Friday, August 31, 2007
Isn't it pretty? Wouldn't it be perfect for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or even a sympathy card? It took a bit of time to create but was well worth it! I usually make several of the same card to cut down on the amount of time involved. That doesn't make a lot of sense does it? What I really mean is that setting up an assembly line to make many of the same card takes less time over all than creating many different cards. If you have an embossing machine, it will also help cut down on the amount of time to create this beauty. All of the paper is hand stamped with Anna Griffin stamps. Her background stamps and border stamps usually have a repeating pattern so you can stamp an entire 12x12 sheet of paper or create a long border. The embossed square was done with an Anna Griffin brass stencil by Plaid Enterprises. You may need to click on the photo to enlarge it to see this detail. Fiskar scissors were used to make the scallop border. I learned these techniques several years ago in Anna Griffin's video entitled Elegant Card Crafting. It is called a gate fold card and different than the usual card. Here is another card in a different color with different stamps and an Anna Griffin border punch. I think some of the new Stampin' Up! sets might work out well to make a similar card. Do you take that as a challenge? Go ahead and see what you can come up with and leave me a link to your version of this card. If you are wondering, I do not work for or get reimbursed in any way by using Anna Griffin products. I just happen to use her products when I need a fancy card. How can you go wrong with these patterns? Happy stamping!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I thought I would share some of the things that I have found. Check out the Well Said Cards Blog if you need ribbon. There is blog candy there until Friday August 31st. Who could resist a bag of ribbon and other goodies?
The Ruby Slippers Stamping Blog has a good idea in the August 27Th post! There is a photo of a punch template that would come in handy when designing cards and scrapbook pages. Just place the template over a stamped image to figure out which images work with which punches. The link is in my favorites to the right. I need to get around to doing this to save time when designing a new project.
Are you tired of stamping cards and scrapbook pages? See what Jane has been doing with alcohol inks. I have some that I have not had time to play with yet. Drop me line and tell me what you have been doing with this type of ink. Better yet, leave a message with a link to a photo of your project.
If you like jewelry, check out Patricia's blog candy. She is giving away one of her lampwork bead bracelets. Ooh la la!
I have been creating some jewelry this week and fancy cards. I hope to get them posted very soon. Happy stamping!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
1. Cut a 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock down the middle at 4.25 inches and fold in half length wise.
2. Use 4 or 5 of the small floral stamps and stamp 1/4 sheet of bravo burgundy card stock with bravo burgundy ink or with watermark ink. This card was stamped with the burgundy ink but I think the watermark ink would give a better effect. Cut this piece in half to get your background piece.
3. Stamp the appropriate images on very vanilla card stock with bravo burgundy and sage shadow Using In the Spotlight, Totally Tabs and Sincere Salutations stamp sets.
4. Cut out the images, use a corner punch on the salutation and cut a 2 inch strip of vanilla card stock.
5. Use a border punch on the strip of vanilla and the right edge of the card. This one is a Fiskar punch. I used it because it mimics a similar shape as the Spotlight stamp set. Stamp it with the dot border and use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line things up evenly. Next glue on the stamped disks and tab at the top.
6. Glue a piece of vanilla grosgrain ribbon down the center of the background paper and attach to the front of the card. You can use Sticky Strip or Crystal Effects for this.
7. Next glitter the flowers using the 2-Way Glue Pen and dazzling diamonds glitter and let dry.
8. Roll the flower petals over a pencil to get some dimension. I should have done more of this. Glue the flowers and sentiment to the ribbon. I used the crystal effects because it is difficult to get glue things to ribbon.
9. Glue down the vanilla strip along the edge of the background paper and make sure that about the same amount of sage card stock peaks out evenly on each end of the card. That's all there is to it! Happy Stamping!!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Just a quick post to show you a couple of beaded watches that match the jewelry from earlier posts. These are simple designs that go together quickly. I made them to go with the Christmas season and find myself wearing them throughout the year. I prefer to work with small watch faces when I can get them because the weight of the face can cause the watch to slide around the wrist. Gravity really works and the heavier the face the more likely that it will not stay put on your wrist. I used stainless steel wire and crimp beads. The photo also shows two types of clasps that are available. The lobster claw clasp allows you to make the watch more fitted to the wrist while the toggle makes the watch act more like a bracelet and move more freely around the wrist. I also wanted to mention that if you wear the toggle watch with a sterling silver beaded bracelet mixed with a few glass beads on the same wrist that it is a real eye catcher. The beads catch the light while the two pieces move about your wrist! See how many watches you can come up with to match your wardrobe.
Monday, August 20, 2007
The Baroque Border wheel was used to create the border by masking the corners at 45 degrees with post it paper. This took the most time since I had to do two sides of the border at a time and then wait for the ink to dry before I could mask and finish the other two sides.
I stamped the large background Baroque Motif stamp on white card stock with Perfect Plum ink.
Next I cut down this image and run the edge of the card stock on the Perfect Plum pad.
Then I backed the image with black card stock.
Stamp the square motif onto white and cut it out and mount it with a Stampin’ Dimensional (A.K.A. pop dot) or a scrap piece of foam that was left over after cutting out a stamp set.
Stamp a sentiment on elegant eggplant card stock with the silver ink and run the edge of the paper on the silver ink pad.
Mount the sentiment to the left of the background image and then glue this down to the card front.Place the square motif off to the right and down as the photo shows and you have an elegant new card! Enjoy!
- Now that you have seen how VERY EASY it is to create your own French wires, let's take a peek at how to make that heart motif.
Take your 20 gauge half hard round sterling silver wire and wrap it around the round nose pliers about 1/3 of the way down the tip to make the first half of the heart.
Next take your flat pliers and tighten up the loop.
Use the flat nose pliers to bend the tip of the heart into a point.
Take the round nose pliers and round over the wire to create the other half of the heart. Finish up as the ear wire 101 tutorial instructions recommend.
Happy Wire Bending!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Did you check out Patricia's jewelry yet? Her beads are so beautiful and those bracelets are marvelous! If you would like to purchase individual beads, just contact Patricia and she will give you a price on the things you are interested in. I am hoping that she will talk about some of the individual beads in one of her upcoming blog posts. I can imagine making several pieces with her beads, if I can only find the time!
I promised you a tutorial on making your own french wire earrings. The photos are finally complete and downloaded. I hope to get things uploaded to the blog in the next few days along with a tutorial on a beginner basket. For now I'll show you a pair of those Celtic knot wire jig earrings. Remember the Celtic knot cropping bling? It is the same piece done with sterling silver on simple hand made ear wires with the addition of a square pink iridescence bead for color and interest. The french wire tutorial will feature wires that are a bit more decorative so keep checking back!
I know another jewelry artisan who may give you some more details about the Celtic knot jewelry or maybe she will choose to show something entirely different. She was wearing a pair of earrings like these one day and I really liked them. We were making jewelry that day and I made a pair before our creative session ended. They are fun and have a lot of movement. This artisan will be a guest blogger here in the future. For now, here are those earrings I promised you. The bead has a simple coil design on each end and is attached to the knot with a simple S hook.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This thinking of you card was made using the same stamp set. I used a couple of watercolor crayons and the wrought iron corner slot punch. I sent it to my gardening friend after she lost her husband. Several months later she told me that she felt special that someone had handcrafted a card for her. I showed her some of my stamping projects and she thought it might be fun. I showed her how to get started stamping and she jumped in with both feet! She is on her way to becoming a stamping diva!
Sharp Scissors/Pruning Shears
Bucket for soaking the reed
Clothes Pins or small clips
Spritzer Bottle of water
Packing tool: I prefer a short tool for most projects.
Craft Knife: Not needed for every project but can be handy for some tasks.
Towel: I like to work on a towel to absorb the excess water.
Self Healing Cutting Mat can be handy for lining up the bottom of a basket.
BASIC WEAVING MATERIALS
Dye for adding color to baskets
Handles if required. Theses are D handles.
Reed comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. This is a small sample of what is available. The first two are flat reed, the middle two are half round reed and the last is round reed. Flat reed has a right and wrong side and it is important to place the right side to the outside when weaving. To find the right side, soak the reed and then bend it forward and then backward. The smoother of the sides should be used as the outside. The side that splinters is the inside.
Next it is time to choose a pattern. If you are a beginner, choose a beginner pattern or easy pattern to get started. There are plenty available on the Internet and through basket weaving supply stores. A square or oblong shaped basket is usually easier to assemble over a round, oval or heart shape.
Happy shopping and searching. Soon we'll look at actually weaving a beginner basket!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
This card was created using the shaving cream technique. It was very easy to make. Here's how.
1. Take a neutral 1.5 to 2 inch wide piece of card stock and stamp on it with the small floral stamp from the Stampin' Up! Best Blossoms stamp set using the Versamark watermark ink.
2. Next emboss the flowers with clear embossing powder.
3. Pump a layer of shaving cream onto a styrofoam plate and squirt several drops of lovely lilac, green galore and pixie pink classic refill ink randomly onto the cream.
4. Take a craft stick and swirl it through the shaving cream in a horizontal and then a vertical pattern but do not over mix.
5.Lay the embossed paper on the shaving cream and gently press so that the paper is coated.
6.Pull up the paper and wipe it off with a paper towel and let dry.
7.Take the leaf stamp from the Best Blossoms and stamp randomly onto pretty pink card stock, using a watermark stamp pad.
8.Fold the card and tear the bottom.
9.Stamp So Very with lovely lilac onto pretty in pink card stock. Then run the edge along the stamp pad and layer onto gable green card stock.
1o.Stamp loved onto a punched image of green galore card stock and attach with lavender ribbon.
11.Attach shaving cream card stock strip.
12.Add word strip and add floral embellishments.