Mini Workshop Materpieces

Look what my girls made in the Mini Workshop I hosted on Monday!  We had a great time – I mean really, how much more perfect can girls night out be when it includes great company & crafting?!

Each workshop I host as a demonstrator, I always create a tutorial / handout for the participants to take home with them after the workshop so that they can recreate the cards again at home.  As a little bonus for all you stampers out there, I have included a link to download the PDF tutorials on how to make each card from that workshop!  Some of the other cards I have featured in other posts also have a PDF tutorial – if you are interested in one, please comment below or message me & I can email you a PDf copy.

Bleached Swallowtail

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL PAGE ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CARD:
StampRightUp – Bleached Swallowtail Instruction Hand Out

Bleached Swallowtail on Pacific Point with En Francais background stamp

Bleached Swallowtail on Pacific Point with En Francais background stamp

What you’ll need to make this card at home:

  1. Pacific Point ink & card stock, as well as basic black card stock
  2. Swallowtail stamp
  3. Black embossing powder

Stampin Up Pinwheel Sizzlits

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THIS STAMPIN UP PINWHEEL CARD: 

StampRightUp – Pinwheel Sizzlit Instruction Hand Out

Stampin Up Pinwheel sizzlits

Stampin Up Pinwheel sizzlits with Subtles DSP & stripes embossing folder

This card is super cute, but the pinwheel sizzlits can be a serious problem to put together… that is if you don’t know the trick to assembling them!  Check out this video on the easy way to assemble these little guys with ease and no frustration:  http://youtu.be/9PCjFyN7-qs

The other WAY COOL technique I taught the group was the “fork bow”.  Who knew you could use a fork to produce consistent, easy to make bows!!  I found this YouTube tutorial on how to make easy ribbon bows:  http://youtu.be/RBza9q1rKRo

Papillion Potpourri Window card

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THIS CARD:

StampRightUp – Papillion Potpourri Window Card Instruction Hand Out

Papillion Potpourri window card

Papillion Potpourri window card in pool party with Everyday Enchantment DSP and champagne shimmer mist

The picture of this card doesn’t do this card justice! We used the champagne shimmer paint to add a beautiful hint of shimmer to the front of the card.

So you want to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator

Did you know that Stampin Up! has been around for over 25 years?!  I did not even know about it until November 2012 when I met a demo at a craft fair who was selling their finished works.  She gave me a catalogue and I was hooked!! I poured over the book for DAYS.  Literally! It was like I was a kid again combing through the Consumers Distributing book for Christmas toys! When I spoke to the demo on the phone, she told me about being a ‘demontrator’.  I didn’t realize it’s not as easy as it sounds.

First:  Do you want to be a demonstrator?
Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I have at least three people who I know I could rally up once a month to do a ‘make & take’ demo class with?
  2. Would these people be willing to spend $25 per person to participate?

When I first signed up I did NOT know at least 3 people, but I thought I would save tons of money so I signed up as a demonstrator anyway.

(Now here’s some info most demo’s WONT tell you)

However, to be absolutely honest, the discount is only 20%, then you have to add shipping and taxes. Which eats up the discount… THEN you have to sell your quota – it’s around $400 every three months. So unless you have the money to buy that much every quarter yourself, here are some things you might want to consider to ensure you will be a successful demonstrator:

1. Buying items that you know you could mass produce some cards & sell the finished cards to stores, cafes, friends etc.

2. Hold an event – either a group or one time event. Create three items to make at the event. If you have people register in advance and give a deposit you can then buy the items you will need

3. Sign up when there is an incentive promotion for new recruits. I signed up when there was a free set of ink pads (the whole set!). Then place a one time order and stock up, and if you can place another order then yay, but if not, at least you have some goodies added to your crafting creation tool repertoire!


Other things to consider if you’re going to sign up as a demonstrator:

  1. How close to you live to your “upline” (the person who signed you up)
    This is CRUCIAL – there is SOOO much to learn, even for a seasoned crafter – that it really helps having your upline accessible to you
  2. Ask your potential upline HOW they will support you.
    What I provide:
    * Monthly meetings to check in on progress.
    * Extensive advise on what to include in your starter kit
    * Examples of items to demo in classes
    * Access to my resource list of references for designing & techniques (Hundreds of hours of research)
    * Support with creating a social media presence – including twitter, blog creation & maintenance, and creations & maintenance of a Facebook page

I continue to work with Stampin Up because I LOVE to craft & create.  I love it when I meet new people – and getting together you always learn from each other!  New techniques = new inspiration, which = lots of fun projects to make  🙂

There is SO MUCH I didn’t know when I signed up, that I wish I did.  Hopefully this has helped you, and maybe clarified some questions for you.  Feel free to contact me anytime if you too have been ‘orphaned’ by your upline, no matter WHERE you are, I will do whatever I can to help you out.

I would love to hear *your* experience – good or bad! Comment below  😀

Adventure #1: Waiting for the UPS driver

Why is it that when you’re eagerly awaiting a package it always is the last one on the delivery route?! *giggle* I swear, I was checking the door to my apartment, and the foyer entrance door every half an hour to make sure I didn’t miss the driver somehow. Pacing to the window and everything!! It was kind of funny in a crazy way now that I look back on it. >_<

I got the box and ripped it open, it was like Christmas!! I immediately started tinkering with what I had gotten.

Using the “Kindness Matters” stamp set, I made this really pretty butterfly card.  I must give credit to Tami White for the inspiration and tips on how to use clear mount stamps. You can view her video tutorial here: http://youtu.be/NB8RkC-4XAA

It was her tip on how to..ahem… “separate” (cut)  :O clear mount stamps so that you can use single images.   That is how I was able to stamp the butterflies vertically.

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