Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baby Acetate Card

For my upline's next stamping meeting she has challenged us to make a card with bling. I always wanted to create an acetate card, so I incorporated both ideas into this card. I have also seen this color combination around and wanted to try it (Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, and Pretty in Pink). I really like the results, and it's alway so fun to try something new!As far as the bling goes, it is hard to see in the picture, but there is glitter all around the "baby" label from "Lovely Labels". I covered what was showing of the pink in Crystal Effects and then put Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it. I think acetate itself has a kind of "bling" of it's own. The swirls were put on the acetate using white StazOn. I was a dork and used my Stamp-a-Majig to place the image and now I can't get the StazOn off of the Stamp-a-Majig sheet--duh! To hide any adhesive used, you sandwich the acetate between your main layer and it's matt. So, for example, the So Saffron layer is on the front of the acetate, the small groovy guava layer is right on the other side of the acetate. Here is a picture of the inside of the card:

I made some extras so I could keep some to use myself--people are always having babies!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I'm back!

I seem to have taken a little break from my stamp blog--but I'm back! The other day I was Blog hopping and came across a new favorite, thINK spot. I love her creations! I was totally inspired by these cards. So rich and beautiful. Makes me totally want the Baroque Motifs set! I realized that I could create a similar look on a smaller scale with the Priceless set that I own, so I went to town!I love how they turned out! I'm really going to miss the "In Colors" when they retire. I've always been drawn to them and finally purchased some of the cardstock with my last order. I followed Marelle's instructions pretty closely, just tweeked it a little to fit the supplies I own.

I started with 3x3 card bases using the In Colors Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, and Blue Bayou. I topped that with some River Rock CS and created a scalloped edge with my corner rounder. I stamped the Priceless Swirl in Wild Wasabi and then used my Stamp-a-Majig to shadow stamp it using Versamark ink. Marelle used River Rock ink to do her shadow effect, but I don't have that color--the Versamark worked like a charm and I'll definitely be using this technique again! I stamped the Priceless flowers in coordinating ink colors and used my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to put black dots in the middle of the small ones. Oh, I forgot to mention that I sponged the edges of the River Rock layer in Close to Cocoa.

I used my Crop-a-Dile to put an eyelet in the centers of the larger flowers and then I did a little "faux bling" trick that I learned on Marelle's site. I stuck a piece of paper behind the eyelet and filled it with Crystal Effects. It looks pretty cool! After they dried I stuck them on with dimensionals. I added sentiments from Short & Sweet and Holiday Blitz using Close to Cocoa ink.

I wanted to create a cute little bag to keep them in, so I made this one out of River Rock CS, Porcelain Prints DSP, Wild Wasabi ribbon, and jumbo eyelets (love those!)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Made for a Man" Class

I got the "All Holidays" stamp set today and decided that with Father's Day coming up, it was time to do a class with a more masculine feel. That kind of thing is usually hard for me, but I found an incredible card to copy. It was designed by a stamper named Lorri Heiling--you can see the original post on her blog here. It looks just like a wallet! Here is my version (very similar to hers, of course) And, before you go thinking I sewed on this, I used a technique called faux stitching. Pierce a few holes, connect with gel pen, and voila!
I'll show you the inside in a minute. I thought these would also be good for graduates or men's birthdays, so you could do the front like this instead to adapt it:
And here is the inside. You could put gift cards, money, a note, school pictures, etc. in the little pockets. Too cool!
Here is the second card that will be available at the class. I love these jumbo brads by Stampin' Up. And with my new Crop-a-Dile, they are soooo easy to put on. This card is made using the Western Sky Designer Series Paper--it has a nice masculine, western feel to it. I designed it to be a birthday card, but you could always stamp a different sentiment on it (you can choose at the class).

Here are the details:

DATE: May 30th, Friday, at 7:00 (can't make it then? Just let me know!)

COST: Men's Billfold $3.50, Birthday card $2.00 (You choose which card and how many you would like to make.

Please RSVP so that I can be sure to have enough supplies on hand. Once again, I will also offer a $5 discount on any order of $25 or more to those that participate in the class.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Now's the Time!

Have you ever been tempted to become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator? Would you like to support your crafting habit for free? Now is the time! Stampin' Up is offering 20% off of their Starter Kit plus a free Hodgepodge Hardware kit (full of brads, ribbon slides, all kinds of cool little metal things!). That's $359 worth of stuff for $159. My favorite thing about the Starter Kit is that you get to choose the elements in it yourself. You pick which stamp sets you want and what colors of ink and cardstock you want. It's so individual and very nice to get products that are exactly what you want and are excited to use. If you are interested, contact me here or e-mail tfollett@70three.com .

Here is a card I made for my MIL's birthday. I am totally loving this color combo. The Bali Breeze DSP is my absolute favorite, and I finally got the Flower Fusion felt flowers which match perfectly.

Once again, I used Kraft cardstock for the base of the card. I added some Purely Pomegranate CS on top of that, then 4 rectangles of Bali Breeze DSP. I used the word window punch at the bottom and a sentiment from Fun & Fast Notes. I punched a scalloped circle of Purely Pomegranate CS, layered with a 1 3/8" circle of Old Olive Bali Breeze DSP, then a 1 1/4" circle of Kraft CS. I layered three of the Flower Fusion felt flowers and added a rhinestone brad in the middle. Ta-da! I will be sad to give it away!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yay--an Award! Thanks!

I was so excited to see that Jaime nominated me for the Arte Y Pico Award. Thanks, Jaime! I found Jaime's blog because we both have had fun submitting cards for Kristina Werner's weekly color challenge. Jaime does such cute work that I have visited her blog often and left comments, which must be how she found mine : )!

Here are the guidelines for the award:
1. You pick 5 blogs that you think deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contribute to the blogging community.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.
4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of the Art Y Pico blog.

I actually did this just a bit ago in April--I'm going to be a cheater and re-list the ones I chose then, you'll love em'!

1. Jo at http://stampin-n-stuff.blogspot.com/. I came across Jo's blog while looking around on SCS. She is a newbie like me and everything she makes is adorable.
2.Tara at http://stamp-a-licious.blogspot.com/. I have her blog on my "visit daily" list. She makes the most wonderful things and there is always something new to see.
3. Ila at http://artfullyila.blogspot.com/ I just recently found her blog, and WOW! She has a style that is unique and truly beautiful.
4. Lauren at http://www.kennyandlauren.com/blog/ You know how there are blogs you visit where every new post leaves you saying "that is soooooo cute?". Well, here you have it.
5. Lauraly at http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/. Once again, super talented. I've been looking at her blog for quite a while now and never fail to be inspired!

I have something to share today too! Here is a giftcard holder I made for someone at my husband's work who got married. DH said he liked it, but thought he'd be embarrassed to give it to the guy he works with because it's so girly : ). I told him just to blame it on his girly-stamping wife! I had been looking for an opportunity to try a card of this style, so it was fun to do.

Obviously, DH still needs to pick out a giftcard to put in it! The base of the card is Blush Blossom. I also used So Saffron and Certainly Celery DSP. I used the Fast & Fun Notes wedding cake stamp and colored it in with my blender pens (looooove those!). I used Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the image. I don't own the ticket corner punch (yet) so I used the 1/4 inch circle punch on the corners. It worked like a charm! I finished it off with some Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon and some faux stitching.
P.S. Don't you love that tin in the background? Target's dollar spot rocks!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mother's Day Card

I finally got to the post office this morning to mail off my moms' packages--both of them : ). I have a mother and a step-mother, which makes me a lucky daughter. So, I whipped up another Mother's Day card to send. I really like the way this one turned out. Once again, I chose Kraft cardstock as my card base because it is my favorite right now. I used Fall Flowers papers and Soft Sky ribbon. I stamped the heart from Always in Really Rust ink (on Whisper White and Really Rust cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive, highlighting the word "heart" by stamping it on Whisper White cardstock in Really Rust ink and popping it up on dimensionals. I have seen this done somewhere else, but can't figure out where--oops! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Chipboard Class

Here it is--my new class. This wonderful idea came from my talented upline Dannie who saw the idea at an SU! regional conference.

Chipboard is the special this month for SU! (You can read all about the special a few posts down). This project uses On Board Basics chipboard along with the Crew Kids Simply Scrappin' kits, which are also amazing for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Here is a closer shot of one of the panels so you can see more of the detail:
I wanted to connect my panels horizontally so that I can put this on a shelf or on DD's dresser. However, they can also be connected vertically to be hung on a wall. The Simply Scrappin' kit used here is Crew Kids Girl. For boys you would want to use Crew Kids Boy. Here is a picture of the ones Dannie did so that you can see what the boy kit looks like and what the vertical version looks like (Dannie gave me permission to share these with you):

Here is the class info:

DATE: Friday, May 16th

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: My House

COST: $18 which includes everything you'll need except your photos! Due one week ahead so that I can order supplies. The Simply Scrappin Kits we will use are normally $19.95. The kits will be split between two of you (they come with 2 of everything) and you can take home the extras to use on your own projects at home.

I am also including with each class a $5 coupon valid on any order of $25 or more placed on the day of the class. Remember, also, the specials for the month: purchase $35 of product and get 25% off any chipboard products (no limit). Also, buy a cutting matt and get a cutting blade FREE!

YOU DECIDE: You can include 2 or 3 pictures (even though I only used 2 for mine). You choose the boy kit or the girl kit. You choose if you want the panels connected vertically or horizontally.

Please comment here if you would like to participate!