My Stampin' Up! Classes

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Three more quick and easy cards for Christmas

I CASE'd this pretty card, though I can't recall from where. It's Very Vanilla with the mistletoe stamp from Easy Events (I mounted the image on the wood block separately from the sentiment). The greeting is from Four the Holidays. New products on this card from the Holiday Mini are the stitched vanilla velvet ribbon, and the Snow Burst embossing folder (on a separate piece of vanilla card stock).

I CASE'd this card from Lisa Young, simplifying it by leaving off a layer or two. It uses the Bright Hopes stamp set in the Holiday Mini, along with the Postage Stamp Punch, Decorative Label Punch and basic rhinestones.

This Rich Razzleberry card features the Stitched Stockings stamp set, along with the Stocking Builder Punch and a tag sentiment from Grateful Greetings. I used all of the bigger patterned pieces for my customers, so my card is pieced together with a couple of patterned scraps. There's Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the card too.

It's taken me awhile to post all five of the cards from my last 10-card class. I still have club cards to show you!

Origami diamond fold card with Ain't Love Grand stamp

My club members got to make this origami diamond fold card, which uses Cheery Treat dsp and the Up, Up & Away and Ain't Love Grand stamp sets. The paper and second stamp set are hostess items anyone may select with a $150 order! The new scoring tool (in the Holiday Mini) makes this card so simple. The top flap inserts into the front diamond shape, and the Concord Crush knot of ribbon holds the whole card closed.

Here's the inside of the card. We stamped the hot air balloon in Basic Gray ink, and punched a circle out of patterned paper in the same Cheery Treat dsp pack for added interest. I colored the hearts with a Melon Mambo marker.

This is a closer view of the inside. This card uses an 11" x 11" piece of patterned paper, folded in half and then scored. Here's a video so you can see it being made:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lots of little Jolly Bingo Bits for Monkey Challenge #80

I'm pretty happy with the way this card turned out. I started with Just Eat Cake dsp layered on a Baja Breeze card, then, using the A La Card Monkey Sketch Challenge #80, I stamped nine of the images from Jolly Bingo Bits and layered them on a 3-3/8" square of Poppy Parade card stock. They're so cute! The sentiment is from Beautiful Season.

In addition to Dazzling Diamond glitter, I used a red Sharpie to color these small rhinestones for berries on the holly. What do you think?

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Beautiful Season;
Ink: Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze;
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Just Eat Cake dsp;
Accessories: Poppy Parade ribbon, basic rhinestones, red Sharpie, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 1-inch square punch, large oval punch, dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pines & Poinsettias snowflake embossed card

I'm always looking for simple and striking card ideas, so when I saw a card like this Pines and Poinsettias one by Becky Johnson, I had to CASE it (Copy and Share Everything). The body is Early Espresso, and it's been run through the Northern Flurry embossing folder in the Big Shot. I used a strip of the quilted Cherry Cobbler ribbon, as well one stamp from the Pines and Poinsettias stamp set. Both items are in the Holiday Mini. The greeting is from the Petite Pairs stamp set. This was another 10-card class project.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tags til Christmas card for 10-card class

I came across this card design by Meghan Nishi, I used Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze pads, as well as 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta and a different greeting - mine is from Grateful Greetings. The ornaments are from the Tags til Christmas stamp set. I love the musical notes wheeled for the background!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Jolly Bingo Bits for Monkey Challenge 79: Holiday Cheer

I'm back to making holiday cards at A La Card Monkey with Challenge #79: Holiday Cheer + Sketch. I turned to my Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set, as well as Tiny Tags. The designer paper is from the Holly Berry Bouquet pack in the Holiday Mini. I used the Postage Stamp Punch and the Square Scallop Punch for the squares, primarily because my regular 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punches are at the studio for another project.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All dots for Scaredy Cat card

I brought this Scaredy Cat card as a make & take to a Halloween event last weekend. I like the simplicity of the card. It uses a couple pieces of Frightful Sight dsp, along with a couple of circle punches, a sentiment from Wicked Cool, black ink and 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, and a Brights glimmer brad.

Kim's Out on a Limb "eeek!" card

Kim stamped this cute Out on a Limb card, using Spooky Bingo Bits for the little spider web and the "eeek!" I love the simple layout - it's one you could use for any occasion.

Teresa's Petal Cone die Halloween treat

One of my club members came up with this cute Halloween treat for a recent Halloween event. Teresa used the Petal Cone die for the Big Shot, cutting off the tip. We stamped the spider from the Piece of Poison all over the box, added candy and closed the top. I love the addition of the plastic spider. The "Trick or Treat" stamps is also from Piece of Poison.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dark & Dreary for Monkey Challenge 78: Spooky Cute!

My card for this week's A La Card Monkey Challenge 78: Spooky Cute + Sketch starts with Mocha Morning Specialty Paper (this piece is flocked and sooo soft) and the raven from the Dark and Dreary stamp set. I figured since I was going with flocking I should also bling it up a bit with some chunky champagne glitter. The monkey sketch also showed a tab with an embellishment, so I heat embossed words from Wicked Cool and added a glimmer brad from the basics container - champagne colored also.

Autumn and Christmas cards, and a birthday swap

Barb's Gently Falling swap
These cards round out the rest of our American Ink team swaps for the month of October. We have fun swapping card and 3d ideas, sharing business tips, stamping techniques, and stamping cards! The $100 in FREE product special runs through October 31 and you can sign up online through my Stampin' Up! website here  - http://therubberroom.stampinup/. You get to customize your $175 kit with whatever stamp sets and colors you prefer! Please contact me if you need more information or assistance. That's why I'm here!

Kim's Leaves of a Tree
The Sounding Joy stamp set

Kathie's Christmas Lodge swap
Ginette's Sincere Salutations and Fun Flowers swap

Thursday, October 13, 2011

All kinds of Halloween fun at American Ink team event

My American Ink monthly team get-togethers are fun - we swap, we stamp make & takes, and enjoy good food and each other's company. Even our team members who live out of state have the opportunity to participate in our swaps!

I know I posted most of the make & takes yesterday, but today I'm featuring Frankie's. She created this adorable "eek-a-boo" card with Spooky Bingo Bits and Teeny Tiny Wishes. This card also features some Frightful Sight dsp and the Pinking Hearts Border Punch.

Now onto the swaps: (These are just the Halloween ones!)

Terry's Haunted Forest with Pick Your Poison dsp
Dark & Dreary treat holder

Inside the treat holder is a little brown bag that holds two Smarties.

Heather A.'s House of Haunted and Wicked Cool card
Lynn's House of Haunts card with glittery bats and spiders.

Frankie's Halloween treat

Puddin's Scaredy Cat swap
Tomorrow I'll post the rest of the swaps - fall and winter cards. If you're interested in joining my American Ink team, we'd love to have you! There's a great special this month. When you buy the Starter Kit, you get $100 in product FREE (this can even be the Big Shot machine!). Click on the tab above for more details. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

American Ink make & takes range from Halloween treat to Snow Much Fun

Barb brought this yummy polka-dotted Pumpkin Pie Top Note treat holder as a make & take to our American Ink team meeting. Unfortunately, the Hershey Nuggets inside (3 of them) didn't last long enough for this photo! We used the Out on a Limb stamp set and scallop circle punch with dimensionals.

Heather, one of our adopted demos, brought this elegant Contempo Christmas make & take, embossed with the Northern Flurry folder and Big Shot, and some rhinestones for bling.

Kim's make & take makes good use of Spice Cake dsp and punches. The only thing stamped is the Sincere Salutation thanks.

I believe another guest demo, Joelle, brought this make & take. It uses the Snow Much Fun stamp set and Dazzling Details.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christmas cards and more...

Today are the Christmas and other cards that were entered into my Card Contest at my Scaredy Cat Spectacular. Yesterday, you saw the Halloween cards.
Karen (aka Puddin') - Snow Much Fun stamp set

Marcia - Christmas Lodge stamp set

Marcia - Field Flowers and French Foliage stamp sets

Marcia - Trendy Trees stamp set

Mary Ann

Monday, October 10, 2011

Two of the top Halloween cards from my Card Contest

Heather's card was the most popular - winning First Place - at my Scaredy Cat Spectacular. I love how she used the oval punch to make the pumpkins. This was her swap too.

Third place went to my newest recruit, Jessica. She did a fabulous job with her Card Contest entry. All of the top three stampers chose some fabulous Stampin' Up! product. It was great fun! I can't wait for my Merry Winter Spectacular on November 6!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween featuring Blacky the crow

Let me introduce you to my new friend, Blacky. He's got a lot going for him! In addition to his custom Frightful Sight hat, complete with a feather and "Boo" tag (from Tiny Tags and hanging with a Vintage Trinket), he sports an antique brad and a brim of chunky black glitter. Ever the fashionista, Blacky also sports an accordion folded neck ring - also with glitter - and a taffeta bow that proudly holds his shiny silver key (it's turned sideways so it's hard to see).

Here's an overall photo of Blacky. He's standing on a black spool that I've wrapped with ribbon, and which is hot-glued to a 2-1/4" square block of wood that I've covered with Frightful Sight dsp. There's another accordion medallion (made with the Simply Scored tool) with two scallop circles that have been crumpled and adorned with glitter to look like flowers. The entire decoration stands only about 7 inches tall.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Haunted Forest for sketch challenge, blog hop

This is the third challenge I've been able to do this week, so I'm happy. I like the simplicity of this sketch, offered at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. I used Jet Black StazOn on the Haunted Forest stamp, using a 1" punched circle to sponge Pumpkin Pie ink around to make the moon. The strips are from the Pick Your Poison dsp and quick accents packs.

Stamps: Haunted Forest;
Ink: Jet Black StazOn pad;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pick Your Poison dsp;
Accessories: 2" circle punch, dimensionals, 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain, Pick Your Poison quick accents, sponge, 1" circle punch.

Gently Falling card for Monkey Challenge 77

It was challenging trying to use the A La Card Monkey sketch and the theme of Leaves (which also includes autumn/fall/Thanksgiving). After much trial and error, I decided I'd go with this. It has three different kinds and colors of leaves on three different panels that are fanned out.

I went with this experiment - stamping the greeting on a scrap with a leaf on it. I like it! 

Stamps: Gently Falling, Petite Pairs;
Ink: Pool Party, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Spice Cake dsp;
Accessories: Early Espresso quilted ribbon, oval punch, scallop oval punch, and dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Piece of Poison Halloween card for two fun blog hops!

Edited to add: Whoo hoo! Mary Jo picked my card as one of her faves at Techno Stamper! She's got fun sketches every Monday, so pop on over and play!!!

Halloween is coming up so fast, it seems, and I still have lots of cards I'd like to make in the next few weeks. So today I'm using Mary Jo's sketch at Techno Stamper.


Stamps: Piece of Poison, Grateful Greetings;
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie pads;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pick Your Poison dsp and quick accents;
Accessories: 1/4" Pumpkin Pie grosgrain, dimensionals.