Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 10 – Stretch - Borders

Had a great time at the crop and managed to finish my Day 10 card.  I really do like this card – and it was so simple!  I just curved the border on the acrylic block prior to stamping so that the pennants had something to hang from.  Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Dotty for you B&T duos collection) CTMH
Stamps:  (Calico Borders) Hero Arts for Studio Calico, (Party This Way) Stampin Up!
Ink:  (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Tangelo) Memento, (Green Hills, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum, Wet Cement, Pool) Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Other: (Pennant Punch) Stampin Up!, (Paradise collection baker's twine) CMTH

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 11 – Stretch - Reverse

Hello again!  I have skipped over Day 10 and will come back to it – I know what I want to do, but my closest crafting friend has the coordinating punches for my stamp set.  I do not know what I would do if she moved since we tend to buy things and split/share them!  Thankfully I am going to her house this weekend for a crop – so I will finish Day 10 soon.

In the meantime, Day 11 focused on reverse stamps.  I can tell you that Jennifer McGuire’s card was amazing – white ink, on kraft paper and colored in with pencils.  My take (with embossing added and a frame) does not look too bad unless you saw the original!  Oh my, practice makes perfect – and apparently, while I can color with Copics, I need more practice with my pencils!  I did use the diffuser again while embossing – and then covered the edge between with a scalloped circle to tidy things up.  I am getting better with the diffuser (twice in a week’s time period – woo hoo!) – so I think there may be hope for the other skills.
Cardstock: (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Happy Go Lucky paper collection) American Crafts
Stamp:  (Large Blossom) Hero Arts, sentiment from Stampin Up!
Ink:    (White Daisy) CTMH
Other:  (Honeydew baker’s twine) The Twinery, (Yellow Ochre, Chartreuse pencils) Prismacolor, (Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser) Sizzix

Day 9 – Stretch - Outline

This week has gotten so busy – I ended up making two batches of lemon bars after work along with everything else that usually needs to get done.  My crafting time has been limited – so this card has been in pieces since Wednesday.  As I did last Friday night – I hope to catch up this evening!

This card was inspired by the online class (Maile Belles’ card) – strips of paper color blocked, side by side, and an outline stamp embossed on white.  Naturally, my colors and stamp were different, but truly the cards are very similar.  I did add a technique from another card, which was embossing the image onto patterned paper and cutting out (that little tiny car).  I still do not know how straight strips of paper end up a little wonky at the bottom, I actually took strips off and replaced since the original was really off.
Here is a little hint - remember to remove the masking paper prior to heat embossing.  Trust me.
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink, scraps
Stamp:  (Metropolis) Paper Smooches
Ink:    Versamark ink pad and pen
Other:  white embossing powder, ribbon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 8 – Stretch - Labels

I love the colors in this card – I could have a whole wardrobe in these colors (and shoes!).  I basically just layered the papers, then stamped, embossed, and die cut a label.  I have used more vellum and paper collections in this class than I have in the past year – and I am having a great time!  I pulled out my white gel pen – but discovered that once I start with the faux stitching lines, I cannot stop.  It is a problem I will have to deal with – along with all that paper and embellishments multiplying in my craft room.  Now to catch up with class since I am a day behind!

Cardstock: (Kraft, Vellum) Stampin Up!, ( Melon Berry) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Nantucket paper collection) Pink Paislee
Stamp:  (Flutter By) Lawn Fawn, (Vintage Labels) A Muse Studio
Ink:    VersaMark
Dies: (Labels) A Muse Studio
Other:  white gel pen, white embossing powder, buttons, embroidery floss

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day 7 – Stretch - Floral

My card today was inspired by Kristina’s card – I loved the idea of using neutrals to color flowers - a really out of the box idea for me to embrace.  I started the card by using the Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser and a dot embossing folder to create an overall texture but with a small oval frame that was not embossed.  I have never tried the embossing diffuser prior – and it really was simple.  Then I stamped my flowers in a very light ink – and outlined them with a T1 Copic marker (a technique I learned on Papertrey Ink’s blog).  

I really like the soft muted effect – I added lace and pearls, and kept the card very “ladylike”. 
Cardstock: (Cream) Papertrey Ink, (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Flutter By) Lawn Fawn, (Magical Wishes) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (Wet Cement) Hero Arts
Copics: T1
Other:  (pearls, adhesive lace) Hero Arts, (dot embossing folder) Provo Craft, (Tim Holtz Embossing Diffuser) Sizzix, (scallop border punch, scallop oval punch) Stampin Up!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bonus Day – Stamp and Die cut

Yesterday all of the students received a Bonus Day of ideas and videos – always exciting!  I cannot say I really love the card I came up with – but I like the techniques used (no fault of the teachers, just my stubbornness to use items I had on hand - sort of the point of my efforts right now).

 I cut out a die cut in black print for the front of my card and attached it. Then I die cut the interior with a smaller matching die, leaving a border (and a hole in the front of the card).  I wanted to use the stamped image that corresponds with the die and have it hang off the side of the card (but it just did not look balanced), instead I used the interior piece that I cut out and layered it on the inside of the card.  I distressed all the edges of the card both with ink and a distressing tool.  I stamped my sentiment and then cut out with the matching die.  Finally, I gathered all my embellishments into the open spot on the card front (mainly so the card could open up, plus I liked the composition).

It is an interesting card – the paper is rather loud (another had to buy it because it was “on sale” at the expo).  I really like the inside of the card.  However, I now have another idea in my head using the same dies and techniques, so it is not a complete wasted effort.

Hope you have a great week!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Eau De Parfume  from Vintage Vogue collection) Pink Paislee
Stamp:  (World Treasures) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Versafine) Tsukineko
Dies: (Framelits Apothecary Accents, Floral Frames) Stampin Up! and Sizzix
Other:  (brads and paper rosettes) Pink Paislee

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 5 – Stretch - Sentiments

It feels so good to be caught up in class – it has been a productive evening (or I have just had too much caffeine?).  I started with a cute sentiment from Hero Arts and had the idea of a play on “word”.  The inside of the card is actually what the outside was going to look like, and then I changed it up. 

Have a great weekend!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Just Dotty paper collection) CTMH
Stamp:  (Wish Big) Hero Arts, (Word Search) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Jet Black Archival) Ranger
Dies: (Labels Fourteen) Spellbinders
Other:  ribbon

Day 4 – Stretch - Graphics

This card was super simple – I stamped the image and embossed in white, then repeated with one image in red.  My stamp positioner was a most valuable tool!  Plus another tool that made the task simple – the tiny attacher stapler - it made short work of attaching the vellum (thanks to an idea from Julie Ebersole).  I always thought of vellum as a wedding/dressy card occasion – but when I could not find my acrylic cards, vellum was the only substitute that I could think of. 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Kraft) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Big Pieces) Stampin Up!, (Magical Wishes) Amy R Stamps
Ink:    (VersaMark, Versafine) Tsukineko
Other:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher stapler, (circle shape maker) Creative Memories, (red rhinestone) Queen and Co,  (white embossing powder) Hero Arts, (red embossing powder) Stampin Up!

Day 3 – Stretch - Letters

Well – I have fallen behind in class – however, the way the class is structured, there are no worries.  Day 3 focused on letters and wonderful ways to use them.  Naturally, I had huge letter stamps, and tiny letter stamps, but no stamps that were just right – definitely a Goldilocks kind of day.  However, I did have word stamps that were just the right size.

Jennifer McGuire did a wonderful technique with letters, stamps and embossing frames – and I copied along.  Only the stamps and colors changed – but the idea belongs completely to her – and I just loved the idea!  It is a super simple technique (once somebody else does all the work and shows you how), just a little set up in advance for masking – and then all the fun of stamping.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamp:  (happy everything) A Muse Studio, (Best Blossoms) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Jet Black Archival) Ranger, (ocean, grass, cranberry, sky) A Muse Studio
Dies: (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 2 - Stretch Class - Collage

Day 2 of class – and I get to use one of my favorite Hero Arts collage background stamps – and a new (meaning – I have had it for two years and never inked it up once) Stampin Up! stamp.  Following Jennifer’s example of wiping off some of the ink from the collage in the middle, I instead inked the middle of the stamp with the lighter Tea Dye and the outside of the stamp with the darker Gathered Twigs. 

It is such a simple card, but the technique really makes a focal point.  The great things I am learning in class!  Oh, and today was best described as “taxing” – to the point a cupcake sacrificed itself to the cause (a chocolate chip cookie cupcake) – but I was in a terrific mood afterwards for crafting!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Fantasy, Make Me Smile from Happy Together collection) Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp:   (Old Letter) Hero Arts, (C is for Cat) Stampin Up!
Ink:     (Soft Pool) Hero Arts, Versamark, (Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs) Distress Ink by Ranger
 Other:  (Pool mixed accents) Hero Arts, ribbon, clear embossing powder

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 1- Stretch Your Stamps Card Class

I signed up for another card class from about a month ago – and today is the first day of class.  It sounded like a good idea at the time – however, now it coincides with a renewed eating plan and the start of an exercise plan this past week.  Basically, I feel a lot like the character in the movie Airplane who kept stating “I picked a bad week to give up ... (insert addiction)”.  So while I dream of comfy chairs, television viewing and chocolate – I tried to come up with a cheery card in contrast to my mood. 

While chanting “keep it simple” – I stamped my background stamp on a simple white card and then reinked the stamp in Versamark and kissed my flower stamp to it (in order to emboss in white).  I have the punch that matches the flower stamp, so it made quick work cutting out the embossed flower.  I finished by adding a sentiment, ribbon and leaves (just like Jennifer taught us in a prior class).  Best of all, I used a background stamp that I bought at least a year ago and have never used!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green) Stampin Up!
Stamp:  (Striped Circle) Hero Arts, (Mixed Bunch) Stampin Up!, (Good Gab) Paper Smooches
Ink:    (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Night Chalk Ink) Hero Arts
Other:  (Raspberry Ripple ribbon, flower punch) Stampin Up!, (circle shape maker) Creative Memories, (white embossing powder) American Crafts

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Glitter Cards

Last year I attended a class sponsored by Krazy Kreations.  The technique in the class involved covering cardstock in adhesive, burnishing glitter into it, placing peel offs on top and finishing by coloring with Copics.  Naturally, I purchased everything I needed to make more cards (and then some), and here it is another year has gone by and I have finally made a few cards.  I used the same layout for all three cards but mixed up the colors – the Picadilly line of paper really has a lot of variety.  I struggled with the layout – I picked out the paper and copics – colored the flowers and then let the project sit on my work table for several weeks.  Sometimes it helps just to think about a project for a while – today I finally got an idea and worked through it!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Picadilly 6X6 paper pad) Basic Grey
Copics: various
Dies: (Classic Scalloped Circles Large) Spellbinders
Punches:  (oval, scallop oval) Stampin Up!
Peel Offs:  (Text #390, 324 ) Starform, (Outline #2530) Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other:  (ribbon) May Arts, (baker’s twine – neutral assortment) CTMH, (buttons) CTMH, wide Sookwang adhesive, fine white glitter