Monday, September 29, 2008

Collage art- my latest fun thing to try!
Altered art microscope slides. It is so fun. Kay C. are you checking these out? How did I do?
Kay C. is my eclectic stamp art friend!
I used pages from a very old encyclopedia, and the photos of people - used chalk to add color to the faces, cut words out of books for the text, 2 microscope slides and cooper tape. I found an adhesive backed jump ring finding to make my double sided slide a pendant. I'm still working on the neatness factor. The tape is not easy to get straight and to
press smooth. I have soldered some but I REALLY need practice doing that! Oh, how I am having a grand time playing. I know it's not stamping, but it is fun and made me "think outside the box!"
I may have to try my hand at a full size collage card front. I'll post it once I've accomplished that!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Who wants to come with next time? It'll cost you lunch!

Thursday I went to the Twin Cities for my errand running service. See blog I was going to pick up a customers grocery order from Byerly's in Eagan. I did find this great paper place called Anchor Paper Express in Burnsville.It is out of the way, off Cliff Rd. and 12th Ave. S. across the street from a Pepsi Cola distributor warehouse. I was told by my wise and stamping happy friend Martha that it had discount envelopes there. Oh! What an understatement! I walk in and to my hearts delight I spy - RUBBER STAMPS, SCRAPBOOK PAPER, STICKERS, SIZZIX DIES, CARD SAMPLES, EMBELLISHMENTS GALORE, INK, TOOLS, CLEARANCE ITEMS AT GREAT PRICES, a SCRAPPING ROOM WITH TOOLS YOU CAN USE, SIMILAR TO ARCHIVERS, AND A WAREHOUSE AREA TO PURCHASE ENVELOPES AND PAPER BY THE POUND. I was so overwhelmed. It was so FUN! Of course this may have to be a regular stop on my cities run days! (just for me to take in and enjoy!!) I held back and did not go crazy, but logged all kinds of information for future reference. Have I tempted some of you to want to join me on one of these runs?!!! This will be a regular stop. I hope to do more cities runs, so please pass on to your friends and families that I offer this service.I brought 2 coolers with to transport the refrigerated items and frozen items back to Red Wing in. I did pick up the groceries upon leaving the Twin Cities, so they were NOT lingering in the vehicle while I was mooning over the paper goodies at Anchor Paper Express. I hope to have a testimonial from the customer who I did the pick up for.
So if you'd like to come with me, you can buy lunch or a stamp from Stampscapes. Anchor Paper Express carries so many lines of rubber stamps, Stampscapes is one of my favorites!
I'll have to post when I am going next time. Or you can frequent my busybeeassistant blog to find out more.

Oh, on a crafting note: I punched a Big Bird and Cookie Monster too! SO adorable!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Check out Elmo!

Isn't he the cutest thing ever punched out?!! That's right, he is made using the scallop punch, punched twice to get the ragged, pointed edges, then the long slot punch for his nose, 1/2 of a circle punch for his smile and 2 sizes of circles of his eyes!! The wording is done on the computer. There is just the slightest hint of images versamarked onto the solid color background! Simple and oh, so cute! I have a customer who asked if I could make a card with Elmo on it for her godson who is 2. Do you think it will thrill the little man? I couldn't wait to post it, I have two others on different color cardstock, one is Happy Birthday and the other is Hello! from Elmo.
I found patterns for other Sesame St. characters. Just leave a comment if you would like them. This was so much fun to try!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What a swap! Lisa C's swap exclusive!

Our club gal Lisa C. brought this beautiful basket of treats to club! Very pretty display, and each treat package holds exclusive to Target - Pumpkin Spice Kisses! She is so good to us at club! YUM, and Thanks Lisa!

Stamper's 10 Club this past Friday Night - See what we accomplished!

Oh, now these cards are the ones that I continued on making after club was over.
The top one my daughter asked to do the swiping with the wipe and made these gorgeous wave like swirls, it's a great look, and she is only 11! She likes to show me up every chance she gets!
Love ya Mars,
The next is the cat from SU retired Cool Cat set, the purple colored one is the snowman wheel, that I painstakingly colored in with my basic black marker and when I went to swipe the wipe across it removed some of the ink and made this terrific effect of them being in shadow! So I truly liked what happened there. The Thank You - Lovely As A Tree card was masked with a circle of cardstock prior to swiping across the cardstock. One word of warning! Don't use temporary adhesive glue stick! YUCK! What a mess, it left residue on the card that took some time to remove, and dulled the finish of the glossy cardstock, but I know now and will use the 2 way glue and allow it to dry tacky before putting into place. Oh, how I still am learning too many things by trial and error! Last card is my favorite! The Upsy Daisy stamp from SU was used, and my favorite color of all time Pacific Pointe, along with Kiwi Kiss and Summer Sun were the stripes on the wipe. The added versamark image is from the Fresh Cuts SU stamp set.

Hope this has left you all inspired to pull out the stamp sets and ink and get swiping!!!

The top photo is the swap cards from this month's Stampers 10 club. Not everyone was in attendance, but what nice cards we exchanged!! Great work girls!

Now these next photos are the club girls finished projects, we did the Striped Wipe Swipe technique that was highlighted on Splitcoaststampers this past week! Check it out for lots of stamping and scrapbooking techniques, gallery of artwork, forums and much, much more! I bet I check it once a day and then some.
Getting back to our project, it's a simple technique that gives LOTS of BANG! You need glossy white cardstock, basic black ink, baby wipes, and your choice of reinker colors. (my KISS - keep it simple silly, rule of thumb is limit yourself to 3 colors.) I wanted the gals to play with the new In Colors Stampin' Up! came out with this last catalog. Pacific Pointe, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, and Riding Hood Red. The only regular color used in our swipes was Summer Sun. (other In Color colors not used are Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze - they were to light)
Once you do a few, it's very addicting and you want to make more. So if that happens to you, just make cards! Go with it! I went looking for more solid stamps to stamp in black and a great one for this time of the year is the cat from retired SU set Cool Cat. I even had some green cat eye jewels to embellish my Halloween cat. You'll find other stamps that will give the desired effect, just go play, you'll be very pleased!
Thanks girls! Great job on the cards, and we sure do have fun!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Cutie - Quick - Onesie Baby Cards

Look at these adorable cards!! You are going to want to whip up several and of different colors!!
This was so fun to make. The cardstock was cut the long way, with the fold scored at the 51/2" mark of the 11" side. Then you punch a 1 3/8" circle punch in the center of the fold and the corner of each end. Center as best yoou can. Then with a contrasting color or Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White punch out 3 circles and center the scallop punch over the holes and punch out the scallop decorations for the onesie! Put glue on the back of the scallop circle and place over the hole, trim to fit! Add whatever embellishments you like, like white cardstock trim on sleeves and bottom, add snaps or buttons for looks. The sleeves are cut at 1 1/2" and in about a fourth of an inch, then trim at an angle to the point of the leg hole opening with your 12" paper cutter.
You can alter this pattern in so many ways! It was so quick and fun to trim out.

Ok, if the directions are too vague, give me a call to book your own in-home workshop and we can do this card as your make and take!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Choc. Chip and Old Olive Sale-a- Bration Rub ons

Designer Series Paper

Just took a look at the Designer Series Paper pages of
the Fall/Winter Stampin' Up! IB&C pages 168-171. What I want to point out is that each grouping has the color coordinating names directly underneath the samples. So if you just glance across each page, zoom in on the ones that catch your eye, or really GRAB YOU! Now, look to see which of the 48+ coordinating Stampin' Up! colors they are. There you have your next color choices for some card crafting or scrapbook layout. This will give you 20 color groupings to try!! No more trial and error! This is just another one of the great benefits of using Stampin' Up! products.

Here are 2 cards I put together last night while washing clothes for Trent. We had him sort and store his special personal items that he doesn't want his siblings getting into. Went through his clothes and today have to buy a few things - like good walking shoes! Other big things we'll pick up once we get him to his dorm and see what his roommate brought. I'm so excited for him!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Swap cards from Stampers 10 Club night

These are the cards that the club girls made to swap. The center Believe card was made with
Unity Stamps, that gal won it as a drawing prize at the Apple Valley, MN Splitcoaststampers get together this past July 12th. That was a great time of stamping and eating and stamping and swap cards, and prizes and eating and stamping, and friendship and eating.................LOL!!


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