August 28, 2009

SU Workshop - Christmas Cards

I'm in Vancouver for the weekend and oh my...I couldn't believe the amount of traffic on the highway!!!  I was so happy to have my hubby at the wheel. I'll be busy visiting my family so I won't be posting or commenting for the next couple of days.  Hope you are all have a fabulous weekend with family and friends.
Well, I finally came up with a christmas card for my September workshop so you won't be seeing another Christmas card from me until it's closer to the season. I found a nice easy layout at Clean & Simple Stamping. It was a great opportunity to display the new flocked paper in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalogue. I also brought out the Shimmer Paint!!!  I was so excited to work with it and it gives such a beautiful effect without overdoing it. The Kraft paper card has a close up to show it off :)  The white and red card I used silver embossing powder instead.  And the "Sleigh Bells" twill ribbon on the Kraft card is a dream to work with.  It's the right width and it's heavy for that country/vintage feel.
I hope my hostesses will like this card....I know I'm excited to show them.  Now I get to play around with some Halloween ideas.  The kids will like that.
Country Christmas
Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty dp, Kraft cs
Ink:  Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.
Accessories:  Corner Rounder punch, Sleigh Bells ribbon, Button Latte designer button, linen thread
Stamp Set: Serene Snowflakes, Grateful Greetings

Mod Christmas
Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty dp, Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper white
Ink:  Versa Mark, Real Red
Accessories:  Scallop edge punch, silver embossing powder, silver elastic cord.
Stamp Set: Serene Snowflakes, Grateful Greetings.

Birthday Mojo101

Just a quick post today. I'm on my way to Vancouver for the weekend and I've got to get the house in order before we leave. Then at least I don't have to come back to chaos. Because my dh has decided to join us, the house should be exactly how I leave it ;-)

Anyhow,  I needed a simple birthday card design for my next workshop. These ladies haven't done a lot of stamping and I want to show them how easy and quick it can be to create with the right paper and tools. This Mojo sketch is a great way to showcase some very pretty dp and new colour combo with limited stamping. I plan on making a couple of variations maybe with glitter or clear embossing but this is this is the basic version. I tried cutting the Orchid paper with the V shape but it just didn't turn out right. So I thought rounding the corners is a lot easier and I added a pewter brad to decorate.

Paper: SU Cottage Wall dp, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede (I'll probably only use Razzleberry for my demo)
Accessories:  dimensional, pewter brad
Punches:  ticket corner, lrg corner rounder, scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle
Stamp sets:  Priceless, Sincere Salutations

August 27, 2009

Little Hands

I really wanted to make something special for my daughter's first girly room.  As I described in one of my first posts , I decided to do a butterfly theme hoping it will last longer than a couple of years and save myself the trouble of redecorating until she is at least nine.  (Here's to hope).

Anyhow,  the song "Hands" by Jewel has always struck a cord with me and I thought it would be nice to share with my Daughter something that inspires me, helps me to find strength & courage and reminds me of my faith in prayer. She may not have an understanding of the songs meaning now but she may in a few years.

I took the pictures of my daughter and her hands with this vision in mind.  I am by no means a photographer as you can tell by quality of the above picture.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it. The song lyrics were printed on Whisper White paper and then the rest of it was decorated in Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette, and Raspberry Tart paper.  The frame I believe was $2 on clearance.  I used the scallop punch and the Martha Steward butterfly punch to tie in the butterfly theme.  This decorated frame is nothing fancy but it holds a lot of sentiment.

Today I encourage you to share a song that means something to you with someone you care for.  Music and lyrics can say so much can't they? I was recently sent a song by a friend because it reminded her of me and it was nice to know that I was thought of. 

August 25, 2009

Flocking Fun

Yes, it's another Christmas card.  I used the Mojo Janette sketch because it's different but also uncomplicated.  It also worked really well with my fav Christmas stamp set Snow Swirled.  The snow flakes on the tree are spotlighted using Real Red ink, 1/4" and 1/2" circle punches.  The big snow flake is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and flocked in a muted gray.  I don't know if you can see it in the picture but you can in real life.  You can't help yourself, it must be touched. This was my first time flocking and I used the Heat and Stick powder.  Can you add multiple layers of the powder to make it stickier?  I'd like to get the flocking thicker and fuzzier so if you have any helpful hints I'd love to hear them.
I didn't bother with a sentiment or greeting since it would muddle up the card that already displays the tell-tale snow flakes and tree of the season.

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look.  Hope you are having a FABULOUS Tuesday!
Paper:  SU I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories:  Real Red ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, circle scallop punch, 1/2", 1/4", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" punch and flocking
Stamp set:  Snow Swirled.

Nothing Fancy Mojo Friday

Here's my take on the Friday sketch of Mojo Monday Turns 100 challenges.  You can probably tell that it was just thrown together.  I had just gotten my EK Success Circle Scissor and had to get in the groove of working with that so by the time I got the gadget worked out and the circles perfectly cut I just had no inspiration left for the stamping end of things.  The Old olive probably could have been fancied up a bit with a scallop punch or I could have used the Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon instead (I'm just savoring every last inch left of that stuff)
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Paper:  SU Raspberry Tart, Rose Red, Old Olive, Chocolate chip, Whisper white,
Ink:  Old olive, rose red, chocolate chip
Accessories:  Circle scissors, chocolate chip ribbon
Stamp set:  Priceless

August 23, 2009

Making it Manly

It's not always an easy thing to do and we've all been there.  But a little inspiration can go a long way.  And I was inspired by two cards made by Maile Belles from Simply Stamped labeled "With a Twist"  and "That was a Toughie ".  I thought the simplicity of the long card might be more attractive and the stitching on the second card was more masculine but added a little flare.  I decided to add both aspects together with the most masculine paper and stamp set I could find.  While my card does not even compare to the elegance of Maile's cards, it still came to be because of her efforts. 

A few of you may recognize this card because I submitted it a few days ago to SCS for the Limited Supplies Challenge #234. As I stated in my post, I thought that maybe the punch was a little much for a male card but I also thought that it may play up the polk-a-dots on the card.  Maybe only stamping one leave would have made more of a statement too but I didn't take the time to fool around with it.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share how this card came to be and hopefully inspire you to improve it or add your special touch or technique

I'm off to bed now.  I had a wonderful day at the lake with my family but now I'm very tired.  Thanks for dropping by and have a fabulous day.

Wonderfully Male
Paper:  MME dp,  SU very vanilla, mellow moss, close to cocoa
Ink:  SU mellow moss, close to cocoa, really rust
Accessries:  MS paper edge punch, DMC floss, corner rounder punch