Friday, 26 October 2007
It's hard to imagine that Halloween is creeping around the corner. Living in Abu Dhabi, we have very little realization of the event -- no harvest pumpkins, scary skeletons, funny scarecrows or costumed children. Although pockets of expat Americans here will celebrate it with their kiddos on the evening of the 31st.
To get in the spirit, I made the Halloween cards using a new technique that I created. I was thrilled when Pat Huntoon published the technique (called Shimmering Wallpaper) in her October issue of Techniquejunkies (www.techniquejunkies.com). The technique is quite easy to do, but the results are very "artsy." Your basic supplies are shimmer spray (I used Moon Shadow Mist and Glitz Spritz from Lindy's Stamp Gang, http://www.lindystampgang.com/) and watercolor crayons (I used Stampin' Up! crayons).
The above pumpkin stamps are a new set from Stampin' Up! The little Halloween chipboard tiles are so cool, and come from Junkitz.
Hate to jump from one season into another, but we've started our Christmas card making here as well. So I decided that the Shimmering Wallpaper technique would really suit snow flakes. The Moon Shadow Mists (which contains walnut ink and mica powder) and Glitz Spritz give a feeling of "wet" snow. These stamps are from Inkadinkado.
Also below, I have posted the first Shimmering Wallpaper card that I made using the Stampin' Up! Wild Rose stamp set. I use shimmering sprays a lot for backgrounds in my stamping projects. I also like using watercolor crayons because of the artistic feeling that they give to a stamped project. While most people just use water to dampen their watercolor crayons, I thought, "Why not shimmery water?"
For more information about how to do this technique and many, many more, visit Pat's techniquejunkies to learn how to subscribe to the newsletter, which is an incredible resource for rubber stampers and paper crafters.
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, 21 October 2007
The Winter Garden Collection by Christine Adolph and available from Creative Imaginations is stunning and elegant and hearkens back to another time or experience.
It's holiday paper with a twist, deepening traditional holiday colors and making you contemplate the richness of the season.
This paper collection was ideal for making the Double Pocket Card, which is an easy but elegant and gratifying template featured in the October issue of Technique Junkies newsletter (www.techniquejunkies.com).
The tags are great for writing holiday notes or attaching family photos.
Sunday, 7 October 2007
I've had a busy weekend, trying to make as many Christmas cards as possible. When you live overseas, you have to think early -- otherwise, your friends and family might not receive their holiday cards in time! And living in the UAE, I'm not really sure how much selection we will have in Christmas cards. So I'm doing what I do best -- make my cards!
The attached cards feature a folding technique, Double Pocket Cards, which was featured in October's issue of the techniquejunkie newsletter (www.techniquejunkes.com).
I'm mathematically challenged, and I was unsure if I'd be able to figure out the folding. However, I followed the instructions and photo samples very carefully, and I discovered that this card is really easy!
This card is great for the holidays because you can stuff gift cards, cash and family photos into the pockets, along with the tags. Size your holiday photo to 3 by 5 inches, and put it onto one of the tags.
The papers come from two of my favorite companies, BoBunny and Creative Imaginations. The card with the whimsy Christmas trees and stickers is from Creative Imaginations and artist Debbie Mumm. The burgundy and green colored papers with gingerbread and stars are from BoBunny. The tags feature corresponding stickers.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Pictured is the latest layout I created using some brand new BoBunny papers -- Marrakesh from Bella Journee.
The opening page of the layout was created with BoBunny's Precious Petals, Marrakesh Market Place and Marrakesh Pottery.
The large printed flower from the Marrakesh Market Place was cut out and adhered with foam squares (for dimension) onto the Marrakesh Pottery paper.
Chipboard letters were distressed by sanding and antiquing (using a red ink pad). In lieu of chipboard letters, title words could be stamped onto cardstock, cut out and distressed.
The photo was tweaked in a Corel photo/paint program, which allowed me to change colors, textures and appearance.
Once you have an elegant opening page, your following pages can be simple and straightforward, focusing on the photos and journaling.