Sunday, September 27, 2009

Embarrassing early attempts at stamping

Click on photo to enlarge image! I found a stack of cards that I made years ago. Note the same clouds and bird on several of the cards. Most were just made with paper instead of cardstock. I also embossed everything. I hope you get as much of a kick out of these as I did. I have a friend who will use them for her girls SS class to send cards, but I had to take photos first.

Build A Bear Workshop Stamps and Bear

Click on photo to enlarge image! This is one of the cards we made at stamp club last week. I love the new Build A Bear Workshop stamps in the holiday mini catalog!! We used paper piecing for her dress. Colors for this card are regal rose and almost amethyst. There is a boy bear in the set as well.

Thanks so much to my friend Marilyn who got me this special Stampin'Up! Build A Bear at convention this year!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shimmer Paint and Faux Linen

Click on photo to enlarge image! This is a card we did for stamp club last week. It uses the white frost shimmer paint from the holiday mini catalog. The technique is faux linen. Use a sanding block on glossy cardstock and sand both horizontally and vertically until you reach the desired effect. Then use a sponge and ink on the card stock. I wish I had used a bit more ink to really show the grain made on the paper. I added shimmer paint directly to the flowers before I stamped them, but you can also use a q-tip to add a very small amount after stamping. Colors used aare not quite navy and creamy caramel.

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You are one of a kind Scallop Dress card

Click on photo to enlarge image! There are lots of "dress" cards made with the Bigshot lg scallop die, but I wanted to try it with the scallop circle punch. I had the idea to layer several on a card and make one different to use the sentiment "you are one of a kind". So here's my card. I used Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. The strip underneath the dresses is Stampin'Up! sticky strip and retired neutral beads. You could use the current bead duos or embossing powder as well to add some interest. Really dresses up the card doesn't it? Stay tuned for cards made with the large die. I've challenged my stamp club members to make one for next month.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Another winner! Pennant Angel

Click on photo to enlarge image! I saw an angel made with the Bigshot pennant die by Lyssa Zwolanek on I totally fell in love with it and decided to make one for the Iowa State Fair. I changed mine up a bit, but loved the so saffron color that she used. I used a retired swirls and stars wheel for the background and added stickles silver glitter glue for the halo. My face isn't as cute as hers either. But I did win a 3rd place ribbon for Christmas decorations!
I used Stampin'Up! shimmer white card stock and cut 4 large pennants for the body. After I used the wheel, I sponged all the edges with so saffron ink. The wings are made from the small pennant die also wheeled with so saffron and then I used 2 way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter. The arms are an end off a small pennant and the hands are blush blossom card stock with the scallop circle punch. The face is a circle punch atop the scallop circle. The halo is with the scallop circle used after a round circle. The head is inserted into the body with a toothpick.
You can see Lyssa's here:

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Adventureland with Dylan

Our daughter and son-in-law were going to Adventureland with their almost 2 yr old Dylan. They took our oldest grandaughter Taylor to help out. We still had our tickets left that we got at a discount from the hospital. So instead of picking him up in the afternoon so they could enjoy some time without baby, we went and played with him there. Saturday was the perfect day. The weather was beautiful and the lines weren't too long! The top picture is Dylan when we arrived. So grandpa stayed with him and the rest of us rode the Tornado. Then when he woke up we took him on all the kiddee rides as well as the ferris wheel, train, and bumper cars. He was a bit fussy at first when grandma put him on a ride by himself, but soon learned to enjoy himself. The next picture is him driving a truck. We had a totally enjoyable time and grandma spoiled him by feeding him mini donuts and letting him drink from her water bottle. He is usually a mama's boy, but he did very well on this trip.

We have a winner! BOO Banner

Click on photo to enlarge image! I made several projects to enter into the State fair. This was for "Holidays other than Christmas" and I won a white-3rd place- ribbon. I used my Bigshot SU Pennant Die that I have owned for months and hadn't used. The spiders are made from punches: circle scallop, photo corners, 1/2" circle. The striped paper is retired vellum. I don't usually purchase halloween DSP, so I had to improvise. The orange scallop is the lg Scallop circle die and the letters are the Serif Essentials alphabet dies. The dangling circles are part of the pennant die and I added pieces from the Pretties kit to finish. This only took me a little over an hour to make.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thanks Kris!!

One of my labor patient's today showed me how to set up a blog. Thanks, Kris!! I just have a few minutes now, but will work on it more later.

My new blog

I am creating my blog and this is my first entry. I will NOT post daily. My goal will be once a week.