This week I held a stamp camp featuring the Owl Punch. I've done many punch stamp camps before, but this was the first time I focused on one punch. By the number of RSVPs, it was obvious this was a winning idea! All of my guests were asked to bring the owl punch with them – this really helped with the flow of the stamp camp. Usually, my campers wander from station to station. This time, everyone took a seat and stayed there for the evening.
Today I am sharing the first card – a tulip card. This was the easiest card of the bunch!
Don't you love how the leaves were made from the owl punch too?
Yesterday I hosted my 2013 Stampin' Up! Hostess Appreciation Party. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with yummy food, the BRAND-NEW 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! catalog, a sweet project (I'll share this later), and gifts for my fabulous hostesses. Today, I am sharing one of the gifts on my blog -
I created the print in My Digital Studio. It was super easy, and I was thrilled with the result.
I am so very grateful for my hostesses! Want to make sure you get invited to next year's event? Call me or email me and we can schedule your Stampin' Up! party this year!
My Bottlecap Necklace stamp camp was today. It was amazing what fun we had with a few Stampin' Up! stamp sets, markers, Crystal Effects, and some soda pop tops. The trick is to HEAT EMBOSS your stamped/colored image with a VersaMark pad and clear embossing powder before attaching it to the soda pop top. This way the colored image does not run when using Crystal Effects to glass coat the piece of art.
Every Little Bit stamp set was a big hit with this group – and we came up with some cute ideas.
The circle art piece is from Circle Circus. If you have little girls, wouldn't these make FABULOUS bow centers? Key chains, bookmarks, magnets, pins, wine glass charms, and earrings were just some of the great ideas we came up with. This was such an easy project – perfect for a Girl Scout troop or classroom Mother's Day gift.
We flattened our soda pop tops with a Big Shot (flip both tabs out) and send it through sandwiched between two plates (sharp edges up), but you don't HAVE to flatten them if you don't want to. The 1" circle punch is perfect for the large soda pop tops, and the 1/2" circle punch is perfect for the smaller size.
The next step is to punch a hole in the rim (if you are making a necklace) with a 1/16" circle punch. DO NOT punch a hole on the base section.
Stamp and color your piece and punch out with correct circle punch. Use VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
We attached the stamped and punched out circle to the soda pop top with a little dab of the Crystal Effects. Make sure it stays as flat as possible. Once it is adhered, spread more Crystal Effects over the top and set aside to dry. They do take several hours to dry…my customers are coming back for them later this weekend.
If you are making a necklace, you'll need a jump ring and a jewelry tool plus a necklace chain (or you can use any of our gorgeous Stampin' Up! ribbon!).
Want to make some of your own? Here's what you need (besides stamps and ink):
This weekend I'm hosting a Bottlecap Necklace stamp camp. Here is one of the samples I came up with:
I do need to work on my photography skills for this one. The flash was too strong – there is some detaIl you can't make out. Sorry about that!
I used the Collage Curios and the Tiny Tags stamp sets.
There is still room for stampers to attend – send me an email if you'd like to come!
I host an All About Men stamping event every winter. At this event, my stampers always create a valentine for their someone special. My customers love the owl punch so I knew I had to work it in to one of my projects.
The tree branch is from the Take Care stamp set. I was inspired by another demonstrator's non-Valentine card using the owls on a swing. Thanks Michelle!
Tomorrow I'm hosting my annual Birthday Blowout Stamp-A-Stack. My guests can choose either the "express" option (one card of each for $5.00) or the full SAS option – 12 cards for $15.00. If you live in the area and would like to join us, send me an email! Here are the three cards we will be making:
The first card uses my newest stamp set – SWALLOWTAIL. I've seen some gorgeous examples using this stamp set, and I wanted to give my spin to it. The butterfly punch is new too.
The second card features FEELING SENTIMENTAL, a Sale-A-Bration stamp set, and Parker's Patterns DSP. If you spend $50.00, you can get this vintage-feel stamp set for FREE! Pennants are quite the rage right now in crafting.
The third card is inspired by fellow demonstrator, Mary Fish. I used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set PATTERNED OCCASIONS and the Sycamore Street DSP and Button and Ribbon Pack.
Well, I hope my stampers enjoy making these cards!
At my Die Cut Diva Night, we made some cute purses with the Petite Purse Die. Here are some examples I showed my customers:
I love the green one – it reminds me of a purse my Great Aunt used to have. What I love about this die is it only uses a half sheet of card stock – and you can even use our gorgeous DSP!
Oh, I couldn't wait to share this card! We made at my Die Cut Diva Stamp Camp this week. It is SUPER easy and perfect for a Halloween invitation!
All you need to do is use our Labels Framelits with your Big Shot and only roll the die about halfway through. Stop and roll back so as not to send the die completely through the machine. Trim the edges with your cutter – or scissors if you are confident in your cutting skills .
I spritzed the tombstone using our new Stampin' Spritzer (filled halfway with 90% rubbing alcohol and about 10 drops of Platinum shimmer paint). It dries very quickly! Stamp the spider and the Boooo from the Googlie Ghouls stamp set (in the Holiday Mini), and then stamp the bat and cut out and pop up with Stampin' Dimensionals. Add our new striped satin ribbon (in the Holiday Mini), adhere the pieces, and you are all set. You could easily add a phrase at the top for an invitation or even stamp RIP with an alphabet set.
Last night I held my first Sparkle and Shine Stamp Camp. My customers made three cards and a 3D project. I love this little project because it is so stinking easy AND I used my Heat and Stick Powder! I've had the same jar of Heat and Stick for over 10 years. I love the look of glitter, but I have to admit I usually stick with Dazzling Diamonds with 2-way glue. I pulled out my Supernova Fine Glitter for this gorgeous project. There are five colors to choose from – I liked the coppery orange with the bright blue.
The butterflies were made with my Big Shot and the backing from a package of DSP – I love it when I can recycle and create something fun!