Sunday, 27 April 2008

SU Wonderful You

When I first saw the Wonderful You stamp set from Stampin' Up!, I knew I had to have it! However, I already owned so many floral stamps that I decided to give the set a pass. However, the set burned a hole in my head, every time I flicked through the pages of the Stampin' Up! catalog. OK . . . you guessed it . . . I finally gave into my weaknesses!

I love the results, too! I used a variation of the template I made last week, using a 5.5 inch square of patterned paper from Die Cuts With a View Luxury stack.

In addition, I scrounged around in my embellishment basket, looking for the best bits and pieces to decorate the cards. I think sometimes we forget the embellishments that we have kicking around in our bottom craft drawer.

This wide open flower from the SU set could be colored in countless ways. In two of the cards, I simply used the solid flower in this two-step stamp set and a dye ink pad. For three of the cards, I used alcohol ink to color the flower. A bit of blending solution enables shading when using alcohol inks. The edges of the paper were painted with the alcohol ink, too.

Most of these became birthday cards; I never seem to have one when I need it!

Saturday, 19 April 2008

April Template

Here are cards and a template that I worked up for my Tuesday stamping class. This is one of the templates that I used in the Old World Cards on the blog entry yesterday. In addition, I took two other patterned paper pieces to create two additional cards.

The first card (above) features SEI paper, Inkadinkado sentiment stamp, and flowers from Stampin' Up!

The second card (below) has Creative Imaginations tea party paper, Inkadinkado sentiment stamp, and flowers from Stampin' Up!

I've also included the template with measurements; however, I encourage you to adjust the measurements to meet the size of your stamps. You can use different elements to finish your card. I've used geometric shapes (see the Old World cards on yesterday's post) and bows. Play around with the elements and their position on the card until it "feels right."

Friday, 18 April 2008

Old World Cards

I recently received some patterned paper stacks from Die Cuts with a View. In particular, I ordered Old World, Far East and Luxury 12 by 12 paper stacks. Yesterday, I decided to make card samples using one sheet of Old World Paper, matching ribbon and geometric elements, along with rubber stamps. The point was to demonstrate how quick it is to use these pieces to create fast cards. The paper stacks contain 24 different patterns and 48 total sheets that are either textured or pearlized.

The stamps used in this project are from Inkadinkado. The sentiment stamp is a wood-mounted flourish stamp, and the birdie is one of Inkadinkado's new clear stamp sets.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Friends, Angels & Halos

When I first saw this set, "If the Halo Fits," from Stampin' Up!, I knew I must have it! I just love it, and I can see myself using it over and over again. There are so many wonderful friends in my life whom deserve a card made with this set.

The cards feature Moon Glow's Moon Shadow Mists sprayed over a clear-embossed image. Moon Shadow Mists contain pigment powder and walnut ink. The results provide a lovely and warm vintage feeling with a glimmery finish.

I used a different color of Moon Shadow Mists with the next two cards, which feature some lovely flourish stamps from Inkadinkado (with the exception of the tiny sentiment stamp show below from Stampin' Up!). The Inkadinkado flourish stamps come as traditional wood-mounted or in as new clear stamp sets.

On the purple card shown below, I used the Moon Glow's Glitz Spritz (pigment powder mixed with water) on dark cardstock to achieve the same feeling in reverse. Many of the Glitz Spritz work wonderfully on dark cardstock. This card features Stampin' Up!'s "If the Halo Fits" stamp set and Stampendous!'s Bold Heart clear stamp set.

These techniques came from Lindy of Lindy's Stamp Gang (, where you can buy Moon Glow Products, and from Technique Junkies Newsletter (

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Altered Tins

Altering objects and turning them into art is one of the easiest and most gratifying processes in paper crafting. You can make your altered art as sophisticated and detailed as you'd like, or you can simply slap on patterned paper and embellishments.

The beauty of tins is that many of them are free. Most of my tins have held tea or chocolate. I have collected so many of them that they were multiplying like rabbits! I decided it was time to alter some of them to work on my tin overpopulation.

The process is what we would have called decoupage in the old days. To make the attached tins, I have glued the paper down with the Art Institute's Art Glitter Glue or a thin layer of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish. The latter decoupage finish is the product that I use to cover tin and seal all the paper and elements. I usually like to go thick with the final finish.

Once the tins are finished, they are the perfect for end-of-year teacher gifts. Simply fill them with chocolate and candy. Teachers find plenty of uses for these tins when they are empty of sweets, too!

I made quite a few of these last year, too. My son Branduff has about 18 teachers, incredibly, so it was quite a challenge to make sure we got all his favorites. These few tins are just the beginning. I plan to keep making more before school lets out for the summer. Since we live in the desert, the decoupage glue dries in about 10 minutes if I put the tin outside! Hah!

Some of the paper used come from BoBunny, Junkitz, and SEI.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Paper Swap Challenge

I recently hosted a Patterned Paper Swap Mingle on one of the yahoo stamping groups, to which I belong. I am paper mad . . . I collect and, daresay, hoard paper. I thought it would be therapeutic to try to use some of the pieces for a change! One of the best ways was to share some of my prized paper with others. The assignment was to take your most loved 12 by 12 pieces of paper or cardstock, cut the piece into four squares, and share those quarters with other ladies in the mingle. In the end, we received five 6 by 6 inch squares of paper from five of our friends from around the world.

It was incredibly interesting to see a bit of people's artistic style and personalities in the paper they choose and covet.

After the paper was distributed, the next step was to use some of these 6 by 6 squares and create. The green lady of luxury (see the entry below featuring the Dolly Mama Domestically Challenged Stamp and Kay Foley Stamp) featured one of the pieces of paper.

However, my friend Cheryl (and owner of the aforementioned yahoo stamping group) sent me this uber-lovely floral majestic paper! I just love it, and it seemed the perfect vehicle for featuring a couple of hearts from my new Cuttlebug die with embossing folders. I just love this card!

I'm back to the same spot I was because I don't think I can give away this card, just as I found it hard to give away some of my paper! As a result, this card is now happily sitting in my inspiration box for others to see.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Color Your World . . . Differently

Today Lisa Gifford posted a new challenge on her Step Outside Your Box Saturday blog. She asked us to try to use different colors in our creations. For example, you can probably tell from my previous work that I like earthy or jeweled tones. Oh, and lots of red!

However, recently I participated in a paper swap with some crafty ladies. I have particular tastes in paper colors and patterns, and it was a real revelation to see some of the paper that my friends prefer. While some of them are within my comfort range, I found a few of them truly different. I received a couple of pieces with lime-green tones. I never use such colors. I stared at the paper long and hard, and I finally hatched a plan.

Attached are the results. It's actually a picture of me, lounging in Abu Dhabi. Hah! Well, this is sort of the life I lead here; please don't hate me! The stamps are Dolly Mama Domestically Challenged and Kay Foley Dilettante (River City Rubber Works).

I certainly don't think this is perfect, but I'm pleased with my results considering I don't usually use lime or any basic shades. The scan is a bit deceiving because the background is really lime.

You can click the link above, go to Lisa's site, and take the challenge yourself!

Craft happy!