Friday, January 29, 2010

Cuttlebug embossing

I am using this year to figure out how to use all those gadgets we buy and then can't make them work. So far I have been given a bag of items to work with and at my Stamping in Florida group get togethers I am going to show them how to use them. This question was posted on the group the other day so I thought I would start with this here. Lis wondered how to emboss with Spellbinder dies. This is how I do it. Start your layer with the A plate. Then the B plate. Followed by your card stock and the die with the edges facing down.

Put your C plate on top and run it through your cuttlebug.

Remove the C plate and turn your die over leaving the paper in it. So we still have the A Plate. Then the B plate and our die with the cut out still in it.

Now lay your Spellbinder rubber mat on top

Then 4 pieces of scrap card stock cut to size.

Add a B plate to the top and run it through the Cuttlebug

And here is what you end up with. Hope this helps Lis.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Do you ever need inspiration?

I have put away the snowmen including all of the winter decorations around my house. It is time for summer. I'm feeling beachy but needed some ideas..
In case you do not know this you can find lots of inspiration over at Click on Resources and find projects and techniques to keep you busy for weeks. Click on gallery and be inspired. They have personal photo albums and they also have albums by stamp company. That is where I went last night. I have this stamp set called Beach Life I bought online at Flourishes. I found several ideas I liked and here is what I came up with. The card I copied had three panels on it. I decided to go with one. I also was able to use a few of those cut outs I am trying to make use of.

I have several other cards I am casing using this same stamp but that will have to be for another day. This next card uses the very first background I ever made. I tried the shaving cream technique about 5 years ago. It was time to use it don't you think?! The sea shells and sea horses are all punched out of other technique backgrounds. And the saying is from the Beach Life set.

I found this background in my basket. I made it about 6 months ago when I was teaching this technique. I added the sailboat medallion I cut out of one of my Spellbinder dies. Colored it with chalks and edged in gold.

That's all for tonight. I hope to be inspired again tomorrow.

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's time to start using all this stuff!

I have neglected my card making supplies since Christmas because my kids gave me a Wii and I love it. Have had it on every single day. Now I just need to figure out how to fit the Wii and the card making into the same day. I think last night was the first night hubby and I haven't bowled or boxed or played some sport. I watched my TV show at 8 and then at 9 he watched his which drove me to my desk. We do not have the same taste in television programs. As I sat here all I could see was this wall of Cuttlebug and Spellbinder dies that are not being used but I just had to have them. So I started cutting out shapes and filled a box. It's time to start using all this stuff! Tonight I started.

The background is a piece of Coredinations card stock run through the Cuttlebug in a folder and then sanded. The Fleur De Lis square was my last purchase. I've noticed it being used in so many blogs I just had to have it. The rose is from Flourishes. I colored it with Copics. R35-R37 and R59. The leaves are just a couple of greens that I have.
Here is the same rose only in yellow Copics Y02-Y06 and Y15. I distressed the background paper and my squares.

This last one uses 2 SU Sizzlets dies and a Martha Stewart border punch.

I also wanted to show you this card I made a couple weeks ago. Its the first Zindorf I have tried to copy that I think really turned out well.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another easel card with the Stained Mosaic technique

I made this one this evening. Layered it a little more. Added a larger picture to the front..

An easel card using Stained Mosaic technique

Had the day off so made time to try out the Easel card to show off my Stained Mosaic Technique pieces. First I want to show you my stamp. I made it 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with fun foam pieces.

I made it very simple as I experimented making the easel card. I'll show you how I made it. You can decorated and layer to make a real masterpiece.

I used a 12 x 12 piece of card stock. You can get 3 cards by cutting each 4" wide. So you will have a piece that is 4 x 12. Score at 4-6-and 8 and fold like this.

Turn it over and add adhesive to the first 2" section.

Push down on it to adhere to the first section.

Here is a side view of what it looks like.

You can us anything you want to be the stop for your easel. Layer, decorate the inside and experiment with what can hold up your easel.

Well it's cold here. I'm glad I didn't have to go to work this morning. Luckily we don't have the snow worries the rest of the country has.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Years

Sorry I promised you a card using my mosaic stamp but again I had computer woes. Hopefully it is fixed now. At least we know what has to be done if it happens again. Anyways. I never got the card made. Have been playing with the Wii my kids bought us for Christmas. I have done absolutely no stamping in over a week. But the holidays are over and I will get back to stamping once again. I will have the card posted soon.