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Friday, July 25, 2008

Fabulous Flowers

How about another tease. Here is a close up of one of the flowers that I will be teaching how to make at a pre-convention class. This flower uses only Stampin' Up! products (well with one other little something that everyone has in their house). Once convention is over, I'll be taking orders for the directions. And you're going to say..."d'uh, why didn't I think of that!" In the past two months I have made over 1,000 of these little puppies. I'm thinking I may offer packets that can be used during your workshops for a full card using the flowers. Let me know what you think of my idea. It's not written in stone yet, so give me some feedback.
thanks heaps!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Business Cards

Here are some of my business cards that I designed. I Love how they came out. I printed them on Whisper White and mounted them with Real Red. I used the flower stamp from Together Forever. We had a little stamp camp last week and I made everyone their own cards.
And of course if you have business cards you will need something to hold the cards. So we made these little card holders. They are so fun to make, I don't know why I need three holders...maybe to match my outfits. :-)

You can find a great tutorial on how to make these holders here.
Have a great day!

Hanging with the girls

I've been busy getting ready for convention, as I'm sure alot of you are as well. My upline Vivian and side line Susan and I got together for some pre-convention stamping. Here are a couple of my cards for swapping.
This first card uses the stamp set Priceless and the sentiment from Short and Sweet. The colors are Perfect Plum, Barely Banana and of course Whisper White.

This card uses the background stamp Polka Dot, the set Together Forever and it's matching wheel, Forever Flowers. The sentiment is from Warm Words. I added purple cosmo glitter, which of course you can't see, but it's there.

Here we are ~ Susan, Vivian and I sitting on the side of the pool at Vivian's new home.

I hope you are enjoying your day,

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fabulous Brayer

I dusted off my brayer again and tried something a little different from my other tries. This time I brayered the card stock first using Barely Banana, Rose Red and Brocade Blue. I then stamped the large flower from the Fabulous Flowers set with versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Once it was cooled I outlined each petal with the sharp end of my Stampin Up black marker. I layered the card using Cameo Coral, Black and Brilliant Blue. Also adding the ticket punch to some of the layers. I used Brocade Blue ribbon attached with Brilliant Blue brads, used dimensionals to pop up the main image. The sentiment is from the Fresh Cuts stamp set.

Stamps: Fabulous Flowers, Fresh Cuts

Paper: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Brilliant Blue, Black
Ink: Black, Rose Red, Banana Yellow, Brocade Blue
Accessories: 5/8" Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Bold Bright Brads, Ticket Punch & Dimensionals, Brayer, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for popping in,

Friday, July 11, 2008

Oreo Personality Test

I came across this neat personality test on Iline's site. It fit me perfectly, how wierd is that! Take the test (it's quick and painless ) and see if how you eat an oreo tells a bit about you.

You eat the oreo ~
  1. The whole thing all at once.
  2. One bite at a time
  3. Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterwards.
  4. In little feverous nibbles.
  5. Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee...).
  6. Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie.
  7. Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
  8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
  9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
  10. I don't have a favorite way because I don't like Oreos.

READ the results:

Your Personality:
1. The whole thing: This means you consume life with abandon, you are fun to be with, exciting, carefree with some hint of recklessness. You are totally irresponsible. No one should trust you with their children.
2. One bite at a time: You are lucky to be one of the 5.4 billion other people who eat their Oreos this very same way. Just like them, you lack imagination, but that's okay, not to worry, you're normal.
3. Slow and Methodical: You follow the rules. You're very tidy and orderly. You're very meticulous in every detail with every thing you do to the point of being anal retentive and irritating to others. Stay out of the fast lane if you're only going to go the speed limit.
4. Feverous Nibbles: Your boss likes you because you get your work done quickly. You always have a million things to do and never enough time to do them. Mental breakdowns and suicides run in your family. Valium and Ritalin would do you good.
5. Dunked: Every one likes you because you are always up beat. You like to sugar coat unpleasant experiences and rationalize bad situations into good ones. You are in total denial about the shambles you call a life. You have a propensity towards narcotic addiction.
6. Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie: You have a highly curious nature. You take pleasure in breaking things apart to find out how they work, though not always able to put them back together, so you destroy all the evidence of your activities. You deny your involvement when things go wrong. You are a compulsive liar and exhibit deviant, if not criminal, behavior.
7. Twisted apart, the inside, and then toss the cookie: You are good at business and take risk that pay off. You take what you want and throw the rest away. You are greedy, selfish, mean, and lack feelings for others. You should be ashamed of yourself. But that's ok, you don't care, you got yours.
8. Just the cookie, not the inside: You enjoy pain.
9. I just like to lick them, not eat them: Stay away from small furry animals and seek professional medical help - immediately.
10. I don't have a favorite way, I don't like Oreo cookies: You probably come from a rich family, and like to wear nice things, and go to up-scale restaurants. You are particular and fussy about the things you buy, own, and wear. Things have to be just right. You like to be pampered. You are a priss.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fresh Cuts Shazam!

I just found a new Photoshop trick on a gal's sight that has Photoshop Fridays. Cool! So I took her challenge today to add some 'Shazam' to a picture. I decided to try it on my last picture that I uploaded so we can all see the difference. What do you think? Does it make a better picture? I think it does. If you'd like the directions to add 'Shazam' to your photos go visit Jessica and let me see what you can do with your pictures.

Today has been an interesting day. First I had to call my dentist because my temporary crown broke last night. They said to come in right after lunch. Yup. So instead of shortening the long drawn out process they made another crown for me to wear until I come back next week to do more drilling and then another temporary. I'm sure there are many other stories about teeth and crowns. Let's hear a note for us.

Someone, who will remain nameless, mentioned to me that circles were going to be very big this year. Well here's my first step into the circle room. I used the Fresh Cuts stamp set. Stamped it on WW cards stock. Colored in the plants and used crystal effects on the brown. I sponged around the sides and even some of the middle, of course that would be after the crystal effects had dried. Or I may have even done it before I put the Crystal Effects on the card. Who night time drugs are starting to kick in...woohoo. Here's my recipe before I fall asleep at the computer.

Stamp Set: Fresh Cuts
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Regal Rose
Paper: the same as ink
Extras: SU ribbon, white gel pen

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Another Try

I decided I didn't care for the card that I shared yesterday. There was just something that didn't click for me. Well I turned the card over and loved it. I also took some of the Ballet Blue away, I thought it was a little too strong for the subtle color changes. Let me know which card you like better.

Stamps: Fabulous Flowers
Ink: Rose Red, Barely Banana. Ballet Blue
Paper: Always Artichoke, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Real Red
Ribbon: Always Artichoke
Other: White embossing powder

This card uses the Fresh Cuts stamp set. I saw a similar layout somewhere out in web world and promptly lost the page. So from my feeble memory, I put this card together.

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Ink: Black, Bashful Blue
Paper: Black, Bashful Blue, River Rock, Designer
Riboon: White, Bashful Blue
Other: Black embossing powder, Half Pearls

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Another Brayer attempt

I'm still learning how to use the brayer. I'd love some comments on what's right and whats wrong with this card.First I embossed the flower from Fabulous Flowers using white embossing powder. I then brayered a piece of Whisper White card stock using Regal Rose, Barely Banana and Ballet Blue. My Barely Banana is starting to look like Old Barely Banana, it's so dirty. I then outlined the petals with an Elegant Eggplant marker. I embelished with the Elegant Eggplant ribbon. Then used Elegant Eggplant, Creamy Caramel, Ballet Blue and Real Red to mount the card.
Let me know your thoughts,

Friday, July 04, 2008

Hello again blog world

Hello again blog world. I'm back from my forced vacation from crafting. My hand has no broken bones, thankfully, just a nice sprain. At least with a sprain, I can take the annoying brace off. Now back to business ~
This is a card using the new Fresh Cuts stamp set. I used the sponge quite a bit on the main image and used crystal effects on the vine and the brown elements.

I'm still working with the brayer. It's fun to use, but boy it sure hurts my poor wrist.

Thanks for stopping by,

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