Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's Cooking?

A whole lot, apparently. Now that my sandbox is up and running, so is my mind. Ideas are popping out of my head so quickly, they wake me up in the middle of the night! Supplies for the upcoming Tramp Camp are slowly trickling in. And the good news is they are what I expected them to be.

I could only play for a little bit tonight as I have to do some "have-to's" in the real world. I do want to share hints of what I have in mind for the Tramps. For sure we will be creating cards, but using arse-kicking techniques that I haven't done since the olden days. I was extremely proud and excited then but a lot more now as I will be incorporating ideas I stumbled upon since re-joining last year.

Well below is the first hint. I don't know what you think I will be doing with it but it is going to be some kind of wonderful. Take a guess, if you like and let's see how close you get when you find out on October 12th.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's About Darn Time!

As I recharge to get my creative juices oozing, I share the cards that the tramps and I created at Gina's workshop back in August. It was such an awesome day to make cards especially with the Santa Cruz harbor right in the backyard. How much more inspiring could have it gotten?

As you know, I love to incorporate techniques in my cards. I love spending the time to create a certain effect and admire how it reflects on my finished art. And of course, I think my tramps welcome and love the challenge.

For both cards, I used the selective embossing technique using a diffuser. Selective embossing leaves an area of the card stock smooth while everything else is embossed with patterns from the embossing folder. You can purchase a diffuser from various craft manufacturers or make one on your own.

The one I made consists of several pieces of cardboard (the kind that comes in DSP packaging) cut into 4 1/4 x 5 1/5. With a circle framelit from the Circles Collection, I put a hole in the same exact spot of each of the four cardboards before I stacked them and glued them together. Using the bottom layer of the platform from my Big Shot, I sandwiched the Whisper White cardstock in between the embossing folder, with the DIY diffuser on top, and the cutting pads on the top and bottom layers. I ran this ensemble on the Big Shot and the result is an embossed cardstock except on the area where there was a hole on the diffuser, which left a smooth unembossed surface to stamp on.

Stamp Sets:
Really Good Greetings
Work of Art
Summer Silhouettes
Card stock:
Whisper White
Pumpkin Pie
Basic Black
Pumpkin Pie
Daffodil Delight
Real Red
Decorative Dots embossing folder
Itty Bitty Punch

And here are their spins, my Tramps, my Rebels:

The next card we made used the negative template of the diffuser so that it embossed only the circle. Here I used the  Honeycomb embossing folder to create the background. 

Stamp Sets: 
Gorgeous Grunge
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Whisper White
Hello Honey
Hello Honey
Little Letters Thinlits

Of course the Tramps had to put their own spin on it. There is just so much opportunities for personalization especially when you have the entire alphabet at your beck and call!

So there you have it....hope this inspires you if for but for a brief moment.

Also, watch out for little teasers that I will post in the next coming weeks to give you an idea of what is in store for Tramp Camp in October. I am beyond excited!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sandbox Redux

As I sort through our new reality with all the changes that have come our way for the last few months and not to mention the routine that is life and work that puts food on the table, I sort of got off tangent and broke away from my creativity temporarily. My sandbox was in disarray for a couple of months as I prioritized what was in dire need of my attention, of my personal touch. It was the entire house, of course, but my beloved sandbox took the back seat. Then there is work. I am still trying to reign it in so that it does not completely take over me. Sometimes, I am unsuccessful.

My body spoke in protest. It totally stopped me on my tracks that I had to go home and forced myself to rest for two days. It also allowed me to re-focus and put balance in my routine. I needed to conjure a plan. For me to start producing again, I need some space. I went into reform mode, unpacked everything that needed to be unpacked, hung what needed to be hung, displayed a few inspirations. I spent some time in the sandbox today, to put back some of the love and care it badly needed. I am happy with the outcome. I cannot wait to dirty it again and get the creativity oozing.

I am looking forward to my first Tramps Camp in October. I have been toying with a few ideas for quite some time now. There will be games, auctions, and of course lots of stamping with very good company.

I am excited!

Happy Stamping!