Monday, July 21, 2008

Rhino Birthday

Stamps: Zoofari, Sweet Serendipity
Inks: Basic Gray
Papers: Carbon (retired), Basic Gray, Vanilla
Accessories: Brads, Ticket Corner punch, markers, sponges, tag punch

Great for a little boys birthday, and so cute and quick. Cut your DSP to 4 x 4. Sponge edges with basic gray. Stamp rhinocerous in basic gray. Color in. Punch paper with ticket corner punch. Sponge edges. Layer on basic gray. Adhere to Carbon DSP. Stamp greeting from Sweet Serendipity. Punch out using tag punch and adhere to card base.

Voila - instant card.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Schedule

So very sorry for no posts this week, or at least no crafty ones. My kids are at day camp all week. We leave at 7 am and get home at 7 pm. I have been hanging out at Archiver's inbetween stuff I have scheduled during the week working on my Convention swaps. Needless to say, that after being gone for 12 hours and the heat and humidity of the week, all three of us are pooped when we get home.

Stay cool, stay inside, stay stamping!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thought for the Day

If you can't be a good example,

then you'll just have to be a horrible warning!

-Catherine Bird

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunny Celery Flowers

Stamps, Simply Said, Canvas, flower stem of choice
Inks: Certainly Celery, Versamark
Papers: Certainly Celery, White, Old Olive, DSP Celery
Accessories: White Taffeta ribbon, celery button, paper piercer, sponge, dimensionals, Crystal Effects

Stamp flower head in celery on white. Pierce a flower stem free hand. *Or stamp a flower stem of your choosing using versamark as an outline. Pierce holes following stamp. Adhere to celery layer then olive layer. Tie taffeta ribbon around piece. Glue button to flower center using Crystal Effects. Set aside for a few minutes to let glue set.

Stamp canvas on white. Adhere to celery card base. Adhere a narrow strip of DSP of choosing to card. Adhere ribbon flower accent to card using dimensionals. Voila!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dude That's Cool

Stamps: So cool, Canvas
Inks: Brilliant Blue, Old Olive
Papers: Old Olive, More Mustard, Bashfull Blue, Confetti White
Accessories: Twill ribbon, mustard brads, circle punch (non-SU!), My Way punch

Stamp canvas on bashful blue in brilliant blue. Adhere to mustard piece. punch out a circle. Stamp Dude stamp on white. Mount underneath blue and mustard layers. Adhere all to card base. Adhere a strip of twill at top of card and place brads. Fringe twill by pulling some lose threads. Adhere an arrow from my way punch of confetti white. Done. Voila!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Sandy Seaside

Stamps: Seaside, Sanded, Warm Words
Inks: chocolate chip, sahara sand, apricot appeal
Papers: pumpkin pie, vanilla, apricot appeal,
Accessories: blender pen, tag punch, brads, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
Technique: Masking

A nice card for just about any occasion. I stamped the conch shell on a piece of scrap and cut out around the image. I adhered it to my desired location on the white layer. I then stamped the sanded background. You now have a nice area where the paper is blank. I came back with the conch shell stamp and stamp it in the blank area in choc. chip. I colored in the conch with apricot appeal using a blender pen. Then I adhered the vanilla layer to the card base. I finished off the card with the apricot strip with ribbon and brads, and the tag accent.

OK, I am signing off because "weather is here". The intense storms are bearing down on us right now. You can tell I am a hardcore weatherspotter and crafter if I am still doing this instead of hanging out with the kids in the basement. You have a better chance of winning a lottery than getting hit by a tornado. I know, tell the folks in Hugo, MN that!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Doggone Cute!

Stamps: Yappy Day
Inks: Black
Paper: White, vanilla, black, ruby red
Accessories: Jersey Ribbon Originals, Photo Corners Punch, brads (gray ones are non-SU!), Marvelous Markers

This 6 x 6 scrapbook page was created by my 10 year old daughter last week when she was hanging out in my office one day, summer boredom setting in (LOL). It was all her own doing. I think it is faboulous. She also learned that you have to let the black ink dry a little bit before you lay your hand on it (hence the messy finger print marks). The brads for spots, all her idea. The brads really give the page a 3D feel! I love her layout, and I would even if she weren't my own daughter! Now it just need that perfect picture of her puppy Diamond, who died on April 3rd of anaplasmosis (a terrible tick born disease).

I will be sad to see this set go. We all have used it for school projects and such. My son even decorated a cover for his dog story for school using Yappy Day.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Simple Seashells

Stamps: Seaside, Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet, Sanded
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Confetti White, Watercolor
Accessories: Watercolore Wonder Crayons, Chocolate Chip ribbon, hemp twine, word window punch, brad, sponges, Aquapainter, Cutter Kit

I have been playing with this seashell set quite a bit. I really want to use it for swaps for the upcoming Stampin' Up! Convention. This was my first run of playing with it. I think that the sanded background stamp and Seaside go hand in hand, much like a marriage. I was trying to create the look of waves at the seashore.

Stamp sanded on confetti white in c. chip. Sponge b. blue. Stamp "simple" definition in c. chip. Stamp Ss in c. caramel. Tear about 1" off, sponge with c. chip. Tear bashful blue, about 1/2" off. Tear about 1/4" off blush blossom. Spong chocolate chip on all. Punch bashful blue word window. Adhere to confetti white using brad. Adhere white, blue and blush together. Tie chocolate chip ribbon to hemp twine. Attach hemp to layers. Adhere all layers to chocolate chip card base.

Stamp conch shell on watercolor in basic brown. Why not chocolate chip you ask? Because basic brown is waterproof and will not run as you start to watercolor. Color in conch shell using WCW crayons using an aquapainter. Let dry. When dry, tear around shell and distress using Cutter kit distressing tool. Sponge edge with c. chip. Adhere to layered card base.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 5, 2008

No Post on Saturday, Maybe Sunday

Sorry Sohott Fans (that sounds so big headed doesn't it?) but there will be no new craft post Saturday and possibly (thank you Mr. Dursly, Harry Potter fans) no post on Sunday. We are taking the kids fishing - NO I do not fish, plan on being the oldest MN to never fish - ever. I will take pictures, from a distance. Then we are heading to Annie's Malt Shop for some great greasy eatin' and delicious cool treats.

For those that don't know, and if you ever come through Minneapolis, you have to spend a couple hours in Dinkytown, Minnesota. Al's Breakfast is there (world known), Annie's Malt Shop (legendary), the Library (a popular eatery and bar) and a darn eclectic crowd. My hubbie and I met there, some 18 years ago, working together at what was then Gray's Campus Drug, now known as the Loring Pasta Bar. Apparently they have great eating there. Just can't go there, not the same as a ratty, smelly, eclectic, interesting Drug Store that it was for some 80+ years. Hope they kept the tin-pressed ceiling in the basement where the old barber shop used to be located.

Ah, waxing nostalgic again, ain't ya...

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Loud One!

Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!
As my kids coined the catch phrase last year - LOUD ONE!
Photo taken at this years fireworks with my Canon Rebel XT and my EF 75-300mm lens.

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Happy Fourth of July 2008

That is Martha Goose. She has been in the family for quite a few years! She has outfits for just about any occasion - from Christmas, Valentines Day, strawberry picking and more! She is always ready for fun. I was trying to be artsy with the photo and instead I got wonky! Ah well, too many fireworks, I guess.

For this quick Happy 4th card you will need the following:

Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Ruby Red, Vanilla, Night of Navy
Accessories: Large and Small star punch, hemp twine, crafters tool kit edge distresser

As I said in my previous post, my daughter and I had been goofing around with stamps today, and I got inspired by the holiday. In just a few minutes I had this cute card made. I cut the blue 3" wide by card width (5 1/2"). With the 3 inch width the large star punch lines up top to bottom perfectly! Punch large star in center. Punch random smaller stars in blue. To get sparkle word in center of star I traced the star outline in pencil, then stamped sparkle, erased lines. Adhere blue to distress edged vanilla. Adhere those 2 to ruby red. Tie on your hemp and you are done!

Happy Fourth everyone!

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You're Fired!!!

OK, funny, but true story. I was stamping today, working on a July Fourth card to post, and my daughter was playing around with some of the soon to be retired stamps (dogs and cats of course!) and all of a sudden looked over at me (she is 10) and asked why aren't they called "Fired" stamps?

I got the biggest giggle out of that. She has always had such a way with words. She always call cakes (especially birthday cakes ) happy cake. Guess it is always a happy time anytime you have cake! When she was a toddler she called diapers "beepers" because she thought that when they smell, they beep, as in - time to change me! She still calls her blankets "rugs" because they are big and heavy much like a rug. Don't worry, I have kept track of all of her silly sayings.

Maybe I should suggest to Stampin' Up! about a name change to the Retiring List to the "You're Fired" list. Bet Mr. Trump would approve.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Father's Day Jeans

Stamps: Pocket Fun, Stamp of Authenticity, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Canvas
Inks: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Brads, Twill Tape, Dimensionals, brocade blue marker

I made this card for Fathers Day a while back, hence the retired or just about to be retired stamps.

Use the canvas background stamp and stamp entire card base and a piece of scrap, to give you the denim look. Make sure you get the outside of the card flap (waistband) also.

Cut your card base 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. fold over top edge (or score) at 1 1/4. Using your craft knife, cut slits to allow 1/4" for belt loops on the flap cutting to about 1/8" of edge. I recommend making a pattern out of scratch paper ahead of time, even if it is a one time card. You do not want to ruin your entire project. Run a piece of brown CS about 1" wide through belt loops, adhere on either end and trim to fit card.

Stamp pocket on canvas stamped b. blue piece. Cut out pocket. Stamp greeting (father) widthewise on twill tape, fold over and adhere to underside of pocket. Adhere pocket to card base using dimensionals. Pierce holes in top corners of pocket and place brads for that rivet look. Hammer them to get them more grundgy looking.

Stamp check off stamp from Stamp of Auth.... on vanilla scrap. Using a brocade blue marker check off certain (or all) items from list. Stick in pocket.

I adhered entire card front to a standard card sized vanilla base. I didn't want any showing on the front of the card. You could trim it all down so that the vanilla shows as a mat. I chose not to, wanting to feature the look of the "back pocket". OK, now that I am a more experienced stamper, I probably would have wrinkled the card front and sponged blue in the creases (or brown) and used the distressing tool from the Crafters Tool Kit to give the jeans a more worn and distressed look. Also a sheet of brown craft foam heated up and stamped with the sanded background might have made the belt look even more realistic. Again, it is a process of learning. I still like the card, which is why I am posting it. It still stands the test of time.

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Keep being creative, Sandy