Friday, February 29, 2008

Bandanarama

I learned a new "technique" today- it's called "Bandanarama". This idea originated with Robin Beam from Ranger. I know she demo'd the technique when she was at BSS last year, but I didn't get to see her. A fellow sudsol demo, Anita, put together an online class on sudsol to teach us how to do it. She did an awesome job, and this is the sample I made during the class:


Basically, you stamp in black ink on dark colored cardstock with stamps that you think will work well for the technique. Then once you've done your stamping, you highlight your background with white gel pen. Once your highlighted areas are dry, simply cut up your background and use it as you desire in your stamping and scrapbooking projects.

What stamps work well for this? Obviously, paisleys.

Some other su! set suggestions were:

Time well spent
Polka Dots & Paisley
Polka Dots & Petals
True Friend
Boho Friend Wheel
Wanted Boho Backgrounds
One of a Kind
So Happy

What I used (all materials are SU!)

Stamps: Polkadot & Paisley and Amazing to Zany
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, white gel pen
Accessories: Label Punch, Antique Brass hodgepodge hardware, white grograin ribbon colored black.

Give it a try! I went a little crazy with the dots on mine (lol), but you can do less gel pen work and it doesn't take very long at all.

Have Fun!

Laura

Splitcoaststampers WNY Get-together

Posting this link for some ladies in my class who were interested. You can click here for the information. Be sure to read all the info. before signing up. I'm going to be there, it sounds like a lot of fun!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Awesome Copic Marker Technique

Kurtis posted this tutorial on his blog. You have to check it out!
While you are there, be sure to spend some time and look around. He creates the most beautiful uncluttered cards I've ever seen. I absolutely love his style- he has the most amazing way of making even very basic cards look striking, because of all the thought he puts into them. Sometimes it is just the tiniest of details that can create interest on a card.

If you try this technique with the Copics, I would love to see your creation!

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beautiful Basket

When I saw Laura Canale's woven basket, I just had to try it. Luckily, I made this last week before I got sick, otherwise, who knows when I would have gotten around to it!

Isn't it awesome? The whole thing is made out of (exactly) 1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock- it's ingenious!
Laura's wonderful tutorial can be found here, but I have just a couple of notes about the making of my basket.

1. I did add cardstock handles instead of ribbon. Since Laura's tutorial uses a full sheet of 12 x 12, if you want cardstock handles, you will need to cut into another sheet of paper.
If you use a contrasting color for the thin strips and maybe the handles, then you can mix/match your cardstock, and maybe use up some scraps.

2. I found that cutting the decorative strips that wrap around the top of the basket to 8" was a bit of a stretch- they just barely made it (at least for me.) So next time, I will cut those to 8.25" or 8.5". Since you tuck the ends behind the nice end of the stips anyway, a little extra doesn't hurt.

3. Since I did use cardstock handles, I put the brads right through the handles, to hold them on securely.

4. If you are tempted to use anything other than sticky strip (red line tape) to adhere the top strips of the basket, don't. I learned the hard way. I thought a nice strong paper glue might actually hold better, while allowing me wiggle room to adjust the strip as I put it on. It didn't really work as well as the sticky strip and in the long run that's what I wound up using anyway.

For my basket I used Stampin' Up!'s Creamy Caramel 12 x 12 textured cardstock, and some 7 gypsies brads. I used Close to Cocoa to sponge the edges of the paper strips. I found this to be the most tedious part of the whole project, but it's worth it in the end.
It was a lot of fun doing this project, and I can't wait until I feel better so I can do another.

I'd love to see what you do with this project if you decide to try it!


Laura

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Belle

My friend Joanne had this posted on her blog, and once I watched it I knew I had to post it, too. What a little sweetheart!


Belle's mother, Kirsty Wiseman, has more info. on her blog, here, if you're interested.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Some SAB cards

All of these cards were made using the So Many Scallops set that you can earn free during SAB. For details on SAB (sale-a-bration), click here.
The layouts for the first 2 cards were inspired by cards that Nichole Heady made, including the faux bow. All supplies and images used are by Stampin' Up!




I was disappointed in the quality of pictures from the new camera that David bought. The turquois ribbon in the Happy Birthday card is a great match for the turquois scallop, IRL (both are Tempting Turquois). Here it looks terrible. I had to fuss with these pics much more than I should have, and I'm still not happy with the results :(
Would you believe the yellow color in the last card is So Saffron?

Anyway, feel free to e-mail me with any questions, as I am not posting all the details today. We will be learning how to make the faux bow and large scallop flower in club. I will also be posting how-to's here soon.

Have a great day!

Love,
Laura

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New Cuttlebuggies!

Someone got their hands on the new cuttlebug folders already! Take a look.
Here, too.
I have been calling the stamp store almost every single day to see if they've come in yet.
I was already being impatient, and now I am really buggin' about it. I just can't wait!

When they get here, I will do something up quick to show you all. Of course, I have to make cards for the store classes, so those you won't get to see (except for a sneak peek) until the classes have finished.

Keep an eye out- they should be here soon!

Monday, February 4, 2008

New chat & callange sketch card

Card is based on the sketch for sudsol's c&c104. This week's sketch was designed by Paula Goff.


This photo came out better than the scan I uploaded to sudsol, but the colors still look a little wonky. I colored the magnolia pretty in pink, and the leaves were a mix of old olive and always artichoke. the center was a mix of more mustard and appricot appeal. I did the coloring with pastels, nothing fancy, just colored it on with a q-tip. If I had used basic brown (permanent ink) instead of chocolate chip (not permanent), then I could have used my blender, but I was doing it during the chat and just wanted to get it done.

To get the layered effect, I just stamped the magnolia twice, and cut out two different sizes of ovals with my coluzzle. The only important thing to mention about that is you should try to center the image the same both times, if you can. For a circle it wouldn't matter at all, but if you're not careful with the ovals, they can wind up looking askew when you line up the image.

I thought the green (alway artichoke) layer could use some texture, so I scored it every 1/4 inch with the scor-pal, but it doesn't show in the photo.

the stamp is a level 1 hostess set form Stampin' Up!- In the Garden. It is a one stamp set- a huge magnolia blossom, and it is GORGEOUS!

All Material from Stampin' Up! as well:
CS: pretty in pink, whisper white, always artichoke
DSP: Berry Bliss
Oval Coluzzle and Soft subtles brads