Archive for July, 2010

Chalk It Up

One of my recent classes was on various chalking techniques.

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We did a number of techniques including dry application, applying with a blender pen, using VersaMark, as well as a chalkboard technique using white craft ink on black paper.  There are so many neat things that can be done with chalk.  I was especially taken with masking for making backgound papers.  I don’t know why I don’t think of this one more often.

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My Stampin’ Up chalks still get a lot of use because they give me such a variety of color choices.  However, I can’t say enough good things about the Pebbles Jeweltone and Shimmer chalk sets.  They are just beautiful and give such a lovely shimmer to the images.  Pebbles also offers regular chalks in Brights, Pastels and Earthtone sets.  Those set are on my wish list but I’m trying to behave myself and use up the Stampin’ Up set first!

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Catching Up on Ink Or Dye

I’ve got lots of swaps to share!  Our IOD meeting for May was canceled due to a family emergency.  In June, we had a casual meeting at Margy’s house to enjoy her BEAUTIFUL gardens and AMAZING craft room.  This month we were back on schedule.  Even though things were crazy, we did stay up to date on our swaps.

In May, the card theme was “Super Heroes” and the ATC theme was “Breast Cancer Awareness”.

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I couldn’t think of a better super hero than my best friend Ramona!  We refer to ourselves as “Lucy and Ethel”.  This image on the internet somehow seemed very fitting!  (Incidently, I made her the same card for her birthday!)

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I received this card that Margy had made.  She has a basket of odds and ends and she challenged herself to use the arrow on her card.  It works perfectly!

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You may have seen this image in an email.  Everytime I see it, it makes me laugh so of course I had to use it on my swap.

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Marian was the creator of this beautiful swap with the beautiful message of hope.

In June our card theme was “Use Something Recycled” and the ATC theme was “Coffee Break”.

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The recycled item on my card is the butterfly.  It was embossed on a magazine page to create a faux cloissone look.

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I received Sandi’s swap.  She had used paper from a purple bag from a gift item purchase.

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The caffeinated House Mouse stamp was perfect for this ATC theme.  I thought I was being so clever embellishing it with actual coffee grounds.  We have too many creative minds — I wasn’t the only one!

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Sandi’s swap was two-sided.  And, get this, she used coffee scented embossing powder!  Who knew such a thing existed?

The card theme for July was “Book It!”. The card needed to include a matching bookmark. There were so many clever ways people went about this. Some had slots that the bookmarks slid into. Another perforated the card stock so that the bookmark could remain part of the card or could be removed. The ATC theme was “Day of the Dead”. I didn’t win her card, but Kendall managed to find a Day of the Dead cat stamp!

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I created a large tower card for my swap.  The coloring technique was done with chalk over VersaMark.

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Another swap by Sandi!  The image on the card is embossed with white UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).  I have clear UTEE.  Now I’ve got white on my shopping list!

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I chose to go with gold, orange and red flowers in keeping with the marigolds so representative of this celebration.  Originally I thought I had a cute little Halloween stamp of a skeleton that I had planned to use, but when I went to get it out I discovered it’s part of a TAC set that’s on my wish list.  I knew I should have placed that order sooner!

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Barb’s skeletal hand stamp was perfect for this theme!  She even had it holding a small skull embellishment.  The technique is a resist using Ranger’s Inkssentials Watermark Resist pad.  My shopping list is growing!

We are all taking turns leading projects at our meetings and this month it was my turn. I chose to do what I call my “Log Cabin Quilt Card”.

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This is a great way to use up paper scraps. Send me your email address if you would like me to send you instructions.

Iris Folding

I have been wanting to try Iris Folding for quite some time.  I’ve collected an entire notebook of patterns.  Teaching classes at Ramona’s store gave me the push I needed to get started.

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I just love it!  Once you’ve worked through the first few patterns, it’s a very easy and relaxing art.  It’s also a great way to make use of paper scraps and odd papers that you don’t know what to do with.  You know the ones — the stripes, plaids and strange patterns that hide in paper packs .  In fact, they are perfect for this technique!

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