During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum $450 workshop will receive an additional $50 in hostess free merchandise dollars--that's in addition to the $65 they already receive for a $450 workshop!
During June, NEW demonstrators (second link at the right) not only get to choose the products for their fully customizable Starter Kit, they'll also get products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite for free, including the Make a Cake stamp set, Patio Party designer series paper, and the Patio Party digital collection DVD! That's up to $48 in additional free products!
As a demonstrator, I earned the Make a Cake stamp set and Patio Party designer series paper free and received it before it was available to order. In the same package I received the NEW 2012-2014 In Colors I had ordered - Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Midnight Muse. They look fabulous together, and of course they coordinate with the 48 core colors and the 2011-2013 In Colors, but I had a little trouble with Summer Starfruit. Is it yellow, or is it green? What other colors does it look best with? There's an entire thread about it at the Stampin' Connection demonstrator forum, and some of the others posted samples, so I applied the Copy And Share Everything principle and made this card:
stamp sets - Make a Cake, Itty Bitty Banners; ink - Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze; Stampin' Write markers - Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit; card stock - Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Primrose Petals; designer series paper - Patio Party; punch - Decorative Label; Big Shot with Labels Collection and Bitty Banners framelits and Harlequin texturez embossing plate (retired); mini brads and Stampin' Dimensionals
There is a NEW embossing folder - Argyle - that would have looked better than the retired texturez plate I used, but I haven't ordered the new folder yet...
While I had the Patio Party paper out, I made this card, which we made at my 10-for-$10 stamp-a-stack events Thursday evening and Saturday morning:
stamp set - Pretty Postage; ink - Primrose Petals; card stock - Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze; punch - Postage Stamp; Stampin' Dimensionals
It's not a particularly difficult card to create, but deciding on the arrangement you find most attractive for the "inchies" can be time consuming!
If you would like to have some NEW Stampin' Up!® stamps, ink, paper, and tools, you can order through my online store (link at the right). If you would like lots of NEW items, schedule a workshop for yourself and your friends so you can earn some of it free. If, like me, you want it *all*, become a demonstrator! You'll be able to buy everything at 20% off (sometimes more) and earn many items free, in addition to receiving the Stampin' Success magazine, having access to the Stampin' Connection forums and showcase and the chance to attend Stampin' Up!® convention and regional events!