Monday, May 6, 2013

Stamp-a-stack and the future

Hi, friends!

chalkboard technique
Our first Stamp-a-stack event was a huge success! Between the three talented demonstrators (yes, I'm including myself) providing and sharing their love of the craft through the cards that were taught and the ladies who gave us the privilege to unleash their talents were just overwhelming. There was wine and cheese and raffle gifts for everyone and laughter and giggles, of course. Yes, the last two seem to be a common occurrence at events like this. For six hours, the ladies stamped away and went home with 21 cards that had seven different designs. The ladies' experiences ranged from novice to seasoned, but everyone had just as much fun. The demonstrators showed different techniques in their cards. For me in particular, I demonstrated brayering and masking on one card and chalkboard technique on another. When I first thought of the card, I hesitated because I didn't want to turn people off when they first saw it, but it literally took me five minutes to put together. I have never seen anyone get so excited upon learning that I would be showing them brayering and to hear how happy they were how the card turned out was just an awesome and rewarding feeling. In between cards, we raffled off cool prizes such as templates and stamps and in the end raffled off a candy bouquet created by yours truly.
One of the raffle prizes

This experience is truly more than just coming up with a card to make and show people. It was about finding that happy place within oneself and being able to share moments and building relationships with those who might share the same passion. For me, it is a therapy for the soul. It makes me scratch my head why I stopped doing it in the first place. 

So what's next. There's a lot in store for the future. I have a hostess party coming up this Saturday. This is with my old stamping friend whom I'm forever grateful for keeping in touch and though she didn't say it out loud often, she kept the flames lit, as tiny as it might have been, to get me to stamp again. I look forward to getting together with her and her friends this weekend.

Further into the future, it looks like I will be seeing a lot of myself in my old stomping ground as my lovely aunts gather their friends for more workshops. One of them was pretty amazed with the wonders of the Big Shot embossing tool. It made quite an impression on her.

And of course, we will make the Stamp-a-Stack a quarterly event for the three demonstrators. It's a great opportunity for the three of us to bond and be each other's inspiration.

Check out the lovely cards below:
A floral card from my upline, Angie
The ladies hard at work!
So proud of my friend, Helen; she made these all!

A sweet butterfly card as demo'ed by Kalyn
A close up of what my upline, Angie, demo'ed: double embossed card

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