Sunday, August 2, 2015

2015 Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yahoo!!

Wow, what a fantastic shindig Stampin' Up! put on for it's demonstrators!  The convention was impressive, informative, BIG, and FUN.  I particularly enjoyed meeting fellow demonstrators.  From the tour of the Stampin' Up! Corporate Offices, to the Gala hosted by Patty Bennett, Jan Wakefield and Janice Weightman for their respective groups, to the learning sessions, to the Award Night Roaring Twenties After Party, we were on the go.  I loved every minute of it and will share some of what I learned with you a little at a time.  I am still digesting it all!

One of the fun things we did at the convention was to "swap" cards that we had made with other demonstrators.  If you have not heard of CASE, it means Copy and Share Everything.  That is what Stampin' Up! demonstrators do.  I was overwhelmed with all the creative, pretty designs using Stampin' Up!'s wonderful products.  I had only made 88 of my swaps so 88 different card fronts is what I brought home.  It was not unusual to find a demonstrator with 350 - 400 swaps ready to trade.   Whew! 

Here is the swap I made using the Work of Art Stamp set seen on page 118 of the annual catalog or here.
 I had so much fun making the cards that I want to share how I made it with you.

The card base is Whisper White, 5 1/2 x  8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Cut another piece of Whisper White 2 1/8" x 4 1/4" to stamp the flower onto.  Use a 1/2 inch scrap to stamp the sentiment onto.  The 4" x 5 1/4" Watermelon Wonder card stock is embossed with the Fluttering embossing folder seen on page 174 of the 2015-2016 Annual catalog.   Add a linen thread bow and you have it. 

Okay, so here is how you make the flower.

Choose the squiggle stamp and use it with the solid side to the left as you see in my hands.

After you mount the clear stamp or are using the wood mounted stamp, ink it with Watermelon Wonder.  As you see in the picture, stamp at an angle on the left side of your 2 1/8" x 4 1/4 " piece of Whisper White card stock.

Now you will stamp off the second petal of the flower.

Without reinking your stamp, position the top a little to the right of but overlapping the first image and stamp.   Keep the bottom left of the petal near the first stamped petal.  Notice in the picture that the stamp is almost straight up and down.  Basically, you are rotating the stamp a little to the right.  But, be sure you lift the stamp from the card stock before you rotate it. 

Reink your stamp with Watermelon Wonder.  Rotate the stamp all the way to the right and stamp the petal on right side of the flower.  You will have a small gap in the flower, that it alright because you will fill it in soon.  

Now let's fill in that last petal.  Similar to step #2, you will slightly rotate the "petal" stamp to the left, and stamp off the last "petal".   On this last step, you will move the bottom of the "petal" stamp slightly to the right to fill in the bottom of the flower.

Add your stem from the Work of Art set. Stamp with Old Olive ink.
Using the heart shaped stamp, add a leaf on the right and left of the stem.

Adhere your flower to the embossed Watermelon Wonder card stock.

I stamped the sentiment from the Watercolor Wings stamp set in Delightful Dijon.  I cut the card stock into a flag, sponged it with Delightful Dijon and adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  You can add a linen thread bow to the tag with a small glue dot.  Adhere to Whisper White card stock base and you are ready to surprise a friend with a pretty flower!

This little flower is nice in many different colors.  Try it in your favorite Stampin' Up! color.

Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used to make this card.  Click on any of them for more details to to order.

Please excuse the spacing in this post.  The pictures and text have a mind of their own today.  Thank you for stopping by!  I love sharing with you.
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