I am home from convention.  We learned SO MUCH and saw SO MANY new ideas it is going to take weeks to digest all that information.

I am so tired and I came home with a cold too.  So my head is groggy today and after the boys got on the bus I actually climbed back in bed and went back to sleep.  I really can’t remember the last time I did that.  Once I am up I always try to stay up.  I spent the past couple of hours working on some volunteer stuff for the high school marching band.  I still have to unpack.

The convention was the best – just like it is every year.  It was so much fun seeing the new ideas, talking to old friends and meeting new friends, stamping projects at our make-n-takes, swaps and group meeting and then in our room each night.  We had some awesome meals and tried a few new restaurants as well as eating at some old standbys.  We have committed to trying out some more new ones next year.  Over the next weeks I’ll be sharing swaps and projects from convention – I have so many it will take that long to share it all with you.

Today I’m going to share the project I created for our Roommate swap.  There were 4 of us in our room and we started this last year and decided to continue again this year – we each brought one project to share with everyone in the room so Friday night was our Roommate swap.

I had two projects – a Scratch pad holder with a matching pen and the chapstick butterfly.  The butterfly idea was shared by another demo, Julia Bettensratch-paper-holdercourt, from the UdderlyAwesome group.   The butterfly is the largest one on the Beautiful Butterflies Die for the Big Shot.  It shows on the die as only half the butterfly and you need to fold your paper and place it on the die to cut.  The chapstick is wrapped with a coordinating piece of Designer Series paper – I used sticky strip to adhere it.   Fold the butterfly in half and punch a hole with the 1/8″ handheld punch a little bit in from the fold.  Thread the ribbon through and tie around the chapstick in the front.  Isn’t it cute?

The scratch pad holder is the same project I did for teacher gifts at the end of May so I already posted that earlier.  The inside papers are stamped with the new hostess set called Of the Earth – it is a level 1 set.  The ink is Summer Sun.  The Designer Series Paper is the Pink Flamingo paper.  The daisy die was cut twice with Summer Sun card stock and there is a white jumbo grommet set in the center of the flower.  These little scratch pads are quick and easy to make.

I’ll share more about convention later.  I have lots of pictures to download so that I can show you some of the highlights.

Happy Stampin’!