Monday, February 28, 2011

Class March 2, 2011

This week we're doing a technique called Acetate and Tissue Technique.
Here is one of the cards we will be making, plus I'll put another sample up.

Stamp: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Reinkers:  Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Black Stazon
Papers: Basic Black, Elegant Soire Designer Paper, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Acetate, Tissue Paper, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin Dimensionals, Top Note Die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Papers: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Reinkers- Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight

Rest same as above.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Joy Fold Card

This is another card for next week's class.  Again I used the tutorial from splitcoaststamper here  
Stamps:  Sweet Summer, Baby Blossoms, Bliss, Happiness Held
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Markers various colors
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Oval Punch, Pearls, dazzling diamonds

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tri Shutter Happy Birthday Card

The class next week is on making cards with folds.  One of the cards  is this Trishutter card, made using the tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers here.

Stamp: Bring Out the Cake  121958
Ink: Early Espresso 119670
Paper: Early Espresso 119691  12 X 12"
Very Vanilla     101650
Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper 117167

Decorative Label Punch120907
Scallop Circle Punch 119854
1/2" Chantilly Crochet Trim 118480
 Flower Designer Brad 112579
 Filigree Designer Brad 112577
 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon 119257

Here's what the card looks like when it's closed.  Notice the flowers I made with the crochet trim.  I put a designer brad in the middle and mounted it on a piece of round scallop card stock.

A close up of the flower made with the Chantilly Lace crochet trim. Again I used a tutorial from splitcoast stamper here

Sale a Bration Complete video 2

Pop Up Valentine Happy Birthday Card

In twelve days it will be my grandson's 5th birthday.  He was born on Feb. 15 at 1515 hours - one day shy of my mother's birthday (she's now deceased) and one day after Valentine's Day. This year I thought I would make him a Valentine's birthday card using the Two Step Owl Punch.
This card was inspired by darlene here
Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Beary Best Friends
Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Black, SU markers in various colours
Papers: The base card is Crumb Cake upon which I put Woodland Walk designer Paper, Old Olive, Real Red
Owl: Early Espresso body, crumb cake, whisper white, and basic black eyes, vest is a scrap of Elegant Soiree, heart daffodil delight
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Large Heart Punch, Two Step Owl Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Stampin Dimensionals

This is the inside of the card.
Stamps: Afterthoughts, Bring on the cake, Happy Moments (retired), Beary Best Friends
Inks: Early Espresso, various colours of SU markers, Crumb Cake
Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White
Owls made in the same manner as the outside of the card.
Accessories: Two Step Owl Punch, Curly Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch
I stamped the cake on a separate piece of Whisper White and cut off all the candles except 5, then I adhered it to the card.

As you can see there are a total of 5 owls on the card, one for each year of his life.  Hope he likes the card.

Letterpress Plates.wmv

Valentine Day Card Class

Lots of Love - Letterpress Plate Card

I've been intrigued by the Letterpress Plates since they were introduced in the Holiday Mini Catalogue - and continue to be offered in the new Occasions Mini catalogue.  They provide a new crafting option using the Big Shot machine to obtain an inked debossed look reminiscent of old-world letterpess. These plates have  coordinating stamp sets.
The Letterpress plate is inked up using Craft spots, or an Uninked Craft pad filled with a choice of color.  The ink is applied directly using the ink pad  or a brayer.  Layer the Letterpress Plate with card stock using the multipurpose platform and standard cutting pad. (The instructions come with each Letterpress Plate).  Run the 'sandwich' through the Big Shot machine.  Remove the paper carefully, and let the ink dry.
The plates are cleaned using Stampin' Mist and a paper towel.

Here is a card I made using one of the Letterpress Plates:
I used the sample card in the Holiday mini as my starting point, but changed the card somewhat.
Letterpress Plate Lots of Love
Stamp (Coordinates with this plate) Filled with Love
Ink: I used an Uninked Craft stamp pad and inked it up with Real Red Craft Ink (only 1/4 of the reinker was used), Marina Mist
Paper: Real Red, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Accessories: 3/8" Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon, Small heart punch, mini glue dots

I think I avoided using it as I thought it would going to be an involved procedure.  But it was actually quite easy.  The worst part was cleaning the plates.

I had some paper left over so I designed a second card.  Here it is:
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper, Love Impressions Designer Paper
Accessories: 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch

A video on how to use Letterpress Plates is available  here

Another Valentine Day card this time using the designer series paper as the focus rather than a stamp set.  It is based on the sketch challenge with the Diva Coffee Break Design Team.

Paper: Basic Gray, Glimmer Paper, Love Impressions Designer Series Paper
Accessories: 5/8" basic gray satin ribbon, Heart to Heart extra large punch, rhinestones, stampin dimesionals

Sunday, February 6, 2011


On Saturday Feb. 5, I was at a vending event in a small community not far from here.  There were a lot of outdoor activities such as ice sculpting, sleigh rides, races of sorts etc. Fellow vendors and myself were indoors and as people came indoors to warm up they were presented with some eye candy.
Here is a picture of myself at my display table.
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