Double Slider Card and Last Day for Reason to Smile!

Alright, this post is going to be a quicky because I have an unplanned dentist appointment I have to head out to (don’t you just love those!)  But, I wanted to share a card we made recently at my Fun Folds class and remind everyone that if you haven’t ordered your Reason to Smile stamp set yet, TODAY is the LAST DAY it is available!

But here is the card we made:

 

I know, it doesn’t look like much… simple and basic card layout.  But wait!  There is more!

 

What’s that?  Pull the ribbon and you start to see the cute image appear….

Ta Da!!  A cute message appears!  This card is actually really easy to make once you have the dimensions for scoring and folding your base card.  I used a slightly different dimension set than what is in this article but this shows you how to make your own!

And don’t forget!  Today is the last day to get your Reason to Smile stamp set… plus it is only $5!  Check out all the details and let me know if you want to get your set today. 🙂

 

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Summer Afternoon with Watercolor Pencils

Each month the gals in my team of Fun n Crafty demos participate in a card swap where we each create a card for one of the other folks on the team.  It’s a lot of fun to see the different styles from everyone and to take time out to create a card for a specific person each month.

This was the card I made for Bethani recently.  This hostess stamp set – Summer Afternoon, made me think of her, and the image just begged me to color it in!  So, I grabbed my trusty watercolor pencils and got to work.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card

 

I kept the colors more subtle and then added pops of color with my cardstock and ribbon.  I grabbed some Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight cardstock for my bright colors and then matched the strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock with a piece of Daffodil Delight stitched grosgain ribbon to add some texture to the card.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card close up

 

I hope she enjoyed the card and I loved seeing her change it up and use this similar layout for a class she held recently.  (If you are in the Mountain View area of California and looking for card making classes, she has some great ones!)

And if you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, we’d love to have you join our group and our monthly card swap!  You can learn more about all the benefits and stay tuned for more details on a cute project kit that you can get FREE when you sign up in August!

 

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Have You Tried the Stamp-a-ma-jig?

So, I’ve been missing making videos and so I wanted to get back into the groove and so I started thinking about what would be a fun topic…. and so I decided to show folks how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig!

This is one of those tools that most people don’t get past the name.  They either don’t have any idea what it is, or they think it sounds complicated and get intimidated.  Well, I’m here to tell you that it is actually really easy; and it is a lifesaver sometimes for cards where precision matters!

So, I decided to CASE myself and make a little card based on the card I posted a couple days ago.  Here is the finished product:

I LOVE the Natural Composition paper and the Whisper White looks really pretty against the Very Vanilla in person. And don’t forget, this flower stamp set (Reason to Smile) is only available for a few more days!  The last day to get it for only $5 is July 31st!

Anyway, the topic was all about using the stamp-a-ma-jig.  So, if you don’t have any idea how to use it or are curious about 2-step stamping, take a look at the following video.  And if you still have questions, drop me a line at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’d be so happy to answer them for you!

Perfectly Aligning Images with the Stamp-a-ma-jig

 

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Sweet and Simple Reason to Smile Card

I know that a lot of the samples people post out there are the gorgeous, works of art cards – and they are beautiful and inspirational to look at.  But sometimes you just need something sweet and simple… so here is an idea for you using the $5 Reason to Smile stamp set:

 

Cute, right?!

All this is, is coloring in the outline stamp set with your markers and stamping on the right side of the card base.  Do some tone-on-tone stamping on a piece of cardstock, and then before you adhere it down to your card front, add a white piece of the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch for a little bit of fringe.  Make a bow out of bakers twine and add a sentiment and you are done!

And did I mention the stamp set these flowers are from is only $5?  If you haven’t gotten your set yet, remember you only have until July 31st to order it.  With any $50 purchase, you can get this stamp set for $5.

Reason to Smile stamp set

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So, don’t forget to grab it if you want to take advantage of this great price for a cute set!

 

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Reason to Smile Dream Card
Stamps:
Reason to Smile, Loving Thoughts
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Bakers Twine (white), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch

Convention 2012 Display Boards!

One of the big reasons to go to convention is to see all the tons of amazing samples and displays.  They have huge boards that are organized by common colors (so you get a rainbow effect as you walk along the boards), by artisan award finalists, and boards full of samples using the stamp sets we are given at convention.  That is a lot of samples!!

So, to help you get started with some new ideas here are some of the display boards to give you lots and LOTS of ideas!

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Whew!  So are you feeling inspired yet?  I told you there are so many amazing ideas there.  I decided this year that I’m going to pick a few of my favorites and use them in my classes and for blog posts of the coming year.  So, thank you to everyone who contributed to these boards for sharing the amazing ideas!

So, I’d love to hear… leave a comment here or on my facebook page with with cards from the boards are your favorites!

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Everything Eleanor Christmas Swap Card

Alright, I’m finally getting caught up which is nice!  Up next, getting ready to have a bunch of great ladies over on Wednesday night to check out all of my samples, swaps, and goodies that I brought back from Convention and then make a few projects to take home!  It should be a fun night
(if you are interested in coming check out the details and rsvp here!)

Anyway, this year, I took with me a ton of swap cards… normally I end up with 30-50 cards but this year I took 100!

I didn’t mean to make so many but I discovered that I could almost exactly use the scrap from my Snow Much Fun swap to make this Everything Eleanor swap card, that I just kept making cards until I was out of scraps!  But that just means I have a whole bunch of great cards to use as inspiration now.

So, want to see what I was swapping?

 

I thought the flourish-y, journal stamp would make a fun wreath and my original idea had the bird stamped red for a cardinal… but I wanted the bird to stand out.  It took a little more work than I expected but I thought it was a fun use of the set.

And before I sign off for the night, I thought I’d share all the fun goodies I got while I was at convention.  This is just the stuff I got for free as part of my registration, giveaways, and prizes.  Not too bad, huh? 🙂

Stampin Up Convention Free Items

That is a bag, red glimmer paper, 2 packs of designer fabric, 8 stamp sets, a journal made in My Digital Studio, 2 spools of satin ribbon, 1 pack of rhinestones, a pack of In Color Dahlias, a Holiday Mini catalog, a main catalog, and a hand fan!

See, you know you totally want to come to convention next yere, huh??
Shoot me an email and I can help you figure out how you can come with me and my team next year!

 

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Make a Cake Pennant Card Recipe
Stamps:
Everything Eleanor, Curly Cute
Ink: Garden Green, Basic Grey
Paper: Real Red, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, large Scallop circle punch, 1 1/4” circle punch, 1/8” Real Red taffeta ribbon, glue dots, snail, stampin’ dimensionals

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012–The Final Days

Jeepers!  Thanks to extremely flaky internet access at the hotel, I wasn’t able to get these blog posts written up and posted in the evenings of Convention.  But I wanted to post my summaries of the last two days at convention since I know a lot of you out there were interested in seeing what went on.  For those of you interested in the Display Boards – for the sake of space, I’ll be posting them tomorrow in a separate post.  But here is the final run down of a great convention:

Inspiring Stamping Presentations:

There were so many great ideas this year.  I’m definitely going to use some in my classes over the next few months (scented embossing powder anyone?!) but here are a few highlights.

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***Did you notice the Keep Calm hostess set???  It is coming back shortly!!  Shelli couldn’t promise that they wouldn’t have to pull it in the future, so if you love it, get it now! ***

New Momento Mall Items!!

I figure that you can never go to Momento Mall too often. Smile  There is always something cute to look at, a gift to buy, or your 2nd Day surprise!  (Stamping themed cookie press stamps, garden flags, and a My Digital Studio 2 sampler)IMAG0002 (4)

 

Hispanic Night and Prizes!

Friday night they hold Hispanic Night, which is a great event to learn about the differences and desires of the Hispanic market.  Its actually super interesting to learn the cultural differences that I didn’t know about (like when someone would send out a card).  And we were given the Quinciera stamp set to use for our make and take!!!!  I LOVE this stamp set even though I don’t know anyone who is having a Quinciera anytime soon.  But so pretty!

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And I won a prize during Bingo! Christmas stamp set, Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, and Real Red glimmer paper!

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Great Classes:

I went to lots of great classes.  This sample was from a class by Tami White and Ronda Wade.  They talked about what has helped them run successful businesses and it was great to hear different ideas and strategies from these great women.

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Socializing and Relaxing at Lunchtime:

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And did I mention Free Stamps!!!

During lunch on the last day, we received our convention incentive stamp set (provided you attended you classes and got the “secret word”.  Then during closing session, we were given TWO more stamp sets!!  Not to bad, huh? Smile

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Other Announcements:

There were also a number of announcements made including the following:

–  The grand vacation is a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean

–  The getaway vacation is to San Diego

–  Stampin’ Up! will be donating $3 (instead of $1) from each sale of the stamp set “Moving Forward” to the Ronald McDonald stamp set

–  and an August special when you sign up to join Stampin’ Up!  If you are not a demonstrator but are interested in learning more about this program, let me know and I’ll fill you in on all the details!

So there you have it!  Convention is over but it was such an awesome trip!  I hope you can join me next year for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary.  I’d love to have you join my team and come celebrate with us next year!  Curious?  You can learn more about what it is like to join Stampin’ Up! and my team.

 

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