I decided today to try something new with the stamps I have, especially the retiring ones that I should enjoy before they’re gone! I’m not so patiently waiting for my order of brand new colors, stamps and accessories to arrive tomorrow! I’ve been anxious to try this technique for a while now, it’s called the grid technique. I used Winged Things (retiring) and It’s Your Birthday for the stam sets. I watercolored the images using my Watercolor Wonder Crayons (bold brights), and mounted everything on Gable Green and Tempting Turquoise card stock. I also used some white wide organdy ribbon to finish it off. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out for my first try….although it didn’t make me feel any better about the fact that my new stuff won’t be here ’til tomorrow!
My sister picked up a great box at the Christmas Tree Shop for me a few weeks ago. She thought I might be able to use it for something SU related or alter it because it was such a neat box for a really good price. It was covered with a kind of velvety yellow paper. I didn’t know if I wanted to attempt it because it was such a pretty box, but I can’t resist turning everything into something SU! I finally decided to rip off that paper and see if I could turn it into a stamping project! It was like peeling wallpaper, but I finally got all that velvety paper off. I covered the box with some pretty SU paper, and I used organdy and grosgrain ribbon too. I made a bunch of cards to go inside. My mom has told me many times how she just needs all occasion cards, so I only made 4 birthday, 2 sympathy and 2 thank you’s, the other 12 had no words.
Last night I went to our monthly demonstrator meeting, which is always a good time! I made a swap card using Bugs & Kisses, Happy Everything, and Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I used Certainly Celery, Garden Green and Rose Red card stock. I don’t know if you can tell by the picture, but there’s glitter on the dragonfly’s wings that make him very sparkly!
I also participated in our Creative Challenge, which was to make 3 samples using Hodgepodge Hardware. I also used the Palette O’ Prints paper which I Love! I’m using it on everything these days! One more reason to be anxious for that new catalog right? Oh, did I mention I won the challenge too? Yay, more free Stampin’ Up! stuff…my favorite!
I also made this card this week to use for thank you notes, boy do I want that Beautiful Beach set to stick around!
On Thursday night I had a Mother’s Day Class, which featured cool little things you can make for your mom, or another special occasion. Everyone that came enjoyed the projects, and did a great job on them too! We made a Mother’s Day Card, paperweight, photo wallet, and votive holder. Check out my Stampin’ Up! website for my other upcoming events! Here are the pics:
I got the idea for the votive holder from semichocolate on SCS, and the Mother’s Day card from studbo on SCS…but I didn’t exactly case them, I do want to give credit for the idea though! They were both a hit!
Finally! I’ve been waiting to see what the retired list would hold in store for me this year, and I was very surprised when I saw it! You can check it out HERE. Every year Stampin’ Up! releases a list of stamp sets that will no longer be available after June 30th, because on July 1st a new catalog is released and there must be room for all the new stuff! There are approximately 230 sets on this list, and wheels too! On one hand, I’m sad to see some of my favorites go, such as Roses In Winter, Petal Prints, Fishy Friends, and In Full Bloom…but on the other hand, bring on the new stamps! I was surprised to learn that I am losing 42 sets and 11 wheels this time around, yikes!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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??
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.
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"
The swap card theme for our meeting was Father’s Day cards, here’s mine:
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:
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:
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:
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!!