Friday, April 24, 2009

Clearly Spring!

It's Embellish-Online's Friday Challenge 38. This week's hostess is Debbie.
The Challenge: I Can See Clearly Now
Details: Use clear transparencies or embellies on your projects. You can stamp on them or make clear projects, even clear buttons. There has to be something clear on your project.

I used white Stazon to stamp Prima's Newsprint stamp and Magenta's swirl stamp on the acetate. The collage stamp is by inkadinkadoo and is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a piece of cardstock done with the shaving cream technique. I popped up the dragonfly tile and framed it with Art Institute's Crystal Glitter. The flower is from SU!'s Looks Like Spring set. I inked the stamp in Bashful Blue ink and then highlighted one edge of each petal with Brilliant Blue ink. I cut it out for fun. Pin is from Making Memories and is tied with a sheer ribbon scrap. Martha Stewart Butterfly punch has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder. Adhesive gems make the body.

Assembly of the card.... Layer the Bashful Blue layer to the inside of the card, center the white layer. I put the glue dots on the top of the next Bashful Blue layer, center it as you want and then shut the card. Finally attach the black matted stamped piece to the top of the card where you want it. I'm thinking my card is *clearer* than my instructions.....but I tried!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week comes up May 3-9 this year. I have been spending a little time in my son's classroom this year and have been really glad that it's not my lot in life to have to keep those 20 little first grade critters under control all day every day!! *grin!* It has been sweet to see how far each of them has progressed with their reading though....and their pride as it *clicks*

This is a little card I made for his reading teacher. She's about to be off on maternity leave, so I thought I'd just thank her early!

Teacher Stamp: Stamping Bella
Crayon Stamp: Whipper Snapper
Thank You Stamp: Impression-Obsession
Carstock: White, Black
Coloring: Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Bling Friday Challenge!


Today's Friday Challenge at Embellish-Online is mine!
Here in Wisconsin I feel the need for LOTS of flowers to welcome spring! Feel free to mix in lots of bling! If you have a fun technique for flowers, show us your stuff! Stamp on them, glitter them, color them, or whatever else you can come up with!Then don't forget to send me some Warm Weather Wishes, ok?!
Please use keyword FC37 when you upload your projects to the gallery so we can all see your beautiful work!
Here are the card details:

I like the way the flower is popped up and it looks like the little girls are walking along the stem.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Just One More!

Just because I can!! I'll be moving on here now....I just had this one last faux bleach card....and I love the look in blue and white!! I also like combining these two stamps....very much!

For this tag I added one more spray....I used the Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Spray in Denim and then I added some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl. It has a subtle sheen in real life!

Loving those Prima Wildflowers, vintage button, dragonfly brads, SU! Oval Punches and SU! Wish. Queen Anne's Lace is by Penny Black and the grass is by SU! Tag is a shipping tag.

The card base is Night of Navy. I embossed one panel with Cuttlebug's Diamond in the Rough Embossing Folder.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Card That Started It All....

Faux Bleach....I was checking out the gallery on SCS...and came across this card....and was inspired to make the one pictured above and all the rest I've been posting this week!

For this card I stamped the Queen Anne's Lace (Penny Black) and grass (SU!) on a shipping tag and embossed them in clear. I then sprayed the tag with Tim Holtz's Color Wash Sprays in Espresso and Denim. I then flipped the tag face down on some typing paper, covered it with a sheet of typing paper and ironed the tag to dry the ink and melt the embossing powder off onto the scrap paper. It leaves you with an image that appears to have been bleached. No smell of bleach...but wear gloves to protect your hands....else you will be a few shades of Espresso and Denim yourself!! (two gloves are better than one....ask me how I know!! ;)

The background was fun too....it is SU!'s River Rock cardstock that has been run through Cuttlebug's Diamond in the Rough Embossing Folder. Then, to highlight the embossing, I stamped Prima's Newsboy stamp over it in Colorbox's Olive Pastel Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink. It's hit or miss...but it adds some fun interest to the card!

Other details....recycled cardboard, one ply of some twine, SU!'s Nesting Oval Punches, Wish (SU!), Dragonfly brad, Making Memories Decorative Brad.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Penny Black Meets Prima!

Ok, so this is the *right* part of the Faux Bleaching Technique today....see yesterday's post for the *scraps.*

To color the image I added Color Box Fluid Chalk Inks in Olive Pastel and Wisteria with foam daubers. If you plan to use the *scrap* part....be sure you add some extra ink to the embossed image before you iron it off. See this post for the tutorial on this technique.

Card particulars:
Cardstock ~ SU! Elegant Eggplant, River Rock, Elegant Eggplant
Ribbon ~ SU! retired
Punch ~ Martha Stewart
Flowers ~ Prima Wildflowers, Prima Collage
Metallic Embroidery Floss ~DMC
Happy Birthday Stamp ~ Savvy Stamps
Flower Stamp ~ Penny Black
Newsboy Stamp ~ Prima Marketing
Decorative Brad ~ Making Memories
Dragonfly Brads ~ The Stamp Shoppe
Corrugated Cardboard, Shimmery Vellum

Monday, April 6, 2009

Reverse Faux Bleach Technique

I don't know if that is really a technique....but it sounds like I know what I'm talking about anyway!! LOL! This card features the *junk piece* that you get when you do the faux bleach technique. I simply stamped over the image with a Prima Newsboy Stamp in Colorbox Olive Patel Fluid Chalk Ink, cut it into a tag and called it something fancy!

The gorgeous flowers are by Prima. Check out my leaves...it's a white flower that I inked up and cut...I'll be doing that again!!

For this card I made a wide border and a smaller Cuttlebugged panel (paisley). Ribbon is retired SU!, Dragonflies are brads I got from The Stamp Shoppe. So Glad We're Friends is SU! and the decorative brad is Making Memories.

Come on back tomorrow to the the *real* card using the faux bleach technique!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

EIO Gallery Opens for April!

This month our theme at Embellish-Online was a dual one; A Change In Time/Spring Flowers.

For this card I paired up BasicGrey's Porcelain Collection with this huge flower from Prima Marketing. The flower comes pre-made....so it was a super quick card to put together.
The ribbon is from May Arts.

Other items on this card include:
River Rock Cardstock ~SU!
Scalloped Circle Panel ~ Archiver's ( I added the piercing for a different look)
Happy Mother's Day ~ Purple Onion Designs
Distressing Tool ~ Making Memories
Butterfly Punch ~ Martha Stewart
Adhesive Gems

Check out the gallery for some springy inspiration and some fun tips to use on your cards!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wishes in Eggplant!

Well, tomorrow's workshop is going to be on the Faux Bleach Technique....or as I learned it a few years ago as Ironing Out The Details!

  • To do this technique, you emboss your image with versamark ink and clear embossing powder on your cardstock. I used a Penny Black stamp and white cardstock in this instance.
  • Then I applied some Eggplant Adirondack Color Wash spray to the cardstock with a sponge...leaving it somewhat streaky.
  • Next, with an old iron on the highest heat setting, I layed the image face down on a few sheets of typing paper...and covere it with another sheet.
  • Iron the image to melt the embossing powder off onto the typing paper....you are left with an image that appears to have been bleached. I leaves you with a *how did you do that* sort of look.

I then trimmed mine into a tag shape. I layered it on a white panel that had been run through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder. Oval punches, ribbon and Wish are by SU! The butterflies are the Marta Stewart Butterfly Punch that I doubled up and stapled. I covered the staple with some adhesive stones.