So I have this friend, I'll call V. She's an amazing friend, mother, wife, sister, daughter. Just a pretty cool all around type of person.
With two exceptions.
She laughs at my pants and she picks on me about my blogging (or lack thereof)
So on the blogging piece of the pie, I guess she is right - I mean, it's been since August that I've posted anything. This fall was crazy for me and time just slips away. Blah, blah, blah, blah.
But on the pants piece of the pie - I think she's just jealous. You see, my dearest friend L came down from Kentucky to spend the weekend with me. We were planning her wedding (I'm the matron of honor! woohoo!) and just hanging out - so we went shopping and bought these cute pants. V didn't get to go - because she's in California. So she missed out on the shopping trip a lifetime. Which also means she didn't get to purchase any of these cool pants. Ever since she saw a picture of them, she's been ragging on me.... I guess I'm going to have to break down and buy her a pair to send to her.
But anyway - this post is dedicated to my friend V. I love her dearly - and now she can't give me grief about not having posted to my blog in 6 months.
This month for hostess club, we're working on gift cards. You can never have enough of them hanging around!
Both gift card holders are quick and simple - just what we like. I think I whipped them out in 15 minutes each! And that included figuring out which papers I wanted to use!
This first gift card holder is from GinaK Designs and Stamp TV. She has great tutorials that are simple and easy to use!
I like this holder because you can fit any size card in it depending on how big you cut the opening in the center.
This used retired holiday designer series paper - but it's still one of my favorites. I never really thought of these roses as Christmas - more like spring roses. I guess you could use it either way depending on the stamp set you used on the outside.
For the second holder - I used a gift card holder a dear friend, Kelly K, gave me last year for my birthday. She filled it with a Sonic Gift Card - MY FAVORITE! I took the gift card apart carefully and was able to figure out her dimensions. This fabulous little holder is made with a 6x6 sheet of paper! Just using 2 sheets of designer paper and 1 sheet of 12x12 you can quickly whip up 4 of these beauties.
I hope the club has fun with these projects. I'm being a mean instructor and making them cut and score again this month. Wax on, wax off, right?
New hostess club starts tomorrow. This time we're going to focus a bit more on techniques and how to use our tools.
This month in addition to becoming close friends with our paper cutters (bwahahahahaha) we're going to work on Black Magic and Chalkboard.
This first sample utilizes the chalkboard technique. Basically you stamp your image in white craft ink on black or other dark cardstock and then you pounce chalk over the image. In this example, I also added a bit of white gel pen to make it pop.
The black magic technique is very similar in that instead of chalk, you use watercolour pencils. We will make the same card twice - once using black magic and once using chalkboard so the participants can compare the two and see what they think.
To get inspiration for the card, I went to the colour challenge on SCS and then the Sketch Challenge. Whenever I don't know where to start, those are the best places to go looking.
I'm also going to mail this to my daughter who is away at camp this week. This will be her last card I send her. I've had the best time making and mailing cards each day. My craft room really has gotten a workout lately!
Working on unmounting all of my stamps... Wow - I have a ton of stuff! Came across this old favorite, Knobbly Gnomes. Decided I had to make a card with it - but what to do? To get my mojo inspiration going - I checked out SCS's challenges.
This card uses the Sketch challenge 286 and then colour challenge 277, dusty durango, bermuda bay, and crushed curry. These all retired today. But - imagine this - I still had a good stash of each colour.
I paired them with Crumb cake - LOVE IT and naturals white. I watercoloured the little guy with markers and then added just a hint of highlight with my gel pen. All materials were Stampin' Up!
If you look carefully, you can see score lines around each of the panels. I got the Martha Stewart Scoreboard last week and am addicted to scoring now. Snagged it for $10 at Michael's. Great buy! I love how there are score marks 1/8" apart. Makes these new techniques so much fun and just adds that extra special touch!
I've been stamping and playing so much more now that my craft room is getting cleaned out - the extra space from unmounting all my wood sets has really allowed me to space things out and find them. Be on the lookout for lots more projects! Hope you enjoy!
Summer is here - and so we have three cute summery projects to start off with! They all highlight the retiring SU colours. So many of the bold brights collection are being let go; it's a shame to let these cheery, fun colours go to waste!
The first project uses the new Tropical Party set found in the SU summer mini! Palm trees, flowers, and coconut drinks. Can you get any more summery than that? Choose your sentiment to make it a thinking of you, thank you or a birthday card! All materials used above courtesy of Stampin' Up! CS: Tempting turquoise, rose red, pumpkin pie, old olive and whisper white. DSP: Island Oasis. Ink: Versamark, old olive, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise. Accessories: various SU markers.
Project number 2 features an oldie but a goodie SU stamp - Bodacious Bouquet. Insert your appropriate greeting on the inside to fit your occasion. This card does feature some cutting - so be sure to bring your scissors! Materials used include: CS: Yo-yo yellow, only orange, bashful blue, rose red, whisper white. DSP: Cutie pie. Ink: Rose red, green galore, only orange.
And the third project features a $1 spot at Michael's stamp set from Studio G. Beach umbrellas set the stage for this fun card. Materials use courtesy of SU. CS: Green galore, bashful blue, summer sun. DSP: Cutie Pie. Ink: Stazon. Accessories: Various SU markers. Punches: Modern Label, Tri-flower.
The stamp a stack will be on Thursday, June 17th from 10 to noon. You will make 3 each of all 3 cards (9 total). Cost is $15. Be sure to bring your favorite adhesive. RSVP by Tuesday, June 15th. Bring a friend and receive $5 off your class. Place a $40 order and receive a free pack of 8.5x11 card stock. Seating is limited to the first 12, so be sure to claim your spot today!
Special thanks to Kristi W for helping to design and prepare for the class! She's a rock star! Now if I could just hire her to write my blog posts! lol!
Attending: 1. Kristi W 2. Alicia M 3. Niti A 4. Niti A Friend 5. Angie M 6. Alicia M Friend 7. Emily L 8. Amanda M 9. Your name here 10. Your name here 11. Your name here 12. Your name here.
The three projects we will be working on for Friday. You will make 3 of two designs and 4 of the third. Please let me know which design you would like 4.
Remember I need to receive your payment by Wednesday afternoon if you are planning on participating. Hope to see you on Friday! All supplies will be cut out and ready for you to put your cards together!
Card 1 - Celebrate CS: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, More Mustard, Rose Red, and Garden Green Accesories: 1 1/4" circle punch, small star punch Ink: Brillant Blue Stamps: Celebrate
Card 2 - Thank you CS: Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Confetti White, Polka Dots and Petals Designer Paper Accesories: slit punch, Yo Yo Yellow Ribbon, aqua painter Ink: Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Staz-On Black Stamps: Doodle This, Warm Words
You can change the sentiment on this card very easily.
Card 3 - Chicken in CS: Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Rebecca Designer Paper Accessories: 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, aqua painter, water colour crayons Ink: Staz-On Black Stamps: Best of Cluck
This has an optional image to change sentiments. You can decide at the class which one you will use as the image panels are the same size.
I'm a SAHM of two beautiful girls and a handsome black lab named Shadow.
I'm a "retired" Chemical Engineer and a current Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
I love to cook, read, talk, stamp and relax with a cool Shiner Bock!