Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wedding Card

This is the card that I made for my sister and her new husband for their wedding yesterday.

I got the idea from my friend Rita when we were up at the cottage.

The background is pink paper embossed with the Flourish Impressabilities template and the bride and groom were cut on the Cricut using the Wedding Mariage cartridge. The pink "ribbon" tied into the black netting is actually a piece of fabric from the bridesmaid dress my Mom made.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wedding Day!

Today is the day my sister is getting married. It's a small, low-key, family affair and we did a lot of the stuff ourselves.

Here are the invitations we created for the wedding.

The picture doesn't really show up well; her colors are pale pink and white and the pink of the stamping just didn't scan well. The invitations are 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 and use a couple of Cuttlebug folders as well as The Angel Company's Forever Family stamp set.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Kaleidoscope Boyz Birthday Card

Once I started playing with Kaleidoscope Boyz and found the Copic markers that matched, I went to town! Here is the second card I made using the same paper, stamps and markers as my post from Saturday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Colorful Birthday Cards

After all those feminine birthday cards I did in July, I figured I needed to hone my skills at creating cards that could be either masculine or neutral. This is a card I made using the Kaleidoscope Boyz paper collection. The image is from TAC's retired Keep Smilin' set. I masked the gift and stacked it, then colored it with Copic markers. RV04, Y17, YR07, G07 and B24 Copic colors match Kaleidoscope Boyz perfectly! I also did an envelope that matched.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another Sympathy Card Inspired My Card in the New Catalogue

Well, the Expo is over and I'm headed off to the cottage with the Diamond Island Angels. I should have some awesome new projects to share with you when I get back. But until then, I thought I'd share my final sympathy card (hopefully for a while).

This card was one I made last year, but never posted. It's made with paper from the Angelee collection, and uses the Butterfly Bits stamp set and the With Sympathy set.

This card actually inspired the one I made for The Angel Company and sent in during the catalogue call. My second card uses the Catelynne paper collection and was actually streamlined from the original - making it a simpler card to make, but with the same effect. TAC chose it to represent the Catelynne collection and featured it on Page 59 of the current base book catalogue. I'm super proud of this card! It's a great honor to be featured three catalogues in a row.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Candy Tin Project

Tomorrow (Sunday) at the Tinley Park Expo, our make and take will be decorating candy tins. This is a sample of one that I did up to keep my business cards from getting crumpled in my purse, but there will be other styles available at the booth.

These little tins are great for holding little brag books in your purse, or just pictures that you don't want to get crushed. They're also perfect for holding gift cards. Can't you see this little tin as a package topper? I also know someone that does nothing but purchase gift cards for all the nieces, nephews, and grandkids in her family. At Christmas, instead of having presents under your tree, can you just see having the tree (large or small) decorated with these little tins? Then the kids could just pick out the tins with their names on them right from the tree when they come to visit.

My tin is made using paper from the Amberly Grace collection, stamped with Aegean Blue, Jumbo Java and Sahara Sand VersaMagic Ink, and uses the Go Abroad stamp set.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Perfect Pearls With Gratitude

I really am digging these new Perfect Pearls. Here is another card I made using the new Pewter and the Impressabilities Flourish template. The background paper started out as a test, and originally I wasn't all that happy with it all by itself. I had another one that I liked better and saved it for this card, but when I used the one I originally liked, it lacked something that this background had - a darker edge that I brushed on after I misted the original sheet.

This time, I combined the Pewter background with cardstock from the Cha Cha and Amber Grace paper collections, along with ribbon from Amberly Grace and Eyelets from Cha Cha. Normally I wouldn't have thought about combining these two collections, as they are completely different in color and style, but in this case, the solids really went together with the red complimenting the charcoal perfectly.

The sentiment is from the Hostess Level C set Label Lingo lined with the R46 Copic marker.

Here's a close-up of the card:

The background on this really gives the illusion of texture, and has some nice shimmer. If you're in the Chicagoland area, come on out to the Tinley Park Expo tomorrow and/or Sunday and check it out in person.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NEW Perfect Pearls to Love!

I'm not sure how new these colors are, but they're new to me, and my love of Perfect Pearls has deepened! Good thing I have a friend that can feed my addiction at a discount! She surprised me last week with two new colors of Perfect Pearls. The first ones are "Aged Patina". Awesome colors! Heirloom Gold, Blue Patina, Pewter and Green Patina. I played with them late one night and immediately e-mailed my friend to say that the Pewter was absolutely gorgeous!

For this card, I used my pearls in several ways. First I ran the background through the Big Shot with my Flourish Impressabilities template. Then I rubbed the Perfect Medium (that comes with the Perfect Pearls) all over the card. I brushed on the Blue Patina and set with a mist of water. Talk about a perfect match for The Angel Company's Amberly Grace paper collection, which I also admit is my favorite of the bunch!

The stamp set I used is TAC's retired Wedding Wishes. The bride and groom are colored with Copic markers, but highlighted with the Blue Patina and Pewter (separately) mixed with water to form a thin paint. It gives a nice shimmer to the bodice of her dress and tiara, and to the lapels on his tux and band on his hat.

My friend got us some Perfect Pearls for our booth at the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo this weekend in Tinley Park. We should be able to offer them at a deal. So come on out and feed YOUR addiction!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Stamp of the Month and Vintage Stamps

The September Stamp of the Month and Vintage Stamp Set have been released from TAC. Here are the flyers for each. If you're interested in purchasing one of these sets just contact me.


TAC™ Promotions

Monday, September 7, 2009

Make and Take for Tinley Park Expo

This coming weekend, at the Tinley Park Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo, we will be doing two make and takes. The first one is this great little web book meant to hold your username and password for all the websites you visit.

After just recovering from a computer virus, I felt the worry of my passwords possibly being compromised, but was reassured since I use different ones for every website I visit. (Yes, I was one of those that used to use the same password for everything, but in this age of identity theft and computer hackers, you can never be too careful, and I changed my ways.) I was really happy when someone showed me a little book similar to this so that I had a place to keep all the usernames and passwords to assist my memory.

This book is really easy to make using the Bind-It-All, acrylic covers, paper and tags. We're charging $3, and you'll get some hands-on experience with the Bind-It-All, which is a great tool for making all sorts of personalized books. We'll also have product on hand that you can purchase to make your own little web-books as gifts.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

LOVE these Perfect Pearls!

I've always been a fan of Perfect Pearls. A few years ago, I took a class with Julia Andrus and learned all sorts of neat things you can do with them. I've been hooked ever since.

For the past few Expos, I've been demonstrating Perfect Pearls, and people say "I've had those in my drawer and have no idea how to use them". What??? That's so tragic! Perfect Pearls, mica powders that have built in binders and resins (not to be confused with Pearl Ex which are also mica powders but DON'T have the binders)are super versatile, and leave such a nice shimmer on cards. One of my favorite things to do with them is put a little scoop of Perfect Pearls in a Ranger Mini Mister, add a few drops of re-inker (usually used to re-ink my ink pads) and a bit of water. Then I spray the concoction on my paper, sometimes blocking out a portion of the card with a Tim Holtz Mini Mask like you saw in my "Father's Day Inkspiration" post a few months ago.

This time, I played with a Spellbinders Impressabilities template (the Flourish) that I picked up at the St. Charles Scrapbook show. I ran the paper and Flourish template through my Big Shot. Then I left the template on the paper, and sprayed my Perfect Pearls mixture over it. The lighter background on this card is the sprayed template. The bottom is from a pack of K & Company paper. My sentiment came from Stamping Sensations and the silver butterflies are from some punches I picked up when visiting my friend Rita in Ohio.

Next weekend, September 12th and 13th I will be demoing Perfect Pearls (among other things) at the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Tinley Park. If you're in the area, come on out to the Tinley Park Expo Center on 183rd Street, just East of Harlem. You can shop, see my demo and create various make and take projects. Our make and take on Saturday will be web books, so you can remember your username and password on all the websites you visit, and Sunday we will be decorating candy tins. Look for previews of both the make and takes and cards using Perfect Pearls here during the week.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

More Sympathy

In follow-up to my last post, this is the other card desgin I worked on. It also uses the S.e.i. "Chocolate" collection, my Spellbinders Nestabilities and the Cuttlebug Butterfly die cut and matching embossing template. The sentiment is another one from With Sympathy and the swirl behind it is from Curls and Swirls.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Inspiration Avenue!

Tha Angel Company's new fall magalogue, Inspiration Avenue has arrived. This publication is full of 42 new stamp sets for all seasons, but with a focus on Halloween, Fall and Christmas. In addition to the new sets, some Christmas favorites that didn't make it into the base book have returned as well. And, like the Serendipity, there are useful tips and easy to do projects with directions throughout the magazine.

What are my favorites? I know I say it every time, but there are so many. I love the Apple Girls, all the sets of Halloween and Christmas Boys and Girls, the sayings for the insides of cards, but my very favorite, is the Vintage Santa on Page 43. I've had my order ready to go since I saw the preview a few weeks ago. The book finally goes live today and I can send my order in. Yay!

Inspiration Avenue is $3. We'll have a slew of them at the Tinley Park Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo, or you can contact me for a copy.