Friday, April 25, 2008

still more bloomin' beautiful

I decided at the last minute that I wanted to change one of the cards for my pastel technique class. And since it is Friday I thought that checking out the limited supply challenge would be a good jumping off point since I needed some inspiration. This is the challenge:
Follow the List: Scraps Edition #1.

The List
1. Make a square card. (Any size)
2. Use only scrap pieces of paper. (The base card doesn't have to be a scrap.)
3. Use ribbon or fiber scraps.
4. Use only ONE other embellishment.
5. Use any colors, stamps, and tools.

Now I don't know what happened but I suspect it is because I am hitting middle age but...

I made this beautiful card (even if I do say so myself) all just from scraps that were laying around but did ya notice what I forgot? It's not SQUARE! Well I used it at my class today and it went over really well but now I need to make another card for the challenge.

What I used:
Bloomin' Beautiful and Elegant Cheer stamp sets
Weathered background stamp
Chocolate Chip and Whisper White card stock
Bali Breeze designer paper
Basic Black, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
pastels and blender pens
Chocolate Chip polytwill ribbon
label punch and 1 3/8 circle punch

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

embracing life on this beautiful spring day...

I don't know about where you are but here it is a beautiful spring day. Not a cloud in the sky, mid sixties with a light breeze. As far as I am concerned it doesn't get to much better then that. I dashed off this card rather quickly this morning because my son Daniel had a Lacrosse game. They lost, badly I might add but at least I wasn't freezing my butt off sitting in the bleachers.

I did this card to satisfy a couple of challenges. These colors really appealed to me. I am not real big on "peachy, pinkie" colors but I really like them with the basic gray. I embossed the flowers with silver (yes, I know it looks gold in the picture but my camera is messed up) embossing powder then sponged groovy guava to darken the edges. Only the bottom layer and the second layer on the main image is actually designer paper. The middle strip and the back ground of the main image are stamped with groovy guava on blush blossom card stock then sponged with groovy guava.

What I used:
Embrace Life
Basic Gray, Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom card stock
Ginger Blossom designer paper
Groovy Guava classic ink pad, Versamark stamp pad
silver embossing powder
Groovy Guava double stitched grosgrain ribbon

I haven't bragged on my kids in a little while, so today is the day. I have been playing around with a little bit of black and white photography and I took these pictures earlier today of a couple of my kids. Aren't they stinkin' cute?

Monday, April 7, 2008

April workshop projects...

I just wanted to share the projects for my April workshops with you. I had my first workshop of the month on Saturday and these three projects were very well received.

The first card uses the stamp set Embrace Life. We didn't do anything very tricky with this one. The flower is colored with a real red marker and highlights were added with the white gel pen.

What I used:
Embrace Life stamp set, Polka Dot background stamp
Certainly Celery, Real Red, Whisper White card stock
Certainly Celery, Real Red classic ink pads
Real Red Stampin' Write marker, white Signo gel pen
Certainly Celery wide grosgrain ribbon

The next project uses Bloomin' Beautiful, the new Afternoon Tea designer paper, the new poly-twill Chocolate Chip ribbon and a ribbon slider from the new Silver Hodgepodge Hardware. All of which can be found in the Occasions Mini catalog.

On the main image the bloom defined stamp is stamped in the background with soft sky classic ink. The flower image is stamped in basic black classic ink then watercolored with soft sky classic. The stem is colored with a mellow moss markder. The edges (though it doesn't show in the picture very well) are sponged with soft sky as well.

What I used:
Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set
Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock
Afternoon Tea designer paper
Basic Black, Soft Sky classic ink pads
Mellow Moss Stampin' Write marker
Chocolate Chip poly-twill ribbon
ribbon slider from Silver Hodgepodge hardware

This third card was inspired by a card I saw earlier by Beate Johns. She used the same stamp set and brayered her background but I wanted a softer look so I used whisper white card stock instead of gloss card stock and I used sponge daubers to add the color. And since I wanted a long panel so I stamped just a little bit more of the image at an angle above where I stamped the first image.

What I used:
Essence of Love stamp set
Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie card stock
Basic Black, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie classic ink
vintage brads
sponge dauber

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

more essense of love and scrapperitis...

I really am not to sure about this card but I hope you all like it. Supposedly it is now spring, though this weekends weather certainly did not feel like it at all. Anyway, whining aside, this card is supposed to be spring like.

What I used:
Essense of Love stamp set, Sanded background stamp
Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White cardstock
Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel, Basic Black classic ink pads
Apricot Appeal grosgrain ribbon, sponge

I try to do a quarterly scrapbooking crop with my friends and customers. My motives are purely selfish in that it forces me to make time to scrapbook since I am now dreadfully behind. Hard to believe that at one point I was completely caught up and working backward. Currently I am more then 2 years behind. Back to the point, this weekend was my crop. Since it was a small group, mostly my best stampin' buddies we held it in my not quite complete family room (more on that later). Now I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, that is tough when you are the hostess but I did do a couple of things that are worth showing. Now I have to warn you of two things. One I am a mediocre scrapper at best and secondly that though these pages use all Stampin' Up! products some of the stamp sets are retired.

This first page is probably my favorite even though it is really simple. I purchased this stamp set specifically to do the rock and roll technique with then the darn thing got retired before I could even get to use it. Well now I finally have used it, you will note the this set (Autumn Fest) is on my sale list but no longer like new.
This page is for my brand new nephew Gavin. This is the only picture I have of him so far. My daughter Jessi kept handling the picture so I thought that I had better scrap it before it gets to worn out. I am going to frame this page in a scrapbook page frame that I bought, just as soon as I white wash the frame. When I get some more pictures of him I will start a scrapbook just for him.
These pictures are from my daughter Jessika's 5th birthday and my son Manny's 4th birthday (their birthdays are less then two weeks apart) and frankly the pictures where terrible. I have to assume that one of my older boys took the pictures since I am actually in a couple of the pictures. I needed to go really simple to try to make the pictures look as good as they could.
I did more but the later the night got the worse that my pages came out so you will just have to wait until I tweak them before I am ready to share them. Now an interesting thing happened to me, I did a lot of cutting this time and my right thumb is completely numb all down the outside edge. Could this be an advanced case of scrapperitis??? Will I ever get the feeling back in my thumb? Well despite the numbness I am working on painting my new almost complete family room. I put two coats of primer on the walls yesterday and hope to get two coats on the ceiling this afternoon. Yes I know that is backwards but I just couldn't face the ladder yesterday and it is only primer so it really doesn't matter. Stay tuned for updates since I hope to finish the painting this week so the new carpet can be laid next week.