Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate you being here! My name is Amanda Howard. I am an independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in North Carolina, U.S.A.
If you’ve been following along on the Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop, then you’ve arrived from my friend, Eva’s Blog. Wasn’t her project absolutely fabulous?!?! I love Eva’s creativity.
The Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop is a group of wonderful Stampin’ Up Demonstrators that I had a chance to virtually meet this year as we worked at building our business. It’s been fun to work with this group as we pushed ourselves to try new things. For me, this starting a blog. This is their 3rd go out of it and my first with them Our project for this hop was to create using products from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog and/or Sale-a-bration Brochure.
Sometimes you see an image or sentiment in a stamp set and you have to get it. That is how I felt about the “In Your Words” host set from Sale-a-bration. As soon as I saw the sentiment “Be who you were born to be”, I wanted the stamp set. There were other good sentiments in there as well but I had to have that one. I am a public school teacher, mother, wife and youth advisor for church and could envision so many uses for that one sentiment. Of course, since it was the host set, I needed a qualifying workshop order of at least $300 to get the set. Fortunately, there are so many great items in the July-December Mini Catalog it wasn’t hard to reach $300. Plus, since it is Sale-a-bration I was able to pick free items from the Sale-a-bration brochure. When my order arrived and I looked over what I had of course my eyes gravitated to the desired sentiment set but I also spotted the “Counting Sheep” stamp set and coordinating dies. Voila! The card started coming together. I decided to color each sheep differently but still realistic colors. I also liked the idea of using the heart punches for the sentiment. But what shape of card and what background? That was trickier.
Then I totally shifted my thinking with the card. I had a great idea – I was going to use these elements on cards for my students in homeroom! In case you don’t know, I teach Spanish in a public high school. High school is already a rough time for figuring out who you are, maybe only surpassed by middle school. High school brings the added stress of figuring out what you want to do after high school. Students are under so much pressure to have it all figured out early in high school so they can decide college, military, or employment straight out of high school. On top of that, if they choose college, they basically have to know their career so they can pick the best two or four year college for their major. For that reason and after the crazy school year we had last year, I wanted to give them a little something to start the year.
I used a card base of Real Red 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. I then cut a 4″ x 6″ strip of Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper – free during Sale-a-bration. I then made a diagonal cut, lining it up at 2 1/2″” and 3 1/2″ on the 6″ side. I attached that to the front with Tear-n-Tape along three side to form the pocket. Two of the sheep were attached using dimensionals.
The book mark was created by attaching the sheep and sentiment on to a piece of Real Red which was attached to a piece of Basic Black, all with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I offset the sheep at the top to help with pulling it out of the pocket.
Once again, thank you for joining me I hope you have enjoyed my project. Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts. Next up is Kelly’s Blog which promises to be amazing! While this is the last Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop (at least for now), I hope you will subscribe to my blog to see future posts.
|Blog Hop Creator||Their Fabulous Blog Entry|
|Eva Dietz||Eva’s Blog|
|Amanda Howard||Amanda’s Blog|
|Kelly Taranto||Kelly’s Blog|
|Nedine DuPree||Nedine’s Blog|
|Tracy Byers||Tracy’s Blog|
|Nancy Reynolds||Nancy’s Blog|
|Sue Kremer||Sue’s Blog|
|Julia Quinn||Julia’s Blog|
|Tricia Butts||Tricia’s Blog|
|Xenia Stanford||Xenia’s Blog|
|Terry Montgomery||Terry’s Blog|
|Janice Piechowiak||Janice’s Blog|
- In Your Words stamp set #156619 (Sale-a-bration host set)
- Counting Sheep stamp set #156591 (Sale-a-bration)
- Sheep Dies #156600 (Sale-a-bration)
- Heart Punch Pack #151292
- Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins #156484 (Mini Catalog)
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad #132708
- Basic Black Marker #100082
- Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends #154882
- Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends #154886
- Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends #154893
- Basic Black cardstock #121045
- Basic White cardstock #159276
- Real Red cardstock #102482
- Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper #156630