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Convention Scrapbook Swaps


One of the fun things about getting together with a bunch of demonstrators 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!


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.

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'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.

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!