June 2008 archive

Shrinky Dink Time!!!




I have a CTMH gathering tomorrow and I wanted to try something new…because I love new techniques and I like to use my stamps in all sorts of mediums! I decided to try my hand at Shrinky Dinks, which is plastic that shrinks and bakes in the oven. I bought the Ruff n’ Ready type of Shrink Plastic because one side is sanded so that you can use normal dye inks. The other brand is smooth on both sides and requires staz-on.

We will be using the shrinky dinks to make charms that they can add to jewelry, cards or scrapbook layouts. So, I used my SU! Scallop punch to punch a scalloped circle for my basic shape. Second, I punch a hole using my crop-a-dial. Then I used cocoa ink to stamp the birdie (which is from the CTMH set doodle) on the ruff side. I masked it off with a post-it and went over it with the polka-dot background stamp from CTMH spot-on backgrounds in watermelon. The finishing touch was coloring the birdie in with a white colored pencil. Then I put it in the oven for 2 minutes and voila!

I made a card-charm!!!!! I kept this 3×3 card simple so that the birdie could POP!

 

Those Country Birds…




I absolutely adore the papers and colors used for this card. All the cardstock is CTMH: desert sand (retired), barnyard red, black, and sarsaparilla background papers. I used a card sketch from splitcoaststampers, again. I just love looking up card sketches, it gets the artistic juices flowing! Oh, back to the card! The two panels are double matted and adhered onto the desert sand cardstock, which is sanded. The flower is made by stamping an outline flower image on two different colors of cardstock, breeze and barnyard red, and then crumpling the barnyard red flower for added dimension and layering it on top of it’s sister. The little flower in the center is on desert sand cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. It is cut out and added as the third layer of the flower with a bitty black brad. The main image is from Crafty Secrets. They make a lot of vintage inspired stamps that are just amazing! I cut it out and adhered the bottom of the image on black cardstock and then carefully trimmed a small black shadow for added dimension. It is adhered to a sanded piece of textured barnyard red cardstock which is matted with black cardstock and two little corner pieces of the sarsaparilla background paper. I used the masking technique to stamp the setiment, a little note. Originally, the sentiment reads from top to bottom, not left to right. So I used a scrap piece of paper to mask off the sides of the card as a stamped each word individually. I really like how if turned out!

 

Some much needed girl time…

Well, I can’t wait for lunchtime! I feel like a girl again. I have that feeling like time can not move fast enough! I’ve been around my hubby and kids for 2 weeks now and can use a little break 😉 I’m going to scrapbook/make cards with Jess at lunchtime and I’ll post my results! Geez…I miss scrapbooking! I think with all the swaps I completed I felt a little scrapped-out? I have some pictures that need a home, but I’ll save those for another time… Blog ya soon!

 

Tall Coffee Please!!!





I love the SU! coffee set! I just wish it wasn’t wood mounted! For this card, I used another Splitcoaststampers sketch. I made my own background using adirondack alcohol inks on vellum. And, random stamped the coffee steam image along the sides with black archival ink. I used CTMH bamboo cardstock for the main part of the card, then layered on chocolate and black textured cardstocks. The textured cardstock is sanded and then ink distressed with bamboo ink so that the white isn’t as vivid. I added three black bitty brads in the right hand corner. The coffee cup, steam and coffee bean image is heat embossed with clear embossing powder and mounted onto a black textured and ink distressed scalloped circle (that’s a mouthful). I hope you like it!

 

Life’s a Journey Card





This card is for a very special Uncle of mine. After years of counseling children at risk, he went back to school and got his degree in social work. Now that he’s graduated (yay), he’s started job hunting. He’s been running into dead ends everywhere! I wanted to make him an encouraging card about how life’s a journey and we don’t always know where it’s headed…

Now, back to the card. It measures 8 x 3.5 and used CTMH vintage travel papers, barnyard red, bamboo and colonial cardstock. The vintage travel paper is torn at the bottom and ink distressed with cocoa. I also used the cocoa ink to spongedaub the entire perimeter of the card. I machine stitched around it as well. The main image is from catslife press in cocoa and the letters for the title “journey” are CTMH storybook in lowercase. The barnyard red corners are just take from a square cut diagonally. The bamboo brads are heat embossed with Ranger distressing embossing powders in vintage photo. This particular embossing powder does not have a raised texture after being heat set, instead it is made to look like rust or weathering. I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! I used it in several other places as well. I added hinges and a key from Tim Holtz mini grungeboard accents and used the distressing powder on that as well! The black brads holding the hinges in place are bitty brads from CTMH.

I sure hope my Uncle likes his card! I’m having a hard time parting with it!

 

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