Wednesday, August 29, 2007

foundation cards

i actually didn't make these cards, well, not these specific cards.
my mother works for the local college foundation and they have
decided to "invest" in stamps & supplies to be able to send hand-
made cards to those who donate money to the foundation yearly.

they liked the cards right out of the SU catty, so we cased those.
everything but the wide ribbon on top card is SU (that ribbon is
from joann's, i had my ever-so-handy husband so it down the
middle so we could cut & pull the threads to "bunch" it up as needed.

stamp set is "heartfelt thanks", and colors used (both ink & papers)
were perfect & pale plum; always artichoke; mellow moss; so saffron;
very vanilla; and ivory.

i was able to teach the ladies several different techniques for their cards. they learned how to use the SU color spritzer; the crop-o-dile; wheels; 2 step stampin'; paper piercing; ink & paper distressing (imagine that, i taught them distressing!); and some other little cheats to save time, product & money.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

home-made ribbon box

-Started the box with a "back-to-school" shoe box (they do come in handy for more than just shoe storage!). i picked the longest box (more spools fit inside), and one that has a lid that is attatched at the back (it flips up).

-since the box is so long, regular 12x12 paper wouldn't cover it. my big 'ol book of retired wallpaper from the local home improvement store really came to the rescue!

-i did squares for the sides (both top/lid & bottom) first. i used rubber cement both on the box & on the paper. to ensure that the thick paper was sticking to the box, i used my small clamps to hold paper in place while cement dried (got them4 for $1 at the local home improvement store).

-for the front & back, i used my tacky tape around the edges, rubber cement all over inside the tape and on the box. pictured here, you can see the tacky tape before and after i took off the backing (red is the backing, clear is just the tape).

-here, the wall paper is clamped to the front of the box, just to make sure that it sticks.

-i picked a similar design for the top & front top lid. i used my stazon black pad to stamp "ribbons" in paper using SU headline and big deal alphabet sets.

-for the front lid, i used both tacky tape & rubber cement on both the box & paper. clamps were used to keep paper to box while cement hardened.

-i used a ruler to map out holes in two lines, across the front of the box. i used my paper piercer to make the holes.
-to make the holes large enough for the ribbon to go through, i used a generic plastic bone folder that i found somewhere. this bone folder is like a regular bone folder on one side, on the other it's curved and got a point. it gets as wide as a ball point pen about 1 inch in.

-beginning to put spools into the box, threading the ribbons through the holes.

-final look of the ribbon box.

-in use, in it's "place".

this was a fun project, although i still have ribbon without a home (i also have 2 of the SU ribbon keepers that are full!), but there's no where left to put another box!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

cased card

i found this card in the gallery on SCS. tggrfriend did a better job on hers (i just love the colors!), but i loved the card design and had to try it on for size. you can view her card here.

i am happy with how this turned out, i just wish i wouldn't have touched it so soon, i got ink on my fingers and didn't realize it until i had touched the card in different spots. oh well.

all paper (BBlue, CChip), ink (craft white), and stamps ("delight in life" -sell'a'bration 2007) are SU. ribbon is michaels or wal*mart. used white gel pen for touch-ups around the scallops. paper pierced the top & bottom.

this is definitely one that looks better IRL.

simple flower tag card

went through my drawer of cards that were ready to be made (due to me being over prepared for workshops), and decided to do something with the paper i had ready. since i just got (FINALLY!) the script background stamp and wanted to use that, i saw a perfect opportunity.

i'm not quite sure if i like it or not, it seems to be missing something.

stamps used are SU "in full bloom" and "french script". paper is SU old olive, so saffron, and very vanilla. water colored the flower using watercolor brush and old olive & cranberry crisp ink pads. ink distressed (imagine that!) the tag and under-layer. used small circle punch on blue, adhered to card, then used my crop-o-dile to punch a hole in it for the tag.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

new punches!!

i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch! i just got my scallop punch!

and i'm too tired to use it. can you say "i'm disappointed in you jennifer!"? i knew you could... in the back of my tired mind, i'm saying the same thing.

sooooo, look for some upcoming, super cool, absolutely fabulous cards coming soon that somehow, someway, involve the scallop punch!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

missin' my sisters....

i got the cutest card the other day from my sister in california. she had hand-drawn a chicken (it kinda looked like it was a chicken) on the front. inside the card, she told me to appreciate all of her hard work on coloring in the chicken (my sister just turned 27). so i thought i'd send her a cute little monkey (or is it a cat?) card. then i decided that both my sisters are silly and deserved little monkey (or cat) cards.
stamp is from SU, "you're neat"; card base is white cs; used cheapo cs for the pink & purple; used SU choc. chip for the torn layer underneath. background on white cs is spritzed with my SU markers & the color spritzing tool. used SU flower fest punch, crop-o-dile, and silver brads for decoration. ribbon (both) is $1 michaels specials. you can't really see it, but i mixed clear embossing powder with glitter (pink on one, lavender on the other) for the windmills.

if you don't have any sisters, i recommend you get some. they're the best friends you could ever ask for!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

OMG! what a great deal!

so just in case you haven't heard, here is the latest and greatest deal for signing up to be a SU demo.

yep! a full set (your choice) of ink pads!

almost makes me wish i would have waited to sign up!

this is such a great deal!

soooooo, if you've been waiting for the right moment to get your starter kit, i think this might be it. wait for it..... yep! it is! get ahold of me to take advantage of this great offer before september 30th!

Monday, August 13, 2007

new stamps!

cased this card, well kinda. the card that i was casing had eyelets, ribbon, was sideways, under paper wasn't patterned and torn... it just kinda changed as i was going.
stamps used are from one of the new SU hostess sets, "vases in vogue". used pastels & blender pens to color the flowers and vases. background paper is from that stack of 'i dunno' stuff.
just wanted to play around with my new stamps!
hope you have a great day!

for girls, the hair is where it's at

i started this page about a week ago. then i put it down. every time i walked into the den i would glance at it, move some stuff around, put new paper under the pictures, then walk away again. it just wasn't "right". you know?! i know it must happen like that with others, it can't just be me!
any ways, i am pleased with the finished product (it looks even better without the date in bright yellow in the bottom right corner!). almost all items used are SU. background papers are from the winter mini (valentine paper); stamps are from the SU sets "office accoutrement", "big deal alpha.", "headline alpha.", and "genuine article". used choc. chip ink pad & marker for all stamps, journaling, and distressing. under paper is SU choc. chip, tempting turquoise, and pretty in pink, ribbon is also SU in same colors.
the more i look at this page, the more i think that it should have been about her forced smile, that is older but the same in every photograph. but, you know us girls. it's always all about the hair!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

stayed up late last night....

so i got my new TAC catalog from laurie
and am impressed with the card examples in it.
since i haven't done much (of ANYTHING, it feels like), i went to town on casing some cards out of the catty (don't worry, i'll have a "SU" night in the future).

this top card is my favorite. i got the kiss stamp at the stamp show we went to in the spring (unmounted cheap rubber... could it get any better?); inked with versamark and silver embossed the kiss, ivory embossed the "paper" on top of kiss; card base is white CS; paper is from my "who knows" pile; ribbon is $1 michaels. this is one of the easier cards, it turned out sooo cute!

this one turned out ok... not TOO thrilled with it. argyle background stamp is SU, all papers are SU; flower stamps are from those little $1 clear michaels sets; inked stamps with SU inks then colored some in with sakura gel pens; i have no idea where i got the rhinestone, but i figured i bought them over a year ago and haven't used one. it was high time to get them out. ribbon is actually from my husbands sewing stash, he calls it 'bias tape'. is that right? no matter, it suited my needs at the time. used my sakura glitter pen to add some sparkle to some of the flowers (can't really tell).

this is another really cute and simple card. when i saw this in the catty, i figured i had this paper (thanks to laurie), i might as well make this card! super simple, super quick, super cute. card base is white, black & turquiose are SU, patterned paper is TAC; ribbon is $1 michaels; flower is from the stash that i found in a bread bag at the local thrift store; generic black button. i paper pierced the bottom left corner (it just needed something more), then added two silver brads and called it DONE!

well, like i said, i will have a SU night soon. i'm working on a scrap page right now, so we'll see. i prob. won't even get my page done for a few days! off to work, have a great one!