Monday, February 28, 2011

Birthday Banner

This is just another example of how versatile the Petal Cone die is! I made these pennants with it, even the layers. I actually made four of each style and alternated them across the banner. I decided to make this a multi-use banner since we all know how much time it takes to make one of these :) And since I have so many guys in my house, it will get plenty of use :)

Here is a close up of the four styles. Lots of people commented on the depth of color I got with this technique. I have to admit, I don't use a brayer. I just rub and tap my inkpads directly on the texture plates. Of course it helps if your pads are nice and juicy and I just juiced mine all up :) My sandwich for this technique on my Big Shot is:
  1. Multi Purpose Pad on Tab 1
  2. Two cardstock shims
  3. Inked Texture plate
  4. Cardstock
  5. Folded sheet of copy paper (to protect the other pieces from the ink)
  6. Silicone pad
  7. Impressions pad
And here is what I used to make this pennant:
  • Stamps: Afterthoughts, Party Hearty, Word Play
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Naturals White, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
  • Other: Big Shot with Petal Cone die, Sweet Buttons embosslit, and Texture Plates Kit #4, Designer Label punch, 1¾" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, crochet thread, paper cutter

To cut the pennants, I cut out 8  Soft Suede Petal Cone pieces, then trimmed off the tab on the side, and cut the 2 triangular parts apart, keeping the half circle flaps intact.

Then I cut 8 more Petal Cone pieces in Naturals White. Then I trimmed off the tab on the side on each. Then folded  it in half so there was just one triangular piece showing. Then I trimmed off 1/8" all the way around by lining up the edges with the edge of the silver to the right of the cutting blade on my Fiskars paper trimmer.

Then I took my trimmed down Naturals White pieces and did the Reverse Faux Letterpress technique on them using the above listed sandwich.

The little accents are made using various stamps and punches with lots of layers and dimensionals :) I stretched the Designer Label punch by cutting it in half and adhering as shown behind the 1¾" circle punches and added little paper buttons made with the Sweet Buttons embosslit. LOVE the thing!! Of course I inked the raised edges on the buttons too. It wouldn't be mine if I didn't do that ;)

Now Let's see what you all can come up with!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday SA Blog Hop!

Welcome to another Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop! Stampin' Addicts is 2 years old already, can you believe it?! We all wanted to celebrate it with everyone so we are going to share some of our favorite techniques with you all and have a lot of fun doing it :)

If you started at the beginning of the hop, then you probably just came from Rhonda's blog The Stampin Bunny where she shares some Baby Wipe creativity. So cute!!

I will be showing you some projects featuring the Faux Reverse Letterpress technique. I LOVE this technique. It has drama and texture. What more could I ask for?!

My #3 child, Dakota, turns 19 in a couple weeks. I couldn't resist making a birthday banner for him using the Petal Cone die. This is only one quarter of the banner. I wanted you to be able to see the details. Lots of bold color and fun masculine textures here :) 

And Dakota loves to cook and to try to come up with his own recipes. I found this blank notebook at a local print shop for $1.50 and knew I had to use it for this project. So this is one of the things he will get for his birthday :)

 And how about a little Easter carrot? This is with the Petal Cone die again. Don't you love how the woodgrain texture plate with tone on tone Peach Parfait give it such a great texture?

 And last but not least, here is a project I have been meaning to do for months now. I thought it would be a really time consuming project, but I made this one in less than an hour!
Check back later this week for more info on recipes and instructions on these projects!

And on with the show! If you would like to see the roll call and links to all of the blogs in one spot, go here. The next stop is Mary's blog where she will be featuring Shimmer Paint. Oh, man! I love that stuff too!!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Masculine Valentine

Valentine's day is fast approaching and I have a lot of guys to prepare cards for! And I have been wiped out of Valentine cards by people at work. Don't get me wrong, I love that they sold, but now I have to make more for me! And I made some extras for work, just in case ;)
And as you can see, I am still using the heck out of the First Edition DSP. It takes color so well and is so easy to work with. I will be very sorry to see it go.

I like layers :) Layers are fun. And I really like to pop them up. The circles are the 2½" circle punch and a 2¼" circle, then the Designer Label punch. And the Heart to Heart punch made the large heart in the corner. The other 2 are Glimmer Paper punched with the Small Heart punch. This is a very punchy card!

More hearts! And a ¼" strip of the inked First Edition DSP. I made a list of sentiments that I can hand write for my customers if they want me to. There are just so many things you can say and only so many stamps you can use! That's what coordinating markers are for!
  • Stamps: Grateful Greetings, In Stitches JW (unmounted and cut apart)
  • Paper: Naturals White, River Rock, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, First Edition DSP, Glimmer Paper
  • Ink: River Rock, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso
  • Other: Brayer, 2½" Circle punch, Designer Label punch, Small Heart punch, Heart to Heart punch, circle cutting system, Poppy Parade ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

The dashed lines on the sentiment are actually the straight stitch stamp from the In Stitches JW that I unmounted. I love that wheel! But as you can see, I was having a little trouble getting my stitches straight.... oh well. It just adds character, right ;) See, I can't make anything without inking the edges and having stitched in some way or fashion!

Friday, February 4, 2011

White Water Rafting MDS page

Time for another MDS scrapbook page! I think I have the hang of it now. And I think I will get more done this way too.  This is another page from my Utah trip from 2009. This time on the raft!

 The nice young man rowing our boat actually spent some time in Minnesota as a teenager with family, but really it was in the cities, aka Minneapolis/St. Paul. We live way far away in the sticks! Closer to Canada than the cities, lol!
I just bought a bunch of MDS downloads, mostly DSP and embellishments. I am having so much fun with them! And no need to hoard as I will never run out this way :) All of the supplies listed are in MDS.

And page 2, which was really easy to do, just made a copy of the first one and tweaked the photos. Of course, I think it needs more stuff, but it will come!
  • Stamps: Always, Texture, Greatest Moments
  • Paper: River Rock, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: River Rock, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
  • Other: MDS software, Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, Stitches and Staples, Basic Rhinestones 
I challenge you to give this amazing tool a try!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bridal Veil Falls MDS

So I have had the My Digital Studio (aka MDS) program for well over a year and I have resisted learning how to use it for a long time. I like to feel the product in my hands and the look of the finished product. That being said, I have seen some amazing things done with it! So I have decided to try to expand my experience and tackle the job of learning and using MDS myself. I have several people to blame for this....Krystal D, Yapha, Chipper, Debra Burgin... those are just a few of the all know it!

This is probably my first page. I can't say with certainty that it is my first because I may have played with MDS a little when I first got it and I just don't remember. I think I like this quite well! No mess to clean up either :)
This is from my trip to Convention in 2009. My hubby and I had never been away like this before and we had so much fun! I have been meaning to do a scrapbook of this trip for a long time. I guess it's time to start.
Now, will I ever get it printed? I don't know, but I may well recreate it with paper and real embellies! I can see myself using this as a planning tool for club, and maybe to create books in multiples for family.


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