Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Catalog Open House

Well, I finally had my open house. It was fun showing everyone the projects we did at convention, and hear the oooohs and awwwws over them. Looks like I'll be demoing a couple of those projects in upcoming stamp club get togethers. :o) Also, had fun sharing all the new products Stampin' UP! has come out with in the new catalog. I think this is the most excited I've been with one of their catalogs. I've loved all the rest of course, but for some reason this one just tops them all. They also had fun playing with the new Big Shot. Some have the older model die cut systems and they all say the Big Shot is so much easier to use. Here are some pictures of the make & takes we did.

They each went home with a New Catalog Survival Kit, I thought this idea was too cute. I saw this on Splitcoast, click here.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Big Shot has arrived

I was so excited when I got home from vacation to see boxes from SU! sitting in my entry way. I knew one of them had to be the Big Shot. Today I did some experimenting on a few of the dies and came up with these few items. Not too shabby....I'm going to have lots of fun with this machine. There's just so many different things you can make. Anyhoo, excuse the mess in the background my table is a complete disaster right now. Better get to cleaning up now.
Below, I used the Pillow Box die, Scallop Envelope die and the Top note die.

Beautiful Maui

We're back from Maui. Spent time with my parents, and my sister and her kids. Of course we all had a fabulous time, and was so hard to leave. We did a lot of snorkeling, relaxing on the beach or by the pool and some shopping :o). Here's just a few of the pictures we took. There were soooo many turtles we saw on this trip, it was very cool. Aloha!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Make & Takes from SU! Convention

Well, I haven't had anytime this week to do stamping, UGH! So I thought I'd post some pictures of the projects we made at convention. I would have to say that this years make & takes were some of my favorites. This one here to the left is using the new set, Inspired by Nature. I have a feeling I'll be using this stamp it! Cardstock used were from the new In Colors, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss.

Here's a couple more, a Mini Album and Bookmark using the new stamp set, Eastern Blooms. This set will be another favorite. Love these book marks, great gifts for your friends, family and the kids teachers. Notice the new Filigree Designer brads? Also used the scallop chipboard square and sponged it with Old Olive Craft ink, then used the new Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon to attach it altogether.

A Note of Thanks Box. Oops! I just realized my little banner that's suppose to be attached to the rosette is missing. Can you tell how tired I am, I've been staying up too late watching the Olympics and still getting up at 4:30 for work. Anyhoo, this was fun to make especially the rosette and soooo easy too. We just took a 11" piece of ribbon, weaved linen thread(with needle from crafters' tool kit) along the edge of ribbon about 1/4" apart, then just pull thread to gather ribbon in a circle and there you have a rosette. Around the outer edge we used crystal effect and the silver chunky glitter. I'm sure I'll be using more of these rosettes in future projects. Hope you liked seeing some of these fun projects.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kristina's Color Challenge #18

Here's another one of Kristina's Color Challenges. I got to meet her real quickly at convention last week, she is so sweet! Thanks Kristina for all your fun challenges!

This challenge was challenging, love the colors just wasn't sure where to start. So I hope you like the final outcome.

All Stampin'UP! products used:
Stamp set: Fresh Cuts, Floral
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Green Galore
Other: Pretties Kit, Stampin' Pastels, District Ribbon, Oval punch

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Back from Convention!

I would have to say that this years convention was probably one of my favorites. With nearly 6,000 women and some men it was quite the much energy and excitement everywhere you went. Stampin' UP! has come out with a fabulous Fall/Winter catalog that I'm just dying to share with all my stampers. UPS should be arriving at my door step any day now with my boxes...atleast I hope so.

One huge exciting news they announced was SU! and Sizzix teaming up. They will be offering a manual die-cutting system...The Sizzix Big Shot, and dies from Stampin'UP!, where you can create shapes, tags, envelopes and more. What I like about this machine is it will work with 50 different kinds of materials, from paper, plastic, fabric to metal. Here are a couple pictures I took of some examples they shared with us. I can't wait to order mine!

Here's another picture from when UPS surprised us with a FREE stamp set which they donated the costs for. Everyone went ballistic as you can see from all the confetti :o)