Friday, August 30, 2013

Riverton Regional

In April, Stampin' Up! hosted an awesome regional event in Riverton at the home office and I was one of the lucky people able to attend.  I have previously shared my card swap and downline gift I took to this event.  Check them out if you missed them.  I am now going to share some of my favorite parts of the day!
This event was super exciting because they gave us all the new catalog early!  Don't we all love it?  They also had a bunch of projects that are featured in the catalog out for us see. 
One thing I loved was that we were in the warehouse!  I loved being in the room with so many stamping supplies!  You can see a bit of the warehouse in the picture below... this card was made by  my friend Jane, she was one of the presenters! 

Michelle won prize patrol!

No event is complete without a make and take!  The cute box below was one of the projects we made.
It was fun to see Chelsey up on stage with Shannon! 
Shelli's Beautiful card
Shopping!!!!  I loved shopping with my friends in the warehouse!  Brand spanking new products, no shipping, and friends.  Sounds like the perfect shopping trip to me!
We couldn't leave without taking pictures by the famous Stampin' Up! rock...

Friends... (I love our stamping group)

Me and my downline...


Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's My Anniversary Party! 9 years!

It is time to celebrate, I have been a demonstrator for 9 years now!  So to celebrate, I have a huge party!  At this party, everyone makes 3 free cards, can sign up for fall classes, and shop at my stampin yard sale.  The 3 cards we are making this weekend are so fun.
If you would like to come then post a comment or email me at and I will send you an invitation!
Lets get a closer look at those cards... Card #1 is made with the Tag it stamp set.
My colors for this card are Costal Cabana, So Saffron and Calypso Coral.  I just love these colors together.  This stamp is super easy to color with the Stampin Write markers for a multiple colored image.
 Card #2 uses the Tape it and Yippee Skippee stamp sets
 I LOVE the burlap ribbon!  I frayed the ends of the ribbon a little for this card.  The colors are Baked Brown sugar (for the words) Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, and Crushed Curry.
I couldn't have a party this year without hexagons... So the Six Sided sampler saved the day for card #3.
Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, and Smoky Slate for this card.  
This is going to be awesome, I am so excited!!!  Hope to see you there.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Label Love and Dress up!

My friend and downline hosted a new catalog swap a few months ago, this is the card I created for that.  We needed to use products in the catalog.  I used the new Label Love stamps and the matching punch), the simply pressed clay and the Modern Mosaic embossing folder. 
To create the Pistachio Pudding doily, I used a stampin spritzer by filling it up with rubbing alcohol and about 20 drops of Pistachio Pudding ink refils.  I then layed out a bunch of doilies and spritzed away. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pinwheel mini cards and card holders

I attended my downline Michelle's very first card class and she gave everyone a cute box filled completely with yummy candy and a banner... I should have taken a picture!  Well you will just have to imagine it, it was basically the box below without the 2 smaller banners and bow but with a cute banner on a toothpick sticking out of the box.  Well I have a hoarding problem because I have such a hard time getting rid of anything that is hand stamped!  (oh come on, you all know what I mean right? - good thing I give away a bunch of stuff each year at my anniversary party :)  So back to my story... I had this cute box displayed on my shelf for a while and then inspiration struck.  I had an event coming up and wanted to give a gift to the hostess... so I made this!
I took Michelle's beautiful box and added some Pool Party products to coordinate with my color theme and made some cute pinwheel cards to go inside...

I think I had 5 cards inside but I guess I only took a picture of 3 of them.  This event was back at the beginning of the year so I used the sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper for most of them.  and Voila, the cards and envelopes fit perfectly in the box!

I also wanted to give a little gift to my customers so I packaged some cards in celo bags...

Here is a picture of the front of one bag and the back of the other... I had the banner fold over to the other side and of course I had to show a different card on both sides :)
There you go, 2 fun ways to package 3x3 cards!  Wouldn't it be fun to receive either of these?

Monday, August 12, 2013

2nd Annual Wedding Card Class

In January I held my 2nd Annual Wedding Card Class.  It was a success so I will probably have another one next year.  Here are the cards we made:
 Everyone who attends gets to choose which cards they make and how many of each card.  All the cards were well loved and chosen by many people.   I tried to make a variety and I think I accomplished that. 
This first card is made with various punches and the Occasions Alphabet.  I love the sayings on this alphabet!
 I just love the chevrons and butterflies on this card.  The silver Glimmer paper gave it just the right amount of shine
The neutral colors on this card really speak to me.  The Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Sahara Sand.  You can't go wrong with this color combo. 
 I loved that flower trim....
My favorite part on this card was the burlap inspired ribbon.  To make this unique bow, I had one long piece of ribbon and tied a knot near the end.  Before pulling the knot tight, I slipped a shorter piece through the knot.
 After stamping with Basic Gray Ink, I used Stampin Write markers to outline the leaves and color in the flower for a subtle pop of color.
 This card definitely had a lot of stamping.  The scalloped flower has 4 images stamped onto it.  We then crumbled it in our hands to give it some dimension before adhering it to the card.
 This card was the favorite of the night... the chalkboard technique is so big this year. 
 I started by rubbing the embossing buddy over the black cardstock (this helps the embossing powder to only stick to the versamark and not to the cardstock).  After heat embossing, I used a sponge with the white ink to add some "chalk dust" to the cardstock.
 The flowers were lightly dipped on the stamp pad to add a bit of color.
I hope you enjoyed these cards, I look forward to creating the cards for my wedding class next year!  Everyone is invited, if you would like to come just let me know!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fine Feathers Swap

 I just love the Fine Feathers stamp set.  It is actually a set I bought as soon as I saw it and it sat collecting dust forever on my shelf!  Awful I know.  So when I decided to make a swap for the Riverton Regional I chose this stamp set and my feathers theme began.  (I had 4 friends in my downline attend and made them something else with feathers... you can see my downline gift HERE)
Isn't this card fun?  I just love the colors and suprised myself by using Crumb Cake with Basic Gray :)  The Summer Starfruit and Pool Party really pulled them together.  I made the splatters with markers and the now retired color spritzer tool (if you don't have one don't worry, it may come back again... it has happened before :)  In the mean time I will use a stampin spritzer with ink refills.
I am still in love with those paper doilies!  They add a perfect amount of dimension without overpowering the images!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Gift Packaging

I love to decorate gift bags.  I have shared some before but want to share some more.  Even some simple banners dress up a gift sack.   
 For this bag, I simply put my card in a clear envelope, and attached it with clothespins.  A strip of fabric or ribbon ties it together nicely.
 The last gift I made a simple tag and used another strip of fabric.  Ribbon would be great for this also. 
I hope this inspires you to decorate your brown paper packages :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hexagons and Off the grid

 I put together a few of my favorite things to make this card... firstly the color combo, the hexagons, the Off the Grid stamp, chevrons, simply pressed clay flower, ruffles, and this awesome saying... Do you remember it in the catalog?  It is in the Horse Frontier stamp set. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dahlia rings and feather boxes

I just love Stampin' Up! events and I love giving gifts to my downline who attend with me!  In April I went to a regional event in Riverton at the home office.  I made some fun rings to give to my downline.  I wanted to package them up cute but didn't have time so as I was literally running out the door I grabbed my kit of these adorable boxes and put it together while listening to the speakers.  shhh don't tell!  Didn't they turn out great?  I love pre-packaged kits!  I only needed adhesive and it was all designed for me.  I quickly snapped a picture before handing them out. 
 The kit also came with some crumbcake striped bakers twine and some mini banners.  Perfect for a little note :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Zoo Babies Card Class

Aren't these animals so cute?  I love all the animals in the zoo babies stamp set. It was hard to make a card with just one so I stuffed as many as I could onto this card :) 
What is it about babies at the zoo?  They are so fun to watch!  Is it their playful nature or the fact that they are more our size or because we don't have to touch them or clean up after them?  Who knows.  I who am not an animal lover sure enjoyed watching the baby elephant play with her ball at the zoo last year :)  so cute right? 
Well with these stamps, we get the cuteness with out the mess.  Well almost :)  I know my kids will love playing with these stamps.  The stamp set comes with a few other animals and 2 greetings that go perfectly together. 
This card was so fun to make, don't you just love the washi tape?  I LOVE that it is transparent, so the So Saffron shows through.  Also did you notice the strip of Soft Sky ribbon on the bottom?  It is kind of hard to see in the picture but it adds just the right amount of texture while keeping the animals in the spotlight.   We are all so glad Soft Sky is back right?  I also thought that for a baby boy card, I would leave off the cute flower on the giraffe.  (the flower was punched out with the tiny 4 petal flower... I then crumpled it up and pulled the paper apart to make 2 flowers and stuck them together... if you have questions on this feel free to ask :)
We are making this card at my class tomorrow night and Thursday afternoon.  I hope everyone loves it :)  If you would like to come to my class feel free to e-mail me at

Monday, August 5, 2013

Positively Chevron

Have you seen the Positively Chevron stamp in the catalog?  Well It is a huge background stamp!  It completely covers an entire card so making this cards background was so fun.  I inked up the chevron stamp with 5 different colors... Pistachio Pudding, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, and Wild Wasabi.  Now this took a bit of time to color in all of the chevrons... so I stamped it again on another piece of Wisper White to make this card. 
At first glance I liked this second card better, and to lighten up the top card a bit I rubbed my white ink pad over the top of the chevrons.  I also inked up the Calypso Coral banner on the edges of both cards. 
Which card to you like better?