Monday, February 28, 2011

Mini Monday - Birthday Cupcakes

On Mini Mondays, I share a project made with items from the current Mini Catalogue...

Today I'm sharing a card that does use some products from the Occasions Mini (Create a Cupcake stamp set and Build a Cupcake punch), and also some Sale-a-Bration Products  which you can get for free with a $60.00 purchase until March 31st (Punch Bunch stamp & Ice Cream Parlor DSP). I thought this card was appropriate for today, since I enjoyed a yummy birthday cupcake to celebrate today! We made this card at my lunch hour card class @ UWO today.

Stamps: Build a Cupcake, Punch Punch
Inks: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blushing Bride
Punches: Scallop Square, Build a Cupcake
Other: Ice Cream Parlor DSP

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sketchy Sunday #105

I have a card sketch this week, and it's a good one to use up some scraps of patterned paper, but you can also stamp images to create the row of 'blocks' on the sketch.

Here is my card... I actually made this a one layer card by masking the two pink flowers and stamping the purple flower on top. I used my Blender Pen to colour in some of the flower areas. The outline was added with a Stampin' Write marker and a ruler (after I stamped my sentiment).

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Say it Simply
Inks: Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Whisper White Note cards
Other: Blender Pen, Perfect Plum Stampin' Write marker

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Try it Thursday - Masking

On Thursdays, I share something for you to try.

Masking is a basic technique that you don't need any special supplies for, but it can create a great effect. For this card, I cut a piece of paper (computer or lined - you want thin paper for this) to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" so it was slightly bigger than the paper I was stamping on. I folded it in half, then tore a piece out of the middle along the fold. I stuck it onto my Whisper White cardstock (3 3/4" x 5") with temporary adhesive and sponged inside the torn hole with River Rock ink. I stamped over the sponging (keeping the mask on) with my En Francais background stamp and River Rock ink. Then I took the mask off and stamped the flower image from Just Believe with Riding Hood Red ink. The sentiment is from Something to Celebrate (hostess set) and I tied a piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding around the bottom of the stamped panel. Some Baja Breeze cardstock frames the stamped panel on my card. I hope you give masking a try!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Try It Thursday - Watercolor Wonder Crayons

On Try it Thursdays, I try something new, and invite you to try too...

This is the second card we're making in my Technique Class this weekend:

I coloured with various Watercolor Wonder Crayons (more than one colour on most of the flowers) directly on the rubber part of the stamp. Then I misted with water, and stamped it onto Naturals White cardstock. I love the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, and after I embossed the Melon Mambo cardstock, I gently rubbed my Whisper White ink pad over the raised areas.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Something to Celebrate
Inks: Melon Mambo, Whisper White craft ink
Cardstock: Naturals White, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry (textured)
Other: Elegant Soiree DSP, Metallic Brads, Framed Tulips TIF, Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Whatever Wednesday - February Technique Card

On Whatever Wednesdays, I share whatever is inspiring me, and hope you'll be inspired as well.

This weekend is my monthly Technique Class, and I was inspired to use my Watercolor Wonder crayons. They are great for water colouring, but there are a few different ways to use them, so I thought I'd showcase them this month. On this card I used another inspiration - my new Sweet Summer stamp set that I got for free during Sale-a-Bration (you can too!). I roughly coloured with the Watercolor Wonder crayons, then blended with my VersaMarker. Because I used the VersaMarker, I could then emboss my coloured images using Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. It's hard to see in the picture (maybe click on it to make it bigger), but the images are shiny and very pretty in real life.

If you'd like to make this card (plus one other and a technique reference card) be sure to register for one of my Technique Classes this weekend... I have three times available.

Stamps: Sweet Summer, Define your Life, Silhouette Sentiments
Inks: Pretty in Pink, StazOn Jet Black, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Naturals White
Other: Brights Patterns DSP pack, Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Neutrals Watercolor Wonder Craysons, VersaMarker, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Brights Buttons, Linen Thread.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mini Monday - Happy Valentine's Day!

On Mini Monday's, I share a project featuring products in the current Mini Catalogue.

Happy Valentine's Day! I have one more Valentine card to share with you today... I created this one for a private class, and it uses my favourite Valentine Stamp Set (this year): Valentine Defined. The design came from a card sketch created by Amanda Corbet.

I also wanted to share a Valentine I created in My Digital Studio for Morgan to give out to her classmates today. Morgan chose all the elements and their placement, and I think she did a great job!

Supplies (for card)
Stamps: Valentine Defined
Inks: Rose Red, Regal Rose
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Naturals White, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Punches: 2" x 1 3/8" Oval, Decorative Label, Pinking Hearts Border
Other: Paper Piercer & Mat Pack

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sale-a-Bration Birthday!

The Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Accents (available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration) are so bright and happy! They are perfect for birthday layouts, so I'm using them for my Scrapbook Class this Sunday (spaces still available). Some of the strips of paper and cardstock are popped up for dimension, and I also used the decorative sticker strips. The journaling cardstock and title tag were both created with the Table Settings Big Shot die. The Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon and Buttons pack would have embellished this layout perfectly... but I made a mistake and didn't get them in time for this class. I used some Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon instead...

Cardstock: Whisper White, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black
Other: Table Settings Big Shot die, Scallop Trim Border punch, Scallop Border punch, Timeless Type Sizzlets, Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Accents.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mini Monday - Eat Chocolate!

On Mini Mondays, I share a project created with products from the current mini catalogue.

Today's card was inspired by a card sketch on Stampin' Connection created by Amanda Corbet... and I used quite a few goodies from the Occasions Mini, so it's perfect to share today. The Eat Chocolate stamp set spoke to me as soon as I saw it... apparantly I not only crave chocolate, but I crave stamp sets that showcase chocolate! I used one stamp in the set to create my background, and another is the focal image and sentiment. I also used Melon Mambo PomPom trim as an accent. I'm so glad that the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch has been fixed and is now available to order again. The Decorative Label punch and Tasteful Trim die from the Holiday Mini are still available to purchase (although the punch is backordered right now).

Stamps: Eat Chocolate
Inks: Regal Rose, Early Expresso
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo (distressed and then separated to get the suede-like finish), Very Vanilla, Early Expresso, Pink Pirouette
Punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, Decorative Label
Other: Melon Mambo pompom trim, First Edition DSP, Tasteful Trim Big Shot die

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fast & Fun Friday

Thanks to the Big Shot, this is a fast & fun card...

This card is 5 1/4" square (to fit in our medium square envelopes) made from Crumb Cake cardstock. I used several Big Shot dies to create this card. The flowers were cut out of First Edition DSP with the Blossom Party die. I inked the edges with Melon Mambo ink and Daffodil Delight inks and used a Vintage Brad as the centre. The 'quilted' panel was created by layering a piece of Pacific Point cardstock cut with the Lattice die over a square of Ice Cream Parlor Sale-a-Bration DSP. That was adhered to a square of Old Olive cardstock, and then I ran it through my Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. It was then adhered onto a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock cut with the Scallop Square die. My sentiment from Curly Cute was stamped onto a strip of Blushing Bride cardstock and adhered over the quilt before I added my flower with Stampin' Dimensionals.