Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I've had a lot of ups and downs in the past 5 years of being a demonstrator but mostly downs in the latter part of me being a demonstrator. I lost all but two of my customers and no matter how much I communications I put out there, I was not getting anyone to come to a workshop nor was I getting anyone to host a class. So I had to make a decision to let it go for a while to see if this was what I really wanted to do or not.
Now Stampin' Up! is all about the sales as any company would be. So I tried to do my best to sell as much as I could but then stamping was fast becoming more or a chore than a hobby and I didn't like that so I decided to leave for a while.
Now I'm back and I'm sure this is what I want to do no matter what.
I still have only two customers who have stuck by me through it all and I love them for it. I am trying to obtain more interested people to this craft but it's not easy. I live in a very small NV town and it's hard to get customers especially when there is another demonstrator in the area (who has all the customers). So I've decided to just do this for myself and if I get customers along the way, then that's great. I am not going to stress about getting the sales or having classes and workshops anymore. I love stamping, creating and teaching. But if I can only have two out of the three, I'll take it!
I am hoping to keep up with the going ons of Stampin' Up! and pass on the promotions and greats sales to you by posting here. I will even post cards and other projects that I make and if you see something you would like to purchase, feel free to visit my online store.
I will try to keep you informed on what is going on and deadlines of special offers as well. But I will not pressure anyone to follow me or feel like they have to purchase from me.
I love Stampin' Up! products so I will use them for the most part, but there may be some cards or other projects you'll see here that are not Stampin' Up! I just don't want to feel tied to one line of product anymore because I think I can create better without the boundaries.
So with that being said, I hope you'll stay with me and comment on my post whenever you feel lead to do so.
I'm sorry for staying away for so long, I'll try not to do that again and I'll try to post at least once a week. Thank you to those of you who do follow me.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
They've come out with a tool that you just cannot craft without!
It's the Envelope Punch Board
- It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
- It's super easy to use; It looks intimidating at first glance, but when you see that all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score you'll go crazy (in a good way).
- It's small and lightweight; this makes it easy for you to take it to your events and craft expos. It's also super portable and easy to store. It's small and light enough that you could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
- It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
- It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
- The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!
- It will be in next year's annual catalog, so it's here to stay!!!
Now I know that you will want one after you finish watching this video, so just pop on over to my Online store and place your order. One for you and one for your friend who you know will love you forever for getting her/him one of these 'Can't Live Without' tools.
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Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount)
Papillion Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Butterflies are a must-have staple since they're always in style and can be used on projects for any occasion! The coordination of these products makes them fun and easy to use too.
If you already have either the stamp set or the punch, you might want to consider purchasing this bundle to give as a gift to your creative friend(s). After all, Christmas is just around the corner and everybody loves butterflies and it's not too early to start stocking up for the holidays.
So come on over to my online store to place your order. And don't forget, with every online order you place you will receive Stampin' Rewards. Any customer placing an online order with a demonstrator will qualify for Stampin' Rewards! So make sure that when you are shopping at my online store that my name (Bea Redd) is in the upper right side of your screen.
This is how your screen should like when you select me as your Online Demonstrator.
Happy Stamping and don't forget to share this info with all your friends and family.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The August theme for the SCS Flybabies challenge is 'August Nights' so this is what I came up with.
This is my second card. It's called the 'Bendi Fold Card' and I learned how to make it from the 'Stamping with Bibiana' blog site. It's an easy card to made, however the hardest part about this card is deciding how to decorate it.
I used the tree from the 'Take Care' stamp set for the tree on the left. The outside bike is from the 'Cycle Celebration' stamp set and the bike inside is from one of the 'Paper Pumpkin' kits. The tree on the inside is a combination of the 'Take Care' and 'Thoughts & Prayers' stamp sets. I used the tree trunk from 'Take Care' and the top part of the tree is from 'Thoughts & Prayers'. I used the 1" and 3/4" circle punches to make the tire swing and Bakers' Twine. The grass is a non-SU punch as is the fence. The flowers were made using the the flower from the 'Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack'
Because I loved making this card so much, I made a second one.
Well, that's my cards for this month's challenge. I hope you like them.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
When I started making my Stampin' Up! Convention cards, I got a little sidetracked and started making Chevron cards. LOL
I don't know why this happens but it does. Maybe I have a little ADD or ADHD because I always seem to get off course and then when time is an issue, I am on course all the way to the end.
Anyway, on one of my side trips, I decided to make a few Chevron cards and this is what I came up with:
I made all these cards with some type of Chevron pattern or stamp on them.
This one is a double technique. In that, I mean that the background of the poppies is a custom technique where I used some re-inkers with a toothbrush and sprinkled it on as the background then I used the Pleasant Poppies stamp set along with the So Sorry and Papaya Collage stamp sets. I colored the Chevron embossing folder with Daffodil Delight using a brayer and then embossed the card base.
On this card, I used the Bargello technique. I used the new 2013-2014 In Color, Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride. The flower is Summer Starfruit (2012-2013 In Color). I tore out a few circles starting with a large circle and graduating down to the smallest one and layered them with Stampin' Dimensionals and topped it off with a 2012-2013 In Color Primrose Petals Dahlia and added a sentiment from the new Remembering Your Birthday stamp set.
I had so much fun with this one. I used Basic Gray card stock along with Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush. This was a pretty easy technique and fun to make. I used the new Deco Labels Collections Framelits and Feel Goods stamp set. Notice that I put all four colors from the card framing the sentiment. Fun!
Although this doesn't have a lot of Chevron pattern in it, it is there. I used Basic Gray and Strawberry Slush (2013-2014 In Color) for the chevron technique. I used the cute Tea Lace Paper Doilies in back of the Basic Gray then created a lattice on top of that and made a circle frame. Topped it off with butterflies and a sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set. I also used the Viola's Lace with Illuminate ink on Basic Black card stock
And last but not least. I cut out points from a square punch from Island Indigo, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi card stock. I used the From My Heart stamp set and the Window Frames Collection framelits and added a little 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Wild Wasabi
So that it, all my sidetrack cards. I hope you like them and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Friday, June 28, 2013
I have been in a monthly card challenge with a online group and this month's challenge is to make a card using scraps that you have in your stash.
Well, I didn't have to look very hard or long for scraps because I, after all, am the queen of scraps. :D
I could make about a year's worth of cards just using my scraps, but lucky for me, I just don't have that kind of time.
So for June's challenge card (or in my case, cards) here is what I came up with:
So I kind of whipped this one up right now before posting. The base of the card is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" then I put a 3 1/2" square (which was also in the scrap pile) that opens up on a diagonal. I had the scallop circle so I put that inside and the Labels Collections framelits were in my scraps folders also, so I thought I would put them on the top of the diagonal and have them interlock to close. This one was pretty fun to make too and really didn't take very long to make.
I guess I shouldn't buy any more card stock or Designer Series Paper and see how long it takes before I run out of scraps.
Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at my scrap cards for the Flybabies group. I hope they like them too.
So why don't you leave me a comment or two to let me know what you think about my cards, or not. LOL
Happy Stamping folk
Please come back soon because I am going to be posting some cards I've been making the past few days.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I finally did it!
I finally tried my talent in making the Pop-N-Cuts Dress Form. My first Pop-N-Cuts die was with a Dress in it.
I liked it so much I decided to make another one but without the base die, so this is what I came up with
Then I made a few with a Cap and Gown for Graduations.
Then I needed a wedding card so I thought, why not. Why not try to make a DOUBLE Dress form in one card.
So I searched the net and I found a tutorial from Karen Burniston herself.
Now although I did follow her tutorial for the most part, but me being me, I made a few changes.
So this is what I came up with:
This is the front of the card. I used a DSP that has been retired for a while but because her wedding colors were a mint green, I wanted to make the card close to her colors. The scallop heard is cut from Stampin' Up! Heart Collectoin Framelits and the smaller heart is the retired Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits. The bells in the upper right are made from the Blossom punch and then I put a few of the small paper flowers from the paper Daisies set. I found the small picture frame in my scraps collections so I printed a picture of the couple and put it in the frame. I couldn't believe it was a perfect fit. I guess it was just meant to be.
It took me several days to make but mostly because I have a hard time making decisions on paper, color, embellishments and so on.
So the mirror on the back wall is made from the Designer Frames Embossing folder (the oval one). I fussy cut it because we don't have a punch or an oval framelits that fits it perfect. However, I did use an Oval from the Ovals Collection Framelits.
For the bride's dress, I embossed the top with the Delicate Designs Embossing folder, I used the snowflake one. Then I used the large flowers from the retired Silver Hodgepodge set. I folder the flowers in half and adhere them one on top of the other. I added pearls to her neck.
For the Groom, I got the tux template from Karen Burniston's website. However, me being me, I changed the color of the shirt from white to Pear Pazzazz and I changed the tie from a bow tie to a regular long tie because that is what the groom wore for his wedding.
On the floor, I used the Hearts collections Framelits to cut it out, but I folded it and made it like a card so I could write in it. On the top, I added another heart with a stamp on it (sorry I didn't get a good picture of it). I used a non-SU stamp on it but only because it said just what I as looking for in a stamp for this card.
This is a picture looking at i from above. I was trying to get a picture of the Marriage certificate and rings on the table next to the groom. Those are just stickers.
This was a lot of work, but I was pretty happy with the end result. Now I just wish I had made two of them at the same time. After all, how much more time would it have taken to make two while I was making the one, right..
Oh well, maybe I'll make another double dress form card some day in the future. For now, I'm happy to say that I made one and it came out pretty good.
One last look at my double-wide wedding Pop-N-Cuts Dress Form Die Card (and you can see the stamped heart in this picture)
Sorry for me patting myself on my back, so I'll stop now. LOL
Well, I hope this has inspired you to make a double Pop-N-Cuts card too.
Please leave me a comment to let me know how you like this card.
Thank you and Happy Stamping.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
You are the heart of the family, so do not ever forget that. The Lord created man first for a reason, to take care of others and to be a leader. I wish you all the very best of Father's Days ever!
I made this card for the Latenight Stampers (LNS) challenge...
Enjoy and Happy Stamping!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
I am posting my SCS Flybabies May Challenge card - All About Kids. Each month we are to create a card based on a theme that each person in the group chooses. So for the month of May, the theme was 'All About Kids' and since I have six grandsons, I thought I'd make a birthday card for my youngest grandson even though his birthday is not until December. LOL
I guess for once I will actually have my birthday card all ready by the time his birthday rolls around and with it being in December it's best to have it early because of the holidays.
So here it is, Flybabies May Challenge card
This is the front of the card. Don't you just love the little king?
I uses all Stampin' Up! supplies
- Storybook Designer Series Paper
- Garden Green card stock
- Real Red card stock
- Midnight Muse card stock
- So Saffron card stock
- The large scallop circle was embossed with the Chevron embossing folder which had embossing ink on it.
- Clear embossing powder was applied to the scallop circle
- Labels Collection Framelits
- Bring on the Cake stamp set
- Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die
- Designer Buttons
- Baker's Twine
Monday, May 20, 2013
June is almost here so I thought I better get started on some graduation cards before time gets away from me again.
I kind of CASE'd this card from Fran Sabad at Stampersblog.franticstamps.com She made a beautiful graduation card with books, backpack, iPod and more. I can just image that it took her a week to make it becaue it took me over a day to make mine. LOL
So if you get a chance, hop on over to see her card after you've seen mine and you see what I mean. In any case, I do hope you'll like mine too.
I made mine in the school colors for the Moapa Valley High School here in the small town I live in. And since there is someone graduating this year that I know, I'll have a card ready for him.