Sunday, January 28, 2007
I have, I have found my nemesis, it is called carte postale. I seriously had to have this, I was going to make the most wonderful things with it. So far that has not happened.
So I needed to finish my swaps. It is a small local swap, I only had to make 5 cards. This is a whole weekends work. (sad I know) But it is all I could come up with. I love the matching papers but they all have flourishes and things on them which make them hard to make a card with or in this case 5 matching cards.
I do think this card is pretty, but it is also rather plain and simple. I hope it will be a good swap card, but then what is the worst that can happen.........be banned from swapping?
I would have maybe done more but with VSN closing in and my homework piling up. I need to move on to other things. I will be posting more about VSN so stay tuned.
Friday, January 26, 2007
I need to make some cards for a class I am teaching.
I want to be able to give first time stamper's a non frustrating class. Most classes people have at least put ink to paper. I always worry, probably too much about whether the cards are good enough. So I guess it is up to the store (where I am teaching) whether or not she likes these.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The color challenge this week on SCS was Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy and Brocade Blue. Confession: I have never used Brocade blue before. I'm not sure why, cause it is a pretty blue. Needless to say the old ink pad was pretty dry. I shall try to use it more.
The other challenge from today was to use backgrounds so I got out the 2 jumbo wheels that match the simply said set by SU!
I seem to be in a paper tearing mood, I think having 5 kids will do that, besides it saves my hair. LOL
I do like how this card turned out, I water colored with the reinker too.
Now I really like how this one turned out. I have not used this set enough. I happened to find it as I was searching for something else. Not sure what I was looking for now. This set replaced it! :)
I stamped print pattern on a brocade blue card, using the same colored ink. Then I wheeled over it in Navy. That navy piece just kind of fell on the card so I went with it. Besides it looked good. So i pierced it and faux sewed it. Slapped some ribbon on it and called it done.
I also love my little ticket punch and don't know what I did with out it.
My mojo came back for a short period today. I am having a harder time with my simple valentines.........I will post that tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I got a ticket corner punch and love it!!! It is much easier than trying to line up the corners with the round punch. I love this color combo for this time of year. It's one of my very fave, color combo's.
After VSN, I think I will come back to this sketch and give it another go round. :)
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Messing with my water colour's that is!
I made this card using the watercolour resist technique. I stamped the main image using versa mark and then heat embossed in clear ep. I then water coloured using the pale plum and perfect plum crayons. When it was dry I over stamped the flower. Since I didn't use StazOn it didn't stay on. (well not very well) So i misted my water colur paper and using my aquapainter I used perfect plum reinker. I let it spread out around the flower image. I think it kind of looks like tie dye. I then stamped a simple sentiment and used my brand spankin' new ticket corner punch and finished it up with some pretty primas.
For this card, I coloured right on my stamp and then spritzed it with water and stamped it on damp water colour paper. I used ink on the sentiment and stamped it on the wet paper too. It bled a little. When it was dry I over stamped it. I really like how it turned out. Then I mounted it on a torn piece on a lime background. I Love lime and lilac together.
For this card I again stamped the image in versa mark and then used clear ep. I water coloured around the image. Again i stamped the sentiment on the wet paper and then over stamped it when it was dry. I ripped the watercolour paper and then mounted it on a ripped piece of perfect plum. I also used french script and print pattern on this card. I painted reinker along the edges of the print pattern to give it some wow. Added some ribbon and voila! I still don't have a workshop card but I have something to show the hostess!
Monday, January 22, 2007
A - Available or Taken: Taken
B - Best Friend: I don't have one.
C -Cake or Pie: cake
D - Drink of Choice: Diet Coke
E - Essential item you use everyday: My PC/stamps
F - Favorite Color: Green
G - Gummy Bears or Worms: bears
H - Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
I-Indulgence: Primas, lots of them!
J - January or February: February . . . my anniversary and 2 kids born in Feb.
K - Kids & Names: 5.....Jenille, Connor, Andrew, Charlotte and Laura
L - Life is incomplete without?: family, friends and stamping.
M - Marriage Date: February 2nd 1991
N - Number of Siblings: 2
O - Oranges or Apples: Apples
P - Phobias or Fears: crowds, drowning
Q - Fave Quote: " A heart that loves is always young" a greek proverb
R - Reason to Smile: My children (usually), being a Breast Cancer Survivor
S - Season: Autumn
T - Tag 3 or 4 People: Andi, Jen, and Caroline
Unknown fact about me: I am really, really shy and hate social situations
V - Vegetable you don't like: brussel sprouts
W - Worst Habit: not picking things up right away.
Y - Your Fave Food: chocolate, Turkey and stuffing, cream of wheat, oh and cinnamon buns.
Z - Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Sunday, January 21, 2007
What i found out with this card is that, SU Black ink is not waterproof on water colour paper. As soon as I started to colour it in the ink all ran too, making my image muddy. I was able to fix it up so that i was happier with it. I think the Basic Grey Blush paper can cover a multitude of sins. (wink)
For this tag, which really started out in my mind as a pocket card, then mutinied and became a tag. But it is not entirely awful. Again perhaps you can save anything with a prima. Also I used the cricut to cut out a tag in the Basic Grey Blush paper. Every little bit helps, right?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I ran the black gingham through my xyron machine and then used pop dots to adhere the primas to the ribbon.
It was fun to play with my Cricut again tonight, I cut the tag and the pocket with that machine. I love being able to create what you want in the size you want. I have a couple of cartridges that I am putting on my wish list.
This was a quick and simple card, but I think it's cute and fun too! The tag says "You mean the world to me" You have to love Michael's $1.50 stamps.
Monday, January 15, 2007
This is the cutest little purse by 7 Gypsies that I got at the LSS. It has a cute little chipboard accordion book that went with it. I also got a couple of sheets of new paper. It was too cute and I couldn't resist it. I mean really who can resist BOBunny, these papers are called a gift of love~Heartthrob Stripe and Forget Me Knots. They had cute dotted paper on the backs.
Plus the best thing...........matching ribbon. It is so cute!
I was making this as a Birthday Present for a friend. But it turned out so cute, I might just keep it. After all I used a hand painted silk Prima on the purse, That can't go to just anybody!
The pages were so much fun to do. I used my computer to type up sayings using different fonts and I printed them off in acetate and white card stock. I then used them to decorate my book. (well my friends book, maybe)
I used my cricut to cut the pocket and tags, I kept the colour scheme pretty simple. I really hope she likes it . I would like to get my hands on more of these, they are fun and such a cute gift idea. I think I am going to make a Alice in Wonderland one for my sister. :)
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This is a very simple but very beautiful technique. You only need a couple of items, a versa mark pad, ultrathick clear embossing powder or regular you just need to do an extra coat or two, and a heat gun.
You stamp your image on card stock. Then put the whole image in the versa mark. Coat the versa mark with the ep and heat set. Sprinkle on more, heat and repeat til you get 3 coats on. It should be glossy and thick. Now, some people put it in the freezer for a few minutes and then crack it. But I just let it cool on my desk then i crack it. I think i get better cracks that way.
I really love this technique it's fast and fun and gives great looking results.
Do be mindful not to touch the hot ep. It burns really badly. (unfortunaly I know from experience.)
This card is also done with the cracked glass technique. The background is also fun to make. You versa mark your back ground stamp and then stamp on glossy card stock. Cover with clear ep and heat set. Then just sponge colour over top to make the back ground pop. Here I used regal rose and rose red. I also used some pretty ribbon. :)
This was a challenge card from SCS. We needed to use a stamp set that was our least favorite and staples. The back ground for this card was alcohol smoosh technique. I then stamped with black staz on. Again cracked glass technique but before I glazed it, I used glitter chalks to colour it in and give it some sparkle. I was very pleased with the result even though I thought why did I buy this set?
I am also into distressing all my edges. Maybe it's to relieve stress. That's my story and I am sticking to it!
Monday, January 08, 2007
When i found this picture of Snape all I could think was it would be a perfect Valentine. (Everyone has redeeming characteristic's)
Another Cat out of the bag..........I like Snape! I guess it's a naughty little secret, but I still say that he will turn out to be good. ( Again it's good to have a vivid imagination.) My friends tell me that I must have a happy fantasy life. LOL Indeed I do!
But most importantly I learned a new skill, how to add writing to a picture in photoshop. New skills are always good and hopefully useful.
But this is my contribution to Valentines Day! May you all find your perfect match!
Sunday, January 07, 2007
This is easy and pretty, it looks much better in real life as i used glitter chalks. (Ohhhhh sparkly)
For this you need black card stock, white craft pad, chalks (I kan'dee pearlescent chalksby Pebbles inc.) dauber and soft brush.
A bold image 2 step stampin set works best for this as you need the outline stamp. It's easy, stamp away on your black card. Then daub the chalk on, carefully brush away excess. Stamp the outline stamp on top and you are done.
I then used a clear over lay, with finest flourishes and cherish stamps. I used clear ep to set the white craft ink. I then attached everything using brads. I used my fave colour combo of rose red and regal rose to mat the chalked image.
Thanks Jen for inspiring me.
Special thanks to Dorinda, who made my water mark for me. I love it and hope to be able to use it in a quicker fashion soon. I can dream can't I?
I used the paisley background with craft white then i embossed it with clear ep. I couldn't get my original images to work with it so.....I started tearing some strips to break up the background. (I like it) But apparently the roses weren't thrilled with the new developments. So I found a stamp that is nice and placid by nature. (Apparently more than Jen's color scheme has rubbed off on me)
I adore this stamp set and couldn't part with it when it retired. It's an old standard for me, it's there to lean on when the mojo is out taking a stroll.
Added the ribbon, who doesn't love dots? Placed the image underneath and called it finished.
I need to find a way to get more than one card done in a sitting. Maybe if I chatted less on SCS, Nah that isn't going to happen. LOL
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
This is an amazing cracked glass card from Karen. She is a pro at this technique and it shows. I love everything about this card. It is perfect from start to finish. Karen too, is an awesome designer and friend.
As we start off this New Year, I am so thankful for my blessings. My biggest blessings are my family, followed by all my wonderful friends. Many who are amazing and talented stampers, from them i get wonderful friendship but also loads of encouragement and inspiration.
Happy New Year to my Fabulous friends, all those new and old. Looking forward to an exciting stamping year!!!