Sunday, June 28, 2009

A little stamping time.

I've had some time to stamp but haven't gotten anything added to my blog. For one thing, I was sick all of last week, so spent most of it sleeping. One of the unfortunate side-effects was that the workshop I had scheduled for Saturday had to be postponed until late July. I have 200 wedding invitations to get made by July 22, so..........

But, since I will be teaching masking, this is a simple masking card that we will be making, using one of the new Level 3 hostess sets, Asian Artistry. I know we don't really like making sympathy cards, but we all, on occasion, need them and this is a simple, but elegant one.

One of my all-time favorite techniques from the Technique Junkie newsletter is called Faux Batik and is so simple, plus when you lift the iron off the cardstock, you are ready to finish the card. You don't have to wait for anything to dry and the results are usually spectacular. I used the butterfly from the Great Friends set, in large part because it has a pattern on it other than a normal butterfly. The word stamp is from Echoes of Kindness, a hostess gift set that just retired. Pink Passion is the paper color and the ribbon and flower are some I picked up at Wally World.

My sister recently celebrated her birthday and since our parents thoroughly enjoyed watching the hummingbirds at their feeders, I thought this would be a good birthday card for her. It was done with the "Penciled Twinks" technique from an earlier Technique Junkies newsletter and I tried to be as nearly correct as possible on the colors on the hummingbird. Hope you got this okay, Sis!

One of the techniques from the latest newsletter is called "Heavenly Holes" and is a quick and easy way to make a pretty impressive card. The rose is from Fifth Avenue Floral by Stampin' Up and the flourish is a stamp I picked up in a bargain bin, but it was really effective for that. Happy birthday is from Stampin' Up's Flexible Phrases.

This technique is also from the latest Technique Junkies' newsletter and is called Double-Buggy. It involves using two different Cuttlebug or other emobssing folders. I used one Cuttlebug folder for the leaves and the new Stampin' Up rose embossing folder. I used Stampin' Up's new Rich Razzelberry for the roses and I really like the color - think it will be a favorite for sure! The word stamp is also SU.

Wish me luck with the wedding invitations. Thankfully, they aren't real labor intensive like some I've done, just have to get them done!! Add in a 45th class reunion this coming weekend and three other cards that have to be done - not too much to do!!

Y'all have a safe 4th, ya hear?!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Playing Catch-up!

Now that I'm home to stay for a couple of months, I have been playing catch-up. And with having five birthdays and Father's Day between this Thur. (6/11) and the 20th, I have a severe need to get caught up! The new Technique Junkies newsletter is out and I'm having fun with some of the techinques.

These first two cards are done with a technique called Depth of Field. It is a fun, quick and easy technique - one I probably will use quite often! Our daughter-in-law loves dragonflies, so making a card for her is relatively easy - as long as I don't run out of dragonfly themes! It doesn't show up here, but the dragonfly was painted with Shimmerz paints.

Stamps: Winged Things - Stampin' Up (Retired)
Word Stamp - The Stampin' Place
Inks: Lavendar Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White

This card is for a dear friend with whom we have lunch nearly every day. She and her husband are both quite a bit older than DH and I are, but we still enjoy them tremendously. The small diamonds were punched out of paper. All supplies are Stampin' Up.

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Happy Harmony and Perfect Pairs
Inks: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Going Gray
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Pale Plum, Whisper White

Another cool technique is the Clear Coat Collage. I don't know whether I will use it as a swap for June's Just One swap or as a birthday card for my BIL! The directions say to use colored pencils, but since I didn't read the instructions real closely, I used a combination of Stampin' Up markers and colored pencils.
Stamps: Angler - Stampin' Up (retired), Words of Fishing Wisdom by Inky Antics
Markers: Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Going Gray, Basic Black
Ink: Noir Black by Palette
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive