Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ATC Swaps

ATC Swaps are another type of swap I do with The Inklings (The demonstrator group I'm apart of). ATC stands for "Artist Trading Card" and they are cards made 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches in size, which is the size of a football card or a baseball card. Each month we are given a technique to do on our trading card and make 9 of them, 1 which we keep and the other 8 we swap with other demonstrators in the team so we then end up with 9 little trading cards which show the versatility of one technique with a range of different stamp sets.

This month we were given a technique called "Faux Metal." This technique is done by embossing on card stock layers of embossing powder on top of each other until you have the desired thickness and then you in print you stamp into the hot powder to make a metal looking embellishment to use on your project. You can get more details steps on split coast. I will upload the link when I'm not so sleepy.

The technique is quiet easy once you get used to it and gives a lovely effect. It is however very messy and you can tend to get embossing powder everywhere if your not super careful which i found out the hardway and now have embossing powder embossed to my tablecloth! Whoops.

Here are some photo's of my ATC's for this month with some close up's of the "Faux Metal" so you can get an idea of what it looks like close up. I will post photo's of the swaps I get back to show you some of the talent I have within my demonstrator group and so you can see the versatility of the technique.

Happy Stampin' and Have a great night!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary

A girl I work with always tells me I'm in the wrong profession and that I should persue craft full time. The truth is I don't have anywhere near enough buisness or feel that I can rip people off enough to be able to profit from it as a full time career.

Anyway, the other day she was showing me something she had made for her husband for there one year anniversary but decided that she really couldn't do anything worthwhile because she hasn't got an artistic bone in her body and asked me to make something colourful, simple and loving for her husband for there anniversary and based on the colours she gave me to work on this is what I came up with.

I think it looks very sweet and nice. It only took me 10 minutes to make and I hadn't pre-cut anything so it would be a very easy project to make at home and modify to your own liking. I have sent a copy of it via text msg to her but will get a proper verdict on Wednesday when I see her so I will let you all know what she thinks then. I would love to hear your thoughts on it also.

I used the following to make it:

Stamp Sets: Simply Said, Short and Sweet
Ink Pads: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: Pink Gingham Ribbon

Happy Anniversary Julie and Jimmy. I wish you both the happiness for now and the future.

Happy Stampin'


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

And going live in 5,4,3,2,1!

Hi everybody and welcome to my blog!

I have been wanting to make a blog dedicated entirely to my love and passion for card making, scrapbooking, craft and Stampin' Up! for a long time now and have never felt I have had the time with my busy lifestyle and I decided on my sick day off work, Today is a good day if any!

As mentioned I am an Independant Stampin' Up Demonstrator and have been since September 2007. I am a member of a online forum with other demonstrators called "The Inklings" led by a very talented women Jayne where I often participate in online challenges and swaps and will aim to post some of the things we do on this blog.

I am have set myself a goal to try and post something new on my blog every Sunday/Monday (if not more often) and noted it in my diary so I don't forget. So please watch this space on those days for regular updates

Please post me comments on my artworks and let me know of any areas I can improve, afterall this is not just my blog, It is for all of you to enjoy also.

Above I have posted a picture of the swaps I am doing with other members of The Inklings and it is also the 'make and take' for this months In home demonstrations, So if you like this card and would like to know how to make it, contact me today to have an in-home demonstration.

To make these cards I used the following:
Stamp Sets: Priceless (My new favourite set), Short & Sweet
Paper : Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Blush Blossom
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Regal Rose
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder, Soft Subtles Brads, Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponges
Technique: Embossing Resist
Thanks for reading and happy stamping,