Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Just a few pictures that aren't of cards...

I had a wonderful time at the Stampin' Up! convention and decided to share a few more photos.
Pennie when she won a prize.  Pennie introduced me to stamping just over a year and a half ago.  She not only recruited me to join Stampin' Up!, but she is now a good friend.

 I was thrilled to meet Justin Krieger and Brian King at the Stampin' Up! offices.  They both design wonderful cards and have great blogs.

I met Mary at convention.  She is also part of Pennie's downline.  I hope to see her again at future conventions (since we live on opposite coasts).

The picture above is of one of the screens showing what was happening on stage.  Pennie is on the far left.  She was on stage for having earned a trip.  

I got to finally meet Sherill Graff one evening.

Carol and I are both in Pennie's downline.  She and I are both Italian, and I told Carol that she could walk into one of my family reunions and fit right in with everyone there.

Of course, I met many other people, too, but either forgot to take pictures or the pictures didn't turn out (blurry).   While I was at convention for three days, my husband, Tom, did some genealogy research and some hiking.  He had a good time in Salt Lake City, too.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A New Look to My Blog

I wanted a whole new look to my blog -- something clean and simple.  You know how it goes, though.  Change one thing and it snowballs.  I ended up creating a new header in My Digital Studio.  The more I use it, the more I love MDS.  Then, I redesigned a few other things.  Several hours later, I was done.

Okay, so I can't post without putting at least one picture of a card.  Several months ago I made the card below for my friend, Judy, when her grandchild was born.  It's called a double-fold gate card (as well as double-gate card).

Unfortunately, the Designer Series Paper I used is no longer available since I made the card last spring, but it's still a fun card.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Convention and Cards

The photo below is a picture of the convention crowd of demonstrators when the doors opened.  Yes, it made me think of sardines.  We certainly were packed in there -- and I was somewhere in the midst of that crowd.  There were almost 6,000 demonstrators at the convention.

Before the convention began, I did a tour of the Stampin' Up! home office.  I took the photo below there. 

The kite card below is one we made in my stamp camp last month. I used the directions a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Kelly Gettelfinger, provided.  Her website is filled with many great ideas and videos:

I love the sympathy card below.  I totally copied it from Brian King, a Stampin' Up! demo.  I met Brian at the convention and told him how I had a downline meeting and we made the card exactly like his example.  He told me that he got a lot of great feedback about this card -- simple and gorgeous.  His website is at  if you want to see more of his work.

That's all I have for you today.  I'm looking forward to getting together with my my wonderful upline (I so appreciate all you've taught me, Pennie) today to look at all the swaps we both got from convention. 


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Home from Convention

I recently returned from a convention in Salt Lake City.  It was the 25th anniversary for Stampin' Up!  I had a wonderful time and left with many great ideas--not to mention all the giveaways and prizes.  What an experience it was!

I made the card below for my niece for her baby shower.  I happened to notice on her gift registry that the colors she chose were very much like the Stampin' Up! colors Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

I love (it's one of my favorite stamp sets in the new catalog) the Perfect Blend stamp set that I used to make the card below.  I made the card for my daughter.  The more I use the Natural Composition Specialty paper (that's the background paper with the music), the more I like it.  

The guitar card below is copied from a card done by Heidi Tekunoff.  You can see her original card on her website at .  I made the card below for my son's birthday. 

 I have more photos to share, so I hope to share them over the next couple weeks.

Thanks for taking a look at my cards.