Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NEW IB&C & Me!

The NEW Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog 
is almost here ...Officially.  

A few demonstrators were invited to join a special group to help them learn how to be leaders.  Although my title with the company is too high for me to join, a few of my team did.  One of their challenges earned them the privilege of being the first to receive their copy of the new catalog.  Two of my team earned this, Way To Go Sue & Jackie!!

When I got the call yesterday evening that one had received her copy we all made quick work of calling other MemoryINKers team members for an impromptu meeting at that demonstrator's home.  We ordered pizza and although everyone was eating, it was my turn to look at the catalog and I couldn't eat greasy pizza and touch Sue's new book.  Below you can see just how that problem was solved for me.  Another demonstrator, Laurie, helped me eat my pizza while it was still hot!  As you can see, I didn't let eating interfere with this exciting opportunity, most of us didn't even take time to change from our casual clothes (I didn't have on any make-up either...hope I don't scare of anyone!)

You Gotta Love Team Work!

If you are wondering why the book looks so strange, it is because Stampin' Up! has asked that those who earned the book early do not post any photos of it, or it's contents, before it is officially released on July 1, 2010.  So, in order to comply with that I did use my Photoshop program to quickly cover the front and back of the catalog.

So What IS New?  Well, I am not allowed to share much, but I can tell you there is a LOT of New Stuff that will THRILL YOU!!  The New Hostess sets are AWESOME!  Each Level has something to please everyone.  I want almost all of them!  The new set up of some of the standard layouts for items seems a bit easier to use so I think all of you will appreciate that too.  There are lots of new stamp sets, new designer papers and scrap kits, and many new're gonna LOVE it!

If you want to see the New Idea Book & Catalog for yourself, plan now to attend my

Customer Appreciation Event 
on Saturday, June 26, 2010
at 3 PM.  

You Can View The New Products on Display, 
Create A Free Make & Take, 
Buy Retired Products,
Place Orders, and more!

HOSTESSES (that held a workshop, or book party, between July '09 & June '10) ...that is the same date as your Luncheon!  Watch for your Invitation Only information via USPS to be mailed to you in about a week or so.  I have some way cool Projects for you this year!

Speaking of Hostess Workshops....If you choose a date for your workshop (to be held between in July or August  of 2010) at this event and I will add a FREE PACKAGE of the NEW IN-COLOR card stock to qualifying workshops.  If you contact me to pick your date BEFORE the June 26th event, I will add in one FREE INK PAD!  But don't wait....My summer schedule is filling up fast!

Have a Fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

Hugs, Karie B.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stampin' Up! booth at the Scrapbook Mega Meet

What Fun We Had! 

My son, Adam, worked the cash area, 
while my husband, Michael, helped you with the Free Make & Take.  
That left me available for your questions!

So many of you stopped by my booth just to say hello, create a FREE Make & Take, or to shop!  It was so wonderful to see you again, or meet you for the first time!  I am always on such a high during the day and totally exhausted each night.  But, knowing you will be there the next morning makes me wake up with a smile on my face....even if I barely slept at all.

Here are the photos I promised you.  Are you in any of them?  If so, email me and let me know who you are & where you are in the photo, include your address and I will send you a free gift too!

Adam & Me (he single ladies!!)  & Pat Schultz, who didn't want a photo...oops!
Michael prefers to stand at the M&T
Here's a rare shot where he actually sat down!


Michael teaches with a line waiting for a seat.
I love watching him and couldn't resist a peak while I handed out
drawing slips and my class brochures. 
YES! As you can see; Men DO Attend Scrapbook Events!
They even make the Make & Takes!!


GRAND PRIZE $50 Product Basket
Joanie Peltzer, Grand Blanc, MI

$10 Product Winners:
Annie Walters, Waterford, MI
Julianna Smith, Southgate, MI
Brenda Yardley, Franklin, MI

Now You Have A Choice!
Wood Mount or Clear Mount Stamps!

If you tried the Make & Take you had the chance to use the 
same stamp set, Elements of Style, in both versions, 
Wood (Item # 118611 $27.95) or Clear (Item #120045 $19.95)
Shown above the flower stamp is on the clear, and the sentiment on wood.
Or perhaps you had the chance to use the opposite set up.

The Acrylic block shown above is the largest currently available;
Block F (Item #118483 $16.95)
Below is a photo of the smallest block that I wore on a necklace.
Block A (Item #118487 $3.95)

I am already making plans for next years Great Lakes Mega Meet (May 6, 7, & 8, 2011).  I will have more scrap kits, more card kits, more embellishments and another Loyalty Gift!  Be sure to watch your emails for that one!.  Plus, naturally, another FREE Make & Take with a matching 12" 2-page spread at a great price!  In the mean time, check my schedule for upcoming classes at the Stamp Sell-er (the craft room in my basement). 

Brochure Typos Challenge

I am getting many email on the contest to find the typos in my brochure.  Some of you have found a few I didn't see, watch for your extra special gift, many more found ones I knew about. However, a few of you picked some that are not typos, but a play on words.  The word Base-Meant is not basement it is 'a base meant for' hyphenated to indicate a basement....because I did this on purpose, it is not spelled wrong.  And Sell-er is not celler or seller, for the same reason...So if you picked one of those two....send in another one via email for a free gift!

Watch my blog for the update  
ABC Class 
(Anything But Cards) 
info that many of you asked about. 
 The next one is the round Scrapbook in a Box
that you saw on display and it will be held on June 16th at 6:30 PM.

Hope to see you in The Stamp Sell-er Soon!

Hugs, Karie B.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

GLMM Make & Take

Thank You to everyone who stopped by my booth at the Great Lakes Mega Meet over the last few days!  This event always leaves me physically exhausted, but emotional fulfilled.  By Saturday I barely knew my own name....but lucky for me many of you knew it!

I am looking forward to seeing all of you who signed up for classes, clubs and workshops, again real soon!

I will report more about the Mega Meet over the next week, but for now . . . 

As Promised, here is a picture of the 
I hope you had the chance to make at my booth! 

This simple 6" scrapbook page was a big hit.  I hope you enjoyed having my husband, Michael, help you create it!  He really does LOVE doing this event.  Even though I work him pretty hard for weeks before hand and all day at the booth...when we get home he waits on me so I can relax!  What a GREAT MAN!!!

Maybe you met my son, Adam, if you picked up any of the kits or retired items he was likely the cashier who helped you. He did an awesome job and I am so proud to be his mothers.  I will post photos in a few days.

I hope you were you one of the lucky ones who had the chance to purchase the Limited Edition two-page 12" Scrapbook layout I had for sale for just $5 before we ran out?  I made almost five times the number I had there last year and I still sold out....Michael even sold my display sample!!  I'm sorry if you missed out on it this year, but I will do it again I promise!

Here's a photo of what you missed!  It's simple, but I like to keep the price as low as I can for this matching layout.  This is the 2nd year I offered something like this and it seems to be a big hit! 

Lastly, a big shout out to  
Pat Schultz 
who came in just to help at the booth so we could run to the rest room or get away to eat our lunch!   
You Are AWESOME!! 

And to Everyone Else who stopped by....

Thank You Again for your support!

I promise you'll see more about the meet over the next few days.  Until then...
Hugs, Karie B.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day or Rose Party Favors Blog Tour - Day 3

Day 3 already!  WOW!  I hope you enjoy my last installment.  I thought these would be fun for a Tea Party, Bridge Club, or a great Mother's Day table setting.

 The napkin ring is made with the the Stampin' Up! XL Bigz Die 'Table Setting' (Item #16819). 

As you can see I cut the main strip twice, but cut one in half so I could have outline in the final product.  The spiral is rolled in toward the center circle (which is the base of the flower).  The leaves are next, I gently scored and folded them down the center and 'bent' them repeated to create the veins.  Although my sample napkin isn't embossed (I ran out of plain white napkins) below you can see one that I ran through the Big Shot using the same Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Plate that I used with yesterday invitation. Pretty Cool huh?

A quick Place card comes with the die - the stamped flower is from the Always stamp set (Item #113620).

I used Whisper White for the insert cut with the Designer Label Punch (Item #107590) I used a sponge to highlight the edges in Certainly Celery ink. I am sure I could have fancied this up, but I wanted to keep it simple this time around.

This last favor box is my favorite.  I just had to see what else I could do with the embossing plates, so I tried cutting the Wood Sheets (Item #116309) with the SU Fancy Favor Bigz XL die (Item #115965), then I ran it through using the texture my surprise, & Excitement!!, it worked!  I highlighted the flower and the leaves using a sponge and Pretty In Pink ink (Item #101301) & Certainly Celery ink (Item #105215).  Then just a fill a Medium Flat Cellophane Bag (Item #102757) with some goodies, tie it up with Pretty In Pink grosgrain ribbon (Item #109032) and you have the table set!

 If you like this theme consider decorating the walls (or clear glass dishes -underside) with the Definitely Decorative vinyl to match!  That could be a real show stopper!

As you know, today I am still at the Great Lakes Mega Meet- It's the final day there too!  I know you'll want to see what I post about that event too, but it may take me just a few days.  So check back tomorrow to see the FREE Make & Take & matching Limited Edition scrapbook layout that we offered at the meet!

Enjoy the last day of the Remarkable Blog Tour....Hugs, Karie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wedding & Rose Party Cards Blog Tour Day 2

Here we are on Day Two!  Yesterday was great!  I hope you enjoyed the tour as well.  Thanks to those of you who stopped by to say "Hello" at the Mega Meet....I love having the chance to see everyone!

Card #1  Wedding Wishes

My first project today is not my original idea!  I wish I could remember the demonstrator who first created this, but I am so glad I am able to share my version of it with you.

This all White card is so elegant!
1) Begin with Glossy White card stock (Item #102599) cut 8.5" x 5.5"and  folded in half for the base.
2)Whisper White card stock (Item #100730) cut at 4" x 5.5" run through the Big Shot with the SU Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impression Folder (Item #117335) and one side punched with the Eyelet Border Punch (Item #113692)
3) The next layer is Shimmer White card stock (Item #101910) cut at  3 1/8" x 4.5" and bordered with Whisper White just 1/8th wider.  Before you layer this one emboss a design onto the front, mine had snow flakes from the Snow Swirled stamp set (Item #111690).
4) Before attaching to card front add the 5/8" White Satin Ribbon (Item #114616).  Be sure to keep the bow to the side so you can add the next levels.
5) Glossy card stock cut 2.5" sq. run through the Big Shot with the SU Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impression Folder and mat with Whisper White card stock cut 1/8".
6) The last piece is Shimmery white cut 1 7/8" sq. also embossed with the largest snowflake stamp, and matted again with Whisper White card stock 1/8" wider.

All the pieces may seem like over kill.....but it's not!  Try it yourself!  I think you'll love the results!

CARD #2  Rose Party Invitation

1) Base 8.5" x 5.5" Basic Gray card stock (Item #108692) folded for car base.
2) Pretty In Pink card stock (Item #100459) cut 4"x5.25" and run through the Big Shot using the SU Manhattan Flower Textured Embossing Folder (Item #114517).
3) Lightly brush the embossed image with Pretty In Pink Stampin' Pastels (Item #105542).  The 'water' spots are made with Crystal Effects (Item #101055) Be sure to let it dry completely!!
4) The ribbon is made with Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (Item #109064).
5) The sentiment,  Sincere Salutations (Item #115068), is embossed with Stampin' Emboss Powder - Silver (Item #109131) on Brushed Silver card stock (Item #100712) the ink was Silver Encore (Item #101039). 
6) Punch with the Scallop Oval (Item #114889) then matted on Basic Gray card stock punched with the Wide Oval (Item #112082)  This is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals (Item #104430).

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow to see the Rose Party favors to match the invitation!

Enjoy the rest of the tour...., remember to click all the through until you are back here (After Kelly's blog).

Hugs, Karie B.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Scrapbook Wedding Layouts Blog Tour Day 1

WOW!  Here we are at the start of the Remarkable Special Occasions Blog Tour!  I am so excited to be a part of this tour again.  The last tour was amazing so I hope you find a lot of great ideas and come back each day.

Today I wanted to share the rest of the Scrapbook pages that I shared in my last post for National Scrapbook Day.  Since the tour theme is occasions, what could be better than a Wedding!  The following pages were made for my niece, Nicole, I mean, Johnsen now!

As I mentioned in my last post these layouts used 1/2 of the Guest Book - Simply Scrappin' Kit (Item #115697), Bella Blue DSP (Item #113974), & all three Specialty Papers; Bride (Item #115669), Groom (Item #116478), and Bridesmaid (Item #116497).  I also used some grosgrain & Taffeta Ribbon, but sometimes I just used strips from the above papers (like the black strip in the last layout).

I wish these photos showed the textured of these beautiful papers.  I also wish my photos weren't distorted slightly...but I am working on getting better at that. 

You know I am busy at the Scrapbooks Mega Meet that starts Today, and runs through Saturday...all three days of the blog tour.  It will be hard to wait until I get home each day to see what's been shared! I hope you take the tour, then come to the Mega Meet and give me your opinion.  Remember...booth # 738

Tomorrow I will share with you two cards.  One is the card I gave Nicole at her wedding reception, and the other is an invitation to a Rose Themed party.  On the third day I will share some the Rose party favors.  I hope you'll enjoy it!
In the Mean Time, continue with the tour tosee what Jackie has in store for you . . .