Monday, November 9, 2009

ICICLE RUB-ONS CARD SET

Since I'm not doing my traditional Christmas Card Cranks this year, I wanted to give you some easy card ideas that you could do at home. I was hit by the Icicle Inspiration this morning and made this set in less than 2 hours. That included cutting, digging through the ribbon drawer and everything! What's Icicle Inspiration? It's the gorgeous Icicle Rub-ons in the Holiday Mini catalog (p. 27, #116804, $10.95). You get 2 sheets -- one with silver and the other with white.

This photo shows all 14 cards together. I used one sheet of the rub-ons, so you could really get twice as many cards. I actually used one more rub-on on Brocade Blue cardstock and it didn't show up very well, so you could get 30 cards from one package of rub-ons. As you can tell, I varied the embellishments so you could see what the various ribbons or brads look like. For all the cards, I used a card base of either Bordering Blue or Whisper White, then a layer of 4" x 5 1/4" Night of Navy for the rub-ons. The sentiments are all from Four The Holidays in the Holiday Mini catalog (p. 19, #116921, $13.95 for the set of 4). They're stamped in Night of Navy on a 1" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White which is layered on a 1 1/4" x 3 3/4" piece of Bordering Blue. Actually, there's one renegade that has a piece of Real Red instead. I wish I'd done a few more of those because I like the "pop" that it gives. I realized at some point that I needed to be careful about making the cards too patriotic LOL

So, now let's look at them closer up. Please excuse the line running through the scans. I have no idea what's causing that. I experimented with various ribbons and brads. If you're mailing these, you probably want to avoid the big knots or bows unless you have a really nice Post Office. When I only had a couple cards to go I remembered that you can use rub-ons on ribbon. Check out the ones on the wide red ribbon. Cool, huh!
So, which embellishment do you like best on these cards?

If you want to order the supplies to make these cards, you can do that directly from my website or by calling or emailing me. Remember to order your envelopes too. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Cheers,
Sharon

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

THOROUGHLY MODERN WOW FLOWERS Card Set

If you want to make a batch of card sets, check this out! This set uses the Thoroughly Modern designer series paper (#115673, p. 163, $9.95), Wow Flowers stamp set (#111714, p. 173, $12.95), and those super cool Gusseted Envelopes (#115693, p. 169, $5.95 for a set of 3), which I used as the packaging for the card set. Add a decorated pen and envelopes, tie a ribbon around it, and you've got a nice gift for teachers, friends, or someone who has everything.

The Gusseted Envelopes are designed to coordinate with the Thoroughly Modern designer series paper. There are 3 different designs in the set and if the planets align properly, I'll make another set with different stamps and different dsp sheets to go in another envelope and will post it soon.

You could definitely fit more than 4 cards in the envelope in case you want to be more generous. Or, you could put a gift card in the envelope with the cards. Better yet, put a Stampin' Up! gift certificate in the envelope. (Yep, you can purchase those from me.) Hmm, what else could you do with this?

The bottom two cards (the non thank you ones) are a bit non traditional. The base is simply a 4.25 x 5.5" base that doesn't open. The rectangle on top is a mini card that opens. It's perfect for a birthday card where you really don't need to write much other than the recipient's name and your autograph.

I'm feeling lazy today, so haven't made the effort to scan the individual cards. Yeah, I know, it's a push of a button. If you want me to scan the individual cards so you can see 'em up close, leave a comment to that effect.

Thanks for stopping by.


Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, November 2, 2009

HAVE A PHEASANT DAY

Sorry for the corny title, but you get what you pay for. Anyway, I made this card a while back using Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Days stamp set. The leaves were a bit of work because I colored the stamp with the markers and each leaf is different. But, other than that it was pretty straight forward. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Digital Studio Cards

One of the many cool things about My Digital Studio is that you can make cards as well as scrapbook pages. The first of these three cards is one of the templates. All you'd have to do is print or email it to someone. Doesn't get easier than that! I did have to add the framed part in Photoshop because the white on white didn't work too well.

For the second one, I used the same scrapping kit, but changed the paper and ribbon.

For this last one, I used a completely different scrapping kit for a completely different feel with the same layout. So stinkin' easy! You gotta love it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

5 Minute Cards That Took 2 Days to Make

You know how sometimes cards evolve and your simple 5-minute creation turns into 30+ minutes or several days? This is one of those times! Both of these cards use Razzleberry, which is a 2009-2010 In Color.

The first card started out with the gorgeous French Filigree stamp in the background and a nice simple Upsy Daisy image in the foreground. Then it needed a bit more, so I spritzed it with that marker spritzer thingy --- oh yeah, the Color Spritzer Tool (p. 192, item 107066, $12.95 -- aren't I a good demonstrator giving you all that info? LOL) Add a bit of ribbon and it's done. But NOOOO, it needed more. So I pulled out Eastern Blooms and added flowers on the background. Pretty good. Then add some white dots on the scallop edge.

By this time everything had been glued together but it still didn't make me happy. So, I added a left hand border with the Finial Press embossing folder and punched it with my eyelet border punch. Now I wish I'd used a different color ribbon, but enough is enough!

In case you're interested, used the Circle Scissor Plus to cut the circles. I found it really easy to use once I put a smidge of temporary adhesive on the cardstock before attempting to cut.

So, on to this one. After doing the background with flowers on the previous card, I wanted to make one using French Filigree as stems/vines. Again, I figured it would be a really quick card. But somehow I had to keep adding stuff to make this work. I loved that I could use my In Color Markers (thanks SU!) to do multi-tone flowers by coloring directly on my stamp. This layout is really growing on me and I may have to make something else using it.

OK, time to go make Alton Brown's Swedish Meatballs for dinner, even though it's only 2:15 in the afternoon here. With the kiddos' after school activities, dinners are a multi-part process. Thank goodness for microwaves and crock pots! Where's that fairy godmother when you need her?

Cheers,
Sharon

Deal of the Week

Check out this week's Deal of the Week. If you've got a little pirate or princess in your life, you can't go wrong with these. Both kits provide the supplies for 8 invitations, decorations, eye-patch or crown, party favor holders and more. At $15.95 they're a pretty good deal, for the special price of $9.99 they're a GREAT DEAL! Plan ahead for your next party and order these now.

One of the cool things is that you can also order a a stamp set or even a personalized stamp to go with it.

This offer is only good through Oct 31, so order now. No really, click on one of the pictures and start ordering from my website. OK, so subtlety isn't one of my strong suits :-)




Thursday, October 22, 2009

BLOGGING WITH MY DIGITAL STUDIO

How do you like the new blog header? I was playing around with the fantastic new My Digital Studio (referred to as MDS from here on out) and made some new headers. Who needs sleep when there's creativity to be had! One of the super cool things about MDS is that it's compatible with other software programs. So, I was able to crop the page in Photoshop so that it would fit as a header. In all honesty, it took a bit of time to make the first header, which is the Halloween one you see at the top of the page as of this posting. HOWEVER, the Autumn and Christmas ones which will be appearing at the appropriate times took almost no time at all. The most time consuming part was figuring out what images to use. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

If you haven't already discovered the Stampin' Up! You Tube channel, go check it out.



Oh cool, my upload worked! I'm feeling like a freakin' technical genius first with my digital scrapbooking and then uploading a You Tube video. Pretty amazing considering I never did figure out how to program the VCR, but that's ok 'cuz I can program the DVR.

CAN'T RESIST WANDERING WORDS

At first the Wandering Words stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog did nuthin' at all for me. Then evil stampers started posting gorgeous creations on their blogs, SCS and Stampin' Addicts. Well, as you can see, I'm now the proud owner of this stamp set.

For this card I used the Versamark resist technique. Stamp an image on Glossy White cardstock using Versamark ink. In this case I used the leaf stamp from Autumn Days. Sponge over it with various colors and then wipe off the excess with a tissue. The leaves magically appear.

Then I stamped over the image with the fallish image from Wandering Words in Chocolate Chip ink. Add a little hemp and a torn layer and it's good to go. "Go where?" you might ask. Good question since I rarely actually MAIL any of the cards that I make.

Now, since I know you're going to want to order this set and a few other things in the Holiday Mine, just click below to view the catalog. Then click on the Shop Now button on the top right hand corner of this page and get yourself some stuff.

Cheers,
Sharon




Click here to view Holiday Mini in .pdf format!

Click here to view Holiday Mini Stampin’ Supplies!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HE'S IN THE DOG HOUSE

Last night at stamp club we made this card, or at least something similar. The cool thing is that it uses the Berry Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog and the card doesn't look even remotely Christmassy. Is that a word? Anyway, that stamp set is so stinkin' cute and can be used in so many ways. If you don't have it, you should probably get it.

The sample card that I made said "just for you" and there is an "I'm so sorry" stamp in Teeny Tiny Wishes. But, the husband of one of the gals is seriously in the dog house, so we used the omitting technique and wrote in "you're."

The vase is made with the ornament punch that's in the Holiday mini. Some clever person figured out multiple ways to use this punch. The designer paper is from the Thoroughly Modern pack.

I've got a bunch more samples to upload, so check back over the next few days.

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

STAMPIN' UP'S PROJECTS OF THE MONTH

Stampin' Up! has some wonderful Projects of the Month for October. Check them out! I promise I'll be back posting my own stuff soon. Really. Honest.





Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adapting Catalog Layout

This year at my monthly stamp clubs, we're going to be copying one of the layouts from the catalog each month. For this quick and easy card, we used one of the samples on p. 37. We just changed the stamp set, papers and colors, and ta-da...a brand new card.
The colors don't look exactly right, but the base is Orchid Opulence, along with Old Olive and Razzleberry. The designer paper is from the Cottage Wall packet (LOVE LOVE LOVE that paper). The stamp set is Flight of the Butterfly and the butterfly is actually punched out of dsp. This is a very quick card and would be easy to mass produce. I may use this layout with other designer paper and stamp sets just for kicks. If you get inspired to do so, post a comment with a link to your card, or email me your card and I'll post it on my blog.

Gotta go now. Have a fabu day!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Twick or Tweet swap

Yahoo, I'm posting two days in a row. This was my card for a Holiday Mini swap with some other demonstrators.

This uses the new Twick or Tweet stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalog. I HAD to get this set because these ghosts look a lot like the Phantom which is the mascot of my kids' summer swim team. Plus, the rest of the stamps in the set are pretty cute too. After making 50 of these, my fingers were pretty inky. Who needs nail polish when you have Brocade Blue and Night of Navy!

Cheers,
Sharon

Finally, a new scanner!

I finally have a scanner that communicates with my newish laptop. My other scanner is too old to work with the laptop that I've been using for several months. Theoretically, that means it'll be easier for me to post now.
This is the swap that I promised you a MONTH AGO! Apparently I stink at keeping promises. This uses the new Pendant Park stamp set and Melon Mambo ink. The great thing about this card is that you could use just about any color along with the black and it would look good.
So, after completing this 100 card swap, I signed up for a 50 card swap using a set from the Holiday Mini catalog. I'll post that tomorrow. The good news is that I don't want to do any more swaps for a while, so I should be posting more here.
Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

STAMPERS' BLOCK ANYONE?

In case you haven't noticed, it's been 2 months since I posted anything. Summers are super crazy around here with the kids swimming on 2 swim teams, playing water polo, fighting with each other and generally annoying their mother. Three more weeks until school starts, but who's counting LOL

PLUS, I've had serious stampers' block. Nothing is inspiring me and I just look at stamps and wonder what to do with them. A couple months ago, I signed up for a 100 card swap which needed to be in the mail yesterday at the latest. I thought I had a design and cut a bunch of card stock, took it on vacation and did some gluing, punching, etc. and then decided the card had been hit with an ugly stick. So, now I have 100 2x2 squares of Raspberry Tart DSP glued to Razzleberry squares that didn't get used...sigh. I finally came up with a design I liked on Sunday so then had to go into stamping overdrive to get it done. Fortunately, some wonderful women at the pool helped me with the last couple steps and saved my sanity yesterday. Plus they liked the card, so that was good. I'll make another one and post it here in the next couple days. Nag me if I don't.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Inspired by Zindorf

If you've never seen Michelle Zindorf's amazing cards, you have to check them out. I'll put a link at the bottom of this post. She makes these absolutely breath taking backgrounds with a brayer and sponges. These are my feeble attempts to imitate her.

Both cards use Forest Friends, from the Occasions Mini catalog.


On both of these, I tore paper and sponged along the tear to create the landscape. Obviously, I'm still trying to get the hang of it, but these turned out pretty good for a first attempt.



To learn how to create this kind of card, contact me for hands-on training. Or, if you want to visit Michelle's site, you can at http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Cheers,

Sharon

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Printed Window Sheets

Ha, did you think I'd stopped stamping or had gotten devoured by my puppy? Sorry about my absence. It's been a bit busy around here and I've been in a stamping slump and I have a new computer that I'm still figuring out and.....well, you get the idea.
This is one of the cards I made recently with the printed window sheets in the Occasions Mini catalog.

I used the Polished Stone technique in the background and then layerd the window sheet on top of it, and the greeting on top if it. It's really easy and looks quite cool in real life. The printed window sheets are super fun and very versatile.
I promise I'll be back again soon with more samples.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Branch Out Cherry Blossoms

It's beginning to look like Spring in Bellevue and I wanted to duplicate the beautiful cherry trees that are in blossom.
This is one of the cards we're making at this month's stamp clubs. It's my favorite kind of card: one that looks complicated but isn't really. I used Branch Out with the trunk in Close to Cocoa, brayered on the sky and ground, then added the cherry blossoms with Regal Rose craft ink.

Cheers,
Sharon


Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm still here & current specials

In case you were wondering, I'm still here, just haven't been posting lately. Actually, I've barely been stamping and am in serious need of rubber therapy. Between various activities, the puppy, spring break, the puppy, and a new computer that's not hooked up to the scanner, it just hasn't happened.

But, I can still share the current specials with you.

A Great Way to Connect
Connect with family and friends when you make them beautiful cards and gifts using products from the Occasions Mini Catalog. From April 1-30, when you buy $40 in products from the Occasions Mini or host a workshop totaling $150 or more, you'll get one item from the "Under $10" page (p. 208) in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog--FREE!

Three Easy Payments Option for the Starter Kit
During economically challenging times, most of us tighten our budgets. Some expenditures that were once comfortable might now stretch a budget thin. We don't want anyone's efforts to budget wisely to become a barrier to joining Stampin' Up!, especially considering the wonderful benefits--personal and economical--being a demonstrator can bring. This is we've introduced a Three Easy Payments option for the Starter Kit. For a limited time, (March 13-April 30, 2009) with a partial initial payment, when you sign up to be a demonstrator, you can receive the Starter Kit right away and get your business running. Two subsequent monthly payments take care of the rest.

Contact me if you're interested in learning more. I'll help you with any questions you have and help you submit the required forms.

Free Catalog with Online Purchase
Through the end of April, you'll get a free Idea Book & Catalog with every online order, no matter how big or small. So, click on this link and start shopping.

I'll be back soon, I promise!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Demented Card

OK, I admit that this card is just sick and wrong, but I had to do it. This week's Three Amigas Challenge was to make a demented card. I also have to admit that it was my turn to choose the challenge. You know I have a penchant for demented cards :-)


For this card I used Hit the Road, Forest Friends (which will be available in the Occasions Mini catalog), and the saying is from Fifth Avenue Floral. As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the Occasions mini and the ONLY reason I got Forest Friends was to make demented cards. It would be cute for other purposes too, but... It's up to you to interpret what the saying is referring to.

There are a few more demented ideas in my little pea brain, so you may see more in the near future.

Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this card.

Other TAWC demented cards

Joanne's

Cheers,

Sharon

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wagon Full of Fun is Awesome!

The Wagon Full of Fun stamp set in the Occasions mini is, well, fun! It's easy to color and the images are really cute. My favorites are the cupcake and flower, at least for right now. Although the mini catalog isn't out yet, this is one of the sets that customers can order now.

On the first card, I also used Itty Bitty Backgrounds and the new Oval All stamp set that is in the Occasions mini. There is also a new Scallop Oval punch in the mini that coordinates with that stamp set. Today was the first time I'd used it, but it definitely won't be the last. It layers so nicely with the other oval punches. I had a bit of the designer paper that I'd used my eyelet border punch on, still sitting on my stamping table, so I used that as a cute topper. On the cupcake card, I also used the Happy Everything stamp set. After I stamped "Happy," I used one of the Big Shot texture plates on the Barely Banana layer. I kind of wish I'd had another black layer between the banana and rose base, but it's too late now. The frosting of the cupcake has a thin layer of Crystal Effects, so it's really glossy. Crystal Effects is also an adhesive, so the pink beads are stuck on tight. I may do something like this as my swap at the Seattle Regionals. What do you think?


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Introducing Java: Why My Posts are Less Frequent

We have a new addition to our family: a black lab named Java. She's 8 weeks old and completely adorable, which is good considering how many times she's peed in the house, bit our hands, woken us up, etc.
Photographing a completely black dog is kind of difficult. Our joke name for her is Java the Mutt. Starwars fans appreciate the humor. When she's not in her crate, we have to watch her 100% of the time so she doesn't get into things she shouldn't or use the carpet as her fire hydrant. Since I'm the one who is home during the day, I get to do the lion's share of the watching (and rushing her outside). Needless to say, my stamping time has been seriously curtailed.

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Something Old, Something New

Nope, it doesn't continue how you think it does. This week's Three Amigas Challenge was two-fold: we had to use an accessory that was new to the 2009 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog, and one that had been in the last catalog (but is still in this one), PLUS we had to use an element on a card and on a scrapbook page.

I chose an Easter theme using the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set that is in the Occasions 2009 mini. Although not everything is available for purchase now, SU decided to let customers purchase the sets that had an Easter component now.

My something new is the flower brad and my something old is the white grosgrain ribbon. Other pertinent info: the designer paper is from the Good Morning Sunshine paper pack. Cardstock colors are Whisper White, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, and Almost Amethyst. The fantastically wonderful Eyelet Border Punch was used to create that beautiful layer of white. I also used the Ticket Corner and Photo Corner punches.

You can see that I carried the Easter egg focal point over to the scrapbook page. I also used the same strip of designer paper layered on colored cardstock. The ribbon and brad are there too. I also used the Eyelet Border Punch liberally on the scrapbook pages as well as the card.
The top white section is for the page title, and I think the photo and journaling spots are pretty self explanatory.






Of course the scrapbook page is a bit more detailed than the card, but you can see how easy it is to use the same ideas on both. So, if you're comfortable making cards, I challenge you to branch out into scrapbooking and vice versa.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of our new puppy, so check back.

Cheers,

Sharon

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pearls and Swirls

Today's sample uses Stampin' Up!'s hostess set Echos of Kindness. The layout is from SCS's card sketch challenge. My layout is a bit more off-center than the sketch intended. As much as I'd like to say it was artistic license, it was really because the sketch got buried on my stamping table and I did it from memory. The designer paper is from the Raspberry Tart pack. In addition, I used Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red. The swirls are cut with my Big Shot and Gable Green paper. If I were to do this card again, I'd cut off part of the top swirl because it's a little to heavy and detracts from the focal point. I'd also clean off my scanner so there's not the weird mark above the flower.

I just realized today that this set has a sweet pea stamp. I'll have to make a set of these cards for a friend who is totally into sweet peas. I'm not sure if it will make up for not having sent their Christmas presents yet. It's a long story.

You can get this stamp set free by hosting a workshop that totals $300+. If you want to have a crafty girls' night with your friends, I'm happy to help out. If you live long distance from me and want to do a "Craft night in a box," I'm happy to help with that too :-)

Cheers,
Sharon

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Buckets of Chocolate

What could be better than a bucket of chocolate? How about two buckets of chocolate?! We made these at a recent Mom & Me stamping event at my house in Bellevue, WA. I adapted this idea from Laura Brown (she's such a genius!). The kids could make either a Garden of Chocolate or a Galaxy of Chocolate, and some chose to mix and match. I'm pretty sure there are butterflies in outer space; we just haven't discovered them yet.
Here are shots of each individual bucket and then one from the side so you can see how the chocolate fits into the die cuts.





The kids really enjoyed using the Big Shot and punches to make their flowers, butterflies, stars and planets. I think they also enjoyed sampling the chocolate LOL. For me the most difficult part was getting rid of the left-over chocolate. The eating part was fine; the getting it off my butt is a bit more challenging. Note to self: give away all the chocolate at the end of the event!
The Method to My Madness:
After punching out the various shapes, wrap a big glue dot around the flat end of a bamboo skewer. Stick one die cut to the front and the candy to the back. Put a small glue dot on the other side of the candy and attach another die cut.
There is florist foam in the bottom of the buckets for the skewers to go it. Then the top is shred.
This is a super easy project for kids of all ages to do and you could do it for any holiday. You can often get buckets like these at the Target Dollar Spot, Michaels or a dollar store. If you wanted to make the project more elaborate, you could punch holes in the bucket with your Crop-A-Dile and weave ribbon through it, or put brads in, or whatever you can come up with.
If you do one of these bucket projects, please shoot me an email. I'd love to see other ideas.
Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, March 2, 2009

Three Amigas Challenge -- Masculine card

Our Three Amigas Weekly Challenge is to make a card for a boy or man with any shades of the colors brown and blue. It can be for any occasion you choose. I combined this with this week's technique challenge on Splitcoast which was to make a crimped envelope pocket card and came up with this.

This is how it opens and what is inside. You could attach a gift card to the insert if you want. Cool project, huh!?!
I used a Kraft envelope and sponged around the edge with Not Quite Navy and then decorated the front with the cupcake die set for the Big Shot. Inside I used the Party Hearty stamp set. Don't you love the jumbo brad that's holding the ribbon closed? It looks like a piece of chocolate.
If you want to know how to make these crimped envelope cards, let me know. I'll be happy to help :-)
Cheers,
Sharon

Friday, February 27, 2009

Trendy Trees and Upsy Daisy Card Sets

I had a blast creating these card sets from Trendy Trees and Upsy Daisy. If you resist cutting into your designer papers, this is a great way to use just a little bit, but get a big bang for your buck. Each of the sets only uses one 4"x 12" piece of designer series paper, so you still have a huge piece left for scrapping or other projects.

This first one uses the very fun Trendy Trees stamp set which is a great bargain. You get several tree images ans well as 2 greetings for only $17.95. And the spiral image can be used as a non-tree. LOVE IT!
To make this set, I used one piece of each of the following: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Barely Banana and a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. I embellished with paper piercing, hemp and punched out birdies, which are on the other side of the Good Morning Sunshine designer series paper. Now that I see the cards in the daylight, I see that I went a little heavier on the sponging than I like. But, you can easily manage that on your own set.

This second set uses the Upsy Daisy stamp set and features the Urban Oasis designer series paper.

The cardstock is one piece each of Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze, and a 3" x 11" strip of Very Vanilla. I embellished with Flower Fusion Too, Gold Brads and Twill Tape.

I'm still working on writing the instructions for these. If you want a copy of them, please send me an email or leave a comment (I LOVE comments -- they make me feel like someone actually reads my blog). It'll be a few days before I get the instructions done, because my weekend will be spent at a swim meet (as usual!). In the meantime, you can check out the one I did in December. That one has cutting instructions.

Cheers,

Sharon

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Use for Vellum

Happy Snow Day from Bellevue! While the kids were out playing in the rapidly melting snow, this is what I did.
Actually, using a Texturz plate and paper piercing was my original plan when I came up with the Vellum Challenge for the Three Amigas Weekly Challenge. I just couldn't get past the vellum and figure out where to go after that. Then, thanks to a wonderful DVD from my upline's demo meeting, I got this idea. I think it was Britiney's layout, but I'll have to watch it again to see.
The leaves and flower were also cut out using my Big Shot. The flower is one of the Embosslits, which cuts and dry embosses all in one step. I sponged a little Perfect Plum to give it more dimension.
Cheers,
Sharon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Consume More Greens

I've been reading a lot about healthy eating and how leafy greens should be at the base of the food pyramid. However, I'm pretty sure that the images on this card are not what the authors had in mind :-) This is what happens when I'm lying awake at 3 am thinking about stamping.

This was for today's sketch challenge on SCS. You can check it out here. I used Cheers to You, the designer paper is from the Hostess Paper Pack, and the shamrock is from the heart punch.

In all seriousness, instead of giving up something for Lent, I'm adding more greens to my diet in the form of salads and green smoothies. Anyone want to commit to adding more healthy greens to their diet with me and help keep me accountable?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Three Amigas Weekly Challenge -- Vellum

This week's Three Amigas challenge was to use vellum. You can do a ton of techniques with it and these are just a couple of them.


On this first card, I used my So Swirly wheel in Classic Regal Rose ink and them embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Yep, you read that correctly, I embossed on classic ink. Because vellum isn't very porous, classic ink dries much slower than on regular cardstock, so you can emboss with it. I used vellum cardstock, which is sturdier and didn't curl like vellum paper would. It's hard to see the embossing, but if you cross your eyes just right, you can make out some sparkles.

You'll notice that I also used my new eyelet border punch and the new white Organza ribbon. That ribbon is so soft and easy to work with. It's just lovely. I also broke out the Pretties kit on this baby.

On the second card, I did a faux stained glass technique. I stamped the front side of the vellum with Basic Black ink using the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral. After it dried, I turned it over and colored with my markers and then used my blender pen to blend the colors together. Again, because the vellum doesn't absorb the ink, you can blend your markers very easily. You can see the little flower sticking out from the ribbon. That's another flower from the Pretties Kit that I colored with the same marker colors. And, of course, I had to run a layer of cardstock through my Big Shot using a Texturz plate.

Vellum also looks really classy when you dry emboss or use a Texturz plate on it. I'm currently working on a sample so hope to have that posted soon too.

If you want to schedule a class that features vellum, please let me know.

Cheers,

Sharon


Friday, February 20, 2009

What do Olympic Athletes Do in Their Spare Time?

They do papercrafting, of course! No, I'm not talking about myself although my kids say I'd qualify in Nagging if it were an Olympic event. I bought this fantastic card at a swim meet a few weeks ago. It was made by Megan (Quann) Jendrick, who is a two-time Olympic swimmer with several medals under her belt, or rather, around her neck. I bought this for our friend, Gillian, who is a huge Megan Jendrick fan. Fortunately, Megan is an amazing role model.

Anyway, here's the card. I know it's not Stampin' Up! supplies, but we'll ignore that for now. I have been studying the cardstock and have some ideas about how to duplicate it with SU supplies, though. The water and black line in the middle of the lane would be easy. The lane lines (the dividers between the lanes) are a bit trickier. But, I digress.
I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on the front. The stars are metallic, but didn't scan well.
And, just to prove that it's authentic, here's the back with her autograph.

Here's a pop quiz about Megan.

1. How old was she when she started swimming?

a. 5

b. 2

c. 9

2. How old was she when she went to her first Olympics?

a. 16

b. 19

c. 22

3. What high school did she go to?

a. Puyallup

b. Rogers

c. Emerald Ridge

1.Answer: 9. When she started on a swim team at age 9, she could barely dog paddle.

2. Answer: 16 -- she went to the Sydney Olympics in 2000

3. Answer: Unfortunately she went to Emerald Ridge rather than Rogers (my alma mater). All of these high schools are in Puyallup, WA.

Megan is an amazing role model because she is super positive, very down to earth, and I'd be shocked if she ever lost corporate sponsorship due to her non-swimming activities (was that diplomatic enough?). My kids have been to several of her swim camps and she was very inspirational. Her husband, Nathan, also gave talks on nutrition, which got my younger son to insist that we eat brown rice, whole grains, organic, etc.

She's also got a book out called Get Wet, Get Fit, which she co-authored with Nathan. If you are a swimmer or a swim parent, this book contains lots of valuable information about stroke technique, dryland exercises, and nutrition, which was the most helpful section for me.

Alright, enough rambling for today. Have a fantastic weekend!

Cheers,

--Sharon