Sorry for getting behind on my blog posting! I started working on some Christmas presents that involved printing photos from this past year…which got me started pulling photos off of my camera, video camera, cell phone, husband’s cell phone, etc…and then I needed to organize those photos…you get the idea.
But the nice thing about digging through photos is you find pictures you didn’t even remember taking. In this case, I had thought that I didn’t have a picture of this card I created in July and am so excited to realize I do!
This was a card I created for a shoebox swap at convention. What is a shoebox swap? It is an event when you create a project and bring all the supplies for 5-6 other people to make your project. Then everyone comes with their shoebox of project supplies and we each make everyone else’s project. Its pretty fun.
So, my inspiration for this card was Window Sheets. The name makes me think of a window and so I wanted to create my own window pane on a card. Sadly, I didn’t take pictures from the side, but how I did this was to take a square of Bashful Blue cardstock and adhere a piece of Old Olive cardstock that had been torn along one side to make the grass. I stamped the deer and the tree from Forest Friends on Whisper White paper and cut them out. The tree I adhered to the Bashful Blue paper (with the bottom of the tree glued under the Old Olive paper). Then I adhered the deer to the Old Olive paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I took a square Window Sheet piece, slightly bigger than the Bashful Blue CS, and added strips of Soft Suede for the frame around the edges. To make the Soft Suede look a bit more “wood grainy” I actually used the handles of a plastic grocery bag, pressed them onto the Soft Suede ink pad and then used that as a stamp to add texture to the cardstock. The Bashful Blue paper was glued to the Rich Razzleberry base. Then I added the framed Window Sheet piece on top using more Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Add some Old Olive ribbon to the bottom of the card and then make a label using the Modern Label punch in Soft Suede under a Word Window punchout on Whisper White (the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes). I added some gold brads for a final touch of bling. Overall, the card isn’t hard to do, it just has a number of steps involved. However, I loved the look and will probably do this again with a different scene out my window.
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Friend to Friend Recipe:
Stamps: Forest Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive marker, Early Espresso marker
Paper: Rich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Bashful Blue CS, Old Olive CS, Soft Suede CS
Accessories: Window Sheets medium, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Gold Brads, Paper snips, Sticky Strip (to attach the Soft Suede frame to the Window Sheets), Old Olive 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Paper Piercer, Stampin’ Dimensionals
If you’ve seen the holiday mini, you’ve seen one of the new products Stampin’ Up! just released – the Letterpress Plates. These plates are made to use with your BigShot and instead of embossing your image by causing the pattern to raise up off your paper, these plates deboss your image – making empressed images that go into your page. Add some craft ink, and you get imprinted colored images to spiff up your project.
At convention this year, Stampin’ Up! unveiled the plates and then offered a special convention bundle of all the letterpress plates at a discount for convention attendees. Yet another awesome benefit of being a demo (see even more benefits here). So, I decided to try them out and after getting my bundle, spent some time this weekend playing with them. So, today, here is the first card I made with the Northern Trim plate for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge.
I’ve also been playing with different types of papers and inks, so check back later this week as I’ll be posting my results and offering tips for what I’ve found from using the plates. Until then, here is the video Stampin’ Up! released to show you more possibilities with these plates.
Oh, P.S. – if you are a demo or become a demo when attending their regional seminar, they have another special bundle just for attendees! Contact me at email@example.com for more info or find out how to be my guest when I go to the Portland Regionals in October.
Kind Thanks Recipe:
Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Ink: Always Artichoke Classic ink, Always Artichoke Craft Ink, Rose Red Craft Ink
Paper: Elegant Soiree DSP, Basic Black CS, Rose Red CS, Confetti White CS, Always Artichoke CS
Accessories: Basic Black Satin ribbon, Scallop edge punch, Basic Rhinestones, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Modern Label punch, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
While I work on writing up blog posts for some projects I’ve done recently, I wanted to share my recent labor of love – a new Facebook page. I’ve set up a page on facebook at a place to share pictures, promotions, and make it easy for others to share their projects as well. I’d love for you to check it out. Right now it has a couple photos posted that will be making their way onto the blog soon but you can get an early look by visiting my Facebook page. I’ve also posted photos of more convention display boards on the page as well.
While you are there, become a fan to be eligible for special deals and get samples and information as it comes out. Once I have 25 fans, I can make the web address for this page much easier to find; so I’d love it if you were willing to be my fan.
Facebook Fan Special
To thank folks for helping me get to 25+ fans, I’m offering a special from now until 8/19. I’m offering this special to anyone who has become a fan of my facebook page. Simply place an order of $25 or more and receive the new Antique Brads FREE! That’s a $5.95 value for free just for becoming a fan. For example, love the vintage look – try the new Crochet Trim ribbon and the Distressing Kit and get Antique Brads FREE! Thats a $33 value for $27. Email me to take advantage of this special offer!
See a sample using some of these items in this post - http://www.nwstamper.com/stampin-up-convention-2010-punch-happy-swaps/
I had a few more swaps that I had to share so here is one more post including my second swap I took to convention.
So, you remember my first swap I showed you (recipe in this post) -
Well, after punching out the leaves and the flowers from the BigShot, I was going to recycle the scraps when I looked at them and said, “I could totally punch out stuff using these scraps”. So, I started punching out little hearts using the small heart punch and managed to actually get 5-6 hearts per scrap. So, from there was born the idea for my second swap.
This card uses the new Occasional Quotes hostess set. It is a perfect set for an outside and matching inside sentiment for your cards. Anyway, I had made 40 swaps and so had 40 of each color scrap, I watched a movie with my hubby and drove him crazy punching out hundreds of these little hearts. Then, the night before I left for convention, I punched out the scallop rectangles using the new Scallop Rectangle Clearlits die and then did the assembly from my hotel room. These took a bit of work to assemble but again, I felt very happy with them.
card by Mary Booker card by Valerie Taylor
card by Kathy Kuffel card by Diana Curtis
card by Terry Bolender
Hearts Swap Card Recipe:
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (hostess)
Ink: Concord Crush classic ink
Paper: Concord Crush CS, Pear Pizzazz CS, Whisper White CS, Crumb Cake CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Blushing Bride CS
Accessories: Small heart punch, Scallop trim border punch, Scallop rectangle clearlit
I really do have way too many pictures to share from convention, but I wanted to share a few more with you.
On the last day, mom and I were able to meet the celebrity of the hour – Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! I hadn’t realized that she had been spending almost all of the lunch break for 3 days sitting and taking pictures with one demonstrator after another. Of course she was very sweet and was happy to chat with everyone who met her.
Like I said before, convention is not only a time for fun, friends, and fabulous ideas, but it is also a motivational time for me. With a new baby and moving earlier this year, I’ve been slow to get moving on getting my Stampin’ Up! business rolling. However, with the enthusiasm of convention and the announcement of a new awesome incentive trip – I’ve decided my goal is to work towards Disneyworld 2012. That means I’ll be working on scheduling workshops and building my team over the next year. Its an exciting time for me and I’d love to share that excitement with you.
Oh, and I have to give a shout out to my dad as well. He came along to Salt Lake City and ended up helping carry our Memento Mall haul and babysitting Nicholas for my make and take sessions. Thanks Dad! You’re the best!
Finally, as promised, here are some of the amazing swaps I got while at convention. I can’t wait to try them out myself now that I’m home.
card by Laura Tollander card by Kathy Thisted
card by Janine Verster