Sunday, January 4, 2009

Make-and-Takes for Andrea's party

I have another workshop coming up on Jan. 17 for my good friend Andrea J. She has come to classes & parties before, but this time around she's hostessing! So I wanted to create some really cute V-Day things for her and her guests. (Plus, I haven't really shown off the Love You Much bundle... all of these projects use SOMETHING from the bundle.) The treat bag was her idea! A great one, I think. :)

#1 Friend to Friend
I think this card is simple enough for first-time stampers, but is a classic enough design (it's basically the card on the cover of this month's SS) that even seasoned stampers will find it appealing. Plus, I love to show off In-Colors.

Stamp Set: Love You Much
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White,
Stamp Pads (Classic): Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss
DSP: Candy Lane
Accessories/Tools: Vintage brads, blender pens

#2 Love you a latte
I ordered these gift card holders months ago (with intentions of doing something with them for Christmas), and never got around to using them. So, I thought they made a perfect V-Day treat & demo opportunity! I used the triple hearts from Love You Much on the inside, though I didn't take a picture.

Stamp Sets: Love You Much, Pun Fun
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Stamp Pads (Classic): Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette,
DSP: Candy Lane
Accessories/Tools: Gift card holders, Chocolate Chip ribbon, dimensionals (and I will use my word window punch when I get it, sometime this week).

#3 Hugs & Kisses
Andrea saw my reindeer poop for my craft show and wanted to do something similar at her party. We thought using the Hugs & Kisses stamp from Love You Much & filling the bag with Hershey's Hugs & Kisses would be so cute!

Stamp Set: Love You Much
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
Stamp Pads (Classic): Riding Hood Red,
DSP: Candy Lane
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Circle punch, 1/4" Whisper White ribbon, dimensionals (I may also break out the glitter or something to jazz it up a bit).

I always do make-and-takes for a workshop. I think that it's important to get guests stamping & using the material; I really believe they won't fall in love with Stampin' Up! if they watch me make a few things! And I do 3 because... well, mostly because my brain almost always compartmentalizes things into 3s. I always have 3 things to eat for every meal... I put clothes in the drawer stacked in 3s (like jeans and sweaters)... I count things by 3s.... I'm weird.

Prepping 3 make-and-takes is a lot of work, but again, I'm all about value for my customers. It is imperitive to me that they feel like the party was not only fun, but that they did some cool stuff, and have lots of things to show off. I truly believe that is how I will build a good customer base.


  1. Those are GREAT projects! Perfect make and take projects. Good luck with the party.

  2. These are fantastic Valentine's make & takes... I love that you're showcasing the Love you Much bundle!

  3. Great make n takes! Very creative!


Imagine a beep. Then leave me a message! I love hearing from you, thanks!