Thursday, January 31, 2008

Technique Tuesday Shaker Card

This Tuesday was my scheduled Technique Tuesday stamp class. One of the techniques I was planning on showing was the shaker card technique. I created my class sample with the adorable stamp set Happy Heart Day. I knew my customers were going to love this card!

Sadly, the Wisconsin winter weather forced a cancellation - the 50 mph winds and -35 degree windchills were not conducive to stampers driving to my home.

February's Technique Tuesday's group will be making a different shaker card as it will be held towards the end of the month.

Here are some quick instructions - Stamp mouse image in StazOn on Real Red cardstock. Attach brads. I then used a non-SU circle punch for the window - you could also use a Coluzzle. I then layered and attached some acetate over it. Stamp butterfly image on a separate piece of Whisper White (make piece larger than punched circle), color in, and play with placement of image inside shaker.

After this is done, you need to put some double-stick foam tape or excess rubber from your cut-out stamp sets in a square design to buffer/block the shaker insides from scooting all over. Do not tear off protective strips on the outside yet.

Now carefully put in your shaker items - don't use too much or too little for the best effect. I used some heart confetti and Stampin' Up!'s micro beads.

Tear the protective strips off the double-stick foam tape. Place your focal image on top. I then put double-stick foam tape on the underside edges of my layer - it just helps with propping it up correctly.

I then colored in the flower with a white gel pen and made a tag and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the jeweled brad! Mount on Basic Gray and Basic Black cardstock and attach to a Whisper White card.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Altered Dollar Store Frames

I have a bad habit of buying items that just scream out to be altered or stamped but then sit and sit for days/weeks/months until I have time to work with them.

I purchased these adorable purse frames from the local dollar store a while back. Now keep in mind I have THREE BOYS and no girls. I wouldn't even call myself a real girly-girl, but they kept calling me from the shelves.

With all the fabulous designer papers Stampin' Up! carries, I knew a cute design was inevitable! These were really quite easy and took very little time. I do like to use Craft Bond spray glue to adhere my projects...if you do just be sure to have good ventilation and protect your surfaces! I roughed up the edges with a sanding block and some stamped images, ribbon, and bling! I just love the Rose Red and Chocolate Chip combination!

Friday, January 4, 2008

2008 Spring/Summer Designer Paper Colors

The new Designer Series Paper in the 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog is gorgeous! My new favorite has to be Berry Bliss. Here is the color coordination for the Designer Series Paper:

Azure: Brilliant Blue, Very Vanilla
Bali Breeze: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Berry Bliss: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa
Cutie Pie: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
East Coast Prep: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard
Flowers for You: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise
Fall Flowers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand
Ginger Blossom: Ruby Red, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava
Jersey Shore: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue
Le Jardin: River Rock, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Notebook: Soft Sky, Kraft, Vanilla
Olive Press: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Porcelain Prints: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
Spring Break: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Spring Fling: Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Spring Silhouettes: Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
Western Sky: Ruby Red, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year, Happy New Catalog!

What an exciting start to a new year - a new catalog! If you haven't seen it yet, here is the cover!

There are some wonderful new stamps - lots of whimsical phrases and different styles to choose from. One of my favorites is Smarty Pants. I know I will have lots of fun using that set!

If you haven't preordered a catalog, I still have some extras. Give me a call or send me an email!