Thursday, February 28, 2008
did you gals learn some secrets you can share for dry embossing...I still have problems when using the templates...either I tear my paper, or I don't get quite the 'impression' I need!
When you're dry embossing there are a few essential things you need to know.
1. Use a cheap light box. It sounds funny but I own 3 different light box's and the ones that work best are the cheapos. I have that $50 one from SU and I can hardly see the template through the papers because the light is fluorescent and TOO bright.
2. Get it waxed. Have a piece of crumbled wax paper with your light box. Before attempting to emboss, rub your piece of paper with the wax paper. By crumpling it up, you're breaking the 'wax seal' and therefore allowing the wax to flow onto your paper which in turns lets the embossing tool glide with ease along the paper.
3. Don't push it! ;) You don't have to press hard to get a good impression, but you may have to go over it twice. Better to repeat yourself than start over completely because you've torn the paper. Also, when using regular paper you need to use much less pressure than when embossing with card stock.
4. "Oh Sandy..." Ok that was cheesy, but the best way I've found to enhance my dry embossed images is to lightly sand them. Just use a craft sanding block and lightly buff the image you've embossed. Be sure not to angle your sanding tool as you will scratch your paper, just rub flat over it and only the raised image will get hit. To achieve this look you'll need to use a white core paper or card stock, which means no SU card stock gals....gotta grab the craft store stuff! *lol*
Hope this helps! If anyone else has a question be sure to comment here and I'll just edit to this post to give you some answers. ;) xoxo
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
So today is the first day in over a week that I actually feel better!!! My voice came back a little, but I sound like a man so I'm going to refrain from talking just one more day. I'm going to attempt to clean up my craft room this evening so I can spend the entire weekend destroying it again. *lol* I know you gals know EXACTLY what I mean! ;) - xoxo
Monday, February 25, 2008
Embrace Life was the featured set for my Stamp of the Month class. Everyone seems to love these classes because they get to keep the stamp set at the end of the class. This set is quite versatile and can be made fancy or simple for a birthday or sympathy card. I love when you can use one set for multiple occasions. :)
I used River Rock as the card base and Blush Blossom for the card front. I stamped the bamboo image with bleach randomly on the front. Next, I punched a large oval from the blush card front and then layerd it onto the River Rock and added a small oval punchout with a greeting. The blossom image was stamped on watercolor paper using Staz-on black and I then used my aquapainters and inkpads to watercolor the image. I got these gorgeous antique copper brads from the Pretties Boutique and they are a perfect fit for this color combo.
If you haven't shopped over there lately, now is a good time. There is a Pretties Moving Sale going on right now and prices are down to wholesale cost because there just won't be room for everything in the new place! And while you're over there be sure to check out this gorgeous new spring ribbon from American Crafts.....spring is just around the corner!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Don't fear the Colorless blender ladies, just stamp some images on scrap paper, color them with your markers as normal and then use your blender to remove a little. The cherries were super easy because they are round and I've found the best way to "remove color" is in a circular motion. I also learned they are pronounced "CO-PICK", not "CAH-PICK" as I had been saying. Another tip is to use your color shades in threes. For instance, if you want browns to color dirt, sand, hair, coffee, etc then you should purchase in the same color coding (BV, B, Y, YR - color codings) and separate them by at least one digit. So E59-Walnut, E57-Light Walnut and E55-Light Camel. When coloring, you always start with the lightest color and work your way to the darker shades. If you want a more subtle effect, you would allow your first color shade to dry and then go over it again using the same color but just adding a bit more ink to certain areas.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
From left to right is me, Margaret, Stella "STELLA!!!!!" (sorry, it's habit, I was a Seinfeld junkie back in the day) and Cathy. We learned tons of new things, even though we swore we knew it all. ;) I can't wait to get my hands on a few new sets that I ordered upon my return..I'm such a stamp junkie, it's awful!
Sneak Peek.......have you been keeping up on the various sneaky peekies on the Prettie Girls blogs?? If not, be sure to check them out as the set being released tomorrow is MY FAVORITE (to date, of course). It's called Look Who's Perky is it's just too stinkin' adorable. I'm not-so-patiently waiting for my set to arrive, from the moment I saw the designs I've been jumping up and down in excitement. The set will be released on Monday, Feb 18th so be sure to check back for details on how you can get your hands on it. :)
Lastly and sweetie for my Sweetie.
Stampin In Your Jammies took place during CHA and one of the challenges was to use spotlighting. I absolutely love my heart nesties so I decided I would use those for my spotlight. I wanted the main image to be on the gray scale, for the 'Leave it to Beaver' feel, so my spotlight would be more drastic once I added the color. It's simple but I just love it. Can you see the bling in her ear?? "Ahh Ward, diamonds truly are a girls best friend!"
Thursday, February 14, 2008
We were in line getting food and there she was. So of course I had to get a hug and then we chatted for a bit, it was nice because there weren't 100 demo's trying to get their pic with her, it was just her and her sister. So I picked her brain for a bit and we laughed about how many demos were at CHA, she was shocked (I wasn't).
I also ran into tons of big names, too many to list. I just kept seeing familiar faces and going "hey, is that...?" And sure enough that was them! I'll post more later, sadly I'm a bit under the weather upon my return home so I'm going to go crawl into bed early so I can be up and ready in time to travel tomorrow. XOXOXO to all!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Wade E. Bug is sure handsome in blue, yellow and peach isn't he? ;) It's amazing to me how many colors you can make a ladybug (er manbug?) and he still looks quite dashing. I used Barely Banana for the background and Soft Sky for the strip. I wanted to add texture to the card rather than just stamping a background so I remembered that I had some fun Fiskars texture plates and sure enough...Polka Dots!!!! I ran it through my cuttlebug and then added some fun paper piercing to the top and bottom borders. It's been a while since I've distressed my paper so I decided to rough up the edges around Wade and the banana matting as well. He still needed a little pizazz so I scrambled around in my marker drawer and found my Sakura glitter pens and sure enough....light orange!
Only a few more days til CHA and meeting the Prettie Girls in person!!! Yup, this will be the very first time we "meet" and I'm sure there will be plenty of photos posted throughout the weekend so you can peek in on our many adventures! Stay tuned....
Friday, February 1, 2008
So....as with all new things there must be a starting point. Let's go with Carissa's question of "I would love to start my own copics collection, but what colors would you recommend starting with?"
Copic Must Haves (in my opinion)
E00 - Skin White
R29- Lipstick Red (Real Red match)
Y21 - Buttercup Yellow (So Saffron match)
E33 - Sand (Creamy Caramel match)
C1 - Cool Gray No. 1 (perfect shadow color)
RV11 - Pink (Pretty in Pink match)
These colors are a great starting point; you have a flesh tone, two hair colors, a gray shadow and of course a solid red and pink for dresses, lips, hearts, etc. As you go along you will want to add more colors of course, but these I feel are the beginning "musts" for the Copic markers. You can always watercolor or paper piece an outfit until you get your hands on more colors.
So if there is anything you want advice on, a product you want an honest opinion about or a technique you've seen that you need a little more clarification on just drop me a comment or email and I'll post it here. And if I don't know the answer I'll direct you to where you can find it. :) Til next time....