Last Sunday afternoon, on a stinking hot Perth day, almost 50 stampin' ladies (and one stampin' bloke - my lovely father-in-law who just came for the food!) gathered in blissful airconditioning for the purpose of launching the astoundingly beautiful Stampin' Up! Seasonal Catalogue!
Three of my fellow stampin' team members and I banded together to run the afternoon, which, according to the lovely feedback we received on the day itself and also since, was a fabulous event!
The sentiment on this card is aimed squarely at my gorgeous stampin' gals SJ, Natalie and Cathy, who worked together to produce stunning samples, delightful demonstrations, refreshing refreshments and an all 'round gorgeous afternoon.
This card is one of the samples that I provided for the display, created when I was in my Bloomin' Marvelous phase, a phase which yielded six cards altogether, the rest of which I'll be sharing over the next little while, along with the many other samples that I've been creating in recent times...
Mostly monochromatic with a touch of neutral and a splash of green, this card started out in my imagination as just a multi-pink floral background - that was one of the first things I wanted to try with the little flower image - and the rest fell together as I went along, ending with the addition of the Primrose Petals Dahlia to finish things off :-)
The Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set is one of nineteen free products you can choose from with every $100 in your order total, or by hosting a $600 workshop during Sale-a-bration, which runs until March 22nd! Contact me today if you'd like to partake in either of these options... ;-)
SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:
- When adding a bow to your card, consider tying it out of a separate piece of ribbon and attaching it using a Glue Dot. I wanted this one to sit perpendicular to the strip of ribbon across the front and I've never figured out how to tie them to sit that way naturally, so Glue Dots it is! The bonus is that it also conserves your ribbon :-)
- Experiment with layering your punches for different effects. At first I envisaged the greeting on this card being inside an oval shape, but when I tried it out, I didn't like it. In the end, I deemed the combination of the Wide Oval and Decorative Label Punches to be perfect :-)
- Audition your Designer Series Papers! I wanted a neutral background for this card, and found it in the Fan Fair DSP pack, despite the fact that none of the colours listed in that pack contain any of the other colours that I used in this card. The washed out Crumb Cake pattern was exactly what I didn't know I was looking for!
At the beginning of this post, I mentioned a few of the gals in my stampin' team that worked together to produce our catalogue launch, but the best part is that they are part of a larger team, all of whom make up my downline, all of whom are fabulous, bringing multiple talents, skills and personalities to the group, and the very vast majority of whom I had never met prior to beginning with Stampin' Up! almost seven years ago.
I now count these ladies amongst my very closest friends, such is the strength of our common stampin' bond, and I'm so lucky to have them in my life! One of them has just left a short while ago after bringing lunch and a companionable chat to my day ward bedside as I sit here being infused with intravenous iron for most of the day - thanks Ali, you're an angel xo)
If stampin' is your thing, and spending time with other crazy stampin' ladies is what has been missing in your life, I would urge you to look into the demonstrator opportunity for yourself.
Pop back tomorrow for some compelling reasons you might like to...
Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Fan Fair DSP Ink:Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade Accessories: Wide Oval and Decorative Label Punches, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, In-Color 2012-2014 Dahlias, Crumb Cake and Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals