Thursday, June 30, 2011

STAMPIN' UP! CONVENTION 2011

STAMPIN' UP! CONVENTION 2011

GENERAL INFORMATION

The 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention will occur from July 13, Wednesday through July 16,  Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.  A couple upcoming dates to remember: 

July 7 Last day to transfer your convention registration.
July 8 Online check-in is available.


Late Night Stampers Activities 

The Late Night Stampers (LNS) Group Activities (for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators only) will begin on Monday, July 11 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 PM (PT). Further information may be found on this website http://latenightstamperpreconvention2011.eventbrite.com/.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Beach Scene - Tutorial

I'm sharing today a simple Stampin' Up! Greeting Card featuring a beach scene.  Living on the Gulf Coast of Florida is the impetus behind my beach scene greeting cards.  The beaches here are just gorgeous, especially the Siesta Key Beach. 

I'm also providing a tutorial for making the card in case you want to give it a try.  Now I do not claim to be an expert at sponging, which is the technique used, but I wanted to share a tutorial of the card as it is very simple to case.  Here is the greeting card:



TUTORIAL

1.  Using a sheet of Stampin' Up! Watercolor PaperStampin' Up! River Rock Stampin' Pad, and Stampin' Up! Sponge, sponge the River Rock ink onto the cardstock as shown below.  This begins the creation of sand dunes:


 2.  Place a straight edge of a piece of paper across the cardstock and sponge onto the cardstock Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze Ink in the valley between the two sand dunes.  This creates water.



3.  Using the hibiscus flower stamp from the Stampin' Up! Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set, ink just the stamens with a Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Marker.  Stamp this onto the cardstock at the locations shown.  I double stamped some of mine.  This creates the grass on the sand dunes.




4.  Using a Stampin' Up! Soft Suede Marker, put many dots onto the sand dunes.  Sponge Soft Suede slightly across the dunes.



5.  Using a Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue Stampin' Pad, sponge the ink onto the cardstock to create the sky.  I made a template of scallops to create the clouds shown below (I forgot to take a picture of the sky before adding in the fence).  Using a brown marker, hand draw a fence on both dunes.  As I did, you may want to practice on your Stampin' Up! Grid Paper before drawing onto the cardstock. 




6.  Using a black ink pen or marker, draw birds into the sky.  A variation of the letter V does the trick.




7.  Add six Stampin' Up! Metallic Brads to the cardstock as shown.



8.  Enhance your scene by creating highlights with a Stampin' Up! White Gel Pen around the grass, fence, and water.  Using a brown marker, create some shadows of the fence and grass.

9.  Assemble your card as desired.  I used Bashful Blue and Crumb Cake Cardstock.




I hope you give the tutorial a try!  Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Stampin' Up! Countryside "Happy Birthday" Greeting Card

Being from the country, I am naturally attracted to the Stampin' Up! Countryside Stamp Set, which I used to make this "Happy Birthday" greeting card.
 


I used the Stampin' Up! Markers - Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Real Red, Soft Suede, Bravo Burgundy, and Marina Mist - for the truck and sentiment.  For the truck's hubcaps, I used the Stampin' Up! Silver Fox Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.  The cardstock used for the card is Whisper White, Certainly Celery, and Marina Mist.  The Stampin' Up! Corner Punch was used to create the photo corners on the card.  I added a Marina Mist balloon onto the truck's antenna, a stamp from My Digital Studio.  Lastly, the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the Curly Cute Stamp Set.

Buy your Stampin' Up! products HERE.  Click on the links and you'll be taken directly to the products used for this project.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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ENJOY MAKING STAMPIN' UP! GREETING CARDS!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stampin' Up! Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper & Fabulous Florets

My Stampin' Up! greeting card made with the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Fabulous Florets Stamp Set is a simple one.  My cards are typically more detailed but today I decided to keep it simple.  I used two of the new In-Color colors, Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral in cardstock and ink.  I selected one of the designs from the Paisley Petals DSP for the first layer of the card, which goes well with the Calypso Coral.  Here's the card:


Buy the Paisley Petals DSP and Fabulous Florets here.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Stampin' Up! Pocketfull of Posies - Tutorial on Folded Card

I hope all had a good weekend making Stampin' Up! greeting cards!  I spent the weekend remodeling my craft room.  Once finished, I'll post pictures for you.

My greeting card share features the Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper (DSP) that becomes available on July 1.  I used one sheet of the designs from the DSP to create this folded happy birthday
card.

The sentiment at the card's top is from the Birthday Bliss Stamp Set, which retires midnight (MT) on June 30.  The sentiment at the card's bottom is from the hostess stamp set, Swirls & Curls VersesThe Stampin' Up! Bigz XL Table Setting was used for the tags for both sentiments.  This Big Shot Table Setting Die also retires on June 30 and it's available on sale now for $25.77, a savings of $17.18.  You only have 10 more days to purchase these Stampin' Up products!

I used the upcoming Border Lace Ribbon Punch (item # 122362) to decorate along the front and inside folds of the card.  When I first got this punch, I wasn't sure about it.  Now, I love it!

TUTORIAL ON FOLDING THE CARD: 

1.  Cut a piece of DSP to 9" x 12".
2.  Fold this sheet in half lengthwise and unfold.
3.  Fold opposite corners in to meet the centerfold.
4.  Fold the bottom edge to meet the top edge, creating a fold perpendicular to the existing centerfold.
5.  Fold in half, left to right, along the original center fold, to form the card.
6.  Apply adhesive on the inside edges to secure the card.
7.  Decorate as desired.

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Parrish, Florida


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Uncle Sam Owl

Today, June 14, is Flag Day and my Dad's birthday. Therefore, I created a Stampin' Up! greeting card with a patriotic theme featuring the wonderful Stampin' Up! Owl Punch. It has been a while since I created a card using the Owl Punch, so I decided to make an Owl that represents Flag Day. Here he is:



You will notice that my flag is backwards, or so it seems.  This is because the flag on the U.S. Army uniforms (and maybe other branches of the military) is always facing backwards to represent the soldiers always marching forward.

The Owl is dressed in a navy suit and he is sporting Uncle Sam's Hat (or my version). He has one "hand" holding the flag - it's a little difficult to see his white "hand", but it's there (lol). He holds his other hand over his heart as he says, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Can you hear him? Thank God for the flag of the USA!

The flag has significant meaning to my family not only because of family members serving our country in the armed forces, but because of my Dad. My Dad loved the American Flag so much that it actually was the cause of his significant fall that resulted in his passing. The wind had blown his flag around his flag pole, and he was determined to correct that. Therefore, my 81-year-old Dad got his 12-foot ladder out, climbed it, and unwrapped the flag from around the pole. As he finished, he slipped and fell to the ground. He laid in this position for many hours before he was found. This fall accentuated health issues and he passed in four months after the incident. My Dad loved the flag so much that it ultimately lead to his death. I miss him so much {tears}.

Back to the card. I used the Stampin Up Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the second layer of the card, creating an inlaid affect with the stars. The flag pole was made with the Jewelry Tag Punch, and the flag was made with an old die cut.  The Stampin Up Glitter Paper, which is coming back with the new catalog, was used for the first layer on the card.  It was also used for the three stars on the inside of the card.  The stars were made using the Stampin' Up! Stars #2 Die.  I hope you enjoy the card.


Buy the products used for this card by placing your cursor over the linked items and left click.  You'll be taken directly to the on-line product for purchasing.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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Monday, June 13, 2011

Stampin' Up! On the Grow - "Key to my Scooter"

I have been wanting to create a Stampin' Up! greeting card using the Stampin' Up! On the Grow stamp set, so I finally found time to make one.  The card is a Center Step Card that features the upcoming Border Lace Ribbon Punch (item # 122362) that debuts with the Idea Book and Catalog on July 1.  I titled the card  "Key to my Scooter".  That is why a  Stampin' Up! Trinket Key is placed at the bottom of the card with Daffodil Delight Ribbon.


I used the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils to color the scooter and the flowers in the bottom left corner.  I used the Stampin' Up! Brayer to create the remainder of the background, excluding the trees.  I used the upcoming Border Lace Ribbon Punch (item # 122362) to create the lace ribbon on both side of the center fold, cutting out a center lace piece and adding it over either the So Saffron or Wild Wasabi  Designer Series Papers (Patterns Stack - Subtles).  For the two flowers at the bottom of the card, I cut an outer and center piece of a portion of the lace and cut, folded, and glued them to made the flowers.  I think they are cute, don't you?

The following picture shows the inside of the card, which features the vase of flowers from the Stampin' Up! On the Grow stamp set.


 
When creating a card, I never plan a complete card before developing it.  I let my mind and hands do the creating as I go along.  I really like the way this one turned out.  What do you think?

Buy the Stampin' Up! products used in this project by placing your cursor over the highlighted items.  Click and you'll be taken directly to the on-line product for ordering.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Strength and Hope

My greeting card share for today features the Stampin' Up! Strength and Hope stamp set, and it spotlights the Mosaic Technique


I used Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper and divided the paper into section using the Tombow Liquid Glue and a white glitter.  After the glue dried, I used Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Up! Ink and the Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter to watercolor the sections within the card.  Afterwards, I used various "word stamps" to stamp onto the lighter sections.  Then I added onto the middle of the card the butterfly from the Strength and Hope stamp set.

I wish you could see this card in person as it's really beautiful.  Purchase your Stampin' Up! Products by placing your cursor onto the product names and left clicking.  You'll be taken directly to the product to purchase. 
God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Thanks - Beyond the Garden - Top Note

Today I decided to make a "Thanks" greeting card using the  Stampin' Up! Top Note Bigz Die and the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP).   I used  Stampin Up So Saffron Card Stock and folded it for a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card.  When placing the folded card stock onto the Top Note Die for running it through the Big Shot machine, I assured the fold was just inside the cut line on the top of  the Top Note Die to produce two holes at the top of the card (see below).  The resulting card size is 4-5/8" x 3-1/4".


To decorate the card, I cut two Top Notes from a piece of one of the designs from the Beyond the Garden DSP.  I cut along the perforated lines on both pieces, saving the inside of one piece (yellow, pink, green, and white) for the first card layer and the outside of the other (blue and white) for the outside of the card. 

To create the blue butterflies on the card front that match the outer edge of the card, I  used the Embosslits Beautiful Wings. I cut out a flower to match the center flower and layered it on top.  I made the "Thanks" banner with My Digital Studio.  I then inserted into the two holes at the top of the card a piece of Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon.  



For the inside of the card, I stamped a matching Pacific Point flower from the Fabulous Florets onto Whisper White card stock.


I think my card turned out beautifully; what do you think? 

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida


FIRM RELIANCE ON DIVINE PROVIDENCE!

Enjoy making greeting cards with Stampin' Up! products!