Game Day: You’re Invited

Back in June and July, while I was preparing projects for my Stampin’ Up! Convention Display board, I wanted to keep a good balance of the types of projects I was presenting.  I had “happy birthday” and “thank you” and “you make me smile” but I didn’t have an invitation.  As I glanced over my stamp sets, all stacked neatly on the shelf, I started to see how I could combine several different sets to make one wonderful tailgate party invitation.  Here is the finished product: The Great Oudoors, Great Sport, ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers, A Dozen Thoughts, Make a Wish, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Pay close attention to the date listed on this invitation.  How fitting that this invitation was next in line for inclusion on my blog – that’s today!

OK, so it’s time for a quiz.  I know you love when I quiz you – and you’re always so good at guessing and guessing correctly.  This card uses FIVE different stamp sets.  Can you name all five?  If you can, then you are a Stampin’ Up! genius and will earn a really big prize from me – all my respect and admiration (and I don’t give that out freely).  This is a challenge, so don’t just scroll down to find the answers.  See if you can do it – AT LEAST see if you can find the five stamped images…once you’ve identified them all, scroll down to check your answers.

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Before I give you the answers (because I know you didn’t try to name the five stamp sets), let’s take another look at the card:The Great Oudoors, Great Sport, ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers, A Dozen Thoughts, Make a Wish, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

  • GAME DAY LETTERS.  These letters were stamped and snipped from ABC-123 Outline Alphabet and Numbers.  I originally thought I’d say “WE’RE HAVING A TOTALLY AWESOME FOOTBALL TAILGATE PARTY” but then  I thought that was just way too much to snip out.  “GAME DAY” was just right.ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers
  • THE FOOTBALL.  This football was just what I needed to anchor the celbratory banners.  Lucky for me, I had already decided to work with Soft Suede, so the football fit right in with the rest of the card.  I’ve used this stamp set, Great Sport, several times but have only used the bold emblem – this was my first time using one of the sports balls.Great Sport
  • YOU’RE INVITED.  I love the stamp set A Dozen Thoughts, new in the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog.  It’s filled with great sentiments that we all need in our everyday cards.  It’s easy to pass over sentiment sets (it’s less exciting to shop for groceries when you really want to shop for clothes, but sometimes you just have to have the groceries).  Don’t pass up this stamp set.A Dozen Thoughts
  • DATE, TIME, PLACE RSVP.  It’s an invitation, so you have to provide information about the party, right?  This stamp is from Make a Wish.  This stamp set made its debut in the 2013 Spring Catalog.  It’s not the stand-out stamp in the set, but it’s necessary to have on-hand.Make A Wish Clear-Mount Stamp Set
  • THE CHAIR.  This chair is from the camping stamp set, The Great Outdoors.  It’s perfect for this invitation.  When stamped in an appropriate color, you can make this chair perfect for your favorite football team.  I did A LOT of snipping on this chair, but it was worth all the work.The Great Outdoors Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Stamp sets:  ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers,  The Great Outdoors, Great Sport, A Dozen Thoughts, Make a Wish  Papers:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Banners, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Brian

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Get Well Soon

Today I’m sharing another card from display board at Convention. When these projects wrap up – and it will be soon – I will post a link back to each of the projects so you can bookmark them and reminisce on these maculine-themed projects. Perhaps you could softly play a Celine Dion song on your CD player while you go back through the projects – crying and smiling all the way.

But that’s for a different day. I’ve created an illusion for today’s project. While I think I was relatively successful, I’ve been challenged on this, so I bring it to you to decide.  You’ll be impartial, right?  If not, please don’t vote.  Take a look at the card, and tell me what you see. Then, we’ll discuss:Perfect Blend, Delightful Dozen, World Treasure, You're my Hero, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

So, what do you see? If you tell me that you see a coffee cup on a piece of wood with a cross on it, please keep it to yourself. If you see a pill bottle on a bedside table, please stand up and shout it out loud. I was so proud of this card when I finished it, but everyone who is familiar with the catalog sees a coffee cup. Most people who are not familiar with the catalog see it for what it is – again, that’s a pill bottle on a bedside table.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Making a pill bottle out of a coffee cup.  The shape of a coffee cup is very similar to the shape of a pill bottle.  It’s science.  The only difference is that the coffee cup has a lip with a hole so that the coffee can pour into your morning mouth like the juice of the gods.  How do you remove the hole?  Stamp the lid twice and cut it in half.  Lay the top half down on the bottom half, and you will have a seamless lid with no coffee hole.  Voila!Perfect Blend, Turn a coffee cup into a pill bottle, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Decorating an unexpected card with unexpected stamps.  I looked all over for a symbol I could add to the pill bottle.  That’s when I saw it – the ambulance in You’re My Hero has a little, sketched cross that fits perfectly with this sketched pill bottle.  The sentiment from World Treasures make a nice border for my Get Well Soon sentiment – AND it kinda’ looks like a comforting pillow, don’t you think?
  • The bedside table.  I will freely admit that this card didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted.  The medicine bottle – yes.  The table – I had some issues.  I carefully cropped the bedside table from the Oval Accent Bigz Die after I stained the board to look like wood (see the technique here), but I wasn’t terribly excited about the piece I trimmed after I had trimmed it.  The real problem came when I glued down the bottle far too high up on the card – it looks like its balanced on the edge of the night table.  I’d be happier if I could have started all over – but I had way too many other things to do such that a complete redo was not going to happen.  Regardless, I really like the concept of the end result.

Stamp sets: Perfect Blend,  You’re My Hero, Delightful Dozen, World Treasures  Papers:  Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Early Espresso)  Accessories:  Oval Accent Bigz Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Brian

New Bundle, New Stamp Set.  Stampin’ Up! announced (and released) its September Best of…set early.  Yesterday, they also announced a new bundle that you will want to check out.  To see these new offerings, click here.