Monday, February 28, 2011

Brayer Technique....

For those of you that are just learning how to use a brayer, please know that I am just beginning to get the hang of this beautiful technique.  It is a truly beautiful technique and you can expect beautiful results.  The key is to practice, practice, practice. 

When I signed up for the brayer technique in the blog hop, I wasn’t thinking clearly.  My use of the brayer was very limited.  I knew the concept and had demoed a brayer sky in one of my clubs.  Getting ready for this blog hop was a little stressful for me.  You see, these ladies are very talented and I want to fit in!  So what’s a girl to do?  I studied and studied the beautiful talents of Michelle Zindorf.  In fact, the first card that I did, I tried to follow Michelle’s example to a “T”.  To see this project, go here and compare it to my project below.


What did I do differently?  I used different classic ink pads (Pacific Point, Tempting Turqouise and Basic Black), a different stamp set (Elements of Style), and a different layout.  You can still clearly see how Michelle inspired me.

If I had offer any tips, I would say…

1)  Study different brayer techniques.  Find an artist that you respect and study their technique.
2)  Use Whisper White cardstock.  If you try to use cheaper cardstock, the colors just don’t seem to pop or blend very well.
3)   I know this may sound crazy, but get some crayons and draw out your scene so that you can picture it clearly in your mind.  Once I started actually using the brayer, I got frustrated because I just simply felt a little overwhelmed.  Having that simple little drawing in front of me seemed to make me feel a little more relaxed.
4)  Work into the cardstock.  In other words, don’t start rolling onto your project but roll from your scrap paper (my scrap paper was also Whisper White cardstock).  If you don’t do this, you’ll end up with lines that are difficult to blend and those lines will be very visible.
5)  Don’t try to blend more than 3 colors at the same time or you’ll end up with a muddy looking image.
6)  Always start with the lightest color when blending.
7)  Make sure you clean your brayer frequently so that you don’t accidently mess up your ink pads or your project.
8)  When you are inking the brayer, don’t simply use back and forth motions.  If you do this, your brayer will not be fully inked.  It’ll only be ¼ or ½ inked.  Instead, pick roll only in one direction picking the brayer up each time and starting over.
9)  Keep a clean sponge nearby in case you need to fix something quickly.
10)  Practice and practice again.

I know theres probably more tips but right now that’s all I can think about.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Birthday Techniques Blog Hop



Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Birthday Techniques Blog Hop!!!  We're celebrating Stampin' Addicts 2nd birthday.  If you haven't visited Stampin' Addicts, I hope you will.  I'm really excited to be a part of this event and I'm so glad you stopped by.  If you're following the links, you just left my friend Mary's blog "Scrap and Stamp with Mary".  Next you go visit Adriana's blog "Escape 2 Stamp".   At the bottom of this post, there are 2 buttons.  One button goes to the previous blog and the other button goes to the next blog.  I know you'll enjoy the rest of this swap just as much as I have.  Happy blog hopping!!

My technique is using the brayer.  Now, I have to tell you, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I chose this technique.  I have very, very little experience using the brayer and it was very challenging for me!!  Whew!!

This first card used the stamp set Elements of Style.  I used classic stamp pads Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Black.  For the cardstock, I used Whisper White, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise.



For this second card, I used the stamp set Lovely as a Tree.  I used Pink Piroutte, Pacific Point and Basic Black.  I used craft Whisper White stamp pad for the snow flakes, stamping the trees and the birthday sentiment.  Oh, the birthday sentiment came from the set Sincere Salutations.  Just to add a little color, I used Crumb Cake seam binding and pulled the ribbon to get the ripple effect.  And... lastly, I used irridescent ice to make the snow on the ground sparkle. I really hope you like this card!


This last card was the most time consuming card of the 3.  I'm really not sure where to start as to what I used.  I can tell you that I built this card from the bottom up.  So here goes!!

For the sand, I used classic Crumb Cake, for the water, I used classic Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.  For the sky, I used classic More Mustard, Pink Piroutte, and Pacific Point.  For the clouds, I used craft Whisper White.  I used the stamp set Inspired by Nature and Word Play.  I also touched up the card with a lot of gold Smooch.  The two punches were the scallop punches.  I only used 2 peices of cardstock which is Whisper White and More Mustard. 

It took me 2 attempts to get this card right and I'm still not 100% satisfied.  Still, I hope you like it!




Monday, February 21, 2011

2 of 3 Club Projects

For this month's club meeting, which is tonight, I have prepared 3 cards. 2 of the 3 club projects involve water-coloring with the newer crayons...I'm talking about the new crayons in the new color kit. 

There is definitely a feel for blender pens vs. aqua painters.  It's doesn't stop there because there is a different feel for whisper white card stock and water color cardstock.  Me, myself and I, well, I like the aqua painters the best.  Because the aqua painters tend to release more water, I prefer the water color cardstock.  I think it's totally up to your style!

In this first project, we used the blender pens and whisper white card stock.  The stamp set is Embrace Life.  The colors are Marina Mist and Pear Pizazz.  



The second project was created using the Under the Stars stamp set.  I also used water color cardstock and the aqua pens.  I used the new colors in the new color kit and I'm loving them!!!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Cards from sweet friends!!

My birthday is in December.  It's actually on the 13th and it's been that way for uh....well, nevermind...uh seriously I'm not that old!  It was really, really pleasant surprise to find an envelope addressed to me that I wasn't expecting.  You know...it's usually only bills in the mail so this particular envelope made me smile really big.  It was a card from my sweet friend Rhonda.  Rhonda isn't only a friend but she's my Stampin Addicts sister.  It's special bond of girlies that truly support each other to the max. Anyway, here's a picture of that card.


Please, please a minute and visit Rhonda's blog.  It's called The Stampin Bunny.  Check out all her creations and tell her how very sweet she is!!

Talking about sweet, I also need to show you cards that my girls got from my friend Kim.  Kim is another sister from Stampin' Addicts.  Here's what she sent the girls for Valentine's Day!



Kim is all about spoiling my girls with every package she sends me.  Kim and I have only met once in person but we share a special friendship that I hope will last a long, long time.  So now, go check out Kim's blog.  It's called Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper.

Okay, so let's keep talking about sweet things that people do.  My Jess sent Kim a thank you card that she created all by herself.  Well, I did cut the paper because you don't really want a 7 year old using a large paper cutter, now do you?  Okay here's the outside of the card.


And...here's the inside of Jessica's card. Isn't that so sweet?



Here's my last picture for today.  It's probably the sweetest (if you know what I mean)!  My dad and his wife joined us for cake and ice cream after supper on Valentine's Day.  We decided this year that the girls, Keith and I would just celebrate by buying an ice cream cake from Baskin' Robbin's.  We love, love, love those cakes but because of the expense, we reserve those cakes for special times.  Here's a picture of our yummy cake!





Thursday, February 17, 2011

Little Sweet Gracie

Gracie is totally the opposite of Jessica.  They play really well together but their personality is totally different.  Where Jessica is sweet and a little shy, Gracie is sweet and a little more outgoing.  Gracie talks constantly and has all these cute little ways of saying things. 

I know you've probably noticed that I used the same back ground on 2 different scrapbook pages.  Here's the thing.  Each page will go into a different book for a different child.  Each page captures the personality of my child.  And...yes, they do deserve their own book, their own page, but why totally re-invent the wheel?  If you've got a great page, why not change it up ever so slightly and duplicate the page? 



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Our Sweet Jessica

The below is another page I created using My Digital Studio.  I love MDS.  With MDS you can create just about any look you want for your scrapbook page.  My next step is to take these digital pages and turn them into "real" pages, but that may have to wait until the next crop at church!


Check out how sweet our Jessica looks!  Isn't she totally adorable?  Now I have to make a matching page using the pictures with Gracie.  They both have the same dress, just in different colors. 


Okay, now it's your turn. Tell me what you think about this page!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Slip Sliding Away!!

One of the things that  love about summer is playing out in the yard with my girls.  I love to get out the Slip n' Slide, sit out in the sun and watch them play.  They both are full of excitement and the squeals are on!



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gracie's Style

My girls, I can say with confident both have their own style.  I don't know where they get it, because it's certainly not from me!!  I adore their taste in clothes although sometimes it gets a little wild.  What they think matches, doesn't always match.  Still, it's fun to see what they come up with!

The below scrapbook page was made with Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fantastic Marker Club

  If you've ever wanted all the Stampin' Up! markers but really couldn't afford to plop down a hundred bucks at one time, I have a deal for you!   You'll just need to let me know if you're interested.

1)     4 ladies will divide the total cost of the markers by the 4 color collection for 4 months (109.95/4=27.48) plus taxes and shipping. 
2)    Your cost will be $109.95 (total price of markers including the case) divided by 4 (ladies in the marker club).  Your total will be $27.48 a month plus taxes and shipping for 4 months.
3)    The 1st lady that signs up will receive the marker case first.  The 2nd lady that signs up will receive the second marker case and so on.  You’ll receive 1 of the color collections each month for 4 months.
4)    If you are in a club, this purchase will go towards your monthly club
 purchases.

5)    Here’s the facts about these markers…
Dual tipped markers: .5 mm fine point and flexible brush
Set of 38, packaged in rigid plastic case with handle
Includes colors from all 4 color collections (does not include Whisper White or Very Vanilla)
Odorless, water-based dye ink
Coordinate with Classic Stampin’ Pads and exclusive Stampin’ Up! card stock
Finger grips on cap aid in easy cap removal

This is how I got all my markers 6.5 years ago.  This is a great way to get all the markers while not plopping down all the cash at once.   If you have any questions, please let me know.  This marker club is only good for 4 ladies.  To get in on this deal, you must be one of the four to ask about it first.  If you have any questions, just ask away!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Some time to myself!!

I've got a wonderful mother-in-law.  Yep, she's totally awesome.  Keith had tickets to go to the Big Game at Bayside.  While he was gone, she asked if she could watch the girls.  My girls loving being with their grandmomma so, of course she could watch the girls.  Afterall, I need a little time to myself every once in a while.  As a family, Keith, the girls and I do everything together.  It's rare that if you see one of us, the other isn't far behind.  Anyway, so this Saturday, I got the chance to be totally by myself.  I had intended on cleaning house, but.....that didn't happen.  So...what'd I do...we'll here you go!


The card above was made using Crumb Cake and Whisper White cardstock.   I'm totally in love with Crumb Cake and I would probably say that it's one cardstock that I'm constantly re-ordering.  It's just my favorite.  And....those little pearls!!!  I love 'em!


See even on the card above, I had to sneek some Crumb Cake cardstock and seam binding.  Just love it!  The colors that I used on this card includes Marina Mist and Chocolate Chip.  Oh, and there's those pearls again.  The stamp set for this card and the first card is called Thoughts and Prayers.  It's one of those stamp sets that you really need for more serious type of cards.  Works great for a sympathy card or for someone that's having problems and in need of prayer. 

 I know it's really hard to tell, but that's Night of Navy with Crumb Cake.  The blue cardstock really looks more like Brilliant Blue but I think it's the flash on my camera.  Even though this card is just one layer, look at what all is going on in this card.  Every amount of space is used.  It really looks pretty busy.  The ribbon is Chocolate Chip and I used the oval scallop punch along with the larger scallop punch.  And...hidden in there, you can see some Night of Navy brads.  Can you find 'em?


This is the last card I made for the night using Crumb Cake.  See the difference my flash made in the Night of Navy on this card and the one above?  It's amazing how a flash just totally changes the color.  Same room, same table, same camera,  etc.  What do you think about those tiles?  I simply scored the cardstock every 1/2 inch vertically and horizontally and then ran my brayer over it inked in Night of Navy.  Check out the last card on this post for a totally different look for tiles.  The stamp set that I used on this card is called Upsy Daisy. 


For this card (above) I was just totally in the mood to make me a few monogram cards.  Monogram cards are totally perfect for just a simple note card.  There's something so simple about this card.  I used, my Big Shot with the lattice embossing folder, my scalloped punch, Whisper White, Concord Crush (keep wanting to call it Concord Grapes) and Pear Pizzaz.  The stamp set I used is called Circle Circus.  It's one of my favorite stamp sets.

This card above is actually a very, very old card that I did using the tile technique.  I just simply scored the paper diagonally instead of horizonal and vertical.  The stamp set that I used is still available and it's called Inspired by Nature.  It makes me think of fall, doesn't it?  I used Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock.  For ink , I used Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss* (which is no longer available), Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa*, and Chocolate Chip. 

Sour Cream Containers - Oh, so easy!

My weekend was fabulous!  How about yours?  Did you get any stamping done?  I finished some major stamping projects (swaps and gifts) but I also found time to stamp just for my pure enjoyment!  Isn't that what this hobby is all about?


This first little project was a filler for the Valentine goody bags.  The teachers at Jessica and Gracie's school will be putting one of these little sour cream containers in all the goody bags.  Each little sour cream container contains a piece of candy.  I think we made about 45 of these little cuties.  So fast and easy.  If you would like directions, just let me know and I'll post.  It's a great kid-friendly project.  Jessica and Gracie both had a great time helping with this project!!



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Little Sweet Cards

I can remember when I was staying with my aunt when I was in junior high school.  My parents were out of the country.  My aunt would fix my lunch and my brother's lunch in plain brown bags.  She totally loaded our lunches with the "good stuff."  I guess you could say she spoiled us.  Anyway, the thing I remember about one of the lunches was, she wrote a little note. I can't remember exactly what the note said, but I remember thinking how cool she was.

Wouldn't the little 3x3 note cards be perfect to put in lunch boxes, or maybe in a gift bag.  And...wouldn't it be perfect to slip some special person a little note just because?  Check these little notes out!!





 
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