Saturday, June 26, 2010

VC Rocks Blog Tour

Welcome to my first VC Rocks blog tour! VC Rocks is a stamping group that "meets" every summer. Since most of us aren't going to the Stampin Up convention, we have our own virtual one. There are swaps (the best ever!), classes, chats, and virtual roommates. It is one of the highlights of my summer and I look forward to it every year.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I designed these two cards as picnic or barbecue invitations. I know if you went by scale those ants would take over the world, not just the two different tablecloth designs, but I still thought they added a cute touch to the bottom of the card. I hope you enjoy them both!

I love the Stampin Up Big Shot Lattice Die. Leave a comment on my blog and one lucky winner will receive 20 different Stampin Up Lattice Die Cuts from a variety of all four color families!
The winner will be drawn on Monday!

Here are the Stampin' Up Supplies I used for these cards:
Bugs and Kisses and Sincere Salutations Stamp Sets
Real Red and Early Espresso Classic Inks
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Markers
Whisper White, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, and Soft Suede Card Stock
Big Shot

Card #1 also uses
Stampin' Up Lattice Die
Card #2 uses
Stampin' Up Scallop Square Die

To make card #1, fold 8 1/2"x 5 1/2" Marina Mist card stock in half.
Cut Bashful Blue card stock to 4" x 5 1/4" and layer on Marina Mist.
Cut strips of Whisper White and Real Red papers to 5" x 1/2".
On a separate sheet of paper, tape strips down vertically, alternating Real Red and Whisper White card stock.
Then, weave horizontal white strips under the the vertical white strips and over the red ones. Then, weave horizontally red strips under the vertical red strips and over the white ones. Alternate between red and white strips with each woven strip.
Next, cut woven paper to fit through the Big Shot.
Cut with the Scallop Square die.
Trim paper to 2" by 4 1/4" to make table cloth.
Cut Soft Suede paper to 1/2" by 3" and adhere to Bashful Blue background.
Draw lines for wood grain on the Soft Suede paper.
Adhere Real Red and Whisper White woven die cut on top of Soft Suede and Bashful Blue paper.
Stamp ants from "Bugs and Kisses" at the bottom of the card with Early Espresso classic ink.
Cut Whisper White paper to 1 1/8"x 2 1/8 ".
Stamp "You're Invited" from Sincere Salutations in Real Red Classic Ink.
Cut Night of Navy paper to 1 5/8 x 2 3/8"
Mount Whisper White greeting on Night of Navy paper.
Mount Night of Navy paper on Real Red and Whisper White table cloth.
You did it!

For card #2, fold 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Marina Mist card stock in half.
Cut Bashful Blue card stock to 4" x 5 1/4."
Cut Soft Suede paper to 1/2" x 2 1/2."
Adhere Soft Suede paper to the Bashful Blue card stock.
Draw wood grain lines on Soft Suede paper with a Chocolate Chip marker.
Using the Lattice die, cut two Real Red and two Whisper White die cuts.
Overlap Whisper White die cuts on Bashful Blue card stock to show 1 1/2 circles vertically and 3 circles horizontally.
Cut Bashful Blue so the white die cuts are even at the top.
Adhere Real Red die cut pieces inside the Whisper White open spaces.
Stamp ants from "Bugs and Kisses" with Early Espresso ink at the bottom of the Bashful Blue card stock.
Adhere Bashful Blue paper to Marina Mist.
Cut Whisper White paper to 1" x2 1/8" and stamp greeting from "Sincere Salutations" in Real Red Classic ink.
Cut Night of Navy card stock to 1 1/4" x 2 3/8."
Adhere Whisper White paper to Night of Navy paper.
Adhere Night of Navy paper to red and white tablecloth.
You did it!
If you don't want to miss a great project, start at the beginning of the VC Rocks blog tour, start here.
If you'd like to revisit the blog before mine on the tour, go to Melanie Schulenberg's blog.
To keep going, visit the next stop at Kim Overholt's blog.


Ellen Kemper said...

I LOVE the picnic table and ants idea! Cute cute cute - but you are right - those ants could pick up your precious pooch and take him for a ride.

Great projects and sure make me ready for some July 4th FUN.

Kimm BT said...

your project is so festive... great job

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing a cute way to use the lattice die. It is on my to but list. Thanks for the opportunity to get some blog candy.

Carol B

MaryOlson said...

I love hopping along on the blogs and getting ideas.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

LOL, Angela, I'm from Texas and those ants look pretty much to scale to me. . . and what a clever idea for the ants'-eye view of the picnic table and stylish table cloths--well done!

Deborah said...

I love the cards! I am wishing for the Lattice Die, but an assortment of CS cut with it is the next best thing!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Angela, what cute and festive cards, I love the idea of the tablecloths and admit I would never have thought of it. Love the big ol ants, too. I swear that I saw some about that size on my fence the other day. Love that set, too, and so glad they are leaving it in the catty another year. thanks so much for joining the blog hop and sharing these awesome invites with us.

Veronica said...

OMG! How cute! Kimm BT is right - very festive indeed. TFS.

Sassy Shirley said...

What great ideas - I too love the Lattice Die Cut - and would love the cuts until I get it. Thanx for sharing ... I love to use red, white and blue too!

Kim Overholt said...

What wonderful original ideas for table clothes. In Texas the ants are about that big and they bite just as hard as you would imagine.

Anita said...

Stunning cards!

Patrice said...

How cute are these!!! I really like the Lattice Die and will probably have to get it. Cleaver idea about the tablecloth too.

creations by jackie said...

How cute, I just love your invites makes me want to come to the picnic. Especially the ants, how cute. Thanks for a chance to win such great candy. You rock girl

Beth B said...

Love the cards and Thanks for a chance to win some Lattice die cutouts.
bethbeaty at earthlink dot net

Babe O'Mara said...

The cards are great. Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy.

Vickie Kertz said...

Such cute cards. It is making my wish list longer and longer. TFS

jengd said...

Cute idea! Love the tablecloth and ants!!

Patricia Gessner said...

A clever idea. Very clever.

Carey said...

Smart girl. I love what you have done. I have got to get this lattice die. I have seen some great things done with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Brenda said...

Great card for those picnic occasions. The ants are a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

the picnic table idea is so clever-many of us will be casing you

Loni said...

Cute combined with summertime and a really great Wiener Dog too! Hope you hop with us again in July and/or August to earn your Blog Hopper Badge. Hugs, Loni ~ VC Rocks Blog Hop Coordinator

Angela Walters said...

Congratulations to Sassy Shirley who won my blog candy this round. Join me again for the next blog tour and post to win some more! Angela

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