Alternate Chevron Bag Idea

Have you noticed the cute little Chevron bags in the Stampin’ Up! catalog – page 158?  They are flat bags but easy to alter into a little gusseted bag.  This was one of our Make&Takes from convention.

celebrate-bagThis is the view from the front.  And here is the view from the side –


You make a couple of scores and then a few snips and you have converted the flat bag.

  • Vertically score both side of the bag at 1″ and horizontally from the bottom at 1-1/4″.
  • You will snip from the bottom of the bag up to the score line – to make two little tabs on the sides
  • just cut across the bottom of the bag so you can open it up
  • fold on the score lines you created – and fold the original sides in toward the inside to create the gusset
  • fold up and secure the bottom of the bag using washi tape.
  • If you want some support in the bottom of the bag cut a rectangle piece of some card board (like the backing on the designer paper) to fit into the bottom.

The tag is from the Tag a Bag Accessory kit and the stamped image is from Tag It stamp set.  That is this years Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! Donates a portion of the sales from each set to the Ronald McDonald House.  I’m about to leave to go volunteer there tonight.  We will be stamping with the house guests – making cards with them for their evening activity.

I hope you like the little project!

And now for the continuation of our trip home from San Francisco.

Yeah did you forget it was a trip home from San Francisco.

We were at the hospital ER now waiting for the taxi to come and take us back to LAX so we could try to get on a flight home.  The taxi comes – this time a normal looking taxi.  He starts to drive us back to the airport.  Tyler starts flailing his arms around gesturing at me and me being really really tired (already up for about 24 hours) I was a little slow at trying to figure out what was going on.  Then i realized he wanted a bag – he was going to get sick in the taxi – oh no!  I’m pulling things out trying to find a bag he could use (didn’t want him to use my Stampin’ Up! bag that I was carrying) – quickly found a bag of snacks – dumped most of it out and held the bag up.  The taxi driver didn’t say a word but I know he was freaking out thinking what a mess it was going to be in his taxi.  But I got it all in the bag.   I know gross – but now I’m thinking he just threw up all the meds they gave him in the ER.  What should I do – have the guy take us back to the ER for more meds or try to go home without anything to ease Tyler’s symptoms.  At least we knew what it was at this point and Tyler said he would just deal with it – he wanted to go home.  So we got out at the airport – paid the cab driver – who did take a look in the back to see what kind of mess there was.  Not one thank you very much.

Now it’s early morning though and the airport is packed – people are in line all the way out the doors!  I find my way back to the special services line and tell Tyler to go sit on the floor against the wall (also near the bathroom) while I wait in line and get us back on a flight.  After waiting in the line for awhile I get to the front and tell the lady what has been happening, show her all my hospital paper work, all our old boarding passes, and show her where Tyler is sitting on the floor.  She says uh-oh.  What now?  Well when they split our tickets apart from Greg & Ryan they issued the tickets individually to us (not a party of 2) and one of us actually had a seat on the 1:30 pm flight.  And the other had a seat on the 5:45 am flight that had already left.  This was now maybe 6 in the morning.  I told her we both needed to be on the same flight and the next flight out so that I could get him home and back to a doctor to follow up after our ER visit.  Same story – all the flights are full, all are overbooked.  In fact while I was standing there they had cancelled all the flights from LAX to SFO for the whole day.  She would see what she could do.  7:45 flight full, 9:00 something flight full, 11:00 something flight full.  The first seat was on the 1:30 flight that one of us had a seat on.  Ok fine – we will take that.  But then she offers to put us on standby for the 7:45 am flight.  And if we didn’t make that one, we would be stand by on the next and the next and then the 1:30 we had confirmed seats.  OK we will do that.  So she issues us all the tickets/boarding passes and asks if I want a wheel chair for Tyler.  I said no he can walk.  She says again – are you sure you don’t need a wheel chair for Tyler – remember I was tired and my brain was slow but then it clicked and I said YES I do.  So she put him on the list for a wheel chair.  Once I finished with her I grabbed him and said by the way you are riding in a wheel chair through the airport.  Tyler would normally say he was ok to walk but I said you need it this time.  And went to find the place to wait for that.

I have to go now – will finish the story tomorrow – there is still some more!


2012 Calendar Class

2012 Calendar Class

My Hands-on class for January 2012 is going to be a special 2012 Calendar Class.  The calendar is a My Digital Studio professional printed calendar on an easel stand so it sits on your desk.  At the class you will be adding hybrid elements to your calendar – pearls, rhinestones, punches, buttons, brads and ribbon.

Class is on January 13th at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm.

The class fee is $25.

This is a pre-registration class and pre-payment is preferred.  I need all RSVPs by Dec. 31st.  And I will place the print order for the calendars on Jan. 1st.

If I order you a calendar you must pay for it even if you can’t attend the class.  If you cannot attend the class you will receive all the supplies as a kit with instructions on which elements are added to each month.

Mini Glue Dots are the best adhesive for this project.

Here are a few pictures of the calendar:



 RSVP on my website – go to my January events calendar HERE.

Happy Stamping!

Your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Masked Frame Convention Swap

Hi everyone!  Only a few more days before we move Tyler down to his dorm to start college.  We shopped yesterday and the girl at the check out gave us a funny look and said “is he going to college or why are you buying all this stuff?”  And yes we are getting ready for college – there were many other things that I thought he needed and his answer was “I’ll let you know later if/when I need that.”  Fortunately he isn’t going to be that far from home and I do a monthly card class down on the campus so I will be around.

Well that probably isn’t why you are here on my blog so let’s get on to a stamping project.  This card is one that I made for the UStamp Swap at convention.  Oh by the way the next UStamp class starts this Friday and I designed TWO projects for the class.  If you haven’t signed up for this online class you should – there are over 40 projects from demonstrators all over the world with complete tutorials.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Anyway back to my card for today.  A bunch of us got together from the last Ustamp Blog Hop and did a swap at convention.  Here is my card:

This card has a lot of steps and masking going on and I am writing a tutorial with the instructions for it.  I will add it to this post later today.

Colors are Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.

Stamp Sets -Nature’s Nest and Inspired by Nature.

This was also my card swap for my PAWS team meeting in July.  I’ll be back later today.


UPDATE: I was having some trouble getting my tutorial converted to a PDF so that I can post it for you – I’ll get it fixed in the morning.  Thanks.

It’s a new Color Challenge

Yep – it is Tuesday and time for an new color challenge with the Utah Diva’s. Here is the inspiration picture for this week – another three color combination –

Just three colors – Basic Black, Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz and I decide to add a neutral – Whisper White.  I wanted to do something besides a card this week and decided to try a cute little project that I saw at convention.  I didn’t actually get to see the demo of it because it was in one of the classes that I didn’t take.  We only have so many time slots for classes and there were lots to choose from.  A couple of my roommates took the class and they took pictures.  Before we left convention I copied the pictures from Michele, Cindy and Dawn to my laptop.  I have copied all of our pictures on to a DVD for each of us to have.  Now I just need to mail them out.  Anyway the project was in their pictures and on the resource files that we have from convention.  It is the cutest box – here is my version.

And it is actually easy to make!  It is one of our Big Shot dies.  Can you guess which one?

It is the Mini Milk Carton die – actually two of them put together to make a six sided box.  I tied the tops closed with a piece of Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding ribbon (love that stuff).  On each of the six sides I added a panel of Whisper White card stock that was stamped with the image from Pocket Silhouettes – it is stamped multiple times in Pear Pizzazz ink.  The edges are also sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.  On the front panel I added “for you” stamped in Always Artichoke ink.  And a stamped cut out butterfly – also Always Artichoke ink.  These are both from the Clearly For You stamp set.  I did “paint” the butterfly with Illuminate Top Coat Smooch Pearlized Accent ink.  So the butterfly has some shimmer and it made the wings curl up more too.  It really turned out cute!

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke
  • Stamp sets: Pocket Silhouettes, Clearly for You
  • Accessories:  Big Shot Die Cut machine, Mini Milk Carton die, Crop-a-Dile, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding ribbon, Illuminate Top Coat Smooch Pearlized Accent ink, Stampin’ Sponge.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

The Journey Home

This is a long story of my journey home from the Stampin’ Up! convention – no stamping ideas or convention news in this post so you may or may not want to continue.

I don’t do a whole lot of traveling and only fly a couple times a year.  But it seems the last several times I flew I got caught up in the security check.  I’m usually the one that has to get their bag emptied (that happened last fall and the lady checking my bag really liked all my projects that I had in there but I was late for a flight and had to hurry along), or the extra scan and on my way out I got the mini pat down this time – ugh!  So coming home on Sunday I was sure that something would pop up while I was in security – but surprise I breezed right through the security at the Salt Lake City airport and I had tried something new – I had my boarding pass sent to my cell phone – so no paper to hang on to through out the airport.  I thought I was doing good – I was there early and even went to find Becky (one of my roommates) who as it turned out was in the same terminal I was and I was able to sit with her until she boarded her flight.

I returned to my gate to wait for my flight which should start boarding shortly – and there was even a plane there so that was a good sign – no delays on the incoming flight (I had that on the way out too).  I even found a group of other Stampin’ Up! ladies to sit and talk to and share swaps with.  But then the agent came onto the intercom and informed the group that we had a delay – the plane at the gate was damaged (no details given) and it could not be used – they were searching for another plane and would give us an update.  A delay causes problems for those with connecting flights – which wasn’t my case since I paid a hefty price for the the direct flight.  So no big deal I thought, I had already told the agent I was willing to wait until the next flight anyway (and he said I’d be the first on the list and get a $200 voucher).  And then a little while later the big announcement came – “Flight 1064 to Atlanta has been Cancelled”.  Ummmm – now what – I’m not a season traveler – I wasn’t sure what to do at this point.  According to the agent they had a “team” that was rebooking everyone on the flight to get to their destination and if we waited for a few minutes we could scan our boarding passes and see what flight we were on.

let’s just say I learned a lot over the next few hours about traveling and see just how big a PUZZLE the whole thing is – delays and cancellations sure do change the look of all the travel plans for everyone involved.  My step into the modern world of having a paperless boarding pass on my cell phone turned into this by the time I got home:

When I went and scanned my original boarding pass to see what flight they put me on it was a flight to SEATTLE leaving at 8:50 pm from Salt Lake – and then another flight from Seattle to Atlanta which would put me on a plane for probably 10-12 hours and arriving in Atlanta around 7 am Sunday morning.  With that I got a $6 food voucher- that’s it!  R U kidding me?  I spent $6 on a mid morning snack at the airport waiting on my flight – that wasn’t going to take me through to the next day.  There were 4 more flights to Atlanta so I thought I could some how get on to one of those.

Everyone else seemed to be getting on the phone and one of my friends said they told her to call a 1-800 nbr because they didn’t give her a flight yet.  So I called that number too and told her my flight was cancelled and I knew there was a 12 and a several more flights headed to Atlanta.  She asked what gate I was at (B3) and said start walking to (D10) while I get you on that flight.  I took a quick peek at the time seeing that it was 11:45 I decided I needed to run to make a 12:00 flight.  So I did (and boy did I need to stop at the little girls room too but I decided to wait on that until I got there).  For those of you ladies that I was sitting there talking to that was why I left so abruptly – sorry I didn’t get to say good-bye!

I ran all the way to the other gate and guess what – that flight was delayed by 1 and half hours.  And I came to find out I was only on Standby and not actually on the flight (or any other flight).  I was nbr 14 on the standby list and the agent said I needed to call again because I needed to get confirmed on a flight.  All these terms I wasn’t really familiar with before.  So I head off to do that and get on a RED help phone.  So to begin with the lady I talked to said I don’t have any flights to put you on.  And I said “well I can’t stay in the airport forever so look some more”.  So she finds a 12:50 AM flight (just after midnight as they all kept saying) – it arrives in Atlanta on Monday morning at 6 something AM.  That is what she can confirm me on.  Ok then do that, but I still want to try to get on the earlier flight too.  She said to go scan my ticket again and it will print out my new flight info.  So I went to do that and it also prints out a hotel voucher.  I guess if they move you to the next day you get the hotel voucher.  (that actually turned out to be a plus later on)

I went back to the gate to see the standby status – I moved up to 11 – progress made but not likely to get on the flight.  I went to go check the next flight but the agents weren’t at the gate yet.  I came back and waited by the desk while they boarded the plane moved over some standbys and asked the lady what to do – since I had never done this before could she give me help.  I happened to be standing by another lady on a business trip that had been trying to get home since 8 am on Saturday – a full day longer than me.  She was preparing to write a complaint letter to Delta about her experience, etc. and I decide it would be a good idea for me to stick with her and the agent that seemed interested in helping both of us.  That paid off in the end for the other lady and for me.  She was confirmed on that 3 pm flight and the agent moved her to first class.  I got added on standby and put in the Nbr 1 position because I was now a “rev” priority (because of the hotel voucher it seems you get a higher priority because now you are going to cost them more money) and she told all the non-rev people they needed to find something else because they would not get on that flight.  The two of us went on to the next gate and waited on the flight.  The agent that helped us came to us at that gate and gave the other lady the address to write Delta and a $200 voucher, and then she brought me $20 of meal vouchers just in case I needed it.

I did make it on the 3pm flight to Atlanta – we arrived about 9 pm est time.  It wasn’t the best flight – first I got the hiccups on and off for the whole flight – if you know me and hiccups – we do not get along at all.  Second I had the two cutest girls sitting behind me playing horses on the tray table attached to my seat – horses gallop, and kick and cantor and do all sorts of other things that prevent one from trying to sleep.  And one kept asking the other if she was “yelling” and the other one said “no”.  I knew what I really wanted to say but I didn’t and just tried to go to sleep.

At the end i had to figure out how to find my suitcase that I checked.  It doesn’t get on the plane with you when you fly standby.  It took me an hour at the Atlanta airport to find it – luckily they did send it on an earlier flight so it was there before me and all my Memento Mall purchases were safe!  I took the shuttle to my car and drove the hour home.  I got home just before midnight.

I slept like a rock in my own bed last night.  While convention is a blast getting back home is wonderful too!

I’ll be back tomorrow with convention pictures.