Saturday, February 21, 2009

Welcome!

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I hope this site will be a place where you can get creative ideas. I'll be concentrating here on paper crafts such as card making and scrapbooking. I'm sure I'll also talk some about my design work and window treatments and maybe share some other areas of my life, too. To me a blog is a place to share ideas, to educate, to learn, and occasionally to vent a little.

Those of you who know me know that I love to create beautiful and useful things. I also love to teach. So I'm very excited to become a Stampin' Up (r) demonstrator! I get to teach people how to use rubber stamps and many other products to create cards, make scrapbook pages, and decorate their homes. There are tons of wonderul things you can create with rubber stamps.

How did I get started with Stampin' Up? I've always been a crafter. Since I was 7 years old, I can't remember a time when I didn't have several projects going. A few years ago an old friend came back into my life and she learned that I liked to make scrapbooks and cards. A year and a half ago, she invited me to a Stampin' Up! workshop at her home. I have to admit that at first I was reluctant to go. I'd tried a lot of scrapbooking products over the years and I wasn't that excited about the couple of individual rubber stamps and the acrylic stamps I'd tried. (Now I know why, but I'll save those reasons for later.) As her workshop date approached, I looked at the Stampin Up catalog on-line and began to get exited about the neat things you could do with stamps. At the workshop, we made Christmas cards. I'd made my own cards the year before using my computer but doing it with stamps was so much more interesting. Soon I joined a Stamp club and have gradually began adding stamps and inks to almost all my scrapbook pages. I love to make cards! Now I get to take my backround in corporate training and teach people how to do something I really love - create beautiful things for themselves and to share with others.

I'm sure I'll want to share more about why scrapbooking and card making have become such important crafts for me. I'll also want to tell you about my plans for using stamps to make cards and other products for sale. For now though, I'd like to get to the purpose of the main purpose of this blog - to share creative ideas with you.

When I make cards, I almost always make more than one of a kind. It's easy to make several when you are using stamps. But what about when you have only a limited supply of a material? Here I had two rub-ons that said "Friend." I saw an idea for using this rub-on in a magazine but it only used one of the colors. These are from Stampin' Up! and here is what I did with one in white and one in black:





Other Stampin' Up! products include the Baroque Border wheel and Basic Black Classic Ink.


Hope you will come back again to see more cards and ideas! Thanks for stopping by...

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