Friday, January 6, 2017

April 2017 OnStage display stamper submission

Happy new year! I'm trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays and other family events, so my first blog post of the year is my application for display stamper at Stampin' Up!'s April OnStage event. At OnStage, demonstrators get together to learn creative techniques and business tips, to make projects, and to get sneak-peeks of upcoming products. There are also display boards filled with sample cards, scrapbook pages and other projects. Demonstrators can apply to stamp projects for the display boards, and I decided to throw my hat into the ring.

For the application, I had to create three cards, a scrapbook page, and two 3D items. I will include the products used for each item, but I'll keep the details to a minimum. If you have any specific questions, post a comment and I'll reply as soon as I can.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Flower Patch
Paper: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Pool Party
Accessories: Flower Fair Framelits, Brick Wall embossing folder, White Perfect Accents, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

It's been brutally cold lately, and these bright flowers were just what I needed. I used Glue Dots and Dimensionals to adhere the die-cut flowers on the embossed background so they're at different heights. To add extra dimension and shape to the banner, I stacked three Dimensionals behind the middle of the banner, gently curled up the ends and placed a Glue Dot near each end.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits dies, Bold Butterfly Framelits dies, gold sequin trim, gold natural trim, gold and clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pens, clear embossing powder, Mono Multi liquid glue, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

To make the background for this card, I stamped the leaves and postmark with VersaMark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I tapped the gold Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to make the splatters.

For a little extra sparkle I painted the yellow stamped flowers and the die-cut butterfly with the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: By the Tide, Wetlands
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede card stock; Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Burlap ribbon, linen thread, Subtles enamel shapes, corner rounder, sponge, Dimensionals

I love how the images, background paper and burlap ribbon on this card combine to create a great nautical feeling. To soften the straight lines of the Very Vanilla layers and the DSP, I rounded two of the corners on each piece. I used a piece of linen thread to gather the burlap ribbon and add a fun detail without the bulk of a bow or knot.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Labeler Alphabet, Falling Leaves, Hardwood
Paper: Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Project Life journaling pen
Accessories: Variety Pack 6" x 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages, Seasonal Snaphot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack, linen thread, Glue Dots

Autumn is my favorite season, and I had a lot of fun combining these fall photos with some of the elements from the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack. The wooden piece with the leaf cut-out looked a little plain, so I stamped it with the Hardwood background stamp and Crumb Cake ink to add some subtle visual interest. I used stamps to create my own journaling cards, added sequins in one of the pockets and adhered a linen thread bow on one of the pumpkins in the photo of the red wagon. I love how easy it was to put this together with the Project Life pocket pages and accessories.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Hey, Chick
Paper: Shimmery White, Basic Black card stock; window sheets
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, watercolor pencils
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits dies, Aqua Painter, linen thread, 1/8" hole punch, Simply Scored Tool, Sticky Strip

For my first 3D project I made an oldie-but-goodie treat holder called a sour cream container. I used two fun new products -- the Hey, Chick stamp set and watercolor pencils -- and they worked perfectly together.

I used the Simply Scored Tool to make two scores lines along each long side of the card stock so when the container is assembled it has a more finished look. I adhered everything together with Sticky Strip to make sure it stayed closed. I wanted to add a little embellishment, so I punched two 1/8" holes on either end and tied a bow with double strands of linen thread.

Here's another view so you can see the tag on the top:

For my last 3D project, I made a mini banner with the new Lift Me Up stamp set, Up and Away Thinlits dies, and Carried Away DSP.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Carried Away DSP
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron, Early Espresso
Accessories: Up and Away Thinlits dies, Pyramid Pals Thinlits dies, Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, linen thread, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Sprinkles Embellishments, Metallic Foil Doilies, 1/16" hole punch, Mono Multi liquid glue, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals

I used the Pyramid Pals Thinlits dies to make the triangle pennant shapes, and folded strips of washi tape to make the small striped pennants. For embellishment, I used a gold doily behind the sentiment, gold enamel hearts on the washi tape pennants and Sprinkles Embellishments on the hot-air balloons.

This mini banner would be perfect hanging on a mirror, picture frame or bulletin board. And it's just the right size to fold up, tuck in a padded envelope and send to a friend for a fun surprise.

I hope you enjoyed my projects for my display stamper submission. Wish me luck and thanks for stopping by!


  1. OMG!! I love your banner! So cute. And your treat holder is beyond words - too, too cute. Thanks for sharing these, and best of luck :)

  2. LOVE the treat box with the jellybeans and Hey Chic! I used to love making the little twist box (can't even remember what it's called now) and I think I may have to case that for a spring project. When is Easter this year??? If I start now, maybe I will remember to have some ready by then! lol!

    Thanks for the link in the demo forums or I would have missed out on your cute stuff, hope you get picked for display stamper!

  3. SUCH CUTE STUFF!!!! I loved everything but my absolute fav is the sour cream chickie box! I am so case'ing that for Easter, I love it! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us with your creations (and for posting the link in the demo forums!), sure hope you are chosen as a display stamper!