MY STORY ................
The first time I tried stamping, was when we were first married and Better Homes and Gardens had an article about carving your own stamps out of an eraser and using your new stamp to decorate wrapping paper and cards. They had templates to use and I carved a teddy bear, a deer and a Christmas tree. That was years ago, and you could get a black stamp pad or a red one from an office supply store. I still have my "stamps" -- somewhere.
Years later I was able to attend and then be hostess for a Stampin' Up! demonstration. I was hooked. Having a full time job, though, I never considered becoming a demonstrator. Then after everyone of my friends had a party, we kind of drifted away from stamping. Then, another lady became a demo and she signed up a friend. Deb started a Stampers 10 group and we were back on track. Again, the group dwindled off and Deb moved to Kansas.
My sisters friend later had a party because her niece was a demo and I was able to attend her workshop. "Okay", I said to myself, "I miss this soooooooo much. Sign me up!"
And that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
We made this card at Nancy's house last night using the Daisy Die. We made the corduroy button that we used for the flower center using a covered button kit from the fabric department at Hobby Lobby. Colors are Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Basic Black, and white. The "Sweet Pea" DSP (designer series paper) is from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Larissa project Friday night was a cute little French Fry basket filled with Jordan Almonds. She used the stamp set, Spring Song. We embossed the bird image with black embossing powder, then colored it in with markers. Very cute!
Kathryn loaned me the Stampin' Up! Build A Bear die to use for our projects last Friday evening with the Ponca City group. They turned out soooo cute! To make him sit down, we just cut off his legs and arms then rounded the ends of them. Rounded the tummy part, too. Then you could just about make him pose any way you want! Thanks, Kathryn. I may have to buy that die. It would be really cute on a kids scrapbook page.
When Lori was about 4 years old, she told us her first joke. "What did the Big Flower say to the Little Flower?" . . . "Hi bud!" She got such a kick out of telling that joke!
This big flower came to mind when I was doing the little fluffy flowers. Hmmm, I like it little, I'm sure I'll like it BIG! So this is about 12 layers of tissue cut using the Scallop Circle Die from Stampin' Up!. It's about 4" across. I attached to a gift bag but it would also work in place of a bow on a package.
Yesterday, Stampin' Up! revealed its new color families. When the 2010/2011 catalog comes out in July, we will have some new colors, some old colors, and some of the colors that were In Colors in the past. The new "families" are awesome! You can see the new chart at our next get together. Love, Love, Love! the new colors. But we have to wait til July to order them. Every year when the new catalog comes out, I spend hours going over the new sets, new patterned papers, new dies, new accessories.......
For this project we used the petal card die and the hostess set, Of the Earth. We used watercolor crayons directly to the rubber and then spritzed the stamp with a light mist of water before stamping it to the watercolor paper. This is one of my favorite techniques. I love the look of watercoloring! In the close-up view, you can see the color gradation in the flower going from the pink to the yellow/orange center. They turn out different every time but that is how watercoloring is.
We made this card at Kelli's party. I borrowed the 5 petal flower punch from Janie since I don't have it. We "sueded" the cardstock for a new look, and layered the Melon Mambo flowers with an Old Olive piece behind them for the leaves.
I love making 3 X 3 cards. They are perfect to drop in gift bags instead of a larger card. So fast & easy. The tulip card is made from the wing of the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch. Totally cased from someone on Stampin' Connection. Those ladies can make ANYTHING with a punch!
This is a 3 X 3 card we all made for Valentine's Day. The fluffy flower is made of 8 layers of tissue paper punched out with the Scallop Circle punch. Then scrunched. Herb thinks this looks like a real flower, maybe moss rose. I really like this flower and make these to embelish gift wrapping and gift bags.
This flower is several layers of Scalloped Circles punched from book pages, then scrunched. The die was borrowed from Janie; Bag w/Scallops. The leaves are wings from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch.
This card is from a sketch I saw in Paper Crafts magazine. The flower is 5 pages from an old book punched with the Scallop Circle punch, then scrunched up. I wanted the edges red, but sponging wasn't vivid enough. So I just dragged the punched out pieces accross my Real Red pad until I had enough saturation of the red.
At Nancy's house we made this card using the Popping Pastels technique. We had done this with white cardstock a long time ago, but wanted to try it on black. We used white craft ink and the Stampin' Pastels to add the color. I love this set: Inspired by Nature.
Janie has the Fancy Favor die, so when she was hostess for March, we used her die to create the Bella Bleu box. We added the fluffy flower to the front for decoration. While I had her die, I cut one box out of grey felt and adorned that box with a suede flower cut from the Blossom Party die with a blue Rhinestone brad in the center. The suede pieces were from an old suede skirt I picked up at a thrift store. Hmmmmm.... should have made a suede Fancy Favor box....
For March, we've made easel cards in our groups. They are a standard card, cut 4 1/4" by 11", scored at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4" to make the easel fold. This is a fun card fold that would be appropriate for any design.