Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stampin' Up! Convention Swag

Stampin' Up! Convention Bag, Stamp Sets & More

There are lots of reasons to attend the annual Stampin' Up! Convention, not the least of which is all the cool stuff you get while you're there. (More on the other reasons in a future post.) 

The day before the convention officially starts is known as "check-in day". While we don't really "check-in" anymore, we do go to the Bag Pickup Area to receive the coveted Convention Bag. I LOVED this year's Convention Bag. Love the color, the Chevron pattern, the inner pockets. It's sturdy and well made, but not stiff. I will totally be using this bag!

Inside the Convention Bag are stamp sets and a few other goodies: the official 2012 Convention Pin, the Convention Program/Workbook, a nice pen, a Anywhere Glue Stick (the workbook had cute punch-out embellishments to use in the workbook or on other projects), flyers with Convention Attendee-Only Special Offers, a copy of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, and a copy of the new Holiday Catalog (Debuts tomorrow - Woot!! Contact me now to request a free copy.)

Which stamp sets did we receive? Check back tomorrow and I'll show you the sets AND what we created with them during our Make & Takes.

Included in my swag photo (above) are TWO stamp sets given away to every demonstrator during General Session: Moving Forward, this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set; and Mixed Medley, a new hostess set from the Holiday Catalog.  Convention attendees who attended six or more classes were rewarded with a fun stamp set called I AM, which was designed using our Convention theme, but can be used for a variety of everyday projects.

Also pictured is ... drum roll please ... my Prize Patrol score! Yes, after a two year drought, I had a winning wristband this year and received the stunningly beautiful Stippled Blossoms stamp set, plus a couple of awesome new accessories from the Holiday Catalog. Yay me!! And thank you Stampin' Up!

I received yet another stamp set, Quinceañera, during a special Hispanic Night Event/Class where we made the cutest little gift/treat bag.

A few other things pictured in the photo are my Momento Mall* purchases: The cute t-shirt, lip balm, pens, eco-friendly shopping bag, 2012 Convention Charm, and a super cool day-planner. (I love real calendars and day-planners. I simply can not get used to using the calendar within Outlook.)

Whew - That is a lot of fabulousness in one spot, wouldn't you say?! Anyone care to join me at Convention next year? Now is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up! and I have an awesome crafty gift waiting for anyone who joins my team in August.  Look for complete details tomorrow (or contact me now - I'm bursting to spill the beans!).

Reminder: Today is the last day to get the Reason to Smile stamp set (just $5 with a $50 order) and the last day to receive an extra $50 in hostess dollars with a qualifying order.


To order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 CLICK HERE

*Momento Mall: Shopping area at select Stampin' Up! events with new logo items for sale including clothing, home decor, office supplies, and more.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Little Scrapbooking Inspiration

I am quite sure I missed lots of beautiful projects at the Stampin' Up! Convention last week. You know ... so much to do and so little time.  But what I did manage to see (and get a quick/fuzzy/crooked photo of) is going to provide me with plenty of inspiration for months to come.

Today, I've gathered up a few samples of some wonderful scrapbook pages. Everything from holiday layouts to everyday fun and silly, check out these fab layouts ...

Layout with Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches DSP

Simple page with hidden journaling

Layout with hidden panel for journaling

Live in the Sunshine Scrapbook Page

Framed Scrapbook Page "Ruby"

Disney Scrapbook Page

Scrapbook Page "Amelia"

Happy Day Scrapbook Page

Daring Adventure Masculine Scrapbook Page

Beau Chateau Scrapbook Page

Sweet Scrapbook Page

Happiness Fall Themed Scrapbook Page

Make Merry - Holiday themed scrapbook page

1st Place Winner Scrapbook Page

Comfort Cafe Fabric Scrapbook Page

Live in the Sunshine Bold Scrapbook Page

Lovable Baby Scrapbook Page

Holy cow! Are you as inspired as I am? A huge thank you to all of the talented crafters who created these layouts and shared them with us at Convention 2012.


The layouts featured above were created exclusively with Stampin' Up! products.

To order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 CLICK HERE

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hello + Thinking of You Cards

These "Thinking of You" and "Hello" cards really caught my eye at the Stampin' Up! Convention last week. See if you agree that these are downright CASE* worthy ...

*Copy And Share Everything!

Thinking of You Card with Ribbon Flowers

Dream Card featuring Vintage Buttons

Hello Card with layered paper flowers

Dry embossed background Hello Card

Hello Card with fully embossed background

Hello Card with Stampin' Up! In Color Dahlia Adornments

Mini 3x3 cards

You Are Wonderful Card with Splattering Techniques

Thinking of You Handmade Card

Birdie in Nest Thinking of You Card

Thoughts of You Collage Card

To My Friend Handmade Card

You Are Simply Wonderful Card

And this one might be my favorite - Designed to look like a file folder! So cute!! (With apologies for the weird angle shots.)

Bright + Cheery Hello Card

Card Front

Inside of Card

Isn't that just the cutest idea?! Love it. 

To order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 CLICK HERE

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thank You Card Ideas (From Convention)

A popular destination at the Stampin' Up! Convention is the Demonstrator Resource Center, which among other things, contains the Product Showcase area (projects created by the staff Concept Artists) and the Display Boards (projects created by staff and Demonstrators). And there are oodles and oodles of samples! Cards, scrapbook pages, home decor, gifts and more are on display.

It's sometimes a challenge to get a good photograph with proper lighting and composition, given that there is always a crowd around the display boards - all trying to take pictures at the same time! So, while some of these photos aren't the best quality, I hope you enjoy seeing the creative ideas and inspiration. Today, I've grouped together sample ideas with a "Thank You" theme.

Clean + simple thank you card using punches + dry embossing

Thanks so much card with trendy fabric flower and chevron pattern

Clean & Simple Thanks Card with Stampin' Up! Postage Stamp Punch

Quick & easy thank you card with Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper

Thanks a Bunch with new Friendship Preserves Bundle

Clean & Simple So Grateful Card

Thjank You card with creative use of patterned paper

Thank You Pocket Card with Embossed Chevron

Thank You card with trendy, tiny flags on wooden dowels

Thank You Gift Bag With Easy Adornments

HIP TIP: Create coordinating tissue paper for any gift bag! Use a brayer and the ink pad of your choice to turn plain white tissue paper into gorgeous colored paper. Simply use the brayer to apply ink over the entire piece of tissue paper.

As an alternative, stamp tissue paper using stamps and classic ink pads for a completely coordinated (and beautiful) gift bag!

If you have any questions about the projects shown here (a particular stamp set, accessory, or technique for example), please leave a comment below and I will be happy to reply!


To order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 CLICK HERE

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Digital Inspiration Wow's From Convention

Well helloooooo!

 No, I did not get lost in Salt Lake City, although it would have been fun to stay longer and soak up more of beautiful Utah. I returned home from the Stampin' Up! Convention late Monday afternoon and was greeted by a massive (and very scary) thunderstorm. Not the best welcome. The welcome home greeting from the two furballs (and hubby too) was much better!  And Tuesday? Total recovery day. The go-go-go exhaustion that is convention + major jet lag = drag your behind around all day without getting much accomplished!

While I get caught up and back to reality this week, I thought I would share some of the fabulous inspiration found at every turn during Convention.  Today it's digital inspiration day. Look what I found ...

You are my Sunshine digitally created wall art with embellishments

Love this hybrid wall art project by Stampin' Up! Concept Artists at the I Am Creative - Special Evening Class.

Baby Shower invites and decor created with Birds of a Feather MDS DVD

Cute Baby Shower ideas created using the Birds of a Feather Collection DVD for My Digital Studio (Product Showcase Display Boards).

Customized pillow created by Stampin' Up! Concept Artists

Who knew? This custom pillow was created using Stampin' Up! fabric and My Digital Studio to print the lyrics of a favorite song right on the fabric. Anyone want to know how?

Framed Chalkboard Wall Art

Create a message (or several) in My Digital Studio to hang on this easy to make framed chalkboard.

Of course, there were terrific digital scrapbook pages submitted by Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Finalists too. Here are just a few ...

Best Day Ever Digital Scrapbook Page

"Dance" digital scrapbook page

Easy to create digital scrapbook layouts with big impact

Good News! Stampin' Up! announced that MDS2 is nearly ready for release. The company has decided to release the new and improved software program on August 1, 2012 - sooner than anticipated - although they are still testing and tweaking a few of the new features. However, due to the high demand and excitement surrounding MDS2, Stampin' Up! has opted to release it sooner and add the remaining new features in a future (free) software update.

For more information about My Digital Studio and MDS2 (coming soon!) GO HERE.

Or GO HERE to view the latest digital downloads from Stampin' Up!


p.s. Be sure to check back all week for more inspiration from Stampin' Up! Convention 2012!