Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rustic flowers

My parents are in town today for the Shuttle launch. They get to actually GO to the launch and see it up close and personal. How cool is that? My DH got them tickets on "the bus" for their 40th wedding anniversary. My parents are amazing. I am so proud of them for sticking together all this time. They got married very young and almost by accident. They have raised one spectacular daughter and three other kids. I'm kidding! We all turned out very nicely I think. I am often reminded of the words of wisdom my parents gave me as I grew up. I'm a lot like my dad in that I am a worker and not a perfectionist. We can do anything, just not perfectly and we are okay with that. I am a lot like my mom in that I laugh a lot but take everything personally. They have both helped make me who I am today and by that, also helped shaped my children as well. What an impact our lives have on others. Makes me think....!
Because I am going to be spending every moment I can with my parents while they are in town, I am sharing a card I made last week. This card uses all background stamps! The base is a 5-1/2 Square when folded, made from Bordering blue cardstock. I stamped the sanded background with chocolate chip and then sponged the edges with more ink. I used a Versamark pad to stamp the paisley background onto vanilla cardstock and popped some brocade pastels onto it. The focal point is the In the Garden (counts as a background because it is so big!) stamped with stazon and colored in with the pastels. The word is from Tres Chic, inked up with a brown marker. I added a bit of wide chocolate grosgrain and a piece of hodgepodge hardward and some tiny paper piercing to the edges and gave everything a good rub with the chocolate sponge and called it good.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Beasty challenge!

This weeks challenge was 'animals.' Can you believe I don't have any animal stamps? I am amazed! I guess it is time to go shopping! Where is my catalog? LOL Anyway, I decided to be good and make do with what I have. This page is one I have been working on for a while. I finished it up today in honor of the animal challenge. There aren't any animal image on there, but there is an actualy animal in the picture so I hope it counts!
Alpabet- Stampin' Up! Taffy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Ballet blue
Patterned paper: Rusty pickle (I hope...)
Buttons from Walmart, ribbon from Rusty Pickle, Ghost flowers from Heidi Swapp

I also wanted to show another version of the chipboard wall hanging I am offering at my all day stamp and crop day on June 21st. I will have all kinds of paper and stamps for you to make it your own. This is a picture from a trip to upstate New York a few years ago. We are at the Sacred Grove in Palmyra. It was beautiful! If you haven't registered for my event and you can come, please let me know!!
Supplies: Stampin' Up!- ginger blossom designer paper, chocolate chip and artichoke cardstock, jumbo eyelets, white tafetta ribbon, border stamp, taffy alphabet, On board flowers, real red and chocolate chip craft ink.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

While blog surfing last week, I came across this adorable little project. I just had to give it a try! I , like many of you, have a truck load of coasters in my craft closet waiting to be used. Why did we buy those again? Anyway, this little wallet photo holder is made from coasters! Okay, I'm a dork, but I never even though of cutting them smaller. How dumb am I? Beate, on the other hand is nothing close to dumb and very close to Stampin godhood. You can see her tutorial on how to make this little jewel here
since she did all the hard work, I'll just tell you what paper I used. ;o) My base is Brocade blue and the designer paper is from Summer Picnic. I colored my chipboard tag with a Rose red craft pad and added some detail with my ever present white gel pen. The "memories" is from the Urban West rub on collection and the ribbon is the new green twill tape in the occassions mini.
This was a lot of fun to put together! I enjoyed it so much I plan on having this be one of the FREE make and take projects at my CROP AND CARDMAKING EVENT on JUNE 21st! I still have room for more people, so if you want to come, let me know! Registration is DUE by June 6th!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Layered backgrounds

I was inspired by a card in Stamp it! this month. Janice Tinklenberg made a stunning card using the Fabulous set and Paisley background stamp. I have seen this technique before, it is similar to Joseph's coat but without the embossing. First you stamp your background stamp onto glossy paper and then stamp a bold image over that with versamark ink. Let the Vmark dry for a minute and then brayer a coordinating color over the entire card. (In Joseph's coat you emboss the vmark with clear powder) The Vmark will resist the brayered ink and the design from the background stamp will show through.
I wanted to try it just a bit surprise there, so after stamping my background I used a line image instead of a bold image. This stamp is a hostess stamp this year called In the Garden. You have seen me show other projects with it. I love it! I planned on coloring in the flower with the Versamarker so I stamped the flower with black Staz On in the hopes that it would not smear. No such luck! I'm not sure why it smeared, but it did. So, plan B! I stamped the flower onto scrap paper and cut it out, making a mask. Then I brayered ink over that. That worked fairly well, but left quite a halow around my flower that I didn't really like. Out came the markers! I used the same color marker, eggplant, and filled in around the flower where the 'halo' was. Now, I had a dark halo. sigh, I ended up coloring in everywhere the brayer had gone. I ended up with a really dark background that isn't quite perfect around my flower. BUT, just look at the flower with it's inner design and over look the background. Oooh, aaahh,...;o)
I mounted my flower onto apricot cardstock and then onto a white card base. The "friendship" is from the Tres Chic background stamp. I did add a bit of dazzling diamonds to the center of the an attempt to save it.
So, now you know. We all have those days when things just don't go quite as we want them to but hopefully, we learn a little something along the way. Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More Red, white and blue

In the spirit of Memorial Day weekend, I did another red, white and blue project. I also wanted to do a project that showed off some of the great chipboard elements Stampin' Up! has on sale this month. I love working with chipboard! It is so easy to use and versatile. You can do a lot with it, either as an element on something or as a stand alone project.
I had these pictures of my E left over from another layout I did a while ago. They didn't fit on the layout but were just too cute to throw out. they all started out as 4 x 6 prints, but I cut down the two smaller ones to focus in on his royal cuteness. Because I was going to use chipboard on this page, I made my card base a bit stronger by layering three full pieces of papers. One Taken with teal piece of cardstock, one vanilla piece of cardstock, and a sheet of Ginger blossom designer paper. Normally, I would cut out the middles of the layers to use elsewhere. I rubbed the edges of the vanilla and teal with chocolate chip ink and used a vanilla pad direct to paper to shade the edge of the ginger. The photo corners were made with chocolate chip cardstock and punched with the SU photo corner punch. You can't really see it here, but I used my paper piercer to add some faux stitching to the corners as well. I mounted my pictures with more Taken with Teal cardstock and set them out randomly on the paper. For the yellow circle, I used a yoyo yellow craft spot to rub ink directly onto the chipboard. after that was dry I used a sponge to add chocolate chip ink to the sides and to soften the yellow a bit. For the "e" I used a real red spot and chocolate ink again. I used the paper piercer and my piercer guide from the SU crafter's kit to make the line of holes and x holes. My handy white gel pen made the faux stitch lines. For the chipboard heart, I put liquid Tombow on the back of the heart and then stuck it to creamy caramel cardstock. After it dried for a few seconds, I cut it out with my paper snips and sanded the edges with a sanding block. The design on the heart is the SU sanded background stamp with chocolate chip ink. To make it look more rustic and soft, I sponged the edges and a lot of the heart itself with more chocolate ink. "than" is stamped in craft chocolate ink to finish "ethan". (I hope that is obvious....)
There are different ways to adhere your chipboard. I usually use glue dots, but since I had my Tombow out, I used that instead to glue down the circle and heart. For the 'e', since it was layered over part of the heart, I used dimensionals.
oh, one more thing, the little 'ribbon' around my heart is just a thin strip of the ginger paper wrapped and folded around the heart. I used the cropadile to punch a hole for my rhinestone brad.
These are colors I don't think I would have used together, but...I really like how they turned out!
Let me know what you think!
Have a happy day!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fridays challenge

This week our challenge was to use Red, White and blue. I am such a dork, it wasn't until I was driving around this afternoon that I realized it was Memorial Weekend. That might be the reason for the color choices. What can I say, kids keep me young and clueless!
I wanted to do something simple this week, and to use all Stampin' Up! supplies.
I started with a card base in Bordering Blue. I cut my card down a bit so I could layer it onto a rectangle of Purely Pomegranate. On my bordering blue card I stamped the print perfect background with versamark on just over half the card. I cut out a tag from whisper white cardstock and stamped Birthday... in basic black. I used a sponge and ink from my Bordering blue stamp pad to shade the edges of the card. I layered the tag onto the base and then did some faux sewing with my paper piercing tools. To make my chipboard accent I used an on board star from SU, covered it with Tombow liquid adhesive and stuck it to a piece of Pomegranate cardstock. I let it dry for a minute and then cut it out using paper snips. To finish the edges I sanded it with a sanding block. I used the Cropadile to punch a hole through the chipboard and to set the jumbo eyelet in the center. I used and anywhere hole punch to punch a hole through my card and then fed the pomegranate ribbon through the card and the star. It was fairly quick to make this card, even the faux stitching went pretty fast. I LOVE my piercing tool and guide from my Stampin' Up! crafters kit. I've just about worn it out!
Have a good weekend and....happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Babies and Envelopes....a tutorial

Okay, no... this isn't a tutorial on babies. Although, with six of my own I might have a bit to share. ;o) My bestest friend from High School just had her first baby! I'm so excited for her! She was the one 'back in the day' that always wanted to be a mom. The rest of us were not that excited and I think I even said I wasn't going to do it at all. As is often the case, teenagers haven't a clue. Two of us ended up getting married fairly young and popping out the kids. My other friend just couldn't seem to find Mr Right until about two years ago. I know she has been dying to have a baby and now she has one! (can you tell I am in my writing mode....sorry about that) ANYWAY! I wanted to make her a super cute baby congrats card. As per usual, I just start cutting and stamping and not worrying or even thinking about the size my card is going to be until I am mostly done. What I end up with a lot of times is a cute card that doesn't fit any envelope known to man. But, do not despair! I am getting pretty good at mutilating, I mean, modifying envelopes to suit my purposes.

First off, let me tell you about my card. My card base ended up being approx 3-1/2 x 7 when folded. I started with bashful blue cardstock. I cut a piece of designer paper from Bblue and then punched 8 3/4" circles to make my scalloped border. (Using your grid paper to line these puppies up is essential!) I adhered the circles to the back of the DSP and then adhered both to the card base. I tied a piece of white tafetta ribbon around the front of the card and then went to work on the focal point. (I'm lying, I did the focal point first, but...don't tell) I stamped the elephant from All through the year in basic black, stamping them close so they looked like they were attached. I took a black marker and added a little hook to finish the illusion there. To color in my elephants, I used a VersaMarker and drew the stripes, dots and flowers. This is fun because you can't really see where you have drawn. After I drew in all my patterns, I used a sponge dauber to rub chalk over the image. The Vmark ink grabs the chalk and the pattern magic! I did the same technique for the little wheeled pallets too. I added some colored brads to the wheels and some faux stitching to the top of the focal point and to the card base. I punched a 1/2 inch circle from the side of the focal point (so my bow would lie better) and mounted it onto some barely banan cardstock,which I also punch the 1/2 circle from. The focal poit is adhered with dimensionals.

Because I ended up with an odd sized card, I didn't have an envelope that it fit. To fix this problem, I looked through my envelop drawer and found one that 'almost fit." This one was a bit too long. Here is how I modified it to fit:

I lined up the card with the open side of the envelope. I wanted to keep that side in tack.

I used a clear ruler to score a fold line 1/2" from the end of the card. Then I moved the ruler and measured out an inch from the score line and cut on this line. I used scissors to cut the top level of the envelope away. I rounded the corners that were left and then folded the new flap over and adhered it. It looks like it was made that size and it fits my card beautifully. I've had several people ask me about making envelopes, so, hopefully this is helpful to them. I better go see if anything is on fire!

I don't know if you could tell, but I actually wrote this post in the afternoon. A mistake I won't soon repeat. I have been interrupted by 4 phone calls, two kid fights, comments from my DH, 3 door bells, and an amazing amount of general Noise! I hope some of it makes sense!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

The return of Friday

I missed the bloggers challenge last Friday due to a crazy week and quirky internet. This week, I made it! The challenge this week was to use the Fathers day card on pg 21 of the Stampin' Up! occassions mini as our inspiration. You can see the inspiration card here. I liked the torn edge and layering on this card. I decided to do a 5-1/2" square card instead, simply because that is the size I have been liking lately. I also decide to increase the "challenge" this week by using colors I haven't used in a while. Sage Shadow was a favorite color of mine years and years ago, but I don't use it much these days so I made my card base from that and paired it with Apricot Appeal . I added a bit of Blue Bayou designer paper for an accent (and because I had that color ribbon!) I used the Ronald McDonald house set from this years SU catalog, Just Like You for all my stamping. The curvy lines and flower in the background are stamped with Sage. On my white cardstock on the top layer, I stamped flowers in my three colors, sage, bayou, and apricot. After I stamped them, I tore off the upper corner like in the inspiration card and then ran the cardstock through my crimper. Another tool that has been neglected lately. After crimping it, I gently rubbed Versamark on the mountain peakes, aded Irredescent Ice embossing powder and then heat embossed it. It is very sparkly in person! I layered it all up, stuck it together and then added my ribbon. It is wrapped around the card front on the left side and fed through a rectangle punch on the right side. I felt like the card needed something else, so I went with faux stitching around the edges. I stamped the butterfly in Bayou blue and added wome white highlights with the gel pen and then finished with an Ice rhinestone in the upper left corner. What do you think? Has sage shadow made a comeback?
Be sure to check out the other players by clicking on the Blogger Challenge link to the left. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Back to mono...

Monochromatic is one of my favorite techniques. It is simple, but you can get great results. When planning for my stamp a stack tomorrow night, I decided to do a purple card because, well, purple is my favorite color! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I started with a white card base. I stamped the swirled from Baroque Motifs with Versamark on a piece of Pale Plum cardstock so they were kind of coming up from the bottom of the card. I used Perfect Plum to stamp the butterflies from Kind thoughts and the words at the bottom. I love how these colors go together. With my 2-way glue pen, I 'colored' in the butterflies and then added dazzling diamonds glitter to them. You know how I feel about butterflies and glitter.....Anyway, that is all there is to this card. Very simple and sweet.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Amazing Chipboard

Chipboard is on sale at Stampin' Up! this month. I love this stuff! It is SO easy to use and you can make such fun stuff with it.
I am planning a big all day stampin crop on June 21st and this is one of the projects you can pick to do. It is a large on-board book basic chipboard, decorated to make a photo wall hanging. I won't tell you all the details now, but...sign up for my crop if you are in the area! It is going to be loads of fun. The crop will be from 11am til 9pm at the Fawn Lake clubhouse in Mims. The cost is $30 per person and includes a Great goodie bag, prizes, food, fun, two fun projects and loads more! There will also be three other projects that are an extra charge. If you are interested in all the details, email me!

Monday, May 12, 2008


I didn't post much last week, sorry about that. Life was just crazy. We had teacher appreciation day/week at the school and my hubby was gone for part of the week. Add those two things to the constant motion of my life and well, blogging fell by the wayside.
I did have a nice mother's day. Sarah and I spent a few hours on Saturday putting in a flower bed in the front yard. It looks awesome! We planted pink hydrangeas, white impatias, a pink bogunvilla (yes, I know I can't spell that..), and a couple other bushes I can't remember the name of but they had greenish red leaves. I hope it all grows and fills in to resemble the picture in my head! I'll be sure to share if it does.
I spent some time this morning scrapping while I was keeping the laundry and bread going. When I reorganized my photos a couple weeks ago I made of point of putting little stick up tabs on groups of pictures that I needed to scrap. This is one of those groups. They are from 2000 ( I think!) , back from our California days. I just love these pictures of my Ethan. He was the most smiley baby I have ever seen! Such a total cutie! still is!! Anyway, I tried to keep the layout fun but clean so the pictures could really take front stage. I started with Certanily Celery cardstock from Stampin' Up! for my base. I cut one inch strips from three different sheets of designer paper in the Summer Picnic collection from the Occasions mini collection. I stuck them across the lower part of the pages, overlapping them so they weren't all the same width for added interest. For the circles, I used my Coluzzle. I mounted my pictures in old olive and tempting turquoise cardstocks, colors I picked up from the designer paper. "go go go" is stamped with the Taffy Alphabet using Old Olive craft ink. To give the page a bit of a pop, I added colored mini brads here and there. The best part of doing these pages are the memories they bring back of my sweet boy. He has always been such a joy! I just love him!
Sorry this picture isn't bigger....Any tips on that? I'm working on it...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

National scrap day!

Yesterday was National scrapbooking day. I didn't realize it was until I read an email from one of my scrapping groups. That wasn't until after piano lessons, a soccer game, Benny's birthday party (he's 7!) a couple runs to the store, a couple deliveries of children to friends houses and a nap. So, basically, I didn't spend my day scrapping. I would have liked to go to a crop or something just didn't happen. I did manage to put together this layout before the end of the day. I'm not sure if I love it, it isn't really my style these days, but I wanted to use the die cut flowers from Stampin' Up! and I thought the pictures from leadership last January would be perfect! My pages started out as natural white cardstock. I laid mounted my pictures in Pumpkin pie and bashful blue. The top left picture is matted with both colors. By each large picture of a single person there is a smaller picture with them and someone else in it. That is the strategy of my layout on here. ;o) I placed the flowers to fill in the white spaces and stamped the swirl from Priceless in celery ink around the flowers. I am going to miss that stamp set....I had to give it back to it's owner today. Some of the flowers are popped up with dimensionals and there is white gel pen accents here and there on them as well. This picture didn't turn out so great.
While I had the flowers out, I made a couple cards for a friend of mine for her daughter's teachers. The card base is a piece of Wild Wasabi from the SU special packet. I stamped the Print patterns background stamp with Versamark in the background and put the flowers over that. Again, pretty straight forward. The words are from Full of Life.
This last card is one I made for my friend that loaned me her stamps. The base is celery with a piece of SU Designer paper layered over it. I punched the left side with the spiral punch. The words are stamped onto vanilla with black and then the edges are sponged with close to cocoa. I tied a bit of chocolate tafetta ribbon (yummy!) on the bottom and stuck it on with dimensionals. The hearts are from a punch, sponged with cocoa and adhered with one square rhinestone brad. It was a quick card but I really liked it.
Have a great day!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

It's Friday again...

It's that time again, time for the Friday Bloggers challenge! This week our theme was Graduation. I still had my brand new Taffy alphabet out on my desk so I decided to use that. I just love these letters! I started with a piece of textured Wasabi cardstock from Stampin' Up! It was already cut to 6-1/2 (scrap pile!) so I left it that wide. I scored it at 3" and then 6" and then cut it at 8". I folded on the the score lines and adhered the last 2 inch piece down on the sides to form a pocket on the inside of the card. I used mini brads on the sides to make sure it stayed together. Sticky strip would have been a good choice for this but I was using Dotto. On the front of the card, I layered a piece of patterned paper from a past Simply scrappin kit. The stripes are one side of the paper and the narrow blue border around conGRADs is the other side. I stamped com s in blue bayou and GRAD in pumpkin pie. I thought it was a clever way to say congrats grad. I'm sure it isn't original. I traced over the pumpkin pie letters with my orange stickles. (I've been looking for a way to use that color!) I used the big and small star punches to punch a hollow star out of pumpkin pie cardstock and then strung it onto a piece of wild wasabi stitched ribbon I wrapped around the front of the card. Three vintage mini brads on the bottom right finish it off. Oh my goodness! This is a bit masculine, isn't it? I am amazed at me! Without even, if I only knew a male that was graduating.....
In other news, Thor and I went to the BCC planetarium with Ben's class today on a field trip. It was a lot of fun. Ben's teacher kept commenting on how much the two boys looked alike. It is kind of funny how these two boys look alike and my other two boys look alike but, my girls are totally different. Yet, they all look like their dad!
Be sure to check out all the other blogger challenge players. If you click on the link at the left, it will bring up a list of them and their links. There are some great artists on there! Enjoy!