Let me fill you in on the details, because you might be interested in attending one of these parties if you are ever invited. Basically Stampin' It Up has a product line of rubber stamps, papers, and scrapbook supplies. Like Avon, Tupperware, Party Lites, or any other company, Stampin' it up sells their products to potential clients through a home party.
Unlike all the other companies, the gathering I went to last night had no sales pitch. Leslie ran the show, and just wanted to have a night of fellowship utilizing these products. She had 2 tables set up with 4 different stations. Leslie had prepared several envelopes with all the paper that would be needed for each card. At each station, there was a lovely example of what the card should like like, the tools needed to make the card, the stamps, glue and scissors. It was so well organized. We didn't have to think. All we did is looked at the example and it was that easy to put together. Some of the cards were a little bit more complicated, but Leslie demonstrated and walked us through the steps.
I learned more in one night, than ever had taught myself in the last 5 years. We did double stamping techniques, chalking, spritzing for an antique look, using punches, rolling stamps and 3-d effects. I was only there for a couple of hours (and half that time was just talking and not working on the cards), but everyone walked away with 7 different cards that night. There were enough materials for 2 designs for every card except 1. But the cool thing about it was that you could change the designs for each card by using a different stamp.
Leslie let me borrow her catalog to look through. The prices are pretty reasonable. BUT I am going to warn you that it is a very dangerous book to look through. I want to buy everything. It was so much fun to use all these techniques and stamps. The problem is that now I want to buy them. Maybe I will have to buy them and give the stuff to my husband so he can give them to me for Valentine's Day! That's how I got the Cricut Cartridge I wanted for Christmas. I would much rather have scrapbooking toys than diamond earrings! Besides I'd get way more use out of stamps than a necklace that I can only wear on special occassions. Call me crazy, but I'd much rather have a gift certificate to Michael's, JoAnn's, or Big Lots than some chocolate candy that will just make me fat. I don't think I could ever be a consultant, because I'd spend all the profits on buying more supplies. But I'm glad I made new friends, and I am definately going to go back and buy a little somethin somethin.
Below are 4 pictures of the cards I made. I showed my husband and he took the Valentine day card that I made for him because he said it looked to girly. Have a great week and keep it crafty!