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Friday, May 22, 2009

Videos

I am pleased to announce a new link on my blog. Check it out - Stampin'Up videos! The company is offering this site with all sorts of neat tips and techniques that you, my stamping friends, can access with ease.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Punch Art Workshop

I'm offering an open house workshop in Canandaigua Monday evening, June 1, with a small fee of $5. Stampers can come and go any time between the hours of 7 and 9 PM, although I suggest beginning stampers allow themselves an hour to complete the cards. Participants need to RSVP by May 26 so I am adequately prepared. The following card is one sample of the cards we will make that evening.

Scrapbook Month Pomotion

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scrapbooking Month

May is Scrapbooking month! I decided to put together a scrapbook for a co-worker's wedding gift using, of course, Stampin' Up products. For these 6"x6" pages, I have used the Love Stories simply scrappin' kit along with a few stamps, punches, ribbons and other embellishments. I'm including some sample pages below, beginning with the title and closing pages. After those two, all pairs are facing pages in the scrapbook.

This turned out to be a very ambitious project and took me longer than I expected. The album came with 10 page protectors (or 20 pages) and I ordered an additional 20 protectors, so I created 60 pages in all! Wow! I hope she has fun adding pictures to this album.


















Saturday, May 9, 2009

Under the Stars



Just had to share this card. I had fun making it for a birthday I missed. I used to struggle coming up with ideas for this stamp set, but now I'm having all sorts of fun with it. Notice how the designer paper makes the card masculine and not little-boyish. I used embroidery floss to hang the Happy Birthday "sign". The word window punch was used for both the "Happy Birthday" and the "(a little late)" stamps. I used tweezers from the tool kit to hold the elongated piece while punching again to make it smaller. I'm also using up retired eyelets - I find I have lots of them in many colors and shapes. The star is just one of them.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Dazzling Window Sheet Cards

My grandson, Christian Ferry, turned 11 years old this week and I just had to make a very special card for him. Since it had to be fitting for a boy, I chose the bear image from "Under the Stars", stamping it in Staz-on black ink on a piece of window sheet. After allowing it to dry, I covered the backside with Crystal Effects and squirted on some Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss and Barely Banana ink. After the ink bled into the Crystal Effects, I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter across the wet surface and then pressed the wrinkled tissue paper against all that. I laid it face down on a styrofoam cup to dry overnight before completing the card. I even used the Big Shot and Texturz plates on the Chocolate Chip background paper. I think Christian was suitably impressed.

As long as I was making a "mess" with Crystal Effects, I decided to employ the same technique in another design. I used the Pretty Petals background stamp on the window sheet this time. Although the inks were Regal Rose, Mellow Moss and Barely Banana, I found their hues were altered enough that I chose Always Artichoke and Real Red card stock with my Barely Banana card stock. With the Sweetest Stem embosslit and the Big Shot, I decorated one corner, adding a flower (dyed with a couple drops of Barely Banana ink) and flat pearl from the Pretties Kit. My only problem is that I'm not sure I want to part with this card!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May 2009 Card Kit of the Month

Soft Summer

The "occasions mini catalog" has so many great stamp sets and products that I found it difficult not to spend all my money buying everything in it! On an earlier post, I featured the "Wagon Full of Fun" stamp set. This time I'm featuring the "Soft Summer" set. This is one of those two-step stamp sets providing both the outline and "colored-in" images, which make the designs pop. Of course, you could always stamp just the outline and then use your aqua painter or blender pens, but this is much easier and gives the same effect as water colors. The words are part of this set, too.

For the first card, I used pretty in pink, rose red, certainly celery and always artichoke markers to color directly on the stamps. I've had the spiral punch for some time but just haven't used it. For some reason I thought I needed to use it with words only, but I've seen more and more samples using it along the edges of cardstock for special effect. That's what I did here and I really like the result.



I used very vanilla, perfect plum and pale plum card stock to make this card. If you look closely, you will see that I added texture to the pale plum card stock with one of the texturz plates for the Big Shot. Torn card stock also adds texture. Finishing touches include the scalloped edge, organdy ribbon and a pale plum button secured with our linen thread.



The items in this catalog are only available through June 30th, so be sure to contact me soon if you want something contained in it. You can shop by using the link to my demonstrator web site or by e-mailing me!