Archive for April, 2010

Considering the Possibilities…

I promised myself I would not buy any more paper unless I had a specific idea for it in mind!

But sometimes, I just can’t help myself!  A pack of paper beckoned to me today.  It was the only one of its kind and every sheet was truly beautiful.

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The photo doesn’t do this paper justice.  Each pattern is interlaced with gold metallic.  It is a super heavy card stock — I can’t even begin to guess the weight.

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’m sure it will make some stunning cards!

My guys have plans this evening to go see a movie.  Me?  Well I’m off to my craft room!  Now all I need to do is figure out where to begin!

It’s Garage Sale Season!

I come from a long line of garage salers.  My great aunt introduced me to the tradition a number of years ago when I was about 10 years old.  I was instantly hooked.  There just is something about searching through piles of other people’s junk looking for treasures!

The items for which I quest have changed over the years.  Among them have been books for my elementary school classroom library, My Little Ponies for my daughter, camping equipment and craft supplies for the Girl Scout Troop, and Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh cards for my sons.  The past couple of seasons I’ve not really had anything in particular for which to search but I still enjoyed the fun of seeing what was out there.

This year’s garage sale season began last Saturday with a huge sale where my husband works.  They are sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity house and it was a fundraiser for that project.  There were also a few other stops along the way.  (Newspaper ads that highlight craft supplies ALWAYS catch my eye!)

Since I started teaching paper arts classes and joined two altered arts groups, I am now looking for anything that might work for either of those endeavors.  My travels on Saturday did not disappoint!

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I found all sorts of goodies!  Vertical organizers, divided trays, a lazy susan, buttons, bobbins, beads, lace, ribbon, a craft knife, dowels, and an old dictionary.  The bamboo placemats, sea shell hot pad and bag of balloons are some items I will be using in an upcoming class.  The food processor has my creative thoughts flowing as I plan another class about how to make homemade paper.

All these goodies and I only spent $16.75 — not bad for a morning of shopping and hours of entertainment to come!

Two-Step Stamping

Since Ramona’s store opened, I have had an ongoing venue for my finished cards.  My tulip cards (featured in my blog posting on February 16, 2010) have been very popular.  With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I stamped some more of these up with a Happy Mother’s Day greeting.

My tulip stamps are what are called a two-step stamping set.  In fact, it was this technique that got me hooked on stamping way back when.  Two-step stamping involves stamps that are designed to be stamped over the top of each other.  Usually the base stamp is stamped in a lighter color and the second stamp is stamped in a darker coordinating olor.  The results are spectacular and artsy.  Two-step stamping can turn even the most challenged artist into an expert!

Flowers work well with this method and since I love both flowers and two-step stamping, I have a number of these sets.  Inspired by my tulip cards, I decided to try a similar style card but with a wild flower set of stamps.

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I had these laying out with the tulip cards I had also stamped when my husband came into my craft room.  While you would seldom catch him with a stamp in his hand (although he has on occassion made me a card), he is my biggest fan and has a great appreciation for the art.  He said the tulips looked great but that he REALLY liked the wild flower cards.   I have to agree — I was so pleased with how they turned out.  And I must have done something right, because they started selling as soon as I delivered them to the store!

Backgrounds Class

I’m all set and ready to go for my next class!  Participants will create 8 backgrounds for cards using 6 different techniques.  The best part is, there is no special equipment or supplies required!  These backgrounds are created using inexpensive items found around the house or using basic stamping/scrapbooking supplies.

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I’ve had such fun playing!  I can’t wait to share these techniques with my students!

Trifold Shutter Cards

Our project this month at Ink Or Dye was a trifold shutter card.  Although they look difficult and involved, once you fold the first one, you’re off and running.  They are so much fun to make and the results are fabulous!

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I’m usually all about bright colors but I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and experimented with some coordinating earth tone card stock that has been hiding out in my craft room.

Thanx Betsy, for such a marvelous project!

Ink Or Dye

Last night was our monthly Ink Or Dye meeting.  We started the evening with dinner at Beef O’Brady’s.  Gotta love those 99 cent margaritas!  I know I did!

Our card swap theme was “Oops!”  I wanted to think outside the box of just purposely making a mistake on my card.  I had been coloring some pink flamingos for another project when it came to me that I should do an animal of a different color.  My first thought was purple cows but then suddenly “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo starting running through my mind.  Over and over and over.  It was a direct flashback to when my daughter was a toddler and she would designate a “movie of the week” that she would watch over and over.  I’m still pretty good with Disney dialog!  Anyway, here’s my card:

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Too many margaritas = pink elephants!  Oops!

I received Betsy’s cute springtime card in the swap.

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It not only opened backwards but upside down!

Our ATC theme was “I’ve Got the Music in Me”.  My first thought was to do something with a trombone since that’s what my son plays.  However, I talked myself out of it since Ramona’s son also plays the trombone — in fact he’s the one who got my little guy started.  I need to quit over thinking these swaps.  Even when, and especially when, I attempt to come up with something I don’t believe Ramona will be doing, our swaps still have a way of ending up all too similar.  You know what they say about like minds…  Or is it warped minds?  Hers had a music background with a lady singing.  Mine below, had a music background with a little bear dancing.

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I received Barb’s swap.  She very cleverly put her music IN the bunny on her ATC. 

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He definately has the music in him.  And he’s dancing the bunny hop.  There we go again with like minds!

Crazy Women and Stamps

Although tomorrow is the official Grand Opening of C-Shore Creations, tonight was the private preview party for the members of Ink Or Dye.  Ramona opened her store and even let us rummage through her surplus boxes of inventory.  We were like kids at Christmas!  So much laughter and so much fun!  Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all!  And yes, we bought stamps!

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So many stamps!

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Leave no stamp unturned!

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Searching for more treasures!

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Dollar stamps!

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