Saturday, July 30, 2011

Key 'fob'

For convention this year I joined Amy's 3-d business WOW swap. I love doing Amy's swaps because you know you are going to get some amazing things back.
For my swap I made Key Fobs. They are basically a bracelet key chain. They were super easy and fun to make. I made this short video for my downline to show them how to make them. They would be a great camp project or even a hostess gift. All the supplies are from Stampin' Up! except for the metal ring and the thread. I'd love to see what you come up with. Be sure and share!

(let me know if this link isn't I pro....)

I am certainly no pro with the video camera so....viewer discretion is advised. And if you are wondering, I am wearing my Dave Robbins Shirt. I'm such a slacker...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday is sweet

I admit it...I broke down and used my new craft table before I shellaced it. I couldn't help it! It is THE place to stamp in my room and I needed a baby card stat! Karen has her awesome challenge every Sunday so I used her sketch for my card. It isn't always a good idea to put your entire card together before you have a focal point image....but I tend to do it alot. I absolutely love DSP so that tends to be where I start. Then I have to hunt for a stamp to top it all off.
This may be my only 'official' baby stamp. I will have to look through all my stuff....but it works! It is from the new all occasions set Easy Events. I love stamp sets that have lots of images for all different occasions. This little ducky is adorable and so are the rest of the images. Its also a great starter set if you are just getting into card making.
I used retired DSP (sorry) from the Cottage Wall collection. I love the Rich Razzleberry color paired with all the greens. Purple and green! My favorite! I figured it would work for a baby boy...
I colored my ducky in with my SU Markers. I stamped the umbrella onto a piece of the DSP where it was solid RR and cut it out. It is stuck on with a dimensional and dotted with the white gel pen.
I noticed several cards at convention this year that used Vanilla paper with White paper. I always thought that was kind of taboo. Kind of white shoes in the winter and all that. But, apparently, a new law has been passed that allows those two colors to play nice together. I kind of like the vanilla silk ribbon on here with my white paper. The base is a Vanilla Naturals piece. White and vanilla. Kind of like french vanilla ice cream with whip topping....yeah, I could do that....:o)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bloggers Summertime

This week our Bloggers Challenge was "summertime." I did this card for a shoebox swap at convention and figured it fit the theme pretty good. I used the scallop circle die as well as the large circle die to cut my paper. I love this new set, Best of Everything. It was number one on my wish list for the new Stampin' Up! catalog. It is so darn cute and easy to use! The branch can also be stamped as a little tree. I saw some real cute ideas at convention I plan to CASE soon.

In Studio news, my big craft table has it's first coat of black on it. I have some shellac to put on the top and then it will be ready to use. I can't wait! I will be painting my ceiling in the next week or starts Wednesday for SOME of my kids so....I'll be scheduling around that. Then all that is left is a bit of decorating and shifting and I will be ready to share some pictures. I am excited for it to be done!
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cherish for a friend

As I was surfing around on Facebook the other day, I came across this amazing picture of my friend Nanci and her husband. I fell in love with it! She admitted she had not scrapbooked it yet...I don't know why....I think she has about 16 kids under the age of 4 now.....
I asked her if I could scrapbook it and she said yes. I was so excited, I started right then! I have to admit, good pictures make scrapbooking SO much more enjoyable! (and easy!)

I started out by putting the photo on a piece of textured Blushing Bride cardstock. I used my blender pen and a Pretty in Pink stamp pad to add some pink to the roses around her neckline.

I used a piece of torn newsprint DSP that I had stamped flowers and clocks on with pretty in pink and sahara sand ink (Flower Fancy and Sense of Time sets) along the left side.

I had some die cut butterflies left over from a Convention swap so I pulled them out and stamped the damask image from the Friends 24-7 set with sahara sand ink. After stamping them, I used a scrunched up piece of plastic (read:random plastic bag) dipped in Shimmer paint to dab 'shine' over the butterflies. This is the "Mother of Pearl" technique. The shimmer paint dries really quick. After it dried, I sponged a bit of pretty in pink on the edges of the wings. I LOVE how they turned out! I'm always just...bothered by naked butterflies! I mean, the real body of a butterfly is not very 'attractive', but they just look weird without some sort of body. I figured a strip of pearls would do the trick.
When I was all done, and played around for a bit placing my butterflies and some word strips from the Always set...I just wasn't happy with it. It 'needed' something more. I turned to MDS (My Digital Studio) to solve the problem. I used a punch image in Vanilla, added a Mat in Pretty in Pink, used the words from the accessories, and the same damask image as before - only digital, and came up with the perfect tag! I love it. I did have to cut it out....horrors...but it was a small price to pay to get just the right element for the page.
As a finishing touch, I added some more pearls here and there and called it good. I like it so much...I may not send it to Nanci! Just kidding is on it's way!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Keeping Cards

One of the Make and Take projects at convention this year was this card keeper box. The box will be available in the Holiday mini catalog that goes into effect on Sept 1. It is a really sturdy little box! It comes flat and has templates for covering the top included. We covered it with some of the YUMMY fabric Stampin' Up! carries. I LOVE this fabric! It is just to beautiful!! The flower on top is made using dies and punches. Lots of layers in there! Wanna make one? Come over and I'll show you how!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Long overdue....

My best friend has been complaining that I never make HIM anything when I craft. So, I decided to make a modified version of a scrapbook page I saw on a blog this week. I used a piece of ChipBoard that is approx 7-5. I covered it with black cardstock and then added a smaller layer of the Text DSP. I drew a heart on the DSP and tore it out by hand. After gluing it down, I smeared Liquid Tombow on the exposed black cardstock and then filled it in with tiny punched hearts. The hearts are from the Love Letter Collection, which I LOVE! One side is red and the other is white with black polka dots. I used both sides randomly to add interest. After I put all the hearts on I sprayed the whole thing with Shimmer spray in clear and brown. I also used a Stipple brush (remember those? I miss them!) to add some shading around the edges. I still felt like the heart needed to stand out more, so I took my black Marker and made some faint squiggly lines around the edge of the heart. The picture is mounted in the red DSP as well as black cardstock. I was excited to use the vintage tag...I never know what to do with them! I think it looks good here. I topped the whole thing off with tons of pearls on the hearts in the heart and elsewhere.

After I finished I realized I didn't punch holes or anything to hang it up, so I came up with a makeshift 'easel' on the back. I simple took a piece of chipboard and folded it in half. I stuck one side to the back of the project and used a ribbon with jumbo glue dots to stick a ribbon between the two 'legs'. This keeps the legs from opening all the way. It works good!

Hope he likes it.....if not, he can give it back, cuz I do!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Home and inspired

The annual Stampin' Up! convention was last week in Salt Lake City. I love love love getting together with hundreds of other crazy stampers and sharing ideas! It is fun to see old friends and to make new ones. We had loads of fun! I came home feeling rested and ready to create!! Thank goodness for my friends that took tons of pictures and that shared them with me. As I was looking through them today, I decided to try my hand at some of the projects I saw.
This cute memo board is one that I saw at the Stampin' Up! distribution center in Riverton. It is super easy! Just take a frame (I have tons, kind of a sicknes...) and put some DSP in it. I added some stamped images and small layer of text DSP .... just cuz I wanted to! I also added the flower to the outside of the glass for more detail. The cool thing is that you can write right on the glass with a dry erase marker and it wipes right off! Very cool idea! now....if I could just find some space on my desk to set this......