Tuesday, February 26, 2013

stampin up dallas regional

I absolutely love when all the excitement that I've built up for several weeks to prepare for the SU! Dallas regional event is finally released!

My sweet friend Gina and I had the privilege of sharing our excitement with some more sweet friends this past weekend. A blast it was!

Gina and I
Demonstrator Barbara and friend Kelli

left to right: my upline Denise, me, Kelli, and Barbara

We started off with sign-in to pick up our goodies then we were off to swap our card-swaps away before the event got started

 I put together this gift-card holder as my swap. This is the same template that I used in my October 2012 post. Only difference is the layout. I used some of our current Sale-a-bration products.

  • cardstock: summer starfruit, early espresso, whisper white, raspberry ripple.
  • inks: summer starfruit, raspberry ripple
  • stamp set: madison avenue (SAB "sale-a-bration"), pretty petites (SAB)
  • punches: curly label, petite curly label (SAB), itty bitty
  • tools: big shot, two tags die, vine street embossing folder (SAB)
  • ribbon: summer starfruit satin   

We had lots and lots of fun stamping, cheering, eating, and sharing our love of Stampin' UP together! I can't wait to see what they have prepared for us at Convention this year!

If you went to the Dallas regional, I'd love to hear your experience! Leave me a comment below and share your thoughts.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LOVE-ly Stampin' UP! pocket card and matchbox

Wow, it's been a heck of a week............actually, month! Alot of birthdays to be celebrated, stamp club to prepare for, and swaps to create, plus everything in between!

Speaking of stamp club, we got together to create some LOVE-ly projects this week just in time for Valentine's day.

The card layout for the card I created below was inspired by a card I pinned onto my Pinterest board (click HERE to view) and I've actually seen a few cards with the same layout so I decided to go with the flow.

This was a quick pocket card that my ladies had no problem putting it together in no time! I love the Sycamore Street DSP patterns and colors.....it just dresses up that card so well that's there's really no need to add alot to it.

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock: whisper white, rich razzleberry, summer starfruit
  • DSP: sycamore street (Sale-a-bration)
  • inks: versamark
  • stamps: itty bitty banners
  • punches: petite label (Sale-a-bration), scalloped edge
  • heart embosslits
  • vintage designer button
  • white baker's twine       
  • pool party embossing powder 
What's Valentine's Day without chocolate?!!! I had to  create something so my ladies (or their loved ones) would enjoy their chocolate and there's no better way of doing that than with the matchbox die. Those decadent chocolate nuggets fit perfectly snug in there.

I've been wanting to use the chalk-board technique so I decided to use just that on this project. 

My tips:
  • use black cardstock and stamp your image with versamark ink. Heat emboss the image with white embossing powder.
  •  use a sponge-dauber or even a paper towel and rub some white craft ink in random areas. 
  • the more you mess up, the more natural it will look.
  • dress up your embossed piece with a white colored pencil or watercolor pencil.  
Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock: basic black, real red
  • silver glimmer paper
  • Inks: white craft, versamark 
  • stamps: my valentine (retired in January), itty bitties (Spring catalog)
  • punches: itty bitty circle, heart, 7/8" scallop circle (spring catalog)
  • Big shot supplies: matchbox die, vine street embossing folder (SAB), heart framelits
  • Ribbon: basic grey/basic black 1 1/4" two-tone (Spring catalog)   
  •  white embossing powder
  •  NON-Stampin' UP!: 4 chocolate nuggets

I would love to hear feedback from you! Comment below to let me know what you think!

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