Friday, April 29, 2011

Second workshop card

Our second workshop card featured the faux peeling wallpaper technique. This one is perfect for the Springtime Vintage DSP, don't you think? The key here is distressing the heck out of the paper. Pauline did a great job once she got over having to wreck the paper, LOL!
I made the card base 4 X 5 1/4 with a Rose Red mat (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) attached to the back of the card. The beauty of this is that I was able to use 2 4X4 pieces of DSP for the wallpaper, so I don't end up with any waste!
This card also features the Four Frames and Hodgepodge Happiness stamp sets.
P.S. I would not recommend using a border punch like I did. Three layers of paper was too much! It's very raggedy.
Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Faux mother of pearl

This card features faux mother of pearl. For this technique, I used scrunched plastic wrap to apply shimmer paint to white cardstock. (I used champagne although frost white is recommended. I also advise to apply it lightly.) After it dried, I sponged on Baja Breeze ink. I used the blossoms punch to punch out petals and then sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the edges of each petal. A Pear Pizzazz glimmer brad holds them all together.
The cardbase is Baja Breeze. The next layer is the sneak peek Paisley DSP. I ran it through the embossing folder and lightly sanded it to show the texture. To gather the ribbon, I applied sticky strip and just bunched up the ribbon and stuck it down as I went. Very technical, LOL!
Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Monday, April 25, 2011

Watercolored cupcakes

One of the Creative Crew challenges this month is to watercolor. Confession #1: I am not very good at watercoloring. Confession # 2: I am the creator of the challenge! I really did for ponygirl40, one of the Creative Crew who is fab at watercoloring. She gave us some tips, but I think I'm beyond hope!
I CASEd this card from Tessa Wise, one of the SU Artisan Award winners. I love the layout! I changed the DSP, but most of the rest of it is the same.
In order to get the dimension I wanted in my cupcakes, I used a blender pen on the lines; I just couldn't get the aquapainter to do what I wanted. I also added Moonlight accent ink for the frosting.

Here's a little sneak peek of what we'll be making at my workshop tomorrow night. I'll show you more on Wednesday!

Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Punch preview from the Summer Mini

I was very restrained in my Summer Mini pre-order, but I couldn't resist trying out the new triple punch that SU is offering! One punch has 3 different setting for 3 different sets of punched images. (The flowers on my card use (L-R) outside edge from either 2 or 3 with inside piece of 3, 1 and inside piece of 2, 1 and inside piece of 3. If you look at the punch images in the catalog, that should make sense.)
I think I got the color combo from Dawn Olchefske's blog: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz. Definitely summery! And look at all of the rhinestones I added, not to mention the glimmer brad! If you receive this card, you can be sure that I like you a lot.
The background stamp is Teahouse, and the sentiment is from the Level 1 hostess set Afterthoughts.
Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inspired by clothing

At church on Sunday, one of the ladies in the choir was wearing a beautiful jacket that looked so spring-y! The colors were: Black, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight on a white background. It inspired me to make a card! I changed white to vanilla so I could use my First Edition DSP from the Occasions Mini. It's thinner, so it's perfect for layering! The card base is Daffodil Delight. The other DSP layer is from Greenhouse Gala and the level 1 hostess pack. I adhered them to Basic Black and ran them through the square lattice folder in the Big Shot. The stamp sets I used are Oval All (haven't used that in forever!) and Build a Blossom. The punches are: Blossom, large oval and scallop oval. I also used a Poppy Parade glimmer brad and Baja Breeze seam binding. I gathered it by pulling a thread from the center. Happy stamping! Jana Signature

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bendy fold card

One of the Creative Crew challenges for April is to use Blueberry Crisp DSP or its colors: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy. I decided to make one of Emma F's bendy fold cards. You can find her instructions here.
I stamped the grass in Pacific Point and then stamped the flowers in Not Quite Navy craft ink and embossed with Irridescent Ice EP. I also stamped the grass on the 2 front pieces. Crochet trim, a sentiment and rhinestones are the finishing touches.

Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sock monkey!

I just got More Sock Monkey Accessories. Isn't he adorable in the wagon? I stamped the wagon onto Very Vanilla cardstock and again on Cherry Cobbler. I watercolored the wheels and handle on the Very Vanilla and cut out the wagon from the Cherry Cobbler. I cut out my watercolored Sock Monkey (including cutting out his left arm to hang over the wagon) and adhered him to the Very Vanilla piece and then added the wagon on top. I also watercolored the cupcake and stamped the hat on Marina Mist and cut them out and added them to Sock Monkey.
The cardbase is Marina Mist with Jolly Holiday DSP layered on top. I ran the whole cardfront through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I lightly sanded it to make the dots stand out more.

A knotted piece of twill tape (adhered with Mono Multi) completes the card.

Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four Frames and Paisley Petals

Isn't that stamp awesome??? I really love the new Four Frames stamp set. The card base is Crumb Cake, and the DSP is matted with Not Quite Navy. I used a piece of Sticky Strip to adhere the Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon. (You'd better order that ribbon now because it's not in the Summer Mini! SOB) I cut out the butterflies with the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Monday, April 4, 2011

In the style of ponygirl40

One of our Creative Crew members is ponygirl40 (her real name is Lisa!). She has a beautiful vintage artsy style that I am so envious of! I created this card using a few of her signature moves: faux peeling wallpaper, watercoloring and pearls. I embossed the flower so that I could do a better job of watercoloring. I used Concord Crush ink and an aquapainter, and all the variation in tone came from that one ink! Supplies: Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral; Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, First Edition DSP, Lap of Luxury DSP; Ink: Whisper White, Black StazOn, Concord Crush, Crumb Cake, VersaMark; Accessories: black EP, heat gun, sponge, Basic Black satin ribbon, sticky strip, pearl, decorative label punch, aquapainter Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Saturday, April 2, 2011

2011-12 Catalog Sneak Peek!

During the month of April, you can purchase Paisley Petals DSP and the Four Frames stamp set from the upcoming 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalog. To purchase these items, simply place a $20 order during April! The stamp set coordinates with the decorative label punch, and the DSP is different from SU's usual style.
Paisley Petals DSP $9.95 Four Frames stamp set

Wood-mount: $20.95

Clear-mount: $15.95

I'll be posting a project using these items next week.

Happy stamping!

Jana Signature

Clearance Rack with Grab Bags!

Stampin' Up has added some great items to the Clearance Rack! They also have something new--grab bags! There are 3 different Grab Bags: $5 ($20 value), $10 ($40 value), $15 ($60 value). Each bag contains a variety of discontinued items such as ribbon, chipboard, Designer Series Paper but no stamps or tools. (Not all grab bags are unique, so if you order more than one, they might be the same.) Be sure to choose me as your demonstrator before ordering to get the preferred price! Happy stamping! Jana Signature