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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Need A Card? Look No Further...

I don't know about you, but I love it when somebody gives me a card that they've made themselves. At one time I tried to keep every single card I received, but I've since had to cut back and be choosy about the ones I save. If it includes a heartfelt message, I'll keep it. The same goes for cards that have been handmade, just for me. These hold a personal touch and give me a happy feeling that I just wouldn't get with any old card. Here with me today is Cula Parker, a local demonstrator for Stampin'Up! This is just a small sampling of the amazing things she can do with stamps:

Cula is a stamping extraordinaire - I've watched in awe as she turns mere paper into incredible cards and other projects within seconds. She readily donates her time and expertise to benefit charities, schools and people like me who like to stamp for fun. Through her patience and excellent guidance, I've created beautiful cards and projects that I never would have thought I could do. She holds classes where you can learn different stamping techniques, make fun projects, or work on your own scrapbook or cards. See her website for more details. She's also a terrific mama, making her that much more awesome! I had the pleasure of asking Cula a few questions about herself and her business:

How did you discover stamping?

I discovered stamping about 15 years ago and wasn't really devoted to any company, then i discovered Stampin' Up! in 2005 and fell in love with thier products! The quality is far better than any other company, after purchasing for about 2 years i decided to become a Demonstrator to help support my stamping habit.

How long have you had your Stampin'Up business?

I'm celebrating my first year this February.

What do you enjoy most about being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up?

I feel so completely blessed to have so many great roles in my life....wife, mother, sister, teacher and along with all those roles I'm also very excited to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I truly LOVE what I do !!! I get to stamp and earn money !! Who wouldn't love that !! I am passionate about all the roles in my life and keeping them all in balance. I love that part of Stampin' Up!'s goals is also to help keep all these things in balance too ! How many bosses do you know that want you to spend time doing what you love with the people you love !!!

I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction teaching someone who has never stamped before and watching them fall in love with stamping, just like I did. I love teaching and stretching experienced stampers and helping them grow in this incredible craft and all the while always pushing myself to learn more and bring the best of myself and stamping to those around me


What are some of your favorite stamping techniques?

I love 2-step stamping and watercoloring. I also love to find new ways to use my punches.

What advice do you have for people who are just beginning to stamp?

Don't be intimadated(i know it's hard). Pick a versatile stamp set and a few ink pads, and a pack of cardstock and start from there. I promise that the rest will follow.

What are some of your favorite website or places to get inspiration?

I love the Stampin'Up! Website for Demo's! There are so many great ideas and techinques. I also gather ideas from fellow Demonstrators.

Where can one get more information about the classes that you offer?

My Website http://culaparker.stampinup.net/ has my class schedule and includes Club Offerings. I also have ideas posted to my blog at http://www.culaparker.blogspot.com/

Thanks Cula, for spending time with us today! Cula has also generously donated a Stampin'Up! gift pack for one lucky winner! It includes:

Coluzzle cutting system with circle and oval templates
6x6 designer series paper in Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Love and Happiness rub-on's - 1 sheet Basic Black and 1 sheet Wild Wasabi(retired)
Make It Count stamp set(retired)
Basic Black stampin' spot
Stampin' Up! Designer Chapstick

To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, February 10th at Midnight. Please include your email address. Winner must provide a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.

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96 comments :

  1. I've seen her work and she is very talented. Way a go Cula!!!

    She should do an enrichment group.

    amyjhs@yahoo.com

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  2. I just found your blog. It's got great information. I'll be checking back.

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  3. That is some creative stuff. Thanks!

    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Good interview!

    Yay she's my demo! :)

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  5. Great interview, great information

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  6. I could really explore my creativity with this.

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  7. WOW...Neat stuff... would love to win. ;-)

    enemes78@yahoo.com

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  8. I'm new to all this stamping, scrap booking, making cards. Love what I saw on your website. Great information.

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  9. Fun giveaway!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOt com

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  10. Cula is very talented! I hope to get to where she is with the beautiful work she's done!

    orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  11. I love stampin up, but simple can't afford it. I am just crazy about them. I really hope I win this.thanks
    herry123_us@live.com

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  12. Very nice work :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  13. i love stampin up, but usually cannot afford to buy. You have some very creative ideas.

    mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

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  14. I just started stamping and love all this information. You're really talented. Thanks so much.

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  15. love stamping cards!! Would love to win this
    jnoorman@comcast.net

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  16. wonderful prize con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. My sister sold Stampin Up for several years. I miss all her help.

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  18. Really great giveaway! I've been wanting to get into this!!
    hawkgirl_16 at hotmail dot com

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  19. I love Stampin' Up! Please enter me in your giveaway.

    abantom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. My daughter and I love doing paper art together; we'd have a lot of fun with this set.

    galeogirl at comcast dot net

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  21. What a great prize!! Love it :)

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  22. great godies
    KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. very great work you are so talented

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  24. I love artists who use more than one medium/technique in their work. i would love this!!

    lenz.nicole@gmail.com

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  25. wonderful giveaway ! thanks for the opp here ! :)

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  26. I'm new to this stuff, but want to do more of it with my kids.

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  27. I would love to win the giveaway for my daughter who makes cards. Thanks for the chance!

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  28. What a wonderful package. This would be so much fun for the winner.

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  29. How neat! Email is in my profile. Thanks.

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  30. I absolutly love the Stampin Up stuff. I belong to a SU club with my mom
    I would love to win!
    jennx2@gmail.com

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  31. What great stuff.
    meredycat*lycos*com

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  32. wonderful prize...thank you so much for entry!!!!!!

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  33. This would go well for art projects in homeschooling.

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  34. Thank you for your encouragement for those of us who are new to stamping!! I am going to be starting soon and I have felt a bit intimidated, but your confidence and moral boosting has helped me! Thanks for the contest!
    txgigggles@yahoo.com

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  35. My daughter is a stamper, would love to win this for her
    lgrieser@sbcglobal.net

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  36. I would love to win this...thanks for the great giveaway
    csbondell@cox.net

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  37. I love handmade cards. Would love this.

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  38. I have been wanting to try stamping for a while now. This would be a great win! cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. Very nice and creative! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. Love the creativity
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

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  41. My daughter would really like this! Thanks so much!!

    mogrill@comcast.net

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  42. I first learned rubber stamping from a Stampin' Up teacher. Got me hooked. I'd love the gift set!

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  43. generous and talented, great interview

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  44. please enter me

    delorezb@yahoo.com

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  45. I'd love to win this!

    jessicabcote@gmail.com

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  46. How talented! I love that multi-media presentation.

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  47. I have a closet FULL of Stampin' Up stuff, and it is never enough.

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  48. I've heard of Stampin up and would love to try some of the products for my scrapbooking.

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  49. my friend has stampin up i'm always borrowing and i love it!

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  50. Great prize! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. Please enter me and thank you!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I love Stampin Up. Thanks for the contest.

    tomandmollyk(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  53. I've never tried Stampin Up products. Would love to though.

    firefly_blue14(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. I love Stampin' Up products, I used to have a neighbor who sold it, but them we moved, I would love to win this set!

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  55. What a wonderful prize!

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  56. I love Stampin up! products! Thanks for a great giveaway, and for showing the cute cards! Now I have some more ideas for cards...

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  57. Enter me please! Thank a ton!

    Thomas Johnson
    crimson_pen@yahoo.com

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  58. I've always wanted to try stamping. Please enter me.

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  59. Great site!
    Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

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  60. I love Stampin' Up. For me, it's a local company who makes great quality products. I also love the fact that they give so many ideas for making great projects!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

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  61. I've always wanted to learn stamping and make my own cards. thanks for the great project ideas. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  62. Awesome stuff. Please enter me in your giveaway!

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  63. This will definitely help me to get my creative juices flowing. Thanks!

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  64. I enjoyed your interview. It's amazing all that can be done using Stampin Up products. I own a few of their stamps and love them. Thanks for your giveaway.

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  65. I would like to start getting into the DIY lifestyle.


    embracelove@care2.com

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  66. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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  67. Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    http://feedyourpig.blogspot.com
    http://feedyourpiggiveaways.blogspot.com

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  68. Wow! These look great! Thanks!!!

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  69. I've just gotten into card making! I am not too creative, so I usually just copy my friends ideas!

    ralphandtara at gmail dot com

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  70. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  71. This would make a greta gift for my my sister in law.

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  72. THis looks like a lot of fun. THank you.

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. I have always wanted to try stamping!
    susannetroop(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  74. Stamping is one of my MOST favorite things to dally in. I'd have 50,000 stamps if I could! skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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  75. Stamping is so addictive! I'd love to win this prize.

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  76. I would love to win this.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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