Monday, July 28, 2014

Convention Swaps

Here's a few more of my swaps.  I will also share some of my card candy swaps and 3x3 as well.  Stay tuned ...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nancy's Birthday Card, Envelope & Gift Bag

At convention, I received this cute birthday card swap from Barb Gonzales of Happy Stampin Ladies and I thought it was so cute, so I replicated it for my sister, but used a different stamp set for the "happy birthday" and didn't use the gold wrapped bakers twine on mine.  I decided to make the envelope and gift bag match, so here's what I came up with:

and here's a close up of the card and envelope:

and I don't know if you noticed, I used gorgeous grunge to decorate the tissue paper in the bag.  I tried to get a good picture of that so you could see, but this was the best I could do.

It turned out really cute, and I added a "blackberry bliss" ribbon to the handle and tied it in a bow.  It looked awesome, and my sister loved it.

I just love stamping .. there's so much possibility!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How About Some Convention Swaps

I came back from convention with a lot of nice swaps, and I thought I would share them with you over the next few days.  Once I get settled a bit and pull out all my new stuff from the new Holiday catalog, I'll share some of my creations, just to wet your appetite.  Stay tuned.

Here you go ...  This is 12 of my swaps from convention.

More to come tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Eclectic Floral

We're all back from the Stampin' Up Convention that was held last week in Salt Lake City, Utah.  What a nice time, getting together with friends you don't see often, and learning all the new techniques, etc.  And of course, what would convention be without prize patrol?  Oh la la.  I didn't win this year, but we all came home with goodies, that's for sure.

We also got a sneak peek at the holiday catalog.  What a treat that was, and we even got to take one home with us.  Don't fret ... you'll be able to order in about a month or so.  You won't be disappointed.

This week's blog hop uses the following colors:

And here is the inspirational photograph we used to create our masterpieces this week

I struggled a little, trying to come up with something fun, and then I managed to create something using all the colors in the pallet.  I love the bubbles above, and maybe someday, I'll come up with something that mirrors them.

If you've arrived here from Carol's blog, that's perfect.  After stopping here, jump on over to Joni's blog and see what she created for you.  It's always fun seeing what everyone comes up with, and what they see when they look at the photograph.

Here is my entry this week:

Paper:  baked brown sugar, whisper white, tempting turquoise, melon mambo
Ink:  melon mambo, tempting turquoise, pistachio pudding, baked brown sugar, pear pizzazz, smoky slate
Stamp Sets:  good greetings (hostess), gorgeous grunge, kinda eclectic, beautiful bunch
Accessories:  pansy punch, petite petals punch, itty bitty accents punch, corner rounder, scallop border punch, hot glue, blendabilities, basic pearls

We learned a new technique at convention, and I tried it on this card.  On a silicone mat, select a blendabilities color and color a spot on the silicone mat.  Then add a drop of hot glue on top of it and it will take on the color of the blendabilities.  I put the hot glue dots on the centers of the larger flowers.  You may not be able to see them all very clearly, but the pink center on the blue/pistachio pudding flower is a good view.  Cool, isn't it?  You'll have to try it.

Well, until tomorrow, stay cool and hope to see you back!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Sympathy Card for Bernadette

When someone you love passes, it's always a difficult and emotional time.  A friend lost her mother last weekend, and I'll never forget that day because my mother passed on that every day, 10 years ago.  Not only did Bernadette's mother pass, my aunt's sister-in-law also passed, who I knew fairly well.  So I know how Bernadette feels, and the only way I managed to get through my grief was to lean on God for strength and friends and family for comfort.  It just makes me think of my mother and how I wish she was still here.

So I made a card for Bernadette, reaching out to her to let her know that she has friends who care.  Here is the card I made for her.

and here is the inside

I hope the card comforts Bernadette, and helps to ease the pain in the days to come.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines: Gorgeous Grunge Meets Work of Art

Now that all the July 4th festivities have passed, it's time to move forward and get ready for Stampin' Up's convention in Salt Lake City.  I'm looking forward to it, as always, and have almost all my swaps completed.  One week and counting ...

Welcome back to our weekly blog hop, Coloring Down the Lines.  I managed to stay in the game, despite the mad dash to get my swamps done.  This week's challenge is using the following color pallet:

And here is what I came up with this week:

Paper:  whisper white, soft suede
Ink:  pistachio pudding, pear pizzazz, wild wasabi, soft suede, real red, tempting turquoise, very vanilla
Stamp Sets:  gorgeous grunge, work of art
Accessories:  heart punch, basic rhinestones

I won't see you next week, as I'll be in Salt Lake City.  Wait until you see all the beautiful cards I come home with.  I promise to post all my swap cards too ... Oh la la.  And talking about beautiful cards, don't forget to check out Carol's cards, as well as Joni's blog, which is right after me.

Happy Stamping, and see you soon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Birthday Card for Connie

What better way to celebrate a birthday for a friend than to make something special ... a card, letting her know how much I wish her to have the best day ever.  Well, that's what I did .. I made a birthday card for Connie.  She'll be surprised when she gets home and opens it.  I love sharing my craft with those I care about and this one is for you, Connie.  HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!

Oh happy day!