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

Splitcoaststampers.com

Some of you may have heard me talking about splitcoaststampers.com. 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 TheGreetingFarm.com. 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