Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Monday Mailer

This is the Monday Mailer I'm sending out to my partner today.

For the first time, I made a card that did not use Stampin Up stamps.

The background is from Technique Junkies and is called Cuttlebug Pearls. I used the textile embossing folder. The Pearl Ex colors are Misty Lavender, Sparkle Gold and Interference Gold.

The base cardstock is a purple I had in the drawer. It's a discontinued SU color (alright, so almost all my cs is SU).

The mask and Dream are from a collage plate by I Break For Stamps. They are stamped on shimmer white cs and mounted on a lavender mulberry paper I got in a swap with a friend. I colored with chalks. This is the first time I've ever used mulberry paper. Hope my partner likes it.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thinking of you mingle

This one is one I'm doing for one of the monthly mingles on Stamper's Corner.

Base card is Creamy Caramel.

I got the Precious Memories hymn by scanning the song from one of my hymn books. I laid it out using MS Publisher so I could get 4 images on a page. I then printed it on Natural Ivory cs. To give it the aged look, I tore the edges and sponged them with Close to Cocoa ink.

The flowers are from Stampin Up's Memory of the Heart, stamped in black Staz-on on vellum. I colored it from the back with More Mustard, Rose Romance, Yo Yo Yellow and Old Olive markers.

The sentiment was created by printing "Thinking of You" using the Brushed Script font that is standard in Windows in a size 36 on vellum. I immediately took it out of the printer and covered it with a copper black embossing powder and heated it. I tore it too. The vellum is mounted with some vintage colored brads.

Thinking of You shaker

I made this for my uncle after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Base card is Night of Navy cs stamped in white with snowflakes from SU's Holiday Sampler Set.

White background of the sentiment and shaker were stamped with the same snowflakes in Night of Navy.

The Sentiment is from All Year Cheer 1 and is also stamped in Night of Navy.

The Snow Globe is from the Stampin Up Set of the same name.

Roses are SU's Stipple Rose, stamped with Staz-on on transparent shrink plastic and colored with markers before shrinking with my heat gun and putting them in the snow globe. There are tiny beads in the snowglobe.

Floating Image

I did this one with the Floating Image technique. I used SU's Favorite Teddy Bear. The hearts were cut with my Colluzzle.

The background is a piece of polished stone I had laying around.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Split Negative

I've always loved the look of black and white stamping and was thrilled to try it with the split negative technique with SU's Hearts and Posies.

Stamping on Soap

I also make handmade soaps and wanted to see if you could stamp on soap.

I'm happy to say you can. I used Staz-On to stamp the images. You can stamp on a flat soap surface and It makes for a nice gift. But...the image will come off the first time you use the soap, but the ink will not stain the skin or the washcloth.

Shattered Stone

On this one, I tried combining polished stone and shattered glass techniques.

I also got out of my color comfort zone with this one and worked in browns.

Stamp sets are SU's Elegant Greetings and Elegant Embroidery.

Shattered Script

I did this as my first attempt at shattered glass and using SU's color wheel to choose my colors.

Tempting Turquoise is one of my favorite colors.

Stamps are SU's Script background and Elegant Greetings.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sock Monkey

The April Card of the Month theme is drink swords. My son got me two of them when he went out for karaoke. I thought it needed to be used with the SU Sock Monkey. I love sock monkeys. I have one in my room.

This one is stamped on a piece of faux suede and colored with chalks.

Cupcake Lottery

As I was trying to sleep last night, the creative monkeys in my brain put this layout in to my head.

I had some bg paper that was made for 6x6 pages. It had both the stripes and the words ready to cut apart. I had two sheets of it, and so got 4 cards out of the two sheets.

The frames for the image were cut using my new Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 3 set. I'm getting good at getting them cut in my Sizzix, but need more practice embossing them. The cupcake is from an old SU Sell-A-Bration set called Just for Fun.

This is going in to Stamper's Corner April Card Lottery.

April Monday Mailer 1

The April Monday Mailer theme on Stamper's Corner is Purple.

I had this lovely purple bg paper just screaming to be used.

I also had to try out one of my new stamps sets I got this month. It is Stampin Up's Sell A Bration set Botanical Blooms.


This was done for a COTM where the theme was time. I used a time background paper and chocolate chip card stock. The stamp set is SU's Antique Collectibles.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Seragraph Technique

Can you tell I like flowers? Especially roses. This is SU's Rose Rhapsody set again, done in blues, mounted on silver glossy cs.

Congrats is SU's Favorite Greetings.

Smackin Acetate

This was done with a Technique Junkies background called Smackin' Acetate. I love the soft cloudy background it gave using Tempting Turquoise and Positively Pink markers.

Stamp set is SU's Soft & Sweet.

More rainbow silk

Done with another piece of rainbow colored faux silk and stamped with a rainbow pad using SU's Rose Rhapsody set.

Rainbow Silk

This was a card I did as a thinking of you card for a friend who was dying of cancer.

The stamp is SU's Hope for Comfort set and on the inside it says "and that tomorrow's even better."

Sadly she died a few months later.

The moral of this story? Don't neglect your annual mammograms and monthly self checks.

Polished Stone again

Two of my favorites together in one card. Polished stone and SU's Stipple Rose. I colored it with markers. That is mounted on gold glossy cs.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Purple Polished Stone

This is from a sheet of polished stone I did in purples. I like polished stone the best when I do it with Radiant Pearls because of the shimmer.

In fact I bought a ton of Radiant Pearls simply to do polished stone with, although I occasionally will color an image with them

Stamp set is SU's Nice & Easy Notes.

Black Polished stone

In doing January's Monday Mailers which were black and white, I made a sheet of polished stone using just a black re-inker and alcohol. I cut the sheet in to quarters then put each quarter through my Sizzix with the frame die. This gave me 4 frames and 4 atc's, so I got 8 cards out of one sheet of background paper.

This one I stamped with SU's Flowers of Gratitude and Noteworthy sets and embossed with white embossing powder.

The gray cs is stamped with SU's Toile Blossoms

Pointsettia Resist

I did this with the crayon resist technique. The stamp set is SU's Pretty Pointsettias. The color is sponged on the glossy card stock.

Did you know if you go to Crayola's website you can custom order boxes of crayons with just the colors you want? I got a 64 count box of crayons that was a mix of gold, silver, copper and white.

Triple Play Pirate

Here is a "pirate" themed card done with the triple play technique.

The ship is from SU's Words by Wilson, the compass from I Break For Stamps. The map background I bought at our local scrapbook store.

Torn Frames Pirate

The Monday Mailer theme for March was pirates. I didn't have any pirate stamps so I borrowed this one from a friend.

I did the torn frames technique with it. The belt across it is done with faux felt and the buckle is a pop top from a soda can.