Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Celebrating Creativity - Day 1

While my children have been running wild this summer and learning to swim (the 4 yr old) and run (the 16 month old), I have been working with each spare moment they give me to create Convention swaps and develop class ideas.  I've had two new wonderful women join my team this month so I will be embarking in my own group meetings and need a lot of make-n-takes to go with those meetings each month.

So I created a personal challenge for me - to post a project each day for the month of July.  It means I'm playing and it means I can more easily inspire you to create too!

My summer classes were supposed to be the Tin of Cards so this was the first thing that I put together out of the new catalog.  The kit comes with the tin, 9 dividers, and 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs).  The kit does not include the ink and stamp sets, so I purchased those too to use with my classes.  However, I have created all my Convention swaps with that stamp set so it's versatile for more than just the tin.

Isn't this cute?  Stamped with Memento Black ink and Mint Macaron.  I used Stazon ink on some of the elements in this kit but I wanted the ink to come off my photopolymer stamp so I used Memento Black where I could.

Isn't it cool?  It fits standard sized cards - a LOT of them.

Downside of this adorable kit?  I'm not the only person who thinks it's awesome.  It's on backorder until July 17th.  So now my classes for it are in August but I'll be completely prepared once I get back from Convention. 

So what is so great about it?  Some really cool cards with new fun techniques on some and LOTS of our new product.  This first group of cards was done mostly as the directions instructed.  Aren't those great?  You can duplicate this type of card with the Butterfly Thinlits and Framelits.  It also uses the Gold Metallic thread which is a super fun accent.

But I needed a sympathy card so I took one of them and stamped the front instead of a banner.  This stamp is in the Thoughts and Prayers set.

However, when I stamped the inside, it was crooked.  To me, sympathy cards are something that NEED to be straight.  So I covered it up with a circle and then I could see the circle through the window sheet on the front of the card.  Then I noticed that when I opened the card, I could see all the dimensionals through the window sheet.

So I cut a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Kraft Cardstock to go on the inside.  It makes it look like it's still see-through but lets you stamp and write on the inside without it showing through the front of the card.  SUCCESS!

Kraft cardstock comes in 12 x 12 sheets and is $6 for 12 sheets.  You can buy some here.

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Thanks and have a craftastic day,

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