A Monochromatic Thank You – and a Sneak Peek

Minimal colors can sometimes yield maximum results.  When the Paper Players extended a challenge to make a card that’s both monochromatic and clean & simple, I was ready to go.  I’ve created a lot of black-and-white cards, but today I’ve created a card in brown hues.  It also gave me a chance to use one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming Holiday Catalog (which, by the way, is AWE-SOME).  Here’s my card:

For All Things, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP205This stamp set, called For All Things, continues the current trend of watercolored images.  There’s this large, rectangular image, a large leaf shape and the three branches.  There also some really beautiful, Fall-themed sentiments that are perfect all year round.  This set is going to be on your “must have” list.

Here’s the banner for this week’s challenge from The Paper Players:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  •  Monochromaticity.  Why use such a big word?  Quite simply, it’s fun to say.  Say it with me – monochromaticity.  It’s fun to take the variety of colors out of a card and strip it down to the bare bones.  Monochormaticity lets us do just that.  I used three shades of brown in my card – and they are all tasty & delicious – Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla.  Yum!
  • Super-Simple Borders.  The focal point of this card is the image created by the three stamps.  To frame this image, I repeated the browns in a frame around the focal image.  Although there are several layers, the overall look of this card is very clean.  Here are the measurements for the pieces on the face of the card (from outside to inside):  Baked Brown Sugar 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, Crumb Cake 4″ x 4″, Baked Brown Sugar 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, Very Vanilla 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.
  • Balance.  The three images are perfectly balanced on the front of this card – yet, the Crumb Cake watercolor spot is not centered on the card.  The weight of the three branches on the left of the block balance out the weight of the words in the bottom, right of the block, leaving the three images balanced.  To check balance, use my patented squinting technique – sit back, squint your eyes, check the balance, send me a nickel (the nickels have been rolling in this week).

Stamp Set:  For All Things  Papers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Join My Team.  If you would like to be a part of a dynamic and fun Stampin’ Up! team, please reach out to me at stampwithbrian@gmail.com.  I’d love for you to join us at Convention next year or at any number of events we have planned for the next year.  Whether you want to earn a discount for yourself or make money by selling to others, there’s certainly a lot of fun we could have together.

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper.  We are half way through July, which means we are also half way through Stampin’ Up!’s awesome Designer Series Paper promotion.  Don’t miss out.  To see which papers are part of this great offer, click here.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2014: What an Experience!

After my first Stampin’ Up! Convention last year, I was certain I would never experience a more wonderful event.  I was wrong!  There’s so much to celebrate and so much to love about this year’s Convention experience that it’s impossible to capture it all in one blog post.  Still, I’m excited to share some of the highlights with you today.  Woo hoo!

Around 4,000 demonstrators converged on the Salt Lake City Salt Palace Convention Center.  Can you find me in the crowd?  Here’s a hint:  I’m wearing a brown shirt and am positioned right behind Mary Fish’s banana:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King

Holiday Catalog.  Stampin’ Up! revealed the 2014 Holiday Catalog during the opening session at Convention this year.  What a thrill to be there when the cover of the catalog was revealed, when several catalog products were demonstrated and when the books were handed out!  We were also able to purchase several items from the new book – and I couldn’t be happier!

Here’s a picture of the front cover when it was flashed on the screen:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingOne of the most exciting items in the catalog is a gift box punch board.  Mary and I were able to play around with this new tool – SO COOL!  I was super-skilled at following the super-simple instructions.  So was Mary – she’s proud of the box she made:Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingThere are lots and lots of framelits in this new catalog – I can’t wait for you to see them.

My Presentation.  A couple of months ago, I was asked to give a short presentation during a breakout session at Convention.  Without hesitation, I accepted the offer.  Do you recognize this person in the Convention book?

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingMy presentation was about Stampin’ Up!’s Career Plan – a business-themed presentation that lasted about ten minutes.

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingI tried my best to infuse humor and stories into my talk.  It looks like I’m serenading someone here, but I’m only talking…  :)

Awards Night.  Friday night’s Awards Night is a formal event where the top demonstrators are recognized for achievements in sales, recruiting and leadership.  I was so proud to sit with the other Pals as Mary Fish (I’m a second-level member of her team) was recognized over and over.  Such a lovely woman!

I was recognized for earning Stampin’ Up!’s Incentive Trip to Hawaii (woo hoo!) and for recruiting and leadership.  I was also thrilled to be included in this year’s Founder’s Circle (the top 100 demonstrators).  What a thrill!  I’ve had a wonderful year, and I’ve worked really hard to get there.  While I was thrilled to be recognized multiple times, I was completely excited to see so many of my friends recognized for their hard work.

Check out this silly picture that was taken in the Recognition Room:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingHere’s Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle picture.  You might not be surprised to see that I am in the very back – at 6’5″, it wouldn’t make sense for me to stand anywhere else.  :)

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingAll of the demonstrators who earned Founder’s Circle were given a beautiful, quilted purse.  I was fortunate to receive a gorgeous quilted backpack with a Stampin’ Up! red-rubber emblem.  Here’s a picture of my walk across the stage with my bag:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingAnd here’s a fun picture of my group in the awards photo booth (Lisa Pretto, Mary Fish and Ann Schach and me):

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King

Awards night also allowed me to take some great pictures with Pam Morris, my wonderful upline and friend.  OK, so I posed with Pam, but these pictures were snapped by Pal Amanda Merrill:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingStampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King After the Awards Ceremony, Stampin’ Up! hosted an amazing party – a county fair/hodown themed party with a mechanical bull.  I didn’t have a chance to get on the bull, but I did have the opportunity to hang out for a bit with my good friend Shelli Gardner and her husband, Sterling.  If there was an award for grace and class…

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King

Backstage Tour.  You already know Justin Krieger, right?  Justin is my best stampin’ buddy – we met when we roomed together last year and have been great friends since.  Justin won a VIP Backstage Tour – so cool!  He took Wendy Weixler, Maggie Mata and me with him.  On Saturday, Donna Griffith met us to walk us backstage.  We toured the Gardner Family sitting space, sat at the makeup table, viewed all the backstage monitors and met a lot of the behind-the-scenes magic-makers.  Here are some pictures from this awesome experience:

Look who we ran into backstage:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingHere we are at the makeup desk.  Several of the people pictured here got makeovers, but those pictures we accidentally deleted from my camera:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingSome shots from backstage (that’s Carrie Cudney presenting on the mainstage):

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingDonna Griffith took most of the pictures with my cell phone.  She left this surprise selfie for me on my phone, so I figured I should share it with you:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingInKing Royals.  Stampin’ Up! groups get to pick fun names for themselves.  My team of demonstrators is called InKing Royalty.  When I attended last year’s Convention, I was with my upline and the Pals, but I had none of my team members with me.  This year, I was happy to have six InKing Royals along for the ride.  Woo hoo!

Pictured below are Liz Kent (PA), Robin Myren (PA), Kelly DeTomasso (PA), September Gray (AL) and Pam Morris (my upline from GA):

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King

This is Karen Browning (GA):

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King

And Candy Ford (GA):

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingI was so happy to have them in Salt Lake City with me this year.  What a thrill!  I brought gifts for each of these ladies – and Pam helped me to tie bows on the gift bags.  I love this photo of Pam, which has been zoomed in so that you can learn from her amazing bow-tying technique:Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King Other Fun Photos.  Here are some more pictures I thought you’d enjoy.  Most are pictures of me with friends.  Enjoy!

Lisa Pretto (InkBig Academy) and my up-up-upline:

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingOne of the only pictures I have with Justin this year.  I photo-bombed his headshot (going for “totally creepy”) in this picture.  I think I succeeded nicely, don’t you?

Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingWith Sam Donald (Pootles), Lisa Pretto and Tami White.  Quick story – Tami White (recently honored by Stampin’ Up! for reaching $1 million in sales) said to me, “You are a rockstar.”  Then she took back her words.  Then she said I could quote her on it.  Then she said she wouldn’t allow it.  Then she OK’d the quote.  I’m not really sure where we ended on it, but I can forever say that she once called me a rock star.Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King Here I am with Heather Cooper, Julie Skotzke and Janet Holmes (four of last year’s five Rising Stars); with Cindy Brumbaugh and Linda Heller; with Ashley Christensen:Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian King With Lisa Curcio, Maggie Mata, Ann Schach and Sharon Armstrong (recipient of this year’s Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award for being an amazing and wonderful person, which she is):Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingWith Becky Roberts, Brandy Cox and Krista Frattin (all three of these gorgeous ladies walked across the stage a lot this past weekend):Stampin' Up! Convention 2014, Brian KingThis has truly been the highlight of my time with Stampin’ Up!  I love the art of stamping, I love the products we sell and [more than anything] I love the people.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Join My Team.  If you would like to be a part of a dynamic and fun Stampin’ Up! team, please reach out to me at stampwithbrian@gmail.com.  I’d love for you to join us at Convention next year or at any number of events we have planned for the next year.  Whether you want to earn a discount for yourself or make money by selling to others, there’s certainly a lot of fun we could have together.

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper.  We are half way through July, which means we are also half way through Stampin’ Up!’s awesome Designer Series Paper promotion.  Don’t miss out.  To see which papers are part of this great offer, click here.

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