Monday, July 29, 2013

Shower Gift: Mini Scrapbook

Hi Stampers,

A friend of mine is getting married in the fall, and there was a bridal shower for her last weekend.  She is always snapping pictures, so I thought a mini scrapbook would be perfect for her.  I remembered a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Maggie Patterson of I Love Papercrafts, had posted a tutorial for a mini album for our new wood mount stamp cases not too long ago, so I followed her concept and measurements to create a gift for my friend. 

I decided to use a retired designer series paper because I felt the colours and design would suit both my friend and the occasion, I find this paper has a bit of a fairy tale feel to it which I think works well for a bridal feeling.  The sentiment on the front is from the stamp set Label Love, and yes, it has a coordinating punch.  Love that!

Inside I cut all the papers to Maggie's specifications to create the structure, but I decorated a bit more since I was giving this as a gift, and I didn't want it to look too empty without photos and journaling.  This sentiment is from the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set and cut out with the Labels Collection Framelits.  I applied Tombo Multi Mono Liquid Glue to the back of the DSP layer and let it dry.  This makes the glue tacky, like a sticky note, so that she can remove it if she has a picture she'd rather have showing when she opens the case.

There is a lot of room in this scrapbook, 13 panels you can add photos, journaling, or mementos to.  There is also a small envelope in the front you can slip something special into.

On the back I added another sentiment from the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set Shelli gave to all of us at convention.  You've got to love free stamps!

My friend was pleased when she opened this up at the shower and said, "I love handmade things!"  I knew she would, as she made paper corsages and hand stamped name tags for each of us which also listed how we knew her.  For her own shower!  I know she'll put it to good use and fill it with wonderful memories.  Love you Gen!

Do you have an event coming up?  Your friends and family will appreciate that little bit of extra love that goes into something made by hand too.

Go stamp something!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friendly Friday

Thanks for stopping by!   Today I thought I'd share with you what some of my Stampin' Up! friends have been stamping.  First, here is a card I received from my good friend, Penny from Penny Tokens Stamping Spot:

Isn't it beautiful?  And she made 70 of these!!  Thanks for saving one for me Penny!  Penny has all of the details along with photos of her process on her blog entry from July 23rd.  Click on the link above to take a look.  She's got lots of other pictures from convention on there including some pics of cards from her big 70 card swap.
My New England friend, Joni from Joni in the Spotlight Stamping made this card for me:

Isn't it great!  Bold, clean and simple with just enough bling.  LOVE the faceted button!  Thanks, Joni!  Joni doesn't have this card up on her blog, but she's got some cards using the new in-colors you might want to check out.  Click on her link above to go see them.
Do you like seeing my swap cards?  Should I post some more of them next week?  Comment below about what you'd like to see in upcoming posts.
Go stamp something!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stamp Club Class

Hi Stampers,

It was stamp club night tonight!  While everyone was catching up, the ladies enjoyed looking through all of my loot from Convention.  New stamping products always get everyone excited!  Some people started thinking and planning, and taking pictures of ideas for Christmas projects, since many of my new goodies are from the upcoming Christmas catalogue which will go live August 1st.

Then it was time to get stamping!  Since we spent a lot of time looking through swaps, make and take projects and new products, we made two clean and simple cards tonight.  The first card was one of the cards I made to swap at Convention:

This card uses the Betsy's Blossom stamp set.  The blossom is stamped in Strawberry Slush and the stem is stamped in Pistachio Pudding.   The sentiment, from Itty Bitty Banners, is stamped in Early Espresso and cut out on the Big Shot using the Bitty Banners Framelits.

The second card we made is a CASE of a card I received while swapping at convention from Katie Brandt of St. Remy, New York.  We changed the colours to use the new in-colors and we used a different sentiment:

Sorry this picture is so huge, I don't know how to edit it here, though I did figure out how to make this text smaller!

This card uses a 1/4" strip of each of the five new in-colors: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana, all glued onto a piece of Whisper White.  Next we punched out a 1 3/4" circle of Whisper White and glued it onto a Basic Gray 2 3/8" Scallop circle and punched an Elegant Butterfly out of the centre.  Then we mounted the scallop circle over the stripes ensuring that all of the colours showed through the butterfly window.  Finally we inked up our greeting of choice, Itty Bitty Banners again and cut it out with our Bitty Banners Framelits and the Big Shot.  Thanks for the great layout, Katie!

Everyone's cards turned out great, and Alessandra's son even decided he wanted to give one of them to his girlfriend!  (He's going into Grade Two or Three, so cute!)

Thanks for coming out to stamp with me girls!  It was fun, even though some of the crew couldn't join us since they're off having fun in the sun.  Until next time...

Go stamp something!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hi Stampers!
I just got home from the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City!  it was awesome, and there are so many great things to share, but I'm just going to start with one.  They made a few new product announcements during convention, and I think this one has some great possibilities.  I know my daughter and I will be ordering this for sure--you can make your own stamps!!  Check it out:
I think I might be a bit nervous the first time I try carving my own stamp, but there was a booth at convention where you could try it out, and though I didn't get a chance to make one, I saw the stamps that some other people made and the stamps have this amazing homemade charm that reminds me of doing print making in high school art class, I loved every one I saw, and their carvers were clearly proud that they had made those stamps themselves.

Go stamp something!