Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tile Coasters

These hand-stamped tile coasters are a wonderful Christmas gift for just about anyone. There are several ways to make them, but one of the easiest is to stamp an outline image with Staz On ink an let it dry. Then you color the image with Stampin' Up! CRAFT ink using an Aquapainter. If you prefer to use a solid image stamp, you can stamp directly with Craft ink onto the tile. You can even layer darker colors over lighter colors. CRAFT ink is a permanent, pigment based ink and is different from the CLASSIC ink that we use most of the time in my workshops. One of the advantages of this method is that if you don't like the way you colored the image, you can wipe it off while it's still wet.

Then all you do is bake the tiles for about 30 minutes at 250. Let them cool in the oven. The images are now permanent and you don't need to seal them. The tiles will be slightly absorbent, but nothing like those thirsty stone ones.

To protect table surfaces, use can use felt, cork, or those furniture protective thingies (don't know what they're called, but they're on the bottom of all of my chairs and tables to protect my wood floor). On these I used some cork coasters from Ikea. You can get 12 for $1 or something ridiculously cheap. Use Tacky Glue to adhere them.

The tiles that I use are Botticino Tumbled Marble tiles that I get at Lowe's.
'Til next time...Happy Stamping!

Scallop Punch and Peppermint Patties




Look at these adorable little things! These are simply Peppermint Patties (yum!) that are decorated using the Stampin' Up! scallop punch with a festive stamped image. I used the set Punch Pals for the penguin and snowman, and Perennial Favorites for the snowflake. If you need a quick and easy craft for kids or something to dress up a gift card, these are a sure hit. The biggest challenge is not eating all the candy.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Unusual Source of Inspiration

As I was pouring some Mega M&Ms into my hand, I noticed that the colors looked really nice together. And then I realized that these colors closely matched some of Stampin' Up!'s colors and would be wonderful Autumn color combinations. So, here are the color combinations that I came up with with my chocolately inspiration.


This color combination is Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Brocade Blue.












This color combination just changes the blue color. So now it's Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and Taken with Teal.






And the final chocolate inspired combination eliminated the blue and left me with Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip and More Mustard.
This just proves another benefit of eating chocolate. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Inspired by my Swim Suit

Yes, it's true. I was inspired by the print on my swim suit. It's hard to tell from the scan, but the focal point is stamped with Black Craft (pigment) ink and then embossed with Stampin' Up'!'s Iridescent Ice embossing powder. It's sparkly! The hat pin and beads on the left are from the Pretties Kit. This stamp set is True Friend from the Holiday Mini catalog. I resisted buying this set and then played with my friend Joanne's set. I fought the urge to order it for a couple more weeks, but finally gave in and I'm so glad that I did. This stamp set will be the one used in October's Projects of the Month.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

HAPPINESS Projects of the Month Instructions

Here are three adorable cards made using Stampin' Up!'s Happiness stamp. It's one gigantic stamp that can be used by itself or stamped and cut into pieces. To create these projects, stamp the entire background stamp on your Whisper White cardstock and then use your paper cutter to cut the sections apart as shown in the pictures. If you want the 3 little flowers and dividing lines that are shown on the Saffron Card, stamp that section again.

To get good coverage on your stamp, you can
use a brayer to apply the ink – or–
turn the stamp rubber side up on your table and hold your ink pad in your hand and repeatedly tap the ink on the stamp until you have good coverage.

TIP: Because these stamps have a lot of solid rubber, check the stamp after inking and before stamping to make sure you’ve got good coverage. One way to improve the stamp’s inking ability is to rub it lightly with a sanding block, on your carpet or jeans, or any other slightly rough surface. Do this when there’s no ink on the stamp, of course.



Rose Red Card



Supplies:

Ink: Rose Red or Purely Pomegranate

Cardstock: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie Designer paper

Accessories: Soft Subtles brads

Fold large Rose Red Cardstock in half.
Adhere the 3 strips of designer paper as shown.
Trim the stamped image from the diamonds down to the horizontal lines.
Adhere to the Certainly Celery piece. Punch holes on left and right side of the row of words and insert Bashful Blue brads. Adhere to rest of card.

Bashful Blue Card

Supplies:

Ink: Rose Red

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie Designer Paper

Accessories: Scallop punch, 1” circle punch, Clear button, linen thread. You’ll also need a needle and glue dots.

Fold large Bashful Blue Cardstock in half.
Trim the stamped image from the Happiness down to the vertical lines. Adhere to Certainly Celery cardstock and center on bottom of card as shown.
Adhere the other two pieces of designer paper as shown.
Adhere Saffron scallop punched piece as shown.
Use Snail or some other clear adhesive and put a couple spots on the blue side of the punched out circle. Stick onto clear button. Thread the linen thread and tie though button holes (punching through the blue paper as well). Adhere to card with glue dots.

Saffron Card

Supplies:

Ink: Rose Red

Cardstock: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Cutie Pie Designer paper

Accessories: Blue Gingham ribbon, Photo Corner punch, ½” circle punch

Fold large Saffron Cardstock in half.
Adhere to decorative paper on left of card as shown.
Trim the flower stamped image and mount on black paper. Tie the gingham ribbon around the left side of the solid flower piece as shown.
If you stamped your background stamp a second time, punch out 3 flowers (found below the “happiness” part) with ½” circle punch. Then cut out the narrow strip of lines that is (are?) below the flowers.
Adhere the lines to the right of the designer paper as shown.
Complete the rest of the card as shown.

If you want any of the cutting instructions for these cards, please email me.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

HAPPINESS is...August Projects of the Month

August's featured stamp set is Happiness, which is found on page 118 of the Fall/Winter Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog. It's an awesome background stamp that can be used in its entirety, or you can just use sections of it. Below are the August projects.




These adorable cards were made by stamping the background stamp once and then cutting up the images so they could be used on different cards. I decided that the bottom card needed something else, so I used a second stamping to get the stripes and three flowers that I punched out.

The Double Sided Designer paper that I used is called Cutie Pie. It's way fun! The cardstock colors that coordinate with it are Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and So Saffron. I used Rose Red ink, but the delicious, new Purely Pomegranate would work equally well.

The other cool think about this stamp is that you could use portions of it on masculine cards if you use a different color. Gotta love versatility!

If you want more general information about the projects of the month, please check April posts or email me.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Fabulous Flowers and Pretties kit

I had a little bit of time to play a few days ago and came up with this. The new Pretties kit in the Stampin' Up! catalog adds so much to a card or scrapbook page. The flower on the bottom left was white. I used my blender pen and picked up a little bit of Purely Pomegranate from the lid of the ink pad and colored it onto the flower. The centers of each of the flowers is a half pearl from the Pretties kit too. Glue dots worked great to get them to stick onto the flowers. I actually took the time to cut out the big dahlia and the smaller guava flower. As many of you know, I don't like to cut things out, so probably won't be making a lot of these.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Fabulous Flowers, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Basic Black
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Accessories: Pretties kit



Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Idea Book & Catalog is here!

Oh my goodness, the new Fall/Winter 2007 SU Idea Book & Catalog is here. You'll love it! One of the hottest stamp sets in it is called Pick a Petal. Each petal is stamped individually so you can control the color or vary the petal stamps. It's super fun! It's easy to use, if you know the trick. When you're stamping the petals, think of a clock and stamp your flower center first. Then stamp a petal at 12:00, 6:00, 3:00, 9:00 and then fill in the other 4 spots. It works like a charm.
The supplies used for this card are all from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (yummy new color!), Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads, Corner Rounder
My first order from the new catalog should arrive tomorrow. Once I get a few minutes to stamp, I'll post some more samples. In the meantime, there are samples on my SU website at sharongraham.stampinup.net.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

All Natural Projects of the Month

Yikes, I'm a bit slow in getting these posted. May was a hectic month around here! Anyway, here are the instructions for some of May's Projects of the Month. All of these cards use the retiring stamp set "All Natural" from Stampin' Up! This stamp set will no longer be available after June 30th.


Rose Flower Card

Supplies:

Ink: Regal Rose, Black or Brown ink

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Rebecca Designer paper

Accessories: Rose Grosgrain ribbon, corner rounder, hole punch


Fold large Regal Rose in half.
Stamp Flower in Regal Rose ink on left side of Sahara Sand cardstock. Stamp Thank You in black or dark brown ink on lower right corner.
Adhere to patterned paper and then to Rose Red cardstock as shown in picture. Punch hole in right side of Sahara Sand Cardstock. Tie ribbon through hole and around right edge of Rose Red Cardstock.
Adhere to Regal Rose base.


Apricot Flower Card

Supplies:

Ink: More Mustard and Regal Rose

Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal, Rose red, Palette of Prints

Accessories: Flower punches, soft subtles brads, glue dots


Fold large Apricot Appeal Cardstock in half.
Ink square stamp in More Mustard ink. Stamp off on scratch paper once and then onto the white square. The objective is to lighten the stamped image.
Stamp flower image with Regal Rose ink on top of More Mustard square.
Adhere square to Regal Rose square.
Adhere patterned strip to Apricot card base. Adhere square.
Layer the punched flowers as desired (you have more than you need). Put them on a mouse pad or other foam-like pad and punch a hole through the center with a strong straight pin, safety pin, or paper piercer. Put brad through the center and unfold the prongs.
Adhere to card with glue dots.

Pear Card

Supplies:

Ink: More Mustard, Regal Rose, Old Olive (or any other green), Basic Black ink


Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Paint brush, Aqua Painter or Blender pen


Fold large More Mustard Cardstock in half.
Stamp pear image 3 times on Very Vanilla cardstock. TIP: stamp the middle image first and then the other two. Let it dry before watercoloring.
With your ink pads closed, squish the lid onto the pad part. Open the ink pads. Some of the ink from the pad should have transferred to the lid. Do this with all 3 colors.
If you’re using a green marker, scribble a little bit onto an old plastic lid and use that as your watercolor palette.
Pick up some of the green ink with your brush or blender pen. Apply a little bit of it to your stamped pear. Do the same with your Rose ink. Then go over the rest of the pear with your Mustard ink, blending it into the other colors. You’ll have variations in the tone of your mustard ink, which is good.
Stamp Thank You on the top right corner of your folded card.
Once the water colored images are dry, tear off a bit of the top edge. Adhere to Old Olive layer and tear the top of that edge. Adhere to card base.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

April Projects of the Month Instructions

Here are the instructions for April's Projects. All of them use the "Doode This" stamp set from Stampin' Up!



Brown Flower Card

Supplies:

Ink: Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron Markers, Black or Brown ink


Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Au Chocolat Paper

Accessories: Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, stampin’ dimensionals


Fold large Chocolate Chip in half.
Stamp Flower image on Naturals Ivory cardstock. Let dry and then outline flower with So Saffron Marker. Color in dots with Turquoise marker.
Adhere focal point layers together.
Tie ribbon onto hodgepodge clip. Slide onto edge of focal point.
Adhere decorative paper as shown in photo. Adhere focal point with Stampin’ Dimensionals



Red and Turquoise Flower Card


Supplies:

Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery markers, Basic Black Classic Ink


Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Real Red

Accessories: White Gel Pen, red and cream grosgrain ribbon, hole punch.


Fold large Real Red Cardstock in half.
Stamp flower image on Turquoise cardstock several times. Once dry, go around outline of flower with Tempting Turquoise marker. Color in leaves with Certainly Celery Marker. Color in dots with white gel pen.
Punch 1-2 holes in side of turquoise cardstock and tie ribbon through.
Adhere all layers together.

Saffron Flower Card



Supplies:


Ink: Certainly Celery and So Saffron markers, Basic Black ink


Cardstock: Petals & Paisleys Double Sided Paper, So Saffron, Basic Black, Taken With Teal, Certainly Celery


Accessories: White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, paper snips


Fold large So Saffron in half.
Stamp flower on smaller So Saffron piece in Basic Black. Stamp it again on Certainly Celery piece. Outline saffron flower with saffron marker and use white gel pen on the dots. Outline 3 petals of the Celery flower with the celery marker. Cut out Saffron flower and 3 petals from the Celery flower. The celery flower petals will be used as leaves.
Adhere the square Teal and Black pieces together. Adhere cut out flower and leaves to the squares.
Adhere rectangular pieces together and then onto card. Adhere square to card base using stampin’ dimensionals.

Hope you have fun making these projects. Any questions, please contact me by email or phone.

Monday, April 2, 2007

April Projects of the Month

Oh my, it's April already. I'm excited about this month's card projects. They feature the Doodle This set from Stampin' Up!'s Spring Mini catalog. Check them out!



These projects use the following supplies:

Stamps: Doodle This
Ink: Basic Black or Basic Brown
Markers: So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Assorted Ribbons, Hodpodge Hardware, white gel pen

For information on purchasing the Project of the Month supplies, please see my SU website and contact me.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

March Projects of the Month Instructions



Here are the instructions for the Projects of the Month for March. Enjoy!

Celery “Happy” Card

Supplies:

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisleys
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery markers
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Petals & Paisleys Double Sided Paper
Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals


Fold large Certainly Celery Cardstock in half.
Fold up one long edge of designer paper and glue down. Adhere to top half of card.
Use brush tip end of Tempting Turquoise marker and color directly on the Happy stamp. Breathe on it to remoisten the ink and stamp on Whisper White Cardstock.
Use brush tip of Certainly Celery marker and ink flower outline image. Stamp randomly on bottom half of card, re-inking each time.
Adhere the white “happy” rectangle to the celery, turquoise, and pink layers.
Adhere to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Turquoise “Happy” Card

Supplies:

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisleys
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and So Saffron markers, Basic Black Classic Ink
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Naturals White
Accessories: Gold Cord



Fold large Tempting Turquoise Cardstock in half.
Stamp Paisley randomly on Naturals White Cardstock with Black ink. Let dry a couple minutes and then color paisleys in with markers.
Tear both of the long edges of the white cardstock.
Adhere to Black cardstock and tear both long edges of black cardstock also.
Wrap gold cord around white and black cardstock three times, lengthwise, and tie in a bow. Adhere to card base.
Stamp “Happy” in black on Turquoise cardstock.

Chocolate Chip Flower Card

Supplies:

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisleys
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and So Saffron markers
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories: White Magic Mesh, Turquoise Grosgrain ribbon, Naturals button, Linen Thread, glue dots


Fold large Chocolate Chip Cardstock in half.
Use brush tip end of markers and color directly on the flower stamp, starting with the lightest color, Saffron, on the small circle at the base of the flower/top of the stem. Then color remaining image. Breathe on stamp to re-moisten it and stamp on white square cardstock.
Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 flowers.
Adhere to Turquoise square and set aside.
Unroll white Magic Mesh. It has a sticky side and not-so-sticky side. Place sticky side across Chocolate Chip cardstock.
Adhere Turquoise ribbon to card with glue dots.
Tie linen thread through button. Adhere button to ribbon with glue dot.
Adhere stamped image to mesh with glue dots (1/corner).

Friday, March 9, 2007

What do you send an Olympic Gold Medalist?

My almost 8 year old is a huge Michael Phelps fan. He is a phenomenal swimmer, won a bazillion gold medals at the 2004 Olympics and is the fastest butterfly swimmer in the world. I'm referring to Michael Phelps here, not my son :-) Anyway, I wanted to get Michael to autograph a swim cap for my son so that we can frame it and give it to him for his upcoming birthday. Shhh, don't tell him about it. This is the card I sent. I'm guessing that a 21 year old male won't appreciate it, or even notice that it's hand made, but it was fun to make anyway. The left hand edge uses the faux tearing technique. There's not a layer of Mellow Moss cardstock there. I sponged it with Mellow Moss Craft Ink. Cool, huh? I'm sure he REALLY won't appreciate that!


Supplies (all are Stampin' Up!):

Stamps: All About U & Fun With Shapes

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White

Ink: Not Quite Navy (classic), Mellow Moss (craft), VersaMark (r)

Accessories: Gold embossing powder

Technique: Faux Torn Edge

Monday, February 26, 2007

March Projects of the Month

I'm so excited to introduce my Projects of the Month. Each month I'll feature a specific Stampin' Up! stamp set and give you the opportunity to purchase either a Card Kit, a Scrapbook Kit or both. This month's "Projects of the Month" feature Stampin' Up!'s Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set. The supplies you need to complete these three projects are: Black ink pad, Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, adhesive, scissors, assorted cardstock and a few embellishments. For more information on how to get the supplies for the March Projects of the Month, please contact me or visit my Stampin' Up! website which is shown at the bottom of this page.


The projects are either three card projects which are shown here or scrapbook projects which are shown below.





You can also purchase the Scrapbook Projects of the Month to create the items shown below.














I'm piloting this concept now, so we'll see how it goes. I cringe every time I hear someone say, "I have a bunch of stamps, but I never use them." This is my attempt to help you jump start your creativity and use your new stamp sets.

I'll post specific instructions for these projects in a couple of days.