Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stamp Club Projects

This past weekend was my Stamp Club meeting here at my house. I love these meetings because our projects are just a bit different than my 'N2 Stampin' workshop projects. Since the Stamp Clubs are smaller we can focus on more in depth projects like these.

We've seen how many different boxes can be made using our Big Shot dies like the Scallop Envelope and the Top Note Die and this is no different. This cute little tote is made using the Petal Card Die. A fellow demonstrator, Barb Mullikin shared this project, so of course we had to "case" it. I modified it just a little to make it a little narrower. This little tote uses two Petal Cards cut from the Big Shot. The bottom of the tote is a piece of cardstock to match, measuring 5" x 1-1/2", folded in half. To put it together you fold in two of the "petals" of each card and glue them to the folded bottom piece. The add your ribbon handle and embellish. So, so simple!

The next project was the "coming soon" project from January 7th's post. This project uses the bag top "scrap" from the Valentine's Treat Bag. This was so much fun and I have to tell you that I love this Pun Fun stamp set!! I fought ordering it for a while, but then couldn't resist any longer and I'm so glad that I finally caved!! It's a very versatile set. The cardstock is 3-3/4" x 8-1/2", scored at 3-1/2" & 7". Fold on the score lines and use the Scallop Edge punch on the small edge. Now take the bag top and fold the bottom up about 1/2" or so and glue it using the Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue. Now glue the front and the back of the bag inside the folded cardstock. For the front, measure up 1/2" and make a mark to punch the slit. Adhere that to the front and then place your focal point in the slit, so that you'll know how far from the top your glue should go. Your focal point is only glued at the top, so that you flip the focal point up to open your pouch. That's it. It's the perfect little envelope for a gift card or a piece of Ghirardelli Chocolates. You know, everything's better with chocolate!

The final project was again, so, so simple! The card was a 4-1/4" square card. This card used the Sweet Stems and In Good Form stamp sets. I just love the little fill-in-the-blank sayings in this set. We pierced holes across the top to make it almost look like it's perforated. To coordinate with the paper look on the focal point we punch the Spiral Punch on the side of the card - just the perfect little accent. Finish the focal point off by distressing the sides and tying a ribbon. I love ribbon!!! We adhered the focal point to the card using sticky strip just where the ribbon was.

Stamp Clubs are the perfect way to advance to the next step for those of you who have been stamping awhile. Clubs offer you the opportunity to earn hostess sets and free merchandise and not have to clean your house to do it! Clubs meet at my house, so my kids do all the work - ha ha!! Don't get upset - it's good for them! I'll be starting a new club that meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. Email me, for more information on how you can take stamping to the next level.

Until next time... happy stamping!!

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