Up! Convention, 100 people, 100 different ideas. It was great! This is what I chose to swap. I mixed, about equal parts water and reinker (chocolate chip in this case), and using a large paint brush, brushed it on a pre-prepped (gessoed) canvas I had purchased from JoAnn ETC. To speed up the drying process I set the canvas in front of a fan. It completely dried between 30-60 minutes. Then the fun began.

To adhere your DE (Decor Elements) you first use your applicator and rub on the grid sided paper. Trust me, it makes sense when you have them in front of you. Now figure out where you are going to put your DE. I decided on the Canvas, as our walls will be painted in the next few months I didn't want to put them up then take them down again. Once decided, using your hands gently press the DE down on the applicable surface. Then using your DE applicator (a great value at $1.95 and works the same, if not better than a bone folder) start rubbing/applying your DE. The smoother the surface, the quicker it will adhere. Since I was using a canvas, a bumpy surface, I used the pointy end of the applicator to work the Lollipop flowers into the bumps of the canvas. Check to see if it is adhering by gently and slowly pulling up a corner of the adhesive backed paper? If your DE is staying on the wall, then you are good to go. Still sticking to the paper, keep rubbing. What you are doing is transferring the adhesive with the DE to the wall. It is kind of like magic. Even for the largest DE it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

I added some bling with the ribbon and Pretties Kit items to add dimension and sparkle. There is no reason you couldn't do that with your DE on a wall too.

Whatever surface you choose to apply your DE too, make sure it is clean and free of residue. For walls, unless they are super dirty, wash walls with water and time to make sure the wall is dry should do. For Clothing (yes there was a group of ladies who did that at Convention) make sure it is not real nappy clothing - like velour or fleece. Glass - clean and dry. Wood - clean, no polish. Other items, just post a comment here or send me an email, if you have any questions.

After your DE is applied, when you need to clean your wall or other, water is all. Any other cleaner could potentially get underneath the DE and will most likely eventually remove the glue.

Decor Elements are such a fast , inexpensive and easy way to update a room. I am just loving them. No paint brushes to clean up, no messy prep (like masking tape and tarps). I told my husband that I am going to turn our living room into my DE canvas, a showroom. He actually said - Go For It! And so I will.

The best part of Stampin' Up! is that several of the Decor Elements have coordinating stamp sets! You could decorate a whole room entirely with Stampin' Up! products. Between decorations for your walls, to framed art, to even stamping on your curtains or bedding with craft ink, to....just so many possibilities. I could go on and on.

Prices range from $3.95 to about $50 for the largest Decor Element, with an average price of $25 for most items. Currently DE comes in white, chocolate chip and kraft. This is just Phase 1! I can't wait to see what Phase 2 brings! That is cheaper than an gallon of paint (and add to that all the misc. materials needed for painting) and so much easier. Order yours today!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

3 Generations of Stampin' Up!

Me
Denise (Upline), Sue (her upline)

OK, really it is only 3 levels of Stampin' Up! Three generations of stamping would be awesome, but in all seriousness, all three of us are fairly close in age. We paused for a few minutes between classes for a "generation" photo. Aren't we darling?

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Celebrate Good Times

Every day at SU! Convention we got some kind of 20th Anniversary edible goodie!

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Get Your Silly On

Crazy me after I won a free stamp set at the SU! Convention. Blue Checks rule!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Home Again


I am home from Convention and wow not only did I see so many cute projects, I learned so much about my business. I have an "I have been tagged" to take care of, and so much more. I should be able to get that all caught up and start posting my personal Convention swaps. Of course, I need to get this all accomplished before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies start at 6:30 pm CST August 8th, 2008.

The picture posted above is how nuts we demonstrators can be, it is some of us (OK maybe most of us) standing in line for 3 hours for a chance to shop at Memento Mall at Convention. The picture was taken at 9 am, right after the doors opened. I stood, and stood, and stood some more. It took me a grand total of 15 minutes of shopping for the 3 hours of standing. It is all a part of the craziness and fun at Convention. I did get some cute items. But what do we do when we are standing there that whole time? Swap! of course. I came with 300 swaps (50 each of 6 styles), and swapped most of them the first day. What else are we going to do standing in line? And peek at the new Idea Book and Catalog. See for the first time ever, Stampin' Up! revealed the new catalog at Convention. We got to see it first! That was a cool perk of spending our time away from our families for a few days and the price of attending Convention.

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Keep being creative, Sandy