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.