Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Few Birthday Convention Swaps



Katie Brandt
sets- create a cupcake
cs- rich razzleberry and whisper white
ink- rich razzleberry
access- sponge dauber, owl punch, scallop border punch musical notes wheel

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christmas in July!

Ruth Murphy

Kathy Winter

Martha Armstrong
sets- Oh Holy Night, Festive Flury
cs- coastal cabana, smokey slate white
ink- pool party & smokey slate markers
access- silver 1/8" ribbon, big shot & pretty print TIEF, festive flury framelits

Sue Williams
I really like this simple card and the colors.  It's great when people use non-seasonal sets to create a Christmas card!
sets- Lacey & Lovely, More Merry Messages
cs- whisper white
ink- cherry cobbler & garden green pads
access- dimensionls & rhinestones
punches- 1/2", 1", 1-3/4" circle

Berry Button
Inkerbelle Convention Swap, Janice Adams

Inkerbelle Convention Swap, Liz Roberts
There were only two swaps from the Inkerbelle group that were Christmas themed!  Be sure to check back every day for more inspiration!

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Monday, July 29, 2013

His/Her Class Cards

Masculine Card #1
 I got my idea for this card from our Stampin' Success magazine, and changed it slightly.  Theirs was just a vanilla card, which looked good.  I made mine a basic gray card & added a candy dot to step it up a little.  You can see how I changed it a little more, adding color, for my Convention swap.

sets - By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
cs - 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" basic grey card and 3@ 1-3/8" basic gray squares, 2@ 5-1/4" x 4" very vanilla and 3@ 1-1/4" vanilla squares
ink - basic grey pad
access - neutrals candy dots, dimensionals

Masculine Card #2
 I was going to make this card for a second swap for Convention, but I ran out of time.  I did make a bunch for my husband to use for his 50th b-day ty's.  I made some slightly different versions, but settled on this one.

sets - Six-Sided Sampler
cs - 11" x 4-1/4"  and scraps very vanilla, 2@ 4" x 3/4" Modern Medley dsp
ink - basic black pad
access - Big Shot & hexagon TIEF, dimensionals

Feminine Card #1 option A, inside

Feminine Card #1 option A

Feminine Card #1 option B, inside

Feminine Card #1 option B
 These cards didn't turn out like I pictured them in my mind, but I still like them.  Everyone's turned out unique - gotta love that!

sets - Flower Shop, Million & One, Bring on the Cake
cs - perfect plum card base, 2@ 5-1/4" x 4" very vanilla
ink - elegant eggplant, perfect plum pads and ink refills, daffodil delight ink refill
access - Big Shot & framed tulips TIEF, pansy punch, dimentionals
Feminine Card #2
I just love this cardI was inspired by this card that my friend, Shelagh, gave me. Sometimes a simple technique such as stamping off can have such a big effect!

sets - Morning Meadow
cs - strawberry slush, 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" white, 4-1/4" x 3/4" Quatrefancy specialty dsp
ink - strawberry slush pad
access - 15" white gg ribbon & crop-a-dile for stay put knot, itty bitty punch pack, glue dots, pearls

Happy Stamping!  Mary

p.s. Tomorrow I'll post more Convention Swaps, so be sure to check back!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Now is the Time!

Paper Pumpkin Try It Kit (journal on left was modified with the Elegant Butterfly punch and IC cs

This is the BEST time to join Paper Pumpkin!!!  If you've ever thought about it but weren't sure, this is the time!  Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for my EXTRA BONUS!

If you haven't heard of Paper Pumpkin it's a fun box of products that gets mailed to you every month. Not only does the box include fun stamps, ink and accessories but it also contains everything you need to complete that month's project ~ prepped and ready for you to assemble! Sometimes it is a stack of cards (who doesn't need that?!), some months it is a 3-D item like the journal in the try it kit shown above. It's a great 20-30 minute little stamping escape.  

But new subscribers can get Paper Pumpkin for only $10 for their first two months, shipping is included in that price so it's an amazing deal! After your first two months the price goes up to $19.95. You can cancel your subscription at anytime without penalty. To take advantage of the deal you have to sign up by August 31st.  

Who is Paper Pumpkin for?
  • New Stampers-it's the perfect kit for people who are brand new to the stamping world!
  • Busy Stampers-since it only takes about 30 minutes to complete it perfect for the stamper on the go to make something quick, but still feeling very crafty!
  • Kids-do you have a crafty kiddo in your life, paper pumpkin is the perfect escape for them! Because everything is precut you don't have to worry about scissors or wasted paper!
  • Expert Stampers-because all the work is done for you, you can sit back and let your creativity take over, add on your own stamps and supplies there's no rules!
Remember Paper Pumpkin makes a GREAT gift, you can have it sent directly to your friend, daughter, sister, mother whoever you choose!

How do you sign up?  Head to the Paper Pumpkin website and get started!  Don't forget the promo code  PUMPKINDEAL to get your first two months for only $10.
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion. 

BONUS (from me): I am giving a free Paper Pumpkin Kit (I believe it's from the month of May) to the first person who subscribes and indicates me as her demonstrator.

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Friday, July 26, 2013

Convention 2013 Swaps

Erin Dowd - for SU's 25th anniversary
Erin Dowd

Kay Powell

Kathy Hostetler

Erin Dowd - chapstick holder

Erin Dowd - chapstick holder
open, the ribbon broke during my travels
These are swaps I received from the gals with whom I roomed.  They all had a variety of cards.  Erin gave me her 3D item, just because she's nice.

Be Inspired!  Mary

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit


At Convention, SU unveiled a new product called "Undefined",  It's a stamp carving kit and really looks cool!  I can't wait to try it, and it's available now!

Click here to view the flyer/details, It takes a minute to load
Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates
Stamp Carving Kit

Included in the Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet
Refill Kit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This is the Paper Pumpkin Trial Kit you can order with no obligation. 

It was my husbands 50th birthday on July 13th.  I modified one of the journals as part of his gift.  I added an apothecary framelit punch out to each page (the long curvy one fits perfectly).  I stamped, "Happy Birthday" on the title page, then. "50 things I love about you" on the second page.  I added (handwritten) the 50 things on the subsequent pages.  He was touched!

Happy Crafting!  Mary

Paper Pumpkin Deal!

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit to join.
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
I'll sweeten the deal and give a FREE month to the first person who subscribes!  Remember, you can unsubscribe at any time,

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Convention 2013 - a Couple Swaps

#1 by unknown stamper

#2 by unknown stamper
These are two of the swaps I received at Convention. 

#1 is simple and very reproducible.  The color combo of white, black and daffodil are very striking. 

#2  is just beautiful and peaceful.

I'll be posting at least one Convention swap a day. Sometimes people put their name and recipe on the back.  However, these ones didn't.

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Monday, July 22, 2013

Convention 2013 - Be the Difference

Convention 2013 Theme

My Convention Loot

My Prize Patrol Winnings - Sweater Weather DSP and a  stamp set from the Holiday catalog

Convention Bag, Name Badge with Prize Patrol Wrist Band and Agenda

Pen for taking notes, Milestone Pin, Convention Pin
Free Sets, Paper Pumpkin Kit, New Undefined Stamp Carving Product, (unmade) Make and Takes

One Bag of card swaps I got, Washi Tape "Party Favor" we received at the Anniversary Party Fri Night

Catalog and Holiday Catalog, plus Make and Take Materials we  received in our bag - I chose to take mine home

I returned from Convention late (midnight) on Sat 7/20/13.  The theme was "Be the Difference" and was a celebration of Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary of being in business.  It was fantastic!  It was  a little crowded with 6,000 attendees!  They gave away more prizes than ever before and I came home with a ton of loot.  They revealed exciting upcoming product releases that I'm eager to share with you.  I have a lot of beautiful cards to share with you as well.

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cheryl's Cards

Here are  some cards my friend made with sets from the new catalog.  I thought I'd inspire you with them while I'm at Convention.  When I return I'll have lots of cards to post!

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Woo Hoo Convention 2013!!!!!

Awards Night After Party at Convention 2012 w/Denise
This photo shows how I'm feeling today as I get ready to fly to Utah for SU's Convention 2013!  I'll start posting photos of swaps, etc. next week.

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thanks Pat and Peggy!

That thank you saying is so fitting! Pat and Peggy spent 8 or 9 hours helping me make nearly 70 cards for my Convention swaps.  Lunch, a small prize and a thank you card hardly seems enough for the time they spent helping me.  We did have a good time.

sets - Flower Shop, Lots of Thanks
cs -Whisper White, 5-1/2 " x 12", scored at 3", 6", 9" and scraps
ink - Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant pads
access - dimensionals, sponge, retired flower brad
punches - pansy, scallop border

Happy Stamping!  Mary

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Convention 2013 - My Swap

Convention 2013, my general swap
Here's my general swap for Convention.  I was inspired by a card in our Stampin' Success magazine, but it used Basic Grey and Very Vanilla. .  I wanted to use a little color and my new ribbon.  Pat and Peggy were a HUGE help in producing 40 card fronts!  Tomorrow I'll post the card I sent to thank them.

sets - By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
cs - Bermuda Bay, 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
       Basic Back, 4-15/16" x 3-11/16" and 1-3/8" square
       Whisper White, 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" and -1/4" circles
ink - Bermuda Bay pad
access - 5-1/4" Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, 1-1/4" circle punch

Happy Stamping!  Mary