Friday, July 30, 2010

My Convention Card Swaps

I thought that I should share the cards that I made and took to Convention to swap!

The first one I made uses a lot of new things - Friends Never Fade and Perfect Punches stamp sets, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (love it!), and Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight cardstock and markers. It also uses Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock and markers. I made 100 of these cards to swap.

The main image was colored with markers and then stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory but if you have any questions, let me know.

I did discover that SNAIL doesn't stick well to cardstock embossed with a detailed embossing folder like this (it's easy to pull off and reposition any time), but I was told that our Multipurpose Liquid Glue (pg. 197 IB&C) works great. I'll definitely have to give that a try.

The second card I made uses the new Artistic Etchings stamp set and the new Newsprint DSP. It also uses the new color Cajun Craze. I specifically kept this card for myself because of the words that show on the DSP - "Music" and "Pianos". After all, I have been playing the piano for a l-o-n-g time. Smiley from

Most every swap I saw with this set used the Eiffel Tower image, but I wanted to do something different so I took the medallion image and stamped it over the background. Then I made a focal image of the same image, layering it with Basic Black cardstock and colored rhinestone brads. I meant to make about 50 of these, but somehow I made over 100. Smiley from Oh, well, there were plenty of people to swap with and I got some great cards in return!

More Convention photos will be coming. I think I took a lot more photos than I'll have time or space to share, but I'll do my best! In the meantime, happy stamping and scrapbooking! Smiley from

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Instructions Link for Wavy Book

I found the instructions for the books that I posted yesterday. You can find them here on Creations by Patti. This is the original post that I saw them on, but the actual instructions are from Laura @ She has a great You Tube video tutorial from March 3, 2010 called "Wavy Envelope Mini Album" - (link:

I'm heading out for orchestra rehearsal (early call today - and rehearsal will be about 9 to 10 hours long), so I'll be back to post again tomorrow! Smiley from

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Convention Roommate Gifts from Me

One of the fun things about Convention is exchanging roommate gifts. I don't know if everyone does this, but everyone I've roomed with over the past nine or so Conventions has done so. This year I made tags to put on everyone's bag with their name and an adorable flower that I found at a local store.

I also made these cute little albums for each of my roommates. All of the components are hand made - including the covers. The insides are made with legal-sized envelopes covered with DSP. I used different DSP for each person's album. The first one uses the Sunny Garden DSP - so bright and cheery! The second album uses the Greenhouse Gala DSP, which we as demonstrators could preorder, so I've had a little longer to play with that one. :) The last album use the Lap of Luxury DSP. I just love the elegance of this paper and the colors - Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Concord Crush, and Very Vanilla.

I have the link to the instructions to make these albums, but it's on my other computer and I need to leave to get to orchestra rehearsal. I will come back and give you the link later. See you soon!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finally Back from Convention!

I'm finally back to my blog after the Stampin' Up! Convention last week. It was a great week, but of course I didn't sleep enough, did a LOT of walking, sitting, talking, sharing, ate out at some amazing restaurants, and generally wore myself out! I've been trying to catch up on my sleep over the past couple of days. Smiley from

This first picture is from Wednesday when we took a tour of the SU! Riverton Campus (main office). This is such a beautiful building. These pictures were taken in the atrium. Wouldn't you like to work someplace with a view inside like this?
Some friends and I posed for a photograph:
(L-R) Me, Cindy Westerink, Sara Bolz, LouAnn Cruttenden, Patti Holder.

This rock is what you see when you turn into the drive for Stampin' Up!. It's a "tradition" that when we go to the Riverton Campus, we have our picture taken by the rock.
This is me with my roommates - (L-R) Cindy, Sara, LouAnn, and me. It was alternating between sunny and cloudy because there was a thunderstorm coming over the mountains. We would be standing in sunshine and see lightning across the way. So we didn't dawdle outside for long!

I have so much more to share with you, but my computer is not being very cooperative and it's taking a l-o-n-g time to create this post. Smiley from It would probably be best for my sanity if I come back tomorrow with more highlights from Convention!

Monday, July 19, 2010

July Special Offer for previous Stampin' Up! demonstrators!

July special offer for past Stampin' Up! demonstrators:

The paper work needs to be sent in through the mail - you cannot rejoin under this special on-lin. Please contact me for the paper work today!

If you have not been a demonstrator before and are interested in being one, please visit my website: My recruit password is snickers.

This is a fun way to earn a discount on your products and it's a great way to pay off some bills too!

I will be leaving for Convention in the morning, Smiley from so I won't have computer access for the next week. But I'm sure I'll have lots to show you when I return! Happy stamping!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What did I order first?

I was able to place my first order from the new catalog on July 1st and I've already had my things for about a week! Too much fun stuff, I'll have to say! Smiley from

I learned a few years ago to focus first on the new accessories. While there are definitely some stamp sets that I really want to get, I usually space my orders for new stamps out through the year so that I have something new and exciting to look forward to. I've found that if I order everything right off the bat, sometimes when I get around to using it, it doesn't seem as "new" to me. Does that make sense?

So anyway, here is my haul from my first order:

One of the first things I always order is a good supply of the new colors of cardstock plus reinkers for my stamp pads to keep them nice and juicy. I also ordered some of the new In-Color Stitched Poly Ribbon - this is such great ribbon, and you get a LOT of it!

Then I ordered some new DSP. Oh my goodness, there are so many gorgeous papers in this catalog that I didn't know where to start! I finally decided on the Lap of Luxury DSP (gorgeous paper in Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey, Concord Crush, and Very Vanilla) and the Sunny Garden DSP (bright, cheery paper with Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and Peach Parfait). The Sunny Garden DSP has a coordinating stamp set called "Cottage Garden" (pg. 107). I got that stamp set as one of my free items with the order. I also ordered Patterns Designer Series Paper Stacks in the In-Color collection and Regals collection. I'm in LOVE with these patterns! I don't think there's one that I don't like! Smiley from

I had to get some of the new buttons and brads. It was SO hard to choose, but I finally decided on getting the buttons and flower brads in the Regals. Look at the colors below - aren't they luscious?

The new Basic Rhinestones and Basic Pearls (pg. 188) were also a must have on my list. I can't wait to play with these! I also ordered some different ribbons. I'm sure I'll eventually end up with every color and every type, but for now I just tried to get a variety. Oh just wait until you see all of the new colors of 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon that we have! There's Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, and many, many more! (See page 191 of the new IB&C.)

Of course I had to get some of the new punches - especially the new Two-Step Owl punch. He is too cute!! Smiley from

There were some other things that I got, but these are the highlights. I did get five stamp sets, but they were all FREE!!! Don't you just love free???

If you don't have your new catalog yet, please let me know and we'll work out arrangements to get it to you. You can also check it out on-line by going to my Stampin' Up! website at

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Color Kit Updates

With this year’s color renovation, Stampin' Up! came out with kits to update your existing products to the new color groups. Smiley from In the case of the markers, pastels, and Watercolor Wonder Crayons, you can purchase a kit that will give you just the newly added colors so you don’t have to buy the entire set again. Plus they will include a new insert so you will know where your new colors go. It was so easy to change up my markers!

PLEASE NOTE- the Pastel and Watercolor Wonder Crayon kits are currently not available. There were some quality issues and Stampin’ Up! doesn’t want to send out an inferior product. While sometimes the delay is frustrating, I really appreciate their attention to detail and I’ve found that it’s well worth it to wait for the “right stuff”!

If you would like to order any of these, please visit my online shopping store. Just click on “shop now” and have fun! Of course, if you have ANY questions, just let me know!

Only one week before I take off for Convention! – So many things to do, so little time… Smiley from

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Garage Sale Finished - now on to making swaps!

I know, I know, you thought that I'd forgotten about you all, didn't you? Nope - I was just preoccupied with our garage sale. That's done, the garage is pretty much cleaned up and we can park the cars inside again, and I'm exhausted! In fact, I feel like I could fall asleep right now... Smiley from

I do have a quick card to show you. This was made with the new Stampin' Up! builder wheels - Posy Party, Thoughtful Friend, and Bees & Blossoms. Don't the colors just look so bright and cheery? I got this idea from Jan Tink's blog... but I can't remember when she posted it. She's a wonderful stamper and always has these amazing creations!

Supplies used on this card: Posy Party, Thoughtful Friend, and Bees & Blossoms builder wheels, Builder Wheel Spindle and Spacers, Uninked Triple Cell Cartridge, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, and Pumpkin Pie re-inkers, All Holidays stamp set, Basic Black ink, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, and Basic Black cardstock, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Swap Cards from Chalk-a-Holics Meeting

Here are the cards that some of the ladies in my stamping group swapped at our last meeting. I am busy getting ready for a neighborhood garage sale this Friday and Saturday. Today the temperature is in the 90s and the humidity is high. I'm avoiding going out in the garage as much as possible, but I know I have to go out there eventually...Smiley from

Diane Kipp

Emily Mullin

Dee Brown

Monday, July 5, 2010

Catching Up...

I promised last week to post samples of what we made at my open house, so here are the pictures.

I also thought I would explain some of the abbreviations I commonly use, in case you're not familiar with them. It saves me if I don't have to type them out each time...Smiley from
IB&C - 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog
DSP - Designer Series Paper (pp. 172-175 in the catalog)
CS - cardstock

This first card is made with the Friends Never Fade stamp set (pg. 99 IB&C) and the Perfect Punches stamp set (pg. 131 IB&C). The colors were taken from the Green House Gala DSP (pg. 173 IB&C). I used Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White cardstocks, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Always Artichoke markers, and Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze ink pads (Baja Breeze was used to sponge around the edges of the white images). The Chocolate Chip CS was run through the Big Shot with the new Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, then a layer of the DSP was added to the left side of the Chocolate Chip CS with a piece of Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon brought down the center to "cover up" the seam. The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip on Whisper White and then punched out with the 2"x 1-3/8" Extra-Large Oval Punch (pg. 202 IB&C) and attached with Dimensionals. This card idea came from one of the groups that I'm on, but I forget who the original creator was. If it's you, please let me know and I'll be happy to give you credit!

That's one of the great things about stamping - you don't have to come up with ideas on your own. The Idea Book & Catalog has LOTS of ideas to help you start stamping, and then there are a lot of other groups that you can join or places you can go to look at samples created by other people. I would guess that I saw this card on the Late Night Stampers Yahoo group that I'm a part of. They have two groups - one that anyone can join and the other is exclusively for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I love the creativity and sharing that goes on in that group! Actually, most demonstrators are more than willing to share their creative ideas and are flattered when you CASE one of their creations! I know that I am!

The second card is a monochromatic card made with one of the new Level 1 Hostess sets called Because I Care. Demonstrators were able to get this set for FREE when we ordered a certain item in our pre-order from the new catalog -- another benefit to being a demonstrator! Stampin' Up! often has a special just for demonstrators to show their appreciation for us!
This card is made with Bashful Blue and Marina Mist cardstock and inks. The paper on the left side of the card is our new Presto Patterns Specialty DSP (pg. 172 IB&C). The picture in the catalog doesn't do this paper justice! It's sooo cool! The paper is white with white glossy designs on it. To get it to look like this on the card, we just brayered Marine Mist ink over the top and then lightly buffed it with a tissue to bring out the white pattern. Presto!--really cool looking paper in any color you want! The main image has a piece of the new 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Basic Black across the upper left hand edge. The saying is stamped and punched out with the Large Oval Punch and layered onto Basic Black cardstock punched with the Extra-Large Scallop Oval punch.

The last project was a sampler of the new In Colors for this year. I only had the cardstock here when I had my open house, so everyone made this little sampler of cardstock so they could have each of the new In Colors for their own at home. The new In Colors are shown on page 165 of the new IB&C are are luscious!

Here are a few other pictures of my open house before everyone got here. Once people started coming, I got too busy and forgot to take any pictures! But everyone who came said they had a great time. I also offered a special this year - anyone who ordered at least $35 in merchandise from the new Idea Book & Catalog got to take their catalog home for FREE! I usually like to have some special offer at my open house and it changes from year-to-year. After all, I don't want to get in a rut! Smiley from

I made up a board to show our colors in their new color families. I LOVE the new color families! They are all so rich looking!

I also gave everyone who came a cardstock sampler. It has each of the new colors in the core collections such as Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, etc. The cardstock was punched out with the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large punch (pg. 201 IB&C). Love it!

All-in-all, I had a great day and I think everyone who came really enjoyed themselves (at least that's what they told me!). Smiley from If you couldn't make it to my open house but still want to get a new IB&C, please contact me and let me know!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Smiley from Schoolcraft is having all of their 4th of July festivities today, so I'm a little discombobulated - what day is it anyway? It doesn't feel like Saturday...

We went to the parade earlier today. This little town has one of the BEST 4th of July parades around. It was almost two hours long! After that we came back home to relax by the pool with family. Jerry cooked chicken and corn on the cob on the grill. Yum! Now everyone has left and we're just getting caught up on a few chores around the house.

This card was CASE-d from Ilina Crouse. She has a great tote and cards tutorial on her blog that you can purchase if you go here.

My card is pretty much the same, although I did change a few things. The stamp set is "July Fourth" from the Summer Mini Catalog (pg.28). Colors are Real Red, Night of Navy, and Whisper White. I used some Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon and also added some "bling" with the Square Fire Rhinestone Brads.

The close-up shows the greeting which was colored with markers before stamping on Whisper White CS, punched out with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch, and then layered on a Scalloped Circle punched from Night of Navy CS. The Paper-Piercing Tool was used to add tiny holes in each scallop. This was added to the card with dimensionals. To attach the rhinestone brad, I actually cut off the "legs" with my Craft & Rubber Scissors and then attached just the head to the circle with a mini glue dot.

So wherever you may be and however you may celebrate, I wish you a safe and happy 4th of July. I'm very thankful to live in a country where we have the freedoms that we do - and I'm especially thankful to those who served and continue to serve to ensure that we continue to enjoy those freedoms. God bless America!
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