Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Convention Gathering with the Freaks!

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the over-the-top fabulous Control Freaks!  This month some of us will share the projects we swapped together at Convention.  You've probably arrived here from Dawn Olchefske's blog.  Her projects are always so creative! 

When I saw the new stamp set Wild About Flowers, I had goldenrod flowers in mind.  When we arrive to our family cabin in Canada every year, there are many flowering weeds around, including goldenrod.  I {heart} wild flowers!

Ah, white space!  I just couldn't get away from the pleasing feeling of a clean-and-simple card.  I also used this card for July stamp club.  Multitasking is key these days!

Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Papillion Potpourri, And Many More; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Black Stazon; Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Bitty Butterfly punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

I am in love with the new color combination of Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush!  Such fun summery colors!  I was determined to combine them with the new stamp set Sprinkles on Top.  Mmmmm, donuts!

Using Retro Sketches #49, I layered the donut toppings on Crumb Cake card stock.  I could have used a 1/4" punch for the center, but I don't currently have one (on my next order!).  I ended up cutting circles with my e-cutter and then stamping afterwards with a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stamps: Sprinkles on Top; Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP; Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: White baker's twine, Triple Banner punch, 3/4" Circle punch Happy Heart EF, Big Shot, e-cutter.

Jump over to Connie Babbert's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has; they are always so gorgeous!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Updates - News You Can Use

Let's talk Paper Pumpkin.  Are you a subscriber yet?  Have you seen July's kit?  They just keep getting better and better!  You should really think about it.



Psst... I have a secret for you!  I've seen a sneak peek of August and September kits.  They are FAB-U-LOUS!  August's color palette is light pink and black, chalkboard elements, three cards and three boxes with lovely dimensional flowers - really elegant!  And September's is brown paper candy apple bags with cute straws for a handle.  The perfect fall 3-D item!

Now through September 10, new subscribers can receive 50% off your first two months.  Why not give it a try and see if you like it?  You must subscribe by the 10th to receive that month's kit.  And you can put your kit on hold or cancel at any time.  Make sure to use promo code HALFOFF.

Don't forget the other benefits of a Paper Pumpkin subscription:
  • Fun monthly kit every month, ready to go, right to your door.  Skip to the fun!
  • Opportunity to purchase past kits.
  • Enrollment in my Paper Pumpkin Club:
    • A monthly night out to craft together (last Tuesday each month).
    • An additional PDF file with an alternate project to help your investment go further.
    • A monthly printable stamp index to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamps.



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Post-Convention Wrap-Up

Three-and-a-half long hours of mass transit NYC travel after my flight landed at JFK, I made it home again!  I won't mention the guy in the plane who kept falling asleep on my shoulder or the Yankees game that let out just as my Metro North train was coming through the Bronx.

I love to take a picture of all the wonderful goodies I brought home from Convention, not even including swaps!  We got Your Presents stamp set for our make & takes, one set from prize patrol (mine is To You & Yours Too), and two separate all-attendee giveaways, Basic Black archival ink and Season of Cheer paper.

And roomie gifts... it was like Christmas!

Here are the cute make & takes with the stamp set Your Presents.

As always, Convention is always so much whirlwind work to prep for, but such a blast. It is always worth it!  I really miss my roomies.  I had such a great time making new friends!!  Now I'm gonna go take a nap!  :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Convention Day 3

Day 3 is really a half day for me.  Managers and above, which I am not, get to stay for the afternoon for more leadership training.  This morning we had some on-stage Holiday catalog stamping with Shannon and Pam.

Here are some more fun samples showing some new Holiday catalog product -

Lookie at some new some more new product I am excited about... archival ink and fine-tip glue pen!


While we were staying in a super nice rental house together, us roomies had a shoebox swap together.  So much fun to stamp with my roomies!!

My card will be revealed soon, but here are the other.  Cynthia's -

Diana's - 

Bree's - 

Donna's - 

Kim's - 

After lunch, time for one more bike ride -

Friday, July 24, 2015

Convention Day 2

This morning's run in Memory Grove Park.  The State Capitol is peeking over the hill.

Today is a state holiday, Pioneer Day.  I got some shots of the parade lining up.

In opening session, Brandi came out with the new witch's hat kit on her head.

We made a cute tag in one of our classes.  The cute Santa was fussy-cut out of some new patterned paper.

Making & taking with Brenda and Kim -

Lots of photos today.  I'll have to save some for tomorrow...

FM218 It's Been Oolong

Hi Friends! Time for another Friday Mashup; this week Holly brings us a food/marker challenge.

This is a cute stamp from Sweet Stamp Shop, and I colored it with both Blendabilities and Chromatix markers.  Isn't this so fun and clean?

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Food or Drink."
  • Create a project using "Markers to Color."
  • or Mash it Up and create a project with "Food/Drink with Markers."
Stamps:Oolong by Sweet Stamp Shop; Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Afternoon Picnic DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake Blendabilities, Grass Chromatix markers.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Convention Day 1

Mountain biking run to start my day -

The Convention bag!!  And a cute notebook and stamp set from the Holiday catalog for our make & takes.

Some things that might have been seen at the product show & tell and display boards.  A witch hat kit?  Yes please!

We had a roaring 20's party after the Awards Ceremony. I am traveling light, so I didn't dress up. :(  No photos either.  Oh wait, I do... of cake pops!  Sorry, it was very dark in there, so the lighting is bad.

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