Saturday, March 31, 2007

Squirrel Card

The squirrel is one small portion of a larger stamp, stamped on white cardstock and watercolored. There is an acorn, also watercolored, on the inside left of the card (behind the squirrel.) The inside right has the other half of the greeting, "...there's always room for more." This will eventually be sent to welcome a new Silver Stamper to the group...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dry Embossing Card

Using a brass template, the Mothers Class made flower cards with a word "stem" and dry embossed flowers and leaves. We finished the cards with a brad flower embellishment in the lower right corner, added some dry embossing on the flap of the envelope, and will use them for Mothers Day cards!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Mothers Class Cards

These are some of the cards made by the Mothers Class on Monday of last week using the technique I described in the previous post. None of the moms had stamped before, but their cards came out great! This week we did cards using dry embossing, and I'm amazed at how quickly they caught on and made such beautiful cards again. Additional photos to be posted...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Cloisonne Butterfly

This is a card I made after watching Michael Strong on the Carol Duvall Show. I ordered his butterfly stamp and used it for several cards. However, I prefer this one which is a little smaller and more delicate. Here's how it's done:

First, gold emboss on black cardstock. This step is necessary in order to have the body and antennae in black and gold.

Next, select a suitable photo from a magazine. This one was done on the page of an old cookbook. The picture underneath was a piece of roast chicken--imagine that!

Then, cut out the wings and glue them over the image on the black cardstock. Mat on gold cardstock, then a larger piece of coordinating cardstock, then over a piece of patterned background paper, then onto the card.

Stunning cards in 10 minutes or less!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Stamping Room Reorganized

In order to accommodate my computer and desk, I just recently finished rearranging my stamping room and I love it! So do my cats, who keep me company from time to time. There's still room for 2 guest stampers, usually Joan and Mary. We are card makers exclusively--no scrapbooking! My digital photos are stored in my computer, with only a few favorites printed out, so there is no need to spend time (and use physical space) keeping page after page of photos and memorabilia. To my way of thinking, that's what walls are for!

Tomorrow, I'll be showing a Mothers Class that I teach how to make some greeting cards with a cloisonne look. It should be fun to see what variations they come up with!