Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Star Struck Stampers Sunday stamping adventures

Earlier this month I shared some of the cards we made at my upline's team meetings - here and here.  We met again today, and my fellow demonstrators brought some more awesome designs for us to make. Just look at these beauties:
 stamp set - Happy Easter Bunny; ink - Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana; Stampin' Write markers - Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi; Stampin' Chalk marker - White; card stock - Crushed Curry, Whisper White; Big Shot with Top Note Die, Dots & Stripes masks, sponge daubers, Stampin' Dimensionals
This one uses the Hand Stamped Sentiments colors - Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana, although I'm pretty sure I'm the only team member who plays along with challenges.  I sneaked in some extra colors while I was coloring that Happy Easter Bunny, though.

stamp set - So Very Happy; ink - Marina Mist; card stock - Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Whisper White; punches - 1/2" circle, 1-3/8" circle, 1-3/4" circle, Word Window; Big Shot with Word Bubbles framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals
Isn't that just the cutest card?  I love punch art.  Nisha's design had the sentiment stamped directly on the Marina Mist "sky" but I stamped it badly and used the Word Bubble framelit "cloud" to recover.  

stamp set - Lotus Blossom; ink - Pistachio Pudding; Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Always Artichoke; card stock - Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss; Big Shot with Stylish Stripes embossing folder; 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon - Blackberry Bliss
Deb felt badly that her card wasn't specific to our themes of Easter or kids, but this beautiful & elegant design seems perfect for Easter.  She also thought she didn't have anything to offer as far as teaching us anything, but none of us had used this stamp before.  I  was a little put off by a three-step stamp but it was easier than I expected, and I love the results!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wondrous Wreath Christmas adventure

When I started a new adventure as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator nearly six years ago, I started reading blogs of other stampers.  The Crooked Stamper, Leslie, was (and still is!) one of my favorites.  She makes me laugh out loud regularly, and I've learned a lot from her.  One of the things I learned was about challenges, including the first one I ever played along with, Jingle Belles.  Leslie has started her own challenge now - this is her sketch:
Those narrow side panels made me think of washi tape (I'm pretty sure that's another thing I've learned from Leslie), and so I *had* to combine it with the Here We Come a-Washi-ing prompt at Jingle Belles!
stamp sets - Hardwood, Wondrous Wreath; ink - Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Versamark; stampin' emboss powder - Pewter; card stock - Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White; washi tape - All is Calm (retired); Big Shot with Wonderful Wreath framelits

The non-traditional colors qualify this card at Holly Jolly Christmas, and have given me an idea for a spring card that might make onto the Card Buffet next month...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

adventure of the unintentional CASE

By now, I'm sure you know that I love to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) designs from the many talented card makers in blog land.  I especially enjoy the work of my fellow Stampin' Up!® demonstrators, most notably Watercooler members like Heidi, who does awesome work, and is now a design team member for Paper Craft Crew Challenges.  The current sketch especially got my attention because I had cut, but not used, a Smoky Slate doily while working on something else.  It wasn't quite right then, but I need a sympathy card for a coworker and I thought it would work for that.  I know that I browsed all the samples at PCC, but I only printed the sketch and set it beside my craft space while I worked out my design.  Since my doily is much larger than the one in the sketch, the other elements needed to be adjusted - I swapped out the bow for a (much larger) butterfly and decreased the size of the sentiment panel to compensate.  I also left out the flowers so more of the doily would be visible.  When I finished and sat down to write this and find my links, I noticed that my card is so similar to Heidi's that it could have been an intentional CASE.  I didn't think I remembered any of the specific samples, but evidently this one hooked into my subconscious:

stamp sets - Loving Thoughts (retired), Perfect Papillon (on envelope); ink - Lost Lagoon; card stock - Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon; designer series paper - All is Calm (retired); Big Shot with Butterflies and Darling Doily thinlits and Labels Collection framelits; Pearls basic jewels 

Monday, February 16, 2015

adventure in pink, with sprinkles on top

I've been browsing Pinterest a bit, lately, and found two fun cards - Rachel modified the sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday that says "Today calls for something pink with sprinkles on top" and Michelle actually made "something pink with sprinkles on top."  Since SUO Challenges wants us to "shape up" and Curtain Call posted a Donut Delight inspiration, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) Michelle's card, wishing that I had the same stamp set Rachel used:
stamp set - And Many More; ink - Strawberry Slush; card stock - Baked Brown Sugar, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White; punches - 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, Word Window; Big Shot with Circles Collection framelits  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine love hearts adventures

Yes, I know I'm a day late for Valentines' but I'm not really a dollar short - the hearts challenge at Cards in Envy, the love challenges at CASology and House of Cards, and the Valentine challenges at The Pink Elephant Challenge and The Watercooler Challenge are still current.  And, I didn't want to post my sweetheart's card before he had a chance to see it.  He doesn't read my blog often - ok, only once that I know of - but you never know, this might have been the week ;)
stamp set - Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Real Red; card stock - Silver Glimmer, Red Glimmer, Whisper White, Real Red; punches - Sweetheart, Word WIndow, Modern Label; Big Shot with Decorative Dots embossing folder
I'm not going to try to take any credit for this sublimely clean and simple card, it's the design my upline brought to our team meeting shoebox swap.  

This next card, which I think is the focal point of the Stick It Down card sketch, was the shoebox swap from another team member:
stamp set - {well, I'm embarrassed to admit I have no idea - anyone?}; ink - Melon Mambo; card stock - Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive; pumches - Itty Bitty Accents, 7/8" Scallop Circle, 1" circle, 1/2" circle
I thought about putting it on an A2 card front so it would more nearly match the sketch, but it's just too darn cute this way, so I left it alone.