Sunday, July 27, 2014

Convention Make and Takes

I have been home from convention for a week, and am just now getting totally unpacked and taking a few minutes to look at my loot and swaps.  We got so much "stuff" that I was worried I wouldn't be able to get it all home without paying for another bag!  Besides the free stuff, we were also given the chance to buy certain items from the new, up-coming Holiday Catalog (goes live August 28th!) so that made me super worried!  But, all ended well, and everything made it home just fine.

As I sorted through the items, I took a few minutes to make the actual Make and Takes that we were given supplies for at Convention.  I rarely make them there, since everything seems so rushed and there is so much to see, that I usually wait until I am home to stamp and assemble.  This year was the same, so I made these at home, some of them I used a bit of "creative license" to arrange, but regardless, they are so fun!

These projects used the three FREE stamp sets we received in our Convention bag - Kinda Eclectic and Amazing Birthday from the Annual catalog (page 164 and page 48) and  Seasonally Scattered from the new Holiday catalog.  You might also spy a new item in the center picture...available in the Holiday Catalog - take out boxes!   The last picture shows the fun Gift Card Enclosure which can be found on page 194 of  the Annual Catalog.

 Now I get to sort through and examine all the of awesome swaps I got...over 250!  Fun times ahead!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ready for Convention!

Yep!  With a few days to go, I have all my swaps ready (with the help of my Stampin' Fairies!) and now just need to pack my bags!  I leave on Wednesday and will be back late Sunday evening and will be crammed full of ideas and inspiration to share!  I have been so fortunate to attend every Convention since I signed up to be a demonstrator in March, 2003!  This will be my 12th Convention!

So before I go do laundry, I wanted to share my final swap-

This card uses the Star Framelits (which I love!) and the new Star Decorative Masks.  Pacific Point, Real Red and Whisper White are the colors used.  Isn't this a great card?

Monday, June 30, 2014

More Convention Swaps...

Only three weeks til the Stampin' Up! Inspire, Create, Share Convention!  I have been working feverishly, with some help from a few special demo friends, and have pretty much all of my organized swaps done.  Just a bit of final packaging and five swaps are complete.

These are in addition to the Kind Koala card in my past post HERE and the Work of Art card in THIS post:

The top card uses the technique where you scribble marker onto an acrylic block, spritz with water then stamp.  This is something that never looks the same twice, and give such a great focal point to a card front!  The bird and nest is from the new "World of Dreams" stamp set.

The middle card is probably my favorite of the three.  This uses many of the new In Colors - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Tangelo Twist.  Easy card to make, but I love the lay out!

The bottom card is quick and easy - just stamping, some red Glimmer paper highlights and put it on Cherry Cobbler card base.  Voila! Fini'!

All in all, I can report that my obligation swaps are complete.  Now, since I do have three weeks, maybe I can even make some general swaps!