Thursday, September 27, 2007

World Cardmaking Day Challenge - Fun With Your Stamp Positioner

Hi! Welcome to the 3pm-6pm World Cardmaking Day Challenge with justjohanna rubber stamps. I'm so glad you stopped by. Your challenge will be to do something different with your stamp positioner. More details at the end of the post. This sample project will be a very simple card using the following supplies:
You don't have to use these exact supplies, but wouldn't you just love to have them? I mean how cute is that Desmond Squeaker bird stamp? There are two of them for this project, the right-facing one and the left-facing one. Also a sentiment stamp. I see here that I've pictured the "Let's Do Lunch" sentiment, but ending up using the "Thinking of You" sentiment. Oh well, you see it really doesn't matter. I chose two 6x6 sheets of coordinating cardstock and the Red Satin Versafine ink. Also, I used my big purple scallop punch as well. Did you notice there is a chocolate bar in the supplies? That is ESSENTIAL to making this project. lol
Ok, so on to the instructions.
Using the stamp positioner, stamp Desmond Squeaker Bird Right on the clear plastic sheet of the stamp positioner. Gee my clear sheet is a little dirty. Shame on me.
Position the clear sheet and the stamp positioner over the bottom left corner of the cardstock and stamp Desmond there. Open the chocolate bar wrapper and take the candy out.
Position the stamp positioner so that Desmond's feet are positioned on the back of the previously stamped Desmond bird. Remove the plastic and stamp Desmond again.
Continue stacking your Squeaker birds on top of each other until you have a whole stack of them. Take a little bite of chocolate. You need it for concentration for this next part.
Turn your paper around 180 degrees (that means turn it upside down) and position the stamp positioner so that Desmond fits between the other Desmond's. I love Desmond.
Do as you did on the first stack of Squeaker birds and stack them up making sure you position them exactly the same way each time. Whew! That was hard work. Take another bite of chocolate!
Here we go again.... Turn your paper upside-down again and start putting Desmonds on top of each other, making another big stack. Just like this:
Are you having fun yet? I hope so. We are making a cool design with Squeaker birds. You don't have to use birds. Think of all the different stamps you have that you can try this with. Don't forget to eat another bite of chocolate.
I cut this piece of cardstock into a 1.75" wide by 5.25" tall strip and adhered it to a 4" x 5.25" background piece (stripes).
I punched out the green scallop with the pink punch and the dark red scallop circle with the purple punch. I stamped the sentiment on the green circle.
I used the stamp positioner again and stamped Desmond on top of the sentiment and then again on a scrap of the striped cardstock.
Cut out the bird from the striped cardstock. You don't need to cut out his feet or the curly-cues on his head. Put adhesive on the back of this cut-out bird and put it on top of the stamped image on the green scallop. Don't forget to eat some chocolate. You've been working so hard! Adhere the green scallop to the red scallop. Right here I cut a thin strip of the dark red cardstock and adhered it next to the green piece with all the Squeaker Birds on it. See it there? Ok, so now adhere the scallops to the front of the card. I adhered the card front to a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
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Here are few more cards I made using my stamp positioner. You can do all kinds of things with it. This one is the justjohanna peacock crown arranged in a circle.

Here is Calvin the snail (justjohanna) in a circle. Isn't it fun what designs come out of playing with just one stamp?

This next card is Debbie's flower. I designed it for justjohanna. I also designed Calvin up there, too. Can you see how I used the same stamp over and over? You have to play with your stamps a little bit before you get the spacing just right, but that's part of the fun!

This card is done using Michelle right for the center of the design and the Swirly Tail in between. I think it gives in an Asian feel.

This last card is done with the Grande Teacup arranged with for teacups in the center (which I've colored in yellows and oranges with Prismas) and then I positioned the green teacups around the outside of the center ones.

I hope I have inspired you to try something different with your stamp positioner. Your challenge is to use a stamp positioner and create something new with just one stamp. You can make a background or you can create a design for the front of your card.

Make sure you post a comment to this post with a link to your creation on your blog or your gallery. I will be choosing a winner for this challenge. I hope you win! Click HERE to see what World Cardmaking Day is all about in the world of justjohanna. Did you know there is a $250 shopping spree on the justjohanna site as the Grand Prize? Yowza! What're you waiting for? You can't win if you don't make a card. Have fun. Don't forget to share your creation!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Late night cards

After cleaning the south end of the craft room today, I had to sit down and make some cards. I got out my September kit from Self-Addressed and made these first three cards. I love this color combination of cardstock, don't you? Yummy! The first card, Feeling Flushed?, is a Get Well card. The sentiment and the little birdie (Adelaide) is from justjohanna. The toilet stamp is from Impression Obsession. The sentiment inside says "Hope you're feeling chirpy soon" and it's from justjohanna. I just love this bra stamp. I don't use it very often because, really now, how often can you use a bra stamp?! In this first bra card, the bra image was embossed with blue embossing powder. The cards from the Self-Addressed kit have a hole in the corner of the card, so I had to work around it. I just used the cut out circle from the front cardstock and adhered it to the inside of the card so it would show through the hole. I put a flower brad in the center of that circle before I adhered it. The second card is my favorite of the night. I used the same papers from the September Self-Addressed kit. The outside sentiment is from Hambo Stamps and the inside sentiment reads, "Happy Anniversary" ad is from justjohanna. This last card is a Thanksgiving card. The stamped image on the front is from Impression Obsession. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils. I added a little bit of copper stickles to the pumpkins. The sentiment inside says "Happy Thanksgiving". Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I really appreciate you reading my blog and returning to see what I've posted. Please make sure you stop back by this week for some exciting news. It has to do with World Cardmaking Day on the 6th of October, and you WON'T want to miss out on the fun. To make sure you don't miss a single post to this blog, subscribe to one of the buttons on the top right - either by email or by feed. The email function lets you know (by email) whenever I update my blog. The other button lets you add my blog to your favorites and will let you know when I've updated.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Weird Weather

So, we're getting this "storm" from British Columbia. I guess it's on its way out, 'cuz it's not very stormy here today. The skies look all nasty and we got a little bit of rain, but not even enough rain for the kitties to come inside. Plus, it's about 74 degrees outside. There's a nice warm breeze blowing, so I have all the windows open. The wind is blowing pretty quick up in the cloud altitude, because I can look out the window and watch them move right along. The clouds seem to be moving from east to west right now. The first two pictures are from the front of my house and the third picture is from our back door. It's so weird to see the bright blue sky behind those nasty clouds. And what would a post be without a picture of a cat? Here's Cheeto minding his own business for a change. I'm going to go do some crafting. I know, nothing new there. I'm going to set aside the rubber stamps for now and get into my fabric. I got this cool pumpkin pattern from Pam and some neat fat quarters from Quilters Paradise and so I think I'll make a wall hanging today. Oh, remember the felted table runner from a previous post? It's finished. I'll post pictures of that later. Oh wait! I got my renewal for Cards magazine and PaperTrends today. I'll renew Cards, but PaperTrends isn't doing it for me. BUT! Guess what other magazine they have now? They have Bead Trends!! I'm subscribing to that for sure. A six issue subscription (it comes bi-monthly) is $40, but if it's anything like Cards, I'm sure I will love it. Kim and Julie, I will keep you posted!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Luggage Tags

I offered to make some luggage tags for a friend of mine. I don't know what he's expecting, but this is a sampling what he's getting. lol He's putting them in an acrylic or laminated tag, so I had to keep the tags flat.
As you can see, stamped and colored with pencils on the white background tags. The other tags are done by spraying my Adirondack color wash spray inks and painting with my Radiant Rain daubers.They are pretty shimmery.
That's about it. Now on to making some cards. See you soon.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Quick Halloween cards

I felt like I needed to make a bunch of quick cards, so I got a sheet of my vintage Halloween images from Crafty Secrets and cut them up. Then I got my newest 6x6 Basic Grey pads, Mellow and Recess and made some cards. I'm not very good at embellishing. Anybody know a good class I can attend to learn embellishing?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Cardmaking Helper

I've been working on a lot of projects these days. That's the good thing. The bad thing is that I can't show them to you. Yet. Some of the cards I've made were for the justjohanna design team and I can't share them just yet. The other things I've been working on will be shown in a couple of weeks. Here's a clue: The project will be shown on a website, but I can't tell you which one. And it's not this website, either. Something really cool.

So here's my helper for the night. Cheeto thinks he is a tiny kitten, when in fact he's 8 years old and weighs nearly 20 pounds. So when he jumps up on the craft table to be near me or lay under the light or do whatever he thinks he's doing, he takes up way too much room. I had been working on some Halloween cards when he appeared. He just purred away, totally ignoring my pleas to get his fat butt off the desk, so I picked him up and tossed him on the floor. By the time I turned around again, he was back up there. He's there now. I'm going to bed, and I've left instructions and materials with him how to finish my cards. We'll see what we get in the morning. I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

In a Halloween mood

I was in the mood to make some Halloween cards today. I bought a bunch of these neat Inkadinkado stamps from the Cupboard awhile back and hadn't used them yet, so today was the day. I love them all. This first card isn't my favorite. It just seems all jumbled up, but I wanted to use the big green skull. I stamped a bunch of the Versamagic dewdrop ink pads onto the stamp to get the color like that. I got the background paper from the Scrapping Cottage a long while back and just now used it. I think it looks ok, but not fabulous. The next two cards are done using the Inkadinkado stamps, too. The paper is from Memory Box, "Studio" collection. Isn't it the coolest?? Cat sells it. Comes in a 6x6 pack for only $5. Oh yeah, you want some now, huh? I knew it. She has all the newest Memory Box 6x6 packs and of course I had to buy them all. This first card is just paper stripped and then I used the sewing machine to zig zag some stitching over the edges of the papers. Easy peasy. The little brad is from Memory Makers and it says "31". The word "October" is from the Hero Arts set. Easy card. This card is even easier than the last one. I cut the background paper to 4.25 x 5.5 and just stamped the sentiment in the bottom right. Then stamped the skull (inked with various Versamagic colors) above the sentiment. Making Memories brads for the eyes to make it spooky. Are you scared? Thought so. This paper is from the same Memory Box collection. Neato. This last card took awhile to do. The stamps are Lockhart. I love the witch feet stamp. I've noticed so many witch feet stamps out there this year. I colored this stamp with my Prismas. I like all of it except for the green border. Hard to tell from the scan, but I used my green metallic prisma pencil. It's not all that striking in real life, either. I used black glossy paper for the base. The purple stripe paper is Lasting Impressions. The orange cardstock behind the sentiment is something Cat has, and it is very sparkly. You really must get some before it sells out! It comes in more colors than orange, too. Go for it! That's it for cards I've made for today. I made a bunch or the jj DT assignments, but I can't post them yet. I guess you'll have to wait, but while you're waiting, go to Cat's and see the new store. It's fantastic and she has lots of new stamps in. Hurry up. Go already!

Monday, September 03, 2007

How Many Projects???

Confession time. I am a procrastinator. I love to start new projects, but have a hard time staying on task and finishing them. This is a sneak peek of a wool project I started ages and AGES ago. I love this project, too, but have I finished it yet? NO! Well, to be honest, I ran out of Perle cotton thread, so had to go to Fat Quarters to get some more. I got some, but haven't finished it yet. Actually, now I can't remember where I put the purchased Perle cotton thread. (sigh). I only have a small area of this project to finish and then I'll post the whole thing. I love the colors in this project. They didn't photograph well under the incandescent light, so when I finish the project, which is a table runner, I will photograph it outside. The background is black and there are no pinks in this project. Ok, so on to the question of the post. How many projects?? How many projects to you have going at one time? I truly believe I must have Crafter's ADD. I start a project, ANY project, and before I'm done, I start something else. I've just looked into the fabric closet (yes, I have a closet just for fabric - you're surprised by that?!) and saw at least two quilt tops that have to be sewn together, at least 3 new patterns and projects I just bought at he recent quilt show in San Diego. If you've followed my blog, you know that I've dabbled in making wool felt beads from roving. Yes, another project. I think I just like to start new things. I don't think that's anything new to anyone. Like when we buy a new rubber stamp - we want to make something with it right away, right? Ok then. But looking around this craft room, I've got cards to make and finish for the jj DT, cards to finish for my personal stash (pieces everywhere), and lists of projects I want to make for classes for the Cupboard. Not to mention all the craft supplies and personal paperwork I need to put away. It all feels so overwhelming. Is it a sagittarian trait that I do this? I need a personal assistant to get me on track and keep me on track. How ever am I going to get myself organized enough to run a stamp business? I have no idea. How many projects do you have going at one time? How do you keep organized?

Sunday, September 02, 2007

We are shakin' and bakin' today!

Living in southern California, we get lots of earthquakes. Daily. Where I live, we don't even feel most of them. A lot of them are in the desert east of us, near Ocotillo Wells or in the Salton Sea area and are around 2.5-3.7 magnitude. Baby earthquakes. But today, TODAY, I felt it and heard it - big time! John and I were sitting on the couch in the living room and felt it shake eveything. John said, "What the hell was that?" I just gave him the look. Sheesh. It was a 4.7 magnitude originating in the Lake Elsinore area. Here's a map. Here's where San Marcos is... See Oceanside on the coast? See the gray line from Oceanside going east? See where it kind of makes a curve up? That's about where San Marcos is. Those long red lines on the map are the major earthquake faults in our area. Neat, huh? Oh, it's now 1:08pm and it's about 95 degrees with 47% humidity.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Look Ma, it's a Koala!

Here is another image I got from Thanh. Isn't he just the cutest koala??

I'm not altogether satisfied with the colors of the koala. In this scan, it doesn't show the pink highlights in his ears chin, eyes or nose. That really adds to the variety of color and gives the picture a bit of depth. The koala's face should be darker in certain areas, but I struggled with the gray colors. I don't color many things with gray because I do find it difficult. First to choose either cool grays, warm grays or french grays. French gray has a lot of brown in it and warm gray has a lot of blue in it.

That's it for the koala. Simple mounting on Prism cardstock. I really do need to work on finishing my cards better. I'm just not very good with embellishments.

Next image: Wolf. Ugh, more grays!!


I was feeling cranky, and not only because of the extreme outdoor heat. It was because I hadn't colored anything in so long I couldn't remember. Last night, I turned on the re-runs of "John From Cincinnati" and got out my pencils and went for it.
This image is from Thanh. She sent me a bunch of animal images like this. Isn't it just so cool? It's a big stamp - about 4x5-ish. I didn't measure it, but the finished card size is A2. The background paper is some woven stuff. I don't know what it's called. I got it at Cat's a long, long time ago.
Not much else to say about this card, but that I used a lot of colors on it. Looking at it, I think now it's a bit too yellow in the photo. It's not that yellow in real life. I may tone it down a bit or I may not. The next one I color just won't be this yellow. It felt good to zone out and color. I miss that so much.