Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ray of Sunshine

Hi everyone!  I thought I would share one of my convention swaps today.  This is one of the cards I made for convention using the Ray of Sunshine stamp set.  I really liked this set not just for the fun images but I also liked the sentiments that came with the set as well.
I used So Saffron and Crushed Curry for this card.  I made the face with the "rock and roll" technique by first inking the stamp up in So Saffron, then rolling the edges around in Crushed Curry.

Next I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the rays.  With the Stamp-a-ma-jig you get a clear imaging sheet, which doesn't show up in the photo, sorry.  You place the stamp in the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp onto the imaging sheet, which is also tucked into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig.

Next you line up your imaging sheet on top of your card where you want the image to be, tuck the stamp-a-ma-jig into the corner and remove the imaging sheet, keeping the stamp-a-ma-jig in place.  Now carefully place your stamp into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp.

 I worked all around the sun by placing the rays directly across from each other and then adding more in between, does that make sense?  I  think its easier to get better spacing that way.  

I used markers to ink up the tag so that I could get two colors on it.  The scallop tag topper punch was used to make the paper into a tag, love that punch.  I also added some pretty gold bakers twine and sequin ribbon. 
I hope my card was well received by those I swapped with!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I'm Back!!

Hi Everyone!  I am back from a super fun time at the Stampin' Up! convention! It was a fast few days that just seemed to fly by!  I saw stampers from the moment I stepped into the airport until the moment I landed back in Chicago.  I was going all by myself and wondered how that would end up, but everyone was so nice and friendly.  One demonstrator named Sara was particularly friendly and saved me seats during all the big events and invited me to dinner and adopted me for the few days that I was in Utah.  Have you ever met a stamper you didn't like? I don't think I ever have!
Well, I feel I must warn you, the upcoming Holiday mini catalog is just fantastic and full of great things, you are really going to put a dent in your wallet, but you will just love it all!  I have ordered copies to go out to all my customers and they are supposed to go out in the middle of  August, so get ready! Anyone who has ever toyed with the idea of becoming a demonstrator, this is the perfect time.  Demonstrators get to pre-order items from the Holiday mini catalog in August and get their discounts as well!  Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 
There were so many great samples on display, I took so many photos.  I thought I would share a few with you.

Isn't this lamp shade so pretty?  and the wall behind?  At the home office there were several pretty vignettes that you could walk through, many of which you see pictured in the catalog.

I really liked the way this page uses the starburst stamp from Kinda Eclectic as a fireworks type background.

Here are lots of cards made with this fun set.  We were given this stamp set as convention goes and I can't wait to make lots of cards and pages with it. 
Stamp campers, you can bet we will be using this set at upcoming classes!

Here is the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.
I love that large starburst! and the butterflies fit the punches we have had for a while now so I really like that! 

These are two of the make and takes we did at convention. 

Well, I guess that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Off to Convention!

Hi everyone!  I am headed off to convention today!!  This will be my first Stampin' Up! convention and I am so excited. I am sure I will have lots of fun and lots to share.  If I get the time I will post some photos here about all that we are doing this week at Stampin' Up!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Boys will be Boys

I am playing around with the Boys will be Boys stamp set as I prepare to head out for the Stampin' Up! Convention on Wednesday. I am participating in a card swap and I am supposed to use this set.  As a mom with boys, I think it will be nice to have some of these cards on hand!
This stamp reminds me of the Toy Story movie, which is a favorite at my house.

I made the background with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set with Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, and Always Artichoke ink.  

I used the Tag Topper  Punch for the main image, and sponged the edges in crumb cake to make him a little more grungy.

I used the reverse side of the Natural Chevron Ribbon along with a button and some linen thread for my tag.

I used a skinny strip of Very Vanilla for the Happy Birthday.  I forked the ends with the Banner punch. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pretty Sea Shells

Hi everyone!  What do you think of my pretty sea shells?  They are made with My Digital Studio!! Check out my "Beth's Digital Cuts" to see how to make this card!  I hope to inspire you to create with MDS too!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blooming with simplicity

I just love the new Hostess set, Bloom with Hope.  It is just so pretty! I have to admit that I rarely used hostess sets in the past, but I find that this year there are several that I will use for years. This is a "Hostess" set, so only available as a freebie with a qualifying order of $150 or more, as a way to thank our hostesses who have a card workshop. Another way to get this stamp is with my punch cards, so Stamp Campers, keep this one on your wish lists!

 I saw a card on Pinterest the other day that used this technique and decided to give it a take of my own.  Make a mask out of a larger sized Post-it Note and a circle punch.  Lay the Post-it note on top of your card stock and stamp.  I then used a sponge to add more color to the circle.  I used Naturals white cardstock for this card.
 Next I stamped my flower image right on top of the circle. I used an Old Olive marker for the stems, and Blackberry Bliss and an Aqua Painter for the flower petals.   The Naturals papers hold up nicely to the water from the Aqua Painter.

I then stamped the flower again on some scrap paper and cut them out.  I used dimensionals to pop them up on top of the base layer flowers.

I love the thicker twine in the new catalog!  I added a bow in Baked Brown Sugar and a few rhinestones for some shine and I was all done!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop ~ Summertime Fun!!

It's MDS Blog Hop time again!!  Twice a month I get to join my blog with that of several other super talented MDS Masters and I am so glad to be able to join them! This week week are celebrating Summer fun! Summer time can be crazy with so many things to do.  If you are like me you signed your kids up for various day camps and classes, and you've got camping and swimming, and those annual dentist visits too!  The great thing is that you can create with MDS fast or slow.  Open up your program and work for a few minutes and call it done, or visit your project a bit at a time and finish is over weeks if you like.  You don't have to have papers all over your dining room table, you don't have to get things out and put them away, just turn on your computer and click away! This is an example of a 5 minute project I admit.  I am preparing for a Stamp camp this weekend, and for the Stampin' Up! annual convention next week, and of course have all the running around of the typical house with kids in the summer, so 5 minutes was about all I had :)  But, I thin it is still super cute, how can it not be with those cuties, right?
I used the wave paper from the Anchors Away digital Download, and that is where I picked the colors to use on the other elements on my page.  The larger background paper is from the Be Yourself download, I thought it has a watery feel to it, perfect for pool pictures.
I hope that  you will continue along on our hop!  Next up is Holly!  I am sure you will find some great summertime fun inspiration at her blog!!