Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Few Crazy Things at Convention 2014

You never know what you're going to end up doing at Convention each year!  Just check out our silliness!

First, during the After Party (after Awards Night, that is), we all decided to give the mechanical bull a try!  Thank goodness I didn't have anything to eat yet.  Check out my amazing dismount:

Second,  we decided to create a flip book.  Do you remember those little books we used to make where you fan the pages and the images look like they're moving as the pages flip?  Well, we actually have this video turned into a flip book and it is hilarious!

There isn't any sound in the video but we had such a fun time laughing at ourselves!  Do you recognize me in the back with my mustache and hat on?  Too funny!  It's never a dull moment at Convention! 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

My Favorite Things from Convention 2014 - Part 3

What's next on my 'favorite things list from convention 2014'?  My first favorite thing was friendships, my second 'favorite thing' were all the amazing sneak peeks and my third 'favorite thing' was swapping!  This year I took 70 swaps with me (thanks to my buddies who helped me put them together!) and I was thrilled with all the different card ideas I came home with!

I thought, however, that posting 70 swaps in one blog post might be a bit overwhelming (not to mention very long) so I'll be posting a little here and a little there of all these different swaps.  I hope you find inspiration along the way, too!

Have fun with the Be the Star Stamp set and the Stars Framelits with the Big Shot.
This first star card was created by Kay Kalthoff.

Love the colors in the Star birthday card.  It was created by Sue Stromquist.

This elegant pink and black card was created by my friend, Terry Sue!

Aren't these little guys adorable?  This was created by Janet Cort.

Cheers!  Love the Tape It background on this card and the margarita glass is from the Happy Hour stamp set (unfortunately, there isn't a name on the back).

 This fun mosaic card was another one created by Kay Kalthoff.

Love the Rich Razzleberry color on this card.  It was created by Sondra Jumper.

This was a 3X3 card swap card created by my friend, Kim Lott.  Love the sentiment!

Little treat holders are SO much fun to make and receive!  Too cute!

Baby cards, anyone?  This first one is an adorable little girl card made by Latisha Dinkel. The Baby's First Framelit set is such a versatile one for any baby cards or scrapbook pages!

The sweet baby boy card was created by Val Kjack.

I hope these swap cards whet your appetite to see more!  And, boy, do I have a lot more to share with you!

Shop for these and all your stamping supplies 24/7 through my online store.  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Favorite Things from Convention 2014 - Part 2

My next 'favorite things from convention' has to be all the sneak peeks!  I love seeing what's going to be coming and I'm super excited about the upcoming Holiday catalog!  It will be here before you know it!

First let me share a sneak peek from Paper Pumpkin.  We each got to create this adorable little Halloween treat bag that will be coming out in a future My Paper Pumpkin Kit. 

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin - Did you know that if you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by September 10th, you'll receive the first 2 months for 50% off?  These kits are so much fun to make!  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit that is delivered straight to your doorstep and it's your 30 minute creative escape.  Each month the kits are different and they're a surprise!  Why not give it a try while it's 50% off?

I can't wait to give these out to my friends on Halloween!  Head over to My Paper Pumpkin page to get signed up during this amazing promotion.

Below are several sneak peek project ideas!   The products used to make these projects will be available when the new Holiday catalog launches on September 1st.  I've seen this catalog in person and OH BOY!  It's amazing!!

This adorable Halloween wreath is a kit!  SO cute!!  I'd love to have this hanging on my front door!

Of course, lots of Christmas card and tag ideas!

 Feathers!  Feathers are so popular and they're great for any occasion!

I love that as a convention attendee, we get to see so many new products and projects!  Sneak peeks are definitely 'one of my favorite things'.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspire. Create. Share. Stampin' Up! Convention 2014

The hardest part, for me, when coming home from Convention is trying to create blog posts that share and convey the excitement and energy I felt while I was there.  There are also so many ideas and sometimes I just don't know where to start.

So, I decided I would do several posts entitled "A Few of My Favorite Things" (from convention, of course).  That way, I can focus on a couple things at a time and not overwhelm you (or myself).

This being the first post, I have to start with the friendships!  Over the years of attending convention (I think 6 total!), I have met so many amazing and creative people and I love knowing that I'll see them at least once a year at convention.

Let me introduce you to my friend, Genevieve.  She and I met at Founder's Circle last year and we became instant friends!  This past May we even went on the Stampin' Up! cruise together (with my family and her daughter) and not only did our daughters become fast friends, they are also now long distance pen pals!  Love that!

Can you tell what our goal is for this next year?  During convention, Stampin' Up! announced that the next incentive trip will be a cruise to Spain, France and Italy!

Genevieve also gave me these little books as a gift (one for me and one for my daughter).  Too cute!  Thank you, Genevieve!

Next, I'd like to introduce my new friend, Laura!  Laura and I have been texting project ideas back and forth for months and we finally met during convention!

Laura also had a little gift for me - an adorable box with candies inside!  Isn't that the cutest?

I just love the way the box folds up and the lid keeps everything closed.  When the lid comes off, the box just springs open!  Thank you, Laura, for such an adorable little gift!

Finally, I'd like to introduce you to two ladies who are in my Stampin' Up! family tree somewhere.  (There's a lot of us to keep track of.)  Charity is in the middle and Mimi is on the right.  Both are amazing stampers and friends!  Seeing each other every year at convention is always fun!  (Charity and I both presented together during the same session!)

I guess my first 'favorite thing about convention' has to be the friendships.  Through our common interest in stamping, many friendships have been made!  And I'm looking forward to many more and new friendships to come!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Final Projects from Demonstrator Gathering

I just had a few last projects to share and, boy, are they cute ones!  Actually all the projects that this amazing group creates are cute!  It's so inspiring just being around them.

Check out this adorable "purse" that Sharon created.  My favorite part is the flower on the front.

She spritzed each layer of the flower with water and then began to shape and "scrunch" up the flowers to create the texture.  So pretty!

Who needs a good teacher gift?  Check out this adorable Ghiradelli treat holder that Janet made.  Isn't that the cutest?  To make the apple, she simply cut the bottom off of a heart shape and then added a little stem with leaf.  Love it!  She also used the Tap Tap Tap stamp set for the letters in the background.

 This file holder would also make an adorable teacher gift.  It was created by Erica.  I love how anything wrapped in a bit of paper and decorated with stamps can make the cutest gifts!

I hope you have enjoyed and are inspired by these fun project ideas! 

I'll have more ideas coming soon from the Stampin' Up! Convention 2014!  Happy stamping!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amazing Group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators

When we get together, we like to laugh and have fun!  During the July demonstrator get-together, we celebrated achievements (sales, promotions, recruits, etc.) by using silly clappers!  Every time we used the clappers, we always ended up laughing!  I love that we can be silly and enjoy having fun together!

We had a fun make-n-take project this month - a Kirigami Box.  Thank you, Sharon, for helping us create this adorable box!

 Judith and Leesa were working hard on their box. 

Lots of fun creating together!

If you've been looking for a fun stamping group to be a part of, you've come to the right place!  We meet in Fort Worth, Texas and even if you aren't close enough to attend in person, there's a place for you in this amazing group!  Check out all the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and being a part of my team.  

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Card Ideas to Inspire

Here are even more ideas that were shared during our monthly demonstrator get-together (see yesterday's post for some adorable 3D items).

Sharon created this first sun ray card.  What a fun technique!

Marilyn shared these two adorable cards.  This first one was a take on my Christmas card I created.  She wanted to challenge herself to do a red, white and blue Christmas.  What a cute card!

 In her second card, Marilyn used the Traveler stamp set for the images and Perfect Pennants stamp set for the sentiment.

So many great ideas from amazing demonstrators!  Want to attend the August demonstrator get-together with me?  I'd love for you to be my guest!  You'll get an inside look into new stamping techniques, create fun make-n-take projects and leave with tons of ideas and inspiration!  Contact me for more details.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Adorable 3D Projects

If you are ever in need of ideas and inspiration, have I got a group for you!  Every month our demonstrator group gets together to share project and business ideas and basically keep everyone informed about all things stamping related!  And the best part is, you're invited to attend! 

That's right!  Our group is an open group and if you are interested in getting the inside scoop on being a demonstrator, I'd be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.  Simply shoot me an email or you can also check out all the benefits of being a demonstrator here.

Below are just a few of the many amazing projects that were shared during our July meeting and I will be sharing more with you throughout the week.

This first adorable sour cream pouch was created by Kristi Gonzalez.  Such a cute way to send a little treat to someone!  The sentiment is from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and she also used the Pennants Framelits Dies (used to cut out the pennant shapes).

Kim Lott created this adorable treat holder using the new Fry Box Bigz Die.  Isn't that the neatest thing:?

Kim also used the Hamburger Box Bigz Die to create this adorable crab!  (along with several other punches)  What a fun idea!

It's always so much more fun to stamp with friends!  Why not join a group that will support, encourage and share ideas each and every month?  And, since our monthly meetings are open to all, why not come try it out and see for yourself?  Email me and I'll send you all the details (  Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Getting Swaps Ready for Convention 2014

Every year as it gets closer to convention, I always begin to panic about how many (or how few) swaps cards I'll be bringing with me.  I love swapping at convention because there are just SO many creative ideas out there and I love to bring home bunches to share with my stamping ladies (and to post online to share with all of you).

Well, this year I decided not to 'go it alone' and enlisted several of my stamping friends to help me with me swaps.  Isn't it always more fun to stamp with others?  I don't know why I think I have to do it by myself every year.  So, this year I had a Swap Party and on Sunday afternoon in just a couple of hours, we made 70 swaps!!

A HUGE "Thank you!" to Jeanne, Nicole, Deli and Ludonna!  I couldn't have done it without you guys!

Say hello to my swaps for Convention 2014:

Here's the video tutorial for this card so you can make them, too!

Stamps:  Bloom with Hope (hostess only set)
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Staz On Black
Paper:  Whisper White card stock, Lost Lagoon card stock, Blackberry Bliss card stock
Accessories:  Stampin' Sponges, Sticky Note Pads (I masked off the areas where I wanted the color and used the sponge to add the ink color in a circular motion.), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

We had quite the assembly line going! 

 Deli was rocking the Big Shot Machine!

And, of course a party wouldn't be complete without food and muchies:

What a fun afternoon of stamping with friends!  Thank you guys so much for all your help!  I couldn't have made these swaps without y'all!