Welcome to the first blog hop of the season for VC Rocks!
I love this group of stampers. VC stands for Virtual Convention. We are a yahoo group that runs from April or May through the summer. The group has an active Yahoo group with discussion, RAKs, swaps, blog hops and challenges! The wonderful thing is that the challenges aren't time limited.... you can do them in any order, at any time during the VC Rocks season.
The theme of our first hop is Rock your Creativity with Stampin’ Up! Tools or Embellishments! I`m playing with a few tools today. My first card is a file folder card. It was these cards that made me fall in love with the Envelope Punch board. It is such a versatile tool! Of course, the envelopes you can make with it are wonderful. But it does so much more! There are so many great ideas for file folder cards as well as boxes and other great items that you can make with this great tool.
My first card also featured another Stampin Up tool I love, which is our punches. Although I`m sad to see the Create a Cupcake stamp set retire, I`m so glad the punch is returning!
My next card also shows how versatile SU`s tools are. The opening for the card is made using the new Scallop Tag Topper punch. I had hoped to write up short tutorial for this card, but I didn`t have time. There are multiple examples on Youtube, however.
The card also requires a good trimmer, and the one from SU is the best one on the market, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who has tried a LOT of different trimmers in my relatively short crafting life! There is no way I could have hand cut away the cardstock on either side of the punched opening.
My final card also requires the wonderful SU trimmer, as well as featuring some great punches. The fence post was made using the new hardwood background stamp. To make the individual slats of the fence, I cut along the lines of the image using my trimmer. Again, it would have been a mess had a I tried to hand cut the strips of `wood.`The points on the tops of the fence were made using a 1`` square punch. Note the clouds are made using the Cupcake Punch.
As you can see, Stampin Up sells a lot of tools that are very versatile and easy to use!
Card Details - All Products Stampin Up
Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green
DSP: Birthday Basics
Ink: Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Raspberry Ripple, Soft Suede
Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Yippee Skippee
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Cupcake Punch
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla
DSP: Everyday Enchantment
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Petal Parade, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, SU Trimmer
Thinking of You
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight
Tools: SU Trimmer, Cupcake Punch, Flower Punch, Oval Punch
To check out the other participants' blogs, head on over to VC Rocks! Note the hop officially starts at midnight Pacific on Saturday, May 24th.