Thursday, February 21, 2008

WS project...

I made this 3 x 6 card at my recent workshop/party. It was my second most successful event. Orders were just over $1000!
Thank you Eileen!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Faux Silk...

A new (to me) technique...Faux Silk. It's an easy one, although, I was intimitated by the suggested supplies. I simply stamped the branch image on regular ol' tissue paper. I colored the leaves on the branch with Old Olive ink and a blender pen. After it was dry, crumpled the tissue paper in a ball, then smoothed it out. I attached the decorated tissue paper to a piece of white CS using Mono Multi, my new favorite adhesive. In this photo the result looks a little more wrinkled than it does in person. It's the lighting I guess. I used the "Embrace Life" set and the sympathy greeting was from the Close as a Memory set. Flower was stamped with Groovy Guava ink and blender pen used with same GG ink to add more color.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Looks better IRL...

IRL= in real life. I saw this idea on line and tried's very easy! The card base is Old Olive. Using the Embrace Life set, I stamped a Whisper White layer, 4.25" x 5.5", then cut it into random size rectangles. Next I sponged every edge of each rectangle. I attached each piece onto the Old Olive cardbase so the pieces fit back together nicely. The flower was stamped using Groovy Guava ink on watercolor paper, then I added a little more GG ink with the AquaPainter. Finally, I popped up with a dimensional dot. I like the simplicity of this card.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Sr Center Cards 2/14/08

There were 16 ladies for class today. I taught them a few new ways to "kick up" their cards. They made an mini origami envelope to attach to the front of a card that could hold a tag. I also showed them how to do a Tea Bag folding idea called Dahlia Folding, using a circle punch and a few folds. They used the Crop-a-dile to dry-emboss the dots on the Bronco card. Thanks to my DH, I'll never look at this card the same way again (Inside joke ;o) Finally, I showed them how to do Spirelli, using a Scallop Circle punch and some ordinary sewing thread. I saw the instructions here. It looks a lot more complicated than it is. Enjoy!
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Friday, February 15, 2008

TriState Stampers...Card Candy

For all you TriState is my version of our project for Monday night. I used White CS and Black ink with a variety of stamps and punches. (click images to enlarge) Contact me with any questions.
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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Extreme Home Makeover...

My DD met her favorite reality star of all time....Ty Pennington! She was so excited!
Autograph and a picture...woohoo! As you can see from her forehead, it was Ash Wednesday...a day she won't soon forget.
I took this pic of the tent today...I personally was hoping to see Paulie! He is my favorite! What a sweet guy!

"Busdriver....move that bus!"
Too bad she was giving me directions from in front of the camera...heehee

Apparently, this is the first time EHM took on an inner city duplex home.
Unbelieveable...2-1/2 days and there is now a new beautiful house. Or should I say two?
No designers at the site today. bummer!
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Friday, February 08, 2008

Which one?

I'm trying to prep for my Sr. Center class. I can't decide which one of these cards I like. We make simple cards...using only one ink pad at a time. For a seasoned stamper, this can be a challenge to come up with ideas using only one color ink. Designer Series Paper and punches do add some color and pizazz. As you can see in the 1st photo, I've got the squares of DSP cut and ready to go...
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

I'm a "blog-surfer"

I admit it...lately, I 'case' most of my cards. Why reinvent the wheel, right?! I found a card I liked on Sharon Johnson's blog. She is a very talented and creates beautiful cards. I chose this card to case, but made my version a little simplier. I have less ribbon (easier to mail). And one less embellishment. I didn't use the flat-backed pearls Sharon used, from the Pretties Kit. My kit will be arriving any day, thanks to a very generous friend *wink* It's hard to see in the photo, but I used Mono Multi glue to put glittery centers on the flowers. If you click the image you might be able to see it. It's subtle but adds just enough. The colors I used are Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The stamp set is "A Beautiful Thing"

So, is "blog-surfer" a term you've heard or should I be using another term? Let me know....thanks!
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You Tube funny....

One of my stampin' buddies (Hi L) sent me a link to this You Tube video. You have to be from Delaware to appreciate it. I'm not originally from Delaware but do see the humor in the clip after living here for almost 20 years. Enjoy!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Mystery Class...last but not least...

I felt this card had a young, carefree feel. Using the Crop-a-dile again...but this time to create the dry embossed dots under the 3 rows of CS and punched flowers. Before I added the dots, the card was lacking any appeal. The "eye candy" was simply adding texture by adding the dots. Notice the even placement...that's a cool trick I discovered recently. Got your curiosity up?...Leave me a comment and I'll go into further detail. Thanks for stopping by!

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