Hi again, stamping friends!
Wow – I don’t know where this week has gone, but it’s gone fast! It’s been a good week though – I hope yours has been good, too.
Last week, a wonderful customer of mine, Colleen, hosted a Stampin’ Up! party, at which I was honoured to be the demonstrator. This group of ladies are so much fun, and so creative – it was a great time. Not to mention Colleen served delicious coffee and cake afterwards!
I wanted to share with you the cards that we made during the party. I had asked Colleen ahead of time is she had any request, or theme that she wanted to see, and she asked for something masculine, and in the thank you/thinking of you type cards. I knew just what to do!
This is the first card we made; the masculine theme, using one of my favourite sets – Traveler:
The train image from Traveler was stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink onto Whisper White cardstock; I love how this ink colour instantly makes the image feel ‘vintage’. We then added a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Bohemian pack along the bottom, then covered the join with a banner strip of Delightful Dijon cardstock, cut using the Banner Triple Punch for those perfect tails! On top of that, we stamped the sentiment in Tip Top Taupe onto Whisper White, and used the ticket shaped framelits from the Tags & Labels Framelits dies to cut it, and the next size up, in Bermuda Bay cardstock. All of that was layered onto a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock.
We then took a large (4″ x 5 1/4″) panel of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the World Map background stamp in Tip Top Taupe. I shared the trick of using your Stampin’ Grid Paper to line up your cardstock straight, then the top of your stamp with the line above your cardstock – this way, you’ll always get a full image, and it will be straight! This was glued to the Delightful Dijon card base, and the stamped images layered on top. This card was very well liked by the group, and I think it will fit the bill nicely for their next masculine card needed!
Our next card is definitely on the feminine side – using my favourite (if you haven’t already noticed) stamp set Garden in Bloom:
This card also uses another of my favourites from last year; the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. The great thing was that although I’ve used these stamp sets a lot, they were both new to this group of ladies, so it worked out well.
We started by stamping the sun image from Kinda Eclectic in Daffodil Yellow onto the 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White panel. We then stamped the images from Garden in Bloom; the large flower outlines in Melon Mambo ink, then stamped the inside colour in Blushing Bride ink. The very centre of the flower we stamped in Daffodil Delight ink. The leaf outlines were stamped in Old Olive ink, and for the inside we used Pear Pizzazz ink.
On a piece of Old Olive cardstock, we stamped the dots image from Kinda Eclectic in Old Olive ink. The sentiment, also from Kinda Eclectic, was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Melon Mambo ink, then the banner tails on it and the Old Olive cardstock and English Garden DSP were punched using the Banner Triple Punch. On another small piece of Whisper White cardstock we stamped the butterfly image from Kinda Eclectic in Blushing Bride ink, and used the Elegant Butterfly punch to punch it out. These pieces were then layered onto the stamped panel, which in turn was then layered onto the card base of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
It was a wonderful party, with everyone getting to try out new stamps, ink colours, and tools. Of course, everyone also got to place their orders (which are due to be delivered tomorrow), and Colleen earned herself Stampin’ Rewards for FREE product! We had a good laugh at the end of the party; I was giving out the participant gifts (and of course the hostess gift), and everyone love the packaging I had done using the Baker’s Box Thinlits, the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask and used the Cotton Paper for a flower, that everyone added to their orders! It was a first for me! 🙂
If you would like to host your own Stampin’ Up! party, where I bring the make & take projects for you & your guests, and you provide the guests & the snack, I’d love to come & share the fun with you! If the ‘party’ idea doesn’t work for you, we can always set up a private stamping class – you choose the projects & budget, and I’ll provide the supplies!
To book your party or private stamping class, give me a call at 604.298.0472, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s fun, it’s a great way to get together with friends and you could earn FREE product – just like Colleen!
Until next time – happy stamping!