Red, White, & Blue Stamp Camp

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In July we had our first themed Stamp Camp – Red, White & Blue.  All of our cards were done in red, white, and blue.  Plus our attendees received extra entries into our drawing for prizes if they wore red, white, and blue.  It was a lot of fun and I think it helped us to focus in on card designs.

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We always try to teach a new technique at our Stamp Camps.  At this stamp camp we showed them how to do a shaker card and make a 3D paper frame.  Our BFFs really loved the shaker card!  The paper frame offered some challenges, but we were able to create some beautiful home decor pieces for the 4th of July!

Below are our 3 cards!  I just loved doing this theme!  It’s awesome that Red, White & Blue can be so versatile and fun.

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Shaker Card

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Birthday Balloons

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Flag Home Decor

 

The tutorial for the shadowbox is here.  Thank you to Jan Brown out of the UK for the great tutorial!

Below are the supplies we used to make these 3 great projects!  You too can make some awesome Red, White & Blue projects.  If you do post pictures in the comments!

Happy Stamping! Lisa & Jenn, Your BFFs!

 


First Color Throwdown and a Baby Shower gift inspired by the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

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I’ve been searching the internet for all kinds of card/project making challenges this week.  I used to love me some scrapbook challenges on Scrapbook.com.  Years ago I was a regular on that website!  I’ve made friends that I still talk to and have never met!  That is the reason Lisa and I decided to start working with Stampin’ Up.  To bring our friends together and have fun doing what we love doing!  That brings me back to today, scouring the website for challenges and today I came across this Color Throwdown.  I perused their blog and they have so much fun!  And it wouldn’t hurt to maybe win a chance to become a guest star stamper. 😉  That would be awesome and such a compliment.  Go on over to their blog by clicking the image and play along.

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Here’s my take on the color challenge.  I’m a block color challenge person.  I just love the bright colors together.  I heat embossed the greeting in black just so it would stick out more.
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Yesterday I was blog hopping (one of my fave things to do, besides eating!) and I came across the most adorable idea ever for some food tags?  I have no idea what they are called but they are the tags that tell you what’s in the bowl at a self-serve party. Anyway, Allison Okamitsu from Nice People Stamp made the most wonderful decorations for a bridal shower and I just had to case the idea for the little food tags that I was asked to make for a baby shower tomorrow. That Artisan Design Team is so awesome! I inspire to one day have all those great ideas and create for Stampin’ Up! In the meantime, I’m case-ing their wonderful creations.

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And here’s the gift for my friend.  I got the baby a tiny little adorable outfit because I can never resist those tiny little outfits.  I made her a gift bag with a some-what matching card.

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I also have a little girl’s 3rd birthday party on Sunday and they call her bug and she’s stinkin’ cute.  I made a card using the waterfall technique and love it.  It’s so fun.  I know she’ll love it too.  I got the tutorial from Dawn Griffith.  I love her tutorials.  She makes everything seem so easy 🙂

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Thanks for looking at all the fun today!

Jenn


April Stamp Camp Cards

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This past Saturday we had another of our BFF Monthly Stamp Camps!  Our next one is schedule for May 7.  Here are the 3 cards we made and the supply list for each card.

The Mother’s Day Card is absolutely beautiful and while it looks complicated was relatively simple!  We used 5 sets to create this card – however you can do it with less:

  • Hardwood – for the background
  • A Nice Cuppa – for the “Worlds Best Mother”
  • What I Love (SAB) – for the flowers and leaves
  • Rose Wonder – for the sentiment on the last panel
  • Birthday Blooms – for the “for YOU” on the box band

The top of it was made using a retired SU boarder punch called “Scallop Trim”, however I’ve listed “Confetti Hearts Boarder” punch that can be substituted and look just as great!

Basic Card Instructions:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 cut in half long way at 4 1/4
  • Score at 2 3/4, move that score line down to 2 3/4 and score again, repeat 2 more times – gives you the 4 panels
  • Use the “Decorative Label” punch to make the bottom feet – punch half way up the label in the middle of each panel
  • Use a boarder punch of your choice across the top (we used Scallop Trip – retired)
Mothers Day Card

Mothers Day Card

Envelope Box Instructions:

  • Start with a 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 piece of card stock
  • Using the Envelop Punch Board, punch and score at 2 3/4 and 3 1/4, turn and repeat on each side
  • The band is 2 pieces of card stock cut at 7 x 1 – attach pieces together and measure around the box

Our next card is a very cute kid’s birthday card using the “No Bones About It” stamp set.  Gotta love ya some dinosaurs!
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Kid’s Birthday Card

Finally we have another birthday card using 2 stamp sets: Perfect Pairings (SAB) and Gorgeous Grunge.  This is a very versatile card that can be made very simply with just the stamps and card stock, or dressed up as we have it with background stamps, DSP, bakers twine and punch embellishments! Oh, this card is totally CASED from our Stampin Success Magazine!

Happy Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Card


CASE-ing Cards with BFF Stampers

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Have you ever noticed that we are raised to believe that “copying” is bad?  In the DYI world copying is the biggest form of flattery.  However there are some rules.   Everyone has their own rules such as, give credit to the person who made the card, if you remember where you got the idea, or make sure the copied image links back to the original blog post. These suggestions are just plain courteous. However, if you like one of my cards, my rule is just COPY IT! I take this as a compliment!

Sometimes to get me into the creative mood, I will search for cards to case.  I may case a card exactly because it’s gorgeous, and sometimes I use the idea, but with the products I have.  I encourage our customers to look for inspiration on blogs and in our Stampin Up! catalog because most of them are new and don’t know where to start. I tell them to first find something they like out of the catalog and case that. Our Annual Stampin Up! Catalog is full of amazing ideas that I’ve used myself to show how easy it is to copy.

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Almost exact copy, I didn’t have the washi tape so I used It’s My Party DSP along the sides.

 

Then I turn to Pinterest. The creativity on Pinterest is AH-maze-ing! Recently I had a friend that needed to make a bunch of sympathy cards. The only sympathy stamp set I had was Rose Wonders. So I typed Rose Wonders in the search on Pinterest and up came hundreds of gorgeous cards that she could choose from.

Now, some people can’t see past the colors of a card or the certain stamp set.  For example, they don’t have that specific stamp set so they don’t think they can make that card, or they don’t have the exact colors and don’t think they can make the card. I try to get them to see they can use just the sketch or the colors with a different stamp. Case-ing helps when you don’t have a lot of time to come up with something yourself.  Here are the cards from Pinterest that we cased (Pinterest on top / our version underneath).

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Here is the card she found on Pinterest. We didn’t have the exact butterfly so we improvised.

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We used different colors that we had available and we used 2 small butterflies instead of the 1 big butterfly.

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This was from Pinterest.

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This is our CASE. Almost identical because it was so beautiful!

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Beautiful sympathy card but I don’t have this stamp set.

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We used the Rose Wonder stamp set and watercolored the flower.  Very Pretty!

 

I also love Splitcoaststampers.com because you can look up Stampin Up! stamp sets by name and get a lot of ideas.  They also have stamps by companies other than SU.

Birthday Blooms

We got this card idea from Lisa Young off Splitcoaststampers.com

 

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This is the card we came up with. It’s a little simpler, but the Splitcoaststamper card is what inspired us.

Do you have a favorite person that you CASE from?  If so, please share in the comments below.

Happy Stampin!

Your BFF Jenn


We Are Bringing Birthdays Back!

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Hi BFFs,

Bringing birthdays back? Yes, we are! Well what exactly does that mean you ask?  #imbringingbirthdaysback is a new movement that originated with Shannon West a Stampin Up! Training Manager.  It’s simply a movement to bring back hand written notes and cards being sent and received via mail!  No, not email, Facebook, or text message; good, old fashioned mail.  You know that box you go to and usually just take out envelopes that contain bills, advertisements for credit cards and other miscellaneous junk mail – it’s called a mail box!  In the “olden days” that mailbox used to be filled with handwritten notes, birthday cards, invitations, Christmas cards and beautiful cards that could bring a little brightness to your day.  Well Jenn and I thought this was such a great idea that we wanted to be part of the movement!

We are so excited that Jenn has been making birthday cards every day!  We would love to send YOU a card! Email us your name, address and birthday and we WILL send you a birthday card on your special day! You can email us at bffstampers@dehaine.com.

Here is a great “guy card” that Jenn made yesterday!  You know ladies, boys have birthdays too!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Your BFFs

Jenn & Lisa

Made with SU Guy Greetings

Made with SU Guy Greetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to make this card here is a list of the Stampin Up! items you will need!