Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Card Set!

I think I'm on a roll!!!  I made another set of PTI cards that I'm thinking of selling.  Friends and family are asking for them and I'm practicing so that I can make cute Christmas sets.

When I came up with the dimensions for my 3SW (3 sheet wonders...lol), I ended up having one larger strip of paper in each pattern left over.  I wanted to do something with it so that it wasn't wasted.  So, I decided to put it on the box.  Now you can see all the patterns used inside on the cards.  I opted out of putting a sentiment on the front of this one.......just some ribbon to dress it up.

The sayings on these are:  thinking of you, thank you and For my friend.

The sayings on these are:  Congrats, Get Well SOON!, and thanks a bunch!

So, the real question.............Would you pay $15.00 for a set of these 6 cards, envelopes and the box?  Or, is that too high of a price?  Please be honest..........I need to have a starting point.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Candy Corn, Anyone???

I've finally inked up some of my PTI Friendship Jar stamps last night....and I can't wait to make more!!! These are such fun sets and no matter what I make/build........I get to color with my Copics!  I'm just really hoping that we see some Christmas Jar Fillers for the October release!  ;-)

I think the hardest thing was masking off the sticks when I stamped, but then continuing them through all those candy corns.  I think I pulled it off, but it was tedious!

I almost feel like this card needs something else......I just can't put my finger on it.

Materials Used:
PTI stamps - Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers
Gina K. Pure Luxury cs (Wild Dandelion, I think)
PTI paper - Terracotta Tile, 2008 Bitty Dot Basics design paper
PTI ribbon - Orange Zest 3/8" Bitty Dot Satin
Memento Black Ink
 Copics - YR02, YR07, YR09, Y18, YG63, YG67, E17, E18, C1, C00

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Halloween Treats for my Classroom Kiddos!!!

I've been busy, busy with the crafting this weekend and I don't want to stop!  

Halloween is coming quickly and I wanted to make something cute for the kids at school.  Once again, Dawn from Dawn's Stamping Studio has given a great tutorial on another paper craft.  I think the kids will love these and they didn't take more than an hour to make all 20 of them.

Here they all are!

And............ just a few close up!

Materials Used:
Martha Stewart Halloween double sided designer paper (from Michael's)
the {stamps} of life - Spooky2scare stamp set
Ink: PTI - Terracotta Tile and Colorbox - Black

I think I'm going to try to come up with something similar for Christmas........but, I'll use a candy cane or a pencil instead of the Smarties. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PTI September Blog Hop Challenge

This is my very first PTI Blog Hop!!! 
I'm so excited!
For September's Blog Hop, this was the challenge...... 
One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and
the things you can learn from them.  Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned
from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration
they have provided.  Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills and perhaps after a little
blog hopping, we will ALL learn some new tips and tricks and continue to pass on the love of this hobby!

I have only been stamping and making cards for about 2 months, and with Christmas coming quickly, I have been looking for all kinds of ideas to mass produce cards.  On the SCS forums, I have found many, many threads for OSW cards (one sheet wonder).  These templates show you how to use 1 sheet of 12"x12" designer paper to make sets of cards.

Well, I don't have a lot of patterned paper and what I do have is the awesome patterns by PTI and those are 8"x8".  So............I sort of created my own for my PTI patterned paper based on many ideas I saw on SCS.  I'm going to call it my TSW (three sheet wonder........lol).  Thanks to the ladies on that forum, I got all kinds of ideas and a head start on some Christmas gifts!!!

I also have to give credit to Dawn from Dawn's Stamping Studio because this is the tutorial I used to make the cute box.  It's super easy and I just love watching her videos for ideas.

This is the cute box that I made to put the cards in.  I used PTI's Mat Stack #4 die to make the label on the front and under it is Ripe Avacado Grosgrain ribbon.
These are the first 3 cards in the set. Vintage Cream is used as the base card and PTI's patterned paper "Turning a New Leaf" was my inspiration for the other colors.   I also used PTI's Vintage Label stamps for the front card.
Here are the last 3 cards in the set.  Spellbinder dies were used for all of the circles.   Ripe Avacado & Dark Chocolate were my choices for the ink on all of the cards.
I wish I had more PTI stamps so that this set could have been completely done with PTI materials, but I'll get there.  A special thanks to everyone for visiting my blog for this hop.  Now, I can't wait to visit all of your blogs!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

A Bit Witchy!

I'm taking a Copics coloring class with Suzanne Dean and one of the lessons focuses on coloring hair so that it has dimension and it doesn't look "flat."  I'm getting better, but it does take some practice.

In doing this lesson, I pulled out a ton of stamped images with hair (that I've accumulated through SCS swaps) and just started coloring.  Well, when I got to this little witch........I didn't stop with just the skin and hair...........I HAD to keep going!!!

This stamp is part of the Magnolia collection........which I think are just adorable!!!  There are basically two characters in the collection, Tilda and Edwin.  They are just perfect for coloring.  This one is called: Sitting Witch Tilda

I don't know who or what I'll use the card for......lol  But I just love how adorable she turned out!  And, I love her hair!  ;-)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Playing w/ new stamps & another card!!!

I was thinking of a special friend a lot this week and I couldn't wait to have time today to make her a card.  I got a bunch of new stamps from the {stamps} of life last week and hadn't even gotten to open the packages up until this morning.  When I did, I saw the "thinking of you" round circle stamp and knew immediately what I wanted to do.

Materials used:
PTI Raspberry Fizz cardstock (base & front panel)
PTI 2008 Bitty Dot Basics Patterened Paper
the {stamps} of life - flower2doodle, sentiments4circles, & getwell2you
SU dots embossing template, glitter brad and flower punch
kaleidoscope embossing powder and embossing gun

Monday, September 13, 2010

Two More Birthday Cards!!!

Two more birthday cards coming up this month.........my brother's and my mom's!

For my brother's card, I simply did some coloring with my Copics.  Jimmy is a big, big BBQ grillin' kind of guy, so when I saw this digital stamping image, I knew I had to get it for him.  You can find it at: Mo's Digital Pencil Shop  This site has so many cute images.  You simply purchase them and then just print to your Copic friendly paper to color.

This second card is for my mom's birthday.  I knew I wanted something colorful and fun and when I saw a video by Stampin' Dawn (I just love her videos!!!) I knew immediately what I was going to do with her card.  You can find her video for how to make a Waterfall card on her site: HERE.  You have got to watch the video, just to see what the card does!!!  I just used stamps by the {stamps} of life to make this and it turned out gorgeous.  I wish I could make video so that you can see how cool this looks when you pull the ribbon.  I just love how this turned out.

Finally, I think all my September cards are made.........Now, I can play with some designs just to have on hand!  I can't wait!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Birthday Card Tote

More birthday card making today...........but, this time, very clean and simple in order to make a gift of cards for a dear, dear friend.

I am finding more and more resources at SCS that it is totally blowing my mind.  The ladies and gents over there are so wonderful with offering their knowledge and skills.  I recently found a post labeled "OSW Cards" and didn't know what it meant.  I researched and found out it meant "One Sheet Wonder."  This simply means you take a 12"X12" double-sided designer paper and cut it in specific ways to use every bit of that paper in order to make a set of cards.  It's GENIUS!!!  I used up so many scraps today and have a beautiful birthday gift in the end.  I love this idea and found many, many templates that do this.

The template I used was made by Stephanie aka akstampmama at SCS.  Her template is called Au Chocolate and I loved it because of the tote that the cards can be stored in.  Obviously, I don't have the colors she used in her tutorial (oh, how I wish I did!), but I did have lovely patterned paper that allowed me to create something similar!

Here is my tote and cards!

I just love this little tote!  There are 9 all-occasion cards in here.  I carried the black and white polka dot theme over to all 9 cards.

This is my favorite card in the set!

There are so many ideas like this one.  Just go to SCS and in the templates forum, do a search for "OSW" and you will get a ton of patterns.You could also make up your very own.  I'm not to that point, yet.......but, maybe soon!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

NEW Scrappin' Room!!!!

I'm finally mostly done!!!  I still have a few things to buy and put together (2 paper shelves, a better chair and an Ott light).  But, even without those things, I was in my room all day today!!

My Scrappin' Room is in our basement.  We do have a spare room, but it is in the top floor and it just gets unbearably hot up there.............and in the winter........it's really cold.  Our basement is partially finished (DH is still putting up drywall).  There is a corner that I claimed for my past ebay packaging/mailing area........so, since I haven't done ebay selling in such a long time, I decided to do something more with that corner. 

These are the befores and afters of that area.  I'm so excited about how this turned out!

I was borrowing one of Mike's tables to use as an area to put all my papers, netbook, cutter, etc.  As you can see it wasn't very deep and everything was crammed on top AND underneath it.  Under it, I had a Serilite unit and a metal file-folder bin that I was keeping all of my paper in (mostly PTI.....love that stuff).
Since I wanted to work on a deeper type table, I was using an old, pad-topped cardtable.  You can see little Sterilite containers on the back of it that were holding all my embellishements, stamping blocks, and buttons.  This table also had my stamp cleaner, rolodex w/ all my stamps in it, pen/scissor holder, etc.  Wayyyyyyyyyyyy too cramped, even on the deeper table.  To the right and around that corner was a bookshelf that I just bought at BB&B for $20.  You can see that on top I had my Big Shot.  This shelf  was storing all my stamps in my Univenture binders, my Stamps of Life binder and a basket of punches.

Wrapping around the corner, I had another plastic storage cart and then some old shelving that I was keeping all of my Sizzix's dies/templates, Cuttlebug folders, and PTI dies in a huge basket.   You can also see a tray with the scrap papers and a box with misc. items.

What's funny is that I was okay with this space, until I didn't have place to put things and I was too crammed and it was taking me longer to find everything than it was to make something.  Soooooooo......fast-forward to today.  It has taken me about a week to build everything, and I have a few bruises and blisters to show for it.  Was it worth it??? See for yourself!

This cart is now sitting where that thin, narrow table in that first picture above.  Now I have a place for all of my ribbon (2 spools on the right side) and 3 baskets for storage.  I only have some duplicate ribbon in the bottom basket right now.

This is why I like this cart the most.  These dividers have allowed the perfect storage for my Copic markers!!!!  Since it is on wheels, I just pull it right up to my desk and use it from there.  It's awesome!!!

Next to my Copic cart is another cart.  I call it my "Cutting/Scoring" cart........lol  I love that the end table can be up or down.  Right now I have my Fiskars rotary paper cutter and my Martha Stewart scoring board.  It is the perfect height for me as I'm not bending over while doing all this cutting.  It also has more ribbon storage and 2 more drawers (which are empty, too......lol)  Notice the paper storage on the bottom?  I put my PTI paper there, for now.......until my paper shelves arrive on Monday.
In this picture you can see my BB&B shelf still being used and I moved an old, white bookshelf into my space.  It is now storing all my stamps, magazines and empty Univenture binders.  And do you see what's next to it??? 

This is just a better picture of the 9 cubes of storage!!!!  I am soooooooooo loving this!  I have my Big Shot on top along with my iHome system so that I can now have music while I work!  ;-)
This is another one of my favorite additions............a DEEP desk.  Yep, 4 more cubes for storage.  I just love it!  Everything is at my fingertips.  And, I put those black Sterilite units right underneath since my legs/knees won't reach it.  Love the extra storage option.

And here is a view of the desk and scrappin' space as you come down our basement stairs.  I love those two towers in the front.  Right now, I'm storing the mass produced Christmas cards for this year in one of them, and my other "all occasion" cards in another.  Then, I'm not sure, but I may keep my paper scraps in a few, too.  The only thing I don't like about them is the fact that you have to take the box out so you can remove the lid.  So, I'll want to put items in them that I don't use often.........like my Christmas cards.

I will be putting my 2 paper storage units right beside my cutting table in the back and moving the Copic cart beside the paper storage.  That cart will be up by me at the desk most of the time, anyway.

So.........there you have it.  Was it worth the time, bruises and blisters???? Absolutely!!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mike's Birthday card

Wow!  It's been awhile since I've posted a card.  That's only because I'm constructing my new "Stampin' Room!"  I should be done this weekend and will post before and after pictures on Saturday (hopefully).

My dad's and hubby's birthdays are both on Saturday......so, I've been busy with making special cards.  I can't take total credit for Mike's card because I got the idea for the phrase and design from two different places.

The design I used was from Stamp TV's new video using the new Autumn Splendor kit.  I got my kit early last week and made this card FIRST!  I just know that Mike will love the simple lines and how "uncluttered" this card turned out. 

The sentiment came from Dawn McVey's August release card that she did for PTI's Falling Leaves set.  As soon as I saw her card, I knew that I wanted this phrase front and center for Mike's birthday this year.

I just love how the bleached leaves turned out on this one.  I'd love to try it on another color just to see it on green or an olive green (this weekend's project).  I bet it will be beautiful.  The heat embossing really makes the variation of the bleached color come to life.  The leaves just seem to pop right out at you.

Let's just hope he likes it as much as I do!  ;-)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Dad's Birthday Card

I'm sooooooooooooooo stinkin' proud of this card!  This was 100% me!  No ideas from anyone!  Just the Card Patterns card sketch to give me some direction.  As I mentioned before, I have a ton of birthdays this month.  Two more are coming up on 9/11.......my dad's and my husbands.  Yep, they are both on that same day.

I have been perusing the digital stamps sites this week (honestly, didn't know there was such a thing until Suzanne Dean mentioned Tiddly Inks in her blog).  What a concept!  I can get images and even sets of images for much cheaper than rubber stamps.........AND I GET TO COLOR RIGHT AWAY!!!  LOL  And, while perusing, I came across the one I used on my card called "Daddy's Girl."  How perfect!

I'm entering my Daddy's Little Girl card in 2 challenges this week.  The first is Tiddly Inks challenge which is called: Goodbye Summer.  For this challenge you get to pick a Tiddly Inks image and make it into a fall or end of summer card.  I chose the browns, oranges and greens to help with the "fall" colors.  I think she turned out adorable.

The 2nd challenge will be Card Patterns: Sketch 79 challenge.  I simply flipped the design for my card.

Here is the sketch and below it is my dad's card!

Materials Used:
Tiddly Inks - Daddy's Girl Digital Stamp
Copic Markers
DCWV - Amber Autumn Card Stock
DCWV- Amber Autumn Fall Stack paper
PTI - Leaf Prints Die
PTI - Scarlet Jewel Topnotch Twill
PTI - Dark Chocolate Ink
Brilliance - Cosmic Copper (sponged leaves)
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