Seasonally Scattered projects - Convention 2014 display

Hello again. Here is the 2nd of 3 posts featuring convention display projects. The following samples were created for Stampin' Up! using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. This stamp set will be in the upcoming Holiday catalog - products available for purchase on August 28.  All others supplies can be purchased from the annual catalog.  Contact me for more information.

Amazing Birthday Projects - Convention 2014 display

As I mentioned in my previous post, I applied again to be a display stamper and was invited to create 8 samples (4 cards, 2 Gift, 1 scrapbooking) using the three convention sets. I made a total of 24 samples.

This is the first post of three featuring the samples I made a for Stampin' Up! Inspire Create Share Convention 2014. Below are the samples created for the Amazing Birthday Stamp set. All the supplies for each of the projects are available in the current catalog.

Stampin' Up! Convention Day 1 - Inspire Create Share 2014

It is annual Stampin' Up! convention time again... Woohoo. This year I am attending with my friend (and downline) Paula Hogan. Her personal blog is here.  It's so much fun to experience convention in front of the curtain and to see so many familiar and friendly faces. I am lucky to be demonstrator. I love my hobby and love to "support" my hobby. 

While I am passionate about my SU hobby, I cannot compete with the passion of this guy. Impressive!

I attended convention last year with Joellyn (so much fun). You can read posts about that here.  Last year I did not make card swaps and regretted it. This year I came prepared with swaps, not to actively trade but to have on hand just in case. Below are the swaps I created. I made about 30 cards total (15 each) and after day 1 I've depleted over half and I wasn't even trying. I know 30 swaps small potatoes for many but totally been worth it for me. I've gotten some cool cards in return but mostly have enjoyed the social nature of a swap. 

Primary sets used are: Flower Patch, Watercolor Thank you and Work of Art.

There is so much to capture with an event like this. Here are a few random phone shots from the day.

Blendabilities markers (new 'copic like' blending markers) that I got to help with packaging design (freelance, last summer). Look how pretty these colored peacocks are? 

I applied and was invited to be a convention stamper again. Yeah for me. I'm a dork but I love to stamp with a purpose and this fit that need perfectly. More fun stuff! I'll share the samples I created in the coming days, once convention is over.

Tag It

The next set I created convention samples for is called "Tag It". I'll admit, this is not my favorite stamp set and I found it kind of hard to use. Too many stand alone images that don't work well with each other.  That said, I think the projects turned out pretty cute and I may use them in upcoming clubs.  The images are quite versatile and would be create for stampers who need basic images for most occasions. Another bonus is that some proceeds from this set go toward the Ronald McDonald House foundation.  That alone makes this set a good investment.

Here are my projects.

Stampin' Up! Convention 2013

I'm a sucker. You all thought I'd quit SU, and I have, almost... sort of.  I've worked for Stampin' Up! for over 10 years—25% of my life.  Fun times. And I just can't stay away, completely and forever.  I seriously love this company, the people who work there and the products. I seem to always keep myself involved in some way. I am still a demonstrator and actively sell the products. I do some product related freelance design, and this year I applied and was accepted to stamp a few samples for the display boards.  More on this later.

Last year I decided I would attend convention and asked my friend Joellyn to go with me.  Joellyn is also a former 10 year SU employee and is currently a demonstrator.  She quit and moved to Montana 3 years ago to be an amazing FARMER. Her personal blog is here. She agreed to go, and we saved our pennies to attend. Oh yeah baby, former employees pay full price to attend. Hence, sucker(s). But we were happy to pay as the event was a super fun time and a great opportunity to see all of our old friends in one place, at one time.

We had a wonderful three days of convention, good food (not made at home), and shopping. SHOPPING! All of these things are a rare treat for both of us.  We even we able to get in a THAI dinner with the amazing Paula.

I snapped a few CRAPPY photos of the event with my phone.  I decided not to take my big camera (BIG FAT NO), too many years of lugging a big camera around.  Crappy photos aside, it was a fun time and so awesome to catch up with the many folks we happened upon.

Turns out I am not the greatest duo "selfie" photo taker. Oh well. We were there. Joellyn - sorry in advance for the bad photos.  You (and I) are WAY, WAY, cuter in real life.

6000 demonstrators. Whoa - lots of stampers & swaps.  Super crowded but still fun.

We tried to document that we participated in the service project.  Bad crop. We made a "fference".

And again, bad crop but here we are in a general session among the thousands.  Where are our glittery hats?

This was Su's 25th anniversary celebration.  Both Joellyn and I helped create 10 great years at SU and it was rewarding to participate in some way.

A yummy cupcake I shouldn't of eaten. 

Shadows at convention center. Still trying to keep up with my photo a day project challenges.

Amazing hand carved stamps, created in minutes by SU demos.

And... the display boards. Thousands of cards made by selected demonstrators posted to inspire others.  

Over the next few days I'll post some of the samples that I was asked to create for these display boards.  It was a super fun experience and one I hope I get to work on again.

Happy 25th year SU.