Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Technique - H is for Household Items

More fun technique stuff!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is the birthday card I got from Stampin' Up! this year. It was made with MDS, My Digital Studio. Inside they gave me an extra 20% off any item in the catalog! You gotta love a company who is always thinking of you and remembering your birthday or holidays. Thank you Stampin' Up! P.S. Today is my birthday!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ribbon Rose Tutorial

This is the promised Ribbon Rose Tutorial from the Charlotte Regional that I did. I said I would get a tutorial on my blog and this is my first attempt. As soon as my video camera gets repaired, I will do it with video. I will try to post and explain as best I can. I will have to say, it is much more dramatic in real time than in step-by-step pics. Bear with me as I am making the rose and making the photos myself!

 Step 1
Using about 24" ribbon, fold in half to make a right angle with the ribbon as shown.

Step 2
Now, keeping the right angle, fold the bottom ribbon under the angle as shown.

 Step 3
Fold ribbon than was on the left under the ribbon going up. Keep repeating the left/right or up/down ribbons folding over one another. (this is just like folding gum wrappers we all did as children)

This is a picture of how it looks from the top view

Step 4
This is how it looks from the bottom. Keep folding until one of the ribbons becomes too short to fold. Finish with the short ribbon folded over the longer piece.

This is how it should look from the top

 Step 6
Pinching off the last 2 folds of ribbon, you can let go of the stack but keep hold of the last 2 strips.

 Step 7
When you let go, it will unfold to look like this.

 Step 8
Holding both ends in your hand, pull the longer (underneath) piece up. Keep holding both pieces!

Step 9
Keep pulling and it will gather up all your ribbon like so.

This is how the ribbon will look when pulled up correctly.

Tie the short piece over the long piece, a simple knot like the first part of tying your shoe.
Pull closed. Not too tightly!
Your view as you tie it.

The completed rose. It is now ready to add to a project of your choosing!

 Well, there you have it. A picture by picture tutorial of the ribbon rose. Clear as mud?? I am not sure why the pictures posted so wonky, they looked fine before the post!

Last Cards and Ideas from Charlotte

More cute cards from Charlotte. I really had a great time. If they have another nearer to Atl I will definitely be going to that one too!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CCMC164 - Sketch Challenge

Another great sketch. This is my last chance to win some Blog Candy...a subscription to Create with Connie and Mary for the Holidays. I loved it last year and can't wait to get more inspiration from them this year. You can subscribe too, it isn't just for demonstrators. See the link here.

First I am showing the sketch and next will be my interpretation. 

More cards and ideas from the Charlotte regional!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Close-Up of Charlotte Cards

I know it was kind of hard to see the cards I made on yesterdays post, so here they are in a larger format. Enjoy! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to drop me a line or leave a comment!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Demonstrating my Wow in Charlotte

 This was me on Saturday at the Charlotte regionals. I got chosen by Stampin' Up! to be a workshop wow presenter for the Saturday regional. I was so psyched. They changed up the format this time, so instead of doing your demo for 5-10 minutes, it was for 2 hours! I made I don't know how many ribbon roses! I am still planning to do a video on my blog in the next week. Gotta stay home long enough to make the video!

This is the board where my cards were put out beside my booth. They only wanted 3 -4 samples. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun! Thanks to all who visited and said nice things about my demonstration!

Charlotte Regional Event

I had a great time at the Charlotte Regional this past weekend. I was selected to be a Workshop Wow presenter and I demonstrated how to make ribbon roses. It was lots of fun and very tiring. I should have stayed an extra day to rest! If you were there and saw my demonstration...well, my video tutorial is forthcoming. I should be able to work on it this Friday so please be patient.

I am posting a couple of pictures I took from the samples board today. They are not so clear, the lighting was bad.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Technique - G is for Glamorous Glitter

For this card I used the versa mark and total glittering on the stamped images and also used the Heat and Stick method for the word happy. You will have to believe me when I say it is much more glittery in person!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Technique - G is for Glamorous Glitter

Ask any one who knows me and they can attest to the fact that I LOVE GLITTER! How can you not? It is so sparkly and pretty! This technique gives you 4 different ways to use your glitter but I am sure there are many more. Come back tomorrow for some glittery samples.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

All Tied Up Class

Do you confidently tie perfect bows? Put your bow woes behind you! Once you learn the tricks to create these five fabulous bows, you’ll be tying bows like a pro! Bows can add that perfect detail to cards, scrapbook pages, d├ęcor, 3-D projects, and gift items. This tutorial is designed to fulfill your quest for perfect bows for projects of all types. No more tying yourself into knots over tying bows! 
Date:  Sunday, August 28th 3 PM, My Home, $25
RSVP by August 25th to me by comment or by email.
In this class, you will make:
·         One purse style card box
·         Four coordinating cards
·         Five bow tying techniques
This project features the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper along with the Four Frames, and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets. The rich colors and bold graphic designs create rich and elegant projects that are perfectly embellished with five different bows. Grab your ribbon and join in the bow boutique fun, you’ll be glad you did when you have bow making all tied up!

Another Challenge Card

One more quick challenge card for this week's color challenge. I am using the Strength and Hope set again. It will no longer be available for purchase after the 31st of this month. Order now to make your contribution to the Breast Cancer Foundation. I am going to miss these beautiful butterflies!

Monday, August 22, 2011

CCMC163 - Color Challenge

I am again playing with the Create with Connie and Mary challenge. This week it is a color challenge. I simply used some card formats that I had used in the past and changed the colors to meet the requirements. Today's card features the punched owl and a retired sentiment, a great quote from Winston Churchill. First, here is the color challenge.
Now,  here is my card...

Delicate Doilies

Stamps Curly Cute Set
Delicate Doilies Set Paper
Whisper White Card Stock
Pretty in Pink Textured Card Stock
Pumpkin Pie Textured Card Stock
Wisteria Wonder Textured Card Stock
Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad
White Baker's Twine
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch

  1. Stamp doily images in Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Wisteria Wonder ink on Whisper White Card Stock. Adhere to Pretty in Pink card.
  2. Punch scallop border from Wisteria Wonder Textured Card Stock using Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch. Adhere to card.
  3. Cut two strips of Pumpkin Pie Textured Card Stock. Cut one end of one strip into a banner. Adhere both strips to card.
  4. Tie White Baker's Twine around card.
  5. Stamp sentiment in Melon Mambo ink on Whisper White Card Stock. Cut card stock into banner shape. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to card stock.
  6. Cut doily from Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper. Adhere sentiment to doily, and adhere to card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Is it a Real Orchid?

This paper crafted creation is so pretty that it begs the question..."Is it real?" You know what I mean, when you are somewhere and the flowers/plants look so good that you just have to reach out and touch them to see. Please don't tell me that I am the only one who does this! Check out the beautiful creation.

Stamps Tiny Tags Set
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker
Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker
Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Natural Hemp Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Jewelry Tag Punch
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Floral tape
Floral wire
Foam ball

Friday, August 19, 2011

Simply Smart Style

I love the simplicity of this card. Just had to share from the Stampin' Success magazine available to all demonstrators every month.

Stamps Happy Greetings Set

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Baja Breeze Textured Card Stock
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Pearl Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
3/16" Corner Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
1-3/8" Circle Punch

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Samples for Faux Metal

This card was made using the technique I showed yesterday. The stamp set is now retired but any line stamp would work well. Try it, you will like it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Technique - F is for Faux Metal

This was a very fun technique and I love the look of the metal made with paper and embossing powder. Follow the directions seen on the card and you too will love the results.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Flower Fest

This simple card is just my style...clean and simple. I stamped the flower with Daffodil Delight on Whisper White. I added a glitter brad to the center and layered it up with Rose Red and So Saffron. This little card can be used for any occasion!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Word Play Card

I have to say that I am going to be sad to see the wonderful Nautical Expedition DSP go away at the end of the month. This paper is wonderful for scrap booking your vacations and it goes so well with The Open Sea stamp set. This card was made using the paper as my inspiration. I added the sentiment using the Word Play set. I re-stamped the world and popped it up. The back-up color is Night of Navy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

One More "Sketchy" Card

Here is another card I made for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch this week. I must be thinking fall because it is so hot here in Atlanta. This one features the stamp set French Foliage.