Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stamp Club Cards

I haven't had a stamp club class in a while. June was extremely busy for me with closing out the school year and all. The girls were disappointed that we weren't meeting, so I made sure to accommodate them with a July class. For this class, I'm using some sneak peek, current, and retiring (and some retired) stamps. A little bit of everything. I'm starting out with the sneak peek, Fresh Cuts. I've had this set for a while, but never got around to using it. I had to go to the SCS gallery to see what everyone was doing with it, and of course Mary Fish's (Stampin' Pretty) card caught my eye and I cased it but changed it a bit. Here's my version.

The colors come from Color Challenge 172, Taken with Teal, Wild Wasabi, and White, except I swapped out the Wasabi for celery. The base of the card is teal, and I used the stylized flower CB folder for the white background. The dp is Certainly Celery prints (which is why I swapped the Wasabi for the Celery). I did, however, stamp the image in Wasabi because it is a darker color. I used the blender pen and ink from the lid to color in the flowers, the flourish, and the moon/sun. I did quite a few layers to bring out the colors of the main image, and white grosgrain ribbon finished it off.
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: White, certainly celery, taken with teal, certainly celery dp
Ink: Wild wasabi, certainly celery, taken with teal
Accessories: ribbon, cuttlebug & stylized flower folder, dimensionals, blender pen, ticket corner punch

Monograms seem to be all the rage in stamping now with JustRite Stampers jumping into the stamping pool recently. They are really cool, and it seems they are coming out with more and more versions of the original. I've been debating whether or not to order it and all the accessories. I know I eventually will, but I just recently got this Lovely Letters Alphabet set with my earnings from Sale-a-Bration and they really are lovely! I decided to see what type of monogram I could come up with using my SU stuff (cause I can't use other stamps in my classes). Low and behold, I found that these letters fit into two of the frames from Frames with a Flourish (another set I got with my Sale-a-Brations earnings). I chose to use these two sets together to create this monogram set. The letters fit into the circle and the square from

set. The square was a little too large, but will work beautifully on another project, I'm sure! I used the Ginger Blossoms dp and Cameo Coral, River Rock, Groovy Guava, and Ruby red cardstock and ink. Each one was done a little differently, but they all coordinate. I did two landscape and two portrait just to mix it up a bit. I also placed the monogram in different places on the strip. I used decorative scissors to do the scallops on the cardstock (my SU scallop punch is in transit...I should have it next week), and used SU's scallop circle punch as well. The base is of the notecard is vanilla. The three little flowers is the stamp from Live Your Dreams and it finished off and balanced out the card nicely. Now, I couldn't just let these beautiful notecards just float around without a home! They needed a folder in which to reside! So this is what I made.

I took a whole sheet of Groovy Guava cardstock, scored it at 5 1/2", then at 2 1/4" to create the pocket inside. I used the sticky strip red-line tape to close up the pockets. The ribbon is run through a hole punched with the slot punch. The sentiment is from SU's retired Vintage Postcard (my first SU set, and I still love it!). You can add some envelopes in the other pocket and maybe some stamps to have handy. This is a nice gift to give (to someone else or to yourself!)

Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Lovely Letters, Live Your Dreams, Vintage Postcard
Paper: Groovy Guava, Cameo Coral, River Rock, Ruby Red, Vanilla, Ginger Blossoms dp
Ink: Groovy guava, Cameo coral, River rock, Ruby red
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, decorative scissors, groovy guava ribbon, lot punch, round and scallop punches

Color Throwdown
There's a new blog in cyber-town called
Color Throwdown, and they are going to be issuing weekly color combinations. LeAnne Pugliese (Wee Inklings) is this week's host and I just had to play. I also have to give her this shout-out because she is always leaving nice comments on this blog...thanks LeAnne, and great color challenge this week! The colors she chose were Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, and Pretty in Pink. What great colors to work with! My next card is a sort of a case of one of my own I did recently (seen here) using PTI paper and sentiment stamp. Since I had to use SU for my class again, I used this color challenge and came up with this card.

This card also showcases some retiring stamps. The Sage Shadow base was stamped in Versamark with retiring Print Patterns bg stamp. The main image is from retiring Blossoms Abound. It's a two-step stamp and requires using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped Pretty in Pink with the first stamp, then Regal Rose with the second layered over the first image. For the stem and leaves I needed two colors as well to get the dimension, however I didn't want to introduce another color. So, I stamped the stem and leaves (which is one stamp) in the Sage Shadow. The ligher color is also Sage Shadow...just stamped off once before I stamped it on the main image. Perfect for what I needed and no new color! The dp is from the Hostess Prints Pack (which is also retiring). I chose this dp because it also has a diamond pattern like the bg. The sentiment is from retired Happy Harmony stamped in Regal Rose. The four white brads and pretty in pink satin ribbon finish it off. I did use my new Spica clear glitter pen I just received from
MFT in the mail today. There are 13 colors in the set and the colors are really sparkily! The clear one is very subtle. I just colored over the flower and the leaves. You really can't see it unless it picks up some light, then it shimmers! Well that's it for this long post! I have to finish preparing for my class tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Blossoms Abound, Happy Harmony, Print Pattern bg
Paper: Sage shadow, regal rose, pretty in pink, pretty in pink dp, white
Ink: Sage shadow, regal rose, pretty in pink, Versamark
Accessories: Pretty in pink satin ribbon, stamp-a-ma-jig, circle and scallop punches, ticket corner punch, brads, dimensionals, Spica glitter pen


mueppi said...

Wow....... was für eine wunderschöne Karte!!!!!!!

LeAnne said...

This is beautiful, Lisa! It takes my breath away! Thanks so much for playing, I hope you can come back often for the other challenges as well!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

Oh how pretty! Love the colors they chose! And I love your card!

Anne Marie Peterson said...

Hi Lisa! Thank you for the wonderful vote of confidence on SCS for my snowman card!! I absolutely love this gorgeous monogrammed note card set! I'm going to have to CASE this one for sure! :)
Anne Marie

Lisa M. said...

I love the notecard folder! My mother's birthday is this week and I'm soooo casing this to make her a set! Yours is beautiful!


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