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!
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.