Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Poppin' Pastels

My goal is to try a new technique every Tuesday and this is what I did yesterday.   The technique is called Poppin' Pastels and I love some of the cards I've seen done with it.   This was the first time I'd even opened the box of Pastels and I had no idea how fun they could be!    I think I'll color the stems in with a marker and then do the chalks on the flowers if I use this stamp again.  It is rough to get those little lines in!

I've wanted to do a filmstrip card FOREVER and I finally did one this week.   I hope I can figure out some different things to put in the "picture" part and background because it is such a super cute idea!

Paper:  Pretty in Pink card stock (#100459), Basic Black card stock (#121045), Mambo Melon card stock (#115320)
Ink:  Mambo Melon classic ink (#115656), Pretty in Pink classic ink (#101301)
Stamps:  Fox and Friends (#118565), July Fourth (#120063)  (both in clear mount)
Accessories:   Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (#109032), Neutral brads (#119736)
Tools:  Spiral Border punch (#119872), Paper Piercing Tool (#116631), Mat Pack (#105826), SNAIL adhesive (#104332)

Friday, June 25, 2010

First Explosion Box

I am terrified of 3-D or altered items.   I get very overwhelmed looking at the finished items and automatically say I can't do that.   This week I decided to tackle that fear and make something.   I picked one that was probably too difficult to start off, but I did complete it.    I used some retired/retiring paper and I think it turned out okay.   I learned so much while making it and that's the most important part!

For everyone that asked, here is the tutorial I used.  I found one I liked better, but of course I can't find it now.  Go figure!   You can also Google scrapbook explosion box and pull up tons of them. 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Two Projects in One Day! Oh My!

Here's my project for today.   It is not my normal style at all!  I got the idea from this card by djahner on SCS and ran with it.   I love Melon Mambo, so be prepared to see it a lot!  Sorry for the bad picture; not much sunlight at midnight.  :)  

Card Recipe:
Paper:  Whisper White card stock (#100730), Basic Black card stock (#102851), Pretty in Pink card stock (#100459)
Ink:  Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (#115656)
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue (#118598) clear mount
Accessories:  Pretty in Pink button (retired?), Hemp Twine (#100982)
Tools:  Cutter Kit (#106958), Spiral punch (#108341)

Here is how I finished off my brayered sunset card.    I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt.

Paper:  Whisper White card stock (#100730), Pumpkin Pie card stock (#105117), Chocolate Chip card stock (#102128)
Tools:   Brayer (#102395), Stamping Sponges (#101610), Stamp-a-ma-jig (#101049, Paper Cutter (#104152)
Ink:  More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad (#103152), Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (#105216), Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad (will be in new catalog), Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad (#100908)
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy (#111710)  

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Brayered Sunset

I have been in love with these types of images for ages now and finally broke down and purchased a brayer.   I had never really used one except to ink up an embossing folder or background stamp, so I was a bit scared to try anything more difficult than that.   I saw this great tutorial over on Andrea Walford's blog and decided it was a great place to start.   Mine has a ton of flaws and I'd love some ideas on how to turn it into a card, but I have to say, it was FUN!    I can't wait to try again and I hope my technique gets better as I keep practicing.   Any tips/hints welcome.  :)

Paper:  Whisper White card stock (#100730)
Tools:   Brayer (#102395)
Ink:  More Mustard Classic Stampin' Pad (#103152), Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (#105216), Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad (will be in new catalog), Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad (#100908)
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy (#111710)

If you haven't thought about trying out this technique, DO It!  It is so fun and I think it makes for such a pretty image, even when done by a beginner.    If you are interested in trying it out and want some help, call me up and we'll get together and brayer away!   :)  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Emily's Birthday Party Projects

Here are the finished samples for the birthday party I am doing today!   I hope the girls have fun because I had a blast designing them!   If you want details on any of these, I am happy to share.  

A Cool New Tool and My "First" Card

My new best friend!   The new Color Coach (#121620) is AWESOME!   It is so helpful in picking colors that work together.   The first few cards provide so much information about color theory and then you get to the colors themselves.   On the back of each color card, there are two color combinations listed to help you plan out the colors for your cards.   Love it!

My "first" card.    When I sat down to make this card, it took me a minute to catch my breath.    I have been making cards for several years, but when I cut into this paper, it wasn't for my hobby.  It was my new BUSINESS!   I admit it, I was NERVOUS!    I love this stamp set and used it to CASE this lovely card from Ruth.     I used the Color Coach to pick two colors that worked well together and I think it turned out great!
I'll try to include all of the item codes in my card recipes to make ordering easy.

Card Recipe:
Ink:   Old Olive Classic Ink (#102277), Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink (#115658)
Paper:  Old Olive card stock (#100702), Rich Razzleberry card stock (#115316), Whisper White card stock (#100730)
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue in clear mount (#118598)
Tools, etc:   Clear block C (#118486), Paper Cutter (#104152), SNAIL Adhesive (#104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Stamping always requires some extra help!   :)

It's here!

My box of goodies got here Wednesday evening!  I was so excited to unpack it!   I love getting packages anyway, but a big box full of stamping supplies was a very special treat!
I just love all the supplies that were included in the kit.   I am so happy that they had a special deal on signing up this month.  (If you want to know more, let me know!)   It was the perfect temptation for people like me.   I had been thinking about becoming a demonstrator for ages and the $99 kit was all I needed to take the plunge.   Now I'm just waiting on the new catalog to go active on July 1st to place my first order!    While I'm waiting, I'll be working on making some cards and projects to display at my open house.   I am going to try to have that towards the end of next month, so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My First Job as a Demonstrator!

It has been 4 days since I signed on to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and I already have my first job!    :)   It is not a sales yielding job, but a fun and rewarding one nonetheless.    My friend Rebecca asked me to do a stamping birthday party for her daughter's birthday party next Saturday.   I am planning on the girls making this bookmark and a card for their dad's for Father's Day.  In addition, I wanted to make up some cute treat bags to use as party favors.  I made them and included some candy, stickers, and a few die cut butterflies and flowers.  I am going to attempt some cupcake toppers too, but we'll see how those go!  I really hope they like them and have fun making them.   (I'll post pictures of the card once I get it designed!)

If you think your child would be interested in a crafty birthday party, be sure to contact me for more information.   The projects can be customized to any age group!