Saturday, June 28, 2014

Still Becoming

That's me!  ...still becoming!  I had this little frame from a Michael's bin that I thought was perfect for the sentiment I saw long ago at Brave Girl's resonated with me, and so it's stuck.

I've been under-the-weather today, so spent the day 'in' and most of it organizing & cleaning my craft space, so took a few moments just now to create a tiny little something.

SU products used on this project:
- hello honey ink is sponged in the background, though the camera didn't pick it up, really has a warm glow
- rotary alphabet stamp
- papillon potpourri stampset
- blendabilities!  ***available to the public July 1!!:)

Friday, June 27, 2014

File Tabs Edgelits - Tabbing My Catalog

I was inspired by Connie Steward to make tabs with the new File Tabs Edgelits for my new catalog this week.  I downloaded her sheet with all the tab names already typed out; however, I found the cutting instructions on her download did not work for me, so I had to rerun them a second time.  In addition to cutting a half inch off the top of the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of printed card stock, I found I had to cut an additional 1/4" off the top and both the right and left sides, and then I could follow her cutting guide.  Each tag is cut at 1" and then run through the big shot with the centre edgelit.  I adhered the tabs to the appropriate pages of my catalog using the new fast fuse adhesive which is super stick and durable, so I thought it would be perfect for this purpose.

Here's a link to Connie's download etc. on this project.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Flower Patch Bundle - My Take on Pages 154-155 of the New Catalog

I would dare to say that one of the biggest surprises to me about the new catalog was the Flower Patch Bundle (and, yes, bundle, means there are matching framelits!!)  Confession...I haven't been a fan of photopolymer stamps, and while I still do prefer rubber the most, the Flower Patch stampset on page 156 of the new catalog got me interested in trying them again and seeing if there weren't some tricks to using them that would make me like them.

First of all, let me tell you that SU's photopolymer stamps are not the same as others you see in the market (that are often acrylic actually)...they are  much higher quality.  Still, they do not work exactly like a rubber stamp and need a little extra care at first to ink and stamp clean just have to get used the them....Also, I learned a valuable trip as I sat down last week to create my own takes on the project ideas on pages 154 & 155 of the new catty...**use the Stampin' Pierce Mat** under your paper when you stamp with photopolymer stamps (and any small words/greeting stamps, even if they are rubber)!!  I knew about the small greeting trick, but I had never tried this with large photopolymer stamps and it makes ALL the difference!  You'll find the Stampin' Pierce Mat on page 218 of th enew catalog for only $5.50, but it is worth every cent! ...and if you read the description under the product, after it talks about piercing it says, "Also get even pressure and ink coverage with detailed or background stamps."  So I thought, I should try it, and it WORKS!!  The mat is also a generous size at 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Below is a close up of my take on each of the projects on pages 154-155.  If you want to get together to learn to make these projects...from single layer to stepped up to WOW, please let me know as I'm thinking of doing a 'try it' technique class on these 3 projects for a small fee coming up (or free with order for those in Saskatoon who are close enough to attend:)
 The colour palette I used is different than used in the catalog... I used strawberry slush, hello honey & pear pizzaz...and the greetings are in Bermuda bay.

 In the above journal (the base of the journal comes 2 in a pack for 5.95 on page 200 of the new catty), rather than Bermuda bay, I actually used coastal cabana & island indigo (same with the greeting!)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Blessed by God

Today's card was made with my *favourite* new stamp set from the new catalog, Blessed by God.  I was inspired to create this tone on tone effect on the card by fellow demonstrator from the US, Kimberley Van Diepen.  I emboxxed the backgrounding using the lacey brocade folder, which has retired over a year ago, but is still one of my favourites.  The current baroque embossing folder would also be beautiful with this.  I also used some of the *new venetian lace trim to accent this project.  The card stock colour used was pool party.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Another 'Fabulous Work of Art' ;)

Today I have another card I made with the *new Work of Art stampset thanks to a little inspiration from fellow demonstrator, Becky Roberts.  Becky had made some treat bags using this stampset that got me looking at that zig zag image differently (the treat bags come pre-stamped with stripes from SU).  Anyway, this is what I came up with.  The new colour I used was that fabulous blue, Lost Lagoon.  Here I paired it with Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Paper Pumpkin - Centrepiece & banner for Canada Day

I was thrilled when I received this month's paper pumpkin!  The seem to be getting better and better every month, with more and more goodies to craft with.  This month's kit has wonderful supplies to plan for a summer bbq or party or a patriotic vignette!  Yes, there was also a navy blue in the supplies in the box, but I chose to make this centrepiece and banner using mainly the red and white supplies s Canada Day is July 1st! 

I used less than 1/3rd of the kits' supplies to make my banner & centrepiece too so I have plenty left over to make other projects...or, to add to it...I'm planning on adding some creations in the blue to this display after Canada Day as Bastille Day is July 14th and France's colours are blue, white & red!:)

Below is  close up of the little banner I made for my back door.  The banner was not one of the project ideas that came in the kit, but I was inspired by a similar idea by the SU demonstrator site!:)
If you'd like to learn more about subscribing to paper pumpkin, you can leave me a comment or email me and I'll get you all the information you need!  Here's a link to the Paper Pumpkin site

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

This is the Father's Day card I made for my husband this year.  It was made with 2 new in colors:  mossy meadow & lost lagoon.  The stamp set I used is called 'Traveller' and is also new....and the greeting is made from one of my *favourite* things in the new catalog...the alphabet rotary stamp, don't miss it on page 191 on of the new catalog!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Perfect Pennants Card

I was so happy to see the Perfect Pennants stampset and coordinating banner framelits carried forward from the Occasions catalog to the new annual catalog.  This is a simple card I made using them.  I also used a piece of Moonlight dsp from the new paper stack.  The butterfly  from the Papillon Potpouri stampset was stamped in momento black ink and coloured using the new blendabilities which will be available to the public next month.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Another Work of Art Card

I was playing around with the new Work of Art stampset.  I thought that some of the paint blotch images looked like flowers, and that is how I came up with this tulips card.  I was also playing around with the new mossy meadow in color (you've seen me use the blackberry bliss which I did for the blooms before)...and I am loving this new green, it has a nice richness!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

New Catty Workshop - Treat Pouch

This was the 2nd make & take from my new catty workshop this week.  I actually got the inspiration for this project from the new catalog premiere that SU did for demonstrators at the end of April.  I used a piece of cardstock from the new moonlight designer series paper stack which was scored as follows:
- landscape: 1, 1 1/2, 2, 4, 4 1/2 and 5
- portrait:  1/2 (and then trim down to trim off all panels except for the 2" panel between the scores at 2 & 4; consider mitering a bit for ease in completing the project)

The tags were made by stamping the globe image from the new Traveller stampset in hello honey on a piece of hello honey cardstock that had been cutout with the banner framelit.  Then we stamped the ticket with the 'that's the ticket' stampset and the 'for you' greet with the Itty Bitty Banners stampset and punched the whole thing out with the ticket punch.  The assembled tag was embellished with the new Lost Lagoon stitched satin ribbon and adhered to the project using a mini clothespin.

Friday, June 06, 2014

New Catty Workshop - Work of Art Card

I held my new catalog workshop last night and this was the card we made as a make & take.  It highlights one of the new in colors, blackberry bliss, which I'm loving.  And it couldn't be easier to make...the card base is a piece of 8 x 4 blackberry bliss cardstock folded in a half, then images were stamped on a piece of 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 whisper white cardstock.  All images come from the new Work of Art stampset which has a watercolor/artist feel.  The swooshes were all stamped with the same image, stamped only once in blackberry bliss and then stamped 3 times consecutively on the white cardstock. 

I certainly had fun playing with new products and crafting with the ladies.  I think this year's new catalog is one of my very favourite!!

Monday, June 02, 2014

2014-2015 Annual Catalog is LIVE today!!

...and here's a link.  New catalog day is always SO exciting!!:)

And here is where you can place an online order.  Just click 'shop now' in the upper right corner.