Happy World Card Making day + 25 (no, 26!) extra reasons to be a hostess this month

It's the first Saturday in October, which means it's World Card Making Day!  As opposed to Regular Old Card Making Day that happens quite frequently at my place...

Stampin' Up! is offering prizes for folks who participate in this international day that celebrates the art of card making, and you've gotta be in it to win it!

Here are a couple of ways to take part:

  • E-mail a photo of a card, or of you making a card, made with Stampin' Up! product on World Cardmaking Day to wcmd2013@stampinup.com.
  • Post a photo of a card, or of you making a card, made with Stampin' Up! product on World Cardmaking Day on Instagram. Mention Stampin' Up! by typing @stampinup and use the hashtag #wcmd2013 in the description.

This contest is open to everyone - demonstrators, customers, friends, spouses, children . . . you get the idea. However, there are a few conditions:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to win a prize.
  • You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must feature a different card.
  • Contest will last all day on October 5, from 12:01 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Stampin' Up! will randomly select 100 winners from the North American markets to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit and 50 winners from the South Pacific and European markets to receive the Naughty and Nice Rotary Stamp and Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (valued at $18.90 AUD/ $22.90 NZD).

A selection of pictures will be posted to Stampin' Up!'s World Cardmaking Day Pinterest Board and the winners announced in a later current update and on our Facebook page.

Here's my entry that you may have spied earlier today on my Facebook Page... 

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The use of Post-It notes allowed me to get away with barely more than a single layer of card stock in making this card - I simply lined up two Post-Its across the front of my card, leaving a space of about 4cm in between where I stamped and sponged to get the background image, thereby "masking" off the rest of the card and achieving the nice crisp lines.

You might recall a previous card of mine using the same technique in another simple, single layerd card.

If you would like further information on how I achieved this technique, please don't hesitate to contact me.

This card also constitutes the first inking of the gorgeous hostess stamp set Morning Meadow, one of many products in the catalogue available exclusively to workshop hostesses or those placing an order the qualifies for stampin' rewards.

On the subject of hostesses and stampin' rewards, October being the month that Stampin' Up! first opened for business 25 years ago, this month there are 25 extra reasons why you might consider being a hostess yourself. 

For the month of October, host a workshop of  $400 or more and you'll qualify for an additional $25 in hostess dollars, bringing the freebie count to a minimum of $85.

Put simply, a morning or afternoon crafting with your mates and then a bunch of dollars to spend on whatever you like from the current catalogues.

Fun, yes?!

I have an additional reason to look at increasing my workshop schedule on top of the enjoyment of sharing my craft nerdiness love of creating, and that reason is because I am currently on track to earn the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation for 2014(!!)

Each year, Stampin' Up! rewards demonstrators who meet certain goals within their business with a trip for two that is nothing short of mind-blowing.  I know this, because I was fortunate enough to earn the trip to Palm Cove for my handsome man and I back in 2007 and I have never had an experience like it.

Next year's trip is one that includes all of Stampin' Up!'s markets worldwide, so demonstrators from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European markets will be cruising the Caribbean together in May. 

Mind-blowing, yes?! 


Luckily, the trip is earned by the sharing of stamping and Stampin' Up!, which is a passion of mine already, all I am in need of is a wider circle of folks to share it with.

Which is where you come in... 

If you could see a way in which you could spare a couple of hours to gather some peeps so that I could entertain you by splashing some ink around (and have you splash some around yourselves), I would be truly appreciative.  It's guaranteed to be a fun morning/afternoon and you'll even have a hand made card to show for it at the end.

To book yourself a workshop, simply get in touch with me and we'll set up a date especially for you :-)

I'd love you for more forevers than I do already... ;-)


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Stamps: Morning Meadow (hostess), Express Yourself (hostess)  Paper: Naturals White Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede  Accessories: Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush and Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Write Markers; Wide Oval Punch, Crochet Trim, Stampin' Sponges