September 28, 2006
These projects were for my Halloween Stamp camp. I am especially proud of the Double slider graveyard card! It's made with mostly punches; The grave markers are the SU Tag Punch and Key Tag Punch, the pumpkins are 3 circle punches layered, the moon is a circle punch and the ghosts are oval punches in two sizes! Here is a Tutorial on Splitcoast for the Double Slider Card. The colors on the card are; Pumpkin Pie, Going Gray, Summer Sun, Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Whisper White. I sponged around the Grave marker embelishments with Going Gray to add depth. Adding this extra touch to your punched embelishments really makes them POP!
As you can see; I used punches in most of my other projects too! The "Genie bag" used the Key Tag Punch for a handle. The front of the bag is made layering all the SU square punches. A note about the size; the central orange layer on the Genie Bag is 3"x3"... I love how that size works so perfectly with the layered square punches. The colors in the Genie Bag are Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black and the amazing "Halloween Night" designer papers from the Holiday Mini!
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September 27, 2006
I have out of towners coming in from Florida this week. My friend Shannon is very Crafty (see her link on the right; Boogiebeads)... so I know I will have crafty adventures to share! Plus we have tickets to see Wicked, and Kane County Flea Market plans! So great!!!
I also still need to post about the Tinley Park Stamping expo, and the Renegade Craft Fair! My gosh... so much to tell you! Hopefully I will have a bit of time before my guests arrive to post a bit more for you all.
Thanks for reading today!
September 26, 2006
What a crowd! Last Saturday I hosted a Shoebox Swap for Splitcoaststampers in Illinois. We had 33 stampers in house and we had a BLAST! Some of the stampers were SU demos; one gal had JUST become addicted to stamping and this was literally her 2nd time stamping!
I must say; ALL the cards were really top-notch! I think the participants made an extra effort, and it was one of the best shoebox swaps I have participated in! I especially loved the Hand Stamped gift exchange, and the unique display items everyone brought!
It was a super friendly crowd too... everyone was buzzing about how nice and chatty everyone was; introducing themselves and making conversation. SCS'ers are just THAT way I guess! It was so fun to know we all had this fun thing in common! I often think of SCS as an imaginary world! How great it was to meet all my "imaginary friends"! Thanks to all of you who came!
Take a look HERE for all the photos!
September 18, 2006
You must know this is a very shimmery and sparkly card in person... hard to photograph; but the Truck is embossed with Black Craft and Iridescent Ice EP. The paper is Shimmery White and the snowflakes are Bashful Blue Craft ink and Iridescent Ice EP too. Other than the sentiment; it's a lovely card!
September 13, 2006
September 12, 2006
Was born on September 12th at !2:20 AM
8 pounds, 9 oz.
20 Inches long
Is this a pretty good reason for not stamping or blogging? I think so! I have also been watching too much TV... all the 9/11 stuff.
I can't wait to see this new baby tomorrow!
Check back soon... I have a great "Twisted and Demented" swap to show you, some fun stuff from our last local Scrap and stamp comvention, and my Halloween Stamp Camp samples! Thanks for checking in!
September 8, 2006
The Big Bang button was not-so-surprisingly disappointing... no sound, no rumble... this little button just basically turned on a little light bulb behind a reflective panel; creating a small and unimpressive starburst. I somehow feel a button labeled "Big Bang" should be more... I don't know... monumental and leaning closer to planetary than light bulb.
September 7, 2006
September 6, 2006
If you have ever dyed Stampin' Up! Ribbon with ink or a marker, then you know it soaks through both sides... but pastels don't. I used Stampin' Up!'s White Grosgrain ribbon for this tutorial. Please let me know if you try this yourself!
Using Bashful Blue Pastels and a Dauber apply the pastel to one side of the ribbon generously.
I forget where I learned this; just place the ribbon (or whatever else you need to spray) in a large paper bag and spray with hairspray. No mess!
Here is the finished card; with double dyed ribbon!
September 4, 2006
e·phem·er·a or e·phem·er·ons
1. A short-lived thing.
2. ephemera Printed matter of passing interest; Short lived. Those bits of throwaway paper of every day life (eg: advertising, ticket stubs, programs, some booklets and pamphlets, etc.)
I have Ephemera saved from Grade school. Ticket stubs, candy wrappers folded into flowers, pamphlets from vacations, autographs, postcards sent, received and bought. A paper crane from an artist’s collection of 1000 paper cranes she folded to make a wish come true (her wish was that AIDS would go away). An 1800's postcard I bought off Ebay because the artist shared my maiden name. About 5 years worth of Mary Engelbreit paper dolls meticulously cut from her magazines.
I took care of a woman whose daughter gave me a big box of old Christmas card cut-outs. They are so great; all flocked and glittered... embossed and yellowed. I guess Anne had cut the best images out of her favorite cards and saved them for years. Here she was; 80 years old, with dementia, living in an Assisted living facility... with her Ephemera... and no use for it anymore. I plan to hold on to it for her. I think about using some of it... sometimes... but I might never get around to it. I like to picture the cool shadow box collage Anne's Ephemera would make. But it would be a shame to lock the fuzzy brittle shapes behind glass. I think they serve a greater purpose sitting in my funky box courtesy of the always inspiring Oilily. I love to lay the paper treasures out and enjoy them as one might enjoy a small pet like a mouse or a frog. These are the kinds of things you keep in a suitable box and take out once and a while to play with.
I find it terribly sad to see "used" Ephemera in Flea Markets and Garage sales... Old photos, programs, even wedding albums with no one to love and take care of them. I have bought many a box of papers, just to take them into my warm home. Who would give these items away; or worse yet... inherit them and then sell them! "Here you can take this whole box of precious priceless memories for $3 bucks... I hated my Aunt Sylvia!"
I am the Cat Lady of Ephemera, and if there is ever a fire in my home I might prefer the safety of my paper memories over that of my actual cat.
Happy Labor Day!
Happy Labor Day!
September 2, 2006
I am getting very inspired by reading all these new Stamping blogs! I wish I had started reading them sooner. Thanks to all of you who blog!
September 1, 2006
I never thought to use the Versamarker to highlight an area on my Designer papers; or any existing non-stamped image for that matter. I love the end result. It reminds me of vintage Christmas cards or wrapping paper with glittered designs. I also LOVE these new Holiday Thyme papers... they are so retro!
Here is a quick and easy step-by-step on the process.
Choose an image to work with. I selected this cool poinsettia from the Holiday Thyme collection. With your Versamarker, draw on the areas you'd like to glitter or emboss. The Versamarker dries quickly, so you may need to complete a section at a time.
Dip the Versamarked image in Iridescent Ice Embossing Enamel. I use my tool kit tweezers to hold the image and I store my Embossing powders in these handy Rubbermaid trays. Tap gently to remove excess powder.