Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christmas Swap

We are still in August, I know!  But it is time to start to thinking about Christmas cards already.  I signed up for a spot in the demo swap I participate in.  I saw a really cute card by Andrea Walford on Pinterest and this is my take on it:

The sentiment is from Christmas Lodge stamp set in Baja Breeze on a Very Vanilla panel.  Since I need to make a bunch of these cards, I was trying to think of a way to mass produce the embossed snowflakes on the Baja Breeze panel.  I only want the panel partially embossed so it can be the mat for the vanilla panel.  I figured out where on the embossing folder I'd need to set my cardstock and drew a line using a Sharpie marker.  So now I just have to set my cardstock up to the line and put it through the Big Shot.  No remeasuring each time I do it. 

I had to use the new Illuminate ink pad on the embossed snowflakes.  Illuminate ink is like a VersaMark ink mixed with a shimmer paint.  It works very well on dark cardstock, but gives nice subtle accent to lighter cardstock, such as the Baja Breeze.  I used a sponge dauber to apply it directly to the embossed panel.  You can a bit of a difference between the inked version on the card and the non-inked panels that are laying down at the bottom of the photo. 

I mounted the Baja Breeze onto Not Quite Navy and popped it up on dimensionals to give it a little height on top of the Crumb Cake card base.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Providence Regionals 2012

Yesterday was the seminar in Providence, RI for Stampin' Up! I had my swaps prepared ahead of schedule and I was ready to go! It was so much fun seeing other demonstrators of all different levels of the business. Even more fun, swapping cards and seeing what everyone else made. Here is the main swap card that I made, the olive card:

This is similar to another card that I had posted not too long ago. I had to make some adjustments as the previous card had retired Stampin' Up! product used on it, which is a no-no for demonstrator swaps! I used Calypso Coral for the pimento parts and ribbon and I made the olives using the small oval punch because the other punch is no longer available. I think I like the way these olives turned out even more! I added some silver dazzling details to the bubbles.

Stampin' Up! has a basket that you can put your card swap into and they take it back to the home office and may use them for displays. They also pick a card from the basket that day and award a prize for best swap. I threw in 2 swaps that I did (I had none of the 3rd style left). I looked later during the day on the board where they hang them up so we can take photos of what everyone swapped. I saw one, but I couldn't find my olive card! I lamented a little to my friend Sara that I didn't see it and she hadn't either. Oh well!

At the end of the seminar, Pam Morgan from Stampin' Up! is on stage wrapping up the day and she says she has the winners for the swaps today. They revealed my Olive card on the big screen and announced my name! I got a hug from another Stampin' Up! royalty team member Bonnie Thurber (who is awesome!) before being told I had to go up to the stage (not on it, thank goodness!). Pam Morgan handed me a gift certificate for a $50 shopping spree with Stampin' Up! So exciting! I do this as a hobby and because I love the friends I've made through doing so. To be recognized by Stampin' Up! means so much to me! Now to start saving for next summer, convention in Utah!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Some more summer

Here are a few more summer cards as summer is nearing its end. I am already focused on wedding and fall themed cards. I should be thinking Christmas as well, but I just can't bear to yet! Stampin' Up! recently did a promotion where you make a minimum purchase and you can get "A Reason to Smile" stamp set for only $5. I had some trouble trying to come up with something, but ended up going simple. I used Whisper White and Daffodil Delight card stock and Daffodil ribbon. I stamped the flowers in Basic Black and filled in the center with the center image in daffodil ink.
For the following card, I wanted to use my new butterfly punch with coordinates with the butterfly stamp set. It is hard to see in the photo, but I punched out the butterfly in vellum and mounted it under the stamped and punched butterflies. The antennae were stamped in green on the white panel below. Used the scallop edge punch for the matting of the white panel in green. I embossed with my big shot in Wisteria Wonder and mounted it on a card of Elegant Eggplant.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Hour

Some more cards done with the Happy Hour set. This time using punch art. I used the small oval punch in old olive and the small circle punch in poppy parade to make the pimento. After adhering them to the black panel, I ran it through the Big Shot using an embossing folder. It gives it kind of an inlaid look.
For the Strawberry Daquiri card I used the small hearts punch in Real Red and the small rounded cross in Gumball Green. Used the same technique through the Big Shot.