Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fine Flourish Emboss Resist

This card uses one of the single stamps from the back of the Occasions Mini Catalogue, Fine Flourish (only available until tomorrow at midnight!). I used VersaMark to stamp it on Whisper White cardstock, then heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. After it cooled, I just used some Stampin' Sponges and inks (Rose Red and Not Quite Navy) to rub on some colour. The embossed areas resist the ink, and show through as embossed white lines. This is a quick and simple card with some Scallop Edge trim and a sentiment to finish it off.

Don't forget that many of the products in the Occasions Mini Catalogue will be gone forever after tomorrow, so if you know you want something, get it now!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Awash Tags

Another card I made (based on a sketch by Carole'Anne) using Awash with Flowers... a set I didn't think I'd like much, but it really grew on me! If you want this set now and don't want to wait until July, make sure you get it during the preview (ends April 30th). You can contact me for more info, or order on my website: . This card also uses papers from the Sweet Pea stack, which was in the Occasions Mini, but has sold out so it's not available anymore. :(  I really liked this paper pack, and I hope we see more like it in the new catalogue in July...

Supplies: Stamps (Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes); Inks (Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Green Galore); Cardstock (Taken with Teal, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Kraft); Sweet Pea Paper Stack, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Tag Corner punch, Signo White Gel Pen.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stationary Kit Class

My Stationary Kit Class is this weekend (two times available - Sunday May 2 @ 1:00pm or 7:00pm). We're making this Stationary Kit (shown closed above) for just $15.00... it would make a great gift! I found the tutorial on Jackie Topa's blog, and used the Rich Razzleberry DSP to make mine.

Once you take off the lid, this is what you see:

There are different compartments for full size cards, love notes (3x3), gift tags, a pen and a little book (notebook or address book) and a pocket for stamps. Included in my class are four each of the full size cards, love notes and gift tags. I've included pictures of the cards and tags below:

If you would like to take this class, please sign up by Thursday April 29th. My e-mail is in the sidebar. If you can't make it to the class and you'd like a to-go kit, please contact me for that option. You will receive all pre-cut and scored pieces, plus instructions to put the kit together. Any stamping will be done by you as well.

Supplies: Stamps (Paradise, Tiny Tags, A Little Birthday Cheer, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, French Filligree, Circle Circus); Inks (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive); Cardstock (Kraft, Old Olive, Naturals White, Rich Razzleberry); Rich Razzleberry DSP, Wide Oval Punch, Curly Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Tag Corner Punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Scallop Trim Punch (available in July) 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just stamping...

Kristina posted a One Layer Card Challenge this week, and I think this card proves that all you need to make a great card are stamps, inks and paper (in this case, plain white!). This is a single layer card (no extra stuff glued on top) and the colours and stamps are the focus. Masking  is a great technique to use to add dimension to a single layer card... usually I sponge inside the mask, but for this card, I wanted to contain the stamping. I stamped the Crushed Curry blob first, then put on a rectangle mask (a post-it with a rectangle cut in it) and stamped the rest of my images from Extreme Elements. I left a blank spot for the FYI (stamped in Jet Black StazOn). I took off the mask and stamped my skateboarder in Jet Black StazOn as well, and then stamped the second part of the sentiment outside of the stamped block.

So what do you think? Does this card need anything else?

supplies: Stamps (Extreme Elements, Extreme Skateboarder, FYI); Inks (Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Jet Black StazOn);  Whisper White Notecard.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Owl Birthday

This is the final card from my Fox & Friends card class... somehow it got missed when I was posting them! I copied this design from Jackie Wright. If you'd like to make this card (and the four others from the class) I still have this kit available To-Go. You can get the kit for free with the purchase of the Fox & Friends stamp set (available until April 30th) or buy the kit for $10.00 if you already have the stamp set. You can see the four other cards here, here, here and here.

Supplies: Stamps (Fox & Friends, Happy Moments); Inks (Rose Red, Soft Suede); Cardstock (Kraft, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White); Sweet Pea DSP, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sketch #86

Here's a card sketch for this week...

and my card based on the sketch:

I was inspired to create this plaid with my Brayer after watching on my Workshop Wow DVD last week. I was looking for ideas for my monthly Technique Class, and decided to try it for myself. It was so easy, and I love how the card turned out! Stampin' Up! is giving away two Workshop Wow DVD's to anyone who purchases the Starter Kit (while supplies last - over $50.00 value) right now. If you're looking for a great deal to get everything you need to get started stamping, you'd like a discount on your purchases, or if you'd like to make some extra spending money, the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit is for you! Please contact me for more information. If you're Canadian, and you'd like to join my team, you can sign up online! Click here to get started... my password is gold star

Supplies: Stamps (Fifth Avenue Floral - my favourite stamp set... 20% off this month, Oval All); Inks (Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Old Olive); Cardstock (Kraft, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Old Olive); Punches (Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Scallop Border); Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot Die, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impression Folder, Brayer

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April Technique Class - Backgrounds

This is one of the cards we'll be making in my April Technique Class. I'm showing two different backgrounds you can make with regular inks. We'll make two cards, plus samples for a reference card. This card features Awash with Flowers, a special preview set from the upcoming Idea Book & Catalogue. It is available to purchase during April (hostesses get it free with a $460.00 workshop) and I'm hoping to give one away to someone at my Technique Class this weekend. I have three available class times:
Friday, April 16th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, April 18th @ 1:00pm
Sunday April 18th @ 7:00pm

Please contact me for more information, or to register for this class!

Supplies: Stamps (Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes); Inks (YoYo Yellow, Gable Green, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, Soft Suede); Cardstock (Orchid Opulence, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pink Passion); Punches (Word Window, Modern Label); Big Shot Top Note die

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mother's Day Make, Take & Donate

Each month (on the 2nd Wednesday) I offer a free class at the Crouch Library. We make three cards based on a theme, and everyone chooses one card to donate to the Ronald McDonald House and keeps the other two.

Since this is the last class before Mother's Day this year, we're making the three Mother's Day cards below. I donate my time and the materials, so you don't need to bring anything... these are all quick and simple cards (using the basics - stamps, ink and paper) and the class runs from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. I welcome all ages (under 7 please bring helper) and all experience levels... this is a great class for new stampers.

Please contact me for more details, or to register for this class!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Another Awash with Flowers card...

This card is based on a sketch by Diane for this week's Card Sketch Challenge on Stampin' Connection (a message board/gallery for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators). I used the Awash with Flowers set which will be in the new catalogue in July, but is available as a Sneak Peek during April. You can see all the details here.

Supplies: Stamps (Awash with Flowers, Hello Again); Inks (Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, StazOn Jet Black); Cardstock (Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Melon Mambo); Ribbon Slide from Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sarah's Challenge...

on her blog last week:

Pick a Becky Fleck sketch from the Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today - check!

Pick a colour combo from Colour Lovers - check! (what a fun site... I'll be going back over and over and over)

and create a layout - check!

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I adapted the sketch to 11x8.5, and picked the colour combo before the pictures--I couldn't resist this sequence of pictures, even though it meant I used pink (just a tad) on this layout.

Thanks for the fun challenge Sarah!

Supplies: Stamps (Perfect Alpha); Inks (Rich Razzleberry); Cardstock (Core'dinations - I used the back sides from some of the Chocolate Box c/s, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry); Patterned Papers (Jillibean Soup, Stampin' Up!); Scallop Edge Punch, Playground Buttons, American Crafts felt circles.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Colour Renovation!

This is big news, and I'm super excited that Stampin' Up! has decided to revamp their colour families coming up with the new catalogue in July! There will be four new Collections (Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles) with ten colours each as well as five new In Colours each year. This means that some of the colours from the old families are being discontinued (they'll be available until June, and then only as supplies last during June), some of my favourite past In Colours are being added to the Core Collection (yay for Baja Breeze!!!), and there will be five brand new colours! Kraft will be called Crumb Cake, and we'll be able to get ink, a Stampin' Write marker and accessories to match it! You can see the fresh new colour collection here...

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Don't they look great together? I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new colours. Demonstrators get to order starting in June, so if you'd like that perk (among all the others of being a Demonstrator) let me know, and I'd be happy to give you all the information you need.

The Fond Farewell list below shows the colours that will be gone June 30th.

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There are some colours from this Fond Farewell list that I'll miss, but they're not gone yet! If some of these are your favourites, make sure to get them before June 30th.

Awash with Flowers! Sneak Peek set

This is a card I created with the Sneak Peek set from the new Idea Book & Catalogue (coming in July). It is part of Stampin' Up!'s April promotion, and is available to purchase during April. You can also earn the set for free with a $460.00 Stampin' Up! party. The Two-Step Into Spring promotion also has four of my favourite Two-Step stamp sets (Fifth Avenue Floral, Greenhouse Garden, Trendy Trees & Flower Fancy) available at 20% off their regular price! You can see full details on the flyer below my card (click to see bigger).

supplies: Stamps (Awash with Flowers, Thank You Kindly); Inks (VersaMark, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey); Cardstock (Bermuda Bay); White Stampin' Emboss powder, White Signo Gel Pen.