Saturday, January 26, 2008

Home from Mexico

I know, it has been a while since I have shared any stamping samples. I hope to get a few things done this week to show you, including another tutorial... just working on the "wording" and getting the photos cropped.
We (hubby and I) spent the last week in Mexico and man did we have a blast! We met new friends down there and kinda became a family for a week. Really great time. We got to see lots of the country side, whales old town Puerto Vallarta and even Iguanas. I will try to share more in between doing some stamping for you. ;)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Longing for Warmth

Today the sun is shining brightly and I have a longing for warmth. I know it is only January and where we live, we are in for a good bout of winter yet. Good thing that 2 weeks from now I will be sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta! I really do like the winter, snow etc, but always right after the holidays, it is nice to have sunshine and warmth. (have to get up on the ski hill a few more times too, so winter can't be over yet ;)

Today I have a bright coloured card to share... I love how the Gable Green and Pretty in Pink look together. I had pieces of the "scallops" from the scallop tutorial left over and used them here. I also used the Level 3 Hostess set "Time Well Spent", coloured using Gable Green and Pretty in Pink. The brads are also Gable Green from the "Bold Brights" brads.

There, now I feel warm again!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Spending Time Stamping

Well, and surfin' the net... you see, I bought myself a new laptop and it has "Vista" on it... I love Vista!!! For those of you who didn't know, I used to be a tech support for Vista... but not for the customers, I supported the techs on the floor who supported the customers... Ok, enough of that except I will give you my reason for my appreciation of Vista...

If you have Vista, you will know this...Vista has a "sidebar" and on this sidebar, you can install gadgets. My favourite gadget by far is the "RSS feeds" I get the updates from all my favourite blogs instantly and can access them from my desktop.

OK, boring..... but not for me... this is my excitement for the day as it allowed me to get my inspiration for this card from Paula.

My card base is using "River Rock" one of this year's "In Colors collection" and Mellow Moss. The printed paper is my from my new package of "Ginger Blossoms" and the stamp is from the new Level 3 set "Time Well Spent". I coloured the little flower using "Pretty in Pink" marker and the heart is coloured with "Ruby Red" marker. The center of the flower is a clear round rhinestone brad from the "Pretties collection". Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Beautiful Thing

Yup you guessed it! Another Scallopped edge! This one shows the use of the Pretty in Pink sample I created using the corner rounder punch. I love how Close to Cocoa and Pretty in Pink look together. I also used one of the new sets from the Current Spring and Summer 2008 catalog, A Beautiful Thing.
This project will be tonight's Stamper's Club Project. If you are interested in joining a Stamper's Club, let me know as I have a few other gals ready to join.
Have you received your new catalog yet? If you are in my local vicinity, feel free to ask for one, I have a few ready for your viewing pleasures!
Addition: My customers have asked me to post the colours I use in my cards so I will start doing this now. This card uses "Close to Cocoa" for the base, "Pretty in Pink" for the next layer and the flowers, "Chocolate Chip" for the scallops and Ruby Red brads for the flower centers as well as "Chocolate Chip" 5/8" ribbon for accessory.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Scalloped edges

As promised, I created a card using the pieces I created from the tutorial. It also allowed me to use the new "Bali Breeze" paper and my new "Embrace Life" stamp set.
As you can see, I used the scalloped pieces along each side of the paper and it gives it a great off set from the main part of the card. I stamped using "Tempting Turquoise" as I did not yet get the In Colors "Soft Sky" ink yet. I think it goes well don't you? Thanks for looking!

Tutorial: Scalloped Edges.

We see them everywhere now, but how do people get them if they don't have the right diecuts or multiple gigapunches?... Be sure to click on the photos in order to see them more clearly, they should enlarge somewhat.

I have learned these techniques from other sources over the last little while, how to do these using some of the punches I already had and don't take credit for any of them whatsoever.

So, here goes, my first tutorial and 3 methods of getting scalloped edges all compiled into one.

Method #1
You will need:

  • corner rounder punch
  • cardstock

This method works great for straight edges. Remove the lower "corner" plate as shown in the photo. It should just pop/slide off.

Holding the punch upside down so you can view where you are punching, line up the edge of your Cardstock with the "v" in the bottom edge of the punch. Punch the first "scallop". You will then line up the next scallop by lining up the "v" again and making sure your edge of the scallp is touching the last one. That is it!

You can also do this on a circular or oval shape but a little more measuring and matching will be required.

This photo shows how to get the inside of a circular or other shape to have a scalloped edge. This would work well to create a "window" in the front of a card or on a scrap book page.

Method #2
You will need:

  • circle cutter or straight edge
  • slit punch
  • Cardstock

First, cut out small circle. Then cut another about 2 sizes larger (I am using the coluzzle cutting system so you will have to guess, but I would say about .5 inch)

From the inside, you will carefully punch using the "slit punch" matching up the edges with the outermost part of your Cardstock and the previous punch. This will give you a circular shape with scallops on the outside. You can also use this method on the inside of a circular edge but you do not need to cut the inner cirlce out, just pencil mark it so you have something to guide you.

Believe it or not, you can also use this method to go around any shape! By using the technique below, you can adjust the shape of the circle into any shape you want. Just give it a try!

Method #3

This method I am giving credit to Mary Jo for, I read it on her blog and adapted it abit to make it easier. I will show both methods in case you don't have the 1 3/8" circle punch.

You will need:

  • Scalloped Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • 1 3/8" circle Punch (Stampin' Up!)
  • paper snips (scissors)
  • Cardstock
Using the Circle punch, first punch out the center of your scallop. Then using your Scallop punch, punch out the outer edge as shown in the photos.

(Just a quick Note, the reason you do this by cutting the circle first, it is difficult to get the circle in the center of the scallop if you cut the scallop first.)

Next, use your snips, cut between 2 scallops to open up your punched out peices. Now slit carefully from the straight edge up to each valley section making sure not to cut all the way through. This is similar if you are a seamstress, to "easing" a sleave or curved area to fit a straight.

This will make your scallop able to move into any shape you choose. (you can do the same with the #2 method in order to make perfect scallops as referred to above)

The last photo I am showing here is how to cut the scallop off if you don't have the circle punch. The edges may appear messier, but really, it will never show once you have your other layers on it. My next post will use the samples I have created here. Thanks for reading!

Valentine's Stories

I won!!! do you know what blog candy is? oh my goodness... I will have to do something like this. Ok, here goes... i was surfing the net and linking from blog to blog to get inspiration for my classes this month....Yes, now you all know my secret. I came across a great blog that had such a romantic story on it. You can see Mary Jo's blog here.
Mary Jo jogged my memory of a valentine's story so when I noticed she had a "blog candy" offering and all one had to do was tell their story, I got busy typing. I wasn't really entering the contest, I was so excited about my story... and so here it is for you all to enjoy...

"I have one for you… way back, (i think 23 yrs now) my then boyfriend and I were planning to get married… we were never officially engaged as he had this weird sense that it was too traditional and didn’t like to follow norms… fine with me, we set the date for March 30th… that meant though that I was not wearing an engagement ring either. We did go shopping for wedding rings and never really came to any conclusions except that I kept looking at bands rather than the diamonds…Feb14th, I was at home at my parents and addressing the invitations and he came to pick me up for a “Valentine’s dinner fundraiser” he brought me a single rose in a vase. It was so sweet… but we were late. So I was in a rush to get out the door. We got into his truck and asks me “did you look at the rose?” I answered “of course hun, it is beautiful” he says “no, did you really look at the rose?” Well… even though we were late, I had to run back into the house and there at the base of the rose, was a beautiful diamond engagement ring! i ripped it off the rose (poor rose) and started crying… it was the only one we had looked at months before that actually fit my finger and didn’t need to be adjusted… i will never forget that, and how romantic it was.

I am still wearing this ring, and after almost 23 years (coming up this Feb) the ring is still as beautiful to me as it was the day I got it. Mind you, it has had to be repaired a couple of times and is getting thin, but I will never take it off.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Valentine's Day Bundle Promotion

Buy them separately, great product - buy them bundled great savings. Only available January 2-31st, 2008.
The Valentine's Day Bundle includes:

Item # Description Price

  • 111089 Happy Heart Day stamp set $26.95 now $25.06

  • 109052 Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon $10.50 now $9.76

  • 102757 Medium cellophane bags $ 5.75 now $5.34

  • 109056 Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon $10.50 now $9.76

  • 111903 Valentine's Day Bundle (20% off!) $42.95 NOW $39.94

Please note: I have corrected the prices here on my blog and if you have a catalog from me, you will have the corrected price list as well. Click here if you don't have it yet...