Monday, July 25, 2011

Photos, photos, photos!!!

Need some ideas? Wondering what those display boards were like at Convention? Head on over to my From Where I Stamp Facebook Page to view these lovely photos. The past week since arriving home from Convention I have been slowly shifting through some of my pictures. So hopefully I'll be able to post them all!

~ Amanda
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Cindy's Baby Shower

Sorry about the quality of the card picture. I was in a rush to get to the baby shower, no surprise there I'm usually running late! And this is the best photo of the 6 I took. Anyways you get the idea. The card and diaper cake were made for my sister in law who is having her first baby! Exciting!!

When I saw a diaper cake online months ago I knew I had to make one for Cindy. I used 66 diapers, one pack of baby wipes, 2 receiving blankets, four face cloths, baker's twine, and one adorable teddy bear! It took about 1.5 hours or one Twilight movie to complete it.


Supplies
Stamps: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Certainly Celery, Soft Suede
Paper: Certainly Celery, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: 1-1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Petite Pennants Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crimper, Sticky Strip. Big Shot, Top Note Die, Baker's Twine (on the cake)

~ Amanda
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

After Convention

You mean it's all over already?! Those days sure go by quickly when they are filled with swaps, stamping, new friends, classes, new product and free stuff! Arrived home late last night after an all day of travel. But it was great to see my husband and my mother at the airport. After our long drive home from Toronto to Kingston my husband sent me on ahead into the house. This is what I found:

Such a sweetheart! He's started the countdown to next year for me!
Flowers for me sitting on the kitchen table, such a wonderful man!

This was another of my swaps - 16 of these were finished in the wee hours last Monday night. I waited on my delayed shipment of new paper and the new stamp until Monday afternoon so that meant Monday night was spent preparing 32 swaps.

Supplies
Stamps: Up, Up & Away
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Sahara Sand
Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, First Edition DSP, Textured Whisper White
Accessories: Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Sticky Strip, Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Polka Dot Impressions Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

~ Amanda
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Convention Day 3

An early day today for the first time Convention attendees breakfast. Then off to classes. By the time I was seated in my Make 'n Take session right before lunch I felt like I needed to nap right there! After lunch I participated in Lyssa's CQS swap, so cool! All the cards were fabulous! General session was right after that. Shelli and her daughter presented some ideas for upcoming workshops. It was a blast! We were all laughing so hard!!!
Shelli and Shalae on stage!
Here's where I've been spending most of the day - Salt Palace
Picture taken in Temple Square

After General Session this afternoon I had a lot of free time! Time to put up my feet, digest some of the 850 photos taken thus far, then venture out into Salt Lake City for dinner and a walk to the beautiful and peaceful Temple Square.

Here is one of my swaps I made for Convention. As of lunch today I have done all my swaps! So many beautiful cards are now packed ready to head home to share with my customers and to use for inspiration. Being Canadian I just had to make a stamp to tell everyone where I'm from. Thanks to everyone who complimented me on my card, it's great to hear!

Supplies
Stamps: Glorious and Free
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Read Red
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder

~ Amanda
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Convention Day 2

Whew! A very busy day today: Opening Session, 2 wonderful classes (one about My Digital Studio), a free pack of Holiday Mini Catalogues, free Simply Sent card kit, afternoon session, Awards night, after party, display boards and so much more!

Convention 2011 Theme Song - love those steal drums!

Shelli!!!!
You are all going to love the Holiday Mini Catalogue. We were given peaks at projects! This afternoon I was able to play around with some of the new product and see the beautiful paper and fabrics.

Found 3 more cards of mine on the display boards! That makes 5 in total. I think I've taken pics of all the display boards but I'm too tired to post them tonight. Anywho, my fabric postcard is the middle project on the top row - the one with the heart with ruffles:

My tree card is the middle of the top row in the next photo:
The next card (top right corner of the photo) was my submission to one of Stampin' Up!'s monthly demonstrator contests:
Now it's time for bed, I think I've started to drift off a little sitting here in the hotel lobby! Better get back to my room soon before I start to snore!
~ Amanda
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

First Day of Convention!

I’m here at Convention! Yesterday was a long day getting here and even with a waylaid bag everything turned out okay. Been swapping with people every where and walking a lot. Got a chance to shop in Memento Mall this morning for some really cool things!

Leaf cardholders
Pretty shirts, I picked up the one on the right.
Almost needed one of these today!

Then I was off to get my Convention bag. This bag is gorgeous! Gotta love the embroidery in Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade! This bag even holds my laptop!

After lunch my new friends and I were off to Riverton to visit Stampin’ Up!’s home office. And no visit to the home office would be complete without having my picture taken with the rock!

I found 2 of my cards so far on the display boards. The Truck one (top right corner of the first picture) was a submission for Artisan Award and the Flower one (2nd picture, bottom middle) was a swap I made for Hamilton Regional last September. So neat to see my own work on display for everyone to view and take photos of!





~ Amanda
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stampin' Up! Convention here I come!

Doing the last minute packing because I'm headed to Salt Lake City, Utah tomorrow for Convention! This will be a treat for me, my first Convention! I am hoping to post pictures here on my blog or over on my Facebook page From Where I Stamp while at Convention. See you all later!

 ~ Amanda
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 7

This is my 2nd favourite entry, you'll see my 1st fav later! I love the Night of Navy flowers! Onto watercolour paper the flower was embossed in white, then using a mixture of Night of Navy ink refill and Shimmer Pain in Frost White each flower was painted. It creates a sparkly blue flower. For the Crumb Cake flowers: they are embossed in white, then spritzed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.

Before shipping this one away I made 2 more copies, one for myself and the other for the bride and groom!

Supplies
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Curly Cute
Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper Write, Shimmer Paint Frost White, Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink refill, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper: Night of Navy Textured, Crumb Cake, Whisper Write, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Two Step Bird Punch , White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Brayer, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Top Note Bigz die, Paint brush

~ Amanda
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 6


My dog Hoover. This is the first of three scrapbook pages I sent in for Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award. For this layout I pulled colours from the fall leaves in the photos for accents. The leaves were embossed in gold onto Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron and Peach Parfait card stock.

Supplies
Stamps: Autumn Splendor
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Paper: Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Accessories: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons, Subtles Designer Buttons, Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlit dies, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

~ Amanda
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 5


This is my last card of my non-winning Artisan Award. Stampin' Up!'s fabric is beautiful and there is even more of it in the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. Did you see the other fabric postcard I made a few months ago? Check it out here.

For this card I sewed two pieces (SU's the light blue and the large flower/white) together. Pressing the seams open I used the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive to adhere it to a piece of stiff interfacing. The Vanilla Satin Ribbon is adhered with the fabric adhesive as well.

For the heart I used a piece of SU's pink floral, fabric adhesive and a piece of non-SU cream fabric (cannot see it - but it's there for stability on the back of the heart). These were "glued" together and then cut out with the Big Shot. Sticky strip and Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon finished off the card.

Just realized that I didn't take a picture of the back of the postcard. On the other side is a piece of non-SU cream fabric adhered to the stiff interfacing with fabric adhesive as well. On the top centre of the back I stamped Postcard from the Winter Post stamp set in Stazon ink.

Supplies
Stamps: Winter Post, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad, Baja Breeze Ink Refill
Paper: none
Accessories:  Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Very Vanilla 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll, Rose Red ½” Seam Binding Ribbon, Vanilla ½” Rosette, Pearls Basic Jewels, Sticky Strip, Big Shot, Hearts and Brackets Original Die, Cream Fabric, Stiff Interfacing, Rotary Trimmer, mat and ruler, Sewing Machine and Cream Thread

~ Amanda
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Friday, July 08, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 4

Card number 4 of 5 for my non-winning Artisan Award entry. Back in January I had made a card similar to this one for my father's birthday. When I started the process of deciding which cards I looked back at all my cards I've made the past few years. This one popped out at me saying "make me!". So here is my Juniper Card:

Supplies
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, Versamark Pad
Paper: Early Espresso Textured, Very Vanilla, Old Olive Bright Patterns Designer Series Paper, First Edition Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stamping Sponge, Old Olive Brights Brads, Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool

~ Amanda
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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 3

The 3rd card for my non-winning Artisan Award Entry. I just had to make a card using Concord Crush and Perfect Plum since my fav colour is purple.

Supplies
Stamps: Elements of Style
Ink: Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Sahara Sand
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White,Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Wide Oval Punch, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Lots of Tags Sizzlit Die

~ Amanda
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 2

My 2nd non-winning Artisan Award card card entry was made using the Iris Fold technique. I found the pattern for the balloon online, free cut the balloon out by hand and followed the pattern. The basket was made with a stamp from Create A Cupcake stamp set and then punched out with the Build A Cupcake Punch.

Supplies
Stamps: Create A Cupcake, Fox and Friends
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Brights Pattern Designer Series Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Build a Cupcake Punch, Linen Thread, Sticky Strip. Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

~ Amanda
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Artisan Award Entry - Day 1

So I entered Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Award Contest this year and didn't win. But I'm so happy that I did enter, I've never done anything like this before! The most exciting part now is getting to see all the winners entries at convention next week. Hopefully some of my creations will be on the display boards. If they are I will share them here with you! So please return to view the rest of my non-winning entries. Today is one of five cards I made:

Supplies
Stamps: Country Side, Curly Cute, Sanded Background
Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Watercolour Paper, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Blender Pens

~ Amanda
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Friday, July 01, 2011

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day and a long weekend to boot! There's also another reason to celebrate today, the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue went live this afternoon! Now you can order the new In Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Island Indigo. Need your own copy of the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue? Contact me today!


This will be one of my swaps for Convention, although the card fronts I am making are sans ribbon. I'm in love with the 2011-2013 In Colors! Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder are my new favs! What do you think of the new In Colors?

Supplies
Stamps: Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations, Woodgrain Background
Ink: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
Paper: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Wide Oval Punch, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals Big Shot, Top Note Die

~ Amanda
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