In July I had the opportunity to go to my first Stampin’ Up! convention and I have to tell you that I’m still excited about it! Between all of the great discussions, swaps, display boards and new product sneak peeks, I’ve probably got enough creativity to last me at least the next six months!
This post will be a first in a series all about Convention 2014. I’ve got so many photos to share with all of you but today I’ll focus on some of the make-and-takes that we got to make during the workshops. Without further ado, here’s part 1 of the Stampin’ Up Convention Recap:
These Cards are “Kinda Eclectic”
The first workshop we attended focused on the Kinda Eclectic stamp set that we received for free. Now I have to be honest, I’m wasn’t a huge fan of this stamp set when I saw it in the catalog. I like the butterflies and I like the greeting but the rest of it… I had no idea how to put it all together to come out with something amazing. Thankfully someone did all of the thinking for me!
Both of these cards are so easy to re-create at home! The first one is the simplified version and the second one has been stepped-up a bit. The only difference between the two of them is the background, added Linen Thread, a Hodgepodge Clip and a small butterfly cut in vellum. The ink colors used were Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist.
That background is so snazzy, I just might have to use the technique in another project! The technique is simple: ink the raised side of an embossing folder. Set your sheet on the opposite side of the folder and press the inked side down onto the blank sheet. You can use as little or as much pressure as you want and get a different effect each time!
Here are some more Kinda Eclectic samples that I found on the display boards:
This Takeout Box is Yummy
You get a sneak peek of four awesome products from the holiday catalog in this one project! The first is the new Takeout Boxes. Wrapped around the box is the new Festive Designer Kraft Paper. You’ll get two rolls of that in two different designs (three if you count the blank backside). Also new in the catalog are the Autumn Wooden Elements which feature three different types of leaves in both a cutout (as shown here) and solid piece.
Last, and you’ve probably already seen this floating around on Pinterest, is the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. The two-tone effect you see here was created by first inking the stamp in Hello Honey and then using a sponge dauber to apply Tangelo Twist ink in the very center of the stamp.
Here are some more examples of Seasonally Scattered Projects from the display boards:
This Amazing Birthday Stamp Set is Amazingly Cute!
Have you seen the new Gift Card Enclosure pack from the new annual catalog? I glossed right over them — that is, until I got to make this cute little note card holder! This was super simple to put together but the box itself took a little finesse.
The greetings are all from the new Amazing Birthday set. The small star is from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the large star is from the Stars Framelits. Isn’t this just the cutest! This is my favorite freebie from convention by far! There are so many different things you can do with the Amazing Birthday set.
Here are some more ideas using the Amazing Birthday set from the display boards:
That’s all for now! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration. See you next time!
Loss and gain
I meant to publish this yesterday but it’s been a whirlwind of a week. Between my job, jury duty, packing, crafting, filming for YouTube, sick kids and my grandfathers passing, it’s only by the grace of God that I still have the strength to get things done. We get to go to the new house tomorrow and do the walk-through inspection. After that, we’ll be able to start moving almost immediately. My husband is aiming for a complete move-in by this weekend. I’m still processing the fact that we’re moving. I felt sad for my kids because they have a lot of friends in this apartment community where we live. They also get free reign of the courtyard, which is conveniently right outside our back door. Moving to the new house means that they will lose their back yard until we can exterminate over an acre of blackberry bushes. Mostly, I’m sad that they won’t have the social time with all of their friends daily. But I have to remember that people continually come and go in our lives and no one can remain forever, as much as we would like them to. Grandfathers included.