Friday, December 28, 2007

i'll have to remember to change the settings back to "normal" sized photos, not these HUGE ones! i changed it to make sure you could see the super cute clipboards and forgot....

well, other than being sick, trying to enjoy the holidays, and trying to sleep, this is all i've done since last you've read & i've typed. =)

first card recipe:
paper- DCWV DP, SU Wwhite CS
ink- stazon black
stamps- SU "vases in vougue"
accessories- cuttlebug swirly flower embossing folder, wire, heart punch, craft knife

second card recipe:
paper- TAC DP, SU Wwhite CS
ink- SU TWteal, jim holtz distress ink
stamps- SU "small sayings"
accessories- sizzix flower die, button, wired ribbon, sand paper, cuttlebug circle embossing folder, decorative scissors.

have a great rest of the week! i know i will, our annual company christmas party is tomorrow! i even FINALLY got myself a 'little black dress' to wear. i've always wanted one of those for my closet!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

clipboard gifts

here are some more gifts that i am giving this year for christmas. i thought that since daily we use clipboards at work, i would make some "cool" ones for every one of my managers.

i found the clipboards on sale at Wal*Mart for $0.25 right after school started. i picked up at least 20 of them because i knew that someday, someday, i would do something with them! and here they are!

i used DCWV paper to cover them (used rubber cement on the paper & board, then clamped together to dry w/ clothespins. when dry, i used exacto knife to trim edges, then sanded edges). used misc. ribbon to match each one at the top.

once again,

merry, merry to you!

Friday, December 21, 2007

stamping on candles

for the "goody baskets" for the family christmas, here's what we got to
add to the super yummy edible stuff.

i did the 'ol stamp on tissue paper then heat it on to the candle thing.

i think most of these are stamps that you've seen before.... so there's not
much use explaining them to you.

if you have questions about the stamps, supplies used, or this ultra cool
technique, just comment on it and i'll get back to ya!

once again,

merry, merry to you!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

christmas cards i sent out

so here are some of the cards that i sent out this year for Christmas. a couple of them i did last year, too (the pink reindeer & the snowflake greeting cards).

paper: SU Wwhite, Bblue, SU DP "holiday thyme"
ink: stazon black, SU blue (bashful, ballet, bayou)
stamps: SU "it's snow time"
accessories: wired ribbon, black diamond stickles, stitched ribbon,
large and small oval scallop punches, blender pens & pastels, liquid applique.

paper: SU Mmoss, Ccrisp, Vvanilla
ink: SU Mmoss, versamark
stamps: SU "snow flurries", and "many merry messages"
accessories: SU pewter brads & Cchip grosgrain ribbon

paper: SU Ppink, Cchip, and Wwhite
ink: SU Cchip
stamps: SU "sleigh full of toys" & "many merry messages"
accessories: SU Ppink & Cchip grosgrain ribbon, bender pens &
pastels, dazzling diamonds

paper: SU Wwhite, Ppink, DP "loves me"
ink: stazon black, Chip
stamps: SU "it's snow time"
accessories: sherbert diamond stickles, wide chocolate ribbon,
large and small oval scallop punches, blender pens & pastels, liquid applique.

so i am done with christmas! i have been done shopping for almost a week now. it's weird. i've never been done so early before! i feel like with my luck, our tree will burn to the ground since we have all of our gifts bough and wrapped!

anywho..... these are the cards that i am sending out this year. how bad am i though.... i have yet to send them! i have 5 days left till the day it all goes down, and 2 of those days the post office doesn't work! i'm late! AGAIN! oh well, why change now? =)

merry, merry to you!


and HUGE thanks to gabby!

so today, checking the mail was AWESOME! here's the great candy that
i got. once the girls saw that i got out the camera and was going to take
pictures of something, anything, they just HAD to be in the photos.

soooo, here they are! modeling the great stuff that gabby sent! i got
some stamps, some papers, an acrylic block, some die cuts, some note-
books, some, some, some... IT'S SO VERY EXCITING!

so, before i sit down to open and play, once again.....


Sunday, December 16, 2007

SBS2: info

ATTN SBS2 Siestas (message from tracy):

I have created a Yahoo Group for our siestas. Some of you will be receiving an invitation to join via email. I prefer not to post my email address online but if you have not already sent me your information please do so via SCS by private message. My username is stampin-sunnychick.

I am ready for our group to begin blog challenges, RAK’s, and I love Katie’s SS idea.

(Yahoo Group:

ATTN all SBS members: the SBS Cafe' is Now Open

It's finally here! For all you sisters interested in SBS-sponsored challenges, RAKs, swaps, and more...please visit the new SBS Cafe that Tracy set up. It will be a supa fun place to hang out and grow together. Group admins will be able to post there, and we'll be able to keep the original SBS blog clutter free for our fellow stamping and blogging sisters to sign up.

check it out now!

I just wanted to make sure this information has been shared with all our SBS Siestas...

Please post the above information on your blogs, if you don't mind, so we can get the word out.

If you see the info more than once: FABULOUS! I want everyone to be aware of what's going on with the sisters!

snowflakes & snowman

i know this set has TONS of untapped potential, i had to try to find it! i think i'm on the right track!

so my challenge to myself was to:
1) try something new (i really like the look of crimped paper but haven't brought myself to spend the money on the tool. i used SU Bblack CS and crimped it myself using my bone folder.)
2) use something that i haven't in awhile (i have had this SU DP, "holiday thyme", since last christmas and haven't touched it since.)

paper: SU CS Wwhite, Bblue, Bblack. SU DP "holiday thyme".
ink: SU stazon black, blue (ballet, bashful, bayou)
stamps: SU "it's snow time"
accessories: scallop oval punches, stitched black ribbon, blender pen & pastels, liquid applique & heat gun, small circle punch, silver brads, and 'black diamond' stickles.

only 8 days till christmas! if you could, and knew that no-one would ever know, would you peek at your presents? have you ever?

have a great week!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

birdie friends

i got that SUPER cute set from the SU spring mini "a little birdie told me" and have been kinda playing around with it. i also got some new punches that i just had to put into action.

paper: CB is SU Wwhite, patterned paper is from a $1 joann scrap pack
ink: stazon black
stamps: SU "a little birdie told me" and "amazing to zany"
accessories: narrow pink ribbon and some funky blue balled ribbon; both SU window punches

have a great rest of the weekend! hit the sales, shop till ya drop!

christmas stars

wanted to do something with this nativity stamp and star (found in one
of those "4 for $1" unmounted bins at a craft fair). this is what i came
up with. i have been trying to use my SU Ccrisp as i have LOTS of
paper from last years excess.

first card recipe-
paper: SU Ccrisp, Oolive, Vvanilla
ink: SU Ccrisp, stazon black
stamps: nativity, star, saying (all unknown $1 bin unmounted finds)
accessories: SU markers, "pharoahs gold" embossing powder, jim holtz
"old paper" distress ink, stipple brush, star punch, hemp twine

card recipe-
paper: SU Ssun, Vvanilla
ink: stazon black, SU Crisp
stamps: star & saying (unknown $1 bin unmounted finds)
accessories: star punch, stipple brush, "pharoahs gold" embossing powder

snowman christmas

i know i've been busy lately, and also know that's no excuse to not create. but that's my excuse! the girls have had their holiday school programs this week, i've been trying to get back into the gym, trying to finish our shopping..... the only 'jenn' time has been working or working out. EXCEPT today we had our annual 'holiday baking day' with the kids & my mom. we made like 6 dozen sugar cookies and colorfully frosted them, made some cracker crunch (sounds gross, but is delicious, trust me!) and a gingerbread house.

paper: Ccrisp, Oolive, Vvanilla
ink: Ccrisp, Oollive, Versamarker, stazon black, Cchip
stamps: music ("great impressions", snowman ("darcies"), crackle & script (both SU)
accessories: SU markers, ribbon, & glassy glaze embossing powder; jim holtz "old paper" distress ink.

have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2007

MAN i love great paper!

i scoured the $1 bin at michaels last week (have i mentioned just how much i love the $1 bin at michaels? SOOOO much!) and found this super cute little bird w/ saying. just had to have it!

CB is from that great designer mat pad from K & Company ("roam" #626324). stamped image in stazon black on white CS and on a piece designer paper and pieced it. distressed the edges of the white w/ jim holtz "old paper" distress ink and layered onto another piece of designer paper. used circle punch on edges of top two layers. bottom layer is SU Vvanilla that i distressed w/ ink (same as above). used pewter brads in corners. went around CB 4 times w/ pink linen thread to increase the natural feel.

it turned out just as i though it would if i used this paper. simple, elegant & super cute!

have a great weekend!

head start on valentines

decided i wanted to do something with hearts, so thought i'd get a head start on my valentines cards.

CB is black, used DCWV papers (pink w/ hearts, dark denim) and corner rounded the right sides. used cuttlebug hearts embossing folder then sanded. used cuttlebug heart template in black and pink, then layered. stamped "i love you" (from SU '06-'07 winter mini set "love matters") in versamark and embossed with snowdrift powder and pink glitter. tried to do faux stitching w/ white gel pen around the edges, i really don't like it. used wide pink organza and stitched black ribbons on the side to tie it together.

have a great weekend!

more panties!

since i got these stamps (custers last stamp), i have wanted to put the undies on a "clothesline". and here we are!

papers are DCWV, used cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, then sanded. used crop-o-dile to punch holes in CS and thread hemp twine through to 'hang' the undies with some cool purple mini clothes pins. used some purple grosgrain & light purple (would that be considered lavender?) organza under sentiment for that extra umph.

well, they opened the freeway today, maybe it won't take me 2 hours to get anywhere any more! hope all is well with you and yours, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

just riding along

got a new stamp! she's a cute chick on a bike! my kinda biker babe!

she's from 'great impressions', i stamped her in stazon black and colored her with my sakura gel pens. used scallop punches to punch her out and mount.

simple card, really. papers are from a small DCWV stack, used cuttlebug swirl embossing folder on top layer. added some pretty lavender organza for even more prettiness.

well, it took me almost 2 hours to get to work today (i live about 25 miles away and it usually takes about 25-30 minutes). i keep hearing these horror stories from customers, employees, and friends about how this flood has damaged not only their property, but their lives. to see some pictures of what we're going through, click here. that is a photo of the freeway (the medians were pushed out of place by the water), the heart of our small community. also, the main way to get from portland OR. to seattle, WA. with the freeway closed for 20 miles, almost everyone in the northwest is being affected by this disaster.

we're ok, meaning our family is safe and our home is un-touched. we do, however, have no wal*mart (AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!) for at least 6-9 months and have had to find alternate means of commute, resulting in HUGE time consumption.

it's very unfortunate that this happened so close to the holidays. it's difficult to want to help the ones who need it now, because it's more than just the kids, homeless, and less fortunate families, it's a whole community. please pray for my little area of the world, desperation already seems to be setting in for some.

have a great week, i hope you are all safe and dry!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

scrap pages for christmas

so my mom came over today and we spent about 3.5 hours
working on some pages for a book for my little sister. she got
married this last summer and at her wedding, she had me make
a collage of photos of them together, my mom make a collage of
her growing up, and his mom make a collage of him growing up.

we decided that for christmas, we'd put all the photos into books
for them so they can actually store them, share them, and don't have three huge collages just hanging around.

we got all the pic's of them together put onto 5 two-page layouts. all papers are from DCWV stacks. each layout has a pull-out tab
(SU punch) so she can journal for the photos.

for embellishments, we used ribbons, buttons, my sizzix flower
die in my cuttlebug, silk flowers, and for the last page, snowflake
stamps w/ SU ink.

well, that's pretty much what i did today. i was suppossed to work
today, but due to floods, almost all local businesses are closed,
including mine. i'll try to take some photos of all the flood damage
(i heard our local wal*mart has 4 feet of water inside!) when i
have to go back to work tomorrow, that is, if i can get there!

hope you all have a great rest of the week !

Thursday, November 29, 2007

a book just for me!

so i keep making stuff, and loving it, and giving it away. the other day was really tough, i felt like crap, internally. you know those days you think you're not worth much? well, i had one of those. they seem to come more often the older i get. then something happened. i got a compliment. from a stranger! that meant it was unbiased and most likely, actually the truth! i decided to make myself a book to document these great little moments that seem to fade so quickly from the mind so that the next time i "have a bad day", i can pick up my book and remind myself that it's not that bad.

i got this little journal book from the $1 bin at michaels. i covered the front and back with this awesome pink and brown (LOVE IT!) paper from DCWV. leaves are from some flower arrangement that i took apart. i found other pinkish papers and ran them through my CB w/ my flower sizzix die for the flowers and topped it all off with that great big pink button. i threaded it with hemp twine to try to tie in the brown. the "j" is SU chipboard that i covered in some other pink paper and got some great ribbons to go around the top of it.

know what i love even more? the fact that my little book has a lower case "j". just the way i like my j's!

have a super night!

flower friend card

so i finally got out my new stamps (thanks SU!) and played for awhile. then i just kept playing, and playing, and, well, you get the idea.

i love this flower! i stamped it in stazon black (imagine that) and cut it out three times, and used the different layers.

stamps- SU "time well spent", weathered, french script, and print pattern
paper- SU Mmoss & Wwhite
ink- stazon black, Mmoss, Ccelery, Oolive
accessories- color pencils, OMS, sakura gel & glitter pens, black diamond stickles

enjoy and have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

thong & happy life

just a quick simple card using the new stamps that i got the other day.

CB is SU Oolive, patterned papers are DCWV. used SU scallop punch in Wwhite CS (used stickles on edges), marvy scallop punch w/ DCWV paper underneath.

isn't that sentiment just great? "i wish you a thong and happy life"?! stamps are 'custers last stamp'.

have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

challenge from gabriela

okay. so every once in a while, you are hobby-ing along when the end result just amazes you. this is one of those times.

i was checking out some blogs and came across kathleen's, and she had made the cutest card for a challenge on another awesome ladies blog (Gabriela Arriaza). so i checked out the challenge, found out it's for candy (blog candy, which is almost as good, if not better, than regular candy!), and HAD to participate!

so the reason there's two pic's of the same card is the pic's just didn't do it justice! in the top photo, you can see how the glaze pen is sparkling, the dimension of the layers, and the metalics of the embossing.

in the second photo, you can see the cute beard (liquid applique) and the paper piercing on the scallop.

so the CB is SU Cchip, also used Wwhite and Bblue. patterned papers are DCWV. used silver brads, lots of punches, silver embossing powder, sakura gel pens, blender pens & SU ink, and my handy-dandy white gel pen. stamps are from SU "jolly holiday" set (winter mini '06-'07).

YEAHH!!! didn't it turn out SOOO cute?!? DH wasn't too excited, he just came back with, "so are you ready for bed yet?" and walked off. didn't hinder my excitement though, YEAH FOR CUTE SANTAS!

have a great night and happy monday!

remember when.....

so this last week i got to spend some time with my ever growing niece. she's walking around, making noises, recognizing faces, and getting big! since we live so far apart, i want to make sure that her mom (my little sis), records all those cute little things that come out of her mouth.

the journal is from SU, i painted w/ vanilla acrylic paint, then covered with DCWV designer papers (used rubber cement and clamped in place to dry). used misc. ribbons in coordinating colors. front 'memo' panel is from the SU set "office accoutrement" and is stamped in SU Eeggplant. used similar paper in my CB w/ sizzix flower die for flowers.

i was disappointed when she opened it. i had been waiting and watching so i could see her face and reaction when she saw it, and my littlest one side tracked me at just that moment. my all-time favorite part of giving gifts (especially handmade) is seeing the reaction to the gift on the face of the receiver, and i missed it in this occasion. oh well, she like it!

have a great night!

punch pals stamp-a-stack cards

i have my first holiday stamp-a-stack scheduled for this week. for this one, i'm going to be using punches, and what better set to go with punches? punch pals from SU!

all supplies for both cards are SU. papers are Bblue, black, and Wwhite. inks are Bblue and black stazon (i think i use stazon with everything!). used ink pad and blender pens to color the tree and penguin.

punches used were scallop, 1 1/4" and 1/2" circle, and both small and regular tag punches.

almost everything on both cards are popped up with dimensionals, i just love that look!

to make sure that she gets credit, i cased this second card (z fold) from palmettostate on SCS. you can see her card here.

have a great night! (christmas went well, by the way! now that she has her gift, i can post it! i guess i'll have two posts for today!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

glitter and scallops and stripes, oh my!

wanted to do some fun cards, love those scallop punches, and had some new glitter to try out. so here we are!

fish is a stamp that i bought at a stamp show from the "10 for $1" un-
mounted bucket, have never used. stamped him in SU ink, Bblue. went
over his fins w/ sakura glue pen, then added blue glitter.

paper is DCWV (stack 5), ribbon is $1 michaels ribbon. added black
sparkled "stickles" to the outter edge of the inner scallop.

paper for the penguin card is from DCWV "winter mat stack".
penguin is from "great impressions" and is stamped in stazon black. used liquid applique under him for the 'snow'. colored him w/ pastels & blender pens. used blue sakura gel pen around outter edges of inner scallop, and clear glitter stickles around outter edge of outter scallop. ribbon is another $1 michaels find.

simple & sweet! i've spent too much time playing... i have a stamp a stack next week that i have yet to prepare for! AHHH!

thanksgiving greetings

so i started this card with that "amuse" card in mind. you know the one w/ the light pink background, and they faux framed bunnies in the circles then brayered over in dark pink? but like most things that i use for inspiration, it came out almost completely different.

used coluzzle to make circles (both faux frame & stamping template for leaf placement). stamped leaf ("sarah beise" stamps) in SU inks (used Ccrisp, Ppie, Cchip, Ssun, and Oolive), colored w/ blender pens. used stipple brush w/ both Ssaffron & Oolive inks for background color. used sakura glitter pen on the leaf veins.

stamped "happy thanksgiving" (hero arts) in Cchip on Wwhite and ink distressed edges w/ Ssaffron then used stipple brush in it. got the leaf from the thrift store (nothing like getting a nice big bag of something you know you'll use some day, for only $0.69!). 'tied' it all together with hemp twine.

started out hoping it would be super cool, mid way through was disappointed, am mildly happy with the final piece. once again, though, it has filled a need.

happy thanksgiving!

what great paper!

paper for this is from the k & company "classic K mckenna mat pad". stamped flower vase (SU level 3 hostess set, "vases in vogue") in stazon black on a piece of scrap paper, colored w/ blender pen & pastels, then cut out and set aside. stamped flower in Oolive on Wwhite, and again in Ccrisp on a scrap paper, colored the flowers w/ pastels & blender pen, cut out flowers and used dimensionals to adhere to image on Wwhite. stamped table (denami design) in stazon black. used dimensionals to adhere vase.

to distress the Wwhite, i used lemon juice w/ a small paint brush on the edges of the CS then heated w/ heat gun.

i might have one more quick one in me for today, not quite sure. we just went and got our christmas tree today (we're celebrating saturday w/ my sister from hawaii and i refuse to have presents w/o a tree!) and the girls are just dying to get it decorated. won't get any stamping done tomorrow (turkey day), have to follow up on work friday, saturday is "christmas".... i might not give you anything else till next week!

well, hope you all have a great rest of the day and week!
happy thanksgiving!

simple stationary

for a christmas gift, i made a very simple, yet elegant stationary set using the SU set, "carte postal". i just love this set, it's so beautiful!

CB is Vvanilla, used Ccaramel for front panel. inks are Cchip and Oolive (stamped off first). that's pretty much it... i said it was simple!

have a great day!

cracked glass christmas card

i did this card for a workshop last week and forgot to add it here!

this is a very basic card that focuses on the "cracked glass" technique.

i used SU CS Ccrisp, Oolive, and Wwhite. inks are Oolive & Cchip. used scallop punch for sentiment. colored images w/ blender pen & pastels. added some dazzling diamonds to the snowmans hat, snow-
ball, and the ground under them. and now for the technique:

step 1: stamp your images, color if wanted.
step 2: using versamark pad, cover entire area with clear embossing ink (i used the direct to paper method -paper on table, ink pad upside down all over paper)
step 3: cover area w/ clear embossing powder and heat until melted. be very careful not to over heat!
step 4: repeat steps 2 & 3 three or four times, or until desired effect.
step 5: place project in freezer (not necessary, but it speeds up the cooling process) for about 5 minutes.
step 6: upon taking image out of freezer, bend & crack it!

well, if this isn't a technique that you've tried yet, give it a shot! i do not, however, recommend this at a workshop, the more people you have, the less likely you'll go home with any embossing powder left! i didn't!

have a great day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

super bella fun card (SCS SC150)

i got my first (and unfortunately, only) bella stamp a couple of weeks ago and haven't had a chance to play with it until now. thank god for vacations!!

started this for challenge 150 on SCS, it went a little ary though... and i kinda went a little "jennifer" on this card (i over-did it just a bit. some say that my cards look like parts of the craft store threw up all over them. i beg to differ.) i really like the funky-chunky layered look, coordinating papers, both card stock and patterned, and if it's a girly card, it's got to have flowers!

as with almost everything else, i ink distressed all papers. used my SU color spritzer tool on the card base. used cuttlebug swirl embossing folder on the striped paper then sanded. used watercolor pencils w/ blender pens on her. you can't see it very well, but used my sakura glitter pen on her cape and the "S" on her shirt.

well, think that's it for today; good thing there's tomorrow!
have a great night!

watery greetings

i've had all these fishy and ocean related un-mounted stamps for
what feels like ever, and this is the first i've used them. this is only a card front, knew i wasn't going to do anything with this, just wanted to do some playing around with the stamps and my new brayer.

this didn't turn out that cute, and it's totally not my style, but i enjoyed the process! used SU Wwhite CS and started with the dolphin and fish, then did the
wave. masked all the fish & the dolphin then used the stipple
brush w/ Bblue ink on top of CS. went to Ssage on top of wave,
then Tw/teal in middle of "ocean", and last but not least, went
with NQNavy on the floor.

colored the fish & dolphin w/ aqua painters & ink pads. used white gel pen to add some "foam" to the top of the wave and the little splashes around the bottom of the dolphin.

if anything, the end result reminded me that a hobby is not something you do to impress someone else, it is something you do to fill an inner need. my need has been filled... temporarily. =)

have a great rest of the week!

sisterhood of the blogging stampers- 2

a little 'getting to know you' fact. huh....

almost all my life i thought i was only good at two things, decorating cakes (not very good at it, but when you're horrible at everything else...) and wrapping presents (i LOVE to wrap presents!). then i met someone. she was a scrapbooker. and i was hooked! that was august 2006. i've been an SU demo since september 2006 and just keep loving every minute of it!

i learned to snowboard last winter, SUPER fun!! -except when i thought i broke my butt. i play softball and coach my daughters little league team. i try to work out twice per week with my mom, and once with my dad. i talk to both my best friends (both my sisters) at least three times per week, and if i don't, it's obviously their fault! =)

i manage a restaurant and have been working with food for over 13 years. i love food!

i've got two great little girls, they are such a kick to be around! between you and me, i am going to give them anti-aging medicine. anything to keep them little! i've been a wife for 3 years, i think. it all kinda runs together... we've been together for almost 10 years.

well, other than all that, i'm a pretty up-beat, energetic and hyper person! i get excited easily and love it when others are excited too!

Monday, November 19, 2007

coluzzle christmas card

isn't that little penguin just too cute? he's from the SU set "punch pals". that's a great set, by the way! this card was inspiration from markies mom
she has a great blog, LOTS of way cute stuff. if you haven't checked her out, it's a must to do so!

everything on this card is SU. it's not often that i do that anymore, but i'm looking for something to do for a stamp-a-stack in the next few weeks. CS is Wwhite, last years in color Ccrisp, and Oolive. inks are craft white, Oolive, and Ccrisp. used scallop punch and hemp twine. colored the penguin with blender pens & pastels. used dimensionals everywhere!

well, that's about it for tonight... i am on vacation though! that means that you just might get a few more projects in the next week or so! my little sis (*wink*) is coming to visit later this week so i have to get my stamping fix from the last few weeks caught up before then so i can give her my absolute undivided attention! unless she wants to make some holiday cards with me while she's here.....

have a great rest of the week!

faux frame technique / fall card

i just love this SU set "(trees three", from winter mini '06-'07) with this technique! thanksgiving is almost here and i need to get some cards in the mail (yeah, right -for those that know me well). all CS & inks are SU.

faux framing:

step 1: cut out desired frame (i used "coluzzle" oval template on a piece of scratch paper), remember, you don't want the cut out, you want the 'frame'.

step 2: use double stick tape to adhere 'frame' over card base. you can also use a couple of paper clips, one on each side.

step 3: start stamping! this is a great technique for snowflakes, trees & leaves, pictures of people or animals.

step 4: when finished stamping "inside the frame", take frame off card base and finish card. add embellishments, layers, whatever is missing!

have fun with this, i sure did! have a great week!

brayering technique / favorite snowflake card

i learned a new technique and had to try it out. this technique kinda combines emboss resist and layering using a brayer, i'll go into detail about this technique in just a minute. i found the snowflake stamps (cube stamp w/ 4 sides) for $1 at michaels. used SU Bblue, Wwhite, and Bblack CS, and SU Bblue & NQnavy inks. ribbon is also a $1 michaels find. so now on to this cool new technique..............

step one: heat emboss images (bold images are best, i used versamark ink and embossed w/ glassy powder).

step 2: ink your brayer w/ a the lightest color of ink that you want on your card and bray your cardstock. (wipe off excess ink with a tissue)

step 3: use a sticky note to cover portions of your paper (i used large circle punch w/ my sticky notes in 3 spots, and very small circle punch in 3 spots). if you don't have circle punches, the "coluzzle" system works well, too!

step 4: ink your brayer with a darker ink and bray your cardstock.

step 5: remove sticky notes and look what you've got!

*you can repeat steps three & four many times, progressing towards darker inks.

hope you all have a great week and give this new one a try! when you do try it, let me know how they turn out! have fun!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

i've been tagged

i was tagged by laurie unger (visit her blog here)

Here we go....

1. If you could have 100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose? embellishments! i always feel that pang of, "if i only had..."

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or ribbons, which would you choose? stamps. definitely stamps.

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year…which would you do? layouts. i have some serious catching up to do!

4. Would you rather own a scrap booking store or have your own scrapping room at home? well, how technical are we being? i would love my own room, but without the before mentioned $100 in embellishments, feel like i wouldn't be able to fill it. plus, if i had my own store, would i have to work it or pay someone to work it? becuase either way, it wouldn't make a profit with me taking stuff from it all the time.

5. What is your CURRENT card making or scrapping style? eclectic, shabby, i'm a firm believer of more is better!

Here are the rules…………..Please answer the questions on your blog and tag 5 more people to answer the same questions……….make sure you list on your blog who you are tagging….

laurie, i have no-one to tag!! so here's my answers, and i tag anyone who comments on this!

have a great week!

card candy (hostess gift)

have you seen all the hype of "card candy"? i have and i thought
i'd try my hand at it.

"card candy" is generally embellishments that are either almost or
fully card ready. i chose almost ready.

for my candy, i chose to use the SU set "it's snow time". i stamped
all images in stazon black so i could color them without the ink
bleeding on the images. i used three of every image and colored,
glittered, and roughly cut out for my hostess to use later.

to add to the amount of candy that i had so far, i used my SU
scallop circle punch to punch out some back grounds, and my SU
tag punch. for the tags, i used several different colors of SU CS and used crop-o-dile to punch hole in the top and kept them all together by stringing some hemp twine through them.

to house all the candy, i wen to the local $1 store and found this
little metal bucket that i covered in SU designer series paper
(using red strip tape). embellished the handles with SU ribbon,
and ran ribbon around the bottom of the pail also. i got out
all my left-overs and picked out christmasy colors to make a
paper salad out of to go into the bucket behind the candy.

my hostess loved it, it looks good, and now she's got a head start
on her christmas cards this year!

hope everyone has a great rest of the week! happy stamping!