Monday, November 9, 2009
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.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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
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?
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
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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
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!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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
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/
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
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.
Friday, April 10, 2009
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
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
Monday, March 16, 2009
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
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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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 :-)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
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.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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
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.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Here's a pop quiz about Megan.
1. How old was she when she started swimming?
2. How old was she when she went to her first Olympics?
3. What high school did she go to?
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!