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a stampin’ sunday January 20, 2008

I met with some stamping friends of mine this evening for a post-poned christmas party.  It was nice to get out of the house and communicate with other women (and stamp).  I had to take along a gift to exchange and a swap card to make.

I’ll start with the card.  I’ve read some chatter about the card on pg. 177 of the catty.  I recreated it and thought it would be a cute card to swap:

pg 177 sample 

I started with a So Saffron CS base and used Bali Breeze DSP folded in half (place crease of fold to left side of card with opening to the right of card) to create a belly band.  I used a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch to the right side.  Stamped floral swirls/leaves from Stitched Exotics Stamp Set in Old Olive ink.  Tied Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in a knot around the belly band.  Flower image from Stitched Exotics Stamp Set as well and stamped on Rose Red CS with Rose Red ink two times.  Cut out the first flower and adhered to the belly band.  The second one, I punched out with a 5-Petal Flower Punch; added a new Flower Fusion Accents & Elements orange flower to the middle; attached a Silver Brad; attached Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of this flower and placed on top of the first cut-out flower.  Stamped some swirls (from Stitched Exotics) to the top and bottom of the card in So Saffron ink.  The sentiment, “For You”, is from One of a Kind Stamp Set.  I stamped it in Old Olive ink and colored in the tiny flower image with a Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker.  For the paper-piercing, I took off the belly band and only placed it on the card front (lay the card flat).  Now you have a guide where to paper-pierce.  Using paper-piercing template and tool from Crafters’ Tool Kit, I created the horizontal piercing above and below the belly band. 

Really simple card to make.

Now for the gift I made.  I made another one of Lauren Meader’s Ghirardelli Gift Wrapper made out of Acetate.  You can see the template and directions on her site…really fun to make.  And it was a hit, so huge thanks to Lauren for sharing & inspiring:)

lauren meader ghirardelli gift wrapper  Can’t go wrong with Chocolate’s as a gift.  I wrapped the chocolates inside with Berry Bliss DSP.  I used One of a Kind Stamp Set for this project.  I stamped the flowers to the Acetate sheet with White Opaque StazOn ink.  The sentiment was stampin in Chocolate Chip ink on Pretty in Pink CS.  Punched out with Key Tag Punch.  Stamped the large and 3 small flower images in Purely Pomegranate ink on Whisper White CS..cut out large one and punched out smaller ones with Boho Blossoms Punch.  Restamped the large flower in Chocolate Chip ink on Pretty in Pink CS and cut out.  Used 1/4″ Circle Punch to Close to Cocoa CS and added to middle of large flower and small flower to tag.  Added a pink Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad to tag flower.  Punched holes in top of gift wrapper and my tag.  Threaded Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon through the holes and tied in a knot.   

While at the get-together, I had the opportunity to play around with punches again.  Here is a medallion I made this evening. 

su! punches medallion  Oh the possibilities:)  Punches used where Scallop Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle, 5-Petal Flower, and Boho Blossoms.  Finished off with a Circle Rhinestone Brad.  Seriously, not hard.  I have been getting emails how people are having difficulties re-inserting and aligning the CS.  Just add a small amount of Snail Adhesive (or whatever adhesive you prefer) to the middle of the CS piece; use your finger to guide the CS to proper placement; punch; and re-punch.  Don’t worry about the adhesive…it will be covered with other layers of CS.  Hope this helps:)

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.


5 Responses to “a stampin’ sunday”

  1. Estivalia Says:

    wow, your projects are so amazing. And yet another wonderful medallion! : )

  2. Wonderful card and gift bag! Glad you had fun! Deb

  3. Lynne Mitchell Says:

    MJ, These, as usual, are beautiful! I am so sorry I didn’t make it to the holiday party. I was so looking forward to meet such a talented team member.

  4. Lisa Henke Says:

    I just love looking at everything you do. Your style is so amazing! Love the card.

  5. Great cards and projects Mary jo. Can’t wait to try one of these flowers with the punches, thanks for the instructions.

    Have a wonderful week, Jennifer 🙂

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