Monday, July 13, 2009
This blog will still be available but all new postings and information will now be on StampingAround.com. See you there!! :)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Julia Aston taught our first class and she created these simply adorable birdhouses...aren't they just fabulous! The pattern is from Papertrey Ink (it's one of Nichole's free downloads!) as well as the paper and ribbon. Can you see how Julia created a clapboard front on the larger birdhouse? Darling!
Oh, and here's what I was sporting on my feet...of course ladies, had to work the bunny slippers... :-)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Are you ladies ready to stamp!! We're are busy prepping for classes, packing up all of our fantastic door prizes, and our luggage!
We wanted to let everyone know that we made a slight alteration to Friday evening's schedule because we're thowing a pajama party! WooHoo!
Please plan to arrive at the hotel by 4:00 pm to check in and then you are free to grab dinner at the restaurant of your choice. (We're working on putting together a list of area restaurants) After dinner, dash back to your room, and change into those PJ's and fuzzy slippers and meet us in the stamping room at 7:30 pm for our first class! We'll have munchies and drinks for everyone to enjoy along with Julia Aston's AMAZING class!!
Please leave us a comment or shot us an email with any other questions!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Please make sure that all supplies you bring are labeled with your name or initials. The list is long . . .
Paper Trimmer &/or Scor-Pal (if you have one)
Adhesive - LOTS of it!
Foam adhesive (Dimensionals or similar)
Quickie Glue Pen
Orange line tape or Scor-Tape
Scissors - paper snips
3/4" and 1.25" hole punches
Crop-a-dile Big Bite - (if you have it) if not we can share! :)
Black Ink (Memento Tuxedo Black is best)
Brown Ink (Memento Rich Cocoa)
White Ink (chalk ink or Papertrey Fresh Snow)
White Gel Pen
Paper piercer & mat
For two of the projects, the instructors will utilize Copic markers for their samples. Now, please feel free to bring along your preferred coloring medium as a substitute. Copic markers are NOT a required item. However, if you are looking to start a collection or add to yours and your LSS doesn't happen to carry Copic Markers, our friends over at Eclectic Paperie have a great selection and great prices!
Copics: G99, YG95, YG99, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR23, RV09, R08, R22, R27, R37, E29, E31, E33, E37, BG10, BG15 (or some SU! colors: SU! Marker Colors - Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Sky Blue, Chocolate Chip, Rosey Red, Pink Passion)
Ink Pads (we will have several but if you have them, bring them along!)
SU Colors: Riding Hood Red, Real Red, Cranberry Crisp (or Bravo Burgandy), Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
If you have these:
Chai dye ink (Papertrey)
Papertrey Background Basics Retro stamp set
Ranger Adirondack Brights Inks: Watermelon or Sunset Orange
PHEW!!! I'll post some details later today about a Name Tag Contest (which is totally optional!). As always, leave a comment or email us with any questions!! Are you excited? :)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Contact us asap (email addresses are on the right) if you would like to book a double room for more than two people. The doubles can be used for more than two, as the remaining rooms all have two beds. However, that means that you'll need to be on very good terms with whoever you're sharing a sleeping spot with....there is always the sleeping bag option! :-)
Mark your calendars for September 11-12, pack those PJs and stamp supplies and come join us in Vermont!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We had a great group of swappers at the NH event in March and we'll follow almost the same pattern. Here are details:
If you are interested please leave a comment on this post. We'll count up how many are interested and I'll send you a final number in one week!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I thought I'd share a bit more information about what to expect. You can view the brochure by clicking over on the right sidebar and downloading the pdf. That will give you the tentative schedule and the prices of the different size rooms. Of course, we will be spotlighting each instructor and sponsor individually as we lead up to the event, but here's a brief overview.
Joanne Basile - Joanne taught a class in NH and everyone loved it! She's sure to bring her signature cheery style and will be doing a bit with Copic markers - which we get a lot of requests for!!
Cindy Lawrence - Cindy also taught a class in NH. We made the most beautiful card set - view Cindy's photos of the weekend and her project here.
Erika Martin - Erika is a new teacher for us by I'm sure no stranger to most out there! Erika, aka the Stampin' Mama is so talented in a variety of different mediums and is on several design teams. Her project, I think will be something new for most of us to try - something fun! I can't wait!
Julie Masse - that's me! :) My class will focus on multi-step stamps and the depth of color and highlighting that can be achieved with these beautiful stamps (that seem to be daunting for a lot of people but I assure you are tons of fun!)
Jenn Shurkus - We are thrilled to have Jenn join us for the weekend! Anyone who knows the name A Muse knows Jenn's name- she is so *creative* and ultra talented!! She teaches full-time for A Muse and manages a papercrafting store on Cape Cod and will be using brand new A Muse products for her class!
We've had some questions about the "level" of these classes and while I definitely would not want to discourage any skill level from attending, I'd say that the classes are geared for the "seasoned" stamper. We figure that most of you out there looking to get away at a stamping weekend have a bit of experience and ask our instructors to design their classes with that in mind. Now that certainly doesn't mean you won't learn anything or that you'd be in over your head! We think the classes are balanced perfectly!! And if you ever have suggestions on what you'd like to see taught at a Stamping Around event please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kim (email@example.com) - we love suggestions!!
So there you have it - a brief overview of Stamping Around Vermont! It may seem like September is a long way off but I assure you it's not! I'm sure you all know also that Vermont Inns in the Fall books quickly (I remember my parents taking off on a spontaneous road trip to VT one Fall weekend - they ended up sleeping in their car!!). Therefore, in order to hold rooms at the Inn we need to have you register or indicate your participation ASAP! I'd hate for you to have to sleep in your car or on the couch in the lodge - lol! :)
Thank you to all those who have registered already - your rooms are safe! And to everyone else, don't delay!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions regarding classes, class format, etc.! The sun was out today New England - how FABULOUS!!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"Hi everyone!! I am SUPER excited to be attending Stamping Around CT! I have been stamping for quite some time now. I started in high school but then stopped when I discovered tole painting. After attending a Stampin' Up! workshop in 2005 I caught the stamping bug all over again. I love to make cards (I am not much of a scrapbooker) and I do not discriminate! I love tons of different stamp companies, and I love to find (and hoard!) fun and funky embellishments!
My recent addiction are Copic Markers and I find myself wanting to color everything in sight! Stamping gives me a relaxing outlet from my crazy life as a mom, wife and full time paralegal!!"
We are so excited to have Jodi joining us as a teacher at Stamping Around CT!! She was one of the first people to sign up when we had Stamp New England in March - we had such a blast!! I can't wait to see her again! Jodi's class will be sponsored by Taylored Expression stamps so you won't want to miss it - who can resist a cupcake??!!! :) Here's a recent card Jodi made just to give you a "taste" of her talent!
We've seen lots of activity around here lately - lots of you have been checking out the site!! Today is the day to register for Stamping Around Connecticut!! We can't wait to meet you! And stay tuned . . . we'll start spotlight teachers for Stamping Around Vermont soon!! :)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now, on to the spotlight! I'm thrilled to share our next teacher with you, Debbie Corbari - and she's perfect for this post since her class will be sponsored by Eclectic Paperie and she will be using stamps from Our Craft Lounge's exclusive line of stamps - that she drew! Yup, Debbie is one of the talented illustrators for Our Craft Lounge!! Here's a bit about Debbie straight from her:
Debbie is a newly Copic Certified Instructor and will be sharing some great Copic tips with us during her class! I can't wait to meet her - she lives in the Albany area of upstate NY which is my hometown!! Small world isn't it?!
"I grew up with an artistic mom (specializing in pen and ink drawings) and was surrounded by arts and crafts at a young age. Although it’s nothing I ever studied, it’s always been a major part of my life. In college I illustrated a children’s book for a fellow student. I have no idea what ever happened with the book. I think she paid me $20 for my illustrations, which feels like $100 to a freshman in college so, I was happy! LOL!
When I was first introduced to stamping, about 9 years ago, I was hesitant to buy stamps because I felt I could draw the images instead. Some time had passed before the instant gratification of stamping won me over and shortly after that, as with most stampers, it became an addiction! Since I started designing my own stamp sets my “crafty” time to stamp has taken a bit of a hit. But I still need to get my “fix” every few days and get inky! LOL!"
So how about it folks . . . ready to sign-up for Stamping Around Connecticut? We are so excited about our wonderful teachers and fabulous location and cannot wait to meet you!! Remember the deadline for registration is coming right up - June 23 - we'd hate for you to miss out!! :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Like most people I got hooked on card stamping after attending a Close to My Heart home party followed closely by a Stampin Up Party! Shortly after that I found Split Coast Stampers (I'm artystamper) and started participating in the daily challenges. I work full time as an Admin. Assistant at a Boston Hospital, have a grown son who lives nearby and a wonderful husband who always makes nice comments about all the cards I show him! I have a blog (www.createwithjulia.blogspot.Just wait until you see the adorable projects Julia has put together for Stamping Around Connecticut - it will make your heart soar! *wink* *wink*
com) that I post to at least 4 times a week and I teach a stamping class once a month at the Papertree in Manchester, NH. I stamp mostly late into the night after work. I love, love, love, card and craft stamping and I look forward to meeting you all at the weekend workshop!
See the post below for some important information about the registration deadline - can't wait to see you in CT!! :) Oh, and if you haven't already - check out the Stamping Around VT Brochure - our teacher line-up is AMazing! :)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
In order to finalize our plans for Connecticut, we need to set a deadline for registration. To hold a place at our CT event, please submit registration forms by Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Feel free to contact Kim or Julie with any questions!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Inn at Willow Pond offers idyllic scenery, charming accommodations, fun activities and a chance to get away from it all. The Inn offers wonderfully furnished, spacious inn suites, a grand wood-burning fireplace, and 20 scenic acres with panoramic views of the Green Mountains. The restored 1770’s farmhouse and main lodge are an inspiring setting for conferences, executive retreats and special events.
Space is very limited at the Inn so it's imperative that we receive registrations asap! September is a busy month for Vermont as it's a popular vacation spot, therefore our costs are slightly higher and overnight accommodations sell out quickly. However, we know that you'll be thrilled with not only the beautiful location but also with the classes we have planned and the well-known instructors that will be teaching!
Registration, via PayPal or downloadable form, can be found on the right side of our site. Feel free to leave us a comment if you plan to attend and want us to hold a spot or email either Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie (email@example.com) with questions!
Prices and registration deadlines listed below (costs include overnight accommodations, breakfast and lunch, and participation in five fantastic stamping classes)! *Note* 1) the rooms at the Inn are suites so all are roomy and comfortable. 2) The amount of single rooms at the Inn was minimal and cost would have been $315, therefore, we're offering all doubles. Please contact us asap if you have a need for a single room.
DEADLINES - Hotel room registration/confirmation - June 30, 2009 (We can receive payment after June 30 but we must know if you need a room by this date).
Stamping Only - August 10, 2009. After August 10, 2009 - space will be reserved based on availability.
**Please note** - Registration fees are non-refundable after August 10, 2009. However, if we are able to resell your spot, then we will be happy to offer a full refund!
Double - $240 - Two to a room (14 rooms available)
Triple - $230 - Three to a room (8 rooms available)
Quad - $213 - Four to a room (2 rooms available)
Stamping Only - $140 - No overnight accommodations
We are sooo looking forward to seeing you in Vermont and are looking forward to another amazing stamping weekend getaway! And please feel free to pass the word on to friends and family about our events, your support is truly appreciated! Thank you!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Today's spotlight is on Donna-Marie Cecere. You will be amazed when you see the depth and beautiful layers of Donna-Marie's cards! She has a unique knack for combining elements that just "work" together!! Here's a little background info from Donna-Maria:
I have spent my entire life being "crafty!" My first scrapbook was when I was a Girl Scout and took a trip to Washington, DC (sometime during the Ice Age! LOL!). With all of this creative energy, I decided to choose a career in design. I chose Fashion Design and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA. I woned and operated Donna-Marie's Bridal Designs in Boston for several years. The decision to close i and pursue teaching was a much needed change. I wanted to be a part of my daughter's life on a more full-time basis. I have since then been teaching art and design for over 10 years (both high school and college) and could not be happier! I have also been working, teaching, and designing at Wholly Scrap! in North Hampton, NH for four years. I have taughte at CKU in Manchester and recently started my own blog, Donna-Marie.
We're thrilled to have Donna-Marie joining us, please stop by her blog and welcome her to our event, and can't wait to see what she has in store for us!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Good morning all my stamping friends! We're finally ready to open registration for Connecticut! Yippee!! Edited - Oh yeah, the dates of the event!! It's on July 10-11 (first class will be held Friday evening and all other classes on Saturday)
Our hotel location is The Centennial Inn & Suites in Farmington, CT. The lovely Inn is nestled on 12 beautiful wooded acres in the Farmington River Valley of Connecticut. The perfect New England hotel offering charm, history, spacious rooms, warm, friendly service, outdoor pool, fitness center, meeting space, and so much more. See more about the Inn here. It's a beautiful hotel and I can't wait to spend two days there stamping!!
For payment, you'll see the Paypal button over on the right hand side with a few options, which I'll explain below: (These rates include all costs and cover room, food, classes, etc.!)
1) Single room - $230 - This is a one bedroom suite that you'll have all to yourself (unless you'll be bringing your hubby!)
2) Double room - $180 - This is a one bedroom suite with separate living room area that is large enough for two people (either two queens or one king/queen and a queen full out sofa)
3) Triple room - $170 - This is a two-bedroom loft that can fit up to four people. For this cost, there would be three to a room. (Two bedrooms and a full out sofa)
4) Quad room - $155 - This is the same two-bedroom loft, with four people in the room vs. three
5) Classes only - $105 - This is the cost to only attend the classes, no overnight stay at the hotel
Since we're a little short on time, we'll need to get our final reservations over to the hotel soon so sign up asap....space is limited!!
We'll be sharing our instructor bios and details on our sponsors shortly so be sure to keep checking back for those exciting details!
And...we'll have registration open for Vermont soon too! Details on Philadelphia on the horizon...
Who is ready for an amazing stamping weekend!?
PS - Oh, and feel free to grab our badge for the right hand side of the blog to use on your blog to help us promote the event!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Ohhh....and....We've got a wonderful inn reserved for Vermont as well!! We'll have registration open for both locations shortly...Details on Philadelphia coming soon!
Please contact asap if there are any issues with the new CT location and stay tuned for news of the hotel!
Monday, June 1, 2009
The good news is that we've picked at date for our Connecticut event...drum roll please....It's July 10-11!!! We're waiting on the final venue confirmation, which we're hoping will be in Trumbull, CT. If that hotel doesn't work out then our plan to find another location in the same general area.
Drop us a line if you want us to hold a space for you at the CT event and we'll share specific details asap!!
Oh, and check out our company logo...what do you think? :-) Our new web site should be up and running soon!
Friday, April 24, 2009
The date we're considering is June 19-20 so block off that weekend in your calendar! Location TBD but we should have more details on that next week!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Is there anyone out there?? I hope you all subscribed or are watching this blog because we are working on future events and need your input!!
During the Stamp NE event in March, we mentioned that we would host more events throughout the year and we've got four more weekends in the works!! Listed below are the next cities and dates. (We're still working on exact dates but these are the general timeframes)
-Connecticut (New Haven/Danbury area) – Late June/early July
-Mid-West (St. Louis) - Mid-August
-Vermont (Manchester) - Mid-September
-Philadelphia – Early November
After selling out our Portsmouth event in four days we know the interest is high and many of you told us you would definitely attend future events! With each of these events, we must guarantee a minimum number of rooms and would like to open each event to 50-100 attendees. Therefore, we are looking for a response to gauge interest in each city. Please leave a comment here or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate if you are interested in more information only or if you would definitely like to attend. We're be more than happy to hold a spot for you!! More information regarding classes, teachers and specific cost and dates will be coming soon so please do check back often!
Thanks so much for your interest!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I'm taking a quick break from packing to thank one more sponsor for this weekend's stamping retreat its Our Craft Lounge!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Zip Dry is the best - it works great for paper crafts because it doesn't make the paper pucker and buckle, it dries super fast and clear, it's acid & lignin free and if you get it on your fingers it rolls right off! I love this stuff and I'm super excited to be able to share some of these great benefits with you!
The folks at Beacon Adhesives responded so quickly when we requested a donation, and they were amazingly generous! 3 more sleeps!! :)
Who doesn't know Beth Silaika of Freckled and Fun??! She's everywhere! An amazing designer of web & blog banners and custom watermarks, a brand new stamp designer for Papertrey Ink, the host of a weekly challenge on SCS and a design team member of Hanna Stamps and Scor-Pal! Plus, she is the mother of 6 children, how's that for busy!!
Beth lives in beautiful upstate NY (in my old "neck of the woods") and we're hoping will be able to attend our next event! She was so sweet to send us a door prize for this event!! Go check out her blog and see the beautiful designs she offers, like these watermarks, and blog banners! Thank you so much Beth!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Ok, so we know they are generous, but they also have a fabulous product!! I have mine sitting right on my desk and use it every day! Having perfectly straight cut and scored cardstock is important to me! Scor-Pal makes it so easy to add scored embellishments to any project, it makes whipping up one of Lauren's My Timeless Templates a breeze and have you seen all the wonderful projects they have on their website, complete with instructions? There are so many things that you can do with a Scor-Pal!! Plus, they have Scor-Tape - the best strong adhesive out there!
Thank you so much to Scor-Pal for your generous donation to our event!! :)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Today we wanted to introduce the third member of our coordinator team - Kim Schofield! Kim and I met almost 2 years ago when I came across her blog and realized she was from NH and possibly in the same downline as I was for Stampin' Up! I contacted her to see if she would be interested in working a vendor fair with me. During that day it was amazing to see how much we had in common and how our friendship began, and it has been growing ever since!
Kim's background is in the marketing communication and event management field and she now manages her own consulting business for the past seven years. When we started planning this event Kim was so willing to jump in and lend her expertise - finding our venue and helping organize so many aspects of this weekend! She even drove up to Maine this week to help me organize supplies and prepare for Friday! We could not have done it without her!!
That's not the end though! Kim is also a wonderful stamper - having a thriving Stampin' Up! business and being on two design teams! You can see all of Kim's beautiful work on her blog, Paperie Petals and you might catch a glimpse of the 2 adorable boys that she and her husband have been blessed with!
Thank you Kim for all your hard work and dedication to help make Stamp New England as success!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Adhesive - LOTS of it!!
Acrylic Blocks - various sizes
Sketch Swaps if you're participating
Completed Name Tag
Hobby blade/Xacto knife
Crop a dile (or 1/8 hole punch)
Corner rounder (if you have one)
Sanding block - tools (if you have a Basic Grey file set - bring that!) :)
Self-healing cutting mat (if you have one)
Cutting Mat (self-healing kind if you have one)
IF you have them:
Cantelope & Tangelo Memento Ink Pads
Ocean Breezes Papertrey Ink Pad
I am a SAHM of 4 children. I started stamping when my first daughter was born as just a little something fun for me!! My Stampin' Up! demo always used to say, "You should become a demo" but I it took me 2 years to finally take the plunge . . . that was the end! :) Like most of you out there reading I'm sure, stamping has become a bit more than "just a hobby"! I stamp to relax, I stamp to have fun, I stamp with my children, I stamp (best) without them (ha ha!), it's become an obsession, a passion! I've made so many friends through stamping and feel like I can go anywhere in the country and "know"someone - stampers are just the best people! I'm so honored to be a part of some wonderful design teams, Paper Pretties, Kitchen Sink Stamps, Say It With Letters and I do a bit of work for Rubber Soul too! I've had the pleasure of seeing my work published in several Paper Craft publications (including some not yet released) as well as Cardsmagazine.
For my project I thought everyone might enjoy giving 2 things a try - working with multi-step stamps, and altering a shape! I designed a new shape just for our class and I hope you all will love it! Let's all get into a Spring-y state of mind!! :)The supplies you need for my class are already listed in the preliminary supply list we have previously posted but there are also 3 ink colors we will use. If you have them, bring them, if not we will have several floating around for you to use - so don't stress!! The colors are Ocean Tides from Papertrey Ink, and Tangelo & Cantelope from Memento. Your craft knife/Xacto will be important in this class, as well as a file (if you have the Basic Grey file set that's great but a sanding block and/or emery board will work too!). I'm looking forward to meeting you all!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Happy Friday everyone. Just think, this time next week, we'll be checking our lists, and getting on the road! hooray!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Say It With Letters is a great little company right here in New England, Manchester, NH to be exact! Owned and run by Deb Damboise and her husband (with their adorable twin babies help I'm sure!) they make and sell custom cut letters and shapes available in hundreds of lettering styles and several adorable designs! The shapes are custom cut, hand sanded and unfinished and made from sturdy 1/2 inch thick MDF (super smooth surface for painting, decoupaging or embellishing.) Each shape can be made anywhere from 6" up to 48"!!! Now that would be a big piece! :)
There are so many possibilities with these shapes - paint, decoupage, patterned paper, fabric, etc., etc. Check out Deb's blog to see all the beautiful work of the design team as well as gorgeous work from customers! It's amazing how different each piece can look and how creative people are! I altered this adorable house last year as a housewarming gift for a friend. It was so much fun making it with someone in mind (after I photographed it, I wrote in the actual date they closed on their house so they always have that reminder!).
Deb has been so generous to Stamp New England - giving us a fabulous discount on supplies for a class and also offering a door prize for some lucky attendee . . . it could be you!! Go browse around the store, I know you'll find something to love! :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Taylored Expressions Store just celebrated it’s first birthday. Well before the store opened I’m sure many of us already knew of and loved Taylor’s work from her blog, Taylored Expressions. It seemed only logical that her impeccable taste and keen eye for design would lead her down the path to an online store.
Taylor introduced an adorable line of cupcake stamps last September - Stamp a Sweet Impression. These yummy Cuppie images (as they’re affectionately called) will warm your heart and the sayings in each set are cute and clever.
With Taylor’s March release, she just introduced a brand new line called Whimsical Wishes, which includes Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates, with more sets planned for future releases. Proceeds from the sales of these sets will be donated to charity through The Giving Tree program.
In the store you’ll also find perfectly coordinated Key Ingredients kits, which contain an assortment of hand-selected solid and patterned papers, embellishments and ribbon. The Key Ingredients take the guess work out of creating fabulous projects because all of the components work so well together.
In addition to stamps and Key Ingredients, you’ll find a treasure chest of wonderful paper crafting supplies, ranging from basics like adhesives and storage solutions for your stamps, to inks, papers, die cut boxes, ribbons, embellishments, and so much more. And with Taylor’s lightning fast shipping, your new supplies will be in your hands before you know it.
The products you’ll find at the Taylored Expressions Store are fresh, fun, and always on the cutting edge of the industry. Taylor takes pride in choosing only quality products that she would be happy to use for her own cards and projects. Quite simply, Taylored Expressions is a paper crafter’s delight!