Saturday, March 30, 2013

Display stamper submission

Earlier this month, Stampin' Up!® demonstrators were invited to apply to be a display stamper -- one of the people who make sample projects that are displayed at different events for the company. Applicants had to create six items: three cards, two 3D items and one scrapbook page. Here are the projects I created for my submission.

Card made with Betsy's Blossoms and Sweet Essentials stamp sets.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Sweet Essentials
Card stock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Cloudy Day embossing folder, Vine Street embossing folder, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle punch, 3/16" corner rounder, Brights Designer buttons, Lucky Limeade baker's twine, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

To make the flowers on this card, I stamped the large flower image from the Betsy's Blossoms set three times with Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White card stock. I punched out the middle of the flowers with the 1-1/4" scallop circle punch. Between each of the scallops, I snipped about 1/4" toward the center of the circle to make "petals." I adhered an Old Olive button tied with Lucky Limeade baker's twine to the center of each flower and gently curved the petals up around the button. For the greeting I carefully inked and stamped just part of the "hello, baby" sentiment from the Sweet Essentials set.

Card made with Secret Garden stamp set.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Secret Garden
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla card stock; Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Secret Garden Framelits dies, Honeycomb embossing folder, 5/8" Victoria crochet trim, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

A monochromatic card definitely doesn't have to be boring. I used a piece of patterned paper from the Print Poetry DSP Stack (which is perfect for card-making) and different textures from the Honeycomb embossing folder, crochet trim and seam binding ribbon to create a lot of visual interest on this card. The focal point is a single flower from the Secret Garden stamp set. I used the coordinating Framelits dies to cut out the stamped flower; I cut out the stem by hand and adhered it to the back of the flower. I used Dimensionals to attach the flower to the embossed card stock and also to adhere the whole panel to the card front.

Card made with Tea Shoppe stamp set.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Tea Shoppe
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Soft Suede
Ink: Primrose Petals, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, 1" Circle punch, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 5/8" Victoria crochet trim, Soft Suede 3/8" taffeta ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Pearl Basic Jewels, paper-piercing tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig tool, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

The sentiment I used for this card ("A cup of thanks") is actually one line of text on the stamp. I wanted it to fit in a circle punch, so I inked and stamped just the first three words and then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig tool to stamp the last word underneath. That allowed the greeting to fit perfectly in a 1" circle. I added three pearls and a scallop circle mat, pierced a hole in the top with the paper-piercing tool, and attached the tag to the focal image with a mini safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets embellishments. I also tied a little piece of Soft Suede taffeta ribbon on the safety pin.

Summer Starfruit and Pool Party ribbon-covered barrettes.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up! except "Other supplies"):
Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Just for You (from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit)
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray (marker)
Accessories: Summer Starfruit 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, Pool Party 3/8" ruffled ribbon, 5/8" flower trim, 3/8" Basics glimmer brads, Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 3/16" corner rounder,
Other supplies: Single-pronged curl clips, hot glue gun

I love these cute little barrettes, and as long as my cousins keep having baby girls, I'll just keep making them. (For a tutorial, see my Aug. 23, 2011, post titled Ribbon barrettes.) To embellish the Summer Starfruit barrettes, I used two individual flowers from the new 5/8" flower trim, carefully cutting off the extra tulle around each flower. For the Pool Party barrettes, I clipped the prongs off of two silver brads and hot glued the brad tops to Pool Party buttons from the Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack. To attach the barrettes to the tag, I used the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack to punch four holes in the card stock. Then I opened each barrette, placed the back of the clip through one of the holes and let the barrette close.

Luminary for electric tealight candles. Made with Window Frames Collection Framelits and Natural Composition DSP.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Paper: Natural Composition Specialty DSP, vellum card stock, Crumb Cake card stock
Accessories: Window Frames Collection Framelits dies, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, paper-piercing tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Simply Scored scoring tool, Sticky Strip

To make this tealight holder, I used the largest die and the second-smallest die from the set of Window Frames Collection Framelits dies to die cut four shapes with windows from the Natural Composition Specialty DSP. For each of the die-cut shapes, I paper-pierced around the window and adhered a 3" square piece of vellum card stock to the back. I used the Simply Scored scoring tool to make score lines along three of the "flaps" on each die-cut shape and adhered the die-cuts together by placing Sticky Strip on the flaps (be sure the non-scored flap is on the top). I folded the bottom flaps to the inside of the candleholder and adhered a 3-1/2" square piece of Crumb Cake card stock over them to create a flat bottom for a battery-operated tealight candle. Although you can't see it in the photo, the candlelight does look very pretty shining softly through the vellum. You could make these candle holders with different colors of card stock -- plain, stamped and/or embossed -- to match holiday decor or to make table centerpieces for a party.

Scrapbook page of me in the Pacific Ocean. Scalloped trim background  made to look like waves.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness
Card stock: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Always Artichoke markers
Accessories: Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, Apothecary Accents Framelits dies, Natural 7/16" trim ribbon, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 3/16" corner rounder, color spritzer tool, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals

To create the background for this 8" x 8" scrapbook page, I used the Tasteful Trim die to cut strips of "bubble" trim in several colors that coordinated with the water in my photo. (My favorite part of this page is how the Pacific Point and Always Artichoke strips at the top of the page blend in perfectly with the waves on the left side of the picture.) For the sentiment, I used the color spritzer to make splatters of Marina Mist and Sahara Sand on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then stamped the greeting in Pacific Point and Always Artichoke. I cut out the sentiment using a label shape from the Apothecary Accents Framelits dies and adhered a piece of natural trim to the back.

Thanks for stopping by -- and wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. SOOO proud of you, Andrea, for going for it and entering this contest!! You did a fantastic job on your projects and I do hope you get chosen!!! I especially like the first card you posted.