Thursday, September 19, 2013

Three Spooky Friends for Halloween

Happy Halloween, or Almost!

I wanted to share the three mixed media projects I did for Halloween. I saw the ghost and pumpkin at the Stampin' Up! convention in July. The little ghost was my very first mixed media attempt. They are really easy and fun to make. I used paper from the Witches' Brew Designer Series pack as well as the coordinating Washi Tape. I found the foam spider webs at Michael's. It is a coaster that I cut to fit the corner. I stamped the bat, candy corn, and words using the Halloween Hello stamp set. I added some Orange glitter to the hat band. The spider, eyes and mouth are free handed with a permanent black fine tip marker.
 This is little Miss Halloween. She is a case from a design I saw on Pinterest. Again I used the Halloween Hello stamp set as well as Everything Eleanor for the flourish. I drew her curls free handed with a marker and added the black rhinestones for bling. More orange glitter on her hat. The white letters for happy halloween are just stickers.
 Little Pumpkin Boo is another one of the designs shown at convention. Same paper and stamp set as before.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Last Open House Post Featuring MDS and Thinlits

Hello, welcome back to my posts covering the Glittern' Gals' Annual Open House. Today I will share with you some samples made by Debbie J. She is our resident expert on all things MDS. I have to admit I have MDS on my computer and lots of downloads, but I am still intimidated by it. Debbie has promised to start holding classes for us demos to help us get up to snuff, so to speak. Anyway look at these wonder samples from Debbie J.
 This sample combines a MDS background with 3D stamping using the Harvest of Thanks set from the Holiday Mini.
 I love how Debbie added the 3D ornaments made from the Ornament Framelits to the side of the frame.
 Show your patriotic pride with this Subway art created on MDS. Add some die cut starts for dimension.
 What a neat idea way to make a collage of photos!

 The following samples feature the brand NEW Circle Thinlits Die. It cuts and scores the card for you in one easy turn of the Big Shot handle! It's SO new it didn't make it into the catalog so I'll give you the order number...133480 at $32.95.
This card was made using last year's angel, but I can see it working really well with the Christmas Dove in the Holiday Mini called Calm Christmas, pg 26.
I love the gold stars stamped randomly over the Cherry Cobbler using the Gold Metallic Encore pad on pg 28.

 The last two samples were made with the Label Card Thinlits Die #133479 also $32.95.
Thank you Debbie J for a job well done. I hope you will enjoy making your own "swing" cards.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Open House Demonstrations continued

 Today's post will show some of the packaging made by Ann C for her demonstration. She made some really cute items. Several feature the "Tag a Bag" gift bags, those cute bags with the chevron design on them. They come in a pack of 10 bags (#13170) for $3.95. You can also purchase  the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit (#130153) for $7.95. The kits includes materials to make 10 coordinating tags. OR for a better value, purchase the bundle (both kits) for just $9.95. (#131371).
 For this bag, Ann created a super cut bag topper and used an edgelit to get that pretty curved shape to it. Oh and did I mention that these bags are "food safe"?!
The Halloween box above is one of SU's Decorative Window Gifts boxes. You get 6 Kraft boxes that are "food safe" for $4.95. (#132146) These boxes are 1 1/2" x 4", perfect for some yummy cookies!

Our clear cellophane bags, paired with a cute topper, make another darling gift bag idea.

These adorable mini muslin bags can be stamped on and have a drawstring closure, making them the perfect packaging for jewelry and other little gifts. The bags are 4 x 5 1/2, and you get 8 bags for $9.95. (#132180)
The last two photos are examples of our gift boxes. The come in two sizes :Extra Large
( 4 3/8 x 6 x 6 ) and 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2".
Ann has used the Gift Box Bigz L Die to create bows for some of her boxes, and the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits to make tags for the others. Note: I appoligize for the side ways photos, I could not get them to load the other way!
Just look at all the possibilities for your holiday packaging!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Open House part 2...demonstrations

For our Open House we had three demonstrations going on simultaneously. This is the display for Judy's demonstration of Banners and Mixed Media. Judy always creates the most wonderful items for her demonstrations.

You and I created the mixed media canvases after seeing Carrie's at convention. We both are hooked.
Here is a close up of the ones made by Judy.
And here are mine. We both used only Stampin' Up! materials where we could. We used re-inkers to tint our white paint, we used SU designer paper for all our pieced designs. You might not be able to tell because most of it was painted over. We used SU stamp sets for all the distressing and words (expect for those hand written) and we even used the stencils for the Build a Banner kit (note the large polka dots and chevron designs).

These are some of the banners Judy made. The mini holiday catty shows the traditional holiday banners, but Judy has shown other uses. Isn't the Bunco banner cute!

These muslin bags are adorable. Judy stenciled them using the stencils from the Build a Banner kit.
And last is one of my favorite pieces. I just love this little sign using the paper from the Witches' Brew Designer Series. This is the next project I plan to do as soon as my reorder of paper comes in. I'm out of that stripe! :(
Come back tomorrow for the next demonstrations.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Glittern' Gals Customer Appreciation Open House

Today was the annual Glittern' Gals' Open House. This is an event held each year by demonstrators in my side and down lines. We have been holding these for more than ten years. Each participating demonstrator invites all their past and current customers, as well as guests, to attend. It is our biggest event each year!
We set up a HUGE used product store. Here is the BEFORE photo showing lots and lots of stamps and other product. This is the big draw to our Open House as everyone loves a bargin. This year we had sales of over $5000!

We were able to rent a room at the Fellowship of the Woodlands church which gave us a better space and parking then the location we have used in the past.
Here are the first customers lining up at the door. They arrived two hours early to be first in line to get to the used stamp store. The first two ladies are two of my customers that are ALWAYS at the front of the line every year! way to go Mary and Alisa! There are lots of display boards set up in the lobby for their viewing while they wait for us to open the doors.  The table to the left holds the Make and Take packets with their name tag, door prize form, order form, and show specials.
 Now the doors have been opened and everyone heads straight to the bargins.

Bins are provided for everyone to load all their goodies in. We had three check -out tables set up to allow for speedy check out.

This is one of the Make and Take tables. There were two different cards for them to make. At this table they are making a card featuring the new Circle Thinlits and Birthday Sketches stamp set.
The other Make and Take is a 3x3 card using the Ronald McDonald set "Tag It".
 We had over 200 attend this year.
Check back for photos of our displays and demonstratons.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Convention Swaps

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day holiday. I will be babysitting two of my grandsons, Reece and Tate, while the parents take big brother Jaxon to the Astro's game. It will be his first baseball game and I hope he enjoys it. Today I want to share my convention swaps with you. Since I have been remiss in posting lately, I have lots of things on reserve to show. So today will be a simple post.
I love the vintage look of this card! What do you think?
Timeless Talk stamp set
Mixed Medley dsp
Black chevron ribbon
Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Soft Suede card stock
With 6 grandsons, I needed a "boy" stamp set. this works great as they love vehicles that have sirens. lol!
You're My Hero stamp set
Mixed Media and Polka Dot Parade dsp
Chevron embossing folder
Basic Black and Daffodil Delight ink and card stock