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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Iridescent Ice Card

Fun...that's what this card is. For those of you who HATE the mess of glitter this is the technique for you. Using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder you get a great 'bling' effect. This is one of the techniques I will be teaching at my Techniques class on Nov 6th.

Supplies I used for this card are:
Paper: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Glossy White
Ink: Regal Rose, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Stazon Black,
Stamp Set(s): A Beautiful Thing, Priceless, Sincere Salutations
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig; Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder; Heat Tool, Eyelet Border Punch; Scallop Oval Punch; Wide Oval Punch; Dimensionals;
Techniques Used: 2 Step Stamping; Layering; Embossing

I created the card in both Portait and Landscape directions. I love this look. Plus, you get the glitter effect without the glitter residue!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'm finally in the mood to start playing with Christmas Cards

Hi Stampers...here's a really easy Christmas card but it's wayyyy cute and really fun to make. For the squares I used the Sparkly and Bright set and the Holiday Trinkets (which is on the dormant list so you can still get it!) but you can totally make this card w/o the Holiday Trinkets.

Here's the list of supplies I used:

Paper: Ballet Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink/Markers: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Versamark

Stamp Sets: Sparkly and Bright; Serene Snowflakes, Holiday Trinkets (dormant list), Teeny Tiny Messages

Accessories Used: Scallop Square punch, Modern Label Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Piercing Tool, Heat tool

It's a little hard to see in the picture but it definitely shows up in person. I used the Serene Snowflakes in Real Red all over the Real Red cardstock before putting all the other pieces down for a watermark look. I used the piercing tool both above and below the row of squares. For those who dont' have this memorized yet, the size square that fits perfectly behind the scalloped square punch is 1-1/2". Stampin' UP! - you all need to make a 1-1/2" square punch!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Gift Card Holder

Hi All, This is a really quick and easy gift card holder to make. Not sure how I feel about my color choices, but of course you can always change them for whatever you're making. I think the Christmas ones I make like this I will like much better.

To Create:
1. Cut card stock (I used a textured card stock Old Olive but you don't have to.) 4" x 7-7/8". Score it horizontally at 2-3/8" and 5-1/8th.
2. Create a 2-1/2" x 7-1/4" belly band (mine is More Mustard); score the belly band at 2-1/2" and 5-1/4" (notice the belly band is scored a little larger than your score lines for the actual card base, this is to allow room for the belly band to be able to slide on and off)
3. Stamp Images on belly band (I used versamark and stamped leaves on the More Mustard, they're a little hard to see here)
4. Punch out a scallop border and adhere to belly band (the border should be 7-1/4" long like your belly band and score the same, at 2-1/2" and 5-1/4")
5. Ahere the scallop border to the belly band with snail. Now fold the belly band around the card and secure it closed with Sticky Strip.
6. Use the 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon of your choice and tie around bellly band (I used Elegant Eggplant)
6. Stamp your greeting and punch out with Large Oval Punch; Punch out a Scallop Oval Punch and layer the two together. Adhere to card with Dimensionals.
7. For the one pictured here I cut out 4 leaves from the Autumn Traditions Designer Paper and adhered with dimensionals.

These are WAY EASY to make. Expect to see more of them on my blog w/ better colors ;-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Box #2 Treat Bags

These are sooooo cute and sooooo EASY to make. All you need is a Big Shot and the #2 Box Die. Here are a couple of them that I made this evening. They would make great party favors, or little treat boxes to give co-workers, I'll be making them and giving away surprises in them at my November 6th Technique's class...Those of you who live near me and follow my blog need to sign up and secure your place. I promise it will be a GREAT night, with really cool techniques, prizes, food, music and just plain old FUN!!! Everything is included, you don't need to bring anything!!! Wait, I got side-tracked, we're supposed to be talking about these cute treat boxes.

To make them simply cut out two of the #2 Box dies using your Big Shot and assemble both of the boxes 'except' for the lid portion, do not fold the lid that shuts the box, leave it standing straight up.

Once you have assembled the two boxes adhere them together back to back with sticky strip. Then use one of your punches for the handle.  For the Cherries box I used the Large Oval Punch, and for the Leaves box I used the Modern Label Punch.

If you want to adhere Designer Paper the dimensions are:  Front & Back Panels 3 1/2" x 1 3/4" and the End panels are 2 1/2" x 1 3/4"

Hopefully tomorrow I will figure out how to use my new camcorder and make my first video tutorial. Stay tuned....

Gift Card Holder

Hi all, hope you had a good week. It's been a few days since I last made a post. I've been busy getting ready for a couple of woekshops I was doing. Here is the gift card holder that we made at the workshop last night. I used the Circle Scissors Plus to cut the Orchid Opulence circle (7.5 is the setting I used). The flower stamps are from the Flower Fancy set and the greeting is from Teeny Tiny Messages (I love that set. I'm so glad that SU made a set that all the greetings fit great inside the Word Window Punch.) I used the Word Window Punch layered on top of the Modern Label Punch, and the 1 1/4" circle punch

DSP -  Cottage Wall cut at 10" x 6". Score 2" from the bottom and fold up (this makes the pockets on the inside.

Inside the gift card holder is a small 3x3 card stamped to match and an envelope then you can put the actual gift card in the right-hand pocket.

Dazzling Diamonds are in the center of the larger cut out flower.

Rich Razzlebery Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon ties to close the holder.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Scrapbook Pages

I created a couple of scrapbook pages today. I have a workshop this coming Friday and in addition to making the 2 projects I have picked out I wanted to show some scrapbooking. The bummer is the colors don't show up correct in any of the pics I took, and I took about 30. Ughhh. SO, I'll tell you the correct colors ;-)  Notice they are very simple scrapbook pages that are quick and easy.

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive.

DSP: Cottage Wall (I LOVE This paper)

Accessories: Bigshot; Flowers Layer #3 Die, Eyelet Border Punch, Photo Corners Punch, Sticky Cuts Sweet, and Chunky Glitter,

It is much cuter in person ;-)
The Green piece on the page that has SWEET on it is not attached.  I am going to use it to show peole at the workshop how they could add another layer if they wanted. I also die cut letters out to show them they can add a name to the page(s) by stamping or die cuts.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So excited...I have a new toy on its way....

So, I've been out to tons of blogs over the past couple of years and have been quite taken with demonstrators who offer videos on their blogs. So, I'm finally getting into modern technology, mostly because it's fun, plus my new toy is "Purple" to match my new Purple Dell that I wish would hurry up and arrive....so, in the next 1 to 2 weeks I will post my first ever tutorial video....stay tuned....

Most people who  know me know my favorite color is purple, with hot pink being a very close second, so I'm asked why my blog is "Pinkish" in color. Well, as I said, its a close 2nd, plus I purchased the header from a graphic designer on Etsy and these were the colors so I need the rest of my blog to match. Perhaps one day I will get enough time to figure out how to create my own headers and things for my blog, thus I can turn it purple if I want to, currently I am clueless in that department. Thus, those of you who follow my blog will be able to watch over the coming months as I learn new technology - woo hoo. Funny, I'm a project manager for software development projects, you would think I would be more techie than I am. Oh well, I'd rather be crafting than playing Techie ;-)  Have a great day. I'll be posting a card or two later today.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Petal Pizzazz with Shimmer Paint

The shimmer paint isn't showing up as much as I would like to in the picture. The way that I did the shimmer on the flowers is to stamp them, cut them out, then spray them with Stampin' UP!s new FABULOUS Shimmer Paints (the one I used here was Frost). The Shimmer paint should be mixed in a small spray bottle (mine is 6oz) I filled it half full with rubbing alcohol then added aprox 12 drops of the shimmer paint. Shake it really well. Test it on some paper, if you want more shimmer, just add a few more drops of the paint. It keeps in the bottle and is ready to use any time you are. Shop at my Stampin' UP! website to purchase it. For faster drying I used my heating tool and dried the flowers after I sprayed them. Email me if you need any help.

I used the Petal Pizzazz and Sincere Salutations stamp sets. The DSP is retired, but obviously it will work with any of the fantastic Stampin' UP! DSP.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall Card with a pinch of Shimmer

Ok, this is my first Fall card of the season. I went to Stampin' UP! Regionals in Cincinatti in Sept and one of the demonstrations was on using the new Shimmer Paints. There were sooooo many cool things they did with the Shimmer Paints - you have just got to get them in every color. I used a little on this card and I love the effect. It looks better in person but I think it's ok in the picture. I did a couple of things. First on the smaller background leaves on the Really Rust paper I inked up the stamp then used a sponge and put a small dab (I mean small dab, a little dab will do ya) on the stamp over the ink. When you stamp it you get a great look. I also used the blender pen and added some Shimmer Paint to the leaf on the picture (the one behind the pumpkin) however it doesn't show up in the picture but in person it looks really good. I used blender pen and did a combination of blender pen for color on the picture and pastels.

Remember - if you are going to use your blender pen on a stamped image make sure to stamp the image in Stazon Ink so it won't smear!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pastel Erase Technique

I love this new technique I learned. It's called "Pastel Erase". You can do a lot of really cool things with it. On this card I used the Stampin' Pastels. I am going to take pictures and post the instructions on my blog as soon as my camera battery recharges ;-)  Don't ya hate it when your battery dies at just the WRONG time. The supplies I used for this card are:
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, and Elegant Eggplant
Stamp Sets: Playful Petals, Sincere Salutations
Stampin' Pastels: Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, and Green Galore
Accessories: Crimper (for the leaves); Big Shot (Top Note and Small Dots Texture Plate); Regal Rose Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, and a crocheted Flurette (retired)

It's hard to see in the picture but I used an eraser and made diagonal lines in the background (after I chalked the entire area).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I made this card the other day. I was thinking about using it for a workshop but I think it might take too long demo. Everything is Stampin' UP! except for the designer paper. I forgot the name of the company but I loved how the colors matched closely to the SU In-Colors.

The colors are Melon Mambo (LOVE IT), Bermuda Bay (LOVE IT TOO), and Whisper White. THe stamp sets I used were Flight of the Butterflies and Playful Petals.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I love these colors. The DSP is Jersey Shore, which is retired, unfortunately. The ribbon was in the way of the text in the picture. I didn't realize until I had put everything away. The card says "thanks so much". You can't tell from the picture but this card opens like a matchbook.  This is the first card like that that I've made. I need to tweak it a little but overall I was pleased with my first attempt.