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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I love swap club!

Last Sunday I was able to host swap club!  I just love getting together with a bunch of crafty ladies and swapping cards.  Here are just a few.  This first one is from fellow demonstrator, Lynn.  She is the master of the SVGs.  Aren't these birds just adorable!
 This next one is by a new club member, Kelly E.  I just love the way the bunny appears to be peeking in the card.  She used jewelry wire to make the whiskers.  Super cute!
 This last one is by Janea, who is also a demonstrator and SVG queen.  This puppy card opens up and actually has a tail on the back of the card.  Too CUTE!!!

Hope you enjoy!  I'll post more another day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Butterfly design challenge

A few weeks ago, my cousin held a stamp-a-stack card class. Attendees got to make 5 each of 4 designs. I didn't get to go but I bought a kit. Above is one of the cards from the kit. Very pretty but not really my style. So with the remaining kits, two of my friends and I did a card design challenge. We had to use more than 50% of the items in the kit to design card. We were allowed to add a few other design elements to complete the card. Below are the results... This first one is designed by my friend Sandy
This is one is designed by my friend from Montana, Michael (pronounced Michelle).
And this is the one that I designed.
So which one do you like the best? Leave a comment with your vote.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pink Poodles Galore

My friend, Alycia, made the super adorable pink poodle card above using various SU punches. It inspired me to design the pink poodle card below. I don't usually use a lot of pink so it was fun to step out of my comfort zone.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Swap Club is next weekend

Next weekend, I will be hosting our SU swap club. If you don't have a swap club in your area, you really should try to form one. Basically, a group of us get together and make the same card multiple times so that when we get together we can trade and leave with a bunch of beautifully made cards. As an added bonus, each month a Stampin Up demonstrator (Janea, Lynn or I) does two make-n-takes. It really is a good time.

Below is one of the make-n-takes that I will be demo'ing next Sunday at swap club. It uses the "Sweet Buttons" embosslit that is sold in the Occasions mini and the thanks stamp from the "Perfect Punches" stamp set.

Below is the card that inspired me:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sleeping Bag Invite

I was asked by my friend, Amy, to design a card for her daughter's slumber party. I saw a card on Splitcoast that was square and used pinks and browns. Showed that to Amy and she like the design but wanted something with greens, yellows, polka dots, and flowers. I went to the Stamp Convention yesterday in search of a cute stamp of an animal in PJs. Couldn't find one. But I did find a cute stamp with fuzzy slippers. So to the left is my first attempt. I made the card rectangular to look more like a sleeping bag that is folded open. I embossed the yellow to give the appearance of quilting on the outside of the sleeping bag.
Here is the inside of the card.  Plenty of room to place invite date, time, place ect...  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lessons Learned

Last weekend was my Fun with Acetate class. Boy, was I tired after the class! Thanks so much to my cousin for helping out.

Lesson Learned #1: Don't introduce too many techniques in one class. Class participants learned many new techniques but I think at times they got a little overwhelmed.

Lesson Learned #2: Keep class sizes small. In a large class it is virtually impossible to give each attendee the attention that they deserve. So in the future I am going to limit class size to 6. If I need to, I will repeat the class at two separate times on two separate days.

All in all, I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I am so grateful for all my wonderful friends and family that have supported my crafting addiction and honored me by taking my classes. Muchas Gracias!

Today's card is another one that I completed from a class kit from over 3 years ago. The kit had the tempting turquoise card, a strip of white card stock, a piece of so saffron DSP, and a piece of ribbon. I added the flower using 5-petal flower punch and the fancy flower punch, scrap of so saffron card stock, and a jumbo white brad. The birthday greeting came from the Salebration "so happy for you" set.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Old Kit-- New Look

Today was a good day! I got to just play in the craft room with my friend Sandy and my cousin Angela. Angela has a class tonight so she was prepping for it. Sandy and I were putting together old card kits that we just never seemed to have the time to put together. The card above was made with one of those kits. I think it was from a class over 4 years ago. It came with a rose red card, matching ribbon, piece of gold, river rock and white card stock. Well my old brain could not remember what the original design was so I had to put on my creativity hat and design one. I added stamps from the SU "Just Believe" set, always artichoke ink, basic pearls, vintage wallpaper embossing folder and the scallop oval punch. I think it turned out pretty good. What do you think? Check on the boxes at the bottom of this post.

Tomorrow is my "Fun with Acetate" class.  Looking forward to it! 
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fun with Scraps

I just love designer paper. I just can't seem to get enough. The card above is what you can do when you are down to scraps of left-over paper. I used a 1/2 inch paper punch and went to town punching out squares of some coordinating paper. Had fun arranging it in patterns. The letters were stamped and then I used Dimensionals to add some dimension. So don't throw away your scraps...have fun recycling them into funky cards.
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