Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last Weekend's Open House Displays

Here's a bunch of photos on how I displayed my open house. There are a LOT of swaps on display. Almost feels like the display boards at Convention!

  Christmas and 3x3 cards

 More 3x3 cards              

  A few more 3x3's            

  4 albums of recipes - 3 food and 1 technique

  Next 5 photos general swaps



  Table of 3D items

  My Candy Bar of lime and turquoise!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Digital Studio 2 - Available August 1st

Stampin' Ups! My Digital Studio has been the premier software to make digital scrapbooks, calendars, cards, and so much more with Stampin' Up! content (stamps, paper, embellishments). It was great before, but now on August 1st it's gonna get much, much better with MDS2! This version is going to have 75 new improvements to make it even better!

Introducing MDS 2, with more than 75 new features—coming August 1!

With this new My Digital Studio software you’ll be able to:
  • Design in spreads
  • Create with custom canvas sizes
  • Add more than one color to a single stamp image
  • Resize vector stamp images while keeping them crisp
  • See color combination suggestions
  • And much more
Whether you'd like to get MDS2 or upgrade from MDS, please contact me and I'll help you order your software.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Forgot to post one more swap I did...  I'm pretty proud of myself how I figured out how to build a wooded stamp which gives the illusion that I just stamped that image. I thought this stamp image would be perfect for our Stampin' Up! Convention last week, don't you?  This is a hostess set called Carry On in the Annual Catalog.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Charity

Stampin' Up! for 10 years has been a partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. During the past ten years over $1,000,000 has been raised by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

At Convention last week, Shelli Gardner (Co-Founder and CEO), issued a challenge to all the demonstrators there to promote the Moving Forward stamp set so that with each set sold $3 per set will go to RMHC. Then she surprised all those in attendance by giving away a free set to us. You will find it on the inside last page of the Annual Catalog.

So I encouage you to add it to  your stamp collection and help out this wonderful charity which helps ill children across the country.

Moving Forward Wood-Mount Stamp Set
                                                                    Price: $19.95

Friday, July 27, 2012

Open House Weekend

This weekend, July 28 and 29 between the hours of 10 and 2, I'm hosting an open house at my home to share all the beautiful swaps I swapped for at Convention last week, and to honor my customers with door prizes, refreshments, and just good old plain FUN!!!  Drop by for a while!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

3-D Happy Birthday

This 3-D card uses a fold called Dutch Door (which is two pieces of cardstock, assembled as shown in lower photo.)   This card uses all new product except for the retired butterfly punch, but you could easily substitute the new butterfly punch for it.

Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, and Pool Party Designer Series Paper    Stamp: Wacky Wishes (hostess set) and Itty Bitty Banners
Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Ink: Midnight Muse   Embellishments: Pearls   Ribbon: 1/4" Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain
SNAIL Adhesive and Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

General Swap Cards

Here's the type of card I used for General Swapping. These cards were scappy in that I used paper left over from cutting out the mini purse die. The top card changed orientation depending on the color combination as each card was different. Listed below is the basic recipe.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry or Island Indigo,
Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Punch: 2-1/2" Circle   Big Shot with Perfect Pennants Big L die
Stamp: For the Birds   Stampin' Write Markers: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie   
Ink: Old Olive    Adhesives: SNAIL and Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

3x3 Card Swap - Love Birds

This was a fun swap! I made 160+1 cards. The +1 is for the organizer who can't actually be in the swap because they have to keep the swap organized (of course!)

Cardstock: Whisper White or Very Vanilla (your choice for card base), Pacific Point, Whisper White, Floral District Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stack in Subtles
   Stamp: Easy Events   Punch: Decorative Label   
Ribbon: Pool Party or Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine

Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Fabulous Stampin' Up! Convention

I just returned from 5 awesome days in Salt Lake City, Utah for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. WOW it was amazing! I listened to great presenters on the main stage, attended a variety of inspiring workshops, swapped cards with other demonstrators - both general swaps and organized swaps, and met many wonderful people. I even tweeted, facebooked, and pinned on Pinterest during convention about convention. I have learned that 700 swaps is about 200 too many for me, but I had fun. I swapped for Christmas cards, 3-D cards, 3-D projects, 3x3 note cards, technique cards, and 3 different recipe swaps. I now know which swaps I'd like to do again. Over the next week, I'll reveal my swaps and provide supply lists on how to make them if you'd like to.

Next year is the 25th Anniversary of Stampin' Up! and the Annual Convention promises to be amazing! The dates are July 18-20, 2013.  Join my team and we can go together and have a blast!!!

I've already shown you a couple of my swaps in previous posts, but here is a 3-D card for your enjoyment.

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black and Floral District Designer Series Paper.  Stamp: Petite Pairs  Big Shot with Top Note Bigz Die, Designer Frames Folder Embosslits, and Little Leaves Sizzlits. Punch: Boho Blossoms, 3/16" Corner  Ribbon: 1/8" Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon  Embellishment: 3/16" Brights Brads Tools: Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baby Cards - Too Cute

These baby cards were inspired by Ellen LeFevre. She did a very cute girly card, but I wanted to try a boyish card. Not sure if I was successful there, but I still think it's cute!  I made my own tagboard pattern designed like Ellen's. Thanks for sharing Ellen!

Another Convention Swap

I had fun designing this 3.5 x 8 inch gift bag using Designer Series Paper called Be of Good Cheer from the new 2012 Annual Catalog, pg. 164. This will be shared at a Shoe Box 3D Swap organized by the Late Night Stampers group.  (I'm an adopted member!)  First time I will ever have done this type of swapping before. I'm looking forward to it!  I also tried my hand at the paper rosettes, oh my gosh, that is a challenge! I recommend using a hot glue gun for fast production of them. It's hard to see, but I crimped the "holly" leaf for a little added texture. The sentiment is a hostess set called Wacky Wishes and it is heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Update 7/23/2012
This design earned me a small prize in one of the organized swaps I participated in. Yippee!