Monday, November 30, 2009
One Character Note
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Check out AddictedtoScrapbooking.com. They are having a sale through Monday, Nov 30. I picked up a great deal on a paper pack and some embellishments. I'm most excited about an adorable Valentine set I have coming from Hampton Art. It is just so cute; can't wait to use it.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Inspired by What???
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The tags were cut with the Cricut and I can't get enough of that baking twine from Martha Stewart. It comes in a package of 2 spools each of brown/white, green/white and red/white.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A Thanksgiving Carol
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Thanks to Ten Tools
10. Wide format photo printer - I intended to use this monster for more digital layouts. In actuality, I've used it for more hybrids, printing my journaling and sometimes titles on 12x12 paper. I'm printing a lot more photos than I expected. It is hard to beat the convenience of printing out a little smaller or larger version of a photo in your own home rather than running to a local photo lab. In fact, after this post that is the next thing I'm going to do is print some smaller photos for layouts I want to work on this weekend.
9. Sewing machine. While I don't sew on layouts or cards all that often, I do love to add that little touch of texture now and again. Plus, it actually looks better to sew crooked on paper. I never get to do that on fabric.
8. Blender Pens by Stampin' Up! These are consumable as they eventually run out of water or whatever the clear liquid is inside. In the meantime, they make coloring images sOO much easier.
7. Stampin' Scrub - how did anyone clean stamps before this was invented?6. My Epson All-in-one printer. I actually argued with the sales guy at Best Buy a few years ago that I didn't need or want a printer/scanner/copier. We had a scanner and I hardly ever copied anything. I'm so glad he and his $75 after-rebate-printer won out. Also, I hadn't used Epson printers since the days of dot matrix printers but their quality holds true. We use this printer for everything from making backup copies of tax forms, to scanning old photos of window treatments to show my customers, to printing the inside greeting on a card.
5. 4 bulb flourescent desk lamp by Verilux. It is the truest to natural light I've found in a lamp.
4. Cricut Expression by Provocraft. I'm amazed that this ranks so high on the list after only a few weeks yet I'm using it on all my scrapbooking layouts and many cards. It is making me look so smart and efficient. And I haven't even gotten around to doing some of the things I got it for in the first place!
3. Creative Memories circle and oval cutters. Replacement blades are on my holiday wish list. I've only replaced one blade in the 8 years I've had my set. I've never found a better portable cutting system. With these you need far fewer circle and oval punches, tool.
2. A dressmakers awl. A carpenter's awl is used to start holes before you put in a nail or screw. A dressmaker's awl found in the notions department of a fabric store also punches little or larger holes in paper depending on how far you push it through the paper. I make holes for brads, do paper piercing, fray the edges of ribbon or fabric, pull glue dots off the roll - its endless how many uses this tool has.
1. A gridded ruler. I have another one in my workroom for fabric also. I just can't imagine working without it.
I just realized that I left off my camera and my laptop. They are so attached to me - at least the laptop is - that I don't even think about them. So thanks to all the inventors of these tools for making my life easier.
And thanks to you for reading! Hope you have a very happy and safe holiday.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Designer Paper Flower
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Building a Snowman
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Cheap Talk on the Farm
I love how they combined perfectly with the Cheep Talk set from Stampin' Up! I haven't used this set nearly as much as I'd like. With the stamping exactly the same on these two designs, I just altered the companion paper and ribbon choices.
So bright and cheery!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Purple and Yellow
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Home for Christmas Samples
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Lining Envelopes
- Cut your designer paper 1/8" narrower than the width of the envelope.
- 2. Measure the length of the flap from the fold to the start of the adhesive. Score the designer paper lightly that distance from the top edge.
- 3. Insert your designer paper into the envelope. Trim off any edges to make the DSP fit with the slope of the envelope flap.
- 4. Fold the paper down toward the back of the envelope. Apply adhesive to the top edge only. I like a tape runner adhesive for this purpose.
- 5. Fold the flap of the envelope down so you are securing the two papers together with the envelope closed. This will give you a good fit and prevent buckling.
A lined envelope is an extra touch of class for your cards.
Ingredients: Envelopes from Stampin' Up!; Paper from My Mind's Eye
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Right Tools make all the difference
This year, I used Stampin' Up marker in Real Red to color in the scarf and hat band. The aqua painter was the perfect tool for applying diluted bashful blue ink around the edges. Stamping the image in Staz-on to begin keeps the ink from smearing. Still time consuming but I bet I did a dozen of these snowmen is much less time than the 8 I did last year.
Ingredients: Stamps: Ornate Christmas from Inkadinkado
Ink: Real Red marker, Bashful Blue from Su!; Staz-on in Jet Black
Cardstock: Bashful Blue from Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: From ribbon bundle in SU!'s 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog
Friday, November 13, 2009
Season of Simple Grace Tri-fold
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Christmas Card Ideas
I love all her wonderful ideas. It is a tremendous time commitment to do this many card designs and videos for our inspiration.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
TIPsy Tiuesday - Finishing Off Threads
If the stitching is in the middle of the pages as on my scrapbook layout below "Some Creatures Are So Sweet," I use a needle to pull the threads to the back side and either tie off or cover with tape.
If the stitching runs to the end of the paper, I pull the threads taut on the reverse side and add either a dimensional or usually a photo split. Photo splits are made by Scotch. I buy mine at Walmart and use frequently for adhesive. They are relatively cheap and easy to control the application. The permanent ones hold well. Plus because they have a peel off layer, you can apply a photo split and then peel and stick when you ready to finish your layer which is perfect for dealing with loose threads! You have the added bonus of already having adhesive on the back of whatever you are working on. Sometimes the basic stuff is really the best.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Next I decided to play with some of the stamps that jumped into my hands the last time I was in AC Moore. It is a really good thing that I live far enough away to only go there every couple of months. Last week I innocently went in to find some decorative paper like I'd used on Christmas cards last year. They didn't have it, but they did have two large box setes of stamps from Inkadinkado with 5 stamp sets in each box for $5.99 per box! Who could resist? The stamps are small. They would be great on enclosure cards, tags or as a little extra along with a regular stamp. Each box contained a greeting set and I always need words.
In my sample I've used a bunch of those small stamps to create a single design. This card isn't my usual style but it is fun to do something different. I did enjoy my playtime and had a nice break from holiday cards.
Ingredients: Stamps: Spring Blossums from Inkadinkado
Watercolors: Rich Regals watercolor crayons from Stampin' Up!
Cardstock and ribbon from unknown sources
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Wise Men Christmas Card
So I browsed Splitcoaststampers and found a great design by Jennifer Maloney which used gold embossing for the wise men. I changed the cardstock colors a little and added a strip of gold cardstock. Otherwise I kept the arrangment the same. This card comes together quickly with a lot of impact.
I have two spots left for class Saturday November 14. We are making 8 total holiday cards. Please contact me by Tuesday if you are interested.
Ingredients: Stamps: Season of Grace by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark; Ranger's Antique Linen
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Elegant Eggplant and gold
Brads: gold from Stampin' Up!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Some creatures are so sweet
Thursday, November 5, 2009
In Sande Krieger's class, she starts at the beginning with Elements. I know many of the basics yet I've learned so many tips and shortcuts. Elements is very powerful and in my opinion very challenging to learn. I've tried books, magazine articles, other on-line tutorials and just plain trial and error. This is the best training I've had.
There are other classes on card making and scrapbooking, too. It is wonderful to have so many opportunities at our fingertips!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Distressed Tag Card
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Cleaning Large Stamps
- Spray the surface of the stamp with Stampin' Mist.
- Hold the stamp in your hand, take the cleaning pad from your Stampin' Scrub and scrub.
- Do the same with the dry pad from the Stampin' Scrub.
I find this easier on the hands and you get a clean stamp the first time.
Speaking of the Medalion stamp, to get the effect on the card above, I stamped the outside quarter circles with Versamark. Then I used light shades of Stampin' Pastels to go over those designs. Lastly, I stamped the half circle design in the middle of the paper and used darker shades of Stampin' Pastels on this design.
In all cases, I inked the stamp rubber side up. I applied the paper to the stamp so I could see exactly where my image would appear on the paper.
Ingredients: Stamp by Stampin' Up! Medalion, Kind and Caring Thoughts (greeting)Ink: Versamark, Purely Pomegranite, Stampin' Pastels
Paper: Unknown sources
Ribbon: Fabric store
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunshine and a Smile
Beachwalking is my favorite activity at Hilton Head each year. Though I don't always appreciate it when I have to get up so early to see the sunrise - that is until my feet hit the soft sand and my husband smiles at me. I love this photo of Lenny so it needed a special layout.
The background is a slightly varied design in blue from the Periphery collection of Basic Gray. "Sunrise," "a," and the journaling were printed in the background paper. Then I used the Medallion background stamp from Stampin' Up! for the two circles of color behind the photos. I stamped in Versamark and used Stampin' Pastels to add some subtle color like the sunrise.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Cricut to the rescue!
For the original card, I cut circles out of rectangular pieces of Not Quite Navy and Barely Banana cardstock with my Creative Memories circle cutters. I love their circle and oval cutting system. I've had mine for many years and used them countless times. However, in this case it was tedious cutting all this circles just where I wanted them and making sure the Barely Banana layer didn't stick out from the N.Q. Navy one.
To make things go smoother for these cards, I used the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software and my Cricut. I laid out the rectangle with a circle inside - it is easy to specify exactly the size cirle you want) and then cut a sample of each size. I then just copied this design over and over to cut as many as possible from each 12x12 paper. (The sample above uses a tan cardstock because I was out of Barely Banana.) The only complaint I would have is that you can't cut all the way to the edge of the 12x12 sheet. Looks like it goes only 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" but I haven't investigated enough to be sure.
There was still a lot of assembly to this card but it went much faster and more precisely. I didn't have to worry about cutting the wrong size circle. I could spend my time designing and stamping which is much more fun.
I love it when you get a new tool and find even more cool things to do with it than you thought.
Ingredients: Stamps: Season of Grace from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Crushed Curry
Paper: SU! DSP Bella Blue, Not Quite Navy from a Patterns Pack, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White cardstock. Other cardstocks are from Hobby Lobby.