Up in the Air

I love getting together with other stampers, because I always learn something new or am reminded of something I haven’t done for awhile.  Our team meeting Make & Take card reminds me of the pop up cards we used to make years ago.  It’s more of a “pop in,” though!

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Stamps:  Up in the Air; Ink:  Versamark; Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Old Olive stampin’ write markers*; Paper:  Everyday Elegance designer series paper; Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla card stock; Other:  Everyday Elegance ribbon & brad pack, basic jewels – pearls, black embossing powder, bone folder, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit  (*I have absolutely no idea what color markers we used.  I didn’t pay attention.  I know one was Poppy Parade, but Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade or Pear Pizzazz would also work for the other two colors.)

Liz volunteered to design the make & take this month.  She CASEd a card by Laura Haffke, but changed a few things.  I love 3×3″ cards, because you can tuck them anywhere – in a lunchbox, briefcase, on a pillow, in a gift.  Or you can just hand them out in the store.  I used to give them to employees of businesses I frequented when I got great customer service.  I need to put some new ones in my purse for this – and Liz’s card would be a perfect one.

We stamped the images with versamark and heat embossed.  Then we colored the flowers.  Here’s the inside.

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I added the embosslit butterflies.  Here’s a tip…if you’re going to stamp a solid image (or any image, really) don’t score first!  We needed to find the center of the Very Vanilla panel, and I knew we’d be folding it, so I scored after I found the center.  Then when I stamped and embossed, the birdhouse was not fully stamped – so there was a big hole in the center.  Since we met at the office, I didn’t have my versamarker to fill in (although I almost took it with me.  That “little voice” that I try really hard to listen to said, “Take your versamarker!”  But I ignored it last night.  When am I going to learn?  God really does try to keep me out of trouble, but it’s a tough job when I don’t pay attention.)…As I was saying, I didn’t have my versamarker, so I filled the birdhouse in with a marker.  Great idea, right?  And it looked fine.  But I didn’t melt it into the embossing powder, so what was on the embossed image smeared a little.  Hence the butterflies.  They’re covering up the smudges.

After the embossing and coloring, it was just a matter of snipping around the birdhouse so it would pop in, then adding a couple panels of designer series paper.  The ribbon was fun.  Liz always has a new ribbon technique.  We wrapped the ribbon around the card and tied it in a knot on the front.  Then, without cutting, we wrapped it again, tying in the back.  Then we snipped the leftover ribbon, and added it to the front.  Finally, we tied a bow, curled the tails with a paintbrush and heat tool and glued it to the rest of the ribbon.  It was really easy, and it looks a lot more complicated than it was.

The rest of our meeting was also really fun.  After reviewing the promotions and other things going on in the Stampin’ Up!® community, we talked about “this and that.”  I showed the others how I do a “watermark.”  It’s not a true watermark, but it works ok for me.  Then we talked about business tips, tax information (not fun), and wrote down our guesses for the new In Colors.  It will be interesting to see if we were close. We started to guess what would retire, but didn’t want to jinx anything, so we’ll just wait for the retiring list and try not to be too depressed.

Have a great day – and thanks for stopping by.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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