Leadership Display 2014 ~ You’re Lovely

Stampin' Up! Leadership Display 2014


I’ve got two more projects from my Leadership samples to share today!  These two showcase the ‘You’re Lovely’ Sale A Bration stamp set.  You can get it free with a $60 purchase.  The rest of the Artisan Team is sharing all of their projects now to so be sure to follow the links at the bottom of my post for plenty of ideas and inspiration!

First up is a card with a contrast of Basic Black and Coastal Cabana.

Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

I stamped the border image in Whisper White Craft Ink and chose to let it dry rather than heat setting it with powder.  I cut just half of the Deco Label image out of the middle of one side of the Coastal Cabana layer and then embossed the Coastal Cabana layer with the Decorative Dots Embossing folder.  I stamped the image from You’re Lovely with Versamark onto Watercolor paper and then heat set with Black Embossing Powder and water colored the flowers with a blender pen and my ink pads.  It was a fun sketch to work with and this style of card would work great in a variety of colors and with an array of framelits!  I’ll be trying this one again! How about you?

Here’s the You’re Lovely Stamp Set.  You can view the entire Sale a Bration Brochure HERE by clicking the image that says, ‘see the sale a bration brochure now’.  If you would like your own copy, be sure to let me know.

You're Lovely Stamp Set ~ Sleepless Stamper


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a Valentine Notebook.  It was a take on this notebook that I created with some inspiration from a card I had seen.  I wanted to work the concept from my inspiration into a notepad and tie it together with a pencil for writing.  Here is how it turned out!

Leadership Display 2014  ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper


Again, I stamped the image onto Watercolor Paper and then Pool Party with Versamark ink and then heat set with Black Embossing powder before coloring it in with my blender pens.  Just like my Valentine notebook the background pattern is a piece of one of the Chevron bags from the Tag A Bag sets in the Annual catalogue.  I tied some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and some Black 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon around the pencil and tied it up to the notebook with some Pool Party Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack from Sale a Bration.


Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

This little notebook would make a great host/hostess gift .. something to inspire your host or hostess to earn those Sale A Bration items and it gives them a place to keep their wishlist.  Who can you make a pretty notebook for?!

Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

The rest of the Artisan Design Team and I still have plenty to share!  Use the links below to see what they’ve shared so far.  Some of my favorite Sale A Bration items are yet to come .. including Banner Blast! What is YOUR favorite Sale a Bration item?!

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects today.  I hope they inspired you and that you get to fit some stamping in today!

Posted on : Jan 30 2014
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Leadership Display 2014 #3 and #4 ~ Geometrical

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Welcome again to more of my Leadership Display Projects!  These two projects are two different takes and themes on the Geometrical stamp set… I see so many cute banners made with this set! .. and the greetings are cute too!  I love it when a set has both images and greetings that are fun to use!

Using a sketch when you’ve got lots of cards to make is a huge help! Do you ever use sketches?! What are your go-to sketch sites or challenges?!  Triangles are a hot trend right now, so there was no shortage of ideas and  inspiration when it came to this set!

This card was actually my first creation out of all 26.  I like a fun chalkboard look with a pop of color and it kind of set the tone for the next card too!

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Cheer Up ~ Sleepless Stamper

Did you know that there is a triangle punch to co-ordinate with this set?  .. we actually didn’t have it yet when we created these samples (I’ll explain more on that for the next card), so I stamped the images from Geometrical in a variety of colors, hand cut them and then sewed them onto the Basic Black layer of CS pointing at the greeting stamped in Whisper White craft ink.  I always love a sprinkling of what some of my stampers call ‘junk’ (haha!) on a card but am never quite confident to pull it off.  This one has a simple sprinkling of candy dots to co-ordinate with the triangles.  I think I like it!

My next card has some of the same elements but a whole different theme.  I went with Valentines for this one.  This one was a total take on a card I saw on Pinterest in soft pretty colors (kinda reminded me of a romantic picnic) and when we released this set, I knew I wanted to remake it.

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine

This one has a little more of what is lovingly or not-so-lovingly referred to as  ‘junk’ on it than the last one.. that little scattering of DSP scraps and bling sprinkled about.  When a card or a page has a bit of white space that looks out of place (this is different that white space that is balanced nicely . .haha.. oh, I can be a crazy stamper, I know!) I like to throw on a bit of scraps that are laying around and although I struggle with where to place the sprinkling of bling, I love how it looks in the end so I try and try again to make it work.  Do you ever struggle with wanting to pull something off in your stamping but aren’t sure just how to do it?!

So, without the triangle punch to punch out the triangles of DSP, I stamped the triangles on the backside of the DSP that I wanted and hand cut them all out to line them up to make the border on the left and the banner hanging on the chalkboard.  This would have been MUCH easier and faster with the punch and so now I’m excited to remake this card with the punch in hand!  You can buy THIS set below for just $41.50, it has both the stamp set and the punch included!

geometrical bundle ~ Sleepless Stamper

I sewed both the banner and the border onto the card and embellished just a bit with the ‘junk’.  <wink>  ..now in this case those scraps of DSP really were junk since they were literally just sitting at my workspace waiting to be used or hit the trash as they were the pieces that were left over from between the triangles when I hand cut them out.  It worked out nicely and they were saved from the dreaded trash pile! .. until you mass produce such cards or do them in a class, then you find yourself intentionally and willingly cutting up DSP to create ‘scraps’.

There’s a little bit of texture on the card base too.  I used Perfect Polka Dots to give it a little bit of something extra.  If you’re like me, you LOVE texture, it’s a must on just about every project!  .. and if you’re really like me, you’ll want this cute little machine ASAP, it’s the Sizzix Texture Boutique and is only $36.95.

sizzix texture boutique ~ Sleepless Stamper

Hope you’re inspired to break out your triangle punch and Geometrical stamp sets!  Have fun, can’t wait to see what YOU make with this set!  I know for certain that the other Artisans have samples with this set too, since it was the Leadership make and take set, we all got to create with this set so be sure to click on the links below to the rest of the Artisan’s pages of Leadership samples.

Posted on : Jan 29 2014
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Leadership Display 2014 #2 ~ Valentine Mash-Up

Stampin' Up! Leadership Display 2014


I’m back with another project from my Leadership Display Samples.  All of the Artisans are sharing their projects right now so be sure to click the links at the bottom of this post to follow along to the rest of this talented group of stampers to see what they’ve got to share with you! I’ve already cased some of the girls, their work is just too great not to!  Thanks girls!

I’ve got another Valentine project for you and will be sure to mix it up to something else after this .. well after tomorrow’s Facebook Friday (that we get to share on Wednesday) post since it’s Valentine themed too!

This cute project is a mash up of Sale a Bration and Spring Catalogue stamps and has a whole lot of fun packed into a cute notecard sized card.



Leadership Display 2014 ~ Valentine Mashup ~ Sleepless Stamper


When you’re stamping this many samples, chaos breaks loose.. all kinds of stamps, paper and embellishments can be found spread out on the table (or flying through the air)…while working away on this Valentine note card the triangle from Geometrical and the chevron image from Petal Parade were sitting on the table next to me and this little cupid arrow came to life (or came to mind but if you’ve got the tools (a little stamp, ink and paper), you really can make what’s in your mind come to life on paper!).  I snipped between the sections of the chevron image to make it look more like the feathers on an arrow and added the love image from Banner Blast and some punched hearts to adorn the front of my card.  That Chevron background is a piece of one of the Chevron bags from the Tag a Bag sets in the Annual Catalogue.  Not only are they great bags, they make a great piece of DSP when needed!  It’s all layered up on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  If you’re local and want to join me in making some of these, they’ll be coming up in a Valentines class real soon! Stay tuned…


Leadership Display 2014 ~ Valentine Mashup ~ Sleepless Stamper

Speaking of all chaos breaking loose when you’re stamping this number of samples, there was a particular comic I was trying to find to share with you.. maybe you know which one I mean?! It’s a drawing of a lady sitting at her craft table with snippets of paper flying all around her.  I searched for Cathy comics & Maxine comics among others but to no avail… can YOU help me find it?! Do you know which image I mean?!  In the mean time enjoy this one.. I’m sure you can all relate and while I may typically be a particular type of crafter over another I think we go through stages where we take on each one of these types of crafters when we’re creating with such variety of products, projects and on a schedule. It was fun…. crazy, but fun and I’d totally do it again, who could say no?! <wink>  .. for the record, ‘The Hoarder’ was about where it was at when this little Cupid’s Arrow was made!  Enjoy!

What type of crafter are you ~ Sleepless Stamper



We’ll be back tomorrow with more Artisan Wednesday Wow (our Facebook Friday post) and I’ll be back with more Leadership projects for you too!  Have a great week!

Posted on : Jan 27 2014
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Leadership Display 2014 #1 ~ Geometrical Valentine

Stampin' Up! Leadership Display 2014

Display Boards are one of the highlights of each Stampin’ Up! event!  It is an honor and also pretty exciting to be asked as members of the Artisan Design Team, to create samples to be put on display boards to be shared with the Demonstrators who attend this event.  While I was unable to go this year, I was thrilled to be able to contribute by creating samples to (hopefully) inspire those who got to see the creations of ALL of the Artisans first hand.. boy, do I wish I had been able to see them up close! I just know what the other girls created would have left me wanting to make at least one of each project! .. imagine that, my own set of Display Boards?!  .. Since that is a little impossible, I’ll settle for taking a peak at each of their projects here on the web by visiting their blogs at the links displayed below.  In case you’re like me and you couldn’t make it to Leadership, or if you were there and want to see how something was done or you want to leave a little love by sharing a comment, please follow the links by each Artisans name below to hop on through to their blogs to see everyone’s work.   Enjoy what you see!

In case you’ve never been to a Stampin’ Up! event, this is how much fun display boards are! Erica Cerwin snapped this photo of the display boards and was kind enough to share it for those of us who weren’t there.

Leadership Display Boards

Before we get into my projects, I have a little confession.. I somehow lost track of my progress and went on to create 2 more samples than the 24 that were required.  In all, I’ll have 26 projects to share and hope that they provide a source of inspiration.   Again, be sure to visit each of the Artisans for a variety of inspiration, there’s plenty of variety of styles and inspiration is sure to be found.  They are an inspiration to me too and their works may even have been inspiration for some of my projects along with the help of Pinterest and a whole variety of pins from there! I’ll try to make note along the way of which projects were Pinterest inspired.. I’m sure I have many!

Now, on with the projects.  The first project I chose to share is one of my Scrapbook Pages.  I used the Geometrical stamp set along with a variety of other products to create this Valentine themed page.

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

This page actually has quite a few products showcased.  The little stamped hearts here are from Banner Blast (an exclusive Sale a Bration stamp set for 2014).  The stamped triangles are from Geometrical and then I cut triangles from cardstock to co-ordinate with the stamped images.  The shapes and cut outs here and in the next photo are cut with both the Circle Card and Label Card Thinlit dies (flip card dies).  There are so many fun elements in those sets of dies!

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

Have you used the new Ampersand embossing folder yet?!  It’s great embossed on a layer to fill up a card front or cut out of your carstock.  Here, I embossed it and then hand cut it once each out of Basic Black and Real Red coredinations cardstock.  I also stamped a little scattering of images from Perfect Pennants and Geometrical through the page and in some of the corners.  I also outlined the circle that I stamped the triangles on with a Real Red marker to help give them some definition.

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

Leadership Display 2014 ~ Geometrical Valentine ~ Sleepless Stamper

Hop along here to go see what all of the other Artisans have to share.  I’ll be joining in for sure.  I already can’t wait to case many of their projects .. or ALL of them! <wink> .. Have YOU already cased some of the projects, we love to know that you’ve been inspired .. post a comment to let us know what you were inspired to go home and stamp!

Alanna Wharf (you are here)
Becky Cowley
Cathy Caines
Cindy Schuster
Connie Collins
Erica Cerwin
Jane Lee
Jeanna Bohanon
Jennifer Timko
Mercedes Weber

Artisan Design Team


Posted on : Jan 20 2014
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