Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Talking Texture

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#127749)

My customers tell me they cannot believe the difference a bit of embossed card stock adds to a project. You may be thinking that it can’t make that much difference, but seeing is believing! Just a quick crank of the Big Shot turns basic card stock into a richly textured embellishment. I do have to warn you that creating easy embossed texture like this can be addictive!
 Tip: Because card stock that has been embossed with the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders has so much texture, it takes more SNAIL than you would normally use to get a good bond. Or you can also try using Mini Glue Dots to get a strong bond -- even sticky strip!

What I used:
Stamp set - Ciao, Baby! (#129645 w, #129648 c)
Card stock - Crumb Cake (scraps - #124274); Very Vanilla card stock (#101650); Cherry Cobbler card stock (#101650); Early Espresso Card Stock (#119686)
Ink - Early Espresso (#126974); Cherry Cobbler (#126966)
Accessories - Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon (1-1/2”) (#129287); 1/8” Mini Brads (4) (#122941); Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#127749); Adhesives: SNAIL Refill (#104331), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Sticky Strip (#104294)
Punch - Petite Curly Label (#129405)
Cool Tools - Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189);Stampin’ Pierce Mat (#126199);  Big Shot (#113439)  
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Making a Prayer Journal

I'm hosting a completely FREE class where we will be making Prayer Journals on January 26th at 10 a.m. and also 1 p.m. 

If you live in my area, and you're interested, just e-mail me, and I'll get you signed up.
 Here's an example that my older son called "modern".
And this version of a prayer journal, my older son thought looked like something comfy, cozy you would find in someone's home located on a small table by a window and an overstuffed chair.  I thought that was a pretty good picture.  What do you think?

Anyway, this free class is gonna be lots of fun.  You can make this for yourself or a gift for someone you know who needs a Prayer Journal.

Hope you'll join me.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

For the Guys

Guys don’t always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You’re Welcome! kit, they’ll have . . .
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4″ x 6″ postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.
This set can be purchased now with item number 132807.  Great gift idea!

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Bit of Q & A

Q:  I love seeing new techniques used for stamping. Can you tell me more about the Chalkboard technique?

Chalkboard Technique - To You From Me Designer Template - Digital Download #132811       A:  You hit right on a very popular trend in the papercrafting world! The Chalkboard or Faux Chalk Art technique is a fun twist on the basic resist technique. It creates the vintage look of old chalkboards, chalkboard art, and advertising.  Here’s how you can create the Chalkboard Technique...

     Card Stock:  Basic Black (or use Garden Green or Not Quite Navy for the look of old green and blue chalkboards)
     Ink:  VersaMark, Whisper White Craft ink, ink matching the color of your card stock
     Other:  Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Watercolor Pencils (White Pencil), Stamping Sponges, ruler (clear is best)

Step 1:  Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy. Stamp images with VersaMark ink. Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (Try stamps such as: Amazing Family (#129189 wood, #129192 clear) pg. 7 of Spring Catalog or Forever with You (#126725 wood, #126727 clear) pg. 132 of Annual Catalog.

Step 2:  Sponge edges of card stock with matching color to create contrast. Wipe off excess ink with tissue.  Lightly sponge around embossed images and in blank areas with Whisper White Craft ink. Sponge some areas darker and some lighter to create the look of chalk dust.

Step 3:
  Use a ruler or freehand draw lines through or above and below stamped images with the White Watercolor Pencil. Draw a border 1/4" from each edge of the card stock with the White Watercolor Pencil to create a frame around the chalkboard. Remember this is all “chalk” drawing on a board so being perfectly neat isn’t necessary!

  If desired go back and shadow stamp over embossed images with Whisper White Craft ink. By stamping over, but slightly off center of the original image you create a blurred shadow effect. Allow craft ink to dry.

Step 4:  Embellish with vintage items such as bits of Doily, ribbon, Delicate Details Lace Tape (#130966), Paper Doilies (#129399), Linen Thread (#104199), Baker’s Twine, buttons, or pieces from the Artisan Embellishments Kit (#129328).