Monthly Archives: September 2009

Fair entries

Plates and honey pots

Some of you have asked about my Sandwich Fair entries that won ribbons.  Here are parts of two entries:  Honey Pots (1st Place) and Souvenir Plates (2nd Place).  Each category required five items.  My honey pot collection was the result of some antiquing (although they’re not technically antiques).  I just love the shape of these, and since my name means “honeybee,” it seemed a fitting item to be collecting.  I have six pots, each a different color.  They make a wonderful display in the kitchen, shown above, especially this time of year with the changing light.  I still look for these, but I’ve never found a color that’s new to me, so the collection is stalled.  And that’s fine.

The souvenir plates are Staffordshire.  Again, I look for the same design but different colors.  My original “rule” was not to buy any plate of a place I hadn’t visited.  I discarded that when I couldn’t find a green Staffordshire plate.  It was quite a quest, one which was starting to tire DH.  Out antiquing together, I had gallantly allowed my younger sister to purchase a green plate of the Rocky Mountain National Park (which she had visited and I hadn’t).  I regretted that act.

Sure that I would also find a green plate, we looked for years.  When we’d walk into a shop and the shopkeeper would ask, “Are you looking for anything special?” I could say YES!  I would recount the story of the green plate that got away and our futile search.  Someone told me, “You know, they didn’t make just one,” and that was just the encouragement I needed to keep looking.  But even eBay didn’t yield the elusive green plate.  Some time later my sister stunned me by telling me her plate wasn’t green at all — only in my dreams!

The word “souvenir” is from the French:  to remember.  I love items from the 40s and 50s that recall my own childhood vacations (but not in those decades, thank you!).  That’s why I’m loving the Ken Burns film The National Parks:  American’s Best Idea that’s airing this week on PBS.  Are you watching, too?

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September sketch challenge

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2009 September sketchI issue challenges for my stampers every month.  They receive their “assignment” when they attend camp, but you’ll also find the sketch in my monthly newsletter.  In September the sketch came from Becky Fleck’s Card Maps site — specifically, the Page Maps archives.  As you can see, I used a wide orientation instead of a tall one.  This sketch is so great for using scraps, and my scraps came from preparation for the One Sheet Wonder projects we did in August.

Campers are encouraged to bring their interpretation of the monthly sketch to camp.  This month, some used ribbons for the vertical pieces.  Stamper Jody ran the little pieces through the Distressed Texturz plate and created a split-rail fence!  See why we show and tell?

Stamp:  Heart from the Heart (p. 142), Autumn Days (p. 92), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (p. 132)

Ink:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede

Other:  Earth Elements brads (Old Olive)

Paper:  More Mustard, Very Vanilla,

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Super Saturday!

Sneak PeekThis week will be full of preparation for Super Saturday, the Heartfelt Inkspiration all-day event held twice each year.  Lots of cutting and bundling — and lots of scraps flying around the studio.  A week from today you can be sure I’ll be in full cleanup mode!

Tina and I have spent many hours planning our projects and other details of the day.  It’s fun to collaborate; we complement each other’s talents.

I love when stampers start to arrive on Saturday.  It starts out pretty quiet and tentative, and I worry that no one is ready to have fun.  Of course, when I finally take a break a couple of hours later, I realize just how loud we are!

I arrive home aching and tired, but really happy to have shared the day with people who love to do what I do.  Come to think of it, it’s the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart:  To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments, in this we make a difference!

I thought I would give you a sneak peek of one of my cards.  Or, rather, part of one of my cards.  A short time after Super Saturday, you’ll find all the projects on the Heartfelt Inkspiration events site.  Check back!

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Little details

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I don’t remember where I first saw buttons used like this.  Clever, aren’t they?  Try something just a little different from your other projects; don’t get stuck in a rut!  In fact, why not go through the catalog and take note of all the little details that surprise you?

Stamp:  Gifts of the Earth (p. 15, Holiday Mini)

Ink:  StazOn (Jet Black)

Paper:  Kraft, Always Artichoke, Dusty Durango, Watercolor Paper

Other:  Big Shot and Texture Plates Kit #4 (Distressed), Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painter, 3/4″ Circle punch, Fresh Favorites II button (Always Artichoke), Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Sweetie Pie Bear

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Oh, oh, oh, these bears!  They seem to be multiplying in my studio, each one cuter than the next!  Now, you have to like “fussy” gluing — little pieces and odd shapes — if you’re going to work with these sweeties.  I need to take my glasses off and get my nose right on top of the project to see what I’m doing.

This card was one of our September camp projects.  I photographed it outside, and once again couldn’t get the color right.  Everything is way too intense.  I think it’s past time I sign up for a class to learn (a) my camera and (b) PhotoShop Elements.  So much for thinking I could figure it out by myself.

Stamp:  Beary Nice Wishes (Holiday Mini p. 36)

Ink:  Ballet Blue

Paper:  Barely Banana, Ballet Blue, Kraft, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Designer Series Paper (Pawsitively Prints – Holiday Mini p. 36), Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Stampin’ Up! Bear die, Beary Essentials die, Beary Girl Sizzlits die, Oval Scallop Frame die, Signo Gel Pen, Rich Regals brad (So Saffron), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Yellowware inspiration

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Almost the first collectible I bought, at an antiques fair on a farm, was a yellowware bowl.  I was enchanted with the color of the pottery — this rich, deep, butter yellow.

Gifts of the earth -- 116501

Gifts of the earth -- 116501

Back then — around 1980 — there was a resurgence of interest in folk art, partly because of the country’s bicentennial celebration.  Thanks to magazines like Country Living and the now-defunct Country Home, I learned a lot about affordable collectibles and how to create the “country” look.  Martha Stewart provided much education, as did Mary Emmerling’s books.

I have four yellowware bowls, and I’m very particular about which ones I collect.  Good thing I’m so picky, as they are way out of my price range now.

I was really excited to see this image in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini.  Perfect for coloring!  I wanted to try the technique used in the sample in the Mini, wetting down the whole image, then letting the color bleed out of the lines.  I like it!

To tone down the More Mustard on the strip, I sponged some So Saffron Craft ink and heated it to make it pop.  Then, because I didn’t have a Mustard button, I sponged More Mustard Craft ink on a So Saffron button and heated it to dry the ink.  I was pleased with the spatterware results!

I couldn’t really get the colors right in the photo, so check the supplies:

Stamp:  Gifts of the Earth (p. 15, Holiday Mini)

Ink:  Basic Brown, So Saffron Craft, More Mustard Craft

Paper:  Kraft, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Watercolor Paper

Other:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painter, 3/4″ Circle punch, Fresh Favorites II button (So Saffron), Linen Thread, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Technique: Chalkboard

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When I attended Stampin’ Up! Convention in 2007, I received in a swap the most amazing card — solid images that were vivid and electric against the black card stock.  How did they do that?  A little trial and error, and some online investigation, led me to the Chalkboard technique.  Very simply, stamp a solid image in Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) Craft ink on dark card stock.  Even before it dries, begin applying Stampin’ Pastels with the applicator, building up the color.  If your color strays into the base card stock, no problem:  use the eraser that comes with the Pastels!  Sealing your finished work with a very light mist of hairspray or fixative is a good idea.  Oh, and try this same technique with our Watercolor Pencils!

Now, off to mail this to my nephew for his 41st birthday.  {{Shriek!}}

Stamps:  Best Wishes & More (p. 64), Twill (retired)

Ink:  Kiwi Kiss (retired), Whisper White Craft

Paper:  Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Stampin’ Pastels, 1⅜” Square Punch, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Chocolate Chip)

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