Friday, May 22, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack Projects

We had so much fun last Saturday at the Stamp-a-stack. I am sorry you missed it, but make plans to be at the next one when it's announced. We snacked, chatted, stamped, glued, and punched our way to ten cards.

Here's a picture of the cards we created - we made two of each one.

The New Cattys Will Be Here Soon!

Hot Stampin' News!

June 30th is the last day to order from the current catalog because the new 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog will be available July 1st.

If you are like me you won't want to wait an extra minute to sit and browse all the new goodies and ideas that the Stampin' Up! idea books always offer. If that's true contact me today to pre-order your personal copy. You won't need to pay anything until the books arrive, which will be mid to late June. If you are local, the cost of the catty is $5. If I need to ship it to you the cost is just $8.

Do you want your catty for free? Well who wouldn't, right? I will enter the first 25 people that pre-order by May 31st into a drawing for a free catty. So don't delay, contact me real soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Technique University

Happy Thursday!

I offer a Technique University on the fouth Thursday of the month. Last month was the 1st of 5 classes being offered in this session. Classes are unique and do not build on each other so you can still jump in on the fun.

Each month, I will introduce 3 techniques. You will get hands on experience with each technique, as well as create a "recipe" page for each one. These "recipe" pages can then be added to an album or notebook to create a very practical reference tool to look back on when you want to add a certain technique to one of your very own projects. Oh, I should mention that we will also make a card using one of the techniques.

The cost for these classes is $15 at the door. However, if you place at least a $20 order the night of the class the class fee will be discounted to $5.

Advance sign up is necessary so that I will have enough materials on hand for everyone. So don't wait, contact me today to sign up. I'd love to have you join us!

Here are last month's techniques:

If you'd like to see a list of the classes I offer, please click the link on the right sidebar.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Hubby!

I wanted to share with you the card I made for my hubby's birthday. According to him, it's not enough to use manly colors to make a man card. He says you have to have a truck or a tool or something manly on it to call a true man card. So honey, this tool's for you.

For this card, I browsed around until I found a layout that spoke to me. Then I went into the craft room and dove into my stash of retired designer paper. The paper I used was actually from a winter seasonal pack. It just goes to show you that even seasonal Stampin' Up! things can be versatile. I just adore this company!

I know some of you will be eyeballing the tool that I added. Isn't it cool?! I made it using the word window, 1" circle & 1/2" circle punches. Go try to make one..they are a lot of fun.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ready for Summer, Sand & Suntan Lotion

Happy Tuesday!

We are getting such a good drenching of rain here in Florida that I have had some time to myself in the craft room the last few days.

For those who know me, I am all about the beach and anything that has to do with the seaside. So, I wanted to make something that celebrates Summer using the colors of the surf & sand. Oh, if only I could find a way to make this card smell like coconut it would be perfect. We can always dream, right? I guess I'll just light my new Yankee candle that my Mom, I mean kids, bought me for Mother's day while I type this post. If you love the smell of suntan lotion, you'll flip for this scent. It's called Sun & Sand, and man it has to be my favorite scent on the planet. Anyway, we were talking about a card weren't we? Yes, we were, so here it is. I hope you love it!

Supplies Used:
stamps: One of a Kind, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
card stock: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
ink: Tempting Turquoise (don't know why I didn't use Baja), Creamy Caramel to sponge the flip flop, Versamark
accessories: Twill Tape, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Rope Twine, Dimensionals
tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1/2" Punch, Crop-a-dile, Paper piercer

Sunday, May 17, 2009


I set aside some stampin' time today and wanted to share with you what I created. Because Father's Day is on the horizon and my hubby's birthday is this week, I have been thinking a lot about the masculine side of card making. I know women love buttons and bows, however men could really do without them. But what is a card without a few embellishments, right? So, I set aside the glitz and glam and used twill tape and jumbo eyelets instead.

I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Daddy, I really hope you enjoy this one cause it will be arriving in a mailbox near you real soon. lol!

note: The tree is stamped in classic ink and then embossed in clear
Suplies used:
stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Heartfelt
ink: Always Artichoke, Versamark
card stock: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
accessories: Jumbo Eyelets, Twill Tape, Clear embossing Powder, Dimensionals
tools: Heat Tool, Crop-a-dile

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Where to Find Inspiration

So has this ever happened to you?

You have your craft supplies all purchased and organized and you are so excited to make that special card, so you sit down and it hits you...what now.. where do I do I start..what colors do I use..Oh My, What was I thinking!

Okay, if this hasn't happened to you, then may I tell you how blessed you are. For the rest of us, don't fret. I have totally been there and I am going to share with you where I get my inspiration for making cards.

First of all, when you are making cards, don't be afraid to copy other people's work. While you're recreating the cards, you'll be learning and developing your own style. It's not plagiarism people, it's called CASEing (copy and selectively editing). As long as you give credit where credit is due and don't submit someone elses work for publication, you'll be fine.

So..My first stop for inspiration is usually the computer. I love to blog hop because there are so many talented people out there. As for sites, my favorite has to be where you can view thousands of cards as well as non-card paper projects. If you have a specific Stampin' Up! set, you can even view a gallery that pulls up cards by the stamp names. How fabulous is that?? Be careful though because splitcoast can be very addicting.

I also browse card specific magazines at book stores and even Walmart. I can't afford to buy every book and magazine that I see, although I would love to stock my library with all of them, so what I do is pick out two projects and really study them. I take a quick mental snap shot of the cards and pay special attention to the colors and basic lay out used. Then once I'm home, I fly into the craft room and create my version of what I saw. If you won't have time to sit down within a few hours after looking at the mags, then trust me, you'll want to have a little notebook to create a sketch and make notes while you're at the store. Now, if a magazine is quite special and has a lot of projects that speak to me, that would be the one I'd toss in the cart.

My mental snap shot technique works well for me because it forces me to make the card while the details are fresh. If I know that I have notes to fall back on, sometimes the card just doesn't get made.

I use this method when browsing the premade card, or as I like to say, flat card isle, as well. Often times you'll see nice basic "flat"card designs that you can recreate using multiple papers, ribbons and such to make the card come to life.

If you have a layout in mind and need color inspiration, turn to clothing. Fabrics or even full outfits have great inspiration ability, if you just take note of it.

Well, enough's time to show you a card.

This card, by the way, was completely inspired by one of my mental snap shot excursions. I just tweaked it a bit and voila!

Supplies used:
stamps: Sweet Stems
card stock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP (retired)
ink: Old Olive
accesories: Pumpkin Pie stampin' write marker, Always Artichoke 1/4" Ribbon
tools: Scallop Edge Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch

A Pot Full Of Flowers

Here's another flower pot card.
I just love these and they have such a wow factor in person.

Supplies used:
card stock: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Whisper White
ink: Rose Red & Regal Rose to ink edges of flowers
accessories: Organza Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Linen Thread
tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot, Texturz Plates Backgrounds #1, Daisies #2, Little Leaves, Buttons #5

Monday, May 11, 2009

Upcoming Event

For a larger view, click on the bulletin board.

A Mother's Day Bouquet

I saw a card like this one (by as I was blog surfing and absolutely fell in love with it. I loved it so much, in fact, that I planned a class around it - and all of my ladies loved it. Today, I was reading Shelli's blog (Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! ) and guess what...she loves it too and she picked it as one of the winner's in her Mother's Day blog challenge. Man, I knew this was a fabulous card. I hope you love it too!

Supplies used:
card stock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Parisian Breeze Designer Series Paper,
accessories: Valet Ribbon Originals, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots
tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Big shot, Texturz Plates Backgrounds #1, Birds & Blooms, Flower Layers, Daisies #2, Little Leaves, Buttons #5

Monday, May 4, 2009

Lovin' My Punch Index

Okay, so I know I'm suppose to be working on cataloging my stamp sets - and I am, by the way. I just got a tiny bit sidetracked and created something really cool. Oh, and it does fall in line with organizing, so I think I didn't derail too much.

I created a punch index! I made it using vinyl name badge holders, that I found at WM in the office supply section, and 1" book rings that were buried in my stash drawer - but you can find those at WM as well, I'm sure.

This, along with my stamp index, is going to allow me to be so much more efficient. Love that!

Now, if you're looking at the picture and can't quite figure out what I did, here's the scoop. I cut a piece of card stock to fit into each name badge and punched a single punch per page. This way if I need to check if an image will work well with a certain punch, I can easily flip the book open and see if the punch outline fits around the image.

Once I made all my little punch pages, I put the two metal rings in the holes of the holders - just like a little notebook, tied some pretty ribbon on the rings, decorated a cover and voila - done.

I hope you like it!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Why Should I Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

If you're thinking about becoming a demonstrator, I'm sure you have a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions are, "What comes in the starter kit?", "What's the catch?", and "What do I need to do to stay active?". Here are the answers to those questions and more.

What comes in the Kit? The Regular Starter kit contains $335 worth of products for 199.00.

  • Stamp sets (4 sets: Eastern Blooms, Fun & Fast notes, Big Bold Birthday, and Fundamental phrases, OR 4 sets of your choice at the same or lower price)
  • Fast Flowers Stampin’ around® wheel OR wheel of your choice (standard size only)
  • Stampin’ around handle (standard size only)
  • Pixie pink ink cartridge OR color of your choice (standard size only)
  • Stampin’ pastels® (1 case has 51 colors, 6 applicators, 1 eraser)
  • Assorted card stock (2 pkg. 8-1/2" x 11" Bold Brights® OR color family of your choice)
  • Card stock (1 pkg. 8-1/2" x 11" Whisper White OR neutrals)
  • Blender pens (1 pkg. of 3)
  • SnaiL adhesive® (1 pkg.)
  • Décor Elements™ (decorative vinyl image) (Large Kraft parisian Damask) OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price
  • Décor Elements applicator tool
  • Stampin’ Scrub® (1 two-sided scrub)

  • Stampin' mist® (1 - 2 oz. bottle)
  • Versamark® pad
  • Classic Stampin’ pads® (5: Basic Black, Green Galore, Real Red, pixie pink, and Brilliant Blue, OR 5 colors of your choice)
  • Tons of business supplies like a box of 8 catalogs, mini catalogs, our Demonstrator magazine and order forms.

What is the catch? Other than a totally addictive hobby, it’s pretty easy. It takes about 20 minutes online to sign up and you get your password to go onto the Demonstrator Only Website right away, while you wait for your kit to arrive in a week to 10 days.

What if I decide to not place any orders and just enjoy my kit? Stampin ‘Up will just drop you after your quarter is up. No penalties and nothing to give back.

How much do I have to order to stay active? $300 retail. Stampin' Up runs on a Quarter system. So if you sign up Feb 1st, you would get your first quarter free of minimums. Apr-may-June is the next quarter so you would have to your $300 in orders by the end of June. It can be ALL at once, or in smaller orders. With just your own orders or friends adding to it. You can be your own hostess, so with your 20% off as a demonstrator, the 300 goes down to 240.00 but then add back in 10% shipping and then tax. If you are 7% tax like me, then it comes out to around 285.00. BUT as your own hostess, you can get a free hostess set and 25.00 of free merchandise. So it pays off if you are looking for a discount and you are going to be spending that much on stamp goodies anyway.

Bonus Tip: Some people sign up if they have a huge wish list or want something big like the BIG SHOT because you get 30% off (instead of 20%) your first order over 150.00 if you place it within 45 days of signing up. So, you can be your own hostess and reap the benefits + get a big discount = no brainer.

Do I have to have classes or workshops? Some demonstrators do it as a career and support themselves full time with it. It’s a lot of work but it can be done. Tons of demonstrators do it just for the discount or hobby. There is no requirement to host or teach any classes. Now, if you want help with putting in the orders you'll want some Bread and Butter customers. Those are the friends or family that you can stamp with each month or every other month so they can order a few things from you. Every little bit helps! And who knows, one day you may need extra money and decide to operate this more as a business. When times get tough, sell stamps!

What is in the Demonstrator Only Website? Wow, there is so much in there that I couldn’t list it all. 5 years of back issues of our Stampin’ Success magazines (which arrive in our mail monthly), projects, templates, articles, videos, Stamper’s Showcase (3-4 samples uploaded daily from demonstrators who submitted their samples) and Workshop Wizard, which has more projects.

Some people sign up just for the preorders. Stampin' Up! holds preorders for demonstrators to purchase items that will be coming out in upcoming mini catalogs, Idea Books and promotions that aren't available for the general public yet. This allows you to be among the first to get the new goodies.

How do I sign up? If you're ready to make that decision now, then it can be done quickly and easily. Visit my Stampin' Up! Website and click on "join stampin' up!" to find more information and even watch some introductory videos. If and when you're ready to sign-up, you will find the words "click here to enroll" about 2/3 of the way down the page. That will get you started. You will need a recruiter password - mine is hope352 for those who are ready to sign up!

I would love for you to be part of my team!

Hope Keene

Clermont, Florida-- 352-255-3814-- or

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Stampin' Up! Promotions

! It's National Scrapbooking Month and Stampin' Up! is celebrating in a big way with three great promotions. Here's the breakdown:

1.) Buy three packs of Designer Series paper (including our Specialty Designer Series paper) or 12" x 12" textured card stock, and get one FREE!

2.) Buy a sneak peek stamp set from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog--Jumble Alphabet (set of 52; double-mounted)--at a 20 percent discount.

Item # Description Regular Price Sale Price
115199 Jumble Alphabet stamp set $43.95 $35.16

3.) In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for only $75 with our limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit!

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains the following:

Item Code Description Retail Value
113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95
113059 Simply Scrappin' Petal Party $19.95
108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12" x 12") $11.95
105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad $7.50

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $43.95 value.

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:
Getting Started DVD
Getting Started Guide
Guest Invitation Postcard (100)
Idea Book & Catalog (8)
Occasions Mini Catalog (8)
To My Hostess Envelope (10)
Recruit Folders (5)
Recruit Brochures (20)
Hostess Brochure (20)
Hostess Benefits Form (10)
Customer Order Form (50)
Ready to join me?! I have NEVER seen the signup fee to become a demonstrator this low before, so don't wait -- contact me TODAY! This is a great way to jump in!

If you'd like to find out more about what being a demonstrator is all about (either as a hobby or business), contact me! You can do this just as a hobby for yourself and save on tax and shipping or do it as a business - it's up to you.