Saturday, June 13, 2015

June Stamp Club

Due to a personal emergency, we did not meet in June.  Thank you so much for your understanding, support, and encouragement during this time. My husband was in a terrible accident from a fall off a ladder.  You can read about it here...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Stamp Club: Altered Notebook Tradition

It's that time of year again--it's almost time for a new Annual catalog.  Time to say goodbye to some of our favorite DSP.  Two of my favorite ways to use up my HUGE stash of DSP is to make envelopes and altered notebooks.

Making altered notebooks at May's Stamp Club has been a tradition for several years now.

You need four total pieces of DSP.  Two 9 x 12 for the outside covers and two 9 x 7 for the inside.  

Supplies used:
Composition Notebooks (stock up during the summer 4/$1)
Park Lane DSP
Big Shot with Top Note Die and Typeset Alphabet Dies
Canvas Creations
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

See previous posts for more altered notebook ideas:  

I just realized that this month's project had absolutely no rubber stamping on it--oh, the horrors, ha!! Happy Notebook Creating!!  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Stamp Club: You Are Amazing

Here's our card for April Stamp Club...

I never get tired of flowers or flower stamps.  They are ALL so wonderful--both flowers and flower stamps.  I'm glad to see SU! has added texture onto the rubber image of these stamps--make me an instant artist--wink, wink!!!  You are Amazingly Amazing is from the Painted Petals Stamp Set. The whole Painted Petals suite is just so beautiful!!!  The Painted Blooms DSP (not shown in this post) was hand-drawn and water colored by someone who works at the home office (SU! said so at Leadership).  And, both go nicely with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  

Painted Petals Stamp Set
Spring Flowers Embossing Folder
Banners Framelits
Naturals White (card base), Whisper White (for the banner), Elegant Eggplant Cardstock
Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant Ink
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (remove sequins from thread, apply with Liquid Glue)
White Baker's Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by!  Bye for now, Maria

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Stamp Club: Berry Basket

It's almost spring!  Yeh!  
Here's a cute Spring or Easter Basket for March's Stamp Club.

This is the Berry Basket Die

You need two of the large rectangles and 3 strips.
Two strips to go around the basket.
One strip for the handle.

I used the stripes and polka dots from Painted Petals to stamp on my basket.

Fold up on the score lines and glue together.

I stapled the handle on using the Mini Stapler

Attach the two strips together--these will go around the top of the basket.

Staple around the top of your basket.

To make Spring Grass or Easter Grass for your basket, use your Fringe Scissors.

Crumble up to make it fluffy.

Stamps and Supplies used:
Painted Petals Stamp Set
Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Wild Wasabi Ink
Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Cardstock
Painted Blooms Cotton Twine
Note Tag Punch
Berry Basket Bigz L Die
Handheld Stapler
Fringe Scissors

Happy Spring!!! Happy Easter!!!  Happy Stamping!!  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February Stamp Club: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!  This month's stamp club project was a lovey one since it was held on Valentine's Day.  

The Big on You Stamp images are large and are designed to fill the front of a card.

Both the "for you" and heart window are from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set.  

Stamps sets: 
Big on You, Another Thank You (little heart image)

Supplies used:
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
Spring Flowers Embossing Folder
Real Red, Whisper White (5 x 3 3/8), Crumb Cake Card stock
Real Red, Crumb Cake Ink
Sweetheart Punch
Gold Sequin Trim
Mini Metallic Clothespins
Sticky Strip and Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Some people LOVE Valentine's Day--some people HATE Valentine's Day.  Whichever camp you're in, we should show love and gratitude to everyone everyday!  Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Stamp Club: Mosaics Photo Tuturial

Happy New Year!  Happy New Stamp Club!  We are doing the Mosaic Technique for this month's club project.  

You need something to stick all your "strips" down with.  Here I've used 8 1/2 x 11 White Shipping Labels from Staples.  You can you use Xyron adhesive or even carpet tape.  Carpet Tape can be found in the hardware store, comes in varying widths, and is double sided.  

If you use Xyron adhesive, roll a sheet of thin printer paper through the Xyron machine.  Use the sticky side for this project.  

The shipping labels come in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets.

To make it easier to work with, I cut the sheet in half.

Peel the backing paper off.
Place the shipping label sticky side up.

Gather your strips.  These could be DSP you cut up just for this purpose.  Or, it can be left over pieces of DSP that you been saving.  You know--all those pieces of DSP you've been saving FOREVER just in case!  

All the things you stamp, and they just do not come out the way  you envisioned--do not throw them away.  Save them to cut up for this project.  When those "boo-boos" are cut into little strips, you will never see the mistakes.  

Place your strips on the sticky paper in a diagonal pattern.  

Once your sticky paper is covered, cut to card size.

Card sizes:
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half.
Middle layer is 5 1/4 x 4
Mosaic layer is 5 x 3 3/4.

Add to the front of your card, and embellish as desired.  

Supplies used:
Tag Talk Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip Cardstock and Ink
Bracket Label Punch
Naturals White Cardstock
Various strips of DSP (all retired)

Get out those scraps and left over pieces of DSP.  Save those mess ups for the Mosaic technique. Happy Creating!  Bye for now, Maria

Monday, December 22, 2014

Choose Happiness

What do they say?  Nothing new under the sun.  What's old is new again.  Hold onto something long enough, and it will come back in style.  What are some you can think of?  

Remember how stencils used to be all the rage in the 90's? Stencils are back, but now they're called Decorative Masks.  They're still stencils, but much cooler!  

Here, I used Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask with a Sponge Dauber.  Gently tap the ink pad with the dauber, and swipe the ink through the mask onto your cardstock.  
Supplies used:
Choose Happiness Stamp Set
Naturals Ivory Cardstock
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks
Doilies, White Baker's Twine
Bermuda Bay Ink
Sponge Daubers
Big Shot with the Chalk Talk Framelits

Happy Stamping!
Bye for now, Maria