Monday, September 15, 2014

Card Design Formula

Sunday was my first card making class, and I really enjoyed designing these cards.

As I designed the cards, I realized that I have a "go-to" formula for my cards:
Card Base + Background Designer Series Paper &/or Embossed Card Stock + Stamped Greeting + Embellishment(s)

Of course there are so many design options, but this seems to be my starting point and the common elements for most of my cards. I even typed up my notes as I prepared for the class:

Hello card
1. Stamp set – Four You $14.94 (Wood Mount 130535)
2. Cardstock – Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe $6.95 for 20 sheets
3. Ink Pads – Calypso Coral & Gold $5.95 & 9.95 (126983 & 132141)
4. Wood element – from Project Life kit
5. Sequins $4.95 for 750 (133631)
6. Big Shot and Decorative Dots Embossing Folder – Optional
7. Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper $12.95 for 12 sheets of 12x12 paper
8. Paper Doilies $2.95 for 24 (129399)

Birthday Wishes card
1. Stamp set – Four You $14.94 (Wood Mount 130535)
2. Cardstock – Whisper White $8.40 for 40 sheets (100730) & Blackberry Bliss & Hello Honey $6.95 for 20 sheet variety pack (133681)
3. Ink – Blackberry Bliss $5.95 (133642)
4. Elegant Butterfly Punch $15.95 (127526)
5. Rhinestones $4.95 for 150 (119246)
6. Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack $6.95 for 48 sheets of 4 ½ x 6 ½” paper
This card was inspired by one on Pinterest

Thank you card
1. Stamp set – Watercolor Thank You $8.95 (1135377)
2. Notecards & envelopes $5.95 for 20 (131527)
3. Sequins $4.95 for 750 (133631)
4. Ink color of your choice ($5.95)
5. Water color brushes (purchased from Amazon)
This card was CASED from the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Next up, I am working on fall card ideas for an upcoming Stampin' Up! party and my October class.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Unite & Excite with Stampin' Up!

I had a blast at my first Stampin' Up! Demonstrator event, but it has taken me a while to blog about it. Last Sunday, I headed to Livermore with 2 friends for the event. We stopped off for brunch at the Black Bear Diner. My pancakes were delicious, but I could not finish them.

Stampin' Up! held events all over the U.S., but we lucked out to have the California event about an hour away and at a beautiful winery.

There were lots of samples to see and this wreath looks like a fun project.
(We received a sneak peek of the You're Wonderful stamp set from the talented Mercedes Weber.)

In addition to learning so much and meeting new people, we also received the Everyday Occasions Card kit.

Even though I have been a demonstrator for 10 months, it took me a while to make it to an event. I was a Stampin' Up! customer for five years before becoming a demonstrator. I realize that it takes me a while to decide to do some things, but it was worth the wait.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Card Swap

I am excited to be spend part of my Sunday at my first Stampin' Up! Demonstrator event. I decided to participate in the card swap at the event. I made 50 card fronts to swap with other attendees. After a few designs I settled on this one.

I needed to vary the designer series paper a bit to make a total of 50 cards, so here is a variation.

1. Remember that the paper in the Holiday catalog can be used on general cards. I love the kraft side of the Under the Tree Designer Series paper.
2. Do not forget about your older tools. I had not used my Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die in a long time. My first card idea only used a butterfly punch, but I am glad that my design evolved to use a few different butterflies.

I set up an extra table in our office to make an "assembly line" for this process. Luckily the table is not in the way because I have nine other cards to make for the Fun 'N Crafty Stampers swap. After making fifty, making nine does not sound like too many, but I need to complete them quickly. What are you up to this week?

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Fun 'n Crafty Stampers Blog Hop! This month we are featuring products from the new Holiday catalog. There is so much in the catalog! You can order products and get inspiration for cards, Project Life, home decor, gift wrap, and more.

I decided to share a card made with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper and a greeting from the Holiday Home stamp set. From my first glance at the Holiday Catalog, the Holiday Home stamp set went on my wish list because it is so versatile. I did not really consider the Motley Monsters papers until I saw then in person. The patterns are fun, cute, and versatile.

Here is the 12x12 sheet of paper used for my card and the finished card:

1. Consider how you can trim a piece of Designer Series Paper to enhance your card design. I looked at the sheet above and thought about how it could be used in distinct sections for different cards. I trimmed around specific monsters for this halloween card.
2. Don't worry if you do not have an exact color match. I love Stampin' Up!'s color system, but I don't have all of the ink pads. Even though the paper uses Tangerine Tango, I was still able to use my Tangelo Twist ink pad to stamp the greeting.

Blog Hop Participants:
Sara G of 1200 Some Miles
Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
Pam W of Stinky Tofu
Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper
Angela M of Stamp with Angela

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and you do not want to miss the other fabulous creations on this blot hop! The next blog is The Craft Sea.

What kind of fall and holiday crafting are you planning this year? Please leave me a comment below.

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