It's that time again! Tonight is my monthly demonstrator's meeting. For swaps this month we were supposed to choose anything from the upcoming Occasions Mini Collection (available March 1-May 31). I chose a set called Friendly Flowers. I instantly loved this set when I saw it! My favorite flower is the sunflower, so when I saw this flower image from the set I knew it would make a perfect sunflower. I can't wait to see what everyone else chooses!
I used a couple of new tools on this card, but it's hard to tell-the Coluzzle Cutting System & the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I used my new Coluzzle to create the circle in the Kraft paper. It was so easy to use! And the kit is great for the price-you get a circle template, oval template, cutting mat & cutting knife packaged in a Craft Keeper. Each template cuts many different sizes too. I raised the Kraft paper over the Wild Wasabi paper & stamped sunflower by adhering it with Stampin' Dimensionals. It gives a window effect to the card, but I know it's hard to tell from the photo.
The other tool I used was the Stamp-a-ma-jig. This tool is awesome! I don't know why I waited so long to buy one! I think I was intimidated because I wasn't quite sure what it was or how to use it. The Stamp-a-ma-jig is a reusable stamp positioner that allows you to have exact positioning of your stamp every time. Did you notice how nice & straight my "friend" sentiment is? All 25 of my swaps are perfectly straight thanks to this tool! It would be great to use for any of the 2-step Stampin' sets or the alphabet stamp sets where you want to make sure you know exactly where you are stamping. Kristina Werner has a great video tutorial on her blog that shows you how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig & she gives you some really great tips too, click here to see it (You have to scroll down a little until you get to "Video Tutorial: Stamp-a-ma-jig". This link takes you to all of her video tutorials & they are really helpful. I recommend watching them all!). I love how Kristina uses Vellum Card Stock with her stamp sets so that she doesn't have to stamp & clean the imaging sheet every time. She is so clever!
All supplies Stampin' Up!: Friendly Flowers, Poka Dot Background stamp sets; Kraft, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White card stock; VersaMark & Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad; Summer Sun & Chocolate Chip markers, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched Ribbon, Coluzzle Cutting System, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig.