Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
The trick this time was to create a card in which ten different pieces of patterned papers were used. Here's my take, using the Welcome Home Designer Series Paper (available through tomorrow as a Sale-A-Bration freebie).
I stamped images of the trees, houses and roofs from one of the Sale-A-Bration freebie sets on the backside of the Designer Series Paper I wanted to use (and then cut them out).
I also used my Scallop Trim Border Punch (another SAB freebie) on the top piece with the grosgrain ribbon.
Speaking of the grosgrain ribbon, refer to my step-to-step video tutorial about tying a simple grosgrain knot!
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Warm Words, Good Neighbors (Sale-A-Bration freebie stamp set)
Papers: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Kraft card stocks, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper
Inks: Old Olive Classic
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Paper Snips, Scallop Edge Border, Word Window, and Modern Label Punch, Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thank you so much for your visit! Please be sure to visit the gals at www.365cards.blogspot.com. The challenges are always fantastic and the people who contribute are very inspiring!
Please remember that Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow! We're on Spring Break around here, but I'll be posting another technique video before long...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Have you seen my tutorial video about tying a simple knot? I used that technique here in the ribbon embellishment of this card...
A little sueded paper and watercoloring add to the softness of this card:
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Papers: Melon Mambo, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery and Whisper White card stocks
Inks: Basic Brown Classic
Accessories: Melon Mambo grosgrain ribbon, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink 1/4-inch grosgrain ribbons, Whisper White Designer Hardware, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots
Hope your week is a good one! We're on Spring Break around here, so we'll be having PJ Days and lots of scrapping and Easter fun... Thanks for your visit! Please drop me a line and let me know you were here!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thanks for viewing! I shot this video a ton of times (trying to get the timing, sound, etc, right) and I forgot to say in this "take" that very little of this knot-tying fabulousness is my own original creation. There are lots of good resources out there that helped me hone my technique.
Hope your week is off to a great start!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Over at 365 Cards, we were asked to create a card inspired by this ad:Here's my card: I sueded a piece of Bliss Blue card stock (did you catch my video this week about Distressing techniques?) and then tore strips of Creamy Caramel to make the basket. I scored along another strip of Creamy Caramel for the handle.
For the eggs, I stamped Eastern Blooms flowers in and then used my Large Oval punch to make the eggs.
The Modern Label punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set give me my sentiment...
Another video is on its way... bow-tying!
Have a great weekend! Thanks for your visit!
Check out my March 1 post ("Top o' the Mornin' to Ya!") about specifics with making banners in MDS. The beauty is that I get to switch out elements quickly and easily (since I've built this initial banner). The same is true for the buttons. My email button didn't turn out exactly as I'd like it, but I'll fiddle with it later today.
Don't forget to place your Sale-A-Bration orders! We're inside of the final two weeks!
Happy Saturday! Thanks for your visit!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I created this quick and easy card for a challenge a few weeks ago. My circle punches made it quick and easy and Stampin' Dimensionals pop up the images for added interest. I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to make sure my sentiments were nice and straight.
Here's the breakdown:
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Blitz, Fundamental Phrases, Warm Words, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Papers: Gable Green, Green Galore and Whisper White card stocks
Inks: Gable Green and Green Galore Classics
Accessories: 3/4- and 1-inch Circle Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig
Hope you have a great day! Tune in tomorrow for a new banner and buttons, made with My Digital Studio! Thanks so much for your visit!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here are some of the cards I shared...
Monday, March 15, 2010
One item that I've found to be particularly helpful is an inventory sheet. It helps me know what I have on-hand of each item in Stampin' Up!'s 48-color inventory (this sheet doesn't include the In Color items, but can easily be modified to do so).
This inventory chart shows card stock, ribbons, pads, cartridges, refills, markers, etc in each color (which is then organized by color family). I can either use this sheet as a way to track what I've already got (mark items I own) or use it as a shopping list (mark items I need to purchase)...
There are plenty of other things to inventory in the Studio. For example, whenever I purchase a new punch or Big Shot die, I make a cut-out to keep at my stamping desk so that I can hold the negative image over a stamped image (to know if it would fit). There are templates for punches that one can purchase, or you can just punch around the edges of a piece of card stock and keep it handy. I also keep a jar of one piece each of every punch I own so that I can fiddle around with layering them. **It's the perfect use for the piece of card stock with goofs on both sides.**
I'll work on finding you the link to the punch template that I use (it was someone else's genius effort).
In the meantime, take a look at what you have and/or need. Sell-A-Bration ends on March 31!
Thanks for your visit! I'll be posting a new video tomorrow (all about distressing!)!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I also called the Designer Series Paper both "Welcome Home" and "Welcome Neighbor." Technically, it's "Welcome Neighbor."
I was nervous and made some bad jokes, but all in all, I'm happy with the end result. Please forgive the rough end to the first clip and recap of the beginning of the second. My camera battery died unexpectedly and I didn't want to start the whole video over again. I *LOVE* the teaching part of being a demonstrator (I am a teacher on Mom Detail sabbatical, after all), so this is very fulfilling for me.
I won't recap the details for making this card except to correct myself in the video... Grab some popcorn and take a look!
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Short and Sweet
Papers: Welcome NEIGHBOR Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration freebie!!), and Bermuda BAY (not "Bermuda Blue") and Whisper White card stocks
Inks: Bermuda Bay Classic
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch (another Sale-a-Bration freebie!!), Scallop Square Punch, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White grosgrain ribbons, paper snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, white embroidery floss
Thanks for your visit!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Anyone who knows me will attest that I am severely organizationally-challenged. I'm a student of organization, but it's something I've always struggled with and something I'm always working to improve. Stay tuned for further posts on the evolution of my studio. "Mise en place" is French for "Everything in its place," so that's my motto. When you see a post with "Mise en Place" as part of the title, know that it's a post about organization...
I've also just "shot" my first video of a project and I'm working on cleaning it up to post. I'm still working out the bugs, but I think videos will be fun additions!
Please email me with questions or issues of organization that you would like to see discussed here. Better yet, email me with ideas (and photos!) of organizational victories... Share your know-how!
Thanks for the visit! I'm excited to post my first video (last night inspired me). "I'd like to thank the Academy..."
Monday, March 1, 2010
If you can't wait to see the new items, here's what was unveiled today... Project boxes, Satin Ribbon and *NEW DESIGNER SERIES PAPER* Woo hoo!
This DSP (Designer Series Paper) is called Spring Shades and I wonder if it's one of the new things that will appear in the next Mini Catalog? I hope so... I think that's what I'll use for my next banner and buttons. Speaking of which, here are the deets on how I put together the banner and buttons...
For my newest banner and buttons, I got basic. I used Glorious Green as my background paper for all three and the shamrock image from the Holiday Blitz stamp set. To make the fun edge, I used the scallop edge stamp from the Torn Edges stamp set.
Let me tell you a few tidbits about the banner:
- The shamrock images are all the same stamp from the Holiday Blitz set, only I turned them and used the opacity control to change their appearance (that's why some are darker green than others).
- The photo is one from my own collection (that's a St. Patty's Day card I made that I'll post about soon). I used Gable Green card stock in the creation of the card, so I chose to mat the photo in Gable Green (using the "Mat" button in the Photo menu in the Design Center on the right side of the screen). Talk about lickety split!
- The tab and photo corner (black) are both punches. The tab with the silver brad is the Modern Label Punch and I've just tucked one end behind the photo (that was Patty Bennett's idea). To do so, I chose the photo and clicked on the "Change Object Layer" button in the toolbar at the top of the screen (when you hover over it, or allow your cursor to sit over the button, it says "Change Object Layer"). From that drop-down menu, I chose Bring to Front (since I'd selected the photo, I want that to be the top layer and sit on top of the one side of that punch).
- The brad can be found in the Embellishments menu in the Design Center.
- Contrary to what you'd think, I didn't find the scallop edge (used in the top and bottom of the banner) in the punches. It's one of the stamps from the Torn Edges set, which I've used a lot (I used that last month, too, to make the pretty flourish at the bottom of my February banner).
- Finally, the text in the banner is two text boxes. I wanted different sizes of texts and that's the easiest way to achieve that look. My favorite font (of all time) is Garamond and that's what I always use. One thing I love about MDS is that it uses the fonts already loaded on my computer, even if it didnt' "come with" MDS.
I'd better wrap up this post, if for no other reason than to be able to use my title! :) For those of you not on the Pacific Coast, please forgive me. :)
Thanks so much for your visit! Happy March!