Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wild Stamping Sprinkles: Whipper Snapper Gift Card Tutorial
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I'm entering a contest - coloring him in was fun again.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Here’s the rules today:
Tell me how you would artify or alter one these pretty chairs, or otherwise make use of it (I just know some of you are re-gifters!) and if you are a drawing a blank there merely make me feel a smidge saner, and tell me what gives you that silly, not very sensical ‘Oh the Horror!’ feeling. Much like the relationship styrofoam and I have.
Do this by: Monday, December 15th
For every 15 entries/comments we get on this one, I’ll give away a chair. Not shabby eh? Up to 10 of them total. Excited? Spread the word!
I hope that helps in visiting her site. It's great to visit and perhaps win a gift for yourself or a friend you have in mind.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill.....ArtByChrysti says: I'm starting the First Installment of 29 days of giving - come to my main blog, to read all about it -- win a $100 Gift Certificate, and more! I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it! Visit Christi's to learn about the give-away.
I learned about this on my friend, Pattie's blog. You better check hers out too because there are only two more to go to make ten to enter her contest. You won't believe her beautiful watercolor ATCs.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I'm glad I could finish. Have fun shopping for whatever holidays you celebrate!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I stopped by Paper Garden Botique on Saturday, November 22, 2008 to pick up some embellishments and found they were doing a "Make and Take" , so after my purchase, I sat down and put this little dainty together - it's so nice to have everything scored and cut to size because it went together super fast and was so much fun.
Directions for Hershey Bar wrappers
1. Cut a 5.5" X 5.5" square piece of red card stock
2. Score at 1.5", 1.75", 4", and 4.25"
3. Cut white piece of cardstock at 5.5" X .75"
4. Cut black belt band at 5.75" X 1"
5. White cardstock about 1" X 1.5"
To make the belt buckle, on silver cardstock, use the yellow square Marvy punch and then center it with the blue square Marvy punch and you get a framed square.
Since the white piece of cardstock was already adhered in the midde of the red card stock and the half circle already punched for me, I don't know exactly what size punch you'd use. Just make a judgement call. Lay the cardstock face down on your table, (I folded the scored lines to get better creases, put the candy bar in, fold the open sides in and tape one flap of cardstock over the other. Take the black strip, wrap the red cardstock and adhere in the back, same as your red cardstock. Turn the paper over. Take the smallest piece of paper, put it straight perpendicular to a red stamp pad and press it into the stamp pad on all four sides to get an edge of red around it. Adhere a glue dot to the back; take the silver "belt buckle" and apply tape to the back of the buckle. Now place the tag and buckle down so the tag doesn't show on the inside of the buckle. Voila!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Paper Garden Boutique
details 2601 El Paseo Lane, Sacramento(916) 769-7431
Stamp Art Shoppe
details 1000 Sunrise Ave. #3B, Roseville916-773-4378
I love visiting both stores - unique artists.
I believe they should have their new stamps in by December 12th, 2008 as the Hero Arts website posted... crossing my fingers - Christmas list in hand:))
I darted in Paper Garden Boutique and made a "Make and Take" project. I'm not going to tell you about it until I capture it with the camera. COMING SOON - Make and Take....
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I have to try that technique. Take care, call.
I used grossgrain ribbon and since it's a thicker type of ribbon, I just tied a knot in the ribbon. I like the way it turned out here. I do have an issue with bow tying, it's usually that if I get a good bow, I have so much extra to cut off. Oh well. I am glad that on the Hero Arts blog, karylim posted a link to a tutorial for tying a bow. I wanted to include it here also.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Made these for the mini challenge at Hero Arts during the last week of October.. They were such fun. I was able to use part of an embossed brown scrap, from which a scallop circle had been cut - worked perfectly here on the scrapling. Then I had a bit of lace to run down the side and narrow dark brown ribbon for top and a little up from the bottom. Some gems on both brow strips - the bottom strip I folded under.
The red and blue card backgrounds has the star from the Hero Arts "Warm Wishes" clear set. I took a blue toned tag (peal and stick) and stamped it with the inside of the Holliday tag of the Penguins. The saying on the red card is computer generated.
I wasn't going for as dark a red as I got, but it will work out just fine. I do like the narrow brown tone scrapling. And isn't that a fantastic name - scrapling - first time I heard it was on the Hero Arts blog. Strange name for a card, but entirely appropriate.
I loved making the little gift tags, using up all kinds of scraps from my scrap pile. As you can see, I did make a few.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here are the instructions direct from:the hostess:
Think about your initials in terms of your stamping project....
1. The project can be a card, ATC, Arch, Layout, Moo or any other stamped project.
2. There must be some stamping on the project.
3. You must use 3 techniques, embellishments, methods that represent your initials.
4. Post your card in the stamping gallery and click the checkbox for SOF Hangover Challenge # 3 - Initials are Important.
5. Enter in the description your initials and how they are represented in the making of your project.
6. You can enter more than once.
All entries must be posted by October 19th 11:59 CST. I will use the random generator to pick from the entries linked to this blog. The entries will automatically be linked when you click on the checkbox.
Here is my example:
My initials are SLC
S - Scalloped border
L - Lace
C - Charm
Hope that helps... You can use the colors for your initials, products names, a - adirondack, methods, - alcohol inks for a, techniques, p - punches. I am going to be flexible about the initials... It is just a fun way to think about combining 3 things...
So here's how I posted my entry:
A is alcohol inks: F is the Frame; M is the "motor car" as part of the stamp. This was a fun contest.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
1. I enjoy my job; I'm good at it; I admire my boss and other team members I work with. I don't always see eye to eye, but you can't have everything. We've worked together so long that we do create win-win situations and the final product is better. No, this is not a manufacturing plant, but one of the state departments in California.
2. I sang solo for a wedding in a church with organ and choir backup in the loft when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I had no idea the rehearsals were for a wedding... (stunned to say the least).
3. I've done tons of crafts throughout the years. I made ceramics from pouring the molds to the final displays in local florists' locations. I took some classes in photography (very beginner local classes) and shot some decent pictures. I started rubber stamping and had tons of parties with a great "Dots" rep who moved away and Stamping Up. I went to bead work, and now I'm back to rubber stamping which has never grown old to me.
4. We had a duck as a pet. He was a beauty. The dog and duck got along well.
5. I don't watch TV. I haven't actually turned the TV on to watch a channel in years. We have watched several series like "Friends" when we order movies from the library - yes, the regular library - the one with books. :)
6. I've lived in the same house for about 35 years.
I think those are pretty random things.
Now, to list the "Rules":
link to the person who tagged you
list 6 random things about yourself
tag 6 new people
let each tagged person know they've been tagged by posting a comment on their blog
link to the 6 people you've tagged
and let the person who tagged you know that you posted
I'm tagging these 6 people, in no particular order:
Lysa at Lysa's Crafty Creations
Jan at Far North
Louise at My Discoveries
Kristine at Just a Thought
Beverly at Little Shop of Crafts
Laura at Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Have fun visiting these blogs. I had fun just now, going through their posts and just plain relaxing visiting the blogs.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
She was just snoozin' in this picture. Not a real good one. She was hurting so much today, that a picture of her today would not show you the true character of Ewok. She was lively and still wanted to play when I got home from work most nights. She was such a good girl, protective but loved kids.
She used to play "Hide and Seek" with my girlfriend's son. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself. She came running into the living room when I had guests once and ran to the side of the sofa, backed up and laid down peeking out and then moved back when she heard "her" boy coming. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen.
I'll miss her.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
No stamps used. It's a square 4" X 4" card and
Friday, September 26, 2008
Round and round I went.... ok, a journal... something that's not got a lot on it so I can hopefully do SOMETHING with it. And, mmm, ok, a little box with flower (before picture) that looks like post-it notes can fit inside... well, I guess I wouldn't exactly whoop it up over a gift of post-it notes... but oh well, I'm tired, I've passed this aisle how many times? ok, not 100s, but... enough is enough. TWO things.... I'm taking them home.
I either already posted the journal or will post it after this. On with the little box. I've included another link for a picture of the other side. I'm going to recap what's on the description of the project --- I painted the box in two light colored yellows so it looks a little antiqued - hard to see here. I painted the pink flower yellow and the circle white. I found flowers in just the right yellow and added white on top with a yellow brad. Had to pop dot around the wood circle as the insert is too far back. I stamped flowers and butterflies on the outside of the box and put gems in some of the flowers and each butterfly on the box has 4 small gems - each butterfly has a different color. I stamped the post-it notes (yes, each page) at the bottom with the two flowers from the box. Because this is a close fit for the post-it notes, I put sheer yellow ribbon, knotted it on both ends and will tie it once I put that last post-it note pack in. Once they start using the notes, it they want to take an entire pad out, they can use the ribbon to lift up the pads. My daughter-in-law fell in love with this. It has a fresh, clean feel to it. (I like it too, hate parting with the little thing - it's already destined to go in a basket for one of my best friends).
Hope you liked the make-over - oooh, do they have those make-over shows on TV still? Sorry - just haven't watched TV litterly in years - well to watch a TV channel... got a DVD. I was so happy this morning when I put the finishing touches on this. I really love the way it turned out.
Creativity spawns creativity. Having people of like minds gather in a community of sharing seems to multiply the awareness of the things around us that impact our lives. Either attending a convention, taking a class at your local craft store, or going on-line to peek at what everyone else has been up to. More and more, people are accessing the internet to expand their knowledge with new techniques and to remember those old ones that never fade away.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Here is the difference between Standard dye-based ink and Pigmented ink.
The dye in the dye-based ink dissolves in water like sugar does in water -- completely.
Pigment does not dissolve completely. It is more like a flour and water mixture.
Because of this, dye-based inks flow better and have been the standard in inkjet printers. But the dye will re-dissolve and the ink will flow across the paper if drops of water hit the paper.
Pigmented ink particles tend to settle into the tiny fibers that make up the paper. As the ink dries, the pigment particles get stuck in the fibers. Thus, the pigmented inks are more water resistant than the dye-based inks. Only about 5 to 10 percent of the ink will re-flow if the paper is hit by water.
The molecules in dye-based inks are spread out. You might think of dye-based ink on paper as similar to a beach covered with sand. Because of this, dye-based ink tends to fade quicker, since all of the molecules are exposed to the chemical and sunlight-caused reactions that fade the ink. You may notice fading of dye-based inks exposed to direct sunlight commonly in 6 to 12 months.
Pigment particles are similar to large pebbles on a beach. It is much more difficult for sunlight and chemicals to react with all of the pigment molecules, since most of them are hidden inside the "pebbles". Pigmented inks will usually last for many years before fading becomes noticeable.
It is possible to get more "color" into pigments than into dyes. Therefore, pigmented colors tend to be more vibrant than dye-based colors. And pigmented black inks tend to be slightly darker than dye-based inks.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Now I can check for upcoming events online YAY! This lovely enlarged shop invites you in to enjoy the art of stamping, not just a crafty thing to do. They are in the same shopping center, but in the corner. Great place to wonder around, get ideas and learn a bit more than when you came in.
Sandy, the proprietor, is a creative person who has a style that is sophisticated and simple. I like the sharpness of detail that goes into each of her creations.
I entered the penguin contest Sandy put on at her shop. I fell in love with the entry of a peguin on the beach under the umbrella - so did not win, but I was happy with both my submissions. They will be great little gifts for those who delight in the unusual. Loved doing them. That little "Memory Box" penguin was sooooo cute.
I do like the shabby chic style that the Hero Arts (HA) challenge of the week is having. I may be able to do a couple more cards.
Just hop on the HA site to view all the great submissions. I also post at a fairly new site. We've got a challenge for the month of September to recycle and see what percentage of the card can be made of recycled materials.... I had never really thought I needed a Cuttlebug, but now that I have one, I LOVE IT.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I never thought I'd ever use that little Heart that I embossed. I couldn't think of anything I'd want to use it for or with. What do you know........ I found a spot for it. I'm happy with this card. Love the colors and all.
Shabby Chic is in. So shabby up your chic and get it on a card! I love all the submissions as everyone gets past their first uneasiness and bafflement on exactly what Shabby Chic meant... See the Flickr group for Hero Arts to see what it's all about. The contest began Monday, so get moving to the Hero Arts site.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I am excited over this week's theme. Straight from Hero Arts, (HA), Shari is hosting the HA week on the HA blog. As she says:
A week of blogging just wouldn’t be right without a challenge right? So to start things off, I’d like you to create a Holiday card, project or scrapbook page that uses an element of Shabby Chic design. Just load them into Hero Arts Flickr group with the tag “shabby” Be sure to use at least one Hero Arts stamp on your card and post them by September 21st at 11:59pmPST. From the entries we will pick winners for these prize.
I think the Shabby Chic theme is starting to stir the creative minds of my fellow HA bloggers too. Shari will be sharing lots of Holiday cards with us this week and I'm looking forward to them, one and all. :)
I can envision my December journal right now. Can't you just see that Penguin in the circle in the Warm Wishes CL243 set as Tabs for the journal? And if you want to borrow that idea, go for it. I hope to have enough time to stamp a little something on each page as I was able to do on my September journal, as well as sponge all the pages some color other than white... which looks wonderful, but I'm in a COLOR mood this month.
Have a wonderful week. Arlene
I've taken some to work and they are devoured. I leave them on a small table and see people popping them into their mouths as they walk by.
The red is such a vivid color that it makes me think of those fabulous Pacific coast sunsets. Mingled with the green, I'm thinking cards here; perhaps a background of olive green and oranges or yellows or reds to pop out at you.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Laura ODonnell's planner turned out terrific - Love it. I think these would be a great gift. She took the planner and made it her own.
You can go see the easy-peasy perpetual calendar to learn how to make this. I wonder if I should make one.... maybe.... we'll see!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Hope you get some neat ideas and if you're in the area, stop on by their shop, which is a card-filled paradise - Fulton and Marconi - on the Fulton Avenue side in Sacramento, California. Ken and Stephanie are both very helpful.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I purchased the Olivia set of die cuts (40% off, yay) and found it also had numbers and some fun items as well. A tag, vase, flowers, saysings were part of this wonderful set.
I've been floundering in my efforts to come up with material I want to put on an Artist Trading Card (ATC) because I'm not sure how to lay the foundation - layer a bit of chipboard with paper/cardstock, whatever... but the boxes (tissue, cerreal, cracker and whatever else comes to hand) are sometimes perfect for a background of 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. I even used the distressed bars folder (embossing folder for the Cuttlebug) on the base for this ATC. I added the vase, tag (with ribbon), stem, flowers, and "hi" to the base and all were cut from the Olivia die cut set. I love the quiet design on the tag.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I got a nice call from work saying how much she loved the card and the page. Made a great workday for me.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com/2008/08/occ-sketch-challe... and the Hero Arts Color contest. I wanted to try the pumpkin orange, yellow and purple blue, but I had a hard time finding those particular colors, so I took the sky off of two pieces of DCWV 12" X 12" papers for the background and found I had used the Swirls embossing folder on a piece of bright yellow paper. I had colored by little chick in already, so it wasn't too hard to put together. I'm still not completely happy with my cuts - this was the second blue piece I tried. It came out fairly decent though.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I finally got Rosalie's Birthday card done - did a wrap-around card - as a Toastmaster, we are reminded, never to do a "free" speech, meaning one that does NOT get counted on our project manuals. Therefore, I guess I'm adhering to that same philosophy in stamping now... never do a free card - make sure it gets entered into some contest. :)))
Rosalie is my daughter-in-law and I love her dearly. See the inside of this FUN card:)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Anne, for your nice comment. When I pulled the 8th sheet from my papers, I wanted to go to another stack because both draws were light-colored. But I was able to use it as the filler between the heart and the outer heart ring. They were the same shades, but I would have liked a little more color. Still, it came out good.
Always stretching... and my flowers were from the Cuttlebug, which I absolutely love. Nice to have any color flower you want with a piece of paper and a bug - Cuttlebug.
Love Anne's tag. The colors are dynamite.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Used House Mouse Stamp and HA clear "be happy" stamps. Stamped the back of the envelope with mice feet.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I must have missed the post to choose from in the upload gallery in the Two Peas in a Bucket July 11th contest.
I did something very simple, but I like the way it turned out. I used the swirl cuttlebug folder and set a Little House Mouse on top of some grid like paper. Used the same paper for the Hero Arts Hello Friend stamp. Hope you like it.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I've been hanging out at the Hero Arts site looking at the great cards done by kids... way to go! My granddaughter is loving it. She loves looking at all the submissions by children, future stampers of the world.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It's quite simple and I think I'll have a go!
Stephanie and hubby, Ken, are very enthusiastic people who will help with ideas, finding "the" stamp, as well as testing punches for sizes... yes that's what I was doing yesterday - looking for a one inch square punch for inchies. I don't think I'm going to be an inchie trader, but I see ways to accent cards with the one inch size punch.
I've added Stephanie's blog also. She has wonderful ideas and is a very positive person - who wouldn't be if they're a stamper? Right? Right!
I was, of course, checking the wonderful submissions in the Hero Arts group on Flickr and came across a link on becs attwood's submission for a great tutorial on making a Pull-out Scrapbook, wonderful for wedding and baby showers. On g_taly's submission, she had yet another tutorial on making a pull-it pop-up card.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I got my Hero Arts (HA) Water Lily stamp in from Stampin Treasures http://www.stampintreasures.com/ the day before and so I had an idea. I inked the stamp on a Rubber Stamp Paint Box long variegated ink pad with green on the stem. I loved the look, sponged, yellow over it (ordinarily I would have sponged the colors first, but I was working on a trial run and it happened to be turning into what I wanted), sponged some orange on, then added a bit of red to the right, a bit of blue to the left and was satisfied. I added the dragonflies and stamped the butterfly on red card stock (CS) from the Clear HA "Share Laughter". I popped the butterfly up. I had my finished piece... YAY! So what was I going to do with these? I was drawn to a piece of green CS that was in my scrap box and taped the inchies down, using a piece of CS as a straight edge. I was really surprised at how they lined up... I'm not used to this being an easy job. I taped this to a notecard and pulled the soft yellow Cubblebug swirls CS out and taped it to the bottom. I thought of the green sheer ribbon in my drawer, pulled it out and decided to tie it on the left side adding yellow gems to the ribbon. I put a glue dot under the bow to hold it in place. I had a great timel putting this together. This might not be my only inchie.. They're rather fun!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I wanted to enter the "Our Creative Corner" contest for this week, so I took some die cuts and the swirls embossing folder to work with.
Die cuts are the items on the cards that have been cut out by a die cut machine. This die cut machine is called a Cuttlebug.
This was a very strange card for me to do, as well as the card with all the die cuts for a summer garden.
HA Clear Spread Sunshine from the Happiness Messages
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
2001 Stampin' Up Asian stamp
HA clear "Sharing Laughter" flower and line of dots
Ordinary paper punch
I love this stamp - comes in a set of three. I like the others, but there is something about this particular stamp that draws me time and again to try different colors, use it in different ways. I usually stamp a bunch, color as I have time and put them aside. Then I may come across some paper as I'm making something else and go for these images. I cut a piece of the olive green paper at a diagonal to sit beside the birds.