Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle Fun!

I’m so fortunate to be at the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle retreat this week!  Here are some pictures from the first couple of days:       This is our welcome dinner on Wednesday night.  I enjoyed chatting with these lovely ladies over a holiday dinner of ham, green beans, scalloped potatoes and bread pudding!   These are some of the beautiful displays throughout the gathering place (also known as “the lodge”     This is Jennifer Gulch, me and Bonnie Thurber   We had a “ginger bread house building” activity to get to know the gals in our group before dinner   Pillow gifts every night   We are all in line for the swap (yes, we’re in our PJs   This is my 113 swaps!  I’ll be posting some of these over the new few days too   Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share some of my pictures from Founders...

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Kinda Eclectic greeting card

Kinda Eclectic greeting card

I was at the 2014 Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City this past week and we received a lot of great products including the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  It’s a kind of eclectic set of images – hence the name 😉 and it lends itself to collage stamping which is one of my favorite techniques.  We got to use this set for a make-n-take very similar to my sample here:       I made a few changes from the Stampin’ Up! one (hey, that’s what stampers do, right?) in order to simplify it a bit for the Cottage Crafts make-n-take on Monday, July 21st.  The hexagon background is meant to look a little “splotchy” and was very easy to create. I applied Sahara Sand ink on the smaller side of the Hexagon embossing folder and placed the Whisper White cardstock on the other side.  I carefully closed the embossing folder and lightly pressed to apply the ink to the cardstock.  If you like a more uniform look for the Hexagon background, you would simply press more evenly. The leaf image is stamped in Mossy Meadow a couple of times – first full strength and then again without re-inking for the lighter shades.  The notch at the end of the greeting is punched with the Hexagon punch. Here’s the complete list of supplies:   Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic Ink:  Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey Paper:  Whisper White (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″), Sahara Sand (1 1/8″ x 3″) Accessories:  Linen Thread, Bitty and Elegant Buttefly punches, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Hexagon Punch, Pearls, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponges   Here’s a few pictures from the Stampin’ Up! convention:   (Karine Gonzales, Laura Leonard, Anne Elizalde, Janet Bell) These lovely ladies are in my downline and this was the make-n-take using the Stampin’ Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set   I had three roommates (to save money and also have more of a “slumber party” feel and this was the first convention for all of them but the 12th for me!  Debbi Gentry is on the right and I found her online when searching for a 4th roomie.  She was brave enough to join us and was a great addition to our group If you would like to see more convention photos, please check out my Keenan Kreations Facebook page and be sure to like and share any of the photos or projects with your stamping friends! Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed today’s project using the Stampin’ Up! Kinda Eclectic stamp set   ...

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Sneak peek at the new Alcohol Markers from Stampin’ Up!

Sneak peek at the new Alcohol Markers from Stampin’ Up!

I can see that I may develop a “problem” with the new Blendabilities alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!  They are REALLY fun and easy to color with and work beautifully with the Blended Bloom stamp set – both from the new 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! catalog.     For this project, I stamped the flower several times in Memento Black  (special ink pad required for alcohol markers) on Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Blendabilities alcohol markers in the following colors: Rich Razzleberry Cherry Cobbler Pumpkin Pie Coastal Cabana Daffodil Delight Each of the colors come in a pack of three with light, medium and dark shades.  There’s no complicated numbering system – just pick the color you want and Stampin’ Up! gives you three shades of that color.  Easy peasy!  Now, I’m not an artist and I have no idea where my light source is coming from – I just tried to have some dark areas and some light areas 😉 After everything was colored the way I liked it, I used the “Color Lifter” to further blend and slightly lighten the petals.  I trimmed the stamped cardstock into three different panels that measured 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ and layered them onto Basic Black cardstock that was a littler larger at 1-3/4″ x 4″.  I added about six Dimensionals to each of the panels and then layered them to the font of the folded Whisper White cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″). I thought about adding some ribbon, or some silver butterflies or at least a greeting, but I decided to leave it as is.  The flowers are so pretty on their own, don’t you think? Now you’ve probably seen a lot of samples online (or will soon) using the Blendabilities alcohol markers, but I need to warn you that they may not be available to order when the new catalog goes live on June 1st.  We’re still waiting to hear from Stampin’ Up! on the actual release date so just know that I will post that information as soon as it’s available. I also want to share a few photos from the Stampin’ Up! cruise last week.  I traveled with my husband and oldest son, Danny, and we enjoyed a few excursions: The first port was Labadee, Haiti and we spent the day relaxing at the beach. The next port was Falmouth, Jamaica and we toured the Good Hope Plantation Home. The last port was Cozumel, Mexico and we probably could have spent a few days there – so much to see!  We went snorkeling in the morning. That is our cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, in the background. We had a problem with the time change and arrived an hour early...

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More Founders Circle Fun :-)

I returned home yesterday from possibly the best Founders Circle trip yet!  It’s such an honor to meet so many wonderful demonstrators and share ideas, business tips, meals, swaps, tears and laughter.  Some of the tears were from heartfelt stories about family and life and some of the tears were from laughing so hard!  Isn’t it amazing that something as simple as “stamps, ink and paper” can bring so much joy?! My swaps included “snow” created by adding Dazzling Details and that took a little bit of time to dry so they were spread out all over my hotel room The chocolate brownie kept me focused   You can see the completed card at http://www.keenankreations.com/2013/09/another-easy-christmas-card.html.  For all my hard work, I received about 120 swaps: So yeah, my head is spinning with all the new ideas!  I’ll have these out for you to view up close and personal at my classes the next several months   Have a great...

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013

Sorry for my absence, been in Salt Lake City the past few days for Stampin’ Up! annual convention!  So much fun seeing old friends, attending classes, watching demonstrations, shopping, eating, laughing, swapping   I’ll get back to posting tomorrow but for now, here’s some pics: Two of my downline came:  Janet Bell and Kim Magazu Lyssa and I after check in (she was selected to serve on the Advisory Board – so happy for her!) Kim and I toured the Stampin’ Up! home office Just about everyone gets their picture taken by the famous rock Cute dispays This was out convention bag.  Notice the Modern Mosaic design? I I loved getting my picture taken with Ronald   I’ve been volunteering through Stampin’ Up! at our local Ronald McDonald House for 8 years or so Kim, Janet, Barbara and I participated in a service project putting together “birthday in a box” kits for a local children’s hospital Janet and I at awards night   Me and my friend Brenda   Isn’t that a cute bag?  I was fortunate enough to rank in the top 100 demonstrators and earned Founder’s Circle again this year and received this beautiful bag!  I’ll also be able to attend a 5 day/4 night retreat in St. George, Utah this fall     I am quite tired but so happy to have spent this time with good friends sharing and learning so much about new products and how to grow out business.  I am so blessed to have this wonderful job that allows me to be creative and help others to enjoy all the great products Stampin’ Up! has to offer.    I did participate in a couple of swaps and have about 60 beautiful samples to share with you tomorrow...

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