Friday, September 16, 2011

September Stamp Club

I am so happy that Stamp Club has started up again and that I get to see my club ladies regularly. The three projects we worked on all showcased product from the new Holiday Mini:

This project uses the Kraft Gift Box on Page 15 of the mini. We decorated the box using layers of early espresso and First Edition Specialty DSP stamped with the leaves from the French Foliage stamp set. The colours used for the leaves were cajun craze, old olive and more mustard. I absolutely adore the Gently Falling stamp set in the mini but tried to use some restraint and didn't purchase it knowing I already had French Foliage. It's so hard using restraint!!! I have seen so many beautiful samples using Gently Falling and it would definitely be a good purchase. The top of the box is decorated with the same layers but we added a beautiful scallop circle of early espresso cut with the Big Shot and the Perfect Pennants die. The vintage flower is made from six scallop circles of the First Edition DSP and a vintage brad. Love those brads!!

Our next project uses the Always Grateful stamp set from the new Mini. I have been using this set a lot as it is perfect for thank you cards and for Thanksgiving cards. The image was stamped on water colour paper using basic black ink and then coloured using a blender pen and pear pizzazz, more mustard and soft suede ink. The image was then punched out using the 2 1/2" circle punch and layered on a soft suede circle cut using the Big Shot and the 3" circle die. The card base is soft suede and the layer of pear pizzazz card stock is embossed using the Big Shot and the new houndstooth embossing folder. Grateful is stamped on very vanilla card stock using soft suede and punched out with the oval punch and layered on a piece of soft suede punched with the decorative label punch. The ribbon is very vanilla seam binding.

Our last project was done in anticipation of Halloween. This project is cased from Page 11 of the Mini using the new cellophane bags. I used the Out on a Limb stamp set instead of the Howl-o-ween Creeps set and loved the results. There are 50 of the bags in one package for $3.25. This is a great deal for making up those special Halloween treats.

I am excited to start moving on to some Christmas projects now. There might still be one or two more Halloween projects in my future too. Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Always Thankful

I think I have made the last thank you card for another get well gift received by my husband. The Always Thankful set in the Holiday Mini was the perfect set for some of my thank you cards and it works well for Thanksgiving cards. Here is a card made using the pear stamp in the set:

Appropriately the layered card stock used is the pear pizzazz from last year's in colours. The base is soft suede card stock. The image is stamped with basic black on water colour paper and coloured in using a blender pen and pear pizzazz ink and soft suede ink. I also added a little more mustard to give some dimension to the pears. I really like the combination of soft suede with the pear pizzazz. Grateful was stamped on very vanilla card stock and accented with a glimmer brad and lace ribbon. The pear pizzazz layer was embossed using the Big Shot and the new stripes embossing folder. I am seriously addicted to embossing folders. It seems that no card is complete unless at least one layer has been embossed!!

That's all I have for now. The weekend will be busy as I will be a vendor at the Collage Culture Festival on Saturday and Sunday. I have a booth near the stage so I will be able to take in all of the entertainment. It's going to be a good time!! Next week is our first night of Stamp Club so I will post our club projects after Wednesday's meeting.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More thanks

My husband is doing so well after his surgery. It is hard to believe it has almost been a month since the operation. He is back to driving again so he is much happier now that he can get out of the house and have some freedom!! I'm happier now also as things are starting to settle back into a routine. Some wonderful friends came by and brought a beautiful fruit basket. Here is the thank you card I made for them:

This card uses a basic black card stock base with layers of lucky limeade, basic black and whisper white. The new lucky limeade colour is really starting to grow on me and pairing it with black is my fave combination. The lucky limeade layers were embossed using the Big Shot and the vintage wallpaper folder. The stamp set used is Clearly for You. The small frame is cut using the new die - Peekaboo Frames - which is now available in the Holiday Mini. I love these frames and I can tell they will be used in a lot of projects. A "thanks so much" sentiment from the Tiny Tags set is stamped inside the small square frame. There are soooo many frames on this die, large and small. The final touch is to add the three basic rhinestones. Loves me some bling!!

I have a birthday card that needs to get done and I will hopefully post a pic soon. Thanks for stopping by.