Friday, June 12, 2009

Stampin Up In Colors 2009/2010

My favorite quick rubber stamp technique is Spotlight or Spotlighting. I used a few of the new "In Colors" from the 2009/2010 Stampin' Up catalog (soon to be released) for this sample.

The second technique used on this card is dyed ribbon. I *love* Stampin' Up's white Grosgrain Ribbon. With this ribbon and a little reinker/water combo you can have any color ribbon you want. Gotta love that! You can make your ribbon lighter, darker or anywhere in between. For this batch of ribbon I used 5 drops of melon mambo reinker to 20 drops of water. Nice! It's a nice way for me to know my ribbon matches without worry.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Paper: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede

Technique: Spotlight, dyed ribbon

Happy stamping!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hey crafters!

Wednesday I was lucky enough to take the Copic certification class with Marianne, Cami, Tina and Wanda. How cool to spend the day with a bunch of crafty girls! We laughed, played and had oodles of fun. And I walked away with a Copic Certificate :-).

I soooooo hear the stamp room calling, but card making will have to wait another few days. We're off to camp for the weekend.

Happy stampin'!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Stampin' Up Spring Summer 2009 IB&C casing continues...

since I woke with an urge to stamp. It's early, the house is quiet, and I've yet to ingest my usual quantity (2 cups) of java. So- why not case from the new catalog? At least it's a great jump start.

On page 100 of the new catty it shows a beautiful rust card. Without pun, I'm trying to branch out of my usual color scheme (anything pastel) so it seems rather appropriate to use this card as my inspiration.

Stamps- Kind Thanks, Branch Out
Paper- Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Confetti White, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip
Ink- Basic Brown, Really Rust, More Mustard, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Misc- Aqua painter, stamp-a-ma-jig, linen thread, *new* big brads, distressing tool

Some changes I made to the card included the tire swing complete with big eyelet and linen thread for the rope, some aqua painted ground cover, big brads instead of ribbon, different verse, distressing and a slightly different color scheme.

Hope you get some stampin' time today, I'm glad I did :-).

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to Ralph! You wouldn't know it, but this card took a looooooong time this morning. Bling, brads, eyelets, it was all there. Then I realized who I was making the card for, our good friend Ralph. He's not flashy. He's not blingy. Fortunately, I used very little adhesive and was able to take it apart.

Take two, here it is. The background was done with resist emboss technique, then the martini glasses were colored in and embossed. Using my brayer I rolled bashful blue over the entire piece. Deciding it was a bit loud, I toned the entire piece down with a piece of confetti vellum. The finished result is nice and tame.

The top martini piece is inked with staz-on, colored, and finally embossed with versamark and UTEE.

Stamps- Cheers to You
Paper- Whisper White, Old Olive, Black, Misc. Vellum
Ink: Versamark pad and pen, classic Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Staz-On Black
Misc: Aqua Painter and Stamp-a-ma-jig.

The hidden part- I've decided that all cards I send out now will have a removable piece of card stock on the inside where I will write my note. The person receiving the card will have the option of removing this piece of paper and sending the card on to another recipient. I'm still not sure how I will pass this info on to the original recipient, or how I'll make sure then have an additional envelope... ideas anyone?

'nough said. Have a great day, I hope you get to create a little!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Stamps are here!

The new Spring/Summer 2009 catalog is here, and I'm in love. Love, love, love. New rubber arrived via Mr. Brown today and I've already completed a card with a new set Friends 24-7. When the new catty arrived I immediately fell for the sample cards on page 85. However, these are not sets that I have or ordered (yet) so I improvised and this case is what I came up with.

Stamps: Friends 24-7, En Francais, Sanded
Paper: Kraft, Confetti White, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Classic Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Craft Whisper White,
Misc: Aqua Painter, Tool Kit, Hodgepodge Hardware

The finished card is 3"x6" folded. I used craft white to pattern the saffron background paper to mimic the pattered paper used in the catalog sample.

Other adjustments to my version of this (85A) card include a stripe of saffron paper instead of saffron twill, different stamp sets, and finally I paper pierced the top and bottom chocolate chip pieces to bring a little more to the card.

Admittedly, it was quite fun to go stamp and not have to recreate the wheel. That's why the Stampin' Up IB&C is so great, right?

Enjoy and happy stamping!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

From under the rock I've been livin'

Where did the end of December go? And the first half of January? Who can remember, and really- does it matter?

Alive, not all that well, but here none the less. Better yet, I actually stamped today. Yep. I barely got a few holiday cards out (sorry if yours what not one of them). The only other stampin' I've done consisted of a card layout challenge by buddy Molly and I did way back mid December at her place in Portland.

I grabbed a quick photo, not so much for inspiration but for proof. I do remember how to ink a stamp, fancy that!

Well wishes to all for a fabulous start to 2009.