Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday's Colour Combo

I had a chance to make a card today with today's colour combo. The colours FOR ME weren't particularly inspiring, but I found my felt photo corners really made this card. I coloured a tiny bit with my copic markers and my new Spica glitter pens, and used stickles for even more *BLING*.

Supplies: Paper: My Mind's Eye, Bazzill; Ink: Ranger, Versacolor; Stamps: Inkadinkado; Felt Photo Corners (Fancy Pants); Ribbon (May Arts); Spica Glitter pen and markers(Copic) ; Stickles (Ranger).

Friday, November 23, 2007

Chocolate Bubblegum

This is for today's limited supply challenge at SCS and here are the perameters:
Let's make some sensational snowflake cards. Use mostly neutral colors: choose from shades of brown, shades of gray, or black & white. Then add just a teeny tiny bit of color with ink, watercolors, and/or embellishments. Please see the list.
Keyword: LSC143

sentiment optional

2-4 layers
only the neutral colors

Ink or coloring tools
mostly neutral
just a teeny tiny bit of color

choose one kind
mostly neutral, just a bit of color

one specialized tool

I don't know what it is, but I LOVE creating within parameters. I find all of the choices I have around me (tools, papers, colours, ribbon, stamps.... AHHHHHHHH) claustrophobic. So here's the card I made with the neutral being brown/kraft, and the touch of colour (ribbon and tiny piece of c/s) is pink! I used my Cuttlebug for the "specialty tool." Stamps are by amuse, and the large snowflake is by Stampendous.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Amuse Addicts Weekly Challenge #16

The challenge is to make a Christmas card using Amuse stamps! How easy is that?!?! I actually made this card while sitting around waiting for the colour challenge to be posted on SCS. I also just acquired my TAN POLYMER MAT today from Precious Memories, so I'm finally able to emboss with my Nestabilities dies and my Cuttlebug. YAY! I LOVE the embossing capabilities of those dies, it makes them a must-have tool, and I MUST HAVE MORE, that's for sure...

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for all the stamping on this card. I can't believe I didn't buy one sooner ( I only got mine a couple-a weeks ago) cause now I have worry-free stamping. I stamped the tree first, then added the "ornaments" with some tiny stamps from a Memory Box clear set (TRENDY TREES), and finally stamped the tiny oval for the base. I then went over the whole tree with my clear-ish gelly roll glitter pen. (I am desperately waiting for my Copic Spica pen...) I stamped the sentiment in Cloud White (versamagic) but went over it with my white gelly roll pen 'cause the white wasn't white enough!! Thanx for looking!

*Edited to add ONE MORE CARD!

I'm not normally this productive on a school night, but my b/f wasn't over, so I actually got some work done. This card incorporates the amuse challenge, AND tonight's colour challenge at SCS.. This card didn't come together very easily for me (layout issues) but I FORCED it until I was moderately satisfied with the turn-out. I am presenting this to my mother for her Christmas cards for my parents business.. Hope she likes it, it would be an easy card to duplicate, that's for sure!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Featured Stamper: Papermoon

I really love the Featured Stamper challenge. I don't case cards too much anymore (too busy to gallery stroll these days) so this gives me an opportunity to "learn" new skills from a fellow stamper. I made this card for a client whose Christmas cards I'm trying to design, so maybe she'll like this one! I think it turned out great. I especially love those ghost snowflakes!

Here's her card that I cased.

Supplies: Basic Grey "Dasher" paper, Bazzill, Great Impressions (Sentiment), Nick Bantock Lamp Black ink (Ranger), Burnt Umber (Palette), Heidi Swapp ghost shapes.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Christmas Lists...

Do you make lists? I am constantly writing various lists on random pads of paper around my house, and leaving them all over the place. I make lists about:
-teaching stuff to do
-projects on the go
-projects to do
and around Christmas time is possibly the busiest list-making time for me. I picked up a cheap note-pad from M's, and thought it would be the easiest way to make a book with my bind-it-all! All I would need to do is decorate the front cover.
I initially picked out some paper to cover the whole front cover, but since I'm totally into the kraft/white thing, I left it au natural. I stamped various snowflake images in Cloud White (Versamagic) and a cute Amuse sentiment directly onto the chipboard cover. I then glued the rik rak with Zip Dry liquid adhesive and made a little pull-tab at the bottom with a snap (WeR). I punched the squares out of some Around The Block paper with my giga scallop square punch (Marvy) and adhered them to the chipboard with Zip Dry. I then bound it all together with my Bind-it-All. Finished size is 4x8.

This will be a permanent fixture in my purse from now until Christmas. Do you think this would be a good gift for my son's teachers? Maybe I'll run to M's and pick up some more pads.

Anyway, happy list-making, and thanx for visiting!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Another reason I {heart} Starbucks...

Have you been to your local Starbucks lately? I have! (about 2-3 times a day, lol) and when I was there the other day I was oogling one of their new Christmas decorations, do you know the one I'm talking about? It's a tree made of light blue paper, wire, and tiny mirrors. I picked it up, examined it, and thought, I CAN DO THIS! I went to M's looking for supplies that would work, and luckily found suitable substitutes for things I could not find (a metal base for the tree, for example).

I purchased some VERY expensive paper for this project (Heidi Grace glitter embossed paper at $3.25 a sheet), clear opalescent snowflakes, got my glue gun out, and started cutting, gluing, and consequently burning myself. OUCH!

I cut strips of 12x1.5 from my 12x12 paper, then cut those strips down to 1x1.5. I folded a little flap over, applied hot glue, and pressed it to the cone. I started at the bottom, and worked my way to the top, not worrying too much about it being symmetrical, but making sure to hide the styrofoam base.
The base is a tiny terra cotta pot that I painted with white acrylic paint, covered in glitter, and embossed with UTEE. It has this really cool frosted glass look. I then glued it to the bottom of the cone.

To finish of the tree I glued the plastic snowflakes on with the hot glue in random places.

All in all this was an expensive project ($6.50 for the cone, approx. $6 for the paper, $7 for the snowflakes), but I know where I can cut expenses if I will replicate this for gifts. I encourage you all to try this, it's an AWESOME look. THANK YOU STARBUCKS MERCHANDISING PEOPLE!!!!

Supplies: Paper: Heidi Grace; Snowflakes (Dress it Up); Styrofoam, terracotta pot, glue gun (Michaels).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A card.... FINALLY

I haven't posted for a week, and I feel AWFUL, but I have undergone some recent changes in my personal life, specifically in my LOVE life. hee hee.. Yes, I am no longer listed as "single" on facebook, I'm officially "in a relationship." His name is Ian and he's an education student (like I was not too long ago) and for his practicum he's teaching the 5th grade. It's SO cute.. anyway. Enough about my new man...

I finally got some time last night to putter around on my scrapbook table and made this little ditty for the Featured Stamper Challenge. The challenge was to case one of Stampowl's cards, and I chose this one. I changed the following:

~ She did a Cami tri-fold, I did a 4.75 square card.
~ She punched the sentiments with a word-window punch, and I stamped it DTP.
There are many other little things I did differently, but I think it's obvious her card inspired me...
Supplies: Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Amuse; Paper: Basic Grey, Bazzill; Ink: Ranger Inks (Nic Bantock) Lamp Black; Copic Markers, Rub-on (American Crafts), Marvy Punches.

Oh yah! Did I mention I got a digital SLR for my grad present from my parents? This pic was taken with it, and can I say, I'm in LOVE... Here's a pic Ian took of me over the weekend while I was performing at my school's swing dance fund-raiser.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Simple Christmas Cards

These cards are for a "stack class" I will teach in December at Precious Memories. Friday's Limited Supply Challenge was to make simple, flat cards that were easy to mail, so inspired by that challenge I made four cards that are easy to replicate.

I had originally picked out some American Crafts paper for this class, but once I saw the new Basic Grey FIGGY PUDDING paper I fell in love..... (What can I say, I have a thing for Basic Grey).

I designed this class so we would only use 1 sheet of 12x12 paper for all 12 cards. It was a tight fit, but I love to save on scraps, and hoard my good paper whenever possible!

Supplies: Paper: Basic Grey, Bazzil; Stamps: Season's Greetings Stamp strip (that's all it says on them); Ink: Versamagic chalk ink; Ribbon: May Arts, WeR, Bo Bunny; Brads (Imaginisce); Sakura glitter pen; Marvy Punches.