Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday-Resisting

Well today is the day! It's the last day of the Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog! Tomorrow the 2009-2010 IB&C will be released! Yippeee!!! Ordering will begin at noon tomorrow. If you do order at noon, it may be a little slow since there will be thousands of orders going in tomorrow at that time.

Quick tutorial for today. One of my sidelines Joanna, HI JOANNA! had a few questions on using the brayer with embossing resist and a white crayon. So I told her I'd do it for my tutorial today. SU no longer sells spectrum pads anymore so I'm going to make my own for this technique too. So here's what you'll need: baby wipes, brayer, classic reinkers, white crayon, your image stamped and embossed with clear EP on glossy cardstock.

I've already stamped and embossed the image and I used the white crayon to highlight some parts of my image. I'm using the bear from Under the Stars stamp set.

To make your own spectrum pad, use a small stack of baby wipes (I think I have 4 in my stack) a few reinkers, at least 2 but really no more then 4 or 5. I'm using Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel. My brayer is well used and stained, can you tell?
After you've made your custom ink pad ink up your brayer....

...and run it over your image. Where the image is embossed or where you highlighted with the crayon the ink will resist it.

Attach it to your card!

Oh I love that bear!!!
Thanks for looking see you tomorrow!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Patriotic Bear

We are down to the final days/hours of the catalog. The new catalog will be released on Wednesday and ordering will start at noon that day. I still have some spaces available in my New Catalog Stamp Therapy Class on July 11. The projects are so great! And I can't wait for you to see the catalog. Of course I know it will be hard to wait until July 11 at my class so if you need a copy to look at before then, let me know and I'll be happy to get you one! For more information on attending my Stamp Therapy Class please email me and let me know.

I have been waiting almost a year to make this card! Brent Steel who works at the SU home office in UT showed it at convention last year and while I wasn't there I got word of it and have been waiting so long to make it. I finally got the stamp set last week. Why did it take me so long? Well other things kept being more important to get and so it kept getting pushed to the bottom of my wishlist.....until last week. The stamp set is Under the Stars and is just so cute. We don't do a lot of camping but I'm sure I'll still come up with some pretty cute cards! Why is this card so special? Well the bear waves his arms or flies as it was done at convention. For this card I just gave the bear a flag to hold and so it looks like he's waving his arms.

When you pull on the tab on the bottom with the ribbon his arms move up and down. So cute!!!!

I'm totally happy with this card and was well worth the almost year long wait to make it!!!
Stamp Sets: Under the stars
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Real Red pad and marker, Brilliant Blue pad and marker
Accessories: Small star punch, silver brads, dimensionals, blender pens, paper snips
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Swap Samples

Before I get to the cards today I wanted to let you know our stamp camp details are finalized and registration is up! To sign up for this years new catalog stamp camp click here. Stamp camp this year will be fantastic. Of course we'll have our retired stamp set 50% off sale, this year we'll have 5 projects that are so GREAT! You will not want to miss it!!! Plus we'll have great door prizes and yummy food as always. Remember to sign up before July 15 to take advantage of the early bird sign up-a savings of $5!

Well as always our meeting on Thursday was alot of fun. Here are a few samples of the great swaps I got. I'm so pleased to be in a group with such talented demonstrators!

This one is by Pam, I love the subtle shading with the pastels.
Hostess set Kind and Caring Thoughts

This one is by Joanna. This is another new hostess set, The More the Merrier.

This one is by Amber, she used the new set Autumn Days.

Carmelita did this one. How cute is that set! It's called Lots of Bots. It's such a cute set. And I love those color-Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay!!

Last but not least, Karen's card. She used another new hostess set, Asian Artistry.
Thanks for looking, see you Monday!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lots of new stuff and a RAK

I have more new stuff to share with your today!! Last night was our demonstrator meeting. I had a blast and I did a 3 minute demo and this is what I did. I saw this tutorial from Carmen, and I know that a bunch of demonstrator in our group own this die and that they might find it helpful. For those that have been following my blog for a while know that I love to put Ghirardelli Chocolate (GC) in boxes, and I LOVE that the matchbox die fits 2 GC squares perfectly! But with this *new* matchbox you can fit 4!!!!!! AHHH I was so excited!

So I showed everyone how to enlarge your matchbox die, which I think is brilliant!!! The stamp set I used here is the new Wings of Friendship hostess set. And that's our new Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, isn't it yummy! Those are some of the new colors too, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. Check out that Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon!!!

See, 4 chocolates perfectly!

Here's a normal sized Matchbox with the extended one. Cute Huh!

Now onto my RAK, for those that don't know a RAK is a Random Act of Kindness. I sent another demonstrator, Emily, an old catalog that I didn't need and she had lost hers in a move and she sent me back this great notepad! Isn't it adorable I love it!
The notepad uses another one of the new hostess sets, Asian Artisty, and some more new In Colors. Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede.
Isn't it great! Thanks Emily!!!!

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My swap

We have our demonstrator meeting tonight. Here's my swap. I know that it seems like this is the only new set I got, it's not really it's just my favorite! I will make samples with the other sets soon! I just love this one so much. Our swap theme is anything new. So new papers, stamps, ribbon. I can't wait to see what great swaps I'll get. I'll post them on Saturday for you. Can you believe we're down to the final days of the catalog. We have less than a week now!! Make sure you check my blog on July 1 for a special new catalog post!! Check in the days between then too, I'll still have cool projects. :)

I love this card and I particularly love the ribbon on it. Isn't it such a cool way to do it. I saw it on Rose's blog and thought it was so cute and eye catching. So I tried it too. In person it's just so cool, and I can't wait to try it with our new polka dot ribbon, that would be awesome!!! It's easy to do too. Get a strip of sticky strip and lay it on the card and then start laying the ribbon on top of it making sure to ruffle it as you go.

Of course I added some Dazzling Diamonds on there for some extra sparkle!
Stamp Sets: Kind and Caring Thoughts
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant, White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant ribbon, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8 Circle and 1 1/4 Circle punches, dimensionals, sticky strip, 2 way glue, Dazzling Diamonds
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some Potty Talk

I remembered loading the pictures and saving them as a post but I forgot to journal on them. So if you checked my blog early this morning all you saw was pictures and not an explanation-which probably would have helped! So sorry. Yesterday Dan and Logan both had dentist appointments and of course they weren't together. Dan's was at 11, Logan's was at 1. So after leaving Dan's appointment at 12 we rushed out to have lunch and were back in time for Logan's. After the appointment was a stop at the eye glasses store so Dan could get his frames fixed, then a stop at Target, then the library then home. By the time we got home it was close to 4. Goodness what a day. So needless to say my journaling for the blog got put on the back burner then forgotten completely-opps-but at least I had the pictures on there.

Now for the chart. We've been having a horrible time potty training Logan and so I'm hoping this chart will help. He gets to put a sticker on one of the squares every time he goes potty. Once he fills up the squares he gets to pick a new toy. So we're crossing our fingers that it works.
The chart is 8.5x11, the squares are all punched using the 1 3/8 square punch. The letters are from the GoGo Boots Alphabet dies. I found an example of the train potty chart and then just made it SU style.
Stamp Sets: Choo Choo
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Brocade Blue
Ink: Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie Markers, Basic Gray Pad
Accessories: Big Shot, GoGo Boots Alphabet die, dimensionals, 1 3/8 square punch, 2 way glue
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday--Stand Up Box Card

It's that time again-Tutorial Tuesday! Today I'm showing you how to make the stand up card like Logan made last week. It's really simple and everyone will love it. I made these cards as birth announcements when Logan was born and put a picture of Logan and all the details like time, date etc under the picture. It was so cute.

So here's what you'll need. The base of the card is 4 1/4 x 11 score it on the 11 inch side at 1, 2 3/4, 3 3/4, 5 1/2, 7 1/4, 8 1/4, and 10. The inside piece of you card (Night of Navy piece in this card) needs to be 2 3/4 x 5 1/4. The white piece is 2 1/2 x 5. Mine is a little shorter in the picture but it works too. I've already pre-stamped all my pieces so all we need to do is assemble. I'm using sticky strip, it works the best for this card. I used the new hostess set Kind and Caring Thoughts for this card.
Fold on all your score lines. You should have a shape that looks like an 'M'.

On the 5 1/2 inch score line cut a slit about 3 inches wide down the center of it. You can use a hobby blade or your paper cutter to do this.

On the two 1 inch strips on the edge of the paper put sticky strip.

Peel off the sticky strip and place the inside piece on it. Place it near the bottom. If it sticks up to much it won't fit in a normal envelope. NOTE that the 1 inch strip has been folded up on the inside. So your insert should be laying on the non decorated side of your cardstock. Hope that makes sense.

Slide your insert into the slit and fold the other half over and glue the sticky strip ends together.
It should look like this from the side with everything glued together.

The bottom will slide down and make a stand for the card.

For my greeting I put dimensionals on only the bottom and attached it to the base/stand part of the card.

It folds up and fits in an envelope.
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Monday, June 22, 2009

More Fathers Day Cards

Yesterday was Father's Day, I hope you had a nice one if you celebrated it. We had a nice restful Father's Day. We didn't do much of anything. I think we were all so tired from last week when my sister and her kids were visiting. We did so much more in one week then we normally do so we were all a little tired. Logan especially, he's been falling asleep so early lately. He missed most of his naps last week and has just been so tired. Poor little guy. Unfortunately this week won't be any better since it's VBS week at our church. It's a morning VBS so maybe we'll be home in time for a nap this week and we can start getting back on schedule.
But back to the Father's Day Cards. I showed you the card Logan made for his Dad last week. Here's the card I made for Dan. I really love how it came out. I'm just so pleased with it. I think that these little birds are fast become a favorite set of mine! And I just adore those corduroy brads/buttons. I really love using them and I'll be stocking up on them with the new catalog. I've only bought the chocolate chip ones so far. I wanted to make sure I liked them in a neutral color before I got a different color. Well I LOVE them, so I'll defiantly be ordering more of them in the future!

Stamp Sets: Good Friend, Cheap Talk
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Garden Green, White
Ink: Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy
Accessories: 5 petal flower punch, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons, dimensionals, Chit Chat rubons

Last week when Julie's kids were in town they all came over one day and made Father's Day cards for their Dad. They all made different punched animals. The cards came out so cute. They all had a little or a lot of help from me and my Mom. Here's what they made.

Andrew made a lizard. Sorry there's no actual picture of Andrew. He was a little too close to the camera and the kids were promised ice cream after their picture was taken so things were a little crazy.

Sarah made a horse.

Elizabeth made a cow, though it's a little hard to see that. Best shot of her that I had :)
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bookmark In Minutes

Happy Saturday to you. Today is my last round of my Passion for Punches class. We're doing farm animals and they're so cute!!!! I'll be starting a punch club in September, I actually wanted to do it earlier but with convention and birthday's in August it just wasn't going to happen. If you want more information on my punch club feel free to email me. I'll be posting more about it as we get closer to September too.

For today's project I'm making a cool corner book mark. I first saw it on Jenny's blog. She has a great tutorial on her blog for you so I won't go into details about how I made mine. But I just love it.

No that's not the new catalog. I can't post the cover until July 1 so I had to use my current catalog. Only a few days left of it.....


Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Tea Party DSP

Accessories: Glue dots, So Saffron Ribbon (SAB-retired)

Thanks for looking, see you Monday!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Caution----Non SU Post Ahead!!

I know what am I doing posting non SU stuff. I love our products so much and making this card proved alot of why I love our products so so so much! But let me start by telling you how this card came to be. My sister is in town as I mentioned before and she notorious for finding amazing sales, and when I say amazing sales we're talking her entire prom outfit with shoes for under $2. Yeah I know-crazy right. Well while she was in town on our way to take the kids to a waterpark we stopped at JoAnns where they had a clearance on patterned paper. Well I wasn't that interested until I saw the glitter pack---48 sheets of glittered paper for $8. It was just such a good deal and I love the patterns on them and they're so sparkly with the glitter-oh it was just too much so I caved and got the paper!!!! I'm a sucker for anything sparkly. This is the first time in over 6 years that I bought card/scrapbooking supplies from someone other then SU. And it had been so long that I actually felt guilty about making a card with the paper. But when I saw how cute the card was, I didn't feel so guilty anymore.
BUT, let me tell you why I love SU products and why I rarely buy anything other than SU. First of all our colors are unmatched by anyone, and I had trouble matching our colors to the colors in this paper. But I think I found a few that will work. They won't match exactly but I think they're pretty close-fortunately for me I'm not a perfectionist, so I can live with the difference in shades of pink for example. Reason number 2 why I love and prefer SU product: While at JoAnns I needed a pack of white cardstock, well about 44 sheets to be exact for the birthday cards for the church I was working on this month. I had enough SU cardstock at home but I really wanted to save it for my classes coming up and swaps and other stuff. I'm not placing an order for myself until July so I really didn't want to use it. So in a pinch I figured I'd just get some at JoAnns. Well first of all it wasn't as sturdy and smooth as SU white is. The package said it had 50 sheets in it. I cut them all in half-so mathematically I should have 100 half sheets now. I needed to use 87 of them. So when I was done with my 87 cards I had 1 half sheet left. The package had shorted me 6 sheets of cardstock! WHAT!! It wasn't a huge deal, but I guarantee SU will never do that.
So I've gone on long enough. Here's the project. I do love the sparkly glittery paper and I'm sure you'll see more of it (smile).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day-Logan Style

Father's day is just around the corner, hard to believe the year has gone by so fast. It's gonna be Christmas before you know it! Logan wanted to make a dinosaur card for his Daddy for Father's Day so that's what we spent the morning doing yesterday. I got the punched idea from Heather's website. I've sent you there earlier this week and I've said it before but she's A-MA-ZING!
Here's Logan with his fun punched dinosaur. We were supposed to make it Monday but didn't have time and then on Tuesday Logan told Dan that we were going to make him a dinosaur card-to which I said "Shhhh it's supposed to be a surprise" So when we finally got around to doing it I decided that since Dan already knows he's getting a dinosaur card, we'll jazz it up with a fancy fold that will be super cute! So that's what we did, fortunately for me I had a bunch of these already scored so I just pulled it out and assembled it. Voila! I think I'll do a tutorial on it next week so you can see how it's made instead of posting instructions now. So check back on Tuesday!
Here's a closer shot of the card. The squiggles on the side is Logan's special note to Dan. Cute huh!?!!?
Stamp Sets: All Holidays
Cardstock: Vanilla, Black, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Large oval, Word Window, 5 Petal Flower, 1/4 circle, and Small Oval punches, dimensionals, sponge daubers, sticky strip
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More new stuff

I have another new sample for you from the new hostess set Kind and Caring Thoughts. I'm not using new colors-yet. I didn't order that much of them and I need to save what I have for my HUGE New Catalog Stamp Therapy Class on July 11. It's going to be a blast! You'll make 4 projects all with new stuff from the catalog. If you want more info on coming to this class please let me know. I just planned all the projects and I couldn't be more happy with them! So it will be a class you don't want to miss!
Ok well today's card is actually very simple, but sooo pretty! The flower and greeting are from the new level 3 hostess set Kind and Caring Thoughts. I stamped the flower over and over again in Regal Rose ink. And I put some glitter on the flowers that I punched out. I didn't add the glitter until about a day after I made the card then walked by it and looked at it and said "Glitter, it needs glitter" 30 seconds later it had glitter and looked great!

Stamp sets: Kind and Caring Thoughts
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, White
Ink: Regal Rose, Black
Accessories: Scallop Border, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8, 1 1/4 circle punches, paper piercer, dimensionals, 2 way glue, dazzling diamonds glitter
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday-Faux shadows with vellum

I've been doing a lot of 'faux' things lately. I fully intended to have another tutorial for you for today but didn't like the way it was coming out so I started over with a quick tutorial. I was running out of time and I needed something fast and fun. Plus I'm using new stuff for the first time in this one-didn't use any new stuff in the one I had quit.
This is probably the shortest tutorial I've ever done. The set I'm using is a new level 3 hostess set called Kind and Caring thoughts. I love it and knew when I saw it I had to get it! I'm also using the new In Color Markers in Soft Suede and Dusty Durango and the same color in cardstock. So let's get started!

On white cardstock stamp your image in a neutral color (browns and greys work best). Again I'm using soft suede.

Then on vellum stamp the same image in a different color, I'm using Dusty Durango. I like saying that Dusty Durango...

Now lay your vellum sheet over the white cardstock and you'll get a two toned shadow like look. Finish your card and your done! The greeting is from the same set and how cool is that Soft Suede polka dot ribbon!!!!! I just love it all!!!

It's hard to tell from the photo but this technique gives you a really nice look and I love using vellum whenever I can. I think it's so pretty and you can do anything to it!
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow.....with another sample from this stamp set....