Monday, June 30, 2008
Let me say first I actually really like trimming my new stamps, all that wonderful stored potential in new rubber, it's so exciting, prepping a set! (I know it's a very geeky "stamping thing", and not every stamping enthusiast shares with me I'm sure, but I trust at least some of you know what I'm talking about!). I had always been happy with the way my SU! scissors cut rubber, (definitely an improvement over a 3.99 no name brand craft pair I'd started with when I first began stamping, so I felt okay with the 19.95 SU! price tag then because I knew they would get a lot of use), but this past year they've been giving me some problems. The reasons below and all the raves over the Tim Holz scissors I'd read (plus the low price 11.95!) was all I needed to try out a new product!
In addition to the numerous features* I will cite, I think the pics speak pretty loudly themselves! Here are the scissors placed on top of the SU! Craft and Rubber Scissors. As you can see, the openings on the handle grips are much wider on the Tim Holz pair. Now, here is my hand tucked into the SU! scissors I've been using since 2004. I'm a petite woman, with relatively small hands, you can see how my fingers fill out the handles. What has four years of trimming my stamps with them done to my hands?
I've developed a blister, which then became a callus, on my knuckles where they've rubbed against the handle over time from very frequent rubber trimming (This winter was especially bad, it got very dry, sometimes cracked and peeled. Not to mention unsightly.) :(
Now, here is my hand in the Tim Holz pair. Look how roomy! The wider holes are not any more difficult to hold or cut with, they just allow you to work without the grip hitting your skin. (But if your hands are larger and still DO touch the edge, I can say that they are also smoother and more cushioned than SU!'s). It is a comfortable grip and is not going to make my callus worse. Yipee!
If that's not enough to make you want them, let me go on. My SU! pair has probably dulled over time, either their sharpness (or lack of) or the pain from the rubbing has made recent sheets seem more difficult to trim (but you can pay to have them sharpened or buy a scissor sharpener). The Tim Holz scissors, however, have a micro-serrated edge, which will never need sharpening, and just zips through the rubber even better**! It also has this supercool non-stick coating to keep them from getting gunky, they look like fancy high performance cookware LOL! Also has a protective cap, which is a nice feature. (The packaging also lists they "resist rust and corrosion", SU!'s probably do, too, but I don't know so can't really say much on that) All these things together would make me expect to pay 2 to three times the actual price tag for the Tim Holz pair, I'm still shocked they don't cost more! Isn't it wonderful sometimes you can still manage to get "more than what you pay for"?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
To make the umbrella, I scored and folded my Cameo Coral CS to A2 size, and glued a piece of white CS inside (to have a nice contrast after I did my umbrella cutaway). Next I took a thick, black marker and sketched out an umbrella (look at the stamped image as a guide) with the top left side going along the fold and the handle extending down to the lower left corner. I trimmed out two pieces of Cool Caribbean CS for the contrasting sections, (they're not a perfect match, that's okay!;). I cut through both layers around the top side of the umbrella, then just through the top layer around the underside of the umbrella and the handle. Now the handle and umbrella top will rest on the table when your card is standing up. Isn't that cute? Inside I added the two flamingos I'd colored with Copics (Light Prawn (perfect with Cameo Coral!)and Blush for the flamingos, and Pale Aqua for the water and umbrella) and cut out, then popped up on dimensionals. The umbrella top and puddle are from Just So Hoppy. I thought I should accentuate the unique arc inside by curving my greeting, which I did by cutting my greetings apart, laying the block on top of the card, and placing them in a curve to match.
Hope you're inspired to go make up a shaped card of your own, I'd love to see what you do, so if you come up with something I hope you'll share by linking it here!
The beads in this hidden shaker are behind my image. Instead of seeing the beads rolling around like a snowglobe in a traditional shaker which always looks oh-so-pretty, I just needed a sound effect for my shakin' snake tail LOL! Assembled like a regular shaker without the acetate, just make a small square outline of dimensionals or foam tape on the back of your focal point, pour in your beads, and then adhere to a another piece of CS. Since you can't see the beads in this one, they need not be your pretty (pricey) micro or colored beads, just whatever makes a noise, dry rice would work well to if the grains are small!
Friday, June 27, 2008
The waterproof labels are the perfect solution to decorate a bathroom or kitchen tin. (Be careful though, they are WATERproof but NOT OIL proof, so don't be getting them gunky with other oily, sticky bathroom products!) I stamped my border in Silver Encore Ink to match my tin on my waterproof label, I think these delicate "metal" lines adds such a an elegant, custom look! I used the "Botanical Dream" set again to match my bathroom, I love this sketchy sprig image, it can look like dried or fresh herbs, or a delicate bunch of flowers! One of my favorite herbal combos is Rosemary and Mint, relaxing and refreshing, so I stamped it in the corner in Mellow Moss, stamped off, and then stamped it again in black and colored in the leaves with my matching moss marker. I added "Dream" with Palette Noir (remember it doesn't matter what ink you use on these, it'll still be waterproof! amazing!!) Next I wanted to make the background match the tile that surrounds my tub, so I sponged over my image with River Rock, Mellow Moss, and Going Gray filling it out , trying to create both some light and dark areas, as well as letting some white show through, and going back in with my SU! Itty Bitty Background speckle stamp in Black and the Mellow Moss(you could also use an air gun), looks a lot like stone in the end and very simple to do! Last, trim, peel and stick!
Inside I added my soap rosemary mint soap and there was still room for clippers.
When you present your gift, a crimped cardstock wrap in Kraft or Confetti or other recycled handmade paper with some raffia would be a beautiful complement to the handmade soap. Think about other toiletries you could add: a nail file, some dried herbs, a bath sachet, tea bag etc. :)
EDITED TO ADD: you can order your tins here, only $1.50 each at Gina K Designs! :)
hee hee, I just noticed if you enlarge the pic you can see a reflection on the faucet of me sitting in the bathtub with my camera !*if you enlarge the top photo and can read the price on the closest one of over $50 don't let that scare you!! that's for the WHOLE slab, little slices are very affordable, a couple dollars each! :)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Donna gave me a few of these window coffee bags a couple months ago (this is where she bought them, a GREAT price at 18 cents apeice if you don't mind buying 100 of them!), I am just now getting around to playing! I love the little "Hugs" and "Kisses" flags on these candies and thought it would be SO cute to make a mix of both and decorate it with my "Cuddles and Hugs" set. You can buy 2 bags of these candies (one of each) for less than 5 dollars and still have candy left over for another project. (To stretch your candy even further , put some tissue paper or easter grass or cellophane in the bottom of the bag to bulk it up, you just want to your candy to cover your window.)
I stamped the leaves all over the front and back of the bag* in Old Olive, turning the stamp as I went , to match my SU! 5/8 grosgrain. I wrapped this around the little ties that grip the sides to hide them, and rolled the bag down in the back instead of folding. (You don't have to untie the bow to get it open, you can just push it down or slide it off.) I added the little "Love" stamp from "Rectangle Greetings" to my ribbon on dimensionals, I plan on using this set a lot more now that I finally got the Extra Jumbo Scallop punch to fit the rectangles! (The longer greetings and font in this set, too, are adorable with all the hugging animals) The koalas are colored with Koh-i-Noor pencils, cut out and attached to the window on the outside with dimensionals.
I cut apart the smiles from "hugs and smiles" (since I can put it back together so easily on my block) and added "kisses" then punched it with my SU! 1 1/8 circle. I layered this on a black 1 3/4" circle, an olive Scallop punch accented with black dots, and slid in a Nestabilities ribbon tag accented with Zoo brads.
I can't WAIT to give this to my friend! (who just moved! and has three kids! and stamps like a dream! (like a Queen?!) :) Any guesses??
*Instead of a stamped leaf background, you could also stamp the hug and kiss greetings randomly all over ("never be the first to let go of a hug", "hugs and kisses for the Mr. and Mrs." for a couple shower/housewarming etc!
PS Maybe I'll write to Hershey's and see if they can make me a "Cuddle" (chocolate kiss with hazelnut, coffee or lavender filling) What do you think?
I LOVE they she put the Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink together, using both of these (his and hers!) colors in her CS, DP, gingham AND taffeta ribbon, it's so yummy! (DP is from the SU! hostess prints pack). The spiral clip and big white brads (I just gotta pick me up some of these brads, they add so much dimension and always look so terrific next to a white punched greeting like she did here) are kind of her "signature" embellishments, she uses these a LOT to great effect. Put all these things together and your eyes just dance around the card again and again, taking it all in, way to go, Jessie! Now go check out her blog for another peek from her using this set! Check back next Thursday for another "Cuddles and Hugs" project from Jessie!
Have a great day! Dance when no one's watching! :)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I'd been planning on making some kitties in the window, but this juts didn't turn out like I'd imagined! (Please check back for a simpler, most likely (hopefully!) more effective version of this!) I got a little distracted from my plan by playing this sketch challenge in the Gina K forum (not to win, just to play! sorry, I should have uploaded this before it ended to give you a heads up about the contest!) because I thought it would work well with my window(made from classic rectangle Nestabilities and a layer of acetate*) but then I went off on this tangent trying to make a little window treatment with my hatpin! I looped my ribbon around it and adhered it in a few strategic places with glue dots to make a kind of swag scarf, I don't know, I'm kind of on the fence with the result...
The flowers you see outside are from the pitcher bouquet in this month's Free with Three set, "Friendship Blooms", and the butterfly is from "Just So Hoppy". Cats are colored with Koh-i- Noor pencils and the backyard is done with markers and sponged ink for the sky. CS is SU! Chocolate Chip and PT White, ribbons are SU!, DP is Magnolia.
Thanks for stopping by, please come back tomorrow (Thursday) for a project from my Guest Designer Jessie Rone!
Make it a great day! (I stole this from Gina K)
Cuddles and Hugs! (I said that!) :)
*Don't the embossed lines look just like a window molding? (This was MUCH easier than trying to DIY like I did on this card!! ) (wow, I just noticed the date on that, I uploaded this three days before I gave birth to William!)To make the window frame, you need to run your Nestabilitie die through with your C and B plate (remember, "C" for "cutting") then emboss around the the hole with your two B plates (and shims and mat if you need them with your machine, "B" emBoss") then cut around your embossed rectangle window either with your cutter or a nestabilitie the next size up to frame up the hole. Adhere the acetate behind that, then your stamped scene behind that.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The black details on the bandanna make my stamping fit right in! I let him pick out the color bandanna he wanted (with a little guidance just to make sure it wasn't too dark or busy a pattern to be able to read the stamping). Fold your bandanna in half corner to corner so you have a triangle. (You could stamp the whole bandanna, but I chose to stamp this top triangle half and leave the underside blank, for days when he wants to go "greetingless"* he can flip it over, still folded!) Be sure to insert a piece of paper or CS to keep your ink from going to the other side. I used Palette Noir, which is a hybrid ink you can use on fabric. I put most of them going one way("right side up", so that someone standing in front of him can read it ) but at different angles, filling in the spaces where there was no pattern in the print. Throw it in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set the ink afterwards. (the pic looks a bit blurry, but the ink is not, I just couldn't get my camera to focus properly on all the greetings, sorry!)
If his friends or family then want to add to this and sign his bandanna with a Sharpie, it would blend right in, isn't that fun? These would be such great gifts for end of school or end of the season sports parties, or even party favors! (Wouldn't they also be awesome for children undergoing chemo or who have experienced hair loss?) This took literally 2 minutes to make and it cost less than a dollar! I gave this to Jonathan when he graduated from his swim class this past week, and I think he's very proud of it (strutting around like he was awarded a medal!) ;) ("oh yeah, OH YEAH...!")
* because he's already getting too be a teensy bit too cool for his mom on occasion (now that he's a first grader) I purposely left off the "No matter how big you get you'll always be my baby!" stamp! Although this stamp will get a LOT of use (because I know he would be really pleased to read that in a card privately), he's at a stage he would not want that on his head for all the world to see!
To make the skirt two-tiered, perfect for a bridal shower or wedding, mask the dress and then stamp it again as low or high as you like for a custom hem. Stardust Stickles accents the sash, straps and scallops, and shadows were done with a warm gray 20% Prismacolor marker. I cut the whole thing out, mounted it on dimensionals on top of my Scallop Oval Nestabilitie (also on dimensionals), and "hung" one of the mega rhinstone brads (pierce a whole through the nestie die cut, insert your brad, and then just slide the top of the hanger underneath). I used a large oval punch for the "celebrate" tag and "embossed" it by tracing the small oval punch win it with my stylus. I poked another brad though and then wrapped it around the side of the card, securing each end with dimensnionals.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Make a subtle, elegant background on your card base or mat using the leaves and Versamark.
Mask the leaves or tall grass in front of or behind your wild things to put them in the jungle where they belong!
Cut out the grass or leaves and pop them up on dimensionals.
Put the little eucalyptus branch in the koala's mouth or hand.
Try Fun Flocking your animals to make them extra "warm and fuzzy"!
Accent your "Cuddles and Hugs" projects with the matching Gina K Zoo brads.
The snakes look terrific with several of the Cuttlebug embossing folders: try Tiny Bubbles, Mesh for a"scaly" look.
Snakes aren't always brown or green, get creative or look at photos or snakes online for some fun and fabulous color combinations!
Use part of the "Just So Hoppy" puddle around the flamingos knees to make them look like they are standing in the water.
Make a shaker card (without the window, just beads inside) for your snakes to add a little "rattling" sound effect!
Have fun taking all the relations stamps (mother father etc) from Hip Hop Accessories to complement your Cuddle and Hugs greetings and customize the images for you and your recipient. Example: sister and brother tags for the koalas, husband and wife for the lions etc, no rules about what these animals "are" to each other, you decide!
The big and little expand your Hip Hop Accessories greetings even further! Now you can make "new big brother", "sweet little princess" etc!
Use the little "sss" at the beginning or end of ANY of your greetings from ANY of my animal sets that start or end with "s" to give it a "hiss" twist! (ssssweet!)
Accessorize them accordingly(hats etc) from Hip Hop Accessories or offering balloons and flowers from Just So Hippy and Just So Hoppy.
Try these combinations, great for inside or out, or to split them up to continue inside:
"Sending hugs and smiles across the miles"
"hugs and kisses(hisses) for the Mr. and Mrs"
"wild thing I think I love you"
"wild thing you make my heart sing"
I stamped my label border from "What's in Your Tin? 1" onto some DP that came in a Hobby Lobby value pack, aren't those little river stones perfect? Then I stamped "Dream" from Asela's new Botanical Dreams set, this is one of my favorite fonts, it's so elegant but earthy!
I added a tealight and then poured in some green sea glass, I love this in bathrooms! You can find a bag of sea glass very cheap in the candle/floral section of any craft store. Close it up and you're ready to take it on the road! If you give it as a gift, consider tucking inside a small book of matches covered with a coordinating DP or stamped paper.
Stop back later this week for another new addition to my bathroom using this same set and another tin, where I'll share a perfect alternative to that rock paper! ;)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I am really excited about all the greetings in this set, I tried to covered the whole playful, silly, serious, (song lyric!) spectrum! One greeting I added specifically for this image was "thanks for taking me under your wing". I don't have any sentiments like it in my ginormous stamp collection, but I think it says so much, and is perfect for so many people/occasions in our life. I'm so thankful for everyone who has taken me under their wing at one time or another, to shield me from troubles, as well as to mentor and nurture me.
This "sketch" was inspired by a leftover tuquoise oval I had cut for my shadowbox that was still on my desk, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using my D'vine Swirls Folder to make a little "pool" for them! I used the my corner rounder with the guide off to make the scalloped border in my Cameo Coral CS, to make waves with my turquoise strip underneath. I added just a few of the new Gina K adhesive rhinestones, there are so many fun colors in this pack! I chose the one of the green shades. The image was colored with Koh-i-noor pencils, OMS and blending stumps. The top layer of my flamingos are cut out and mounted on dimensionals over the stamped image. Some tall grass in the background from this same set and my puddle from Just So Hoppy finished up my scene.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I was inspired by this "You are My Sunshine" card of Joanne's when I saw the "lion colors" and the sketch, it looked like the sun behind that chair, so I had the idea to create "a place in the sun" for these big cats (if you have cats, you know they will always pick that one little patch of sunlight on the floor!) I changed the sketch a little to make it work with my scored design, what do yo think? To create this look, I turned my mat at an angle on my Scor-Pal (did you know you can buy these now from Gina K? Yup, add it to your order (or buy separately, but how you can you resist all the other goodies?) and shipping is free!) and made a diagonal by placing the top right corner and bottom left corner over a track and scoring. Then, I moved the CS over about a 1/4 inch, turned the CS a few degrees, scored again, repeating this process till I got to the edge, and going back and working out toward the other side until it was full of sunbeams! I almost always have the light source coming from the top right, so if you try this look, make sure your coloring matches your angle. I used the Koh-i-noor pencils and OMS and blending stumps to color the lions, there are some terrific yellows, oranges and browns in this set for these lions and they coordinate beautifully with my So Saffron and More Mustard CS.
More details: My image is popped up on dimensionals. I used my Classic Square and Circle and Scallop Nestabilities for the mats, and SU! Apricot grosgrain and retired organdy. "Hugs and smiles" is stamed in Palette Noir , just one of many greetings from this set that work with this image.
Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!!! :) (I'm headed back to bed for a catnap! that was some party last night!)
Friday, June 20, 2008
The window and embossed oval frame for the koalas (which I cut out and popped up with dimensionals) were made using a Nestabilities Classic Oval. The Sahara Sand base (a terrific color with the koalas!) was stamped with the SU! "Sanded" background in Encore Silver ink (looks like a luxurious handmade, shimmery threaded paper) I also made a simple scored border around the edge with my Scor-Pal. The leaves are stamped in Always Artichoke, which I blended the color a little with my Aquapainter, and then shadowed with my warm gray 20% Prismacolor marker. SU! Silver Hodge Podge frames the sentiment "wild thing", accented with the Gina K Zoo Brads (don't these green ones look terrific with the leaves?) I continued the sentiment from the front to the inside:
I can't wait for you to see the rest of my cuddly "pairs", and hope you fall in love with them like I have, it's a very personal set!* I just get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I look at these two snugglys! Don't they make you want to give someone a HUG? you can tell me "yes" or "no" in the comments! ;)
You can use the images to represent ANYONE who hugs (or needs a hug!), brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, friends etc! I kind of think of this set as more "straightforward" than my previous ones, although you can, of course, stick on a party hat or balloon etc, these animals already "accessorize" each other LOL, so I don't feel like I need to do much more stamping other than the main image and then color it! (if you like your stamping "fast", and not having to make many "choices" about your layout, you'll find his set very easy to work with!) :) And, as I hope you've come to expect with all my sets, you'll have a TON of greetings to mix and match, that will also coordinate with my other animal sets and all the "relations" stamps (mom, dad, etc) from "Hip Hop Accessories" to help you define your couples! The eucalyptus leaves you see here is one of two images I've included to help you easily create the perfect little jungle backdrops for all your "wild things"!
Now, here's how I made them even "fuzzier": Koh-i noor pencils, NO blending or OMS this time (SO many ways to use the wonderful pencils!)
Since koalas have that downy fur with the gray and white peeping through, I decided to stamp them on my Sahara Sand CS first instead of white CS. I chose my gray and white pencils and starting with the white, made a kind of cross hatching "furry" stroke all over the koalas, then did the same with my gray. What is interesting it that the white kind of resisted the gray(just like when you use white with ink), it wasn't covered up by it, very cool! It was just the effect I'd hoped for, turned out looking really furry! So I can tell I'm going to really enjoy using the pencils, on all different CS colors, with or without OMS!
Release party tonight 7 PM CST! (Last chance, you have until 1 PM CST TODAY (Friday, June 20th) to get your name thrown in the hat for a chance to win this set!) Gina is also giving one away on her blog, go leave a comment there! and be sure to check out other designers (Emily, Barb, and Faith, hope I didn't miss anybody!) peeks AND leave some love over on Jessie my guest designer's, blog, woo hoo!
*The drawings in this set celebrating friendship and love were inspired by my family and friends, and was originally suggested by my friend Donna Baker several months ago. Donna is a "champion hugger" BTW! Just the right grip and pressure, not too hard, not too soft! She also makes her daily rounds leaving "cyberhugs" on her favorite blogs. She's just a spreader of love, so it came as no surprise to me when she mentioned a terrific idea for a stamp: animals hugging, and the greeting "Never be the first to let go of a hug". Well, I LOVED that idea, so I quickly got to work. The rest of the greetings and all the animals I chose to draw were my own, but I just have to share her response to my first drawing I made for the set, these two koalas (the gentlest, cuddliest of animals, and ones that apparently a LOT of you were wanting based on all the requests I've read lately! :) :
"That's PERFECT!! It's me & my mom. She LOVED Koala bears and of course I do too...I am just like her. (her mother passed away 12 years ago) You had no idea this would be JUST THE RIGHT ANIMAL but I believe God spoke to your spirit via mine. Isn't He awesome like that??" It really gave my goosebumps! (So whenever I use the koalas now, no matter who it's for, I will also think of Donna & her Momma... )
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I colored the images with my Copics and held my breath as I attempted to make my shadow in the shape of my vase and flower arrangement with my Pale Aqua Copic. I find taller, thinner objects easier to recreate a realistic cast shadow, the more irregular and large the object is I have a more difficult time figuring out what that would like, and I chicken out just make a standard oval shadow(which works, too!) I added a tiny knot of yellow ribbon on the vase for some pop, I love these colors together! (I tried to keep my layout simple and free of other embellishment to focus on the image and that busy background!) BTW, that background can be made from the scraps of this FREE set (plus a couple others) LOOK!
I'd seen other people use their rubber scraps before to make their own mosaic background stamp, but had never been inspired quite enough to take the time to do it, until now, I just had to have something to bring more attention to all those tiny pieces in the vase(as well as a quote in the set you will LOVE)! So after my package of my stamps arrived, I put my trimmed rubber in a pile and started puzzling it together (I actually like puzzles very much) The rubber from a few sets will do it, and you'll have 4 sitting there waiting for you to get busy when you earn this set with a purchase of three, how convenient! (and the Gina K m&ms that come in every order should procide the stamina to get you through it heh heh!) Instead of getting a new piece of wood, you can recycle a background stamp block you are no longer using or let one you ARE using work double duty and have this on the back.*
- Start at one end and work up (or down) rather than outlining and filling in toward the middle. After getting a few rows done I did pick out my straight edge scrap and and made a line up either side to fill in, but waited til near the end to add the top.
- Use the straight scraps from the edge of your rubber sheet around or the outside of the background stamp, they are already straight!
- It's easiest to trim your pieces into triangle and trapezoids at first, keep the sizes pretty uniform(although you will need to add a few smaller pieces when you're almost done) Grab a piece and look for a spot that looks like a good fit!
- Try to avoid having your pieces create straight lines/rows, you want a crazy mosaic, not a grid)
- It's okay if they are not perfect shapes, an irregular edge adds to the beauty, makes it look "shattered"
- Keep them approximately the same distance apart for your "grout". These are about 1/8" apart, to match the size I normally pick for my mats. It's not necessary, though, to have every area filled perfectly.
- If you need to trim a piece to make it fit with your others, just take off a little at a time and test it so you don't end up too small a piece.
- One thing I did notice was that a couple pieces of the rubber were just a hair thinner than the majority of my pieces so they were lower on the block and I had trouble getting them inked uniformly and stamping them properly(see the pic above for areas that I missed on the CS) I would advise checking your scraps and if a few look like they don't be level with the rest, try replacing it with a "taller one"inking them (I don't know which set it was after the fact)
I didn't look at the clock before starting to tell you how long this took, but it was worth it in the end(an hour maybe?). Like many things, the first 90% went pretty quickly, the last 10% was the most time consuming, where more trimming was needed to make a fit in my last couple rows. It was so worth it, though, if it starts to feel tedious just remember you'll have a terrific one of a kind stamp in the end! (and I will be back to share about a bajillion plans I have for it!) :)
Okay, so we're almost to the 20th, release day, and we've seen hide nor hair of my new set!! Are you ready for a peek? Check back tonight, it'll be up at midnight! :) See you at the party tomorrow at 7PM CST, where I'll be announcing who was randomly drawn from the upload challenge entires you still have until 1PM CST Friday afternoon to upload a project, details here! Oh! I'll be back later today with my guest designer announcement, look for it! ;)
*I chose a terrible background I purchased from Oriental Trading Company on impulse when ordering some party supplies for my son last year, do not ever, ever buy their stamps(that's why I'm not linking it!), the poorest quality ever! It seemed like such a great deal at 3 bucks, but it wasn't worth 2 cents, I would never put it on a card!! Glad I found a way to finally make the wood side worth something! ;)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I really wanted this project to have layers, so we have a sentiment on the front piece of glass, the image in the middle, and a terrific quote in the back. I got this beautiful shadow box at Hobby Lobby (all frames on sale this week, half off, that made this one only 7.50!) It came with the pearl straight pins to tack up your pictures/papers. Such a great look and so easy to commit, being able to change it (uncommit!) whenever you want! I colored the orchids** with the Koh-i-noor pencils. Personally, I always love being given these little hatch marks on an image to show me where to shade, fool proof! :) The texture of the watercolor paper made it a bit difficult to completely blend and get down in all those little nooks (you can't), but I like the way it turned out, wanted the texture to match my background. (It also gave the pot a nice texture to match my rustic tile.) After cutting, the long delicate, stem was very fragile so I taped on a piece of wire to help it stand up right and hold it's shape. I made a a little "L" bracket out of a piece of white CS and adhered it with dimensionals to the back of my image and the bottom on the box in the middle. This gives so much dimension to the project!
I put the "Believe" on the outside so that it would cast a shadow onto the inside quote matte at certain angle, a really cool "floating" effect,"moves as you look at it from different angles. The great thing about stamping on glass? If you mess up, it comes right off with Ultraclean! So stamp with confidence! :) I redid it a couple times until I was completely satisfied with the placement/angle and impression. The quote on the inside is on watercolor paper, stamped in palette Noir. I used my Tearing Edge to create the deckled edges. For a more polished look, use a Nestie rectangle :)
Don't forget to go drop a comment on Gina's blog for a chance to win this set! More sneak peeks tomorrow at midnight, be there! :)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
What. is up. with THAT?!! HELP, I'm this close to putting a strip of duct tape over his nose!! **
In the meantime I do not have a card to post I can show you today, as I am cranking out sneak peeks BUT: you don't have to wait long! The sneak peeks start tomorrow, the first will be here one minute after midnight!!! So EXCITED!!!!!
PS I have been trying my darnedest to alert everyone about my challenge by leaving little message for people to give them heads up about by searching online, I hit a lot of you this morning, but know I'm missing a LOT who have my sets, there has got to be a better way!! So please go upload if you 've made stuff with my sets!! :) The free set is calling your name!!
*yeah, I know I misspelled "knows"!
**I wouldn't really do that
Saturday, June 14, 2008
To simplify decorating your CD, I have to recommend a CD label kit !(This link is not the one I have, got mine a few years ago, but it's similar: comes with an applicator( "stomper"), the labels, and software for creating custom print outs, just wanted to show you one, you may be able to find a better price/source) They come with a variety of flat and glossy labels. These are great for printing out designs for song lists you create on the computer and great for stamping on! (You could use your Xyron, but this is SO much easier, you'll see why!) Here I stamped my chair and put the "Relax..." "It's all good" on the horizon.
I colored the whole thing with Copics, it turned out better than I thought it would because twice I grabbed a Copic that was a shade darker than I intended and didn't realize until it was too late! oops! So I had to go a little bolder than I planned. I decided to leave the sky blank, liked the contrast and it reminded me of those perfectly clear days. Want to extend your water? TIP: Trim out the waves from your stamps in two snips so you can easily piece it back together or use the images separately, here I stamped the waves three or four more times without needing to mask. (see above)
Here is the CD Stomper, with the push of a button your label will be perfectly aligned every time!
Now lay your burned CD (check to make sure the music recorded properly BEFORE decorating!) upside down on the stomper.* It will hover above the label until you press it.
Press the button in the middle.
Now! Another thing you can create pretty easily with your Scor-Pal is a paper sleeve for your CD. But these come in the CD label pack! So I decided to just decorate mine up with the DP I used on my card.For the front I cut out "a private island" and stamped "You are my sunshine"** I also stamped that crazy Kelly Panacci stitching on the top and bottom. Next you take your slit punch and make a whole through both layers of the case. Thread your ribbon through (I think Paul can deal with having this Pumpkin ribbon on the project since it's striped and not shiny!)
See how the "Relax" peeps out? :)
You don't have to untie the knot, the disc slips out of the tie ribbon and then slides easily back in to put away. I love how this keeps it from falling out and getting scratched, plus it's just a nicer presentation.
Any dog-lovers out there? I'm guessing lots of you really do up their birthdays! Some less than this, but some even MORE I'm sure!) I just thought it would be so cut to omit one friend and have this sassy poodle dining with her human! To make it fit the card, though, I also had to trim the sides, top and bottom since the original image was a large rectangle, AND I had to cut the image in HALF, trimming around the left side of the table slide the poodle just behind the cake to splice the two parts together! can you see my seam?
I did a bunch of sponging and tried to add some more dramatic shadows across the face and table to create the illusion of a slightly dimmed room and a lit candle. The DP on the card and envelope is DCVW All Dressed Up, what a great investment this mat pack was! I used the scallop and circle punches to make the seal on my envelope, and the 1/16th punch to makes holes in each scallop hump, then added adhesive rhinestones to the little flourishes and also to the hodgepodge frame.
All the stamps for our new release arrive tomorrow, I am so excited to get working on samples for the party and gallery, the sets are all amazing!! I know I say that every month, but I love, love, LOVE my newest set and I hope you fall in love with it, too! I've be scrambling to find other things to share in the meantime, but the good news is, sneak peeks start on the Tuesday, the 17th! You'll have four days of previews here and on Gina K's and the other DT members blogs, can't wait, can't wait!
Please don't forget to go enter at least one thing for the upload challenge to win my new release! Yes, you have a whole week, but doen't risk saving it for the last minute and then running out of time, (right now there are only three people playing, those are pretty good odds for you, right, at least for the time being?!) ;)Remember, it can use any of my sets, and the drawing is random!
Back tomorrow, I've run into a bit of a snag with my Father's Day project so I might just have to photograph it partially finished to at least give you the gist of it, but we'll see, miracles do happen....!
* You'd think(or at least I thought!) it would be easier to not have to design using so much space, wrong!! I find any time I switch to another format bigger or smaller than my usual A2 and it's just uncomfortbale, but chaging things soemtimes helps us grow, right?)
Friday, June 13, 2008
NOW! I want to give EVERYONE who has supported me by buying and stamping with my sets another chance this month to win my next release! Do I have your attention now? Here's what you do:
Upload projects using ANY of my 6 sets (Just So Hippy, Just So Hoppy, Hip Hop Accessories, Jumping for Joy, What's in Your Tin? 1 and 2) to the SCS gallery** with MMGKD1 in the keyword section when you upload. I will put your name into a hat for every upload using my stamps you submit between now and next Friday, June 20th, 1PM CST. (Upload three things, get three entries, etc) These can be cards you have posted on your blogs but haven't yet uploaded to SCS, and/or completely new projects, just not something that you've already put in the gallery, okay? (Anything previously uploaded does not count.) Feel free to incorporate any of the the Splitcoast challenges you like, color, sketch, etc but there are no requirements from me on what you choose to do. I will not be picking a "favorite" from these (but you can be sure I will dropping by leaving comments!) they are just for everyone to enjoy and get inspiration from. ;) I will draw one name out of the hat and reveal it during the release party June 20th in the Gina K forum! , and this person will win my new set!
Please spread the word, I am SO appreciative of everyone who owns these sets and I want to be sure to see and appreciate the artwork of each and every person who inks it!
EDITED TO ADD: Wanda wrote saying she has only made one card so far with my stamps and it was CASED, os she didn't think she could enter. But you have a whole week to make something! There is plenty of time for everybody to play! This is NOT a judged contest, the winner will be randomly picked, go for it!! Again, if you've already made cards using my sets, but they aren't in the gallery yet, these will count as entries now when you upload :)*(If you are floored you weren't chosen based on your freaking amazing entries, let me just say that I chose whose style and samples I felt would best showcase this month's set ( because I've already seen it, ya know?) The concept and creativity of some entries I got would lend themselves terrifically to sets I have already designed and have planned for release in the coming months, as soon as I saw them I thought "she would probably make fantastic projects with (fill in the blank)set! (and there are some surprises coming up, styles and stamps that will be very different from my previous sets, wait til you see!) So I really hope you won't be discouraged and keep trying, I think about all the past work I've seen from you (plus others) when making these decisions, but it is tough, I tell ya!
**If you have not uploaded Gina K cards before to the gallery, there is no category for Gina K sets, you will have to upload these under "Member Galleries" and then put "Gina K Designs" and the name of the stamp set under stamps. Don't forget to put MMGKD1 in the keyword section, this is the only way I can search and be sure I have ALL the entries! (Copy and paste it now!) ;)