September 24, 2008 – Miriam Thomas
 

Day: September 24, 2008

Luke and I spent some time down at the Playgroup today.  It has been ages since we have been to the centre and it so great to see lots of lovely lawn down there!  There have been so many wonderful projects that have taken place at the centre- and the Committee members (a team of Mums who volunteer their time) have put so much hard work into the place.   It looks fantastic and just seems to be going from strength to strength-

I’m sure we’ll be able to make it along to a few of the sessions during the school holidays that start next week.  I’m sure Jared, Erin and Adam (who haven’t been to the centre since they attended a birthday party there) will love the new lawn! It will be such a great place for Luke to play when he is old enough to run around.  I’m sure it won’t be long before he is running around too- time seems to go way too quickly!

Speaking of time passing quickly……

Jason and I will be celebrating our NINTH Wedding Anniversay tomorrow.  Some days it seems like we have been married longer than that and yet other times it is hard to believe that our Wedding day was actually 9 years ago!  I’m not sure what we will be doing in the way of celebrating.  I’m trying to convince Jason to hold off on the celebrations until the weekend- perhaps we can get a babysitter and go out for dinner or something some time over the weekend.  You see, I am supposed  going to go the local scrapbooking shop for a Scrapbooking session.  Jason is mortified that I would actually consider going scrapbooking instead of celebrating our Anniversary 🙂 We’ll just have to see what happens 😉 

I will have to look at making a card for Jason tommorrow.  I made a card last night that I had intended to make for Jason.  I wanted to use some of the lovely ribbon from the Theatre ribbon pack and the love heart stamp from the Always set.  I headed off in a different direction than I initially intended and I’m not sure it is the right card for him.

Hosting a workshop

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Before I became an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I ‘hosted’ a catalogue workshop.  Fortunately some friends of mine also ordered some products and it helped my sales reach a level where I could receive FREE stamp sets as well as hostess awards that allowed me to select products from the catalogue for free.   

The FREE hostess stamps are not available for purchase by regular customers.  You need to be a host and sales need to reach a certain level.  The minimum sales to be eligible for the FREE HOSTESS sets is $300 and awards increase as the sales increase.   There are certain sets you can pick from and I selected “Party Punch”  I have used one of the stamps from the “Party Punch” set in the brightly coloured birthday card below

If you would like more information on being a host and getting extra goodies- please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!

Now speaking of birthdays…. I have some news to share about that soon! Stay tuned!

Although I started scrapbooking about 9 years ago, I am new to using Stampin’ Up! supplies.  When I placed my first order I was tempted by all of the gorgeous products and one of my problems was that I just couldn’t decide which ink pad colours to get.  I wasn’t sure which would be most used colours and obviously could not affort to buy every single colour.

I ended up deciding to buy a set of markers instead as they come in colour families and it gave me the opportunity  to sample the different colours.  I must admit that initially I was quite surprised by the price of $57.95 for a set of 12 pens and then later realised that the markers were actually a multi-purpose tool- and given the fact the markers could be used in so many different ways- the price wasn’t so bad after all. 

You see, each marker has two ends- one end has a fine point that can be used for writing or colouring and the other end has a thick tip.  I have been using the thick tip and colouring directly onto the rubber stamps rather than using an ink pad.   This is useful because if there are parts of the stamp that you don’t want to appear on the stamped image then you simply don’t ink up that part of the stamped image.  Think of stamps that may have an image and then writing underneath- you could simply colour the image and omit the writing (and perhaps even substitute the writing for a sentiment in another stamp set)

You can also use different colours on the one stamp as I have done in the following two cards.  On this Christmas card I have used mainly Purely Pomegranate ink but felt that it needed a contrasting colour to separate the writing from the images. 

I have used the same technique on this second card- so that the flower tips and stems can be different colours.

I was chatting with someone recently about how I excited I was waiting for my Starter Kit to arrive from Stampin’ Up!  (It is silly really as I have more than enough Stampin’ up! goodies to ‘play’ with until it arrives)

This person was a non-scrapbooker/ non-stamper/ non-cardmaker and I realised that she probably couldn’t relate to my feelings of excitement.  I apologised for being overly enthusiastic and she said it was completely fine as she wished she could enjoy a hobby like stamping but felt too overwhelmed by all of the choice.

This conversation inspired me to post a SUPER simple card using only two colours and no tricky techniques whatsoever.  For the following card I stamped on the Whisper White background using a flower stamp from the Always set .  I overlapped on the edges where required.  I then used the same Pixie Pink ink to stamp onto a strip of Pixie pink cardstock using the smaller flower stamps from the Always set.   The “Happy new baby” sentiment is from the “For a friend” Hostess Stampin’ set.  The card was finished off with a bit of a distressed adge and some ‘faux stitching’ for interest.  It doesn’t get any more simple that that!

pixie pink happy new baby

pixie pink happy new baby

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