March 31, 2007

Easter Trifold Card - Part II



I can't for the life of me figure out how to post more than one picture in my blog without them jumbling together. So I get frustrated and eventually give up. I will get the hang of it, but you will need to be patient with me until I figure it out. Also no matter what I do or what I put my settings at I cannot get spaces between my paragraphs even though they show up in my preview and when I am typing. But I will also figure that out.

I spent last night teaching a friend of mine how to use background stamps to add some interest in her scrapbook pages and it was a lot of fun. I actually didn't get that much done, but I did get some of my cards cut out for tomorrow and what I didn't finish I got done today. We try to get together every few weeks and stamp and scrapbook. Last night was my turn to host and we had baked ziti, garlic bread and salad. We got the kids cleaned up and downstairs with my husband and by 8:30 we were exhausted and calling it a night. I guess we are officially getting old.

Today I helped my sister get started on her 6 X 6 scrapbook that she is putting together for two friends of hers. We did the 6 X 6 scrap map and we got all of the pages done and started to get her pictures into it. I really like the scrapbooking parts of stamping and I really should do it more often. I have a package of 12 X 12 In Color Assorted papers added to my next order, so I will have to make it a goal to use them after Easter and Colin's 4th birthday have passed.

Anyway, onto the card. This is the inside of the Trifold card that I made yesterday. I used the Bunny from Bunny Hugs as well as the Sentiment. All of the materials I used for this project are in my last post so you don't have to look too far to see what I used. My next card project is going to be a Double Slider card. I have been meaning to put one together for a while now, but I just haven't gotten the chance. Since I have have people to answer to now I will have to get it done.

It's pouring like crazy now. So before I lose this post all together with a blip in my cable modem or router connection I better sign off.

March 30, 2007

Funky Card Friday


It's finally Friday! I was hoping to get a lot accomplished this afternoon while the boys were sleeping, but only one decided to take a nap. Isn't that they way things work? I don't think I've gotten two kids down for a nap at the same time in months, and if I do it is a rare occassion.
So I started to work on this trifold card and the minute I get to watercoloring it, Colin comes running up to the table and proceedes to shake it. My coloring is therefore outside the lines and is blotchy in spots. I had to leave the project alone to rescue the camera from his hands so I figured this was going to be as good as it gets for today.
If you want to learn to make a trifold card, you can come to my class tomorrow where I will have all of the supplies cut, scored and ready to go - as always my class schedule is online here, or you can view an really well written online tutorial in the resource section of Splitcoaststampers .
I used white grosgrain ribbon to tie my card together, but I really think and organdy ribbon would be better suited for the task. However, not having any on hand I made due with the supplies I have.
Supplies:
Stamp set- Bunny Hugs
Cardstock- Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Cool Carribean, Pretty in pink (inside card), Whisper White, Petals and Paisley Designer Series paper
Ink- Jet Black Stazon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons in Soft Subtles and Earth Elements
Accessories- White Grosgrain ribbon












March 29, 2007

Spring is in the air


So I am pulling out a flower birthday card I created for my last class and that I will be using again this Sunday at my next one.
I love this card and I wish that the original idea was mine, but I CASE'd this card from Starofmay at SCS. She also has her own wonderful blog with many awesome projects. I'd love to be this talented. You can check out her blog here. The 5 in 1 template projects she just posted are amazing!
So what is a CASE? C.A.S.E stands for Copy and Share Everything, and I prefer to CASE and tell. I want to give credit where credit is due and with all of the awesome ideas out there I try to keep track of where I get my ideas. Some of my cards are my own original ideas and some aren't. That is why in my classes I am often talking about where I got my ideas, be it SCS or Splitcoaststampers or a blog.
I changed my card up so that it uses all Stampin' Up products. The background is stamped using Print Pattern background stamp with Rose Red classic ink on Rose Red cardstock, as is the flower from Big Blooms, but it is stamped on Whisper White. To get just one of the flowers from the image I used a Stampin' Write marker so that I could omit the other 2 flowers. The Old Olive layer uses Always artichoke ink and the Happy Everything stamp set. It is one of my favorite sentiment stamps. I dressed the layer up a big by using my 1/16" hole punch and using 2 vintage brads on the layer. The flower is also matted using Regal rose cardstock.
Tomorrow I am going to show you a Trifold card! You won't want to miss this one. I also have a big weekend of Scrapbooking coming up so I will be sure to show you some of those projects as well.
Here's to Friday and a fun weekend of Stamping!

March 28, 2007

Let's Get Organized


Or at least attempt to. We have an overload of kids toys and I am so tired of going down to my basement because the toys are everywhere. I sort and sort and get all like toys into one big rubbermaid bin only to have them all dumped out and thrown back in all unsorted.
But I have to get the toys sorted so I can get my Stampin' Up! stuff back downstairs. Right now I am working out of my bedroom and that is not a calming thing to do. I want to go into my bedroom to read and relax. Instead I am tripping over swaps (I took 16 envelopes to the Post Office today), looking at a pile of cardstock that needs to be sorted, or I am looking at my pile of card sketches that I want to try but haven't yet gotten to. The spring weather has gotten us outside, but it hasn't left a lot of time for stamping.
Since today I didn't get any great project accomplished besides sorting toys I will post a card I did at my last workshop that features the Polka Dot and Paisley Bundle. I love the colors in this card and I just got my 2nd package of the Petals and Paisley designer series paper. This was such a simple card to make. I inked up my wheel in Cool Caribbean and ran it over the card. Then I used Snail to adhere the designer series paper. I used Stampin' Write markers for the rest of the card. The colors are Taken with Teal, Regal Rose and Always Artichoke. I stamped the words on the Whisper White cardstock before punching them out with the small oval punch, and then used the large punch for the Taken with Teal layer. Then I simply layered the card together and it was a snap.
Now if only getting my life organized was as simple as this card.

March 27, 2007

5 X 5 Art Journal


I pre-ordered this 5 X 5 Art Journal a while ago and it has stayed in it's original state until today. I decided to take off the cellophane wrapper and that was enough to get the creative juices flowing.

My kids are always saying and doing something funny and I always mean to write it down in a baby book, but good intentions are pushed to the side and it never gets accomplished. Therefore, I made this book to hold photographs and funny moments.

To start I used the same elements I used on the card I made yesterday. I love this butterfly and I think it is quickly going to become one of the stamp sets I use the most. The butterfly is from Reason to Smile, a Level I hostess set. If you read my previous entry you can find a detailed account of how this was created.

For the book I also used my Big Deal Alphabet and cut out the word Mom that was stamped on Naturals white cardstock in Regal rose ink. Then I tied a chocolate grosgrain ribbon around the "o" before attaching the letters to the book. To dress it up a bit I tied various colors of grosgrain ribbon to the metal binding.

The inside of the book is divided into 3 sections. Each is a page I created using the Spiral punch to punch the binding, as I did with the cover and the back of the book. The first section has "Family" stamped on it, the 2nd section has "Colin" (my oldest son's name) and the last section is for "Evan" (my youngest).

I have the sections divided with tabs I made using the Round Tab punch. I really like the results and I have plans to make more of these books as gifts.

March 26, 2007

Mother's Day Swap

I decided to host a Mother's Day swap on one of the message boards I belong to. All of the submissions coming in are fabulous! So I figured I had to come up with a great idea, but I am in a creative slump. Then I was browsing through OnStage Magazine from Stampin' Up! and I came across the Butterfly from Reason to Smile and I loved it. The image was on the front of a coaster and when I find where my son hid my magazine I'll give credit to the creator. But the image was stamped in pink with brown edges on the butterfly. So that is where I got my idea from, but I needed a card so my project took another turn and from there on the work is mine.

To start this card I cut naturals white cardstock to the size of the wooden block that the butterfly is mounted on and each of the layers from that point on is 1/4 inch larger. I inked the image in regal rose and then I rocked it in the Chocolate chip ink to coat just the edges of the wings. When I stamped it on the paper I had a two toned butterfly. Then I sponged Creamy Caramel around the butterfly image. I then used 2 way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on just the body of the butterfly to make it a little sparkly.

The image looked a little plain so I used the ticket corner punch on the top corners and the crafters tool kit with the paper piercing tool and mat to punch holes in the bottom two. I had just gotten a package of the Au Chocolate paper and I have been dying to use it so I layered that under my butterfly image and then matted it again on Regal Rose. The 1/16" hole punch was used to add Vintage brads to my corners that were punched with the ticket corner punch and I punched through all 3 layers of the top image.

I got the image at the top of my card by stamping the flower image in Versamark and it was the first time I had ever pulled out my pad of Versamark. Then I used my chocolate chip marker to color in the words on the Just So Sayings stamp and left mother to be colored in Regal Rose. After the image was stamped I cut it out with the small oval punch and then I sponged Creamy Caramel over the words as well. The Regal rose was cut out with the large oval punch and I used Versamark again to stamp on the same flower image that goes across the top of the card. I then tied on Rose grosgrain ribbon and put the oval layer onto the card with dimensionals.

I sure hope everyone who is receiving my swap likes it as much as I do.

March 25, 2007

Keep it Simple Sunday


Whew, I'm exhausted. Last night was a lot of fun! I was invited to do a Girl's Night Out for a private church group. All in all there were 12 ladies there and they each made 5 projects. I tried to have something available for everyone from the seasoned stampers to the first time stampers. We stamped until about 10 pm last night.
Then this morning, the beautiful weather prompted me to start scrubbing my house down from top to bottom. I am almost done, but I needed a break. There is something calming knowing that your house is sparkly clean - at least until the kids pull the toys out again.
This was one of the cards we completed and it is a fairly simple layout. All you need to make this card is stamps, paper and ink and nothing else! What a wonderful option for beginning stampers who don't have a lot of embellishments or supplies.
Yes, cards with embellishements are wonderful, but when you are starting from square one the little things tend to add up. So if you want to create cards to send to your friends and you are on a budget, you can still create stunning simple cards to mail out.
For this card I used the stamp set, That's nice and I colored in the alernating lines on the image with brocade blue and chocolate chip stampin' write markers. I also used the paisley stamp from Polka Dots and Paisley with white craft ink on the background of the card. The card has fairly simple layering with brocade blue, chocolate chip, sahara sand and naturals white cardstock.
Well I guess I should finish the last of my cleaning and hopefully I can start on some of my swap cards.

March 24, 2007

The Great VSN Getaway!


Last night I took part in some of the virtual stamp night challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I had a blast! The theme for this card was a Postcard. The template was provided and I simply printed on naturals white cardstock.
Then I raced back upstairs and had to decide on a color scheme and a stamp set. I grabbed Office Accoutrement because I love the big flowers and it turned out to be a perfect match for this challenge. It has a date stamp, matching paper that looks sort of like the latitude and longitude lines on a map or globe and the memo stamp. I also pulled out my Everyday Flexible Phrases for the vacation wording and Riveting because I thought it would make a good postage stamp.
I picked Cool caribbean and Regal rose because to me it gives a tropical feel. I meant to grab Chocolate chip ink to compliment the too colors, but in my haste to make the time frame I grabbed basic brown and I think it looks really good. I surprised myself and used an ink color I normally don't reach for.
There was a lot of cutting involved with the flowers and each of the smaller flowers are popped up on dimensionals as is the Cool Caribbean flower, and the heart in the middle of the Riveting circle.
I think with the 45 minute time limit I did a pretty good job on this challenge. I'm thinking of turning it into a full card for a class even, but we'll see about that. After I was done I matted the naturals white cardstock on Cool caribbean and basic black. I then took a picture, rushed to upload it onto my computer and then onto Splitcoaststampers. But I made it in the nick of time!
Have a great weekend! I'm headed out to a class tonight so more stamping for me today, and that is always a plus.

March 23, 2007

April Showers . . .


Well in this case March Showers, hopefully will bring nice and cheery flowers. It is another rainy morning and this one doesn't look like it will let up for a nice sunny and warm afternoon like the last few. I was able to get the kids outside for about 4 hours yesterday and I was as exhausted as they were. But after a good night sleep they are well refreshed and I feel like I can sleep for another 8 hours.
Today Evan has to go get his 15 month shots that he missed out on last month when he had the RSV, so I am planning on one crabby 16 month old today. I know he has to at least get his MMR and maybe one or two more on top of that.
I thought I'd share this nice spring card with you before my day gets really hectic and I don't have time to post. This is yet another CASE, but it is not an exact one. Kiemel4 at SCS came up with this color scheme and layout and when I saw it I just had to try it out. I am not usually a bold brights person but this one worked wonderfully. This card uses Green Galore, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock. The flower was stamped in Green Galore, Real Red and Yoyo yellow. The center of the flower was cut out and popped up on dimensionals.
How did I get the scalloped border you ask? I took the guard off of my corner rounder and just kept punching a new round corner where the last one left off. It is much harder to explain without pictures and if my memory serves me correctly there is a tutorial with pictures at Splitocoaststampers for this technique.
The tag on the front was colored in with Real Red and Green Galore Stampin' Write markers and the ribbon is held on with a staple. I then adhered the tag onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals once again.
The day I Demo'd this card I sold 3 of these sets. The set is in the Stampin' Up spring mini and it is called You Make Me Happy. You can view this set and all of the others online at http://www.stampinup.com
Stay dry and may your rain bring flowers as happy as this.

March 22, 2007

Card Sketch Block



I am card challenged today. I have 4 of my 5 projects planned for a class I am having on Saturday night and I can't seem to come up with an idea for the last card. I have searched and stamped and I have come up empty handed. I am sure it will come to me eventually, but for now I just have to take a step back and relax about it.

Instead I will share with you a card that I CASE'd from Beate Johns, whose blog you can find, here. She is an amazing stamper and she is so good at sharing her ideas and tutorials with others. I can't wait to try out her Trifold card tutorial, but I promised myself I would wait until after I finished the cards for Saturday.

This card uses so saffron, chocolate chip, naturals white cardstocks and Petals and Paisley Designer series paper. I don't know why I had to have this baby set, but the bear and giraffe were too cute to pass up. It is the new Bundle of Joy stamp set from Stampin' Up! that was release on March 1st.

I stamped the giraffe on with jet black stazon and then watercolored him in with so saffron ink and my AquaPainter. I then used a close to cocoa stampin' write marker and colored in his spots, ears and tail. The background of the card has a doodle star and moon pattern that is stamped in so saffron ink.

I finished the card off with a piece of hodgepodge hardware and tied some cream and rose grosgrain ribbon onto it. The tab is punched out using the new round tab punch and the top layer is set up on dimensionals.

I did share my hardware! I made this at a class last month and everyone loved this set. If you are interested in seeing my class schedule, simply click on the calendar on my Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator website, which can be found here.

March 21, 2007

Spring is Here!



I love the first day of spring. It means that warm weather is just around the corner, the flowers and trees are getting ready to bud and it means a new beginning. What a perfect time to get back to my blog, which I have sadly neglected. So I am here to share a new card with you.
This card is made using the Spring Fever Promotion from Stampin' Up!. You can view the details of this promotion by going to their homepage at http://www.stampinup.com Details about the promotion can be found by clicking on the picture.
I love this bundle! The paper is gorgeous, the wheel matches both the Polka Dot and Paisley stamp set as well as the Polka Dot and Petals set and it is so springlike. It also matches perfectly with Stampin' Up!'s cardstock as you can see in the photo of my card.
I used Taken with Teal for the base of my card, and I got the idea from Kathat at Splitcoaststampers. She used this side of the Petals and Paisley Designer double-sided paper, but I couldn't put it on the card without showing off the other side too. So that is where my inspiration comes from and where my design skills took off.
I have one last class this March, on Saturday, for a church group in Plainfield, IL. They are going to be lucky enough to make this card. I needed one more opportunity to get the bundle used before the promotion officially ends, but I am sure I will continue to use it long past this. I actually had to order another package of this gorgeous paper since I have used almost all of the last one up already.
I used the Petals Jumbo wheel with taken with teal ink and ran it across the top of the card. I then scored the designer paper at 1/4 an inch from the top and folded a neat crease in it with my bone folder. I can't live without it! I can use it to neatly fold cards, fold over corners of paper, put a crease in my round tab punch to fold neatly and I can use it to make sure that my elements are completely secured to my cardfront. There are many other uses, but this is what I use it the most for. I then used 2 silver eyelets to hold the top of the fold down and give the card some interest. I like the effect it has. It gives a little touch of metal without taking away from the rest of the card.
I then took the oval punches, both the large and the small, and punched out an oval of taken with teal and whisper white. I colored on my stamp with my taken with teal Stampin' Write marker and stamped "find joy" on the whisper white oval. From there I used the rose red and always artichoke markers to ink up my flower stamp and I stamped it twice, each on a piece of whisper white cardstock. I then layered the whisper white on top of old olive to add some contrast to the card.
I really love how it all came together!
If you would like the opportunity to make cards like this feel free to look at my calendar and see what classes fit your schedule the best. I have my calendar listed on my Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator website. Simply visit http://igotstamps.stampinup.net and click on Opportunities and Events. Also take a minute to check out my Art Gallery and other Specials.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a joyful spring day!