Sunday, August 30, 2009
http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/ - I've referenced Kristina Werner's site several times and did a couple of her color challenges. There is a new card and video posted every Monday and Friday.
http://www.firefliesandflutterbyes.com/ - Tara Kieninger is a Stampin' Up! demo also. She has cool techniques and lots of scrapbook pages to browse. She just moved her blog's home so use this link to find her. She has some Blog Candy for a drawing until early Sept.
http://stampinpretty.typepad.com/ - Mary Fish was profiled in our demontrator's Stampin' Success magazine and I've been following her detailed blog ever since. She posts new projects every day.
http://scrapbooklady.typepad.com/ - If you are a scrapbooker, you can't beat Katie the Scrapbook Lady. She has one of the first blogs I found on scrapbooking.
These are just a few of the great blogs out there.
Happy Birthday, Betty! Hope you enjoy many, many more!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Anyway, the book. Sophie Kinsella is best known for writing the Shopaholic series. I read the first one of those and while entertaining, I just can not identify with anyone that clueless about their personal spending. I suppose we all have our vices. I'd hate for anyone to take a true inventory of what I've spent on scrapbooking and stamping but still... a shopaholic of this proporation, I'm not. Kinsella's other books have been filled with wonderfully identifiable, lovable characters. The Domestic Goddess is hilarious. Remember Me? has a truly surprising twist - and this isn't the back of the book jacket talking.
Twenties Girl is a ghost story. I don't normally go in for supernatural or science fiction, yet this is fun if a stretch of the imagination. The conversations between the heroine and the ghost are worth the read alone. I particularly like Kinsella's take on relationships between adult children and their parents. Her books are just good clean fun.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The card above has a little strip of melon mambo designer series paper to unite the other papers. It is the little strip left from punching the scallop from pumpkin pie/crushed curry paper. Flip it over. A nice simple, cheap finishing touch in the perfect size - and a tiny bit less trash.
Ingredients: Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Razzberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Versamark
White embossing Powder and Crushed Curry Ribbon
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The "sun" here is made from cutting out around the part of a yellow flower still left on the sticker page.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I really like this arrangement. Of course, I think this everytime I switch things around. Needs change, I acquire more toys - ah, I mean tools, and sometimes I just don't have it right. One thing I know for sure: If you are constantly cleaning up a space so you can get work done, getting up and moving around too much or you can't find anything, you aren't there yet.
Fortunately, I love to organize. Strange I guess from a person who hates to clean. Maybe it is karma's way of making me clean up anyway.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Simple, just make the card 4" rather than 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". By sacrificing that little quarter of an inch you can cut 3 cards from a 12x12 page. Depending on where you get your paper, that can be an even better value. You'll never notice the difference in your card size.
Another consideration is fold. You will need to fold at least one of your cards so that a 4" x 5 1/2" card is folded at the top rather than the side. Here are two possible ways to get 3 cards from a 12" x 12" sheet.
To use the cutting guides above:
- First cut a 1" strip off of one edge of your 12" x 12" cardstock.
- Then turn the cardstock 90 degrees and cut a 4" x 11" piece.
- The remaining piece can be split either way to create two more cards.
One other option in using the guide on the left is to not cut off the 1" x 12" strip. Cut your 4" wide strips. Score your card at 5 1/2" and use that extra inch as a tearing line or trim a little off and use your scallop punch to create a pretty edge. Just be sure your card doesn't go wider than 5 1/2" or it won't fit in a medium envelope. (Ask me how I learned that!)
I started doing this to use some of my 12"x12" cardstock for cards. Now I often buy paper in 12"x12" so I can have the option to use a paper as a background for a scrapbook page or for cards.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ingredients: Happy B-day Simply Scrappin' Kit from Stampin' Up!
Brocade Blue eyelets also from Stampin' Up!
White paper and embroidery floss from unknown sources.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The card top left is a birthday card only because of the sticker from the kit. A different message or a flower in place of that message and the card can be used for another occasion.
Ingredients: Simply Scrappin' Happy B-day kit and all other materials from Stampin' Up!
Gold brads, green Certainly Celery ribbon
Stamp Set: All Holidays
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Ingredients: Stamp Set: Season of Friendship from Stampin' Up! Funky Favorites for greeting
Cardstock and Vellum: Whisper white and others unknown sources
Inks: Choc Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgandy
Grommet: Antique Brass from Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: Unknown manufacturer; Stamper's Alley was source.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
However, I didn't completely forget about Tuesday's tip; just no time for photos. So let's talk about paper storage. I've tried all kinds of systems and what I keep coming back to are the clear 12x12 paper storage envelopes by Nicole. They have string closures. I get them at AC Moore for $1.99 each. Stampin' Up! also sells a similar product. I admit that I haven't tried them; I've had the others for years.
Envelopes are preferable because you can store not only the full sheets in fairly large quantities but also all those little bits you save from projects. And these clear envelopes are great for projects in process.
I put several paper colors per envelope - usually at least 3 or 4 from the same color grouping; i.e. Earth Elements, Soft Subtles, In Colors, etc. I create a label on the outside of the envelope with the color names in that envelope. Then I store all these one of those multi-shelf paper storage systems you can buy at the craft stores. I keep the Neutrals, In Colors and current designer papers on top. Then in the next section I have all the basic colors with past In Colors and discontinued designer papers on the bottom. Typically there are two envelopes per shelf.
This system works for me but I'm always looking for more ideas on paper storage. Feel free to leave comments. Thanks.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Fortunately I had dinner with a friend last night to distract us from the climbing temperatures and growing to-do lists. The photo is a little hostess treat bag I made using a half piece of designer paper, a couple of punches and a little scrap cardstock and ribbon.
Ingredients: DSP from Stampin' Up (I don't remember which one, it's discontinued, and I'd have to go back upstairs to check out the name. You don't want me to do that, do you?)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Ruby Red marker
Stamp: from Make It Count by Stampin' Up!
Tempting Turquoise button
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, I think.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The benefit of thread painting is you get such a unique, custom look to your creations. Also this technique is what is used to do detailed machine quilting. The gist of all this is that I need to practice, practice, practice. Oh well, at least I'm not trying to learn the piano again. I have no musical talent at all so I have far more hope for adding to my sewing skills.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
- Use the same materials for each album. I scoured my papers until I found enough of the same paper that would match my photos and do both albums exactly the same.
- If possible, choose papers that not only compliment the photos but add a little zing all their own. You won't need to embellish very much.
- Select 2 or 3 companion papers. Keep them handy and resist the urge to keep digging through your stash for more stuff.
- You do not need to mat all photos on small albums. The photos have to be small for mini albums anyway so mats take up extra space and extra time.
- 5. Choose one or two embellishments and use throughout the album. I used the Polka Dot Punches stamp set and companion punches to create my embellishments. A few buttons and that took care of the pages.
- Print or write all journaling on one color of cardstock; use one font, one color and one size wherever possible. In my case I did white and used ink to brush the edges with a little color.
- Most importantly, do each step for each album. In other words, don't complete one album and then start on the next one. I folded all the papers for both albums, then I punched all the holes and added the grommets, then I cropped the photos for each album, etc.
It is tempting to see how one thing turns out before going to the next; that leaves two problems. One, it takes too much time. Two, are you going to change the 2nd album to 'fix' what you didn't like about the first? Then who gets the better one?
My only variations were in how I tied the ribbon (the last step) and in some off the tags I inserted which have some extra photos specific to each of the girls.
And of course a couple of hours after I tied the last ribbon, I found out he wasn't leaving for one more day!
Ingredients: Designer Paper from DWCV
Stamps: Polka Dot Punches from Stampin' Up!
Ribbon and Buttons: Unknown sources
Brad: Oriental Trading
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I tried one design I'd CASED - it looked OK but was just too tedious to make the 5 or 6 cards I needed. Then I tried this layout with a couple of different paper families. Finally I settled on this one. I love them! They were time consuming with all the different stamps but not difficult. I love all little birds and their accessories so it was an enjoyable group of cards to make. The colors are really happy, don't you think?
Ingredients: Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Cheep Talk
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye
Cardstock and ribbon: Unknown sources
Ink by Stampin' Up!: Riding Hood Red, Ruby Red marker, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip