Friday, April 29, 2016

Memory MISTI

PSST - the 12x12 Memory MISTI is now available for pre-order! Shipping will take place in Mid-May. Thank YOU for bringing this product to life, scrapbookers! ONE lucky pre-order will get their memory FREE - surprise! Giveaway ends midnight central May 7th - winner announced May 8th.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Concord and 9th Blog Hop

When I was told that Concord and 9th designed a stamp with the MISTI in mind, my heart skipped a beat.  I had already started collecting their stamps and was excited to hear that they were sending me two stamps from their new release.

The Flourish stamp set is so easy to use.  I stamped it with white pigment ink onto black cardstock and then overstamped with other colors.  Using the Mini MISTI made it easy to overstamp in the various pigment inks.
I loved the way it turned out.  It looks like a chalkboard drawing.  I think it would be nice on kraft cardstock as well.  Adding the layer of clear embossing powder intensified the colors.

Greg and Angie also sent me the You Crazy Cat stamp set.  Instead of using the stamp as intended,  I used the octagon template to make a sun with the ear stamp.

You can make this into a flower also by stamping a center of some kind.  Both cards used sentiments from the Love You, Mean It stamp set.  

We are also having a giveaway for a Mini MISTI.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win.  We will announce the winner on the My Sweet Petunia Facebook page, so be sure to like the page.  

Here is the hop list:

I filmed videos for each.  I hope you enjoy.

Friday, April 15, 2016

CHA Wrap Up

Yes, I am finally getting to this post.  My life is finally getting back into a routine.  I have been procrastinating writing this post because so much happened and I didn't know where to start.  If you know me, then you know I like to be prepared.   It is safe to say, that I was prepared and unprepared at the same time.

I was nervous about the booth because of all the videos I had watched that were about CHA.  I was assured that everything with the walls of my booth were okay.  Then I walk into the trade show floor and see this:

By the way, they won the best booth award.  I told myself that MISTI is clean and simple and our booth would portray that.
Can't get much simpler than that.  So simple that it took 15 minutes to set up our tables.  Luckily, I was blessed with some amazing people to help me.

This is my voice of reason, Lydia Fiedler.  Otherwise known as Understand Blue.  I really think she needs to change her alter ego to Understand Pink.  She has the knack to make me see the "right way" instead of "my way".
What can I say about Melanie Hopes and Maureen Wong.  We hand picked these two because we knew that we would mesh well together.  Mel kept us laughing and Maureen was my quiet spring of strength.  Let's just say Maureen rocked her MISTI skills.

First stamp celebrity I meet is Sandy Allnock.  She is so sweet and so awesome!  She has coolness dripping off of her.  When I grow up, I want to have her confidence and her skill.
 For years I have been watching Julie Ebersole's videos.  Her laugh and sense of humor have always been a highlight of my YouTube watching.  To finally meet the person behind the contagious laugh was truly amazing.   I also met Ellen Hutson.  We have corresponded several time since then and she is an incredible business woman, so incredibly sweet.  When I grow up, I want to make myself crack up like Julie.

Then Jennifer McGuire approached the booth.  My mind was about to explode.  There she was and she hugged me!  What a class act she is.  When I grow up, I want to be classy and organized like Jennifer.
Then there as CATHERINE POOLER!!!!  I think we were separated at birth.  If we lived in the same city, there would be trouble.  She gets my humor, poor thing.  She came with me to "press conference" and pretty much held my hand until I went on stage.  When I grow up, I want to be cool like Catherine.
My meager beginnings as a papercrafter started with Shimelle.  I was a scrapbooker before I was a cardmaker.  I went looking for Shimelle at CHA and finally found her at the Heidi Swap booth.  I was the typical stalker.  Later she went to the My Sweet Petunia booth and put it all together that I was not crazy.  I sent a Memory MISTI home with her to try out.  When I grow up, I want to be Glitter Girl.
I finally got to meet my first customer.  Kelly Marie Alvarez.  How cute is she?!?!  She is an inspiration and happiness permeates the air around her.  The Lawn Fawn booth was so adorable.  Kelly's dresses each day were so beautiful.  When I grow up, I want to have Kelly's happiness and wardrobe.

On the last day, Amy Tan came by.  She said she had heard all about us.  Unbelievable!  She even gave me some of her scrapbook paper collection.  Amy was like the most popular girl in school and she came by to see me! She took home a Memory MISTI, too. When I grow up, I want to travel like Amy.

This is an amazing group of stampers and I got to be the center of attention.  If I could have a pinky worth of their talent I would be in heaven.  When I grow up, I want to be stamp royalty and stamp like them.

My mini me Ilina Crouse.  What a sweetheart.  She said that on her first day there people thought she was me.  Ilina still gets Facebook messages from people thinking she is me.  Ilina helped me on the last day of CHA after my crew left to catch their flights.  See why Mel kept us laughing.

This little duckling also helped the last day.  Jeanne was so willing to help in any way possible.  I had met Jeanne through Lydia at an Understand Blue summer retreat.  We message back and forth talking about critters.

I also had the pleasure of meeting another inventor, Kellie DeFries, AKA the Crystal Ninja.  She found a need to make her work better and invented the Crystal Katana.  I met her at her booth and she walked over to see my invention.

Kellie had this car in her booth that she totally covered in bling.  I believe she said it was 480+hours to cover the car on gem at a time.  The car is totally drive-able and can go through a carwash.  When I grow up, I want to own this car.

So now that I have gotten through all the people I met, I can tell you about the whole Hot Products experience.  This was where I was unprepared.  We had to decorate the display and had nothing but chocolate to do it with.  The other displays were done by an interior designer while mine was done by Hershey's and Lindor.

We were to attend a presentation, where you had one minute to talk about your product.  I wanted to cry.  I begged Lydia to do it and she said no.  How mean was that?! We practiced my spiel for 20 minutes.  When we showed up they sat us at a table with the MISTIs.  Lydia and I looked at each other because we were not prepared for this.  I thought it was just a sales pitch I was doing to a small audience.

All the other tables were decorated by those interior designers that we knew nothing about.   People kept coming to our table and we had nothing to demonstrate with.  Superhero Lydia made a call to Mel and Maureen.  They showed up with a couple of stamps and paper.  Lydia had pulled out a distress ink that she had in her purse and we managed with that.  It was perfect.  Distress inks are not great to stamp with, but the MISTI showed you can stamp with any ink.
The crowd around us grew bigger and we could not see passed our table.

Finally, they lined us up to do our one minute pitch.  I made one last plea with Lydia to see if she would do the pitch.  Nothing.... One by one, each presenter made their pitch.  Professionals form Silhouette, Craft Retail, and Fiskar's were ahead of me.  It was my turn.  Lydia was with me holding up the Memory like she was Vanna White.  I focused on the red head in the center of the room.

I started, "Hi my name is Iliana and I am the inventor of the MISTI."   People clapped and cheered.   That is exactly what I needed to make it through that long minute.  Just thinking about it makes me cry with joy.  Up until we made our pitch the room had been quiet.  I finally felt like we had a chance to win the Hot Product Award.

The Gala for the awards was on Sunday, January 10th.  It was a long and tortuous dinner.  I was a nervous wreck so much that I could not enjoy the convention food.  Then there was the topic of, "What are you going to say if you win?"  Seriously!  I could not think, I just wanted to go home.  I thought of something short and wrote it on a piece of paper.

Here is what I said:

I want to thank God for blessing me with such an amazing crafting community.  Thank you all for creating the exciting environment that helps small businesses like mine grow a dream into reality.

I put together a video of the highlights.  I sorted through a ton of photos.  I can't believe how long it took to edit this video and add music.  Thanks for sticking with me to read this incredibly long post and for waiting so long to hear about CHA.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Happy Anniversary Altenew!

We are so excited to be celebrating Altenew's 2nd anniversary this week! Where does the time go? When they had their first release, I remember being bowled over by their unique style - it's so much fun to see new designs come into the market that really have such a unique style. And of course, their beautiful layering sets are just MADE for the MISTI, and we are beyond proud to be a sponsor of their celebration.

 I used three sets to create a little card set - using some ink layering techniques with the MISTI - this can really help you get a lot of value out of a small ink pad collection if you're just starting out.

The Label Love set is such a perfect graphic style for these more feminine images.  I think the pop of black is perfect for the more pastel inks.

 The butterfly - isn't it beautiful? - is from Painted Butterflies. That gorgeous flower - which to me looks like a petunia - is from Watercolor Wonders. I actually outlined the flower to match the graphic style of the butterfly. Here's the full card set.

 I made a quick video to show you the ink layering and how these sets work together in the MISTI so beautifully. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's the rest of the hop today - be sure and leave a comment on each blog by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from Altenew and these amazing prizes:

13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.

So without further ado - here's the hop list - enjoy these beauties!

Laura Bassen
Therese Calvird
Ellen Hutson
Amy Gray
Joni Andaya
Freckled Fawn
Debby Hughes
Lydia Evans
>>My Sweet Petunia<<
Kelly Griglione
Isha Gupta

Thanks for stopping by today!