Friday, February 24, 2012

Rites of Passage

Springtime is often filled with celebrating rites of passage including baptisms, confirmations, first communions, etc. And since the season we call "winter" seems to have gone missing here in Wisconsin, it sort of feels like spring. So, here we go. . .

Not sure if you have any rites of passage happening in your world any time soon, but this nifty sheet of unmounted stamps is ready to help. It covers baptisms, confirmations, and first communions including invites, thanks and congrats.

The images work beautifully when stamped with India Black ink (crisp, waterproof, fast drying impressions) and outlined with a watercolor pencil. Just blend with a water brush, stand back, and admire. This sort of technique is super-handy and fast when making high volume invites or thank you notes! Save even more time by choosing a formula from the Cardmaking Idea Deck!

I love it when things are simple. And beautiful. And efficient. Then I'm sure to have a few "leftover minutes" to whip out a fabulous Pioneer Woman recipe!

Efficiently yours. . .

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday!

I had to do a wee bit of research, 'cuz I wasn't exactly sure of the details.

Gras = French for "Fat"
Mardi = French for "Tuesday"

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolizing justice), green (representing faith), and gold (power).

So, ladies and gents, I bring you. . . some fun Mardi Gras cards. Cuz I hear they celebrate with tons of music and silliness. I was inspired by the "All that Jazz" collection because of its festive music theme. What's remarkable about the images from this set is that they were all hand drawn and edited by our extremely talented Club Scrap designer, Jacqueline. She's amazing. Like, you have NO idea how amazing.

Cutaparts: All That Jazz

Cards are 5.5x8.5 folded in half, panels measure 4x5.25, and most cutouts were trimmed to 3.25x4.25 and matted with 3.5x4.5.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ink Band

I was browsing Pinterest while in my craft room today and came across a very sweetly simple card by Heather Telford. It had a band of three colors applied directly from the inkpad to the paper, and then stamped with black ink.

Here's my version:

Place a white panel onto the Club Scrap Desk Blotter and mask an area with Eclipse Tape from Judikins. The printed grid on the desk blotter really helps to keep everything perfectly level.
Apply Topaz, Leaf and Lagoon inks to the panel, directly from the pad.
Stamp an image onto the inked area. I used the new Club Stamp unmounted image from Full Circle, to be released on Monday. Remove the mask tape.
Stamp a greeting beneath the inked band with India Black ink. (This silly greeting is also from the Club Stamp Full Circle collection.)
I sorted through my paper stash for coordinating colors and added some crystal stickers, too. Fun stuff! I'm going to keep going! Get off of Pinterest and make something!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

House of Watercolors

A few weeks ago a friend requested a closer view of my watercolor pencil holder. It's a four-sided collage made of pine boxes with small compartments. We did this project at a Club Scrap mini retreat several years ago, but I think it's still one of my all-time favorites!

Lord knows my stash of supplies continues to grow, so there's never a shortage of small things that can be added to little boxes like this. My favorite trick is to add miniature thumbnail photos from the index sheet you receive from some photo developers.

I think it's appropriate that one of my favorite mediums is housed in such an inspired place!

I hope you are blessed with a creative week.