Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Well, I have been trying to create "the perfect card" for the swap before I totally toss this card idea out the window (so to speak)... and it finally happened today! What does that mean to you??? I get to share the original card with you! Here it is:
Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension:
There's nothing saying that I won't be making more of these cards to send out to family and friends between now and Thanksgiving. :)
In case you were wondering, here are the supplies I used:
Card Stock/Designer Paper:
Always Artichoke (craft & classic ink)
Junto DSP (from the Spanish Supplemental Catalog: Celebrando Creatividad)
1/16" circle (for the brads)
Big Shot & Leaves #2 die
Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (Designer Label Holder & brads)
1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon - Always Artichoke
Clear Embossing Powder
As far as my "final" swap card goes, you'll have to wait until after October 24 to see!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Fran showed us a purse she made out of pet window screen. Another lady, Genean, mentioned that she would love to learn how to make one and Fran offered to teach her. Being a bag-obsessed multi-crafter, I asked if she'd be willing to teach me too and Fran said "Sure!" We ended up meeting on Sunday for the class and I made a large bag--which is more of a tote. I plan on using it for a project bag (knitting, card making, whatever I happen to be working on).
Here it is:
Now, keep in mind that this purse/tote/bag is made out of pet (vinyl) window screen with fabric panels. It is super durable and stands up on its own--perfect for knitting! I still need to find a button for the top closure, but I'm not waiting for that to start using it! I will be proudly showing it off at my Stitch & Bitch group tomorrow night (this is a different group of mostly knitters that I met online).
I promise to post a stampin' related project soon! :)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The hardest step for them was lining up the scallop edge punch. It can definitely be tricky. The key is to use the scallop edge guide (silver picture of the scallop edge) once you've made the first punch. If you don't, there's no tellin' what your scallops will look like... or if they'll even end up scalloped! But, once you've mastered the punch, it sure does make for a pretty edge!
I did do one more step on my card after I took this picture. I used the 1/16" circle punch to make little eyelets in each scallop. You can't really see it on this picture, but the right inside edge of the card has a strip of Naturals White card stock to create a contrast with the scallop edge.
Well, I have to rush off to knit on my red scarf with a new Stitch and Gab group! I'm at a point where hopefully too much gabbing won't make me mess up on the pattern. :)
Happy Stampin... and Knittin!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
One of the reasons I love knitting, is because it is so portable and can be done almost anywhere. Last night, my family and I went to a jazz festival at a park in downtown San Antonio and... yup, you probably guessed it... I brought my red scarf to work on! Before the sun went down, I was able to get about 6" of this cable patterned scarf knitted. I still have a ways to go... but I feel confident that I will finish it in time for the October 31 deadline. I will be sure to take a picture of it before I send it off, so I can show you all.
With all this talk about knitting, you might be wondering about my workshop preparations (or not), but don't fear! I have finally decided on the two projects we'll be doing (I think). As of right now, we'll be making a card and Halloween bag topper. You'll have to wait until Wednesday for me to post a picture of what we make... I don't want to give away the surprise to any of my guests that are coming to the workshop (who may be reading this)... and it's also possible that I may change my mind--again. ;)
Happy Stampin... and Knittin!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
These are made using the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies, Summer Picnic Designer Series Papers, coordinating card stock, silver brads and Birds and Blooms Sizzix dies. My first thought was to make "CREATE". Then I realized that I could use a couple of the same letters, turn the other cubes around and add the letters needed to spell "WELCOME":
THEN, I realized that I could add the letter "H" to the back of another cube and spell "HOME":
So, right now, if you were to come over to my house (or come to my workshop at 7pm on Tuesday), you'd see "WELCOME" on my mantle. By the way, the 2 1/4" cubes are made out of card stock. Four of the cubes use one intact piece of card stock (scored and cut out of one sheet for each one) and the other three were pieced together using the leftover pieces of card stock (can't be wasteful!)
Since this project involved no stampin', I'll say:
The spider comes in three sizes in either black or white, so you can use them for different applications. Perhaps hang a medium or large one in your front window and apply a small one on a candy jar (as in the picture). These spiders are only available until October 31! Contact me today to place your order!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The first card uses the stamp off technique, where you stamp one image with a fully inked stamp and then stamp again without re-inking, creating a lighter shade of the original color. It's a simple card using Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant and Always Artichoke card stock, classic ink pads and ribbon... can you say "COORDINATE!"? I distressed the strip of Elegant Eggplant card stock by crumpling it up (a great way to get out any frustrations of the day) and inked the creases, then sponged around the Very Vanilla layer with Always Artichoke ink. For the ribbon, I wrapped a piece of Always Artichoke ribbon around the front of the card stock strip and then tied on small pieces of the three colors of ribbon.
This is another relatively simple card using the Top Note Bigz die in the Big Shot. The base of the card was folded and sent through the die-cut machine leaving the folded edge intact. The front of the card is just adhered directly to the base. Along with the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set, I also used the square background stamp from the Fresh Cuts set with Whisper White Craft Ink. "Thanks so much" is stamped directly on the white taffeta ribbon using Basic Black classic ink.
My final card has a creative fold that creates a pocket inside. I "cased" this fold idea from a card I saw on splitcoaststampers.com.
It's a 3" x 3" card. I started with a 3" x 9" piece of card stock, scored and folded it at 3" & 6", then I opened it up and scored from the top of the 3" scored line diagonally to the bottom of the 6" scored line. Here's the tricky part: on that diagonal scored line, fold the right half of the card back (away from you), then fold the last 3" section up. This should create the diagonal pocket. Now all you have to do is use your favorite adhesive to secure the non-pocket edges and decorate.
I used the Round Tab Punch for the... tab on the pocket insert. Of course, the ever versatile Scallop Circle Punch and 1 3/8" circle punch work perfectly for the focal point on the front of the card. The Chocolate Chip arrow type accent came from a scrap of the Bella Rose DSP I had leftover from another project using the Top Note Bigz die. The colors used are Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Naturals Ivory/Very Vanilla.
As you can see, with these 3 cards, I'm set for thank you cards. :) The other saying that comes with this set is "friend to friend". If you like the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set, be sure to take advantage of the special price! You can either contact me directly to place an order, or go to my official Stampin' Up! website and place your order ONLINE! I'd love to send you one of my thank you cards for placing an order. ;)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here's one of the sparkly cards I was making when I learn my valuable lesson about embossing powder and ceiling fans not working well together (refer to Sept. 1 post):
I believe this is my favorite card so far. The colors used were: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Sahara Sand. The center snowflake was stamped with Not Quite Navy craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice EP--I love that look! The strip of Not Quite Navy cardstock was crimped to add texture and then cut in half. I wrapped two pieces of the double sided Satin Ribbon around the two card stock strips and then attached them to each side of the card front. After attaching the center front layers to the left side of the card using dimensional adhesive, I tied a shorter piece of ribbon on to create the faux bow. Be sure to click on the photo to get a closer look at the sparkle!
Hurricane Update: Ike is on the way to Texas and he's huge! From the satellite pictures, he looks just as big as Texas. I wanted to let you know that the area I live (near San Antonio) is looking safer than it did yesterday, as the projected path keeps moving more north/east of here. We are expecting some rain and possibly some high winds... but nothing too serious. The rain will be good for the area, as we are in a drought--although, flooding would be bad. Many people from the Galveston/Houston areas have evacuated, as that is where Ike is expected to make landfall early Saturday morning. Please keep them (and the people who have stayed behind) in your prayers.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A couple features I'd like to point out are: The search feature--when you're looking for something in particular. And the Projects Page--when you need some inspiration and you want to know exactly what supplies were used to complete the project.
I'd love to hear what you think, so feel free to comment here or send me an email.
Here are a couple projects I made a little while back that I thought you'd enjoy. They are 2 versions of a similar project--one using supplies from around the house and the other using one of Stampin' Up!'s wonderful accessories.
As with most crafters, I have a stash of all sorts of things "I might be able to use for something". Just ask the movers, that most recently packed and carried all my stash, just how much I have! I guess you could say crafters have been "green" since before "green" was cool--why would you want to throw "it" away when you can cover it in pretty paper and create a beautiful gift?! :)
Well, digging through my drawers and bins, I found a couple clips and a chipboard coaster to use with this project. I covered the coaster & binder clip base with Stampin' Up!'s beautiful Bella Rose Designer Series papers, then embellished them with stamps and ribbon. You could do something similar with a piece of sturdy cardboard. This is a great project to display a special photo or message.
With the same idea in mind but sort of upgrading the project to the next level, I used one of Stampin' Up!'s chipboard clipboards and decorated it similarly to the above project. I also used the Crop-A-Dile to add a couple Jumbo Eyelets to the bottom left corner. This project would also be a pretty way to display a photo, but it could also be a wonderful "to do" or shopping list holder! I kept the embellishments on the main part of the clip relatively flat, just in case.
Now, go dig through your own stash and see what you can make!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
By the way, here's the blog candy she won:
Happy Stampin... and Scrappin! :)
Friday, September 5, 2008
While I was anxiously awaiting a delivery from Mr. Brown, "Mr. Fed Ex" came with a package for me! It's been a tradition that my birth mom sends me flowers on my birthday (thanks, Mom!), but when the flowers arrived via Fed Ex, I sort of had to laugh. They were safely strapped inside a very tall and narrow box. What a nice surprise! Here's a picture of me with my boxed flowers (photo by Nicholas):
Well, a few hours later, Mr. Brown finally showed up with the package I expected (an order I placed that included my husband's gift for me--Big Shot Serif Alphabet dies--WHOOHOOO) AND another package with birthday gifts from my sister! Thanks, Deb! I can't wait until tomorrow when I can open them!
I'm a happy stamper! :)
Soon after Jennifer walked through my door, she couldn't wait to try an idea that came to her on the drive over. Finding some "scrap" paper, she went to town with her idea on my Big Shot... Her brilliant idea was to accordian fold paper just small enough to fit between the edges of the Top Note Bigz Die and then punch it out to create an accordian style book or card. Between the two of us, this idea evolved over the 4 hours she was at my house. You could say we were Happy Stampin! :)
Here is the book I made:
You would not believe all the different things Jennifer and I came up with to make out of the Top Note Bigz Die! It's another one of those "thinking out of the box" moments. When you have a chance to give the Big Shot Die Cut Machine and Top Note Bigz Die a try, be sure to take a closer look at the scrap pieces! Check out the cover of my book and you'll see a couple scraps that made the brackets on the sides.
HERE'S THE CLARIFICATION: The prize that I won from the OSC Scrapbooking Group was my inspiration to give a prize away. When I said "I'll be giving my own prize away", that meant that I would be coming up with my own prize to "pay it forward". Soooo, whomever wins my blog candy prize, will not be receiving everything in the picture that I posted. I haven't finalized exactly what I will be giving away, but it will be a combination of some of the items from that picture AND something(s) from Stampin' Up! (since it is my business and all). :)
Sorry for the confusion. I hope whomever wins is happy with the prize and is encourages to "pay it forward" in his or her own way.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here it is closed and ready to fit in a standard envelope.
Here it is popped up and ready for a special message for that special someone.
The rocket stamp came from Pun Fun and the sentiment came from Family Phrases. If you have questions about any of the products I used or need help while making your own surprise pop-up card, feel free to contact me.
BLOG CANDY ALERT: This is my final call for you to leave a comment and be entered in my first drawing for BLOG CANDY! The deadline is tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 5th). I will announce the winner on Saturday! Good luck!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I don't know if you can tell, but all of the snowflakes (inside and out) are embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder. I used craft ink for the Not Quite Navy and White flakes. In order to emboss the Baja Breeze flakes, I inked the stamp with Versamark ink first and then inked it up with Baja Breeze classic ink. If you give this technique a try and need to stamp the image more than once, be sure to clean the stamp in between each stamping. That's something you don't want to learn the hard way. :)
I'd like to share another tip with you about how I created the striped cardstock. I used the recipe card stamp from the "From the Kitchen" stamp set. I used several different colors of ink, including silver, (cleaning the stamp in between colors, of course) and just inked up the lined section and carefully stamped the lines on the cardstock strip. I challenge you to look outside of the box when using your stamps. It adds value to your already valuable stamps! I'd love to hear of what "outside the box" ideas you come up with.
Are you wondering how to create the pop-up feature? Well, basically you punch a 1-3/8" circle out of cardstock and cut it into a spiral. Then attach the outer end of the spiral to the bottom inside of the card with Mono Multi Adhesive (a little goes a long way) and let dry. Flatten the spiral, then put another little dab of Mono Multi Adhesive on the inside end of the spiral and close the card to adhere the spiral to the top inside of the card, let dry. Then open up and attach snowflakes, balloons, or whatever you'd like to go along with the theme of your card! I also anchored the ends of the spirals with extra snowflakes. It adds a fun surprise!
Monday, September 1, 2008
2. Don't rely on pre-occupied (video playing) son to turn ceiling fan off.
3. Embossing powder flies farther when ceiling fan is on HIGH!