Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Here are much better images of the cards you will make at the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on Oct. 24th. You will make 5 of each of the 6 designs (envelopes included). The cost is $45 and that does include lunch, door prizes and lots of fun! If you are unable to attend this event but would like a kit, the cost is $40 (including delivery). Please contact me if you have any questions, or you would like me to hold a seat for you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3-D Cards: Shadow Box Card

I am holding a 3-D card technique class at my home on Sunday @ 1:30p. We will be making a shadow box card, a diorama card, and a pop-up card. This is the Shadow Box card we will be making. (all cards are mailable.) I wanted to make a card from colors that aren't 'seen' too often. All supplies are from Stampin' Up!
I used dusty durango and basic gray cardstock. I used the background stamp French Filigree to give the front of this card some interest. On the gray cardstock, I stamped the definition of 'unique' from the stamp set Define Your Life. I heat embossed the definition in black. The flowers are from the Friends 24-7 stamp set, and stamped in whisper white craft ink. I added a greeting to the upper left corner of the card. I stamped the greeting from a stamp in the One of a Kind stamp set. I added two ribbon knots to the lower right corner of the card, to help balance the card.
Thank you for looking. Stay posted to see the other two cards we will be making on sunday.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Changed Card for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

The pink card at the top left of the samples for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, we needed to change. That particular card used 4 different stamp sets. A bit much. We loved the color combination, but wanted to make it a bit simpler for the people attending.
Remember, seating is limited. So, if you will be in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area on Oct 24th, and would like to come out and make 30 Christmas Cards (5 each of 6 different designs) envelopes included, please contact me so I can hold a seat for you. It is a non-refundable fee of $45 (includes lunch). Door prizes will be handed out during this event. Just bring your favorite adhesive!

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Here are the six different designs you will make at my Christmas card stamp-a-stack (you will make 5 cards of each design: total 30 cards). Please contact me if you are interested. The Christmas Stamp-a-Stack is being held on Saturday Oct 24th from 10a-2p. At Cross of Hope church on Taylor Ranch Rd. NW. The cost is $45. Lunch is included. [If you are unable to attend, but would like a packet (card stock is already cut and scored) your cost is $40. You would receive directions and photos on how we assembled the cards, but you would need to use your own stamps and inks.]
The top left pink card, we had to change a bit. That particular card used 4 different stamp sets. We used the same colors but altered the card a little. Check back to see the new revised card; that is one of my creations. The 2 card down on the right, we loved. It used non-traditional blues. We loved the different shape to it. It is a perfect size to hold a gift card. The bottom card on the right uses the new ornament stamp set and punch. We loved the traditional Christmas colors of this card. The card at the top on the left is another creation of mine! I wanted something both traditional (dove) and non-traditional (teal) but make a card that looks classy. The 2 card down on the right is a collection of all the colors. You can't see it very well, but the image is a snowflake from the new stamp set in the holiday mini. Very cute. Ok, the last card on the right is beautiful. You can't tell (I'm kinda new at photography) but the card base is elegant eggplant. We dry embossed the white cardstock. The strip of DSP is a soft suede with snowflakes (you can find it in the holiday mini). We used a large brad to hold the snowflakes to the card front. The snowflake is one of the new punches.
Hope to hear from you! Seating is limited, so if you are interested, please let me know!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stampapalooza Card Club Box Challenge

These are the box/bags that my Sunday Card Club: Stampapalooza completed for their challenge today! Aren't they wonderful!? I am always excited to see what they have created! These are some talented women. Which bag/box would you have voted for? The winner (by club vote) was the 'Mummy'. The winner got to select any item from the prize box. I'm glad that this group of women enjoy participating in my crazy challenges. They did receive their instructions for next months challenge - "Recycle & Re-use". They are to alter a household item of their choice. I can't wait to see what these talented women come-up with next.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Faux Embossing/Ghosting

This card is the last card we did in the technique class 'Creatively Faux' last night. Thank you to all the ladies that came out and created these cards. This card enabled the ladies to learn two faux techniques: faux embossing/ghosting and faux stitching. The ladies seemed to have had a blast! We used the texture plates to give the card a little something. The colors were very repetitive. I used Almost Amethyst, to give everyone a break from my all time favorite pretty in pink and chocolate chip. I thought one more pink and brown card, and these ladies will string me up by my boot straps :)
To achieve this 'look', you first need to use the same color of ink as your card stock, when you initially stamp. Then stamp your image again with craft white ink. The second time you stamp, you want your images NOT to line up. You want them a little skew.
To achieve the faux stitching is very simple. Take a paper piercer and punch a series of holes in the paper, similar to that of a sewing machine. Then take a white gel pen and connect the holes. Not a lot of effort, but the finished product is pretty.
I added the crochet flower and corduroy button to soften the card a bit. I thought a solid ribbon would over power the whole look, so I chose the organza ribbon. I wanted white to be an accent color and not a main color.
Thank you for looking, and check back soon!

W'ink Card Club Homework

My W'ink card club met on Saturday. There were a few ladies who were not able to attend, and so the entries to our friendly challenge was a small number. But look! Aren't they just wonderful?! We always have fun and everyone comes up with the most creative ideas. Oh, the winner of each 'challenge' gets to select their prize out of a prize box. It has various items from Stampin' Up! that are all under $10. Nothing too fancy, just friendly. Thank you for looking!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Card Club-Alcohol Halloween Card

I like Halloween, but I don't love it. My daughter has always been a big fan and supported of the holiday. I wanted to make a card for her. but, she's grown. I was looking for something grown-up, but not Gothic. I used the House of Haunts stamp set from Stampin' Up! I heat embossed the tree image in black. For the haunted house image, I stamped the image on glossy white card stock. I used a yellow marker to color-in the moon, windows and open door. I wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Then added a few drops of three different re-inkers (elegant eggplant, perfect plum, and lavender lace). I dabbed the inked cotton ball randomly on the glossy white card stock. When you first finish, the colors looked rough. but, once you let the alcohol ink dry, the colors looked better, softer, natural. This is a version of the 'polished stone' technique, but without the metallic ink. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Card Club - Princess Birthday

Here is one of the cards we are making in Card Club this month. I got my inspiration from a fellow blogger Michelle. The technique is 'Stamp Kissing'. The tools used are the texture plates with the Big Shot, and the eyelet border punch. One of the club members needed some inspiration for a young girls birthday card. I hope this helps her. All supplies are Stampin' Up! The card stock is Pixie Pink, Whisper White, and Basic Black. The eyelet border punch was used. The crown was created by inking a background stamp (Bella Toile) with pixie pink classic ink and then applying the blank crown stamp. Then stamp the crown on whisper white card stock. I used some pop-dots to give the crown some lift from the card. I used a clear rhinestone brad for the flower center. Its a pretty simple card. Thank you for looking. And as always, posting comments always make my day! If you are a member of either card club that I hold, and you post a comment, your name is entered into a drawing for some free blog candy. :) who doesn't like free candy?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Early Christmas II

Yes, more cards on vacation. (actually, I'm posting two today.:) This will be my last post this weekend. I'm pretty sure my family would actually spend time with me that doesn't include crafting of some sort. (all supplies are from Stampin' Up!)
I created the top card yesterday. I love the simplicity of it. I used the Curly Label punch to punch out three different holiday papers. I tied a piece of Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon around the top of the card, and stamped the greeting from Christmas Greetings in Old Olive classic ink. Quick and easy.
I used the same layout, and just added a little more to it. The snow flakes are from Winter Post, the greeting is from the new holiday mini catalog Four the Holidays. The card base is Bashful Blue card stock. Kraft card stock and Shimmer White card stock are matted on top of the card base. The snow flakes are stamped in Encore Silver ink, and a rough cut-out. The snow flake edges are dipped in chuncky white glitter and are attached with two silver brads and one blue round ice rhinestone brad. The ribbon used is bashful blue and kraft taffeta ribbon. This card was quick and easy, too. Thank you for looking. Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Early Christmas

Well, I'm suppose to be on vacation, taking some time to relax and spend some quality time with my family. We are in Las Cruces, visiting my mom. And, can you guess what I brought along? Yes, I brought card crafting supplies. (Alot of card crafting supplies.) When we get back into town, I am dashing off to a christmas card stamp camp meeting. And, I'll admit that I don't always have time to craft, so I wanted to complete a few more card samples before I go to the meeting. Here, is one more card sample. I have a weakness for non-traditional christmas colors. Oh, and those who know me, know that if I can put on some ribbon and a button (or two) my craft project is complete! :}
Ok, all supplies are from Stampin' Up!, and here is how I did it... the card base is certainly celery card stock. The tree stamp is from the Snow Swirled stamp set. The tree is stamped in certainly celery classic ink, on the white shimmer card stock. I attached a green button to the top of the tree with a glue dot. The tree is then matted on a piece of pretty in pink card stock. The blue piece, is bashful blue card stock. There are three different sizes of snow flakes in the Snow Swirled stamp set. I used the large and medium sized snow flakes. The large snow flake was stamped in bashful blue classic ink, and the medium snow flake was stamped in white craft ink. I stamped the blue snowflakes first, and then the white snow flakes. After all the snow flakes were stamped, I added the white embossing powder. I did it that way, so the snow flakes would not be completely covered in embossing powder. I wanted them sorta half embossed. To me, it gives the blue background a vintage look. Not finished or polished look. I used the scallop border punch to create the scalloped edge. I wrapped a piece of pink taffeta ribbon around the blue card stock. I then tied a bow with a piece of pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon around the pink taffeta ribbon. Attached a blue button to the pink ribbon with a glue dot. The greeting is stamped in old olive classic ink. (The buttons are from the Sherbet designer buttons.) The buttons appear a bit 'un-finished', but at this point I am at a loss as to how to fix it. The only thing that automatically comes to mind, is to tie a sliver of shimmer white card stock through the thread holes. Maybe, if it keeps bothering me, I'll fuss with it some more.
Thank you for looking. Please post a comment, they always make my day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Faux Silk

I love techniques that give a card, or any other craft item, some WOW! And I love faux silk. This technique gives small or background stamps an extra chance to shine. The card base is chocolate chip. The card is very vanilla, with bella blue DSP. I have also used kraft, barely banana, and close to cocoa card stock. The 'silk' piece is stamped in basic brown classic ink and the flowers are colored with a barely banana marker. I didn't want a bow to distract from the simple beauty of the card, so I just added a strip of chocolate chip 5/8" ribbon, and secured the ribbon strip to the card with two brads. To accent the flower motif, I punched two flowers and secured them with a rhinestone brad to the opposite lower corner.
I am teaching a 'Creatively Faux' technique class. You will learn four different faux techniques, but produce three wonderful cards, all for $12 (includes envelopes). Faux postage, faux silk, faux embossing/ghosting, and faux stitching are the techniques you will learn. I am holding this class at my home in New Mexico, on Wednesday the 23rd of September. If you are interested, please contact me. This is the card you will make for the faux silk technique.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Diva Coffee Break Design Color Challenge #142

Well, I'm not sure how this will turn out. I got so excited about posting my entry into the challenge, then I forgot that I needed to post it on my blog, before I submit my entry. Well, I tried to do it backwards. Guess what? It put up a fight.
I am holding a card technique class this month in New Mexico, called 'Creatively Faux". You will learn four different techniques, while making three cards for $12. This class will be held at my home on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd from 7p-9p. (Please arrive early to eat and visit before we start.)
This is the card we will be making for the faux postage stamps technique. I fell in love with the Charming stamp set out of Stampin' Up! holiday mini catalog. So, I had to use it. I love all the stamps in this set (Charming), and as you can see, I have used just about all of them. There is this cute little butterfly that I used on the inside of the card. To give the card a more polished, finished look, I used a technique called masking on the left side of the card. And, as you can tell ribbon is one of my all-time favorite embellishments. (if I could have found a way to add a button, trust me, there would have been a button on this card. :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Holiday Card Collection

Here are two different cards you will make at my Holiday Card Collection camp this year. It is on Sat. Sept 19th @ Berean Baptist Church, in Albuquerque, NM. You will also make a Thanksgiving Card, a treat bag, and a holiday card using the Sweet Centers stamp set, with a holiday candy filled cup. There are only two spots left. If you are interested please contact me as soon as possible!


This is a card we made at a friends workshop. She wanted to have her friends give a try at heat embossing and she likes wheels! Pretty cute. Not to fussy, but really nice.
So, if you are waiting for the most beneficial time to hold a workshop? Don't wait any longer! Stampin' Up! is holding this great promotion from Sept. 01- Nov. 30, 2009. Host a qualifying workshop ($250/+) along with all the wonderful benefits (any level 1 hostess set, and $25 worth of free product of your choice) you can select any item out of the Holiday Mini Catalog (except hostess sets and My Digital Studio) for ONLY $10! That means any stamp set, paper, die, charm, chain, ribbon, rub-on, ANYTHING!


Sept 01, 2009 was the first day we can place an order from Stampin' Up! holiday mini catalog! There are alot of wonderful stamp sets, and accessories! Who can only pick one!
Well, I want to Thank all my supporters for their orders on Sept 01. So, in each of their orders (due to arrive on Wednesday) I made this card, and stamped a coordinating envelope, for you to give. The card and envelope are sealed in a clear bag, so they won't get damaged in transport.
I have a weakness for browns and pinks, what can I say. The card base is Pretty in Pink card stock. The top half of the card is kraft card stock. I stamped the swirl is from Baroque Motifs, stamped in Sahara Sand classic ink. The greeting is from a hostess level 2 set Kind & Caring Thoughts, stamped in Close to Cocoa classic ink. The bottom half of the card is naturals card stock. I stamped En Francais in Sahara Sand classic ink. I stamped a flower from the Flower Fancy stamp set, in Pretty in Pink classic ink. The ribbon is Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain. I think this card has a simple but chic look to it. You can easily dress it up with a button, or fabric flower, or a decorative brad.