Demo Meeting Swap

A fun part of being a demo is our monthly meetings! A group of us get together and swap cards, stamp and chat. We always have a great time. The theme for tonight’s swaps is anything from the Spring Mini, so with Easter right around the corner, I chose Bunny Hugs. I used Cool Caribbean and Pretty in Pink card stock, and the new designer paper in the Spring Mini too! I punched out the holes in the front of the card so you can see the chicks, but they’re actually on the inside of the card.

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Techniques Night

We had so much fun at my monthly techniques class last night! We learned two new techniques, called Cracked Glass and Pearl Ex Window. Here are some of the cards we made:

Img_3467 The card to the left is one of the cracked glass cards. This technique is easy and fun! I used the Blossoms Abound set for this card, with Rose Red and Always Artichoke.

Img_3470 For the card above we used Pearl Ex Window technique. The picture doesn’t really show how shimmery the colored tag part is. The sets we used for this are Doodle That from the Spring Mini, and Simple Sayings II.

This card is another cracked glass one. We used In Full Bloom and Much Appreciated. Img_3508

Check out my events calendar to join us for a class like this!

Layout Challenge

Christine and I also tried a "Layout Challenge" when she came to stamp. It was a little tricky to stick to the original layout, because we both wanted to add our own little touch. I used Polka Dots & Paisley for mine, and It’s Your Birthday, and of course we both used the new designer papers from the Spring Mini Catalog…love those papers!! Here’s what I came up with…

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The funny part is that it was supposed to be a "random" drawing of a layout…by the end of the night, we were both a little punchy, had too much caffeine, and kept picking other challenges because we didn’t want to do the ones we picked…so much for "random"! We really had a great time though!

Color Challenge

Tonight my friend Christine came over, and we decided to try something new. We decided to try a "Color Challenge"! If you don’t know what a color challenge is…you pick a few colors randomly and create a card using only those colors (and a neutral). We lucked out because we both loved the colors in our first challenge! They were Elegant Eggplant (my favorite!!), Cool Caribbean, and Certainly Celery. We had so much fun, and we came up with very different cards using the same colors.

Here’s mine…

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Card of the Day

As you may have noticed, I’m trying to add something new to my blog daily. I want to make it a great place for you to get some ideas, and it also keeps me stamping! I just finished this card a few minutes ago, so I thought I’d make it the card of the day!

For this card I used Mellow Moss and Not Quite Navy card stock. I used a set that I love, but don’t use as often as I’d like…it’s called Touch of Nature. I also used the Floral Background stamp, and Everyday Flexible Phrases for the word "friend". I wanted it to have a little something "extra" but I didn’t want to overdo it, so I used some Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware. The butterfly is embossed and really pops off the card IRL. Thanks for looking!

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Paint, Paper & Crafts on Locally!

There’s a great crafting show called "Paint, Paper & Crafts" that often features Stampin’ Up!’s own Shelli Gardner and her daughter Sara, creating fun projects using Stampin’ Up! supplies! I was so excited to find out this morning that this show is actually available locally (if you have Comcast)! You can check out your channel listings with Comcast HERE. Just input your address and look through the list for either WGBH or WGBX channels. Paint, Paper & Crafts is on at my house in Carver on channel #168, called WGBX Create. I just finished programming my DVR to tape it every time it’s on! Then, if there are any projects you want more information on, or would like to purchase the supplies for…give me a call!

How Simple is That?

Img_3453_2 I was talking to my upline tonight, and she mentioned a great article in our monthly demonstrator’s magazine, called "Stampin’ Success" a few months back, in which the cards were really simple, focusing on ribbon and hodgepodge hardware. I have been itching to use the ribbon called "Sweet Shop" and after talking with Dawn, I checked out the article and whipped up this card. Sooo simple, and I really like it!

The card stock I used was Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, and Rose Red. I also used the stamp sets called Label Classics and Much Appreciated. Next time you need a quick card, think about some ribbon and hardware!