Creative Crew Design Team October Projects

Hi friends. Today is the day that I share with you my design team work for the Creative Crew at Splitcoast Stampers. Our October Gallery is full of inspiration for your classes, workshops, and just fun. I'm going to share all four of my projects with you today so grab a cup of coffee and join me.
The theme this month is stepping it up. Each design team member will showcase you a clean and simple project and then step it up. 

For the Catalog Focus assignment, we are to create on tags or ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) using Occasion stamps from pages 32-57 in the current Idea Book & Catalog.

A little background here on my struggles this month; I've moved, been on the OR table 4x, gathering up 2011 tax info as it was a relo year, unpack, find my craft room and try to put that together – it's all been a nightmare SO this explains the quality of my picture AND I'm still trying to get used to this Mac and don't know a thing about it. I can't find my light box either! I also have my best friend from high school flying in tomorrow too which I think is what the doctor ordered. 

I wanted to use a few other stamps sets with a couple of great ideas swimming in my head but couldn't find them! Very frustrating. I do hope you enjoy these. 


Stamps: Made For You, Patterned Party

Card Stock: Whisper White

Classic Ink Pads: Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit

Stampin' Write Markers: Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit

Designer Series Paper: Patio Party

Punches: 1/8" Hole punch, Modern Label, 

Smooch Spritz: Vanilla Shimmer

Linen: Linen Thread

Basic Jewels: Rhinestone

Embossing Folder: Argyle

Tools: Big Shot

Technique: Coloring directly onto stamp, paper piecing

Size: 3 x 4


For my clean and simple tag, I colored directly onto the stamp using the colors above, stamped my sentiment, punched a shape from Modern Label and folded it over, punched a hole in the center of that and then threaded some Linen Thread through it.


For my stepped up tag, I stamped the balloons onto Whisper White card stock and cut out the shapes and colors that I wanted to paper piece onto my tag. The balloons were adhered in a variety of ways with Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, and Snail Adhesive. I then cut a 1-1/4 x 2 piece of Patio Party Designer Series Paper and adhered it to the bottom of the tag. I used the the Modern Label punch with a piece of Patio Party Designer Series Paper at the top of my tag, punched a 1/8" circle at the top and threaded through a piece of Linen Thread this time tying it into a semi-bow. I also fussy cut the top corners to look more like a tag. I placed the tag into an Argyle embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot adding some fabulous texture to the tag. To finish my tag, I adhered 3 various sizes of Basic Jewels Rhinestones.

This is a Holiday Focus challenge where we are to use products out of the Holiday Catalog choosing Halloween, Thanksgiving or fall. I've made a fall card already so I thought that I would focus on Halloween this time around. 

Both cards have a Whisper White card stock base that is A2 tent with a second layer cut at 4 x 5-1/4. The edges were distressed with a blade and I ink distressed them with Basic Gray and a sponge dauber. Stampin' Dimensionals were applied to the back of the second layer and adhered to the base of the card. Googlies were also applied to the feline image.

Both cards are actually very easy to make and very colorful, and gives you the chance for some free drawing, aka scribbling. 

You can also use watercolor paper, give it a squirt or two of water, and see where the ink goes, which would also add some great texture.

Here is what I made for you and I hope that you 


The Frightening Feline stamp was direct color to marker using Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango. Clear embossing powder was applied over the stamped image and heat embossed. I then added a few strips of Halloween-themed Washi tape at the bottom right of the card.

I first colored back and forth on the second layer four colors of Stampin' Write Makers starting with Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango. The Frightening Feline image was stamped onto the image panel with Versamark ink and black glitter powder was sprinkled over the image and heat embossed. I stamped a hat image from Googly Ghouls onto Whisper White card stock with Tangerine Tango ink and fussy cut the hat out. I adhered it to the top of the cat's head with Mini Glue Dots and placed a Basic Jewels Rhinestone in the center of the hat. I wrapped some black twine around the bottom of the card a few times and secured it to the back. I tied a "cheater's bow" in the center of the twine and slipped a Mini Glue Dot under the bow to keep it in place. 

Our designer series paper/color focus, which are the fall colors as seen in the Orchard Harvest designer series paper of Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade and Raspberry Ripple. Our assignment was to use at least 3 of the above colors.

However, with all of the projects that the Creative Crew is presenting to you this month, they all will be stepped up. We'll be showcasing to you clean and simple cards and then stepping them up; perfect inspiration for your fall classes and workshops. 

With my cards, I used the Full of Blessings and Wonderfall stamp sets, both from the Holiday Catalog.

CLEAN & SIMPLE CARD: For my first card, where my rock 'n roll technique turned out a little too perfect and not random, I started out with an Early Espresso card stock base and used the Timber wheel in the background with Early Espresso ink. I rounded the corners on my card. I cut a piece of Confetti Cream card stock to 3-3/8 x 3-1/2, rounded the corners, and then stamped on the printed leaf from Wonderfall with More Mustard and Cajun Craze. My sentiment was stamped from Full of Blessings in Island Indigo ink. I tied a piece of Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon centered around the card and tied into a bow towards the bottom of the card. I then adhered my image panel to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

STEPPED UP CARD: The Early Espresso card base was done the same way as my first card. I added Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper behind the sentiment this time by cutting two strips, the largest measuring 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 and then a complimentary strip that was punched with the Scallop Edge Border and adhered that under the leaf paper. I put a length of Raspberry Ripple around the center and adhered it to the right side of the card. For the image panel, I cut a piece of Confetti Cream card stock to 3-1/4 square, rounded the corners, stamped my leaf image in the center using Cajun Craze ink and Island Indigo for my sentiment. I then used a Sponge Dauber to lightly ink distress the edges with Sahara Sand. I applied Stampin' Dimensionals to the image panel and adhered it to the card. Of course I prefer the stepped up version as the designer series paper adds much more interest with the scalloped edge.

I totally blew the rules of this challenge AFTER I made these two scrapbook pages (I am NOT a scrapbooker), so that's why they are not the best. We were supposed to use Orchard Harvest or the colors in that designer series paper and focus on fall. It's obvious I didn't do that. 

I'm in the middle of a move, 2 laptops, one of which is a Mac with a huge learning curve and has only about 2 My Digital Studio files on it, and it's all a very stressful mess right now. I need to take both laptops into the Geek Squad and let them transfer everything off of the PC onto the Mac. So long story short, ugh, and this was the best that I could do. Sorry. 

BUT, here are a couple of cute pages that I made of my best friend and I in high school and now, although we took one last night together that we didn't like. 

This is my simple page using very old DSP of Sweet Pea and Friends 24-7. 

Thank you so much for looking and next month, I'll read the assignment before I start working on my pages. 

Have a great day and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team made for you. We would also love for you to play along with us!

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