What a fun week. I arrived in Orlando on Wednesday and was greeted by sunshine and warm temperatures. This Wisconsin girl was happy.
Being the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up!, the crowd was huge. There were over 6,000 demonstrators from all over the world including Canada, Europe and the South Pacific. There was much anticipation for the doors to open on the first day!
One of the big highlights of the first day of convention was receiving a copy of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. There are LOTS of fun new stamp sets that found their way on to my must have list.
The days included many sessions showcasing different stamp sets and providing ideas on how to use them. There sure is a lot of creativity out there. Some of the presentations had us in tears of laughter! There were sessions where we could stamp projects using new items and I can't forget Prize Patrol! I came home with a bag of goodies. I'll get some photos and post them for you.
Here's a photo of me, Kay and my roommate Janet. The three of us had a great time together.
Updates that were shared include:
* Due to popularity of clear mount and photopolymer stamps, wood mount stamps will be discontinued.
* New clear mount stamps will have a cling sticker that sticks to the blocks like you wouldn't believe! There's actually a trick to getting them off of the blocks because they're so sticky - you're going to love them!
* A bag for the Stamperatus will soon be available. It includes lots of room for tools and graph paper.
* A beautiful bag that coordinates with the Stamperatus bag will hold your stamping needs when you're on the go and will be available to new demonstrators in 2019.
* A chief technical officer was hired to work on the website to improve your shopping experience; more forms of payment will be accepted and there will be improved access to my online store.
I look forward to sharing samples made from the stamp sets I received along with additional fun photos from the weekend.
If you're in need of any SU! items, I'd greatly appreciate your shopping my online store. Click here for quick access.
Share what you love is an ongoing message from Stampin' Up! A friend and fellow stamper creates cards each year for a prison ministry. When he mentioned this early in the year, I wanted to contribute. Throughout the year as I created cards, I'd make one or two extra and set them aside. When I was cleaning my craft room I found a package of retired in-color doilies. I also had the coordinating DSP, so to make good use of these producets, I created a design and prepped my materials. My sister and a friend came over one night and we put these 40 cards together. It was a relaxing evening. As you receive this post in your mail box, I'm in sunny Florida having a fabulous time with 7000 Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world. It's a mass of people who are over-the-top excited about ink, stamps and paper. It's a blast! I'll be sure to share more about the weekend when I return. For a limited time you can purchase items from the Snowflake Showcase. Click here to check out a video showcasing the amazing products in this suite.
Yipes! It's November already. How did that happen? Here in Wisconsin, the weather change from fall to winter is underway. There's nothing better on a cold, rainy afternoon than a lovely cuppa tea.
On a trip to London several years ago, I reveled in the centuries old business of Fortnum and Mason. If you are a foodie, you likely know this store.
I'm a coffee drinker, but have been working on acquiring a taste for tea. I bought a box of Black tea with Lemon tea bags and found I absolutely love it. My son restocked on one of his trips to London and I stocked up again in spring when I was there.
My friend is a tea lover and I wanted to share my F&M tea with her, but wanted to come up with a fun package. I used Cajun Craze and some retired product. The pumpkins are made using an oval and a circle punch. I placed the punched pieces in an embossing folder and ran them through the Big Shot to get some texture. Soft Suede was used to sponge the edges of the pieces. The circle in back is Mossy Meadow. I cut the stems from Mossy Meadow free hand.
Laura really likes this tea too and was happy to receive this fun little package. I like to share and figure, when I'm out, it's time to head to London! Not the most cost efficient way to purchase tea - but fun!!
So why the heading 'Excitement ahead'? Tomorrow I leave for Orlando for the 30th anniversary celebration of Stampin' Up! 7000 SU! demos from all over the world are expected to attend. There will be 100 folks from our Pals group and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, learning some new things, receiving fabulous new free products and some warm temperatures. SU! events are always so much fun. I'll be sure to fill you in when I return! Don't forget to vote today!
I've been enjoying meeting the people in my neighborhood and have had lots of fun leaving treats in their paper boxes. This morning, these haunting post it notes will be waiting for pick up!
I found the Halloween mini pens and post it notes at Dollar Tree. Treats like this are a great way for me to use my retired products. I've not totally lost track of time in my craft room in quite a while. As I was working on these - on a week night and I do work a full time job - I looked at the clock and it was 1:30 AM!! All I needed was a third cup of coffee the next day. I have more treats than neighbors, so will have fun handing them out when I'm out and about.
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Where have I been? Well, let's see. My mom died and I've been working on my parent's estate for over a year; I sold my home and downsized to a condo; finished the lower level for a man cave for my son and created a 'she cave' for me; I had two hips replaced; travelled to Europe to see my son who was studying abroad and this fall got him settled into his first college apartment in Madison; spent many weekends with my 'littles' - my great niece and nephews; have been creating a crafting space in my new home and started holding classes again. I feel like life is getting back to normal.
I've been stamping and crafting and am looking forward to sharing again.
This fall, I decided I wanted to learn to arrange flowers, looked for local classes and reverted to my good 'ole standby - YouTube. Did you know you can search Dollar Tree DIY and find great tutorials that include a shopping list? I had fun making this fall wreath for my front door and impressed myself with the way it turned out! I have to admit, I'm easily impressed:)
There's still time to order Stampin' Up! products to create your holiday cards. I'd love for you to shop with me. Click here to go to my online store.
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Hi All, Are you looking for a quick and easy way to create a box to hold a gift card or other present for Mother's Day, graduation or Father's Day? You can make a basic box in many sizes in no time using our Gift Box Punch Board. You can use either card stock or DSP to create boxes up to 4" on each side. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to use this tool.
The Gift Box Punch Board is one the many retiring Stampin' Up! products. To check out all of the retiring items, click here. Hurry! Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 22nd. All other items will be available only while supplies last. Happy shopping! Sue
Happy Easter to All! For those who celebrate this holiday, I hope your day if filled with family, friends and fun and that you are making memories for the future. We gathered on Saturday at my sister's house to celebrate together. I had so much fun creating these little treats for 'the girls'.
My mom always gave each of us a roll of postage stamps in an egg for an Easter treat. She died earlier this month (the reason I have been 'off the grid') and I wanted to carry on her tradition. In addition to hand dipped chocolates for the adults, they each received their egg with postage stamps. I love to give hand crafted treats.
Hi all! Yesterday, my littlest 'great' turned ONE. His mom and dad call him the caboose. He is one of the happiest babies I have ever been around. He almost always has a big smile on his face and he is a little cuddlebug! I wanted to make a special card for him and found the perfect CASE from Carol Payne.
Cute at first look, but check out the full effect!
The Island Indigo and Pear Pizazz make a great backdrop for our tall friend. I hope my baby Ezra likes his card. I love a good punch art project and this one is perfect!
Hi all, Today I'm sharing the last two projects from my Beautiful You class. I wanted my guests to see a variety of ways to use this stamp as well as learn some new techniques. My goals were met! For the next projects, break out your aqua painter!
Peekaboo Peach is the featured color in this project. It is layered with Basic Black and a panel of Whisper White that was run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder (use one of your favorites!). I still have my old oval thinlits and they were perfect for cropping a piece of watercolor paper and a second oval in Basic Black. The image was stamped using Stayzon ink. It's important to use Stayzon when water coloring as it is waterproof and your image won't bleed.
Squeeze your aqua painter to get the water flowing. If this is the first time you've used an aqua pen, it's easiest to use with watercolor paper - lots of forgiveness there!
We started at the bottom of the oval with Crumb Cake. Squeeze your ink pad to get color onto the lid and pick up the color with the brush of your aqua painter, then apply to your watercolor paper. Not dark enough? Simply add more ink until you're happy with the result. For the water, we used Soft Sky, followed by So Saffron, then topped off with Sweet Sugar Plum. We also used a bit of Peekaboo Peach over the So Saffron to add some depth. Be sure to go back and blend the colors to remove any distinct lines. Truly easy peasy! You're going to get hooked on water coloring!
We used the aqua painter for water coloring in our last project, but this time, the image was stamped onto Whisper White. After creating with watercolor paper, everyone had the 'feel' for water coloring, so working on Whisper White wasn't too scary!
The Falling In Love dsp from the Occasions catalog is featured in this card. The images on the papers in this pack are absolutely beautiful. It's easy to create cards with this paper because it provides all the 'wow' you need for your card. The trick to working with Whisper White paper is to keep your aqua painter brush fairly dry. For this image we used Blushing Bride and Soft Sky. Another, quick, easy and lovely card!
Each class guest did take home a box that I made for their finished cards - guess who forgot to take a photo! That would be me. The box featured a stamped image from the Beautiful You set. It was a great class.
Pinterest has so many amazing samples using this set. Have yourself some fun. I know there are women in your life who would love to receive one of these images in the mail.
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Hi all, Whew! What a weekend! Saturday morning I held a Beautiful You class. We had so much fun. This week I'll show you our class projects as well as some of the samples I displayed. We started Saturday's class using the paper piecing technique.
We started with a standard card base of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", layered with Basic Black cut at 4" x 5 1/4", followed by a layer of Whisper White measuring 3 3/4" x 5". The dancing woman was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White using Classic Black ink then cropped using the Layering Squares thinlits. The dancing woman image was also stamped on to a piece of DSP and then fussy cut the dress and hat. We used the glue pen on the back of the DSP and adhered it to the image on Whisper White. The image was then layered on to a Basic Black scalloped square from the Layering Squares thinlits. The sentiment was stamped and three colored coordinated dots finished the project. I love the sentiment and really like how this card turned out.
The next card featured the Blender pen and the Playful Palette DSP stack.
Our glamorous lady was colored with the blender pen using Sweet Sugar Plum. Simply squeeze the ink pad when it is closed to transfer ink from the pad to the the lid of the case. Pick up the color with your blender pen and apply to the stamped image. We started on the left to give deeper color and depth. Be sure to use long, vertical strokes to provide even color. This is a very simple, but striking technique. The base is Blushing Bride, the image is layered on to Sweet Sugar Plum and the ribbon is Sweet Sugar Plum.
I absolutely love this set and went crazy looking at ideas on Pinterest and coming up with a few of my own. Stay tuned for more of our projects as the week goes on.
Saturday afternoon my nephew and his family arrived for an overnight stay. My 'greats' are aged 6, 3 and 1. I got in LOTS of kisses! It was so much fun having them here. I hope there's a repeat visit soon!
It's been a bit gloomy here in Wisconsin. Hoping your world is filled with sunshine!
Hi All, If you've read my blog over the years, you know that I make 200 holiday cards for my friend to send out to his customers. After receiving his birthday card from me last month, he asked me to make 50 birthday cards! The easy part of the holiday cards is that I design 4 samples, he chooses one design and I get cutting. With the birthday cards, I am making 50 different cards! I'm about halfway through and will share some of them as I create them. I decided to share this card, because Lisa Pretto, my upline x 2, has challenged us to post a green project each day this week. At the time I am writing this post, I have three completed - I will need to do a bit more crafting this week!
For my birthday cards, I am using retired DSP and cardstock. This polka dot DSP is fun and festive. I prefer the smaller polka dots to the larger ones. Which do you prefer?
The Balloon Adventures stamp set makes this card easy to create. I embossed the strings right on to the DSP, used my Balloon punch, popping a couple of the balloons up with dimensionals and hand cut the banner. They were done in a snap. I made several colors and will use the excess to send to employees at work.
Another simple birthday card idea that will be festive with many of the DSP choices in your craft area.
Hi All! My sister is hosting a St. Patrick's Day dinner party for 20. As she was perusing Pinterest, she came across a pin and asked if I could replicate it for her. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be a snap to create with my Envelope Punch Board - and it was!
Because the handles of her flatwear are a bit thick, I needed to play around a bit with the size of the box. My end project was made with an 8" x 8" piece of Emerald Envy card stock - what better color name for a St. Patrick's Day project! I scored it at 3", punched and scored again at 3 3/4". Next, rotate the card stock 45 degrees, line up the Envelope Punch Board 'pointer' on the 3" scoreline and punch and then on the 3 3/4" scoreling and punch, rotate the card stock 45 degrees and repeat. Rotate your cardstock one more time and punch on the 3" score line - DO NOT SCORE (if you do score, the score mark will be covered by the napkin - no worry!) These go together very quickly, so you have time to put together a few of them for your St. Patrick's Day dinner table.
I printed the Irish Blessing on my computer using Whisper White card stock. The bow is made of Emeral Envy 1/8" ribbon.
I'm anxioius to hear what my sister's friends have to say! I think the table will look fabulous.
Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring Spring or Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.
To me, nothing says spring better than flowers and butterflies! Thanks to a Sam Hammond tutorial, I have the perfect spring project for you, a beautiful and charming gift box that you can make now, store flat and pull it out when you need it! I like to have packaging on hand 'just in case'!
I started with a base of Daffodil Delight and wrapped it in Affectionately Yours DSP. This DSP is beautiful! Two of the pieces feature copper foil. With paper like this, you can keep your embellishments to a minimum and let the DSP steal the show!
For the top of the box, I used the Elegant Butterfly punch on a small square of Daffodil Delight and layered it onto a piece of Copper Foil prepared with dimensionals. The Bitty Butterfly punch was used for the smaller butterflies and a Night of Navy Candy Dot finished off the top of my box.
The best part of this box is that it folds flat. You can create for all kinds of occasions and store them for future use. This would be especially handy for birthday, shower or wedding favors. You can make them at your leisure and not have to worry about storage space.
Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!
Hi All! This week my sweet niece Anna turns 16! I can hardly believe it. I remember the first time I held her and wanted to steal her away from her mom and dad and take her home with me. I couldn't let her day go by without celebrating without a card made especially for her!
I used some retired product for this card, but it all just fit my need. I think it is festive enough for this big event, don't you?
Happy Birthday Anna Liz - I love you to the moon and back!
Be sure to check out my upcoming class featuring the Beautiful You stamp set!
March 25th at 9 am
$38 for Clear Mount $49 for Wood Mount
Create 4 beautiful cards with my current most favorite stamp set!
You take the stamp set and lots of alternate ideas home with you!
LOTS of techniques using Water color pencils, aqua painter, blender pen, paper piecing
Payment for this class must be received by March 15th.