Sunday, April 27, 2014

"For You" Shoebox Swap

This is an exciting time in the Stampin' Up! world!! Today Stampin' Up! Is having simultaneous demonstrator get-togethers in theaters all over country where they will be live streaming a Stampin' Up! event from LA. The event will consist of various presentations and demonstrations of many of the new products in the catalog beginning June 1. In addition to being able to view the live event demonstrators attending the live streaming will receive a copy of the new catalog! Although one of the theaters offered is in Birmingham I decided to attend the event in Atlanta so I could be with my Upline Brian King and fellow InKing Royalty members.

Sunday, as a prelude to the big day, Brian hosted a Shoebox Swap. For a Shoebox Swap each participant designs a card and assembles all the necessary cardstock, ink, tools and accessories needed to make the card. The items are then put in a shoebox and brought to the swap. Each shoebox is set-up at a station and the participants go from station to station assembling cards.

For my card I wanted to use only products that would remain in the catalog and ideally include some new products. Fortunately Stampin' Up! included in the free Sale-a-bration offerings a couple of new products that will be included in the upcoming catalog. One was the banner punch and the other was the Decorative Dots embossing folder. I first created a card using both of these items but finally had to give up the Decorative Dots and accept that the Chevron embossing folder worked so much better with the banners.


To easily align the banners along the edge of the card base I I adhered them down a narrow strip of white card stock. I then adhered that strip to right side of the card base. Since I really felt the card should be vertical, the Chevron folder, as basically a horizontal folder, was not an easy fit. It would not be the first time I have changed the orientation of an embossing folder (see here) and I thought doing so again would produce a good result. I embossed two pieces of Blushing Bride and cut them to fit the card making one about twice as long as the other. At the seam I placed a thin strip of Soft Suede that had been cut on each side with one of the Finishing Touches Edgelit Dies.

The Swap was great fun and there were some really great cards. I had a picture taken of me with my card before the swap began but I got so caught up in making the other cards I totally forgot to take pictures of the other participants!! I do have the cards I made and will be posting pictures of some of them in the future. I also hope to take pictures at the theater event. While I can't show pictures from the inside of the catalog I can show you the catalog cover, tell you about some of the new products and take pictures of the fun people! If my technology skills are at their prime I may try to post some pictures from the event on Facebook Monday night. Otherwise I hope to post some on Tuesday. You can view my FB page by clicking on the Facebook badge at the top right-hand column of this post.

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Supplies Used 

  • Stamp Sets: Blue Ribbon (131964 W, 125981 C), Chalk Talk (130631 W, 130634 C, 134800 MDS)

  • Cardstock: Soft Suede (115318), Blushing Bride (131198), Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885), Naturals Ivory (101849)

  • Ink: Soft Suede (126978), Versamark (102193)

  • Tools: Banner Punch (133519 not available until June 1), Chevron Embossing Folder ( 127749), 2 3/8" Scallop Punch (118874), 1 3/8 Circle Punch (119860), Finishing Touches Edgelit (127010) 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Cross

The lattice die, which has been around for several years, is a very versatile die. One of the ways it is sometimes used is to create a cross. By using paper snips to cut away the unnecessary sections you are left with a cross shape. I have attached a diagram at the bottom of this post to show you exactly where to cut to create the cross shape from the lattice cut out. I have made several cross cards over the years and this is my most recent. In addition to Easter, such cards can be used for a number of Christian celebrations. 

I love Soho Subway DSP and wanted to use it for this card, which I was making for a specific person. I also wanted to make the cross itself out of Brushed Gold cardstock but the gold did not stand out from the DSP background. After some experimenting I decided that an Early Expresso mat under the gold lattice cross would highlight the cross and solve the problem. Here is the card I made.

For the layer directly under the Soho Subway DPS I used Naturals Ivory cardstock. I really like this cardstock and wish people would use it more frequently. It has a more rustic texture than Very Vanilla and contains small flecks of various colors. It looks really good with this DSP.  Putting the cross in the middle of the card was too predictable so I placed it to the side and balanced it with more of the flowers I used on the cross. I love all these colors and was pleased with the way it turned out. 

I wish a Happy Easter to all my Christian readers!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock and DSP: Crisp Cantaloupe (131298); Early Espresso (119686); Brushed Gold (102935); Naturals Ivory (101849); Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140); Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper (on the envelope) (130145)

Tools: Lattice Stampin' Up! Bigz Die (115958); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309); 1/2" Circle Punch (119869)

Accessories: Basic Pearls Jewel Accents (119247)

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