Friday, December 21, 2007
This card is a gel card, it's suppose to give the illusion of the stamped image being in water. Not sure if you are able to see the bubbles from the gel, but there is gel over the jelly fish. For a good tutorial on how to make these cards visit SCS.
For the paper colors I used Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Black, and White cardstock. I used the Fishy Wheel to create a background on the Brocade. I cut two ovals, using my Coluzzle cutter, one on the Brocade and one on the Black. I then put them together to create a matte effect. Next, I stamped and colored the jelly fish image (this stamp is from the retired set Fishy Friends from Stampin' Up!) on the White.
Now for the fun part... I used a tiny ziplock baggie (the size you might use to store jewelry) that I found in the craft section at Wal-Mart to hold the gel. Fill the baggie with a small amount of hair gel, about the size of a nickel or quarter, seal the baggie and smooth out the gel to fill the bag to the edges.
Next, glue the filled gel baggie to the back of the Black oval and then adhere the White stamped image piece over the baggie. Now you should have the image showing through the ovals, like a window or framed piece of art. Hope that makes sense.
I attached some ribbon in black and blues and then mounted my finished matte piece to the Night of Navy card base. Lastly, I stamped Happy Birthday at the top of my card. This stamp is from stamp set Happy Everything from Stampin' Up! Hope you like it. Give the gel (water) card a try! Happy Holidays Everyone! :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Happy Wednesday Everyone,
Hope this last week before the holidays is going well for all of you. I just finished up some last minute shopping this morning so forgive me for not getting my Challenge posted earlier. I think I'm finally completely done shopping!
This week I was inspired to create a criss cross card after seeing the beautiful card Erin made and posted on her blog. It's a great card with an easy to follow "how-to" posted as well. Check it out!
For my attempt at the criss cross card, I used some Wintergreen and Bali Breeze DSP from Stampin' Up!. Bali Breeze will be available in the new Spring Summer Catalog that comes out in January.
The base of my card is Certainly Celery. I cut 2 pieces, both 5 1/2 inches X 4 1/4 inches. I used one as the card base and then cut the other piece diagonally to use as the criss cross front pieces.
I also cut 2 pieces of DSP. Each piece is 5 inches X 3 3/4 inches. After cutting to that size, I cut each piece diagonally. Because I chose to use two different Designer Prints, I have the 2 left over diagonal pieces to use at a later time. If you choose to use only one double sided piece of DSP, you can just cut one piece to size and then cut it diagonally.
Next, I cut a Whisper White piece of cardstock 5 inches X 3 1/2 inches for the card insert.
Once all my pieces were cut, I glued the DSP to the diagonal criss cross front pieces and then glued the criss cross pieces to the card base and set aside.
For the card front, I used the hippo stamp from Bundled in Love. I used Purely Pomegranate ink and an Aquapainter to color in the hippo. I added a little rhinestone brad to the bow and some glitter to her feet. I think it adds a touch of whimsy!
I attached some ribbon and then glued the hippo image to the card front. Lastly, I embellished with some glitter on the Wintergreen side of the criss cross. I layered the hippo on Celery and Pomegranate cardstock.
For the insert, I added a tab and rhinestone brad and a little stamp "for baby" also from the Bundled in Love stamp set.
Now it's your turn to give this week's challenge a try. Use a different color combo or try a new technique, just put aside some time for yourself and do something you enjoy. Happy Stamping!
Monday, December 17, 2007
This week's tutorial is putting together a simple candy gift idea using Hershey Nuggets Candies and metal tins. I found a great tutorial on SCS, here's the link, if you don't have or can't get the tins in time for the holidays. The SCS tutorial shows you how to make your boxes.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The other project I wanted to share is a stamped candle and matching tile coaster. For a tutorial on stamped tiles, check out my Tutorial posted this past Monday on my blog and for instructions on stamping on candles visit this link at SCS. This project is super easy!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
For the inside of the card I used the same color combo as the outside, but also added a piece of Cardstock Vellum. Cardstock Vellum is a bit sturdier than the regular Vellum.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I've been tagged by Katie, so here goes...7 interesting things about me, hummmm....
1. I live in very chilly (right now, anyway) New Hampshire! I love it here, except during this time of the year. I really hate the cold, but still couldn't imagine living anywhere else! I lived in NH all my life.
2. I have two kids, Connor and Emma. They keep me on my toes all day everyday! I'm a stay at home mom and in my free time, I'm a Stampin' Up! demo, thanks to my upline and good friend Erin who got me hooked on stampin'.
3. We have 2 Golden Retrievers, Indy and Tana, and 2 cats, Tigger and Nike. Tigger is a Maine Coon and recently had to be shaved down because he had mats that we couldn't brush. Needless to say, he's not looking all that pretty right now!
4. I'm almost finished all my holiday shopping and for me, that's huge! We are the ones who are usually at the stores a few days before Christmas to find those last minute gifts. It feels great to be almost done! I think I only have a Yankee Swap gift left...what to get?
5. I used to be an elementary school title one teacher before I left to have kids. I do miss working with the kids, but I wouldn't trade my "new" job for anything. I'm very lucky to stay home with my kids everyday! Some days I do need to remind myself of that fact though! :)
6. I like to "stalk" SCS and now my new blogging sisters for new ideas and inspiration. I may even try to get some stamping in today. We shall see...
7. I'm waiting for my new Stampin' Up! pre order to arrive. It should be here today!! Yeah!!! Can't wait to see all my new goodies! Yes, I'm an addict! :)
Now, it's my turn to tag...
And YOU too, if you want. Let me know your blog address and I'll visit you.
Monday, December 10, 2007
This week's tutorial will involve stamping on tile to create a set of Tile Coasters. You will only need a few supplies to complete this simple project.
Supplies: Stamps, tile (natural stone works best), StazOn Ink and StazOn Cleaner, ribbon.
I purchased my tile at Home Depot. This tile is available in a box of 9 for about $6 or separately for less than $1. The tiles used here are 4x4 Travertine tiles. When used as coasters, these natural stone tiles will absorb water from glasses without needing to be sealed.
1. Clean all tiles with a damp cloth and set aside to dry for a few minutes. This will help to remove some of the dry dusty grit that coats the tiles.
2. Using your StazOn ink (this is a permanent ink that will not need to be sealed), ink your stamp image and then stamp the tile. Repeat for the desired look. StazOn ink can be found at your local craft store in a variety of colors. Currently, Stampin' Up! only carries Jet Black, Timber Brown and White.
3. Stamp excess ink on a piece of scrap paper and then clean with your StazOn cleaner. The quicker you clean this ink, the easier it is to remove from the stamp. Some staining will occur.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to make a complete set of Tile Coasters. I would stamp at least 2 or 4 tiles per set.
5. Stack your tiles and wrap in ribbon to complete this project. This simple, inexpensive project makes a great gift.
For more information or project ideas with stamped tiles, visit this link.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I’ve decided to add a weekly challenge to my blog in an effort to get others and myself stamping more often. We’re all so busy sometimes that we forget about taking time out for ourselves. Time to do the things we love and enjoy.
Each weekly challenge will be about thinking outside the box and letting loose a little bit and not worrying too much if things aren’t totally perfect. For some of us, ummm ME, this is often very hard to do! So, I’m challenging myself (and you too, if you’re willing) to use a stamp set or tool or color combo or even an embellishment that you’ve never used or haven’t used in a while to create something fun and maybe, if the spirit moves you, even something whimsical!
The best part of a handmade card or other craft project is the freedom the creator has to make it her own. We all have differing tastes, so share yours with us. We can all use a little inspiration. Join me each week for the Whimsical Wednesday Challenge and let those creative juices flow!
I’ll try to post my project on Wednesday mornings. Just don’t hold me to that each week; sometimes my kids dictate my schedule! Please post your creations on your blog or on another public gallery, such as SCS. Then post a comment on my blog with a link to where your challenge project can be viewed so that we may all take a look. Good luck and thanks for participating in the challenge! And remember, have FUN!
Stay tuned for the first Whimsical Wednesday Challenge, posting on December 12th!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
So, I finally finished my holiday cards! YEAH! I'm so exciting to be able to cross that off my to do list! Thanks to all who posted comments, it was really great to get your feedback. Here is my finished card. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I just hope all the piece stay glued together!
Monday, December 3, 2007
I was out cruisin' the blog scene this morning looking for some inspiration and I came across a card layout that I liked on Beate's blog from an old sketch challenge she did. She has some really beautiful cards, check out her site sometime!
Good Monday Morning,
Hope everyone had a great weekend. We tried to get some shopping done. Not finished yet of course! It's snowing here now, about 5 or 6 inches so far! I guess I won't be venturing out today. Maybe we'll have a white Christmas this year.
I have another gift idea to share with all of you. We have a family friend that recently had a baby and I wanted to send a little something to them. I had one of Stampin' Up!'s 9x9 clipboards in my stash along with new Designer Paper that I just got last week. So I pulled out everything I needed and got to work.
This is my finished project! I think it came out cute. I was stuck for a while wondering if it needed anything else, but in the end I decided to leave it as is. Every time I added something, I just wasn't sure. When in doubt, stop!
All our friend needs to do now is add a picture and the display is done!
For supplies you will need:
Clipboard, paper, craft glue, and embellishments. Here I used the circle punches, ribbons, hodgepodge hardware, cropadile, and chipboard.
Have fun creating your own custom picture display!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I just joined a blog group, Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers-3. It's a group of creative stampers and scrappers. I'm looking forward to having a "stamping sisterhood" of creative minds to bounce ideas off of and share resources with. And it will be nice to make some new friends in this vast cyber world!
Look forward to meeting all the group members and getting to talk stampin'!