Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Convention 2013 Photobook, version 1

I've spent days working on this. Not because making a photo book is hard, but I was trying to record what I did to show you how easy it was! I have terrible pictures, so I borrowed some from Amy Klotz and Amanda Turner. If you are someone I know and want to share, I'd love to add more pictures and/or replace my bad ones. (If it's a good picture, it's likely borrowed).

Here is my photobook page by page:

Happy Creativity!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Daisy Power

Native plants are my favorite. Long-time readers are probably aware of that, but for newer readers, I have hard time coloring flowers that aren't native. It's a small quirk, but it's all mine! Daisies are native to my area as not only weeds, but prairie plants. When I needed a focal point for my swap card, I went with the daisy in Secret Garden.

Stamps: Secret Garden
Paper: Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Simply Scored, Secret Garden Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Magnetic Plate, Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Large Rhinestones

I added many details to this card as it was for Lyssa's Convention Quality Swap at Convention--one that has high standards and is hard to get into! I've never used the Apothecary Accent 4 sided shape before, but it fit perfectly behind my daisy!

I also used the Washi Tape for color. I loved that it matched my Designer Series Paper. I then repeated that Gingham look with my Diagonal Score plate. I scored every 1" starting at 1/2" inch and then turned my paper and then 1" the other way.

Lovely, huh?

Happy Creativity!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bubble Gumball Machine Tutorial

One of my favorite types of projects to design are 3D. This is my latest:

This one started with this

Ignore the mess. I was in a "creative zone." See that tube? It's 3 Feet of Bubble Gum that my husband Bubba bought for my nephew Tim, teased him about it, forgot to give it to him at his birthday, and then tried to give it to him a week after he got braces on. My sister put the kabosh on that and I inherited a tube of bubblegum to use in a swap!

Bubble Gum Machine Tutorial 

Materials Needed:
Real Red cardstock
Brushed Silver cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
4 x 6" Cello Bag
Baker's Twine
Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad
That's the Ticket Stamp Set
Ticket Duo Builder Punch
Big Shot
Petite Purse Bigz Die
Chalk Talk Framelits
Peek-a-boo Frames Bigz L
7/8" Scallop Circle
1 1/4" Circle Punch
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots
Paper Snips
Stampin' Trimmer

 Use the Big Shot to cut out the following parts:

Step 2: THE BASE

1. Use the Stampin' Trimmer to make a score line 1" from the score line already there. See the picture below for reference. This line helps you make a flat top.

2. Next use the 1 1/4" Circle Punch to punch the front hole in the base. I used the little purse clasp hole in the center of my punch.

3. Next use the 1 3/8" Circle Punch to cut an arc in the clasp part of the purse. (see the picture below). After that, use the 7/8" Circle Punch to cut a hole in the top.

4. Now, use sticky strip on the purse sides and on the tab to make the base folded up.

5. Use glue dots to adhere the Peekaboo Frame to the front. Add the tabs from the labels using dimensionals like the picture above.

Step 3: CANDY

1. To fill the cello bag, I first pinched the ends together and used sticky strip to adhere the bag into more of a spherical shape. I then filled it up and the gumballs did the rest. I tied the bottom with baker's twine.

2. To add the candy, I simply inverted my bag and put the tied end down into the hole. I also added a few gumballs to the bottom for weight. That way, you can access a couple of gumballs through the actual hole.


1. Trim the tag so it looks like this picture:

  Be certain to get the little bottom tag right, it goes inside the slit you'll see in a minute.

For the circle, just cut from one edge to the middle. Add a piece of sticky strip to the bottom edge. Adhere the non sticky stripped edge to the sticky strip to make the circle a curve. Slip the tag into the hole.

Use sticky strip to adhere this to the top of the cello bag.


For the tags, I stamped in Tempting Turquoise on Daffodil Delight and then punched them out. A little Baker's Twine worked for a hanger and my project was finished!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I make them for free because I believe in sharing. If you CASE it, please give me and my blog credit. Have fun!

Happy Creativity!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Tag It! Birthday Badge with a Video Tutorial

A week or two ago, I promised a video of my Tag It! Birthday Badge card featured in the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop. Well, here it is. I am posting it on a even day (the 26th) as I've been missing a few days here and there around Convention. Plus, I can't wait to show you all my VERY FIRST LILY INKPAD VIDEO!

A reminder pic of the card:


What did ya think?

Happy Creativity!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Love Note

I love adding notes to presents, kids' mailboxes, lunches,  but not always a full size card. My friend, Barbara, hosted a Love Note swap at Convention, so I signed up right away.

Here's one of my cards:

Stamps: Really Good Greetings
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, 1" Square Punch, Small Heart Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Big Shot, Rhinestone Jewels, Organza Ribbon

Wouldn't this be cute tucked in someone's luggage?

Happy Creativity!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Living the Good Life at Convention 2013: Quick Photo Update

Wow! I thought I had prescheduled a post for Sunday, but I guess not. Sorry about that. Tuesday, I was still making my way back to Shawano. Then, I slept til today. Crazy!

 I've been on a Convention high--super busy in Salt Lake City. Want to know what I've been up to?

Photo: Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary party is a blast!
Awards Night! With my glamourous local group, roommate Janice, Upline Sandy, upline Connie, new friend, Dorgene, Patrice, me (in a dress) and Kathy. Check out that lei Connie is wearing. She was one of the top 100 demonstrators for the year and earned a priviledge called Founders Circle. We love Connie! Congratulations!

This is my friend, Barbara, who probably will kill me when she finds this photo, but I loved it. She was carving her own stamp--using the new Undefined Stamp line. So very cool! She always looks FABULOUS!

Check out the Atrium at Stampin' Up!'s Home Office in Riverton, Utah. I toured on Thursday and it was inspiring. If only my classroom could be that cool!

Here's part of the distribution center--where all our orders come from. Pretty amazing!

I have more, but wanted to start somewhere, so there you go, for now.

Happy Creativity!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Roomie Gifts

I love gift giving. Even though, I'm pretty terrible at sending cards, I do a good job of gift making when it's appropriate. At Convention, often demonstrators share limited space in a hotel room and gifts make the whole experience a bit nicer. I made my roomies these:

It's a holder for all sorts of stuff--notes, papers, convention goodies you don't want ruined. I used the new Wood Mount Stamp Cases and MDS to create a cool box. Inside I put:

a pad of paper, a marker, two clothespins to organize with, a nail file, and hand sanitizer. All stuff needed during Convention!

Here are the images I created on MDS.

I just made them 5 x 7 printed them and adhered them to a Coastal Cabana base. I cut the base at 7" by 6 1/4 twice. I scored at 1 1/4 for the binding. I adhered the overlaps for the binding.

The recipient can show her convention spirit or show a different side, just by taking out the insert and flipping it around.

Happy Creativity!


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