Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dasher with Bling

I have been doing a lot of card surfing (blogs and on the Stampin' Connection) while sitting in the hospital with my dad.  I have found so many wonderful idea, there are so many talented people out there.  I rarely have original ideas and I try my hardest to give credit to every idea I use.  Sadly this next card, I can not locate the original idea.  If anyone has seen this before, let me know where so that I can give credit where credit is due.

I really enjoyed this card.  I love bling and this year it is so much easier to add it with our Basic Rhinestones and Basic Pearls.  I'm addicted.  The original card used glitter but I wasn't in the mood to mess with it so the Rhinestones worked perfectly.

I even added one on his nose!  Too fun!  The ribbon is just a small piece taped to the back and then the whole Dasher piece is adhered with Dimensionals (helps hide the bulk of the ribbon).

My little word window was punched out with the Curly Label Punch.  I then stamped my saying on Whisper White and punched it out too.  Just add some glue to the back then adhere it to the inside by going through the window, that way you know it lines up.

Tada!  A saying on the inside too!

Stamp Set(s) - Dasher, Serene Snowflakes, Occasional Quotes
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink - Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Curly Label Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Friday, October 22, 2010

Joyful Season

Stampin' Up! has released a new toy for the Big Shot in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  It is the Letterpress plates.  I, of course, had to try it out.  It is super simple!  I created this card (idea from the Idea Book and Catalog) in just minutes!  Cant wait to teach this in my next class!

The Garden Green card base was so dark I added Very Vanilla to the inside and stamped some matching stockings from the A Cute Christmas stamp set.  Stampin' Up! does such a wonderful job coordinating everything!

Stampin' Up! released this video on the Stampin' Up! channel of You Tube.  Check it out for a tutorial on how to use the Letterpress Plates!

Stamp Sets: A Cute Christmas
Ink:  Garden Green Craft, Real Red
Paper:  Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Joyful Season Letterpress Plate, Big Shot

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello again, Playing with fabric

I am very glad that I got so ahead in my stamping.  These last couple of weeks I have been wrapped up in something else and I haven't been in my stamping room for a while.  My father became very sick and came to Florida where my brother and I are.  We put him into the hospital right away.  Needless to say normal routine disappeared.  I am looking forward to a couple hours in my stamp room this evening.  But have found a little time and wanted to share with you.

I started playing with fabric and the big shot.  Everyone is doing amazing things so I thought I would try it out.  I have been hesitant because I am not a sewer so the thought kind of scared me, but let me just say, How Fun!  Every year I make something to go on my Christmas gifts that the person can then keep.  This year I am going to make the adorable flower brooches and attach them like a bow.  I started out with some scrap fabric that my mother-in-law gave me because I feel completely out of place when it comes to fabric and I didn't want to mess up with my wonderful Stampin' Up! fabric.  Look what I did my first time out with no mess ups!

The button is actually not attached.  I still need to add ribbon and glue the button down.

This fabric had been stored for a while so was wrinkly, next time I will iron it first.  I will post up my finished product when I get the time ;)

All directions and supply list come with the Designer Fabric so contact me today to get yours!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My November Birthday Card

Okay, I know I am way ahead posting my November birthday cards but I wanted everything done so I could fully move on to Christmas.  I also need to be ahead of schedule as my husband and I are house hunting and we may end up moving during the holiday season and I am NOT buying my cards!!!

I took this picture on an Old Olive background as the card disappeared on white.  The card is pretty straightforward except the pumpkin.  To do this I used a technique called Thumping.  The idea of thumping is you coat the stamp with on color (I lighter color) then use a marker to add (thump) spots of a darker color over top.  On the stamp, color the entire pumpkin with Pumpkin Pie.  Then color the stem Old Olive.  Finally, take Cajun Craze and color spots of the pumpkin (right over the Pumpkin Pie).  Huff on the stamp and stamp it onto your paper.  Multiple colors in one easy step!  It is a great way to add shading right to the image you want to stamp.

Stamp Set(s) - Paisley Prints, wish from a retired set
Card Stock - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive Markers
Accessories - Square Scallop Punch, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Template, Dimensionals, Jewelry Tag Punch,1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Brights Designer Buttons

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Birthday Card

This card is my October Birthday card.  Every month I theme my birthday cards around the holiday or season of the month.  I really like this one ALOT!!!  I have seen several cards using this layout so I dont know who to actually give credit for the idea.  Just know that it is not my original idea.

I used the Dark and Dreary Stamp Set which I fell in love with primarily for the candelabra.  I love Disney and it reminds me of the Haunted Mansion.  To fun!  The black, wrinkly, torn paper is the new Waffle Paper.  I just love the stuff.  It is like tissue paper and is easy to add as an embellishment!  The little side piece is some Nite Owl DS paper punched with the small oval, folded over the edge, and attached with a brad. 

The best thing on this card though is the technique used to texture the Whisper White CS that the candelabra is on. White alone was just too white so I took Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad and some tissues that a balled up. I dabbed the tissues in the ink then on to the paper. It gave it a soft, irregular pattern to the paper.  Similar to sponging but the sponge tends to be more of a consistent pattern where the tissue is not.

I was making these cards with one of my customers, Adrianne.  She wanted to make the card more for her young nephews for Halloween so she changed up the card some.  She mixed in stamps from the Fang-tastic set.  They came out just adorable!

Supplies (for original card):
Stamp Set(s) - Dark and Dreary; happy birthday from a retired set
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Black Waffle Paper, Nite Owl DS
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Accessories - Small Oval Punch, 1/16" Punch or Crop-A-Dile, 5/8" Satin Black Ribbon, Metallic Brads, tissue