Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Swappin' Convention Style

Hey there, stampers! I am home and trying to recover from my trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up Convention. It was a wonderful, crazy, and completely overwhelming experience. This was the 25th Anniversary for Stampin' Up and Convention was a HUGE celebration and party. There were about 5,800 demonstrators from all over the world in attendance. I'm so glad that I was blessed enough to go. I had an awesome roommate, Mindy, and we had a blast together. I also met so many wonderful new stamping friends and got to visit with old friends as well. It was truly an amazing experience!

Below are the four designs I used for my convention swap cards. I did two organized swaps and then made fifty more for general swapping. The first is for an organized swap organized by Lyssa Zwolanek. I participated in this swap at convention two years ago and got the best swaps then and this year did not disappoint either. They were all beautifully made. Here is mine...

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sketched (hostess), En Francais
Paper: Crumb Cake
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush pad and marker, Melon Mambo marker, Pistachio Pudding marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection framelits, white embossing powder, Very Vintage buttons, linen thread, Strawberry Slush ruffle stretch ribbon, stamping sponge

I love this stamp set, but to be honest, I am not great at coloring. I searched for a good technique for coloring in this gorgeous flower and decided to try the technique used by my friend, Jennifer Timko, on this card that she made for a convention swap last year. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I have to admit that this is not a typical card for me. I just sat down one day and started playing and this card happened. It is much more vintage than the cards I usually make, but I like it.

I made the next card for a swap with the Fab Friday design team. What a fantastic group of stampers they are! I loved getting to meet everyone. This was the sample card we made at my birthday card class earlier this month. My swap was the same except that I used the "You're too kind" sentiment from the Too Kind stamp set instead of this birthday one. I had a hard time getting a good picture of this one, my apologies.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Too Kind
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color DSP stack
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, 2 1/2" circle punch, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Pistachio Pudding ruffle stretch ribbon

The  next two cards were my general swaps. I try to make general swap cards that are easy to duplicate, but that are nicely designed and stamped well. I hope that these accomplished that goal.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Remembering Your Birthday, Positively Chevron, Birthday Candles wheel
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, Birthday Basics DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green marker, Basic Gray marker, Summer Startfruit marker
Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, dimensionals

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Zoo Babies, Petite Pairs
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Big Shot, Alphabet Press EF, Smoky Slate Chevron ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, rhinestones, pearls

OK, that's all I have for today. My post convention goal is to blog more often and have a stronger online presence. Wish me luck! :) Pin It

Friday, July 12, 2013

FabFri22: Chalk Talk

Hi stampers! Long time no see! I'm so sorry for not posting much lately. Life has been CRAZY! Between having two kids home all day everyday, wanting to make the most of summer, and getting ready for Stampin' Up convention next week, I just haven't had much time to stamp. I have been doing a little bit of stamping for my birthday card class tonight and a few swaps for convention (which I will post after convention). Be sure to check back soon to see all of those cards!

Well, it's Friday and time for another Fab Friday challenge- yay! We have a color challenge for you this week. Check it out!

I decided to do a birthday card for my design team card so that it could also be one of the cards for tonight's birthday card class. I think this is a great color combination for masculine cards. Here is my card...


Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Paper: Basic Gray, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Houndstooth EF, Epic Day washi tape, small silver brads

I really like the Chalk Talk stamp set and matching framelits. I used three different framelits from the set on this card. The Real Red layer is the first. The Tempting Turquoise layer was made by using two of the top halves of the long, thin label. The stamped image was cut out using a third framelit. Another fun, new product I used it the diagonal striped washi tape in the background. If you have never tried using washi tape, give it a try. It is so easy to use and there are so many ways to use it. I especially love that it can be torn and that it is repositionable!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to play along with us this week at Fab Friday! I can't wait to see what you make.

Marla  Pin It
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