Ok, I’ve got two cards to show that we’ll be making at stamp camp tonight. The first has a little sneak peek at the first wave of the new Summer Ginak Designs stamps! They will be up on www.stampingfreak.com on Friday!

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This first card was a CASE of a card we did at the Arlington Stamp Day. I looked in the gallery (for both the set and the stamp day) and couldn’t find it anywhere, so I do not know how made it. If any of y’all who were there remember, please let me know and I’ll give proper credit! They used the set Be Happy from SU. I don’t have that set so I changed it up a little bit and used stamps from Fancy Pants Pollen Dust. I also used the cuttlebug embossing folder, SU ticket corner punch, dimensionals, hole punch, red gingham, SU flower punch and a silver mini brad. I think it’s pretty cute – thank you to whoever made this card!

***ETA – the above card was CASE’d from Mendi (mcmahan3).   She doesn’t have her card in her gallery, but this is a link to it. Thanks for the great card Mendi!***

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And then we’ll be doing this card tonight too. It is very simple, but since we’re doing a technique on it – I didn’t want to make it too hard. I always try to do one or the other so none of the cards are overwhelming for them. This uses the new crab stamp and two of the new ‘crabby’ sentiments. Way cute! I can’t wait to show you more when they are available on Friday! This used a faux alcohol ink technique. Someone did a card with this technique at stamp day and I thought the ladies would like to try it tonight.

1. Use a panel of glossy white cardstock.

2. Take a cottonball and douse the end with rubbing alcohol.

3. Drip 2-3 colors of reinker on the alcohol doused cottonball.

4. Dab onto glossy white cardstock. Coverage depends on how many times you dab it.

5. (optional) flip cardstock upside down on a paper towel to soak off extra ink/alcohol. (Don’t rub cardstock, ink may smear).

6. Stamp image in stazon.

That’s it! So easy and makes an interesting background. I used Only Orange, Real Red and Sahara Sand to make this card. The real red panel is pierced on the ends and mounted on a kraft card base. The image was mounted on black cardstock and put on dimensionals. Sentiment stamped in black stazon.

So do you like the alcohol technique more concentrated or less? I couldn’t decide what I liked better so I thought I would show the ladies both tonight. Then they can make theirs however they want.

Ok, off to the dr again for this back stuff. I am seriously struggling with this right now. It’s been a year of treatments so far with no real improvement. Incredibly frustrating! I really feel like I am back at square one. Like all the things I have tried (some $$, some painful, some just plain did nothing) were all for naught because I don’t feel like it’s any different. **sigh** Just so annoying and I am tired of it hurting all the time.

Tomorrow, something interesting. I have a challenge and a question for y’all!