Friday, July 24, 2009

These robots like to party!

I finally got some time to stamp again with my Lots of Bots stamps! I made two different layouts with some leftover designer series paper. I have a little DSP from the new catalog, but it's animal and floral print ... Plus, I wanted to use a more boyish color palette and this spoke to me.

Nothing fancy on these two. I colored in the robots with classic Stampin' Up ink using a blender pen on the robot on the left and a marker on the robot on the right (photo above). You can see more detail of each in the following photos. Below, you can see some of the faux stitching that I did using a Zig painty marker in silver, as well as the blue that I Color Spritzered (sure that's a common verb) on the main image and then softened by sponging over using the ink pad and a sponge - move your sponge in circles after dabbing on the ink pad for a softer look.

Here, the robot below was colored in, then I put Crystal Effects over top and once it was dry, I dotted in some accents with the silver Zig Painty pen again. Also, the blue "mat" you see under the striped paper ... that's not a real mat. That was added in with marker after everything was already layered. (You can click on the photo for a larger view.) After I'd finished the card, or so I thought, I didn't like that the white edges of the paper just sort of drifted into the Bashful Blue card base. This turned out to be a pretty good solution. I drew in the thin lines for a border with a Brocade Blue marker, then colored in next to the top layers with my Bashful Blue marker. What do you think of how that turned out??

The sentiment on both cards was punched out using Stampin' Up's smallest oval and the red underneath was punched with the next size up. Both robots have marker "shadows" under them to ground them.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby zoo CASE

Stuck for inspiration, I turned to the internet. I found it on Ann Schach's site. She has many other super cute cards, too.

I just haven't had the time or energy to stamp lately and I needed to get set up for my last round of stamp club tomorrow night. I think we'll have a great time. We're going to make one card and then we'll take our tour through the new catalog together! It's always more fun to look at a new Stampin' Up catalog with friends. :)

I did change a couple of things. I added in the lion and owl and changed the sentiment up. The yellow piece below uses the new Modern Label punch. It's great for long sentiments, but I loved the use of it as an embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Deal of the Week #3

Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (item 112454)

Our Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware adds class to any project. Get the set for just $18.99 - over 30% off the regular price ($29.95).
Available at this price July 20-26 ONLY. Visit my demonstrator website to buy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stampin' Up "Deal of the Week" #2

Carry your Big Shot machine, cutting pads, and dies in stunning style. This black-and-white checked doctor’s bag makes storing and transporting your Big Shot machine easy and convenient. It has handles for carrying and a shoulder strap for when your hands are full of other crafting supplies.

30% OFF!!
Sizzix Big Shot Doctor's Bag (113474)
Regularly - $69.95
For one week only! - $49.99

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Girly birthday card

ETA: Here's the picture of the card as it sat on my lap on the way to the party. I had to update this post to include this picture because it's colors are so true! :)

My sister-in-law had a birthday this past weekend and we were lucky enough to celebrate with her and a huge group of her friends.

I'd had the flower element on this piece sitting on my desk for a while now, and once I knew I needed a card for my SIL, I knew this was the embellishment for her!

The flower is made using the now-retired DSP, Raspberry Tart, and the Sizzix Daisies #2 Die. As a final topper, I put on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a rhinestone brad for the center. This DSP has the craziest pinks and greens, and I just loved it. I had some larger pieces of DSP left over that I used to make the layers on this card.

The stamp set is Absolutely Fabulous and I used its namesake stamp on this card.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stampin' Up product - special sale!

Through July, Stampin' Up is offering one product on special each week.

This week, the product of the week is
The Scallop Border Punch!!

On SALE this week only for $10.99
Scallop Edge Punch (112091) - Regularly $15.95

This offer is available July 1 - 6 and you can order through my demonstrator website!

Almost like a stampers birthday ...

The new catalog is almost here! Today is the go-live date for the new annual Stampin' Up catalog. If you're interested in ordering a catalog for yourself, please send me an email. Or, you can order online through my site and see the new goodies that way! (Note: as of 8:15 a.m. MTN time, they were still updating the demonstrator sites like mine to contain all the new goodies - the good news is, you can shop day or night using this site!)

This cute little robot is from Lots of Bots, which is one of the sets that demonstrators were allowed to pre-order. Now granted, the designer series paper is a retired item, but soon we'll have access to a whole new supply of patterned, exclusively Stampin' Up, papers to play with.

This card is for one of our (many) special neighbors. We think he'll get a kick out of the "Happy Birthday, Human" greeting. :)