Thursday, September 8, 2011

Embossing Folders, Blender Pens, and Cork

I was having fun using my new embossing folders.  Both the houndstooth and the stripes made there debut in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog (the big one.)  I used the houndstooth embossing folder on the base of the card.  I think you will be able to see it if you click on the picture for a closer view.  I used the stripes embossing folder on the island indigo panels.
I love the cork sheets and was glad that I was able to find a place to work them in.  And look! I even worked in some ribbon (black 1/8" taffeta ribbon!)
I used blender pens and my ink pads to color in the bonsai tree.  If you have never used a blender pen before, then check out this short video:

Stamp sets: Plant Hope
Paper:Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Basic Black
Ink: Staz On Black, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, silver brads, cork sheets
Tools: Blender Pens, Houndstooth and Stripes Embossing Folders, Big Shot

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sandpaper and Sponges

This scrapbook layout has my signature grunge feel with lots of stamped elements layered in.  I created this page for when Logan and I traveled to Florida to visit family.  I waited until Logan was about 3 months before making the trip out there.  As a new mom, I was worried about being on the road with a little one.  It turned out to be a great trip and I learned that it is a bit difficult to trapse around Florida with a 3 month old who likes to nurse every 2 hours.
 This page includes a home made embellishment.  I started with a square piece of crumb cake.  I stamped the dots from the Extreme Elements stamp in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I matted this square with a Night of Navy square.  I punched a hole (with that retired punch that I can't remember the name of) and ran chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain through it.  Then I added two elements- the compass and the circle brad.  I stamped the compass from the Sentimental Journey set, embossed it, cut it out, and then placed a silver brad in the center.  I added interest to the designer circle brad by rubbing it on the chocolate chip craft pad. It took a long long long time for the ink to dry because the brad is non porous and the ink just sits up on top. 
 In the picture above you will notice the tear right under the embellishment.  It looks like it is there on purpose right?  Well to tell the truth I had to work that tear in because I didn't have a 12" length of crumb cake.  I only had a 8.5 x 11 inch sheet to work with so I basically pieced it together.  So instead of piecing it together at the end I pieced it together part way through.  I then tore it and sponged it to make it look like it fit with the rest of the page.
The title is a combination of the Jayne's Type Alphabet set and one of the words in the Sentimental Journey set.  The letters from this alphabet set are very nice.  I added to the grunge feel by using the kissing technique on the letters.  ie. Ink up the "B" then press the star stamp to the inked "B."  Then stamp the "B."  Don't forget to add stars to the title to add to the layered look!
On the stamped squares I just collaged the images from the extreme elements and sentimental journey sets.  I experimented with different colors for each to give the page more variety. And I sponged around them too -as if I needed to tell you that!

The journaling is handwritten with a Stampin' Write marker I also sanded the Designer Series Paper to get some of that fabulous white core to show through.
I do not think it was intentional at the time of creating this scrapbook page but I made it out of 100% Stampin' Up! products. Go me!  Go me!  Oh yeah.  Oh yeah.  So the Designer Series Paper and the sentimental journey stamp set and the designer brads are retired (but you can easily substitute them with other items.)
Thanks for looking at my artful, grungey, yet baby scrapbook layout! 

Stampin' Up! products used:
Stamp sets:  Jayne's Type Alphabet, Sentimental Journey, Extreme Elements
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip DSP, Bashful Blue
Ink: Bashful Blue, Versamark, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip (Classic and Craft)
Accessories: Designer Circle Brads, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, silver brads
Tools:  Square punches, hole punch (I still can't remember the name and my old catalog is buried in a box in the depths of my closet...and it's late and well you get the picture.)
I also used sandpaper and sponges, hence the title.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Here comes Fall

It is so hot here (in Tucson) that it is hard to believe that it is September.  As the calendar turns, my anticipation for cool crisp days increases.  Soon...soon.  So in honor of Fall, which is my favorite season, I made this quick card.  I used the new Gently Falling set from the Holiday Mini Catalog (pg 16 and 17.)  The holiday mini catalog releases today, yeah!  I just love all the accessories in this one- from several new kinds of ribbon to mini jingle bells.  I know!  Mini jingle Bells!

The Gently Falling has oodles of 2 step stampin' images.  I chose the maple leaf for the middle of this card because I liked the size of it.  It is a maple leaf, right?  I live in Arizona and before that in Florida so you will have to excuse me, I don't know my leaves.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get it perfectly lined up.  See the video below for a 2 step stampin' tutorial and follow this link for a tutorial for the stamp-a-ma-jig.  The stamp-a-ma-jig video is not mine....
The main panel is created by stamping the outlines in Cajun Craze all over the Cajun Craze cardstock.  I tried to do this randomly.  Simple.  Fast.  Yet pretty.  Yeah!

Stamps: Gently Falling
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard
Ink: Cajun Craze, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Basic Pearls
Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig

Happy Stamping!