Monday, July 26, 2010

Convention Swaps

Convention is my favorite time of year!!! Imagine 3000 demonstrators stamping, learning new techniques and business tips, meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, swapping hand-stamped creations! Swapping is my favorite part of convention!!! Swapping is where you make a bunch of the same card (or ATC, scrapbook pages, 3D items, love notes, etc.), and exchange cards with other demonstrators. You get so many great ideas! It's all about sharing--Share What You Love--that's this year's theme. Here are my swaps. If you received one of my swaps at convention, thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment so I know you were here for a visit.

WOW! Swap Supplies used: Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Beautiful Butterflies Bigx Die, Big Shot, Rhinestone Brads, Perfect Punches Stamp Set, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Daffadil Delight or Baja Breeze cardstock, Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Stampin' Dimensionals. For the ribbon: tie a smaller piece around longer ribbon, secure to the back of DSP.
3x3 Love Note Swap Supplies Used: Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Cute by the Inch Hostess Stamp Set, Petal Card Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Black Classic Ink.

General Swaps:
Supplies: Baja Breeze cardstock and classic ink, Early Espresso classic ink, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper,Early Espresso 1/8" Taffetta Ribbon, Friends Never Fade Stamp Set, Big Shot, Top Note Die. Tape strips of DSP together, run through the Big Shot with the Top Note die. Wrap with ribbon and secure to card. Add stamped embellishment as desired.

Supplies: Cajun Craze cardstock and ink, Very Vanilla cardstock, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Tag Punches, Puns from the Past and Artistic Etching Stamp Sets. Stamp directly on DSP.
Do you like to share your love of rubber stamping with others? Need to earn some extra income? Consider becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I would love to have you on my team. Next year we could attend convention together! It would be so much fun! Feel free to visit my demonstrator website for more information.
Bye for now, Maria

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Matchbook Cards

Matchbook cards are cute and simple to make. They're a little different than a regular A2 card. Cut cardstock in 4 1/4" x 11". Score at 2" and 5 3/8". Staple the 2" section. This creates the flap of the "matchbook." Use ribbon to wrap around the flap to hide the staple. Tuck in the larger section underneath the 2" part to close card. Decorate card as desired. The flower on the purple card was die cut out of demin with the Daisies die and the Big Shot. The butterfly card uses the Beautiful Butterflies die.
Happy Stamping! Bye for now, Maria

Monday, July 19, 2010

Island Floral Card

Here's a card made with Island Floral Bigz Die and Island Oasis Designer Series Paper. You can find these items in the Summer Mini Catalog (expires August 31, 2010).

Bye for now, Maria

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tea Bag/Chocolate Holder

Need a little gift for someone? How about some cute shower favors? The pocket on these little holders can easily fit a tea bag or a Ghirardelli chocolate square.
1. Cut cardstock to 3 1/2 x 11. Score at 3 1/2, 7 and 7 1/2.
2. Cut the right outer scored square from the bottom edge to the top left hand corner.
3. Add Sticky Strip to the bottom triangle and fold over.
4. Slide your tea bag or chocolate into the pocket the triangle created.
5. Decorate as desired. Add ribbon and tie to close.