Sunday, July 29, 2007

Do you dare?

To be fabulous?? :o) This is one of the first sets I purchased from the new catalog. I just LOVE the word stamp in the set! I have been busy busy making swaps for convention. Here are a couple of cards I ended up with.I like this one, because of the purple! My Dear friend Debbie came over on Thursday and helped me make these. She came up with the purple effect. I love it!
We started by stamping the big flower on Vanilla cardstock with Versamark. Then we used a sponge duaber and gently rubbed the SU pastels over the stamped image. I love this "poppin pastel" technique because you can easily shade and combine colors, as we did here. The next step was to cut the flowers out. Debbie did most of these. Isn't she a gem?! The base of the card is Eggplant with smaller flowers stamped in Versamark, and the stripes are from the Fall Flowers designer paper packet. The ribbon is some new Taffetta ribbon in Mellow Moss. We topped the card off with the Fabulous words and some dazzling diamonds glitter applied over the 2-way glue pen. The flower just cries out for glitter!
This next card is similar except for the layout and the colors. The flower is done the same. I stamped the Fabulous onto a scrap of Vanilla and added a
bit of hardward to anchor it all. The ribbon is still there,
along the seam of the cardstocks, but does not have a knot
or bow this time.

I am signed up for several special swaps at convention.
Every year, Amy Celona does a WOW swap at convention. I
have to say that the WOW swap is where I get the best
ideas. I wouldn't miss it! I will share my WOW card later this
week from convention, but here is my 3-D WOW submission.
I found these little frames at the new Target in town, 3 for
$2.50. They are so cute! They actually have a ribbon on the
back that they hang from. I used the Fabulous Flowers again
for these. I did some with the chalks and some with the craft
spots. This one is done with the spots. I inked the middle of the
flower with the Eggplant spot and then dabbed the Old olive
spot around the edges to blend them together. I inked up a couple of petals from one of the smaller flowers in the set to make the leaves. I added a few more flowers on the egdes, but felt it needed a bit more texture so I stamped the canvas background stamp over the whole thing. Again, this set just screams for glitter, so I added a bit around the center of the flower. I stamped the
"Dare to be Fabulous" on a scrap of white cardstock and sponged the egdes of it with some eggplant ink. On some of these, I also used the aquapainter to paint in the "fabulous." The frame was pretty tightly put together so a mini brad didn't quite fit. I found that if I stuck the stamped paper to the square that holds the picture against the glass and then punched through both the paper and the back with the Cropadile, I could stick a mini brad in there and it would all just barely fit together. I quite enjoyed using the makes me feel so strong!!
I have lots more to share, but I will attempt to do that from convention this week. I leave early tomorrow morning. I hope I remember everything! I can't wait!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Working on swaps....and Harry

Some girlfriends and I met up Saturday night to work on conventions swaps. Unfortunately....the box I paid to have overnighted to me so I would have swap materials...did not come. shoot! Oh well..I went ahead and grabbed some supplies and went. I ended up making this little gift card holder/card that I liked. I was really cute. I had finished about 8 of them before I realized the ribbon I was using had retired. Can you say "dagnabit!?" grrrr.... So, I moved on to another idea. This one is all current! Chocolate chip and blue sky cardstock, the doodle this stamped with white and chalked over. The ribbon is new, thanks Shari for letting me snag that from you! I added a bit of hodgepodge and some glitter and a warm word. I like it. I think I am going to end up having several different swaps this year. It is a good way to clean out all those scraps! I have loads of precut scraps from past camps and workshops that I am going to try and use up. We shall see....

If you are seeing spots in these pictures, that would be the fabric for our group jammies at convention. SO cute!! I am also finishing them up this week along with the t-shirts.

I have to be honest busy as I am, I did take some time out to read the new Harry Potter book. Loved it! J.K. is a genius!! I won't spill any beans was wonderful! I actually went to the bookstore Friday night with my daughter at midnight to get my reserved copy. I don't know WHAT I was thinking! There was a huge line there! I got a number and got in line. We were number 216. yeah. So, after thinking for about 10 minutes about how long this was going to take...we decided to ditch it and go to WalMart. You guessed it! No lines, no numbers, and a huge pile of books sitting in the middle of the store. I picked up two...cause I didn't want to share, and we were out of there in 5 minutes! I hate WalMart, but it does come in handy some times! Now I am reading the book to my kids. is a long book. It wish it would have come out at the beginning of the summer!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rhinos in the flowers

I found a few minutes this evening to make a couple cards with my newest stamp sets. I figured I better use them now because I just ordered more! You know, new stamps stamp the best! ;o) I decided to only use what I had on my desk so here you go! The card base is Almost Amethyst. The patterned paper is from the new catalog in the same color. To make the scalloped edges, because my corner rounder and slit punch were NOT on my desk, I used the 1-1/4 circle punch. I just punched out a bunch of cirlce, sliced them in half and stuck them along the edges of the patterned paper. I punched the holes with my cool new toy...I think it is called the screw punch? anyway, it is pretty cool and I got it for a song so, there you go. I did the faux stitching along the edges with the SU crafters kit. Have I mentioned that I love that kit and that I think I need two of them? Don't leave home without it! The rhino is stamped with black and colored in using the aquapainter and some ink from the lid of my AA pad. I sponged the edges of the rhino piece to give it a bit of a finished look. Again, I didn't have my corner rounder handy, so to get the rounded corners on the focal point I put a 1-1/4" punched circle in a corner and cut around it. Kind of cool and I think I even made that up! I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but I used my cool white gel pen on his teeth and horn. Can I tell you just how cool that looks in person? Pearly whites! heehee...(I did his toes too...;o))

This next card was fun to make. I admit I got a bit punchy with it...LOL I stamped the petals from the new pick a petal set in Purely Pomegranate onto white cardstock. I then used my screw punch to punch out all the polka dots. Then I cut out the flower and layered it onto some black cardstock. (yes, I have ladybugs on the brain...wonder why...) The center was stamped with black onto white, cut out, stuck on, and smeared with clear stickles. (Love them!!) I stamped the H I with the white craft pad....then I outlined them with the awesome white gel pen.....then I decided to fill them in with a cool new toy I have called puffy paint pens. they go on like a paint pen but when you heat them they turn to a cool suede-like feel/look. very cool. I used the gel pen to dot around the edges of the black and decided it was done!
I ordered some new stuff today for my convention swaps. I can't wait! I mean, I really can't! I even paid for quick delivery! My group said they would help me make swaps Saturday night at our meeting so...I'm coming prepared! ;o))
Happy Thursday!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Happy July! I apologize for not posting lately, we have been enjoying our summer. Our Foreign exchange student arrived on Monday and we have been attempting to show her a good time. Small budget and six busy kids makes it interesting, but I think she is enjoying the ride! Here is a picture of her(Lucie), Shelby, and Mae on the 4th. We snagged a great spot for fireworks at the marina with our friends the McCarters. The weather was awesome and there weren't even any bugs! Maybe the fireworks scared them off? I was prepared to be eaten alive but wasn't! yay!!

I actually had a minute to stamp for me last night. I made this card using the new onboard shapes. I love them! They are so easy to customize with our craft pads. I inked the flower with Pretty in Pink and the circle with Mellow Moss. While the pink was still wet I dumped Irredescent Ice embossing powder over it and then embossed it. I love the sparkle the ice powder gives! Way quicker and less messy than the dazzling diamonds for a large area. I punched the hole in the flower with the Crop-a-dile, which SU now carries!! yay!! and then popped a rhinestone brad in the center. I stuck the flower on with a dimensional and the circle on with snail. I added a couple stapes for stability but...more for the look. The patterned paper is from the mini catalog and the Congrats in from the new catalog. When I was done I decided the circle "needed" a touch of the magic white gel pen so I dotted around it. Easy peasy! This week I will be working on shirts and jammies for convention and just maybe some swaps! I'll post some samples if I get anywhere! Have a happy one!