Monday, September 28, 2009

More Charming Cards!

I am still having fun with the new stamp set Charming that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog. It really is a charming stamp set! The first is a mini album that we made in stamp club this month. Once again I copied Amy Rohl except I didn't have enough buttons in the right color so we inked some chipboard circles with Not Quite Navy craft ink and used the white gel pen to make them look like buttons. Sorry the first photo is a little fuzzy-I didn't notice until I uploaded it-I probably forgot to change the settings. The pear is a piece of chipboard that was stamped with the background stamp from Charming with Old Olive craft ink and the little flourish was stamped with Not Quite Navy craft ink. The outside cover is textured with a SU Texturz plate.

The second is a card made from a piece of scrap Old Olive laying on my table so it is a little smaller than a standard A2 card. The background is stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear EP. The ribbon is a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock that I punched on both sides with the SU Eyelet Border punch to make it look like ribbon. When I first started making cards this was my favorite color combo-Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant. Old Olive is still one of my go-to colors but I don't use Elegant Eggplant very often.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Charming Card

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator we receive a monthly magazine called Stampin' Success. This month there was an article featuring demonstrator Amy Rohl. She created several items using the stamp set Charming that is in the Christmas mini. It is the featured stamp set to be used in the Simply Adorned line of jewelery charms SU has. I really didn't notice this set until I saw what Amy had done with it. This card was inspired by her work. I like the color combo she chose, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive. Here is a link to what she made.
One of the things I have noticed is that it is the small details that make the difference in nice card or scrapbook page or a fabulous card or page. That little extra strip of paper, little twist of hemp or just distressing the edges can make the difference between an ok creation and one that catches your attention.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back from Vacation & Ready to Stamp!

My DH, DD, and I went to visit my DH's family. It was a nice relaxing vacation. We went out to eat several times, watched a ton of movies, ate lots of junk food and visited with family. I played with the great nieces and nephew who kept us entertained! Since it was only the 3 of us who went this time I told my DD that she could pack whatever she wanted because there would be plenty of room in the van-never tell a 17 year old they can bring as much as they want! She not only packed the WII* but the Guitar Hero* drums & guitars and the Rock Star* drums & guitars!! Apparently each game must have its own guitars and drums-what a racket the video game business is!!! She also packed a suitcase full of movies (45 to be exact) because my SIL & BIL do not have cable and are only able to get 2 channels. However, everyone enjoyed playing the video games and watching the movies! So in honor of Guitar Hero players everywhere I made this card.
The Extreme Guitar was stamped with Ruby Red craft ink and embossed with clear. My Ruby Red craft ink seems to have separated some and looks more like Really Rust-I think I will have to reink it and smoosh it before I use it again. I used Extreme Elements to stamp around the guitar player. The sentiment is from Sporting. The bottom panel was textured with a Texturz plate and I daubered the new Champagne Shimmer Paint over it to make it look metalic. I love the new shimmer paint! I just added the other 2 colors to my last order and can't wait to try them.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rock On!!

I made another masculine card!!!! This would be great for younger guys! The main image is SU Extreme Guitar embossed with black EP. The stars are from SU Extreme Elements. The paper is Basic Gray, Basic Black and Old Olive. The Designer Paper is from Cast-A-Spell. I like the paper in this pack and as my friend Contessa Kris pointed out, it doesn't have to be used for Halloween. That's the nice thing about double sided paper-you get twice the choices.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Masculine cards-no glitter!

Whew!!!! Big sigh of relief!!! I just packaged 273 handmade cards (yes I counted them!) to be sold at the Apple Festival, a fundraiser for a local Children's Home. I usually make more but I suppose it is a sign that I had a busy year!! I start on next year's cards pretty much the day after I finish this year's. Most of the time they sell out. I had some help this year from some lovely ladies at church and the teenage girls in my missions class. I love making them but I am glad when they are packaged and ready to go.
These are a couple of cards I made a little while ago but haven't posted. I was trying to make some masculine cards. I really struggle with these because I just can't put any bling on them. I mean what is it with guys and glitter???? These are two great stamp sets and not expensive, Trendy Trees and Forest Friends. I love that little owl and I really need to use him more! I believe the second card was a CASE (Create & Share Everything) of someone's but as usual I cannot remember whose! I am playing with my new toys, shimmer paint, treat cups and some new stamp sets so hopefully I will have some new stuff to share.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

More Glittery Christmas Ornaments

These ornaments were made using the Country Living Kit that was available last year. One of these days I am going to make a Light Box so my photos are clearer. I take my photos in the laundry room on top of the washing machine because the laundry room has fluorescent lights. I have to be careful not to pan up or left or you will see the ugly cement walls or the piles of dirty clothes!!! This is what we will be making in the ornament class plus several smaller ornaments. They could be used as gift tags or tree ornaments, or to decorate a gift or hang on a garland. I think I am going to either hang mine on the wall or put them on a garland.

I used Stampin' Up! glue sticks to adhere the paper to the chipboard, SU 2-Way Glue pen for the glitter. It is hard to see in the photo but the rectangles have the Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped on them. I still feel like they need something??? Any suggestions? Maybe more bling? More glitter???
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