Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wow, this Dahlia fold was pretty cool! When I saw what could be done with it, I HAD to do this challenge! Like I wasn't going to anyway! LOL! I have to do EVERY challenge! As they say on Splitcoast, you could call me a "Challenge Chaser"! Anyway, today's challenge was to make a card using this Dahlia fold, directions found here. The first card I thought was great, until I saw the others that were posted after mine. I was blown away by some of these cards! They were absolutely beautiful! One card had 7 pages of comments, it was that pretty. Actually, here's the link to that card. This girl had 118 comments on this ONE card! It is gorgeous! You have to look at it!
So, here are my cards. So, the first one I did was ok ~ it looks like a snowflake everyone keeps telling me! And it does!!!! How funny! And then I did the second one, and I like it even more than the first one! I like how it's dreamy looking. Like, looking at a garden after it has rained and it's a little foggy. Anyway, I would love to hear what you think about them. But, only if you haven't commented on Splitcoast! No need to comment twice!!!
This is number 1.
Stamps: words from Stem Silhouettes
Paper: K & Co., white c.s.
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: rhinestone brad, ribbon, scallop punch
This is number 2:
Paper: Thomas Kincaid from FOREVER AGO!, vellum, Mellow Moss
Ink: Always Artichoke (shading)
Accessories: wire "S" for antennae, rhinestone brad, pearls
Friday, January 25, 2008
Today's challenge is Limited Supply. So, we had to use our scraps and make a card out of it. Well, I guess I cleaned a little too early, because my desk was spotless when I came in to work! See....
But, what you can't see, and what I WON'T take a picture of is the rest of my room! Hahaha! I have so much stuff in here, PartyLite stuff, the kids games, the pack & play with stuff in it, and a bunch of stamp sets strewn all over the floor!
So, when I read the challenge, I thought, Hmmmmm, what the heck am I going to do? I have all of my scraps filed away by color. That was my re-organizing when my dad closed his office. I got one of his filing cabinets and I color coded and separated all of my Stampin' Up paper. All other paper I threw away and the 12x12 went into my paper taker and two paper holder bags (for lack of better words! You can seen them above. Clear with black straps, there's cotton balls on the one!) It's rather funny, because I'm SO into organization with my stamping stuff, but for the rest of the house, I'm not so worried about it!
All right, already, back to the challenge! Anyway, here's the card I ended up making. I've been looking at Happy Harmony for about a week now, and I finally decided to ink it up. This isn't the first time I've used it, I just haven't used it in a while. When you have as many stamp sets as I do, it's hard to ink them all up all the time!
Stamps: Happy Harmony
Paper: Brocade Blue, vanilla (cardstock from Michael's)
Ink: So Saffron, More Mustard, Garden Green, silver gel pen (LOVE THESE!)
Accessories: cuttlebug flower folder, wild wasabi ribbon, clear e.p., brayer, sponge
Ok, it's 3:10, so I'm assuming my sister, Thera, has already left DC to come home for the weekend, so I can post this! Ever since I made my cousin coasters for Christmas (if you're browsing through my blog, they are the ones with H on them), my sister has wanted them. So, since she's coming home, and we won't see her until Easter, I thought I would make some for her! I'm also making her a block, I have that somewhere on here too, with pictures. She's been wanting one of those too!
Ink: Black craft ink (which I learned while heat setting this, that this is really good ink, because when it sets, it becomes matte, so you can see where it's dry!), silver ink from martha stewart
Accessories: T stencil from Michael's, sponge, tile from Lowes - it's called Rialto Beige, and they measure 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 square; cork for the backing.
I thought these turned out SO good! I can't wait to give them to her! My valentine is the card that's also somewhere on here with the girl holding the overly large heart, and it has cuttlebug swirls on the bottom. I just love that card! That's one of the bad things about making cards. You make something that you absolutely love, and find a reason to give it, but you don't WANT to give it because you love it so much! Talk about a catch 22!
Anyway, Happy Stamping!!!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Stamps: Priceless, All Year Cheer
Paper: chipboard, Lovely Lilac
Ink: Dusty Mauve, Lilac, Pixie Pink Craft Ink, White Craft Ink
Accessories: heart stickers from JoAnne's, white e.p., ric rack, ribbon, white glitter from martha stewart, hole punch, decorative scissors, heart stencil, cotton ball (for hearts)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wow, today is Wednesday and I haven't uploaded any of my challenge submissions yet this week to my blog! Well, I've been a little busy. I had my first PartyLite training last night. It's just so cool, I really think I'll be able to do this, and do it well. Wish me lots of luck!!!!!
On to the challenges! The first challenge, on Monday, was a Technique challenge. We had to make a Pixie Pouch card. I have never made one, so I was super interested in making one! Once I figured out the measurements, it was a piece of cake! Then, I had to think about what I wanted to decorate with! Oh, the stamp sets that paraded through my head! I chose to stick with Valentine's Day, and that got me started in the direction I ended up in.
Stamps: Time for Fun, Sweet Talk, large cupcake from Hampton Arts
Paper: Ruby Red, Blush Blossom
Ink: versamark, ruby red, silver gel metallic pen, basic brown (for sponging edges)
Accessories: silver e.p.; clear, pink, red and green stickles
Technique: versamark on white paper, then do silver embossing powder, then repeat about 3 times. Then, once the e.p. is hot and kind of liquidy, take away from heat and sprinkle on the e.p. Do this 2 more times. Then, while it's still hot, take your stamp (make sure it's ink free), and press into the e.p. This will etch the image into the e.p. Cut around image and decorate as needed. This is a really cool technique to try if you're still pretty new to stamping!
The second challenge was a color challenge. We had to use Soft Sky, Blue Bayou (both in-colors), and Real Red. I was getting tired of just doing card after card, so I decided to change things up a bit and do a bag instead!
Stamps: Carte Postale, Garden Silhouette
Paper: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou
Ink: Blue Bayou, Real Red
Accessories: scallop punch, 2 sizes circle punches, ribbon, sponges
Technique: 2-5-7-10 box (tutorial found here)
The third challenge, today, was a sketch challenge. Or, layout challenge. All day, I thought about what I was going to do, and I finally came up with this. I started out with 3 different color families, and ended up with 2 colors! Funny how that happens! And I ran out of room! The card that I used was smaller than the white cards that I normally use. I get the 25 packs from Michael's, and use those as the bases for my cards, or use them as paper to stamp on and add to colored paper. It's just so much easier and cheaper than buying ream after ream of white cardstock from Stampin' Up!. I thought about making this into a baby boy card, but I ran out of room! And my stars were too big, so I ended up only able to use 1! Darn! They were so cute when I got them out of the cuttlebug!
Stamps: Stars & Swirls
Paper: Brocade Blue, vanilla, So Saffron
Ink: So Saffron, More Mustard
Accessories: cuttlebug swirl folder, sponging, paper piercer, brayer (to go over the swirls)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Ok, here are the other two cards that I made. They aren't that great. The first one is a criss cross card. It's ok. It's the first one that I ever made, so of course I don't think it's that great!
The second one was the last card I made of the evening. Can you tell? It's not that great! I had to do masking. So, I masked the popcorn and the box of popcorn.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Yesterday I went to Target, and I am always scouring the dollar bins to see if there's ever anything "crafty". Well, last night I hit paydirt! I got 2 mini mailboxes, 2 Valentine buckets, and 4 containers of Valentine ribbon that had 3 or 4 different spools of ribbon inside! So, we came home, got the kids in bed, and I went downstairs and created this mailbox. It's the best I could do at 11pm!!!!
Stamps: All Year Cheer III
Paper: Red Cardstock, Figgy Pudding
Ink: White craft, silver gel pen, versamark
Accessories: white e.p., clear e.p., assorted ribbon, 3-d pop up dots, UTEE e.p., heart stencils
I did versamark and UTEE e.p. over and over again about 5 times for the heart on the flag. Then I cut the heart out and stuck it in the freezer for about a half an hour. I took it out and cracked it, which gives the appearance of cracked glass.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
That's what I called my card that I made for yesterday's color challenge. We had to use Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal, and Rose Red. The apricot appeal threw me for a loop. I don't ever use that color. So, I decided to make that my main focal point. I thought this turned out ok.....
Stamps: Fiskars and non SU! stamps
Ink: Sage Shadow and Rose Red, and Choc. Chip for shading
Paper: Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: ribbon, stencil, mat pack, sponging, 3-d pop ups
Monday, January 14, 2008
Ok, here's my second Christmas late thank you card. I'm not sure about this one. It's not naturey (I know that's not a word!) like the hippo one down below. But, the hearts on the giraffe just make it NON-naturey! So, this is how my first attempt came out with the giraffe. It's ok. Not my best work, by any means, but it will do for a thank you card.... The balloon, which you really can't tell from this picture, is filled with small bubble wrap! Cool idea, huh?!
Stamps: Just So Hippy, Loads of Love, So Very
Paper: white, So Saffron, Lovely Lilac
Ink: So Saffron, Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant (for the hoofs), black
Accessories: bubble wrap, black thread, 3-d pop ups
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Today's challenge is to use colors from 1 Stampin' Up color family, and use only 2 embellishments. So, since I don't use Soft Subtles as often as I use all the other color families, I decided to use those. So, I used Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink. I did paper piercing, which is my new favorite embellishment, and ribbon. I finally got the ribbon the way I wanted it after like 10 tries! Oh ribbon and I do NOT get along when making bows!!!!
Paper: Sage Shadow, white
Ink: Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink
Stamps: Happy Harmony - for the dream big sentiment, I took "Dream" from one stamp and "Big" from the other stamp and put them together. Another way to make your stamp sets versatile!
Accessories: Paper piercing, ribbon, 3-d adhesive, sponging
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So, I wasn't really part of the My Favorite Things cocktail party. My eyes are still going crazy from Gina K's cocktail party on Wednesday! All these stamp companies are coming out with all these releases and all these stamp sets that I want!!!! Too bad I can't buy everything I want!!!!
Anyway, so, My Favorite Things is having another challenge to be a guest designer for February. So, of course, since I'm trying to get my foot in any design team door, I submitted my card. It was a challenge to make something NON square, NON rectangle. It could be anything. There are some really awesome submissions so far! Here's my submission:
Stamps: My Favorite Things ~ Icing on the Cake
Paper: Lavender from SU, white
Accessories: Purple, red, and clear stickles; black pen, white tulip puffy paint, silver rope, brad (for the back of the card), Purely Pomegranate ink for sentiment, raspberry glitter from Martha Stewart
Monday, January 7, 2008
I was at Gina K's release party on Splitcoast on Sat. night. What fun!!!! There are two sketch challenges on there, and here's the first one. I haven't even started the second one!!! I'm lagging! Last night I was SOOO tired, I didn't stamp at all! I went right to bed after cleaning up the kitchen. Tried a new recipe yesterday for my family. Italian crusted Talapia! And I even ate it! Shock and awe!!!!
Anyway, back to the point! Here's my sketch challenge entry. I made another one as well, but my parents pretty much tore it apart! So, I'm only entering this one! I have to agree, the other one was NOT up to my new standards!
Stamps: A Tree for all Seasons
Paper: DCWV stack, white, Very Vanilla
Ink: black, Handsome Hunter, Choc. Chip, Really Rust craft
Accessories: scallop punch, quote from the internet, decorative scissors
I didn't want to post these before Christmas, because pretty much everyone that I made these for are the only ones who read my blog regularly!!!
So, I finally found the pictures on a different memory card, and here they are!
The first picture is a shoe that I found on Ellen Hutson's website. Apparently, she's big into templates and altered art and she sells stuff too on her website. So, I found the shoe template and had to tweak it a little bit because it wouldn't print out the way I wanted it to!
The third picture is a gift card holder for my grandmother. This is also a template, although I can't remember who's blog I found this template on..... It turned out ok.
The fourth picture is a stocking I made for my sister. This is my favorite! I used Figgy Pudding paper, liquid applique and white puffy paint. The word JOY is a stencil, and I stamped a Priceless (SU) stamp underneath the JOY. I hand-stitched the stocking together. I think it turned out SUPER CUTE!
The fifth picture is a basketball gift card for my cousin. Since he loves sports, I figured this would be perfect. This is just basketball paper and markers!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Ok, today I was totally out of my element when I picked this stuff up at Michael's this morning. But, I've been dying to try this, so I thought, what better way than to do it for free via Michael's! So, all day I've had the song "Party like a Rockstar" in my head, as I've been trying to visualize these pages. As some of you know, I'm totally burned out from scrapbooking for my own family. But, as an instructor, this is just part of the job. So, I hope that these pages aren't too boring!!!! I need to go to a scrapbook layout class, because mine are ridiculously simple looking!!!! But, I'm LOVING the rhinestones, so what can I say? And I LOVE the animal print! Wish I had more of THAT paper!!!!!!!!!
Here are 4 Valentine's Day cards that I will be teaching at Michael's on Friday, Feb. 1st. These are pretty much from a kit, plus a couple of other embellishments! If you would like to take this class, please call and sign up! I'd love to show you how these were made!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Stamps: Bold Butterfly
Paper: Spring Flowers D.P. (retired), So Saffron cardstock I think
Ink: Cameo Coral, Mellow Moss
Accessories: wire, paper piercing, hardware, ribbon, 3-d dimensionals