Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Deepest Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #onstage2018   Today's card is one I made for a sympathy card swap at Stampin' Up's OnStage2018 event in Orlando.  I joined this swap because I am unfortunately always in need of sympathy cards and I never seem to have any on hand when I need one. I was hoping to get some fresh ideas for sympathy cards from other stampers who participated in the swap--and I was not disappointed. I'll share some of those cards in the coming weeks.

My card uses products from the Graceful Glass Suite on pages 164 and 165 of the annual catalog. I love all the elements in that suite--and they make such elegant cards.
I started by coloring the back side of a piece of Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. I used Light Old Olive and Light Pineapple Grove Stampin' Blends to color some of the elements. I set that aside to dry while I worked on other parts of the card. 

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment from the "Painted Glass" set onto a 3" by 4-1/4" Whisper White Panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I set that piece aside to dry, too. The Stamparatus made making 15 cards so quick and easy!

I used one of the Stained Glass Thinlits Dies to cut the lattice from a 2" by 4" piece of Basic Black Card Stock. The Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad made removing the pieces from the card stock so much easier!

When the stamped Whisper White panel was dry, I wrapped the lattice piece around the bottom--just like it was a piece of ribbon--and adhered it to the back of the card. Then I adhered this piece to a 3-1/8" by 4-3/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat.

Next, I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Heather Highland panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Whisper White mat. I then wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around before adhering the center assembly to a Gorgeous Grape Card Stock card base. 

I adhered the colored vellum to the card with four strategically place Glue Dots. I'm pleased with how elegant this card turned out. I hope the folks I swapped with like the card, too!

Tomorrow I'll be sharing a card made for a black and white swap. Come on back and see what I have in store for you!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Best Route Masculine Swap Card

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #onstage2018   One of the best things to do when you attend a Stampin' Up event is to swap cards. You get so many ideas from a variety of stampers--and you get samples of cards made with stamp sets that you might not own. This time, I participated in five organized swaps. That means that I signed up for a spot in a swap group and made a set number of cards. You can also swap in general swaps--swap with any of the attendees--but I didn't have time to make more than my 76 cards for the five organized swaps I participated in. Do you think 76 cards is a lot? It is! But I'm a piker compared to some of the demonstrators who swap 100, 200, or more!

I made today's card for a masculine card swap. We all need cards for the men in our lives, but sometimes it's hard to make a card without flowers or ribbon or other doodads, right? My card is made with products from the Best Route Suite on pages 52 and 53 of the annual catalog.

I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Blueberry Bushel Card Stock mat with the Maps Etc. Embossing Folder. I adhered that to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Pineapple Grove Card Stock panel and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, made a banner from a 1" strip of Best Route Designer Series Paper using the Banner Triple Punch. I adhered that to the back of a 3" by 4" piece of Best Route DSP and onto the card. I adhered a 1/2" by 2" strip of another piece of Best Route DSP to the card front.

I stamped the map image and sentiment from the "En Route" stamp set in Pineapple Grove and Blueberry Bushel Inks onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered this to a larger Pineapple Grove Card Stock square, also cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added two of the cute Best Route Enamel Shapes to the card.

I think this would be a great card for a teen-aged or young adult guy, don't you?

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see another of my card swaps.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stampin' Up OnStage Live 2018

#stampinup   #onstage2018   #orlando   #faithfulinkspirations   What a fabulous week I just spent at the Stampin' Up OnStage Live event in Orlando, Florida! I love working for this fabulous company! They do up their demonstrator training/celebrations right! I love seeing all my stamping friends. I really love seeing the new catalogs and new products. And I love getting FREE stuff! PROTIP: If you like creating and you like getting free stuff and you like being in the know before the general stamping public, you should join my team as a Stampin' Up demonstrator. Contact me today for all the details about an upcoming new demonstrator promotion that you will NOT want to miss out on!

Here are some highlights from my 4-plus days in Orlando. I went down to Orlando on Tuesday, just because I like to chillax and acclimate before the event. My BFF, Lynn, joined me on Wednesday, and we headed straight to Cocoa Beach! Here I am relaxing, totally in the shade, just the way I like to "beach"!

Lynn and I had dinner at a great local restaurant on the beach. Isn't this a goregous view?

It's a good thing we took a few minutes to relax because the next few days are FILLED with exciting things to do at the Stampin' Up OnStage event!

Here Lynn and I are posing before the show starts. See how close we are to the stage?!

You've got to get there early and wait in line for hours to get seats like that. Luckily, our friend, and my Stampin' Up downline team member, Annette, loves to get there early. Lynn and I were early-ish, but never as early as Annette! Here's Annette with the stamp set she won during the first prize patrol of the session!

Here's Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up's CEO, and her mother and Stampin' Up co-founder, Shelli Gardner. Both Sara and Shelly are so funny and enthusiastic about stamping and they're both talented artists and demonstrators. The crowd goes wild every time they come to the stage.

My favorite OnStage demonstration is when Sara and Shelli stamp together. They're hilarious! This year, Sara brought two of her daughters up on stage to stamp with her. It's a family tradition.

Another of my highlights was meeting many of the members of the Creation Station Design Team. These ladies are so talented and nice and amazing. Some of us were able to go to dinner together to get better acquainted. We missed some team members who attended the Pacific area OnStage Local.

And I fan-girled all over Teneale Williams, one of my all-time favorite stampers. She came to Orlando all the way from Sydney, Australia. You should take a look at Teneale's work on her blog. I'm sure she'll inspire you as much as she inspires me!!

Every attendee waits for that special moment when the new catalog is revealed and Stampin' Up didn't make us wait too long. They unveiled the upcoming 2019 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs right at the beginning of the opening session. They also revealed that they are phasing out wood stamps and will offer only photopolymer and cling stamps. The cling stamps are awesomesauce! We got to use them on our make-and-takes (which you'll have to wait for because I'm still working through wonderful items in the annual and Holiday catalogs)!

Here's the tabletop display with all the stamp sets, ink, paper, and embellishments for our make-and-takes. Even the tabletop displays have that special Stampin' Up touch! Each table had a "vintage" photo from Stampin' Up's past. This one is Shelli in a tub full of stamps!

We got all kinds of swag in our convention bag. Look!

And there were several all-attendee giveaways in addition to the Prize Patrols. Here's what we got. The top bag is a tool kit holder and the bottom pouch opens up into a large tote bag!!

See that little note? Everyone got a signed note from Sara and Shelli in our lunches! All 6000-plus of us!!

We also got a new stamp set in our convention bag. Everyone won another set during prize patrol. And there were TWO more sets given away in an all-attendee prize patrol along with a pack of the new Gingham Gala 6" by 6" Designer Series Paper! Stampin' Up is sooo generous to us!

Wow! That's a lot of stuff and a lot of fun, isn't it? I'll be back tomorrow with our regularly scheduled program of card sharing. I had a whole week ready to go for you that I had hoped would post while I was whooping it up in Orlando. But, I ran out of time to get the projects posted and my computer has been so s-l-o-w lately (hubby fixed it for me!!). I'll be sharing the cards I made to swap at OnStage and then I'll share some of my favorite swap cards I got in return!

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Creation Station: In All Things Give Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #creationstation  Welcome to the November 2018 Creation Station blog hop where our awesome international design team will be showing you projects to show our thankfulness.

Can I let you in on a little secret? Every, single blog hop makes me nervous and anxious. You see, our Creation Station design team is so uber creative that I feel a little overwhelmed and maybe (just a little bit) like an imposter. And so I usually spend hours and hours (and hours) perfecting a project that I won't be embarrassed to share in this group. But the secret is that this process has helped me grow as an (can I even say it?) artist. You know that saying about how diamonds are formed under pressure, right? Well, sometimes a little self-imposed pressure helps the creative juices.

And sometimes a project just comes together all on its own. Today's project did that. This was an anxiety and stress-free project and I'm so excited to share it with you!!

I went with an extremely neutral color palette--Whisper White, Gray Granite, Basic Gray, and a little sparkle here and there. I love the wood texture sheets in the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Papers, so I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece from this sheet. Before I adhered the DSP to the 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Gray Granite Card Stock mat, I cut two leaf sprays from the center ('cause who's gonna see it?) with one of the Botanical Tags Thinlits. I adhered the DSP and Gray Granite mat to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Country Home" stamp set in Gray Granite Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with an oval Stitched Shape Framelit. I stamped the same sentiment again in Basic Gray Ink and used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the word "thankful." I adhered the stitched shape oval to a scalloped Gray Granite Card Stock oval that I cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. I adhered the fussy cut "thankful" to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

I cut two Whisper White and two Sparkle Glimmer Paper leaf sprays with the Botanical Tags Thinlits and adhered them to the back of the oval sentiment piece. I felt like the piece needed a bit more, so I added a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.

After I adhered the oval sentiment piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals, I still felt like it needed a bit more, so I cut a Pearlized Doily and tucked it behind the sentiment piece.

But I still wasn't finished! I added three Frosted Epoxy Droplets to the card. And then for a final bit of shimmer and shine, I painted some Clear Wink of Stella onto the fussy cut "thankful."

I hope you've enjoyed a glimpse into my creative process and I hope I've inspired you to just get your hands on a stamp and some ink and some embellishments and see what happens. You may surprise yourself!

Now, please continue to hop around the blog and see what our other amazing design team members have in store for you. And we would be super thankful if you'd leave us a comment on our blogs--it really makes us happy when you do that!!

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