We had our monthly weSTAMPdownline meeting this evening. I love sharing what we make and swap!! Here are some pictures for you.

We always start the meeting off with a make and take. Here is a picture of a Gift Card Holder we made. This project was CASED from Jenn Balcer on SCS. Her tutorial can be found HERE. I tweaked the inside a little bit because I wanted to use the mini white bags. We also used a technique called “Rock and Roll”. I don’t do this technique quite the same as you find in most places. The way I do it is: ink up a solid type stamp with the lightest color first (in this case, the soft sky). Then take your dauber and daub it in the darker color (Old Olive), and daub lightly around the VERY EDGE of the stamp. I think this way gives a more subtle blending of the colors.

Stamp Set: Priceless, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: Soft Sky, Soft Sky DP, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Old Olive Twill, Brad, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Non SU white bag (on inside)

The swap theme for this month was a pocket card. Every month I say the same thing, “This was my favorite swapped cards.” These ladies sure are talented and VERY creative!!!! We always end the evening with our swaps, and it is one of the highlights of the meetings!

So……here they are!!








Here is the swap card I did with the recipe below:
Recipe:Stamp Set: Ahoy Matey, Matey’s Map Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Going Gray, Creamy CaramelAccessories: 1 3/8″ Circle and Horizontal Slot Punch, Corner Rounder, Crystal Effects (on sword), Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelet, Dimensionals, Twine

For the “insert” I tore the edges and used daubers to ink the edges. Then I crinkled it all up to make it look like an old map.

We also played a little trivia game that Nancy put together. She had pictures of all the Stampin Up wheels and we had to identify the official names of them. Ginny got ALL OF THEM CORRECT except 2 of them!!!!!! Do you know there are 57 wheels???? Can you believe that? Here is the door prize that she won for getting the most correct. It is a Tart and Tangy “lemon” themed gift.
I made a bag topper to fit the candy “Lemon Heads”. I put a tag around some lemonade (can’t really see it in this picture) and then I made a card that simulates a glass of lemonade. Sorry, this picture isn’t the greatest. The yellow card part really is yoyo yellow, but it doesn’t look very bright in the picture.

Recipe: Stamp Set: Priceless, Tart and TangyPaper: Vellum, YoYo Yellow, Spring Fling, Whisper WhiteInk: VersamarkAccessories: White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds (simulates sugar at the top of the card) Here are the dimensions of the card:

Vellum: 5” x 5 ¼” (Score at 2 ½ plus 1/8”)
Yellow: 5” x 4” (Score at 2 ½”)
Straw: 3/8” x 2 ¾”

Attach yellow cardstock to vellum in the middle with 2 SMALL glue dots that are wrapped right on the fold line of the yellow paper.

Run a strip with a 2-way glue pen on the upper edge of vellum to simulate sugar. Sprinkle Dazzline Diamonds on the glue

Cut lemon in half and hang over edge of glass. Put a tiny piece of tape behind it to keep it in place.

Glue straw in place, making sure as you position it that it will still fit in your envelope. (Can’t have it sticking up too far!)

In the picture on my blog, I used versamark ink and white embossing powder, with the heat tool. I did another card just using white craft ink on the vellum (saves time). I like both as well, but you can definitely see the embossed image better than the white craft ink.
We also draw for a door prize at our meetings. Last month I won the doorprize, which meant that I had to make it for this month. Here is the project I made. I got the pattern from Jackie Topa’s blog, which can be found HERE. This is a stationary giftable. Watch for an upcoming class on this!

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