Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sweet Summer Time Stamp Camp Creations

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It is hard to believe it is almost July already! I just wanted to show you the cards we made at my last stamp camp. I tried to keep to a summer theme. The first card below could be used for a wedding gift card or an anniversary. It was so simple to make as we used the Elegant Note (116450, 15 for $9.95) cards and punched out the design. We then just added burgundy paper to the back and dressed it up with some butterflies and a flat backed pearl.

I CASED this card from "The Queen's Scene". The layout was from a challenge she completed. I changed up the colors and stamp set. This was a favorite of a lot of the gals from the stamp camp. I have to admit that I even like it, even though it is blue. (Nothing against blue, I just prefer other colors) The girls had their first experience with 2 step stamping. Two step stamping is really a fun way to add depth and color to your images. It doesn't have to be right on, so it leaves room for individuality.

What is summer without some ice cold watermelon? I found this card on splitcoast stampers. I think it was originally made in 2007 with pink and lime green. I changed the colors up, but kept the layout the same. The watermelon slices were made with the 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 circle punches. The seeds were hand drawn on the melons.

I remember when we first came to Texas. We were living in Kingsville and somewhere between there and Corpus Christi was a field of sunflowers. It was so beautiful! I had my husband stop and I went into the field and took pictures. This card reflects my love for sunflowers. The images are Stampin' Up, but I don't recall the name of the stamp set. The sentiment is from the new stamp set Vintage Vogue.

The last card we made was this cute little popsicle card. This is a CASE of a card that Jennifer Jackson made in July of 2009. Once again I found it on splitcoast stampers. I just love looking at everyone's creations. We used the cherry from the Tart and Tangy stamp set and stamped on the card front with Versamark. Versamark makes your stamped image just a little darker than the color you stamp on, kinda like a watermark. The popsicle was made with the tag punch (119866),the bite mark was made with the scallop punch (119854) and the popsicle sticks were made with the word window punch (119857).

Of course Stamp Camp wouldn't be fun without my stamping friends. Here is a picture of a couple of the gals who came last Saturday - Kiara and Judy. We had the best time. There is always room for more so check out my upcoming events and hopefully we will see you there!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Arts and Craft time at the Lodge

Ok, so it really isn't a lodge, but a little green cabin in the woods in Northern Minnesota on Pelican Lake and the town of Orr, population 269. We have been vacationing at my parent's summer cabin since we were newborns, some 42 years ago. As children we didn't like it because we do not have electricity or running water, which means we have an outhouse and a sauna for bathing. As adults we can't spend enough time relaxing in the north woods.

This summer I was lucky enough to be able to spend a week at the cabin with my dad and my sister Beth. As my sister Beth lives in Indiana and I live in Texas, we don't get to see each other often, so we had a great time together. When we knew we would be there at the same time we began planning some card making time. I brought all my left over card supplies from stamp camps and I think we were able to make 7-8 different cards. (I think the supplies took up at least a third of my suitcase, but well worth it for the daily arts and crafts sessions)

As you can see lighting was limited in the cabin, but that didn't deter us. We used gas lanterns and also these little battery operated light bulbs for light closer to our work area. The first morning we got up at 6 am to make cards! I don't even get up that early everyday for work!

This must have been an early morning as Beth has her coffee cup on the table. I didn't bring a paper pad to stamp on so we improvised and used paper towels. Stamping is so much fun we didn't even care.

This last picture is of Beth with all the cards we made over the week. We did give a stack to my Aunt June who also has a cabin on the lake (a really nice log cabin where they spend about 10 months of the year) as she had invited us up one night for a movie and popcorn. We gave her the cards as a small thank you gift.

Well it's back to work tomorrow, but looking forward to Stamp Camp on Saturday for more stamping fun!