Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sharing my passion...

It was my turn to teach a technique and share my passion with my stamping club. They asked me if I would teach them how to use a brayer and the resist technique. It was nice to be able to teach a class that I actually have done the technique on my own several times. I also went over the do's and don'ts of using the brayer and several different ways you can use it. Splitcoast stampers is a wonderful resource if you have any questions or want the list of ways to use the brayer. I made these samples while I was on vacation. I got back just in time for club and then we left the next morning to take our last little chickadee to college orientation and a peek of his new apartment. The college is only 3 hours away and then we drove back home that night. I sure am going to miss that guy when he goes in two months. I think I am in pre-empty nest sydrome already. Saturday I was exhausted from all the travel this week or maybe it was thinking of Elliot not being here in the fall.

Here is my sample of the resist technique using Versamark on glossy card stock and SU Sahara Sand classic ink. The card stock is SU River Rock and Rose Romance. The border was done with SU border punch and I also used their curly label punch and "great friend" stamp set. I ran some of my favorite ribbon through the Fiskars border punch on the left. The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart. I really wasn't happy with where I had to put the label as I would have liked it to be more in the bottom right corner but I didn't want to cover up the butterfly resist since I only had two on the card. The sentiment was from Hero Arts. I was looking for something small and only used the hooray out of the "hooray for you !" stamp.

This next card was also a resist with an old SU Kaleidacolor cotton candy stamp pad. The stamp is "Butterfly Flourish" by Stampington and Company. I used two of Martha Stewart's punches and some prima flowers. The card stock is SU Regal Rose and So Safron.

This last sample was done just brayering SU Sahara Sand onto glossy card stock. I stamped "Lone Tree" from Paper Bag Studio in black Stazon and then did some layering. I wanted this to be a masculine card so I kept it simple. I turned the square brads on a diagonal to get some height for the tall slender image of the tree

As usual we always have a great time learning from each other. We were all covered in ink by the end of the night. A lot of laughing and stamping is just what the soul needs and when it is shared with friends makes it even sweeter.

Have fun and enjoy!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Just for today it's a man's world...

I have eight good friends that I get together with once a month and we spend an evening together stamping. We used to make eight trading cards each month and then we gave everybody one so at the end of the night we had eight different ones. We would pick a theme and it was a lot of fun, but what do you do with all those trading cards? We decided that we would try something different so now we make one full sized card. We still pick a theme and then we put them all on the table and assign a number to each one. We draw a number and you get the corresponding card. This month was a masculine theme for Father's Day and this was the card I made. Nothing really special as most of my masculine cards usually are. I really have to reel myself in and not go too foo-foo when I make a card for men.

The stamp is "John Jacob" from River City Rubber Works. I was playing with my Adirondack "lights" again on glossy card stock. For this card I used Aqua and Cloudy Blue and just randomly stippled the colors on. Once it was dry I stamped John Jacob in Memories Black. I used my Harlequin Cuttle Bug folder on the silver card stock. My favorite SU Word Window punch was used on the sentiment. I added three little black gems for his buttons and one on each end of the sentiment.

I am going on vacation next week and I am taking some homework with me. It is my turn to teach at our larger stamp club this month. I was asked if I would show them how to use the brayer on glossy card stock and the resist technique. I need to make some samples to bring so I thought I would take some things with me and whip up a few. We'll see what happens!

Have fun and enjoy!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hey girlfriend...

I didn't realize I had become a daily fix for some of you and I am very flattered. When I haven't posted in awhile I soon hear about it. I will try my hardest not to disappoint my peeps. Oh I so wanted to be able to say that even if it is only a handful.

I was working with my new Ranger Adirondack "lights" inks and I used the lemonade and shell pink on glossy card stock. I stippled the ink on and then heat set it. I just love this stamp of girlfriends from River City Rubber Works. I wanted to celebrate the fact that one of my dear friends is coming home from Florida and we can soon get together to stamp again. I can't believe it has been 8 weeks since I was down to visit her. I haven't enjoyed myself that much in a long time. I really owe her big time. I think a nice cook out for her and her hubby is in order.

The designer paper for this card is SU- flocked together and the card stock is SU- so saffron and black. I used my Fiskar border punch and SU word window. JoAnn Fabrics had a great clearance sale on their trim a few weeks back so I picked up this white braid and added pearls. The flowers are Prima.

Have fun and enjoy!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Very simple

This was such a simple card that I had to post it to show you how simplicity can be quite nice. It wasn't what I had expected to post today and you can read about that further down in the post. I made this a few weeks ago and came across it as I was searching my photos. The SU french script was done in SU opaque vanilla. I did use my heat gun to set it because as usual I was in a hurry and I am not a patient person. The butterflies were done on kraft card stock with black embossing powder and then trimmed out. I wasn't too happy how the three little brads sort of pulled the ribbon. I think I read somewhere that if you put a bit of glue on the ribbon where you want to poke something through, it won't run the ribbon. In this case I don't think that was the case, it just sort of buckled.

I created a new card on Sunday and had some extra time this morning before work so I thought I would post it. I had taken the pictures of it this weekend but didn't load them onto my computer. Yikes, I can't find the camera. My son must have used it and like everything else nothing gets put back where it belongs. As hard as I try I just can't get him to learn some of my organizations skills. I try to teach him that it saves him time in the long run if he doesn't have to search for things. The few times I am brave enough to enter his domain (bedroom) I can see my wisdom has fallen on deaf ears. Oh well, maybe some beautiful young lady will enter his life and she will help him to see that his mother had a point.

So for today you get what you get. I will post again soon, I promise.

Have fun and enjoy!