Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cute & Simple Butterfly!

Hi!!  Today's card is the 3rd card that we created at my morning class this month.  There was so much inspiration at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference and Regional Seminar this month!!  And the inspiration for this card is no exception.  One of the Main Stage presenters was Dawn Olchefske.  She is a very talented stamper. Make sure you stop by her blog for a visit.  I changed up my card a bit, but it's very similar to Dawn's card that she presented.

The sentiment is from Happiest Birthday Wishes and the DSP is from the Twitterpated DSP Pack (Love it!!).  I used the Postage Punch (Love it too!!) to punch out my squares.  Colors are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, and Crumb Cake.

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wish big!

Hi!!  Here is the second card that we stamped at my morning 3-card class this month.  If I had to do this card over again, I would probably add a bit of texture to the Whisper White Cardstock in the background.  I might use the Argyle pattern from Stampin' Up!'s texture plates.  This card just feels a little flat to me.  I don't know.  I do like it though for that masculine card that we struggle to create at times!  My inspiration for this card came from a card that I saw in San Antonio last week on one of the display boards.  Their sample was created in the brown color group though.  I kind of like the gray/black look for my card.

Stamp set is Need for Speed and the sentiment came from the Pennant Parade stamp set.  Colors are Basic Gray and Black.  Images are stamped in Basic Gray.  DSP is from the Neutrals DSP Paper Pack.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Oh so clever Balloons!!

Hi!  My Tuesday Morning Stampin' was held today.  Yes, I know it's Friday, but my January was a little chaotic with work and such, and things needed to be shifted around.  So I thank my stampin' friends who were able to stamp with me this morning.  We stamped 3 different cards, and here is one of them!  When I attended Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference and Regional Seminar last week, I saw a card with these balloons, and I thought "Brilliant!!!  Who thinks of these things???".  I used a 1" Circle Punch for the balloon and the feet from the Owl Punch for the tail!  I used the Clean & Simple Sketch #174 for my card.  I love how this turned out!!  We will definitely be creating this card at my next stamp club too!!

Colors are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Tangerine Tango.  Sentiment is from Petite Pairs (LOVE THIS SET!).

Don't forget... Sale-A-Bration is in full swing.  Contact me if you would like to place an order to earn SAB rewards.  Or you can always go to my website to place an order on-line 24/7!

Have a good weekend!  I'll try to be back some time this weekend to share one of the other cards we stamped this morning!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sale-A-Bration is here!!

Hi!!  I have 2 quick cards to share with you today.  We stamped this card at my Tuesday morning stamping in December and again at my Friday night Stamp Club this month.  I did change the colors for each card and I will show you both below.  The first one uses some Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration!!  Did you know that SAB started today??  Yes, you can earn this gorgeous paper pack for FREE with a $50 order.  I love this paper!!  One of my favorites!!  It's called Everyday Enchantment.

This next card uses the Beyond the Garden DSP.

The bow is separate from the ribbon, attached with Mini Glue Dots.  And the tag is attached with Dimensionals and tucked under the bow.  So easy!!

This is a great card to slip a gift card in for that special someone.  I actually made this same card with some retired Christmas DSP for someone who bought a gift certificate from me at Christmas.  I left it blank so that she could use it to put the gift certificate in for her friend.  It turned out really cute!!  Sorry I didn't get a picture of it!

Don't forget to place your Sale-A-Bration order!!!  For every $50, you can choose one SAB reward!  Such cute stuff!  I know you will have fun picking something out for yourself!  And if your order is $150, you will get an adorable tote bag, plus 3 SAB rewards!

See you soon!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Great experience at Leadership!

Hi!!  What a great time and experience at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference and Regional Seminar!!!  These events are full of excitement and inspiration!  Stampin' Up! really knows how to put on a great event!  It seems like they think of everything!

This year's theme for Leadership is "My Way".  What a great theme!  Shelli Gardner talked about how each demonstratorship is unique and different.  She focused on how Stampin' Up! offers flexibility so that we can each build and lead our business our own way.  

Rita (on the left) and me at the Opening Morning Session.  Rita was my roommate too!

L to R: Sarah, Rita, Sally & Mary...my stampin' friends!!  Sally & Mary are in my downline and Sarah, Rita, and myself all have the same upline (we are stampin' sisters!!).  We had such a great time together!  It was so much fun to go to San Antonio with these girls!!  Have you ever played Pass the Pigs???  Fun!

I received an invitation to go to the Manager's Reception!  We were treated to hor dourves and drinks before the entertainment that Stampin' Up! had planned for us.

The entertainment this year included an amazing show put on by the Chinese Acrobats!  They were all phenominal!  There were times that I had to tell myself to breathe!!

 Sally won the first prize from the Prize Patrol!  She was thrilled...we were all thrilled for her!  Her prize was the NEW diagonal plate to go with Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scored Tool!!!  Customers can begin ordering this accessory on March 1st.  Demonstrators can preorder one beginning on February 20th!!
It's great to be a Demonstrator!

Look at ALL of this stuff!!  Stampin' Up! was very generous with their give-aways!!!  They just kept giving us more and more products, including stamp sets, DSP (full pack), buttons, ribbon...well just look at the picture!!  You can see everything that we received!
I'm so glad I brought 2 suitcases with me so I could get all of this product home with me!! 

This cute little box was waiting for each of us at our Make & Take session.  The yummy treat inside is 3 different kinds of chocolate bark homemade by one of Stampin' Up! employees.
What a nice personal touch!...and yummy too!

This cute fabric portfolio was another gift from Stampin' Up! during our Make & Take session.  Each tag was personally signed by Shelli!  The fabric will be in the new Catalog starting June 1st.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  The new catalog will start on June 1st, instead of July 1st.  Stampin' Up! introduced a new Catalog Schedule.  I will share more on that soon.

Well, there you have it!!  I have more pictures on my Stampin' Up! Facebook page.  Just search for Karen Graff-Povis, Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up!

Hope you are doing well!  See you soon!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well hello!!

Wow, I almost forgot how to login to add a post.  Well, obviously its been awhile since I have visited you all here on my blog!  For those of you who have come back, I thank you.  I promise not to be gone for so long without warning.  I have continued to stamp since I have last posted, so don't worry, I am still  Demonstrator.  I was a bit ill starting in August and through September, but all is better now.  Blogging was not a priority at the end of the year.  I had to let something go for awhile.  But now I hope to visit a few times a week with you.  So how about if I share my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack cards with you?  I know...the Holidays are long gone, but maybe, just maybe I will bring a bit of stamping inspiration to you!  I'm not going to go into details for these cards, so if you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to answer any of your questions.

 Colors are Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.

 Dazzling Diamond Glitter Glue on the berries.  Dawn Olchefske inspiration.

 Colors are Real Red and Pear Pizzaz.

 Tree is embossed with Pewter Embossing Powder.  This stamp set just screams for embossing!!

Red and Silver Glimmer Paper!

Ok, there you have it!!  Hope your Holidays were good!!

I'll be in San Antonio next week for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference.  If you happen to see me, stop and say Hi!