Sunday, August 5, 2007

Water Color Class

Sorry for not posting anything for awhile, it's been a crazy summer.

A few weeks ago I attended a water color class. We used SU water color crayons on each card, I think this is my favorite color media.

The card to the left, we used the new SU Zoofari stamp set, Hugs & Wishes set and Polka Dots & Paisley for the background. We stamped the image on watercolor paper with stazon and then used an aqua painter and watercolor crayons. CS is Barley Banana, Lavender Lace and Elegant Eggplant

For the card on the right, we used the Serene Sunflower set. CS is Barley Banana and Choc. Chip. With this technique we colored the stamp with watercolor crayons then spritz it with water, then stamped the image onto watercolor paper.
My favorite technique is using the aqua painter and coloring the image. I think you have more control with shading this way.
Well that's all for now, I hope to post again real soon. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Masculine Cards - Just in time for Fathers Day

I finally made it back..... Summertime is a very busy time.
Below are several cards that can be used for the Man in your live.
Since Fathers Day is tomorrow, I thought I would post some masculine cards that are quick and easy to make.

If you like the Moose card, I used the SU set "Pines", but hurry I think it's retiring.

Here are a few more cards....

Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

It's Our Anniversary, 23 years, Oh My!!!!

I totally forgot to tell you, It's our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. 23 years with the same wonderful man, how did I do it? I know, one day at a time, LOL. Just kidding..... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Steve, I love you !!!!

Great Stationery Set

OK, I know I said I would show you some more faux finishes, but I have to show you this cute little stationery set. It was made at a Stamping Festival a few weeks ago. You know, the one I couldn't attend because are plans got changed and we had to go to Virginia Tech on the same weekend. Well, I still got all of the supplies from the festival and assembled them when I got home. Thanks to one of my good friends, Sherry, who stamped the images and brought my supplies to me.

It's really very simple, you take a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 CS and score it at 2 1/2" on the long side. This makes your pocket on the inside for your stationery item. Also, score at 5 1/2" on the short side of your CS (middle), this will let you fold the set in half making a folder with a pocket. This set is done in SU's Marigold Morning CS. Now, take a piece of Very Vanilla CS, 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 and stamp a background on it. This one has the SU Weathered BG stamp. Attach that to a coordinating color (True Thyme used here) 2 3/4 x 5 1/2, and attach to your folded CS.

In this set we used SU's Serene Sunflower stamp set. We stamped the message on the left side and on a scrap piece of very vanilla cs, we stamped two of the sunflowers and three of the leaves. We used marigold morning and more mustard ink, for the flower and choc. chip for the center of the flower. For the leaves we used true thyme ink. Now, cut out each flower and leaf, assemble them on the front of your folder. On the right side of the folder punch a small slot, making sure you catch the inside pocket as well. This is were a piece of ribbon will go to tie your set closed. That's the outside, now look at the inside.

In this set we made four coordinating cards. We used very vanilla CS, standard size, and stamped the sunflower image on each one. The sentiment is the warmest regards set, each one has a different saying, Happy Birthday, Thank you, With Sympathy and Congratulations. The set also has four medium Kraft envelopes for each card. Now, you take the ribbon, here we used SU's 1/4" grosgrain stitched true thyme ribbon, and slip it through the slots and tie closed. Viola, your done. Simple and very cute. Nice little gift to give co-workers, teachers and friends. I was think about making these for Christmas gifts with a snowflake theme.

Well, it's time to get some housework done and I have to take my Mom to see my Dad after lunch. My Dad is in a rehab center for a few weeks trying to recover and build his strength up from his bout of pneumonia. See you soon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I'm Back !!!!!

Sorry I haven't posted anything lately, I have been very busy with running to Virginia Tech twice in the past three weeks, my father going to the hospital for phnemonia, planting the garden and mowing grass. Not to mention my PC is sooooo sloooow it takes forever to upload pics. I'm trying to save some money to buy a new PC, but I keep buying stamping stuff instead. I just can't help myself LOL.

But, I did find time to attend a stamping class last week. The class was all about faux finishes. This card is faux leather and a great masculine card for Father's Day.

First, you take a piece of white CS and cover it with small torn pieces of tan masking tape. Cover the entire piece and trim the edges. Then take a creamy carmel stamp pad and use a brayer or just take the stamp pad and rub a light coat of ink over the masking tape. Then take a chocolate chip stamp pad and do the same thing. This brings out the contrast against the tape. After you've done this, take clear embossing powder and cover the entire piece before it dries. Then use your heat gun to set. Really simple and it looks great. In this card I used Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla CS. The image is SU's Noble Deer and Sincere Salutation sets. I used clear embossing powder on the deer also, just to give it some deepth. That's it.

I will be posting a few more cards with faux finishes this weekend. We did a mother of pearl, linen, faux stitching and made our own tags that looked like they have a metal rim. I think I like the leather look the best.

O yea, I want to thank Lynn Black (aka. stampinlynn) from SCS for sending me a Birthday RAK. It was such a nice surprise to get a birthday card from someone who doesn't even know you, Thanks Lynn. Love the glitter.....

OK it's 11:30 pm and I have to go to work tomorrow, so I'd better sign off for now.

Friday, April 20, 2007

National Day of Morning for Virginia Tech

My Husband and I had plans to leave for VT today to celebrate our daughters Senior Awards Banquet. Those plans came to a screeching halt on Monday, April 16th, when a senseless tragedy occurred. Our daughter is fine, but the memories of this day will never be forgotten. I would like to thank the millions of people who have sent their thoughts and prayers to VT. I just can't imagine how the families of the students killed will ever recover. Our daughter Tracy, loves VT and considers Blacksburg, VA her home and always will. So if you have anything orange or maroon, please wear it in memory of those who lost their lives. GO HOKIES, WE WILL PREVAIL

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I WON Blog Candy!! Yippeeeee

Oh my.... I WON, I WON. I was updating my blog site, adding other blogs I like to visit (I know it's a lot, know wonder I don't get anything done) and came across Paula's blog " Love Bloom's In Me . When I noticed that I had won her blog candy a couple of days ago. I was so excited I had to read it a couple of times to make sure it was me, this is the first time I've won Blog Candy. I can't wait to tell the girls at work. Thanks Paula for all of your beautiful creations. I'll be waiting by the mailbox for the goodies.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Hoppy Birthday

I have a Birthday open house to go to tomorrow and I was going to stay home and make a card. But, the local craft stores were calling my name, LOL. I thought I could go for a couple of hours and get back home to make a card, wrong! You see, I have every other Friday off were I work, we work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off. Works out great to have a day all to yourself. So anyway, I left the house at 8:00 and didn't get back until 5:00. I went to Michael's, A. C. Moore and a local scrapbooking speciality store. I found a couple of good deals, A. C. Moore had a lot of their punches on clearance, I bought 2. As for Michael's, same old thing, nothing new yet. They have cleared out some of the isles for new things, just haven't stocked the shelves yet. I keep waiting for the new Cuttlebug stuff to show up in the stores, I wish they'd hurry up.

I did find some new stamps at the scrapbooking store. I had never seen them before, there called "See - D's". You put them on clear acrylic blocks, but the stamps are purple rubber, not see thru. They had 20 or so sets and there's 20 - 30 stamps in a set for $7.99, what a deal. So I picked up three sets to try out.

Here's a card I made at a workshop a few weeks ago, Hoppy Birthday. The frog is made with large and small oval punches. I think I might use Mr. Froggy for the birthday card I need for tomorrow. Isn't he cute!
On April 29th, I'm going to a Stamping Festival given by local SU demonstrators in the area. I can hardly wait to see what we will be making. I talked to one of the girls and she said they have 60 people signed up to go to the Festival. We're suppose to make 6 cards and lots of door prizes, used stamp table, card swaps and more. Should be a good time.

OK time to get something done, like dinner, laundry and cleaning, Oh wait this is Friday, I have two more days to get that stuff done, yippee.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Just Chicken In

I hope everyone had a great Easter!! It was very quite at our house this year. My oldest daughter (Tracy) attends college at Virginia Tech and couldn't make it home for Easter this year. Our other daughter (Sara), worked the night before and slept most of the morning away. What happened to those little kids that couldn't wait to see what the Easter Bunny brought??

I thought I would post this cute get well card I made at a card class. All of the cards at this class were done with punches. I just love punches, you can do so many great things.
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Only Orange and Close to Cocoa
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel
Punch: 1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, Spring Bouquet Flower punch, small oval and 1/8" punch.
Stamp Set: SU Best of Cluck
The creamy caramel was sponged around the chickens circle to soften the edges. We used to of the daisy flowers punched from the spring bouquet punch, for the feet and the cone on the chickens head. You need to cut a little triangle piece for the beak. The small oval punch was folded in half to give the wing a little deminsion. We made 5 different cards, all from punches. I think you can see how to assemble the card, it's pretty easy after you see the card.
OK, I have to finish cleaning up the dinner dishes, pack lunches and watch a little TV (of course) before it gets to late. I hope everyone has a great Monday!!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

My First Posting !!!!

Well, this is my first posting and my first blog. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works.
I have been stamping for a little over a year, it's quite addicting!! I have 7-8 girls at work who also love to stamp, so we decided to do a card swap. The theme was anything SPRINGY. This is the card that I made. I used SU Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue card stock and the designer paper from SAB. The stamps I used are from the Warmest Regards and Happy Harmony sets. The stamps are stamped with Bashful Blue, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery ink. I also used my Cuttlebug, giga and mega oval punches, SU large oval punch and, of course, dazzling diamonds.

Well, tomorrow is Easter and I've been on this PC all day trying to figure out how to setup this blog. I'm still in the beginning stages getting everything to look OK. I should probably get some of my housework done and plan for Easter dinner. If you happen to come across this blog, drop a comment and tell me how it looks so far. Thanks