Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Convention 2012 Lip Dub!

Here is the fun 2012 Convention Video. It was a really catchy tune and fun to see all of the SU! peeps in the lip syncing. The video was made at the Stampin' Up! home office. Looks like somewhere I'd LOVE to work!.
The last part pf the video was the actual opening session of convention! So i was in it ;) We were in the crowd back stands on the right. LOL.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Everything Eleanor

Here is my last swap card from convention. It features my new favorite stamp set Everything Eleanor. This stamp set has flowers, some scrolling, a frame, and a bird . Soo cute. My card also features a fun fold I saw online that I haven't seen much of, it is a winged card, I think.

This was my Over the Top entry, it has quite a few details to it like several layers and embellishments. I love the colors they are from the NEW In Color collection, Midnight Muse, Razpberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, and a touch of Primrose Petals.

Stamp Set: Everything Eleanor, Fabulous Phrases
Ink: summer starfruit, midnight muse, raspberry ripple and chocolate chip
Paper: raspberry ripple, whisper white, crumb cake and primrose petals card stock; raspberry ripple, midnight muse and summer starfruit dsp
Accessories: scallop trim border punch, 2-3/8" scallop punch, modern label punch, white stitched grosgrain, In Color dahlias, and lots of dimentionals. 

The layers on this card are quite fun. The back layer is 4-14/ x 5-1/2 scored at 1" from each end. The layer with the scalloped edges is 4-1/4 x 5-1/4" scored at 7/8" from each end and then scalloped. The center panel is 3-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 1" from only one end. This last piece is sandwiched between the two panels when you assemble them, with the 1" piece in between. You will have to trim off a small amount in front. 
I really liked playing with this card it is so fun.

So while Convention was exciting and fun it was great to get home to my family. I missed my two boys terribly. Yesterday I got to spend the day with my older son, Rowen, at a nearby lake. He got to paddle around in a canoe and then try out wake boarding, and the program was completely free, woo hoo. He had a blast! And I did too :)   

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Christmas In July

Thanks for visiting today!
Here is my Frosty Friends swap card for the Over the Top swap, "Bling It". This swap was organized by Barbara Jackson, thanks Barbara I had a great time.

Frosty Friends stamp set (C) Stampin' Up!
I tried to use as many "blingy" things as I could. I used our silver glimmer paper, basic rhinestones,dazzling diamonds glitter, and shimmer paint. Now with the shimmer paint I used the new spritzers available in the new catalog, I poured some of the paint in the spritzer, added some water and spritzed the paint onto my card.
I used my two way glue on the snowmen by tracing the outlines and then sprinkling on the dazzling glitter.
The snowflake is cut using our new snowflake die.

stamp set: Frosty Friends, Easy Events
ink: staz on black, early espresso
paper: sahara sand, whisper white, cherry cobbler, and pool party card stock; pool party designer prints paper
accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding, ribbon punch, snowflake die, silver glimmer paper, bitty buttons, pool party bakers twine,lacy brocade embossing folder, scallop edgelit, dazzling diamonds glitter, stampin write markers and basic rhinestones

I also took a bonus class with Stampin' Up! called "I am a Pattern Mixing Pro". We made this adorable project.
All Supplies (C) Stampin' Up!

The class was taught by the oh so talented Carrie Cudney, you may have seen her on a SU! product video, she always has such cute ideas. We received 3 packages of DSP, this canvas and a new stamp set Lacy and Lovely. We painted the sides of the canvas and then a piece of newsprint DSP in a blue acrylic paint. The dots are stamped using Staz On. The flowers and stems were made using dsp. I also received buttons to add on but I didn't have time to add them yet to the flower centers.
I did a quick tutorial on the flowers though so here that is, they are so simple.

Here is what your finished flower will look like.

You will need 5 scallops, 4 in dsp and 1 in card stock. Here you can see I also stamped my dsp.

Crumple up your dsp scallops and open then open them up and flatten them.

Fold your scallops in half and then half again making this triangle shape.

I folded the card stock scallop in half and half again to get the fold marks there for reference. I added glue and fit my triangles into each quadrant.

Here is what your flower will look like when all the folded scallops are added.

I added a punch from the boho blossoms punch for a center and then fluffed out the petals.

Add a button with some bakers twine or linen thread tied to it and you have a quick and easy embellishment.

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Convention 2012

Wow! What a great time I had. It was a very long 5 days but so worth it. I learned so many new tips, met some new friends and enjoyed connecting with others. My upline Michelle Halleen makes us feel so special she does a great job of bringing us all together! Thanks Michelle :)
A big part of the Stampin' Up! convention is the card swapping. We bring card fronts we have made and we trade them with other demonstrators. It gives us new ideas and samples to share with our customers and it's a fun way to get to know someones work. I made 3 swaps this year. One regular swap for general swapping and then two over the top swaps. The over the top swaps were special swaps you have to join ahead of time, they have a theme and a certain number of participants. Over the next three days I will be sharing my cards and a little bit of convention too.

To make this card I stamped the flower from the Button Buddies set 3 times and embossed them in clear. I then used the sponge daubers and daubed around each flower, I actually kinda rubbed the middles and then daubed around the outside.

Stamp set: Button Buddies and Pursuit of Happiness
Ink: daffodil delight, midnight muse, and soft suede
Paper: daffodil delight, lucky limeade, and whisper white card stock; dsp in midnight muse and lucky limeade
Accessories: brights buttons, early espresso bakers twine, scallop edge punch, clear embossing powder, embossing gun and sponge daubers

So I did swaps last year as well, you can see my swap here. In addition to swapping with other demos, there is a basket where we can drop our swaps off to SU!. I was so excited to see my swap card from last year up on the sample boards! So exciting!

Last but not least, my favorite part about Salt Lake City! The fact that they have these bright orange flags you use to cross the street. You just walk up to the crosswalk pick up your flag and walk across the street. We always choose to wave it wildly but I am sure that you don't have to. The most amazing part is that the cars actually stop, I can't imagine that happening in LA.

Well, that is all I have for today, tune in tomorrow for some more fun stuff!

Happy Stampin!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Reason to Smile

There is a fantastic promotion going on this month. This great 7 piece set is available for $5 with any $50 order. This offer is limited and will only be available through July 31st.

Here is the card I made using this set. I features the apothecary accents framelits die and new piercing template. I love the new piercing pack it comes with 3 stencils each one is 6" x 6" in size and they only run $7.95 (#126187) for the set. You can purchase the piercing tool separately ($3.95, 126189) if you need one, or use a push pin as I know many of my customers do. It adds such a fun touch to any project, we will be using these a lot in my upcoming classes. And maybe we will be seeing more of these in upcoming catalogs :).

Well I digress, here is my fun card. You can see the pierced details around the frame. To put this card together I stamped the solid sunflowers in daffodil onto white card stock, and the small solid flowers in baja breeze. Since the stamp set is two-step stamping I was able to add the outlines next, with soft suede on the sunflowers and midnight muse on the small flowers. To get the darker centers I used a sponge dauber and soft suede ink. I then took a piece of daffodil delight card stock and cut out the center using one of the apothecary accents framelits dies, it comes with 4 different die shapes, and then I pierced around it using the piercing template as a guide. I adhered the stamped piece of whisper white to the back of the daffodil and assembled the rest of my card.

stamp set: Reason to Smile and Pursuit of Happiness (greeting)
ink: daffodil delight, soft suede, baja breeze and midnight muse
paper: lucky limeade, daffodil delight, midnight muse and whisper white card stock; prints designer paper in midnight muse
accessories: apothecary accents framelit, midnight muse stitched satin ribbon, scallop edge punch, modern label punch, paper piercing pack and sponge daubers.

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Magnet Board

I made this adorable magnet board for my next stamp camp. I have had these cute boards for about a year and it was about time I used them. The background is Stampin' Up!'s designer prints paper. I love these because they come in every single SU color! I always have just the right shade and they always match my card stock. And let's face it, that's what we LOVE about Stampin' Up!.
There is still room in my Saturday class if you are interested. It's at 10am, at my home please RSVP as soon as you can. The cost for supplies is $15.

I will be repeating the class in August but have not yet determined the dates, please let me know if you are interested.

We will also be making this matching dry-erase board. SO cute!

stamp set: Elements of Style, Elenor Everyday and Sweet Shoppe letters (retired)
ink: raspberry ripple, daffodil delight and basic black
paper: designer prints paper in  raspberry ripple, daffodil delight and baja breeze, newsprint dsp and whisper white and lucky limeade card stock
accessories: black grosgrain ribbon, apothecary accents framelits die, buttons, rhinestones, twill tape ribbon, sanding blocks, sticky strip, oval punch, fancy flower punch, bottle cap and magnets

Take a look at these details. If you have been wanting to learn how to do these ribbon rosettes you are in luck as we will be making one for our magnets.

Happy Stampin'

Monday, July 2, 2012

Reason to Smile promotion

This month only! Purchase just $50 in products and you can buy this set for $5 in wood or clear mount! It is a beauty of a set and I am enjoying it.
It comes with 7 beautiful images.
If you decide you would like to get this set and two or more of your friends do as well, submit it all together and get the hostess benefits with it! That's an added perk :)
With a $150 order you get $25 in FREE products of your choice!

Happy Stampin'

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