Hi there! How have you been? Sorry for the absence the last couple of weeks. I had another surgery (the last one for a while, I hope) followed by my annual CD Calendar Class. I hope to have a blog post for that very soon. At my day job, we're just a few days away from the final flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. It's a bittersweet time for us here at Kennedy Space Center. Be sure to check us out on Wednesday afternoon (November 3rd) shortly after 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
I've also been working on my projects for the Royal Blog Tour on November 5th through November 8th. There are nearly 80 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on the Paths of the Tour; which means you're sure to find some great ideas. Also, there are lots of opportunities to win Blog Candy AND you can collect clues along the Tour to enter for a chance to win an awesome Grand Prize, so be sure to block off some time next weekend for the Royal Blog Tour. For more information, click on the Royal Blog Tour graphics on my right sidebar.
I'm also getting my designs finalized for my annual Christmas Card Class. With Fall firmly upon us, I'm sure you're well into your Holiday planning (or wishing you were). If you're still trying to figure out what to do about your Christmas cards, I understand your pain. If you live in the Central Florida area near the Space Coast, you can get some great ideas for your Holiday cards when you sign up for my annual Christmas Card Class. There will be two sessions. Choose either Saturday, November 6th from 1-6 p.m. or Sunday, November 7th from 1-6 p.m. The class cost is $25. We'll be making 15 cards; 3 cards each of 5 different designs. Be sure to contact me right away to reserve your spot!
Today's project is a birthday card with a more masculine flavor than the last one I showed in this post. Pretty much every card I've seen (or made) using the "On a Pedestal" stamp set has used bright, feminine looking colors; so I challenged myself to find a way to use the stamp set for a card you could send to a guy. Because, let's face it, guys like cake too!
The card base uses Cajun Craze cardstock. A piece of polka-dotted More Mustard paper is matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and placed, centered, on the card front. A piece of Night of Navy cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and placed along one side of the More Mustard paper. The cake pedestal was stamped with Night of Navy Craft ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, dusted with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, set with the Heat Tool, and then cut out with Paper Snips and placed on the More Mustard paper. The sentiment was stamped with Night of Navy Classic ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, cut very closely to the edges of the image, and then placed on the More Mustard paper at the center of the pedestal. The small rounded cake was stamped with Early Espresso Classic ink, cut out, and then placed on top of the sentiment. The cake was stamped a second time using Very Vanilla Craft ink, embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, the top of the cake cut out and then placed on top of the "chocolate" cake with Stampin' Dimensionals to put some icing on the cake. The cherry image was stamped with Real Red Classic ink and cut out. Of course, you could always put the cherry on top of the icing, but I decided to place it on the pedestal to accentuate the sentiment. Finally, a small bow made with Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was placed at the top of the pedestal column to balance the dimension created when the cake was "iced" with the Very Vanilla embossed top.
The interior of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. A sentiment from the "Afterthoughts" stamp set was stamped near the upper center using Night of Navy Classic ink. I really like this sentiment for a guy; especially for the guys in my life. They're not too crazy about the birthday party and tend to hang out together outside or in the garage watching sports on TV. But they ALWAYS want to be called when it's time for the cake. Strips of polka-dotted Cajun Craze paper were placed at the top and bottom of the Very Vanilla cardstock; the bottom edge of the top piece punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch. All the edges of the paper strips and the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cajun Craze Classic ink.
For the front of the Very Vanilla envelope, I stamped the sentiment used on the card front with Night of Navy Classic ink in the lower left corner and added the cherry stamped with Real Red Classic ink. For the back of the envelope I added strips of the polka-dotted paper in More Mustard and Cajun Craze and then sponged the edges of the flap with Cajun Craze Classic ink.
This card was the third project we made at the October meeting of the SASS Stamp Club. You can see the other two projects here and here. I'll need to add designing the projects for the November SASS Stamp Club meeting to my list of stuff to do in the next couple of weeks...the next meeting is almost here! Good Grief!
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!
Stamps: Afterthoughts, On a Pedestal; Classic Inks: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Real Red; Craft Inks: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla; Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Night of Navy; Designer Series Paper: Regals Designer Series Paper Pack; Embellishments: Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope