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Friday, June 21, 2013

Remember the card from yesterday?  I said that I want to use it as one of my swaps at convention but I don't really want to buy the number of packages of Designer Series Paper that I would need to make a lot of cards so I decided that I would try to make something on my own.  So here's some of the paper that I created for my version of the DSP.
I started with strips of Sahara Sand card stock.  I then used a marker to swipe the strip.  Then I added some Marina Mist and Garden Green with sponges.  Then to kind of blend it together I used an aqua painter.  They all turned out a little different.  I also tried a couple of different color markers.  I think that I like the lighter colors better. On the third from the right you can see that I tried just dripping some water on the strip. So if you can't find the right piece of paper then just play around trying different things until you've created something that your really like.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Walk in the Wild

I haven't posted in a while but I have been doing things.  Just not cards.  I have all the centerpieces done for Alex's open house, made a burlap flower for Kara, did some weed whacking.  Lets see, what else.  Oh ya, I think I still have spring fever.  Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 
But I have been working on cards for class next week and here's my favorite.  This is from a set called Walk in the Wild, item # 130357.  We can always use more masculine stamp sets and this one is great.  I think I'll probably use this for one of my convention swaps.  The card base is the new Baked Brown Sugar but it's much nicer in real life.  The strip on the left is a piece of DSP called Soho Subway.  I don't have enough for many swap cards so I've been playing around trying to duplicate it and tomorrow (maybe) I'll show what I came up with. 
If you want to make this card just come to card class next Thurs., June 27th.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This is what you missed last month if you  aren't subscribed to Paper Pumpkin.  It could be a journal but I decided that it is a mini photo album.  My sister and brother-in-law were grand marshalls of the parade for Trading Days and their grandson's all got to ride the float with them. 
The book came with several extra sheets of DSP but I used them all to add more pages to the album.  So I covered the front and back chip board with just regular card stock.

The book came with 6 sheets of stickers and I only used about half of them so I have lots more for another album. 

I can hardly wait to see what I'll get this month.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I got a package from Stampin' Up! on Monday and I finally got a chance to try out my new Big Shot magnetic platform.  It's wonderful.  #1 I can get rid of my tab 2.  It's so warped that it's hard to use.  #2.  Everything sticks tight.  Really tight.  I shook it and turned it upside down and nothing moved.  I can hardly wait for my customers to try it.
This next picture is me trying to show you that nothing shifts if you hold the platform upside down and shake it.  Not the greatest picture but you get the idea.

And this next picture is a little late.  It's the Paper Pumpkin kit from a couple of months ago.  The card on the left is made according to directions.  The card on the right is one out of my head using some of the supplies in the kit.  It also shows one of the new stamps out of the new catalog.  It's a set called "Wetlands"  One of my favorite new sets.  We always need more masculine sets. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Downline Gifts

I'm going to convention in July and I've got some of my downline going and I've made some gifts for them.  These are for keeping receipts or coupons in.  And when we go to convention we need to save all of our receipts for tax purposes.  I have made these before but I just stamped something on them and called it good.  This time I decided that they needed to be a little nicer so I decided on shabby chic.  So here are three of them.  I need at least one more but I've got time yet.
Since I started these a week or so ago I have used some retired stuff on them.  I had to use the crown because we're the Rubber Queens. 

The binder clips keep them closed real tight and they fold flat so they don't have a lot of bulk to them.

The designer paper on this one kept ripping when I was trying to distress the edges but I kind of like the effect so I left it.  And now here's a quick tutorial and they really are simple to do.

Start with an 11 X 8 1/2" sheet of card stock.  Score it at 4 1/4" length wise and score it at 6" the other way.  Now score the outside long edges at 1/2" on both sides. 

Now cut off the longer piece that you just scored.  I hope the picture helps

Now you need to fold the cs in half and cut a piece out of the middle of the shorter end.  This is just so that it will close better. 

Now add some sticky strip to the edge piece that is left on each side.

And fold the bottom up against the top to form a pocket.  Do this to each side.  Now you can decorate the outside any way that you want.  Or I suppose that you could just leave it blank.  It will work just as well.  Be sure to decorate the binder clip too.  Sticky strip works best for that. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

My favorites.

The new catalog went live on Friday and I've already put in two orders.  I think that my new favorite is going to be the magnetic platform for the Big Shot.  I've seen a video of it and it looks wonderful.  First of all because I'll be able to get rid of my horribly warped tab 2.  And secondly it holds the framelits and edgelits down really well.  No more sliding or shifting.  And no more post-it-notes.  So be sure to come to the next card class to get a chance to use it.  There's a lot more new stuff that I'm sure that I'll really like.  When my order comes I'll be playing with all of it and I'll let you see what I do.  Have you already looked at the catalog and marked all of the things that you want?  If you need a catalog please let me know.