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Monday, August 10, 2015

August Stamp Club: Birthday Blossoms Card

A new catalog means new stamps.  New ideas, techniques and cards to create.

So, I sit down with Birthday Blossoms.  It's beautiful.  It's new, and I want to create something with it.  I love the sketchy look of it--very forgiving if you make a mistake.  

Why not make my card swap with it?!  Our monthly hand-stamped swap is one of my favorite parts of Stamp Club.  I love seeing what everyone else comes up with.  

Mary Kay Ash, the lady herself, said, "if I have an idea and you have an idea, then we both only have ONE idea.  But, if we both share our idea with each other, then we will each have TWO ideas."  I love that!  Sharing captures the heart of Stampin' Up!, and the heart at what this hobby is all about.   

Here's my swap for August.


I was so happy with how my swap card turned out.  It's also our club project.  Except I added a little bit layering.


Not good with choosing color combos--go monochromatic!  

Crumple your pansy punch out and reopen for extra dimension and added texture.  

To get the lighter and darker ink effects, stamp on your scrap paper before stamping on your cardstock.  This is called "dirty-stamping" or "off-stamping."  Hey, don't judge--I didn't make up those names, lol.  

Supplies:
Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set
Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4 1/4 x 11), Whisper White Cardstock (2 1/2 x 3 1/2)
Watermelon Wonder Ink and Cardstock (2 3/4 x 3 3/4)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals
Pansy Punch

Note:  My swap card is made with the recently retired Naturals White Cardstock

What are you going to stamp next?  Who will you share it with?  This card making hobby is meant to be shared.  Please share your creations with others.  Post them online--there are lots of social websites to share on--Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc.  Or, how about SNAIL MAIL!!  You never know what people are going through!  Send that card--you could brighten someone's day!!! 

The items you see here can be bought in my online store at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/mariamitsdarfer/ with the exception of the Naturals White Cardstock (cause it's retired, sniff, sniff).

Happy Creating!  Happy Sharing!!!  
Bye for now, 
Maria

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July Stamp Club

I love being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!  Every other month, all demonstrators receive Stampin' Success in the mail--it's one of the demonstrator perks!!!


Many of our stamp club projects come directly from the demonstrator magazine.

Like this one...



Here's the actual card...



For the banners, you need 3 strip of cardstock.
1.  Whisper White 3-3/4 x 2
2.  Hello Honey 4-1/2 x 1
3.  Neutrals Color Collection DSP in Crumb Cake 5 x 1-1/2

Using the Banner Triple Punch you will cut out a notch on the end of each strip from the steps above. The Banner Triple Punch does all three sizes!!!!

Same card, different sentiment...

Don't forget to stamp your envelope!

Supplies:
A Whole Lot of Lovely Host Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Cardstock and Envelopes
Whisper White Cardstock
Calypso Coral Ink
Delightful Dijon Ink and Cardstock
White Bakers Twine
Neutrals Color Collection DSP Stack 
Triple Banner Punch

You can shop for all these items and more at www.mariamitsdarfer.stampinup.net 

Where do you get inspiration?  It's all around us--if you keep an open heart and open mind!!!  Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, June 13, 2015

June Stamp Club

Due to a personal emergency, we did not meet in June.  Thank you so much for your understanding, support, and encouragement during this time. My husband was in a terrible accident from a fall off a ladder.  You can read about it here... http://www.danthetreeman.blogspot.com/



Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Stamp Club: Altered Notebook Tradition

It's that time of year again--it's almost time for a new Annual catalog.  Time to say goodbye to some of our favorite DSP.  Two of my favorite ways to use up my HUGE stash of DSP is to make envelopes and altered notebooks.

Making altered notebooks at May's Stamp Club has been a tradition for several years now.


You need four total pieces of DSP.  Two 9 x 12 for the outside covers and two 9 x 7 for the inside.  

Supplies used:
Composition Notebooks (stock up during the summer 4/$1)
Park Lane DSP
Big Shot with Top Note Die and Typeset Alphabet Dies
Canvas Creations
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Ribbon

See previous posts for more altered notebook ideas:  






I just realized that this month's project had absolutely no rubber stamping on it--oh, the horrors, ha!! Happy Notebook Creating!!  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Stamp Club: You Are Amazing

Here's our card for April Stamp Club...

I never get tired of flowers or flower stamps.  They are ALL so wonderful--both flowers and flower stamps.  I'm glad to see SU! has added texture onto the rubber image of these stamps--make me an instant artist--wink, wink!!!  You are Amazingly Amazing is from the Painted Petals Stamp Set. The whole Painted Petals suite is just so beautiful!!!  The Painted Blooms DSP (not shown in this post) was hand-drawn and water colored by someone who works at the home office (SU! said so at Leadership).  And, both go nicely with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder.  

Supplies:
Painted Petals Stamp Set
Spring Flowers Embossing Folder
Banners Framelits
Naturals White (card base), Whisper White (for the banner), Elegant Eggplant Cardstock
Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant Ink
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim (remove sequins from thread, apply with Liquid Glue)
White Baker's Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by!  Bye for now, Maria

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Stamp Club: Berry Basket


It's almost spring!  Yeh!  
Here's a cute Spring or Easter Basket for March's Stamp Club.


This is the Berry Basket Die


You need two of the large rectangles and 3 strips.
Two strips to go around the basket.
One strip for the handle.


I used the stripes and polka dots from Painted Petals to stamp on my basket.



Fold up on the score lines and glue together.



I stapled the handle on using the Mini Stapler


Attach the two strips together--these will go around the top of the basket.


Staple around the top of your basket.


To make Spring Grass or Easter Grass for your basket, use your Fringe Scissors.



Crumble up to make it fluffy.



Stamps and Supplies used:
Painted Petals Stamp Set
Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Wild Wasabi Ink
Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Cardstock
Painted Blooms Cotton Twine
Note Tag Punch
Berry Basket Bigz L Die
Handheld Stapler
Fringe Scissors

Happy Spring!!! Happy Easter!!!  Happy Stamping!!  Bye for now, Maria

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February Stamp Club: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!  This month's stamp club project was a lovey one since it was held on Valentine's Day.  


The Big on You Stamp images are large and are designed to fill the front of a card.

Both the "for you" and heart window are from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set.  


Stamps sets: 
Big on You, Another Thank You (little heart image)

Supplies used:
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
Spring Flowers Embossing Folder
Real Red, Whisper White (5 x 3 3/8), Crumb Cake Card stock
Real Red, Crumb Cake Ink
Sweetheart Punch
Gold Sequin Trim
Mini Metallic Clothespins
Sticky Strip and Multipurpose Liquid Glue


Some people LOVE Valentine's Day--some people HATE Valentine's Day.  Whichever camp you're in, we should show love and gratitude to everyone everyday!  Happy Valentine's Day!  Happy Stamping!  Bye for now, Maria