It’s only the middle of October, and you’re already seeing Christmas cards on Stampin’ Up! demonstrator blogs. We’re not trying to “rush the season,” but we know you want to get a jump on your holiday cards. This one is very simple and quick to put together, thanks to the Merry Patterns stamp set.
Some days, you just need quick and easy, and this was one of those days. Seven of our local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators had a craft sale this weekend, and we sold a lot of our retired products. When I moved my craft room, I found so much “stuff” that I hadn’t used for years, and I knew I’d never use it again. I’m happy to announce that much of it found a new home where it will be loved and used on projects from the heart. I’ll tell you more about the sale later, but I know you want card details now, am I right?
This is a CASE (copy and share everything) from Rochelle Blok, a Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team member. I changed quite a few things on this card, because I didn’t have all the products she used. But the basic idea and design are Rochelle’s.
The candles and greenery are from the Merry Patterns stamp set. It’s a free hostess exclusive set, and you can only earn it when you host a $300 US/$375 CAD minimum party through October 31. “Party” can mean a private class that you invite your friends to attend, an online party, an online order where you check off a lot of products from your wish list, or an order from you and a few friends who want to order some stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments so you can get started on holiday cards. And, of course, it can also be a party with refreshments and “make & takes” and door prizes. As long as your order reaches the minimum, we can call it anything you want. I’ll be happy to help you with a class or party – or you can place your order on my web site whenever it’s convenient. My online store is open 24/7. If you live in Canada, you’ll need to place your order with a demo there. I have lots of friends I can refer you to, or you can find a demonstrator near you using the demo locator.
About the card… I stamped the candle outlines in Basic Black Archival ink, then stamped the designs in Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ ink. I chose to stamp all the candles in the same color, but the way the stamps are designed, you can alternate colors for the candles.
I wanted a little more depth and interest to my candle flames, so I inked the stamp in Crushed Curry Classic Ink, then dotted the tips using a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker. It made them seem a little hotter to me.
I added some greenery around the candles using Always Artichoke Classic Ink. That’s another color I’ve been neglecting, and it’s so perfect for evergreens.
Since the candles were kind of hanging in mid-air and there were evergreen branches in odd places, I added a few strips of Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape under the candles. It covered a lot of things I wanted to hide, but it also looked a little odd.
When the new catalog came out, my friend Susan and I split several of spools of ribbon. One of the ones we ordered and split was the Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon – and it was perfect as a little layer between the two designs of washi tape. I was a little concerned, because the ribbon color is Very Vanilla and my card stock was Whisper White, but because the washi tape has silver, gold, and copper, it looks great!
The last thing I needed to do was add a sentiment. Since my background paper from the Christmas Around the World designer series paper pack and my card base were Pool Party, I decided to go with Pool Party Classic ink for the sentiment. It’s very non-traditional, but I love it! If you’re hosting a party or placing an order to earn the Merry Patterns set, don’t forget to take advantage of the “Buy Three Designer Series Paper, Get One Free” promotion this month.
Now – about the craft sale. We started at 8 a.m., because most “yard salers” are out and about really early. Crafters, however, are not. Most of our best sales were from 11-1. If we do this again, I’m definitely not getting up at 6:30 a.m. on a weekend to set up. (The fact that I needed a nap and a hot, soaking bath or shower after the sale is another reason I needed quick and simple cards this week!)
Throughout the sale, I also had a lesson from my stamping coach, John Sanpietro, stuck in my head. He shared a story of attending a vendor fair where the Stampin’ Up! demo didn’t interact with him as he was looking at her wares. He left without buying anything, even though there was something he wanted. I was determined not to let that happen at our sale.
Whenever anyone came to our sale this weekend, I spoke with them. I wanted to make sure that if they wanted something in particular and we had it, they could find it. That included the dear lady who had moved to the area and needed an oncologist. I don’t remember who my brother’s doctor was, but I did know the one who had been recommended to her. He was a neighbor of ours when I was in high school, and I babysat his kids. Actually, one of those kids was the doctor she was wondering about. I was happy to know that he followed in his father’s footsteps, and I confidently seconded the recommendation, knowing that he will be as compassionate and caring as his dad.
Another lady was looking at my Big Shot dies and told me she had a Cricket. I didn’t have any Cricket cartridges, but my downline Sandy did! I pointed her in the right direction (“Why didn’t I see those?”), and she bought several.
And then there were the older men just looking to see what was out there in “yard sale land.” They didn’t want to buy craft items. As one told me, “It takes too d*mn long to make them.” I knew right then that he wasn’t a buyer, but he needed to talk. I’ve always been taught that we all have a reason to be on earth, and I think mine is to listen. So I listened. His wife had passed away several years ago, and I could tell he still misses her. We talked about so many things – life, politics, and even ballroom dancing. He and his wife danced together, because, as he said, “I wanted to hold my wife while we danced.” My heart melted, because I could see this couple dancing together and driving cross-country (and through Canada) to visit Alaska, and making so many of the memories he shared with me.
One of our customers looked so familiar to me, so I asked what her name was. Turned out she was one of Sandy’s first downlines – and she was buying a lot of Sandy’s merchandise.
If you’re still reading, you deserve a medal. Seriously. But my “lesson” for today is – be in the moment. There are so many people who need a connection. They need to talk and to be heard. They need to know someone cares. They need someone just to touch their arm as they’re leaving. There is a lot of ugliness and hate in this world today. Be part of the healing and part of the love that will triumph over evil and hate.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a beautiful day!