Wednesday, May 28, 2008

June Events

For all you local subscribers, here's an update on my upcoming events in June:

Tuesday, June 3rd (7pm) - Technique Class - This is our last technique club meeting for this session. We'll be making 3 projects and technique club members can attend this class for free. The class is open to non-members as well. If you place an order over $15, the class is free, otherwise there is a $7 class fee. This month's theme: techniques using reinkers including shaving cream.

Monday, June 9th (6:30pm) - Scrapbooking Class - We will be making 2, 2-page spreads and a set of coordinating page elements to create a 3rd layout when you get home. The class fee is $15 and all supplies are included except adhesive. A $5 class fee discount is given to attendees who order $25 or more. This month's themes include: Dinosaurs & Summer(pool/beach). Alternate stamps will be brought for those who don't want to use the dinosaur stamps.

Monday, June 16th (7pm) - Quick Inkers Meeting - This is a meeting of the Quick Inkers demonstrator group and anyone considering becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. This time we'll be doing a shoebox swap. Everyone attending will bring a project and the supplies for us all to duplicate it.

Contact me to sign up for any of these events.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Anniversary Cards

My Mom & Sister-in-law were so sweet to send us anniversary cards this past week. These cards are just so beautiful I just have to share them. My Mom's card uses a paper folding technique very similar to the dahlia fold, using squares instead of circles and I just love it! I can't wait to try it myself!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May Scrapbooking

Here are the pages from this month's scrapbooking class. The one above I call the "punchy" layout because inadvertantly I used 5 different punches!

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Papers: Old Olive, Summer Sun, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Bali Breeze
Inks: Taken with Teal, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Rose Red, Taken with Teal
Accessories: notebook punch, scallop punch, circle punch, slit punch, corner rounder, pink ribbon with white polkadots

This next one is another Birthday layout with more "boy" colors also using the Big Bold Birthday set. The blue patterned paper was created using bashful blue ink with the polka dots stamp from this set on bashful blue cardstock. I used my scalloped circle Nestabilities die to create the scallop cupcake embellishment The cupcake frosting was cut out and adhered with dimensionals. The present on the lower left was created using my new toy, the Cricut! The present came from the Christmas Cheer cartridge (my mothers day gift this year).

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, Best Friends Alphabet, Big Bold Birthday
Papers: Bashful Blue, Naturals White, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie Prints Paper, Brilliant Blue
Inks: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Garden Green
Accessories: Light Blue & Orange Grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, word window punch, Nestabilities Circle die, Cricut Christmas Cheer (present)

This last layout is a fairly generic layout for any fun occasion. I used my Cuttlebug to do some embossing on this one.

Stamps: One of a Kind
Papers: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, More Mustard, Bashful Blue
Inks: More Mustard, Certainly celery, Rose Red
Accessories: Word window punch, silver brads, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Friday, May 9, 2008

May Technique Class: Cracked Glass & Paper Folding

This month our group did a variety of techniques. Dahlia fold's been pretty popular lately and I was excited to try it. That reminded me of another paper folding/arranging technique called Iris twist, s0 we made a simple Iris twist card. I also had a request to demonstrate the Cracked Glass technique, a nice vintage technique. The card above is the Dahlia Fold card that we made. Dahlia fold is a relatively recent Tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers so I won't go into much detail here on how to do it. Basically you can create a beautiful blossom using 8 small circles folded into petals. The design for this card was CASED from a card in the Splitcoast Gallery made by Love Stampin!!!!!!!!. Her card is just so gorgeous, but a little to many steps for a class, so I simplified it a bit and changed the colors around for the class version. I also made a similar card using different colors and papers during my "creative process."

Recipe for Dahlia fold card (above):
Stamps: Short & Sweet
Inks: Rose Red
Papers: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Appricot Appeal, Bali Breeze DS
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, Appricot Ribbon, Orange Rhinestone brad, Slit Punch. Cuttlebug Embossing folder, tichet corner punch, Nestabilities scallop circle die

Here's the extra Dahlia Fold card I made:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Inks: Bravo Burgundy
Papers: Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Ruby Red
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, River Rock double stitched Ribbon, brass brad, Slit Punch. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, ticket corner punch, Nestabilities scallop circle die

The next card is a simple square Iris Twist card. There is also a Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial for this technique. With this technique we made a unique "twisty" frame for a focal flower image of felt flower fusion flowers.

Inks: Tempting Turquoise
Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Bali Breeze DS, White
Accessories: Flower Fusion, turquoise rhinestone brad

The next card uses the Cracked Glass technique. I chose the square flower stamp from Carte Postale because it reminded me of a decorative tile. I thought that cracked glass with this stamp might end up looking like a cracked tile. The cracked glass technique requires at least 3 layers of Glassy Glaze (ultra thick embossing powder) on top of the image, and then a few minutes in the freezer before cracking. Pretty straight forward technique for a vintage look.
Stamps: Carte Postale
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Night of Navy (used with blender pen for blue coloring of flower)
Papers:Soft Sky, Cameo Coral, White, Afternoon Tea DS
Accessories: Glassy Glaze, Nestabilities scallop square die, chocolate chip twill ribbon

The picture below shows a close-up view of the "cracked tile."