Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Stamp Club Cards

May was all about showcasing some retiring products.  It was also about CASEing because I didn't have a lot of time to come up with my own projects!  I'm glad there are such talented demonstrators out there who share their creations with all of us!
I'm afraid I can't remember who I CASEd this first card from.  I had pinned it on my Pinterest board, but the link takes me to a photo instead of a website, so I apologize to whoever made this beautiful card that I can't give you credit. 

It uses lots of products from the Spring Catalogue (only available until tomorrow!), including the Tea for Two designer series paper, Designer Brads and 5/8" Flower Trim.  I also used Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, which is retiring.  The bottom portion is vellum embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder, which did make its way into the new catalogue!
The next card is by Janice Warhank.  I found it on Mary Fish's blog.  It uses the Just Believe stamp set, which, unfortunately, is retiring.  I stamped it in Baja Breeze and Certainly Celery, two beautiful colours that I am very sad to say good-bye to!  It is embossed with the Tulip Border embossing folder and tied with some Old Olive Striped Organdy ribbon (from the Spring Catalogue).  The Celery pieces are punched with the scallop border punch.
This final card is by Mary Fish, from whom I borrow a lot of ideas!  She's amazing!  It showcases a new product, the A Round Array stamp set, along with some retiring items, including the Nursery Time designer series paper, In Color Designer brads and Riding Hood Red (taffeta ribbon & cardstock).

I'll have some great projects to show you using new products in the coming weeks!

Blessings to you,

Monday, May 27, 2013

May Scrapbook Club Layout

This is the "outdoors" layout my Scrapbook Club ladies made this month.  I CASEd it from this layout by Brenna Anderson.

I used Comfort Cafe designer series paper with Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede cardstock accent pieces.  The leaves were cut with the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder. For the Crumb Cake piece, I tore the top and side edges and stamped it with the Woodgrain background stamp in Soft Suede, and then sponged ink around the edges.  To finishe it off, I added a bronze button tied with linen thread.

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

April Stamp Club Cards

I seem to have gotten behind in my posting again!  Two weeks ago, I ended up getting called in to sub for a teacher whose wife had a baby, so he was with her for several days.  Then last week, I ended up subbing three of the four days of school (Friday was a holiday).  So once again, I've fallen behing on my stamping, blogging and house cleaning!  Anyway, these cards are the ones that my Stamp Club ladies made last month.  I'll post May's cards soon!
This first card uses the Moonlighting technique and was designed by my upline, Winona Semler.  Here are the steps:
  1. Stamp your image (from Serene Silhouettes here) in black Staz-On on glossy white cardstock.
  2. Punch a 2-1/2" circle out of a post-it (make sure some of the sticky part is left in the circle).  Place it over the area you want the moon to be.
  3. You will need two shades of blue (Baja Breeze, and Midnight Muse here).  Begin sponging from the masked circle outward in the lightest colour (Baja Breeze).  Sponge the darker colour from the outer edge of the glossy piece inward to meet the lightest colour.  
  4. Take the darker ink and sponge it on the outside edge.  Make sure you blend the colours.
  5. Remove the post-it circle and you will have a beautiful moon!
This card is on a Midnight Muse base with layers of Basic Black and First Edition dsp.  To finish the card, I tied some Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon around it and added a silver button.
This next card is a little tissue box card.  That's a real kleenex in the box!  My friend, Bea, showed me this card from LeeAnn Greff's blog, and I had to make it!  LeeAnn has a great tutorial on her blog, so I'll just fill you in on the supplies I used.  The designer paper is from the new This & That collection.  I used Confetti White, Pool Party and Basic Gray as accent colours.  The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations, stamped in Pool Party on Confetti White cardstock and punched with the Large Oval punch. This is layered on a Basic Gray Decorative Label punch.  I embossed the Basic Gray piece with the Honeycomb embossing folder.
This final card has a heated ribbon flower, again designed by Winona Semler.  To make this flower, here are the steps:
  1. Cut a circle out of our Jumbo Sticky Rounds using the second smallest circle on the Circles #2 die and the Big Shot.
  2. Cut a 15" piece of ribbon (here, the Pink Pirouette/Rose Red 1-1/4" ribbon).  Snip at every one-inch interval about half-way up.
  3. Starting at the outside edge, begin pinching the ribbon around in a spiral until the complete circle is covered.
  4. Use the heat tool to apply heat all around the ends of the ribbon.  You need to be close, but be careful not to burn the ribbon!  The ribbon will shrivel as you heat it.  Keep going until the desired look is achieved.
To finish the card, I used Pink Pirouette and Basic Gray cardstock.  The greeting is from the Oh Hello stamp set.

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Friday, May 3, 2013

April Scrapbook Club Layout

I know I haven't blogged for quite awhile!  I came down with strep throat about three weeks ago, which put me out of commission for about a week.  Then I was filling it for our church secretary, who had surgery, and subbing lots for the past few weeks, so I've basically been treading water keeping my family fed and my house in reasonable condition!  Needless to say, I haven't had much time for stamping or blogging!

Anyway, it's time to get back into it.  This is the layout that my Scrapbook Club ladies made last week.
I wanted to use the Sent With Love paper, which was only available until the end of April, and lots of the ladies were asking for a travel-themed layout.  The bottom two strips of designer series paper are adhered with sticky strip along the bottom and up both sides so they make pockets on the layout.  I thought they would be a cute place to slip in tickets and other souvenirs.  The ladies were able to use the Big Shot to cut out their title letters for whichever place they wanted to scrapbook.

Hopefully I'll have more time over the next little while to get caught up on my stamping and blogging!  Thanks for reading today!