Saturday, July 20, 2013

Convention Quality Swap (CQS)

Lyssa's Convention Quality Swap is my favorite swap I have ever participated in!  The cards are always absolutely beautiful!  Lots of criteria, but it makes for a great swap, and it really does help me do my best work since the focus is on quality NOT quantity!

Label Love, Artisan Label Punch
Backyard Basics Stamp Set and coordinating Framelits
Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding Cardstock and Ink
Chevron Embossing Folder
Fun Flowers Die and cheap satin fabric shrunk with a heat tool
Simply Pressed Clay and Molds
Stampin' Spritzer and Isopropyl Alcohol
Sponge Daubers

Convention 2013: Over the Top Tags Group 3

I've always loved tags, either gift tags or as an accent on a card. First organized swap I participated in at convention this year was the Over the Top Tags Swap (Group 3 & 4). Over the Top means they had to be at certain size, embellished, layered, and/or spritzed. I enjoyed stamping for this swap a great deal. Each group was limited to 8 swappers--makes it easy to keep the quality top notch.

Card stock is cut to 6 x 8 1/2
Scored at 2 3/4, 5 1/2 and 
Create a belly band to hold your tag together

Backyard Basics Stamp Set and coordinating Framelits
Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla CS
Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana Ink
Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon
Stamping Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

Convention 2013: Over the Top Tags Group 4

Here's my swap for the Over the Top Tag from Group 4.

The size layers are 6 1/2 x 3 1/2, 6 1/4 x 3 1/4 and 6 x 3
Clockworks, Really Good Greetings Stamp Sets
Simply Pressed Clay & Molds
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (sprinkle into mold before adding clay)
Fun Flower Die and satin fabric (the cheaper the better)
Organdy Ribbon
Very Vanilla CS
Venetian Romance DSP
Pistachio Pudding, Indigo Island, CRISP Cantaloupe Ink 
Spritzer with Pistachio Pudding Ink Refill and Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)--it's very light and might not show up on screen, but it's on there

Friday, July 19, 2013

Convention 2013 Very Vintage Swap

Shelli (CEO of SU!) is fond of a "vintage" look.  Her stamped work is always so beautiful!  Here's my idea of vintage for the Very Vintage Swap.

Creative Elements Stamp Set
Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Very Vanilla, Early Espresso CS, Soho Subway  DSP
Woodgrain Embossing Folder (I used this because the lines on the DSP reminded me of the texture)
Fun Flowers Die with cheap satin fabric 
CRISP Cantaloupe, Early Espresso Ink
Label Love, Artisan Label Punch
Sponge Daubers

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Convention 2013 3D Swap: Satin Fun Flowers

3D swaps are cool. They are anything besides a card or a scrapbook page. Think pins, tags, boxes, candy holders, notebooks, etc.

I love making these layered satin flowers with the Fun Flowers Die.  You shrink the fabric with your heat tool, glue several layers together, and use to make pins, etc. or to embellish stuff.   They're extremely versatile--great for the front of a card, magnet, pin or bag tag.  You'll see a lot of these on my convention swaps. 

Making a spritz is easy. Add 70 percent isopropyl alcohol  to a Spritzer bottle. Drop in Ink from a refill bottle. The more drops, the darker the intensity. Lighter colors will take more ink. I probably spritzed the Pistachio Pudding flowers  3 or 4 times to get the color the way I wanted it.

The centers of the satin flowers were flowers made from the Simply Pressed Clay and the silicone molds.  They were so easy to make.  I got about 140 flowers from one pack.  Half of my clay flowers have glitter on them--just sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter inside the mold before adding the clay.

Satin Fabric (the cheap stuff), Heat Tool, Hot Glue
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds and Clay
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding Ink Refills
Stampin' Spritzers, Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)
Pin backs, pin tacks, magnets, key chains etc.

I made ALOT of flowers for my convention swaps. My Big Shot really got a workout.  How do you know when you need new cutting plates?  When you crack the plates!!!!  How many passes can one set of plates take?  I don't know, but these were my original plates, and I'm sure it was hundreds if not thousands of passes through the Big Shot!  It was loud, and I thought I broke my machine.  Bye for now, Maria

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Convention 2013 Salt Lake City

Here's my swap tote full of cards, tags, pins, 3D items just waiting to be traded for other equally nice items. Card swapping/trading is one of the hi lights of Convention for me--it's exciting to swap ideas and be around other demos who are equally as excited about stamping as you are! I like every part of trading--planning, creating, and trading!  It's the sharing part of the hobby that makes it so much fun!  If I have an idea and you have an idea--we each have just ONE idea. But, if we share our idea with each other, then we have TWO ideas (or 6000--that's how many people will be in SLC this year!).  Two, ideas are better than one!  No, I'm not making thousands of swaps--is that even possible!?  The bag is from Thirty One--it's one of their organizing totes.  Stayed tuned to see what's inside--I will be posting my convention swaps during the week.  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July Stamp Club: Adorable Folded Box

Isn't this little thing adorable?  I don't know what its called, or where it originated, but I received it in a swap at Baltimore's Regional event this past April.  It will fit two Hershey Kisses or one Nugget candy. 

Here's our July Club version...

Start with a 4 x 4 piece of DSP
Score at 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 on one edge
Score lines are enhanced with a red sharpie so you can see them

Score at 1" and 3" on the other edge
And, you need to score the corners like shown in red

Fold up on score lines

Add two punch outs with an oval punch and clip together

Here's the grown-up version...
This one will hold a whole lot of chocolate, a handful of tags or even a few notecards.

Start with 12 x 12 piece of DSP
Score at 3" and 9" on one edge

Score at 5" and 7" on the other edge
Score in the corners as shown
(Ignore the score lines that are NOT in red--those were boo-boo's)

Crease and fold up

To close your box, create a topper that is 4 x 6 folded in half
Add ribbon and stamping as you wish 

Label Love, Petite Pairs Stamp Sets
Gumball Green, Early Espresso Ink
Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit Cardstock
Soho Subway, Epic Day DSP
Extra Large Oval, Artisan Label Punch
Summer Starfruit, Natural Trim Ribbons

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wildflower Meadows

Organized swaps are all over the place at Convention--and they're great!  Don't get me wrong--I love them.  But, nothing is exciting as general swaps--swapping on the floor of the main stage at convention.  General swaps just mean no theme, and you can make as many as you want--as long as everything is current Stampin' Up! merchandise, of course!  For my general swaps I used Wildflower Meadow background stamp and the coordinating embossing folder--love that!  Love anything that makes creating cards easier and more beautiful to boot!  I used my left over satin flowers too. 

Wildflower Meadow and coordinating embossing folder
Label Love and Artisan Punch
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die and satin fabric, shrunk with heat tool
Simply Pressed Clay and Mold
Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush Ink and Cardstock