Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back in the Saddle Again! Stampin' Up! Convention

 Back in the saddle again....or should I say back in Utah again. It was fun at Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention. Awesome as ever! Stampin' Up! knows how to make its' demonstrators feel appreciated. The first day was our bag pick-up day and Paper Pumpkin Night Out! It was fun-filled.

Here is this years' bag. Isn't it cute? Well, every year Stampin' Up! gives out a new bag to all of the attendees and we all look forward to the big reveal. Although this year we got a sneak peek it was nice to see and feel the bag in its physical sense. I am so lovin' this bag. It was big enough for my iPad, a book for notes, and lots of other useful goodies. I can definitely see myself using this in days to come.

We got to make the cutest gift bag. It will be in the September Paper Pumpkin. I can't wait for mine to arrive so I can make 6 more. Sign up HERE by September 10th,  and get 50% off the first two months. Use promo code: HALFOFF2 (for new customers only) Do, it, do it  and you will get six of your very own. You will absolutely love, love, love these.

Convention started with a warm welcome from CEO & Cofounder, Shelli Gardner. As always she looked amazing!!! I love her sense of style.
Shelli shared the line up of events and activities for our time in Utah. Excitement built as we got our first all attendee give-away.
Employees from Stampin' Up! came out with boxes full of six different individual stamps. Every attendee got one of the stamps in the picture above. I got the thank you one. I had my eye on that one and am so glad to add it to my collection.

Becky Higgins stopped by to share Project Life by Stampin' Up! Project Life has been around for years and now Stampin' Up! will have some exclusive Project Life products available. It is a new venture with Becky Higgins and I am sure you will love it. I got to play with it at Convention and am super excited about it.
It is a great product line for quick memory keeping. There are pockets for quick placement of photos and cards. Stampin' Up! has kits available that fit right in the pockets. All kits are color coordinated for easy page design. This page was designed by Sara Douglass as the title page of a family book she created. You can see she added embellishments for extra interests.

Thanks for stopping by...Check back soon, I'll be sharing more fun from Inspire, Create, Share 2014, Stampin' Up!'s Annual  Convention.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Artist Trading Card: Happy Day in Spring

I love this card! Not long ago, I was in a swap where we made 2" x 2" Artist Trading Cards (ATC) This ATC was created by one of the ladies in our group. I layered it onto Whisper White cardstock and then onto Crisp Cantaloupe and stamped the happy day sentiment on it from the Happy Day stamp set. People use ATC's to layer onto a card base, like I did. In addition ATC's can be used in an array and showcased in a window box. I love how quickly I can take an ATC can create a card with it. Fun, fun, fun!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Retiring...A Happy Day

I made this card using the Delicate Doilies,  a retiring fun stamp set. Sadly, it is no longer available..but I've got a nice used clear one that will be available for purchase on June1st. I stamped happy day from the retiring Happy Day stamp set(130294 wood) (130297 clear) using black StazOn ink.

I love that the Designer Series paper is two-sided. Here is the same card with the flip side of the paper from the first card. On this one I layered a large pearl on a button. I love what a pearl does to a button. Super cute!! This card could be used for a birthday card, a thank you, a thinking of you. I think the possibilities are endless.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

It's A Sassy Salutations Birthday!

 What a busy weekend! It started with a birthday celebration for my youngest who turned 8 on Friday. Follow that with 2 baseball games on Saturday for my boys and a Pre-Mother's Day Luncheon for me, leading to today's 2 soccer games for the boys. We had lots going on and if I'm being honest...I enjoy every moment of it.

I totally cased this card from Sandi MacIver. I tried two different versions. I'll start by first sharing hers. I fell in love with this card and knew my little guy would love it too. He opened it and smiled and pretended to blow out the candles. I thought it was so cute!

For this card I cut the In Color Designer Series paper at 2" x 3". Check out Sandi's blog for step by step details.

 The second version of this same card was a bit quicker with less bit of pizazz... but still quite cute! For this one I cut the In Color Designer Series paper at 3" x around 1/2" and stuck them on with dimensionals.I used the Sassy Salutations stamp set #126705 (wood) #126707 (clear) for both and inked it in Midnight Muse.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Simply Sketched Sympathy card

This card style is an old favorite that I made a while back. I still had the pieces cut and stashed away so I decided to make a card with these ready to go pieces. I needed a Sympathy card and thought Wisteria Wonder along with Whisper White and Basic Black would be a perfect combination. They are both calming and sophisticated. I added some pearls to up the elegance. This color also happens to be one of the colors the bridesmaids wore at my wedding almost 15 years ago.

I used the Simply Sketched stamp set and did some water coloring. I am beginning to enjoy water coloring more. Stampin' Up! is coming out with some new markers that will make water coloring even more desirable to me. I'll share more info. on that soon as they become available. I can't wait and I know you and I both will love them.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make a Cake Circle Thinlit Card

 I think Birthday cards are my most favorite kind of card to make. This one features the Circle Thinlits along with lots of other fun Stampin' Up! product (Make a Cake, Starburst Sayings, Banner Greetings, and Yippe Skippee stamp sets and Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack). I extended this card a bit to include a flap so I could add a message and some more fun stamping. This card measures 4-1/4" X 9-1/2".

I used the Silver Glimmer paper and the shapes included in the Circle Thinlit pack to add a bit of fun accents onto my card. All of the above is included in the Circle Thinlits pack. There are so many possibilities and options. I love this Thinlit and use it often when I want to make a Wow card for a friend. This one went to my good friend Samantha. Happy Birthday Sam!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simply Sketched Thanks in Watercolor

Something I don't do too often is water coloring, but I thought I'd give it a try. I used the Simply Sketched stamp set and Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. This is the perfect stamp set for water coloring. I stuck with a couple of colors (Island Indigo and Gumball Green), Gold Sequin Trim, and Tea Lace Paper Doilies... and this is what I came up with. I made this card as a thank you for my friend Samantha for the fabulous dinner party she hosted last month. We had a great time. The food was delicious and the special time with friends was much needed.
I even pulled out my Envelope Punch and made an envelope to fit this odd sized card. This card measures 4" X 3-3/4". I love that I can make a card at any size and feel confident that I am able to use my Envelope Punch to create an envelope to fit whatever size I decide on.
                                                   Envelope Punch Board
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