A White Only Card– LNS Challenge 131

Whew! Nothing like a deadline to get me to hurry up and post a card I made this week for a challenge the the Late Night Stampers yahoo group.  Each week they post some kind of project challenge, and this week sounded really interesting:

Challenge 131:  Only use white in your project except you can use a different ink color for your sentiment.

So, this is what I came up with:

I know it is hard to see the different elements so I tried taking some close up shots to show the butterflies and flower heart.

If you want to try this at home, I punched out a large heart from Whisper White cardstock.  Then I punched out a ton of flowers using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.  Then I curled up the flower edges and glued them to the heart with the Tombow liquid glue (the nice thing about both the heart and the flowers being out of white is that if there are gaps, you don’t notice too much!)  Then I added the smallest rhinestone to each flower center.  It takes a bit of time, but looks very pretty in person. 

The rest of the card is just an embossing folder and the Beautiful Wings embosslit and some white ribbon. 

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White Challenge Card recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock
Accessories:  Large Heart punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Big Shot, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Love Designer Paper? Check Out This Sampler!

So, if you’ve seen my blog for a while, you know that I like to offer designer paper shares or designer paper samplers.  This is a great way to get to try out a TON of paper patterns for a fraction of the cost.  Well, since Stampin’ Up! is offering a special during the month of August on their designer paper, I thought this would be a great time to give people a chance to check them all out before deciding which where “have-to-haves!”

Join in the 2011-2012 DSP Paper Share!

Get 1 – 6×6 sheet of EVERY pattern of regular and specialty designer series paper in the catalog (excluding the color family packs). 

So that is 96 sheets of 6×6 paper in the following patterns:

Beau Chateau dsp
Beau Chateau

Berry Blossoms dsp
Berry Blossoms

Big Top Birthday dsp
Big Top Birthday

Domestic Goddess dsp
Domestic Goddess

Frightful Sight dsp
Frightful Sight

Just Add Cake dsp
Just Add Cake

Letters to Santa dsp
Letters to Santa

Nursery Nest dsp
Nursery Nest

Pocketful of Posies dsp
Pocketful of Posies

Paisley Petals dsp
Paisley Petals

Timeless Portrait dsp
Timeless Portrait

Well Worn dsp
Well Worn

Beyond the Garden dsp
Beyond the Garden

Flirtatious Specialty dsp
Flirtatious Specialty
(2 die cut sheets)

First Edition Specialty dsp
First Edition Specialty
(thin newsprint style)

Mocha Morning Specialty dsp
Mocha Morning Specialty
(2 black flocked sheets)

If you were to buy full packages of all of these papers, it would cost $181.20 not including tax and shipping.

*** Sampler price for all 96 sheets and priority shipping is only $25! ***

Sign up now and I’ll be shipping out this round of samplers by the second week of August (to give everyone time to reserve their spot and for me to get a full count of samplers to prepare).  If you have any questions, just drop me a line at jennifer@nwstamper.com.


Stampin’ Up! DSP Sampler – $25


Fun and Creative Convention Swap Cards

I am always so amazed and inspired by the swap cards I get at convention.  From the cards that make you go “WOW!” to the cards that are so simple to make that I realize you don’t have to go over the top to make a striking card.  I started taking pictures of some of the cards I received so I can share them with you.  So, expect to see more pop up on my blog.

For today, I wanted to share a couple cards that I thought were just fun and creative.

First up!  How lips stamps can be cool:

card by Naomi Keeling

I saw the a la carte stamp S.W.A.K. when the catalog first came out but I had no idea how I would use it.  Well now I do!  What is hard to see in the picture but looks awesome in person is that the dotted background looks to be a piece of designer series paper behind a square of vellum – all attached together with silver mini brads.  Then she heat embossed with the Melon Mambo embossing powder the lips on top of the vellum.  Isn’t it cute?!

Next, an awesome idea for your Blossom Petals punch:

card by Debbie Flattum

Isn’t this creativity with punches is inspiring!  They sponged some vellum paper with Marina Mist ink and then punched out 5 of the larger petals from the Blossom Petals punch.  Then they punched out 5 of the leaves from the same punch on unsponged vellum.  Add a Round Tab punch for the top (with a 3/4” circle punched out to make the neck) and you have an adorable dress card!

I think I need to start using more vellum ‘cause I just love how it is used in these cards!  Well, these cards inspired me and I hope they inspired you.

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Rock and Roll Swap Card

So, if you’ve never been to a Stampin’ Up! event, let me fill you in on an addicting activity that usually happens called “swapping”.  See, the first couple of times I went to a regional event or convention, I was told to bring some card fronts to trade with other demos…so I’d bring like 20…. or fewer.  Then I would get there and see so many amazing cards that I so desperately wanted to take home and drool over and I quickly learned that 20 was definitely NOT enough! Smile 

So, this year I made around 80 swaps for convention – 40 of two different designs.  Today I thought I’d share one of my swaps:

Ever since I saw the Love and Care hostess stamp set in the Summer Mini, I knew the big flower would be perfect for the “Rock and Roll” technique.  So, I decided to play with that for my swap. 

The center flower paper is all hand-stamped.  To make the More Mustard/Bravo Burgundy flowers, I first inked up the flower with More Mustard.  Then before I stamped, I took the stamp and rolled the edges around on the Bravo Burgundy ink pad.  Then I stamped my image onto my paper.  So, it took a bit of time, but it gives you a fun effect, don’t you think?  Then just stamp the rest of your flowers like normal and you’re done!

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Take Care Swap Card recipe:
Love and Care (hostess)
Ink:  More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Always Artichoke CS, Wisteria Wonder CS
Accessories:  Medium Oval Punch, Daffodil Delight 1/8” taffeta ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Last Week for the $99 Starter Kit + Sneak Peek Christmas Box

Alright, if you’ve been on the fence about taking advantage of this awesome deal, just a reminder that you only have one week left! 

Whether you are interested in earning extra money to support your crafting, looking to start your own business, or just want a discount on your stamping supplies – this is an awesome deal!

image What is it?  During July, sign up to join the Stampin’ Up! family and get $185 worth of supplies for only $99. Check it out what you get:

Plus for an extra bonus:  Stampin’ Up! is giving everyone who joins in July a cool Christmas Keepsake Project Kit for FREE.  The really cool thing about it?  You get sneak peek items from the Holiday Mini including a full new stamp set, new designer fabric, and new designer buttons!  image You’ll also get the box, paper for the project, 3 types of ribbon, linen thread, glitter, pearls, vintage tags, and more.

In addition to cool benefits like the opportunity to attend convention and access to the Stampin’ Connection – the community of 30,000+ crafters and stampers with 160,000+ samples, check out all the other benefits.

If you are interested, let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com or call me at 425-307-1646 and we’ll chat!

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A Few More Convention 2011 Highlights

So as I was sorting through my photos from convention, I ran across a few more pictures that I took of fun projects and inspiration to me that weren’t even officially part of convention.  :)  So, this post will be a bit photo heavy, but I wanted to share with you some of the amazing inspiration I found.  If you have any questions about how some of the projects were made, let me know and I’ll be happy to help share what I know so you can make them too!

The Home Office – Legacy Museum:

So, I’ve had the opportunity twice now to visit the Stampin’ Up! home office and one of my favorite stops while I’m there is the Legacy Museum.  It goes through the history of the company as well as has amazing displays using the products in a “home” setting.  It’s changed both times I’ve been there and this is some of what was there this year:

IMG_2638 IMG_2641 IMG_2644 stampin up inspiration desk  dsp wall art Flower punch art

Demonstrator Support – Desk Displays

Another cool thing about visiting the home office is you get to see demonstrator support in action.  Now, those of you who are not demos and so haven’t had the opportunity to interact with demo support , let me say that SU has amazing customer service provided by the most wonderful people called demo support.  If I ever have a problem or a questions, a 5 minute phone call has it resolved and everyone still smiling and having a great day.  A fun fact is that many of the folks on the other end of the phone are demos too.  So, as we walk by their desks we see projects they’ve made as well as received from other employees and demos from around the world.

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Memento Mall Displays

Ok, and finally, many of us wait in line for hours to get into Memento Mall (basically the gift shop of convention) and not only are we greeted by awesome products but super cute displays too!  Here are just a couple of the pretty elements scattered around the room:

IMG_6077 accordian flowers in momento mallIMG_6104IMG_6078 IMG_6085  

Whew!  I know that was a lot but that was only a fraction of what I took pictures of! :)  I hope you found something fun and different to inspire you in those photos. 

For those of you on my mailing list, be on the lookout for my newsletter coming out at the end of the week.  I’ll have some new project ideas and information about upcoming promotions and new products I learned about at convention.  If you aren’t on my mailing list, you can sign up here and I’ll make sure you get a copy!

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Last Day of the SU Convention 2011 – Notes and Projects!

You feel like you are doing so much while you are there at convention and then all of the sudden it is day 3!  There was so much to see and do and it all was fantastic!  I wanted to share some highlights from my last day with you.  And don’t worry, I’ll be posting more pictures over the next week or so of display boards, swaps, and more!

So, the day started off for me with more classes.  This year Stampin’ Up! changed how you register and take classes and while I wasn’t sure about it at first, turned out it was great!  They added the flexibility to pick from an assortment of options so I was able to take classes that focused on leadership at the same time my mom took classes on My Digital Studio and business tools.  Perfect for both of us!

Then it was on to lunch and our last chance to check out the displays.  


Samples from a main stage presentation using new holiday mini products including new fabric patterns (like the flat bow), new designer series paper (in the star bow, treat bag – its glittery!, the little house, and in the center of the frame – birch tree patterns and silver glitter paper!).

Christmas Countdown Calendar

A Christmas countdown calendar that makes the window/door shapes using a new BigShot die!

Then it was back to the big convention hall room for the last General Session of the convention….sniff,, sniff.  But they saved some awesome projects to show us including this cute card using a new stamp set and punch!


They also showed us some unique projects that I swear I wouldn’t have come up with on my own – but that is why I go to convention!

Like this so sweet little treat table.  I was shocked how easy it looks to make!  I’m going to try to make it myself using my notes and if it is as easy as it looks, I’ll share with you asap. 🙂


And it was hilarious when Carrie showed us how she used the mustache stamp set.  Really makes lollipops more fun don’t you think?


We also received an emotional presentation by the president of the Company that really showed that the company “gets it” and is focused on sharing experiences with others with the goal of helping others as people.  Lets just say there were a lot of tissues pulled out during his talk.  It really made me realize how great it truely is to be a part of this company.

Ok, enough mushy stuff.  They mentioned the incentive trip – Fiji!, how they are planning on holding lots of full and now half-day regional events across the US and Canada (check my FB page for the cities they announced), and told us that next year’s convention has the goal to be even better than this year and it will be July 18-21.  I know I’ll be there and would love to have you join me! 

And if you aren’t a demo right now, have you imagined what it would be like to part of the Stampin’ Up! family?  To come to convention and be a part of the excitement?  I’d love to share with you what it is really like!  Just send me  note to jennifer@nwstamper.com and we can chit chat. 

So, I’ll leave you with one last photo.  They had the Christmas Box that is part of the $99 starter kit special this month in July.  It was bigger than I expected and so much snazzier than I expected. 


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SU Convention Day 2: Display Boards and More!

Sorry I got a little behind with my blogging but  I was planning on posting last night but ended up spending a couple hours trying to figure out how I was going to stuff all my goodies in my bags!  It was a full packed day and I loved every minute of it!

We spent the morning in classes learning lots for our business and things like how they came up with the new hostess program (have you seen it yet?  Such a great change!)  Then it was lunch and we got to peruse all the great displays and info booths:

IMG_6197 IMG_6200 IMG_6214 IMG_6215 IMG_6223 IMG_6224 Oh, and if you are a demo and curious, next year’s incentive trips are to Hilton Head Island and Fuji!  Awesome, right?!?

Then dinner followed by the Hispanic Night Party.  I hadn’t spent much time looking at our spanish set line before but it was really interesting to learn more about the cultural difference and get to stamp and chat with more fun ladies. (pictures coming soon)

Then it was home to figure out how to pack all our great goodies!  I’ll be posting more pictures on my facebook page shortly and then look for notes from my last day here on the blog. 

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First Day of the Stampin’ Up! Convention 2011

My word!  Its been a whirlwind of a week starting with me desperately trying to get swaps made and everything packed and ready to go for convention this year.  But I made it and flew into Salt Lake City on Tuesday in anticipation of a great week…and I haven’t been disappointed! 

Today was the first day of convention and boy was it a doozy!  Lots of sneak peeks of upcoming products, freebies, amazing ideas, and fab projects.  I’ve been posting pictures on my facebook page when I could so if you want to see a few more pictures, check it out.  But I couldn’t take pictures of a lot of the details I learned so I wanted to share a few pictures and more details!  Enjoy!

Ok, can I have a personal toot for a minute? :)  Each year they invite people who met certain milestones or achievements to walk across the stage.  I am still working towards that, but this year they added 2 more marches – first time attendees and anyone who recruited in the last year.  Well, Bethani, my downline, got to walk for first time attendee and I got to walk for recruiting!  Yay!


Next we had a HUGE sneak peek at the upcoming Holiday Mini that launches in September.  No joke, I am in so much trouble with how much I want out of it.  There are new ribbons (can you say velvet and quilted satin?), new punches including a stocking punch that has a matching stamp set!!, fun holiday dies and embellishments (like mini jingle bells that I have no idea what I’m going to do with yet but I have to get), more adorable fabric (I’m just saying check out my next picture), of course new papers and stamps, and a ton more.  Then they showed us this bag that we could buy in Memento Mall that looks like this:


Know what it’s for?  AAAAHHHHH!  I’m so excited!!!  It’s made to fit the new Simply Scored tool!  That’s right, a super awesome scoring tool.  It takes the best features of what’s out there and adds some, like besides giving you lines every 1/8”, you get a metal tipped ergo stylus, multiple plastic arrows to mark which score lines you are using for a given project, a storage compartment, multiple ruled edges, etc.  I’m so stoked!

Ok, moving on.  At lunch, I had another amazing experience where when we entered the Gathering Place to get our lunches, we got picked for a You Crew experience.  You Crew is their name for randomly selecting people to have one of a variety of one of a kind experiences and in our case, we got a special table with glasses, plates, lemonade, a staffer who made sure we were well taken care of.  Pretty fun!

IMG_2695  At the end of lunch, we saw that they had put out a special dessert.  Cookies…but not just any cookies, check out the designs:


Yeah, yeah you say, they have designs.  But these are special designs.  They are Stampin’ Up! cookie stamp designs!  Yes, as in a stamp that can make different impressed images on cookie dough.  How fun is that.  Oh, and the shortbread recipe that comes with it, if it is the same one they used for these cookies, is pretty darn yummy.  🙂

Finally we finished our day with make & takes, which I still need to finish so I can share with you, and one more session where we saw some great ideas for quick, easy, and inexpensive projects.  Like did you know you can get a package of quick accent stickers, 2 packages of notecards, and make 40 cards in no time flat?  And they are simple and cute too. 

I know I don’t have many project sample pictures today, but don’t worry.  I’ll have more of the projects and products I can photograph and share posting over the next few days.  And don’t forget to stop by my facebook page to see more photos and updates when I can.

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More Strength and Hope Card Ideas

In a continuation of yesterday’s post, here are the other two cards we made using the new Strength and Hope stamp set (missed the first two cards, you can check them out here).  The second card uses the “joy fold” technique to create a unique flap style card.  They are actually really easy to make and can be a fun way to do something a little different with your cardmaking.

Strength and Hope butterfly hello cardStrength and Hope joy fold card

To make the joy fold card, you need to cut two pieces of your base cardstock:  1 piece that is 4-1/4” x 8-1/4” and 1 piece that is 3” x 8”.  Score the larger piece at 5-1/2” and score the smaller piece at 4”.  Decorate the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” piece with patterned paper if desired (I use the pink designer paper) then adhere the 3” x 8” piece of cardstock in the center of the 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” space so that the score line of the smaller cardstock is on the right side of the card.  Decorate the remaining flaps and areas of cardstock as desired.  You will end up folding the small flap from the card base inside of the 3” x 8” piece you adhered to the center of the card.  Then close the center piece over the little flap.  I promise, it is way easier than it sounds! 🙂

Get Free Card Kits!

Since I have extra card kits and want to continue to support the cause, I’m offering free card kits when you purchase this stamp set. Yesterday and today I posted the four cards we made and while supplies last, anyone who orders this stamp set from me can pick 2 of the 4 cards we made and I’ll send you the kits so you can make them at home with your new stamp set.  Everything will be precut and ready for you to stamp and assemble!  Just send me a note to jennifer@nwstamper.com when you place your order with which cards you want and I’ll get them on the way to you!

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