Sunday, August 28, 2011

Last Card for the CAS Summer Design Team

Supplies: Paper: kraft and white  Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing border, SU fancy flower punch, button, twine, Score Buddy
I can't believe that my time on the CAS design team is coming to an end.  It has been so fun, and I have enjoyed every minute of it! 

Our last challenge is a color challenge: a kraft based card using primary colors.  I picked out some fun primary colored ribbons (and a couple more fun bright colors) and let them do the work on this card.  I added a layer of white to make the card pop a bit.  This was a fun card to make.  It would be a great way to use up some ribbon scraps.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you can participate in this week's CAS challenge over at SCS!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot...

Supplies: Stamps: Dollar Acrylic Stamp Set Paper: green unknown, white X press it, Recollections green gingham  Ink: Memento tuxedo black Accessories: copic markers, SU scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, SU word window punch, SU modern label punch, CB swiss dots embossing folder, dimensionals
It is time for another CAS challenge at SCS, this week the challenge is an inspiration word: hot.  So I remembered I bought this cute dollar acrylic set from Michaels and thought woo hoo, I get to use it!  My 10 year wedding anniversary is coming up in November so I might just have to save this one for my hubby!  The layout for this card was inspired by an old Taylored Expressions sketch, that works great for all of those small image stamps we have.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you can play along with the challenge.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Where Did July Go????

Supplies: Stamps: Stampendous  Paper: SU riding hood red, blue cs unknown, white Ink: Memento tuxedo black Accessories: Martha star punch, SU scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 inch circle punch, clear gems, red gems, I colored the blue gems with a copic markers, calendar case

Wow, where is our summer going?!  I missed July, and now we are halfway through August!  Before you know it I'll be back into my busy school routine.  We have gotten a lot of projects done this summer which is probably why it seems like summer is flying by, but it is great to have accomplished so much.  During the school  year I I don't have a lot of extra time, and if I do I of course want to spend it stamping! :)

For the July calendar I used the positive and negative space of a Martha Stewart star punch.  I punched the star punch, then cut it out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch.  I matted it onto a starburst that I made using the SU scallop punch.  I punched out the scallop circle, attached it to a post it note, and I lined it up in the scallop circle again inside the punch turning it so the points of the scallops were in the center of my scallops and I punched it.  This created a nice starburst look.  I added lots of gems, and the red stars are from the MS punch as well.
Supplies: Stamps: Stampendous, Amuse  Paper: X press it white and pink scraps  Ink: Memento tuxedo black  Accessories: SU scallop border punch, copic markers, stamp a ma jig, calendar case
Isn't that bumblebee just adorable?!  Stampendous really makes cute bee stamps!  For the sentiment I stamped each line separate because it was too long to fit onto the calendar.  So I relied heavily on my stamp a ma jig for this.  I would hold my breath each time I stamped a line hoping I applied even pressure because I already had my calendar printed and image colored!  It was my lucky day I got it on the first try.

Well I'm caught up with my calendars, and have made a few more so I am ready as those months creep up on me! :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 19, 2011

CAS Thinking of You

Supplies: Stamps: Silhouette Sentiments  Paper: early espresso, ivory, k and company dp  Ink: early espresso, Tim Holtz tattered rose distress ink  Accessories: SU designer frame embossing folder, satin ribbon, foam blending tool, eclipse tape, self adhesive pearls
This is the second sample I made for the CAS challenge this week: using a partial image.  I chose to use a partial image inside my SU designer frame embossing folder.  To do this I first created a mask using my eclipse tape.  I punched out an extra large oval, placed it on the card where I wanted the frame, and used my stamp a ma jig to stamp my image and sentiment.  Then I inked up my foam blending tool with tattered rose and distressed the inside of the oval.  When I had the focal image to my liking I removed the mask, and it was time to emboss the frame.  I placed the embossing folder over my image and embossed the frame, you can see the my mat stack here.  Then I added more distress ink to the rest of the top of the card, added the dp and ribbon, and I was done.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Birthday Wishes

Supplies: Stamps: Amuse Paper: Basic Grey, white and blue cs  Ink: Colorbox: robin's egg  Accessories: American Crafts ribbon, scallop oval punch, oval punch, desginer frame embossing folder, garden flower embossing folder, gems, chalks
Where did the week go??  It seems like I just posted this card on SCS for our CAS challenge, and it has taken me until now to get the details  posted here!  I guess life got busy. 

I wanted to share how I did the embossing on this card.  I want to say that I used tips from the following websites to get my results: Created By You and Stamp and Scrap with Frenchie: Link 1 and Link 2. I have a Cuttlebug so I had to experiment with different sandwiches to make this technique work.

This is the sandwich I used:
A, C, Folder, chipboard

The chipboard measurements:
For the chipboard pieces I glued two pieces of chipboard together and the thickness worked for me.  Depending on your Cuttlebug you may have to adjust this.

For embossing the frame without leaving the marks of the folder:
2 1/8x 2 3/4

For embossing inside the frame 1 15/16 x 1 6/16

For the oval, I punched out two extra large ovals and glued them together.

So to do the double embossed image:
First emboss the designer frame using the 2 1/8 x 2 3/4 inch chipboard mat.

Then chose your embossing folder that you want inside of the frame. 

Place it over the embossed frame and line it up so you can see the image in the frame through your embossing folder.

Take 1 15/16 x 1 6/16 piece of chipboard and place it over where you want the embossing.  (This was the part that took a few tries for me.  Initially I centered the chipboard over the embossed frame opening.  When I did that the embossing went on the already embossed frame.  So I moved my chipboard closer to the right hand corner (because there was blank space there on the embossing folder I used.)  By doing this it gave enough pressure to emboss the image inside of the frame.  This part will depend on the image you chose for the center of your frame.  If there is a lot of detail you may have to make a smaller piece of chipboard.

I hope all of this made sense.  I may add some pictures later to help.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

First Christmas Card of the Season!

Supplies: Stamps: Beautiful Season  Paper: GKD ivory  Ink: tuxedo black Accessories: colored pencils, gamasol, sheer ribbon
Well...I painted my scrap room...lime green!  The color is called jalepeno jelly! :)  I am having a love/hate relationship with the color right now.  Although after a couple of days it is turning more into a love relationship!  It is bright but so fun!  I'm working on curtains and a new computer desk to finish it off.  I'll have to post some pictures when it is done. 

I had to get things put together enough to make my CAS sample for the week.  This week the inspiration is one of the cards from my gallery.  I changed it up and added some ribbon and raised my sentiment. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!