Archive | July, 2012

More Home Decor From Convention

31 Jul

Thought I should share the rest of the wonderful decor items I photographed at convention this year.

What a meeting!

30 Jul

One of the best things about being a demonstrator is the friends I make along the way.  Yesterday we had our quarterly Altimate Stampers meeting.  Those of us who went to convention had so much to share with everyone.  We started out the meeting as usual with a game.  It’s the same as you used to play as a kid, look at the board for 30 seconds and try to memorize everything on it.  Then list what you can remember.  Here’s our board, how would you’ve done?

After our game, we talked a little business, shared some swaps and ideas and of course, stamped!  Here’s some more of the sights.  I’m sure if you look, you’ll be able to tell just how thrilled they all were to be photographed!

This was one of our make-and-takes created by Ornetta Gilliam pictured here. She created a business card holder from a cassette case. It was really cute!

Another one of our make-and-takes created by Angel Fisher.

Stamp Set:  Wonderfall #128087
Big Shot:  Woodgrain embossing folder, Autumn Accents Bigz Die  (Both in the new Holiday Catalog!)
Side Note:  If you’d like to become a demonstrator and enjoy the company of our group, don’t hesitate to contact me!  Especially consider it in August as there’s a fun new offer for new recruits!

My Convention Swap Card

27 Jul

I thought it was about time I start sharing some of my convention swap cards.  This first one is a favorite because it uses all the new In Colors and it’s really not difficult at all to create!

Stamp Set:  Betsy’s Blossoms #126006 and Itty Bitty Banners #126257
Colors:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Punches:  1-3/8″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle
Big Shot:  Bitty Banners Framelits

Home Decor Favorites From Convention

25 Jul

As many of you know, I was away last week at Stampin’ Up!s annual convention in Salt Lake City.  I had a great time and have tons of new ideas I will be sharing with you in the coming weeks.  Today, though, I thought I’d share some of the wonderful home decor ideas that were on display. 

These are just a few of the beautiful displays!  Check back in the days to come as I have many more to share!

Tuesday’s Tip: Holding Framelits in Place

24 Jul

Stampin’ Up! has recently come out with all kinds of new framelits that coordinate with our stamp sets.  If you haven’t seen all the new ones in the catalog and the new Holiday Mini catalog, you really need to check them out.  Anyway, today’s tip is very simple.  It’s a quick way to hold framelits in place when using them to cut.  Most times, I will just place the framelit on the stamped image and cut without worrying about keeping it in place as it usually just stays put, but sometimes, I really want to be careful with my placement.  In those times, I just use a post-it note across the framelit to keep it there.  It’s not only an easy fix, but a cheap fix as well!

 

Apothecary Art Easel Card

12 Jul

This is a version of an easel card using the Labels Collection Framelits.  In order to create the base of the card, you need to lay the framelit on the folded edge of the CS. and cut through both layers.  You will then need to make another framelit cutout for the front of the card.

If you are not familiar with creating an easel card, I have directions here on a prior post.

Colors Used:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
Big Shot Dies:  Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277, Labels Collection Framelits #125598

Tuesday’s Tip: New Foam Pads

10 Jul

If you’ve seen the new catalog, you’re probably aware that Stampin’ Up! has come out with a new style of ink pad.  In my opinion, these new ink pads are fabulous!  They are much juicier than the others and produce a really sharp, stamped image.  Today I wanted to share some tips that will give you the best use of these pads.  Here goes…

  1. When inking up a stamp, do not push too hard on the pad.  Unlike the old pads, the foam pads will allow the stamp to “smoosh” down into them and you’ll end up getting ink on the edges of the stamp and thus producing unwanted ink lines.  Instead, just lightly tap your stamp onto the pad.
  2. Because these new pads release more ink onto your stamp, and they retain less ink, they will need to be re-ink sooner than the old felt pads.
  3. All the colors have remained the same so your old refills can be used to re-ink the new pads.  There are, however,  five colors that have been reformulated, you should not use the old refills on these colors if you get the new pads.  Note, however, that you can use the new refills to re-ink the old pads.  The reformulated colors are:
  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum

4.  When you first get a new pad, you will find labels for the case itself on the bottom of the pad.  These labels are offered in 4 languages.  You should peel off the label of your choice and adhere it to the end of the pad where you push to open.

I hope you enjoy using these new ink pads as much as I do!