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Stretching Myself

I had so much fun being a display stamper for the November OnStage in Kansas City, that I've decided to apply again.  I know how it works and what to expect now, so I think I can do a better job this time!

I think the most fun part was visiting with all of the other display stampers when we were setting up the displays.  Everyone is so nice to each other and so positive and complimentary about each other's work.  Stampin' Up! stampers are so wonderful, we uplift and support each other always!

The application requires three card fronts, a scrapbook page, and  two 3-D items.  I had so much fun stamping with my new Occasions stamps.  I really stretch myself on one of'll see...I'm saving it for last!

Card Fronts

I was trying to get some good pictures and Lefty decided that she needed to help! She's so thoughtful that way! I'm not usually a dragonfly and butterfly kind of girl, but I'm enjoying this set.  The phrases are great and I love the little…

Epic December Team Meeting

Our December team meeting was EPIC!  We had Christmas dinner, played Stinky Santa, brought shoe box swaps, and still had time for prizes and recognition!

We celebrated Virginia's promotion to Bronze Elite (WTG, VA!), Cindy had top sales for November, and Patience had FIVE events so far in December!  Kay had lots of gifts for us and prizes from the Occasions catalog!

Kathy brought Kay's favorite dessert...sugar cookies from Community Bakery and Stacey brought mint chocolate brownies!  Look at Kay's amazing hot chocolate bar!  Check out those peppermint spoons in the back.

Stinky Santa was fun!  Everyone ended up with something they loved (I got cheese straws made by Sassy!)

Sparky was in a sassy mood on Saturday and took this cute selfie of us.  She also took some less flattering ones of me that I'm NOT using! Kay turned on the air conditioner because she was hot...then she put on a sweatshirt because she was cold.  LOL
And last but not least, here are our creative chal…

Watercoloring Made Easy

I love the look of watercoloring.  But I get a little out of control when I use our classic ink pads and the water brushes.  And when I use the blender pens it just doesn't look quite dark enough and doesn't blend like I want it to....enter the new watercolor pencils!

Stampin' Up! made us this great video demonstrating how to use them.  Watch it and then check out the cool watercoloring samples below.

Doesn't that look easy?  And fun?? I know you can't wait to get started.  These go on sale on January 4.  If you book a stamp party for you and your friends, you could earn these for free!  Just email me to set a date for your watercolor party!
Here are a few samples of some amazing watercoloring that I found on Pinterest.

Aren't these amazing? The top picture is by Sarah Berry in the UK.  The second one doesn't have a watermark, but she has some amazing skills, doesn't she? Here are some Merry Mice that I watercolored for some of my Christmas cards.  It&#…'s almost time for a new catalog!

January 4th.  That's the date.  The new catalog is coming!  I have my copy and have ordered a few of the new things and I know you are going to LOVE it!

My favorite thing is the new watercolor pencils!  They make watercoloring so easy and shading even easier!  I'm going to have a watercolor class in January...dates coming soon!

Here's you a little sneak peek of what using watercolor pencils looks like.  I just colored more heavily along the shading lines on her chest and then when I used the blender pen over it, it shaded it so beautifully! (No, we won't be using the chicken in the class...I have something more fabulous planned for the class)

Be patient my friends!  Occasions is coming.
Joyful Stamping, Elizabeth