Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Blog Candy Heads Up & Unmounted Stamp Storage System

One of my blogging sisters, Alex, is offering up some blog candy....check out all the details here!!
Tell her I sent you!!!

A few *yesterdays* ago I said I would show you how I store some of my unmounted stamps. I never thought I'd consider stamping with unmounted images since I *love* my wood mounted ones....but things change sometimes I guess!!

There are just SO many images out there...and I've run across some dandy deals....like the $1.00 images from Whipper Snapper that I've picked up at the Milwaukee stamp convention....I'm easily swayed I guess!!! LOL!

Storage for these images and some others I've picked up online has been a shoebox. That makes me nervous...especially when it comes to alphabet stamps. I lose things easily in my stacks of *stuff!*

I store most of my clear ones in the envelopes in a little basket:...and it's fine, but for the ones that I use more often I don't like the little envelopes. I store some of my rubber ones on EZ Mount, but some of them fling off the page on me and I don't care for that. I also find that I can easily tape most of my rubber images onto an acrylic block and stamp on a foam base and get a clear impression. I really hate mounting them on EZ Mount when I can do it this way for FREE....so I found these from Inque Boutique and decided to give them a try.
I don't plan on storing them in a binder since I have a nice spot for them on a bookcase shelf. I like being able to grab the page with the stamps I want and taking it to my stamp table. Right now I have them organized by company just because that is the way my brain works!! You could easily do it by theme if that makes more sense to you. I have 9 in my stack...but I think I could get almost 30 pages in that spot if I moved the blue binder. Now *that* idea I love!!
The one thing about them is that they don't snap shut as tightly as I had hoped....so I simply placed a piece of tape on the side opposite from the hole punches. Now they open like a *book.*

The company shows sticking the stamps directly onto the insides of the covers themselves. I decided to stick them to a sheet of acetate with doublstick tape. This allows me to see the images from the outside of the package, which I like. I sandwich a piece of white cardstock in between my acetate sheets so it appears less cluttered.

For the clear acrylic sets that I use often, I taped the printed sheets to the cover and this allows me to see them easier. There is room for at least one more set in this side of this one:

Hopefully all my blathering away hasn't bored you, but I love to see how others store things and thought I'd share my system....for now!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sneek Peek and Magazine Challenge

This card is a sneek peek of our EIO Design Team Gallery that opens for viewing on August 5th.
The card was inspired by one of my SBS2 Blog Sisters, Jenn, who challenged her blog readers to make a card/layout using a magazine photo/article. I have had this photo around for quite a while with the thought to make a card for my brother. We've had some rowdy games of Monopoly and I thought it would make a fun birthday card to bring back the memories!

The cardstock is from Basic Grey's Boxer collection and is perfect since it is already distressed a bit. The Birthday stamp is by Stamps in Motion. The chipboard arrows are from Boxer's Chipboard Sticker set. I used Basic Grey's Insignia stamp set to stamp on the Bosher from Bazzil. The r is off of an alphabet paperclip I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics. I used faux stitching and the distressing tool to age the layers. I sanded the magazine photo and then applied Time Holtz's Distress Ink in tea dye to tone down the sanding and age the photo.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

So Long Soft Sky~

I'm going to miss this color....the soft hue always reminds me of the ocean for some reason.

  • vase from a Great Impressions vase trio stamp
  • flowers and for you SU!'s One of a Kind set
  • ricrac was a blog candy gift I won from Lori
  • gems by EK Success
  • SU! Boho Blossoms punch makes this quick and easy
  • SU! Soft Sky cardstock
  • SU! Flowers For You designer paper
  • Copics

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


We saw a rainbow here on Monday night....a double one actually! No photo of it since I was driving. I was asked what was in yesterday's photos....and it would be my Prismacolor pencils. They are in an acrylic pen rack that I was given by a lss owner. I stood it on end and made my very own rainbow....I like to have my pencils organized by color family and right at my fingertips.
These are the ribbon rings I've been working on this week. I saw some online and thought they would be perfect. I picked up a curtain rod from a rummage sale for FREE, found a bunch of old key rings around here that should have been tossed = FREE, some paperclips (almost FREE), some homemade ribbon cards (from some cardstock I got for FREE). I did splurge on the 2 inch binder rings from Office Max...but now I have a rainbow curtain right at my fingertips of all my loose ribbon.
And for the ladies that sent me the ribbon reels I put calls out for on SCS and EIO....here is my SU! ribbon all organized pretty-like! This is a cd holder I got for my son....but I snitched it and gave him a bigger one! This I have on my wall and all of my ribbon is there, at my fingertips all handy-like. The ribbon across the font just keeps it from rolling out...but I really like this since it's super easy to grab the roll I need for a project or workshop.

As for paper storage and such....I'll get to it....but not until I get this place spiffed up a bit....it is frightning at the moment!!

I will get back to cards here soon....but I'm on that organizing roll and this is what I've been working on!! Thanks for stopping by and for your questions!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Camera Information

I've been asked by several people now about the camera I use and how I take my flower pictures. As I said yesterday....I don't know anything....but I stumbled on this way of taking pictures and it works for me!!
  • Canon PowerShot S3 IS
  • 6.0 mega pixels
  • 12X optical zoom

I take my pictures on the Automatic setting, I turn Macro ON. Here is where it gets funny since I don't know what I'm doing!! I stand back and zoom the object in until it says 35 in - 00. Then when it's clear and the size I want I take the picture! I rarely use the flash on my pictures for the blog.

For my cards I have a really professional set up, I'm sure you all won't be impressed!! Ready?!

LOL! It's two pieces of white cardboard that I prop up at a right angle. I arrange my card with any prop I have laying on my heap of a desk that might be related. I stand 8-10 feet back, turn Macro ON, zoom the object in until it says 35 in - 00 and take the picture! I do not use a flash since I have an overhead light above my fancy *light box.*

I do take my photos into Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10 and do some very basic things.

  • click *improve exposure and brightness* button
  • click *improve color balance* button
  • click *crop* button
  • click *straighten picture feature* under Format section if needed
  • add my transparent watermark image to photo

I play these by ear since I sometimes don't like their version of improved exposure and brighness and/or color balance. I do always crop though....I especially like to do this with the flowers.....a whole plant is just dandy....but I find the extreme beauty in the single bloom.

So...I hope this mindless rambling has helped answer some of the questions. I'm feeling pretty silly about what I DON'T know about photography. There is SO much more to learn about my camera and the photo editing program. I tell myself I want to learn....but until I find that treasure-trove of TIME that I'm missing.....I'll settle for this!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Just Because

Having one of those cleaning off my desk moments...and some of the pieces turned into this card featuring inchies. Had I planned this card, I would have stamped the inchies differently for a more pleasing effect...but since I was using scraps I just went with it. The pieces were colored, run through the Distressed Stripes Embossing folder and then lightly sanded. Some flowers and vines were cut out. The flower petals were curled upwards and the vines naturally curled upwards...and I liked the effect. Love the Fiskars Threading Water punch....it makes the punched scallops I love without all of the steps. Apricot is not usually my color of choice....but this is a RAK and it's one of her favorite colors!! Stamp set is Fancy Pants' Simply Stated. Just Because is from A Muse. The Gable Green cardstock has been run through the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Speaking of RAK's....this is a magic post....leave me a comment on this post and if I pick your name out of the hat I'll send you a little RAK. Lastel...you're still on my list.....and up next....so you can start stalking your mailperson!! Have a great week!!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just Peachy!

The stamped image on this card is one by Hero Arts that I played with at the Copic Certification Workshop on Tuesday. I puttered with it long enough now that I'm pretty satisfied with it. I know it can be colored better, so I've got something to aspire to, but this is a start anyway!! The blackberries are highlighted with both Clear and Lavender Spica Glitter pens. I outlined and grounded the image with Copic's Brick White. I doodled around the edges of the image with a black pen. The journal block is from Basic Grey's Journal Block acrylic stamp set. Just a Note is from Impression Obsession's Vertical Greeting set. I used the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder on half of the designer paper by Crate and then hit it lightly with a sanding block. (I used the coordinating backside of the Crate paper) The card base is by Bazzil, ribbon is by Creative Impressions.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

More Punch Ideas!

Following the directions in my last post...I made some more new punch shapes! My lovely, bend-over backwards SU! demo let me know I could do it with the SU! 5 petal punch as well....so I had to try it out! Then I saw this other EK Success 5 petal flower shape punch that I have....and ta-dah....another new shape!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friendlier Friendly Flower Tutorial

I'm never sure how detailed to get in these posts....so if I'm every too murky with the details....just ask! I was told about these flower punches by a friend, so don't take any credit for this idea....but it sure is a fun one and I'm happy to share!!

1~ punch out a scalloped circle (I used SU!'s)

2~ Tape it to a piece of thin white paper. (Thin so you can punch it again) I trim close to the edges as shown so it's easier to adjust my punch for the next cut.
3~ Slide your punched shape back into the punch.
4~ Turn the punched piece just slightly so that the tips divide each scallop as shown.
5~ Punch, and you're left with this interesting looking fellow!
6~ Carefully peel apart the taped pieces...
7~ Ta-Dah!!! You have a new punched shape!! Thinking sunflowers, medals, medallions, all sorts of fun things! Note this did not fit the stamp perfectly in the last card....but I liked the look it gave anyway.

Hope this made the process clearer....my first tutorial! And aren't those little boy paws just the cutest?!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Friendly Flowers

  • Almost Amethyst Cardstock (SU!)
  • Friendly Flowers (SU!)
  • Making Memories Jumbo Brad
  • Stampendous! Sparkle Dot Stickers
  • SU! Scalloped Circle Punch
  • Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
  • 1/8 inch circle punch

This card uses the SU! scalloped circle punch in a fun way for the center flower. This is not a new idea, but it is new to me! Punch, then tape it to a thin piece of white paper. Turn it so that you are punching again, dividing each scallop into *petals.* Remove the punch from the white paper and you have a fun new shape!

Tomorrow the unmounted stamp storage post I promised a few days ago! For real!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Simple Wishes

I was in the mood for simple and clean designs today. This technique isn't new....but it's new to me! For this look you ink the *top* of the cuttlebug embossing folder...and then when it embosses, it colors your de-bossed areas and leaves the embossing white! I usually hit the embossing with my ink pad or brayer for a reverse effect.

The card base is white and the colored cardstock is SU!'s Vintage Violet which is retired. I actually started out wanting Almost Amethyst...but my brayer was dirty! LOL! I don't have the Vintage Violet ink pad....so this worked out quite well!!

  • Vintage Violet Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Cuttlebug's Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
  • Cuttlebug's Birthday Present Die cut
  • Purple Marvy Scallop Square Punch
  • EK Success gems

I'll also upload the Almost Amethyst version that started this all tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Crafty Individual Birthday

Another belated birthday card off my list.....and yes...there are still more I'm behind on...but I'm making headway!

  • Co'ordinations Card Base
  • DCWV Embossed card (I cut off the front, faux stitched and distressed it)
  • Archiver's scalloped circle panel ( I punched 1/8 inch holes around it
  • Crafty Individuals Designer Paper (thanks Jacqueline!!)
  • Heidi Swapp clear flowers (thanks Heidi)
  • Making Memories Olivia Brads
  • Art Institute Crystal Transparent Glitter and Clear Glitter Glue
  • May Arts Ribbon
  • Blue Vellum
  • Basic Grey's Journal Block clear stamp set
  • SU! butterfly stamps
  • Savvy Happy Birthday stamp

Monday, July 7, 2008


A birthday card for a friend....colors I don't tend to use often...but I like feel of this card.

Thanks popping in...have a great week!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Roses for Grandma

I've been a belated birthday-card factory this weekend when hubby wasn't hauling me off on bike rides or wanting me to help paint windows! I did totally enjoy my 27 miles of biking even if I got to haul dd in the bike trailer! Ugh!! I also am totally thrilled with my new white woodwork and windows in the kitchen....so 'twas a fun weekend at home!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Going Green Again!

I posted a challenge recently in my forum at EIO to recycle something on your card. On this card I recycled the quilled flower from another card. The card base is white and is a tri-fold that lifts at the white scallops. I ran the Elegant Eggplant throught the Paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder and then highlighted it with the Lavender Copic Spica glitter pen. The green cardstock has been run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and is SU's River Rock. The amethyst frame is from The Paper Cut. I stamped the swirl from Basic Grey's Insignia stamp set in Elegant Eggplant ink before faux stitching around it. Hello is stamped with Karen Foster's snap stamps. Ribbon is by Creative Impressions. If you feel like playing along with the challenge....leave me a link here or there, I'd love to see what you've come up with!!

I've been busy catching up this week after being sick....laundry, ironing, paperwork, grocery shopping and now a bit of organizing. I decided to give inque boutique's stamp keepers a try for some of my unmounted stamps. Pop by tomorrow for some photos and my thoughts on them.