Sunday, April 26, 2009

Filmstrip Cupcake

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As you may have noticed, I played around with that Cuttlebug mosaic technique for a while. Hope your aren't bored with it yet.

Supply List
SU! Lavender Lace CS
Other CS came from my stash and is unknown who the manufacturer is
Studio G Clear Dollar Stamp
Twinkling H2Os
Chocolate Chip Stampin' write marker
CB Happy Birthday embossing folder
SU! Spiral Punch
SU! one inch circle punch
Paper flowers by Amercan crafts
Bling-purchased from Marco Paper in Ohio

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cupcake Die

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I just have two things to say before I lose my train of thought. Carmen over at Queentomas is an enabler. LOL! If she hadn't written that post about the new EK Success punches I might have resisted the urge to pick up this border punch! But nooo... she plastered photo after photo of these babies on her blog! Isn't it a pretty punch? The cool thing is that you can use the negative pieces on other creations! Now that I have that off my chest, I wanted to let you know that a Cupcake theme is brewing hot and heavy on this blog. I usually don't buy a lot of cute stamps because my eye goes towards botanicals, antique and elegant themed stamps. However, I have joined the Wish RAK birthday fairies over at Splitcoast and have decided to experiment with things that are atypical for me and try some new things.
This card uses the SU! Crazy for Cupcakes Stamp Set and the SU! Big Bold Cupcake Dies. The balloons were clear embossed and the top of the cupcake is chocolate frosting paper that I have had for years and I am finally using it. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Get Well Top Note

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This was a fun little card to create with the Fun and Fast Notes stamp set images from Stampin' Up! I don't actually own this set but a kind Wish RAK member at SCS sent these images to me. I hope I get the opportunity to make more cards like this. I was pleased how this turned out. I think it is cute, clean and crisp.
Supply List
SU! Fun and Fast Notes Stamp Set
White CS
SU! Lavender Lace CS and Stamp Pad
Pink and Green CS that was given to me, it came from a craft store
Black Stazon Stamp Pad
Nestabilities Oval and Scallop oval dies
CB Floral Fantasy embossing folder-Emboss front of card only
Su! Top Note Die
White Gel Pen
SU! watercolor pencils
Aqua painter
Bling and ribbon from craft store and has been in my stash for months and years!

Hope you like it! Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 20, 2009

D.I.V.A.S. Mosaic Embossing Blog Challenge

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It is my turn to host the D.I.V.A.S. Blog challenge this week!! I challenge you to create a card or anything but a card..... as long as you use this mosaic technique in your embossing machine and apply it to your project. You see that multi colored Happy Birthday embossed paper at the top of the card? That's what you have to use. You may use any color combo you like to create this card stock and you may use any embossing folder or embossing plate of your choosing. Just try this technique and then make something from it. In case you missed the blog post about how to create this card stock, click here for more information.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Morning Soft with a Shiny 'Tude!

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Dru over at Garden of Dreams has inspired me to pull out some glitter. What better match for silver glitter than this silver card stock. A little bling deserves a little more bling! More is more...? Okay, so I went a bit over the top with stickles on the flower but sometimes it takes a few tries to come up with a good prototype doesn't it?


Black StazonStamp Pad
Garden Green CS and Stamp Pad
Silver CS
White CS
SU! Naturals Ivory CS
SU! Pattern Pack II DP
SU! Morning Soft Stamp Set
SU! Baroque Motif Stamp Set
SU! Wrought Iron Corner Punch- Why Oh why did they discontinue this?
SU! Eyelet Border Punch
Spritz Tool with SU! Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker
Watercolor (WC) Pencils
Pop Dots
Fine Silver Glitter
Crystal Stickles
Now imagine this card without the stickles and tell me what you think! Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mega Blog Candy Alert

Check out Bev's blog for some terrific blog candy. Does the name spellbinders ring a bell? Go on..... at least look at it! Drool a little will ya!?

Embossing Folder Mosaic

I have been searching blogs and U-tube for creative new things in the paper world lately. I was in a funk and in need of some new inspiration when I stumbled across video on creating these embossed mosaics. Then I started thinking of other ways to use this technique so I whipped out my one inch circle punch started punching and glueing away. The first card shows the technique using a one inch circle punch and the other two cards are done by tearing the paper. On the last two I used two different embossing folders just to see what they would look like. My family and I decided that we liked the look of the circle punch the best in real life. Doesn't this just get your mojo moving? Think of all the possibilities with this technique. You could place your punched items across the card stock in a particular pattern or you can use all sorts of punches along with all sorts of color combinations. Well it's just about limitless as to ideas you could come up with.
Go on over to the High Tea Stamper and check out her video how to create this paper. It's too easy and so simple! Why didn't anyone think of this before now?
Those of you who wish to participate in the next D.I.V.A.S. blog challenge need to check out the video and create some of your own because this is what we will be using for the next challenge. Use any embossing folder you have and any color combo you wish. Just have fun. What do you think about this easy technique? Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

D.I.V.A.S Blog challenge Scallop Punch Flower

Jennifer over at Just Coffee Please has issued our blog challenge for this round. She asked us to use something old and something new in our creation. I decided to create this card using some new card stock called Barely Banana by Stampin' Up! You see yellow is not a color that I naturally gravitate towards when it comes to creating a color combo. The Stampin' Up! designer paper called Parisian Summer is also new to me since one of my Splitcoast Wish RAK sisters (Oregon Stamper) sent it to me a few weeks ago. Learning how to create the flower out of a scallop punch was a first for me also. All of the other supplies have been around my cropping space for a while. I want to thank Jennifer for hosting the challenge. The directions for creating the flower can be found at this post under Origami Flower. The only difference is that I folded down 3 tabs instead of 4 because the scallop punch is smaller and has a different number of tabs than the Nestabilities.
Supply List:
SU Wild Rose Stamp set
SU Best Yet Stamp set
SU Designer Paper - Parisian Summer
SU Designer Paper - Prints Pack
SU Barely Banana CS
SU Bravo Burgundy Stamp Pad
Su Certainly Celery Stamp Pad
SU Green Galore Stamp Pad
Paper Flowers by American Crafts
Paper Piercing tool and pad
Distress edges of paper
Bling - SU Ice square Rhinestone Brads
Round Scallop Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals

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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Basket Master

I just wanted to take a minute and share with you a blog that I have been reading lately. It is a basket weaving blog called Basketmaster's Weavings and is written by Nancy Jacobs in New Mexico. If my blog were dedicated strictly to weaving it would be similar to this blog. Nancy offers free patterns and video instruction on the basics of weaving. She also teaches weaving classes so if you are in the Albequerque area you need to look her up.
This is a photo of her selling baskets at a show and getting a little weaving in to boot. I have been inspired by her blog to get back to some of my weaving. In fact, I have a chair seat that needs new cane so you may see that in the near future. Good luck to you Nancy with your blog and I'll be there reading along! Wish we lived in closer to one another so that we could have a few weaving sessions together. It's always more fun when you can chat with someone while weaving.
Now scoot and go see what Nancy has to offer!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Zindorf Class With Innovative Stamp Creations Stamp Set

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This is one of the cards we made in the beginner brayer workshop with Michelle Zindorf. It is probably my favorite of the cards we created that day. I can see myself soaking up a few rays on that island! Can you see yourself there too?
The sky and water are created first using a brayer and then the stamped images are added while the sponged island was added last. I added a second set of palm trees to my card because I wanted to hide an ink smudge. Those birds are one of Michelles tricks for hiding smudges also. I had a time with smudges on this one didn't I? My ribbon was tied in haste and it's not all going the same direction so you just pretend that it is. Come on.....close your eyes. It looks good now doesn't it? I can see room for improvement but I think it turned out pretty well for the first try. If you want to try this technique out for yourself, check out my previous post to get to a video link.
What do you think about this technique? Do you have any questions?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Class with the amazing Zindorf

This past Saturday I attended a beginner brayer workshop taught by Michelle Zindorf in the Dayton, Ohio area at Marco Paper. This paper shop is one of the best I have been to. It was on the small side for square footage but lives large with many, many paper crafting supplies and high quality paper. If you are ever in the area check them out at I finally picked up some twinkling H2Os there among other things.
I did not get a chance to take many photos because Michelle kept us hoppin' with that brayer and her quick wit. She has a wonderful sense of humor which had us laughing out loud and teasing one another. This first photo was taken of Michelle towards the end of the class. As you can see by all of the boxes on the shelves, our class met in the storage room. We were limited to ten students per class and people came from all over. I believe these were the areas represented in our class....... Ohio, Canada, Kentucky and Virginia.

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This next photo was taken after a few of the students had made a break for it so there are only eight of the ten represented here. I'm there in the front wearing black and white with that hurry up and press the camera button expression on my face.
Michelle made sure that we had what we needed to do this technique at home without needing to go shopping after class. Our class fee included these items in our kit: a speedball brayer, the stamp set we used to make our three cards, an acrylic block, white gel pen, a foam pad to work on top of (you can see it in the first photo. The red pad lying on the table), and the materials including envelopes for assembling the three cards we made that day. I think the pad and how quickly you roll on the ink are key components to this technique. I have not taken photos of the cards from this class yet so you will have to wait a bit until I get those uploaded. In the meantime, go to Mrs. Lumpy's blog and watch the two videos she made showing the brayer technique. Well go on..........get over there and watch the video!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gift Card Take Two

Today we have more gift card holders that I made for the pounding (see previous post). I was pressed for time on Sunday afternoon so you can see how the first one I made has more details than the last one, which was the red one. The name tags were made as hang tags and can be removed and the holder may be reused.

The Recipe:
Lace Background Stamp
Frames with a Flourish
Round Tab Punch
Photo Corners Punch
Designer Labels Punch
Wide Oval Punch
Eyelet Border Punch
Eyelet Setter
Satin Picot Ribbon from craft store
Linen Thread
Swarovski crystal from craft store
Sage Shadow CS and Ink
Perfect Plum CS and Ink

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Recipe For Teal Basketball:
Taken with teal CS and Ink
White Gel Pen
Chocolate Chip CS and Ink
Just Basketball Stamp Set
Photo Corner Punch
1 1/4 Circle Punch
Scallop Square Punch
Greek Key Border Punch by Fiskar
Linen Thread
Brown Brads
Stampin Dimensionals

Recipe for Red Top Note:
White Gel Pen
Whisper White Craft Ink
Patterns Pack DP
Best Yet Stamp Set
Top Note Die
1 1/4 Circle Punch
Eyelet Setter
Linen Thread
White Ribbon from craft store

I have been in Ohio for a few days visiting with my sister/her husband. He had major surgery a few weeks back and I wasn't able to visit because my husband also had surgery. When it rains it pours! Anyway, guess what else!? Com'on guess! Michelle Zindorf just happens to be teaching a class just a few miles away from my sister sooooo......... I signed up to take her class today. It should be fun! I can't wait because I have been drooling over Michelle's blog for about a year now and I actually get to watch her in action! Hope I have lots to show you when I get back. Until then, I left you this post. Happy stamping and let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gift Card Holders for Pounding

Are you scatching your head and thinking that you know what a gift card holder is but what the

heck is a pounding? Don't be too concerned because I am about to clarify things for you right now. Years ago in rural communities, when a new member or family came to town, a pounding might be held as a way to welcome that person or family to the area. The townspeople would bring a pound or several pounds of pantry staples such as flour, cornmeal, butter and sugar to stock the pantry of the newcomer. In this instance, the pounding was held a few weeks ago for our new minister and his family.
Things have changed over the years and food staples like cookie mixes and other prepackaged foods are placed in gift bags and decorative baskets as gifts. Gift cards to grocery stores and restaurants are also popular gift items for the event.
I chose to give the gift cards and couldn't let them leave the house without a paper crafted cover! I prepared a cover for each family member so you will see a total of six in all between this blog post and the next one.

This little pink number at the top of the page was made with these Stampin' Up! items:
Regal Rose CS So Many Sayings Stamp Set
Pretty in Pink CS In the Spotlight Stamp Set
White CS Texturz Eyelet Plate
Prints Pack Designer Paper Lots of Tags Die
Mellow Moss Ink Scallop Circle Punch
Close to Cocoa Ink Scallop Edge Border Punch
Pretty In Pink Ink Eyelet Border Punch
White Gel Pen Stampin' Dimensionals
Square Ice Rhinestone Brad Sticky Strip
Wide Oval Punch
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Supply List:
Sahara Sand CS
Brilliant Blue CS
Silver CS
Frames With A Flourish Stamp Set
Paisley Background Stamp
I think the flower is from a retired set called He is Risen?
Brilliant Blue Ink
Silver Paint Pen
Ribbon- Hobby Lobby Robert Stanley Silver Paint Pen Collection
Blue Gel Pen Round
Scallop Punch
1 3/8 Circle Punch

Now that I have gotten caught up on making spiritual cards, you can stay tuned for birthday cards in the near future. There will be some other neat things also but I can't tell you just yet. Until then.....Happy Stamping and thanks for stopping by!


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