Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inspire. Create. Share. Convention - Part Two

Back so soon, you say? Yep, I'm ready to share more about Convention!! Check out Part One HERE. I must admit sifting through so many pictures and deciding which ones to share is actually a pretty big task! Hopefully I can give you a taste of my experience at Convention this year!

I am not sure if you saw it or not last week when I posted my cards, but the group I am a part of (Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration) was chosen to create for the display boards. Display boards at Convention are full of Stampin' Up! inspiration and this year Stampin' Up! chose different groups of stampers to fill the boards, as well as individual stampers. We were all so excited our group was chosen!

Standing in front of our display board!

We each chose a stamp set to showcase. My four cards were made using the Sweet Stuff stamp set. 

This was taken on a different day, but here are some of the designers in front of our board.
Cynthia (far left), Kim, Pam, and myself.

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Day One - into the evening

Before Convention, we signed up for an extra class to be held on the first day in the evening. We took the class that would highlight one of the Simply Created Kits from the Holiday Catalog. The name and contents of the kit were a surprise to us. The kit we got to play with is called Watercolor Winter.

Although I stuck closely to what the samples showed, it still was a bit out of the box for me to work with because of the watercoloring. However, I loved being able to try something different! I normally would scan right over this kit, but I was thankful for this opportunity to play with it and get inspired by the other samples that were shared that night.

Here are some "out of the box" samples that were shared on the big screen. In fact, Stampin' Up! created a Pinterest page for fun and different ways to use this kit. This will be so helpful when I go to pull it out again when the Holiday Catalog comes out!

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Day Two

 Before General Session on day two, I met with other designers of SSINK for a group photo and to swap cards! We'll be sharing our swap card on our next blog hop on the second Thursday in August. So be sure to tune into our blog at SSINKspiration!

During General Session, Blendabilities were one of the main focus points of the demonstration that morning. For more information and a video on how to use Blendabilities visit HERE. I hope to share more about Blendabilities in the future! Our new Blendabilities can be used to...

...color on canvas bags. 

...color on black and white pictures.

...create your own embellishments using a hot glue gun!

...color on a cello bag (using the new dot mask).

...color in stamped images.

All color collections of Blendabilities will be available August 1st. Currently we have 7 different collections available for purchase - Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and the Skin Tone Assortment.

One of the highlights of my day was that I got to meet Erica Cerwin (Pink Buckaroo Designs). This girl is sooooooo inspiring and INSANELY TALENTED at papercrafting and memory keeping! It was fun to say hi and chat for a minute!
The rest of the day was jam packed with classes, workshops, and make n takes. And, although I won't be able to share with you everything I learned saw, or heard, I will tell you that I came away so inspired in so many ways! And most of all EXCITED about my future as a demonstrator! 

One of our workshop make n takes...

I love what this card says: 

See you tomorrow for more of Convention highlights! I'll try to wrap it up. ;)

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