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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Award Winner August 13, 2009

First, I have to say that I worked very hard on my projects.  I am so thankful that Stampin’ Up! has recognized my work.  This is my third year in a row winning this award…..I will continue working hard, creating, sharing, and submitting to have this title.  Like many, we set goals for ourselves for motivation.  This contest has been a consistent goal for me.  As I grow, this goal will continue.  I just find myself adding more goals to my list — finding motivation for other areas as well. 

This year is a bit different from the past years.  We, the Artisan Award winners, have created a very nice friendship and communicate frequently.  I think they are all amazing women.  I wish I could have spent more time with them.  Our dinner with Shelli, Brent, Robin & Angie (2 awesome concept artists) was the best to date!  This is the first year all 10 were present for the dinner.  I could have sat there all evening (it went by a bit too fast).  I just wanted to get to know each one better.  And who wouldn’t want to have a private dinner with Shelli & Sterling, Brent & Angela, and 2 su! concept artists who have the ultimate dream job in my opinion.  I jokingly tell John that if he comes home and me and my belongings are missing…..check Utah lol.  I’m just kidding with him.  Okay, fine!  I’d drag him along:)

We had a private Artisan Card Swap at the dinner.   I’m still speechless when I look at all of the cards.  AMAZING!!!!  We have a private Artisan Christmas Swap already planned, and maybe a Leadership Artisan Swap in the plannings. 

I look forward to this year and all of the monthly creative challenges from Stampin’ Up!   And I hope you enjoy seeing them as well. 

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I’m going to show 3 projects upclose.  They are all favorites of mine, but I got a lot of compliments on the 3-D items so I’ll share upclose pics. 

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The first 3-D item is a sampler in a shadow box showcasing coordination of Stampin’ Up! products.

The second 3-D item is one of Stampin’ Up!’s 8-1/2″x8-1/2″ On Board Albums (#112456).  Full 12 month 2010 Calendar.  There are approximately 560 hand-sewed beads (su! duo-beads) on this calendar.  It was created exclusively for the contest.  Some details can be omitted to simplify for a class in the future. 

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My silly little Ethan.  Always happy!  Always making me smile and laugh.  This picture represents him so well.  You can see just how happy he is in the pic….brightens my life so much.

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Isn’t that owl stinkin’ cute?  He was created with On Board So Tweet chipboard (#113893).  I love the look of the owl so much that I created some other projects with him (you’ll see in future posts).

BIG HUGE THANKS to everyone I talked to at Convention.  I was truly flattered by all of the sweet comments.   Have a wonderful day & thanks for stopping by.


Stampin’ Up!’s Kid Campaign in full swing August 12, 2009

This current campaign is for kids, and THE KID IN YOU!

From now till September 30th 2009, you can celebrate with me!!!   My all time favorite category in the SU! catalog is “Growing Up” (pg 74-90). It is hard not to fall in love with all of the oh so cute images.  

***For every $35 spent from the “Growing Up” section of the catalog, you get a package of Designer Buttons ($7.95 value) for FREE!    This includes Playground Designer Buttons (#116313), Sherbert Designer Buttons (#116312), and Button Latte Designer Buttons (#114333).

***Also, Purchase the new Decor Elements Growth Chart (#117519 $24.95) during the dates mentioned above and get a FREE applicator tool with your purchase. 

***You will also get my “How’d she do that PDF: create with Pony Party”.  This is a step by step PDF with lots of pictures and 8 templates for completing the project below.  It also contains alternate tips and ideas. (ETA: THIS PDF IS FOR CUSTOMERS WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SPECIAL). 

Now, from the kid in me….I have something to share with you today.  I know it has been a long time:) 

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This is a tri-fold coloring activity project.  I left the pony on the front belly band blank (that was extremely hard for me) so Alexis can color it in to her likings.  Also, this project features the FREE BUTTONS.

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 Now for the inside.  I know if I would have received this as a kid, I would have been thrilled!  What little girl wouldn’t love to create her own little ponies with accessories and crayons? 

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 There are 6 pony images (I opted for 6, but it can have more) that swing in and out of the folder.  The envelope has all of the images to pretty up a pony (with stampin’ dimensionals already on the backs).  And, couldn’t leave out some vellum wings.



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STAMPS:  Pony Party (#115217 $20.95); Calendar Alphabet & Numbers (#111610 $20.95)

PAPERS:  Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (#115675 $9.95); Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2″x11″  (#105117 $5.50); Melon Mambo In-Color cardstock 8-1/2″x11″ (#115320 $5.50); Rich Razzleberry In-Color cardstock 8-1/2″x11″ (#115316); Crushed Curry In-Color cardstock 8-1/2″x11″ (#115319 $5.50); Whisper White cardstock 8-1/2″x11″ (#100730 $7.50); White Vellum Paper (#101839 $4.95).

INKS:  Melon Mambo (#115656 $5.95); Stazon Jet Black Pad (#101406 $7.95).

ACCESSORIES:  Sherbert Designer Buttons (#116312 $7.95); Button Latte Designer Buttons (#114333 $7.95); Medium Window Sheets (#114323 $4.95); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (#108431 $9.95); 1/2″ Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (#115613 $9.95 15yds); 1/2″ Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (#115614 $9.95 15 yds); 1/2″ Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (#115611 $9.95 15 yds); Linen Thread (#104199 $4.50 15 yds); Sticky Strip (#104294 $6.95 10 yds); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430 $3.95 for 300); Mini Glue Dots (#103683 $4.95).

TOOLS, PUNCHES, & DIES:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439 $99.95); Floral Fusion Sizzlit Die (#115969 $5.50); Little Leaves Sizzlit Die (#114511 $5.50); Circle Scissor Plus (#112530 $29.95); Glass Mat (#112531 $19.95); Crop-a-dile tool (#108362 $29.95); Small Oval Punch (#107304 $15.95); Large Oval Punch (#107305 $15.95); 1/2″ Circle Punch (#104390 $5.95); Bone Folder (#102300 $6.95)