Control Freak Convention Swaps Blog Tour



WELCOME to the July 2014

  Control Freak

  Blog Tour!!!

Our theme this month:

Stampin' Up! Annual Control Freak Convention Swaps

Each year at Convention The Control Freaks Group has a great time getting together at lunch and swapping special cards with each other.  Our tour this month showcases the cards we swapped with the Control Freak Group at lunch on Friday!   You have probably reached me after visiting Wendy Weixler's fantastic blog, and if not, be sure to travel backwards on the tour and visit her! :)

My first card uses a new Embossing folder in a very different way! 

HOW TO:  To achieve this look, apply White StazOn ink from the ink pad directly onto the embossing folder, place your Basic Black cardstock into the folder, close the folder and just press with your hands.  DO NOT emboss it.  You could emboss it, but to get this look you are just transfering the ink!


For this embossing folder technique, you will need:

Embossing Folder: Lovely Lace, pg 227, #133737

White Staz On ink pad: pg 211, #106960

Basic Black cardstock: pg 183, #121045


The floral focal point is stamped with the Beautiful Bunch stamp set on Calypso Coral cardstock in Calypso Coral ink. It's punched out with the Fun Flower Punch. 2 flowers are layered together and the center is stamped and punched as well.  The leaves are actually the same flower stamp, but stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White paper, punched out and then each "flower" is cut into 1/3rds and used as pairs of leaves!

Beautiful Bunch set, pg 158, #134279. Fun Flower punch, pg 219, #133785.

7/8" Scallop punch, pg 220, #129404


The accent on this card is the new Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, pg 190, #133690.

The black card front is mounted onto a folded Calypso Coral card.

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At our convnention lunch swap, we always swap 2 cards.. this is my 2nd card.

Although the Vivid Vases stamp is not new, I did color it with the Blendabilities Markers which ARE new and are fantastically fun to use!

The Vivid Vases stamp (pg 167, #133818) is stamped on a Whisper White die cut created with the Party Pennants Big Shot die (pg 232, #133732).  I attached that to a piece of Blackberry Bliss polka dot paper from the 2014-2016 In Color Paper stack, pg 185, #133705) and that is on a Whisper White note card (pg 194, #131527).


The accent on the left side of the die cut is Washi Tape from the Beach House package, pg 190, #133689.

The Blendabilities marker colors I used (from Left to Right): Coastal Cabana (#131000), Daffodil Delight (#130998), Pumpkin Pie (#130997), Rich Razzleberry (#131003) and Cherry Cobbler (#130995). The stems are colored with the Old Olive assortment (#130999).

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Each vase is topped with punched flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack pg 222, #133787.  I placed a pearl (#119247) in the center of each flower and colored it with the same Blendabilities color as the vase. 

For my Blendabilities coloring tutorials, click on Blendabilities at the top of this page under my blog header and scroll down to watch the video tutorials. 

To place your order, click on Shop Online at the top of the page under my blog header.  If you have questions or comments, please leave me a comment on this post.

Please continue our tour this month and visit Melissa Davies fun blog!




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Shop the Clearance Rack for discounted craft supplies

Weekly Deals ON SALE from Stampin' Up!

My Digital Studio weekly download releases

Patty's FREE VIDEO tutorials

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Join the Fun! Join our Luv 2 Stamp Group!



It's Stampin' Up! Convention Time! Check for Updates!


Check out Patty's Convention Special... scroll down!

Convention 2014 - inspire create share Whohooo! it's that time again... Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the US and Canada are headed to Salt Lake City for Convention, to get INSPIRED, see new products, see old friends, make new friends, swap cards, get business tips, and get very little sleep for 4 days :)

So how can YOU stay up to date and see all the latest as it happens at Convention?  It's simple! This year all you need to do is CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY FACEBOOK PAGE and you'll see all the updates as they take place!  It will be so much easier and quicker for me to post right there from my phone LIVE than to wait until midnight in my hotel room and upload photos, edit them and spend hours blogging into the week hours of the morning.

I promise to share lots more photos here next week from Convention, but THIS WEEK you'll see the up to the minute postings on my Facebook page!

AND I have a BONUS FOR YOU ... some of my fellow Luv 2 Stamp Group members will also be posting LIVE from Convention!! Check out these links starting later today for all the fun news from Convention AS IT HAPPENS!


     from Patty Bennett

     from Wendy Cranford

     from Cindee Wilkinson

     from Mayra Mireles-Tijero

     from Dreamia Toloso

     from MaryAnn Kasper

 Patty's Customer Order Convention Special!

July 16 to July 20


It's so simple... with any $75 order while I'm away at Convention (July 16 to 20th), I will send you a package of Blendabilities Markers of your choice in August!! (pg 212, $11.95 packs only - ALL packages will be available on Aug. 1 !!).

That's it! After you place your $75 order HERE ONLINE, just email me ([email protected]) and let me know which pack you'd like!


 Need a new 2104 Stampin' Up! catalog?

Place your Stampin' Up! orders in my online store.


Final-patty-signatureOrder it, Find it, See it here:

  Shop Online Anytime and Earn FREE STAMPS  << New Form! 

Shop the Clearance Rack for discounted craft supplies

Weekly Deals ON SALE from Stampin' Up!

My Digital Studio weekly download releases

Patty's FREE VIDEO tutorials

Need a Stampin' Up! catalog?

Join the Fun! Join our Luv 2 Stamp Group!


Patty's Convention Swaps - part 1

I will be leaving for the annual Stampin' Up! convention this week!! I'm soooooooooo excited to see my friends and to learn new stamping ideas, tips, tricks and especially to swap with my fellow demonstrators!!

I'm posting my convention swaps here with the recipe, so even if I don't get to swap with you, you can still reproduce the card.

Convention Swap #1 by Patty Bennett:

Conv swap 1

Recipe for 3x6 card above:

  • Stamp Set(s):  Simple Snowflake (pg 208), Winter Post (pg 35), Christmas Punch (pg 14)
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Brocade Blue
  • Cardstock: Soft Suede, Brocade Blue, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Snowflake punch, Soft Suede polkadot ribbon, Rhinestone brads, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Sponge

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Convention Swap #2 by Patty Bennett:

Conv swap 2 

Recipe for card above:

  • Stamp set(s): Medallion and Filigree background stamps, Circle Circus, Thank You Kindly
  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
  • Accessories: 1-1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge

Check back tomorrow for MORE swaps!

Check back Wednesday for my CONVENTION SPECIAL!

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Getting Ready for Convention - and a look back!!

I"m so excited.. I'll be attending our annual Stampin' Up! Convention next week in Salt Lake City!!!  I've only missed one Convention since 1995 when I signed up, so this is definitely a tradition for me!!

I've been making some tags for my gals attending convention so they can easily spot their bag amongst the thousands of bags:

Bag tags 2009

I made these with our new"Two Tags" Big Shot die (item 115954, pg 198) and put the Olive Green pattern from the Merry Moments DSP on the back.  I also added some of the wonderful new wide Olive striped ribbon to them.  That ribbon is luscious... it ties sooooooo nice and is sooooo soft!! :)

When I did my on line check in today for Convention, I got this message:

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How's this for a funny look back at Convention 2002:

CM me  

Highlight of Convention 2003 - earning the Heart of Stampin' Up! award:

Patty Bennett Heart of SU! 06 Patty Bennett Heart of SU! 01

Convention 2004 in Orlando:


Shelli Our adorable fearless leader Shelli on stage in Orlando!



Remember the awesome Flower Power Bus at Convention 2005!?  I have a feeling after they painted this bus they decided to do Decor Elements!  LOL


Stage bus

Remember the PEP RALLY at Covention 06??

Pep rally 06 

Pep rally 06a 

(aren't Lori and Spencer adorable in their Stampin' Up! cheerleader outfits?!)

Being named to the Advisory Board on Awards Night at Convention 2008 was truly the highlight of my SU! career!


I hope to see you at Convention THIS YEAR... if you are not planning to attend, I hope you will make it a goal for next year!!

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Sharon's CUTE Sheep card!

You remember my dear friend Sharon... the one with all the amazing stamping ideas..  well, check this out... this was one of her Convention Swaps.... IS THIS NOT THE CUTEST CARD YOU'VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE?????????

Sheep card sharon

Sheep card close up 

This sweet little sheep was made using all Stampin' Up! punches!!  How clever and how TOTALLY cute!!  Thanks Sharon! :)

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New Decor Elements - Convention Update part 4

This new Decor Elements piece from Stampin' Up! WOW'ed the crowd at Convention:


And guess who won one of them as a Door Prize??? Joy did!! yahoo!


Here are the display boards of a few of the new Decor Element pieces available this fall (I've left the people in the photos to give a scale factor so you can see how large they are! They are FAB!)



And some FABULOUS new colors:


Have a super day!

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Workshop Wow DVD - Simply Scrappin' Kit Presentation

DSC02104 If you are looking for my Simply Scrappin' Kit Presentation information, as mentioned on the Stampin' Up! Workshop Wow DVD, CLICK HERE, and HERE.

This DVD was available at Convention in Memento Mall and features 18 demonstrators presenting a "Workshop Wow" idea at a Regional Seminar over the past year or so. I believe it will be available to all demonstrators on a Supply Order Form, and I am going to suggest that it be made available to customers as well! 

I got a free copy since I'm on it.. too cool, huh? :)

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More fun from Convention! - update Part 3

I'm home... boy did I sleep well last night!  Thank you for all your sweet emails and comments on my blog.. you are all special to me!  I'm still pinching myself, and when it all sinks in, I'm looking forward to an amazing year!  

Here is Jen with one of the fun Make & Takes from Convention (showcasing the fabulous new Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon, new chipboard and the new set we got FREE at Convention, "Eastern Blooms"):


This is the awesomely adorable fun bag to hold the new Big Shots die cut machine (Big Shot machine shown in front of bag):


And here are a few fun things made with the new BIG SHOT die cut machine:


Love love love love love this idea:



The die below was used in the photo above.  This is a "new world" to me to use this machine and the dies so we will be learning together, but boy am I excited about this new addition to Stampin' UP!


Here is a photo from Awards Night of the new Advisory Board for the upcoming year.. thanks to Aly for emailing me this morning to say hi !!  I know Joanne, and I got to meet Anna-Marie and Lynsay, but am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all the gals this year!

I am 3rd from the left.


Have a super terrific day!

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Free Stamps from Convention!

I'm headed home from Convention in a couple hours, but wanted to share a quick photo of the FREE STAMPS I'm coming home with from Convention!!


We each received 3 free sets when we checked in, for our Make and Takes at Convention, and then we all got one more free set yesterday in closing session (the Ronald McDonald House set), and I got 3 other free sets for:  selling over $30,000 last year, earning the Incentive Trip to Hawaii, and I think the 3rd set was for having more than 5 of my new recruits promote to Sr. Associate. 

I'll catch up with posting more Convention photos when I get home.


Updates from Convention - part 2

This has been a most memorable Convention!  :)  It has been a whirlwind and I can't believe today is the last day!  It's been sooooooooooo fun to meet so many of the friends I've made through blogging.... a HUGE THANK YOU to every one of you who has stopped me to say hi - it truly means a lot to me! 

Here are a few highights from Convention yesterday..

the main stage from where our group sits in the bleachers:

Swapping everywhere... our own Heidi and Rachel are swapping:


Winning door prizes is FUN! Our own Joy and Jen both won prizes...


and hmmmmmmmm what did Jen win??  Well.. she won a die for our very own brand new BIG SHOT DIE CUTTING MACHINE!!  That's right... Stampin' Up! owner, Shelli, announced that we have partnered with Sizzix to sell a die cut machine and our very own exclusive designs in dies!! We can make the most awesome projects.. OH MY GOSH>> you should have heard the audience go crazy over this announcment!!  YAHOOOOOO Stampin' Up!!


and the coolest thing is.. as a demonstrator, last night I already placed my pre-order for this machine and 8 of the new dies!!  And the CUTEST carrying case you've ever seen!  This will be available to customers soon!  Watch for info in your upcoming Mini Catalog!  I will have this on display at my Open House on Aug. 11 !!! :)

here is just one sample with the pennant die and alphabet dies and our Designer Series papers:


Our group has tried to stay together, but we are all never in the same place at once.. here is part of our group getting ready to watch Workshop Wow's yesterday:

A couple of my favorite ideas/samples from the workshop wow presentation:

a new set called Upsy Daisy.. tooooo cute!


and VANILLA Hodgepodge hardware.... oh my gosh...


and then to top it all off.. last night I had the huge honor of giving a presentation to Janice's Stampahowlics group:


my dear friends (L to R): Janice, Jan, and Kelli (and me):


More updates later...


Advisory Board!! What an HONOR!

Oh my gosh.. I am truly overwhelmed and honored.. remember the FAB pink purse in my post yesterday??  It was given to anyone who earned a spot in the Founders Circle (top 100 in the company), but it's also given to those who are on the Advisory Board, and GUESS WHAT.. last night at our Stampin' UP! awards ceremony, I was given the highest honor of being named as part of the 2008-2009 Advisory Board!  Eight demonstrators are chosen each year, and when I heard my name called last night I couldn't believe it!!! 

Before that, I was called up for being 95th in performance in the entire company for the year.. and I thought that was the reason for the "pink bag".. but then, the last award category of the night was Advisory Board and they called me again!  Holy cow.. I feel like I'm dreaming!  Someone will probably send me pix of the Advisory Board on stage.. until then.. here are some pix from after the ceremony...

Several of my group and many of my friends stopped to say congrats.. lots of hugging last night!  Here are a few pix..

Me, Joy, Rachel, Heidi


My dear friend Janice and I:


Christine, Maria, me and Joy:


We also did Make and Takes yesterday (CUTE cute projects), attended great classes and heard exciting annoucements about new products!!  I promise to update with more pix and more info soon.. right now I need to get ready to head back to the convention center for another jam-packed day! 


Convention Happenings - part 1

In the airport on Tuesday, we spotted demonstrator friends Lynne, Cindee, Mary and Elise - check out their super cute totes for their swap cards!  (made by Cindee)



Finishing swaps on the plane...


CHECK THIS OUT... yesterday when we met up in the hotel lobby to go register for convention (AND GET THE NEW CATALOG.. WHOOOHOO!) Sharon and Ellen had made custom shirts.. Follow me to Patty Bennett.... toooooooooooo fun.. they are SO DEAR!!  Luv you, gals!


Joy and I looking at the NEW CATALOG!!!  Did I mention it's FABULOUS? Well, what else would it be?  :)


and THIS was a total shock.. when I checked in at the Awards booth, I was given a pink leather purse and told I was in the Founders Circle!!!!!!!!  Oh my gosh.. I don't know what award I earned, but I'll find out tonight at Awards Night!!  I'm kinda freaked out about it... I don't know what I did to earn it!? yikes!


And here is part of our group (in our Luv 2 Stamp Group t-shirts) at the Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton:


The new catalog is super fantastic... lots of great new sets, and the new Designer Papers are FABULOUS!  Fun new ribbons... new punches, more Carousel Notes in the new In Colors.. fabulous samples.... oh ya.. I'm in trouble!

I'll check back in with you later.. have a great day,


My Stampin' Up! Convention Swaps

I am getting SOOOOO excited about going to Convention!!  Friends, Stamping, Ideas, Swaps, Food, Fun... whohooo!  This will be my 12th Convention - can you believe I have to leave on my hubby's 50th birthday? YIKES!  We had a big 49er party last year (HERE), so he said it was ok to go to convention and not do a big thing for his 50th this year.

Anyway... here are the 3 swap cards I'm taking with me to Convention next week.. they all use Bella Rose Designer Paper and new colors: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, and of course good old Chocolate Chip!

Swap 1

For more info on the card above, click HERE.

Swap 2

Above: this card uses the Fresh Cut Notecard turned into a "pocket" - open at the top. That is one of the new Riding Hood Red buttons in the center of the big flower...  it has a funny glare on it from the flash.. sorry! 

Swap 3 

Enjoy your weekend!

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Sunflower Convention Swap card

CONVENTION is coming... time for more Convention swaps!!!!  I was totally inspired by Jill's adorable card HERE, and decided I needed to make a swap card using her super cute flower idea!  WAY too cute, Jill!!! 

So I made a pile of flowers... a "paper flower garden"...

Sunflower 3

(I actually ended up making 2x this many!!) :)

Then I made it into this card with Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss and Apricot Appeal cardstock:

Sunflower 1

I used the "Punches Plus" brass template and the paper piercer to add an oval of holes around the punched out greeting.

Sunflower 2

The flowers are super easy to make.. punch out Apricot cardstock with the Scallop Circle punch and then snip between each petal with Stampin' Up! Paper Snips! 

Sunflower 4

(thanks to my son for the fabulous photo!)

The flower centers are punched with the 1" circle punch out of the Bella Rose paper, and the Kiwi Kiss polka dot paper is also from the Bella Rose Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper pack!

If you'd like to know how to make the fun corrugated leaves, check my previous blog post HERE.

Have a FABULOUS day! 

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