Friday, January 30, 2009
Well, the scanner doesn't capture the colors well at all, but here it is anyways. I got the awesome brown ribbon that sort of looks like a trellis at our local stamp store "Stamp Your Heart Out". I apologize, but I do not know the name of the manufacturer. The flowers are Prima "Got Flower's Deux". They are too cute and approximately the size of an adult fingerprint. The bling centers are sticky gems from Michael's. The border was made with a Martha Stewart Scallop Lace border punch. The card stock base is Stampin Up's Naturals Ivory, and the blue edge is Stampin Up's Ballet Blue. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's Retired Warmest Regards, and it was heat embossed with blue embossing powder from the retired Rich Regals EP stack.
I hope you like it.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Hello. I was in the mood to make a simple valentine card last night, and this is what I came up with. I used one of the stamps from the Hero Arts "Patterned Hearts" stamp set. Pop on over to their blog, and check out their online catalog. They have some cute stamps. So, The picture quality is not too good, as I am still scanning instead of taking photos. I will correct that issue in the next few days, it is driving me nuts! How the heck did we survive without digital cameras? Anyways, I achieved the dotted square image by running the card stock through my cuttlebug with one of my small embossing folders. There are 4 square frames in a set. Then I took my Stampin Up Real Red Marker, and dabbed it on each raised dot. Next I stamped the heart on my versamark ink pad, then a real red classic ink pad, then on card stock (whisper white) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It is kind of hard to tell in the photo but I stamped the red ink lightly on the stamp, then again darker on the edges of the heart. I am sure you have all heard of this method called the "Rock and Roll" technique. Next I cut a panel of red card stock from my "Die Cuts With a View" stash. I couldn't get that heart border punch through the thick Stampin Up card stock. Bummer! After the border was finished, I added some cute satin offray ribbon to it that a friend gave me, and some red sticky gems that the same friend gave me. So easy, I had it made in a flash. I hope you enjoy.
Speaking of cute stamps, have you seen the new Stampin Up catalog? Oh, my gosh, they have so many new and adorable stamp sets, and some really fun new accessories, from glitter, to buttons, to corduroy buttons to new chipboard shapes and new cutting/embossing die cuts for the Big Shot machine. They also work in the cuttlebug if you already have that one. I am going to plan an open house soon to show off some of these new things, I just have to wait until they arrive at my door. Until then, click over to their website and view the catalog online. See link on my sidebar.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I decided to use an old favorite Stampin Up Stamp set called "The Art of Life". I started by stamping the background stamp of the set with Stampin Up's Mellow Moss Classic Ink, on Very Vanilla card stock. Next I pulled out my Stampin Up Rich Regals Watercolor Wonder Pencils and colored the flower stamp with Always artichoke, Regal Rose and Rose Red. Then, since I didn't have a small spritzer bottle, I tapped the stamp with a wet aqua painter. Then I stamped it onto the Very Vanilla card stock. Next I stamped the sympathy sentiment with Always Artichoke classic ink and mounted it onto Always Artichoke card stock. The border was made with my Martha Stewart Scallop Lace Border punch, and decorated with some faux pearls from Michael's, and a narrow light pink organdy bow from my Michael's ribbon stash. There is another sympathy sentiment inside the card that I typed on Microsoft Word, and printed onto some Very Vanilla card stock. The saying is:
May God's love heal your sorrow, and may his peace replace your heartache with warm and loving memories.
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next time with one or two Valentine cards.
Friday, January 23, 2009
It is hard to tell in the picture, but all four corners of the base card are rounded, the flowers are mounted on Stampin Up Whisper White after running it through my cuttlebug with a nestibilities rectangle. Then I ran a piece of Stampin Up Pink Passion card stock through the cuttlebug with a scalloped rectangle nestibilities. Both rectangles are popped up with foam dimentionals. The birthday greeting (Stampin Up's "Warmest Regards") was first stamped on my Versamark pad, then directly to Pink Passion classic ink, then stamped on the card stock. Next I applied clear embossing powder from Stampin Up, and heat set.
I did want to mention that I stamped and embossed the flower buds first , cut them out, adhered them, then...added the stems using the same stamp, but only inking and embossing the stem, not the flower. If I have not explained this clearly, drop me an email, my contact info is on the side bar. If any of my local customers would rather learn to make this at a workshop, let me know and we will get one scheduled at your house or mine. That is all for today, I am off to spend quality time with my 9 year old before bedtime.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I actually just started out playing around with Stampin Up's "Embrace Life" and some of my Purple Stampin Up Markers, since I love the color purple. Not that I needed to say that. For some reason, it started to look like a sympathy card to me. So here is a photo of it.
I decided to step out of my comfort zone and work with a larger card. I am sure I will have to put some extra postage on this one. Oh well, life goes on. All card stock is Stampin Up, and I started with Lovely Lilac as the base, and stamped the background with Lovely Lilac classic ink. I love stamping tone-on-tone because it looks alot like stamping with versamark, but the classic ink seems to last longer than the versamark ink. I do alot of heat embossing anyways, so I prefer to reserve my versamark for that. Just a little tip from my messy craft room to yours. I stamped the flower image twice on SU Whisper White card stock, then double mounted it on Almost Amethyst, and Old Olive. Then I punched a couple of horizontal slots to weave ribbon through, and created a ribbon knot with some lavender silk ribbon from Michael's. Next I popped up that completed piece with some foam dimensionals. Last, I stamped my sentiment and double matted it to coordinate with the top piece. I hope everyone likes it. Drop me a word or two if you have any questions. Blessings to all. Lisa
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I started with the fern stamp from the Stampin Up Level One Hostess Set "Organic Grace". I stamped it with SU Mellow Moss Classic Ink on SU Naturals Ivory. Next I cut it down to the size that I wanted, and made a temporary handle to place onto the back of it. This is so that I had some way to hold onto it while heating the embossing powder without burning myself. See the next picture below. Attach the temporary card stock handle with some repositionable adhesive for easy removal.
The next thing was to press the entire piece of card stock with your stamped image onto a versamark pad, and make sure it is completely covered. Then pour on some Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin Up's works best - seriously), and heat set. Repeat this process 3 or 4 times depending on your preference, and let cool. After the piece has cooled down, you can make the cracks by gently twisting, or bending it until you achieve the look that you are satisfied with. See close up of cracked area below. Complete list of supplies are below photo.
Supplies Used: Card stock~SU Old Olive, Speckled Ivory. Ink~SU Basic Black, Mellow Moss, Versamark. Accessories~SU Clear EP, Retired Magic Mesh, Buttons by Die Cuts With A View.
Sentiment Stamp from SU Warmest Regards.
The last thing that I wanted to share was some super fast cards that I made. I stamped "Thank You" on them, but they would also work for birthdays, Thinking of you, get well, etc. I actually cased the idea (and added a couple of my own touches) from a friend of mine, Lydia Fiedler, her blog here. Pop on over to her blog, I have said it before, and I am saying it again, she's a talented and funny lady. Love ya Lydia. Anyways, all that I did was punch some squares out of some patterned paper that I had and adhered them to some SU Kraft card stock, and stamped a sentiment. That is what I cased from Lydia. I decided to use some of my millions of buttons to add a little extra, and a prima flower with a sticky gem. They look absolutely cute without the buttons and stuff, I was just playing with my stash. Gotta use it up someday! So, I hope you enjoyed, and I started a little something with the SU Stamp set called "Embrace Life", and alot of purple for tomorrows post. Enjoy the weekend!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I decided after all of those Christmas cards that everyone has been posting on Splitcoast and on various blogs, that I needed to make something very non-Christmas-like. I have been wanting to try heat embossing on acetate. That sounds kind of scary, doesn't it? Yes, if you are not careful, you can melt the acetate, and it curls very easily at the very least.
However, the card on the left is an example of my first attempt at this idea. The photo doesn't show it clearly, but that cute stamp from Stampin Up's "Tart & Tangy" set was stamped in SU White Craft Ink, and heat embossed with SU's White Embossing Powder. It took me two tries to get it to look halfway descent. Let's talk about static! I am sure that you all know that acetate holds a lot of static. Well, I used the SU embossing buddy, and the embossing powder still held onto the acetate like crazy. I brushed off the excess with a paint brush very carefully. Now, a few spots still hung onto the acetate, so if this happens to you too, finish heating the embossing powder first. Then, simply scratch off the excess, and rub the areas with a facial tissue or a scrap of flannel fabric until the area shines again. But remember to be very careful not to scratch off some off the stamped image by mistake. This takes a lot of patience and is not a quick procedure in my opinion. But, in person it is a cool thing to see on a handmade card.
Supplies not listed above: SU Warmest Regards Sentiments Stamp Set, SU Whisper White, Only Orange, and Green Galore card stock, SU Only Orange Classic Ink, SU 1/16" Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Silver Brad, Foam Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Michael's dollar bin ribbon.
While I was making this card, I began to think that it might also look good to place punched images on top of the acetate as well. It isn't quite as cool, but it looks good. So, that is where the next card came from. I was playing around with my Martha Stewart Seahorse punch again. I lo.......ve Seahorses. They are so different, and elegant to watch swim. Yes, I could stand for hours at our local aquarium, just staring into the Seahorse tank. Ok, moving onward.
This card is what I came up with. I first decided to keep it more simple than the first card, and decided to go monochromatic blue as well. So, the seahorses were punched and glued to the acetate with SU Crystal effects. It is hard to see in the photo, but I also tried to give them a little color by brushing their backs with a little SU Brilliant Blue Classic Ink, and of course little eyes with a Basic Black marker. I stamped "Thinking of you" on it, but it really could be used for birthdays as well. Well, I hope I have inspired you to get stamping again. I will list the supplies below, then "I am off like a dirty shirt".