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Spotlight Class Card #2

What an unbelievably busy week.  This new job is really turning my brain into mush!  There’s so much to learn and so much to do.  Thursday was an incredibly long day filled with learning new concepts.  I fell asleep at 8 pm last night!  I’m ignoring that I feel like I’m getting a little scratchy throat and congested chest.  I really really don’t have time for that.  We have a Bar Mitzvah in 2 weeks!  Accckkkk!  So much to do and not enough hours in the day (especially since I have to work this weekend).

Anyway, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Here’s another card from our spotlighting class.  This one uses the reverse spotlight technique.
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Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up!©):
Stamps – Embrace Life, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Ink – Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories – Circle punches, Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon, small oval punch, patience

I Won!

Oh my goodness!  I just got a pm (private message) from James, the Head Smarty Pants, at Stampin Addicts that I won the Stampin’ Up!© Convention Candy Giveaway!  Wow!  I never win stuff!  Wow!  Well, I guess I can’t say never because I just won stuff, right?  I’m so excited! 

To see pictures of my goodies, click HERE.   Here’s what I won: 

  • A Stampin’ Up! Reusable Shopping Bag
  • Green Stampin’ Up! Water Bottle
  • Thoroughly Modern Stampin’ Up! Manicure Kit
  • Stampin’ Up Nail File
  • Stampin’ Up! In Colors Pen
  • You haven’t visited Stampin Addicts yet?  What are you waiting for?  It’s positively creative, positively Stampin’ Up!©  At Stampin Addicts, you’ll find nice people, awesome inspiration, and a positive attitude.  And don’t forget about the Blog Tour for the Holiday Mini catalog coming August 29th – 31st.

    And don’t forget about the fabulous Build-A-Bear contest at SA!  Contest ends September 4th so there’s still time to register with SA, make some new friends, have a few conversations, and upload some inpsiration to the gallery.

    Thank you Angie and James, for the Stampin Addicts forum and the fun prizes.

    BOLO – Holiday Mini Blog Tour!

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    BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Tour which goes from Saturday August 29th through Monday, August 31st!  Remember the last one, showcasing items from the 2009 Last Chance list?  Well this one will be showing you all kinds of spectacular projects using new items from the Holiday Mini catalog.  You should be getting yours in the mail very soon.  If you’re not on my mailing list and would like a mini catalog, just email me at stampinstuff@gmail.com.

    The Holiday Mini catalog will run from September 1st, 2009 through January 4th, 2010.  And there’s an awesome Hostess promotion to go along with the Mini.  Simply host a workshop with qualifying sales of $250 or more from September 1 through November 30, and you can choose any item (except the new My Digital Studio and Hostess Sets) for only $10!  Yup, you read that right.  Just $10!  Book your fall workshop today!  Wait until you see all the cool new stamps and Big Shot dies.  Oh and the Build-A-Bear products!  Oh and the new My Digital Studio for digi-scrapping!  Oh, and so much more!

    I won’t be participating in this Blog Tour.  With all the Bar Mitzvah stuff I have to do, the craft fair I signed up for in October, and my new job, I just didn’t have time to create the fabulous projects I would want to share.  But I’ll have a link to the first blog on the Tour or you can find it on Stampin’ Addicts.

    Back to Watercolor Reinker Splash

    Ok, I wasn’t going to post this because it’s similar to the card I made my parents’ for their anniversary, but I just this card.  This is my favorite color combo for this technique so far.  And the little leaves made with the Big Shot add just the right touch.

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    Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up!©):
    Stamps – Fifth Avenue Floral
    Paper – Shimmery White, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Summer Sun
    Ink – Whisper White craft
    Accessories – Big Shot die cutting machine, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Small Stems sizzlet, white embossing powder, half back pearls (from the Pretties Kit), Regal Rose 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, heat tool

    Build a Bear!

    Stampin’ Up!© has partnered with Build-A-Bear to bring you a whole new line of stamps and dies!  When you get your mini catalog in the mail shortly (what?  You didn’t get one?  Email me for your copy of the Holiday Mini catalog at stampinstuff@gmail.com) you’ll see new stamps and new Big Shot dies.  Adorable!!!

    build-a-bear-teddy-450x523In honor of the BAB partnership, SU had special BAB’s available at convention.  Isn’t it cute?   It comes with an exclusive “Life Without Stamps… UNBEARABLE” stamp and black Stampin’ Up! demonstrator apron. You could only get this teddy bear if you were at convention, but thanks to some pretty mad negotiating skillz Stampin Addicts was able to acquire a couple of these bears to give away. So to celebrate the Sept 1. release of the Holiday Mini catalog and the Build-A-Bear Workshop collection they’re putting one of these bears up for adoption.  So run on over to Stampin Addicts (see the link there on the top left of the sidebar?), join the forums and upload some cards for your chance to win.

    Spotlight Class Card #1

    I’ve been on total overload this week.  We’ve spent the week running around doing stuff for the Bar Mitzvah.  We went to Restaurant Depot, did some baking, went to a couple of bakeries to taste test yummy pastries.  And I had to get ready for class today and to start my new job tomorrow.

    This month’s technique was Spotlighting.  I ♥ this technique.  It can really make a wow! 

    Spotlight-Soldier(web)

    When I saw the new set Courage (item #115330, pg 67),  this technique just screamed at me.  How cool would it be to spotlight the flag?  Spotlight technique is all about bringing a small portion of the focal image to life.  On this card, we used watercolor wonder crayons and a blender pen to do the coloring.  When you color over black ink, it’s best to dab instead of rub.  Even though the black is permanent, well…  Trust me, dab instead of rub.  We also used the WWC to spotlight a couple of the words in the sentiment.

     

    Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up!©):
    Stamps – Courage
    Paper – Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
    Ink – Basic Black
    Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Always Artichoke; 1 1/4″ square punch; 1 3/8″ square punch; blender pens

    Convention Swap – Thanksgiving Cardfront

    So here is the last of my convention swaps.  I had a hard time cranking out 3 of them.  Some people I know did dozens!  Some were organized (like the ones I did), and some were just general.  Picture this, there are thousands of people in line to get into the events.  Everyone in line and inside is swapping!  Total craziness!  I would think some demos had 50 lbs in just swaps alone!  My convention buddy Teresa shipped all her swaps to the hotel ahead of time so that she didn’t have to worry about packing them.  Was probably a lot cheaper than hauling another suitcase.

    Thanksgiving SwapThe theme of this swap (obviously) is Thanksgiving.  The requirements were only current Stampin’ Up!© merchandise, at least one new thing from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog, and at least one embellishment (ribbon, brad, eyelet, hardware, etc).  I had done this technique for a Father’s Day card last year and just loved the colors and the card layout.  So I used new In Color reinkers and a texturz plate, and the tree from Thoughts and Prayers.  Just because the sentiment in the set is for sympathy cards, doesn’t mean that it can be ONLY for sympathy cards.

    See the “brads” on the side of the sentiment.  They’re faux brads.  I used the scrap edge of the shaving cream layer that I tore of and used my 1/8″ punch to make my brads.  Looks awesome!

    Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up!©):
    Stamps – Thoughts and Prayers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
    Paper – Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Whisper White
    Ink:  Soft Suede
    Accessories:  Reinkers – Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Old Olive; Shaving cream, Hemp Twine, Word Window Punch, Modern Label punch, 1/8″ hand held punch, Big Shot, Texturz Background #1, Stampin’ Dimensionals