Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hello Doily and Grannie Smith Remembered

As soon as I saw Hello Doily in the new SU Idea Book and Catalog, I thought of my maternal grandmother, Ethel Smith.  I don't think that I have too many memories of my grandmother that didn't include a crochet hook or knitting needle in her hand.  She was a true artist.  She had macular degeneration in her senior years and she still was able to produce flawless creations with out patterns and her hands moved so fast, it was fascinating to watch.  This card says it all:
Grandma's Doily

I have entered this card in two challenges.  The first is at a new challenge blog and their first challenge: IN(K)SPIRE_me.  This was a real challenge for me to have this large color combination.  I did not have ribbon in any of these colors, so I dyed 5/8" Organza Ribbon with my Poppy Parade Marker, didn't it turn out great?  I embossed resisted with Peach Parfait, stamped my Remember When with Bravo Burgundy and set it all on a Melon Mambo card base.
The other challenge that I entered with this card is over at: "Less is More".  Their Week #24 Theme is Circles.  I thought that the Hello Doily and the Delicate Doilies stamp sets are circles.  Check out all of the other entries for these two challenges, lots of talented ladies have entered.

Blossom Party & Faux Cloisonne

I have been designing cards for my upcoming card buffet and wanted to share one with you.  My daughter, Luella, was with me for five days and we always have a great time together designing cards and making 3D projects.  I love this retired DSP and wanted a flower to show it off so it reminded me of the Blossom Party die, it is really sad that I have had this die for over a year and never used it. :(  But the great part of having a card buffet is that I am getting all of my DSP out and my dies and having a great time creating!
Blossom Party

Isn't it just too cute?  The next card we learned how to do Faux Cloisonne in our Technique class Thursday night and I have decided to add it also to the card buffet since I love how the butterflies turned out.  Do you have a lot of glossy catalogs or old Stampin' Up! Catalogs hanging around?  When I started cleaning out my stamp room last week, I couldn't believe how many I had still, but we put them to good use with this Technique.  First the cards:
Faux Cloisonne with Flores Suaves

Isn't the butterfly so lifelike?  It is from the Flores Suaves (Soft Flowers) stamp set.  First we found a picture in the colors we wanted to use for the butterfly, then rubbed over the image with the Embossing Buddy then stamped the image using Versamark, sprinkled on black Emboss Powder (you could also use gold or silver) then heated it with a Heat Tool.  Cut them out by hand and the paper ends up feeling like plastic and really takes a bend well.  This technique works well with open stamps (not a solid image) like this butterfly or a flower.  Check out my next post that qualifies for two challenges.

Friday, July 8, 2011

VC Rocks! Blog Hop - ABC - Anything But a Card

This VC Rocks! Blog Hop is about Anything but a Card, ABC.  This week in class we made a purse to hold cards.  I have seen several purses out there to buy, but I always try to find free.  This purse template I found on Bridget Louw's website, but it was only large enough to hold 3x3 cards.  I wanted a purse that would hold A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) cards. So after fussing around for several hours I can up with this:

Paisley Petals Purse
This purse can hold eight A2 cards.  I used glimmer paper for the buckles on the purse.  Love it!  I know that this is ABC, but I had to show you the cards we made to go into the purse, thanks to Margaret Moody for her inspiration for these.
Purse with Card
 I made a second purse with the class and I love this one even more:
White Paisley Petals Purse
 I have been wanting to make one of the following projects for over a year and this hop gave me the opportunity to finally make one.  The instructions for the tissue box cover can be found here: Split Coast Stampers-Tissue Box Cover and a big thank you to Cindy for suggesting that I use my new Sunflower Background Stamp(just came in tonight's UPS box) to decorate it with.

Sunflower Tissue Box Cover
I received my first box of goodies tonight from the new Idea Book and Catalog.  I fell in love with the new Beau Chateau DSP and here is a sneak look at the Side Notes that you can buy to go along with the DSP.  There are two of each die-cuts included and it is on beautiful watercolor paper.  I can't wait to make an album from this paper.  So here they are:

Won't they be so cool on a scrapbook page or on a card front?  I have added at the top right column a button to get emails when I post new blog pages, sign up if you would like to follow me.  Now on to the next blog.  Have a great day!

The talented stampers and scrappers of VC Rocks have tackled the theme of Anything But a Card.   So grab your favorite beverage and a snack and enjoy our hop.   The hop officially kicks off at 10AM Eastern/9AM Central, 8AM Mountain, 7AM Pacific on Saturday and will run through the weekend.

00-START VC Rocks Home Blog art by Debbie Petersen
01 Holly & The Dog InkPaperStamps
02 Elizabeth Kratzer Elizabeth's Stamp Room
03 Elizabeth M. Harris Love 2 Stamp
04 Jackie Watson Creative Designs by Jackie
05 Marisol Gutierrez A Touch of SOL
06 Stace Coombs Stampin' Stace
07 Jane Hignite Stamp With Jane
08 Barb Furlong The Love of Stamping
09 Kim Abbott Stamping Fun with Kim
10 Angela Walters Life with a Wiener Dog
11 Dawn Hoffman Stampin' At Dawn
12 Sharon Field Created By You
13 Shirley Northey Stamper Shirley
14 Angela Khan Scrappin' For Sanity
15 Veronica Miller Bluegrass Stamper Studio
16 Mary Jo Price-Williams Technostamper
17 Carolyn Sharkas InkingTheNightAway
18 Jamie Adcock Wanna Be Creative
19 Nancy Keithley Scrapbook Kits and more
20 Patrice Herrera My Little Patch of Dirt
21 Elaine Wright I Reckon I'll Stamp
22 Brenda Hugar Brenda's Stamping Corner
23 Kris Sobolik Maddiebug Designs
24 Kristi Jaenisch Stamping in the Moonlight
25 Eileen LeFevre Stampin' Fevre
26 Kym Schwinkendorf Artful Imagination
27 Linda Rodenberg Nichole's Stampin' Corner
29 You are here: Debbie Martin Clever and Cute
30 Mary Campbell Mimi To Jett

31Shari Dudek Shari's Stamp Pad
32 Carey Rogers Pedstamper's Stamping Tree House
33Ellen Kemper Blinkin' Thinkin' & Inkin'
34 Karen Gibson Krafting With Karen
35-LAST Loni Holt Loni's Life