Sunday, September 28, 2008
My sister emailed me last week and asked if I would make her about 15 Christmas cards and that would be her Christmas gift from my family to her. So, I have been thinking on and off over the past week of how I could make something really nice for her that would not be embarrassing to send out to her friends. Well, I think I came up w/ it! I have been seeing on Splitcoast this leaf type punch by Martha Stewart. I had to get to Michael's this week anyway, so while I was there, I found it and grabbed one! I LOVE THIS PUNCH!!!! Now, I have only used it once so far, but I see HUGE potential in this little baby! I can't wait to try it out again!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
This card was made for the VSN Warm Up! I am participating in the fall VSN over on Splitcoaststampers.com. Click here for all the details! Come and see what it's all about! So much fun! This VSN theme is Cabaret! Now, I have to admit, I had to watch Cabaret clips on YouTube just so I would be a little knowledgeable! I had no idea! Thank God for the internet!
Friday, September 12, 2008
So.....I decided to try some more etching and entering in to the Kitchen Sink Stamps monthly challenge. Now, this may be a stretch for this month's theme: Celebration!, but how about if I'm providing the plates and cups for the big celebration?! Does it work???!!!!
I used Kitchen Sink Stamps' 3 step Butterflies, but only used the last step images for stamping on here. It's glass, so it's not like I can do 3-d effects. Unfortunately! Again, I used the Armour Etch and waited a lot longer. And can I just tell you, that it really does make a difference how you apply the Armour Etch. If you splotch it on (is that even a word?!!), then it's not going to be a clear etch. If you go up and down like Lauren (see link in previous post) Meader showed in her tutorial, then it comes out nice and clean! Another thing I learned is that it's SOOO much easier to scrape off the embossed images under lukewarm running water rather than let it dry and THEN try to scrape it off. I learn things the hard way.... And the last thing I learned was that it doesn't matter if you put some reinker into the Armour Etch, the etching doesn't pick up the color. :( I thought that would have been cool!
Anyway, tell me what you think!!!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
That April 23rd is World Laboratory Animal Day? Just thought you might be interested! I was playing around w/ my new stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps and I brought out Pretty Tera Drops. This set is kind of like Pick a Petal from Stampin' Up. You have a few petals to choose from, a stem, and some little petals that you can use for other things. So, I took one of the large petals and made a mouse! And what goes better w/ a mouse, than some cheese! Now, do mice really like swiss cheese? Who knows! But, since this is the most popular in regard to mice, I figured I would make swiss cheese out of my cardstock! I used several circle punches and two different eyelet hole makers (is there a proper word for these?) to get the look I wanted. Then, I "sliced" the cheese down to make it more like cheese. I grabbed Celebrate from my All Year Cheer and stamped that on vanilla. Oh, the cheese is Barely Banana. I drew a banner around the celebrate and cut it out. I attached w/ a toothpick!
For the mouse: I took that large petal and ran it across my Sahara Sand ink pad to make it look furry. I don't really know if I achieved that look! Then, I used a small circle stamp to make the eye. And a small petal stamp stamped in Pretty In Pink and cut out. I stamped the same petal and just used the top round part for the nose and mouth I guess. The tail is a small stem.
So, it's something different from this Pretty Tera Drops! Can't wait to find more uses for this set!
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Have some cheese!
"Cheese" you later!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Happy Early Halloween!
This card was made for today's Sketch Challenge on SCS. It seems like more stampers are moving on to the next holiday, Halloween! Scary, frightening, fun Halloween! I decided to join the masses!
The paper is from The Fall Stack by DCWV. Buttons are just an assortment of what I have collected over the years. I twisted wire to make stems and leaves to really make the buttons look more like pumpkins! The tree s are from Inkadinkado which I found at Michael's. These trees are scarier than the Lovely As A Tree set of trees! I used two circle punches to make the moon. The sentiment is from All Year Cheer. I put white taffeta ribbon on to separate the two different papers. And I used Prisma Colored Pencils and gamsol spirits to create the evening sky. I really like how it blended in! I'm learning more and more!!!
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So.... I finally inked my Artfully Asian stamp set that I bought way back in June for my annual Stampin' Up retirement party. I have quite a collection of stamps, so it takes me a while to get to every stamp set that I have! However, for this card that I was thinking about all day, I wanted something w/ clean lines and easy to color. I wanted to stick to two colors, and make simple but look difficult. I don't know if I achieved that, but I tried!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This card was made for a packet of cards for someone. I wanted to make an elegant card w/ some of the designer paper I have. I found this stack called Old World Stack by Die Cut W/ A View, and I just love the swirly designs! I based my card on the color and swirls. The watermarked (actually stamped off) leaf is from Paper Salon. The sentiment is from 3 step Hearts and Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I stamped it in Memento Black and then stamped it again in Sahara Sand just off kilter a little so it looks like a shadow. Obviously, you can't see that in this picture, but that's what it looks like in real life! Once I put the rectangle on the card, the rest of it just fell into place. I knew that I wanted to use pearls, because I wanted to keep that soft, elegant look. I only wish I had pearls encased in gold! I have seen those on cards, and they are just beauiful! The big pearls are from Martha Stewart, and the smaller ones on my chipboard swirl are from Kaiser Scrapbooks. I bought these from eclecticPaperie. The swirl is from Kelly Panacci Holiday Collection of chipboard. The ribbon is Vanilla taffeta from Stampin' Up.
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Have a great day!
I have been wanting to make a card and use my old stamps. I tend to reach for my new Kitchen Sink stamps, and I have to give them a break and use what I have! So, I started out w/ Loads of Love and Living Large. I had several backgrounds in mind, and then I thought about all the designer paper that I "forget" I have, and make scenes instead. Which, there's nothing wrong w/ that, but when will I ever use up all this paper I have!!! So, I looked through a drawer and found a Glitter Mat Stack from who knows when and flipped through it. I really liked the sparkly flowers, so that's what got pulled. I really like this paper because it looks like it's raining flowers! Then, I remembered a layout from a long time ago where someone had a half circle on the folded part of the card and then designed their card around that. So, I wanted to try it out. I love that scalloped look around different shapes, so I thought I would achieve that same look w/ my decorative scissors. Then, I wanted to do something w/ the truck from Loads of Love, so I made it 3-d! I love doing this w/ different things! Look below!
I wanted to do something for the inside, and I had this girl that I had decorated to put on the outside, and ended up running out of room. So, I stuck her here! I like her here actually, because she ties the outside to the inside!
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I'm sending Loads of....Flowers your way!