Sunday, September 16, 2012

September Stamp Night Projects – Vintage Fall, Mascarade Cat, & Deer Tag

Here are the projects I did for September Stamp Nights.  The last night this month is on Tuesday since third Thursdays are now for my Scrapbook night.

The first one is my Vintage Fall card.  This is the Wonderfall stamp set with matching Autumn Accents die.  I stamped the leaves using the Rock’n’Roll technique, sponged the edges, crumpled the leaves, then sponged the creases too.  {TIP:  You have to die cut your leaves before stamping in order to line up the image on the leaf.  Ink up stamp, set upside down on table, then line up top of leaf and stem before touching down cardstock on your stamp.}

My Mascarade Cat card for Halloween is one of the cards I made while at Craftaway Studios.  I heat embossed the Frightening Feline stamp with black embossing powder on Very Vanilla.  The moon and mask are made with Champagne Glimmer paper.  I used the Tasteful Trim die with the Big Shot to cut the double scallop trim as a starting point to making the mask.  Just cut two scallops off, shape the ends with scissors, and punch eyeholes with the bigger hole punch on the Crop-a-Dile. {TIP:  Use circle punch for moon by punching almost half a circle on edge of paper, then move circle punch a little further into the edge to punch out the crescent moon.  I used the ¾” circle.}

The Deer Tag is made using the Owl Builder punch.  I used Soft Suede and Early Espresso for the deer and antlers.  The antlers are two legs of the large snowflake from the Snow Flurry die.  The nose is made with the ½” circle punch and Red Glimmer paper.  I used the Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen for the eye detail and the Early Espresso marker for the mouth.  The tag itself is using the Two Tags die and Natural Composition Specialty paper.  {TIP:  Use two-way glue pen directly on face then place eyes and nose to keep from getting glue on your fingers.}

We also put the recipe in our Technique Journal as our page for this month.

Scrapbooking designs coming soon!
Happy Stampin’!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Craftaway Studios – Labor Day Weekend

I just got back from a fabulously fun crafting retreat weekend with friends and downlines at Craftaway Studios.  We stayed up until 3am the first two nights and 5am Sunday night. Good thing we got late check out on Monday, because we didn’t wake up until 10am.  My main project was completing a photo frame that’s like a printer’s tray.  I’m already getting the Halloween printer’s tray project free from Stampin’ Up!, so I made this one Christmas themed.  I’ll blog about it separately with all the details.  Here are three of us (me, Tracy, & Becky).  I didn’t get a photo of Kim, ‘cause I didn’t really take any photos until the last minute and she had gone home earlier than us.

We spread out everywhere since we were the only group there for the weekend.  So, we sat together in one room and spread out all the tools, laptops, & completed projects in the other room.   I didn’t take this photo until we had straightened up some, trust me, it was quite amazing how messy and spread out just 4 ladies can get when they are crafting all day.

In between all the crafting we made simple heat and eat meals and took a good hour break at lunches and dinners to relax and talk at the dining table.  We of course talked, listened to music, and joked with each other while crafting too, “Hello?!? McFly!”.  And one time, I thought I was gonna die laughing with biscotti in my mouth!  I couldn’t stop laughing even without eye contact.  I don’t even know what triggered it!  It’s just one of those girl trip things.
I made Hanukah cards and tags, Christmas cards and tags, my Christmas printer’s tray, more cards, and Halloween projects for my class on Sunday.  I was going to scrapbook too, but didn’t organize photos before the trip.  I had plenty on my list without it though.  Here’s an overall photo of my completed projects.

I’ll post close up photos of projects in separate posts so you can get all the details.  Happy Stampin’.