Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Side Step Card - Fairy Tale Birthday

This is called a Side Step Card ... because there are steps on one side, of course :) For directions, check out this post by Julie Davison. I colored these images some time ago and just set them aside. The Side Step Card technique is a great way to showcase lots of detailed images. Be careful that you leave room for a sentiment, though - I almost didn't have any.

Recipe: Stamps from Stampin' Up Dreams & Dragons, Ink from Memento.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Toucan of Friendship Altered Notebook

I picked up a set of 8 mini notebooks for $2 from Big Lots the other day. They look like a million bucks after a bit of stamping :) The notebook itself is stamped with hearts, then I added the ribbon to the binding for a fun look. The image is attached with a "sleeve" that holds that whole thing together (simply remove ... and toss, if you must) to use it!

The throw away part? Much of the ribbon came from a random bag of stuff I got from a retreat - I often end up throwing these bits and pieces away. All the paper was from my scrap drawer as well.

I am swapping these out for other Valentine's Day-themed items, but I have two left. I think they'll make great teachers' gifts for my son.

The toucan from A Toucan of My Love stamp set is one of my absolute favorites. It's just so darn clever.

Recipe: stamps from Stampin' Up, ink from Staz-On and Memento, other from Copic, Michaels, and miscellaneous.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Negative Cut Cards

So, after using my Cricut to cut a few dozen letters, I'm left with sheets like this:
I hang on to these, because I am (a) a pack rat and (b) will make great use of them one day. Seriously, though, they accumulate far faster than I can use them. They snag on my other scraps, and it's time to toss them out. Before I do that, though, I can make these: Recipes: (TOP CARD) Cardstock from my scrap drawer, Stamps from Stampin' Up All About U, Ink from Stampin' Up Craft White and Green Galore, Embellishments from The Paper Studio and Stampin' Up Chalks. (BOTTOM CARD) Cardstock from my scrap drawer, Stamps from Stampin' Up Trendy Trees, Ink from Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel and Green Galore, Embellishments from Stampin' Up Window Punch.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Card Box

It's one of those pay periods where you have to make the paycheck last through three weekends instead of just two. In most every way, these pay periods stink. One good thing, though, is that it forces you to dig through the freezer and find forgotten food. Today I found breaded shrimp (score!) and au gratin potatoes from Omaha Steakhouse (even better than shrimp!).

After lunch, I was left with a box much like:It's a sturdy, fabulous box. I've almost kept a few in the past, but my husband would move out if I kept every item that had potential :) Today, though, I got right to work. I suspected the box was the perfect size to hold two stacks of A2-sized cards side-by-side. My suspicions were correct:

My husband actually suggested the divider in the middle, to keep the two stacks from falling into one another. Very smart! Each side holds about 12 cards with envelopes or 24 cards on one side and 24 envelopes on the other. Pretty nice! I ran the chipboard embellishment through some Pixie Pink ink and applied some paper and brads for a "knob."

I started out by spray painting the box, inside and out. I then measured and cut my paper and Modge Podged one side. Pretty easy.

Things I learned: The thinner the paper, the better. I originally started out with a thicker cardstock, and it was quickly a disaster - too thick for the Modge Podge to really hold well. Today's piece of trash was almost in the trash before I tried some thinner scraps. I also recommend using a brayer, it gets all those air bubbles out for a nice hold.

Recipe: Paper and embellishments from The Paper Studio, Ink from SU.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Packing Tape Technique Tutorial

Welcome to my first Technique Tuesday. I read about "Packing Tape Technique" on a forum today. For what I've done, all you need is packing tape, water, and an image from a magazine.

First, find your image. I got mine from the latest Oriental Trading Scrapbook magazine. It's a set of fanned out Halloween patterned paper:

Cut your image out:
Pull out a piece of packing tape:
Press your image down on the packing tape. Get 'er all pressed down, you don't air bubbles:
Drop it in some water and let soak till soaked through:
Lightly dry it off. You might want to use a microfiber towel so you don't get any lint. I sort of thought the lint added to the cool look. You don't want it bone dry, just not dripping:
The soaked paper will easily pull off:
Keep peeling:
In the end, you'll have a transparency! Cool stuff:
I stuck it on some white cardstock. I needed some additional adhesive, since my image covered the tape from edge to edge:
Trimmed it up and made a pretty card with something that was headed to the compost:

Recipe: Cardstock from The Paper Company; stamp from Stampin' Up; embellishments from The Paper Studio