Saturday, August 31, 2013

Create with Connie & Mary Color Challenge

Today I have a card I created for the color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary.  The color challenge this week is perfect, because I was already making Halloween projects for a new Blog Hop that I am a part of that starts tomorrow.  So be sure to come back tomorrow to see lots of other Halloween ideas!


Here is the card I made:

I used the new Label Thinlits die to make a flip card.  The greeting is from the Tags 4 You set from the Holiday Catalog, used with the new Label Bracket Punch.  I embossed the greeting in silver to make it pop a little.

The candy corn punch are is from a Pinterest inspiration from Cristy Butzen. 

Thanks for looking at my card!  Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Double Challenge Birthday

I decided to try and make a card using the color challenge over at The Paper Players, while using the sketch from Mojo Monday.

Here is my card:

For my card, I was able to use my new In Color stack.  I love the new In Colors!!  I also used the new Label Love stamp set, with the coordinating Artisan Label punch.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

JUGS Shaker Card

I had so much fun making this shaker card for the Just Us Girls challenge.  I can't believe I have never made one of these before.  They are so fun!  Click on the link above and play along!

I took my color combination from the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I used Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, and Pear Pizzazz.  My flower is from the Best of Flowers set.  Remember, when you order six of the Best Of sets, you get to choose any stamp set of your choice for free!  ($14.95 value!)  My greeting is from the Perfectly Penned set. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Last bit of Convention

For the last day of convention - I had to be sure to use my daughter's string cheese cooler.  A few days before I left for SLC, my hubby and daughter were at the grocery store.  There happened to be a Sargento lady there, handing out samples.  She also gave my daughter this adorable little cooler.   My girly insisted that I bring it with me to SLC, because it looks similar to some of the other bags I have.  It worked!  I ate my cheese about halfway through the day, and it was still cool.  

Saturday also saw most of my friends winning prize patrols!  Yay!!
Jean won the Halloween Bash set from the holiday catalog - AND a punch!

Candee and Jacque won the Christmas Messages stamp set!

They ended general session with another all attendee giveaway! We were gifted the Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit, and the Oh, Goodie! stamp set!

For lunch Stampin' Up! provided us with a delicious chicken sandwich!

 We spent the afternoon in classes, learning new ideas for growing our businesses.  

They closed out the convention with a last general session. The Heart of Stampin' Up! award was announced, as was the location of Leadership 2014.  Leadership will be held in Houston, in January 2014.  It was also announced that the Incentive Trip that we are all working towards for travel in 2015 will be to Hawaii.  I know that for some people, that isn't very exciting.  But for my family - it is super exciting, and hubby is totally on board to help my business grow this year!  They ended the session with one last all attendee giveaway!  Everyone received the Yippee-Skippee stamp set.
I love how Stampin' Up! goes all out for convention.  They decorate the outside as nicely as they do the inside of the Salt Palace.

When the general session ended, a group of friends and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner.  I had never been to a dinner like this before.  It was so fun, and the food was amazing!

Look at all this free stuff I was able to bring home from SLC!

Sunday morning, my friends and I had one last breakfast together before we all headed off to the airport to travel home.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Convention

Friday was packed full of surprises, friends, and fun!

New Thinlits big shot dies were announced - and are available now for purchase.  This picture shows a card made with the circle thinlits.
Here is a picture of a card made with the label thinlits.  They are just so much fun, and so easy to do!  We will be making a card with the label thinlits at the August Stamp Camp - you can register here: 

During the general session - I won a prize patrol!  I was given the new Decorative Window Gift Boxes from the Holiday Catalog, along with Linen Thread, a pack of Hardware Clip Essentials, and an awesome personalized stamp.

After general session was done, we were free to spend the day in the Demonstrator Resource Center.  One of the things we were invited to do was to take part in a service project.  We put together 3,000 "Birthday Kits" for kids who have to spend their birthday in the local Children's Hospital.  The kits included banners, journals, and other fun stuff.

On of the other new products announced was the new Undefined line.  Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving line.  The kit comes with everything you need to carve your own stamp!  It sounds a lot more challenging than it is; and it is so much fun!  My friend Lisa and I decided we wanted to make puzzle piece stamps, in honor of our girls who are both on the Autism Spectrum.

After a full day in the Demo Resource Center, it was back to the hotel for a quick change.  We then rushed back to the Salt Palace for Awards Night, which was followed by a 25th Anniversary Party.

Throughout the whole party, we had live music provided to us by The Spazmatics.  

This party had everything that a great party should have.  Yummy dessert - check!  Party Favors - check!  Fun music - check!  Games - check!  We even had a fun green screen photo opportunity.  

From L to R:  Me, Lisa, Jacque, Jill