Shari Fritz, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator

Shari Fritz, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator (210)680-9522

November 05, 2014

Seasonally Scattered

Surprise!  I'm sure my two or three friends who follow this blog will either miss it or be shocked that I'm posting after nothing for two months.  What can I say?  Life moves quickly along...

It's not as if I haven't been stamping or crafting.  Most of what I have done lately is total CASEing and I prefer not to post a copy of someone else's work.  Today I decided to try a challenge and found a great sketch on the MOJO Monday Blog.

The Seasonally Scattered stamp set was one that I received in my box of goodies to make Convention Displays.  I found it difficult to work with at first but over the past few months I've seen some great ideas to give me inspiration to try it again.  My card is very clean--lots of straight lines which suits me to a "T".  The All is Calm Specialty DSP coordinates perfectly with the Merry stamp and a little Lost Lagoon cardstock.  If you haven't ordered the All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments I highly recommend these.  They are top notch in quality and detail.

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you what else has been occupying my time over the past two months.  Thanks for stopping by!

September 08, 2014

Halloween Treats

Making Halloween treats can be so much fun!  Now that school has started and summer vacations are past we head full bore into the holiday season.  Don't you wish it wasn't so?  The only upside of this is that soon our weather will start to cool down.  We are looking at 90 degree temperatures at the end of this week!  Yahoo!

I rent a small booth at a local craft mall and it is time to change things up so I decided to get busy on some Halloween items.  The treat box is made with the Motley Monsters DSP and Envelope Punch Board.  There isn't much stamping involved with this.  I used the Tag Talk stamp set for the tag background punched with the label bracket.  The Halloween greeting is from the Good Greetings hostess set which is only available for a limited time with a $300 workshop.  Last but not least, I cut the little bird out of the DSP.  

To make the box, cut a 6"x 6" square of DSP.  Using the Punch Board, punch and score at 1-1/2" and 3".  Rotate paper 90 degrees counter clockwise, align score mark with score guide.  Punch and score again.  Repeat process until all four sides are punched and scored.  There is a great video by Pootles Papercraft on YouTube--6 x 6 Envelope Punch Board Box Tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!

August 31, 2014

Amazing Birthday Display Cards

Have you seen some of the great cards made with the Amazing Birthday set on the Convention Display Pinterest Board?  I wish I could think outside the box like some of the very talented stampers out there.  My samples are more of a clean and simple style.
Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow I am going to take a break from my display samples and post a few other creations I have stamped in the past few days.  See you soon.

August 30, 2014

Convention Display 3-D Extravaganza

Okay...I'm kind of getting tired of blogging about my convention displays.  Today I'm going to post a number of my three dimensional projects. Here it goes;
This little container started out with a toilet paper cardboard roll.  First, I cut open one of the chevron gift bags and wrapped it around the cardboard and tied the ends with Cantaloupe Crisp and Baked Brown Sugar thick baker's twine.  Then I cut a strip of Cantaloupe Crisp DSP, trimmed it with strips of Whisper White punched with the Dotted Scallop Border Trim and wrapped that around the tube again.  The tag was die cut with the Chalk Talk Framelits.
My next project looks like a tag but it is a treat holder made with the tag punch.  I started with a strip of paper 2" x 11"  and scored it at 5", 5-1/2" and 6" then folded it accordion style.  The green floral paper from the Flowerpot DSP was my favorite pattern from the pack.  I love the color green, and if I had my choice I would probably incorporate it in all aspects of my life.  My greatest wish is to own a green muscle car.  My husband says that I could make that wish come true if I would go back to work!  Nice guy, right?  Then I would have to give up stamping...
No more droning.  This last project is a banner made with the Amazing Birthday set.  It says, "It's a Party".  Don't you love the color combination of Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry?
Well, thanks for dropping by and for sticking with the long post! See you tomorrow.

August 29, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Scrapbook Page-Convention Display

Long ago I was an avid scrapbooker.  In fact, I scrapbooked long before I ever started stamping.  The crazy thing is that I've never overlapped these two hobbies until now.  It was a real challenge to scrapbook with Stampin' Up products.  The plan was to do all 12" x 12" pages but in the end I made two of the three pages 8" x 8" in size.  It's not so easy to find photos to match stamp sets, let me tell you.  My travel photos seemed like the best fit for the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.

Back in 2009, my husband and I went on a great European trip to Switzerland and Italy.  Every two or three years we take these wonderful trips when he is asked to speak at conferences.  Who would have ever thought research on locomotive engines would take us half-way across the world?  The scrapbook page photo was taken on the island of Bellagio in the Lake Como area.  I kept looking for George Clooney while we were there, but no luck! Sigh!! (He owns property somewhere on Lake Como.)

Anyway, I used a combination of Soft Sky, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray and So Saffron.  The title was stamped with the Metro Alphabet photopolymer stamp set.

So, how about you--are you a scrapbooker?  If you are not into traditional scrapbooking, Stampin' Up has the solution with the new Project Life products.  Now you can preserve the memories of your favorite vacation with very little effort.  Ain't life grand! 

Thanks for stopping by!