Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For the Birds - Wagon

Today's card was one we made in the For the Birds stamp class on Saturday.  I cased this from a card made by Alisha Linn - it was one of the cards that I received in the card swap at Convention.  I love that it uses the Red Polka Dot Designer Paper!  We used a blender pen to pull color from the markers to color in the flowers and the wagon.  This technique gives you a more muted color, than does a direct from marker technique.  I loved the simplicity of this card!  
That is one of the really nice thing about swapping cards.  You have such a great source of cards to use as idea starters, or comple casing!    Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Stamping  Brenda

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Check's in the Mail

This is from the For the Birds Stamp Set.  We had a stamp set class this weekend, in which we made 4 cards using various images from this set.  This one is of the mailbox.  I started out to case teammate Kathy Hamricks's card.  However she did a technique that I didn't know how to do, AND she used a stamp set that I didn't have for the little postage stamp!  So I ended up with a card that was vertical instead of horizontzal  and I added cardstock vellum to the center piece, to tone down the brightness of the Pacific Point and the Real REd.  I added a strip of Pacific point that had been run through the Big Shot with the Lattice embossing folder and tied a ribbon around it.  The little squares at each corner are made with the teeny, tiny postage stamp punch that is a part of the new mini three pack!  I love it.  In short, the stamp set, and the colors were really about all the cards have in common!  lol But I sure appreciated the starting place!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Convention March

This is me in the middle taking part in one of the Convention Marches.  I think this was the one for  having 4 or more recruits promote to Senior Associate.  The lady on the right is my friend, Cathy Gaspard, who is also one of the RemARKable stampers.  It is nice when you have someone(s) to go up with you.  My biggest fear was that I would trip and fall down the steps!  lol  
This year's theme is "I AM . . . "  And we were asked to think of how we would complete that sentence.  I think that I would have to say that, "I am blessed".  We met so many nice people on this trip.  We would have missed our flight in Chicago if it hadn't been for the really sweet lady, Ruth Livingston, in the United Club.  Bev and I had chatted with her as we came in.  As we were leaving, she asked us when our flight was leaving for Salt Lake, and she checked to make sure the gate hadn't changed..  It had, and was now a half mile away, and 1/2 hour to get there!  She made arrangements and we got there in time!  Stamping truly opens up your world!
Thanks for stopping by.  Brenda

Friday, July 27, 2012

Butterfly Punch

This card, which I tweaked from a sample that I got at convention, uses the new Butterfly punch and the new Argyle Embossing folder.  The stamp at the top and bottom of the card is from Summer Silhouttes stamp set.  I had a really good reason for buying this stamp set!  lol - because I wanted the leaf stamp!  Anyway, I find that it is very versatile, and I am so glad that I bought it!  We made this card in my stamp clubs this week.
Thanks for stopping by.  Brenda

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Convention Card Swap Case

Convention Card Swap Case
This is one of the cards that I swapped for at convention last week.  We made it this week in my Tuesday night Stamp Club!  I love the simplicity of black white and red cards.  We used the Mixed Bunch stamp set with Thank You coming from the Lacy and Lovely stamp set that was in our goodie pack in the I am Creative class that I took at convention.  I love the use of punches on this card.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pattern Making Pro Class

I am back from SU convention and it was an awesome experience!  This is one of the projects that my daughter,Mary Ann Horley (she is also one of my downline), made in Carrie Cudney's You Are a Pattern Mixing Pro class.  They really worked hard to finish this project.  I love the rolled paper flowers.  It is done on an art canvas.  This was an extra class that we paid to take, and it was worth every penny!  They were given a stamp set, the canvas, DSP, and lots of other goodies!
While she was in this class, another downline, Bev Joplin and I were taking the Creative class!  The design artists from STampin Up were there to each present different tips and ideas.  We were then given a 5 minute period to apply some of their techniques to our Banner Project!  We also were given an awesome goodie package, which included SNAIL--the whole thing, not just the refill!  Don't know why that so impressed me, but it did!  We also got a stamp set(Lacy and Lovely), the new Halloween designer paper, Linen thread, and lots more!
That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  Brenda