Thursday, August 9, 2012

Convention Swaps Round 2!

It's so fun to get out the cards I swapped for at convention and check them all out again! Here's more of the sample cards that I received:
This one is really purple in real life and has lots of sparkle to it...my photos aren't the best today.

The Ronald McDonald set! We got this stamp set FREE at the end of convention! How cool is that?!! For every set that is sold $3.00 is donated to the Ronald McDonald house!

I love the split in this one! I didn't really think I liked this set until I saw this card!

It's hard to see in the photo, but the middle cake is sparkling! Love a little bling!

Love the colors in this one!

My photo doesn't do this one justice...the pink is much more vivid and the shoe stands out better with the emboss resist technique.

The new camping set! I can see lots of scrapbook pages using this one!

One more sample for you today with a card that I made. Again, another sample that I saw on Pinterest that I loved! I love to CASE (copy and share everything) samples from there! I made this as a special birthday card for one of my friends back in SD, but of course couldn't just do one at a time!


And the inside. Wish my photos weren't so washed out today...much prettier in person!
I love the rose in this stamp set and was sad to see it retire this year. I just couldn't bear to part with mine, and have made more cards with it since the new catalog came out. It's so fun to do the reinker spread technique with!
We're off to Reno for Hot August nights this weekend! Can't wait!! Larry is really excited to see all the old cars...brings back lots of memories!
Happy Stampin'!
 Lauri

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Convention Swaps

I was able to attend convention the end of July, thanks to my girls, Jamie and Katie. They paid for my registration fee, and for our room while in Salt Lake! I am one blessed Mom!! I learned so much, took tons of photos, toured the Stampin' Up! facilities for the first time, walked miles and miles, swapped cards and scrapbook pages, and all in all had a BLAST!! We got lots of FREE stamp sets, classes for stamping with them, and classes for the business end of things. My friend Loretta and I hung out together most of the time during the day, and Larry went fishing, then I was able to spend some much needed time with my husband in the evenings. What fun! Thank you so much Jamie and Katie!! Love you bunches!!
The theme for the year was I am....and you filled in the blank. I am so thrilled that I was able to attend!!!

I signed up ahead of time for a couple of organized swaps, one for scrapbooking and one for cards. This is the swap that I made for the card group...

 I used the new For the Birds set on page 34 of the catalog. I stamped it with Stazon Ink on watercolor paper, then colored it with a variety of markers and lots of layers with little pearls to glitz it up a little! I love the bird images in this stamp set!
And of course, you can't forget the inside!
Here are a couple of the other cards that I received in return...


Aren't they gorgeous?? What's really nice about this swap, is that all the cards are full cards with no writing on them, so I can actually mail them out! I made 21 cards in all and received 20 in return...one goes to the lady that went through all the work to get the swap organized! I did not participate in any of the random swaps. There were millions of card fronts exchanging hands all over the place for 4 days! WOW!! Some of the ladies made hundreds of cards to swap...think of all the hours of stamping!! I'll share more of the photos that I took in the next couple of days and the swaps that I received. It's so much fun to relive it all!

Here's a sample of one of the cards that we've made in our card classes in the last couple of months. This one used the striped embossing folder to make the gingham checks. Love this technique!


The girls loved making these!!
Until tomorrow, happy stampin'!!
Lauri


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm back!

I know it's been a while, but it has been more than crazy around here!! I just don't know where the time goes! I really appreciate the time it takes to devote to the writing and photographing for blogs! They really can eat up a lot of time...time that I just haven't had.  My grandkids, that we moved here to be near, have moved to Tucson, AZ (oh, how I miss them) and we have had to find a new place to live.  What a job that has been! We have moved in with some friends for now, and Loretta loves to stamp too! We've been working on her new crafting space and finding just the right place for everything!  I have been making and crafting and scrapbooking and designing projects for my clubs, but have just not had the time to photograph all of them and post them here. I will try to do some catch up!
This first project is one that I made with the Stampin' Up! fabric. I found a picture of these on Pinterest and the demonstrator that made them was kind enough to share the pattern with me. I made them and gave them as gifts (from the Scrappin' Fairy) to the gals that were at the scrapbook overnight that we had a few months ago. (Wow! How time flies!) I made a few extra and have used them for little gifts for hostesses and for my secret prayer person at church. I love the coordinating fabrics! I packaged them with a compact mirror and lotion that's available on the demonstrator web site and tied them together with a simple little bow. Another one, I made a little gift bag with DSP that I shared the pattern for back in December on this post. Fun and easy! A special way to give that little gift!




Aren't they just the best for tucking into a purse or the glovebox of the car? I'm always in need of a tissue...especially with all the tears lately!

Here's another simple and fun project to tuck a little gift into for that special person.

I have shared these with the scrapbook and cardmaking clubs that we had a couple of  months ago. These make such wonderful little table decorations...how about for Bunco? A secret Sister? A special tea? A luncheon? So many different ways you can use these. On one side, I put a tea bag and on the other, you could add a gift card, a small 3 x 3 note card, some money, etc. One of the gals at club suggested that they would be  great for a Christmas dinner with a candy cane coming up out of the middle...and with that great Christmas paper in the new catalog! Fun!
Here's the pattern to make these:

Cut a piece of DSP 8 1/2" x 12". Score with the Scoring Tool along the 12" side at 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 5", 7", 9 1/2", and 10 3/4". The markers along the top edge of the scoring tool make it so handy to remember all those numbers!
 
Then flip the paper and score along the 8 1/2" side at 2 1/2" and 6".
 
 
Cut out the 2 1/2" square from each corner (you will cut across one of the score lines).

Fold each corner towards the center, then each of the short sides on score line into the center.


Turn over, fold along score line to form sides. Fold small flaps along tops down towards the V shaped pockets.


Punch with 3/8" hand punch and string ribbon through holes with cello bag cominp up through the middle to keep the bag closed. Add tea bag to one side, and small gift card or ntoe to the other side.


Starbursts!


Aren't they fun?!

One more quick card...another one of those Pinterest ideas...that I made for thank you cards for the orders from all the clubs. I think you can figure this one out without any instructions.


Hope your summer is going well...too fast here! Back to school time already for my grandkids in Colorado and Larry starts again soon too. Wow! I think that I've been moving all summer...both in SD and here! YIKES!
I'll be back tomorrow with some of the projects that I've been doing. I have some great cards from convention that I swapped and some awesome scrapbook pages! Can't wait to share them with you!
Happy stampin'!!
Lauri