Monday, June 30, 2008

Die-Cut Stamps!

Wahoo! All the new stamp sets in Stampin' Up!'s new Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog will be die-cut. This is a huge time saver ... excited to see what the new designs will be.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jewelry Projects ...

Here are some more pictures from this month's stamp class featuring rub-ons, build-a-brad kits and, the secret ingredient, washers! Of course, the necklaces also look fabulous when using stone rounds from the bead store - but so much fun to go green by recycling hardware and other items you might have around the house.

These projects were made by Kiersten, Jenni and Kathy during class and show three different ideas for decorating a build-a-brad bracelet.

Kiersten used rub-ons on Whisper White cardstock to create her bracelet images ...

Jenni used family photos, scaled down on the computer and printed on glossy photo paper, to create her bracelet images ...

Kathy used double-sided designer paper to create her bracelet images ...

All bracelet images were punched out using a 1/2" Circle punch and the necklaces were sealed with a layer of clear embossing powder to prevent the rub-ons from coming off. To emboss, simply 'color' over the washer with a Versamarker pen, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the washer and heat.

I think there may have to be a Stampgarage Jewelry Class Part 2 in the future ...


Stamp Garage Jewelry

last nights class
Originally uploaded by kears10

Stamp class this month had a twist - instead of cards or other paper projects, it was all about rub-ons, brads and washers to make jewelry! Check out the project that Kiersten made!

For the necklace, Kiersten cut the rub-on image apart to create her own pattern. Smaller images were rubbed on to Whisper White cardstock and punched out with a 1/2" Circle Punch to use in the build-a-brad bracelet.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fresh Cuts ...

I finally found a few minutes to play with my Fresh Cuts stamp set and Fresh Cut Notes that arrived earlier this month. Here's my first card using the stamp set & coordinating note card ...

For this card, I stamped the image in Basic Black and then, using a post-it note, masked off the area and sponged on some Taken with Teal. Behind the cut-out is a piece of designer paper.

The flower is punched from black cardstock and then colored with a Versamarker and embossed with black embossing powder. I embossed a few layers to give it some extra shine. I also used the Versmarker and black embossing powder to create a border around the image.

Finally, finished off with a rhinestone brad from the Ice color collection.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Stamp Kit in Action!

I dig seeing how many variations can come from the same set of supplies. For example, I made some "Tote n' Notes" kits in May using the same basic supplies from the "Summer Days" Simply Scrappin' Kit. Tonight, my friend Kiersten sent me pics of the Tote & Notes she made from the kit. Check 'em out!

Kiersten used the same paper that I used for my tote - but the flip side (the joy of double-sided designer paper). My bag featured stripes and we each decorated the 3x3 notes using self-adhesive die-cuts from the kit and our own personal style.


Spring/Summer 2008 Retiring Stamp Sets

It's that time again. Stampin' Up! just announced the retiring stamp sets from the current catalog. I don't have too many disappearing this time ... excited to see what new images they'll be coming out with in the new Idea Book & Catalog.

Curious to see which stamps will go *poof* after August 10? Here are links to the list(s) ...

"It's Your Birthday" and "Much Appreciated" are a couple of my favorites!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Storage Ideas!

If you're like me, you're always looking for new, creative, organization solutions and clever ways to store all your arts & crafts goodies. Well here's another place to get ideas - a blog dedicated to creative storage ideas! Crafty Storage

p.s. Thanks to Patty for passing along this great blog find.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Jewelry in June ...

Decided to go for something different for June's stamp class: Jewelry! Here are some samples ...

These pieces use rub-ons, designer paper and build-a-brads ... a fun way to turn your stamp supplies into wearable accessories!

Class Kits ...

May's stamp class ended up being
'virtual' due to the class date falling during the week of our road re-paving (and road closure). So - class to the form of a kit! Finished putting together a few more kits for shipping to friend in Austin & elsewhere this weekend.