Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and a New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!

Whew! Say THAT three times fast!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!

Now, click your ruby red slippers together three times, and say...
Oh, wait...

Yesterday (Saturday, February 6th), I hosted my first party (workshop) in SEVERAL YEARS! Gotta say - the 12 crafters who attended, were EVER SO GRACIOUS!

The party was from 2p-5p, with an Opportunity Night scheduled from 5p-6p. We were done stamping just before 4pm. And two ladies stayed after the party to talk about the Stampin' Up! opportunity! HEY! You get $56 free merchandise right now with no shipping with the Starter Kit?! What's not a GREAT thing about that, huh?

Want to see what we made?

"Not yet, not yet, not yet, my son...First come the lessons, then the fun."

That quote is one of our FAVORITES from The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I even pulled the book out to quote it exactly and had fun re-reading it before finishing this blog posting. And checking out the coloring job our little baby (age 14 now!) did with his red and yellow and green crayons! As many of you know, my husband is an AVID cyclist, and this book was a BABY GIFT to us many moons ago, from my dear friend LoriAnn. Seems like just yesterday.

The crafters arrived around 2pm. Two of the ladies had attended my Cuppa Class in the morning and stayed for the party. I kept THOSE two ladies busy from about 9am til just around 1:30pm! Because they stayed for the break, I had added an extra card and 3-D item for them to make. I think they liked those two items ALMOST as much as the items they received with their CLASS FEE!  BUT they did make some really great cards and 3-D items! Thanks so much to Jeannette and Faye for staying!

During the party, the crafters made two cards AND a Paper Pumpkin project! YUP! As subscribers, you can order PAST kits. So I had ordered a couple of the January 2015 kits for Valentine's Day. That part was fun! Aside from the chocolate that was inside the baggies, of course! And, there were a few ladies who were not yet familiar with the Paper Pumpkin subscription. With the 3-month prepaid subscription on sale right now, AND earning a FREE Sale-a-Bration item - such a good deal! I even pulled out the mini album I received (three years ago?) when Paper Pumpkin was new! THAT one was fun to look through too!

I demonstrated the masking technique and heat embossing during the party as well - always fun to do techniques! Both are classics, and such fun to do! Two ladies came up front to see how pretty the heat embossing is! One of them had brought her 7-year old daughter and she was right there in the thick of it too! Actually, two daughters attended the party with their moms; one was 7, the other 13. I think those two young ladies had it better in hand than us (ahem) more seasoned crafters! Plus it was fun to have youth around us!

Ok, I think I've kept you in suspense long enough.  :)
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all supplies.
FYI - Using the DSP, there were cards in
Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron,
as well as the Tempting Turquoise (shown here).
And, I've been trying to work on cleaning my craft room. Little bit at a time. I found a few more items that needed to find new homes. I forgot to take a photo of the before, but check out the after! The retired items were a BIG hit! (My demonstration table is situated between the two rooms and is the bottom photo.)
The dog is even worn out! (top right photo)
Remember, he thinks everyone comes to the house to see HIM!

I like to remind myself of the Albert Einstein quote: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Yup - ALL KINDS of ideas running around in this brain! (Ok, so maybe it wasn't really Albert Einstein, but he's been given credit for saying it, and it's on the internet, so that makes it true, right? I still like the quote!)

ONE of the ideas came at the end of the Cuppa Class (before the party) while we were completing the final projects. Jeannette, Faye, and I were talking and crafting (SHOCKING, I KNOW!). Well, Faye takes the coffee cup that was already ran through the Big Shot, yeah... She saw something else when she looked at it. Which got me a-thinkin...

Tune in NEXT week for the exciting conclusion
to THIS idea using the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies!

AND FINALLY, the new Hostess Code, good through February 28th, is E27NTX4V.

Hope you enjoyed all the goodies and those of you who attended - hope YOU had a GREAT time! Thanks so much for your orders!

Party Cards & Project Supplies (click the links below to order:)
In the Meadow Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Neutrals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Tea Lace Doilies
Big Shot
Lots of Labels Framelits
Magnetic Platform
Flowering Fields Stamp Set (Sale-a-Bration (or SAB))
Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (SAB - Limited Time Product, through February 15, 2016)
Tempting Turquoise, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Bermuda Bay 8.5"x11" Cardstock (banner used on ALL card colors)
Whisper White 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Blushing Bride Sequin Trim
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
Silver Sequin Trim
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (star thinlit used)
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Handheld Stapler
Stampin' Dimensionals
Paper Pumpkin Filled With Love Refill Kit from January 2015 (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST - MUST BE A CURRENT PAPER PUMPKIN SUBSCRIBER)
Birthday Blooms ("for you" and "dear friend" for the hearts on the Paper Pumpkin)

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