Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September Club Cards

This past Saturday was my monthly stamp club meeting. It is hard to believe but we are almost done this years stamp club, only one more meeting left. I really think we need to start another club going in January, I am going to be going though withdrawals. This month we learned the faux silk technique. It is really hard to tell in the picture, but we stamped on tissue paper and then crumpled it to get some wrinkle lines in it and then glued it down on a piece of white cardstock leaving some wrinkles in it. I really like how it turned out.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Priceless
Ink: Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Accessories: Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Tissue Paper, Stampin' Dimensionals

The second card we did was with the new stamp set Pocket Silihouettes which was on sale this month. And we learned a new way to make a knot. I love how this knot looks, but I have found it is one of those things, that sometimes it comes out just the way you want it the first time, and sometimes it seems to take forever for you to get it the way you want it.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Pocket Silihouettes
Ink: Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: 1 3/8 Square Punch, 1 1/4 Square Punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, September 22, 2008

Birthday Stamp A Stack

In August I held a Birthday Stamp-A-Stack, it was so much fun. I even had three guys come, two of their own free will and I convinced my husband to come because the two guys were his friends. They did really good, and keep asking me when I am doing another one. We did twelve cards in total with three each of ones for boys, girls, men and women. I tried to do use the new in-color as much as possible to showcase the new stuff.

The first card was our boys card. I love the Wild About You set, it is so versatile. I have used it for so many different cards.
Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Wild About You, See You Around Wheel, A Little Birdie Told Me
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Spiral Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

This next card was the one we did for the feminine card. I used the new stamp set Wow Flowers and the new Scallop Edge Punch. I love this punch so much, the scallop edge on a card, just adds so much to the cards.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Silver Brad, Stampin' Dimensional

This next card was the one we did for a masculine birthday card. I only got the Lovely As A Tree set because my best friend convinced me when I signed up that I had to get this set. I have had it now for three years and I am still trying to get used to it. However I have found it very usual for masculine cards.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Sanded
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Glossy White
Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

The last card is the girl birthday card. A few months ago I got the Garden Whimsy set. I just loved spring feel of it and had so many ideas for feminine cards. I love adding glitter to projects to make them more girly and I just love how the glitter goes so well with this butterfly.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Hugs & Wishes
Cardstock: Basic Black, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Basic Black
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, September 21, 2008

August Stamp Club

These are the two cards that we did at my stamp club meeting in August. This is the first time I have bought any of the in-colors and I am really loving them. I can't decide which color is my favourite. So I wanted to showcase the new in-colors. This is the card that we did:

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Wow Flowers
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad

The second card we did I cased from Linda Heller at stampingschool.com. I wanted to do something different than a normal card and I thought this chalkboard idea was great.

Supplies Used:
(All Stampin' Up! unless noted)
Stamps: Priceless, Holidays & Wishes
Ink: Basic Gray, Going Gray, White Craft
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Going Gray, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Brads, Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Chalk & Chalkboard Paint

Personal Note

Let me say how sorry I am that I have not updated my blog in a while. Life has been a little crazy around here. My dad was diagnosed with cancer in January and was going through a bunch of chemo treatments. My parents only live an hour and a half from us, so we would try to go and visit my dad at least one weekend a month, sometimes more. My mom called me Aug. 26th to say dad was in the hospital and was going downhill very quickly, the doctor's wanted her to call the family in. I took the rest of the week off work and went to go see him. The first day we went up I was able to give him a scrapbook I had made for him and was able to really talk with him. The next few days we could see him going downhill. On August 30th, my dad passed away and went to be with the Lord. August 30th was my parent's 37th wedding anniversary, earlier in the month my dad gave me some money to pick up an anniversary gift for mom and to do a card for her. That morning my brother and I were debating on whether or not to give mom our anniversary gifts because of the situation, we knew that most likely he would pass away that day. However after asking mom how she felt about it, we decided to go ahead and celebrate it. So we gave her the gifts. I am so sure dad hang on until mom had opened her gift from him, he passed away very shortly after that. Dad was a minister and he was a minister until the end. His last words were a prayer that a pastor does at the interment ceremony at the cemetery. I miss him very much, but know that he is no longer in any pain. After the funeral I went back to work for a week and then I had the next week off as holidays. After spending a few days with mom, we went up north for a few days to visit some other friends. It was so nice to get away and relax for a while. I go back to work tomorrow and try to get back into the normal routine. Thank you so much for sticking with my blog and I promise to try to keep my blog more updated. I do have lots of cards to share that I have not shown you yet, so that is my goal for the next few weeks or so.