Thursday, June 21, 2018

National Selfie Day!

Are you just as surprised as I am that there exists such a day?

Ok, so because the last selfie I took was actually at my last "Simple & Stunning" class on June 11, 2018, I guess I am safe posting that picture. If you have a recent selfie, play along and post in the comments. Come on, it will be fun (and I won't feel silly doing it alone!)

So there I am along with half the class. The other half is on the other side of that long table! Hey, I didn't say I was GOOD at selfies, just that I had one!

That class was a LOT of fun, it was supposed to be all things "gift" such as gift bags, gift boxes, a Keepsake Box (filled with cards) etc. However, it was a little over-ambitious. Realistically, we could only get through two of the projects so we are going to have another class to complete the gift boxes. The projects themselves are not too difficult but when you are demonstrating and then people are following instructions, things take time. Add in the inevitable glitches and accidental mistakes and you are going to go over your allotted time. In our classes the participants either pay $25 for the class or they can get the class for free (with all supplies) if they place an order the night of the class for $40 or more on my shopping page. I have a computer standing ready so that if they have an order we are all set. I also provide little shopping "wish lists" for them and a communal catalog (though they could also bring their own) if they want to jot down stuff during the class that they want to order. It's a pretty simple and organized system and has worked well so far.

I have a craft fair coming up on July 7 and I'm in high gear production wise. For me, I use the craft fairs for a way to get my Fancy Stamper name out there and hopefully gather new customers and even team members. They see the stuff I make and strike up a conversation and there you go!  LOVE the craft fairs and love all the people I get to meet because of them.

I will be posting my creations here soon so you can all get a "first look" at them. I have some new items that I'll mix in with old favorites for this next craft fair.

Until then, have a great rest of the week!!
Don't forget to comment with your selfie!!
Hugs,
Deb

Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Gloom.....the WEATHER!

Here in Southern California we are famous for "June Gloom" where the marine layer causes us to have gloomy, cloudy, and even misty weather the first part of the day till it all burns off for the afternoon.

Much better than the "Santa Ana's" (a hot wind from the deserts that increase the risk of fires), June Gloom is way nicer than its name.

Life's been super busy lately, our daughter just got married and it was the type of wedding where WE did all the work! A small "backyard wedding" should send anyone running for the hills, but we weathered (haha) the storm and it was a charming event! 100 people were invited and about 80 came, it was crazy!

My Simple & Stunning card classes have been super fun lately. I've done a couple of 3-D projects that have been very well received. I'll share one of them here, it is a "Keepsake Box" that actually looks like a book, measuring about 7" x 5" and hold six A-2 sized cards with their envelopes. This makes a super "end of year" teacher gift or you could get started early for birthday and Christmas gifts. The sky's the limit with this cool gift.

All you need is a couple of pieces of matching card stock and some coordinating designer series paper along with a length of ribbon as a closure device. Then some nice tacky Tombow glue, and you are all set. I'll include the link to my YouTube channel so you can check out the tutorial yourself if you like. If you go there, please "like and subscribe" to my channel. I'm shooting for a certain number of subscribers and I'm slowly but surely getting there!!

Check this out:
This is just a quick screen shot of two of the "book boxes" that I demo'd and they are sweet! Please comment if you have any questions or would like more information about my classes or even if you'd like to join my team of Fancy Stampers!! I'd love to have you; my team gets to take all my classes for free and they also get so many other perks by being a team member.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9H1SnrB0Q is the link to my YouTube channel.

On that note I'll close, but thank you for coming to my blog and I hope you sign up to receive my blogs!!
Hugs,
Deb