In the birdhouse, not the doghouse

It took me awhile to jump on the milk-carton-as-birdhouse bandwagon.  When I decided to use (mostly) retired colors, the idea of a folk art dwelling started to form.  Some of my stampers this month thought this was very Mary Engelbreit, which I count as a huge compliment.  When her magazine Home Companion was discontinued, I was sad.  So many good things in there!  Well, I don’t know why I didn’t investigate this sooner, but she has a blog that is also fun.  The pictures of participants and their projects at this spring’s Home Companion Workshop are inspiring.  When I first read about the Workshop, I was raring to go.  Then I saw the price!  Gulp.  Going to Convention in less than one month seems like a bargain!

Speaking of prices, I want you to know that for the new year — the new Stampin’ Up! year starting July 1, that is — I will not be raising my stamp camp prices.  There have been suggestions that I should, especially since the cost of card stock is going up, but I can hold the line just fine.  What I will be doing, however, is charging for workshops.  What’s the difference?  A workshop is a party held in your home, usually, that gives me an opportunity to present Stampin’ Up! products to your friends by demonstrating them and allowing guests to participate.  Workshops (that allow you to earn free and hostess-exclusive product!) will be “2x2x2” — two projects for two dollars in two hours.  Talk to me about how to hold a party of your own!

Ink:  Close to Cocoa*, Ballet Blue*

Paper:  Summer Sun*, Ruby Red*, Garden Green, Taken with Teal*, Close to Cocoa*, Ballet Blue*

Other:  Mini Milk Carton Bigz die, Window Sheet (thick), Glue Dots, Punches (1¼” Circle, Scallop Circle, Extra Large Two-Step Bird, Heart to Heart, Small Heart, Scallop Edge), 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon* (Crushed Curry), Stampin’ Dimensionals, hole punch

*retiring June 30

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3 Responses to In the birdhouse, not the doghouse

  1. sue says:

    Oh boy this makes me smile! Great to start the day with a little Mary 🙂

  2. Sally Estes says:

    Glad to hear it! Thanks

  3. Carol says:

    The bird house was one of the most creative ways to do the little milk box, so far. So springlike !

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