Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pretties from Regionals - just a few of them

Here's one of the reasons we go to regionals - to find out what clever things others are doing.

The Sock Monkey stamps set has been a running gag amongst the Gail Force Stampers (I know, it's rude, but we thought it was just a bit of a silly one).

And then Danielle Scholtz makes this! A really appealing card using that set. I am just loving the bananas! The clever bit is, she's stamped onto two colours of cardstock, and assembled the results, for instant gorgeous! And she's managed to restrain herself to a fitting palette, which looks fab.

Here's another really awesome swap, by Kathy Faulkner, who CLAIMS it wasn't that much work. HAH! The card inside the stocking slides out to reveal a message. That's just a whole bunch of awesome. A very popular swap.

Introducing the Kimmie

In a fit of whimsy today, I created a new stamping form.

It's not an Inchie, it's not an ATC (Artist's Trading Card); it's a KIMMIE.

That's a 1cm square art work. No, it's not easy to make, or share, or even find, but it IS metric, and that counts.

The whole story of the creation of the kimmie is on my other blog, but here's the answer to the key question - where did that pretty butterfly stamp come from?

And the answer is - it's in the middle of one of those gorgeous oval stamps from the Oval All set from Stampin' Up. These stamps are the ones that go with the VERY popular oval scallop punch. They're in the current mini catalogue - which is only on sale until the end of November.

So if you fancy owning Kimmie the Tiny Butterfly, you'd better act fast! I'm takin' orders, but if you have a local Stampin' Up lady (or man), make their day today with an unexpected request!

And here's a scoop - Kimmie the Tiny Butterfly bears a familial resemblance to - something I'm not at liberty to talk about just yet. Something I expect you'll be able to buy soonish. I'm just sayin'

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Regionals - the big day out 2

Here's what Stampin' Up! thinks is an "intimate" gathering - whoah, that's a lot of demonstrators!

Hollie gave an excellent talk about using photos in scrapbook pages, and how to pose for a nice photo yourself. Lean forward and stick your neck out to avoid double chins! After that, it was a festival of neck-sticking-out!

Here's Chris, sticking her neck out...

And here's Lizzie, sticking her neck out...

And here's Gina, sticking her neck out. Rochelle is thinking about the alternative method, putting something in front of you. I'm not sure that a large icecream was the best choice.

A big stampin' day out!

Oops, did I neglect this blog for a bit? Must have blinked in the this busy world! No matter, here's some news.

I went (with lots of other "Gail Force" girls) to Stampin' Up regional training day yesterday - that's "Regionals" to us. It's a day of talks, demos, making stuff, and lots of swapping, with a better-than-average lunch in between.

Lots of photos to share, but let's start with the most important thing. Me. Or my swaps, anyway. They certainly consumed my thoughts for the days preceding Regionals. Being, as you may know, a bit of a punch fan, I decided that was the way to go. I thought about making more cards like the ones I made for the Quilt fair (actually I thought about recycling the last few of them) but it felt like a day to do something NEW.

So, I punched out a few basic shapes and shuffled them around on the table until a new kind of Stampin' Up punch penguin emerged. And a li'l fishy too. My vellum supplies came in very handy as water.

So, Pauline, I hear you ask, how did you solve the adhering vellum problem? I don't see any brads or eyelets!

The adhesive is hidden under the "icebergs" - that mean the vellum is a pocket. Your penguin COULD be free swimming, for a fun interactive card. Cute, hey?

I managed to give away 35 of these little guys in no time flat. Swapping is fun, and well worth the effort (remind me next time, when I am trying to get out of it!).

Images © 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!®
Supplies used:
Stamp set: Trendy Trees
Ink :Pumpkin Pie

Cardstock: Whisper White, Black, Pumkpin Pie, Ballet Blue, Vellum, Very Vanilla

Other : Large Oval punch, Small Oval punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, 1/16 inch circle punch, Word Window punch, Scallop Circle punch, Stamp 'n Write journaller