Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I fixed my lunch and while I was eating I was collecting my supplies. The stamp I wanted to use was upstairs, so I ran upstairs (well, not really - let's say I moved as fast as I could up the stairs) and then went over to the stamping table (my dining room table) and got out the colors of paper and markers that I wanted to use. Then I ran the paper through the Big Shot with the oval scallop die.
Since this image has to be colored with markers it does take a little time - tick, tick, tick. I colored the stamp, huffed, and stamped. Then I ran the image through my paper crimper. THEN I decided I didn't like the way the blue flowers looked - tick, tick, tick. So I decided to throw everything in a bag and take it back to work with me and finish (no one else was in the office today - remember I said SHHHHHH!)
When I got back to work and sat down to finish the card I quickly realized that I had forgotten a few things........... like the paper crimper and the mat pack for the paper piercing. This is when it occured to me that I would have to improvise if I were to get the card done. You'd be surprised what you can use in the place of something else (and what money I could have saved by using these makeshift tools) (Hey Dana - are you reading this?).
I recolored the image and stamped it again. The blue is still not quite right, but better than it was the first time. The little butterfly is actually two half butterflies glued together at the body. I stamped each side separately, cut them out and then glued them together. Just a little hint here if you do this - take your marker(s) and colored the white edge of the image after you cut it out - it blends in so much better that way!
I work in a school, so there's lined paper available. I took the lined paper and some post-its and was able to use the lines in the paper as guidelines for the scoring (since I forgot the crimper). I had a metal ruler in my desk and a letter opener which doubled as a bone folder. Putting the paper on my mouse pad gave just the right resistance for the scoring. I did one side of the image and then turned it over and recentered the lines so that when I was done with both sides the paper would have hills and valleys (like it would if it were properly crimped).
Then I got out a push pin and my mouse pad and did the paper piercing. Next was the bow. I didn't like how bulky it was when I tied it normally and just wanted to gather the center. I did have some white cotton string in my hand and then remember the brass brads. I took a brad and trimmed the ends before I opened it as wide as I could without breaking the ends off. Then I wrapped the brad around the gathered center of the bow.
Everything was taped and glued in place and I was happy. I had to wait to get home to take the photo. This was delayed even further because I had a haircut appointment right after work. Then when I did get home I got involved in something else that needed my attention.
One of these days I'm going to be able to get to the tea party on time!!!
So - you stampers out there - what do you think of my tool improvisation?
Oh, btw - the image is Pretty Petals a retired SU background stamp and the colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White paper. The flowers are colored with Garden Green, Ballet Blue, Rich Razzleberry, and Melon Mambo markers. The ribbon is polka-dotted Melon Mambo grosgrain. It's all SU except for the brad.
We had FIOS installed last Friday and after working the kinks out (several return visits by several service technicians) we think we've got most all of it worked out.
I can tell you that the HDTV picture is better, the internet is slightly faster than the cable hook-up we had, but there's still a minor glitch with our telephone answering service which should be resolved today. All this will be worth it, however, as it looks like we'll be saving $100/month (more craft money?) guaranteed for the next 2 years.
Now that all that nonsense is over, I'll be posting again real soon.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This has been so much fun participating this last year in these challenges. Thanks Cindy for inspiring us all.
So for my contribution this week, and in honor of our tea with the queen, I made a crown (that also is a box) for our fearless leader. I vaguely remembered seeing this box over a year ago in the Splitcoast gallery and after I did a little searching I found it and was pointed in the right direction for the template. This is a creation of Jan Tinklenberg and you can find the template and directions on her blog (look in the left column under My Templates and Queen for A Day Box).
So, what do you think I should put in this Queen for A Day Box?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Now this card was quickly done last weekend for my daughter who needed a wedding card to send to a friend's wedding. The base is Pink Pirouette and the vellum was imbossed with the Manhattan Flower embossing template. I stamped the sentiment from Happily Every After on top of the vellum and then adhered the vellum to the background with red line tape at the top. I added the MS scallop heart punch at the top to hide the view of the tape through the vellum. The ribbon also has red line tape on the back to help stabilize the vellum piece.
This embossing folder is great for quick elegant cards.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The next step was to cut the bottle. This was pretty easy also with a pair of craft scissors. I left the long sides intact to get the most usable area.
I used my Big Shot and the Butterfly Die to punch out these butterflies. It cut very easily.
I gently folded the butterflies in the center (where the body would be) to give them some dimension.
The smaller butterfly found it's way onto the end of stick pin. Another little recycling note here - the wire used to hold the stick pin in place and to make the antenna was from a twist tie.
You can see from the last picture that there's quite a bit of sparkle to this plastic. IRL it really looks pretty. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for some other plastic bottles that could be used this way.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
But let's get back to the challenge. What inspired me? First of all, I love blue and white things. And this complimentary color combination has always been one of my favorites, the blue and coral. When Cindy mentioned in the gallery to the other tea partiers about not stepping into the circle, well, I just had to.
The blue and white reminded me of some ceramic balls that I have in my landscaping. They are about the size of a softball and each of them has a different pattern. (A Christmas Tree Shop purchase.) And I just got this Sneak Peak set from SU called Circle Circus.
The circles were stamped in Brilliant Blue on Whisper White CS and then arranged on the Cameo Coral circle that I cut out using my Coluzzle. (I would have used my circle cutter but........ wait for it.......... I haven't taken it out of the box yet!!!)
Friday, June 12, 2009
As I typed the date just now - 6/12 - I was remembering the old mosquito spray we used to use as kids and the story that my dad used to tell us about it. He was part of a group of students at Rutgers who were human guinea pigs for that product. He told us about sticking his arm into a special aquarium-type container that was filled with mosquitos to see how good the repellent was. The things you remember from childhood! Sorry about the digression.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The little framed artwork will be a prize/gift for some of my staff at school and I need to package them. Lucky for me that they happen to fit in the matchbox made with the Big Shot matchbox die.
I wanted to make them peek-a-boo boxes and was able to repurpose the plastic piece from the frame as a window in the top of the box. You can also use transparency sheets for this if you have them. This kind of plastic can come from other packaging. I would consider not using it on items that would contain food unless the source was from food packaging in the first place.
This will be packaging for a gift, but I think if you didn't have the frame inside, it would make a nice little shadowbox just using your chosen image. What do you think?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The image I used is from a retired SU set called Feathered Hope. Of course, you know that I would be making the bird a bluebird! This is only a portion of the image of this particular stamp which I stamped in Basic Gray onto Confetti White CS. Then I used markers and my aquapainter to color the image.
I've already decided to keep the blue framed one for myself for my desk at work and I'm hoping that if I get to Dollar Tree this weekend that they'll still have these frames. You see, I need a little prize for a few of the teachers that I work with.
Every year they get a certain dollar amount of money to order some classroom supplies and, with the approval of my building principal, and in order to get the orders in on time, I make it a little contest. The first three orders handed in get a prize (this year they got to "shop" in our office supply closet for some of the coveted items we keep there). Then I also give out prizes to those whose order comes to the exact amount of their $allowance. There were four of them. So I'm hoping that I can find at least one more package this weekend.
Oh, and you know what - they fit perfectly into the matchbox die box! More about that tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
You can see from the pictures that the rooster is the only one with color. That's because he is feeling much better after having passed along his chickenpox to the rest of the gang.
And........... I guess I'm going to be checked for Swine Flu at the backdoor because I couldn't resist adding my new pig stamp.
Are you coming to the party this week? Want to see what's going on in the gallery? Click here.
I used the Itty Bitty Buds Hostess set to stamp the wreath in Garden Green. Then I stamped the Barely Banana flowers and cut them out. Yes, I know..... very tiny indeed. The centers of the flowers are Bordering Blue punch outs from the Crop-a-Dile.
The sentiment comes from Great Friends. Note to self: Next time stamp the sentiment before you glue down the flowers!
There is some scoring on the blue and some added punch dots on the banana, and a white taffeta bow finishes it up. The card itself, is 4 x 4.
I've got to do more of these color challenges!!!!
Afterwards I was thinking about his Kindergarten days and remembered that they used to play a game called "Teapot." (We used to play it as a drinking game called "Buzz".) It's where you sit in a circle and after having chosen a number, you couldn't say that number or any number with that number in it, so you would have to say "Teapot" instead. (As a drinking game this got funnier as you added switching directions and using multiples, etc.)
When I got home that day there was a clever little package for me from my Teapot friend MariLynn. She had made and sent me this adorable little teapot pin. Isn't it the cutest!!!!
Thank you MariLynn! You are one of the cleverest people I know. (We call her McGiver over in the teapot gallery because if she doesn't have something she draws it, or prints it out, or makes it from scratch. Go check it out!)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The first picture is of the birds on the rocks when we reached the ocean. I love how this picture came out with the haze. The birds were all gathered there, almost as if they too were waiting for the fog to blow away.
The second picture is walking back towards the lighthouse. Again, it is partially obscured by the fog.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The card base is Always Artichoke as is the polka dotted DP. I found a scrap from an old card that was stamped with the Floral background in Pumpkin Pie and I used it as one of the layers. On top you can see a strip of Choc. Chip punched with the scallop border punch.
The last touch was to add the sentiment on the orange layer. It's from the 3-for-you punchbox set. Not sure you can see what it says Just . For . You .
I added this close up of the framework. So tell me - do you think this would be okay for a guy? I'm thinking of using it for a Father's Day card for HWNSNBP. Afterall, if he didn't have his daily OJ I wouldn't have been inspired!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I'm afraid this scar of mine would scare the bejeebers out of everyone if I were to join in the belly dancing so I thought I'd get a tattoo to hide it. And of course, then I would need a jewel for my belly button. (No, I'm not really getting a tattoo. HWNSNBP would have a canary, or maybe even a pelican!)
Honestly, I love the shape of this teapot, but short of copying Cindy's card, I couldn't come up with something I liked in that shape. I thought of maybe doing something with a zebra, but nixed that. Then I happened to look down at one of the stacks, yes I said one of the stacks of stamps that I had nearby and saw this set - Baroque Motifs - sticking out. I think it was sending me a message. "Stamp me in black on white" it seemed to be saying. Okay. And then we'll go on from there. (Don't your stamps talk to you too?)
I sketched the shape of the handle and cut that out of Summer Sun CS. The orange stripes were added with my Pumpkin Pie SU marker. The center motif was framed in Real Red with 1/4" dots of Kiwi Kiss. And..... I did get a triangle in there. It's cut from Old Olive and the stripes were added with an Old Olive marker.
The finishing touch was the jewel in the belly button........... I mean, in the center of the motif.
Isn't this card pretty cool! I think it might make a good Father's Day Card for HWNSNBP. I'll just tell him that I decided not to get a tattoo afterall.