Saturday, March 31, 2007

Creative Block

So I know that a lot of my customers will tell me that they have days where they just have no creativity. Well I have those days as well. When you are having creative block a great thing to do is to get out your catalog or one of the mini catalogs and get an idea from there. They are jammed packed with fabulous ideas, so why not copy them, that's what they are there for. I "cased" (that's what we call it in the stamping industry) the scrapbook page on page 10 of the spring mini catalog. I pretty much copied it exactly the way it is in the mini catalog. The only changes that I made are, the title, I added an extra circle and I changed the color blue, instead of cool carribean I used taken with teal. It's just a little darker shade. I love how the stamped circles look like designer paper, but really it's just the polka dot and petals stamp set and I used certain celery, close to cocoa and taken with teal classic ink. I absolutely love using stamps in scrapbook layouts. Our alphabet sets are a great way for any one who might be a little nervous about using stamps on a scrapbook page. They are so versitile because you can use them over and over again and just by changing the color of ink that you use you can use them on any scrapbook page. With the alphabet stamp sets you never have to worry about running out of a letter. I alway have that problem with stickers I never have enough A's, does anybody else have that problem?
So get out those catalogs and "case" them, that's what the ideas are for.
Enjoy and Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 30, 2007

"Wild About Elephant"

This is such a fun card. Wouldn't this be great for a child or for your husband or significant other. I used the Wild about you stamp set as well as the polka dots and paisley set (I love this set, it's so versatile). I used vintage violet as the base of the card. I stamped the paisley down the right side of the card with vintage violet classic ink and then I used our white gel pen and added dots to the stamped image. On the True Thyme card stock I repeated the Wild About You sentiment over and over all the way down the paper to make it look more like a background. For the elephant I stamped him in cool caribbean ink , and then I took the polka dot stamp from the polka dot and paisley set and inked it up with vintage violet and I directly stamped the dots onto the elephant stamp and from there stamped the elephant to the whisper white paper. I stamped the elephant again with vintage violet ink on some scrap whisper white paper. I cut out the ear and taped it on to the cool caribbean elephant. On the small layer of vintage violet I also added the polka dots from polka dots and paisley stamp set. I was surprised at how easy these dots really are to line up. To finish up all the layers they each had a quick turn in the ticket corner punch to give it a nice finished look.

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!

All Around Argyle - Another "manly" card

Ok, so today's post is another "manly" card. This is a very simple and clean card but sometimes simple and clean is ok to. I used three colors on this card, Sahara Sand, Vintage Violet and Pumpkin Pie, ok 4 if you count the whisper white. I think that these are great colors together for a "manly" card. I used sahara sand card stock for the base of the card. On the whisper white card stock I stamped what I like to call the shadow, the image behind the argyle with sahara sand. I then stamped the bold diamonds in the vintage violet. After that being careful to line up the image I then stamped the overlay diamonds in the pumpkin pie ink. Check out my new punch that I used on the right side of the card, I'm so excited about it. I've only had it for oh 2 or 3 weeks and this is the first time that I've had a chance to use it. It makes these great labels like the one that I stamped "HAPPY" on. Not only that but I also punched out the orange parentheses with the same punch, how cool is that! So that's basically the whole card, but it was fun to make and really pretty quick, and quick cards can be good too!
Enjoy and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

In Full Bloom - Emboss Resist

I have a class tonight for those ladies who purchased the spring fever promotion, so today's entry is a card that I did at a private embossing class a week ago. I love how the the flower seems to pop through the color. The technique that we used is called Emboss Resist. For the card I used mellow moss, pretty in pink and whisper white card stock. On the base of the card I used mellow moss ink and stamped the flower line in the middle of the card and the greeting in the bottom right corner. On the pink and white layers I used the ticket corner punch. I added the piece of white grosgrain ribbon between the pink and white layers and then just taped it on the back. I used the stampin Dimensionals to raise the white card stock off of the pink card stock just a little bit. I stamped the flower in versamark and stamped it onto my whisper white card stock. I then covered the image with embossing powder. I used my heat gun to emboss the image. I then took a sponge and lightly dabbed ink onto the flower. Hint: for this technique less ink on your sponge is the way to go. You can always come back and put on more layers of ink, but you can't take layers off once they are there.

Enjoy and happy stamping!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Noble Deer - "Manly" Card Class

So I have a "manly" card class coming up in May and I'm trying to prepare in advance for once. HA HA HA! So this is one of the cards that we will be doing at the class. This was the first time that I used the Coluzzle cutting system that Stampin Up! sells (That is how I made the ovals on the card). It's not to hard to use, but one tip I have for you is to make sure that your blade is as far down in the template as it will go, this helps to get a better cut. I roughed up the edges of both ovals using the cutter kit. I stamped the deers on very vanilla card stock with chocolate chip classic ink, and then sponged with close to cocoa all the way around the deers to give it more of an old, vintage look. I then stamped the trees on very vanilla card stock with always artichoke ink. I put a piece of always artichoke card stock under the tree image and roughed up the edges of that as well. On the base of the card I used mellow moss card stock and stamped the pine needle stamp with mellow moss classic ink. Something just didn't look right to me, the card did not seem finished so I added our weathered background stamp in creamy caramel ink to the base of the card. That's it not a terribly hard card but I like it. I hope you enjoy!
Happy Stampin!

Monday, March 26, 2007


welcom to my new blog. For those of you that might not know what a blog is, it is basically a online journal of some type. My blog will be about my stampin creations. So here is my first post.

This is my Bunny baby shower card. One of my good friends just had a baby and I really wanted to do some stamping that didn't involve coming up with ideas for a class or workshop so I thought why not work on a baby card for my friend. I started with the stamp set "A New Little Someone" from Stampin Up! I used timber brown Staz-on permanent ink to stamp the bunny image with on to watercolor paper. I used my watercolor crayons (which I love) and used my aquapainters and I colored in the bunny. I then added some dazzling diamonds glitter with my 2 way glue pen. I then stamped the background of the card with the flannel plaid background. I sponged the small piece of pretty in pink paper with close to cocoa classic ink. I then added the 3 buttons with mini glue dots (these things will hold anything on). I also did some paper piercing on the same pretty in pink paper to make the rows of holes.

Items used:A new little someone stamp set

water color paper, water color crayons, aquapainters, timber brown staz-on, neutral buttons, crafters tool kit, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamond glitter, pretty in pink paper, close to cocoa paper, chocolate chip paper, pretty in pink and close to cocoa classic ink.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!