Like No Udder

I'm supposed to be packing right now since we're heading out of town tomorrow after work, but I wanted to post one more time before we go. We're heading to the lake for a few days so I won't be posting probably until Tuesday. In the mean time here's a little something for you to see. I made this card for a coworker's birthday. She loves pigs so I knew I had to use the retired Very Punny set. I've seen some variations on this on SCS and I thought it was very fitting. I used the masking technique on this and if I wasn't in such a hurry making it last night it would have been a great card to use to make a masking tutorial. I'll work on one when I get back from the lake.

Stamps: Very Punny
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Pixie Pink, Basic Black
Paper: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Black Gingham ribbon, Blender Pens
Technique: Masking, Watercoloring


Slit Punch Scalloped Border Tutorial

The slit punch is a great tool. I love the look of a picture or a stamped image accented with the slit punch. See Gator Wishes from earlier this week to see what I mean. But, the slit punch is also great for making a scalloped border.

First start out with a strip of cardstock. It's best to start out with a strip that is wider than the punch is.

With the underside of the punch facing you, line up the edge of the punch with the edge of the strip of cardstock, as in picture 2. Punch.

You'll be left with what you see in picture 3.

Then line your punch up next to the edge of the first scallop.
See picture 4.
Continue all the way across your strip of cardstock.

You'll end up with a scalloped strip. See picture 5. Use this piece
as an accent on a card or scrapbook page. The scallop looks great as a trim on a picture.

Here's my finished project. I used my scallop piece as a trim on the layers of my stamped image.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: Old Olive, So Saffron
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Slit punch


Gator Wishes

Ain't this the cutest little gator you've ever seen? He's just so happy! I used my much neglected slit punch on this one. I just never find myself reaching for the punch, but I'm trying to spread the love. This was also my first attempt at the chalkboard technique. I haven't had my white craft pad for very long, so I'd never tried it before. Basically it's poppin' pastels, but on dark cardstock.

Ink up your stamp with white craft ink and stamp it on your dark cardstock. Then take your cotton ball or dauber and pick up some chalk, then dab on your stamped image.

I also used my new favorite punch, the Photo Corners punch. I'm so tempted to put a corner on everything.

Stamps: Wild About You, Hugs & Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, White Craft
Paper: Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Slit punch, Photo Corners punch, Stampin' Pastels
Technique: Chalkboard

I have some new projects that I really want to share with you, but they're a secret right now. Hopefully I can share them with you soon.


Scrapbooked Starfish

This is a page I did for the SCS scrapbook sketch challenge, SBSC103, which was posted on Aug. 17. These are pictures from our trip to Sea World in San Diego back in January. I have a lot of pictures from the trip, but finding four pictures to fit the sketch was tricky. I don't print my pictures at home, I just have them printed at a local store in the standard 4x6 format. So finding four coordinating pictures that I could cut down to 4x4 squares without loosing important parts of the picture was a challenge. I actually had 5 pictures of the starfish, so one got left out. Maybe it'll get it's own page eventually.

I love my new Photo Corners punch and I thought it was a nice simple touch for a nice simple page. The "starfish" on the background page is actually one of the flowers from the three flower stamp from Looks Like Spring. I'm so glad that I got the pictures scrapped because these are one of my favorite group of pictures from that trip. Time to get scrapping the rest.

Stamps: Short Order Alphabet, Looks Like Spring
Paper: Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black Classic, Versamark
Accessories: Photo Corners Punch
Splitcoast Stampers Scrapbook Sketch Challenge 103


Wild About You!

Look! It's not a Christmas card. Yay! I got my new goodies on Monday night and this is my first creation with the new stuff. I've been wanting this set for so long, but I just kept putting off. I have some scrapbooking to do of a trip to San Diego Zoo, so I finally made this set a priority. This elephant is just so darn cute and he's so sweet, too, offering you a flower. And I love my Photo Corner Punch. It adds a quick accent. I did use some retired ribbon on this one, but it coordinated so well. I had a little fight with the glue dots getting the ribbon lined up, but I wouldn't let them ruin a perfectly good card. I love this little elephant. He's so cute. And I'm sure you'll see plenty more of him around here.

Stamps: Wild About You
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Rose Red
Paper: So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Photo Corners Punch, Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals (retired)


Christmas in August Reminder

Just a reminder that my Christmas in August class is this Sunday. For the details please see my earlier post found here. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance.



This is very unlike me, but I used a non-SU! product. I went to Stampaway, which is a stamping convention that was being held in Cincinnati on Saturday. I couldn't resist the Stickles. I wanted glitter!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe how many colors Stickles comes in. I'm chicken, though, so I only bought Diamond and Platinum. On this card I used the Diamond Stickles. I was so excited to use it, but I couldn't get the cap off. After tearing up my hand trying to get the cap off I brought it upstairs and tried to use the grippy thing in the kitchen. I still couldn't get it off. So I went a floor higher and asked hubby to get the cap off. He couldn't either. So down to the garage. Hubby took a wrench to get the cap off. He cracked it, but it still works and it opens and closes easily now.

So, again, another winter themed project. I promise I'll get over it soon.

I promise you'll see some wild animals soon. Hopefully I'll still be able to get some posts up using hubby's computer. Mine laptop is being sent to the manufacturer for repair as the screen won't stand up on it's own. It's currently being held up with a heavy box propped up behind it. Who knows how long it will take to repair, but I promise I'll try to still get some pics uploaded and some blogs posted.

Stamps: A Tree for All Seasons
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Tempting Turquoise, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Black Gingham ribbon, Slit punch, Double Circle punch, Stickles glitter

Oscar's Christmas page

OK, I know I said I was done with Christmas and snowflakes for a while, but I've been working on this scrapbook page and I wanted to share. Oscar is an only child in our house so he is spoiled rotten and often scrapbooked. This is his Christmas 2006 page. I made this Santa outfit for him so we took his picture under the tree and sent it out with our Christmas cards last year. The colors for the layout were taken from the presents under the tree. I like the way the page title came out. I don't have a large bold alphabet, but I think the small one works here. It made it easy to have a long title, too.

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot, Short Order Alphabet
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence
Paper: Ballet Blue, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Round Tab punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch


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More Snowflakes

I know, I know. It's August. What's with all the snowflakes? I just love this set and it's new to me so I got a little happy. But I promise next week I'll be over the snowflakes when my new goodies arrive. I cannot guarantee that there won't be Christmas, though.

I have a bunch of these candles that I got really cheap last year that have just been sitting in a drawer. They have a nice sweet smell to them and are a great substrate for stamping.

To stamp "on" a candle, first stamp onto white tissue paper. I stamped the snowflake in Night of Navy onto
the tissue paper and trimmed around the image. Then lay your image on your candle and wrap it with a piece of wax paper. Use your heat tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle. DO NOT OVERHEAT. Your candle will warp. Then repeat with any other images. On this candle I put the word "Joy" underneath this snowflake and I also put a snowflake on the backside of the candle.

Quick, easy, and cute.

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Tissue paper
Accessories: Wax paper, heat tool
Technique: Stamping on candles


Cut out flowers

First of all let me apologize for the horrible picture. My husband was out of town and took the good camera.

This card was made for another one of those fabulous SCS challenges. The challenge was to do a cut out card. I took my piece of Whisper White and lightly traced a rectangle onto the center of it. I then stamped my flower images, making sure I went into the rectangle in a few spots. I then used my X-acto knife to cut along the straight lines and also around my flowers. I then erased the pencil lines. I watercolored the flowers and then mounted it on the piece of Old Olive, which I cut slightly larger than the Whisper White to also give it a matted feel. I stamped the sentiment into the middle of the Old Olive piece and mounted it on the card. I then stamped the little swirl along the bottom in Pretty in Pink.

Stamps: Delight in Life (retired)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink


Christmas in August

Well it's about that time to let you know about Christmas in August. This is one of the cards we will be making. This month features the set Flaky Friends and we will focus on watercoloring.

Class details
Christmas in August
When: August 19 @ 2:00
Where: My house
What: 6 cards (3 each of 2 designs) for $12 (envelopes not included)
RSVP: 24 hours in advance
Glue sticks will be provided. If you'd prefer a different type of adhesive, please bring it along with you.

Card details
Stamps: Flaky Friends
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Old Olive, So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy
Paper: So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Blender Pens
Technique: Watercoloring.


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