Saturday, June 2, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
As soon as I had all my submissions sent off, it was time to put together a blank brag book for a friend of mine who's in a job status transition right now, so the book was for her pictures from her current job so she can flip through her favorite memories after moving to her upcoming job. I'm very excited for her, and we'll still see each other around, but I will miss getting to work together!
The scrapbook borders come from the brag book. It's a 6 x 6 book, just big enough for journaling on one side and a cropped photo on the other. The theme was "Ravens" because she was our Raven Team Leader, the theme colors are Pacific Point, Basic Black, Whisper White and Basic Gray. The Raven stamp comes from the Dark and Dreary set, item #121151 (cling mount); 120837 (wood mount) available from Stampin' Up through May 31, 2012. Punches and sets are listed as you go...
Friday, April 27, 2012
Here's a fun card I just made for a friend who is a self-proclaimed sunflower girl.
Sunflower background stamp
More Mustard Classic Ink Stampin' Pad
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
Whisper White, Garden Green, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip card stock
Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches
"Thanks" sentiment is from the Rue Des Fleurs set (Occasions Mini 2012)
To get the stipple effect on the sunflower center:
First, ink the entire stamp with the More Mustard Ink Pad. Make sure the stamp is well inked to get all the beautiful details on the petals.
Next, take the brush end of the Chocolate Chip marker and with the side of the brush, mix the Chocolate Chip ink with the More Mustard in the flower center.
Stipple the edges of the center with the side of the brush, along where the petals join the center and the stamens fluff out along the edge.
Give the whole stamp a few foggy breaths to keep the ink moist and stamp on the Whisper White card stock.
Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The Ornament Punch was a Stampin' Up offering for about a year before I bought one for myself. “It's soooo cute” my friends said. “Makes great Christmas tags!” proclaimed Mom, “It even has a stamp set that goes with it!” Today the Ornament Punch has about 3 stamp sets that use it as a base design, but what I have come to love about it is all the things this beautiful yet basic shape can do all year long.
Today, I'm using it as a border punch.
Ornament Punch from Stampin' Up item #119847
1-1/2 x 12 inch strip of card stock or paper (or 1-1/2 x length of project). Shown here: Peach Parfait from the In Color 2010-2012 12 x 12 collection #124338 available through my Stampin' Up demonstrator website.
graphing ruler (this one's a “Tim Holtz”, but there are a variety available in the drafting department of office supply and craft stores. I confess that while I am a hard core Stampin' Up demonstrator, I do have a few dalliances with Tim Holtz' products....)
Mark the center line (CL) of the back of your card stock strip. Draw parallel lines each 1-7/8 inches, perpendicular to the top edge. These are the center lines of the ornament. Position the card stock so that it rests against the backstop (hinge) of the punch, with the CL at the bottom point of the ornament. Punch at each CL.
Notice, I have marked my punch with a sharpie extra fine point, to help me keep my paper parallel.
Yes, I know that I am a nerd.
Turn your card stock around, and mark the center of each area between ornaments. Punch in the same fashion as the first side. Because there's not much card stock to brace against the hinge of the punch, marking the punch is very helpful to keep your design straight.
Optional: Nip a little quadrant of ornament off the square end, as I have done here to keep the flow of the pattern.
The “leftover” pieces can also be used to create a border design. 100% used – love it!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a little something I'm sure you've all seen before: the “Three-Heart Shamrock” It's a classic, and certainly has been done before... maybe over done. My twist on the “Three-Heart Shamrock” uses the same basic elements, but with a little added dimension.
Mini Glue Dots
Crank, crank, crank, the Big Shot and voila! A hollow heart. :( Sponge the inner edge of the heart with Wild Wasabi Ink and a sponge dauber....
Snip through the point and criss-crossed the “legs” of the heart and use a glue dot to secure them about 1/2” up from each point.
Lastly I attached a Stampin' Dimensional to a 1/2” punched circle and stuck all 3 heart points to the dimensional, nice an snug, and sandwiched another Stampin' Dimensional on top to secure them together. The backing circle only needs to be as large as the dimensional, 1/2" circle will do. Trim off the excess.
Then I added a little white heart-shape from the same nesting set on top to bring it all together. Ta-da! A refurbished classic. To finish it off, I adhered it to a base of Bashful Blue Designer Series Paper, then a card stock base of Perfect Plum embossed with little hearts. All of that was put on a 5x7 card base in Confetti White and ... a happy birthday banner? Yes, St. Patrick's Day is my mom's birthday, so she always gets green/shamrock theme cards. More motivation for me to be thinking of a new St. Patrick's Day theme each year. :)
All the best,