As a former teacher who used chalkboards rather than whiteboards or smartboards, I love the idea of an easel chalkboard card! Check out how to make it, in 10 easy steps:
1. Use a Trimmer to cut an 8.5 x 11 piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches.
2. Use a Scoring Tool and Stylus to score the card in half. The marker marks the score at 5.5 inches.
3. Open the card up to use a Square Framelit to cut the window out.
4. Close the card and use the same Square Framelit to cut the bottom out of both sides of the card bottom.
5. Use a bigger Square Framelit to cut out the chalkboard and then adhere behind with a 2 Way Glue Pen.
7. Use an Embossing Buddy to tap on the Basic Black Cardstock for the erased chalk look. I also used the Chalk Marker to line the edges of the chalkboard.
8. Using the Banner Blast stamp set, I stamped five banners in Real Red ink and then punched with the coordinating Banner Punch (FREE during Sale-a-bration).
9. I then used the "congratulations" stamp from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.
10. The Hexagon Punch is great for making banner edges.
And here is the finished product for my first easel chalkboard card! Definitely looks harder than it is! And I am sure any graduate would love this to celebrate their accomplishment!
When I first signed up with SU in February 2011, I considered myself a hobby demonstrator. Most hobby demonstrators sign up to purchase the customizable starter kit at a reduced price and then receive the 20% off discount on all of their own purchases. Three years later, I have reflected on how I have slowly added to my business: first craft nights, then classes, then craft fairs, then a blog, then selling cards online, and soon, hopefully youtube.
When I signed up, I started as an "Associate" and had no idea what that meant or how to move up within the 12 different titles. After about a year, I promoted to Sr. Associate and still had no idea what that meant. Then I started paying attention to what it took to promote to the next level and tried to increase my sales, mainly just by meeting new people, which was my goal in the first place. Thanks to all of my customers and friends, I am excited to have just received my next promotion to Supervisor! At Supervisor, you get a discount on bundles with each new catalog that comes out (next one is June 1st!), so I am excited about that, as well as my name forthcoming in the Stampin' Connection magazine.
In order to move up to the next level of Sr. Supervisor, I need one more demonstrator on my team. If you have any interest at all, I promise you you won't regret it! Check out the current promotion for the starter kit! And to top it all off, Stampin' Up! is offering FREE Convention right now to anyone who signs up to be a demonstrator between July 1, 2013 and the event, July 17-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a $295 value! I went last year, so I can promise you it is amazing!
One of the things I love about crafting is combining creativity with organization. If any of you know me, I love putting things filed away in its proper place. So it's no wonder I love the new craze of file folder cards! You can find examples of these all over Pinterest with instructions on how to make them using the Envelope Punch Board. I made the two pictured below using Crumb Cake cardstock, a Whisper White insert and paper on the front from the Fresh Prints Paper Stack. The first card was adhered around the back using ribbon, while the second card used washi tape to simply tape the sides. The sentiment on the first card is from the Se Ya Later stamp set which is free during Sale-a-bration, cut out using the new Banner Framelits. The sentiment on the second card is retired, cut out using the Labels Framelits. I loved giving this card to my husband and watching him try to figure out how to open it. Part of the fun for me is creating a card that is atypical to what you might find in a store. So this definitely is unique, perfect for a co-worker who appreciates your creativity, organization, or both!
I bought my Big Shot "for my birthday" in 2012 and have used the same cutting pads for almost 2 years now. They have been well loved since then, and I have often gotten the question, "When do you change your cutting pads?" I would answer, "It depends on how often you use framelits with them." Just recently, I have noticed the wear of the plates has left unwanted indentations on cardstock when cutting. So when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I thought I should give it a try, even though mine were not bent at all compared to those in the pictured pin.
As I tried this technique, you can my find pictures below. The instructions say to wrap your plates in foil and place in a pyrex dish. I did one plate at a time and did not place anything heavy on it because mine were not bent. After setting the oven to 325 F and letting it sit for 30 minutes, I pulled it out and found no change in the plate. As I ran my fingernail across to scratch it, a few paper flakes fell out, as seen in the final picture, but not enough to feel like the 30 minutes was worth my time. So after this trial and error, I suggest this technique maybe only if your plates are bent. So, two years later, it is time to buy some more plates!
The next trick I wanted to try also involved aluminum foil. I absolutely love my Stampin' Trimmer, but my one complaint is that the blades get dull rather quickly. I used the foil to rub against my dull blades. I do think it helped a bit, and I will probably keep a little foil in the compartments under the trimmer, but it's probably time to also buy some more blades!