Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Christmas Class

Last week I did two evenings with Christmas cards which included the
stamp set. All cards were inspired or CASED from splitcoaststampers.


The Class was 4 designs with 2 each. This way, each participant could make one for themselves to keep but also have one to send out if they wish. Everyone was thrilled with the cards and have also decided
to use a few of the ideas for the bulk
of their Christmas Giving Cards.
For the first of the cards, I used the
tutorial (and card idea) from Jan Tink...
thanks Jan for such a great tutorial!














Monday, October 30, 2006

Tumbled Tiles - October Stamper's Group

October Stampers group was all about Tumbled tiles! These tiles are waterproof and will protect your table surfaces, as well as being absorbant of any condensation or spillage from the glass. These make a wonderful Christmas, House-Warming, Birthday, etc...Gifts!



I purchased the tiles at "Home Depot" in Vernon. The cost was $5.99 for 9 tiles. Supplies:
  • tiles
  • rubbing alcohol/cotton wipe
  • stazon
  • stamps (preferably open images you can color in)
  • pastel chalks
  • blender pens
  • krylon finishing spray (I used matte)
  • vinyl bumpers (I asked for the thingys for preventing banging when the doors close-these are to prevent damage to your tables etc.)

Clean the surface of the tile using rubbing alcohol and cotton. Using Stazon ink, stamp images to tiles. It shouldn't take too long to dry, you can start coloring very shortly. Use your blender pen to pick up chalk (being very careful not to get the entire surface wet as it will ruin your chalk-just use a tiny corner of the chalk) color your images using lighter and darker colors, creating shadows dependant on your image. If you are doing flowers, the outer petals should be lighter and the "natural" shadows should be darker.

After your images are completely colored in, you will want to take your tile outdoors or to a well-ventilated area. Make sure you have covered your surface under the tile. Spray the surface with the Krylon, making sure the entire surface is covered. If need be, you can spray a second time.

Enjoy! I would love it if you want to share the tiles you make, just email them to me or try to upload via the comment box.





Sunday, October 29, 2006

September Stamper's Group

  • This is the first project I did with my Stamper's Group. Very cute as a gift, make a theme for someone so that they always have cards on hand.


    Card Gift Bag
    Adapted from Paper Crafts Magazine


    Great for giving sets of matching cards or stationery or small gifts
  • Use one full sheet of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock
  • Score at 7 ¼ (+/or at 1 ¼ depending on how you look at it) on the 11 inch sides
  • Score at 4 ½ (+/or at 6 ½ depending on how you look at it) on the 8 ½ inch sides
  • Fold the scored lines; cut the 4 1/2 inch score lines just to where they meet the 7 1/4 score lines (makes small flaps that will be folded in when you make the sides by adhering the longer flaps to each other).

  • Finished size: 6 wide x 4 ½ tall x 2 deep
  • You can adjust the height and the depth of the tote be changing the 4 ½ inch score lines. That measurement determines the height of the sides – the depth of the purse will be affected.-adjust size by using 12x12 cardstock (or any size)
  • Embellish as you wish – the possibilities are endless- handles, straps, tags, hardware, stickers, photos, etc.

I would love to see how yours turned out, Please feel free to send me a photo or try to upload in the comments section.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Starting Over!

Hi Everyone.
My blogs managed to stump me and disappear when I upgraded to the beta version of blogspot. I asked them for help to try to get them back, but there has been no response yet.
Sooo.....
Here I am to start over. I really want this to be a great place for you, both my customers and colleagues. Please let me know if there is something you would like me to add here.

val