Boy have I been neglecting my blog! I know you’ve been thinking it…and I have too! I have been stamping, prepping for classes and workshops. I’m going to post a bunch of pictures tonight, with not much detail though as it’s getting late. If you have any questions about anything I’ve been up to, feel free to email me! (kerinstamping@yahoo.com) I know I could say that I’ll get better at keeping up with my blog, but let’s be real…the holidays are coming up and it’s only going to get busier and harder to keep up with! I’ll do my best!

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I think I found the template for this on Cindy Lawrence’s blog, she’s my up-up-upline! I loved it so much I had to share with my own downline!

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Orders for my custom doggie treat jars and card tins:

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Not too productive, but fun!

I got to stamp all day Monday because of the holiday, and my kids were off playing with their friends. I got a lot accomplished! I got my layouts ready for my Scrapper’s Club this week, made some cards, and a couple of other cute projects.

Of course in my town, almost every time my kids have a Monday holiday, they get Tuesday off too…so I had the same plan for yesterday…make lots of holiday cards (yes, it IS that time already!!), and prepare everything for an event I’m doing Saturday.

Do you think any of that got done? Do you ever have those days that you feel like you have so much to do, you just don’t do any of it??? Well I was having one of those days…I pretty much couldn’t get out of my own way long enough to accomplish anything! So late in the afternoon I felt like I just couldn’t let the whole day go by without ANY stamping, so I started this jar.

I found this jar at IKEA and immediately thought I wanted to make a new treat jar for my dog. Yes, I know it sounds weird…and it’s not the first thing that would usually pop into your head when you see a jar like this, but hey, I’m a stamper and I’m always thinking of what I can stamp on everything!!

Short story long, here’s my dog Maggie’s new treat jar. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out, and it even kind of matches my kitchen…much better than the cheapy container with brightly colored dogs all over it we used to use at least! Phew, at least I stamped something yesterday! I’m going to crack the whip and do some real work today! (hopefully)

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I made this Welcome Sign for my friend Christine for her birthday which was September 7th…she always liked a welcome sign I had made for my own home, but I wanted to make her something different…now I want the one she has! Here it is:

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Here are some of the things I’ve made lately…I created some cards for a "Specialty Card" class, which included cards that were a little more of a WOW, and a little more involved than the average card.  The first one is this fun pinwheel card, and the flower part of the card actually turns!

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We also made a Halloween Waterfall Card, using the set Booglie Eyes.

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Another card we made is a trifold card, which is so easy! You just start with a piece of 4" x 12" card stock, scored on 4" and 8"…then score a diagonal line in your first and last square (both diagonal lines in the same direction), and voila!

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We also made a ladybug spinner card, which I’m not going to post a picture of here, because I CASED it from someone and I don’t know who…I don’t feel right about posting pictures of things I cased without giving credit to the creator.

I don’t want you to think for a second that just because I’ve been neglecting my blog for the last couple of weeks that I haven’t been stamping…that’s crazy talk! Of course I’ve been stamping, in fact very busy preparing for classes, scrapper’s clubs, and starting some holiday projects…I even made 30 cards and two boxes out of the Winter Bright Scrappin’ Kit! I’ll be updating my blog early next week, since I’m in the midst of preparing for my downline meeting tonight, 30 swap cards for Saturday, and another 14 card swap to be mailed out Monday!

I did want to show the BOO boxes I made today, like the ones Jaron showed at Convention.

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Since we got back from our family vacation to Minnesota on Friday, I’ve been going through my notes and pictures from convention, making lots of things that caught my eye. I realize now how much I forget already, lucky I have so many notes and pictures!

  • The first thing I wanted to make was the cute little paper cones made out of 6×6 pieces of designer paper…here they are:Img_4538_5 Img_4551_4 Img_4552_4
  • The next thing I loved was Jaron’s box made from a single piece of 9×9 card stock, how clever! My favorite part is that it’s held together with a couple of staples…no cutting or taping required! Here’s my version:Img_4579_3
  • While checking out the display boards, I saw the most adorable "Countdown to Christmas" calendar, so I decided to give one a try…I love snowflakes, so of course I used our new Wintergreen Designer paper and Snowflake Spot for mine. I need to get a current numbers set to add the days, but I’m pleased with how it turned out so far:
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  • The box we made for one of our make-n-takes was really cute too, but I wanted to make one using the new Punch Pals set I got this week…
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  • Someone at convention showed us how to make a flower using a circle punch, and folding the pieces…so of course I had to give that a try too!Img_4580_3
  • I also made an assortment of cards this week using some neat tricks I learned at convention, like adding the beads from the Pretties Kit to the end of the ribbon, and sewing ribbon through a scallop punch to give it a pretty, flowery look.Img_4563_3 Img_4554_3 Img_4564_3

Convention Make-n-Takes/Displays

What a blast we had at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Denver, Colorado! There was stamping, tons of awesome samples, great presentations of terrific ideas, and more! Here are the make-n-takes from the Pajama Party, as well as the Color Your World class:

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Let’s just say I was a little excited when I came around the corner of the display boards and saw one of my Artisan Award entries on display!! I worked so hard on my "Nicholas" sign, and thought I’d never see it again, so when my friend Dawn ever brought me over to see that it was on display…the tears started flowin’! I traveled a little further down the display boards and saw another one of my 3d projects, a shadow box with my son Benjamin’s baby picture in it, and later I came across one of my scrapbook pages too! I was so proud! (and very relieved to know they didn’t end up in the garbage!) Here are the pics:

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Off to Convention!

You may have noticed my blog has not been very busy over the past few weeks…besides preparing for classes/workshops, I’ve been preparing to go to the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Denver, Colorado! I’m so excited, and I’m leaving in about 2 hours!! I thought I’d post pictures of my swap cards before I go. I made a total of about 175 cards to swap, and I’m really looking forward to getting some great ideas from other demonstrators! Here they are:

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New Catalog Kickoff Party

I held a new catalog kickoff party for my customers and downline on July 1st, the very first day the new catalog was available. We had 3 make-n-takes, games, door prizes, a buy 1 get 1 stamp sale, gifts and more! It was a fun afternoon, and I look forward to having a fun event like this twice a year now with our new catalog program! Here are the make-n-takes:

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This card was made with Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke card stock. The set is called "Baroque Motifs" and the words come from a set called "Hugs & Wishes". We used Mellow Moss and Groovy Guava for the floral images, and Always Artichoke for the words. It was very simple to make, but I think it was a favorite.

For the next card we used "Hugs & Wishes" again, the new Soft Sky designer paper and ink, and the small flower was from "Baroque Motifs". A little white grosgrain ribbon finished this card off nicely. My upline Dawn showed us this fun fold at a recent gathering, and I really like it.

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For the last make-n-take, we used the new "Three for You" punch box kit and some rhinestone brads. We made a cute little gift card and matching envelope. I love how the coordinating stamps line up perfectly with the punched out flowers! We used Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi card stock for this one, with black gingham ribbon and Purely Pomegranate ink. The possibilities are endless with this great kit!

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