Friday, August 29, 2008

Focus

Do you have a hard time finishing that last bit of a project? Do you need a push in the right direction? Me, too! Stamp class is tomorrow and I have all but one kit together. How in the world do other demonstrators get class together up to 4 times a month (or more!) And they work full time jobs! Holy guacamole. My hat is off to all of you. Lol... what in the world am I here posting instead of finishing that last little bit. What holds me back? Maybe this will explain it...

She looks innocent, doesn't she? I think not. She decided I needed to play. I needed to play. The battle ensued. Out came The Claw, her favorite.


Sufficient time has been whittled away. I'm off to focus.
Happy stampin',
Karan

Monday, August 18, 2008

Inspired by a Sock Monkey


The scraps have been flying, inking, stamping, cutting, embellishing. You name it. Convention 2008 (Stampin' Up!) has inspired my stamping creativity. Ok, that and I've been doin' a whole lot of casing lately. CASE as in Copy And Share (with) Everyone. So I shall.

This is a modified case from a fellow stamper, creator, and lover of chocolate. Ah, the love of chocolate. Anyhoo... her name is Jan and she is flying pigs amazing. You can find her and my inspiration here at Stamps, Paper, Scissors. I stock her blog when I can. After you see her
creations, just remember who sent you there, ok? So give this card a try, case Jan's or mine, or get creative and modified it a bit. Send a link to your rendition and I'll post it here.


Recipe:
Stamps: Sock Monkey
CS: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Black Staz On
Misc: Grosgrain Ribbon (dyed to Pacific Point), eyelets, brads, Crop-A-Dile, sponge, glue, dazzling diamonds, watercolor brush

I can see using this layout again, how fun is it? Seriously. I love using punches in ways that you wouldn't normally think of. So, should this be a card (or something similar) that we do in my upcoming class? That's right, card class is around the corner. If you haven't already, sign up now! I'll be posting more cards that will be presented to make in class. :-).

As always, happy stamping!
Karan

Monday, August 11, 2008

What happened to Stampin' Up! convention posts?

Oops! Yeah, my bad. You see, I was having so much fun making swaps each night (late each night) that I completely goofed on actually posting what was happening at convention.

The bottom line... it was loads of fun. This was my first convention in the 3 years I've been a Stampin' Up! demo. Wowza. Mind you, I go to semi-local RS conventions all the time. But Stampin' Up! convention is like no other. Imagine ~6000 demonstrators gathering in one spot all for the love of rubber. I spent 2+ hours in line for Momento Mall the first day with my good buddy and fellow demo, Kathy D. Neither of us had swaps to share, but it really didn't matter. We had so much fun watching others swap, checking out other demo's swaps, and meeting wonderful people. I even got to hook up with my upline Sherry and my sideline Judy (and many other great folks in my demo family!) Although I missed the last day of general session (where a UPS truck drove onto stage and men in brown jumped out and hand delivered a rubber stamp set to each demo in the audience!), I am so happy to be fortunate enough to attend this year's SU convention. Really!

My goal each night was to make 10 cards to swap the following day. Kathy helped me each night (and laughed at me, rightfully so) while the card stock was flying, ribbon tied, eyelets set... you get the idea. Good thing I brought my card making supplies. I was able to take new sets we received in our goodie bag and use them for swaps.

Moving along, here's one of the cards I made for class at the end of August. If you haven't signed up yet, do so ASAP. Space is limited and I want to make sure you get your spot.



Recipe:
Stamps: Happiness Always, Sanded BG
Paper: Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Black, White
Ink: Mellow Moss, Basic Black, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Silver Eyelets, Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Crop-A-Dile

I will try to post a few more samples of cards before class (August 30th at The Crafter's Studio.) Call or email to reserve your spot. *Ask about my bring a friend special discount!* Also note- sentiments on most card can be changed to meet your needs. Although I show samples of certain sentiments, you will have others to choose from. This is a way I can help you individualize cards for your current needs. :-).

Happy stamping!

Karan