Saturday, May 31, 2008

Blog Candy Winner

Congratulations to Nichole M for winning my blog candy prize. Thanks to all of you for your nice comments. For those of you who said you wished I posted more frequently, well, if I could find a way to sleep less and not be grumpy, had a self-cleaning house, or sold my kids on e-bay, then I could probably manage that :-) I'll try and do better though.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baroque Motifs

Whew! What a weekend. We went to Fresno, CA for a swim meet, expecting lots of sun. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy the whole time and the kids froze. As luck would have it, it was nice and sunny here. Oh well. Chalk this one up to "character building."

Now, on to some stamping...

This simple, yet elegant card would be perfect for a wedding card. It uses the Baroque Motifs stamp set. The ink colors are Soft Sky and Blue Bayou (dang it, I can't say or type that name without the song going through my head). The white taffeta ribbon runs through the pewter Hodgepodge double swirl clip.

That's all for now. I must get back to the mountain of laundry that accumulated during our trip.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

5,000 Hits -- Time for a Blog Candy Prize

Wow! I'm honored that so many of you have taken the time to look at my blog and make comments. It makes me smile when you say such nice things about my posts. As a way of showing my appreciation, I'm offering some Blog Candy. I have no idea where that name came from, but it's a prize that's given by a blog owner.

This prize consists of a notebook decorated with Cutie Pie designer paper and a coordinating pen, PLUS the retired Oh So Lovely stamp set which I graciously mounted for you :-) It's still virgin rubber though.
So, how do you enter to win? Leave a comment on this post and tell me one thing you like about my blog or something you'd like me to do more of or less of. AND, you can earn a second entry if you've gotten a mammogram in the last year or done your BSE in the last two months. If you're male, it's whatever the equivalent exams are for you. I'll randomly draw a name on Friday, May 30th. Good luck!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sneak Peek -- Fresh Cuts

Stampin' Up! is giving us a sneak peek at a stamp set that will be in the upcoming Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog. This Fresh Cuts stamp set will be available in June, and then not available until the F-W catalog comes out on August 11th. One of the best things about this stamp set is that it's die cut so it only takes about 2 minutes to mount the entire thing. Ya-hoo!

We'll definitely be using this at stamp clubs and workshops in June. There's a special next month, that I'll tell you about later.
This sample uses only Cameo Coral ink. Sometimes monochromatic is the way to go. The silver frame is from the Silver Hodgepodge on p. 7 of the Occasions Mini catalog. Stay tuned for more samples with this wonderful set.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Layered Backgrounds

I had this idea that it would be interesting to try layering different background stamps. In this sample I stamped some Very Vanilla cardstock with River Rock ink using the Canvas background stamp. Then I stamped with the En Francais stamp in Close to Cocoa right on top of it. I have to admit, I was so upset when French Script retired, but I like En Francais even better. I have no idea what it says, but the font is so pretty. Maybe it's a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

Anyway, then I sponged around the edges with more Close to Cocoa. At that point, I had a really nice background but didn't know where to go from there. So, in staying with the French theme, I pulled out Carte Postale and made the focal point. Add a little antique brass hodgepodge hardware (this hodgepodge finish will be retiring in August) and ribbon and it was done.

This style is different from a lot of the stuff I've done recently. It was nice to do something different.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Bali Breeze, Chipboard and Flower Fusion

This is the last chipboard post for a while, I promise. I can't believe that I have had it sitting around for so long and haven't used it. It's so EASY and versatile. I guess I thought that covering it with designer paper was difficult, but it's not if you use the method I described in my previous post.

So, here's the next ensemble.

It uses the Bali Breeze Double-Sided Designer paper, Flower Fusion felt flowers, On Board Accents, Gold Brads and Urban West rub-ons. Not one bit of stamping involved! The close-ups of each of the cards are below.

That's it for now. I have the house to my self for a couple hours and don't have to cook dinner...does that mean I can stamp?

Stay tuned next week for a blog prize :-)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ginger Blossom & Chipboard Ensemble

As I was icing my knee today, I had the brilliant idea that you could make an ensemble of cards using just one package of chipboard (which is on special this month), one package of designer series paper, a stamp set and some ribbon. This is what I came up with today. It didn't take very long to make these.
My supplies were:
Ginger Blossom designer series paper ($9.95)
River Rock cardstock ($5.50)
Short & Sweet stamp set ($15.95)
Chocolate Chip Ink ($5.25) -- Ruby Red would work well too
Groovy Guava Double Stitched ribbon ($8.95)
On Board Accents (25% off this month with a $35 purchase -- $9.71)
Grand total $56.01 and you'd have enough to make 40+ cards. That's less than $1.50/card! Yes, of course I'll be happy to order these supplies for you :-)
Here are some close-ups of two of the cards. You'll notice that I covered the chipboard with the Ginger Blossom paper. All you have to do is put some glue stick or Tombo Multi-Adhesive on your piece of chipboard, stick it onto the wrong side of your paper and let it dry for a couple minutes. Once it's set up, go around it with your hobby blade to trim off the paper. That's also how I did the center of the heart frame below. I'm eager to work on another set using some different designer paper. Unfortunately, the kids will be out of school in 20 minutes and then it's on to piano and swimming. Maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

More Chipboard Fun

I love this month's chipboard special! For the month of May, when you spend $35 on any Stampin' Up! products, you'll get 25% off all On Board chipboard products from pages 178-179 of the Spring-Summer Collection 2008! Here is a quick and easy 6x6 scrapbook page that I made in just a few minutes yesterday.

The chipboard flower is covered with Whisper White Craft ink and then embossed with Clear embossing powder. The center is a chipboard circle covered with Yoyo Yellow craft ink. I think the rest is self-explanatory.

If you want to get more hands-on experience with chipboard, contact me to set up a one-on-one time or, better yet, host a Girls' Craft Night with your friends.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Chipboard on Scrapbook pages

All chipboard is on sale at Stampin' Up! this May -- 25% off with a $35 purchase. Can't beat that! So, here's the first of several samples spotlighting chipboard. This is a 2-page 12x12 scrapbook page layout. I'm not sure how I'll use it yet, so I used Photoshop to add the title.

Here are a few close-ups of the various chipboard accents. In this first one, I used one of the ribbon slides and rubbed CRAFT Pumpkin Pie ink on it. Once it was dry, I applied a rub-on. Why am I using Craft ink rather than Classic? Either one works, but since the Classic is a dye-based ink, it absorbs into the chipboard and the color changes slightly. The Craft ink is pigment based and stays on top of the chipboard so the color remains true. It's a subtle difference, so if you only have Classic ink, go with that (or buy the Craft inks from me :-) )

On this chipboard star accent, I used Craft Tempting Turqouise ink to cover the star. Once it was dry, I stamped it with Craft Whisper White ink using a stamp from the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set.

This final accent is one I kind of made myself. After using the solid star image somewhere else, I cut around the star shaped hole that was on my chipboard sheet and created this frame. Make sense? It's a cheap way to get even more use out of your chipboard. Before you start telling me how smart I am, I have to admit that another demonstrator shared this idea at a group meeting.
This is just the beginning of a few ideas I'll share with you about ways to use chipboard. Stay tuned...