Sunday, August 14, 2011

August Club Projects

This month all our Club projects feature in-colors. We are making "Thinking of You" cards/items. This scalloped envelope is in Poppy Parade CS and the flower is from the Creative Elements stamp set. Notice the tiny clothes pin? They are in the new catalog!

Inside the envelope is a matching card. (sorry I don't have a picture of it)

This card is a new size for our group. It's a 3x6 card stamped in Calypso Coral with the matching ruffled ribbon. I used the stamp set 'Faith and Hope' which is retiring at the end of this month. For every Faith and Hope stamp set sold SU will donate $2 to the American Cancer Society.

A close up so you can see the frame that's made with the Big Shot and the mini frames embossing folder. I stamped and layered a large oval punched out piece of cardstock and placed it in the center of the frame.

The 3x6 card and matching envelope. The butterfly is cut out and mounted with a dimensional. I put a couple of rhinestones on it for bling too!

More Block Stamping!

These cards are super simple to make - so I made a set of them for my MIL who just had surgery. I used the Faith in Nature hostess set from Stampin' Up! This one is in Pretty in Pink ink.

Here's the new in-color Pool Party. I'm loving this color!

All 4, the other two are So Saffron and another new in-color Wisteria Wonder.

All with matching envelopes.

Put a bow around them and you have a nice little gift to give!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Simple One Layer Cards

I tried something new this time - took pictures with my phone to see if they were better quality and ....... they're not. But you can still get a good idea of what these cards look like.

The unique thing about these is that the background color is made by inking up a clear block and stamping that. I know - sounds strange - but it works really well! I got the idea from Chick'n'Scratch so the credit goes to her. This one is done in the new in-color Pool Party and Indigo Island. Really like these two colors together!

This card is made the same way but I 'stepped it up' a little. The Wisteria Wonder (new in-color too!) background is made with the clear block and then I used Concord Crush for the 'swirly' image from the new set "Creative Elements". For the finishing touch, I cut out and mounted the butterfly from this set to add some dimension. Plus a pearl, of course.

Here's the two cards together so show the difference between a super-simple fast one-layer card and a card with just one more step to dress it up a bit. Sorry about the landscape layout.

The Stamping Stampede will be making one or both of these cards at Club on Monday.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stamping Stampede team members: If you have forgotten what DSP stands for, it's Designer Series Paper. This month's Stampin' Up! special is buy 3 packages of DSP and get one FREE! It's a good time to stock up!!

Angry Birds!

What kind of a card do you make for a teenage boy turning 18? Angry Birds, of course. I cased and combined ideas for this card from a few different people who posted on SCS and Stampin' Connection. The bird and sling shot is made from punches. The sky is Marina Mist ink sponged around a scallop circle to make clouds.

Baker's Twine is used on the card and also to accent the envelope. If you look very closely, you can see that I drew in lines on the post to give it a wood grain look, complete with a few knots. If I had the woodgrain stamp I would have used that. (it's on my wish list!)

I'm really liking this card, I think I may have to make a few more of these!

The Stamping Stampede's Card Exchanges!

Here are the cards that members of the Stamping Stampede made to exchange last month. The theme was "A Birthday Card".

I have to apologize for the blurry, poor photos again - it's me or the camera!

This FAB card was made by Rhea. She used the new Flower Garden embossing folder and then selectively sponged the outline to give it color. The butterflies are a great touch too! I haven't seen this embossing folder used with the butterflies so I think this is an original!

Stephanie made this COOL distressed flower card. Lots of details on this one! She splattered ink on the base, sponged the top layer, and then flower itself. Great color combo too.

Sharon was the creator of this super CUTE frog! It even has warts! Punches make anything possible - gotta love 'em!

Our newest member, Crissy, made the flower and stripe card. She even made a matching envelope. What a GREAT card, I think she's a pro already!

LaReatha made the butterfly button card. Look closely, she has a lot of buttons on this one that makes it so EYE CATCHING! Plus the rounded corners and the embossing folder textured edge really dress it up.

This card was made by Jess. The ornament punch is used for the flower vase - a simple and very ELEGANT card! I can see a set of these with different greetings put together for a nice gift.

Ice Cream Parlor

You have to have ice cream in the summertime! This card was made using the Pennant Parade stamp set and the matching pennant punch. The cones were stamped and punched and the ice cream scoop is made from the scallop oval punch cut in half. The base is textured with the square lattice embossing folder.

The part that looks tricky but really isn't, is the parlor awning. It's a separate piece of white card stock folded twice, once at the top and then again down towards the bottom. The scallop border punch is used for the edge of the white cardstock 'awning'. The pink stripe is created with the word window punch. Each word window is placed on every other white scallop.

Instead of a card, I decided to make a gift bag with the ice cream parlor front. The brown bag just folds down in the back. Perfect for a birthday gift!