Archive for February, 2010

Ink Or Dye

February 18th was the last meeting of Ink Or Dye, the stamping group to which I belong.  We now meet at Ramona’s house where we have lots of room to play.  It’s such a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  Ramona is blessed with a wonderful husband who doesn’t at all mind our monthly invasion!

Our card swap theme for this month was “A Round Card for a Square Envelope”.  I really struggled with this one as did several other members.  I’ve determined I’m definately not a “round card person” and that there is a very good reason to buy rather than make envelopes!

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I had some round Lacé templates and I thought that would be the perfect thing for a round card.  I’m not sure if it was my paper or my exacto knife, but I had a difficult time making the cuts without tearing the paper.  And I had a brand new blade in my knife!  I usually do at least 2 cards — 1 to trade and 1 to keep.  As you can see from the second card, I chose to do a much less intricate pattern after becoming so frustrated fighting with my knife.

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This was the card I received in the swap.  I love the scalloped edge and I’ve added this set of Nestabilities to my wish list.  Kendall made this card.  Her cards are always so artsy and beautiful!

The theme, “What I See Out My Window”, for the ATC swap was much easier! 

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I stamped a window that actually opened to reveal a picture of my son when he was 3 years old, standing naked by the pool.  There were lots of laughs as my ATC was passed around and my friends discovered what I see out MY window!  Originally I thought my son, who is now in middle school, might be a bit upset with my use of that picture.  Quite the contrary, but he was sure to point out that the picture had not been taken from my window and that the angle was all wrong!

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Toni made the ATC I received.  She used pastels to simulate the sky at sunset.  I love the woodgrained paper she used to create her window.  Very clever!

And now, for the group! 

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Ramona!  Yes, I know I will hear about posting this pic, but borrowing her favorite saying, “Bite Me!”   🙂

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Betsy & Kendall!

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Kendall, Marian & Sandi!

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Connie, Margy & Toni!

Just so I have the opportunity to redeem myself, I promise to take better pictures next month! 

Shore Is Fun

As I scramble to catch up on my scrapbooking, I find so often I default to matting my pictures and arranging them on coordinating backgrounds.  This gets the job done but all too often I’m disappointed when the pages look more like glorified photo albums rather than scrapbooks.  As much as possible I try to add titles, captions, and embellishments, but I still find myself wanting more.

Most recently, I’ve taken to creating shorelines for my pages that involve water activities.  A little bit of torn edges and some stamping over the top goes a long way to create a fun and interesting border.

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This was the first layout I had done.  It is from last summer when my husband and son went to the “Father & Kids Campout” with our church.  The picture of my two guys with their canoe was what started it all.  My son was completely into canoeing and I definately wanted to capture that feeling.

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I used this same technique with some pictures of my daughter and me fishing.  Although she managed to catch a fish, it was the only one.  I caught a rock and it wasn’t long before we lost interest in the fish and turned our attention toward the ducks.  Somehow a fish theme just didn’t seem right but the shoreline worked perfectly!

Same idea, but two very different looks!

Think Spring

We’re snowed under with more snow than we’ve had in recent years.  It’s beautiful and I am truly grateful for the luxury of working for myself so that I can truly enjoy being snowed in and not having to go out.  I could get out if I wanted to, but I don’t!

One of my favorite stamp sets is “Terrific Tulips” by Stampin Up.  Although the set has been retired, it can still be found on eBay.  It is wonderful set for creating some beautiful springtime cards.  Even with all this snow, these bright, cheery cards remind me that spring is just around the corner!

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The shadowed appearance is done by stamping images on white card stock, overlaying vellum on top, and then stamping on the vellum.  Some inks take longer to dry on vellum so it’s a good idea to plan ahead to allow drying time for these cards.

Another technique that works well with this set is what is called “two-step stamping”.  Using 2 shades of inks, images are stamped over each other to create a very artsy look without having to be very artsy at all!

6 By 6 Mini Album

These little 6 by 6 Mini Albums are made from only 4 pieces of 8-1/2 by 11 inch card stock carefully cut and combined to create 20 layouts!  2 sheets of white and 2 sheets of 2 different coordinating colors are all you need.  Preprinted paper can be substituted for the white, but the real beauty of this project is that you can stamp the white cardstock with whatever colors and images you like to create a customized album for someone special!

This is the album I did for my son when I first began making these albums. 

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I’ve since made a number of these albums for gifts and for craft shows.  They come together in no time at all!  An alternative to the ring and ribbon binding is to purchase 6 by 6 albums when they are on sale.

When You Give a 10 Year Old a Camera…

…she’s going to take pictures.  It doesn’t really matter of what.  She’ll take pictures of ANYTHING.  And that’s what I discovered while I am working my way through scrapbooking the summer of 2002.  My daughter went to camp twice that year and took her camera with her.  The 2 envelopes of pictures provided me with very little inspiration.  There weren’t any pictures of her.  It also didn’t help that I wasn’t involved in these events so I really didn’t know what was and what wasn’t important to her.

The easy solution would have been to add the pictures to the file box of the “unscrapable”, but no, I couldn’t do that!  The camping trips were happy memories for her even if the pictures themselves weren’t so memorable. 

When in doubt, go straight to the source!  I got her on webcam from college.  (Incidently, I must confess, I’ll use any excuse to get her to webcam with me, but at least this time it was legitimate, right?)  I held up each picture to see if she could help me out.  Picture after picture resulted with her shaking her head and wondering, much as I had, why on earth she took that picture in the first place.  However, out of the 2 stacks of photos, she did manage to pick out a few of each camping trip.

Now, what could I do with them?  I had some cute camping paper and embellishments, but even the chosen photos really didn’t seem to merit that type of treatment.  They really still were just a hodge podge of captured moments suitable for a bulletin board rather than a scrapbooking page.  And there I had it!  I could scrapbook them like they’d been posted on a bulletin board, or in this case, an old wooden fence, much like what you’d find at camp!

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And that’s exactly what I did.  I mounted the photos without mats on background paper of a wooden fence.  I stamped push pins, colored and cut them out and glued them on to make it look like the photos had been tacked onto the fence.  The final pieces were stamped wooden signs on which I wrote the name of the camp and the location.

Over the years she did get better at taking photos.  With the more recent events I have tons of great pictures to sift through.  And of course, I’ll need to webcam with her again about those!

Let Me Entertain You

I have one of the most entertaining little boys on the planet.  Combine that with my photographer husband and you get quite a lot of inspiration for scrapbooking.  I have thousands and thousands of pictures on my server.  I have more trouble limiting myself rather than finding something to scrapbook. 

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It never takes much for my son to give us a show.  In this case, all he needed was a piece of bread, a knife and a tub of butter.  He was always one that insisted on, “Doing it myself!”  We just sat back and photographed it.  It’s hard to see from this photo, but on the second page, he has butter all over his face.  The title comes from a saying my Mom has always used.  The bread template was courtesy of my friend Betsy.

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Here’s another one.  A swing and a few pushes and off he goes!  The fascination he had with his feet while swinging led my creativity with these pages.  Always the scientific mind, he was very interested in how he could make the swing work all by himself.

Stamp It Up

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Here’s a card that I whipped together for one of my son’s friends.  It was his birthday and there was an overnight party.  Of course, my son didn’t fill me in until the day before.   What can I say?  He’s a middle schooler.  And a boy.

Now, here’s the secret.  I don’t own this stamp!  I know.  It’s scandalous!

The stamp actually belongs to my friend Ramona.  Her son is an amazing trombone player.  When he is in town, he gives lessons to my son.  My son has only been playing since last June, so while I have musical note stamps, I have not yet collected my obligatory number of trombone stamps.  Yes, I know I need to get on it or I won’t be in good standing as a “Band Mom”.

Quite a while ago, Ramona and I discovered that we don’t HAVE to own EVERY stamp.  Again, I know, it’s scandalous.  But practically speaking, there is only so much storage space and so much funding available.  On top of that, there are always those stamps we fall in love with that have been retired and are no longer available as well as those favorites other friends own with which they simply are unwilling to part.

So here’s the solution.  Whenever we are stamping with others, we always have extra white card stock.  If we discover a stamp we really like, we are prepared.  We can borrow it and stamp as many images as we like — to be used later.  That’s exactly what I did with the trombone stamp!

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I have a couple dozen stamped images that are cut and ready for whatever project may come along.  I didn’t have to spend time creating the finished projects.  I can do that later whenever I choose. 

Since I’m already set with something on which to work, these are great little “grab and go” items.  All I need are my stamped images and colored pencils.  This sort of thing comes in very handy to easily take with me if I’m traveling, waiting on my son when he’s at an activity or in the evening if I’m watching TV or a DVD with my husband.  No big prep involved!

Even though it is my son that is the trombone player, his friend also takes band.  He is a tuba player but I knew he would appreciate the card anyway.  Since my son and his buddies have dubbed themselves “The Band Geeks”, I guess I better start looking for some tuba, trumpet, and other band related stamps too.  I’m sure there are plenty out there.  Or in my friends’ stashes!

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