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:
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:
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:
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!