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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Bud Basics is Back!

I’m so happy that Bud Basics is back! It was available last year in the Summer Mini catalog, and I loved it then…so I was thrilled to see it in the new catalog! My favorite part of this set is that it has a coordinating wheel. You can wheel the outline images, and then stamp inside them with the stamp set. I was making a card for my friend Donna, and I knew this was the set I wanted to use. Here’s what I came up with:

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I used Mellow Moss card stock for the card base, then Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for the layers. I wheeled the Basics Outline wheel in Bashful Blue. I also wheeled the outline in Mellow Moss on the white square. I used Groovy Guava for the flowers, and cut them out and positioned them on top of the wheeled flowers. I used "Ice" Rhinestone Brads for the centers. The "thank you" came from a cute set called "Tagger’s Dozen".

Reverse Spotlight

Last night I had a downline meeting at my house, and I showed the ladies a fun technique to try, called reverse spotlighting. Once you’ve got your "spotlight" images cut, it’s so easy, and I really like the results! The first one uses the stamp sets Touch of Nature and Sincere Salutations. The card stock used was Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive and Basic Black.

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Here are some other samples I created to show everyone other ways to use the same technique for different effects. I used Eat Cake for the Happy Birthday Card, and Touch of Nature again for the butterfly card. The colored butterfly is actually on the inside of the card. On the last card I used the spotlight technique, not reverse spotlight, to showcase the flower from Doodle This. I used Purely Pomegranate and Brilliant Blue ink with an aqua painter to color in the flower.

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For our make-n-take, we used the Three for You punch box with Certainly Celery and Groovy Guava card stock, and punched the flowers out of Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate. The flowers are punched out along the bottom as well, with a white paper inside stamped with the flowers. I LOVE how the flowers exactly line up with the punched out flowers in this set!

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Card Class Last Night

We had fun at my monthly card class last night! Nine women came over and made 2 of each of these 4 cards. The first one we made uses the Rebecca designer paper, the daisy punch, the stamp set called "Much Appreciated", the Petals jumbo wheel from the Spring Mini catalog with Pretty in Pink cartridge, chocolate chip classic ink, whisper white, sahara sand and chocolate chip card stock, and fresh favorites II buttons.

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For the next card, we used "Doodle That" and "It’s Your Birthday" stamp sets with certainly celery and almost amethyst classic ink. The white folded card is adhered to a certainly celery card stock backing, and we punched out the square where the flower is with the 1-3/8" square punch. Then we used that piece we punched out to stamp Happy Birthday on. We also used celery grosgrain ribbon.

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Our next card uses one of my favorite and not retiring sets called "Touch of Nature". The card stock is very vanilla and always artichoke, with brushed copper underneath. We stamped off the leafy print for the background with Always Artichoke ink. We stamped the flower in black staz-on, and colored it in with So Saffron, Summer Sun and Always Artichoke markers. The tag is a 3/4" circle punch, with "Just a Note" stamped in Always Artichoke, and tied with olive narrow organdy ribbon.

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The last card I cased from a blog I was checking out. The creator’s name is Marni, and you can see the original HERE. The stamp set is Sketch It, and we used Summer Sun, Old Olive, and Really Rust ink. The card stock is Old Olive, Really Rust and More Mustard, on whisper white. We used the corner rounder to create the scalloped edge, and the 1/16" hole punch. We also used sponge daubers to shade in the leaves and centers of the flowers.

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For Baby Grace

I’ve been meaning to post a picture of the "g" sign I made for my new baby niece a couple of weeks ago. I found these alphabet letters on clearance, and knew immediately that I wanted to make the "g" for Grace. I had seen her room before she was born, and had an idea in my head of what the sign would look like. The SU! Palette o’ Prints paper was perfect. The sign is probably almost 2 feet long in real life. I covered chipboard flowers with the same designer paper in different colors, and used clear buttons in the middle of the flowers, with contrasting designer paper under the buttons to make them pop. I used the Doodle Alphabet (which I really hope sticks around through the new catalog!!) for her name.

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Productive Morning, thanks to Nick!

My 7 year old son Nicholas wakes up around 7:00, but doesn’t have to get on the bus until 9:00…so he has some lounge around time. Usually we sit together on the couch, sharing the blanket and watching "toons" while I have my coffee. I’ve been pretty perky in the morning lately because I am pretty excited about school ending on Friday, and not having to wake up my older son Ben at 6 am anymore, and also because I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog in less than 3 weeks!!! Anyway, short story long…this morning Nick announces to me that he doesn’t want to snuggle and doesn’t want to share the blanket, and "can’t you go stamp or something?" *grumpy* Hmmmm…let’s think about that (not!)…yeah I can go stamp!!

The first thing I made was this cute little miniature lunchbox for his teacher for her end of the year teacher gift…no peeking Miss Taylor! It only measures about 3×4" and was so fun to make! I covered it in paper from the "Sarah" collection from Stampin’ Up!, and stamped Miss Taylor with the new Doodle Alphabet in the Spring Mini Catalog. I colored in the letters with Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, and Brocade Blue markers. I punched out 2 flower shapes in coordinating papers with the daisy punch, and held them together with a brocade blue brad. Even if Miss Taylor sees this little lunchbox on my blog…she doesn’t know what’s inside!

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Next I used my new stuff again to make this birthday card. I used the Soft Sky designer paper, Soft Sky card stock and Blue Bayou cardstock. I stamped the present image from Year after Year in black staz-on on Confetti White card stock and watercolored it with Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for the shadowing. I used my corner rounder to make the scalloped edges. I was happy to find that the buttons from the Fresh Favorites I collection matched pretty well, since we don’t really have matching ribbons for the new colors *yet* (hint, hint!) I used the word Celebrate from the set Wonderful Words, which is one of the few word sets not retiring!

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Artisan Award

Back in March Stampin’ Up! began a new contest called the Artisan Award, which I entered but did not win. We had to submit 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 3-d items. Since I didn’t win, I can now show them to you! Here are my 3-d items, and a couple of the scrapbook pages I did.

My first 3-d item was a frame using the Ahoy, Matey set to make a sign with my son Nicholas’ name on it. The idea for this came to me while I was sleeping in the middle of the night one night…strange, I know, but I woke up around 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning with this in my head. I worked on it all the following day, and I mean ALL DAY! I can’t remember exactly, because it was a while ago, but I think this went the quickest of the projects, and it took about 10-12 hours for me to finish.

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  I used Naturals Ivory paper, and the Matey’s Map jumbo wheel…I watercolored each piece with classic pads and an aquapainter. I tore the edges and sponged them in 3 different browns. The letters were done in Chocolate Chip ink on Really Rust and Creamy Caramel card stock. I’m really proud of the way it turned out, I just wish I had it back since I didn’t win!

My other 3-d project was this little frame. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s actually 4 piece of glass layered inside of the frame. It’s pretty cool. There’s about a 1/2" space between each layer of the glass, so it gave a really neat 3-d effect. The picture is my son Ben when he was a baby.

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Again I watercolored, and the "b" is covered in white craft ink, then stamped with the argyle looking stamp from Looks Like Spring in Brocade Blue, then the whole letter is embossed with clear embossing, with just a couple of sprinkles of glitter in it. You can’t tell very well from the picture, but the background is stamped with all the words from Warm Words.

Here are two of the scrapbook pages I did. Both of them included pictures from when we went to Niagara Falls last summer. The Marineland one has the end of the envelope cut off, and the journaling is tucked inside, you can pull it out by the little tag & cord.

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I’ll save the rest to post another time. I’ll have to see what I can come up with next year!

Yay, New SU! Stuff to Play With!

I got my order of brand new Stampin’ Up! stamps, papers and accessories the other day, but I’ve been so busy with end of the year shool and sports stuff I haven’t even been able to play with it…until today! I got all the new In Color paper and stamp pads, some stamp sets, designer paper, and rhinestone brads!

I signed up for a swap with some very talented stampers from our group, and my item is the Soft Sky Designer Paper, which I used in this card. I was playing around with the paper today to figure out what my swap card would look like, and this is what I came up with. However, as I was making this card I thought to myself, "What am I, CRAZY? There’s no way I’m cutting out this flower twice per card for 20 cards for a swap!"

I used Purely Pomegranate for the card, words, flower layer and sponging on the edge of the designer paper. I used two different patterns of Soft Sky designer paper for the background and flower, and I used an "Ice" circle Rhinestone Brad for the center of the flower. The flower is on dimensionals to pop off the card. I really like the way it turned out…I just don’t want to make it 20 more times for a swap, so back to the drawing board!

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