Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bloomin' Birthday

I promised to make things bloom in the studio, and here's my first project: a birthday card for my mother-in-law. She enjoys painting landscapes and likes soft colors, so I've used a Versamark Resist with sponging (you can see another example of this technique under the "Lisa's Notebook" post).

I used a couple of images from Vintage Vogue and stamped them onto a whisper white base in Versamark, then clear embossed (note that I intentionally placed these in the upper left and lower right corners). I sponged on Apricot Appeal classic ink in small patches, then added some Certainly Celery.

Here's a little technique tip that I used on the flowers. I didn't have Apricot in a craft ink, so I layered color onto my stamp by first pressing it into the Versamark, then into the apricot classic ink. When I stamped onto my paper (a separate scrap so I could cut out the flowers), this left the Versamark on top so that I could emboss as usual. Also, by putting the Versamark on first, I can stamp onto another color ink pad without "polluting" the color!

I popped the flowers up on Stampin' Dimensionals. The leaves are snippets from a Little Leaves die cut that I curled slightly before attaching, and of course the butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings embosslit.

Whoops, gotta go! My delivery bunny just went dashing off across the yard muttering something about being late for a very important date... and here I thought I was early for this one!!

May your day be filled with magical moments, Kathy

Note: Concept/layout inspired by demo Glenda Mollet.

All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted
Versamark, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery
Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal CS
Beautiful Wings embosslit, Little Leaves sizzlet, Stampin' Dimensionals, ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Class Featuring SAB Goodies

Tomorrow, March 31st, Sale-a-bration officially ends! I am offering a free class to all those who have placed a qualifying order ($50) during this promotion. We'll complete 4 projects, including the 3D flower pictured above, and I'll provide all the materials!

Not on the list yet? Don't despair - if you act quickly, there's still time! Just give a call or shoot me an e-mail and we'll get your order on its way. Kathy

March 2010 Stamp Club

For those of you who weren't able to join us for stamp club this month, here's one of the projects we did using a stencil cut with the big shot and felt pads to create a background, and recycled chipboard in lieu of a more expensive brand name product to add dimension. We also discussed how one might modify the stamped image to get more or less pirate effect, depending on the recipient/occasion.

I'll be adding the other project soon, so check back.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Egg Bunny

Sunday I was reminded that Easter is just a week away! As with Christmas, we've tried to balance an understanding of its spiritual significance with some silly seasonal fun. My girls are old enough now that many of those traditions have been packed away until the next generation comes along, but when I saw these silly egg bunnies I knew they had to make an appearance on the breakfast table.

If you'd like to make them too, here's what you'll need for each bunny:

1 hard-boiled egg (trust me, this step is important!)
4 white large ovals
3 pink small ovals
1 white small oval
1 white strip about 3/8 x 5.5"
1 white strip about 5/8 x 5.5"
6 pink 1/4" circles
3 pink small hearts
2 black 1/2" circles
2 white 3/4" circles
6 whiskers

Foot band: Shape 5/8" wide strip into a circle that supports base of egg and staple (ends overlap about 1/2"). Glue toes and heels onto foot ovals as shown. Adhere feet to front of band with glue dots.

Head band: Shape 3/8" wide strip into a circle that rests just above the widest part of the egg and staple. Glue together ear ovals as shown, curving slightly at top. Set aside. Cut a small white oval in half and glue black eye circles on near top. Position white cheek circles so they overlap eyes and glue. Add heart nose. Using half of a pink and half of a white oval, make mouth and glue behind cheeks as shown. Use white gel pen to highlight eyes. Use black marker to dot cheeks. I used stems from the SU! Pretties Kit for whiskers because I liked the blobs at the ends, but you could use wrapped florists wire. I just used Tombow (it dries clear) and let it dry a bit to attach them to the cheeks. Use glue dots to attach the face over the staples. Use more glue dots to add the ears to the back.

Enjoy! Kathy

Note: This project is based on an idea from fellow demo Sandy Stoyanowski.

All supplies Stampin' Up!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sometimes life is hard...

In case you're wondering why I've been missing in action, we just returned from visiting friends in Georgia. From blooming spring to blizzard in the space of two days - I'm in shock! And here I was all ready to jump out of the car and start work in the yard... guess I"ll just have to hold that thought! Maybe I'll make spring in the studio for now. Stay tuned. -Kathy

Friend to Friend

Hello all,
I'm loving the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack that's in the SU Occasion Mini. What a selection of colors and patterns, I promise, you won't be disappointed! If you haven't gotten it give me a holler, you have til April 30th to place your orders!
Take care,

Materials: All materials are Stampin' Up.
Paper: So Saffron, Taken with Teal and Sweet Pea DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes.
Punches: Word Window and Scallop Trim Border.
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink Satin.

Friday, March 19, 2010

For You

Materials: All materials are Stampin' Up.
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive.
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive.
Stamps: Happy Moments.
Ribbon: Old Olive.
Misc.: Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestone Brad and Big Shot Perfect Details Texture Plate.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Here For You

I made this card for a Get Well/Sympathy Demo challenge we had back in February. Simple and pretty! It would be a great layout to change up with different colors and sentiments.

Materials: All materials are Stampin' Up!
Paper: Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip.
Ink: Chocolate Chip.
Stamps: Charming and Friends 24-7.
Punches: Large Oval and Scallop Oval.
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip Satin.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

365 Project - Scrapbooking Project

Join the Challenge

(with me)

This project can give you insight to the world you live in. You can look back and see your life's progression and where you might be going. Take a moment and see your children grow instantly before your eyes. Allow loved ones to share the joy you get everyday as you watch your children move to each stage of their lives.

My Goal in doing this project is to take your favorite photos from the month and put them on a Scrapbook page layout (12x12) followed by including them in your family album.

What you need:

1 Digital Camera

1 Blog Site to post them on (or photo storage site to share them.)

Simply just put your heart into it!

* My daughter found this in her cereal this morning.

** We made jokes about it and had a lot of fun just the 2 of us.

It could of been a lost memory by the end of the day.

Now it is saved....see how easy it is.

Here are a few sites to provide insight and inspiration!

365 Project
Follow this 365 Project on My Blog:

Half-doz Scraps