Thursday, May 31, 2007

Birthday gift ensemble

I finally had a chance to see my sister to give her birthday present to her. So now I can post it for all to see.

I bought this lunch tin at Michaels. It is made by Provo Craft. I painted it with pink acrylic paint to match the colors in the paper. To adhere the pattern paper to the lunch tin, I used Mod Podge. I applied a thin coat directly to the tin using a foam brush, put the paper in place, and then applied another coat on top. Finally, I embellished with rick rack, stamps and ribbon on the handle.

The frappuccino bottle was decorated with some coordinating paper and organdy ribbon tied around the middle. And the best part... Hershey's kisses inside!

The notebook was covered with pattern paper. I embossed my Big Blossom stamp with white embossing powder, added rick rack for the stem, and cut out a leaf from green paper. For the letters "misc", I used my Cuttlebug Hippie Chick alphabet. I cut the letters out of cardboard from a cereal box. Then I cut them again out of pattern paper and glued to the cardboard. The bracket in front of the m is chipboard painted with white acrylic paint. I also punched a piece of Barely Banana cardstock with my Word Window Punch, and stamped "notes" on it with my Karen Foster snap stamps. I believe it is the 1/8" casual font. And, once again, I finished it off with lots of ribbon on the spiral wire at the top. I can't get enough ribbon, I love it! All in all, I'm pretty happy with the way this set turned out.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Who doesn't love a sale on stamps?

I couldn't resist the 50% off rubber stamps sale at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. I picked up two cute House Mouse stamps, and this is the first card I have made with either of them. To color in the image, I used Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. This technique is still fairly new to me, but I love the effect. First, you lay down the color with the Prismacolor pencils. To blend the color, you use blending stumps dipped in the odorless mineral spirits. I have heard that the blending stumps made in Taiwan are preferred by many crafters, rather than the ones from China. It has to do with the texture of the paper, and the ability to blend the colors. Practice makes perfect as they always say, so don't give up if you don't like the results right away. I find coloring in the images to be relaxing and fun. Maybe it brings out my inner child. Try it, you'll see!
Here are more card details:
Stamps: O Lucky Day from House Mouse line (Stampabilities) Riveting, Background Basics (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, Versamark
Other: Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits, circle punches, ribbon

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Digital Designs

My journey into papercrafting began about 10 years ago with scrapbooking. My first child was one year old, so I had all the inspiration I needed. I loved sitting down to work on my scrapbooks, and spending time with friends who shared the same interest. My two aunts always laughed at me because my very first scrapbook of my son as an infant had about 12 pages covering his first few days of life. That was before I realized I didn't have to include EVERY picture! Fast forward to the year 2000, and guess what? My twins were born! At that point my free time was severely limited, so I had to set scrapbooking aside for a while. I did pick it back up later, and I actually managed to complete 2 books for each of the twins. I found it to be a little more overwhelming, though. I was getting further behind, and it was hard to accomplish much in the little time I had. In 2003, my fourth (and last!) child came along. I made one book for him, since I couldn't possibly leave him out, and that was pretty much the last of my scrapbooking.

At that time my interest in rubber stamping began to grow. I had already been doing it for a few years, but now it seemed much more appealing than scrapbooking. I could actually sit down and create something in under 20 minutes! I guess it gave me more of a sense of accomplishment. Last year, I discovered Splitcoast Stampers and my hobby became an obsession!

Sometimes I kind of miss scrapbooking though. I love to look at photos and see how my children have grown. I want to preserve those memories, but the process still seems daunting. A few months ago, I heard about digital scrapbooking on SCS. I was interested, but didn't have the time to try to learn. But last week I was at Michael's with coupon in hand. Guess what jumped into my cart - Digital Designs for Scrapbooking by Renee Pearson. I got it for 40% off, and it even came with a free trial for Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. How could I resist? This book walks you through the process step by step, and it includes everything you need to get started. So here is my very first digital scrapbook page... it's very basic, but hey ~ I'm learning! I think it's going to be fun. I like the idea of having all I need right on the computer, and it's a lot cheaper too!

Monday, May 28, 2007

A sassy surprise!

I have been having fun with some 3D projects over the last few days. Here is a fun little gift I made for my aunt. I hope it makes her smile, she could use it, as she is going through chemo right now. I used the Sassy designer paper from Stampin' Up that I have had for several years. I am terrible about using my designer paper, I have a mini panic attack just thinking about it being all gone! This Sassy paper is retired too, so once it's gone, there is no more! But I love how bright and cheerful it is, and I thought it was perfect for my aunt. The notebook is from Wal-Mart, a steal at 25 cents. The pop-top can came from Wal-Mart as well. You have to be careful to look for a can that doesn't have the rounded edge on the bottom. A safety can opener won't work on that type of can.

This is the first pop-top can I have done, but it was fun and easy. I cut off the bottom of the can with the safety can opener, washed it out really well and put a little package of chocolate caramels inside. Then I reattached the bottom of the can using Crystal Effects. I put a heavy book on top of the can overnight to make sure it would stick well. I traced the top of the can onto the back of my designer paper, then cut it out just inside the line. It was trial and error to fit the paper around the tab on top. First I tried a 1/2 circle punch, then I just had to keep trimming until it fit.

For the notebook, I kept it fairly simple since the paper is so bold and bright. The only part that took some time was taking the spiral wire out so the paper would go all the way to the top. I just straightened out the end of the wire and turned until it came off. Then I cut the paper to size, glued it on the cover, and punched the holes with a small circle punch. The wire went back on quite easily. To finish it off, I added the layers and embellished with lots of ribbon!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Relaxing the day away...

I hope you are all having a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! I'm hanging out at home with hubby and the kids. I actually got to take a long nap this afternoon, it felt wonderful!
So, I thought I'd share this card today. This was created for a swap I did with some friends I met on SCS. The stamp set is called Unfrogettable by Stampin' Up. I love that little frog, he is so cute!
The base of the card was embossed with my Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder. The pattern paper is from the Pocket full of Posies glitter stack by DCWV (Die Cuts With A View). I love the sparkle that it adds to the card! A little bit of polka-dot ribbon and a faux silk flower finished off the card nicely. Here are the details:

Stamps: Unfrogettable
Paper: Barely Banana, Almost Amethyst, pattern paper by DCWV
Ink: Basic Black, Gable Green, Going Gray

Saturday, May 26, 2007

I feel old!

Wow, I feel old! My baby sister turned 30 today. It just doesn't seem right, you know? Well, Happy Birthday sis! I have been working on some gifts for her today, I will share them soon, after I am able to give them to her. For now I wanted to share a card I made recently for my daughter's ballet teacher. I used the stamp set En Pointe, which is retiring at the end of June. I decided I better get it, because of Abby's love of ballet. The color combo is Regal Rose, Blush Blossom, and Night of Navy. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the Blush Blossom layer, then sponged the edges with Night of Navy. The rest is pretty self explanatory ~ a fairly simple card, but Miss Jodi seemed to like it. That's it for now... Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Sharing the love...

So, I have to tell you about this little group called Wish-RAK. It is a forum at Splitcoast Stampers, and it is made up of some of the most generous ladies around! Basically, you wish for images that you would like to receive, then hope someone sends them to you. Anytime you grant a wish for someone else, you earn another wish to use for yourself. I love this idea, because let me tell ya, I will never be able to afford all the stamps I want before I die! :) The card shown here was made using an image I received from Stephanie aka sbs81 from Wish-RAK. I have received tons of images in the mail and stored them nicely in an accordian file, but this is the first card I have actually made with any of them. *hangs head in shame* You know, I really wish there were a few more hours in a day, LOL! This flower is from the Stampin' Up Give Thanks set. The color combo is So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip. I love these colors together! And I used some of my new Palette o' Prints paper, which is absolutely gorgeous! Starting in July, it will be available in 16 colors... oh, I can't wait! I think my checkbook is going to be in trouble....

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

And the winner is....

Jordin Sparks!!! She is the new American Idol, and deservedly so. That girl can sing! And even though Blake didn't win, he still makes my heart go pitter patter, LOL! I can't wait to get both of their CD's. Well, now that the 2007 season is over, I won't know what to do with myself on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. :) Ha, ha ~ just kidding! More time for stamping...

Accordian tag card

I've seen some beautiful accordian tag cards recently, so I decided to have a go at it. This is the first I have made of these. It is a little more time consuming, but I think the results are worth it for a special occasion. I had some 12 x 12 cardstock I wanted to use, so I cut a 5 1/2 x 12 strip, then I scored it every 3 inches the long way. I cut the top corners off by hand to create the tags. The fun part was all the embellishing. I used Spring Flowers designer paper and Mellow Moss cardstock. The stamps sets used were Sincere Salutations, Happy Harmony, Looks Like Spring and Curvy Verses (all Stampin' Up). The butterfly is from another manufacturer (not sure which one). Cutting the big flowers out took the most time, but I love how it looks! I will be making more of these for sure!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Down to the final two!

Okay, I must confess, I am addicted to American Idol! And I really get into it the closer it gets to the end. My DH and I have always liked Melinda. She is unbelievably talented, and seems like a humble and genuinely kind person. I was sad to see her voted off last week, but I have no doubt that she will go on to have a very successful career. Now it is down to Jordin and Blake, and I love both of them too! Last week, when it was Melinda, Jordin and Blake in the final 3, I said to my hubby, " I can honestly say at this point, I will be happy no matter who wins." It is hard to believe Jordin is only 17. She has an amazing voice! I like her bubbly personality too. On the other hand, Blake is such a cutie, I can't help but smile when he sings. I love his style! His songs make me want to dance! I'm looking forward to tonight's performances, and I will be waiting on pins and needles for the results tomorrow!

Carte Postale Elegance

This is a card I made a couple months ago for a sketch challenge on SCS. I used the Creative Memories cutting system to cut out the large circle from Enchante designer paper. Then I cut a portion of the circle off. The card base is stamped with Le London Script and the main images are from Carte Postale. I love how the Hodgepodge Hardware completes this card. This stamp set isn't my usual style, but I fell in love with it when it came out in the Winter mini. I really need to pull it out and ink it up again soon!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Daily stamping warm-up...a fun idea!

I made these cards for today's technique challenge on SCS. Valerie Stangle calls this type of card a "warm-up" card. She tries to do a couple of these each morning to keep her creative juices flowing. A warm up card is usually a smaller size card, and on the simpler side. I think this is such a great idea! I know when life gets busy, sometimes it is hard for me to sit down and stamp, but when I take a few minutes here and there to stamp, it really gets me motivated to stamp more.

Yesterday for Mother's Day, my hubby let me have several hours of uninterrupted stamping time! That was a nice treat. I will post a couple of those cards soon.

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

So long, farewell!

Stampin' Up released their retiring stamps list yesterday.
You can view it here:
I was completely shocked by the sheer volume of stamps that are retiring! Many of them were just introduced last year. I think SU must be doing a complete overhaul, since they have announced going to 2 catalogs per year. There are quite a few stamp sets I will really miss, but I am also excited to see what great new stamps will be coming. These retiring stamps are still available until the end of June, so get them while you can!