Special Invitation – Available Today Only!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Have you ever wondered where we get all those great ideas for our projects? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a Stampin’ Up! business and receive a discount on all your stamps and accessories as well as earn an income doing something you love?

If you have, I have a great offer for you to see what it is like before you take the plunge. But this offer is only available today!

As a benefit of my attending Leadership this past January, I am able to offer one person a FREE three-month trial subscription to Stampin’ Success magazine, a benefit which is usually only available to demonstrators. I just received my March issue and it’s been newly redesigned and has some great creative ideas and articles!  If you think you would like to receive this great magazine for three months with no obligation, please contact me today!

Stampin’ Success has all kinds of ideas, techniques, and templates as well as information about Stampin’ Up! and the benefits of being a demonstrator. If you’ve thought before: “I’d like to try it, but I’m not sure if I am creative enough”, well Stampin’ Up! is offering the details, supply list and samples for holding a full workshop in every issue now.

I would love to be able to offer this special benefit to one lucky person, so please contact me today @ sweadon@hotmail.com!

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Published in: on February 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sherindipity Share – The Perfect Bow Maker!

I promised to share this little trick I learned at Leadership on how to make the Perfect Bow so here goes!  This is what I now use to make my bows. It’s a bit different and fancier than what they showed us at Leadership (theirs was just a bit of cardboard), but with my OCD and need for perfection I actually covered mine with Designer Series Paper and applied Modge Podge so it would keep for awhile. I do make alot of bows you know! I am usually making the same sized bows to fit a standard A4 card so this is what I came up with for myself. What follows is a tutorial on how to make the Perfect Bow Maker and then I will show you the 5 steps to making the Perfect Bow!

I started with a piece of left over heavy weight cardstock backing from one of Stampin’ Up’s Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) packs since it is a bit heavier than the cardstock backing in the regular DSP packs. I then cut a square measuring approximately 2-3/8″ x 2-3/4″ using a heavy duty pair of scissors.  The inside section you will need to cut out is 3/4″ x 1-1/4″.  I then cut out two pieces of the new Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper which is featured as one of the FREE items you can select from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog when you purchase $50.00 in Stampin’ Up! product. Such a pretty paper!  I applied the DSP to the square using a Glue Stick – so easy. Then I trimmed away any excess hangover edges with my Paper Snips and filed the edges with my Distressing Tool to smooth them out.  Don’t forget to cover both sides.

I sponged the edges with Baja Breeze ink to purty it up. Then I applied Modge Podge all over my Bow Maker to protect the DSP, make it sturdy and keep it dirt free from finger prints. I applied it to one side just enough to cover it and the edges and waited 5 minutes for it to dry and then flipped it over and repeated the process.

 I punched a hole in the bottom center of my Ribbon Maker with my Crop-A-Dile using the smaller hole puncher and inserted a one-inch Book Ring. Added some Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon to the ring to jazz it up abit.  The ring will allow me to attach it to my stamp/scrap supply bag and keep it handy for use.  Here’s another view of it. Isn’t this just the coolest thing ever? If you’re not sure yet, you will be soon. Just after the supply list is a 5 Step process on how to make the Perfect Bow!

Supplies:  Heavyweight Card Stock Backing from Stampin’ Up! Specialty DSP pack or Chip Board, Heavy Weight Scissors, Enchanted Evening DSP, Glue Stick, Crop-A-Dile, Modge Podge and Sponge Brush, One-Inch Book Ring, Stampin’ Sponge, Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Baja Breeze and Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding Ribbon.

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT BOW TUTORIAL!

You will need the following supplies:  The Perfect Bow Maker, 2 pieces of Ribbon – one measuring 16″ and the other 6″, and Scissors.

Step 1 - Lay the 16" piece of ribbon from left to right as shown.

Step 2 - Take the long right side of the ribbon and start wrapping it around to the back of the Bow Maker - wrap it twice around for a double loop bow and once for a single loop bow. You will always want to end up with the ribbon on the lower right side front of the Bow Maker. The length of ribbon used in this tutorial is for a double loop bow.

To gather the center of your bow, you will need the 6" piece of ribbon. Insert the ribbon from the back of your Bow Maker and pull it up through the bottom center of your wrapped ribbon as shown in the picture towards the front. You will then tie the 6" ends together giving you a second set of ends for your bow as shown in the next picture. Tie it a second time to secure the bow.

Step 4 - This is how your bow should look once you have tied the 6" ends securely. Now you can flip it over and begin to trim the ends. Slowly remove the bow from the Perfect Bow Maker.

Now that you have trimmed your ends, you can pull apart your double loops and shape your Perfect Bow!

If you want to save on ribbon, you can use a piece of Linen Thread to gather the center of your bow and add a Basic Pearl to jazz it up a bit as shown here on my project from last week. I prefer the Linen Thread myself as you can get a tighter looking bow.  Also, if you want to make a bigger or smaller bow, just adjust the width of your bow maker when you are cutting out your pattern.

If you are not all about the fuss of making one yourself and would like to purchase a Perfect Bow Maker for $7.95 plus shipping, please e-mail me at sweadon@hotmail.com.  Local Pickup is free, of course!

Take it to Heart

I’m back! I never did find my old camera so I finally had to buy a new one and now I have lots of projects to share!  This project was a gift for my hair dresser, Ashleigh, at West Wing Salon. She’s such a sweetie! I am meeting with her and her mom Friday evening to plan her wedding invitations. I can’t wait. She has a tight wedding budget, so I told her how she could save money on her invites. She’s planning on having a workshop with all the ladies in her family and her bridal party to earn all the products she needs to make her invitations with. Then I will show her how to make them and she will save herself oodles of money and will have the great memory of making the invites herself.

So this is the cute jar of goodies I gave her this morning – just in time for Valentine’s Day! I used the “Take It to Heart” stamp set featured in the new Mini Occasions Catalog as well as the Hearts Collection Framelits. Love the framelits – they are thin, wafer-like dies that perfectly cut out my stamped image of the boy and girl on the bicycle. There are 6 different sizes of hearts. The jar I used is a Collection Elite mini Ball jar that I purchased at the Big “W” and filled with yummy gummy heart candy I got from my local Amish Market. Wow, if you ever want to see a collection of candy you’ve got to go there!

Since the Ball jar lids are in two pieces. I put a couple of mini glue dots between the twist frame and the lid to hold it together. I then ran a length of Sticky Strip around the top edge of the lid and then ruffled my satin ribbon around the top as shown in the next picture, pinch pleating as I rounded the jar. I added some doubled up Dimensionals to the center of the lid.  The Dimensionals will keep the top cover that I will apply in the center level with the ribbon around the edge.

 I then used the #2 Circle Scallops Die and Real Red CS to cut a top for my jar. It fit perfectly!  I then stamped my main image in Real Red Ink and used the Framelit Die to cut out my image. The small assorted hearts are cut from the new Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.

Do you like my perfect bow? Well, I learned a trick at Leadership Conference I will share with you later this week. I’ll never freehand another bow again!

Here’s an even better close up of the top of the jar.

 

Supplies: Stamp Set: Take it To Heart; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die; #2 Circle Scallop Die, Dimensionals, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip; Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Elite Collection Ball Jars and Candy.

Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference

Some of my Stampin' Up! Goodies!

Had a great time in Nashville at Leadership Conference with some awesome ladies, attended some great business classes, gathered alot of great ideas I can’t wait to share with everyone in the upcoming months, completed some awesome make & takes and listened to a very inspirational speech from the President of Stampin’ Up!  So blessed that Stampin’ Up! came into my life 12 years ago. As the stepmom of a handicapped child, it has often been challenging for me to have my own business, but my stamping community has always been supportive and I don’t know where I would be without them.  I so look forward to my Stampin’ Up! functions and that chance to rejuvenate and unwind – even though the events are often a whirlwind – but it’s my stamping pals that keep me going. Thanks everyone!  Now here are a few pics from my trip:

Kerry and I at Make & Takes

Stampin’ Up! Does it Again – Freebies!

 

I can’t wait to go next

Prize Patrol Winner – Yeah!

year to San Antonio!

Me with Ronnie Dunn from Brooks & Dunn at the Nashville Airport

Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm  Comments (5)  
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