As I sit here to share today's blog entry I can here the sounds of drills and hammers nearby as my stamp room is being renovated. I will take photos during the construction and share updates with you when the job is completed. Until then, I have lots to share with you from classes and events that took place at the end of April.
My April stamp a stack was really fun this month. I was excited to teach how to make these four cards.
This first card is a friendship card. I created this card for Krista who was one of my best friends from High School. Krista was on Oahu last month and just happened to be staying at a resort just a few minutes from my house. I was so excited to see her because we hadn't seen each other in over 25 years.
When we said our goodbyes in High School we vowed that we would get together every few years and sadly that didn't happen as we hoped it would.
However, the mark of true friendship is that when we did get together 25 years later, we just picked up where we left off and it was wonderful to be together again!
This first card in my stack is the card I made and gave to Krista when she was here. I am thankful that our friendship has lasted for so many years.
This card was created with the hostess set called Love You Lots and the Occasions catalog set Window Shopping. I colored the hedgehogs with the Watercolor pencils and a blender pen.
The next card is very similar to the card I made for my Mom's birthday. I just changed the colors and simplified it a bit so it would be appropriate as a stamp a stack card.
I sure love this stamp set, Jar of Love. I am glad it is not retiring and will be available in our new catalog.
Card number three was created with the Swan Lake stamp set and it has such a sweet message. It reads, "Wherever you go today....."
"may happiness follow". That is such a beautiful sentiment to share with others!
Speaking of happiness there was plenty of that at our April stamp a stack.
Roxanne made an extra set of cards because she wanted to share some happy cards with her friends and loved ones.
These friends shared lots of smiles and laughter enjoying their creative time together!
Goldie shared her precious baby with me which always makes me happy!!!
And speaking of precious things that brings me to my last card. This final card was designed by my downline and friend Jodi Hashimoto. Jodi is uber talented at making cute things. When I saw this card it made me think of little Andrew. I told Jodi although it was a lot of work I was going to prep the pieces so that I could teach everyone to make this adorable punch art card. Are you ready to see it?
Doesn't this card just make you smile and want to eat a rainbow shave ice? For those of you who love punch art here are the punches I used to create Jodi's card.
The head was made with crumb cake card stock and punched with a 1 1/2 circle punch. The hair was made with basic black card stock and punched out with the 1 1/2 circle punch and then I used some paper snips to create bangs. The face was stamped with Playful Pals stamp set and the cheeks were stamped with a pencil eraser and pink pirouette ink. The body was punched out by using the Best Badge stamp set. The shorts used the same Best Badge punch and a little triangle was cut out of the bottom to resemble board shorts. The Designer paper I used was from an In Color Designer Paper Stack. The arms were made from the Cookie Cutter Builder punch. The shave ice cone was made out of a retired banner punch and the shave ice itself was a 1 1/2 circle that I colored with sponge daubers. Finally a clear wink of stella was brushed over the top of the shave ice to make it sparkle. This is by far the cutest card I have made in a while all thanks to the talented Jodi Hashimoto who designed it and allowed me to teach it at my class. I realized after reading Jodi's blog that we used a different punch to make the cone. Her's is a little larger and I like how it covers part of the boys face. To see the original rendition of this card on Jodi's blog, click here.
If you follow my blog you know that many of my creations are inspired by the people. When I saw Jodi's card I immediately fell in love with it and thought of cutie patootie Andrew. When Andrew was younger he would come in my stamp room and ask to play with my punches to make shapes. Even at two years old he knew the names of shapes better than I did. So I think that its quite appropriate that an adorable card make with punched shapes would be named my "Andrew card". Take a look at the photo below and let me know if you understand why this card reminds me of precious little Andrew!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards that were created at my April stamp a stack. This was the final class in my stamp room as it appears below. I better go check on the construction and take some more pictures to share with you soon.
Until then, may you have a day filled with lots of love and stamped blessings!