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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Found - One Paper Crimper


After yesterday's post about hoarding I started going through some of the drawers and boxes in my craft room. I really have a lot of stuff. It's amazing what I have purchased and then forgotten about. "Out of sight out of mind" really applies. Well during my exploration through drawers I found an amazing tool. I've never used it and I can't remember when I purchased it.

It's a paper crimper. Just feed the paper into it wind the handle and it comes out the other side with some amazing texture. You gotta love it! 
#101618 - Paper Crimper - $19.95
 Materials:
  • Stamp Set: Three Little Words (#113254 - $13.95)
  • Card stock: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper: Night & Day Specialty (retired)
  • Punches: Full Heart (#113693 - $15.95) and Word Window (#105090 - $15.95)
  • Ribbon: White Organza (#114319 - $5.95)
  • Tools: Paper Crimper (#101618 - $19.95)


Friday, May 28, 2010

Am I a Hoarder?

Well, maybe.  At least when it comes to craft supplies.

I realized today that I don't send out very many cards.  I make a lot of cards but I don't send very many out.  I just can't seem to part with any of the cards I make. In fact I've actually gone to the store and bought a card so I didn't have to part with one of mine.  The ones that turn out really good I just want to keep and admire.  I'm sure no one else would appreciate them as much as I do. The ones that turn out not so good...well I'm just too embarrassed to send those out. It's kind of like a hoarding disorder.

I'm like that with my craft supplies too, especially paper.  I have a whole stash of paper that I love.  Do I use it?  No. It's to pretty to use or I have to wait until I come up with a project that's worthy of it.  Then I have a whole stash of paper that I hate.  I don't know what I was thinking the day I bought it. But it's so ugly that I just can't bring myself to make anything out of it.  Sometimes I think about giving it away but then I wonder what that says about me as a person if I spread the ugliness around.  And throw it out? No, never. I spent good money on that paper however ugly it might be.

Well my goal from here on out is to send out more cards.  I am going to start with this one.  I am going to send out birthday cards and thank you cards and get well cards and thinking of you cards and..... I think you get the idea.  So all of my friends out there look for a card in the mail.  I want to try to get a card out to all of you by the end of June. And If I don't have your address and you'd like to get a card from me just send me an email with it and I'll send you out a card. 

Materials:

  • Stamp Set: Fun & Fast Notes (#113500 - $33.95)

  • Ink: Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad (#101179 - $5.95)

  • Stampin' Write Markers:
    • 09/10 In Color Stampin Write Markers - Colors used:  Rich Razzleberry & Crushed Curry  (#116329 - $17.95/6) (on sale 25% off - now $13.46 while supplies last)
    • Old Olive - (#100079 - $3.25)

  • Card Stock:
    • Rich Razzleberry (115316 - $5.50/24)
    • Crushed Curry (115319 - $5.50/24) (on sale 50% off - now $2.75 while supplies last)
    • Old Olive
    • Whisper White

  • Designer Paper: Cottage Wall (115671 - $9.95) (on sale 25% off - now $7.46 while supplies last)

  • Punches: Large Flower (#118073 - $15.95), 1 1/4" circle (#104403 - $15.95)

#113500 - Fun & Fast Notes - $33.95
#118073 - Fancy Flower Punch - $15.95

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Playing with Bears and Crayons


These are more of the Build A Bear cards I made.  The watercolor crayons are really fun!  I am going through my catalog to see what other stamps sets will work well with the watercolors. 

Here are a couple of tips for using the watercolor crayons:

  1. Stamp on watercolor paper.  The watercolor paper doesn't pill and the color seems to flow better.
  2. Use Stazon ink.  Basic Black ink will work too, but you need to let it dry for a while before watercoloring.
  3. I used a piece of parchment paper as a palette.  Just scribble patches of the colors you want to use then soak up the color with a wet brush or aqua painter.
  4. Apply color to the edges of the image then pull color towards the center with water.  Apply more paint to add shadows.
  5.  Have fun and practice.  I had to keep reminding myself that if I screwed up, it was only paper. And it definitely took me several tries to get a technique that I was happy with.
For these cards I used Taken with Teal as a base. This color as well as the rest of the colors in these cards will soon be retired.  I'm excited to be getting new colors but I really am sad to see some of my favorites leaving.

Materials:
  • Stamp Set:  Beary Best Friends (#118052 - $18.95)
  • Ink: Basic Black or Black Stazon
  • Card Stock: Taken With Teal, Summer Sun, Pixie Pink, Ruby Red
  • Sweet Pea Designer Paper (retired)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Earth Elements (106696 - $19.95) Bold Brights (106695 - $19.95)
  • Aqua Painter

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Build A Bear with Watercolor Wonder

This is a set of Build A Bear birthday cards made with my new Build a Bear stamp set and Stampin! Up! Watercolor Wonder crayons.  These were so much fun to make.  Aubrey and I played with the stamp set and watercolors for hours.  If you have kids or work with kids make sure to add the Build A Bear stamp sets to your shopping list.  If you have the Big Shot you can use the Build a Bear dies to make your own Build A Bear paper dolls. Kids will LOVE that project! 

The Watercolor Wonder crayons actually are wonderful! (I guess that's how they got their name) They are much smoother and more vibrant than some more expensive watercolor crayons I bought from an artist supply store last year.



NOTE: Brilliant Blue, Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa are all colors that will be discontinued. And from what I hear, Brilliant Blue is quickly running out. So if you like the red/blue combo place your order soon. Remember Memorial Day and 4th of July coming up fast!
#118052 - Beary Best Stamp Set - $18.95

Materials:
  • Stamp Set: Beary Best Friends (#118052 - $18.95)
  • Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Earth Elements (106696 - $19.95) Bold Brights (106695 - $19.95)
  • Card stock: Brilliant Blue (100721), Ruby Red (102030), Close to Cocoa (101341)





Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Butterfly Punch Card

A Stampin' Up! Challenge:

Stampin' Up! has presented us with a challenge — make a card using only 5 products. Seems simple right? At first I thought so too!

But it actually was quite difficult to limit myself to only 5 products. Ink counted as one no matter how many colors  were used, card stock counted as one no matter how many colors were used.  All other products were counted by item number.

Create a Card Using Only 5 Products:

The five products I used in this card were:
  1. Card Stock: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana
  2. Designer Paper: Sending Love Specialty
  3. 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Pretty in Pink (113882)
  4. Butterfly Punch (116629)
  5. Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804)

Happy Birthday Mom!


Today is my mom's birthday and I made this card for her. Of course the last minute thinker that I am, I haven't mailed it yet. But if you're reading this Mom, I am thinking of you and I just want your birthday joy to go on into next week!  And if you know my mom, you'll realize how much the fact that I haven't mailed this card yet makes the sentiment even more true!

DIY Textured Cardstock

Do you see the texture on the card stock used for the flowers? To create this texture:

  1. Spray a piece of cardstock with water
  2. Scrunched the paper up as tight as you can
  3. Flatten the paper back out (I actually used an iron set on low). 
  4. When it is totally dry punch out the flowers.

Materials:

  • Stamp Set: Eight Great Greetings (113822 - $27.95)
  • Ink: Basic Black (101179 - $5.95), Rich Razzleberry (115658 - $5.95), Crushed Curry (115659 - $5.95)
  • Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry (115316 - $5.50/24), Old Olive (100702 - $5.50/24), Crushed Curry(115319 - $5.50/24), Whisper White
  • Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon (115613 - $9.95), Fancy Flower Punch (118073 - $15.95), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403 - $15.95)
#118073 - Fancy Flower Punch - $15.95
#113822 - Eight Great Greetings - $27.95