Polished to perfection

So today I had my first team training for my team, normally we buddy up and go to another demo’s but today I hosted.

We had a great afternoon, one of my downline Carol who has a successful dog training business did a talk on marketing and valuing ourselves, this was a brilliant talk,  very relevant! On a side note if you are interested in training your dog… or rather training yourself how to train your dog Carol is worth checking out. Her business is Down Dog, based in Kircubbin, Northern Ireland and she is Ireland’s premier dog trainer!

for this months training I selected a technique known as polished stone with the idea that’s we create technique cards for our technique folders and then do a make and take using the same method. This is such a fun technique, I could literally spend hours trying our different colour combinations and different ways of laying the ink down.  Sadly we didn’t get around to the crafting because the training talk with Carol was so good and went on a little longer than expected, the snow started as she was finishing so we bid our farewells.

Whilst prepping for the cards I had a happy accident… when I stamped using a polymer stamp it lifted the ink I’d placed… so for the Dragonfly one I simply applied pressure to the stamp and carefully peeled off the card and it revealed a negative image, it sort of looks like a fossil don’t you think? I discovered that the best ink to use for stamping on top of the technique is memento or just our standard classic ink lads. The archival was also sticky and lifted colour off in some areas.

These technique cards are 4″ x 3″ and fit into the small pockets for the 8″ x 6″ memories and more album, it’s a great way to keep all your techniques together for easy reference. There is a ‘recipe’ on the back so you’re not going to forget how you achieved the look on the card.

The make and take was also centred around this technique. I used sweet sugarplum, Rich razzleberry and powder pink. The image was stamped in tranquil tide. I love how this turned out!

I also covered team recognitions… two of my team members promoted to Silver this month, which is a fabulous achievement and they did it within in just a day or two over their first year which is brilliant. I made them some Uber glittery silver cards and they also got silver keyrings with the inscriptions ‘she believed she could so she did’. For the cards I embossed the congratulations in silver, then reheated it and tipped my silver glitter over it…. be wary don’t have your heat gun still going or you will turn into something akin to tinkerbell… trust me that was me on Friday afternoon! The cards are gorgeous though so sparkly… sunglasses required!

I also had a promotion myself this month, I set myself a goal to achieve silver Elite during the first quarter of the year so was delighted when I got their at the end of January. This is not a level you can achieve by yourself, it was thanks to my lovely team for their support. Stampin’ Up! Are so good to us in general but we get extra rewards and benefits each time we move up a level, I now have centre stage to look forward to in April. This includes an evening meal, recognition and a goodie bag, or so I’m told… needless to say I can NOT wait!

If you would like to join my team and live in the Uk or within our other European markets I would absolutely LOVE to have you join team stampelicious. There is a fabulous joining offer on at the minute for £99 you get to select £130 of products, get a free business kit, free postage and you also get to pick ANY two stamp sets… that’s upto approx £200 of products for £99…. would nearly be rude not too! If you’d like more information about joining my growing team please leave me a message and I’ll send you some further information.

Thanks for popping by!

Gillian x

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