Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Share What You Love!

Hi Friends!!

It's been a very long time since I've posted anything here! I've been mostly using the blog on my demonstrator website for sharing information and projects. I thought it was time to return to this format too. 

So, today I want to share a card I made last weekend at a 2 day crafting event I went to. 

I made this card with some fun new products from the Share What You Love Suite. Demonstrators were able to preorder these products during the month of April. Customers can order 3 different bundles from this suite starting May 2, 2018. 

For this card I used the newly returning Mint Macaron card stock, Basic Black, and whisper white card stock. The embossed layer on the white card is from that suite! It is so pretty! And that designer paper is just gorgeous!! Several of the papers in the pack have a pearlized sheen to them as does the doily under the banner strip. Pearl is for the 30th Anniversary that Stampin Up is celebrating this year. So many of the items in this suite have a pearlized effect. It is just beautiful!! 

As I mentioned there are 3 bundles available for purchase beginning in May. 

The first bundle is called the Just Getting Started Bundle. It has some basic supplies to get started on creating beautiful projects. It is $57.00.

The 2nd bundle is called A Little More Please and is $91.50. Of course there are more products in this bundle! And...2 free items!!

The 3rd bundle is called Gotta Have It All and is $127.50 Of course there are more products in this bundle! And...3 free items!!

And finally you can preorder the new incolor ink pads for a 10% discount! dle! 
Here is the link to the flyer: here

See you next time!

Happy Stamping!!!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hi Friends!

It's been way too long since I've posted anything on my blog. But I'm back in business so they say! I'd like to share some cards I've made. Most have been for the card classes I teach each month. Some items have been gifts to my class attendees.

This card was made with the new masks (stencils) that is from Stampin Up. We also sell a fast drying paste but I didn't have that product yet so I decided to use sponges and ink. I used elegant eggplant, daffodil delight, and tempting turquoise inks. I also used the Label Me Pretty and matching punch. I wanted a thank you card but the center circle stamp image had thank you for caring. So I just used the elegant eggplant marker and only colored the parts of the stamp I wanted. It think it turned out just great. 

All these supplies are available in my online store: www.karenharper@stampinup.net
I'd be happy offer this card as a kit for anyone not in my area of NW Washington State and would be interested in ordering the products.

I'll be adding more pictures of card samples soon!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Last night after a very busy fun filled day of stamping, chatting and then a little bit of work at the salon, and fantastic encouragement to sell my cards and gift boxes, I met with a lovely gal that works with Mike. Her name is Pupul, her family is originally from India but they have lived in Australia for many, many years. She even has relatives that live in Issaquah, Washington. That was cool to find out. Anyway...she helped me create my own fascinator for the Melbourne Cup. All week there are events and of course races happening. I'm going to Cup Day on Nov. 4th and Oaks Day Nov. 6th. Oaks day is ladies day and fashion is the key word, so I'm told! It will be fun to see all the fashions the ladies and men will be wearing. It's supposed to be quite a show!! Well, I had purchased my first fascinator at Myer when I bought my dress. Well, after seeing so many styles I thought how fun it would be to make my own! So that is where Pupul comes in, she made her own for last year's cup and being experienced I thought she'd be the one to help me. Here are the 2 fascinators I have. The purple one is for Cup Day and the pink is for Oaks Day.

 I wonder if you can tell which is the one I made???

Exciting News!!

After a lovely meeting with my friend Sue today I decided to become an official Aussie Demonstrator. Sue has welcomed me from even before I moved to Australia. After attending a few get togethers with her group of fun ladies, I just knew this would be the direction I'd be going. I'm still keeping my US demonstratorship so I can continue to take orders that way as well. 

The deciding factor for me was encouragement by local business people to sell my cards. I've already sold a few and am going to be busy making up more samples for the 2 businesses that are excited to showcase my work! Of course one is the hair salon where I work. The other is an apartment management company that used to handle the first apartment we lived in here. As soon as I showed Evelyn my cards and gift boxes she and her staff were amazed! She said I just had to sell them!! She even went right over to the little grocery store across the street to ask about selling my cards there as well. Too bad they have a strict contract with Hallmark so they couldn't take on my cards as well. She insisted I take my samples to the shopping center and put my cards in the some of the stores there! That's a bit ambitious for me right now. But in the meantime, Evelyn is going to bake up some of her famous macarons and see how many will fit inside the gift box I made and we'll package them up and hopefully sell for $15-$20 each. My cards will be between $5 and $6.50. 

Now I feel more secure in starting up my stamp classes in my home. 

Now for some more inspiration. These are 3 Christmas cards I made at a recent class. I want to thank Pamela for her creative inspiration. It is my plan to sell these cards very soon. 
These are made with the oh so easy treat cups that can be filled with anything from candies to confetti. Red and green M&M's were just perfect for the 2 cards on the end. And mini marshmallows are also perfect for the snowman! Arent they oh so cute????

Sunday, October 26, 2014

 This is one of the scrapbook pages I made for a wall collage of some of our memories here in Australia. The picture above is actually from last December when Justin and I came out for Christmas. We took a trip on the Great Ocean Road and saw amazing scenery and of course the oh so cute koalas. Justin was much braver than me about trying out the driving here. He did really well. I was so impressed, but had no desire to even try!!

 This is a page of postcards from our trip to Uluru. I learned about the symbols drawn in their paintings and decided to add some to this page. The one on the left is a campsite near running water, next is a little boomerang, and then running water, finally stars in the night.

 This is another page from my first trip here last December. We went to Phillip Island to watch the penguin parade in the evening. So during the day we went to a wildlife preserve. We were able to feed the kangaroos. At first I was a bit apprehensive, but after watching others I jumped right in. The kangaroos are so used to people feeding them, they are so calm around us.

 This page is from our recent trip to Uluru. After landing at the Uluru airport we were whisked away in our tour bus to get right out for an afternoon hike up Kata Tjuta. It was a pretty strenuous hike and after sitting on 2 airplanes all morning (we flew out at 7am) it was a bit of a challenge getting right into a hike. But we were pressed for time as we needed to be finished and set up for the sunset at Uluru. That was an amazing sight! I will have to get those pictures posted here too.
 This is a post card collage of our trip to Sydney. Throughout the year different colored lights are used to light up the opera house. It is just beautiful. I'm really looking forward to spending New Year's Eve here this year year.
Here is our clock wall! I am always having to count the hours to figure out what time it is back home. So, on the left is Seattle, middle is Melbourne, and on the right is Miami. The picture below the Melbourne clock is of Brighton Beach and the very colorful beach huts people have set up there. They are each painted by the owner and are all so colorful. In the background is the city of Melbourne.

I will post the scrapbook pages that I arrange on the wall as soon as I get more supplies to hang them up. I mounted them on the heavy duty chipboard that comes with scrapbook papers. I was thinking it would add stability to the page when I hang it on the wall.

Till next time, happy stamping all!

:) Karen