Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A fond farewell...

Hello my friends!! The time has some as it does every June when Stampin Up sends out a "Retiring Stamp List". The stamps on the list will be available only thru the end of June and then they will be gone forever. A nice thing about it is that on July 1 you will be able to enjoy a new catalog with even more great stamp sets! Have fun looking thru the list! I always enjoy it!!

Step-up card

Step-up cards are fun even if it's only for the simple "Oooo" factor that you get when you show them. People always have to pick it up and try to figure out the fold. Yes, it does look complicated but with proper directions you can manage. It's only one cut and 4 score lines. Seriously, that's it. I made the Razzleberry one for Mother's Day for my Mom. The picture came out dark because I have light issues. It seems that only the pictures taken in the sun turn out sharp for me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Let's celebrate Father's Day

With Father's Day approaching I decided to design a card that will fit my wonderful outdoorsy Dad. He wears a similar vest to this one when he goes shooting... pictures, that is. Yes, shooting pictures, because that's what he loves to do. I used the circle punches and a LOT of sponging. What a pity that the Close to Cocoa is going away (the lighter of the two browns). I'll have to load up on it.
Enjoy it!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Greetings from sunny California

You must have some friends or family that live on the East Coast or up North, don't you? You know, the people that live in the cold and rain... Yes, these are the folks that I am talking about. Well, why don't we rub in our beautiful California weather with a sunny beach card! I used vellum to cut out the cup and sponged it in different colors. I then ran a sticky tape on top which I covered in microbeads. Chrystal Effects were used to create the sand. I spread it all around the bottom part of the card and then dunked it in a beach sand which I conveniently keep in my drawer. Just for the record, you should ALWAYS keep beach sand in your craft drawer because you just never know when it might come in handy (but then, you all probably know it anyways). Umbrella and a straw and voila - a delicious, happy card!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Amazing, thoughtful, sweet.....

Good morning to you all!! You may recognize this stamp since it's from the On the Pedestal set. We used that set in the past to create ice cream sundae... you know... the one with the little cherry on top. The flowers are from the Big Flower set which has been retired since but I use it constantly for all my flower needs. The colors I used are Night of Navy, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.
Happy stamping!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Birthday Whimsy continued

I think that I got used to cutting out images in order to add some dimension to the card. I know that some of the images are harder to cut out than others but these balloons were a breeze and I love how they jump out of the card.

I used the Night Of Navy designer paper and ink, as well as Old Olive and So Saffron - all of the colors which are going stay with us after June 30. I love that color combo. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brithday wishes

Good afternoon, my friends! If I could have it my way, all cards would be brown and pink because I absolutely adore that color combo! I know, however, that most men would shiver if they would receive a pink or purple card with a dab of glitter on it. So after putting some serious effort into not thinking "pink", here is my attempt at a masculine birthday card. I used chocolate chip and old olive markers for the stamp and a designer paper, which I got who knows where, for the front of the card. Did I ever mention that I absolutely love the embossed backgrounds?!?

Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wedding Season!

The wedding season is in full bloom, my friends! With everyone getting married this time of the year I figured that it would only be appropriate to come up with a card for that wonderful occasion. I was trying to make it somewhat easy, clean and simple and this is the outcome. Let me know what you think about it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Summer Mini is out!!!

Summer Mini Catalog is out!! You can check it out HERE!!!

Also, let me know if you want to order any of the retiring colors. I have found out that some of them are being replaced with the textured paper as they have run out of the smooth paper. They will be filling out the orders as supplies last.

Fun with Pun Fun

I am back playing with the Pun Fun set and my two favorite colors: pink and brown. The sheep would be cute if you used the liquid applique on it which I didn't do on this card. This is an easy card and you can definitely make a little production line out of it.
Have a terrific weekend!! And a Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful Mothers of the world!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe, three in a row... Apparently I am still stuck on the owls. I thought that the Tic Tac Toe idea would go great with this stamp set. As you can see I'm really enjoying my new embossing template. It's amazing how different a card can look when you add a piece of embossed paper to it. You can't see it well on the picture but all the balloons and hats are popped up.

Happy stamping!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hoot Hoot Hooray!

What an adorable stamp set this is! I couldn't wait to get it and now that I have it I want to use it, use it and use it! Yes, you have figured me out - it's because I can put the googlie eyes on these adorable owls!

This is also the first time that I have used Nestabilieties and I truly love them. Nestabilities are cutting dies which have several different applications and you can use them with either your Cuttlebug or Big Shot. Not only will you be able to use them for die cuts but you also can do some neat embossing with their help and I am talking about several different types of embossing. I will get to embossing in the coming weeks as I myself am just learning the system. This particular set came with five different size dies. They are very small and therefore super easy to store. If you are interested in learning about Nestabilies, visit Splitcoast's forum HERE.

Today I used Durango, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and coordinating designer paper to create this card. I thought that having the brunch sticking out of the Nestabilities frame would be a cute touch. And yes, what a shocker, I managed to put the googlie eyes on!! Hoot Hoot!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Great news!!!

Hi there! I'm back!! I had a great semi-vacation with my wonderful Dad and now it's time to get things rolling again!
I have super exciting news for you! Stampin Up redid their color families! They are getting rid of a lot of current colors, bringing back some of the old In Colors (yes, they must have listened to some of my e-mails which proves that complaining sometimes does pay off) and will introduce five completely new colors. Having said that, please welcome the new SU color families.

Of course there are some colors which are going to be missed and we will have to stock up on them before the end of June, but for the most part this is a change in the right direction. Meanwhile, our hats go off to the retirees which we will stay in our hearts forever...

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shake, shake, shake

I finally got a chance to make a shaker card ! They are not too difficult to create and always put a smile on the recipient's face.

I used Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa and Basic Grey. I first scored the Close to Cocoa, then run a watercolor pencil and the blender pen just to add some definition to the lines. A few brads, a piece of twine and voila, here is the card!! I used an acetate sheet to make the window but you can use a little clear baggie instead. You would put the beads into the baggie and glue it on top of the whale. You would then use a foam tape to attach the window frame to the bag.

Check out Splitcoast gallery for ideas.
There is no end as to what you can do with shaker cards!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Digital Stamps continued

I came across yet another company with cute digital stamps - Angels Landing. You most definitely need to enjoy coloring in order to appreciate digi stamps. In case you don't know, digi stamps are black and white digital images that you can download from an online store onto your computer, where you can resize them or flip them before printing them out. Once they have been printed out, digi stamps are used in pretty much the same way as rubber stamps. You can color them, cut them out or embellish them. When coloring, however, you may have issues with running ink since you are dealing with a normal printer ink rather than stamping ink. Also, certain techniques, such as embossing, is hard to achieve, but it's not impossible. The image can still be traced using a versamarker pen and then can have the embossing powder applied to it. Even though digi stamps are becoming increasingly popular they will never replace rubber stamps. Meanwhile we can enjoy the cute additions to our cards at a very low price. As you may have noticed the whole set of animals is only $5.99, no shipping and handling charges and you will get them within 48 hours from the time your order has been processed! I got the polar bears and the chicks.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Picture holder

This project was inspired by my dear Michele who gave me a very similar picture holder as a gift. To make it, you will need four paper coasters, four pieces of 4 by 4 paper, coordinating paper and ink and 1/2 inch ribbon to hold both sides together. The easiest way to come up with a design for the inside is to think of a card that you made in the past and try to incorporate it into this project. I used Eastern Blooms, which I love so much, and worked with both Razzleberry and Old Olive paper, inks and markers.

Are you already thinking about Christmas gifts? This picture holder would make a fabulous gift for the special people in your life.

Have fun making it!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Flower Pot Card

Here is a little weekend project for you!! A flower pot card!! It's not very difficult to make as long as you either run to Michaels and buy paper flowers or cut them out on your Cricut.

I used Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery - the most perfect colors for Easter! The pot was embossed with Cuttlebug and sponged with Bashful Blue. Hopefully you will get a chance to try it out this weekend!

Happy card making!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Who let the dogs out?!?!?!

I saw this card on Splitcoast and simply could not resist and had to copy it. I used the Cricut but you can use oval and circle punches to make it as well. It seems that I squeeze the bling everywhere I can, even if it means putting it on the dog's ears!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Creating sunset effect with a brayer

I have used brayer in the past to stamp large stamps or to create reflection of images, but I have never used it to apply ink to a card. In this case I used Barely Banana for the background paper and cut out a 1 3/4 circle from a post-it-note and put it in place. I applied Dusty Durango to half of the brayer and More Mustard to the other half. I then proceeded to roll the well inked brayer onto the paper with the Durango towards the bottom half of the page. I finished of by sponging in the two colors just to cover some lines that the brayer may have left. I peeled off the post-it-note circle, which was on the paper during the ink application and... VOILA! Here is our sunset. I stamped the image last and made sure that some of the flowers were against the sun. I love the effect which I have achieved with the brayer. The card is in Soft Suede and I must say that it goes beautifully with the Durango.

Happy Stamping!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's clearly a swap!!

Phew, this one was close. The due date on my latest swap is Monday and I finally finished it and am shipping it off to Ohio today. As you know, I have been doing some card swapping lately and this is my latest creation. This is also the second time that I am using clear stamps. The first time I tried them at the convention and I was very impressed. This time, not so much. It could have something to do with the manufacturer, who in this case is Inkadinkado, so I will have to try different brands before I completely make up my mind.

The idea of clear stamps is great for a variety of reasons:

* The storage is a breeze because they come on thin, little sheets which you can file in a drawer.
* You will get by just fine with owning only two or three acrylic blocks for your entire stamp collection.
* You can also see exactly where you are stamping, thus you will be able to achieve accurate positioning without help from stamp-a-ma-jig.
* To top it off, you can place few images at one time on the acrylic block.
* Oh yeah, they are also rather cheap.

And cheap they are. One of the main disadvantages of clear stamps is that they just don't deliver that crisp image that I am looking for. You can immediately (at least in my case) tell a clear stamp image from a rubber stamp image. Also, since you constantly have to put the stamps on the blocks and then take them off, they do get dirty and need to be washed. Some companies, such as Stampin Up or The Greeting Farm have created rubber stamps with a foam backing which adhere to the acrylic block and can be repositioned, but they are not see thru. I can sort of understand where they are going with it but I am not sold on it either. They are trying to keep the crisp image of a rubber stamp and use the clear block with it. However, working with them, you will still need to use stamp-a-ma-jig.

Bottom line is that it doesn't matter what I think about the rubber or clear stamps. It totally depends on preference and I CLEARLY like the rubber stamps more.... at this point.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Easter Bunny

I never really thought about the origin of Easter Bunny. Have you? Just as Santa Clause represents Christmas, a hopping bunny with a basket full of colorful eggs is an image seen on a lot of Easter cards. I'm totally contributing to that image not only by putting it on my cards but by hiding eggs all around the backyard for Nash to find.

It is believed that Easter Bunny's origin goes back to a Pagan holiday of Eastre celebrating the goddess of spring and fertility. Eastre's sacred animal was the hare. The tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt, on the other hand, came to us from Germany around the 1800s along with the German immigrants. Back in Germany the rabbit would surprise kids on Easter morning by laying colored eggs in nests. So, I'm sorry to disappoint all of you ,but our cute bunnies have nothing to do with Easter afterall. However, since they are so darn adorable I will do anything in my power to squeeze them on a card.

Today I used Pretty In Pink and Close to Cocoa and a lot of punches, both oval and circles. Cuttlebug came in handy for the background and the ticket punch for the corners. By the way, the ticket punch is my absolute favorite when creating layers and layers is what I love!

Hop, hop!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The gift of cards

Now that a lot of you are getting into the groove of card making and officially got the "card bug", two things are going to happen:

- You will all of a sudden remember all the birthdays and anniversaries in your entire family. In addition, you will notice the need of giving cards for made up occassions such as TGIF or "TGI a beautiful day"!

- Your card production will increase dramatically and you will slowly start running out of people and occasions to give the cards to. You will then start accumulating the extra cards. (I think that I have mentioned before that from time saving perspective you should ALWAYS make four or more cards at a time.)

Well, you are in luck. Having a stash of extra cards is the best thing that could have happened to you and you don't even know it! With Hallmark charging up to $5 per card, a bundle of cards would make a wonderful gift for everyone. Now the time has come that you start wrapping them up as gifts for friends and family. I give out bunches of 10 cards and envelopes to Nash's teachers or to friends during Christmas and they absolutely love it.

If you do decide to go that route you can easily make a card purse, such as the one above, or you can try Papertrey Ink and purchase clear boxes at a reasonalbe price from them. If you make your own bag, make sure to use a tacky tape because the tape runners are really not holding the bag very well. To decorate the card purse I used the designer paper which you can get for FREE from SU with a $50 purchase. What a deal!

Happy crafting!

Stuck on Razzleberry

Yes, I'm still stuck on Razzleberry! Love that color! And of course the matching ribbon doesn't hurt either, don't you think?!? The Heartfelt Thanks stamp set has been around for a while and even though it's been retired since, I think it's one of their best sets.

Happy stamping!

The forgotten vellum

Hi everyone!! Yesterday I found some time to play with my new favorite colors: Razzleberry and Old Olive combo!! I absolutely love the richness of the Razzleberry and the beautiful Old Olive is complementing is so well.

I also decided to pick up something which I have not used in probably a year. I decided to play with vellum. You can use vellum for quite a few things. You can find it on announcements or invitations, used for party favor boxes or just on regular cards. Because vellum is "frosty" and slightly see-thru, it can be that perfect touch that your Christmas card needs.

This card is made of 5 by 10 piece of vellum, scored at 5 inches. I cut out four frames in Razzleberry with my one and only Cricut and attached them to the front and back of each of the sheet. This way, not only the card is getting a little bit of character but also a good support since vellum itself is pretty flimsy. I then cut out four 2.75 inch razzleberry squares and attached them just like the frames, to the front and back to each of the sheet. I took it from there and started decorating with Eastern Blooms, the photo corner punch and some pearls.

I have some more projects lined up using vellum and I will be posting them as soon as they will be leaving the Oellien Card Factory!

Monday, February 8, 2010

And a very happy Monday morning to you all!

As I promised, I am slowly posting cards from the card buffet. This particular one is a criscross card. I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set and Real Rust designer paper. I was trying to make a masculine card and I think that I have accomplished just that.

It seems that lately I have been using brads and ribbon on most of my cards. I think that I may have already mentioned before that paper piercing tool along with the mat are absolutely perfect for brad positioning. I love that gadget!!.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Buffet of Cards

Thank you all so much for joining me last Sunday at the Card Buffet. I'm glad that everyone had a great time and I am really looking forward to having some more of get togethers in the future. The Buffet made me realize how lucky of a person I really am. Besides the most wonderful and loving family, I am surrounded by incredible friends who share my passion for papercrafts. Thank you so much for pushing my creativity buttons and driving me to do what I love to do so much. Having said that, here is one of the cards that we made on Sunday. It shows how something very plain and simple can be also very pretty. I used the embossing folder from SU and added few embellishments to it. I see this card as being very versatile. You could use it for a wedding or a birthday and it would make a nice sympathy card. Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Card Buffet on Sunday

My dear friends!!

The time has come for us to have some fun card making!!

Don't forget to stop by my house on Sunday between 9 a.m and 4 p.m! Come in at any time, stay as long as you want and make as many cards as you want. Each card will be $1 including the envelope and you will have 11 different cards to choose from. It’s all on first come first serve basis. I will have precut supplies for each card in its own box and you will grab the box and work on the cards as you come in. If you want to make a bunch of the same cards then go for it!!! Of course I will be helping out at all times. It will be super fun! For those of you who will not be able to make it, I promise to post my buffet cards next week.

I absolutely cannot wait to see you all!!! Let me know if you need my address!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Corner rounder delight

I played around with the corner rounder on this card. It almost looks like the squares are punched out with a special punch, but they are not. I love these colors (wild wasabi and blue bayou). What a pity that the In Colors come and go and never come back. Next time when I'll come across the In Color that I truly love, I'll get a ton of paper and ink in it.

CHA Convention report

Last Saturday Michele and I went crazy at the CHA convention! It was a total heaven for us nutty scrapping chicks! Just imagine a room filled with vendors showing off their rubber stamps, papers, cutters, embellishments, tons of make and takes and giveaways.. Yes, it was absolutely crazy and absolutely awesome!

The thing that made the most noise was Provocraft Cricut Cake . Yes, they did it again! First Cricut, then Cricut Expressions and the Gypsy... now you can cut fondant with the cricut and decorate your cake or cupcakes with it! Needless to say, Michele and I would NEVER pass up on an opportunity for a cupcake, so we spent quite a bit of time waiting in line to decorate one. The darn thing is so cute that I still did not eat it and will leave it to show it off at the card buffet on Sunday.

I have also tried the copic markers which I still think are fabulous. They didn't have any deals on them but I found them at a great pice here.

I'm attaching picture of my favorite make and take. A recipe book from Michaels. Michele counted that altogether we made over 12 make and takes! No wonder we were there till they were practically closing the doors!

One thing is clear to me. We have the greatest hobby known to man kind!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Some of you may have heard me talking about This site is by far the ultimate cardmaker's resource. What started as a small support site for a SU demonstrator turned into a vital place for card ideas and techniques. I hope that you will find a minute to visit the GALLERY portion of the site. In the GALLERY go to SU GALLERY followed by the name of the SU stamp set that you are using. For example, if the stampset that you have is Lovely As A Tree, find that stamp set within the SU GALLERY and you will see a list of thousands of cards made using that particular stampset. You also have an option to search for cards by occasions.

This is just a very small part of their website. Once you start exploring, you will find tons of different techniques, swaps, forums etc. It is going to be worth your while to look into, trust me.

Having said that, have a terrific weekend!! We are heading to Big Bear to get a taste of some snow!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Paper piercing

Hello everyone!! Hope you all had a great weekend! As I was putting finishing touches on my owl card, I came to the conclusion that I'm absolutely crazy about different layers AND I am crazy about paper piercing! I used the paper piercing guide from SU on the So Saffron and the Old Olive paper. I then used a white gel pen to draw the stitching. I have to tell you that the stitching made a whole lot of difference on this card. By the way, be careful what white gel pen you are using. Not all gel pens have been created equal. I got one from Joann's and the darn thing exploded in my hand as I pulled the top off and yes... the ink was all over me and my work area. Speaking about paper piercing, it seems that once I started using the guide, I can't stop. I even use it for brad placement, to ensure that they are spaced equally. It's a fun tool! Try it and let me know how it works out for you!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Dear Valentine

Valentine cards are not my thing. I'm not crazy about working with red paper and hearts, so designing this card was a real challenge for me.
I have quite a few things going on here: embossing, dry embossing, brads, ribbon and paper piercing. You may notice that I incorporated my Cricut into the card as well. That was out of desperation because I didn't know how to finish it!!

Those of you who will be attending my card buffet may want to give this card a try on the 31st. After all, we all are going to need a card for that special someone in our life!!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The magic of background stamps

In order to add something special to your card you can use coordinating designer paper, which Stamping Up so proudly carries. However, a cheaper alternative is the use of background stamps. When you look at the two blue layers of this card, you can see what a tremendous difference a background stamp and a little bit of sponging makes. There are two ways to use a background stamp.

1. You can ink it and stamp it on your paper OR
2. You can ink it, turn it the wet side up, place a piece of paper on top of it and run a brayer thru it (a brayer is a little roller).

The latter is the "correct" way to use the background stamp because you should be able to get a better ink coverage. I recommend that you try both ways and see what works for you.

Background stamps come in many shapes and sizes. The stamp I used in the above card is a block of 4.5 by 6. There are much smaller background stamps as well ( such as the one from the post below), which you can stamp with all over the paper in a sporadic manner. You probably get four different small background stamps for the price of one large one, but there are different applications for each kind. The small ones are great for non orderly backgrounds and the large ones are used when you looking to have a distinctive pattern or lines thruout your entire card. Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Oh, what a delight!

This week we decided to work with Delight In Life stamp set and what a delightful idea it was indeed! I have to admit that it was embarrassing to dust off my very dear stamp set as I took it off the shelf but I guess that's what happens when you have more stamps than you can handle. It's a fun set and all of you who have it should give it a shot. I decided to cut out the flowers and pop them out with the dimensionals. Please, don't panic! I can already see the horror in some of your eyes when it comes to cutting things out. This flower is a piece of cake to cut out and it will add so much depth to your card! It will be well worth it, trust me! Of course there are never enough embelishments to decorate the card with so I had to squeeze couple of brads in there as well. And yes, you see it right, I used a background stamp from our set just to add a little more life to the card. Background stamps are a great way to spice up your creation and I will talk more about them in my next post. Have fun creating!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rubber Stamps from The Greeting Farm

If you check out the rubber stamp section of The Greeting Farm, you should look at the animal stamps, which are absolutely adorable. On the contrary to all the other rubber stamps that I have come across, these have a cling foam and they work just like the clear stamps. You have to cut them out and attach them to an acrylic block and switch the images as needed. Marie at The Greeting Farm was very nice and took time to explain to me how their rubber stamps work. I'll be trying them out this weekend! Can't wait! If only I had copic markers....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

An interesting concept of digital stamps

One day I clicked on an internet site that took me to another site and then yet to another one and finally I ended up at The website has a small variety of stamps but the stamps are very cute and cute I like! One thing that caught my attention was the section with digial stamps - yeap, you heard it right, digital stamps! The digital stamp is simply a tigf image file that the Greeting Farm sells for $3.50 which you can download and then print on white paper and treat it as a stamp on your card. I got a few of those and I will show them to you as I try them out (look how cute this little thing is!?!). A nice thing about the digital stamps is that you can adjust the size of the image to your needs. If you will like any of the stamps I got I would be delighted to e-mail you the file. Happy stamping!!

Monday, January 4, 2010