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


Terri Brown said...

I just got the Daydream Medallions set and haven't played with it yet--I love those cards!

Pam Steckman said...

Thank you! They are so very cute! I will be posting projects with all of the convention sets over the next few weeks! :) Tomorrow I will be posting the other two cards and the scrapbook page from the make-n-takes! :)

Shirley Pumpkin said...
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Shirley Pumpkin said...

Great Post!! I had a blast at Convention myself. I have a few posts up about it, but have about 3 or 4 more I want to do including prize patrol. I am now following you from SC!! TFS

Shirley Pumpkin

Pam Steckman said...

Thanks so much Shirley! Prize Patrol is the best, isn't it?

Brenda Rigby Riehle said...

I loved reading your recap of the convention, and your blog is awesome!! I'm your newest follower, and I hope you'll stop to visit and follow me too.

Pam Steckman said...

Thanks so much Brenda! I just added yours as well! I appreciate your sweet note!

Terry said...

Terrific rundown of the classes! Make sure you put the #Convention2012 in your convention posts because each "teacher" is randomly selecting 5 winners for a stamp set!
I'm your newest follower from SC and I hope you'll follow my blog -

Happy Stampin'