Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tomorrow, I'm going to a baby shower for one of my husband's relatives. I was originally going to give her this card that I made using The Angel Company's How Swell stamp set as the focal point and Fanciful Flowers as the background.
I used Aquacolor Crayons and the direct to stamp technique on the flowers that I demonstrated at my April Watercolor class, and colored the image by picking up color from the crayons with my waterbrush and painting.
I'm not going to give this card at the shower though, because the mother-to-be is having twins, and my husband pulled the Double Trouble card from my previous post out of my project stack and said he liked that one for this particular shower better. (and, ladies, I know we don't like to admit it, but he's right). So the twins it will be, and I'll get to save this card for some other spring shower.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Rita is super talented, and I learned so much from her over the weekend. Rita is currently one of the designers for the Scor-Pal website, and she gave us all an impromptu class on the Scor-Pal. I don't have one yet, but you can bet I will get myself a half-price Scor-Pal when I place my next T.A.C. order. Once I have my own Scor-Pal, you'll probably see a bunch of posts of cards I made using it. But if you don't want to wait that long, check out Rita's blog (http://ritasangels.blogspot.com/), or the Scor-Pal website to see Rita's work and get some great ideas.
One of the the other ideas I got from Rita, was for this little Hershey Nugget Gift Box that she made for the Expo.
Here's the one I made based on what I learned from Rita:
It's such a nice little gift to give someone, and it's really very easy, AND...it uses paper scraps. I love it when I find ways to use my scraps! Here's what I used to make mine:
- GWP box (If you're not familiar with The Angel Company, you get a FREE Gift With Purchase stamp (GWP) for every $30 in product you purchase if you place your order through a demonstrator [me]. Use the box this free stamp comes in to hold your decorated Hershey Nuggets)
- 4 Hershey Nuggets
- 4 pieces of coordinating scrap paper 1 inch x 3 1/2 inches (can be all the same, or can be four different patterns/colors). I used paper from our Gentile Beginnings paper collection
- 5 small flowers made using a small flower punch on solid paper that coordinates with your scraps
- 1 medium flower made using a medium flower punch on a scrap of paper different from your small flowers
- "For You" phrase from The Angel Company's Tag Tidbits Stamp Set
- Noir Palette brand Ink Pad
And here's how you do it:
- Wrap each Hershey Nugget with a piece of your 1 inch x 3 1/2 inch paper and adhere ends of paper with adhesive
- Place a dot of Stickles in the center of FOUR of the flower and set aside to dry
- Stamp "for you" on the top of the fifth small flower with Noir ink
- Adhere the "for you" flower to the center of the medium punched flower
- Use your finger to curl the edges of the medium flower up a bit to give the petals dimension
- Adhere medium punched flower to top of GWP box
- When Stickles on the remaining small flowers are dry, adhere one to the top of each of the wrapped Hershey Nuggets
- Place Hershey Nuggets in GWP box
- Close GWP box and use the ribbon to tie a bow to the top of the GWP box where the hanging hole is
Voila - Done
Sunday, April 6, 2008
It started with my creation for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge, which I already posted. But my Stamping Bella stamps came in over the weekend too and I was dying to play with them. My husband plays guitar, so I had to get the Rockabella stamp, along with a few others. Of course, Rockabella is the one I started with, and I made four cards just using her and some scraps of Angel Company paper I had left over from some of the "for" projects. Here are my fun-time cards.
This was my first one, and I actually think it's my favorite. I think I like her best because of the polka dot guitar. It was just fun to make.
The next two were also fun, and used the same "Kaleidoscope Boys" paper:
On this last one, I stamped "ROCK ON" in a green ink just a shade darker than the paper, but it's very difficult to see in the scan.
This one I did using some of T.A.C.'s "Uptown Girl" paper collection, which is actually one of my favorite collections, and she and her sparkly red Stickled guitar will be put to use right away.
They were just so much fun, I had to share. Hope you liked them.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Here is the original sketch Taylor posted.
And here is the card I made using the "Girlie Gadgets" and retired "Retail Therapy" stamp sets from The Angel Company. The images are colored with watercolor pencils and highlighted with Crystal Stickles (which don't show up on the scan all that well).
You can check out Taylor's card from her sketch on her blog by clicking on the link to the right. It's the "Taylored Expressions" link at the bottom of the "Other Blogs I Visit For Inspiration" section.