Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Chalkboard Technique Card

The theme for this month's Long Distance Swappers group is Pot Luck, anything we want.  Since I am loving the latest and greatest technique "Chalkboard" effect, I thought I'd try that.  My first choice for color was going to be Pool Party, Baja Breeze and Island Indigo, which I always choose.  I decided that I needed to challenge myself and use a different color palette this time.  Yellow is almost the opposite of blue!  :)

I'm always looking for ways to make my stamping tools into multi-taskers!  If I have to find room to store something, I want it to be able to do more than 1 thing for me.  The opportunity to use the Labels Collection framelit dies in a new way presented itself nicely with the Chalkboard technique. 

After embossing the Ferris Wheel image from the "Feeling Sentimental" set with Whisper White craft ink and Whisper White embossing powder on Basic Gray Cardstock, I placed my framelit die with the flat side down on the cardstock around the embossed image.  To hold it down, I used two post it notes. 

Then using Stampin' Up! watercolor pencil in white, I traced around the inside of the framelit die.  You could switch the Post-It notes to the inside and trace the outside of the die as well, but the inside was the size I wanted.  I swiped the craft ink on before doing this step as I found that if I traced the outline and then swiped with the craft ink, it tended to diminish the crispness of the outline.

I matted the Basic Gray on top of a piece of Whisper White and mounted it on Summer Starfruit cardstock.  Using the Bitty Banners stamp set and framelits,  I cut a flower from the Flower Trim and pressed it into my Summer Starfruit ink pad to give the top edges color.

A really fun technique to try!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2013

My upline has been telling me I need to go to Stampin' Up! Leadership, but I just don't have the downline to qualify to go.  This year, in honor of Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary, they opened Leadership up to everyone!  I immediately signed up as it was held in Orlando Florida.

It was almost like a condensed convention.  Great classes, informative presentations, lots of swap cards and many wonderful ideas on display.  Oh, and lots of free goodies!  I won prize patrol, a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and some flower ribbon.  I thank Carrie Cudney since she handed me my packet at check-in with the winning wrist band in it!  I got to meet some new people - one of which is Stampin' Royalty!  Jeanna Bohanon, current Artisan Award Winner!  She was so cute and fun to talk to and very talented!  She posted a pic of us during class on her blog:

 The swap cards I received were just fabulous, really good quality.  I will have to dig out my favorites and post some.  I really struggled with my design.  I did not want to go to Leadership without cards to swap, but I was so sick at Christmas and two days before we were set to fly to Orlando, I got bronchitis!  And I was stuck without a good idea for a card!  I knew I wanted to use the new "Swallowtail" stamp from the Spring 2013 Mini Catalog.  But it just wasn't working right.  A few conversations with my upline and many photo texts back and forth, here is what I came up with:

I took the picture with my phone in my hotel room because I forgot to bring my camera and didn't want to give them all away before getting a photo!  The base layer of the card is Island Indigo and the inner panel Pool Party.  I stamped in Pool Party ink using the "En Francais" background stamp and in Island Indigo ink the "Swallowtail" image.  I made my own shimmer mist and sprayed it on the top, punched out a flower and put a pearl on top, adhering with a glue dot.  Stamped sentiment in Island Indigo and punched out using our Large Oval Punch.  I just love the detail in the butterfly image.  It made me want to make a simple card in order to highlight it.

Overall, the Leadership trip was a great success.  Perhaps next year I will be able to go again.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Valentine's Cards for kids to make

Every year I end up making my daughter's Valentine's cards, but this year she has shown a bit more interest in making cards I design.  She made a couple of my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack cards and was really excited about it!

For this year's card I came up with a cute design that uses the Chalkboard technique that is very trendy right now.  I love this look and although it can be done in a multitude of ways, I used Basic Gray cardstock and Whisper White craft ink.  (You could use chalks as well and even Basic Black paper, but I felt the Basic Gray had a more vintage-y feel).

This is a little more "stepped up" from what I would expect a 10 year old to be able to do since it involves heat embossing.  So I got together a little focus group!  My daughter had a play date over the weekend and 2 of her good friends came over and a girl in our neighborhood also joined them.  They really enjoyed making the card, especially swiping the craft ink over the cardstock to make it look like eraser marks.  Other than my daughter, the girls had not ever stamped before.  It went really well!  I asked if they'd take it as a class and they said yes!

Here they are proudly showing off their work:

So I am going to put a class together for my daughter's friends so they can all come over and make their own Valentine's cards this year too!  I'll be handing out a postcard invite and posting on Facebook with details.  If you don't get one and are interested, please email me!