Friday, February 29, 2008

Rub a dub dub

I'm totally hooked on the new SU rub-ons. They go on ANYTHING. In this sample I used one on the back of a clear button and also on the bottom of the card.
The picture below shows some of the projects that we'll be making at Stamp Fiesta on March 7th. We'll be using rub-ons on picture frames, candle holders and several different cards. So far I haven't managed to get my cat to stay still long enough to see if one will stick to him.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Chipboard and Glitter

Happy Monday! The kids are back in school after being home last week for mid-Winter break. It was a nice relaxing time, but now we're back to the daily grind (aka, nagging them about homework, etc).

Anyhow, the cool thing about this card is the star. You can't tell from the scan, but it's a chipboard star that is completely covered in glitter. Mucho sparkly! For the rest of the card I used Versamark and Stampin' Pastels. The stamp set is Birthday Whimsy, which is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Only 3 more weeks of SAB!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Quick, Easy, Flexible Layout

We made this card at my stamp clubs this month. It's a super quick and easy card, and
as a bonus, the layout can be changed in a variety of ways and they all look good. The card base is River Rock, and the other layers are black and white. It's a classic combination. We added a flower from the Pretties kit which we colored with SU markers. Different stampers tried different colors and they all looked fantastic. I colored this one with So Saffron in the center, then Cameo Coral and a little Ruby Red just on the edges. You could also use one of the flower punches to add an accent instead and could crank out a bunch of these quickly and inexpensively. The stamp set is called Take Three.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Stamp A Stack Cards

At the end of January I had a Stamp-A-Stack for my customers where they made a dozen cards: 3 each of 4 designs using BRAND NEW RUBBER. These are the cards that we made. As you can see, for several of them I had various layouts that would work with the exact same supplies.

This first one uses Embrace Life with Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant. Notice the different fold on one of the cards. That's a quick and easy way to vary your design.

This card uses One of a Kind, the matching Boho Blossoms punch, and Berry Bliss designer paper. I was so nice that I punched out a big bunch of flowers for the gang. As it turns out, I have a ton left over. Fortunately, they go well with the Berry Bliss paper, so I'll be using them again in some other creation. Again, same pieces of cardstock arranged differently. Are you sensing a theme?
The new Just B stamp set is so much fun. I know I've said that before, but I'm saying it again. And it just lends itself so easily to paper piercing and faux stitching. I did the same layout each time, but lots of my customers got creative by orienting the card sideways and other ingenious adaptations.

And last, but not least, this fun Celebrate Everything card which also uses the Jersey Shore designer paper (not sure what it has to do with the Jersey shore, but I still like it) and the new striped grosgrain ribbon.

If you weren't able to attend this Stamp-A-Stack, hopefully you'll be able to attend Stamp Fiesta on March 7th. I'll post a picture of those projects soon.

Until next time, Happy Stamping.

Oh Happy Day

It's finally a sunny day in the typically gray Northwest. What a nice change of pace!
In honor of the sunshine, check out this Happy Day card. It's made with one of SU's Sale-A-Bration stamp sets called Merci and the "Happy Day" is from the SAB rub-ons called Love & Happiness. Both of these items are free with a $50 order from now until March 17.
The designer paper is from the Bali Breeze collection and the other papers are Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise. I stamped the butterfly on Confetti white and colored it with my Watercolor Wonder crayons and cut it out, except for the antenna. I stamped the butterfly again on Apricot cardstock and punched it out with the scallop punch. Don't you just love that punch!? Then I layered the colored butterfly on top of the punch. We'll probably be making this at stamp clubs this month, so hope you like it :-)
Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Busy Bee

The new Just B stamp set from Stampin' Up! is so stinkin' fun! It's versatile too, which makes it even better.
The adorable bumble-bee is made out of punches. Can you believe that his body is made with a square punch? It looks curved, but it's an optical illusion. Thanks to Julie for showing me this cute idea.
The dots on the B just cry out for adding more dots to things. In this case I added both paper piercing and white gel-pen dots.
That's it for now. Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Picture's Worth 1000 Words

This is my family on vacation a few years ago. Yes, I'm crazy enough to post a picture of myself in a bathing suit on the Internet.

I didn't have any southwest type stamps, so made the cacti out of oval punches. Before you get too gaga over my creativity, I have to confess that I got the idea somewhere else, probably on

See the little flower and ribbon at the end of the "B yourself?" When you pull that out, it says "Be yourself, no one else is more qualified." I love that stamp from the Smarty Pants stamp set.

Thanks for taking the time to look. Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 1, 2008

It's a Bling Thing

One of the January Stampin' Up! contests for demonstrators was to make projects using glitter. Well, I really had fun playing with glitter, especially the new colored glitter in the Spring/Summer Collection.

So, here are some of my submissions for the contest. There are SO MANY talented demonstrators, that I'm not holding my breaththat I'll win, but it did challenge me to think of creative ways to "glitterfy" some cards. Unfortunately, glitter just doesn't look as sparkly and beautiful in a scanned card as it does in real life. So, imagine all of these with lots more sparkle.

In this first one, I actually came up with an original idea (I think). I used the One of a Kind stamp set. Instead of inking the stamp with ink, I used my 2-way glue pen on the stamp, then stamped the image and dumped Rose glitter on it. Of course I cleaned my stamp right away after that on a baby wipe. The flower in the center is one of the ones from the Pretties kit. I colored it with marker, then applied the 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The three rhinestone brads on the right add even more sparkle to this card.

In this second card, I stamped the focal point from Embrace Life with Black Craft ink and embossed it with Black embossing powder. Then I filled in the flowers with Tombow Multi-Adhesive, filling in the nooks and crannies very carefully with a toothpick. Then, using a clean toothpick, I applied glitter to the glue.

For the background, I stamped the leaves from Embrace Life in Whisper White Craft ink and let that dry. Then there's a layer of vellum on top of that. A little sponging in More Mustard and paper piercing in the corners of the focal point and I was done.

My friend, Julie, showed me some cards where she had a layer that contrasted beautifully with the rest of the card even though there was nothing else on the card in that color. Most of my cards are more monochromatic and so that really inspired me. So, I borrowed a page from her book when using the Old Olive layer.

I love the Asian look of this final card. And the black, red and gold is such a striking combination. My 8 year old said that this is the best card I ever made. Of course, he then

qualified his compliment by saying that he's no expert, so he really doesn't know what he's talking about. LOL He has a lot to learn about women still!

Anyhoo, for this card I used the Caught in a Crystal technique. It's a fun but very messy process. If you're going to make one card like this, you might as well make 10.

To do this, you stamp an outline image, such as this one from SU's Embrace Life stamp set, using StazOn ink on acetate. I used a transparency sheet.

Once the ink is dry, turn it over and color in the flowers with a gold Zig Painty pen (also in the SU catalog).

Once that was dry, leaving the image face down, I squirted some Crystal Effects on it and then added a few drops of Real Red reinker and a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Top that off with some white tissue paper that has been crumpled and them kind of smoothed out again. Let it dry for a few hours. When you turn it over, your image has a lot of dimension and sparkle.

This time, I didn't wear gloves and that was a big MISTAKE! My finger tips were stained red for a couple of days.

Alright, enough rambling for now. Until next time, Happy Stamping!