Making Christmas Bright

This is the last card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting inn October.  Before I showed them this card, I first showed them this:

Some of them had no clue what this thing was.  Those that knew kind of rolled their eyes but admitted they had one (somewhere but hadn’t taken it out in a while).  I rarely used mine because it was hard to get the paper in straight and turn the lever at the same time.  Well, now Stampin’ Up!®  has an embossing folder that does this!  It is called Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions and it is in the Holiday Catalog.  If you remember that contraption above, you need to get this embossing folder.

The stamp set we used on this card is also in the Holiday Catalog.  It is called Making Christmas Bright.  It has a matching punch called Christmas Bulb Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. There is also another stamp set in this catalog that fits the punch.  It is called Making Everyday Bright and is on Page 47.  Even though we did not use this stamp set, I have it listed below so you can look at it.

The colors we used on this card are Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch.

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Club Challenge Cards

I have the best club in the world.  My members are so much fun plus they are all so talented.  Every month I give them a challenge.  Most of the time it is a sketch challenge but sometimes it can be a theme or a color.   They have to make a card and bring it to the meeting and the hostess for the night gets to keep the cards.  Last night was my night to hostess so I get to show you their cards.

I need to get the ladies to write their names on the back of the cards because I can not always remember who made what but I think I got them right.

These cards were made by Amy and Karen.

These were made by Carol and Char.

Laura and Debby made these.

Renee and Lynette made these cards.

As you can tell, they were given a sketch.  Aren’t they all beautiful??

Pop Of Petals & Calligraphy Essentials

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting in July.  Have I mentioned how awesome my club members are?  I am sure I have but just in case, they are a wonderful group of women and we have fun stamping together.

Anyway, to make this card we used a couple of different stamp sets.  The first one is called Pop Of Petals.  This set has a matching punch called Four Petal Flower Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is a fun set that has  six different flowers you can punch out, plus some leaves and other flowers.  Oh wait.  I just noticed one of the flowers is a butterfly!  Fun!

The other stamp set is called Calligraphy Essentials.  This stamp set goes with a kit that is gorgeous!    It teaches you how to learn modern script calligraphy and make cards at the same time.  There are 13 practice sheets and you can make 16 cards!  Here is a video showing you this kit.

Doesn’t that look like fun?

The colors we used for this card are Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

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Animal Outing

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last night.  We used the stamp set called Animal Outing.  I got this set for free at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage in April.  OnStage is a convention that only Demonstrators can go to.  It is so much fun and you get a lot of free merchandise when you go.  Right now Stampin’ Up! is having a special when you join.  For $99 you get to choose $125 worth of any current products AND you also get ten free ink pads!  That is a $75 value alone!  Click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

Animal Outing has matching Framelits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I know this card looks pretty plain and simple but it has a fun aspect to it that you can’t really see from the picture.  First, we stamps the Rhino in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock.  Then we stamped just the head of the Rhino onto another piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and cut it out using the Animal Friends Framelits.

Now the fun part!  We attached the head of the Rhino to the body using a Mini Spring I purchased online. It has adhesive on the top and the bottom and it makes the head wiggle when you touch it.  The Mini Spring looks like this:

The Designer Series Paper we used is called Nature’s Poem.  Remember during the month of July you can buy three Designer Series Paper packs and get one free.

 

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Varied Vases

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a new stamp set called Varied Vases.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Vases Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

To make this card I first stamped the scalloped edge in Coastal Cabana.  Then I stamped the medium and small vase outline in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and used a second stamp for the inside of the vases using Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody.  After that I stamped the stems and flower outline stamps in Memento Ink again and finished them off by stamping the inside of the flowers with Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Coastal Cabana.  We used the punch to cut out the larger vase after stamping the outline in Memento Ink and the inside using Coastal Cabana and attached it to the card using a Dimensional.  Last but not least, I stamped the sentiment.

Here are some more beautiful samples using this Bundle from the Annual Catalog.

Abstract Impressions

This is another card we made at our June monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Abstract Impressions..  This is a new stamp set that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching dies (although we did not use them on this card) called Springtime Impressions.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Abstract Impression is a two step stamp set.  This is where you use two or more stamps to make one image.  To make this card I worked from the bottom up.  I first stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and then the swoosh in Lemon Lime Twist.  Then I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist. I think if I did this card again, I would switch those colors and make the larger stems Lemon Lime Twist and the smaller stems in Granny Apple Green.  Last but not least, I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel.  Oh wait, the last thing I did was stamp the bug in Highland Heather ink.  Aren’t these new colors just gorgeous!?!

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made using this great bundle:

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Club Member Cards

Last week my monthly stamp club met.  Every month I give them a challenge to do.  Usually it is a sketch challenge but occasionally I give a theme (such as a birthday card) or a color challenge.  Last week we did a sketch challenge.  I am sure you will able to get an idea on what the sketch looked like after seeing their cards.

The first set of cards were made by Laura and Renee.

These next two cards were made by Char and Lynette.  Ok, so what is your opinion?  If the bird on the right a Blue Heron or an Egret?  We had quite a discussion about that.

These last two cards were made by Debby and Carol.

They are all so talented!  They did a great job, don’t you think?

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Rooted In Nature

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting on Wednesday.  I have to say, I just love this group of ladies.  Some of them have been with me since the beginning (2008) and others have just joined but they all get along so well and we have a great time.

We used a new stamp set from the new 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is called Rooted In Nature and is absolutely gorgeous.  It is kind of like Lovely As A Tree but stepped up and even better.  It also has a set of matching dies called Nature’s Roots and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Actually both of these items are part of a suite called Nature’s Poem.  The Suite includes the stamp set and dies plus it has Designer Series Paper, ribbon, cardstock and these adorable metal leaves called Leaves Trinkets.  They come in silver and copper.  You can see what they look like on the card.

The color I used to make this card is Tranquil Tide.  The Designer Series Paper is called Nature’s Poem and the twine is called Nature’s Twine.  You get four colors in the pack (Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron.

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! made showing you the Nature’s Roots Bundle:

Don’t forget about my Designer Series Paper Club.  You can get more information HERE.

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Guy Greetings & The Stamparatus

This is the third card we made in our monthly stamp club meeting a couple of weeks ago.  We used the retiring stamp set called Guy Greetings.  This set is a great set to make masculine cards.    I used the sentiment Happy Birthday but a lot of the ladies changed it into a Father’s Day card by just chaining the sentiments.  This set is great because it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer so it can make  everyone happy!

I also introduced the Stamparatus to my club members with this card.  It allows you to stamp and image multiple times and have it line up perfect every time.  If you haven’t seen the Stamparatus at work you need to watch this video.

We stamped the sentiment and then cut it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  Then we punched a blank one out of Tranquil Tide cardstock, cut it in half and then backed the sentiment with it.  Thankfully, this punch is going to be in the new catalog.

The colors I used on this card are Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy.  These colors match the Designer Series Paper we used called True Gentleman.  This paper was in the 2018 Occasions Catalog but has now sold out.

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Seaside Shore

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  Debby, one of my long time members wanted me to show her the “inking up an embossing folder” technique.  I know.  That is such a technical name but that is what I call it.  It probably has a fancier name that this but it works.

To make the background I inked up the Seaside Embossing Folder using Dapper Denim ink and a brayer.  The I put the cardstock inside and ran it through the Big Shot. It is a very simple technique but fun.

I used the stamp set called Seaside Shore.  This set is retiring at the end of May.  I stamped the fish in Sweet Sugarplum (a retiring InColor) and Calypso Coral.  The bubbles are stamped in Dapper Denim (another retiring InColor) and the sea plants were stamped in Wild Wasabi (a retiring Subtle Ink color).  The cardstock is Dapper Denim and Soft Sky (both are retiring).

Remember, you only have a couple more weeks to buy any of the retiring items.  After that they will be gone forever!

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