Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Camel - Pick Me Up

Thanks to everyone who attended the Halloween Card class - congrats to the very talented ladies who attended and completed all the cards in record time!  There are now 10 new rosette making experts in Northern California!

This is the last of 2010’s Scrapbook Expo castoffs (thank goodness since the next expo is this month), the print paper was a real “challenge” - could it be the hot pink foil stripe?  I really am enjoying all the Inky Antics stamps purchased from Stampers Corner – truly, is it a wonder that they know me by name, lol!  The camel was quite a challenge – I ended up dipping a cotton ball in Copic blender solution and daubing the “fur” to give a texture to the beige, beige and beige.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, various scraps
Patterned paper:  various GCD paper
Stamp: (BaZooples #4  )  Inky Antics
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other:  Copics

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A*Muse Studios Halloween Workshop

Just a quick post about something other than the Online class, this weekend I am teaching a Halloween Card workshop - September 25th.  There will be four cards, a standing tag and a flat tag - the tags and two of the cards are strictly from A*Muse Studio's artists.  Two of the cards are strictly my work so I decided to share them here - though I have to say, if I hadn't taken the online class I wouldn't know how to make the cute rosette! 

If you are in the area, and if there is space, you can reserve your spot by going to the hostess' site  (RSVP thru www.mycmsite.com/shelley).

All products are from the A*Muse Studio catalogs except for the rosette maker from the Tim Holtz Alterations collection by Sizzix.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Online Class Day 8

Today’s card involved acetate, tissue paper, sticky back canvas, watercolor with markers and matte multi-medium.  I had to start over several times – not sure if I am just uncoordinated (ripped the tissue several times after it was stuck to the canvas) or if it is because I feel stuffy and achy (allergies, cold?).  I am leaning toward the later, since I also watched the season premiere of “Castle” tonight and even that confused me.  I have already made an appointment to get my flu shot this week - perhaps I am a few days late on it (isn’t that just the way things happen?)! 

Cardstock: Sticky Back Canvas (White) Ranger, (Acetate Card) Hero Arts
Stamp:  (Find Joy ) Hero Arts, (Flower Dot Pattern, Butterflies and Print) Hero Arts/Basic Grey, (Lower Case Art) Stampers Anonymous  
Ink:   (Black, White) StazOn, (Antique Linen) Ranger
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, vintage button, (markers) Stampin Up, (border punch) Fiskars, Multi-Medium (Matte) Ranger, (twine) Papertrey Ink

Monday, September 19, 2011

Online Class Day 7

Wow, I’ve made it through Day 7 of the class – and I am only 1 day behind!  How is everyone else holding up in the class?
I’ve tried stamping with markers before (a little bit here and there).  This is the first time I tried using the first and second generation stamp on the same card.  It really is dramatic – though I’m not sure about the cards I came out with – very much out of my norm.  I guess that’s part of the whole point of taking classes – learning new techniques and stepping out of our comfort zones. 
I definitely have an addiction to Perfect Pearls mist – it makes everything softer, less harsh (and covers a whole bunch of errors) – wonder if I can just spray myself in the mornings with it (would it have the same effect)?

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey,
Stamp:  (Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Hippy Girl) Kasiercraft
Ink:   VersaMark, (Chipped Sapphire) Ranger
Other:  (various gemstones) Hero Arts, (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (button) Basic Grey, (markers) Stampin Up, (Scallop Punch) Stampin Up, (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Large) Nestabilities

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Online Class Day 6

Another great day of “Art” – I’ve only managed one card today which seems to be the norm for the “implement the techniques you learned the day before” days.  On this card, I’ve distressed everything I could get my hands on (including the flowers prior to rolling them and the ribbon) - I've probably used all the techniques learned yesterday!  I didn’t have the picket fence Distress stain – so made do with the snow cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, used sparingly.  I over spritzed what was to be a pink rose several attempts in a row, so in the end I just grabbed the Prima pebble with a pink rose on it.  Do I have any advice?  - Let the trimming dry completely prior to putting on card – while I have some cool Broken China castoff on my card – it wasn’t planned, if you get my drift.
Plus, during this past week, I had to come up with ideas and the card kits for my favorite Creative Memories consultant (http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/shelley).  Each year, she hosts two major crops – National Scrapbook Day, and Croptoberfest.  She always gives out goodie bags for each attendee, and for the past two years (at least), she has included a card kit that I create.  So this year, all attendees will be able to make a waterfall card and two monster boxes, all made from this year’s new CM colors. 

Cardstock: (White, Vintage Cream) Papertrey
Patterned Paper:  (Berry Splash from Strawberry Kisses Collection) Prima Marketing
Stamp:  (Graph Background, Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Songbird) Prima Marketing
Ink:   Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Broken China, Tattered Rose) Ranger, Distress Stain (Broken China) Ranger, (Onyx Black Versafine) Tsukineko
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (Clear) Ranger, Acrylic Paint Dabber (Snow Cap) Ranger, (Trimmings, Philosophy Tags) Tim Holtz Idea-ology, (Pebbles) Prima Marketing

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Online Class Day 5

Today’s card was done using the techniques of Pearlized Distress Resist and Distress Stamping – and to be honest, it’s too close to the example given by Jennifer McGuire to be called my own (just the color and stamps were changed).  However, I love the card – especially since there is no colored cardstock or printed paper anywhere!  Jennifer has definitely taught me to add leaves to my flowers – something I’d never really done before – this time the flower was stamped a second time, colored with green and cut out for leaves.  Plus – the bonus today was finding out that you just needed one glue dot to make a felt flower – not the massively glued one I made two weeks ago!  I’m sure I’m not the only one “in class” to have a few “aha” moments.  If you have ever taken a art/craft class - what kind of "aha" moment did you have?

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey, (Watercolor) Hero Arts
Stamp:  (Old Letter, Small Sweet Petals, Find Joy) Hero Arts
Ink:   Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint) Ranger, Distress Stain (Broken China) Ranger, (Rich Cocoa) Memento
Other:  (pearls) Hero Arts, (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, Embossing Powder (White) Ranger

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Online Class Day 3

Yesterday’s class focused on techniques involving dry embossing and die cutting – so my little Cuttlebug got quite the workout!  I actually like all the cards I made (though I was still finishing them up this morning)!   I cannot wait until tomorrow – my friend is coming over and we are going to do the class together (plus go out for an amazing lunch)! 
Anyway, back to day 3, my first card is using the embossed glossy technique – I focused on snowflakes and made a Christmas card (one down, with many more to go).  Since I didn’t have a snowflake die, I used a hexagon punch since it reminded of the shape of many snowflakes.  I laughed later because the sentiment and the scheme (cool blue colors and snowflakes) seemed such a contrast!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Glossy White) Ranger, scraps of blue probably Bazzill
Stamp:  (Snowflakes) Stampin Up
Ink:  Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other:  (Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, (gemstones) Hero Arts, vintage glass buttons, (felt snowflakes) Stampin Up, (Oval, Scallop Oval) Nestabilities, (Hexagon large, small, shape maker) Creative Memories

The second card is using the Altered Color Embossing technique – I immediately thought of those candies that are dots on paper strips – so bright and fun (although not really very tasty if I remember correctly?).  Plus I had to remember how to fold a pinwheel since I wanted the dimension – not sure you can tell in the photo but I actually used the pinwheel stamp, covered it with the dimensional pinwheel, colored the handle and added Glossy Accents.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink,  (Crystal Blue) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (stripes, dots) Doodlebug – I cut of the tabs to tell the exact name – but there is also a blue equivalent strip called Dragonfly stripe (for those folks needing a less “pink” card)
Stamp:  (Life of the Party Birthday) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  R21, RV02, BG10, B01, Y21, G14, E71
Other:  (glitter brads) Doodlebug, (Glossy Accents) Ranger, Stickles (Rock Candy Distress, Diamond) Ranger, (Labels Four) Nestabilities

The final card used the Letterpress technique (I should say “Faux” in front).  I had many, many attempts at the background before I was finally happy with the color and design.

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (New England Ivy) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Thrift Shop collection) October Afternoon
Stamp:  (Find Joy) Hero Arts
Ink:    (French Roast) Amuse Studios, Shadow Ink (Soft Sand, Soft Brown) Hero Arts
Other:  (Flower Layers #6) Sizzix/Basic Grey, antique lace,  (Blush dots, gemstones, pearls) Hero Arts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Online Class Day 2

The second day of my online class was what I’ll call an implementation day, where you implement the techniques learned the day before.  Since part of my goal is to learn and grow (so to speak), I made a determined effort not to use any of the stamps etc. that the instructor or guest instructor used.  Hence, I basically sealed my own doom, and I had to struggle to come up with even one card.    In fact this morning, I tore off part of the card and redid it.  While I’m happier today with the card, it still just doesn’t seem complete to me.

Things I learned or practiced during the making of this card - practiced the Kissed Resist technique, made my own background stamp from smaller stamps, learned that acrylic word charms should be chalked so that the words can be seen, that a bottle of glossy accents should not be squeezed too hard if it’s jammed up, and that the craft mat is invaluable (and that glossy accents really cleans up off of it)!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Glossy White) Ranger, miscellaneous scraps
Stamp:  (Butterflies and Print, Flower Dot Pattern) Hero Arts/Basic Grey
Ink:  (Misty Meadow chalk queue) ColorBox, (Vintage Photo) Ranger
Other:  (Clear acrylic tags, Sassy strands) CTMH, (Green Galore stamping pastel) Stampin Up, (Black Soot distress stickles, Perfect Pearls mister) Ranger, buttons

Monday, September 12, 2011

Online Class Day 1

Day 1 of my online class was so much fun!  We learned 5 techniques – and created 4 cards with those techniques.  While some of my cards are similar to the instructor's (full credit to Jennifer McGuire), I think I varied them enough to make them mine.  Plus I used up some orphan pieces of paper in my stash that I wasn’t sure I’d ever use!  I’ve even managed to get all the paint and ink off my hands – basically a successful day.
After an errand to get my cell phone bill corrected, I’ll be right back into the mix for the day 2 class! 
Special thanks to Shelley, who took one look at the Halloween card and said, “add a spider”.  I did, and I think it just finishes it off perfectly.

For this last card - posted to the class gallery - here are the list of "indgredients":

Patterned paper: (Aqua Shock, BFF and Chocolate Fix from Jocelyn Collection) SEI
Stamp:  (Antique Engraving, Wildflower Garden) Hero Arts
Ink:  (Broken China Distress stain) Ranger, (Shabby Shutters ink pad) Ranger  - I layered both to get a deep blue green color - truly an accident
Other:  (Sticky Back Canvas) Ranger, vintage buttons, (white embossing powder) Hero Arts, Ranger Perfect pearls mister 

British Magazines and OnLine Class

I started my online class today, taught by the very talented Jennifer McGuire - I naively thought I'd have completed today's lesson and have a post tonight filled with my creations.  However, this class is just so amazing -  a ton of techniques and cards for each technique - hours later I'm still working (and having a terrific time)!  So here is last weekend's project and post - maybe tomorrow I can post today's work!

I am really loving how British craft magazines always include a little craft goodie – paper, shimmer pots, chipboard each month!  My challenge is that each time I buy another $12 import – I have to use the ‘goodie’, or give it away.  It is not to be added to my stash, my clip it up, my closet, my box of shame, my IKEA drawers, none of them!
So, I got the latest Simply Cards and Papercraft, and attached to it was a set of papers by Craftworkcards.  Since the colors of the paper pack were right up my league, I pulled out a few supplies and came up with four simple cards – all very similar but different.  The best part of the whole project, besides four more cards to put in my sale bin, was the fun of making my first felt rose using a die that had been sitting around for a month!
You might ask, sale bin?  I make more cards than I need, so I keep the ones I love – and I either give away, ship to Operation Write Home, or put in the sale bin at my favorite Creative Memories consultant’s house (joggingby.blogspot.com).  Her mother is my best client – thank you, Maureen!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Slate) Amuse Studios
Patterned paper: (Botanicals) Craftworkcards
Stamp: (essential sentiments, studio sampler 3) Amuse Studios
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Slate) Amuse Studios
Other: (Slate Felt) Amuse Studios, (Buttons) Bo Bunny, (die) My Favorite Things

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Deepest Sympathy

Another Scrapbook Expo castoff kit experiment for today!  I rarely feel like making sympathy cards when they are actually needed – so I try to make some in advance when all is well in the world.  I tried a traditional banner/flag type greeting – however, next time I will use the technique that K Werner (http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=6344) utilizes.  I learn so much from her blog – she’s super talented!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Ocean, Cocoa) Close to My Heart
Patterned paper: various GCD
Stamp: (Small Sweet Petals, Everyday Sayings) Hero Arts
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other: Copics

Friday, September 2, 2011

Bright Happy Birthday

Hello!  Last year I took many, many, classes at the Scrapbook Expo in my area.  Just by chance (or bad luck) I ended up taking 4 classes from the same group of ladies.  Each class was more disorganized than the last and the tools either broken or non-existent – with instructions such as “put the punch on the ground and jump on it” in order to punch out needed pieces for the project.  The funniest thing was the coordination of GCD paper in the kits (nothing wrong with GCD – just the combos in the kit). My goal after just picking up the last two kits and leaving, was to come up with something … shall we say, more pleasing to my eye?!  I just finished the last two kits full - so there will be several cards in the future.  You may disagree with my choices – but trust me, the originals were “only pretty to their mama’s eye”!
Warning – when I misted my flowers – I did not use a spray box (although I have one sitting on a shelf, pristinely clean and tidy, right next to my craft table) – and basically sprayed my entire work table.  The work table still shimmers slightly, even after multiple cleanings.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Cherry) Amuse Studio
Patterned paper: various GCD patterns
Stamp: (Bold Line Flower) Hero Arts, (Happy Birthday) Technique Tuesday
Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other: Copic Markers, (Pearl Green) Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist - Luminarte