Sunday, January 30, 2011

My stamp club meets the third Friday of each month. Each month we make a card and a 3-D item. This month we made an owl "lovebird" card using the wonderful Designer Series Paper available for "FREE" out of the Sale-A-Bration catalog. We also used the Valentine Defined stamp set for the saying. I cased the card from Stampin' Connection and after oohing and aahing realized my sideline Heidi King had created the original. Great work Heidi. We then decorated a recycled tin in a vintage Valentine theme. We used the Newsprint Designer Series Paper which we shaded with Crumb Cake, then crumbled the paper to give the aged/vintage look. We used the wonderful Be My Valentine stamp to put the saying on the lid, the banner was placed over a heart punched out of our wonderful Glimmer paper. Everyone seemed to really like the projects. We start a new club cycle in February let me know if you would like to join us.

This year I helped my nephew Kyle make a Christmas present for his girlfriend Hayley. We started with a square wood frame from a local craft store. We used paint to finish all of the sides of the frame then adhered a piece of Candy Cane Designer Series Paper to cover the entire frame with ModgePodge. We shaded all of the sides of the frame with Baja Breeze Classic Stamp Pad ink. The poinsettia was created by stamping the leaf from Fall Foliage in Versamark and embossing it with clear powder. Kyle thought embossing was the coolest thing. Kyle cut all of the poinsettia leaves by hand. We layered the leaves on a circle using Stampin Dimensionals on the top layer to pop the leaves up. We finished off the flower with pearls. We also used the Fall Foliage leaf to create the leaves for the flower.
We also embossed with clear powder some of the trees in the Candy Cane DSP. We cut them out and popped them up on Stampin' Dimensionals. We finished the frame off with a bow made using Real Red satin ribbon and Organza ribbon. We added a red button tied with crochet thread. Kyle was thrilled with the finished product and Hayley loved the frame.

This card is cased from the Flowerbugs Inkspot blog. I saw it and fell in love with the idea. It is done in Soft Suede and Very Vanilla using satin ribbon and the Eyelet Border punch. The images are stamped in Soft Suede with the entire surface inked with Versamark and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I gave it to my upline for Christmas and she loved the card. Unfortunately the picture doesn't do the card justice.
This is another card from my Christmas of Seasons Past card making class. We used the Snow Swirled stamp set, Purely Pomegrante, Always Artichoke and Whisper White stamp pads. The ribbon is satin in Purely Pomegrante. We embellished the tree with pearls or rhinestones.
Every year I hold Christmas card making classes that I call "Christmas of Seasons Past". I call it seasons past because we use retired Stampin' Up! products to make the cards. This card used Serene Snowflakes, I borrowed this set; but I certainly have to buy it as I love the beautiful snowflakes. We used Crumb Cake, Real Red and Very Vanilla. All the snowflakes were stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. The ribbon is Real Red grosgrain with Very Vanilla polka dots on the reverse side. I was very pleased with how this turned out.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I am sure by now everyone that is kind enough to view my blog is probably wondering why I haven't posted lately. I decided to enjoy time off over the holidays; be careful what you decide. Next thing I knew I came down with a really bad case of bronchitis. I'm still trying to get totally back on my feet. I have a lot of projects from December to post and Christmas cards from my "Holidays of Seasons Past". Thank you for your patience while I recover. I should be back posting soon.