More UnConvention Pics!

I thought I woud share a few more pics from last weekend's UnConvention.  Check out this beautiful little butterfly bag and card.  I love it!  My upline and dear friend Beverlee made these for everyone that attended which I thought was really sweet of her.  She used the Basket and Blooms XL and Beautiful Buttlerflies Dies for the Big Shot.  Love the color combo too.  And the bit of vintage lace.

Here you see my friends Beverlee, Julie and Lorraine stampin' away.  Beverly was making a really cool notebook that she was kind enough to share the instructions with us.  Julie was making some adorable Halloween cards for an upcoming craft fair and Lorraine was working on baby shower favors.  In the background Diane is glittering her project, Renee is going to town on her sewing machine and Kim and Kathy are doing their own things.  I just love all of these girls, they are son talented and it was great to stamp and share with them.

Here are 2 more cool cards made at UnConvention.  Love them both! 

Above made by Lorraine Toll, love the green truck and red apples!
Below made by Ruby Johnson, she made her own patterned paper!


Another Aviary card...

Here is a card that I designed for my 3-4-6 class last week as well as for my friend Megan's workshop. This is a really simple card, we call these KISS (Keep It Simple Stamping) cards.  This kind of card is perfect for a class or workshop.  The color combo is Perfect Pear, Early Espresso, and Whisper White.  The DSP is from the Greenhose Gala collection and the words are from the Level 3 Hostess set, "Occasional Quotes".   The taffeta ribbon is in a new color, Old Olive and the fancy shape behind the wide oval is from the "Lots of Tags" Sizzlet for the Big Shot.  This set of Sizzlets is a must have, perfect shapes for labels or words.  The bling is from our new Adhesive Rhinestones, which I am really excited about, I can tell that I am going to go thru tons of these babies.  So easy to add bling when you just have to stick them, no holes to poke or anything!  Woohoo!  Aaahh, the simple things bring such joy, don't they?


More from UnConvention!

Here are a couple more pics from our fun day last weekend.  On the left is my upline and friend, Kim, and on the right is my downline and friend, Ruby.  They were busy stampin' the day away! 

Below is another "Aviary" card that I made on Saturday, again using the new In Colors.  This card also features one of the best new greeting sets in the catalog, "Word Play".  I was lucky enough to receive a very nice gift certificate from Kim for being her top selling downline for last year so one of the things I got with it was this awesome set.  Thanks, Kim!  I love the "wish big" stamp and if you notice, the piece that it is mounted on was punched with the new larger Circle Scallop Punch.  I used the "Elegant Lines" Embossing Folder again to emboss the Peach Pizazz layer .  The color combo is Peach Pizazz, Crushed Concord and Perfect Pear.  Other Punches used were Scallop Edge, and Word Window.  I topped off the card with a couple of silver brads and a bit of Old Olive Tafetta Ribbon (which I love)!
  The "Aviary" stamp set has so many cute images in it, it has quickly become one of my favorites.



Here is a card that I created at last Saturday's UnConvention.  I loooooooove this new stamp set, "Aviary".  You will see a few different cards made with this set over the next few days.  This card was inspired by a really cool card set that I saw on a favorite blog of mine, Mary Brown's Stamper Camper's Corner.  The color combo includes new In Colors: Perfect Pear, Peach Pizazz and Concord Crush.  These are brighter colors than I usually work with but I am really lovin' em!  The Concord Crush piece features embossing from the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and the Peach Pizazz piece features embossing from the Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I also used the following punches: Curly Label, Modern Label, Word Window, Itty Bitty Flower and the Corner Rounder.  I ran the Curly Label piece thru the Paper Crimper which is a quick and easy way to add a little texture.  I topped of the card with a piece of the luscious, new Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon and a silver brad.  It matched perfectly with the Peach Pizazz card stock.  What do you think?


Who knew Cherry Cobbler could be romantic?

Here is a card that I designed for my 3-4-6 Class last week.  I think Cherry Cobbler is my favorite color that has come out of our recent color renovation.  It goes beautifully with black.  This is a very simple card to make. I ran the front piece thru the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I used the heart image from the Level 1 Hostess Set, "Punch Potpourri" and punched it with our Large Heart Punch.  I then stamped "Just for You" from "Teeny Tiny Wishes" on Very Vanilla and punched it with the Word Window Punch and then mounted it on Basic Black punched with the Modern Label Punch.  I added one of our new Antique Brads (these are to DIE for!) and some Black and Vanilla Striped Ribbon.  Such a simple but elegant card.  I think I will be using this color combo a lot.


Christmas in July!

At least it felt like it last night!  I got to spend almost 10 hours stamping with my Stampin' Up! sisters and it was wonderful.  We didn't go to the annual SU Convention this week so we instead gathered together and had an UnConvention.  I love, love, love it when I get to sit down and stamp with my friends so last night was a treat. Here was a project that I worked on.  This is a card from our new catalog and as soon as I saw it I knew I was going to case it.  I supplied the card stock, glitter and ink, Ruby supplied the stamp set, "Greeting Card Kids", Kim supplied the Vintage Lace and Diane supplied the sticky strip so I made a card for each of them as well as myself.  See how well we demos work together?  The color combo on this card is Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Certainly Celery.  I used the blender pen with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip ink to color this adorable little girl.  The snowflakes are from the "Serene Snowflakes" stamp set (oops, Bev, I owe you a card, because you suppied this one!) and the card edges are sponged with Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake ink.  We didn't have any "Newsprint" DSP so I used my brand new wheel, "Music Notes" to create my own. Love the vintage look of this card and these images in the "Greeting Card Kids" make me happy!


Scenes from UnConvention

Tonight my fellow demonstrators as well as a few of my friends and customers got together to work on various projects and hang out.  Since none of us went to Stampin' Up! convention this year we decided to create our own fun right here at home.  Here is my friend and fellow demonstrator, Renee, creating one of her fabulous Rag Bags.  She is so talented with her sewing machine.  She has made gorgeous bags, aprons and table runners.  She brought her sewing machine to UnConvention tonight and created this beautiful bag and shared with us how she does it.  This was just one of many cool projects that were created and shared tonight and I will be showing them to you over the next few days.  I had so much fun today, almost 10 straight hours of stamping with my friends, what more could a girl ask for?


Another Swap...this one is Ruby's!

Here is another swap that I received at this month's demonstrator meeting at Kim's.  This one was made by Ruby (and will be for sale at Vintage Market tomorrow).  This is a Level 1 Hostess Set called "Because I Care".  The hydrangea stamp is very detailed and stamps beautifully.  Ruby chose Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft) and Daffodil Delight.  The background piece was ran thru the Big Shot using the Lattice Square Embossing Folder.  All demonstrators received this set FREE from Stampin' Up! and you can get yours FREE too, just by having a workshop of $150.00 or more. 


French Postcard

This was my swap for last week's demonstrator meeting at my friend Kim's house.  I got this idea out of last month's Stampin Success magazine which is one of the benefits I receive for being a SU demonstrator.  I love it because in each issue there are so many cool ideas that use our newest products.  The color combo for this card is Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla.  And you will never guess what stamp set I used...that's right "Artistic Etchings"....LOL.  I promise I will share some more cards this week that are stamped with something else.  I am officially on vacation from work until next Tuesday so I hope to get lots of stamping time in this week!


Downline Meeting Make-n-take

This was the project that Kim had us make at her monthly downline meeting.  That beautiful, silver embossed image is the new single stamp, "Elizabeth".  It is so elegant, I just love it.  The color combo for this card is Marina Mist, Whisper White and Silver. We added a piece of White Striped Organza Ribbon and the new 1/8" Marina Mist Tafetta Ribbon and I think these compliment each other wonderfully.  We used the "Vintage Wallpaper" Embossing Folder for the Silver background.  Can you guess what it is made from?  Many thanks to Kim for giving us such a cool project to make.  Soon I will be sharing with you a few more projects that are made with the cool techniques that she shared with us on Thursday night.


Artistic Etchings Post Card

Once again, I just cannot seem to put down this set, so here is another project with it.   I do love how we can pair "Artistic Etchings" with our "Winter Post" stamp set from last year.  It is actually a Christmas set but the postcard stamp from it went wonderfully with this one.  My color combo is Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist and Very Vanilla.  New product used is the stamp set, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  If you look carefulyy you can also see the hydrangea image from the new hostess set, "Because I Care".  I am sure you recognize the Top Note Die, I have not used that in a while.   Add a little sponging around the edges and you have a perfect vintage postcard look!


The UnConvention for Creative Crafty Chicks!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Noon – 10pm
Raley’s Event Center
2900 Geer Rd.

It's time for UnConvention! Since the Stamp Tramps are not going to SU! Convention this year we have decided to make our own fun. Bring your current paper craft projects and hang with us as we have a freestyle stamp gathering. No classes or workshops here, just good old stampin' and scrappin'. We are bringing our stash of stuff to get together, hang out and CREATE!!!!

Join us as we bring our supplies and tools, spread out and get busy. We will have Big Shots, dies, punches, stamp pads, markers and other tools on hand to make whatever is we feel like making. Need to finish those scrapbook pages or invitations for that party? Bring your stuff, spread out and stamp, scrap and chat with the rest of us. We will be in the event center from Noon to 10pm stampin' the day (and night) away. Come when you can and stay as long as you want! Get hungry? Raley's deli has the most delicious sandwiches, salads and other goodies to fill you up. They also have a Java Cafe so you can pick up your favorite latte, coffee or iced mocha. Just get your goodies and bring to the stampin' room and you can eat while you work!

Make sure you bring extra cardstock or consumables to swap with others in case you want to make what they are making! This is a great way to share ideas, learn new techniques and try new products (because we will have our new colors and items from the 2010/2011 Catalog and Idea book). So pack it up, come on over and hang out with other paper crafting chicks! Hope to see you there!


Hostess Appreciation Gift!

This is the gift that I made for my stamp club hostesses for Saturday night's appreciation event.  I had a whole package of the Thoroughly Modern File Folders that have just retired so I thought I would try out the portfolio tutorial that I found on Patty Bennett's blog some time last year. You can find it HERE. I thought these would be perfect for my girls to make their wish lists in, since we just launched a brand new Idea Book with more pages than we have ever had and so many beautiful things to wish for.  I thought the "Wish" stamp from "Define Your Life" was perfect for this project. 

This is what the inside looks like. There is a pocket for a mini catalog as well.

Check back later this week for another hostess appreciation project!


Hostess Appreciation Project

This was one of the projects that my stamp club hostesses made last night at my annual Hostess Appreciation Night. It is a composition book covered with art created with the "Artistic Etchings" stamp set and "Greenhouse Gala" DSP.  The color combo is Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery and Whisper White.  How do you like that larger scallop that you see?  That is the NEW 2 3/8" Circle Scallop Punch and it layers very nicely with our older Circle Scallop Punch.  More new items that we used were the Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and our new Adhesive Rhinestones.  The scalloped Marina Mist layer was ran thru the Big Shot using the new "Vintage Wallpaper" Embossing Folder, which is a total favorite of mine.   I love the this color combo and cannot wait to make more projects using it.

We had a lot of fun last night just hanging out, stamping, munching on yummy snacks and playing a few games (much to the dismay of a few of the girls...LOL!)  We made a couple of other projects that I will be sharing with you as well as the little gift that I made for them.  A HUGE thanks to all of my girls that take the time to hang out and stamp with me once a month.  I hope you have learned a lot, enjoyed yourselves and made new friends in the process.  And I have to say that these girls are far more than customers to me , they have become my friends and I love them all.  Also, CONGRATS to Brenda!  She was the winner of our Mystery Hostess drawing and got to select $85.00 in free product AND 2 free hostess sets.  You rock, Brenda!



Another Artistic Etchings card!

Are you sick of this stamp set yet?  Too bad...just kidding!  I love it and just cannot stop using it!  This time I used some leftover kits from my last class to create some quick cards for Vintage Market.  The color combo is Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.   I ran my Razzleberry card base through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and then rounded the corners for a little change from the usual.  I sponged the edges of the Vanilla and Celery pieces with black ink, to age it a little, and then added some Black Satin Ribbon, a few of our new Adhesive Rhinestones (LOVE THESE) and some words from the new Level 3 Hostess Set, Occasional Quotes (A MUST HAVE).  I punched the words out with the Word Window punch, then mounted it on a piece punched with the Modern Label punch and then finally mounted it on a piece punched with the Designer Label punch that was ran through the crimper.  A very inexpensive way to make an embellishment.  That is why I love my Stampin' Up! punches!  So what do you think?  Drop me a line and let me know.


Another card from Saturday's class.

Here is another card from last weekends "Just Cards ~ Express" class.  This one features The Watercolor Trio and All Holidays stamp sets.  This card was a case from Terri Mongean from Stampin With Terri.   I first saw it on Stampin' Connecton but then linked over to her fabulous blog and she has quite a collection in this color combo.  I did change the layout a bit but otherwise like everything else about it card.  The color combo is Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  The butterfly is cut from the now retired Bella Bleu DSP and the background was embossed with the brand new Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I added 1 1/4" striped grograin ribbon and an Ice Square Rhinestone Brad.
This card is also for sale at Unique Boutiques and Vintage Market.


Introducing the 2010/2011 Catalog & Idea Book!