Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Did you ever take a mini-vacation in your mind?
I did today. I went "Out West" with my stamps as a diversion from some of the stamping "chores" I had on my plate today. I've had the Stampin' Up! Wanted stamps on the left for a couple of weeks and was just waiting for the right inspiration to use them. I came across the striped scrap of designer paper while cleaning my desk, and I knew what I wanted to do.
I whipped this card out up the Stippled Frames Technique from the current newsletter. It took me longer to find the oval template in my studio than to actually make the card! I put a little twist on the card, though, by using the template to dry emboss the stippled frame. I like how it turned out. Do you?
The second thing I "found" on my desk was this piece of veined marble (again, from the 8-07 newsletter). This card uses a the Kokopelli and Dance with your Spirit sets from The Angel Company. I added a thin line of gold glitter glue around the lizard and the veined marble, but you can't see it on the card. This is a "short" card -- the green and white panel are shorter than the white panel with the little lizards.
I hope you enjoyed sharing my mini-vacation to the wild west!
Monday, July 30, 2007
But why do I put it off until the last minute? Is it the two hours I need to spend opening the packages, photographing everything, swapping the cards out and repackaging everything back up? I'm not sure, but I task avoid it every time. More than likely it is because when I get to the last few piles of cards I realize that I have one or two more to swap out than I have left available. It happens every time (and today was no exception!). I know how to fix the problem of course, but I always feel like a big dope -- I think maybe that is what I am avoiding! Repetitive stupidity.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The sample on the right is more dimensional than it appears in the scan -- the white medallions are popped, and the word "cherish" is punched through to the bottom of the card stock. I also added light green stickles (glitter glue) on the medallions -- it is really pretty in person!
Friday, July 27, 2007
I am not a make-a-bag type of person. Or at least I didn't think I was before I started this challenge.
I had fun making this, much to my own surprise! You gotta love stampin' - where else can you alter a plain white bag with so much dang satisfaction! Double-click on the picture if you would like to see more details.
The highlight for me was creating the Popcorn Scallop that I used to edge the bottom of the bag topper. I created a mini-tutorial below so that you can see how I did it. It may not be new to you, but it was to me!
Make sure to check out the other Blogger's Challenge Player's creations listed on the left side of the blog.
All stamps & paper, Stampin' Up!.
Now for the second punch. Move the slit punch down so that the bottom of the opening (the straight edge) is aligned with the bottom of the paper. Now, slide the punch to the right until the bottom of the first scallop is aligned with the left side of the half-moon, and punch the second scallop.
To make additional scallops, alternate moving the punch up and down, aligning the left side of the punch with the right cut from the previous scallop.
I like to flip my piece over frequently to do a reality check on the scallop placement.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
I realized after I made the card that there is a flower in the set exactly like this one! I could have made my own BG paper. Still, I like the way this turned out!
Boy, did that greeting ("Moose you so much") give me fits -- I mounted it separate from the moose, and it is so small -- too small -- and it took me a few tries to get it lined up for the punch. I'm happy with the end result, though...
I made other things, too -- but I can't show you. I had a burst of inspiration over the past three days, and although I should be attending to other aspects of the Newsletter, I am creating techniques like a madwoman! That happens to me; I will have weeks where I discover many new things, and those where the well is dry... You gotta tap into the well while the ideas are flowing! It KILLS me not to show any of it though!
Here is a little sneak preview of one of the techniques that will be in the August Technique Junkie Newsletter. It is being mailed later this week.... I will post the whole card by Thursday.
I can't wait to create again after the newsletter is in the mail! I'm livin' for Wednesday : )
Friday, July 20, 2007
Now for Dee Ruger's Card... Two things you need to know about Dee. Well, three things...first, she is a great person. I just love her! Very creative, very inspiring. I cannot tell you how many ideas she has given me, and how much she has helped me. And she is my demo, too! So, a good friend AND an enabler, to boot....
Okay, the final card was made by Nancy Hill from California. She is visiting Connecticut for a few weeks -- and she looked me up! We were able to arrange a date to meet, and she drove 1-1/2 hours yesterday to come stamp with me.
Have a nice weekend...
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
The background on this card is a Technique Junkie Newsletter technique: Cottoned Color. The large flower is made with mixing chalk colors with the Poppin' Pastels Technique, and each of the little flowers have a dot of red glitter in them. The pearls adorning the rick-rack are from the "pretties" kit. I am still using Guava and Red!
The card on the right uses my Cuttlebug for texture, plus that fabulous prima-like flower in the middle of the scallop. Little Pieces adorn the background of the Turquoise strip; One of the Big-Pieces stamp is on the scallop under the flower, too.
I happened upon this color combo -- Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate and Tempting Turquoise -- and I think it really works with a dash of white! Hope you think so too. I did a couple more with similar color combinations, but I need to scan them because I want to show you the detail on the cards, and my camera is not capturing it.
Here is another combo I like -- Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, and Blue Bayou.
This card uses the Modern Grid Technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I really like the way this turned out. This uses Garden Whimsy, Define Your Life, and Little Pieces. I put some Crystal Effects on the butterfly, too, to highlight the butterfly more.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Of course, I sent a bunch of other stuff, too, but I don't want to say too much -- I am not sure if she reads this or not. I just think these tins are adorable -- I have one more to alter...They are just like altering lunch tins, but on a much smaller scale...
So much fun!
I guess I'm supposed to let you in on seven unknown facts about me....and then tag seven others so that they can join in on the fun....here goes:
- I am going to Paris with DH in the fall. He is the love of my life and we are celebrating our 20th anniversary!
- I have an addiction to Alphabets. I have a billion Alphabet stamps, stickers, chipboard, felt, fabric, die cuts, quickuts, and Cricut fonts. And I can NEVER decide on a titling option when scrapping!
- One of the reasons I started TJ was to have my house cleaned every-other week. I HATE housework.
- I secretly like doing laundry, though! Such a sense of accomplishment when done.
- I used to wear a suit to work every day, and was a corporate VP. Now I work in flip flops, slippers or best yet, barefoot!
- I am fiercely loyal...but don't cross me!
- I am 5'10" tall. I have a 13 year old boy who is 6'3" tall! (we grow 'em big here).
Okay, no more TAG!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Here is my snake dude. For those of you who have this set, you know that our little snake friend normally has a tongue -- but that tongue looks quite a bit like a cigarette! Since this set screams KID CARDS, A SSSSmokin' SSSSnake just doesn't work for me...so with this card, I colored the image with markers and just omitted that part of the image. Now, though, he looks like a bit of a worm...What do you think? With, or without the tongue??
'till next time...
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Honeymooners 1948: The pages above are from my parent's honeymoon. I scanned the little newspaper clipping (Travelogue) that was in my Mom's album -- it is a charming reminder of how things were done back then. A note on this one -- the "Travelogue" actually covers a stamping mistake! We all make them, don't we? In my hurry to stamp the title "The Honeymooners," I picked up the "9" instead of the "e" -- unmounted stamps are backwards! I think the title works just as well as "honeymooners" -- well, at least it works better than "th9 honeymooners" !
Je T'Aime: This last layout celebrates a photo taken of my parents in 1972, at my oldest sister's wedding. I love my dad's sideburns -- he was so stylish! The journaling is on the tag is tucked behind the photo -- it talks about how much in love my parents were, and what good role models they were for marriage. I love this photo of my mom -- she is thin, happy, and looking directly into the camera -- and I know SHE loved this photo, too.