I can't believe it's Friday! And I DO know where THIS week has gone. Every single day had something in it that took up most of the middle part of the day, which for me means that the whole day is shot. The worst of it was yesterday (Thursday) when I had to get everything out of my disaster of a craft room closet to get ready to have some shelving built into it. The disaster came several months ago when all of the shelving came crashing down. Good news was that the doors were closed when this happened. Bad news is that a lot of my seldom-used stamp sets were locked into the mess, along with a lot of my non-stamping hobby materials (crochet and photography stuff mostly – it is, after all, Robin's CRAFT Room, not Robin's Stamp Room!).
But I did make some time for myself to do a bit of stamping on Wednesday evening, mostly to get ready to advertise next week's greeting card class.
It took me awhile to figure out the layout for this card. For one thing, one of the punches I'd wanted to use had been sitting idle for a couple of months. In our humid Hawai'i weather, that's not a good thing. I finally have it working perfectly again, but I had to use others for today's project.
This card shows off a brand new stamp set, Flower Fest, that will be featured in the Stampin' Up! 2011 Summer Mini Catalog. One of the fantastic things about this stamp set is that five of the eight stamps in the set can be used with five different punches in the Stampin' Up! catalogs. This card uses the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and the Butterfly Punch. Other punches that coordinate with the stamp set are the Fancy Flower, 1-3/8" Circle, and 5-Petal Flower Punches.
The background is all stamped with flowers from this stamp set, using Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo Classic Ink. I used some sponge daubers to color in the centers of the flowers (you could color in any of the other stamped images, too). For the punched layers, I used a VersaMark ink pad to stamp the images, then applied Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder. The Melon Mambo match on this card is just perfect!
Here is the layout for the card. I used a 2-inch strip of paper from the In Color Designer Series Paper Pack which is a Level 1 Hostess Gift. That pad is a 6" square pad, and I was able to get 3 strips from each sheet of paper. Then I punched both long sides using the Scallop Trim Border Punch. Finally I cut the piece down the middle and adhered it to the base layer. (Special Note: Usually I make the whole card from the base layer. The card front for this card was designed for a swap in which I'm participating for one of my demonstrator groups, and we make only card fronts for swaps. When I decided to make an actual card out of it, I adhered it to a Whisper White Card. I'm nothing if not flexible!)
OK – back to seeing what's going on with my closet! Hope it's finished tomorrow so that I can back to working with some of my craft projects by Monday. Then I'll really be having some fun! Enjoy your spring weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or are just enjoying a respite from winter weather. Whatever you do, have fun with it!