Sunday, September 5, 2010

September Play Day Projects, Part One!

Don't fall over or anything, but I am posting two of our September Play Day Projects today, the day after Play Day!  We made four Christmas cards at September Play Day, and here are the first two.


This card uses the wax resist technique for the red background.  I followed the instructions I found on Karen Graff-Poris' blog.  We ran wax paper through the Big Shot in the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, placed glossy white cardstock (with the glossy white side touching the wax paper) on either side of the embossed wax paper, then ironed it with a dry iron for approximately ten seconds.  Then we inked up a brayer with Riding Hood Red ink and added the color to the glossy cardstock.  It is an easy technique and can be used with any embossing folder.

My recipe for this card:
STAMPS:  Delightful Decorations and Season of Joy
     Always Artichoke:  4-1/4 x 11, scored at 5-1/2
     Riding Hood Red:  3-7/8 x 3-7/8
     Glossy White:  3-3/4 x 3-3/4
     Whisper White:  1-1/4 x 4-1/4
     Scrap Whisper White, Wax Paper
INK:  Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES:  Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Ornament Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, 1/16 Circle Punch, Crimper, Brayer, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Iron


This card uses one of my favorite techniques.  We inked up our brayer with Baja Breeze ink and colored the larger side of the Northern Flurries Embossing Folder with the ink.  Whisper White cardstock was placed on the embossing folder and run through the Big Shot, and when you remove the cardstock, this is the result! 

Here is the recipe for Project Two:

STAMPS:  Perfect Punches
     Whisper White:  4-1/4 x 11, score at 5-1/2
     Baja Breeze:  4 x 5-1/4
     Whisper White:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8
     Scrap Whisper White
INK:  Baja Breeze, Versamark
ACCESSORIES:  Brayer, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Basic Pearl Jewels, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder

I took this picture to try to show the little pearls better; I placed one of the little pearls in the middle of each snowflake.  The "Joy at Christmas" is stamped twice, and middle of the stamped image was punched out with a 1-1/4 circle punch and heat embossed with irridescent ice embossing powder.  This card is beautiful, but is a quick card to put together.

Thanks for looking!

Happy stampin and scrappin!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

July Play Day Cards

Yes, I am behind (seems like that is the story of my blog . . . ), but I am working on catching up, so we will see how that goes!  Here are two cards that we made at our July Play Day.  I really like both of them!


This was my first card project using the new colors, and I was really pleased with the way it turned out!  Here is my recipe:

STAMPS:  Friends Never Fade, Season of Joy
     Scrap Whisper White (trim to approximately 1-5/8 x 5-5/16 after stamping image)
     Chocolate Chip:  1-3/4 x 2-7/16
     Pear Pizzazz:  4-1/4 x 11 (score at 5-1/2)
     Pear Pizzazz:  3-3/4 x 4-1/4
     Chocolate Chip:  3-7/8 x 4-3/8
INK:  Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
ACCESSORIES:  Mini Library Clip, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Sponge, Sponge Dauber, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Metallic Brads, Hole Punch (non-SU), Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

This card is very similar to the one I posted in my last post, but I finished the bottom differently.  For my swap cards, I didn't really want to punch all of the little pieces, and didn't have enough brads to do all of them, since my brad supply is short because of buying new ones for the color renovation! 


This was a fun card, and was inspired by many cards that I saw on the internet that were very similar.  The cards I marked and followed most closely were made by Robin Merriman and Dianne Jacobs Cartwright on Stampin Connection (web page for SU Demos).  Thank you for your inspiration, ladies!

My recipe for this card:

STAMPS:  Tropical Party and Teeny Tiny Wishes
     Old Olive:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
     Soft Suede:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8
     Crumb Cake:  3-3/4 x 5
     Very Vanilla:  2-1/4 x 3
     Soft Suede:  2-3/8 x 3-1/8
     Scraps:  Very Vanilla and Soft Suede
INK:  Soft Suede, Old Olive, also Soft Suede and Old Olive Markers
ACCESSORIES:  Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge, Hemp Twine, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Metallic Brads, Dimensionals

I am saving this card for my nephew's birthday this month (September).  He and his wife are taking a late honeymoon to Hawaii, so I thought it would be a good card for him.  I also thought that this would be a great retirement card, especially for a masculine retirement. 

Thanks for looking!

Happy stampin and scrappin,