Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Experimenting with Wrinkle Ribbon!!!

I was soooooooooooo excited to come home and finally find my package from fabric.com.  I think I waited close to 2 weeks for it to arrive.

When I saw it was here, I immediately started watching videos and tutorials for making this ribbon for my cards.  I do have to credit Gayatri from the PTI forums, because she's the one who posted hers and it pushed me right over the edge into making this myself.

And here it is!!!

These 5 colors took me about an hour to make.  I only did a foot of each color to see how it would turn out with various inks/manufacturers.  Since I'm fairly new to stamping, I don't have many reinkers.....but, I did have a few of Tim Holtz because of making glitter mist using his Perfect Pearls.  I started with that and made the Cranberry first.  I loved the color.......very soft and pretty.  I then did the lettuce and eggplant.

Next I tried the only two PTI colors that I had reinkers for.....Dark Chocolate and Scarlet Jewel.........Both are so pretty and I think they actually have more shimmer than the Tim Holtz wrinkle ribbon.  They are all very pretty......I just wish my camera would do the colors more justice.  Eggplant is really a nice purple, here it looks on the blue side.

Anway.......If you want to make your own, it's so very easy and didn't take me long at all.  Here are the steps.

  1. Purchase 100% Rayon Seam Binding (I got Hug Snug brand from fabric.com)
  2. Mix reinker and some water in little mister bottles (I used Tim Holtz brand).  I probably used about 25 drops of the ink and filled the mister 1/2 full with water.
  3. Use a container or splash mat and spritz seam binding with plain water to moisten it and get it ready to adhere the ink.  I just used one of those Glad storage containers that I can't find the lid to......It's like socks and the dryer....I never know where they get to.
  4. Put on rubber gloves!!!
  5. Mist the ink on to the ribbon, squishing and squeezing it while turning it in the ink.  I wanted a lot of color so I spritzed a good 5-8 times.  
  6. Wad up the ribbon in a tight squished ball and squeeze it into a dry paper towel, to absorb the extra liquid.
  7. Use your heat tool to dry being sure to ALWAYS keep tossing and squishing the seam binding.  Because it is so thin, you can not aim the heat tool right at it while it is still, it will burn.  I just kept the heat tool in one hand and tossed, tossed, squished, tossed with the other hand until it was dry.
  8. Store in container like I have below so it stays wrinkled.

    Little fishing tackle box stolen from my husband.......Do you think he'll miss it???  ;-)

     If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me...........and keep your eyes on my Etsy shop.......I bet you'll see some appear there this weekend!!!

    Thanks for looking!

      Monday, November 29, 2010

      Sassy Snow for Gina K.'s Sketch Challenge!

       This is my 2nd post for the day, so please make sure you scroll down on the home page for my first one.

      Oh, how I love my new stamps from Skipping Stones Designs!!!!  You'll be seeing quite a few from me in the upcoming weeks.  The humor in these stamps is unreal.  I chuckle just when I'm using them!

      Gina K.'s #4 sketch for this week is a simple one and when I saw it, I knew I was going to use my new Skipping Stones Sassy Snow stamps.  I also knew right away that I was going to use my new Creative Memories Cheerful Winter design paper.  I've been waiting and waiting for the perfect card to use these big, bright, colorful snowflakes.

      I just love it when an idea hits you and you know EXACTLY what you are going to use/do.  
      For me, that's a very rare occurrence.....lol

       Are you ready to LOL???

      This saying is for every woman out there!!!  I just love it!  It's perfect!

      I hope I made you chuckle with this card.  
      I know that I totally enjoyed putting it together.  
      Thanks for having a LOL moment with me today!

      Materials Used:
      Skipping Stones Designs - Sassy Snow
      Creative Memories - Cheerful Winter design paper
      VersaMagic ink - Aegean Blue
      Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
      Copic markers - YR09, B91, V15, V17, YG23, C1, C00

      Thinking of You card for Color Cue Challenge

      Just a quick post, today...........but, I'm back with yet another Color Cue #10 challenge!  Yep, this is #3 for me with these color combinations!  I just love the fact that there are 7 combinations for us to use this month (go check them all out).

      This card is made with Jinny Newlin's colors.  Boy, did it give me fits!  I think I changed this card at least 100 times.  I even quit last night with everything laying on my desk out of total frustration.  Then I revisited it this morning and changed it another 100 times and I think I've got a decent card out of it.  Funny how your mind just has a mental block sometimes and you just have to keep working through it.

      I usually have a sketch to go with these color challenges, but none were quite right.......so, I did my own layout.  Not too bad, actually.

      I just love this {stamps} of life set flowers2share.  So many possibilities, whether sympathy or thinking of you, or just because.  And...........since it's almost December 1st, new surprise stamps are on their way to me!

      Don't ya just love my new floral frog to hold my cards???  ;-)  New purchase at Michael's this weekend......lol

      Materials Used:
      the {stamps} of life - flowers2share stamp set
      PTI - Ripe Avocado, Kraft, and Stampers Select White card stock
      PTI - Banner Borders die
      Creative Memories - Mediterranean card stock
      VersaFine ink - Deep Lagoon and Onyx Black
      VersaMagic ink - Spanish Olive and Red Magic
      QuicKutz - flowers A2 embossing folder
      Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots A2 embossing folder
      3 copper eyelets
      Prima - Christmas flowers

      Sunday, November 28, 2010

      Time to Get Together........Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and another Color Cue Challenge

      Can I just say how much I love, love, love MFT's "A la Mode" line of stamps?"  They are fun, and cute and have just the perfect sayings.  I have 4 sets of them, but I'm working on getting each and every one of them.  They are just perfect for my girlfriends.

      Sooooooooooo..........for the challenges:  Mojo Monday #166 Sketch Challenges are always top notch!  They always get me thinking and I just loved this sketch with the "tilted" flare.  It was perfect for this MFT stamp.

       Add in another Color Cue #10 Challenge (there are 7 of them that you can post with until Dec. 7th!!!) with lots of purples and a pop of red.....and well, you have an adorable card for a friend. 

      I don't actually know where the purple plaid paper is from as I picked it up at a crop on the "share" table a few months back......but, it worked perfectly for this card.  I also used it to paper-piece the girl's pants.  They weren't that bad to cut out and it really pulled the whole card together.

      I wasn't quite sure where the "red" would tie in (no pun intended....lol) for this color challenge, but that ribbon just draws the eye!  I think it just grabs the eye and really finishes the card.  I'm so excited about this color combination!

      Not sure if you can see it, but I used Diamond Glaze on the clock face to give it some dimension.  It really perked it up!

      I actually had this card made last night, but had to wait until the Diamond Glaze was dry to photograph it.  I think it turned out absolutely darling.  I have 4 of these available in my Etsy shop!!!

      Materials Used:
      MFT - A la Modes - Take Time stamp set
      PTI - Plum Pudding card stock, Pure Poppy satin ribbon and Beautiful Blooms II dies
      Cuttlebug - Paisley A2 embossing folder
      Copics - V17, E25, E35, YR23, Y23, E000, E00, and E11
      Gelly Roll - Silver Star glitter pen
      Provo Craft - e. rhinestones
      Diamond Glaze
      Unknown - Purple Plaid patterned paper

      Saturday, November 27, 2010

      Button Balloon Birthday for Gina K.'s Color Challenge and Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge

      This is post #2 for the day........so, be sure to scroll down to see the Vintage Christmas set I made for one of my SILs.

      I am so happy that I got to start from scratch today and play with some new PTI goodies and some new Basic Gray papers.  I've so many new things arrive this past week, but since I've been filling Christmas card orders, I haven't had a chance to just play.  Well, today..........I got to!!!

      I combined Gina K.'s Color Challenge using aqua, green apple and white with Skipping Stones' Sketch Challenge to get a darling little birthday card.  I couldn't wait to play with my new PTI goodies from the November release.  The first thing I reached for was the Banners Border Die.  I also got to use PTI's Simply Chartreuse card stock and Basic Gray's Marjolaine design paper.  The end result???  Total cuteness!!!

      I decided to turn the sketch to the right 90 degrees so that the balloons could stand up nice and tall.

      See those chartreuse buttons?  I used my YG25 Copic marker on a clear button to match the card stock!  ;-)

      You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it to read the birthday sentiment from PTI's Birthday Basics stamp set.

      Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
      Everyday Button Bits stamp set
      Faux Ribbon stamp set (outside sentiment)
      Birthday Basics stamp set (inside sentiment)
      Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse and Stamper's Select White card stock
      Basic Gray - Marjolaine design paper
      Banners Border Die
      Vintage Holiday Mix Buttons
      Copic marker - YG25
      Creative Memories - Simply Beautiful paper flowers
      Stampin' Up - Glitter Brads

      Custom Vintage Christmas order!

      With family in this Thanksgiving, I got to show off my new skills.  My sister-in-laws wanted to see/order some cards while they were here.

      This was a set that one of them wanted me to make in 3 different colors for her 3 secretaries.  She always gets them the same card, so a little bit of color variation was all that she needed.

      I'm very partial to the red & white one.  That's my absolute favorite.

      I just love kraft card stock, so the following combinations were what I used:
      • Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate and Kraft (all from PTI)
      • Pinefeather, Fine Linen and Kraft (all from PTI)
      • Pure Poppy, Soft Stone and Kraft (all from PTI)

      The image is digital from shutterstock.com and I colored it in sepia brown using my Paint Shop Pro program for the blue and green card.  I used PTI's Embellishments stamp set for the background paper and then the Peace Be Still dies to create the felt snowflakes.  There is a nice sentiment wishing Happy Holidays on the inside.

      Thanks for visiting my blog today!

      Thursday, November 25, 2010

      Papertrey November Blog Hop Challenge!

      Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!  Another PTI Blog Hop!!!  I can't wait to get inspired by everyone's creations!
      For November's Blog Hop, this was the challenge...... 

      TAG TIME
      Recently the design team and I put together a variety of holiday tags that are perfect to keep on hand for quick wrap options. Now it's your turn to inspire us and the rest of the Papertrey community! Design a holiday tag or two using all of your favorite goodies and share it with all of us! We will all have plenty of inspiration to create a large stash and try to get ahead of the hustle and bustle of the season!

      I'm truly excited about this blog hop because it got me movin' on making my holiday tags.  I have many, many more to create because I got a bit sidetracked making these goodies that USE holiday tags.

      Recently there was a board post on the PTI forum started by Ted that caught my eye...........It was simply entitled M&M Stix.  Like any curious person would do, I opened the post and started reading.  Well, after I saw the first post with the original link to the St. Patrick's Day Stix, I thought about these as adorable gifts for my 5th graders for Christmas.  That was it!  It was over!  I had to give in and order the little bags to use with M&M's!!!  The rest is history!

      I ended up making 62 sticks using 4 regular sized bags of M&M's.  Each of the sticks holds about 25 M&Ms.  I folded over the top and then used my 3/16ths hole punch to put a whole at the top of the bag so I could attach the tags.  What an awesome project! 

      Here are just a portion of the sticks standing tall in all their prettiness!
      I loved coloring all these tags with my Copic markers.  It probably took me about an hour and a half to do all 62 of them.
      Just a close up of all of these adorable sticks, ready for giving!

      I know these tags are pretty simple, but I think my students are going to love these.  And, I think with all of the stix that I have left over, I will be attaching them to Gift Card packages or presents this holiday season!

      Off to your next blog!!! 
       Happy Stamping!!!

      Tuesday, November 23, 2010

      A Very Nice HYCCT Surprise!

      Another quick post as Thanksgiving is almost here and I'm preparing all the necessities for an awesome holiday with family.

      I was so surprised to get the following letter in the mail yesterday.  It's the kind of thing that brightens your day no matter what kind of day it was (talk about a "bad" Monday).

      As many of you who follow my blog know, in October the SplitcoastStampers forum hosted a "Hope You Can Cling To!" card making event for the entire month.  Every day I would come home from work and couldn't wait to see the next challenge for the next card that I would be sending to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  I ended up sending a total of 36 cards in 2 different packages, one in the middle of the month and one at the beginning of November.

      I totally enjoyed making all of these cards and sending them.  I can't wait until this event occurs next year so that I can make/donate even more cards.  I'm glad I could give someone something to look forward to and bring a little happiness to their day.

      Sunday, November 21, 2010

      Christmas Snow

      Just a quick update!

      I made a similar card last week for Ted's challenge, but I had a request via my Etsy shop to make it with a Christmas sentiment instead of winter...........so, this is what I came up with....... 

      Merry christmas sentiment is from PTI's 2010 Holiday Tags stamp set.

      Inside sentiment is from PTI's Vintage Ornaments stamp set.

      Just showing off the bling!  ;-)

      After scooping up every last package of these snowflake embellishments at Michael's, I also was able to post a set of 4 of these on my Etsy shop.  Take a look:  Christmas Snow on Etsy

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010

      Balloon Lift card for Sweet Sunday Sketch and W Plus 9 Color Cue

      I had so much fun putting this card together tonight........although it took me about 2.5 hours to combine everything.

      I just love the W Plus 9 Color Cue Challenges and this month, I'm just in heaven because each of their designers picked their favorite color combination and you get to submit cards for all 7!!!!  I love, love, love combining color challenges with sketch challenges.  So, this will definitely assure me a great variety for the rest of the month.

      Tonight's card uses the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge and Elise's Color Cue challenge colors.   I plan on submitting cards for each of the color pallets but I chose Elise's first.  Why Elise's you might ask?..........Because I have been downloading several of Dawn McVey's Color Couture card templates and patterned papers and I remembered that she had some teal patterned paper. And, since I just got more printer ink today......I couldn't wait to print some of these puppies out.  

      I also just got PTI's Everyday Button Bits stamp set last week and I have made a promise to myself to make a card with each of the little images because they are just adorable.  So, I posted this for the Papertrey Paper Dolls' "Button" challenge, too. BTW......Thanks, Amy...I wouldn't even have known about this challenge had you not posted about it.

      These two patterned papers are Color Couture Vol. 8 in the September download.  Aren't they just gorgeous together???  Thank-You, Dawn!!!!  I just love the little teal dots here and there on the brown/cream polka dot paper.

      Just the blank inside with more of the yummy teal patterned paper as an accent.

      Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted)
      Everyday Button Bits stamp set
      Terracotta Tile, Dark Chocolate and Vintage Cream CS
      September's Color Couture - Vol. 8 downloadable patterned paper
      Beautiful Blooms #2 flower dies
      Prima - Winter #3 flower
      Versa Fine ink - Deep Lagoon and Vintage Sepia
      Creative Memories flower - Delightful
      Stampin' Up - Glitter Brad
      Gina K. - Autumn buttons

      Monday, November 15, 2010

      Possible Etsy Shop Name

      No card or paper creations today...........just some musings.

      I've been setting up an Etsy shop where I can sell my cards.......but, there seems to be so much "behind the scenes" work to do before I load up some homemade items.  One of the things I'm struggling with most is all of the "policies"........shipping, returns, postage, etc.  Lots to do in order to get it up and running correctly.  I don't just want to throw things up there without thinking through everything first.

      One of the fun things is the fact that you get to create or use one of their banners for your store front.  I had Mike come up with a store shop name and this is what he came up with..............

      Because I can't make the image any larger......it says, "Greetings from Stephanie - Cards and Specialties."

      I made the banner with a free image, but his explanation behind the name was that everything I have made........journals, Post-It note holders, pens, Thanksgiving table decorations, etc. all have "greetings" on them.  And since I'm not just making cards.........I also have my "specialties".  Isn't that neat???  I love it. 

      Anyway.........Any feedback would be appreciated as this is what I'll get printed on stamps for the backs of my cards.  

      On another note.......I attended my very first Creative Memories party a few weeks ago and my papers/flowers/ribbon came today.  I am just totally in love with my new snowflake paper.  In fact, I can't wait to start using it for winter cards.  Take a looksie!

      Look at that beautiful Chartreuse and purple???  I'm in love!!!

      And these rich colors just called out my name.  Love these too!

      Thanks for taking a look at my blog today.  Any thoughts on my Etsy banner for my shop?  Any suggestions for Etsy itself???  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

      Sunday, November 14, 2010

      Caffeine Free Coke, Anyone??? Happily Ever Challenged and Clean & Simple Card sketch 116 challenges

      WOW!!!  Four posts for me today.  Incredible!!!  And, believe it or not, I got some major cleaning done for all of the company coming for Thanksgiving........windows, hard wood floors, dusting, etc.....It was a jam packed, yet PRODUCTIVE day!

      I'm truly excited about this next card.  Ted has a huge challenge this month for his anniversary and I've been contemplating it ever since he posted it on October 31st on his blog.  Happily Ever Crafter is his blog and he is so funny and creative (thus his blog name).  For his one year anniversary of 12 monthly challenges, he's pulled out all stops.  In his words...."You're going to go to your kitchen and find something (ANYTHING that's food or kitchen consumable related) and use that as your inspiration. Preferably, I want it to have a label or some brand or something on it so you can use it as your inspiration."

      I literally have looked at my pantry for 14 days!!!  Tonight while having dinner, I looked at my Caffeine Free Coke and an instant light bulb went off!!!  Oh, how I was hoping that I'd have some red, gold, and white design paper.......Then, I thought............Hmmmmmmmm..........What embellishments should I use??  I had to make this just right.   Oh........My perfect pearls that I got for the HYCCT challenges.  Is there gold?  Yes!  Score!!!

      I'm sure you get the picture.  Next, I went hunting for a sketch to use. I found it with Clean & Simple's 116th sketch for this week.  So, I'll first show you my inspiration, and then wow you with my CLASSIC Winter Wonderland Coke card!  ;-)

       Here it is!!!

      I can't believe that I had everything to match the Coke can.  The red is perfect, the gold swirly snowflakes, the Perfect Pearls accent on the kraft paper.  I just love it.

      The inside sentiment and a leftover strip of the Perfect Pearl Kraft card stock.  Finishes it off nicely.

      I had to get a close-up of the Perfect Pearls on the Kraft card stock.  It is so shimmery and beautiful, but you don't get to see that in the full view card picture above.

       My creative mojo was right on for this one and I'm so excited that I actually found something that would work.  I know that I didn't get to use the word "Classic" on my card (didn't have that word in any of my stamps) but, I think the card itself is "classic."  So, that is good enough for me!  ;-)

      Materials Used:
      PTI - Rustic Ivory and Kraft card stock; Snowfall & Snowfall Additions stamp sets
      Imaginisce - Twinkle Toes design paper
      Recollections Dimensional Stickers
      Versa Magic ink - Red Brick
      Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles
      Tim Holtz - Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold (in spritzer w/ water sprayed on the Kraft CS)

      Thanks again for looking at my blog..........and Ted???  Thanks for the super challenge!  I loved it!

      Christmas Stripes for the Skipping Stones Design #50 challenge

      Yep!!! I'm back for post #3..............So, keep on scrolling!!!!  I'm going to try my best to get one more card done before 10:00........Then it's all "PTI November Release" time!!!  I'll be tired getting up at 5a.m. tomorrow, but it will be worth it knowing that I got my new goodies coming right to my door this week.  ;-)

      I really had fun with this challenge.  I'm usually pretty particular with Christmas cards......nothing cutesy or fun.  Usually dark, rich colors are what appeal to me.  So when I saw this sketch from Skipping Stones Design......I pulled out the PTI Christmas Prints paper and decided to go with stripes!

      Here's my take on the sketch!!!

      I broke out the new patterned paper and also my new medium scallop die.  I decided to put it on both sides for the red strip and I loved it because it matched the big focal circle.  Added some Swiss dots with a Cuttlebug folder and you have everything coordinationg.  Love the result.

      I had to keep the circles going throughout the card so I decided to use a border stamp from PTI's Background Basics: Christmas set.  It pulls it all together!

      Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
      Trees with Trimmings, Inside & Out: Holiday and Background Basics: Christmas stamp sets
      New Leaf & Pure Poppy card stock
      Christmas Prints design paper
      DCWV - Summer Dream design paper (focal circle)
      Versa Magic ink - Red Magic and Watermark ink (border stamp on inside)
      Medium Scallop die
      Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

      Thanks, again for scrolling through my blog.  I really do appreciate all of your comments!

      I'm Sorry w/ a "New to Me" technique!

      I'm back with my 2nd card for today, so be sure to scroll down to see the first card I made.  It's so beautiful.

      I am combining the same 2 stamp sets that I used earlier today.......the {stamps} of life: Sympathy4you and Friends4ever stamp sets. 

      I saw a technique done by Gina K. on Stamp TV called "Emerging Leaves".  Basically, you emboss a larger solid stamp and then using a foam applicator you add ink on top of it.  The embossed image will show through and the ink highlights it.  It really was quite fun and pretty easy to do.  If you would like to see the Gina K. video tutorial that I used, take a look HERE

      I love the Spring Moss on top of this......It turned out so pretty.

      Love these sentiments.  They are just perfect.

      Materials Used:
      the {stamps} of life - Sympathy4You and Friends4Ever
      Hero Arts - Old French Writing stamp
      PTI - Stampers Select White CS & Spring Moss ink
      Filligree Clear Embossing Powder
      Unknown - olive, leafy design paper
      Memento - Tuxedo Black ink

      Hugs to You!!!! Mojo Monday & Curtain Call Challenges

      Good morning!!! 

      I'm so excited to share with you my next card.  Again, I'm using new stamps that I got from the {stamps} of life, but I'm more excited because I finally I have a set of sympathy stamps in which I truly love all of the sentiments.  Making sympathy cards is difficult enough, let alone picking the right words to use.  Stephanie Barnard came up with the most wonderful sentiments that will work on both the outside AND the inside of my cards.

      This card took a long time for me to come up with (around 3 hours to plan and make).  I don't think anyone would ever guess that a card can take that long.   But, with combining the sketch and the color challenge (that has 5 colors), it is a long process for me.......especially starting from scratch.  Add in the sewing and finding the perfect embellishments and ribbon and you have a lot of time involved.  Right now, my desk looks like a tornado hit it.  You should see all of the different papers I have strewn all over it.....lol

      You can't tell but the sentiment is heat embossed w/ clear embossing powder.  It really looks much prettier in person.  I also hope that you can see the leaves on the left.  Those are also from a new stamp set from the {stamps} of life called Friends4Ever.  I simply used Spring Moss ink on top of Spring Moss CS so that it wouldn't take away from the focal point.
      I just love this inside sentiment.  I used the Friends4Ever stamp set to decorate the top right corner of the card with another version of those beautiful leaves again.  I just love this set, too!  Can you tell?

      I mentioned that this will fit 2 challenges and it will work for both the Mojo Monday 164 Sketch Challenge and the Curtain Call Act 56 Color Challenge.  I really am happy with what I came up with combining both of these challenges. 

      Materials Used (All PTI materials, except stamps and buttons):
      the {stamps} of life - Sympathy4You and Friends4Ever
      Dark Chocolate and Spring Moss card stock
      Polka Dot Parade and 2008 Bitty Dot patterned paper
      Orange Zest and Spring Moss ink
      Dark Chocolate silk ribbon and felt
      Gina K. - Fall button assortment
      Janome Sew Mini - Stitch H/Tension 4

      Thanks for taking a peek at my newest creation. 

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