Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Spring is still far far away!
It was hard to get inspired for March's Club projects. Winter has lasted way too long here and every Wednesday and Saturday we would get another snow storm. Very depressing, and about the only thing I wanted to do was crawl into bed and hybernate until the snow was all melted. At the beginning of March I had sent around a scrapbook challenge to the Club and the Sunday before we met, figured that I should probably step up to the challenge myself! That helped to jump start my creative juices and after searching the IB&C and the Occassions Mini finally came up with these:
Thanks Tons
For this card I can't find where I CASE'd it from. So if you recognize it Thank You! The base is a 6x6 piece of Bashful Blue Cardstock folded to make a 3x6 card. On top of that I layered a piece of Summer Picnic Designer Paper from the Occassions Mini. I also layered a piece of Real Red Cardstock stamped with the large Thank You stamp from Thanks Tons in Real Red Ink. I threaded some Old Olive Ribbon also featured in the Occassions Mini through a Silver Flower from the Silver Hodgepodge Hardware. I attached that to the front of the card and stamped my sentiment from Thanks Tons in Basic Black Ink and the card was finished! You could also use the small flower from Thanks Tons next to the sentiment to tie the flowers together. Easy card but really cute.

Star Thank You
I really wanted to incorporate one of the new rub-ons at this month's club so I found this card in the IB&C on page 146. It really is similar. Tha base is 3x6 Wild Wasabi Textured Cardstock folded for a 3x3 card. The wide strip is Rose Red and the thin strip is Pumpkin Pie. I stamped Thank You from Greetings Galore and layered that on. The square is Blue Bayou and I punched out the space using my Word Window Punch. I layered that on top using Dimensionals and centering the window over the Thank You. I used the white Star Rub-on from Anchored and rubbed that onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. Then I cut around the Star using my Paper Snips. That was attached with Dimensionals as well. Two of the cicles were punched from Soft Sky Cardstock usind the 1/2" Circle Punch and attached with Dimensionals. The Heart from Thanks Tons was stamped on Whisper White using Rose Red Ink and Punched with the 1/2" Circle Punch. It was also adhered with a Dimensional.
Soft Sky
For this card I really wanted to use my new Priceless Classy Brass and Light Table so I found this card on page 187 in the IB&C. The base of the card is Bashful Blue Cardstock stamped with the Priceless Outlined Flower in VersaMark. I stamped the Swirl on a strip of Certainly Celery Cardstock with Certainly Celery Ink. Using Close to Cocoa Cardstock I Dry Embossed the Larger Star Flower omitting the outline and dots. I layered to Cocoa on the Celery and tied a piece of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon around them. Then I layered the Celery onto the Bashful Blue card base. I finished the card by stamping So Kind on the front in Basic Black Ink.
Until Next Month...Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Good Egg!

We had our February Club last night. I am so glad it is over. This has been school vacation week and with the addition of 2 new puppies the week has been very stressful (and way too long). Despite the lack of inspiration and creativity for this month's Club Workshop I think the projects came out pretty nice.

Origami Box
One of my Club Members had requested a box for one of our projects. This Origami Box is fun to make and requires no cutting and adhesive is optional. A tutorial for the box can be found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/origami_box/
For my box I used Petals and Paisleys Designer Paper (retired) and Pretty in Pink Wide Grosgrain Ribbon.

A Good Egg
The girls loved this Egg Card for Easter. It requires some detail but the end result is well worth it! I cut Almost Amethyst Card Stock to 5" x 8 1/2" and folded it in half. Using my Coluzzle I cut the largest oval leaving a small portion of the folded edge in tact to hinge the card. I trimmed off about a 1/4" off the bottom so the card would stand up. I stamped the card base in Almost Amethyst Ink using the solid polka dots from A Good Egg stamp set. I stamped in Basic Black Ink on Whisper White CS using the dots and flowers stamp and water colored in my flowers. I layered the WW strip onto Certainly Celery Patterned Paper and adhered the strip to the Egg base. I stamped the Hatching Chick in Basic Black on Apricot and cut him out with my Paper Snips. I stamped his Eggshell on Blush blossom and cut that out as well. I adhered the egg to the chick and used Dimensionals to stick him to the flower strip. I stamped Happy Easter in Basic Black on Certainly Celery and punched it out with my Word Window punch and also adhered that with dimensionals. Last I tied a bow using Whisper White Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon and stuck that on with a Mini Glue Dot.

So Many Scallops
This month is Sale-a-bration and one of the sets is So Many Scallops. I love the Sweet One stamp in this set. I gave the girls a choice of using Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue for their card. This card base is Pretty in Pink. I cut a layer of Whisper White Textured Card Stock but before layering I scored 3 vertical lines (using my paper cutter and bone folder) at 3/4", 1", and 1 1/4". You can't see it in the picture but it really adds some nice detail to the card. I tied Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon around the WW CS before adhering it to the card base. I stamped the Sweet One stamp on Pretty in Pink Card Stock with Pretty in Pink Ink and punched it out using my Scallop Punch. I also stamped the same image on WW CS in So Saffron Ink and punched that out using my 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I layered the WW onto the Pink with Dimensionals and adhered that onto the card. Last I punched 3 stars out of Barely Banana using the Small Star Punch and adhered those on to the card.

'Till next time. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Whole New Year!

It has been a long two months and now hopefully I can find time to post at least once a month. I did find time to participate in January's VSN on Splitcoast Stampers. It was my first VSN and I had a lot of fun even though I only had time for three challenges.

Circle of Friendship

The first challenge was to "make a card honoring your circle of girlfriends. And not just ANY card. A CIRCLE card. And not just any circle card, a circle card using the sketch below." The sketch can be found here:
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For the base I cut a half sheet of Perfect Plum Card Stock folded it in half and used my Coluzzle to cut the circle. I stamped the small flower image from Time Well Spent (level 3 Hostess Set) in Perfect Plum to add a little somethin'-somethin'. I layered on Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, and Blush Blossom stamped with the sentiment from Time Well Spent. I also stamped the mid-sized flower image on Whisper White and punched it out with my 1 3/8" circle punch. I colored the images with my Stamp and Write Markers and sponged the edges of the Blush Blossom and Whisper White with Perfect Plum Ink. I added a lavender Rhinestone Brad to the flower and adhered with a dimensional.

Chocolate or Shoes

The next challenge I did was "to use the “Chocolate Shoes” in this picture as inspiration for your card." The picture can be found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=316599
I love Pretty in Pink with Chocolate Chip so the colors in the sample were great inspiration! I used Pretty in Pink for the base and layered on Chocolate Chip. I cut an oval from Very Vanilla with my Coluzzle and Stamped the cup image from Like it a Latte (2007 Spring Mini) with Chocolate Chip Ink. I masked the cup and stamped the marshmallows in black. I also stamped the sentiment in black. I sponged the whole oval with Chocolate Chip to make it blend a little better with the other colors. I adheared a strip of Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon around the Chocolate Chip Card Stock before layering it on the Pretty in Pink. The polka dots are punched from Pretty in Pink with my 1/2" circle punch and adhered with Mini Glue Dots on the card stock and the ribbon.


The third challenge I was able to do was this "to make a criss-cross card." Easy enough, right? If you don't know how to make on here is a great tutorial: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/crisscrosscard.php
I did these previously as a Make and Take at my first Club Workshop and the paper waste is insane. Not to mention the bulk of the card requires extra postage. For this card I cut a 2 3/4" x 12" strip of Always Artichoke and scored it at 4" and 8". The finished size is 2 3/4" x 4" (mini but still cute, maybe a nice gift tag or gift card holder). The insert is Purely Pomegranate layered with Whisper White. The Designer Paper is Holiday Harmony (Holiday Mini) cut on diagnal so the green side is up on the left flap and the pomegranate is showing on the right flap. The card is wrapped with Pomegranate Satin Ribbon. The scallop was stamped using So Many Scallops (SAB) in Basic Black on the same Holiday Harmony DP and punched with my Scallop Punch. The small heart is from Thanks Tons (hostess set) stamped in Purely Pomegranate. I adhered it to the front with a Dimensional. The pull tab is a 1 1/4" circle punched from Purely Pomegranate and the front is a 1/2" circle of Old Olive stamped with the small heart from Thanks Tons. The two circles sandwich the insert card.

Till next time...Happy Stamping!