Saturday, July 31, 2010

Convention Make & Takes...Part 3

This is a great project...again done with the Just Believe set!

The large thing in the middle is a great pouch with a cello bag inside that holds the 6 itty bitty cards!  Believe me, they're itty bitty!  They're about 1x1...just big enough for an itty bitty thank you or a great gift tag. 

Have an inspired day!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Convention Make & Takes...Part 2

Here's the next Convention Make & Take project.  I think this was my favorite card we did.

I love the color combination, the size, the stamp images and the technique.  I think I may do a version of this card at a Stamp Club or class in the next little while!

Have an inspired day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Convention Make & Takes...Part 1

One of my favorite stamp sets in the new catalogue is Just Believe.  I was so excited to get it in my conventin bag.  Over the next week, I'm going to show the projects we did for our Make & Takes at Convention, and I'm going to start with the ones made with Just Believe!

My friends and I do "stamp by committee" for our make & takes.  This means that we all take one of the projects and do everyone's.  This way we just do 6 of one project rather than 6 different goes waaaay quicker and it's waaaay less stressful!  I have never gotten my make & takes done at an SU event until I started doing it this way.

Anyway, I'm starting my Convention Make & Take sharing with the card I did.

Simple and sweet!  Just my style!

Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Momento Mall

Momento Mall is one of the hilights of convention!  I always say I'm not going to spend a lot at Momento Mall, but everytime Stampin' Up! gets me with something fabulous!  And, this year was no exception.  Here's a look at some of the fun logo merchandise I picked up.

Two shirts (a T-Shirt and a nice button up shirt), a new apron, new reusable shopping bags (which I have a plan for at the World Card Day event!), a laptop bag and a matching craft tote, some fun pop-up garbage containers, a cute stamp (it says "Love what you do and share what you love", which is part of Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart) and some Salt Water Taffy made in Stampin' Up! colors and flavours (Pear Pizzaxx, Melon Mambo and Peach Parfait!).  I also got osme key chains and pens.  How fun!

I'll be back tomorrow with some stamping to share!

Have an inspired day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

My Convention Experience

Like I said in my last post, Convention was ah-ma-zing this year!  I had a blast, learned so much and got to visit with my convention buddies that I don't see very often!  Here's what I did last photos!

The first day is Check-In day.  This is the day we get our Convention Bags, stamps for our make & takes and get to shop in Momento Mall (Momento Mall is the place where I get all my cool SU shirts, pens, and other fun stuff).

This is Robin, me, Michelle and Sunita waitin in line to get into Momento Mall.  Check out our cute bags!  And, this is me and Tara after Momento can see some of our goodies on the floor in front of us.  I will share more about my Momento Mall goodies another day!

So, after all the fun at the Convention Center, we took a little trip to Park City to the Outlet Mall.  This is the result of our afternoon...

We stimluated the American Ecomony a little bit!!!  After shopping and a quick supper, we headed back down the mountain to attend the Flower Power Party.  We had a blast!

Tara hula hooped (I did NOT!)...

And, Tara and I got our faces painted...

It was a fun, but tiring day!

So, the next day things really get started.  Our morning began with General Session where all the demonstrators are together and get to see some product demonstrations, some lucky ones win fabulous prizes, and our minds are filled with all kinds of information.  Check out this stage...I had to stand on the top bleacher at the very back to get the whole stage in the picture!

What you see at the very top of that picture is one of the HUGE screens that hang from the ceiling so the people in the back can see.  There really isn't a bad seat in the house!

Each day, demonstrators are recognized for achievements, by walking across the stage.  I got to walk across the stage twice this year.  Once for sales...

Here I am walking with my friend Stella!  And once for recruiting...

Here I am walking with  my friends Audra and Connie.  It's so fun to get to see all my demonstrator friends, that I only see at events!

When we're not in general session, we get to attend classes full of fantastic information.  One of the classes we did this year was called Paper, Pad and Ink where we got to make color charts for each color collection.  Here is my friend Rose and I making out charts...

I'm so excited to have these charts done and ready to share with you when you place orders.  It makes all the difference to see the color in real life!

On the last day, our group was scheduled for our Make & Takes in the morning.  I will show you closer pictures of the projects another day.  But, for now, here's the group busily stamping!

The last day of Convention wrapped up with one last General Session.  I have attended enough Stampin' Up! events to know that you NEVER leave early...this year was no exception!  Everyone got a new Level 2 set, a pack of DSP and a container of the new Glass Glitter from the upcoming Holiday Mini.  WAHOO!!!  If you ever want to see extreme excitement, give 2800 demnonstrators a package of free stuff!  Tara said she felt like she was on Oprah's Favorite Things show!

So that's my Convention 2010 experience in a whirlwind.  I have so many fantastic ideas to share.  I can't wait to receive my orders and get started creating!

I'm already looking forward to next year's fact we started our travel plans before we left!  If you would like to join me all you have to do is become a Demonstrator!  Contact me today to find out how you can become a demonstrator and have a blast at SU Events with me!

Have an inspired day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hello from Idaho!

WOW!  I am on my way home from Convention and my mind is spinning!  I had a blast and I have so many new ideas to share with all of you.  I can't wait!  I'm going to share some of the fun pictures I have from Convention...when I get home (I forgot my cord to connect my camera to my laptop at home).  I will try and post tomorrow evening after I spend a little time with my kiddies, husband and pooches.

Talk to y'all later!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Block Stamps?

Today I'm going to share one of the cards my Stamper 10 groups did this month.

They used the clear blocks as stamps!  The blocks were first inked with Crumb Cake and then rolled in Soft Suede before bring stamped.  Isn't that awesome!!!  I think they totally look like stones.

The leaves are from the Paradise set and were stamped with Always Artichoke ink.  The textured piece was done with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder like I did with this card.

That's all for now.  Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Swap

I'm on the road to convention with the girls and we're having a blast, and I'm sure my kids and husband are missing me already!!!  At least I hope they are!!!

So, check this out.

Those are my almost done 3D swaps for Convention...all 37 of them.  Why 37 you ask?  Well, that's how much Peach Parfait cardstock I had!  Wanna see what they look like all done?

I combined this project and this project and came up with this...

Cute, eh?  Here's what they look like from the side...with some caramel Hershey's Kisses inside!

These are made with two of the fat tags from the Two Tags Die.  Man, I keep seeing awesome non-tag projects made with this die!

Anyway, that's all for today!  Have an inspired day!

Where Does the Time Go?

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted!  I've had a lot going annual New Catalogue Open House and Dollar 4 Dollar Sale and getting ready for Convention.  Today I'm going to share one of the make & takes from my open house.  I meant to post it for Simple Card Sunday, but since I ignored my family all day on Saturday, I figured I should spend some time with them on Sunday!!!  *wink*

Isn't it cute?  I used my favorite Note Cards with Envelopes...they're perfect for quick and easy cards that look great!  The butterfly is from the Punch Potpourri Level 1 hostess set.  I absolutely love all the Levle 1 hostess sets this year!  The butterfly was inked with Peach Parfait and then rolled in Poppy Parade before stamping it.  It's made for the butterfly punch and fits perfectly! 

I used some of the Sunny Garden DSP on some Pear Pizzazz cardstock as a base for my butterfly.  The ribbon is some of the new Poly Twill it!!! 

My sentiment is from one of my favorite new sets...A Word for You and was stamped with Poppy Parade ink.

Did you notice the bling on the butterfly?  I'm not normally a sparkly girl, but I LOVE the new rhinestones.  They sparkle like my wedding ring (and when it's clean, it really sparkles!).  I love that you get so many in the package, I love that they're already sticky and ready to use, and I love that there's a few different sizes.  You definitely NEED to add the rhonestones to your supplies people!!!

Well, I'm off to Convention, so I should head to bed.  I have a couple posts set to post while I'm away and I will try and post while I'm there. 

Have an inspired day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Half Sheet Wonder

I love to do One Sheet Wonders (where you stamp a sheet of cardstock and then cut it up to make a LOT of projects).  To save time, I often do Half Sheet Wonders, where I stamp half a sheet of cardstock and then make it into some cards.  I did a Half Sheet Wonder at my Stamp-A-Rama.

For this particular one, we stamped a half sheet of Naturals White cardstock with the Awash with Flowers set.  The colors used were Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery and Early Espresso...a FABULOUS color combination!  We used 1 sheet of each of the colors to make the cards (with the exception of Early Espresso...we used 1 1/2 sheets!).  Then a variety of sentiments (the Teeny Tiny Wishes set is perfect for this) and some punches and embellishments to finish things off!

We ended up with 5 cards and 1 tag.  What a quick way to make a bunch of cards!

Have an insprired day!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Simple Friend

I'm back with Simple Card Sunday and today have a very simple card from my Stamp-A-Rama.  This card was inspired by one Jill Hilliard made a while back.

You could use DSP, like I did, or a stamped piece of cardstock for this card.  I think the most time-consuming part of this card is the piercing I did in the scallops...which could be omitted and you would still have a fabulous simple card!  The great thing is that by just changin up a few elements of the card you can have a card for ANY occasion!

Have an inspired day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mini Book

Now that things have settled down a bit with school being out, I'm going to get back to Scrapbook Saturday and share some more scrapbooking with you.  Today I'm going to share a project that the Scrapfest girls did.  I did this sample up before I went on the cruise, so it's done with retired product, but you'll get the idea!

The book is made with 3 cardboard CD covers glued together and then embellished.  Here's a look at my inside pages.

You can see for two of the pages, I made an accordion to hold some tags and 3x3 envelopes with little pull-out pages.  The book was embellished with various pieces cut with the Big Shot, punches and stamping.  I love the way this turned out, and I know the girls had a blast making theirs!  They all got the same supplies that I had, but all the books turned out very different.  It was great!

Have an inspired day!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Newsprint Thanks

I think this was my favorite card from the Stamp-A-Rama, and I have made a bunch to have on hand when I need a Thank You!

I was really unsure about the Newsprint DSP when I first saw it, but I thought I would order it and see what I could come up with.  So far so good!  I saw a few cards floating around in cyberpace similar to this, and here is my take!

I love the look of Crumb Cake and Black together and it works perfectly with the Newsprint DSP.  I stamped the hydrangea from the Level One hostess set with Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla cardstock, then I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment was stamped over the hydrangea with Basic Black ink.  I love the way this looks!  This whole piece is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals, so it really pops off the card.

The DSP was sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake and then a little Early Espresso to give it a bit of an aged look.  The card is finished off with some Basick Black Satin Ribbon and brads.  So simple, yet stunning!

Have an inspired day!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Need a Notepad?

I absolutely love this project!

It's a notepad holder!  Here it is open...

It's made with the fantastic new Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The front is embellished with some Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Real Red ribbon.  The verse stamped on the front is from the new Level Three hostess set and was colored with markers to hilight a couple words.

The notepads were purchased at a stationary store and I cut them in half with my Carl Cutter.

Have an inspired day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smooched Birthday

Here's another card from the Stamp-A-Rama.  I think Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler are my two new favorite colors!

A couple things about this card!  The sentiment is from the Level Three hostess set.  I love that're gonna want to book your workshop with me to earn this set because it's fantastic!  Senitments and verses all in's perfect!

The Cherry Cobbler piece is stamped with the Medallion stamp in Cherry Cobbler ink and then smooched with the Vanilla Smooch Spray.

So, let's talk about the flower!  It's made with the new Newsprint DSP and the new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch.  You NEED this punch!  It layers perfectly with the Scallop Circle.  So, I punched out 5 scallop circles and scrunched them up.  Then flattened them and sponged all over with Crumb Cake ink.  Then I sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink.  After all that, I smooched them with the Vanilla Smooch Spray.  When they were dry, I layered them together with a Cherry Cobbler flower (from the Boho Blossoms punch), pierced a hole through them and inserted a Clear Rhinestone Brad.  It's attached to the card with some Tombow Multi Purpose adhesive.

Have an inspired day!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Love those Bitty Buttons

I think you know how much I love those Bitty Buttons...I did a little happy dance when I saw them in the new catalogue!  I was so excited when we did this card at our Make & Takes on the cruise.

Not only did we get to use new colors and new stamp sets, we also got to use my fav Bitty Buttons!  The only downside was that Make & Takes were at midnight!  Here's a closer look at the buttons.

Have an inspired day!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Daffodil Birthday

Today I have another card from the Stamp-A-Rama to share!  I can't remember where I got the idea for this one if it's you, THANKS!

My favorite part of this card is the flowers.  They were stamped with Daffodil Delight and then I sponged around them with Daffodil Delight.  I love how that softens up the flowers!  And, I *heart* this's the perfect yellow!  It's bright and buttery and just yummy looking!

The card is finished off with a stip of Daffodil Delight which was punched with the Scallop Edge border punch.  The sentiment is from the Upsy Daisy set (as are the flowers!) and the ribbon is the new 1/8" Taffeta in Basic Black.  You NEED this ribbon!  It's the prefect little finishing touch and I was surprised (happy surprised) at how much body it's not a flimsy ribbon at all!

The cool thing about this card is that it's actually Whisper White, and the whole card is mounted on a 1/4 sheet of Daffodil Delight.

Have an inspired day!