Monday, February 25, 2008
How do you store your stamps?
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I have an update on the Fiskars Finger Craft Cutter.....if you haven't purchased one already, you must get one! It's just like holding a pen. I am actually able to cut straight lines without using a ruler or straight edge! It's wonderful for cutting around curves too! I just love it! It's a handy little tool and very inexpensive!
I've purchased quite a bit of stuff over the last few weeks.....A Lizzie Anne Little Bits Cling Stamp Set called Blissful Blossoms. I love her these sets! They stick to the acrylic block without using double stick tape!
I got a ton of colored pencils to do the gamsol technique too! Instead of gamsol however, I am using baby oil. I can't find gamsol and I can get the baby oil at the corner gas station! Perfect! LOL. It's a beautiful technique, you have to try it! I used that techique on my star book so you'll be able to see it when I post the pics.
I also got some of the ginormous scallop punches. I had posted a while back how I store them and I love it! Here's the link in case you didn't get to see it. I have added two or three more punches to my collection! :)
I got some super cute Easter stamps from Inkadinkado and also some St. Patty's Day stamps.
Right now, that's all I can remember but I have a feeling I have forgotten something! Today I purchased some index cards that I am going to use to catalog my stamps and inkpads. I find myself re-purchasing the same ink!! It's very annoying! LOL So when I finish that I will post that.
I am also working on getting some video tutorials on my blog; have to work out some kinks first though! LOL So I'll keep you posted on that.
So that's about it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This one I used individual colors and did the Brayered Sky Technique found here. I used Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and So Saffron to create the background and then stamped the flower and sentiment, both by Kodomo Inc. Then I mounted it to black cardstock and finally the red card. I love both of these techniques!! What do you think? Comments are appreciated! :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Now lightly tap the inked edge in the embossing powder and heat set. Do one side at a time.
And do all three cake pieces.
Next, cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 x 5 1/2 inches. On the 5 1/2 inch side, tear a little strip off going all the way across, so that the piece ends up being 5 x 5 1/4 inches. Next you're going to adhere your cake pieces to the white cardstock. I adhered my cake pieces slightly off center so that I could stamp on the left side. NOTE: I did not adhere the white cardstock to the grey piece at this time! I just placed it there for the photo.
Now you are going to get your prima flowers and silver brads out! I did a bunch ahead of time so that I knew I had enough to cover the bottom and middle sections. Start in the middle on the bottom cake piece and work your way to the edges. Leave the torn edge showing at the bottom. I adhered them with Diamond Glaze, one at a time.I had to poke my flowers with my piercing tool to make sure the center was large enough to put the brad through.
I used reverse grip tweezers to grip the brad and poke it in the center. Work your way across each section, overlapping slightly so that there are no spaces between the primas.When you get to the top tier, again start in the middle but also place it low enough to allow the white cardstock to show above the flower.After 5 hours, this is what it looks like! Just kidding! LOL. Next gather your embossing supplies and the stamp of your choice. I used the word love from the Wonderful Words set. Turn the stamp upside down and pat the Versa Color ink pad on the rubber. This allows you to see where you're putting the ink and also prevents you from putting ink around the edges where you dont' want it!Next, pour the powder on the word. I used a little spoon for this to have more control. Tap off the excess on a scrap piece of paper so you can put the unused portion back into the container. Now heat set it. The Versa Color makes a crisper image and it's much more detailed.By this time, everthing is dry and you can adhere it to the grey cardstock. This is what it will look like! I love it! I hope you try one too! Tell what you think and if my instructions were clear enough. If you have any questions please let me know! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Above that, I layered cardstock and stamped friends with VersaColor black and embossed with the same powder.Very easy to make and I loved how it turned out. What do you think?
Here is my waterfall card....
I used all the same paper and embossing powder for this one......I was quite intimidated for a long time and never wanted to try a waterfall card. Here are the instructions that I used. Let me tell you that it is a lot easier and faster than I thought! I actually thought this was easier than the tunnel card. Here is a close-up of the stamped image which I embossed. The stamp is a four-sided block from Impression Obsession. If you do any tea bag folding, this is what the stamp is used for; to make the squares for tea bag folding. Each of the squares is stamped on white cardstock and then mounted to yellow cardstock. I edged both of them with chalk ink before adhering them together.
You gotta try one of these cards if you haven't already. I think you will find that they both are quite easy. Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment if you have the chance!
Just had to have some fun! LOL
Friday, February 8, 2008
I've been re-arranging again in my craft room! :) It's so fun to come up with new ways to do things. Now I have two working stations, well 4, but my younger daughter uses one whole table and my older daughter uses the other table for sewing. I made my compter area a work station as well so now I can browse the gallery or chat while I create! :) I don't have to go back and forth anymore!
Katie is getting a ride home from her boyfriend today; for the first time! Ahhh! I hope they take the back roads and not the highway! He's a good kid and has a lot of driving experience from having his permit but now he's got his license and doesn't have to drive with an adult anymore! I'm kinda freakin' out! LOL Will let you know how that goes....
Made a waterfall card today as a sample for a class this month. It's the first one I've ever made and I am happy with the results; will have to make this sort of card more often! I just tried to take a picture of it but my camera battery is dead so I have to charge it and I will post a picture later today.
Thanks for stopping by and stayed tuned....
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
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Later, today after the kids came home from school, they told me during dinner that their bus had gone off the road!! No phone calls home to the parents obviously and they were late to school. They couldn't pick up a child because they couldn't get down his street! I think they should have had a snow day!! What do you think? Isn't that nuts? Tomorrow if it's still snowing, which it is, we are keeping the kids home! No sense in risking their lives two days in a row!!! It's supposed to snow all night into tomorrow afternoon! So we'll see what happens tomorrow!
On to brighter things....here are current pics! Yay! I loved this project. You can find a wonderful tutorial here. Nichole does great tutorials! This was so fast and easy to make! I will have to make more for other holidays!
For this one, I used my Marvy Mega Punch....the pink scallop circle. I punched out two circles, stamped them with Stazon Blazing Red ink, folded them in half with the stamped side facing out, and set them aside. I then cut a retangular piece of paper, in a lighter shade cut to 2"x2 3/8", and set that aside. I attached the circles to the bottom of the rectangular piece by putting one half of the circle underneath and the other half on top of the retangular piece, making sure to butt the creases of the fold up against the side of the rectangular piece. I then set two large eyelets to accomodate the ribbon.I then stamped out my background design on the nugget wraps (swirly hearts from Inkadinkado). Then I stamped the sentiment in the center of each background. Then I cut them out to fit around the candy. I attached them with glue dots and then also attached them to the wrap with glue dots. After tying a knot with the red ribbon, I added several other ribbons and also stamped the tag. The punch I used is shown here. I set an eyelet in the tag so the ribbon wouldn't rip out and tied it on with its own ribbon. Viola! All done! They are wicked easy and wicked fast! Love 'em!
Monday, February 4, 2008
I made several changes when I made this so that I wasn't completely copying! :) I stamped everything! I used circle stamps called Box of Dots from Hero Arts and stamped the wrapper using the rock and roll technique with pinks and reds. I also used the tiny heart pictured and another background stamp that has three tiny dots on it.I punched out the wings using my Marvy scallop circle (the blue one) and I stamped them with an Inkadinkado stamp. I used stazon blazing red to do that. I stamped on both sides of the scalloped circles so that when folded, everything would be covered. I then made the folds and then used my prismacolor red and roughly colored around the edges and creases. I then used a blending stump and baby oil and blended the color into the wing.I cut the body out with a wine bottle shaped punch from Marvy. I punched two out and adhered them together at the necks. I punched the heart for the butterfly body with an EK Success punch. I then colored it with a black prismacolor pencil and blended it with the baby oil and stump.I punched the large heart for the sentiment using a Marvy punch. I then put together the butterfly on the background by first positioning the body, then each of the wings. Then I put on the heart with dimensionals. I used brown wire for the antennae and adhered them underneath the body. Then I stamped the sentiment on the heart and used the red pencil and baby oil around the edges. I then adhered that to the wrapper. After everything was attached, I used stickles on the wings and around the folk heart.Then I put diamond glaze on the body to make it stand out a litte more. That's it! I then let it dry before I wrapped my candy bar! Thanks for stopping by! What do you think?