Madison Area Stampin' Stars

Madison Area Stampin' Stars

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Catalog Kick-Off

Registration is now open for our June gathering.
Join us for a day of playing with new product, networking with other demos 
and getting ideas for sharing our love of Stampin'UP! product with others.

Saturday, June 17th
McFarland Lutheran Church

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Register Now for the January Event

Saturday - January 21st
8am - 3:00 pm

Price $30

This event is open to all demonstrators and their guests.  We do talk business, but more from the perspective of ideas for sharing and doing classes. Non-demonstrator guests who've attended past events come for the inspiration and chance to see new product in action - and for the camaraderie.  

Its a fun day and you'll leave so inspired and motivated, and you'll have so many great new ideas that you'll want to go home and start playing immediately.

If you love Stampin'UP! product you'll want to attend for sure.  Click Here to download the registration form.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Make and Takes From Our September Event

Our Make & Take projects are intended to highlight new product.  Check out these 10 great projects along with ideas for marketing them to your customers.

First up is a pair of Halloween cards 
  • The card on the left is by Brenda Moen featuring the Jar of Haunts stamp set.
    be sure to point out to customers how Stampin'UP! coordinates products. There are currently 3 stamp sets that all coordinate with the Jars framelits.
  • The card on the right was designed by Rachel Durtschi. Rachel used the Chalk Marker to highlight the spider web and took Pumpkin Pie Ink pad direct to paper to get the look of a pumpkin.
    If you're looking for techniques to show to customers then play with this direct to paper technique. Using brown ink can give a great woodgrain look.
Brenda Moen's Halloween Card made with the spider and Candy Corn stamps from the Jar of Haunts stamp set  Rachel Durtschi's Halloween Card made with the spider and Spider Web stamps from the Jar of Haunts stamp set

Next is a pair of pretty fall cards
  • Jana Secord's gorgeous fall foliage card features the Totally Trees Stamp Set
    The Totally Trees set is very versatile. You get everything:  deciduous trees, an evergreen tree and even a palm tree!
  • Rachel Durtschi's fall card is so quick and easy: a piece of coordinating ribbon tied around a piece of what looks like Designer Paper . . . but its not DSP. She stamped the background using the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. Stamping your own "DSP" is a fun idea, especially useful if your customer plans to mass produce a card and is concerned about having to buy lots of paper. Its also a great way to show them another use for the small stamps.
Jana Secord's Fall Card made with StampinUp's  Totally Trees stamp set Fall card by Rachel Durtschi made with Stampin'UP's Paisley's and Posies stamp set

The Fall 2016 catalog has lots of fun new coordinating dies and punches and stamp sets.
  • Joyce Hall's Reindeer card features the Cookie Cutter punch and Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp SetThe cookie cutter stamp sets and punch would be perfect to feature at a kids event or Mom and Me craft event.
  • Tina Petko's Card showcases Jar of Cheer, another set that coordinates with the Jars Framelits. Tina also used the Swirly Scribbles dies to make the blue snow on the bottom of the card. This is a nice way to show all-year use for a die set that might not be thought of as a winter set.
  • Yvon Hamas's beautiful pine cone card features the Pretty Pines dies and Christmas Pines stamp set. Yvon's draped ribbon on this card lets you show your customers a non-typical way to use ribbon on a card.
Christmas card by Joyce Hall featuring the Reindeer from Stampin'UP's Cookie Cutter stamps and Cookie Cutter Punch Christmas Card by Tina Petko featuring the Jar of Cheer stamp set and snow drifts made with the Swirly Scribbles Dies Christmas card by Yvon Hamas featureing StampinUP's Pretty Pines die set

These next 2 cards both show what you can do with a hole
  • Rachel Durtschi's sweet little ornament was die cut with the Merry Tags die set. The die cuts the tree shape so the green is a piece of paper showing through the hole. This is a fun coloring trick to show your customers.
  • Judy Arawinko used this card to teach us a modified Iris Fold.  The hole here is from the Peaceful Pines dies set. As we look forward to spring you might consider doing this technique with your customers using a star or heart shape.
Christmas card by Rachel Durtschi featuring StampinUp's Merry Tags die set Christmas Card by Judy Arawinko featuring an Iris Fold with a christmas tree shaped hole made with the Peaceful Pines dies

This last card is a z-fold
  • Doreen Viking taught us how to make this z-fold card with the Seasonal Bells stamp and punch bundle. This is a very popular card design right now, you see this lay-out almost daily on Stampin Connection, Pinterest and SplitCoast Stampers.  Its pretty easy and would make a nice "wow" card for your customers.
Z-Fold Christmas card by Doreen Viking featuring Stampin'Up's Seasonal Bells 

Thanks to all these talented stampers who created our September Make & Take Projects

Brenda Moen Doreen Viking Jana Secord

Joyce Hall Judy Arawinko Rachel Durtschi

Tina Petko Yvon Hamas

If you are not part of our Madison Area Stamping Stars and you're wondering who we are 
then scroll down to read the previous post.
Check back soon for info on our January event highlighting the Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogs.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Event Highlights

Who We Are and What We Do

The Madison Area Stamping Stars are a group of local Stampin'UP! demonstrators who gather several times a year - each time there's a new catalog. Our purpose is to share ideas for using the product and ideas for stamping with others. We come from various different "downlines" and everyone is welcome including non-demonstrator guests

Here are a few highlights from our recent September event in McFarland.  Gatherings like our fall event give you an opportunity to "fall" in love all over again with our craft and with Stampin'UP!and its products.




Our next gathering is Saturday, January 17th when we'll be playing with product from the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalogs. The registration form for that event will be posted in mid-November.

Our event goals are to give you:
  1. Experience with new product 
  2. Ideas for sharing paper crafting 
  3. Samples to show  and to use for inspiration
 See you in January?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Holiday Catalog Inspiration Event

Stampin'UP! continues to wow and amaze us with the release of each new catalog. 
And the 2016 Fall Holiday catalog continues that trend.

Join us: Sat. -  September 17th, 2016

for a chance to play with new stuff and share ideas 
for sharing our love of all things Stampin'UP! with friends, customers and family.

Remembering Shelli's vision . . .  SHARING is the KEY WORD

Our Agenda Includes

** Demonstrations and hand-outs
** Event Ideas
** 10 Make & Take Projects
**   3 Group Make & takes
** Door Prizes
** Card Contest with prizes
** Displays: bring your camera and projects to share
** and Additional Optional Trading:

*Register your Trade Choices
  Register Your Trades so we know how many to make

*Please download and read these Guidelines for Trade Cards
   . . .   Many of us use these trades in our business
           and we depend on them being quality projects
           with current product only.

Cost:  $25 ( early bird price is only $20 if you register in August
The $5 price increase reflects the increase in prices in the New Annual Catalog

  • Deadline to register is Sept 9th  
  • Your registration fee includes Door Prizes, Hand-outs,
    & Make & Take Materials and materials used at the "Try-It" tables
  • Lunch is "on your own"
    FYI: we will be coordinating an order that day from a local eatery if you want to support a local business

    This event will be your chance for a hands-on experience with some of the new product and an opportunity to build up your stash of samples with the new stuff . . . and of course your opportunity to re-connect with friends or meet new stamping friends.



    register by SNAIL MAIL
    . . . download the registration form and mail in with your check


    Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Photos from Our June Event

    Did you miss the June event? These were the Make & Takes.





    Here are a few more photos from our June event.  

    Its so fun to see everyone and hear how you're all doing. I love seeing everyone's projects and I come away with such great ideas. Thanks to everyone who attended. and I can't wait to do this again in September.

    Did you miss this event? We do this 3x a year, each time there's a new catalog. Mark your calendars for the next one - Sept 17th. ( click an image to see it larger )