Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Triple Time Tuesday

Triple Layer Stampin'
Today is the LAST DAY to earn the Reason to Smile stamp set FREE with any $50 order.  SHOP NOW to place your order before you aren't able to set this stamp set anymore! 

I have been wanting to try out the Triple Layer Stampin' technique so I figured this was a great time to use it.  I used my color coach again (seriously I use it everyday!) to find a great color combo.  I knew I wanted to use Daffodil Delight for this daisy card but I wasn't sure what other colors I wanted to use.  The coach suggest Old Olive and Not Quite Navy.  Because I had some Midnight Muse sitting right there, I decided to use that instead of the NQN. 
The simple way of explaining this technique: cut 3 pieces of whisper white, layer them using a movable adhesive, stamp, pull apart, mat, line up and attach using permanent adhesive. 

Whisper White, Old Olive and Midnight Muse Cardstock 
Daffodil Delight and Midnight Muse ink
A Word for You stamp set
A Reason to Smile stamp set (not available after today!)
Snail adhesive and personal paper trimmer

Check out my blog tomorrow for an awesome promotion for signing up as a demonstrator (either to make it a business, or just receive the discount!!!) and to see a fun project using items from the new catalog!

Monday, July 30, 2012

CASE of the Mondays.

I have a CASE of the Mondays...

This morning I was working on my blog hop projects and threw together this card for the post today.  I CASE'd this card from my friend Annie Lee.  She offered this card as a suggestion for my Startin' Stampin" class this weekend.  I am going to be teaching the basics of stamping and needed cards that don't require a lot of bells and whistles.  As you can see, to make this card you only need DSP, card stock, ink and a paper cutter (in addition to snail adhesive).

Rose Red, Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze ink and card stock
Floral District DSP
Betsy's Blossoms and Curly Cute stamp sets
Paper trimmer
Snail adhesive

PS: CASE means: Copy and Share Everything!  Thanks Annie Lee for sharing with me! Check out her page HERE!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunny Sunday

Sunny Sunday...
It was certainly very sunny today, and very, very hot!  I am still trying to make Thank You cards and todays card is perfect for that.  I have been wanting to use the Hello, Doily stamp again.  I brushed the dust off this beautiful stamp (okay, not really) and whipped out this card.  I did get this general idea from the July 2011 issue of Stampin' Success (an exclusive magazine for SU demos).  The color combo came from the Color Coach, if you don't have one, you HAVE to get one!  It combined Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight.  I wouldn't have paired these colors together normally.

Delicate Doilies, Lacy and Lovely, Friendly Phrases, and Hello, Doily stamp sets
Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, and Lucky Limeade inks and cardstock
Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Island Indigo Twine
Decorative Label and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punches
Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots and Snail adhesive

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sassy Saturday

I am.... thankful!
After attending convention, I have a huge list of Thank you notes.  I was looking around my stamp room (which is a mess by the way) and decided I should crack open my new, exclusive "I am" stamp set from convention.  We received this set for attending 6 or more break-out classes.  I really love the main stamp, as you can see below, I made it the centerpiece of the card.  

I used the Labels Collection Framelits and my Big Shot to cut all of the frames.  I also used Versamark ink to stamp the flower from the Lacey and Lovely stamp set as a "background".  I admit, I am a bit addicted to making my own paper using the versamark ink!  I love the sassy look of the glitter!  As a hint to make the flower, I punched the flower, crumpled them up (even the silver) and pulled apart the two layers.  This makes them look a bit antique and also not as thick!  

"I am" and Lacey and Lovely stamp sets
Raspberry Ripple and Versamark ink
Raspberry Ripple, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Silver Glitter card stock
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Labels Collection Framelits
Boho Blossom punch
Rhinestones and Dimensionals

Let me know if you have any question or want to purchase any of the products I used!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fast Friday

Lacey and Lovely
I received this beautiful stamp set from the "I am... creative" class that I attended as an extra class at the Stampin' Up! Convention.  I have to admit, I am completely in love with this color combo of Basic Gray, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  This card was quite fast using the paper trimmer to cut the mats and the circle punches to cut the circles.

Basic Gray, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit ink pads and cardstock
Summer Starfruit DSP (from the 2012-14 in-color DSP stack)
Whisper White cardstock
Lacey and Lovely Stamp Set
In-color Dahlias (Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit)
Circle Punches: 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/4" and 2 1/2" 
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Order now using the tab on the right: 
#122887  $17.95 (clear mount)
#122885  $24.95 (wood mount)


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Part 3: #Convention 2012

Convention 2012: Saturday

Make-n-Takes: We started our last day (boo hoo) by doing the Make-n-Takes.  All 3 of us went together and shared the stamp set.  We only brought one set, I HIGHLY recommend doing this with your roommates so you don't have to carry them around all day, that bag gets heavy!!  I didn't love the Affection Collection set at first but it's growing on me... see the bottom of this post to check out my projects using it!  I also completed the You're Amazing scrapbook page (yah me) this morning.  Almost done with my goal of completing all convention projects!

I am Savy with Donna Griffith, Meg Wheeler, Dawn Griffith and Laura Millan:  I enjoyed this class because it will filled with demonstrations and TONS of great ideas!  One of them made awesome cards using a shape cut-out with ribbon in place of the shape.  (IE: you punch out a flower - where the blank space is from the flower you place different strips of ribbon.)  It is a COOL technique and really showcases our ribbon.  They showed ideas to use for entire classes as well as quick demos.

I am a First-time Recruiter with Jill Leigh: this was a great class to motivate us to find recruits.  I loved how the two demos sat in chairs (talk-show style) and chatted about their experiences with recruiting and building their downline.  It gave some good ideas as well as motivation!  And there is nothing better than a talk show!

Closing Session
Sara Douglass presented showing TONS of ideas using Mason Jars.  I'd love to share some of these (baby, wedding, thank you, food, laundry, etc... themed) but I am saving them for our blog.  She had some awesome ideas and I will definitely be case'ing some of them.  In case you don't know - in the stamping world "CASE" means "Copy and Share Everything".  The thing I loved the most about her demo was that it can be duplicated easily!  I love that!

Carrie Cudney came out onto stage in full costume, playing the bagpipes with her brother.  It was so cute!  I am missing my notebook and for the life of me I cannot remember what she presented on... I will update you on that tomorrow!

Shellie came back out onto stage and discussed with us the Ronald McDonald House charity and how SU! supports so many wonderful groups, but specifically RMHC.  $3 from every stamp set sold goes back to the charity plus the base donation that SU already commits.  At the end, she gave us EACH a Moving Forward set!  It is so cute!  I just love the tricycle and the boat!  So excited to have an entire class centered around this set!  We also received the Mixed Medley stamp set at the very end of her presentation!  It's a cute set and has forced me to order the new 1 1/4 scallop circle punch.  :)

My experiences at convention were awesome... with my 3 posts I didn't mention the milestone marches, awards, food, or swaps.  I will be randomly posting about these things as time goes by.  Please enjoy the following projects from the Affection Collection set that we received!

The picture above is a scrapbook page we made using the You're Amazing set.  I love the different shapes that are including in this page (see below).  I am looking forward to getting a package of these protectors soon!  It will work perfect for my next scrapbook class!   By the way, the brown spot is for a picture and the "winner" part is for journaling!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Part 2: #Convention 2012

Friday: "I am..." SU! Convention 2012

I can't remember the exact order but you should get the general idea.

Bonnie Thurber presented a wonderful selection of Christmas ideas and class ideas.  Items she used from the Holiday Catalog:
  • Scentsational Season bundle with scented embossing powder - this set and framelits allows you to make quick and easy cards that are cute.  I wasn't sold on it, but I now have to have them!
  • Noel Notes - you can use these versatile cards and insert pictures or card fronts.  Very classy!
  • Season of Sweets Designer Kit - Versatile kits to use with cookies, or to make card sets
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed tags - for less than $10 you can make 25 adorable cards by pairing these tags with a set of SU notecards.  Bonus: they are reversible.  :)
  • Festival of Prints DSP stack - this set of DSP allows you mat photos for scrapbooking or cut them in half and use for DSP on cards.  The paper is classy and cute at the same time!
Shannon West came out onto stage dressed in a costume for Halloween!  She was simple adorable!  At the end of her presentation I won her prize patrol of the products she demoed.  The products she highlighted were:
  • Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP - I LOVE the patterns and they are perfect for not only fall and halloween items, but also many other things!  I love the chevron prints, the plaids and the strips, not to mention the polka dots!  

  • Monster Munchies Stamp set - these items were featured as treat containers and on treats for Halloween.  The BEST one was the Frankenstein "Monster" with brads in the sides of his head!  I can't wait to try this out!

Shelli Gardner also presented projects Friday. She showed us her gratitude journal with TONS of ideas to include, but her main point was to make it YOUR OWN!  I love this idea and plan to use it myself.  Her demostration focused on all of the products that were in the Product Showcase blog yesterday.


  • "I am Doing Business My Way" with Tami White and Ronda Wade.  They both discussed different ideas that have worked in their business from changing to a "private class model" from the workshop model, to discussing how a club works.
  • "I am Reaching Out" with Emily Montoya helped us to focus on the different generations, specifically generation Y.  My take-away from this presentation was that this generation relies on technology more than we think... blogs, facebook pages, texting, and using DBWS are all way to aim your business strategies at this generation.  I loved this class simply because it gave me the kick in the pants to set a goal to keep up with my blog and to create a business facebook page.
  • "You're Amazing" Make-n-Takes were a card and scrapbook layout.  Michele and I didn't have time to complete the scrapbook layout, but we did create the card, which you can see pictured to the right.  I love the new ticket punch, though I modified mine a bit from the instructions.  That's the BEST part about card-making, you make it your own!

Evening Class: "I am... Creative"  Shannon West and 5 SU! Concept Artists taught this class.  I came away with SOOOO many new ideas I can't possibly share them all here.  I will highlight my favorite from the concept artists:
  • Melody talked about the many different ways we can use fabric in our crafting.  One of them is printing on the fabric using a computer printer!  It can be done!  Just make sure to attach the fabric to paper and tape all exterior edges with painters tape.  Once you print and remove the tape/ paper, make sure you "heat set" the fabric and the ink from the printer.  I also found out I need "repositionable fabric spray"
  • Arika taught use the "splatter" technique using 7/8 alcohol with 1/8 re-inker in either the spritzer spray bottle or aquapainter.  You can also make splatter out of alcohol, re-inker and dazzling details if you want it to be sparkly.  Who doesn't love sparkles?
  • Angie taught use all about different ways to create chevron prints!  One of the gifts we received was the Chevron embossing folder!  Love that folder!
  • We also received a make-n-take that I did not complete but I will complete it soon and post here for you!  Be on the lookout!
As promised yesterday, I finished the projects from the Daydream Medallions set.  We made four 3x3 cards with matching envelopes and a gift box.  I just LOVE the bow that goes on the gift box and it was so easy to make!  It is pictured below:
Check back tomorrow for the last day of convention (and I promise my daily posts will NOT be this long, this is just special for convention!)!  I look forward to sharing it with you!  Keep on stampin' in the sun!  :) Pam

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

#Convention 2012: "I am..." addicted to stamping!

Hey there!  I just got back from Salt Lake City, Utah where I attended the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention!

I arrived into SLC late Tuesday night.  Wednesday morning my roomies and I got to the convention center right around 9am so we could get into line for the buses over to Riverton (SU headquarters).  The ride over took about 30 minutes and I sat with a sweet demo named Cindy, who has become a friend now (after running into her several times throughout the weekend).  Let me just tell you, Riverton is AWESOME.  It's set in the middle of nowhere, but it seems to be an up and coming area.  We got to walk around the distribution center, idea room, call center, etc... we received many hugs and words of appreciation from all the employees there.  We even received a "fan" from them because they are our biggest fans!

Product Showcase:
We got back just in time for my "secret" focus group early that afternoon- what fun it was sharing my thoughts about SU!  :)  After that I enjoyed walking around the product showcase, trying out new products SU has in their two catalogs!

  • Stampin' Trimmer!  Let me give you a few highlights: you get about 500 cuts with this new trimmer, you can now cut a 5.5x4.25 card using the surface (not extended), the measurements are UNDER the plastic (which means the numbers will NOT rub off), the blades have a stability bar so they don't rock and you can now keep both your cutting and scoring blade on the track at the same time!  Oh, I almost forgot the you can "lock" it so it doesn't open up in transit!  Wait til you see it!  It is high on my list and is my fav new tool!
  • Silicone Craft mat (you can put hot glue or crystal effects on it, let it will dry and you can pop off whatever you glued)
  • New ink pads (great tip: hold ink in one hand and stamp in the other - gently and lightly clap together twice to cover stamp - NO more smashing stamp into ink to get it covered)
  • Simply Scored: we learned how to use the diagonal plate to make a CUTE project (see below)
  • Heat Tool: two heat settings to dry things and emboss
  • Jumbo Sticky Rounds: you can make adorable ribbon and fabric flowers using the rounds
  • Paper-Piercing Tools and Templates: the new mat is large enough for a full card, etc...
Opening Ceremonies:
....were simply awesome!  All of the SU! were there to clap us into the main stage area.  What an overwhelming feeling it was to have them clap and scream for us!  The opening video and song (special "I am" song) was awesome!  I swear I still have the song in my head.  Jason Dorsey presented to us about the different generations and how we can reach them.  I was able to apply this not only to my SU! business but also my teaching career.

  • Daydream Medallion Make-n-Takes : I love this stamp set.  I will post the examples and a few more in the next couple days.
  • "I am open for business" with Carrie Cudney.  She is soooo sweet!  We learned the basics of having a SU business.  Everything from following up with leads to customer contacts was covered.  This refresher course was a great way to kick off my day!
  • "I am... having fun" with Shannon West.  Shannon talked about all of the ways we can make workshops or classes fun.  My big take away from this was that I need to spend a little more time focusing on the "fun" aspect.  I get so flustered with the projects that I forget to prepare a snack, etc...  She also suggested doing an ice breaker, two awesome questions were "What is on your nightstand?" and "What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?".  These questions help the group or class open up to each other and feel comfortable.  She also mentioned hitting all 5 senses in a class, which is a great way to think about it!  :)  I'd love to attend a class at Shannon's house, I bet it's a blast!
Closing Session:
Holly Linford presented about the new MDS coming out August 1st.  I am not into MDS yet, but I am so excited about the possibility.  I look forward to working with it during the free 30-day trial!  Some of the highlights: being able to change the colors of stamped images, changing / deleting items from images, and TONS of free templates.

Wow, this was so long and I only covered two days.  I will be covering Friday and Saturday tomorrow...

New Project:
I learned how to make this cute little pouch from one of the guys at the Product Showcase.  Isn't it so cute?!  Guess what?  It's soooo easy too!

I made the little double-sided pouch using at 6x6 piece of Pool Party cardstock.  Using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool and SS Diagonal plate, it only took 3 score lines!  Watch for a VIDEO coming soon on this super easy project.  As you can see it holds a chocolate, or a tea bag, or even a couple flavored water packets.  The other side can hold a small mini card!  :)  The stamp set I used is Lacey and Lovely (free in my "I am... Creative" class.

Supply List:
Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
Pool Party and Midnight Muse ink
Simply Scored with diagonal plate
Vintage Faceted Designer button
1" and 1 3/4" circle punches
Modern Label punch
Pool Party twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamp Set: Lacey and Lovely

Friday, July 13, 2012

Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July!  On July 16th I will be hosting my Christmas card class.  We will be making 2 of each 5 cards to start preparing for Christmas!  Why not get a jump start on your card making?!  

This card comes from my desire to create a vintage looking card.  I love both sets used and I really like the colors: Crumb Cake, Ivory, Red Riding Hood and Always Artichoke.  Wouldn't this card be easy to duplicate for your holiday cards?

Join us Monday for the class and make this card and 4 others!  
$25 for 10 cards and envelopes

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me from Annie's page!  Doesn't she have a knack for creativity? 

July is one of my favorite months!  Coming up on July 18th I will turn 35.  I will soon be in my "mid" 30's!  Time really does start to fly once you become an adult!  It is also the month of one of my favorite holidays: Independence Day (aka: July 4th!).  I love everything about July 4th: picnics, BBQ's, fireworks, red, white & blue and watermelon!  Right now I am enjoying spending time with my family in Maryland and Virginia.  Being here brings back lots of memories spending July 4th with family here when I was a kid!

My 3d project is my favorite one thus far... mostly because I LOVE cake, but also because it's really cute!  Wouldn't this make a great little gift for a friend, paired with a balloon, a noisemaker, and a banner?  It's a party in a bag!  
At first glance you might think it's actually a mini cake, but it's not!  It's a candle!  I got the original idea by searching pinterest for 3d ideas.  Check out the blog I used for the instructions here!  Thanks to Jill George for the great idea!

I used a lot of pearls on here because I wanted it to look like a cake you'd get at a bakery.  I am in LOVE with the Patio Party DSP party used for the sides of the cake!

Pre-lit tealight from JoAnn's (2 for $2.99)
Card stock: Raspberry Ripple, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi
Patio Party DSP
Punches: 1 3/4" and 2 3/8" scallop circle
3/4" circle, Bird Builder, Boho Blossoms

Two Birthday cards:
The first card uses Topsy Turvy Celebration... I debated getting this set but ended up getting it free!  I LOVE the cakes and the potential for making "fun' cards.  The DSP is Patio Party and I used the cupcake punch to punch out the silver sparkly candles! 

This card is made using the Top Note die.  It's SOOO easy... use your favorite DSP, fold over 1/3 to make the "top" (don't forget to use your paper snips to "snip" off the points on the side).  Add a ribbon strap and button closure.  

This is my bonus fabric project!  I wanted to get my 8 month old cousin a cute headband from the "cart at the mall".  I found out those cute headbands are $10!!!!  Seriously?  I walked away thinking, I bet I could make a headband and attach flowers myself.  I went to JoAnn's, got a $3 headband, cut out the flowers and attached them to the headband using a needle and thread.  I used a retired pink button for the center of the flower.  I then got the grand idea to attach the same flowers to onesies!  I simply bought some heat and fuse at J's again, attache it to the fabric, cut out the flowers and then ironed the flowers onto the onesie!  Isn't it a cute set?  I plan on making little Harper a few more sets!  :)

Thanks for joining us and continue onto the next stop with Nancy's awesomely creative projects!

      Blog Hop Participants:
      1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
      2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
      3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
      4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps a Lot
      5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
      6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
      7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
      8. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
      9. Heather W. of Heather's Stampin' Blog
      10. Marla R. of Marla's Stampin' Spot
      11. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
      12. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim

      Wednesday, July 4, 2012

      I am in our Nation's capital enjoying family but you can still join us tomorrow for the July Blog Hop!!!!