Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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(714) 264-0026

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Why Christmas Cards Are Still Worthwhile

Do you still send Christmas and/or New Year's cards? 

How many cards do you receive each year?

In this article, Cheryl Magness writes about her reasons for continuing the tradition of sending Christmas.

Created from the Stampin' Up Water Color Christmas Project Kit.

Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Planet Creative Studios Experience - Papercrafting Class

Join us for the first of many Planet Creative Studios Experiences.  This event will focus on paper crafting in a creative and fun event, drawing crafting enthusiasts from around Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Make 4 unique projects for Mother’s Day, masculine and feminine birthdays featuring creatively captivating backgrounds and faux stamping techniques.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Fullerton, CA* | Cost $40/person **

* Location will be disclosed at the time of registration.
** Final date to reserve your spot by April 18, 2017. Includes creative coaching, pre-cut project supplies, use of tools and a snack.

Early Bird/Bring a Friend & Save;  Reserve by April  10, 2017.  2 for $75; 3 for $108.00.

Stampin' Rewards from any orders placed will go to a "mystery" host/hostess (drawn from those who place orders; requires minimum combined orders of $150).

Early Bird/Bring a Friend & Save

I look forward to crafting with you on April 22nd!

Estella Banks

Chief Creative Officer
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative

I'm in the Studio today... And it feels like forever since I last sat down to play! (Well it has been, but that's another story... LOL!)

At the moment, I'm playing with my March Paper Pumpkin (PP) kit called "Bunny Buddies."  I'm not much into bunnies and my "baby" is in high school so I was already thinking about alternative uses for the supplies in this kit.

For those who have yet to discover the brilliance of the Paper Pumpkin kit subscription, allow me to enlighten you... Paper Pumpkin is a monthly self-contained creative project in a box. Everything you would need, except scissors and perhaps an additional adhesive, are in the box, which is delivered to your door around the 15th every month. The contents are a surprise each month so it's a kinda cool and it also taps into one's #Creativity, especially those months when I'm kinda "meh" about the kit! You can stop at any time or pause for a month if you like.

I belong to a PP fan group online and I saw a spoiler before my kit arrived, so I was already planning what I wanted to do with my kit's contents. Any how... as I was saying earlier, I've been playing in the Studio today and Viola! I made a spring flower using the stickers, the bunny tail, a sentiment from the Bunny Buddies stamp set, one of the small card bases and some of my card stock stash (Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla).

Through the end of March, Stampin' Up! is offering a 3-month prepaid subscription special for only $55. In addition, your purchase qualifies for a free Sale-a-Bration product of your choice. (You can download and view the Sale-a-Bration brochure here.)

I'm super excited about the April kit. Sara Douglass, the CEO of Stampin' Up! has been hyping us about the April kit because she partnered with the PP design team to create a kit with some "Sara Sass." In addition, the kit will include a free gift and it looks like it will feature a new color from the "In Color" collection. She talks about the kit in this video. In order to receive the April PP kit, please subscribe by April 10th.

I would love to have you join me in this Paper Pumpkin adventure!

Estella Banks

Chief Creative Officer
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Brilliant Background Birthday Cards Class

Join us for a creative and fun birthday card making class on Saturday, March 18, 2017, 3:30-6:30 pm in Fullerton. We will make 4 card designs featuring brilliant background techniques.

Class fee is $35 and includes use of my magical paper crafting power tools, all lovingly pre-cut card stock and other supplies and something good to eat.

Any orders placed will go to the mystery host/hostess to be selected from those who place orders. on 

Bring a friend and you both save!  To register, click on the menu below.  Please register by 12:00 PM on Friday, March 17, 2016. 

Bring a Friend & Save

Monday, January 16, 2017

Art on His Own Terms

I live near an upscale housing development in a suburb of north eastern Orange County. My daughter and often pass by this development our way to a shopping center. On the corner of this development is a very quaint bronze statue of two ballerinas: a woman and child. Someone, presumably a suburban wanna-be "Guerilla Artist," frequently adds a little something to the statue, apparently in an attempt to keep things interesting In an otherwise sleepy suburb....

And then there are true guerilla artists, those whose work makes a statement, usually about a social or political condition that needs a new light shed into its darkness. A true guerilla artist is bold and usually controversial, yet has built a respected reputation through his/her art statements.

Something to think about...