Oh, my head is still spinning from yesterday's Stampin' Up! regional convention in San Antonio. I took over 200 pictures of on-stage presentations, display boards and swaps. I took pretty good notes so I'm hoping to share some of the presentations with you here. Well, I'm partially self motivated. If I get them posted, it will help me remember all those wonderful ideas.
Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, was the emcee of the event. – she's celebrity to us demonstrators. My friends landed us a front-row seat – check it out!
While I'm getting all those pictures together, here's the next best thing for those of you who couldn't go. Last Tuesday, Shelli appeared on her local NBC affiliate's, Studio 5 program and showed some really beautiful projects for setting a holiday table. While my mother-in-law was with us, she always fixed us a fantastic Christmas Eve dinner taking great care with her table setting. She'd get out her mother's china and silver, some beautiful linen napkins, and our favorite, the little individual salt and pepper shakers. Each year she'd buy individual Christmas ornaments or candle holders for the name plates and some adorable matching napkin rings. She made Christmas Eve so special – and she made us feel special with all the care she made to make the meal so memorable.
Because Shelli's table creates a winter scene, it's not just for Christmas. It works for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I can't wait to try it this year. It will let me put my twist on Mom McClain's Christmas dinner. I promise you my dinner won't be nearly as delicious as Mom's lamb and pearlized onions, but it will be a little like having her with us.
Here's the video – it takes about seven minutes to watch.
Here are the ingredients and instructions for Shelli's holiday table:
Cute & Curly Punch Label bundle
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers
Wild West Alphabet
Baja Breeze Classic
Chocolate Chip Classic
Old Olive Classic
Real Red Classic
Ski Slope Designer Series paper
Baja Breeze card stock
Chocolate Chip card stock
Naturals White card stock
Old Olive card stock
Real Red card stock
Big Shot die cutting machine
Pillow Box die
Scallop Circle #2 die
Top Note Bigz die
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware
1/16" Circle punch
3/4" Circle punch
Horizontal Slot punch
Alpine Ribbon Originals
Baja Breeze 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon
Silver elastic cord
Acetate (from office supply store; thick)
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock, stamp (on New Year's napkin ring), fold, and smooth folds using bone folder. Stamp label image, punch out and/or cut, and adhere to napkin ring. Punch out slots and tie together with ribbon (Note: New Year's napkin ring is tied together with Silver elastic cord). Accent as shown.
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die; stamp (on New Year's name plate), fold in half, and smooth fold with bone folder. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock (Note: layer paper on Old Olive card stock first for Christmas name plate). Accent as shown.
Make favor box using Pillow Box die, and fill with treats. Create belly band out of Designer Series paper (Note: layer paper for New Year's favor), and adhere to favor. Stamp label image, and punch out. Adhere label and accent as shown.
Make several large and small scallop circles out of Designer Series paper. Stamp and cut out/punch smaller images (acorns for Thanksgiving, trees for Christmas, and snowflakes for New Year's) as shown. Glue glitter on snowflakes