Monday, October 6, 2008

I made the Newspaper Wahoooooo

By Roger NewmanFriday October 03, 2008
East Interlake business and crafts people - plus others from outside the area - displayed their diversity and creativity last weekend at the annual fall craft and trade show at the Gimli Rec Centre.They drew steady traffic to the 52 booths at the Saturday-Sunday show which is a twice-a-year summer and fall fundraiser for the rec centre.One booth attracting attention was staffed by Peggy Finney representing Stampin’ Up, a 19 year-old, $240 million international company that designs and manufactures an extensive line of decorative rubber stamps. Finney, a Gimli-based independent demonstrator for the company, not only sells the stamps, but also arranges workshops, classes and house parties to show customers how to use them in crafts and home decor projects.She says crafters use the stamps to decorate everything from greeting cards and scrapbook pages to calendars and clipboards.“What I love most is sharing how to make cards and scrapbook pages,” said Finney, whose regular classes are at the Jocelyn and Co, store in Gimli and the Matlock Recreation Club. “I get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I see my class participants make a card that they thought they could never do.”Stopping by the booth was Jean Wiedmer, of Gimli, a dedicated booster of Finney and her stamps. “I’ve gone to many great stamping classes - they’re interesting and very creative,” Wiedmer said. “ There are so many potential card designs, including embellishing the stamps with ribbons.”

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