One of my favorite events during the month is to celebrate the success of my Stamping Bee team. Every month, I have a team challenge and for those who achieve their goal, we have a get together to celebrate. I always have a special theme to make it a little more festive. This month, we celebrated five ladies who achieved their December goals with a Champagne Celebration.
And because we're Stamping Bees, no get together would be complete without a little stamping! This month, we made love notes with the Narrow Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes. I wanted to showcase the Sure do Love You and Lots of Lavender Stamp Sets, along with the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Aren't they adorable? And they came together so quickly, too.
The Narrow Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes are perfect for Valentine's cards for classrooms or teachers, or little love notes to tuck inside a lunch box or bouquet of flowers. You could even use them for gift card enclosures! They measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and come 20 to a packet for only $8. I don't know about you, but I've already bought several packs to make more of these cute little notes.
Today's tutorial is going to be a bit different. I'll going to give you the directions to build the first few layers, but then you can design them yourself. Have fun!
Base: Narrow Whisper White Note Card, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Layer 1: Subtract in either 1/8" or 1/4" increments. If you want a narrow boarder, use 1/8"; a wider boarder uses 1/4".
OR...don't use any paper to build a layer and use some of our larger background stamps, like I did. I used the Burlap Background Stamp for the card on the left and the Marbled Background Stamp for the card on the right.
Today is the last day to register for the January 27th Seasonal Sampler Class. You can choose to make the sampler, or 10 cards using the designs from the sampler. To register,please email me. (This is also available as a Class To Go. Email me for more information.
Just TWO spots remain for theMarch 16-18th Stampin' @ the Beach weekend retreat. Email me to register by January 31.
Simply adorable! These cute little Valentine's will be perfect to send to my nice and nephew in California. I just live these whimsical little animals in the Love you Lots hostess set. Using precut notecards and these simple, outline stamps make quick projects, too. And using the notecards means that you can get 2 cards from one sheet of 6" x 6" designer paper, too! (Here, I used the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack).
The elephants were stamped in Basic Gray, the hedgehogs in Soft Suede, and the ladybugs were stamped in Basic Black. A Real Red Stampin' Write marker added a bit of color to the ladybugs and the flower. This is the perfect set for a quick 'thinking of you' card.
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Cutting and Measurement
Base: Whisper White Note Card 5" x 3-1/2"
Layer 1: Real Red cardstock 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Sending Love designer paper 4 1/2" x 3"
Layer 3: Layering Shapes
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp outlines onto Layering shapes.
2. Adhere layers 1 & 2. Wrap and tie ribbon as needed.
3. Adhere layers 1 & 2 to Base.
4. Add stamped shapes to base with dimensionals.
5. Add metallic enamel shapes as needed.
I first hear about paper piecing from my mother. She was learning a new quilting technique and was thrilled to discover how fast paper piecing was compared to other methods. I really hadn't made the connection to paper crafts though, until I saw some on Pinterest. It opened up a whole new world of design for me.
This last weekend at the beach, I spent a lot of time working with the Beautiful You stamp set and a variety of designer series papers. I like them all, but the one using red and white Sending Love paper one is by far my favorite. She'd make a perfect Valentine's card for your mother, sister, or best friend.
Paper Piecing is a two-step process. First, stamp your image on cardstock. Then, stamp the same image onto designer series patterned paper. Carefully trim the parts you wish to keep, in this case, the dresses and hats, and adhere them directly to the image on the cardstock. I used Tombow liquid glue so I could have a little maneuverability to align the pieces just so.
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White
Layer 1: Real Red 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" Real Red
Layer 2: Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Real Red 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Sending Love Designer Series Paper
Layer 6: White and Silver 3/8" metallic ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp images in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Layer 4 and onto designer paper. Cut images out of designer paper and adhere to cardstock images.
2. Adhere layers 1-5 and wrap ribbon around them, tying a bow in the lower right hand corner.
3. Adhere to base.
Those of you who know me, know that my decorating is pretty minimalist. I don't collect anything so I don't have collections or displays around the house. And any time I buy something, I hear my dad say, "It will only gather dust." In fact, I showed my sister this pretty pendant light from Pier 1 last night, and her reply was, "It's pretty, but how will you clean it?"
So, other than Christmas, I don't do a lot of seasonal decorating. However, I found these cute bottles at the store the other day and I thought they'd make cute Valentine's party decor.
It didn't take long. I ran a few Love Notes hearts through the Big Showww.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=143263&dbwsdemoidt and wrapped some Sending Love designer series paper around the milk bottle. And I was thrilled to find a new use for the mini pompom trim! I even colored a paper straw by sponging on some Real Red ink.
Now...to go find the peanut M&M's that didn't fit in the bottles!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought my club on Sunday would like to make a few Valentine's cards with the Sealed with Love bundle. I know from experience, the didn't want a whole class devoted to them, so we split it up between Valentines and birthdays.
This design is from my good friend, Selene Kempton and thee color combination of Real Red andPool Party were a big hit. It was a fun to pair two colors that no one had thought of doing before, and a welcome change from the traditional pink and red candy hearts.
Did you notice the succulents in the Sending Love hearts? Succulents are HOT right now. And I just got my Oh So Succulent bundle yesterday. I can't wait to start playing with that one soon!
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: Pool Party 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4”
Layer 2: Real Red 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 3: Whisper White 5 x 3 ¾”, embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Embossing Folder
Layer 4: Sending Love Designer Series Paper,
Layer 5: Real Red Ribbon from Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack
Layer 5: Pool Party Card Stock, 2 ¼” Scalloped Layering Circle
Layer 6: Whisper White, 2” die cut Stitched Shapes Circle
Layer 7: Sending Love wood embellishments
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