Happy Wednesday, my friends! My card today is a challenge for my local demonstrator team. Every month, I host a meeting with local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators to discuss business tips, Stampin’ Up! news, and more. We also have a challenge to complete for the next month, and enjoy a Make & Take. This meeting is open to all area Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (and even those not in the area!), even if they’re not on my team. Lately, we’ve been calling our monthly meeting a “demonstrator gathering” since we enjoy getting together and chatting about various aspects of our lives, not just the demonstrator part. All of us have made so many new friends, and we enjoy checking in on each other and hearing about what’s happening in each others’ lives. It’s been a little more difficult this past year, since we can’t all meet in person, but we can still see each other on Zoom, and, for those who can’t do that, on Facebook and in emails.
Our challenge for this month was from Liz. She suggested a “Groundhog Day” challenge. The idea comes from the movie Groundhog Day. If you’re familiar with it, you know it’s where every day, the same things happen. To be honest, while I kind of get the gist of the movie, I’ve never watched it, so I don’t know how it ends. But – the idea for the challenge is to do something that happens over and over and over. Like a repeating pattern, or a product that is available – then retires – then comes back again. Or even a groundhog idea. I love challenges that are open to interpretation! With our group, we draw names for a winner of the challenge, and that person gets all the challenge cards for the month.
I chose to do a repeating pattern and a product that retired and came back.
I stamped the “thanks” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set repeatedly on a Coastal Cabana panel using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink. When I was finished filling the card layer, I embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
Next, I cut a square from Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the Stitched Layers Dies. I patted it with a VersaMark pad using the “Direct to Paper” technique, then added Heat & Stick Powder to the card stock. (This was my second nod to the challenge – a product that retired and came back.) After I melted the Heat & Stick Powder, I added some Gilded Leafing to the square. To do this, simply place your sticky panel into the leafing – sticky side down. The leafing will stick to the melted Heat & Stick. Then use a Stamping Sponge to brush off excess leafing. (This is another “comeback” product – the sponges. I don’t think we were ever without them, but the originals did retire and we got new ones.)
I stamped the sentiment from the Punch Party Stamp Set (free with a $300 minimum class/workshop/personal order) using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, then punched with the Double Oval Punch. I added it to the gilded square with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally – I decided I needed a heart to go with the sentiment. I die-cut the heart from Gold Foil using the Be Mine Stitched Hearts Dies and added a loop of 3/8″ Gold Fine Art Ribbon behind it. The Coastal Cabana layer (with all the trimmings) is adhered to a Basic White card base.
I love the versatility of this card. It can be for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, congratulations, thinking of you, and more! Thanks, Liz, for this awesome challenge!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!