Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Easy rest of the year class planning with Sara Douglass

So, our first speaker on Saturday, was Sara Douglass.
 First of all she put us all at ease by admitting that she was in pending! Do you know how good that makes a demo feel that the CEO's daughter sometimes has a difficult time making her quotas too? :) Anyway, Sara said that is all behind her, because she is going to use the kits found in the Holiday mini to plan out her monthly classes for the rest of the year. You have to give it to her, it's a great plan, and it will keep her active as a demo.

Her first class was for August. She planned on using the Build a Banner Kit to make a celebrate banner for 8 people. 
 She used a slide to show us how the breakdown in price would work for this class. She recommended charging $30 per person.
 Her September Class was to make another banner using the Halloween Banner accessory kit. This class also cost $30.
 In case you wanted to just play with the Halloween Banner accessory kit, she showed us how to make an alternate frame project.
 The October class used the simple Created Thankful kit. She made the project exactly like the sample in the Holiday mini.

 This class was only $25 per person.
 Sara also showed us an alternate project using this kit where she made a Thankful Journal. She had a page for each of her children. I loved the pictures of them jumping on a trampoline!

 The November Kit used the Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit and Bundle.

 She showed us how we could make this adorable Christmas tree card by cutting apart the Kit. I wasn't able to get a good picture of the actual dimensions where she cut, but I'm pretty sure I can figure it out!

 Finally her last class for the year was to make another banner. This one says BRRR!
 I love all the added touches, like this silver ribbon and clear faceted button around the snowflake.

 She also showed how using the snowflake framelits you could make a snowflake ring to string onto your banner.

I love how simple it is to put together a class using these already created kits out of the holiday mini, and Sara made it all so simple by even breaking down the costs. Now I just need to find eight people who want to make these awesome projects!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

25th Anniversary Party!

Friday night we were all invited to a 25th Anniversary Party. They had changed up the resource center to look like a club, and we had a live band (The Spazmatics) and cupcakes, and Free Washi Tape. What more could a girl ask for? We even had live entertainment, like this Break-dancing troupe who joined us all on the dance floor.

The Spazmatics were amazing. They were an 80's cover band, and for an 80's girl like me, I couldn't help but get out on the dance floor and shake what my Mama gave me (ok, I admit it, I didn't shake it very well, but it was still ok, no one laughed!)

The cupcakes were so delicious, and they had entertainment popping up out of the tables to serve us.

They also had these women hanging from the ceiling around both sides of the room. The trips and flips they did were amazing! And with the 25 in the picture, it definitely made a great memory.

With all this going on, everyone got into the party mood. Here is a picture of my roomie Trish as well as my new friend Dawn Walker-Randall. (John, I told you I would show you a picture of your wife getting down!)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another new product!!!!

So, another new and upcoming product was announced at envelope board. This handy dandy product will not only allow you to make an envelope out of DSP or Card Stock for any size card, but also has a corner rounder built in. Of course, I can't show you the actual product (that's a big SU demo no-no,) but I can show you everything this amazing little board can make. Oh, and the best part? The cost is under $20!

Demo Theater- Krista Fratton

The final demonstration I was able to attend was from Krista Fratton. She showed us how to wow our customers using embellishments.

One of the first things she showed us was how to use MDS to make a star pattern, and then using the foil sheets make this awesome 3D star for a cute gift bag.

Krista showed us how adding a little bling to projects could really bring them to the next level. Check out how just a little bit of embellishment on these projects really make them pop!

I especially love using the Witches Brew paper and adding a bit of orange glitter to bring out the cute little pumpkin. 

Krista also showed us how she breaks down the cost of each embellishment in her catalog so she knows how much she is spending on each project or class easily. As soon as I get a moment, I'll be using this plan to update my own catalog!

Finally, the last thing Krista demonstrated, was how to make your own glitter tattoo. For those of you with elementary age kids, you know how popular this is right now and how expensive they can be. But, using all SU items and a little False lash glue, you can make them yourself for pennies. 

First you punch out the shape you want. 

Then you place the punched image on your skin and  fill the image with lash glue.

Finally, you cover the glue with glitter and remove the punched image. Tada! Your very own glitter tattoo. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sorry for the convention interruption...

First, let me apologize for the interruption in convention coverage. The day after I returned from convention, My hubby, Matt, was hospitalized with A-fib, a problem with the way his heart pumps. Since then, we have been informed that this is a disease that affects many, and we are lucky enough that they think they can control it with medicine. While we still aren't sure how or if this will affect his orders to Korea, or his AF career, we are just glad to have him home and relatively healthy.

Since, I was dealing with this all last week, I was unable to post the rest of convention as I had planned. I'm hoping that better late than never applies, and will be spending the next several days showing what occurred the last couple days of Convention as well as sharing some dimensions and directions on my LNS and friend projects that I took to convention. So, make sure you check back to see what all we did!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Demo Theater- Kristine Burns

Kristine Burns showed us some really cute projects as well. Her topics were the following:

First thing that Kristine showed us was how to make this cute stepped up pocket card.

I think my favorite projects she demoed were the kids projects. Can you believe how cute this little finger puppet bag is?

 Or how about this cute little girls birthday album. She can put a picture of each child inside.

 And finally these little gift tags that the kids can color for Christmas.

Then there were these great packaging ideas. I love the metal bow.

She also talked about her bigshot club and gave us reasons for both the demo and the customer to give it a try as well as sample projects.