Thursday, September 27, 2007

Three for You...

Today will have to be quick :) I'm actually posting one without Baroque Motifs too! What a switch. My mom got the Three for You Punch box & lent it to me for my party last weekend. Since it was there, I had to try some other stuff as well, didn't I? Here's one of my attempts. I think I've almost used up all my Cutie Pie DSP. That paper works with so many more things than I thought! Again, it was something I thought I could wait for until I went to convention... absolutely had to have it after that!! Why am I so persuadable??? Anyway, here's the card.

I used Purely Pomegranate for the base & Cutie Pie DSP for the background and middle strip. Next I put a layer of Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon across the middle. I punched the Three for You flowers out of Purely Pomegranate first & then cut my center piece down to size. Stamped sentiment in basic black & layered whisper white behind it. I used my paper piercer for the center of each flower & inserted a black brad. Finally, I matted the whole thing with wild wasabi & stuck 'er in the middle. *Cute*, isn't it? It was really quick too.

Have fun stamping!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Good day! I was working on some sympathy cards last night so I'll have a few to show you in the next day or two :) Only problem is, some of them use Baroque Motifs again (hee hee *sigh*) Even today's project has Baroque Motifs too... BUT... I managed to find one that doesn't! The projects today are from my hostess gift package. At the beginning of September I had a hostess only thank you night. Each of my hostesses from last year were invited and were allowed to bring one friend. Each hostess got a little gift package. As well, I showed them some of the new merchandise, my swaps & pictures from convention and we did 2 make & takes. It was an awsome party! Lots of people, but fun.

The first picture here are the coupons, each good for a one month period. I printed my coupons from Word on a colour printer & then cut them down to size, leaving one end for binding. Next I masked the binding end and stamped my Baroque Motif in chocolate chip, using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig. Next I use the cutter tool to make perferations on each coupon. To bind them, I cut a piece of Bashful blue slightly larger than the coupon with enough left over on the end to fold & staple. Before stapling, I unbent one end of the staple and strung on some beads. I pierced holes throught the whole thing, placed the staple in the holes and then bend them over by hand. This was a little annoying but afterwards I thought it was defintely worth it :) Last step was the little flower from Baroque Motifs, stamped in chocolate chip. Everyone was so impressed...

One of the other gifts in the hostess package was a set of 3x3 mini cards. I wanted to show them how easy it was to make cute cards using only 1 stamped image & 1 accent. These cards are all made from the Fun & Fast Notes we got at convention. Each image is stamped on whisper white with Basic Black ink.

The Baby card is Barely Banana matted with So Saffron. I just coloured the image with a So Saffron marker. The scallops underneath the image are 3/4" circles with 1/16" holes punched in the center. I stuck them on behind the mat & trimmed off the extra. The one accent is a button strung with white crochet cotton.

The Birthday card is Lovely Lilac & Pixie Pink. The image is coloured with watercolour pencil crayons. I dry embossed the circles down the side with the Crop-a-Dile and used my piercing template to line them up. My one accent for this card is Dazzling Diamonds. I used my glue pen on the embossed circles and the icing of the cake & sprinkled with glitter :)

Last, but not least, the Christmas card was made with textured Wild Wasabi. The image was coloured with ink & blender pen and the one accent was a piece of red gingham ribbon.

Aren't they cute???? (maybe Stinkin' Cute?) I packaged them together with envelopes in a cello bag. I wasn't crazy about 3x3 until convention. We made the cutest cards in the Watercolor class. It totally changed my mind. (of course my mind is always so firm too... and I'm never persuadable)

Hope you're inspired or tickled or something after all this expounding :) Leave me a message if you can.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Good Morning!

So it's Monday morning again. Funny how that happens every week! I'm in the same mood almost every Monday morning too... Had a good weekend except dear husband (DH) worked all weekend again. The boys really miss him. We bought a pumpkin from the grocery store on Saturday and son 1 has been bugging me ever since about Halloween. He's been asking me every morning, "Isn't it Halloween, YEEEeeET?" Funny how kids remember stuff like candy & presents :) Which brings me to my project for today.... a white fake pumpkin with stamping. How cool is that? I bought this pumpkin at Michael's. (maybe I should call it a gourd... does pumpkin only refer to orange ones? In Australia pumpkin means squash... hmmm... I digress.) First I masked off an area around the center about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide with masking tape. I used several layers of tape to make a wide boarder to give me lots of over stamping room. Next I used Stampin' Up!'s Baroque Motifs with black StazOn. Going around the curve and in to the dents was a bit of a challenge, but I'd start at one end of the scrolly stamp and roll the stamp around the pumpkin. Filled in the blank spots with the small flower stamp. Finally, removed the tape and, voila, pretty pumpkin!
I was just previewing the blog. Almost all my projects are Baroque Motifs! I really do have other stamp sets, it's just my favorite right now. I'll have to make sure the next one's diferent! Really, I promise... I'll resist the Baroque Motifs... hopefully :)
P.S. All that pumpkin wondering got me started... Have you ever wondered?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My Baby Started School!

Today's a big day! My oldest son started Junior kindergarten... he's so excited! He loves his lunchbox and thinks his teacher is the most wonderful person on the planet :) Wonder how long that'll last.

My stamping project for today is an older one. My downline & I made this card just after I came back from the Stampin' Up! convention in Denver. It uses the Faux Metal technique. This is a 3x3 card made from textured Wild Wasabi paper and has the swirls from Baroque Motifs heat embossed in black. The sentiment is embossed in silver and the faux metal embelishment is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals. To make the embelishment I took a small square of white CS and covered it with versamark. Next I heat embossed the whole think with silver. Inked the whole thing again with versamark & this time, while the second layer of silver embossing powder was still hot, I pressed the "flower" stamp from Baroque Motifs into it. Once it was cooled I cut around it and attached a black brad in the center. It's a super cute card, really quick and shows off the technique perfectly! Sometimes I love how things turn out if you're just playing around.

Last note for the post today, I'm hosting a scrapbooking night @ my place one Friday night per month. There are still 2 spots available for anyone who's interested. You're welcome to call for drop ins if there's room. $10 per night. Dates are:
September 28, 2007
October 19, 2007
November 23, 2007
December 14, 2007
January 25, 2008
February 22, 2008
March 21, 2008
April 18, 2008
May 23, 2008
June 20, 2008

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack is $17 (12 cards - 4 designs) also has a couple spots free.
October 26, 2007

Don't forget October 6 is National Card Making Day :) Make a card for the fun of it!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday Morning

So it's Monday morning. Didn't get to do a whole lot of scrapbooking this week-end, only made one card. It was a CASE of a beautiful one I saw on splitcoast. Very slightly modified.
I started with a background piece of river rock CS (card stock), stamped the swirls from the Baroque Motifs set in chocolate chip and then distressed the edges with a sponge dauber and chocolate chip ink. Then I covered the bottom with some Brocade Background DSP (designer series paper) and a little stip of chocolate chip CS and chocolate chip taffeta ribbon to cover the divide. Next I coloured two flowers from the Pretties Kit. The large flower was coloured with river rock ink and then blended with an aqua painter and the smaller flower was coloured with a chocolate chip marked and also blended with an aqua painter. Attached a vanilla half pearl in the center of the flowers, as well as the flowers themselves, with glue dots. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in chocolate chip. Finished! Fabulous, isn't it?
I've been dying to use my Brocade Background paper. Have so many classes and workshops booked! I don't know if I'll have enough time to create all the projects never mind work on samples! Some day I'm quitting work so I can scrapbook and stamp, LOL!

Friday, September 14, 2007

So I Started a Blog...

So I started a blog.... I've always thought that blogging was one of those things I'd never do. Seems kinda creepy to just yap about yourself to anyone, without knowing who's going to read it. I was really bored and started reading people's blogs from the links on I have a few favorites now and keep drooling over everyone's cards. Now I feel the need to show my cards & stuff to everyone on the planet :) We'll see how it goes.

A couple of my girlfriends were over last night just to work together & this is the fruit of my labour.

Everything on this page is from Stampin' Up! I used the "Doodle This" set for the flowers & corners, the "Big Deal Alphabet" for the title and the "Three for You" punch box set for the flowers on the central circle. The centers of the doodle flowers are pop-up glue dots covered with black heat embossing powder, the pointy flower is on dimensionals and the two large center circles are traced from the ginormous pieces chipboard collection. I pierced the center of the flower punch outs, filled in the doodling with a black journaling marker & the white gel pen and then traced around my title letters with the same black journaler. The patterned paper is from the Cutie Pie DSP(Designer Series Paper).

Now I'm feeling quite pleased with myself because I think this page rocks! Still need to work on the journaling circle in the center.