Monday, January 31, 2011

Stamp Club Projects and Makeovers

We had a fun time at stamp club last week.  Who needs therapy when you have stamping?  I had a couple extra sets of supplies, so I tried to mix and match the cardstock to make different projects. 

The first one is the one we made using the inlaid embossing technique.  We fancied up the ribbon with the Valentine rub-ons in the mini catalog. 

The makeover card uses the same card base and rub-ons, but the pink layer is from the Eat Chocolate card which I showed you a couple weeks ago.  There's no stamping on this card.  I like the clean and simple look of it. 

This card uses the Build a Blossom stamp set and coordinating punch. The flower is in Razzleberry and edged in Marina Mist. Notice the colored rhinestone brad? Yep, I pulled out the Sharpie again.

The makeover card uses the same crumb cake layer,  the whisper white and marina mist scallop oval.  The stamp set is Hello Again, which you can get FREE as a Sale-a-Bration item.  It's a cute set and is very easy to use.  I stamped the middle flower again on scratch paper and cut it out and popped it up on a dimensional, but I'm not sure you can tell.  I also cut out the butterfly and mounted it on the focal point. The espresso card base is also from the Eat Chocolate card.   I like the big white brad, although I would have preferred that it was Marina Mist. Maybe I should have checked my Sharpie container.    I'm pretty happy with this card, EXCEPT that I mounted it backward so it opens on the left. DOH!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Three Amigas Virtual Playdate

Two of my demonstrator friends and I are having trouble scheduling an in-person stamping playdate, so we're doing a virtual one instead.  Each of us came up with a challenge and we have 24 hours to complete all three challenges.  It's been a blast and really helped spark some creativity.

My first card is based on Joanne's challenge to make something sweet -- chocolate, cupcakes, birthday cake, etc.  This is what I did.

The cone is made from the Scallop circle die and textured with Perfect Details texture plate.  Ice cream is from the larger scallop circle punch.  The cherry is the 1/2" circle punch and the stem is hand cut.  Of course I used Cherry Cobbler for the cherry.  This card is 3x6 and will easily fit in a #10 envelope. 

The second card is for Julie's challenge to use Baja, Eggplant, Pear Pizazz, and Peach Parfait.  I'd been wanting to use the paper piecing technique with  Kimono Kids for a while and this was the perfect opportunity. This card is dedicated to the other two Amigas: Julie and Joanne.

I LOVE the sentiment. It totally cracks me up because I think everyone has at least one of those relatives that is a little "out there".   For some reason, scenes from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation are going through my head.  This card took a long time because of all the cutting and coloring but seriously, how many people are you going to send it to?

My challenge was to use a "found object" to stamp with or use on the project.

I actually used two found objects.  The vase is punched from a gum wrapper from "5" gum.  The background is sponged through a net bag that last night's potatoes came in.

I glued the gum wrapper to Whisper White before punching it out with my Ornament Punch. 
I've been hooked on these little roses lately. Aren't they fun? You just need a scallop circle punch, a regular circle punch and a bamboo skewer.  There are lots of tutorials on the web for them.  Please note, that isn't me on the video, just a helpful tutorial. 

In case you're wondering, I made Pioneer Woman's Crash Potatoes last night.  They were fabulous.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Eat More Chocolate

My son saw this To Do list and said, "Mom, you did all of these," and got a pen and almost checked them all of for me.  He's a true guy, thinking he's being helpful when he's really not.  Oops, did I really type that?  Anyway, here's the card without extra check marks.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Eat Chocolate

I'm loving this new Occasions Mini set called Eat Chocolate. 

Colors are Early Espresso and Pretty in Pink. And, yes, I did color the rhinestones again.  I'm addicted, I tell ya!  The embossed border is from the uber cool Framed Tulips Embossing folder.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Color Challenge card

This is for SCS's color challenge 305 hosted by Joanne Travis.  The colors to use were Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler and Pretty in Pink with bonus points for using buttons or pearls. Here's my card.

You'd think I can't make a card without one of the embossing folders anymore.  The crimped flower is made using this technique.  Thanks to Dawn O for that awesome tutorial.  The button is one of the clear Bitty Buttons that I colored with a Sharpie. No, I'm not becoming a Sharpie demonstrator :-)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Occasions Mini and Filled with Love special

Yay, the Occasions Mini Catalog is now live.  There are lots and lots and lots of great things in it.  Check it out.

There's also a special that I haven't told you about.  It's called the Filled With Love special.  Check it out by clicking on the picture below.

I'll show you some cool things to do with the Bitty Buttons in the next couple of days.