Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Basket of Tags, part 3

Hi all
Here is the last tag of the tag project -

Now for the basket......

I made the basket from the box #2 die and the sails of the boat were made from triangles on the pennant die.  I still attached the DSP to tag cardstock for strength.
Here is a side view of the handle....

and finally the filled basket with ribbons....

think Tanza will enjoy receiving it?  Sure hope so!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Basket of Tags, part 2

Hi all
want to show you a few more of the tags I made...

Before I die cut these tags, I adhered the DSP to a piece of heavy tag to make them stronger.  Note that this DSP is currently available for 4 packs for the price of 3 (you can mix and match) but only until the end of August - act now!  This is a great time to get your holiday DSP - check out the upcoming holiday classes, some of which will use the DSP.

If you are INTERESTED (no final commitment yet) in attending the Gratitude retreat in Hagerstown with my friend June and I  the first weekend in December - we will be doing some stamping projects as part of the weekend activities- please contact me so I can put you on the list of interested ladies.  The weekend retreat fee will be $425 and will include room, meals and snacks, retreat booklet and craft materials, and treats.  You will need to bring scissors and adhesive for the Cards for Soldiers activity on Friday night.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good ..better!!!

Hi all
I have often written about how wonderful the Stampin' Up! products are ..the great quality!!  But tonight I want to tell you the background story about the project I am posting tonight.  Stick with me a minute, ok?.  Most of you know that Stampin' Up! has a monthly magazine and demo website full of articles, projects,  pictures and helpful suggestions about stampin, scrappin and serving our customers.  Recently, I  saw a lovely project on the customer e-newsletter.  I loved the basket of tags but was frustrated that there was no picture of each individual tag...just a shot of all the tags in the basket.  I called Demonstrator Support to ask if they might have another picture to show the details of the tags.  The lady who answered the call was so helpful.....she even called me back days later but was unable to find the pictures or anyone who had pictures of the tags.  Imagine my surprise when I got an email a week later from the lady with pictures of the tags.  Whoever had them brought them into the office and she took photos with her cell phone.  Needless to say I was impressed that she had remembered my call and worked so hard to get me the info I needed.  So in order to say thanks to her, I used her photos and some different colors and papers (I don't have the materials used in the original pictured project yet) and made her a little thank you.  I'll show you a couple of tags each day and the basket at the end.  thanks, Tanza!!!

Sorry about the big fat hand in the picture but I wanted you to see the word behind the little door!  This little door is a die cut from a brand new die in the Holiday mini that goes active on September 1st.  there are five different "doors" on the die.   very cool!  Of course the base of the tag is a top note die.  i just realized that I took the pictures before I added the ribbons!!
Have you figured out that the papers are from the Nautical Expedition DSP collection?  This is a die cut flower with a die cut butterfly on it. Kinda nice.  Come back tomorrow to see more.
Remember the sign up deadline for Sunday's class is Wednesday.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another covered book

As promised I have another covered book to show you.

This was the book I took to convention so I put the word "GROW" on the cover, the theme of convention.  Inside the book I attached an envelope to hold the receipts from my trip expenditures.

Below the envelope I also attached a pack of self stick flags but I took the packet off, once I got home.  I hope this is a useful idea for you too!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stampin and reading connection

Tonight I wanted to share with you a covered notebook I made to keep track of info for my new book club (at least, the club is new to me).

 I really love using the tall skinny books for taking notes because if you are in a situation where you are seated (like at convention) but don't have a table to rest your paper on, you can easily lay the book on your thigh and it is supported without sliding away.  I covered the book in retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper (Sunny Garden) and die cut the letters "READ" to attach to the cover.  The red band is a hair band and helps to keep the book closed.  I used packing tape to cover the designer paper to keep it looking pretty.
I'll show you another one tomorrow.

Friday, August 12, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #8

Hi all
This last card from my post convention class is my favorite.   I really love the pool party color!  This card is a close copy of one I received from Pam Hodges at convention - I added the ribbon. 

I found the nifty border at the bottom of the card a little tricky to do because the border is not a symmetrical repetitive pattern, instead it is an AB pattern...but I figured it out and I hope to post a picture by picture tutorial soon.
Lately I have spent a good deal of time selling old stamp sets, wheels, designer papers,and  punches on line and running back and forth to the post office to ship the products.  Mostly I have been using the Stampin Connection on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website to connect to people who are looking for specfic items.  I want to encourage you to contact me if there is any retired SU product you might be looking for.  If I don't have it, I can access the Stampin Connection to try to find it for you.
In just a few short weeks, the Holiday mini catalog will be available (September 1st).  There are many fabulous products in there ...I suspect you will be thrilled, as I am.   Now is a great time to book your pre-holiday workshop.  Whether you hostess the gathering in your home or in my stamp room, they are many great holiday decor and gift ideas!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #7

Dodo dodo dodo dodo  (image creepy music!)
IT happened again!!!   the lady I saw the other day at lunch at Wendy's, showed up at another favorite haunt on  Monday!!!!  I was telling my friend about all of my chance meetings I have had lately and darn if Pat didn't show up again!!  Wow!  The good thing was, she was able to tell me her co-workers name (sorry, Sue, I couldn't remember your name!!)  Wonder why I am suddenly having so many run ins with folks from those two schools where I formerly worked?!
Today I have a card for you ...a  fun little summer card.  I saw a card at convention where the person used the spotlighting technique instead of coloring in all the details of an image and I wanted to give it a try.  I think it works beautifully here. 

The umbrella was made from a scallop circle punch which is slit from edge to center in one spot and then acordian folded.  Cute, huh?
Hope you have already contacted me to sign up for the class on Sunday (14th) where we will make this card and the others recently posted.  Today is the registration deadline.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #6

Hi all
Well I had yet ANOTHER odd "chance meeting" this week.  While I was out with my family, I ran into a former coworker - we had worked together in the county many years ago.  I have seen her from time to time but it has been quite a while since our last contact.  Then my family and I were out for dinner and I ran into another former coworker FROM THE SAME SCHOOL.  Not sure what the significance is of all these chance re-encounters of connected folks, so close together in time, but I am enjoying seeing these gals and hearing about their job promotions and retirements. 
Tonight I am presenting to you a fun little card that was inspired by a convention trade I received from Karen Reid at convention.  Her card was square and did not include the elements at the bottom of my card... again similar, but with a touch of a difference. 

Pink and chocolate are such a great combination.  I especially enjoyed using my wheel..I haven't been using them much lately.  When I wanted to add a greeting, a "get well" thought came to mind immediately.   I thought the tea bag and tag were the perfect way to deliver that greeting.  Hope you like the idea...but don't have anyone who needs a "get well" greeting!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #5

Hi all
Today I am showing you a project using the lace ribbon border punch of my favorite new products.
This is a fresh little card ..bright and cheery, based on one I received at convention that was UNSIGNED!!!  So sad that someone would inspire me with a great project and I cannot even credit her with the inspiration!!  My  version is slightly different than the original.  Here it is...

Don't you love the effect the square lattice textured impressions plates give?!  Come try them out at my classes!

Monday, August 8, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #4

Hi all
Cupcakes are everywhere these days - not sure if it is the cute little personal serving that is so appealing to everyone, the idea that you don't slip into overeating because the portion is limited, or just the idea that  your little cake is untouched by someone else!  but everyone seems to light up when they see cupcakes.  So of course, that shows up in card making too.  This card was inspired by one I received from Charlene Monroe at convention.   I thought it was such a good idea to pair the music with the cupcakes. Hear me singing?   Here is a cupcake card....

I used Crazy for Cupcakes and the Music Note wheel.  The difference in my card is that I included the Build a Cupcake punch.  I had to!!  It's just sooo cute!!
Remember, the cards I am showing this week will be what we make at class on Sunday, Aug 14th.  sign up today!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #3

Today I have card with a masculine feel for you to see.  I used the Sail Away stamp on one of the two tags die cut tags.  The sails of the boat were stamped twice and layered  to give them some depth.  At the top of the tag is some chocolate ribbon (retired) and a large eyelet( retired).  The DSP is from the Nautical Expedition DSP pack in the summer mini catalog.  The rounding of the corners matches the image of waves rolling.

Hope you enjoyed this project.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Post Stampin Up! convention trades class, part 2 #2

Hi all
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer...I am so conscious of how quickly summer is slipping away. 
ON Friday, I had an unusual series of unanticipated meetings.  Dave and I ran out to look at a vacuum cleaner at Target and as we walked into the store, we ran into one of my coworkers, Katie.  As we stood chatting, Mary Lou walked by with her son - she is the mother of one of my older son's friends and briefly I had treated her youngest son.  As we exited the store, I saw another coworker across the length of the store.  We got in the car and began to leave the parking lot and passed Dave, another coworker.  Then we headed over to AC Moore and ran into Karin and Lisa, former coworkers from more than 17 years ago!!   Now the really crazy thing about seeing them is that just last week I saw four former co-workers(from the same job)  at a local restaurant.  How strange to run into so many of them so close together after so much time. This is not a small town!! Gives me the heebee jeebies!!
Today I have a project that was inspired by one I received from Joy Nelson at convention in Salt Lake City.  I just realized that I did not take side by side pictures of her card and mine.  Kinda sorry I forgot to do that for this set of cards because I prefer her color combo (Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder).  Unfortunately, I did not have all of  the materials to make her version.  Here is mine...

My colors are rich razzleberry, pink pirouette, pretty in pink.  The edges of the butterflies have glitter - I cannot wait to use my new bottle of SU glitter glue - it will be so much easier to apply glitter that way instead of handling loose glitter.
Ooops! the guys are calling.....gotta scoot!

Friday, August 5, 2011

post convention card class #2 project #1

Hi all
Today I am beginning to show you the cards from the class I held on July 31st.   This class is going to be repeated on August 14th.  You will need to sign up by Aug 11th in order to participate.

The first card card is a simple and quick card which highlights the use of designer papers (which are on special this month - buy 3 get one free!).

The daffodil delight trim was made using the scallop border punch.  The label uses the four frames set and the On Your Birthday set (omitting part of the greeting).  The base cardstock is tangerine tango.  Can't you imagine making a handful of these with different greetings - birthday, thinking of you, anniversaary, get well....
I am currently selling many of my retired punches, packs of designer paper and retired stamp sets.  If you have been looking for any retired products,c ontact me.  I might just have what you are looking for.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

simple treats

Hi all
Tonight I wanted to share with you some simple treats I made for the new book club I joined. 

Of course, I used the Sizzix candy box die and some small pieces of DSP.  Had to fill them with non-chocolate candies because the location of the meeting was a bit from here and I was afraid the chocolate would melt in this awful heat!!  Hope to do chocolate treats by September!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Post Stampin Up! convention trades class, part 1 #3

Hi all
The card I have to show you today is a near copy of the one I received from Tina Taves at convention (her's is on the left).  Wish I had paid closer attention when I was trading - sometimes the pace of trading is so fast that you forget to take the time to read the person's name badge or the signature on the back of the card.  Tina happens to post on one of my online groups and I would like to have had the time to say "hi" and chat a minute.  Maybe next year...
Any way, the only difference between her card and mine is I substituted the stamped image and the ribbon - I don't yet have the set or ribbon she used.  Here ya go!!

The shadowy effect was created by stamping on cardstock and then layering vellum over it -  The greeting is stamped on the vellum.  Lovely card, I think
Will you be coming to class on Sunday?  Be sure to register today.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Post Stampin Up! convention trades class, part 1 #8

Hi all
The remaining project from the July 24 class is one of my favorites..There were many cards traded at convention which used the nautical set from the current mini catalog.  I do not have that set but I do have the single sailboat stamp so I decided to work up a design that was inspired by so many of the boat cards. 

I added the compass from the camping set and a greeting from the doggie set.  I love the way this card turned out ....definitely has a masculine feel, I think. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Post Stampin Up! convention trades class, part 1 #7

Hi all,
The project I have to show you today was not received at convention.  I saw a similar project on a blog before convention - the lady had developed her own  pattern for the project.  When I saw a picture of her finished project, I immediately thought that it would have been easier to use two of our Big Shot dies.  I was eager to give my idea a try and here it is.

The top picture is an "aerial" view and the bottom picture is a straight on shot.  This project used the bitty box die and one of the two tags dies.  The cupcake is a mini - like you would use for a black bottom.  I guess the lady on the blog wanted a standard sized cupcake, but i thought how cute it would look if you made one of my little projects and sat it on a coworkers desk or in their work mailbox.  cute!  I simply punched a hole in the lid of the box so the cupcake could sit in the hole.  The box has a little tab that slips into a hole in the box - i slipped that tab through the bottom of the tag before i put it in the usual hole to keep the  whole thing together.  The pennants were punched using the new SU punch.  Too cute!