Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How to Create an Interesting Card and Letter for a Friend! Use Special Touches !

Hi Stampers!

I know back on April 16th I posted this card - BUT that was before I mailed it!  Since then, I have mailed it to Australia - and my friend "Angel Dee" should be getting it soon {I hope}.....and I wanted to share how and what I sent her!

Well, remember this card - I love it still, and will def'ly make more!

Our Embossing Folder - Framed Tulips sure makes all the difference doesn't it? 

Now, I posted a poem inside and so I decided a hand-written letter tucked inside would be a great way to stay in touch, but of course, not just any letter right?

Here is my letter - I created an interesting border with an old punch 
{I don't use this punch by a company who shall remain nameless because their punches only work on lightweight paper! - another good reason why I like Stampin' Up! tools - just sayin'! }

...plus I made two special 'ovals' to write our names in!  I used a couple of our oval punches and then used the 'negative' space to chalk in some pretty Regal Rose colour!   The large oval was for my friend and the small oval is on the back where I signed off. Why not make some special touches?

I also stamped some large roses with Regal Rose ink, and not to forget the envelope - I stamped a rose there too! 

TIP - stamp slightly "off-the-border ", even several images along the edge will make your project look very natural in style! 

By giving another small token of my friendship, a marbelized tag made using the shaving foam technique, I felt that all of these pieces combined will hopefully make the recipient feel special!  





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Friday, May 20, 2011

Truck Driver Card

Already making a Father's Day Card - but for good reason.  A friend lives out of town and I wanted them to not have to dig around for a card this coming Father's Day.

Their dad is a truck driver of a big rig!   So I approached this in a novel way.....first I downloaded an image of a big rig from a colouring book site {see below}.  Yes - these are for the little ones to colour!  But then - I printed the image and cut a border around it AND then drew in some basic scenery!

Here is a downloaded image - close to the one I used - from a coloring book website. 
"google" your subject - be sure to add the word 'image' so: "big rig image" is how I searched for mine and then click on IMAGES in the upper left side of Google's page - and you will see tons of images to choose from, look for a colouring image, not a photo picture - and you're done!  Right Click on image and select "Save Image" - you will then find the image in your saved picture files - mine shows up under 'Recently Changed'.  Select it and choose Print. 

Stampin' Up's AQUA PAINTER BRUSH did the next trick, along with our WATERCOLOUR PENCILS!

I sketched some colour in to the various areas - nothing fancy, as I love to use a painting technique where colouring in the lines is not required!  The looser your technique - the better!

Once coloured - I "prepped" the Aqua Painter Brush by tapping and squeezing til water wets the actual bristles of the brush {you'll see a drop of water emerge}......and then I lightly went over the coloured areas, creating a watercolour effect as I went along.  Very easy to do!

CLICK on picture to see CLOSE-UP. 

I layered the painted piece onto cardstocks, and made a few additional ACCENTS!   The COMPASS STAMP is from one of our more recent stamp sets and the CIRCLEs are from our 1 Inch Punch with our SILVER BRADS.


TIP - it is much better to "stamp" an image in one of our water-resistant inks {Basic Gray, Basic Black or even Stazon Ink} - but in a pinch, be careful to avoid smearing the ink of the image with the water.  Not that hard, and a light smearing is fine - don't panic!  Cuz what is the rule of hand-made?  THERE ARE NO MISTAKES!

Thanks for stopping by!   

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Here's a card I just made to send a family member!

 Did you know that you can emboss a full size A2 cardfront with our Textured Impressions Embossing Folders - in one easy run through the Big Shot machine?  Or not! 

  For my white cardstock top layer, I  inserted my cardstock only part-way, about 4-6 rows of polka dots deep and then ran it through creating a top embossed border and I repeated this for the bottom border! 
So cool!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:  

Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
# 117335

I love embossing!  It really adds the elegance - or fun, 
that pushes your card to the ultimate level!

Here is another of my example - one of my past FAVOURITE PROJECTS!
Shown partial-embossed card set, and embossed  butterfly accent.

Polka Dots are a must in my opinion - if you would like your very own Perfect Polka Dots folder,
I'd be pleased to help you order this embossing folder, the BIG SHOT Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine,
or any stamping/paper-craft supply you wish!  


Gift Wrapping - Make it Special for Mom!

Hello stamping friends!

Here I am with a special friend who I've helped by gift wrapping his Mother's Day gift, and now he has  a one-of-a-kind present for sure!
This is exactly the reason I feel we stampers do this hobby/small business for - to provide happiness!  For sure!

winning smile!

Step 1 - Hand-made 3D Flowers
I have used the Big Shot and our Island Floral Bigz Die to die-cut 9 flower shapes, the 5-petal version. Then during a coffee session, I manipulated and glued into them into three 3-D flowers. What a fun way to spend some down-time!
I will link a tutorial for making the flowers shortly.

Step 2 - Create Floral Gift Topper
Then I added another Sizzix Bigz Die for the  Vine and Leaves which were cut from our pretty PEAR PIZZAZ Cardstock - one of our IN COLORS for this year!  I added dimension to them by sponging some Old Olive Ink.  Attach flowers to vine, embellish with gems and bits of easter floss and tulle. Build everything on to a Scallop Circle {another Bigz Die!}  

But there's more!  The Flower Gift Topper can also be a wall/tabletop decoration!  Yeah!!! By  building onto the Whisper White Scallop Circle - AND -  adding a tab to the back to hang the whole piece - its now a keepsake!   

 I hope his Mom feels special - I know HIS GIFT is really nice, he is a real sweetie!  I was only too happy to help!  


Exclusive Stampin' Up! Bigz Die for the Big Shot:
" ISLAND FLORAL "  shown with the flower die I used for the project 
highlighted in pink. 

Pear Pizzaz  IN COLOR Cardstock

Old Olive Classic Ink Pad 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day or Spring Card

Have a wonderful Mother's Day to each and every Mom out there!

Recently I created a lovely card for someone special { hey Justin!} whose 'very special' Mother favoured purple - and I want to leave that card as an original piece created just for them, but I have borrowed the basic elements to re-create this card!

My favourite technique on this is - well, two things::
 one) I love duplicating accents in acetate as I have done with the butterfly!  It creates a "glossy" look that I love!
two)  using ribbon to wrap around two out of three panel sections - this leaves the third panel to help make one colour pop - or to add accents, etc.

If you take a closer look - you can see I textured the smaller butterfly - using the tips of a snowflake embossing folder!  Who knew, lol!

Big Shot Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine
Beautiful Butterflies XL Die
Northern Frost Textured Embossing Folder
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace (retired), Crushed Curry (retired)
Clear Acetate Sheets
Organza WhisperWhite Ribbon {#114139}
Snail Adhesive

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thinking of You Card with FABULOUS FLORETS Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Hi Stamping Friends!

My card today is for a friend and I wanted to try a new folding style - I do like this!

I have used :
Regal Rose, Elegant Eggplant and of course, Whisper White cardstock!  
But I have also used some patterned paper which I owned for some time now - gotta use up those!

New floral stamp from FABULOUS FLORETS stamp set!!!   You can see it in our SUMMER MINI CATALOGUE.  

I've also used our brand spankin' new MELON MAMBO EMBOSSING POWDER!  Very pretty!! 

Here it is from another angle:

HERE is where I found the instructions to make this - check it out!
JOY FOLD CARD by Splitcoaststampers

You will need:
Card Base = 
4-1/4 x 6-1/4 " cardstock and
3 x 6 " cardstock of the same colour.

1-3/4 " x 4 and 4 x 4 " designer paper
and scrap paper for your own design. 

Plus don't forget your embellishments!  

Strength & Hope Campaign - Help Stampin' Up! Donate $2 for Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Starting May 1, 2011  when you purchase  the Strength & Hope stamp set:
( wood mount) #118100  $21.95
(clear mount) # 123660  $16.95
 and or the: 
Strength & Hope Digital kit  #124475  $12.50
Stampin Up! will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer  Research Foundation .  This campaign will run till August 31rst, through out our SUMMER MINI CATALOGUE period.   
It's part of Stampin' Up!'s Making a Difference program, and together as a team - you and I, customers and SU! Demonstrators all around North America can certainly make this difference happen!!!! 
Please contact me to place your order - or better yet, hold a workshop and invite friends and family to support this worthy cause.  

This is a beautiful stamp set - butterflies - who couldn't use butterfly stamps?  Plus I LOVE the gorgeous design for each element - and such pretty, pretty colours!

To see the details CLICK HERE

For your Summer Mini Catalogue - contact me!