Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31st is the last day for Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

July 31st is the last day to buy 3 packages of Designer Series Paper and get 1 free. Make sure you place your order on my website before midnight!  Perfect time to stock up.....


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Special Swap for Special Friends

Hello all.  This is the card I made for our last night in Salt Lake City.  My friends from Canada love sushi so we ended our trip with a dinner at Naked Fish.  I'm learning to like sushi if it's cooked....raw is just bait to me.


This used Cherry Cobbler card stock and ink - my favorite for holiday cards.  Also, the white and gold card stock were cut with the Floral Frames and Labels Collection framelits.  I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder for the gold and put a Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon on for some texture.  The sentiment is from one of last year's stamp sets that carried over.  I don't have the flyer in front of me, so if you are interested in that stamp, let me know and I'll get the flyer to you.  I may put it on my blog (after I find it!).  This card is available on the August Card Buffets.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Last swap for the general swapping at Convention

Here is the last card I made for the general swapping at Convention.  It is fun, you walk around with your cards in your hands and ask strangers, "are you swapping?".  Kind of a weird thing if you think about it...


This uses Soft Sky card stock as the base, white run through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder and water color paper cut out with the Ovals Collection Framelits.  I used Staz-on ink for the flower which is from the Best of Flowers collection.  That is one of the monthly stamp sets being released to celebrate the 25th anniversary.  I love flowers so this was just right for me.  I used the blender pen to put the Pistachio Pudding and Blushing Bride ink on the flower.  This card will be available for the August and September Card Buffets.  The dates are August 5th (2 seats available), August 10th (8 seats available), September 7th and September 30th (8 seats available both days).  Cost is $16 for a Card Buffet and you make 8 cards of your choice from the selection.  Hope you'll consider coming!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another Swap of mine....

Hi.  Here is another swap I made.  I created 3 designs and did 50 of each.  On the final night, I had a swap with 10 close friends at dinner so I didn't have to make so many of that design!  I can only make about 50 of the same card before I get bored.....


This card used the new color, Strawberry Slush (a little hard to see here) as the base, with Rich Razzleberry ink for the flowers and sentiment.  Vellum card stock was punched out with the new Pansy punch with the Flower Shop stamp underneath it.  The sentiment is from Regarding Dahlias.  I used the Itty Bitty Punch pack to punch out small Strawberry Slush flowers and used our white gel pen for the dots in the center.  I loved this card, but was surprised by its popularity at Convention.  This is the one everyone wanted to swap for!  This card is also featured in the August Card Buffet.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sharing one of my Convention Swaps

Hello all.  I'm still unpacking from my trip to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up!'s 25 anniversary convention.  It was an amazing time...with 5,800 people in attendance!  I made 160 "swaps" to exchange with other demonstrators.  It helps me see other stamps and punches "in action" and makes me think outside of my comfort zone in terms of color combinations.  I'll be posting my swaps in the next few days and then I'll share some of my favorites that I got in return.  Keep stamping!


I love the simplicity of this one.  I used Smokey Slate ink, stamped off to make it lighter, and Melon Mambo for the sentiment.  The cake is from Embellished Events and the Happy Birthday is from Sassy Salutations.  A little Dazzling Details added to the candles gives it some inexpensive bling!  This is one of the cards on the August Card Buffet, held on Aug. 5th (2 seats left) and August 10th (8 seats available).  Cost is $16 and you make 8 cards of your choice.  Hope you'll consider joining us!  Just have to bring your own adhesives (and I suggest you bring card making tools to make your life easier).  Contact me if you have questions.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013



Be the Difference was the theme this year at Convention....and I think we were!  All 5,800 of us!  We took over Salt Lake City (not sure they'll be the same again...).  But it was a great convention and I am re-energized with ideas - and WAIT till you see the new products coming out!  Oh my...so many choices.  I'll be posting more pictures in the days to come.  Keep stampin'!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Love long plane rides.....

because they give me lots of time to think and plan!  As I make my way back home, I've come up with some great product class ideas.  Details, photos and dates will follow soon, but so far I'll be having...a

Gift Card Holder class featuring the Pop-n-Cuts die and Big Shot

Holiday or Halloween Banner featuring the new Build a Banner kit

Bows, Tags and Ornaments again featuring the Big Shot and the new Gift Bow Bigz die

You haven't seen a few of these items because they are in the Holiday catalog that starts August 1st.  You should be getting yours in the mail soon....and you'll want to attend one, two or maybe all three of these fun classes!

Please visit my new blog, www.Downstairsstudio.blogspot.com and sign up (on the right side) to get email notifications when I post a new entry.  This blog will allow me to get the newest Stampin' Up! information to you plus I'll be posting photos, tips and tricks you won't want to miss!

Thanks and I'll see you soon (I think I'm over Ohio right now....)
Oh my goodness!  Convention 2013 is over but what an amazing time!  I learned so much about how to help my customers have fun creating.  And I look forward to meeting new people and convincing them how easy it is to make cards and paper crafts.

Now it's time to get packed up and to the airport.  Safe travels to all my SU friends!
Hello all!  We have had jammed packed, long days of learning and excitement.  I made 150 general swaps.  Here is a picture of my swaps.  I haven't had the time to look through the 150 swaps I received in exchange.  Maybe tomorrow!  Time to get some sleep.  Keep stampin'!

UPDATE:  My photo won't load from my nook.....so I have to wait till I get home to my computer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How cool is this?

Hi.  I'm about 30,000 feet in the air, sitting next to a new friend, Amanda.  She helped me set up a cool new blog and is about to teach me how to set up links.  I'll be showing off my swaps when I get home, but you may need to shop while I'm gone.  Click here to shop now!