Showing posts with label Stamp New England. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stamp New England. Show all posts

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Look What We Made at Stamping Around!

Hi everyone! Here is my report from the 2nd and final day of Stamping Around Connecticut and I wanted to share with you the fun projects we made.

First is a picture of the birdhouse class that I taught last night but didn't have any pictures of to post yesterday. Aren't these just adorable?!? They are both made from free templates that Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink had on her blog. The small house was posted at Christmas time a year ago, and the larger box one was posted when she released Dawn's bird house set. ETA - sorry - it was Melissa's bird set - released in May 2009
Then our first class this morning was taught by Debbie Corbari. Pictured are Debbie, Julie Masse and Kim Schofield.

This is the fun project we made with Debbie - a cute little boxy bag (or is it baggy box???!!) and pretty layered tree card. Debbie is a stamp designer for Our Craft Lounge and we used one of her very own sets for this project called Swingin' By. How COOL is that?!?!?! We also used a really neat product called Sparkly Fluff on these cards. You probably cannot see it on the pics but we used it on the wings of the owl, the flowers and the tree trunk. It adds a sparkly fluffy dimension to the card.
Next up was Kim's class (she's one of the organizers of the workshop). We made this adorable box out of kraft card stock and 4 3x3 cards to slip inside. All the stamps on the cards are from a super set by Unity Stamps called Perfect in EveryWay .
Then we had our lunch break but snapped a great group picture before chowing down!

And here's a shot of the teachers, Debbie , Donna , Kim, Julie & Me!

After a short lunch break we're right back to stamping away - and Donna Marie Cecere had us making this really interesting layered card. The background was stamped on orange, green and red paper as well as on a piece of acetate. So using the orange piece as the base -we cut out pieces from the red paper and the green paper and attached them onto the orange. Then we colored various areas with sparkly markers. The acetate piece was attached to the Sizzix die cut frame and the frame was attached over the orange base with foam dimensionals. So what we ended up with was this great 3D look - which can't really be appreciated from this picture but IRL it has great depth to it!

Now as you can probably imagine - we are all pretty tired by all our efforts by this time (yes even we avid stampers can get exhausted!!!) But we had one more class to do before we could rest!And that class was lead by Julie Masse and look at the fun blocks that we made with her!!! These beautiful stamps are by Kitchen Sink Stamps from a set called Multi Step Berries. With these stamps you use 2 or 3 colors over-stamping lighter to darker, Each berry has 3 stamps (they are labelled on the sheet they come on) and look at the result you get from them! These are small 2" wooden blocks that Julie had already painted white for us - and we stamped the berries and leaves on each of the 4 sides. Julie is on the DT for the company so check out her blog or the store gallery to see how the stamping is done.
And one final picture - and I'm dropping into bed! We all made name tags for ourselves at home before we came to the weekend - and everyone voted for the one they liked best - and I won with my little birdhouse DP and chipboard letters name tag (Whoo Hoo!!) - my prize was this pretty stamp set by Gina K called Tropical Flowers.

When we arrived we were each given a numbered ticket and they picked tickets all day for people to win more stamps from the sponsoring companies - everyone won something. When my ticket was picked - I won this beautiful tree stamp shown below from Innovative Stamp Creations called Sketch of Nature

Ok - I'm exhausted! Sorry for the long post - hope you lasted to the end! Don't you wish you had been here with us these 2 past days?!?!? Check out the next Stamping Around Weekend that will be in VT in Sept - I'm going there too - just as a participant next time - and I can't wait to see what we'll be making (and winning!) then!!

(good night Debbie and Donna! It was just terrific meeting and teaching with you girls!!)

Hi from Stamping Around in Farmington CT!

Hey everyone! Well - I'm here in Farmington, CT - this is the building most of us here at the Stamping Around Workshop are staying it. It's at the Centennial Inn and you can see the weather is just super! There's a pool just across from our building and I'm hoping to be able to hop in it after the workshop ends. DH came with me so we're making a little mini vacation out of the weekend.Here are Kim Schofield and Julie Masse, organizers of the event. Friday night was a PJ party - so we were all wearing PJ's.They are raffling off a stamp set - one of the many prizes we could win over the weekend.
I taught the first class Friday night - we made two bird houses - both free templates from Nichole Heady's blog. You can see everyone busily working on their projects.

And here are two of my fellow teachers for the weekend, Debbie Corbari (left) and Donna Cecere (center). These girls are just a riot to be with - we ate dinner together on Friday night at J. Timothy's Tavern (a super pub type restaurant) when we first arrived and talked stamping the whole time!Well - gotta go - the Saturday classes are about to start and Debbie is up first - I'll be back later with more pics!
thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Wedding Frame and Stamp New England News

Stef showed us the Design Dazzle website of kids rooms and bedding designs for inspiration today over at Split Coast. I was inspired by the colors and all the frames on the walls of this girls teen room

I had this frame from Michaels ($1!) and I have been wanting to create a wedding frame for my niece who got married a month ago. So today I was inspired to get it done!

I just love this reflection of the bride in the standup mirror stamp from the H&M set Fairy Tale Wedding .

We have a family heirloom just like this mirror and Katie had a picture taken of herself reflected in it - so it was perfect for this gift for her & Greg. My picture of Katie looks blury here - because of the reflection of the acetate panel over it - but it's clear IRL! Wasn't she a beautiful bride?! I love this picture of her standing on her sister's porch just after the wedding ceremony - she was just glowing! She's pulling the train of her gown up to her shoulders so it wouldn't get stepped on and I just had to snap the pic!

ALL of Heather's stamps over at H&M Stamps are on sale for the month of June so hurry over and check them out - once they are gone - they're gone - so shop early!!

And a heads up! Do you live anywhere near Farmington, CT? The Stamp New England organizers are planning another stamping weekend there for July 10th and 11th. Check it out here and sign up quick! The last event sold out in a week! I'm going to be teaching one of the classes (Yikes, I'm nervous!) so come so we can meet each other!!!

Stamps: Fairy Tale Wedding: H&M Stamps
Paper: White, ripe avocado, raspberry Fizz: PTI, basic black: SU, Water color paper
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: textile cuttlebug folder, cuttlebug, petite oval nestabilities, sizzix leaf stem die, silver ice stickles, copics: E34, E00, C1, BG10, brads: making memories, ribbon flowers - unknown (gift), acrylic paint, wooden frame: $1 Michaels

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More from SNE and Shower Shots

As promised - here is another project that we made at the Stamp New England Weekend. (see my post below for more info on the weekend) This beautiful set was designed by Cindy Lawrence and uses Whipper Snapper Stamps - Blossoms and Butterflies and Friendly Expressions. I had gotten this watercolored at the weekend but not put together but I was able to finish it up today.

We used reinkers and aquabrushes to color the petals and envelopes - I didn't do too well on mine - I always seem to add too much color and so don't get that wonderful shading other people can achieve. I definately need some practice on it! We were given extra blossoms stamped to color and cut out so we could layer them over the first stamping. We used sponge daubers on the edges with Soft Sky ink and layered the plain ovals onto scalloped ovals. For the card on the left - we used a copic marker to color the middle strip of the ribbon - boy did that work nicely!And then we all got a clear box from Gina K Designs - to slip our cards and envelopes into and we made a belly band to go around the box. The smaller flower was white which we again colored with a copic - how great does this whole thing look!!! I'm going to send this to my dear Aunt Edie who just turned 90 today - she likes to send notes to people and she always appreciates getting cards that I stamp - she will just LOVE this set!
I had mentioned that I had to leave the weekend a little early in order to attend my niece's wedding shower so I thought I'd share just a couple of pictures of it.

Here is bridesmaid, Jenn, future bride Katie, her sister Christy, and bridesmaid Amanda.
And here is the gift I gave her - This is a really neat basket carved out of a tree trunk that I got at the Brimfield Fair last fall. I like to give unusual gifts that they will remember came from their wedding. whenever they use it. (guess this fits the bill!) Katie's wedding colors are Ripe Avocado and Strawberry Fizz. She and I also made her Wedding Invitations, seating cards and program using these colors from Papertrey Ink. We did some computer printing and some stamping. I forgot to take pics before she took them all home - but hope to take some later to post.

This is the card I made for them as well as a case of personalized notes (you can see my post on them here). The card uses Verve Visual Anniversary Birds set, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
I still have 2 more projects from SNE to finish - so check back to see them!
thanks so much for coming by!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stamp New England - What A Great Weekend!!

I just got home from Stamp New England and had such a super time I just had to get these pics loaded up to share with you!

This is the beautiful Sise Inn in Portsmouth, NH where we all gathered - There are 34 rooms in this Inn- It's very deceiving looking at it from the front - the building extends quite far back and it's so beautiful inside - a lot of carved wood paneling and lovely rooms!

And look what we found in our rooms when we arrived - our schedule of classes, coupons for discounts at sponsoring Companies, a fun clear box with ribbon, glitter, crocheted and felt flowers and a chocolate (got to have chocolate right?!)from Emma's Paperie , a cute little Patriotic thank you stamp in the shape of a heart from Kitchen Sink Stamps and a Memento Black ink by Tsukeniko for us to use with the cards we used Copics with (that ink won't bleed when you use Copics).

And right away I met my blogging friend Jodi Collins who I was just so excited to meet in person (she just became one of Taylors Bakers Dozen!). She is SO friendly and SO crazy (in a good way!) she kept us laughing all night! Jodi is on the left, her friend Anne is next, then Leah who's from MA, Vicky from CT, and me.

Here's a shot of about half of the room - with everyone busily working during Lauren Meader's class this morning.

And this is me with 4 of the teachers - from top left - Lauren Meader, Julie Masse (teacher and organizer), me! - front row left: Karen Motz (who also just became one of Taylor's Bakers Dozen!) and Joanne Basile(teacher and organizer). These ladies are just so talented and SO friendly and happy to share all the tricks they know about card stamping!

Cindy Lawrence below left also taught a class - she was a Design team member on H&M Stamps where I'm a DT member so I 'knew' her on line but it was just so great to meet her in person. Here is Jodi again and me.Oh - yes - and in between taking everyone's pictures - we did make some projects! Karen Motz (pronounced Moats!) taught us on Friday night how to make this wonderful little book using chip board covers and the Bind It All. The cute little fairy stamper is from Stamping Bella and we colored her with Copics. Everyone was asked to bring a copy of their favorite sketch and we passed them around so we could put them all in our new "Sketch Journal" - how fun is that?!?!? Look how cute this is!! The tag says "Stamping Bug" on it - and she is holding a wooden stamp in her right hand and all her stamping supplies in a little rolling bag in her left!

First thing this morning (Sat) Lauren Meader had us make this terrific little box (a preview of her template that's coming out next month!!) and - get this - we all got the Papertrey Ink Stamp set called Life that was just released!!! (Boy - did everyone scream when we heard we were each getting our own set!). AND - we were each asked to bring a bag of our favorite bite size candy to share so we got to FILL this box with yummy treats - the idea was to give this cute box to a friend - but I know mine is only HALF full at this point so if I do I'll have to add something to it! (Yumm!)

Here is Lauren and me. Lauren is holding a little back pack that I made and gave to each teacher.
Everything is Papertrey Ink (paper, DP, and stamps) accept the brads and foam dimensionals. You can see a tutorial I did for the back pack here.

I unfortunately had to leave the weekend early (GASP!) My niece was having her wedding shower today (which was lovely!) - so I had only half finished Cindy Lawrence's water coloring project when I had to pack up - and Julie Masse and Joanne Basile (pronounced Bas-il-lay!) gave me kits for their projects to take home - so I'll share those after I've made them! Just let me say they are all terrific and I can't wait to get them done! So be on the look out for those sometime in the next week or so!!

I hope you enjoyed my pictures and had fun seeing these stamping legends that I was so fortunate to meet!!! - there's a rumor the organizers are going to run another Stamp New England weekend this fall. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything!