Friday, April 30, 2010

April Club Projects

Here are the April Club project we completed for Mother's Day!
A simple, but beautiful card using the Awash with Flowers Stamp set:
And some very fun flower pins which I learned to make from my upline, Alecia Connelly!
The technique is super simple... punch your desired colors out of card stock using the scallop circle punch, spray the pieces with water and crumple them up, then open them up and put them on a brad. Finally, arrange each layer and let dry!
Personally, I have made several of these and I love to wear them on headbands! :o)

Elements of Style

I love the Elements of Style stamp set in the new summer mini, as well as the Lattice embossing folder! Needless to say, they were the first two things I played with after receiving my mini pre-order in the mail!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Color Renovation Activity Board

This is the idea I came up with for introducing the new color collections to my club members - A Color Renovation Activity Board! It features the 4 new color families and the retiring colors. Once the new in-colors are announced and I receive them, I will make a new section with butterflies to replace the section with the retiring colors.

The board itself is a tri-fold project board that I set up to sit up at an angle to make it easier to play with. I placed eyelets and cord through the edges of the outer flaps to help the board stay in this position:

I created print outs for each color family (links provided below) and then stamped each color (except for the new colors - which I do not have ink for yet) using the Flight of the Butterfly Stamp set. Then I punched each color of card stock using the butterfly punch and added a bit of re-positionable adhesive to the center back of each butterfly to place over the stamped images:

Here are some close-up of how the 4 color family sections turned out:

And here's the retiring color section. It only consists of stamped images using the small butterfly. I also included the 3 retiring in-colors at the bottom:

Now, here's the fun part! I created a blank page so that you can remove each of the butterflies (remember, they have re-positionable adhesive on the backs) and create different color combinations using the new color palette:

Here's a few examples (from left to right): (1) Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Wild Wasabi; (2) Rose Red, Marina Mist and Early Espresso; and (3) Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight:

When a butterfly is removed, you can see the stamped image remains to help with re-placement:

Also, on the back of each butterfly, I wrote the color name and family it belongs to - to also help with re-placement:

Overall, I think this is a really neat way to get familiar and excited about the new colors coming out in July. I've already had lots of fun playing around with it! :o)

For any of the demos out there who would like to download the files I created to make your own Color Renovation Board, here they are!

Brights | Subtles | Regals | Naturals | Retiring Colors

You can also use these files to just simply create color-chart handouts and stamp/punch whatever images you like!

Note: The only thing I would have done differently (and I may re-do it this way) is to laminate the sections. But sheesh... that means I have to go dig out my laminator from the attic! yikes!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's a Color Renovation!!!

I am so darn excited!!! Stampin' Up! just announced that starting with the new IBC in July, we will have a brand new, super trendy, and amazingly fresh color palette to work with! This is BIG news!!! And here they are:

(Click Here to view PDF)

In summary, there are now only 4 main color groups made up of 10 colors each: Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles.

TEN current and previous in-colors are making a permanent come-back! They are: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede!

There are SIX(ish) brand-new colors: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft)!

We will still have in-colors in sets of 5 which will now stick around for 2 years instead of just one! BUT a new set will be introduced EVERY year... so this means when the 2011-2012 IBC gets introduced next year there will be 10 in-colors to play with!

With this exciting news, of course, comes the sad news that 30 colors are retiring. So.... if one or two of these colors happens to be YOUR favorite, make sure you stock up on those color supplies before July!
Also, there will be some really amazing package deals available in July allowing you to grab the new colors to complete the new color families with your existing supplies (i.e. watercolor crayons, marker sets, pastels, etc.). So stay tuned!!!

I can't wait to play with these beautiful new colors! Way to go SU!!! :o)

Mother's Day/Easter Swap

Last month I participated in a swap with some of my fellow demos... sorry I'm just getting around to posting these... but I just had to share! :o) I love them all!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Big Shot/Felt Gift Bags

I recently made these cute felt bags for a Mother's Day swap with some fellow SU demos using the Baskets & Blooms XL Die. I trimmed off the extra "tab" and sewed them together on my machine using a gradiated thread. I used the extra large flower punch for the tag after stamping a background with the French Filigree background stamp and the "Wonderful Mother" stamp from the Well Scripted stamp set.
These little bags are perfect for holding small gifts (like jewelry & gift cards) and they were super-fast and super-fun to make!

Butterfly Birthday Card

Here's a quick birthday card I made recently using the Birthday Bliss and Butterfly Accent stamps. I used watercolor paper as my base, and I love how it turned out! :o)

Colors used: Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Green Galore, Only Orange & Melon Mambo.

So Proud (again!) :o)

More beautiful work to brag about from my clubbie, Lillie... and her son!
She made this beautiful card for her daughter!
AND her son made this awesome card!:
(I think we need to sign him up for club!) :o)

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