Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Joys of Stamper with a Teenage Son...

So, what do you do when you have a son who's about to turn 17 and he feels he's too cool for a handstamped card?  Lately, when my son is getting ready to go to a friend's birthday party and I offer up my services to make a card, I get a "nooo, that's okay... you don't have to..."  I usually persist and say, "No, really! I want to!"  That usually proceeds with a rolling of the eyes and a "...whatever."  Perplexed, I head to my craft space and try to come up with a masterpiece that I hope will change his mind when he sees it.  Only, to get a "hmmm, thanks..."  Since I don't get to go to the parties with him, I have to trust that he actually gives the kid the card.  It's difficult to know, since when I ask him what his friend (or his friend's mom) thought of the card after the party, I get another rolling of the eyes and a "ugh!"  Oh, the joys of the teenage years!

Soooo, now that it's my son's 17th birthday tomorrow, I had to come up with some sort of card that will hopefully get a "cool" or "nice" or some other positive response.  Don't worry, I won't be passing out from holding my breath.  But I do hope it makes him at least a little bit happy, even though he may not show it on the outside. 

My goto teen card stamp set right now is Grunge Rock.  Here's what I came up with:
I dug through my designer series paper stash to find some "masculine" paper and found this retired pack from a couple minis ago.  Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake were all pulled out of the designs in the paper.  I just LOVE how everything matches with Stampin' Up! products--paper, ink, ribbon, etc!

Here's a peek at how the gate fold card looks:
The base of the card is a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of card stock, scored at 2 3/4" from each end with the sides folded in to meet in the middle.  I then built the front of the card on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Crumb Cake card stock that is only attached on the left side.  Aside from the Grunge Rock stamp set, the U is from the Jayne's Type Alphabet set.

I don't think my son will be as impressed as I am with how this card turned out, but 20 years from now he won't be able to say I didn't care enough to make him a birthday card for his 17th birthday (or any other birthday for that matter)... yes, I am a stamper!!!

I hope you're Happy Stampin too!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Basket of Crafts Galore!

My son's school held a fundraiser last month.  I volunteered to put together the raffle basket for my son's class.  Can you guess what theme I went with???  CRAFTS!  The whole class contributed to the basket and it was a general craft theme, so it included all sorts of fun items from various local craft stores, along with lots of Stampin' Up! products (of course!).  It was worth over $500! 
As you an see, I went with a taken with teal & chocolate chip color theme!  So, I dug through my retired paper stash and put together a cool banner.  Check it out:
I used the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set to spell CREATE.  The base of the banner was made using the same technique as the magnetic bookmark in my last post.  Only, I made them much shorter by sliding the folded edge down a bit before running the Two Tags Die thru the Big Shot.  To get the long tail of the R to fit on the 1 3/8" circle, I cut it out and glued it onto the circle afterwards.  It's hard to see in this picture, but there are Basic Rhinestones stretigically placed on each letter to add some more bling to the basket.  

I was so happy with how the basket turned out that I even bought some tickets and tried to win it back!  But it wasn't my lucky night.  You should have seen how excited the woman who did win it was... WOW!  That made all the "strenuous" hours I spent shopping, crafting and putting it together totally worth it!