Thursday, February 27, 2014

Design Team Projects - February

I have to admit, I am beginning to stand awe of the overachievers people that manage to blog!! Wowzers!! It seems like just yesterday I was sitting here blogging about the Design Team Process when actually it was three days ago. I am seeing now that it wasn't just a statement during my childhood years, but a statement of fact that, time really does fly as you get older! Speaking of time flying - Saturday will be March 1st which means Christmas will be only 10 months away ... that's just CRAZY! Anyway - enough about time flying, March 1st, and Christmas because I'm pretty darn sure you are more interested in seeing some projects instead of reading my babble. So here ya go ... my February Stampin' Up! Creative Crew Design Team projects. 

February is the month to remember by many affairs with color, layouts, and special days. Let's explore some of these! 
Designer Series Paper (DSP)/Color Focus: Watercolor Wonder Designer Papers (Occasions Catalog - p. 23) or the colors: crushed curry, daffodil delight, gumball green, island indigo, smoky slate, tangerine tango and whisper white. Use this DSP or these colors with your latest purchase or free item from Stampin'Up!

As I sat staring at my Blossom Punch and the various pieces of Watercolor Wonder DSP I knew I wanted to create something "different", something with a "wow" factor, so I grabbed a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out a blossom. As soon as I laid the scrap piece negative image down on the DSP I knew I had found my "different". From there I used my Nestabilities to cut the scrap piece with the negative image into a circle and I embossed it using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I cut a second circle using the Watercolor Wonder DSP and then a third circle using some Basic Gray cardstock. Each time I increased the size of the circle by one die. Once I had my pieces cut out, I layered them with Dimensionals and then added the Button with Baker's Twine to the center.  After finishing the negative image circle, I punched a blossom using the Watercolor Wonder DSP and made a positive image circle to see what it would look like. I liked both elements so I decided to incorporate both of them into my card.  The rest of the card came together fairly easily. I adhered a piece of Daffodil Delight DSP (Polka Dot Parade DSP pack) to a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and stitched around it using gray thread. Next, I adhered a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock to a piece of Basic Gray cardstock and stitched around it. Once I had my layers completed, I layered them on one another using Dimensionals and then added the three Basic Pearls in the top right and bottom left corners.

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Catalog Focus: Punches! Stampin'Up! has so many great punches that make our cardmaking that much more fun. Use a punch or punches to create a window card.

Did that say "window card"?!? Why Yes, Yes.It.Did!!! If you didn't catch it in my last post, I had another project that counted as a twofer. I absolutely love twofers because they make my life oh so easy!! This card was made the exact same way as the first, just using different colors (Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Basic Gray, Whisper White). Easy Peasy!!

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Holiday Focus: No Brainer Day is February 27 Make a project in the spirit of No Brainer Day: simple, easy, obvious or totally logical. Add a little bling for some elegance.

This is another project that served as a twofer. Each month, and especially for holidays, I try to make a little something special for my hubby to give to his office staff. This month Valentine's Day provided the perfect opportunity for February's "something special" while the CCREW "No Brainer" challenge provided the avenue for me to keep the gifts quick and simple. I filled 1X8" Cello Bags with M&M's and used the Pinwheel Thinlit Die to make the pinwheels. I used Mini Brads to fasten the pinwheels, punched small hearts using the Small Heart Punch and placed a Basic Jewel in the center of each, and stuck them to the cello bags using Stampin' Dimensionals. Simple, easy, and true to a "no brainer"!

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Scrapbook and More Focus: Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17 Send a RAK to someone this month after you share it with us. This can be anything! You may wish to record this event by journaling your deed so you can do it again soon.

My RAK actually started early last year when a dear sister friend of mine asked me to make her a few cards similar to a handmade card she had received from the local animal shelter. Since my sister friend owns a Dog Bakery, there was no question as to the theme of the cards. I found some cute paper at Archiver's a big box store and made the cards in no time at all. The problem arose when I knew I couldn't just "hand her the cards!" I mean, how plain, boring, and uncreative would that be?!? Handmade cards delivered in a zip-lock bag ... uh No!! So I procrastinated set the cards aside and used this CCREW challenge to FINALLY finish and deliver the ensemble that consisted of 16 cards with matching envelopes, a tin, a pen, and a clothespin that I glued on the inside of the lid to hold the pen.

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Since the challenge focus was Scrapbook & More, I took pictures of each phase of the project and then assembled my scrapbook page.

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That wraps up today's post ... I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings.
See ya next time!!

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