Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set (SU), along with the Snowflakes set (retired SU), I stamped the snowflakes on the Brocade Blue CS using versamark, then I stamped the trees on the Whisper White CS using StazOn. After that I mounted the WW peice to Brushed Silver CS and added stickles to the trees and ground to give the icey effect (used a brush to apply it so it was a soft brushed look.) I used Crystal stickles on the ground for snow, then I used Waterfall stickles in the trees to create the icey effect. I added some ribbon to the card base (ribbon bought from HL) and mounted the image peice after it dryed.
**On a side note, my neighbor decided to lift the tree off my roof (yes it was still there, there have been so many downed trees that housing hadn't been able to get to it yet). Several of the branches are broken and who knows what will happen to the tree when the ice melts. But I thought I would take a picture of it this morning:
It looks so sad.....
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This was taken first thing this morning, the tree now hangs lower.
Another view of the tree.
Everything is completely covered in ice. The bushes you see in the background by my porch are covered in almost an inch of ice. My mailbox was covered in an inch of ice as well. I went out and chipped away at that so that doesn't have ice on it anymore though. It is supposed to continue until possibly tomorrow morning and then snow and sleet on Thursday. Oh the joys of winter. *rolling eyes*
Friday, December 07, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
And a picture of a little more detail on the basketweave and rope border (also learned those this course)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Just a reminder, if you are interested in the design team, one of the requirements is that you be an active member of ASB and that you post in the forums and upload to the gallery. If you are not currently a member, membership is free. If you are a member but haven't posted, get posting. :o) Check out the linked post above for the rest of the info. Only a couple of weeks left till the deadline! :o) We are ecspecially looking for people for the Altered Arts Team and The Digi-Scrap Team!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here is what you can do to create this way for cute mug treat card!
Take your Whisper White Cardstock and cut it to 8 1/4 X 4 1/2, score at 4 1/8. Now, fold in half and you will have an almost sqaure card. Then you want to take your corner rounder punch and punch all the corners. Next cut out the top on one side (opening will be to the right of the card when it is facing you, only cut the front.) I used the colluzzle oval template. Next cut the handle from a scratch peice of cardstock into whatever shape you want. I did it in kind of a rounded square because it fit with the rest of the mug better. Before you attached the handle, stamp your images on the mug. I used Flaky Friends by Stampin' Up! Color and decorate as desired. I colored with colored pencils and I even added some liquid applique to the snow on the bottom and to the snowmans santa hat. I think I may add some glitter to the stars at the top of the trees. Next, use your mono to attach the handle and close the mug around the side and bottom edge. The top should be open so you can insert your hot cocoa and candy cane. And voila! A cuter then cute mug treat! Enjoy!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Anyhow, I went with the same basic design as the white snowflake ornament card I did a week ago, but gave it it's on look.
I cut out an oval template using the Colluzzle, then I attached it to my Whisper White card base. I then inked up this gorgeous image from Stampin' Up!'s Sleigh Bells Ring with StazOn Black ink and stamped it so that part of it was overlapping the oval I had cut. Then I did the reverse masking technique (faux framing) with a sponge dauber and Bashful Blue ink just around the edges. I went into the scene a little bit more in parts such as around the church. It gives the illusion of a serene christmas scene. Then I colored it using the watercolor pencils from SU! and used the aquapainter to watercolor parts of it. The bricks on the bridge were done in two different colors to give it a more real look. Then I added dazzling diamonds to the lake under the bridge using a paint brush (so that the glue went only where I want it to) and liquid glue. I added silver cording at the top and stamped the sentiment from the set to the bottom right. Seriously, I wish you could see this in person! I made 5 of these to go in a card pack for the craft sale and I will make 5 more for a second pack. The best thing about doing these Christmas cards for this thing, If they don't sell, I just use them for my own personal Christmas cards. *wink*
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
This week we did Violets, Violet Leaves, Apple Blossoms and we learned how to work with color flow. Not so much liking the color flow, but I'll get used to it. We made birds with the color flow. I chucked mine because the color just wasn't right. It was a gorgeous gray blue, but my flowers are all bright, so I need brighter birds. So I will redo the birds and post those later, but for now, I thought I would share the ones I did last week and this week.
The orange flowers are my mums, the blueish purple ones are violets, the green are the violet leaves, the pink ones are the apple blossoms. I love the apple blossoms, they are so easy to do, and the mums are my other favorites. I'm not so much liking the violets or the violet leaves, but I'll get better.
I also got to create a little tonight so I will post that tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled. *grin*
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Anyhow, I thought I would share with you the two cards I have done so far. The first card I have for you was done with the retired SU set Merry Little Christmas. I love this set! This card is very unlike me but I do like the way it turned out.
I used Glorious Green cardstock, Real Red Cardstock, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Circle punch, scallop punch, corner punch, Print Pattern BG, Merry Little Christmas, Glorious Green Ink, StazOn Black, Colored Pencils.
First I inked the PP BG stamp with glorious green and then I stamped it a little over halfway onto my GG card base. Then using my stazon I stamped the toys from my Merry Little Christmas set onto Naturals Ivory CS and then punched it out using the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then layered it onto a scallop punched Real Red layer. I stamped A Merry Little Christmas also with Stazon onto the Naturals Ivory CS and then after punching the bottom right corner with the corner punch I layered it onto RR CS. I added a brad to the bottom right corner of the RR layer. Then I added some white grosgrain ribbon going most of the way across the card where the PP BG ended. I added the toys image at the end of the ribbon and then attached my sentiment at the bottom. I had no clue where I was going with this when I started. It isn't something I would normally do but I do like it.
This next one was inspired by this card by Lovetostamp6 on Spiltcoast: Snowman Ornament Card
I love how this turned out! I showed it to my friend Alecia and she said I should do more of these instead of just the pack of 5 I had planned. I think I will do that and if they don't sell then they will be my Christmas cards this year. *grin*
I used Whisper White Cardstock, Night Of Navy Ink, Brocade Blue Ink, Snowflakes Set, Colluzzle cutting set with circle template, Wide Organdy Ribbon, Silver Cording.
First I took a scratch piece of paper and I cut it down to the size of my card front. Then I cut a circle using the Colluzzle. After that I attached it to my card front using a small piece of adhesive (I have adhesive remover so I was able to take off any adhesive left of the card front once the template was removed.) Then I took my sponge dauber and I sponged Brocade Blue ink into the cut out circle. When you pull away the template you are left with a sponged circle of blue on your card. But don't do that yet. After I sponged the circle and got it to look the way I wanted it to I stamped my snowflakes randomly using Night Of Navy for some and Brocade Blue for others. Then I pulled away my template and finished off the card by stamping Warm Winter Wishes at the bottom in Night Of Navy ink and placing the wide Organdy ribbon at the top of the card and tying a small piece of silver cording around the knot. Seriously, I love this card!
I promise, I will have more stuff from my craft fair for you soon.
Oh, and you know how I was supposed to make my friends cake for her shower? Well... I kind of took my pain meds the night before and didnt' wake up in time to decorate it. Oops! But I will make another cake here after the craft fair and I will use stamps on it and post it then.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
As of January 1st Blue Heaven (ASB's Design Team) will be going public! We're looking for talented Stampers, Scrapbookers and Digital crafters for our new Blue Prints teams.
Design team members will be asked to make at least 2 samples each month for a project or product that they've been given.
Designers must stay active participants on ASB, posting and commenting on a regular basis.
Designers are asked to participate in challenges as often as they can, and host a random challenge once a month.
Design team members will regularly receive packets of free goodies from our monthly sponsors to create projects with!
Design team members will have help in submitting their work to magazines, e-zines and other publications to help build their resumes.
The design team will be divided into 4 new teams:
Altered Arts (I'm the team leader of this one)
You are welcome to apply for more than one team as long as you can fulfill the commitments should you be selected.
If you are interested in applying for a Blue Prints team, please upload 5 samples of your work into the Design Team Call album in the Gallery.
Be sure to upload into the album for the team(s) you are applying for.
All applications must be submitted by November 30 2007.
At that time the mod squad and Blue Prints Team Leaders will select the new teams, and an announcement will be made the following week.
We can't wait to see your submissions!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The baby's nursery is done with an animal theme. (It's a boy) so we decided to go with an animal theme for the shower. I first came up with this:
The printed paper and CS is from Stampin Up! as well as the ribbon and paper peircer. The You're Invited is from SU's set Holiday's and Wishes (I think it's that one, or is it Hugs and Wishes?) It's one of the two. Anyhow, the animal is from a set from Pink Cat Studios called Wild Animals. It was waaaay too much coloring to do 17 of these babies so I decided to stick with the same design but go with smaller animals. My friend Chelsea had these cute little animal stamps with animals in pairs of two (yes, it was a Noah's ark set, don't know the maker). So we opted to use those, less coloring for doing so many. So, here is the final product: I am sooo thrilled with these and everyone loves them. They turned out awesome. I just hope the mom-to-be likes them as much. She hasn't seen them yet. I am also going to make a cake for the shower and I am going to attempt the stamping on cake thing. I think I know a way to do it. We'll see.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Since I got home I have been soooo busy! In fact, other then a stamp thing that I went to at my friends house where I made two cards, today is the first chance I have gotten to stamp in several weeks! Crazy huh?! One of the things that has been keeping me busy is that I started taking a cake decorating course at Hobby Lobby. It is taught by a Wilton instructor and is an absolute blast! I'm not too great at it yet, but with practice I am sure I will get better. Wanna see my very first rose I made?! Well, o.k. so I made one in class that first day but it didn't turn out. When I got home I decided to give it shot with some extra icing I had, and this, is my result:
Not too shabby if I do say so myself. My frosting was slightly too thick, hence the tattered edges, but love it! I'm not going to scare you with my attempts at cakes. LOL My last cake that I did was really bad. We had to do drop flowers. Now the problem with drop flowers is that you make them on wax or parchment paper and then you have to let them dry for a bit before you can take them off and put them on the cake. The time constrants of our class doesn't allow ample drying time before you have to move them and put them on the cake, so my flowers looked kind of mangled. Not only that, but I haven't forked out the bucks for a cake carrier yet and so I had to put a towel over it to bring it home because it was raining (it has been doing that alot lately), so it got mangled even more in that process.
Anyhow, one of the things I stamped today, I can't show you because it's for Blue Heaven on ASB. If you want to see it, you have to go sign up for Blue Heaven. *wink* But, I can share something else with you.
My stepdad Dale is retiring and so my Mom and Dale sold their house in Oregon to move back to Utah where the majority of our family is. My mom is wanting to make a welcome basket for the new buyers. She asked me for some ideas and told me that the soon to be lady of the house has two favorite colors of pink and red. So, I told her I could make a WELCOME frame. She loved that idea. So, I came home and made this up and I will be mailing it out to my mom on Monday. My friend Chelsea has had one of my favorite sets that I never got before it retired. She wanted to trade me for it so I took her up on it and traded her one of my retired sets for her barely used (some not even mounted) Cottage Rose stamp set from Stampin Up! YAY!!
(all products are Stampin Up unless otherwise noted)
I took a 12x12 piece of cardstock and I cut it down to 5x12. Then I stamped the main part of the large rose in Regal Rose ink. Stamping the Regal Rose directly would have been too dark so I stamped it off on scratch paper once before actually stamping it onto the cardstock. Then, I stamped the more detailed part of the rose over the main parts using Real Red ink. Then I stamped the main part of the large leaf in Certainly Celery Ink and the detailed large leaf over that in Old Olive. I needed a fill in after that so I stamped the small rose, stems and leaves using the same colors. Then it was time for the letters. For those I stamped the Headline Alphabet onto white cardstock using Old Olive. I added some small roses in Regal Rose (stamped off first) and Real Red. I then mounted the letters to Real Red cardstock. I added some ribbon, and hodgepodge pieces to it and put it in a pretty gold frame I got from Walmart. I hope it is what my mom had in mind and that the intended recipient just loves it! I know I do! It turned out way better then I thought it would. I may have to make one (in my colors) for my house!
Stay tuned, I will be posting more from my evening of stamping later this weekend!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Anyhow, I do have some things to share with you. My brother-in-law (Dh's youngest brother) is getting married this weekend. I wanted to make them something nice as a wedding gift. So I chose to do this:
I know, I know, that doesn't exactly show you what it was that I did for them. But, in my defense, I can't show you. I am a member of the Blue Prints Design Team on ASB and this was a project for this weeks technique. So, if you want to see the finished project, you have to scoot on over to ASB and sign up for Blue Heaven.
But I can share with you the card that I made for them. It doesn't match the gift. The gift is for their kitchen so was done in their kitchen colors. I did the card in their wedding colors. Erin, my future Sister-In-Law chose Sugar Plum (I am assuming that is a light plum but I didn't know so I went with Perfect Plum and Pale Plum just to cover my basis) and what she called Sage. However when I got her wedding invitation tied with the "sage" ribbon she had chosen (exactly what I used on the card) the ribbon was more Mellow Moss. I swear, I have never met her and I had nothing to do with their color choices. LOL Funny enough though, she is like me in oh so many ways. Not only does she love purple and green like I do, but she is a red head as well and she acts a lot like me from what I am told. Heaven help BIL if she trully is like me though. LOL
O.k. so I promised the card, well, here you go:
I stamped the outside with "Wishing You" and the inside was stamped with "Happiness Always".
I used French Script, Wishing You, and Happy Harmony from SU. I used Perfect Plum ink and marker, Pale Plum Ink, and Mellow Moss Marker as well as Staz-On black ink. I used Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla Cardstock, and Hodge Podge peices and Ribbon. Oh yeah, and the photo corner punch. What do ya think! I like them!
Monday, September 10, 2007
For this card I semi-recreated one of my favorite cards I have ever done using the same technique and same stamp set. This time I changed the ribbon placement, added some ribbon, and changed the colors. Oh, and did some paper piercing and changed the sentiment.
So, here is how you do this technique.
First, you will need a dye based ink (I used SU Basic Black Classic, it's older so it looks purple which with the colors I chose works LOL). It will run when moist and that is what you want it to do. Also you will need an outline stamp set, and the rest of your regular supplies.
Now, to blur your focal image, all you need to do is stamp it using your Dye ink, and then take a water tool, (I prefer to use Blender pens for this because it doesn't get too moist, but you can use a brushed off aquapainter or watercolor brush, just becareful not to get too much water-that would be why I prefer the Blender pen) Then in a circular motion you want to lightly blend your ink out from your image.
Finish your card as desired. For mine, I stamped the Aida BG onto my Pale Plum CS and I attached it to the BB piece. Then I tied some black double stitched ribbon (bought at a craft store) to the piece. Tied another piece of ribbon in a bow and then I attached it to my card. I then attached the focal piece which I mounted on BB CS onto the card. Then I took out my paper piercer and pierced holes in the bottom. Then I stamped my sentiment and there you have it! It literally took 4 minutes, that included getting the supplies to make it.
And there you have it, Blurred Vision.
Tonight I also stamped some images for my mom. My mom is the secretary in her wards (congregation) Releif Society (women's organization) at church. She makes cards for all the ladies birthdays. She has very limited supplies right now because she has just recently discovered the wonderful world of card making. I have been trying to brainwash her, errr show her how fun it can be, for years now. She came to see me last year and we stamped a little. She was hooked! She now goes into stores and sees items in a whole new light. Yay!! the brainwashing, errr convincing worked! *snort* Anyhow, since she still has limited supplies, I told her I would stamp some images for her for the next few months. I also decided to color them for her so she will just need to cut them out and peice her card together. So for the rest of the Sept. birthday's I used the sunflower from Give Thanks (SU), for October, I used the pumpkin, also from Give Thanks. I switched stamp sets for November and used the leaf and acorns from Country Blessings (retired SU), and rounding out the images, December with Snowflakes (sadly, retired SU, I love this set). The snowflakes I just stamped randomly in various shades of blue (my favorite thing to do with this set) so that she could just cut different sizes for her cards, maybe do a one sheet wonder or something. Anyhow, here is a pic of all the images together:
Monday, September 03, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
So there you have it, my latest projects. I just got back from physical therapy and my back and shoulder are killing me so I will be putting ice on it today. But if it is feeling better later I will stamp some more. I have another swap that I need to get done as well as the Sept. Birthday girls things that I want to whip together. Plus Monday's technique. So I will be a busy little bee and will have more fun stuff for you soon!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I did however sit down and stamp today. We had a meeting for our family support group for my husbands company. I am a co-leader for the group and my old co-leader has stepped down. (I have a new co-leader now who is awesome.) Anyhow, I wanted to do a card for my old co-leader and buy her some flowers or something (as a thank you) and I thought it would be nice if the ladies who always attend the meetings could sign the card. So I made the card to take to the meeting tonight. Here it is:
I used the Year After Year (YAY), and Holidays and Wishes (HW) sets from Stampin Up. I also used the Tempting Turquoise (TT), Green Galore (GG), Pink Passion (PP) and Whisper White (WW) Cardstock (CS). First I took my flower stamp from that YAY set and I stamped it using Staz-On Black onto WW CS. Then I used my watercolor pencils and colored parts of the flowers. Then I blended it all using the aquapainter. (I got the turquiose color on the leaves and stems using two different colors and blending.) Then I used the ticket corner punch in the top corners and layered it onto my PP and GG cardstocks. I added turquiose ribbon (non-SU) to the middle of the two colored and mounted everything onto my TT base. Then I stamped the sentiment From The Heart from the HW set in the bottom corner using the Staz On ink. Quick, easy card. It took me about 3 minutes. I hope she likes it!
Friday, August 10, 2007
(All Supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)
The first thing I did was take my Basic Black cardstock and stamped it using In Full Bloom. I bought IFB three years ago because I loved what the ladies on SCS were doing with it. I thought, I can do that! So I bought it and have since used it 4 times including this card. I just can't get it to work for me. That'll teach me to give in to enableing huh? Nah! lol
Anyhow, I stamped the images randomly using Craft White ink. Just before the ink was completely dry (cause I'm inpatient) I took my daubers and applied Stampin Pastel chalkes to the images. I did this in a swirling motion because it covered faster (I said I was inpatient didn't I?). Then I realized that by doing this it made way too much dustiness (is that a word?) on the black so I promptly got out a swiffer cloth and dusted the excess chalk. Not like you can tell from the photo but trust me, it doesn't show this much IRL and it was waaay worse before I dusted it. Anywho, then I added some yummy green grosgrain ribbon with pink polka dots to the card. I think I got the ribbon at Hobby Lobby but who knows. LOL Then I stamped From The Heart from the Holidays and Wishes set using White ink on the BB cardstock and mounted it on Pink Passion CS. Added that to the card and decided to mount the whole card to a pink passion base.
*Off topic Alert* LOL This card is a total departure for me because I hate, and I do mean hate, as in loathe the color pink. I think that comes from being a red head when I was little. When I was younger it was a bad thing for red heads to wear pink. Ecspecially bright pink. *sigh* I hated pink so much that when my DD was a baby she very little pink in her wardrobe and what she did have was certainly not bought be me. I have gotten over some of my hatred of pink. I used to hate it times 5. Now it's just times 2, so I've gotten better. Maybe someday it will just be a dislike. LOL O.k. I know, totally off topic. What can I say, I had an energy spurt that lasted a few hours and unpacked more and cleaned and organized my kitchen last night to include scrubbing scuff marks off the floor with my friend the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. (Love that product!) So it sent my back into spasms so I had to take my pain meds which are still in my system and making me loopy. So that's my excuse. LOL As if I needed another one huh? O.k. I'll stop for now.
I promised a few posts ago another contest to celebrate 100 posts on my blog. And now here I am 106 posts and no contest. I haven't forgotten. I have been working out the finer details. I will post about that within the next day or two. So stay tuned. For now, it's time to go baby shopping with my very good friend who is expecting in a few months! YAY!!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
So for mine, I chose the theme Recipes of Friendship. Corny huh? The book will be a collection of recipes from my friends. I went to a friends house today and I sat down (after finishing the swaps for my swap group) and I made the cover for my book. I started the sign-in pages and such for the book but messed up so I have to do those again. But when I get those done I will post pictures. But for now, here is my book:
For this I used the 5x5 On Board Journal and I covered it using paper from the Always Artichoke collection. I chose the polka dots and stripes. I used the spiral punch to punch the holes for the spiral coils on the side. I used adhesive to attached the paper to the journal and then I added some white grosgrain ribbon in the center to tie the two patterns together. Then I stamped the chef from Voila onto Whisper White CS using Staz-On Black ink. I like to use Staz-On when I watercolor because it doesn't run. If I use other kinds the water will make the black ink smear. Then I added the spagetti bowl from Voila To Go from the new catty. I watercolored it all using the watercolor crayons, perfect plum for the chefs top and hat, Basic Gray for the pants, Going Gray for the tray, Always Artichoke for the scarf and bowl, and then Blush Blossom for the pasta and Really Rust for the meatballs. I watercolored it all using the aquapainter. Then mounted that to Perfect Plum cardstock and mounted that at an angle to my book to add visual appeal to my image.
I used to only use the blender pens or most recently a watercolor brush when I would watercolor. I hated the aquapainter when I first used it at a workshop because I had a hard time controlling the water flow. Then I got a kit (I think it was one of the simply sent kits) that came with an aquapainter and can I just tell you, I LOVE the aquapainter. I haven't used my watercolor brush or my blender pens in ages! It took a few trys to get the hang of it, LOL but now I love love love it!
Anyhow, I will be adding ribbon in Purple, Artichoke, and White to the spirals but that will come when the book is complete with all the pages.
I'd like to thank Belinda for letting me use her spiral punch and such. Now I have to buy that too. LOL I didn't think I would want it but now I do. *wink*
Anyhow, I also stamped something else late last night but it's upstairs and I'm too lazy to go get it right now. ROFL! So I will be posting that tomorrow (actually since it's 1a.m. that would be in the morning).
Unpacking is going o.k. I have only done a little bit. Not nearly as much as I was hoping but oh well. My sweet friend Jenn is lending me her DD this Saturday to help me get more done. Anyhow, that's it for now. Night all!
Monday, August 06, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
I used Barely Banana, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery Pattern Paper, Sweet Thing stamp set, Hugs and Wishes Stamp Set, Staz On Black ink, Cameo Coral marker, Certainly Celery marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Photo Corner Punch, White Grosgrain ribbon, Canvas BG Stamp, Versamark. (all supplies from Stampin Up!)
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I used Barely Banana, Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery Pattern Paper, Sweet Thing stamp set, Hugs and Wishes Stamp Set, Staz On Black ink, Cameo Coral marker, Certainly Celery marker, Bashful Blue Marker, Photo Corner Punch, White Grosgrain ribbon.
Monday, July 30, 2007
One that I absolutely love to do, but rarely get around to. CRACKed glass! (does the CRACK myself up part make sense now?) I'm making myself roll my eyes, can't imagine how all of you are going to get through this post. LOL O.k. so, on to business, Here is how you do cracked glass:
First, you want to stamp your image on your cardstock, then you will color it as desired. Next, apply versamark over the entire piece of cardstock. Next sprinkle your Glassy Glaze or UTEE over the piece. If you don't have Glassy Glaze or other UTEE, use crystal clear embossing powder. Cover entire image and tap off excess powder. Heat the powder with your heat gun until melted. while it is still hot, add another layer of the Glassy Glaze or UTEE and heat again. If you are using the Glassy Glaze or UTEE you will want to do this 3 or so times, if you are using regular embossing powder you will need to do this step around 6 times. (If at any time the previous layer is cooled before you can get the next layer on, it's o.k. either reheat it or add more versamark -this is what I do) once you have enough layers and you have a completely smooth surface put your piece in the freezer for a minute or two. Afterwards take your cardstock out and carefully bend the cardstock in various directions. Your piece should now crack. Once you get the look you want, finish your card as desired.
I had someone ask me how I keep my CS from rolling up when I heat emboss it, here is my answer: I use a pair of Bamboo tongs to hold onto the CS. I always leave an extra little bit on at the end that I don't have the EP on so that I have that to hook the Bamboo tongs onto (keeps my fingers from burning) and then I am constantly moving the heat gun around. The moving helps the CS not to curl as well. A little curling will happen, I'm not sure there is anything that can help that but all of what I posted above does help cut down on the curling.
I hope that makes sense to all of you.
Here is my sample:
My sweet friend Jenn let me come over one day (since all my stuff was packed) and let me use her stamp stuff to create this fun card. I'm sorry about the darkness of the picture. My scanner doesn't seem to work on my new computer so I had to take a picture but since the flash always glares on the "glass" I just turned the flash off so it turned out a little dark. But I promise, this is so pretty IRL.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Next I stamped cards for a few ladies in my church. I wanted to use my new In Colors cardstock from SU. I used Groovy Guava for the base. Then I took a layer of Blue Bayou and stamped the flowers from Loads of Love on it using Versamark. Then I added the white grosgrain ribbon to the BB layer. Then I punched my Very Vanilla using the Tab Punch and added it to the right hand bottom corner of the BB cardstock. Added brads and stamped just a note from All Year Cheer 3. I then added all of this to the card base. I stamped the truck and the flowers in the back of the truck using staz-on and then watercolored them using watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. Then added this under the ribbon. And there you have it! Done!
I'm quite pleased with my attempts today. Nice to know I haven't completely lost my mojo!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Now I need to tag 5 others! So, I tag...
Toni over at Stampin Diva
Belinda over at Belinda's Stampin Space
Anne over at Storm's Cellar
Jenn over at Jenn's Stamping Corner
Patti over at Pat Creates
Monday, July 23, 2007
This week's technique is Watercolor Spritzing.
For this you will need: Watercolor Paper, Stamps, Ink, Waterbottle (spritzing kind) (all products except waterbottle are Stampin Up!)
So for this oh so pretty (if I do say so myself) 3x3 card, I started out with my watercolor paper. First I took the cherry blossom looking stamp from Garden Sillouhettes and stamped it onto the WC Paper using Rose Red Classic Ink. Then I took my waterbottle and holding the paper at an angle I spritzed the paper. (I found the best results with holding the bottle at about 8 or so inches from the paper). The ink ran just slightly giving me the misty look I wanted. Then I layered my WC Paper onto the Rose Red CS and added some Black Gingham ribbon. Then I added it all to my Basic Black 3x3 base. I stamped the word lovely in the lower right hand corner using White Craft ink.
Tah Dah! I wish you could see in person how stinkin cute this card is. *sigh* Well, back to unpacking. Bah, who am I kidding, I'm gonna go read the new Harry Potter book again. It's awesome!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
(you can see where ours begins at the middle of the porch to the drain pipe, that's our whole place. *rolling eyes* This is an old picture too)
To new quarters:
So now you know why there has been no stamping going on at my house. But, like I said, 4 more days and I will get the keys to the new place and will get to move all my stuff in, clean this place, clear these quarters and then unpack the new place and get back to stamping. *grin*
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
O.k. so here's the deal, I have to tell you 7 random things about myself. So here goes!
1. I got an email from my brother's ex girlfriend on my myspace acct. I haven't talked to her in 18 years! Small world huh!
2. In addition to stamping, I also like to make ceramics from start to finish. I do everything from pouring the slip into the mold all the way to painting them after they have been fired.
3. I love checking out real estate sites and dreaming about the house DH and I will someday buy.
4. I am a family support group leader for my husband's company. (o.k. so some of you know that, but this is harder then I thought)
5. I am getting satelitte TV and 5 MEG DSL at my new house (o.k. so some of you knew that too but, it's hard to think of things!)
6. My new favorite TV show is Army Wives on Lifetime. (O.k. so some of you.... alright, you get the picture)
7. I had a dog names Dusty who was a miniture Lassie when I was little.
O.k., wow! That was hard!
O.k. now, I have to tag 7 others:
1. Belinda over at Belinda's Stamping Space. Belinda is a huge source for knowledge and is awesome! It helps that she and I are friends IRL.
2. Jenn over at Jenn's Stamping Corner. Jenn is my wonderful friend who let me stamp at her house the other day and is absolutely awesome! She's my friend IRL too!
3. Kristin over at Artfully Inking. Kristin is awesome! She is the one I told you about who has her own stampline now! Her Turtle and Friends are to die for! I had the fortunate experience to meet her in Dec.
4. Kathy over at Kathy's Kreations. She is one of my blog readers and she has an awesome site too!
5. Anne over at Storm's Cellar. Anne is an awesome lady! She is the owner and creator of A Shade Of Blue.
6. Toni at Stamping Diva . If you haven't checked out Toni's blog, you're missing out! Seriously!
7. Cyndi at My Little Stamping Heaven. Cyndi and I have been chatting for about a year now online. She is so talented.
O.k. so there you have it!
The layout was inspired by a card I saw in the new TAC catty. I also used the Wolves set by TAC and a GWP (Gift with purchase) All supplies are my friend Jenn's so I will do my best to tell you what they are.
Supplies: Gray CS, Olive CS, Black CS, Black grosgrain, STAZ-On Black in, Paper Piercer, Prisma Pencils.
I hope he likes it!