Monday, November 19, 2007

For the Soldiers, Next Club Meeting, and other stuff

Sorry for the long stretch between posts! I've been sick :(

I just talked to Renae and it looks like we will be having our next Stamp Club meeting on Dec 6th at Renae's house! Yippee!

Anyway! I had a fit of card making yesterday and this is what I came up with!

This one I made to send to Cards From Home, an organization that sends cards to deployed troops for them to use to send to their loved ones. This is one of the RAK's that I will be having our group make and send stuff to.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Warmest Regards(retired hostess set)

Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Ink: Always Artichoke

Access: Cuttlebug with Textile embossing folder and Sliders die, Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

I love my Cuttlebug! I haven't gotten to use it much lately as I always seem to be working on stuff for Stampin Up! demonstration :( And I just got my sets of circle Nestabilities, yet another expensive "gotta-have-it!" toy.

But just look at the lovely scallops and circles! This is a card I am going to send to my 89 y/o grandma who just had knee replacement surgery! She lives in Brainerd and with everything I have had going on here at home, I haven't been able to go see her. I thought I would send her cards, and a little cup of cocoa! I'm sending one to my Aunt Diane because she has been with Grandma everyday since surgery, no-one else has been in to see her yet! I put a bug in my Dad's ear though, he'll make sure that Dad and Herb go.

About the card! I used one of my all time favorite sets that was only in the Winter Mini last year. I really hope they put it in this next catty, but I won't hold my breath. This card holds a packet of hot cocoa inside:)

Stamps: Like It A Latte'

Paper: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White

Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip

Access: Cuttlebug with Nestabilities, Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon, Crop-O-Dile, eyelets, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, stamp-a-ma-jig
And this is the inside! Again the colors are a little off, but I need to perfect my photography skills here!

This is another one I plan to send to Cards From Home. They had a message on their website saying they need "Thank You" and "Missing You" kinds of cards the most. So had to use Moose You!

Stamps: Moose You

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip

Access: paper piercer with guide, photo corners punch, cuttlebug with nestabilities, stamp-a-ma-jig

I've made a few other cards, but I used them before I took pics! Hopefully I'll be better at posting more often!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Christmas Cardinal Candles

Ok, I just finished these and I couldn't wait to share them with you all! Aren't they great?!
Thank you Leah for letting me use your stamps!!!! I'm going to have to make some for our Gramma CeCe who loves candles and cardinals.

Stamp set: Christmas Cardinals- retired SU

Ink: Black

Markers: cardinal- real red, so saffron, garden green, versamark (to apply the iridescent ice ep). Poinsettia- real red, garden green, versamark (to apply the gold ep to sayings). Christmas Rose- rose red, regal rose, garden green, old olive, close to cocoa, real red

Extras: wax paper, heat gun, tissue paper, and candles of course. I found the short one at the dollar store, the other 2 were around $1.75-2.00 each at walmart in the Christmas section.

Some pics fro the last Stamp Club meeting

I took a few pictures at our last meeting and thought I would share. Everyone seemed to be having a great time making the candles and scrapbook page! We ran out of time to do the other 2 projects, so we will do them next month.

Here is "Aunt Amy" playing with Renae's little baby girl- sorry! Don't remember baby's name! Must be the Alzheimer's!
Here are Crystal, Isabel, Elli, and Leah working on their candles very intently.

And Renae and her boys working on the scrapbook page. Earlier Renee's son was telling her that she couldn't be LaMia's friend cuz she was his friend! It was sooo cute!

And dear Debbie with her battle scars! Nice chin ! And she made a lovely candle.
And here is me in an oh so flattering side view showing Elli how to hold the wax paper on the candle to melt the image into the surface. Sorry Elli for the burnt knuckles! Renae is standing in the background, Isabel is hard at work coloring in her angel for her candle. And the only shot of Dawn I got as she studies everyone's work. And that sneaky Crystal P. took this picture after telling me not to take any of her! This is not that same Crystal as in an earlier picture so as you can see, I honored her request, hehehe!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tutorial: Votive Luminary #2

Well people, I promised the tutorial for this Votive Surround and here it is!

Supplies needed: Stamp set of your choice, Holy Triptych and Holiday Wishes used here.
ink and markers of your choice.
2 12x12 sheets cardstock (Bravo Burgundy used here)
1 8.5x11" sheet vellum
oval cutting system
embossing powder( this is optional and I used Iridescent Ice for a little extra sparkle)
heat gun
ribbon (SU retired gold organdy used here)

elastic cord- SU gold cord form Holiday Mini used here
4 dowels cut to size or 4 chopsticks
tape runner

1. cut eight 4x5" pieces of cardstock and four 3 1/4 x4 1/4" pieces of vellum( or size to fit ovals and images to be stamped).
2. With four 4x5" sections cut a smaller oval- this will be the "right side" or outside" of the section and should be the right size for the image you have chosen.
Then with the other four 4x5" sections, cut a larger oval. These are the "wrong side" or "inside" pieces of each section. This way if your ovals are not in exactly the same spot on every section it will still match up when put together.

3. Use white gel pen to draw stitches around ovals and outer edges on the 4 small oval 4x5" sections.

4. Stamp images in the center of each vellum piece. I used images from Holy Triptych and Holiday wishes and Close to Cocoa ink. You can use Stazon if you don't want to emboss.

5. Apply Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat with heat gun until ep melts. You can do this with classic ink on vellum because it stays wet long enough to make ep stick. Cool huh?!

6. Color images on the Back of the vellum using various markers. I used SU markers.

7. Center image inside the small oval 4x5" section and adhere to the back.

8. Repeat step 7 with all 4 sections. Use your dowels to estimate spacing. We will be using the elastic cord to hold the dowels in place so spacing does not need to be exact, but if it is too tight the finished product looks puckered.

9. Run adhesive along tops and bottoms of each panel, then take your ribbon and adhere a long strip all the way across all for panels starting halfway across the first panel and ending with enough tail to join to the halfway mark on the first panel, a little longer is better than a little shorter as you can always trim it later.

10. Now run sticky right over the ribbon, avoiding the spaces between panels.

11. Adhere a long string of elastic cord to the ribbon, the same length as the ribbon.

12.Adhere the large oval section to the back of each panel except the first panel to give the section a nice finished appearance and some added stability.

13. Now you need to adhere the tails from the 4th panel to the 1st panel.

14. And put the last large oval section on the back of the last panel. This picture shows the ribbon the way I did it the first time, which did not work! So ignore that detail on this picture.

13. Color dowels by rubbing on ink pad, this was done using Close to Cocoa. Your fingers will get inky here.

14. Slip the dowels into the corners between the ribbon and the elastic cord, and adjust to the desired height. I know, the dowels aren't colored here, I took the picture during a test fit.

And here it is all dressed up for company. I really do love this project. I better get started on the ones I'm going to give away!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Splitcoaststampers Virtual Scrap Book Night

All right ladies and gentleman, if you have not yet discovered the wonderful "splitcoast" website, I'm here to tell ya it's the best thing since sliced bread! I'm having a blast this weekend playing in the VSBN there. Lots of great challenges, ideas, and chatting. Here are couple of the things I have made for the VSBN.

I used DCWV Old World Stack dp with SU Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, and Sahara Sand. Lots of Basic Grey's Wholy Cow rub-ons, Prima flowers and SU rhinestone brads. This was a really fun page to do. I got to use my Cuttlebug alot this weekend! That's how I made the letters with the Hippie Chick alpha dies. You can read the journaling here.

I used Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, and Creamy Caramel paper. Ink: Versamark, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel. Iridescent Ice ep. Stamp sets: Small Sayings, Wanted, Little Pieces. Cuttlebug with Red Tag alpha dies and Star dies to cut the felt stars. You can go to my splitcoast gallery here to see the journaling.

Paper: Choc Chip and DCWV Fall StackPack dp. Ink: Pumpkin Pie and Choc Chip. I used my cuttlebug to cut out flowers and paisley die cuts, colored them with ink, the embossed with Glassy Glaze ep. Used the corner rounder to scallop the edges of the dp. See journaling here.

Coordinating gift wrapping

This is a present for my youngest son's friend who turned 11 this weekend. I thought this would be cool since it is Opening weekend for rifle hunting here! I whipped this together quick before the Virtual Scrapbooking Night challenges started on Saturday morning. I used the tutorial from that websites resource page to make the bows. Very COOL!
This is the card up close. Used Noble Deer, Hugs and Wishes, Wanted, and Flannel BG stamp sets. Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, and Sahara Sand paper. Versamark, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Really rust ink. Distressed edges and used the Stamp Off technique for the stars on card base.
For the stripes on this wrapping paper (which is recycled packing from Stampin Up! orders) I dragged ink pads, large Choc Chip, and ink spot Really rust, across paper. Stamped deer in Choc Chip, lightly rubbed Really rust on the rest of the paper. Was actually pretty fast. And I didn't decorate it until I had wrapped the package.


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