Sunday, June 26, 2011

June Class Projects - Part 3 of 5

It's time to share another class project!  I wanted to include a masculine card this month because I had some new people to my class who didn't get a chance to make the Sail Away card back in May. And for those that didn't need another Fathers Day Card, I had Teeny Tiny Wishes at the ready for them to swap in a different sentiment.

Before I talk about this card specifically, allow me to provide you with a bit of background.  About 3 months ago, I took the plunge and unmounted my wheels.  Don't get me wrong, wheels are simple enough to use, but after I unmounted one, I just couldn't stop myself ;-)  I find I can be much more spontaneous with them this way (no need to prepare a special ink pad or anything) and since I don't really do anything in a 12 x 12 size, having them unmounted works for me.

So, this card is stamped with a flattened version of the Music Notes wheel.  The background and focal panel of the card is Crumb Cake  stamped in Versamark, the accent color is Always Artichoke and the patterned paper is First Edition DSP.  After-the-fact, I thought it would have been neat to distress the edges of the focal panel using the distressing tool from my Cutter Kit, but that's a technique that will have to wait until another class =)

If you'd like some more information on how to unmount your wheels, please leave me a little note in the comments - if there's enough interest, I may do a tutorial on this, but before I can, I need to order myself another wheel ^.^

Thanks for taking a peek!

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Stamps: Music Notes Stamping Wheel, Tiny Tags, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, First Edition DSP
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch, Bakers Twine, Decorative label Punch

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June Class Projects - Part 2 of 5

Summer is usually a big season for weddings around here, so as I was planning my June classes, I thought it would be appropriate to give my girls an opportunity to make a wedding-ish card:

The ultimate and timeless color combination for weddings, in my opinion, is cream and black so that's how I rolled with this piece.  I love the combination of the Elizabeth A La Carte stamp and the Elegant Lines embossing folder - I think they work together really well and the embossing adds just a hint of texture that pulls the whole card together beautifully. Remember, stamp first, and THEN emboss =)

The sentiment panel was simple enough, just 2 of my favorite punches, a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and some bling (In true Michey fashion, i gave folks a chance to swap out the sentiment for something else, and a few of them did - this card would make a fabulous Anniversary or an elegant birthday or graduation card as well!).

After all was said and done, I really think this card is my favorite from my entire June lineup.  I can totally see myself mass-producing this in diferent colors to suit different occasions - what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamps: Elizabeth, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kicking It Up a Notch - An Old Favorite Revisited

You'll fondly recall this card I created back in May. I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out for the purposes of the classroom setting -- It was just a little bit techniquey with the watercoloring, and when all was said and done, it's probably one of my favorite class projects to date.

I really wanted to kick this up a notch to let my dad know that i'd go that extra mile for him, and so for fathers day this year, I dove deep into my stash of accessories and retired stamps looking for a few "upgrades".

I found what I was looking for in the form of my beloved Antique Crackle background stamp and my color spritzer.  The card base is Sahara Sand that's been Antique Crackled (I <3 <3 <3 this stamp, especially for masculine, grungy, and shabby cards), color spritzed, and sponged in Sahara Sand ink - LOVE the layered tone on tone effect this creates!

The Sail Away stamp is water-colored using Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Bashful Blue, but its been color spritzed as well, again with Sahara Sand.  I chomped the corners and added my sentiment and Viola!  I did wrestle with trying to put some ribbon or twine on here, but I really don't think this card needs it.  I didn't want to cover up any of that gorgeous background anymore than I had to.

So, thanks for allowing me to revisit this old favorite!  I love repurposing and tweaking something I was totally happy with the first time around.  Maybe it's the perfectionist in me, but I feel there's always room for improvement, even if it's just a little touch. ;-)


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Stamps: Sail Away, Hodgepodge Happiness, Antique Crackle (retired)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Staz-on Black, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Blender Pen, Color Spritzer, paper Crimper

June Class Project - 1 of 5

*Tap tap* Is this thing still on? Yowza, the end-of-may/early June months have been CRRRRAZY busy for me, and unfortunately my spare time flew the coop >.< The good news is, I made sure to set aside some June class time, so here's the first post in a series of 5 showcasing those projects!

Summer always seems to kick off 2 things for me - weddings and expecting parents.  So, this months class syllabus featured a baby card, wedding card, and a masculine father's day'ish card, among others.

First up:

This card features the inlaid embossing technique to give it the feel of a Baby Quilt. Each student had a series of 9 pre-punched squares of Subtles DSP that they could arrange as they wanted to create a card fitting for either a baby boy, baby girl, or "unknown".

Once their quilt panel was taped down, it was run through the big shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder to texturize it and give it that "quilted" feel.  The baby carriage, from Fun and Fast Notes (which is retiring after this month), was blinged up with some Glitter.  And just in case someone had no use for a baby card, students were given the opportunity to swap in a different sentiment from the Swirls and Curls Verses hostess set and a different image from Fun and Fast Notes.  Rounding out this project is a cute little stamped tag from Tiny Tags and some Organza Ribbon.

Baby cards are particularly challenging for me, mostly because I just don't have a lot of baby-themed supplies.  Given that limitation, I think this card turned out great!  Whaddya think?

Thanks for taking a peek!

DETAILS - Products are available for purchase from me  at Stampin' Up

Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes, Swirls and Curls Verses, Tiny Tags
Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Organza Ribbon, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Jewelry Tag Punch
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