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Now, on to the fun part!
I made an extra square for the Sampler frame swap we did last weekend and was determined to use it on a card. What do you think?
I dug through my Very Vanilla scrap bag and found this piece; ready to be embossed. Then I added a Black mat around it. It was a little uneven on the sides so when I saw a Black scalloped strip (Tasteful Trim die) laying on my desk (messy!) I added it to the right side. Also on my desk was a piece of Real Red so I cut it into narrow strips and the ends at an angle. Done!
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This weekend we had a Team Swap making another framed sampler. We actually had two swaps with two different themes. But I'll share the Black & Vanilla one today.
We used the Modern Medley designer paper as our inspiration, with a splash of Real Red. Look!
Isn't it gorgeous? I really do love it. I think everyone did a fantastic job! I had a feeling it would end up with a vintage look which was what I hoped for. The addition of a splash of Red really brightened it up.
I thought I'd share a close up view of each of them from the top down. The bottom square of each is 2 1/4". The Vanilla mat is 8" square and the Black mat is 8 1/4" square. I cut 1/2" off of my large Modern Medley dictionary paper layer and matted it onto my 12 X 12" Real Red card stock. Now I need to find a Black 12" shadow box frame to put it into.
We made sure to use only current products so if you want to know what some of them are; just look in your book or ask me.
Thank you to my Team who all did their absolute best work here!
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Get your calendars out, as it's that time of year again. Stampin' Up!'s two current catalogs are gone in June and the new one is coming!! Below is the schedule for Stampin' Up!'s retired products list and new catalog releases dates.
The new Stampin' Up! catalog is coming!!
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I am sooo excited! Wait until you hear!
Stampin' Up! just announced that they are partnering with Becky Higgins and her Project Life products!!!!!
I've been waiting and waiting for SU to get more scrapbooking products in their catalogs and the Project Life is the perfect answer - for all type of scrapbookers! Even non-scrappers will love it! It's soooo easy to use!
There will be a limited selection for you to order on May 1st! The complete selection will be available in the new Catalog on June 2nd.
Becky explains, "It's called Project LIFE because it's about YOUR LIFE. Whatever your life is. Whatever your stage of life. Whatever your family circumstances. Whatever your lifestyle. Project Life is designed to help anyone and everyone get their pictures into a book." In a nutshell, it's all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
This month's Class to Go is a fantastic duo I've been using a lot. This cute stamp set & punch seems to fit the bill frequently for me.
Check out three of the five cards included in this Class to Go:
A beautiful card in Crisp Cantaloupe. I cased the layout from my friend Susie Wood. So pretty!
I love this idea of using a framelit as a topper on a card like this. It's a little dark in the photo but the card is Basic Gray in color.
And this is one of my favorites in Pool Party with Vanilla. I used one of the flower stamps to make my own floral background; tone on tone. And the punch to create a little blossom near the greeting like I did previously here.
When you order the Petite Petals stamp set and punch for the Class to Go in clear or wood mount you'll receive the stamp set & punch plus all of the pre-cut supplies needed to make 5 cards shipped directly to you via Priority mail. You will use your own new stamp set & punch and your supply of ink pads or markers to finish them like mine. I will texture or include other punched pieces as needed. Then you'll receive the photos & step by step directions sent in a pdf document via e-mail.
The best part of doing these Class to Go projects is that you'll have 5 great ideas for your new stamp set in the future! Isn't that what most of us need - creative design ideas?
*** If you are interested be sure to let me know by the date given below. The kit will be sent out the first week in May.
If you'd like to order the Petite Petals stamp set and punch from me & get the full Class to Go cards kit in the mail please contact me at lagreff@gmail dot com by Tuesday, April 22nd & I'll send you a PayPal invoice. Or contact me with your credit/debit card information.
***If you already own this stamp set & punch you are welcome to substitute another item of like price that fits in a Priority envelope.
Upcoming Class to Go Stamp Sets:
May - Happy Watercolor
And here is the second layout we're making at my Scrapbook Clubs in April.
I had to use this fun Gingham Garden designer paper on a layout before my scrap classes were over for the season. I think the gingham patterns are adorable and remind me of a picnic outdoors.
It's on Gumball Green card stock with Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush and White. Lots of fun details here including the Starburst punched pieces, Happy Congratulations balloon banners and Washi Tape. I wish I had photos ready to put on here as I think they'll finish the page off nicely.
Here are the cards for this month's Technique Class!
From left to right; Kissed Embossing, White Washing & Gradient Color Blocking.
April flowers and all that gave me license to do all floral this month.
The first and left card, Kissed Embossing, uses the stamp set Simple Stems from the Occasions catalog. The colors are one of my 'go to' Combo's of Pink Pirouette, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.
The middle card, White Washing, is the beautiful Blessed Easter stamp embossed in White on Sahara Sand. The contrasting color is the soon to retire Raspberry Ripple.
Lastly, the card on the right which is what I call Gradient Color Blocking is done on Shimmer White card stock using markers. So pretty and fun to choose colors for.
If you are local please come to my Class on April 22nd at either 3 pm or 6 pm. It's just $10. RSVP by the 17th to save your spot.
If you aren't local or cannot attend class, you can purchase my Technique Class Tutorial for just $4.00. It includes the following: Step by Step directions, measurements, photos and supply lists. Plus you can make the extra Technique Sample card like I do below for easy reference later.
See it here on my Shop. Just scroll down a bit to find this class.
And there is now a new bundle of 12 technique classes of my last 2 years of Techniques. It includes each class I've offered from March 2012 through April 2014. You get two months free when you purchase the bundle. Cost is $40 for 36 techniques.
Go here to see them all but scroll down to the bottom to find either this month or the new bundle.
I was inspired to make this fun punch art medallion by one of my customers, Lois A, who is very talented and experienced stamper.
Isn't it pretty? It actually made with square piece of paper so it's something you can make even without a square punch! I used 1 3/8" squares - 8 of them to make the medallion above.
Your first step is to cut your squares.
You'll be folding the side points in to the middle making sure the right side of your paper will show. Like this:
You can glue them down if you'd like to. Now you'll fold the point back to the front like this about 1/2-3/4 of an inch. Just don't fold it past the outside tip.
I adhered each of these pieces to a larger punched circle underneath. It doesn't matter what size it is; it's just something to adhere to. As I was adhering them I made sure the side points met to make the medallion seem like one piece. This takes a bit of adjusting so don't use a permanent adhesive while you're working. And lucky enough it fit exactly on the Window Framelit here. It's the third largest in the set of Framelits.
I also used the Kaleidescope designer paper, Decorative Dots embossing folder (from SAB but coming back in the next Catalog!), the Spiral Spins, Petite Petals and Perfect Pennants stamp sets.
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This is one of the cards we made at my Card Clubs last month:
I just love it! It's Smoky Slate with Night of Navy and White. It's perfect for a masculine birthday card isn't it?
The stamp set I used here is called Countless Sayings 2 and is one of our Photopolymer sets. Check them all out here. It was so easy to stamp each of the stamps indiviually since they're clear!
We also stamped the World Map image on one of the Smoky Slate layers before cutting it out with the Hexagon Hive thinlit. And do you notice the Navy hexagon shapes behind the thinlit here and there? Those are punched pieces using the Hexagon punch. They layer wonderfully with the thinlit!
The tag is made using the new Angled Tag Topper punch. The Navy layer is 2" wide and the White layer is 1 3/4" wide. We inserted them in the punch at the same time so the holes for the Denim ribbon (which is on sale until tomorrow!) lined up perfectly. We did have to trim off a bit from the White angled side areas so they'd match well.
Here's the inside:
This fun greeting is from the Really Good Greetings stamp set. The cute heart is also from the Countless Sayings 2 set.
Measurements – Night of Navy main card 5 ½” X 8 1/2”, 2 pieces of Smoky Slate 4 X 5 ¼”, one more at 3 ½ X 5” for inside. Navy tag is 2” X 4 ½”, White stamped tag is 1 ¾” X 4 ¼”
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Then I will send you a free make and take packet with the supplies to make the two Club cards (like above). I'll also send you step by step instructions via e-mail to make the cards. Make and Take Packets will be sent around the middle of each month. You'll get at least $25 in Hostess Rewards to spend any way you want (after you have participated in my Hostess Code Club and ordered a minimum of $30 each month for six consecutive months).
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Here is one of the layouts we're making at my Scrapbook Classes in April:
Isn't it fun, bright and lively?! The left page is a swap I received from Jill Hilliard. She has a fantastic talent for scrapbooking. I made the right one to complement it, knowing I needed to keep it a bit more simple for time management at class.
The layout is full of our current 2013-15 In Colors of Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe. Even the patterned paper is our In Color Designer Paper stack. Hexagon punched pieces add a great design element to the page don't they? And do you see the embellishments on the left page? Those are the In Color Botique Details added with glue dots.
Local class is on Sunday, April 13th at 2 pm and also on Monday the 17th at 2 pm. If you're local and want to come; let me know fy the 10th please!
It's a full day for me today so I'm sharing one of my favorite swaps:
It was made by one of my fellow Advisory Board members, Jenny Peterson. I just love this card!
She used the Baby, We've Grown stamp set in the Occasions catalog on page 28. Soft & soothing colors of Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry set the tone. So many pretty details make this card a beauty. Thank you Jenny!
Check them out here.
We made these at my class last weekend.
So cute! And super, super simple too! The only paper I used is the FREE Sale a Bration Sweet Sorbet designer series paper. No card stock at all. The bottom is made using the Scallop Circle Bigz die and is about 4 7/16" wide. The inside of the hat opens to reveal jelly beans!
It's one of our SU containers that brads and buttons come in. I covered the lid with a 2 1/2" circle punched piece from the same gorgeous Sweet Sorbet dsp.
I wrapped Organza White ribbon around it securing with a glue dot and finished it with a bow. I used glue dots to secure everything here. Just a few here and there will do it.
Today - March 31st is the last day for you to get in on either Sale a Bration or the 'Best of' stamp sets below.
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