Showing posts with label Donna Griffith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Donna Griffith. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Do you like texture on your greeting cards?

Here's another card I designed for swaps at Convention...featuring lots of texture.  I love the new Apothecary Accent Framelit dies and the butterfly stamps from Papillon Potpourri (w-123757; c-123759)!

This card features several easy-to-do textures.  The Early Espresso layer uses the new Core-dinations Card Stock from the Holiday Mini.  Core-dinations Card Stock is sandable card stock that crates an antique, distressed look when sanded.  The inside layer is a monochromatic color.  I sanded my cardstock but you can also reveal the inside layer by tearing or distressing.  The Certainly Celery layer is dry embossed with the Vintage Wallaper Folder (120175).  Both layers only took minutes to create.  The addition of the punched butterflies and the Crochet Trim added more texture to the card. 

I used the largest of the Layered Labels stamp from the Holiday Mini.  I covered the sentiment in the center with a hand-cut oval and then added punched butterflies using the new Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526).  I stamped the center section of the Layered Labels stamp again and hand cut the oval center and placed it on a banner die cut from the Petal Cone Bigz L die.  (We need an Oval punch that size...hhmmmm... I think I have something for the Stampin' Up! suggestion box).

New dies; new texture folders, new stamps; new tools -- what's not to love!

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri (w-123757; c-123759), Layered Labels (C-127072-Holiday Mini)
Paper:   Certinly Celery; Gumball Green, Early Espresso Core-dinations Card Stock, Very Vinella
InksSoft Suede
Accessories:  Apothecary Accent Framelit dies, Oval Accent Bigz Clear (127005), Big Shot Die Cut machine, Petal Cone Bigz L Die (for the banner), Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), 1/4" Crochet Trim (118481), Dimensionals

*Holiday Mini merchandise will be availalbe to purchase beginning August 1

Want to save some money on your fall and winter holiday craft projects?

Sign up as a demonstrator in early August to earn a discount on a customizable starter kit ($125 in product for $99). Beginning August 1, if you sign up you'll also receive a Halloween Home decor kit that you'll love! Let me help you select the starter kit items you really want today and we'll hold the order until the August promotion begins!
As a Demonstrator you'll also be able to attend Convention next July and hear from Stampin' Up Staff presenters like Pam Morgan, Donna Griffith, Carrie Cudney, and the always humorous and irreverent Bonnie Thurber.  They share great tips from research they've done on what makes a successful Stampin' Up! demonstrator to help you start your own successful business or enjoy your stamping as a passionate creative outlet and a reason to get together with friends, family and neighbors.
Want to experience what a Stampin' Up! Convention is like?  Watch this video below.  It was streamed live the last day of this year's convention to demonstrators...but now you can see it too!  Note that the demontration also uses the Layered Labels stamp set.  You can create so many wonderful looks with this stamp set!

 Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 Live Stream


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator


Monday, July 23, 2012

Convention 2012 Memories

  • Convention memories
  • Another swap sample

Home in Houston after the Convention, and so sad to leave Salt Lake City. Our shuttle driver knew we were all from Stampin’ Up!. All except one of us had two large suit cases in addition to our extra computer bags and Memento Mall bags. The only reason we had enough room for all 5 of us and our luggage in the shuttle was that one smart demonstrator ships her swaps ahead of time to the hotel and also ships her swaps and Memento Mall purchase home via UPS rather than carry it with her. Our driver commented that of all the Convention visitors that he Shuttles to and from the Convention Center area, that Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have the most fun and are the happiest people he drives.
I have to agree with him. On my last day at lunch I grabbed an empty table to collect my thoughts and set some goals for the coming Stampin' Up! calendar year. I was quickly joined by a group of 7 other ladies who invited me to join a birthday celebration a demonstrator's birthday -- complete with candles and Eclairs (someone’s husband ate half the cake that was originally planned for the celebration, so the Éclair’s were a last-minute improvise). How nice!
Earlier I had dozed off for a moment in one of the large general sessions--too many late-night swaps... I remember waking up thinking that the wonderful women that filled the ballroom and stage reminded me of waking up to warm buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup. Maybe someone left an open bottle of Sugar & Spice Scented Stampin’ Embossing Powder close to a ventilation fan. The entire ballroom of 2,500 demonstrators felt warm and homey. It is so hard to describe the feeling of enthusiasm and concern for providing demonstrators what they need to be successful from Stampin’ Up!’s staff and executives. I can’t wait to go to next year’s convention. We will celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 25 years in business , and in order to make it possible for more people to attend, the Convention will be one day shorter.
Here’s a YouTube video showing you the flavor of what a Stampin’ Up! convention includes:

Another of my swaps from Convention

I'll post another couple tomorrow since this post is getting long:
This card uses several products that are new in the June release of the 2012-2013 Catalog.
Tip: I purchased two of the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L dies to save time when cutting swaps or for large classes. Two dies fit on one cutting pad, and you only need to roll it through the machine once to get two Delicate Doilies in all three sizes.
Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (wood-127322; Clear 127324); Itty Bitty Banners (126255 – wood, 126257 – clear)
Papers: Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (126910)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Embellishments: Fancy Fan Folder Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 2-1/2” Circle Punch (120906), In Color Dahlias (127556) (love these little Dahlias!)1/4 Pretty in Pink ¼” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Die Cuts: Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (126999), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267)

Grand Vacation 2014

This vacation trip was announced during the final session on Saturday. Demonstrators that earn the Grand Vacation this year will Sail away with Stampin’ Up! May 4-11 2014 for a world-class adventure* aboard the Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas®. You should see it! It is 17 decks tall!. Onboard there are seven unique neighborhoods that include a theater featuring Broadway hits, the DreamWorks® Experience, and restaurants such as Rita’s Cantina and the Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse. The ship also features a FlowRider® surf simulator, aerial acrobats in the AquaTheater, a classic carousel on the Boardwalk, a zip line ride over Central Park® –or a garden lined with fine restaurants and shops. And because this is Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary, we will be joined by demonstrators from all over the world! This is one experience well worth working towards!
Click here to learn more about the awe-inspiring Allure of the Seas®, and, if you're a demonstrator, start planning today to earn this truly unforgettable luxury vacation!
*The vacation package includes a 6-day, 7-night Western Caribbean cruise with ports of call in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico.
Sign up as a demonstrator in early August to give yourself as much time possible during 2012 -2013 to earn this fun, exciting trip. Beginning August 1, if you sign up you'll also receive a Halloween Home decor kit that you'll love! Let me help you select your start kit items today and we'll hold it until the August promotion begins!
As a Demonstrator you'll also be able to attend Convention next July and hear from Stampin' Up Staff presenters like Pam Morgan, Donna Griffith, Carrie Cudney,  and the always humorous and irreverent Bonnie Thurber.  They share great tips from reasearch they've done on successful Stampin' Up! demonstrators to help you start your own successful  business or enjoy your stamping as a passionate creative outlet.
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
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