Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Convention, 2011

Wanna See How Much FUN I had last weekend in Salt Lake City?


This is just a tip of the iceberg!  Watch for more samples coming very soon!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Until I unpack

Hostess Invites

This will post the day after I get back from Convention and I know I will not have uploaded my photos and projects so....

I thought I would schedule this post to share with you the card I sent out last month to invite my Hostesses to the Luncheon I shared with you last week.  You will see 3 samples of the same card showing how each was slightly different because I used the die-cut pages from the Specialty DSP - Flirtatious!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this DSP.  You have got to get some for yourself!

Keep watching I will be posting Convention pics very soon!! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Convention Scrapbook Swaps


One of the fun things about getting together with a bunch of demonstrators ..one of MANY fun things .. is that someone always starts 'invitation only' swaps.  I am blessed to be invited to join many of them, but this time I choose to just pick two.  They are both for trading scrapbooking ideas.  I hope you like the ones I made.

The page on the left is closer to the correct colors.  The base is River Rock, the photo mats are Rich Razzleberry, and the ink is Old Olive.  Stamp sets used are Inspired By Nature, Just Believe, and Build-a-Blossom.  Plus the matching Blossom Petal Builder punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Pearls, Ribbon, & Buttons too!

This sample many of you may have.  It was my Mega Meet Special that went with our Free Make & Take last May.  The photos are a bit off color, but the base is Whisper White, with River Rock, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler.  The stamp sets used are Elements Of Style & Word Play.

I am excited to know that when this posts I will BE AT CONVENTION in Salt Lake City!!  I am sure I am busy learning fun new ideas from Stampin' Up! and all the demonstrators who are so willing to share with me.  Of course I will share with them too! 

Keep watching my blog for samples when I get home!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Convention Swaps


Whenever I attend a Stampin' Up! event the most fun thing is Swappin'!  Demonstrators make one or two designs (sometimes more) and make a LOT of each one.  But...we just make the front of the card to save a little money because all we really want to do is share ideas!  Then we trade our ideas for other demonstrators ideas.  Demonstrators love to share ideas so much that we even do it on a smaller scale at our team meetings each month! 

The first time I saw thousands of demonstrators in heavy swap mode I thought to myself, "This must be what it is like to be in the pit at the New York Stock Exchange!"  Everyone holding up a card saying "Swapping?  Are you Swapping?"  It's So Much FUN!!!

Here's what I am swapping with other demonstrators for their  ideas...

The above card front is what I have the most of...about 95 I think.

The above 4 colors of one design I only have about 35 total.
All that paper folding started to hurt my fingers!
If you like this paper folding idea and want to know how to do recreate it, be sure to join the Hostess Club before July 18th.  We will be making them in August!

I will post directions in the future, but not until my special club members have a chance to learn it in person.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 6-7, 2011


 Here's the projects we made at this month's Hostess Club Gathering.  We were a week early this month because I will be attending convention next week.

Can you see that I used the new Houndstooth Embossing Folder?  LOVE IT!!  I am also really enjoying this new Fabulous Florets sets....it's part of so much of my stamped stuff that I made for the year!

Here's the second card we made, and the matching envelope!  This uses the Nature Walk stamp set & Nautical Expressions DSP

Here's the same card as above only using The Open Sea stamp set.  We made this one at Stamp Of The Month Club a few months ago.

I will have a few posts ready for you while I am at the Stampin' Up! Convention and when I get back I am sure I will have a ton of samples to share!

Until Next Time.....
Hugs, Karie B.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pick a Date

Something FUN for
Workshop Guests!

I created this ring binder using the Top Note Die and the Big Shot Machine. I also used some Chipboard that I covered first with Beyond The Garden - Designer Series Paper on both sides before I cut it out (Tip...I love using our Anywhere Glue Stick for this!).  The lettering is cut from Rich Razzleberry card stock and I used the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet med. Sizzlet Die.  After I adhered the letters to the front I outlined them using the uni-ball* Signo Gel Pen to help it stand out a little bit better.

What's Inside....

Inside I created four different base pages (one style shown) with My Digital Studio and the matching Beyond The Garden DSP that I had downloaded.  Then I added the script and a space to fill in a date.  I will pick a few dates each month that I especially would like to hold a Workshop.  If a guest picks that date page from the ring then at her qualifying Workshop she will receive extra gifts!  I shared this 'game' with guests this month and it's a big hit! 

You could create a similar project yourself to use as fun coupons when your kids finish their chores, or date night ideas with your sweetheart.  I know you will come up with even more ideas yourself!
The cool thing about this project is that I used the same Designer Series Paper both as product and as My Digital Studio when I created the monthly pages for my new Date Book!!!  I will show it to you when I see you at the next class, or Workshop....maybe you will pick a date too!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stamp Of The Month in July

Travel Log Stamp Set
Summer Mini Catalog

I tried to make a few items that did not really look like a Travel theme...the card sample above was stamped with different words from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set, and the flower is from Thoughts & Prayers.  However, I suggested that they club girls leave the Itinerary blank and fill it in with words that work for the recipient. Some did, others choose other words.

This card has additional stamps from the Beary Best Friends stamp set.  Set this card can aside and when it's someone birthday just circle the month & date to personalize it!

The Designer Series paper used in this card, and the one below, is Nautical Expressions.

Yes, this card does use a little retired ribbon, but the club knew I didn't have the new Scallop Dot Ribbon in when I first created my sample...they are so understanding!  It also used the Scallop Square Punch!

Next month we will be using the new Delicate Doilies stamp set for some really fun new card projects!

Until Next time....

Friday, July 8, 2011

June 25, 2011

Hostess Luncheon Fun!

Tracy & Tammy

Everyone loved the chance to look at the New Idea Book & Catalog and do a little shopping in my retired product area before lunch.

Amanda & her mom, Carol....and a few of the other guests checking out what's new!

Moe gets some shopping done!

Cheryl & Sandi

Then it was time for Lunch....which I somehow forgot to take any pictures of!  We had BBQ Chicken Wings, Potato Salad, Corn-on-the-Cob, Fresh Veggies, and Brownies!  Yummy!!!

Project Time!   After Lunch it was time to begin working on our projects!

What did we make?  See yesterday's Post for the photo of the project and other goodies received by the guests!

Until Next Time...Hugs, Karie B.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Catching Up...again

Preparing for my annual Hostess Lunch!
Held on June 25th

Getting ready by boxing up the gifts!  This year I numbered them after the boxes where closed so even I didn't know what was in the box!  I think I will do this again next year!!  It was fun to see what was in each box as they were opened.

The little note clip, shown below, was the "You Pick" gift.  I try to have something the Hostesses can choose the color and style themselves as they arrive at the luncheon.  Everyone seemed to liked them!
They also got to choose their style of retired papers to create their class projects.  Most were this style but there were several others to choose from.  This is what the package looked liked.  They had no idea what it would become.

Here is the project completed.
On the outside it looks like a large card, or book....but inside......
 ...it's a mini scrapbook!  Plus all the guests received full color directions to take home so they could make them again and again!

Here is the room all Ready and waiting for my Very Special Hostesses!!

At each place setting there was a grid paper, a mini catalog, the NEW Idea Book & Catalog, some Smarties candy, a brochure, and a package of Chip Board shapes to take home and use on their other projects!

See more photos of the fun tomorrow!