Sunday, April 25, 2010

Connie’s Workshop

Connie hosted a workshop in her fabulous crop room (we’re working on getting her to do more cards!) and along with Connie, we had nine ladies.  We made the flower pot I previewed last time and a Mother’s Day/birthday card made with retiring colors.  The ladies didn’t object to me taking pictures, so here goes.  As always, click on the pic to see it in detail.

First, Connie’s table set up.  We had room for lots more, so we will probably be discussing having a shoebox swap at her house sometime this summer. 

Connie's set up

This next pic is half the ladies showing off their flower pots.  They all managed to look a little different with everyone’s details.

Happy ladies

Here’s the rest of the ladies with their pots.  That’s my hostess in the black top.

More happy ladies

I learned how to make this pot from Kerin Sylvester’s video tutorial:  here.  Her video is great. Love that Daisy flowers, 2, die that I used to make all the flowers.

This last pic is one of the samples I made using Garden from the Heart.  Colored the hat and gloves with markers and fussy cut them out.  Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence and Yo Yo Yellow are all retiring.  

Garden from Heart 4

That’s it for now. Comments always welcome.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April’s Stamp Club

Surprise!  I’m actually timely this month.  We had our meeting last night and while we had several absent members, we had ten ladies.  We decided what to do with our December Stamp Camp.  On our regular meeting on the second Monday of the month, we’re just going to have a pot luck Christmas party, exchange our Christmas cards, swap Christmas gift tags and have our Chinese gift exchange.  I’m thinking about a cookie exchange, too, maybe, for those who like that sort of thing.   The stamp camp will be some time in January, when we do projects that take longer than we can do at our monthly meetings.  So, start thinking about cool projects, ladies.

Our exchange theme this month was “My Favorite Color” and we had some great cards.  First up, my card with my favorite pink dogwood watercolored and fussy cut.  Click on any card for details.

Kathy's Pink Dogwood

Several ladies used purple as their favorite color.  First is Tange’s purple scalloped ovals on a dotted swiss background.

Tange's Purple Scallops

Helen’s get well card fooled us into thinking her favorite color was blue. 

Helen's Blue side

NOT!  Pink it is!

Helen's Pink Insides

Here’s another purple card, Holly’s Hi card with purple Primas.  Helen received this card in the exchange and was nice enough to scan and send me the pic since I forgot to take the pic after I wrote description on my cheat sheet! 

Holly's Purple Hi

Lona made this purty blue and silver dragonfly card.

Lona's Blue Dragonfly

Connie made this funky orange lamp card!  Something different from pink, blue and purple!

Connie's Orange Lamp

Jeannie submitted two purple cards, one finished and one not.  I call this one her “purple junk” card.  Look at the details and you’ll see the Chinese junk with its reflection.  This is a smaller than normal card.

Jeannie's Purple Junk

Since I got Jeannie’s name in the exchange, I chose the unfinished one and put it together this morning.  Lovely fussy cutting (my favorite) on the stylish lady.  Nothing embossed on this card, but you can still tell it’s Jeannie’s style.

Jeannie's Purple Lady 

Lona traded with Tange and did a great project using Perfect Pearl Powders.  I’d never used them before but it was a nifty technique.  Lona stamped the image on acetate with black Stazon and ran the acetate through her Xyron machine.  We peeled off the two layers, laid the image down sticky side up and brushed on the Perfect Pearl with detail brushes on the butterflies, clocks and coin.  Then we covered entire piece of acetate with Perfect Pearl (Lona and I used gold) before slipping the acetate powdered side down into the card front for which she had cut and punched the corners.  Here’s Lona’s sample with white background and mine with black.  The cards are really pretty and shimmery.  Thanks, Lona!

Lona's Perfect Pearls sample

Kathy's Perfect Pearls

That’s it for the cards.  Just because I can, here’s a picture I took this morning of the wisteria along the fence in my back yard.  I thought we had lost most of the wisteria in the cold snaps, but a couple days ago, it all just exploded!

Wisteria 2

Exciting news coming soon about Stampin’ Up’s color renovation.  Thirty colors are retiring, 10 retired in colors are returning, 5 totally new colors coming (for a total core of 40 instead of 48), 5 new in colors coming this year and 5 more next year.  Lots of specials to get everyone caught up, including customers, starting in July.  Markers, ink pads, crayons, pastels, all being updated.  If you kept your retired in colors from last year and have all the in colors from this year, there's only 5 totally new colors.  Soooo, it is not as bad as it looks, money wise.  It's the demos who got rid of last year's in colors that will be kicking themselves, even when there was a memo from SU to keep them.  Most are coming back, including Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red.  Let me know if you want to know what’s retiring so you can stock up on retiring cardstock and reinkers.

That’s it for now. Comments always welcome.

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