Alright, after fighting with cameras and computers… I finally finished the Penguin Punch art tutorial video! I swear normally it doesn’t take nearly this much effort to create and share a video but I feel accomplished for showing the technology who is boss. ha ha!
So, I shared this card last week:
And now, here is how to make these cute penguins at home!
(note–if you are reading this post via email, you may need to click over to the blog to actually view this video)
Now, on to the good stuff!
Birthday Weekend Celebration Winners!!
Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here and on my facebook page! It was so fun to hear everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, treats, and more. Plus it was nice to hear I’m not the only one behind on mailing out Christmas cards!
I did a random draw of everyone who commented on the blog posts and corresponding facebook posts and here are the winners
- Day 1 – Tag a Bag Accessory Kit & Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details : Saundra W
- Day 2 – Neutral Candy Dots & Brad Bases : Audrey R
- Day 3 – This & That washi tape & Brights Designer Buttons : Meredith
- Day 4 – Designer Paper Sampler : Carla B
Congrats to all the winners! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with where you would like me to send your goodies and I’ll get them out to you this week.
Thanks again for celebrating with me and have a great holiday!
When I was visiting my mom last week, we got a chance to try out some different stamps and punches. (One of the fun things of having an upline/downline – you can share stamps and products so you can try them out without having to buy everything yourself). One of the items she had just received was the new Owl Punch. This punch makes really cute cards – like this one that was shown at convention 2010.
But one of the other things you can do with it is make other neat punch art like bats and even a flower. So, we decided to try out making a flower with the punch and once I had the flower, I then built a simple card to use it with. We use the description found on the blog Flowerbug’s Inkspot to create the flower. Her blog has a great description and photos but here is the quick version:
Start by punching out 7 owls. Take the main body of the owl from the punch and trim off the legs. Then you fold the body in half so you have a centerline. Fold the rounded bottom part of the owl in towards the center line so it looks kind of like a pie wedge. Trim a curved lines starting from the point of the ears into the center line to make the white petals you see below. Then glue the 7 pieces to a base piece of paper in a circle to make the flower. I then added a vintage tag to the center and pierced two holes in the base cardstock to run the string through. This allows the flower to swing like a pendant.
If you’ve found other fun ways to use this punch, I’d love to see them. Leave a comment with a link to your blog or site with the sample and I’ll check it out!
Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Paper: In Color DSP – Peach Parfait (Hostess), Crumb Cake CS, Very Vanilla CS
Accessories: Owl Punch, Lg Scallop Circle Punch, Baja Breeze double stitched ribbon, vintage tag, Adhesive Pearls, Paper Piercer.
I really do have way too many pictures to share from convention, but I wanted to share a few more with you.
On the last day, mom and I were able to meet the celebrity of the hour – Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! I hadn’t realized that she had been spending almost all of the lunch break for 3 days sitting and taking pictures with one demonstrator after another. Of course she was very sweet and was happy to chat with everyone who met her.
Like I said before, convention is not only a time for fun, friends, and fabulous ideas, but it is also a motivational time for me. With a new baby and moving earlier this year, I’ve been slow to get moving on getting my Stampin’ Up! business rolling. However, with the enthusiasm of convention and the announcement of a new awesome incentive trip – I’ve decided my goal is to work towards Disneyworld 2012. That means I’ll be working on scheduling workshops and building my team over the next year. Its an exciting time for me and I’d love to share that excitement with you.
Oh, and I have to give a shout out to my dad as well. He came along to Salt Lake City and ended up helping carry our Memento Mall haul and babysitting Nicholas for my make and take sessions. Thanks Dad! You’re the best!
Finally, as promised, here are some of the amazing swaps I got while at convention. I can’t wait to try them out myself now that I’m home.
card by Sharlene Mitchell card by Teresa Payne-Neal
card by Laura Tollander card by Kathy Thisted
card by Janine Verster