Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kinda Eclectic: Display Board Sample Convention 2014

Wow, what an amazing experience I had last week at SU's annual event Inspire, Create, Share 2014 (AKA Convention)!  The excitement of over 4,000 people together all keyed up about new products and techniques was exhilarating....and more than a little exhausting!  It was so much fun to finally meet blogging friends in person and make new friends along the way.  I haven't even begun to sort through my photos but in the meantime I am so excited to finally share my samples for the Convention display boards with you.
Since Kinda Eclectic was one of the stamp sets Convention attendees received, the display board stampers got our hands on it early to make our samples.  I think this set is very versatile and I wanted to show some different ways to use it.  
For this look, I embossed the sun/starburst image in white on Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Blushing Bride cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Starburst Framelits.  The image is purposely offset in the framelit.  I backed each one with a Silver Foil starburst and framed the whole thing with a die from the On Film Framelits.  I thought the bold lines of the starburst coordinated well with this geometric pattern from the Flower Shop DSP.  I love how the starburst look a bit like spokes on an Asian umbrella or maybe even a lily pad.  This is probably one of my favorite samples I made and I hope you like it too!  Stay tuned, I have twenty-three more samples to show you!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Handcarved Mustache {PP205}

Hey there, friends!  As you read this, I am headed back from Salt Lake City and SU's Annual North American Convention.  Of course, I am writing it early and scheduling my post so it seems a little odd to say but....I HAD A GREAT TIME!  (I am certain that I did!).  Sandy is our fabulous hostess at The Paper Players this week where she has a fun Clean-and-Simple Challenge:
Oh this card was so much fun to make....
 I guess I might have subconsciously taken inspiration for the layout from the challenge badge but most of all I wanted to feature the Handcarved background stamp!  I thought it would be fun to cut it out like a piece of fabric.  I just followed the lines of the stamp to make the zig-zag edges and cut between rows to make it more narrow.  The image itself isn't straight--it's supposed to look "handcarved" so my cut lines aren't straight either.  I think that gives it a casual and whimsical look that coordinates with my trio of 'staches!
 The think Baker's Twine is so easy to unravel and after tying a knot, I unravel the ends fluffing them out a bit--they almost look a little like a mustache, don't they?

I am certain that the rest of the Design Team has some wonderful inspiration for you--do go check out all the creativity on display at The Paper Players.  We hope you'll play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, July 25th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Hooray for PP204

Hi there, friends!  Things have been crazy around here as I finish swaps and other details before traveling to Salt Lake City on Wednesday for SU Convention!  I've been a demo for five years but this will be my first convention and I am so excited to be sharing it with some of my best stamping buddies!  But before that fun can begin, the lovely LeAnne has a beautiful color challenge for us this week at The Paper Players:
Not really being a purple girl, I wasn't sure how to combine two shades of purple onto one card so I got the idea to make my own DSP incorporating two of the four colors:
This card was one of those where I started with one idea and ended with something else entirely!  I used the feather image from A Happy Hooray to stamp a pattern in Blackberry Bliss ink onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock.  The fun hexagon sentiment is also from this set and is actually bigger than I thought.  It does not fit into the Hexagon punch--it's bigger than that--but the straight sides are easy enough to hand cut.  The fringe scissors--have I mentioned how I love those?--made a sort of grassy border for a big beautiful bloom from Flower Patch.
By now you probably know that these flowers have coordinating Framelits--how great is that?!--even the leaves have a framelit!  The stamps are photopolymer which is great to work with and perfectly clear.  The leaves were stamped off once with Mossy Meadow ink and then stamped with the vines full strength.  Normally, with red rubber stamps, I stamp off onto scrap paper and then my cardstock.  When I tried that with the photopolymer stamp, I either got an uneven look or it tok off too much ink.  I found that stamping off on a Kleenex took off the right amount of ink and did so evenly.  A little trick for you!

There's no tricks about the Design Team's eye candy this week--it's all just beautiful creations.  Be sure to check out the rest of the team and then pop over to The Paper Players and join us before the challenge ends on Friday, July 18th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
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