Sunday, June 15, 2008

June Stamp Club workshop

Here is what we made at my stamp club's June workshop. They seemed to enjoy them.

First we made a bookmark out of the jumbo paperclips. We used
Stampin' Up's scallop punch on the Bali Breeze designer paper from
SU for the two sides. We used a silver brad and the Flower Fusions as an accent on the front panel. Then we used dimensionals to adhere the two sides together, with the top of the paperclip between them. We used a piece of ribbon from SU's Sherbet Ribbon Originals as an accent.

We made a Father's Day card, using Stampin' Up's Dad's Day and A Light Unto My Path stamp sets. We used SU's basic gray, night of navy, and bashful blue cardstocks, night of navy and bashful blue inks, and night of navy and bashful blue grosgain ribbon for an accent. We used SU's designer label punch around the sentiment stamp, which is a perfect fit.

For the third project, we did the diagonal double pocket card. We did two different color schemes, using the same design and layout for this one. For both cards, we used Stampin' Up's True Friend, Boho Backgrounds, Warm Words, and All Holidays stamp sets. Both cards used the Afternoon Tea designer paper in SU's Occassions mini catalog. SU's designer label, double circle, 1 inch circle, and ticket corner punches are also used on both cards. We also used stampin' sponges around the tag edges on both cards.

In this card, we used SU's chocolate chip, close to cocoa, and
very vanilla cardstock, groovy guava, chocolate chip ink, and the chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon in the Occassions mini catalog.

For the other version of the same card, we used Su's wild wasabi, soft sky, and confetti white cardstocks, wild wasabi and soft sky inks, and the wild wasabi and soft sky double stitched ribbons.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Got some creative juices flowing...

I went downstairs to my stamping room this morning because I needed to make two birthday cards. My son was going to a birthday party for two classmates (the moms threw a double party for the whole class). As I did those, I realized once again what a disaster my stamping room was. Well, I went downstairs a little later in plans of cleaning and organizing. I did get my countertops cleaned off and my stamp shelf cleaned. But then I got sidetracked. A friend on our quacker thread had posted a monthly challenge for us at the beginning of May. My month of May got away from me, and it was still sitting there, unattempted. She sent everybody an envelope with identical goodies to use in the challenge. Fun idea! We all liked it so much that we formed a large group of stampers to do this same type of challenge for the next year! After I created that card, I figured I should do June's challenge while I was at it. So, my room isn't any cleaner, or any more organized, but I created 4 new cards today. My creative juices haven't really been flowing lately, so that was very nice!

So here is what I created today. First, the birthday cards.

This was for one of the birthday boys. I liked it so much, I made two so that I would have one to keep. His had 7 candles on the cupcake, but I liked it better with just one. I used Stampin' Up's Big Bold Birthday stamp set. The SU cardstock that I used was taken with teal, night of navy, and whisper white. For ink, I used SU's night of navy, real red, taken with teal, and more mustard. I also accented with more mustard and real red grogain ribbons. I ran the navy cs through the cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. I also used a designer paper for the background.

This was for the other birthday boy. I used Stampin' Up's Birthday Whimsy stamp set. I used SU's brilliant blue, green galore, only orange, and whisper white cardstock. To ink the cake stamp, I used brilliant blue, green galore, only orange, and yoyo yellow markers. I also used silver encore ink for the sentiment. I ran the green galore cs through the same cuttlebug folder. Then I finished it off with only orange grogain ribbon.

Here are the cards I made with our challenges.

Debbie sent us the May challenge. She sent us each an envelope of identical images, designer paper, ribbon, and brads. We could only use earth elements colored cardstock for this challenge. I used close to cocoa, old olive, and naturals ivory cardstock. I cut the designer paper up into strips to use as tree trunks. I cut the grass and treetop by hand. I also used my Zoobaloo cricut cartridge for the vines and leaves. I used the ribbon as rope for the monkey to play on. I wrote the sentiment on by hand.

I really like how this turned out. It was so fun!

Jen sent us the June challenge. She sent each of us watercolor paper with some Father's Day type images, some designer paper, some hodgepodge hardware, and ribbon to work with. We could only use rich regal ink and cardstock. We also needed to use one of the first techniques we learned. I used always artichoke cardstock.I cut the sentiment into strips to make it fit on my card. The technique I used was poppin' pastels to color in the image. I also used pastels over the words of the sentiment. I really like this stamp set, but I haven't bought it yet. It was great to be able to play with the images from it!

Hopefully, it won't be too long before I have another creative day! But first, my Purple Palace does need cleaned - majorly!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fun gymnastics cards

My stamping friend Debbie showed me this adorable idea for little gymnasts here at .

How cute is that?!

They're made out of Stampin' Up punches, and so much fun to make. I used the 1" circle punch for the head and for the bangs of the hair, the 3/4" circle punch for the ponytail in the back, the word window punch for the arms and legs, the small tag punch for the body/outfit, the 1/2" circle punch to help form the leg openings of the outfit, and the small and large oval punches for the design on the outfits. I punched the small oval first, then centered that to punch the large oval punch. That gave me an oval ring. I cut it on both ends, then put the curved strips onto the outfit, then trimmed the edges off. I used SUu's tempting turquoise and whisper white cardstock for the card and card front, SU's very vanilla for the head, arms, and legs, SU's tempting turquoise for the outfit, and shimmery white for the oval punch-outs for the outfit designs. For the hair, I used SU's really rust, so saffron, close to cocoa, and chocolate chip cardstock. I also used tempting turquoise grogain ribbon for the hair bows. I used SU's Brushstroke Alphabet on Ali's card, Sincere Salutations set for Melissa's card, and All Holidays for Brandy's card.

My daughter had her tumbling recital last night, and I wanted to play with this super-cute idea. I made this card for her to congratulate her on a season of hard work with her tumbling.

I made this one for Melissa, the assistant tumbling teacher. She has helped with these young tumbers so much, and even tumbles with Ali's class, and they really look up to her.

I made this one for Brandy, her teacher. She really loves these kids and is so proud of all of them!