Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Convention Pictures

I found my swap card from Leadership on this board!
  It is the one on the second row at the right side end!
It was very exciting to see it on the boards!
Display from the Artisan's Award Finalists
One of the display boards at Conve
At convention they have an area with lots and lots of displays.  I thought that for today I would post pictures of just a few of the wonderful displays that were there.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Some Convention Swaps

Today I would like to share a few swaps I received at Convention.  I was thrilled at the swaps I got.  What a great way to get your creative juices flowing!  

I made 150 swaps for convention this year.  I decided I would like to share some with you for the next few days.  This card was made by NANCY GLORIOD from Missouri.  This card is so simple but yet so elegant.  The supplies used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Everything Eleanor, Daydream Medallions, Bring on the Cake
PAPER:  Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
INK: Not Quite Navy
ACCESSORIES:  Dimensionals, 1-3/4" Circle Punch

The next card was made by ARLA BLOCHER from Ranier, Washington.  I love the stamp set that she used.  My new favorite set is BLOOMING KINDNESS.  The supplies that she used for this card were:  

STAMP SETS:  Papillion Potpourri, En Francois, Blooming Kindness
PAPER:  Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
ACCESSORIES:  Pearls, Dimensionals, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, "New" Butterfly Punch, Glue Dots, Apothecary Labels, Framelits

What beautiful cards!  This is only the tip of the iceberg.  I can't wait until I can share these swaps with my customers.  I hope they will be just as excited to see them as I am.  

The next 2 weeks are going to be crazy especially trying to have a baby shower for one daughter and  a baptism of a grandson with the other daughter.  Throw in a family reunion and you have total chaos.  I will try to post as much as I can until these events are over but please be patient with me if I skip a post here and there.  I am off to work on my annual Christmas in July Event which is tomorrow. So my day will be another busy one.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I'm Back!

  I just got back from Utah.  The train ride ride was great!  But I was unable to do anything about my blog until I got back.  I plan to get back to my normal posting.  I am exhausted from the trip and need to catch up on different things.  So today's post will be short and I plan to get things back to normal tomorrow.

 The first photo is a picture of all the gifts that our group gave each other.  The tote bag was made by Susan.  She used Comfort Cafe fabric by Stampin' Up and created this great tote that we all used to carry our swap cards so we could trade them.  I made 150 swaps.  Wait until you see all the great cards I received while swapping!  But that will come on a different post.  The small wallet looking object is the Tea Wallet that I made using the same fabric as Susan.  Terry gave us 2 Stampin' Up note pads and Stampin' Up pens.  With these 3 items we were ready for everything

The next picture is of the first day of convention.  What a great exciting feeling you get on the first day.
When you go into the Main Stage area for the Opening, all the employees from Stampin' Up stand in a line and high five each and every person while you are coming into the area.  This is a picture of all us arriving and all the employees are either clapping for us or high five-ing us.  It is such a rush when you come in because you know for the next few days great things will be happening.

Tomorrow I will post some of the Make & Takes that we made.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, July 23, 2012

2012 Convention Group Gifts

 When our stamping group goes to Conventions, Regionals, or Leadership, we always make small gifts for each other using SU products.  This year I decided to make a Tea Wallet using our NEW Comfort Cafe Fabric.  As you can see, it folds into this cute little wallet.  When you open it up, it will hold 4 tea bags or you could put your credit cards and other cards in it.  I think they came out cute.  I used the NEW Naturals Designer Buttons.  I saw on someone's blog last year that she made this cute little Tea Wallet for her downlines.  They were so cute and I thought that I would make them for Leadership this past January.  Well I did not get them done so I decided to make them convention this year for my Upline, Sideline, and my Downline.  Although I do not remember whose blog I saw them on, she posted a link to the blog where she found the pattern.  Click here    I hope you enjoyed today's project.                                                                                                                          

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Convention Day 2- General Session 1

 What a wonderful day!  You can not even imagine what a rush it is when the doors open for General Session the for the first time.  It is such a rush that you can not describe.

This is a picture of what it is like inside the Main Stage.  There were so many people.  I think they said there were 3, 500 people attending this year!

Here is a picture of me receiving a prize from the Prize Patrol.  I won Digital Collection Disc, Silver Dazzling Details and Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I was the only person in our group that day that won a gift.  What a way to start off my first Convention.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Finally! The Internet! Convention 2012

Sorry I have not posted earlier but I have had trouble trying to get my computer to work.  As a matter of fact, tonight I had a Digital Studio Class and I could not get my computer to comply.  But some nice woman at the hotel this evening was able to help me at least get on the internet, FINALLY!  So I am a few days behind on info but I will try to post a few pics.

It took us 2 1/2 days to get to Salt Lake City from Philly.  The ride was not that bad because I had cut my paper for the swap and also stamped what needed to be stamped for the swaps.  So I did that most of the way there.

On Wednesday we went on a tour of the office at Riverton.  It was wonderful.  Of course I had to have my picture taken next to the "famous" rock. 

 The inside of the facility was beautiful! There is this beautiful waterfall in the center of the building and all the workers were so welcoming to us.  

There were the most wonderful displays that were created to showcase SU products.  Here are just a few of the displays that we saw.

We came back and received the bag that I posted at the top of the page.  It uses the new Chevron fabric which we carry in the new catalog.  I love it of course.

There is just so much going on here.  And I am overwhelmed as a first time attendee.  If I can not post tomorrow, I will not be able to do so until I get back home, on the 24th.  

Can't wait to show and tell you more about convention.  Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Technique Class Card #2

I posted the second of the second card that we worked on this month in my technique classes.  This card uses the Faux Patina Technique.  I love this card!  The technique really creates a unique look that I think is so old world looking.

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Nature Walk, Petite Pairs, En Francois
PAPER:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
INK:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: Sponges, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder,  Brayer, Big Shot, Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder, Always Artichoke and Regal Rose Markers

Although you can not see all the colors of ink that were used, all the inks were layered to create that old antique look on the cardstock.  I made this card for a friend of mine who just retired.  When I get back from my trip, I will give it to her.  I think she will like it.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, July 16, 2012

July Technique Class Card 1

I posted this card before I left yesterday.  This was one of the cards that we made this month at Technique Class.  This was the Faux Metal Plate Technique.  It is great to use on Masculine cards especially if the image you are stamping has something to do with wheels. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Need For Speed, Itty Bitty Banners
PAPER:  Basic Black Whisper White, Real Red
INK:  Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  Glue Stick, Versamark, Black Embossing Folder, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil ( non SU )

The trick to this technique is to adhere the foil onto cardstock before you run it through  the Big Shot.  For me, I found that the Glue Stick worked the best for adhering the foil.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

On My Way!!!

I am on my way to the train station in Philadelphia to start my journey to Salt Lake City, Utah for the SU convention.  This is my first time attending the convention and I am soooooo excited!  My credentials arrived last week and I have been holding on them tightly so that I do not lose them. My downline and I are traveling together and it will take us 2-1/2 days to get there.  I hear the scenery is fantastic from Chicago to Salt Lake City.  I am anxious to see it for myself.  I will not be able to post again until I get there.  Make sure you check back later in the week for pictures of the wonderful things that are happening at convention,  I will update you if I can.  Enjoy the day!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Convention Swap Card #3

Well this is my third and final card that I created for a convention swap.  I bought this set "I Dig You" last year and I love it and really do not bring it out enough.  People are always looking for masculine cards and I thought why not try this for a swap.  It took me a week to finally like what I finished with.  I started out with pieces and then throughout the week I kept interchanging the pieces or change their size or change what position they were in.  Finally Wednesday night after rearranging the pieces for 2 days, I settled on this layout.  If I was making this card for me, I would have put some more details on it.  Maybe some paper piercing or brads or just something to make the card pop.  But when you are mass producing cards, then you need to step back a bit and go with the Less is More philosophy.

For this project I used the following supplies:

STAMP SETS:  I Dig You, Itty Bitty Banners
PAPER:  Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy DSP
INK:  Not Quite Navy
ACCESSORIES: 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 3" Circle Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and Basic Black Markers

I have all the pieces cut and ready to go.  I will be putting these swaps together while I am traveling to Salt Lake City for convention.  I am going by train so I will have enough time to finish my swaps and it is a great way to pass the time away until we get there.  Once convention starts, I will try to keep you updated with what is going on out there.  So please check back.  Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Convention Swap Card #2

As you know I have been very busy with all the projects that I have going this month.  This is a picture of the second swap that I am working on.  It looks much better in person.  It is hard to see the Dazzling Diamonds which are on the fur of Santa's hat.  The other embellishment that does not show up well is the Rhinestone Jewels that are placed inside the "O" in the phrase HO HO HO!  Please believe me it really does look better in person than in this photo.

I used the fantastic Chock Full of Cheer DSP.  I have used 2 complete packages of this DSP since I bought it and I have to order more.  It is a great DSP to use on those Holiday Cards.

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET:  Embellished Events
PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Chock Full of Cheer DSP
ACCESSORIES:  1-1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 Way Glue, Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Markers

There are no special techniques that I did to this card but I love the layout.  The layout is from an old Mojo Monday sketch.  I like this card.  I think anyone would love to receive this card during the holidays.  It is cute and whimsical.  Well I am going back to continue working on all these projects.  I have so much to do but I am sure I will get everything done in time.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Another Baptism

Well there will soon be another Baptism in our family.  So I was busy over the weekend trying to get the invitations made so they could go out today.  It was a last minute decision and was not made until Thursday.  I guess you wonder why we are planning this event so fast.  Lori's husband is from Arizona and his parents were waiting until the baby was born to come in for a visit.  Well they were finally able to make there plans and are coming in right after I get back from Convention. They were here for Eli's Baptism and Lori and her husband decided that it would be nice if his parents could also be here for the new little guy.  So as soon as there plans were made, the kids started to make plans for this Baptism.  Needless to say, I had to quickly come up with an invite.  Any other time it would not be too much to do but right now I am trying to get my swaps done for convention.  But now the invitations are done so all it all worked out.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  My Special Day
PAPER:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White
INK:  Versamark
ACCESSORIES:  Silver Embossing Powder, Apothecary Labels Framelits,  Adorning Accents Edgelits, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Pearl Jewels, 1/4" Stitched White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

I do not think it is too bad for a last minute project.  My room is a mess with 150 Convention swaps, Baby Shower projects (shhh they are still a secret), and now the Baptism invitations!  Well at least no one can say that I am not doing anything.  I am going back in now to try to finish my swaps.  Wish me luck.  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all my friends and customers!  The bib says My First 4th!  This is Emmett's first fourth of July and the family is all together today.  Here is the other grandson and he is enjoying himself by cooling off!

Enjoy your Fourth today!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Convention Swap Card 1

I have been racking my brain all weekend to come up with ideas for my swaps at Convention.  I have never been before and I am so excited to go.  I want to make sure I have a decent card to swap.  I love this color combination!  I use it a lot.  For some reason this color combination speaks to me.  The blues and green give me such a cool and serene feeling and the pop of Calypso Coral is enough to make the card interesting.

The other thing I like about this card is the technique I used on the flower and leaves.  It is called Water Splash.  All you have to do is is stamp the image with Classic Ink and then spritz a little water on the stamp and then stamp the image.  I love it because it creates such a neat effect on the image.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Petite Pairs, Fabulous Florets, En Francois
PAPER:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whipser White
INK:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral
ACCESSORIES:  Finishing Touches Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals

I am pleased how this turned out.  I already started to work on this card.  I plan to finsh and cut all the pieces but leave the adhering them together until I leave for Salt Lake City.  I am going out to Salt Lake City by train!  Yes, by train.  It will take 2-1/2 days to get there so I plan to take my swaps and finish them on the train.  It will help the time go by faster I am sure.  Off to do some work today and later will come back to working on my swaps.  Enjoy the day!