April Stamp Club Challenges

My Stamp Club members are so creative—they inspire me!  Each month I give several challenges to motivate them to create their own cards and stamped projects.  Then during Club Night, we do a Show & Tell of projects they bring in, whether it meets one of the challenges, or is any other project they've done recently.  A lot of great ideas are shown and it's personally my favorite part of having a monthly Stamp Club!  I wanted to show just a few of the fantastic projects we saw this month…

Layered Punches Challenge

One of this month's challenges was to layer punches!  In March, when I issued the challenge, I presented a whole page of possible ways to layer some of the most popular punches. 

Kathy - Punch Turkey     Kathy - Punched Flower Card 

Kathy created this cool turkey card with several punches, including the 1-1/4" Circle for the body, and Oval Scallop Punch for the feathers (each feather is actually two ovals that are folded and glued together for a 3D effect).  Then, her sentiment met the challenge of layering the Curly Label Punch on a Scallop Circle Punch.  She used the Sweetest Stem Embosslit for this gobbler's feet. 

The second card she made also used the Sweetest Stem, as well as the Small Heart Punch to create the flower.  Great stuff, Kathy!

Linda - Punched Flowers

Linda used the Modern Label Punch in a unique way to create the Rose Red flower you see on her card, along with a 1/2" Circle center!  Love it!

Peggy - Birthday cake card   Peggy - Card 1

Peggy shared these two darling cards with triple layers of punches!  The first uses the Modern Label, Large Oval and Curly Label punches.  The second uses the Large Oval, Oval Scallop and Curly Label punches, as well as the Wings of Friendship Hostess set.

Decorated Envelope Challenge

Peggy - Matching Kind Thoughts

This card that Peggy created with the Kind and Caring Thoughts Hostess set satisfied two of our challenges.  She used another combination of the Modern Label, Oval Scallop and Curly Label punches for her greeting, and she decorated her envelope.

Kathy - Decorated Envelope

Kathy went all out with her decorated envelope—amazing!  Look at all of the layers of stamping and dyed silk flowers (you can find them in the Pretties Kit).  Wow!  I'll tell you a secret though, I don't think Mr. Postman probably likes Kathy very much…*wink*…but I sure do!

More Show & Tell Cards

Peggy - vintage vogue   Peggy - Eastern Blooms 2

Here are a couple more from Peggy (I honestly don't know where she finds the time to create all these beautiful cards—she always has a basketful to show).  The first uses the Vintage Vogue set for the flowers and Great Friend for the sentiment.  The second is stamped with Eastern Blooms.  Looks like the background is dry embossed and then sanded—so very pretty!  

Linda - White Embossed Pencils Flower Finally, Linda shared this gorgeous card using the old Heartfelt Thanks set (I still miss this one).  I love the clear embossed background—very elegant!  And, she tried a cool technique of white embossing the flower onto black and coloring the image with watercolor pencils.  

Every Club, I come away newly inspired and motivated to try something different.  I know I need to try Linda's technique, and Peggy's sanded embossed background very soon—never have done those before!  I think Kathy may have convinced me to buy the Sweetest Stem Embosslit for it's versatile uses. 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Challenges!

Botanical Blooms (2)

Virtual Show & Tell Challenge

I'd like to challenge YOU to send me a picture of a project you've created recently for a Virtual Show & Tell I'll be posting on April 30. Participants will be entered to win the Botanical Blooms stamp set (no longer available, but it's a Two-Step stamp and it's Two-Step Into Spring promotion month!). 

Two rules: 1) Your project must include at least one Stampin' Up! image, Designer Paper, or embellishment, and 2) You may send as many photos as you like, but you will only be entered once in the drawing.  If a special technique was used, please let me know how you did it. 

Send your photos to me at toocoolstamping@verizon.net, or drop off a sample to me, by April 29.  I will not guarantee that I will post all projects. US residents only. 


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