Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Birthday dots for stamp camp

On a girlier, more flowery note, this is another card for tonight's stamp camp/workshop. I wanted to show off the textured cardstock and more of the designer paper.

It was also a good opportunity to pull out Big Pieces and Little Pieces which I'd purchased when they came out in the mini, but which I haven't really used. I thought I'd (vaguely) mimic the pattern in the Fall Flowers designer paper and none of my (many) other flower sets looked similar enough to work for me. Also, since this is for a stamp camp, I don't like my stampers to have to clean the stamps too much between uses because it cuts down on their productivity time. This really only matters since I'm holding camp on a Wednesday night, and they're giving me their time, which means that I like to get them in, get them stamping, and then get them on their way! Then, if they want to stay and browse or chat or snack, they can do that if they have the time.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Stamp camp winner

Today's earlier western card is still much liked by me, but I seriously don't want to recreate it for tomorrow night's workshop! So we won't be - 'cause I'm in charge. Ha!

This is the card that we'll be doing instead! I partly changed it up because I got a request to use the Paisley background stamp with clear embossing.
[hi Adrienne!!]
I love how the embossing looks like leather, and that's just perfect with the western theme! I still loved using the Outlaw designer paper, so it definitely had to work it's way into this card, too. And the scallop punch?! How could I not use it? There's also quite a bit of sponging and direct-to-paper on this card.

I hope my campers like this card as much as I do!!

Wanted pocket card

This is my first creation with the set Wanted. I was trying to come up with Stamp Camp projects for tomorrow night, and this, or something like it, will be one of the cards. Nothing like last minute prep, eh? :) The star background and the piece with the eyelets through it are the same piece, front and back, of a piece from the new paper pack, Outlaw.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Birthday Card Box

This is for my mom's birthday. Her birthday was last week, but she got it last night at dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. She comes to my stamp camps and purchases stamping supplies, but she's still at the stage where she doesn't want to actually G I V E A W A Y the cards she makes. Having been there myself, I completely understand! So, in the meantime, I thought she might like a little can for them to live in. The photos, unfortunately don't do the colors justice the way I'd like them to, but these are better than nothing. You can click on the photos for larger versions of each.

I really worked my ribbon stash over for the handle on this project! It felt good to actually use some of it. Especially when I just keep acquiring more and will soon run out of the currently allotted ribbon storage space. The can for this project is another of the "coffee" cans that I got on clearance at Michael's earlier this summer. Now I wish I'd bought more because I love that they're pre-painted in a khaki/beige color with the red lid. They're also a matte finish so that the paper sticks really nicely to it.

The letters are quadruple mounted after being stamped and cut out. They're from the Stampin' Up set, Headline Alphabet. The letters are on a piece of Cool Carribean and that's on a thick piece of foam mounting tape. The stick-pin and beads are from an SU Pretties Kit, as is the flower piece on the back of the can.

For inside the can I made four all-purpose cards using the leftover pieces of 12x12 paper from the can. Those cards are each shown below. I still have some paper left, but I ran out of time!

The scallop edge on the card above was made using the new SU corner-rounder punch with the guard taken off. I then punched at each scallop with my 1/16" hole punch and circled the hole with my white gel pen. The ribbon is Martha Stewart ribbon.

The stick-pin on the above card is a Memory Makers pre-made pin that included the beads. Because it doesn't include an end cap like the SU Pretties, I glued the end of the pin to the card with Crystal Effects. It isn't very visible, and keeps someone from sticking their finger on it.

The card above was another excuse to try setting eyelets with my Crop-a-dile (with the copper matching the orange tones in the flowers).

And last, the card above has flowers from Best Blooms (I think that's the name) which was punched out using my Fiskar's circle punch and the mega and giga scallop punches - each punched all around with my 1/16" circle punch. The 1/2 pearls on the flower centers are from the SU Pretties kit also. The Pretties kits are amazing and really do come with tons of elements that can be mixed together or used separately to add special touches.

This last card is her birthday card for tonight. I used Pick A Petal for this card, too, stamping the solid stamp petal in Ruby Red ink and layering it over the striped designer paper. The center is punched from the flowered paper and popped up on a dimensional. The "happy birthday"s are from Stem Sayings.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Dotty birthday cards

These two cards are so similar (while being different) that I won't bother doing multiple posts for the. I do LOVE the Cool Caribbean with the Purely Pomegranate and black. I think the colors are very striking and contemporary, what do you think?

The circle center on the first card is punched out and popped up on a dimensional to cover up a boo-boo. The words are from the set Happy Everything. The flowers are from the set Pick A Petal.

This second card uses the polka dot petal from Pick A Petal, and the dots are punched out with my 1/8" punch so the Cool Caribbean color shows through. Then a dot was drawn into the hole in black. The sentiment on this card is from the set Eat Cake (I think).

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Gift girls...

Look at these cute girls getting this gift ready! I don't quite now why, but when I first saw this set in the new catalog, I knew they'd be coming to live with me. I wonder if it's because they remind me of Cinderella's little mice-helpers, but in a tidier, less flea-ridden way? :) I also love this plush velvet ribbon - it's from one of last year's SU ribbon bundles. It's so cushy!