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.

June Card Club projects

We had another awesome card club. Fun to see everyone and play with new products. Thanks for coming!

June card club focused on the new Stampin' Up! In-colors, coloring with Blendabilities and other new products from the annual catalog.  We used Blended Bloom, Kinda Eclectic, Dictionary Background and Endless Birthday Wishes stamp sets.  Endless Birthday Wishes is now sold out - ug. I used it a bunch and expected it to be available for purchase. Sorry guys. 

Here are the new SU In Colors:

The Blended Bloom cards are my first attempt at using the Blendability Markers. I've never been much of a "colorer" but may do it more now.  Cards feature Blended BloomKinda EclecticDictionary Background stamps, Mossy Meadow, BlackBerry Bliss and Hello Honey In-Colors.

This Butterfly card primarily features two of the new in-colors; Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon, the Kinda Eclectic stamp set, the Dictionary Background stamp and many of the project life framelits. I also used this card as a swap for a recent INK Bug meeting.

These little birthday cards came together easily using notecards and envelopes, Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, Dictionary Background stamp, Moonlight Paper, and Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey In-colors.

This last project is cased from a swap Julie created last week. The little flower box easily comes together using the two largest framelits from Daydream Medallion Framelit set. The little tag uses the enjoy phrase from the Endless birthday Wishes stamp set.

May Card Club projects

Check out this month's card club projects. We used product from the Occasions catalog, Annual catalog as well as a few items that are reining at the end of the month. 

This a fun and a bit of an elaborate baby card. This card does take a some time to create.  We used the That's the Ticket stamp and Punch, the Spiral Flower Die and lots of gold. 

These two samples focus on the Six-sided sampler bundle (stamp set & punch). The 15% discount for the bundle retires at the end of this month.

This small 3x3" card uses the set Zoo Babies. The elephant in this set is so cute. We used the small oval punch to make his ear pop. I've seen this technique done and love it. 

We also used the Designer Frames Embossing folders. I love them. These are retiring at the end of the month also - so sad. Get them now.

This Congratulations card was CASED from a card Paula Critchlow cased from Jill Olsen. HA! How's that for giving credit?! All I did was changed up the color scheme so the card was more gender neutral.

This "Hello Sweet Friend" card shows how you can use the same template/design for a totally different look. This is the same template and size as the small 3x3" Zoo Elephant card. Instead I used the Six-sided sample bundle.

April Card club

We had a great time at April card club.  Such a fun group of women.

Here are the projects from April card club.  I featured some Occasions products and a lot of 2012-14 in color products - which retire at the end of May.  All three of the cards we made move or create user interaction in some way.

The Mother's day card is a slider card, you lift up the tag to reveal a hidden message underneath. Super easy to create using the word window punch and dimensionals.  The stamp set used is called 'So Very Grateful' from the Occasions catalog, $16.95.

We create a penny spinner card using the stamp set and coordinating framelits 'Just Sayin'.  This card features 2012 In colors, which retire soon.

Lastly we created what I'll call a spinner card using the set 'Cycle Celebrations'.  The center rotates off center because the brad is off center. Simple.  This card also features retiring colors including coordinations papers.

Here is the link to lists of retiring products - available while supplies last if you are interested. Contact me to order.

March Card Club - Happy Watercolor, Starburst Sayings & Peachy Keen

Timely this month... Thanks for the great time ladies! Here are the club projects for March. Gold is good again, and most projects feature a little bit of gold (foil sheets, cardstock, embellishments, bakers twine). We mainly used the Happy Watercolor, the Starburst Sayings, and the Peachy Keen stamp sets and coordinating framelits. All of these are currently available for purchase and can also be seen in the Occasions/Spring mini catalog.  If you have questions about these products or additional products used on these samples please contact me.

These cards and previous club cards can be found in one place on my pinterest board.

This Happy Easter card shows a fun way to use the watercolor image from the Happy Watercolor set and punches. Simple stamp the watercolor image in a color and then use punches in the same color of cardstock to layer. A small oval punch make a cute egg. Super simple. 

You make the World a Better place card also features all of the components from the Good as Gold card kit available as a with purchase gift in the Sale-a-bration brochure.

This last project came from my fabulous upline... Ms Julie Shaw. Super simple gift card holder with paper bow.  Project comes together in minutes and it a nice way to use up all that paper. If you are interested you can see more of her projects here.