Friday, November 18, 2011

November Notes for Card Club 2012


Card Club 2012:

To make card club/poker night with the Stampin' Sisters run smoothly, please follow these guidelines:

A.   Bring your card kit (the following is a minimal list, you can have more)
1.  Adhesives (tape runner and refill OR double sided tape)
2.   Glue dots 
3.  Scissors 
4. Ruler
5. Bone folder.   
I may have tape runners  for purchase that night @ $3.25,  or refills for $2.25, in case you need to purchase one.   (I  have 150 glue dots for purchase at $1.75 per roll.)

 B.  Please, pre-pay the non-refundable $5 class materials fee

C.  If you sign up for a class and cannot come, you must find a stamp buddy (sorry, I cannot be your stamp buddy; I'm leading the club) to stamp your cards for you.  (When you sign up I take time to prepare your cards by measuring, cutting, counting out and figuring out supplies and accessories needed.  This preparation cannot be "undone.")

D.  Due to time constraints and scheduling availability, there will not be any more make up classes.   Thank you for understanding.




November Card Club Niceties

So we had a great card club on Wednesday!  Everyone loved their new tape runner by Tombow and the accompanying refill.  I gave tips on how to conserve tape while still providing adequate adhesive.  The stampers really appreciated the tips.  I made sure everyone's tape dispenser was labeled with her name.  It was fun to see how some of the stampin' sisters came up with better ideas on how to put cards together or stamp more efficiently.  They are so smart and keep me on my toes.  Someone suggested having a raffle since everyone brought their card kit---well, at least the tape runner.  For our next card club, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, we will have a drawing AND a prize!  We'll have a drawing for all who follow my stamping blog, StamptomyLou and a prize for the best supplied card kit.  (If there's more than one card kit that qualifies, we'll have another drawing.)  It is important to read the post on how card club works so our club runs smoothly and everyone is happy, so make sure to read through the entire post...okay?  We want everyone to be happy!  Thank you for coming to Card Club/Poker Night.  You can count on a great "card game" happening at Card Club 'cause you make it happen!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Adhesive has Arrived!

Guess what Stampin' Sisters!  If you pre-ordered your adhesive set  for your card kit, it's HERE!!!!  Woo hoo!!!!! And even more good news, I got a different kind and so the pre-order price is lower!  So, the pre-order adhesive set is just $4.75!   Can you believe it!  Now, I can't wait for you to use it on Wednesday!!!   

Tombow adhesive pre-order has arrived!

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Adhesive Stash

Here are the various adhesives in my collection.

super tacky!  great for adhering buttons, ribbon, lace, other heavier accessories

excellent for card stock 

excellent for card stock, and being dots, if you get some in  an  unwanted spot, use a white eraser to remove

excellent for card stock, and again you can remove adhesive with an eraser.  Also,  forgiving  in the first 30 seconds if you want to reposition.

excellent for adhering card stock

excellent for adhering card stock

great for adhering card stock, not as easy to use as a tape runner, but can  be repositioned  if needed  (within first 30 seconds)

heavy duty adhesive, great for ribbon, constructing  3-D items, like a box.  To use,  cut the amount you want to use, then peel off the red liner.

November Card Class & Adhesive opportunity

Hello there, Stampin' Sisters! Card choices featured in November are: 
birthday, thank you , Thanksgiving and Christmas.   You may sign up to make 6 cards!   

We will meet on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at my place.      In an attempt to streamline the class, I will have three time slots:
1)  10-11:30 AM
2) 7-8:15 PM
3) 8:15-9:30 pm 
with 5-7 people per time slot. 

Captions under card image denote the technique used.  *Note: patterned paper will vary.

Oh, please,you MUST bring your card kit
Adhesives (tape runner and/or double sided tape), Glue dots, Scissors, Ruler, and a Bone folder.    I may have a couple of tape runners and a couple of double sided tape dispensers for purchase @ $1.25,  in case you need to purchase one.  (A note about the tape runners:  it could last one card night or more.    So, be prepared with extra adhesive.    It depends on how much you use on each card.  I generally apply adhesive to the corners only, and if the piece is long, I add a bit more to the middle part.)

 *Please, pre-pay the non-refundable $5 class materials fee. 


**If you sign up for a class and cannot come, you must find a stamp buddy to stamp your cards for you.  

***Due to time constraints and scheduling availability for myself and those involved, there will not be any more make up classes.   Thank you for understanding.






Thursday, October 20, 2011

October Card Class observations


Hey, Stampin' Sisters!

We had fun yesterday and last night making cards, didn't we?  I try to make it easy on you to create your cards. So, as we progress in creating cards and exercising our brains with techniques, centering and such, here are a couple of DO's and DON'T's:

DO: Use good adhesive (tape runner, double sided tape, glue dots, red liner tape, herma fix, etc.)

DON'T: Use glue sticks---I noticed that it just causes frustration.  I only have them as a last resort if someone doesn't bring adhesive.

DO:  make the investment of good adhesive or you can buy it from me (but I am probably NOT going to buy the $1.25 tape runner any more since many of you found that it didn't last long. I will look at tape runners from JoAnn's in the future.  I will have to figure out the cost and get back to you if you go this route.)

DON'T: stop creating you own cards!  People enjoy seeing your creativity!

The following are images of types of adhesives which I recommend for creating cards.  The different types are for different card creating purposes.  Hence, bring at least two different kinds of adhesives, i.e., double sided tape and glue dots or dot roller and red liner tape.  (I advocate that you bring a little card kit with you that includes: adhesives, scissors, ruler and bone folder to make creating cards fun, efficient and MORE pleasant.)  



 Live well, stamp much, create often.  May you live long and receive many compliments on your cards!

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Card Class


October 19, 2011

Hello there, Stampin' Sisters! Card choices featured in September are: 
birthday, thank you , sympathy and blank.   You may sign up to make 7 cards!   

We will meet on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at my place.      In an attempt to streamline the class, I would like to have three time slots: 1)  10-11:15 AM
2) 7-8:15 PM
3) 8:15-9:30 pm 
with 5-7 people per time slot.   I do my best to design the cards to optimally be made in 6 minutes or less per card.    When you look at the cards, note that I added some notes on how to make the card.  Bolded words under the card image denote the technique used.  *Note: patterned paper will vary.

Oh, please, bring: Adhesives (like tape runner and/or double sided tape), scissors, and a bone folder.     I may have a couple of tape runners and a couple of double sided tape dispensers for purchase @ $1.25,  in case you need to purchase one.  (A note about the tape runners:  it could last one card night or more.  It depends on how much you use on each card.  I generally apply adhesive to the corners only, and if the piece is long, I add a bit more to the middle part.)    Please, pre-pay the $5 class materials fee.  : )  


***Types of really helpful adhesives:  tape runner, double sided tape, red liner tape, glue dots, herma fix, and clear glue sticks.
** If it turns out that you can't make your cards, please try to find a stamp buddy to help you stamp your cards and assemble, too, if you choose.  


*Occasionally, I hold a second or make-up card class determined on an "as needed" basis.

I enjoy leading the card class and love to see your creativity, smiles and friendship blooming! 

stamp light colors first; stamp off yellow leaf in center first
sponge orange ink for background; stamp bird, then punch out in circle

water color look with Two step stamping; color and petals don't need to match up;  stamp the  sentiment, stamp on the branches, then punch out with wide oval punch; glue dots or red liner tape helpful with ribbon or lace
stamp background, then use modern label punch  for  stem.  Adhere to card, then add ovals to make pumpkin.  Add hemp tie with a glue dot.
Use embossing folder and white crayon (crayon resist)  to create spider web.  Use brayer in orange ink to apply color.  Stamp the image and water color with aqua pen and water color crayons.
 
To stamp the balloons, use the balloon mask provided, then add sentiment
Use small red  brayer  on kaleidacolor ink pad to make background.  Only use the green on the bottom of card.  Stamp owl on gray, punch out with owl punch.  Stamp treat bag onto only orange card stock, and cut out by hand. Cut out pre-traced tree.  Punch out large circle for moon.  Adhere moon, then tree, then owl.
Ink up the jumbo wheel 3-4 times in pumpkin pie ink and then  roll stamp onto  card stock.  Using a narrow strip of natural card stock, gently tear down the middle to make a natural frame for your word strip.
Using chocolate chip ink, stamp the middle leaf first, then the two side leaves.  Using the appropriately marked sponge, sponge on ink colors:  morning marigold, purely pomegranate and soft suede.  Opt: punch out the double dotted border in more mustard card stock.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

September card class---on Wed., Sept. 14

Hello there, Stampin' Sisters! Card choices featured in September are: 
birthday, thank you , sympathy and blank.   You may sign up to make 7 cards!   


We will meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at my place.      In an attempt to streamline the class, I would like to have two time slots: 7-8 pm and 8-9 pm with 6-7 people per time slot.   I do my best to design the cards to optimally be made in10 minutes or less per card.  *Note: patterned paper will vary.

Oh, please, bring: Adhesive (like tape runner and/or double sided tape), scissors, and a bone folder.     I may have a couple of tape runners and a couple of double sided tape dispensers for purchase @ $1.25,  in case you need to purchase one.  (A note about the tape runners:  it could last one card night or more.  It depends on how much you use on each card.  I generally apply adhesive to the corners only, and if the piece is long, I add a bit more to the middle part.)    Please, pre-pay the $5 class materials fee.  : )  

** If it turns out that you can't make your cards, please try to find a stamp buddy to help you stamp your cards and assemble, too, if you choose.  
*** Occasionally, I hold a second or make-up card class determined on an "as needed" basis.


I enjoy leading the card class and love to see your creativity, smiles and friendship blooming! 

I apologize for the low lighting which make the cards look a little dingy.  They don't look like that IRL.









Thursday, July 14, 2011

ColourQ 93 and Card Patterns 123

     Current Sketch



This week I played along with the ColourQ challenge and combined it with the card patterns sketch 123.  So, here's my card:


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Husband's birthday card....project!

 I finally gave my dh his birthday card.  I went around asking family members reasons why my dh should be celebrated as he is at a milestone age.  After getting the answers, I had to think of how to put all these things into a card.  I cut out 7 panels for his accordion card.  Lo and behold, the project all worked out!  The  7 panels worked out exactly and with 3 photos (in the front),  here it is!


When I gave it to him he said, "This isn't a card.  It's a project!"  After he read through it, I had to ask, "did you like it?"  He said he did then modestly added, "How much did you have to pay people to say nice things about me?"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge #88

I found Play Date Cafe Challenge and decided to play along.  I would never thought of this color combo, so it was a true challenge for me!  I used Stampin' Up! colors: tangerine tango, daffodil delight and sage shadow.  Here's my card using the set Every Moment with the water color technique (using aqua painter).

Baby Brag Book

This baby brag book is a fun gift to give!  It is folded accordion style and features 6 panels decorated with either stamping or designer paper. (It is important to use really tacky adhesive like double sided tape or a dotted tape runner.)   This is the latest one I made for M. and her baby girl. If there is enough interest I may feature a baby brag book, like this one, as an option in our Card Class. So if you're interested comment and let me know!  

front cover
first two panels inside
book opened up to showcase all panels

Saturday, July 2, 2011

ColourQ 91


This week's ColourQ used bravo burgundy, ruby red, night of navy, basic gray and white.  This combo was out of my familiarity zone.  I also followed the card sketch from CardPatterns: Sketch 122---hence the reason for the non-standard size card.  Here's my card below:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One Sheet Wonder

When I first heard of the OSW (one sheet wonder) the template was cut down to make about 10 cards---but some of the pieces were tiny!  So, I revisited the OSW idea and made up a simpler template that makes 8 cards.    I actually had enough for 9, but 8 is a nice round number of cards for a gift.

my OSW template


First, sorry for the bad lighting.  When I made up my template, I wanted it to be easy to remember so I didn't need a "template."  But I am showing you what it looks like to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.  I divided up the 8.5" x 11 sheet in quarters.  From there I divided up the space within the quarter sheets.  




Pictured above is what my OSW looks like stamped and cut apart.  Next you get to make these into cards.



I decided to use so saffron as my card base alternating with lucky limeade and pool party as accent colors.  I stamped all my cards with the "thank you" sentiment from With All My Heart.  I had fun with different kinds of cards. 





Top picture is the back view of the ruffled card stock that I sewed onto the piece from the OSW.  The bottom picture shows the front of the ruffled piece.


Then I used some gold netting that was just around and sewed it into a little gift bag and tied it with a ribbon.  Voila!  You have a gift to give and had fun making it!

Fast and Easy cards


I make the birthday cards for the ladies in our church and so here some of them.  They are water colored with ink pads and the aqua painter using the Crazy for Cupcakes set.  The top was border punched and then inside I sponged on color.  Fun, fast and easy!

Mini Cupcakes

I got the idea for this card while standing in line, perusing a few cards.  I liked the idea of making mini cupcakes with a cherry on top!  Here's the recipe:

stamps:  Something to Celebrate
card stock:  pretty in pink, chocolate chip, poppy parade, very vanilla, pool party
ink:  chocolate chip
accessories:  elegant embossing folder, chocolate chip 5/8" satin ribbon, red glitter (ret.), cupcake punch, 1" circle punch

New Idea book and catalog coming on Thursday!

Hi there, Stampin' Sisters,

Believe it or not, but June is almost over!  I can hardly wait to order from the new 2011-2012 Idea book and catalog!  You can view the new IB & C online this Thursday, July 1!!!  Just go to www.stampinup.com.  You can also view  the summer mini catalog, too!  From the summer mini I have my eye on both Sail Away and The Open Sea and Nautical Expedition designer paper!  I will be placing an order on July 5, if you'd also like to join with your order.  

So, hang on 'til Thursday!   I'll show you some more projects I've been working on.




Saturday, June 25, 2011

ColourQ challenge 90



This week's ColourQ challenge and my entry:


Telescoping Card

This card is a Telescoping card because of the way it opens.  I just had to try it!

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, With All My Heart
Card stock:  tangerine tango, whisper white
Ink:  melon mambo, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight
Accessories:  Scallop circle die, coluzzle circles, brads, ribbon

*in the future I would use circle dies to cut the circles and the 2 1/2" circle punch for the smaller circle on top.