Monday, July 30, 2012

Convention info and new FREE Halloween bonus

Finally I am able to post more pictures from convention, including my Artisan display.  Here are my five cards and my three scrapbook pages.  I am currently planning a blog hop of the non artisan winners starting on August 6, so check back then for detailed pictures and info!

One note that I would like to add, is that my wedding card, the black and cherry cobbler one, is missing THE major piece of the card.  I don't know what happened to it, but it was heartbreaking to see such a main part of my card gone.  Luckily I have pictures, so that will be the very first card that I am going to start with.


These are pictures from the Stampin' Up! headquarters, where we were able to take a tour.  They have a bunch of rooms that are decorated using SU products, these are my very two favorites!

So would you like to know what the convention classes are like?  I took six classes, here are the details:
  • I am Savvy, taught by Donna Griffith; We learned how to make fun SU items, and learned new tips and techniques.
  • I am Reaching out, taught by Emily Montoya; we learned great info on how to expand our stamping business to include the younger generation
  • I am Open for Business, taught by Carrie Cudney; We learned how to be better business women, and how to perfect our customer service.
  • I am doing business My Way, taught by Bonnie Thurber; we learned how to customize our business to suit our needs.
  • I am Having Fun, taught by Shannon West; the title explains it all, how to have fun with our stamping business.
  • I am Earning an Incentive Trip, taught by Karen Hauley; Stampin' Up! has wonderful fun trips that the demos can earn, I am really trying hard to earn the next trip.
Now, here is some great news!  Do you remember the beautiful Christmas box that Stampin' Up offered last year?  Well, we found out at convention that this year's FREE bonus when you join us at Stampin' Up! is a Halloween printer's tray, would you like to see a picture, here are two!!

This item is yours FREE when you join my Team.  Everything in the picture is included, even a new Halloween stamp set called Toxic Treats, basic rhinestones, bakers twine, the new gray and black striped satin ribbon, and many more items.

Joining is very easy, click HERE for more info, but basically, you can pick $125 worth of SU product for the low price of $99, tax and shipping are included, so it is a really great value, wait until August 1st and you can pick your items from the new Holiday Mini Catalog as well as the main catalog.  This Halloween kit is also included free when you join.

I would really love for you to join my team, in this day and age, you do not have to be local to me, you can be anywhere in the US.  I have a great team with wonderful benefits, so email me now if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, check back later this week for my two design team cards!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Balloon Birthday

Today's Stampin' Royalty challenge is to incorporate buttons on your project.  Grab your supplies, including buttons, and head on over to Stampin' Royalty to show us what you got!

I searched through my new convention goodies and came up with the new You're Amazing stamp set and my Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  I wanted to make a more feminine card since most of my previous cards have been on the masculine side.

I tried to mimic the little banners on the balloons with the shape of the Happy Birthday banner, I really curled it, and folded the edges so that it would pop up.  The ends of the banner were stamped in versamark and pulled down for a curved look.  Here is my button accent, two rich razzleberry buttons were threaded with orange baker's twine and tied in a bow.  I like how these three colors, tangerine tango, rich razzleberry, and primrose petals all work together.

I stamped each balloon and embossed the naturals ivory card stock with the stripes embossing folder to give it a bit of texture.  A pretty easy card to recreate in a hurry if you need to.

Would you like to see some convention pictures?  I got back late Sunday night, and have been taking a bit to get everything together, I will probably post a few pictures each post so as not to overload you!  Here we go!

Room mate gifts for the sweet ladies Penny and Patty, who so graciously shared their room with me.

Product boards; I wonder if someone at SU saw my bow making video?  They look just like the bows that I did a video tutorial on.

Cute apples, and look at those balloons!  Love them!

This is our convention bag, so nice and roomy, with lots of pockets in it, and it has a nice wide adjustable strap.  I had this baby filled to the top each day!

That should be enough pictures for today, is there any pictures specifically that you would like to see?  Just ask, and I will see if I have a picture and share it with you.  I do think in the next few days, I will post a picture of my Artisan Finalist display.  We are planning a blog hop of artisan projects next week or so, so you will have to wait a bit for the detailed pictures of each item!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  You're Amazing, From my heart
Paper:  Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, rich razzleberry, primrose petals, naturals ivory card stock
Ink:  Primrose petals, tangerine tango, rich razzleberry
Tools:  Big shot, stripes embossing folder, brights buttons, bakers twine

Friday, July 20, 2012

I AM.....

I Am... is the theme of the Stampin' Up! Convention this year.  This is my first convention, so I AM really excited to be here.  I only decided to go a few weeks ago so I did not have a chance to prepare a lot of swaps.  I did however, finish 25 swaps for the artisan finalists, stampin' up! design team and Shelli Gardner, who is the CEO of Stampin' Up!  Let's talk about PRESSURE!  These swaps had to be full card WOW swaps, and boy was it challenging.  Take a look at what I finally came up with:

Do you recognize these colors?  They are on the back of the new catalog, summer starfruit, primrose petals, and pink pirouette.  I really love how they went together so prettily.  I used a ton of supplies on these cards, and a whole roll of ribbon!  WOW.

As soon as I saw the new Fan Fair DSP had this pretty lacy paper, I got out my new large scallop edgelit, and yep, perfect fit, don't you just love how all of the products coordinate together?!  I knew that this would be a focal point on my card.  I added two more rows of embossed scallops to tie all the colors in.

Here is that beautiful ribbon that is all gone now.  The primrose stitched satin ribbon is so thick and satiny and gorgeous, I will definitely have to order some more.  My girl Mackie made all of the little rolled flowers, she thought that they would be pretty on this card, so I put her right to work!  She did a great job.  The new chevron embossing folder makes this card "modern vintage'.

This new stamp set called Stippled Blossoms makes the most beautiful flowers.  The flowers were stamped on shimmery white card stock, and it is beautiful.  It is hard to tell in the pictures, but it has a very pretty shine.  I unfortunately used a whole pack, and am only left with one sheet.

I knew that I wanted to use the sentiment from Just Believe and could not figure out a way to layer it.  I was stumped, later on that afternoon, Tate was playing in my craft room, and ran up and handed me this oval from the lots of tags sizzlits and said "here Mommy", it was perfect!  He knows that he is not supposed to play with my craft stuff, but this time I am glad that he did!

This is the inside of the card, since this is a card for the artisan finalists, I wanted to congratulate everyone on all of their hard work.  It is truly an honor!

Awards were held last night, and I was not chosen as an Artisan Award winner this year, but I will try again next year.  I have had a few days to come to terms with it, and even though it is a disappointment, I still feel very honored to make it this far.

Stampin' Up! has kept us very busy and with the time difference, I have not had a chance to blog, I am sorry friends, I will try to get something out tomorrow.  I really appreciate all of your kind words and comments!  Thanks so much for being part of my blog family!  If you have any questions about this card, or questions in general, don't hesitate to ask, I am only an email away!  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy Peasy PPA

Welcome to today's PPA challenge.  It is a very cool sketch, so grab your supplies and head on over to Pals Paper Arts to show us what you can come up with!

I chose to turn the sketch to a vertical card.  I just got the new Fan Fair DSP, and there are some beautiful patterns in that paper pack.  I actually used all DSP on this card, not a single stamp anywhere!

There is one whole sheet that have these great sayings and frames.  You will need to do some creative cutting, but it can be done easily.  I love this idea and want to have more of them!

This paper has a vintage feel to it, notice the little dot above the bike rider, it was easy to circle punch and mat with another piece of DSP.  I pulled my colors riding hood red, island indigo, basic gray, and more mustard straight from the paper.  The paper is the star of the show!  Some basic gray stitched ribbon ties it all together for a coordinated look.  So simple.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Paper:  Fan Fair DSP, island indigo, more mustard, riding hood red
Tools:  Circle Punches, curly label punch, basic gray ribbon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pretty Provisions for the Home - Bracelets

Hello there!  This week's Stampin' Royalty challenge is "Anything Goes", which I was very happy to see.  I prepared a bunch of these cutie bracelets to take with me to Convention for some special friends and for my two roommates.  They are super easy to make, I will show you how.

You will need some fabric, I used the Stampin' Up! fabric which is perfect for this type of project.  I cut a piece 3 inches wide by 27 inches long (which is the length the fabric comes in).  Turn right sides in and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the side.  I also like to sew one end to a point at this time.

Turn right side out, and flatten out.  You will need six 3/4 wooden balls, they can have a hole in them or not, it doesn't matter.  I found mine at a craft store in a package of 27, they are usually where the paint your own wood items are.

Start at the end that you sewed to a point, and make a knot about three to four inches from the edge, make sure all knots are in the place you want them before you tighten them, because you usually cannot get the knot undone after it is tight.

Put your first ball in place and tightly tie a knot to hold it in place, add your second ball and tie another knot, making sure that all your knots are tight.  You will use six balls total.  After the last ball, tie a knot.  You can either hand finish or machine sew the open end after turning a bit inside for a finished look, you will have this:

You can tie the two ends together in a square knot, or gather with ribbon, or attach a snap.  Make sure you can roll the bracelet on if you are tying a knot.  The bracelets will stretch a little, use the movement of the balls to help you roll it on.  Here are some pictures of some finished bracelets:

There you have it, another easy to do but fabulous project.  I am here at convention, and should tour the Riverton SU Campus today, I am really looking forward to that.  I will post some pictures on tomorrow's post if I am able to.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Just about on my way!

Today I am packing up all of the goodies that I have made to share at Convention this week and getting ready to head out to Salt Lake City on Tuesday.  This will be my first convention, and I am really excited to go!

It will be a bit of a hard trip though, since the last time I traveled to Salt Lake was to close up my Dad's house after he passed away unexpectedly.  It has been four long years, and I still really miss him.  My dad lived outside Salt Lake, and whenever we would go and visit him, he would always show us the sights, so I am pretty familiar with the city and the outlying areas.

I will be kept very busy by Stampin' Up! this trip though, there is a lot planned, starting off with a trip on Wednesday to the SU headquarters, eek, how fun is this going to be?  I really hope to have Internet connection so I can update my blog and share some fun pictures with you all.

I do have posts scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday already, so there will be a bunch of pretty convention projects for you to peek at.

On Thursday night, I will find out if I am selected for the Artisan Award, I am real nervous, so keep your fingers crossed for me, I would be truly honored if selected!

Here is a cute picture of my husband Chris helping me with my artisan swaps, come back on Friday to see those cards, so pretty!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Frames for You!

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge, this week we are hosting a picture challenge, take a look, grab your supplies and head on over to link up your creation!

Pretty right?  I saw that quilt and was immediately reminded of last year's Christmas Holly Berry Bouquet DSP, so I pulled it out and started to work.  A lot of what I had left was really not christmas related, so it worked.

I loved the frames in this picture, and have actually been wanting to do a card with a bunch of frames on it.  I made four, but only two made the card.  I really love the circle one.  I used the designers frames embossing folder and the apothecary accents framelits.  I punched the circle out first, lined up the framelit and cut.  The interior of the big frame was cut using a craft knife, both frames were popped up with stampin dimensionals.

The top two, I didn't use, I think I will try to incorporate them into the inside.  All frames are naturals ivory card stock and are sponged with chocolate chip ink.

The paper inside of this frame was embossed with my ever present chevron embossing folder.  A bitty banner was stamped and die cut.  I made a little rolled flower out of the cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, and some chocolate chip satin ribbon ties all the colors together.  The fancy fan embossing folder gave me a nice background.  All in all a simple look, but pretty detailed with all of the cutting and embossing.  This is a textured filled card!

So see, even though this is technically Christmas paper, it can be used for other types of cards, look past the name and create what you want!  I really hope you were inspired today, enjoy!

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Paper:  Holly Berry Bouquet, real red, naturals ivory, chocolate chip card stock
Ink:  Chocolate Chip ink
Tools:  Big shot, chevron, fancy fan & designer frames embossing folders, apothecary accents framelits, itty bitty banner framelits, circle punch, large basic pearls, chocolate chip satin ribbon, cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, bitty banners framelits, stampin dimensionals

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wish Big!

It's that time again! Get out your crafting goodies and start getting ready for Thursday's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge! This challenge goes live on July 5th. Join in on the fun at Pals Paper Arts!

This is my second challenge this week with daffodil delight, such a wonderful summer color!  I chose to do a "man card" as my good friend Cindy Hall calls masculine cards.  Her description always brings a smile to my face.

Let's start with this fabulous background, this is a well known technique, and so simple.  I inked up my chevron embossing folder with daffodil delight ink, put a piece of whisper white card stock in and carefully folded it.  Run it through your big shot and out it comes like this!  Stunning, just love it.

A bit of daffodil delight stitched grosgrain ribbon tied around the card, adds another pop of yellow.  The sentiment was stamped with itty bitty banners and cut with the bitty banners framelits.  I cut another cherry cobbler one, cut it in the middle and attached it to the sides for a layered look.

Pennants anyone?  I picked the manliest stamps from the Pennant Parade stamp set, punched out some shapes with the itty bitty punch pack and my 1/2 circle punch and layered them on.  Some cherry cobbler baker's twine ties them all together for an added effect.

I do love how this card turned out, probably because of the chevron background, it's so bright and fun.  Just perfect for a man card.  All of these supplies and more can be found at my ONLINE STORE all day long.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Pennant Parade, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper:  Early espresso, daffodil delight, cherry cobbler, whisper white
Ink:  Daffodil delight, early espresso, cherry cobbler
Tools:  Big shot, chevron embossing folder, pennant builder punch, itty bitty punch pack, 1/2 circle punch, stitched grosgrain ribbon, bitty banners framelits
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