Some of my projects ...

Please be patient with my as I try to get this blog exactly how I would like it to look.
I am still waiting for the best header and color combination I can make/find.
Things will likely be changed up a bit in this process.
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http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com

A Tutorial For You

I have created a tutorial on how to make this fun little bag that can be used for place settings at Thanksgiving or just to fill up with treats for the special ones in your life. Please visit my Stampin' Up! blog at http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com for more details.



I created the tutorial in a Word document format and I have attached it here in PDF form so it can be printed and followed easily.
You can download the tutorial by clicking here:
Thanksgiving Treat Bag Tutorial

The Official Launch!

I have officially launched my brand new Stampin' Up! blog!

If you are a follower/reader here, please come visit my new blog and add yourself as a follower or subscribe for email updates.
I will still maintain this blog as well. My other blog is primarily to showcase my Stampin' Up creations and to use as a business resource as I grow my Stampin' Up! business.

Please come check it out at http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com.

Thank you so much for your support!

My First Zindorf

I have always been very inspired by the work that Michelle Zindorf does with basic ink and a few other supplies. She is truly gifted and amazing!

I have recently been studying her blog and trying to learn some of her techniques. I thought I would give a try to making an image using some of her techniques.

I will tell anyone I meet that I'm NOT an artist. When it comes to understanding depth, spatial placement, lighting, and all of those other important elements - I'm really quite clueless. So if you look at this and think shadows are wrong or colors are wrong - bear with me ... I'm learning.

Without further ado ...



I used all Stampin Up inks to create the scene. The inks I used were: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, and So Saffron for the sky. Then I used So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, and Basic Brown to do the field and mountains. The stamps are all from Inkadinkado.

I did nothing else to the card but stamp "Thank You" in the middle and a short sentiment on the inside.

This card is for a good friend at work. Her birthdy was today, but I missed getting her a card in time for that. I've been wanting to make her a thank you card for a long time and it just felt more appropriate than making a belated birthday card.

I hope you enjoy it. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Sweet Baby Boy



Here is a card I made for my best friend and his wife who just had a baby.

I tried to keep it to only Stampin Up supplies as possible with my limited resources. I ended up using a sheet of bazzill for the yellow base because I didn't have So Saffron in the size I needed. I also ended up using my Cricut to cut out the phrase because it just fit the best with what I had in mind. It is all cut with the All Mixed Up cartridge. The ribbon and DSP was given to me from a friend from Stampin Up's last Sale-A-Bration. I ran the solid green through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

You can find the instructions that I followed to make the card here:
http://craftiblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/2009-04-23-quad-fold-card-sample-tutorial/

This card was inspired by a card that can be found here:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1420046?&si=baby boy

Let me know what you think.

New Cricut Cartridges!!

For those of you who have a fond love of the Cricut machine and cartridges like I do, you'll be pleased to know that they are releasing 6 new cartridges at Summer CHA next week.

I'm sure many of you who read this blog may already know about this, but I wanted to share it anyway for those that might not.

It appears that 5 of these are full cartridges and 1 of them is a Solutions cartridge. There is also talk that 2 of these will be exclusively available on the new Gypsy that Provo Craft is also releasing at CHA. However I have to get them, I will get them because they are FABULOUS!!

I haven't been this excited about a cartridge release in a long time! They have really outdone themselves this time.

I have not yet been able to get screen shots of my own for you, but a great Cricut blogger named Gracie has some great shots up on her blog. Unfortunately you have to work your way through an error that shows up when you get to her blog. Be patient and just click "Okay" on the error and then click the "back" button until you can view the images. It will be well worth your time!

The names of the cartridges are: (click on the links to view images)

Picturesque
Serenade (Solutions)
Winter Woodland
Everyday Paper Dolls
From My Kitchen
Sweethearts

I hope you're as excited about these as I am. I can't wait to get my hands on them and show you some fun projects made with them!

LOTS of new stuff ...

There is a lot to cover here with this post. I’ve made several new cards that I’ll be discussing as well as some exciting news.

First of all, my exciting news. As of this morning I am officially a Stampin Up! demonstrator. I’ve been wanting to join for a long time but just couldn’t justify doing it as a hobby demo and having to meet my quotas on my own. Just recently I was asked if I would be interested in taking over a local group of stampers from a demo who is retiring. That was just the catalyst that I needed. I’ve been told that this group alone should meet my minimums, but I’m going to venture out and try a few other things as well. Now I can’t wait to get my starter kit and get going on this fun new adventure!

On to the cards that I’ve created.

This first one was created for two purposes. It uses one of Dustin Pike’s images that will be released this week and it follows the Mojo Monday Sketch #95.

I used simple cardstock from my stash for most of the project. The pattern paper is from a DCWV Christmas stack. I embossed the light green cardstock with the snowflake Cuttlebug folder. The Santa Claus image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS as usual. I put stickles on the white parts of Santa’s suit and flocking on the snow areas of the image. I created little snowflakes by making an asterisk (*) with a glue pen and then covering those with flock as well. Unfortunately, the flock can’t be seen that well in the photo. I really love the effect it gives the image though!





This next card is one I made for the challenge on the Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Blog.

The challenge was to do some kind of a summery splash project. I originally had a different stamped image in mind to use, but I couldn't find it when I wanted it, so I used this one instead. This is a Dustin Pike image that was released a while ago. I colored the image with a different technique than I usually do. I used Stampin' Up ink pads and their blender pens to color the image. You can find info on the technique here if you're interested. It also follows a sketch challenge on the From C To Shining C website for Wednesday Card Challenges. The sketch and challenge can be found here.





This last card is one I made for a coworker's birthday that is next Monday. I've kind of become the resident card maker at work for special events. It's kind of fun to share my creations with my coworkers.

It is a 6x6 card that was inspired by this one at Splitcoast Stampers. I used some DCWV cardstock and some older Chatterbox paper from my stash for the papers. The "HaPPy" is cut from the Alphalicious Cricut Cartridge. I stamped "birthday" with a stamp from The Paper Studio with brown Stazon ink on a transparency. The crocheted flower is from Fancy Pants Designs and the rhinestone brad is from Making Memories.







Phew! *Wipes sweat from brow* That was a lot to cover in one post. I really need to do a better job at updating this thing at least twice a week. That's a new goal of mine. I'm pretty sure I'm also going to be starting a separate Stampin Up blog too so stay tuned for info on that. Thank you so much for checking in, reading, and supporting me here on my blog!

Christmas in July with Dustin Pike

Dustin Pike has been drawing up a storm - a winter storm that is!

In the spirit of Christmas in July, Dustin has provided a fun and festive holiday set of images for this week's release.

I had fun working with these fun little snowmen in the burning heat of July. It has definitely put me in the mood to start planning my Christmas cards for this year and attempt to get an early start.

So here are two cards that I have made with recent images from Dustin to showcase his wonderful art work.

This first card is made using the freebie that Dustin offered on his blog last Wednesday. It still fits perfectly with the set being released this week and fit perfectly with an idea I had in mind.

The card basically follow's this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I wanted to put "Let It Snow" on the outside, but just couldn't quite fit it into the design. So I made my own pattern paper on the inside with various snowflake stamps and "Let It Snow" stamped randomly on the card base in Versamark ink (sorry I didn't take a picture of that.)

It is colored with Prismacolors and OMS as usual. All of the pattern paper and cardstock is from DCWV. I put stickles on his black buttons and on the hills of snow underneath him for sparkle and texture.



This second card is made with an image from this week's release. I love how the snowman is tilting his hat in a sort of greeting gesture. I immediately though of "Season's Greetings" when I saw this image and wanted to create a card around that sentiment. This card follows a basic sketch from Cardmaps in September of 2007. Again, all paper is from DCWV. I stamped the sentiment with a stamp from The Paper Studio using SU! Whisper White craft ink.



Thanks for looking and be sure to head over to Dustin's blog to get this week's release of new images!

Mystery Freebie

Today's freebie at Dustin Pike's blog is a mystery. The design team didn't even know about this one ahead of time.

I'm not going to spoil it for you though. You'll have to go download it for yourself to find out what it is. Click here to get the image.

Awesome Blog Candy

Check out the awesome blog candy at Scrapmaster's Paradise! Today's the last day (sorry) so hurry over there!
http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/06/june-blog-candy-giveaway.html

Greetings Earthling

Today is release day at Dustin Pike's blog. I've been such a slacker lately and have not done any cards with his previous two releases. So I wanted to be sure to at least get one done with this week's images.






This was my first time I've ever tried to color anything digitally. The coloring all took me so long that I didn't have much time left to do a very good card with the image. I'm not entirely pleased with it. I colored the planet, the background, and the moonscape all in Photoshop Elements 6. Several of the colors I used are Stampin Up colors that I put in the digital colors for. I then printed out and colored the UFO and the sign. I wanted a greeting for the sign that wasn't the typical "out of this world" kind of comment and I like being able to use this one for any kind of occasion. I used Sticles on some of the stars and around the middle of the UFO. I used pop dots to bring the UFO and sign up off the card.

So head over to Dustin's blog and check out this week's new images. Stay tuned for some prehistoric fun next week!

Freebie Wednesday Again

Once again it's a freebie Wednesday at Dustin's Blog!! This is a fun little background to go with the images that will be released tomorrow. So go get the freebie and then check back tomorrow for the official release!!

Dustin Pike Freebie Wednesday!

It's Wednesday again ... that means another freebie on Dustin's blog.

Here he is:


Unfortunately I haven't had the time to do a card with this fun little guy yet, but I most definitely will be soon! In the meantime, check out Dustin's blog to get the image for yourself and to see some creations by my fellow DT members.

I am featured in Pagemaps

Well, technically, it's Cardmaps but it's hosted by Pagemaps.

A couple of months ago an unfortunate thing happened for Becky Fleck (she runs Pagemaps) where she lost all of the email addresses of those that had contributed to Pagemaps and she sent out a mass email informing everyone what had happened. She asked that if you had contributed previously that you let her know.

I took the opportunity to let her know that I was interested in contributing and gave her my blog address. After she looked at my blog, she invited me to contribute a card for the June edition of Cardmaps.

I've known about this for some time now but was asked not to make it known until the issue was released. So I've been sitting on this for a while and chomping at the bit for the June issue to be released. Well, here it is:

http://www.pagemaps.com/jun09cardmaps.htm

Here is the sketch I was asked to create a card for:


Honestly, I really struggled with this sketch. It was definitely a challenge for me. I don't normally use tags of any sort on my cards. I decided I would step out of the box and alter the sketch to what I would use with my cards. I came up with two designs.





I sent both designs to Becky and let her choose which one she wanted to use in the feature. You'll just have to go check out the feature to see which one she chose. *smile*

It's probably the closest I've ever come to having my work "published." So I'm quite excited about it. Not to mention I'm a big fan of Pagemaps and am so excited I get to be a little teeny tiny part of it!

Birthday Monkey Shutter Card

I created this card last week for my mom's birthday. I couldn't post it until after I was sure she had gotten it. Sometimes she checks in on my blog and I didn't want her seeing it before she got it.

The images are from Dustin Pike (of course) and are colored with Prismacolors and OMS (of course). I've been wanting to use these adorable monkeys for quite some time and this card seemed perfect for them! I put Stickles on the sprinkles and Crystal Accents on the cherry. The cardstock and pattern paper is from DCWV and My Mind's Eye.

I followed the instructions found here for the shutter card.







Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think!