Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mono Die Technique

I recently subscribed to the Technique Junkies newsletter, and this is the first technique I tried out! This was the card we all made at the shoebox swap I organized for my upline's Winter Wonderlude event this past weekend (more on that in the next post). We used Sage Shadow for the background on a piece of Whisper White card base. We used the small scallop circle from SU's scallop circle die and then embossed them with the polka dot embossing folder. The inks used were Brocade Blue and Bravo Burgundy. Oh, and the stamp set is SU's Simple Friendship.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Wonderlude

This weekend, my fabulous upline, Tina, is hosting another wonderful event for us, and I'm really looking forward to it. We're going to have an entire weekend at a beautiful hotel to meet with good friends, do swapping, make 'n takes, classes and workshop WOWs, among other things.

One of the other things is a shoebox swap that I'm hosting! A shoebox swap is where you design a project, cut up all your supplies, and gather everything needed into a 'shoebox' type box. There are 19 ladies in this swap, so I needed to design a card and cut up the supplies so the other 18 people can make my project. Then, at the swap tomorrow night (we wear pajamas!), the participants get a goody bag, and each project is placed on different tables, and you go around the room from one project to the next until you've made them all! Soooo much fun, and being a demonstrator, it's nice to make other people's projects for a change.

Another job I'm doing is make 'n take helper. I went up to Tina's house in Sparta earlier this week and made my big project early. Then, when the large group is making the project, we have my sample as well as instructions and Tina's sample, and I can assist anyone when help is needed. It keeps everyone on track and things running smoothly.

And, lastly, my most important job ... I'm demoing one of the workshop WOWs! I'm so excited to be showing everyone how to make Wendy Vecchi's roses! Of course, I had to modify a few things, like using the #5 flower die instead of Wendy's stamp, and using our Designer Series paper & cardstock instead of Tim's Grungepaper, but the results are still fabulous. I only have until noon, and it's almost 10am already, but the last thing I have to do before going is to prepare for this demo which I have to perform 3Xs!

So, I've got to get working on it, and I promise to post photos when I return after Sunday! I'm soooooo excited! Can't wait!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Well, I guess all this snow was too much for everyone cause I only had one student come to my Stamp-a-Stack class on Friday. Luckily, it was Frances, who missed last month's stack class, so I just repeated the projects!

This was one of the cards we made at Stampin' Up!'s Regional Convention last month in Arizona. I just love this new Vintage Vogue set (we got it for free!).

She also made four of the little Valentine love notes that we made at the kids class (see my last post).
And, for the 3rd card, I had to dig up an oldie but goodie ...

I just adore this card ... the Regal Rose ... tearing the vellum ... the beautiful, wide grosgrain ribbon ... everything!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Kids Class

My neighbor asked me to start up my Kids Class again for her twin girls (they're in 4th grade ... that makes them 10?) and a couple of their friends. These girls are very sweet and just as talented. We had a great time at class ... they brought along Esther, who I'd had in a class last year at the grammar school (also, very talented, and she's a whiz at following instructions), and Kristie. This was Kristie's first time stamping with me, and she did great! All the girls made wonderful projects, and the class went very well. So well, in fact, that I think we're going to make it a monthly event!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fun Technique

Here's one of the cards we made at Friday night's technique class ... the card is based on one I saw on our new Stampin' Up! Connection site (for demonstrator's only--sorry) by Elizabeth Ann Rehn. I changed the cardstock color, and added different embellishments, but the basic design & technique I got from her.

I stamped the Medallion image on black cardstock using White Craft ink. Then, I dabbed color all over using Stampin' Up! Pastel Chalks & Sponge Daubers. After the whole image was basically covered, I went back over everything with more chalk, this time rubbing it in and blending the colors together. I used a spray fixative to set the colors.

For the brad in the center, I added a drop of Pixie Pink Craft reinker and wiped off the excess leaving the ink in just the recessed areas of the brad.

Finally, I used the Ticket corner punch on the black cs and added a Modern Label punched saying with silver brads popped up with Dimensionals. Beautiful, quick card!