Techniques Night

Last night was the last in my series of techniques nights (for a while anyway!). We had a great time, as usual! Thanks for coming over everyone! We learned two new techniques, and since it was our last class and we had a little extra time, I also taught the ladies a really cool folding technique I learned the other day, what fun!

Img_3745 We used bubble wrap for our first technique…yes, bubble wrap! This was by far the easiest of the techniques we’ve learned, but very popular! The ladies loved the simplicity of it with such a great finished look. The stamp set we used is called Eat Cake, and of course there’s glitter on the candle flames!

Img_3735 Another fun bubble wrap card. The fish are actually stamped on vellum in black ink, and it’s adhered over the bubble wrap card stock. We used Fishy Friends and Simple Sayings II. 

Img_3741 This technique was a little more involved, but produced great results for everyone! We used Pearl Ex powder and reinkers to create this shimmery background. I love how it looks like a sunset. We also colored our black gingham ribbon with a Cameo Coral marker to coordinate it. The stamp set we used was Simply Said.

Img_3738 The butterfly on this card is cut out and embossed, and adhered to the card with the wings popping up. It really comes off the card in real life. The butterfly came from Touch of Nature, and Thank You is from Much Appreciated.

Here’s our Iris Folding card. It looks quite difficult, but really isn’t! This one was a real "wow", I think because it looks so impressive and was much easier than it seems!

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Even though techniques night is over, I’ve still got LOTS of fun, cool projects planned for this month! Check out my Stampin’ Up! website for my calendar of events! I’d love to have you join us!

Here they are…

We had our monthly demonstrator meeting last night, so I can finally show you all the samples I prepared for it! I was creating samples using the Hodgepodge Hardware and Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals from Stampin’ Up! I used lots of the new Palette O’ Prints designer paper too! Check out my Stampin’ Up! website to contact me & book your event for May and get your own set of Palette O’ Prints paper! Can you tell I was creating these during those long rainy days last week and I needed to see some flowers??

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Img_3718_2 This is the case that the Hodgepodge Hardware comes in. I covered it in designer paper from the Spring Mini, chipboard and ribbon. I also coated the hardware in Rose Red craft ink and embossed it to coordinate it.

Img_3720_2 How cute is this little pouch? It’s so simple and is made out of a 6×6" sheet of designer paper!

Img_3716_2 Here’s another version of the purse Donna shared with me. My favorite color is purple, and I just love the argyle print designer paper from the Palette O’ Prints for this.

Img_3721_2 The set I used for this card is called "All Through the Year" and I hadn’t used it much until this point…I think I’ll be using it more often now. The next card below uses it too.

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Img_3713_2 I paired up Rose Red and Chocolate Chip for this card. I used Doodle That and Whimsical Alphabet Lower, along with Everyday Flexible Phrases.

Img_3722_2 I used the oval punch to make the flower petals and I squished the hodgepodge buckle into white craft ink and embossed with light blue embossing powder. I love the finish it created!

Img_3724_2 I used Bugs & Kisses for this card. Can you see the sparkle on the dragonfly wings? I also punched out the oval in the front of the card…the worm is actually on the inside, with the words "Worm Wishes on Your Bug Day"

Img_3725_2 One of my favorite old standby sets for creating pretty cards is In full Bloom…boy am I hoping it’s not on that retiring list May 1st!

Img_3728_2 This set is called Eat Cake, and of course I used more glitter…

Img_3731_2 I used the corner rounder to create the scalloped edge on the main image here…don’t you just love SU! punches? The sets used here are Simply Said and Wonderful Words.

Img_3732_2 I used the widest ribbon from Sweet Shop for this card, along with the sets Looks Like Spring & Sincere Salutations. The ribbon really makes the card.

Img_3733_2 I finally used my Doodle Alphabet from the Spring Mini for this bookmark!

The swap card theme for our meeting was Father’s Day cards, here’s mine:

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Busy, busy!

I’ve been busily preparing samples for next week’s demonstrator meeting, as well as the projects for my next techniques class. Of course I can’t post all the pictures of everything I’ve been working on until after our meeting and class, so my blog’s been neglected the last couple of days! I was cleaning up my stamp area today, and came across the cutest little clear boxes I had saved. My kids got them in their easter baskets, with those little metal mind puzzles inside. Of course, there’s a reason they got those mind puzzles…because mommy liked the boxes they came in! As soon as they opened them I swiped the boxes and finally decided to do something with them today. I LOVE the Petals & Paisley designer series paper in the Spring Mini! I’ve been covering everything with it! I’ve saved every cool jar I’ve used, and my husband has even put a few things aside for me! Here’s the little box I covered today:

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You can’t tell by this picture, but this little box is only about 2-1/2" square! I’m not sure what I’ll put in it yet, but I’m sure I’ll find something stampin’ related to put in there!

Here’s another jar I covered with the same designer paper:

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Sketch/Color Challenge

Today I was itching to stamp all day…which really didn’t work out, but I did get to make this card. My friend Donna was anxious to stamp too, and even though she doesn’t live near me, we decided I’d pick a layout and she’d pick the color combo and we’d both make our own things and share our photos after. Let’s just say I know she’s going to make me want to buy the stamp set she’s using…Crab & Company from the Spring Mini! I love that set already, and she’s very talented, so I’m guessing this set will be in my next order after I see her card! Here’s my card:

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I think this card looks much better in real life. I coated each layer of the flower with glassy glaze enamel and heat embossed it and they really pop off the card. The colors Donna chose were Cool Caribbean, Sahara Sand, Real Red, and Very Vanilla. I’ll have to shoot for making more than one card tomorrow! By the looks of next week’s weather, I’ll have plenty of time to stamp!!

Post-It Note Books

I found little books like these the other day on SCS. I’d love to give credit to the person who came up with them, but I don’t know who it was or where I got the instructions from! They’re very simple to make out of designer paper, and when you untie the ribbon, it opens up like a book and you can use the post-it notes inside. Very clever!

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Happy Birthday Lori!

I made this card today for my friend Lori’s birthday, which is tomorrow. (I know, nothing like last minute huh???) I have to say it is MUCH cuter in real life. I made the flower pot from some scraps of Really Rust card stock. The flowers are from a great set called Touch of Nature, and they’re colored in with markers and then embossed twice with Glassy Glaze ultrathick embossing powder. They’re attached to the card with dimensionals too, so they really "pop". This was nothing like what I set out to make, but I’m happy with the result. Now off to the mailbox to get it to Lori in time!

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Thanks Donna!

My friend and fellow demonstrator Donna came over the other day, and brought with her an adorable little purse like this one. I immediately wanted to know how to make it! Of course I didn’t want to copy hers exactly (okay, I did want to copy hers exactly, but I refrained!), so I changed the colors and designer paper. I think it’s so cute! What a great gift this would make filled with cards! Thanks again Donna!Img_3646

Reflection

Today my sister called me, who is a realtor, and wanted me to make her a card. First thought…yay! I love when people want me to make cards!! She likes to send out "happy first year in your house" cards…isn’t she thoughtful?? Anyway, the house they bought is pondfront, so my first thought was a scene where it would look like the trees were reflecting in the pond. I had a lot of fun with this technique! Here’s what I came up with…

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Ahoy, Matey!

I made a birthday card today for my son’s best friend who turned 8 today. I wanted to use the Ahoy, Matey! set because I was using the matching wheel to make the wrapping paper for his gift. I used Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip and Real Red card stock, and I watercolored the card using my aquapainters (paint brushes prefilled with water) and coordinating stamp pads. Watercoloring is so easy this way! I used linen thread and a 1/16" hole punch to make the little knots on the corners of the pirate picture. Anyone who knows my son Nick knows he is crazy about collecting rocks! He could open his own rock store in his room! Well, his friend is the same way…so we bought him a giant chunk of mica for his birthday…kind of like opening treasure huh?!

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Quarterly Demonstrator Event Yesterday!

Sorry it’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted something new…but I’ve been very busy learning some new stuff to share with you!

We had such a blast! We made 4 awesome projects that I’ll be offering as a stamp camp soon! Tomorrow I’ll be posting all the swap cards I got yesterday.

Check your email box for my monthly newsletter too…lots of great stuff going on this month!