Saturday, June 30, 2007

It's Friday again!

So o.k. it's Saturday but I wanted to use my clever title anyway. So close your eyes and pretend it's Friday. Now, open them because if you don't you won't be able to read the post, unless you are really talented in which case, well done! *wink*

So, anyhow, now that you're imagining that it's Friday, on with the show! (I've always wanted to say that)

In honor of Friday, the day that, no matter what, comes around every week. (O.k. so they all do but whatever-lol) I thought that I would do Repeatition stamping in honor of our repeat day. Get it? Repeatition? Repeat Day? O.k. so maybe it's only funny in my head. (I didn't get much sleep can you tell?)

So, what is Repeatition Stamping? Why it's stamping that you repeat!

Step 1. Ink your image

Step 2. Stamp it onto your cardstock

Step 3. Without reinking your image stamp it again elsewhere on your cardstock. (Thus repeating step 2, and doing repeatition stamping)

Easy Peasy my blog reading friends!

So, here is my sample! Cute huh?! I would like to thank my friend Belinda (blog at the right) for allowing me to come and raid her stamp room to create this for you. I wanted to use Belinda's scraps so that I wouldn't feel too awful for using her stuff and I came across a peice of whisper white cardstock that her lovely DD decided to stamp directly in the middle of and then cut out her image, leaving all this space around it. So I cut a peice from that. I realized after I was done that this card fits the Sketch Challenge on SCS. LOL

Supplies: Whisper White CS, Mellow Moss CS, Kraft CS, Mellow Moss Classic Ink, Staz-On Jet Black Ink, Mellow Moss Gingham Ribbon, Kraft Grosgrain (formerly Taupe grosgrain), Garden Silouhettes stamp set, Baroque Motifs stamp set

First I cut my WW cs and then I inked up my image with MM ink. I stamped my image and then without reinking I stamped it again. I repeated these two steps until I got my desired look. Then I mounted my newly stamped peice onto Kraft CS. Then I attached Kraft ribbon. That didn't stand out enough to me so I added Mellow Moss Gingham ribbon over top of it. You can see a hint of the Kraft ribbon. Looks so pretty IRL. Then I added the finished peice to my Mellow Moss Cardbase. Realizing that I now had no room for a sentiment (o.k. so I could have done a small on but didn't want to) I decided to stamp it directly onto the WW piece. So I stamped Cherish from Baroque Motifs using Staz-On. And there you have it! This card took me about 2 minutes to do. I absolutely love the way this turned out! And I have the perfect person to send it to!

The internet Wo's.....

O.k. so, it's a day late. I know. But there is a very good reason. I was extremely busy yesterday morning and so around 2 yesterday afternoon I sat down to check email and then post this week's technique and what would ya know? Our internet went dead! The joys of paying out the wazoo to get crappy service right? So here we are 28 hours later and it's finally back on. I'm thinking it was a server because I was getting signal but no internet. I know there are a few other's here that also didn't have internet so I would venture to guess it was the whole post (well at least the ones that have cable internet). But when I move, I am getting DSL! I can't wait! *grin* and hopefully won't run into this too often. We have issues with our cable co. internet about 2-3 times a month. It's nuts. So anyhow, there you have it. That's why I couldn't post yesterday.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Technique Fridays!

I know, last weeks technique went MIA all week. But in my defense, I am moving anytime in the next few weeks so my stamp room is packed up. :( At any rate, my wonderful guest hostess on ASB for last week was abhall76 (Amanda) (thank you Amanda!!)
Amanda chose Monochromatic cards for her technique. I don't have a sample yet but I will stamp one and post it. But monochromatic stamping is easy. Just pick shades of the same color and make a card using those colors. So say, in SU colors you could use Pretty in Pink, and Pink Passion. And those would be your only colors. So give that one a try if you would like and I promise, I will post a sample.

Until then, this weeks technique is COLLAGE STAMPING

Collage stamping is so easy. Here is what I did for my card. I used the French Script background stamp with Sahara Sand ink and stamped it onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I took Always Artichoke and stamped the square randomly onto the VV cardstock. Then I used my markers to color the grapes and stamped those onto the cardstock randomly and making sure to overlap some of the squares. And there you have it! Collage stamping is so easy and gives such a nice look to your card. I finished my card by attaching my VV piece to the Always Artichoke card base and then stamped the sentiment and layered and attached it.

I have made this card several times in the last year or so. I just love making it. It's so much fun.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Poppin Flowers

And this last weeks technique on ASB was Poppin Pastels. I haven't done this technique in ages.

versamark, chalk and q-tips (or the chalk applicator). Here's how you do this.

1. Stamp an image with versamark on white cardstock.

2. Load up some chalk on the end of a q-tip.

3. Lightly brush over your image with the chalk. The versamark will pick up the color. If you can't tell where your image is, angle the cardstock so that the light catches the versamark.

4. Continue coloring your image with chalk until you achieve the desired look.

Here is mine! I used the new Year After Year set and Holidays and Wishes set from the new upcoming SU catty.

I have another guest hostess for this Friday's technique but I will still do the technique and upload it here. And then my techniques will start again next Friday! In the meantime, try these fun ones.

Playing with techniques

So some of you know that not only do I do techniques on my blog each Friday but I also do the same techniques on ASB every Friday. So while I was gone on vacation I had some lovely volunteers (ASB members) fill in for me. So here are the techniques that they did.

Chalk Dusting with Baby Wipes (hostess-- RitaH)

Supplies: White matte cardstock, 2-3 colors of loose chalk or finely ground chalk, Clean wet baby wipe, Stamps and inks of your choice, Heat gun (optional)

Sprinkle 2-3 colors of chalk randomly onto white cardstock. Use the baby wipe and rub the chalk into the cardstock with a dabbing motion so you don't muddy the chalks. Be sure not to rub hard enough to rub a hole in the paper. Dry with heat gun if necessary. Stamp and embellish to your liking.

Here is my sample:
I couldn't find my loose chalks so I used Pearl-Ex instead. The layout is from this weeks sketch challenge on ASB.

Here's proof I stamped!

So here is proof that I stamped. I realized that duh! I have a flash drive so I took pics on my digital camera of my projects and uploaded them that way. Hopefully I will be able to buy my new computer tomorrow. Anyhow, I made this for my friend Denise who is going to be having a baby boy soon. I used Year After Year which is a new set that will be avaliable in the upcoming SU catty.

Supplies: Whisper White CS, New In-colors, Aida BG, Year after Year, Holidays and Wishes, Staz-On, Versamark, White Grosgrain, Going Gray ink, Close To Cocoa ink, Aquapainter, Hodgepodge, ticket corner punch.

For this card I first stamped the Elephant onto WW CS and then I watercolored it using inks and an aquapainter. I then punched the corners using the ticket corner punch. I layered that on Blue Bayou CS. Then I stamped the Aida BG stamp using Versamark on the top half of my Soft Sky cardbase. I seperated the stamped and non-stamped part using White Grosgrain. Then I added my image peice. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the Soft Sky on the bottom. It ended up off so I decided to add an embellishment. So I stamped Little One onto WW CS and then added it into an oval hodgepodge peice. Attached it to the card and finished it off with brads and viola!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm baaaack!

O.k. so I took more then just a vacation from the challenges. I took an actual vacation. LOL I went home to Utah to visit family and friends, but most of all to visit my daughter who just turned 12 on Wednesday. Which is why I went home. I wanted to be with her on her birthday. She has just grown up so much. I came home though to some issues at home. We apparently had some rather large storms while I was gone and due to power surges and yes, lightning, I have to replace a few items. One of them is that I have to replace my computer. A dear friend let me borrow her laptop until I can get a new computer so I can still stay in touch with everything and everyone. This same friend is really good with computers so she is going to help me find a new computer. *grin* Payday is Friday so I plan to get one then. Then I will be able to create and upload and update more on my blog. For now, here is a picture of me and my daughter that my brother in law took while I was at home.