Monday, August 6, 2012

Stampin' Up Craft Club

Hello everyone!

So the day after Stamp-a-faire was our monthly craft club for Stampin' Up. Not only is Michele one of my good friends, but she is also my demonstrator (even though yes I am a demo myself, I love being part of her club and going to her classes!). We stamped together all day Saturday, and then I went over to her house on Sunday to do our club projects! This month I was the hostess, and I got tons of free goodies!! Michele let me help pick the club projects this month. A while back I had seen a video on double embossing (found here) and told Michele that I'd like to try doing that in club sometime. So since it was my month, she decided it was the perfect time to try this technique! She did it a little differently than the way shown in the video, but I still think the cards turned out beautiful :)

Stamps: Postage Due
Ink: Versamark, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake (to sponge the outsides)
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette
DSP: Fan Fair
Ribbon: Pink Pirouette Taffeta, Victoria Crochet Trim
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Clear Embossing Powder
Punches: Postage Stamp, 1" square
Other: Brayer, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge

For the next card, Michele showed me a ton of cards she made one day while she was working on crafting stuff. I saw it and fell in love immediately! It's so simple, yet so beautiful at the same time! I told her we had to do this card for club, which was perfect because it uses all the new In-colors as well as the new In-color Ink pads (which are also a new kind of pad). This is a single layer card and was very easy to finish and would be easy to mass produce.

Stamps: Papaya Collage, One in a Million
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Cardstock: Whisper White
Other: Basic Rhinstone Jewels

The last card is a technique that I found on youtube not too long ago, and has since because super popular. You can find the original video from Dawn Olchefske here. Michele came over one day to hang out and craft, and I made a card using this technique using the balloon from You're Amazing. Here is my first attempt at this technique:

Michele thought this was a cool technique and we left it at that. She  might go home and try it sometime.

Now, for the month of July, Stampin' Up had this special promotion where if you spend $50, you can get this stamp set called Reason To Smile for $5. You can find the flyer for this promotion here: Reason to Smile Flyer. Michele decided we should probably use this stamp set in our July club to put it out there to show the girls since it will only be available to customers in July. Then she saw a beautiful card on our demonstraor idea website that used both the Reason to Smile stamp and the Triple Time Stamping technique. Voila, there was our last card for club! So here is the last card we made at club this month:

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Bring on the Cake
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Other: Wisteria Wonder Bakers Twine, Vintage Faceted Buttons

Lastly, we made a Patriotic themed Scrapbook page, and it turned out awesome! I haven't added any pictures yet, but here's the page layout that we did.

If you like the projects you see, and would like to be part of Michele's Club, or would just like to find a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, please check out my friend Michele. You can find her website here.

Thanks for stopping by!

- Ashley