One of the things that makes me most happy is designing projects. A few weeks ago, that process became a bit of a challenge when my Mother ended up in the hospital just as I was getting into design gear for my May Stamp Clubs.
I needed to be at the hospital and I needed to design projects. The solution: take the supplies to the hospital with me. You'd think that would be a simple thing to do, but when you aren't quite sure what you want to do, you aren't quite sure what to pack. AND there's not a whole lot of room to work in a hospital room when there are folks going in and out of the room all day doing the work that they do.
So the first day I closed my eyes and pulled a stamp set out of my projects-in-waiting box (the one's that haven't gotten any inking love yet) and set it on my desk. Then I closed my eyes and put my finger on the box label to choose a focal point image. Then I gave it a few minutes of thought and pulled out a background stamp set, cardstock, ink, blocks, punches, ribbon, adhesives, cutters, cleaners, a bunch of Ziploc sandwich bags, and a firm work surface, and packed it all in a tote bag. And off to the hospital I went. The stamp set was Apple of My Eye (Retiring List) from the Occasions Catalog. The focal point image was the apple. And here's what I came up with.
It's a pretty basic card, but I really liked the bright colors and the simplicity of the design. This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock. A panel of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the slanted lines image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Garden Green ink with the bottom of the image approximately 1/2" above the bottom edge of the panel. The solid apple image, from the Apple of My Eye stamp set, was inked with Real Red ink and stamped just above the top edge of the slanted lines. (Note: Be sure to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat under the panel to get a crisp stamped image with the photopolymer stamps.) The "apple of my eye" apple shape was inked with Basic Black Archival ink and stamped directly over the red apple shape. Then the apple stem image was inked with Chocolate Chip ink and stamped at the top of the solid red apple image. The leaf image was inked with Garden Green ink and stamped along the apple stem.
The Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger Garden Green panel and a piece of Real Red 1/4" Cotton ribbon (Retiring List) was wrapped around the panel centering the ribbon over the slanted lines. The ribbon was knotted at the center of the panel. The Garden Green panel was adhered at the center of a Basic Black panel. Finally, the Basic Black panel was adhered to the card base centering the right, top, and left edges of the focal point with the right, top, and left edges of the card base.
The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the solid apple stamped near the bottom left corner using Real Red ink, the stem with Chocolate Chip ink, and the leaf with Garden Green ink. You can see that some of the left side of the apple was stamped off the side of the liner. (Note: Put a scrap piece of paper on top of the Stampin' Pierce Mat to keep the ink off the foam mat.)
I repeated the stamping process used for the liner at the lower left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. Once I finished the design work, I cut out all the pieces and parts of cardstock and ribbon and packed all the Ziploc sandwich bags to create project bags for each of my Stamp Club members.
Since the apple card was so simple and quick to make, I thought that I probably ought to do two cards from this stamp set. So the next day I closed my eyes and pointed to another image on the box label. This time I chose the lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image. I filled up the tote bag with stuff and headed back to the hospital. This is what I designed.
There's just something about Daffodil Delight and Old Olive that make me happy. This card begins with a card base of Daffodil Delight. A panel of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image using Daffodil Delight ink. The seeds image was stamped over the slices using Sahara Sand ink. The panel was adhered to a slightly larger panel of Old Olive cardstock and then the focal point image was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left edges of the focal point centered to the right, top, and left edges of the card front.
The lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit image was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. The seeds were stamped over the slice and the "happy birthday" greeting from the And Many More stamp set stamped across the center of the slice using Old Olive ink. The slice was punched from the cardstock with the 1-3/4" circle punch. A scrap piece of Old Olive cardstock was punched with the 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch (Retiring List). The punched slice was adhered at the center of the punched scallop circle and adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock stamped with a couple of lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit slices at the lower left corner of the liner using Daffodil Delight ink for the slices and Sahara Sand ink for the seeds. The "...and many more" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.
The stamping process used for the liner was repeated for the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. However, the "happy birthday" greeting was used for the envelope; stamped with Old Olive ink. Then I cut out all the pieces and parts of cardstock for this project and packed more Ziploc sandwich bags for my Stamp Club members.
I'm feeling pretty good that I have two projects designed; however, it's Wednesday afternoon and my first Stamp Club meeting is Friday evening. I still need to come up with a couple more projects. I did some serious thinking on my drive home from the hospital. I'll be back in a couple of days with the solution.
A reminder that the final days of the Retiring List are here. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to check your Wish List from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog against the Retiring List to make sure that you don't miss out on the stamp sets and accessories on your list. For Retiring Stamp sets, availability is now limited to stock on hand in the warehouse; so like the Retiring Accessories, once they're gone--they're gone! To see the stamp sets and accessories that are retiring, click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar to go to my on-line store front. Then click on the Retiring Products hot link near the top of the left sidebar.
Supplies I used for these projects --
Stamps: Apple of My Eye, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Real Red; Cardstock: Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments: Real Red 1/4" Cotton ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope
Stamps: Apple of My Eye, And Many More; Inks: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Sahara Sand; Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope