by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Sunday, August 29, 2010

September 2010 Stamp Camp Projects

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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These are the projects for my September 2010 Stamp Camp.  All the cards are quick and fun.  If you would like to join me for the camp and you haven't already received an email, please contact me and I will send you all the information, including cost and deadlines for registering.  Now on to the projects.

This first card is from a Simply Sent card kit called Something Special (120806) The kit comes with everything, but the greeting, to make this fabulous card and it's so quick!  My greeting comes form a set called Curly Cute (117014 wood, 120510 clear), but you could use just about any long greeting.  We will be making two at camp.

I think this is my favorite card.  It's just so happy!  I designed this card around the stamp set Word Play (120308 wood, 120651 clear) which has 12 different greetings, any of which can be used on the card.  We will be using the Big Shot to texture and cut the flowers, so it will be easy to assemble.  We will be making 2 at camp, so you can try out a different greeting on each one.

This a a very fun "manly" card and although the motocycle stamp (117657) is in the occasions mini catalog and will be gone on August 31st, I still wanted you to be able to make it.  The motorcycle in stamped on glossy paper and the background is created using the Big Shot and plain kitchen foil.  I will also show you the new punch, which I say was named after me...the Cogs punch (11873). It's way cool and the men in your lives will be very impressed!  I don't ever want to take credit for something I didn't design, so I will have to say I did not come up with this idea, but I can't remember where I saw sorry.  We will be making 2 at camp.

Finally, this cute little card features the set Just Believe (116948 wood, 120453 clear) and the new designer series paper Sunny Garden.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but they all look great together and would make a great gift set.  The Big Shot was used on both the card and the candle holder, so again very quick to make.  I would like to thank fellow demonstrator Wendy Knowles for the candle holder idea.  Who knew you could run roof flashing through the Big Shot to both cut and texture it!  Die used: Flower Folds (115970)  We will be making one of each item.

Hope you like the projects!


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Birthday Wishes

Created By Stacey Cogswell
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Are you ready for a super easy card?  Well, it can't get any easier than this. I made this card for a workshop last week and it was a big hit, so I thought I would share it with you.  I used the new ribbon punch and I LOVE it! This card also features a stamp set from the Occasions Mini if you like it......don't wait!  All the items in the Occasions Mini Catalog will be gone after August 31st.

Products used to make this card:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Trio (117050 wood, 120084 clear)
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Basic Black
Punches: Extra Large Oval, Large Oval and Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275)
Classic ink: Basic Black and Daffodil Delight
Basic Black marker and Dimensionals


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Awash with Sympathy Card

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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I've had to make three sympathy cards in the last two months and although it's the type of card no ones likes to make, I try to make them as personal as I can.  This card was made for a family friend who lost her husband to a rare form of cancer only a few weeks after the diagnosis.  I really like the way the colors flow together to give the card a calm feeling, but not a completely sad feeling.....if you know what I mean.  This design could also be used to make a birthday card or other occasion by just changing the greeting. 

Products used to make this card:
Stamp set: Awash with Flowers (117062 wood, 120549 clear) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370 wood)
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black and Whisper White
Classic Ink: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Black
Craft Ink: Whisper White
Black Brads, Piercer Tool kit, Modern Label punch (119849) and Large Oval punch (119859)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CCAT1: Crafty Catwalk Challenge #1

Created By Stacey Cogswell
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I'm proud to announce that I'm now a design team member for a brand new challenge blog called Crafty Catwalk ( and this is the first color challenge card created by me! At the Crafty Catwalk you can see the bi-monthly challenges which are based on current fashion treads and see what the rest of the design team has come with. Check it out, then get out your own supplies and play along! 

Products used to make card:
Stamp Set: Autumn Harvest (110372 wood) and Woodgrain background (117100 wood)
Card Stock: Pacific Point, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Water color paper
Classic Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip
Versamark and Black Stazon ink
Log Cabin and Gold Glow Smooch Spritz (118770)
Sponge, Aqua Painter, Gold Brads and Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

To make this card:
First fold More Mustard card stock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") in half. 
Using the pad to paper technique, rub ink onto card front.
Cut Pacific Point paper 3" x 5 1/2" stamp with woodgrain stamp using Versamark ink.
Add ribbon to this piece and then adhere to the front of the card. 
Next, cut watercolor paper 3 1/4" x 4 3/8", tear 1/4" off the bottom edge and then stamp images in black Stazon ink using the masking technique.
Watercolor images using aqua painter, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip ink. Don't forget to "paint" a shadow under the pumpkins so they don't look like they are floating in space!
Sponge edge of watercolor paper using More Mustard ink.
Cut a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock 4 1/2" x 4 5/8", tear the bottom edge and use to matte watercolor image.  
Add gold brads, spritz with the Smooch Spritz and adhere completed piece to front of card with dementionals. 

Enjoy and I hope to see your card on the challenge!

Beautiful Music

Designed By Stacey Cogswell
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This card was first designed by my friend Jenna which she sent to me as part of a swap.  I love creating cards with a musical theme, so I fell in love with the idea instantly.  I put my own twist on the card and this is what I came up with.  All the colors look great together and the black just makes everything pop!  Again, I used some old sheet music, but you could easily use the new Stampin'Up! Musical Notes roller to create the paper at the bottom of the card. I stamped the large flower in Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Cherry Cobbler paper and the sheet music just to give the card just a little more depth. Hope you like it!


Supplies Used to Create this Card:

Hostess Level I Set : Because I Care (120118 clear, 118384 wood)
Basic Black, Ivory, Cherry Cobbler and Riding Hood Red card stock
Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Musical Notes Roller (120327)

This card was created using Jenna's original idea of cutting and inking the sheet music before randomly adhering it across the bottom of the card.  And don't forget about the needs to be pretty too! 

                                                                                Created by Stacey Cogswell
                                                                                Stamp Images Copy Right of Stampin'Up!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

One Good Friend Card

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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When I saw this stamp set, called Kimono Kids, in the new catalog the greeting made me laugh and so I had to have it!  I used several different tools to create this card and the Color Coach to select the color combination, so it was a little more time consuming to make, but I love the results and I hope you do too! 

Supplies used to make this card:
Stamp set: Kimono Kids (120498 clear, 117000 wood)
Color Coach (121620)
Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Ivory and Cherry Cobbler card stock
Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink
Aqua Painter (103954)
Big Shot, the Finial Press embossing folder (115963) and the Blossom Party Die (115971) to make flower
Circle Scissor Plus (112530) to make all three circles
Scallop Trim Border punch (118402)
Antique Brass brads (119741) and Paper Piercing tool (116631)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thanks a Million

Designed by Stacey Cogswell
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Today I wanted to show you the "Thank You" cards I made for my son's birthday.  This card features two new stamp sets.  The greeting is from the set Word Play and the the little monster is from the set called Make Monster.  Isn't it cute!  The monster can be made in several different ways, so the possibilities are endless. You might want to have a Stamp-ma-jig to line everything up or just eye ball it like me.  Either way, I hope the kids (and adults) will love these cards as much as I do.

Supplies used to make the card:
Stamp set: Word Play (120651 clear)
Stamp set: Make a Monster (120606 clear)
Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Bril. Blue card stock
Designer Series paper (sorry, what I used is retired)
Classic Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Brill. Blue
Big Shot (113439) and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Butterfly Friendship card

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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I thought it would be fun to make a quick and easy card today to go with a little gift for a friend, so this is what I came up.  This card only took me about 15 minutes to make and that includes the time it took to watercolor the butterfly!  Sorry, I'm using retired designer series paper again... I just haven't had time to restock all my designer series paper since the new catalog came out in July, but any paper would work with this type of card. 

Products Used:
Stamp set Flores Suaves from the Spanish Stampin'Up! catalog (112913)
Stamp set Nicest Things (120531)
Big Shot (113439) with Finial Press Embossing folder (115963)
Whisper White and Concord Crush cardstock
Watercolor paper and Aqua brush.
Designer Series paper

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Musical Stencil Flower Card

Designed By Stacey Cogswell
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Each month I design a card for my son's piano teacher to deliver her payment.  I try to incorporate music in the card somewhere by using old sheet music as my "designer" paper.  Stampin'Up! now has two new items that feature music.  Designer paper (117166) and a standard roller with musical notes (120327).  Either one of these could be used if you not have access to old sheet music that you're willing to cut up!

Other products used:
Ivory, Basic Black and Shimmery White cardstock.
Big Shot (113439) and Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (115964)
Elegant Trio Stencil (118262)/Sponge Dauber
Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose Classic Ink
Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
Corner Rounder Punch
Basic Pearl Accents (119247)

This card is pretty easy to make.  I made two flowers on the Shimmery White cardstock, fading the color from Pretty in Pink in the middle to the Regal Rose on the outside.  Cut one flower out completely and one just the middle.  Layer, add a pearl accent and adhere to card front with  a dimensional.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy 11th Birthday!

Created by Stacey Cogswell
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Yesterday was my son's 11th birthday, so of course I had to design a special card just for him.  He loves bright colors, so this retired designer paper (sorry) worked great!  Several of the other products used are also retired, so I just thought it would be fun to share the idea with all of you. Maybe it will inspire you to create a card using your own selection of colors. The stamp set used: Birthday Bliss (115442). The layout for this card was inspired by a card originally designed Andrea Walford, Sunny Stampin' blog.  Enjoy and have a great day!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

Can you believe it? I've decided to take on the world of blogging!  To tell you the truth the idea of blogging scares me to death, but I made a commitment to myself to step out of my comfort zone this year.  My goal is to share with you my love of stamping through pictures of my creations.  So, I hope you will join me on this new adventure and try to bare with me as I learn along the way how to blog!