Monday, June 18, 2012

Using Scraps in the Background

I am a paper hoarder. How about you? I will use a piece of cardstock or designer series paper and save each and every scrap afterwards. I’ve gotten better at throwing the little scraps away, but I have file folders full of little paper scraps, all organized by DSP or color. At least I’m trying to be organized about my problem.  

A few years ago, I attended a Stampin’ Up! Regional where some demonstrator showed us how I could use the Word Window punch and lots of scraps to make a nice background for cards. The demonstrator actually used this technique to make a fence. I use it to make a little background and use all my DSP scraps.
The technique is super simple. All you do is punch out a whole bunch of word windows using the Word Window punch and then adhere them side-by-side, in a straight line. A piece of ribbon looks great over the arranged word windows, like I did in the above Mother’s Day Card. I was so proud of this card that I made for my mommy last year; I never sent it to her though. I hope she forgives me, or maybe I can use it next year.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crafting with a Toddler: Father's Day Cards

Now that the Booger is a little bit older, I can "successfully" papercraft with her. I love it, and so does she. She loves to paint, fingerpaint, and even stamp. I have to hide my stamps from her sometimes. Luckily, right now she is at a phase where she is content tapping a stamp on a closed stamp pad. My days are limited though. She's going to realize soon that there is no ink coming from a closed stamp pad.

These past few days we have been working on Father Days cards. Why make four cards when the Booger only has one daddy? Well, she has three grandpas too and we want to send them some love as well. The above picture features her creations. She painted on construction paper and then we put some Father Day themed foam stickers. When we were done, she was so proud of her cards that she wanted to give it to her daddy right then and there. She doesn't have the concept of wait down very well yet.  

The whole crafting with a toddler process is interesting. It's almost like trying to juggle, but we're getting it down. It's hard to realize that in order to encourage her creativity, I have to just let her do things for herself, and she wants it this way too. If you have a toddler, do you craft with him or her? If so, what is your experience?

Happy Stampin'!

The Booger proudly showing off one of her Father's Day cards.
She realized that she liked the star foam stickers and started to pick them off the cards and stick them on her shirt.
Decorating herself with star foam stickers. She also decorated my face.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Convention on My Mind

Convention is on my mind. 

This year, for my birthday gift (and Mother's day and wedding anniversary), my husband agreed to pay for and send me to the wonderful Stampin' Up! convention in July. (This means he also agreed to watch our little booger for the duration of convention too. Now that is love.)

One of my favorite parts of convention is the make-and-take session. In previous years, there has only been one M&T session; however, this year, they are featuring three M&T sessions. I organized my schedule to have a M&T session on each day of convention. I am super excited about these sessions and am looking forward to sharing with you what we make.
Convention is definitely a must-go-to event this year. July 18-21 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Join my team of demonstrators and join us for an amazing week (almost) of stamping, fun, and adventures on the town. (I also love SLC. It's such a beautiful city!) Check out my website to learn more about becoming a demonstrator, which you can do for just $99!!

Convention 2011 make and take.

Convention 2011 make and take. This was my favorite. 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Introducing the 2012-2013 Catalog!

It's beautiful! It's amazing! And it's finally here! Click here to check out the new catalog and then head on over to my website to place your order.