Showing posts from March, 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.
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…

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 s…

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 a…

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. . 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! . 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! . Card Ingredients: . Stamps: She's All That Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Bali Breeze …

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. . 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 …

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. . 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. S…

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??


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

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

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 li…

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 …

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…