Thursday, July 31, 2014

More Swaps From Convention

Another one of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalog is "SEA STREET".   I was really excited when I saw how many people were swapping cards made with this stamp set.  So I thought I would share some of them with you.  I gave credit to the people who actually made the cards.  Their names are placed underneath the photo of the card.

card created by (no name)  contact me so I can give you credit

card created by Michelle Lyon

card created by Kimberly Holley

This is one of the reasons I love going to stamping events.  Getting together with people that love the same thing you do and you are able to exchange ideas with each other.  I hope you enjoy these swaps.

Today I am going to try to play with my new products today.  So excited to try them.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Few of the Swaps I Received at Convention

Today I thought I would post a few of the swaps that I received.  I love the "TRAVELER" stamp set and was so excited when I got a card that used that stamp set when I swapped my cards.  So here you go and I hope you like these swaps as much as I do.

card created by Michelle McCarthy

card created by Wendy Cranford

card created by Carrie Siegmund

card created by Carrie DeFont

I love these cards!  Although I love this stamp set, I have yet to buy it.  But... after seeing what amazing cards these ladies created, it will be on my next order.  I promise.
I am on my way for lunch with my friends to celebrate my birthday which was last week while I was away.  So now you go out and Enjoy the Day!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Riverton Tour

Got back from vacation this weekend.  Had a wonderful time driving back from Convention.  We stopped in Wyoming to see my childhood friend that I had not seen in 25 years!  We had a great time visiting with each other.  It was as though no time had passed.  Then off to South Dakota to Mount Rushmore, Crazy horse and the Badlands.  On to Iowa to visit with more friends and some sightseeing.  Then a stop in Chicago spending time with more friends of ours and then on to home.  It was a very busy 2 weeks but I loved it!

Today I am posting pics from the Riverton Tour while attending convention.  I planned to post these pics
sooner but I forgot to take my cord to recharge my laptop.  So I really have been computer less for a week.

Here is a picture of the home office at Riverton.  I love to visit there.  The people there are so friendly.  This is where all the offices , demo support and shipping is located.

When you walk inside, this is the first thing you see.   And as you wind around the walkway and look over the railing, this is what you will view on the first floor.

How wonderful to work in a place like this.  Everyone we talked with told us how wonderful it is to work there.  

We also viewed the shipping area.  Everyone there were also eager to answer any questions we might have.  The area is huge.  I can not imagine how many stamp sets were stored in there, waiting to be shipped to customers.

We also went into the museum they have there which gives you an overview how Stampin' Up started complete with photos.  And my favorite part with a few rooms decorated using Stampin' Up products.  They are always so creative with their scenes.

And finally before we left, we went out to the famous Stampin' Up rock and had our pictures taken.  So here is the 4 of us posing at the rock which is at the entrance of the Riverton office.

We had a wonderful time there!  Well I am off.  I have a lot of laundry to do today from our trip.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Taking a Small Vacation

We stopped last night at Mt. Rushmore and it was so moving to watch the night ceremony when they light up the Monument and take the flags down in the evening.  The view is gorgeous! 

We are now on our way home from convention and for the next few days will be traveling .  So I will be taking a few days off from posting and resume again next week,

Enjoy the day!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Convention 2014

Well Convention is over and I am back on the road.  I will be traveling all week to get back home but I wanted to post a few pics from convention.  Convention was wonderful!  
Salt Lake Palace Convention Center


The stage was beautiful and of course we needed to get our pictures taken in front of it.

A close up of the stage where are the presentations are taking place

Myself with my sidelines

Here I am with my sidelines.  

We were unable to get our picture with Shelli but we were able to get a picture with her husband, Sterling.  

Next time  I will post pictures of the tour we took at the SU office in Riverton.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Convention Card #3

 Here I am in Salt Lake City!  So exciting!  Will post more about convention tomorrow, if I get a chance. This morning they kick off convention and I will be standing n line waiting for the doors to open for the Opening General Session.  While waiting swapping will be taking place ALL over.  Swapping at the hotel, in lines at convention, during get the picture.  

So this is the last of the cards that I created for swapping.  I made 50 of each style.  It takes time to do it but I really enjoy doing it.  I love the new Blackberry Bliss In Color.  I use it on my cards every time I get the chance.  This uses my favorite color combination, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Mossy Meadow.  This is a simpler version of a card that I did for one of my technique classes.  I just could not afford to create swaps with the amount of ribbon that the original card used.   

The supplies that I used for this card were:  

STAMP SET:  Bloom with Hope
PAPER:  Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss
INK:  Memento Black Tuxedo, Versamark
ACCESSORIES:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blendabilities

I love the subtle embossed polka dots on the card.  They compliment the circle withe image stamped on.  I think this was a good way to keep costs down.  I am leaving now to join the fun for today.  So excited for all the surprises that are in store for us today.  It will be a full day with general session, Make & Take session,  breakout classes, a trip to the Main Office in Riverton and finally ending with an evening class.  It will be such a busy day.  Enjoy your day!  I know my day will be great!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Convention Swap Card #2

I guess I was in a patriotic mood when I designed my swaps this year.  Another one of my go to stamp sets for men is this one. "The Open Sea".  The layout is one that I have used many times this year.  I really like this card.  It looks so vintage.  

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  World Map, The Open Sea
PAPER: Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
INK:  Crumb Cake, Marins Mist, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES:  Sponges, 2-1/2 Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Cherry Cobbler Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

I sponged the edges of the map with Early Espresso and the edges of the circle with Crumb Cake to give it an old and worn look.  I almost put the ribbon in a tea dip to make it look really old and worn over time.  But I thought the brighter red and white added more interest to the card.

Well, today I should be in Salt Lake City.  I am so excited!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Convention Swap Card #1

One of my favorite things to do at convention or any SU event is to exchange swaps.  I created 3 different one for convention this year.  While I am on the road, I will post each day one of the swaps I made.

I told you that I was loving this stamp set," Sea Street".  So of course I just had to use this set for one of my swaps. This is a very clean card.  I love the Red, White, and Blue theme.  But I had to add a little yellow in one of the flags to add a small pop of color.  I also just had to add a bit of sparkle.  I put Dazzling Details on top of the Starfish.  

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Sea Street
PAPER:  Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy, Early Espresso
INK:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Crumb Cake
ACCESSORIES:  1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling DiamondsStylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Real Red, Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight Markers

I hope the people that I swap with will like this card.  I spent more time than I would like to coloring the flags but I think it helped make this card.  I liked the way the card turned out and I guess that is what really matters.  Just 2 more days until we get into Salt Lake City.  Can not wait!  A group of us will be meeting for dinner at the Blue Iguana.  I am so excited to meet up with my friends and see them again since I only get to see some of them at Convention and at Leadership.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

July Technique Card #3

Well today's post is going to be super short.  Due to being on the road and all this traveling.  Here is the last card from my classes this month.  I did not set out to make a patriotic looking card but this is what I ended up with.  The only thing that is the same as my original vision is the sentiment.  I needed a card that said congratulations and that is where I started.

This card used the following supplies:

STAMP SET:  Sassy Salutations
PAPER:  Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Gold Glimmer Paper
INK:  Real Red, Night of Navy
ACCESSORIES:  Star Framelits, Banner Framelits, Big Shot, Star/Hearts Mask, Sponge Daubers

I used the Star Mask to get all those tiny little stars on the red card stock.  For this project, I used sponge daubers to create all those tiny stars.  When you use sponge daubers to apply the ink to the paper, you can create a more solid shape.  That was the effect that I was going for in this card.  

At first, I was afraid that my customers would not like this card.  But when they saw it, the were excited and came up with a number of ways they could use this card such as cards for veterans, those in the military, graduation cards ( changing these colors for school colors) cards for those people born in July, and the list goes on.  I love it when my classes brainstorm and see how they can tweak my designs and ideas.  I feel that is what it is all about.  This card was the perfect example of what Stampin' Up is all about, Inspire, Create, Share.  Enjoy the day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Technique Card # 2

Although Convention does not start until Thursday, I started on my way today.  My husband, a friend and I are driving out to Utah.  It will take a number of days to get there but we are going to stop and visit various fiends of ours along the way.  

But in the meantime, I would like you to see the second card that we made this month at my July Technique Class.  With this card, I was demonstrating how you use the Masks.  One way is to sponge over top of the Mask to apply the color.  If you look at the section down at the bottom of the card, you will see yellow polka dots.  I created those by sponging on top of the Mask.  

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Zoo Babies, Itty Bitty Banners
PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight
INK:  Daffodil Delight,  Smokey Slate
ACCESSORIES:  Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Dimensionals

Gray and yellow or any color with gray seems to be a hot color combination for baby bedding right now.  So this card fits right in with what is trending.  I had no intention of making a baby card for class this month. But as I went, the card just seemed to go in that direction.

Oh well, we will be driving for the next couple of days.  But I will be posting, so keep checking back.  Enjoy the day!  Salt Lake City here I come! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July Technique Card #1

In the middle of getting ready for convention and our vacation, I managed to squeeze in a technique class.  This is one of the cards that we created at that class.  My theme this month was "MASKS".   Stampin' Up has placed in their catalog this year, 2 different sets of Masks or stencils as us old folk used to call them.  So my class consisted of showcasing the two different sets of masks but also show how you can create your own masks.  I used the Heart Border punch to create my own mask for this project.  You can see them on the right side of the card.

The projects that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Petite Pairs, Embellished Events
PAPER:  Whisper White, Silver Foil , Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
INK:  Versamark
ACCESSORIES:  Beautiful Baroque, Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Heart Border Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

The layout is from this week's Mojo Monday Blog.  I saw on Mary Fish's blog a card she designed using the heart punch on the side and my mind just came up with this card.  Mary's card was a western theme and not even close to an elegant card like this.  But for some reason my mind went to an elegant card which would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary card.  I like this card and my customers really liked this one too.  This is not all what I had in mind when I was thinking about the cards for this class.  But sometimes when making cards, I find that the idea I started out with, is not even close to what I end up with.  And that is how every card in this month's class turned out.  

Another busy day before our vacation starts tomorrow.  But please check back because I will be posting pics of my swaps.  I plan to post some pics from convention also if it does not get too crazy there.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

June Technique Card #3

Here is an easy but impressive looking card using another technique.  I used a graduated sponging technique that fills in the white space.  That technique helps to soften the large white area.  I think it is quite effective with this card.

The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS: Summer Silhouettes, Kindness Matters (retired), Petite Pairs
PAPER:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry
INK:  Pear Pizazz, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES:  Sponges, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities

I did cheat a bit on this card by using the butterfly from Kindness Matters.  I thought I had the stamp set Pappion.  But I did not but I thought it needed something to fill in the empty space up in the corner.  I guess that is the next stamp set I need to order.

Today is a three kid day and they are all playing quietly right now.  Which I do not believe but am grateful for because I can finally finish this post that I started last week!  Enjoy the day!