Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The kids got lollipops!
Goofy & Friends!
In line for the Finding Nemo submarine ride.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I haven't used our Loads of Love pickup for awhile. But with our watercolor class coming up, I thought it would be a great stamp to use with the blender pens. I cased the idea for this layout from SCS and then changed the colors, papers, and embellishments. The SU DS paper is retired and is several years old, but I thought this paper would work well for this card. I used Sage Shadow, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy. Hope you all have a great Saturday!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm sorry that this picture isn't edited, but I wanted to share this flower and card today and I'm short on time. I made a 3x3 card to set this pink Embossed Reinker Spread flower onto, so that the flower would be the largest focal point. It got lost on anything larger. I machine-stitched 2 irregular rows of stitching and used my Old Olive marker to draw a thin line inbetween them to create a stem for the flower. It's a simple card, but I love the Navy and Pink together. Thanks for looking! Have a great day!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I showed you this Fifth Avenue Rose several weeks ago, but at the time I wasn't sure how I was going to use it. I came up with this card and I love how the rose fits so nicely on it... which is one of several cards we'll be making in our upcoming watercolor class at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center next month. Aren't these great colors together (Night of Navy, Almost Amethyst and Blush Blossom)? This technique is the Embossed Reinker Spread that so many have been playing around with. It's a wonderful technique that makes a beautiful central focus for a card.
Monday, June 22, 2009
We have a watercolor class coming up next month, so I thought I'd share a few of the cards I've been working on for it. This is the card we'll be making for the Watercolor Wash technique. I white embossed the retired "Happy Harmony" flower stamp before getting out my water spritzer, Aqua Painter. I used the new In-Colors, Rich Razzleberry and Dusty Durango, for the wash. I can't wait to share this card for our upcoming class. My inspiration for this card came from pouring through all the wonderful cards on SCS. The Dew Drops on the bottom of the card are the ones I made with my hot glue gun...they came out great!
Thanks for looking...have a great Monday!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
If you try this, let me know how it turned out for you and if you came up with any "tricks" to evenly sticking it on the CS. Thanks again for visiting us!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I've had a lot of ideas that I've been wanting to get to, but haven't had the time. This afternoon I was finally able to play around with some of the new In-Colors. I thought brayering would be a fun challenge to use to try out a few of the colors together and see how they looked. I also got to use Adriel's Big Shot, so that was fun, too. This is what I came up with.
I love SU's new Soft Suede CS. I lightly sponged the outside top-note frame with black which gave the brown an almost leathery look...kind of cool. I'd seen a tutorial on how to make your own Dew Drops, so I tried that out and ended up putting several on this card. I really like how all the colors look together, I'm looking forward to playing with the other colors. Fun, fun, fun!
Here's the supplies I used:
Dusty Durango (Brayering)
Rich Razzleberry (Brayering)
Pretty in Pink (Brayering)
Old Olive (Brayering)
Basic Black (for stamping greeting and sponging leaves and frame)
Kraft for card base
Big Shot: Top Note; Birds and Blooms
Saturday, June 13, 2009
If you've been following our blog for awhile, you probably know that I'm a sucker for an occasional challenge, and if you know anything about Generation Y, they like challenges... I learned that at a corporate road show recently that Gary and I went to for Tropical Smoothie Cafe... and, back to the challenge. Right, so I like to participate in challenges every now and then, depending on how much time I have and if I feel like it (rambling again!)... I found this new challenge on sideoatsandscribbles through kwerner's blog that is a great challenge! Lisa has a tutorial each week on how to make your pictures look better. Then, you make a card and use her tutorial to make the picture look better and you submit your before and after. The day I found the challenge, I had just finished a card with white in it (that was one of the requirements for entering this week), so I already had a card made and had taken pictures of it. Sooooo, here's the pics:
Totally gloomy and dull and lifeless... I even hate sharing it because it's so ugly! Can someone say "Blah!" ... thank you! =P
It's better... I can't say that I'm completely satisfied with it, but it's much better than the first! Whew! =)
And just for the fun of it...
I added a bit more brightness and contrast to the "After". This one is my favorite. =)
Anyway, go visit Lisa's blog and check out her AMAZING photography and her tutorials. I'm sure you'll see an improvement in your pictures just by following her first 2 tips! =)
Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by and joining us for another creative discovery.
Edited to add that I forgot to add my Stampin' Up! copyright text to my images... sorry! All stamped images and DS paper are copyright Stampin' Up!. =)
Friday, June 12, 2009
I'm showing off these gift tags today. Cute, huh? =D
A couple of weeks ago, I found a YouTube video for making the shabby flowers with the scallop circle punch. I showed you that one already... if you missed the post, click HERE for my tutorial and a link to the video. Anyway, I found another video the same day (or the day after) on making handmade lollipop flowers. I'd love to share the video, but YouTube wasn't working when I wrote this post... I will have to add the link later. =)
UPDATE: YouTube started working but the video I watched is now private! WHAAAT? Anyway, found this video that is not nearly as good, but it will give you an idea of what to do along with my tips at the bottom! =) View video HERE.
Here's what I ended up doing to make my lollipop flowers: Instead of cutting circles out by hand, I just used 3 different sizes of circle punches. I did distress the edges of each circle with scissors... I don't have a distressing tool at the moment. I crumpled up each circle so it looks really distressed! Then, I applied ink to the edges of each circle. I used Chocolate Chip ink to distress the edges instead of the circles instead of white paint. I used Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive to attach the layers together. All I had available was a spray bottle with water, so I spritzed each flower lightly (very lightly) and then "molded" each layer how I wanted it. Once it dries, it's very stiff so the flower keeps its shape very well. I added half-pearls to the center of each flower and attached my flowers with pop-up glue dots to my gift tags. =)
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Fun Fiesta Earrings from julylamoon:
Lovely 8x10 Photograph from eyefulAren't all of these Yart finds AWESOME?!?! That's all I've got for now, but there's a TON more Yart items on Etsy... just visit Etsy and search for "yart". You'll get tons of items to check out!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here's another tea bag book that I made a few weeks ago. This is one of my favorites. I like the soft blue and the weathered vintage look. I sanded the edges of the DS paper and used tearing and inking the edges to distress parts of the flower centerpiece. This is SU's "Bella Birds" DS paper. Hope you're having a great start to your week!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
This tutorial is featured in our newsletter this month. I wanted to share it on our blog as well! I saw the original idea for this on a YouTube video that you can view HERE if you like. But if you'd like step-by-step written directions, here you go!
1 - 3”x3” piece of card stock
2 - 3”x3” pieces of designer series paper
Scallop Circle punch
Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive
Small silk flower (or paper flower)
Paper piercer (not shown in supply photo)
Step 1: Punch out a scallop circle out of each piece of DS paper and card stock.
Step 2: On the two DS paper scallop circles cut a slit at each scallop.
Step 3: Crumple the DS paper scallop circles in hand until desired look is achieved. Scallop circles should be nice and crumpled. The more crumpled, the more “shabby” the flower will look.
Step 4: Use adhesive to attached scallop circles one on top of the other, starting with the card stock on the bottom.
Step 5: Pierce the center of the flower with a paper piercer or a needle.
Step 6: Put the silk flower in middle of flower and attach the rhinestone brad through the middle, through all the layers of the flower. Flower is now completed and ready to use on a project.