Sunday 30 June 2013

Stampin` Up Artisan Design Team Finalist

Just popping in to say...

... I`ve been selected as a finalist for the Stampin`Up Artisan Design Team!  What an honor to be selected in the ranks of so many talented people.

How it works... well, there`s 20 selected and 10 will be part of the team.  They will be announced at Convention in Salt Lake City in three weeks.

What does that mean... well, it means a ton and certainly a lot more regular projects! I don`t really know what it all would mean so I am not going to worry about it unless I have to. In the mean time, I am enjoying being recognized... and will indulge myself in a new dress for the party.

Miss J and I are busy making a card for Great Nanny`s birthday.  I can`t be sure but I think she`s 79 or so.  I`ll find this out later. She choose Sketched Birthday.  Good choice.  Some washi, a piece of scrap ribbon and a few markers.

 She`s a natural. Ummm.. I might have my work cut out for me.  I know that Great Nanny will love it. Can you tell its windy in Newfoundland..É (my question marks aren`t working... Mr. J`s fingers found their way to my computer and now he`s done something funny. Huh.)

Saturday 29 June 2013

A new use for Washi Tape?

My daughter was running around the house asking us to put up her picture she created for Daddy... Not knowing what to hang it with I just grabbed a roll of washi and slapped it up on the wall.  It wouldn't stick on the stainless steel fridge... But after two weeks later, its still hanging there. 

And when I went to remove it today, guess what?  You can remove it without removing the paint!!

.. It sure seems like a new use for washi tape to me!!


Friday 28 June 2013

Team Umizomi recap

You never know what the kids will be into and this time it was TEAM UMIZOMI. A friend and I brainstormed and we came up with the following that you've seen along the way! First up were the invitations.

Next I made a banner that looked like Geo's belt and the "Belly Screen" from the show. I also strung some numbers through the sewing machine to create a garland.  I cut those numbers using the Stampin' Up die called Typeset.  This is now retired. I used the big shot to run several pages at a time.

 Next we have the infamous Geo's belt and Milli's ponytails - Aren't these sweet?  

In order to do Geo's belt, I got some long felt from walmart.  I then used a rotary cutter to measure them at about 2 inches wide. To cut the circles perfectly, I used the big shot machine and the circles die.  The belt was just hot glued together. The belts had velcro on them so they could pull them on and off. 
The Milli headbands were a little trickier.  I covered the head band with ribbon.  Then I put two pipecleaners in each "ponytail".  I measured the width at about 2 inches and the length was 8 1/2 inches.  I hot glued the pipecleaner in there so that it didn't move when I began to sew.  Using a quarter inch foot on my sewing machine I sewed around the entire length except for the top, which I allowed some pipecleaner to pop out.  That's how I adhered the "pony tails" - by twisting this around the headband.  When I folded the pony tail around you couldn't see this.  Make sure you hot glue this together as extra security.  Finally I added some Stampin' Up trim. So cute!
Next were some little numbered sticks for the cupcakes!
And that's it!! Night!

Thursday 27 June 2013

Christmas invite samples

This design was created by someone in the UK - this is a sample for a Christmas/December wedding. These were created using Stampin' Up product only.

Stampin' Up whisper white cardstock, rhinestone brads (retired), silver glimmer paper, basic rhinestone jewels, satin real red ribbon (retired), Northern Frost Decorative strip die, and the lace is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit from the Spring 2013 catalogue.


Wednesday 26 June 2013

Tie The Knot Wedding invites

Recently, I was asked to have a look at a couple pins and see if I could come up with some rustic invites.  The setting of the wedding is on a Farm so picture a red barn (more like a chalet) and lots of vintage, burlap and twine.

This is a tri-fold invite and on the front of the page the bride and groom stamped their own thumb prints.  When you opened it there was information on each of the flaps.  Twine that was tied in a knot popped int he centre.  With pops of red (for love) and shades of brown, these unique invites are fantastic.

They were digitally designed using Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio:

Stay tuned for more related items!

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Card of the Week #002

Oops. It's Tuesday.  I truly forgot that today was Tuesday.


Nonetheless, the Card of the Week this week comes for the June Paper Pumpkin.  If you aren't a subscriber than think about the techniques and apply it to your own designs! Check out the Card of the Week Page.

What you'll need:
  • Whisper White cardstock and some patterned paper as you desire (use your scraps!)
  • SU champagne glass glitter
  • sentiments stamp set
  • background stamp set
  • vellum 
  • hexagon punch
  • versamark 
  • heat and stick powder
  • Bermuda Bay ink or any ink of your choice - Archival is best
  • black journalling pen
  • dimensional and tape runner adhesives
  • heat gun

How to do it yourself:
1. Cut your whisper white cardstock 8 1/2" by 5"5". Score in the middle
2. Punch out 3 to 5 hexagons on the front of your card (whisper white cardstock).  Punch out additional hexagons (6-7) from your patterned paper.
3. Stamp the background stamp with your ink on the vellum.  Let dry for a few minutes if its not archival. Adher to the back of the front of your card using dimensionals. (Love it already?)
4. Grab 2-3 of your punched hexagons. Apply versamark either directly onto the hexagon or use a background stamp.Shake the heat and stick powder over the cut outs.  Using your heat gun heat it up so it gets sticky.  Take the champagne glitter glass and shake over the cut out. Use the heat gun on it a second time.  Voila! It will never move!
5. Taking your remaining patterned paper hexagons and your glittered hexagons, just play around moving the shapes on your card until you find a pattern that you like best.  Adher with your tape runner.
6. Grab your sentiments stamp and apply.
7. For an extra "pop", trace your shapes with the black journalling pen. 
So, what have I been up to?  Honestly, what haven't I been up to?

I am getting ready to create a banner for an Anniversary party. I am providing samples to a couple brides on invitations and save the dates.  I am designing centerpieces, display tables, etc for weddings. I've also been getting swap cards ready for convention.

My Stampin' Up order had the new containers to store my wood mount stamps... OH MY!! Lovin' them! I have them for my singles stamps, paper pumpkin stamps, as well as my old wood mount sets. Here's how I stored them before:

And here's the new containers!!
I have also been getting rid of the old and making room for the new. I am making packages for my buddies across the island... and look at the cute stamp I found in the new Sweetly Framed.  The best is that its a hostess set.  Seriously, these hostess sets (Morning Meadow, Simply Sketched, etc... are 100% my style).
How great is my Vanna White?

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Card of the Week #001

Well, I wanted to. So I did.

Ombré. I can't get enough.

And with new Bermuda Bay and old but awesome Mambo Melon Stampin' Up inks in hand I played around.

To create the effect I put a couple drops of reinker on my Kraft mat. I added some peroxide. Grabbed a sponge and started swiping away.

This birthday card is on watercolour paper. I didn't see much of a reaction with the watercolour paper... Until I used dazzling details on my soft suede ink. Oops, I should have used an Archival ink like StazOn.
Since I had learned my lesson, I used Staz On for my Card of the Week!  Come back next Monday for another!

A simple but gorgeous card.

What you'll need (Stampin' Up)
  • Whisper White cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Melon Mambo re-inker
  • Morning Meadow and Simply Sketched stamp sets
  • Basic pearls
  • sponge
  • peroxide
  • corner cutter
  • Staz On ink

How do it it yourself:
1. Cut your whisper white cardstock (or water color paper) 4 1/4" by 5"5"
2. drop 5 or 6 melon mambo re-inker on your kraft mat.  Add a couple drops of peroxide. It should now look a little bit runny.
3. Grab your sponge and dip it in the re-inker.  Just a little bit at first.
4. Only going in the same directing, swipe from one side to another going across the page creating the ombre effect.  If spots aren't dark enough go over it again.  
5. Allow to dry - 5 minutes max. 
6. Grab the Morning Meadow and Simply Sketched stamp sets and using Staz On stamp it on.
7. In the centres of your flower apply pearls.
8. If you wish, round your corners using a corner cutter punch

And since my craft room just got hit with a tidal wave, I figured I'd see what the sketch was at the MojoMonday challenge #298.  Loved it.  And those My Paper Pumpkin polaroids were just sitting there waiting.
Oh. And just to tease you. I further created a swap card for convention that is a complete original. Stay tuned for it in July.


Monday 17 June 2013

Project Life at SOUS: Use Twine

It's crazy how fast time is flying but its time for the second Project Life challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches.  

Here's the challenge: USE TWINE

Easy peezy, right?  Well, if you are a twine-addict like I am... :)
This time I created an Easter layout and I had lots and lots of pictures... so in order to still capture the day I decided to create "flip" pictures for 4 of my PL sections.  I slipped the bottom picture in the page protector and used washi to adhere the pictures together.  I either had pictures under pictures or in the case of this one some patterned paper with a stamp.
Here's a close look at my twine wrapped around a Woodsie heart.
You have until June 30th so play along!! Don't you have some neat page protectors and journalling cards around? Hmmm... (Scrap your stash, perhaps?)

Sunday 16 June 2013

Happy Father's Day!!

"Did you know it's Father's Day today Miss J? Whose your father?"
"It's my DAD!"
Good girl.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
But a special thanks to my husband, truly the best Dad out there. 
And of course my Dad who no longer has to put up with me as much. (Lucky)
And my father-in-law because "there ain't no flies on him". Cool as a cucumber. If I could only be so.. argh.  Well, if only I could be a cucumber.
Which is why my husband is the best.
This idea was from this pin... and it says "We (heart) u Dad"

The beauty of my husband being at soccer all the time is that we have the opportunity to make surprises!!! Like when ... surprise........ Miss J turned the place green!!

We salvaged one out of this mess!

But we moved on and I gotta tell you that my heart lit up like a Christmas tree as Miss J was gluing and exclaimed... "I love this Mommy!"
One for Dad of the Year, Poppy and Gankey.  And lucky them. They get to wear them.

Oh. And a special outfit that I couldn't resist for Mr. J.
... I hope we win on those lotto tickets..


Saturday 15 June 2013

Paper Pumpkin Mini And Scraps

I cannot tell you how impressed I have been with Stampin' Up!'s monthly kit called My Paper Pumpkin. And I truly mean it!! Its great for beginners and even for those more advanced... Here's why - the first two kits were sets of five cards but this time it was a mini journal.  This time you weren't told what you had to put on each page (although I believe there are templates out there).  Instead I used my own creativity...  And within three hours I had printed mini pictures (thanks to my Canon Selphy), as well as create the journalling and full 8 page album (I added a couple vellum cardstock).

Not to mention that I LOVE the stamp that came with it.. LOVE, right? (Gosh, I just sounded like my friend Catherine).

Well, here's how she went... I largely used just the kit and embellishments plus some extra cardstock, vellum and ribbon from Sale-a-Bration last year.

This album was created special for my grandmother's birthday.  She cook us turkey dinner for every event and she loves it when the grandchildren (now adults) come with her great grandchildren.  Last time we were all together was Easter.  So I created an album of that day and the moments that perhaps she missed. But mostly so she had a little album of memories. Click on the images to get a closer look.

There's lots of little tags and banners within these pages so I thought I'd play along at My Pumpkin Challenge for their tags and banners challenge.  You have until the end of the month to play along.

I have lots of scraps... I might have to hoard those polaroids... I mean.. I will use them.. I vow to you.

My Miss J has her first music recital today.  She is NOT even three.  I will have a video.  And I expect it to be hilarious. This was a class where she should had been three but had been doing well in class so we all thought she could handle it.  And when we say "well", we actually mean that she was talkative.  We gave it a shot.  Well, I snuck out in the first couple classes.  And that just tipped the scales.  Two months of pushing and prodding and tantrums and bribery... we finally got her back in that class all by herself. And you know what? She did awesome.

BUT thanks to her teacher... Miss Sarah.... she helped me to get her to open up.  And I have to thank her for letting me sit in the corner for all those classes.  And watch. And wait. Not to mention "play the game" to get her in there.  Thanks for not pushing us back  into the younger class. Not only that but once she got in there, she loved every minute and gobbled it all up.  Miss Sarah didn't know but I was very stressed out that my Miss social butterfly J was not wanting to go into the "big girl class" by herself. I second guessed having her home with me all day instead of in daycare.  I struggled with wondering whether she will be handle to handle the next levels in swimming and gymnastics.  It was quite the ordeal at the time.  So thanks.  On the day she finally did the class by herself I just wanted to swing her around forever. I was so proud.  Not only that but the 20 minute wait for that darn ice cream cone... as well as the calories... was well worth it.

Thanks Sarah.

Her card was based off the MojoMonday 297 sketch and used the leftovers of the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I used Basic Grey cardstock as well as machine stitched the border.

Talking about scraps... There was two pieces of chipboard in the paper pumpkin box... so, I grabbed them and some paper I had and attached them together using binder rings and my crop-a-dile. I covered the cover and back with the Epic Day This and That paper.. (love).  She's a music teacher so I grabbed my Stampin' Up! music wheel and rolled over the cover and a little bit on every inside page. And of course personalized it using the Stampin' Up! Sketch Alphabet. By the end of it all I created a special journal/notebook special for her.

Oh... and I told her she might be "famous" today so I popped a tag in her card stating so. (You never know.. she could google herself one day) In case you ever don't know what to do with your ribbon scraps... I do this all the time... tie your scrap ribbon on a paper clip. Awesome.
And so... my husband just popped down.. and I quote "surely you can whip something up for the kids when they are done..."?!?  What? And in Miss J's words... "Sure I can." These are made from a couple Stampin' Up! punches but uses a Studio Calico stamp I received in the Planetarium kit.... Kind of makes me want a little sugar boost as well. 
I kind of felt like the Moms on "Toddlers and Tiaras" giving their children a sugar rush with the pixie sticks.. except its other children.