Thursday, May 29, 2008

Scor-Pal :: new to me

Every time I get back into the stamping groove I find out that there are the neatest new gadgets that are must-haves. On Splitcoaststampers I've heard the name Score-Pal batted around and decided to check out just what it was. I found this demo on YouTube and I can see what all the hubbub is about. It's a bit pricey ($39.95), but I can see that it would pay for itself just in making it easier to do different projects with ease. This video shows some of the projects you can do with it. Pretty neat! I wonder if I can find a cheaper deal?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mojo Monday Father's Day cards

I was over at Julee Tilman's awesome blog recently and was inspired to do my Father's Day cards using her Mojo Monday Week #39 design. It's so much easier to use a predetermined design.

This card was done for my hubby. I realized afterwards that the ribbon wasn't exactly like the design I was trying to replicate. Oh well. I used the dad and son stamp from SU Seaside Sketches and the "amazing" came from (interestingly) the SU Amazing to Zany set. The "dad" part was from "Girls are Weird", an alpha set by Purple Onion Designs. I used 2 different Cuttlebug embossing folders for the red CS and the designer paper (Basic Grey), Before cuttlebugging the red CS, I stamped it with the SU Print Pattern background stamp using VersaMark ink (might be a little hard to see).

For the dad and son part I stamped in black dye ink on the white CS background. Then I stamped the image again on another piece of white. I colored the image with various SU markers, using the smaller end of the Old Olive marker to do the grass. Then I cut it out and adhered it with Dimensionals to the white background. I used lots of Dimensionals!


Stamps: SU Seaside Sketches, SU Amazing to Zany, Purple Designs "Girls are Weird" alphas, SU Print Pattern
CS: Always Artichoke, Black, Real Red, Basic Grey designer paper, More Mustard
Inks/Markers: Basic Black, Real Red, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun (with Close to Cocoa in the hair), Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Blush Blossom, Old Olive
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders: "Mesh" and "Tiny Bubbles", Zigzag ribbon, 1" circle punch, 1&1/4" circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

The second card is for my dad. He loveslovesloves to fish out in his boat, so I've gotten a lot of use out of the SU Fishin' set for him, but I think I'm due for a change. This set has served me well, though.

I did the cuttlebugging on the circles designer paper (Basic Grey), which I LOVE (I'm trying to keep myself from buying too much designer paper. It can become addictive! So I'm using what I have for as long as I can stand it). The fishing scene was actually done using 3 stamps from the set using my beloved Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped the basket first, then made a mask and covered the basket. Then I stamped the cat tails once and then with the grassy stamp several times to cover up the "water" under the cat tails. I removed the mask and colored the images with markers and a water brush and ink pads.

The "awesome dad" alpha set is one I got...somewhere. Can't remember who made it. I've had it for quite awhile and have rarely used it. Lots of Dimensionals on this one, too. Where would I be without Dimensionals??


Stamps: SU Fishin', unknown alpha set
CS: Always Artichoke, Black, Basic Grey designer paper, Glossy white
Inks/Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive, Really Rust, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder "Tiny Bubbles", Zigzag ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Sizzlets oval die (for larger oval), oval punch (for smaller oval)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fairy dream card using CTMH Toadstools set

I love the Toadstools set by CTMH, but I rarely use it. Today I decided to play with it and some, you guessed it, designer paper.

First I ran the designer paper through the Cuttlebug using the "Stylized Flowers" embossing folder. Then I sponged it with some dark brown ink to pop it out.

I punched out a black oval and punched 3-1/16" holes in it for the mini-brads. I also punched out 3 squares (1/4") and punched holes in those, too. I assembled the whole lot and adhered it with Dimensionals.

For the word stamp, toadstools and fairy I stamped in a golden brown ink and then marked up the stamps with a black marker. Then I huffed warm air onto them and stamped. That gave a nice multi-colored effect. I used Mini Pop Dots to pop out the fairy. I made an extra pair of wings so the fairy would look more dimensional. I sponged black and moss green inks over the toadstools and fairy. I used Dimensionals to pop out the Dream/fairy scene.


Stamps: CTMH Toadstools, "Dream" stamp by TAC
CS: Dark brown, Basic Grey designer paper, Black, White
Inks: Black, Dark brown, Mossy green, Vintage Photo (golden brown) distress ink
Other: Cuttlebug "Stylized Flowers" embossing folder, oval punch, 1/4"square punch, 1/16" punch, antique copper mini-brads, plaid ribbon, Black marker, sponges, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day cards

I was able to get all the Mother's Day cards made this afternoon. I kept them similar in color and style with some variations. It simplifies things. I'll put up recipes later. Too tired to think that hard right now.

The 2 "Mom" cards are for my mom (obviously) and hubby's mom. The other 2 are for my grandmother and my aunt. I like to acknowledge all the elder women in my family who are moms. The basic designs are designer papers, Cuttlebug embossing folders, ribbons, sponging of inks, and mini-brads. More later!

Recipe (combined for all cards):

Stamps: Print Pattern, Love Without End, Non-SU

CS: Black, designer papers (Basic Grey, I think)

StazOn Jet Black, various colors I sponged on over the designer papers

Cuttlebug embossing folders "Stylized Flowers", "Tiny Bubbles" and "Script", black ribbon, plaid ribbon, gold thread, leather ribbon, 1/16" hole punch, 1/4" square hole punch, 1/2" circle hole punch, silver mini-brads, antique bronze mini-brads, black mini-brads, Dimensionals, sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig