Friday, October 31, 2008
Today's card is by Sue Begger. I love all of the Sizzix dies that she used; I'm so jealous of the folks who have one. I especially love the Top Note die. I also like the chalkboard technique combined with the Upsy Daisy stamp set, and the colors she used are so pretty!
I am leaving on Sunday for Florida to train a class for work. I will be gone for 3 weeks, and I get to come home for a weekend after 2 weeks. That means I won't be doing much stamping, but I will keep my regular posting schedule. I have a few things I've made but haven't shown you yet, and I have more swap cards too. I'll still be checking my e-mail too.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Scandinavian Season; Paper: Kraft, Junior Varsity DSP, Riding Hood Red textured; Ink: White StazOn, VersaMark; Accessories: gold EP, heat tool, gold elastic cord, 1/16" hole punch, Alpine Ribbon Originals, Chit Chat rub-ons, Country Living Holiday Collection chipboard
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I stamped the tree from Scandinavian Season in VersaMark and embossed it in gold. Then I put the cut-out oval opening over it and sponged on Old Olive. I used the scallop border punch on the bottom of the card and then used the Scandinavian wheel in Real Red across the inside of the card. I sponged Chocolate Chip around all of the card's edges and added the rub-on sentiment. The last thing to do was tie on the ribbon. I'm not totally pleased with the result, but I think it has promise. I'm going to fiddle around with it some more and see if I can come up with my card for this year. I have to decide by Saturday so I can take all of the stuff with me to Florida.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Scandinavian Season, Scandinavian wheel; Paper: Kraft; Ink: VersaMark, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red; Accessories: Chit Chat rub-ons, Alpine Ribbon Originals, Coluzzle, gold EP, scallop border punch, sponge
Friday, October 24, 2008
For the workshop part of it, they made the Inspired by Nature bleach card, the Lovely as a Tree moonlighting bookmark card and Lauren Meader's tote bags. Then I demonstrated a ton of techniques for them. Here's a partial list: dry embossing, faux dry embossing, rick rack, dazzling diamond dust, folding using punches, watercolor banded brayer, emerging color, wax paper resist, baby wipe, shadow embossing, magic pastels, emboss resist. I think that's most of them; I may have missed one or two. Norma and Beth took notes, although one of Norma's notes said, "Ask Beth!" Mama decided to rely on her great memory as well as Beth and Norma's notes.
Here is Daniel playing ship captain at the Georgia Aquarium.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I used my favorite new stamp set, Inspired by Nature. I stamped the grass image onto Always Artichoke with bleach. I was expecting to get a pale yellow, but I got a beautiful pale plum instead! On top of that, I stamped the flowers with Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed it with clear EP. I kept the card simple because I wanted the image to be the star.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Inspired by Nature; Paper: Pale Plum, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Chocolate Chip craft; Accessories: bleach, ticket corner punch, key tag punch, clear EP, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, Rich Regals brads
Friday, October 17, 2008
The place card is made from a quarter sheet of cardstock folded in half, so you can get 4 from a full sheet. The front of the card measures 4 1/4 X 2 3/4. I used Very Vanilla sponged with Always Artichoke layered on the front.
The turkey feathers are scallop circle punches in Real Red, Always Artichoke and More Mustard from the Patterns hostess pack of DSP. His body is a 1 3/8" circle punch. The head is a 1" circle punch. The hat is a 3/4" square cut in a pilgrim hat shape. The eyes are from the double circle punch, and the buttons are 1/4" circles. His beak is from the ticket corner punch. (The one in the magazine used Boho Blossom punches for feet, but I don't have that punch. And I think he looks fine without feet!)
The next pictures show how to fold the feathers. (I think they would make a nice flower too!)
The first step is to count 5 scallops and fold up.
Next fold in half at a 90 degree angle to the other fold and then unfold it.
Fold the two edges in to the center line (like folding a paper airplane).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
If this were a full card, I would start with a Lovely Lilac card base and stamp the front with Canvas using Elegant Eggplant ink. Then I would take a 4 1/4 X 2 3/4 piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and emboss one end with the little flowers from the Flower Frenzy brass template. (Bonus: the template fits EXACTLY on the 4 1/4 end of a card!) I covered the seam with the new So Saffron polytwill ribbon. Since part of it is covered by the focal image, I cut just enough that the ends would meet in the front.
I used the oval template of the Coluzzle to cut out the white and kiwi layers. I stamped the branch image and then lined up the brass template over the image. The Empressor makes it easy to emboss without a light table! I adhered the ovals with dimensionals.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Canvas; Paper: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant; Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant; Accessories: Coluzzle, Empressor, Flower Frenzy CBT, So Saffron polytwill ribbon
I am flying out today to visit my mama for a week. I'm super excited to have an all-day workshop with Mama, Norma and Beth; even though they have been my customers for a long time, I have never done a workshop for them in person since I live in Minnesota and they live in Georgia. I am going to show them lots of fun stuff! Hopefully I will remember to take pictures to post when I get back. I have posts scheduled for you while I'm gone, so don't feel neglected!
Monday, October 13, 2008
You get 10 pages if you don't count the front and back which adhere to the cover, and it uses 1 sheet of 12 X 12 paper. I chose Urban Garden because it's my favorite! Yes, I used a whole sheet of DSP all for myself!!
You can find Jan's great directions here on SCS.
I made my cover from Baja Breeze textured cardstock. It was 4 1/2" wide and 8 1/2" long. I scored on the long side at 3 1/4", 3 1/2", 6 3/4" and 7". This made the cover 3 1/4" X 4 1/2" with a 1/4" allowance for the thickness of the pages, and it also gave a 1 1/2" flap.
I made a belly band from Basic Gray textured cardstock. It was 3/4" wide and 10" long. I scored on the long side at 4 1/2", 4 3/4", 9 1/4" and 9 1/2". This leaves 1/2" to adhere to close the band.
Tip of the day: Decorate the cover before you adhere the pages inside! I didn't, and now the cover doesn't lay flat for stamping.
Supplies(all SU except business cards): Stamps: none; Paper: Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze textured, Basic Gray textured, business cards; Ink: none; Accessories: ticket corner punch, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon
Friday, October 10, 2008
For this card, I used Beate's sketch from the previous week; I just love that 3-panel layout! The stamp set I used is Flores Suaves; it's from SU's new Spanish catalog, and it's gorgeous! I chose the tulip image and inked the stem with Basic Gray then stamped off once before inking the flower with Pink Pirouette. I stamped the bee with Basic Gray and then colored the wings with Pink Pirouette using an aquapainter.
SCS has a new monthly challenge called Cards for a Cause. Each month, they choose an organization that would love to receive your hand-crafted cards. SCS collects the cards and sends them to the organization. This month's recipient is Chemo Angels. You can learn more about how you can help in this thread.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Flores Suaves; Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Parisian Summer DSP; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, VersaMark; Accessories: aquapainter, Glassy Glaze EP, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Here are the 4 envelopes cut from designer paper. I used dimensionals to stick down the scalloped envelope flaps.
The next step is to fold in the side flaps and adhere the flaps to each other. (Sorry I don't have a picture of that; I was having camera issues.)
Here is a view of the inside of the box. After this picture, I adhered the flaps to the inside of the box.
The last step is to fold in the bottom pieces like you're closing a cardboard box. I put a 3 3/16" square of cardstock in the bottom. You can add a handle to create a basket. On the SU site, a demonstrator used it as a Post-It note holder, so I decided to do that.
The box is 3 1/4" square and 2 1/4" tall.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Fundamental Phrases; Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip craft; Accessories: ticket corner punch, double rectangle punch, word window punch, Chocolate Chip narrow grosgrain ribbon
Friday, October 3, 2008
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Sanded; Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Junior Varsity DSP; Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive; Accessories: ticket corner punch, small tag punch, Rich Regals brads, Flower Fusion
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
You all know I love the Sock Monkey, so I was happy to make a card with him on it. He is so versatile! It would be easy to make this a birthday card by swapping out the cupcake for the hearts. In fact, this is very similar to the Sock Monkey spring card that I made for Daniel's birthday.
Supplies (all SU): Stamps: Sock Monkey, Whimsy jumbo wheel; Paper: Whisper White, Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red; Ink: Creamy Caramel, Black StazOn; Accessories: scallop border punch, round tab punch, Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon, watercolor wonder crayons