Saturday, September 3, 2011

August's Memory Box Stamp Club meeting had to be rescheduled, so the gals are getting together this holiday Monday to celebrate the fact that most of us aren't at the office that day, but getting our creative groove on!


This month's Memory Box Card Club kit included two stamps, a pad of 6 x 6 patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket (Circa 1934) and a 10-pack of kraft notecards and matching envelopes.  When I chose the two stamp images for this month's kit my original thoughts were...something to illustrate the fact that an image can be used for masculine or feminine cards and that an everyday item can prove to be simply extraordinary.  I think I accomplished this in my choices.


The Cozy Chair and Thinking of You Makes Me Smile stamps worked well together, and the Thinking of You stamp can be used for loads of different types of cards.  Don't you love the bonus ladybug image on its side?!  Stamps for all seasons -- that's what I love!


Whenever I design a class, especially a card class, I try to use lots of different techniques.  I always appreciate that when I take a class because I love to learn new things.  And even if I've tried a technique before, it's always fun to see the twists others put on it.  I dig blackline stamp images so that I can paper piece.  And I'm a big fan of "distressing" anything (except my own life!), so I often use Tim Holtz's Distress Inks.  Dies and paper punches?  Get outta here!  My addiction to these little metal beauties is verging on "needs an intervention"!


My first card uses all of these tools and techniques.  Notice I used a paper piercer on each of the bumps of the scalloped circle and my trusty old Fiskars scalloped scissors?  I love stitching and decided to go faux with a fine red marker along the top edge of the yellow patterned paper strip.  Finally, rounding one corner added just a little more interest and makes you go hmmm...


The next card is very simple, but packs in the tools and techniques!  On this card I used a die from the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Four to create the elegant and curvy layer on the left.  Then to pop in some rustic goodness, I wrapped some natural jute twine around the card several times, looping it through a little scalloped buckle I created using the Memory Box die called Simple Buckles, which includes three different buckle styles that are perfect for any type of paper crafting.  Simple paper strips, often with their edges inked, finish the card front.  Inside this card, at the bottom right side, I added the little ladybug to bring another smile to the recipient's face!


The last card in this class is simply elegant, in my humble opinion.  I stamped the Cozy Chair onto a Nestabilities Lacey Oval that I cut from watercolor paper.  I used waterproof ink and watercolor pencils, plus my Brush2O to color up this striking image.  The edges are inked with Antique Linen.  It's popped up with foam tape over a swatch of grosgrain ribbon stapled on each end with a button stitched on.  The rounded corners finish this softer design.


That wraps up August's kit, and we're sold out so I guess folks like it!  September's kit will be out soon -- think autumn.  That story will post shortly so visit us again soon.  Enjoy your weekend and do something creative!
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  1. Hi Shannon! Great post and great projects! Dave B was just here on Saturday and we did Memory Box cards! Too bad you couldn't join us - that would have been fun! Hope you're having a good weekend!

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