Saturday, March 16, 2013

March Creative Images Meeting

We had eight members Wednesday night, but we will be down two in the future.  Herman has a new job with Hospice, but it is shift work and he will only be able to attend meetings once in a while.  Lona says she has been too busy with her guardianships and that Wednesday would be her last meeting for a while.  We’ll miss you both.

Of the eight who were there, we had seven exchange cards.  The theme this month was “Stampers’ Choice,” so lots of different cards. First is Ella’s peaceful butterfly.  She covered the butterfly with crystal lacquer to give it dimension and shine and added jewels.  Lovely.


Helen made these bright slices of watermelon with some banner dies.


Herman made this soft layered, sponged card.  We’ll miss Herman’s cards.


Jeannie made this pretty layered birthday card with some fussy-cut bathing beauties.


I used the honeycomb embossing folder on some white-filled gray CS and took a sander after it to highlight the embossed hexagons on this sympathy card. 


Lona made this pretty collage card by stamping on acetate, running it through a Xyron machine and coloring with Perfect Pearls.


Therese has quite a collection of humorous stamps and this one is a great addition.  If he was bald and skinny, he could be my fisherman brother.  Love the coloring job.


Tange had the project Wednesday.  She showed us three coloring/blending techniques, samples below.  Then she handed out little rings to put our tags together with stickers of instructions on the back.

Tange's Samples

That’s it for this month.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Workshop

We had a great workshop at Jeannie’s last Saturday, or as Jeannie likes to call it, a “funshop.”  Jeannie is very happy with the free stuff she earned and she got herself a Big Shot half off!  Almost everyone earned a free SAB set, too.  Love that free stuff.

As a little background for what we played with at the workshop, in January, Stampin’ Up hosted a Sale-A-Bration Celebration in Orlando.  I went with Jeannie and Helen and had a good time.  After dinner at Uno’s, we went to the Convention Center and learned a few cool ideas with the SAB sets, a couple techniques, and Helen took lots of pics.  Thanks, Helen, for giving me all your pics on a CD! 

First thing we really liked were two cards made by Brandi Barnard with the SAB Vine embossing folder (EF).  She cut strips of cardstock, stuck them to another piece of CS, then ran it through the Vine EF with her Big Shot.

Vine folder card a

Then she trimmed it, mounted it on a card base and embellished it.  Vine Folder card 

I really liked her concept, but not her execution.  The vine pattern was meant to be centered on each strip and I thought reversing direction of every other one would be more interesting.  Sooo, I CASE’d her idea but did it my way. 

Vines folder 2

I cut quarter sheets of CS, ran them through the Vine EF, took my Versamark pad straight to the CS to pop out the vines just a bit, cut the CS to strips 1” wide by 4” long and adhered them to the card front, alternating them in direction.  Much happier, I was.  I liked her colors better, so I see another one in my future.

I liked Brandi’s next card, too, and learned how to neatly put a notched banner end on the strips with a square punch.  Who knew?

Vine Folder 3 a

Her final card was pretty, but I wasn’t crazy about her crooked tearing on the DSP or that her vine strips had two going one way and one the other.  Nice, but . . .

Vine Folder 3 card

This is my sample of a make and take at Jeannie’s workshop.  The ladies liked mine much better, too.  Instead of Versamark on the Vine pieces, we brayered them with ink before cutting the strips.  This card is in Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron, using a sentiment from Blooming With Kindness and Tea for Two Designer Series Paper.

Vines folder 3

Another idea from the show in Orlando is from one of the samples on their wall.  It used the Elegant Butterfly and the Itty Bitty Butterfly punches and the Vintage Wallpaper EF.

Elegant Beautiful Wings

I loved it, but thought it was a little detailed for a workshop, so here is my sample for our other make and take.  Instead of white on white, we used Riding Hood Red for the card base.  I love how the two punches fit together.  The sentiment is from Ciao Baby set punched out with the SAB petite curly label punch.

Elegant Butterfly

Brian Pilling was another speaker at the SAB Celebration and he demonstrated masking with the little cup from SAB Patterned Occasions. I loved this card so much, I have that SAB set coming to me soon so I can CASE this.

Stampin' Up saleabration 172 

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I saw in Orlando and what we did at Jeannie’s.  I love feedback.  Thanks for stopping by.

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