#OnStage2017 – Day 1

Today was filled with non-stop fun! My flight arrived in SLC a little before 10:00 AM (MT) and after waiting for my roommate’s flight to land we Lyfted our way to our hotel, left our bags with the Concierge and then rushed across the street to the Salt Palace Convention Center to pick up our bags and name badges. Then all we could do was wait for the doors to OPEN OPEN OPEN.

While waiting for the doors to open we took a moment to take a family group picture.

Pictured clockwise from bottom L: Amy, me, Rhonda, Leslie, Vickie, Jann.

The doors were finally opened at 1:00 PM and we made our way down to our general seating location – right side near the front. As everyone filed in and picked their seats the employees from the home office were clapping, cheering, giving high-5’s and dancing to the music. Those of us who had staked out our seats had this view to drool over in anticipation of what was to come.

About 30 minutes after the doors opened the first General Session began with Sara Douglas dazzling us with her shimmery pants and her smile.

We got our sneak peek copies of the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs along with a flyer showing us which new products from these catalogs will be part of the Product Purchase Premier! We were shown projects and demonstrations with the new products and were introduced to a new tool that will be introduced very soon that will knock your socks off!

As with each event held by Stampin’ Up! there were several prize patrols today and I was lucky to win a free stamp set during the first one. It is an awesome set that I cannot wait to show you – but will have to wait until Monday afternoon.

This evening those demonstrators who hold titles of Silver Elite or higher were treated to an evening of dining and entertainment. I did not qualify to attend but hope to get there one day. (I need ONE recruit and $535.00 more in 12-month rolling sales to earn the title of Silver – so if there is anyone who would like to become a member of my team … just reach out and say hey!)

Day 2 starts at 8:00 AM and I will be attending numerous products classes where I hope I get the chance to get my hands on the new stuff. I will share more with you tomorrow – or as much as I am allowed to share.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time, stamp on my friends!

Linda

P.S. Here are some other photos for your viewing pleasure.

In recognition of Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming 30th Anniversary we all received a tote and a pin.

Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder

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OnStage Bound

As you likely have noticed my blog has been silent for many days. My apologies – it seems I am not able to multi-task as well as I used to! The silence was due to two things – 1) preparing a large shipment of holiday cards to go to Gladewater, TX for sale at The Screen Door Antique Mall, and 2) preparing for my trip to Salt Lake City, UT to attend an event called “OnStage Live” which is what Stampin’ Up! now calls its conventions / gatherings of independent demonstrators for a few days of fun and training.

While I am at OnStage I will get a copy of the new Occasions Catalog, will see some of the new products being used, will get the chance to play with them AND pre-order as a perk for attending – Product Purchase Premier! I will be limited as to what I can share with you immediately but will try to post something each day.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope to have something to wow you with later! Until next time, stamp on my friends,

Linda

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Be Filled with Thanks – Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project

As I was organizing my cards for delivery to the antique store, I realized that I needed more Thanksgiving cards.  The September Paper Pumpkin kit was perfect for Thanksgiving; however, I didn’t really have a need for the pillow boxes that were included in the kit.  So here is what I ended up doing:

The first picture above includes an assembled pillow box that I made and posted about last month.  Just as with the 3.00″ x 3.00″ cards, there is a lovely swirl embossed on the paper, but you can’t really see it.  My goal was to try to bring it into focus.

First I split the pillow boxes open at the seam and cut off the little flap that had previously attached the two sides together.  I cut 1.00″ off each end and then cut the piece in half on the score line, ending up with two pieces of 3.oo” x 4.oo” paper (both have the embossed swirl).

Next I tried sanding the swirls but the paper is the same color through the core so that didn’t get me what I wanted.  So then I opened up my VersaMark pad and smooshed it around on the paper.  Looked better but still not what I wanted.  Then I thought “hey, let’s try clear embossing powder” and BINGO!  The pictures really don’t do the card justice.

In addition to the September 2o17 Paper Pumkin kit, here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements or the technique used in this card do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next  time, stamp on my friends.
Linda

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A Champagne Winter Wonder

Time is flying by and before you know it I will be leaving on an airplane to Salt Lake City, UT to join other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators at OnStage (to be held November 9-11, 2017).  So today’s project is a two birds, one stone kind of thing.  First here is the card:

Now as to the “two birds, one stone comment” while I am sharing this project with you today I will also be making multiples of this card and swapping it with a group of demonstrators in my family tree (one down, eight more to go).

Since I was going to need to reproduce this card several times, I wanted it to be simple yet elegant.  I hope I have accomplished that goal.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

If you have any questions regarding any of the measurements or design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Crafting Forever “Blends” with Painter’s Palette

I wanted to take a step back from the holiday cards today and practice using my new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  I eyeballed my shelf of current stamp sets and was drawn to Crafting Forever and Painter’s Palette.  I was shocked to discover that I had not yet assembled the Painter’s Palette stamp set which means I have not used it yet (not an uncommon occurrence for me sadly).  Here is what I came up with:

It’s almost as though these two stamp sets were MFEO (made for each other).  I wanted to give my project some depth since there is not much color so I stamped the easel / canvas directly onto the card front but everything else was stamped and die cut or fussy cut and attached with dimensionals,  I love how it turned out and I didn’t even use any bling!

If you have any questions as to any of the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to ask.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Color Me Happy Christmas Blessings

Sorry for not posting for a few days.  I got wrapped up in getting items organized for the store out in Gladewater (holiday cards and such) and as previously mentioned was having creativity block.  I started today’s project yesterday but had to start over and approach it from another way.  First, here is today’s card:

As you can see, it is a hodgepodge of stamp sets (three actually), some new and soon to be available products (Stampin’ Blends – November 1) and a technique (sponging the background).

When I originally started this project I stamped the two birds facing each other and practiced my blending skills with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers (originally the birds have legs).  They turned out cute enough so I started to think about how I could turn these birds into a card.

I immediately thought of having the two birds standing on a tree branch so I reached for my Big Shot and Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies and cut out four branches from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and was able to arrange them in such a way to create a tree and their feet hit perfectly on the branches.

That was all cute and all but the background was Whisper White cardstock.  I then decided to use sponge daubers and my Soft Sky ink pad to carefully sponge the white areas.  I wasn’t sure what I thought about it so I decided to stop and sleep on it.  When I picked it up again today, I decided to add additional sponged colors of Marina Mist and Night of Navy.  Because of the need to be careful around the tree limbs and birds I was not able to get the “blend” that I wanted and thought I would try to watercolor the sky area with my Aqua Painter.  That was the point where I ruined my project.  Into the trash can.

I then started over, first sponging my cardstock in four colors – Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Night of Navy.  I stamped my birds on scrap paper, colored them with my blends and then fussy cut them out chopping off their feet since they were too detailed to try to hand-cut.  After I die cut and attached the tree limbs I stamped the stars in VersaMark and covered in White embossing powder, then heated to set.  I coated the birds with Wink of Stella and attached them to card with mini dimensionals.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

(NOTE:  The Color Me Happy stamp set will be available November 1.  Also, not listed above are the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends duo (dark and light) which will also be available November 1.)

If you have any questions regarding any other design aspects of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Watercolor Christmas Season of Cheer

I think I am beginning to run into a creativity block – or maybe I need to switch from making holiday cards to something else for a while.  Today’s project was slow in coming together and truthfully perhaps I should have spent a little more time in the planning stage.  Something seems amiss – perhaps it’s the color combination or the white doily behind the gold foil snowflake … just can’t put my finger on it.  But creativity is all a process of trial and error, sometimes it’s a homerun and sometimes a foul ball.

I hoped adding the pop of red would fix my dissatisfaction with this card, but not quite.  Maybe I should have used Real Red cardstock behind the black and green DSP instead of Basic Black … hmmm, an idea for a future project.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on their thumbnails below:

Perhaps you can make a better version of this card and share it with me?  I would love to see what you come up with.

REMINDERS:

Designer Series Paper Sale – Ends October 31, 2017.  Click here for more details.

Merry Patterns Host Promotion – Ends October 31, 2017.  Click here for more details.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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