Today is a special day . . . an anniversary. Seven years ago, I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I can still remember my excitement about showing others how easy it is to create cards and gift items with stamps, but I can also remember that I had a lot to learn and a lot of supplies to purchase. It was so frustrating when I'd find a technique that I wanted to try, but I didn't have all of the items needed. I thought that I would never have "everything," but I think I just about have it now . . . except for all of the new stuff. It was almost a year before I had my first workshop, and I am happy to say that some of those first customers are still customers but, better still, they're like sisters to me. In honor of my anniversary, I used Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software to design this "bliss" card because that is a good description of my seven-year association with Stampin' Up! Becoming a demonstrator is one of the best things that a shy girl like me ever did for herself. I still am not comfortable when all eyes are on me (at workshops, classes, etc.), but the friendships I've made along the way have been awesome! My demoship has been rewarding and fun, it has paved the way for my hobby to support itself, and that's why today I celebrate my 7th FUN-iversary!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Today I worked on another digitally watercolored project, and this one was the most time-consuming yet . . . but it was worth it! All images used to create this card are digital, some of which are downloads that I purchased from Stampin' Up! I used the same watercoloring technique as before, but I lowered the drop-shadow opacity on the floral image to give the tips of the colored flowers the look of being sponged with ink.
Monday, March 28, 2011
This week's MISM project wouldn't actually be so snappy if I hadn't found the designer paper and the punched and embossed pieces laying around waiting to be used. I began this project by using the Sizzix Box #2 die to cut the textured Pink Pirouette card stock and added a die-cut piece of Ice Cream Parlor designer paper to the lid. Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this project include the "Four Frames" and "Easter Blossoms" stamp sets, Two-Step Bird XL punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Oval punches (large and scallop), 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, and Decorative Label punch. I had a strip of Whisper White card stock that had been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and edged with the Scallop Trim Border punch, so I cut it to size for use on this project. The Easter sentiment is from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set. I used a scrap of acetate to line the oval-punched window, placed paper shred in the box, and added chocolate Easter eggs to complete the project. Tip: When you have punched, die-cut, or stamped pieces that you end up not using for a project, keep them together in a container to use later. Once you start a new project, go through the stash of prepared elements and pull out the ones that will coordinate with the colors you are using and try to incorporate them in your design.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Yes, I'm still designing with My Digital Studio and the (digital) watercoloring technique. I don't know if there's a 12-step program or a painless cure, but at least it's a harmless way to spend my time. I hope my MDS projects don't bore you because I just purchased 12 digital downloads this evening, and I am anxious to work with them. I'm not a pushy salesperson, but this is the truth . . . if you haven't purchased Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software, you are MISSING OUT!!!!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Today's snappy project is another square card which features Stampin' Up!'s "Sew Suite" stamp set, Square Lattice embossing folder, Baja Breeze seam binding, and a super fun frame created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch. You'll notice that this card doesn't have a sentiment/greeting. I believe that every stash of cards should include several with no apparent theme or sentiment because they can be quite handy in certain situations--such as when you need a card ASAP and don't have time to make one.
Friday, March 18, 2011
For this week's Freestyle Fridays project, Julie shared this sneak peek photo. The only thing I know about it is that she used Pearl Ex, and it looks very pretty! I love the mix of colors and am anxious to see the whole thing and learn more about it! To do so, we'll have to hop over to her blog, and let's leave her some love (comments) for sharing yet another project and technique. ETA: As of this writing, Julie hasn't posted her Freestyle Fridays project yet. I know she's had a crazy work schedule for the past two weeks, so we'll have to check her blog a little later. ;-)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
As part of their Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength & Hope Campaign by donating $2 from the proceeds of each "Strength & Hope" stamp set and/or digital kit. These products will be available for purchase throughout the Summer Mini Catalog sales period (May 1 through August 31). Since my sister is a 25-year survivor of breast cancer, any campaign that focuses on breast cancer research (and eventual cure) is near and dear to my heart. Demonstrators are able to pre-order the Strength & Hope products, and I ordered the digital kit today. All of the images on this card are from that kit, which includes a 4-piece stamp brush set, 12 designer papers, and 10 embellishment pieces. After designing and printing my project from Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software, I used the Scallop Edge Border punch along the bottom of the printed design, layered it onto Always Artichoke card stock, adhered a Whisper White punched strip from the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to the bottom, converted one of the digital images into a circular tag (attached to the card with linen thread), and added rhinestone jewels to the butterfly antenna and the digital antique brad on the seam binding bow. It seems kind of cruel to give a sneak peek of a product that's not yet available, but I think it's never too early to make plans to make a difference by supporting the Strength & Hope Campaign this May.
Today's MISM project has a color combo which I know I have never used before, and I think the Melon Mambo adds quite a splash to the muted Pear Pizzazz and River Rock. All products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! and include Whisper White card stock, "Morning Cup" stamp set, jewelry tag punch, rhinestone jewel, linen thread, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Eyelet Border punch, and one of the Texturz Plates (sorry, I can't recall the name of it).
Sunday, March 13, 2011
One of my least used punches has been Stampin' Up!'s Blossom Petals, but I put it to use today and really like the result! All of the petals and leaves that make up the flower were cut with that punch. The flower petals were sponged with Daffodil Delight and More Mustard ink, embossed (with embossing folders), assembled, and topped off with a Summer Sun corduroy brad (from the Clearance Rack). Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz card stock, "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, Butterfly and Small Oval punches, Sizzix Top Note die, "Greenhouse Gala" designer paper, pearls, and linen thread.
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Thin coat of Gesso on "Newsprint" designer paper allows the print to show through after the paper has been sponged with ink. Don't forget that you can click on the project photo to open a larger one to see detail.|
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today I worked on some swaps and created this Top Note half-cut and really like it's "swing" capability. The technique is the same as using the Movers and Shapers and magnetic dies to create half-cuts, and the same principle applies when using the Top Note--or any die. Stampin' Up! products used to create these cards include Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi card stock, "Greenhouse Gala" designer paper, "Word Play" stamp set, Crop-a-Dile, and ribbon.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Recently, I saw a project by Michelle Zindorf with a patriotic background (hers, of course, looked better than mine), but I absolutely loved it and wanted to see if I could create one. The card featuring the truck of apples was my third attempt, but I decided to use the patriotic silhouette image (from the retired "Thankful Thoughts" stamp set) on one of the background attempts that I had pushed to the side. Stampin' Up! products used to create these cards include Soft Suede, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, White Craft, and Basic Black ink, Stampin' Sponges, jumbo eyelets, "Countryside" and "Starstruck" stamp sets, gold brads, and Crop-a-Dile.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Uh oh! I think I have another favorite--one that ranks right up there with square cards--and it's the Inlaid Embossing technique--and it's on a square card. Actually, I had not planned to make this a square card but, when I was trying to decide on the color for the card, I just happened to find this Soft Suede card already cut, scored, and ready to go. I had planned to tie a pretty satin bow around the top of the card, but I must have used all of that ribbon. :-( Instead, I found a snippet of Rose Red seam binding lying in the ribbon holder and decided to "ruche" it since it was too short to wrap, knot, or tie in a bow. How about that? Twice, during the making of this card, I was able to use some leftover cuts! Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include Soft Suede, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, and River Rock card stock, "Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set, Rose Red seam binding, pearls, Sizzix Scallop Square die, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, and Itty Bitty Shapes punches, and Finial Press embossing folder.
Monday, March 7, 2011
This project features one of Stampin' Up!'s Decor Blocks (found in the "Definitely Decorative" brochure), and I added a box on top to hold a stack of note paper. The block is decorated with "Elegant Soiree" designer paper, a Vintage Adornment flower, Early Espresso ribbon, and a fun glass fragment on all four sides. The 2" round glass shown in the photo is approximately 1/4" thick and would make a great paper weight but, as you can see, it also makes a great embellishment for this block. The sentiment and bird image were stamped on card stock which was adhered with Crystal Effects to the back of the glass, but the floral image was stamped on the front of the glass with Craft ink, clear-embossed, and then dressed up with pearls.
For this week's MISM project, I used a really fun and easy technique . . . Inlaid Embossing. To begin this project, I used the Boho Blossoms and one of the Itty Bitty punches to cut the Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, and Poppy Parade shapes, which I glued to the black card stock and dry-embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder. It's amazing how much more interesting the punched shapes look on the card stock after it's been embossed! I used an aqua painter and ink to quickly color the stamped image (from the "Morning Cup" stamp set) and then stamped the birthday sentiment (from "Sincere Salutations"). All products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! If you'd like a better view of the embossing, just click on the photo to open a larger one.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I have a "Black Magic" project planned for my class on the 18th, and this is one of the samples that I created to have on display. I love this technique!!! Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include Basic Black,Whisper White, Always Artichoke, and Marina Mist card stock, Marina Mist 1/4" ribbon, "Punch Bunch" and "Easter Blossoms" stamp sets, Stampin' Pastels, White Craft ink, 1-3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, and white gel pen.
Friday, March 4, 2011
When Julie sent the picture of her "Freestyle Fridays" project to me last night, she didn't give me any technique details so we'll all have to be sure to check her blog! I really like the shape of the card and the layers, and you can never go wrong with embossing folders! I think Julie did a beautiful job, so let's all pay a visit to her blog and leave her a little love (a comment)! Hopefully, she will have a mission posted for me, and I always look forward to those! If you feel compelled to try the mission she presents, be sure to let either or both of us know--we'd love to see what you make! Have a stampin' good Friday, a wonderful weekend, and check back with me on Monday for my "Make-It-Snappy-Monday" project!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
In addition to my Stampin' Up! business, I also sell Scentsy products, and Scentsy's brand new Spring/Summer catalog went into effect today. With each catalog, they have a Charitable Cause Warmer, and the card shown in this post was inspired by the "Piece by Piece" warmer. One of my customers was so excited to order this warmer and know that a donation would be made to Autism Speaks (her favorite charity), so I designed this "thank you" card to include with her order. Stampin' Up! products used include Baja Breeze and Whisper White card stock, "Tiny Tags" stamp set, jewelry tag punch, Baja Breeze Glass Glitter, Crystal Effects, and Baja Breeze seam binding.