Today’s the day I leave for the Stampin’ Up! Convention. I’m really looking forward to this trip as this year I have some inkling of what will be going on. Last year I was a bit nervous since I’d never been to this kind of convention. I’d been to large craft group conventions, but never something of this size. When I used to travel to "Spirit of Cross Stitch" conventions back east back years ago (another lifetime?!) there would be hundred of crazy stitchers. In Salt Lake, there are THOUSANDS of crazy Stampers! The other part of this convention is that a good percentage of us are Stamping Business Owners. Back in the days of cross stitch conventions, we were all "just" hobbyists.
Part of the convention this year is the opportunity for us demonstrators to share projects with some specific guidelines with the Marketing Resource Center booth. The projects just might be displayed at convention! I can’t pass up that opportunity.
The category I’ve been focusing on this past week is that showing off the Sizzix Movers and Shapers Dies. I’d already done some of these cards back during the Fourth of July season (I’ll re-share those with you later). But I wanted something new, and tried out the idea yesterday. This is a very simple card, but it shows off one of the techniques you can use with the Movers and Shapers dies–cutting one over the other.
To get this effect, I placed the Heart shape from the Stampin’ Up Punch Windows set towards one side of the card front and ran the card stock through the Sizzix Big Shot. Then I repositioned the Heart shape and ran the card through again, being sure to line up the edges of the card so they wouldn’t get cut again.
For the inside of the card, I punched hearts, using the Full Heart Punch, from two different sheets from the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. Note that, when I punch on DSP I try to see if there’s a pattern I can create with the punch. So it wasn’t an accident that the flower in the lighter color punched heart is pretty well centered, wtih the other accents forming a symetrical pattern.
I lined them up with the windows I’d punched in the front of the card. In the center of each heart is a Square Ice Rhinestone brad (yup, I bought them when they were on sale! I clipped the "wings" of the brads and affixed them to the DSP with mini glue dots (I had to stack two in order to make them adhere securely).
The card stock for the card is Melon Mambo, with some Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. The "Best Wishes" is from the Level 2 Hostess set, Kind and Carying Thoughts. It’s a great set, and all you have to do is have a $300 workshop to qualify to get this stamp set for FREE!
On the inside of the card, I layered yet another sheet of the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP before I adhered the hearts through the window. The greeting on the inside is also from the set, Kind and Caring Thoughts.
Now I’m going to try to "kick it up a notch!" with a bit of fussiness. If it works, I’ll share it with you later this week.