Sunday, December 28, 2008
"The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings"
By Ralph Blum..............whoever he is.......
Ok, now to show you the altered notebook.
Supplies used: All Stampin Up Products
Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Swirly Sizzix Die used in Big Shot Machine, Designer Brads-Circle Assortment, Designer Series Paper-Haiku, Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Other assorted SU ribbon current and retired.
We used the super tacky double sided tape that SU sells to adhere all of the paper to the book, except for the swirly die cut. Notice the negative leftovers from the swirly die cut that was used at the bottom.
Paper crafters No. 1 rule, if your leftovers or scraps look useful, use them or save them for later. ~ Lisa Atha
Blessings to all!
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Royal Blue (SU Brilliant Blue) piece is leftover from another card. Keep scrolling down, and clicking on older posts at the bottom to find it. The little butterflies are left over from another project (Martha Stewart Trio Butterfly Punch). The Brilliant Blue and the Center pieces are popped up with foam dimensionals. The white piece below was run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and the base of the card and the center piece are SU Bashful Blue card stock. It is hard to tell in the photo, but the stamped image is heat embossed with SU Clear embossing powder. I first stamped the images onto my Versamark pad, then stamped the images onto the SU Classic Ink colors that I wanted, then stamped the images onto the card stock so that I could add some clear embossing powder and heat emboss. Heat embossing is kind of an obsession with me these days. The bow was simply adhered in the middle with a foam dimensional, and snail adhesive on the back of the white section. Oh, there is Stickles covering the butterflies too even though you probably can't see it in the photo. I will add a close up and see if that helps.
Stamps: Stampin Up Retired Wee Watercolors Ink: SU Classic Brilliant Blue, Always Artichoke, Versamark Card Stock: SU Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue. Accessories: Spellbinder's Nestibilities Large Scalloped Ovals Die Cuts, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, SU Clear EP, MS Trio Butterfly Punch, Foam Dimensionals, Unknown Organdy Ribbon.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
"Please hold off on kisses until naptime is over!"
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Next, I punched a border with my Martha Stewart Gingerbread Border Punch, and added the red card stock behind the border to show it off a bit more. The ornament itself is just adheared with some snail adhesive. That about sums it up.
Friday, December 12, 2008
It is a little hard to tell from the photo, but I used the dryer sheet technique on this card. Stampin Ups Tart & Tangy stamp set just seemed appropriate for this card that I made last summer for a workshop. It made me think of all kinds of summer sweet beverages, with the oranges, lemons and limes covered with the dryer sheet and dazzling diamonds glitter. The glitter makes it look like it is covered with sugar.
I stamped the different Stampin Up colors randomly all over a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" SU Whisper White card stock, so I could cut it into sections for more than one card if I wanted to. Then I applied some adhesive to the entire stamped section that I cut, laid down my dryer sheet, smoothing it out with my finger on top of the stamped images. Then I trimmed off the excess dryer sheet, and sprinkled the glitter all of the top of the dryer sheet, and rubbed in the glitter with my finger and tapped off the excess. Then finished the card as you can see in the photo. The green scallop piece was made using the SU 3/16" corner rounder punch with its removable base removed. That about sums it up. I am going out of town for the weekend, so I won't be blogging again until Monday. Have a blessed weekend.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Is this too cute or what? I am completely in love with it.
So, the next photo is a card that I came up with; made with a few of the stamps from this awesomely adorable set.
The base of the card is some unknown red card stock, the blue rectangle is Stampin Up's Bashful Blue, and was run through my Cuttlebug with a Spellbinder's Nestibilities Die-cut Rectangle. The piece of card stock behind the blue rectangle is SU Vellum Card Stock (not vellum paper). I ran it through my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. Have I ever mentioned that you can use the Cuttlebug die-cuts and embossing folders in the Stampin Up Big-Shot Machine? Yep! Totally possible! You can also use the Big Shot Die-cuts in the Cuttlebug Machine! So, contact me when you you want to order some Big Shot Die-cuts and/or the Big Shot Machine itself. It is a very wonderful tool to have. Ok, back to the card. The little penguin and saying were stamped on SU Whisper White card Stock and then cut out before adhering. The penguin's scarf was then colored with SU marker-Real Red. The snowflake embellishment was made with a Martha Stewart Paper Punch, and the Rhinestone on it is from Michael's, along with the red ribbon on the card. Oh, please excuse my pitiful bow, I am still trying to improve my bow tying technique. I have watched the video tutorial on bow tying on Becca Feeken's blog several times, but I think I need to watch it a few more times. Oh well, I hope you like the card, it came to me after a two day creative block! I hate it when that happens, don't you? Anyways, I am going out of town for the weekend to visit family, so I won't be posting for a few days. Have a blessed weekend.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As you can see on the side bar of my blog, I am a Stampin Up demonstrator. I absolutely love being one too! I am totally obsessed with paper crafting in general. I am having the most difficult sales quarter in my history of being a demo. I have not even come close to meeting my minimum sales required to remain a demonstrator.
I usually have a good portion of that minimum covered from my own personal purchases, however that is not the case this time. I have been unemployed for quite awhile, and therefore I have not been able to make any purchases.
If any of you could possibly help me out, even if it is only this one time to get me through this quarter, I would greatly appreciate it. I will try to sweeten the pot a little! How about one free pack of 8 1/2" x 11" solid color SU card stock of your choice to the first 4 people who place an order! I will use my commissions from the orders to do this.
The quarter ends on December 31st, so I am in a mad rush. You can send your order via email to me (see sidebar), or you can click on the SU website link on my sidebar, place your order online (choosing my name), and I will get the credit.
Thanks so much, Lisa Atha
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I love that little snowman from SU's "Merry & Bright" stamp set. I couldn't resist putting him on there.
This one is from the Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch. I completely fell in love with it. Wouldn't it be adorable on a heritage scrapbook page border with an embellishment in the center? It would also be cute on an elegant card, especially wedding or shower.
This one is my absolute favorite so far, it is the "Double Arch Lattice" (I think) punch from MS.
Here is the one made with the MS Gingerbread border punch. I am not sure about this one, because the gingerbread people on the top will always have to be upside down. It is kind of cute, maybe you feel differently.
Next, I decided to get really adventurous, and try this with my Fiskers border punches. Not quite the same result. The Fiskers border punches are a bit larger, so the center fell out. This can be fixed by increasing the square card stock piece to be 3" square. I would like to say that I had a more difficult time getting the Fiskers punches through the SU card stock than I did the MS punches. The MS punches went through the SU card stock pretty smoothly.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Don't you just love the one or two people who every single year get their cards to your mailbox by the 1st of December? I am talking about handmade cards! HOW IN THE WORLD DO THEY DO THAT? I always say that I am going to start making Christmas cards in July, and never do it. Too busy enjoying the hot beautiful Ohio weather I guess. Ok, onward.....
The first card has a stampin Up Elegant Eggplant card stock base. Yes, if some of us can use pink as a Christmas color, why not Purple. Speaking of pink Christmas cards, my friend Lydia has an awesome bright pink Christmas card on her blog, click on her name and go see it. You will probably have to scroll down a bit though. Anyways, it is very cute; you have got to see it. It is hard to tell in the photos, but the snowflakes were heat embossed with SU Iridescent Ice EP.
Stamps: SU The Snowflake Spot
This card was made with one of the sets from Stampin Up's Holiday Mini catalog, called Season of Simple Grace. First we heat embossed two of the images with silver embossing powder, then punched out the images with SU Scallop Circle punch. Before adhering it to the card base, we punched out two scalloped circles from SU Shimmer Silver card stock to layer under the stamped image. The saying at the top was also heat embossed by first placing the stamp onto a versamark pad, then onto SU Classic ink - Bravo Burgundy, then stamped onto the base of the card stock (Very Vanilla). Then, sprinkled some SU Clear embossing powder onto it and heat embossed it. So, it looks like it was embossed with burgundy EP, even though SU doesn't carry any burgundy EP anymore. That is a little tip that I picked up on Michelle Zindorf's blog. Michelle can be found here: http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Now, remember from a previous post I put together a punched tree, and a punched Snow globe. We also made cards with those punched images. I kept them very simple on purpose since we had to spend time putting together the tree and snow globe. Instructions for the tree and snow globe themselves were on my previous post, so I won't waste time on that again. I think the rest is pretty self explanatory. The little gold dots on each corner around the tree are those faux sticky gold pearl thingies from Michael's. Sorry I couldn't be anymore scientific than calling them "thingies". Yes, believe it or not I have a college degree. Giving birth to my daughter 9 years ago sucked almost every intelligent brain cell right out of my head. Or, maybe it has been raising her that is deteriorating my brain cells. Well, whichever one sounds more likely is the one you can accept today! Ok, I am getting very sleepy. Please tune in sometime on Friday, because I did some really fun experimenting with my border punches that I am going to post.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Oh my gosh, you will not believe what just happened! While I was on blogger typing this post, I got an email from Kim Jackson of Stampin Ups'! Stampin' Success Magazine. For you non-Demos, this is our Demonstrator Monthly Magazine that we receive that gives us info, inspiration, congratulations, etc. We Demos consider it an honor to be mentioned in it. Well, I had sent an email thanking SU for their contributions to The Ronald McDonald House Charities with the exclusive stamp set each year in the main catalog. RMHC is a favorite charity in our household. My husband works for McDonald's, and I used to work for them while I was in college. We both volunteered at our local house in Cincinnati, as have many other McDonald's employees, and Franchise owners. It is a great place and a comfort to families who come here from other towns and states so that their children get top notch treatment for their illnesses at the Children's hospital across the street from the Ronald House. The families from out of town get to stay at the Ronald House for free while their child is receiving treatment. This is a huge financial savings for them during a very difficult emotional and financial time. Anyways, when I know which issue I will be in, I will let you know. Of course I will scan it and post the article on my blog as well. I am so excited! For all of you who haven't purchased this year's RHMC stamp set..............DO IT! What a great cause you are helping when you do!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Hello. A lot of stampers out there are creating snow globes with their Stampin Up cutting tools, and stamps. I am going to show you my version. Unfortunately, my version involves a discontinued Stampin Up Paper Punch, and a non-Stampin Up cutting tool. Oh No! What a bad SU demo I am. Oh well. Life goes on. Here is a photo of my snow globe:
The base of my snow globe was made by piecing 3 halves of the SU round tab punch together, and giving it a little dimension by drawing the lines with my SU basic Black marker. Now, the main part of the globe, was made with a tool that I purchased from Creative Memories before I was a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I saw no reason to also purchase the coluzzle that SU sells, when I already had circles and ovals from CM. The next photo is of the CM Cutting circle that I used. I hope I am forgiven. Its not like I haven't used non SU products on this blog before. Can you tell I have the guilts? Oh well, they always go away. haha.Well, I drew a squiggly line with my SU white gel pen to set the boundary for the snow pile in the globe, then used a sponge dauber and SU's white craft ink to make the bed of snow that the snowman is sitting on. Then I placed my snowman (who was punched with SU's retired Snowman punch) into the globe, and colored him with my basic black marker. I then drew some falling snow with my SU white gel pen, and it was done. All that is left is to place it onto a card. However, I have a workshop here at my house Tuesday evening that I need to finish getting ready for, so I will post the finished card another day. Thanks for visiting, and if anyone wants to share their version of a snow globe, send me a photo of it via email with your name, and I will post it on my blog giving you full credit. We could do a compare and contrast. Well, gotta run, lots of card stock to cut. Lisa
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I saw this cute little Christmas tree made with Stampin Up paper punches on The Splitcoast Stampers web site. I wish I could remember who the original artist is so I could give her credit. I dissected her tree, and made some step by step pictures to post on my blog.
The first photo is of the finished product. The punches used are the "Scalloped Circle", and "Small Star". Other accessories used were SU two-way glue pen, SU dazzling diamonds glitter, and a small clear sticky gem from Michael's.
You will notice as you follow the pictures that if you follow my instructions to the letter, you will have enough pieces to make 2 trees. You can place them both on one card together, or make two cards with them. I prefer the latter, so that I have two cards made quickly.
The first thing I did was to punch out 3 scalloped circles. I set two of them aside. The first one, I counted 6 scallops out and marked them. Then I used a straight edge to draw the dashed cutting lines that you see in the picture. Next, you can cut the pieces on the dashed lines, and throw away the two single scallops.
On the second scallop, I counted and marked off 5 scallops. Next, drawing the dashed lines with a straight edge, also gave us the "two scallop piece" that we will also be using to build the tree. So, cut on the dashed lines, and set all four pieces aside.
For the third scallop piece, I counted and marked off four scallops. As you can see this gives us "2-four scallop pieces" and "2-three scallop pieces". Again, I drew the dashed lines to give me an easy guide to cut, and then I cut the pieces and set them aside.
Next I stacked the pieces up vertically to see how the tree would fit together. Obviously the largest piece on the bottom and smallest on the top. Then I adhered them together with snail adhesive as you can see in the next picture. The final step was to add some glitter to each level of the tree, and a sticky gem to the star, and the tree is ready to put on a card.
Sorry, I don't have the complete card to show you, maybe I will post that tomorrow.
Just in case anyone wants to know, the car stock that I used was SU Garden Green, and SU Shimmer Gold. It also looks nice in SU Handsome Hunter. Obviously, there are many colors out there that would look nice, the ones above are just my personal choices.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Well, at my upline workshop that I have been posting about all week, we made what is called a "Diorama Card". Yes I am sure that I was the only stamper left on the planet who had never made one before. I assumed something completely idiotic. For the longest time, I had been wondering how in the heck that you mail these 3-dimentional cards. Yes, just call me "ding-bat". Thank heavens my upline knows me well enough to say outloud as she is explaining how to make it, that it flattens down to be placed into an envelope, and pops back up when it is removed from the envelope. Duh! I was trying to picture this 3-D card being mailed in a small box, which to me seemed like a very big waste of postage. So, with that being said, please take a moment to laugh hysterically at me for being so dingy, then we can move on. .............................................................
Ok, so, here is the photo of the card. I am sorry, but I can't remember what Stampin Up set or sets we used, and don't feel like looking them up at the moment. Sorry about the bad attitude there. Now that I know how to create this interesting type of card, I will design one myself real soon and post it for anyone to see. If any of you want to learn how to make this card, there is a tutorial on a website called Splitcoast Stampers, which I am sure you have already heard of. If you haven't heard of it, the tutorials can be found under the resource heading at the top of the home page. If you are one of my local customers and want me to teach this at a workshop, just let me know, and we will get it scheduled!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Hello. I am back again. Wow, 2 posts in one day! What a rare event for me. Anyways, the first project involves the Top Note Die Cut from SU's new Big Shot Machine, and an old favorite SU's "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set. We held a torn uneven mask onto the top note, then with Bashful Blue and a brayer, we made the sky, and stamped the trees in Basic Black. Then added some Dazzling diamonds glitter with SU's 2-way glue pen. The assembly of the rest is pretty self explanatory.
This project was a box made out of card stock and acetate for the lid. I must admit that it looked a bit difficult getting the acetate scored correctly. The little stamped images inside are decorated mints. My leader went home with half a box, since she couldn't help eating them. Shame on you Terri. Tee Hee. It makes a very cute gift
when you have all of the candies in it. Tee Hee. I guess I had better quit, or the next time I need to borrow tools for a workshop, I may get the cold shoulder. Only kidding, I love ya Terri.
This card had an interesting idea about what to do with your designer paper scraps. Yes, ALWAYS keep your scraps. They do have a use. Here we just cut up some SU's DSP into small confetti-like shapes, and set aside. Then, took our versamark pad directly to a piece of SU Whisper White card stock. Sprinkle SU Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder and Heat Set. Make sure you have a pair of Tweezers to hold onto the card stock with so as not to burn your fingers with the heat gun. Or, create a temporary card stock handle on the back of the piece you are embossing. Then we adhered the scraps of DSP that we chopped up earlier, and finished up the card. Lydia over at Understand Blue did something similar to this with solid card stock in various shades of blue to create a sky. Check out her blog when you have a chance. Lydia is a very creative and funny lady. Hey Lydia, if you are reading this, I miss Maddie and Splotchy, post some photos soon. Those are her two hilarious kittens that she found dumped on the side of the road by some sub-human jerk and she adopted them. Ok, my eyes are telling me to quit, and my brain is telling me to get off the computer and clean off my crafting table. I will post the rest of my upline workshop photos another day. God Bless, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving day! Lisa
Ok, on to some crafting. My Stampin Up leader hosted a techniques workshop for all of us on Monday. This is something she does for us once per year. However, we know most of the techniques, so she prepared some interesting projects, and let us play with her Big Shot die cutter. I have got to get some of those die-cuts, they are too darn cute. Where the heck is that money fairy when I need her. haha.
This project was the cutest little magazine file replica. It stands just a little over 3 inches tall. We made the 3 x3 cards in the photo below to go in it. That would make a cute gift for a co-worker or friend. Well, I am being paged to go run erands, so I will be back later to post some of the other projects we made, especially those made with the Big Shot Machine!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Paper: SU Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Misc. Iridescent white, misc. Unknown Patterned paper
Punches: Martha Stewart Butterfly, Butterfly Trio, and Scalloped Lace Border, SU 3/16" Corner Rounder, Tonic Butterfly Border System, Nestibilities Large Scalloped Ovals.
Accessories: Sticky rhinestones from Michael's, Foam Dimensionals, Glitter listed above in commentary.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Hello. I am so into quick and easy cards, and neutral colors lately. I can't seem to get away from black this past week. Maybe it is this dull southern Ohio weather we are having.
Anyways, I am late again getting to this new post. Oh well, that's life. I have a new SU customer that said she wants to place an order and she is wishing she had bought SU's "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set when it was on sale. Well, new customer and friend you got me thinking about those stamps, and I couldn't get them out of my mind. So, here they are on card stock. Two of them anyways. Oh, if you are hungry for some more easy cards using this set, you can find them on my completely awesome and talented friend, Lydia's blog. Just page down on the right hand side of her blog, click on September and October posts, and scroll down until you see them.
I am so bummed about my picture of this card though, the colors didn't turn out quite right. The base is SU going gray, the panel on the left is SU Basic Gray, and was run through my cuttlebug machine with my swiss dots embossing folder. It is hard to tell, but the stamped images and their basic black scalloped shadow were popped up with some foam dimensionals. I guess I need some photography lessons. One last thing is that the greeting is from a retired SU stamp set "Warmest Regards". However, "Sincere Salutations" would look just as nice and is still current. Well, that is it for tonight. Monday is my birthday, and my wonderful hubby let me get some new awesome tools with those awesome 50% off Michael's coupons from last week. I will post something made with them Monday. Gotta run.