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Thank you for visiting my blog about cards and other hobbies. Stamp Club is for anyone that would enjoy making cards and learning new techniques - we would love to have you come! We meet the first Saturday of each month or the following Monday (unless changed because of holidays). (Each monthly get together is held those two days - sometimes one day is more convenient than the other!) An Evite is sent out each month - so if you would like to come to Stamp Club, just email me and let me know to put you on the Evite list: helencashon@gmail.com . Sometimes we have Stamp-A-Stacks or other classes also.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just Sharing More Cards

Lawanda and I went to a fellow demonstrator's (Michelle Rahal) Stamp-A-Stack in Savannah about a month ago, and below are the cards we made there.   We both fell in love with the Nature Walk Stamp set as a result of the card we made.     Michelle said I was welcome to come any time and bring a guest (or guests)  --  if she has room.   She does the Stamp-A-Stacks once a month, mostly on Friday evenings, but sometimes she does them Friday evening and Saturday morning - last Friday night of the month.  Her girls play soccer, so she just has to see about Saturday mornings.     If anyone would like to go with me some Saturday morning when she is having one, let me know you might be interested and I'll give you a call when I decide to go again.   We did 4 cards each of 3 designs for $20. 

The Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Night of Navy cardstock just look so elegant together, don't you think?   And the flower is nice on the envelope.  The Lattice embossing folder is also used on the Very Vanilla Cardstock and the seam binding ribbon is in Crumb Cake. 

So, of course, after making this card, I wanted the Nature Walk Stamp Set.   It is in the Occasions Mini Catalog which has a deadline coming up of April 30.

Another card we made was this with the Always Elegant set on page 67 of the regular Idea Book and Catalog.

Fell in love with this stamp set then too.    I had not been drawn to the 1 1/4" wide striped ribbon  . . .  until this card.  Now I REALLY like it!   The sentiment is from the hostess set Something to Celebrate which is is the Occasions Mini Catalog too.   The ribbon and cardstock is black.   So -- then I wanted this ribbon and this stamp set!  

A third card we did at the Stamp-A-Stack used the Designer Series In Color Paper Pack that is one of the hostess sets in the regular catalog.   Clean and simple -- but really cute.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. 

We had a delightful time at Michelle's.    She had lamps at each work table - which is where I got the idea to put lamps at our work tables too.   Thanks, Michelle!

Monday, March 7, 2011

March Stamp Club

March Stamp Club - March 5 and 7, 2011

Cards made at Stamp Club:
  Nancy, the hostess, requested cards made with fabric, so this is one.   It is CASED from Heather Summers - from a card on her blog (http://www.stampwithheather.typepad.com/   - see February 7, 2011, posting.   Heather used the Scallop Circle Die with the Big Shot for her flower however.  Stamp set used is Bliss, one of the Sale-A-Bration sets.   The seam binding has been ruffled.  

Ruffled scallop behind image.  Designed by Helen! -- inspiration and directions of how to make the ruffle from Debbie Robinson (http://stampnstash.blogspot.com/) posted to Splitcoast on April 11, 2009.
See her card here

Spirelli (Dutch String Art)
Nancy Collins had done a number of Spirelli circles and had entered a Spirelli card in the fair this past fall - and won a ribbon.   Card designed by Helen.

From the Past card:   Penny Spinner Card
CASED from:  Janet Hill - posted on February 27, 2011, on Stampin' Connection.   She used a blue color combination.  Stamp set is Flight of the Butterfly.  Cardstock is Daffoldil Delight and Poppy Parade - I love those two colors together!

I also made some other samples just to show:

Fabric on card.  Butterfly part inspired by: Mercedes Weber.  See her website:  http://www.mercedesweber.blogspot.com/.  See her January 10, 2011, posting.
and also Charlene Boyachek where I got the idea of using the fabric strip as ribbon
Tulip embossing folder.   Butterfly Die; Marina Mist cardstock and ribbon.    SU! Fabric.
Ornament Punch with fabric.  Cotton ball underneath makes it puff out.
Idea CASED from poster Michelerey on Splitcoaststampers October 21, 2010.   See her card here.
As she states - please note that the fabric is NOT punched. 

Decided to try the butterfly punch and fabric and cotton ball underneath.

The little butterfly that punched out with the die at the same time.  He's not on a card - he's just flying around.

Chalk Grid Line technique.
Card inspired by Julie  Davison - poster Juls716 on Splitcoaststampers.  See her card here.  Her website:  http://juliedavison.blogspot.com/ .   Garden Green Chalk rubbed onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then, with art eraser, lines are erased.   Need to have a clear ruler that you can see through and be able to measure same increments so that the lines are evenly spaced.   Ruler similar to this.   If anyone would like to do this technique, let me know.   I have two of the rulers, so I can teach it to two people at a time.

February Stamp Club

February Stamp Club - February 5 and 7, 2011

Card is a direct CASE from:   (will come back with info).
Stamp set is: 

See below how to make the "flower" -- made with scalloped circle and  two of the hearts from the 3 heart punch. 

Direct CASE.  Not sure who from ...will come back and edit if I figure it out.
Recently learned a tip about the white gel pen - if ink is not flowing, clean the tip of the pen with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.   Alcohol wipes do not work. 

From the Past:

Waterfall Card
Inspired by (will come back and edit when I figure it out.)
Letterpress plate used for card front (the small hearts on the pink layer)

Pull tab and it opens layer by layer



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