Friday, July 22, 2011

Celebrating Mojo Monday 200

I love Mojo Monday, the card sketches and ideas people post are always inspirational!

I needed to create 3 thank you cards for participants in a recent ribbon share.  I used the sketch for two of them :)

Here's the first one!
This uses two stamp sets, one that is only available in the Spanish Catalog (but available for anyone to buy!) called Flores Suave, it has a flower, butterfly, background script and a bee image.  I used the layered markers technique to color the butterfly
More Mustard, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade

StazOn Black, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Sahara Sand

Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon

Stampin' Write Markers:
So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, River Rock, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Island Indigo

Here's the next Mojo Card!
This card uses the Open Sea and Word Play Stamp sets.
Whisper White, Poppy Parade, So Saffron

StazOn Black, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade

Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade

Poppy Parade Poly-Stitch Ribbon

Here's the third card I made today, it was inspired from a card I saw on the demonstrator website.
This card uses the Just Believe and Word Play stamp sets
Naturals White, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke

Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze

Denim Artichoke

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Layered Marker Technique Video

My First You Tube Video Share :)

I obviously need to invest in a camera with a manual focus.  An autofocus webcam HD or not HD made the video fuzzy :(

I decided to post it anyway!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mojo Monday 198 - Contempo Christmas in Concord Crush and Pear Pizazz

Had fun with the sketch for Mojo Monday 198, I changed things around a little bit, but the inspiration was from the sketch.


Stamp Set: Contempo Christmas
Concord Crush Designer Series Paper
White Organza Ribbon
Pear Pizazz and Whisper White Cardstock
Pear Pizazz, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip Markers
Concord Crush Ink
Concord Crush Stitched Poly-Ribbon
Ornament Punch
Perfect Polkadots Embossing Folder

I love the color combo, so I created another quick card!

Stamp Set: Just Believe
Concord Crush, Pear Pizazz Ink
Concord Crush Poly-Stitched Ribbon
Pear Pizazz Cardstock
Concord Crush Designer Series Paper

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Catalog - new toys - new Ideas!

Stampin' Up! Released their new catalog yesterday... I have post-its throughout the book marking all the goodies that I would LOVE to get.  I will pace myself.... ok, maybe not so much, kind of "mid" pacing myself.  I put in a doozy of a first order, and got to take advantage of the new Hostess benefits, in the form of Hostess Dollars. You still have access to discounted hostess only sets, but there is no longer such thing as Hostess Levels, and you have the opportunity to purchase anything from the catalog - you aren't limited to only Hostess stuff!

I had a catalog Open House yesterday - I had a couple people stop by, we had a ton of fun! Anyway here are some of the cards that I made yesterday.  Please access my online store to shop for the supplies!

4th Of July Card
Whisper White, Night of Navy and Real Red Cardstock
Night of Navy and Real Red Ink
Various Shades of Blue Ink (for sponged background)
Greenhouse Garden Stamp Set (used the flower detail stamps for fireworks!)
Pennant Parade Stamp Set
Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set
Clear Embossing Powder
Word Window and Petite Pennants Builder punches

For this card I stamped the red and blue fireworks, then stamped over top of them with the Stamp-a-majig in versamark, embossed them with Clear embossing powder.  I added a couple fireworks with only versamark to make the white fireworks.

Bouncing Brayer - The Open Sea
Glossy White, Whisper White, Island Indigo and Pool Party Cardstock
Island Indigo and Pool Party Ink
The Open Sea Stamp Set

This card uses the bouncing brayer technique on Glossy White cardstock.  It also uses two of the new In-Colors Pool Party and Island Indigo!

Daisy Welcome Card
Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper
Pool Party and Chocolate Chip Ink
Chocolate Chip Dotted Scalloped Ribbon
Daisy #2 Big Shot Die
Lattice Embossing Folder
Designer Label Punch

I then got into the Christmas Card mood and decided to get started with some Christmas in July Action...

Merry - Pennant Parade
Very Vanilla and Real Red Cardstock
Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip Ink
Jolly Holiday DSP (retired)
Old Olive DSP
Pennant Parade Stamp Set
Lace Ribbon Border Punch
Petite Pennants Builder Punch

Delicate Doilies - Christmas Snowflakes #1
Whisper White, Night of Navy Cardstock
Night of Navy and Marina Mist Ink
Delicate Doilies Stamp Set
Contempo Christmas Stamp Set (sentiment)
Silver Brads
1 3/8" circle punch
1 3/4" circle punch
Circle Scissor (made the 2" Night of Navy circle)

Delicate Doilies - Christmas Snowflakes #2
Same supplies as above, mixing in Cherry Cobbler Ink :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Catalog 2011-2012 Sneak Peek + A couple New Emboss Resist Cards

The cardstock and the corners are Island Indigo - in Color for 2011-2013!  Corners were stamped using the decorative circle stamp from Artistic Etchings set.

Colored the Hydrangea Stamp with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive with Markers
Used a Circle mask - sponged in River Rock, Early Espresso
Sponged the negative space of the circle with Baja Breeze
The Hydrangea is a soon to be retired hostess set - free with a $150 order or party - this will be gone forever July 1!

The next card is using the Just Believe Set - stamped in Versamark and embossed in black embossing powder. Sponged with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.

The green patterned background was using the Fancy Fan Letterpress - another sneak peek into the 2011-2012 catalog! Available July 1st.  I used Certainly Celery craft stampin' spot on Very Vanilla CS.  Embellished with Bashful Blue Ribbon and an Antique Brad (hole for brad made by Crop-a-dile)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Teacher Thank You Cards

Needed something simple, yet elegant to give to the boys' teachers for the end of the year.  Only 3 days left of school!  Husband bought each of them an Olive Garden giftcard which I'm sure will be well received!

Stamp Sets: Fine Flourish (#115709), Thank You Kindly (#111700)
Ink: River Rock and Early Espresso (#119695)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (#101605), Regal Rose (#105130), Early Espresso (#119686)
Designer Series Paper: Paisley Petals -- available again July 1st! (#122367)
Elements: Pearls (#119247), 1/4" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon (#120931)
Tools: Big Shot (#113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (#119976)

Friday, June 3, 2011

More Post-It Stamping Techniques - Ripped Post-It's

This is a simple 3x3 card, it is accomplished by ripping Post-It's and using it as a mask!  The ink for the sunset and the hills are all sponged on.  Once the landscape is in place, the greeting and the flowers were stamped on in black ink.
Stamp Sets: Silhouette Sentiments (Hostess Set), Just Believe (#120453)

More Inspiration! Because I Care and Elements of Style Thank You

I made this card quite a while ago, but thought I'd share!  This one was inspired by a card that I saw on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator site.  It is a "Floating Frame" optical illusion.  The layers in the image of this card are only sponged ink!  One of the most useful tools you can use... Post It's (and many were used!) were used to mask off sections while inking.

The flower image was stamped with Marker on Stamp technique using Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive Markers.  The flower was then colored using only a Blender Pen!  No other ink was added to that image!  I then covered the image with Versamarker and heat embossed clear embossing powder overtop - it formed an emboss resist and made the colors pop again (which were faded to a chalk-like finish with the blender pen before the versamark).

Cardstock: Whisper White (#100730)
Designer Series Paper:  Subtles Paper Stack (#117152)
Markers: Elegant Eggplant (#105110) , Old Olive(#100079)
Ink: Multiple from the Neutrals Collection (#119695), Elegant Eggplant (#105210)
Elements: White Embossing Powder (#109132), Clear Embossing Powder (#109130)
Tools: Stampin' Sponge (#101610), Blender Pen (#102845), Versamarker (#100901), Oval Punch Scallop(#119856), Oval Punch(#119855), Heat Tool (#100005)
Stamp Sets: Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess Set), Elements of Style (#120045)

The Open Sea - Thank You Card

The sketch used is Mojo Monday 193.  This card is 5x5.
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze (#119705), Naturals Ivory (#101849)
Ink: Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze (#119693)
Designer Series Paper: Newsprint (#117166)
Elements: Rhinestones (#119246), Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (#123125)
Stamp Sets: The Open Sea (#123032), Thank You Kindly (#111700)
Tools: Stampin' Sponge (#101610), Blender Pen (#102845)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Inspired by a card I saw - a cute card for any occasion

I saw a similar card on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator site, and had to break out my stamping goodies.  Remember you can get all the products in my online store. Tomorrow is the last day of Sale-A-Bration, so be sure to take advantage of free stamps with every $50 in purchases!

Used Simple Friendship stamp set

Using Whisper White Cardstock

First stamped the large flower using Elegant Eggplant.

Colored the center of the flowers with daffodil delight, then dotted a little pumpkin pie in there

Used a blender pen to pull some of the purple around the center of the flower (to give it a lighter purple haze around the center of the flower).

Used a Versamarker to color over the flowers, added clear embossing powder, heated it.

Using Certainly Celery ink pad, inked up the small Music Notes wheel and ran it across the cardstock a few times.

Wipe off the excess ink from the embossed flowers (careful not to smear it onto the cardstock)

Using smaller flower and Elegant Eggplant, first stamped off on scrap paper, then stamp on card (this gives them a softer look).

Wipe off excess ink from Embossed flowers (taking care not to smear it on the card).

Using Always Artichoke, randomly stamp the swirl image around the flowers.

Wipe off excess ink from the embossed flowers (again making sure not to smear it on the card).

Using a Stampin' Sponge, sponge the entire cardstock with Certainly Celery (leaving center light)

Using same sponge, sponge around the edges of the project (and in part way) using Wild Wasabi ink.

Using same sponge, sponge around the edges and bottom using Garden Green ink.

Wipe the excess ink off the embossed flowers.

Using Elegant Eggpant ink and the large Butterfly stamp, stamp the butterfly image.

Mount on Elegant Eggplant and Daffodil Delight cardstock.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Stamp Club - Just Believe Stamp Set

Come and learn the Shadow stamping technique, and Second Generation Stamping technique.
Get a new cool Stamp Set, and enjoy some time crafting!  Here are the 5 projects you'll make with your kit :)

Class Options:
Clear - $25.95 (base stamp cost) + 2.60 (shipping) +  1.86 (tax) + $6 for kit = $36.41
Wood - $33.95 (base stamp cost) + 3.40 (shipping) +  2.43 (tax) + $6 for kit = $45.78

Sign Ups/Payments Due By Tuesday the 15th so the order is delivered in time!

Friday the 25th - 12:30 - 3:30
Friday the 25th - 6 - 9pm
Saturday 12:30pm - 3:30pm

I am organizing a monthly Stamp Club without a monthly commitment.  Every month, I will put together a set of cards featuring one of my favorite stamp sets ! Rest assured, I really like stamps that are very versatile, and the projects I put together show off their versatility and I am a technique Junkie, so I include a couple of those in the projects as well :)

For the class, you are purchasing the Stamp Set featured (yours to take home), and I also add a fee to the class to cover the materials for the cards you will be making in the class, I will supply a list of tools and inks prior to the class (once payment is received) and you can bring what you have, if you are missing some of these tools or inks I have no issues letting you use mine :). In the class you will make each card from scratch.  Full printed, step-by-step instructions are also given to you for each project, for you to take home.
The Best thing about the club is that you can take some time out, enjoy the company of friends and enjoy stress-free card making :).

For the time being, I am limiting each time slot to 4 members.  If this is something that becomes popular I will look into either bigger tables, or a better meeting place.  For now I will have these events in my home.
If for some reason you can't attend a class, I can still provide your stamps, the materials for your kit and instruction sheets and either make a time to meet or I can mail it to you (I'd ask for you to cover the cost of shipping if this is desired, I have lots of flat rate boxes to do this).

I will ask for your name, address, and email information, so that I can enter the order in the online ordering tool with Stampin' Up!.

Payment is due up front - this is because when I order the stamps, I have to pay for them first :).  I can take credit card, check or PayPal, whichever is most comfortable.

You are more than welcome to order more items from Stampin' Up! as well. 

Keep in mind that Sale-A-Bration is going on right now and for every $50 ordered you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item!  (The $50 must be pre-tax and shipping and does not include the kit cost as this is above and beyond the stamp set).

Visit my online store to see what you can get to Sale-A-Brate!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just Believe - Springtime Vintage

It's been a while since I posted so I wanted to get something out there.  This is a creation that I came up with tonight - This is my second attempt at using this stamp set and Designer Series Paper together.

I used a Shadow Technique.  This means the main image is stamped more than once.  I first stamped the image in Bashful Blue, then using my stamp-a-ma-jig, I shifted the image over to the right a smidge and stamped the same image with Always Artichoke.  It really has a neat effect!

I colored the sentiment and sentiment frame with Stampin' Up! Markers.

I also sponged the main image, sentiment and Springtime Vintage DSP using Crumb Cake ink.

Here's the supply list for the card above (remember - you can shop for these products and more in my online Stampin' Up! store):

Card Stock: Always Artichoke (#105119), Bashful Blue (#105120)
Ink: Always Artichoke (#105219), Bashful Blue (#105209), Crumb Cake (#121030)
Markers: Always Artichoke (#105113), Bashful Blue (#105111), Crumb Cake (#120967)
Stamp Set: Just Believe (#120453)
Ribbon: 5/8" White Organza (#114319)
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage (#121782 - Occasions Mini)
Stamping Sponge (#101610)
Paper Snips (#103579)