Sunday, December 30, 2007

Some recent club projects

Okay, I know Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, but a friend who used to be in my hostess club asked me the other day what we've been doing in club. Since I never got around to posting these, I thought I'd do it now so she could see.
We learned to make stars like these:

I first saw these done here. We used the snowflake pattern from SU!'s now retired Wintergreen DSP. The ones I made in this photo are a mish-mash of different companies, including SU!, 12 x 12 from JoAnn's, and different papers from Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.
The star below is made from glittered vellum that I got at JoAnn's. It came in 12x12 so I could make 4 from 1 sheet! Isn't it pretty?

Inside view of some of the stars:

This is one of the cards we made in club this past fall. The flowers and brad came from the pretties kit. We dyed the red flower using a Real Red marker- really easy. Sorry the lighting is bad in the photo- the card base is actually River Rock.

Last is an ornament made with the scallop punch and beads from the pretties kit. Ribbon is just a thin white satin from the craft store. I left my SU! ribbon home, so we used what Claudia had on hand (thanks, Claudia!) and I think it worked out perfectly. I got this idea from Kelly, here.

BTW, Nicholas did not get to have his surgery after all, because the doctors said his lungs still looked a little cloudy on the x-rays, so now they are waiting til Monday. I really feel for Jenny and Scott, Nicholas' parents, and his brothers, having to go through all this over the holidays. Not to mention the poor little sweetheart himself. It really helps me to remember every day to thank the Lord for my two beautiful healthy boys, and to really appreciate how blessed we've been.

take care,


Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'm a Stamping Slob, Too

Surfing the web, looking for storage solutions for my ever-so-slowly evolving stamp room, I came across this awesome little stamping space , owned by a self-proclaimed stamping slob. When she said she used to have to stamp on the floor because there was no room on any other horizontal surface, I thought- yep, that's me! (not something to be proud of, but true anyway).

Well, I was so impressed with her punch storage solution, I just had to share. I do not like punches in drawers- I like being able to see what I need and grab it, and then have an easy place to return it to. Personally, I have Punch Pals, because I was lucky enough to buy some before Crop-in-Style stopped making them. If I didn't, though, I would absolutely be out buying dowels and cup hooks tomorrow!

I also love the idea of the tilt bins for organizing scraps, but I have to think a bit more before I decide if I want to do that or not.

It's definately a work in progress, but I'm going to keep plugging away at it and maybe someday I will post photos.

Take care, and keep praying for Nicholas. He was scheduled for surgery yesterday (Friday), but I didn't hear from Nicole how it went yet. Even if it went well, it is just the first surgery. I'll post an update tomorrow when I find out more.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Baby Nicholas Update

Remember baby Nicholas? He and his family still needs your support through your prayers. Nicolas is still in the hospital in Rochester, and will be there for Christmas. His family was hoping he would be able to have surgery on Wednesday to repair a collapsed trachia/espophagus. He isn't able to breath on his own yet.

Unfortunately, Nicolas developed pneumonia and wasn't able to have the surgery. The good news is that they caught the pneumonia early, so he is being treated for that and hopefully will get stronger and healthier in the coming days.

I am just asking that you continue to keep Nicolas and his family in your hearts and prayers.



Monday, December 17, 2007

Deb's Barn Star

My friend Debbie made this altered Barn Star. She did an *awesome* job! I've been wanting to do one with the Wintergreen DSP, but there's only so much time left b4 Christmas. Maybe I'll get to it after Christmas and save it for next year- I love that paper!

Anyway, feel free to leave a comment- I'm sure Debbie would love to know what you think ;)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Links to Project Instructions

Here are links to the tutorials and/or directions for the projects in the pictures posted last night. Scroll down to the next post to see the pictures.

Martha Stewart Topper/ornament

Paper Bow

Origami Ornament

Pinecone Ball Ornament


Some fun stuff

Ornament/package topper a la Martha Stewart.

Paper Bow

Origami Ornament

Origami Ornament gone wrong!

Pinecone Ornament

It's late- I'm too tired to elaborate much now. I'll go into more detail later for those of you who haven't already seen these done. All of the red paper is from the Cerise DSP pack from SU!
The pinecone ornament is Cosmo Cricket Paper.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Lookie what the mailman brought us...

...from David's parents in Florida!
(yes, there is one missing already is lunchtime, ya know!)

Lucas (my son who would eat 3 apples a day, everyday if he could) is going to be so thrilled!

Thanks, Mom & Dad!!

Box Ornaments

I made these early last month, and never took pics til now. We made the top one at our hostess club meeting. It uses the Wintergreen DSP that is retiring, and was made from a pattern. I don't know how to put the pattern into a file to upload, but I could scan it if there is interest. I used swarovski crystals in the centers of the punched flowers.

Lining up the pattern on each side was kind of a pain, so I tried to come up with an easier way of making these. The second photo is the result. I used a small sizzlets square envelope die to cut 6 pieces of certainly celery, and glued all the flaps together. Then I punched each side using a corner punch with the guides removed. It worked well, but the ornament is much smaller. You can see the size difference here:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Kids are so funny!

Me: Loren, go get your sneakers out of your backpack.

Loren, age 7: I hate opening my backpack, it smells like school.


Christmas ATC

I came across an ATC I made last Christmas (just for fun out of scraps), so I thought I'd share. The top heart is a rusted metal piece, and I just traced it onto the red paper and cut it out for the red heart.

Friday, December 7, 2007

My tags on E-bay

Stampin' Up!s new policy allows us to sell hand-made goods in fixed locations. I got so many compliments on my swap tags, I decided to make some up and see how well they do on E-bay, just for kicks and giggles. Take a look.

Awesome Rak Card from Kay

Lookie what I got in the mail the other day!

My friend Kay Mespelt from sudsol sent this to me-isn't it soo pretty? I was really surprised, which is the best part about a rak, I guess. It totally made my day!
The angel part that comes off is a magnetic pin- cool, huh?
Thanks, Kay!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Christmas Tags

Tags I made for a swap- these tags will also be one of our stamp club projects this month:

all materials are Stampin' Up!, and all images © Stampin' Up! with the exception of the following:

The centers of the snowflakes are pink swarovski crystals (these look soo cool IRL)
The large green (Wild Wasabi) scalloped circles and the light blue (Soft Sky)tags with the oval cut-outs were die cut at my LSS.

Final word on Any Service Member mail

I learned my lesson about posting circulating e-mail info. to my blog without checking snopes first, no matter how well intended. I've removed earlier posts about this topic, and here is the final word on the subject:

Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials want to remind those individuals who want to show their appreciation through mail to include packages and letters, addressed to "Any Wounded Soldier" that Walter Reed will not be accepting these packages in support of the decision by then Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in 2001. This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of patients and staff at medical centers throughout the Department of Defense. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting "Any Service Member" or "Any Wounded Service Member" letters or packages. Mail to "Any Service Member" that is deposited into a collection box will not be delivered.

The entire statement can be read here

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Baby Nicholas

Some of you already know about baby Nicholas. I thought you might like to see the baby you've been praying for:

For those of you who don't know, here's Nicholas' story in brief:

Nicholas is my brother Christopher and SIL Nicole's nephew. He was born in early October with a heart valve problem. He has been moved to a hospital in Rochester. The surgeons there were waiting to evaluate him to see if he was strong enough for surgery. He has been battling infections that would keep him from having the surgery he needs. Since the last update that I sent via e-mail, the prognosis for Nicolas has improved. He and his family need your continued support through your prayers!

I'll post an update when I have more news:)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Card for Today

Hey there!

I didn't get a picture of the new updated tree card yet, but I really want to start posting more frequently, so I have something else to share today. I made this card for my brother's birthday last month. The card stock and images are Stampin' Up! and the background paper is Basic Grey, Scarlet's Letter. Actually, the card stock is SU!'s new Basic Gray color, so the card was made with Basic Gray and Basic Grey-lol!I can't remember who the big giant red brad was from, but I think it was Bazzill. The brad was threaded through the black button- I thought the brad itself looked a little too plain. I used a silver gel pen on the bumbers and hubcaps, so that is why there is a glare there- the flash reflected off the metallic silver, so it looks almost white in the pic.

The first pic is the outside of the card, and the colors are more accurate:

The second pic shows the card open, but it was taken without a flash, and the colors are all yellowy and icky looking:

The second picture shows how the card opens. The left side closes first, and the right side closes on top of it. (the truck is on the outside of the open side of Happy Birthday.

I did the same card design on a card I did for my love, elsie class at BSS:

and the inside:

Sorry again for blurry pics. We will probably get a new camera on Black Friday as an early Christmas gift. In the meantime I will try to learn more about the one we are borrowing, so you don't have to suffer through another month of blurry photos.

I just want to add that I did not come up with this card lay-out myself. I have seen it around. I can't cite anyone specifically, since it is just something I had seen a few times here and there and remembered because I thought it was cool.

Enjoy your week-end!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Check this Out!

omg! You have got to check out the really cool little do-dad that Gina K put together (here) using 2 SU! punches. I mean, I am only guessing, but if I am not mistaken, that is the word window punch paired with the designer label punch. So cool!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

3x3 Note Cards

Here are some 3x3 note cards that I made recently. The idea for the tree card came to me a while back when a SUSOL demo was looking for Christmas ideas using the Three for You Punch Box. I wasn't able to make up the sample at the time because I had a bunch of stuff going on, but I've been wanting to post the idea for some time. I stamped the flowers with the Three for You set and punched them out with the punch from the punch box. I made them dimentional by placing each flower into the palm of my hand and pressing into the center with the end of my watercolor paintbrush. An orange stick works great, too.

The scallop on the second card was made using a corner punch with the corner guard removed. I used the older SU! corner punch, since I didn't have the new one yet when I made this card. The leaves were made by punching out a green flower, then cutting the petals in to a point at the center. I turned them so the rounded side is hidden by the flower and the pointed side is out. You could just as easily free- hand cut the leaves.

The third card was made using the Cutie Pie DSP from the SU! catalog. The only stamping is the Thank You circle from the Seeing Spots set. The middle flower was punched from the paper using the 3 flower punch from the Three for You punch box. The scallop circle punch is from SU!

Sorry for the fuzzy photos. It's the best I can do with the camera I have to work with for now. We are looking into new cameras. If anyone wants to e-mail me with advice or recomendations, it would be appreciated!

Tomorrow I'll show an improved version of the tree card. I know it's a little plain- I just wanted to post the basic version, so you get the general idea.



Friday, October 12, 2007

Blog Candy Winner!

So- I'm a day late- sorry! My Aunt took me to the Casino in Niagara Falls for lunch yesterday as a birthday gift, and when I got home, I had to leave right away to teach a class. By the time I got back from class I was wiped. I had another this afternoon, and then had to prep for a class tomorrow, too! So I've been pretty busy. But on to the fun stuff!

The winner is:

janet allen

who said...
Hope you had a fun birthday. I have so many friends & family having October birthdays, and what a pretty time of year to celebrate!

Janet-send me an e-mail with your snail mail address, and I will send out your winnings, which include the stuff in the picture below, plus a couple of more goodies not pictured (I forgot to put the bling flowers, card sample, and a couple of other thing in the picture, but they're included in the package):

You can get a little better view by clicking the picture. Thanks to Debbie's post, I changed the size of the photo. However, the resolution is pretty bad now- so I guess I'll try changing the resolution in the camera. Trouble is, it's my FIL's camera- 'cuz ours broke. I never had a problem posting the pics with my camera, but now that I'm using my FIL's, I have a new appreciation for the one we had. Funny thing is, his was probably twice what ours cost (or triple), and ours was so much better! Buying a camera these days is like buying a car- you really need to know your stuff!

I'll be doing another blog candy give-away when I pass 5000 hits, which should be soon! I have lots of fun stuff to post this week, too. I'll get right on it after class tomorrow. Have a great week-end!

Love, Laura :)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Birthday Blog Candy!

It's my birthday, so I thought I'd give away some presents. Apparently that's a popular idea, because I saw a bunch of other blogs giving away birthday candy this week-end! Us Libras must all think alike. Anyway, I don't like blog candy give-aways that make you think too much. I don't mind answering an easy question or two, but I really don't like the ones that require you guess the answer to an obscure question.

So... for a chance to win, all you have to do is post a comment! If you want to add your favorite birthday quote or greeting, that would be fun- I'll compile and post them in a new blog entry if there's more than a few. But- you don't have to- you just have to leave a comment.

WHAT DO YOU WIN??? I have to take a pic, and I am going shopping for more stuff now-but I promise, it will be good yummy stamping stuff, and it will be birthday related.

To start- I have a package of Dress-it-up birthday buttons-super cute, Birthday confetti for your shaker cards, Some cuttle-bug'd birthday backgrounds- some on Bazzil Bling Cardstock and some on SU! Cardstock, a couple of Bazzil Bling flowers, and a Stampin' Up! card sample using new ribbons and a chipboard flower.
There will also be some stamps and more fun stuff. A pic of all of it will be posted later.

Drawing will be in 1 week via random number generator- Thursday Oct. 11- so post away!

BTW- today is my friend Elisabeth's birthday too- happy Birthday Elisabeth!

What's for dinner?

This is an actual converstion I had with my 9 yr old son, Lucas the other day. The kid totally cracks me up.

me: what do you want for dinner tonight?

son: we have lobster?

me: no.

son: hmm...well, do we have crab legs?

me: (laughing now)no!

son: umm...then I have no idea.

me: seriously? you can't think of anything you'd like for dinner besides lobster or crab legs?

son: (completely serious) nope. nothing.

Gotta love him!

Apple Cider criss-cross

Well, it's been so long since I posted an SU! sample, I thought I'd better do so!
This is a criss-cross applesauce card that I sent as a RAK-back to someone recently.
I didn't have good lighting for the pic, sorry. Anyway, it is made using all SU! cardstock,inks, and SU! Apple Cider bg paper from the Holiday mini catalog.
If you click the photo you can get a better view of the papers and ribbon- but it's coming out huge, and I don't know how to fix that just yet :(

Friday, September 28, 2007

Free Clip Art

How would you like free clip art samples sent to you every week? Here's a fun thing I've been meaning to post for a while. I signed up for The Dover Sampler some time ago, and love all the free clip art samples and more that Dover has to offer on a weekly basis.

Each week, Dover Publications sends free sample pages from a different collection of book that include all styles of clip art, oragami, poetry, fine art, recipes, games, puzzles, famous quotations, great literature, craft projects, photography, coloring pages, etc.

You click the link to the samples, and save to your computer the samples that interest you. It's a very interesting source of clip art, and you never know what you might find. here's a peek at some pictures I saved this week:
(click on pic to view full-size)

The styles of clip art vary- anything from animals, to vintage, to foliage, geometric, historical images, asian, egyptian, french, african, indian, you name it. and you can download only those images that are to your liking. Very cool. Here's a link to the e-mail sign up, if you're interested.

Dover e-mail sign-up

Have Fun!

Love, Laura

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Dover Publications- just sharing some free stuff that I love and appreciate!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Truly Amazing Works of Art

Good Morning! Well, never got back to the blog yesterday- I cleaned, listed stuff on e-bay, and ripped up carpet in the living room. Well- actually David did the ripping up, I helped move stuff off. More on that later (never know what you're gonna find under the carpet....)

Anyway, here I am again, coffee, checking e-mail, etc. I decide to read one of my digests from my altered books yahoo group. Haven't done altered anything in a while, and I usually don't have much time to read digests, so I most often stick them in a folder in my hotmail and forget them.

I am so, so soo soo glad I decided to read it today!!! Even if you are not into altered books, or altered anything, you gotta check this out, you just gotta!!!

These are so truly amazing...I have never seen anything like this...took my breath away! I can't really describe these, you just have to go look:

Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

All I can say is WOW. What a lovely way to start the day :)

more later-

Love, Laura

P.S. I went back and read the comments after another look-see at the books. here are my two favorite comments:

"Doesn't it seem like this would be an excellent way to advertise/market books to encourage children and young adults to read more? It expresses visually all the excitement inside, making the books seem like boundless little universes."



"cut it out"


lol. I thought the first was perfect, and the second was just funny :D

I did notice how sad it is that some people are so against doing art with books that would otherwise simply be destroyed or wind up in a landfill. They obviously don't "get it", even though it was explained several times. This is the ultimate in recycling!

Sorry to make this longer, but I had to edit one last time to add this explanation from the artist (it's incedible):

Explanation of Book Dissections-

In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the cover of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Halloween Altered Tin

Just scoping out some of my fav blogs this morning while drinking coffee and
s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g (whatever the mystery problem is with my elbows has me really aching today!) Anyway, came across the most adorable altered mint tin that Connie made. It's frankenstein- go check him out!

If this inspires you to make an altered tin of your own, send me a pic and I'll post it, or a link to a pic on your own blog. Doesn't have to be Halloween, can be anything.

I had some great pics of the tins my friend Claudia made with polymer clay, but I can't seem to access them. The new computer isn't always as easy to use as I would like :(

However, I do have a pic of a great card that Claudia sent to my mom after her operation. here's a pic of the outside:

and the inside:

Isn't it cute? I love how the tall cat's head fits perfectly in the window!

I have lots more blogging to catch up on, so I'll post more fun stuff later-stay tuned!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Crop-a-dile Tutorials

I found a couple of tutorials on Beate's blog for using the crop-a-dile. One shows how to set eyelets, and the second one shows how to dry emboss with the crop-a-dile.

Okay, well, actually, I was referred to them on Laurie's blog.

I absolutely love Laurie's work, and I love her blog. I've added it to my list of favorite blogs, under Laurie Schmidlin.

I'm almost done with my BSS samples, so as soon as I'm done with those, I'll have stuff to post.

See you soon!


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hubby Panic Button

Julee Ebersole has a category for certain posts on her blog called, "YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!!!" Well, that's what I thought when when I came across Veronica's Hubby Panic Button over at Veronicas Kreations.

I LMBO!! This is both ingenious and hysterical!! I love it. It's fantastic how everything on the "Gifts4Him" site brings you right back to Veronica's Blog. Very clever girl! I wish *all* stamping sites had one of those buttons :D

Sorry no card pics right now- I don't even have time for blogging, really (new class samples time again at BSS!!!), but I just had to share that. At the least, it's good for smile, and who can't use one of those?

Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Palette Hybrid Ink- Review

Okay, Sharon over at BSS just got in some of these Palette Hybrid Inks in the 4 pack of cubes. I was talking with Marty about them the other day, and I was telling her that I had a chance to use them in a class I took at CHA in 2006. I absolutely loved them, but I already have so many different ink pads already....

Enter this review from Julee over at Poetic Artistry! Just the enabling encouragement I needed to make me feel like I absolutely have to have these...(sigh!)

Acording to Julee, they work wonderfully on clear stamps, and the sample she posted to prove it is just gorgeous. Check out the rest of what Julee has to say about these inks here.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Spinner Cards Tutorial

Here is an excellent step-by-step Spinner Card Tutorial on Splitcoast by Cambria Turnbow:

I had a picture scanned of a recent class sample I made for my Summer Spinner Cards Class. Now that the classes for summer are over, I was going to publish it with this post. Unfortunately, my computer won't let me open that file. Since it was a scan and not a digital pic., I forgot to save it the right way to able to post to the blog. And, since the sample is now at the store, I can't re-scan right now. Sorry :(

Instead, how about a recent RAK I recieved from my friend Linda? She had to send me something else, so I got a hand-made card as a bonus! Thanks, Linda!

That's it for now- kids still need school supplies, so I gotta run.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!


Laura :)

Dragon Omelets, Egg-corns, and The Princess of Marilla!

This is another post for the "kidisms" category. My kids must have eggs on the brain, or something. Recently, my son Lucas kept telling me he needed to get a "Dragon Omelet" in order to advance in his Dragon Fable game. Finally I asked him, "What is this dragon omelet you keep talking about?" so he showed me on the game, and I couldn't stop laughing. Lucas asked what was so funny, so I had to tell him-"Honey, that's not a dragon omelet- it's a dragon AMUlet!"

Then, my other son Loren was telling me all about the nature walk he went on with his dad at the cottage last week. He was so excited as he told me all about the "egg-corns" thay had found. "See mommy? look- eggcorns- you can do a project with them!" haha! I told him gently that they are called acorns, not egg-corns-lol!

Also while at the cottage, we had an impromptu visit with my cousin Nicole and her younger two daughters, Sophia and Olivia. We had driven the boat over to their dock just to say hello, when a thunderstorm broke out over the lake. We went up on their porch to wait it out, and it was pouring buckets. All of the kids had been in their bathing suits, but 4-yr old Sophia disappeared inside, only to return wearing a floor length princess dress complete with crown and declare "I'm the Pwincess of Mawilla!" (Sophia lives in Marilla).

Maybe you had to be there, but can you just picture this tiny little barefoot princess with messy blond hair all dressed up in the middle of a thunderstorm? It was too precious- I totally cracked up!

Olivia had me in stiches the whole time too- especially when she told very seriously, with her eyes huge, that "Daddy and Papa are busy working on the shower in the bathroom, and you'd better not get in their way, or they'll get really mad!" Pretty sure that was the voice of experience-lol!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Card Candy

I won't be around for a few days, but here are a couple of quick pics for you. The first one is a sheet of Card Candy that we made at my Open House this past Sunday. We made the pieces (focus was on punches!) and everyone got a little cello bag to take the pieces and ribbons home in. Sorry my scan is so light, but you get the idea.

This picture is of another make and take from Open House. Paper is river rock & bravo burgundy cs and so saffron DSP. Ink is purely pomegranate, punches= 1-1/4" circle, 1/4" circle, three for you punch box flowers punch, and small tag punch. Phrase is from the punch box. Folded tag petals idea came from *some one's* blog. I thought Cambria's or Paula's, but can't find the original post. I'll definitely credit whomever when I find it.

Lastly, here is a sample page I made up of creative uses for the round tab punch. All ideas are CASE'D from memory_lane on scs and/or other demo's.

More pics from the fun stuff we did at Open House in a few days!

Laura :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

Quick Fix!

Bonus-little photo corners :)

-And yes, I punched my whole stack of 1-1/4" square pieces with the circle punch before I realized it. Murphy's Law, y'know. (Damn that Murphy!!)

Laurie Ann's More-Time-To-Stamp Lasagne

I've been wanting to try this recipe ever since Laurie Ann posted it. I made it for mom a couple of days ago. It came out pretty good. A couple of things that would have made it better-
1.Prepare ahead a little, to give the noodles just a bit more time to re-hydrate.
2.Mom said I should have added an egg to the ricotta, so that it keeps it's shape and doesn't get soupy, like it sort of did.

However, if you didn't have an egg, it still tastes great the way it is.

It definately is a very quick and easy dinner that gives you more time to stamp, and it was a perfect post-surgery meal- Thanks for posting it, Laurie Ann!

Open House

Well, I've been away again- this time because my mom has been recovering (nicely) from her surgery, and I've been spending almost all of my time at her house helping her. She doesn't have internet access at all, (bummer!) so I really haven't been able to update.

My Open House is tomorrow, and after it is over, I will post pics of what we made. Since I have been so busy, I garnered some help from another demo so that I would have samples to show using new products and new sets. She did a FABulous job!!

One of the things I will have to show are Patty's new ribbon charts. She did an awesome job on them, and the ribbons are so beautiful IRL. Check them out here.

I've also added a link to Patty's Blog under My Favorite Blogs.

Here is a little sample of Patty's work that will on display at my open house:

There will be lots more on display, along with some fun stuff I made, so I hope to see you there. Everyone on my list should have received details by e-mail, but if you need info., e-mail or call me before noon tomorrow!

Happy Stamping :D


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Faux Filmstrip Tutorial

This tutorial has been a long time coming. There are alot of pictures, with captions on each one. There are some additional notes at the end. Enjoy!

The next two photos show 2 different ways to cut your white paper that goes behind the filmstrip. If you are stamping all images that fit inside the filmstrip squares, you can cut one strip of white cardstock to fit, adhere behind the filmstrip, and then stamp your images through the windows. The second way is shown step by step.

The next three photos show how you can use your punched filmstrip piece to search your catalog for stamp images that will fit nicely in the filmstrip squares.

Notes: The size I cut for this tutorial will be too long for a standard size card. You would need to shorten your filmstrip piece to fit a card. You could also lengthen it for a 12 x 12 page. The width measurements would remain the same. For me, it is easier to cut a little longer than I need and then trim to size on the trimmer. It's just easier than trying to figure out exact measurements each time I need a different length. You will also need to trim the short ends when you are done punching the strip to make sure the ends are even.

There is a quick and easy version of Faux Filmstrip in the post below this one. I personally prefer the longer version, because I think it looks more authentic to have the pictures behind the black filmstrip piece, and it works out with everything lined up evenly. With the quick version, you have to line up your punched squares anyway when you glue them on. I am the type that would get out a straight edge to line everything up, so it's just easier for me to do a little extra cutting and punching in the first place. Try both ways, and see what you like.

Happy Punching!

BTW-I will try to get a full card sample with filmstrip up soon. Won't be in the next 2-3 days. Mom is having surgery tomorrow- say some prayers!!
Also-if you have questions about the tutorial, give me a day or two to respond.

Thanks for looking!