Friday, March 28, 2008

3/28 Orange Zest

How do you like to use your brayer? I prefer mine with a little bit of orange zest as these cards will attest to!! lol! My technique class for March is called Brayered Beautifully. Of course, I've been totally inspired by the non-stop Brayered Sky samples over at SCS so I felt like this brayer class was quite timely. I have planned out three cards and one of the cards we will make is pictured above. It uses one of my new favorite sets called Essence of Love from the Occasions Mini stamped with Black StazOn over a brayered background.
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Supplies:
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Stamps: Essence of Love
Paper: Basic Black, Glossy White
Ink: Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, StazOn Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Brayer

Yes, and of course, whenever I brayer, I always seem to mess up. A smudge here, a fingerprint there . . . opps, my stamp slipped a bit on the glossy . . . you know how it goes. So, out comes the guillotine cutter and chop, chop, chop . . . off go the ickies. Now I am left with a little piece of pretty! So, here we go . . . a couple of more cards just so I can use up those pretty scraps! These last two cards are sized at 4.25" x 4.25".
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Supplies:
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Stamps: Essence of Love, Antique Cracking (retired but similar to Weathered which is not retired!)
Paper: Basic Black, Brocade Blue, Apricot Appeal, Glossy White
Ink: Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, StazOn Black
Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Buttons, Orange Floss, Brayer, Dimensionals, Glue Dots


And my last scrap card . . . and this one with an Asian flair!
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Supplies:
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Stamps: Essence of Love, Bamboo Background (retired), Asian Art (retired)
Paper: Basic Black, Sage Shadow, Glossy White
Ink: VersaMark, StazOn Black, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange
Accessories: Natural Hemp, Dimensionals, Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

3/27 Lovely Pear


I can't sell my retired stamps because they are still so lovely to me! This card is a perfect case in point! The pear image comes from a 2001 stamp set called Sun-Ripened. I stamped it on glossy white paper with Basic Black and then colored it in with dye inks and my Aqua-painter. The word lovely is from a stamp set called Garden Silhouettes. The stitching is a current set called All in a Row. I recently purchased it and I just love the look it gives . . . no sewing for me!!

Did you noticed how the background behind the pear image is colored? I used a kleenex dabbed in reinker to swirl some color behind my image after I colored it with the Aqua-painter. It's important to swirl after the image is painted because if you do it before, the area that is swirled will resist the new ink that is coming on. That is why whenever I paint over glossy I do my background last as whatever is already painted will resist the next layer of color.

Remember all that Spring Cleaning I was doing? I somehow managed to wrench my neck while doing it . . . so I guess I better take it easy . . . maybe put that cleaning on hold for a few days . . . lol! Have a great day and have some fun STAMPING!!!

My Supplies for Lovely Pear:

Stamps: Sun-Ripened, All in a Row, Garden Silhouettes Paper: Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Bali Breeze Designer Paper, So Saffron Designer Prints Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal Accessories: Pewter Hardware, Prima Flower, Aqua-painter, Chocolate Chip Poly-Twill Ribbon

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

3/26 Looking Fabulous!

It's a BREEZE to look fabulous when you are working with Bali Breeze designer paper!!! My last Pomegranate Girl . . . and isn't she just totally fun? I used Taken with Teal as my card base and then layered on two strips of Bali Breeze. I grounded that with a strip of So Saffron Designer Print. My girl is stamped on Whisper White, layered onto Taken with Teal and popped up with dimensionals over a layer of Bali Breeze and Elegant Eggplant. Just a little "pretty" in the corner finished this card off perfectly.

This is the way I dye my Pretties Kit flowers. I squirt a drop or two of re-inker onto a plastic panel. The image sheet from the Stamp-a-ma-jig works great. Then I take my Aqua-painter and paint my flower with the re-inker. The flowers are so easy to dye and I love how I can make them match any color of paper and ink that I own.

I've been doing some spring cleaning this week. Oh my, this was long overdue! (Maybe should have started this about three springs ago!! lol!) Anyway, one of the items that I pulled out of it's deep, dark corner was a wooden chest that my ancestors used when they immigrated to America from Germany in the mid-1850's. They went the way of Louisiana and then up the Mississippi to settle in the heart of Missouri. Steve, the girls and I trekked down to that area of MO several years ago and meandered along the gravestones of people who made it possible for me to be here today. The chest doesn't look anything like it did when it came over though because in the early 1970's my mom decided to strip it and paint it!! (That was before refinishing antiques was a huge no-no! lol!) But the metallic blue, black and silver that she painted it works well in my kitchen so that is where I'm going to sit it for a while. Right next to the blue, silver and white flower bouquet that flanked the alter on my wedding day some 18+ years ago. Silk flowers are forever!

Card Ingredients:

Stamps: She's All That Paper: Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Bali Breeze, So Saffron Designer Prints Ink: Purely Pomegranate Accessories: Dimensionals, Pretties Kit

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

3/25 Bride


Here comes the bride! I mentioned in my last post that when we went up north, I grabbed colors that coordinated with Bali Breeze DP, thus you see my Pomegranate Bride! But, I LOVE her! I don't see many "bright" bride cards out there so this card is truly unique in that aspect.
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I think I will use this card as a congratulations on an engagement that I need to send out. . . totally fun and hip, just like the bride to be!
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I used glue dots to adhere the half-back pearls and the flowers with the brads from the Pretties Kit. I didn't want my prongs from the brads to go to the inside of the card, so I opened them up directly behind the flower and snipped off the tips so they would be a bit shorter. Glue Dots are fabulous when you want to adhere items with dimension to your projects. They are very strong! I've never had one fail me! Thanks so much for stopping in at my blog!
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Card Ingredients:
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Stamps: She's All That
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DP, So Saffron Designer Prints
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Silver Styled Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals

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Monday, March 24, 2008

3/24 Life is Good


The girls were on Spring Break last week so after a hectic start to the week, we slowed it down by going to our family cabin in northern Wisconsin. Of course I took a few stamping things with me and one of the sets I brought along was "She's All That." I love the way these girls look in Purely Pomegranate. You'll have to stay tuned and check out some other samples I made at the cabin last week. I'll upload them over the next few days.
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What stamping supplies do you bring with you when you go out of town? I always have a hard time narrowing things down as I have a whole wonderful room full of supplies to choose from. Eventually, I resorted to the same advice I give my customers . . . build your supplies one color family at a time. So, I focused on brights. I love bright, cheery colors. I grabbed a pack of Bali Breeze paper and let that be the starting point for the supplies I put in my bag. Then, to make it fun, I threw in my Pretties Kit and my new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware set.
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This card stayed on the simple side, but I just love the way the colors have so much pop. The girl is stamped with Purely Pomegranate, layered onto Tempting Turquoise and then raised on dimensionals over several more layers!
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Supplies to make Life is Good:
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Stamps: She's All That
Paper: Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Bali Breeze Designer Paper, So Saffron Designer Prints, Rose Red Designer Prints
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Dimensionals

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

3/9 Blossom Tag


Today the Featured Stamper at SCS is a Minnesota gal who I met once a long time ago at a SCS gathering. I remember Paris being very organized and having a lot of fun being the MC at our event. I decided to case THIS card from Paris's gallery. I changed the colors and the stamp sets. Paris had a more masculine feel to her card, mine is definitely more feminine. I made several of these cards to give out to guests coming to one of my clubs this week. My hostess LOVES anything to do with tags so I thought this card would be a nice fit for the theme of our event.
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I tried a new technique when I colored the blossom. I was reading one of my favorite blogs called "Confessions of a Ribbon Addict" and Jody Morrow shared a new technique that she created called "Drunken Watercolor." You can read about it HERE. I filled one of my Aquapainters with alcohol. I noticed Jody used 91% alcohol. My bottle was 70% but I think it still worked great. My Ruby Red looks very Ruby Red. Sometimes with water, you can lose a bit of the vividness of your re-inker. I used regular old Basic Black to stamp the flower onto Very Vanilla card stock, but I did heat set it before I painted.
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Supplies I used to create this card:
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Stamps: Embrace Life, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: Groovy Guava, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Ginger Blossom Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black to stamp the blossom, StazOn Black to stamp on the vellum
Accessories: Foam Tape, Stapler, Twill, Circle Punches, Tag Corner Punch
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Vellum Tips: I love to use vellum because it instantly ups the elegance factor of any given card. The main reason I used vellum as a layer on this card was because it helped to tone down the layer just behind it. The brightness of the paper competed a bit too much with the delicateness of my single blossom. Vellum is also a wonderful place to put a sentiment as black will really pop when you use it on vellum. I prefer to use StazOn Black when I stamp on vellum because it dries quickly and seems to be less likely to fade or smear. Attaching vellum can be a bit tricky. In this instance, I used a stapler - that also attached my twill. I also put a bit of glue behind my punched out blossom . . . otherwise the vellum seemed a bit flappy and that really wasn't the look I was going for!

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

3/8 Hero Kids

Isn't this a cute card? Think of how perfect it would be to send along with a kid going to camp or off to college. The main image stamp is from Hero Arts and it's called Hero Kids. I found it at a garage sale. I certainly couldn't just leave it sitting there . . . all lonely and begging for a second chance! I got it for a quarter or 50 cents, took it home and for a long time it sat in my drawer. Definitely not lonely anymore as Hero Kids had lots and lots of stamps for company!

I was just kind of puttering around in my stamping room when I came across the Hero Kids stamp and I decided today would be the day. I stamped the image and colored it. Then I needed to figure out how to show it off. So off I went to look at my ribbon and came across this really colorful one - 2 1/2" wide - that I picked up for next to nothing at my local thrift store. I held it up to my happy Hero Kids and it was a match!!! Now . . . what sentiment would work with this image and this ribbon??

Off to look through my book of sentiments. I went to the Friendship section and found the saying, "Wishing You Good Friends and Happy Memories" YES - is that perfect or what??? Perfect, perfect, perfect!!! And, it comes from an old retired Stampin'Up set called Holiday Hedgehogs! (This is why I never sell my old sets . . . you just never know when you'll need them! And plus, I love stamping with all my sets . . . or else why would I have bought them in the first place, kwim??)

I punched the sentiment out with the large tag punch and then layered it onto glorious green and real red and freehand cut around the tag so it could have a layered look. My main image took it's cue from the tag, too in that I layered it with the same colors and used the tag corner punch at the top of the image.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed reading about my creative process.

Stamps: Hero Arts Hero Kids (I think this is probably retired.), Stampin'Up retired Holiday Hedgehogs
Paper: Whisper White, Really Red, Glorious Green
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Tag Corner Punch, Large Tag Punch, Ribbon, Foam Tape, Markers to color the Hero Kids

My Tip of the Day: Do you have a sentiments book? Whenever I get a new stamp or stamp set, I stamp each sentiment into a binder under the category that I think it fits into. That way, when I need a sentiment for say a sympathy card, I just go to the Sympathy section of my Sentiment book and pick the image I want. It saves me a lot of time and it helps me remember what I have.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

3/7 A Little Cheer



Here's a card that would be sure to brighten a birthday! The Limited Supply Challenge today at SCS was to make a "little" card - anything 4.25" and smaller. This card is 4.25" square. It's a great size to work with and the best part is that you don't have to pay extra to mail it because it fits just fine into a regular card sized envelope. If you mail a square card in a square envelope, you pay 17 cents more.

This card uses the new die-cut blooms that you can find on page 14 in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. I love how these flowers can be layered in many different ways and give your project instant "pop". The sentiment is from one of our Sale-a-Bration sets called Lots of Thoughts.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Lots of Thoughts Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie Ink: StazOn Black Accessories: Die-Cut Blooms, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain, Foam Tape

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

3/6 Christmas Take Ten for March



This is the Christmas Take Ten card that my customers can do in March. Each month, I have a get together at my house to make 10 Christmas cards. By December, we'll have over 100 cards made and ready to go - stress free holidays is what I am striving towards!

I must admit, that I was inspired by THIS CARD created by juliemlacey at SCS. Isn't it a beauty? I did change it up just a bit, though, and I also decided to make my version flat for easy mailing. To highlight the center of the snowflake, I used the small flower stamp from Baroque Motifs.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Have a great day!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Snowfall, Baroque Motifs Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Wintergreen DP (retired) Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Satin Ribbon in Chocolate Chip

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

3/2 Cutie Pie Chick



I really didn't think I would have time to stamp today, but when I saw the sketch challenge at SCS this morning, I knew I would have to try to squeeze it in. I am NOT a night person . . . unless I am indulging heavily on chocolate! But, here I am - nearly 9:30 pm and I am posting my creation . . . which I only started on about an hour ago. I could have been done much quicker if I hadn't totally flubbed up my corners. I had to come up with a creative way to rescue my image panel since I didn't want to start all over on it. 3/4" Circle Punch to the Rescue!! It hid my big bad flub and now I think it looks pretty cute! I've heard that mistakes are the key to giving up or getting creative. Glad I opted for the latter.

Of course I love the cute little chick and making his little egg any color under the rainbow. Today I went with Cutie Pie Designer Paper. The little dots in each of my corners are just punched from Cutie Pie paper with a regular old hole punch. I really like that I used my wide ribbon. As soon as I saw the sketch, I had a feeling that a wide ribbon would be the perfect touch on this card. That ribbon is from the Ribbon Originals set called Jersey.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: A Good Egg
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cutie Pie Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Markers, Ribbon from Jersey Pack, Hole Puncher, 3/4" Circle Punch, Foam Tape

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

3/4 Pomegranate Wishes



The instant I saw "She's All That" in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I KNEW I would own it! lol! I put this together in about ten minutes this morning - talk about a quick card! There's just not much to it . . . but it still has "pop" and a little bit of bling!

The Color Challenge today at SCS was to use Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron. I knew I would use She's All That today no matter what the color challenge and as soon as I saw that the colors were happy and bright, I knew I would have to pick the birthday girl. There is also a bride, a girl drinking coffee and another girl who is expecting. I almost grabbed the drinking coffee girl because I am drinking coffee at the moment, too. But, then I would have to use her all the time I guess . . . so I went back to the birthday girl.

Anyway . . . isn't this CUTE???? Kasey, my eleven year old homeschooling daughter, just about flipped when she saw it . . . she said, "Mom, that's gonna sell some cards at dance!" Guess I'll have to get busy and make some more! lol! (For those of you who don't know, I donate profits from card sales at dance to the Minnesota Alliance for Dance Arts. The money goes towards dance scholarships and helps defray performance costs.)

Here are the card ingredients:

Stamps: She's All That from the Occasions Mini Catalog

Paper: Wild Wasabi Textured card stock, So Saffron Designer Prints, Rose Red Designer Prints, Whisper White

Ink: Purely Pomegranate

Accessories: Ribbon Slide from Styled Silver Hodgepodge Kit (also new in the Occasions catalog), Pretties Kit Flowers, Aqua brush and reinkers to dye the flowers, Fire Circle Rhinestone brad, Glue Dot

Just a little Tip - If you don't have just the right color of ribbon . . . you can make your own! That's what I did here. I took a strip of paper from the So Saffron Designer Prints Pack and cut a strip just shy of 1/4". Then, I slid my slider through and ta-da - instant ribbon!

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3/4 Garden Wedding


This is the wedding card that my customers will get to make at my Christian Inspiration Card Event on March 18. Isn't it stunning? Can you see the glitter? In real life, it is soooo sparkling! I must give credit to stampinfool2003 over at SCS for giving me the inspiration to create this card. She participated in the color challenge of River Rock with Black last week and created this beauty HERE. I loved her card . . . but of course, had to put a few of my own touches on it. I really wanted my flower to "pop" just a bit more so I stamped it again onto a piece of Shimmery White paper, cut it out and layered it onto my card. Shimmery White paper adds such richness and elegance to any card you make . . . it's just perfect for a wedding card. I stamped the sentiment on Shimmery White paper as well and used my oval punches for a finishing touch. The black ribbon comes from a Ribbon Originals pack called Jersey. This card measures 5 1/4" square and fits perfectly into the Whisper White 5 1/2" Square Envelopes that SU carries. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
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Supplies I used to make this card:
Stamps: All Holidays, From the Garden, French Script (retired but similar to the current background called En Francais)
Paper: River Rock, Basic Black, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: River Rock, Basic Black, StazOn Black (used when I stamped the flower & sentiment onto the Shimmery White to help make it "pop")
Accessories: Ribbon from Jersey, Oval Punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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