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Today's cards are my current favorite. I took the design from Colleen Hilchie (website on the side menu) and modified it from a mere owl...
This isn't a craft update, but more of a ramble and an "news update" post. I'm still accepting donations of crafting supp...
Okay, I know Hallowe'en is over, but how can you resist such epic cuteness?! I found a slightly better place to take photos. Alan just ...
I'm suppose to have a Copic Marker update today, but I had friends over yesterday and then my husband let me sleep late today (what a de...
Now that I've got my craft area mostly settled after the move (almost a year ago *facepalm*) I've been thinking about the next blog ...
Been a while since I posted on my Embossing Extravaganza, I apologize for that. Today I'm revisiting a technique a friend of mine taught...
Thanks to some inspiration from this post on the WoW Ladies livejournal community, I've created my first World of Warcraft themed card!...
This is the other half of the projects we did at my first "group" gathering. (It's a group that agrees to meet and make a mini...
My middle child, Kerowyn, is really into anything pink, sparkly or relating to princesses or fairies. For her birthday this year (last month...
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post! This is one of my favorite of the new stamp sets. I used the Mischief paper again, cau...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Here's a card I made based on a design demonstrated by Colleen Hilchie. I did the same card in blues and greens with the D is for Dog stamp set instead. All Stampin' Up stuff used here. C is for Cat stamp set, Certainly celery, Summer Sun, Barely Banana and Really Rust are the colours.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
This card I made when my mother first settled in at her new church, St. Andrew's. I used Sahara Sand and Bravo Burgundy from Stampin' Up and a stamp set that I purchased a long time ago (company name is lost to me now). Since the St. Andrew's Cross is a square based image this blank notecard can be used either portrait or landscape. I made matching envelopes with the corner stamp and the Bravo Burgundy.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I made this card for my Father-in-law's birthday.
I used Stampin Up paper and inks with the Stampin' Up stamp set called "Season of Friendship". The vellum sentiment came from Creative Memories.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I tried to use some more masculine colours as that's a weak spot for me. I used the stamp set "Season of Friendship" from Stampin' Up. The hearts I did in green because that's the colour of health notification which "ticks" when you're being healed by a HoT. That and pink really would have clashed!
On the inside of the card I considered stamping, "Won't you Tank for me?" but decided to leave it blank instead.
Thank you again to the members of WoW Ladies who have contributed ideas in this post.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This card is done in Lovely Lilac and Perfect Plum with some sparkle brads. I used dimentional adhesive to "pop" the square off the card. In World of Warcraft one of the best types of "loot" you can get is called "Epic Loot" and the text of the item is written in a glaring purple colour. The inside of the card is blank so it can be used for just about anything!
(Image shows both gold and white emboss)
In the game itself the yellow exclamation mark indicates there is a quest for you to pick up. When you pick up the quest there is a white question mark. When you've completed the quest that question mark turns yellow, letting you know that this is where you turn in the quest.
I used Barely Banana paper (mostly because I have WAY too much of it) and Summer Sun ink to give the gradient look. I tried the sentiment in both white and gold emboss, I think I prefer the white but need to get both an embossing buddy and finer (detail) embossing powder. (Embossing buddy helps keep stray embossing powder from getting stuck in the wrong spots due to static cling.)
Here's the inside of the card with the gold emboss. Overall I'm satisified with it, I'd definately make more of these for WoW friends. The generic Congratulations works with just about any occassion, especially when the WoW folk start getting "punny".
Thanks for the inspiration Ladies (and Gents) of WoW Ladies!
This beautiful card is typical of Leisa Hubley (her site is linked on the side of the page) and uses my favourite Christmas stamp set, same one that I used on the acetate card. Lovely card Leisa, thank you!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I'm rather happy with it, I think I might make a few more! The technique was super easy too since I had the Creative Memories oval cutting shapes.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I used the Stampin' Up stamp set called "Sassie Susie" along with barely banana, bashful blue and certainly celery stampin' up colors. The image was done with black heat emboss and then watercolor pencils. The sentiments read: "We're such good friends because, surprisingly, you're not intimidated by my beauty!" and "Your friendship is the most uplifting thing in my life without underwire!"
This is a very old card that I made using a scrap of paper. To stamp the words in different colours I used Stampin' Up markers to draw right on the stamp, then stamped. The corners are punched with a Creative Memories floral punch, it's designed to fit over corners too.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Today is Mother's Day. My husband and children (who are almost 2 and just over 3) made me breakfast in bed, which the children ate for the most part. It was very adorable to hear all about how the kids helped daddy make the breakfast. It, along with the hormones of pregnancy, made me all mushy and gushy and reminded me of this card.
This was demonstrated by Colleen Hilchie at the Stampin' Up "Stampers 10" party that I hosted a few months ago. I modified her owl to have it's wings spread and add the "^this" to the card. The owl itself is made from various Stampin' Up Punches (of which I need to buy a few more so I can recreate this adorable card!). Trio flower, circle scallop, round tag, hearts and two sizes of circles.
I also love this card, another demonstrated card by Colleen Hilchie. I had to get creative with the photo due to the black on black emobossing in the bottom right corner. The eyes are adhered with dimentionals to "pop" them out a bit. Regal Rose, pretty in pink, whisper white and basic black are the colours. Lots of embossing touch ups.
Friday, May 7, 2010
This frog card is from a stamp set called "Fun Times" by Close to my Heart. I used Stampin' Up paper, Barely Banana and Certainly Celery with a corrosponding patterned paper. I'm very happy with the effect! The inside is stamped with "Happy Birthday" and has another pair of flies.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I then used the tag punch and a cricut to create the dividers for various categories. These recipe cards and dividers are designed to fit in a photo album that holds 4x6 pictures (that are slide into the pockets from the side instead of top). This way you can leave your recipe book in the cupboard and only risk one recipe card at a time among all the various sauces and other stain-dangerous goodies you're working with.
Since this project was a gift for a friend to give her mother for Mother's day I also created a box using the "Heartfelt Thanks" stamp set. The box is big enough for the blank recipe cards.
As an added bonus, the recipe "cards" can also be used as an actual greeting card... sharing your favourite recipes with friends and family.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
On this card I used the Stampin' Up stamp sets "Wonderful Words" and "Thoughts & Prayers". The paper (and stickers) is a collection from Close to My Heart called, I believe, Precious. To create the flower on the front I used the Stampin' Up scallop punch, cut at every other point for petals and curved the edges with a bone folder. I distressed the paper, added a plain white fabric flower and topped with a pearl accent.
This card was very time consuming! The effect is rather neat but I dislike how little space there is to write a personal sentiment. The stamped sentiment reads, "Thinking of You... please know that I care."
Here's the card I did for Mother's Day. The design is originally Colleen Hilchie's (my Stampin' Up Demonstrator, link to her site is on the side of the page!) though she used a cala lily flower and the background stamp was wood grain. Her selection was much more elegant, but I worked with what I had!
Paper is Stampin' Up, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom and Very Vanilla. Stamp sets are Pretty Petals, Heartfelt Thanks and All Holidays. The sentiment was embossed with sparkle emboss powder.
Thank you Colleen for a great card!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Koen's second card, he really likes blue... so much that he used three different shades of it!
The inside of one of his cards, the hand print was his idea... belatedly mommy realized we should have used a lighter colour.
The cover for the above card, Koen had a lot of fun "colouring in" the blue bells with a pink marker.
After selecting my vellum sentiment I used brads to attach it to the photo (vellum adhesive often shows up anyway) and then cut the extra off before mounting on the blue cardstock. It's a simple card with a stunning effect.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
In 2007, while I was pregnant with my first, I was introduced to a scrapbooking company through an online community I was a part of. Eventually I became a consultant for that company. After some time I wasn't as excited about the product and returned to just being a scrapbooker and crafter.
When Koen (my oldest) was about 6 months old I was introduced to card making by my friend Colleen. I continued to scrapbook (improving all the time!) and to make cards and eventually my friend Leisa signed up for Close to My Heart.
It was September of 2010 that I signed up under Leisa as an independant consultant with Close to My Heart.
Why did you name your blog "Stamp Off, Eh!"?
There's two reasons actually and they sort of overlap. There's a technique in the stamping world called "Stamping Off", all you do is stamp your image once on a piece of scrap and then stamp again without reinking. You get a slightly paler version of the image. This technique can be used for a drop shadow on text as well, very effective.
The other reason is... well... I'm a fan of Bob and Doug. Parents out there may remember them for their roles as the Moose (Rutt and Toque) in Brother Bear. If you're not Canadian the Hoosiers are hard to explain... it's best seen. But the brothers are known for several phrases (and noises) but one of the more common is "take off, eh". Every time I heard someone say we should do a stamp off, all I could hear was "take off, eh!"