Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

C is for Cat! I knew I wanted to make a tag with this adorable new Graphic 45 paper featuring school! I paired the papers with a Magenta Cat of the Month (This is Kashmir Katten--have I shared his story with you?). The large letter stamp is Technique Tuesday--I have had them for years and rarely use them, but they are fabulous for scrapbooking. I think the schoolchildren heard about Kashmir from one of his famous sea voyages--I am sure he made the news and more than one little school boy most likely wants to run away to sea with him (at least that might sound better than sitting in a chair all day learning his abc's!

This sweet little tag was inspired by the bead stamp from Deadbeat. It screams "flapper!" to me. The photograph is of my Great Aunt Elizabeth--always full of life and ready to go dancing! This card would be fabulous for a birthday or celebration of any kind. The sentiment could just as well say "Enjoy!" or "Ooh la la!" or "Celebrate!" (all of course in my stamp collection in various renditions). I printed her photograph on Tim Holtz' glassine paper and then carried the glassine over to the border of the card. I love how the glossy finish of the glassine adds to the sparkle of the embossing powder. The embossing powder (Extreme Peacock and Pastel from Judikins) makes the magic on this card.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tags Tuesday

I have had the idea for this fun little tag for some time. I have been wanting to use this little wheel from Deadbeat Stamps, and when I read the post from Jenni Bowlin on how to use the Smooch spritz with paper tubes, I knew what I wanted to do! The Basic Grey paper was the icing on the cake! (Or at least the last step on the tag!) I added the penguin for whimsy (sp??) but I really wanted to use the Judikins sock monkey! Remember the old Hero Arts round sequins? They would be perfect on this tag. Oh, check out Lisa Spangler's new blog post--the link she gives to the antique quilt patterned masking tape contains a picture of a tag with round circles made from tiny microbeads--tres cool!

This is the last in the Wizard of Oz series of tags we have been doing. It is called, of course, "Over the Rainbow". Ver simple, an alcohol inked rainbow with collage elements. I don't think you can tell, but the Graphic 45 Dorothy is dimensionalized (now I am making up words!) with foam tape. The little star charm came from a jewelry store that was located next to Stamp Antonio and we got some great deals on charms when the jewelry store closed. Now all Dorothy needs is a wand!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hero Arts Club

I hope you decide to join us at our monthly Hero Arts Club at Stamp Antonio this Thursday or Friday. We have a request to do projects "with one stamp". So I am going to show various techniques to use large background stamps. I made the cards in the picture above today to show the techniques. The stamp used was "Large Lotus Blossom". I used Ranger Perfect Pearl Mists, heat embossing, adding glitz with Stickles and Spica glitter pens and dressed up a couple of the cards with little flowers. Basically I will take participants on a little journey of techniques. It's fun to sit down with one stamp and see what you can create! The stamp begins to take on a "character" with various quirks and possiblities, and I find I begin to appreciate the stamp more the more I work with it. Hey, maybe "less is more" is really true. Up til now I have been going with "She who dies with the most stamps wins!" Now for the real test--I am going to repeat the techniques with a different stamp and see what happens!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tagalicious Tuesday

This picture above was the tag card we did in last Tagalicious Tuesday. Inspired by an article in Scrap and Stamp Arts, I decided to make custom buttons, some foam, some made of chipboard with Diamond Glaze. The button die border is from Memory Box. Now this picture below, is what Stephanie made, inspired by my design. I love how she took my tag and made it her personal creation. She colored the buttons differently and added threads to the die cut. Also, she chose not to make the tag card, but just a stand alone tag. Kudos to Stephanie! I love it when participants in my classes take the designs a step further!