Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Awe Some

lol.. It is so funny that K&Co. printed the word "awesome" like they did because that's exactly how my son says it. It's like "awe-SOOOOOOOOOMMMMME." anyway.. This is my first card with my brand-spankin' new Garden Whimsy set from Stampin' Up! I've been jealous of the beautiful cards in the gallery that use this set, and I wanted it SO BAD.. and now it's here. yay!

This card is for today's Colour Challenge (not a Dirty Girl challenge, anyone can view it). To get the two-toned effect like on the wings of the butterfly, stamp entire stamp in base colour (Island; Fresh Ink) and then using a sponge dauber, sponge on your highlight/contrasting colour (tea leaves; Versamagic). Huff (breathe warm air) the stamp and apply to paper!

Materials: Stamps: Garden Whimsy Paper: Amy Butler (K&Co.), lasting impressions kraft CS, papertrey white CS, brown, celery, blue generic CS Accessories: Chipboard tag (K&Co.), organdy (May Arts), paper piercing template (SU!), foam squares, zip dry adhesive.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Coffee Time

I love making cards that have that little *extra* something special, and this one sure does: scented embossing powder!! I used coffee scented and latte scented, both by Gelly Powder. This coffee set by gel-a-tins worked so well with my new SU! set called Priceless! I wish you could smell it... YUMMY!

The background cardstock is from Lasting Impressions, and it comes already embossed. So easy!! hehehe.. I used my Letraset alcohol markers to colour the coffee cup. Now I'm off to give this to my friend Jef for his birthday. Cool guy card eh?
Details found here.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My guy - Digi scrap pages

I've been playin' around with my Photoshop Elements the past couple days trying out some free downloads I got last week. My only wish is that I had those flourishes in RUBBER or clear stamps so I could use them on my paper pages.. I'm off to cut up my new SU! stamps and hopefully play a Dirty challenge or two..

This second layout is a landscape 11 x 8.5 page. I saw a similar layout on Two Peas and thought I'd try the white-space thing.. I like it!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Airbrushing is Addicting!

Man I *heart* the copic airbrush gun... I could spray all day, that's why the compressor is on my wishlist, in a major way! hahaha.. This is another challenge for the Dare To Get Dirty event at SCS, and this is a sketch challenge done by JuliaS.

Stamps: fontwerks
Paper: basic grey, infuse
Ink: noir black (palette)
Accessories: copic markers and airbrush
Techniques: airbrushing

Off to work at Precious Memories for the 40% EVERYTHING IN THE STORE sale. (Beware: Crazy mad women shopping!!!)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

More Dirty Challenges

Here are a couple more cards I did for the "Dare to get Dirty" challenges at SCS. Details for the "Fabulous" card here.
This card has a two-fold purpose in that I will be demo-ing this My Mind's Eye chipboard as part of my design-team duties at Precious Memories. I had fun playing with it. I especially love that it's already embossed for me. hehehe...

I used my new flocking powder that I bought at Precious Memories, and it's really neat in real life! I love that it makes it an interactive, TOUCHABLE card... so fuzzy! lol..
Details found here...

Dare to Get Dirty!

There are some fun challenges called "Dare to Get Dirty" up at SCS hosted by Dirty Girls! I hope to fit in a couple more over the next few days as I finish my finals.. Here's a card I made for Jen del Muro's sketch challenge. No stamping, no ink, nothing... weird.

Materials Used:
Paper- American Crafts, Bazzil
Accessories- American Crafts chipboard flowers, Making Memories flower brad, metal tag

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tent Topper

This is the first time I've tried this "tent topper" design and I think I like it! I could never decide what to do with a card like this in the past, but after I picked up my BG "Infuse" paper it all came together. ;)

This is for today's sketch challenge on SCS based on Michelle Wooderson's invention using Papertrey's adorable Little Lady stamp set.

Materials Used: Paper- Infuse (Basic Grey), brown CS; Stamps -Little Lady (Papertrey); Ink - Black (Brilliance), Red, Tea Leaves (Versamagic); Accessories- Sentiment sticker (K&Co.), sewing, pop dots, Giga Scallop Circle Punch (Marvy).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Colour Combo and CPS card

I made this card using the colour combo from this week's colour challenge on SCS AND this week's sketch on CPS. I LOVE my new INFUSE paper from Basic Grey. To colour this card I used Copic markers, and the airbrush system. I used 3 different colours on the flower, then used an olive colour around the edge of the circle. I also stamped and coloured the flower twice, and cut one out and glued it to the other to give dimension.

Materials Used: Basic Grey "Infuse" patterned papers, SU! True Thyme, Bazzil pink cs; Flower stamp (Fontwerks), background flower stamp (Autumn Leaves); Metal Tag (Making Memories); Marvy Punches; Copic markers and airbrush system; Making Memories paper piercing tool and SU! mat pack.

Suspension Card Tutorial

I saw a discussion on one of SCS's forums the other day about the suspension card, and the fact that there were no tutorials on it, so as I was trying this card out I made one. Hope it's helpful to someone! I will teach this card in an upcoming class at Precious Memories, so I'm glad I have the planning done ahead of time! hahaha..

Materials needed: Two punches close together in size ( I used Mega - pink- and super jumbo - blue- oval punches from Marvy); temporary adhesive; double sided tape; twine, ribbon, string etc; scissors; and any stamps, ink, and accessories you want. I chose to make a 3.5x3.5 card for this tutorial.

1. Make card to desired size and attach card front with temporary adhesive.

2. Punch out shape with larger of the two punches, in my case the mega oval.

3. Peel off the card front, and attach your string to the back of the card with double-sided tape. Make sure string is taught. Peel off red tape and re-attach card front to card.

4. Punch two ovals with the smaller punch (super jumbo) and stamp. I used the same image, but by all means do whatever you wish! Colour accordingly, and cover the back of one of the images with double-sided tape.

5. Peel off the red backing and adhere to the backside of the twine. Attach the other oval, being careful to line them up perfectly, and press firmly together. You're done!

6. Decorate accordingly. When you place the card in the envelope, spin the image around a couple times so when your recipient opens the card it spins around! YAY!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rockin' Girl Blogger

Ha! I guess I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger. COOL! hehehe... Carrie tagged me this morning, which is awesome 'cause she has such a cool blog, check her out! I guess I'm supposed to list 5 other gals that ROCK, so here goes:
1) Kristina
3) CPS (does this count? I think so....)
4) Debbie
5) Taylor

All those girls seriously ROCK, so there ya go!! tee-hee

Bliss is Basic Grey "Infuse!"

Oh baby have I *ever* been looking forward to getting my hands on the 6x6 Infuse paper pad. I had no idea what I was going to make, but I knew I had to make something!! This is today's "Inspiration Challenge" and the second menorah reminded me of this paper, so off I went! I stamped an Autumn Leaves stamp with Palette "new canvas" on the brown, and MAN, look how it pops! I LOVE that ink... When I bought the paper I also bought the 12x12 sheet of die cuts, so I layered a few of them, and added some paper piercing to the main image. I added a couple of little chipboard sentiments from K&Co. in the corner and it was done! Final card measures 5x5.

Materials Used:
Paper: Basic Grey "infuse," Bazzil; Ink: Palette "New Canvas," Versamagic Jumbo Java; K&Co: chipboard sentiments, SU!: ticket corner punch.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Monochromatic Snowmen

I've decided I love making Christmas cards! I have been working on designs for a series of Christmas card classes at Precious Memories, and today's limited supply challenge gave me the opportunity to incorporate a monochromatic card in my series. I love these little snowmen and sentiment from Amuse's new release. I came up with this layout by picking out the stamps, laying them down on my stamping mat, and when I looked down they were magically in this order. I *love* it when that happens! haha.... Thanx for looking!

Materials Used: Stamps: Amuse; Paper: Basic Grey, Bazzil, Papertrey; Ink: Palette (noir), Colorbox (white), Ranger Inks, Letraset alcohol markers; Accessories: ribbon, snaps (WeR), ticket punch (SU!), Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.

Removed for Publication

For *so* long I wandered through my favourite galleries, occasionally stumbling upon a "removed for publication" picture instead of a card and wondered when the day would come when I could post such a picture. well, to my surprise, and extreme pleasure, that day has come!!!!! I came home from a crappy day at school to find an email from the people at PaperCrafts saying one of my cards will be in the Jan '08 issue Card Creations: Quick & Easy. I have a bunch of things I need to get together before I mail it off, but man, did this ever make my week!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Copics for Christmas

I don't actually get Copics for Christmas, I'll probably get them this week, but I'm planning my Christmas card classes at Precious Memories for September, and I have every intention on using my Copics on all or most of the card designs.. I haven't committed to both of these cards as I was just playing around, but I think this first card is a keeper. I'm using Basic Grey patterned papers for all of my cards (in the first class, at least) and I had to blend/layer the copics to get colours that matched the paper, but it worked wonderfully. That "red" colour on the scarf/hat etc is actually fuchsia and brown layered. I also used some new micro fine glitter to accent the snowmen, and on the snowflakes on the blue CS. During this colouring process I played around with different kinds of ink on this particular paper (watercolour paper) and I found that the heat-set Brilliance pigment ink worked best. On my Stampin' Up or Papertrey cardstock, however, I use Palette noir.

Materials: Cardstock: Basic Grey, Bazzil; Stamps: Paper Salon; Ink: Brilliance black (heat set); Tsukineko Glue Pad; Copic Markers; Mary Giga Scallop punch; Micro Fine glitter.

This card I was playing around with the Copic Airbrush system. The colours didn't end up Christmas-y, and actually the present image isn't very Christmas-y either, so it ended up kind of ambiguous, seasonally. LOL. I guess I could have coloured the present red, but there aren't any red Copics at the store right now, so this is one card I think I'll revamp, but otherwise it's a quick and easy card, and it's square too (which I love).

Materials: Cardstock: Basic Grey, Bazzil; Stamps: Paper Salon; Ink: Brilliance black (heat set), Versamagic: Cloud White; Copic Markers and Airbrush; Mary Giga and Mega Scallop punches; Sakura glitter pen.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Scallop Border Tutorial

1. Remove paper guard from punch. This is a standard corner punch by EK, purchased from my LSS.

2. Turn punch over so you're looking at the bottom of it. Start punching at the left edge of your paper, and with each consecutive punch going right, line the corner of your punch up with the last scallop just punched.

3. You're done! The great thing about using the corner punch is that you can have any size paper you want because it only punches the bottom off.. Gotta love it!

Finished Card!
This card is for the technique lovers challenge at Splitcoast. It involved shmushing different colour pigment inkpads onto white CS, stamping an image in white pigment ink (in my case the snowflake) and covering the whole thing in clear embossing powder. I thought of these BRAND NEW stamps from Amuse INSTANTLY when I finished the background. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! ;)

Materials Used:
Ink: Noir Black, Palette Hybrid; Versacolor: charcoal, turquoise, lapislazuli, white
Punches: Marvy Giga oval scallop punch, mega oval; EK corner punch
Stamps: Eskimo Girl, Igloo, sentiment (Amuse)
Letraset alcohol markers
Clear embossing powder

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Rebel.. the cute kind!

This layout is SO Phoenix. He likes to push all boundaries society and MOMMY puts on him. I try to get angry, but then he looks up at me with that cute little pudgy face of his and I melt..
Materials Used:
All Paper: My Mind's Eye
Paint: Adirondack Paint Dauber - Mushroom; Radiant Rain H20 Dauber - Majestic Blue
Chipboard: Pressed Petals - Chip Chatter (letters); Making Memories Chipboard Shapes
Other: Chatterbox - Journaling Genie; "all boy" pin, bulk snaps

And here's a close-up to explain what this page is all about. Poor Phoenix, he didn't even know he was breaking the rules. hehehe.. All I heard over the intercom at the racetrack was, "Will the woman in the front row please remove her son from the fence." WOOPS!

Turning 29 (Last year)

I have a real problem with scrapbooking the events in my life when they happen. More often than not the pictures just sit on my computer and i forget about them until god knows when. To my surprise I had this picture developed, and it was of my birthday dinner when i turned 29 in 2006. I remember everyone telling me "oh... so this is your last birthday, eh?" (cause i'm canadian and everyone says eh), but i didn't get it. Someone was nice enough to explain to me that many women would like to stay 29 their whole lives, and 29 remains an age they conveniently hover over for many years. Now that i'm 30 it's not a big deal that I'm not in my 20's. I hated them. Weird awkward life, living with parents, going to school with no money... no thankyou. I'll take my 30's any day. I cased this layout from Kristina Werner (starofmay), and it will be for an upcoming class called "Do-it-Yourself" based on sketches at Precious Memories. I find pages that are easy to copy layout-wise, and allow the class to pick their own paper and follow the sketch.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Amuse*a*palooza at Precious Memories

Supplies: Stamps - Amuse; Ink - Palette Noir, Red Magic (versamagic); Card and Rik Rak tag - Amuse; Micro fine glitter; Quickie Glue Pen; Sakura Glaze Pen

We are celebrating A*Muse*A*Palooza at Precious Memories, and this is the make-and-take I'm doing today. If you're in the lower mainland (BC) come in and check out all of the new amuse stamps and products. I've already spent *WAY* to much money, and there's still more stamps that I want. poo....

Friday, July 13, 2007

My first post! YAY! I never thought I would be a blogger. In my head I thought I would need to become a better writer so people would actually want to read what I had to say. But just recently, thanx to my schooling, I've had a paradigm shift and I realized that if I just write what I feel, and what I think, it will be alright. So... I took the plunge. It is my hope that I will offer the incredible world of stampers/scrappers something new via my blog.

This card was made for the limited supply challenge on SCS. I used my new Amy Butler paper from Precious Memories, and some stamps from fontwerks. I am on the design team at Precious Memories, and it was my recent challenge to create projects using Radiant Rain, which is twinkling H2O's in a spray bottle. After I stamped and coloured the flowers I sprayed them with the Radiant Rain to create a shimmery effect. I like it!! Can you see it better in the close-up?
So that's my first post! How did I do? lol..

Materials Used:
K&Co. - Amy Butler paper
White Cardstock - Papertrey
Fontwerks Stamps
Velvet Rik Rak
SU! - Wonderful Words
Letraset Alcohol markers