Thursday, September 30, 2010

Embossed Card Colored with a Brayer

This is one of the cards we made in my Technique's class last week-end.
The base is Very Vanilla cut at, 4 1/4" x 11. Then we took a another piece of Vanilla, cut at 4" x 5 1/4" and ran it though the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, (page 214). I wanted the embossed area to be colored in, so we took a brayer inked up in Cherry Cobbler and very carefully, brayered over the entire piece. Its so striking, don't you think? You really don't need much more. So we used our Always Artichoke & Cherry Cobbler markers and colored in the mistletoe stamp from Peaceful Season, (level 2 hostess set, page 6 of the holiday mini) and stamped it on Vanilla, sponged it with Always Artichoke and mounted it on a piece of Artichoke. This is the set that Shelli (Co-founder of Stampin' Up!)gave us at convention along with a Cherry Cobbler ink pad, Deck the Halls dsp & glass glitter, all from the Holiday Mini. Yes you read it right, we got it FREE! And we got to see the products before anyone else, because we couldn't even pre-order from the mini yet. Another perk of being a demo and attending convention. Seems we always get something extra. Okay, back to the card. I stamped the sentiment from Word Play, (page 147) in Cherry Cobbler and punched with the Wide Oval Punch & sponged. That was layered on the Decorative Label Always Artichoke piece. Added some Always Artichoke 1/2" ribbon and some of those gorgeous Rhinestones that are self adhesive.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Card

Here is the last of my Stamp-a-stack cards for last week.
The base is Rich Razzleberry, cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored in the middle. Took Rich Razzleberry and stamped the words from French Foliage, (page 14 of the Holiday Mini) randomly on the top half of the card. Cajun Craze was used for the drops. We then took half of a Top Note (page 207 of the big catalog, this is a Sizzix die) and stamped the leaves, words and drops in Old Olive, Cajun Craze & Rich Razzleberry. Then we crumpled it up and used the distressing kit, (page 195) with the Tea Stain ink and the blank stamp. You just ink up the blank stamp and slide it across your card stock, then mist it with water, and you get an aged look, the ink runs a bit. This piece goes on the bottom half of your card. Added the Cajun Craze button and the Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot. Punched out an Old Olive Modern Label and stamped the Thanksgiving, (Teeny Tiny Wishes, page 157) on Whisper White and punch that out with the window word punch.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside. (my battery died). I took another Top Note and stamped a couple of leaves in the corner and mounted inside my card. My husband is my best critic and he didn't think that the Razzleberry was much of a fall color. What do you think?

More Cards!

Here is a Halloween card I cased from someone, but I can't remember who.
Started off with a 4 x 8 base in Black, scored in half. Ran it though the Big Shot using the Spider Web embossing folder, (page 6 of the Holiday Mini). Using the new Tasteful Trim die (page 17) and the Wicked Fun Specialty dsp, (page 172, of the big catalog), we die cut the scallop piece and mounted it along with a 1/4" strip of Rich Razzleberry c/s along the side of the card. Next with my 1 1/4" circle punch, punched a circle in the bottom right side of the card. Then with a piece of Rich Razzleberry punched a 1 1/4" circle and then a 1 3/8" circle right over the first punch. That will give you the ring to put around the one punched in the card. For the inside I layered a piece of Whisper White card stock sponged with Rich Razzleberry. Stamped the sentiment through my window in Rich Razzleberry from Wicked Cool, (page 23 of the big catalog). Then added some bats punched out with the new Bat Punch, (page 201) in black. To finish it off, spritzed with the Shimmer Paint and alcohol. This looks really cool in person. The black just shimmers.......
Next up is a Christmas card using the level 2 Hostess set in the Holiday Mini, Page 5. Started with a Cherry Cobbler base cut at, 4 1/4" x 11". We used our Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler markers to ink up the mistletoe on a piece of Very Vanilla. Stamped that in the left corner and the sentiment is from Bells & Boughs (page 19) in Cherry Cobbler. The ornament is from Tags Til Christmas, (page 24), and stamped in the same color on a piece of Vanilla and punched out using the ornament punch, (page 203). This was mounted with dimensionals. My ribbon at the bottom isn't ribbon at all, its Waffle Paper (page 21). I took a 1 1/2" strip and folded the cut ends to the back and pleated the Waffle Paper. You just run a strip of snail and start pleating. I added one of the new Always Artichoke buttons, (page 17) to the center and then spritzed with the shimmer paint and alcohol mixture.
If you need help with the Waffle Paper, let me know and I will do a tutorial.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Christmas Cards!

For my Holiday Stamp a Stack we did 5 cards. Here are two of them.
First one uses the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, (page 26 of the Holiday Mini) & the Northern Frost Decorative Strip, (page 38). We started with a Baja Breeze base and added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and then another layer of Baja Breeze that was embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. Then we layered snowflakes from the Northern Frost Decorative Strip on top of the embossed snowflakes with a dimensional and added one of our new adhesive backed Pearls (page 188). Love these Pearls and Rhinestones! The sentiment is from Word Play, (page 147) that was stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto Whisper White. Punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch and layered that on Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circle, (page 201). Finished off with a spritz of Shimmer paint and alcohol mixed together.
Next is our Christmas Collage, (page 20). Inked up the stamp with a brayer in Always Artichoke and rolled it over this big back ground stamp. Stamped on Vanilla card stock. Mounted this piece on a piece of Deck the Halls (page 18) dsp and then onto the card base of Always Artichoke. We stamped the "25" again on a piece of Vanilla and punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch. Then we took two lengths of Gold Waffle paper (page 21, you get 5 yards of gold & silver), folded it in half length wise. Added some snail to the back of the 25 and gently pleated or gathered the waffle paper around the circle. This was mounted with dimensionals. Added a bow using our Always Artichoke 1/2" seam binding, (page 21) & some Pearls on the holly leaves from the back ground stamp. Also sprayed this card with the Shimmer paint and alcohol mixture.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Another Birthday Card!

This is a birthday card for my BIL. Very much a tone on tone. This is a 5 x 5 card. Started with a Crumb Cake base and added another layer of Crumb cake stamped with the Medallion stamp, (page 142) in Crumb Cake. Then I stamped it again using Soft Suede and punched out the center and mounted with dimensional. The ribbon is retired. The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, (page 153). The punch is from the Holiday mini, page 25, Decorative label. Another simple card.
I got all my birthday cards done before their birthdays and mailed off. Yahoo! First time for everything. Maybe I can go for 2 months in a row..........we'll see!

Happy Birthday Carol!

This is a birthday card I made for my adopted Mom. Her birthday was yesterday, she is 72 years young.
The card base is Marina Mist, with a layer of Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White on that. I stamped the Ornate Blossom, (page 99) in Marina Mist and then again in Pear Pizzazz and cut out the center of the blossom and mounted with dimensionals. I added some of our Pearls, (page 188) to the bottom of the blossom and sponged all around the whisper white with Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, (page 153) and punched it out using our new Decorative Label punch in the Holiday Mini, (page 25). Added some of our 1/2" Stitched Poly ribbon in Pear Pizzazz and you're done.
I love the Al-a-cart stamps that Stampin' Up! sells. Most of them are on page 18-20.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Lynne B.!

One of my "Bestest" (is that a word?) friends is having a birthday next week and this is my card to her. Hopefully she won't read my blog. (Hi Lynne B).
My card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Baja Breeze followed by a layer of Vanilla card stock that was stamped with the En Francais back ground stamp, (page 142) in Soft Suede ink. But before I stamped with the En Francais stamp, I stamped the flower from the Because I Care, hostess set, (page 11)ion a piece of Vanilla card stock and then again on a piece of scratch paper. I used Dotto (temporary adhesive) on the back of the second stamped image and then stamped the back ground stamp over that. I know, clear as mud! Email me if you have any questions. I colored in the flower with Baja Breeze & Marina Mist markers & cut it out. The sentiment is from, On Your Birthday, (page 153). I punched that out with the Modern Label punch. For the mat I punched out a Soft Suede one and cut it in half and mounted under each end. The ribbon is retired Grosgrain.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Stampin' Mist Resist!

I used the same technique for this card as I did for this card. My card base is Poppy Parade. I started off with a piece of Whisper White smooth card stock and covered entire piece with Pacific Point Classic ink using the direct to paper technique. Stamped the Medallion with Versamark Ink and spritzed with Stampin' Mist then stamped on the Pacific Point. The image gets lighter after you let it dry a bit. Almost looks like it was bleached. Added the ribbon in Poppy Parade to the top of the cards and stamped the Thanks from Thank you Kindly, (page 158), and added a Scallop Oval punch under it.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cards Using Fabric

For my first card I used Cherry Cobbler for my base and added a piece of Deck the Halls dsp (designer series paper). I roughed up the edges and tore it to give it a vintage look. I tore a piece of the Deck the Halls fabric into a long strip and ran a basting stitch down the center and gathered it and used mini glue dots to glue it down. For the flowers I took another piece of fabric that had been torn on both edges and twisted and turned it into a coil. I used the Sticky Pages to stick the fabric onto while turning and twisting. The small red flowers are small pieces of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" seem binding. I did these the same way, just twisting and turning. The saying is from Bells & Boughs (in the Holiday Mini, page 19). I used the Wide Oval punch to punch it out and gathered more fabric around the punched Oval. I cut off the legs of our Antique Brads and used a mini glue dot to adhere to the FABULOUS new buttons, (page 17) we have to match the fabric and dsp. The leaves are Always Artichoke.
The next card I have a base of Crumb Cake and used the same dsp as above on half of the card. The top half has been embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (page 214). Then I used a white gel pen to highlight the dots in the center of the flowers. The Vanilla Satin ribbon is centered between the two layers. I made 2 more fabric flowers as above with the leaves and the saying is from Word Play, (page 147). I used my Cherry Cobbler & Always Artichoke markers to color in the stamp on Vanilla card stock and punched out with the Wide Oval. That is layered on our new punch, Decorative Label in Always Artichoke.
This last card doesn't use Stampin' Up! fabric, but it still is a WOW! in my eyes. The base is Cajun Craze. I tore a piece of fabric on both sides and pleated it all the way across of the dsp, (Autumn Spice and it is much thicker that our other dsp's. Works great for boxes. Almost the same thickness and our card stock). that was punched using the Scallop Trim Border punch. Added a button with linen thread tied in a bow for the center of the pleated fabric. The saying and flower are from Day of Gratitude (page 12 of the Holiday Mini). I used markers to stamp the flower and punched it out using the Wide Oval Punch and that is layered on the Decorative Label punch in Old Olive.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Folded Fabric Christmas Ornament

Did you notice that we now have fabric in the Holiday Mini Catalog? And look what I made yesterday. This ornament is using the Candy Cane Christmas fabric found on page 16 of the mini. I did add the solid red fabric to complement our fabric. I love how it turned out and can't wait to make one using the Deck the Halls fabric next. I will be having a class to make these ornaments, so stay tuned......
Here is the other side. I was so happy I cut the strip fabric correctly. I'm usually the one who does it wrong.......
And here is a side view. The rick rack is made with our Tasteful Trim die on page 17. I cut 2 pieces of the large rick rack and then braided them together. The gal that thought the class had used "real" rick rack and braided it, so I thought I could do the same thing with fabric.
Edited to add: I will be working on a tutorial soon. I am offering this as a class on October 30th. I haven't worked out all the details yet. And I need to add a PayPal button onto my blog. And if you follow my blog, you know that I'm not the best when it comes to all this computer stuff, so be patient with me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Swap for Luv 2 Stamp Meeting Today.

Can I just say that Patty (Bennett) (my upline) has the bestest (is that a word) meeting! We had so much fun today and learned so much. She recognized the top sellers of our group and who knew I would be #2. Yes, #2 out of 150. She gave us all SU shopping sprees. How cool is that? So, I wanted to thank all of you who purchase through me. Its because of you! I also got a prize for sharing the most out of our group. And another prize for helping clean up. So I feel like I won the jackpot. I think I must be leaving something out. I'll share the certificates she printed in MDS (My Digital Studio) tomorrow.
Look how cute her tags are. She made these in MDS too! Just so stinkin' cute!
Here are some of the goodies I won. Waffle Paper, Buttons, Paper Daisies, Pearls & Rhinestones. I can't seem to get enough of the Pearls & Rhinestones. You do know that they have adhesive on them? Just use your paper snips (the tip) to pick them up. So easy! Now I need some ideas for the Waffle Paper, anyone???????

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Holiday Mini Finally! TOTE-ALLY Awesome Opportunity!

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