Friday, August 12, 2016

Upcoming Card Workshops

Greetings all! I realize that I have been neglecting you for several months and I apologize for that! But I'll begin again and see if I can get this blog worth checking on a regular basis.

First, I wanted to post the details of papercrafting events coming up for the remainder of 2016. I hope you'll make room in your schedules to come have some fun and to see some of the new products Stampin' Up! has offered in their 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2016 Holiday Catalog coming soon. As a demonstrator, I've had the opportunity to look and preorder from the Holiday Catalog and oooooh, there's lots of goodies there!

Upcoming Card Workshops (for Intermediate and Advanced papercrafters)

Where: Hartseil Center at New Life Christian Church, 401 Edgewood Dr, Morton IL
When: Monthly, Saturdays, 10am to 1pm (light snacks will be provided)
  • September 24: Introduction to 2016 Holiday Catalog (RSVP by Thurs., Sept 22)
  • October 15: Christmas cards (RSVP by Thurs., Oct. 13)
  • November 19: Christmas project kit (RSVP by Mon., Oct 31)
  • December 10: Customer's choice (participants will get to vote here from 4 stamp sets) (RSVP by Mon., Nov 28)

Cost: $15 for 4 cards/1 project. Cost of workshop will be waived if you place an order of $30 or more* at the workshop. Cost may vary for non-card projects.

*Merchandise total before shipping & handling and sales tax.

Workshop size will be limited to 8 participants age 12 or over.
Workshops will require 4 confirmed participants to be held.

  • Participants will receive a punch card at their first workshop.
    1 workshop attendance =  1 punch. 
  • 5 punches = 1 free pack of 24 ct 8 1/2 x 11 solid color cardstock, 1 free ink pad, or
    1 free ink refill. 
  • 10 punches = $20 Stampin' Up! gift certificate

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall is in the air...

Hi! Welcome back to my blog. Today I thought I would share with you the cards that I created for the first
Stampin’ Up!® party I demonstrated. My hostess asked for cards with a Autumn theme. This allowed me to use two stamp sets out of the 15-16 Catalog and the holiday catalog as well as a pack of autumn themed designer series paper. We had a small group of attendees but everyone had fun and assured me that I performed well. 

They also strongly encouraged me to notify their husbands of the Stampin' Up! gift certificates I have available. That goes for any of you as well! Give me a call or comment here if you would like to give a Stampin' Up! gift certificate to a stamping friend or family member for a birthday or the upcoming holiday! Gift certificates can be written for any amount. However, gift certificates cannot be redeemed through an online order. I will even create a card for you to hold your gift certificate!

Okay, so back to the cards I made. This first one I cased from a card designer on the splitcoaststampers website. The Sheltering Tree stamp set is so versatile because the stamp set comes with multiple stamps to "seasonalize" your card including a small swing, a bicycle, a bunch of snowflakes, a tuft of grass, and as pictured here, a rake.  The sentiment pictured here is part of the set along with three others. 

What I like about this card idea is that the designer inked the reverse side of the leaves stamp with the Daffodil Delight ink to create the "glow" behind the tree. Once that is stamped, then you turn the stamp right side up and stamp your leaves. Stamping in layers creates the multi-colored tree. I highlighted the tree with tiny dots of the Dazzling Details product (Gold Glitz and Cherry Cobbler) at the tips of the branches to add a little shimmer to the tree. The acorn was constucted using  the Acorn Builder Punch available in the 2015 Holiday Catalog. The embossing folder I used for the Soft Suede layer is not a Stampin' Up! product. However, the company does have a similar embossing folder (Woodgrain).

The next card we made used the Into The Woods Designer Series Paper, the Acorn Builder Punch, and the Acorny Thank You stamp set. The double acorn stamp is not a Stampin' Up! product and the ribbon is retired Stampin' Up! ribbon. This card is a modified design of a card sample from Stampin' Up!

The last card we made at the party was a birthday card for a fall birthday. Again, I used the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, the Acorn Builder Punch and the Acorny Thank You stamp set found in the 2015 Holiday Catalog. I used the same embossing folder from the first card above to give the acorns some dimension. The sentiment on the outside and inside comes from a new stamp set in the 15-16 Annual Catalog named Happy Happenings. The leaves on the right side of the card were cut from dies I purchased locally using a suede-like paper. The thread around the middle of the card is brass metallic DMC floss.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Allow me to introduce myself...

My name is Greta Whittemore. If you've reached this blog, it's probably because you're a) a family member or friend that just wants to see what I am up to, or b) a person that likes to exercise those creative gifts with which you've been blessed. In September, I joined the Stampin' Up!® company as an Independent Demonstrator, so I will be sharing my creative paper crafts and cards made with the wonderful products Stampin' Up! has to offer. 

On this blog, I will be posting announcements about upcoming workshops and pictures of the fun we're having with the people who choose to host a party.

Since I believe that my creativeness is a gift from God--encouraged and molded by family members--don't be surprised if some of my musings and reflections from my bible study shows up here. As I intend to be working as a mental health counselor in the future, this side job is part of my self-care routine and will allow me to feed my love of teaching.

So that being said....welcome!