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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

International Highlights Winners Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the International Highlights Winners Blog Hop!  I am participating in this blog hop today because of everyone who voted for me here where we made a Thank You Shelli Gardner card.  This is the card that placed me in this wonderful group of demonstrators that I feel privileged to be hopping with today.

After I submitted this card, I was on my way to Orlando for OnStage hoping that just maybe I might get to see this incredible person.  Well, I was blessed enough to meet Shelli plus share my dream of being a demonstrator with her.  Here's a picture of us together that I will always cherish.

It was a dream come true to be at this magnificent event knowing that it all started by a dream... a dream to make others feel better about themselves.  I just get the warm fuzzies thinking about it!  Shelli is just as amazing in person as she is on her blog and everywhere else she chooses to light up the room.  God bless you, Shelli!

One of the highlights of the event featured how Stampin' Up!® looks at each and everything that they select and/or create for us demonstrators to sale to our customers.  It was amazing to hear about the direction that they are going... and how they look at stampers.  They have established three types of stampers:  Beginner, Casual and Avid.  So as another thank you to Shelli Gardner, here is my take on using the current Limited Edition Snow is Glistening Stamp Set to represent the three types of stampers.

All three cards used the exact same stamps, ink and cardstock.  Can you guess which cards belong to which category?  Let's take a look!

A BEGINNER STAMPER usually wants something simple and easy to reproduce.  They only want to use the simplest of materials.  And the first time they see what a stamp and some ink can do they are like "WOW!"  They are amazed that they actually a card!  This card features the Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes.  This along with an ink pad, a piece of baker's twine, the stamp set and a few clear blocks is all that is needed.

The CASUAL STAMPER likes to stamp for occasions and have tools that are multipurpose.  So this card represents how a stamper can use the Stampin' Trimmer to create cards from cardstock vs the ready made cards that Beginner Stampers love.  Liquid Adhesive, baker's twine and Stampin' Dimensionals are all items can be used along with the trimmer for many other projects around the house.

The AVID STAMPER is one who stamps fairly often and has to have pretty much everything that coordinates with a stamp set.  The card features the Snowfall Thinlits Dies.  Not only were the positive images used, but the negative images were used as stencils to create additional snowflakes just by adding ink with a sponge dauber.  This also features all sorts of layers and stamping... the more the better!  And of course, as an afterthought, a few pearls would have even made a nice touch.

The inside sentiments are all the same... the extra stamping is what makes the differences between the types of stampers.

I hope you have been inspired by the projects on my blog today.  You are currently visiting Angie McKenzie.  Please see the list below and hop around all of the other exceptional crafters on the list to see all our projects.  You sure don't want to miss any!

I'm looking forward to seeing ya'll again soon!!
Have a blessed day!

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  1. I loved seeing your picture with Shelli! Your cards are "simply" beautiful, Angie!

    1. Thanks so much, Su! It’s such an honor to be hopping with you! xx

  2. Just beautiful Angie. Such a lovely photo of you and Shellie x

  3. Wauw! I love the cards you made and I love your dream came through

  4. The picture of you and Shelli is lovely - such big smiles on both your faces.
    You have used one of my favourite colour combinations on your cards. They are fabulous.

  5. What a great picture to have! I am jealous! Your Snowflake Showcase cards are so pretty. I love how you showed the 3 different kinds of stampers. :)

  6. What delightfully sweet cards, Angie! Just beautiful.

    1. Thanks so much, Chris! That means a lot coming from you. :)

  7. Beautiful cards, Angie! I am definitely an avid card maker but have to remember to include all categories of card makers.

    1. Thanks, Anita! I'm in the same situation... definitely something for many us to remember. xx

  8. Angie, I love all three cards. You nailed the three levels with these cards.

  9. Great work on these cards, Angie. Love your photo with Shelli. It was fun getting to know you at Onstage!

    1. Thanks so much, Donna! Definitely something for the memory books. I was so enjoyable getting to know you at OnStage and I'm looking forward to getting to see you again... sooner rather than later, I hope! (((HUGS))) across the miles


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