Saturday, November 28, 2009
I got a Spellbinders embossing template a few weeks ago to use for this lottery.
Then as I was cataloging my Technique Junkies files, I came across the Frosted Glass background technique and tried it with this template. I kind of went crazy with it.
I used it as a background for the snow themed lottery card. for that one I used the Lace Snowflakes set from Stampin Up. Layered and matted with Brilliant Blue and silver glossy cs.
Then I cut a couple of the pieces with my Sizzix frame die and used the Elegant Greetings set for the Thank You mingle.
Of course, the frame die leaves behind a perfect ATC which can't go to waste, so I punched some scalloped photo corners and stamped the carousel horse from the Snow Globe set to use for the Vintage Toy ATC mingle.
This snowman was SUPPOSED to be a shaker card, but I didn't get enough shaker stuff in the card.
The base card is Brilliant Blue cs stamped in white with the Blizzard Stampin Around wheel.
The shaker I made by printing a 3 inch square envelope template from Red Castle's Fit-It cd on white cs. I stamped Stampin Up's snow globe and then masked it so I could wheel the background in Brilliant Blue ink with the same wheel as the background. I cut the window with my Colluzzle cutter and put in some acetate for the window.
I stamped the snowman on a 3x3 piece of cs and mounted him to the back flap of the envelope and then colored him with markers and did some snow with liquid applique. I used poster mounting tape to create the depth for the shaker and poured in some glass beads and gold glitter before sealing everything up.
When I looked at the other entries into this ATC mingle, they all had an antique look to them so I went to my Stampin Up Old Fashioned Christmas set for this Santa. He's colored with shimmering watercolors and sponged with Real Red ink around the edges. I matted him on glossy black cs then used a red and silver Christmas background paper from my stash. Everything went on the base glossy silver cs. I finished him off with some antique silver metal photo corners from Tim Holtz.
The theme for this swap was rubber stamps only. The hostess said it was to get us to use some of our neglected stamps.
My most neglected stamps are my wheels, one of which I used for the background. It's Stampin Up's Double Line Stitched Plaid wheel. I rolled it one way in Real Red, the other way in Tempting Turquoise.
Then I thought my Sock Monkey and Favorite Teddy Bear would like to have a party together. Trouble is, they both face the same way, so I stamped them on acetate so I could mirror the teddy bear. I colored them with Radiant Pearls and embossed with clear embossing powder since RP's don't dry on plastic. They are matted on Tempting Turquoise paper and the base card is Apricot Appeal.
I found the stamp for this in my stash. I got it in a grab bag or prize package, I can't remember which. But little girls playing in pretty dresses struck me as fitting the theme for this ATC swap.
I pulled the base card from my stash of retired color cs and the bg paper from a book of jewel background from Paper Pizzaz. I colored the girls with shimmering water colors and highlited around them in a metallic pigment ink.
I made two of these cards to do double duty. I used it for Stamper's Corner Card of the Month and Technique Junkies Just One swap for November.
This card used two techniques from Technique Junkies: Flip Flap Fold and Faux Suede.
The Faux Suede was done with Liquid Applique mixed with a bronze Pearl Ex. The bg paper was from a prize pack I got from Stamper's Corner. The cat is from I Break For Stamps (I think) and the sentiment from Sparkle N Sprinkle.
I hosted a mingle for non-religious Christmas cards. That is because while I celebrate Christmas, I don't accept the religious aspect of it. That is a whole 'nother discussion about when Jesus was actually born and what the Bible says (or rather doesn't say) about celebrating His birth.
For this, I chose a piece of green polished stone in my stashed and stamped the Christmas tree in versamark and embossed it with gold detail embossing powder. I matted it on Forest Foliage cs that had been punched with one of my favorite corner slot punches. Then I mounted that on gold glossy cs.
One of the non-winter swaps this month was the sports mingle. To me sports themed cards are masculine and nothing is more masculine to me than the cork paper I used here. I found this 12x12 adhesive backed cork at Michael's a while back and had to have it.
The golfer stamp is from I Brake for Stamps' Father's Day set. I stamped it with Staz On to get the best image on the textured surface, and colored with chalks.
Many of the swaps this month are winter themed. This one was Let It Snow, so I used a couple of stamps from Stampin Up's Snow Globe set.
I colored the snowman with chalks applied with a blender pen and the snow at the bottom is Liquid Applique. It's mounted on silver glossy cardstock.
I won the October ATC lottery on Stamper's Corner and I got to choose the theme for the November lottery. The theme I chose was Birth Month. My birth month is June, so I used this rose from Stampin Up's Flower of the Month Club. I used a technique called Aura Stamping that was developed by a stamper named Kim MacNutt. Luckily for me, I printed out the directions from her website as it is no longer active and the instructions are not on her blog.
I did another ATC similar to this, except I used November's flower stamp and then made it as the focal point for a card for a birthday card contest