Monday, August 25, 2008

Christmas Workshop

I am working on a Christmas card workshop. I will be doing one as a fundraiser for the youth group at our church (assuming it gets approved by the council) and have offered to do one for the PTO at my kids' grade school. If the PTO chooses not to do it, I will do a workshop for the general public that is not a fundraiser.

Here are a couple of the samples I have been working on with my neighbor. The glitter and embossing do not show all that well but you get the idea.

I know that the muted colors seem to be "in" this year, but I find it hard not to have bright and cheerful at Christmas. This card is actually a mock up since I haven't received Season of Joy which the set I planned to do this card with. I will put the real deal on a later post for comparison.
Hard to believe I am thinking about the holidays already!
Till next time,

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Most Versatile Set

I sat down today with one of the few sets I have that hasn't retired and made a few simple cards. I remember now why I like Heartfelt Thanks so much--it is so versatile! When it first came out I saw it only with pale colors and wasn't impressed but I bought it anyway. And I have been glad ever since. So I hope these inspire those of you who have it to get out your set and use it again. Enjoy!

The black flower outline is part of the 2-step stampin' flower in the kit. The black background has the same flower with versa-mark (trust me--it's there).

I created the background by using the base flower from the 2-step stampin'. I stamped it 3 times after inking to get the watercolor effect. Colors on this are cameo coral, pretty in pink, and apricot appeal.

This palette is gable green, certainly celery, bashful blue and ballet blue.

I just love the black/white gingham ribbon so I find myself using red/white/black to accomodate it! On this card I used real red. The background is done by inking in black and stamping it off on scrap paper till the stamp is nearly clean, then using versa-mark so you get a VERY light black.

This is on a Scallop Notes card so it is quite small. When I get better at taking pictures the colors will be more true, but it gets the point across.

Okay, this is NOT HFT, but I got side-tracked when I went to get a piece of cardstock and ended up making this one too. I wouldn't post it but the set is current so what the heck. I did some gold embossing on some of the stars, and clear embossing on the MVP to give the this more dimension.

So that's it! I have learned to add photos and this only took me 8 hours!!! Well, you have to take the times I stopped to fix a bike, pick tomatoes and okra, hold a funeral for the chicken that I wrestled away from the dog, counsel my youngest 2 and 3 neighbor kids about death and heaven, cook dinner, pack the husband's dinner for work, start the get the idea. In fact, it's amazing I finished in one day.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend as well. School started last week so I have high hopes of making some more things this week along with visiting lots of other blogs.

Till next time, Tasha

New SU Catalog

The new Stampin' Up catalog is out--sort of! A select few have received them and--oh my--it is fun to see all the new stuff. Since I have not yet signed up as a demonstrator I borrowed my (soon-to-be-upline) neighbor's copy. I will add pictures of my favorites as soon I figure that out!

Till next time!

Here I Go!

This is day one of my stamping, crafting, card-making blog! My goal is to have it functional within a month. Although designing comes naturally, technology does not so this whole experience may prove bittersweet. So hold on for the ride and we'll see what happens.