Another Artisian Award Non-Entry

Hi there, stampers! I’m back again today with another card I created to enter into the Stampin’ Up Artisian Award Contest. I explained about this demonstrator-only contest here. This one I made so long ago I’m not even sure I can remember what is on it! Ha.. I know it uses the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper and the Apothecary Art Stamp Sets. Lots of layering on this card. I really went all out with the details using twine, pearls, brads, background stamping, lots of punches, Big Shot Framelits, etc. I’ve been thinking about what I want to work on for this year’s entry (because I AM going to enter) and I’m thinking I need to use the Birds of a Feather Suite — It’s a little out of my comfort zone, but so, so cute. Well, I’ve got a lot of busy work to tackle on my early Friday evening (no work for me tomorrow!) — think lots of tidying, organizing and well, some stamping, of course! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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An Artisian Award non-entry

Hello. Happy Lazy days of summer… at least that’s how I feel today. I had the day off and while I did have quite a few pre-scheduled appointments that got me up and out of the house this morning, the rest of the day has been one of those lazy, hazy days of summer. I’ve actually been hiding in my air-conditioned stamp room for a bit if I must confess… but I’m thinking I might head out to the beach for a bit in a while… we’ll see. In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you one of the cards I made for the annual Stampin’ Up Artisian Award contest. This award is one of the greatest perks of being a Stampin’ Up demo! You submit 10 projects (5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 3-D items) of your best work in hopes that you’ll come out in the top 10 participants. Why, you ask? Well, the winner gets a $500 SU shopping spree, $500 in cash, a special dinner with SU co-founder Shelli Gardner and concept artists and usually a special little gift or two from SU. Sounds wonderful, right? I agree! Oh, and I forgot… because they

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Yet another Convention Swap…

Hello and Happy Saturday! I was a little scattered with my convention swaps this year. Usually I do one or two designs and make like 80 of each. This year though I must have been board as I made five different designs and only made about 20 or so of each. Part of it was because I was using up some leftover card kits that I had lying around the house. This one was a butterfly card I had made using the old Flight of the Butterfly stamp set – but that set retired so I came up with this new creation using all the same pieces. Sorry the coloring on this one is a little off… This one got flattened a bit, too, in the clear envelopes. I really softened the fiber of cardstock on my yellow flower so it curled and had a nice texture to it. It is simple to do, just run your bonefolder over your cardstock similiar to what you do with scissors and curling ribbon. For those of you who received this swap at convention, here are the deets: cardstock: Soft Suede, 115318, $6.95 Old Olive, 100702, $6.95 Pool Party, 122924, $6.95 Daffodil Delight,

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Memento Mall

One of the coolest things about being a demonstrator and being able to go to convention each year is Memento Mall! It’s the greatest little Stampin’ Up logo store available only during convention. Look at this sweet little display of Stampin’ Up branded chap sticks! There were four flavors: Watermelon, Pomegranate, Spearmint and Vanilla. That makes keeping your lips from chapping or burning super fun, right? And I love the cute little flag decorations — all made with fabulous SU product, of course. I thought I’d share a few more photos I took of Memento Mall. There is just so much to see at this fun little shopping haven! See for yourself: This was a fun little display of cards to showcase the card tree (quite literally a tree!) for us to showcase upcoming class projects and favorite samples. Isn’t it the cutest thing?? There were some great card samples on it too…. like this one: and this one: and this one: I’m telling you … there is inspiration EVERYWHERE at convention! Here are a couple more photos from Memento Mall: This last one is the cashiers ready to ring all of us up. It’s actually only one side of

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Have you seen it?

This new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up is amazing… by far the best I’ve ever seen! I had to look through it like 10 times before I saw everything — it’s bigger and full, full, full of great products and ideas. What are you waiting for? Go check it out here now! 🙂 You can start buying goodies from this baby today — it’s a month earlier than SU normally releases their holiday catalog so you can get a head start on those great crafting projects you have planned for the holidays! Another great tid-bit of info for today is that the new MDS2 is launching! If you are not familiar with our digital paper crafting program, My Digital Studio, now is a great time to become familiar with it. It has always been great for make digital cards, scrapbook pages, photo books, banners and so much more — but now you can use it for canvases! That’s really exciting to me… it also has over 75 other great new features including being able to design in two-page spreads, use multiple colors on a stamp brush, recolor an existing embellishment, recolor a photo, text shaping and so much more! Want

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