Several weeks ago I was asked to join the Stampin' Up! Creative Crew design team on SplitCoastStampers (SCS). What an honor! I will be part of the design team from September through December, and each month I will play along with the team challenges and create four projects featuring Stampin' Up! products. (Check out all of the Creative Crew galleries on SCS for some wonderful creative inspiration.) Today I am going to share three of my first three Creative Crew challenge projects.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate
Accessories: Label Card Thinlits dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, 1/4" circle punch, Mono Multi liquid glue, Glue Dots
This challenge was to use the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper (DSP) (which I don't have) or the colors Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Whisper White to make a project for someone you admire. I wanted to use my new Label Card Thinlits dies, so I started with a Smoky Slate card base. I've seen many adorable cards made with these dies, but most of them seem to use DSP to decorate the panels, and I didn't have that option for this card. Instead I focused on stamps.
I love the bold images in the Betsy's Blossoms set, so I stamped several branches and one bird image on the card base. For the focal point, I die cut the inner label shape out of Whisper White cardstock and the sentiment out of Coastal Cabana. Now, the "i [heart] you" die-cut doesn't come with a dot for the "i," which
looks unfinished to me. So I used my retired SU! 1/4" circle punch to make
my own dot. You could also use a standard office punch or even one of
the circles from the Cupcake Builder punch.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!, except "Other"):
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Dictionary
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Accessories: Vintage faceted buttons, Coastal Cabana stretch
ruffle trim, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, corner rounder, basic
and large pearls, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
Other: Painter's tape
For this challenge, we were supposed to use any of the stamp sets on pages 111 - 119 in the 2013 - 2014 Annual Catalog to create a project. There were two other requirements, as well: We had to use a technique or a special fold we'd never tried before, and we had to use at least two of the colors from the previous challenge: Crushed
Curry, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Whisper White.
I was a little surprised when I realized that I don't actually own any
of the stamps on pages 111 - 119. So I did a creative substitution, and
instead of the floral silhouette image in the My Friend set, I used Summer Silhouettes. For my new technique, I used the Magical Masking Tape technique to create the background for my focal image. (Note: The tutorial in the link indicates you should use glossy white cardstock. I used standard Whisper White cardstock and was very careful when removing the painter's tape. I did have a few tiny spots where the tape started to pull apart the paper at the edges, but I trimmed them off. Otherwise, it worked fine.) I rounded the corners of my focal layer and mat so it was easier to add the stretch ruffle trim around the back of the piece. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how this card turned out, although I wish my silhouette images had stamped a little darker.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Hello, Lovely
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Ink: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Basic Gray stitched grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals
I decided to make a second card for the previous challenge, so I created a double Z-fold card. Of course, I still didn't have any of the stamps on pages 111 - 119, which meant another substitution. This time, instead of the border-type images in the Background Builders set, I used Hello, Lovely.