Monday, July 23, 2012


One of my most favorite parts about convention is swapping.  You make cards and switch cards with other demonstrators.  I was in three organized swaps and made one general swap.  I made over 300 cards, with the help of my niece, and two of my friends!  My new friend Sandy (love you Sandy) made over 1200!  And i helped in the lobby on Wednesday night (in my jammies, i might add :) )  Here are my cards... :)

The first one was for the swap -- Card that moves or fancy fold... you can't really see it, but about the cherry is a ribbon to pull which makes the cherry slide up.  I used bashful blue and gumball green and I even embossed with cherry scented embossing powder.  I heart this new gumball green stitched satin ribbon!!! :)

 The next one is my masculine swap.  I used old olive and night of navy and some very vanilla.  The stamp set is Horse Frontie and I picked it because I want to later use the stamp set to make some thank you cards for my patients at Assiniboia Downs horse track where I work part time.  Ooo... I also used the new argyle folder to add some depth to the background...  Love it!
This next on is my wow swap.  I used the shaving cream technique and just remembered that I didn't order more glimmer paper....  Oh well... next time!  Tanya cut out all the top of the cupcake/cone with a scallop circle die, and embossed all the cones/cupcakes holders with the square lattice embossing folder.  My niece tied all the ribbons and punched the cherry.  Did I mention we had to make 161 of these?!  It was a little intense.  I plan to post a video in the next few weeks of the shaving cream technique.  It's a little messy but tons of fun.  The cupcake/ice cream part pulls up to reveal a piece of coordinating cardstock layered with whisper white for you to write your message on.

 The last card I'm sharing today is my general swap... It was a modification of what was supposed to be my wow card, and I wasn't 100% happy with it, but people were very nice.  I used the Open Sea stamp set and whisper white and marina mist card stock. 
The cards I received I return were pretty astounding and I haven't gone through them all, but i'll post some cute ones soon...  In the meantime, if you're interested in learning how to do this, joining a class, or ordering some products, let me know...  You can also shop online and have the order delivered to your home! :)  Just click the shop online button! :)

I know, you're still reeling about the fact that I posted two days in a row! :)

Have a fabulous day
Love Lea

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Greetings from SLC - Convention 2012

Hey everybody!

I shall start with my normal "OMG -- i'm soooo sorry i haven't blogged in SUCH a long time".  Please forgive me, yet again.  That being said, I shall endeavor to do better this time! :)

I'm writing this from the lobby of Convention 2012 in Salt Lake City Utah.  Convention ended today, and I'm currently waiting for 3:30AM for my shuttle to take me to the airport.  My flight goes out this morning at 6:40AM so I'm skipping sleep/bed tonight to stay up so I don't miss my flight.  I fly from SLC to Chicago and then home to the Peg.

If you're not too sure what convention is, you can either scroll back to my last few posts from last year or I can give you the Coles' notes...  Coles' notes: Stampin' Up puts on a conference in Utah every year to honor some demonstrators and to inspire the rest of us to become better demonstrators.  For those of you who decided to scroll down to previous posts, welcome back! :)  You were missed.

I admit, the last 6 months have been a struggle.  The good news is I'm still working at MPI and loving it, back at the track and finished my case management certificate through the UofM.  The bad news was I lost my balance a few weeks ago.  It's a pretty precarious little balance and losing it does not make for a happy Leanne :(  I wasn't going to attend convention.  The flight was expensive, I haven't been inspired to do a lot of stamping lately, and although i got a lot of good ideas last year, I really didn't put a lot of them into practice....  The loss of my balance forced me to register for convention, book that expensive flight (thanks Mom and Dad), take a break and sit back and put things into perspective.  This trip wasn't so much about growing my "business", but more about growing myself.  I got to laugh... REALLY REALLY HARD!  :)  I got to introduce my niece to stamping -- Jury's still out on that one!  I made some new friendships, and got to see some old friends :)  like Amy from New York and Maggie, my stamping' BFF! :)  There was some stamping, some swapping, some dancing, and lots and lots of good times.  I'll be posting some pictures in the next few weeks :) of everything -- yes, i made a commitment to myself and am making it to you, to be posting a lot more regularly...  I can win FREE stamps (who doesn't want FREE STAMPS?!?!?!) if i post about some of the classes I attended, so I will be back to do that and to post some projects... including my oh so loved swaps! :)  Can't do it today, as I am not sure if i can upload from my camera to this Mac and don't wanna mess up my camera trying to find out!

I am hoping to talk my dad into being my camera man so we can post some videos on here and make this a lot more fun to visit.

As always,
Love Lea :)