Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Shoebox Swap Card

Every year, my sister and SU! upline hosts a shoebox swap for her downline.  I love this event.  It's so great to see my stamping friends, get great ideas and cards, and just have a really fun time!

This year, I wanted to use all of the SU! gold items:  sparkly paper, metallic paper, and vellum.  However, when I was trying to decide on a design, the silver items ended up working better!  Plus, there is some silver ribbon that is current!

I decided to use my Happy Hour stamp set for the glasses and then stamped them out again on the back side of the silver glitter paper.  If you do this, use your StazOn ink for this.  The Memento doesn't dry on the back of the glitter paper.  Also, I used the StazOn ink to stamp the sentiment on the vellum.  Again, the Memento didn't seem to dry on the vellum either!  So, it is nice to have both types of ink!

Wow, vellum is a stinker to try to adhere!  I found that nothing worked - I tried about three types of tape and three different glues.  I read to use a glue dot, but that didn't work either.  So, I finally got smart and decided to use a brad to hold the vellum in place.  I love these candy dot brads from SU!  I didn't realize that the little pearls fit in them too - what a great discovery!  

Here is the finished product!

We also do a gift exchange.  The gifts have to be handmade.  I love that!  I used a gift bag I received from a recent store purchase and embellished it with really old SU! DSP.  The paper is so old that it only has a design on one side!  Guess I've been with SU! for a long time!

I love these paint cans.  I pulled some beloved chocolate DSP and decorated it with some chocolate stamped images.  I then put the paper on the inside of the can.  I somehow didn't center the image on the paper so ran the ribbon through the plastic (cut with Xacto) and tied a big ribbon on the side that was uneven :)  I was very happy with myself for thinking for thinking of this.  Yes, it is those little things in life!
 I filled the can with chocolates, hot chocolate, and a Target gift card :)  What girl wouldn't like that???  Here is the lid of the can.

Well, another year's meeting done! 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Regina's 2nd July Challenge Card!

Regina made another card for this month's challenge - check it out!

Isn't it pretty?  I love the polka dotted DSP and the striped DSP against it.  The scalloped border under the stripes goes so well with the scalloped circle punch.  Great job again, Regina! 

To see more on this card, please visit Regina's site here.

Thanks for looking!

July Challenge Cards

Happy Saturday!  It's a hot one today, but at least it is sunny and there is a little breeze every now and again :)

Here are the cards we made using the challenge Regina created.  The challenge:

 First up, we have Regina's adorable card!  How cute is this?  I love the colors and all of the embellishments and layers on this card.  It's wonderful!  To read more about this adorable card and to see more of Regina's amazing creations, please visit her blog here:
 Next, we have Michelle's oh-so-cute birthday card!  Look how fun this card is!  Who wouldn't feel like a kid receiving this fun card?  I love the pendant with the different ice creams and the funky background.  The balloons are the perfect focal point.  Very fun, Michelle!
 My sister Debbie joined us again this month and she and her Sister in Stamping (see card below) used our challenge for their weekly post!  You can read more about their weekly posts and see their fabulous creations on their Sisters In Stamping website here.

I love the colors Debbie used on this card and that flower just pops right off the card!  The small banner punched pieces are just too cute!  To read more about Debbie's card, please visit her amazing blog here.
 Next up is Rachel Yurkanin's card - how cute is this?  I can't even imagine how long it took to cut out those images, but it is super cute.  This would be a great birthday card for a boy, no?  To read more about this card, please visit Rachel's blog here.

Last up is my card.  I must have been feeling the Maritime love like Rachel!   I flipped the sketch upside down so that I could create the "waves" with a scrap piece of paper.  I pretty much only used this Maritime DSP for this card.  I only stamped the happy birthday sentiment.  I love DSP and this was a great challenge for me - it goes to show that you don't always have to stamp.  Many of the papers lend themselves to layers and creations that need nothing else!

Thanks for another great challenge, Regina!  Looking forward to the next one :)

Thank you for looking!  Have a wonderful day and rest of the weekend!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Challenge

Happy July! 

Please join us this month in creating a card using this beautiful design by Regina :)  She's challenging us to use our scraps.  I think this is a great idea; I know I always have tons of scraps.  Looking forward to seeing what creations are made with this sketch!