Monthly Archives: May 2010

A thankful memorial

Today we will visit local cemeteries for the Memorial Day observances.  We start with a very brief (don’t be late!) parade through our little downtown and follow the participants up to Ellwood House, where our municipal band will perform and dignitaries will speak.

I must have one or two tissues in my pocket at all times, especially when we go to Woodlawn Cemetery in nearby Creston.  We have no kin there, but many of our friends do.  So it is a bittersweet homecoming of sorts, as former neighbors greet each other at this annual ritual.

This card was one from a recent workshop.  It uses the faux silk technique, which we will use at camp in June.  The star is a die cut — just a bit larger than our star punch.

Stamps:  Wanted, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Ink:  Ruby Red*, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Ruby Red*

Other:  Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Big Shot and Magnetic Movers & Shapers Punch Window Die (Star), Designer Brad (large Star), Stampin’ Dimensionals, tissue paper

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Scrappin’ Saturday — An introduction to My Digital Studio

I was happy to see Stampin’ Up!’s new video on My Digital Studio, since I’m not sure how easy it is to grasp the concept of digital scrapping without actually seeing it.  Have I said what a skeptic I was toward this concept?  Couldn’t visualize not handling the paper or the embellishments, not cropping the photos, not writing the story.

Of course, one problem with traditional scrapbooking for me is that there are too many decisions to be made.  The “canvas” is too big.  And my pictures are the wrong size.  My journaling has to be done on the computer, so there’s much running up and down the stairs.

So the reality is that I liked to scrapbook, but it was excruciatingly slow.  I look back at my work and I think the designs have stood the test of time — it’s just that there’s so little work to look at!

With MDS I am so much more productive and I have more fun scrapping.  I’ll just leave it at that!  Why not view the video below and decide for yourself?

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An ancient oak

Is it rude to call my 89 yo uncle by that name?  This is his birthday card for next week.  We made this card in camp last year, and I always make extra “masculine” cards to save.

When I finally bought it, Lovely As a Tree was already an “old” set.  And yet, I’ve gotten plenty of years of use out of it.  I never get tired of the tall pine in this set.  We’ll see Tuesday if LAAT is on the Last Chance List.  I’ll post the retirement list as soon as I see it!

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree

Ink:  Mellow Moss*

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss*, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa*, Very Vanilla

Other:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Big Shot and SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates, Spiral Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

*retiring color

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Butterfly wishes

This card uses a classic stamping technique, Emboss Resist.  I learned how using Glossy White card stock, but here we used the beautiful and retiring Almost Amethyst.  Simply stamp the image in VersaMark ink, emboss in white powder, and sponge over the embossing.  Be sure to use a tissue to remove any ink sitting on top of the image to avoid smearing it.

Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly (p. 108), Heard from the Heart (p. 142)

Ink:  VersaMark, Almost Amethyst*, Old Olive

Paper:  Barely Banana*, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst*

Other:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Whisper White), Circle Ice Rhinestone Brad (Green), 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Certainly Celery)

*retiring color

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Tuesday Tip: How to find the center of a star

Some stampers are able to eyeball things (e.g., centering a stamped panel on a mat) and some of us need a little help (e.g., with a ruler).  I myself cannot cut a round pizza into 8 equal pieces.  (Okay, that’s not a huge skill deficiency and, no, I don’t get out the ruler to ensure precision in this case!)  Anyway, you may find this tip useful in your paper crafting!

  1. With a straightedge, mark a line from one point to the opposite “crotch.”
  2. Mark another line from any other point to its crotch.
  3. The intersection of those two lines is the center of the star.  Pierce or punch at that intersection and affix the brad.

No, I haven’t forgotten that I promised the tutorial on the paper roses/carnations.  I’ll see you next Tuesday with that tip, for sure.

Now, what can I do with this embellishment, hmmmm?

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Yes, it’s Tuesday…

…but someone ran off with my camera this morning and hasn’t been heard from since.  So I’ll see you tomorrow with a Tuesday Tip, with hopes that no one’s week will be turned upside down!

May’s camp projects centered on summer activities.  (When I planned the projects, I didn’t anticipate that we’d be dealing with mid-90s temps!  Is this weather my fault?)

This gift card holder can be used for graduations and birthdays this month, and a gift card for your local ice cream or frozen custard shoppe is welcome always, no matter what the season!  When I can photograph again, I’ll show you the inside of this.  It’s a simple template, easy to reproduce.

Stamps:  Sweet Scoops*

Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Creamy Caramel**, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark

Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay**, Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Other:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Folder (Square Lattice*), 1″ Circle Punch, Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Iridescent Ice), Wide Oval Punch, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Bermuda Bay**)

*Summer Mini Catalog
**retiring color

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Ride like the wind

Last night I took my first bike ride of the season.  It was so muggy and warm all day, we waited until after sunset.

#120069 - Pedaling Past

I love to ride:  the wind in my hair, the bugs in my teeth!  I was happy when I could bike to and from the office, even though I arrived sweaty and had to stand directly in front of the window air conditioner to cool off.  I love speed.

What I don’t love is this weather.  I’m a cream puff when it’s hot; DH doesn’t like the cold and snow.  Aren’t we a pair?

This card was inspired by one I saw quite awhile ago, so I was thrilled to see this stamp set in the new Summer Mini.  It’s so striking to have a simple image surrounded by white.

Stamps:  Pedaling Past

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Scallop Square die, 1-3/8″ and 1-1/4″ Square Punches, 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Real Red), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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