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Sunday, August 9, 2015

An Afternoon with Stampin' Friends

I love an afternoon of stampin' creative projects, and nothing beats doing it with friends.  So imagine me with FIVE friends (all Stampin' UP! demonstrators from my team) spending a few hours together doing what we love!  HEAVEN!

Today we had our quarterly Team Meeting, and we had such fun!  Judy and I had attended Convention in July; we both brought our box of swaps, so we spent the first 20 minutes oohing and aahing over (and snapping photos of) our favorites.  Then it was down to business!  There was some discussion of the new Compensation Plan and benefits; everyone agreed that they were glad that I actually researched the plan and was able to give them details (in real life, I'm a manager, so I always get the details of the business! <grin>).

And THEN came the stampin'...We had such fun!  Gail brought some great holiday tags for us to make:

Then I took over and taught us all how to kiss...stamps that is.  Kissing is a technique where two stamps (one solid and the other patterned) are inked (usually in two colors--the solid one light and the patterned one darker), then "kissed" together, leaving the pattern on your solid stamp; when you stamp it, the pattern appears over the light color:

Each of the round decorations from Your Presents was kissed:

And see that fabulous striped paper strip?  That's the new Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum with bright red stripes--so shiny!  Gorgeous!  (the green and red ribbons are coming too!)

Another new toy - Sleigh Ride Edgelits - allowed us to create this beauty:

And see those stars?  We splattered a mixture of Multipurpose Glue and water (using a small paintbrush) then added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter - sooo pretty!

And we all loved the new edgelits--coming September 1!

Finally Crystal taught us another technique--alcohol-soaked cotton balls with a few drops of re-inkers in Blackberry Bliss and Bermuda Bay.  We "pounced" them lightly on a piece of Glossy cardstock (now retired, but photo paper would work too), then blew on our inked spots before they dried.  I should have taken a photo before we cut them with the Butterfly Thinlets, but this was the finished product:

This photo does NOT do it justice--it's beautiful in real life--glossy (almost looks embossed) and stunning colors.  And they all came out different, depending on the amount of alcohol and ink on our cotton balls.  And the card:
We used Awesomely Artistic to complete our card.

I thanked Crystal and Gail with new products from the Holiday Catalog; each had a hand-stamped, "kissed" tag:

And here we are with our butterfly cards:

Such fun!

Want to join us?  If you join my team now, you can order goodies from the Holiday Catalog before anyone else!  Only $99 (gets you $125 worth of product!) and you'll be coming to my next team meeting!  We can't wait for you to join us!  Click here to get started.

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