Friday, July 31, 2009

May Mighty Stampers

The month of May Mighty Stamper cards were lots of fun! We did Faux Frosting, Acetate Accents, Floating Re-Inkers, Ruffled Edges and Glitter dots.

This first card has lots of texture that you just can't see! The top of the cupcake looks like it was just frosted and ready to eat! YUM!!

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Craft, Summer Sun craft
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Crystal Effects, White Embossing Powder, heat tool, Acetate, glitter

I really love this card! It uses a set that I have struggled to use but this one is one of my favorites! It does have a fall feel to it but I still LOVE it!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Glue dots, Fine Supernova glitter, Wide oval punch, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, Chocolate Chip Patterns designer series paper

This has to be one THE best techniques ever created! You really need to see this one in person! The Rose is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock so it has a glitter and sheen all it's own. It really makes you say WOW! when you see it!

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Short & Sweet
Ink: Ruby Red, VersaMark
Card Stock: Ruby Red, Garden Green, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Accessories: Top Note die, Big Shot, Little Leaves Sizzlet, White Embossing powder, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Cameo Coral re-inkers, aquapainters, water spritzer

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mighty Stampers--June

Mighty Stampers is a technique class that i teach at Epiphany Lutheran Church on the second Tuesday of the month. The Mighty Stampers in June created the following cards. The ladies at this class actually used stamp sets that retired and are no longer avaliable so I changed them up to use some current stamp sets.

The first one is a diaroma card. I really like the way this one turned out! The bear and racoon are just so cute!!
Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Under the Stars
Card Stock: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, aquapainters

The next card is using a stamp set that I got for FREE for attending the Stampin' Up! convention last year in Salt Lake City! It's called Flight of the Butterfly. They have now come out with a punch that matches this stamp set! The two techniques that are used on this card is Bleeding Markers and Spiral Pop-Up. This is the outside of the card.

This is the inside of the card!

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Card Stock: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White, Watercolor, Basic Black
Accessories: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Certainly Celery markers, 1 3/4" circle punch, glue dots, Old Olive ribbon

The last card that we made is using Clossione and Wrinkle Free Distressing. I LOVE the colors of this one. I think they are really pretty together!
Stamps: Embrace Life
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue, Basic Gray, Versamark
Card Stock: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Bordering Blue, Brushed Gold
Accessories: Ticket corner punch, gold brads, gold embossing powder, Aquapainter, page protector, water spritzer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big Shot Die Contest

Have you checked out the fantastic new website at ? If you haven't you really need to! There are so many FANTASTIC ideas and friendly people on this site. Everyone is willing to share and help out! It is absolutely the best place for challenges, inspiration and chatting. Especially if you are a Stampin' Up! fan like I am!

They are giving away five new dies for the Big Shot. The dies include
Stampin' Up! Thanks (embosslit)
Stampin' Up! Final Press (embossing folder)
Stampin' Up! Perfect Details (texture plate)
Stampin' Up! Two Tags (Bigz die)
Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor (Bigz XL die)

All you have to do is post about it on your blog! How simple is that!

I can't wait to get to know you on this wonderful new site! See you there!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Color Challenge 1

Isn't this little guy cute? I just love this bird. He's so adorable! This is another card for a color challenge on Stampin' Addicts. This time we were given Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, So Saffron, and Baja Breeze. Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze are on the last chance list. Don't miss out on these fantastic In colors!
Stamps: Good Friend
Ink: So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss
Card stock: Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Accessories: Two-way glue, dazzling diamonds, ticket corner punch, Old Olive ribbon, hobby blade

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I've been RAKed!

I received this beautiful card from another demonstrator! Isn't it beautiful? She picked my name from a list and just mailed it to me. It was such a wonderful surprise to receive such a fantastic card in the mail. This Random Act of Kindness (or RAK) was truly appreciated! Thank you Debbie!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Color Challenge 4

Here's another card that I made for Stampin' Addicts color challenges. It also qualifies for a technique challenge too!
The technique challenge was to make something look like it is in motion. You can almost feel my butterfly flying by us! I don't know if you can see it but there is some paper piercing in the upper left and lower right corners of the butterfly panel.
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose
Accessories: Rhinestone brad, Pink Pirouette ribbon, white gel pen, crafter's tool kit, sponges

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Color Challenge 18

This is a card that I made for a color challenge on Stampin' Addicts. We were given the colors of Kraft, Perfect Plum, More Mustard and Baja Breeze. This is what I came up with! I struggled with these colors. They just didn't seem to work for me but I'm really happy with the end result! I bet you are wondering where that punch and words came from. Well they are going to be in the new catalog! It's the modern label punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes. The new catalog is AWESOME! Just wait until you see it!

Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Perfect Plum
Card stock: Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Perfect Plum, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Earth Elements brads, scallop edge punch, modern label punch, 1/16" handheld punch

Monday, June 15, 2009

May Stamp Camp

May stamp camp was focused on how to use Reinkers. There are so many uses for these wonderful little bottles of ink! We did 4 different techniques in class but there is so much more to do with them! The first project we did was using baby wipes. Place a couple of baby wipes on a plastic plate. Place drops of the colors you are using onto the baby wipe. Use the baby wipe as your ink pad! This is a really neat look!

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short and Sweet
Ink: Basic Gray, Rose Red, Garden Green
Card stock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Baby wipes, Rose Red reinker, Garden Green reinker, Pretty in Pink reinker, Texture plates for the Big Shot, Scallop die, Rhinestone brads, dimensionals

The next project was shaving cream! This is messy technique but it is SO worth the trouble. The wonderful marbled look to the card stock is just beautiful! Use the cheapest shaving cream you can find, it works the best. Fill a shallow container with shaving cream. Place drops of your reinker in the shaving cream. Swirl with a knife. Place card stock in the shaving cream. Clean off card stock. The longer the shaving cream sits the darker the color will be. You can get several pieces done with one set up before the colors become too muddy to use.

Stamps: Cheers to You
Ink: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Summer Sun
Card stock: Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Accessories: Shaving cream, Pumpkin Pie reinker, Summer Sun reinker, Regal Rose reinker, scallop edge punch, white gel pen, aqua painter, crystal effects, dazzling diamonds

The third project is done with marbles. This one is really quite easy! Place several marbles in a container with a lid. I like to use the clam shell boxes that Stampin' Up! stamps come in. Place a couple of drops of ink into the box. Close the lid and roll the marbles through the ink. Open up and place card stock on the lid of the box. Close and roll the marbles over the card stock to make the streaks of ink across the card stock.
Stamps: And Any Mower
Ink: Bordering Blue, Barely Banana, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Certainly Celery
Card stock: Bordering Blue, Barely Banana, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Accessories: Marbles, Bordering Blue reinker, Barely Banana reinker, 1/8" circle punch, crystal effects, aqua painters

The last card is my favorite! I LOVE the way this one turned out. This doing polished stone. For polished stone you take a cotton ball and put some rubbing alcohol on it. Place a couple of drops of reinker onto the cotton ball. Pounce the cotton ball all over the glossy card stock until you achieve the desired effect! With this card, we heat embossed the daisies before we did the polished stone.
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Ink: White Craft ink
Card stock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Glossy white
Accessories: cotton ball, alcohol, Bashful Blue reinker, Night of Navy reinker, White embossing powder, heat tool, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, 1/16" handheld punch

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

April Mighty Stampers Cards!

This cute little Sock Monkey is one of the cards that we created at April's Mighty Stampers meeting. This card is a hinge card with the hinge on the left side of the card. We also did a technique called gun metal on the chipboard frame. The ribbon is dyed with Taken with Teal.

Stamps: Sock Monkey, Smarty Pants
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Basic Black, Whisper WhiteInk: Going Gray, Taken with Teal, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Silver Encore
Accessories: Chipboard, white grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, Glassy Glaze embossing powder, white gel pen, Crafter's tool kit, aquapainter, heat tool

This is another type of hinge card. This one was featured in Stampin' Success (a magazine that Stampin' Up! sends to the demonstrators). Isn't this adorable? The colors are from a color challenge on Stampin' Addicts. This card also uses a technique of rubber band stamping. Check out the top portion of this card. Do you see the rubber band stamping? Cool, right? There's even a little rock and roll happening!

Stamps: Good Friend
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Accessories: Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Soft Subtle brads, Scallop edge punch, White embossing powder, sponges, dimensionals, 1/16" circle punch, heat tool

This one in my favorite! I just love the way this card turned out. The faux alligator panel and the "chomp" out of the right corner are the best!

Stamps: Wild about You
Cardstock: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Versa Mark
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Glassy Glaze embossing powder, bone folder, heat tool

Mighty Stampers is a technique class that I teach every 2nd Tuesday of the month. We learn 5 techniques and make 3 cards. I also give out the directions to each technique so that you can have a refresher once you get home. Email me for more information or to reserve your spot in the next class!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sweet Always Quilt

This is another project that we did at Club in May. It's a Top Note quilt card! I just love the looks of this card. The Top Note quilt is just beautiful with any of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers! This one uses the Sweet Always paper. Now is a GREAT time to purchase this beautiful paper. It's on SALE!! Buy 3 packs of Designer Series paper and get the 4th pack FREE! This special is only good until May 31, 2009 so hurry so you don't miss out!

Stamps: Only Ovals

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pink Piourette

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, Flower Fusion, gold brad, scallop oval punch, large oval punch, Top Note die, Big Shot

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Father's Day Tie

This is one of the cards that we made at my last club meeting. We used the Baja Breeze Designer Series paper (DSP) to make the tie! Keep reading to get the step by step instructions on how to fold the paper to get a tie. This card was inspired, maybe even CASEd from someone's blog but I can't remember where. If you recognize this card, please let me know so that I can give you credit!

Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Holiday Blitz
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Baja Breeze DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: dimensionals

First you will need a square piece of paper. I used a 5" square for my card.

You then need to fold in half on the diagonal. You can just pinch this fold or you can fold it completely.
Open the paper up and fold the sides in to the middle, only going up to the crease from the diagonal fold. Make sure you do both sides!

Take the pointed end and fold about one third of the way down on the front side of the paper.

Take the tip and fold it back up to the top about an 1/8" from the fold.

Fold the top portion again to the top. This will fold over the top fold and leave about 1/4" on the front of the tie.
Flip your tie over to the back side and fold the side to the center again. Make sure to do both sides again! You may have to adjust the "knot" a little to make it even.

There's your tie! You can make a tie from any size square. I thought I'd try a 1 1/4" square for the fun of it and it works!! I was really amazed!
Good luck and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My first blog post, well my second, has to be of the card that first got me "published". This card was for a swap at the 2008 Stampin' Up! convention. I gave an extra to Stampin' Up! and it was then posted on the website in the Stamper's Showcase (a gallery for Stampin' Up! demonstrators). I was so proud! I needed to share it with you! So what do you think of this Sock Monkey? Isn't he cute?

This is a supension card. The flower rotates around and the other side says Thanks a Bunch! Really cool and easy to do. You just need to sandwich some dental floss between the two images and between the layers of the card front. Make sure you use Sticky Strip so that your card won't rip!

Stamps: Sock Monkey; Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss; Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Aquapainters, sticky strip, dental floss

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Just Sayin' Hi!

Well, it looks like I'm going to be starting a blog! I'm pretty excited and scared at the same time. I'm hoping to be able to keep up with this new adventure. I hope to inspire you to stamp and create projects on your own. I also hope that you will be kind and helpful to me!

I'll be back soon with some projects that I have been working on! See you soon!