Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Pick A Petal, Double Line Doodles; Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Lavender Lace, Night of Navy; Inks: whisper white craft, Night of Navy; Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, word window punch
I've created a Word document with a diagram and directions for the lip balm holder, but I can't post it here. If you would like a copy, please e-mail me, and I'll send it to you. I also want to thank Renee Ondrajka, who posted the original diagram that I altered.
Monday, July 30, 2007
When I saw this lip balm holder on SCS, I thought of my MIL, Shirley, right away because she sells Avon. I think this is just adorable! (Goodness, I'm starting to sound like JanTInk! LOL) I did have to fiddle with the pattern to fit this lip balm, but I did not give up! I persisted through 3 failed attempts, and I didn't even throw anything! And I used some of my brand-new purty ribbon and paper instead of hoarding it. Now that I have made one AND made notes on my measurements, I think it would be fairly easy to make multiples of this. Of course, the cuts on the inside to hold the lip balm are the tricky part. I have never drawn a sketch on the computer, but I will try to do this and post it in case you want to make one. In case you are wondering, the dimensions of the front are 4" tall and 2 3/8" across, and the spine measures 3/4". I thought the saying was very appropriate!
Would you make one of these if you had a template to follow? Let me know by e-mail or comment!
Supplies (all SU unless noted): Stamps: Polka Dots & Petals, Polka Dots & Paisley, Be Happy; Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie designer paper; Inks: Bashful Blue, Regal Rose; Accessories: Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, lip balm (Avon)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Hopefully, you're not sick to death of me talking about Splitcoaststampers! (If you are, don't read any further.) Splitcoaststampers is an awesome forum for stampers and scrapbookers. Tracy and Daven Nolta, who run the site, started it long ago for the demonstrators in Tracy's downline, and it has grown into the most popular stamping site around. Membership at SCS is free, believe it or not! To support the site, I am a paid member. As a bonus for paid members, an amazingly talented group called the Dirty Dozen makes projects posted once a month, and you only have access to that gallery if you are a paid member. This is the 3rd anniversary of the Dirty Dozen, so they are having a week of special challenges, 4 each weekday and 8 on Saturday and Sunday. I made this card combining 2 challenges into 1. The first challenge was the sketch or layout of the card. The other challenge was to use tons of pink. While the whole card isn't pink, I did get pink on every layer. The sketch was tough for me as I don't usually use that many layers. It started out differently, but I think it turned out OK. It's much busier than what I usually do, but I am Daring to be a Dirty Girl!
Sorry about the picture quality. I am using Daniel's camera, and I'm having trouble getting used to the lighting/flash differences as compared to my other camera.
Coming tomorrow: a project made specifically with my mother-in-law in mind, and it's not a card!
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet, Polka Dots & Paisley, Polka Dots & Petals; Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Petals & Paisley DSP; Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink; Accessories: Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Be Happy; Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Cutie Pie DSP; Ink: Cerainly Celery; Accessories: Pretties kit, Fairy Fale Ribbon Originals, ticket corner punch, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 circle punches
Friday, July 27, 2007
On a blogging note, I had my first spam comment, so I have had to add comment verification. I hate trying to read those wavy numbers and letters, so I'm sorry!
Sorry I haven't posted any cards lately. My craft room is the hottest room in the house, and I've also had major creative block. I just can't seem to work out this one card I'm trying to do. Hopefully, this weekend!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
One of my supervisors at work is also a ship captain. She works on the Vista King, which tours the harbor here. So when I saw this set, I knew it would be perfect for a card for her. When I make a card for work, the hard part is the size. I make a 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 card so everyone has room to sign. Well, that's twice the size of the cards I usually make! I used all of the sayings from this set plus one from Loads of Love Accessories as my background. I also used the presents from Loads of Love Acc. in the boat. This is the first time I've watercolored on Shimmery White. The great thing is that the coating on it keeps the cardstock from buckling too much. One part that I had a little trouble with was watercoloring with ink for the sky and water; I ended up with some lines in the water that I couldn't smooth out. So I used the blender pen and ink to make more waves to cover up the lines. You can see a few lines in the sky, but they aren't too bad. For all of the other colors, I used the watercolor crayons and had no trouble with them at all.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Boatloads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories; Paper: Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou; Ink: StazOn Black, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou; Accessories: watercolor wonder crayons, aquapainter, blender pen, ticket corner punch
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Marae and Daniel throw a coin into Trevi Fountain, ensuring their return to Rome.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
And here's Daniel in the pink beret! He got pictures of lots of people on the trip wearing it, including the bus driver. He also took a picture of his friend, Earl, wearing it after we got home today.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I don't get to participate in the challenges on SCS as much as I'd like, but today I did! Friday is the Limited Supplies Challenge, and the challenge was to make a monochromatic card. Since I am loving my new Basic Gray paper, ink and ribbon, I decided to use that.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Baroque Motifs; Paper: Going Gray, Basic Gray; Ink: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: scallop circle punch, double circle punch, Pretties kit, basic gray taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Daniel update: His flight from Paris has landed in Cincinnati. He has a 5 hour layover before his flight leaves for Minneapolis. One of the girls on the trip posted onto our parents forum from the Paris airport. She said that Daniel said "W00t!" (no surprise there!) and that he bought a pink beret. I hope he's wearing it when I see him; I'm putting my camera in my purse right now!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This card actually turned out pretty much like I had it pictured in my head. Of course, I originally pictured it in purple, but I am trying to use other colors most of the time so I don't get in a rut. I chose the color combo from the SU Color Wheel; I thought it seemed soothing but not too somber. Using the Crop-a-dile made setting the eyelets easy since it has a depth gauge you can set anywhere from 1/8- 1 " in. Next time, I would probably make the vellum a little smaller, more in proportion to the size of the cross image.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Refuge and Strength; Paper: Brocade Blue, vellum cs; Ink: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy; Accessories: metallic eyelets, crop-a-dile
Saturday, July 14, 2007
How often do I ever make a no-layer card? Never! But I recently did a trade with Lori Bohler, a demo in Crookston, and she sent me a gorgeous yet simple thank you card. Thanks, Lori! Her card used Delight in Life from the last SAB, and it was Rose Red. I decided to use a current set and some shade of purple. (I went way out on a limb with that color choice! LOL) I'm so happy that Bud Basics and its matching jumbo wheel made the new catty! Using the jumbo wheel and the stamps to fill in makes covering a large area so easy. The next time I make this card, I think I'll stamp the sentiment first and then stamp around it. I might also use a darker color for the outline and sentiment, using a 2 step color combo from the color wheel.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Bud Basics, Hugs & Wishes; Paper: Naturals White; Ink: Lavender Lace
Another parent posted that her daughter called today. It hit 100 degrees in Salzburg today, and their hotel has no air conditioning. Ick!
I spent the afternoon getting the stuff ready for Mama's workshop, so I can get it in the mail. (She lives in Georgia. Hi, Mama!) My group here is meeting on Monday, so I have to prepare for that too. Guess that means I should decide what that last project is going to be!
By the way, if you have any questions or suggestions on what you'd like to see here, feel free to e-mail me or comment!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
1. I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, especially the ones with chocolate on top. (Mmmm, donuts..., as Homer would say.)
2. I have a collection of Nancy Drew books from when I was a girl. (Thanks to Shirley, my MIL, who has made it her mission to find the ones I'm missing!)
3. I enjoy DDR although I'm not very good.
4. I have never been to or through Iowa.
5. I don't like to ride roller coasters.
6. I've only been stamping for about 6 years, but I did lots of other kinds of crafts before.
7. In 1984, I was a counselor at the Beverly Hills YMCA day camp.
1. Sharon http://stampwithsharonrogers.typepad.com/
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3. Diane http://djluvs2stamp.blogspot.com/
4. Emily http://www.stampingwithemily.blogspot.com/
5. Emily http://stampingexpressions.blogspot.com/
My cable is out since the windstorm on Tuesday, so I should definitely get some stamping done tonight! I started one card, but it needs some tweaking to make it just right. I'll do my best to post something tonight.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
I got the color combo from SU's new In Color Color Combo sheet. It was supposed to have Old Olive also, but I just couldn't work it in. The teal layer is 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, the white layer is 5 1/4 X 4. The patterned paper layer is 5 1/4 X 4, scored at 2 1/4. I punched the slit through both layers and then adhered the short flap behind the white. The white layer is stamped with a doodle in Soft Sky. I thought it gave a mirror image to the paper. The lavender layer is 3 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/2 with the shorter end on the outside. I stamped the smaller flower from Doodle This on the 3 colors of cardstock with StazOn then colored areas in with the gel pen. (Got that idea from the new catalog!) The fiber is dyed with Soft Sky ink.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I never could get a clear picture of this card, so this will have to do. The ladybug's wings are the dotted petal from Pick A Petal. I tried using craft ink on black cardstock, but it was too dark. So I used craft ink on white cardstock, embossed with clear EP, and sponged black ink over the whole thing. The card seems a little too plain to me. It needs something, but I'm not sure what it is. Your suggestions are welcome!
Supplies (all SU except Sharpie): Stamps: Pick A Petal, Warm Words; Ink: Ruby Red craft, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery; Accessories: ultra fine black Sharpie, 3/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches
Still no word from Daniel. They went to the Vatican yesterday, and they were supposed to travel to Pisa today.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Apparently, I am just not supposed to stamp today because nothing I've tried has gone right. So I give up! Things started out pretty well. I made a ladybug using the dotted petal from Pick A Petal. (You've probably seen those on SCS. That's where I got the idea.) But I just couldn't come up with a card that looked right. So I went and read for a while. When I came back, I still couldn't get it right. So I made a card with PAP as a tulip. (Also CASEd from SCS.) That didn't come out right either, not bad but not great either. So I finished the card above, which I started about 3 months ago at stamping night at my church back when all the supplies were current! All I did today was glue on the flowers, which were already cut out. Then I finished the ladybug card. It turned out pretty well, but I can't get a clear picture of it! I've taken 5 pictures, and they are all blurry no matter what I try. As Scarlett would say, "I'll think about that tomorrow...".
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley; Paper: Cool Caribbean long notes (retired), Petals & Paisley DS paper; Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Taken with Teal, StazOn Black; Accessories: rounded tab punch, Little Reminders Accents & Elements (retired)
I promise I will make some cards today, and I'll do my best to post one before the end of the day.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Here is a card I made a while ago for a demo only challenge on SCS. This card has a glitter window. A glitter window is made from packing tape and is covered with glitter. Let me know if you'd like a tutorial on that.
Supplies (all SU except packing tape): Stamps: Doodle This; Paper: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss; Inks: Perfect Plum, Jet Black StazOn, Pale Plum; Accessories: packing tape, moss gingham ribbon, white gel pen, 1 3/8" square punch, slot punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Now, it's just me with Birkie, my devil cat, and Lady, my blind Labrador retriever. That sounds so pitiful, doesn't it?
Whenever I pack a suitcase, Birkie knows something is up, and he doesn't like it! So he decided to get on top of Daniel's suitcase to keep him from leaving. I also took a picture of Daniel in his official PTP shirt. He refused to smile because he said ambassadors don't smile.
Okay, now back to stamping! The centerpiece of this card was inspired by Lisa Somerville. (Her blog link is over on the right.) It's the square from Baroque Motifs. I inked it with Wild Wasabi and then kissed it twice to the swirl from Baroque Motifs (uninked). This pulled some of the ink off, making the stamped image look aged.
Supplies (All SU): Stamps: Baroque Motifs; Paper: Whisper White, River Rock, Wild Wasabi; Ink: Wild Wasabi; Accessories: Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads