Monday, February 21, 2011

Framed Name Art

Here is something I've always wanted to do, but never got around to making until now... Framed names using chipboard letters, cardstock, and stamps.  Now that I've made 2, I just want to keep going!

For my baby niece, using colors from her nursey.
For my home!!
 The frames are 14 x 7 in. with an opening of 12 x 4-1/2 in. The block letters are almost 2 in. tall.

I am thinking of making one that says "FAMILY" and another with "FAITH HOPE LOVE."  The possibilities are endless!!  If you'd like me to make one for you or to give as a gift, let me know! I am having a BLAST making these!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Preschool V-Day treats

Valentine Lollipop holders
I made these lollipop holders to include in Valetnine treat bags we made for Andersen's Preschool class. I used all retired colors for this project, partly to get rid of leftover cardstock and partly because these bright bold colors worked so well!
Materials: Valentine Defined stamp set (Occasions Mini), Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Taken with Teal and Whisper White cardstocks, Pixie Pink, Green Galore classic stamp pads, Taken with Teal stampin write marker.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February Workshop Projects

Here are 3 projects that were designed for a workshop held early this month.

Simply 3 Little Words
You can barely see it in this pic, but there is a mini rhinestone in the center of each 3 large flowers in the heart.

Materials: Simply Said and Three Little Words stamp sets, Marina Mist and Whisper White cardstocks, Subtles Patterns Designer Series paper, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Marina Mist stampin write markers, Pretty in Pink classic ink pad, Staz On black ink pad, and Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents.  
Everything card

Inspired by SCS's "michelle80" card with same stamp set. Hers was a normal 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size, and I made mine 8 1/2 x 4, with the back extending 1/2" further than the front. The 1/2" of inside that can be seen is covered with a wide strip of Chocolate Chip cs that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch (not visible in pic). I also shaded the hearts with a reverse masking technique.
Materials: Always stamp set, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstocks, Real Red and Chocolate Chip classic ink pads, Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon.  Tools: Scallop Trim border punch, Stampin sponges and sticky notes.

Valentine treat pouch (right)
I used this design last year too for a V-Day treat and decided to use it again with my new favorite V-day stamp set. Just to prove that this pouch design with the same color are not limited to this particular holiday, I made another one with different stamps. Inside, I used a mini cello sealable bag (found in jewelry making aisle) to hold small wrapped candies.
Materials (for V-day pouch on right): Valentine Defined stamp set (Occasions Mini), Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake cardstocks, Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink classic ink pads, Soft Suede stampin write marker, small heart punch, Scallop border punch, Crop-a-Dile, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, mini stapler, mini cello resealable bags, and small wrapped candies.

My Japanese Stamp Club

Some of you may or may not know that I can fluently converse in Japanese.  Or maybe I should say some of you may not know that I am an American-born Japanese.  Sometimes I get the funny comment about how well I speak English! I just smile and say "Thank you."  Through this ability, I've had the great fortune of meeting many wonderful Japanese women in the area whose husbands are temporarily assigned to the States for work, and many only live here for 3-5 years.  When I introduced a Japanese friend to my love of stamping and paper crafting, she was immediately hooked. Well, she told a friend, who told a friend and so on and so forth, until I found myself creating a stamp club just for my Japanese friends.  The perk for them was that I would conduct the classes in a language they understand and they would be in their comfort zone with their Japanese friends.

I've been holding these classes for about 3.5 years now, and have had 4 classes each year, with 4 projects a piece.  I haven't been consistent in posting the projects here, but I hope I can start to do so this year.

This month we met and made 3 cards and 1 non-card project.

Valentine Pouch
This is a design that was featured in a publication for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  I love the stamp set and this was super easy to make yet so practical too for giving Valentine treats.
Materials: Valentine Defined stamp set (Occasions Mini), Crumb Cake Medium Envelopes, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery cardstocks, Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede classic ink pad, Certainly Celery 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. I made my own crimped filler strips of paper, and used Hershey Mini chocolates for treats. Tools: Scalloped Border punch and Small Heart punch.

Thanks card
A pretty design inspired by a card I found on SplitCoastStampers by "stampyblock" using the same Growing Green stamp set. LOVE the new crochet trim ribbons by SU! And together, the Antique brads work extremely well too!
Materials: Growing Green stamp set, Afterthoughts (hostess set), Pink Pirouette, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White cardstocks, Whisper White craft pad, Pink Pirouette, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake classic ink pads, Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim ribbon, Antique Brads. Tools: Crop-a-Dile, Stampin Sponges.

Three Little Words card
This card looks a lot cuter in person than it does on the photo. Originally, I was only going to use a thin strip of Chocolate chip cardstock in the middle of the card, but then I just got the Dotted Ribbon border punch this year so I was able to use it for the first time! And I must say, it yielded a MUCH better result!
Materials: Three Little Words and Great Friend stamp sets, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip cardstocks, Subtles Patterns Designer Series paper, Regals Patterns Designer Series paper, Baja Breeze and Cajun Craze classic ink pads, Basic Pearls Jewel Accents. Tools: Dotted Ribbon border punch, Glue Dots. 
Just Believe card
Another card inspired by one found on SCS by Julie Davison, using the same stamp set. I completely changed the color scheme to one that I normally do not prefer myself, but I so often lean towards blues and greens or neutrals, so this was a nice change of scenery for my attendees. I have to remind myself that not everyone has the same taste in colors as I do and I need to broaden my spectrum.
Materials: Just Believe stamp set, So Saffron, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White cardstocks, Elegant Eggplant and So Saffron classic ink pads, White 5/8" Satin Ribbon. Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle punch.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

First Ever... Spring Stamp-a-Stack!!!!

If spending a day Stamping, doing paper crafts, and hanging out with other people who enjoy doing the same sounds like fun, then you HAVE TO join us for...
Spring 2011 Stamp-A-Stack!!!
We have so much fun with our annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack (SAS) we decided we'll do one for Spring too!! (We don't want anyone to go into stamping withdrawal....)
Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Place: Mary Lou Johnson Library, Kenton (map)
Cost: $30 (includes 12 projects, instruction booklet, lunch, refreshments all day, and a $5 discount towards a $25 order placed that day) Additional completed projects can be ordered.
Who: Brought to you by Teresa Styer, Jen Ledley, Kristin Moore, and Yoko Harnjo (all Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators)
What: 12 Awesome projects & cards that can be used for Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, weddings, showers, Thank You's, etc.
***Door Prizes awarded all day!!***
Seating is limited so Register to attend ASAP!! (Event fee must be pre-paid in order to reserve a seat.) Contact me today!