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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tickled Pink

Yesterday I was surprised by one of the ladies from our techniques class. She used the inlaid embossing techniques we learned last week and created this adorable card using the image from her new Baby Tees jumbo wheel. She had me fooled when I looked at the card. I presumed she had used her wheel at different angles. But no, she had cut our each of those little tees and even the little hangers and placed them on her cardstock before embossing. She did an absolutely beautiful job, don't you agree?

Thanks to her, we were able to have our 1st Christmas card making class last night. I've been nursing my right hand for the past week and not able to cut or prepare for the class. But K came to the rescue and volunteered to help get the class ready. I owe her a big thanks for all her help and these are the cards we made.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Correction regarding Techniques Classes

As I was posting the other day I kept getting this feeling that something was missing. Well, KK is the winner as she was the first to respond and remind me of the forgotten one, I really did think we had met 5 times for these classes.

 For this card we learned the Faux Linen technique used on the butterfly from the Strenght & Hope stamp set, as well as using the Flower Garden Embossing Folder.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Now on to Chrismas

Yes I said Christmas, can you believe my ladies wish to discontinue the techniques class and replace them with Christmas Cards. We will be getting an early start, but in the meantime here are some that I've made for my portofolio requested by one of my clients:

This set includes 5 cards, two special folds one includes the rosettes shown in the Holiday Mini on page 6 (so easy to make with our new Simply Scoring tool), one with a technique I learned from another Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a sort of latice work, the other is a spinning Christmas Ornament with the final one being a gold embossed card. The set also includes a sweet little box to store the cards.

But now for my favorite, this one I learned from Francestamps. For the month of September our team swap was to create a card using punches, while researching what could be done I came across this one:

The snowman actually spins as he goes down the hill on his saucer sled. Isn't he just adorable? I haven't decided on a greeting to put on him yet, but I'm sure I'll find something. Thank you France.

I will have to hold off showing you the card I chose for the September swap as one of our team members hasn't received her card yet.

Our Techniques Class

Now although this was to be a 10 class series with 2 techniques per class, we have spead through in 4 class and done 16 techniques. After each class we made one card with one of the techniques learned that evening and here they are:

Class 1-- we used Popping Pastels technique with Stampin' Pastels and versa mark to create this charming card using the Fresh Cuts, Swirls and Curls Verses stamp sets along with the Beyond the Garden DSP

Class 2--was a blast with all of us returning to childhood with Shaving Cream Wonder. We had one student who really got into it. (I wonder how long it took to get all that ink off her fingers?)

Class 3--We used the Baby wipe Ink pad this technique is wonderful if you wish to produce cards in large quantities while using more than one colour on your stamp. For the flower we used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, each lady chose which sentiment she wanted to express.

Class 4--Aluminum Embossing, this one proved to be a challenge, if anyone knows what type of aluminum does not rip through 50% of the time, please let me know. But with all our challenges that evening the cards still ended up looking lovely with the Pretties flower taking front and centre stage.

Something tells me I'm missing a class! The first of you ladies who tells me if I missed one and which one it is, will receive a special little something at our next meeting.

Where has the summer gone?

This weekend I had the great pleasure of spending some time with my team members. We had a wondeful time at Carol's making CD mini albums. Her site has the pics of all our albums. Ladies let me tell you the "Beau Chateau" DSP is absolutely devine and when coupled with the Side Notes on page 190 of the Ideas Book, the album can be for a friend, wedding or family. Watch my event calendar as I will be offering this class in October, just in time to make an album from photo's taken during the summer weddings you went to or as a special Christmas gift for someone.

Now on to business, I was scolded this weekend by one of my team members, as I haven't posted anything since July. Ok so I've been busy making all sorts of cards and filling orders. Here are some of the cards I've made.

The first set of pictures are cards made for a "Sympathy Card" order I received, 20 cards in all. Thanks to my upline Carol who lent me a few sets. I was able to create 20 different cards using Thoughts and Prayers, Thanks for Caring, Just Believe and a few other bits and pieces from other stamp sets.

I know you probably were expecting all black and white sympathy cards, but I'm a firm believer that some colour has to be added to such a somber moment. As we should mostly be celebrating the life lived.

The two cards in the top right hand corner were done using the bleach technique. Who would have thought that a common product like bleach could produce such beauty?

The Razzleberry card was made with a Gate fold using the two little flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch to keep it closed.

Well that is it for now. Later today I will load the pictures of cards made during our techniques classes and some others.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!