Friday, May 23, 2014

VC Rocks 2014 Blog Hop

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
Happy Birthday
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

Happy Anniversary
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
Stamps: Hardwood
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.


stampershirley said...

Tania, very creative - love them all. And goodie goodie, another idea for the file folder card to make - yippee! Thanx for playing along and sharing ...

Krafting Karen said...

Love all your projects! I think I'll be stamping this weekend now that I've been inspired!

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

All those cards are just WONDERFUL! I especially love the explanation of how you made the fence posts. But I like them all!

sherryd said...

Tania, these are all great cards!

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Great cards! TFS!

creations by jackie said...

Wow, love all of them and it is hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing. I really need to play with my envelope maker.

Dawn Hoffman said...

Love your cards--the file folder birthday card just makes me happy! =-) Don't you just love all the cool things you can do with the envelope punch board? Thanks for sharing!

Loni said...

Great projects Tania! Great to see you on the Hop. Hugs!

Terri said...

All great cards!

Elizabeth said...

All three of your cards are wonderful!! My favorite is the last one with the fence! Great use of several tools.

Patrice Herrera said...

What fun! All of your creations are really cool! I love the picket fence and the clouds. You did a great job, thanks for the inspiration.

WhoMom said...

Nice cards. I really think the file folder card is wonderful. I think I'd like to try it out.

Elizabeth said...

All 3 are great projects, Tania! I love your fence!

Kristie said...

Awesome cards, Tania!! I have the envelope punch board and it's still sitting in the box lol.

I think a Virtual Convention is a fun idea. Not sure I'd make it to a live one...Disney takes all my money LOL!

Margaret said...

All your cards are so beautiful and inspiring.

Just Me said...

Great cards Tania. I have the envelope board and tag topper. Wonderful tools