Sunday, July 27, 2008

I was introduced to a product called Grunge Board (a Tim Holtz product) and had to try it out right away. It is about the same thickness as chipboard but is more flexible. Almost like a combination of fun foam and chipboard. I saw a sample card at The Scrapbox and asked Tammy if I could copy it.

You can see it here

Here is my version:

I used:

CS - Pacific Point - 4.25 X 11; scored at 5.5
Ink - Wild Wasabi, Staz On (White), Ballet Blue
Ribbon - Wild Wasabi Double Stitched
Tim Holtz Grunge Board - Basic Stripes
Stickles (Gold), Dimensionals
Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots, Textile Hearts
Emboss lower quarter of card front with Swiss Dots folder. Score 2 lines above that (about 1/2 inch apart). Tie ribbon between 2 scored lines.
Using cutting die from Textile Hearts set, cut 2 hearts from the Grunge Board. Emboss one of the hearts with the floral patterned folder in the set. Sponge white ink over this heart and allow to dry. Sponge the other heart with Wild Wasabi until it is well covered. Outline edge with gold stickles. When the white heart is dry, colour in the flowers with blue and the foliage with wild wasabi. Blot a little bit to ensure ink does not smear.

The green heart is adhered using SNAIL. The white heart is adhered using dimensionals on the right hand side.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I realized that I had not posted a photo of the altered lunch tin I had made after receiving Andrea Walford's class planner - see it here

I did not have Bali Breeze DSP at the time, so I used Berry Bliss. Turned out well - now I just have to make some cards and dividers to put in it!
CS - Purely Pomegranate Textured, Pixie Pink,Whisper White
DSP - Berry Bliss
Ink - Pixie Pink, Purely Pomegranate
One of a Kind Stamp Set, Boho Blossoms Punch
Ribbon - Purely Pomegranate double stitched, chocolate chip polytwill, non SU pink
Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet Dies
Note that Purely Pomegranate CS & Ink and Berry Bliss DSP retire with the current catalogue. The Purely Pomegranate ribbon is no longer available. the chocolate polytwill ribbon retired with the Occasions Mini at the end of June.

Here is a christmas card I made this morning. It was really quick to make, so I am thinking this will be one of the ones I will be making in bulk this year.

CS - Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Ruby Red
Ink - Old Olive, Ruby Red
Stamp Sets - Lovely as a Tree, Heard from the Heart
Note that Heard from the Heart is one of the new Die Cut sets that will be available in the new catalogue (effective August 11)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I finally inked up some of the new sets I got from the preview -- Deer Friends (Hostess Level II) and Heard from the Heart -- to create this christmas card.
Check out how the Old Olive 1/4" Polytwill ribbon coordinates with the Kiwi Kiss CS.
CS: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 1/2" circle, 1 3/8" circle
Other: Old Olive 1/4" polytwill ribbon, dimensionals, stickles (gold), dauber, paper piercer

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Just a quick post with a card I made using totalling non Stampin Up! products. My LSS had this card on display using Coredinations card stock. I asked if they would mind if I did a copy of it and Tammy said no problem she was very flattered. They only thing I did different was to adhere the whole front onto white card stock before mounting it onto my white card base. Coredinations card stock has a white core so when you dry emboss it or crinkle it up it can be sanded a bit to reveal the white. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.5.
For the background panel I cut 2 pieces of green and 2 pieces of turquoise each measuring 2 1/8 by 2 3/4. I used the CB Textile embossing folder for the turquoise panels and crumpled up the two green panels. I then sanded them and adhered them to a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 white card stock. Attached the ribbon and then adhered the whole panel to my base card.
For the centre panel I cut a piece of white CS to 3 3/8 x 4 3/8; 2 pieces of green and 2 pieces of turquoise to 1 1/2 by 2. To stamp the image I used some repositionable adhesive on each of the green and turquoise pieces and put them on a piece of copy paper so the edges touched and in the position they would be on the finished card. I stamped the images with versamark and then heat embossed with white. I then attached the individual stamped pieces to the white panel and adhered it to my card. I maybe should have used dimensionals.
The man in the brown truck delivered my preorders from the new catty and although I have mounted all the stamps - those die cuts are the best - I have not even opened the CS. I just can't decide what I want to do first. I did play with the scallop edge punch however. So much easier than using the corner rounder!
Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Well here I am finally. The last month has been very hectic and stressful - my husband has been ill but now that he has undergone a procedure to correct his heart rythmn things are looking up for us.

Although I have not been posting, my friend Judy and I have been busy making cards to be sent to our troops in Afghanistan. We have made over 100 simple cards, trying to cover all occasions. The completed cards will find their way to the troops so that they have access to cards to send to their loved ones back home.
This afternoon Judy and I had our own little workshop - we try to get together every Monday to stamp, chat and just catch up with each other.

Today we made three cards.
The first one involves no stamping - we used our Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls Embossing folder. We had waited so long for it to come off backorder and finally received them last week. We also used one of the folders from the Cuttlebug Fancy Corners set. For this project we used all nonSU products although we did discuss that we could use Whisper White and Sage Shadow CS. In place of dewdrops we could use green rhinestone brads. We also thought it would make a lovely christmas card using Whisper White and Real Red CS.
Tammy at The Scrapbox here in Ottawa designed this card.

The next card we made was CASE'd from this one we saw on Chic n Scratch

We used the same image and same colours but we changed the background stamp, sentiment, size and ribbon. We also added little 'goggly' eyes. We used the Owl from Just Celebrate and Boho Backgrounds Stamp Sets, river rock, chocolate chip and whisper white CS. River Rock, chocolate chip and Timber Brown Staz On inks. River Rock double stitched ribbon.

And finally we made this card using the Fresh Cuts Flowers stamp set. We decided to do a spotlight technique and love the results. We used basic black, real red and whisper white CS. Basic Black ink. Real Red and Always Artichoke markers. Styled silver hodgepodge (retired from Occsions Mini). The ribbon is non SU. We used the big stamp from the Fresh Cuts set on Whisper White and then stamped it again on a scrap. We punched the flower image with the 1 1/4 circles punch, coloured the petals with real red and the leaves with always artichoke. We mounted that on a 1 3/8 circle punched from basic black. Used dimensionals to attach it to the card.

Well that is my update for now. I just placed by order for a box of the new SU catalogue and I am anxiously waiting for the stamp sets and new In Colours I was able to preorder from the new catalogue. The news is that all NEW sets will be die cut.

Thanks for looking.