Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Next, center the scallop circle punch over the hole and punch.
Bend and manipulate the cardstock at each scallop to start straightening out the row.
Once you adhere it to the back of the other cardstock, you won't see all those little wrinkles. One strip is about 4 1/4" long.
Edited to add: Mary Jo Albright commented here with the following tip: "I have tried both techniques and found them both to work. If you try paper snips and cut really close, you won't have the breaks/little segments...it should lay flat in a straight line (just a little tip in my experimenting)."
Monday, January 28, 2008
One of my favorite artists is Debbie Olson. I decided it would be fun to CASE one of her cards and send it to her as a thank-you. I looked over some of her recent posts and chose this card to CASE. I decided to choose a card that didn't use SU stamps so that I could make more of a change to the card. I kept her color combo and sketch. It was really fun, and I hope she likes the card!
(BTW, I made the scalloped border using the scallop circle punch. I did not come up with this idea. But I will take some photos and post them later so you can see how it was done.)
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Priceless, Taggers Dozen; Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink; Ink: Pretty in Pink (craft), Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 & scallop circle punches, Fresh Favorites buttons
Saturday, January 26, 2008
First, I looked at the sets I wanted from the new catalog and decided which one to use. I decided on Boho Backgrounds because it's not very expensive, and that medallion goes perfectly with the scallop circle punch. Then I happened to be going through old swaps deciding what to discard and what to keep when I came across the card in the photo below. I really liked it! Then I looked on the back and saw that it was done by Laurie Schmidlin. She is so talented! She's one of the Dirty Dozen now on SCS. You can visit her blog here. I decided to use her layout for my swap card.
I changed the color scheme based on the paper I chose. I decided to use the Ginger Blossom paper. I wanted to use strips of the really cool piece that has big tree branch/plant stalk images on it, but there just wasn't enough color in it. So I chose the one you see on my card. Of course, the focal image is different too. I stamped the medallion 3 times, in Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and River Rock. I punched out the Ruby Red with the scallop circle punch, Cameo Coral with the 1 1/4" circle punch and River Rock with the 1" circle punch. (I got this idea from Crystal!) Then to make the circle behind the medallion, I punched the round tab punch twice in Cameo Coral and adhered them together to form the circle. Because most of it is covered by the scallop circle, you don't even notice the seams. (I didn't come up with this idea either!) I added the twill tape for a little accent. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Groovy Guava. (In case you are wondering, I did end up cutting apart that one stamp and mounting each line onto dominoes. It makes stamping one part SO much easier!)
So that's the story of my swap card. Thanks for visiting!
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Boho Backgrounds; Paper: Whisper White, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom; Ink: River Rock, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red; Accessories: cutter kit, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, scallop circle punch, round tab punch, twill tape
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I used Going Gray textured cardstock and rounded the corners. I stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs in Basic Gray and then again in Whisper White craft ink. I added some small flowers (also from Baroque Motifs) in Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant. I stamped the flower from Priceless in Basic Gray onto Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant cardstock then punched them out with the 5-Petal flower punch. I thought that was too dark, so I stamped the flower again in Whisper White. I used silver brads for the eggplant flowers and black brads for the rose red flowers. I wrote 2008 Planner with a Basic Gray marker. (Not crazy about how that came out, but I don't have a good alpha left. All of mine retired!)
I got the color combo from the Scraptitude website. It's not always working, but when it does, it's awesome! Be sure to check it out.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This is one of the projects we will be making at my workshop next Tuesday. It is a CASE of a card by Carmi Walling that I saw on the Stampin' Up website. Her card was all gray. I changed the colors for Valentine's Day and used textured cardstock to add a little interest. For the other 2 projects, we will be using a SAB set and making a 3D item using the Flower Fusion Accents & Elements. Thanks for looking!
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Priceless, Warm Words; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black textured cs; Ink: StazOn Black, Real Red, Whisper White craft; Accessories: ticket corner punch, Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon, Pretties kit
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I told you about all of the mistakes on the card so that you can see that projects can turn out great even when there are mistakes!
If you still need some inspiration, don't forget to check out Beate's weekend sketch challenge or the challenge forum on SCS. Happy stamping!
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Blossoms Abound, Weathered, It's Your Birthday; Paper: Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss; Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke; Accessories: ticket corner punch, corner rounder punch (retired), moss gingham ribbon
My friend Lorien gave me this award. What a day brightener! It's funny to call Lorien my friend because we have never met in person. We "met" on SCS when I signed up for one of her swaps. That led to "meeting" her friend and upline Crystal. I feel like I really know them from posting on SCS as well as their awesome blogs! Be sure to check out Lorien's blog here. She just posted some great pics of her new stamping space.
I'm supposed to pass the award on to up to 10 other bloggers who bring me happiness and inspiration. I'm going to take a little time to ponder that, and I'll let you know who they are so you can be inspired too!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This is the only SAB set that I ordered. It's called So Many Scallops, and it also goes with the scallop circle punch. This set is really versatile because you can layer circle punches over the center to either hide the design underneath or add layers of color.
This is the Flower Fusion Accents & Elements tin that I mentioned in the previous post. It has tons of flowers in different sizes. The 3 colors are Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. The picture below is a close-up of the flowers on Shirley's tin.
Besides these things, I only ordered the 1" circle punch. See, I really was good!!
My MIL, Shirley is celebrating her birthday this weekend. I won't tell her age, but she looks great; you'd never guess how old she is! Anyway, Shirley does a little crafting but not a lot, so I can still give her stuff that I make. She does occasionally make cards, so I decorated this tin for her. Blue is her favorite color, so the Cutie Pie designer paper is perfect! I cut 2 inch strips of the lt blue and 2 1/2 inch strips of the stripe so they overlap just a little. I used matte Mod Podge to glue them down. The saffron ribbon is from Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, and I put Bashful Blue narrow grosgrain around the lid. The ribbon is attached with mini glue dots. The felt flowers are from the new Flower Fusion Accents & Elements tin. Daniel actually picked out the flowers, put the brad in and stuck the flower to the tin with a pop-up glue dot! I'm going to put a supply of handmade cards in the tin for Shirley to use and enjoy.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I started with white textured cardstock and swiped my Barely Banana spot in both directions over the whole card front. I colored the 2 flowers from my Pretties kit with my spots and used an aquapainter to even out the color. I let the flowers dry overnight. (You could use a heat gun to speed up the process, but be sure to hold them down or they'll blow away!) I used a green brad from the Ice set to hold the flowers together.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: none; Paper: whisper white textured, Soft Sky Prints, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi; Ink: Barely Banana, Blue Bayou; Accessories: Ice Circle rhinestone brads, Soft Sky & Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon, pop up glue dots, photo corners punch
Saturday, January 12, 2008
First is Sketch Challenge 158 from SCS. This is called a kickstand card because the bottom of the card front is cut away, and the focal image helps the card stand up like a bike kickstand. You can change the size of the focal image. Mine will likely be bigger than the one in the sketch. Next is Beate's weekend sketch challenge. She always has great sketches! And she has a random drawing each week for a prize giveaway. In order to be considered to win, you have to link your card to the WSC thread on her blog. She also has links to other bloggers who make a card with her sketch.
And if the sketches aren't inspiring you, how about a color combo to try? This week's challenge from SCS (CC148) is Wild Wasabi, Barely Banana and Blue Bayou.
If these challenges inspired you, please post and let me know. Or tell me what inspires you when you're in a creative rut. Happy stamping!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: A Beautiful Thing; Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Cameo Coral, Cutie Pie designer paper; Ink: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke; Accessories: small & large tag punches, 1/8" hole punch, Apricot Appeal narrow grosgrain ribbon
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
The card I chose to CASE was a Christmas card done in Pomegranate and Black. I changed the stamp set, the colors and the designer paper. It isn't as good as her card, but I like it!
Suppies (all SU): Stamps: Priceless, Hugs and Wishes; Paper: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky Prints ds paper; Ink: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White craft; Accessories: slot punch, five petal flower punch, crafters tool kit, chocolate chip satin ribbon, Pretties kit
Saturday, January 5, 2008
I decided to use Wanted, which I got over a month ago and hadn't used yet, and Celebrate Everything is also new. I used So Saffron as my neutral. I stamped the medallion in So Saffron craft ink and heat set it to bring out the true color. (It stands out more IRL.)
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Wanted, Celebrate Everything; Paper: So Saffron, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa; Ink: So Saffron (classic and craft), Bue Bayou, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: cutter kit, chocolate chip satin ribbon, small star punch, scallop circle punch, sponge, Rich Regals brad
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Here are photos of a swatch book I made. It's a great way to try colors together without pulling out whole sheets of cardstock. For the cover, I used 2 chipboard coasters that I covered with designer paper. The coasters are 4 inches square. I used glue stick to adhere the paper and then coated them with matte Mod Podge.
For the inside, I cut 3 3/4 inch squares of all 48 colors of cardstock and cut each square into 3 strips; each strip is 1 1/4 inches. (That math degree comes in handy sometimes!) My Tonic paper cutter from SU really made this job easier! I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the cardstock. I was able to punch 10 sheets at a time, and I set the gauge for 3/8" so all of the holes were the same depth. No guessing!
The cardstock is organized the same way my cardstock is filed. It's alphabetical within each color family, and the color families go Soft Subtles, Rich Regals, Bold Brights, Earth Elements.
I punched the first hole in the cover at 2 inches then to get the other holes, I laid the cardstock pieces onto the cover and used them as my guide. It's held together by 1 inch notebook rings.
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
For the second punch, line up the right punched edge with the left edge of the V.
Then work your way to the left by lining up the left punched edge with the right edge of the V.
When you are finished, this is what it will look like. I layer it over something with a lot of contrast so the edge really stands out.
I made this card with the new Bali Breeze paper. I would never have come up with the color combo, but I love it! The Taken with Teal layer above the pattern is actually the reverse side of the paper. The center of the flower is the Build-a-Brad. You punch an image with the 1/2" circle punch, adhere it to the brad and then put a little acrylic bubble over the top. The Pumpkin Pie circle is 2 round tab punches adhered together.