Well I can tell you I had a fantastic time at Stampin' Up!s Euopean Convention at Disneyland Paris!!!
There are so many new and exciting products coming soon!
A weekend with friends near and far, sharing our passion of all things Stampin ' Up! with several free stamp sets, crafting and a lot of fun and laughter, just perfect!
I had a huge suprise when I went to register and collect my fabulous business bag - I was given a leadership award - something I never really expected to do was walk across the stage at convention and yes I did that this year!!
The theme this year was "Grow" and the inspirational displays were filled with so many beautiful flowers all made using Stampin' Up! products.
This is my gift I made to take for my Stampin' Up! "Mum" Jules, something completely different as there is no stamping!!!
I made a Christmas decoration using some lovely Old Olive buttons and Cherry Cobbler seam binding, with the gorgeous Victoria crochet trim ruffled around the edge. I added a gem to the flower button at the top of the tree for a little sparkle. I got out my embroidery threads to finish the tree and added a few french knots to fill in the spaces - I really enjoyed making this as I haven't done any embroidery for such along time!!
I will share my Convention news as soon as I have a spare half hour, I need some time to catch up at home and find my desk again, oh and a lot of sleep too!!
Today I am sharing the "pillow" gifts I made for Julie my downline and travelling companion.
I altered a Stampin' Up! journal book with a matching pen holder and a jumbo peg.
I used those gorgeous First Edition papers with the edges inked with Crumb Cake ink, the spiral wire of the book is decorated with lots of ruffled ribbons and some crochet trim - the colours are from the NEW In Colours - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder. I used the beautiful Everything Elenor stamp set, there are so many gorgeous stamp in this one, a must have for your collection!! Most of the flowers have been cut out and layered to add some depth with a few pretty pearls.
At convention we all recieve the same bag, so it is important to make your bag easy to find by adding a tag with your name, I made a tag for Julie and a similar one for myself.
I cut the tags from some strong chipbaord using the NEW Two Tags die. I used the same paper, stamps and ribbons to make the tags When I went to Disneyland Paris in July I bought some cute Mickey & Minnie charms with the Eiffel Tower to add to the "bag Tags".
I have another special gift I made for my Stampin' Up! "Mum" Jules to share soon!!
Along with general swaps we also make team gifts to share with demonstrators who are part of "Julie's Jem's", this year there are 18 demonstrators attending convention at Disneyland Paris from our team.
I made another Christmas themed swap using the brilliant Pillow Box die.
The boxes are cut from Cherry Cobbler card with a piece of First Edition paper (I do love this paper!!) stamped with the snowflake trio from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink . I wrapped some Crumb Cake seam binding around the box securing a cinnamon stick and some gorgeous lace trim in the knot. I punched a Very Vanilla "snowflake" with the NEW tripple punch and another in the NEW Gold card - it is so pretty and has a soft brushed effect, a "merry" from the Tiny Tags stamp set all tied to the seam binding with some linen thread.
I will be back tomorrow with more convention gifts.
One of the nicest things about spending time with fellow demonstrators at convention is the sharing of ideas and inspiration and whenever we get to gether we exchange our ideas by swapping cards and small gifts.
I made a small treat for this "swap" using mini candy canes as my inspiration.
I used Poppy Parade card for the base and the scalloped border punch along the folded edge with a strip of co-ordinating paper from the In Colour paper stack in Poppy Parade. I used Pool Party, Poppy Parade and Chocolate Chip marker pens to colour the sentiment from the fabulous Tags Til Christmas stamp set, this was then punched out with the Scalloped Square punch and fixed to the topper with a dimensional. A mini candy cane was tied with a some Pool Party ruffled ribbon and placed in to a clear bag and the folded top was taped into place.
This is one of my general swap's for convention, I decided to make a card front using the NEW cute Polar Party stamp set.
I really love these colours together - Pool Party, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White.
I stamped the little penguin and coloured it with the marker pens in Peach Parfait, Pool Party and Pretty in Pink, I added a little Dazzling Diamonds for the snow too.
I punched out the image using the extra large oval, layering it with the decorative label punch. I used Shimmery White card and embossed it with the polka dots embossing folder, the gorgeous snowflake is punched in Shimmery White card using the Doily Triple Layer punch, with a gem for a bit of sparkle.
I decided to make the layers look like a wrapped parcel with some of the gorgeous scallop dots ribbon in Pretty in Pink. The sentiment is from the NEW Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, punched with the Word Window punch and layered with the Modern Label punch.
Today is Lucy's 10th Birthday, I can't believe how quickly this has come round!!
I made a Birthday banner to hang over the fireplace using the new Sizzix Pennants die, Timeless Type Alphabet sizzlit dies and the Tags for All sizzlit die. I threaded the pennants on to silver cord and tied small pieces of gorgeous Elegant Eggplant scalloped ribbon - just gorgeous in every colour!
I have used the gorgeous new Cheerful Treat hostess papers throughout my designs, I have to admit I wasn't too keen on this paper when I first saw it - but now I LOVE IT!!!!!
The colours are beautiful and perfect so many occasions.
Here is a close up of the cute owl, made with the Owl punch, I dressed her up with some flowers punched with the Itty Bitty punch and of course Dazzling Diamonds glitter and some gems!! I added some leaves from the Bird punch and layered it with the scallop circle punch.
A closer view of the diamension of this card and a little of the inside of the card.
The Pennant punch was used for the bunting on the card, I used the Just Perfect alphabet stamps, the flowers are again from the Itty Bitty Bits punch set with of course more sparkly gems for some bling!
I made the treat holders with the NEW Petal Cone die - so many new products, so little time!!
I made a gift bag from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, the papers really are quite thick, I used them with the Pillow Box die to make a pretty gift box.
I know it has been some time since I up-dated my blog, but I just seem to have been so busy lately. I have been creating a lot of different projects and future classes as I will be off to Paris to the European Stampin' Up! Convention at Disneyland Paris!!!
I am really looking forward to spending a few well earned days away with so many other ladies all "obsessed" with Stampin' Up! I will scheduale a few posts once I know it is safe to share my swaps and gifts!!
I have had a couple of busy days but finally I can share the pictures from my first "all day" workshop with 18 lovely ladies spending last Saturday making Christmas projects.
Beautiful gift card holders with a little treat - this tutorial is available to purchase from Inkin' Idaho.
My favourite Holly Berry Bouquet 12 x 12 papers are a perfect match for the gorgeous new Victoria crochet trim, and these papers can also be used for other occasions as some of them do not have any Christmas prints on them!!
I showed the ladies how they could transform a plain envelope into a pretty gift bag for those difficult to wap gifts!! A few simple folds and some designer paper was all it took - I added a Vintage Brad to the brown bag & a velco dot to keep it closed. the other bag uses a cute mini clip with a gift tag tied and a "scrap" of lace - (too gorgeous to waste!)
Another gift wrapping idea - a "diper" folded pouch - so quick and simple with no cutting, glue or tape and just one sheet of 12 12 designer paper too.
Stampin' Up! papers are fabulous quality and work perfectly with the exclusive Big Shot dies they are heavy enough to keep their shape once foled. I added a rosette with another gorgeous Vintage brad, not sure if I can give these brads away yet????
The "two tags" die is another Stampin' Up! exclusive, I used various punches to decorate the tags, the stamps are from the Tag's Till Christmas stamp set.
As the papers are suitable for other occasions I chose this print to make a mini desk top calendar.
After lunch most of the ladies started making their gorgeous curly paper wreath - they do look beautiful when finished and I have several orders to make them as gifts too.
I showed the ladies some card designs, mostly using small scraps of the Holy Berry Bouquet papers.
This is my favourite card, the square lattice embossing folder gives the papers a fabric like texture and feel.
I would like to "Thank" the ladies who attended this class and had a fabulous start to their Christmas craft projects!! The date of the next class will be Saturday 28th January 2012 1- 4 pm the venue will be confirmed soon.