Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Last Summer Stamp Camp

Well, we knew it was coming but boy did it seem to come fast--the last summer stamp camp has come and gone. I'll be working on my fall schedule and will get it out to you soon. For now, here are the cards we made today.

I called this my "Krystal-inspired" card because I dug this paper up after making her card at the shoebox swap. I had the matching ribbon as well and thought it would be fun to add that to the card. Note: The patterned paper and ribbon are from Hobby Lobby. I started by coloring the candles from All about Occasions with Stampin' Up! markers and stamping them onto a 1.5" x 1.75" piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I mounted that onto a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock which was a quarter inch larger than the vanilla. The background pattern is a 2.75" x 4" piece of paper mounted onto a 3" x 4.25" piece of Close to Cocoa. I used a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware to tie the ribbon onto on the left to finish off the card. The sentiment is from the set, It's Your Birthday.

I love the Simply Circles set and was sad to see it retire. Fortunately, I know many of you own it so we can still enjoy using it! The circles were stamped onto a 2" x 5.5" piece of Whisper White cardstock using Always Artichoke and Basic Black ink. The little words were stamped in Basic Black and are from the set, "Everyday Flexible Phrases". I used two 1/2" strips of Basic Black to add a border to the white cardstock and then attached the metal rim with black grosgrain ribbon and brads. That piece was then mounted onto the Always Artichoke card base.

This card was inspired by a gift card I saw on Splitcoast which was designed by member cindy_haffner. She had a cute background embossed with a Cuttlebug die which is why I'm convinced that I need a Cuttlebug...I digress--back to the card. Whale Wishes was one of my first purchases from the Fall/Winter Collection so I've been trying to put it to use. I used my Marvy Uchida Mega Circle and Giga Scallop Punches for the center of the card. I inked the fish stamp using markers and inked the fish separately from the phrase so that the fish could be cut out and popped up using dimensionals. I took a 1" strip of Night of Navy cardstock and mounted two 1/4" strips of Whisper White to make a faux ribbon of sorts to put behind the main image. The cardstock for the card base is Wild Wasabi and you can see that the Garden Green marker which we used to color the fish was a close match. Note to Stampin' Up!--it would be nice to have markers for the new colors!

A special thank you to "missusem" on Splitcoast because I completely CASE'd this card. I liked that the card seemed to have dimension, even though it was really just all stamped on one layer of cardstock--River Rock in this case. A great card if you need one in a hurry or have limited supplies! The Paisley Background stamp was used first and that was stamped using River Rock. The rest of the images are from Baroque Motifs and those were stamped in Bravo Burgandy. The edge was inked by swiping the card along the ink pad--some stamp campers found it easier to just sponge the edges using a sponge dauber--it's a different look, but easier to control.

Block Party is a great little set in the Fall/Winter collection because you could really make a fast and easy card with one image. This card was spiced up a little with the cake added from the set Eat Cake. At stamp camp the cake was actually colored with Not Quite Navy, but my sample had ink all over it so I made a new one and used Rose Red instead. You could really use just about anything with the Close to Cocoa that was used on this card which is really nice! The cake is stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock which measures 1.75" x 2.5" and then mounted onto a piece of Close to Cocoa which is a quarter inch larger. Stickles glitter glue was used to add a little shimmer to the candles. The stamp from Block Party was stamped onto a piece of Very Vanilla which measured 2" x 4.25"; however, the final stamped image was trimmed closely. I still went ahead and made the Cocoa piece a quarter inch larger since I knew I was going to distress the edges.

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