Thursday, November 25, 2010

November Stamp Club Projects

Finally getting around to posting the projects from my November stamp clubs. Been a bit crazy since I started working a job outside of my stamping.

This project was one that was demonstrated during this past year's convention. And, it was a real hit with all the gals. The mugs can purchased at any dollar-type store, and the mittens (or other images as there are 10 different ones) are Decor Elements available in the Holiday Mini catalog, Candy Cane Christmas Decor Elements, $14.95. The fabric and buttons are also available in the mini catalog. The mug-mat was cut using the Scallop Square die and the Sizzix Big-Shot. The fabric is on sale at 50% off through the 30th of November!

The final project we made was this cute card, using the stamps from A Cute Christmas (another mini catalog item) and Come to Bethlehem (just the "Merry Christmas" image). The background paper is the Candy Cane Christmas Specialty designer series paper. Ovals were cut using the Ovals die and the Sizzix Big-Shot.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Stamp Camp Projects

This past Saturday, I held a Christmas Stamp Camp. Everyone had a great time. Here are the projects that we made.

Snowman Pop-Up card:
Stamp Sets: Punch Pals, Many Merry Messages
Ink: Jet-Black Staz-On, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers
Paper: Old Olive (4-1/4"x11", strip for punched circle); Cherry Cobbler (2-3/4"x5-1/4"); Whisper White (2-1/2"x5")
Accessories: Chunky Essentials glitter, Tombow Multi-Purpose glue, Crop-a-Dile, 1-3/8" Circle punch, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding, Paper Trimmer w/scoring blade, Hobby Blade, Sticky Strip Adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig

This great card/gift card holder idea came from Lynn Pratt. You can find her fall inspired card here:
I simply took her idea and changed the "ribbon" which is actually some of the new Deck The Halls Designer fabric from the Holiday Mini Catalog, and the stamped image on top. It's from the Christ Is Born stamp set and the "Merry Christmas" is from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set. A little Gold Glow Smooch Spritz gives the final touch!

Here's the inside.

The final project we made was this cute little matchbox with an assortment of Christmas tags. It's made using the Sizzix Big Shot, Match Box die, and the Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Jolly Jingles. The tags were made using the stamp set Tags til Christmas. Both the wheel and the stamp set are found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. A bit of Early Espresso 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon and 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding finish it all off. Oh, and I don't want to forget the little tag on the box. It's made using the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Medium Jewelry tag punch.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Versatile Roller Wheels

This last month, I focused on Thanksgiving and thankfulness for the theme at my stamp clubs. Below is one of the cards we made. It uses the Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Bright Blessings (#115626, $8.50). I stamped it onto Naturals Ivory card stock using Early Espresso ink. Then, ran the stamped piece through the Big-Shot using the Texture Plates Kit #4 (the woodgrain one of the 3). To give the piece a more aged look, I sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the raised image.

To finish it off, I tore a piece of Early Espresso card stock followed by a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, and layered the stamped image on top. Then, tied a piece of 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon and finally added a "Happy Thanksgiving" message from the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370, $36.95) by cutting piece of card stock into a pennat and attaching it with a 1/16" hole punch and some linen thread. This all went onto a Marina Mist card.

So, now I'm thinking Christmas ideas and wondered what I could do with the same layout. Well, below you'll see what I came up with. I used the Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel, Jolly Jingles (#120864, $8.50) from the Holiday Mini Catalog and Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla card stock. Instead of using the texture plates with the Big-Shot, I chose to use the Textured Impressions folder, Petals-A-Plenty. After stamping the image and texturing it, I sponged once again with Crumb Cake ink on the top. The only other variations to the card from the previous one is that I used some Always Artichoke 1/2" seam binding and Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake card stock punched along the edges with the Scallop Trim border punch. The "Merry Christmas" image is also from the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes. The card base is Cherry Cobbler.

I think that the combinations are pretty endless with all the available roller wheels on the market.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Congrats! Gift Bag

My downline Jen, found a new recruit for her Stampin' Up! business, and I wanted to give her just a little congrats! gift to celebrate.

Well, being a demonstrator, you can't just buy a gift bag to put it into, now can you? No, I needed to make one. And, since it's fall and I totally love the the French Foilage stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog, I chose to make it a fall congrats! bag.

She loved the bag too.

The "Congratulations" stamp is a retired stamp from a number of years ago, I think level 1 hostess set even. I just didn't have a current stamp that was better.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pocket Silhouettes Christmas

While searching for card samples (something I do often to gain inspiration), I came across this idea. Really simple and yet a wow! The colors are Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.

I found the card I cased from Taunya Thurman Rivers, a fellow demonstrator. The original poster, Stamping with Ali, made this monochromatic card in all Real Red.
I really liked it, but wanted to use more traditional coloring, and the new 1/2" Seam binding found in the Holiday Mini. The "Merry Christmas" image is from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set.