Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stampin' UP! convention 2013 events

This is the most difficult post to write because of all the fun things I would like to share with you but don't worry, I will spare you from having to read my every detail of my trip to Utah ;o)

Day 1 of SU! Convention

I arrived the same day the convention started with plenty of time to grab some lunch before the opening general session began. My upline, Denise Sullivan, friends Caren and Carol, and I were at a really good Mexican restaurant called the Blue Iguana.

Then we were off to start the first general session with The Voice's Ryan Innes singing "Be the difference".
If you have time, you can watch the opening session yourself, below.


After general session, we had an opening social where there was demonstrator booths, project displays, a service project, and much more!

The service project was one the highlights of this night and I was so involved in it that I didn't take the time to take any pictures (I regret not doing that). Stampin' UP! created the opportunity for demos to participate in creating birthday kits for children in the Utah hospital that celebrate their birthdays as they receive their treatments. My heart is soo very glad for that opportunity. I heard that the kids received their gift and I'm sure their faces shone as they opened them. 

Next up, here are a few projects from the demonstrator's booths (one of which was a male demo, Brian King).

created by demonstrator Brian King
created by Hispanic demonstrator
Created by German demonstrator Jenni Pauli

beautiful project displays
project displays

The day went by super fast, but I was pretty tired after all the activities. I was amazed at all the beautiful projects demonstrators and SU! staff had created, there's so much to see! Pictures don't do them justice. You have to be there to really enjoy all the intricate details of each project.

I will share with you day 2 of my convention experience in a couple of days so stay tuned...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Stampin' UP! birthday

This past week has been hectic with all the personal stuff we have going on in our lives, plus I got sick, and had to get some card swaps put together, then work on stamp club projects...........it's a never-ending story, I suppose. I still enjoy having projects to make, don't get me wrong.

With all that said, we did, however, have a great time of stamping this past Saturday! We managed to put together a couple of quick and simple projects that only took us half the time it usually does. 

 Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: whisper white, daffodil delight, gumball green, silver glimmer paper
  • DSP: gingham garden
  • inks: island indigo, pear pizzaz, daffodil delight
  • stamps: label love, a fitting occasion, gorgeous grunge
  • punches: artisan label, 1" square (to flag the end), scallop edge border, 1 " circle

This fun & simple Lolli cover was cased from Carrie Cudney's beautiful project. See her video below the project recipe.

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: wisteria wonder, bermuda bay, whisper white
  • inks: bermuda bay, wisteria wonder, melon mambo, daffodil delight
  • stamps: make a wish, itty bitty banners
  • framelits: apothecary art, itty bitty banners
  • ribbon: white 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, white bakers twine (used to tie the cover on the lollipop stick)
  • stripes embossing folder & Big Shot 

Thank you for stopping by! See you again real soon!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Stampin' UP! Blog Hop

I'm super excited to welcome you to July's Go Stamp It sisters blog hop featuring some lovely and talented Stampin' UP! demonstrators.

You may have hopped on over from Sami's or Denise's blog! Aren't they both sooo good?! They definitely have an eye for CUTE!

This month, we are featuring the Around the World stamp set from pg 48 of the 2013-2014 Stampin' UP! Catalog.

This time around I decided to change it up a bit and go with decorating a picture frame (instead of a card) that I am preparing for a picture that we will be taking next month for our family vacation in Florida (HOORAY!).
9 3/4" x 7 3/4" frame holds 4" x 6" picture.

I am so glad that I put this together ahead of time that way I can just print the picture out and I'm ready to go! 

No need to invest a whole lot of time in this project because the designer series paper (DSP) does most of the work for you. I love the combination of shapes, colors, and print on this paper.

My tips:
to cut out the DSP for the frame: 
  • first cut the paper to the outside dimensions of the frame (in my case it was 9 3/4" x 7 3/4").
  • place the paper exactly where you want it but don't glue it down yet.
  • use your finger to locate the corners of the inside frame and use either your paper piercer or your craft knife, pierce each of the four corners of the paper where your picture would go.
  • remove the paper and connect the four corners so you can cut the middle out.....voila!

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: crumb cake, gumball green, very vanilla
  • DSP: Epic Day This and That
  • stamps: around the world
  • inks: crumb cake, gumball green, basic gray, versamark
  • white gel pen
  • paper piercing template and paper piercer
  • other: decoupage glue, wood frame (I got mine at wal-mart) 

Your next hop is with the amazing Caren (click her link below)! You will love her project!

Thank you so much for hopping by and would love to hear your comments! 

Jessica: scrapsprinklecrop.blogspot.com (you are HERE)
Caren: creatingwithcaren.blogspot.com
Cali: calissimplystampinblog.blogspot.com 
Denise: gostampit.blogspot.com 
Sami: samisstampinspot.blogspot.com


Monday, July 1, 2013

Black & White with a POP of color

July has arrived and for many Stampin' UP! demonstrators, it's getting sooooooooo very close to CONVENTION in Utah. I'm super duper excited and so ready to party with all the ladies (some gents)!

I have been getting busy with my convention swap projects for a couple of weeks now and am going to share one of my swaps that I have created with you.

This first card below was my first attempt to creating the embossed border and you can tell that the embossed corners don't look so good.

This next card is much better when it comes to the embossed border! Let me share a couple of tips that I learned as I was making this card.

I absolutely love the look of a pop of color amongst black and white. Something about it....

My Tips:
  • create your own border with the simply scored borders plate (pg 178 of the catalog; item 126192)
  • you need to cover-up the same length of scallop on both sides of the paper as shown below.
  • begin scoring on the first full scallop.

  • rotate your paper 90 degrees and line up the scallop you already scored with half of the next scallop you will be scoring.
  • your scallops should meet and make a smooth transition from corner to corner.

  •  vellum adheres best with glue dots but make sure to adhere where they are not visible.
  • use the new mosaic punch to create the ends of the banner as shown below.

Supplies Used:
  • cardstock: basic black, whisper white, tangerine tango or pool party
  • paper: vellum
  • stamps: en francais, oh hello, a round array, chalk talk
  • inks: white craft, black stazon
  • punches: mosaic
  • tools: oval framelits, simply scored borders plate
  • tangerine tango or pool party embossing powder  

 Hope you enjoyed these quick tips and cards. Let me know what you think! 

Until next time...