Sunday, October 23, 2011
Card stock - Always Artichoke, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp set - Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Many Marvelous Markers
Embellishments - Real Red taffeta ribbon, Mica Flakes
Tools - Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Blender pens
Won't you join us? Dates are Friday Nov 4th (6:30 p.m.), Sunday Nov 6th (2 p.m.), and Monday Nov 7th (6:30 p.m.)
$15.00 for all 8 cards - envelopes are included. Everything provided - just come join the fun :-)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Each card design has 2 options so you can make the two cards the same or make one of each option. Here are some photos of what I have planned so far (may have some minor changes when I get out my supplies).
The first card design will use the Stitched Stocking stamp set and coordinating punch. It also features the eyelet border punch and the mini brads (love those things!)
The second option uses the lace border punch - reminds me of the Victorian gingerbread in my childhood home. Brings back lots of Christmas memories. This one also uses the baker's twine for the stocking hangers.
The second card design uses the stripe embossing folder and the quilted satin ribbon. The Occasions alphabet stamps and Cherry Cobbler baker's twine are featured on this option.
For the second option, I chose the Four the Holidays stamp set (there are 4 holiday greetings to chose from).
The third design highlights my favorite The Sounding Joy stamp set. The option on the left is tied with the Poppy Parade cotton ribbon. The right sports the Cherry Cobbler ribbon and a miniature jingle bell.
Now I just have to decide on the fourth card - something with the Mica Flakes I think - I have seen so many cute ideas with those.
Looking forward to sharing these wonderful products with you - pick a date and come join the fun!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The dotted piece along the bottom is from the wedding invitations. The stamped images are non-SU stamp sets I had from before SU days.
This is inside the front cover - Basic Black DSP and a set of bride and groom hearts look pretty nice here. If you would like to see how I make the bride and groom hearts, I have a tutorial here. The large open area above the intialed hearts could house one large photo of the couple or a collage of smaller photos.
The center spotlights the wedding invitation. I intend the narrow areas on the side to be individual photos of the bride and groom coordinated with the bride and groom hearts (of course, they can do whatever they want - I do offer to add their photos for a separate fee).
This is inside the back cover. The flower is all white but the 5 petal flower is sponged with Basic Gray to make it more visible against the white background. This provides another large areas to place a single photo or several smaller ones.
The section with the three hearts is one side of the open back display. I imagine the bottom section here with the grooms family and maybe the smaller one the groom and parents or grandparents. The opposite side would be for the bride's family.
So, I don't think I did to badly using just black, white and gray. My husband asked if it was for a black tie event - so guess it looks pretty classy. I hope the couple likes it.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Here is a happy couple. This is for a scrapbook page for a couple married in January and they had snowflakes for part of the decorations. The snowburst embossingfolder came in handy here. He wore a white tie so I make the groom to match.
Here are several styles of bride hearts. From left to right they are the snowburst, vintage wallpaper, and elegant lines embossing folders. I rubbed some Frost White shimmer paint on them before adding the pearls.
Have you tried these? Do you have other ideas for customizing them? I'd love to hear from you!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
For the cover I came up with a string of flags spelling their name. The bottom three are their initials and 15 for the years. The sun is from a retired stamp set which I stamped with Stazon black on Daffodil Delight then sponged therays with Tangerine Tango.
The flags are cut with the pennant punch.
The back cover is a photo frame with a Wonder Sheet behind it. The flower is made using two 5 petal flower punches. I wrapped some linen thread around the two sides - thought that looked tropical for some reason.
The card stock colors used throughout the album are
and a few scraps used for the flags on the front,
Most of the images are retired stamps.
This is the album open from the front. Another 5 petal flower and some Pool Party ruffled ribbon accent the center panel. The sentiment is from A Word for You.
And the flap - more flowers and room for a small photo or journaling.
One of the end pages is all dressed up with a bright tropical flower. The 5 petal flower was sponged with Crumb Cakc to make it stand out.
And another panel is now a cute pocket. It can hold a photo, journal entry or a souvenir like a ticket or some Mexican money.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
for one share ($9.50) you receive:
1 sponge (which can be cut into wedges for sponging on ink accents)
1 blender pen
4 sponge daubers
These can all be found on page 203 in the big catalog.
Let me show you how these are used and what a difference they can make on a card.
Here is a layout using
Card Stock - Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink - Basic Gray
Stamp Set - Herb Expressions
Embossing Folder - Designer Frames
Now, let's see what a few tools can do -
First, the blender pen. These are double pointed so you have two tips on each pen. Squeeze the lid of the ink pad down really hard then open the pad. You will have some ink smeared on the inside of the lid. Use that as your palette.
Take the tip of the blender pen and pick up some ink - just a little bit at a time.
Color in the image. When using blender pens, you should use a waterproof ink for the image. Basic Black and Basic Gray both will work for this. When you have finished with one color, just rub the tip gently on some scrap paper until no more color comes off.
Rub the ink as desired on the card stock. I embossed this frame with my Big Shot and I am using the dauber to add ink to the raised areas. I got a little on the background but it just gives it that 'aged' look. It really brings out the embossing. I also rubbed a little of the Basic Gray ink around on the background using the dauber.
Now - I have put together the layout after enhancing with the blender pen, sponge dauber and sponge. The photo does notdo justice to the shimmer paint or the basic gray accents but I think you can see the difference.
I used a sponge to add a dusting of ink around the edges of the Whisper White with the sentiment.
This is another example of sponging around the edges. This is one of the easiest was to dress up a card.
I used a sponge dauber to add some color to this image. I used several colors and the dauber allowed me to control the ink a little bit more than a sponge would have. I still colored outside the lines but I like how it looks.
Thanks for stopping by!
Yesterday I found a new use - adding texture to the card stock.
I was working on a card for some newlyweds (Sad to say they were married in July but I still have to get their gift to get them and just made their card yesterday. I know the rules of etiquette says the thank yous can be sent up to a year after the wedding date - does that apply to gift giving as well???)
Anyway - I wanted to do something a little special for the tuxedo heart. I had used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the bride and even sponged it with some Frost White shimmer paint so it looked pretty dressy. When I did these for my daughter's wedding last year I had scraps of the Bride and Groom paper but no more of that - so what to do.
I took the Simply Scored and the strip of Basic Black card stock and scored the paper in each line on the Simply Scored. It went so quickly - can't imagine doing that with the paper cutter/scorer - first, because it would take forever to reposition the paper after each score line - and second because I would have screwed up somewhere along the way and made a crooked line or too close to the others etc. From the scored side of the paper it looked nice but nothing special - but when I flipped it over it almost looked like pinstriping - perfect for a tux!
Here is a closer picture of the card -
Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black
Embellishment - Whisper White Satin Ribbon, 1/4 inch Basic Black taffeta ribbon, Jewels
Ink - Frost White Shimmer paint, Basic Gray
Stamp Set - retired Whimsical Words
And speaking of my daughter's wedding last year, this is an OMG album I am making for her and my son-in-law for their first anniversary gift (Yes - it was in June - I am behind on that too :-) But I want them to pick out the photos that go into this one). The pinstripes show up a little better in this photo.