It took all day to get from the Northwest tip of the United States all the way down to the Southeast point of the country… but boy is it going to be worth it!
The sun was rising when we got to the airport… and the plane headed to our stop over destination, Phoenix was PACKED. I was surprised given it was early in the morning on a wednesday, but then all it took was one look at the people on the plane and I knew why….
DUH! The Superbowl is happening on Sunday in Glendale, AZ so the plane was filled with blue and green and adorable outfits like this toddler’s 12th man cape. He even had the seahawks logo buzzcut into his hair!
Our intrepid crew (me and some of my Fun n’ Crafty downline – Beatie B and Kathy T) had fun (and naps) on our many hours of plane time!
Already on the airplane I met new Stampin’ Up demonstrators… at the airport I met my friend Karina Chin from Edmonton, AB Canada and we all headed to our hotel to check in and grab some dinner.
Being west coast time had its perks in that we weren’t starving yet… but then the downside when we realized we had only just started eating and it was 10pm already! I still harbor the delusions that I’ll actually get sleep before and during a Stampin’ Up event. ha ha ha!
But as the sun sets on our travel day, it is so awesome to be back with crafting friends and I can’t wait to see what the day will bring as we kick off the Leadership convention in just a few hours!
News, Ideas, Display Boards – Oh My!
Everything kicks off in a few hours, and I’ll be posting live while I’m there including great display ideas, news, notes, and whatever seems cool at the time. So if you are interested in getting a feel for what is happening check out the following:
- See whats happening when it happens –
I’ll be posting throughout the day on my facebook page, so make sure you are a fan or watching the page —> Visit the Facebook page
- Catch the recaps each night –
each night I’ll be staying up and posting about how things are going. I’ll have new pictures (from my nice non-cellphone camera) to upload that I couldn’t during the day. So, stop by each day here at http://www.nwstamper.com
Today is the day! I’m headed to Orlando leaving my kiddos and hubby at home to have Daddy/kids time.
I’ll be posting photos and updates once I’m there so be sure to check back over the next few days.
I’ll be away but you can play…. Double rewards points with your purchases!
Normally for every $40 you spend with me, you get a punch on a virtual punch card. When you get 10 punches, you can pick any stamp set in the catalog to receive free! Now get 2 punches for every $40 through Sunday!
Shop online with hostess code S7A2HN9W (enter it on the shopping cart page) and you are all set!
Wow! I checked out the Weekly Deals this morning and holy moly if you like embossing or have considered getting into Embossing folders, this is your week!
You can get
- 6 Embossing Folders
- the Texture Boutique machine to emboss your paper with them
- a free stamp set, paper pack, or blendabilities of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalog
All for only $58 this week! Totally great deal! Shop these deals online here.
If you wanted an even better deal – consider getting the starter kit and you can get
- 5 embossing folders
- The Big Shot for embossing OR die cutting
All for only $99 plus free shipping and then you’ll be a part of my Fun n’ Crafty demonstrator group and get a minimum of 20% off your future orders too! Learn more here.
Quick share today of a card I did in my Flip Card technique class where we used the different Flip Card thinlits. For this sample, we used the Label Thinlit and the dies that came with it for this fun love card:
Tips for making this card:
- Start with a 5.5″x11″ piece of cardstock for your card base.
- Place the thinlit die over the cardstock so that the left side of the die exactly matches the left side of the cardstock. Then tuck the right edge of the cardstock OVER the right side of the die. It will look like your paper is threaded through the die. (under the left and the middle of the die, over the right end of the die).
- After you run the paper through the Big Shot, you should have the flip part in the middle cut out and a score line on the right 1/3rd. Fold in on that score line.
- Use the Pictogram Punches stamp set to decorate the outside, and then the Perfect Pennants stamp set decorate the inside of the flip part.
- Punch out a Crushed Curry scallop dotted ribbon and adhere along the INSIDE of the flipping edge so that half hangs over the edge (so you can see it when the card is closed). Layer a white label die cut (that comes with the thinlit set) over the yellow ribbon cardstock to cover the middle.
Well, tomorrow I leave for leadership… so watch for videos, pictures and more from me from the fun in Orlando!
I’m back with another Scrapbook Sunday project share for you. I put together this layout for the Stampin’ Up convention display boards last year and it was the project that I was most sad about not being able to get back! I think it is one of my favorite layouts in a long time –and I even came up with it all by myself!
Now, I normally scrapbook in 12×12 sizes but I decided to try something different and go for an 8-1/2” x 11” layout. Turns out it is a great size if you have a 4”x6” photo that you want to highlight. Plus the smaller size means you can add a few touches and fill up the space more quickly so you can move on to your next set of photos. I’m sure I’ll still do lots of 12×12 pages still, but I may have to mix in more of these smaller layouts too.
Embellishing Ideas for your Scrapbook Page:
- Grab a nice multipurpose stamp set – like in this case, the Kinda Eclectic stamp set – and use it to accessorize your page and POP your photo. I used the sunburst behind one corner and the vintage dots under the opposite corner.
- To add extra sparkle (or to cover up an imperfectly stamped circle ) Use the In Color sequins as dots in your stamped area.
- and yes, that title is stamped as well using the Skinny Mini alphabet stamps.
- In sticking with my vintage feel, I layered stamped images and accessories for a cluster (clustering is a great way to add some dimension and wow to your pages). I have Burlap ribbon, stamped and fussy cut leaves, a vintage button, stamped and punched butterfly, and a sequin with a mini-brad through the middle all layered together.
- You will notice the two-tone look to the leaves and butterfly… that is because I used the Rock n’ Roll technique to ink them. Ink the stamp with one color (usually the lighter color) and then roll the edges of the stamped image in a darker color ink BEFORE you stamp.
- I didn’t want to leave the upper corner blank, so I stamped with a very light color some extra butterflies so there was subtle balance. It’s kind of like making your own background paper!
Leadership 2015 Updates!
I’m getting my bags packed and swaps finished as I head off to Orlando on Wednesday for the final Leadership Convention from Stampin’ Up (they have announced they are changing what events they run and this will be the last “leadership” they put on… I’m hoping while I’m there they fill us in on what they will be doing in it’s place in the future!). I always love going and getting more great creative ideas, hear the latest announcements and news from Stampin’ Up, and connect with so many of my stamping friends.
I will be sharing frequently through the week, so make sure you are plugged in to follow along with me!
- Daily Updates on my Facebook Page! – follow me
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- Summaries each morning on this Blog – get posts by email by using the subscription box on the right side of the blog
Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
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Ok, my brain is on Project Life and pocket page scrapbooking because I’m so stinkin’ excited for having finished up my complete December Daily album for 2014. Yes! You heard me right… I actually finished a scrapbook LESS THAN A MONTH after the photos were taken!! What?! I know, how crazy is that.
But it made me realize how super quick and easy getting your photos off of your computer and into a book can be. Especially thanks to the accessory kits that Stampin’ Up has created to go along with the card kits. Seriously, I can make my pages cute and not have to think very much because I just dump out all the supplies on my craft table and just pick from the pile for each page.
But what if you have extra cards or you don’t feel making a scrapbook album? How about a card!
This card was inspired by the fabulous Erica Cerwin during one of the Artisan Blog Hops for Stampin’ Up! (You can see her card and other great cards using Project Life journalling cards here.)
Tips for making this card:
- Pick a bold patterned 4×6 card (like this black and white patterned one from the Everyday Adventure card kit) and trim it down to a smaller size for your background paper. This was cut down to 4”x5.25”.
- Mat the card with a slightly larger cardstock piece (like this 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” piece of Basic Black) for a big impact.
- Take a 3”x4” journaling card and don’t be afraid to turn it on it’s side or cut it down for your sentiment! Then stamp away – like with this sentiment from the Bravo stamp set.
- Add a simple accent with glue dots – like the Wooden Elements heart and then a bow out of the Gold Baker’s Twine and you are done!
See more of my December Album over on my Facebook Page
Or go check out all the options for Project Life cards and accessory kits (seriously, from now on I’m always getting the accessory kit when I buy a card kit!). You can even get a special Project Life card kit for FREE as a choice during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order. Sweet, right?!
Project Supplies Used for the Card:
(if you are reading this in email, click here to see the list of supplies)
Project Supplies Used for the Scrapbook Page:
What was the stamp set in the Stampin’ Up catalog that you saw and immediately went “I have to have that!”? For me, it was the Kind Koala stamp. I didn’t have a plan or a reason for it, but I just thought it was too cute not to have. So, it went on my first order and I haven’t regretted it! I still love it, especially when coloring this little guy in with my Blendabilities markers.
Tips for making this card:
- The Kind Koala stamp set is perfect for quick cards. The image and sentiment are all one single stamp, so you can stamp, add some backing layers and be done! Added extra coloring or accessories as you have the time.
- The skin tones Blendabilities aren’t just for skin! I used them here to color in the Koala. You get a wide range of browns and peaches to work from, some of which are lighter than the Crumb Cake markers. (Plus, this week they are 25% off with the Weekly Deals!)
- Keep the rest of your card clean and simple to let the focus be on your colored Koala image. He is cute, why not let him steal the show?
- Use the In Color paper and matching In Color ribbon to have a subtle way of adding texture without too much competing colors (this card uses the pretty Lost Lagoon).
- Make adding a bow easy! Adhere one piece of ribbon around your card front and then tie a second piece of ribbon into a bow and adhere ON TOP of the first ribbon using a glue dot! It keeps everything tight and just how you like it!
- Add your favorite complimentary color for the flower and do some subtle shading with your Blendabilities. Even the littlest bits of coloring can make a big impact!
But most of all, when coloring with Blendabilities, don’t over think it!! Your images will likely turn out darker or fussier if you overthink what you are doing when you are first starting out. Just start with your lightest color and then add touches of the medium and darker color wherever you think there would be shadows or shade and a little bit of squiggles goes a long way!
Project Supplies Used:
New weekly deals came out today and if you love coloring with markers, you are in for a treat!
Shop the weekly deals here!
Get an extra 12% off the Weekly Deals today only!
Just a reminder that today is the last day of my 12th Man discount to help celebrate the Seahawks heading to the Superbowl! Place an order online using the hostess code WTTJE4Z6 or email me your order by tonight and I’ll give you the extra 12% off!
And if your order is $50 BEFORE the 12% discount, I’ll even throw in a Sale-a-Bration free item as well! Sweet, right?
Shop online at http://www.nwstamper.com/shop
Preview of Tomorrow’s Project Share
Tomorrow I’ll be back with another project, and it even uses the Skin Tone blendabilities that are on sale this week with the Weekly Deals! See you then!
Did you see the game yesterday? Sadly, I had an event so I missed most of the Seahawks vs Packers football game but I got to catch the very end and the exciting news that my local Seahawks are headed back to the Superbowl! Woo Hoo!
So, to celebrate, I had to offer a 12th Man discount through tomorrow.
Seahawks 12th Man Discount!
Get 12% off your entire Stampin’ Up order through 1/20 using hostess code WTTJE4Z6
Email me you order at email@example.com or shop online at http://www.nwstamper.com/shop and use the hostess code WTTJE4Z6 on the shopping cart page.
(Note – if your order is over $150, you don’t need to use the hostess code and I’ll still contact you for your discount).
BONUS – for every $50 you spend BEFORE YOUR DISCOUNT, you can pick out any item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get for free! Whoop Whoop!