Another week has flown by and here we are with a Thursday challenge! The weather in Minnesota has been gray and dreary with tons of rain. It's super depressing, but the leaves are changing color so that helps a little. It helps that in one month I'll be traveling to Orlando to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up! at OnStage Live. WOOO HOOO. Seriously!
In the meantime, here's my take on this week's showcase challenge. The showcase features products from the Frosted Floral suite on pages 35 & 36 of the Holiday Catalog. It's beautiful, and a little bit untraditional. The paper is shimmery on both sides, and uses a lot of Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, and Gray Granite. Working with these definitely help reduce some of these early Fall doldrums.
While I was at it, I made a cute little milk carton box using the same products. I found the instructions for the milk carton at Pootles and decorated it using the items from the First Frost Suite.
Congratulations to Dawn Olchefske for helping our team get to 300 Thursday Challenges. Wow! I've only been around for a few, but it's always fun to see what everyone does! This week is a color challenge and now that we've crossed into October, it's time for Halloween colors. I have fun making Halloween more than almost any other season, and have been known to collect tons of Halloween stamps.
This year I pulled from my September Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kit to embellish my project and used a classic Stampin' Up! set - Lovely As A Tree for the stamped background. The ghost, bat, and EEK sticker are from the Paper Pumpkin kit, and I created the sponged background using the colors from the challenge.
One of my favorite new products is a simple little die from the Winter Woods bundle, but I'm going to be using it a LOT! It's just a little curve, but put it in the middle of a rectangle and all of the sudden you have two rolling hills. AWESOME!
Today is a great day! I'm putting myself and some of my favorite projects out there for consideration to be Display Stamper for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live event in Orlando. Yep, I'm going! My first Stampin' Up! "convention" in my favorite convention location - Orlando!
A Display Stamper gets to create projects for the wonderful boards that are assembled for a the demonstrators in attendance. It's heaven for a cardmaker, and loaded with inspiration. I've seen similar displays at smaller events and always walk away with a few dozen (or hundred) photos & ideas.
For this submission I've created three cards, two 3-dimensional projects and a scrapbook page.
My British-inspired "Keep Calm and Carry On" is my rendition of the Union Jack created using an older hostess set. It's still one of my favorite projects and I'm happy to show it off again.
"When Live Gives You Lemons..." is an AMAZING stamp set and punch combo. Stamping the lemon on Very Vanilla cardstock with Pineapple Punch ink made my heart flutter and my stomach growl for a lemon sorbet. Pineapple Punch is a new InColor and probably one of my favorite yellows yet. I stamped with sentiment on vellum with Grapefruit Grove ink and added a little bow using a SU organza ribbon.
My hot air balloon card is an updated version of this card I created a while ago. I love the soft colors and puffy clouds. Ahhh....
This summer my daughters and I went on a cruise to Cuba and Mexico. I enlarged one of my favorite photos and paired it with last years delightful Fiesta Designer series paper. The rosettes were created using the Simply Scored tool and I die cut the word Mexico in the title with the "Large Letter Thinlit" dies. Coco anyone?
For my two 3-D projects I created a fun set of pillow boxes using the Garden Impressions 6x6 Designer Series Paper and a matching Box Stand Fun Fold card. This is an oldie but a goodie, and my mentor Dawn Olfchefske has a wonderful tutorial on her blog. The butterfly and flower were stamped on glossy white cardstock and I used the magical Brusho crystals to add the background. Unfortunately pictures just don't do Brusho on glossy cardstock justice. See how the card folds flat for mailing? Love it!
Thanks for reading - and please cross your fingers for me! I had fun making these projects and would be honored to be a display stamper! :)