Sunday, September 21, 2008

Monkeying Around

This is my new favorite set for children's birthday cards. How cute is he! Put this together for Camden's friend's birthday today (with design help from Logan). I love paper piecing the monkey for a more "authentic" sock monkey feel. I stamped the back of some PP to create the paper pieced cupcake. The frosting is sprinkled with glitter, and the candle created from an old rarely-used punch that will be seeing a lot more use now--love that! I tried a new technique to create the frame wth a double scored line and piercing.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

September Stamp Club

The details: Monday, September 22, 8:00 pm

The project: Emboss Resist

The specs: stamp set-Pocket Silhouettes, French Script; ink-Versamark, black, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Regal Rose; paper-Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, accessories-1 3/8 circle punch, scallop circle punch, scallop punch, white and black embossing powder, sponge, ribbon

The how-to: Use Versamark ink to stamp image on cardstock. Spinkle on embossing powder and heat. Sponge ink onto embossed image. Rub image with a tissue to remove excess ink.

Stamp Club meetings are open to all. Members: no fee; non-members: $2, or free with the placement of a $25 order.

Leave a comment to reserve a spot in The StUdio.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Halloween Workshop

A chill is in the air and fall is definitely right around the corner. This year you have a choice of Halloween treats from four adorable and easy to make projects. Simply order SU!'s Ghostly Greetings designer series paper for $9.95 plus tax and s/h ($11.45 total) and bring the additional supplies to class. See below for all the details. Please register for this class via email by September 22nd so I can order the paper. Class will be held in The StUdio on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30pm. If you can't make that date, let me know and we can arrange another time.

ps I didn't have the new SU! paper on hand for these samples, so your projects will be a whole lot cuter (and more colorful)!

Folded square box:
With just a few scores of the paper you can make this cute little holder for candies or other small treats. One paper pack yields 48 boxes. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, ribbon of your choice, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 2 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)

Crayon Holder:

This little holder is the perfect size for snack-sized Kit Kats or 4 crayons (thanks, Darcy, for the brilliant idea!). One paper pack yields 72 boxes. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 4 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)

Drink Holder Hanger:

It's hard to tell from the picture, but this box hangs from the top of a water bottle to hold powdered drink mix. One paper pack yields 48 treats. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 2 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)


No adhesive or scoring necessary. This little pouch folds up in a snap. Bring your own ribbon to hold it together. One paper pack yields 48 pouches. Additional supplies: ribbon

Note: you supply the treats to fill the boxes and pouches.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Purse Mini-Album

I've had this mini album idea in my head since purchasing some screw posts and book board during a trip to The Paper Source earlier this summer. Finally made the time to put it together, plus catching some cutie photos of the boys in their new haircuts didn't hurt the creative inspiration:

The book is made from two covered pieces of book board and 4 badge holders (with the holes trimmed off), and bound with a screw post. Confession: I didn't end up using the ones I purchased for this project as the book was too thick for them. I used some posts that I had saved from a broken post-bound album. Funny that I saved them, yet didn't figure out what I could use them for until I had bought new ones! Finished size is 2 5/8" x 3 3/4", perfect for tossing into a purse. Each photo is backed by a collage of the boys' favorite things right now (subject to change weekly, so it's neat to capture this small moment in their lives).

Stampin' Up! sets used: Stamp of Authenticity, Genuine Articles, Letterpress Alphabet, Classic Alphabet (all retired--all great sets, what were they thinking?!)

Make a Wish

I recycled an old card's sketch to create this birthday card. Change of color scheme, change of patterned paper, and voila a whole new card!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Design Team Projects 1

I am applying for a spot on the design team for Purple Onion Designs. It was a bit serendipitous how I stumbled upon their blog and the very post for the search for designers. How can I pass that up? So here's a few of my projects:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

3 Projects

Three projects for an upcoming SU! Workshop:

Fresh Cuts Card:

Big Bold Birthday card:

Sweet Celebrations 6x6 page:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

One sheet, that's it

These little books are so quick, so easy, and so cute. I found the tutorial for them here. They make great little mini albums, or how about a gift card holder, or maybe a wallet for keeping all those store discount cards organized. I'm going to make some of them into kits with coordinating embellishments for an upcoming craft fair.

Art Journal--my take

Inspired by Ali, I decided to start my own Art Journal. This is a great creative vehicle to try out new techniques, play with supplies, or to get those creative juices flowing. I'll be able to store all kinds of useful bits of inspiration for projects. No rules, anything goes!

Some watercolor painting with the boys and a quote I love:

A page torn from the Anthropologie catalog I received today. Loving the bright colors on the white background overlaid with black.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Art Journal

Here's some creative inspiration from the
ever inspiring
creative genius herself,
Ali Edwards.

Are these not incredible?

Time to get going on an art journal. . .so many project ideas, so little time. . .