Tuesday, November 25, 2008

By now, most of you know that I really enjoy paper crafting...crafting of any kind really! When I joined Stampin' Up! (SU!) this past March, I wasn't planning to do any kind of 'business' - that is until one day a friend of mine said she'd like to have a workshop (Hi, Staci!) and I said, "yes!" since I thought it would be fun to have a morning of stamping. During the workshop I offered to hold a Stamp Club: a monthly get together where I showcase techniques or products, (usually 2-3 projects that everyone makes at the meeting) according to what the monthly hostess would like to see.

I was pretty surprised when someone said they'd like to be a part of that! Usually Stamp Club is a minimum of 6 people, each person committed to a minimum monthly purchase and taking a month to be the hostess and earning all the hostess benefits for that club meeting - I have 7 gals in my club! Most of them are more familiar with SU! products than I am! They have been so gracious. I couldn't have handpicked a better group myself! THANK YOU GIRLS!!! I have been having a great time!

(All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. SU! products available online at my website HERE.)

This month our hostess wanted to use some rub ons (SU! only offers a limited selection of product available in 'bulk' for demonstrators, so we only did one card. :( But the selection of rub-ons available to customers is great - so check it out! (Plus they're on special until November 30th!) Here's the first project - a 3x3 card:

(I had made 2 more, but forgot to snap a photo before giving them to the hostess!) This was a breeze to put together! I CASED (Copy And Share Everything) this layout from here. I think I'm going to have to make a matching box to keep the cards in!

Stamps: None! Hidden Garden Rub-Ons
Paper: Bella Rose, Chocolate Chip Textured Cardstock, Very Vanilla Cardstock
Inks: None!
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Photo Corners Punch

This little beauty is the pillow box! I love the simplicity of this project and the many uses it has - small candles, candy, bracelets, cards, pictures, anything you can fit into it! With the gift giving season upon us, I may have to make a few more of these!

These are so customizable. Use designer paper or stamps to decorate the box - make it as complicated or as simple as you like!

Stamps: Bella Toile Background, Curly Label Punch Bundle
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink: Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink, Lavender Lace Classic Ink
Accessories: Black Hemp Twine, Sponge Dauber, Curly Label Punch, Crop-a-dile

Remember this project? (See it here at the bottom of this post.) The Peek-a-Box! Loved it so much - wanted to share it! This time I punched the inside with a circle instead of a square and used some leftover scraps of acetate instead of cellophane for the clear window. The bit of glitz on the top of the box is a Sakura glitter pen. Love how easy it is to put some glitter just where you want it! And man, do these pens glitter! Hmmm...what I can put in here?

Almost forgot...Me, I'm a frugal crafter...that doesn't mean I'm cheap - it just means that I want to have it all at the best price! (heehee!) Normally, if I want something 'popped' up, I use SU! Dimensionals. Their low profile, helps elements to stand out without adding too much bulk. Since this box wasn't going to be packed up, I wanted the layers on top to really stand up, so instead of using Dimensionals, I used the leftover foam from cutting out my stamps - they're about twice as high! You just cut the scrap rubber to size, peel the rubber off the foam piece and stick it! Then peel the cover paper off and stick on your element. What a way to recycle and reuse! (If I'm worried about the foam not sticking well, I just dab a little Tombow Mono on the side where the rubber was and it's good to go!)

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock, Kiwi Kiss Cardstock
Inks: Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink, Riding Hood Red Classic Ink, Whisper White Craft Ink, Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Red
Accessories: Dimensionals (or recycle that cut rubbah!), silver brad, Tombow Mono

If you have any questions, let me know! And if you have made any of these projects leave me the link, so I can check it out!

Stampin' Hugs,

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