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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Umbrella Man appears at Stamp Club!

Hi Bloggers!
If you were in attendance at Stamp Club at the Scrapbook Page last night, you know who showed up!

The Umbrella Man in all his glory!

Everyone had an awesome interpretation of the Pop-Up card, and we all learned lots of great tips in working with Acetate.  In particular, how best to adhere it to cardstock.  (Double-sided tacky tape rather than glue)  Thanks to all who were there to make the meeting fun and rewarding!
I have attached some photos from the evening's class.  Enjoy!
Cindy and Ann-Marie share some ideas during class time!
Cindy is trying to figure out that acetate scalloped circle!
Samantha is assembling her card
Frances is "cutting" to the chase.  
JD is busy assembling his card
Janine stamping her card with a variety of Tim's images
Jeanette just had to be different! (creative)
She is making a balloon pop-up card using the same scalloped die!
Catherine organizing her papers and preparing to stamp.
Janine's finished project, BEAUTIFUL!
She chose brown for her card instead of black.  I loved the result!
Jeanette's finished card.  "Celebrate!"
Janine's card is gorgeous!
Ann-Marie's take on the project!  She let the paper work for her...
What are they up to now????
No good I'm sure...LOL!
Let's see what happens if we emboss that Umbrella Man...
The umbrella man after heat embossed with Rustic embossing powder by Judikins.
It actually looked JUST LIKE METAL!  Stunning!
 
Stamp Club is a wonderful place to come and share ideas and enjoy learning new techniques!
Hope to see you next month at the Scrapbook Page!
ReNae

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Umbrella Man Pop Up Card Tutorial at Stamp Club


The April Stamp Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Scrapbook Page.  I will be doing this month's Stamp Club Tutorial which will be featuring one of the Sizzix Pop-Up Dies, the Scalloped Circle Die.

Here is the card we are making Tuesday

Please watch this video which is the Scalloped Circle Die Tutorial.  It is by designer Karen Burniston, and you will see how easy, fun and versatile these dies are!  I will bring my own Scalloped Circle die to the meeting so everyone can use it.
The card we are making is the Clock/Umbrella Man Card that features various Tim Holtz dies, (as seen on the Scalloped Circle die Tutorial Video above.)  
This is the front

Front (note all the stamping)

Umbrella Man with Clock Dies

Finished card with embellishments

 To make this card, we use the Umbrella Man die, the Clock die, and the decorative trim die, shown in the video.  I will bring all of these dies plus the Tim Holtz stamps that coordinate this card as well.  I will ask that everyone bring the supplies listed below.
Supplies each person should bring:
(1) 8 1/2 x 11" or larger sheet of patterned cardstock...choose something that has a TIME or CLOCK theme. Karen uses paper that resembled text, or newsprint.  Bo Bunny, DCWV, Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz all have paper with a clock theme that would work nicely.
You will be making a 6 x 6 inch card, so you want enough paper to make the card itself, and enough so if you wanted to cut out any images like a clock, or another image to use as embellishments, you can.
(Look at the example in the video to get inspiration and ideas.)
(1) 12"x12" sheet of black cardstock for use in cutting out the Umbrella Man, the clock and the clock arms.
(1) 8 1/2 x 11" sheet clear cardstock for use in cutting out the scalloped circle.
Tape runner or ATG gun
Black embossing powder-we are going to emboss the Umbrella man and clock.
Heat gun
Versamark ink
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz trinkets or other embellishments, as many as you would like to use on your card.  
Click here to get ideas for findings to decorate your card:  http://www.timholtz.com/findings.htm 

I will provide all the dies for this project, so we will just all take turns cutting out our die cuts.  If anyone wants to bring a Big Shot, that will speed up our cutting process.  Some of us can be cutting the circle while others are cutting out the Umbrella Man, and so on. 
For fun I will bring a few additional dies, so that if anyone wants to, they may cut out die cuts they may not have at home.  Time permitting, you can make another card using my "Floating Frames" die.  The tutorial for this die is HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCb090sOOxo.  Look at these samples and if you have an idea to make a card, and wish to use this die, please bring the paper you want to cut and you may use it!  I will also bring my chandelier die, and any other dies I feel might be good for using on a pop-up card.  
 *****If you have a Sizzix Pop-Up die not listed above, please bring to share!******
Look up Karen Burniston or Sizzix Pop-Up Dies on You Tube to view several helpful videos useful when making these lovely pop-up cards!
See you Tuesday April 10th at the Scrapbook Page, Shawnee, KS  
6:30 p.m. sharp!

~ReNae

Friday, April 6, 2012

That Doggie in the Window...

I am sad today as I post this...
My son recently moved into a new apartment, and he cannot have his precious pup Luci with him there.  I have been keeping her for the last week, but with me facing surgery soon, I realize that I won't be able to keep her either.

Luci at my son's apartment, happy as a clam!

Luci playing with Skippy, my dog, (notice his submissive behavior, they play nicely together.)

Skippy and Luci playing Tug-o-war with a stuffed doggie.  This was so funny to watch!

I have an older dog, Skippy, who requires less physical activity and quite frankly, with knee surgery on my horizon, two dogs is more than I can handle right now.
So I am left with a dilemma...I need to find Luci a good home.
She is a cute little Yorkshire Terrier, she has all her shots and she has been taken care of medically since we got her. (She has a wellness plan at Banfield Animal Hospital)  I rescued her from Animal Haven and gave her to my son a couple years ago.  Since that time, I rescued another dog, Skippy, so I don't think I can handle caring for both dogs.

She is a bit active and high strung (barks at birds, squirrels, small dogs)  as small terriers can be.  I think she would do well in a family with a house, not an apartment with all the noises to bark at, and one with older kids that wouldn't pull her tail.  She has shown signs of aggression towards the chihuahuas next door.  Little dog vs. Little dog I guess.  She barks when people come in and out of my apartment so a house is best for Luci.
If you know of anyone who would like to adopt Luci, please answer this post or leave me an email at Jewelrymkr@gmail.com.  She is a loving animal and deserves a happy loving home.

Thanks!
ReNae

Watercolor Card using Emboss Resist Technique

Hello Bloggers!
As promised, tonight we are making a beautiful card using the emboss resist technique.
I am sorry the post came late this evening, but my neighbor was bitten by a dog, and I took her to the emergency room.  It was quite a night!  But on with the show, as they say!
This card can be customized to your own taste and color preference, so remember to think outside the box!  I am going to be using four different Distress Inks but your choice of inks will not effect the outcome of the card.  It will be beautiful using any color scheme you choose.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to make beautiful watercolor cards which can be altered by using different color combinations with ink, or using a variety of stamp images.
So remember to use your imagination, and don't get hung up on being "perfect".
Create what you love, and love what you create!
To begin, you will want to have the following supplies ready to use:
1.  Distress Inks in any color combination.
2.  Acrylic Block
3.  Craft Sheet
4.  White Embossing Powder
5.  Heat Gun
6.  Spray Bottle filled with Water
7.  Watercolor Paper (3x5 inches)
8.  A2 sized Card in your choice of color
9.  Coordinating paper in your choice of color (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch)
10. Versamark Ink
11. Dictionary Stamp, Focal Stamp, Sentiment Stamp. (3 in total)
12. Embellishments, (flower, lace, etc)
13. Scissors or Trimmer
14. Adhesive or Tape Runner

We will be working on a Craft Sheet.  I will first tell you how I will be making MY card, but feel free to deviate from what I do, by using your own choice of ink colors and stamps.  You will still have a beautiful result! Try several color combinations of ink color to really see what the possibilities are!

Prior to stamping, rub stamping surface with an "Embossing Buddy" (powder filled bag) to rid stamping surface of static and oils.
Ink up Dictionary Stamp image with Versamark Ink and press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper. 
Line up stamp on watercolor paper.
Press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper. 
Shake white embossing powder onto image.  
 Tap off excess powder. 
Using heat gun, melt embossing powder on paper and set aside.
Select Distress Ink desired and press color directly into craft sheet or acrylic block. 
Spray with bottle of water until little droplets appear.
Take embossed image and press firmly into watered down ink.
Swirl paper to get coverage.  
If desired, dab extra ink off of image with paper towel.
Save left over ink for next card, (as seen later in these photos)

Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.
Ink up Focal image with a dark shade of Distress Ink.
Spray water onto stamp until little beads appear.  
Press firmly and let the ink sink into the paper.
Note: Watercolor paper is heavier than regular paper and needs more time for the ink to sink in.
Look at how pretty the image is!  What a beautiful, natural, watercolor resist!
Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.
Using four different Distress Inks gives you many color options for your mats and cards.
Mat the embossed image with the coordinating cardstock by adhering it to the image. Cut this piece of paper to measure 3 X 4

Ink up the focal image again this time using Versamark Ink.  Stamp image all over the A2 size card      (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) as a sort of "background".  Once dry, adhere the embossed image to the A2 card, centering it.
Using the left-over ink from the first stamped image, you are able to make an additional card without adding any ink whatsoever.  However, you may add more if you wish.
Select the colors for the mats and cards for your stamped images.

Embellish with lace or flowers, or both as desired.
Using only four ink colors and a spritz of H2O applied one time to your acrylic block, you are able to make two absolutely gorgeous cards!
See how different they look, although the exact same technique was used on each one!
Try variations by using color instead of Versamark on the background, OR by stamping sentiment on a banner, and affixing to the front of the card.  There are lots of possibilities. Samantha used the ink that was left on her first stamping, re-sprayed it with water and made another card.  The colors are more subtle, but the card was beautiful nonetheless!
Many, many thanks to Samantha Ivy, who not only suggested tonight's lesson, but graciously demonstrated the tutorial for us!  Note: Samantha took care of Skip (background) while I ran my neighbor Sharon to the Emergency Room!  Thank you dear Samantha!  Your cards are gorgeous in spite of all the chaos!


IN REVIEW

Step 1
Prior to stamping, rub stamping surface with an "Embossing Buddy" (powder filled bag) to rid stamping surface of static and oils.  Ink up Dictionary Stamp image with Versamark Ink and press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper.  Shake white embossing powder onto image.  Tap off excess powder. Using heat gun, melt embossing powder on paper and set aside.
Step 2
Select Distress Ink desired and press color directly into craft sheet or acrylic block.  Spray with bottle of water until little droplets appear.
Step 3
Take embossed image and press firmly into watered down ink, swirl paper to get coverage.  Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.  You will not re-melt the embossing powder.
Step 4
Ink up Focal image with a dark shade of Distress Ink. Spray water onto stamp until little beads appear.  Stamp focal image down onto the embossed watercolor paper.  Press firmly and let the ink sink into the paper.  Note: Watercolor paper is heavier than regular paper and needs more time for the ink to sink in.
Step 5
Trim the embossed image to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Mat the embossed image with the coordinating cardstock by adhering it to the image. Cut this piece of paper to measure 3 X 4
Step 6
Ink up the focal image again this time using Versamark Ink.  Stamp image all over the A2 size card      (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) as a sort of "background".  Once dry, adhere the embossed image to the A2 card, centering it.
Step 7
Embellish with lace or flowers, or both as desired.
Step 8
Stamp sentiment inside of card with coordinating color of Distress Ink.  Stamp envelope as desired with focal stamp or coordinating focal stamp.

Hope you enjoyed our Thursday Technique Tutorial!
Happy Crafting and Creating!
ReNae
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