Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Boho West Journal

Boho_west_journalIf you like the embossing on chipboard instructions that I posted then you'll like this too, it's the same technique and the only difference is that before I embossed with Iridescent Ice I stamped on the star and colored the edges (all with Craft Ink). 

I just love the Boho West line that was introduced this year!  I made this journal at an incentive event that I held with several of my downline who earned a night of stamping and pizza with me!  I taught the basic technique and then we each made an on board art journal with our choice of designer paper and chipboard. 

I just love chipboard and this is my absolute favorite way to embellish it!  And, if you're wondering where the Sage Shadow wide grosgrain ribbon came from well, it's straight out of the District Ribbon originals

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Embossing on Chipboard

Img_6343_2This year at the Stampin' Up! convention I was honored to present a Workshop Wow on main stage.  If you've been reading my site then you know that I did heat embossing for my Wow and it certainly is! 

One of the things I love to do is to emboss on our chipboard.  When I first started using chipboard I would color it by using a sponge dauber and craft ink and basically covering the entire shape with the ink.  This gives a great look but takes awhile to dry.  One day when I was thinking that there must be a faster way I threw some embossing powder on top of the craft and Voila, I was hooked! 

Now, when I use chipboard I use a two-step embossing process to get a shiny, glittery look which is pictured here and on the journal that I posted earlier.  The way to achieve this look is as follows:

  1. Ink up your chipboard shape with craft ink.  The easiest and least messy way to apply the ink is with a sponge dauber.

  2. Cover the colored shape with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat.  This will give you a glittery look.

  3. Then, apply Versamark over top the glitter layer.  You may want to give the embossing powder a few seconds to cool before doing so.

  4. Cover the whole embossed shape with Glassy Glaze enamel and heat again.

The resulting look is a smooth shiny chipboard shape with color and a subtle glitter inside.  The picture just doesn't do this justice - it is absolutely stunning in person!  Enjoy!    

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Last day to sign up for Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

Img_6082Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, September 14th is the last day to sign up to attend my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack!  At this event you'll make 12 cards for just $20 and they will all be Holiday cards so you can get a jump start on your Holiday cardmaking!!  There will be 4 different designs and you'll make 3 of each! 

You can also come make holiday cards for you and for our troops serving overseas at my World Card Making Day event during the afternoon of October 6th.  There will also be drawings for free product for those in attendance and those who place an outside order on that day!  Please see my calendar for more details! 

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's a Fall Frenzy!

Fall_frenzy Stampin' Up! is caught up in a Fall Frenzy!!  From now through the end of September when you purchase $30 in product you can purchase six special stamp sets at 30% off! 

These sets were chosen with fall and upcoming holidays in mind and they're just a great deal!  If you haven't already, use the links below to view each stamp set and then vote in my poll for your favorite one! 

Here are your choices for a frenzied fall special:

So, what are you waiting for?  Check out some great project samples online and then email me to take advantage of this great deal! 

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Faux Cracked Glass Tutorial

Faux_cracked_glass_2 This is a new technique that I came up with for my presentation at convention and it's really easy to do!  It gives the look of cracked glass without having to use a freezer! 

Here is how you go about achieving this look:

  1. Stamp desired image on a piece of cardstock

  2. "Smoosh" versamark all over the cardstock.

  3. Pour Glassy Glaze Enamel over the cardstock and heat.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 so you have two layers of Glassy Glaze. 

  5. While the image is still hot, press a Weathered stamp that has been inked with dark ink (I used Close to Cocoa) into the Glassy Glaze.  Voila, it's as simple as that! 

Img_6344_copy_3 This is another sample using the same technique - this is the card that my stamp club did this week!  I will have an opening in October for stamp club so if you're interested in learning cool techniques like this email me to find out about joining the best club in town!   

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Convention Projects

JournalYesterday I talked about my presentation at Stampin' Up's convention.  Well, here are a few additional samples.  This first sample is a journal I did and the flowers are some of the new chipboard available.  I embossed the chipboard with two layers and then created this fun journal! 

Scrapbook_page_2 This next sample is a scrapbook page that I did using the same technique.  This is my sister and I onboard the MS Zuiderdam on the Stampin' Up! cruise to the Panama Canal last April!   

There are many more photos from my convention presentation in my Art Gallery, in the Convention Presentation Folder.  Enjoy!!   

One Crazy Summer

Wow, what a summer this has been!  You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as much this summer, well, it's been crazy!!  I am definitely looking forward to a busy fall but returning to a more relaxed pace! 

Harry_potter_jen_2 So, what have I been up to this summer?  Well, last spring Stampin' Up! asked me if I would present at our annual convention in late July.  Of course I said yes!  What an honor!!  I did what is called a Workshop Wow and talked about how heat embossing is always a Wow!  Since convention was a week after the new Harry Potter book came out, I tied my presentation in - my heat tool was my magic wand and well, you can see how much fun I had by the photo! 

Faux_cracked_glassI even came up with a new technique for my presentation called Faux Cracked Glass.  Watch for a tutorial later this week on how to do Faux Cracked Glass!  In the meantime, you can at least see the finished product!  We'll be doing Faux Cracked Glass at my stamp clubs this week so if you're interested in learning how, just email me to come learn!   

Img_5700_6While backstage at convention, we had a little bit of fun!  One of the Stampin' Up! staff came on stage early in the first day in a silver sequined jacket.  Well, we found the jacket and as a scrapbooker, I had to have a photo op!

Mav2 So, obviously the summer was spent with things other than stamping.  While in Denver for convention, I got to meet my sister's new puppy, pictured here.  I also spent a little time in Wisconsin enjoying sunset cruises and what I call the land of plenty.  For the most part it was a good summer but I'm ready for fall and to get back into my stamp room! 


Monday, September 3, 2007

More Scrapbook Club Pages

August_crop_clubWe had a great time in August at our Scrapbook Club!  Here's a copy of what the pages we did look like!  The club is full but there is sometimes room for an extra person or two.  If you'd like to come try it out, check out my calendar for upcoming dates and then email me to RSVP!   

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Holiday Mini is Here!

Holytriptych_3The Holiday Mini Catalog is here and wow, there are some awesome stamp sets and accessories!  I recently did two card swaps and this is one of my favorite swaps!  It uses Holy Triptych and is stamped on Vellum and colored in!  Great job on your card Betty!! 

I've also uploaded a bunch of samples to my Art Gallery (link to the left for future reference).  There are new samples from the Holiday Mini, Displays from a recent demonstrator event I attended and all of the swaps I received at convention!  You can make my album a favorite to get updates when new things are uploaded and to come back and visit often! 

I love swapping and I love to share the swaps I receive with you!  My Art Gallery is a great place to go to find a sample that you can copy to make your own Christmas or Holiday cards, just pick out a sample and email me and we'll figure out what you need to make it so you can place your order!  Better yet, have a live or book party and get some of your supplies for free!