Friday, 20 March 2009

Stamping Frenzy!

My friend & fellow stamper, Cindy, came over last night and we got busy stamping cards and having some fun. As mentioned in my previous post, I'm still challenging myself to just using scraps on my cards and I'm just lovin' what I'm coming up with! The Easter cards are using the new stamp set (featured in the Occassions flyer) called "Eggcellent Easter". My friend Deb loaned me this set as I've not ordered it and I'm having so much fun with these little bunnies! The beauty of having friends who also are addicted to stamping is sharing stamp sets! I stamped a couple sheets of Whisper White cardstock with Deb's stamps before returning them so now all I have to do is color them, cut them and stick'em on a card! Fun!

For this card, I used leftover Raspberry Tart DSP (designer series paper), versamark on the 'Passionate Pink' c/s (card stock) with the flower from the 'Best Wishes and More' stamp set, certainly celery ribbon (FREE from the Sale-A-Bration flyer), Kiwi Kiss c/s and Pink Pirouette for the scallop circle (I punched the holes with the 1/16 punch). Colored with Pastels (chalks) - all supplies are Stampin' Up! (How I made the middle layer is described further below).

Pretty much same as above. The DSP from the "Holiday Happenings Bundle" hostess set and is retired, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, tag punch for the expression, Baja Breeze for the strip across the card, crimped the Kiwi Kiss with my crimper and Dazzling Diamonds on the bunny's vest.

Love this card! Card base is Pale Plum, versamark flower from Best Wishes and More set, So Saffron with the scallop border edge punch, DSP and ribbon (both earned FREE from Sale-a-Bration...which, BTW, ends next week!), the raised dots were made with my crop-a-dile (such a great tool - I know some of you are intimated by the crop-a-dile,
but trust me, once you just get over it looking like something from the Terminator, you WILL love it!). The eggs are covered with Dazzling Diamonds and were colored with my In Color ink pads and blender pens. To make the circles, I punched 3 circles of post it notes using my 1 3/4 circle punch and then lined them up on the DSP and stuck them on. Position the 1 3/4 punch directly over top the sticky notes and punch - VOILA! Perfectly positioned windows! Simply put the image behind those windows and raise the top card layer over top with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Same basic ingredients as above cards - the bunny is colored with pastels and I used my aqua painter with Kiwi Kiss classic ink for the 'grass'. More Dazzling Diamonds (of course!). The ribbon is Whisper White Organza, which I've dyed Kiwi Kiss! So easy to do this: squeeze a few drops of ink refill of your choice into a small bowl and add a bit of water. Mix. Cut your ribbon into desired lengths and saturate in the water. Next, all I did was ring out the water and laid the ribbon across a cookie sheet to dry. The ribbon will dry quickly. I made up a small ziplock bag full to keep on hand for future projects.

"Best Wishes and More" stamp set. I'll be taking this set to the class at the Family Resource Centre at the end of the month where they'll be making altered journals and coordinating pens.
I LOVE this stamp set!

"Sweet Stems" stamp set. I bought this set for the Technique Tuesday class on the 24th. It's very dainty and I am really enjoying these stamps. The DSP is from "Washington Apple" (love the colors!) and I used the scallop border punch on it. Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. Colored with SU markers and more DD (dazzling diamonds!).

The card base was already embossed in gold, using the Filigree background stamp (retired) - I have a container full of precut and folded card bases and I embossed a few of them, in times when I need to whip up a card ASAP. The flower was also in my scraps (I used an empty plastic stamp container to hold stamped images that I've made but hadn't put to use yet). The flower is from a retired Hostess set called "Happiness Always" and has been stamped on SU watercolor paper with Tango Tangerine and Kiwi Kiss and then washed over with my aqua painter. The Whisper White organza ribbon was dyed by wiping my "Lovely Lilac" stampin' spot directly onto the ribbon, to coordinate perfectly with the Lovely Lilac c/s.

The following cards were made with the retired "Touch of Nature" set - which also belongs to my friend Deb. Until I first used it last week, I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with these stamps!! I have been using my SU markers directly on to the stamp, then the fancy pancy "HUFFING" technique (huff on the stamp to re-moisten any ink that may have dried, with your breath).

Isn't it gorgeous? *sigh* Stamping makes me happy. Newsflash, huh? No, I didn't think so...LOL Again, I've used my crop-a-dile for the raised dots on the strip of Chocolate Chip c/s, the card base is Baja Breeze, Choc. Chip grosgrain ribbon. Now...listen to THIS! The middle strip was created using my BIG SHOT! I simply rubbed Kiwi Kiss classic ink all over the SU Backgounds 1 Texturz plate, placed my Whisper White c/s on top and cranked'er through the Big Shot...MAGIC! Super duper coolieo!!!! Love it!

The following cards were stamped without a sentiment - as I will set them aside and use them when needed. Depending on the occassion, I'll stamp them then. This way, if I need a Thank You card, a birthday card, get well card - I've got it already made and waiting!

Here's an example - I just found out a family friend had passed away, so today I stamped the "With Sympathy" on the card, embossed in white, and popped it in the mail. Which reminds me - keep in mind, when you mail a card, that ribbon and brads, etc will cost more in postage!

Colored with markers and covered with Crystal Effects - love how this turned out! The ribbon and DSP is from Sale-A-Bration. Kraft, Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point c/s also used.


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