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.