Sunday, June 30, 2013

Squeezing In Play Time

Busy week is upon me, which means less time for play. (Or so I thought!) My stamp tramps (yes, I am making it official) have been busy creating their own works of art and sharing them with me. My daughter and I have been looking at them and these are our favorites from Anna:



....and from Ulrika:



I'm calling on my other Stamp Tramps to share with me their cards. I'd love to see what you have created and showcase them here. Send them to me by July 15 to enter into our Favorite Pool. Our lucky pick will win a cool prize and bragging rights!

What a great feeling to be surrounded by people who share the same passion as me as they have managed to inspire me to make cards amidst the busy schedule. Under normal circumstances, I would have every excuse in the world not to make the cards as I let the routines of life take over. Well, not this time!

I've been playing with old stamps using new cool products (new as in since I started stamping again). I don't know if I can get away from those cool embossing folders and punches. They make the best accents. For this card, I whipped out my Stamp-a-majig and used the cup from Patterned Occasions to make stacked cups. The original stamp already has a sentiment on it so I used SU! markers (Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose) to color the cup portion and stamp alternately. I then poked holes around the image using a piercing tool and a template from the Essential Piercing Pack and ran white gel pen around to create a faux-stitch look. I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes as part of the border. I then mounted it on a white layer embossed in Stripes. The work that went into it is quite a lot considering the end result. Simple and sweet...it's for a friend, obviously.

The next card uses a stamp from a retired stamp set, Best of Cluck. I was a little stumped in the beginning as I saw so many possibilities with this stamp especially after I applied color. I was missing a punch or two to make what I really wanted to make. Instead of wishing for something I don't have (yet), I looked to what I have. I used my Honeycomb embossing folder and my Ribbon border punch to accent the card and then ran the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder halfway on the main card. It still feels like it's missing something, but perhaps less is more.

Well, there you have it ladies. I hope this is enough inspiration to get your creative juices going. If you got it, flaunt it!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lollipops and Elephants!


Hello, fellow stampers!

The past week has been busy for me doing non-stamping related activities. Go figure! Thank goodness I had some time to spare to play last night, late last night.

First off, the last workshop for my friend, Ulrika, was soooo successful she earned pretty awesome hostess credits. I was very excited for her and thankful for all the attendees who allowed me to show them a glimpse of Stampin' Up. I demo'ed Sweets for the Sweet during our last workshop. I couldn't get enough of it so I made more samples, including a suggestion from my hubby since I'm into candy bouquets and all. I just love this set and the new colors of the Brights Collections. They work great together! I also used Sponge Daubers to smear the background and Dazzling Diamonds to make the lollipops, well, pop! Let's not forget the Crystal Effects used on the vase and cellophane stamps.
Used daubers to create the background

Dazzling detail to spice up the lollipops
I have been dying to make a card this week and needed some inspiration to kickstart a creation. Who knew I would've gotten it from a fellow stamper and friend who has an affinity for elephants and just happened to celebrate a birthday this weekend. Happy belated birthday!!! A few workshops ago, this lady wanted to change her card from a cup to an elephant (from the Patterned Occasions set), not one stamped elephant but a series of the same elephants. I thought I knew what she wanted so I tried to do it for her. I thought I did a pretty ok job lining it up, but it turned out it wasn't really what she had in mind, although she did say she still liked it. Uh huh.

Two-step stamping

In any case, I thought I'd give it another go this weekend. This time, I have my handy dandy tool called Stamp-a-majig, which is great for lining up two images on the same card (used a lot in two-step stamping). My dear friend, this is for you.

So what's next? Well, I can't wait for our next regular get-together. It will be on July 28th at my house.

In the meantime, I would love to see what creations you have made. If you allow me, I love to show them off here as well. I will have my daughter pick her favorite and win bragging rights and even a cool prize from me. We'll give it until July 15th for the deadline. 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Minimalism at its max

We had another fun experience at the last workshop hosted by my awesome friend, Ulrika. I tell ya, she is the perfect partner to feed our addiction unleash one's creativity! What an enabler! The ladies I met are also lovely and such pleasure to be stamping with. Thank you for coming!

My cards tend to be detailed. For this workshop, I went outside my comfort zone and challenged myself to make minimalistic cards that hold a lot of punch, given that we started in the evening and time was a constraint. At the same time, I also wanted to spotlight the beauty that is Crystal Effects. This goodie provides the lacquer look on an image and I thought that it would go very well with the stamp set Sweet for the Sweets. I applied it on the cellophane stamp covering the lollipops. The challenge with this product itself is that it takes hours (sometimes overnight) to dry. Luckily, I found out that placing it in front of a fan would dry it in twenty minutes! I used the new colors in the 2013-2014 Catalog of the Bright Colors for the lollipops and used the embossed Crumb Cake as their backdrop. Sweet!

The next card is very endearing. I made my sample a Father's Day card as I pay homage to all the fathers for their day this Sunday. At the same time, this card is versatile that it can be used for any occasion and either for a man or a woman. In fact, that is exactly what our stampers did at this workshop. Everyone had their sentiment of choice for this card! And they were all looking lovely! The card uses neutral and subtle colors softened by a linen thread. I also thought the size of the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiments go very well with this card. I had the warm fuzzies after seeing the final product. Now if I can just hurry up and send them off, that would be an accomplishment.

With that, I wish everyone a good weekend and hope to see you at our next workshop on Sunday, July 28th!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Into the Woods

On a nice Sunday afternoon, the lovely and crazy (wow, those two words in the same sentence) hostesses of Aptos provided us with a roof to stamp and awesome munchies for our bellies (that cream cheese and habanero spread was to die for!). It was also nice to meet new faces. It is one of the reasons why I love these workshops. I am a shy girl but these get-togethers bring out my extro side. Hmmnnnn… Anyway, hats off to the ladies for taking this wild ride with me with the cards. They tend to be labor-intensive but hopefully very rewarding in the end.

I took our workshop into the woods. Well, the cards, anyway. We started off with one of the new hostess sets, Simply Sketch (Item #129669) from the new catalog. It was screaming watercolor! So I whipped out my aqua pen and went to town with it, embossed the background in tree bark and finished it off with lace and pearls. What?!? Yes, sounds very unlikely but it came out shabby chic-ish. The second card is a masculine card, as a preparation to the impending Father's Day that is right around the corner. The Lovely As A Tree (Item #128655) stamp set always comes to mind for this occasion. This stamp set has been around for a looong time so one would think that every imaginable layout and technique had already been used on it. First, I sulked that SU had done away with the stampin spots. This is what I would have used to multi color the oak tree stamp. Thanks to the lovely inspiration that is SU and the Internet (Pinterest, anyone?) I found out that I can use the SU markers to multi color (that is apply multiple colors on one surface) and that watercolor is a good technique on this card. So again with the aqua painter and the watercolor paper, the card was an instant eye candy. I'm no Cezanne, but this technique made me feel like one. Ok, maybe just a little.

Our next hostess club meet is towards the end of July. Can't wait to come up with another set of lovely cards. I truly appreciate your love for the craft as it is from this I draw inspiration to come up with ideas. I hope to see each of your lovely mugs then. Feel free to bring a friend or two to bask in the madness.

In the zone

Their own version of Cezanne!

The bird cards!