Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Stamping Space and Framelit Storage Solution

We had an old white board laying around, so I decided to try an idea I've seen a couple other Stampin' Up! demonstrators do to organize their framelits (thank you for the idea Wendy Waldman and Yapha Mason).  In the past, all my framelits were stored in the plastic envelope they came in, so I'd have to search envelope by envelope to find the one I wanted.  Now, I  only need to glance up on the wall above my Big Shot.  I put one-inch magnetic strips across the white board and my framelits stick quite nicely to the magnet.

Below is a close-up of the board:

When we moved into our current home 2 1/2 years ago, this spare bedroom was our reading room.  In fact, my husband Tom had a comfortable recliner in the corner where he would read and listen to music.  But, as I got into stamping and needed more space, the room morphed into what it is today.  First, Tom installed Elfa shelves and drawer units in the closet for me.  It seemed like a lot of room -- for a while.  Below is a photo of the closet.

We got a sturdy work table also from the Elfa system at the Container Store.  The table is perfect when I stamp and plan, but it is too low (causing a backache) for all the cutting I was doing for my classes.  

And, that's why I moved into the other corner of the room with a higher work area (for my paper cutter and Big Shot), lots of storage, and great lighting.

Tom's reading chair was moved into a corner of our bedroom, and he is very happy reading there.  I think I have enough stamping space now, but my friend and upline, Pennie, laughed.  I think she knows something I don't know...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Card in a Box

I made a card-in-a-box for my brother. A huge thank you to Tanya Bell for the wonderful video tutorial she posted at

Since I made this card for my brother who had knee-replacement surgery, I wanted a masculine look to it. I had to use a couple retired stamp sets to get the coffee pot and s{ick} stamps.

I used the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper because he likes eagles and this series of paper had birds on one of the sheets.  Also, I felt it had a masculine look to it.

Above is a photo of how the card folds up and fits in an envelope. 

The back panel is perfect to write a message.  I sent the card in a get-well package I sent to him. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Designer Series Paper:  Modern Medley

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wedding Place Cards

For a wedding gift for a friend, I made the wedding reception place cards.  I made the tents from the Brushed Silver Cardstock.  You really have to see this cardstock to appreciate how pretty it is.  The names were printed on Whisper White Cardstock.  The bride and groom printed the tags on the cardstock, so I only had to cut them apart and add the table numbers.

The Pikorua design on each tag (also featured on their wedding invitation and the wedding program) is a Maori symbol that "encompasses the solidifying of two people's love for one another."

Below is a close-up of the "tent."

The wedding, of course, was lovely!  Since the groom is Scottish, he wore a kilt (as did the best man, his brother).  A bag piper walked down the aisle just before the bride and then stopped off to the side to play the music for the bride to come down the aisle.

My contribution to the wedding was done.  Everyone knew where to sit -- a minor yet important role, eh?