Friday, August 31, 2007
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Do you have a stamp with several sayings on it that you would like to split up? Maybe you have recently aquired the Level 1 hostess set "So Many Sayings" and want to cut it into individual sayings instead of three big blocks. Now the problem....what do you mount all of these sayings to? FABULOUS MOUNTING TIP>>> Mount them on Jenga Blocks or dominoes. Both can be aquired at many dollar stores. The stickers from "So Many Sayings" will fit on the side of the dominoe. Mount the rubber on the large flat side. Then you can stand them up in the box to easily find the one you are looking for. It is advisable to sand the object before mounting the rubber. It is hard to stick things to the slick surface. Just ruff it up with some sandpaper and it should stick better.
Just in case you have not heard this one....Many little quirky stamps come with a cute little saying under the picture. If you commonly find yourself using the pictures and sentiment from a stamp separately, you can mount them separately without needing more blocks. Put the sentiment on the side or end of the block. You can even place the sticker on the other end.
Thank you to reneejul1 for the dominoe tip.
Monday, August 27, 2007
For every $30 in product you purchase you can select one of the following stamp sets at 30% off. (ie. purchase $60 -select two, etc.)
Item Page # Description Discounted Price
105355 (26) Bitty Boos Too $12.57
109284 (29) Haunting Halloween $13.27
107383 (30) Thoroughly Thankful $16.07
109373 (108) Autumn Fest $16.77
109421 (91) Elementary Essentials $19.57
110366 (17) Stem Silhouettes** $22.37
**Holiday Mini Collection 2007--
This promotion only lasts one month. Book your workshop now to allow your guests to take advantage of this great promotion.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
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Friday, August 17, 2007
Cocoa. The Cocoa panel is up on dimentionals. The Ruby is attached to the box with sticky strip. I tied the hemp twine to the mustard ribbon under the bow. It is hard to see in the picture but the box itself is covered with the Background stamp "Sanded" with versamark ink.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Place the 3, 7/8" cardstock in the paper trimmer and line up to the 2, 3/4" line and cut.
Move the cardstock over, line up at 2, 1/2" and cut again.
Move over and cut at the 1, 3/8" line.
Move over and cut at the 1, 1/8" line.
You should now have 5 sections that look like this.
Discard the two thin panels and finish off your card. The mats for the tri-panels are 1, 1/4" wide. This will give you 1/4" spaces between the panels and on each side of a standard 4.25" card.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I chose to use a background stamp on the main card panel. Here "print pattern" is stamped in Wild Wasabi on cardstock of the same color. I also used Wild Wasabi for the stem of the flower and dotted line circles on the circle embelishment. Purely Pomegranate bring in a sharp bold color for both flowers and the mat on the center panel. To make everything POP, I mated everything in Basic Black and addes some black brads to the corner and center of the second flower. The flowers and sentiment are from "Polka Dots & Paisley" and "Polka Dots & Petals" stamp sets.
The ticket corner punch dresses the center panel corners. I used the 1", 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches for the circle embelishment. It is then attached with a glue dot.
Contact me to book your own workshop to see and make more cards with this simple classic layout.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The card on the left uses the Hostess Level 3 stamp set Vogue Vases. It is a 2 step stampin' set with various vases and flowers to choose from. The card colors are basic and bold with the Basic Black and Real Red off set with a little Soft Sky Textured Cardstock. The black gingham ribbon ands just a little to the title tag at the bottom.
The right card uses one of my all time favorite and most versatile stamp sets, "Heartfelt Thanks". It is also a 2 step stampin' set. The flower is stamped in Groovy Guava also used as one of the matting and bottom scallop strip color. The main card color is River Rock. The outline of the flower and the "thanks" were stamped with Basic Brown Classic Ink. To add just a little more I stamped on the bottom scallop strip with white craft ink using the "Itty Bitty Backgrounds" stamp set. I also added a small flower and rhinstone center from the Pretties Kit.
I hope you have enjoyed making a few of these for yourself.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
This is my contribution to a 6x6 scrapbook page swap for new stamp sets in the Fall/Winter catalog. The image and sentiment are from "Jolliest Time of the Year". The sentiment is tied to the photo corner with hemp twine. The striped paper at the bottom is from my favorite "Dashing" Designer Series Collection. I colored the tree in with markers. Cardstock, marker and pattern paper colors include Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black. The ornaments on the tree are Summer Sun.
The first thing to know about swaps is that you make one project several times. You DO NOT make 10 different cards. You send all of your alike cards to the hostess and they send you back one from each person in the group. Sometimes you get one of your own back and sometimes you don't so check the rules.
If you have never joined a swap before I suggest starting small. Look for one with a 6-10 person limit. I made 45 of these and it took my the better part of three days to finish. The little steps add up time when you have to make so many. Once you have made one you are happy with, work in an assembly line format. Cut all your cardstock, then stamp and color all the images, finally assemble your swaps.
You can always ask for advice on your swaps. If you are worried that they are too simple ask someones opinion. The biggest things to watch is that the image is stamped clearly and not smudged. Be sure all of your layers are straight when you put them together.
Make sure they are protected when you mail them. Most swaps ask that you put them in ziplock bags when they are mailed in a box. I would also advise that you lightly rubber band them. The cards will shift in the box and the layers can be pulled off. Packing some extra paper in the box can help also. Be sure the label your bags with your name and address. It makes it easier for the person hosting the swap and helps if something happens to the box.
If you have joined a large swap consider adding something to the box for the postman. Imagine your postman bringing 30 boxes to your door over the course of a week or so. The swap above is part of a MEGA swap. 46 scrapbook pages and 112 cards. That is a lot of boxes for this postman to deliver to one house.
Read the rules and requirements very carefully before you join a swap. If you don't understand something contact the hostess. Swaps can be a lot of fun. You can get some great ideas. You can finish a scrapbook easily without having to design all the pages. You can stock up on cards for any occassion easily.
Be careful to not join too many at once. Time is precious and noone likes a flaker (person who signs up and then doesn't make their swaps) because they ran out of time. Make sure you have all the products you need or enough time to get them. If for some reason you cannot complete your swap obligation on time, notify the hostess as soon as possible. This gives them time to find an "angel" to replace you or work out a way for you to have more time.