Cards Anyone?

My first “official” Stampin’ Up! workshop is just under a month away, and unlike the procrastinator that I usually am, I’m working on project ideas.  Here’s my second project for the workshop.  (The first is the “diaper-fold” pouch/chocolate/teabag holder from last week’s SWAT Team get together.) 

For this card, I used Stampin’ Up!’s “Take A Sip” stamping wheel (which worked really well!), their “Adorning Accents heart embossing folder,” and the “Pinking Hearts” border punch.  Oh, and just the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from one of the “Easy Events” stamp set punched with the “Word Window.”  After I embossed the hearts, I sanded over the raised images with an emery board so the hearts are white.   You can click on the photo for a larger view.

Quite a few different products, but I think it turned out really cute.  Those of you who know me, also know I couldn’t make a card without a bit of bling, so there’s Crystal “Stickles” glitter glue in strategic spots on the cups.

I hope I’m not spoiling the surprise for anyone reading this who may be at the workshop in March.  Just think of it as a preview of coming attractions!  Thanks for looking and be sure to leave any comments or suggestions!

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SWAT Team

The SWAT Team got together last Friday, and once again, did an awesome job with our “green” challenge.  The projects included “stinkin’ cute” green envelopes; a stitched gift bag topper (complete with chocolates!); a complete gift packet with chocolate, a book mark, and a tag with a peppermint patty; a super-easy but awesome-looking square “basket;” a shamrock pin on a rosette; and a diaper-fold pouch (again-with chocolate!).

As always, we had a great time and made several of the square “baskets,” and learned the “stained glass” technique (stamping and coloring on vellum).

And… I now have a Stampin’ Up! website up and running (as of 9:00 tonight).  It still needs a lot of tweaking, and I need to figure out how to put a logo on my blog that you can just click on to get there.  But, in the meantime,  you can click on this link  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/lindastampz/ to get to it and I’ll do a real post about it soon.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we have named our “stamping group” the SWAT Team (Stampers With ATtitude).  “The SWAT Team’s getting together!” sounds way more fun than, “I’m going to the stamping group.”  Thanks for looking!

“Re-Birth” Day Card

We celebrated a baptism at our church this last Sunday and of course, I wanted to send a card of congratulations to my new Sister-In-Christ.

I already had some printed paper that I added to my stash a few months ago from Michael’s.  I didn’t have an immediate use for it, but this is what I bought it for…  so here’s my first attempt.  (You can click on the picture to open up a larger view.)

It’s what Splitcoast Stampers calls CAS (Clean And Simple) — That means you use just one or two layers of paper, a stamped image, and not much else.  Instead of stamping on the front, I used butterflies to symbolize a re-birth or new life (MS butterfly punch).  And, of course, I’ve added some Stickles glitter glue.  Quick, but cute!

I found some great baptism sayings for the inside on a couple of different websites, so I’ll add one and then hand-deliver it this Sunday.  Let me know what you think!

Kisses From My Stampin’ Sisters

Everyone really outdid herself tonight at our project challenge!  I mean, REALLY!!!  The cards and projects were absolutely awesome.  The challenge was to use “kisses” somehow… anyhow… whichever way you wanted.

We ended up with a cute triangle-shaped box with three chocolate kiss candies; a “goody” bag filled with chocolates; a kiss bookmark (how unique!); three totally different styles of Valentine’s cards; a “slider” card; and a card featuring actual lipstick kisses that were heat-embossed with clear embossing powder (who would have thought THAT would work?!?).

Jodie's Card

Jodie didn’t have a kiss stamp, but she had lips and some lipstick that her mom had quit using.  She kissed a sheet of paper, sprinkled on some clear embossing powder, heated it, and it worked!  She also used the lipstick to write the X’s and O’s and heat-emossed them too.  Talk about thinking outside the box!

We had a great time learning how to make super-easy slider cards, and used up some scraps left over from last year’s Valentine’s cards.  And, of course, we had a great time just laughing and spending an evening together as friends who enjoy stamping and paper-crafting and each others company.  Another one of life’s blessings!