Saturday, October 20, 2012

Work, Work, Work!

Work, work, and more work, leaves little time for playing! As a new teacher this year, I'm spending a lot of time coming up with new ideas and ways to share ideas with kids. I'm loving every minute of it, but it leaves little time for stamping! I have done several classes and have done a little bit of stamping, but not near enough! My fingers are itching to get back at it!
Here's a couple of samples of things that I've gotten done...
This one is masked, shaded and then unmasked and stamped with the leaves. Simple design, but fun to do and makes a great guy card...which as you know, can be hard to come up with! I made these with my scrapbook group on Wednesday night, and they loved them!

I stamped a leaf in the corner, and then one on the outside of the envelope too.

This one I've done before, but just love the design and the technique! To get this neat look, add color to the stamp with the marker first, then spray the watercolor paper with water and stamp. When it's dried, color the stamp again with the markers, line it up with the stamp-a-ma-jig, then stamp over again. Another really good guy card!

Inside I stamped the tree in the corner.
This one is a Swing Card...a little hard to cut out the first time around, but a little easier when you've done enough for the whole class! :-)
I followed the directions that I found on Slitcoaststampers. This is the new Ronald McDonald set, Moving Forward,  from the catalog this year. Three dollars of each set sold, goes to the Ronald McDonald house! It can be found in the catalog on page 209.

When the card is opened, the piece in the middle swings around and you see the other side of that piece.  Love it! (And that cute, cute frog!!). It's well worth the cutting time! It did take me a little longer, since this is the first Swing Card that I've ever made, but I will definitely be doing it again!
This card is one that I copied from a sympathy card that I received from a friend in SD when my sister died in September. I loved her design, but used a different flower set on the front. This is a gate fold card, with the Top Note die used on the front piece. Love it! The flowers were stamped and then clear embossed to make the colors really stand out.

Inside I stamped the flower, then clear embossed over it too. Embossing really makes the colors  pop!
This card is so colorful in real life and so much fun! This is a shaker card, another first for me! I used some old beads that I had, that Stampin' Up! used to carry in the shaker part of it. I made some with glitter, but like the sound and the more color that the beads add to it. Stampin' Up! makes shaker cards really easy to make now, with the new shaker frame pieces on page 177 of the catalog. One of these are on their way to my granddaughter, Lily, who will be celebrating her 7th birthday in just a few days! Happy birthday, dear Lily!!

A little closer look at the beads and shaker part of the card.

Of course, you can't forget the inside!
We've had lots and lots of birthdays to celebrate in the last couple of months. My grandson, Gabe also had a birthday in Sept., along with my nephew, Alex. I used some punch art to make these fun Angry Bird cards....

complete with the pig on the inside. I don't play Angry Birds, but I know the boys loved them. Happy birthday again, Gabe and Alex!
And the last one...the thank you card that I included in my orders for September...a Halloween card. This is made from the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit and so much fun! I'm not a big Halloween fan, but I do really like this set and kit with the fun images and googly eyes! They add such a cute touch to the cards!

I had to add them to the eyes on the spider coming down from the middle of the card inside too!
I hope that you're getting some time to stamp and stamp and stamp! I'm off to drag out some supplies and see what else I can create today! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wonderfall Time of the Year!

I fell in love with the scrapbook page on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog as soon as I got the catalog in the mail. I knew then, that I would use it for my scrapbook club. Then, at convention, they showed us  how to do a neat technique with leaves, so I just had to put it all together. The leaves use the new set, Wonderfall, and the Bigz Die, Autumn Accents, also on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog. I couldn't wait to get them all, along with the new Woodgrain textured impressions embossing folder...I just ordered the whole page! I just couldn't help myself! It really is my favorite time of the year!
Before I show you the page, I want to show you how to make the leaves.
First, cut the leaf out of Very Vanilla card stock with the Autumn Accents die, then ink the stamp and lay the cut piece over the back of the stamp. I used my bone folder to make sure that it was inked all the way around. It's really much easier to line up the image with the stamp then trying to stamp it first, then do the cutting. The new ink pads give it such vibrant color too.
Then shade all the edges with a darker ink. I used the More Mustard to stamp the leaves, then the Cajun Craze to shade it with.
Then crumple the leaves all up. You should have heard the gasp that went through the crowd when she did this on stage at convention! Go ahead, you can do it!
Then, gently unfold it and lay the darker ink pad over the top of the leaf to bring out the veins that were made from crumpling it.

Isn't that just the neatest leaf?? I love this technique! It gives the leaves such great texture!
Then, I experimented with the Spider Web embossing folder. I have seen it used for making the veins in leaves, and wanted to try it with this set.
Here, I stamped the leaf first with the Summer Starfruit In Color ink, shaded it with the More Mustard, and textured it with the embossing folder. Just be sure to get your veins going the right direction when you put it in the folder. Then I touched the leaf with the More Mustard ink pad to bring out the veins in the leaf! Cool, huh?!
The acorn was stamped off with Chocolate Chip (ink the stamp, then stamp some of the ink off to give it a lighter color), shaded it with Early Espresso, then stamped another one (without stamping off this time) in Early Espresso. I cut the acorn along the dividing line, added a dimensional to the middle of it, and taped down the edges to give it a little more rounded look.

 Then, put it all together with lots of dimensionals to give the page tons of texture. Here it is, my favorite page of all times, complete with pictures of one of my favorite kids of all times, my Grandson, Collin.
Isn't he cute??

I shaded around the letters with the More Mustard ink pad to give them a little more color, cut them out of the tag board that comes in the back of the DSP and out of the Newsprint paper, then popped them up on dimensionals to give them a little more lift. I wish you could see it in person!

I had so many cute pictures, I had to make a second page too! I just need to add a little journaling on the second page with dates, places, etc. to finish it all off. Collin really does the title justice...HAPPINESS!
Happy Scrappin'!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall is in the Air!

School started for my husband, Larry yesterday, and is just around the corner for me! What fun to be going into fall and a regular routine again! I'm really looking forward to my class of 1st and 2nd graders! What joy! The books all came in yesterday, so I'm anxious to spend some time looking through them and finishing up with some lesson plans. I love to be organized!
I worked yesterday on the page that my scrapbooking club will do this week, and I must say, it's one of my favorite pages ever! Yes, EVER!! I just need to add some cute Collin pictures to it and it will be ready to show to you. So, having said that, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the page! It's so awesome! I used the page in the Holiday Catalog on page 33 as my starting inspiration, and went from there....can't wait for you to see it!!!
In the mean time, here's a couple of more pictures of the scrapbook pages that I swapped for at convention. As I put pictures on all of these, I will have a whole year's worth of pictures and pages done! I ordered a new album to put them into today, so just need to get those pictures ordered! What great memories to have to look through!

This one is an extra May one that I swapped for. The person that signed up for July in our group didn't show up until we had left, and then it was too late to swap with her. I had already traded for this extra page with the extra August one that I had left.

I love the bright colors of this page, and they really could be used alone as a single page.

This one is November and will make a nice Thanksgiving page. The tree is a neat feature on this page. The leaves are made from different circles punched from DSP.

My favorite time of the year...Fall! This page has lots of texture to it and lots of dimensionals. Love it!

All the the blocks were shaded and put on with dimensionals and the Fall banner was crumpled before adding the letters.

October! Love it, and I'm not a big fan of Halloween! The little monsters on the page have the google eyes added to them,

as does the spider. The web has dazzle added to it too for a little sparkle and glitz.
(Sorry for the sideways! Some days, life is just like that!)

Love the little monsters and their google eyes!

And the last one...Christmas! This is done with the new set in the Holiday catalog and the ornaments hung with Baker's twine.


 This next project, is one that I've been working on for all of my club members for this month. I saw this pattern on Dawn Olchefske's web site, and just had to make them too! They are so stinkin' cute! These are made with the Perfectly Preserved bundle in the Holiday catalog. Thank you Kay Kalthoff and Mary Alice Bellis for sharing your wonderful creation!

Kaye also has a video on how to make them posted on her blog
They are a little time consuming, but so cute and fun! Just a little jar of chocolate! YUM!
Happy Creating!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy Scrappin'!

I want to share more of the pages that I swapped for at convention. This first one is one of my favorites out of all of them! I love the colors, the way she textured the title letters, the fancy eggs, and the journal pocket that she made from the Petite Pocket Bigz Die! What an incredible page!

I love the eggs and each one has a different texture on it.

The letters are textured too with the bitty flowers on them.

What a neat journal pocket!

Don't you love the pinwheels? See why this is one of my favorite pages? Now to add some fun Grandkid pictures to it! Hey, Jamie and Katie...need some Grandma pictures!
Here's another Spring many favorites do you think I can have?
The vase of flowers is really pretty here and a little bling added to the centers.
This one will be perfect for those wedding pictures I haven't gotten scrapbooked's only been how long??

Cute Bride and Groom hearts...

And wedding rings!
Then here's a couple pictures of one of the pages that we made at our scrapbook club. We learned how to do the Mother of Pearl shiny in real life!

This picture is my Dad's family (my Dad is the one on the left in the back row).
I didn't get to meet my two uncles, as both were killed when I was a little girl, one in a plane wreck and one in an automobile accident. What an awesome picture to have and scrapbook with all of them in it. A treasure to remember, for sure!
I used lots of dimensionals on each layer of the title and the antique brads to set it up off the page and more dimensionals on the flowers. We also learned how to use the corner punch and the edge punches together...a little bit of a trick and takes a little bit of practice!
Here you can see a little bit of the shine from the Mother of Pearl technique. It's a perfect technique to use with an old picture. Join us for scrapbook classes every month and learn some fun scrapbook techniques along with us. It's a great way to do at least one scrapbook page a month!
Happy Scrappin'!