Shari Fritz, Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator

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

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! 

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August 28, 2014

Amazing Birthday Mini Fries Box

Several months ago I was at McDonald's and saw the mini fries that were included in a Kid's Meal.  The box was so cute that I asked for an empty/flat one to use as a template.  Now that box had been sitting around gathering dust.  So, when I needed a 3-D display sample I dug through my piles of supplies to use it with the Amazing Birthday stamp set.  Although you can't see the treats inside the box, I purchased Sixlets candies in purple, orange and yellow.  We stampers sure do love to coordinate everything!  The box was made with Flowerpot DSP and the image was stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink (yum).  The silver glimmer adds just the right amount of party fun to the little container.
Have you ever saved a container from something so you could use it as a template for stamping?  You should check out the great new Hamburger and Fry Box Dies from Stampin' Up.  No need to scavenge a used box for your stamping projects!
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August 27, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Gold Standard

This card was so much prettier in real life than this photo shows.  My photography skills leave a lot to be desired.  I was scrambling at the last minute to get all my samples in the mail that I was in too much of a hurry to get out my photo box to take better pictures.  The leaves were embossed in gold on watercolor paper.  I had considered incorporating some watercoloring but ended up bagging that idea.  The butterflies were embossed with Pool Party embossing powder to match the base cardstock and seam binding.
Gold is the new fashion standard these days.  Have you had a chance to use new Stampin' Up gold foil sheets?  If you haven't, you ought to give it a try. And don't forget the gold washi tape collection to go with it!
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August 26, 2014

Kinda Eclectic-In the Pink

This was the very first card I made for the display boards.  Don't you just love the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  It was on the top of my wish list when I looked through the new catalog.  I can't tell you how happy I was to get this in my box of supplies. I was going for a shabby, distressed look but I didn't quite achieve it.  My engineering background just doesn't let me be free--everything ends up looking orderly. 
Quite a few years ago I took an oil painting class at the San Antonio School of Art and my instructor told me I painted too politely!  Now I'm pretty sure that wasn't a compliment.  I was trying so hard to get out of the box.  I ended up doing best at sketching since that fit with my need to be precise. 
What is your style?  Or what style would you love to emulate?  I'd love to hear from you.
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August 25, 2014

Project Life-Part 3

Nothing too exciting about this card.  No stamping involved, just Project Life Cards.  I used a little bit of the Flowerpot DSP, some washi tape and black cardstock to make the little flags.  The ribbon is the new Hello Honey stitched satin. 
That's it for Project Life cards.  Come back tomorrow for a look a sample made with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  You won't be disappointed (at least I hope not)!
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August 24, 2014

Project Life-Part 2

Using these Project Life cards guarantees a one of a kind project.  Wish I could have kept this one for myself. There are so many great patterns and quotes in the Everyday Adventure Collection.  This time I chose to pair it with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  The card base is Crushed Curry with Pear Pizazz layered behind the first Project Life card.  Then I used two more for the greeting and matte layer.  Melon Mambo ribbon and bright candy dots finished out the card.
Have you tried out any of the Project Life products yet?  I would like to start scrapbooking again with the products but I don't know when I would have the time to fit it in!  Plus I would have to print up photos which is even more time consuming.  Someday....
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August 23, 2014

Project Life-Convention Display

As part of the supplies for convention displays, I was given the Project Life Everyday Adventure Card Collection and matching accessory pack.  The bright colors suited my style and I had no trouble with this first card.  It looks like a shaker card but it isn't.  I used a pencil eraser to stamp the round confetti and saved the little black squares from the film strip diecut.  Tricky, huh?  The arrow clip was from the accessory pack and the striped DSP is actually a Project Life card. 
Did you notice that I have finally figured out how to watermark my photos?  I feel like I am moving out of the dinosaur category when it comes to technology! Ha, ha!  Stay tuned--I will be posting all my convention displays over the next several days.
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