Saturday, March 29, 2008

Busy Week

This week was a busy one! I have a 10 card workshop for 10 people tomorrow... across the state from me. I needed to concentrate and make sure I had all of my supplies packed and ready to leave this morning. Last year when I did this workshop- I forgot the stamp set for the one card that was the favorite... darn it!! I think I'm ready for this one :)

The other day while sitting at work, I looked up to find the back of my coat was full of "colored dots" of blue and red- it appeared as though my daughter had gotten crazy with the food coloring while coloring Easter Eggs. Too bad I didn't realize this sooner than 3 days later...I had been to church and 2 days of work before realizing! ugh.

I managed to get the pretty colors out of my coat- but thought I'd take a closer look at those Easter Egg coloring pictures I had proudly snapped:

You might notice the excitement on her face as she examines her pretty blue egg- right? I notice the dye dripping from her fingers (she totally abandoned the spoon when she realized she was faster when using her hands!) ready to be spread to my coat!! which isn't even visible in the picture- I have no idea where it was in relation to her dye covered hands and how far she walked covered in dye to get to my coat! Oh well- I'm happy to report that a little OxyClean Baby and the dye is gone.

I thought I'd post one of the cards the class will be making tomorrow. The class is a 10 card workshop and there are 4 birthday cards (a variety for a girl, boy, man and woman), 2 thanks, Mother's Day, Father's Day and some general cards as well- Here's the Mother's Day card made with the CTMH March Stamp of the Month. ( Supplies used: Sweet Pea Paper Pack, Simple Beauty (March Stamp of the Month), Baby Pink, Key Lime and Buttercup Markers, Write And Rub Pen(by Tonertex), Prisma Glitter, Spring Harmony Sassy Strands(yellow fibers), Spring Harmony Bigger Brads (pink brad), Black stamp pad, cutting knife, pop dot (the butterfly is pop dotted to add dimension) All supplies by CTMH except write and rub pen (which is sold by CTMH)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Here it is... directions to make your own background

Back when I posted my butterfly card(here) I mentioned that I would post directions on creating your own background. So- here it is... I got the idea one day when browsing Splitcoast Stampers.

1) Pick the theme and stamps of your project first- then select 2-3 re-inker colors to coordinate. Have 2 pieces of paper pre-cut in the size (or slightly larger) you want to create. 2) Cut a page protector to remove 2 sides (so that there is only one seem remaining) or use a report cover etc. Open the acetate and randomly drop your re-inker colors . Close the acetate and brayer over the re-inker to spread it out. 3) At this point- you need to work quickly- so once it is brayered make sure you are ready to work fast!! Open the acetate and place both of your pre-cut papers on the re-inker. 4) Quickly cover the paper with the plastic and brayer over top. The reason you add two pieces is so that the re-inker doesn't go to waste. You are covering two pieces at once instead of only one. Keep in mind- you will get vastly different results depending on how much ink of each color and how fast you work each time. 5) Lay the two pieces out to dry overnight (if you start to work on your cards
immediately- the adhesive may not stick due to the dampness of the paper). Once your paper has dried- you can use a stamp pad in a coordinating color to rub ink over the whole sheet to fill in the white- or depending on your design you may wish to leave the white spots there. Here is my completed card using this paper (as well as a second card - both were made by club members in March) . The colors used to create this background were: Autumn Terracotta, New England Ivy and Chocolate- with Autumn Terracotta ink from the stamp pad rubbed over to fill in the white spots.
The second card was made with Simple Beauty- the March Stamp of the month.
(Supplies for the Raccoon Card: White, New England Ivy Cardstock, Raccoon and Friends Stamp Set, Copper brad, Black and Autumn Terracotta Stamp Pads, New England Ivy, A. Terracotta and Chocolate Re-inkers.
Supplies for Floral Card: White cardstock, Silhouette Level 2 Paper Pack, Everlasting Level 2 paper pack(red pattern) Black Stamp Pad, Bambook, Olive and Cranberry markers, Create a Shade pearl paint(painted outer petals- may not show in picture but they are a shimmery pearl color) Cranberry brads, Holiday Red Sparkle(center of largest flower) )

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So Pretty...

I love this card. I received it from Mary Beth- she got the idea out of the Spring CTMH Idea Book. I believe she used sunflower, Breeze, Sweet Leaf and Colonial white for colors. I think that's Vineyard Berry on the tulips. I love the Colonial White Edge Anchors... I need to use mine more often.
For now- I'm off to work on some raffle prizes and goody bags for upcoming crops. I should finally have some layouts to show soon- I just need to take photos of the pages I completed last weekend. So much to do... and not enough time!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

It's Patrick's Day...

My daughter is so cute... since yesterday she has been planning for "Patrick's Day"- she's 3 so no matter how many times you tell her it's St. Patrick's Day- she informs you that no- it's Patrick's Day. Ok- fine. Today was Patrick's Day. I dressed her in the requesite green shirt with shamrocks and sent her off with sugar cookies (with green shamrocks on top of coarse!) to daycare. As I tucked her in tonight- she told me she had a great Patrick's Day and asked if there would be another party at daycare again tomorrow- ahh... to be 3 again. What a cutey.

I am Irish- apparently only about 1/4- but for some reason it's the heritage that sticks out the most. My Grandfather was Irish. Before he passed away- he shared with me a LOT of stories about family traditions and the big family bash over the 4th of July where all of his aunts, uncles and cousins would gather when he was a young boy- and into adult-hood for a whole week long celebration. They came by horse and buggy back in the day. They sang and danced to Irish Jigs- the music being played by family members. My Grandpa played Irish Jigs on his harmonica. I always think of him on St. Patrick's Day- I wore a pin today in memory of him. It was the pin that all of the female cousins in my generation received and wore at his funeral. Ours were clear and green crystals that formed a cross- with a gold shamrock in the middle.

Anyway- as the day is nearing an end- I thought I'd share one more "Patrick's Day" card with you. This card uses the Lucky You stamp set that I've been playing with. The "Good Luck" is from the For Every Occassion Stamp Set. I wanted to show the close up of the shamrock because the front view loses the 3-d effect of the card. I used a fun technique to create the background of my white circle- It's very hard to see in the picture- but essentially- I cut the frilly edge off of a paper doily and inked that up with ink from my stamp pad. I then stamped the paper onto the white circle- it left a beautiful design that is totally lost in this photo- the real thing is super cute! The reason I went with a white circle was to balance the white stitching in the ribbon.
(Supplies: Cardstock: New England Ivy, white Daisy ; Textured Cardstock: Bamboo; Patterend paper (scalloped piece) from the Silhouette Level 2 Kit; Ink: New England Ivy, Black; Stitched Ribbon: Holiday Ribbon Round Collection Stamp Sets: For Every Occassion and Lucky You- All from CTMH Co.
Scallop Punch- SU! Circle Punch - Creative Memories, Paper doily from the grocery store.)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Getting Ready...

I'm getting ready for my Stamp Club - they'll be here at 1pm today. My workshop area is a disaster... Lots of supplies out from various monthly projects. Ordinarily I'd have prepped everything last night- but I was busy scrapbooking. I went to my friend Tammy's house- she holds Friday night crops a couple times a month and ordinarily it's more work to go than to just stay home... but now that Addie is getting older (3.5 years ) it's a little easier. She and I packed up the car- me with my crop supplies and Addie with her trains... and off we went. Tammy took a great photo of Addie with her buddy Lucas- if I had a scanner I'd post it- the kids were running around in some of Tammy's fancy hats- very cute!! I haven't taken photos of the pages yet ( I finished 6 pages that I had previously started- some needed titles and some needed photos) I am very excited to complete those!!

The card I'm sharing today is a card I made for a Team Swap. (It's my contribution to the swap mentioned in the previous post) The stamp set is the CTMH March Word Puzzle- I'm totally in love with these Word Puzzle stamps- so far they've released Jan- April and in the new Summer Idea Book (which is live to customers May 1st) will be May- August- trust me - I'll be buying all of them!! I used some coordinating embroidery floss to stitch up the sides of my pocket. I purposely chose to tie the knots on the front of the card vs. the back- to add some texture. Honestly- this was a fast card to make- I used my piercing tool to punch the holes and the needle that came with my piercing tool to thread the floss through- I did seperate the floss strands. Embroidery floss is 6 stranded- I used 2 strands to tie my card. I made 4 of these cards in about an hour- and that includes the punching, threading, tieing of the cards AND time to design them!! They really were fast. The cards are sized to be the standard 4.25x5.5 inch cards.

(Supplies- all by CTMH except embroidery floss: Colonial White ink, Blush cardstock and ink, Chocolate, Sweet Leaf and Lilac Mist ink, Life Delights Paper Pack (stripe), March word puzzle Stamp Set, prisma glitter)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Not mine...

While I would love to- I just can't take credit for this card... It's a darling Easter card made by my friend Jill for a swap we did in February. She turned an ordinary egg stamp into a bunny by adding a circle for the head, and a flower petal for the ears and feet. I'm not 100% sure but I think the colors are Blush, Vineyard Berry, Bamboo and Topiary for the grass.

She used some fun rhinestones and glitter to top it off.

Easter is only a mere week and a half away!! If you haven't been making your cards to send yet- hop to it!! I believe I'll be pulling some from my "retired set sample basket" to use so they are in the mail on time!

(Supplies used by my estimation: Happy Easter Stamp Set, Colors listed above, prisma glitter and clear Sparkles- all by CTMH)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lucky You!

I'm so excited to have another post for you! Tonight's card is based on a concept I taught my club members in February- Masking!! It's so simple but gives a fun look. It's one of those things that makes throwing together a birthday card right before the party a breeze. I'll explain it here referring to the parts of my card. Basically- I cut a background color to fit my card base (black- 4.25x 5.5). I cut a light colored panel slightly smaller (white- 3.75in x 5in). I cut a scrap piece of patterned paper (not shown- use a thin piece of paper - not cardstock- you could even use copy or printer paper) Cut that piece the same size as the light colored panel. Then- cut a rectangle (or square or circle etc- whatever you wish) from the thin sheet. Line that thin sheet up with your cardstock panel. Use a sponge to dab ink in the opening. Stamp your preferred images ( I used shamrocks) over that sponged area while your mask (the thin paper) is still in place. Remove the thin sheet from your project. You'll have a nice design that looks like it was printed on. You can edge that panel with ink in a number of ways: 1) cut a slightly smaller piece of paper to line up along the project panel leaving a small edge along the outside where you would again sponge ink (this is what I did) - 2) You could apply ink directly with the stamp pad. 3) You can use any other fun tools, methods you can think of!! Each will give it a unique look.

Lastly- over-stamp your sentiment and adhere the panel to the base. You can always add embellishments- I chose to leave mine simple (and quick!)

I'd love to see anything you create using this fast and fun method!
**** Save your masks to re-use- the next time you make a card like this it will go even faster!!***
(Supplies: All CTMH- Lucky You Stamp Set, Black and Sweet Leaf Ink, Black and White Daisy Cardstock)

A week already!!

Wow- it's been a week already since my last post- that happend fast! After getting picked on for not posting lately (thanks a lot Tonia! :) ) I thought I'd better get my butt in gear. It's not that I've been slacking- I just had a busy week last week prepping for a crop on Saturday, an upcoming 10 cards for $10 class I'm offering to my customers, plus stamp club both last weekend AND this weekend. whew! That's a lot.

BUT!! I do have artwork to post because of it. I actually have enough artwork in my stash to post all week. A few things won't be new to my friends- but some of it will.
This first card was a small sample project for my crop. The croppers made it free just to test drive clear stamps. I love this little piggie!
(Supplies: Nursery Bash Stamp Set, Blush and White Daisy Cardstock, Black Ink, Watercolor pencils, blending pen and Blush Stamp Pad)

This next piece should get you in the spirit for St. Patrick's Day!! I love my Irish heritage... even though I'm more German than Irish! This fun little leprechaun was fun to work with- the set has a pot of gold that I'm itching to use this week- so you're sure to see more "Luck of the Irish" to come. The green and brown patterned paper is beautiful on it's own- but I felt compelled to add some gold embossed shamrocks- to tie in the embossing- I added some gold around the edge of the leprechaun panel.

(supplies: Lucky You stamp set, Black Stamp Set, Watercolor pencils, Blending pen, green patterned paper from Life Delights Paper Pack, chocolate ribbon, gold embossing powder, Versamark, Vanilla Cream marker (flesh) , gold brads, olive, colonial white and chocolate cardstock)