Saturday, June 30, 2007

Faux Ribbon

Make faux ribbon with just a few items. Gather a ribbed bottle cap--I used the cap of a bottle of rubbing alcohol; the coke bottle cap I tried first didn't work well--VersaMark, strip of cardstock, ink to match cardstock (Rose Red used here). polka dot stamp (from SU!'s new punch box), and Whisper White Craft Pad.

1. Cut cardstock into a strip the width of what you want your ribbon to be (Fig. 1).

2.Take the bottle lid and ink it up with the VersaMark. Stamp it on the cardstock strip all the way to the end (Figs. 2-4). You should end up with Figure 5.

3. Run edges of strip across coordinating ink pad to define edges (Fig 6).

4. Stamp polka dots on strips using Whisper White Craft Pad (Fig. 7).

5. You will have a piece of cardstock that looks like ribbon! (Fig. 8)

Use on cards, scrapbook pages, or other projects where you want a piece of flat ribbon.

Have fun with it!

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Technique Class Make n Take

My technique class will be making this card tonight. So if any of you are on here, SURPRISE!

Supplies: Baroque Motifs; Mellow Moss and River Rock cardstock; Mellow Moss, Purely Pomegranate, and Close to Cocoa Classic ink pads; VersaMark; Glassy Glaze Emboss Enamel; heat tool; sponge; glue dots.

The New SU! Catalog is Here!!

I finally received my complimentary catalog in the mail today. It is great! I like it better than any of the ones we've ever had but I guess I say that every year. There is a more in there for all of us scrapbookers this year, too. My favorite addition to the new catalog?? TEXTURED PAPER!! I'm so excited about it! We have A LOT of chipboard, too. If you want to see the catalog before you can actually get one in hand, click on my business web site link or the SU! customer web site link on Sunday, and it will be posted online. Now, I need to go start my wish list!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Three for You Punch Box card

I've got one more for you tonight. I made this using the new punch box. As you can tell, I'm really liking glitter right now. I really hope that Doodle This makes it into the new catalog, which I hope to have in my little hands by the end of next week. If not, I guess this will be a short-lived sample for my workshop samples!
Supply list:
Stamp sets: Three for You (punch box) and Doodle This
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Apricot Appeal, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Craft, VersaMark
Accessories: punch from punch box, Soft Subtles brad, Hologram Hightlights emboss powder (on top of brad), heat gun, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals, aqua painter

Hello Card

Pick a Petal is quickly becoming one of my favorite sets. You can do so much with it. I haven't moved beyond flowers but the shapes can be made into different opjects. I hope to have some samples of them soon. But for now, I'll just post this. My On Board Blossoms & Basics was on backorder from my preview order and I received it yesterday.
Here's a list of my supplies:
Stamps: Pick a Petal and Sweet Shapes
Cardstock/Paper: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Palette o' Prints sampler
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, VersaMark
Accessories: On Board Blossoms & Basics chipboard, liquid glue, sanding block, craft knife, corner rounder, rose grosgrain, white gel pen, Winter White embossing powder, heat gun, glue dots

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

10 Things I Love About You

This is another layout using Crop Addict's June kit. The patterened paper is thick enough that I didn't have to mat it on anything. I used chalk to rub over my chipboard pieces (after I painted them) and to color my flower. It also gave it a little shimmer to go with my little rhinestones. The tag was made using the polished stone technique. I also used several supplies besides the kit.
Extra supplies: pens (Ball .5mm, EK Success; white Souffle, Sakura; white gel, Uni-ball), ribbon (May Arts, Stampin' Up!--white grosgrain colored with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write marker), small rhinestones (unknown), flowers (Prima), rhinestone brad (SU!), paint (Making Memories), shimmer chalk (Pebbles), rub-ons (Making Memories), orange brad (Close to My Heart), spiral clip (SU!), 1/8" hole punch (Fiskars), adhesive (Glue Dots, Tombow, Xyron), acetate (unknown), tag die cut and machine (Sizzix), alchohol inks, blending solution, and applicator (Ranger Industries)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Crop Addict's June Kit

I absolutely love this month's kit from Crop Addict! This one included paper from Fancy Pants Designs and Piggy Tales and of course they always add Bazzill Cardstock. The embellishments are always fun too!

This is page was made with a sheet of the Fancy Pants patterened paper. It's perfect for a quick layout with no journaling. Besides the paper, the kit also included the playing card from Heidi Swapp, the chipboard photo corner from Fancy Pants, and the rain dot from Cloud 9. I also used supplies from my own endless supply of stuff.

Here's how to make this layout:

Trim edge of photo with wavy trimmer (Creative Memories). Ink edges of playing card and patterened paper with Chocolate Chip dye ink (Stampin' Up!). Adhere card to back of photo. Make tab with green cardstock (Rounded Tab Punch and Gable Green cardstock from SU!) and ink edges with Chocolate Chip ink. Staple to card (EK Success stapler and staple). Stamp "my" (SU!) with Chocolate Chip ink on tab. Write "of" and "'s" on card (Souffle pen by Sakura). Adhere photo/card to bottom of patterened paper. Adhere trimmed piece of photo about 1/4" from edge of photo. Cover chipboard photo corner with Chocolate Chip pigment ink (SU!). Attach flower (Prima) to corner and place a rain dot in the center. Write date beside photo (Zig Writer by EK Success).

That's all there is to it! The patterned paper made all the difference since it didn't need too many embellishments. And, yes, that is dirt all over my little boy's precious little face!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Here's Two More!

It's been a pretty quiet day as you can tell from all the cards I'm making. I've got two more to share with you.

Stamps: Pick a Petal (yep...all those petals were cut out by hand!)
Hugs & Wishes

Ink: Blue Bayou and Soft Sky Classic Ink Pads

Cardstock/Paper: Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Fire Rhinestone Brads-Circles, Stampin' Dimensionals, Dazzlind Diamonds glitter, 2-Way Glue Pen, 1/8" hole punch, small corner rounder

I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the glitter was added to the flower center around the brad. It was also added to the dots on the petals and little areas on the other petals.

Stamps: Wild About You; Holidays & Wishes

Ink: So Saffron and Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pads; Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Markers

Cardstock/Paper: So Saffron polka dot from Pallette O' Prints, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla

Accessories: Ivory organdy ribbon, corner rounder, and Stampin' Dimensionals

Ok...time to go and play some more!

New Stuff

I got my box full of my Preview Catalog order and have been having a ball since! I have three cards made from it and thought I would share.

The Heartfelt Thanks card didn't scan very well so the coloring is way off. You can see the actual colors if you look in the Preview Catalog though. I used Heartfelt Thanks stamp set. I've been wanting this one for a LONG time but kept putting off buying it. I finally did with my Preview order. The cardstock used is Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, and Whisper White. The Classic ink I used are Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Garden Green, and Close to Cocoa. I also used the ticket corner punch.

This next card uses one of the Level 2 Hostess Sets that will be in the new catalog. It is called In the Spotlight. I also used the Hugs and Wishes set out of the Preview catalog. The cardstock is Whisper White, Soft Sky, and Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper. The ink is Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate. I used dimensionals to raise the flower and flower center off of the card. The scallop edge was made with the corner rounder and the scallops were pierced with the paper piercer out of the Crafter's Tool Kit.

I loved making this card. It's my favorite of the 3 so far. I found a sketch in my Demonstrator Planner to use for the layout. This is made with Baroque Motifs. I used Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate, and Baroque Background Designer Series Paper. It is stamped with Old Olive and Purely Pomegranate. I used the distress tool from the Cutter Kit for the cardstock edges. I just tore the edges of the designer paper. The flower has one of the new Rhinestone brads for the center. It doesn't show up very well in my scan but it is the yellow one. The flower is raised up with a dimensional and then the whole card stock piece is raised off of the card base with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy these and I'll post more as I get them done.

Divine Secret Sisters

There is a group on SCS called the Divine Secret Sisters. The group I'm in sends a card to her Little Sis once a month. On the third month, we send a card plus a small gift and reveal who we are. I just wanted to share the two cards I received from my Big Sis. I'll post the cards I sent to my Little Sis as soon as round is over. I don't want her to accidently find her cards on my blog if she were to venture over here.

I love the cards my Big Sis sent to me. I think you will enjoy them too. I love how the first one is multi-colored and had to use it on a card I made too. It's the tag card if you scroll down a little bit. On the second one, she used the In Full Bloom Simply Scrappin' Kit. It gives me a reason to pull mine out and use it now. She also sent me a little bit of ribbon for my birthday! And being the ribbon-girl I am, I really LOVED that! I can't wait to see what my card will look like for next month!

Monday, June 11, 2007 printer!!!

Last week my HP All-in-One died. After a day of mourning and contemplation (more like "how in the world am I going to tell my husband??), I decided to move on and compare other printers. I use my all-in-one constantly with my Stampin' Up! business so I really did need to replace it. Saturday, I got on the internet and started looking at other HPs. I found a couple that were OK but then I went to Epson. I really love my wide-format Epson and the picture quality can't be matched (in my opinion). And then, there it was. A PHOTO all-in-one! How cool is that??? It had a 6-cartridge system, and photo restoration for those faded photos we all have, and just normal copy and print capabilities. You can also hook your camera up or memory card and do other functions PC-free. Brannon was up here with me while I was looking and I sold him on it (and I never thought I was good at sales). had a $20 rebate on them and I checked out Best Buy's web site. The normal price for them was the same and they also had them on sale but you couldn't see the price until you added it to your shopping cart. We assumed it was going to be the rebate--meaning they were just passing the instant rebate on to the customers. We load up and head over there to look at it and it was on sale for $99!!! The regular price is $149.99. Brannon let me get it right then. Turns out the sale for it ended Saturday too so it was good timing! Oh, I'm talking about the Photo Stylus RX580. Anyway, I get it home and hook it up and I LOVE IT! I always thought my HP Photos looked good until I got my first Epson and it put them to shame. This one is the same way. So for any of you looking for a multi-functioning printer with photo capability, I would recommend this one or any of Epson's photo printers. And, I would recommend the individual cartridges over the tri-color ones any day. Incidentally, I plugged my HP in afterwards just to see what it would do. Would you know that it turned on just fine? Oh well, now I have a back-up I guess!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Thank You Card

This definitely falls under Sweet and Simple! I got Making Memories Tag Curler for my birthday also and wanted to play a little. I did the ribbon and tag first and then did the card around it. Here's my supply list: Sweet Shapes stamp set, VersaMark, Close to Cocoa Classic Ink Pad, sponge, tag curler and tag, Pretty in Pink cardstock, pink gingham ribbon (have no idea where I got it), EK Success circle cutter, white cardstock, and Stampin' Dimensionals. I also used a corner rounder punch. I just cut my circle out and stamped with the flourish image with VersaMark. Then, I sponged the edges with Cocoa ink, attached my ribbon embellishment, and adhered the whole thing to my card base. I stuck a dimensional under the tag. I'm really going to like that new tool!

The card is actually on a white base but is blending in with the page background. I'll try to fix it later. My kids found mud so I guess I need to go clean them up first!

Digital Layout

I've been playing with some digital layouts lately and thought I'd post this one. It is made with the free kit from Creating Keepsakes July issue. Jessica Sprague is the designer and she always has just pretty kits.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Summer Vacation Layout

I finally got this done! I did the picture collage yesterday but wasn't able to work on the rest of it until this morning. Most of the supplies are from Doodlebug Designs. The rub-ons are from Making Memories, Junkitz, and Autumn Leaves. The ticket hole punch on the border is from Stampin' Up! and the photo collage was printed on the scrapbook paper from Epson. Sorry the picture is blurry. I tried to sharpen it a little but it's not great. This has got to be one of the fastest layouts I've done in a long time! One thing about having a blog...I seem to be getting more done so I'll have something to post for you. Hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!

My New Toy

This is the trimmer from Making Memories. Brannon took me to Michaels after my birthday dinner and let me pick out some more scrapbook stuff. This was my favorite thing I got. I'm so excited about it!! It has a self-sharpening blade which everyone whose ever had to cut a bunch of paper knows this pays for itself! The ruler is magnetic and holds your paper still while you trim it. You can also use it for scoring your paper too. Now I just have to figure out what that little red button at the top is! So if anyone out there has this and knows, please leave me a comment and let me know. I've been having technical difficulties lately and cannot figure this out for the life of me. TIA!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Caden Layouts

These aren't the layouts I promised with the first day of summer vacation pictures but I did these over the last couple of weekends. This first one is of Caden's preschool class this year. The school photographer took all the class pictures on a Tuesday but wouldn't come back to take the pictures for the Monday/Wednesday classes. I took one for them so the parents would have it. All the supplies came from a Personnal Shopper Kit from Hot of the Press (Paper Wishes). The tiles are Scrabble tiles from EK Success. I also used the Ticket Corner Punch from Stampin' Up! and a black journaling pen (not sure which one I used...I have about 5 or 6 of them). But everything else is from the kit.

This layout is done with Crop Addict's Guest Designer Team Contest kit. Can you tell I like kits? It used papers from Daisy D's and the buttons are from American Crafts. The solid cardstock (vanilla and blue) are from Bazzill. I'm not sure where the ric rac came from but was included with the kit. The rest was from my own stash. I used a black journaling pen and did the dots around the picture mat. I used the paper piercer from Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit and did the stitching holes around the patterned paper and connected the dots with a white gel pen (uni-ball). The letter stamps are Big Deal Alphabet (SU!) and Cranberry Crisp Classic Ink (SU!). I used Around the Block's label maker for my journaling strips. Also, for those of you who like sketches, this sketch idea came from Creating Keepsakes Easy Patterns for Scrapbooking by Brenda Arnall. That's a fun book especially when you are in a hurry for a layout or are in a slump or just can't think anymore! I hope to get those other layouts done soon. Today is my birthday so I'm giving myself the day off and I hope to get to scrapbook or make cards all day long. My sweet hubby is taking the family out to dinner and then taking me to Michaels or Hobby Lobby so I can pick out some more scrapbooking supplies...YIPPEEE!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Color your World

I love color and playing with colors. Heck, there's nothing better than a brand-new, untouched by children box of Crayola Crayons (the BIG box!)!! I like color books as much as the kids do. So for those of you out there that love color as much as I do, I have posted a new link under My Favorite Blogs and Web Sites. It's called Stampin' Up! Color Combo. I'm not sure where I found this...probably somewhere on sorry to the creator of this. Whoever it is did a wonderful job and put a lot of hard work into this. When you click on the link, it brings up all of Stampin' Up!'s colors (even the new In Colors if you want a preview!). You can make up your own color combos or choose a color and let it make one for you. You can also hit the Surprise Me is all random so you never know what you will end up with. It is a lot of fun to play with...the colors on the screen are pretty too! Try this out and see what you can come up with. Shoot me an email with your results...I'd love to see them (meaning in a finished project)!

Another Demo Planner Challenge

This month our Demo Planner Challenge was for 6 x 6 scrapbook page or we could make it into a card if we wanted. I used it to make a brag book page for Ali's last day of school. The page is made from Old Olive cardstock. The picture mat is More Mustard, the tag is Confetti White, and the corner piece is a Rose Red piece from the Palette o' Prints that was part of last month's promotion. I used Big Blooms and colored the stamp with the same color markers. Then, I went over the petals with Pure Color pencils to brighten it a little and give it more of a crayon look to it (after all, it's a page about a 1st-grader!). The ribbon is from the Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals. The brads are from Earth Elements and Rich Regals. The flowers were adhered to the page using Stampin' Dimensionals. I placed my journaling on the tag (behind the picture) and stapled Mustard grosgrain ribbon to it. I may try to do some more layouts for the challenge but for right now this is all I have. School just got out and we are busy with summer stuff (sprinklers, kiddie pool, etc). I took a bunch of pictures yesterday for the first day of summer vacation and I'll try to get some scrapped soon so you can see what I'm in for this summer!!