Thursday, February 25, 2010
Didn't you just squeal when you saw her? I know I did, she is completely adorable! So, I went to work coloring her with my Stampin Up Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Blender Pens, which are my favorite thing to color with. We were asked to use our favorite coloring medium.
Next I cut out two SU/Sizzix Large Scalloped circles, one from Whisper White card stock, and one form Taken with Teal. Next I ran the Teal circle through the cuttlebug with my swirls embossing folder. Then, may favorite embellishment which are sticky gems in each of the swirl centers. The Pearls around the mermaids neck were colored in with some smooch shimmer paint, but I could not capture that on my camera today. The background designer paper was given to me by a friend with a bunch of other paper, and did not have a company name on the back, so I don't know where it is from. The final touch was some Prima flowers with sparkly gem centers. So, head on over to the other DT blogs and on to the company blog as well and see all of the wonderful eye candy we have to show you this week. Again, all of that can be found over on the sidebar of my blog.
Until next time.......... Blessings, Lisa
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This last features a digi called "Chihuahua in a teacup". Is it too cute or what? Love it! Lookat that little face, it is so cute! Anyways, I used an Ek Success border punch on the Pretty in Pink Rectangle, very tricky at the corners, but I didn't do too bad. No, it doesn't come with a coordinating corner punch, I had to be very careful and steady to get them to look that even. Big pat on my back for that one, I think! The ribbon and the cute little ribbon slide is from Stampin Up, and the sticky gems are from Michael's.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hello. We design team members were given the digi set called "Bichitos" to work with this week, and were asked to make anything but a card. First of all, Bichitos is Spanish for "little bugs", and they are the cutest little bugs I have ever seen. I just love this set of digis. I think that they are so versatile for different projects. I have one project with them to show you today, and one that is in the works that I will be posting tomorrow (Friday). Here is what the set looks like:
For today's project, I used the butterflies and made my own handmade sun catcher for my craft room window. So, here is a photo of the final project, and then I will explain how I made it.
- The first thing that I did, was to make 6 copies of the digi set on my computer.
- Next I placed each bug in it's own file, this way, I could copy paste them into Microsoft Word in any arrangement that I wanted before printing. I clustered the three butterflies together as you can see in the project.
- Then, I printed it out and took it to my nearest office supply store and had them copy it onto a piece of Transparency/Acetate. I wasn't sure how well it would print on acetate with my inkjet printer.
- Then, I cut two card stock circle frames; ovals would have been nice too. It really depends on the shape of the image(s) you are working with. Also, the thickness of your frame is entirely up to the individual. Oh, as an extra tip, this can also be done with rubber stamps but you would need to use black Staz-on ink on the acetate.
- The next thing that I did was to cut the bugs out in a circle shape at the same size as the outside edge of your frame.
- Now we are set to add color. I turned the image over and colored on the back with some permanent markers.
- The next thing that I did was to heat emboss the frame. The easiest way to do this so that it looks uniform, is to lay your frame down on a piece of scrap paper, dab your versamark embossing pad directly onto the frame, until you have one side of both pieces covered, then sprinkle on the embossing powder and heat set. I used gold embossing powder here, but I think silver or even black would look great. I have seen some where embossing powder with glitter in it looked really nice.
- The next to the last step is to assemble the project. I used Snail Adhesive, but Extra Tacky double sided tape would work too (Stampin Up sells both). I applied the adhesive to the non-embossed side of the frame, then lined up my acetate with it and pressed down all around the circle. Then, I did the same thing to the other frame and placed it on top of the acetate and pressed down all around the circle.
- The last step was to punch a hole in the frame, I used my crop-a-dile tool, added an eyelet, and put a loop with some misc. skinny organdy ribbon through it so that it could be hung on a hook.
Do not be intimidated, this is not hard to do at all, I promise! Now, if you notice there are 3 other bugs in the "Bichitos" set, and I am altering a wood photo frame to show you another day with the bugs from the same digi set. So, I hope you will come back and visit me to see that. In the meantime, look over on my sidebar at the Soft Pencil logo, click on it, and visit their blog and store. Their digis are so cute and a blast to work with.
Until next time..................Blessings, Lisa
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
So, here is what I did. Several of the stamps in this set coordinate with Stampin Up's paper punches. The bunny goes with the 1" circle, the "For You on Easter" sentiment goes with the Designer Label Punch, the floral border stamp goes with the Scallop Edge Punch, the Easter Basket stamp goes with either the Small or Large Tag Punch (depending on whether or not you want a white border around the image), and the cute little Chickie doesn't coordinate with any punch. So, I stamped my bunnies, punched them with my 1" circle punch, then mounted them on shapes made with the Curly Label Punch, mounted them on some Kraft card stock, stamped my Happy Easter sentiment (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) in Lovely Lilac, rounded the corners of the card base with my SU 3/16" Corner Rounder punch and that was it. Pretty darn quick and easy.
As always; until next time.................... Blessings, Lisa
Saturday, February 13, 2010
All you need is some card stock, a heart punch, and a sentiment that says "Happy Valentine's Day". I used here a punch that my fabulous husband got me for V-day (early so I could use it), and it is a Martha Stewart Punch. She comes up with the cutest punches. For my purposes here I used Stampin Up Whisper White card stock for the card base, pretty in Pink for one of the hearts, two different color foil card stock (Unknown brand), and the sentiment is from Stampin Up's stamp set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamped in their Real Red Classic Ink. See the enlarged photo below to see the shine of the foil card stock a little better.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Well, enough chit chat, lets move on to Soft Pencil Thursday, my favorite blogging day of the week. We had a very cute Valentine image to work with, and also an awesome challenge to go with it. We were asked to make a Spring Card, not the season, a card that has a portion of it that "springs" up. I have never made one of these before, so thank heavens for Splitcoast tutorials. I loved this style card, so easy! So, here is my take on it:
So, are Spring cards with Soft Pencil Images the cutest, or what? If you haven't visited the Soft Pencil store and blog lately, you can find a link to it over on my side bar. Click on the image that has the Soft Pencil logo on it.
The card base is some designer paper from the retired Stampin Up Bella Rose collection, the Michu image was cut out and mounted on some SU Shimmer White card stock, the corner pearls are a mixture from Hero Arts and Michael's. The flowers are silk from Prima, with a Die Cuts with a View Button for their centers. I simply folded the flowers in half, using a very small piece of extra tacky tape to keep them that way, adhered them to the paper with another piece of the same tape, then added the button with some liquid tombow glue. Thanks for visiting, and I will be back before Sunday with one more last minute, five minute simple valentine card. It is so fast to make, you won't believe it.
Until Next time..............Blessings, Lisa
Thursday, February 4, 2010
If you haven't visited the Soft Pencil store and blog, simply look for the logo over on my side bar and click on it. Elizabeth the owner has some must have too cute digi images over there!
Supplies: Card stock ~ SU - Whisper White, Going Gray, and Designer paper from Me and My Big Ideas. Accessories ~ Prima Flowers, Sticky black faux Pearls by Mark Richards, Music Note embellishments by Jesse James Dress it up buttons from Hobby Lobby, and Spellbinder's Large Regular Square and Large Scalloped Square Nestibilities.
Until Next time....................Blessings, Lisa
OMGosh, I completely forgot to mention that Soft Pencil has 4 guest Design team members for the month of February! I just visited their blogs, and let me tell you are their cards with this weeks image gorgeous! See links to their blogs on my sidebar and go visit them! What awesome inspiration they have provided!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I couldn't get the colors to come out correctly in my photo today, the colors that I used are Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White. The sentiment is from Stampin Up's stamp set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes". The ink that I used was Bashful Blue for the Lions, and Ballet Blue for the sentiment. The ribbon used is from a retired Stampin Up set, and the rhinestone brad is Stampin Up also.
The next card showcases the adorable Giraffe in the same stamp set, stamped with Apricot appeal ink, and I drew a shadow on one side with a Sahara Sand marker, because the apricot ink seemed so light. The ribbon is SU 1/4" grosgrain matching Apricot. The card stock colors used were Whisper White, Certainly Celery. The sentiment is obviously stamped in Basic Black ink.
I hope to have more cards made with this stamp set, but I am working on some swaps made with another new Stampin Up set called "Eggcoutrements" and also my creation for tomorrow's Soft Pencil Thursday. So, more stuff is coming so come back to visit again.