Thursday, April 30, 2009

Window Sheet Cards

Well, I finally had a few minutes to play in my stamp room. I decided to use the new printed Window Sheets from the Occasions Mini. I found these easy to work with and they made the cards look really polished and professional. Here are the 4 samples I made.

This first card was done with Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip, and Parisian Breeze Cardstocks. The Dandelion images are the pre-printed window sheet. I added a little Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the center of the dandelions. I stamped the greeting onto the window sheet using the White Staz-on ink.

This second card was super simple. I stamped the image from Upsy Daisy onto Pumpkin Pie card. Then I layered the window sheet to the front and added the new Organza Ribbon. The greeting is also stamped directly on the card, not the window sheet.

For the third card I utilized the window sheet for the background. I cut the window sheets into pieces so that I wouldn't waste it under the layering. I have the extra pieces available to use another time.

The last card has the window sheet attached with brads. The shadows in the picture make them look like eyelets, which would work, but not what I used. The card is made from some Designer Cardstock which adds a nice background to the window sheet. I layered the crocheted flowers to the front of the window sheet with Mini Glue Dots.

I loved working with this product. I hope SU will come out with some more designs. The cards come together so fast, which I love.

Monday, April 13, 2009

April Stamp Club Projects

Here are the three projects we did at Stamp Club last Friday.

This first card uses the new Great Friend and Walk in the Garden Designer paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. These are different colors than I normally work with, but I like how it came out. The colors used are Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze and Basic Grey. The Thank You stamp is from the $10 and under page in the SU catalog. It can be earned Free this month with a $40 purchase from the new mini catalog. I found the layouts for the cards this month on a blog called MojoMonday.

This next card uses my new favorite paper- Parisian Breeze. I have found it to be very popular with customers as well. The colors are beautiful and the texture and weight are fabulous. I paired it with my new favorite punch the Scallop Oval Punch from the Occasions mini. This punch layers perfectly with the large oval punch. Did you notice the stamp fits it perfectly? That's because the stamp is from a set called Oval All, which was designed so that all the stamps fit the punch. Love that!!! Colors used: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, & Kraft.

This last project was a super simple tin. We simply covered it with designer paper and ribbon. Added the tag on the front to cover the gap in designer paper and called it good. The ribbon used is the Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon and the paper is the Morning Sunshine Designer Paper.

Have a great week!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

March Stamp Camp Samples- Last Round

Here are the final three projects from my recent stamp camp.

This first card utilizes the new Manhattan Flower Impressions folder for the Big Shot. These folders give a really nice, deep and crisp impression- a real wow factor. We used my new favorite yummy Bronze Cardstock from the Taste of Textiles Specialty pack of paper. Please SU carry this in bulk!!!!! Guests were given the option to add the new Chocolate Glitter, from the Fine Supernova glitter pack, to the impressed flowers. I tried to get a close up of the glitter, but it's really hard to see. If it's any indication- ALL guests added the glitter, it was beautiful!! Please SU sell this chocolate glitter in bulk too!!! I kept the rest of the card very simple so that the flowers remain the focal.

This next project is a box that is scored and put together from a simple piece of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock. There was no cutting. I found the pattern on Paula Goff's blog. It's called the easy box. We used Rose Red cardstock and Raspberry Tart Designer paper. To add a little flair to the lid we punched the edge with the Eyelet Border punch. Very fun and easy box.
This last card is one of my favorites from the camp. If I remember correctly, I found the layout on SCS somewhere. I apologize that I can't remember exactly. This card is a combo of Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette, and Chocolate Chip cardstocks, paired with the Bella Birds Designer paper. The tree from Thoughts and Prayers is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and then the edges are sponged with Pink Pirouette. To highlight the paper layering we used the punch guide from the mat pack to add tiny holes around it.

That's it for this quarter's stamp camp. I think everyone enjoyed the camp and is looking forward to the next one. Happy Spring- It's finally sunny here in Seattle- at least for today!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

March Stamp Camp Samples- Round 3

This first project is done with a DVD Tin. We covered the outside and embellished with the celery twill ribbon, chipboard flower and new jumbo brads. On the inside we made decorative paper clips and clipped then on the left side above the post it notes. The inside left side was cover with two pieces of paper. The bottom piece did not have adhesive on the top so that we have a pocket for notes, receipts, paper clips- whatever. On the right side we put a notepad with a decorative scalloped top. To finish it off we added a coordinating RSVP pen. We simply slipped matching paper inside the pen.

This next card was water colored. We stamped using Basic Brown ink and then painted with Aquapainters and Watercolor Crayons on Watercolor paper. It's a simply layout that I think highlights the focal point well but also features the white striped paper from the Taste of Textiles set of specialty paper and the new Organza ribbon. The hat pin with beads was added for elegance. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the white is layered on Elegant Eggplant Cardstock. The stamp set used here was Bloomin' Beautiful.

The last card for today used one of my new favorite sets- Thoughts and Prayers. I cased this card off of SCS. The papers used are also a favorite for me. I heart the Parisian Breeze Specialty cardstock!! The white cardstock is from the SU Naturals line. The ribbon is the new white Satin from the Occasions Mini.

Check back for the forth and final installment of stamp camp samples.

Friday, April 3, 2009

March Stamp Camp Samples- Round 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Stamp Camp Samples. This first card was designed to feature 3 things: the Rockability Paper, the Scallop XL Die and the Circle Scissor Plus. It's a very simple card, with a fun cheery feel.

This Acetate Box is an idea I got from the tutorial section of SCS. I love these boxes and will likely be making more. I think they will make great party favors. I used the Washington Apple Designer Paper and Party Hearty stamp set. What I love about this box is that the lid doesn't come off, it just slides up the ribbon to open. My original sample was done with the thinner striped paper. I liked it better. However, my son must have REALLY wanted the candy inside because he destroyed it the night be the camp. Nothing like a little extra work the last few moments before guests arrive.

The last sample for today uses one of my fav sets- A Good Egg. I wanted to try out my next Texture Plates so we used the small polka dots for the background. I found that I needed to add two shims (pieces of cardstock) to get a nice deep impression. The designer paper is from the Sweet Always set and the colors used are Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Pumpkin Pie. My favorite feature for the this card is the "cracking" egg. I think it added a lot of fun to a fairly simple easy card.

I'll be back tomorrow with three more samples.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

March Stamp Camp Samples

Last weekend I hosted my quarterly stamp camp. Over the next few days I will post all 12 samples of the projects we made. So keep checking back.

During the camp we used the Big Shot a lot. We used all sorts of different types of dies, texture plates etc. This first card was done with the new 3-D Pop-Up Cake Die. It became available for order on April 1st. This die includes cake "toppers" of candles and/or bride & groom. You get to choose what goes on top. In this case we went with a simple birthday card and the pop up cake on the inside provided the "wow" factor.

We also used the Sizzlet SU Big Bold Birthday dies for the cupcake on the front. The base of the cupcake is crimped to imitate the cupcake papers. In addition we used Candy Lane Designer Paper, Fine Supernova Glitter, Pretty in Pink ink and Ribbon, and the New Oval Scallop Punch that came out in the Occasions Mini catalog layered onto the the large Oval Punch. LOVE this new punch, it is a must have!!

This next project is one that I cased from Cambria Turnbow's blog. It's a purse made with the Carousel Notes. The inside is a bag-a-lope made with the Chocolate envelopes that come with the notes. I adore these envelopes. So much so that I don't use them. Hmmm, I think I have a problem :) The other items used here are Jumbo Eyelets, Chocolate Chip Ribbons, Petal Pizzazz Stamp Set, Chocolate Corduroy Buttons, and Morning Sunshine Designer Paper.

The last project for today is using the Fifth Avenue Floral set. This is not a set I loved at first, but it has grown on me. Don't be surprised to see me use it again soon. The colors used here aer Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip. The chocolate flowers in the background also have some Dazzling Diamonds in the centers. The ribbon is from the Valet Ribbon Originals. I used the new 5/16" Neutral brads along with the Oval Punch. The oval is popped up on Dimensionals, and sponged around the edges. This photo doesn't do this card justice, it's actually very pretty in person. I think I need to buy stronger bulbs for my photo box.

That's it for today. Come back tomorrow for 3 more samples.