Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Leadership Swaps

At the beginning of January, I had the awesome priviledge to attend Stampin' Up!'s Leadership confernce. As is the tradition at any Stampin' Up! events, I took several swaps with me. I think that I may be addicted to swapping! I didn't (OK, I still don't) NEED any more swaps but they are so much fun to make and to share with everyone!
The Alien doing the hokey pokey was a lot of fun but more work than you realize. Between coloring him in, dragging all the edges in ink, punching the stars and "stitching" the stars, these babies took quite a bit of time! I do LOVE the way they turned out though. Doesn't he look like he is doing the hokey pokey? Put your left foot in, put your left foot out, put your left foot in and shake it all about. Let's do the hokey pokey and turn yourself about. That's what it's all about!
Stamps: Greeting Eartlings, Smarty Pants
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Whisper White
Accessories: Large Star punch, Star punch, silver brads, 1/16" handheld punch, white gel pen, Not Quite Navy and Green Galore markers, dimensionals

This card I made for the Stampin' Addicts dinner at Leadership. There were about 35 of us that got together and ate dinner together. We had lots of fun and got to know each other better. One of my favorite things about the dinner is that we were able to go around the room and tell everyone a little bit about our cards that we were swapping that evening.
I used the technique of faux silk to make the piece that the butterfly is sitting on. It's really quite simple to do. Stamp your image on tissue paper, crumble it up and then smooth it out. Layer it onto a piece of cardstock and there you have it! It really does look like silk. It's hard to see in my photo but it's quite neat looking.
Stamps: Flower Fancy, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Basic Black
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White, Cardstock Vellum
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Butterfly die, Perfect Details Texture plate, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, hemp, tissue paper

I LOVE the way this last card turned out. I won the stamp set Pendant Park at Convention this past summer. I haven't used it very much and really wanted to do something different with it. So I masked the bench with the two cute little squirrels on it and then stamped the bush behind them. Well, that's not all that different! Many people have done that before! I inked my bush with Cameo Coral and rocked in Ruby Red. Now that's different! I added the heart above the squirrels as well as the strip below and the other heart and I was very pleased with the outcome!
Stamps: Pendant Park, All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red
Cardstock: Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Heart to Heart punch, Metallic eyelets, dimensionals
Keep Stampin', Until next time

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I sewed!!

I was given a sewing machine a few years ago by my mom. She works at Nancy's Notions in Beaver Dam, WI. If you are into sewing and quilting, that will sound familiar to you. She got this sewing machine pretty cheap and passed it on to me because I'm the creative one in our family. Well, it's been sitting in the basement for quite some time. I have sewn a couple of pillow coverings out of old shirts, fix the occasional hem, gotten a costume together, nothing fancy. Well, I was inspired by all the textiles that I'm seeing on the web using our Big Shot so I thought, "Why not?" Mom gave me a bag of rements from Nancy's so I pulled a couple out and went at it. I wasn't going to be out anything other than my time! This is what I created! Aren't you proud of me? Now the only problem that I have is that all four of my girls want one! I guess I better not put the sewing machine away.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Leadership Textiles

At Leadership, Stampin' Up! had several women make different things using the Big Shot, different dies that we sell and fabric. What these women came up with just blew my mind! I'm NOT a sewer but I can and do appreciate the finished product. My idea of sewing is a handful of pillows for my sofa, mending a seam, fixing a button or Halloween costumes. These women did a FANTASTIC job of putting these works of art together. I'm sharing a couple of pictures from that booth.

The first picture has a banner that I just love. I want to make one of these for may family. We have a wall in our dining room that we have hung many of my children's art projects up. I think it would look neat to have "Zarling" hanging over them. Now I need to find the right fabric for the job. I also like the quilt on the top of this photo. Having all girls in my house (other than my hubby), pink is a favorite.
The second photo is another quilt done with the Pennant die but they are butted up against each other. I think this layout is very unique and fun!

The star is my all time favorite. I love Americana stuff and this quilt just screams my name. This is using the 5 point star die.
The last quilt is really cool too. I like that is uses the inside of the oval frame die to create a flower. Again all the pinks are wonderful and very striking with the black and white border.
I have several other pictures that I would be willing to share with you if you are interested in seeing what else can be done using the Big Shot and the dies. The dies will cut 8 layers of fabric if they don't have any fold lines in them. They will cut 3 layers if they have the fold lines in them. I have tried it out and am amazed at how easy it works! Let me know if you have any questions or comments.