Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Trees… And Background Stamping

My new friend Lisa recently asked me just how long I have been stamping… and I had to stop and think (gee, what year is this?).  I was quite surprised to hear myself say “15 years”!  I haven’t been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator all that time, but I definitely considered it that long ago… but was working more than full time as a software analyst.  Looking back, I really wish I would have had the foresight to join SU back then… the company was only 5 years old, the product was great, and I could see in that very first workshop that the products were loved by everyone! 

Of course much has changed since then… the products are still perfectly matched and color coordinated, the stamps are updated and current, so many new products, tools, and techniques have come and gone.  The company has grown tremendously, and even during tough economic times Stampin’ Up! continues to be a debt free leader in the world of stamping and scrapbooking.  Gosh, I wish I had joined 15 years ago!!

In my monthly 2 for $5 groups, we generally make two cards (sometimes more...)  Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned stampers, 2 for $5 is a great way to try out new products and enjoy a pleasant outing with friends too.  Since I bring along all the supplies and pre-cut product for the event… there’s no need to tote along all your supplies.  It’s really a great introduction to basic stamping techniques, along with tips and suggestions from myself as well as the participants. 

Using the stamp set Branch Out, I created the sample on the left as one of the cards for this months’ 2 for  $5 group.

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I have grown quite fond of this very versatile little stamp set, which will be great during the winter holidays and fall as you can add different colored fall ‘leaves’ to the tree to obtain optimum autumnal splendor.  It also comes with snowflakes, which will be beautiful during the winter.  In the samples above, I’ve also used the top of the tree and stamped it repeatedly with Certainly Celery Classic Ink along the bottom of the Whisper White Cardstock to achieve the look of ‘grass’… pretty cool, huh?

The card on the right shows one of the TIPS I shared with my class…

 

TIP:  Use an image from your stamp set to create a background for your card base! 

Some attendees chose the original design, and others chose to pattern their background base too… and that’s the beauty of stamping… no mistakes, creative opportunity, and very unique and individualized art!

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Well, I’m off to clean my kitchen, and then sneak in some stampin’ time before bed… Have a really good evening!

Sharon

 

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3 comments:

Jean from jlfstudio said...

love the grass (card too - tee hee)- thanks for the tip. Great idea for a monthly group too.

Thanks for sharing - Jean

Debby said...

You're so clever! I really like the grass. It's a nice card. TFS :-)

Ret said...

Hi Sharon, what a great idea, 2/$5.
I sure wish I lived near you, I'd surely join in!! I love the cards, I am really taken with the one you did with the background! You're pretty sharp!!! You're cards are great!!!