Hi there! It seems like FOREVER that I've been able to post, but I have to admit that a trip to Alaska's Inside Passage is NOT to be missed! Wow! Everything was so AWESOME! Even the capital letters can't convey to you all the wonderful things that I saw and did on the cruise. It's hard to put a finger on any one thing that stands out as the highlight of the trip: the train ride to White Pass from Skagway, the Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm, the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau, my first taste of "real" salmon, or a horse-drawn trolley tour of Victoria, BC. Everything was equally wonderful; but I have to say that sharing the trip with my sister was truly special.
Kathy (right) and I at the Mendenhall Glacier (outside Juneau, Alaska)
We returned to Florida on Labor Day weekend and the transition from pampered lifestyle of the cruise ship to laundry, jet lag, and work were quite a slap-in-the-face. I was chomping at the bit to get back into my craft room but it took a few days to get myself back into the groove before I could get my fingers inky. Once I did, I had to dig in and get creating because I had a SASS Stamp Club meeting the very next weekend to prepare for! All went well with the SASS Stamp Club and you'll be seeing the projects that we made in a few days.
Today's project is a Thank You card I designed for a workshop and for last month's SASS Stamp Club orders. This card uses the Perfect Punches stamp set for the sentiment and the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder to add dimension and texture.
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A piece of Basic Black cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder. The edges of the cardstock were roughed up to add some character before the cardstock was adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card base. Strips of Baja Breeze cardstock and Newsprint Designer Series paper were punched with the Scallop Eyelet Border punch; the edges of the Baja Breeze strip were sponged with Baja Breeze ink and the edges of the Newsprint Designer Series Paper were sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink. A piece of Very Vanilla satin ribbon was knotted on the front of these strips and then layered on top of the left edge of the Basic Black cardstock. The sentiment image was inked with Baja Breeze ink and a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker was used to ink the "Thanks" part of the image which was then stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the Scallop Oval punch. The sentiment was attached to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock punched with the Decorative Label punch (Brand NEW in the Holiday Mini catalog) with Basic Black brads. The edges of the Cherry Cobbler label were sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink and then the sentiment was adhered to the Basic Black cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of this card is lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; the edges sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink. The "twist" for this card is that nothing else was done for the inside, which is why you don't see a picture! My customers must like the Thank You cards that they receive inside their Stampin' Up! order bags, because they asked that I write my thank you note on a Post-It Note, attach it to the inside of the card and not address the envelope...so that they can remove the Post-It Note and use the card themselves! I never told my SASS Stamp Club members if I would actually do this for them; however, they were quick to tell me how tickled they were that I actually did as they asked when they came to this month's SASS Stamp Club meeting this past weekend.
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The flap of the Very Vanilla envelope was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder and randomly sponged with Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler inks.
It feels good to get back in the groove with papercrafting after a much-needed vacation. The next few months will be super busy with classes, Stamp Club, and workshops; but I'm really looking forward to it! I hope you'll stop by to visit when you have a chance. I look forward to your feedback.
Stamps: Perfect Punches; Inks: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler ; Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Newsprint; Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon, Neutrals Brads (Basic Black); Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Scallop Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope