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Friday, April 27, 2012

Recent pics of my work station

Here's an updated pic of my work station in my studio.  I change things in the room somewhat regularly but this is working for me now.  Tight for stamping but really small for scrapping.  

And this is my section of DeNami stamps.  The whole fixture is DeNami except the bottom three rows, at least for now.  Not sure where I'm going to put the new cling stamps I'll be earning in Springfield, but I'll manage :)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

May 1st Michael's Card Tricks Class featuring Perfect Pearls

After finishing the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 class I was motivated to pull out my Perfect Pearls and do some cards. The new Recollections fluttery paper and butterfly stamp set seems like a 'perfect' fit. These are the samples of the cards we'll be making in the class. Registration is $25 and you make two each of five unique cards.

First up is a beautiful new paper that is embossed stripes on one side and script words appropriate for flying things (like flutter, twitter, etc.) on the other. On this card I used the embossed stripes, layered a solid coordinating paper which is punched in the corners with a Martha Stewart punch, stamped with Perfect Medium, and coated with Perfect Pearls. I cut one of the words from the opposite side and popped it with foam tape. Love it.

Next up used the same technique. This card has patterned and solid papers layered with the top layer die cut with a Spellbinders die. Again, the image is stamped with Perfect Medium and coated with Perfect Pearls. A small tag is popped to finish the image. Here is a close up of the image which shows the beautiful shimmer of the Perfect Pearls.


The third card uses another beautiful new paper. This 12x12 image comes with six beautiful prints and this entire patterned layer is one sixth of the page. Great value since they are 7 for a dollar this week. There is a simple punch of purple and green and the top layer is embossed in gold them painted with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. This is fun technique; one that never grows old.
In a similar fashion this card is embossed but with black embossing powder on black paint. The Perfect Pearls paints reflect so wonderfully off the dark paper. Stunning.

And last but not least is a technique covers a dark paper, in this case navy, with stripes of dry Perfect Pearls which you 'lift' off with the Perfect Medium. It's tricky not to let the powder mix with the ink here or you get more of the first technique than this one. The more I look at this card the more I think that the top portion needs a focal image so I'll be adding a small adjustment to the sample before class.

Sign up for this fun class at Michael's in Latham. You only need scissors and adhesive. If you have Perfect Pearls and can bring your brush set, that would be helpful. Also, if you have a craft mat or a paint palette, that would helpful also. See you there.






Sunday, April 15, 2012

DeNami Blog Hop-Ravishing Ribbon


Welcome to the April DeNami Blog Hop. This month's theme is Ravishing Ribbons. Thank you for traveling through to my blog. You probably arrived from Nicki Scheck's blog. If for some reason you get lost along the way, jump back to the DeNami blog and you can find a spot to hop back in where you want.

If you haven't participated in a Blog Hop before, here are the details:

When: The blog hop starts on April 15 at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until April 16, 2012, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).

Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!

Prizes: We are giving away $20 gift certificates to our website to TWO people who comment along the hop! Be sure to comment on all the blogs for many entries in the raffle and make one of your comments be on my site :)




This month I used two very simple techniques: stamping with a Kaleidacolor stamp pad and adding ribbon 'tags' along the side of a piece. This is a quick and easy card. The great thing about Kaleidacolor ink is that you get a variety of colors in one inking of a stamp. For me, this is great when you don't feel like coloring. For the kaleidoscope of ribbons on the end, you can use a series of ribbons like I did below, or you can use scraps. It's a nice way to use some favorite, but small, ribbons.

In addition to using Mimi with a birthday cake, I used sweet friend birthday for the sentiment and the party time stamp set to finish the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by. The next stop is Greta Hess. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.