Guest Designer for Ann Schach of the Stampin’ Schach
Today is a special day. Well, every day is special in its own way, isn’t it? But today is truly special because my good friend, Ann Schach of the Stampin’ Schach, is featuring two of my cards on her amazing blog. I first met Ann a few years ago when her lovely cards were featured on Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty blog. I immediately fell in love with her sense of style, subscribed to her blog, and we have become very good friends, indeed! In May, I became a member of Ann’s downline when I signed up for the Stampin’ Up kit special. She invited me to be a guest designer, and I was thrilled to say yes!
A Little Bit Grungy, or A Little Bit Girly?
I had a hard time deciding what to create for Ann’s blog. See, I’m a little bit girly, but I like to get my grunge on with the best of them. I finally decided to embrace both styles and create two projects. We’ll start things off with
A Little Bit Grungy
This tag was a blast to make, and it truly allowed me to channel my grungy sensibilities. Here’s what went into making this fun pocket tag: Stampin’ Up texturz plate in the harlequin design; Well Worn Designer paper, Clockworks , One in a Million, and Vintage Labels Stamp Sets. You will also need Game Spinner embellies, Star Brads; Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, silver brads, and Stampin Up Soft Suede Striped Ribbon. I dug into my own stash for inks, embossing powders and a few little whatnots. You can click on the photo to see a larger image. Here’s the deets for making this fun gift tag:
Run a standard manila tag through your embossing machine using the Harlequin texturz plate. If you spritz the tag lightly with water, it will emboss beautifully. Dry the tag, and then use shades of brown, green, orange and yellow inks and a sponge applicator to work the ink into the tag until you have a background you love. This is the fun, messy part that leaves your fingers multicolored for a day or two! Cover the tag with Versamark and clear embossing powder. Really flick the back of the cardstock to remove some of the powder. I even rubbed some of it off with my finger. Heat emboss. Once the tag has cooled, stamp again with Versamark and the grunge stamps then emboss with a bright colored embossing powder. I used Zing embossing powder in Mustard. I also stamped the gears and cogs from clockwork in black Staz-On ink.
Cut a 3 x4 1/2″ rectangle of designer paper and use a ruler to tear about 1/3 of it diagonally from the lower left corner to the upper right hand corner. This torn piece will become your pocket. I stitched around the edges of my tag and pocket, but you can use glue if you prefer.
Create two 1 5/8″x 3 1/4″ rectangles from Pumpkin pie cardstock. cut the top corners at an angle to create a tag shape and ink the edges with dark brown ink. Cover these with slightly smaller tags made out of striped designer paper from the Well Worn series. Use embossing ink to stamp the grunge pattern from Clockworks randomly onto the tags. Stamp the greetings from One in a Million and Vintage Labels onto pumpkin pie cardstock. Tear the stamped greetings out and ink around the edges. (Did you know that if you use water and a paintbrush to “paint” around an image, it will tear out with ease? Try it! It works! ) Create small labels for the Happy Birthday and For You Greetings. Attach these to the small tags with brads as shown, then attach the other sentiments with dimensionals, as seen in the photo. Add some coiled jewelry wire, some textured thin ribbon or burlap and some silver brads to the tag .
I stamped the clock housing twice onto another piece of the designer paper. I cut the center out of one piece using my craft knife. I stamped the clock numerals onto the other piece. I stamped the inner gears onto clear acetate, then punched them out with circle punches. I glued the cut out clock housing to a circle of clear acetate, then layered the gears inside the clock, holding the whole thing together with a game spinner hand and thin sliced dimensionals. This was mounted onto another piece of designer paper which had been stamped and embossed with the harlequin grunge stamp. I tore this piece out and mounted it onto pumpkin pie cardstock. The whole shebang was mounted with dimensionals onto the corner of the pocket. Now, all you have to do is run your ribbon through the top of the tag, and this grungy tag is finished. The cool thing about the pocket is that you can easily add a gift card, so it’s a card and a present all in one!
A Little Bit Girly
This next card took under 20 minutes to make…and is much simpler to put together than it looks. And, there is NO stamping involved whatsoever. I used papers from the Beau Chateau Designer collection along with the Beau Chateau Side notes. I thought this was the perfect card to create , because the sentiment makes me think of Ann:
The card size is 5x 6 1/2″. The edges of the DSP have been heavily distressed, inked and then stitched onto a panel of bashful blue cardstock whose edges have also been heavily distressed and inked. I used the lace from the Artisan Elements kit (which the lovely Ann sent to me as a gift) and then simply layered the side notes onto the card. The flower was created by using DSP and my scalloped circle punch. I added a button from the kit, some silver thread and of course, for Ann, pearls and rhinestones. A touch of glitter, a tulle bow and the card is complete. See, I told ya it was easy!
OK…this has been a long post. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I want to thank Ann again for giving me the honor of being the guest designer on the Stampin’ Schach. If you would like to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up products featured here, please contact me and I will be glad to help. I just need to know…which one are you? A little bit grungy or a little bit girly? I honestly can’t decide, so I guess I’m a little bit of both! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your kind comments. You know they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,
Stampin’ Up Products used in this project: One in a Million Clear Mount Stamp Set, Clockworks Clear Mount Stamp Set,Vintage Labels Clear Mount Stamp Set, Well Worn Designer Paper, Beau Chateau Designer Paper and Side Notes, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Scalloped Circle Punch, Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones