Archive for January, 2009

Dahling! You’re a Little Overdressed!

Well, this was supposed to be a super quick and easy demo for a little event I’m participating in tomorrow. And it started out that way – really! But then (sigh), it grew. But it is kinda fun!
I stamped the dress from Hero Arts new “Glamorous” set twice with black ink – once on a panel of Prism Brilliant White cardstock and once on this fun floral paper from Scenic Route. I cut out the skirt and most of the bodice from the patterned paper and adhered them over top the stamped image on white cardstock. Because I didn’t feel like cutting around all the ruffles at the top, I coloured them with a red pencil crayon instead. Then, just as I was about to colour the sash with my pencil crayon (and this is where it all started to get off track), I thought it would be even cuter if I cut tiny little slits on either side of the waistline and tied a tiny piece of ribbon through it. And it was cute!
Really, I was pretty pleased with myself at this point, but… the plain brown cardstock panel I was going to mount it on just wasn’t dressed for the occasion. So I decided to run it through my Cuttlebug with the Perfectly Paisley embossing folder because, really, despite the bad rep I still feel strongly that paisley is always appropriate! Now, I should have stopped there for the purposes of my demo, but I was really starting to feel this project – know what I mean?
So I made a 5.5 ” square red card for the base and added a little hand cut wave out of some coordinating Scenic Route paper to layer on top. I added my stamped panel and it was looking pretty good but… if a girl is going to get all dressed up, she really needs some accessories, right? I just happened to have some citrine rhinestones from Kaiser lying around, so I applied them along the curve and well, there you have it – completely overdressed for the occasion!
So now I need to go back to the drawing board for my demo but… it was fun while it lasted!
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January 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm 1 comment

So, This is a Little Distressing…

…on so many levels! This project began as an experiment inspired by a technique I saw on Tim Holtz’s blog, using “Distress”Inks by Ranger. (Distress Inks/distressing – get it)? But even more distressing was looking at the pictures of my husband, Brian and I “then and now!” Twenty-four years of living leaves a few marks!

But seriously, I really love how this layout turned out. Believe it or not, it started out as two pieces of smooth white Bazzil cardstock. I created the background in layers. First, I used Tim Holtz’s alpha masks to right on the white cardstock to spell out my title, then I inked the background using a really cool technique. I smeared some Broken China Distress Ink on a non-stick craft mat, then diluted it by spraying liberally with water. Then I rolled my rubber brayer gently through the puddles and applied it to the paper. When I had filled the two pages, I let it dry and did it again using Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

After removing the letter masks, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the edges of the paper and over the title using a Foam Blending Tool. I made the letters “pop” more by outlining with my Signo White Gel Pen. Finally, I added more texture and depth to my background by stamping the same Hero Arts swirl repeatedly in creamy brown and white inks and mounted the whole shebang on kraft cardstock.

The embellishments for this layout were cut out using my favourite Sizzix dies from Grungeboard. I coloured most of them using various Distress Inks and a blending tool, then highlighting a few of them with Distress Stickles. Except the bird. Again, I wanted to try a technique from Tim. This one involved painting the grungeboard with Pewter Distress Crackle Paint (after all, I didn’t want to be the only one on the layout showing some wear and tear)! When dry, I was able to add colour by dabbing alcohol inks right over the crackle paint. In real life, it is very shiny and cool looking!

The layout was finished by adding the aforementioned distressing pictures, and some velvet scalloped ribbon from American Craft. Whew!

What I really love about this project is that I finally feel like I have successfully combined my two passions – stamping and scrapbooking -in a way that does justice to both.

January 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm 2 comments

Dahling! You’re a Little Overdressed!

Well, this was supposed to be a super quick and easy demo for a little event I’m participating in tomorrow. And it started out that way – really! But then (sigh), it grew. But it is kinda fun!
I stamped the dress from Hero Arts new “Glamorous” set twice with black ink – once on a panel of Prism Brilliant White cardstock and once on this fun floral paper from Scenic Route. I cut out the skirt and most of the bodice from the patterned paper and adhered them over top the stamped image on white cardstock. Because I didn’t feel like cutting around all the ruffles at the top, I coloured them with a red pencil crayon instead. Then, just as I was about to colour the sash with my pencil crayon (and this is where it all started to get off track), I thought it would be even cuter if I cut tiny little slits on either side of the waistline and tied a tiny piece of ribbon through it. And it was cute!
Really, I was pretty pleased with myself at this point, but… the plain brown cardstock panel I was going to mount it on just wasn’t dressed for the occasion. So I decided to run it through my Cuttlebug with the Perfectly Paisley embossing folder because, really, despite the bad rep I still feel strongly that paisley is always appropriate! Now, I should have stopped there for the purposes of my demo, but I was really starting to feel this project – know what I mean?
So I made a 5.5 ” square red card for the base and added a little hand cut wave out of some coordinating Scenic Route paper to layer on top. I added my stamped panel and it was looking pretty good but… if a girl is going to get all dressed up, she really needs some accessories, right? I just happened to have some citrine rhinestones from Kaiser lying around, so I applied them along the curve and well, there you have it – completely overdressed for the occasion!
So now I need to go back to the drawing board for my demo but… it was fun while it lasted!

January 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

So, This is a Little Distressing…

…on so many levels! This project began as an experiment inspired by a technique I saw on Tim Holtz’s blog, using “Distress”Inks by Ranger. (Distress Inks/distressing – get it)? But even more distressing was looking at the pictures of my husband, Brian and I “then and now!” Twenty-four years of living leaves a few marks!

But seriously, I really love how this layout turned out. Believe it or not, it started out as two pieces of smooth white Bazzil cardstock. I created the background in layers. First, I used Tim Holtz’s alpha masks to right on the white cardstock to spell out my title, then I inked the background using a really cool technique. I smeared some Broken China Distress Ink on a non-stick craft mat, then diluted it by spraying liberally with water. Then I rolled my rubber brayer gently through the puddles and applied it to the paper. When I had filled the two pages, I let it dry and did it again using Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

After removing the letter masks, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the edges of the paper and over the title using a Foam Blending Tool. I made the letters “pop” more by outlining with my Signo White Gel Pen. Finally, I added more texture and depth to my background by stamping the same Hero Arts swirl repeatedly in creamy brown and white inks and mounted the whole shebang on kraft cardstock.

The embellishments for this layout were cut out using my favourite Sizzix dies from Grungeboard. I coloured most of them using various Distress Inks and a blending tool, then highlighting a few of them with Distress Stickles. Except the bird. Again, I wanted to try a technique from Tim. This one involved painting the grungeboard with Pewter Distress Crackle Paint (after all, I didn’t want to be the only one on the layout showing some wear and tear)! When dry, I was able to add colour by dabbing alcohol inks right over the crackle paint. In real life, it is very shiny and cool looking!

The layout was finished by adding the aforementioned distressing pictures, and some velvet scalloped ribbon from American Craft. Whew!

What I really love about this project is that I finally feel like I have successfully combined my two passions – stamping and scrapbooking -in a way that does justice to both.

January 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm 2 comments

LSC205 on Splitcoast

I thought I’d try my hand at this posting thing (Cathy has done it so far). This is a card I made for the Limited Supplies Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) today. The challenge was to keep the card simple. I used Whisper White CS and the inks were Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze & Pacific Point. I absolutely love this new stamp set called Fifth Avenue Florals. I can see so many great applications for it and there are already loads of amazing cards on the SCS gallery with it. I still have trouble tying a bow for goodness sake, even though I know the left over right, right over left rule. Obviously, more practice is necessary! Anyway, I must get to my real job, so thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!

Donna

January 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm 2 comments

LSC205 on Splitcoast

I thought I’d try my hand at this posting thing (Cathy has done it so far). This is a card I made for the Limited Supplies Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) today. The challenge was to keep the card simple. I used Whisper White CS and the inks were Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze & Pacific Point. I absolutely love this new stamp set called Fifth Avenue Florals. I can see so many great applications for it and there are already loads of amazing cards on the SCS gallery with it. I still have trouble tying a bow for goodness sake, even though I know the left over right, right over left rule. Obviously, more practice is necessary! Anyway, I must get to my real job, so thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!

Donna

January 30, 2009 at 10:18 am 2 comments

One Sheet Wonder – Take Two!

As promised, I tackled the same one sheet wonder template that Donna used and completed 15 cards that don’t look anything like Donna’s (not on purpose – it just turned out that way)! There are a couple of reasons why my cards look different.

First, I approached the whole project as an exercise in minimalism – which is just a really nice way of saying “lazy!” I started with a really neutral colour palette of Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla and Grey – then punched it up with one really bright colour, Kiwi Kiss. This is a great way to draw focus where you want it without using lots of stamps and embellishments. Then I added interest and detail using a few selected images from the Stampin’ Up sets “Always” and “Baroque Motifs.” All of my sentiments are from the SU set, “Full of Life,” and I made them the focal point of my cards.

Finally, I ended up altering the template here and there because I seem to be psychologically incapable of following directions and I kept snipping away and changing things up. Then I felt like using some of the great SU punches and….. I think you probably see where this is headed! So, I did a quick sketch of how the template would look now, with the alterations I made in case anyone wants to try reproducing my cards.

Thanks for looking!

January 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

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