Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Card for a swap

I created this card for a swap I did with Friends I teach with. As a demonstrator I love sharing what I do with others as a teacher I love to see what others create. I will post some of the cards that were swapped next week.
Stamps - Stem silhouettes, Party Punch
Paper - Soft sky, Whisper white, Chocolate chip, Wintergreen DS paper
Ink - Soft sky, Always artichoke Stampin write marker, Blue Bayou
Accessories - Corner punch, tab punch, glitter glue, Martha Stewart ribbon

Start by cutting chocolate chip card stock 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 and 3 1/4 X 2 1/4 Cur a piece of Soft sky 4 X 5 1/4 Cut a piece of Whisper White 3 X 2. Using a corner punch cut all corners of all papers except large chocolate chip. Ink flower stamp with soft sky. Using a stampin write marker in always artichoke color over stem and huff on stamp to re-wet the soft sky before stamping.Cut a 2 X 4 section of wintergreen designer series paper. Punch a hole towards the right side . Using Martha Stewart ribbon thread through the hole and wrap around and come back out the same hole tie your bow. Assemble the card as seen here. Last step is to stamp on scrap whisper white card stock with blue bayou ink the purse thank stamp Punch out using the Tab punch fold in half adhere to card dab a bit of iridescent glitter glue thanks for looking! Virginia

Oh I forgot many of you have asked about the retirement list for this catalog. Well here it is only one short month for you to get some of your favorites. I will be placing an order December 14th if you need any thing just e-mail me at the list below is in both alphabetical or by page number just choose the list you would like

Retired List Numerically

Retired List Alphabetically

Thanks V

Two more Cards using Designer Series Papers

I teach art at a local high school. I work with a wonderful art teacher named Michelle. She made these lovely cards using designer series paper in Winter green and rose red. I love her combination of patterns. It is so great to have another art teacher to bounce ideas off of! Thanks for sharing Michelle.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Winner In October

This is last month's design winner in my monthly Techniques class Janice Lafferty. Her card was a take off of my Cherise card several weeks ago. I love the blue background and her ribbon choice. Congratulation Janice, enjoy your Gift certificate and thanks for sharing.
Thanks for looking Virginia

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Tree scrapbook Page

I just got my build a brad set and have been enjoying using it I created this page much the same way I created the tree pages below using two sheets of river rock to create an inset for the scrap booking. Before I adhered the river rock to the always artichoke I used the pine bough stamp from Peaceful wishes set to create texture all over the the back ground using Always artichoke ink. Then using the same color ink I create the tree effect all over the edges of the river rock. I then stamped the ornaments from Hung up on the holidays set using purely pomegranate ink. Last thing was to adhere ribbon and medallion

Close up of Medallion

I created the medallion by stamping medallions from Baroque Motifs set on river rock paper in always artichoke and purely pomegranate ink
I then punched them out and stacked them using stampin dimensional and the build a brad set. I love how you can create a coordinating accessory with the brad! Thanks for looking Virginia

Happy Thanks Giving

Friday last week was my oldest sons Birthday. He has always been my free spirit, so I thought it would be appropriate to create this card. This card took quite a few steps but it was not that hard to do.


Stamps-Wanted, Stem Silhouettes, Art of Life, Sanded

Ink - Chocolate chip, Marigold morning, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Crisp

Paper - Chocolate chip, River rock

Accessories- twine, Build a brad, Scallop punch, 1 3/8 Punch, 1/4 Punch


I stamped on River Rock card stock the medallion from the wanted set in Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie ink. Punch one with the scallop punch and the other with the 1 3/8 punch. Stamp one of the smaller medallions in Cranberry crisp and punch out with the 1/4 inch punch. Using a Build a brad assemble. Punch a hole in middle size medallion attach brad to it. using a stampin Dimensional adhere medallion to larger medallion.

Card- Cut a six by six piece of chocolate chip card stock and stamp with sanded background stamp and chocolate chip ink. when using a background stamp with this size card. You will need to re-ink and stamp again several times, this is why I like this background set it is easy to integrate it with already stamped areas. Cut river rock for image area and cut another section 1/4 " larger as an accent. I cut 4 1/4 X 5 1/4 for stamped area. Start by masking moon area with post-it-note circle cut from 1 3/8 circle punch. Adhere mask towards the top and begin brayering in layers with the following colors going from lightest to darkest.

  • Marigold Morning

  • Groovy Guava

  • Pumpkin Pie

  • Cranberry Crisp

When brayering remember to slowly cover less and less areas to create modulation of sky. Sponge in Chocolate chip in lower areas for ground cover. Stamp horses in chocolate chip. Stamp several times with out re-inking to create effect of horses in the background. Lastly stamp foliage using stamps from Stem Silhouettes and Art of Life. Assemble card wrap jute and adhere medallion on top.

Thanks for looking have a wonderful and safe thanksgiving, I am so thankful so many of you stop by to look at what I do. Virginia

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Card Remake!

This is a card is a remake of an earlier post. As always when I show a card to a group of stampers someone in the group finds a better way to make the card. This is what happened last week when I showed the card that was in several posts ago. I just kept reworking the layout and I ended up liking this lay out much better than original thanks to Paula and others. New instructions are below . I started with blue bayou, whisper white and river rock card stock. I used the corner punch to deckle each corner. I then stamped my design using Stamp pad in Blue bayou. Distress the edges with blue bayou ink. Using the the party punch set stamp and tab punch stamp and cut out tab. Adhere to card and adhere the whole thing to card. Make a ribbon and use mini dots to create the rippled effect! Thanks for looking Virginia

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Scrapbook page

These are the two choices for this month's scrap booking pages. We spent the afternoon working on them and we had a wonderful time.
Paper-Designer series paper blue bayou/ cerise, Whisper white/ very vanilla. Scraps of Blue Bayou/Real red
Ink - Blue Bayou/ Real red
Stamps - Punch pals/peaceful wishes
Accessories - Punches scallops, 1 3/8, 3/4, glitter glue

Project starts with a sheet of designer series paper in either color. I figured out today if you take a sheet of 11X 8.5 sheet of a white paper and center it towards the top of a 12x12 sheet of paper, you have a wonderful surface to scrapbook on. It is ideally suited and it centers with a half inch on either side. I took a second sheet of white and ripped it in half to create the appearance of snow and in addition it makes a great area for journaling. Before adhering everything I take scraps of coordinating designer series paper and create trees by cutting the paper in assorted triangles. Adhere everything to the back ground paper. Add ribbon around snow banks and stack medallion on top.

Medallion is made by using the the tis the season stamp from punch pals set. Stamp once on coordinating paper and a second time on white paper. then stamp snowflake on white paper also. Using appropriate punch, cut out stamped images. The scallop punch is used to cut the larger snowflake on coordinating paper. Use the 1 3/8 punch punch to cut the middle circle out of the white paper and tis the season stamped area. Lastly punch the smallest circle with the 3/4 inch circle punch. Layer the circles and glue the smallest circle with a stamping dimensional. Lastly decorate snow banks, medallion center, and tops of trees with glitter glue

It never ceases to amaze me how when we get together as a group we all elaborate on the original idea. Sheryl to day came up with an innovative way to create the snow on the red back ground she dotted the surface with dots of glitter glue! it was so wonderful.
Thanks for looking. Virginia

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some of my Fav's from CNY 6

I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to stamp much lately so I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorites projects from a gathering of stampers here in Central New York that I went to last month. We meet every few months for a day of stamping and fun. We all bring projects to share and and cards to swap. The project I am sharing was from Judy K. just one of my favorite stampers at the gathering. I seem to be able to always pick out her projects beacuse they have such a distict look. I have been lucky enough to make one of her projects every time I have gone to the gathering. She is so wonderful and always shares her project directions with me even though I am not at her table. I am determined to to make this box today! The view above is the open box the view below is the way the box looks closed. I have a set of directions here from other stampers but have never tried them so let me know what you think! Maybe if Judy sees this she will send me her directions digitally so I can link them for you. Thanks so much Judy for sharing your great work with me! Thanks for looking Virginia

Monday, November 05, 2007

Thank You card

The stem silhouette's set was on my must have list I have been enjoying it since I received it.

I started with blue bayou, whisper white and river rock card stock. I used the corner punch to deckle each corner. and then stamped my design using stamp'in write markers in night of navy and always artichoke. Distress the edges with blue bayou ink. Using the the party punch set stamp and tab punch stamp and cut out tab. Adhere to card and adhere the whole thing to card. Make a ribbon and use mini dots to create the rippled effect! Thanks for looking Virginia

Sunday, November 04, 2007

October Scrapbook Page

This was our Scrap booking Page in October. I have been so busy I forgot to post it.


Paper - River Rock, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Designer series paper Apple Cider

Ink - Brown Stazon

Stamps - With Gratitude, Autumn harvest, Lovely as a tree

Accessories - Aqua painter, C0luzzle, Watercolor Crayons

Using scrap Very Vanilla stamp assorted leaves and color in with aqua painter and watercolor crayons. Cut out and set aside

Cut a 2 inch strip of Apple cider designer series paper For the bottom

Cut a 8 X 10 piece of river rock

Stamp leaves from lovely as a tree all over Pumpkin pie card stock to create texture and add sentiment at the top

Using C0luzzle Cut a circle with the wild wasabi and then a smaller circle with very vanilla Follow instructions for masking

I used the masking technique to put the pumpkin in front of the others. It is such a simple technique and works so effectively. If you have never done this technique I will explain it.
Masking is relatively very simple. You stamp your main image on your card and then you take a post it note and stamp that same imagine again close to the sticky edge of the note. You take your scissors and cut the figure out right on the line. If you don't cut it on the line you will experience"shadows", which are also known as a "halo" when you use it. Once it is cut out, put the post-it note mask on top of the figure already stamped on your card. Then you can stamp around and on top of the post it note mask. Lift the mask and you suddenly have a scene that looks like it is all one stamp.

Color in pumpkins using the watercolor crayon and the aqua painter. Assemble scrapbook page.

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