Saturday, August 30, 2014

My new discovery is the Unity Stamp Company Kit of the month.  The stamps are a wonderful red rubber mounted on foam and come in a big sheet.  There are so many wonderful images and they stamp beautifully every time.  Now that my new best friend is my stamp-a-ma-jig, I am able to get really good placement.  I made two cards using the With Grateful Heart stamp.  

This first one I made using white frost pigment ink and then painted it with watercolors.  I didn't like the way the sentiment faded into the card.  The dash lines are in honor of Kristina Werner who had a tweet complainer about her dash lines, so I decided to mandate dash lines for the day.  *smile*

This second card I took a different approach.  I masked the entire wreath portion of the stamp and inked the sentiment only with white frost pigment ink.  I then embossed it using white embossing powder and got the "pop" I was looking for.  It was a little difficult to line the stamp up and stamp the wreath properly to have it surround the sentiment but I was able to use some tape on my acrylic block and got lucky.  I masked the sentiment the second time and stamped just the wreath.  I then watercolored the vine, leaves and hearts.  I used my Big Shot and two nesting Spellbinders dies to make the scalloped circle that is on the outside of the wreath.  The card base is Bazzill which I ran through the Big Shot in the dot embossing folder.  Liquid pearls, some dash lines and we have a card.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trying to do Clean & Simple... one layer card?  Nah!  I have decided to go ahead and link this up at CAS ology.  I don't know if it fits or not? 

Friday, August 22, 2014

When I joined the online class I think somewhere in my head I thought that others would stop in and comment on your attempts.  I was very mistaken...that only happened because I went to someone else's and commented.  I realize my stamping is not awesome to other experienced stampers but just a simple, "nice card" would be sufficient.

I have a cheering squad right here next to me.  My husband Bob appreciates every thing I do.  He critiques carefully... LOL.  He makes me want to keep trying and he tells me that my cards are the "best" even when they clearly are not.  He buys me ink, paper, stamps and more ink, paper and stamps.  He is a wonderful man.

I am a bit disappointed that other stampers did not comment on my cards.  Expectations are a funny thing.  I realize now that it doesn't matter if I am in a live class or if I take an old class where the forums and galleries are closed.

I have my own cheering squad right here next to me.  Thank you Bob!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I attempted this without the embossing powder that they used in class.  I have some colored glitter and a glue pad I had never used so I stamped with the glue and poured on glitter.  I am pleased with the end result but the picture doesn't do it justice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day six of Stretch Your Stamps 2 was filled with flower stamping...

I had to make a 6 x 6 card because I wanted it all.  Stamped light and then watercolored using Distress inks because I have no watercolor set here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I think this is from day two of classes.  I must say I am a bit behind.  This was a background stamp that looks like a bandana.  I put four colors of distress ink on my craft sheet, sprayed water on my stamp and placed it on the ink.  Then I gave a little twist and this is what I got.  The background is a second generation stamping of the first.  Howdy came from my Silhouette and it was a first for me.  Not only did I type the text in and cut I also welded one HOWDY together.  Ahhh... what a good day.
I have been playing around today making a card using the cut up pieces of rainbow background stamped image I created during the first class.  This is what I came up with for card number one.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lousy photo of the card I have been working on.  I had all of the leaves lined up with the card stamping when I realized I had not glued the three layers together.  As soon as I glued them I was discombobulated.  What a chore I make out of what the teachers make look easy.  Here is my issue.  PLAN.  PLAN.  PLAN!

The card is pretty in person but it was not the way I had envisioned.  I need to sketch first before I do things.  
The sentiment on this card could not be more perfect. No card has made me smile more. Or, grimace?  Seriously.. last day of Stretch Your Stamps 2 and the theme was; play.  I was attempting to follow along with Jennifer McGuire and make a thick embossed backdrop for an embossed image.  After four tries I gave up!!  See the smile sentiment?  That is the ONLY thing that remained from any of my attempts.  I finally used some glittery blue powder and then stamped an image in black pigment, threw on some clear embossing powder and, called it a day.  So.. today was indeed PLAY DAY at my house.  

I am sad that today is the last day.  The good thing is that I purchased some of the other classes and will be learning a lot of fun techniques.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day 9 of Stretch Your Stamps 2 taught how to stamp on dark card stock.  I used a deep purple card cut and folded vertically.  Then I embossed an oval shape and stamped all around it using the leaf stamps from the WPlus9 stamp set.  The first thing you have to do is stamp the images using white pigment ink.  Then, you use colored pigment to stamp over the white.  If you don't do the white step you cannot see the color, it just looks like a wet spot.  I used the With Sympathy die from Simon Says Stamp.  Add three little diamonds and voila.  It was a lot of fun and something I had not done before.