Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Cupcakes and Carousels not a combo that I think of together but with Stampin'UP! they are perfect together. The Designer Series Paper has lots of fun patterns and colors and of course we need a carousel with cupcakes to make an extra special birthday card. Our team have really highlighted it all so nicely and the extra accents. We hope you enjoy a bit of cupcakes and carousels today.
Monday, February 20, 2017
February Card Sketch Challenge Winner
Our designers have some high flying INKspiration for our February INKspiration Challenge today!
Jen Guarino - Faith. Grace. Stamp
Pamela Wu - Stinky Tofu
Cheryl Hamilton - Create With Cheryl
Breelin Renwick ~ Craft-somina Momma
Friday, February 17, 2017
Happy Friday! Today we are showing our favorites as usual, but this time, anything goes. Some of us are enjoying some paper from the Annual Catalog while others are still in love with the stamps from the Occasions Catalog. Check out these CASE-able projects:
Favorite: Affectionately Yours DSP
Jen Guarino - Faith. Grace. Stamp.
Favorite: Beautiful You Stamp
Favorite: Lift Me Up Stamp
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Hello, it's Jennifer Gregorsky here, or Jenny G. Today I am taking over the SSI blog to tell our readers a little bit about myself. My blog is full of all my creations as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but there is more to learn about me. I used to be a high school math teacher. I met my husband at Penn State and we got married on July 4th, 2004. I actually started scrapbooking after we got married. I have an album for our wedding and honeymoon. It is fun to look back at all these albums because I have truly come a long way:
After having my daughter, Jessica in 2008, I definitely got even more into scrapbooking. I quit my job teaching to stay home full time with her. I have a lot of albums documenting the first few years of her life. Here is one of my favorite layouts from her first birthday:
As my daughter got older and busier I found less time to scrapbook. It is this time I discovered stamping and card making and of course Stampin' Up! After being a very good customer for a few years, I finally took the plunge in January of 2012 and signed up to be a demonstrator. With my husband's busy job along with my daughter, I didn't have the time to make it a full fledged business, so I am mainly a hobby demonstrator. I do love to share stamping with my friends and family so I will hold occasional open houses and classes when I can.
In July of 2013, we welcomed my son Tommy into our family. He is absolutely adorable for good reason. He can be so naughty sometimes. Having two kids now, my time was even in shorter supply. Fortunately for my Stampin' Up! joined with Project Life so I do have an album for my little guy first year:
Now my son is 3 and my daughter is 8 and I feel like I am always running around. In addition to taking care of my family and home (sorta), I work at my son's preschool twice a week. I love it there! They are relocating to a brand new facility next year and I am so excited to be apart of it!
Here is one of my favorite recent pictures of my family, taken selfie-style by my husband at the local fire company's carnival this past summer:
I would share a picture of my craft studio, but its a nightmare so I will just share a few recent projects. Consider it a Thank You for reading all about me, using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set So Very Much.
The big Thank You stamp directly on the Serene Scenery DSP.
And for this one I heat embossed the big Thank You with white embossing powder and ran the sponge brayers over it with Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum. I added some Bitty Buterflies cut from the Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper which is a new SAB ofereing starting February 21st!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Today our team members are using up their stash of scraps and bringing you some great projects. I think we all have a stash of scraps; that designer paper piece you can't part with, a extra punched out piece, or maybe something you stamped but wasn't quite right for the current project and it becomes part of your scrap stash. Well now it is time to grab those scraps and make something out of them. There is more info about each project on each designers personal blog which can be found in the link below their card. We hope that we inkspire you to grab your scraps and create something beautiful today.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Welcome! My name is Darcy and I'm excited to share a little bit about myself with you. I became a demonstrator in January 2004, after hosting two back to back workshops in the fall of 2003. I needed a new creative outlet and I wanted everything in the catalog, so I figured I might as well sign up for the discount. At that point, I never imagined how much I would love sharing Stampin' Up! with others.
Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration originally started as a monthly blog hop in 2012, and if memory serves I was one of the original members of that group. Looking at my blog posts, we started with Valentine's day that year. Here are the projects I made for that post.
The mailbox was so much fun to make. I designed it from an image in my mind. It was so much fun, I decided to make 18 more, one for each person at work. I think I might have been out of my mind at that point! However, the office had great fun, and we all brought valentines to put in each other's mailboxes. They were overflowing by the end of the day. Seeing the joy in everyone that day made the late nights worth it, and our students still talked about it for years to come.
In August 2013, Kim turned us in to a full fledged design team, and I was one of the original members of that group. Looking back at some of my original posts, I'm so thankful that I have upgraded to a quality camera and learned a thing or two about proper lighting for pictures!
My husband and I live in Kansas, which has the moodiest weather, and some of the most gorgeous skies you'll ever see.
I wish I could find a better sunset picture than this, because this really doesn't do it justice.
My husband and I met at one of my part-time jobs in college, where he was also employed. Since I was on the extended undergraduate plan (i.e.-I had taken some time off because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life), I'm several years older than him. I am crazy outgoing, and he is super reserved, so I actually thought that I scared him when we started working together. However, we just celebrated 12 years since our first date.
This is us this past fall at Mt. Rushmore, which we were able to visit while at a work conference for my job. Most of my career has been spent working with college students, first as a manager of a textbook store, and then in an office at a university. I must really love higher ed!
I recently finished my Master's degree. This was my "last first day of school" picture. Yes, I was kind of poking fun at all of the first day of school pics that people were posting on FB.
A post about me would not be complete without telling you about the other love of my life, who is actually laying between me and the laptop as I'm typing this.
Don't let the cuteness fool you, she is pure evil. She is also living proof that Crazy Cat Lady can be a title of someone who is married and has only one cat!
My husband asked me what I wanted for Valentine's this year and I replied, "a handmade card, and I need it early so I can feature in on my blog post Tuesday." He came down with a high fever shortly after that, and hasn't felt well since, so that didn't happen. He didn't have to get sick just to get out of making me a card!
He doesn't craft with me, but will offer his input on cards I make. Imagine my surprise on V-Day 2012 when I got in my truck to go to work and found this!
I had no idea that he paid enough attention to what I did to get the techniques right! Suddenly the Aqua Painter lid that I had found of the floor a few days before made so much more sense.
Here is another one that he made for me.
In case you missed it, here are the treats I made for my co-workers using last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.
Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a fabulous day!
Monday, February 13, 2017
Hello and welcome to our February Card Sketch Challenge! We are delighted to have you join us today. Check out how our designers used this month's sketch below, and then link up your own creation at the very bottom of the post with the link tool.
You can link up until 12pm CST, Sunday, February 19th. Voting by all readers will take place from 12pm to 5pm CST that same day.
1st Monday: Color Challenge
2nd Monday: Sketch Challenge
3rd Monday: INKspiration Challenge
4th Monday: Technique Challenge
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Kim Ryden - Stamping with Kim
Diana Eichfeld ~ Stampin' Fun with Diana
Melissa Stout ~ The Stamp Doc