Here is a great way to have samples of DSP on hand when designing a project. It's a sample of all the current DSP. We cut them into 3x3 squares and labeled each kind of DSP along with all the colors listed. A window sheet was cut to protect the little title page. We also folded the corners on ours so we could see what paper was on the back. We folded three of the sides. A lot of times when we are figuring out a project, what is on the back of a piece of DSP weighs heavily on the decisions we make. If you would like to make one yourself, here are the files to print... DSP Sampler.
If any of you are not familiar with Stampin' events...we do a crazy thing called "swaps". All you have to do is make 100 or two a one or a few cards, then trade them with other stampers. It's a great way to get new ideas and have samples of products that you don't currently own. There is almost always something to take away from a card that you get even if it is not one you particularly like. Maybe the layout or color combination is unique, or a product was used in a way that you hadn't though of before. We always try to make cards that are simple but cute and easy to duplicate. I think a good card has at least 3 layers and a couple embellishments.
A fun technique used on the birthday cards is... inking the embossing folder before running it through the embossing folder.
We had a great time at Stampin' Up's Convention this year. The first thing we did was host our convention connection. We love to be able to meet downline friends and provide easy projects to take home and duplicate in classes and workshops. Wish we had room so they can all come. These are some of the projects that we did. I love the unique fold of the candle card and the fun basket made with the rosette die.
I apologize for all the black flecks on the pictures. New phone is coming in a month:)
The winner of our drawing!!! It was filled with incolor products new dies and my personal favorite and currently unavailable magnetic platform for our framelits.
Let me introduce you to Thing 1 and Thing 2, aka Demonstrator #1 and Demonstrator #2.
We were able to participate in a Guiness world record. We almost hit 3000. I'm sure we could have done more if the line hadn't been so long.
We also were lucky enough to help make Birthday boxes for children who celebrate their birthdays at Primary Childrens Medical Center. A place that has been a blessing to our family. (That is not a bug on Margarets face, it my camera :)
As it was Stampin' Ups 25 year celebration. They brought to the stage the 25 demonstrators at convention that have stuck with the company the longest.
They gave us a beautiful necklace. I think we look a little better without our wigs on. Glad we didn't wear them this day.
A little bit of the entertainment that was provided. The entertainment was great, even the guy from The Voice that sang the theme song was fabulous of course. But it's hard to top all the prizes and giveaways that they showered us with!!!! Stamps, glitter, DSP, washi tape, paper pumpkins, undefined, punches, framelits. And of course the fun with friends!!!
Here are a few cards using the five-way flower stamp. Such a fun stamp. All you need to go with it are a few punches. This stamp is a single stamp and only available in wood mount. But I'm ok with that, cause I am in love with the new boxes for the wood sets, and look forward to switching all of my old sets over to those!
Five-way flower stamp (131088)
Soho Subway DSP (130140)
2-3/8 scallop circle punch (118874)
1-3/4 scallop circle punch (119854)
1-1/4 scallop circle punch (127811)