For the card on the right:
STAMPs: Snow Burst, Aida Background
INKs: Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery (craft)
PAPERs: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Wintergreen DSP
...THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR...
For the card on the right:
TRICK or a TREAT PULL-TAB CONTAINERS
Here is a sample for one of my upcoming classes. We'll be making these cute pull-tab cans filled with either a "trick" or a "treat". They make an awesome present for those special little "ghouls" in your life!
A TrIcK or a TrEaT? PULL TAB CONTAINERS!
October 14, 2007 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
October 15, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
You'll learn how to recycle those pull tab soup/veggie/fruit cans & turn them into cool Halloween treat (or trick) containers! We'll make 3 containers~ one trick & two treats! All supplies & treats will be provided! Call me at 406.2545 or email me to reserve your spot! Class is limited to 6 and the cost is $10.
EMBOSSING WATERCOLOR WONDER CRAYONS...
- Color the stamp with the crayons (you can blend more than 1 color!)
- Spritz the stamp with water (I use a fine misting spray bottle)
- Stamp the image
- Immediately dust with embossing powder & hit it with the heat gun!
PRIVATE STAMP CLASS SAMPLES
These are samples of a card class I did this past weekend. The ladies made 3 of each, most stampers were experienced and one was new. They all did a great job!
I tried something new with this class that I think turned out well. Each of the three cards (per holiday) utilized a different base card color, and the other elements of the card's colors rotated as well. (For example, with the christmas card we used real read, old olive, and river rock, with three different striped background designer papers, and 3 different colors of circles matting the greeting!) That way the three cards of each holiday looked different, plus I didn't deplete my stash of any one color! YAY!
My next Holiday Sampler Classes in September will be making 3 different sets of cards. The spots are filling up fast~ so if you'd like a spot, email me soon!
MORE MULBERRY BATIK...
I made this card after several attempts to use one of the new SU! hostess sets, Garden Silhouettes. It's such a beautiful set, but I felt like I wasn't doing it justice until I decided to use it with the mulberry batik. I like the way it looks so delicate... the way cherry blossoms always do.
I also tried my hand at faux stitching, which I used the petal pink marker for. Using this technique is a snap when you have Stampin' Up!'s paper piercing template!
STAMPs: Garden Silhouettes, Warm Words
INKs: Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Versamark, Petal Pink
PAPERs: Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS: Clear EP, Antique Brads
SU!'s WATERCOLOR WONDER CRAYONS...
I cannot tell you how "a-m-a-z-i-n-g" the Watercolor Wonder Crayons by Stampin' Up! are... they are fun, and easy & they make beautifully delicate images!
I recently got a set of the Earth Elements (now I wish I had bought all of the sets), and after using them all weekend, they hardly look touched! What a great value! I've had a hard time trying not to use them on EVERYTHING!
I bet you're thinking you've seen this color combo before... okay, I admit it! I L-O-V-E these colors together!
INKs: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
WATERCOLOR CRAYONs: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral
PAPERs: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cameo Coral
EMBELLISHMENTS: Glue dots, chocolate grosgrain
For this card I also used the French Flair background stamp, inked with really rust on the groovy guava paper. The stem & leaves are inked with almost artichoke & certainly celery, and the flowers are really rust & groovy guava on vellum paper, which is only attached to the base at the top, under the celery ribbon.
I embossed the sentiment.
When the stamped image is heated with an iron, the color of the paper is magically altered. Instead of adding color to the surface of the paper, the color of the paper itself is transformed! The result is a marbled or dappled antique look which is similar to batik fabric.
It's pretty cool & no two images are alike. It makes an image look somewhat batiked & bleached... I stamped the swirls on the top right with it, let it dry minutes & then ironed it.
Sometimes I feel really inimidated by scrapbooking... partially because I never feel like my pictures are good enough~ which is crazy, since I majored in graphic design & photography.
I guess what I mean is I never like pics of myself... that would be more accurate!
But I guess the most important thing about scrapbooking is:
- you do it for yourself
- there is no wrong way (at least that can't be fixed)
- it's more important to do it, than NOT do it!
FATHER KNOWS BEST...
When dad gets a card from me, he always looks closely at the envelope... if he sees a rounded flap (exclusive to Stampin' Up!) he always says..."Ooh~ this is a good one!"
So this year was no exception, he thought the color scheme was awesome, and especially like the 'Flannel Plaid' background used.
That's one reason dad is great... he really appreciates the time I take making cards for him. And he keeps every single one!
STAMPs: Linen, Artifacts, Frames & Finials, Flannel Plaid
INKs: Really Rust,Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Versamark
PAPERs: Really Rust, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS: Navy organza, aged copper brad, clear emboss powder
This card uses a retired stampin up set, Sweet and Simple Salutations, as well as a retiring set, Crosshatch background.
Hard to tell but the colors are Not Quite Navy for the cardstock base & layer & image ink, Night of Navy for the Crosshatch, and brushed silver cardstock for the other layer. The sentiment is silver embossing, and there is iridescent ice emboss on the image. Topping it of are navy brads.
I got this set last night & could not wait to use it!
The In Colors are all going away in 3 1/2 weeks, how sad!
Vintage Violet, Buckaroo Blue, True Thyme, etc... I'm thinking of buying at least 2 more packs of each of the "retiring" cardstock.
I "colored" the right side of the flower with a versamarker & added iridescent ice embossing powder. I like how the marker darkened part of the flower... what an easy way to add depth to something you've stamped!
...GOING TO THE CHAPEL...
Here are the invitations I sent out~ S-I-M-P-L-E.
I found silver envelopes & flat cards at Target (we all know how much I love Target) as well as the Fiskars Lace punch. Silver sheer ribbon & silver rings from Michaels accent the top.
I printed the text on sheer vellum using my computer & printer, then punched the top & bottom of the trimmed page with the lace punch.
You can't see it, but I stamped the silver flat with SU!'s French Flair background stamp & embossed it with silver. I then folded the vellum over, punched the top with SU!'s horizontal slot punch, to put the ribbon through, slid on the rings & tied it in a bow.
To finish it off, I stamped the flap of the envelope with a stamp from SU!'s Carte Postale & embossed with silver.
It's a small gathering, so I only had to make 10!
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT...?
My last few posts have mentioned things I've made for my secret sister.... so here's some explanation...
In January of this year I joined the online community Splitcoaststampers, thanks to the urging of my upline, Kelley!
Splitcoaststampers (from now on 'SCS') has an extensive gallery, displaying tons of ideas for almost every SU! stamp set! How cool is that?
And as a Stampin' Up! demo was also able to join the demo only forum, and participate in swaps with other demos as well as sign up for the SCS 7th Round of the Dabblin' Demo Secret Sisters! I had a blast getting 'happy mail' from my big secret sister, Sarah, and getting to know her, was a wonderful experience!
At the end of the round you send your little secret sister a "reveal" package, although Jen knew it was me all along (long story!) As part of her reveal, I bought a little 6x6 chipboard memory album at Target & covered it with au chocolate paper by SU! I also put together a 6x6 page of me & my little family all wearing funny hats!
Here is a pick of the whole package:
I took a paper towel & cut it to fit a plate. I then poured bleach onto the towel, but not too much! Then all you have to do is "ink" your stamp with the bleach & stamp away!!!
I stamped a whole sheet of card stock & then cut it up to make atc's. I had some left over, so I popped it onto this matchbook cover card for my secret sister!
I made this little card for my secret sister recently! I thought it was a really "fun" card, so this is what we'll be making in my next class!
I cut a piece of cardstock lengthwise in half, to give me a piece 4 1/4 x 11. Then I scored it at 3 5/8 & 7 1/4... I folded it at the score lines. It left a little overhang, which I trimmed off.
I punched the front flap with the big tag punch & the middle flap with the word window punch. Then I just filled in the rest!
...the virtues of ATCs...
ATC = Artist Trading Cards
"i just have to know- why ATCs? i guess i am not sure what the "value" of them is..."
"ATCs.... are awesome! like yesterday, i needed a baby card, but i didn't have time to make one, but i had gotten an extra atc for bundle of joy recently, so I slapped it onto the front of one of the su! mini cards (that come with envelopes) and stamped a sentiment inside & viola! done! the other thing i like about them is you can get 10 of them from one sheet of cardstock, as opposed to 4 cardfronts...so they are also economical. they can be stored in sport card pages, 9 to a page, so storage is good for them, too! there are thousands of other reasons, but i'll stop there!"
Matchbook Cover Cards
About a week ago I got a card in the mail that looked like a matchbook cover, and inside was a packet of Koolaid Lemonade! I was mesmerized... of course I'd seen these before, but this card was just SO VERY cute...
Anyway~ I just had to make some, so here is my take on this simple, but great card using a packet of seeds.
This would work with anything in a 'packet'... seeds, Koolaid, lotion samples, those funky air fresheners you hang in your car, Pop Rocks candy... I could go on! If you can think of anything else, let me know!
Finally catching up....
This blog will be dedicated to my stamping endeavors, and I hope to update it quite often. I exclusively demonstrate products by Stampin' Up!© ~ check out my demo site! I have lots of hobbies, but stamping has fast become my favorite!
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