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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Embossed Blended Bloom & Lullaby DSP

Do you Love Stamped Flowers? Are you fabulous at coloring them?

For most of us the answer is YES and NO. Unfortunately we can't be good at everything, and that includes coloring our images. However don't let your lack of coloring skills prevent you from making a gorgeous stamped flower. One of Stampin'Up's newest flower images is Blended Bloom and about 3" wide. If you aren't comfortable coloring that certainly is a lot of empty space to fill. But the image is sooooo beautiful and I believe a real WOW when the receiver opens a card using it.

SOLUTION: Emboss it instead, talk about EASY! NO COLORING 
                 And look how beautiful.
                 ( Technique Here )

You'll need : Blended Bloom #135906 wood only
                  Embossing Buddy #103083
                  Versamark Ink Pad #102283
                  White Embossing Powder #109132
                  Heat Tool #129053
                  Paper Snips #103579

Punch Pistachio Pudding leaves using 2 petals from the Blossom Punch and 2 additional in Baked Brown Sugar for the shadow behind the leaves. I also added a little dry embossed Polka Dot to my Pistachio leaves, just an option for you.
Blossom Punch
Build your card base for the flower as follows:
1.  Create a Crisp Cantaloupe card base, cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score at 4 1/4"
     on the 8 1/2" side.
2.  Make a Baked Brown Sugar layer 5 1/4" x 4".
3.  Cut 2 pieces of Lullaby Designer paper  3 3/4" x 3" and 3 3/4" x 2",
     adhere to Brown Sugar layer.
4.  Wrap the above layer with Hello Honey satin ribbon using Glue Dots.
5.  Attach DSP/Ribbon panel to the card base.
6.  Apply Flower to card centering over the ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.
7.  3 cute Basic Pearls look sweet applied to the ribbon.

8.  Stamp the Thank You sentiment from "Blooming with Kindness"
     in Baked Brown Sugar ink on white card stock.
9.  Punch the sentiment with the Hexagon Punch, glue to a larger piece of
     Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and trim down to create a frame for the
     sentiment piece. Pop up with dimensionals.
10. Use Stampin'Up white envelopes and the largest frame in the 
      Envelope Liners framelit set to line your envelope with the Lullaby paper.


( not just Stamp Sets )
with Pam's Frequent Buyer Program

Designer Paper On Sale during July

Weekly Deals

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SU HOliday Catalog Sneak Peek

New Stamp Sets, New Designer Paper and Twisted Trim, Is there ever enough time to play???? Well, As they say, " When the cat's away the mice will play",  soooo hubby is off visiting the folks for a couple of days in Phoenix. I think it's time to PLAY!

I'm so glad I can share with you some of the upcoming products in the 2014 Holiday Catalog. It was so cool that we able to purchase some of the catalog items at convention this year...now I can show you samples, yahoo!

I so love this card's color combo, it's not mine alone, I just pulled it from the Designer Paper....Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Basic Gray and White.

It's actually from a new Halloween paper called *Motley Monsters DSP 135819. The cute birds and tangerine owls are on the back side of the candy corn dsp I featured on THIS PROJECT. The other star pattern paper is also in the same Designer Paper collection. It's funny because I wasn't drawn to the monster images on the paper but I love all the other designs. I'm so glad I decided to purchase it.

The sentiment is from a new set called *FOR ALL THINGS 135155. I just used a portion of a sentiment in the set, it actually says "hello FALL!" You will love this set when you see it with 8 stamps in all. I love it when Stampin'Up combines images AND sentiments, so versatile and value packed! FYI, the images have a watercolour look similar to Work of Art.

And Thanks to Connie and Mary for the fun card sketch this week....missed seeing both of you at Convention this year!


1.   Make a Bermuda Bay card base.
2.   Cut a Tangelo Twist panel 5 1/2" x 2".
3.   Cut a Bermuda Bay star panel 5 1/4" x 1 3/4".
4.   Cut a Bird panel 3 3/4" x 1 3/4".
5.   Cut a triangle off of the bottom right hand side ofthe bird panel, use that
      triangle as a pattern piece. Flip it over and place in upper right hand side
      of the bird panel to get an equal size triangle to trace and cut.
6.   Attach bird panel to star panel.
7.   Stamp leaf bunch in Bermuda Bay ink on white card stock.
8.   Using a Tangelo Twist marker, ink up just the HELLO portion of the stamp
      and stamp close to the leaves.
9.   Punch images with a 1 3/4" Circle Punch.
10. Punch a Basic Gray 2" Circle and attach sentiment panel.
11. Punch a Hello Honey scalloped circle with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.
12. Pop up entire sentiment panel with dimensionals.
13. Make a bow and attach with glue dots using the *Tangerine Tango 
     Two-Tone Trim #135838.

* Stampin'Up Holiday Catalog Products Available late August

I hope you enjoyed the sneaky peek,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Halloween Building Block Card

No time like the present to play with New products. As a SU Demo at convention  I was able to purchase from the upcoming Stampin'Up 2014 Holiday Catalog. When I got home I absolutely had to play with this candy corn paper, it such a QUICK and easy way to fill up a background, cut and paste....yummy looking don't you think? ( * Motley Monsters DSP 135819)

This fun little Halloween sentiment is 1 of 5 stamps in a set called "MINGLE ALL THE WAY" (* 135819 clear mount) This super versatile set will meet all your other holiday needs with sentiments for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 

I love the font in this sentiment, but it takes on a whole new look when you add
a little CREEP factor for the Halloween theme.........
 QUICK TIP: I enjoyed using my Tangelo Twist stamp pad to ink up the sentiment and then using a black marker go back over the stamp to highlight a few of the letter edges. 

The TEchnique used for the card shape is part of the challenge at the 

you can find instructions for the base on Splitcoast Stampers HERE

1.   Make a 10 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base of Tangelo Twist
2.   Motley Monsters Designer Paper Panels  5 1/4" x3 1/4", 5 1/4" x 1 3/4"
3.   2 1/2" Circle Punch of Hello Honey card stock and sponged with 
      Hello Honey ink.
4.   Sentiment panel   Black 2 3/4" x 2 1/4", white 2 1/2" x 2"

The Spooky little ghosts are EASY to make when you punch white card stock using the Owl Builder Punch, just clip off the legs , turn upside down and use a 1/4" circle punch for the eyes. Punch additional Black 1/4" circles to glue behind the eye openings. Pop up the bodies with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Add a few shiny stars to compliment the FULL MOON. You will have just the perfect size with our newest little star punch. It is part of a triple punch pack called Itty Bitty Accents. Of course you want your stars to S P A R K L E, right? Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with absolutely do the trick!

I hope you'll have a chance to try your own builder card soon!
* Stampin'Up Holiday Catalog products will be available for ordering
the last week in August.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prize Patrol, New Friends and Inspiration Boards

Stampin'Up 2014 Convention starts and we're ready and Eager to Meet new stampers, Get Inspired and Be Creative.

Our 1st General Session was spectacular, especially when Sally won
the 1st PRIZE PATROL...awesome blossom!

After morning general session we were fired up to seek and conquer. So we headed off to do our first Make N' Take. Our whole group was able to seat at one table of 8, very convenient for chit chat, laughter, sharing and instructing each other!

We were also handed the new upcoming Holiday Catalog. Sorry for the rest of you, you'll will have to wait until the end of August to see it LIVE! Boo Hoo! But Let's just say we got a little distracted pouring over the pages....this one is sooooo fabulous. I know you are going to LOVE IT! I'll be showing you samples prior to the release. This is the first time ever demonstrators were able to receive it at Convention. Christmas in JULY???, you betcha

After that we were headed off to the INSPIRATION BOARDS,
here's a few pics of some of the things we saw




Besides getting the new catalog we were able to try out some of the new products featured in it. Of course everyone was WOWed and you could overhear all of the demos saying " Oh, I've just got to have that "!

We Also had an opportunity to meet some of our favorite stampers.
Here's the team with Michelle Zindorf... the brayer QUEEN!
Seriously, Mary was on cloud 9!

And Mary, Sue and I ran into Debbie Henderson as we were walking through the nearby mall across the street from the convention center. This was a thrill for me as I have worked with Debbie through the Connie and Mary Design Team. It was Debbie's first time at convention....so glad we had a chance to meet especially because we are on opposite coasts.


Look at all those goodies...

Convention Bag , Make N' Takes and Freebies ( fyi,  I brought the scissors )

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See you tomorrow with More Prize Patrol Winners 
 and a special milestone for myself!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Journey to Stampin'Up Convention '14

Our Journey to Convention 2014

8 Demonstrators Registered...check
3 Hotel Rooms......................check
12 Passenger Van Rental........Check

Pam, Mary and Terry Pick Up VAN Wednesday Morning @ 8:00.......check??

Oh Nooooo, we need to be in Salt Lake tonight to pick up our convention bags.

Quick text the rest of the girls and let them know

Well, the van did arrive at the rental site and we were soon on our way to Starbucks in Loomis .

Next We pick up Sue in Rocklin who came down from the
San Juan Islands, WA to make the journey with the team....

We picked up the rest of my team, luggage, ice chests and all the travel essentials.
You know the kind I mean, red licorice, peanut M&M's , Sweet and Salty Popcorn and maybe an apple or two.




The drive went smoothly with a couple, did I say couple of
bathroom stops? o.k. they were combined with Lunch of course and gas stops.

Driving took Around 9 1/2 hrs. and just in the nick of time to drop the girls at the Convention curb...no time to park, we only had 10 mins. They ran into Convention Registration to pick up their bags. I drove around the block slowly and then pulled up in front . Mary ran out to let me run in as she guarded the van. We all piled in with our bags filled with loads of stamp sets, catalog, Make N' Takes, etc.

Back at the hotel we unpacked and laid out our Convention bags like it was Halloween.....so excited to see what the next morning would be like.

I had the best time making these notepad name tags for my team. A perfect way to keep track of otherwise matching bags.

Likewise on these fun treat cans. Always great to fill your convention bag with a few essentials like granola bars, gum, peanut butter crackers, candy treats and hand sanitizer.

I just couldn't leave the gum undressed, soooo
out came the designer paper, ribbon, punches and stamps.

If you tear apart the cardboard that the gum is wrapped in you can use that as a template to cut your designer paper. I also cut a 1/4" strip to cover the bottom of the package. 
Lullaby DSP, Hello Honey Ribbon, Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and white card stocks. Hello Honey Ink.

Come join us tomorrow as we join the other 4000 demonstrators at Convention 2014!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just Back from SU Convention '14

Just got back from Our 2014 Stampin'Up Convention after driving
for 9 1/2 hrs. in a 12 passenger van.
I'm talking SERIOUS FUN! and I can't wait to share with you 
about our fantastic experience.

Here's a quick pic to show you the note pad tags I made for
my attending team members to attach to their convention bags.

I'm off to get some much needed sleep, Thank you wonderful hubby for a clean house and dinner made when I got home...what could be better that that?

I'll be making more posts about convention in the next couple of days, so please come on back for the fun.

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