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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Stampin' Dryspell has Ended!

Today was the monthly meeting for our SU! demos group, The Glitterin' Gals. We shared a non-card Christmas swap and I was asked to do one of the demos <yikes!>.

I looked to my favorite resource Technique Junkie Newsletter to give me inspiration. Well since this was an SU! group, I had to use supplies we would have through Stampin' Up! I did my take-off (read that as LAZY version) of Gesso Chic. Only mine was Faux Gesso because I didn't use any!

I was going for a vintage background look and wanted to use the Bronc Buster Set and the Wanted set's word stamp. I brayered with a rubber brayer the following Classic Inks onto Whisper White cardstock. Groovy Guava, River Rock and Sahara Sand.
Here comes the Faux Gesso part: I used a sponge brayer to pick up some of the Whisper White Craft Ink. I was NOT concerned with full coverage on this brayer nor over the previously brayered colors. In fact, where I had followed a more-or-less straight pattern of lines of color. I zigged and I zagged some of the white ink on. I wanted a fade, white-washed look, but not completely.
Then I stamped the Bronc rider in Basic Gray. I did a 2nd generation stamping in Basic Gray of the swirl and the WANTED stamp. Layered it onto Groovy Guava, which had a background samped with Flannel Plaid using the Sahara Sand ink. Used a clip and two brads from the Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware kit, put a scrap of River Rock ribbon on the clip. Layered onto a base card of River Rock.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

More Card Projects

Here's the other cards I made for my Open House last weekend.
This first one on the left, is using the Hostess set Sidekick Sayings -- I LOVE this set! All C/S colors are the new In Colors. Wild Wasabi for the card, Blue Bayou for the layering and River Rock. The ribbon is Wild Wasabi, double-stitched. The designer paper is from the Porcelain Prints collection. I stamped in Blue Bayou and used a watercolor brush to pick up the ink from the Wild Wasabi pad to color in the leaves.
The True Friend card uses that new set from the Holiday Mini. Chocolate Chip C/S for the card base, Sage Shadow with the large Swirl stamp from the Baroque Motifs set in Chocolate Chip ink. I sponged and used the cutter tool to distress the edges of this piece. Put in three brads from the Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware set. The flower was stamped in Chocolate chip and Sage Shadow. Cut out just the center of the SS piece with a small circle punch and used dimensional to pop the center. Chocolate Chip ribbon.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

First SU! Open House cards

Last Sunday, Sept. 30th I had my Open House to debut as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I had a good mix of stampers and people new to stamping. It was a lot of fun!

I showed four cards. Two of which were my design, one that was a CASE from the SU! Demonstrator's site of a card Melissa Stout did using the Home Is Where the Haunt Is set, and one I call an Inspiration (almost a CASE). I've misplaced the credit name on that one, but the card is not a direct copy but inspired me by it's colors of Chocolate Chip and Softly Sage.

This first card was using the new In Colors for 2007-2008 of Soft Sky and Purely Pomegranate. I also used the new Stem Silhouettes set from the Holiday Mini. I used Versamark ink on glossy card stock with one of the stamps from the set that was "leafy" looking. Brayered over with Soft Sky. Then using a second stamp from the set, I over stamped with Purely Pomegranate ink. Layered the piece onto a Purely Pomegranate piece of card stock. Used the SU! Designer Label punch to stamp out a piece of Purely Pomegranate and using a scrap of my brayered glossy, I stamped the Thank You in Purely Pompegranate. Used a dimensional to set up the smaller piece in the corner of the card. The base card was the NEW textured cardstock in Soft Sky.

Tomorrow I'll upload the other three cards and their descriptions!

Happy Stamping Y'all!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Well, I'm late posting again - and about Costa Rica

Well, I was all excited to go to Costa Rica and had plans to share pictures when I came home.

You know how it is when you leave work for a week's vacation - you pay for it when you come back home!

I put my pictures on a "thumb drive" and showed them on my husband's laptop to some friends. And guess what can't find my thumb drive now. I'm hoping my husband hasn't erased the memory chip from the camera yet so that maybe I can get those pictures onto my PC and then I can put one or two of the beautiful sunsets I captured with the camera on this website.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Trying to get back to Blogging

I'm the worst blogger I guess. I started it in March and haven't uploaded anything new.

I had a great time with my friend, Kathay, last Sunday. Another rubber stamp enthusiast (read that as: addict!). She wanted me to show her a DTP technique I had done on a recent swap card.

The background is made with about seven colors of pigment, Colorbox, Cat's eyes pads. Then while it is still wet enough, I pounced in about 3 or 4 colors of PearlEx. Set with Krylon matting spray. After that was dry. I used Stampin Up's Very Vanilla Craft ink to put an old Victorial Lace background stamp I bought from CTMH back in 2000 or 2001. I overstamped on that with a Penny Black flower stamp, Casual - 3365K, and then to the right, I used another Penny Black word stamp.

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