Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Convention: Prize Patrol!

Well look at that! I won the Designer Series Paper and the Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon that I used during my preparation for Convention. Also the Hello There Hostess Stamp Set and Crushed Curry Embossing Powder.

This year I decided to room with some strangers. I got very lucky to meet 3 awesome ladies and I brought them each a set. It is a grocery list made from a legal pad that had been cut down, a magnet made from a glass bubble and I threw in some candy and a pencil. The "notes" stamp came from a Paper Pumpkin a few months back.

For my friends I made a bunch of my favorite magnetic bookmarks. I monogrammed it with the new Little Letters Thinlits.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Convention: The After Party

After awards night they throw us a party. This year there was line dancing, a mechanical bull, face painting, free stuff, food, etc. I bet you can't guess what we chose to do... Val was more than happy to join me. I found out that she never misses an opportunity to get her face painted. I see why. It was quite fun. We both slept lightly so we could show it off the next day. The artist did such beautiful work it would have been a shame to wash it off. I took a great selfie that can be found on Instagram. Look me up and give me some love.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Convention: 3D Swap

Along with the Shoe Box Swap (prior post), I joined a 3D swap with the same people. I had some issues with this one because I didn't come up with a final plan until the Monday before. All I knew was that I planned to use these Mini Muslin Bags (132180).

Once I finally came up with the design I started stamping the bags. I placed the stamp with the Stamp-a-ma-jig directly onto the spot where I wanted it and while leaving the Stamp-a-ma-jig in place I stamped the image repeatedly. Then I ironed it. Then I moved on to the next image. There was a coaster board in the bag to keep it flat and firm and I kept it in there when I ironed. I had about seven of them so it helped things along.

The leaves are from the Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812) and I stamped on them with Work of Art. It was an idea that came to me simply because both items were on the table and it caught my eye that it would look awesome.

Here are all of the items I got in the exchange. Lots of great loot from many talented ladies.

SUPPLY LIST: (for my project above)
  • Stamp Sets: Work of Art, Yippee-Skippee, Mosaic Madness
  • Colors: Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey
  • Embellishment: Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, Gold Basic Metal Buttons (Holiday Catalog sneak peek), Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, 
  • Big Shot: Autumn Accents Bigz Die

Friday, July 18, 2014

Convention: Shoebox Swap

Prior to convention I joined a local group for a shoe box swap that is taking place just after Convention on Saturday. This is the card I came up with. I had to prep for 8 and completely make 15 for the swap.

I used the new Blendabilities to color in the flower which is why it looks so vibrant. They come in packs of three with different shades of the same color for you to blend together. I can't wait to show you more.

  • Stamp Sets: So Very Happy
  • Punches: Blossom, 7/8" Scallop Circle, Boho Blossoms, Corner Rounder on the Envelope Punch Board, 1" Square
  • Colors: Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist
  • Embellishment: Basic Pearls

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CASE Study: A Side by Side Comparison

Last year I got this awesome card from Heather and I finally did a CASE a version of my own. Basically, I don't have By the Tide so I chose to work with The Open Sea and this is what I came up with. You simply put some fresh bleach on a paper towel and use it as a stamp pad. The fresher the bleach the better the results. It doesn't even matter if you land the regularly inked stamp on the bleached mark. It's all part of the look. I hope you'll give it a try.

CASE: Copy And Share Everything. In this situation I only copied the layout and the technique. Because I didn't use the exact stamp set and colors it could also be considered inspiration but since it looks so similar giving credit to Heather is the right thing to do and because she is the one that I was inspired by even though this creation may have been by someone else. Copying from others is definitely encouraged.

My customer cards in the mail swap group were the lucky recipients of this creation and so you will be seeing it again when I post the cards later this month.

SUPPLY LIST: for my card
  • Stamp Sets: The Open Sea
  • Punches: Corner Rounder from the Envelope Punch Board
  • Colors: Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Soft Sky