Some More Stampin’ Projects

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 31, 2007 in Crafts, Other items, Scrapbooks

At my Stampin’ Up! retirement party last night, I had two make-and-take projects for my guests.

One was this scallop box:

Instructions can be found on SplitCoastStampers resources page (a link to SCS is on the right of this page). I used Roses in Winter – another great set that is retiring – what am I going to stamp with in July!?!?!

I also showed how to include a little three dimensional rose on the side of the box. You just stamp the three different size rose images (once each) onto white cardstock and cut out the images. Then you spritz them with water, roll the edges and adhere them to each other. You can also add in a few more layers if you want a fuller rose.

The other project was a little scrapbook/photo album made from Stampin’ Up!’s clear envelopes:

I used Sparkling Summer (need I say it again? RETIRING!) and A is for Adorable to stamp the cover and added a strip of Au Chocolate and some ribbons as a binding.

The inside is a stack of clear envelopes adhered to each other by the tabs and attached to the two covers with the ribbon bindings:

I just threw in some photos of my family at the beach, but I could change them out since the edge of the envelope is accessible.

This inspired me to create another little scrapbook for our church secretary who is retiring this week. My pastor gave me some notecards (just 3X5 index cards) on which parishioners had written down messages for the retiring secretary. She asked me to put them together into a book and I thought I would use the same basic idea.

I took 2 pieces of chipboard and adhered some patterned paper to the fronts and backs. I cut the chipboard pieces just slightly larger than the width of two sets of envelopes. I added a chipboard monogram colored with Chocolate Chip ink to the cover and used ribbons to keep it together. Here’s the cover:

The paper is from Scrapbook Walls, I think.

Then I took the notecards and matted them onto standard card-sized pieces of Cameo Coral and Old Olive cardstock. I added just a strip of patterned paper to each one to make it a bit more detailed, but still keep it simple.

I also stamped the notecards with Mixed Bouquet in Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip to make them pretty.

For those notecards with writing on the back as well, I folded the notecards about 1/4 inch from the left side and then adhered them as a ‘hinge’ inside the page so that the back is accessible.

I think this turned out really well – I hope she likes it!


Nutty Dog

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 31, 2007 in Our Goldendoodle Puppies

Here’s how Daisy took a nap this afternoon – her face is wet because she was sleeping with her head in her water bowl before she just rolled over and positioned herself like this:  

I can’t blame her – it was HOT today! 


Mulberry Batik Samples

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 31, 2007 in Cards, Crafts, Scrapbooks

I had a Stampin’ Up! retirement party last night where I actually, gulp….sold some of my older retired stamp sets!  I had such a hard time letting them go – but at least I know that they’ll be going to good homes. :)

One of the techniques I demonstrated at the party was a mulberry batik technique shown in last month’s Stampin’ Success.  In fact, I CASEd a card right from the magazine – I was having a stressed-out-with-too-much-to-do-to-be-original moment (but it quickly passed).  Here’s the card I copied (isn’t that why they send us that magazine, anyway?):

The technique starts with white mulberry paper.  The image is stamped using Versamark then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder.  After spritzing the mulberry paper with water, ink was  applied with a sponge.    The embossed images resist the ink and end up end up sheer and translucent. 

According to SU!, you should then take an iron and heat the embossed image between copy paper until the embossing powder melts and sticks to the paper.  But from what I’ve heard on SCS, this part of the technique doesn’t work so well, so I skipped it and still got the effect I was looking for.

The above card uses Taken with Teal and Old Olive – sounds like an unappetizing color combo until you see them together.  And there is white cardstock behind the mulberry to make the embossed images really pop.

So after I got out of my panic, I tried an original card on my own using Balmy Breezes  (I can’t believe that set is retiring!!!!):

This time I used the direct-to-paper technique to apply Old Olive ink over the mulberry paper,  I also wet and tore the edges and put caramel cardstock behind the palm tree image instead of white.

And I did an original little 6X6 scrapbook page too:

I used Petal Prints (another of my favorite sets that is retiring!) and A is For Adorable.  And this time, I used re-inkers with an aquapainter to color in the flower image.  I have a white circle of cardstock behind the mulberry paper so that you can see the flower outline on the finished page.


Daisy Is Four Months Old

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 29, 2007 in Our Goldendoodle Puppies

Here’s a new photo of our goldendoodle pup with Pooh:


Second Grade Homework

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 29, 2007 in Crafts, Family Stuff

We had a WONDERFUL Memorial Day weekend – the weather was gorgeous and on Saturday, we got to use our membership to Lake Kandle for the first time. The kids had a ball!

Sunday afternoon, our neighbors had a fun barbeque for all of our friends and kids. The kids were SO dirty by the time we left – a true sign of a good time.

Yesterday morning, I finally got to catch up on cleaning the second floor of my house – the kids’ rooms were total disaster areas.  They actually helped me clean and although their rooms are far from perfect, the job we did fit my cleaning philosophy that at least they are ‘better than they were’.

Then yesterday afternoon, I got to do some crafting with my son Matthew. He has a second grade dinosaur project due later this week for and we finally had a chance to sit down and work on it.

Here it is:

His report was on the Ankylosaurus, so we made a little 12X12 page with some facts about the dinosaur and a picture that we colored in. He stamped the pawprints on the background and glued the items in place (that’s why they are not straight – it drove me crazy, but it’s HIS project after all).

We also made a little model out of polymer clay – Matt sat and applied each and every one of those little green spikes! We baked it to a hard finish, too (I took care of the stove part so there were no burning incidents).

And we also printed out an image of the dinosaur from the computer and Matt colored it in with permanent markers. Then we cut it out and used ModPodge to adhere it to a pre-cut, plain puzzle. We cut out the title with my Cricut (have to justify purchasing that machine! The title on the poster is the negative image of the title from the puzzle) and also used ModPodge to apply the title across the top of the puzzle.

After the puzzle dried, I used a craft knife to cut all the pieces apart – that took WAY too long (and most of my evening!). I should have printed the image on cardstock instead of regular copier paper – when I cut the pieces, I had some trouble with the paper crinkling up around the puzzle piece edges. I would do the project over, but I don’t think Matt could stand to color in another dinosaur with all those little tiny spikes!

The project may not be good enough for a paper crafting magazine, but I think it’ll do for second grade. :)


Last Card for Challenge…

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 27, 2007 in Cards

For the last card for the A Muse weekly challenge, I used my spiral punch to punch holes along the side of a piece of Bashful Blue cardstock.

I then threaded a piece of orange grosgrain ribbon through the holes and tied on with linen thread little jewelry tags stamped with the sentiment.
I also used a circle punch for the A Muse flowers, a blue A Muse gem in the centers of the flowers and a corner rounder for the corners.


A Second Entry…

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 27, 2007 in Cards

For this second Get Punchy! challenge entry, I again punched out the large centers of the A Muse flowers and placed Old Olive cardstock circles behind them.

Then I took a 3/4 inch circle punch and punched some of the striped paper from the Basic Grey Gypsy collection and adhered those behind glass gems. These became the flower centers. I also added a little sentiment on a tab punch on the side.


A Muse Weekly Challenge # 4 – Get Punchy!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 27, 2007 in Cards

Tonight, I designed three  cards for the A Muse weekly challenge.  All cards had to include at least one punch and feature A Muse stamped images.

Tonight, I was especially inspired by the Gypsy paper line from Basic Grey.

My first entry uses a 1 3/8 circle punch to punch out the centers of the A Muse flower images.  Then a piece of Old Olive cardstock was placed behind the punched out center.  The Old Olive cardstock pieces have small 1/8 inch circles punched out of them and a piece of Bashful Blue was placed behind it to show through.  I also used the A Muse tiny bee image and applied Dazzling Diamonds to the wings.


Some A Muse Cards

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 26, 2007 in Cards

Here are a few cards I designed using the A Muse stamps that I won in my prize package:

Aren’t they fun? I used the burned batik technique for these cards and really like the color combination of Stampin’ Up!’s Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke.


Help Me Become the First A Muse Ambassador

Posted by Kathy Torrence on May 26, 2007 in Crafts, Other items

Okay – so I’m entering yet another contest! For this one, I’ll need your help. :)

A Muse just launched the A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA 2007 website. Check it out to get the scoop and register to win prizes – make sure you mention that I (Kathy Torrence) referred you so that I can earn points for your registration.

Now before you say, “I’ll never win anything!”, let me add that *I*, myself, was a prize winner last year! Here’s me with my prize:

Their stamp images are very fresh, graphic and fun.

Also be sure to check out the blog where there will be games, challenges, prizes, and more as they count down the weeks to A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA 2007.

I will also be entering some of A Muse’s weekly challenges and posting my creations here, so keep an eye out for them.

Thanks for your help!

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