Monday, June 30, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Tres Chic; Paper: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue; Ink: Rose Red craft, Brilliant Blue; Accessories: On Board chipboard, ticket corner punch, Eastern Eclectic rub-ons, Whisper White narrow grosgrain ribbon
Friday, June 27, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: A Beautiful Thing; Paper: Glossy white, Wild Wasabi; Ink: VersaMark, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, StazOn black; Accessories: Die Cut Blooms, bulk buy rub-ons, Ice Circles rhinestone brads, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
What is a workshop wow? Let me quote Patty: Something that you can do at a Workshop, that's still fairly easy, but makes your Customers say "Wow, I can do that!"
This week's challenge is to use rose/roses on your card. I don't have any rose stamps, so I used Regal Rose and Rose Red.
So what do I think makes my card a wow? Here is how I took a basic design and stepped it up: 1. I made the focal image into a tag and added some fab ribbon. It's also on shimmery white cardstock; that's a wow on its own! 2. I used a coordinating wheel across the card base. 3. I used a Build a Brad in the center of the O and applied a small rub-on to the top of the plastic "bubble". Hopefully, now you're saying, "Wow, I can do that!"
If you're a demonstrator, and you'd like to play along with any of the challenges, you can find the Demo Challenges Forum here.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Daisy Dash jumbo wheel; Paper: Shimmery White, Regal Rose, Rose Red; Ink: Night of Navy, Regal Rose, Rose Red; Accessories: Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals, 1/2" circle punch, Pewter Build a Brad, bulk buy rub-ons
Monday, June 23, 2008
I used the Floral background in So Saffron craft ink then embossed with Irridescent Ice EP; only a little stuck, so it's not too sparkly. Then I sponged the edges of the petals with Pumpkin Pie to add a little definition to them. I added a Pumpkin Pie felt flower and a brad to the center.
I tore the edge of the card and sponged it with So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie. I stamped the vine image from the Fresh Cuts stamp set in Old Olive then added ribbon and a flower slide at the fold of the card.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Floral, Fresh Cuts; Paper: Fresh Cut notes; Ink: So Saffron classic and craft, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: Irridescent Ice EP, sponge, Old Olive polytwill ribbon, Flower Fusion, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware
Saturday, June 21, 2008
First, put your ink cartridge and wheel into your handle. Ink up the wheel and bring the seam in the rubber to the front. (Important tip: Make a note of how you put the wheel in the handle by checking which side the label is on. You need to be able to put it back in the same way later.)
Line up the wheel seam with the edge of the cardstock. (I also used my wheel guide since I would be wheeling twice.)
Wheel across the cardstock. Repeat if desired. Remove the wheel and ink cartridge from the handle. Rinse and dry the wheel.
Put the wheel back into the handle the same way it was before. Roll the wheel across a white craft pad a few times. Bring the rubber seam to the front again. Line up the seam with the edge of the cardstock and wheel!
The white will be offset a little from the original making it appear as a shadow. The trick to making this work (for me anyway) is NOT to try to make it offset but to try to line it up the same. Since it's pretty much impossible to line it up, it will usually be offset just the right amount.
I would also recommend using the same color ink and cardstock to enhance the shadow effect.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: All Through the Year, Garden Annuals wheel; Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Mellow Moss; Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Mellow Moss, Whisper White craft; Accessories: Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, horizontal slot punch, ticket corner punch, 1/16" hole punch, Ice Circles rhinestone brads, wheel guide and handle
I have some exciting news to share: I will now be co-hosting the Workshop Wow demo challenge on Wednesdays on SCS. My co-host is the fabulous Patty Bombyk, known as pattyb on SCS. I'm really excited! If you're an SU demo, be sure to come and check out the challenges! They are a lot of fun as well as a great way to get workshop ideas. We are in the process of reworking the challenges to make them easier to use in planning your workshops.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
For the workshop wow demo challenge, we were supposed to make a wow card to feature for the eScape promotion. Don't forget that we are supposed to eScape on June 25, one week from today! I don't have Circle of Friendship from the promotion, but we could substitute another circle stamp.
Hopefully, you can tell how fabulously glittery the flower is! Stampin' Up posted a video for demonstrators showing how great the Heat & Stick powder works with chipboard and glitter. Somehow, I didn't think of this before, so it's a good thing they told me! LOL I coated the chipboard with VersaMark and then poured on the H&S. I heated it just until the powder turned shiny and then poured on the glitter (purple of course!). Finally, I briefly heated it again to set the glitter down into the adhesive. Definitely a wow!
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Be Happy; Paper: Basic Gray textured, Soft Sky, Soft Sky Prints; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray; Accessories: On Board Basics, heat & stick powder, fine cosmo glitter, 1 3/8" circle punch, Wild Wasabi ds grosgrain ribbon
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I decided to combine two techniques: Watercolor Wash and Banded Brayer. Watercolor Wash is the featured technique on SCS this week. You basically wash color onto wet watercolor paper and use it as a background. Banded Brayer is a technique that Britta Ward demonstrated a couple of years ago. You use Stampin' Spots to ink up your brayer, similar to a Spectrum pad. What I did was wet a piece of watercolor paper, let it sit a minute and then brayer the color onto it. Then I wet the paper again and brayered some more without reinking to blend the color more. Then I let it dry overnight.
I stamped images from Doodle This with Black StazOn and added white gel pen accents. I put a turquoise button in the center of the small flower and a lavender rhinestone brad in the center of the big flower. I punched photo corners from Shimmery White cardstock and mounted them onto a Gable Green card base; then I mounted the watercolor paper using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Supplies: Stamps: Doodle This; Paper: watercolor paper, Shimmery White, Gable Green; Ink: black StazOn, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore; Accessories: photo corner punch, white gel pen, Fresh Favorites buttons, Ice Circle rhinestone brads
P.S. This is not the card I'm sending in to SU. I used the same technique for a totally different look that I'm hoping is a winner!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Here are your random numbers:32 21 8 33 17
Timestamp: 2008-06-14 01:36:28 UTC
So the winners are:
# 8: Mary Jo said...
Wow, 20,000 hits. Congrats!!! Love your blog, you inspire me with your creativity. I really hope to see some birds and owls in the catalog. Keep going and many more hits to come.
# 17: misse336 said...
I'm hoping for some type of bling (rhinestones, pearls, etc) and/or the ability to buy their stamps unmounted (for less money) since I'm running out of storage space.
# 21: Annelies said...
I would love some great backgroundstamps I could use on my christmascards!Greetings from Belgium, Annelies
# 32: Lori said...
Congrats on all your hits! I would like to see more punches, wheels, and christmas sets. Thanks for the chance to win...And I love your blog!
# 33: Cindy said...
ITs all new and exciting to me. Only paper crafting since March and I love every new stamp, tool, product I come across!
Congratulations to all of you! Please e-mail me your snail address so I can send your winnings.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
**Just one more day to enter for the blog candy. Please post your comment by 7PM Central time Friday.**
Two people will each win half of the level one Prints hostess set. These colors are only available in the hostess set. They are Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Apricot Appeal, Real Red and Pretty in Pink.
One person will win 50 pieces of chipboard.
One person will win the retired level one hostess set Small Script, and one person will win the retired daisy punch.
How do you win? Leave me a comment of course! Tell me what you are hoping to see in the SU Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog coming your way on August 11. Please number your comment (current # of comments plus one) and one comment per person. The drawing will close on Friday, June 13 at 7PM Central Time.
I will try to leave this post at the top until then, so please scroll down for more recent posts.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Tres Chic; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Real Red; Ink: Basic Gray; Accessories: Ticket corner punch
Monday, June 9, 2008
For the tutorial photos, I used a 4" square of Creamy Caramel cardstock and the large swirl from Priceless. The first thing I did was make a dot in the center of the square with my Versamarker. (You could really use anything if you are going to put something in the center like I did.)
I used my Stampamajig to stamp the swirl 4 times in Versamark then I embossed with clear EP.
I brayered Basic Brown ink over the square in both directions. The first layer will look uneven, but the second layer in the other direction will help even out the color. You could also use Chocolate Chip. Let it dry for a few minutes and then wipe the excess ink off the embossed areas.
Next I stamped the berry branch from Always in Chocolate Chip between the swirls. Wipe away the excess ink again.
Next, I stamped Sanded background in Basic Brown. Again, wipe away the excess ink.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
For those of you who've never done Poppin' Pastels (or have forgotten it), you stamp the image in Versamark then color it with chalks. The chalk sticks to the Versamark but not anywhere else.
If you play along, please link your card here so I can admire it! Use ISC18 as a keyword in the SCS gallery.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Always; Paper: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky Prints, Bali Breeze DSP; Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Corner rounder punch, Chocolate Chip polytwill ribbon, Stampin' Pastels
Check back in the next couple of days for a tutorial for an AWESOME technique that you may not have seen yet. Also, I am coming up on 20,000 hits and it's almost a year that I've been blogging, so I'm thinking some blog candy is required...
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Here's a close-up of the chipboard star. Here's what Rhonda did: First, she inked up the star with Black Staz-on. Then she stamped Tres Chic in Silver. She suggested laying the stamp rubber side up to ink and stamp so you can choose which word is centered on the star. Next came a coat of Versamark followed by Hologram Highlights EP. It's even more gorgeous in person. Thanks for sharing, Rhonda!
P.S. Today my darling son graduates from high school!! I'll post pics tomorrow.