stamping - congratulations

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I'll admit one of the MAJOR reasons for me having to reorganize my stamping supplies this year was the newest Boxer stamps. First saw these back in December and was drooling over them till Angie and Vicki gave in and sent me them! I got all the sentiment stamps. For a manic card maker like me, these are a MUST! This stamp is from the celebrations set.

Supplies: Cardstock: DCWV; Ink: Clearsnap; All other supplies: Boxer Scrapbooks

This card was published in the April/May Ready Set Create ezine, great ezine if you need inspiration!

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Friday Freebie - Stamptastic!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Last week I gave away a copy of a stamping mag, this week it's a little stamping set. This set is by Studio G, and has the sayings "just because", "Friends", "{FUN}" and a happy smilie flower design. The set is opened, but unused.

If you'd like a chance to win this set just sign into the comments, and I'll pick a winner Monday, so check back Monday!

Good luck!




Theme: Congatulations grad!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Naturally one of the times that you'll need a congratulations card (and this time of year too) is Graduation cards. A nice simple card is all you need, and the colors black and white are a great choice for any graduation card!

All supplies: one heart... one mind

This card was published in the April/May Ready Set Create ezine, great ezine if you need inspiration!

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May Card Sketch #4

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ack wasn't sure I was going to get the sketch up today! We had a power flicker yesterday morning which took out my computer for the day, darn thing wouldn't boot up. Bob worked his magic last night and its working again :) So here is this weeks sketch.

I decided to go digital/hybrid with my card this week, reason being that I need to seriously clear off my scrap table as I have a 12x12" space to create and the rest is just full of 'stuff'. The papers are from a new kit I'm working on (no title as yet), which is Dad/fathers themed.

"Happy Fathers Day" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: All papers from my new upcoming fathers day kit

"Live richly" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Pattern Paper: Dream Street; Tag: Etsy - The Living Room Floor; Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink; Pen: Sakura Glaze

"Have fun" card by Deanne Burton
Supplies: Basic Grey paper-Cupcake; Bazzill cardstock; Tim Holtz distressing ink; Prima flowers; Doodlebug brads; Ribbon-from a dollar store

"Congrats" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: Cardstock: Core'dinations; Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms (Making The Grade and polka dot baclgrounder) Kitchen Sink (alphabet); Ink: Stazon, Ranger paint dauber and Clearsnap; Waxy Flax: Scrapworks

"Football Fan" card by Linda Flinders

"Happy Hello" card by Natalie Dever
Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Stamps: Unity Stamp Company; Ink: Ranger

"Merry Christmas" card by Raechelle Bellus
supplies; pp: Basic Grey; buttons: Creative Cafe; rub ons: Bo Bunny; brads: Making Memories; DMC floss

"Howdy" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies: Images from Joanna Sheen American Frontier CD, White card, Brown Card, Border Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, String and Sizzix Die Cut Letters.

"You Rock" card by Kelli Smith
supplies: Love elsie paper, kaiser bling gems, ranger distress inks

"Celebrate" card by Pearl Liu
Supply List : Core'dinations cardstock , Cuttlebug Embossing , DCWV ric Rac cardstock , AC Roller Rink Glitter Alpha

"Live Simply" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Amy Butler; Material: Amy Butler; Cardstock: Bazzill; Other: machine stitching

"Love" card by Ruth Trice
Supplies: PP by K and Co, stamp by Anita's and butterfly punchies.

"Party" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: generic card blank, A2Z Essentials papers, funky foam cut with Sizzlits round-a-bout alphabet, Queen & Co felt fusion, Creative Café rub-on greetings, Dovecraft brads, HOTP extra large brad with American Crafts star rub-on, Dovecraft star brad, blue gel pen.

"Mom" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, colorbox Dark Brown ink, Basic grey patterned paper, American Crafts rubs, Chip Chatter Chipboard

"Aloha" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; Reminisce pattern paper; Prima chipboard; Heidi Swapp chipboard

"A very big THANKS" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Patterned Paper by Pebbles, Inc.; Cardstock by Paper Studio; Sentiment Stickers by Karen Foster Design; Tombo Adhesive; cotton thread

Remember to link me up in the comments if you do a card with the sketch as I love to come check them out!




Tutorial: Printing Mediums

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

One of the questions I get asked most about hybrid scrapbooking is “what do you print the digital part onto?” The answer is: Anything, and everything! There really are so many options, that is the great thing about hybrid.

Obviously the choices for the beginner hybrid scrapbooker are probably going to be limited so I thought what better than a side by side comparison! The papers that almost every scrapbooker has in their supplies are: cardstock (smooth or textured) and photo paper (glossy or matte). Each one of these can be used for hybrid scrapbooking, and each gives the project a different look and finish.

  • Cardstock: I use plain white cardstock a lot for hybrid. First it’s inexpensive and second I have a lot of it. Textured or smooth depends on my project.
  • Photo Paper: I print my photo’s at home so I always have photo paper on hand. Photo paper comes in lots of finishes, matt and glossy being the two most popular.
My choice for deciding which paper to print on depends a lot on the project in question. I decided to make a hybrid card, and print it out onto different papers to compare the difference.

I printed the digital portion onto smooth cardstock, matte photo paper and glossy photo paper. The cardstock (left) gave a dull flat color and finish to the card. The glossy photo paper (right) gave the most vibrant color and detail, but in lights gave off a glare and sometimes made it difficult to see (and photograph). Falling in the middle is the matte photo paper, which really did fall between both. The colors were stronger than the cardstock, but the detail wasn’t as good as the glossy photo paper, but there was no light glare.

In this scan you can see the difference between the card on the left (cardstock) and right (glossy photo paper). The difference is much more pronounced in real life.

I’ll still continue to use all three papers, deciding which finish I‘d prefer with each project. I like the variety. Even though the cardstock gave a flat finish with duller colors, for some projects that works great, especially on grungy or heavily distressed papers. Each paper has pro’s and cons, each one is worth trying, and each one has a place in my hybrid scrapbooking!

Credits: Digital papers: Kitchen Curtains, Meredith Fenwick, Digital stitching: Robin Blankenship; Flower: Yellow Sprite, Prima; Gem: center kisses, Prima; Photoshop CS3

Of course this is just about papers, not taking into account transparencies, vellums and specialty printing mediums, that's a whole other tutorial ;)

Have fun with Hybrid!




Freebie - WINNER (stamping mag)

Monday, May 26, 2008

The winner of the "Stamp it!" Magazine is:

  • Anita: YES YES YES - I would love to win a copy of the mag!!!

Email me Anita and I'll mail the mag out to you this week!



Manufacturer Monday: Daisy Bucket - wk4

Happy Memorial Day! Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. We've had fun, been busy out in the garden doing maintenance and planting seeds. Yesterday we had a bumper cooking session which was so yummy!

Final week of the May Manufacturer Monday with Daisy Bucket. I have had lots of fun this month using up the last few supplies I had. That does seem to be key for me doing projects for this theme. I learned that I don't use die cuts that much. I had a few of the Daisy Bucket die cuts but rarely used them. I did force myself this week though, and managed to use a couple.

Supplies: Papers & Die cuts: Daisy Bucket; Ribbon: May Arts; Flowers: Bazzill; Brads:MM; Rub-ons: PSX

I can't tell you how long I have had some of the supplies I've used this week. The Daisy Bucket is over a year old, rub-ons are VERY old, the epoxy overlay stickers are EXTREMELY old! I think the newest product is the Bazzill flowers. I really love to use up that old stash!!!

Supplies: Papers & Die cuts: Daisy Bucket; Rub-ons: DCWV; Epoxy Overlays: Sticko (EK Success);

I seem to be in either a fussy throw it all on a project, or simple phase. No middle ground lately.

Supplies: Papers & Die cuts: Daisy Bucket; Flowers: Bazzill; Brads:MM; Rub-ons: DCWV

On to another manufacturer next month. Not sure who yet. I need to clear off the scrap table and start on some new projects! Back later today with the FF winner.

More soon!



Sharing: blow out the candles card

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I made this card back in April, and I have to say its one of my very favorites EVER! Love the bright bazzill with the poppin' colors! Just screams spring/summer fun!

Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill' Papers, rub-ons: one heart... one mind; flower: imaginisce; button: Misc;

Yep another matching envelope. I have to say I do love making making envelopes! They just add so much to a card, really adds that finishing touch!

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Stamping: Good Kitty!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I've had these blank take-out containers for a while, and I figured I'd do a little stamping project with them. And I figure kill two birds with one stone, and get out some Boxer product too! All the supplies are from Boxer, with a little added glitter from that Stardust Sakura pen that I cannot stop using!

Supplies: Boxer woof texture paper, cat texture paper, orange dot, cat stamps, meow ribbon

To cover the take out box, I used that old staple adhesive - the glue stick! I'm a firm believer that the humble glue stick is severely overlooked when it comes to scrapbooking and paper crafts.

More stamping every Saturday

Have a great weekend!



Friday Freebie - Stamp It! Mag

Friday, May 23, 2008

Last week I got my copies of the latest Stamp It! Cards magazine. I got WAY more than I could use (giving them to friends/family too) so I figure they'll be great for Friday Freebies! So if you want a chance to win a copy of Stamp It! Magazine just sign in the comments. I'll pick a winner on Monday :)

More freebies soon



Theme: Congratulations!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Theme Thursday, and time for more congratulations cards. Spurned on my mission to use more stash I decided to really dig through the drawers and find things with a congratulations theme. I already used similar paper from DCWV earlier this month but dug out the different color sheets and decided that they would make good baby cards, being that they were pink, blue and miscellaneous.

Now you will notice all three cards are based on a sketch from April. I didn't plan on them all being the same, but it just came out that way. I figure if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

Supplies: Cardstock, paper, sticker: DCWV; charm: Target; Ribbon: Daisy D's; Scissors: Fiskars; Pen: Sakura Stardust

I've been thinking about buying some scallop punches lately, but I figure I have scallop scissors they work, why bother? Maybe I will later down the line, but right now I'm doing fine with my scissors. I dug into my stash with these congrats charms, they were from Target in a card making set.

Supplies: Cardstock, paper: DCWV; Ribbon: Making Memories; Stamp: Boxer; Brads: one heart... one mind; Scissors: Fiskars; Pen: Sakura Stardust

Of course blue and pink are great, but if you don't know the baby's sex then you can settle on a neutral color, green and yellow work great for this. You can't really see but the little charm says "bundle" hence the "of joy".

Supplies: Cardstock, paper: DCWV; Charm: JoAnnsRibbon: Making Memories; Stamp: Boxer; Scissors: Fiskars;

More congratulations cards next week!



May Card Sketch #3

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This weeks sketch has lots of potential. You could mix it up lots of ways or keep it nice and simple.

I struggled with this one initially, but then I have so much stuff on my scrap table right now it's not surprising really! Everything here is from my stash, I think the ONLY newish thing I used were the Bazzill bling brads (which I love btw).

"Best Wishes" card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Cardstock:Bazzill, DCWV; Paper: DCWV; Stamp: Fiskars; Flower: Heidi Swapp; Brads: Bazzill;

"Thank You" card by Jo Willis
Supplies: Papermill card, My Mind’s Eye Everyday Tango papers, Basic Grey rub-on, May Arts ribbon, HOTP blossoms and buttons.

"Happiness is.." card by Raechelle Bellus
Supplies: pp, rub on and die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs; buttons: Foofala; DMC floss; ink: Ranger; Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels

"Happy Birthday" card by Wendy McGlinchey
Supplies: DCWV patterned paper, white card base, peach card stock, fabric flower, two gold buttons, satin ribbon, black versafine ink and Katie & Co text stamp.

"Happy Birthday" card by Jackie Price
Supplies: We R Memory Keepers – White Out; Bazzill; Buttons; Stickles; Cat’s Eyes

"Enjoy" card by Jan Tatomir
Supplies: Paper: Scenic Route; Cardstock: Bazzill; Transparency: Hambly; Bling: MMBI; Letters: American Crafts; Ribbon: Strano Designs, American Crafts; Buttons: craft supply; CB Circles: Technique Tuesday

"Thanks" card by Chrys Rose
Supplies: Bazzill cs; Fancy Pants pp; Crate rub on; Prima flowers; Junkitz felt flowers

"thinking of you" card by Kelly Nelson
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, flower; Stampin Up pp, ink; Heidi Grace stamp, Versamark ink, Kindyglitz, Dimensional magic.

"Hi" card by Deanne Burton
Supplies: Stampin' Up cardstock, design paper, stamp, ink; Ribbon and buttons from my stash; Prima flowers; Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet

"wow" card by Celeste Brodnik
Supplies: Pattern Paper: Pink Paislee; Foam Alphabets: American Crafts; Flowers: Heidi Swapp; Paper Bird: Prima Marketing; Button: Craft Supply

"Happy Mothers Day" card by Kristin Shulz
Supplies: DCWV cardstock, Timber brown Staz On ink, Basic Grey patterned paper, Technique Tuesday stamps

"No Distance" card by Kim Hughes
Supplies: Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms; Cardstock: Core'dinations; Ribbon: Making Memories; Ink: Stazon; Tool: Heidi Swapp distress tool

"little one" card by Annette Taylor
Supplies: Notepad Paper: Making Memories, Patterned Paper – Not Sure, it was a RAK, Big pink flowers and buttons from Scrapagogo, small flowers punched from velvet paper, Lace trim from the market and Rubber Stamps from Autumn Leaves and Clear Expressions

"Birthday Girl" card by Pearl Liu
Supplies: Bazzill CS , KI Memories Lace CS , Bo Bunny rub on sentiment, MM Chipboard Buttons, SEI Buttons, DCWV Scalloped CS , Cuttlebug Embossing, K&Co Dimensional Sticker

"Heart go Whirrr" card by Beverley Todd
Supplies: Papers, rub ons, chipboard & die cuts: Cosmo Cricket; Red A4 cardstock from stash; Black ink; Red colouring pencil

"Hello" card by Lynn Anne Cutler
Supplies: Cardstock by Paper Studio; Tombo Adhesive; fabric scraps, button and letter stickers unknown

"Congratulations" card by Linda Flinders

Hook me up in the comments if you make a card with the sketch, as I love to come check them out!