Thursday, April 8, 2010

Demonstrator Web Site

I bit the bullet after a lot of thought and signed up to have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Business Website. I will hold onto this blog, but will mostly be updating my DBWS. So check it out at:

Let me know what you think of it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Black and White Tri-fold Shutter Card

I've seen a lot of these types of cards and thought I'd give it a try for my friend's birthday.  I thought this black and white designer series paper (retired from the holiday mini catalogue) would look elegant for this card along with my favorite green - Old Olive.  Most items on this card are retired, I'm afraid, but there are always substitutions out there to consider.

Notice the paper piercing, the distressed edge on the card front, and the use of the new Border Punch.

Supplies: Basic Grey CS, Basic Black CS, Old Olive CS, Night and Day Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retired), Ribbon Originals "Mistletoe" (Retired), Heart image from "Sketch It" stamp set (Retired, but I have a used one available for purchase), Friends image from a retired rub-on package (sorry, don't have the name of it), paper piercer and mat pack, Old Olive ink, cutter kit (for distressing paper edges), stampin' dimensionals, adhesive.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hybrid Valentine

Valentines Day has come and gone and I'm only finishing this post now.  Sad, but better late than never. Hopefully, you get some inspiration for an anniversary or wedding card with this one.  I'm still pleased with the final result.

This is my hybrid card - a combination of paper crafting and digital crafting.  The heart and the "love forever" are images from My Digital Studio which I sized and positioned to print on whisper white cardstock.  My printer doesn't print colours very true, but it worked fine. 


This layout was one I saw done by another demo named Tessa Wise and thought it was uniquely attractive.  The background image is inspired by her card as well.  I started with a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock and very lightly and unevenly sponged it with Close to Cocoa ink.  After using my embossing buddy over the entire piece of cardstock (this step prevents embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it to), I stamped my French Script background in Versamark ink (this background stamp is retired, but very similar to the current En Francais stamp).  I embossed the background stamp with clear embossing powder, then thoroughly, but still unevenly, sponged chocolate chip over the entire image.  The ink doesn't stick to the embossed image, leaving it lighter coloured than the paper.  The effect is lovely, though not captured well in this photo.

Supplies:  Real Red CS, Close to Cocoa CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS, Border Punch, My Digital Studio (Images from "Always" and "Fundamental Phrases"), French Script stamp, sponges, Chocolate Chip ink, Versamark ink, embossing buddy, clear embossing powder, heat gun, mini library clip, White organza ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, adhesive.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hoping for Spring Snowglobe Card

Here is my version of a snow globe card. I got the basic layout from my downline and worked my own style into it.  The bird was stamped with stazon on white cardstock, then coloured with blender pens and ink.  After I finished colouring it, I covered the entire image with versamark using my versamark pen and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged my background over the bird. The clear embossing resists the ink and the colour of the bird can stay true. 

  • Little Leaves sizzix die
  • Leaves are cut from SU Designer paper in old olive and sponged with old olive ink
  • little bird is only available for demonstrators to give as gifts
  • Bird: black stazon, blender pens, Pacific Point ink, Apricot Appeal ink
  • Sponging: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Sage Shadow
  • white stazon
  • SU Medium Window sheet
  • Snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes set
  • Soft Suede ribbon
  • black mini clip
  • Rich Razzleberry CS
  • Soft Suede CS
  • Whisper White CS
  • Versamark ink
  • heat gun
  • Clear embossing powder (for bird)
  • Black embossing powder (for sentiment)
  • sentiment from Heard from the Heart stamp set.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Clearly Inspired

I just love acetate cards and am really pleased with the combination of Dusty Durango and Bravo Burgandy. The picture above shows the front of this 6x3 card. The picture below shows the inside left of the card. Hope you like.

Window sheet
white stazon ink
dusty durango CS
whisper white CS
Bravo Burgandy CS
stampin dimensionals
sticky strip
Bravo Burgandy ink
Organza Ribbon
Baroque Motifs stamp set
Inspired by Nature stamp set
versamark ink
clear embossing powder
heat gun

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robotic Well Wishes

A simple card, but a cheerful colour combination to brighten someone's day just a little bit.

Burmuda Bay CS
Crushed Curry CS
Soft Suede CS
Kraft CS
Basic Black classic ink
Stampin' Dimensionals
Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Paper piercing tool
Mat Pack
Lots of Bots stamp set

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bumble Bee in the Window

I just love this little bumble bee from the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set.

Soft Suede textured CS
Crushed Curry CS
Medallion stamp
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat Gun
Soft Suede ink
Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set
White stazon ink
Stampin' Dimensionals
Soft Suede ribbon
Sticky strip adhesive
Fresh Cuts stamp set