Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I've learned that the best part of a workshop is the hands-on participation so I tried to make these simple (yet interesting) enough for everyone to be able to make all three. Also, by making two smaller projects, as opposed to three cards, it's faster for me to prepare & uses less supplies.
So the first project is a "love note." These are a great size, especially for 12" x 12" cardstock. They are 6" x 3" folded to make a cute 3" x3" card to tuck into a present, basket, etc. This one uses the Tea Party Designer Paper & coordinating Sweet Stems stamp colored in with markers. The Eyelet Border punch adds a pretty touch.
Next is an Easter card using Fifth Avenue Floral. So quick & easy but still looks fancy! The Easter Wishes stamp from the All Holidays set fits nicely into the Designer Label punch (which also coordinates with the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware). I find gluing the cardstock on the ribbon & then putting the frame OVER it is easier than trying to adhere the paper to the frame first. I used my paper piercer to punch holes in the ribbon for the brads (adhered the ribbon to the vanilla cardstock first too but before adhering the vanilla layer to the Tangerine layer).
The last project is a very simple candy topper. We used the new "Egg Hunt" wheel from the Occasions Mini over a Top Note die cut. Then we punched "eggs" from Designer Patterns paper with the large oval punch. I used the double rectangle punch to secure the ribbon. I used Sticky Strip to secure the bag to the paper--looks cleaner than staples. You could easily whip up a whole school class worth of these babies in no time!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This is the card we did at our latest Technique Club using "Faux Silk." The stamp set is "Thoughts & Prayers,", which I think really lends itself well to this technique. To get this look, all you need is tissue paper (the kind used with gift bags) & a glue stick or other spreadable adhesive. First, stamp on the tissue paper--any kind of coloring works--you can even watercolor. I colored my stamp with markers. Then, crumple up the tissue & spread back out. Apply glue stick all over white cardstock & smooth the tissue over the cardstock (but not too smooth--you want the wrinkles to show). Next, you can either trim off the excess tissue or, like I did here, run your aquapainter or a wet brush along the edge of the cardstock & gently pull the tissue off. The second way gives it a "fiberish" look, for lack of a better word.
A couple of other details here--I dusted off my Color Spritzer tool to add a little visual interest & added glitter to the flowers. I simply used glue dots to keep the ribbon fold in place. & finally--notice the super-cute scalloped oval punch? Thought you might enjoy a sneak peek of an Occasions Mini Catalog offering (coming April 1)!
Monday, March 9, 2009
When we moved to this house a year and a half ago, my craft room was the first room I completely set up (cuz if mama ain't happy, ain't no one happy!) I painted it Duron's "Sour Apple" because it pretty much matches SU!'s Gable Green, one of my favs. I also wanted a bright happy color since it's a basement room with only one little narrow window up high. The picture above is my main work space. I'm all about function at bargain prices over having everything matchy, matchy (since this room is out of the public eye). First off--join Freecycle! I've gotten so much through it--this IKEA desk for starters (the drawers hold my ink refills, most used tools, extra adhesives). Next, keep your mind open at yard sales (the office chair) & consignment shops (the wooden tape holder that I use for my ink pads). Then, look around your house for stuff you can repurpose (the little plastic shelf that I once had in a kitchen closet for mugs).
Sometimes, it is worth investing in specific products with a purpose. For example, I bought two 4 ft. folding tables at Costco. I put one on either side of the desk so I can swivel to different stations. On my left I can keep out my cutting mat & glass mat at all times & on my right I keep out my Table Top cutter & have space for my Big Shot. (The left table is in front of the furnace closet so I had to keep stuff there that I can move easily.)
Oh & the pink crates under the table? Those hold my scrapbook stuff in 12" x 12" plastic envelopes by theme (boy, girl, baby, Winter, etc.) I keep things like theme-specific paper, stickers & some embellishments in them.I also bought specific "Rubbermaid Shelf Saver" cubes from Staples for my non-SU! markers (which came in their own container). They come in different configurations & can stack (click on the pic to see how I used them). I get hives spending money on that kind of thing, but they were worth it! My little SU! embellishment caddy is fantastic & fits perfectly on one of the cubes (earned it through SU!'s great rewards program).
Moving along--my back wall. The shelf is from IKEA (I actually bought this one!) I love this thing! It holds my 8 1/2" x 11" SU! paper (in super cheap IKEA cardboard holders--the Cropper Hopper 12 x 12 holders don't fit in this), magazines, etc. In the plastic shelves I have things like my Stickles, SU! wheels, non-SU! stamps & misc. I keep all my SU! glitter & embossing powders in Gladware containers (with a spoon) for easy use in two of the cubbies. My photos to be scrapped are in photo boxes up on top (away from my kids who would mess up their order!) but I keep photo boxes for each kid below that has cards & other memorabilia in them & binders for special school/art work (they love to pull them out). I have TONS of alpha stickers in page protectors in a large binder (all the way to the right, second cubby up)--I went to a "Craft" yard sale that I found on craigslist almost three years ago & bought the entire binder for $15 with a friend. I got lots of great deals that day--sigh, good times :-) Of course, that was just a few months before I joined SU!, so last year, I ended up selling a bunch of stuff at a craft yard sale myself (some things for more than I bought them for!--shh...).
Monday, March 2, 2009
Basically, I just printed out pictures of my project & my daughter jumping on her bed & used the same supplies/techniques that I used for the panorama (thus, negating having to think very much!) I used circle punches to highlight details from the panorama. At first I was kind of going for "thought" bubbles to signify how my daughter inspired some of the details but in the end it doesn't really look that way. Still, it is an easy way to cram a lot of pics on a page.