Project Life Cards Make Great Altered Picture Frames!

By now, You’ve probably heard of Project Life and know the cards in each kit are great for quick and easy scrapbooking (if you want to learn more about project life, I have a video about it here).  But when they gave a set to us to use for the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention display boards and use in other ways, I found myself looking at them in a different light.  And thus, this altered picture frame came to be!

I loved this project and even my non-crafty hubby liked it and said he wanted one for his desk at work!  Thankfully the frame is only $1 at Michaels and another set of Everyday Adventure Project Life by Stampin’ up is easy to come by!  So, I’ll be creating another one soon for him. 
See all the cards in the kit here.

The idea was to take this chunky frame and then start layering the cards around the edges to create a tiled design.  It all started with the Best Day Every card that is found in the Everyday Adventure Accessory Kit.  I thought it was cool because it is die cut so that you see through the card to whatever is behind it, so I thought it would look neat showing the wood of the frame through the letters.

From there I started laying out other cards that I thought had cool complimentary colors and patterns to fill up the frame.  Once I had the plan, I could flip over the frame and trace the edges of the frame on the back of the Project Life card for any given spot.

Then just trim off the extra paper and glue to your frame.  In my case, I ended up using the Tombow Liquid Glue.  And then finish up the seams by adding some embellishements from the Accessory kit (like those clear hearts) and other items in my craft room (like the rhinestones on the honeycomb card and the wooden accents such as the arrow and banner piece).

It actually came together really quickly and easily.  And did you realize, that the Banner Punch actually is the same width and just a smidge shorter than the banners in the Wooden Accents?  Cool huh?

Finally, I didn’t use it a lot, but I love the Remember This Project Life stamp set and it turned out to be perfect for stamping one of the stickers from the Accessory kit and balancing out everything on my frame!

Its an easy and inexpensive idea for a great gift!

Wanna Make This With Me?

I’m running a Project Life Night class next Monday and RSVPs are closing first thing tomorrow morning!  We will be making lots of fun projects including:

  • 2 page pocket page scrapbook layout
  • 3 cards
  • 2 gift ables including a picture frame similar to the one I made in this post.

You will get everything you need to make the projects plus have lots of extra Project Life cards to take home and keep!  All for only $25

RSVP now to participate in this fun class!  RSVP here to join me in person at the Redmond Panera at 7pm on 7/28

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Get the To-Go Kit!  You will get all the supplies you need to create the projects including basic adhesive for your picture frame, PDF pictures of all the projects, and instructions for how to make the projects.  Only $35 shipped anywhere in the US!





Project Supplies Used

So, think outside the Scrapbooking box and enjoy your Project Life cards in all kinds of new ways. Smile 

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Amazing Birthday Thank You Card–Display Board Sample

I’m back!  Display Board Stamper logoI made it home from the 2014 Stampin’ Up convention and had a great time.  As I mentioned before, I was honored to be invited to create samples for the display boards this year.  Everyone coming to convention received 3 stamp sets – Amazing Birthday, Kinda Eclectic, and Seasonally Scattered (coming soon in the 2014 Holiday Catalog).  So, as display stampers, we received our sets early and were asked to make 8 projects for each stamp set.  I will admit, this was an intimidating task, especially when I learned the caliber of stampers who were joining me with creating for the boards.  I eventually decided to just think of it as “they will make the stunning over the top cards and I’ll make the simpler card class versions” Winking smile.

I wasn’t allowed to post or share my samples until after Convention, so here we are and I’m excited to start sharing with you!

Thank You card with Amazing Birthday

When I first saw this stamp set, I kept thinking I needed to make birthday cards.  But then it hit me, there is this sentiment that doesn’t need to be birthday at all!  So, I started pulling different colors and stamped images together to create this card.

But you want to know the best part?  I mailed this card in to Stampin’ Up in the beginning of June (so they could get the Display Boards together in time) and then on the last day of convention, Shelli Gardner showed this card during her main stage presentation!

Sure they aren’t exactly the same, but my the similarities are there!  It made me feel extra proud of my card that I could have had a little moment where my design idea overlapped with the creative inspiration from the head of Stampin’ Up!

In both cases, we used the striped banner stamp to form a layer between the Starburst pieces – hers pointed out and mine pointed in (you can’t see the banner tips because they are under the Pumpkin Pie starburst.  Plus that super fun Surprise circle for our center element.  With everything popped up on dimensionals of course!

Oh, here is the stamp set we were both working form so you can see what we were using!image

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Also, many of the Display Board stampers are sharing their convention projects up on a Convention 2014 Display Board Stampers board on Pinterest.  So, watch that board for lots more great ideas over the next month or two!

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Last Chance for Free Shipping & a Few More Stampin’ Up Convention 2014 Highlights

Hey everyone!  I actually got a chance to sleep in after traveling late last night home from the Stampin’ Up! convention.  It was an awesome trip and fun weekend away with family and friends.  And when you add in stamping…. all the better!

While I’m finishing uploading pictures from the last day (many are up on my Facebook page already), I wanted to remind everyone that TODAY is the LAST DAY for my Free Shipping special.


NORTHWEST STAMPER CONVENTION SPECIAL

Free Shipping on All Orders using hostess code 7RDHVEKR

I wanted to do a little something-something while I was away playing at Convention, so I thought I would give you all free shipping this weekend! Place an order online using the hostess code 7RDHVEKR and when I get back from my trip I will send you a handmade thank you card and a refund of your shipping!

Good through 7/20/2014


Also, anyone who is ordering with me this month, will also be on my customer list for mailings of the new Holiday Catalog that come out at the end of August!  And believe me, you are going to LOVE it!

Ok, I’m off to go out for a yummy breakfast with the family, so here are a few more highlight pictures from the last day – with more to come over the next week. Smile 

Why I love convention:

1.  Awesome Swaps

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2.  Awesome Announcements and Sneak Peeks

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3.  Awesome Class Ideas (I’m running this one soon – who wants to do it with me?!)

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4.  Awesome Prizes

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5.  Most of all – Awesome Friends!

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Up next is Leadership 2015, which anyone who is interested in learning about how you can grow your ability as a crafter and share it with others is invited to attend. If you would like to learn more about attending with me as part of my Fun n’ Crafty group, I would OVE to talk to you more about that.  Just email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll give you all the scoop!  It is another awesome experience complete with stamping presentations, displays, prizes, laughter, and lots and lots of learning and fun!

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Then, we can grow together and hopefully by the end of June 2015 have earned the Grand Vacation – a Mediterranean Cruise! 

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page and Instagram for lots more photos from Convention weekend and more.

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Stampin’ Up Convention Day 2–Make & Takes, Parties, and More

Good morning from Salt Lake!  I’m supposed to be eating my breakfast and getting to the main stage but I wanted to share a few highlights from yesterday at Convention.  Its been an amazing adventure so far, and

if you want to see more photos and news, it is all up over on my Facebook page – check it out!

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This was our Fun n’ Crafty group here – aren’t they cute? Smile 

Project Samples:

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Make & Takes:  Pictures to come soon for what we made!!

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New Product trials:

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It was fun stamping next to Patty Bennett!  Plus a new gift box punch board is coming!

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Awards night after party (more pic are on Facebook of this Smile)

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It was an awesome day and I’ll leave you with this great quote I saw yesterday!

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Thanks for following along with me.  I’ll have lots and lots more to share with you soon!

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2014–Display Boards and Day 1 Activities

Well, once again here I sit after midnight working on my blog post.  ha ha!  There must be something in my DNA that says it is not possible for me to go to bed before 12am!

But, I just had lots of photos and details to share with you from today’s Stampin’ Up Convention activities that I figured I had to jump on and get them posted!

You may have seen some of them throughout the day on my Facebook page or on Instagram, but some are new too!

So a quick run down on the highlights of the day…

We started out with the opening session, kicked off by seeing all the different teams of employees from the Home Office and then a chat by Shelli Gardner

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Oh, and did I mention they started it all off by giving everyone a random single stamp (I’m looking forward to playing with my camera stamp!)

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Then we got to see the cover and get a walkthrough of the upcoming 2014 Holiday Catalog!

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t wowed by the cover… but then they started showing what was inside and lets just say that my attitude turned around REALLY QUICK!!

While I can’t show you the inside of the catalog, I can show you a few products and project photos

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But there is so much good stuff including new framelits, new embossing folders, new paper, new GIFT BOX PUNCH BOARD, new mini stapler, new Project Life by Stampin’ Up kits, great new décor kits, new TREE PUNCH & stamp set, ENDLESS WISHES is BACK, and more!  Oh and the new ribbon and embellishments…. guess I’ll be doing a share for those because you will want to try them out!
(email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com if you want to get to the head of the list for shares as soon as they are available!)

Yes, I’m already trying to start working on my holiday catalog budget Winking smile

Then we got to do some make & takes

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Before heading over to look at displays including the AWESOME board created by many talented stampers on my Fun n’ Crafty team!

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Contributers included:

  • Stacey Lane
  • Kathy Thisted
  • Rosemary Bryson
  • Sara Grafton
  • Elise Hamilton
  • Jennifer Blomquist

Seriously, don’t they rock!

See All The Display Board Photos Here

I also got to see my name in print too!

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It is so incredibly amazing to see my name next some of these amazing stampers and Artisans.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the projects I created for Stampin’ Up to give ideas for the 3 stamp sets we got at Convention – Kinda Eclectic, Amazing Birthday, and Seasonally Scattered (from the holiday catalog).  So make sure to check back often!

We had some great classes with stamping and business tips and then some of us went to evening classes while others headed out to Riverton to visit the home office!

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We got to see the shipping department along with great stamping inspiration.

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(amazing hot air balloon by Ilina Crouse)

See All the Home Office Tour Photos Here

Then it was time for a late dinner and back to the hotel to check out our swaps, reflect on the day, share with our Fun n’ Crafty group members back home who couldn’t attend, and try to get some sleep!

Tomorrow is going to be a great day!

And don’t forget -

NORTHWEST STAMPER CONVENTION SPECIAL

Free Shipping on All Orders using hostess code 7RDHVEKR

I wanted to do a little something-something while I was away playing at Convention, so I thought I would give you all free shipping this weekend! Place an order online using the hostess code 7RDHVEKR and when I get back from my trip I will send you a handmade thank you card and a refund of your shipping!

Good through 7/20/2014

See you online tomorrow!

 

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2014–Check In Day

I told my mom that I wasn’t going to stay up until 3 again… but somehow it is 2:30am and so I’m going to have to keep this quick.  But I couldn’t go to bed without sharing some of the fun that is happening here in Salt Lake City!  Oh, but first:


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I wanted to do a little something-something while I was away playing at Convention, so I thought I would give you all free shipping this weekend!  Place an order online using the hostess code 7RDHVEKR and when I get back from my trip I will send you a handmade thank you card and a refund of your shipping!

Good through 7/20/2014


Ok, now on to the fun stuff, right?  Here is your 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention recap for check in day:

karen swap creating on a plane

We left hot and sunny Seattle early in the morning (we being my mom, Kathy, and myself) to fly to Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up convention.  The night before I learned that Karen (one of my downline and Fun n’ Crafty stamper) had not been able to make cards for a swap due to life circumstances.  And since I knew she would have tried if it was all possible for her to do it, I decided to surprise her by creating 25 card swaps for her while on the plane…

ok, I didn’t finish them all on the plane, but I did get the stamping done!  the rest we finished at the hotel. Smile 

Fun n Crafty Stampin Up convention display board setup

Then after some lunch, myself, Kathy, and Karen headed in to the Gathering Place and the display boards to start setting up the board that my group had been asked to fill.  We have some fantastic stampers in our Fun n’ Crafty group and I was so excited to be able to share some of their creations with everyone at convention! 

(For those of you that love display board pictures, check back tomorrow when I’m allowed to officially post pictures Winking smile)

We went off to a group dinner and stamping with some friends and then soon it was 6pm and time for Convention bag pick up and the Paper Pumpkin Night Out party!  As you can see, a lot of people were excited to get their convention bag.

I got in and out of line 3 times over the course of the evening but turns out the “B” line or “A/B” line (since we were picking up based on our last name) was a popular one this year. Smile

Rich Jutkins convention bag stuffing

Something fun to see… Rich Jutkins (the President of Stampin’ Up) and Sara Douglas and her family all were helping get bags and supplies put together for use!  It’s not everyday you see executives for a company getting down and dirty helping serve the rank & file.  And this is one of the many reasons why we love them!

Then it was off to the party with lots of cookies and cake treats, a make & take featuring the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, prizes, and a couple displays (though the lighting was terrible for photos).

I’m so grateful to be able to attend many of the Stampin’ Up events and thought it was so cool to get a chance to hang out for a few minutes with Stampin’ Up home office staff and stamper extrordinaire – Shannon West – and the oh so sweet Andrea Withers who has been the coordinator for all my Convention Display Board activities this year!  <3 them!

And eventually I got my bag and all the goodies it contained (stamps and supplies for this weekends crafting projects, including NEW sneak peek stuff!!)

The Convention bag this year is actually a nice bag that is perfectly sized for tablets (or a few stamp cases as I discovered).  It isn’t huge, but that is probably a good thing for me! Have you seen how full I stuff my bags??! Smile

These aren’t all the photos I took, these photos and more are up on my Facebook Page and I’ll be sharing more over the next few days while I’m out and about the conference and then posting many of them at night.  So, make sure you have liked my page to get all the updates!

Ok, and now I REALLY need to get some sleep.  My alarm goes off in 3 hrs!

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Quick Nuts About You Card Candy Share

I had really grand plans for getting all my photos edited and blog posts written for this week so that when I was going crazy trying to get everything in line before heading to the Stampin’ Up convention tomorrow, they would be up for you…..

So, uh, yeah… that didn’t happen.

But I’ve at least had a couple posts to Instagram and Facebook.  But I wanted to get a quick post up for you today and then while I’m on the plane tomorrow morning, I’ll be editing photos like a mad women so not only will you have all the photos from the Convention activities, but you’ll have even more blog posts all ready and waiting for when I get back.  Seriously, I’ve had too many fun display board projects that I haven’t been able to share until after convention starts, that I CAN’T WAIT to start sharing them!

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In the meantime, I thought I would share with you the final swap I created for convention this year.  This is for a “Card Candy” swap I’m in. 

What is card candy you ask?  Basically it is small hand crafted embellishments (like those layered stickers you see in big box stores).  In this case, we each started with a 2”x2” square and using only the new 2014 In Colors and Neutrals came up with some embellishment that could be used on a future project.  I just loved those cute squirrels from the Hostess Set Nuts About You that I had to give them a go!

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Nuts About You Stamp Set

Alright, I’m off to finish packing… but be sure to come back by the rest of the week to see all the Convention adventures!!

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It’s Almost Here! Keep Up on All the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention News!

imageThis weekend I am going to be frantically trying to finish my card swaps, packing, and making last minute display projects for the 2014 Stampin’ Up Convention – aka Inspire Create Share 2014!

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I’m always so excited to go because I always see amazing talks, get super project ideas, see friends I haven’t seen in a long time, and this year I can’t wait because all the attendees will get to see the 2014 Holiday Catalog too!  Whoop Whoop!

Now, the last few years, I’ve tried to post often from the convention floor to share the experience and then each night share a blog post with the highlights of the day.  So I wanted to make sure you all knew the best ways to make sure you were catching all the news.

Follow me on Facebook

Over on my Northwest Stamper facebook page, I share projects and crafting chat each day throughout the year, but during Stampin’ Up events, I am often sitting in my seat sharing periodic updates throughout the day. Smile

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You can see highlights from the 2013 Stampin’ Up Convention there even still -  Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 

And while you are there, make sure to LIKE my page so you’ll be able to keep up with the news each day as well.

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Be watching the Blog

I try really hard to do my best to post recaps each night from my hotel room with an update of what I saw and did and can share with you. Smile  So you will want to tune in here as well all next week while I’m there!

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Give Instagram a Try!

Now, I can’t promise as much here yet, but if you’ve been following me over on Instagram, I’ve started sharing sneak peek photos of projects I’ve been working on and my real life crafting adventures.  I’ve only just started using this platform, but I’ve found it to be a fun place to post little insight peeks into my crafting world.  I’ll be trying to post some extra photos there as well throughout the week.  So if you are on Instagram, come check it out!

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Get Insider Info on my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers Facebook Group when you Join my Team!

And since we know we’ll be getting sneak peeks, and getting to even purchase items from the Holiday Catalog (!), while we are at convention, I’ll be sharing some of the inside scoop and advance warning we get on upcoming promotions, incentives, and any hush hush products with my downline in our facebook group!  So, if you’ve been considering joining or want to be able to get in for the August Holiday Catalog preorder, I’d love to have you join my group and add you to active group of Fun n’ Crafty Stampers on Facebook!  We share project ideas, support, business tips, monthly swaps, and have a great time. 

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Alright, back to getting prepped and ready to go!  I’ll see some of you at my Birthday Cards class on Monday (RSVP here), some in Salt Lake City next week,  and the rest of you online soon!

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