Monday, March 22, 2010

Emboss resist

Hello Bloggers,
Tried out a new technique this weekend. Yes, I hadn't tried this one yet. I had a blast with this and will give it another try soon. There are so many things to learn yet. Having a ball doing it though. Thanks to all of you very helpful gals in blog land, I am well on my way.

So any helpful hints? Do you see mistakes? If so please let me know, it would help a lot. Still very unsure of my skills as a card maker but it is all in fun right?

Well I got my order from 2 peas today so I am off to play.
Have a good week

supplies-stamps-Stampendous large Agapanthus, Hero arts-friend definition, sentiment-inkadinkado-Kathy Davis-expressions,dragonfly-studio G-series 46
ink- Rangers distress inks-antiq. linen, broken china, tumbled glass
embossing powder-Stampendous-clear-detail
card stock- kraft & cream- paper company, Black-Bazzill
Twine-Walmart- linen

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A little help if you please

Hello Bloggers,
I am at my wits end and I know that someone out there in blog land can help me. I need good stamp storage. Now I know that some do the cd case thing and most of my stamps sets are simply too big for this. I know some do little books but again some of my sets are large and I would like to be able to house them all in one spot. Like a quick shot and see them in a blink as inspiration hits. It must be sturdy and it has to be able to be left out. I need to see it or I won't use it.
Right now I have them in the packaging they came in,placed in clear sheets and it is a nightmare. They fall out, the pages are not sturdy enough to hold them up. The binder is overflowing- a good thing huh? LOL I will be painting my studio a bright, warm color. Doing some decor changes and would like more organization in place. For not being a naturally organized soul I am doing very well I might add. But since attempting organization I do know that I feel better and a lot less stress over not be able to find items until the project is completed.
So please give me your tips and hits for storage. Ribbon is another one, I have too many spools to count and need to be able to fit all of them into one tub.
Thanks so much. Hope to have a card for you tomorrow. I am off to bed now.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A little tag challenge

Well I guess this is the week that I will challenge myself. The more I do the better I feel so why not? It is all just in fun and win or loose I get something out it. Even if it is to humble me some more.
So here goes nothing. Over at Verve they are having the spring fling challenge. Make a tag and post it up. I have been playing all day so off I went to create with scraps.
This is what came of it.

Just a fun tag not to big for a nice package or to use on a card with some other stuff. I am haven't been making tags either but always up for some play in paper.

What I used- Spellbinders large 6, Bazzill papers in witch hazel and capers, stamp- sentiments by Hampton Art stamps, and dragonfly by Inkadinkado. Tatter Angels diamond mist, Pebble chalks. EK Success trims, charms/beads by Blue Moon Beads.

Thank you Susan for letting me play along so late in the game.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Olympics of Stamping Challenge

I disappeared for a bit longer then expected. I was knee deep in a paper frenzy. I decided to play along with the Stamping Olympics. It sounded like fun. I have paper all over the place. Will take me a while to clean up that nightmare.
I am still new to card making but I gave it my best shot.
Here are my entries. I have a total of 6 cards.

Butterfly- Thinking of you category 4.5 x 5.5

I used Bazzill card stick,Craft n Craftin - Best Creation Inc- GP-050, Butterflies white card stock from The Paper Company, Embossing on the butterflies- cuddlebug A2-37-115
Tim Holtz- grungeboard, crackle paint-antique linen, embossing powder-walnut ink, distress inks- antique linen, frayed burlap and walnut
Stazon-timber brown
Hampton Art Stamps gold embossing powder, Zig- embossing writer 0.5, Rangers Perfect Pearls- gold and a mini mister, Ek Success corner rounder, Spellbinders shapeabilities- butterflies 2, Darice 30 gauge cloth wire, Austrian Crystals 2mm
Stamps, Fiskars clear spring sentiments and Inkadinkado- spring assortment 60-30099

Here is the inside. This is my favorite of the lot. Took me hours to make this card, mainly cause I don't know what I am doing.

Birthday Category
This card was a fun but not how I drew it out originally. I wanted more squares. Even so, I love how it turned out. So bright and cheery.

I used Bazzill black card base. Printed paper- We R Memory keepers Frenzy collection-dither- orange, Euphoria-blue, Yellow-Joy, Red-Crazy, stripe- petticoat.
Stamps- Birthday wishes Paper trey ink- communique curves sentiments. Flourish squares- Inkadinkado
Spellbinders classic circles- small-S4-116
All night media popdots
Rangers Archival ink- jet black, Reflections- it's black and white epoxy stickers.

Hello/Thinking of you Category
This little card is cute. This was totally new for me too. I tried chalks for the first time with this little guy and I like how it all came together. It does make it easier if you can cut out the image though.;)

I used-Papertrey ink- vintage cream c.stock,Pattern paper my minds eye 29th street collection, Bazzill-cashmere brown
Stamps- Sandylion Sticker Designs-Girl clear( the bird and heart)
Flourish branch-Inkadinkado-garden words, Sentiments-Papertrey ink- Mega mixed sentiments.
Inks- Stazon-Timber brown, Rangers Distress ink- fired brick
Stampendous-clear embossing powder, Pebbles chalks-earth tones set, All Night Media's mini pop dots, Zig writer-chocolate brown fine tip 0.5,Plaid- FolkArt matte sealer

Thank you Category
Now this card was a challenge. I read recently where the Moxie Go to Girls were challenged to make a card not in their normal style. I decided to give it a try. I haven't tried the minimalistic look before so I thought I would give it a go. It just isn't the normal for me. I think it turned out nice really. I still want to add more stuff to it out of habit but I just keep telling myself it is done. A on going challenge I guess you could say. LOL

I used Bazzill card stocks in Capers, safari and witch hazel
Rangers distress ink in antique linen, Michael's 5/8 inch ribbon, Sizzix embossing plate-Tween Tile, Tombo adhesives, Tim Holtz blending tool and Papertrey inks Communique curves Sentiments- thank you.

Love Category
Can I say I LOVE this card? I love this card. My husband didn't get it. I hope you can see that tiny little word on the bottom of the heart. Another technique was tried in this one as well. Using Versamark ink and stamping in the backdrop. I thought it turned out pretty nice. First time adding chipboard to a card as well. I was worried it would be too heavy but works just fine. This card was truly the most fun to make out of all of them. You experts could probably whip this baby out in about 15 minutes and it took me 4 hours to figure it all out. Maybe I will get faster as I make more cards.

Here is a close up of that little tiny word on the bottom of the heart so it all make sense.

Here is what I used Bazzill Kraft card stock & heart, My minds eye- Confetti-party girl & Dot- bloom and grow-grow, Stripe- I.O.D.- caliope. Versamark ink and x's and o's and small lettering stamps by Heidi Swapp, Lg letters and ! by Inkadinkado-lg alpha, Tim Holtz swirls( on heart) French Market, and Rangers glossy accents. Maya road "key"word- home collection rub on.
Tools- making memories anywhere punch,x's and o's brads, sanding block. Provo craft Terrifically Tacky tape, K&Company wacky tac adhesive dots, Natural seam binding form Mattiecakes.etsy

Last but not least is
Christmas Category
You wouldn't think this would be the hardest of all the cards but it was. Why? I guess because of my limited supplies. I don't have a lot of stamps and most of what I do have are not the best quality. I didn't know there was a difference until now. I thought a stamp was a stamp. As I get further into this hobby I am finding that this truly is not the case. The old saying rings true- YOu get what you PAY for! You pay a buck expect a bucks worth. So lesson learned. Now these stamps are wonderful but the only Christmas set i have. I just didn't know really what to do with this set that hadn't been done. It is different and I am happy with the uniqueness of it.

A closeup of the detail in the snow.

Here is what it took to make this card.
Papertrey inks Vintage cream and now I am out:( drats.
red paper- Graphic45- Deck the halls, Brown embossed-A.C. Cardstock-chestnut damask.
Making memories Paper snowflake- bottom flake, one inside & snowflake brad, and distressing tool.
Stamps from Crafty secrets Vintag Christmas collection
Middle flake Spellbinders create a flake 1 S4-162
Rangers distress inks in antique linen, vintage photo, walnut ink,& glossy accents
Prismacolor pencils- olive, dk,green and crimson red
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist- dazzling diamonds( on flakes)
Stampendous pearl embossing powder- snow
3L, 3d foam squares, Tombo adhesives, K&Company wacky tac dots

WHEW! Boy I am worn out. This was a long post and lots of details. Sorry for any errors but I am not correcting them today. I am toast and heading to bed. I will fix them tomorrow.
Have a great day and if you entered this contest please leave me a comment so I can go peek at your cards. Good luck to you all!