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more Chalk Talk Ideas

Morning, Well I have been going through all the swaps that I received from convention and wanted to share a couple of my favorites with you!  Chalk Talk has become one of my favorite sets.  It is funny because when I first looked through the new catalog, Chalk Talk was not high on my list of new sets that I just had to have… But then I played around with it and now really love it!  It is a very versatile set that plays well with any of the designer papers and color schemes!  Here are a couple of swaps that I received that I really like and show the versatility of the set! 100_9727e   This first card was designed by one of my long time Stampin’ Friends, Jeannette Swain.   She and I have been a member of the Sensational SU Swappers group for many years.  That is my favorite group of SU ladies.  They are each so talented! This card is made with the Mosaic Madness designer paper.  The card base is Island Indigo with a layer of Baked Brown Sugar (one of the new in-colors).  She also uses the new Deco Labels Framelits to make the Center piece. Each layer is attached with dimensionals to add depth to the card.  She finished the card off with some Island Indigo baker’s twine and 4 little pearl jewels in the corner of the frame lit.  Great Card Jeannette! 100_9728e This next card was designed by Kristie Bare whom I don’t personally know.  I do love this card and the details that she added to it!  This is truly a WOW card! The card base is basic black cardstock with a layer of Coastal Cabana and a 3rd layer of whisper white.  The white has been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  The stamped image has been stamped with black Staz-on and cut out with the Chalk Talk framelits.  This was layered onto another piece of basic black card stock.  Kristie used the Coastal Cabana marker and outlined some of the elements of the stamped image so they Pop!.  She punched a flower with coastal cabana cardstock and also embossed this with the perfect polka dot embossing folder.  She used several punches to make a layered piece for the center of the flower.  The 7/8″ scallop circle punch, the 1/2″ circle punch, the flower from the itty bitty punch pack and a small circle.  She used black taffeta ribbon with a scrap of coastal cabana card stock under the stamped image.  And last but not least, she used dazzling details to highlight the center of the flower and the two small flowers on the Chalk Talk image as well as 3 small circles on the bottom right of the card.  Simply Stunning!!   100_9729e   The third Chalk Talk card that I received was from Connie Thompson, another demonstrator that I don’t know personally. I really like the contrast of this card. The card base is basic black with a layer of whisper white.  She added a piece of strawberry slush designer paper and a piece of strawberry slush ribbon.  I love the black and white combination cards with one color thrown in! The Chalk Talk image is stamped with black ink on white cardstock and layered onto a piece of black cardstock to make it Pop.  She added a couple of Pearl Jewels to the side of the stamped image for a little additional detail.  She stamped the “For You” in strawberry slush and layered this onto a circle of black cardstock.  She attached this to the card with dimensionals to add depth!  Great Job!!   Tomorrow with the new catalog, I will showcase in my newsletter a beautiful card that I received using the new Holiday designer paper and snowflake stamp set.   To see this card, you can signup for my newsletter here.   Also – you won’t want to miss my annual weekly Holiday newsletter – the 12 Weeks of Christmas.  This weekly Holiday newsletter showcases a different Holiday idea each week for the 12 weeks before Christmas!   I hope that everyone is enjoying this great weather that we are having!  Finally the humidity has broken here!  I think I will go to the beach this afternoon! signature line-003      

Black and White Card Swaps

Good Morning, Over the next couple of days I am going to post some of my favorite swaps that I received. I participated in a black and white swap where all cards are made with black and white card stock only. Here is a picture of the card that I made for this swap.  As you know, I love the embossing folders and used   The card below is one that 100_9697my downline Lisa Fuller made for the Black and White swap.  I love the dramatic effect that she created by brayering a little black ink onto the Fancy Fan embossing folder to create the background. This next card was made by Donna Centemore at Butternut Sage Designs.  I love this stamp set as well and the antique look of the set.   100_9710     I also really like this next card.  It was designed by Joszette Elkridge with the Dahlia stamp.  It is hard to see but the Dahlia has a bit of glitter to it!   100_9711and   last but not least is my black and white card.   100_9709 copy               More to come!! signature line-003

Stampin’ Up! Convention Review – Wow Swaps

Ok – I had the best intentions to post as much as possible during convention and just ran out of time.  How do other demos do it?   Convention is such a great experience and such a whirlwind of ideas and time.  There is just not enough time to do everything!  I did upload as much as I could to my Facebook page since I had my IPhone. Anyway – So I would like to post a couple of my favorite swaps that I received. I participated in a 75 card WOW swap.  This was my card for that swap. 100_9469 copy I used the new Magnificent Maple stamp from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  I stamped the leaf with gold ink on cardstock vellum and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.   I then cut the leaf out and attached it to a 2 1/2″ square of birch bark paper that is part of the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.    I love the new decorative burlap ribbon that is in the Holiday catalog.  All of these new items can be found on pg. 18 of the new Holiday catalog.  Have you received yours yet?  If not, let me know and I will send you one! The card base is a piece of crumb cake cardstock that I cut the long way 4 1/4 x 11.  I cut off 3/4 of an inch along the bottom and used the scallop border trim punch to make a decorative bottom.  Then I used a strip of the new Sweater Weather designer paper along the bottom.  The second layer is a piece of chocolate chip card stock that I embossed with the woodgrain folder. 100_9468closeupTo bring out the look of the woodgrain, I used  just a little white ink on a brayer and brayered very lightly over the embossed image.  Then I finished the card with some linen thread and a wooden button!  I do really love this card! I can’t wait to make the Thankful Tablescape simply created Kit for my thanksgiving table this year!   One of the advantages of going to convention is touring Stampin’ Up!’s headquarters and distribution center!  I have had that privelage before but was able to share it with a couple of first time downline members.  It is like seeing Disney through the eyes of a little kid on their first trip! 100_9546   This picture is the area where Stampin’ Up! sets up the displays that they use for the catalog photography.  This is the scene that was used to photo the table scene in the upcoming Holiday catalog for Thanksgiving dinner!  this uses the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.  You can see that in this display they used the birch bark to wrap a candle base on the table.   100_9509             These next two pictures show the distribution center for all of the orders that we all place!!  It was fun to watch orders being filled and meet some of the people that keep our businesses running!   100_9508               Stay tuned for more pictures over the next couple of days! signature line-003              

Stampin’ Up! Convention Day 1

Hello from Sunny Salt Lake City Utah! a Beautiful day here yesterday and today. Yesterday daytime was some free time before convention began so several of us spent some time assembling swaps. I don’t know why I just can’t get things done until the last minute! After we finished swaps yesterday a couple of us took a nice site seeing walk around Salt Lake. The architecture on some of the old buildings here is spectacular! And – the mountains are beautiful! Salt Lake city is on a flat area in between several sets of mountains. So matter which way you turn, you see mountains along the edge of the city. 100_9484Today started with a trip out to the office in Riverton. This is the place where all of your orders are processed. This building was built about 6 to 7 years ago and is beautiful inside.   100_9473       This is a picture of the entrance with all the banners displayed in the lobby. This lobby looks down onto a beautiful waterfall with an open area and tables for employees. what a fantastic lunch room!   100_9474 Here is a picture of me and my team in front of the building in front of the infamous SU rock! From left to right: Margaret Galvez, Nancy Flanagan, me – yours truly, Kate Morin, Lisa Fuller & Jeanne Neilsen.     100_9491         I will try to post more as convention goes on! It is very busy!  

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