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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Flower Card

Hey there,

I finally caught up with my Mojo Monday card. It's been a really long time since I participated.

It has also been a long time since I made a card like this one. I had this DS paper for a while and never used it. It's from Webster's Pages called Petite Paper Collection Combo Pack Postcards from Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie. It is absolutely beautiful.

So, I started my sketch with a basic square and circle. After I played with my shapes, my card ended up looking like this.

I stamped and colored my image (Personal Impressions ~ Butterfly stamp) on Whisper White card stock. Then, I cut the circle with my Spellbinders Standard Circle die. I cut another circle in Ruby Red card stock. However, when I put the two together, I didn't like the way it looked. So, I thought of creating a flower out of the paper. I added some green tissue paper, distressed, wet and crumpled all the paper. Take a look here to see a VIDEO demo on how to do the paper flower. I modified my flower but the technique was the same. So, now that my flower looked a bit vintage, I had to distress the entire card. I also sponge everything in Close To Cocoa ink and sewed the DS paper to the Always Artichoke card stock. Finally, I stamped my sentiment on the DS paper, added some ribbon and dimensional to pop-up the sentiment.

I really like the way my card came out and hope you do to. Try making a card with this sketch and see what you come up with. Thanks for looking and stay warm.
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My Project Book

Good Tuesday morning!

It is blistering cold out in NJ and the wind is unbelievable. I think I will be staying in again.

Last night, I was going over my projects for my Just Stampin' classes and while I was writing on post-it notes, I thought of creating a project book for myself. So, at 1am here is what I came up with.

I used the same DS paper from my last project (SU *Afternoon Tea)
to cover the front and back cover. For the inside, I used *Wild Wasabi card stock. Next, to embellish the front cover, I used SU *Live Your Dream stamp set, colored the image with my SU markers and stamped the image on Whisper White card stock. I added two small brads for the center of the flowers. The swirl is from Spellbinder and my letter cutouts were made on my electronic cutting machine. I sponged Chocolate Chip around the entire project to soften the edges. Next, I added a sheet of acetate paper to protect the front cover (that is the shine you see). Then, I found loose leaf paper and I cut that to size. Finally, I punched the holes with my Bind-It-All and added the coils. This is really easy and fun project to do.

The Bind-It-All system comes with an Instruction Manual so you can reference how many holes you need for your project size. You can do just about any size book you like. Now I have a book to write all my favorite projects in. I already filled the book with a few projects last night. Once this book is completely filled, I'll have to start a My Project #2 book.

Well, it's time to go. Since I'm not going out and my son just told me he needs my car, I'll work on a card. I saw the Mojo Monday sketch yesterday that I would like to give it try. It's been a while since I participated in Mojo Monday.

Thanks for looking!

*Retired product from Stampin' Up! If you would like to see what NEW products Stampin' Up! has, click HERE.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Paperbag Book

Hey there friends,

I hope you had a blessed Christmas. Today, I want to show you my first Bind-it-all project.

My in-laws gave me a Zutter Bind-It-All V2.0 Plus Package for Christmas. This package comes with all the essential tools you need to get started on your Bind-it-all projects. It has a Bind-It-All Pink Machine, a Bag-A-Bind Tote bag, a space bar, 3 sets of covers, 3 sets of inside pages, 6 Antique Brass O-Wires and a Book & Journal Making Tool Set.
I love this gift!!!

As soon as I got home, I couldn't wait to play with my new toy. I once saw this project at a scrapbook store I went to and I couldn't wait to give it a try. While the project is semi-complete, I couldn't wait to show you. It's a mini photo album made out of brown paper sack bags I purchased at my local craft store. The bag measures 3 1/2" x 6 3/4". I cut the bottom so that it's opens on both sides. I used 3 bags for this project. Here's what the album looks like from the inside.
The decorated sheets are for pictures and the tabs are for journaling. There are a total of 10 sheets for pictures and 6 tabs for journaling. I haven't added any pictures because I still have to go through my pictures and decide what I want to use.

Well, I guess I should go do that now. If I put together some pictures before 10:30pm, I will still have time to order them from my local pharmacy to print by noon tomorrow.

Come back soon and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Napkin Card

Hey there,

Ever wonder what to do with left over party napkins? Well, do I have a project for you? This technique is called Paper Napkin Transfer.
I learned this technique last night while browsing the web. It's really easy and fun to do.

Here's the LINK if you want to learn. I can't wait to go back to my local party store and get a few different napkins to play with. The best part of this project is that the paper feels like material instead of paper.

My first attempt to this card was just ironing the napkin directly to my white card stock. Then, I thought about giving my card some layers so, I cut it down to put a Ruby Red border around it. I like this better than the original video.

Okay, well it's time to go and get ready for my son's Jazz Winter Concert at school. I can't wait to see him play!

Have fun playing!!!



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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mosaic Christmas

Hey there,

I hope where ever you are in the country, whether it's sunny and warm or cold and snowy you are all doing well.

Over here in NJ it's been snowing since early this morning. The snow has been steady. It's very windy so the snow is blowing everywhere. I can't really tell how many inches we've gotten so far.

Since I knew I was going to be snowed in, I decided to try this new technique. It's called Stained Mosaic. I found it on Splitcoaststampers. There's a great tutorial by Beate Johns. There's even a video tutorial you can watch. This is really easy to do. I think the hardest part is cutting and adhering the rubber pieces to my acrylic block. Well, it's not hard but time consuming.

So, I wanted to create my last Christmas card with this technique. I like it but, I'm not in love with it. I think something is missing. Maybe my card is too small. Perhaps I should try a square card instead. You'll have to tell me what you think.

Well, it's 6:15pm and I'm getting a bit peckish as my friend would say. Thanks for looking and have a great evening.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tis the Season

Hey there,

I heard we might get a foot of snow this weekend so I thought I would finish my Christmas cards with this simple Lovely As a Tree card.

If anyone knows me well, they know I am not a fan of winter. However, I do love when we get our first snow fall. I could look out the window for hours watching the snow fall on the trees and cover the ground.

There is nothing to this card. I used whisper white, always artichoke and real red card stock. I stamped a light shade of trees first so they looked as if they were behind in a winter storm. Then I used a good amount of ink on my stamp for the darker trees. With my white uni ball pen, I colored some pines to appear as if snow had fallen on them. For my sentiment, I used a clear stamp I had purchased at my local craft store. The brads are from SU.

Well, I better get to the supermarket to get the necessities before the storm. Have a great weekend everybody!!


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hi there,

It's Wednesday mid-morning and I'm still working hard on my last Christmas cards and my top secret project. What's so top secret you ask? Well, I'm working on an altered project I'm giving to my sisters and since I know they read my blog, well I can't show it.

My card today was inspired by not having red card stock!! Yikes. No more red. So, I decided to try a poinsettia in Shimmer White and Gold. Then,
I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and embossed it with Gold powder.

I love the way this card came out. The picture does not do the card any justice. It's so delicate and pure. Just like the celebration we are about to have. The birth of our Savior.

As you finish your Christmas Shopping, bake your cookies and wrap all the gifts, let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas.

Have a blessed day!




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Monday, December 14, 2009

Color Challenge

It's Sherrod Studio Tuesday Throwdown Color Challenge!!!! (Try saying that 5 times).

This week's colors are Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa.
When I saw the colors of the challenge, I remembered I had some DS paper that would be perfect for this challenge. I was right! This DS paper is an old DS from Stampin' Up! and it's another favorite of mine.




As will all my recent cards, I wanted to keep this Easel Card simple. I looked through all of my Sherrod Studio stamps and I realized that there were a few stamps I haven't used. I thought this cute little flower would go perfect for the sentiment. These are from two separate stamp sets. The flower is from the Gracie set and the sentiment is from the Birthday Ella set. I thought of stamping 3 straight flowers in row but then I thought the single flower with some ribbon tied around it would be nice.

To make the Easel card, cut a piece of card stock into 6"x4". Then score at 2" and 4". Then, cut another piece of card stock (same color) into 4"x4". Next you will need coordinating paper measured and taped. The DS paper is taped to the bottom and the rest of the paper is taped to the 4"x4" card stock. The 6"x4" is folded upwards like a valley and then mountain. The 4"x4" card stock get adhered to the 'mountain'. Take a look at this video for better instructions. Mary has a great demonstration for the Easel Card.

Well, I'm off to work on my top secret project. Make sure to participate with the Color Challenge this week. Check out the cards the DT made for more inspiration then go onto Sherrod Studio's blog to upload your card. Thanks for looking and have a blessed day.

Christmas Wishes

Hey there readers! I hope you are all doing well and had a wonderful weekend.

I wanted to quickly show you a card I made over the weekend. I made this card using my electronic cutting machine. I have been on the look out for a nice poinsettia and when I saw this I couldn't resist. I jump right on it and started working. This card doesn't need much embellishment, so I kept it simple with a rhinestone in the center of the flower and ribbon. Here is a side view of the card.

This was a lot of fun to make. I used pop-up dots and bone folder to layer and curve the peddles.

I'm sending these out in special envelopes so they don't get crushed.

I am also working on a top secret project (can't show until after Christmas) so I better get to work. I have lots to do! Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!!


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Workshops at the YMCA

Brrrr it is cold out!! I decided to stay home today and finish my Christmas Cards.

So here I am, at my craft table duplicating cards we made yesterday at my first Just Stampin' Meetup Group Workshop! This is one of the cards we made. A simple card anyone can duplicate in about 5 minutes.

About a month ago, I decided share what I love by helping others to enjoy creativity in the company of great people.

I signed up to have a Meetup group (Meetup.com) once a month from 10am to 12pm at the YMCA in my town for stay at home moms, empty nesters and anyone who is looking for a creative outlet during these tough economic times. Most importantly, I decided to only charge $10 for each workshop. This fee will go towards the cost of the rental space and supplies. A lot of my friends including my DH asked why I charged so low. Well, it's simple. We are all in a hard economic struggle. I am not looking at this as a profitable workshop but a place to teach, share and bring women as myself together. To not have to think about the job we don't have, bills we can't pay and the stress of everyday life. I have always had a passion to help others and I feel that this will allow me to help other women to become creative without having to spend too much. Instead of spending money on a purchased greeting card or a gift we can't afford, I want others to create cards and paper crafts that will be cherished forever by our friends and family.

My prayer is that this group will be blessed. As always, thank you for visiting my blog. ~Joseline

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Down Home Blessings

It's Release Day at Sherrod Studio!!!!

Isn't this guy so cute?! I couldn't help not coloring him in. He's from the Down Home Blessings set. You can now purchase this set or the Out of This World set at Sherrod Studio.

As I started coloring this image, I wanted this lil' guy's overalls to look dirty. I colored the overalls with my copic markers then recolored it with C2. As with the grass, I wanted it to look like the grass was going torment. So, I colored the grass with Y21 then G20. There is no trick to this, just lots of practice and knowing what colors to use. The DS paper is an SU oldie but a favorite. Although I like the colors, I couldn't figure out a way to incorporate the grass. You'll have to tell me what you think.

As for the layout, I wanted to keep it simple and not take away from the image. After all, that's what my blog is all about. Stampin' with Simplicity.

Well, it's time to go to the DT's blog and take a look at their final release cards. Click on the links to the right of this post.

Thanks for looking and have a great Thursday.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Blessings

Day two of the Sneak Peak for Sherrod Studio's newest stamp release.

This card is the perfect card for today's post.

You see, yesterday while I was nursing a migraine, getting my cards in order for release and getting ready to pick up my children from the bus, my mother-in law was in a car accident. Everyone including the police and auto body guy said we should be counting our blessings. A 16 wheel tracker side swiped her avoiding a car who had cut him off. Luckily she held onto the wheel and with little damaged she walked away in one piece. I am so proud of her because not only did the truck hit her but he kept going. Somehow by the grace of God she following him into the next town until she was able to pull him over and call the police. No one knows how she drove the car that far. The car is not drivable. There is damage to the front wheel and it can not turn.

For this card, I used one of the new set to be release tomorrow. I colored the bucket with several markers to give it a weathered look. Nothing fancy to over look the DS paper. Isn't it beautiful? For the sentiment, I colored directly on the stamp. I used two different color makers so that the word Blessings could stand out. Finally, I added some ribbon to match the More Mustard cs and colored my clear drew drops in green to match the Kiwi Kiss cs.

Sherrod Studio is having a holiday blowout sale! All stamps are 25% off now through Dec. 15th. All orders placed by the 15th will arrive in time for Christmas. Your discount will be manually adjusted. Qualify for FREE shipping by placing a minimum order of $50.00 or more.





Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greetings Earthlings!

Hey there Earthlings!

I hope you are all doing well this Tuesday afternoon. As for me, I am recovering from the worst migraine you can ever imagine. I was out yesterday with my DH (Christmas Shopping) and suddenly what was a tiny headache turned into a nightmare. Every step I took, I felt my head pounding and the light was making it worst. After some well needed meds and sleep, I am feeling somewhat back to normal.

Here's I card I made for Tuesday's Sherrod Studio Sketch and Sneak Peak Challenge. The DT had to create a card using this new stamp set and the sketch provided.
For the next three days, we will be showing you the latest stamps from Sherrod Studio. These stamps are the cutest and most fun to color.

On to my card. For these set, I used American Crafts metropolitan DS paper. I stamped my image with Momento Black ink and colored it with my Copic markers. On the stars I added some glow in the dark paint.

An easy 123 card to put together. Make sure to come back tomorrow for another sneak peak and challenge. Thanks for looking.

Lastly, Sherrod Studio is having a holiday blowout sale! All stamps are 25% off now through Dec. 15th. All orders placed by the 15th will arrive in time for Christmas. Your discount will be manually adjusted. Qualify for FREE shipping by placing a minimum order of $50.00 or more.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

With Sympathy

It is without saying that life was not intended to be forever but to live life to the fullest while we are here on earth.

Sadly, my DH lost a friend and coworker yesterday. He has known him for 20 years. A friend, father, husband, brother and son. A life taken so short.

This is the card I made for the family. As I mentioned once before, I don't know what it is about sympathy cards that helps me not only create beautiful cards but, it allows me to pray for the family who will be receiving the cards.

I am so grateful for the creativity God has given me so I can create, share and inspire people. May God be with the family during this time.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Gift Box

Good Tuesday morning to you all!

I am back with another Sherrod Studio Design Team challenge today. For this weeks challenge, we had to make a gift box with cards.

I made this box out of the white heavy weight card stock that comes inside the SU Designer Series paper pack, SU Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper, Acetate paper and ribbon.

So, while I was thinking about what type of cards I was going to make, I thought of the many holiday parties I will be attending before Christmas.
You can never go empty handed and what a great gift to give your hostess! A handmade Christmas Card Box. You know these will come in handy and your hostess will appreciate that you made them personally. I made 5 cards complete with envelops and postage. I am so pleased with how this set turned out, I think I'm going to make a few more.

For my card and box, I used Stampin' Up!'s new Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper. This is a pack of 12 double sided DS paper that includes metallic and flocked designs. The red paper used on the box has flock. So, not only does it give the box dimension but, it gives it elegance and stability. The flock the paper is thick and works great for these type of projects. The DS paper on my cards have a metallic shine to them. Very pretty, modern and chic.

The images I used for my cards are from the Sherrod Studio Christmas Greeting stamp set. I love how the snowflakes turned out on the Real Red ink. This set is a must have in your Christmas stamp collection. Finally, for the rest of the card, I added Soft Suede polka dot ribbon and pearls I colored with my markers. I love how these two establishments compliment the Christmas tree and DS paper.

Now it's time to visit the rest of the DT to see their gift boxes. Click on the DT names to the right of this post. Thanks for taking a look and make sure to come back for more Handmade Christmas Gift ideas.