Here are the Deals for this week – I look forward to these, don’t you?
What’s happened to our summer?? It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived at August FIRST!
I’m back to my birds…Stampin’ Up! just can’t make enough bird images in my opinion! I love the size and detail of this one from An Open Heart. I didn’t have any particular species in mind when I chose my colors, I was just coloring to make myself happy. And what could possibly be wrong with that?
I’ll enjoy watching this fellow on my kitchen counter this month.
I only signed up for one organized swap this year at Convention. If you’re only going to do one, you think it through pretty carefully – and when I thought it through, I made the decision to go Manly. Manly cards are a challenge, especially with a catalog full of flowers and butterflies. Don’t get me wrong – I love flowers and butterflies – but sometimes a girl needs a Manly card, and I was looking for inspiration.
I wanted to incorporate one of our 2015-2017 In Colors, and was pleased to find that Cucumber Crush would work. I’ll be honest: that’s the In Color I am having the greatest challenge using. When Christmas comes, it will get better, I’m sure.
I used the embossing buddy like mad, yet some of the cards still had some tiny white flecks. I think my embossing powder is suffering from life in the tropics – humidity is not a friend to embossing powder! If you’re having “stray bit” problems, try a new batch of EP and see if that helps. You can get some HERE!
Check out the deals for this week! At convention last week, we saw a LOT of great uses for the Metallic Foil Doilies – especially for the holidays – take advantage of the savings now. The Happy Patterns Decorative Masks are super versatile as well.
Supplies are limited at these prices – if you want it, get it HERE!
They say babies like bright colors – I certainly hope so!
This was another card I brought to convention as a general swap. I confess that I struggled with the colors a bit, and when they were all completed I wished I’d stamped the lamb in Watermelon Wonder – but it is what it is.
The embossed background just doesn’t show up in this photo, and I’m sorry. It makes a difference.But I made a special tool to position those hearts:
I decided where I wanted the hearts on the first card and made a template. I placed the template across the bottom of the sentiment and made tiny dots with the tip of a sharp pencil. Remove the template, put a dab of Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) on each pencil mark, and drop in the punched hearts. As Mr. Maui Stamper and I like to say when we’re working on a project, it’s CUSTOM.
Speaking of Mr. Maui Stamper, I tried to be as clandestine as possible with the Dazzling Diamonds. He was traveling a bit around the time I made these, so I had a little extra time to try and cover my tracks. My observation when all was said and done is that there is no hiding Dazzling Diamonds. You either do it or you don’t. And for now, I think I won’t.
I mentioned that I struggled with the colors…This was how I began. But I didn’t have a Watermelon Wonder ribbon that I could put in the corner, and using markers to get two colors on the Big News stamp wasn’t something I wanted to do 25 times over. Sometimes these decisions make themselves.
I fully intended to post this Saturday evening after our closing session and the afternoon Leadership training, but Matt’s surprise arrival meant a change in plans – I’m hoping you’ll understand!
The home office staff was AMAZING. They shared lots of new product including tips and tricks so that we would be prepared for YOU. These cards are all made from two coordinating bundles that span all the winter holidays, and I see tons of potential for creative exploration.
There’s a strong trend towards products that have long term use – this wreath kit (and it is beautiful!!) has Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas embellishments that are interchangeable.
Our last session of the day featured new products and some alternative ways to use them beyond the holidays. Shannon West always has very creative ideas!
And this is our new, large pillow box frame lit! It’s BIG, my friends. We are going to have fun with this!
I had certainly planned to attend the Leadership enrichment scheduled for Saturday afternoon but when a chance like this comes up there’s no question about changing plans! I took Matt to Red Iguana. We missed a bunch of the Maui Stampers there – you know who you are!
What an amazing day! Convention was awesome, and then THIS HAPPENED:
My roomie (she-who-must-not-be-named) and I had just arrived at the local grocery store to pick up some goodies when I was tapped on the shoulder. I turned around and saw the face of my son – grinning broadly – and had one of those moments of absolute confusion. I’m pretty sure I shouted “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE???” four or five times while he laughed. He’s in Boise for the summer and decided to drive over to surprise me. It worked!
Ok, let’s back-track to the first man in my day. I began with an early morning swap – Manly Cards – and look who was in line in front of me! A MAN! There were 4 groups of swappers in this swap and there were actually TWO MEN:
Sara Douglass, our interim CEO, gave a heartfelt and very honest presentation this morning about how she views Stampin’ Up! I am continually impressed with the integrity of this company and the many individuals who make up the home office staff.
We had great presentations and training throughout the day, and of course plenty of stamping:
And if the day wasn’t glorious enough, I won a prize patrol! Everyone in attendance also received our new Basic Black archival ink. I stamped with it during make-and-takes, and this is the black ink we’ve all been waiting for.