Monday, July 29, 2013

Still On My Way Home

I am in Colorado now.  My grandson will turn 8 on Wednesday so he is excited about his birthday.  I'll be home next week and I can get some time to ink up my stamp sets I got while at convention.  3 stamp sets come with our registration to make the projects with and I won 4 other sets so I have 7 sets that need to see some ink!  I only have 2 ink pads with me and almost no paper so it would be hard t actually come up with a card design that would use my limited supplies.  I might need to figure something out though, it's been too long since I created!

I showed a couple of the projects I made at the 3-D shoebox swap last week but I didn't show my project.  It was 2 pieces of 4X4 chipboard covered with DSP and a strip of cardstock along one side to attach the 2 pieces together and look like a book spine.  The ribbon serves a purpose -
 You tie the ribbon around the spine of the "book" and place money through the ribbon on the inside to make it a money book.  My grandson's birthday is Wednesday, I reckon I should make him one and put lots of money in it!  I told him I was getting him pink underwear.  I think he would like a money book a little more than pink underwear!
 Here is a project we made in the 3-D swap.  We used the chalkboard technique on the black paper and stamped in white.  It is so pretty that I hate to cover up the glimmer paper with a picture!
 I don't know who made this 3-D card swap but I love it!  There were some great projects shared at the pre-convention activities that the LNS group hosted.  I need to get home so I can create some of the things I was inspired by at convention.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Undefined is here! Plus a couple of scrapbook pages

One of the announcements at convention was the release of a new product called Undefined.  It is a stamp carving set so you can make your own stamp in your own design.  Very cool!  Sometimes I need to make something with a specific theme and I can't find a stamp that is exactly what I want so I'm excited about this new product.  They gave everyone a piece of the special rubber and there was a booth where you could go to use the carving tools to make a stamp but the line at the booth was always so long that I never got my stamp carved.  Here are some of the designs that were carved though.  They had a big board with paper on it that the people who waited in that long line could stamp their creation on. 

If you want to see the kit or think you would be interested in carving your own stamps, click here.

There are also some images posted on pinterest here.

I loved so many of the scrapbook pages posted on the display boards at convention!  First is a fun layout with lots of strips of DSP from the Gingam Garden paper pack.  I love the way she also cut the journaling into strips and stamped flowers on it!  I must remember that in a layout very soon.  If you look to the right of the layout you can see a tiny peek of a card that I'm definitely going to put in my next card class.  It is beautiful!  I bet you can't wait to see the whole thing.
Another fun layout was this one that had octogons and the title sewn on.  I love the look and after all, isn't this one of the reasons I have my sewing machine in my stamp room?  I need to use it on my scrapbook pages more often! 
Speaking of DSP, did you know that it is on sale through the end of July?  Yes!!!  It is Buy 3 get 1 FREE all month!  If you love our Designer Series Paper, now is a great time to get stocked up on all the new paper in our new catalog.  Have you seen the new catalog?  It's great, LMK if you need one.  The link is on the right.
I'm still in Salt Lake City.  I'm having lunch with my husband's aunt today so I am looking forward to that.  She is the only one left so it is great to still be able to hear about his dad growing up from her.  I love family stories!  They also had ancestors who crossed the plains pulling handcarts, some of them died before reaching the Salt Lake valley.  This is facinating to me, I wonder if I would have made a good pioneer . . .
Tomorrow is Pioneer Day, a state holiday in Utah.  They have a big parade and the floats are wonderful!  I got a chance to go to the expo center yesterday where they had all the floats lined up and you could walk around them and take pictures and then you could vote on your favorite.  I took pictures with my cell phone so they aren't great.  They were all wonderful floats but there was one that I felt stood out as the most beautiful float there.  It was amazing!  The theme is something about anchors so there were 6 or 7 of the floats that had boats on them, a couple of Noah's arks that had the animals carved out of big blocks of foam.  Totally amazing!
Well, it is about time to go to lunch so I reckon I better go get my shoes on.  Did you know that I have always hated to wear shoes?  I went barefooted most of the Summer when I was a girl.  I still wait till the last minute to put my shoes on.  I'll try to post again soon.  I took so many pictures of all the great ideas that I want to share.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary convention is in the proverbial books.

I suspected that Stampin' Up would pull out all the stops for their 25th anniversary convention and I wasn't disappointed!  It was a fabulous convention, there was so much information shared, projects created, milestones marked and prizes given!  Besides the fact that EVERYONE got a door prize (with values between $25 and $30 for the most part), we also got 2 other stamp sets each and a free Paper Pumpkin Kit.  More on Paper Pumpkin next week.  My head is so full of ideas that it might just explode all over my pillow if I lay down and relax!  It is nearly midnight after a long week of midnights so I reckon I should go to bed  but I wanted to share a couple of things first.  I thought I would have more time to blog this week but it has been a very full week. 

The green bicycle picture shows how a large city like Salt Lake City can help with transportation as well as keep the smog down.  I remember the past years it has been very hazy and I think smog was a bad problem here.  It didn't seem so bad this year.  I'm sure they have done more than the bikes to keep pollution down but I thought it was cleaver to have the bikes available to rent. 

This card is a card I made for a swap.  The Stampin' Sisters, mostly from the Nashville area and some other demonstrators from Wisconsin got together for supper Wednesday night before the convention officially started.  We had a swap with the 30 of us and this is the card I made for it.  I can't remember where I saw the idea for the band aid but I thought is was cleaver for a get well card.

Next is a card I made in a 3-D shoebox swap at the pre-convention events.  I love this step card, the DSP is called Venetian Romance, isn't it pretty?  The flower stamps are from a set called Stippled Blossoms, aren't they pretty!  The leaves are from the Secret Garden Framelits die set and a rhinestone is added to the center of each flower.  I wish I had written down the name of the swapper who created this for us to make so I could give her proper credit for this beautiful card.

I remember that this fun cookie card was in a shoebox kit that Kelly Mayou brought.  It features the fun Yippee-Skippee set for the sentiment.  That happens to be one of the sets that Stampin' Up gave all of the demonstrators today as a "party favor".  Isn't that fun!

Kelly's card is an easel card made with the scalloped circle framelit and a few punches.  The word "cookie" on the front of the card was made with one of our new polymer clear sets that has the small alphabets in it.  It is great to be able to spell out a word or name on your block and them stamp as many of them as you need to.  Wouldn't this card be fun for a birthday party invitation?

And last, a picture of our convention bag from this year, since it is our 25th anniversary then it stands to reason that the bag would have silver designs on it.  Isn't it pretty, cool, adorable, functional and just plain amazing???  I really like it!  The back compartment is padded so you can carry your laptop in it and one of the pockets has lots of dividers for papers and pens and things.  It is a great bag.

It's late and I reckon I better get to bed.  It's been a long week and I'm tired.  Happy but tired!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stampin' Up Convention starts Tomorrow!!!

I am here in Salt Lake City anxiously waiting for the Stampin' Up 25th Anniversary convention to start.  I have been to a stamp camp on Monday and Tuesday as well as a shoebox swap both of those days.  I was able to make some amazing projects and will be ready for a year of great classes!

Tonight I'm going to post some of the projects from the shoebox swap yesterday.  First is a fun candy bar holder.  We just took a strip of Whisper White cardstock and put washi tape on it and punched a hole with the wide oval punch.  Then we used a smaller strip of white to adhere to the card front and attached a mini candy bar on that and tucked it in the hole.  A little tricky but easy and fun!

This one is a fun idea for children or grandchildren, whether you are taking them somewhere in your car or are taking them to church or a dr appt where they may need to wait quietly for a while, this cute kit will help.  The little box will hold 6 colored pencils or 5 crayons.  Just stamp a bunch of outline type stamps that kids will enjoy onto cardstock that  has been cut out with the Top Not die, make a cover and adhere the crayon box onto it.  This would keep either one of my granddaughters busy for quite a while.

I was going to post more pictures but my computer isn't cooperating.  I reckon it knows the connection isn't what it is used to.  I'll be taking lots more pictures tomorrow and should be able to post many of them this week.  I know I'm going to be seeing a ton of great projects on display at the convention and get lots of wonderful swap cards.  I only got 100 cards made so far, I might have a little time to make 10 or 20 more in the morning before I go to the convention.  I might have trouble sleeping tonight but I doubt it.  I'm tired from all the fun!  I'm thinking I'll wake up about 5AM and not be able to fall back asleep though.  Maybe I can make it till 6AM!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

2 last cards from the retreat, I'll try to feature my favorite swap cards before I start having lots of new ideas to post from the convention.  I am on my way there, I made it into Utah this afternoon.  I'm at a friend's house in Monticello, Utah.  It is another 5 hours up to Salt Lake City so I will be able to easily make that trip tomorrow.  Not that easily, really.  I get so tired after 3 hours that it is going to be hard the last couple of hours.  Now on to what you came here for!
This cheerful card features the Gingham DSP and the Kind and Cozy stamp set.  I love the yellow and blue together.  It would certainly cheer me up!
 Again, Gingham Garden DSP and Kind and Cozy stamp set on this card.  It also has a few strips of Washi tape on it.  Washi tape is great stuff!  I love how it takes an ordinary card and steps it up without using extra products that make it hard to mail your cards.
I'll "see" you at convention next week!  I'll post some of my favorite projects hopefully every day.  I know I'll be tired but it will be so much fun! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2 Cards Featuring Washi Tape

I am loving the new Washi Tape that I bought from Stampin' Up.  The colors and designs are bright and fun, perfect to embellish a card that needs just a little something.  These cards are cards we made at the Spring Retreat in June.  I've been so busy getting ready for a trip to visit my new grand baby in Colorado and then from my daughter's house to the Stampin' Up convention in UT that I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. 
The first card not only has Gingham Garden Washi Tape across the bottom but also behind the stamped circle like little tabs.  I love that fun touch!   The stamp set we stamped the gingham circle with is called Kind and Cozy.  I love how it looks like a plate with a checkered rim.  We also used A Round Array and Label Love stamp sets for this card.
 For the second card we covered a square of Whisper White cardstock with Gingham Garden Washi Tape going diagonally and then cut it out with the Beautiful Butterflies Bigs die.  The fun butterfly body is made with the new Candy Dots adhesive backed embellishments.  They can be used alone as in this project or you can get brad bases and stick them to the brad before adhering to your project.  I love these new Candy Dots!  The sentiment also comes from the Kind and Cozy stamp set.

More Washi Tape was placed along the bottom of the square of Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper for a great finish to the card.  Wouldn't you love to get such a cheerful card to remind you that someone was thinking of you?  I reckon I would love it too!
I'll be in Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up convention next week.  It will be a crazy-busy week but I'll try to be better about posting, I will be taking so many pictures of great projects you will want to see so I won't have the excuse I sometimes use that I didn't have time to stamp!  I'm working on swaps for the convention too.  I have 130 that are pretty much finished and 50 others partially done, waiting for me to get a new stamp from the Holiday Mini Catalog to stamp them up.  Time will tell if I will get all of those done!
By the way, my new grandson is adorable and is a very good baby.  I am also getting to see 3 of my grandchildren I haven't seen in a year, they have grown so much!