Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christmas Card

I started making this card for the MMSC19, but as usual, never got the time to finish it until now. I didn't add any embellishments like the sketch required, because I liked this card just the way it was.

Card Details: CS - Recollections (red, green, white), Crafty Bitz (green embossed), K&Company (red pp); Stamp - Inkadinkado; Ink - Memories Black Dye; Nesties Ovals; Image was coloured with pencil crayons.

Stampin Up Workshop

I have been wanting to learn more about Stampin Up so I recently held a workshop in my home. The workshop leader(Lyn Hadley) made the Halloween card with the candy in it and then gave it to me. The rest of the cards were made by me, but were her designs. The spider envelope has 3 Rockets candies in it. We had lots of fun and I enjoyed learning some new techniques to add to my repertoire!

**All items are Stampin Up.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stamping 411 - SSC117

My son needed a card for his friend who was having a birthday party this afternoon. I finished it just in time before he had to go! Thankfully I have done a similar card like this before so it didn't take long to throw it together. Today's challenge at Stamping 411 involved using a shape with a point on it and since this one has 4 points on it I thought it would be a good one to use. I had to move the strip up from behind the fish though, because I wanted to put the sentiment on it. I hope I haven't strayed too far from the original sketch by doing that though.

Card Details: CS - Recollections, Unknown; Ink - MS (blue), Versamark with Ranger super fine gold EB powder; CB Folder - D'vine Swirls; Eyelets - Unknown; Sentiment was computer generated.

365 Cards - Day 198 "Make a Mosaic"

I made this card earlier in the week, but didn't get the chance to post it until now, and now it's too late to enter it in the challenge at 365 Cards! Oh well, at least I can still post my first Christmas card for this year! For this card we had to put a mosaic of some kind on our card. I made a mosaic out of punched images. The image was punched on red vellum so the mosaic would show through.

Card Details: Stamp - Heidi Grace Christmas; Ink - Memories Black Dye, Colorbox - Gold, Versamark Ink Pen (for the edges that I embossed); EB Powder - Ranger (super fine gold); Red Vellum - Unknown; CS - Recollections; Punch - Emagination; Bling - Dollar Store.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

2 Challenges - One Card

This is a first for me, but I managed to combine two challenges on one card. First I used the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 116. (See the sketch above.) The second challenge was for 365 Cards - Day 196 "Just a Touch". For it, we had to stamp with black on white and add "just a touch" of colour. I chose to use this Hanglar Stanglar image (was a rak), and just colour the pumpkins. I actually like how the little bit of colour behind the girl gives focus to her and to the pumpkins at the same time! This is something I normally would never have thought to try, thus another reason I love these challenges!

Card Details: Stamps - Hanglar Stanglar, Artemio (flourish); Flowers and Leaves - raks; Ribbon - Stampin' Up; CS - Recollections, Cricut Rainbow; Punch - MS Lace; CB Folder - Swirls. I coloured the image with pencil crayons.

Friday, September 11, 2009

365 Cards - Day 192 "So Sweet"

This challenge involved using the word "sweet" on a card. I made this card using a new stamp set I've been having fun with. The roses are embossed in white and then filled in using fine black glitter. This is hard to see except where it is coming off of the flower and onto the card! The leaves are stamped with white on black cs, and the white background is embossed using the swirls CB folder.

Card Details: CS - Recollections; Stamps - Artemio (rose set), Studio G (sentiment); Ink - Pamass (white), Memories (black); EB Powder - Ranger (Seafoam White).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Stamping 411 - SSC115

Here is my take on Saturday's Sketch Challenge at Stamping 411.

Card Details: Stamp - See D's; CS - Pink Pearl; Anna Griffin; MME - Behemia (Blossom Girlfriends Floral/Pink); Flowers - Forever in Time; Brads - Dollarama; Ink - Ranger Walnut Distress Ink.

Monday, September 7, 2009

MMSC17 - Using Bleach Technique

Talk about getting things done at the last minute! This card challenge for Midnight Madness needed to be done by tomorrow! Thankfully I've had a quiet and relaxing Labour Day and a chance to work on it. It was a fun card to do as I tried out the bleach technique for the first time. The bleach didn't take too much colour out of the cs I used, but it did take enough out to give a subtle difference. The flower is the bleached part.

I also tried out inking my CB folder for the first time. I used the Birds and Swirls folder with lavender ink and got a wonderful effect. These are both techniques that I will definitely try again! TFL

Card Details:
Stamp - Inkadinkado (Doodle Flowers); Ink - Versamark, Color Box Lavender; Clear EB Powder - Stamplicity; CS - Cricut Rainbow (light and dark purple); Recollections (white); Unknown (dark purple base); CB Folders - Swiss Dots, Birds & Swirls; Metal Corners - Dollarama; Ribbon - Offray.

Sad News

The Scrapping Nook
I was sad to hear this morning that my local scrapbooking store will be closed for awhile. They lease their space and some work was done recently on an electrical panel in the back of the building, and it turns out they had an electrical fire. A malfunction in the panel caused the flourescent lights in the store to blow and they ended up losing their entire "stash" to smoke damage. You can check out their blog here for more information.

The store is owned and operated by a very dedicated and fun group of ladies who don't deserve this kind of stress and loss. I'm just thankful to know that nobody was hurt and that things can be replaced. Hopefully the store will be repaired, restocked, and up & running again soon.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Stamping 411 Challenge Card

This is from an old challenge, but I had it half done so I decided to finish it. I guess I should pay more attention to the dates on my notes! It seems I just haven't had enough time to keep up with some of these challenges! Well, school will be starting in a few days and hopefully then I will have a bit more time to make cards.

I recently spent some time trying to find ways to take better photographs. I made my own photolight box and have taken a few pics using it, and so far I'm happy with the result. It's much easier to get a nice clear picture with it, especially if I stick it outside in the bright sunlight and don't have to rely on lamps!

Now I need to get busy ordering curriculum for my bible study which will be starting up in a couple of weeks, and for youth group which will be starting up also the same week. Doesn't it seem like there is always something happening to distract you from what you really want to do most (ie. make cards)! Don't get me wrong, I love leading both my groups, I just don't like having to make all the arrangements at the beginning of the year.

Card Details: CS - Coredinations Black Magic, Recollections, Crate Paper Blue Hill Collection (Cloud)
Sentiment - Computer Generated; Ink - Portfolia (Gifted Memories)
Nestie - Scallop Circle; CB Folder - Textile; Stamp - Inkadinkado (Birds Galore)

Day 185 - Feeling Blue

This card was made for a challenge at 365 Cards. The challenge was to use 3 different shades of blue on a card.

Card Details:
Stamps - Inkadinkado (Expressions & Frames, Doodle Flowers)
CS - Recollections, K&Company (Classic K)
Ink - Memories, Versamark; EB Powder - Ranger (Seafoam White)
Nestabilities - Label 1; Ribbon - Dollarama

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Resist Techniques

Last night I attended my first SU workshop and learned how to do the resist technique 3 different ways. Each card was made using a different resist technique. It was fun and educational! I just love learning new ways to decorate my cards. I'm sure these techniques aren't knew for most of you, but for me it was the first time I had done this before.

The first card was stamped with versamark on glossy cs, and then embossed with clear powder. Then I sponged on the ink and wiped off the excess to smooth it out.

The second card was stamped with versamark on glossy cs and once dry, brayered with ink.

The third card was covered with pastel, and then versamark ink was stamped on it using a stamp roller.

Card Details: I don't know the names of everything, but I can tell you that they are all from SU!